Tuesday, June 28, 2011

STEINS;GATE [Part one: Episodes 1-12]


Steins; Gate follows an eclectic group of individuals who have the ability to send text messages to the past. However throughout their experimentation process, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel tracks them down. Now it’s a careful game of cat and mouse to not get caught and moreover, try to survive.
(CrunchyRoll description of Steins;Gate)

Original Japanese Title:
Dubbed by: Undubbed. Eatch the subs at CrunchyRoll.
Animation:
Manga adaption?: No, but it is an adaption of a visual novel of the same title.
Rating: (unknown)

{I, the reviewer, give Steins;Gate (episode 1-12), 8 out of 10!}

COMMENTS

This is my first CrunchyRoll show where I am watching it as it goes along, as it's still airing. This is also the first time I am reviewing a show that is still airing. Steins;Gate (set in the same universe as Chaos;Head, though no knowledge of it is needed) is set to be a 24 episode series, and I am currently reviewing the first half that has been released. Browsing through the vast collection of CR, this title peeked my interest. The premise of the show made me even more curious. And when I started watching it, it instantly became one of my favorites!

It's about Okabe Rintaro, a crazy character who admits to being a "mad scientist". He has a really intense laugh that fits his "mad scientist" image well. The way they began the show in the first episode instantly pulls you in. However, the prologue is toward the confusing side, as it's hard to understand what happens. Despite how confusing it was, it's intense and interesting enough to keep your glues glued to the screen, waiting to see what happens next. Okabe sends a text message about a woman named Makise neing stabbed and something happens. Everyone disappears for a moment, then he sees Mayuri, and now he's back and sees a satellite crashed into the building!

Later in the series, Okabe discovers that the text message he sent was sent to the past! Makise, the one who was supposedly stabbed, is found alive and well. She doesn't believe in time travel, but when she joins their group, she cannot deny the possibility anymore. They experiment sending messages into the past, but only Okabe remembers life before the message was sent. And each time a message is sent, something changes. It starts out minor at first, but soon major changes begins to happen. And someone is watching them....

The series is a bit slow paced, at first. Despite it's confusing and intense ending, several of the beginning episodes focuses on them preparing for the experiments, trying to find an old IBN computer, hacking into SERN, and some random stuff, too. It's funny to see how this eclectic group interacts with each others. Each character has a unique personality, and provides interesting situations. And despite the serious premise, this show can be down right hilarious at time. My only disappointed is it can be a bit perverted at times, with the otaku "super hacker" Daru. Other than that, the show has nice OP and END songs, loveable characters, an intense plot, lots of humor, amd beautiful animation. It's probably one of the best and unique time travel stories I've seen in awhile, with their own unique twists. I was horrified to see the "jellyman" experiments O.O

The series really picks up by the 11th episode. Okabe gets another strange text message saying "you know too much" and a bloody picture of a girl. And by the end of the 12th episode, you'll be at the edge of your seats at it's shocking end! All in all, this series is off to a good start. What will Okabe do after what has taken place right before his eyes? Will lives be lost or saved? Can the future be saved from this strange SERN Organization, and who is John Titor?! There's only 12 episodes left to go, let's hope they end it well!

Recommend?
If you're looking for a time-travel anime with it's own unique twist, this is totally for you!! It may seem a bit confusing at first, and slow paced at the beginning, but it's worht sticking to 'cause it DOES pick up and start to get interest! Recommended for 14+, though.

[VIEWING PLEASURE]

[MUSIC]
There actually isn't much music that plays, but what's there works for the atmosphere of the show. The OP sequence song is really good, but the END song is really amazing!

[SUB VS. DUB]
There is no dub. The Japanese voice acting is excellent.

[MOVIES/MANGA]
Not that I know of.

[RELATED TITLES]
Steins;Gate (visual novel), Chaos;Head (anime and visual novel).

