Anime Review: Corpse Princess

Anime Review: Corpse Princess

Whether you're looking for horror or action, you won't find it here.

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Good review, but I'm going to go against what you said and check it out. I hope it is at least mediocre in my eyes.

I quite enjoyed the series personally. But then, I don't really seem to agree with this reviewer very often. I'd say if the trailer seems interesting to you, check it out. And, this probably doesn't help, given that the quality of the series is significantly different, but I'd compare the series to Speed Grapher. Not really sure why, but the darker elements combined with the way the stories paced is very similar to me. In fact, I just made the connection of a single powerful regret turning you into a monster versus a single powerful obsession. Definitely parallels to the two.

What?! This was a great anime. Did you by chance watch dub and not sub?

darkcommanderq:
What?! This was a great anime. Did you by chance watch dub and not sub?

He covered both:
"The dubs are painful, making the previously mentioned dialog all the worse. The Japanese audio doesn't seem much better, but is probably less grating on the ears for those of us who don't speak the language."

I watched it subbed and barely made it through the first season. Once I started in on the second season I only got through a handful before I gave up on it.

Personal preferences will vary, obviously, but if someone were to ask me if they should watch the series, I would unreservedly answer "no".

The easiest way to make a person do something is to tell them not to do it, so immediately after reading this review I went and watched an episode of Corpse Princess.

It was disappointing.

Eh. I Liked the series. It's on youtube as well, which is significant if you're in the UK rather than the US.

(funimation's website was supposed to work in the UK, but after a lot of messing about it no longer does, and it doesn't look like it's going to either. But... Funimation's youtube channel works just fine, and has most of the same content.)

Of course, I'm not known for having brilliant taste, so my recomendation doesn't mean much.

(well, except perhaps that if I say something is bad, it's probably really bad indeed.)

mindlesspuppet:

Though, I wouldn't recommend anyone going out of their way to watch this, there's better stuff out there.

what better stuff? for horror/action type anime?

Why does this person bother to review anime? they always end up giving negative opinions that generally prove they didnt bother to actually watch the series all the way through and probably just watched a couple of random episodes then wrote it off as crap.

broken-serenity:
Why does this person bother to review anime? they always end up giving negative opinions that generally prove they didnt bother to actually watch the series all the way through and probably just watched a couple of random episodes then wrote it off as crap.

I don't agree with them either, and their reviews are mostly negative, but it seems pretty obvious the whole thing got watched. They just have different taste in anime. And I mean very different. Negative review for Hell Girl? Corpse Princess' dub is bad but Heat Guy J's is good? Yeah, much disagreement.

In fact, I pretty much ignored these reviews before, but I think I'll pay more attention to them from now on. The consistency of which I disagree with the reviewer should give me some insight into what I will and will not like.

TakeFour:

mindlesspuppet:

Though, I wouldn't recommend anyone going out of their way to watch this, there's better stuff out there.

what better stuff? for horror/action type anime?

Well, first and foremost there's Hellsing, both the OVA (Hellsing Ultimate) and the TV series. Hellsing Ultimate might very well be the best blending of action and horror of any medium, not just anime/manga. The TV series is pretty solid but can't compare to the OVA.

Blood Trinity has great atmosphere, some awesome characters, and a pretty interesting story.

Blood+ is just a great all around series, has some amazing action.

Highschool of the Dead is worth giving a try, it's pretty run of the mill and bloated with fan service, but they do get zombies right.

There's also Dance in the Vampire Bund. I think it catches some hell because of people obsessing for/against lolis. Regardless, it's a pretty decent series.

Finally I have to toss Nightwalker: Midnight Detective out there. I really like this show, but I feel like I'm pretty much alone on that to be honest.

Side note: There's a Vampire Hunter D series in the planning, which with any luck will be awesome.

broken-serenity:
Why does this person bother to review anime? they always end up giving negative opinions that generally prove they didnt bother to actually watch the series all the way through and probably just watched a couple of random episodes then wrote it off as crap.

Why does this person even bother to post comments? they're just proving they didn't actually read the full review and probably just read the summary line or glanced over a few sentences then wrote it off as crap.

seewhatididthere?

There's really no point in reviewing anything if you don't intend to be critical.

