Alright, first off I would like to apologize for the absence over the past few weeks. I have been busy with multiple things but I have managed to watch a few anime that I will write a review on shortly. For now though I am going to start with the last one I watched which is “The World God Only Knows”. I will only be giving a review on the first and second season though due to the fact that I have not been able to watched the third yet but I will get a review on that as soon as I can.
The anime “The World God Only Knows” is centered around a high school student named Keima Katsuragi(The God of Conquest/The Divine One/The Divine Brother). Keima has the label of God of Conquest for being able to conquer girls, as in 2D video game girls. When it comes to real life girls, he couldn’t care less. The internet knows the God of Conquest and his achievements so people ask for help on beating games and hints on other otaku things. One day Keima gets a message offering him a contract to conquer girls and without any hesitation he accepted the challenge presented before him not knowing that it will change his life forever. A pretty girl appears named Elsie, who is actually a demon from hell that Keima made the contract with. Elsie and the other demons jobs are to hunt down loose souls which are souls that escaped and hide out in the empty parts of peoples hearts. The only way to capture these loose souls is to push out the loose soul and replace it with something else…LOVE. Yes! Keima, The God of Conquest and the one that finds real girls too plain and not interesting must find these cute girls and have them fall in love with him and to fill their hearts completely and push the soul out he finishes with a kiss. This puts a damper on his gaming and the conquest of his 2D girls but with all the experiences he has had with those 2D girls he might find some way to pull of the impossible. Oh and more good news is that the girls don’t remember anything that happened after the soul leaves their heart, I mean isn’t that every guys fantasy? Just kidding girls, it has enough for both guys and girls to love.
This anime is a very cute anime. There are a lot of different aspects to it that make it interesting. One thing it reminds me of a little is a very toned down “Date A Live” mostly with the fact that the characters main objective is to make these girls fall in love with them and finally end with a kiss to save their lives. The main character is very methodical in how he tries to get the attention of each girl in different ways. Even though he is doing it for his own reason of wanting to get out of the contract, Keima shows that he truly ends up caring for each girl and wanting to help them. From a guys point of few, I kind of feel sorry for him because he is getting close to all these girls and in the end they forget all that he did for them.
As for the classification of “The World God Only Knows”, it has many different genres. They are romantic comedy, fantasy, harem, parody, and supernatural. There are plenty of parts that make you laugh as much as you will say “Awe”. Each character represents stereotypes of anime girls such as for example, the library girl. If you truly like anime/manga you should try figuring out your strategy when it comes to getting each girl to notice you. This anime is really good and it is also a good length as well. There are 12 episodes in each of the first two seasons so have fun. Now onto the Fate Scale, I give “The World God Only Knows” a 8.5 out of 10. I honestly cannot wait to watch the third season and I hope that you will give them a try too.
I am going to enjoy writing this review on Your Lie in April. This anime to me was amazing in so many different ways from the art work, to the plot, and even the lessons you learn from it. This anime resonated through me like the songs that were played throughout the story. I will probably keep this review short because words cannot due this one justice. There are few anime that I have watched that caught every inch of my attention like this one. This anime teaches us that one very important lesson in life is to always keep reaching for the stars no matter how many times you fall and even while you feel like you are at the bottom f the ocean, there is always a light that reaches the darkness(that statement will make a little more sense once you watch the anime). Now on to the review of Your Lie in April.
Your Lie in April revolves around a pianist prodigy named Kosei Arima and a free-spirited violinist, Kaori Miyazono. Due to the tragedy, Arima has stopped playing the piano until a beautiful girl came into his life and took it by storm. She filled his world with colors that he had never seen before and the next thing he knew, she was dragging him on stage once again to play the piano side by side with her violin. Slowly love starts to blossom but there is one problem, she already likes someone else and he is just friend A. He tries his best to keep up with her but no matter what it seems that she is always one step ahead of him in terms of life and music. The story builds with more drama coming in the form of lover triangles and rivalry. Adding more obstacles for the duo as they try to live their life of music and continue their journey together. They hold each other up when one begins to fall.
This anime brings in all kinds of aspects into one. The genre is romance, drama, and music. All of them shine brightly in Your Lie in April. Throughout the 22 episodes, you will go on a roller coaster ride. You will laugh one second and then start crying the next. As for the art, it is amazing. The transformation of sound into color is spectacular. The beauty of this anime is beyond comprehension. If it doesn’t make you want to pick up a violin or try to play the piano, nothing will. As for the music of the anime that isn’t played by the characters, it was perfect. The music set each scene and did a phenomenal job. I could feel the tension and the emotion from every scene, not just by the visual effects but also by the sound effects. I give this a 10/10 on the Fate Scale, I honestly found this anime to be perfect in every aspect of it. I know that some people will disagree with me but just give this journey a try if you have not yet. It might just change how you see the world.
