Black Clover Anime Review


Media: Anime
Name: Black Clover
MAL Score: 7.01/10
Episodes: Currently Airing
Genres: ActionComedyMagicFantasyShounen

No spoilers beyond episode 5

Black Clover starting airing 7th October 2017 and is being published by TV TOKYO. Black Clover has continuously released new episodes every week since.  As of today there currently is 81 episodes.

Story

The story of Black Clover takes place in a magical “medieval” like world, were magic is everything. Every single person in this world is able to use magic and when a person reaches 15 years of age they will receive a Grimoire. A book that will enhance the magical power of it’s wielder and works as way for the wielder to learn new spells. Though there is a huge variety of magic types, some common, some rare, some legendary and some unknown.

Characters

The first time we see our two protagonists Asta and Yuno, we see them as infants as they were left by an old church. As they grow up there is a huge difference in their personalities, Asta is loud and determined and Yuno is mature and wise, yet they both have the same goal which is to become the Wizard King, this results in the them being friendly rivals.

Their personality is the 100% opposite of eachother and the same goes for their magical power. Yuno is basically a genius and Asta possess no magical power whatsoever. This has resulted in Asta being looked down upon and him being humiliated multiple times. When it’s finally time for our main protagonists to receive their Grimoires at a ceremony Yuno is chosen by the Legendary four leaf clover Grimoire which prompts a group of nobles to voice their hate for this “lowborn scum” receiving such a powerful Grimoire. Yet Asta is left with no Grimoire, which is something that has never happened before. Asta being so determined as he his, doesn’t let this get in his way of becoming the Wizard King. The title of Wizard king meaning the most powerful mage in the Clover kingdom. But it doesn’t take long for Asta to get chosen by an “unknown” grimoire that only a few select people know of, yet the people who have knowledge on this grimoire decides to keep their mouth shuts.

My personal opinion on Black Clover

The first 5 – 10 episodes start of slow with the animation, story and details but it all changes around episode 15, as we got more detailed animation and the city scenes become unique and interesting which really changes the whole vibe of the show.

By Episode 60 we know the names of the characters and we know a significant amount of information regarding the characters background yet we are still left with  many questions such as What is the strange unknown power of Asta’s grimoire etc.

The pace of the anime is not slow at all, 1 arc usually only take up to 5-ish episodes yet we are always meet with hints of the next arc which only leaves us with more questions and a thirst for more episodes. If I told you more about Black Clover I’m sure you would watch it, but I don’t wish to spoil it for you, therefore go watch it yourself

My rating 8.9/10

Written by Chris

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Dr. Stone Review or “How a boy can revive the whole civilization from the start”

Media: Manga, Anime (Summer 2019)
Name: Dr. Stone
MAL Rating: 8.01/10 (N/A for Anime version)

Summer 2019 season is gonna be hot for sure. And not because of the bright sun, but there will be a lot of titles I would recommend for watching. This summer will be special for me, because of one specific title. It has been waiting for a long time for its chance to appear on screens. This is “Dr. Stone” by Riichiro Inagaki (Eyeshield 21) and Boichi (Trigun, Sun-Ken Rock). It is about people overcoming the “second prehistoric era” ( without dinosaurs though). And they live in the wild and dangerous world they once called their home.

After everyone had fallen under strange petrification disease, several thousand years had passed. Numerous cities and villages got covered with vegetation, thus having transformed into the ruins of history. The protagonist of this story is Senkuu – the one young genius, who was busy with multiple scientific projects before the world disaster occured, but became the hope for all humanity. His friend, Taiju, becomes the second man to be revived after Senkuu, and from this point the actual story begins.

The plot is rather simple – survive and find out what happened, but it is filled with a lot of interesting stuff, which makes “Dr. Stone” unique on its own: from discovering different technologies 1000 times faster than the history of humanity can remember, to some serious questions about society and wars. It has a good deal of comedy, which perfectly adds the charm to the title, while it doesn’t forget about the romantic side, that is quite common in those stories.

Summary

Yes, the spring season has only just begun, and there is a lot of time till the summer, but if you like this kind of anime – you would want to include “Dr. Stone” to those “Must see” titles of the next season. And for those, that cannot wait – they can read manga. They will not be disappointed with it, I promise!

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Your Lie in April Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso ( Your Lie In April)
MAL Score: 8.87/10
Episodes: 22
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen

About the anime

Before we start let me warn you, there is going to be quite an amount of spoiled parts from anime.

Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominated various music competitions and has become famous among child musicians, but also controversial. After the death of his mother, he had a mental breakdown at the age of eleven while performing at a piano recital which resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. 

Four years later, Kōsei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monochrome, without any flair or color. He resigns himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki and Watari, until, one day, he meets a girl who changes everything in his life.

Kaori is later discharged from the hospital. Later on, she invites Kōsei to play at a Gala with her. However, Kaori fails to show up on the day of the Gala, and as her health worsens, and she begins to give up on life. This time, Kōsei is the one who inspires her after playing a duet with Nagi Aiza, the pianist sister of a fellow rival of his named Takeshi Aiza. After shedding tears and listening to it, Kaori opts for a risky surgery that may kill her if it fails.

What happens next, is up to you to find out.

Overall I think the anime was ok, each person has their own taste. If you have anything to say, don’t be scared, feel free to drop it in the comment box.

Written by Laimed.

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Initial D Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Initial D
MAL Score: 8.29
Episodes: 87
Seasons: 10 (Movies included)
Genres: Action, Cars, Drama, Seinen, Sports
About the anime: 

Before we start let me warn you, there is going to be quite an amount of spoiled parts from anime.

The protagonist, Takumi Fujiwara, is a gas station attendant working with his friend Itsuki to buy a car, which they plan to drift on the twisting roads surrounding nearby Mount Akina. Unbeknownst to his colleagues, Takumi moonlights as a tofu delivery driver for his father’s store before sunrise each morning, passively building an impressive amount of skill behind the wheel of the family car, an aging Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86.

Shortly after the story begins, the Red Suns, a racing team from Mount Akagi, challenge the local Speedstars team to a set of races on Mount Akina. Dispirited after watching the Red Suns’ superior performance during a practice run, the Speedstars expect to lose. Later that night, the Red Suns’ driver, Keisuke Takahashi heading home after the last practice run, is defeated by a mysterious Sprinter Trueno, despite driving a much more powerful car, Mazda RX-7. After an investigation into the identity of the driver leads to Bunta Fujiwara, Takumi’s father. The Speedstars beg Bunta to help them defeat the Red Suns, but he initially refuses, later relenting to “maybe” show up at the race. At the same time, Takumi asks Bunta if he can borrow the car for a day to take a trip to the beach with a potential girlfriend Natsuki Mogi. Bunta allows Takumi to go on a trip to the beach, borrowing his car and giving a full tank of fuel on one condition that he needs to beat Red Suns driver.

On the night of the race, the Trueno does not show up, and the Speedstars enlist a backup driver for the first run. At the last moment, before the race starts, the Trueno arrives. Takumi steps out of the car to the bewilderment of the Speedstars, who were expecting Bunta. Without any further arguments, Kouichirou Iketani lets Takumi drive, realizing several facts from previously heard rumors and trusting that Bunta won’t send Takumi without any consideration. Later on, in the race, he easily defeats the Red Suns driver Keisuke Takaha by utilizing a dangerous technique on the mountain road’s hairpin corners.

The Red Suns’ embarrassing defeat sets up the plot for the rest of the series: drivers from neighboring prefectures come to challenge Takumi and the “Legendary Eight-Six of Akina” and thus prove themselves as racers.

Eventually, the plot moves away from Mount Akina as Takumi becomes bored with racing solely on that road.

Several events happened with a lot’s of victories for Takumi but at one moment in the battle against Kyoichi at Akagi Sprinter Trueno motor can’t handle the huge load, which causes the engine to blow out.

Takumi was shocked, looking at AE86 as the steam is coming out of the engine… Later on, Buta comes with a truck and picks up Takumi and Sprinter Trueno. Although Takumi wasn’t expecting the event like this, Bunta knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Thanks to the contacts from different organizations Bunta gets powerful race engine for Sprinter Trueno. At the time Takumi was delivering tofu as usual but with a different car. One night Takumi was shocked when he saw the same AE86 on the road passing him with such a speed. Later on, Takumi finds out that the engine has been replaced and after a while, he can participate in the events again.

Later on, he joins an experimental racing team formed by the disbanded Red Suns also know as Project D and challenges more difficult opponents on their home courses in the pursuit of his dream to be “the fastest driver out there”.

After several events, Takumi manages to damage the car again but this time they could fix it. At that time Takumi finds out there is are people who try to act as Project D members. Later on, they got revealed and got their lesson.

