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Trinity Blood is one of the anime in my top 10. It’s so creative and unique! Usually, I’m not into science fiction, but this is something that also appeals to the vampire love in me.
Trinity Blood is set 900 years after “Armageddon” and The Roman Catholic Church is a major military power. There are humans, of course, and Methuselah, or vampires created by humans injecting Bacillus, a virus found during the colonization of Mars, into their bodies. Then, there are the Crusnik, which were created by installing the Crusnik nanomachines found on Mars into four test tube babies: Seth, Cain, Abel, and Lilith. Now, we know about humans and vampires, but Crusnik are the next up on the food chain; they feed on vampire blood.
Alright, now that all that has been explained, I can move on to the story. Even 900 years after Armegeddon, there’s still a war going on between humans and Methuselah. The Vatican has a special operations group called “AX” led by Cardinal Catherina Sforza. Abel Nightroad, a traveling priest and member of AX is also a Crusnik, 02. The Order of Rozencreuz is led by Abel’s twin, Cain, Crusnik 01, who is set on controlling the world. AX is the last hope the humans have.
This anime is full of politics, which usually I wouldn’t like, but it really draws you in. The characters are some of my favorites! Abel Nightroad (left) is pretty badass. In his human form, he’s such an idiot, but as a Crusnik, he is amazing. He is the basis for pretty much all the humor. I really wish I could go into all the characters, but I would end up ruining the whole thing so I’ll just go into my favorite character of all. Isaak Fernand von Kampfer (right), a Methuselah, is also known as the “Panzer Magier.” He is the founder of the Order of Rozencreuz and is second to Cain. Unfortunately, you don’t get to know much about him, but he’s so mysterious, dark, polite, charismatic, and just plain sexy! He’s most often seen smoking a cigarillo.
The only problem that I had with this whole anime is that it ended way too soon. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t even elaborate. I really feel that there should’ve been a second season for this. There is a novel, a 12 volume manga, and the 24 episode anime. I have not read the manga…yet! I have heard, however, that there are a LOT of differences in the two, even so much as character appearance. The music really fits the anime well. As for voice overs, the English is fantastic, in my opinion. Oh, and for anyone who wonders about my favorite anime art style, yeah, this is it.
I think this anime would interest anyone. It has drama, science fiction, vampires, politics, romance, fighting, machines, guns, suspense, and twists all over the place!
**Isaac & Dietrich**
Overall: 10 out of 10
Being a vampire lover, Moon Phase was one of those anime that I bought just for that reason. I knew nothing about the anime before I bought it so it was a bit risky. Luckily, it was worth the buy.
Moon Phase is about a girl, Hazuki, who is a descendant of a royal vampire family. The anime begins with the boy, Kouhei Morioka, who is a photographer. He works for an occult magazine because every picture he takes has paranormal phenomenon in it; he doesn’t mean for it to happen. He goes to an old castle and takes photos where he meets Hazuki who is being held captive. Hazuki attempts to form a blood pact with Kouhei to make him her slave, but it fails; it has no effect on Kouhei, but Kouhei and his cousin end up freeing Hazuki from the castle.
Hazuki insists that Kouhei is her slave because of the blood pact, but, of course, Kouhei refuses to obey her, which leads to some interesting and funny arguments. The anime is really about their relationship. No matter how much they fight, Kouhei feels the need to protect Hazuki from those who try to retrieve her.
Hazuki is an interesting character because she has a duo personality. Mistress Luna and Hazuki are two completely opposite people living in the same body. Hazuki is energetic, annoying, loud, and sweet when she wants to be, but Luna is every bit a stereotypical vampire aristocrat as there can be. Kouhei is an Ama Lamia, Vampire Lover, which means that no vampire can make him their slave and whenever a vampire feeds on his blood, their servitude ties with their masters are broken. He’s really a normal boy otherwise. The other characters are interesting in their own ways.
I found that, throughout this anime, I got tired of the story. I think they were just trying a little hard to do two things at once, the relationship between Hazuki and Kouhei overshadowed the vampire drama a little. Some good things, though, are the fact that the anime really starts off well and gets you interested almost immediately. Another thing is that, even though I grew tired of the story, I was already so far into it that it would’ve been a bigger burden to not finish it.
