Posted on 31 March 2006 with categories: Monthly Summaries

I keep telling myself to write some kind of end-of-the-month-summary, though I keep forgetting. But not this time! Haha! Ha..ha..

Anyway, I was planning to give a short summary of my opinions on each of the shows that I’m following, including some that I’m not blogging, and do some kind of top-5 episodes, or something in that direction. Oh, and if you were, by the very unlikely chance, wondering why I didn’t post for so long: I had my exams this week again, so I was too busy to post. Now that they’re over, I’m back again.
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Posted on 25 March 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews


Let’s see, what have we here… Girl with superpowers runs into boy who holds the key to the bad guys for their ultimate plan in order to gain an infinite amount of power. Boy and girl fall in love. The end. Let’s see, where have I seen this before?

The anime starts out pretty nicely. Yuji (the boy) discovers that he died a long time ago and that he had been temporarily replaced by a blue flame which keeps getting weaker and weaker. All this is told by a very nonchalant girl who couldn’t care less about him. Yuji just doesn’t accept this and keeps bothering this girl. After he sacrifices himself in order to save others, Shana (the girl) finally realizes that not all humans are selfish and care only about themselves. Then, at the point of a dramatic ending, Yuji convieniently appears to have a unique power to restore all his lost energy by midnight. Even though that minor detail ruined a couple of scenes, I found myself enjoying these parts. The only problem: these were only the first four episodes.

The episodes that followed featured some kind of bad guy who had to be defeated. Some of them were kindof interesting to see (for example, the doll fetishist), some were just plain boring (for example, the flashback arc). But the biggest problem I had was our main character: Shana. She managed to change from a nonchalant red-haired warrior to a whiny little girl. Not particularly the best development ever and as the episode progressed I began to hate her more and more. In an attempt to counter this, the creators made her obsessive about melon-pan, which she then tried to eat in a very cute-like way. When they first introduced this, Shana was still in nonchalant-mode, so it didn’t really fit that character at all. As the series progressed, that behaviour fitted her character more and more, but I really couldn’t care less about this, and it wasn’t really the cutest thing I ever saw. If you want cute, you should see Becky in a cat-suit, bottle-fairies playing pirate or Mori doing a cossack dance.

The characters I did like were the side-characters, especially Yuji’s classmates. If you ignore the fact that each flame haze that visited the town convieniently chose one of them to be their side-kick, then they have some very interesting personalities. I especially liked Yoshida. I kept hoping for her to beat Shana and just make Yuji fall for her, although I knew that this was false hope, as Yuji and Shana were meant to be together for the sake of being the main characters. Anyway, I had a very enjoyable time whenever one of Yuji’s classmates came in the spotlight. I especially loved the confession between two of them. It was the last thing I expected from a show like this.

Then the ultimate bad guys. These guys really are 1-dimensional characters, being bad for the sake of being bad. We never get to hear their intentions, or why they’re doing what they’re doing. For example, I’d have loved to see a bit of background from Hecate, but no. Apparently, Shana’s more important, so she’s the only one who we get so see some background of (which by the way, was really disappointing. It didn’t feel special to me at all, except maybe Shana’s outfit. There’s also the question remaining as to why Shana turned so cold, as she was pretty energetic when she was young).

The ending of the series was horrible. Giving me fake hope like that! And yes, all of the side-characters are conviently put out of the picture as our hero sets off to the ultimate showdown. Anyway, blah blah, fight fight, drama, blah blah, drama. *yawn* The aftermath shows us an open ending, which shows some hints for a second season (>.<) Shakugan no Shana does excel in the music department, however. The tunes are nice and catchy, especially at the beginning of the series. They turn a bit repetitive at the end of the series, though, but that's a minor issue. I just don't like the tune the creators used for the commercial-introduction-sequence. It doesn't really work along with a very dramatical scene right before it. The art itself is also pretty decent. The eyes of the characters might be a bit too much, but apart from that, it didn't bother me much. The CG also looks very interesting, except for the fact that there seemed to be a thick imaginary line between the usual art and the CG. I could exactly distinguish both of them, and they really were not blended in too well. That was a bit of a pity to see. Overall, this is a pretty popular series, but I just don't like it. Period. Overall Rating: 51/100

Posted on 24 March 2006 with categories: Ergo Proxy



The first two episodes had most screentime featured by Ril, and a bit of Vincent. In the second episode, they both got about the same amount of it. This episode, featured mostly Vincent, with a bit of Ril. It appears that he’s been in coma for ten days since, and he finds himself together with Pino outside of the big city, which apparently is called Romdeau. For Vincent, this was mostly an intermezzo, as he recovers from his fall and meets up with the local residents while Pino is being her usual awesomely cheery self. He still hasn’t lost te worries he had before his jump, so he’s gloomy as ever. Even though nothing much happened with him, I still have to say that I enjoyed watching him. For a male main character, he really appears to me as unique.

