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by Akawoa
#36 Okay, I wanted to salvage the review thread so I'm going to bring back a couple to start off because this usually helps me with recommendations to hear from someone who's watched it firsthand!If you wrote a review in the old board and want it revived but can't access it let me know and I'll retrieve it and credit it for you ^_^!
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The Verdict: 10/10, you NEED to watch this anime A.S.A.P. wink.gif !

Spice and Wolf trailer (Funimation website)
http://www.funimation.com/spiceandwolf/
Now, I don't know how many of you have heard of this show, but all I knew before I watched it was the that the trailer made it look mildly amusing. However, I watched a few reviews for the show and my curiosity was piqued, which made me go onto Funimation's website and watch a part of the first episode to test whether or not it had the substance to grip and entertain me. It did, so much so that I watched all of it and purchased the box set happy.gif!

Spice and Wolf utilizes an animation style that is very fitting to the setting and the tone of the story. Primary colors are used to illustrate the beauty of nature, candles cast realistic shadows, clothes are appropriate for the relative time period (roughly the latter half of feudalism, with Catholicism being the dominant sacred group of the time). Animations are fluid and detailed, and while combat sequences are few and far between, they always have the right amount of "oomph". I never once felt that the show was going for anything other than a quasi-fantasy setting with, for the most part, realistic action.

The story of the show is excellent. The plot is original, a wolf goddess named Holo (you can call it Horo as much as you want, the Japanese don't pronounce "L"s properly though so I'll stick with Holo. Plus the creator specifically wanted the novels to translate "Horo" into "Holo" for the English editions.), meets a traveling peddler/merchant named Lawrence. After the two meet, Holo requests that she travel with Lawrence to the North (her homeland) with him. He decides to go along with her as he is heading in the same general direction for his trading routes. From there onward, the two partake in a journey that is filled with laughing, tender moments, and the occasional bout of danger. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, it managed to remain original with a completely uncommon setting and at the same time felt familiar. Holo being the mischievous and somewhat sardonic wolf goddess and Lawrence playing the part of the ever-serious, shy man. My only complaint with the story is that it doesn't ever really conclude all that well. Thankfully there is a second season and if we're lucky a third could be on the way as well!

Perhaps my favorite portion of this show was the audio. It captured my attention and heart in more ways than one. The sound effects (foley artist work) were absolutely beautiful in their realism. There's actually one point early on where Holo grabs Lawrence's coat sleeve and you can distinctly hear the faint rustle that one would actually hear if performing such an action. Now if you're a dub person, you're in great luck! The dub for Spice and Wolf is absolutely phenomenal. Brina Palencia IS Holo throughout the course of her performance. She effectively conveys every line, but never pushes her lines out into the realm of melodrama. Lawrence and Holo spend a great deal of time conversing, and I found myself enjoying their charming conversations more than their progress towards their ultimate goal of reaching the lands to the North.

Now I can't give a review without mentioning one key thing. Spice and Wolf incorporates an interesting method, bringing the fundamentals of economics into an anime show. Now before you get all flustered, hold your horses. The economic discussion in Spice and Wolf is nothing too difficult, the discussion pieces are merely economic concepts that actually can be applied to the real-world. I found it interesting because Holo and Lawrence make almost a game of sorts with the discussion, calling each concept a "trick". It kept my brain partially "on" while watching and allowed me to absorb more of the reasoning behind the actions of other characters. In short, the audio in the show is top-notch, something to delight the ears and bring a grin to the face of anyone that revels in audio excellence (I grinned a LOT ^_-).

I'm sure my final verdict isn't going to be too difficult for anyone to discern. I enjoyed Spice and Wolf so much that I actually felt it deserved to bump out another show on my top five slot. It surpassed Dual and Evangelion (two mecha animes that I absolutely love) for its own title in my top five. This is actually a pretty rare occurrence, as once I find favorites, rarely do they get replaced so easily. However, I can honestly say, that if you have any interest in the fantasy genre, medieval/European feudalism themes, or perhaps you just dig girls with tails and ears(lol xD). you absolutely owe it to yourself to watch Spice and Wolf, it's a title that older folks will enjoy, without anything graphic or disturbing really (no sex scenes, rape scenes [thank god, boy are these creepy], or pressurized arterial spray) await you in Spice and Wolf. Instead, you can be pleased to learn that you shall be charmed, you will see character development, and most importantly, you will be entertained ^_-. I give Spice and Wolf, a 10 out of 10.