There are 25 episodes, 16 volumes of the manga, and the music is really fun. The openings are “Neko Mimi Mode” and “Tsuku Yomi Mode” by Dimitri from Paris. The endings are “Kanashii Yokan” by Marianne Amplifier, “Nami no Toriko ni naru you ni” by Noriko Ogawa, “Pressentiment triste” by Marianne Amplifier, and episode 25’s ending is “Neko Mimi Mode.”
I really do recommend this anime to anyone interested in vampires, supernatural, romance, comedy, or just cute neko ears.
Overall: 9 out of 10
This anime is about a junior middle school girl, Kagome, who lives in a Shinto shine with her family, her mother, brother, and grandpa. Her grandpa tells her about a sacred jewel, the Shikon Jewel, that possesses great powers. Shortly after, a centipede demon comes to claim the jewel and pulls Kagome into a well on the grounds. She finds herself in Feudal Japan!
Kagome comes to find out that she is the reincarnation of a priestess, Kikyo, who protected the Shikon Jewel with her life. InuYasha, a half demon who had a relationship with Kikyo, was shot by Kikyo’s arrow fifty years before, which sealed him to a tree. It is Kagome that releases him from this. During a battle with numerous demons, Kagome, who tries to wield a bow and arrow like Kikyo did, shoots the demon in the spot where the jewel was swallowed. The Shikon Jewel is shattered and spread throughout the area. It’s up to Kagome to find and retrieve all the pieces of the Shikon Jewel before they fall into evil hands.
InuYasha, who wants the jewel for himself to become a full demon, decides to help her. They make friends with a lecturous monk, a fox demon, a flea, a demon slayer, and her demon cat who all help them collect the pieces. There are problems around every corner; InuYasha’s brother, Sesshomaru, is a major rival. Naraku is the main antagonist, responsible for the feud between InuYasha and Kikyuo. If I explained every problem that comes up in this anime, I’d be here all night writing this and soon you would tire of reading it.
The anime is mostly an action/adventure type anime, but there is a major romance that happens between InuYasha and Kagome. The characters are so deep; each one has their ups and downs. Kagome can be annoying at times, but she has good intentions. InuYasha is really immature, but he’s really funny. Sesshomaru is one of my favorites. He’s stoic…strong, silent, and sexy (especially in his demon form). The other characters are great, too. Like I said before, they are so deep. There will be times when you won’t like certain characters, but there are times when you see their vulnerability and their charms.
The music is another thing that I can’t completely write out. The anime is 193 episodes in all, including The Final Act; there’s also four movies, and 56 volumes of the manga. There’s twenty songs, I think. My favorites, though, are “Every Heart” by BoA (4th ending) and “Fukai Mori” by Do As Infinity (2nd ending).
For me, the English dub is best. I think the voices match better with the characters. The artwork, though it’s not my style, is one of the best. I would recommend this to anyone whether they prefer more fighting or more romantic aspects to anime. Both my husband and I love this anime and our preferences are almost complete opposites.
Overall: 9.5 out of 10
This anime is almost as cute as it is humurous. Chobits is about Hideki Motosuwa, a boy who is attending a prep school in Tokyo. He dreams of owning a persocom, or Chobits, a life-size personal computer, but they are so expensive. On his way to his apartment one night, he finds one in the trash. He takes in home and…it works! There’s only one thing; it may work, but it has been completely wiped out. The only thing this beautiful persocom can say is “chi.”
Hideki decides to keep her and hopefully she can learn. Chii, as Hideki calls her, spends the majority of the anime learning new things, which is really funny. She is sent out to buy underpants for herself and, while she’s walking down the street, she starts lifting up girl’s skirts shouting “underpants!” Hideki’s neighbor and friend, Hiromu Shinbo, has a mobile persocom, Sumomo, who helps Chii in making sure she gets things right.
The big plot behind all this is where Chii comes from and her relationship with Hideki. Persocoms are not supposed to have emotions, but somehow she does. They have to find out where she comes from so that they can figure out why she is having emotions.
