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Kawaiiguy's Aria Tv Review

Aria

Rated: 8

Of the many series I was anxious for, Aria stood out as one of my favorite. I was already a big fan of the manga, which made me wonder how an animated version would turn out. Unlike Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, Aria made an extremely good transition between print and screen. The anime does well in capturing the simplicity and charm of the manga, while preserving the message of the simple life. In today's wide range of magical girls, giant robots, sorcery, and in-your-face comedy, Aria stands out as a break from the norm. Less is more, or so they say.

As a testiment to the quality of the show, it is the only anime where I watch each episode from beginning to end without skipping. Each opening sequence is different and the ending theme brings the story to a close.

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Kawaiiguy's My-Otome Tv Review

Rated: 6

Thus far, My-Otome hasn't completely impressed me. It's a fun show to watch, but doesn't contain much content. I'm interested to see where the story will go, as well as what other twists are in store. Who knows, perhaps the second half of the series will pick up in much the same way HiME did. I certainly hope so. At this juncture, Otome is entertaining at best. There's been a lot of fan service and suggestiveness about the nature of the characters.

Coincidentally, My-Otome is also an interesting play on words. Where "hime" was Japanese for "princess," "otome" is the Japanese for "maiden." As My-HiME could be read as "my princess," My-Otome could be read as "my maiden." This reading also seems play into the responsibilities of an Otome.

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Kawaiiguy's Katamari Damacy Game Review

Rated: 7

Katamari Damacy is hands-down one of the most addicting games I've ever played. It has very high replay value in that it is a game that I can play for 10 minutes or 10 hours at a time. It doesn't have much of a learning curve and can be learned in a matter of minutes. Mastering it, on the other hand, is a different story. The other thing I enjoy about this game is the guilty pleasure it gives. I find it strangely satisfying to pick up a large building and hearing people scream.

Overall, Katamari Dmacy is extremely simple, something I applaud in today's market of extremely complex games. There really are only two controls (left analog, right analog), the story is very basic, and the graphics aren't too shiny. Simplicity, however, doesn't detract from fun or challenge.

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Kawaiiguy's Azumanga Daioh Tv Review

Rated: 7

For the purpose of this review, I will rename the "presentation" category to the "Aa! factor." Much like the terrior* of a good wine, Azumanga has what I can only call the Aa! factor. Simply put, this trait allows the series to transcend all normal judgement processes, and gives name to the inherant charm of the series. It is very difficult to hate or strongly dislike this series because of Aa!, since almost everyone can identify with at least one (or more) characters or situations. The only reason to really hate Azumanga is for the sake of hating Azumanga.

Azumanga is Azumanga. The only way to describe Azumanga(n.) is by saying it is Azumanga(adj.

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Kawaiiguy's Victorian Romance Emma Tv Review

Victorian Romance Emma

Rated: 7

Emma was sweet, subtle, and very classy; characteristics many current series lack. There are no magical girls, super powers, explosions, or intense action. The overall storytelling, characters, locations, artwork, and music were very pure and enjoyable. It is a wonderful series for sitting back and relaxing. It has plenty of historical references and clips of everyday life. Watching common people mill about their business makes the series that much more interesting to watch. As with any good story, the ending will somewhat surprise. It seems open ended for a sequel, but closes the book at the same time. By the second episode, I was completely hooked on the characters and their stories.

I would recommend Emma to those who enjoy the simple pleasures in life and don't expect much.

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Kawaiiguy's Shingetsutan Tsukihime Tv Review

Shingetsutan Tsukihime

Rated: 7

Tsukihime was definitely one of my favorite short series of 2003. Weighing in at only 12 episodes, it is an easy series to pick up and watch in an afternoon. I would, however, recommend evening viewing in a dimly lit room. It adds to the atmosphere. Geneon currently holds the US distribution rights, starting with the first volume in Fall 2004. I watched the first disk as soon as I got home as was not disappointed by the release. DVD quality was good and the packaging was well done. Each disk comes with a reversible cover and keep-case featuring one female character on each side. I was slightly disappointed that Satsuki didn't make an appearance on any of the covers. The artbox for the series is well designed, with some raised textures for the letters, giving an overall "classic" feel.

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Kawaiiguy's Najica Blitz Tactics Tv Review

Rated: 7

Najica clocks in fairly well in terms of presentation. It seems to be a well rounded series (no pun intended) with something for almost every guy out there (normal guys, not those anti-ecchi people who don't want to admit they have porn on their computers...sorry guys). As for the other half of the world, it may be enjoyable once you get past the panties.

The US release was presented by ADV and carries a rating of 17+. This is probably because of violence, excessive use of guns, weapons of mass destruction, and panties. The art box features a very simple design of mostly white, with only the title printed on one side and a picture of Najica loading her gun on the other. The DVD covers follow suit with only a shot of the main characters on the front and a brief summary on the back.

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Kawaiiguy's Cutey Honey Tv Review

Rated: 8

Re:Cutie Honey was extremely enjoyable to watch. It was weird, funny, entertaining, and indecent all at the same time. The ecchiness wasn't wildly overdone like in some other series, but there is a decent amount of uncovered skin. It has a bit more than past Honey, though I wouldn't expect any less from Go Nagi. I loved the way the entire series worked together, story, music, and art. It certainly feels polished and well thought out. In addition to the new OVA, a live-action movie was also made. It features the same story line and comedic overtone. Most of the music was also the same.

If you're a fan of past Honey, you may not actually like the newest edition to the Honey legacy. It's far more light-hearted than the past versions and much more extreme.

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Kawaiiguy's Inuyasha Tv Review

Inuyasha

Rated: 6

Unfortunately, like many long-running manga adaptations, Inuyasha suffered from a story that hasn't ended yet. The manga is still being published, but the series has come to an end. In all honesty, I started to lose interest in the series when it crossed the 100 episode mark. Now, this isn't to say that Inuyasha didn't catch my attention when I first saw it. I watched the first 60 or so episodes in about two weeks. My schoolwork suffered slightly during that time. However, it came to the point where the series started to drag on without any end in sight. I still stuck with the series, but no longer felt the same desire to see the next episode. The cliffhangers didn't capture my attention as in the past.

As a long time fan, I recognize a good series when I see it.

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Kawaiiguy's Variable Geo Tv Review

Rated: 5

As plot devices go, Variable Geo is definitely one of a kind. It's a strange cross between magical girl, ecchi, and a whole lot of messed up. There is definitely a hint of adult humor and situations throughout, including lots of things that make me wonder how this series wasn’t classified as hentai. To make up for it, the series doesn’t take itself seriously. I can’t see how this could possibly try to be serious.

For those who are looking for something lighthearted with action and a large side of ecchi, VG is the ticket. It definitely is a "watch and forget" series with some mild rewatchability. There’s plenty of action for the casual fan and more than a fair share of breast. I would recommend this as a “group anime,� so you don’t feel dirty watching it all by yourself.

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