Shiki

Shiki- Natsuno

I must admit, I really thought the person in the picture is a freakin girl. I mean, look at the pose! The hair! Right? But anyway, this shouldn’t be about that.

I’d only watched the first 4 episodes but I’m really impressed. The first episode already gets you on the edge. The main focus of the episode ‘First Blood’ is Megumi. Right of the bat her character is given a pretty good background story. She’s obsessed with leaving her boring life in the village but her obsession with something else is holding her back. Natsuno, the main protagonist of the story is shown as arrogant and antagonistic, not really the cool yet lovable type. But he’s okay. 🙂

The story is pretty straightforward at the start: new family arrives, strange things happen. But the mood of the story is really dark and creepy. I’m watching it at night and all I can think about is opening the lights. It also give a lot of hints about the Shiki but it never gives too much away, and this keeps the readers wanting more. The only problem is, the ‘epidemic’ part of story is quite slow. I mean, yeah it’s only been four episodes, but it feels like 20. The best thing, on the other hand, is Megumi’s creepy- stalker character. I swear I’d rather be fat and ugly than to have an admirer like her. Creepy. I also like the relationship between Toru and Natsuno. I know the bacground story for Natsuno, as of now, is cliche but it’s still great.

Anyway, so far so good. Definitely worth the download and in the future, my money.

I’ll update this after I watch more episodes. 8/10

o_O

Shiki Information:

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

Alternative titles:
コゼットの肖像 (Japanese)
Cossette no Shouzou (Romaji)
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette (French)
Petit Cossette

Other Information:
Genres: drama, horror, psychological, romance, supernatural
Themes: ghosts, gothic

Plot Summary:
Eiri works at his uncle’s antique shop, and one day stumbles across a glass. Upon touching the glass, he receives visions from what he finds out to be a girl, Cossette, haunting the glass. She’s been searching for over 250 years for someone who could see her, and now she needs his help.

Review:
This anime had been i=on my mind for a long long time. I’d read a lot of synopsis and I was thinking that it would be a good anime. It was. But not the way I expected it to be. What I thought was, the protagonist, Eiri, would try to find the objects connected to Cossete’s death and that would be free her. Frankly, I don’t know if it’s a good thing that it’s not the way I imagine it. Anyway, i like it but I it felt weird when it was fantasy-like rather than supernatural. What I mean is, there were parts like this:
Cossette Screenshot 2

I hope you get what I mean.

So, for the story, I think that it’s good. The main story is about finding true love that will save herself. But I just think that it’s kinda stupid how the “things” that was present during that time are harboring a grudge against the guy. I mean, come on! That’s crossing the line of fiction. So, Cossette is going to have Eiri killed just so the “things” wil have peace. Duh. She’s the one who needs peace not those “things.” As for the characters, Cossette is literally little. She looks like a 12 or 11 year old for F’s sake! That’s so lolita! And Eiri is neurotic. The girl who likes him is nosy. Arg. What I do like about the characters and the story is that Cossette fell in love with him and wanted things to stop.

In the anime, almost every scene is dark and gloomy, it’s also made in silhouette-style. The setting is either his antique shop or some random street. Not that I mind.  I also don’t mind the fact that a lot of things aren’t explained and that no development where made whatsoever. And if there was, well, it was so little. And seriously, it was a good anime worth watching. Something’s not right though. i just don’t know what.

Score: Story- 8 Characters- 7 OST- 7 Anime- 8
Over all: 7.5 or just simply 8.

Recommended if you like supernatural and fantasy with drama and if you don’t mind cliffhangers.

Baccano!

Baccano!

Baccano!

