Gugure! Kokkuri-san Review

kokkuriStory:
Kohina thinks she’s doll. A doll who is obsessed with ramen to an inhuman degree. One day she makes the mistake of trying to summon Kokkuri-san in a game. Turns out the fox spirit can’t stand to see children all alone and thus begins Kohina’s days living under the same roof as an ancient youkai.

Violence:
There’s a ton of slap-stick comedy in this show so expect to see a lot of nose bleeds and injuries from fantastical stunts. None of it is serious, but it’s not something that’s rare in this one either…

Language:
We get a few b-words between the youkai, but often it stops at d-mn or sh-t.

Nudity:
The youkai have a few scenes of shirtlessness (while in male form) and there is one instance of a male turning into a female with a large chest. The usual jokes and remarks are made. Also, one of the youkai is a womanizer. It is mentioned often and there are multiple scenes of him being a grade A creeper, like plotting to look up girls’ skirts. Most of it is just talk, but the implications aren’t nice. Another uncomfortable element is one youkai’s crush on the VERY young girl lead. It’s something that almost made me drop the show. That said, the other characters don’t see it as normal and it is treated like a joke. Still… it’s unnerving that anyone would find that kind of thing funny to begin with…

Theology/mythology:
Youkai.  If you aren’t chill with ’em, skip this. Also, there are stories of spirits being left behind and such (aka ghosts). So yeah, very supernatural based story here.

Personal impression:
This was a show I started to watch back when it was first airing. As you can guess, it was dropped after only a handful of episodes. As per usual, I’ve only finished this show due to it’s availability on an easier to use platform (Yahoo View). And also because it got funnier as the series went on. Thank goodness.
I’m going to admit right here that this series really takes its time finding a good setup. But once it finds its own comedy, it gets pretty darn great. Around episode 6 or 7 the cast evens out and the jokes start landing. From alien classmates to Kokkuri-san worrying about hair loss, this show actually made me laugh quite a bit during the last half of its run.
That said, I’m still unsure if I’d recommend this show. Taking that long to find your rhythm isn’t a good first impression, plus there’s all that shady business with one of the youkai making creepy pedophile comments about the lead (who’s still in grade school).
Overall, I’d say skip towards the middle of the show to see if it’s your jam. And if not… well, there’s quite a mix of other comedy anime out there without pedophile materials-
…..Actually… now that I think about it…. All the big titles kinda have at least one pedo character…. Uuuh… well… that’s a topic for another day I guess.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Fantasy, comedy
Production: TMS Entertainment
Company: Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Yahoo View

Wolf Children Review

a13862-791722162-1323905458Story:
Hana is a single mother of two… well, wolf children. After losing her husband in an accident, she must learn how to care for these mythical children of hers all on her own, despite being a normal human herself.

Violence:
There are some scenes showing both death and injury. Blood isn’t avoided. This said, the movie’s point isn’t fighting so it only occurs once or twice and isn’t focused on too much. Still, those scenes would likely scare very young viewers…

Language:
Pretty tame stuff. Only a few sh-ts and whatnot here and there.

Nudity:
We don’t really see much in the way of outright nudity, but we do have one scene where it’s very clear that two adults are going to have sex. Nothing is shown and the scene blacks out, but it’s no mystery what’s going to happen.

Theology/mythology:
This show focuses around a family born from a wolf/human. If the idea of creatures (or humans) shifting forms disturbs you, this movie isn’t for you. Especially as one of the major themes for this show is the differences and similarities between man and beast.

Personal impression: 
This is an amazing animation. From the facial expressions to the dialog, the settings and music… all of it was extremely well handled. There’s good reason why this show has been up for so many awards.
That being said, if I had to nit-pick, there were a few instances that were frustrating to watch as someone who deals with children herself. Japan has very different views on discipline than I tend to and thus it can be irritating to see these kids grow up so… well, selfish. We don’t really see them disciplined at all and it shows by the end.
Even so, the main point of this movie for me was the mother, Hana, and her fight to come to terms with both the world she must live in and the duality of her children.
So long as you aren’t allergic to bittersweet endings (or lack of constant action), this is a wonderful film and I quite recommend it.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 1 (movie)
Languages: sub and dub
Offical rating: PG13
Genres: Fantasy, drama
Production: Madhouse
Company: FUNimation
Official streaming: n/a

Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation Review

78120Story:
Itsuki is a student at Seiga Academy and he’s well known for being able to pick up nearly any activity and do it well, even when he’s singled out as the new vice president for the student  council. But he certainly wasn’t expecting part of his new duties to be playing a popular MMORPG called Phantasy Star Online 2…

Violence:
Most violence happens in the game world and thus we rarely see actually injuries. Creatures and players usually turn into light and fade away if they are too badly injured or killed. However, there does come a point where characters are effected in real life. Most cases only show some scratches or bruising, though.

Language:
Tame overall. Only a few sh-ts and d-mns dangled here and there. Usually during fight scenes. I don’t recall anything stronger, however, so there’s that.

Nudity:
This is where that TV14 rating comes in. We get a lot of cleavage and near boob shots throughout this show, especially due to the skimpy game outfits for our female leads. We even have the typical hot springs deal where a girl ends up naked in the bath with a guy. Traditional mist blocks details, but there ya go.

Theology/mythology:
Nothing to fear here besides the whole “game is real” plot “twist.” Seriously though, is it even still a “twist” if everyone sees it coming from episode one?

Personal impression:
This series actually started out pretty well. It had quite a lot of nearly slice of life moments despite being based on a RPG. It was a nice change from the usual “help I’m tapped in my favorite game” shpeal. That said, this show did change its tune later on, which at first was annoying, but thankfully swung itself around to almost being chill again by the end. AKA it nearly feel for that old “trapped in game” scenario but backedout out for something else last minute. Overall, it still didn’t do anything really new or interesting, but it was far more engaging than this season’s Granblue, that’s for sure.
Overall this show really would have done itself a bigger favor by fully committing to its end plot sooner and in more depth than it did, but if game based anime is your thing, this isn’t a horrible show. In fact, the characters are even enjoyable. And that’s not often the case in most game based shows, in my opinion.
Rest assured your cliched moments, lines and “twists” are all there and the CG animation could use work on the hands (though thankfully the faces rarely ever got messed up, which was nice), but this is a fine filler show. It just won’t be all that memorable… I mean, I can’t even recall the background music… Was there any? I think so…??

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Fantasy, action
Production: Telecom Animation Film
Company: Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Yahoo View