[DVD EXTRAS]

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
A few minor words every once in awhile, such as "d" and "h". The harshest it every got was one use of the "b" word.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
I acutally don't remember any.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
In the beginning credits, there's some minor undetailed nudity of naked people in a crunched up position. In the end credits, you see a woman (Makise, maybe?) naked, but it's undetailed and her hair covers most of her breasts. Daru is a pervert. A few times he's tried to get the girls to say something bad. In one episode, both Okarin and Makise kept accusing each other of being perverted. One of Okabe's nicknames for Makise is "Pervert Girl Genius". When Okabe panics that someone is going to harm Mayuri, he quickly runs back to the lab only to find both Makise and Mayuri taking a shower together (only their bare backs are seen). There's one character who is a guy, Rukako, but looks like a girl and Mayuri dressed him in girls' cosplay.
(SPOILER! He wanted a D-Mail sent to the past to his mother to eat more fruits and veggies so that he would be born a girl, as he's embarrased as a guy to look like a girl. Despite not scientific evidence to back it up, they do it anyway, and Okarin finds out that it worked when he tries to show the lab members he's a guy, but when he touches down in her nether-regions he finds she is indeed a girl).

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
In the first episode, he finds Makise stabbed and there's blood (but during an apparent worldline jump, she's alive and well the next time he meets her). In one episode, Okabw gets a disturbing message with a strange picture of a girl bleeding from the head. When they hack into SERN, they discover the "Jellyman" experiments where ...
(SPOILER!! SERN tried to physically send people through time, but in the time they were sent, their body is found in a jelly state, just like the gel-bananas. At the end of episode 12, time is suspended and they are found out and Shining Finger shoots Mayuri. When Okabe holds her dead body in shock, you see some blood dripping down her forehead).

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
Well, it's about Time Travel. There's a man named John Titor who claims he's from 2036 and is warning everyone about SERN. Rukako's family owns a shrine. When they send a D-Mail, Okabe seems to be the only one who can remember what happened before it was sent. Mayuri tells Okabe many years ago when he had a really bad fever, she thought he would die, so she prayed to the sky for Okabe not to die, and she saw a shooting star.

*EPISODE LIST*
1. Prologue to the Beginning and End
2. Time Travel Paranoia
3. Parallel Process Paranoia
4. Interpreter Rendezvous...
5. Starmine Rendezvous
6. Butterfly Effect's Divergence
7. Divergence Singularity
8. Chaos Theory Homeostatis (Part 1)
9. Chaos Theory Homeostasis (Part 2)
10. Chaos Theory Homeostatis (Part 3)
11. Dogma in Event Horizon
12. Dogma in Ergosphere

Monday, June 27, 2011

KINDERGARTEN PROMISES


A short manga that I wrote for a contest under the theme "school". Mostly about me in elementary school.
(Smackjeeves description of Kindergarten Promises)

Manga-Ka: Asuka Neko
Distributor: Online exclusive
Format: Right-to-left
Rating: All Ages

~*~Click Here To Read~*~

{I, the reviewer, give Kindergarten Promises, 10 out of 10!}

COMMENTS

This is a short one-shot comic by Asuka Neko (The Anti Squee, Etsu!, Bittersweet, Triskaidekaphobia) that she submitted to a contest (and won). It's an 8-page story about two best friends, Beth and Brittany, who promised to be friends forever since Kindergarten. Nothing like fashion or popularity mattered to them, but as they grew older, they began to drift apart. Brittany became more into fashion while Beth peeked interested in anime and manga.

This manga really touched me. It made me think of some of my friends back in Kindergarten. I felt a bit sad as Brittany seemed to drift away from Beth. It seems Beth never forgot the promise, but Brittany did. Neko-sama mentions how it's based upon her in Elementary School, which is probably why this manga is really heartfelt, as I get the vibe that this one-shot is based upon what happened in her life. Obviously, Beth represents Neko-sama, as she's the one who became the "anime nerd".

All in all, despite being a slightly sad story, I thought it was a brilliant read. The art is completely adorable and distinctively hers, as all of Asuka Neko's works are. Plus this manga is as clean as a shiny new whistle! So if you're looking for a short read that delivers sincere emotion in only 8 pages, free of objectionable content, this is worth a go!

Recommend?
Totally! The art is cute, it's clean, and it feels real.