Alternative Title:
Japanese: バッカーノ!
Other Information:
Genres: action, adventure, comedy, fantasy, horror

Synopsis:
Each of the stories in the series involves several unrelated plots intersecting and crossing each other as events spiral farther and farther out of control. Immortal alchemists, mafia operated speakeasies, and many other elements of pulp fiction mashed together for a world straight out of the movies.
During the late 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot, is starting its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. At the same time in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling aide Ennis, are looking for missing bottles of the immortality elixir. In addition, a war between the mafia groups is getting worse. On board the Advena Avis, in 1711, alchemists are about to learn the price of immortality.

Review:
Whoever said that this is a horror anime, sure is weird…

Baccano jumps from one timeline to another. Suddenly you’re at 1930, then 1932, then 1931, and so on and so on. At first it’s seriously confusing. Especially if you don’t know the names of the characters. Then the changes in the time also makes you want to pause every time. But even though it was like that, as soon as you get to the 3rd episode, you’ll enjoy it. Not coz that’s when it gets better, it’s coz that’s when you memorize their names.
Anyway, the story gets a 9/10 for me.

The main plot is actually simple. People are just trapped inside the moving train. ANd when I say trapped- I mean it. Because -this is the complicated part- not only do they have a group of ‘cult’ wanting to sacrifice all of them, they also have a group of psychopaths who wouldn’t want anything more than to kill them. ANd as if that wasn’t enough, there’s another group who wants to take over(?) the train! And of course that’s not all, there’s also a pair of wanted thieves board! And wait, there’s more. They have an assassin for a conductor! Now, think that’s already too much?! Well, think again. Coz there are immortals aboard too! I wonder what the people inside did in their past lives that made them deserving to have this kind of fate… Any ideas?

After that complicated stuff, I think it’s safe to say that it is, indeed, worthy of 9. But what makes this really a great story is the fact that they are all connected! Every main character is connected to each other, that it is so freaky. And even though it’s complicated, as you watch it, you begin to catch up with what’s happening and maybe, even make predictions on what’ll happen next. Anyway, the anime is really easy to understand once you get the hang of it.

As for the characters, 9/10 too.

The characters are all lovable and unique. It would take me forever to tell you why, so I’ll just make it short. THEY”RE THE BEST! It’s so hard to explain why, they just are!

For the art, it’s not that great but it’s good. 8/10.
I think this review is short so just let me make one final comment:
BAccano is worthy of your time, no matter how busy you are. The episodes always leaves you hanging. Always, always, the action is in the last part of the episode. And it’s actually frustrating if you don’t have all the episodes. And to tell you the truth, it’s too short. But it’s great. It never got boring and definitely one of the best anime this century!
Last one, I hope you won’t think that I’m over rating this, this is all my opinion. If it’s different from you then, it is. We are different after all.

Tomorrow: Perfect Blue

Information from Anime News network:

Alternative Title: パーフェクト・ブルー (Japanese)
Genres: drama, horror, mystery, psychological, thriller

Plot Summary:

Pop idol Mima quits her group in order to pursue an acting career. But not everyone is happy especially a crazed fan that stalks her. People around her are being murdered and Mima starts to lose her sanity.

Review:

Well, next time, I should seriously pay attention to the rating. Here in NZ it said- Mature: Rated 18. I ignored it and I really regret it.

First- story. Definitely one of the best psychological thriller ever. The scenes jumps from one scene to another, each always connected to the next scene in a way. All the actions of Mima, though different, connects to the next scene. And since she’s acting in a drama, there are times when her real life connects or rewrites the drama. Then, what makes the story more confusing and psychological is this: There’s a ghost-like Mima who appears to be the conscience of the real Mima, only to be something else scarier. The story is really confusing and unpredictable. There were times when you think you understand it all… then boom!

What the hell?!

Well, that made it one of the best.

As for the characters, I like how she’s being all paranoid and confused. How she’s got conscience and how she’s regretting things like she’s a real person.

For the art, well, it’s not exactly the best. It’s old and everything. But it still worth watching!

Score: Story- 9/10. Characters- 8/10. Art- 7/10. Over All 8/10

Tomorrow:

Like I said, Stalkers are scary! Imagine waking up finding yourself not being able to breathe in  your own house. Scary, creepy, horrible!!!

