Posted on 29 January 2006 with categories: Revolutionary Girl Utena


Okay, this was by far the weirdest episode I’ve ever seen in anime. It’s a filler, and a Nanami episode. One day, she wakes up, and discovers an EGG in her bed. She then HONESTLY believes that SHE was the one who laid it. I swear, I laughed for the entire episde about all the weird fantasies and thoughts Nanami had about her egg. Especially the curry guys and the shadow-play girls nearly killed me from laughter. I’m still wondering why the egg ended up in her bed in the first place…

Posted on 28 January 2006 with categories: Ayatsuri Sakon


I so hate myself for not remembering all of those names. I get that a lot in anime. It usually takes me four to ten times in order to remember each individual character name. It was the same in this episode. As there are lots of different characters playing in this arc, and all of these characters have a certain name, there were lots of times in which I kept wondering who the hell "Takamura-san" (or any other name) could be.

Apart from that, this episode was just as awesome as the previous one. We really get to know all of the different characters (except their names -_-), while it’s still totally unclear who the murderer could be. Sakon still impresses me, and the cliffhanger was once again amazing. I am SO looking forward to the next episode.

Posted on with categories: Law of Ueki


Ugh… the battles are turning slowly into power-based battles, instead of strategy-based battles. This episode as well. Rihou starts off well, advising Ueki that he shouldn’t abuse his sacred treasures too much. Unfortunately, instead of advising him to use more of his brains, he advices him to use more of his power. What happens afterwards… well… *dies from the countless DBZ-references*

It’s such a shame that such an excellent series loses itself like this. The strength of this series was the huge creativeness in the battles, but somehow the creators thought that more power means a better show.

Please, go back to the brilliance of the first season. T_T

Posted on with categories: Bleach

The first half of this episode reminded me of those horrible american cartoons, in which someone or something has been caught and the main character has to do some kind of treasure hunt/quest in order to get it back… I’m also curious about the motives of the new bad guys. Why the heck would they capture her? Do they want something from Ichigo, or were they just in the neighbourhood and found it a nice idea to drop by and say "Hi!" in a kindof eccentric way? And why would they organize such a treasure hunt in order to do it?

I do like the bad guys themselves. They show lots of potential, and seem better antagonists than Aizen and his gang.

Oh, and btw, the new ED is too cute. ^^

Posted on 22 January 2006 with categories: Ayakashi ~Japanese Classic Horror~

Oh my friggin’ god! This is one disturbing anime… I had no intention of blogging this anime after seeing the first episode. It really looked like some mediocre concept executed rather boringly with rather dull art. How this episode proved me WRONG!

I repeat: do not get fooled by the first episode. It’s just a big introduction of the second one. So many horrible things happen (I can reaaaaaly understand why they called this Japanese Classic Horror), most often considered taboo in anime. Seeing Oiwa kill herself was extremely painful to watch. The other murders that happened afterwards gave me the chills, and when the episode ended with the text: "this is only the beginning", I really had a tough time swallowing.

If you like to see some horror movies, and have a bit of patience, then I’ll certainly recommend this.

Posted on with categories: Jigoku Shoujo

This episode wasn’t anything special. I guess they’re developing the little girl bit by bit. The story just was the same. Guy does something horrible, girl gets revenge. It was interesting to watch though, I think I’ll never really get tired of these kinds of stories.

Posted on with categories: Bleach

It was great to see everyone who was left behind again after Ichigo set off for Soul Society. Especially Ichigo’s father cracked me up. What I found a bit weak was the fact that Renji suddenly appeared. He was getting popular, so the creators certainly couldn’t avoid to write him out of the series, so they tried to find an excuse to stuff him into this arc somehow. Furthermore, Inoue gets some serious screentime, probably the first time in fifty episodes, and we already know the goal for the next fifty episodes of the series. We also got a small glimpse of the new bad guys. I don’t know why the creators tried so hard to hide their faces, when right afterwards the ED gives us some nice close-ups of our new antagonists. I have to say, I like their art. The little girl is also too cute.

Posted on with categories: Noein


Oh my god Atori! When I thought the last episode was good, I really didn’t know that this one would be even better!

Even though this is just the aftermath of the previous episode, it suddenly became all clear what kind of huge impact it had. I’m most surprised about Atori. This was something I never would have expected. Tobi (I finally know her name. :P) plays a wonderful part once more, and the chase had me laughing for quite a while. It’s so nice to see that the total group of protagonists as become so large. It offers a great variety, which is what the series really shows in this episode.

Please, Noein. Give me more awesomeness.

Posted on with categories: Bleach


Recap episode. Along with the ending of the ending of Soul Society arc.

"Bleach!"
"Celebration! Rukia rescue!"
"Shine Away! The ten fights of the Shinigami!"
"We will show you your favourite Shinigami!"
"Special!"
"On top of that, we’ll show you new developments!"

