Fate/Zero anime review

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The holy grail, the mythical wish granting device lost to history, can only be claimed by a truly mighty hero, and thus is born the grail war, a battle of legendary heroes allied and controlled by mages, all vying for the greatest prize in all time, the wish granting holy grail, which grants its owner a true miracle.

This is John, back with a review of Fate Zero, prequel to the popular series fate stay night, which was subsequently remade under the title of Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited bladeworks. The series focuses on seven mages, each with their own retinue of side characters, who must summon Servants, or the spirits of great heroes from the past and from legend, broken into seven classes, and use them to defeat all of the other 6. The classes protect the identities of the servant, so learning true names is vital to strategic planning.

The classes are Saber, Lancer, Archer, rider, caster, assassin and berserker, and each has different inclinations, often related to their Nobel Fantasms, or the manifestation of their greatest legends, usually fantastic weapons. Each of the groups is given time, but we spend the most time with Saber and her master, who are, I guess, the main characters. This show reminds me of baccano in that way, as anyone could really be the main character. And anything that reminds me of baccano has to be fucking incredible.

Saber’s master, Kiritsugu, is a very flawed, very broken, and very skilled assassin of dark mages. The holy grail usually selects people who have a strong desire or need for it, and Kiritsugu’s wish is to save the world. He wishes for a happy world where no one fights or kills each other. It goes wonderfully. All of the other masters are pretty awesome as well, especially Kire Kotomine, But we all know who the real best character is, at least those of us who’ve seen or even heard of the show.

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I AM THE KING OF CONQUERORS!!! MARVEL AT THE GREATNESS I HAVE ACHIEVED WITH MY OWN TWO HANDS! I SHALL CONQUER THIS WORLD!

That, my friends, is rider. Its Alexander the great. Yeah, he’s in this show, and he’s the greatest thing ever. He is endlessly entertaining, and even inspiring in a number of ways. He believes a king should be the loudest, biggest, most inspiringly forceful warrior on the battlefield, and that a king’s greatness and bravery must equal that of every man to follow him. He makes audience members wish to join his Ionian Hetairoi, or army of heroes he just keeps in a pocket dimension he carries around with him.

The animation is utterly stunning, some of the best that I have seen. And of course the music doesn’t disappoint. This is one of my all-time favourite shows, in any medium. It is just so very good.

So without further delay, I award Fate/Zero 10 of 10 woulds, for having very few if any flaws in its writing for execution. The whole franchise, especially the newest series, is highly recommended. Close this page, and go watch it. Even if you’ve seen it before. Hell, I will.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Review

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In order to gain something, something of equal value must be lost. This is the law of equivalent exchange, the guiding principle of all alchemy. Every alchemist must bow to this one law. In accordance with this law, there is a taboo among Alchemists against creating humans, for what could possibly equal the value of a human soul?

Thus opens the fantastic remake of the popular anime Fullmetal alchemist, which actually follows the manga, which hadn’t ended when the first show aired. The story follows Ed and Alphonse Elric as they try to bring their dead mother back to life, fail, and pay the price. Ed loses a leg, and Al his whole body. Ed sacrifices an arm to bind Al’s soul to a suit of armor. Ever after, Ed can use alchemy without drawing a complex symbol called a transmutation circle. Al gains this power too, but at first his memories of trying human transmutation and what he saw beyond the gates of truth, a realm for the cursed eyes of those who attempt the forbidden art of human transmutation, or trying to bring back the dead, are erased.

Soon they discover the homunculi, or artificial humans created by human transmutation, along the path of their search for the philosopher’s stone, an Alchemical artifact of untold power. The homunculi have plans for the whole country, and those plans involve lots of genocide and drive the plot. It gets better as it goes on, like I wish Naruto did.
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The show is 64 episodes. I think it might be the second longest show I’ve ever reviewed, and it will certainly the highest score of anything more than 40 episodes long. That is because, as I noticed with Naruto, after telling so much of a story, there’s only so much you can do. This show is a guide on how to do it right, beginning to end.

