The Scream Painting spoof in anime

Anime in this category will have ‘The Scream’ painting featured in it. Read more about ‘The Scream’ at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scream


The main male protagonist and his future kidnapper a.k.a. the main female protagonist.

Another effort to reduce my anime backlogs sees me watching yet another 2008 anime title titled World Destruction. Just like Ga Rei Zero reviewed in this blog before this one, this series has been rotting on my hard disk drive for years already. These two anime titles are similar in  their incapability to even threaten One Outs’ position as this blog’s ‘Anime of the Year 2008’ though. And I don’t really see any 2008 titles doing so in the future, that’s how strong its position here.


But this beastly member of the WDC is the actual hero of the bunch.

Story:-
In a fantasy world where humans are beastmen’ bitches (think of all the hentai materials that can be concocted in such a setting), our main male protagonist is offering his ‘services’ at a beastmen-only restaurant. Unknown to him, one of the customers that comes to the said restaurant is a member of the feared World Destruction Committee or WDC. Out of the blue, a squad from the World Salvation Committee or WSC raided the restaurant to arrest the wanted criminal, but the criminal took our hero hostage and escapes with him. Towed around the world by the genocidal criminal, our hero then contracted the Stockholm Syndrome and started to help his kidnapper to achieve the WDC’s plan to destroy the world.


Here, the main male protagonist completely bypassed the main female protagonist to have a hot dinner date with his beastly lover.

The main attraction of this anime is definitely the main male protagonist, and to a lesser extent, his two comrades-in-crime in the WDC. Because of them (they are also the best characters in this anime), this anime turns out to become a character-driven series (more like Urusei Yatsura – but of course, not as good) than a story-driven series such as The Sacred Blacksmith. Their character strength helps balanced out the underwhelming storyline this anime has.

The storyline itself is similar to what you can see in Square Enix’s The Last Remnant. Oh BTW, this anime itself is based on an adventure RPG available on Nintendo DS. The similarity between the main protagonists of these two titles are almost uncanny (the plot twist is pretty much identical in both titles). This also mean that this anime storyline is pretty much predictable, but at least it has less plot holes than The Last Remnant’s. The WDC bunch has this bad tendency of being jailed numerous times though, and the pursuing WSC antagonists has this creepy tendency to do their hunting half-heartedly. Even Team Rocket has more motivation at doing their jobs than the WSC guys are here.


The WDC team members has great tendencies of being kidnapped/enslaved/jailed et al. numerous of times.

As for the storyline presentation, the pacing of this anime is quite slow, mainly because this anime focused more on the WDC characters rather than on this anime main plot device (the Destruct Code), or the group main goal (annihilating the planet). Many parts of their journey around the fantasy world this anime was set in is basically purposeless story-wise, but contributes greatly to character developments. This is why I said earlier that this anime is character-driven, and this is a rare thing for a fantasy anime. As a comparison, the previous two fantasy titles reviewed here before, The Sacred Blacksmith and Legends of Legendary Heroes are both story-driven titles. Meanwhile the flow of the plot is good, regardless of the uselessness of the storyline.


It took only 7 episodes (out of 13) for the WSC members to realize their mistakes when chasing the super-villain group the WSC. Only 7 episodes.

The ending is also predictable, just like what you can see in The Last Remnant, but at least there are no ambiguity within it. Perfectly executed, there are no plot holes left as the ending credits rolls in and it was made perfectly clear that there will be no second season or something like that, and I don’t think this anime served as a prequel to the game this anime is based on like .hack//ROOTS is.


Quoted For Truth!

Character Design:-
Character design in this anime is excellent (especially human female designs – thus the hentai comments above), but is pretty much similar to what you can see from The Sacred Blacksmith or Legend of Legendary Heroes. Lack of black hairs are common and forgiven considering the setting this anime is in. A positive aspect for this anime.


After being taken prisoner for the umpteenth time by the beastmen, our hero wondered whether their life is going to be hell or not…

…but it seems they do not have anything to worry about.

