Saturday, February 22, 2014

Artist Sandara

Hades and Perephone


If you didn't catch on to who these two are from the title of the painting, this is a depiction of Hades and Persephone from Greek Mythology. I chose this as my first review because the artwork is simply amazing and stuck out at me when I saw it. I'm not much of a color theorist, but I love the contrasting of light and dark colors between Hades and Persephone. It does a very accurate job of depicting them: Hades, who is the lord of the dead and ruler of the underworld, and Persephone, the innocent young goddess he tricked into staying with him. It also has a different depiction of how we normally see Hades. Most of the time, Hades is often shown as a person who looks like death warmed over. This guy's sort of like a Dark-elf version of a Bishounen pretty-boy...in armor.

You can find this image on Deviantart: http://sandara.deviantart.com/art/hades-and-persephone-2-210920648 and I believe the artist is selling this image on: http://society6.com/sandara/Hades-and-Persephone-s41_Laptop-Skin#2=51 in various forms such as a laptop skin, iphone and ipod cases, cards, prints and coffee mugs.

I have come across the WORST anime ever!!!

The biggest waste of forty-eight minutes in the history of EVER!

Gift of the Eternal Rainbow is a story that is set in a town where an eternal rainbow hangs over its denizens. This rainbow grants them the gift of magic where any wish can come true, but only under one condition: the two hearts must be one...does this story sound like a bad cliche already, or is it just me?

The story starts with Amaumi Haruhiko, a high school student attending Shimano Academy in a town called Narasakicho. As a child, Haruhiki has been close with his childhood friend, Kirino, until he obtains a non-blood related sister called Riko. He develops a strong relationship with Riko until they are separated due to Haruhiko's father no longer being able to support them both.

Riko eventually returns to Narasakicho, and along with Kirino, attends Shimano Academy with Haruhiko. The series revolves around the relationship among these three and slowly reveals the story behind both Gift and Rainbow.

Can you feel the cliche yet?

The problem with Gift of the Eternal Rainbow isn't the story itself, but the fact that it brings nothing new to the table. It has everything that has already been done in a harem anime, and it's all been done worse than all those other animes. Not only is the story itself about as generic as you can get, the comedy is incredibly lacking. Anime like To Love Ru, Princess Lover, Cat Planet Cuties have the same, or similar, use of tropes and scenarios, but the comedy often taken so over the top that the story is actually interesting even though these stories are almost all the same.

This story not only doesn't have that over the top comedy, but is riddled with so many harem cliche's that it's enough to make one sick. It was so bad that I was only able to finish two episodes before being forced to throw in the towel. Not even my OCD need to finish everything I watch could make me continue watching this anime.

Overall I would rate it a 3/10, and that's only because I liked the art-style.