Fall Anime Preview 2015

Yeah, yeah. I know this sudden spike of posting is making you dizzy, but it’s more so for me.

If you’d known me or followed my blog, you probably know there is a fortnight’s gap between posts and I rarely make anything else other than reviews. Truth is, it isn’t really because I’m lazy or busy, it’s just that I have absolutely nothing to write about. Guess that’s what they call a writer’s blog, ha!

Ha ha, get it? Writer’s block? Blog?

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Smog? Fog? Dog? Morgue?

Anyway, just in case you haven’t gotten into the shows scheduled next month or so, here is an obligatory list of things you absolutely don’t need to know about the next season.

Aikatsu! 4


Yay, another season of Aikatsu! 4! Wait, what’s that again? Oh, yeah, it’s a show about…


Sigh, I’d swear that Japan’s obsession with 2-D idols are overboard, we already have so many of them! Love Live franchise, The IdolM@ster franchise, plus a whole lot more of obscure franchises about more idols. Speaking of more idols…

Miss Monochrome Season 3


See what I told you?

That aside, we also have tonnes of sequels…Oh, and vampires.

Diabolik Lovers More, Blood


Oh, good grace. Please, no more…I beg you…

Comet Lucifer


Judging from the trailer and stuff, there seems to be a good deal of…

Absolutely nothing, except for some moe loli goddess jumping around with a wide variety of bright colours splattered distastefully on the background.

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Oh, well…Here’s to hoping for another Hestia reincarnation.

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Concrete Revolutio: Chounjin Gensou


In some messed up futuristic Japan, there exists superhumans with powers that came into existence through many ways. “With great power, comes great responsibility”, even if your power is turning into a freaking cloud.

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Well, the style of the show is somewhat like Kyousou Giga, or Kekkai Sensen on drugs, but whether or not they’ll be as entertaining as either of them remains to be unseen. Speaking of Kekkai Sensen, where the heck is tha —

One-Punch Man


Speaking of superheroes, this season sees the release of the much hyped anime One-Punch Man.

This show about a man. A true man. He aspires to be the best hero in the world, in fact, he trains so hard that his hair has all fallen off. He does 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and 10km runs everyday! He’s the strongest man in the world, and he’s so strong that he could disintegrate his enemies with just one punch.

He is…


Dafuq is this?

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My gosh, creativity seems to be overflowing in this place. Last season, we had Classroom Crisis, which sounded every bit like that epic, mind-boggling action, horror, mystery, supernatural, mystery anime that was. (Sarcasm, check.)

Nope, it’s not about weightlifting, or a “slice-of-life” featuring a group of labourer cat/dog/rabbit girls. There’s something much, much better.

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It’s a sailor uniform. No, it’s a bodysuit. No, it’s actually a sailor uniform plus a body suit! That’s it, guys! This is an embodiment of anime, modern day art as we know it. Oh, look at how perfectly practical it is, with the snowy plains all around, not to mention, it is the perfect embodiment of the cuteness of the sailor uniform and sexiness of the bodysuit!! Guys…this is it…I’m going to nirw–


Gakusen Toshi Asterisk


Ever wondered, what life’s like if an asteroid smashes down on Earth and destroying numerous cities and taking over countless lives, but somehow the asteroid grants you and numerous others superpowers?

You go to school, of course. I mean, that’s the logical thing to do, right?



Garo: Guren no Tsuki


Last year, Studio Mappa gave us the underrated Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, and now, adding to the franchise is Garo: Guren no Tsuki, which by the way, has got nothing to do with the previous Garo adaptation. This adaptation is a period drama set in the Heian period.

Not that I have any idea what that means.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to this show after that awesome Garo: Honoo no Kokuin. Looking good, that’s for sure.

Subete ga F ni naru The Perfect Insider


Another mystery anime, which revolves around some guy with another girl who finds a corpse, and it turns out to be a serial murder case and yadda yadda yadda…

Geez, everybody wanna be Detective Conan, nowadays.

Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru


Hey, kids! Ever wanted to be an anthropologist?

