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Ok, let me just preface this by saying that I read the manga first. That probably affected my view of the anime...both of them.

Rosario + Vampire

Status: Anime is Unlicensed, Manga is licensed by Viz
Length: Anime is 13 episodes, Manga is 10 volumes
Studio: Gonzo
Good Points:
The characters look pretty much the same as they did in the manga and have pretty much the same personalities. Tomokazu Seki does the voice of Gin-sempai...the perverted werewolf. heh Some of the original story arcs were done fairly well...even if they were changed a bit. (ok...most of them were changed ALOT.) The music is pretty good, though not anywhere NEAR as good as Capu 2. There are some REALLY good CG scenes.

Bad Points: They basically chopped all 10 volumes into 13 episodes which have VERY little to do with the original story arcs. It kinda becomes a "Monster Battle of the Week" thing...with a little bat timing the fights. They basically turned it into a fairly brain-dead version of itself. the manga...Moka's skirt doesn't magically get shorter and her boobs magically get bigger every time she's only her personality that changes. (I swear to god the first time it happened I couldn't help going "Magical Girl Transformation sequence...GO!") Ruby's story completely changes, while Mizore's changes slightly. It also really just seem to degrade to nothing but a harem anime. Tsukune's powers never REALLY activate in this series. The student police story arc is cut to hell and changed dramatically. The story arc for the barrier was moved to Capu 2 and completely changed. (The only thing that remained the same was that the barrier started breaking.) Gratuitous panty shots.

Overall Rating: B- Even though it was pretty different, it was still fun.

Rosario + Vampire Capu 2
Status: Anime is Unlicensed
Length: Anime is 13 episodes
Studio: Gonzo
Good Points: Better music than the first season. The opening (Discotheque) is better than the opening from season 1, and one of the few places where Gonzo shows off their usual CG skills. There are also alot of character songs in this one. For several episodes straight there's at least one musical number in each episode....with one episode having both Mizore and Kurumu singing a song each. There are a couple episodes that ALMOST match story arcs from the either of the manga series. The way that they wrapped up the anime was at least interesting, even if it isn't at all connected to the manga. (At least...not that they've shown so far...but it is still going on so they may get to it eventually.)

Bad Points: The song-an-episode thing got old since it was pretty much PURE filler. It's like they couldn't think of a good way to fill in the time, so they decided to just throw in a song instead of something like...ya know...PLOT or story development. This season continued the first season's tradition of not having a fully developed, cohesive storyline. Still a ton of gratuitous panty shots....though see the note below.

Overall Rating: B Again, it was still fun...and the music was really good.

Side Notes:
1) Capu 2 is NOT based off Rosario Vampire II. It's more like various bits left over from the first series. If they do decide to translate the second manga series into an anime...well...they may just totally forget about the first series and just go straight into the second with maybe one episode dedicated to showing how Tsukune ended up the way he is.

2) The broadcast episodes are censored with little bats and bears to cover the panty shots. It has been said that the DVD release will be uncensored. heh
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