Tag: anime

Paranoia Agent

Anime Review, by Xbolt Paranoia Agent starts out like your typical detective story: A series of attacks by a mysterious assailant, known only as “Shounen Bat.” As Bat-Boy beats up more people with his golden bat, then rollerblades away from the scene, two detectives are on the case. And then, the story takes a turn […]

Interstella 5555

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem is a feature-length visual representation of Daft Punk’s album, Discovery. The animated musical film was produced by Daft Punk along with Toei Animation, under the supervision of Leiji Matsumoto – creator of several anime and manga series, space operas in particular. If you don’t know about […]

Record of Lodoss War

An Anime Review by Xbolt Record of Lodoss War came out in 1990, thus taking the crown of the oldest anime I have watched thus far. It was introduced to me as “basically Dungeons & Dragons: The Anime.” And that’s quite true. The complicated story line of Lodoss War borrows heavily from The Lord of […]

Cromartie High School

Cromartie High is just about he best darn comedic show I’ve ever seen. Everything in this show seems geared specifically towards me. Rampant randomness, deadpan humor, general awesomeness. The over-the-top dramatic art style only serves to increase its power level. Takashi Kamiyama has just enrolled in high school. Not just any high school, Cromartie High […]

A Summer Day’s Dream – Episode 2

At long last. After four years, episode 2 has come upon us. It’s a little light on the plot-sauce, (especially given how long we waited for it,) but the jokes were fun, and made me chuckle. The art and animation is much improved as well. In addition to the cast of the first episode, we […]

Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles is based on a video game of the same name. As I have never played it, I cannot say how closely the anime follows the game’s plot. But no matter. Valkyria Chronicles is set in the year 1935, on the continent of Europa. (The technology is also equivalent to our real world technology […]


The name “Bakemonogatari” comes from two root words. Bakemono, meaning monster, and monogatari, meaning story. The story centers on Koyomi Araragi, a high school student who is 90% human again after briefly becoming a vampire as a result of an attack. One day, Hitagi Senjogahara, a classmate who never talks to anyone, falls down a […]

Honey and Clover

(Anime Review by Teri O.) Honey and Clover is a comedic drama that combines heartfelt storytelling with a unique visual style. The voice acting, pacing, and soundtrack are all excellent. Like its name, the anime is down-to-earth and super sweet. It also has deeper themes geared towards high school and college aged youth. Honey and […]

Angel Beats!

Anime Review by Xbolt Angel Beats! (what is it with exclamation points in titles?) was written by guys from Key Visual Arts, who made Air, Kanon, and Clannad. It fits somewhere between Air and Kanon in regards to how much I enjoyed it. Angel Beats! was good, but it could have been better. The visuals and soundtrack […]

Macross Frontier

WOOHOOO!! Singerrrrs…Innn….SPAAACE!!! The year is 2059. Mankind is out wandering the galaxy, looking for hospitable planets to colonize. In the beginning of the show, a reconnaissance unit sent to an unexplored asteroid belt is destroyed by a swarm of alien biomechanical insects, called the Vajra. The Vajra then start attacking the rest of the fleet. […]

Serial Experiments Lain

When I started watching Serial Experiments Lain, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I only barely glimpsed at the overview before starting. (I actually picked this one up because the name just sounds cool, and so is the cover art.) From the cover art, I thought this might be a horror anime. “Boo […]

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

And finally, the third and final piece of the FMP! trilogy. After Fumoffu, TSR goes back to the tension and drama of the original. More so, even. If Fumoffu represented just the hilarity of the original, TSR represents mostly the military action. Some hilarious scenes, but not nearly as many as the original. So it […]

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a companion series to the anime series Full Metal Panic! Recall how I said that FMP! was funny because Sousuke was so totally socially inept, and found a terrorist threat in everything? Fumoffu turns that up to 11. Whether it’s blowing up a suspicious love letter in a shoe locker, […]

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

This full length anime film based on the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise is one of my top ten favorite animes. December 16th. Christmas is one week away, and Haruhi decides to throw a Christmas party. She’s going to bring home-cooked food. December 18th. Haruhi has apparently vanished from the face of the Earth. Kyon is the […]

Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic! follows Sergeant Sousuke Sagara, a military specialist working for Mithril, a secret anti-terrorist organization. He is tasked with guarding Kaname Chidori, an ordinary high school girl who may not actually be totally ordinary. Oh, and it has big mech fights. I like FMP! for the fact that it doesn’t take itself too […]

Blood: The Last Vampire

“Blood: The Last Vampire” is horror movie. Normally I don’t watch horror movies, but I watched this one because I read one of the light novel adaptations several months ago. My Dad got it out of the college library for some reason unknown to me, and then I read it after him. And I liked […]


Toradora! (don’t forget that exclamation mark) is your standard anime about normal people, who do normal things. No metaphysics to see here! But I thought it was a fun anime. It’s a comedy show, but it has a story to it that can get dramatic at times too. Which is a good thing. Ryuji Takasu […]

A Summer Day’s Dream

I’ve saved the best (or at least, the most important to me personally) for last. This week is the crown jewel of this season of Xbolt’s Anime Reviews. A Touhou anime. Granted, it’s not an official anime done by a professional studio, but honestly, who cares? The fans who put this together did a superberiffic […]

Summer Wars

          In the near future, the Internet has grown into a huge virtual world called the World of OZ. In OZ, users create avatars to represent themselves, and do stuff. Shop, game, etc. Companies and governments have also set up shop in OZ, so it is connected to much of the […]

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

If you could travel through time, what would you do? That is the question facing Makoto Kanno, a high school girl who is granted the ability to travel through time. Of course she doesn’t use it for malicious purposes, just little things like avoiding embarrassing situations, hanging out with friends longer, and things of that […]

Rozen Maiden

An Anime Review by Xbolt. Rozen Maiden. A show that came highly recommended from the venerable Loremaster of the Chex Quest Fan Forums. He talked about Rozen Maiden even before I watched Sugar, but I never got around to watching it – until now. The Rozen Maidens are a collection of dolls created by the […]

Bamboo Blade

Bamboo Blade is a show about a high school kendo club. Hence the name “Bamboo Blade.” Toraji Ishida is the club’s instructor. He makes a bet with a friend of his, who is the kendo teacher at another school. They would each get five girls and have a match with each other. And if Toraji […]