Hideki is your typical Japanese anime male character. He is generally a nice guy, but he gets embarassed very easily. Chii is just plain cute! Sumomo is one of my favorites; she’s fun and always ready for anything. While the majority of the anime is comedic, towards the end it becomes very dramatic. Throughout the anime, there is a romantic relationship building between Chii and Hideki.
There are four songs in all. The opening theme is “Let Me Be With You” by Round Table and Nino. “Reason to Be” by Rie Tanaka is the first theme, the second is “Mermaid Princess” by Rie Tanaka, and the third is “Awkward Love” by Rie Tanaka and Tomokazu Sugita. The opening is my absolute favorite of them all.
There’s 8 volumes for the manga and the anime is 26 episodes long. I, for one, feel that the ending isn’t enough. The last episode, I wanted to complete the entire story, but it just left me a little underwhelmed. That’s not to say I didn’t love the anime because I did! It’s really a fun anime for anyone wanting to watch a romantic comedy.
Overall: 9 out of 10
I was introduced to this anime through a friend who wanted me to read the manga. I haven’t read the manga yet, seeing as I already have three ongoing mangas I’m reading, but I do plan to in the future. There’s alot in the anime that I like.
Vampire Knight is about Cross Academy, a high school where vampires attend night classes. Yuki Cross is the main character; her earliest memory is, as a child, being attacked by a vampire and also rescued by one, Kaname Kuran. This was ten years earlier. Yuki and Zero Kiryu, a vampire hunter, are guardians at the school. They protect the secret of the “Night Class” students. Within a few episodes, you find out that four years earlier, Zero was bitten by a pure blood, the only type of vampire that can turn humans into vampires. He’s spent those years fighting the slow and painful transformation.
Yuki, once she finds out, promises to help Zero when he becomes a vampire. There is a type of vampire called, Level E, which are crazed vampires who have lost their humanity. All human-turned vampires are destined for this fate. Yuki basically promises to kill Zero once he reaches this state, if he ever does. Kaname is a pure blood and acts as leader of all the vampires in the “Night Class” while also acting as protector of Yuki, whom he loves. Yuki also loves him because he is her first memory and he has protected her for the ten years since. However, you always feel that Kaname knows more than what he leads on. Zero also loves Yuki, but hates Kaname and all vampires for what happened to him and his family, who were killed by a pure blood.
I don’t want to spoil the anime, but I feel like if I explain the story anymore, I will. The characters are actually really good. Yuki got on my nerves a little at the beginning, but she’s very caring and can be a little funny. Zero (right) is an almost stoic character. He never smiles and he’s very reclusive. Kaname (left), my favorite, always appears as though he’s thinking about something, like there’s something coming. So, whenever you see him just looking out the window, it’s suspenseful. You almost get the impression that he’s the puppet master pulling the strings of everyone. A couple of the other vampires are great, too; I love Hanabusa and Ichijou. Hanabusa is so funny while Ichijou is little of everything.
I love the opening and ending songs for this anime. For the first season, the opening is Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi by ON/OFF and the ending is Still Doll by Kanon Wakeshima. For the second season, the opening is Rondo by ON/OFF and the ending is Suna no Oshiro by Kanon Wakeshima. I do like the fact that they kept the same artists for the opening and ending, but used different songs.
There is a second season, Vampire Knight Guilty, which is good, too. It is a continuation, but there’s new problems, too. Unlike a lot of anime, where the second season feels rushed, this one flows very well, I think. Each season is 13 episodes. The manga is 13 volumes, but is ongoing. If you enjoy vampires and romance, this is an anime for you.
Overall: 9 out of 10
Fruits Basket is one of those anime that I’ve seen once, but I’d watch again for one character (he’s only in a few episodes). I know a lot of people love this anime, but I honestly don’t know why. It’s a little immature and I guess the majority of the audience is 14 years old or younger.
Tohru Honda is a girl who lives in a tent; her mom recently died and she was living with her grandfather, but his house is being remodeled. She told him that she would be living with a friend, but in truth she is living in a tent by herself because she doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone. One day, she passes by a nearby house on her way to school. She meets the Sohmas. Yuki Sohma is the “prince” of her school. Yuki and his cousin, Shigure, walk by her tent one night and they invite her to live with them, after a landslide hits her tent, as long as she’s their house keeper.
