Mini-Review: Princess Tutu Anime


Synopsis:

Before the story of Princess Tutu, there was a writer named Drosselmeyer.  He had the power to make stories become reality.  The townspeople became fearful of this power and chopped of his hands then killed him.   Drosselmeyer’s last story, The Prince and The Raven, was left unfinished leaving the Prince and the Raven to battle each other forever without release.  Eventually, the Raven figured out how to break out of the story into the real world.  The Prince pursued the Raven and shatter his own heart with his sword in order to seal the Raven away.

Unbeknownst to the townspeople, Drosselmeyer longed written about himself before dying and was able to continue control events.  He decided to changed the direction of the story.  He changes a duck aptly named Duck to Princess Tutu and gives her the power to restore pieces of the Prince’s heart to him.  Duck can never tell the Prince her feelings for him or else she disappears in a flash of light.

Mini-Review:

At first, I thought Princess TuTu will be just another “Magical Girl” anime but I was pleasantly surprised.   It’s more of a ballet fairy-tale with Magical Girl elements throw in.  The anime takes some story elements from Swan Lake and other fairy-tale ballets.    The biggest concept in the anime is fate versus free will.  Do we really have no say in our future or can we beat the odds of our situation?   It also explores how our outside persona is used to cover up the real emotions inside.  Someone who tries to please everyone may just experiencing loneliness and going overboard to placate that raw feeling.

The artwork is beautiful.  It feels nostalgic and fragile if that makes any sense.   Conflicts in Princess Tutu are not solved through violence but ballet dances.  I have to admit during some of the “fight” scenes I got a bit emotional.    The combination of the beautiful art, dance sequences, music, and words can tug a bit at the heart strings.  If you like character driven anime and ballet, I think you will enjoy Princess Tutu.   Let me say this, Mytho (the Prince) is a bit dead but I guess since he’s suppose to not have a heart or emotions..  meh…

Rating: Hells Yea!

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ROSA: Epic Sci-Fi film

Cross-posted at Nerdgasm Noire Network

The short sci-fi film takes place in a post-apocalptic world where all natural life has disappeared. In the mist of the devatastion, a cyborg named Rosa is awaken. She is mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. While taking in the world around her, she learns she’s not alone and must fight for survival.

Check out the short film. The artwork is beautiful. The story is intriguing and not one word has been spoken.

Jesús Orellana created the entire film with no budget in one year. AMAZING!! Rumors has it that ROSA is in development to be a live-action motion picture.

Check out the website for ROSA!

Mini-Review: Kirikou and the Sorceress

Synopsis:

A young boy named Kirikou is born in a unusual way.  He is very different than other newborns since he could speak and walk immediately after birth.  Kirikou becomes very curious about the state of the small West African villages he lives in.  His mother tells him that an evil sorceress named Karaba has dried all the water and devoured most of the men except one.  Kirikou without hesitation accompanies the last warrior, his uncle, to face the evil sorceress.  This is the start of Kirikou’s destiny.

Mini-Review:

I love this movie.  It’s a very sweet story.   The characters are drawn flat and two-dimensional surrounded by bright colors and patterns.   The story reads like an old folk tale which illustrates the struggles Kirikou must overcome.    Kirikou is not written as the typical hero.  His bravery, determination and kindness wins his battles.   If you have a problem with asexual nudity, don’t watch it.   Otherwise, you should see this movie!

Rating: Hell Yeas!!

Mini-Review: Gantz

Synopsis:

The story of Kei Kurono and his childhood friend Masaru Kato who died in a train accident. They become part of a posthumous ‘game’ where they have to hunt down and kill aliens within a certain time period armed with handful of futuristic items of equipment and weaponry. Ah, but they are not alone! Kei and Masaru are transported to a seemingly ordinary apartment with other recently decreased people. Will they work together to survive? Or will they turn on each other for their own survival?

Mini-Review:

The one thing I can say is the main character, Kei, is not super likable. He’s one of those guys who you don’t love but don’t super hate. It’s indifference which is worse than hate cause you just don’t understand why we even care about the jerk. The anime seems intent on making sure if you start to like him a little bit to dash those hopes. In fact, most of the characters are not super likable. It seems as if bad stuff happens to the characters just because but on the other hand that’s life. The only redeeming character in the story is Masaru who is genuinely kind, heroic and moral… but he’s not the central character… Go figure.

