Plot: The human race and an alien race called the Wulgaru are at war. The newest weapons are special mechs equipped with the JURIA system -- and the pilots chosen to test them are Team Rabbits, five genetically-modified teens who have been nicknamed, the "Fail Five". (Nothin' too original, but entertaining. -- C+)
Artwork & Animation: A
Voice Acting: A
Objectionable Content: Language, suggestive themes
Other: Starts fun and gets more serious as it goes. The characters are the best part of this series thus far.
Overall Score: B
Plot: Arata is a boy born to the Hime clan. Hime women traditionally become the rulers of the land of Amawakuni. However, since there are no girls to succeed the current princess, Kikuri, Arata poses as a girl and goes to the appointment ceremony. There, he sees the princess nearly killed -- and is framed for her assassination. He escapes into the mysterious Kando forest; however, he gets swallowed up and sent to modern-day Japan...
Arata Hinohara is ready to start high school with a clean slate; but there's one problem: it seems he can't escape the bullying he faced in middle school from his ex-friend, Kadowaki. When Arata's new friend, Suguru, sides with Kadowaki and betrays him, Arata runs away. Suddenly, he finds himself in Amawakuni. Strangely, he is mistaken for the other Arata and taken in by a (pretty) girl named Kotoha and the other Arata's grandmother. When a man named Kannagi barges in and confronts him, Arata activates a special sword called a hayagami, thus becoming its wielder, or "sho". But Kannagi puts Arata under arrest for attempting to murder their princess -- a crime he didn't even commit! (A)
Art & Animation: A
Voice Acting: Good cast choices thus far! (A)
Music: Sometimes a little overbearing (B+)
Objectionable Content: Blood, suggestive themes/nudity, profanity
Other: The plot and the world will suck you right in. The characters, both major and minor, are interesting, too.
The anime is too rushed and bypasses character development to incorporate elements from later in the books into the mix prematurely.
Overall Score: Manga -- A- / Anime -- B- (A bit disappointing)
Plot: A beautiful woman samurai named Ran and her companion, Meow, journey the countryside thwarting evil plots, saving villages and sampling sake... (No solid overall plot, but fun individual adventures -- C+)
Characters: Very little development, but fun. (B)
Art & Animation: B+
Voice Acting: Prefer Japanese -- A-
Objectionable Content: Mild -- language, suggestive themes
Other: A comedy take on a samurai/martial artist duo. Lots of laughs here, but if you're looking for substance, this isn't the place to find it.
Overall Score: B
Plot: Nai is searching for his close friend, Karuko, using only the bracelet that he left behind as a clue. Somewhere along the way, Nai is captured, and a thief named Gareki rescues him. Afterward, the pair gets mixed up in a series of events, and Nai learns that the bracelet Karuko left behind is an out-of-date ID once used by a group called "Circus"... (A)
Characters: likeable, but they don't have much substance -- B-
Art & Animation: A-
Voice Acting: A-
Objectionable Content: Blood, suggestive material, profanity
Other: The anime caught my interest right away, so I looked up the manga too. There are some differences, but the anime adaptation is fairly close, though the characters are already a little stronger in the first couple chapters of the manga.
Overall Score: B+
Plot: A widowed mother struggles to build a normal life for herself and her two not-so-normal children -- who are both part wolf! (B)
Characters: The kids are utterly adorable! (B)
Objectionable Content: Suggestive themes
Other: The title translates to "Wolf Children: Ame And Yuki". The movie that was recently released is based on the manga.
I love the beginning of the manga/movie, but don't like the end -- however, it is well done.
Overall Score: B+