I loved El Cazador de la Bruja and poked holes in it the same I would any other series. I also liked Hell Girl a fair amount -- if for nothing else because of it's high production quality and style -- but liking a series doesn't automatically mean it's good, or more importantly, that anyone else will.

darkcommanderq:
What?! This was a great anime. Did you by chance watch dub and not sub?

I watched both.

When I'm reviewing a series I watch it with dubs first. I do this because I find it's easier to determine the quality of the voice overs if you haven't already formed an impression on how the characters should sound. Of course one could say that watching the dubs first taints a series for when you watch with the Japanese audio, but I don't think that to be the case. As someone who doesn't speak Japanese, I can only give an opinion towards their quality through tone, pitch, etc.

Pretty sad because this seemed like a better than average anime, but that's how shitty anime has gotten in the last few years. God please send us another GITS. In the meantime please remind people that Giant Robo exists.

Huh, i saw this in my local movie store and all i could think was that it looked like another Hot Girl killing things series.
And the box deception of the thing didn't change my mind either.

You want something scary? Ghost Stories was pretty awesome.

mindlesspuppet:
Anime Review: Corpse Princess

Whether you're looking for horror or action, you won't find it here.

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Ya know, now I wish I had taken the time and effort to become the Anime reviewer for The Escapist. If only to give an objective opinion.

Personally I liked the hell out of it. Liked the art style, story, ok some of the characters need a touch of work but what anime doesn't?

Where you even paying attention when you watched it or did you just sit their bug eyed with your head up your patootie?

Primus1985:

mindlesspuppet:
Anime Review: Corpse Princess

Whether you're looking for horror or action, you won't find it here.

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Ya know, now I wish I had taken the time and effort to become the Anime reviewer for The Escapist. If only to give an objective opinion.

Personally I liked the hell out of it. Liked the art style, story, ok some of the characters need a touch of work but what anime doesn't?

Where you even paying attention when you watched it or did you just sit their bug eyed with your head up your patootie?

Apparently if the opinion differs from yours, it's not objective, and you feel the need to insult the person giving it? Not a good stance to take here.

paulgruberman:

darkcommanderq:
What?! This was a great anime. Did you by chance watch dub and not sub?

He covered both:
"The dubs are painful, making the previously mentioned dialog all the worse. The Japanese audio doesn't seem much better, but is probably less grating on the ears for those of us who don't speak the language."

I watched it subbed and barely made it through the first season. Once I started in on the second season I only got through a handful before I gave up on it.

Personal preferences will vary, obviously, but if someone were to ask me if they should watch the series, I would unreservedly answer "no".

Do you even like anime...?

Honestly I feel like im reading a review of an action movie that got marked down because the plot wasnt good enough.

Some shows are what they are, Shikabane Hime, while not horror, is a good modern action show.

darkcommanderq:

paulgruberman:

darkcommanderq:
What?! This was a great anime. Did you by chance watch dub and not sub?

He covered both:
"The dubs are painful, making the previously mentioned dialog all the worse. The Japanese audio doesn't seem much better, but is probably less grating on the ears for those of us who don't speak the language."

I watched it subbed and barely made it through the first season. Once I started in on the second season I only got through a handful before I gave up on it.

Personal preferences will vary, obviously, but if someone were to ask me if they should watch the series, I would unreservedly answer "no".

Do you even like anime...?

Honestly I feel like im reading a review of an action movie that got marked down because the plot wasnt good enough.

Some shows are what they are, Shikabane Hime, while not horror, is a good modern action show.

So if I don't like this show, I don't like anime? Can't handle a differing opinion, so attack the person, is that it?

If an action movie doesn't have a good plot, then is it not fine to point out the lack of plot so that people who want action movies with good plot don't waste their time?

You tell me, why is this a good "moden action show"? What parts of it are good?

paulgruberman:

darkcommanderq:

paulgruberman:

He covered both:
"The dubs are painful, making the previously mentioned dialog all the worse. The Japanese audio doesn't seem much better, but is probably less grating on the ears for those of us who don't speak the language."

I watched it subbed and barely made it through the first season. Once I started in on the second season I only got through a handful before I gave up on it.

Personal preferences will vary, obviously, but if someone were to ask me if they should watch the series, I would unreservedly answer "no".

Do you even like anime...?

Honestly I feel like im reading a review of an action movie that got marked down because the plot wasnt good enough.

