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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@Kaiser: Well, after the first season of 3-gatsu ended, I did skim ahead to this bullying arc so I already know this is going to be powerful, yet the anime still wow me over and over
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Also it can be tricky selecting a season sequel since some old series had like 50 to 100 episodes, what counted as a season then?
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@Kaiser-Eoghan - It's more common in videogames (especially Capcom) than in other mediums. Megaman 2, RE 2, Street Fighter 2, Dino Crisis 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, etc.
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Actually in a rarity, a sequel season is better than the first.
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Which makes my enjoyment of sangatsu so strange.
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And I generally do not like game/sports orientated shows.
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That you slightlySuper-erMario and superwooper!
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And my reaction to the show is such, that I enjoyed it enough to make such a huge pot about it.
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Also I want Akari to be my mom and Hina is adorable without being annoyingly so and Kana Hanazawa is doing a good job voicing her.

And whoever said it is right, the op/ed songs are worth listening to, for once I’m not skipping them.
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At this point it feels as if by the end of the series I’ll come off it thinking that I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters.
I don’t think as of just yet it complete lives up to honey and clovers legacy though.
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I never cared about Harunobu initially, but recent episodes have changed this.
Dull parts of the manga are easier to get through for me in the anime due to Shaft elevating the material with one of the better uses of their visual gimmicks.
Giving the series another chance, even though I won’t fully embrace the humour, it does now and then manage to make me laugh a little.
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The bullying arc centering on Hina and the shows treatment of it is better than most anime bullying stories and has provided the most emotionally rewarding aspect of the show.
Characters that are assholes like Kyouko’s boyfriend, Kyouko herself I’m finding somewhat more sympathetic and want to see more to their personal drama.
Kaiser-Eoghan
However I do genuinely think that the series does a good job of allowing dramatic moments to creep up on the viewer, that early scene of Hina crying over her mother, Rei’s family flashbacks, Akari’s concerns about Hina/the stuff with her dad, all the scenes with Kyouko do carry an effective and solid dramatic weight to them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel it starts very strong, making a great first impression, then kind of has these dull moments that make it sort of a slog at times to get through, unfortunately I have no interest in chess/shougi and no knowledge the show tries to give me is going to stick or allow me to embrace that.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Through jumping back and forth between the anime and manga, I can say I have no caught up to where I will now watch March comes like a lion on a weekly basis.
Anonymous1636224
The blood of the innocent will flow without end, mmmmmm this is why I love Inuyashiki
Anonymous1636224
Mmmmmm the suffering of all those innocent people feeding his God boner, this is why I love Inuyashiki
Lenlo
Oh yeah, thats not a knock against it. Just noting they dont *need* much animation
SuperMario
Well, the nature of Mahoutsukai is slow-burned, so it makes sense they focus more on static, quiet moments
Lenlo
Was that blade 2022 thing supposed to be an example? Because I wasnt a fan. It was stylish sure, but difficult to follow.
Lenlo
Maho is a good looking show, I wouldnt call it a great animated show.
Lenlo
The issue for me is, theres just not alot being animated most of the time. Usually its a pretty slow moving anime, so most of its time is talking and still shots. It doesnt need alot of animation, so it doesnt have it.
Lenlo
@Niel, I think Mahoutsukai can have good animation when it wants to. Like the water viel in episode 10 looked good (Though im not sure how much of that was after effects)
Anonymous1635607
uhhh creepy
Anonymous1635589
the blood of the innocent will flow without end, mmmm this is why I love Inuyashiki so much
Amagi
I think the security is the same as here, it's just that Japanese people are less likely to rip stuff (correct me if I am wrong). It seems like ripped anime, manga and so on are basically always uploaded by Americans, Chinese people or someone else.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was surprised heavens feel was camripped I thought security in japanese theatres was stronger.
Amagi
Yeah it's also screening in Germany, I will watch it in February, together with Heaven's Feel, Mutafukaz, Kimikoe and a few others.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*on Europa cinema
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nanoha new film to screen next February in the US, come in Europa license it for over here dammit....
Kaiser-Eoghan
Did have some down moments though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I guess contrasting Luke with his old self goes some way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Saw the preview screening of the new star wars, still feel the new trilogy stands inbetween the originals and prequels, fufills its duty as a *** star blockbuster , some genuinely hilarious high camp moments, awful tokenism, Snoke is a shit villain, but two scenes with Luke actually have a pathos to them and I liked the chase/action scenes when they happened. Nobody cares about the acting/dialogue
AidanAK47
But there are times when it goes way too far and you can barely make out what is even supposed to be happening. Or characters go so off model that they are unrecognizable. It can be immersion breaking. Much like uncanny CGI.
AidanAK47
@Niel, I do agree that it's annoying to see people complain about animation when they clearly have no idea what they are talking about. Like those inbetween frame screenshot people. But I will say I appreciate on model characters more so than chaotic movement. When the off model stuff suits the tone of the scene like that blade runner part, then it's fine.
niel
I also don't want to see someone imply visual=animation for the hundredth time. Are people really that ignorant of the technical/artistic aspect of the media they consumed?
niel
It just depends on what works best in given scene and the aesthetic they want to go for. People can complain all they want about off-model stuff, but if they really only want that the they won't be getting nearly as much of those impactful scenes as there are now. So many of the ways people complain about it is really irking to me.
niel
normal/low action scenes is different from being on-model during the action sequences and just the ones that need some extra impact in general. https://youtu.be/rrZk9sSgRyQ?t=6m45s
niel
But that depends on the situation though. And I'd argue that being consistent and on-model during
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter/Niello/Mario: Ideally I want it both ways, fluid animation AND consistent model visuals, all the while never sacrificing choreography.
