Posted by psgels on 30 November 2006 with categories: Monthly Summaries

This one’s a bit smaller again, after last month’s huge list. It’s probably going to be the last summary of 2006, as I’ve got something special in mind for December. :)

+ Top 8 Series With One Episode Watched +
8: Dai Mahou Touge

The third release of Dai Mahou Touge didn’t really improve my opinion about this series. Too forced. It felt like this series tried too hard at being funny, and ultimately failed. This series really would’ve been better off as just one standalone episode. The great thing about the first episode of this anime was the shock factor of its concept. Now that we already know that this is a bloody series, the fun really died down fast.

7: Yoshinaga-chi no Gargoyle

Hmm, not as funny as the previous episode, unfortunately. I hope that this anime isn’t going to make the mistake of sacrificing comedy over uninteresting drama. Ah well, at least we can be sure that no sappy love interest will mess up the rest of this anime. Let’s hope the next episode will turn out better.

6: Hanoka

Seriously, this probably has to be on of the shortest tv-series ever. And it still manages to deliver something entertaining. This anime really is perfect for a light watch, but let’s face it: Hanoka isn’t going to win any contests.

5: Sci-fi Harry

Even though this anime is from 2000, Shinsen-subs has somehow picked it up. A good decision, as it’s quite a good anime. I like the fact that some police officers have been involved with the story.

4: Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi

I tried watching this raw, though I failed. It may not look like it, but Ayakashi Ayashi is extremely dialogue-driven. Basically, I’ve just been waiting for the subs to catch up with me. It’s a good show, superb animation, even though you wouldn’t think so after seeing the simplistic art style.

3: Bartender

There’s a reason why I haven’t watched episode 3 and 4 yet. It’s because Lunar somehow got the strange idea to release all of their files in HD, which means murder to my computer. I’m either hoping for another fansub group to pick it up, or the people from Lunar to get into a generous mood and release a low-quality-release. Anyway, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like this series. It’s another case-based anime, which is reason enough for me to keep watching it, and episode 2 has been rather interesting, despite its light mood.

2: Flag

FLAG turned out really great. I’ve just read that its second season will start in January, which means that the final half of this series will probably arrive somewhere in April.

1: Saiunkoku Monogatari

I’m feeling like Saiunkoku Monogatari is going to replace Mushishi and Noein in this category. This month has once again delivered an excellent episode, despite being an intermezzo.

+ Top 25 Series With More Than One Episode Watched +
25: La Corda D’Oro

I’m not exactly a fan of this anime. The main character is doing absolutely nothing herself. She’s just being carried by others. She’s being protected by others. And whenever she gets the chance to prove that she can do something on her own, or when she has to face the jealous eyes of the people who were offended by this, some random bishounen steps in and makes sure that she won’t have to do anything. The main romance also is way too forced. Out of all the shows I’m currently watching, this one’s got the biggest chance of being dropped.

24: Black Lagoon

While the Hansel and Gretel-arc was beautiful, this month has been rather disappointing. I’m feeling that Black Lagoon is losing its focus a bit. It’s an anime about a salary man from Japan who comes to work for a pirate company which specializes in delivering goods. What the second season has been doing is forgetting this and placing Rock and Revy into a large amount of forced situations, which happened to be convenient for the plot. The second arc started off in a funny way, but it contained way too much action and way too little substance, not to mention random fanservice which didn’t make any sense. Episode nineteen could have been good, if it weren’t for the horrible Engrish. Seriously, Revy and Balalaika sounded horrible.

23: Kanon

Okay, so it’s got drama. While I do admit that Makoto being who she is is interesting, it’s also the only interesting part of this anime. The slice-of-life things have really been getting more and more on my nerves, not to mention the extreme focus on making these girls look as cute as possible while they have, in fact, rather ugly character designs. Making them say Auu or Uguu doesn’t work either. I do have to admit that episode 8 was okay, apart from some things which didn’t make any sense at all (sparkling field of grass in the middle of winter? Sure. Keeping a cat inside a house, but away from persons with allergies is good enough for these people not to be bothered by the hairs this cat sheds? Sure. Why not?).

