Show Reviews

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The HeirsThe Heirs

Other titles: The Inheritors
Genre: Comedy, k-drama, romance
Episodes watched: 20/20

Oh man, the America stereotype it threw out there with the fatness and the inhalers. I laughed pretty hard. And I like how the ending didn't have to be all 100% happy, and was much more realistic. A lot of tropes and dramatic techniques were very overused, though, to the point of not being dramatic anymore, like the silent walking-past-each-other moments.

Lee Bo Na and Cha Eun Sang's moments were really funny, and I loved the dynamics between the two of them. Even better yet, Yoon Chan Young and Lee Bo Na are the best part of the show. I didn't like Cha Eun Sang by herself; she was always whiny and had this disgusted/pained look on her face. Admittedly, she did have things to be displeased about, but her countenance was just constantly depressing, and she never seemed to actually be into the character they wanted her to seem into. I almost thought she and the other guy seemed a better match because of all her brooding.

This drama got -really- dramatic at the end, even moreso than I was comfortable with. It seemed so silly and unnecessary. I definitely didn't like this k-drama as much as others did!

Rating: 7

Personal TastePersonal Taste

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Comedy, k-drama, romance
Episodes watched: 16/16

There were some huge misses in the plot, such as near the ending, where I felt what happened was just completely unfitting for the current mood. This happened a few times, which was disappointing; the show had an amazing buildup so many times to several things, but wouldn't take it all the way through when the atmosphere was just right. That was admittedly frustrating, and this among other reasons is why I can't ultimately recommend Personal Taste unless you really like the idea of guy-pretending-to-be-gay-moves-in-with-girl, which is actually a pretty funny idea. But I can only give it a 7/10 because of these perfect but underutilized opportunities, as well as a few other setbacks.

But Lee Min Ho looked amazing during the whole thing. He definitely wore my favorite look of all of his here in this drama as opposed to Heirs and even Boys over Flowers.

Rating: 7

Boys over FlowersBoys over Flowers

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Comedy, k-drama, romance
Episodes watched: 25/25

Ku Hye Sun is pretty good as Geum Jan Di, the female protagonist. She's a girl who can't take small bites (she can't eat food unless she absolutely devours it, pretty much), is snarky and spunky, but under all of that, has a heart of gold. Lee Min Ho, who plays Gu Jun Pyo, is also perfectly matched for his role. His manner of speaking, even in other shows, is usually really fitting for the roles he plays, and that is especially true with Boys over Flowers, like when he speaks through puckered lips. In fact, pretty much all of the characters are perfect for BoF. The casting for this show is quite impressive; the numerous scenes of Jan Di and Jun Pyo in particular fighting with each other are just priceless.

I love the friend dynamics between F4, especially So Yi Jung (Kim Bum) and Song Wu Bin (Kim Yoon). Chu Ga Eul (Kim So Eun) is also quite beautiful, and President Kang (Lee Hye Young) is so very convincing and fit for her role. I could feel myself really disliking her, which is fantastic.

The last episode had kind of an irritating and disappointing plot development, and with so little time to feel it out with any decency, but then again, this show is all about pulling stuff like that out of a hat ~in the name of love~. For example, it was also filled with unnecessarily complex situations with little plot value, but I figure that's the drama part of it. I think the characters overuse smiling as a reactionary facial expression, but I guess it could be worse. That Korean whiny-voice-at-the-end-of-sentences thing is omnipresent in this series, by the way.

Also, I have a pronounced favorite couple from this series, and it's absolutely not the main one. 😛 One thing is for sure: this show is definitely a K-drama classic. 9/10.

Rating: 9

ArrowArrow

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Action, drama
Episodes watched: 36/46

Arrow didn't originally grab my attention too much because of its not-insanely-interesting premise, and originally uninteresting characters. After awhile, though, it grew on me, and after stopping watching around episode 7, I later came back to watch the rest. Overall, some characters are pretty likeable (like Felicity and Diggle), but as the series progresses, though, it starts going more and more into a fantasy/sci-fi series, which signals to me that they're running out of ideas.

Pros
- Felicity Smoak, John Diggle, Slade Wilson, Shado, and Yao Fei.
- The chemistry between Oliver Queen and John Diggle seems real, like it extends outside of the show.
- Captivating, if you give it the chance.
- Manages to be really entertaining without requiring a lot of bloodshed or detailed sex scenes.
- Bows are pretty rad, even though they're a bit underpowered in the age of guns.

Neutral
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, the protagonist. He isn't a very expressive guy and, although I'm sure part of that is in his character, it really seems to be overboard sometimes. After a long-awaited reunion with someone, he has barely any perceivable change on his face at all, really?

