If you took 100 ordinary people and screened KanColle for them, you’ll find that it’s objectively kind of a nothing show. But I’m going to have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. All this probably boils down to how susceptible to moe I am – KanColle is about moe anthropomorphisms of Japanese WWII-era warships roughly reenacting the Pacific War. If that summary sounds appealing for you, congratulations! You’re part of KanColle‘s surprisingly large target audience.
I decided to check out BTOOOM! after seeing a post about it on Sankaku Complex (in retrospect, that’s probably not the best way to discover anime). According to the Wikipedia entry, BTOOOM! is about a group of people who are trapped on an island. The only way to get out is to kill each other, because the whole premise is based on a video game. Does that sound familiar? Have we seen this show before?
I suppose there’s a certain inevitability when you release a movie tie-in to an anime series that ended almost 12 years prior. Trigun: Badlands Rumble was probably doomed to mediocrity from the outset – I should have just expected that. There was no reason to make this movie. There weren’t so many loose ends from the series that there had to be a follow-up to tie them all together. After 12 years being off-air (and four years being out of print for the manga) you’d think the story has gone as far as it can go.
When war breaks out in Europa, the small nation of Gallia is targeted by the East Europa Imperial Alliance for its large reserves of Ragnite. Despite the superior industrial and military capabilities of the Empire, Gallian citizens take up arms to fight off the coming invasion. Welkin Gunther and Alicia Melchiott are two such citizens, whose hometown of Bruhl was an early casualty of the war. As Welkin secures a series of victories for Gallia, the Empire turns to more and more drastic means to defeat him, eventually seeking out the power of a legendary race of superhumans known as the Valkyrur.
In Academy City, people from all walks of life gather to develop and study esper powers – abilities that seem to defy the laws of physics but still operate on scientifically quantifiable principles. Those who are unable to use esper powers turn to magic, but magicians are strictly prohibited from entering Academy City. This balance is upset when by chance, Toma Kamijo meets the English Church’s most precious magical asset: a girl named Index. Her presence in Academy City attracts other magicians, and Toma has the unlucky duty of having to ensure that the magicians and espers don’t all end up killing each other.
While returning from humanitarian work abroad, Claire Redfield finds herself caught in another outbreak of the T-virus, this time in an airport. Also caught in the outbreak is Senator Ron Davis, a backer of pharmaceutical corporation WilPharma, which rose to prominence after Umbrella’s downfall. They are rescued by Leon Kennedy, and soon he and Claire find themselves in the middle of a bioterror plot that could cause more widespread outbreaks of the T-virus. Together the two have to discover the perpetrators of the incident and retrieve whatever data remains of a vaccine.
In 1939, the world was invaded by a mysterious and powerful enemy known as the Neuroi. In a flash, most of Europe fell under their occupation. Conventional weapons and military tactics are useless against the Neuroi, thus necessitating the recruitment of magic-wielding girls known as witches. Strike Witches tells the story of Yoshika Miyafuji, one such witch who was recruited into the colorful 501st Joint Fighter Wing. By relying on teamwork, their magic, and the striker units which allow them to fly, the 501st become Europe’s best hope for liberation.
A swordsman with no name (who is named Nanashi despite his no-name status) happens upon Kotaro, an orphan child being hunted by Ming Chinese agents. Nanashi accepts Kotaro’s offer to protect him and his dog Tobimaru in exchange for a treasure once Kotaro arrives at his destination. Meanwhile, the Ming warriors continue to track and pursue them, since Kotaro is needed to realize their agenda.
If you’re reading the second season review without having watched the first Shakugan no Shana for some reason, be aware that there will be first season spoilers.
Starting with the second semester of school, Shakugan no Shana‘s second season picks up with the introduction of Fumina Konoe, a suspicious transfer student who seems utterly helpless. Shana and Yoshida continue their competition for Yuji’s affection. Throughout all the domestic drama, though, Bal Masque is up to something sinister again.
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 Kifuuken 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.
Roughly every generation, a secret war rages, with the prize being the possession of the Holy Grail. The Grail has the power to grant any wish, and so is highly sought after by a select group of people with magical powers (Masters) and their Servants, who are heroic spirits summoned from a timeless dimension. Emiya Shirou finds himself as the reluctant master of the Servant known as Saber, who has incredible power but is held back by Shirou’s lack of skill. His schoolmate, Tohsaka Rin, becomes his uneasy ally and guide, since her family consists of capable sorcerers. Together, they search for a way to conclude the Holy Grail war without having to take innocent lives.