Posted by psgels on 31 July 2006 with categories: Monthly Summaries

Damn that bandwidth. Ah well, it should be over tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy, and try not to mind the missing pictures too much. ^^;

+ Top 12 Anime With 1 Episode Released +
I’m going to go with the same categories as previous month, as they proved to be quite solid. I’m leaving out the anime with none episodes released, though, like Hime-Sama Goyoujin, Gintama AND NOEIN!!! *cough* In any case, these are either the new anime which were so bad that I didn’t bother to wait for the second episode, some OVA’s who only get released once per season and series which have been cursed with slow subbers.

12: Tonagura

This is garbage. I didn’t even bother to continue past the first episode, this anime will definitely be dropped. I don’t see the fun in watching a horny bastard getting what he wants.

11: Zero no Tsukaima

Not another Shana. Another show to be dropped. Is there one thing about this series which isn’t over cliché and overused? The background art also looked horrible. Since when were rooms this empty? Since when were areas this plain?

10: Tsuyokisu

An anime full of tsundere, all waiting to be conquered by our main character. Okay, so what was the good part again? I was too demotivated to check out another episode of this one. Dropped.

9: Boku ga Ita

Credits to the anime for experimenting with the art-style. Still, that doesn’t make up for the fact that the anime itself is incredibly boring. I’m not really the type for plain slice-of-romances. Dropped.

8: Kirarin Revolution

Will this one eventually get subbed? I doubt it. I’ll be following it for now, though I’m wondering whether this one will survive. The same is going on with Yoshinaga-chi no Gargoyle and Hime-Sama Goyoujin. They’re perfectly fine series, but someone needs to friggin sub it. Ah well, I have to remember that Ginga Densetsu Weed only started to get subbed 6 months after it aired.

7: Kyou no go ni
This is another one of those attempts at comedy. This time, it’s about very suggestive middle-school antics. Every scene is full of fanservice, though nothing is meant on purpose. Ironically, the humour only works when there’s no fanservice involved. The creators’ attempt to add some serious scenes also totally backfired. Still, it did feature some entertaining scenes.

6: Dai Mahou Touge

It’s pretty much the same formula as before. An “unlikely” enemy comes, and tries to defeat Punie. It’s too bad that the novelty has worn off this time. At the previous episode, we had no idea about Punie’s nature, which made the shock very entertaining. This time, we already knew that she was an extremely violent girl. The episode didn’t really add anything new. Still, if you ignore this, the scenes remained enjoyable.

5: Pani Poni Dash

The series ended this month, with a quite interesting last episode. It wasn’t necessarily extremely funny, though it was nice to see every single character in the spotlights again, doing something. The rapid succession of all these events turned this into an enjoyable episode. Still, most of the usual humour had to be sacrificed for this.

4: Chevalier

It seems that Chevalier will only start after the beginning of August, and that the first episode was more meant as an introduction, to be aired one month earlier. I’m expecting that the pacing will be turned down a few levels as well, and that the creators really decided to go all out, in order to give this anime good first impressions. So far, it looks interesting, but will this remain?

3: Eureka7

Following Nanashi’s releases again. The climax is really building up now, though I wonder what’ll be happening during the last eight episodes of the anime. Renton and Eureka are now about to head into the great wall, though what’ll happen next? So far, this episode has been very enjoyable. I’m very eager for the rest, even though that might take a while.

2: Ergo Proxy

What the heck is up with Shinsen? It’s been more than a month and all they released is episode fourteen. They need to hurry a bit, though I’m very eager to see more of Ergo Proxy. Still, episode fourteen remained awesome, even though it was a filler. I just love the mind games it played.

1: Black Lagoon

Roberta, the little boy, Revy, Rock, Benny, Dutch and Balalaika all were totally awesome during episode ten. Please forgive me, but I have yet to see episode 11 and 12. Simply because of the fact that I refuse to watch Your-Mom’s releases. Not because they did a horrible job, but because they dared to release in ultra high-quality which my computer couldn’t take. I’d rather wait for Shinsen than to try and watch their release with a horrible amount of lag. Anyway, I wish that there were more series like Black Lagoon. It’s characters really are unique. Thank god it’s getting a second season.

+ Top 26 Anime With More Than 1 Episode Released +
Once more, ranking these was incredibly difficult. Especially if you consider that there were so many awesome series here. But then again, there also have been a lot of bad and mediocre series. Still, I’ve found that the ranking goes better when I divide all of the shows into four groups: garbage, mediocre, good and awesome. With this, things became a bit easier.

26: Bleach

While June featured some interesting moments, Bleach in July was total garbage. Every scene was boring, and the bickering between the different characters also was nowhere to be found.

25: Chottoko Sister

At first, this show showed a spark of potential, though after watching the second episode, I knew: this show will be horribly boring. The horny girl-next-door didn’t help much either. I’ll be dropping this series now.

24: Coyote Ragtime Show

I was looking forward to this show a lot. Needless to say that I wasn’t too happy when I found out that the results were rather disappointing, after seeing four episodes. I’ll be dropping this series, I think. It’s just too dull for me to continue. I so hoped for more than one party to be after the treasure, though it seems that Mister is the only one who knows about it. I also don’t see what’s so great about the maids. All they do is chase after the main character and fail, breaking a lot of things in the process, including themselves.

23: Witchblade

While rather dull and boring, I do find some slightly interesting elements in this show which can become great later on. I’ll keep following this one. Some of the characters really have interesting problems, and the chairman’s worries about his loss of hair are quite humorous.