Some shows are what they are, Shikabane Hime, while not horror, is a good modern action show.

So if I don't like this show, I don't like anime? Can't handle a differing opinion, so attack the person, is that it?

If an action movie doesn't have a good plot, then is it not fine to point out the lack of plot so that people who want action movies with good plot don't waste their time?

You tell me, why is this a good "moden action show"? What parts of it are good?

Yes you are correct, I got a bit out of line. I was more irritated at the reviewer than you when I wrote that. Its the fact that the reviewer didn't point out what WAS good about the show. All he did was say what it wasn't. Even if you dont like a show you should say who it would appeal to, not who it wont.

To continue with the action movie topic, why would you bother criticizing the plot of something that never had any intention of having one to begin with. If the movie had some intense action sequences that put the main character in danger, followed by a badass gun fight, put in your review, "if your looking for guns and explosions, this is your movie", rather than, "movie X has no sense of direction, and lacks all form of a cohesive plot". There is a great anime movie that is a good example for this. check out Strait Jacket. Its to short to really get into the back stories that they hint at throughout the show, but it has some of the best action sequences iv seen.

As for shikabane hime, it is modern in the sense that it takes place in present times. It is an action show in the sense that the main character fights in a sequence of "monster of the week" battles every episode. Its a zombie chick that wields duel ozies and kills other zombies. How is that not an action show.

This is a B quality anime. The world they craft is semi plausible (except the end makes no sense), The plot while not extraordinary at least exists and is enough for the show to coast on and keep it entertaining enough to watch both seasons.

Not every show can be trigun.

darkcommanderq:

paulgruberman:

darkcommanderq:

Do you even like anime...?

Honestly I feel like im reading a review of an action movie that got marked down because the plot wasnt good enough.

Some shows are what they are, Shikabane Hime, while not horror, is a good modern action show.

So if I don't like this show, I don't like anime? Can't handle a differing opinion, so attack the person, is that it?

If an action movie doesn't have a good plot, then is it not fine to point out the lack of plot so that people who want action movies with good plot don't waste their time?

You tell me, why is this a good "moden action show"? What parts of it are good?

Yes you are correct, I got a bit out of line. I was more irritated at the reviewer than you when I wrote that. Its the fact that the reviewer didn't point out what WAS good about the show. All he did was say what it wasn't. Even if you dont like a show you should say who it would appeal to, not who it wont.

To continue with the action movie topic, why would you bother criticizing the plot of something that never had any intention of having one to begin with. If the movie had some intense action sequences that put the main character in danger, followed by a badass gun fight, put in your review, "if your looking for guns and explosions, this is your movie", rather than, "movie X has no sense of direction, and lacks all form of a cohesive plot". There is a great anime movie that is a good example for this. check out Strait Jacket. Its to short to really get into the back stories that they hint at throughout the show, but it has some of the best action sequences iv seen.

As for shikabane hime, it is modern in the sense that it takes place in present times. It is an action show in the sense that the main character fights in a sequence of "monster of the week" battles every episode. Its a zombie chick that wields duel ozies and kills other zombies. How is that not an action show.

This is a B quality anime. The world they craft is semi plausible (except the end makes no sense), The plot while not extraordinary at least exists and is enough for the show to coast on and keep it entertaining enough to watch both seasons.

Not every show can be trigun.

The reviewer covered the action as 'ho hum', which would put it higher than I would. I found all but one of the fights pretty dull. I picked this series up looking for action and got bored.

paulgruberman:

The reviewer covered the action as 'ho hum', which would put it higher than I would. I found all but one of the fights pretty dull. I picked this series up looking for action and got bored.

Just to get a sense of your taste in shows, name some action anime that you did like.

I can name a few off the top of my head that I will end up rematching.
-> Birdy the Mighty
-> Black Blood Brothers
-> Black Lagoon
-> Gundam 00

darkcommanderq:

Yes you are correct, I got a bit out of line. I was more irritated at the reviewer than you when I wrote that. Its the fact that the reviewer didn't point out what WAS good about the show. All he did was say what it wasn't. Even if you dont like a show you should say who it would appeal to, not who it wont.

...

As for shikabane hime, it is modern in the sense that it takes place in present times. It is an action show in the sense that the main character fights in a sequence of "monster of the week" battles every episode. Its a zombie chick that wields duel ozies and kills other zombies. How is that not an action show.