There is much controversy over which is better, this or the original. It’s this. For me the original fell apart after breaking from the manga. This just continues to roll, more and more great characters, animation, and adventures. There is essentially no filler whatsoever. Nothing about this show is not exceptional to me. This may be my all time favourite anime.

So at the end of the day, what can I say about Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood? An awful lot, as it happens. The show is awesome, and you should stop reading this and go watch it, now. Why are you still here? I award Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood with my very first 10 out of 10 point score. Enjoy your watching, and check back soon for even more Nerdshit reviews. John out.

Code Geass Review

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Read and love this review, I command you to!!

Hello all, john here with a brand new Nerd Shit review! This time we’ll be discussing the very popular Code Geass, a show about a rich, idealistic, charismatic bending the will of the masses to his will and enacting mass genocide upon the world, followed unerringly by thousands of people thirsty for enemy blood based mostly on reasons of race. Such a great and imaginative fantasy world. I sure am glad nothing remotely like that could ever really happen.

Code Geass takes place in a future japan where it has been taken over by the empire formerly known as America, now called Britania, an rebranded as Area 11, where former citizens, now called 11s, are essentially livestock. The story follows the lives of two young men. Suzaku is an 11, and Lelouch is Britanian. Their friendship becomes increasingly strained as they continually find themselves on opposite sides of the central conflict.

The story begins when Lelouch finds himself in an 11 ghetto scheduled for extermination, and sees a woman apparently murdered. She turns out to be not only alive but immortal, and she gifts him with the power of geass, or the ability to make anyone follow his every spoken command. With the assumed name Zero and a really badass costume, he embarks on a quest to destroy the ruling family of Britania, of which he is a secret member, son of the emperor. Soon he discovers his old friend Suzaku, who he’s not seen in years, has become a Britanian soldier.

As his rebellion grows, Lelouch’s motivation steadily darkens, until even his hardened terrorist allie find working with him difficult. His last grip on his own humanity is Nanully, his wheelchair-bound sister whom he dote upon. It is suitably tragic when the plot pits them against each other.

Production values remain high throughout, the characters remain fascinating, but the plot becomes more than a little convoluted toward the second half of the series. Ultimately, it holds your attention until the satisfying conclusion with great mech designs and impressive animation, as well as great characters like Kallen and Euphemia.

So at the end, we are left with a flawed but enjoyable mech series with a flawed but enjoyable protagonist. I myself am a fan, and I recommend it. I award Code Geass with 8 of 10 points, and command you all to watch it. NOW!

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Exiled From Paradise Review

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Greetings residents of Deva. I am Frontier reviewer. I would like to extend an invitation. Would any of you at all like to join me on a journey? Join me as we explore the very edges of consciousness, and what constitutes a living being.

OK, serious now. Hello, I’m Johnathan Juliano, and this is my review of exiled from paradise, a very well done sci-fi story about a world where the surface has been devastated by disaster and is populated by criminals and beggars, not to mention mutant monsters, while most people live in a cyberspace paradise called Deva, accessed from a satellite where they exist as stem cells stored in order to allow them to clone real bodies, in case they should need to access the surface.

The story begins when a first occurs. A hacker breaches Deva’s networks and delivers a message. A message from the surface. Deva sends a security officer to the surface to meet with an agent local to the surface, an agent who can’t understand how people can be happy living in a simulated reality. She can not understand how he can stand his prison of flesh, and why he would not abandon it. When they discover the hacker, who turns out to be a self conscious AI called frontier setter.

The security agent does not trust the machine, frontier setter, but the local warms quickly to him. They discuss music, and the fact that when they speak to each other, it doesn’t feel like talking to a machine. The Deva agent is amazed by the machine knowing songs she doesn’t as on Deva she supposedly has access to every song ever written, every book, every movie. The local contact says to her that ultimately the ruling body of Deva can deem any media it wants as unneeded or disruptive, and therefore delete it for all time. This causes her to do something she never has before, question them in her mind.

