Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello all, my name is Chris. I am going to be reviewing Anime alongside Jenny. I will be using a similar format in the review as Jenny. I am also introducing my own rating of "Draw" for my own reviews. "Draw" for my reviews refers to how strongly, i feel, events tie together in making the story watchable consistently. Thank you everyone for coming to PleaseAnime and hope you all enjoy. I am open for discussion for any series I have reviewed. I am even willing to post responses that are appropriate if needed if I have something incorrect.

Golden Time Review

Light Novel/Manga written by: Yuyuko Takemiya

Anime Directed by: Chiaki Kon

Anime written by: Fumihiko Shimo

Studio: J.C.Staff

Story line (S) ******

Family Friendliness (FF) *******

Fan service (F) **

Cultural Hints (CH) ******

Draw (D) ******

When some people go to college they consider it a new chapter in their life. In this series Tada Banri takes it to another level and starting a new book. Tada is a freshmen studying law at a private university in Tokyo where he finds new friendships and love in this slice of life series. This series doesn't push the envelop much when it comes to fan service in my opinion; very generally accepted series.

I break this series into 3 major parts. First being Introductions, second being introductions of a conflict, and third being resolution of the conflict. Majority of the events in the first 1/3 of the series are fairly common events that happen to freshmen in colleges around the world, so its highly believable. Making friends, club invitations, hazing, and classes.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Romeo x Juliet Review

Romeo X Juliet
Written By: Reiko Yoshida
Directed By: Fumitoshi Oizaki
Studio: Gonzo

Storyline (S) *********
Family Friendliness (FF) *******
Fanservice (F) ****
Cultural Hints (CH) **

Enjoy the story you had to read in high school in a whole new light. Romeo X Juliet is based on Shakespeare's famous play with a twist of fantasy. In Neo Verona the Montagues and Capulets share their home. Tragedy has led Juliet, the last living member of House Capulet to live in hiding. While attending a ball hosted by the Montegues, Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time and fall in love. However, as the bond between these two lovers strengthens, loyal members who serve House Capulet want to overthrow House Montegue. In the meantime Leontes, Romeo's father, wants to destroy any threats with any means necessary. If these challenges are not resolved, tragedy is sure to strike.

The storyline is not going to follow the play word for word. In fact, within the first 10 minutes in the anime the fates of the Capulets are completely changed. I would like to explain more but it would spoil the surprise. Be aware that this story has three things in common with the original play: Romeo and Juliet, people dying, and poetic lines that are beautifully spoken.

The worst that can happen in the anime is the occasional dark theme. This anime is rated PG so I'm pretty sure it is possible to enjoy with the whole family. Watching the anime can also help out you students who are currently reading the play. ;)

Fanservice is always different from one person to another. If you want romance and tragedy, it's definitely there. Naughty fanservice... not so much. Since the anime is of the fantasy genre, there will be no noticeable hints of Japanese culture. Although there is a bit of a medieval feel to the anime despite the dragon steeds and 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review of the Samurai exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX.

 I recently just came back from a really great exhibit going on right now at the Kimbell Art Museum, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, going on now until August 31, 2014.
This collection of samurai armor is one of the biggest in the world with pieces ranging from the 12th to 19th centuries.  There is no photography allowed in the exhibit but I did find some promotional photos for a sneak peek below.

In times of peace the Samurai armor was more embellished than in times of war.

If you are definitively into Japanese art and culture, this is one to see.  General admission tickets include an audio tour, which is very much worth it.   This was really cool, getting to see a lot of samurai armor up close, discovering a lot of the decorations, gold embellished chrysanthemum flowers, intricate details of the designs.  We learn at this exhibit how you had to be born into the samurai culture, boys were trained at a young age and even had their own smaller samurai armor, in times of peace the armor was more embellished than in times of war, the types of weapons they used (it wasn't all about swords) and that those fans that the samurai carried weren't just for fanning themselves, but it was a way of communication.
Installation of Samurai on horseback.

This exhibit really made me think about the past and how times must have been like. Made me think about movies I had seen like The Last Samurai or anime like Rurouni Kenshin, a really great eye opener!

Totally enjoyed this and I highly recommend any Japan culture fans or artsy people in general to check it out.  For more information about the Kimbell Art Museum and ticket information about this exhibit visit
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Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection - See more at:
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Another Anime Review

Written By: Ryo Higaki
Directed By: Tsutomu Mizushima
Studio: P.A. Works

Storyline (S) ********
Family Friendliness (FF) **
Fanservice (F) *******
Cultural Hints (CH) *****

In a town called Yomiyama, a middle school girl from class 3-3 passes away during the school year. Despite her death, the students said that she was still alive. The teachers and students kept up the act all the way till graduation. Then, 26 years later, 15-year-old Koichi Sakakibara transfers to the same class. He later meets a girl named Mei Misaki, who is almost non-existent to the rest of the class. After horrific events occur, it is clear to everyone in class 3-3 that they shouldn't "talk about what doesn't exist."

