The animation itself is good and the music really compliments the contents.
In the end a enjoyable anime,
The animation itself is real good, top of production quality and the sound voice over and effects are equally good.
Really looking forward to the next season/movie.
This show is much slower and less intense than the original. With a bleak and serious outlook, the fun and humor are missing. The focus is more on emotions and relationship, only in the last quarter of the anime does the plot progression pickup. The storytelling is also very confusing, much more than the original. It does tidy up the loose ends but did leave me with a muddled mind.
The personality changes most of the characters undergo suits them perfectly with the fresh take on the story, still, I would prefer the more entertaining fun personalities from the original series.
The animation and sound itself are good, probably a notch better than its predecessor. Loved the opening soundtrack, its intense.
It is a very promising anime, just needed to cut down the running time by half for better pacing.
The way it covers time travel paradox and it's after effects are one of the best showcased, be it in anime or beyond. The characters are all unique, wild and memorable, they fit in perfectly with the storytelling.
The animation and sound itself are good, not great but better than decent. I actually enjoyed the opening soundtrack and did hear it over then skipping them.
It is a very entertaining anime covering a complex subject yet ending without loose ends, a must watch.
I am not much into music and have no idea of Piano or classical music. Initially, I was enjoying a few of the scores, but the repetition of the same does get tiring, the same were easier to browse over in manga format. Others may find listening to music as the highlight but that was not the case for me. The animation itself was good overall but the close up of the characters while they play the Piano is terrible, the art shifts from 2D to 3D, from old style color painting to clunky 3d characters, this was not needed and bought down the overall watch experience for me.
Season One (7/10) The first season of twelve episodes seems more fun and better paced with the background development of the main character.
Season Two (4/10) The second season seems to be a big drag, the focus on other characters and their life only prolonged the already dull storytelling, the repetition of the same music over and over again in a competition didn't help the matter much. Did love the ending but I do feel the anime should have been shortened instead of staying true to the manga.
The setting is an ancient Kingdom borrowed heavily from the Chinese Forbidden city. The plot centers on Imperial life, running a country, bureaucracy, personal life and love angles. The plot is deep and have unexpected conclusion but the slow progress is an issue. The main character is a girl wanting to be a government official, along the way every male character in the series falls in love with her.
The animation itself is decent, nothing to write home about. What stood out for me was the music, it took getting used to, but after a few episodes really enjoyed the haunting bitter sweet melodies of the local Japanese/Chinese instrument.
Not a series for me, so i won't pick up the next season.
So while the show borrows ideas from other anime, I am still a sucker for the genre. Problem for me was the pacing, just too slow with nothing much happening. Tons of time is spent in solving straight forward problems, the way the MC plods along is frustrating. It is easily one of the dullest things I have watched.
The animation itself was on the better side, everything looked good.
The setting is a Stem Punk Fantasy world with tactical warfare as the focus of the plot. It's the start of rifle age, with swords still playing a major part, air balloons are the next new thing. Also, everyone got some spirit companion who can do some neat tricks. The storytelling focuses on the journey of a recruit to becoming the highest military officer in the country using brains. We only cover the training of recruits and their first campaign before the anime ends just like the manga. I hope they spin out more seasons as this is one of the anime with some great characters and lot of potential.
I liked the animation, it was done up well all throughout.
The plot revolves around Count Olaf trying to steal a fortune from Baudelaire orphans after their parents perish in a fire. It's a treat to watch them save themselves with their intellect and Count Olaf cooking up new schemes to get the fortunes. The adults in this world are outrageously dumb.
The casting and their performance cannot be more perfect. Neil Patrick Harris is amazing with the various disguises and accents he pulls off. Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes are outstanding as Violet and Klaus. The unique narration style by Patrick Warburton breaking the fourth wall has its own sophisticated charm.
The makeup & music is the best there is on the small screen. Even small things such as the opening theme and lines which changes episode by episode are a treat to look forward to.
Season One (4.5/5) Introduces us to the characters and the world of Unfortunate Events
Season Two (4.5/5) Continues the absurd tale of the Baudelaire orphans on the same note as the previous one, full of weird humor, great set pieces, and superb performances, although the series doesn't offer anything new the suspense does get deeper.
Season Three (5/5) Ends the series on a satisfying bittersweet note, the mysteries are answered, the many twists are brilliant and the adventures make it such an entertaining watch, probably the best season of the series.
I thought I have figured out the plot but I was way wrong, the ending surprised me in multiple levels. The series got superb casting and performances by both the young and old actors. It is another gem of a Netflix Original.
Season 2 (13 episodes) - I expected the plot to pick up in season two, well it does, all my complains from season one is answered but done up poorly. Finally, we have a few characters killed off, but before that, the roster of supporting characters are doubled, each one seems to be a different shade of grey from the others, none of them interesting. I wanted more fight sequences, we have plenty of them this season, they are nonsensical, dumb and repetitive. The worse part was the storyline, it is extremely slow, frankly, the show is a big waste of time.
I loved the series focused on the murky world politics, got my first insight on US political parties, election and working of government. The series has it all, backstabbing, lobbying, whipping of votes, impeachment, elections, political road tours, they touch on both the light and the dark side of politics and the length one might go towards climbing up the government ladder. The casting is superb and the performances by the leads great. The storytelling, dialogues, and plots were really good at first, but the later seasons simply ran out of good ideas.
Season 1 (9/10): We get introduced to the power couple of Mr & Mrs. Underwood, they are menacing and it's a treat watching them scheme.
