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Trinity Blood (anime) – Review

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**

Story: 10

Characters: 10

Artwork: 10

Music: 10

Voices: 10

Overall: 10 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

Hana Kimi – Review

So, this is my first review of a drama.  This is also the first drama that I’ve seen.  I found it pretty interesting…in a really good way.

Hana Kimi is a Japanese Drama based on a manga about a girl, Mizuki Ashiya, who pretends to be a boy and enters an all boys school in order to meet Izumi Sano.  She’s from the U.S. and met Sano went he was there for a competition where he does the high jump.  Mizuki found out shortly after that Sano quick the high jump because of an injury, which we later find out that she caused.  She feels that it’s her responsibility to make him jump again.

Mizuki does everything in her power to get Sano to make the high jump again, but Sano is stubborn and thinks that Mizuki is just annoying and nosy.  He eventually does find out that she is a girl and she does make some progress with him, but it’s been so long since Sano has even tried the high jump that it’s going to be a long and painful journey to make it.  Nakatsu, a friend of Mizuki’s, begins to fall in love with her (not knowing that she is a girl), which makes for an interesting sinario.

Drama is probably the best word to describe this…drama (Lol.), but there’s twists around every corner that keeps you guessing.  I won’t tell you too much, but Mizuki’s family doesn’t know that she’s going to an all boys school, Nakatsu thinks he could be a homo, and Mizuki has to keep the fact that she’s a girl completely secret.  There’s also tons of comedic moments, mostly Nakatsu; he’s my favorite.

You’ll really fall for all the characters.  Each boy in this school has their own quirks and charms.  Nanba, the head of dorm 2, is a “player” and he’s always getting into trouble with all his girlfriends.  Sano (right) can be a complete ass, but he has his funny moments too when he’s drunk (the littlest bit of alcohol makes him want to kiss anyone around him).  Nakatsu (left) is the most awkward of the bunch, but he’s very sweet and keeps an eye on Mizuki (center) protecting her.  Mizuki is a lead female character that I actually love.  She’s kind and fun and even though she’s never been in love before, her relationship with Sano can be very cute.  Even though I love Nakatsu, I was rooting for her and Sano the whole time.

Maki Horikita does a fantastic job of being Mizuki.  She does look very androgynous.  Shun Oguri, though I’m not a fan, does a great job of portraying Sano’s character.  Toma Ikuta, Nakatsu, is one I became a quick fan of…he’s cute!  The acting was fantastic in my opinion.

I wasn’t a big fan of the music used for this drama, but it was ok.  It consists of 12 episodes, though it seemed like more than that, which is a good thing!  The manga has 22 volumes.  I all but demand you to watch it!  I swear I’m on my knees begging!  It’s fantastic.

Story: 10

Characters: 9

Acting: 10

Music: 7

Overall: 9 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

Boys Before Flowers – Review

This drama, the second I’ve seen, I admit made me cry almost too many times.  The crying most came from the fact that I loved one character more than the other.

Boys Before Flowers, a Korean drama, is about a girl who begins to attend a private elite school only because of a scholarship.  Her family forces her to attend, bribing her by telling her there’s a pool there.  Swimming is her passion.  This school has a group called F4 who pretty much makes the rules.  They are a group of four guys, all from rich families.  Guem Jan Di, this poor girl, is stubborn and thinks the F4 are immature and hates them.  Gu Jun Pyo, the leader of F4, gives Jan Di the red card, which, once it’s found in your locker, causes the whole school to torture you in different ways.

Jan Di, being the strong person she is, takes it all and asks for more.  Jun Pyo doesn’t understand this and, after receiving a spinning kick in the face from her, he decides that he wants her…as a girlfriend.  Jan Di, who hates Jun Pyo, falls in love with his best friend, Yoon Ji Hoo, but he loves a childhood friend.  Ji Hoo does eventually fall for Jan Di, too.  The whole drama, 25 episodes, is spent with Jan Di going back and forth between the two loves.  This is drama at it’s best.

Jan Di (left) can be really childish, but she’s normal.  Jun Pyo is one person I could deal without.  He’s arrogant, stubborn, and immature.  Ji Hoo (right), on the other hand, is loving and shy.  He loves music, which is funny because the actor Kim Hyun Joong is a member of the band SS501.  Goo Hye Sun, Jan Di, plays her really well, though I don’t really like her character.

