My Anime Rankings

Locodol Anime

I decided to create this blog to explain how I rank different anime. If you would like a reminder on how I rate shows just see the link here, My Rating System.”

I don’t compare anime with each other I just rank them base on how I feel about them. For example, I would normally rate Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun with a One Thumb’s-Up, but as it has made me laugh a lot I bumped the show up to One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky. There are some anime in the One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky that I don’t like as much as the others. I like Gonna Be the Twin-Tail! and Cat Planet Cuties! more than The Testament of Sister New Devil. I like those shows more than One Thumb’s-Up, but not quite enough to give them two. As a compromise I’ve gone half way by giving One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky.

I decided that I’m not necessarily going to review every single anime that I have watched or am currently watching. With some of them I don’t necessarily have anything to say except that “I think it was good” or “I thought that was ok.” I enjoyed the anime World Break: Aria Curse for a Holy Swordsman but I don’t really have anything to say about the show at this moment in time. I enjoyed it and I liked the concept of the characters remembering what they did in their past lives. However, I don’t have anything to say about it. I just liked it. I may write a review about it in the future but not anytime soon.

Here is my ranked anime list.

TWO THUMBS-UP

Two Thumbs-Up

  • Amagi Brilliant Park
  • Date A Live
  • D-Frag!
  • Heaven’s Lost Property
  • Heaven’s Lost Property Forte
  • High School DxD (Review Part One)
  • High School DxD New
  • High School DxD BorN (Review)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Review)
  • Is This a Zombie? (Review)
  • Locodol
  • Motto To Love Ru
  • Mushibugyou
  • Naruto
  • No Game No Life (Review)
  • Non Non Biyori
  • Sabagebu! Survival Game Club!
  • Strike the Blood
  • To Love Ru Darkness
  • Witchcraft Works

ONE THUMB’S-UP AND A PINKY

Thumbs-UpPinky

  • Accel World
  • Bleach
  • Campione!
  • Cat Planet Cuties! (Review)
  • Date A Live II
  • Demon King Daimao
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Fate/Stay Night
  • Freezing
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
  • GJ Cub
  • Gonna Be the Twin-Tail! (Review)
  • Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
  • Haganai
  • Haganai: Next
  • HENNEKO – The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat
  • Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny
  • Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians
  • Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor
  • Invaders of the Rokujyouma
  • K-On!
  • KanColle (Review)
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
  • Maoyu
  • Monogatari Second Season
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun (Review)
  • My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy
  • Nakaimo – My Sister is Among Them!
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • Nekomonogatari Black
  • Nisekoi
  • Nisemonogatari
  • No-Rin
  • Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos
  • Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos W
  • Oreshura
  • Queen’s Blade Rebellion
  • Rail Wars!
  • Rio Rainbow Gate
  • Rosario + Vampire
  • Rosario + Vampire Capu 2
  • Servant x Service
  • Soni-Ani: SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION
  • The Comic Artist and His Assistants
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer!
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil (Review)
  • The World God Only Knows
  • The World God Only Knows Season 2
  • To Love Ru
  • Triage X (Review)
  • Trinity Seven
  • Tsukimonogatari
  • Unbreakable Machine-Doll
  • Walkure Romanze
  • World Break: Aria Curse for a Holy Swordsman

ONE THUMB’S-UP

Thumbs-Up

  • A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd
  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
  • Aiura
  • Arata the Legend
  • Attack on Titan
  • Bakemonogatari
  • Battle Vixens – Ikki Tousen
  • Black Lagoon
  • Black Lagoon – The Second Barrage
  • Chronicles of the Going Home Club
  • Full Metal Panic!
  • Infinite Stratos
  • Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (If Her Flag Breaks)
  • Love Live! School Idol Project
  • Mai Hime
  • Mai Otome
  • Mangirl!
  • Medaka Box
  • Miss Monochrome – The Animation
  • Muromi-san
  • Momo Kyun Sword
  • Nyankoi!
  • Onee-chan ga Kita
  • Problem Children are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They?
  • Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-
  • Samurai Girls
  • So, I Can’t Play H!
  • Spice and Wolf
  • Spice and Wolf Second Season
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Toradora
  • Wanna be the Strongest in the World
  • Watamote
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
  • Yusibu

SO-SO

Thumbs So-So

  • Himegoto
  • Photo Kano
  • Sparrow’s Hotel
  • Wonder Momo

THANKS FOR READING

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From now on when I review anime I will add the link of this blog to each one. I will put it under the conclusion heading of the review and right next to the “My Rating System” link. I don’t know if I will do a separate blog to list my ratings for manga, films and games. I’m happy at the moment just doing this.