22: Kamisama Kazoku

The second arc only really started to get interesting with the fourth episode. Before, it was just people acting randomly. And how come Samatarou just “happened” to know about the girl in the hospital? The fact that his father is god does not really suffice. I also do not like the fact that the creators have the tendency to press the reset-button after every arc. Come on, the characters at least need to remember. And when they don’t the creators at least have to use this. But no, they don’t.

21: NHK ni Youkosou!

While the first episode showed potential, the third episode focused around a 20+-year-old guy who discovers eroge and porn and keeps getting horny about it. I did not want to see that at all. I’ll be giving this one more chance, as the music remains great and some themes introduced works good, though I’m very disappointed with how this turned out.

20: Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran remains at the mediocre quality it’s been at for a long time. This definitely isn’t a successful comedy anime, as I haven’t laughed in ages. Ah well, thank goodness there weren’t any episodes dedicated to Honey this month (seriously, why didn’t the guy go to a dentist in order to get his cavity fixed? Why did he just whine instead? And do not tell me he didn’t do that because he didn’t have the money). I also didn’t really like the separation of Hikaru and Kaoru. I mean, why did the two of them act different to begin with? Their personalities were always the same. Why did Hikaru suddenly become a good guy, while Kaoru turned cold? A bit more subtlety, please.

19: Naruto

Naruto’s been inside fillers inside fillers this month. Still, these were just hilarious. Especially when Ino had to impersonate the princess, though Gai-sensei dressing up by putting up an afro also was very funny.

18: Utawarerumono

Utawarerumono has been getting better very slowly. There still weren’t any impressive scenes, but I do have to admit that episode 17 was too cute. It showed that the creators are trying out a few more things, which could promise interesting material for the future. Still, the plot twist has yet to happen. I wonder when it’ll come.

17: Power Puff Girls Z

Okay. Why the heck am I still watching this? In fact, why the heck am I actually enjoying it?! Okay, it isn’t great or anything, though the funny and cute moments remain. Still, I’d like less emphasis on food and candy. And Bubbles needs to receive a blow in the head with a pickaxe. It’ll do her good.

16: Binbou Shimai Monogatari

This is what you get when you do first impressions in patches of three. Sometimes, shows like this one have to wait very long before other new shows get released. Ah well, I like the current system. I’ve already seen the first four episodes, and I have to say that I’m enjoying it, despite the fact that 50% of the scenes remain quite boring. The two sisters are quite touching, and cute as well. Though the hugs are becoming quite annoying.

15: Muteki Kanbanmusume

Most of the time, the comedy doesn’t really work. But there are times at which this anime is completely hilarious. My favourite scene is the battle between the two trains, though episode four also provided very hilarious material. Surprisingly enough, the serious scenes actually work. This is very rare for a comedy-anime.

14: Good Witch of the West

It’s got some huge flaws, yeah. But the story remains awesome. There are only two episodes left, so I’m eager to see how this’ll end. The last episode ended with quite an interesting cliff-hanger.

13: .Hack//Roots

This month was entirely dedicated to Haseo getting more emo by the minute, because of what happened to Shino. While watching these episodes, I found them rather boring and annoying. But when I’m thinking about them right now, these scenes only turn more amazing by the minute. Episodes 11, 12 and 13 also have been deleting an incredible lot of characters, up to the point that only Haseo, Tabby and Phyllo remained. Episodes 14, 15 and 16 on their turn, have been introducing lots of new characters. I have to say, that they work quite good. Still, they’re not yet able to beat the ones they replaced.

12: Otogi Juushi Akazukin

So far, the best episode was the second one. The others have been awesome as well, though. The character designs are a major plus. Everyone just looks SO cute. ^_^

11: Popolocrois 2003

Popolocrois 2003 has proved to be a worthy successor of its 1998 version. While it’s a bit early to call it awesome, I really like the characters. They’re amazing in their own ways, totally different from 1998. Episode six also showed that it’s capable of some really creative and awesome action scenes.

10: Popolocrois 1998

I’m currently waiting for Anime-bt and Pakapuka to release another episode for this one. While it wasn’t as awesome as it was around episode ten, the scenes did remain very creative and awesome. Hyuu, Narcia and Pietoro really have captured me into their world. I’m very eager to learn how this one will end, though I suspect that it’ll take a while.

9: Mushishi

Mushishi really continued with its awesome and unique stories. I really can’t get enough of them. While they didn’t contain something extraordinary, I definitely enjoyed the two episodes released this month. Please, tell me that some kind of Mushishi second season is arriving soon.

8: Ginga Densetsu Weed

Ginga Densetsu Weed is turning near its ending, and at the moment, it’s getting incredible. The creators made a huge spectacle out of each of the character’s deaths, and seeing the bad guy getting defeated like that actually was very heart wrenching. I’m seriously recommending this anime. It’s so bad that so little people know about it. It definitely deserves more attention than this.

7: Saiunkoku Monogatari

Saiunkoku Monogatari really is turning amazing right now. I won’t spoil anything for the people who haven’t been able to keep up with Shadow Dreams, but the arcs which aired this month really were awesome.

6: Tsubasa Chronicle

Tsubasa Chronicle has been awesome this month. While I doubt that it’ll be able to continue this, I really enjoyed it. Especially episode 37 with everything in chibi-style was just totally incredible. Episode 36 also showed that people don’t always have very deep reasons for their actions. ^^

5: xxxHolic

The cases introduced in each of the episodes remain great and surprisingly unique. It’s the same quality that we’re used to from xxxHolic. Most of these stories also really make you care about all the characters involved. I’m also giving it credit for the art style with long limbs.

