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Even long before I thought of watching this anime, I came across pictures and fan-art of D.Gray-Man. It is, after all, a pretty popular series; no one can deny that. On the one hand I think that its popularity is completely justified, but on the other hand the series let me down a number of times as well. Generally speaking, though, I enjoyed this series. Read the rest of this entry »

Imagine you wake up in Washington, with no clothes, but you do possess a gun and a cellphone. You don’t remember who you are, where you came from and what happened before that moment. What will you do? Akira knows the answer to that: ask a random guy for his pants and after that, find out about your past! Read the rest of this entry »

With a plot that sounded interesting, this anime grabbed my attention long before it even started to air. I love books and reading, so I was happy to see that this would be incorporated in an anime. The promotional poster made it look like it was going to be a gothic-like, dark anime, and let’s say it at least tried to be that. Read the rest of this entry »

One day, someone thought: “Hey, I’ll write a light novel that confuses my readers!” And that’s how Durarara was born. Well, that’s probably not how it went, but in my mind it did go this way. What other reason could there be for making a story this complicated and full of plot twists?! I haven’t read the light novel, but I can imagine it’s just as complex and fascinating as the anime. Read the rest of this entry »

Anime that are based upon games are usually not my cup of tea, but I decided to give this one a try nevertheless. Soon I found out, though, that a basic knowledge of the game was necessary in order to be able to understand the story at its fullest. Read the rest of this entry »

This anime had everything to turn into an interesting series. We have the mysterious man, who has forgotten his past. We have the loyal friend, who is willing to make sacrifices to help the people around him. We have the villain, who wants to destroy things that are precious to the main character. But somehow I was expecting something different, I think. Because to me this anime ended up being boring and very tiring. Read the rest of this entry »

I can’t help but think that when I see ‘reverse harem’ among the genre aspects of an anime that I am in for quite a stereotypical series. This also appeared to be the case with Hakuouki. I am dumbfounded that characters like Chizuru exist: how can you possibly completely ignore the fact that you are surrounded by lots of handsome young men? And instead of acting like a responsible girl, Chizuru calls upon the protective feelings of those men by being helpless and naive… Way to go, Chizuru. Read the rest of this entry »

An anime by Clamp can’t be bad, that’s what I thought at the beginning of this series, so I was happy to start with this one. It didn’t take long before I noticed that all the stereotypical Clamp features from other Clamp anime (consisting of pretty boys, fantasy elements, life-threatening tasks and legs and arms that can’t possibly be natural) were also present in this anime. It didn’t bother me, on the contrary, I found this distinct style quite charming. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve had my share of vampire stories. I didn’t know this anime was about those overrated creatures when I started it, and if I had, I had probably not given this series a chance. But in the end I’m happy I did, because finally someone realized that it was time to give the vampires back their original form, i.e. scary and thirsty for blood. Read the rest of this entry »

“This anime was not what I had expected.” This phrase came to mind after I had finished the series. And that’s still how I feel about it. It’s like going on a journey, starting in Japan and ending up in the United States (this is only a metaphor of course, the characters don’t suddenly change location… or do they?). Some elements were very unpredictable, which resulted in the fact that I watched one episode after another in order to make sense out of all the events. Read the rest of this entry »