Our partner Youtube channel Hermitmon gives us an emotional review of the hit anime Your Lie in April. This anime tells the moving story of two prodigy musicians who are brought together through the power of music. Kousei Arima, a young piano prodigy, loses the will to play after the loss of his mother. Kousei's world is colorless and depressing and any motivation or joy he once felt is gone. This all changes when Kousei meets a young girl with an incredible talent for the Violin. This young girl, Kaori Miyazono, is able to bring color back into Kousei's life. She convinces him to once again play the piano and the two form an incredibly bond.
Kousei and Kaori's personalities offset each other perfectly. Kaori is free spirited, eccentric, and wonderfully spontaneous. Kousei is quiet, reserved, and constrained. Together they are undoubtedly one of the best character pairs in anime.
Both the story and the relationships in Your Lie in April are extremely endearing. If you're looking for another action anime such as Dragon Ball, Naruto, or One Punch Man, this may not be the anime for you. However if you're looking for an incredible story that is beautifully told such as Violet Evergarden, Your Name, or Spirited Away I would highly recommend this anime. Your Lie in April is definitely an animated treasure.
There are few anime films that give you the same feelings of joy and exhilaration as those created by Studio Ghibli. In 2004, under the direction of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli released the academy award nominee "Howl's Moving Castle." The English Dub features an all star cast including Academy Award winner Christian Bale, Academy Award nominees Jean Simmons and Lauren Bacall, and golden globe nominee Billy Crystal.
When I think about how to describe this incredible anime only one word comes to mind, magical. "Howl's Moving Castle" is an unconventional story of love, courage, and friendship. Howl is a charismatic, powerful, and deeply flawed wizard who is both desired and despised by the most powerful and vengeful witches in existence. Sophie is a young girl who works in a hat shop and who feels like there's absolutely nothing special about her. Things change for Sophie when she becomes enchanted by Howl's charm and is suddenly thrust into a world of magic, demons, and self absorption.
It's honestly incredible how much story and development Miyazaki was able to fit into the relatively short hour and fifty nine minute runtime of Howl's Moving Castle. The entire movie is packed full of emotion, action, comedy, self exploration, romance, friendship, and really everything that has drawn all of us to the world of anime. Howl's Moving Castle, and Studio Ghibli films in general, are such an amazing representation of what makes anime amazing.
Like all of Miyazaki's films Howl's moving castle is an absolute visual masterpiece. When you consider that the movie is from 2004, its amazing animation seems even more impressive. Everything from Howl's rather unique "castle" to Howl himself are designed and animated with incredible attention to originality and detail. Just watching Howl's castle meander across the screen fills the viewer with nothing short of pure visual wonderment. The castle itself is more or less an odd collection of towers, rooms, pipes, strange contraptions, and other odd protuberances. I honestly think it's safe to say that Howl's castle is my favorite place in all of fiction. Ironically, the incredible animation of Howl's Moving Castle may also be the films greatest downfall. As the movie progresses it seems that Miyazaki begins to favor visual spectacle over clear and concise story telling. This leads to the film feeling overly drawn out and confusing. Despite this, Howl's Moving Castle remains one of my all time favorite anime films. It has that magic and brilliance that is signature to all of Miyazaki's films.
Hi everyone, Ever Since I was a little kid, I always wanted to see what I would look like as an anime character but I had no idea how that was possible. I tried to look it up online and I could hardly find any of such services and the ones I did find were too expensive and kind of outrageous. I don't think I found anything for under $50 so it was kind of crazy and I obviously did not find out what I looked like as an anime character until way later until an actual manga artist in Kyoto did a portrait of me. He had a different and unique(his own) art style but I wanted to try out something different (different art style). Also I figured that not everyone might get the opportunity to have an artist in Kyoto do a manga of themselves so as a solution to that problem I started this little project of mine so that most, if not all people can see what they look like as an anime character.
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Well, so you have decided that you want to see what you would look like as an anime character. Its quite simple really. Just follow these steps:
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Email your photo to ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to be animated. Choose a photo that is clear and has a decent quality. You can send multiple photos too to give me an idea of your morphology.
2. Pick your styles
You can choose from different art styles and you can reference those art styles to me to have the "anime you" look just the way you would like it to be.
Maybe you want a sharingan or a rinnegan. Maybe you want to be wearing dragon ball clothes or an akatsuki cloak. Well whatever it is that you want, just let us know in the email.
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Within a week of you sending the email ( we can do it at whatever time you see fit ) , we will send you your anime version .
