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Negima!
2/13/2014
Animation studios: Shaft, Gansis
Episodes: 26
Genre(s): Romance, Comedy, Magic
Synopsis: "Negi Springfield is a student from a magic school who is continuing his education/training as an English teacher in an all-girls school. While there, he has to keep his magic background a secret, which isn't easy when you get such a bunch of variable personalities to keep an eye out for." (taken from otakuelite.com)
Where to watch:  Youtube:Funimation

 
***This review contains spoilers, please read at your own risk***
 
The English voice actor Negi Springfield has the same voice actor,Greg Ayres, who vocied for Karou in Ouran Highschool Host Club and Kyoki in Beck. With that said, I really hate his voice. And I will totally murder this guy if I met him in real life because his voice really sucks for the characters he plays. Plus, I feel like I want to break my monitor every time I hear his voice. Okay my rant is over. Sorry about that guys. I just get a bit worked up on Greg Ayres.
 
Anyway, the rest of the English voice cast did fine. However, the Japanese sub version is a whole lot better. In fact, I will strongly suggest you watch this series in Japanese sub. Otherwise, you will go crazy and, start talking about how you got your scar and how much you want the philosopher stone to restore your body.
 
I can't really say what the best parts of the comedy in the anime were. I would say though, that there is very mild sexual themes evident in the anime. Also its hard for me to judge this anime's comedy when I really hate little kids, extremely hate them.  So, I am not keen at all for the middle school female children in the anime along with Negima as a main character.
 
Moving along, the plot wasn't that bad. It felt very interesting, especially the elements of magic. Furthermore, those elements of magic are the basis for most if not all of the comedic scenes in the anime. There were other elements of the anime such as the harem that they really try to push for. And I would like to say this is one of the few I seen that feel genuinely unique. I am saying that alot lately but this is a really good anime for a magic-based anime.
 
Like all old manga-based anime though, the manga was still ongoing at the time of the anime production. Therefore the ending to the anime was not really related to the manga entirely.  Plus, there are still many parts of the manga that could have been put into the anime such as the journey to the magical world. I forgot to mention though that the anime try to follow the original plot but then went on its own plot. Similar to the way full metal alchemist did when it caught up to the manga.
 

Overall
 
 
Well, it certainly feels unique I'll give Negima! that. However, I can't really say I enjoyed it since I hate kids. I just really hate them. Sorry if you are a kid and you are reading this review, I don't like you ( if you are under 15 years old because I can't swear to you).
 
With 31 girl characters, its really hard for this anime to make each female character feel unique for Negi's harem plan. Keep in mind that all the girl characters have your typical personality from every possible stereotype in the realm of anime. Although you will most be seeing Asuna and Nodoka try to hook up with Negima. The other female characters will try to win him over, in time.
 
By the way, it is not Negima's intention at all to have a girlfriend in the anime. In fact, the only thing he is looking for in the school is a magical partner. A magical partner is sort of like a knight or tank that the wizard try to use buffs and give powers to. Other than that, he simply wants to work as a teacher.
 
If you like harems and you want a male child main character then this is the anime for you. Also expect a lot of magical based comedy that involves middle school girls.
 
Animation: 3/5
Story: 4/5
Sound: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Comedy: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

 
I'm sure you guys know by now to check out theawesome for his last review. This is also my last review as part of the rom com. Hope you enjoy it because  this is a great comedy anime.
Skip Beat! Review*
2/05/2014
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Kyoko in all her glory

***There are some spoilers included in this review***
 
Skip Beat is one of the few anime I enjoyed with a female MC (Main Character). It is also one of the few romantic comedies that left me wanting to see more. Furthermore, I have grown a connection to this anime relating to the problems that I am currently facing in real life.
 
The main character, Kyoko, finally broke off her relationship with her childhood friend top idol, Sho. Also, Sho was just using her. Anyway,  no longer will she be the pure Kyoko he always knew instead she will become his worst enemy, at least she hopes so. In order to achieve her goal though, she must become the best actress in the entertainment world.
 
To become the top actress, Kyoko must change herself. Thus, her adventures in the anime heavy focus on her trying to change. Many obstacles come in her way such as Tsuruga Ren. Additionally, she struggles with not believing in love and  despises the thought of loving someone. However, she is perfectly fine with liking other people as friends. She is a complicated individual who still believes in fairy tail stories, likes all types of cute stuff relating to fairy tails.
 