22: Ayatsuri Sakon

This indeed would have been better as a 13-episode series. The cases haven’t been as interesting as the first two arcs. The current arc was interesting, but it was nothing amazing.

21: Code Geass

A good show, nice tension and I really like the conflicting interests of the main characters. Lelouch’s wit also is very interesting to watch. Still, the introduction of the harem-element didn’t do this series much good. In fact, it only hurt this series. Each ingredient is present: the love-triangle-inducing main love interest, the useless best friend, the student council president, and, of course, the silent girl who appears to kick ass.

20: Kemono Zume

Kemono Zume (I still haven’t found out whether it’s Kemonozume, or Kemononozume) tried to be extremely dramatic with its pre-ending episodes, though the finale actually cracked me up at some point, where it started to delve into the absurd. It was very strange, but a very nice touch. Still, this series hasn’t managed to turn into something amazing.

19: Power Puff Girls Z

Mojo Jojo in a dress was probably the freakiest thing yet to appear in this series, including the camera-guy. Still, I do admit that it cracked me up. The series is very refreshing when compared to its American counterpart. Also, I remember noting one major annoyance about this show when it first aired: the huge focus on sweets. Well, I’m glad to see that that’s gone now.

18: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Ow, I hope I’m wrong with my fears. While Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge has been funny, it’s been a lot less funny than the previous month. I’m hoping that this is not one of these series which starts off awesome and gets a bit worse with every episode progressing.

17: Gintama

While there have been better comedies, Gintama still manages to crack me up every episode. But can the creators keep up with this for so many episodes? We’ll see. :)

16: Le Chevalier D’Eon

The story has been as strong as usual. It’s yet to reach amazing, but we’ve yet to reach the second half of the series. Other Summer-series have proved to turn up the awesomeness with this milestone, so with a bit of luck, Chevalier will follow them.

15: Ghost Hunt

The first arc was a very solid piece of work, probably meant to set a base for the rest of the anime. I’ve heard some good things about the following episodes from the Singaporean people. Can’t wait. :)

14: Kekkaishi

You know? When I first read about this series, I never could have imagined how good it turned out. Despite the fact that the main character is a 14-year-old brat, he’s actually funny. Once in a while, you run into shounen-series at which actually some time has been put into developing and fleshing out its characters. While it’s a bit too early to be comparing this to The Law of Ueki, I do have to say that this anime has a very good combination between action and comedy. Not to mention the animation, which is top-notch.

13: Soukou no Strain

Even though this is a late-comer, it’s been proving an interesting watch. It’s got an epic plot it wants to bring in only 13 episodes, so it’s forced to have a considerable pacing. Every episode at least has one dramatic act, most have more of them. So far, this series has yet to disappoint.

12: Jigoku Shoujo

As with the previous season, Jigoku Shoujo first comes with a set of “normal” cases. They’re very enjoyable, but this series has definitely been better. But then again, we still have a considerable amount of episodes to go. :)

11: Tsubasa Chronicle

And the second season has ended. While the series has been better, the final arc was a great watch. I’m really looking forward to the third season now.

10: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

While the brainwashing scenes have been a bit too much, the good scenes of Bakumatsu have been really good. Excellent animation, exciting battles, great plot, awesome music, what more could you want?

9: Red Garden

Red Garden has been one huge chunk of emotions from beginning to end. The way the girls react to the things happening around them turned out really good, and Hervé’s sudden background also gave this series a step into the right direction. Right now, the series has only just started. I’m wondering how the later episodes of this anime will turn out.

8: Death Note

Death Note has been a great watch. Episode 7 showed some great scenes, while episode 8 showed that it’s also able to display some crazy scenes. It’s interesting to see how Death Note has its own kind of humour.

7: NHK ni Youkoso

Thankfully, this anime has turned out good. The first half was a huge pain to get through, though I’m glad I did, as this anime only really kicks off with the suicide arc. Episode 20 also was a great example of this, seeing as it focused on life-altering decisions. The only complaint I have is the rather bad art of episode 19. It’s the same with The Third. Normally, I’m not bothered by things like these, though when a series with excellent art suddenly displays an episode with a totally different style, it sort of ruins the mood.