Then Ril. Even though she didn’t get a lot of screentime, there were a lot of different things happening around her. First of all, Iggy got taken away. This is no surprise after what happened in the last episode, but I’m sad to see him gone. I hope he comes back soon. The part that kinda shocked me is the fact that the series suddenly lost one of its most important bad guys. Only after episode four, the one that started all the drama suddenly ends up dead. This could really turn to be interesting. When I started this series, I was expecting some quest in order to kill the allmighty proxy, but thank goodness this series focuses more on the topic of human freedom and what to do with it.

Overall, I enjoyed this episode, although I can imagine that the more impatient people would be a bit turned off by this. The episode starts off a bit strange, as we get to see what’s inside Vincent’s dream, but that didn’t really mind me.

Posted on with categories: Ayatsuri Sakon



The first arc ended in mass-murder. This one only has three deaths. The ones in the two previous episodes, and the one that happens in this episode. That doesn’t mean that this arc is less awesome. Even at the moment right before the criminal gets revealed, I really had no idea who it was. Everyone could have done it.

That’s the thing I like about Ayatsuri Sakon: they develop each character so, that he or she could possibly be the murderer. Everyone hides something, or acts suspicious. They’re either too calm, or they just freak out. The creators then manage to blend the murderer in with the other characters, and somehow manage to make that one character stand out the least, making him or her the least suspicious of the bunch.

The techniques used by the murderer are quite clever. Especially with the second murder, it had me startled for a while. This is proof that we’re dealing with a very cleverly-written anime here. Sakon also made good use of this when he solved the case.

The climax of this episode was the best yet. You’d think of a dramatic ending, with lots of time spent on it. The bad guy learns his lesson, or at least sees the futility of his actions. Well… eh… no. I just loved the abrupt ending of this episode. The creators managed to eecute that one very nicely. The next episode will probably feature the aftermath of this tragedy, as there are a lot of unknown questions left behind by this one.

Posted on 20 March 2006 with categories: Mushishi



After the disappointment of episode 19, episode 20 totally makes up for it. The theme is kindof heavy this time. Normally, mushi aren’t really evil. This episode deals with a mushi who is. Ages ago, it had been sealed, after attempting to kill all humans and animals. However, the sealing just set the mushi to sleep, it didn’t kill it. There’s also the fact that the mushi was sealed in a human body. When that body dies, the descendants of that body will carry this seal over. In contrast with Naruto, the bearer of the seal doesn’t gain any superpowers, but a part of their body turns pure black and unmovable, making them unable to use it. In this case, the black part was just the right leg. But the first bearer had it all over her body.

Anyway, in order to kill the mushi, the bearer has to write down stories of mushi dying. That’s the weak point of this mushi. It just takes one heck of an amount of stories in order to do this. Even three generations haven’t been able to. The girl in this case will most likely also have a nice way to spend her time for the rest of her life. The introduction of this episode was just so sad. After all, living up, firstly not being able to play with other children because of a certain black leg, and secondly having to hear all kinds of stories about death. I’m not sure, but that doesn’t seem the best way to grow up. But then again, if she doesn’t do it, the mushi will consume her. In other words, she’ll die herself.

We also get to know that there are also Mushishi who don’t value the life of the mushi. Ginko’s stories about mushi not dying during his adventures were a first case for this girl. I didn’t expect a thing like this. From all the Mushishi I’ve seen in this series, they all seem like a bunch of pacifists, who value the life of every creature.

It was also very nice that we got to see an image of Ginko that we’ve never seen before. After seeing the two of them talking at the end of the episode, they seemed like a nice couple. Speaking of that, we had a rather unique ending this time. While it was just as great as the other Mushishi-endings, it lacked a climax. The fact that the girl has been doing this for probably more than thirteen years shows how she came to accept her tasks, and how she learend to live with it. Because of this, and ending like that is possible.

