The adventures of a writer and monster hunter and his human and monster friends. Decent animation but sloppy writing. Tactics includes brothels, strip party games, and violence. The hero is a manipulative jackass and there is a strong romantic subtext between him and a daemon. The heroes rival is a complete jerk that does not believe in demons or monsters even when they are standing right in front of him. There is a group of bad guys that are out to kill one of the demons in this little group, oddly enough by restoring his memories and returning him to full strength. On the other hand several of the characters are young children, and cute cartoony creatures. Some of the situations and reactions are Pokemon grade stupid. The production team simply does not know if they want to make the next Pokemon or Samurai Champloo. Early on they just have a series of disconnected adventures. Toward the end it becomes a violent psychological thriller. One of the children, Suzu is around 10 years old, initially acts like she is 4 and near the end is delivering monologues like she is 20. The dissonance makes the show a bit of a slog to get through.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
A bamboo cutter discovers a child inside a bamboo stalk. He brings her home and they raise her as their own. Based on an ancient Japanese folk tale, it is beautifully done. The drawing style reminds me of My Neighbours the Yamada’s and it works very well. As it is a traditional tale there are some aspects that will seem strange or even a bit shocking to western eyes. That’s not a big deal, just be aware going in. There are however two big problems with the film. First at nearly two and a half hours it’s just too damned long. The story could have been tightened up a lot, like a third or more and it would have flowed much better. Second, it is a story of of empowerment. She is strong and demands to make her own path toward happiness. Or that’s what they seem to have wanted to do. The trouble is though she keeps giving in. There’s always some reason she has to do what’s expected of her. Even in the end she ends up not doing what she wants. Cut the film by a third, and tweak the story so she wins in the end and it would be a great film. As it is, it’s a bit disappointing.
A high school for future Space Marshals. In the same style as Totally Spies. Similar absurd premise. Similar artwork. Similar paper thin characters. Similar sub-average writing. The characters are not quite as vacuous as the three principles in Totally Spies but the show is.
A good workmanlike Disney princess adventure. Pretty, with some decent if not memorable songs. A fairly boilerplate story with villains, and a princess, and a comic side kick, and a message. Don’t get me wrong it’s not bad, it’s not even mediocre, it’s actually fairly enjoyable. Overall I’d say it’s pleasant enough.
Teen super heroes who fight villains and live in a giant T in the middle of the bay that nobody seams to notice. Raven and Starfire are the two females and they are by far the most interesting characters. Raven is the ultimate Goth. She uses dark magic to do good but there are things in her past that she fights desperately to keep secret. She has to be continually reminded that she has friends and does not have to battle them alone. Starfire is as light as Raven is dark. She is filled with joy most of the time and even when angry it is an anger based in a deep morality of life. She has the ability to shoot bolts of energy from her hands and later after she goes through puberty from her eyes. She is royalty on her planet but is extremely naive about Earth and its customs. Both Raven and Starfire can fly. Robin has all the Batman gadgets and martial arts but how did he end up on his own? Cyborg is three quarters machine but how did he get that way? Beastboy is able to change shape into any animal but he is mostly there for comic relief. Some of the episodes are a lot of fun. The one where Starefire went through puberty and the several where Raven deals with her father. The one where a villain steals all of their souls but accidentally switches Raven and Starfire and they have learn to use each others power. There were also several episodes that were just awful. The show is a sometimes hit and more often miss.
A complete reboot of the story. The characters are the same but the animation is flatter and more ‘cartoony’ than the earlier series. The stories are more for humour and deal with interpersonal relationships more than defeating criminals. It’s fun and silly and in some ways as enjoyable as the first series. I like it.
A gritty city buried in the earth, ruled by the Orgono and the Union. A fighter that had his left leg and right arm cut off, and a leader of the Organo who is trying to hold off a gang war with the Union are the principles. Tying them together is Texhnolyze, a technology used to make superior artificial limbs. It’s only available to the elite who flaunt their power and degrade the masses. Who is the little red haired girl that watches the events unfold. Who is the traveler? Very slow to build. The stories intertwine but remain distinct. Very well written. Quite violent with adult themes. The end is quite thought provoking. I thought it was actually quite good.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
A thirty something guy who lives in Tokyo is killed. That would make for a very short anime except the next thing he knows he has been reincarnated in a D&D type world…as a slime, the lowest form of life. The thing is even as a slime he has the same easy going personality. He quickly finds out that he can gain power from consuming “magicules” and then when he consumes a monster he gains that monsters abilities. He gets more powerful, makes friends, and soon is a true hero. He defeats evil, and inspires the people to work together, cooperate, and build a kingdom. I gotta say I really enjoyed this one. It was fun, well written, and the dubbed version is well acted. A first class job all the way. One note. the show is 23 episodes long. The place I found it has two more, #24 and 24.5. These are stories that happen in the same universe but aren’t related, or for that matter are nearly as fun.
Production Note: All titles that begin with The are filed under the first word after The. The Cat Returns is filed under Cat, The Emperor’s New School is under Emperor’s, The X’s is under X’s, and so fourth.
Time police that search out anachronisms and deviations from history and go around and fix them. Tudrussell is a knuckle dragging muscle guy, Larry3000 is utterly effete, and Otto is a kid they picked up in the premier but he's the only one with brains. Amusing in small bites, but not bingeworthy.