Squeaky kid: What’s that?

It’s a job where you can play with bones and craft them into weapons where you fight the Demon Lord!

Squeaky kid: Cool! I’ve always wanted to be an ant no polo jeans!

No, this show is not a rip-off from the FOX TV Series Bones. For starters, no FBI involved here. This show revolves this high school kid who has an extremely beautiful girlfriend in her 20s. She also love bones very much…


…and the duo goes around solving mysteries…pertaining to bones.

Oh, she’s not even an ant no polo jeans, whatever that means.


There is more stuff going this season, as the Monogatari Series enters its (supposedly) final story arc with Owarimonogatari, as millions worldwide bemoan the loss of the beloved Loli Triangle. Nothing will ever be the same after the loss of —

It gets even more exciting as Haikyuu! (to quote Gigguk : OVERLY FRIENDLY METROSEXUAL MEN TOSSING THEIR BALLS IN EACH OTHERS FACE THE ANIME VOLLEYBALL EDITION) and K Project gets their respective second seasons.

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You could say that this Fall 2015 would be dominated by sequels as it sees the release of two sequels of last year and this year’s arguably best shows.

Noragami Aragato


Oh, yes, please! This is the show that featured last year’s husbando of the year:


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Yes, this jobless a**-like character is much more popular than you or any of your hikikimori friends could ever be. He’s funny, stupid, self-centered, has a dangerous and mysterious past and most importantly, he has hands so sweaty that they could potential flood the entire world with his sweat alone.


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Remember this show from this year’s Spring season? It had everything an anime fan could ever want! It has action, it has gripping plot, it has romance, it has an adorable group of underaged girls with superpowers, and finally, it has the word “GAY” written on its forehead!!


Don’t worry, though, peeps. I’m not judging you or anything, it’s just that I think it should be something we could talk about. Cause if you were gay…

Finally, the show we’ve all been waiting for…

The anime so dark and grim…that it would darken your souls…


So gory…


Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou


Eren! The heck happened to you? Tell me, who did this to you? Was it… Levi? Was it your crazy dad who vanished into thin air, never to come back ever again? Or *inhales deeply* Mikasa?




So, yeah, that’s it! As usual, I didn’t go through the entire list of anime scheduled this fall, but I tried. Trust me, I tried. And for the last time, I don’t feel like mentioning Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst.

Anyway, thanks for bearing with my nonsensical tirade of sorts till the end. Did I miss any of the shows you think I should pay attention to? Be sure to comment and let me know. Also, if you’re interested, do check out my other posts and reviews. Give me more views, I have puppies.


So, I’ll see you guys in the next one. As always, cheerio.


Rokka no Yuusha – Review – Studio Passione Strikes Again!!

Hey, kids! Ever fought over who ate the last cookie in the cookie jar?


Have you ever blamed others for the things that you did, like maybe that chalk you threw that hit the teacher in the head? Well, then you’re in luck!

‘Cause today we’re gonna review the one anime that is based on that very concept of ‘Whodunit’! Instead of you bratty, noisy little imps from hell, we’ve got another group of people whom all resemble a humanoid zoo.

We have a cat…

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A rabbit…

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A tadpole…

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A horse…

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Sigh…Why am I even doing this?


Rokka no Yuusha is set in a fantasy world which in the past, was attacked by the Demon Lord. The Saint of the Lone Flower, who was extremely powerful and made the Demon Lord and its minion fiends retreat all the way back to their homeland. However, the Saint of the Lone Flower predicted that the Demon Lord would one day arise and she declared that she would divide her power to the six heroes whom she deemed worthy to battle the Demon Lord and its minions. True enough, 300 years after the Saint of The Lone Flower prophesied, the Demon Lord awakes and six heroes were branded with the sign of the Flower, showing that they were selected to fight and defeat the Demon Lord. Hence, they were called Braves of the Six Flowers and proceeded to defeat the awoken Demon Lord. However, another 300 years later, the Demon Lord arises yet again and another batch of the Braves of the Six Flowers were selected once again. The same thing happened 300 years later and the Demon Lord was defeated once again. Nearly 300 years since the last awakening of the Demon Lord, Adlet Mayer, who claims to be the world’s strongest man now appears.