6: Night Head Genesis

After a small botch around episode 10, Night Head Genesis managed to recover, and this month, it’s really been an awesome watch. The building up of the first half of the anime is finally paying off, and the cases are getting more interesting by the minute. The background music also has been as awesome as usual.

5: Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club

I’m about to shoot a kitten if episode 8 doesn’t turn up soon. Seriously, even on Share it’s nowhere to find. In any case, the episodes that did find my way were good stuff. Really good. Both the action-packed episodes as the character-based episode were great to watch. :)

4: Otogi Juushi Akazukin

I’m still in love with this series. As quite an amount of episodes has passed already, it’s interesting to note that the characters are beginning to get more and more interesting, as they keep getting fleshed out in the different episodes. A real must watch for any fan of cute characters or fairy-tales.

3: Popolocrois 2003

I’ve finally managed to catch up with the fansubbers, and really. The episodes I saw this month were awesome. They actually managed to blend the action, drama and humour together perfectly. Something you really don’t see everyday. This made sure of so many cute moments. Awesomeness. :)

2: Asatte no Houkou

Episodes 5, 6 and 7 have featured a rather slow pacing. And I still loved them. Then episode 8 returned with serious scenes, which were even more awesome.

1: The Third

I don’t think this is coming as a surprise, no? I’m still fanboying over The Third. Especially episode 22 was pure awesomeness.

+ Newly Announced Anime +
I was planning to do the preview for the winter-season here, though I decided to put my season-previews in standalone posts from now on. The monthly summaries will continue to list the new anime which have been announced. The main reason for me to decide this was because so many awesome-sounding anime have been announced over the past month. While September and October featured almost no newly announced series, November suddenly comes with a huge wave of awesomeness. Here’s my attempt to list these series, as usual, they’re sorted from least anticipated to most anticipated. This time, the major source of information was Animesuki’s “Newly Announced Anime” thread.

Zero no Tsukaima, Second Season

But first, let’s start with the ones that aren’t really that exciting. From the things I’ve read, Zero’s ending was supposed to be conclusive but left open a lot of plotholes. I guess that it’ll now have its chances to fill these. Still, that doesn’t mean that I’m suddenly feeling the urge to check out the rest of the first season.

Ikki Tousen ~Dragon Destiny~

So, what we have here is a second season of the horrible fanservice-fest that is Ikki Tousen. It’s actually rumoured to be a remake. Something tells me to stay away from this one. Especially with such a cheesy title.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Second Season

Sigh… it had it coming. Good luck to the fanboys. I still can’t see why this anime turned so darn popular. I only managed to endure four episodes of it before I dropped it.

Wangan Midnight

A street racing anime. “One day, Akio Asakura, a third year high school student, is driving his Fairlady Z (Z31) and is challenged by Tatsuya Shima, a doctor, in his black Porsche 964 Turbo (nicknamed the “BlackBird”). With a friend in the passenger seat and two girls in the back, Akio pitifully tries to win, but is defeated. Determined to become faster, he goes to the junkyard to buy parts for his car, when he sees a pristine, unscratched midnight blue Fairlady Z (S30) in the junkyard. Intrigued as to why such a machine is about to be junked, he buys it. He soon finds that the car is unnaturally fast due to a tuned L28 engine, bored and stroked to 3.1 liters combined with a Twin Turbo which produces 620bhp. He also finds that all of the car’s previous owners had unfortunate accidents in it, starting with the first owner’s death. The manga follows Akio’s various encounters, though the central plot revolves around his constant battle with the BlackBird for superiority.” I’m not really a fan of racing-anime, though this anime could become good. I’m just worried about the fact that the manga it’s based on started in 1993, and is still running, suggesting that we’ll be seeing another one of those never-ending anime like Naruto and Bleach.

Reideen

“Hishou, Ginga, Ace, Hayate, and Ikazuchi all work at a studio doing various idol-related jobs at the request of their manager, Reiko. But in reality, These five teenagers are really the Reideens, a group of superheros who fight the Super Devils sent by Lushu, a mysterious being. Little do the Reideens know, these Super Devils are being sent for a more important purpose….” – Okay, here’s the deal: in 1975, an anime aired, called Yuusha Reideen. In 1996, it got a remake, and right now it’s about to receive yet another remake. At one point, I caught the first episode of the first remake, and I can’t really understand why people would want to remake this, as it bears so many resemblances to the power rangers, and it didn’t even attempt to be funny. Still, with the same staff as Blood+, perhaps this could turn interesting. But then again, Blood+ did have its flaws as well.

