Tag: drama

Valkyria Chronicles

Anime Review: Valkyria Chronicles

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.

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Spice and Wolf II

Anime Review: Spice and Wolf II

Holo and Lawrence continue on their journey, gaining new insights about Holo’s homeland by researching local and collected folk tales. However, not everything they learn is pleasant, and Lawrence must put his own dreams on the line to ensure that their journey does not end in sorrow.

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Summer Wars

Anime Review: Summer Wars

While working a summer job as an admin of the online universe Oz, Kenji Koiso gets asked by his senior, Natsuki Shinohara, to go with her as a hired hand to an important family function. While dealing with the rowdiness and drama of Natsuki’s extended family, a malevolent presence in Oz begins to cause real world trouble. Suddenly, Kenji and the Shinohara family find themselves at the focal point of Oz’s problems – and it’s up to them to put a stop to the chaos before anyone gets hurt.

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Spice and Wolf

Anime Review: Spice and Wolf

After visiting the small village of Pasroe, the merchant Kraft Lawrence meets the wolf god Holo, who says she wants a ride to her homeland in the north. Holo was once the god of the harvest for the villagers, but they have since come to rely on themselves. Feeling lonely, Holo desired to return to the north but has been unable to leave. Lawrence agrees to take her on, seeing potential value in her wisdom and experience.

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5 Centimeters Per Second

Anime Review: 5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per Second consists of 3 short stories, “Oukashou,” “Cosmonaut,” and “5 Centimeters Per Second.” They each show the life of a young man, Tohno Takaki, at different stages as he deals with his feelings for a childhood friend. As time passes, they drift further apart, but Takaki seems unable to move on.

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Anime Review: Kemonozume

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.

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Anime Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Makoto, Kousuke, and Chiaki are three inseparable friends who are about to get out of school for the summer. On one unlucky day, Makoto trips and falls on a strange walnut-shaped object. On her way home, she finds that the brakes on her bike have failed, sending her right into the path of an oncoming train. But just before the moment of impact, she wakes up to see that it’s suddenly a few seconds before her impending doom. Eventually, Makoto realizes that she has somehow gained the ability to travel through time to the past. This opens up a new world of possibilities and opportunities for her, blissfully unaware of the consequences it has on the people around her.

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The Place Promised in Our Early Days

Anime Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days

The Place Promised in Our Early Days is Shinkai Makoto’s first full length feature, and second widely distributed anime work. It is set in an alternate history, where Japan has been split into two – the mysterious Union controls Ezo (formerly Hokkaido), and the Allies control the south. Even from far away Tokyo, everyone can see a gigantic tower; it is said that the Union is somehow using this tower to develop a weapon. To three middle school kids, the tower is the object of their dreams. Fijusawa Hiroki and Shirakawa Takuya have been building a plane in secret so that they can one day cross the sea and reach the tower in Ezo. They befriend Sawatari Sayuri, who has had a crush on Hiroki for a while, and promise one day to go to the tower together. Before this can happen, Sayuri disappears suddenly, only to turn up later in a comatose state. The National Security Agency believes her dreams have something to do with the experiments the Union has been conducting around the tower, and before anyone can say anything, war is declared. Three years later, Hiroki leads his own life, but is haunted by dreams of Sayuri. It seems like she’s trying to tell him something, but he can’t quite piece it together. All he knows is that he has to fly to that tower, despite the impending war.

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Elfen Lied

Anime Review: Elfen Lied

Kouta is a student just getting started with college. He’s looking forward to living in his own house, reuniting with his cousin Yuuka, and generally living an uneventful life. But plans change as one evening at the beach, they find a strange, naked girl with horns growing from her head. She has no memory of who she is, and can’t even speak, so naturally, they take her in. “Nyuu,” as they call her, has a dark, terrible secret. She’s actually a Diclonius, a human with special destructive powers. A powerful organization is trying to hunt her down, but Kouta’s strangely protective attitude towards Nyuu gets him and Yuuka entangled in mystery, intrigue, melodrama, and lots and lots of bloody murder.

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Anime Review: Popotan

Three sisters, Ai, Mai, and Mii, are on a seemingly unending journey in search of someone very important. Along the way, they meet all sorts of people whose lives they will touch in one way or another. However, as their travels continue, it soon becomes apparent that there is a price to pay for always coming and going.

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Haibane Renmei

Anime Review: Haibane Renmei

In the town of Glie, the Haibane, a group of people with angelic wings, eke out a living with whatever work they can find. The arrival of a new Haibane, Rakka, is met with occasion since the entire community must help integrate her into life in Glie. To Rakka, though, the world is very unfamiliar. There are walls she cannot cross, and her fate is tied to the mysterious Haibane Renmei, which seems to govern the town. Eventually, Rakka must learn to appreciate what it is to be a Haibane, and solve the mysteries of her past.

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Voices of a Distant Star

Anime Review: Voices of a Distant Star

On Mars, one of the earth’s colonies has been attacked by the aliens known as Tarsians. In response, the United Nations uses recovered Tarsian technology to make a fleet of starships that will scour the solar system – and beyond – to counter their threat. Mikako, a young student, is recruited to pilot one of the mecha that will be used in combat against the aliens. Though she is eager to help fend off the threat to humanity, she must be separated from Noboru, the one she deeply cares about. They try to retain their relationship throughout the expedition into space, but it becomes clear that distance and time will strain their connection.

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