Voice Acting:-
Despite being quite heavy in the dialogue section, voice acting in this anime isn’t exactly outstanding. In other words, while there are no bad performances here, there is also no outstanding voice acting gigs here. This anime could have benefited from a better voice acting gig here.


If there is one thing the writer has got it right in this anime, that would be the naming conventions used for many of the beastmen characters.

Music:-
The OST is good, and so are the ED theme. Not so for the OP theme though.


Cookies will be given to anyone who can spot something seriously wrong in this scene.

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Animation/Direction:-
Unfortunately, this anime copied one negative aspect that both The Sacred Blacksmith and Legend of Legendary Heroes has, and that would be the usage of the blurry animation technique that I always hated. Therefore, 1 point will be docked from this anime final evaluation.

Apart from that, the animation quality in this anime is good, even in fast-paced scenes. There are no problems with character animations. Choreography is quite decent too, that teddy bear has some good techniques up its sleeve. The director is notable for being able to close all loose ends in the storyline (I actually expect that he doesn’t by the time I watched this anime halfway – there are some surprising scenes happening in the anime that makes me thinks so) and also for the great character developments.


But if there is one thing this anime has that The Sacred Blacksmith and Legend of Legendary Heroes doesn’t, that would be yet another The Scream painting spoof in an anime title.

Conclusion:-
6 out of 10
, the same score that The Sacred Blacksmith managed to get. One Outs will still keep its title for the time being.

The next anime that I will watch next is the biggest anime series reviewed in this blog, titled Gintama. At 4 seasons with 201 episodes, the next review will take quite a long time to come. It took me around two months to watch Urusei Yatsura TV series that has 195 episodes, so expect the same for my next review. Maybe the time needed can be cut if I can find more free time to watch it though.


Will this super-villain group finally managed to destroy the world? Watch this anime and find out!

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The main protagonist and his SLR-toting sidekick. Both of them are perverted and are the best characters in this anime.

The third review in the audition to choose the first winner of the ‘Anime of the Year 2010’ title will be for Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, which on the surface is very similar to the previous anime reviewed here Mayoi Neko Overrun!, therefore comparisons between these two 2010 anime titles is inevitable.


A fair description of his classmates, and to a lesser extent, his schoolmates too.

Story:-
Due to unforeseen circumstances with a busty naïve maiden during the placement exam that took place at the start of the school year, our dumb-ass main protagonist was assigned into the 2nd year F(ail) class. There he meets again with the said maiden and predictably, he fell in love with her. But the class also consists of many dumbasses just like him, and they are of little help when it comes to the school’s unique event: Examination Summoning Battle or ESB (abbreviated this way from now on), which can be used to raise the class’ status.

This anime starts very strongly with its very unique and seemingly promising storyline, up until maybe 3 or 4 episodes. When the whole class was banned for 3 months from participating in the ESB event, this anime started to peter out slowly towards the ending. Then the two-phase ending arc starts at episode 11 and this anime accelerates full-throttle onwards and downwards into the chasm of mediocrity.

The ending of this anime is even worse than the crappy ending Mayoi Neko Overrun! has. It was even more retarded than the main protagonist himself. Despite the regression that happened after this anime’s strong start, the pacing of this anime is pretty much spotless before the ending. Then this anime do the reverse of what Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone has done: sharply increasing the pacing of the presentation dramatically by cramming more ESB events in the ending arc (more ESB events than the previous 10 episodes combined). Plus, the final ESB event is very stupidly retardedly and maddeningly predictable. You can see how it will end from a million miles away, and if you don’t, then the main protagonist is smarter than you.

Whoever wrote the ending is either running out of ideas or purposely tried to insult the viewers’ intelligence. I suspect it was the latter. I really do. Honest! And it doesn’t even provide a smooth transition towards the already-announced second season!

While the general storyline itself is just average (albeit a little bit better than the one in Mayoi Neko Overrun!), some of the subplots are great. This anime is a better harem and comedy than Mayoi Neko Overrun, but similarly crap in romance department. Some of the potential relationships in this anime are not pursued in more detail though, such as the relationship between the main protagonist and his Class A boyfriend (picture below). This anime needs more episodes, and I hope the second season will provide more of them so that the various subplots can be explored more.