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Episode Three Thoughts

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

This episode had everything. I thought it was both heart-warming and exciting. This episode covers the whole of chapter six from the first Light Novel of DanMachi.[1] I was really pleased with how this whole scenario was animated. I felt it was all completely spot on.

Did anyone else enjoy the way that Bell was carrying Hestia? I know I certainly did. It’s just like Hestia to forget the bigger picture. Haha.

Before I go on I need to ask myself… Is it me or did Aiz just smile? I thought there was dust in my eye but it turns out that what I saw wasn’t dust but Aiz’s smile. I think her smile is sweet and genuine. I didn’t picture her to be a smiling type, and I certainly don’t recall her smiling in the first LN[2] book. I thought she was going to be like Saber and Ayaka Kagari in which we would never see her smile. Yet, I can happily say that I have witnessed it in this episode.

I do wonder if they could have shown Freya in more scenes. In the book it showed her more sadistic side and how twisted her mind was. I especially would have liked to see that side of her but so far we’ve only seen glimpses of what she’s really like as a person, well, Goddess. It’s not too much of a big deal as I enjoyed this episode very much.

Bell’s growth is pretty cool, and I’m not just talking about his fighting abilities. Whilst he still lacks some confidence he didn’t just run away from that silverback, he sort of lured him away from Hestia so she could be safe. He probably did give up a little bit too easily but I just bear in mind that he’s only 15. Realistically most lads of that age would be cowardly in that situation.

I like the mechanics behind his new blade, the Hestia Knife. I think Hestia had to basically write her own symbols and attach pieces of her hair into that knife in order to make the knife work for Bell. If I recall correctly, they’re called hieroglyphs.

There were parts of the epilogue of the first LN book that were animated. They were shown in still picture frames and when Bell met Hestia for the first time. I really do hope we get an OVA or a special episode which concentrates on the epilogue because I really like it. =) I didn’t know that his Granddad was killed by an unidentified monster but I did get the impression by what Bell said to Hestia that his Granddad was dead.

The fight between Bell and that silverback was cool but I especially liked the ending part of the episode. I did gasp when Hestia fainted but I secretly knew it was because she was tired, so I probably wasn’t as worried as I should have been.

It was sweet when Syr whispered to Bell that she fell in love when he beat that monster and he heard that very clearly. I think Bell, unlike most blokes, does process those little hints but he probably doesn’t over-think them. Like the part from episode one when Hestia mentioned that she wouldn’t mind living alone with Bell. I think Bell took that on board but he probably didn’t read into what she said.

Then we have the part where Bell goes into Hestia’s room and has a nice one-to-one time. He got teary and hugged her. That was a really nice moment. I especially liked it when Hestia said that she loved him. That could have been interpreted either way. However I interpret it is irrelevant as Bell’s bond with Hestia is endearing.^^/

Hestia looked good in that alternative maid outfit. Does this mean that she’s going to work for Hephaistos now? Or, was she just playing dress up? I wonder who that “supporter” was. I recognise her but I don’t know who she is yet. I’m pretty sure I’ll find out more about her in the next episode. =)

OFF-TOPIC: MONSTER MUSUME NEWS

 Monster Musume TV

The voice cast has been announced for the Monster Musume anime. Judging by the current line-up so far, it looks like they’re going with a young cast.

Sora Amamiya is going to voice Miia. Her more well-known roles probably include Akame from Akame ga Kill, Kaori Fujimiya from One Week Friends and Elizabeth Liones from The Seven Deadly Sins. I heard her briefly voicing Kaori and she sounds like she has a sweet yet clear voice. Her singing vocals sound lovely too. I wish her great luck. =D

Ari Ozawa is going to play Papi. I’m particular excited about this role as Ari played Chiyo Sakura from Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun as well as Millicas Gremory from High School DxD BorN. She portrayed Sakura as very sweet who can be very sensitive from time to time. She actually comes close to how I picture Papi’s voice to sound. I think she will be great. =)

Natsuki Aikawa is going to play the role of Cerea. She voiced Petra Ral from Attack on Titan. I quite liked Petra, she sounded like a good leader, brave, sincere and caring. I’m looking forward to hearing Natsuki voicing Cerea. =)

The producers will be Lerche and TOHO animation. I’m neutral about the staff announcements but I’m pleased that manzo is going to get involved in the music side. He was part of the music staff in the anime Is This a Zombie? and performed a duet for the ending song with Rie Yamaguchi. She performs the role as Taeko Hiramatsu in that same show.