4: The Third

I’m still in love with the third. A lot of new elements have been introduced, and they work just perfectly. I’m also surprised that the creators went so far, this early in the series. The characters remain some of the most developed ever, which makes them truly awesome.

3: Blood+

This definitely was worth the month-long absence. Episodes 33, 34 were just so totally incredible! You never see such a plot twist coming. Episode 35 actually got even better, and I actually cried during one of these scenes. That alone should be a sign that this anime really is turning more incredible by the minute. We’re now at episode 38, and the anime still remains as solid as ever.

2: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

The third arc ended in a very interesting way, if you ignore Keiichi’s voice-acting. The fourth arc was just totally incredible. Rika, Akasaka and Oishi played their roles perfectly. The fifth arc seems to be the same as the second arc, but in the perspective of Shion. While it remained my least favourite arc, the last two episodes might become good. But episode 17 was a bit too much. Still, The mystery, in combination with fourth arc made up for everything.

1: Simoun

Simoun truly has made a huge impression on me. The episodes just keep getting better and more intense by the minute, showing some extremely well created tensions and relationships. This anime definitely deserves the first place.

+ Upcoming Anime +
I’ve yet again browsed sites like AnimeNfo and AniDB and found quite some interesting titles. Not only for the august season, but also for 2007. Here is a selection of ten of them, ranked from horrible to good. Some of them really look interesting, while others look horrible.

Love dol: Lovely Idol

Wow, it has cute girls. And… more cute girls. With cute costumes! Seriously, I have no idea what the anime will be about, though I’m planning to stay away from this one. Especially when the title is made up by four of the most cheesy words in combination with each other.

Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo!

Nice to meet you. My name is Yoshimura Mamoru and today is supposed to be the start of my new life. From now on I’ll be attending a high school which is attached to the prestigious Tokyo Beatrice University. Right when I arrived at the school full of expectations, this is where I met her, under the scattering storm of cherry blossoms. I could do nothing but gaze at an fantastic spectacle. The name of the beautiful girl before me was Takasu Ayako. And suddenly she confessed to me… However, little did I know what awaited me after I accepted this stunning offer. She was in reality a rich and spoiled princess who moreover was the genius in control of the Tokyo Beatrice University and this is how my days of a love comedy began. Okay, this’ll be the next tsundere-anime. Will they ever end? Seriously, though, why did the girl confess to the guy? Did she need a slave?

Gift Eternal Rainbow

Narasakicho is a site-spot near the seashore. In this town, there are two mysterious phenomena. One of them is a rainbow over the town, it doesn’t disappear. Whenever one looks up, it is always there. The other one is a magic called “Gift”. It is a present that one can give the other only once.
Amaumi Haruhiko is a student who goes to Shimano Academy. One day, a student transfers to the school. It was his sister-in-law. She used to live with him, but they have been living separately by some reason.
This anime will probably become extremely boring, but I appreciate the fact that the creators tried to add some original elements. Even though the two mysterious phenomena are horribly cheesy. Still, “sister-in-law”? I hope my definition of sister-in-law is wrong.

Tempouibun Ayakashiayashi

This show seems to be very hyped, though I have no idea what it’ll be about, except for a picture of some kind of grown man who looks scary. The “Ayakashi” might suggest that we’re dealing with a horror-series here, though AnimeNfo labels it as Fantasy with Historical Settings. Could the guy be a samurai?

Saint October

Whether it is the future or the past… it is the world of fantasy and horror hiding in the shadow of the demon city. In the city, consecutive mysterious incidents that cannot be solved by science have occurred. To solve the incidents, they gather three girl detectives possessing special abilities. Hayama Kotono. She is an orphan living in a convernt. Shirafuji Natuski. She is Kotono’s classmate and a pop idol. Hijiri Misaki. She is a mysterious girl who fights against nightmares of her previous life. Those who want to bring the Judgment Day to the world. Those who want to save the world. Which is justice, and which is evil? When Kotono encounters a boy who lost his memory, the wheel of the story begins to move a little. Then, solving the mysteries, the three girls will confront the fate that will influence the existence of the human beings. It’s a nice description, though we don’t get much wiser about the nature of the series. What kind of mysteries are they talking about? What are the powers of the girls? Why is the boy losing his memory so important? Still, things we do know (the problems of the main characters) seem solid and interesting. The show has been labeled as a fantasy-adventure, so who knows. Maybe it’ll be good. The character designs seem interesting, though.

Saishuu Shiken Kujira

Based on a game by Circus. Like snow falling in summer, like a cicada lamenting the coming of winter … In a town watched over by a whale in the sky … the extraordinary is made ordinary. Spectacles that could never be given form are instead given flesh and soul. And in their midst, the story of a miracle that comes to pass in this town of miracles incarnate … Welcome to the world of Final Examination Kujira. I’ve got a lot of questions for this anime. First of all, what the heck do the description and the promo-art have in common with each other? Why is this show labelled as a mystery-show, while there’s a cute girl on the promo-art? Heck, what is this anime about anyway?

Deltora Quest

This will probably be pure fantasy, and nothing but fantasy. It’s based on a bunch of children’s books, about three heroes who accomplish certain missions for their country. It can become something great, if the creators don’t make the main character the standard fantasy lead. The story goes that our main character is the heir to the throne, though he grows up in a village, away from the castle. A Shadow Lord meanwhile takes over the country, and exiles the current king. It seems solid, so let’s hope for the best.

Death Note

So, the case is like this: a guy is extremely bored with his life. Then he finds the notebook of Death, and decides to kill criminals with it, creating a perfect world. This can, of course, not go unnoticed, so a special detective named L gets sent after him. You’d wonder why the main character just doesn’t kill the guy off. This is another one of the hyped anime, the manga seems to be pretty good, though I have to see this first before I can get convinced.

