Quick Anime Reviews: “World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman”

World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman

Rating: 5/10

Episodes 12

Genre:
Action, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School, Supernatural, BattleSchool, Shonen

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Description:
In a world where magic exists but only for people who can remember their past lives the guy that can remember TWO past lives is king. The story starts with Moroha Haimura falling flat asleep during the opening ceremony to the Akane Private Academy where the mages of Japan are trained. Tests have revealed that Moroha has the ability to use magic and see his past life that can teach him to use the magic but he can’t remember his past lives yet. He gets a rude awakening by Satsuki Ranjou but it turns into a blessing as her appearance makes him start to remember…This one is actually a pretty good action show and may deserve a higher score, but I’m taking a point off for a weak, obvious ending. It ends, which is better than a lot of other shows I’ve seen but they leave a lot on the table, so a second season is possible eventually.

Dislikes:
Overpowered Main Character, no real sense of consequence, and a weak obvious ending hurt this one overall.

Likes:
Moroha isn’t a wimp. He’s also active, and even though this show has a harem feel going on, I think that he’s already decided on which girl is ‘the one’. Once that becomes known I think all hell is going to break out among the women and THAT would make for an interesting half dozen episodes.

Recommendation:
Watch. If you are in the mood for something rather light and shallow this one can entertain you for a few hours.

Quick Anime Reviews: Dagashi Kashi

Dagashi Kashi

Rating: 6/10

Episodes 12, Season 1 (of 2)

Genre:
Slice of Life, Comedy, Shounen, (Candy??)

Available On:
Other? No longer on CrunchyRoll. Maybe you can find it on YouTube or Amazon?

Description:
Kokonotsu (Coconuts) Shikada is heir to a small candy shop in a small out of the way town, but he wants to be a manga artist when he grows up. It’s a point of contention between him and his Dad, ‘You’. One day a strange, VERY CUTE, girl named Hotaru Shindare shows up to recruit ‘You’ to work for her father’s very large candy distribution company. However “You”, won’t leave until his son agrees to take over the shop. Hotaru starts trying to convince Coconuts to do just that immediately. Hilarity ensues. Hotaru is a candy otaku, and lives and breath the stuff, but doesn’t seem to know much else. Kokonotsu’s childhood friends Saya and Tou get caught up in the fun too. Both Tou and Saya find they like the strange Hotaru. Tou because she’s fine and he’s a teenaged boy, and Saya because if Hotaru is successful, Kokonotsu will stay in town. Saya’s got it bad for coconuts and everyone knows it, except Kokonotsu, of course. Saya may regret letting Kokonotsu spend so much time with Hotaru though, after all she IS very cute. Yeah there’s a love triangle in the air. But mostly it’s about the candy!

Dislikes:
Not many from me honestly. It’s a bit obvious at times, but so is almost everything I watch. I do wish the main characters in a lot of these shows weren’t so dense that they cannot for the life of them, tell a girl (or boy) might, just MIGHT, actually already like them?….Oh, and why does everyone seem to be cross-eyed all the time?

Likes:
Love that this is basically an ode to candy. Hotaru and Kokonotsu know about everything there is to know about the many and sundry candies of Japan and they go to great lengths to out ‘knowledge’ the other about the subject. Kokonotsu is caught up in this knowledge fest despite the fact that he doesn’t want to take over his dad’s shop, mostly because he gets to spend time with Hotaru. I mentioned she’s cute, and he’s not blind, right? Yeah, I get the feeling that the ‘love triangle’ is going to end with the childhood friend out. Does the childhood friend EVER get her man? Like, EVER? Saya better hope that Hotaru is more interested in candy than she is in Hotaru. Still, it’s a cute, fun show and you’ll know a lot more about candy when you are done!

Recommendation:
Watch 2 episodes. If you like it, you’ll enjoy the rest. If you don’t; it doesn’t get any better go ahead and skip.

Extra:
Season two is showing now and I’m enjoying it on CrunchyRoll.  Season one, the one being reviewed here, is not on CrunchyRoll. You’ll have to find it elsewhere.
Seriously, this is mostly a show made to talk about candy. You gotta love that, right?

Anime Ratings List

I had been asked about this on FaceBook, so I’m putting this list up here. It is NOT my ‘all time’ list; not yet. I’ll try to get to that later. This list is just the animé I’ve watched in the last year or so, on CruchyRoll and Netflix. (Maybe a YouTube series or two mixed in as well.)

I’ll come back and update this post from time to time as I add shows to the list. The order is simply by rating and when I’ve seen something. So shows I saw earlier are on top of a numbered category while shows I saw later are below it. So I watched ‘Konosuba’ before I watched ‘Toradora!’. It’s NOT a case of Konosuba is better than the series below it in the 8’s.

10/10

[No one is perfect. No listings yet.]