Tomorrow: Tsukihime- Lunar Legend

Tsukihime- Lunar Legend

Tsukihime- Lunar Legend

Information from Anime News Network:

Alternative title: Lunar Legend Moon Princess

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

Moon Princess

True Lunar Chronicle Tsukihime

真月譚 月姫 (Japanese)

Shingetsutan Tsukihime (Romaji)

Genres: drama, horror, mystery, romance, supernatural

Themes: vampires

Plot Summary:

Shiki Tohno sustained a life threatening injury as a child, and due to that incident he was sent away from the Tohno household and was given to a relative to be raised. Years later, when Shiki is in high school, the head of the Tohno household–his father–dies, and he is ordered to move back in by his sister Akiha, who is the new head of the household. However, Shiki holds a huge secret. Ever since that injury, he has been seeing lines on objects, and only with a special pair of glasses is he able to stop seeing them. Also he is unable to remember anything well from the time before his accident. The day he moves back to the Tohno household is the day he stumbles upon a woman named Arcueid Brunstud and decapitates her with one stab of his knife in a temporary fit of insanity. When she suddenly showed up beside him later alive and well, and ask him to be her bodyguard, Shiki’s journey to unravel the mysteries of his past begins.


Review:


Reading the story, I got really excited and I even read the plot from the game. In my head, i already have this vision of the anime and I seriously liked it. SO imagine my shock when I watched this series. It was boring. It was so slow. The guy who’s supposed to be the protagonist is nothing but an extra and a wallflower who doesn’t even look good. Even the soundtrack is crap. (I think I went too far with that statement…) But anyway, the story left a lot of holes and questions. The art is good but mostly ugly. And even with the interesting storyline, the script and the flow of the story is not worth my $85. I just wasted it.


The story is not carefully told. The script writer sucks. After watching it, you’ll just have more questions than answers. I guess I’m being to harsh but seriously, it was a big disappointment.


So there. 5/10. READ IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.


Tomorrow:


Imagine tracing a line and killing someone. Cool, aye? I would definitely want that power. It would be like, I’m the Death Goddess or something.


With just a trace, I can kill.

Tomorrow: Zashiki Onna

Zashiki Onna
Zashiki Onna
Information from Manga Fox:

Alternative Name: 座敷女
Author: Mochizuki Minetaro
Artist: Mochizuki Minetaro
Genres: Drama, Horror, Seinen

Synopsis:

One night, mild-mannered college student, Hiroshi Mori, bumps into a woman visiting his next-door neighbor. A large, creepy woman, she has long hair, wears a coat and carries shopping bags in both hands. He had never seen her before. But then, without warning, the woman starts stalking Hiroshi, shifting her attention from his next-door neighbor whom she had been visiting to Hiroshi himself. Who is she and what is she after?

Originally published in 1993 – before the term “stalker” was acknowledged in Japanese society, this well-written horror manga is about a young man pursued by a mystery woman.
Serialized for just ten weeks, this short, single-volume manga unusually become a hit bestseller, selling a staggering 400,000 copies. Regularly chosen as “the scariest manga ever” in magazine horror specials. (via Manga-Sketchbook)

Review:

Close your eyes. Pretend you’re lying on your bed.

Slowly, your eyes began to drift. You’re entering the world of dreams. You’re about to open the door.

Blag.Blag.Blag.

Huh?

The noise interrupted your sleep. What do you do?

You get up…? Sure, you do. You slowly approach the door. You open it a little, tiny bit.

Then, you peek at the person making all the noise.

She stared at you… in a really creepy way. Close the door or talk to her? You decide?

Oh.. do you want to know how she looks like?

here.

So will you?

me?