Hitohira

“A transferred student Asai Mugi is a painfully shy girl. She is so shy that she can’t speak when she becomes seriously nervous. However, for some reason, she is spotted and recruited as a member of drama club.” – I do admit that when I first saw the website, I began to fear the worst. Still, after reading the premise, it could turn out interesting, if the creators manage to turn the main mood of this anime serious and don’t insert some crappy love-story. But this is supposed to be a moe-seinen story, so I think my hopes will be in vain.

Yes! Pretty Cure 5

“Misumi Nagisa is an extremely sporty, popular student who hates studying, and has a very extreme sense of justice, Yukishiro Honoka is a top student who appears to be elegant, but is actually very clumsy. They are both second year students at the Verone Middle School for girls. One night Nagisa and Honoka meet Meppuru and Mippuru, strange creatures falling from the sky. They have fled to earth because the evil Dotsuku-zone has overcast their homeplanet, Hikari no Sono. Meppuru and Mippuru award Nagisa and Honoka the power to transform so they can fight in order to protect Earth. The two girls, who have totally different interests and personalities, unite their powers and fight against the enemies that are sent out from the Dotsuku-Zone. Will they be able to protect Earth?!” – At least, this is the summary for the first Pretty Cure series. It seems that Yes! Pretty Cure 5 will be its third season of 50 (omg) episodes. I do have to confess that I never really checked out this anime, despite it being a mahou shoujo. There is also no way I’m going to try and catch up with the first two seasons, but if the third season doesn’t leave too many questions, I might end up watching it.

Seto no Hanayome

“Nagasumi visits his grandmother near the sea during the summer. While visiting, he goes for a swim, and drowns right after entering the water. Fortunately for him he is saved by a young mermaid. Later as he tells the story to his family, a young girl named San appears at his home and begs Nagasumi to marry her. She’s followed by two large thugs and they take both him and his parents to San`s home under the sea. If that wasn’t strange enough, it turns out San`s parents are mob bosses. Nagasumi is left with the choice of either death or marrying San. He chooses to marry a mermaid. This would likely be that, except San`s father and some members of the mob are not exactly thrilled to have Nagasumi courting San and are determined to bring an end to their relationship–or him. And there is also the matter of keeping it a secret that San is a mermaid.” – Another standard harem, with two twists: the thugs an the mermaid. I’m not expecting much from this, but I do admit that there’s more creativity in this story than in the majority of other harems. The show is listed as a comedy/romance/shounen-series. There might be a 1% chance that this’ll actually be funny.

Murder Princess

Rather bloody title, isn’t it? Anyway, not much is known about this anime, except that it’s a 6-episode OVA about a princess who likes to kill people.

School Days

“The story is about a love triangle between the male protagonist Makoto, and the two heroines Kotonoha and Sekai. Makoto develops a love interest in Kotonoha, a girl in the same year but different class. Although they both take the same train to school, she is unaware of his existence. His classmate, Sekai, manages to put the two together despite holding strong feelings towards Makoto.” – Another harem, but a special one. It seems to have 21 different endings, and it’s become notorious for some of them, which turned out horribly bloody and disturbing. It’ll be worth to check this one out, though the fact does remain that it’s based on a hentai-game. Let’s just hope that the creators stay away from the clichés that plague all of these games.

Claymore

“The setting of the story features a fictional world where towns are abundant and Humans live in coexistantence with demons called Yoma. The Yoma consider humans as their main source of food, and are capable of concealing themselves among human society until they strike. In response to this horrific threat, a group of skilled warriors formed a un-named organization for defending against the demons. Due to their immense Claymore weapons, the people came to call them “Claymores”. To combat the demons, the “Claymores” have willingly infused themselves with demon flesh and blood, becoming half-human hybrids. The organization hires out their warriors for profit, answering calls from needy villages. The story of Claymore follows the adventures of a beautiful Claymore warrior named Claire, as she fights demons and struggles to hold on to her humanity.” – The typical formula of a fighting-anime. Still, it seems that it’s a bit more heavily themed than your average shounen-series, as people seem to die quite often. Still, the thing that immediately caught my eye was the art of the manga. It definitely looks unique, but how will the anime be handling this?

