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Synopsis
Bored of his average everyday life with no change in it Takahata Shun’s whole world is flipped when his teacher’s head suddenly explodes. He and his classmates now find themselves playing a game of Daruma ga Koronda with deadly consequences.

Story
Kamisama no Iutoori is by no means a very original idea for a story, it seems like the writer Kanshiro Muneyuki just watched the movie Cube which had been released in 1997 depicting several people who find themselves stuck in a cube where most rooms are traps and very few are safe. Their goal was to escape the cube, in regards to that Kamisama no Iutoori is more entertaining to read as it is not as predictable and is overall better written then what Cube was. The puzzles where clever yet after the first two it seems that Shun survived only through pure luck by either being selected last so he had more Intel on the game or he stumbled across people failing at their puzzles. When things just happen because coincidence it makes for a less appealing story, when going into Kamisama no Iutoori I was hoping for more psychological aspects to be explored and even though it had been dabbled in it still really wasn’t enough to suffice for all 21 chapters. This manga also happens to be a slaughter fest as they will kill off as many people as they like just to cause a reaction, to be honest this wasn’t a bad trait as gore and slaughter was the main aspect to this story. It surprised me when in the first chapter you witness 20+ people get their heads blown off and it sets the tone for the rest of the manga very well. A disappointing aspect of the story is the idea that Shun has the same scent as Amaya Takeru who happens to be a high school student who enjoys to kill people and use them as bait to pass any puzzle that faces him. He states that Shun has a similar scent as him and that idea doesn’t get explored until the very end of the manga. The ending was very anti-climatic as you can compare it to a little kid getting shot by a toy gun and then saying that he has a shield because of magic. Overall I give the Story a 6/10

Characters
The characters is kamisama no Iutoori have average designs to the characters but considering that the characters are “regular” school students it’s some what appropriate for the designs to be average. On the other hand the personalities are something different, depending on the characters. Takahata Shun who is the protagonist of the story has a personality focused around protecting his friends, through out the manga we see him develop as friends are killed in front of his eyes. Being a good analyzer allows him to play an important role to help develop strategies that can help him and his friends survive the puzzles. Ichika Akimoto is friends with Shun, as the puzzles go on she ends up learning that she is a “mega hentai” someone who gets aroused by the thrill of having their life on the line without a sure way to get out of danger. She tends to help try and get through the puzzles and expresses a love interest for Shun. Christopher Kento Akimoto is an unusual character as he really doesn’t contribute anything to the team, he is later shown as a self obsessed character who realizes that when his life is in danger he has to fight for himself to survive. Takeru Amaya is the bloodthirsty member of the team who gets sexually aroused about the concept of dying, this is similar to Ichika Akimoto. Yukio Sanada is the athlete of the team being fast and strong, being able to pull his weight on the team. The characters develop very little through out the manga but have a strong bond with each other as they have been through the puzzles and survived together which makes it even more dramatic when someone dies. Overall I give the characters a 6/10

Art
The art in Kamisama no Iutoori focused a lot on the slaughter of the characters or players if you will. There’s a lot of detail being focused on the dismembered limbs and wounds that characters have and its really satisfying when you look at it. One thing that the manga does right is expressions, there’s something about manga that doesn’t really get expressed in anime as well and that’s facial expressions. Kamisama no Iutoori has some really powerful expressions that are made through out it that invoke feeling every time you see them. It isn’t just facial expressions that are great it is also the capture of emotion and how it is presented to the reader that really makes the art shine. Even though its a still form the motion feels fluid, you can tell that a character is running fast or that someone is making a desperate dive, the movements are so natural and feel great when you read it. Any fighting that went on looked good especially if it involved Amaya, other than these examples the art was average including the scenery. Overall I give the art an 8/10

Final Thoughts
If you like survival manga with a lot of brutal deaths and a psychological aspect to it than I recommend that you read Kamisama no Iutoori. It might not be the best manga but it’s enjoyable to read and is rather short only being at 21 chapters. It can be read in a day and is good to have for a rainy day where you have nothing to do. Overall I give Kamisama no Iutoori a 6.5/10.

Synopsis
After Spending three years training with Master Jiraiya, Naruto has returned to the village in order to bring Sasuke back from the clutches of Orochimaru and to protect himself from the group Akatsuki. Can Naruto bring Sasuke back? Can he defeat the Akatsuki?