CODE GEASS Hangayaku no Lelouch

This’ll be the next CLAMP-adaptation, which is reason enough to get enthusiastic. The fact that the creators are expecting a lot out of this by placing it on the same timeslot Blood+ is currently occupying (apparently, prime-time in japan) only makes this better. The fact that this’ll be a mecha-anime, makes it worse, though. I wonder how CLAMP will be able to handle mechas, as they’re not my favourite genre. The anime will deal with three main characters. Two of them are high-school boys, battling to defend japan in a futuristic world, while the third is called the Witch of Destiny. It’ll be a combination of fighting and campus life, as it seems. Ah well, the character designs look impressive, which is one major plus.

Master of EPIC

I already spoke of this one, but here is some more info. Apparently, this anime is based off an MMORPG. As far as I know, it’s never come out in English, though. The anime will probably play inside this world. It’s a very interesting world, populated by four different races. The Newtar are much like humans. They’re about average in everything. I’m predicting that the main character will be a Newtar. Then there are the Cognite. They’re comparable to elves: long, pointy ears, good with bows and friendly with animals, living in forests. There’s also a chibi-race: The Elmony. It consists of little people, living in mushrooms and who make most of their money by selling fruits and vegetables. They also have long and pointy ears, though not as long as the Cognite. The bad guys will probably come from the fourth race: the Pandemos. They’ve got pointy ears as well, along with a couple of horns on their forehead. They dress dark and intimidating and like to use big weapons. An interesting element about this anime is the fact that it plays in four different time zones: The Present Age, The War Age, The Future Age and the Chaos Age. GONZO will be producing it, which means lots of flashy action scenes and fanservice. Ah well, let’s hope they don’t mess up too much. Overall, I like a good fantasy anime, and this has some great potential to be one. For as far as I’ve seen from their main website, they’ve already set the perfect setting. All that’s left is the rest.

+ Top 5 Episodes +
As usual, I close the summary with the five episodes which were the best of the entire month, in order to highlight the little gems that appeared. here they are:

5: Simoun – 14
This was just awesome. Dominüra’s beliefs are shattered, and Waporifu and Morinasu play their parts perfectly. This episode really proved that the characters together can produce some beautiful, emotional scenes.

4: Otogi Juushi Akazukin – 2
This episode was just fun. Akazukin and Baru’s reaction to the technical world were just hilarious to see. Not to mention that the overall cuteness level of the show raised to astronomical heights.

3: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – 15
This is the kind of episode where you only realize it’s totally incredible after you watched it. I want more Rika, damnit. In any case, the episode was just brilliant. Each of the characters was likeable, interesting and flawless for once. A rare feat for Higurashi.

2: Tsubasa Chronicle – 37
Really, can it get more awesome than this? Cutest episode ever!

1: Simoun – 16
This truly was incredible. I can’t see many anime topping this one.

9 Responses

  1. Cos says:

    CODE GEASS isn’t a Clamp anime adaptation,only the deign is by Clamp.Still I’m quite curious,have you watched X?I think it’s by far one of Clamp best(along with Tokyo Bablone wich Tv adaptaton was horrible).Also GEASS is done by the same team who made Gundam Seed/Destiny…
    Also I totaly agree with you on Simoun 16 it was just uterly brillant.

  2. kacpy says:

    SHS probably got bored with Ergo Proxy and you can’t blame them – 20 episodes of wandering around wastelands is not exciting.

  3. Anga says:

    Yeah, Dai Mahou Touge losed it’s comedy value with repetition, I didn’t laugh at all. It seems that my decision to drop NHK was right. Satou wasn’t likeable begin with, but he playing eroges probably would have generated sudden urge to strangle him, politely saying.

    One good thing with current tsundere plague is that I don’t have to watch those shows at all and I save lot of time and bandwidth.

    Death note manga is awesome and when I say that about shounen manga I have either gone insane or it really is awesome. And this time it’s not the first option. But rewatch value feels pretty low for this show. I mean, I have read more than half about manga and it’s probably just boring to watch everything again in animated form. When one knows the story there is very little to get excited, it’s the first time that counts.

    Argh, Gonzo. They will mess up things for sure, but setting sounds good indeed so hopefully Master of Epic will be good.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Nope, I’ve yet to watch X. Gotta watch it some time.

    I’m also not hoping that SHS really did give up on Ergo Proxy. That show is too awesome to be neglected.

  5. hayase says:

    Wow! Nice compilation! Now I feel really guilty about having put Mushishi in my watch-later list. ^_^;

    Now that I’ve realized a lot of the summer anime series isn’t worth watching, I might have time now to watch the more interesting ones. I’m still not convinced about Simoun though, and with my current backlog it looks like I’m not gonna ever find time for it.

    I also share your lament with Ergo Proxy. Though I chose to express it in a more ‘creative’ way, I guess.

    And Death Note looks really interesting.

  6. maya says:

    Wow, I congratulate you for watching so many shows! If I had more time, I would definitely be watching a lot more than I am now. BTW, how long did it take you to write this post? I appreciate the time and effort you put into it. :)

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Hayase: Heh, yeah, I saw it. At least you saw a sneak-a-peak about what the episodes would be like. ;)

    At the moment, I’ve yet to be convinced by Death Note. It can go anywhere, both good as bad.

    Maya: believe me, it did take up a LOT of time, as I spent multiple days working on it (not continuously, of course ;)). But I liked writing it. I really enjoy making these kinds of lists and comparing them. ^_^

  8. Cos says:

    Also last episode of Noein has been realised some weeks ago by BFT,it’s on tokyotosho althought the subtitle isn’t in english it’s still a good english realease.