As a side note, she is very determined person which I wish I could be. Then again, her determination stems from wanting revenge against sho which is a bad reason to want to change yourself. Of course throughout the anime, she succeeds in changing herself in a good way but there is still that part of her that cannot accept loving someone because of the scar left by Sho. 
 
In a way, I been harboring similar feelings felt by Kyoko. I want to change myself just like Kyoko but not for revenge. I want to become a better person for the sake of being a better person. Although, I wish the most that I had Kyoko enthusiasm and demeanor to out right show her feelings of distinguish and hatred. Instead for some reason I still like the thought of pleasing other people other than my own. It is a struggle that I am going through along with mental health issues.
 
Overall
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Kyoko with her randomness.

 
Moving along, this is a somewhat serious anime dealing with Kyoko's problems but it still reflects her struggles trying to accept a new love and dealing with Sho. It also, reflects a lot of comedic moments that never deal with panty shots or inappropriate sexual scenes which I am really happy about. As you all can tell, I hate those types of scenes and it will most likely feel out of place in this anime.
 
If I had to sum up how this anime felt in few words, I would say it felt like a drama romantic comedy anime. In fact, I might have made it seem too much of a serious anime. On the contrary, I laughed so hard, I couldn't breathe. I also couldn't think of anything that I dislike about the anime, except for one thing.
 
The ending was bad to me personally. It left me with a feeling that there was still a lot of things left over as well as didn't answer the question if Kyoko will end up with Sho or Ren. Plus, I read the manga and the anime really did leave off at a place that was bad. Furthermore, she was getting better at acting and would have met one of her greatest enemy in her struggles, if the anime had continued a little longer.
 
On the plus side, there wasn't anything else that the anime struggled with. Music in Skip Beat! was awesome and melt perfectly in each and every scene in the anime. Although sadly, there is only the Japanese voice cast right now for the anime. So, don't expect any English dub to come out soon. 
 
Animation: 4/5
Sound/Music: 5/5
Story: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
 
On the top of my head, I simply cannot think of an anime series that have strong comedic female lead but I can think of another anime that has a strong female character and a funny female lead:
 
Twelve Kingdoms: A serious story anime that has a strong female character. A lot of philosocial elements are also in the anime that might touch upon your feels.
 
Lovely complex: A funny romantic comedy that has a funny female lead. Story-line deals with both the male lead and female lead having a complex about their heights.
 
Where can you watch the anime?: Crunchyroll 

 
Hey, if you are bored check out TheAwsome who is posting some a review tomorrow. I couldn't make this a story like review but at least it didn't have too many spoilers. Anyway, follow me on otakuelite or follow me on twitter @ Albelcasting
Love Hina
2/03/2014
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Keitaro and Naru in his fantasy. Pretty much sums up this anime. 

 
The main character Keitaro Urashima has failed twice to enter Tokyo University; he really wanted to marry his childhood friend who he does not remember.To make matters worse, his parents are forcing Keitaro to move out. Lucky for Keitaro, he received a phone call from his grandmother to visit the Hinata Inn. Once he arrives there, he learns the Inn has become a female dormitory and he has an opportunity to become the manager. Thus our comedic story begins...
 
Keep in mind, Keitaro does not remember what the name of his childhood friend is. So, he has to put together the pieces in his mind to figure out who his childhood friend is and succeed in getting into Tokyo University. Therefore, most of the anime storyline takes place between him battling his wits over Tokyo University and solving his past.
 
Moving along here, there are some female characters that distract him at time but it is quite clear in the anime that Naru and Keitaro will hook up eventually. All that is needed is simply for both of them to admit that they like each other. Granted I did feel there was a possibly he was going to hook up with Mutsumi but she just wanted Naru and Keitaro to have a relationship together:-marriage. They really could have used mutsumi more but oh well.
 
Anyway, really do enjoy the comedy the most in the anime rather than the story-line. Naru constantly hits Keitaro, deserves it for being an idiot. Also, there are those moments where the misunderstandings about relationships are funny. I would really like to go into more details about how funny this anime is but disclosing about the jokes is not fun for people. Bear in mind though, that most of the jokes are sort of sexual and misunderstandings. 
 
Overall
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Sample of the comedy

 
Love Hina is a perfect anime except for a few things. First off, the English dub is really terrible. Secondly, the anime quality isn't the best if you are used to the more modern anime but may be unique to you then. Thirdly, the opening of the anime is great but the rest of the music is disappointing.  Finally, the ending of the anime wasn't good. In fact, you should read the manga for a better ending. Plus, you get to see Naru in her wedding dress: Spoilers.
 