Story
Naruto Shippuuden is leaps and bounds above the original Naruto, being naturally darker and more mature. The story is very well told, it no longer really followed the idea that Naruto was an outcast from the village anymore, in fact the very opposite. The story actually shows Naruto being accepted by the village but now he has even more problems to worry about. At first it seems Naruto hasn’t really changed, he is still the same person who is obsessed with getting Sasuke back but in saying that he has also learnt whats more important. Naruto Shippuuden does heavily focus on the Jinchuriki and the tailed beasts. It also focuses on how Jinchuriki’s are treated by villages who have them. In turn the Akatsuki are also a major part of the anime and what really take precedence. No matter how well the story is told and I mean its well told, I’m not afraid to say I have cried a lot during the process of watching Naruto Shippuuden. One of the main problems with Shippuuden is the syndrome I call unneeded filler syndrome. Sure unlike the original the majority of it is back story that is interesting but its the fact that it is episode upon episode of back story and where they place said back story. You will be watching and it gets to an awesome fight scene and right before the fight scene they go into back story for up to ten episodes sure its more relevant than what the filler in Naruto was but it still is off putting because of the timing. The pacing I feel went a bit fast, there are 390+ episodes but there are some things that they resolved too quickly sometimes, overall the pacing is generally right. Something that is annoying is the fact that most events are solved because Naruto has suddenly appeared with a new jutsu or fighting style and just wins the fight, it feels like there isn’t any clever tactics to overcome a powerful enemy just Naruto and his new techniques. Overall I give the Story a 7/10

Characters
Having the same cast of characters as the original Naruto aside from the Jinchuriki, Akatsuki and the different kage the characters haven’t really changed all to much. Characters are still fairly original, no characters really look alike besides the parents and their children but the personalities have gotten more unique in a way. It feels that in Shippuuden Naruto doesn’t really have the character development he once had in Naruto. In saying that he did just appear at the start after three years of being gone. In general not a lot of character development is made throughout Shippuuden. On the other hand Sai who is a new member of Team Kakashi gets a lot of character development. Starting off Sai was the emotionless character who would fire shots all the time. As time moves on he becomes friends with the rest of team Kakashi and actually has the most character development in the entire anime. As previously stated there’s a lot of back story that regards the different characters such as Kakashi, Sai and Captain Yamato. Even though the back story is not exactly the greatest thing to experience right before a major fight it’s nice to see as it gives you more of an idea of how the characters came to the point that they are currently at. These bonds that the characters share are one of the best parts of the anime, you can really feel the close bonds that characters share such as Jiraiya and Naruto. Overall I give the Characters a 7/10

Art and Animation
The art in Naruto Shippuuden is really nice, the art style was changed from the original but I enjoyed it. The art style was suited to fast paste action and fighting which Shippuuden does all so well, a perfect example of this is the fight between Naruto and Pain. It was at this fight and countless others where you notice that the scenery is ignored and the art style is changed even further but you are drawn into it to the point that you fall in love and want to see the next major fight occur, it was what was drawing me back for more. The fight scenes themselves where beautifully choreographed and each move was shown well. The only complaint would be the lack of originality in the fights. Naruto would show up last minute in the most important timing use his brand new jutsu or technique and win the fight. That was the formula for all of the major fights which is disheartening since it makes the fights so much more predictable. The animation most of the time was good, nothing spectacular and nothing terrible yet once again the 3D animation was bad, they used this a couple of times and it never really looked good. Fortunately though it was a big improvement than the original Naruto’s 3D animation. That said I am never a fan of 3D animation used in regular anime animation. The scenery was nothing special and I feel like they ignored it, the scenery was kept basic throughout the entire anime so then when the major battles occur it would not stand out too much that the scenery had been ignored. Overall I give the Art and Animation 8/10.

