Welcome to my anime review shrine page! I am only including the shows I have finished. You can check out my myanimelist profile for shows I am currently watching or plan to watch. Click on the graveyard at the bottom of the page to go to the "Graveyard" for shows I have stopped watching. By the way, some of these I watched long before I started even making html so I may get certain details wrong :,] Please inform me if I make any critical mistakes or misremember something!
"Otonashi awakens only to learn he is dead. A rifle-toting girl named Yuri explains that they are in the afterlife, and Otonashi realizes the only thing he can remember about himself is his name. Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) and wages war against a girl named Tenshi. Unable to believe Yuri's claims that Tenshi is evil, Otonashi attempts to speak with her, but the encounter doesn't go as he intended. Otonashi decides to join the SSS and battle Tenshi, but he finds himself oddly drawn to her. While trying to regain his memories and understand Tenshi, he gradually unravels the mysteries of the afterlife." -Myanimelist Synopsis
Release Date: April 3 2010 to June 26 2010
Genre: Action, Drama, Supernatural
Faves: Eri Shiina, Masami Iwasawa, Chaa
General Rating: 4/5
Other Medias: Manga, Visual Novel
Angel Beats was one of the first shows I sat down and binged and fully watched, and man its such a good starter. I liked the plot twist with Kanade that shes not actually a angel, and also "Graduating" being something good. The backstories for each character were heartfelt although a bit overly dramatic at times imo I always like when series actually explain why their characters act the way they do and their motives. I think Iwasawas graduation was the one that hit me the hardest but I find all of their backstories equally as interesting and depressing. If you've watched Madoka Magica before then its not as heart wrenching as it, but I had similar feelings watching Angel Beats as I did Madoka with the characters and their deaths both in reality and in the afterlife. Also, the scene with Chaa where Yuri thanks him and turns around to see hes no longer there is so?? God it gave me chills. I initially disliked Yui since I don't usually like over bubbly little sister slightly annoying character types. But at the end I was rooting for her (:] If you want a short and sweet series with a solid story and plot, check out Angel Beats :]
"On the first day of junior high school, Mato Kuroi happens to run into Yomi Takanashi, a shy, withdrawn girl whom she immediately takes an interest in. Mato tries her best to make conversation with Yomi, wanting to befriend her. At first, she is avoided, but the ice breaks when Yomi happens to notice a decorative blue bird attached to Mato's phone, which is from the book "Li'l Birds At Play." Discovering they have a common interest, the two form a strong friendship. In an alternate universe, the young girls exist as parallel beings, Mato as Black★Rock Shooter, and Yomi as Dead Master. Somehow, what happens in one world seems to have an effect on the other, and unaware of this fact, the girls unknowingly become entangled by the threads of fate." -Myanimelist Synopsis (Anime Version)
Release Date: Jul 24 2010 (OVA) Feb 3 2012 to Mar 23 2012 (Anime)
Genre: Action, Drama
Completion: Finished (Anime and OVA)
Faves: Irino Saya, Chariot
General Rating: 3-4/5
Other Medias: Manga, Game(s)
Black Rock Shooter has quickly become one of my faves, the whole concept of "another self" is always so interesting to me. However! I do have a few questions and things that made me think, which I guess that means the show did its job in providing thoughtful conversation. But anyway, I watched the anime first which came after the OVA. I feel like people are too harsh on the anime. Although there are some things in it I'm confused by (more on that later) it certainly made more sense then the OVA. In the OVA, the ending is really strange to me and not in a "You can make up your own ending" way but in a "What the fuck just happened?". Where did Yomi go? What happened when Mato became Black Rock Shooter? Whats up with Yuu at the end? And why is Strength in the OVA for a minute despite never doing anything? The anime really expanded on alot of things which I'm very glad about. But I am STILL confused! Maybe these things are explained better in the manga or games, but its mainly around Yuu. We know Yuu and Strength are swapped mind wise, how is "Yuu" still a highschooler? We know she and Saya met when they were in highschool, how did Yuu remain a child while Saya aged? Also who took care of her? Or is she surviving somehow by having the mind of Strength? Is it because the alternate self and Yuu switched? But does that mean there are more Strength/Yuu body swaps out there that don't age? Also, whats up with the moment where everyone forgets Yuu exists? Thats not really explained although It'd be a interesting plot twist. One retcon I noticed they did was "Mato = Black Rock Shooter" since in the OVA she becomes Black Rock Shooter while in the anime the "alternate selves" are different people (I think-) who fight for them and their emotions. I liked this decision much more and it makes more sense to me. Despite these strange things I noticed, I still really enjoyed this show! Its only 8 episodes long, about 3-4 hours, and really good if you want something emotional with a (mostly) happy ending. The OVA is good but I don't know if I'd recommend it before or after viewing the anime. On one hand before you invest in watching the anime you can dip your feet into the OVA which is only about a hour long, but also the OVA is so vague! AA!! Anyways, despite how slightly overly dramatic (Like all highschool anime) it can be at times, I feel like its overall message is good. That you need to have emotions. When Dead Master dies, Yomi loses herself since no one is there to "Take the pain for you". If we view the "alternate selves" (Idk if they have a actual name) as their emotions, when they "die" then your emotions are gone. Emotions are what make us different and special from one another, without emotions we'd be heartless beings. Or maybe I interpreted the show wrong :P But hey this is just my take on it. If you want a show with a cool story, amazing art and animation, and also get to hear the banging opening theme, check out the anime!
