Anime Review: Vlad Love

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Year: 2021
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, School, Supernatural, Vampire
Studio: Production I.G / Drive

Synopsis: Mitsugu Banba is a high school girl who finds meaning in donating blood. She frequently visits a blood bank to donate blood, despite being harshly treated by the nurse. One day, she encounters a beautiful girl who looks like she’s from overseas at the blood bank. The pale girl looks like she’s about to faint any minute, but then, she starts destroying the blood bank. The girl loses consciousness and Mitsugu takes her home…


STORY

I don’t know about you, but there are times when I’m not all that enthused to watch anime. A major reason is simply because it feels like most of these shows are super similar and lack any sort of originality. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen almost all of them. But then an anime like Vlad Love comes along and turns out to be so weird and all over the place that your faith in anime humanity is restored for a minute.

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Anime Review: Otherside Picnic

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Year: 2021
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Yuri
Studio: LIDENFILMS, Felix Film

Synopsis: The “Otherworld” is a vast and dangerous realm hidden from the knowledge of the common folk. It is also home to many creatures that threaten any human who dare visit it. To witness its desolate yet oddly absorbing environment, one must search for portals that could reside anywhere, from secret elevators to shrine entrances.

After a fateful encounter with a horrendous Otherworld denizen, Sorao Kamikoshi ponders whether to keep going or give up in life. Meanwhile, Toriko Nishina scours the Otherworld in hopes of finding her friend Satsuki, who she believes is lost somewhere within the realm.

When the two cross paths, friendship blossoms. In order to acquire as much information about this obscure dimension, the two travel back and forth from the real world to the other. Sorao and Toriko’s bodies are soon influenced by the Otherworld, preparing them for the many horrors to come as both of them try to fulfill their goals.


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Anime Review: Steel Angel Kurumi 2

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Year: 2001
Length: 12 (15-min) Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi, Yuri
Studio: OLM

Synopsis: Taking place 75 years after the first series, Steel Angel Kurumi 2 brings the Steel Angels in a new mis-adventure. High school student and aspiring cellist Nako Kagura accidentally discovers and kisses Kurumi Mk. II at her home, thus making her Kurumi’s master. But things go awry as Nako’s best friend Uruka gets jealous and tries anything – including her father’s army of top-secret mecha – to destroy Kurumi and win back Nako. Things get more out of control when Saki Mk. II is awakened by Uruka, and Karinka Mk. II joins in to steal Nako away from Kurumi.


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Anime Review: Adachi to Shimamura

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Year: 2020
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Romance, School, Slice of Life, Yuri
Studio: Tezuka Productions

Synopsis: Somewhere in the school at noon, one might hear the sound of two girls playing table tennis together as they wait for time to pass by.

As if by fate, two students—Sakura Adachi and Hougetsu Shimamura—stumble upon each other on the second floor of the school gymnasium. As they gradually foster a budding friendship, their feelings for one another only become more ambiguous. Growing closer by the day, the two must learn to navigate their contrasting personalities as well as determine the depth of their affection for each other.

The nature of this relationship gradually shifts when one of them starts to develop feelings beyond the boundaries of a platonic relationship. Even so, Adachi and Shimamura must realize if forming a bond stronger than friendship will bring them closer or tear them apart.


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Anime Review – Assault Lily: Bouquet

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Year: 2020
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Magic
Studio: Shaft

Synopsis: Fifty years ago, mysterious creatures known as the “Huge” suddenly appeared all over the world, posing an existential threat to humanity. To defend against these menaces, soldiers in the form of teenage girls known as “Lilies” use the energy “Magie” within their bodies to power weapons called “Counter Huge ARMS” or “CHARMS.”

After being saved by a Lily two years ago while evacuating from a Huge attack, Riri Hitotsuyanagi vowed to become a Lily herself. She enrolls in the prestigious academy of Yurigaoka, a training ground for Lilies, and discovers that one of her classmates is Yuyu Shirai—the same Lily who rescued her. Much to her confusion, however, the person she thought to be cheerful turns out to be quite antisocial and prefers to fight alone. Even so, Riri still desires to get along with Yuyu and is willing to do anything she can to reach that goal.

With Yuyu and the other Lilies by her side, Riri’s journey on becoming one of them has just bloomed!


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Short Anime Review Roundup – Anitore! XX: Hitotsu Yane no Shita de, Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara., and Ten Little Gall Force

Anitore! XX: Hitotsu Yane no Shita de

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Year: 2016
Length: 12 (4 min.) Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Sports
Studio: Rising Force

Synopsis: Sequel of Anitore! EX.

New member Sakura Izumi joins the five idol candidates of the previous season. A second year middle schooler, she often wears a big smile on her face.


Starting off, make no bones about it, this series’ main reason for existing is just for the fanservice. It’s not about exercise, it’s about anime fanboys briefly getting to live out their dreams of having close a relationship with some anime girls. I say fanboy because, even though the viewer is spoken to by the characters as though they’re the protagonist, the girls refer to you as a male, so it’s clear that they know who their target audience is. The only thing that was missing was them calling you onii-chan. 😛

Throughout the season, you’re treated to fourth-wall-breaking comments from the girls, as they demonstrate various exercises. I was immediately reminded of a somewhat similar—and far superior—anime from last year titled Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?, which actually did a good job of not only being informative with its content, but being an entertaining anime as well. That’s a lot more than what I can say about Anitore. I guess you could argue that the exercises here can be somewhat helpful, but that takes up the entirety of each three-and-a-half minute episode. There’s no story at all and no attempt at explaining that these girls are supposed to be idols in training, so you can see what I mean when I say that this only exists for the fanservice.

Since I didn’t watch the previous season, I had no idea who these girls were, and I didn’t care about any of them in the slightest. The anime gave me no reason to do so, and out of everyone, there was only one character that I found even remotely interesting, the chuuni. This was listed as a comedy, but I didn’t find it funny at all, so that’s another strike against it. As for the yuri, there pretty much wasn’t any. The main reason I watched this was because there’s a yuri club on MAL that listed this anime, but I don’t know why they did, because the girls only seem to be more interested in you. Speaking of, the last episode was just them thanking you for your help and for staying by their side (and one girl confesses to having feelings for you), so I might have thrown up in my mouth a little. It seems like I’m just shitting on this anime, but it’s just so not what I like or find entertaining. 😛

Yuri Rating: 0
Total Enjoyment: 2


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Anime Review: Steel Angel Kurumi

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Year: 1999 – 2000
Length: 24 (15-minute) Episodes
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Mecha, Military, Romance
Studio: OLM / Production Reed

Synopsis: During Japan’s Taisho Era (1912-1926), a scientist named Ayanokoji developed the Steel Angel – an artificial humanoid with superhuman physical abilities. While the Imperial Army wanted to use the Steel Angel as a new means of modern warfare, Ayanokoji wanted his creation to be a new step in the future of mankind. Thus, he defied orders from the Army and secretly made the Steel Angel codenamed “Kurumi”. Then one day, a young boy named Nakahito Kagura snuck into Ayanokoji’s house as a dare by his friends and stumbled upon Kurumi’s lifeless body. A sudden attack by the Imperial Army shook the house, causing Kurumi to fall on Nakahito. At that moment, their lips met, and Kurumi woke up from “the kiss that started a miracle”.


STORY

Another anime from the turn of the century, a quick skim of Steel Angel Kurumi‘s synopsis and a glance at a girl in maid uniform were more than enough to let me know that I should probably keep my expectations for the story in check. Turns out, that was a good decision, because this was the quintessential generic anime story that was unoriginal, cliched, and only mildly entertaining.

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