Animation: 3/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Sound/Music: 3/5
Overall: 4/5
 
The following are good anime recommendations:
 
Negmia: Similar style but a better harem, you want that right?
To love ru: A modern take on anime fill with panty shots for your delight.
Boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai: Similar to the harem type of setting but more focus on one male and female lead as well.
 

 
Review is short today because I am experimenting. Every review of mine will be slightly different, can you guys tell? Visit TheAwosome by the way when you guys are finished reading.
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Ryouku(light brown hair girl), Ringo (red hair, short), Ryoshi(black hair, green shirt) along with the rest of the gang.

An effective narrator is hard to come by. They need to be good with not just their voice but also their dialogue. Still, it is a wonder if a narrator is needed at all in certain anime and stories, when a simple response from the characters would suffice. When the narrator is excellent though, the story's feelings and thoughts can be perfectly portrayed to the audience.
 
In Okami and her seven companions anime however, the narrator is pretty annoying. She does not add anything to the plot.  And at times she would talk over the characters voices, making it hard to understand what is going on. She doesn't want to stop talking in every episode of the anime too. Whats worse, she conveys the obvious things that is going on: commentary.  It's a real shame for the story, considering how unique the characters were portrayed personality wise.  
 
Story Development
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Holding hands? Who could have thought?

The story tried to make the main characters each feeling unique in their own way. Ryoshi, the male black hair lead, had a problem with people looking at him. Ryouku, the female brown hair lead, was very tsundere and uses her fist alot. Ringo, companion of Ryoku, likes to tease Ryouku but has Ryouku's best interest at heart. Liszt, head of the otogi bank, is a master of disguise and lazy at times. Alice, Liszt's cousin, is formal and very good at her work. Majolica, mysterious girl, loves to make things and very easy going. Otsuu, a maid of otogi bank, tries to help people while always wearing a maid outfit. Otohime, mistress to Tarou, likes to "play" with Tarou and wants him to declare his undying love all the time. Tarou, ladies man, is interested in every lady but is tied down to Otohime's love. Finally, the villain, Shirou has a twisted personality that loves to give people pain. Although, the anime doesn't diverge away from Ryouku's and Ryoshi's perspective.
 
With that said, the anime really doesn't fully tell the story of the other main characters. Shirou, the villain of the main conflict, doesn't help drive the story when he is not stopped and continues his way towards the end, little change has been made. It is the same way with the romantic relationship of Ryoshi and Ryouku, little to no development. On the other hand, the manga had the reader more intimate with the hardships and past of each main character. To put it in perspective, the anime was too short. 
 
The anime length should have been longer than 12 episodes. We would had a better romantic development between Ryouku and Ryoshi, less punching gag (Ryouku constantly hurt Ryoshi due to her feelings). Each main character could fully tell their side of the main story. Also, Shirou would have been stopped at the end instead of letting him go and allowing him to do as he please, a cliff hangar ending. It is a very bitter feeling too when nothing was solved and no real development was made in the anime. 
 
Overall score
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Oh, Ringo likes to tease.

I want to emphasis that the narrator was nauseating. Again, the narrator made it hard for me to understand what was going on. Half the time, I was thinking I didn't understand English thanks to the narrator. Please do not watch the anime for that reason besides the reasons listed above for it being short, bad conflict, and bad story development.
 
Animation: 3/5
Sound/Music: 1/5
Story: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
 
Final Score: 2/5 Bad, do not recommend, do not bother unless you really love short anime.
Where to watch: Netflix.com, Hula.com, Funimation.com, Blueray/DVD
 
Anime Recommendations
 
Toradora: A better love comedy than Okami-san and her seven companions. A real genuine tsundere you can love, small and cute main female lead. Check out TheAwsome's review on the anime.
 
Zero no Tsukaima: The female lead is a tsundere as well but the setting is in a fantasy world where the main character is stuck there. Might get a little old if you don't like explosions and tsundere comedy.
 
Ouran High School Host Club: Wacky characters you can love with a slight angle of love in the mix. One of the best all time love comedy anime.
 
Getbackers: Not relating to love comedy; however, there are similar systems set up in where the anime both treat request from customers as important. Plus, it is more serious and much more interesting world to see though.
 

 
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Yuta, one of the main characters feel happy.

