Anime Club: Disgaea

Hello everybody! Today we have the anime adaptation of the popular rpg series Disgaea.

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CREATED BY: Kiyotaka Isako

NO. OF EPISODES: 12

GENRE: Fantasy, Comedy

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: Japan

disgaea-anime4Two years ago, the angel apprentice Flonne was sent to the Netherworld to assassinate King Krichevskoy. However, when she arrived at the overlord’s castle, it was covered in flames. For the next two years, Flonne searched for her target, narrowing her search to a local dump. She found a coffin with Krichevskoy’s emblem on it and tried to carry out the assassination. However, it turned out that it was not Krichevskoy, but his son Laharl. Learning that his father has died, Laharl set out to claim the title of overlord for himself. Flonne and another demon by the name of Etna followed after him.

I decided to watch the Disgaea anime after playing through the first game of the series Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. The anime adaptation of the first game, can be easily summed up as a 12 episode shortcut or alternative to playing through a 30+ hour game. The characters are just as hilarious as they are in the game, and I would like to give a disgaea-anime5shout out to Etna and Flonne. They steal the show, by far surpassing Laharl in sheer hilariousness. While the events of the anime don’t follow the exact events of the game point by point, you get the gist of the main story.

Disgaea is definitely a low budget anime to jump on the success that the game series had accrued. The anime is poorly animated, and there isn’t really anything notable about it. What could be worse? How about poor voice acting? The only character that it would be alright to overact would be Laharl, but every single character is overacted. ruining the characters. I wouldn’t mind watching a sequel with better voice actors though.

PROS:

  • Shortcut to the first game.
  • Hilarious dialogue.
  • Hits main story points.

CONS:

  • Low budget.
  • Poorly animated.
  • Poor, poor, voice acting.

 

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Anime Club: Log Horizon

Hello everyone! For this week’s anime club we have the trapped in a video game series Log Horizon.

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DIRECTED/CREATED BY: Shinji Ishihara

NO. OF EPISODES: 25

GENRE: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

YEAR: 2013-2014

COUNTRY: Japan

horriblesubs-log-horizon-25-720p-mkv_snapshot_04-41_2014-03-23_20-20-22Elder Tales is an online fantasy RPG that has become popular worldwide. But when its twelfth expansion package, “Cultivate the Noosphere,” is installed, thirty thousand players in Japan are trapped inside. Among them is grad student Shiroe, who isn’t very good at interacting with others. But to survive in a world full of monsters, he forms a guild called “Log Horizon” with an eclectic group of other players.

Oh look, another anime about people stuck in a video game! Sorry if this comes across as Sword Art Online vs Log Horizon, but that is the mindset I went into my first viewing with. This is also only regarding Log Horizon I, as Log Horizon II will be another time. The animation for Log Horizon was solid, thanks to Satelight. I did also watch Log Horizon English dubbed and found that the voice acting was on point. Once I watch Log Horizon II subbed I will be able to compare voice actors.lh6loghorizon

Overall Log Horizon had a pretty decent cast of characters, but except for Shiroe (which on second thought he is too, just not into a specific classification) they fall into too many of the traditional character archetypes. I’m not sure exactly why, but I expected a little more uniqueness from Log Horizon. Also, why didn’t Shiro figure out the way back to the real world in the first season? He tried so hard to make this place livable that he forgot the bigger picture.

PROS:

  •  Genre.
  • Animation.
  • Cast of characters.
  • Voice Acting.

CONS:

  •  Character archetypes.
  • Plot holes.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Anime Club: Baccano!

Hello everyone! For today’s anime club we have the multi-story awesome character driven Baccano!

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CREATOR: Takahiro Omori

GENRE: Black comedy, Crime, Fantasy,Romance

NO. OF EPISODES: 16

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Japan

Aboard the ship Advenna Avis in 1711, a group of alchemists summon a demon in the hopes of gaining eternal life. The demon gives them an elixir of immortality and the method of ending their existence, by “devouring” one another, and grants the summoner Maiza Avaro the formula of the elixir. Maiza and most of the alchemists decide that no one else must become immortal; only Szilard Quates opposes. That night, the alchemists begin to disappear, devoured by Szilard. Realizing the threat posed by staying together, they scatter across the globe.

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I initially watched Baccano! as a recommendation from my day job as a freelancer over at Watchmojo.com. Lets just say I wasn’t disappointed. I absolutely loved this series, and I would recommend it to anyone. There is a nice balance of interesting story as well as plenty of gore (a kid is murdered at least three times, but don’t worry he’s immortal). There is a massive amount of characters, but this is okay as there are plenty of moments for all the characters to expand and grow. I am not even going to mention the comedy. I was laughing constantly.

hqdefaultBaccano! is incredibly underrated for how awesome the series really is. Despite this, I still have plenty of gripes about it. I initially was confused by the sheer amount of characters, as like I stated above, each one of them get plenty of screen time to develop as full characters. In order to fit all of their stories into a short 12 episodes, they constantly jump between multiple years and can get very difficult to keep track of. This does result in multiple scenes being shown multiple times from different viewpoints.

PROS:

  •  Characters.
  • Multi-branching story.
  • Animation style.
  • Gore.

CONS:

  •  Confusing jumps between time.
  • Recaps of multiple scenes.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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