That’s the caption of this episode. I don’t know, but it seems a bit desperate. Especially the latest sentence. Are the creators that scared of losing people in a recap episode? I’m a bit sceptic about this. Another thing that I find strange is that they keep talking about the ten fights. Eventually, we just get to see seven of them. Did the creators have something special in mind, or are they just trying to save some budget?

Anyway, the recap itself consisted of almost all of the long fights that had happened in the series, put in just twenty-five minutes. The creators obviously tried to give the fight-loving viewers a little extra, by repeating the "good things" all over again. I, however, hated it.

Then we get Ichigo&co saying goodbye to everyone, and Rukia deciding to stay. That one’s an interesting development, but a tiny voice inside of me keeps yelling that they’ll eventually end up together again. My intuition says that that’ll happen within two episodes.

The thing I enjoyed about this episode was the comedy that finally returned to the series. From Ichigo’s arguing, to Kon’s blabbering and Inoue’s naiveness to Kenpachi’s enthusiasm.

About the next arc: I’m getting a bit worried. The fights at the soul society were already incredibly long. I have a feeling that the creators are trying to surpass themselves, with even longer fights. As for Ichigo, I would so love it if he became the bad guy in his Hollow-form. That would be so awesome. But then again… looking at some of the signs of low-budget in this episode, that probably won’t be happening.

Posted on with categories: Anime Reviews

This another one of those typical shounen series. With long fights, hugely powerful people and, of course, a male protagonist. I kept watching for the first ten episodes, just because the world, setting and magic system the creators created for this anime is hilarious. Every single nickname of every single warrior is horribly clichéd. So much that it actually becomes funny (for example, the strongest fighter in the kingdom named himself Scarface). When special martial arts techniques are executed, not only do the people executing them say the technique names once or twice, it also appears in huge lettters on the screen, in order to make sure that the viewer knows the name of the moves (which make no sense, by the way). The magic system is even more hilarious. Magic is sealed in cards, and when those cards are summoned, the cards start talking with an excessively overdramatic voice, telling who they are and what they do ("I am a flame! I scorch my enemies!"). When I saw these for the first time, I really couldn’t stop lauging.

This series surprised me even more when around the tenth episode, an actual story began to form, which is very rare among most shounen series. We saw some really interesting character interactions, motives and developments. Unfortunately, there were still the extremely long fights and sometimes, the scenes became a bit too dramatic, which didn’t do the series any good. The ending, also was (as expected) a horrible mess.

The character art itself looks a bit messy, and mostly typical for a shounen anime. I didn’t really care for it. EXCEPT when a character was either extremely beat down, or full of despair. At these moments, the creators managed to produce some of the most awesome-looking images ever, which really grab you, and take a while to let go. The music in this show is also awesome. The tunes realy give a reason to sit through the battles, and they really set the mood for the anime.

Why you should watch this: if you’re into shounen anime, you should watch this. But this is also a few good laughs worth for the ones who love shounen-parodies.

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Apr 27. 2015 03:35 AM)
    *But
    The first one was compared to Cronenberg and Lynch.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Apr 27. 2015 03:35 AM)
    @Bam: These are kind of listed as cyberpunk nut would you happen to have seen any of the Tetsuo films? There are three of them.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Apr 27. 2015 03:03 AM)
    @Emma: exactly. A 10 episode mini-series would be perfect for covering the original 75 chapters of Sandman, and I believe, if done right, the first volume Nucturnes and Preludes would become one of the most gripping premier episodes in television history. I’m sure if anyone produces that pilot an presents it to HBO they will immediately get greenlit for the entire series.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The Highlights for me in Sandman, a mixed bag though the series is are the Corinthian’s introduction and the orpheus bit.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 11:54 PM)
    Sandmans an easy adaptation if they were to focus on a main plot, do volume 1 and 2, then 5, one issue of vol6, condense volume 7 and 9, do one chapter of volume 10 as the epilogue.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 11:51 PM)
    The thing about these fantastic 4 flicks though is how on earth can you fail so hard that Ben Grimm becomes unfunny ?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 11:41 PM)
    That new Fantastic 4 just looks horrible, it needs a miracle to turn that shit around. I want to see that HBO adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman that was floating around, but just like the Guilermo Del Toro’s version of the Monster manga it sadly never materialized, although after seeing The Strain I’m rather glad it didn’t.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 11:00 PM)
    I’d have a hard time getting psyked for a new fantastic four movie, I think its evident that those characters are just too hard to get right.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 10:57 PM)
    These superhero movies can be enjoyable, though I wish DC and Marvel would start adapting stuff from their more adult lines.
    I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Preacher tv series. I also want a swamp thing film that follows Alan Moores run on the character.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 10:54 PM)
    Winter soldier missed the mark for me because I felt it overly long and dodgely edited, it tried to do too much and messed up trying to blend spy thriller and superhero flick and it just didn’t gel, the winter soldier himself also needed more presence.

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