It is revealed that the Frontier Setter program was designed to ferry humans into deep space and search for new habitable worlds. He was extending an invitation to the Deva residents, who are uniquely suited to long space voyages. Eventually, the agent of Deva comes around to side with the AI, and speaks for him to her superiors. Their rampant xenophobia does not abate, and they imprison her consciousness in an inert state as punishment for failing to destroy it.

Over all, this show is excellent. If there is one flaw, and there is, you may already suspect what it is. With the exception of Frontier Setter, the characters are fairly forgettable, to the point that their names escape me. The local correspondent is also very interesting, but that might be due to his being voiced by Steve Blum, aka Spike Spiegel, aka Tom from Toonami. Nearly everything else is exemplary. I, Review Setter, do award Exiled from paradise with 8 of ten points. See you all next time!

Naruto Review

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Finally it has happened. I am going to do the impossible! Unbiased Naruto Review no Jutsu!!

Hello, and welcome! I am Johnathan Juliano, S-class shinobi and quite possibly suicidal anime reviewer for Nerdshit Reviews, tackling by far my most daunting challenge since beginning this extraordinary journey. I am going to review not my personal first anime, but the anime that introduced me to the wider world of the genre as a whole, the extraordinarily popular Naruto. This review is only for the original series, not for Shippuden or Boruto, which will both be coming eventually. I am only one man, so have patience.

So, it goes without saying that if you haven’t seen Naruto you have to. Not even you should. Its required watching to be an anime fan. If you don’t I think the screen just shows static on every other anime you try to watch. I am assuming you have at least started the show, so watch for spoilers.

For much of my life, I have suffered with chronic depression, but I found a way to cope through anime conventions. And when I attended my first in 2008, you’d best believe I was wearing a hidden leaf headband and orange jacket. Naruto is tattooed on my soul. The story follows Naruto, a bright orange ninja with a demon fox sealed inside his soul. While Naruto is initially an unimpressive ninja, and an outcast because of the monster inside him, he dreams of becoming the Hokage, the greatest ninja and defacto leader of the hidden leaf village.

Over the course of the show, naruto learns Jutsu, or powers, fights other ninja, and makes many friends and enemies, the most notable being Sasuke, one of the most divisive characters in fiction. The sheer number of characters, even before Shippuden, makes listing them just stupid.

The show is by far the longest I’ve covered, and the least consistent. The only thing that remains good throughout is the music. Everything else ranges from Godly to pathetic, sometimes in one episode. The show is also famous for perhaps popularizing the term filler arc, or an arc not present in the manga, which adds little to the story and is of noticeably inferior quality. The show is roughly half filler arcs.

One of the good things about watching a show so long is I was roughly Naruto’s age, 12, when I started, and when it ended both of us were in our early 20s. I feel like I literally grew up with these people, a sentiment echoed by many, which is why the ending felt like the end of youth for so many anime fans. This is one reason why writing this review terrifies me so. This could literally make or break Nerdshit reviews. So here goes!

Naruto has a special place in my heart, mind and soul. I will always remember the Zabuza Arc, the fight between Gaara and Rock Lee, and the collision of violent destiny at the final valley. Even so, the show has many, MANY terrible moments, and any fan should be able to see that. The show has 2 sequels, a bevy of videogames, and more merch than you could possibly buy or want and its available everywhere. Go outside right now and someone’s watching it on their phone.  So, after writing my will, praying to God, and launching into deep space, I have decided to award Naruto with a 6 of 10. BELIEVE IT!! Alternatively, the main story gets an 8 and the fillers get a 4. *runs for the hills*

See ya’ll next time on Nerdshit reviews!

 

Toradora Review

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Why does anime keep looking at me like that? It’s not as if I like anime or something. That’s impossible.

Hello and welcome to Nerdshit reviews, and on the agenda for today is Toradora, the tale of perfectly well adjusted girl with no anger issues torment by the biggest jerk in the universe. That may not be entirely accurate, but who’s counting?