Season 2 (7/10): The season starts on a high with a shocker first episode, the first half is as good as the previous season having the same strengths, excellent writing and only gets darker. The second half of season two seems to be less thought out, things seem too easy of the Underwoods.
Season 3 (6/10): We get deeper in the characters of the Underwoods and their chief of staff Doug Stamper. At this point, it feels like been there done that, the show is fast becoming a ridiculous political drama.
Season 4 (8/10): The shows plotting is ludicrous but it is highly shocking and entertaining. The focus on Robin Wright as Claire Underwood rescues the show. The audience at this point realizes she may be the colder and scarier of the Underwoods.
Season 5 (5/10): At this point, the show is out of good ideas and writing material. The show started as a serious political drama, now it borders between idiotic and nonsensical while still taking itself seriously.
Season 6 (2/10): One of the worst seasons ever made for any series, the writing is horrendous. The performances are strong but they can't save a sinking ship and this is what the show has become.
The series plot and storytelling are confusing and dragged out, the show only takes off when half the season is over. The characters never get the chance to be developed.
The art is unique, the use of colours gives it a surreal feel, it felt like you are watching something which was created by someone on drugs, some might consider it good, but at least I didn't like the creative imaginations. The series got plenty of action sequences but they were terribly shot, too dark or too exploitative.
The anime does end with a bang, but by the time you get around to understand what the story was trying to tell it is already over.
The show tries to present a Pro Delhi Police image, problems with the force is shown but lack of manpower, overworking, budget and low level of education and training are conveniently used as excuses, yes those are some of the issues but the major one, that of corruption is ignored. The show especially goes out of its way to glorify the top tier of the police force.
Earlier at the start of my review, I had mentioned the show is loosely based on the incident, this is because a few minutes of fact checking about the case made me come across at least one important fact which was distorted in the show. During the show, the top brass is heard cursing that a victim of earlier crime by the same group only came to police after hearing about the gang rape on news and if he had complained earlier the incident could have been avoided. But the fact is he did go to the police before the rape but was ignored by constables stating the crime does not fall under their jurisdiction. The lack of want to take action by junior officers is shown all throughout the show but the show ignores to tell that the actual incident might have been stopped if it were not for them.
This was the only rape case conviction among the 706 rape cases filed in New Delhi in 2012, this just shows to tell either the police force did do wonders in this particular case or it may be the public pressure driving them.
It is one of the best Dramas I have seen, direction and presentation are as good as the best in the world, looking forward to season two.
I am a fan of superhero series, especially the unconventional ones, so when I saw the trailer of The Umbrella Academy, I was all excited. It was kind of what I expected, the plot is intriguing, the villains and heroes a mixed bag of stylish and wacky, the focus is more on storytelling then action, and when we do get a wee bit of fight, it is crazy, I really enjoyed the fight in the diner. Another highlight was the superb soundtracks, they just add to the charm of these guys.
The characterization is good, all of them having unique personality and powers, the best part, they all seem to have normal human problems and complexes, it is not all about having a mission and saving humanity for them. For me the best were Aidan Gallagher's "Number Five", he had the best action sequences and Robert Sheehan's "Klaus", both of them seem to be having so much fun. Rest of the characters felt underutilized as of season one.
The series did have other problems, the biggest issue for me was the ending, a cliff hanger, they didn't get to answer most of the questions we start with. At ten episodes the season is just too short, and the uneven pacing didn't help the matter much, the mid-section of the series felt like filler. The second problem was some of the castings, mainly the boring anguish look of Ellen Page's "Vanya", she is getting typecasted and doesn't offer much with the same expression all through the series. I liked her generally but she was terrible out here.
I hope they structure the second season better.
The few times I did see the Titans, I realized why the direction went for dark visuals. The actors were just not good enough to be shown in the light. They did improve as the series progressed but none of the actual members of Titans ware up to the standard for starting in a high budget production besides Brenton Thwaites Robin. Their characterization and script didn't help the matter much, Koriand'r & Gar Logan don't get much of screen time to show off their skills, what little we do see seemed promising. Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth was a let-down, she just didn't work for me. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the other non-Titans side characters and the casting. The new Robin, Wonder girl, Doom patrol, Hank and Dawn were actually good, these and other references to DC characters were a fun part of the show, sadly while I enjoyed them, they were a distraction from the main story arc.
The series plotting jumps around way too much and does have plot holes. They have a long term vision but its final episode didn't justify it to be the season's climax. Mind you it was good, in fact mind-blowing but it just didn't work as the season finale.
On that note, I would still watch season two, but they got ways to go.
The story is basic, the dialogues are silly, the characters annoying, everything which happens is over the top. According to me, the target audiences are kids. I simply don't comprehend the rave reviews the show got.
As of now I have watched the first two seasons, first season in dubbed and the second in subbed and have loved them both, although I prefer the dubbed version. Really looking forward to see what comes next for Rai.
The story is based on the game Go, a board game popular in Japan. It's a character driven story told from the point of view of a 12 year old kid name Hikaru. He is introduction the world of Go when he get possessed by a friendly ghost who happens to be masterful Go player, his name being Sai. Along the way Hikaru develops a sportsman rivalry with another kid his age and they end up propelling each other's growth.
The theme of sportsman's competiveness, obsession and emotions are superbly covered. Although the main characters' are kids, the way their desires are shown should ring well with sports loving crowds of any age.
The anime is fifteen years old and the animation itself is dated but still decent considering it was made for a sliced of life theme. What this means is special effects were not needed, making it a story driven story then an animation dependent. The sound effects and music are good and complement the story emotions perfectly.
This was an anime I enjoyed watching a lot even though I knew of the story. On that note be warned, the ending might feel incomplete.