The storyline has the perfect setting for a horror anime. Gives some background and even a preview of everything you will see throughout the series. There isn't too much I can mention because it may spoil the surprises. Just be prepared for suspecting every character in the anime.

Blood will definitely be seen in this anime so watch out you queasy people. XD
This anime almost has the same amount of bloodshed as Attack on Titan. One big difference is noticed on the level of censorship. As brutal as AOT is, you never actually saw the details of protruding bones and guts. You're more likely to see that stuff in Another.

The cultural hints aren't very present unless if you focus on the setting. The story takes place in a Japanese town and the school uniforms give that feel by default. If you were hoping for a slice of life feel through the anime there won't be much of it. Although it doesn't really matter since the suspense will always keep you entertained through the end.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

07 Ghost Review

07 Ghost
Directed By: Norihiro Takamoto
Studio: Studio Deen

Storyline (S) ******
Family Friendliness (FF) ********
Fanservice (F) *****
Cultural Hints (CH) **
This fantasy anime is about Teito Klein, who used to be a slave but was able to become a student at the Barsburg Empire’s academy. Right before his graduation exam he overhears some unexpected truths about his past. He was caught eavesdropping and was sent to prison only to be freed by his best friend. 

Now that he’s an escaped convict, Teito must find a way to rescue his friend while being sheltered by the Ghosts and the church. While he’s there the boy learns more about The Eye of Mikhael and why it made him a target of the empire to begin with.

The storyline makes sure to have its fillers without straying too much from the main plot. The anime also treats us to episodes that focus on character development. 

There’s something for everyone depending on your tastes. Something for the adventurer, animal lover, shipper, and the list goes on. That means that you can watch it with the whole family if you wanted to.
Depending on what you’re looking for, there are bits of fanservice all through the anime. And no, it doesn’t have any boob-butt fanervice. >.< (And to you BL fans, the relationships are not canon sorry.)

This anime is of the fantasy genre so… no Japanese culture references. It does, however, have some religious themes even though the religion is fictional (I think).

I love how hope and friendship are strong themes throughout the series. It makes this show a general feel good anime.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A-Kon 25! Another great year!

All right so A-Kon 25....a quarter of a century of a great anime convention! Again this year it was at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas from June 6th-June 8th. Yay fandom!
This is all in my opinion of course but personally I thought the con was great!  They did a really good job with line flow this year, registration was crammed all in one ballroom so they didn't get in the way of dealers room line so that was a plus in my eyes.  It seemed like the line wait was not that bad, and they did a really good job of counting max capacities of rooms in order to oblige by safety regulations.
All in all staff was great, hotel staff was nice, food could have been better, but thank you Kon Suite! ;-)
Here are some pics!

Black Butler cosplay
Ani-Idol winners!


Jarreth the Goblin King from Jim Henson's The Labyrinth

Final Fantasy

Sailor Moon/Disney Princess cross

Furries, gotta have 'em right?
FairyTail Cosplay
Attack on Titan cosplay
Pokemon cosplayers.  the originals , Ash and Misty!

Marty McFly with a hover board! HECK YES!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Attack on Titan Anime Review

Attack on Titan
Written By: Yasuko Kobayashi
Manga: Hajime Isayama
Directed By: Tetsuro Araki
Studio:Wit Studio, Production I.G

Storytelling (S) ********
Family Friendliness (FF) *
Fanservice (F) ******
Cultural Hints (CH) **
(Scale of 1-10)

An amazing battle for the survival of humanity takes place in this anime. For a century humans are forced to live in cities surrounded by walls to defend themselves against creatures called titans. Follow Eren, Mikasa, and Armin as they strive to have their revenge against these human looking creatures.

Honestly, I can’t make a lighthearted summary on this anime. It’s too hardcore. (Which is a good thing.) It just shows that the anime is filled with intense action and reflective themes.

The storytelling is amazing although it does get dark. It gets so dark that I don’t recommend for those who get queasy at the sight of blood. And fanservice depends on who you are. Want cute or perverted stuff? Well you’re looking in the wrong place. Want blood, destruction, bones cracking, heads snapping, etc.? Then yes there’s tons of that fanservice throughout the series.

There is quite a melting pot within the community in this anime. This has led to many theories on the ethnicities of the citizens behind the walls. For the most part the characters seem to be of European descent, but you can find other races as well. Big example, Mikasa is one of the last (or maybe the last) people who are oriental.

Keep your eyes peeled for the second season of this anime. It’s expected to come out in 2015. There is also a live action movie on its way too.