1. Payment can be discussed in the email to see whatever is the most suitable for you. A fixed price of $20 USD will be charged for each piece of art unless of course you send a group photo. In case you do plan on sending a group photo an additional 10 dollars will be charged for each person. This can also be further discussed in the email.
2. You can also have your image be plain manga instead of having it colored and stuff.
Currently I have reviewed nearly all the Fate anime and those that I have not reviewed I will be reviewing shortly. When I first started to explore the complex universe of Fate, I quickly became overwhelmed. There were so many Fate anime, not to mention the multitude of Fate games, and it very quickly became clear that all these anime weren't connected, but some were, and some kinda were. I tried to find a good guide so that I could make some sense of this complex network. I did find a few guides, but they didn't help much. The guides either lacked information, had way to much information, or were just wrong. A lot of people have asked me where they should begin with Fate and how the different Fate anime fit together, so I decided to write this guide. Hopefully it will give you a comprehensive look at all the different Fate anime, how they fit together, and how to navigate the complex network of Fate.
First I would like to give a brief overview of the mechanisms of the Fate universe as well as a quick review of Fate anime as a whole. All Fate anime revolve around a fictitious battle royale called The Holy Grail War. In the world of Fate The Holy Grail is an extremely powerful wish granter. The Grail will choose seven mages to fight in The Holy Grail War and the winner of this war will be granted any wish. Each mage will then be allowed to summon a servant, a legendary hero from history such as Achilles or King Arthur, to aid them in The Holy Grail War. Although battle is central to Fate anime, you shouldn't go into Fate expecting it to be another shonen such as My Hero Academia or Dragon Ball. There's absolutely nothing wrong with these shows, they can be quite entertaining, just don't go into Fate expecting it's going to center around fighting and have a fun light hearted tone. The Fate anime center much more around the themes of love, morality, and justice. The journey taken while watching Fate anime is always amazing, but be prepared for a fair amount of tragedy. In my opinion Fate anime are some of the best, most compelling, and most stunningly animated anime out there.
For our intents and purposes the Fate anime are divided into four different alternate universes. The most well known is the Fate/Stay Night Universe, another is the Fate/Extra universe, a third is the Fate/Apocrypha universe, and the last is the Fate/Grand Order Universe.
Let's start with the Fate/Stay Night universe. This version of Fate by far has the most anime and is considered by most to be the main Fate Universe.
Chronologically the first anime in the Fate/Stay Night universe is Fate/Zero. Fate/Zero, which was released in 2011, was created as a prequel to the other Fate/Stay Night anime and followers the events of the fourth Holy Grail War. This is arguably the best place to start your Fate journey, although some would argue that watching Fate/Zero before the other Fate/Stay Night anime could spoil certain events in the other Fate/Stay Night anime. As I said Fate/Zero is a prequel to the other Fate/Stay Night anime and serves to set the stage as well as provide important background information for the other Fate/Stay Night Anime. Fate/Zero is also considered by many to be the best Fate anime, we gave Fate/Zero a 9/10. (Our Full Review of Fate/Zero). You can stream Fate/Zero on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu, or order it here fatezerousa.com.
After Fate/Zero the Fate/Stay Night timeline can get a little complicated. There are three different routes that the story can take after Fate/Zero. Route one is the Fate route, the second route is the Unlimited Blade Works route, and the final route is the Heaven's Feel route. All three of these routes take place ten years after Fate/Zero and follow Shirou Emiya as he takes part in the fifth Holy Grail War.
The first route, the Fate route, is covered in the Fate/Stay Night TV series. This is the first Fate anime to ever be released. The Fate/Stay Night TV series came out in 2006 and because of this it does have the lowest quality animation of all the Fate anime. In this route Shirou falls in love with his servant, Saber. This is regarded as the worst of the Fate/Stay Night anime, however it's still a good anime and I would definitely recommend watching it. The Fate/Stay Night TV series also provides a lot of explanation and background information regarding the Holy Grail War and the Fate/Stay Night world. We give the Fate/Stay Night TV show a 7.5/10. You can stream the Fate/Stay Night TV series on Crunchyroll and Hulu, or you can order it here rightstufanime.com.
