Beastars (Season 1) Full Review SPOILER WARNING

I want to make it very clear from the start that I am going to touch on a few things that will be spoilers, but I am not going in to detail. In fact there will be a lot of stuff I miss, and more for you to find out yourself…if you hadn’t seen it.

Really I was following the progress of Beastars online for some time, watching the overwhelming popular opinions on social media to when I finally saw it on Netflix in the US, and yes I watched the Dubbed version.

What I saw in the very opening when that student was killed had me instantly hooked. The world these characters live actually put the world of Zootopia to shame. Obvoiusly more Adult due to the theme, but OMFG!!! It felt if each character was alive, they had their own personality, and issues.

The series actually focuses on Legoshi, a grey wolf with issues, and like most carnivores in this world finding their own place in a world they share with herbivores. Reminding me a lot of daily life before this CORVID issue. We quickly discover in this world carnivores are not all as they seem. Take Legoshi encounter with Haru a female dwarf rabbit, where he is unsure did he go after her to eat or was it because he loves her.

I kid you not this is in the very first episode

Set in Cherryton Academy what to the Western World looks more like a upscale High School in where it’s students share dorms. With all the typical issues like when Haru get her mattress tossed out a window by another student.

Although some of it is set in and around Cherryton Academy this is not your typical High School Anime. What you get in a single episode is more than some Anime’s do in an entire season. On top of which you get the tension between Herbivores and Carnivores. Combine that with the fear of devouring, 2 murders, a love story that crosses species all packaged in a very unique anime the likes of which I have never seen before.

You will actually care about these characters will some even live until Graduation. Plus the issues with The Mayor who happens to a lion. A gang to kidnaps animals off the street so they later can devour. Let alone dealing with their classmates, you get what is simply in my opinion the best anime I have ever seen.

The 12 episodes of season 1 simply fly by, I can see why some have mislabeled events belonging to the wrong episode. Because you get some involved in the events are taking place, let alone the world they live in, you simply get lost with their world. Even I can’t quote a particular event to just 1 episode.

I want to talk about The Cliffhanger ending, even after seeing it 3 times I am still not quite sure what is going on. Set after the Summer Break, where Legoshi really does not tell us anything. Then there the drugs and Legoshi not being scared as this person approaches has me on the edge of my seat. Waiting for season 2…whenever that finally arrives.

You simply can not find any anime series as great as Beastars.

Anime Review: The Secret World of Arriety

according to wikipedia

A boy named Shō tells the audience he still remembers the week in summer he spent at his mother’s childhood home with his maternal great aunt, Sadako, and the house maid, Haru. When Shō arrives at the house on the first day, he sees a cat, Niya, trying to attack something in the bushes but it gives up after it is attacked by a crow. Shō gets a glimpse of Arrietty, a young Borrower girl, returning to her home through an underground air vent.

At night, Arrietty’s father, Pod, takes her on her first “borrowing” mission, to get sugar and tissue paper. After obtaining a sugar cube from the kitchen, they travel inside a hollow wall to a bedroom which they enter through an intriguing dollhouse with working electric lights and kitchen utensils. However, it is Shō’s bedroom; he lies awake and sees Arrietty when she tries to take a tissue from his night table. Startled, she drops the sugar cube. Shō tries to comfort her, but Pod and Arrietty quietly leave and go home.

This is only the beginning of a world that some of us can not imagine. A world of tiny people living in our homes just under our own personal radar.

Some might even recognize the tale as begin close to The Littles which aired on American TV back in 1983

But this story is actually based upon The Borrowers

But begin from Studio Ghibli this film from 2010 is literally a fantastic look at a world inhabited by people that are only a few inches high.

Maybe not everyone’s taste, but it is worth looking at the trailer and seeing if it might be.