Mokke

“A fantastic story about two sisters. Shizuru is a high school student who can see monsters which ordinary people can’t, while her little sister, Mizuki, is easily haunted by these monsters. They are living with their grandfather’s home separately from their parents because of their abilities. The theme for each story is not horror-centric, but rather, of a heart-warming nature.” – Interesting, a fantasy slice-of-life series. While I’m not a fan of the standard slice-of-life genre, I am fan of supernatural stories. I’m wondering whether this anime will be able to keep me interested. It’s also been listed as a mystery-series, which also is a good thing.

Moonlight Mile

“Two men attemtped to climb Mt. Everest in the winter. One was Saruwatari Gorou, a Japanese, and the other was Jack F. Woodbridge, an American know as “Lostman”. The two, having succeeded in climbing the world’s steepest mountains, gaze at the international space station above, which was the instant it became their next target. In January 2005, mankind found new value for the moon, in the form of a natural resource Helium 3, a replacement for fossil fuels. The ample reserve was enough for a thousand years worth of energy for the entire mankind. Concurrently, NASA announced the next generation energy development project “NEXUS”, soliciting construction workers globally to work in space. Accepting NASA’s offer, Gorou heads off the NASDA as an astronaut-in-training. At the same time, Lostman, who at the time was the ace of the U.S. Navy, was invited by NASA to pilot the shuttle, meets the crew of the ISS (International Space Station)” – This’ll be another science-fiction anime, with apparently some heavy political themes. It promises to be interesting, as not all countries agree with NASA’s decision, and a second gulf war erupts.

Kamichama Karin

“Orphan Hanazono Karin is a below-average girl who just lost another person dear to her; her best friend and loyal cat, Shi-chan. While visiting Shi-chan’s grave, she meets Kujyou Kazune, a smart prettyboy who insults her right after meeting her. She runs away from him, hoping to never see his face again, but fate seems to have other ideas — the girl she bumps into the very next day is none other than Himeka, Kazune’s cousin. During her second meeting with Kazune, something strange happens to her ring, the last thing she has to remember her mother by. Afterwards, strange events happen all day around her, with no explanation. The fourth meeting with Kazune explains quite a bit; her ring has the power to turn her into a goddess. With Himeka’s support and Kazune’s guidance, Karin begins her training to become one of the divine.” – A shoujo-series. Judging by the fact that the creator of Digi Charat and Pita Ten is behind this, and the fact that the title is a chibified form of “Kamisama Karin”, this’ll probably be a comedy. So far, it’s got good ingredients, but will it be funny? The only way of knowing is to wait till it gets released and watch it.

Piano no Mori

“Amamiya-kun turns over a leaf at his new school, but he soon finds himself bullied by the other children. A dare to play the mysterious piano in the local forest ignites his meeting with an equally mysterious child who goes by the name of Ichinose Kai. Who strangely enough is the only one capable of getting sound out of the thought to be broken piano.” – Another interesting concept. A seinen, school-based comedy-drama which actually doesn’t focus on the love relationship of its main character. Nice one.

Maple Story

Great to see another RPG getting an anime. An MMORPG, to be exactly. This one focuses on chibi-characters, rather than realistic ones. I played it myself for a while. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of story the creators are having in mind, and what kind of characters they’re planning to use. In any case, this is something to look out for.

Romeo and Juliet

“Do people still need a summary for this” – Is it me, or have the creators looked a bit too much at Good Witch of the West for the character designs? XD In any case, this is the infamous adaptation from Shakespeare’s classic. And it’s indeed perfect to be turned into an anime, as it focuses on the love between two teenagers (they were around fourteen years old, I think. Something many, if not all, western tv-shows seem to be forgetting). It’ll be interesting to see how true Gonzo will stay to the book. Judging by the site, they’ll use some kind of fantasy-location for the setting. I’m also hoping that they won’t be focusing on fanservice, and that they’ll put a big focus on the naivety of the two main characters, which in the end killed both of them.

