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Weskalia's Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko Tv Review

Rated: 7

Overall, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko is a very good series which falls short of being a great series primarily because it tends to be nothing more than just a fun frolic about a pretty girl claims to be an alien. Yeah, there might actually be real aliens near the end. It never gets into any deeper into that side, or maybe it doesn't have to for inserting such content in would have interfered with the pleasant charm that the series develops. It gets off to a nonsensical start with its tone-setting first episode but wraps up with a satisfying good finish, though the stories in between also have their moments. The end result is a series that, through its planned 13 episode run (12 TV episodes and one OVA next year), is one warmth, funny, and touching story.

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Weskalia's Bakuman Tv Review

Bakuman

Rated: 9

As pure shounen action series go, there are certainly stronger options out there, but none of them can match Bakuman.'s writings and few can equal it on the development of its central couple. This is not to say, however, that everything is executed perfectly. The series does have its humorous moments, too, and its ending, which is somewhat cut off many important parts of the original source. Curiously though, that isn't the purpose of the anime is to make a more interpretational ending than the manga. Trust Bakuman. to take what should have been done and turn it on its into a more satisfying end. One may have to muddle through some weak early episodes, but the late pay-off will certainly be worth it.

It's the end of the road for Bakuman., they say nice guys finish last. Not so in here.

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Weskalia's Chihayafuru Tv Review

Chihayafuru

Rated: 9

It's a blessing that something as pleasantly effective as Chihayafuru was released at all in today's anime market. It doesn't do anything complicated. That said, the strengths and weaknesses the author developed during her previous work are still in evidence. It is clear that Chihayafuru is still an open story, the ending suggests that something needs to be done. That isn't it, of course. There's season two yet. But that's no way to end a season.

So who should watch a shoujo anime about a team of competitive poetry card playing high school students? To be sure, it has its nuances - it isn't as naive as it first seems, nor are its characters - but in the end its formula is simplicity itself: good characters, an interesting story, and beautiful execution.

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Weskalia's Hoshi o Ou Kodomo Tv Review

Hoshi o Ou Kodomo

Rated: 9

Hoshi o Ou Kodomo does not quite have the emotional appeal that Five Centimeters Per Second did, and though its writing is great, it may be criticized for looking like a Ghibli movie, but it is still a visually impressive and highly sentimental tale which speaks to the chase that most people hope for meeting those who they have lost. Though it may not differ much in style, tone, sound, or look from his other productions, you will not find another anime director better at hitting just the right note, and using just the right combination of lines and visuals, to much such stories work. It isn't the best anime movie, but it's safe to say that it's the first best anime movie in the 2010s.

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Weskalia's Persona: Trinity Soul Tv Review

Persona: Trinity Soul

Rated: 5

Ultimately Persona: Trinity Soul seems more concerned with spinning a fanciful supernatural thriller than with actually telling a character-driven story or playing up any emotional connections. As a supernatural anime, it's a passable entertainment, with story and elements that go deeper and darker than your average ghost hunt. As a spinoff of Persona 3, however, it may leave a lot of fan disappointed; it's no coincidence that most concept from the original only to go wasted. That would not necessarily be a problem if it was more direct about its intentions, the story isn't quite together but has the ability to grow, but instead it spends most of its time trying to straddles the line between goofing off and developing its characters and supernatural elements fully.

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Weskalia's Ano Natsu de Matteru Tv Review

Ano Natsu de Matteru

Rated: 9

One could make a surface comparison between Ano Natsu de Matteru and Please Teacher!, this series is good enough to stand on its own as an ode to growing up and falling in love. Viewers may be disappointed in the poorly explained and all-too-convenient ending. Certain things are expected to happen, but in the end something completely different happens, and while it gives a brief explanation as to how the final result occurs, it fails to explain why the expected ending does not. But with the exception of not tying up one item related to the end of the story, every other major plot item and side-item is nicely and satisfactorily wrapped up.

And ultimately, it's a blessing that something as pleasantly mature as Ano Natsu de Matteru was released at all in today's anime market.

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Weskalia's Tekken Tv Review

Rated: 6

Contrasting Tekken's main games and the movie is instructive, but one shouldn't let it obscure their similarities. Both are thoroughly preposterous re-interpretations of your favorite fighting game characters as a DBZ-styled free-for-all, best enjoyed by turning your brain off and letting their big, spectacular action sequences carry you along. They differ only in the density of fighting and the context they provide for it. If you're looking for context, this movie will scratch that itch better than the games and probably seem less like a blur of fighting game characters beating each other up in the bargain. And yet still only rarely are these minutes as fulfilling as any successful movie before it. It's nothing qualitative; just a simple matter of magnitude.

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Weskalia's King of Thorn Tv Review

Rated: 7

Despite a problem that it starts giving off a video game vibe, King of Thorn is still an exciting, engaging story of the struggle to maintain some sort of society in a harsh, unfamiliar environment. It has all of the elements of a classic survival epic – monsters, diseases, an unfriendly wilderness with no perceived escape, and our own ability as humans to lie. While it can be laid on a bit thick at times, and the lack of complicated ideas may be a drag to some, it's still an engrossing one with an intact story, good visual presentation and great packaging. If it drags on too long, it may be in trouble, but at this point, the movie is not only a compulsive watch, but an enjoyable escape into adventure for a few hours.

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Weskalia's GUILTY CROWN Tv Review

GUILTY CROWN

Rated: 4

Some anime shows are so bad, you can tell they're going to be horrible from the start. Then there are shows that look promising on the outside, only to be completely hollow and unsatisfying on the inside. Guilty Crown is an example of the latter type, a series built on good intentions and crowd-pleasing elements that end up being wasted. Sure, it's fun to look at, kind of like a fireworks display or a pinwheel, but that's about it. There are a lot of elements within Guilty Crown that have the potential to be great standalone story particles, but as a whole, it lacks a sense of purpose. The Apocalypse Virus is neat, I guess, but releasing a crippling, humanity-destroying virus kind of seems like a generic bad guy thing to do.

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Weskalia's Katanagatari Tv Review

Rated: 9

Some have complained about the pacing of Katanagatari being a bit on the slow and deliberate side, but that does not show as much in this span of episodes as it does in some later ones. Besides, those looking for a more dedicated action fantasy probably gave up many episodes earlier anyway. This is not a fantasy action series, but a true and full-blooded fantasy series at its finest. It even does a superb job of taking the original novel and expanding it by enriching the characterizations and more thoroughly exploring the setting. It looks great, sounds good, and does its job well in world-building and character development departments. The end result makes this one of the decade's highlight anime series.

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