  9. psgels psgels says:

    Wait… so you mean that that version actually was in english? O_o

    *rushes off to download*

    EDIT: Omg, you’re right:

    “et l’ai traduit à l’anglais parce que Shinsen prend trop long”

    Dammit, I need to learn to read the french descriptions as well.

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Good point, normal users generally just stay anono. ke69Vin?...69...really....that's just sad humor right there.
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That was most definitely little Kevin as well. 9vinke6 is obviously an anagram.
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@9Vinke6, I don't know what you are trying to share but it ain't an image. Deleting your comment as I don't want dodgy files on the site.
Anonymous181098
Are you kidding??!! Tokyo is amazing if you want excitement & you want to experience social life. But I agree go to Osaka. If tokyo is like Quebec then osaka is like toronto. More laid back
Anonymous180231
OPM was a shoe-in. It's showing very good success on Adult Swim on US TV and Viz is throwing big dollars to keep the gravy train rolling
AidanAK47
One Punch Man season 2 was announced. Expected but most certainly welcome.
...now I need Re:Zero season 2.
CJayTiiii
Honestly, if you are going to Kyoto essentially no shrine is worth visiting in Tokyo because none of them are as nice as the ones in Kyoto and they are essentially all tourist traps.
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If you guys insist I'll give Osaka serious consideration. But again I'd hate to gloss over Kyoto or Tokyo. But anyhow my 4 week stay in Seoul will be eternity compared to the Japan trip.
CJayTiii
Ikebukuro is probably used almost as much as shibuya? Specifically for durarara right around the station (east side) is used a lot. Kabuki-Cho in shinjuku is definitely used a lot but I couldn't tell you in what off the top of my head.
CJayTiii
Also as someone who lived in Kyoto and now lives in Tokyo, I would suggest spending as much time as possible in Kyoto as there is just so much stuff to do there. Tokyo there honestly really isn't that much stuff to do here other than going out to drink I feel. Lol also Osaka is only a 30 min train ride (about 5$ USD) from Kyoto so it's easy to go there for a couple hours
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@Mario I'll be home by new years unfortunately, I'll have to settle for Christmas in tokyo.
@CJay Thanks, any suggestions for Tokyo? I'm trying to avoid cliché locations for anime-related scenery. Like Shibuya.
CJayTiii
For Kyoto, Tatami Galaxy is probably the best anime for side by side comparisons. Kamogawa river, Kiyamachi street, and shimogamo shrine are famous areas that pretty much constantly make appearances throughout the show.
SuperMario
@K-Off: Disney Tokyo? haha If it was me I've chosen somewhere more... locally. But who I am to judge as I celebrated last New Year Eve in Times Square, the most tourist spot of them all. But I really hope you can spend some time to go to some shrines for the New Year in Tokyo.
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@Mario The person I'm travelling with wants to spend Christmas at Disney Tokyo, and unsurprisingly nearly all places will still be open, same as NYC. Christ, I'm more worried about my wallet.
SuperMario
@K-Off: Makes sense. I'd say better stick in one place for long days rather than short trips in several places. Even 10 days for those 2 places wouldn't be enough imo, well especially during Xmas since the streets will be busy and many places could be closed (I guess?)
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@Mario It doesn't seem like I'll go to Osaka, the goal is to explore Kyoto and Tokyo and much as possible for a week and a half. If I can squeeze it in there I will, but that means spending less time in Kyoto and/or Tokyo. The bulk of my trip will be in Tokyo for now.
SuperMario
Yeah, Kenshin had a whole Kyoto act, but it was more historical anw and I feel it didn't explore the city that much (more of a ruined city)
Really, only uchoten Kazoku, tatami galaxy and durarara come to mind. Are you planning to go to Osaka as well? I heard from my friend Osaka is about an hour drive from Kyoto only.
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@Anon174851 Ah good one.
@Mike Thanks. Durarara is a good suggestion, but I haven't watched Rurouni Kenshin.
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@Kaiser Sure, the story doesn't do anything for me but it's not a waste of time.
@K-Off You can do pretty much anything in Tokyo I'll bet. Anime in general aside from shows like Durarara don't emphasize the setting very much... Kyoto is more interesting, rurouni kenshin is the first thing that comes to mind.
Anonymous174851
uchouten kazoku is a really good one set in kyoto!
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Haven't heard of it. Anyways, do you guys have any suggestions for favorite anime series set in Kyoto or Tokyo? I'm planning my itinerary and the idea is to take a lot of side by side comparison pictures from their anime depictions to RL. I have YuruYuri, SYD, Detective Conan, and various KyoAni spots in mind, but my brain isn't remembering others.
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I'm considering finding some War/military manga to read, has anyone read Gunka no balthazar? Is it worthwhile?
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@Anon164960, They announced a second season for it so they ain't done with that trainwreck yet.
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So Rewrite took the "Bad End" route. Interesting. Their choice, not the show of course which was a freaking mess from start to finish.
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Ah, reminding me that I have not left Ireland since 2012 when I went to Rome. Although I have floated around the idea of maybe going to Slovakia.
K-Off
@Mario Thanks, although I'll be working the whole time I'm at Seoul with sundays off. Expecting about 40-50 hours of work a week. Sucks that your trip got canned, in the Winter there's no place you'd want to be other than southern California.
SuperMario
Congrats K-Off. Hope you enjoy the trip. I myself originally planned to go to US on this December but now the plan got wrecked. Should be fun spending Xmas in Japan especially