Cons
- Overuse of the protagonist having sex with people, including girls who really seem to be not his type or have any chemistry with him at all.
- A lot of the dialogue and events come off as nothing more than amateur. Thankfully, it doesn't get painfully corny or anything, but it can be painfully obvious what's going to happen next, especially in regards to people sleeping together.
- Extremely common overuse of "my family member or person closest to me is actually the one who did it" in the plot. Really, after awhile, it gets old, and can be deduced from many episodes away.
- Some character development takes a turn for the worst, and isn't entertaining to watch while it does.

Rating: 8

House of CardsHouse of Cards

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Drama, political thriller
Episodes watched: 26/26

I didn't think I'd be into this show because of its focus on politics, but even despite my dislike for US politics, this show is definitely worth a go.

Pros
- The narrative, whereby Frank Underwood looks directly into the camera and talks to the audience (breaking the fourth wall), is really interesting.
- Incredibly unique developments. This show is absolutely captivating. The shock value of some scenes is really high.
- Kevin Spacey makes a killer Francis Underwood. The marriage between Frank and Claire is truly a marvel to watch, especially for how far out of society's comfort zones it gets.

Cons
- Not sure how I felt about the show after a certain character died in the second season. The progression from then on seemed a little slow, but thankfully built back up again.

Rating: 9

NikitaNikita

Other titles: La Femme Nikita
Genre: Action, drama, spy, thriller
Episodes watched: 63/73

Nikita is a pretty inventive show with twists and turns all over the place. I like the chemistry between Maggie Q (Nikita) and Shane West (Michael), and Lyndsy Fonseca is a good fit for the role of Alex.

Pros
- Its plot may be generic, but how it develops as well as its twists are genuinely surprising, and are some that I haven't ever seen before.
- Amanda's character is genuinely freaky, and Percy is a brilliant, self-serving psychopath.

Cons
- After awhile, everyone being underground all the time gets old.
- After remaining largely an action series for the first season, it starts to become too sci-fi and gimmicky for me, what with such thorough, machine-assisted brainwashing. I really didn't like the turn it took.

Rating: 7

Proposal DaisakusenProposal Daisakusen

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Comedy, j-drama, romance
Episodes watched: 11/11

Good God, I've never seen people give up so many times in the course of one show. This show was a -huge- disappointment. It is about a guy who goes into the past to try and win back his childhood friend who is now getting married. You would think there would be great development in 11 episodes, or at least a better ending, but you will get neither with Proposal Daisakusen. The main character is completely devoid of emotion, his conversations with his love interest are always just her talking and him moping while staring at the ground, and while there was slight character development, in a way it still seems like nobody learned their lesson, or learned it badly instead. The only thing that makes this show even a tiny bit redeemable are the friends of the two protagonists. There isn't even a tiny bit of closure at the end, the end just "happens". Please don't waste your time with this show.

Rating: 5

Kamisama HajimemashitaKamisama Hajimemashita

Other titles: Kamisama Kiss
Genre: Comedy, romance
Episodes watched: Sub/13

Cute. Nanami is a high school student who suddenly becomes an earth god after the previous earth god bestows his seal upon her. Her new familiar, Tomoe - a melancholy and occasionally brooding fox - accompanies her on some of her life adventures. The anime explores bits of each part of Nanami's life, such as her home life, her school life, and her new life with Tomoe.

Kamisama Hajimemashita is a pretty unique show. Sure, not every bit of it is explained, and it does have some minor things that keep you wondering (like what kind of face is actually under the fire children's masks?), but it has an incredibly unique, innocent charm to it. It reminds me a lot of Fruits Basket, so if you liked that anime, I absolutely recommend Kamisama Hajimemashita (a recommendation is how I found it)!

As a side note, Kurama and Mizuki are interesting characters; I would've liked to learn more about them! 🙂

Rating: 7

Hataraku Maou-sama!Hataraku Maou-sama!

Other titles: The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (English)
Genre: Comedy, fantasy, romance
Episodes watched: Sub/13

This anime is wacky: Satan works at a McDonald's! Having been backed into a corner with nowhere to go by the hero, the devil goes through a portal that transports him to modern-day Tokyo. He must regain his magic and power...by moving up the ranks in the human world, starting with MgRonald! An outrageous premise, but it's executed beautifully. In fact, the best thing about this whole anime is its execution. I like Maou (Satan) and Emi (the hero), and their interactions are pretty comical. Also, Alsiel is the coolest guy. 😛

Hataraku Maou-sama gets a 7 instead of an 8 only because the back-story doesn't interest me terribly much. If you like crazy animes, though, this one is for you! Here's to hoping for more than one season (since there's definitely more to be fleshed out)!