This is a B quality anime. The world they craft is semi plausible (except the end makes no sense), The plot while not extraordinary at least exists and is enough for the show to coast on and keep it entertaining enough to watch both seasons.

Not every show can be trigun.

I didn't point out the the story works quite well? Because I'm pretty certain I did. Also, I'm pretty certain I had praised its detailed backstories. Those things aside, I found the series as a whole to be lacking, which is why I put the effort in to explaining why I thought it was lacking.

I have to question if you actually completed the series. It only uses the monster of the week formula for part of the first season. Yes, it's action; that doesn't mean it's good action.

Lastly, you call this a "B quality anime", you do realize this was made (at least in part) by Gainax? Gainax is quite well known for top quality work and creating some of the most acclaimed anime around. So what has lead you to call this a "B quality anime"?

"B quality", in terms of media, refers to productions with a low budget. This was created by two major studios. It had a full run on Japanese TV. So again, what lead you to call this a "B quality anime"?

Are you simply calling it "B quality" to justify it not being able to stand against good series? Your comparison to Trigun at the end suggests this was your line of thought. In which case, aren't you conceding the series isn't good?

How are you going to bash someone else's opinion when you can't even get facts right.

My point is that, the show is entertaining to watch. Shows that use "monster of the week" as the main device shouldn't be torn apart to much. When I watch something I take it for what it is, not what it isn't.

I apologize for the confusing with the B rating. I call it B not because its bad, but because thats the level I feel its at. Something like Trigun or Ghost in the shell would be A.

Good but not quite great.

darkcommanderq:

paulgruberman:

The reviewer covered the action as 'ho hum', which would put it higher than I would. I found all but one of the fights pretty dull. I picked this series up looking for action and got bored.

Just to get a sense of your taste in shows, name some action anime that you did like.

I can name a few off the top of my head that I will end up rematching.
-> Birdy the Mighty
-> Black Blood Brothers
-> Black Lagoon
-> Gundam 00

Black Lagoon's definitely one I'd highly recommend. Haven't seen it in a while, I should go rewatch it.

Series I'd recommend based at least partly on action:
Garden of Sinners
Macross Frontier
Fullmetal Panic
Toaru Majutsu no Index and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
Ghost in the Shell
Black Magic M-66 (it's a movie, so maybe doesn't count. I'll skip movies from now on)
Ga-Rei: Zero
Cowboy Bebop
Various mecha series like Bokurano, Evangelion (first one. haven't seen the remake yet), some of the Gundam series, and Patlabor, to name a few.

Tons more I just can't think of off the top of my head.

Ok it seems we have similar taste in anime and just happened to disagree on this one show.

Full metal panic and macros frontier are two of my all time favorites.
Garden of sinners is the movies your talking about right? if so good there as well.

The only two on your list that I havent seen are Toaru Majutsu no index and black magic M-66. (I think I dropped Toaru while it was still airing cause the story was confusing and made no sense).

paulgruberman:

Black Lagoon's definitely one I'd highly recommend. Haven't seen it in a while, I should go rewatch it.

Series I'd recommend based at least partly on action:
Garden of Sinners
Macross Frontier
Fullmetal Panic
Toaru Majutsu no Index and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
Ghost in the Shell
Black Magic M-66 (it's a movie, so maybe doesn't count. I'll skip movies from now on)
Ga-Rei: Zero
Cowboy Bebop
Various mecha series like Bokurano, Evangelion (first one. haven't seen the remake yet), some of the Gundam series, and Patlabor, to name a few.

Tons more I just can't think of off the top of my head.

I like your taste in anime good sir. I love Black Lagoon, one of my favorite series. Full Metal Panic is one of the very few mecha series I like.

darkcommanderq:
Ok it seems we have similar taste in anime and just happened to disagree on this one show.

Full metal panic and macros frontier are two of my all time favorites.
Garden of sinners is the movies your talking about right? if so good there as well.

The only two on your list that I havent seen are Toaru Majutsu no index and black magic M-66. (I think I dropped Toaru while it was still airing cause the story was confusing and made no sense).

Railgun is easier to follow than Index, I don't think it's quite as good though. Haven't watched the new Index's though, waiting for it to finish its run so I can marathon them.

darkcommanderq:
Ok it seems we have similar taste in anime and just happened to disagree on this one show.