9/10

Your Lie in April
One Punch Man

8/10

Konosuba
Toradora!
My Bride Is a Mermaid (Seto no Hanayome)
Silver Spoon

7/10

Interviews with Monster Girls
INVADERS of the ROKUJYOMA
My Hero Academia

6/10

Infinite Stratos
Kotoura-San
The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
Trinity Seven
Seiren
My Little Monster
Nisekoi
If her Flag Breaks
Kokoro Connect
The Fruit of Grisaia
Engaged to the Unidentified
Oreshura
Place to Place(acchi kocchi)
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Love Lab
Tsugumomo
Kamisama Dolls
Anne-Happy
Strike the Blood
Inu X Boku Secret Service

5/10

Fuuka
Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai (Haganai)
Chu-Bra
The Kawai Complex Guide To Manors and Hostel Behavior
My Wife is the Student Council President
Nourin
Campione!
The Labyrinth of Grisaia
Isuca
Recently, My Sister is Unusual
Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism
Love Tyrant(Renai Boukun)
Akashic Records of a Bastard Magic Instructor
Demon King Daimao
Mikagura School Suite
Freezing
Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon
To Love Ru
Motto To Love Ru
To Love Ru Darkness
Kaze No Stigma

4/10

Kanokon
Girls High
Monster Musume everyday life with monster girls
Glasslip
Tsuredure Children
Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
Ladies Versus Butlers
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky

3/10

My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy
Isuca
Maken-ki!
AHO-GIRL

2/10

Himouto! Umaru-chan

1/10

None yet.

No Ranking(Skipping):

“The Heroic Legend of Arsland”: May come back to this, but I just decided to skip it for now.

“Denpa Kyoushi Otaku”: Teacher doesn’t want to teach. Teaches anyway. Skipping for now. Got to episode 4 on YouTube.

“Chivalry of a Failed Knight”: This is the EXACT SAME SHOW as Asterisk War which I got bored and stopped watching half way through. What’s the point?

“Brynhildr in the Darkness”: Witch Girls running from the lab that made them. Stopped at EP: 1.5. Seemed to be heading to some overly sad BS so I quit.

“Walkure Romanize”: Decided I wasn’t interested in girls that joust in fully armored tops but skirt and bikini bottoms.

“Flip Flappers”: Two very odd girls going on adventures. My revisit but I didn’t get the feeling this was for me.

One final caveat, because this list is basically in chronological order from top to bottom per rating category, some shows that I watched earlier, are probably a bit higher than they deserve. (I’d probably move several 6s down to 5s for example, and some of the later 4s would have been 5s if seen earlier in my process. Hope I described the situation well enough.

Quick Anime Review: Kaze No Stigma, Asobi ni Ikuyo:Bombshells from the Sky

Kaze No Stigma

5/10 (EP: 24)

  • Gary Stu Main Character? Check!
  • Forced Team up with MFC? Check.
  • Opponents with no logical reason for doing what they are doing? Check!
  • Main couple don’t understand their own feelings for each other? CHECK!

I could go on. This is about as “FIVE out of TEN” as you can get with regards to a ‘magical humans’ world anime. After watching the whole thing I STILL can’t tell you WTF is wrong with the main character’s Dad. Their relationship makes ZERO sense. Recommendation: Easy pass.

Asobi ni Ikuyo:Bombshells from the Sky

4/10 (EP: 12)

Very dumb.

Very silly.

Very good palate cleanser. Just turn your brain off and enjoy the silly…and fan-service, of course. I mean you knew that from the cover image and the title, right?

Quick Anime Reviews: Inu X Boku Secret Service; Freezing

Inu X Boku Secret Service

6/10 (EP: 12)

It feels a bit odd giving this one a 6. I’m not sure it deserves this high of a ranking, but even though not much happens, I somehow enjoyed the show anyway. Social misfits find out they can make friends, and some of those friends can be as strange as you are. I’d say watch the first two episodes and if you aren’t impressed just pass. Don’t expect too much ‘story’ but enjoy the character’s growth and interaction. Also WTH is up with the ‘fiancee’?

 

 

 

Freezing

5/10 (EP:12)

“Shonen magical fighting school” show (You know what I’m talking about!) where the girls do most of the fighting and the boys are there for support. The main character, as you’d expect, ends up the guy in the middle of several ‘alpha’ girls. This one didn’t make a lot of sense when you think about it (like AT ALL), but it has a lot of animated tits, so I guess they thought that was enough? If you want something forgettable as a time waster try the first couple of episodes and you’ll know what to expect. My advice, just try not to think about it.

Quick Anime Reviews: Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon; Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero; Ladies Versus Butlers

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon

5/10 (EP:12)

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon

Sooo close to being a 6, but I found the ending unsatisfying. There is a LOT more I need to know about this world and this story. The ‘heretic vs hunter’ dynamic in the show doesn’t make it obvious who the good guys actually are, as there seem to be bad guys working on BOTH sides. The main characters are obviously good guys but there are hints the upper echelon might not be, but we are never given a hint where this story is going in the anime. Maybe it’s in the source material. I would watch a second season if it’s offered though, and that would affect it’s score, most likely positively,

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero

4/10 (EP:12)

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero

If you’d asked me 5 months ago I’d have given this a 5, but I’ve seen too much of the same lately to give it that much. Badass hero is badass (also a bit perverted). That is all. No surprises from this shonen.

Ladies Versus Butlers

4/10 (EP:12)

Ladies Versus Butlers

I can’t rank this show higher because I’ve basically already forgotten this one! Guy with scary face want’s to be a butler. Has hard time fitting in to a school for maids/butlers and the high class ladies they serve. I guess you’re supposed to stick around for the fanservice? The main character is so forgettable they forgot to even put him in the cover art!

As per always I’m trying not to spoil anything in the ‘review’ above, but I’ll gladly delve into them in the comments!