Posted on with categories: Mushishi



A guy from an relatively rich family falls in love with the nanny of his little brother (at least, I assume it’s his little brother. It’s at least a baby-member of the rich family). This nanny gets to play the victim this time. She’s a person who can see certain types of mushi, she sees a mushi in the form of a thread hanging from the sky, grabs it and flies off into the air. Then she falls down to earth again, trees break her fall, but she becomes a pseudo-mushi. Eventually, she’s partially saved by Ginko who runs into her. In order to totally save her, the guy needs to make her give the will to remain human. Well, let’s just say he fails. After a little rant from Ginko’s side, we get to see a very enjoyable ending.

Even though this was an enjoyable Mushishi episode, it just remained enjoyable. Nothing more nothing less. It wasn’t anything special like the previous episodes. I did like the ending, however. It seems like Mushishi has the handicap of always delivering a great (or even better) ending for each episode.

Posted on with categories: Law of Ueki



Aah, I knew it. Ballow had to have some kind of background. When he was a child, he accidentally shot his mother with Kurogane, mistaking her for a burglar. Ever since, she lost her awareness of this world, and only is able to lay awake in bed, without any motion (there has to be some kind of term for this, but it can’t come to my mind). His mother was a good painter, so Ballow thought that he could reach his mother’s heart by making very good pictures. Well, he tried that for about eight years, with still no success. After he chases away a couple of burglars with Kurogane, his mother suddenly reacts again by seeing this oversized pea shooter, she apparently remembers the past incident, and she becomes extremely scared. Well, after all this, it was a piece of cake for Margaret to convert him. Overall, I like this story. It’s so much better than the last episode, and it does give a bit of extra dimension to the fight.

Ballow’s background may have been very pleasantly to see, but what really made my day was what happens afterwards: we finally get to see Kami-sama’s background. We finally get to see a serious side of his, explaining why he organized this tournament in the first place. It seems that the position of Kami-sama changes very rapidly (at least, in terms of heavenly-beings), as it has only been 25 years ago that Kami-sama was appointed to his task. Apparently he had some good connections, as he was just ‘chosen’ by the previous Kami-sama. Anyway, he didn’t really like the huge amount of paperwork, so he takes off. I loved the way his assistant misunderstood Kami-sama’s comments on the Hellions.

Kami-sama apparenly was a human before he got promoted, as he goes back to the human world. There he meets up with a very weird girl. I really like her. I couldn’t believe that the creators would’ve been able to put another unique character in, but apparently, they can. This girl tries to get out of a couple of guys harrassing her, all in Ueki-style of course, fails, and then relies on Kami-sama to protect her, resulting in some very hilarious scenes. Then the girl introduces her and we get another horrible cliffhanger.

After this episode, there are just seven episodes left. I’m expecting the next episode will be reserved for preparations and the rest of Kami-sama’s background, so that means that the grande finale will consist of six episodes. In those six episodes, Rihou gets his lessons, the Ballow team still have some kind of role, Margaret will reveal his plans, Kami-sama fights Margaret, and Anon will be featured in his showdown. In other words: it will be one heck of a final. I am so hoping that the girl introduced in this episode will play a huge role, I’m already fan of her.

Posted on 19 March 2006 with categories: Law of Ueki



Ah, of course, Ueki was doing all this in order to reach level 2. I almost forgot, between the awesomeness of seeing Rinko, Sano and Mori fight. This episode wasn’t really anything special. Ueki fights, Ueki gets beaten, tension rises, last possible moment, Ueki finds his level 2. It’s a pity that the show must obey certain rules when an important plot-part arrives. The creators managed to solve this extremely good with Marilyn, though this time, they failed. I was hoping for Ueki to use his tree powers in a very creative way, but I was wrong. I guess he still relied too much on the power of his sacred treasures in order to fully utilize his tree-powers… but that sounds weird, as you need to fully control your powers in order to reach level… in any case, the creators had a bad day.