The art style is clean and pretty but not so lush that you wonder if someone is going to throw out rose petals any minute. Gantz is a very violent and bloody anime. You will see guts pouring out. Brains oozing out and all that.. um.. good stuff.

Anime has a very interesting premise. Would you hold on to your human nature in this scenario? Would you question the purpose of your life or if you are really living at all?

Rating:

Meh. It’s alright. [For those that love really bloody animes even with paper thin storyline, it’s a HELLS YEA!] It’s watchable but only because you wonder how much of a jerk can Kei become.

Mini-Review: My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic

Synopsis:

The story of a unicorn pony named Twilight Sparkle, a student of Equestria’s ruler Princess Celestia. Princess Celestia gave Twilight Sparkle the task of going to Ponyville to make friends since the young pony was more interested in books then developing relationships. Twilight Sparkle takes along her assistant, Spike, who so happens to be a baby dragon. Once arriving in Ponyville, they meet the tomboyish Rainbow Dash, the fashionable Rarity, the hard working Applejack, timid Fluttershy and hyperactive Pinkie Pie. Together they solve problems occurring in the town and along the way learn the ins and outs of being good friends. Every episode ends with Twilight Sparkle relating an aspect of friendship she learn to Princess Celestia through her own experiences and what she observes from others’ experiences.

Mini-Review:

This show is so cute you’re going develop diabetes of the eyes. Each of the ponies have their own distinct personality and the show does a good job of crafting stories around appreciating others’ differences. The story lines are not too dumb down and doesn’t try to hit you over the head with the “message” of the day. The jokes are age appropriate but can be appreciated by adults.

Rating: Hells Yea! [If you liked Power Puff Girls, you may like this show] Even if you don’t watch the show, it’ll be a great show for the kiddies.

Mini-Review: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Anime


Synopsis:

Panty and Stocking are angels known as the Anarchy sisters… that so happen to get kicked out of Heaven due to their bad behavior. They are sent to Daten City located in between Heaven and Hell. Unfortunately, there are monsters called “Ghosts” that attack the city and it’s up to the Anarchy sister to get rid of these pests using their powers. One perk is the ability to transform their clothing into weapons.

With the help of Reverend Garterbelt and their pet zipper-dog Chuck, Panty and Stocking must destroy these Ghosts, in order to collect enough Heaven Coins to return to Heaven.

Mini-Review:

This show is freaking CRAZY. The anime doesn’t takes itself seriously and makes fun of various movies and tv shows. The drawing style is a mix of Invader Zim and Danny Phantom but don’t get comfortable cause the style will randomly change throughout the episode. These are not your typically goody good angels! Older sister, Panty, is two steps from being a sex addict while younger sister, Stocking, is a glutton for sweets with masochistic tendencies. While their looks contrast, they both can display very short tempers. Do you like your anime with a mix of hilarity, spunk and tongue in cheek craziness? This is the show for you!

Rating: Hells Yea!

Mini-Review: Wolverine Anime


Synopsis:

Based lossely on Wolverine miniseries that was set in Japan, by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller from the early 1980s. Wolverine goes to Japan search for Mariko, a woman he falls for while in New York, and who suddenly disappeared. He finds out that she is the daughter of the head of a Yakuza organization, Yashida Shingen, and was brought back to Japan to fulfill her duty in an arranged marriage. Shingen wants Mariko to marry an influential person, in order to forge a convenient political alliance. Logan attempts to rescue Mariko but it’s gonna be harder than it looks.

Mini-Review:

Once again, this is Wolverine… Aint no more I can say! The drawing style is shiny and pretty like in the Iron Man anime. I expected Wolverine to be drawn more gruffy (is that even a word) but he looks… well kinda pretty. Not saying Wolverine should be butt ugly, it’s just he had a hard life so he should look HARD. Earlier when the anime was rumored to come out, I was joking that Logan would be screaming ‘MARIKO’ everywhere. Yea, he kinda does. If you read the Wolverine comic mini-series , you kinda know where this is going… Just watching the first 4 episodes I was not wowed like I hoped. But if you love Wolverine, watch this anime. If you tired of the storyline where Wolverine goes through hell for some chick, I swear I need you to stay away. I was hoping for just Wolverine kicking ass.. he does but they added pining for a woman in it.

Rating: Meh. It’s alright