Spice and Wolf is available from Funimation entertainment and can be purchased from rightstuf.com. Do yourself a favor, pick up a copy. Oh and once you watch it, keep in mind that a second season is already airing over in Japan. The second season may very well be picked up by Funimation also and hopefully will be out around this time next year if we're lucky happy.gif! Of course this will only happen if it sells well, support the licensed release everyone!

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by Akawoa
#37 Have you watched an anime recently that you want to just tell someone else about? Why not post it here, give a little blurb and maybe a link a picture so that we can get an idea of what it looks like! Have you seen anything you would like to recommend? Go ahead and let people know your thoughts, this can be a discussion thread as well! You're also welcome to make a separate thread and write a review in it to get a chance to have other critique your writing style and to give a more in-depth look at whatever anime that you want to spread the knowledge of to others 8-) I'll get us started!

Highschool of the Dead:

This anime is amazing, it perfectly blended anime with zombies and managed to make me feel like I was watching a genuinely thrilling show the whole time. The dub was amazing (I wouldn't expect anything but from Sentai) and the music in the show is a lot of fun too ^_^! Give this one a look for sure if you want a gritty, zombie apocalypse show, and don't mind the fanservice!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdCgv5EociY][/youtube]
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by ryokofan21
#90 Just wanted to get this out of the way.

5 Centimeters Per Second
A Chain of Short Stories about their Distance


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5 Centimeters Per Second is Makoto Shinkai's latest production to hit the English speaking market. Dubbed first by ADV Films and then by Bandai. This film touches on the harsh reality of first loves that are never truly forgotten. This film is divided into 3 interconnected chapters. The story centers around the two main characters. Akari Shinohara and Takaki Tohno. It begins with the lyrical image of Cherry Blossoms falling at 5 Centimeters Per Second. They meet for the first time in elementary school. Due to being small for their age, they both prefer spending time in the Library as opposed to the playground. Akari and Takaki grow close to each other throughout the school year. However, due to the nature of their families work, they are separated after graduation. They keep in touch over time, and six months later Takaki receives the first letter from Akari. The two continue to write each other and another six months pass by before they decide to meet up in a train station just outside of Akari's home town. That day after school Takaki heads straight for the station in anticipation of meeting Akari for the first time in a year. Then as if the universe itself is against him, heavy snowfall delays his train multiple times. At one point the train is stopped for 2 hours, putting him far past the time they were to meet. But holding back his tears he continues to head towards the station. Eventually through heavy snow he arrives at the station where he finds Akari still waiting for him long after the agreed time. From then on they spend the whole night just talking and being with each other( they do have a very romantic moment but I won't spoil it.). The next morning the trains are working again and once more the two find themselves getting further and further apart. And thus ends the first story, Cherry Blossoms.

The second story, Cosmonaut, centers around Takaki's high school life as well Kanae Sumida. The young lady who falls in love with him. Kanae's story is that of a love that may or may not be. Ever since she first laid eyes on him she has been head over heels in love with Takaki. Yet, Takaki...doesn't notice this. And it pains Kanae everyday that she doesn't tell him how she feels. And it shows, it affects Kanae's education, after school activities, and other aspects of her life. However, Kanae is not the only one who is silently suffering. All throughout Cosmonaut one thing that never leaves Takaki's mind is his constant subconscience longing for Akari. But he is not aware of this yet. It happens the same way every time. In his dreams. He dreams of walking in a field on a strange planet with a girl, always the same girl. No matter how many times he has the same dream, he can never see her face. His dreams bring him a sense of nostalgia, a feeling of happiness. Happiness, to combat the pain of loneliness. A pain all too familiar for Kanae. Yet through perserverence, she eventually works up the courage to finally tell Takaki how she really feels. And yet, on the walk home, when presented with the oppurtunity. She can't seem to find the strength to make the words come out. At that moment she comes to a very cold realization that Takaki is not looking at her. Always beyond her. And so having not said anything they both quietly walk home, and eventually go their separate ways.