THANKS FOR READING

Bell and Aiz Artwork Endcard

Up until now I knew everything that was going to happen based on what I read from the Light Novel book one. I won’t have a clue what’s going to happen from episode four onwards.

However, my copy of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? volume 2 should come within the next couple of days. If it comes before episode 4 airs then I could read the whole book two so I can keep on top. That and I just can’t wait to get my own copy. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] DanMachi is the abbreviation of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

[2] LN is the abbreviation of Light Novel.

High School DxD BorN Episode One Thoughts

High School DxD Born

This show had a nice introduction when Issei was dreaming a pleasant dream involving the beautiful ladies until Raynare entered his mind. He dreamt of her once yet he seemed to be really bothered by it. That’s what happens sometimes in real life. Sometimes dreams feel real, so real that you get caught up in them and it takes a while to realise that they were just a dream. As Issei went through that traumatic experience with Yuuma I imagine it could take him a while to get over it. Then again, why is he suddenly thinking about her? There has to be a reason why she is back on the scene. His hug to Asia was sudden but cute.

Issei is one lucky chap to have so many beautiful ladies move into his house but I never anticipated that the house would undergo a change. Issei’s room looks so spacious. Haha. I think he needs a bigger bed if Rias, Asia and now Akeno are all going to sleep in the same bed as him. I like how Asia snuggled up to Issei as Rias and Akeno had a bit of a spat with each other. I didn’t anticipate Akeno appearing from the bed covers like the way she did.

Rias seems to be bothered that Issei is not calling her by her first name. Instead, he’s referring to her as her president title. Rias shouldn’t worry too much as it will only be a matter of time before he speaks her name. 🙂

Azazel’s speech to Issei about boobs was… unique and inspiring in its own way. Haha. I wonder if Issei is actually going to act upon Azazel’s suggestion in the next few episodes. He, Azazel, told Rias to stop being soft with her underlings. I can’t help but think that Rias has experienced bad luck so far. She was told that she was hesitant by Azazel, Issei is not calling her by her first name and I think she has a bit of a rivalry with Akeno.

That train ride looked pretty cool. It was a steam train as well. =D The Gremory family own a lot of buildings. I’m a bit confused about the reference to Asgard. I think the Gremory family represent the Asgard country or organisation, but it will probably become clearer to me in future episodes. =)

During that train ride Issei and co were somehow teleported away from the train and from Rias’ side. I did have some suspicions that something was up seeing as it all happened when Rias was together with Azazel. That fight with that Tannin dragon was pretty awesome. I like that dragon as a character, he looks pretty cool. I wonder how he was made into a devil though. Is this going to be unveiled at some point in the series?

What’s going to happen to Koneko? She has been acting weird lately. I naturally assumed that she was developing feelings for Issei, given the nature of this anime. However, it turns out that she has an older sister who appears to be up to no good. Perhaps the sister wants to take Koneko back and Koneko is aware of that?

The Title High School DxD “Born” is certainly interesting. The word “Born” means the birth of something, especially the birth of babies. However, in this case, I see it more as a metaphor. Perhaps someone awakens a special ability. Or, maybe, someone dies and comes back to life. I.E., someone is re-born. Maybe that’s why Issei is dreaming of Raynare. Perhaps it’s a premonition of her being re-born? I can’t see that happening but it will certainly be ground-breaking if it did. Perhaps there is no meaning behind the title “Born” and it’s just a title and nothing more than that.

I’m looking forward to more episodes. =)

THANKS FOR READING

 Dragons Rioting Volume One Japan Manga

I just found out this morning that Yen Press have licensed the manga “Dragons Rioting”. I’ve been excited and buzzing for the whole day. I’ve been so excited that I promptly did a Capoeira work out followed by yoga cool down. =D I’ve always wondered if Seven Seas Entertainment or Yen Press will ever license Dragons Rioting. I noticed that Yen Press tend to license manga that are published by Dragon Age in Japan.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is among the 11 other manga that have also been licensed by Yen Press.