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He interrupts the semifinal of a holy tournament in the capital of Piena in a bid to be chosen as one of the six Braves and to gain recognition of the Saint of the Sword who is a potential Brave, Princess Nachetanya.

Oh, and yeah, Saints were selected women (yes, women only) by their respective gods and deities to possess certain power. No explanation to why they were given these powers though. Oh well, moving on…

After decapitating two participants of the holy tournament and dozens of foot soldiers through trickery and smarts, he was soon overpowered and thrown into solitary confinement for interrupting such a holy tournament. However, one year later, the Demon Lord awakened and the brand of the Flower appeared on Adlet’s hand, indicating that he was one of the Braves of the Six Flowers.

Not long after, he was rescued by the Princess, who was, as predicted by Adlet, one of the six Braves and they proceeded to embark on a journey to meet the four other Braves. However, there was more than meets the eye when there were seven, including Adlet and Nachetanya, all claiming to be Braves who arrived at the meeting place…

The plot is rather simple at first: Six were selected to defeat the Demon Lord but seven appeared. There was no way seven were selected someone had to be an impostor. So, the question is, who is the fake?

The pacing of the show was quite slow and fortunately so, as there were simply too many plot points to rush things or some things are going to be lost in translation. The slow pacing of the show was also perfect to set the stage for the guessing game, which comes no earlier than episode 5.

This ‘Whodunit’ concept is a rather refreshing take on a all-too-stale story line of how a group of heroes surfaced to battle some antagonist/ Demon Lord/ witch. However, that was the only saving grace for the show. And somehow approaching the end of the show, it bombed.

Allow me to explain.

First, despite the fresh take on the defeat-the-Demon-Lord story line, there were a plethora of plot holes and things we’re expected to accept without any explanation at all. If it wasn’t for the ‘Whodunit’ concept, I can’t imagine me accepting so many plot holes. For example, could anyone explain how the Saint of the Lone Flower was so omnipotent and could even select heroes who would defeat the Demon God few hundred years after her death? She was supposedly a mere human who got her powers from a god, and yet she somehow single-handedly defeat and drove the Demon Lord away.

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If you choose to scrutinize every detail of the setting, you could identify many other plot holes but I’m not going to be a spoilsport because I could and chose to overlook these plot holes. The real problem I had with the show was with the ‘guessing game’ part.

The show did a wonderful, if not perfect job with setting the stage and building up the atmosphere up to the very climax. The only problem was that as they were reaching the conclusion, they introduced many different plot points and mentioned many different characters that would never appear on-screen, like the Saint of the Salt etc. My guess is that they, or rather the writers introduced way too many elements into the plot until he/she forgot which is which.

Frankly speaking, I was rather captivated by the show up to the very end, but I was simply not satisfy by the explanation given to me. There was too little evidence to support the conclusion and it was as if the writers decided to do a 180 degree turn and abruptly arrive at the conclusion.

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While it took 4 full episodes to lay the stage for the guessing game and another 5-6 episodes to establish Adlet as one of the real Braves, it took less than 3 minutes to establish who the fake was. Moreover, it could not explain the motives behind certain actions of the characters involved. The conclusion that was supposed to be the climax ended up becoming the anti-climax of the show and ruined the foundation laid by the first 11 episodes or so.

The character development was average, at best, as not much attention was given to the characters’ development. The back stories of the characters were not particularly fascinating, nor was it intriguing. I was initially rather fascinated by Adlet Mayer, the self-proclaimed strongest man in the world, but I was rather annoyed when they pulled that ‘romance’ nonsense or whatnot. I was definitely not amused.