Soon, Tohru discovers the Sohma’s curse. While keeping Yuki and Kyou, another cousin, from fighting, she accidentally hugs Kyou. This causes him to turn into a cat! She ends up hugging Yuki and Shigure, too. Yuki becomes a mouse and Shigure becomes a dog. The Sohmas are cursed by the animals of the zodiac. Anytime a member of the opposite sex hugs them or their body is stressed, they become the animal. Tohru promises not to tell anyone, but Shigure must tell Akito, their leader, about the discovery. Akito decides whether she gets to keep her memory or not. He decides to trust her for the time being. Akito is the main antagonist. He pretty much decides the fate of anyone and everyone in the Sohma family and also anyone who knows their secret so he causes some trouble for them.
When I first saw this anime, I thought it was ok. It is certainly not the best in any category, but it’s ok. The characters seem very one-sided, mostly because each animal has their own personality and they never stray from that. Tohru is very naive and can be very annoying at times. She’s constantly worrying about every little thing. Shigure and Ayame, the snake (which is my zodiac animal, too), are my favorites. Shigure can be a little lecturous and writes trashy romance novels under a pen name. He and Ayame are best friends. Ayame is Yuki’s older brother and is very eccentric. Ayame and Shigure are the only reasons why I would watch it again.
There are too many differences in the manga and the anime. The anime is 26 episodes while the manga is 23 volumes. The anime is very toned down and has a lot of things that aren’t even in the manga. The anime really only follows the story up until volume eight of the manga. The voices in the anime, for me, aren’t the best. Neither the Japanese or the English voices are good. Both for Yuki are bad choices. Tohru’s English voice is not good either. Shigure’s English and Kyou’s Japanese voices are pretty spot-on, though. Oh, and I hate the songs.
While it’s certainly not my favorite, some people may like it. If you enjoy the younger romantic types of anime, you may like it. My advice for you, if you do decide to look into it, watch the anime first. If you don’t like the anime, then you won’t like the manga.
Overall: 7 out of 10
I need to post some more fun things. Maybe these lists are the way to do it. Some people, those who are not into anime, think that liking “cartoon” characters is completely stupid. I DISAGREE! It’s perfectly fine! Lol. Anime characters can be so completely attractive! Therefore, this list…is my Top 10 Hottest Characters!
1. Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler) – He’s my favorite character of all I think.
2. Grell Sutcliff (Black Butler) – *drools*…need I say more?
3. Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle) – He’s so sweet!
4. Sesshomaru (InuYasha) – demon, dark, mysterious, stoic…love him.
5. Kyosuke Kosaka (Ore no Imouto) – This guy is a mystery to me as to why I like him so much…I just do.
6. Amon (Witch Hunter Robin) – another mysterious character lol.
7. Isaak Von Kampfer (Trinity Blood) – I think it’s the hair…
8. Kuran Kaname (Vampire Knight) – vampire, mysterious, tall, dark, handsome…yeah.
9. Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist) – cute, demon, hilarious!
10. Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach) – This is another one that I don’t know why I like him. He goes against my usual likings.
Ones who nearly made it to the list: Hei (Darker than Black), Byakuya Kuchiki (Bleach), Gin Ichimaru (Bleach), Count D (Pet Shop of Horrors), Sa Sakujun (Saiunkoku Monogatari), and Hikaru Hitachin (Ouran Host Club).
Finally, I’ve come to review my favorite anime of all. I do have about five favorite anime, but I think this one above all is my absolute favorite. Kuroshitsuji, or Black Butler, is just…EPIC! There’s more than just anime for this one, too, so I’m reviewing it all in one! There’s the manga, the music, and the anime…and a musical, which I haven’t seen yet, and a videogame, which I have yet to play.
Black Butler is about a demon, Sebastian Michaelis, who makes a contract with a boy, Ciel Phantomhive. The contract is basically that Sebastian serves Ciel as his butler until he takes his revenge against whoever killed his parents; after that, Sebastian get’s Ciel’s soul. It’s set in Victorian England. The first season of Black Butler is about Sebastian helping Ciel take his revenge. The second season is just the continuation, but introduces a new demon, Claude Faustus.