Saiunkoku Monogatari, Season 2

Yay! Yay! Yay! After the first 39 episodes, there’ll actually be more.

Wellber no Monogatari: Sisters of Wellber

“10 years since the great war, tensions were mounting within the country of Wellber, which was barely capable of keeping peace, as war could commence at any time with its neighbouring country, Sangatras. In order to avoid warfare, the king of Wellber, Haidel planned on marrying off his daughter, Princess Rita, to Sangatras` Prince Guernia. However, Rita stabbed her groom to be and ran away. Infuriated, Sangatras` King Ranbahnhof threatens to wage war unless Rita is captured and publicly executed within 14 days. In order to avoid the worst case scenario, Rita decides to head for the neutral country of Greedom. Meanwhile, the woman thief Tina sneaks into Castle Wellber, seeking its treasures, when she happens to witness the stabbing of Guernia by Rita. Whether it be by coincidence or necessity, Tina receives information that the “Wasp Man” she was after is in Greedom, her sworn enemy who took the life of her parents. Tina agrees to become Rita`s bodyguard as they head out to Greedom. Shouldering their fate and destiny, the two meet, leave, and set out on their journey. What awaits them is war or peace, vengeance or death…” – The Spring Season of 2007 is promising to be an awesome season for the fantasy-anime. First we had Tsubasa Chronicle and Seirei no Moribito, two titles I’m really looking forward to, and now this anime arrives, another fantasy title. So far, the story looks very interesting, and the art looks gorgeous. This is one title to look forward to. :)

Tetsuko no Tabi

Based on a manga. “This is a slightly odd sort of manga: basically the “story” is that a manga artist is asked by her boss to accompany him and a travel-writer on various train trips around Japan and draw a manga about it. The kicker though, is that it’s completely non-fiction — the creator really did go on all these trips, and the manga simply records what happened, with no embellishment. There’s a little disclaimer at the front that says “This is non-fiction, so I apologize for the lack of drama,” and indeed, it mostly is just about them riding trains from place to place, waiting on platforms, etc.; there’s none of the silly artificial melodrama that sometimes accompanies info-manga. Despite the disclaimer, however, it’s really very entertaining.” – Okay, am I the only one who thinks that we’ve got ourselves a brilliant idea here? XD I’ll definitely be looking forward to this.

Yume da Maya Kidan
And when I already was already looking forward to Wellber no Monogatari, I’m actually looking forward to Yume da Maya Kidan even more. Why? Because it’s story has been written by an amateur. It seems that some kind of contest was held, called the “5th Animax grand prix”. It’s theme was “Story that you want to make into animation”. It’s always great to see a story made by an amateur, as Higurashi already showed that stories like these can include elements that commercial companies would find too risky. I also love the title: “Strange Dream Story”.

Bokurano

“On a typical day during a summer vacation, a group of 15 children discovered a mysterious man living in a seashore cave, along with his high-tech gadgets. The man claimed to be a game developer creating a video game with 15 giant robots defending Earth from alien invaders and asked those children to test the game for him. The kids agreed happily at first, but soon they began to find the game horrifying, not only because of its realism but also for the first fatality among them happened right after their first victory. Worse yet, they had no idea how to stop or leave the ‘game.'” – But this is the series I’m really looking forward to. Not only is it similar to Narutaru, Yuuji Nomi is going to do the music. She (He?) also did the music on Hi no Tori, and that truly was a brilliant piece of a crossing between tension full and classical music. Still, the only problem: Gonzo. Right now, they’re doing an excellent job with Red Garden, but a horrible one with Pumpkin Scissors. I’m hoping they’ll put the same people from Red Garden on Bokurano.

+ Top 5 Episodes +
It was very hard determining the ranking this time, as there has been quite a large amount of awesome episodes this month. Ah well, not that I’m complaining about that. ^_^

5: Asatte no Houkou – 08
This episode really showed how awesome Karada can be. It also gave some great insights about why she acted the way she did.

4: Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club – 18
Itoki comes to invade the school, and let’s just say that things don’t go according to plan. ^^ This episode featured a perfect pacing, in my opinion.