I certify this *MANGA NEWCOMER WORHTY* as it's a simple story most people could relate to, and uses familiar names.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
None.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
Haha, none.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
None.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

THE DREAMING, Vol.1


When twin sisters Amber and Jeanie are accepted into an exclusive Australian boarding school, their future looks bright. But the school's halls harbor a terrible secret; students have been known to wander into the surrounding bushlands and vanish...without a trace! No one knows where they went---or why. But as Amber and Jeanie are about to learn, the key to the school's dark past may lie in the world of their dreams...
(From the backcover of The Dreaming, Vol.1)

Manga-Ka: Queenie-Chan
Distributor: TokyoPop
Format: Left-to-right
Rating: 13+

{I, the reviewer, give volume 1 of The Dreaming, 8 out of 10!}

COMMENTS

I do admit, I DO love a good, scary story. And it's hard to come across one that has very little grusome violence. Thankfully, The Dreaming seems to fit the bill of what I'm looking for in an excellent horror story! It's about twin sisters, Jeanie and Amber. Jeanie is the more friendly, outgoing twin, while Amber is the more quiet, superstious twin. They were accepted into a very nice boarding school whom their aunt is the Headmistress of. Strangely enough, this boarding school is literally located in the middle of NOWHERE, somewhere deep in the bushlands. The headmistress, their aunt, tell them not to let Vice Principal Skeener know that the two of them are twins. Jeanie appears a bit offended by this, but her aunt said she worked hard on getting them in and that ythe vice principal is probably very superstious, as their are rumors of twins bringing back luck.

It doesn't take long for weird stuff to be noticed. In the school there is a sealed off room with a creepy painting of a girl and a candle, with her finger up to her lips intending to be quiet. Why would there be a sealed off room with a creepy painting on it? It really starts to get weird when the twins have strange dreams. Jeanie finds herself in a Victorian dress in the bushlands with a bunch of other Victorian dresses and blood oozes out of the trees. Amber has the same dream and thinks it's some kind of omen, but Jeanie tries to blow it off as just a coincidence and that it's only because they're twins. They meet a guy who shows them an artbook of the school that features a series of paintings called the "Merriweather Vanishings". The school has a dark history, back when it was a finishing school for girls, some girls just disappeared and never were found. He tells them that each painting can be found somewhere in the school.

A fellow student, Millie, invites them to a secret party after lights out. This is when things really start to get creepy. And after Millie takes The Mirror Dare, it seems from then on she's never the same. This school is no ordinary school. It has a dark history, a secret past. No one is allowed to go into the bushlands, because those who go in never come out. An interesting thing to point out is that Queenie-Chan's inspiration for the story is loosely based on true events. At the end of the book, she explains how a friend of hers just vanished, somewhere in the outback. They found her camping gear and everything, but no trace of her. That story in itself is just as creepy as the manga!

Overall, this is a solid start to The Dreaming. It's full of a lot of mystery and creepiness. I have to say there were moments when I was totally creeped out! This manga does a good job of sending a few chills up your spine as you're reading it. The artwork is rather nice. I loved the detail of the school and the Victorian dresses. Sometimes the paneling can be a little confusing though, and some of the character's positions are a bit stiff, but that's about it. The chapter covers are drawn especially will, giving a creepy, eery effect, as some of the pictures are of female skeletons in dresses. If you're a fan of supernatural mystery or horror, I think you'll get a kick out of this!

Recommend?
If you're looking for a horror story that isn't too scary, but is scary enough to give you chills and creep you out, I think this is right up your alley. Who needs a sea of blood and torn off limbs to freak you out?

I certify this *MANGA NEWCOMER WORTHY* as it uses simple names and it's a simple dark mystery story that isn't overly confusing, as most people are familiar with the concept of vanishings.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
I don't remember much, if there was any, it was very minor.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
None.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
In the twins' dreams, blood starts to leak out of the trees.
(SPOILER! At the end of this chapter, Millie is found dead, floating out of the water).

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
Amber is very into the supernatural. When in the restroom, she thought something was there. The twins have identical dreams that seem to be more than just dreams. When Millie has a secret party, some girls are performing a type of seance with scattered letters around a bottle. There's also the "mirror dare" where you say the name of a dead person 5 times. When Millie does it, she seems to fall ill because of it.

*CHAPTER LIST*
Chapter 1: A New School
Chapter 2: The Door
Chapter 3: The Dreaming
Chapter 4: The Mirror
Chapter 5: The Vice Principal
Chapter 6: Circle
Chapter 7: Reflection

Monday, June 13, 2011

Black Cat [Complete Series]


Sven is your run-of-the-mill sweeper (a.k.a. bounty hunter) - down on his luck, haunted by the perpetual grumbling of his stomach and looking to make enough cash just to get by. When a damsel in distress enlists his aid, Sven crosses paths with the worst possible luck - Black Cat (a.k.a. Train Heartnet). At odds now with the branded assassin, Sven seeks to save a young girl before the unlucky Number can carry out his mission. But fate has brought these three together for a reason, as Sven adopts two stray pupils - The former Chronos Eraser Train and the young bio-weapon Eve. As these newfound companions seek out a new way of life, the past proves unwilling to let them go free. Sought by both the Chronos Numbers and the Taoist revolutionary group risen against them, the Apostles of the Star, their happy ending will require more than just luck…
(Funimation.com description of Black Cat)