GHOST IN THE SHELL
"In the year 2029, Niihama City has become a technologically advanced metropolis. Due to great improvements in cybernetics, its citizens are able to replace their limbs with robotic parts. The world is now more interconnected than ever before, and the city's Public Security Section 9 is responsible for combating corruption, terrorism, and other dangerous threats following this shift toward globalization. The strong-willed Major Motoko Kusanagi of Section 9 spearheads a case involving a mysterious hacker known only as the "Puppet Master," who leaves a trail of victims stripped of their memories. Like many in this futuristic world, the Puppet Master's body is almost entirely robotic, giving them incredible power. As Motoko and her subordinates follow the enigmatic criminal's trail, other parties—including Section 6—start to get involved, forcing her to confront the extremely complicated nature of the case. Pondering about various philosophical questions, such as her own life's meaning, Motoko soon realizes that the one who will provide these answers is none other than the Puppet Master themself." -Myanimelist Synopsis
Release Date: Nov 18 1995
Genre: Mecha, Police, Psychological
Completion: Only seen the first movie
General Rating: 5/5
Other Medias: Manga (Likely more?)
I should mention its been a long while since I've seen this movie seeing as it was one of the things that got me into anime around easter of 2021, so apologies if this review is a little bland or I'm forgetting some parts, but MAN is this such a good movie! From its core idea, art, and being one of the few cyberpunk things that actually interest me, Ghost in The Shell deserves the praise its gotten and I feel many ideas and tropes we see in cyber stories could be linked to this movie. Anyways, I always love stories that ask us the question, "What makes us human?" and with the advancing tech we have today, Ghost in The Shell starts to age like fine wine with when do we become so robotic we stop being human? It also asks the question of if we get to the point of becoming so robotic and cyborg-like, will we be prepared for all the problems that come with it? Will cyborgs be treated as second rate citizens we see in many stories or will they start to over throw the natural human? And this also leads us to the thought of immortality and if its something we truly desire. If we don't have a time limit or can feel any pain, whats the point? Is it worth out living everyone we love unless they too become immortal thru tech? Or will it be worth the eventual heartbreak? Or can we remove our own emotions thru tech? And if so.. is it worth it? Is that what makes us human is our compassion and love for one another and morals? ...Okay I got kinda off topic, but see what I mean? Ghost in The Shell asks us these questions and although at times I find the movie confusing, it opens alot of conversation. I will certainly have "Stand Alone Complex" and "Innocence" on my watchlist considering the cliff hanger ending of the first movie, and also because I'd love to see Ghost in The Shells idea to what I proposed earlier about the inevitability of cyborgnetics and humanity.