Released: October 4, 2012 to December 20, 2012 JPN
Published: Sentai Filmworks
Animation: Kyoto Animation
Genre(s):  Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Synopsis: Yuuta Togashi suffered from Eighth-Grader Syndrome (Chuunibyou) while in middle school. After being "cured" from this delusion, he attends a high school far away from anyone who may know him; lest they bring up the past. All he wants is to put that dark history behind him and have a nice normal school life....or he was supposed to. High school was smooth sailing and full of enjoyment—until an unavoidable, sad event occurs. Now poor Yuuta is locked in a contract with Rikka Takanashi and is forced to watch as his desperately ordinary life crumbles. Or is he? - Taken from Otakuelite.com (Edited slightly)
 
StoryLine
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The best way to get club members.

It was refreshing to watch a comedy anime after watching nothing but serious anime. This anime made me feel really happy. That is a good thing considering not many anime make me feel generally this happy besides the Ghibli Studio films. 
 
Instead of relying solely on romance, the anime decides to rely on Rika's eight grade syndrome for the plot. By the way, eight grade syndrome means to believe in grandeur fantasies but may also mean to believe in delusions that you might be special in some weird way. I think most people have experienced something similar to that. For example, when I was little I use to act out certain scenes from DBZ. However, I don't think I necessary went beyond that to the point where I actually believe in my delusions like the main character Rika does. 
 
Also, it was quite obvious what the tragedy in the first place that caused Rika's eight grade syndrome. Nevertheless, I still felt sad when the characters talked about it. I didn't cry mind you yet at the same time I felt sadness because of the scene. I know it is just an anime. I just couldn't help to feel this way.
 
Another unique aspect of the story is the romance.There were hints of romance here and there in the beginning  but it doesn't pick up until the later half. I'm just really happy that this anime didn't turn into a harem romance. I like it just for that simple fact. The romance is simple between Yuta and Rika. And I really really love the confession scene. It was so cute to watch them talk to each other in the rain. 
 
Sound
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Everyone needs a group stance for clubs.

I did hear the music every once in a while; nevertheless, I didn't really pay any attention to it. I find myself thinking more about the dialogue spoken between each characters than the music. For once this might be a good thing that the music is background rather than unique.
 
Whoever played the voiced actor for Yuta really reminded me of Watanuki from xxxholic. As it turns out, it really was the same voice actor, Fukuyama Jun. Other than that, all of the voice actors did perfectly fine in their roles. 
 
Characters
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Being productive while cleaning the swimming pool.

Remember this is a comedy romance and each character had to play their part correctly according to the script. Thus, they did it perfectly for each character's dialogue. The scenes where I was suppose to feel sad, I felt sad and the scenes where I was suppose to feel happy, I felt happy. I can't really wish for anything more from an anime but to feel joy and happy that I watched it.
 
There is just one thing I know I shouldn't have like about it.The comedy of hitting characters is something I don't normally like because I never like the idea of hurting anyone for the sake of comedy. True it was very funny and cute still I felt ashamed for liking the comedy. I think I said this before about how the The legends of the legendary heroes, the main female character often hits the male character for comedy. In that instance I hated that type of comedy with a passion. I know I'm suppose to hate it in this anime for the same reasons but I can't. I really love the cuteness of the characters too much to hate it.
 
Animation
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Rika at her finest
Kyoto Animation, anime studio, really hit it out of park on this one. All the characters felt cute and made moe like gestures that I couldn't help but love each and everyone of them. The textures and eyes were awesome. I don't think I can add anything more than that, it was that perfect for me.
 
Overall

 
Storyline: 5/5
Sound: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Animation: 5/5 
Final Score: 5 out of 5
 
At first though, I really thought I should give this a 4/5 of five. After reviewing the anime a few times, there was really nothing bad that stood out at me telling me it wasn't a 5. It told the story perfectly for a 12 episode anime. I will strongly suggest to anyone who is a fan of romance comedy to watch this. I can't wait for the second season to come out. 
 
Where to watch: As of now there is no where to watch it for English speakers. Although, Sentai Filmworks does own the license to distribute it and possibly might be dubbing it right now as I speak. 
 
Anime recommendations:
 
Toradora: Pretty good comedy romance, plot revolves around trying to get their main crushes approval from the two main characters.
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko: Has a similar feeling to this anime. Plus it is just as cute if not more so.
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu: The anime does not contain that much romance; nevertheless it is still funny yet deep at the same time.

 
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