Original Japanese Title: Kuro Neko
Dubbed by: Funimation
Animation: Gonzo
Manga adaption?: Yes, "Black Cat" by Kentaro Yabuki
Rating: 13+


{I, the reviewer, give Black Cat: Complete Series, 9 out of 10!}

COMMENTS

I've been interested in this series ever since I saw the boxset at Best Buy. It was at the time I was looking for a lot of anime to watch, since despite not being totally new to it, I haven't watched much anime and wanted to expand. Sadly, I did not buy the boxset at the time. It interested me 'cause the title sounded cool, the premise was interesting, and the box said it was only rated 13+ so it shouldn't be too bad as far as content goes. Later on, I was happy to find that it was streaming for free at both Funimation and Hulu. I was now finally able to give it a go!

I fell in love by the first episode. I knew that the series would be a highly action-packed anime due to the premise, but I didn't expect how hilarious it would be as well. It's sort of an action-comedy if you will, sort of a feel-good anime. You got your awesome action sequences and you got your comic relief, all tied up in one bundle. Though this anime does manage to get serious when needed to. It's about Train Heartnet, former #13 of the Chronos Numbers Erasers. The first few episodes focuses when he is still an Eraser. He meets a woman named Saya, a girl who is always in a kimono and also loves to drink milk. An interesting fact about her is that she is a Sweeper (bounty hunter). During a short span of time, they start to become friends. Being with her makes him rethink his life as an Eraser and he begins to consider leaving Chronos. A fellow number, Creed, also leaves Chronos, but for a different reason - to start an organization called The Apostles Of The Stars and he wants Train to join him. Naturally, Train refuses as he wants to live life his way. This causes a problem, and Creed then targets Saya who, in his mind, "betwitched" Train. And the measures he takes against her enrages Train and he becomes Creed's enemy. He later becomes a Sweeper and teams up with Sven and Eve.

The show's primary focus is taking down the Apostles Of The Stars, but it also involves several sweeping cases as well, many of which are entangled with Apostles Of The Stars. What I love most about Black Cat is the loveable characters. It's honestly hard to pick a favorite. There's Kyoko, who after Train saves her, becomes obsessed with him. This leads to alot of comical moments between them. Train is, of course, our carefree hero and is totally awesome. Eve is also really awesome and has neat abilities. I also like Sven, how he is often poor and can hardly afford meals. And of course, the kind-hearted Saya who helped Train find his way. The animation for the show is pretty good. I like the art style and felt it was better than the manga artwork. It also had some pretty good music as the soundtrack. I especially loved Saya's song that she would sing. It sounded absolutely beautiful! Also, I felt that the cast was perfect! Some of my favorite dub actors were in here, such as Jason Liebrecht as Train (Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Ghost Hunt, Eden Of The East), Caitlin Glass as Saya (Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran Highschool Host Club, Heroic Age), Aaron Dismuke as Leon (Fullmetal Alchemist), Chris Patton as Creed (Angelic Layer, Kanon 2006, Fullmetal Alchemist), Monica Rial as Kyoko (Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Angelic Layer, Heroic Age), and J. Michael Tatum as The Doctor (Ouran Highschool Host Club, Heroic Age, xxxHOLiC) just to name a few.

I had alot of fun with this show. It was action packed, full of intensity, lots of humor, and even got emotional at times. I couldn't help but finish up this series quickly, as I found it to be very addicting, always wanting to watch episode after episode! I especially liked seeing how Train developed, especially after all that has happened with Creed and what he did to Saya. And the interesting thing is even after you think it's over, when the main plot comes to it's climax, before the series finale there is one last major battle with another threat involving Eve, our dear little bio-weapon! Although the show ended nicely, I can't say I'm completely satisfied with it. I'd like it if the anime was longer, like a sequel or OVA or even a movie to be made. But despite that, I still highly enjoyed the series and think it deserves more recognition. It's become one of my favorite series and I wouldn't mind watching it several times over. Of course, the slightly unsatisfying ending has kept this anime from a perfect score. It's not that everything isn't wrapped up and there's questions, oh no, everything is tied up pretty nicely. I guess it's just how Train is such a wanderer at times.

