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Detective Conan – Clash of Red and Black Arc

After 11 years of Detective Conan I am pretty sure that many are tired of watching it or tired of waiting for some sort of progress in the plot of the show.

And finally a major move forward in the plot, the ‘Clash of Red and Black’ arc. This arc spans across 13 episodes (ep 491-504). Within the arc we are showed 2 murder cases with the constant presence of Hondou Eisuke and the participation of the FBI. Huge revelations, deaths, as well as more of the ‘organization’, it sure is a pretty exciting arc. Though as far as exciting action scenes goes, this was nothing big or great, but don’t forget that this is a kids show and it is not very ‘detective conan-like’ if it was filled with too much action scene.
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xxxHOLIC: Kei 06

Episode 6 – Peace-The Flower
(post contains spoilers}

This episode mainly focuses on the game Mahjong played between Watanuki, Doumeki, Yuko, and Mokona.
Though it may have seemed to be a relatively filler episode at first, we find out later that the reason behind why they played Mahjong was because of the Cherry Blossom spirit that we encountered in the previous episode. Read the rest of this entry

xxxHOLIC: Kei 05

Episode 05 – Affinity-Kohane

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xxxHOLIC: Kei – 04

Episode 4 – Buying Dreams

In this episode, dreams and reality mix together to form a surreal feeling.
Which parts of what you see are just dreams and which part is actually happening?
Watanuki is suddenly experiencing dreams in the middle of the road without even knowing that he had fallen asleep.
The weirdest of all is that the dream was a mixture of Himawari’s dream and Doumeki’s dream.
And of course, it is Yuuko (and Doumeki’s grandpa) to the rescue!
Trading dreams, buying dreams, having dreams, and reality.
An alternate plane, balloons filled with dreams, strange creatures who collect the balloons, magical arrows and much more.
This is one weird episode that is true to the custom of the mystery filled xxxHOLIC series.

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xxxHOLIC: Kei – 03

Episode 3 – Half

This episode is the final ep in this 3-ep arc.

Summary: Watanuki is off saving the Zashiki-Warashi.

This episode mainly revolves around Watanuki and his lack of understanding of certain things.
He does not fully grasp the fact that his existence is important to some people.

While this might have been an episode about the eye, it is at the same time not.

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xxxHOLIC: Kei – 02 review

Episode 2 – Left Eye

XDEpisode 2 of xxxHOLIC is out!!!!! WOOOhoo!!!

After a boring episode (that drained the life out of me) of Bus Gamer, xxxHOLIC fills my life back with joy and happiness in the second episode of season 2! wahahahaha

From the previous eps we know that Doumeki is trying to find a way to save Watanuki’s eye and so he has decided to read all the books on curses and stuff like that.

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xxxHOLIC: Kei ep 01 review

Ep 1 – Spider 蜘蛛 クモノス

The first ep of xxxHolic Kei is out!!!

Woohoo!!! Watanuki, Doumeki, Yuuko, Mokona, and the rest of the gang, oh ya, Watanuki’s dearest Himawari is back too!

The new OP of the season is not too bad, it is not as catchy as the previous season but it was good.

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xxxHolic Review

xxxHolic on ANN

Enter our hero of this anime. Watanuki.

Lol. As you can see from the above screen caps, he is constantly attracting spirits. But unlike the power of Ichigo from Bleach, this one attracts annoying spirits that disturb and frightening him to no end. ^_^

xxxHolic is from the infamous CLAMP girls.

The first impression i had from the character designs and storyline was… hmm… sounds ok enough… the art is weird… eh… might not watch it right now… perhaps when i am bored then i will give it a shot. Big mistake. But that was months ago when i first was the anime. This is my second time watching this anime again. xxxHolic is coming out with a new Season next month. xxxHolic : Kei. I honestly can’t wait for it to come out.

After watching the first episode, the characters charm you. CLAMP has done it once again.
They characters might be out of proportion with overly elongated bodies and a weird sense of fashion, but, there is a charm to it and i could not help but fall in love with these characters and want to just watch more of this series.

