Soul Eater Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Soul Eater
MAL Score: 8.01/10
Episodes: 51
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Supernatural, Shounen

Introduction

I can describe this anime in 3 words: witches, madness and weapons. Those three words usually don’t come together, but Soul Eater makes them collaborate just fine. After it started airing in 2008, it became dramatically popular for its unique setting.

While going on with the story, somewhere in the end, you might note to yourself that the story pace has rapidly increased, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The original manga had some sort of small hiatuses, so anime caught up with it pretty fast. To make it so the anime didn’t have to go on hiatus, the decision was made to finish it in its own way. To be honest, I didn’t like the ending due to absurdness of the situation overall. If you want to see the good ending for this story, I suggest you to read the manga, as it is just better than anime itself in terms of plot development.

The actual plot

Soul Eater Evans (Soul for everyone) studies in Death Weapon Meister Academy to become the Death Weapon. During the practice he hunts different monsters that appear in Death City, where most events occur. But he does it in a pair – with the help of his meister, Maka Albarn. So basically they are two protagonists of the whole story. Then need to get 99 souls of regular monsters and a soul of a powerful witch to fill the requirement for becoming the Death Weapon. Of course, something goes wrong… as usual.

The topic of madness – as some important characters are getting affected by it in the story – is the another key point of Soul Eater. Some characters can become quite philosophical while talking about this interesting characteristic of human personality. They try to find out whether it is good or bad, can it be harmless or does it cause only destruction, both mental and physical, and etc. The question of sanity might hook up people that tend to discuss some difficult causes.

Summary

Soul Eater was good on its release and is still great to watch in our time. Due to its unique setting and some interesting and important questions for discussion, it’s become a classic in the anime industry, having shined during its own period, but still appealing to modern community.

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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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No. 6 Review

Media: Anime

Name: No. 6

MAL Rating: 7.72/10

Description

Six city states rose after a long and bloody war waged in the world. Life, for a time, seemed perfect, utopian but there were many evils hiding under the surface. No. 6 follows the story of a young boy by the name of Shion who has lived his life in the wealth of city-state No. 6 along with his mother who owned a bakery. After a loud ringing sounds in the distance during a large storm, a mysterious boy enters his room. Shion agrees to help him with a wound, who introduces himself as Nezumi, or Rat, who is also a fugitive. This chance encounter changes Shions life who is then banished from the city losing he and his mother’s elite status within the city. The change of location made Shion learn a lot about the differences in life style and how life may not be as utopian as he once thought.

Years later and the two meet again and work together to expose the secrets behind the increase of mysterious deaths within No. 6.

This, personally, is one of my favorite anime. The anime adaptation differs slightly from its light novel counterpart, but both are enjoyable.​

Written by Eos.

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No Game No Life Review

Media: Anime
Name: No Game No Life
MAL Score: 8.40/10
Episodes: 12
Seasons: 1 + Movie
Genres: Game, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, Fantasy 
Movie: Game, Supernatural, Drama, Romance, Fantasy 
About the anime:

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

Sora and Shiro are two hikikomori siblings who are known in the online gaming world as an undefeated group of gamers named Blank. 
One day, they are challenged to a game of chess by a god named Tet who comes from another reality.

As they believed it was a joke, believing it to be a joke, and are summoned to a reality known as Disboard. There, a spell known as the Ten Pledges prevents the citizens of Disboard from inflicting harm on one another, forcing them to resolve their differences by gambling with games whose rules and rewards are magically enforced.

In-game, rule enforcement only occurs when the method of cheating is acknowledged and outed by the opponent, allowing players to cheat through discreet methods. Sora and Shiro travel to Elkia, the nation inhabited by humans, and befriend the duchess Stephanie Dola. Learning about Elkia’s decline, the two participate in a tournament to determine the next ruler. After winning the crown, they earn the right to challenge the Disboard’s other species as humanity’s representative. Sora’s and Shiro’s goal is to take over every one of the species in order to challenge the god Tet in a game.

As for the movie (No Game No Life: Zero)

In the past guy named Riku tries to save humanity from sixteen sentient species fighting to establish the “One True God” amongst the Old Deus. As the time goes Riku finds several strange things, but as a cost of that, he loses a dear friend, who sacrifices himself just to let the 2 others get out of the danger.

Later on, Riku finds a powerful female Ex-Machina, whom he names Schwi, in an abandoned elf city. 

Moving on, Riku finds out that Schwi was researching human emotions. He was sure that humans have survived that long only because of the power of feelings.

After quite some time Riku and Schwi form a partnership. They manage to organize a plan which would lead the humanity to better life. As the plan goes on several events happens. Thanks to that humanity extinction has been eliminated but what happened while they were progressing in their plan is up to you to find out!

The movie and the TV series were interesting to watch, the TV series might have more fun included in it than the movie. Each person has it’s own taste, as for me I enjoyed it! I gave the movie solid 9 as for the TV series I am still thinking which scores is better.

Written by Laimed.

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