The second route, the Unlimited Blade Works route, is covered by Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. This anime was released in 2014 and has gained recognition for its incredible animation and amazing story. In Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Shirou falls in love with Rin Tohsaka, another mage fighting in the Holy Grail War. This is an amazing anime and is definitely worth watching. We give Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works an 8/10. (Our Full Review of Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works) You can steam Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works on Netflix and Hulu, or you can order it here fatestaynightusa.com or rightstufanime.com. The DVD also includes an OVA that covers an alternate ending to Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. The alternate ending is much happier and much more satisfying than the original ending. In 2010 there was also a movie released that covered the Unlimited Blade Works Route. The movie isn't bad, but it can't do the story justice like an entire series can. The Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works movie can be purchased here rightstufanime.com.
The third route, the Heaven's Feel Route, will be covered by a trilogy of movies. In this route Shirou falls in love with Sakuro Matou, who is also a mage. The anime for this route focus very heavily on Shirou's and Sakura's love. The first movie in the trilogy, Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, was released in 2017. It's a great movie and one I would definitely recommend watching. Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel I. Presage Flower is available to rent or buy at microsoft.com and to buy at fatestaynightusa.com and rightstufanime.com. The second movie in the trilogy, Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, was released in 2019. The third movie in the trilogy, Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, has a release date of 2020.
This concludes the Fate/Stay Night Universe.
The Fate/Extra universe is the universe in which Netflix original Fate/Extra Last Encore, released in 2018, takes place. This is probably the most convoluted and difficult to understand Fate anime. The Holy Grail War is central to Fate/Extra Last Encore, although it's not a typical Holy Grail War. The Holy Grail War takes place in a virtual world on the Moon. Fate/Extra Last Encore takes place after the fall of humanity and in a virtual world created by Moon Cell. Moon Cell is basically a supercomputer located on the moon. Moon Cell is not of human creation and was originally tasked with gathering information on humanity. Moon Cell surmised that the best way to gather information on humanity was to create a virtual world in which it would summon the consciousness of humans and have them fight in a life or death match in order to obtain a wish. Moon Cell also gives the participants servants to aid them in this tournament. In the Fate/Extra world Moon Cell functions similarly to how the Holy Grail functions in the Fate/Stay Night Universe. The series starts after Moon Cell has become corrupted and the Holy Grail War has stopped. It's also mentioned that Humanity has possibly died out and that the last humans are the ones in Moon Cell's virtual world. Suffice it to say that this is a confusing and rather bewildering anime. Although, it does seem clear that this is another version of the Fate/Stay Night world because you see the appearance of certain Fate/Stay Night characters such as Rin Tohsaka and Shinji Matou, Sukura's brother. Fate/Extra Last Encore does have incredible animation and some fun characters. And the plot, though confusing, is rather interesting. Fate/Extra Last Encore can be difficult to understand, but I still found it to be an enjoyable and exciting anime. We give it a 7/10. (Our Full Review of Fate/Extra Last Encore)Fate/Extra Last Encore can be streamed on Netflix.
Fate Apocrypha, released in 2017, is the other Netflix original Fate anime. Like most Fate anime the backstory to Fate/Apocrypha can get a little confusing and convoluted, even to veterans of the franchise. Technically Fate/Apocrypha takes place in the main Fate universe, that of Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. However, in the Fate/Apocrypha world during the 1940’s a mage faction called Yggdmillennia captured the Holy Grail and took it to Romania creating an alternate timeline. The interesting thing about Fate/Apocrypha is the way in which the Holy Grail War is structured. In Fate/Apocrypha two factions desire access to the grail, Yggdmillenia and the Mages Association. Both factions gather seven mages and those seven mages summon servants. Yggdmillenia is assigned the color black and the Mages Association is assigned the color red. The Holy Grail also assigns a servant, Joan d’Arc, to oversee the Holy Grail War. This means that in Fate/Apocrypha there are fourteen servant master pairs battling for the arc, as well as an additional servant to oversee the battle. This is kind of a cool twist on the traditional Holy Grail War, but the larger number of characters does mean that Fate/Apocrypha can spend less time on the characterization and development of each character, which is unfortunate because their attention to character development is one of the best things about Fate anime. Overall Fate/Apocrypha is an engaging, exciting, well animated, and compelling anime. We give Fate/Apocrypha a 7/10. (Our Full Review of Fate/Apocrypha). Fate/Apocrypha can be streamed on Netflix or ordered here fate-apocryphausa.com.