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Technically speaking, the show was quite good, given that it was only Studio Passione’s second series in charge, the same studio behind the disastrous Rail Wars which received a lot of flack among the online community. The orchestral tracks in the show were really good and brought out the adventurous atmosphere really well. The same could not be said about the show’s visuals though, as the quality of the visuals dropped dramatically, giving us one of the most cringe-worthy artwork in years.

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The heck happened to Adlet’s eyes??!
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Their eyes look so weird…

All in all, Studio Passione is definitely headed in the right direction, but due to it being so new in the industry, I’m not surprised that it didn’t have the consistency nor the experience to deal with projects like this.

This show had a lot of potential to propel Studio Passione into the limelight, and it did just that. Though the landing wasn’t as smooth as everybody thought it would be, the show was entertaining to say the least. I was dissatisfied with its sudden conclusion but in a nutshell, I would still recommend it to others regardless.

So, after meticulously calculating the points awarded for plot, character development, sound and animation, and my personal enjoyment, after which I erected a fog barrier and had them kill each other in a duel of death, I decided to award Rokka no Yuusha a total of:

7.86 (Above Average)

So, I guess that’s it. I just finished watching this show, reviewing it and even published a list of ’10 Anime You Need to Watch Before You Die’. You can read the article by clicking here.

I guess I had that time, didn’t I?

Anyway, I should be releasing my continuation of the list I made in about 2-4 days. The latest I would take would be 1 week, so I ask of you guys out there to be patient. I’m not the most unoccupied person in the world (nor am I the most hard-working), you know?


So, till the next post, cheerio.

10 Anime Series You Need to Watch Before You Die (Part 1)

To the uninitiated, Japanese animation or anime in short, is nothing more than children’s plaything. Made for children, watched by children, liked by children. After all, anyone’s first impression of anime consists of characters with eyes covering half their faces, unproportionate bodily features and bloody Doraemon. Or Pokemon. Or Hatsune Miku.



Ahem…sorry, just needed to get it out from my system.

P.S. Hatsune Miku does not originate from doujinshi. It is a Vocaloid program. Cool your brains, dude.

Anyway, I have put together a list of anime series that represents the best of what anime has to offer. Everyone, and anyone should watch before they leave Earth for outer space or to colonize Mars only to be killed by mutated humanoid cockroaches with super strength.


Please take note that the arrangement of series are not in any order in particular, and this selection of anime is strictly my own opinion of what is best, hence you are under no obligations to agree with what is on this list.

Got it? So, now I introduce you to:


 1.  Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)

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Kicking off this list is Sakamichi no Apollon, a show some would find rather boring. The pacing of the show is rather slow and focuses on a rather generic group of students going through puberty and stuff, you know, as usual. So, then, why did I put this show here? The pacing of the show may be slow, the art style bland at best, but upon further inspection, they all complement each other and put emphasis on the main focus of the show: music.

No, I’m not referring to the background music but the featured tracks of the show. After all, this show features the famous Yoko Kanno, the music maestro who gave masterful tracks like Gravity from Wolf’s Rain and more famous ones like Tank! from Cowboy Bebop. The main theme of the show is the struggling and the coming-of-age of teenagers in the 1960s, which is the aftermath of World War II and like I said before, the music.

It deals with aplenty of themes from real life. It doesn’t matter if you’re from the 70s or a 90s chick, you’re bound to fall in love with the tranquil 1960s Japan that the series is set in. And of course, the music. Need I say more? Just listen to the track above. I’d swear, that track alone was enough to compel me to put this show on this list.

2. Black Lagoon


Now, for the universal question every anime fan has been asking since the dawn of time…


Well, I’m not one to judge, but for this show in particular, it’s definitely better dubbed. Why, you ask?

So. Freaking. Badass!!!

If you’re a fan of action and I do mean, Hollywood car chases, gunfights, bone-breaking, goosebump-ing, exhilarating fight scenes, memorable one-liners and mother-flying sons of vixens James Bond, then this show is for you!

Anime was never known for its action, because the gist of the action either involves useless male protagonists surrounded by girls with abnormally huge breasts with magical powers or…well, some other thing of that sort.