"A fresh high school year always means much to come, and one of those things is joining a club. Being in a dilemma about which club to join, Yui Hirasawa stumbles upon and applies for the Light Music Club, which she misinterprets to be about playing simple instruments, such as castanets. Unable to play an instrument, she decides to visit to apologize and quit. Meanwhile, the Light Music Club faces disbandment due to a lack of members. This causes the club members to offer anything, from food to slacking off during club time, in order to convince Yui to join. Despite their efforts, Yui insists on leaving due to her lack of musical experience. As a last resort, they play a piece for Yui, which sparks her fiery passion and finally convinces her to join the club. From then onward, it's just plain messing around with bits and pieces of practice. The members of the Light Music Club are ready to make their time together a delightful one!" -Myanimelist Synopsis
K-ON was one of the first few shows I watched considering it was on Netflix and seemed short and casual. Although I have nostolgia and a fondness for it, Its a bit bland once you start to expand your horizons. Wordly greatly by a reviewer on Myanimelist, its tooth rottingly cutesy like a dessert, but leaves alot to be desired like a full course meal. Despite this, its something really nice if you wake up after a nightmare or want something nice to play in the background, or just watched a intenese show. Despite its casual viewing, it is light hearted and very cute with some nice music! Although I did find the plot rather repetitive after a while. Usually just the girls getting into hijinks, then having a show coming up, going on a band vacation, slacking off and having fun with more cute hijinks, but manage to pull it off at the end with the power of friendship. I mean, its better then most highschool anime that get dramatic for no reason :P Although I did find the characters apart from maybe Mio to be one dimensional and not much depth or conflict that doesn't get resolved within the episode-
"Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are regular middle school girls with regular lives, but all that changes when they encounter Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and Homura Akemi, the new transfer student. Kyuubey offers them a proposition: he will grant any one of their wishes and in exchange, they will each become a magical girl, gaining enough power to fulfill their dreams. However, Homura Akemi, a magical girl herself, urges them not to accept the offer, stating that everything is not what it seems. A story of hope, despair, and friendship, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica deals with the difficulties of being a magical girl and the price one has to pay to make a dream come true." -Myanimelist Synopsis
Release Date: Jan 7 2011 to Apr 22 2011
Genre: Drama, Suspense
Completion: Initial series watched, movies and magica side story not viewed.
Faves: Tomoe Mami, Miki Sayaka, Tomoe Nagisa
General Rating: 5/5
Other Medias: Manga
Madoka was another one of my starter shows since it was on Netflix. And reading some short spoiler free reviews I'd always hear how "Oh its so darrrkkk!!!" and didn't really listen initially, but DAMN do you need to be in a mental state to watch this show. Theres honestly so much I could say about this show but I still feel the same way I did when I finished it, and thats "WOW." Its less of a show but more of a experience imo xD I feel like people think of it as senseless murder and despair, but the reason why character deaths hit so hard is because of how well they're written and explained. Although I usually dislike shows that are all angst no fluff, Madoka, I don't know how to put into words how this show made me feel, but damn it was good! If you can't tell I'm not very good with wording but I feel thats also one of the good points of Madoka. It leaves you speechless at the end from how invested you get. Its like going up a hill and being hit with rocks and seeing the prize at the top before being thrown off the cliff. That sounds bad actually- but its a rollercoaster that makes you wanna go on it again and again. So go watch it!! Only if you're in a good headspace- because trust me you'll end up invested in everyones story. I was gonna say "I was so invested in Mamis arc- I was so invested in Sayaka and Kyokos relationship- no wait how could I forget how amazing Madoka and Homura are!" And they all fit together so perfectly. I feel that Kyuubey- of course how could I forget Kyuubey. Is a bit over hated. Technically, Kyuubey really didn't do anything wrong. Kyuubeys purpose is to find and contract magical girls, and this is been going on since the start of Kyuubeys life- aka a Very Very Very Very Long Time. Although I do feel Kyuubey could've idk- given Madoka a guide book or "Magical Girl 101" tourist guide -.- I mean like I said I know its normalized for him, but I'm surprised hes not also normalized to people asking questions. I recommend watching the videos linked below as those people can word Madoka Magica and its themes much better then I can. Anyway- GO WATCH MADOKA MAGICA!!! I feel slightly bad for making my mom watch this show and us wanting to watch the movie and side story- P.S Did I mention how much I love the art for this show btw?
"From the Guardian World, home of mages, Tiara has been sent on a mission: recover the stolen Throne of Yord, the most powerful magic artifact of all. But Tiara finds herself in a dilemma—the Throne has been taken by her former lover, and there is more to the situation than meets the eye... " -Myanimelist Synopsis
Release Date: Jun 25 1996 to Jun 25 1998
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romance
General Rating: 3-4/5
Other Medias: None/Unknown
A underrated show with that signature 90s art style and slightly confusing, but very cool plot. I once again, started watching this show seeing as it was only about 6 episodes long and I like more short and sweet stories. And Shamanic Princess sure is short and sweet! One of my fave tropes is the ending of the show being the beginning and all is explained. However, this does mean you're likely to rewatch this show twice seeing as its rather confusing on the first watch thru. I've heard this is a spin off to "Magic Users Club" which is a show I've been meaning to look into- but if its anything like Shamanic Princess I'll certainly enjoy watching it. :] Click below to watch the whole show on Youtube!