Music and Sound
The music in Naruto Shippuuden like always is good, it fills the mood nicely and the songs used are memorable. As I like to say a memorable sound track is a good sound track as listening to it allows you to go back into the moment and enjoy it once again. I never felt that the music was out of place yet the some of the sound effects are off putting. Sometimes when they used a justsu a gun shot type sound effect would be used and I would always think “how is this a relevant sound effect?” Since there are countless opening songs for Shippuuden it is easier just to say that the majority of the songs used are really good and are enjoyable to listen to. There are a few exceptions but apart from that the opening songs are good. The voice acting is good as well, there were never times I thought that the voice acting was believable but for a few characters the opposite. They were too good such as Hidan. Overall I give the Sound and music an 8/10

Final Thoughts
Naruto Shippuuden has some faults that weren’t fixed from it predecessor but as an anime has been able to follow the rules to basic story telling, introduce the setting, characters and the different climaxes throughout. Even though it still is recommended that you watch the original Naruto so then you understand what is going on, it can also be watched as a stand alone anime if you really wanted as most of the events that happen in the original are filled in throughout the anime. Overall I give Naruto Shippuuden a 7.5/10. If you enjoy a good action packed anime filled with back story than Naruto Shippuuden is a good choice for you.

Synopsis
This is the second year that Ousai Academy is allowing boys to enroll at the previously girl only school. Tsuda Takatoshi finds himself enrolling at the school as a freshman already knowing that he will be one of the first male students to be attending the school, not bothered by this fact as the school is close to his home. Upon arrival at the school for his first day he gets forced into the Student Council by three female students who happen to be perverted.

Story
Seitokai Yakuindomo* is really not a lot different from the first season in terms of story. Once again we find ourselves with Tsuda Takatoshi the Student Council vice president at his second year at Ousai Academy. The story follows Tsuda throughout the school year telling tales of the different events that happen through the school year. Once again making for a some what predictable story, well that’s what I thought at first. In reality sure it does follow the school year but a lot of the events are different then those that had taken place in the first season. This being a plus in my book as it gives a different feel to the anime in some sense. At first I had a lot of hope in this second season as the first 10 minutes of the first episode where dedicated to setting the story and the characters which was done splendidly only for the rest of the season to not fill my expectations any further and going back into its roots of perverted comedy. It actually feels like this season they went even deeper than first season, making more jokes that are even heavier than first season. In turn the story telling itself had plummeted and at times was hard to follow what had been going on throughout the episode. At times they where consistent with the timing of the story but then at other times it will be raining and they will comment of said rain only for the very next scene to ignore the rain all together. Legitimately there was no rain, they then went to the end of the episode where the rain stops and they comment on the rain finally ended. Consistency, got to love it. First season made it feel like the whole story and all the episodes were connected but this season did an appalling job at doing that. One thing that is even worse than this is the expectations they give to the viewer only to act like those expectations never existed. We get introduced to the Student Council President of Eiryou Highschool Uomi expecting to see her all the time and that she would play an important role but you only get to see her every now and then. The anime will also make you hope for a romance plot to develop in some scenes only to be disappointed by the joke that is then made. The jokes that are made in Seitokai Yakuindomo* are still as heavy and even heavier than before but there are some jokes that are made that actually did get me to laugh so that is an improvement from the original Seitokai Yakuindomo. The anime did succeed in getting certain feelings to the viewer such as excitement in certain scenes so the story telling isn’t completely hopless in that sense. Overall I give the story a 5/10

Characters
The characters in Seitokai Yukuindomo* were once again pretty bland in terms of character design, in saying that development is made in some of the characters. Amakusa Shino had a more developed love interest in Tsuda which was enjoyable to see until the joke came along that made it seem like that she didn’t view Tsuda in that sort of way. As always she is as dirty as she was in season one yet at times it feels like she has more self control in this season. Tsuda Takatoshi the vice president of the student council who is in a position where you almost feel sorry for him as he is stuck pulling his fellow members in to line with their jokes, as before he is as thick in terms of realizing girls true feelings for him but he has become more desensitized to the whole situation he finds himself in. You even find him making a joke or two, they may not be dirty but the humor he was a part of actually made me laugh. Shichijou Aria, the rich, bombshell and airhead of the series. Her jokes tend to be very heavy and unlike season one there weren’t any rich jokes made about her. Then we have Hagimura Suzu, Suzu is the super short, 17 year old treasurer of the student council having an IQ of 180, often being made fun of her height she tends to have the same disposition that Edward Elwic from Full Metal Alchemist does and gets very angry when someone makes fun of her height. In Seitokai Yakuindomo* Suzu has her romance plot with Tsuda deepened as well. The character interactions were nice to see, even calls over the phone showed the viewer how each character cared for each other as a close friend, unfortunately there weren’t as many moments where Tsuda was one on one with the other council members. Tsuda if he was to be alone with any character it would be Uomi who is the Eiryou High School Student Council President. Overall I give the characters a 7/10