I don’t want to give anything away so that’s all I’m telling you. HA! On to my review.
Sebastian really is “one hell of a butler.” He’s attractive, but so very mysterious. He’s funny when the time’s right; I’ll say one word…cat fetish. Ciel, even though he’s just a boy, is very mature. I love his character because you don’t expect him to be the way he is. Granted, once you find out everything he went through, you’ll be more sympathetic and understand.
There are so many characters that I can’t describe them all, but I will tell you about a few of my favorites. Grell Sutcliff is my favorite character second to Sebastian. This guy is hilarious and utterly drool-worthy. Grell is a Soul-Reaper and is absolutely in love with Sebastian, or Sebas-chan as he calls him, which I’m guessing would be like calling him Sebby for short. Undertaker is, well, the undertaker, and he’s very creepy, but in a fun way.
Claude Faustus, who is only in the second season, is another demon. I know that a lot of people hate Claude and his contracted, Alois Trancy, but I actually like Claude. He’s an interesting character. I really wish I knew more about him than what the anime shows. I really do hate Alois though…he can just die! Some other important characters are Elizabeth, Ciel’s fiance, Madame Red, Ciel’s aunt, Queen Victoria, William T. Spears, another Soul-Reaper, Prince Soma, an Indian Prince, and Soma’s butler, Agni. There’s also the others who help in the Phantomhive manor: Finnian, May-Rin, Bardroy, and Tanaka. Oh, and I can’t forget Pluto, the hell-hound.
The story can be very dramatic and at times there are some real loving moments. Sebastian is devoted to Ciel in every way. You come to realize just how important Sebastian is to Ciel and it can be very heart-wrenching. One episode in particular where you realize this is the episode involving the camera. This camera shows, in the photo of a person, the most important thing to that person that has passed on to the next world.
The first season is out in English now, but the voices aren’t the best. Some of them are ok, but the Japanese version is better. Jun Fukuyama voices Grell, which is just perfect! Daisuke Ono is Sebastian, which is another perfect match. In English, the voices are done with an accent, which I think was a mistake. Finnian’s voice is the worst, Jason Liebrecht, no offense, I just think it was a bad match. Undertaker is way better in Japanese, too; it’s so much more creepy. The anime is at a total of 36 episodes.
The manga is so much more in-depth and is ongoing as of right now, 11 volumes. The anime stretches past the manga so the manga’s story hasn’t gotten to the point of even the first season of the anime yet. Usually I don’t review anything until it’s finished, but the manga is great, too. The artwork is beyond great and there’s so many more minor storylines.
As for music, in the anime, it’s so good. The opening for the first season is Monochrome no Kiss by SID, the first ending is I’m Alive by Becca, and the second ending is Lacrimosa by Kalafina. The opening for the second season is Shiver by the Gazette and the ending is Bird by Matsushita Yuuya. You’ll want to get all the songs. However, there’s some you’ll want even more if you love this anime. You’ll want to get all the character songs, too, as well as the soundtrack. The character songs are all great! My favorites are the songs for Grell, Prince Soma and Angi (their duet), and Sebastian. All the songs are sung by the character’s Japanese voice actors. I love them!!!
I can’t possibly describe all the good things about this anime, manga, and the music. I hope that the manga continues with the story in the anime and maybe past that so there can be a Kuroshitsuji 3! Watch it!!!!
Voices: 8 (in English); 10 (in Japanese)
Overall: 10 out of 10
This is a video of the first ending credits. The song is one of my favorites and the video is…KAWAII!
Ah! The Cat Returns! One of my favorite Studio Ghibli films; I’ve seen it so many times. Hayao Miyazaki, please make a sequel!!! ^_^ (I’m such a kid…)
Haru is a normal high school girl who’s going through the normal teenage stuff; the boy she likes doesn’t notice her and she lacks self-confidence. On her way home from school, she saves a cat from being run over and he thanks her. Yes, the cat thanks her. Later that night, cats come to her house, the King specifically. These cats tell her that the cat she saved was the Prince and to thank her, they will be giving her gifts. Haru’s mother tells her that she actually told her when she was a kid that she could talk to cats. The next day, she finds out that the gifts are catnip and mice! One cat comes to make sure she’s enjoying her gifts, but tells her that she’s been offered the Prince’s hand in marriage. Haru’s shocked reply is mistaken as an agreement, which is very bad.