The final chapter in this amazing film is 5 Centimeters Per Second. Focusing on Takaki's adult life. Going through his life day by day he finds that is extremely depressed. Realizing that all of his hopes and dreams that he once held so dear...are gone. Even his current romance isn't enough to satisfy him. Once again I won't spoil it too much. Lets just say that life goes on yet Memories linger. Fleeting glances on the sidewalk, at the Theater, in the grocery store. Fragments of a happier time. This is by far my favorite film not only by Makoto Shinkai, but of all time. This is also the one film that has hit closest to home for me on a personal level. This masterpiece is joyfully depressing, wonderously lonely, and the most beautifully heart wrenching film I have ever seen. I recommend this film not only for the amazing story. But also for the fantastic music, the mesmerizing artwork, and the superb voice acting. On that note I previously stated that for this film there are two dubs. One from ADV Films, and one from Bandai. I highly recommend watching the ADV Dub first. The voice acting for that dub seems more, Genuine. Not that I have anything against the Bandai Dub cast. Just the opposite, Johnny Yong Bosch is cast as Takaki Tohno for the Bandai Dub. And I am a huge fan of Trigun. Its just like I said the ADV Dub seems more realistic and genuine. With that being said I highly recommend this great film. It should be seen by everyone. Even people who aren't necessarily diehard anime fans. It's a slice of life film I believe all of us can relate to on one level or another. This film truly belongs on the shelves of any and every anime fan.
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by devilbecka
#126 Can't wait til i get this on dvd :D!!! thou it doesn't come out til August 29
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by Akawoa
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devilbecka wrote:Can't wait til i get this on dvd :D!!! thou it doesn't come out til August 29


Really? Aww it comes out the 28th of June here and Rightstuf mailed my copy three weeks early =3
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by devilbecka
#166 ya lucky sod XD
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by wwwwhhhhoooo
#247 I definitely gotta' make it a point to see Highschool of the Dead. Been highly recommended by some friends of mine, & now on here... plus, I love most anything to do with zombies (waaay before it was "hip" thanks alot hot topic). Did hear there was an abundance of fan service--which even though I'm a guy, can sometimes be waaay overdone--but all-in-all I've heard nothing but good things about this anime.
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by Akawoa
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wwwwhhhhoooo wrote:I definitely gotta' make it a point to see Highschool of the Dead. Been highly recommended by some friends of mine, & now on here... plus, I love most anything to do with zombies (waaay before it was "hip" thanks alot hot topic). Did hear there was an abundance of fan service--which even though I'm a guy, can sometimes be waaay overdone--but all-in-all I've heard nothing but good things about this anime.


There's a LOT of fanservice, but you just have to take it lightly and understand it's part of the zombie/anime process xD. The action and story are both a lot of fun so I wouldn't let it get you down. That being said, I wouldn't consider watching it with family in the room :lol: (unless they're accustomed to anime in general). That being said, everyone I've showed it to has loved it so far. The characters make the show for me, that and the zombies (I LOVE zombies myself so combining them with anime was bliss <3).
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by Sparkle
#939 Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
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(Anohana for short)

I can't really describe this show without spoiling it (its all kinda revealed in the first episode anyways) but basically, it's about 6 teenagers who drifted apart after being really close as children due to an incident. The series is about them reuniting, with a supernatural twist. Sort of. It's hard to explain without spoiling anything haha! It's only 11 episodes (a perfect series to Marathon, like Eden of the East) and it is a complete sobfest <3 Seriously, it's almost as sad as Clannad: Afterstory, but it also has a bit of humor about it (: It has a really nice nostalgic feel about it, and it's so easy to emphasise with the characters. If you're looking for something quick to watch, but want it still to be a deep and compelling story, then this is for you. (:
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by Dagon123
#1895 Since I just received my set, I figured I would bring back this recommendation, because it truly deserves it

HYPER POLICE

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An overlooked gem from the late 90's. Hyper Police follows the story of a privitized police company centered in Shinjuku, the mythical city of the beasts. Because of Human folly, Demons, Humans and Beasts all live together, which means the peace is never there for long. This is the first time since Tenchi Muyo where I just couldn't pick a favorite character, they were all just that cool. This anime has a little bit of everything for everybody so I doubt you won't find something to like. Whether you're into Animal people (Catgirls ftw), Samurai and Ninja action, Bounty Hunters, a little bit of slice of life, you name it, this has it (There's even anime cameo's like Sasami in episode 16!)

All in all, if you have a chance to get it or watch it, Don't you dare miss it ^_-