At the last event, Takumi drives again a powerful AE86 driver, which leads to several difficult problems in the race…

The first seasons might not be as good in quality as the following ones, if you would ask me, this was one of my favorite anime of all time, I could judge it in several factors although the story itself was fun and intense. You couldn’t even predict what might happen at the some of the races.

This might not be the best review from my side, but I tried to tell at least some part… it is easier if you watch the anime and see it yourself.

Written by Laimed.

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One Outs Anime Review

“No one wins, but I!”

Media: Anime

Name: One Outs

Rating: 8/10​

Note: This review contains spoilers for the first 2 episodes. Although I believe your enjoyment won’t change even if you know how the first two episodes end up.

One Outs is a story following a gambler by the name of Toua Tokuchi, who is a new pitcher the last place Saitama Lycaons. His journey to lead them to become the champions of the Japanese Pacific Baseball League.

The story of One Outs begins when the star player of the Lycaons, Kojima Hiromichi, holds a training camp in order to help his team out of the last place. When the pitcher injures himself, they have to find another one. That’s when they meet our protagonist, Toua Tokuchi, and the game of One Outs. We are shown he’s the master of this game, but after many matches we the Lycacon members, we finally defeated for his first time. After this, he joins the Lyacons, and his time with the Lyacons finally begins. 

After he joined, it is revealed who the antagonist is, Saikawa, the owner of the Lyacons. Saikawa is only doing this for the money and doesn’t care for about winning or losing. So, when Tokuchi revealed to him the One Outs contract, it seems all too good for him; the owner gives Tokuchi 5,000,000 yen for every one he gets while pitching but loses 50,000,000 he gives up. Now, the main premise is shown and the battle between Tokuchi and the owner has begun. The owner will use interesting ways to try to get his own team to lose, and we get to watch how Tokuchi combats this. This fight in this comical situation will always bring out laughs (and amazement) as we see the Tokuchi plans to interrupt the Owner’s plans.

And now, we watch the story of how Tokuchi, using his strategies, deals with other teams while making a profit with the One Outs contract. It is always fun seeing how he faces the other team’s strategies, whereas those other teams might use superstar players or downright cheat. Seeing Tokuchi’s thought process, which is full of high intellect and observational skills, is always a blast when he’s on the field. I fully recommend to those who like mentally overpowered main characters and see how they dominate their craft. I, even more, recommend this to those who have a deeper understanding of baseball, since you’ll enjoy how these unlikely loopholes in the baseball rules are taken advantage of, although you don’t need to know a single thing about baseball in order to enjoy this anime.

Written by cake.

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Made In Abyss Anime Review

MediaAnime (Movie)

Name: Made in Abyss

Rating: 9/10

Description 

​Made In Abyss season one takes you on a journey. From a marvelous score to capture each scene and feed into the emotion of the characters to the graphic nature of the animation it is a show you can’t press pause on. With only one season in the books and a second season scheduled in the future the wait is frustrating to say the least. MiA stands out from other anime because of how it told the story in reference to the manga. Not a direct correlation, but it stayed true with the bonus of episode 13 being twice as long. 

MiA did an excellent job in terms of pacing, storytelling and character development. As the show progressed one could draw from each of the characters into their own lives; being underestimated, picked on, a desire to prove yourself, a nigh impossible journey, the love of a parent, having to leave everything you know behind to journey into a world unknown.
The Abyss itself, what a marvelous creation, each level having its own surprises extending down beyond human imagination. I really liked the concept of the Abyss in how it affected people. Similar to a diver who gets the bends after diving and resurfacing, the effects can be life threatening. 
For myself, the most memorable moment would be the episodes spent with Nanachi. How her demeanor changed upon getting to know our main heroines from hostility to friendship and uncovering her story instilled such emotion. MiA is an anime that once begun, can’t be put away. You want to know what happens next and can only look forward at what is to come in season 2.

To those wishing to follow the story without waiting for season 2, there is a manga available with 47 chapters released to date

Written by Fang.