The Fate/Grand Order universe is where the multitude of Fate video games take place, and in 2016 a Fate movie was released that takes place in this universe. Fate/Grand Order: First Order is heavily tied to the plot of the Fate games and does thusly have a rather unique plot. In this anime there is a group called the Chaldea Security Organization that basically uses magic in order to prevent the extinction of humanity. The Chaldea Security Organization realizes that humanity will go extinct in the year 2016 because of something that happened in the fifth Holy Grail War. In order to preserve humanity they send the main characters, Ritsuka and Mash, back to the time of the fifth Holy Grail War so that they can save humanity. This not the best anime in the Fate franchise, but it does have great animation and an interesting story. We give it a 7/10. Stream Fate/Grand Order: First Order on Crunchyroll or buy it here rightstufanime.com or rent or buy here itunes.apple.com or here microsoft.com
My recommended viewing order: Fate/Zero Fate/Stay Night TV series Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (series) Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (movie) Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel (I,II, and III) Fate/Apocrypha Fate/Grand Order: First Order Fate/Extra Last Encore
Although this is my suggested order, in reality once you watch the anime that comprise the Fate/Stay Night universe the order becomes relatively negligible.
This completes our guide for the Fate franchise anime. The only Fate anime not included are an OVA titled Today's Menu for the Emiya Family, all of the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya anime, and the Carnival Phantasm OVA. These were not included in order to keep guide as straightforward, organized, and easy to understand as possible. I hope this guide has helped you get a better grasp of the structure of the Fate franchise and where the best place to begin your journey into Fate anime is. If you would like any more information regarding any Fate anime please contact me, I love helping and answering your questions.
Netflix released the first season of The Seven Deadly Sins anime, based on a hit manga of the same name, on November 1, 2015. The Seven Deadly Sins quickly gained recognition from anime fans as more than just another cookie cutter shonen. Since Netflix's release of the first season, it has released two more seasons of The Seven Deadly Sins and one Seven Deadly Sins movie. With the continued success of the anime Netflix will most likely release a season four sometime in 2020.
The Seven Deadly Sins are an order of the most powerful knights in Britannia. Each one of the members allegedly committed an unforgivable sin. These knights must fight in a Holy War in order to save Britannia.
At the very beginning of the anime there doesn't seem to be anything special or original about it. The characters and plot seem generic, the conflicts seem cliché, and the animation seems bland. However within a few episodes it becomes clear that this isn't the case. With the introduction of intriguing characters, exciting conflicts, and exhilarating fights, The Seven Deadly Sins quickly shows potential to be an incredible anime. Although its plot is relatively simple, The Seven Deadly Sins is so much fun to watch. Twists and conflicts keep you engaged, and you always feel an intense urge to find out what happens next. This, in many ways, is the essence of a good show.
The anime does a great job explaining characters' motives, backstories, and traits. Every character is well developed and well characterized. Even the antagonists are given compelling motives and some backstory. However, my biggest criticism of the anime is that there isn't enough time dedicated to the development of the villains in the second story arc. To be fair the arc isn't finished, but I am disappointed with how incomplete these villains feel compared to the other characters in the anime.
Despite this, the characters are one of the best things about the anime. Every character is entertaining and unique. One of my favorite things that the anime does is bring back characters that don't initially seem like they will have any kind of significant role in the anime. Many times characters I assumed the anime was done with, will come back five or ten episodes later and end up becoming major characters.
A large amount of friendships and romances are either developed or brought to light throughout the anime. All of these relationships are extremely endearing. It's really enjoyable to watch all the friendships and romances develop and get explored throughout the anime. The Seven Deadly Sins does have some sad and serious moments, but these are balanced out really well with lots of fun and comical moments. The Seven Deadly Sins is probably one of the most outrageously funny anime that I've ever watched. None of the jokes ever feel forced or overused like in so many other anime.
Although initially the animation may seem bland, the farther I got into The Seven Deadly Sins, the more I enjoyed the animation style. Like the anime itself, the animation is very fun and colorful. The design of the characters is unique and original and the fight scenes are absolutely amazing. Every fight is exciting, well animated, and entertaining. Overall The Seven Deadly Sins is a really fun and entertaining anime. With a great balance of serious and humorous moments, the anime has a really enjoyable tone. With Fun and unique characters, an exciting plot, solid animation, and great music, the Seven Deadly Sins is most definitely worth a watch.
Overal Rating: 7.5/10
The Seven Deadly Sins is also probably not a family friendly anime. With a handsy main character and plenty of innuendos, as well as a plethora of gory and violent moments, the anime is definitely suited for a more mature audience.