K-Off
Got my international drivers permit from AAA today, and it also looks like I'm stuck with over half the travel fees since I've signed myself off the agency plan. It's now official, I'm going to Seoul and then spending my christmas holidays in Tokyo. Been a long time since I left the country, last time was in 2011.
SuperMario
That was me Mario
Anonymous140274
@Masky: it wasn't, but Gui Niao did mention the pipe has multi-purpose functions: do far he uses the pipe to write, to create a hallucination smoke, to make an actual bushfire, to open the lock, now to be a sword-pipe. What's next? To be a wifi modem? to be a boomerang? to shapeshift into an umbrella?
Masky
So Thunderbolts Fantasy :D Totally called the pipe being a sword (assuming it wasn't shown earlier and I just forgot about it)
AidanAK47
@Anon146321, typos are hard to avoid when you write fast. What's really important to is that the point gets across, which it did.
Anonymous146321
Medium not meduim
Masky
I wonder if trolls consider people explaining why their trolling is bad a successful trolling .-. I mean, my experience is that most of trolls aren't really smartest or most creative of people, I think most of them are happy if people just talk about them.
AidanAK47
@Anon141285, oh come on boy. Put some effort into trolling. You need to get people to actual think you believe what you are saying. Here you have already messed up because you use the old "Chinese cartoons" which is supposed to piss of anime fans because it suggests you are ignorant of the meduim but then you reference the nukes showing full well you know where they are from. You have failed.
Anonymous141285
Chinese cartoons proof that two nukes weren't enough. Or were too much depending on the perspective
SuperMario
oh, talking about teenage horror female movie, make sure to check out Raw whenever its available online. That is one hell of a fun cannibal ride!
SuperMario
my point is we tend to spend our stupid 20s phase feel like its wasted, but really it does help develop our hobby/sense/wisdom, whatever it is.
Kaiser Eoghan
I find myself now that I've grown up wanting to punch kid characters from horror films lol
Kaiser Eoghan
About the watching stories with younger female characters...its starting to feel like I shouldn't be or that it doesn't feel appropriate, actually sort of awkward/skeevy.
SuperMario
True enough. But remember that even Quentin Tarantino had his 20s basically just a movie-clerk, watched movies like a maniac and he made that classic Pulp Fiction when he was like 33
Kaiser Eoghan
Looking back It feels dickish that I laughed reading NHK.
Kaiser Eoghan
I mean look at Re-life, I mean ow, everyone went through that.
Kaiser Eoghan
I think we'll find that stage where we'll get irritated by stories reminding us of our stupid 20s phases eventually just as some teenage focused anime/manga annoyingly remind us of being teens.
Kaiser Eoghan
In terms of anime/manga, much as I'd still see myself liking NHK I could see myself getting more frustrated with the lead character now being in my early 30s.
Kaiser Eoghan
In the past year I've been looking at hentai/ecchi imageboards not as often as I used to.
Kaiser Eoghan
Judy Delphy and Juliette Binoche have aged surprisingly well...
Ah its less fancying/finding them attractive, moreso taking notice of them.
SuperMario
I can understand the others but Meryl Streep too? Man, you're aging I can tell
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Julianne Moore, Isabelle Huppert, Meryl Sreep, Susan Sarandon, Cate Blanchett.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: like whom if I may ask?
SuperMario
But I'm always interested in women issues myself so Mustang just hit me hard
Kaiser Eoghan
Its a sign of me aging I guess too. I'm noticing older actresses too now where I wouldn't have in the past.
SuperMario
Looking forward to Under the Shadow too, also really keen to see how The Bad Batch would turn out to be
SuperMario
Strangely I've become more engaged with teen, coming-of-age films recently (well, Aku no Hana is sort of teen drama as well),but yes, old man's psyche is my thing too
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Synecdoche, the passenger, winter light, anomalisa , wild strawberries , la notte for example.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: The day is coming where drama centred around twentyboppers won't have the same level of effect on me. Had I seen buffalo 66 5 years ago I would have been all over it. Old man/middle age angst is becoming more my thing.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I'm honestly having a harder time getting into films that focus on young girls/teenagers.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Theres only a few upcoming films left I'm looking forward to, Elle, Valley violence, whispering star and under the shadow.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I appreciate mustang for the issue it deals with and addresses but I felt it predictable and the drama didn't hit harshly enough. It feels like an academy/oscars film.
SuperMario
Kaiser: remember I mention about watching those 96 Cannes line-ups? I think I will get to watch them soon, since I downloaded all the movies already
SuperMario
@Kaiser: btw, you hated Mustang? It's also one of my favorite film so far.
SuperMario
but maybe think of it that way will make the manga more entertaining...
SuperMario
You see Aku no Hana as a dark comedy? haha I'm speechless
Kaiser Eoghan
Like you Mario I don't care for heavy infodumping and that took me out of the new world.
Kaiser Eoghan
Bebop had that problem for me in that I saw outlaw star and trigun first.
Kaiser Eoghan
I still feel aku no hana is a guilty pleasure manga, a crazy dark comedy or maybe thats just my humour.
Kaiser Eoghan
Hataraku had me laughing up to episode 7, while Amagi felt stale from the start.
Looking back on Baccano I still like Claire and Russo but the other characters not so much, the main series is enjoyable enough but the extra episodes hold back the score.
I've never watched Habane straight through although I have finished the series. Ghost vs ergo? Ergos final episode wrecked the show.
Topgavin