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Wolf Children Anime Review

Media: Anime (Movie)

Name: Wolf Children

Rating: 8/10

Description:

Wolf Children is narrated by daughter Yuki and i would recommend it to those that like a coming of age story. A person who enjoys simple themes centered on life and the challenges one can face. Wolf Children adds it’s own twist to these themes as we find out Hana (mother) meets Wolf Man (father) in college and as they grow close the truth is told that Wolf Man is a werewolf. An incident immediately after the birth of their second child Hana’s husband is killed leaving her alone to try and raise two half-human, half-wolf babies. Daughter Yuki and son Ame experience their own challenges as they grow older, along with mother Hana as she is forced to adapt to a new life in the mountains to limit the risk of their secret coming out. Before either of them are in school, Yuki shows her likeness to wanting to be a wolf, running around the house and off into the mountains seemingly embracing the wolf within. Ame, however, shows distaste at the thought of being a wolf having read a children’s book, thinking wolves are perceived as “the bad guys” and thus not wanting to be something people hate and fear. 

With some pestering from YukiHana allows her to attend school, fitting in at first given her initial wolf behaviors (collecting dead animal bones instead of jewelry) is a hassle, but with a dress made by her mother Yuki is able to adapt and begins to make friends. This all changes after a new transfer student Sohei starts pestering her resulting in the climactic event of her turning partly into her wolf-form and clawing his ear. Yuki takes this incident to heart and vows to never turn into a wolf again.

Ame’s first dislike of being a wolf changes during Yuki’s first year at school. Being a year younger he instead follows his mother to work where he meets a captive wolf and starts to learn about the mountains. Three years pass showing Ame’s difficulties in school. He doesn’t fit in and with his change of character he starts to skip class to instead go explore the mountainside. Here we discover ‘Master’ a fox that teaches Ame all about hunting, tracking, everything needed to become a wolf (or rather a fox). The swap in personalities of Ame and Yuki comes to a climax as the two have a dangerous fight in wolf-form. Ame’s eyes glow red and personally i feared he was being lost to his wolf instincts.

Everything comes to a head with a giant thunderstorm. Yuki is away at school while it happens and parents were called to pick up their children. Hana prepares to leave and calls out to Ame but he is gone, he ran off into the words concerned for Master and presumably any other animals he might come to help. Hana, instead of going to the school begins a desperate search for Ame, scrambling up a weather-torn mountain before falling down a cliff-side into unconsciousness. Yuki, meanwhile is at school awaiting her mother’s arrival. By this point her and Sohei had formed a tentative friendship and with neither of their parents showing up at the school they are left alone after hiding from officials seeking to take them home. A touching scene and Yuki shows her wolf-form to Sohei who takes it extremely well saying that he already knew and planned to keep it a secret.

The movies comes to an end with Ame rescuing his mother from the mountain and bringing her to safety. He gives a final glance before racing up the mountain, clearly choosing his path in life. Yuki goes on to attend middle school, moving into the dorms their, leaving Hana at their mountain home alone. She is seen expressing her love for passed father and husband via the long-kept Identification card present on a headboard, as the scene happens a long-howl is heard (no doubt from Ame). The significance, being a resolute end, proving that both parents dreams of letting their two children grow up to be who they wanted to be whether wolf or human had come true.

Written by Fang.

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Deadman Wonderland Anime Review

Media: Anime

Name: Deadman Wonderland

MAL Rating: 7.40/10

Description:

Warning: contains some spoilers!

Deadman Wonderland is a shonen based in Tokyo after a large earthquake wipes out the entire city. From its ashes a prison called Deadman Wonderland is born. In it are some of the worlds hardest criminals that are then housed within the prison that seconds as an amusement park. Visitors came come from all over the world to watch the criminals fight to the death in a series of games and competitions.

After the earthquake, a number of people exposed to red, crystal like shards find themselves with new-found powers. Deadman Wonderland follows the story of a young boy named Ganta Igarashi who also finds himself with the mysterious power to manipulate his blood. His school is attacked and Ganta is blamed for the death of his entire class and then sent to horrendous amusement park prison to pay for his crimes. Little did he know that there was much more afoot than a simple frame job. Ganta must stay alive and prove his innocence while surrounded by psychotic and dangerous individuals.

Thing is… the inmates aren’t even the worst. The guards and warden are just as hardened as the criminals, in fact worse. A system is set in place to ensure the cooperation of the inmates, a device around the neck that can kill on command but also poisons the inmates every three days. Without the antidote, a specialized piece of candy, which can be earned through the events or stolen from others, encourages the inmates to kill and claw their way.

Deadman Wonderland did not receive its deserved attention in Japan upon its release. It only became popular with its US debut but is still one of the highly recommended horror shonen.​

Written by Eos.

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