Haru overhears a voice that tells her to find a big white cat and ask to be taken to the Cat Bureau. The voice tells her that they will be able to help her. This is how we meet Fatso, I mean Muta. ^_^ He takes her to the Cat Bureau to meet the Baron, but before he can help her, she is kidnapped, or should I say catnapped? They are taken to the Cat Kingdom, where she is now the same size as the cats. Haru is taken to the palace where she realizes she’s becoming a cat.
The Baron rescues her, but they have to get to the top of the tower in order to return home and in order to get to the tower, they have to get through the King’s maze while guards are coming after them.
Haru is such a great character. She’s normal in almost every way except that she can talk to cats. Baron is the best though; he’s noble, brave, and so sweet. Muta is hilarious, especially his fights with a crow named Toto.
The voices of the characters are some of the best. Anne Hathaway voices Haru, which is perfect! Baron has a British accent, which I think fits him the best. The main song in the film is Kaze ni Naru by Ayano Tsuji. I love this song so much. Every time I listen to it, it immediately reminds me of the movie because it fits so well.
My biggest problem with the film is that it ends! I want so badly for her to go back to the Cat Bureau and see Baron again. There needs to be a sequel. Seriously.
Overall: 9.5 out of 10
Haibane Renmei was an anime that I thought was going to be more than what it was. I was honestly a little disappointed. If you’re reading this, it’s a good thing because now you won’t expect too much out of it. I’m not saying it was bad. I’m just saying that I was disappointed.
There is Haibane, which are a group of individuals that look like angels, who live in Old Home. Most of them are children. Every Haibane is born from a cocoon into this world and before they are born, they all have a dream. They are named after their dream. Rakka (“falling”), the main character, has a dream about falling and a crow trying to keep her from falling. She is cared for by Reki, one of the older Haibane. Rakka is introduced to everyone and is told that she must find a job. Haibane are not allowed to have anything new, use actual money, and are forbidden to touch the wall that surrounds Glie, the town they all live in.
Rakka follows each of her new friends for a day at their jobs so that she can decide what she wants to do. Her friend Kuu disappears later on and Rakka is told that she has taken her Day of Flight, or when Haibane pass over the wall never to return. The Day of Flight is only for those who are no longer “sin-bound.” Rakka becomes very depressed and runs away after her wings begin to turn black. Her black feathers are caused by her “sin.” She falls in a well, where she finds the bones of a crow, which causes her to remember her dream. She is then rescued by two Toga, people who are from the Haibane Renmei, or Charcoal Feather Federation.
Still hurt from her fall, she tries to return to Old Home, but touches the wall when she hears Kuu’s voice. The Communicator, a translator for the Toga, tells Rakka about the Circle of Sin, which Reki is caught in. Reki finds Rakka, but becomes jealous when she realizes that Rakka’s wings are back to normal. It’s up to Rakka to help Reki take her Day of Flight before her time is up.
It’s a very unique story and I found that I liked where everything was going up to the point where Reki’s problem came up. I understand that Reki is an important character, but I thought that Rakka was the main character; then, it switches all the sudden to focusing only on Reki. I love how it ends, but I just wish that the story could have focused on Rakka and her Day of Flight rather than Reki’s. For a short anime, you don’t get too much into the characters and their backgrounds, which was another con for me. I wanted to know more about some of the characters and, more importantly, the Toga. Rakka is a little shy and sweet while Reki is more of a stubborn character, but she’s very caring and protective.
It’s only available in Japanese, but the voices are good for the characters and the music is good, too. Notice I didn’t say great. Not really anything about this anime is great; it’s just ok. It’s not an anime that I want to watch again and I had forgotten a large part of it (except for the scene where Reki’s sin comes up because it’s so dramatic). I don’t know if it’s something I’d recommend because it’s not really much of anything; it’s not comedy, it’s not romance, it’s not horror, and it’s not fantastic. If you’re bored, watch it…that’s about all I can say really.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10