I don't always agree with most critics when it comes to the ratings and reviews of anime. However it seems that both I and the majority of critics agree that Netflix and Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden is brilliant. IMDb gives it a commendable 8.5/10 and MyAnimeList gives the anime an absolutely glowing review. What would a girl be like who has been used as nothing but a weapon for her entire life? Could she ever integrate into society? And could she overcome the tragedies that she's endured? These are the questions that the anime Violet Evergarden brilliantly and beautifully answers. The anime follows the journey of Violet Evergarden, a young girl who was used by the military for the sole purpose of killing. Violet's quest is simple, to understand the meaning of the words "I love you." These words were spoken to Violet by the first person to ever cared about her, Major Gilbert Bougainvillea. Major Bougainvillea disregarded his directive to treat Violet only as a weapon and instead treated Violet like a sweet young girl. Through her quest Violet changes from an emotionless killer into a girl who feels empathy, remorse, and love. Not only does Violet change, but she changes the lives of everyone she encounters. Violet is able to bring out the best in everyone and is able to bring joy and happiness into the lives of the people who need it the most. Obviously the anime is emotional, and at times it can be heart wrenching, but it's also inspiring and uplifting. Violet must grapple with agonizing remorse over what she's done, but she also inspires people to be true to themselves and to pursue their dreams. The anime is a beautiful story which is spectacularly told. Not only is the story beautiful, but the animation is absolutely stunning. The entire anime feels like a work of art. Violet Evergarden has quickly made its way into lists of the top ten anime with the best animation, taking its place beside anime like Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works and Death Note. The animation and design of Violet Evergarden is simply breathtaking. The soundtrack for Violet Evergarden is also phenomenal. The music very much captures the feeling and spirit of the anime and is full of emotion. Violet Evergarden is a beautiful story, expertly told and artfully animated. Overall rating: 9/10.
This Review is for season one of Violet Evergarden. A second season is confirmed, although a release date has not been given.
Fate/Apocrypha is one of the newest Fate anime to be released and one of the most controversial. Many viewers are not exactly sure what to think after watching the anime, and for good reason. Reviews and thoughts on the anime are mixed and this is not entirely surprising.
Like most Fate anime the backstory to Fate/Apocrypha can get a little confusing and convoluted, even to veterans of the franchise. Technically Fate/Apocrypha takes place in the main Fate universe, that of Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. However, in the Fate/Apocrypha world during the 1940’s a mage faction called Yggdmillennia captured the Holy Grail and took it to Romania creating an alternate timeline. This is relatively well explained in the anime, but can definitely confuse the viewer.
The interesting thing about Fate/Apocrypha is the way in which the Holy Grail War is structured. For those new to Fate, the Holy Grail War is a battle royale fought between seven mages who summon servants, heroic spirits from legend such as King Arthur or Achilles, to aid them in battle. The winner of this battle royale is granted the Holy Grail which, in the Fate world, is an omnipotent wish granter. In Fate/Apocrypha two factions desire access to the grail, Yggdmillenia and the Mages Association. Both factions gather seven mages and those seven mages summon servants. Yggdmillenia is assigned the color black and the Mages Association is assigned the color red. The Holy Grail also assigns a servant, Joan d’Arc, to oversee the Holy Grail War. This means that in Fate/Apocrypha there are fourteen servant master pairs battling for the arc, as well as an additional servant to oversee the battle. This does offer a new interesting twist to the Holy Grail War, however it also subtracts from one of the things that Fate anime do so well, character development. With so many characters and character pairings, the character and relationship development feels rushed and incomplete. This doesn’t mean that the development isn’t there, it just feels lacking compared to some of the other Fate anime.
The plot of Fate/Apocrypha, like the plot of most Fate anime, is full of twists, betrayals, and unexpected revelations. The plot can become confusing, especially if you’re not familiar with the Fate franchise, but it’s not to bad. Overall the plot is fun, enthralling, and keeps the viewer on their toes.
Most of the characters in Fate/Apocrypha are unique, compelling, and interesting. Some of the characters are fun and adventurous, and some are tragic and somber. Whatever the case the characters all bring something unique and special to the anime.
One of the things many people, including myself, really love about Fate/Apocrypha is the soundtrack. The opening theme, the character themes, and the other music included throughout the anime are incredible. The composer, Masaru Yokoyama, is one of my favorites and I believe that this some of his best work. The entire soundtrack is enchanting and dramatic. The music is always able to perfectly communicate the essence of the anime, character, or scene.
Fate/Apocrypha also has pretty good animation. The character design leaves little to be desired, and the animation quality is excellent. The fight and action sequences are exciting, the coloring is amazing, and the overall look of the anime is stunning.