3: Popolocrois 2003 – 19
Awesome fight against a crazy giant monkfish, Gamigami also was as brilliant as ever.

2: Night Head Genesis – 18
Note to self: do NOT mess with Naoto. In any case, this episode has probably been the best one of this series yet. A nicely fast pacing, lots of revelations, awesome music. I really enjoyed it.

1: The Third – 22
The climax was simply beautiful. The entire Rona Fauna-arc built up perfectly for that moment.

2 Responses

  1. w says:

    “Okay, am I the only one who thinks that we’ve got ourselves a brilliant idea here?”

    No. I’m looking forward to it very much myself.

  2. Ryan A says:

    wow, you are on top of the new stuff. and I agree that the idea for Tetsuko no Tabi is quite solid!

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Yeah I really can't see that.
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Naruto, for insight into major philosphical question and demi god reincarnation.
Also featuring moon ninjas.
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*insight* *major philosophical questions* *??????*
Anonymous222458
I can understand that. Before the conclusion the main cast was pretty linear and repetetive character developement wise - the main focus was shounen action for the majority of the series. The conclusion showed us that these characters are reincarnates of sons of a demi god. They build up that past world with such an insight to major philosphical questions but easily understandable & relatable.
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@Badesh, Forgive me if I am rather skeptical on that statement.
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Hell, Naruto final arc turned out to be one of the most holistic storytelling i've encountered in a while. The character developement ties in so nicely with the whole universe. It's a great accomplishement growing a pop anime into a mature mystic saga. i highly reccomend it even for newcomers. just watch past great ninja war.
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I'll leave it to someone else to pick the last one.
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Might add trouble every day by Claire Denis and Livid by Julien Maury.
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Thanks for that. So now its under the shadow, return of the evil dead 1, dagon, from beyond, re-animator, haute tension, nekromantik, the tunnel.
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Ah I had forgotten, I'd meant to see Haute tension.
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Of those I haven't seen nekromantik or dead things.
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That's all I can think for now. I'm sure K-off and others will have more inspiring suggestions down the line
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For sick minds, Man Bites Dog, a Serbian film, Der Tolesking, Human Centipede (1&2)
SuperMario
Alright, for pure horror pleasures: Necromantik (1987), Green Inferno, Dead/Alive (my childhood's nightmare), Children Shouldn't Play woth Dead Things (more like a guity pleasure)
SuperMario
Haha scary indeed
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: The scariest thing about the haunting was that a remake of it exists that betrays the original.
SuperMario
Now, let me check my own horror list for more reccomendation
Kaiser Eoghan
Hahaha! Possession predates urotsukidouji =P in terms of the tentacle monster thing.
SuperMario
And I heard that the Haunting (1963) is good as well. Some david lynch movies (Lost Highway for example) could be claasified as horror too
SuperMario
Shame he passed away early this year. But he did say that the violent relationship in that movie was based on his own divorce.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I think Polish directed films are apparently rooted in theater. Though I believe he is a Dadaist.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Apparently Possession and diabal, all of his works are full of hidden political messages.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: That director is genuinely off-the wall insane, silver globe and l'amour braque actually make that look sane.
SuperMario
Possession the movie that Isabelle Adjani stared in? God, that movie exhausted me
Kaiser Eoghan
Innocents was so much better than its remake the others, the atmosphere was a lot lot stronger too, black and white really adds to the mood too.
Kaiser Eoghan
ha! I loved those.
This year I'm looking for silly horror movies predominently.
SuperMario
Let scare Jessica to death; the innocents 1961, Kill List, goodnight Mommy
Kaiser Eoghan
My alltime favourite horror film is Possession.
Kaiser Eoghan
No fuck it, no sequels. Currently it stands at under the shadow, return of the evil dead 1, dagon, from beyond, re-animator.
SuperMario
Too lazy to check out which horror movies that you've watched, but sure I can reccomend you some, from shitty to pure camp.
Kaiser Eoghan
Actually wait, under the shadow is out next week so that means I only need 5 more.