The music in this drama was one of the best things about it.  SS501 has a few insert songs as do A’ST1, Ashily (the song “Lucky”), and Shinee.  My favorite song was “What Should I Do” by Jisun.  It’s such a beautiful song, but it’s so sad.  It really goes well with the drama.

I had a few problems with this drama.  One, I was starting to wonder when Jan Di was going to get with one of the two guys and just stay there.  Jun Pyo does a lot of things to hurt her, but Ji Hoo is there all the time to pick her back up and protect her.  I hated Jun Pyo for all the things he did and wanted Ji Hoo to be the one Jan Di finally ran to.  My other problem was, the other two friends, Yi Jung and Woo Bin.  Yi Jung ends up liking Jan Di’s best friend, but what about Woo Bin?  He’s really sweet, but he doesn’t get a girl?

It’s definitely a drama you need to watch, but don’t watch it if you want comedy.  There’s not much.  If you want a tear-jerking romance, watch this because you’ll get your fill.

Story: 9

Characters: 8

Acting: 10

Music: 9 (only because they repeated a lot of songs over and over again)

Overall: 9 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

You’re Beautiful – Review

This drama was recommended to me because I liked Hana Kimi.  I wanted something that was fun and light compared to Boys Before Flowers, which I watched previously.  This definitely stood up to that.

You’re Beautiful is a Korean Drama that, like Hana Kimi, is about a girl who pretends to be a boy.  Go Mi Nyu is a girl who grew up in a convent with her twin brother Go Mi Nam.  Mi Nyu is in the process of becoming a nun while her brother wants to be a famous singer.  The day before she is to leave for Rome, she is bombarded by her brother’s manager who begs her to pretend to be her brother.  Mi Nam has been accepted to be the popular band, A.N.Jell’s new member.  Mi Nam, who is currently in the U.S. receiving a cosmetic surgery, will not recover before the new member’s introduction to the band.  To keep her brother’s dream going, she does this.

The leader of the band, Hwang Tae Kyung (far left), who doesn’t like anyone or anything, treats “Mi Nam” badly.  He shuns her and anything she does.  She, of course, is clumsy and causes a lot of mishaps which don’t actually make the guy like her at all. There are two other members, Jeremy (right) and Kang Shin Woo.  Shin Woo and Tae Kyung actually end up falling for her as does Jeremy, but he doesn’t realize “Mi Nam” is a girl until much later.  Mi Nyu loves Tae Kyung and only thinks of the other two as friends, though.

Mi Nyu has to go through a lot in the drama, 16 episodes, in order to keep her secret, well, a secret.  In doing so, she tries to find the mother she never knew and discovers what love is.  She also has to deal with anti-fans, a pop singer who’s in love with Tae Kyung, and producing a solo album.

This drama was so much fun to watch.  I love all the characters!  Tae Kyung has a serious OCD problem and I loved watching him overly clean self.  Not to mention, I’m a Jang Geun Suk fan, he’s so cute.  Jeremy was a complete mess for the first few episodes.  He thought he was gay for a while so it was pretty funny.  Shin Woo is one of those hopeless romantic guys that you like for a while, but then it gets really old.  I thought the acting was good, too.  They all have their own little tics that make their characters; for example: Tae Kyung calls Mi Nyu a “pig-rabbit” and he always scrunches his lips up when he’s thinking.

The music for this drama was actually pretty good.  I like the A.N.Jell song, “Still.”  I found myself singing to that song every time it was played.  It’s definitely a show to watch.  (I know I say that about everything now, but I’m serious!)

Story: 9

Characters: 9

Music: 9

Acting: 8

Overall: 9 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

Black Butler (All-in-One) – Review

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!!!!

Story: 10

Characters: 10

Artwork: 10

Music: 10

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!

^_^ Sayonara!

Ouran Host Club – Review

I will warn you now…this is going to be a rather extensive review.  This is one of my favorite anime and I have seen it, all the way through, three times.  Ouran, for me, is one of the best anime I have seen.

Fujiyoka is a girl who just started her first year at Ouran Academy, a private school.  She is a commoner who is there on scholarship.  The anime opens to Haruhi looking for a quiet place to study.  The libraries are full and noisy so she sets off to find an open room.  She comes across an old music room that, she thought, wasn’t being used.  Opening the door, she is greeted by the Ouran High School Host Club!