Rating: 7

Hagure Yuusha no EsteticaHagure Yuusha no Estetica

Other titles: Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero (English)
Genre: Action, comedy, fantasy, romance
Episodes watched: Sub/12

Not too much to say about this anime. The expressions are pretty well-drawn, but this anime is your fairly standard fantasy magic show.

Pros
- Pretty nice visuals.
- Kazuha and Chikage are pretty cool. A genius yet quiet kid and an entertaining, lesbian girl is not a character team I was expecting to see.

Neutral
- The green-haired Haruka's voice actress, Marina Inoue, is good at playing her role of snappy side character.
- Lots of fan service.

Cons
- A lot of stuff isn't explained and it feels like a total cop out. For instance, where or whom did Akatsuki learn his Chi powers from? He's had them from the start of the anime, but their origin is never touched upon. And why did we learn in the first episode that the demon king, the man Akatsuki just killed, tells his daughter to stay with Akatsuki, his murderer, when he dies? That doesn't make sense at all. Akatsuki also never got to fight whom he wanted to during all twelve episodes.
- I don't feel like I connected with any of the characters, really. This is both due to the anime only having 12 episodes, but also because the show seemed slightly more interested in showing bare breasts than making me care about the characters. Granted, there's still a decent plot, but the fanservice is a bit too loud.
- The sound used for magic was always the same, and always irritating. It was even jarring when it was triggered in some quiet settings.
- Very typical school setting, with the class and vice presidents and the like. Fairly trite and overdone.

Rating: 6

Code GeassCode Geass

Other titles: Kodo Giasu (Japanese)
Genre: Action, drama, mecha
Episodes watched: Sub/25

Wow. This anime blows me away with how wonderful the character development and interactions are, and then takes a turn for the even-more-intensely-emotional. Power, friendship, love, loyalty, abandonment, sacrifice, justice, right and wrong. What are all of these things, and what do they mean to you? These questions are explored constantly in Code Geass. Episode 22 especially makes my jaw just drop, and after that is equally climactic, though none of the earlier episodes lack excitement, either. Quite the powerhouse of entwined fates and twists, it is, and I am looking forward to watching the next season. The art, character design, and graphics are also absolutely incredible and to my liking with the anime having many varied looks for characters instead of simply employing hairstyle swaps. Similar to Evangelion in how powerful and emotional the last couple of episodes are as well as how they touch upon the nature of the entire human experience. Bravo, Code Geass.

Rating: 8

Love HinaLove Hina

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Comedy, harem, romance
Episodes watched: Sub/24

This anime is predictably very generic, but it was one of the most popular of its genre during its time. Thus, even though it has fairly forgettable characters, they're made slightly more memorable simply because Love Hina helped pave how Japanese comedy animes are today. I love some of the little things that were added, such as Naru Narusegawa's antenna-hair and how Seta keeps getting into life-threatening car crashes, but the gimmicky nature of this genre of anime still irritates me. Keitaro Urashima himself, while he has a little bit more depth than the main character from Tokimeki Memorial: Only Love, still doesn't give off a very developed air; his character seems lacking in many departments, as do most of the others. It's always hard to have developed characters in harem-type animes, however, because there are simply too many things to find out about each one in such a short amount of time. The ending is very weak, which takes its toll on the rating. Also, as an aside, Naru Narusegawa has a similar voice to Hitomi from the fighting game Dead or Alive, which was entertaining.

So, while this anime is fun-loving and cute, it doesn't strike a chord in my heart or anything, and comes to a solid 6/10.

Rating: 6

Spice and Wolf IISpice and Wolf II

Other titles: Ookami to Koushinryou II (Japanese)
Genre: Adventure, comedy, romance
Episodes watched: Sub/12

Not quite as good as Spice and Wolf but more centered on economics, Spice and Wolf II is a lovely addition to the original, mostly in that it fleshes out the romance aspect a bit more (though SaW2 ends kind of abruptly). Everything in this anime is about supply and demand and character interactions while chasing Kraft Lawrence's dream of owning his own shop. The deeper, emotional conversations of this anime are particular of note, and the futility of money is discussed despite money being one of the core subjects through each episode. A nice blend of adventure, comedy, and romance, Spice and Wolf and Spice and Wolf II are, and both Kraft Lawrence and Horo are memorable characters (especially Horo!). Recommended for anyone who likes adventure shows or economics!

