Yes, I am indeed using my real name, as opposed to of my numerous chat aliases
. This I assure you is out of a gesture of sincere love for all of you here, plus I highly doubt Shizuo-kun is even aware of this site in the first place (I tend to make sure his life is ruined enough as it is).
Anyway, it is personally difficult for me to award 10/10 to any series that prominently features Heiwajima Shizuo (and later my own sisters)... hmm, but I might also argue the reverse. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this series doesn't feature enough
of Shizuo-kun, so perhaps we could have a Director's Cut that offers a more, shall we say, "intimate", "revealing" look, showing you all the various things that Shizuo-kun doesn't
want you to know about. I know I'd watch it.
Onto more aesthetic matters, the anime/light novels are of course wonderfully animated/drawn (with the glaring exception of Shizuo's character design) and the soundtrack as stated before is, apart from a turgid saxophone number, most unique (though in regards to Ending 1, do you think they could have possibly placed me somewhere less awkward? Then again, I suppose I wouldn't be able to gaze down upon Shizuo-kun's most delightfully tormented expression...)
The plot, as you are well aware, mainly centres on myself spreading my love all around to the townspeople of Ikebukuro (though sadly Gozu-Tennoh
was not able to make an appearance)... and some Irish woman. The cast of characters is again exceptional(ly awful in Shizuo's case), as of course is any series featuring yours truly. Admittedly this is the only
series featuring yours truly, but maybe I could persuade Our Lord On High to try and smuggle one of my grandparents into the ongoing Baccano! novels.
Er, you weren't supposed to read that italicised bit.
So all in all, absolutely top-notch and deserving of my love... minus one or two things. So I suppose there's nothing left to do but wait for Season 2, torment Shizuo some more, get to work on that Norse apocalypse thing and, erm, cover a few more Vocaloid
songs if Nico Nico Douga
is any indication. Oh, and if anyone who has personally met me is reading this review then, ah, The Moon Is Going To Smash Into Ikebukuro!
~ Lots of Love, Orihara Izaya