Posted on 30 November 2005 with categories: Ayatsuri Sakon


Okay, this is another one of those awesome shows that deserves more attention than it gets. We have the main character (Sakon), who is a very skilled puppeteer. He himself is a very timid boy, who doesn’t speak to often, but his puppet is cheerful, blatant and full of energy. That alone is something you don’t see often.

Now the good part: Sakon is very good in solving murders, and so he is often asked as a bodyguard. I’ve only seen up to the second episode, but I love it already. There’s this group of seven adults, who are childhood friends. They return to their now deserted old schoolbuilding because of one of their friends committed suicide when they were children. There the killing begins. I’m not really fond of some of the characters, but they do work perfectly in this case. Slowly, after more people get killed, some of the characters go berserk, which only leads to the pleasure of the killer.

The end of this episode showed a very powerful cliffhanger. Therefore, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Posted on 27 November 2005 with categories: Mushishi

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Hmm, not as good as the previous episode, but still, this episode moved me again. We have a girl being sacrificed to stop the flooding of a village, but then she gets rescued by a large green mushi, in the form of a travelling swamp. Her hair turns green, and she doesn’t want anything other than to stay with the swamp, while the swamp is actually on its way to die at the sea.

I like the way this anime doesn’t try to impress us with fast pacing and lots of action to make the character keep watching. It just calmly tells the horrifying stories the characters have to tell, and that’s the power of this anime.

I’m also curious if the creators will introduce an overall storyline in one of the following episodes. If they don’t, well then that’s fine with me. I’m happy enough with all the individual stories. If they do, however, this can become just as interesting.

And a final note to self: get the soundtrack once it comes out!

Posted on with categories: Random Posts

Okay, I just finished a marathon of the anime called Fantastic Children, and I have only one thing to say:

WATCH IT!

It’s a bit late now at the time I’m posting it, I’m also too lazy to put up some screenshots, but seriously, you should watch this. The pacing may be a bit slow, and the art of the characters looks really old-school, but believe me, you will be captivated by the story.

Posted on 25 November 2005 with categories: Tales of Phantasia

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I loved this episode. The art remains stunning and we get some nice life lessons. The dialogue has also been extremely well written, and I really liked the way the characters interacted. Even though this episode was just a prologe of the next episode, and an aftermath of the previous one, it didn’t matter.

*really wants to play the game now*

Posted on with categories: Bleach


Another one of the series I’ll be blogging. I really recommend the first thirty episodes, they’re funny as hell, and the story and dialogue has been carried out extremely well.

After the first thirty episodes, however, this series starts falling down a veeerry deeeeep hole. It’s almost only people fighting each other and getting stronger, and I’m more and more reminded of a certain Dragonball Z. Hence, this is why I believe it’s so popular. I, however, hate these kinds of fights that drag on for episodes.

This episode was also for most of the time two big strong guys, showing off their power, and throwing light flashes at each other. Not very impressive. There were two things I did like here: the hyperactive hollow-like thing that suddenly burst out of Ichigo. He’ll make a nice antagonist, I believe. His fight was also extremely short. I like that. That part was really well done.

The other part I like, was at the end, at the place of the cliffhanger. It seems like we finally get to know who’s been causing mayhem from inside the soul society. The bad part, is of course that we almost KNOW that it can’t be the third captain. All the evidence has been pointed to him, he’s been in the spotlights for all the show, so there’s no way he can be the real culprit.

Posted on 24 November 2005 with categories: Noein



This is another very interesting show. The art is unique, creative and it looks awesome. It has also one of the better stories around. I’ve really liked it up till now.

This episode was no exeption to this, and it may have been the best episode yet. The tensions are growing high, and former allies start fighting each other. We furthermore learn that something very tragic is going to happen to Haruka, which made me very curious about what that might be. Also, the way the man and the woman (can’t remember their names right now) find out about Haruka has been done extremely well.

I’m looking forward to the next episode.

Posted on 23 November 2005 with categories: Mushishi

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Another very interesting, unique series. Rather then having a couple of protagonists and antagonists chasing after each other, or something like that, this anime follows some guy, who knows a lot about creatures called "mushi". Normally mushi and humans can live along with each other pretty well, but there are cases in which they clash. The humans in question then begin to develop strange, supernatural symptoms. This guy then comes as a kind of doctor, to solve this.

It doesn’t really sound impressive, but it works actually pretty well. I’m also happy that every episode doesn’t have the "ooh, everything is fine and solved now, we can happily live our lives again, nothing has changed" – ending. After each episode, the mushi leave their trace.

This time, the mushi make a random guy having his dreams turned into reality, and thus killing off his entire village. It can’t get any better than this, can it? >:)

Posted on with categories: Tales of Phantasia

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Very interesting. I´ve never played the game, but this does make me want to play it. There´s been a lot of time spent on the characters, I especially like Arche and Klarth. The graphics are also the one of the best I´ve seen in anime, as they look amazing. I´ll be keeping an eye on this one.

Posted on with categories: Mahou Shoujotai



I started watching this anime by mistake, but then I realized that it had the most amazing story ever. Since then, it has been my favourite series. At only eight minutes per episode, the story pacing is hugely fast, and nowhere lingering. A lot of other anime can really learn from this.

The plot is basically about a girl called Alice, winding up in a magic world inhabited by witches and warlocks through the cause of a strange magic book. In there, creatures called sprites are used to conjure magic. Alice doesn’t like the fact that the sprites are to be captured to be of use to the witches, so she sets them free, and decides that magic should be used to make people happy. And these are just the first two episodes. Through the anime, the story develops more and more.

Another awesome episode. This time, we got a lot of questions concerning the history of Alice and Renon. The plot was also fast-forwarding like crazy. Magnificent. :)

Posted on 22 November 2005 with categories: Random Posts

Okay then, finally I set my own anime blog up.

Some series I’ll be following:
– Mahou Shoujotai
– Jigoku Shoujo
– Bleach
– Noein
– The Law of Ueki
– And some other, but I forgot.

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  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:54 AM)
    The episode was alright and felt dense as I watched it, but in hindsight only really moved the plot forward incrementally. Lancer not untying Tohsaka as soon as he killed Kirei and then not killing Shinji when he clearly had the chance left a bad taste in my mouth. That and Shirou’s heavy plot armor at this point is becoming reminiscent of another famous anime dual-wielder. Not a compliment.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:46 AM)
    UBW 20 felt like another rendition of Eva 26 (Take care of yourself), complete with character analysis, battle with one’s Jungian Shadow, and loosely Buddhist ideas of self-actualization. It even featured the repetitive monologue shots that fade to black (with “I saw Hell” instead of Rei’s “Sky. Red, red sky”). It never went as far as Eva with “which way is up?” type of Soliloquy, but that’s probably a good thing.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.

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