I’m very excited and can’t wait for the first release of Dragons Rioting. =D
Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Anime Review

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

  1. SYNOPSIS

Chiyo Sakura goes to the same high school as her schoolmate and crush, Nozaki and plucks up the courage to confess to him. However, he misconstrued her as a fan and gave her an autograph instead. Chiyo later finds out that Nozaki is actually the famous shoujo manga artist penned “Sakiko Yumeno”. She shortly became his manga assistant and joined in his quirky and experimental adventures all for the sake of improving “Sakiko Yumeno”’s manga.

  1. THEME
  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • School
  • Shounen[1]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

One day I decided to give Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun a watch. This is a really fun show. There were plenty of moments that made me laugh. Most of them did involve Nozaki and Mikoshiba but as far as shocked reactions go, I liked Sakura’s the best. =D I especially liked the moment when Nozaki hijacked Kashima from her flock of fans and they chased after him whilst he was pushing Kashima on that weird trolley thing. Haha.

As a fellow illustrator I did take to this show and the character Nozaki, quickly. I can relate to Nozaki in plenty of ways. I love to take pictures of nature and objects and use them for reference for when I draw backgrounds in my pictures. I don’t take pictures of people though, not without asking permission first. The only difference is that I’m not quite as adventurous or experimental as Nozaki is. Haha. It’s good to use real life nature and people as reference but sometimes I think using your imagination can be just as good, better in some cases. =) I still enjoy Nozaki’s social experiments for manga references though. They’re my favourite parts of the show.

All the characters are really nice. I thought I wasn’t going to like Mikoshiba as I thought he was going to be cocky but it turns out that he’s super shy around people he’s not familiar with. In some ways I can relate, I used to be very silent and stiff whenever I met someone new. I’m not as bad now but sometimes I do get nervous when I meet someone new. My thoughts changed on him immediately. He’s a really cool character and I find it amusing that Nozaki based his heroine on his personality. It’s hilarious, I actually wonder if Mikoshiba realised that the heroine is based on him? It doesn’t seem like it.

I was fooled a little bit at first by Kashima’s boyish demeanour as I didn’t realise she was a girl until I saw her wearing a skirt. She’s very charming in her own unique way and I don’t see any faults in her at all. That’s why I do think Hori is harsh when he hits her in comical ways. I can see from his point of view why he does but I still think it’s unjustified.^^/

My favourite character is Sakura. I find her to be cute and very lovable as well. Her big eyes and hair bows are the first thing that I noticed about her, with a nice shade of orange as well. =) She’s always nice, even during her shocked reactions. Haha. She got to know Nozaki when she started to help him with his manga, and I think she started to like him even more and accepted all of his…unique quirks. Haha. I want to make a shout out to Yukari too. She’s a very sweet young lady and if this show ever got a sequel, I would love to see her more.

I think I got used to the charm of the show quite quickly. When the moment looks as though Nozaki is going to compliment or confess to Sakura, it turned out to be a big misunderstanding. I was a bit conflicted at these parts. In one way I felt sorry for Sakura but in another way I found it hilarious. I did like their moment in the last episode though, with the fireworks. I genuinely thought Nozaki was replying to Sakura’s confession, however, it turned out that he just misheard. Still, I was happy that Sakura was able to get some alone time with Nozaki and for me the show couldn’t have ended in a better way.

  1. CONCLUSION

One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Rankings)

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THANKS FOR READING

Nozaki and Sakura

I have recently watched the latest WWE Raw and the WWE Fastline pay-per-view. I’m very excited about the prospect of Sting vs Triple H at Wrestlemania. At this moment I’m getting Goosebumps every time WWE are talk about Sting. I must admit and say that I always had doubt that Sting would ever go to WWE. Now he has. I’m very happy. =) My favourite match of the night was Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns. I actually do think that was my favourite Roman Reigns’ match.

Oh. I also learned that Inori Minase is going to voice Hestia from…inhaling…Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? Phew, that’s always difficult to say in one breath. Haha… Anyhow, I’m excited about this. She was the same voice actor who voiced Mirai Nazukari from Locodol. I liked her voice for Mirai and I anticipate that she’s going to give Hestia a really charming voice. She’s very innocent and endearing when she gets excited but mature when she needs to be. I think she’ll do a very good job indeed. It makes me even more excited for the anime. =)

Thanks for reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] The target audience of this manga is boys. Shounen means boy in Japanese.