Overall, it's not a perfect series and it has it's flaws, but it's a very enjoyable ride. I think I enjoyed it more than most people though. Some think it wasn't all that great, but personally, I beg to differ. Personally, I found it to be a really fun, action-packed anime that had a pretty good storyline, awesome characters, lovely animation, and that ties up fairly well at the end. I really can't get enough of this anime. I really, really enjoyed it! So if you're looking for something full of action and that's fun to watch, then I think Black Cat is right up your alley.

Recommend?
YES! It's really enjoyable to watch and fun too, with a good balance of eye-pleasing action, comedy, and a pretty good storyline to boot! You should at least try it out once.

I certify this *ANIME NEWCOMER WORTHY* as there's easy to pronounce names, it's not overly weird, and the premise of the show is pretty easy to udnerstand. Nothing really confusing. This would make a pretty good starter anime!

[VIEWING PLEASURE]

[MUSIC]
It has a pretty nice soundtrack. I also LOVE the song that Saya sings acapella. The intro, "Daia no Hana" is an excellent opening song!

[SUB VS. DUB]
I've only watched it dubbed, but it's an excellent dub with great voice actors that fit their characters perfectly!

[MOVIES/MANGA]
"Black Cat" manga series.

[RELATED TITLES]
None that I am aware of.

[DVD EXTRAS]

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
Minor swearing, such as "d" and "h" here and there, and I think a few uses of the illegitimate child word.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
Sven is ALWAYS seen with a cigerette in his mouth pratically and there's some minor drinking.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
Creed appears to have a sort of sick love Train. While nothing really implies that Creed is literally "in love" with Train, his sick and twisted admiration for Train is rather creepy and feels that way. Rinslet Walker sometimes wears skimy clothing that shows her cleavage line. There's a scene of her in the shower, but you really only see her back. There's also a scene of Train coming out of the shower, but you only see him from the torso up and he has a towel wrapped around "below the belt" so you don't see anything. There was also a scene of Creed taking a bath, but he is submerged in water, so nothing is scene. During one case, Sven dressed up as a woman to attract a certain criminal they were after. This killer only goes after women, and has a record of raping and murdering them.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
There is A LOT of fighting and battles in this anime. In fact, the first scene is Creed and Train in a fight. The first few episodes focuses on Train's life as an "Eraser" (an assassin for Chronos) and so we witness him shoot a couple guys (very little blood). It is mentioned and slightly shown that Train's parents were murdered when he was a child and their murderer taught Train how to use a gun. When Eve goes beserk, she stabs right through Sven (but luckily missed vital parts so he lives). A character killed in episode 6 is seen with blood trickling down her face. Since this show is about "sweeping", capturing dangerous criminals, there is alot of implied death. When Taoists give "spirit water" to some criminals, they either horribly mutate (which looks painful and disturbing at times) or literally just drop dead in an instant. So yeah, there's a lot of fighting and some blood, but nothing too extreme. The most disturbing it gets is when people mutate from Spirit Water.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
Eve is a bio-weapon. She has nano-machines in her bloodstream that allows her to transform parts of her body at will. There is this organization called Apostles Of The Stars, and they have this strange power called Tao. In a few episodes, the Taoists were giving criminals "spirit water" which gives them the power of Tao, however alot of times they either drop dead or mutate (which later results in horrible death).
(SPOILER! There is a secret project I think was called Project Eden. Eve is taken to be bonded with this computer program and meets a boy named Adam, who is also a program. The digital world she sees is called Eden. The project is to cover all the Earth, abducting people and using them as energy or keeping them in sleep in a so-called "utopia" or something to that effect).