Art and Animation
Seitokai Yakuindomo* Just like its predecessor did art and animation beautifully, the scenery was wonderful and the three transition scenes where great. The thing that disappointed me though was that in the first episode they do some of it in the perspective of Boa who is Suzu’s dog which was amazing to watch yet they didn’t do any of that for the rest of the season which made me sad. They even went into new territory by having some places having CG models which as I always feel in the most sense doesn’t look very good only because it’s mixed with traditional animation. They scenery they also tried new methods on a lot of the times if the scenery wasn’t the traditional method of being drawn then they put in realistic scenery which can be somewhat off putting but I feel like it actually worked for the kind of show Yakuindomo* is. One thing I always love to see in anime is how well they can animate water, yes water. There is a scene that shows a flowing river which always makes me excited as for whatever reason flowing water in anime just looks amazing. Overall I give the animation a 9/10

Music and Sound
Seitokai Yakuindomo* once again does it’s music well. The opening theme like the original season is really enjoyable to listen. The music in the anime was nothing special, at times I did question whether or not the track suited the mood of the scene but most of the time it did. The voice acting once again was believable and well done, there was a lot of emotion that was portrayed and it seemed like Suzu’s voice actor had put more emphasis when she was angry or upset which I enjoyed. One thing I had high hopes for was Ranko Hata who is the creepy school news reporter, in the first episode she had a more emotion filled voice for a good three seconds and then went monotone again. I have to admit her voice was more lively than it was than it was in the original Seitokai Yakuindomo. Overall I give Music and Sound a 7/10

Final Thoughts
Seitokai Yukuindomo* is an anime that doesn’t really do a whole lot of things right. The story was dropped, kicked and dismembered in terms of the telling of it, it also was cut up since they had to fit all of their shorts in the episode. Other than story telling the anime really isn’t that bad and would be great if it was your sense of humor. Overall I give Seitokai Yukuindomo* a 7/10. I recommend you watch Seitokai Yukuindomo* if you find dirty jokes hilarious and don’t really care for the story telling.

Synopsis
This is the first year  that Ousai Academy is allowing boys to enroll at the previously girl only school. Tsuda Takatoshi finds himself enrolling at the school as a freshman already knowing that he will be one of the first male students to be attending the school, not bothered by this fact as the school is close to his home. Upon arrival at the school for his first day he gets forced into the Student Council by three female students who happen to be perverted.

Story
The Story of Seitokai Yakuindomo is very unusual, you almost feel sorry of Tsuda in the first few episodes as he has been dragged into the student council where his two senpai make sexual jokes to a high degree. Over the time of the anime’s life he does somewhat desensitize himself to the jokes and makes his way through the school year. Being an ecchi romance comedy the viewer gets a lot of perverted jokes thrown at them every episode and at first I was saying to myself “Did they just say that/do that.” Even though this is the reaction I gave I was enjoying the anime as time progressed, the jokes on the other hand where overused and no longer had the same effect they once did. There we a few scenes that you knew where fantasy or another joke was going to happen but couldn’t help get excited with. Seitokai Yakuindomo is really good at setting scenes and moods which helped tell jokes and the feelings that you would get from the main characters. The story itself is episodic based but following a regular school year its easy to predict what events would be in the anime with enough foresight. The story itself really isn’t anything special, you wouldn’t watch it for the story though but as a light piece that gave you lots of humor. Even though a lot of the jokes didn’t give me the laugh that the anime wanted to get, I still had some laughs and did enjoy seeing the next gag come. Overall the story gets a 5/10

