Synopsis: It isn’t the world you know. There wanders a girl with jet-black hair, ebony clothes, and a strikingly blue, glowing eye. Her name is Black Rock Shooter. With a huge cannon in hand, she throws herself into a fierce battle…
Meanwhile, in another world, middle-school student Mato Kuroi is drawn to Yomi Takanashi, her classmate with an unusual family name. Mato does her best to talk to Yomi, who just won’t open up. Yu Koutari mocks her best friend Mato’s efforts but at the same time, supports her. Mato also finds herself surrounded by other colorful characters at school, like the eccentric school counselor, Saya Irino, and the hot-blooded captain of her club, Arata Kohata.
Then, one day, the window of opportunity opens. After Mato sees that Yomi has her favorite picture book, “Li’l Birds At Play”, they strike up a conversation and Mato is invited to come over to Yomi’s house. There, they gradually break the ice, until a girl in a wheelchair appears. This is Yomi’s best friend, Kagari Izuriha…
Two worlds. Mato and Black Rock Shooter. This is the story of their “pain”.
Pros: Those who are fans of the song will enjoy listening to it each episode. The animation is outstanding and incredibly beautiful. You will enjoy the amazing fight scenes. The characters are also cute.
Cons: The story feels confusing at times as in they could have done a better job clarifying. If you watched the ovas you’ll feel that it is a bit off and will end up favoring one or the other. Don’t watch expecting an in-depth story; it is only 8 episodes.
Synopsis: One day, Sakura Kinomoto accidentally opened a book containing dozens of magical cards called Clow Cards, and they scattered around her hometown of Tomoeda. Sakura was chosen to be the master of these cards and has been enlisted by the sun-based guardian Kerberos to use her magic and reclaim these cards before they make any more trouble in town. She is encouraged by her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and she meets a rival cardcaptor, Syaoran Li, who is a direct descendant of the creator of the Clow Cards.
Pros: There are cute love triangles everywhere. This keeps the story interesting, funny, and cute<3. This manga has a good story, good ending, and of course a cute magical girl.
Cons: At times it seems like the story isn’t progressing or if it is it is progressing slowly. If you can’t stand the idea of a guy liking another guy you may not want to read this.
Synopsis:The black swindler Kaiki Deishu, who once deceived Hitagi, returns to town and spreads the incantation which cursed Nadeko before.
Koyomi’s sisters Karen and Tsukihi try to capture Deishu but…
Pros: The animation is superb; the angles at which things are done really sets the mood and goes perfect with the entire setting of the anime. The story is extremely interesting and something you feel ashamed to love, but you still can’t look away. You get to know his sisters better than the previous season and get to know Shinobu a lot better.
Cons: If you can’t stand incest you probably won’t enjoy this or have a closed mind.
Synopsis: Maaka Karin comes from a family of vampires living in Japan, but she is not a normal vampire. Vampires are normally supposed to drink the blood of their victims but Karin suffers from a condition that causes her body to produce excessive amounts of blood. About once a month, she has to get rid of the excess blood by giving it to her “victims.” But she somehow manages to go to school like everyone else her age.
Well, things are about to get more complicated. When a new student, Usui Kenta transfers into Karin’s class, she starts producing unusually huge amounts of blood, almost as if in reaction to him. Worse, he happens upon Karin’s true nature…
Pros: Instead of being the typical horror/thriller/suspense combination aimed for anime dealing with vampire, Karin instead heads in completely the opposite direction going for a lighthearted romantic comedy with a few serious moments. Karin’s family each have their own particular quirks and affinities. Karin’s mother, prefers to drink the blood of lying women.
Karin’s particular blood affinity only becomes clear a few episodes into the series, although as mentioned, rather than causing her to thirst for blood, it makes her blood increase, resulting in some rather spectacular nosebleed.
Cons: The animation is not the greatest, but this isn’t an action anime. The story is also not too deep, so if you’re wanting something with a deeper meaning look elsewhere.
Synopsis: When he was young Shirou had lost his parents in a large and unexplained fire. He was rescued and later adopted by a man named Kiritsugu Emiya who revealed himself to be a magus, a person capable of using magic. Through their conversation, Shirou learns of his foster-father’s failed life ambition to become a ‘Hero of Justice’, a guardian of mankind who could protect the weak and innocent. Touched by Kiritsugu’s conviction, Shirou affirms to his foster father that he intends to devote his life to achieving that distant ideal. To do this, Shirou pleads with a begrudging Kiritsugu to teach him magecraft, but Shirou proves to be talentless in almost all the fundamental magecraft disciplines.
One day however, he witnesses a conflict between two unbelievably powerful beings and inadvertently summons one of his own to protect himself. He then finds out that this conflict, known as the ‘Holy Grail War’, involves a series of battles among seven ‘Masters’. Masters are magi who can summon ‘Servants’, Heroic Spirits from throughout time, to fight for the possession of a relic that will grant one’s wishes, the Holy Grail.
This story revolves around Shirou and his entanglement in the Holy Grail War along with his own personal battle to uphold his ideal.
Pros: You get an action packed adventure with great fight scenes with a bit of romance sprinkled in.
Cons: I was let down. The hype over this anime makes you expect a lot more. Sure it is good, but you can see places where improvement could have been. I’m hoping that when I start Fate/Zero everything that could have been made better has been.
Review: Tsukamoto Tenma is an ordinary 2nd year high school student who has fallen in love with one of her classmates, Karasuma Ooji. However, now she is unable to confess her feelings to him. To make things worse, she found out that Karasuma is transferring to another school in a year. On the other hand, Tenma’s other classmate, Harima Kenji (who is a delinquent) is also in love with Tenma. Not being able to confess his feelings, Harima gets depressed day by day.
Pros: This is an anime anyone can enjoy. It’s full of simple clean laughter without taking away from the story and making it random nonsense.
Cons: The only thing I can say bad about it is that if you aren’t in the mood for a comedy you shouldn’t watch it until you are in the right mood.
Review: The year is 1944 and the world lives in fear of unidentified flying objects called Neuroi. With the old-boy old guard unable to thwart this deadly menace, humanity turns its desperate eyes to an aerial attack force with much nicer legs. Meet the girls of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, better known as the Strike Witches. These darlings of the great blue yonder may not have standard issue uniforms, but they do have all the right stuff. Where the average flyboy falters, these dolls blast aliens to bits in the bat of an eyelash. With a little magic and a lot of leg, the girls of the 501st are winning the war on pants, and aliens!
Pros: If you have the wish to see panty shots and a lot of them at that you have found your anime. The story is rather strange. You got all these teen females fighting aliens or whatever they are to basically save the world, but they do this by wearing helicopter leggings and growing animal ears and tails. Great series for fan service and a fairly decent story-line. The art work is superb.
Cons: If you can’t stand fan service you will hate this series. The story isn’t very deep, so wanting a good deep story won’t happen. After the first episode you pretty much know how the story will go. If you’re wanting a hot male character you won’t find it sadly.