Back to the summary.
Watanuki is constantly chased around by spirits and one that he chances upon a store owned by Yuuko. She has the ability to grant wishes and the store that she owns is one that grants peoples wishes in exchange for something of high value to them. Watanuki’s wish was to finally be rid of the burden of this curse(gift) for attracting spirits. The price? He ends up working at Yuuko’s store, cooking, cleaning, looking after Yuuko and doing odd stuff all over the place. Basically, he turned into a maid.

Step in his “best friend” <g>. Doumeki studies at the same school as Watanuki and Watanuki hates his guts. Doumeki has the power of exorcism. As such, he often ends up helping Watanuki.

Thrown in a little bit of love, Himawari-chan. Watanuki is just gaga over this girl.

What happens in this weird world? Watch it and find out.

With a nice balance of comedy, supernatural elements and nice artwor, xxxHolic is a great anime to watch for some lighthearted entertainment. Throw in a little horror and psychological fun. It is just perfect to one who wants lighthearted entertainment that can keep you entertained throughout the whole season of the anime.

The whole season comprises of mostly short stories that have little linkage to none at all between them. But it works for this anime and it does not get boring to watch.

There is no fix factor really in this anime. I mean, Watanuki does not go around slaying spirits or whatever. All we see is just the weird things that happens in the store and out of it. The different customers the store gets and the life of Watanuki and Yuuko.

This anime might get boring for some people. There is no action and big fighting sequences. It is not a “pretty” anime. It is beautiful but in a not so standard style. There is no climax. If you wanted a curve drawn for the tension in this series. it would probably be a flat line that hangs right in the center of the y axis.

While the characters are interesting and nice and fun and all, they are forgettable after a month or so. They don’t really have a strong presence. There is little to no character development. But personally, i feel that even if that were the case, i still like this anime.

The replay value for this anime is fairly high for me. I like to watch it when i just want to pass time and enjoy myself.

So, you might want to give it a shot if possible.

And when you are done with it, it would be just in time to watch the second season of xxxHolic.

Rating? 8/10 

-ra out! ^_^

Baccano! Review

This is a really interesting show.
I applaud the writers of this anime for their creativity and their well planned plot.
Everything is nicely connected in the end. (unlike zombie loan)

I am finding it hard to review this anime. I mean, so many things happen every single second and it is such a mess (but it comes together by the last ep in your mind). I just have to say that in the midst of all the chaos, the plot is actually very solid.

Entertaining and fun are the words i would use to describe this anime. I recommend it to all those who want to just have some fun in life and enjoy themselves. Both immortals and mortals! 😉

There is a lot of violence in this anime so i would not recommend it to small kids (i mean, the whole anime basically revolves around the mafia, guns and blood(but it is not scary))

I can’t explain the anime without giving away the whole story (i am not as talented as the script writers for Baccano! i think that they did a brilliant job!) and i just have to say that you should watch it. It is a 13 episodes long only so give it a shot!

so party and have a good time with this brilliant anime!

Rating? 10/10!!!
It was just such an interesting and fresh show to watch.

A note to people who plan on watching this show.
Rewatch the first episode after the last one for some sort of epilogue. ^^

-ra out! ^^v

Devil May Cry Review

Nice. Really really nice. Sweet!

This is probably one of the only 12 episode anime that has a nicely resolved ending that answers all the questions without it being too hasty. The fighting scenes are highly entertaining and while this may not be the most complex of plots it is good enough. You will not feel bored (for it is a short series) and it is not really an episode by episode storyline.

If you thought that this anime was just about killing devils, then you are 3/4 right. However you do get a chance to see the history behind the characters and the each episode ties in quite nicely. There are no filler episodes or wasted time. I am hooked on the OP song, just cos it is good – a hint of spookiness and rock.

Overall, it is an anime with a relatively high re-play value and even though it probably would not stick in your mind after a week or so, you do not feel as though you wasted your time watching this anime.

Rating – 9/10 (i know some others would argue that it is not worth such a high rating, but this is a personal preference.)

Personal POVs – The animation, the color, the character design, they reminded me of trinity blood. ^^ I have no complaints over this anime.

-images to be uploaded later, flickr is giving me probs-