Cheesy Romance Month: Love Hina

230px-Love_Hina_volume_1We continue with part 3 of Cheesy Romance Month 2 with a look into the wonderful world of Japanese Culture that is Anime. Oh anime, you are such an odd and wonderful thing. We have covered the subject of anime on multiple occasions for this site  but one series that has not been touched on is the anime/manga series known as Love Hina. 

Probably one of the most universally known anime/manga series in existence, Love Hina is the quintessential harem anime. What is a harem anime you might ask? Well it is a unique anime genre in which a young man is surrounded by a handful of lovely women with very different personalities that all want to bone him for various reasons. It also helps if the young man in question is a bumbling nerdy socially inept dweeb who will lose the ability for rational thought at the mere instant a female lays a single finger on him whether platonic or otherwise. There are of course reverse harems that feature one woman and a multitude of men/women but for the context of this review we will keep this description short, sweet, and to the point. While other anime like Sekirei and Rosario + Vampire come to mind, it is in this critics opinion that Love Hina is the king of all harem animes and the bar to which other harem anime aspires to reach. The story of Keitaro Urashima and his awkward bumbling through Hinata Inn are known even by casual anime viewers. Considering its fame and the fact that fits the mold of a Cheesy Romance, I feel it is high time to talk about this interesting television show. Continue reading

FMA Retrospective: Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

220px-Fma_milosSo we finish off this retrospective of Full Metal Alchemist with the most recent movie to be released in the line, Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. Probably one of the most ‘different’ I guess would be the word to use on the matter, The Sacred Star of Milos expands the universe even further by taking us to the lesser known country that was established in FMA Brotherhood, the country of Creta and the new city known as Table City. While certainly a more downplayed movie as compared to the series as well as the Conqueror of Shamballa, The Sacred Star of Milos is a good albeit quiet movie that expands the universe and sets up the series for further sequels.

After a mysterious man named Ashley escapes from prison with only several weeks left in his sentence, Edward and Alphonse Elric travel to Table City, a border city between Amestris and Creta to get to the bottom of Ashley’s escape. There they find a woman named Julia Crichton as well as an underground para military organization known as the Black Bats. Their goal is to reclaim the country of Milos from Creta and Amestris by using an item known as the Sanguine Star. After hearing the properties of the Star, the Elrics learn that the Star is merely another name for a Philosopher’s Stone. Realizing this the Elrics and Julia return to Table City in search for the stone so that the Miranda, the leader of the Black Bats, Ashley, and from using the stone and its properties. Continue reading

Anime Week: Tanner Reviews Psycho Pass

PsychoPassvol1Talk about an impressive anime! It has been quite sometime that I have seen an anime that has blown me away with its artistic style, but tight, and intense storytelling. Not since I saw Full Metal Alchemist have I been blown away by an anime series. I don’t know how else I can put it, this series has won me over in just about every aspect I can think of. I’m not even a fan of Cyberpunk settings and yet this series has sold me on it. Now am I saying it is perfect? Well no, there are still a few problems with it. But they are very few and we will get to those very soon. Continue reading

Anime Week: Tanner Reviews B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time

230px-BGHKei-1Oh Anime… It is quite an interesting genre isn’t it? I have always had a deep appreciation for the unique artistic style and story telling that goes into Anime. It truly sets itself apart as a category all on its own, separating itself from other western animations. You know when you are watching an Anime, you can see it in the style, in the artwork, in the way it is written, and seeing the culture within it. Anime is a really fun genre… And also one I’m not as immersed in as its western counterparts. I do enjoy Anime and I watch it on a frequent basis, whenever a series catches my eye. But it is not something that I generally seek out to watch. I look at Anime the same way I look at other television shows. Does this seem interesting and worth the copious amounts of time that I will surely spend pouring into it as I binge watch the series and through crusty, red eyes look out my window to realize that four days have passed and I’ve been sitting there watching a television show and drinking coffee? If the answer to that question is yes… So now you as the reader know just how I feel about Anime, I enjoy it… But I am by no means an Otaku like my friend Brandon “The Ultra Otaku” Lias (visit his site here) and generally look at Anime through a westerner’s perspective. But I do not think that should stop me from enjoying some Anime and so this week I am dedicating it to watching nothing but Anime for my site and I thought what better way to start Anime week then to watch some random Anime on Netflix, in this case the random Anime being B Gata H Kei or by its western name Yamada’s First Time. It is an adorable story about a young woman’s desire to bone 100 guys, the only problem… She hasn’t even kissed a boy before. When she runs into some geeky kid in a book story hilarity ensues! Continue reading

Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: FMA vs. FMA:Brotherhood An Analysis

225px-Fmab-posterFullmetal_Alchemist_2003So when I first started this earlier in the day, I was merely reviewing Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood as part of the Full Metal Alchemist retrospective. But after I finished I quickly realized that it was practically the exact same review as my review of Full Metal Alchemist. In order to save myself from the dregs of redundancy, I decided to scrap my original review and do something a little different. So just as I did a year ago with my compare and contrast of Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, I have decided to do it again. Considering the similarities between FMA and FMA Brotherhood it feels like a very fitting way to look at two great series and decide which of the two is a better series. So what I will be doing is looking at both series and decide which of them is the superior. Keep in mind, I have nothing but positive things to say about both series. They are phenomenal, so this is a competition of the best of the best.

To be clear before we get started, for those of you who have do not know or have not seen it, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is not a remake or sequel to the original series but more of a retelling. It is a similar story to the original with many of the same characters, only instead it follows more of its manga source material. So with that in mind, let’s get started. Continue reading

Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: Conqueror of Shamballa

Fullmetal-alchemist-the-movie-conqueror-of-shamballa-movie-poster-2005So with the obvious success of an anime like Full Metal Alchemist, it is needless to say that you are going to need to start milking that baby for all that it is worth and with that comes a movie to tie up all the loose ends that the original anime left dangling after the conclusion of the original series run. With that comes an interesting and thought-provoking movie called Full Metal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa. Complete with a healthy amount of intrigue and a just a pinch of good ole fashion Nazis, The Conqueror of Shamballa is a must watch of anyone that is a fan of the original series.

Taking place two years after the conclusion of the original series, Edward and Alphonse find themselves torn apart by different planes of existence. Alphonse, now with his body intact remains in the world of Amestris, while Edward is sent through the gate and has found himself on Earth in the early 1920’s where modern science has won over the alchemical process. While studying rocketry in Weimar Republic Germany, Edward learns that his world and Earth parallel each other with several people looking like people that he knows in Amestris, like his brother and Führer Bradley. After being kidnapped by a group of people known as the Thule Society who are attempting to open a gate to Amestris as is Alphonse along with the help of Wrath. So the story becomes of a rift between two world as the Elric Brothers attempt to thwart the Thule Society and reunite once and for all. Continue reading

Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: Full Metal Alchemist

Fullmetal_Alchemist_2003So it is Sunday and today I plan to go to Roanoke’s Grandin Theater to see a new release this week. But with helping my parents move and with the limited time on the internet, I have decided to tackle something a little more easily to critique in my book and seeing as how I have been wanting to start a new retrospective for a little while now and thought to myself, you know? What better time to start than now and what better place to start then one of my favorite Animes of all time, Full Metal Alchemist. This post will also be a little short today, sorry but I’m struggling to find longer than one hour to sit down and write over the weekend..  The popular Anime from Bones Studio has become one of the most popular main stream animes in recent years and for good reason. Spawning several movies and a second retelling of the series called Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. This show digs into some deep and interesting areas of a world that evolved around alchemy and steampunk like fashion while linear to the world that we see today.

Full Metal Alchemist is the story of Edward and Alphonse Elric (Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke/Maxey Whitehead) who live in the country known as Amestris where the art of alchemy is a treasured trade. After the death of their mother, Trisha Elric (Lydia Mackay), Alphonse and Edward attempt the forbidden alchemy to bring a their mother back to life. This fails horrifically and leaves Edward without his arm or leg and Alphonse without a body, his soul now fused with a suit of armor. The story of Full Metal Alchemist then follows the boys as they search for a mystical object known as the Philosopher’s Stone in order to have their body parts and missing limbs returned to them while along the way getting caught up in political intrigue as well as a conspiracy that shakes to the very core of Amestris. Continue reading