Characters
The characters of Seitokai Yukuindomo are very average and bland, Amakusa Shino’s character design was effectivley a cross between Akame Ga Kill’s Akame and Accel World’s Kuro Yuki Hime. Being very perverted in her jokes and her sexual fantasys she is actually is one of the few characters that has a romance development during the anime. Tsuda Takatoshi is another average character in terms of design and is placed into a world where he is the only one besides Hagimura Suzu who isn’t occupied with perverted thoughts. Personality wise he is very generic, often on the receiving end of jokes he is also the center of attention at Ousai Academy being vice president of the Student Council and being the schools favorite breeding horse, surprise surprise. Shichijou Aria being the rich, bombshell airhead that she is also joins in with Shino’s perverted jokes except that she is especially heavy with hers. She often has rich jokes made about her especially when she will stare at a set of stares and then come to the sudden realization that schools don’t have escalators. Finally we come to Hagimura Suzu, Suzu is the super short 16 year old student that is often mistaken for being an elementary school student. Actually that kinda sounds like me when I was in high school, anyway Suzu just happens to have an IQ of 180 and has the same temperament when she is made fun of her height that Edward Elwic from Full Metal Alchemist has. The characters designs are nothing special but the interactions that the characters have with each other is pleasing, you will get the moments that Tsuda shares with each one of the girls personally which gives a pleasant feeling because you know there has been character development. Overall the Characters get a 6/10.

Art and Animation
The art in Seitokai Yukuindomo is absolutely beautiful, I love it. There are scenes that are just beautiful to watch and just makes my day when I see them. Honestly the art in seitokai Yukuindomo is my favorites part of the anime. The first opening sequence of the anime was what captured my attention with the anime and it still kept my attention for the rest of its life. With the backgrounds and characters being beautifully drawn it was hard to not resist watching the anime. The animation was good, nothing was bumpy or low quality. Everything was at a good standard, there were times where they would change art style for comedic effect and it worked well, the anime still looked good. The whole animation was kept of a high standard and quality along with the art. The art did have details that aren’t seen enough, that was the use of lighting. Sure lots of anime use lighting but not effectively, in Seitokai Yukuindomo I found the lighting was what made the anime pop, stand out and made me go wow. Overall I give the art and animation an 8/10

Music and Sound
The music in Seitokai Yukuindomo was another one of my favorite things about the anime. The opening theme song was really catchy and I would find myself singing along to it throughout the entirety of the anime’s life. I enjoy it when an anime has a good opening or ending song and they stick to it for the shows life, Hunter X Hunter is a good example of that. The OST had music that accompanied the scenes and moods well, one scene in particular that I enjoyed was the scene where Tsuda had given Shino a CD for her birthday and the scene turned into a beautiful scene of scenery shots accompanied by nice and relaxing music. The voice acting was believable, never did I feel that the voice acting was off but there were a few voices I didn’t like such as ranko Hata, she had a monotone voice through out the entire anime, she is portrayed as the creepy school photographer that loves to sell photos that are taken out of context. I can understand why she might have a monotone voice especially with her script but I think her script could have been altered for more effect. Overall I give the Music and sound a 7/10

Final Thoughts
Even though Seitokai Yukuindomo wasn’t my kind of humor it still managed to keep me entertained. I feel that the characters interacted with each other really well and it felt like a normal school environment where you have all the sex jokes and perverted jokes. Overall I give Seitokai yukuindomo a 6.5/10 and recommend watching it if you enjoy perverted jokes and are a comedy fan in general.

Welcome,
A little about myself just to get the ball rolling seems like the best start. My name is Elijah. Username tehelfie, as an anime fan I tend to find that I can’t always trust or rely on what people say in their reviews. This can simply be because there is a difference of opinion, the taste of the reviewer or they get facts wrong or use false information. As a fan I’m sure the idea of wanting to watch every anime in the world has entered your mind at one point or another. This is a personal goal of mine to achieve, the awkward part is that I probably won’t live that long and there is always new content being released leading to more anime. Eventually we just get stuck with a lot of anime with out any real idea whats good or not.

This is where I come in, as an anime fan myself I watch a lot of anime and I mean an unhealthy amount. Like I don’t know maybe 400 episodes of One Piece in 2 weeks. Please don’t ask me how it just kind of happened, so as an over obsessed fan who also suffers from OCD in the form that I have to finish watching an anime no matter how good or bad it is, I can take away the unnecessary step of having to watch the terrible anime at my own expense just so you don’t have to endure it.

Well as a farewell for the time being I will let you know that I will be planning on writing a review once a week. On what day this will be? Well I don’t know it depends on the anime I am watching and how long it takes me to complete it.

Your friendly Internet Reviewer Elijah.