There is one thing about the anime that is a little off-putting. One of the characters that is drawn female and voiced by a woman in both the Japanese and English dub, is revealed to actually be a guy. This revelation occurs midway through the anime and is understandably pretty shocking for most viewers. Although this is unexpected and can be a little weird, I didn’t find that it really lessened my enjoyment of the anime.
If you’re looking for just a fun shonen anime then Fate/Apocrypha probably isn’t for you. The anime, like most Fate anime, is full of tragic moments, deaths of beloved characters, and intense emotions. Out of all the Fate anime, Fate/Apocrypha does have one of the happiest and most satisfying endings, but there are definitely a few moments that will choke you up.
Overall Fate/Apocrypha is fun, exciting, and engaging. The anime features compelling characters, an interesting plot, good animation, and an amazing soundtrack. Yes, there are a few confusing or off-putting things about the anime, but these by no means ruin it. Fate/Apocrypha also has some sad and emotional moments, but for me these only add to my enjoyment of the anime.
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Strike the Blood as a series is one of LA's favourite battle harems in quite a while along with Campione!. The anime series gave off a To aru Majutsu no Index vibe under differing circumstances, you know like how Taboo Tattoo tried to do it and failed at it. Ramblings aside, did Strike the Blood II succeed from it's first season?...or did it go in the ways of Taboo Tattoo?...
Strike the Blood II follows the same arc system as the first season, this time consisting of 8 episodes spanning 3 arcs covering Swords-Shaman of Shadow (3 episodes), The 4th Progenitor on the run (2 episodes) and the Knight of Sinful God arc (3 episodes).
Swords-Shaman of Shadow arc consisted of a new harem member that Kojou meets during a beach episode by the name of Yume Eguchi voiced by Nao Touyama whom Kojou tries to protect and the titular Swords-Shaman of Shadow Kiriha Kisaki voiced by Yukiyo Fujii comes in as a opposite to Yukina Himeragi and comes to obtain Yume. Yume as a character isn't that bad a character though she meets another of the harem's lolicon status but after her arc she becomes like your typical clingy harem member which was a shame as they kinda wasted Nao Touyama here. On the other hand Kiriha is quite the interesting character being within the rival organization to Yukina and thus an enemy to Kojou and Yukina's goal to save Yume. The fanservice in this arc gets focused on Sayaka Kirisaka which was a bonus for LA and considering this arc starts at the beach...yeaaaaahhhhhhh...their servicing the fans for this OVA series. Overall Swords-Shaman of Shadow arc was the introduction of some interesting characters and saving the world (typical stuff from Strike the Blood) but had some faults with some of its new characters and arc plot points.
The 4th Progenitor on the run is nothing but building up the climax to the next arc, nonetheless it still has some pretty good moments. For one, Kojou's dad appears and like father like son, LA can definitely tell where Kojou got his perverted right timing scthick comes from, second is that Nagisa Akatsuki, Kojou's little sister gets focus in this arc being something of catalyst as to the events in the next arc. The BEST thing about this arc is Kojou vs. Natsuki of all things and ohh boy it's a glorious fight and LA loved it.
Knight of the Sinful God arc is the climax of this OVA series and betrayal is a foot and at first confused LA as to why the Akatsuki family wants to release Avrora Florestina the last Progenitor through Nagisa which backfires spectacularly. New allies and villains comes into play, but allies comes in form of Grenda voiced by Misaki Watada (who the true villains of this arc are after), Yuiri Haba voiced by Sayaka Senbongi and Shio Hikawa voiced by Kaede Hondo who are both Sword Shamans with Yuiri getting bit more screentime due to Grenda. The most interesting character would go to Shirona Kuraki a shaman who works for the Lion King Organization and LA thinking she was a villain at the start. Knight of the Sinful God arc is a good climax all things considered as even the villains have their beliefs of wanting their world to return to "normal" before all the demons came into play however their actions don't suit such a noble gesture making this arc's world building and character beliefs all the more better albeit with a small white and black morality to it.
The animation was pretty great from Silver Link and CONNECT, from the same character designs from the first season with some "exotic" character designs for the newer characters. LA overall for the new characters, LA really like Kiriha's design and character overall and being the Nega-Yukina in a ways. The battle scenes were pretty decent too what the Persona-esque monsters and beam spams along with some military grade battles mixed in with the supernatural, the battle animation was overall decent and enjoyed most of the battles especially the Natsuki vs. Kojou battle.