Alright, first let me start this review with a little information about Robotics;Notes. Robotics;Notes is part of a series which include both Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate. The last one in the series is Robotics;Notes. All three in the series tend to focus on similar things and that is science. In Chaos;Head it is based on the idea of the brain and multi-dimensions. Steins;Gate was based on time travel and the effects of it in many different theories. Finally Robotics;Notes is based on what else? Robots and technology all together. Although these three are a part of a series, there is barely any relation between the two The characters and stories are all separate but there are a few common statements and connections that can be made.
So now on to the review, like its predecessors one common thing that you will find is that everything is not as it seems. This anime will cause you to think a little more than your average anime. It will toss some curve balls that you might pick up on before hand but if not it sure will surprise you. The story follows a few kids in high school that all come together to form a robotics club either willingly or forcibly. The main protagonist, Kaito Yashio is a down to earth video gamer that is in the robotics club for his childhood best friend, Akiho Senomiya. Akiho is the main heroine in the story and for her, robots are heroes of justice as she sees in her favorite anime and for this reason she is the chairman of the robotics club. Along with a number of new members and friends they gather along the way, they are attempting to build a giant robot. The beginning reason for the robot was for Akiho to prove that she is as good as her big sister but later they find out that there is more in the works when it comes to the things she loves most. Her favorite anime and her robots, the things she treasures most are under attack by scrutiny and it is up to Kaito to help Akiho save her dreams and the world.
Robotics;Notes brings in similar aspects from the previous works in the series. It is classified as a romance, science-fiction, and thriller. As you soon realize, nothing is as it seems on the surface. Every episode leaves you wondering what might happen next. The action of a robotic anime with the suspense of a detective anime all into one package. The main characters just want to have fun and make a robot but the universe has different plans for them and their giant robot. As for the art work of this anime, it is done very well just like the previous in the series even though there are some differences in the people that worked on all three. The story itself is very well written as well except for a few issues that I personally have regarding the ending.
As I stated earlier, there are only a few similarities between all three of the anime in the series. Some that I feel I should point out is the constant mention of SERN an organization that is known in the science community in these anime. Even though it is spelled with an S it does seem like it is supposed to represent CERN, the European Organization in Nuclear Research. Another similarity between Chaos;Head and Robotics;Notes is the use of one phrase “Those eyes, whose are they?” In Chaos;Head, that phrase comes up numerous times but in Robotics;Notes that phrase only comes up once so I do not know how deep that relationship goes. And the final thing I am going to point out is a character that is in both Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes. Nae Tennoji, was the daughter of the tv repair man in Steins;Gate, Yugo. She returns to Robotics;Notes all grown up and working for JAXA. The reason these common things occur in all three of these anime is because even though they don’t have the same story, they do take place in the same world. If you find any other similarities, feel free to comment below.
Now back to the big picture. Personally I like Robotics;Notes. There was a few problems I had with the story especially near the end but that is my personal opinion. I highly recommend watching it, along with the other two anime in the series. On the Fate Scale I give this anime a 7/10 due to my issues with the ending. Feel free to weigh in on my decision and overall description on it. Just remember that this is only a brief review. I want you to watch it for yourself and experience this anime through your own eyes.
So first officially I would like to say that I have wanted to watch this anime for awhile now due to the fact that it is majorly based on time travel but have not had the opportunity. With that being said, I would also like to state that I wish I have watched this anime much sooner. In visual effect, the anime does a great job. The artwork is phenomenal throughout the anime. In terms of plot, the plot is based on time travel and the effects that it has on the world. It brings in multiple theories of time travel such as the butterfly effect and it’s applications towards the theory of multiverse or more specifically the many worlds interpretation. Steins;Gate brings all of these theories and conveys them all in terms that everyone can understand if they listen. Another aspect of this anime that makes it a great watch is the plot twists that make the viewer wonder what they would do in the same situation and also makes the viewer try to figure out for themselves what will happen next. The science behind this anime may not be yet proven but it sure does make one think about what the cause and effects of tampering with such a powerful force.
To put this review to an end, I have watched many different kinds of anime and I must say that this one is unique. I give this anime a 9/10 on Fate Scale do to a few slight things that weren’t quite explained thoroughly enough. This anime is a science-fiction, mystery, and romance but who knows, maybe someday it won’t be fiction anymore. The future is still unforeseen so all we can do is try to question our reality until we find our own answers to it.