FLCL is an OVA that dropped in 2000. It follows the story of Naota a young boy living in Mabase, a town that is devoid of any excitement in all possible aspects of the word. That is until one day when Naota gets hit by a strange yellow Vespa being driven by a deranged girl. She then proceeds to beat him with her blue bass guitar. From this moment on Naota is caught in a strange conflict where the only thing that makes sense to him is the fact that robots can emerge from his head.
My Review: If there is one thing I can say for sure is the fact that nothing makes sense. To me, it just seems like a whole bunch of random concepts pushed into some form of a sensical story. Although I will say that the writers did an excellent job of fleshing out the characters emotions in a way that anyone can relate too. One other aspect that makes this show stand out from the crowd is its art style, ranging from typical anime style, minimalistic cute style and even a semi-animated manga section (very entertaining). I think that perhaps the story could have been worked upon instead of having six episodes perhaps if there were twelve that we could have a more straight forward story, perhaps even build upon Naota’s brother and make him more than just someone who is mentioned.
I rate this anime 1.5/5
Gurren Lagann was first aired in 2007. It revolves around Simon a young digger boy from the underground village of Giha. Almost everyone views him as a weakling and the only person who he can turn to is his best friend Kamina who is notorious throughout the village for being a troublemaker who only dreams of living above the ground. Simon discovers a strange object shaped like a drill and a metal face belonging to a that has been lost for many years. Then one fateful day a giant monster called a beast man crashes through the roof of the cave engaged in combat with a mysterious girl. The girl introduces herself as Yoko a villager from a neighboring village. Together the trio defeat the invader and set out on a quest to liberate the surface from the beast men.
My Review: I have never been a fan of mech animes, in fact, I find them to be quite underwhelming. However, in the case of Gurren Lagann it a different story. For a majority of the first few episodes, the show is all about the characters and less about impossibly big robots, that comes later. We a brought into this anime with a VERY colorful cast of characters ranging from the whiny main character, the slooty warrior chick and the most lovable knuckle head of all time. The first half focuses on the group’s struggle for freedom and the second half deals with the result of their actions. Apart from the fights with giant robots the second half deals with some strong political turmoil, it was something that I had not expected when going into the show. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. I did feel like it got a bit out of hand towards the end with the fights but I was able to look past that fact. One thing to note was that the ending did leave much to be desired but it was the only ending that seemed to fit. The soundtrack was used considerably well and really added to the atmosphere of particular moments.
I rate this anime 2.5/5
Claymore is a anime that was released in 2007. It revolves around a warrior called Clare who works for the organization. She spends her life going from job to job hunting monster called Yoma, a horrifying beast that preys upon humans. In order to combat these creatures, Claymores (Part human, part Yoma) are dispatched to hunt them and kill them. During one mission Clare meets a young boy called Raki, whose family has been slaughtered by a Yoma that is plaguing his village. Raki is fascinated by Clare and tries to learn as much as he can about her and the Claymores. Clare can not comprehend his intrigue as everyone else she has meet has only looked upon her with fear. Eventually, Clare finds and kills the Yoma. She then immediately leaves the village, at the same time Raki is ostracized from his village as the people fear he may be infected. He then tries to track Clare down in hopes he can join her on her journey.
My Review: This anime is a mixed bag for me. I found the first few episodes to be amazing, full of wonderful characters and brilliant action. However, as I got through the episodes I found my interest waning, there were a few episodes of backstory which at the time didn’t seem to serve any purpose other than some character development. Eventually, the story returned to the present however I wasn’t particularly engaged with what was happening. Don’t get me wrong there was still spectacular fights and many cliffhangers that make you want to watch more, the story just started to divert a great deal from what it initially was. However, despite this new direction the plot really picks up towards the end, when we see some amazing fights and some cool new concepts that are considering engaging in a similar manner to the start. One thing that really stood out to me was the soundtrack, there are some really great songs that really add to the atmosphere of the fights and I would have to say that the credit song is one of my all time favourite ending songs.
I rate this anime 2.5/5