Since this is an OVA series...YES, if your wondering the nudity is there in full force with no censors whatsoever and LA didn't mind it AT ALL. Yes sometimes the nudity was forced at times, but in others they felt slightly justified (eg. beach episode, clothing tearing or damaged in battle or just some of the harem in *ahem* fanservicey outfits etc.)
The voice acting was on par with the first season and LA overall enjoyed it. LA will keep this section short, but there were TWO great as well as surprising voice actors from this and that was Yukiyo Fujii as Kiriha as the great voice actor for this anime as she plays a cold-hearted yet with a heart of gold character and just overall Yukiyo's mysterious and teasing dark haired girl vocals about her was an obvious playing against the type role for her. The other voice actor? Satomi Sato as Shirona Kuraki why?...because LA hasn't seen Satomi take on such vocals since her role as Nana from Golden Time, only this time she's a powerful shaman and she ACTS like one too...just DAMN was LA surprised it was her.
Strike the Blood II is a good continuation of the first season by adding in arcs that affects the majority of the main characters, new and old as well as previous plot points from the first season being brought up and put into focus in this second season. Strike the Blood II fulfills what any fan of this series wants what with it's "To aru Majutsu no Index"-like plot progression, awesome supernatural fights to save the world, world building, new harem members and *cough* uncensored fanservice *cough* and sure coincidences happen all these arcs and it does happen at times to move the plot forward but nonetheless LA still enjoyed this second season all things considered. Strike the Blood II had it's problems like it's first season but it also had the same to almost a better flair from the first season with higher stakes and utilizing it's new characters quite well in some respects even with its 8 episode screentime. *cough* Sayaka Kirisaka best girl *cough*...
note: Im LA Money is a fickle thing, the richer your are, it's expected you will be better off but is that always true?.
Princess Lover! as an ecchi harem anime, there was actually alot of potential this anime had and by all means it succeeded in some, in others...well lets start with the characters shall we?
Character-wise, we have our typical harem cast archetypes with a semi-interesting main male protagonist. Shirou- Teppei Arima voiced by Takuma Terashima is our typical "wanting to protect and care for his harem" type with a tragic backstory added to him. The tragic backstory of his parents dying leaving him to his grandfather actually kickstarts the anime but that isn't really his bright spot for the Teppei as a character, it's more or less what happens when a normal teenager is now brought to a place of wealth (it might sound off but LA will get to this later). Sakur- Yuu Fujikura voiced by Yuki Matsuoka becomes Teppei's personal maid and is the typical nice girl who minds Teppei, she is LA's favourite character in this anime, no not only because LA has a thing for maids, but also because her typical nice girl and the minder to Teppei is a nice combination of NOT getting her annoying and helping Teppei's cause at the same time. Ride- Charlotte Hazelrink voiced by Ryouka Yuzuki is our resident genki girl and ALWAYS happy in any situation and she is our MAIN focus of this entire anime, why does LA say this?, well she's the first girl Teppei meets, she has the most screentime even outside of her main plotline and the anime itself is gunning for Charlotte and Teppei to be together as this relationship also gets the most screentime...LA didn't like this turn of events, she wasn't an absolute detriment to the anime as her plotline leads to one of the grander themes to Princess Lover!, but LA wished some of the other harem members could get if any screentime. Rin- Seika Houjouin voiced by Emiri Katou is your resident tsundere and strict "club president" type character and she gets a small arc to herself that ties into her and Teppei grandfather's family issues and LA didn't mind it but like any harem member with a small arc and gets added to the harem, she fawns and tsundere's over Teppei. Finally we have Sab- Sylvia van Hossen voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi the character with the most wasted potential within this harem and quite honestly the LEAST amount of screentime in LA's eyes. Why?, well Sylvia becomes Teppei's fiancee through Teppei's grandfather Isshin Arima. This is interesting as we could see how Teppei would have felt being forced to marry Sylvia and then later on Sylvia and Teppei might fall in love naturally and break the social structure OR Sylvia and Teppei liking each other but rebelling at their forced marriage just something like that but again...due to Charlotte being the main focus, this was just wasted potential from LA. LA still preferred Yuu as favourite, but Sylvia was probably the most interesting character in the harem. Also if LA's hinting isn't obvious enough, kinda a coincidence that the harem members were carbon copied from Fate stay night right?