But, fret not! For Black Lagoon and Revy, the female protagonist will come around and blow these “nonsense” shows away with her vulgar four-letter words and handguns!

Essentially, Black Lagoon has every thing an action series should have and more, with enough firepower to blow the roof sky high. If there’s an anime featuring action that you should watch before you die, this is it. There’s no other way to go around, this is definitely an action anime to watch before you die.

3. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (The Daily Lives of Highschool Boys)




Aren’t you a guy?

You’re the main protagonist, right?

The male one, right?

No…you can’t do this…


(Cue opening theme)

If you didn’t read the title, then you’d better go back and read it, you lazy bum!

Oh, you’re back. Well, good for you.

As I said earlier…this show is about a trap.

Wait…no, it’s about a guy.

Two guys, in fact.

Two guys and two girls.

Two perverted girls who like to scrutinize every inch of lingerie.

One with twintails and the other, half-naked.

Well, yeah…I think that’s it…

Just watch the clip below. You’ll get the gist of it.

4. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)


In first sight, you may think that this show is simply a normal anime show with kawaii girls. You may think this is another one of those ‘slice-of-life’ featuring many girls with one guy, in other words, a harem. You may think this is not worth your time.

Well, you think…


I would like to think that anime could never get horror right. Horror anime rely heavily on gore to scare people like, Another or Corpse Party: Tortured Souls, which in my opinion, doesn’t really do the trick. My impression of horror shows involve a lot of jump-scares, supernatural elements, grim, dark imagery. This show is the closest to horror when it comes to anime, and boy, is it chilling. The show doesn’t rely on the conventional methods to scare the living daylights out of people, but rather, it relies how much the story, characters, every single element of the show to frighten unsuspecting viewers.

While scaring people in horror films and movies is essential, the story behind all those scares must be equally spooky, and in this case, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes the cake. The many plot twists and turns are legendary and how the seemingly random plot points piece together to form a complete over-arcing story is astounding. Among the many horror anime out there, this one is by far the best, the most satisfying and the most terrifying and it should no surprise that this show is on this list.

5. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)


Romance is a rather deep-rooted element in all anime series. It is quite rare to find a show not featuring romance, in one way or another. Heck, even Black Lagoon had a tiny bit of romance among all those swearing and violence. However, as people say, quality over quantity, and I find most romance in anime either underdeveloped or simply not good enough.

Take Sword Art Online, for example. The romance between the main characters, Kirito and Asuna is rather popular and all, but to me, it seems like some fantasy about romance, dreamt up by some underaged schoolboy whose concept of love seems to revolve around cuddling 24/7 and marriage, then consequently, sex.

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Or was it the other way around?

It is rather difficult to find a romance that is both satisfying and realistic. Enter Kimi ni Todoke, a typical shoujo anime with a typical girl-meets-boy storyline except for the fact that the romance in the show was really well done. Except for a few flaws and cliches here and there, the romance was perfect, with chemistry between the two protagonists proceeding gradually instead of abruptly, like in most shounen romances. What is more surprising is that the romance was not over-exaggerated to the point where it was cringe-worthy, like in many shoujo anime, for example, Kaichou wa Maid-Sama.

To put it simply, this romance anime is the best, the most realistic and it should be the best anime has to offer.


What do you think about the anime in this list? Do you have any other anime that you think should be on this list? Leave a comment below and I will see you in Part 2.


Ghost in the Shell (1995 Movie) – Review – You Can’t Teach New Dog Old Tricks?

In a world where robots and mechanical body parts have long replaced fragile bone-and-flesh of the human body, the lines between humans and androids have blurred. Androids with human memories, humans with android bodies, they are all the same… But, they do share one thing in common…

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30 fingers on two hands…

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Invisibility cloaks…


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And ultimately, nice boot… …legged android bodies that would sell pretty nicely in the black market with a market price of USD 1.3 million.