*EPISODE LIST*
1. The Solitary Cat
2. The Hesitant Cat
3. The Cat In The Dark
4. The Grinning Cat
5. The Departing Cat
6. The Cat Under Fire
7. The Wounded Cat
8. The Sweeping Cat
9. The Charming Cat
10. The Cat Unleashed
11. The False Cat
12. The Fighting Cat
13. The Love Cat
14. The Kitty Cat
15. The Distant Cat
16. The Cat and The Lizard
17. The Napping Cat
18. The Cat Deploys
19. The Sprinting Cat
20. The Cat's Showdown
21. The Drowning Cat
22. The Cat Bares Claws
23. The Cat's Paradise
24. The Carefree Cat

Saturday, June 11, 2011

HETALIA: AXIS POWERS (Episodes 1-10)


With a loose nod to history (and a smattering of ethnic stereotypes), this inventive anime personifies the Axis powers that we all know from World War II -- Italy, Germany and Japan -- and re-imagines them as super-cute boys. Japan is shy, Italy loves pasta and, of course, Germany's got blond hair and blue eyes. But when Allied powers America, England and France show up, there's bound to be a little conflict. Includes episodes 1-26.
(Netflix description of Hetalia: Axis Powers [Season 1])


Original Japanese Title:
Dubbed by: Funimation
Animation:
Manga adaption?: Yes
Rating: TV-MA

{I, the reviewer, give Hetalia: Axis Powers, 4 out of 10!}

COMMENTS

How in the world did I end up watching this? It was rated "MA" which already was a red flag. Well, my parents watched a few episodes and told me it wasn't that bad. So I watched it. And at first, I didn't understand why it was rated MA. The first few episodes were actually quite clean, to say the least. And I have to admit, it was pretty funny. Also, each episode is very short, only 5 minutes. And so we kept watching and watching another one.

It's about "personified" countries, mostly being bishies. Our main characters are The Axis of WWII; Germany, Japan, and Italy. We also have the personified Allies as well in the show. The whole idea of the show is also to throw every single cliche of each country's culture. For example, we have Italy always talking about pasta, America eating a bunch of fast foot while he's telling the other Allies his plan, Germany being harsh and scary, and so on. I have to admit that it was pretty funny to see the personified countries. I laughed alot, especially how the show seems to keep bagging on Italy (poor Italy).

The animation is decent. Most MA rated shows usually have terrible character designs and cheap animation, but Hetalia: Axis Powers is done surprisingly well. While not top-knotch, the character designs are rather nice and with an interesting style of animation. The show was beginning to get quite addicting. After one episode is finished you'll just want to get to the next episode. And I think that's due to the fact that each episode is a short, being only 5-minutes long. It's amazing how much this show packs in within only a 5-minutes span of time. Within this 5-minute span of time is nothing but pure random and insanity, which is why it's so hilarious.

However, after episode 10 I decided I wanted to drop this series. Yes, I decided to drop it on the same night I began watching it. It just started to get worse and worse as I progressed through the episodes and I couldn't take it anymore. While I do admit that the concept is sheer brilliance and it was pretty hilarious (America and China are my favorite!) I still couldn't forgive some of the content that was in there. What a shame, it was dubbed by my favorite company, Todd Haberkorn's in it (as Italy!!), and it actually was funny. But I really don't appreciate some of the things that were in it, which is why I always avoid MA rated shows. When it gets too adult it's just not funny anymore to me.

Overall, it was fun while it lasted. While I'd love to see how the development of the personified countries with every cliche you can think of, to me, the bad outweighs the good and makes what could of been a really fun show into something that isn't very enjoyable.

Recommend?
No. While the show is okay if you skip some episodes, overall, I'd avoid this if you don't appreciate too much adult content.

[VIEWING PLEASURE]

[MUSIC]
Nothing all that great, then again, you don't expect a comedy to have an amazing soundtrack anyway. Plus the ending theme is rather annoying (but after seeing it so many times, it's kinda catchy and gets stuck in your head!)

[SUB VS. DUB]
I only watched it in English. And the acting is really good. Most of the actors did pretty well with the accents.

[MOVIES/MANGA]

[RELATED TITLES]

[DVD EXTRAS]

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
In the episodes I did watch, it's not as heavy as I thought, though further in the show did begin to go into alot more harsher words. Also, whenever the other countries captured Italy, they always sent him back to Germany in a box with the "f" word written on it.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
If there was anyway, I don't think it was much.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
In the "Chibitalia" segment, there's this one country that seems to be attracted to Italy (they're both male). When Italy and Japan are in a pool together (I think naked) it appears that Italy comments on the size of Japan's...private area, I think. There was some other stuff too that were either minor or I don't remember.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
There really isn't any violence, mostly just slapstick.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
I don't remember any.

*EPISODE LIST*
1. Episode 1
2. Episode 3
3. Episode 3
4. Episode 4
5. Episode 5
6. Episode 6
7. Episode 7
8. Episode 8
9. Episode 9
10. Episode 10
(and it goes all the way to 26)