For minor characters, it's expected that most of them supporting characters for a harem anime, but LA would note that the majority of the minor cast do have some semblance of screentime whether it be Haruhiko Nezu voiced by Minoru Shiriashi the butt monkey of the cast, Ayano Kaneko and Erika Takezono voiced by Nozomi Sasaki and Kaoru Mizuhara being Seika's posse members and Alfred voiced by Yousuke Akimoto, the extremely clingy butler of Charlotte.
Princess Lover!'s plot progression is albeit quick even for a 12 episode anime, consisting of 3 "arcs" in a ways, the Introduction arc focusing on what's going on and introducing the majority of the characters along with Teppei's situation of finding his parent's killers, Seika's arc along with the Hot Springs Meta Episode (Don't ask) then Charlotte's arc that gets serious. Now how the mood is placed, LA thought this anime would get extremely moodswinging due to how it gets "serious" and "comes out of nowhere" or stupid comedically ecchi moments appear but LA by the end didn't really see this, the anime was always goofy and ecchi as hell even when it's serious, minor characters and especially Charlotte backs up it's goofiness even in the most serious at times (also see the two dorky "terrorists", Nezu and gratitous amounts of fanservice). Like harems that are comedic ecchifest animes doesn't ALWAYS need to be like this, look at The World God Only Knows: Goddesses arc and hell Highschool DxD did this!, a harem isn't just limited to it's premise.
If there was anything LA could actually be annoyed by the plot is Sylvia's screentime taken away by Charlotte instead and adds to the missed potential Sylvia as a character would of had. Although it wasn't from the first episode, but it becomes quite noticeable almost blaring out like an S.O.S signal that this won't be a balanced harem and the Hot Springs Pact disguising as if it would was a lame attempt in thinking that no one other than Charlotte would win this harem.
So about Teppei's situation of being brought into a world of wealth through his grandfather is actually an interesting theme to this anime, as the majority of the harem and characters are aristocrats or of royalty or wealthy businesswomans, seeing Teppei being the average guy and STILL being one by the end of it is actually quite interesting as he is unaffected by money or power and this fuels his want to protect people due to his parents dying. This dynamic actually works pretty well and even Charlotte's arc main villain is essentially a polar opposite character to Teppei only this time the villain took the wrong path and doesn't care about anyone but himself and his ambitions. Princess Lover! underlying theme tucked under the forced panty shots and harem antics does shows us that even if your rich, you can quite easily have even newer problems as well as the fact that you might self destruct yourself if your not careful with your money. Cheesy enough as it sounds, this notion is kinda manifested in Teppei of that having power and money isn't everything.
On speaking of fanservice.......HELLLLLLLLLLLO uncensored glory, yup the anime is completely uncensored and although the forced panty shots and jiggle physics is strong in this one, the fanservice is pretty plentiful albeit forced typical for an ecchi harem anime.
The animation done by GoHands has GoHands'...hands all over it. From the typical shining effect to the decent enough backgrounds that could make JJ Abrams blush. The character designs are pretty polished and exotic, this is kinda obvious to the wealthy characters, special mention probably goes to Sylvia's normal outfit. The fights that happen in this anime is sparse but ok enough, though the fencing and swordplay are decent to look at. Overall, yes LA thought the animation was typical of GoHands and decent to look at.
The voice acting.....well NORIO WAKAMOTO as Isshin Arima, man LA heard him in quite a while. Yuki Matsuoka, Megumi Toyoguchiand Ryouka Yuzuki were pretty good however LA's surprising voice actor would go to Emiri Katou as Seika, mainly because Emiri is typecasted as the genki of the harem members, here?...she's the strict tsundere character?...yeah LA wasn't expecting it and she does it pretty well.
LA also thought that because of it's themes being taken full circle along with Teppei's resolution taken place during the finale, LA thought the ending was done pretty well for Teppei and this anime's themes quite well. Not so much with how the harem ending...ends with a harem ending with Teppei still not choosing even though it's goddamn obvious that he's gonna be with Charlotte.
So Princess Lover! kinda got LA torn over many elements to it by the end of it. LA liked it's grander themes of being rich not always being ideal and safe, Princess Lover! knowing itself and it's limitations and wanting to be different if it could and tried, the decent ending, the animation and voice acting being decent, however with Sylvia's and Yuu's lesser screentime due to Charlotte highjacking the plot and forced panty shots and fanservice and finally having that harem ending. Princess Lover! isn't that bad, yes it has it's problems and sometimes those problems are due to LA's own bias due to best girl and all but LA just can't hate it but it's not great either.