Posted on with categories: Ayakashi ~Japanese Classic Horror~



Aaaah, I’ve been waiting for this to come out. Yotsuya Kaidan is finished, and now we continue with the second story of Ayakashi: Ten Shu Mono Gatari, and it suddenly looks like I’m watching a total different anime. The art style got a total retyle. The faces of the characters suddenly became to look much more like normal anime-style, and the clothes have changed from simple one-colored kimono’s into bright-colored, multi-layered cloths. This changed the overall style to be mush lighter. Overall, I have to say that I like this new art more than the previous. Especially the Forgotten Gods look beautiful (if you exclude the old lady, that is). Yotsuya Kaidan’s art wasn’t bad, or anything, but it just bothered me a bit too many times.

The story’s also so much different from Yotsuya Kaidan, which revolved around nothing but arrogant characters, only doing as they please and killing each other. Ten Shu Mono Gatari, however, seems to be a love-story, between a Forgotten God and a human. Yotsuya Kaidan had just one supernatural being involved (namely Oiwa). Ten Shu Mono Gatari has many, including different species. I have no idea whether this will be as succesful as Yotsuya Kaidan. I guess the only way to find out it to watch the next couple of episodes.

Posted on with categories: Law of Ueki



What the friggin’ heck!?!

Okay, the cliffhanger in this episode is officially the most annoying one yet. I mean, what happened to him to make that happen…? Okay, this was certainly the last thing I would ever have expected from a show of this nature… But then again, he’ll probably find even more power than he had before, but still, I had a serious wtf-feeling after this episode ended.

Anyway, this episode instantly covered three fights, focusing on Mori’s one. What happens when you let an 178-IQ-person meet up with Mori’s power? Some incredibly hilarious scenes. The fight was pretty short for shounen-series-standards, which made it even more enjoyable to see. It was just horribly funny to see a serious person like that guy being turned into a glasses lover, and trying all kinds of ways to outsmarten her. I just loved the way Mori countered all of these plans.

The other fights both featured Sano. That one surprised me, as I would’ve thought that every team member would get a chance to fight, but it seems that Hideyoshi is left out of the action in this arc, just like Rinko in the previous one. I’m wondering what will become of him in the last couple of episodes. I just know that there’ll still be a moment for him to stand in the spotlights, as he’s the only weak person remaining in the team.

Anyway, Sano’s a huge victim in this episode. It doesn’t seem like he’s been killed, but I bet he’s going to wake up with a nice headache. The fact that Ueki’s been chosen for the last and decisive match, has of course been predictable, but the cliffhanger totally made up for that. It’s also nice that Ueki ‘s very silent in audience. This made this and the previous episode a rather main-character-less period, which is always good for a series, so it can focus on the side-characters a bit more.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 05:29 AM)
    Although it looks like Liden Films is working with a decent budget, the 3d models weren’t really that impressive. They’re actually pretty lucky to have Studio Millepensee on board as well; since their still frames and 2D in-betweens were actually really good.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 05:13 AM)
    The song from Gut’s nightmare sequence in the wagon was good tho. That might be the Harasawa insert track.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 05:11 AM)
    @Aidan: I already favorited their page. That’s incredibly. It’s like Kotaku hired a bunch of bronies to write reviews.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 05:05 AM)
    @Bam, don’t think it’s a parody. After all it’s the same site that posted this comedy gem of an article.
    http://kotaku.com/sword-art-online-is-the-smartest-anime-i-ve-seen-in-yea-5947171
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:59 AM)
    I really do hope that I’m wrong about all of this.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:57 AM)
    I’m starting to question Miura, and wondering how much of the genius of it was the 97 series director Naohito Takahashi, I mean I did watch the series before reading the manga. His choices are starting to make sense: leaving Puck out, ending the show right at the eclipse. He knew Miura will never finish it, and that is the high point of the whole story.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:52 AM)
    @Aidan: this article has to be a parody. I refuse to believe otherwise.
    The original’s pilot was disjointed and messy, but it kept the dark atmosphere and the somber tone. It still captured your attention and got you to watch the second episode, which was the real hook. This upbeatness … it’s just wrong.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:51 AM)
    @Bam: Ah, I’m am slightly high at the moment and it makes me giddy/shit post.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:48 AM)
    @Kaiser: might be a “bab” but I am far from innocent.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:46 AM)
    And hearing the characters voiced in Japanese, it reminds me just how the dub for Berserk sat much better for me.

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