Pick of the Week

Welcome to Pick of the Week. Every Monday we pick an anime to feature along with some fun facts about it.

untitledThis week’s anime is,

Name: Date A Live

Release Date: April 6th, 2013

(MAL) Score: 7.50

Episode Count: 12

Genres: Comedy, Harem, Mecha, Romance, School, Sci-Fi

Top 10: Favourite Openings

Welcome to our monthly Top 10 anime list.
This month I am sharing some of my favourite anime openings. I will be taking into account the song and animation for each intro, as both are equally important for a catchy opening. This list isn’t in any particular order I’ve just numbered it for simplicity.

10. Darker than Black: The Black Contractor (Opening 1)

Song: “Howling”, By Abingdon Boys School

What better song for an action anime than the high-energy beat of this song. That being said, the visuals are considerably slower than the beat so it kind of doesn’t fit together well. Regardless this is still a really great opening.

9. Deadman Wonderland

Song: “One Reason”, By DWB (feat. Fade)

There are very few anime where I don’t just end up skipping the opening because I’m sick of hearing it over and over again. But while there wasn’t a single episode of Deadman Wonderland where I skipped this opening.

8. Absolute Duo

Song: “Absolute Soul”, By Konomi Suzuki

The song here is pretty fun, but what really makes it stand out to me is the way it matched the jumpy visuals so well. It’s pretty exciting and definitely gets you really to see some action.

7. Death Parade

Song: “Flyers”, by BRADIO

This intro is just so much fun. Every time I hear it, I just want to dance along. Which creates this weird contrast with how dark the show itself is. If you’ve seen the show then you’ll know what I mean, first time I saw this I wasnt sure I was wachting the same show it was that out of place.

6. When They Cry

Song: “Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni”, by Eiko Shimamiya

This intro is great, and it matches perfectly with the show its self. The dark, cryptic chanting matches the psychedelic flowers imagery to a tee. It sentiently makes a shiver run down my spine.

5. Date A Live (Opening 1)

Song: “Date A Live“, by sweet ARMS

This one is just a really fun song to open a really fun anime. To be honest the vocals aren’t really all that interesting but to me, the backing track really stands out. The whole opening really gets me pumped up for an episode.

4. Brynhildr in the Darkness (Opening 2)

Song: “Virtue and Vice” by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

Probably not the style of music most people listen to but I just find this opening song to have so much energy, just makes me want to sing along. Although I do think that some of the visuals seem a little out of place.

3. Fairytail (Opening 21)

Song: “Believe in Myself“, by Edge of Life

I really like this opening, out of all of the openings Fairytail has had I think this one really stands out the most. Particularly with the arc, it’s paired with really combining with the visuals to add a sense of urgency and action.

2. Tokyo Ghoul (Opening 1)

Song: “Unravel”, by TK

I tried my best to avoid obvious picks for the list but this is the exception. The art style of this opening is absolutely beautiful and wonderfully vivid and colourful. The song also really sets the tone for the more emotional themes of Tokyo Ghoul.

1. Hellsing

Song: “Logos Naki World”, by Yasushi Ishii

We don’t see many opening like this one nowadays, the song has a really fun high-energy but steady and dark sound, fitting the visuals really well. I really love how despite everything going on in the visuals, we still get the feeling of just casually walking through it all, much like Alucard.

 

Thank you for reading my list, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have an idea of something you feel should have been on the list then leave a comment and let me know.

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Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment Review

yatogami-tooka-date-a-live-anime-itsuka-kotori-3017054Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment is the first official Date A Live Movie and was released on August 22nd, 2015. Life for Shido Itsuka has been relatively unusual over the previous years, fortunately for him, everything has just about finally settled down. That is until one day when upon waking us he notices a giant sphere suspended over the city. As it turns out Shido is the only person who can actually see it, but that does not prevent Kotori’s forces on the Fraxinus from scanning and analysing the orb. They reveal that the sphere is actually a large collection of spirit energy created by the emotions of all the spirits, more specifically their feeling of jealousy regarding Shido and the other spirits. Along with the appearance of the sphere comes a mysterious female figure who seems to be following Shido.

My Review: I really didn’t know what to expect from a Date A Live movie, for the most past I feel that the narrative serves itself better being an episodic feature. For the most part, the movie was fairly decent having an interesting concept. However, the majority of the movie is nothing much more than Shido going on dates with the spirits, essentially filler. Not to say that that is all it has to offer, towards the end the movie does pick up and really explores the new concepts. I don’t want to spoil the ending so all I will say was that I felt it did a decent job of avoiding what would be a relatively basic ending. My personal opinion is that the movie was decent but perhaps would have been better being an OVA, allowing for more of the less “important” scenes to be cut although I can appreciate the decision to make this a full-length feature.

I rate this movie 2/5.

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Date A Live II Review

date_a_live_ii___front_by_vurdalak84-d7gbva3Date A Live II aired during April to June of 2014. It is the second season of the Date A Live series, read my review for the first season here. The story continues on with the events from the previous instalment. One month after Origami lost control and attacked everyone, the group is slowly returning to life as usual, Shido is studying for his exams and prepping for his upcoming school trip all the while having to deal with all the chaos that comes with living with Tohka and Yoshino along with his bossy younger sister. The monotony of daily life does not last long however as the class trip is interrupted by a ginormous hurricane. Shido discovers this is caused by two twin spirits battling it out in a big to see who the strongest is. When Shido tries to intervene he ended up getting dragged into their squabble. Meanwhile, a secret organisation with an interest in the spirits begins observing Shido.

My Review: To be honest I don’t think that this season was as lovable as the first, with everything seeming to get bigger and less centred on the main characters. This season introduces a few new characters. Some of them are not bad, I think the twins add a nice dynamic that builds upon what has carried over from the first season, however, many of the other characters are quite forgettable and only seem to exist to buff out the roster. The plot was also quite forgettable, not carrying the weight needed to really evoke the watcher but all the same, still having some really cool fights and light fun moments. I foud the ending to be disappointing as it feels like nothing has really changed from the start, like we just return to a previous state.

I rate this anime 2.5/5.

H

Date A Live Review

UntitledDate A Live first began airing in March of 2013, wrapping up in June of the same year. The story goes as follows, the world is played by the all too common palace natural disaster known as Spacequakes, An impossibly large explosion capable of obliterating millions of people in mear seconds. Shido Itsuka, a second-year high schooler living with his younger sister, is caught in one of these Spacequakes whilst attempting to save his sister. However, rather than dying Shido awakes to discover a strange young lady clad in a bazaar attire. As it turns out, this girl is actually a spirit, a mystical being from another world. It doesn’t take long for the Anit-Spirit strike team to arrive and begin the operation to exterminate the spirit. Rather than fight however, Shido discover a more peaceful method of neutralising the spirits, by making them fall in love.

My Review: I’ve got to say, this show is actually really great. It’s got just the right amount of ridiculousness and seriousness to keep the show engaging and entertaining, whilst still feeling like the story carries some weight. I also thought that the concept of a Spacequake was pretty cool and terrifying at the same time. All of the characters are really great and I found them all quite interesting, most o them haveing interesting backgrounds. The fights are pretty great and never failed to make me smile with its full throttle action.The soundtrack was pretty good, with a stellar opening track, really top notch. The art style if very vivid and works well to make the world feel alive, particularly how each of the main girls has a colour associated with them (mainly in the outfits).

I rate this anime 3.5/5.

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