Thursday, August 29, 2013

ANIME: Brief Opinions and Reviews 01

Shingeki no Kyojin  

English title: Attack on Titan; lit. "Advancing Giants"
Release date: April, 2013
Creator: Isayama, Hajime (Manga, 2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Dystopia, Fantasy

Story: In a world where giant beings called titans dominate the lands, Humans are forced to barricade themselves within giant walls for protection against the titans' wrath.  A hundred years later, the walls are breached by an enormous titan thus sealing the fate of a young boy named Eren Yeager who vows to kill all titans and wipe them out of existence.

Review: This is one of those anime where I didn't think I would like it at all and then it won me over.  The story draws you in slowly and then takes a firm grip with all its excitement and brutal glory.  There's this raw feeling of vulnerability that's brought to life when one takes a giant, man-eating titan and puts it up against a tiny Human.

I really appreciate the scenarios that bring up great emotions of terror, fear, and helplessness.  These are feelings that I think a lot of anime tend to stray away from and it's a shame because it's such an important Human emotion!  I love how this show focuses on expressing these feelings through the characters and how they overcome it.

The animation is gorgeous and has unique character designs with dark and defined outlines, giving it a more comic-like feel.  Some of the action scenes of people flying around through the city with their 3D maneuver gear is astounding and an impressive use of space and perspective.

Recorder to Randoseru  

English title: Recorder and Randsell
Release date: January, 2012
Creator: Higashiya, Meme (Manga, 2007)
Genre: Slice-of-life, Comedy

Story: Siblings Miyagawa Atsushi and Atsumi spend their daily lives filled with hilarious misunderstandings and blunders because of their mismatched appearances; Atsushi looks like a full grown adult yet he's still in grade school while Atsumi looks like an elementary school kid when she's actually in high school.

Review: The idea of a man-boy that's still in grade school is unbelievable and yet I have to know what goes down in this situation.  It's easy to watch this series as it won't take up much of your time.  At first I thought I was watching a bad stream of this anime because it was so short.  Each episode is only 3 minutes long so one season would take only 40 minutes to complete (excluding 'special' episodes).

This anime is mostly for a good laugh although the animation is quite nice for only three minutes.  There are some ecchi undertones but nothing too extreme.


Release date: January, 2010
Creator: Narita, Ryohgo (Light Novel, 2004)
Genre: Psychological, Mystery, Supernatural, Action, Drama

Story:  Ryuugamine Mikado moves to Ikebukuro, Tokyo in hopes of living a more exciting life when he's invited by his friend Kida Masaomi.  The story is told through various characters' perspectives and how their lives are all connected.

Review: Durarara!! is great fun and takes a person all over Ikebukuro, Tokyo.  I like how all the characters are connected in some way.  It sort of makes me branch out and think about people who could be connected to my own life.

I haven't gotten too far in the series but I do know it's definitely a psychological anime that makes one think out of the box.  There's also a subliminal mystery behind everything that keeps me wanting more.

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