Archive for August, 2013

Anime Review: Tsukuyomi Moonphase

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Genre: Fantasy/Romantic Comedy

Studio/Creator: Shaft/Keitaro Arima

Distributor: FUNimation, also streams on Hulu

No of Episodes: 26

Suggested Age:  13+

My Rating: 9/10

Summary: Kouhei is a photographer for an occult magazine.  One night on an assignment at a haunted castle, he discovers a cat-eared girl named Hazuki.  She’s actually a vampire who tries to enthrall him, only to discover to her chagrin that because Kouhei can’t sense magic, her bite won’t work.

Review: This one’s been on my watchlist for a long time.  I’d heard how funny it was and thought I’d give it a try. It was cute!

Hazuki is adorable. Sure, she’s got crazy mood swings. One moment, she’ll be clinging to Kouhei, the next she can’t stand him.  The Japanese have a word for this kind of woman–tsundere. It means a woman who is both hot and cold. Sometimes characters like her can be annoying, but I don’t see her that way.

Ryuuhei is a spirtualist and Kouhei’s kind-hearted grandpa.  He takes in Hazuki out of kindness, causing her to slowly come to love Kouhei. He was a fun character and I liked his easy-going nature and inability to be surprised.

Hiromi is a childhood friend of Kouhei’s and treats him like a younger sibling.  She is very kind towards Hazuki as well, treating her like a sister.  She never learns her secret, and it’s fun to see them interact.

Rounding out the cast are twin sisters Hikaru and Kaoru.  Hikaru is pledged to Kouhei despite their vast differences in age, while Kaoru is pledged to Seiyu, Kouhei’s cousin, who is also an exorcist.  They were somewhat annoying on their own, but when Hazuki got involved, it was fun.

This was an enjoyable comedy. I highly recommend it.

Music/Score: The opening theme is another one of those surreal anime themes that make no sense. But then, neither does the opening animation.

Sub/Dub: Stick to the sub. The dub isn’t all that great.

Violence: (3/10) Mostly slapstick and magical violence.

Language: (2/10)

Nudity: (2/10) I saw a few shower scenes.

Sexuality: (2/10) Some mild sexual humor.

Religion: (3/10) Kouhei’s entire family has different degrees of magical ability. Seiyu uses shinto-based abilities in his exorcism techniques.

Related Media: Based on the manga published in America by Tokyopop.

 

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Anime Review: Black Cat

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Genre: Crime/Sci-fi

Creator/Studio: Kentaro Yabaki/Gonzo

Distributor: FUNimation, also streams on Hulu

No. of Episodes: 24

Suggested Age: 13+

My Rating: 9/10

Summary: Train Heartnet was once an assassin for an organization called Chronos, but he is now a bounty hunter hunting down his former employers.  Helping him are two other bounty hunters, Sven and Eve.

Review: This was recommended to me by a friend who has his started own blog called http://behindthemasq.wordpress.com/“Behind the Masq Give his site a look, OK?

Anyway, I thought this was a good show, one of Gonzo’s better efforts.  The animation was really good, and the writing was paced well.
Train is a good protaganist. I like how cocky he is. I also like the fact that it’s an act–he’s actually frightened that one day he may not be able to defeat his enemies. To me, that’s very realistic.
Sven is pretty interesting because his eye can literally see into the future. That gives him an edge over his foes and it’s fun to see him pull it off.
Eve is a blank slate. She doesn’t know anything outside of killing. I like how Train and Sven are spending time with her so that she imprints on them and becomes more human.
So to sum up, I think this is an interesting anime.
Music/Score: I like both the opening and ending themes. (Note: I could not find video of the closing animation)

Sub/Dub: Pretty good dub.
Violence: (7/10): About what I’d expect from a show about bounty hunters.
Language: (2/10)
Sexuality: (1/10)
Nudity:(0/10)
Religion: (0/10)
Related Media Viz publishes the original manga and there’s also a light novel.

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