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Episode Review: Flowers of Evil Episode 1

Ratings(out of 5 *s):

Story:  Not Rated

art/animation:  (no stars)

Voice Acting:  Not Rated

Overall:  (no stars)

 

Some one had the clever idea of rotoscoping this show.  That some one should never work in anime again.  Let’s take a quick look at just one example of the character design in the anime:

yuck

The character art looks terrible, the characters move terrible jerky, the detail drops away to nothing, literally blank faces, at any distance.  It is too bad since from what I can tell the manga had wonderful, detailed character art and design.  And it is all lost here.  Is the show any good?  I have no idea.  I rage deleted the show from my Crunchyroll queue after 10 minutes as it was just painful to watch due to the character art.  If you want to subject yourself to this, you can do it here:  Flowers of Evil

Statement of Purpose, and Stuffz

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This is here simply as a form of mental masturbation…and as an exercise for my hands.  See, I am recovering from this stupid thing called Guillain‐Barré syndrome and getting coordination back in my hands is a slow process(not to mention legs, which is even slower, and do not even get me started on getting feeling back in my feet).  Part of the idea of this is to have to type more, and use that to get my coordination back.  it’s an exercise.  Plus, I do mini little reviews of anime shows I watch all the time with a friend at a message board, spamming the hell out of his private message inbox.  So why not put both together and make a blog, which even saves me having to spam his inbox.

 

So what I will be doing, for as long as I keep up interest, is posting reviews(and maybe news) about anime, manga, and whatever else happens to catch my interest.  I have about 10 shows I am watching in the spring 2013 season, and little reviews of each episode should keep me busy.  In addition, I have a decent library of anime DVD/BRs, plus manga and light novels.  Will work my way through those as time and my interest permits.

 

About me:  It’s none of your damn business.  Get off my lawn you young punks.

Episode Review: Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Season 2 Episode 1

Ratings(out of 5 *s):

Story:  ****

art/animation:  ****

Voice Acting:  ****

Overall:  ****

Like seemingly every one else in the anime fan world, I was a fan of the first season of this show, known by the above title, or My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, or most commonly Oreimo.  There is good reason to like this series, and not just because of the superior character designs.

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As you can see, superior character design is a reason though.  But the series also does a great job of making fun of both the attitudes people have towards otaku, and making fun of otaku themselves and showing why people have negative opinions of otaku.  Making a series that makes fun of a group of people that are also the biggest fans of the series takes some doing, but Oreimo pulls it off.  If you have not watched season 1, go do that now, I will wait(it’s free).  (Note however that Crunchyroll does not have 3 episodes(knows as webisodes) that conclude the first season.  You have to buy the DVD or Blueray to see those legally.)

Season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off.  Kyosuke has brought Kirino back from America, but all is not right with the world.  Kirino seems distant again and Kyosuke is confused about Kuroneko and her actions just before he left to get Kirino.  Before the show can turn too angsty, things pick up with another shopping trip to Akihabara.

The episode is mostly there to get things started.  Very little story actually happens, it is mostly setting up plotlines.  As it covers material from the beginning of volume 6 of the light novels, it makes sense that it is setting up storylines instead of advancing them.  All of the major and most of the minor characters make at least a brief appearance, which in itself is somewhat satisfying as I grew to like those characters from season 1.

Overall a very enjoyable beginning to the new season.  Art/animation looks very good, crisper than season 1 to my untrained eye.  Opening song is not nearly as good as season 1’s however.  Well worth it to watch if you have watched season 1, and if you have not, worth watching season 1 to get to this episode.