Sunday, August 30, 2009

Anime and Manga Review: Part 2

First off, I would like to tell you that I probably will no longer be updating my blog on a weekly basis. I have entered school for the year, and either I will start getting lots of work or I will be distracted, probably both. So I think it’s best if I just warn you that I will probably be updating the blog every two weeks as opposed to every week.

So now, I decided to make part two of my anime and manga review.


Code Geass:
One of my favorite anime series, ever. A fairly new show, it started in 2006 and ended in 2008, after being split into two 26 episode seasons. The story is about a fellow called Lelouch Lamperouge, who takes care of his blind and crippled sister Nunnally. They live in Japan, or as the ruling power over Japan calls it, Area 11. The world is shaped by three power blocs, the Holy Britannian Empire, the Chinese Federation, and the Euro Universe. Britannia is slowly taking over the world and Japan is one of their newest acquisitions. After a fateful encounter with a childhood friend named Suzaku, Lelouch faces a near-death situation, until a mysterious woman named C.C. (pronounced C2) gives him the power of “Geass”, which lets him give people an absolute command, which they must obey. As Lelouch is revealed to hold a grudge toward Britannia, and is actually a Britannian prince, the story follows his struggle to take over Britannia for his sister and for the sake of a better world. This show combines mecha action with school comedy and dramatic elements. Overall, I very much enjoyed it, and apparently many people did too, since it has garnered several awards. The mecha action was good and unique, while not being overpowered, although the second season brings the mechas more from real robot to super robot territory. There are many interesting characters, most notable of them Lelouch and Suzaku, and especially their rivalry and clash of ideals. Other fan favorites include C.C. and Jeremiah Gottwald. The comedy episodes at their school are also fun and give a break from all the tension of fighting and drama. There is also some fanservice, just to let you know. I would give this series a well deserved 9.5 out of 10. I recommend this show to everyone, since it has a bit of everything. It also is compared a lot to Death Note and other such shows.

Gurren Lagann: A show coming from 2007, it is also a newer title but also one that is immensely popular, and one of the latest super robot shows available. It starts with Simon and Kamina, two friends from the same underground village. When a giant robot ends up inside their village, a young woman named Yoko barges in and rescues them. Then, Simon beats the robot using a tiny mech he found underground. It turns out that there are many underground villages, like the one Yoko comes from. From there, the three of them assemble a ragtag group of allies to explore the surface and figure out the truth about their situation, all the while fending off giant robot attacks called Gunmen using their own robot they stole, renaming it Gurren. When Simon’s small mech, called Lagann, fuses with the Gurren, they form the Gurren Lagann. Eventually stuff happens, with big explosions and awesome fast paced mecha fights. The story is not too heavy on the drama, and is mostly about courage and strength. The fights are basically won through who has the most determination to win. I liked this show a lot, and it kept me fairly entertained. There is a bit of fanservice in this show, mostly from Yoko, but it gets toned down as time goes on. It’s also fairly short, only being 27 episodes. I would recommend this show to anyone who likes watching giant robots beat the crap out each other and who like watching really cool things happen. Two words: GALAXY SHURIKENS. I give this show a 9 out of 10.


Beelzebub: This is a new title, with only 26 chapters out, yet it seems like a good manga to start reading and catch up on on a weekly basis. It starts with Tatsumi Oga, who is a delinquent at his high school and good friends with Furuichi Takayuki, although Oga usually treats Furuichi a bit rough. One day, however, Oga meets a woman named Hildegard, who prefers to be called Hilda, and carrying a child, Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV (known as Baby BL for short). She entrusts Baby BL to Oga because Baby BL is actually the son of the Devil King and needs a human to fully develop his demon powers. Soon, the school’s four strongest people try to take Oga down one by one, while he worries about Baby BL and the pact he now has with him developing. It sounds like a very actiony series, but it’s actually full of comedy. The fights don’t last long, although as of recent events it’s heading into more action territory. Right now though, it is more of an action-comedy manga. I got into it a while ago after seeing some recommendations for a new and original manga, and so far I enjoy reading it weeky. For people who like humorous stories and some action thrown in, Beelzebub is right for you, especially with all of Oga’s and Baby BL’s antics. A solid 8 out of 10.

Onani Master Kurosawa:
This is a story about a lonely middle schooler named Kurosawa. He has a specific ritual he does every day at school, until the day he’s almost caught… In his third year, events occur that force him to make choices that change both his thoughts on people but also his outlook on life. At first, when I heard about this manga, I was like, “what”? It turns out, onani means “masturbation”. At first, a title like that might be off-putting. However, I heard some great things about the story, and so I ventured into it. As it turns out, it’s a surprisingly good story. At first, he goes and does his activity, but then a girl named Kitihara finds his secret and uses him to “punish” those who bully her, like one of the school bullies named Sugawa. As Kurosawa finds himself becoming a tool for revenge, he all of a sudden starts to get closer to Takigawa Magistel, a beautiful girl who makes him slowly but surely change subtley his life. And then disaster strikes. Telling you anymore would be spoilers! Seriously, this is an unexpectedly good story. Many people have said it’s a parody of Death Note that later develops into a compelling story. At only 31 chapters, it’s not a great time consumer. Even though the title sounds weird, it is still a very good story that you should at least consider reading it. I give this an 8.

There we have it folks! Tune in next time for some more goodness from my brain!

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