I thing Hataraku was a lot more consistent, but Amagi had some standout episodes. For me the OVA, the pirate ship episode and the school episode were great. "Simply put, we have to go lewder" is one of my fav quotes
K-Off
How was that by the way? I never bothered to watch Amagi Brilliant Park all the way through because I felt so cynical about it after the first two episodes. Hataraku Mao Sama on the other hand was genuinely refreshing for the first half of the season.
SuperMario
In other news, The Eccentric Family is getting 2nd season. Now I'm filled with joy
SuperMario
Still feel bad to compare an 1-cour series (Baccano) to an 4-cours one. But in this case Baccano would take my cake.
Topgavin
I reckon The Devil is a Part Timer vs Amagi Brilliant Park would be a fun one, and I wouldn't know which would win.
AidanAK47
Baccano vs Durarara might make a good matchup. Baccano is the better one but Durarara does seem to be more popular.
Syndrome
Yeah it is a bit obvious and they dont share much in common anyway. Just that they are two of the most well known anime out there. I enjoyed NGE more than Cowboy Bebop, but I agree on the later beeing overall a better anime.
AidanAK47
Oh look. Berserks Manga is on Haitus again. Muira...just..at this point I ain't even mad. Just disappointed.
SuperMario
Well, new post on Flowers of Evil is out. Come eat it up.
SuperMario
@Syndrome: was thinking about that match-up (NGE vs Cowboy Bebop) but isn't it too obvious? I always intend to pick something that caught you guys off-guard haha
AidanAK47
@Syndrome, no contest. Cowboy Bebop wins outright.
Syndrome
On a serious note, for related anime, I would be curious about something like Ergo Proxy against Ghost in the Shell
Syndrome
Go for NGE vs Cowboy Bebop and watch the world burn
SuperMario
Yeah, I agree it's one of the main factors, but even so From the New World had a higher grade too. But I wouldn't pick Haibane Renmei against From the New World if I didn't think it had a chance to win. Those who loved the former really loved it, while people more appreciate From the New World than actually love it. Well, can't beat the consensus I guess.
Topgavin
I'd say a major reason for that would be the popularity difference. On MAL, Haibane has a following of 110k people, with FTNW having 270k.
SuperMario
I'm personally quite disappointed with the results. Will try harder for a more competitive match-up next time
AidanAK47
@Mario, if you say so. I say by now the victor has been decided.
SuperMario
@Aidan: we don't need to sticky the Versus Show again, as I will put up the Aku no Hana post tomorrow anyway
AidanAK47
Yeah the brightness got a bit much in some places after episode 18.
Topgavin
I thought the brightness was done well in the episode with Rem sitting beside Subaru's bed and her smiling/crying, but yeah this was too much
SuperMario
@anon125687: my thought exactly. While I was watching it I thought to myself that it's too bright!!
Anonymous125687
Why do final episodes overdo the blur effect and fuzzy lighting its literally over dramatic cancer. Just let it end normally ffs
afgm
Well, it's hard, since it doesn't really feel finished, so even if you know it will eventually end well if given a chance, you can't really put your full confidence behind those bets
AidanAK47
Got a bit long winded in that review and yet I feel like I really didn't get across what makes the series so good.
AidanAK47
Well that's the Re:Zero review written up. I will get to work on 91 days next and maybe Prisms Illya maybe after that. Lost all entuasim after they messed up that last episode in Illya. Overall it's been pretty disappointing.
AidanAK47
As for that twist. I think they could work it easily into a first episode. The impact would still be there for people marathoning the thing in the future and it would be a good "Oh Shit!" moment to start the second season. If they jump ahead a bit to a certain moment it would actually make for a great opener.
AidanAK47
I say the only chance of season two not coming would be if White Fox doesn't like money. Considering that the pace which the light novel adaption has sped up from every few months to a release every month I guess that they want to make that second season as badly as we want it. At this pace they could start a second season in maybe a years time. Maybe every half a year depending on cour length.
Syndrome
Also, if season 2 ever come (that would be a surprise if not, and truly annoying), I dont know how they will manage with the "twist", as something this impactful would come way too fast without any kind of setup. Wait and see, I guess.
Syndrome
After seeing the last Re:Zero I couldnt help but spoil myself, and I kind of understand why WhiteFox went with that kind of ending, skipping what would be a giant shtstorm on the internet. Even though, in a sad world where there would be no season 2, Im still a bit disappointed with the ending. Its nice to wrap it up this way but its a stale regarding the plot and there is no food for thought.
SuperMario
@aidan: you sure are fast when it comes to Re:Zero haha. Alrighty, we'll go with that then
AidanAK47
@mario,I am putting up a Re:Zero post. Tommarrow. I will unsticky it for a day and then we can sticky it again.
reaLjustified
@K-Off No worries, it's so messed up. Stay safe.
SuperMario
@Aidan: if you going to post Re:Zero review soon, you can unsticky the Versus Show post, otherwise I will take it down in 2 days
SuperMario
@K-Off: I feel for ya. Glad that there were only minor injuries. I heard a blogger claimed that he did it because of the gay rights. Sound bullsh*t to me
K-Off
Shit ton of manga have gotten updates but I don't feel like talking about them for a while, lost my appetite.
K-Off
@Kaiser Living in NYC all my life I remember 9/11, flight 587 crash in Queens, the Hudson River water landing, and now this.
AidanAK47
So far it seems most of the people calling it disappointing are those who know whats comes after that last scene and were looking forward to how the fanbase reacts to it. But it would have been a pretty terrible as well as evil way to end the series.
Topgavin
Yeah, I thought it gave enough closure for us to be satisfied yet still desperately wanting the next season.
AidanAK47
@Anon120947, I really don't see what's so disappointing about it. I thought it was a pretty solid way to end the series.
Kaiser Eoghan
