Baccano! : critique


To summarize my experience in one word
CRAZY!
The craziest anime I’ve seen till now.

Before I start, an advice to potential viewers who want to start seeing this show.
Do not judge the genre of this anime based on the opening you see (its not about gambling or Halloween for that matter) as I was one of them. The first time I stopped watching the series after watching the opening.

Lets start by taking a look at the story..
One of the best stories told in non-linear fashion that I have ever seen. The best part is the non-linear story-telling doesn’t bog the story or the viewer down. The story concentrates on what mostly happened during three years – 1930, 1931 and 1932. It connects seemingly unrelated events to build a story that is larger than anything you would’ve imagined in the beginning. So much so that you begin anticipating as to how things reached to the point of where they are in the future from where it was in the past.
The editing done on this series is also one of the best – gives nothing way and carries the sense of mystery throughout.
Also there is humor which always left me grinning (especially scenes which had Isaac Dian and Miria Harvent; Isaac and Miria continue to spread happiness unconsciously wherever they go) and some scenes really make you laugh out loud.
That’s all I can say about the story without giving out any spoilers.

Characters
Has the craziest cast of characters I’ve seen. And the number of characters is pretty large too. Again this doesn’t bog the story down. In fact by the end of the series you will remember the name of all significant characters and their quirks. Also the characters remain etched in your memories long after you’ve finished watching the show.

Animation and Music
Neither is the animation lacking in any way nor is it over the top. It is enough to tell the story, with nothing remarkable standing out.
The action scenes are executed very well. The violence is plenty and all of it had a realistic and raw feeling to it.
The background music is combination of jazz and sometimes the high pitch from the symphony which stands out as the theme music of Baccano!(usually comes around the half-way break and the ending of the episodes)
Overall the background music for scenes never felt misplaced and always felt right – which is all you need. I almost never skipped through the opening sequence as the tempo of the jazz just seemed to fit the craziness of Baccano!

Overall I rate it 9.5/10
A masterpiece which I would whole-heartedly recommend anyone who has already watched some anime.


a critique by Prashanth Sunder

Serial Experiments Lain


A review by Rahul Ghosh

Lain Iwakura is the sort of ordinary girl who isn’t much tech savvy in the era of computers but a string of events consequently leads her to get devoured by the world of ‘wired’. So much for a plot summary, for the rest Lain lives up to it’s name as a bonafied mindfuck of a series.

Speaking of a theme or central idea, well Lain doesn’t have one… to be precise the theme is not bound by any single strand of interpretation for what i recon Lain throws at us several dimensions of symbolism, at almost every scene. Most of the time you’ll be just blankly staring at the screen going “What the fuck is happening ?”, yes.. Lain is just Incomprehensible at almost every second, and honestly I wouldn’t recommend watching the series to anyone Well here’s my take on the series : Continue reading

Witches


459197_10152222710603484_151208750_oGenres: Fantasy, Supernatural, Seinen

This small series of 7 chapters is a mixture of few stories that revolves around the concept of “witches” as you may have already guessed from the title itself.

The art is a pure eye candy which totally compliments the treatment of story telling.

“More must be explored by thyself for better understanding than to just listen and heed the words of a thousand men” – said by a great man

All in all, I’d say it’s a gem of a manga that doesn’t shy out to dive into philosophical, cultural and religious contexts and do proper justice with them.

A MUST read in my opinion. 😀

Originally article by Vishal Gaur

 

Bakemonogatari


imageIt’s proved to be one of those shows where I’m glad that I tried them out even after them having “dull” synopsis and quite “boring” genre (Mystery, Romance, Supernatural…except mystery none piqued my interest).Any way I’m glad that I picked it up and wondered that how misleading synopsis can make you “almost” drop a good series.

In my opinion, Bakemonogatari proved to be more of a psychological thriller with a bit of horror taste on the top…and i’m not saying this because of the way anime is “directed”, instead of talking about it, It’d be better to experience it yourself.

Anyway, it’s been presented in “arc” style. Each arc is like 2-3 episodes long except last one.Also, I found two negative points about this series.

  1. At times, you will feel that the “psychological” feel is being imposed on you or rather it’s been exaggerated at some points…and too much of anything feels bad right.
  2.  Some cuts are very-very quick…which feels rather annoying at times.

Our main character is again a “typical” nice-guy type protagonist who likes to help those in problem around him…all the more if they are girls. He doesn’t really develop much character-wise (maybe a bit towards the end). As for the other characters,there is quite minimal to no development in them…as I said, it’s arc based…so they can only get maximum character development in those 2-3 episodes only. The only character I felt to be gone through most character development will be Senjougahara Hitagi-chan. Continue reading

Code GEASS – Lelouch Of The Rebellion


77864_318181338279490_26415643_o [Reviewed by: Gopal Chatterjee]

The world won’t change with pretty words alone! – Zero

Code Geass starts with a story of a highly intelligent boy named Lelouch who later on become known as a British prince who can see the corruption of the current system and planning to CHANGE it.

Characters: Lelouch Vi Britannia : “One must destroy before creating.” The idea is reminding us the famous mythical creature, Phoenix, the beautiful bird that when gets old builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arises, reborn anew to live again. In the first episode of R1, he encounters a mysterious girl who proposes to give him power in exchange he has to fulfill her one and only wish. Gaining the power, Lelouch put a mask of a rebellion leader, Zero, and start his rebellion against a world of corruption which in his point of view isn’t worthy of any attempt to repairing it but rather destroying it for good so that a new system gets born in the ruins of the older one with the hope of getting better.

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Kemonozume


Synopsis

Since antiquity, flesh eating monsters who can take human form, known as Shokujinki, have preyed on people. A dedicated group of swordsmen, the Kifuuken, have made it their mission to hunt them. In modern times, the Ki

fuuken have lost much of their power and influence but the heir apparent, Toshihiko Momota, continues the fight. One day he meets a beautiful woman, Yuka, by chance. Toshihiko can’t help but to love her, even after he finds out Yuka is a flesh eater. The two run away, leaving the Kifuuken in disarray with Shokujinki attacks on the rise. Continue reading