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ACCA | Accel World | Air TV | Aishiteruze Baby | Akagami no Shirayukihime | Akatsuki no Yona
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Figure 17 | The Friendly Winter | Free! | Fruits Basket | Full Metal Panic

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K | Kagerou Days | Karneval | Kiddy Grade | Kimi ni Todoke | Kimi to Boku | Kino's Journey
Kiznaiver | Kotoura-san | Kuromukuro

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My Love Story!!

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Psyren | Pumpkin Scissors

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UN-GO | The Unlimited


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The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki)

Plot: The kingdom of Pars is at war with the religiously-fanatical kingdom of Lusitania. On the day of his maiden battle, young Prince Arslan and his Parsian armies suffer a crushing defeat, thanks to a betrayal from within their own ranks. The Parsian king, Andragoras, disappears, the Lusitanians occupy the Parsian capital, and Prince Arslan goes into hiding with his loyal retainer, Daryun. The naive prince and his retainer gradually gather a ragtag group of allies; but in the meantime, a certain soldier allying himself with Lusitania schemes to take Arslan's head and claim the throne of Pars... (B+)

Characters: B-

Art & Animation: Clunky CG work really detracts from some scenes. -- B-

Voice Acting: A

Music: B

Objectionable Content: Blood, profanity, suggestive themes

Other: This series is based off a novel which already spawned an OVA some years back and a manga by the creator of FMA more recently.

The anime's plot is more involved than what is included in the above synopsis. Arslan has a young friend in the Lusitanian ranks, and while the two boys and their nations clash over religion, another factor playing into their bad blood is each country's stance over the issue of slavery.

The plot is good, but the anime doesn't really tie it up. Characterization is decent, and the poor CG takes away from the battle sequences. So, all in all, the series was very okay -- not bad, but not great.

Overall Score: B

Recommendation: 2.5/5

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Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime)

Plot: When Shirayuki's rare apple-red hair color earns the unwanted attention of the prince of her home country, she leaves and meets Zen -- who turns out to be the second prince of the neighboring country of Clarines. Her goal now is to become a pharmacist of Clarines and stay close to Zen. (B)

Characters: This is where the fun is. (A)

Art & Animation: Manga -- A- / Anime -- Beautiful work! (A)

Voice Acting: A

Music: A-

Objectionable Content: Mild. Some language, blood

Other: The translated title of this series is "Red-Haired Princess Snow White", and while the beginning draws from some well-known fairy tales, that's as far as the comparison goes. The rest becomes somewhat like "The Story of Saiunkoku," as we follow the heroine in her quest to reach her dream and stay at the side of the prince.

What's especially refreshing about this series is the strength of its heroine -- Shirayuki is NO idiot, and she doesn't always need the knight in shining armor to come and save her (though Zen often does that anyway). While the overall story is nothing groundbreaking, it's definitely worth the watch/read. ^^b

Overall Score: A-

Recommendation: 4/5

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Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (DanMachi)

Plot: The whimsical gods of this game-like world have sealed their abilities and come down to interact with the people. Each deity has a group of followers called a "familia" and gives his/her blessing to the familia's members.

Bell Cranel is an adventurer -- the only member of the Hestia familia. When he goes into the dungeon and encounters a minotaur, a monster out of his league, the beautiful Aiz Wallenstein of the Loki familia saves his life. Of course, Bell is grateful; but when he is mocked for having to be saved, he feels utterly powerless and seeks the strength to protect himself and his friends. His desire gives birth to a special ability, and he quickly levels up -- earning the unwanted attentions of a certain goddess... (B+)

Characters: The main ones are, for the most part, likeable, but some are developed better than others. (B+)

Art & Animation: A

Voice Acting: A

Music: A

Objectionable Content: Suggestive themes/fan-service, blood, profanity

Other: This is based off of a light novel dubbed "DanMachi" by its fans.

On first viewing, I almost decided against watching this series because of the fan-service and level of blood in the monster fights. But by the second and third episode, character development saves the day. You want to root for under-dog Bell and his motley crew. They live in an interesting world. If "Dungeon" had spent less time on fan-service and more time addressing its big questions, which are instead relegated to the rushed final episode, it would have been a much better show.

Overall Score: A-

Recommendation: 2.5/5

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Plastic Memories

Plot: In the future, extremely advanced androids called giftia that are very human-like have been put into widespread circulation. Tsukasa Mizugaki has just joined SAI Corp's terminal service department. His task? To retrieve giftia that have reached the end of their short lifespans from their owners. (B+)

Characters: A good chunk of them are weak and/or unlikeable. (B-)

Art & Animation: A

Voice Acting: A-

Music: B+

Objectionable Content: Innuendo/suggestive themes, profanity, blood

Other: The biggest weak point of "Plastic Memories" is when it shifts from its main focus to try to play itself as a romantic comedy. But its strong point is in the way it deals with the retrievals and the relationships between the giftias and their owners.

Overall Score: B+

Recommendation: 2/5

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Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona)

Plot: The kingdom of Kouka is at peace until Princess Yona's beloved cousin, Soo-won, kills the king and seizes the throne. The shell-shocked princess suddenly has to flee for her life with her bodyguard, Hak, and Soo-won's followers are never far behind. Yona seeks the power of the four dragons of legend to protect herself and Hak, but as she travels beyond the walls of her sheltered palace life, slowly assembling a small band of allies, she realizes that her country is not at all the peaceful place that her father had wished for. Can Yona find the strength to aid her ailing kingdom? (A)

Characters: A

Art & Animation: A-

Voice Acting: A

Music: B+

Objectionable Content: Blood, profanity, innuendo/suggestive themes

Other: This is based on a manga of the same name (which is also excellent). The plot of the anime follows closely.

Yona is mostly a drama/romance, but has some well-timed comedy to balance the serious moments. The story is very well written, and characters will draw you in. It's my favorite series this season!

Overall Score: A-

Recommendation: 4/5

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