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God, hell NO! After reading that manga, I’m seriously considering not moving to condominiums or apartments. Wanna know what I’d learned from this manga?
  • Well, you should never open your door for anybody who’s carrying a paper bag and an umbrella.
  • You should mind your own business and just sleep even with all the loud banging. Well, just make sure it’s not a robbery, murder or fire. COz if it is, you might wanna check it out.
  • Don’t give your key to anybody! Bloody, stupid idiot!
  • Wear something else under your skirt. Not just underwear. Trust me. The thicker, the better. : )
  • If you didn’t do all of this, here’s the last resort. Get a pen. Open the cap. Get a paper. No, don’t write. You point the pen to your eyes. Stab it.

What’s the point of the paper? Well, you don’t want your pants or skirt to get blood on them, do you?

Okay. I should stop with all of that and get on with my review.

I dont have much to say about the characters, story and art, so I’ll just do a one paragraph.

The story is original for me. I’ve never heard any story like that until now. ALso, it’s very creepy and it makes me feel happy that I’m living in a very peaceful country. The characters aren’t really developed. It’s a horror! So, it’s fine. But also it’s confusing. As for the art… well it’s hideous. Seriously. But this actually made it better. Coz it really fit the story.

So, scores: Story- 9/10 Characters- 7/10 Art- 6/10. The average score is not that great but I assure you YOU DEFINITELY HAVE TO READ IT. IT’S WORTH YOUR TIME.

Tomorrow:

Not much to say… aye? Just, don’t open your door.

Tomorrow: X

X

X

Information:


Alternative Title: X 1999

Genres: drama, fantasy, horror, psychological, supernatural

Themes: Bishounen, Post-Apocalyptic

Plot Summary:

It’s the year of destiny, and 15 year old Kamui Shiro, a powerful psychic, has returned to Toyko after a 6 year absence, having left when he was very young. He wants to be with his childhood friends, Fuma (his best friend) and Kotori, Fuma’s little sister (and Kamui’s possible girlfriend). He wants to protect them from all dangers, but destiny and fate are haunting Kamui and pulling in himself and his beloved childhood friends. It is his destiny and his sole decision to decide the fate of the world, no matter if he wants the role or not. Now it is a matter of if he will join the side of the Seven Seals and become the Dragon of Heaven to save mankind or join the Seven Angels and become the Dragon of Earth to destroy all civilization so the earth can heal itself from man’s destruction.

Review:

The fight for Earth or Humanity’s survival. Who will triumph the Dragon of Earth or the Dragon of Heaven? Or maybe, the question should be… Who should win?

The movie is the retelling of the TV series with different twists and some different scenes. It started with Kamui’s arrival and ended with Fuma’s death…

Yes, unlike the TV series, X The Movie ended with Kamui still alive and Fuma decapitated. This is only one of the many twists the movie offers. But even with the good story line, the movie is lacking character development. If you watch it without watching the series or knowing any background knowledge about the characters, you’d be surprised with their appearances and disappearance. In the movie, some characters like the dream seer of the Dragons of Earth, Kanoue has been given more depth as a character than in the series as her love for her sister was more explored. Aside from the character development, the story development is also lacking. The twist are good, the pace isn’t.

It would be great if they would combine both the stories in the series and the movie with a different ending than the first two.

What annoyed me the most is the fact that in the movie, Kamui had not awoken as one of the Dragons of Heaven. While Fuma, like in the series, awoken just after Kamui chose. In the series, it was suggested that he did awaken but only when he was about to die. Now, who would want that?

For the art, it’s okay but CLAMP’s drawing now is better.

Over all the movie is not the best nor is it the worst. Score: 7/10 with the story having a 8/10; the art 7/10 and the character 6/10.

Tomorrow:

Why do people like making stories about their own extinction and deaths? Is it because deep down we want to perish and start anew? Or maybe we feel so disgusted of ourselves that we want to ease this feeling even with only a dream? Or maybe we just like killing people?

If X ever came true, what would we choose as our future? What will tomorrow be like?