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Ghost in the Shell, the 1995 movie is set in the same dystopian setting as the series and movies after the original movie, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, only in parallel universes. It is set in the mid-twenty first century in the fictional city of Nihama and follows the endeavors of the Public Security Sector 9. In this fictional universe, people could have cybernetic transplants to boost their physical strength or to replace broken limbs. The cybernetic technology available was so advanced to the extent that people could opt to insert their consciousness into robots, so that they could possess supernatural abilities and strength. This however, opens the possibility to the mind being hacked and bent to benefit certain parties…

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One such person is Major Motoko Kusanagi of the Section 9, who has such a full-body prosthesis, known as “shells”, that houses her cyber-brain. She and her team was assigned to apprehend an elusive cyberhacker, known as the Puppetmaster, that hacks into people’s consciousness with cybernetic bodies, but things were not as simple as it seems…

It is now the year 2015 and it has been 20 years since this film has been released. It is said to have influenced many popular Western movies like The MatrixAvatar and has many high-profile people registered as the film’s fans. James Cameron and Steven Speilberg have came out and praised the show as sensational animated movie that was ahead of its time and “…the first to reach a level of literary excellence”.

Throughout its 20 years existence, it has caused ripples throughout the Western community. Not just for awhile, but for a very long time. In 1999, The Wachowski Brothers released the sensational The Matrix and claimed Ghost in the Shell as its source of inspiration. More recently, Scarlett Johansson was casted as Major Mokoto Kusanagi in the Ghost in the Shell live action movie adaptation, spelling fears that something may be lost in translation in the making of the movie.

Sure, it may be sensational inspiration back in those days, but is it still relevant to today’s generation? Can it continue to enthrall and inspire the current generation?

Well, in my humble opinion, no.

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Okay, I don’t intend to start another flame war or anything, but to be honest, for the past 20 years, we have been bombarded with all sorts of cyberpunk movies and science fictions, so many that we couldn’t even keep count anything. From The Matrix, to I, Robot, to the Terminator franchise etc., I have seen so many dystopian futures, so much so that I don’t think the concept of having sentient artificial intelligence and cyborgs in some dystopian future would still remain its originality, now in 2015.

Frankly speaking, Ghost in the Shell wasn’t the first to suggest artificial intelligence gaining sentience nor was it the first to question human identity. The 1966 Phillip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and its subsequent film adaptation, Blade Runner explored the same concept way before Ghost in the Shell ever existed.

Anyway, back to the main topic though, was it a good movie? Well, regarding that question, yes.

There is no doubt it was a good movie, if not, great, it’s just that I couldn’t feel the excitement or the enthusiasm I was supposed to have. The plot was intricately woven and smart, while themes of human identity embedded into the main plot. You could literally feel the weight of the show bearing down while watching it. The heavy topics explored in the film was further emphasized and complimented by many heavily detailed stills and the eerie yet serene background music.

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In the short 82 minutes of the film, I felt the character development was very well done, doing well to portray Major Kusanagi as a seemingly robotic, cold and calculating person. The main character’s development was a rather smart attempt to flesh out the themes of human identity and how people identify themselves as humans. It made us question the humanity of the main character, but no more than that.

I feel like if I had watched this movie when it was just released, I would have been inspired by this film. I would probably have the same reaction as the Wachowski Brothers, as James Cameron, as Steven Spielberg. Too bad, the same questions many others have been asking for quite some time now, was posed to me once again, and I have lost the enthusiasm that I initially had.

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From the technical aspects, I felt that this show was very magnificent in terms of fluidity in animation and the BGMs. The fluidity of the action scenes was breathtaking and you wonder, whether or not this was a cel animation production. The aforementioned eerie soundtrack was exceptional too, as it brings out the weight of the themes explored in the film.

All things said and done, after taking into consideration the points awarded for the plot, character development, animation and sound, and my personal enjoyment, I now give you the scores which I think is befitting to this 1995 film:

8.28 (Good)

If I had watched this show back when it was first released, it would have easily gotten a rating of 8.5 and above. Oh well then.

So, this is the end, I guess. Leave a comment (preferably not hate comments, I’m not good with that.) and whatever. Till the next review, cheerio.