Anime Review: My Neighbor Totoro

Which according to Wikipedia

In 1958 Japan, university professor Tatsuo Kusakabe and his two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, move into an old house to be closer to the hospital where the girls’ mother, Yasuko, is recovering from a long-term illness. Satsuki and Mei find that the house is inhabited by tiny animated dust creatures called susuwatari –- small, dark, dust-like house spirits seen when moving from light to dark places. When the girls become comfortable in their new house and laugh with their father, the soot spirits leave the house to drift away on the wind. It is implied that they are going to find another empty house –- their natural habitat.

This is how it begins, and what you get is a great story of fun and magic. Take what happens when one of the girls disappears. Totoro sends a 8 legged cat bus to save her. That is just 1 of the magical moments in this film, to list all of them, I basically have to tell you the entire film.

Anyway just enjoy the trailer

I also want to make it clear the film has been dubbed into English

Anime Review: Ghost Stories

Scooby Doo this isn’t…we all know Scooby Doo a gang of teens hunting down mysteries and sometimes ghosts. In this fowl mouth, and sometime insulting comedy to the sensitive types. The characters come across as either a slut, a jew, a religious fanatic, a horny bastard, and lastly someone who is mentally challenged. There pet is a cat whose body is taken over by a demon, who wouldn’t mind seeing these kids dead.

Sounds fun, it is every episode is great you just wish it ran longer. Check out the 1st episode below and see if you don’t agree

Anime Review: Nerima Daikon Brothers

according to wikipedia

The trio lives on a stage constructed in Hideki’s daikon patch in the Nerima ward of Tokyo. They dream of building a concert dome on the site and performing their musical act to sold-out crowds. They must avoid both an overzealous policewoman who has caught on to their money-making schemes and the desires of powerful people who want to take over the daikon field. The characters are aided in their adventures by the show’s director, Shinichi Watanabe, who injects himself (in the form of his Nabeshin character from Excel Saga) into the story as a rental shop owner.

I have to admit Nerima Daikon Brothers is without a doubt one of the most unique series that you will ever see. Everything is more than it appears to be like the panda that is always popping up wanting some diakon. Who actually turns up to be a hero in a episode or 2.

You will absolutely laugh your ass off at the over the top action for example in one episode where they take out the villian with a rocket powered butt plug, and that is one of the more milder series takedowns, or stealing from crooked cops and only getting away because the honest cops show up, making a grab for all that money themselves.

Although the series is out of print, it is possible to find the series on YouTube

It never hurts to check out something new.

Anime Review: You’re Under Arrest

The article at Wikipedia says

The story revolves around Natsumi Tsujimoto and Miyuki Kobayakawa, two female members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and the protagonists of the show as they are stationed at the fictional Bokuto Police Precinct located at Sumida, Tokyo. The series is largely episodic, and much of it focuses on the interaction between the main characters and the humorous supporting cast.

What I say…

You’re Under Arrest is a delightful series if not the best police comedy ever made. Delight characters, a combination of other officers and unique personalities. Including a male officer who feels more comfortable in women’s clothes, Strike Man a wannabe superhero, and an older woman who rides around the town looking for bargains and not caring to traffic signals. Not to mention a monk who races the cops and they have no clue it’s him.

There is plenty of great action, great driving scenes, high speed chases, and ones not just tacked on to “Improve the story”. You feel like that scene should be there. Like a lot of personal stories of the officers, and you really do care about them.

I can not recommend this enough

Anime Review: The Boy and The Beast


Call this what this is…a spoiler free review of The Boy and The Beast. Let me start out by saying the film deserves all the praise it has received. It is an incredible film from start to finish and so many plot twists at just the right moment. It literally takes you in an entirely new direction, and believe it or not you really care about these characters, from start to finish. When it is all over it will cause you to say WOW!! Because you know you have in deed seen something very special, and very unique. I have never seen a film like this before, even though it may look like your standard lets take a boy and plop him down into an entirely new world. But then you realize that these characters even if they are different are very much the same, and how this all turns out. Would be the mother of all spoilers. If you love great animation, great stories, amazing plots, or even of fan of anime…you really need to check it out.