Rating: 7

Spice and WolfSpice and Wolf

Other titles: Ookami to Koushinryou (Japanese)
Genre: Adventure, comedy, romance
Episodes watched: Sub/13

Spice and Wolf is one of the most unique animes I've seen due to it taking place in a medieval European setting, something I haven't seen before. Horo, the wolf girl, is very entertaining throughout the series, and I find her companion Kraft Lawrence to be likeable as well; the two bounce very well off of one another. I'm normally not interested in any kind of show that deals too much with trading, but I was captivated by the character interactions, setting, and the simplistic atmosphere of this anime. Horo is definitely my favorite character, and I must say that both the subbed and the dubbed versions are nice, despite me mostly watching the subbed one. Glad I saw this, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes foxy (or, in this case, wolfy), sassy girls and entertaining character relations.

Rating: 7

Cowboy BebopCowboy Bebop

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Action, comedy, space, western
Episodes watched: Dub/26

A beginning that got me interested rather early and an ending I didn't entirely expect. Not bad. A quick rundown of some of my favorite episodes of the series: episode 17 (Mushroom Samba), where Ed pursues mushrooms, is amazing. Episode 18 (Speak Like a Child) is very emotional for me as it shows the earth in the future and Faye Valentine as a 10-year-old. Episode 19 (Wild Horses)'s reference to the Columbia Space Shuttle was funny; tons of American pop culture references in this anime! Episode 20 (Pierrot le Fou) is just...a trip. Rather creepy. Best quote from episode 21 (Boogie Woogie Feng Shui) is "Open foot, insert mouth" from Jet, haha! Episode 22 (Cowboy Funk) pits Spike against an eerily similar adversary, and makes direct reference to the YMCA and Christians. I'm surprised any of this show ever aired on American television, what with the US's obsession with censoring. Episode 23 (Brain Scratch) has a pretty interesting idea behind it, that humans are now obsessed with television. Episode 24 (Hard Luck Woman) is very emotional. The whole series reminds me of the stream-of-consciousness movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with Johnny Depp; disconnected, a parody of society, and full of random thoughts and imagery. It's quite unique, and none of the episodes really relate to each other, or even have to be watched in order. Ein's my favorite character, then Ed, then Spike. They're all a great bunch, though, especially when put together in the same ship. This genre still isn't my cup of tea, but I definitely recommend this anime to anyone who's a fan of western-ish shows, or to anyone who is rather carefree and enjoys this kind of thing.

Rating: 6

TrigunTrigun

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Action, adventure, comedy, drama, romance, sci-fi, western
Episodes watched: Sub/26

I'll start off by saying that I don't like most things dealing with the western genre. Trigun takes places on a desert planet, a setting I wouldn't normally take kindly to, but it works surprisingly well for the many different genres this anime crosses into. Character interaction is the big boon here, with Vash the Stampede being one of the most original yet likeable characters I've seen in awhile. This anime, like most, has a lesson-to-the-story thing going on, but unlike many, it doesn't come off as corny or too happy-go-lucky. The emotions running through Vash's head at any time are fantastic to analyze, and the series even wraps up nicely. It took me going through about a third of the episodes until I became truly interested at about episode 10. Not bad at all, and I'll remember Vash for a long time!

Rating: 7

Neon Genesis EvangelionNeon Genesis Evangelion

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Action, comedy, drama, mecha
Episodes watched: Sub/26

Wow. This anime is quite a trip. I'm not a big fan of the mecha part and the fighting, as it gets tedious, but the real core to this anime doesn't start until about episode 18, where it takes a complete turn. Controversial ideas surface, and the anime doesn't spell things out for you; you have to think for yourself on this one, and the last episode doesn't disappoint. I congratulate NGE for having one of the best last episodes I've ever seen in any anime, an episode that delves to the root of human suffering and brings us back out again. Too much time was spent on the Eva vs. Angel bit to give this too high of a rating, but episodes 18 - 26 are truly worth watching. Bravo. And for some reason, this anime is great to watch with subtitles to learn Japanese. Plenty of repetition of core sentences and different constructions to help you understand what they're saying.

Rating: 6

Tokimeki Memorial: Only LoveTokimeki Memorial: Only Love

Other titles: N/A
Genre: Comedy, romance
Episodes watched: Sub/25

The only character I like in this anime is the chick everyone is ga-ga over. Everyone else is terribly generic, and I predicted every next step. The "entire school is head over heels for one girl" and "girl who blushes for absolutely no reason" and "main character is attacked by absolutely everyone" tropes are really overdone, and I couldn't push myself past half of episode 7 of 25 before stopping. Won't remember any of the characters, but that's okay.

Rating: 4

Zettai KareshiZettai Kareshi

Other titles: Absolute Boyfriend (English)
Genre: Comedy, j-drama, romance, sci-fi
Episodes watched: Sub/11

The protagonist is a bit too bubbleheaded for my tastes, but this is a nonetheless very entertaining drama about choosing between a perfect robot boyfriend (who sometimes seems very human) and a real one.

Rating: 8