I think at most the worst thing that happened in my area was two conmen going around and an gangster attack on a nearby hotel.
Kaiser Eoghan
@K-off: Honestly, glad to hear you're safe. And having a bomb go off nearby would make me feel paranoid.
@Anon: I'm waiting, waiting for reviews written after the show ends.
Anonymous120947
Feels like it has been done this way in case of a never happening season 2... to kind of close it.
Anonymous120947
Wow, that last episode of Re:Zero was pure straight disapointment... finishing like this feels is real suffering.
K-Off
Well, we don't know yet. We don't know who did it, if it was connected to the pipe bomb explosion in jersey, etc. But the second device found on 27th street does seem to point the situation towards terrorism.
afgm
Luckily it doesn't seem to be a terror attack
K-Off
Yeah. I was a good 8 blocks away inside a restaurant so I didn't even know until later. It must have been a pretty small bomb since all the injured have apparently already been released from the hospital.
AidanAK47
Damn. Just looked it up. Good thing you weren't at the area when the bomb went off.
K-Off
Fucking hell, transit is so congested I still can't get home. Luckily it seems like there's no fatalities according to the initial reports, there are still a shit ton of people around central for shelter. I didn't hear or feel the explosion at chelsea, and currently I'm at lenox with my bicycle. So congested it looks like I'm going to have to walk my bike a few more miles before I get picked up. L
AidanAK47
Watched The Empire of Corpses. I makes me sad to see a great idea be turned into such a mediocre movie. I think this concept could have been put to much better use but instead it decided to go with the blandest option.
SuperMario
The guy who will direct it is a live-action director who only had Psycho Pass the Movie (not a good one) as an anime director. WTH? Don't know what to think about this new FLCL now
SuperMario
and it will be co-produced by Adult Swim on top of that?
SuperMario
How comes I just noticed this old news that FLCL will get two-seasons sequel...
Masky
And by that I mean "Huh, haven't checked the blog for two days"
Masky
Yay commenting on two days old blog posts
AidanAK47
Finished rewatching Re:Zero and now ready for the finale. Let's see how this goes.
AidanAK47
I will be mourning the now dead hope of a somewhat decent Berserk adaption.
The last few episodes were not bad but purely on the merits of the source material and not the adaption.
SuperMario
@Bam: I'll be mourning indeed.
@Anon 112098: I haven't watched Chef, but it has more to do with me not interested in chef's life whatsoever. Is it good?
Bam
I'm out of town until Sunday evening. The Berserk finale post will hopefully be up early Monday mourning, followed by the overall cour review a bit later in the week.
Anonymous112098
Habe u seen Chef with John Favreau?
AidanAK47
I am quite upset with how Sliver link handled that scene. It was the one scene I wanted done right. Just that one scene...and they screwed it up.
SuperMario
He scored the Prince of Egypt? I didn't know that, but yeah I remember it had a great score. Also "When you believe"
K-Off
Well, a lot of his earlier work is just brilliant. Prince of Egypt in my opinion is his greatest work.
SuperMario
*nothing wrong
SuperMario
Well, Hans Zimmer could do nothing really; but that's a reason why I have a bit of problem with his scores. Everything he made are solid but ultimately sound the same to me.
SuperMario
Agree that the music has been excellent. Not only the soundtrack thou, but the sound editting in general is great (that ringtone during the Great Whale for example).
AidanAK47
@Mario, Understandable. As much as I love this show, I admit that it has elements I am sure could turn off people.
Also I really should have talked about the music in this series more. It really is a phenomenal soundtrack. I hear they were going with a more cinematic approach to it with Hans Zimmer being a primary inspiration.
SuperMario
@Aidan: it has been a fun ride, I'm glad I stick with it till the end; although I'm not as enthusiastic about it as you are. :)
AidanAK47
Re-watching Re:Zero in preparation for the finale. Still is awesome a second time through. In fact the middle part of the series I felt dragged fairs a whole lot better when marathoned though. Noticing a number of things watching the second time. For one Roswell has a really goddamn annoying way of talking. I say I will be giving this on a very favorable review.
Anonymous110962
Hugh Mungus
AidanAK47
@TopGavin, I haven't watched it yet but I hope what you said about the animation isn't too bad because this is where they need to be on top of their game.
Topgavin
So that fate episode was interesting, lotsa stuff happened. Seemed like the animation was worse than usual and my god how could the subs screw up the incantation.
reaLjustified
@Aramus Why would you want to send the picture to your friend? Tell 'em to see it for themselves at the site! lol.
Friend
Most of the time they meant no harm, I think it's always about getting recognition. They quickly take them down after I send them a polite email, and I let them save their ego without smearing them on their page.
afgm
(ok maybe a little fault should go to them lol)
afgm
@Friend: That sucks, but its definitely understandable. People can be pretty thoughtless at times (no fault to them of course).
afgm
tiger mask did make it into the upper quartile though, which is surprising
Friend
@afgm I don't have a large internet presence with my work exactly because I've had situations with theft on Pinterest. For work, I just carry USBs with my portfolio pieces in them :/
Friend
@Aramus Heya, thanks for the inquiry. Unfortunately the fell image won't be available openly unless for commercial purposes, but otherwise feel free to contact me in my business email! :)
afgm
ah you know what? I read the title Time Bokan 24 and thought it had 24 votes x)
SuperMario
@afgm: Time Bokan receives 0 vote the last time I checked it. I'm more surprised that people love Haikyuu that much
SuperMario
Such a shame because I enjoy writing it a lot
SuperMario
2 more episodes on Thunderbolt Fantasy and I might break the sites' record (hall of shame really) for covering a show without any comment, haha.
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