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Dead Leaves ~ Review

Dead Leaves ~ Review

“A high impact and fast paced construction of craziness!”

Now listen up. I’m about to review for you an anime that you have probably never heard of. And if you haven’t heard of this anime before then you’re probably feeling a little intrigued from the above image of the two main characters. If you haven’t heard of this series, then allow me to review it for you. After all, that is my job on this site.

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Nichijou ~ Review

Nichijou ~ Review

“Nothing can compare to the outrageous insanity of this series!”

“Oh great, another slice-of-life anime review. Really Anime Man? Really?”. Yes, really. I’ll do whatever kind of anime review that I fancy. If I’ve seen it, I will review it. And this series also just so happens to be one of my favourite anime series. It’s amazing how many people fail to realise that the simple slice-of-life anime series can be funnier than any other kind of series. Because frankly, they are missing out big time. So if you want some of the funniest content in all of anime, then listen up. Because this series is the show for you.

Nichijou revolves around the lives of three school girls – Mai, Yuko and Mio (shown above in that order from left to right) – who are best friends living out their ordinary lives (or their “nichijou’s”). However, within their ordinary lives are many kinds of people also living out their ordinary lives. The series basically outlines the many happenings and events that occur within the characters lives.

Although lacking in story, it’s use of absurdist elements, animation and amount of characters creates some of the funniest scenes ever seen in anime.

From reading only the synopsis, you might think that this show would turn out to be the most boring thing in the world. Well, this is where you are very, very wrong. It is very easy to compare this series with such other classics as Lucky Star and The Daily Lives of High School Boys; although there is no obvious plot or development in story, it is still a very amusing and cleverly put together show. Nichijou is no different; in fact, it contains (personally) some of the funniest material that I have ever watched in anime.

There are many known voice actors that assist in making this show what it is; such voice actors as Mariko Honda (voiced such characters as Kurimu from Seitokai no Ichizon and Kaya from Omamori Himari), Hiromi Konno (voiced such characters as Sae from Amagami and Kogami Akira from Lucky Star) and Minoru Shiraishi (voiced such characters as Taniguchi from The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and himself in Lucky Star). The quality of animation is well known in this series; Kyoto Animation doing a very fine job animating the series (they also did such iconic series asĀ Lucky Star, Clannad and K-ON!).

I may have said this in some of my past reviews, but please. Give slice-of-life anime’s a go. Because I promise you that the synopsis is not everything; and you will most definitely enjoy slice-of-life anime’s. And this series is no different. In fact, I would rank this to be one of my many favouite anime series. So go on and watch this series, and laugh you ordinary lives off.

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The Final Judgement:

Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended

Final Score: 9.5/10

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? ~ Review

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? ~ Review

“I’m a zombie… and I also happen to be a magical girl as well…”

In one glance, this may seem like another fantasy/magical girl anime, but if you pay attention to what I am about to say, you will soon find out that this is a very different, and quite a unique anime that will leave you very satisfied (and from personal experiences, a sore stomach).

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? revolves around Aikawa Ayumu, who is oddly enough, a zombie who as been resurrected by the necromancer that is Eucliwood Hellscythe after being kiled by an unknown serial killer. As Ayumu starts to live in his undead state, he meets a Masou-Shoujo (lit. Magical Garment Girl, a pun on “Mahou-Shoujo”) named Haruna and forcefully turns into a Masou-Shoujo himself. With many other creatures (such as vampires, magicians and Msou-Shoujo’s) Ayumu joins forces with Eucliwood and Haruna to fight evil creatures called Megalos as he tries to find the reason to his death and the serial killer that ended his life.

The absurdist genre can also be fit very neatly into this series due to its violent romantic comedy and ecci scenes.

This series is another one of those that has been derived from a light novel series, published by Fujimi Shoubo; the publishers of Monthly Dragon Age (that brought such notable series as High School Of The Dead, GoSick and Desetsu No Yuusha No Densetsu). The anime is done by Studio Deen; most famous for the animation of the Higurashi series, that definitely packed a punch for all anime fans out there (also did such notable “layed back” series as Fruits Basket, Seitokai No Ichizon and Rurouni Kenshin).

There are also many notable voice actors that show off their talents in this series; the most notable being Junji Majima (famous for the voices of Ryuji from ToraDora! and Kinji from Hidan No Aria), Yoko Hikasa (famous for the voices of Mio from K-ON! and Rias from High School DxD) and Iori Nomizu (famous for the voices of Nymph from Sora No Otoshimono and Rinko from Omamori Himari) – Iori Nomizu is also known as the singer of the opening song of the series.

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? is full of hilarity, cute and awesome; combining the very best of mahou-shoujo, zombies and vampires into a crazy symphony that is this series. Combine this with humorous absurdist elements and a little bit of fan-service, and you have created the basis of Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?. Furthermore, there is also a second season as well! But we’ll leave that to another time. Until then, get your cross-dressing fetishes revved up and watch this madness right now.

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The Final Judgement:

Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended

Final Score: 9/10

Midori Days ~ Review

Midori Days ~ Review

“A beautiful romantic tale about a young boy and… his right hand??”

I know what you’re thinking… “Anime Man, what the hell is up with the sub-title??”. Well, if you have never seen this anime (or even heard of it in fact) then I totally understand your confusion at the moment. So, let’s go onto the synopsis of this very unique story to clear things up…

Midori Days revolves around Seiji Sawamura, a delinquent who is known to be one of the toughest guys in the area, known for his self-proclaimed “Devil’s Right Hand”. However, as he is known to be a fierce, violent person, he has no chance of getting a girlfriend, even going on to say that he will grow old with “his right hand being his only companion” (I don’t think I have to explain what that means…) However, one day he wakes up to his right hand being turned into a real-life girl; her name is Midori Kasugano and has had a crush on Seiji for many years. As Seiji and Midori spend everyday together, the two get closer and closer but Seiji must find a way to turn Midori back to normal, for her sake ad his sake.

The series contains some very funny scenes and animation to create a cute, funny, feel-good atmosphere every episode

The proper title of the series is Midori no Hibi (lit. Midori’s days) and there are many reasons as to why it is called this. Firstly, Midori is written in the form of “Mi” (lit. beautiful) and “dori” (lit. bird), which spells to create the name “Midori” which is also the name of the main heroine. Midori also means green, hence why the character Midori has green hair. Another reason could be that the title is a pun referring to “Midori no Hi” (lit. Green Day), which is a national holiday in Japan during Golden Week.

The series contains many comedy scenes; from the movements and animation presented, Midori Days can almost be included in the absurdist genre, however it is mostly centred around the romantic comedy genre. The most notable voice actor is Mai Nakatani, who plays the voice of Midori; this series is considered one of the series that she voiced in before she became famous (most notable later on as the voices of Nagisa in Clannad, Rena in Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni and Watashi in Jinrui Wa Suitai Shimashita).

All in all, this series is a very enjoyable romantic comedy with a very interesting and original plot. Although it was aired in 2004, this series is still very enjoyable even now, and if you’re a fan of absurdist romantic comedy/drama, then Midori Days is definitely an anime for you.

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The Final Judgement:

Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Strongly Recommended

Final Score: 7/10