Prisma Illya

This anime originates from a two volume manga series. It is a part of the fate series, yet this part embraces the genre of magical girls.

Rin and Luvia, rivals from the magical academy, are sent to Japan to collect class cards. They can get help from two magical wands named Ruby and Sapphire, who turn them into magical girls. Yet, after they use the wands in a quarrel, the wands abandon them and choose two small girls in their place. The small girls are Illyasviel and Miyu. Illya is recognised from the other series as the master of berserker. Together, the four of them fight and collect the class cards.

The anime is full of great graphics, using colour to highlight the battles. The class cards, who are the evil versions of the heroic spirits from the other series, use these graphics to show their volcanic power. They have the evil laughs, the explosive power and the feeling off uneasiness that is not easily created. Yet, amongst the power and fighting, the anime appeals to the lolicon audiences. The girls look cute, there is humour and they sparkle so much. The outfits are short, yet far from provocative. Yet, overall they look adorable. I would recommend any magical girl fan or fate fan to watch this.

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Omamori Himari

I have only read the manga of this mainly because I am on strike with the fandom of the bouncy boob anime. The story is about a boy named Yuto. He lives on his own as his parents died. His is looked after by his cute neighbour Rinko. One day, they are attacked by their school friend. A cute girl jumps in with a sword, but she has cat ears and a tail. It turns out that Yuto’s seal has just broken and now he is the target of all the ayashi. He comes from a long line of demon slayers, yet his parents moved him away so he wouldn’t have to face it. Now that everyone in his family has died, he is the next in line to become a demon slayer. The cute girl with the adorable cat ears Himari, has been entrusted to protect him until his powers manifest. Her family has served his for years, so she has a devout loyalty to him.

The story of Omamori Himari is more of a fantasy romantic harem than anything else. Yuto has ayashi falling in love with him, along with his cute human neighbour. With the stress of girls and being attacked by demons, how could he possibly cope? the story has humour mixed with fighting action. But overall it is just humour.  

Deadman Wonderland

This anime is brutal, weird and overall exciting. Unfortunately, the anime only covers the first few volumes of the manga. Yet, this doesn’t stop it being an entertaining watch. 

Ganta was a normal teenage boy, going to school and enjoying his life. Then one day, all of his classmates are brutally murdered by what he calls the ‘red man’. Framed for this hideous crime, he is put in the local prison Deadman Wonderland. This prison is not a normal prison. It is a theme park, where prisoners entertain the audience, in exchange for cast points. This allows them to buy an antidote for the poison in their collar and buy food. It is their form of currency. The story follows Ganta, making friends and his aim to get revenge on the ‘red man’. 

Compared to the anime, the manga is a lot more brutal and the ending moves you a lot more compared to the anime, mostly because the anime doesn’t have much of an ending. I would suggest the anime if you are just after an easy watch, but the manga makes the fights look a lot better and, it goes into  more in depth. 

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Steinsgate

This anime was born from a visual novel game. It looks at the concept on time travel and, when going back in time creating a new world line. From the beginning of the anime I was confused and, I am a little confused writing this. The simplest way to describe it, is a group of people working towards creating a time machine. There is Okabe, who refers to himself as Hououin Kyouma the mad scientist and, the leader of his group. He works along side Kurisu, Mayuri and Itaru. Kurisu is an accomplished scientist, Mayuri is a teenage cosplay and Itaru is an all round nerd. . 

The story is very gripping, keeping you on the edge of your seat. You don’t know which way the episode will go and, it doesn’t fail to make you lose interest. For this anime, I would score it 7/10. 

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