Kaiser Eoghan
Or maybe a 12 days is more feasible, easier. So that brings it down to six more. Guilty pleasures accepted.
K-Off
Any room for shitty horror in that list?
Kaiser Eoghan
I have to do a 30 days of halloween list soon. Want to limit it to horror films I haven't seen. So far I have the return of the living dead trilogy , dagon, from beyond and the re-animator.
Kaiser Eoghan
I also recently watched stranger things. I felt it did right by its 80s throw back, straight down to the references, score, costumes. Pretty cool monster too and the younger actors I thought were mostly good. Kind of slightly reminded me of the goonies to a small extent. I think it succeeded in being fairly heartfelt. Although I did find it a bit padded.
SuperMario
About the new season, I'm more interested in how these dark horse titles will turn out: Flip-flappers, ClassicalLoid, Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku, Yuri on Ice
SuperMario
@Aidan: I had Stranger Things on my queue list for a while now, but don't plan to watch it anytime soon. Glad you enjoy it.
K-Off
ReZero is the only show I finished in about 2 seasons. Hopefully the Working spinoff is up to par.
AidanAK47
Hoping things change when the first episodes start airing of the new anime season.
AidanAK47
Things have gotten quiet here. I plan on getting my Mob psycho review up today. I have to say that the next season doesn't interest me very much. There's some great stuff coming next year but the fall is looking pretty...meh.
AidanAK47
Finally got around to watching Stranger Things. Good show, I like the nostalgic way they tell the story though at times its too Spielberg/King. I admit that I can't say I was blown away by it. It's good and I will be watching the second season. But it's a tad.. predictable. Those child actors did a great job though.
K-Off
@Bam I'm not certain the email I have is one you actually use, so here it is: (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QWnGcuVQuXfOJuh80SDgtiZH4X6Zya_XEG2ZOM6u-5k/edit?usp=sharing)
It's pathetic right now, I'm sorting out my arrangements for Seoul first.
K-Off
@Bam I'll send you the itinerary in a few hours. Appreciate the offer for guides but I'll decline on that, otherwise it wouldn't hurt to have additional contacts in japan. The person I'm traveling with is half Japanese, so I trust that we won't run into tourist traps.
SuperMario
It logged me out again. Oh well! That was me Bam
Anonymous207007
@Bam: the first time I've ever heard of Chinchilla. Sorry to hear about your pet. Don't feel bad about the late post, it's perfectly fine. After all, we all volunteer to contribute here, so no pressure on the timing. Just write whenever you feel like it really.
Bam
Can anybody else see these?
Bam
@K-off: right on m8, I'm excited for you. Email me your itinerary and I can not only recommend some spots that aren't just basic tourist-traps, but can also hook you up with some friends to take you around and show you what the real Japan is all about.
Bam
I was planning to release the posts just as scheduled, but my Chinchilla suddenly got ill, and given the exotic nature of such pets I've been in and out of dozens of veterinary clinics. Over a week later and $600 spend, the poor thing finally gave out. I've been pretty out of since it happened, but again sorry for just disappearing.
Bam
I am actually still breathing. Sorry again for the unceremonious absence.
K-Off
@anon196168 I'm all ears for suggestions.
Anonymous196168
If youre going to japan maybe you could do something more unique than just taking pictures of locations? Plenty of those already on Google.
Kaiser Eoghan
Noticing a server error showing up on the shoutbox there.
AidanAK47
Good point, normal users generally just stay anono. ke69Vin?...69...really....that's just sad humor right there.
K-Off
That was most definitely little Kevin as well. 9vinke6 is obviously an anagram.
AidanAK47
@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.
K-Off
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
K-Off
@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.
K-Off
@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?)
K-Off
@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.
K-Off
@Anon174851 Ah good one.
@Mike Thanks. Durarara is a good suggestion, but I haven't watched Rurouni Kenshin.
Mike
@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!
K-Off
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.
Kaiser Eoghan
I'm considering finding some War/military manga to read, has anyone read Gunka no balthazar? Is it worthwhile?
AidanAK47
@Anon164960, They announced a second season for it so they ain't done with that trainwreck yet.
Anonymous165129
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Anonymous164960
So Rewrite took the "Bad End" route. Interesting. Their choice, not the show of course which was a freaking mess from start to finish.
Kaiser Eoghan
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.
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