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Wannabe Gangstas in Tokyo

July 6, 2009

Tokyo Tribe 2 Review

Tokyo Tribe

Method Watched: Fansubs

Genre: Drama

This anime’s story starts off about four episodes in, so the first few episodes are passable but it’s still great to watch03 them. The story begins where the boss of Buppa’s , the big gang boss above all of Tokyo’s Tribes, son dies during a betrayal by Mera. The story originally revolves around Kai, the somewhat-not-really leader of the Saru’s when his friend Tera is decapitated by Mera, another old friend of Kai’s. The story from here sets off into the deepness of Tokyo’s underground. From here on it turns into a somewhat WW2-esque story, I’d tell

The art for this anime is quite great, including great tones and shades. Madhouse did a great job of capturing Santa’s artwork on the pages. The backgrounds seem like an urban wall and tend to stick out quite well. The big problem is they captured Santa’s art TOO well. The lips tend to look awkward and the faces tend to look smashed at times. Still, this is a passable offense and doesn’t interfere with the enjoyment. It’s amazing how well they designed the clothes and how well they kept up with the trends…even if everyone wore the same clothes for the whole series.

The sound is EPIC. The hip hop in this anime05 is amazing, including songs by the Illmatic Buddha MC’s. I seriously was digging the music and finding an OST for this anime is well worth it. There is a bad part. They recycle the music too much. It seems that I heard some of the songs more than 20 times throughout this anime. Not that recycling is bad, it’s just that variety could have been better.

I really enjoyed this anime and marathoned the last 5 episodes today and this has officially gone into “MY Favorites”.  This anime is not for kids since it contains a few sex scenes and alot of violence. Of course that won’t stop you from watching it, so go watch it you little rascal!

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A girl can dodge only so many bullets.

July 5, 2009

Madlax

Method Watched: Anime DVDs

Price: $50.98 (fucking ridiculous)

English Publisher: ADVision/Section 23

Genre: Action, Mystery

When I buy anime, I typically do alot of research. This series caught me by surprise and it looked amazing. I did my research, but I forgot it was done by Bee Train, probably one of the in my opinion, worst studios ever.

The sypnosis in the back of the box was incorrect. It talks about a high school girl, Margret who joins together with an assasin, Madlax to discover an old terrible secret that lurks within them. You don’t get that. This doesn’t happen until

The protaganist of the anime, Madlax.

The protaganist of the anime, Madlax.

 about the 20th episode. The series for the first few episodes switches between Margret and Madlax and shows a little of what they do in their day to day lives. Margret is an introverted, sheltered rich girl who is taken care of her maid, Elenore. Apparently Madlaxs’ life revolves killing people and trying to make a boyfriend. This storyline is strangely reminiscent of Noir and seriously lacks any plot or structure until halfways the story. There is no excitement in this anime despite the premise of girls with guns. This anime consists of constant Mexican showdowns (below). The only thing that kept me going and allowed me to finish this anime was the last few episodes. The last episodes begin to develop more into what connects Margret and Madlax together. It’s worth sticking to, despite the terrible ending. If don’t mind an anime that doesn’t have a strong sense of plotline and often distracts from the original storyline, then this is for you. You can literally watch the last 6 episodes and not miss anything.

01 Madlax ReviewThe animation is a laughable. Like I said above, the anime is a series of stills and long scenes of sitting on the couch and talking. During the shooting scenes, it’s really just a bunch of Mexican showdowns and not alot of action. However, when there is actual shooting involved, the anime can be pretty crisp and the outlines look decent and less Bee Train-like. I think that it’s so funny that the anime looks so much better during the night then the day.All the characters look alike, whether it be the bishoujo girls or the bishounen men walking around. There is a very boring pallet in the anime. I fell asleep a few times during the talking scenes and it was the same scene when I woke up.  Whether this was intentional or not is not known. If you like long scenes with the same cells over and over again, then you can moderately enjoy this.

The characters are all one sided, besides Madlax. Margret is so damn moe, useless and annoying that she made me 01 Madlax Review3want to kill her. She grows some courage during the last few episodes and made her less useless. Madlax is actually a shining diamond in this anime. She shows alot of emotion and sides to her, despite being a 16 year old girl. When you compare both characters they somewhat hold the anime together as opposites. The villains are all one sided. They show no other side than being evil. Plus, their want of evil is stupid. They looking for a book in a language they don’t understand. There are also alot of characters that didn’t make any sense as to why they were around. They all seemed to be Native American or something. Ignore them.

The voice dubbing was terrible. Everyone was so monotone. I rarely prefer Japanese versions, but I couldn’t stay awake listening to their voices. The whole soundtrack was boring and wasn’t even noticeable. Bad OP, Bad ED, bad audio in general.

Don’t watch this show, look at it, etc. It’s so utterly boring that it has nothing to offer. There’s more against it than for it. It’s worse than Noir and that’s saying something.