Full metal panic and macros frontier are two of my all time favorites.
Garden of sinners is the movies your talking about right? if so good there as well.

The only two on your list that I havent seen are Toaru Majutsu no index and black magic M-66. (I think I dropped Toaru while it was still airing cause the story was confusing and made no sense).

Yeah, sometimes the smallest thing will make the difference in someone's enjoyment, or not, of a series.

Black Magic M-66 is a pretty old one, and one I watched a long time ago, but it definitely left an impression on me for some pretty good action. Plot (from what I recall) boils down to 'military robot goes haywire in city', and probably has some other stuff layered on top, but it's been forever since I've seen it and all I remember it for was really good action.

Garden of Sinners (a.k.a. Kara no Kyoukai) isn't listed as action, and they're more drama than any other genre/theme, but just one minute of action in the 2hr+ Paradox Spiral is so intense and well-animated, and definitely leaves a lasting impression. It's defintely done by a powerhouse of studios with probably the budget to back up the expense; money well-spent in my opinion.

mindlesspuppet:

paulgruberman:
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I like your taste in anime good sir. I love Black Lagoon, one of my favorite series. Full Metal Panic is one of the very few mecha series I like.

darkcommanderq:
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Railgun is easier to follow than Index, I don't think it's quite as good though. Haven't watched the new Index's though, waiting for it to finish its run so I can marathon them.

Toaru Majutsu no Index does have a problem where it has to cram a lot of character introduction and exposition in alongside the story. Railgun has a 'smoother' flow because it doesn't need to do as much, but suffers from a slight problem of having one of the best story arcs stuffed into Index. I'm still partial to it over Index, since it has the more overt and creative displays of power.

edit - also, if you're looking for more horror/drama with a similar feel to Garden of Sinners, try Denpa Teki na Kanojo.

I saw this whole series and it's not too bad. But at least this show does manage to do something that Stephen King couldn't do, MAKE BALLOONS SEEM LIKE A LEGITIMATE THREAT!! (For more info on this reference, please see Stephen King's IT) Also the backgrounds on some of the main villains is definitely worth it.

The Ultimate 2:
I saw this whole series and it's not too bad. But at least this show does manage to do something that Stephen King couldn't do, MAKE BALLOONS SEEM LIKE A LEGITIMATE THREAT!! (For more info on this reference, please see Stephen King's IT) Also the backgrounds on some of the main villains is definitely worth it.

Yeah, I completely agree. The balloon girl was pretty sweet. Like I said in the review, the backgrounds were the best part of the series for me.

I made an account just so i can say what the hell do you mean dont waste your time on this anime this is by far one of the best animes out there so i will have to disagree with this crappy review Corpse Princess diservers more credit than is givin to this anime is awsome it is worth watching message me @ REDACTED and tell me what you think of it

i just want to say i so hate this anime,not because it is bad but the way the story unfolds, they killed the only one the characters that had the only chance at a happy outcome,that character being "Nozomi Kasuga" also known as the "Breast Goddess" why????? this is anime is more trying to say that people who seek love or happiness should not get it and i dont mean death as that character wanted at the beginning at the end she told the main character "Ouri Kagami" that only reason she wanted to die was to be with him and she also says she does not want to die she wants to live on with him and the only way she could do that is that she dies refering to "Makina Hoshimura" because she was close to him than her because she was dead, the directors should have tried to give this character a better outcome, its just too sad , BUT its all over the anime is done it can not be changed.......!!! Iam really disappointed. the story great but the way it was made its just not acceptable..sorry

Even though I did really enjoy this series and the dub was fairly solid (at least to me), I will say that your review was very well written and fair. You said exactly what you liked and didn't like without being condescending or boring and gave solid evidence. That's really all that we, as readers and fans, need from reviews.

Now, until they explained Ouri's backstory (and very vaguely at that, I might add), I felt that the writing was decent and the plot made sense. After that point, it did kind of go out there a ways and all I could think about was how much the series enjoys the notion of necrophilia a little too much.

Ever see Ga-Rei-Zero? They are both very similar in themes and core elements but it takes a lot of cues from Quenton Tarentino films, and with the exception of some minor comedic elements, tells a much darker and more serious story.

 

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