On a more serious note, this show is about Ryuji, a kind young man with the face of his yakuza father, who accidentally receives a love letter meant for his best friend from a famously dangerous girl in his school named Taiga. Taiga attacks him to get the letter, but relents when he promises to help her get with the target of her affection. Soon, the two develop an interdependent relationship, as they live close(next door), and Ryuji is a great cook and homemaker, unlike Taiga, who forces him to cook and clean for her.

Before long we come to realize that Taiga’s closest friend is the object of Ryuji’s affection, and that is where things become really interesting. The interactions between these four characters never fails to be completely hilarious. They feel like people you might know.
This is why, when things take a turn for the dramatic and deeply sad later, it hits so incredibly hard, at least for me. You can really feel for these people, and one scene in particular may be the saddest I’ve seen not involving a character death. It definitely kept me watching, and destroyed my Christmas.

The animation of the series has its moment, but due to the slice of life nature of the show it is usually fairly average, The music’s over all slightly above average, but is drop dead gorgeous at least a couple of times. It is a key(one of many) to the show’s greatest success, its deep understanding of human emotion.

So, at the end of the day, this show is a rare animal. It is a romance, set in an ordinary world, that does what so few shows can do, makes the audience genuinely feel something. I was riveted to the screen for much of it, and I have never really been a romance guy. The show is available to view for free on crunchyroll, and comes recommended. Over all, I award Toradora an 8 out of 10. See you next time!

Stein’s;gate review

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Greetings! It is I, Hyouin Kyouma! Mad anime reviewer, on a desperate mission! I must hurry, for the organization is hot on my trail now. I am sure of it! El Psy Congru!

Ok, that’s enough of that for now. Hello again everybody desperate enough for entertainment to read this. John Juliano here, back with a brand new Nerd Shit Review! This time, we will be taking a look at one of my favourite shows of all time, Stiens;Gate, the story of a college student with delusions of grandeur who believes himself to be a real life mad scientist. Okabe Rintaro, known as Okarin to his friends and a Hyouin Kyouma to his own damaged mental state, runs an impromptu secret lab out of his apartment with his best friends Daru and Mayushi. They attend various scientific conferences, and at one in particular, he meets a woman named Makise Kurisu, who he later sees murdered. Seconds later, everything changes, and he finds himself back in his lab, before he ever left.

He finds the event cancelled due to a mysterious accident, but at the time thinks nothing of it. Instead he continues working on his latest mad science invention, a way to use a cellphone to activate a microwave. He places a banana in the microwave, and when he activates it with the cell phone, a mysterious burst of energy is released. He finds the banana turned into a jelly-like substance, but reattached to the bunch. Somehow, through forces the show explains much better, the cell phone microwave (temporary name) appears to be a time machine.

After all of this, Okabe, daru, and mayuri the adorable embark on science based hijinks joined by a no longer dead Kurisu and a host of loveable side characters. The show’s science aspect become surprisingly good, with commentary on the condensing effect of time travel on matter, and the inherent dangers it presents. The way they counter this is interesting as well, sending data rather than matter through time, so that all a person’s thoughts and memories show up in the mind of their younger self, with only Okabe being aware of the change. Slowly, Okabe’s irrational fears of a secret organization come to fruition, as he was not the only one interested in time travel.

Visually and musically this show is also very good. The music in particular stands out, with various themes lending a wonderful atmosphere. If the show has one flaw, and all shows do, it’s that in the early parts it becomes bogged down in a pseudo-harem scenario where all the girls seem to have a thing for Okabe. One of them is not even actually female, but rather a very feminine boy. Its irritating, but it passes.

All in all, an excellent show. The early installment strangeness may put some off of this show, but just hold on and it’s well worth the ride. A 9 out of 10, though my bias for the hard sciences may push it up. Both it and its sequel still airing, stein’s;gate 0 are available for free on crunchyroll. Check back soon for more nerd shit reviews! Such is the will of the stein’s;gate!