The main protagonist's boyfriend!

The low episode count combined with larger characters cast than Mayoi Neko Overrun! ensures that character developments are less than optimal than it should be. This anime is a case where the rate of development is proportionate to the amount of airtime that a character got, with some exceptions. One of the best characters in this anime is the main protagonist, which is a given due to his airtime. But an exception should be given to another interesting character in this anime, which is the camera-toting pervert. He is simply awesome (like the silent handphone-toting character in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series) even with far less focus on his character.

This anime also made references to other anime/manga/TV shows/games ranging from Gundam to Dragon Quest. Of course, it wasn’t as much as the rapid-fire Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series though.


Yet another The Scream painting spoof in Japanese anime.

Character Design:-
Character designs in this anime is excellent, especially for its non-female characters. It is not to say that female character designs are bad (they are better than the ones in Initial D or Hayate no Gotoku for instance) but the male character designs are on another level. One glaring exception is the main protagonist, but I will overlook this one because the others are awesome. That bishounen character who has a twin sister in Class A is definitely the best of them all, overly so. A positive aspect for this anime. Better than Mayoi Neko Overrun! and even Arakawa Under The Crazy Bridge.

And I’ll even ignore that severe lack of black hairs in this anime too. Bishies trap is awesome!


Above is our hot-blooded main protagonist favorite food that he likes to 'eat'.

Voice Acting:-
In general, voice acting in this anime is good but not great, better than Mayoi Neko Overrun! too. There are no outstanding voice acting gig(s) in this anime, and in this part, this anime is inferior to Mayoi Neko Overrun!

Music:-
A complete opposite compared to Mayoi Neko Overrun!, only the 2nd ED theme is not good. Everything else, from the OST all the way to the 1st OP/ED themes are good. A positive aspect for this anime.


Epilepsy Attack! Japan need to stop using this regressive animation technique sharpish! Did all 2010 titles uses this technique?

Animation/Direction:-
I’m slapping the STOP THAT BLURRY ANIMATION TECHNIQUE NOW! tag and docked one point from this anime’s final score. Click on that category link and scroll down to previous reviews under this category to see why this category exists. This technique are only used in fast-paced scenes though, just like Mayoi Neko Overrun and unlike Arakawa Under The Bridge.

Meanwhile, animation quality in this anime is good, even in fast-paced scenes (ignoring the said technique above). Choreography in this anime is just average though. The directing, while not perfect, do experiment with some rarely-used presentation methods.


A storytelling technique more common in the Western world literature than in Japanese manga/anime.

Conclusion:-
7 out of 10.
The next anime that will will be reviewed is the long-delayed final season of Nodame Cantabile. I particularly choose this one hoping that the aforementioned animation technique above is not present in it. The first two installments doesn’t have it, therefore I’m praying that the third one is also the same.


The unbreakable friendship between these two like-minded best characters in this anime is the cornerstone of the storyline.

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Mojo ‘Abraham Lincoln’ Jojo would have been far more successful in his destiny to rule the world if he has access to this website. Then again, almost all villains in this anime need to read that website.

After seeing Wolf and Spice taking over the provisional title of Anime of the Year 2008 in the last post, now let’s see whether Demashita Powerpuff Girls Z, an anime adaptation of a Cartoon Network series, can do the same to our current Anime of the Year 2006, Chocotto Sister.



The scene where the epic rivalry starts.

Story:-
Three unsuspecting middle-schoolers were turned into superheroes after they were bathed in a white light that comes out from an iceberg that was destroyed by Professor Utonium’s son with Chemical Z. After that, the three of them has to protect a futuristic Tokyo City from the threats of monsters that was spawned from the black light that comes out from the same explosion.