This group of quite attractive boys believe that she is a boy accompanied by the belief that “he” is into boys because “he” is at the host club.  Haruhi, who is dressed in casual clothes, short hair, and glasses, doesn’t appear to be a girl at all.  In the process of trying to escape their leader’s grasp, she knocks a vase off its pedestal.  They inform her that this vase costs approximately 8,000,000 Yen, or $80,000.  Of course, she offers to pay it back, but she can’t afford it so they tell her that she will be the host’s dog until she pays them by through work.  The boys do find out that she’s a girl by the end of the first episode, but they decide that instead of being their “dog,” she will work off her debt by being a host, thus, dressing as a boy the entire time.

The anime is ultimately about her time spent as a host, but it’s also about the relationships between the boys and herself.  A lot of people think of Haruhi as a “lesser being” because of where she’s from.  “Lineage counts first, wealth a close second.”

The characters are some of my favorite characters of all anime I’ve seen.  Tamaki Suou, the “Princely Type,” is a rich French-Japanese boy who at times can be completely dense.  He comes to think of Haruhi as his “daughter,” and he her “Daddy.”  However, it turns out to be much more than that.  Kyoya Ootori, the “Cool Type,” is the genius boy who wears glasses.  Tamaki calls him the “Mommy” of the group.  Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin, the “Little Devil Type” or otherwise known as “Twincest,” are known for their forbidden love because they are twins.  They are my favorites, especially Hikaru, who is the more dominant of the two.  Takashi Morinozuka, or “Mori,” the “Stoic Type,” is the quiet one, but he protects his cousin, Honey, with his life.  Mitsukuni Haninozuka, or “Honey”, the “Lolita Type,” is this super-cute boy who is always seen with his bunny, Usa-chan, and eating cake.  Mori and Honey are both martial artists, though they may not act like it at all.

One of my other favorite characters is a minor one.  Umehito Nekozawa, is President of the Black Magic Club.  He always dresses in a black cloak, because he can’t be in the light, and carries around a cat puppet named Belzeneff.  There are a couple of episodes focused on Nekozawa.  Tamaki is scared of him to a very comedic point.

There are plenty of moments where problems ensue.  Hikaru and Kaoru get into a fight, Honey goes missing, Haruhi is kidnapped by a girl’s school, and other character’s have problems that need to be solved.  Every episode has a new problem being brought up.  There’s an episode that involves the school’s newspaper club; they have a problem with posting rumors and fake articles.  It’s one of the funniest episodes simply because of how Tamaki acts.  He is the ultimate source of comedy in this anime.  Although, the other characters have their moments, too.

Ouran Host Club is classified as being a drama, though it has more comedy as well as romance.  Tamaki bases the club on his rule that they must make every woman happy no matter how young, old, poor, or wealthy.  This causes him to want to help in quite a few situations that could possibly cause trouble.  It’s filled with so many moments where you laugh until you can’t breathe and then want to watch again and again.  However, there are times where the characters touch your heart and make you fall in love.  (Damn Hikaru and Nekozawa for being animated! ^_^)

There are so many other minor characters that I could go into.  Haruhi’s dad plays a big part in most of the anime; I’ll let you watch it and figure out why he’s funny, though.  Renge, who becomes a part of the host club, is a power-hungry girl who is madly in love with Kyoya.  I don’t want to spoil too much of the anime for you so I’ll leave it there for now.

For me, this anime is a must see for anyone.  Sadly, those who aren’t into the romantic comedies won’t be too thrilled with it.  It’s so much fun and you’ll want to keep it in your collection forever.  There are two songs, both of which are fantastic.  The English Dubbed anime has the songs re-done in English.  The English songs are as follows: Sakura Kiss by Kristine Sa (opening) and Sprint by Justin Houston (ending).  The Japanese versions are: Sakura Kiss by Kawabe Chieco and Shissou by Last Alliance.

As far as voices, I thought the English was fantastic.  Vic Mignogna does the voice for Tamaki, Caitlin Glass voices Haruhi, J. Michael Tatum as Kyoya, Todd Haberkorn as Hikaru, Greg Ayres as Kaoru, Luci Christian as Honey, and Travis Willingham as Mori.  The Japanese version, I watched enough to hear the voices of each and thought that they were fine, but not near as spot-on to the personalities of the characters as the English.

Host Club consists of 26 episodes.  There is a manga, which is at 18 volumes, 83 chapters.  There is a visual novel (Playstation 2 & Nintendo DS), but they are only in Japanese at the moment.  There are rumors, however, of them being released in English in the future.

Story: 10

Characters: 10

Artwork: 10

Voices: 10

Music: 10

Overall: 10 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!