Do you watch the Cartoon Network version as I do? If yes, do not hope that there are many similarities between USA and Japan versions because you can safely say that this anime is basically a remake of the Cartoon Network version. For example, our heroines here are not even made with Chemical Z, but a variation of the same chemical made a long time ago by Professor Utonium’s ancestors. Chemical Z was instead used by Mojo Jojo (whose origin is completely different than the Cartoon Network version) to make the Rowdyruff Boys, thus making them immune when Him (Kare) summoned all his black particles back to him. There are extra characters not found in Cartoon Network version, and some settings are changed like where our heroines go to middle-school while the America’s versions’ went to kindergarten.

This anime STARTS VERY SLOWLY, with nearly the first third of the 52-episode anime completely dedicated to characters introductions and developments. The story primarily consists of appearances by Mojo Jojo and co. having their collective asses kicked by our protagonists, splashed by some monster-of-the-week episodes. Kare (and the plot) only appears in the middle of the series and was woely undeveloped for at least 10 episodes after that. It is only in the last third of the series did this anime comes to life with a somewhat decent story, but the ending is awful in both substance and presentation. This is the first weakness of this anime, which is uneven pacing of the flow of the storyline.

As mentioned above, the anime started slowly, then started to roll faster after Rowdyruff Boys and Kare were introduced but sped up too much during the also aforementioned awful ending, which is the second weakness of this anime. My main complaint about the ending is about the time-travel plot device used in the penultimate episode because that alone punches some holes in the overall plot of this series (like how all the white lights is supposedly needed to seal Kare when you can see as plain as daylight that the Powerpuff Girls predecessors in the distant-past Edo did not need to do so) and also how the ending’s pacing is too fast relative to the pacing of the whole series (spread across only 3 episodes, surely the director can kill some of the monster-of-the-week episodes and give it towards the presentation of the ending).


Hyper Blossom and Mojo Jojo, the best characters in this series. Both hated each other guts, acts first without thinking, extremely destructive in their actions, love sweet foods/snacks and are failures in romance. Sometime I wonder whether these two are twins separated at birth.

What saves this anime from the oblivion Hayate no Gotoku finds itself in is that the character development in this anime is excellent in most places. Two characters comes to mind; Mojo Jojo and Hyper Blossom respectively. These two awfully similar characters are completely superior compared to their Cartoon Network counterparts. Being a remake, Hyper Blossom in this anime seems to be a cross between Cartoon Networks Blossom and Buttercup, while Mojo Jojo of this anime is less serious than the American version and more like Sokka in Avatar The Last Airbender. Other characters are very well done too to a degree, but some characters are woefully underused and undeveloped, like Taka-chan and the Rowdyruff Boys.


(said by Hyper Blossom) Quoted For Truth.

Character Design:-
Considering the target demographic, the design is very well done especially our superheroes. Monster designs can be mixed bag though and the mecha at the end of the anime is awful to say the least. Even the numerous short-lived Mojo Robo mechas looks better. The lack of black hair, except for Professor Utonium and son is acceptable considering the futuristic setting this anime is set up in.


Yet another parody of The Scream in Japanese anime. To be fair there is also Mona Lisa being featured in this anime.

Voice Acting:-
In general, voice acting in this anime is good, with Mojo Jojo, Hyper Blossom, Shirogane ‘Princess’ Himeko and Kare being the best. Definitely a plus point of this anime.


A creepy near-bestiality moments in this anime.

Music:-
The OST is great, but from all 6 OP/ED themes, only the 1st OP and 2nd ED themes are of any good.


This is a good parody of Darth Vader by Mojo Jojo in one of the best episodes in this series. Scenes like this are the reason why Mojo Jojo is one of the best characters in this anime.

Animation/Direction:-
The animation in this anime is decent for most parts, but it can be awful at times in low-area low-motion scenes. Fast-paced scenes do not seem to be affected. Unfortunately, choreography is just average with so many repetitive techniques been used by the heroines. The directing is not really that good either, for reasons mentioned in the story section.


(a monologue by Mojo Jojo) Quoted For Truth.

Conclusion:-
7 out of 10
. Chocotto Sister still reigns supreme as the Best Anime of the Year 2006.


This anime could have done better with more appearances from this trio.