SuperMario
But really, who am I to say. I'm the dude who prefer beautiful shot composition myself
SuperMario
The same can be said with Shinkai's movies since he always prefers static, beautiful shot that people tend to overlook that his animation is quite poorly handled
Vonter
You're right, but art direction does alleviate limited animation, I mean the old Berserk anime, kinda has a lot of slideshow moments. MahoYome has nice backgrounds, and despite the samey faces, at the very least doesn't come from the same mold as other series. Still cutting corners with chibi segments is was a mistake.
SuperWooper
Is it any wonder that people prefer things to be static/on-model? They want to see characters who look consistent and familiar so they can relate to them.
Nie
MahoYome being the biggest offender of people getting triggered to any kind of statement about the show's animation not being good. And it's absurd because the show's animation really isn't great at all. It's good with distracting people with pretty pictures, but animation-wise it's still mediocre.
Nie
@SuperMario: Not much. Just stuff like "Art is part of the animation weather it's beautiful backgrounds or just amazing looking characters. It's not all about how they move. If it was, CG would be considered great animation" multiple times. I've just been finding myself being replied with these kinds of comment non-stop since the start of the season.
SuperMario
@Niello: What happened exactly, if you don't me asking?
Nielllo
If I hear someone says AMB has good animation one more tie I might actually lose it. It's amazing how people who apparently know nothing about it try to defend this and other people who don't know anything are actually supporting the guy.
Niello
So with Fate Apocrypha episode 22 out, I'm just now learning that people think webgen style is horrible and they prefer static scenes with pretty visual over actual quality animation. WTF. I can't comprehend this. Are casual people who watch animation in general really that oblivious to the art they have been watching?
Lenlo
Berserks Dynasty Warriors style game looked better. Also, Mahoutsukai should be up tonight/tomorrow. Turns out, Christmas is a busy time of year at this job.
Amagi
*worse
Amagi
Especially when you consider how good CGI can be by now, look at Houseki or Kado. But Berserk was the worst thing I saw in years, many scenes felt worst than sequences of PSX games
Amagi
@SuperMario: Same. I love Kon and also consider Paprika's OST as the best. @Lenlo: Me too. I honestly even enjoyed the movies but the new series was atrocious
Lenlo
HIRASAWAAAA! HAAAAAI YOOOOO.
I miss the 90s Berserk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was also quite fond of his soundtracks for Berserk. AIIIIIYE FORCES : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkYYYew8CUI
SuperMario
@Amagi: I'm a big fan of Kon so I've watched everything from his. Even bought a book about his works. About the soundtrack, I listened to them as well but not regularly, compare to pprika OST which I downloaded and listen to a lot
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although not completely a manga, Usagi yojimbo also has an anthro character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Millennium actress is partially inspired by the actress Setsuko Hara.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: The anthro-animal manga is even a topseller as far as I know. Haven't looked into it yet, though. Maybe I will do so.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I am still hoping Dream Machine will happen some day. Kon died believing it would happen
Amagi
@SuperMario: Have you tried the other Kon movies like Millennium Actress once? Thought they were really good and Hirasawa is responsible for the OST there too. Or Paranoia Agent which was (IMO) very good as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nttSKBJ38k (OP)
Niello
Eoghan: Enjoy... ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't read this, its very strange to see a manga about full anthro animal characters: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Beastars
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: So based on that I will try devil lady. Thanks.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: That'd be me who made that post. I thought dororon enma-kun was wonderfully ridiculous and Devilman gorishly entertaining, Shin Mazinger Z was probably some of the most fun I had with an anime, but violence jack took it way too far though so I guess I'm aquainted with nagai's work
Vonter
I don't remember who was looking for something noir in anime. I was looking among several series from Go Nagai. And watched some Devil Lady. I don't remember if noir is exclusively detective stories, but this anime, has those high contrast shadows, eerie music and is shot like some japanese horror movies I've seen. I don't know if it changes along the road but so far it's very suspenseful.
SuperMario
I only know him through his works in Berserk and Paprika but his music never fails to amaze me
Anonymous1626471
@Amagi: Ghost Bridge is my favourite. I just find it very calming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeh5aJsxlbw
Amagi
Susumu Hirasawa is one of my favorite musicians/composers. I don't even know what kind of subgenre this is. There aren't any other music groups I know who do similar stuff
Nielllo
@Mario, Already saw that video before.
SuperMario
Check this out... I don't even know what the freaking instrument he's playing, but it's spellbound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjalQjAomH0
Niello
Just when I thought Houseki no Kuni took the prize for best animation I was treated with Apocrypha. This week is amazing.
Niello
Big name animators all over. They really threw everything they've got here.
Niello
Woooooah! OMG Apocrypha ep 22 animation is sick! So that's why the animation in the first half of the show is so lackluster and basically just darn awful.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its not entirely odd to bring up Heydrich in relation to the occult either, apparently he was said to be part of some whackjob order.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm, that girl from Dies irae, Anna Schwegln is aptly named, also shares her name with the last executed person for witchcraft, who was Bavarian German, which i'm told by an Austrian friend were particular right-est leaning politically.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of course unfortunately its often the opposite that happens, nothing is worse than an ending that ruins everything.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, how I love being surprised by something. That feeling where you''re watching something shakily held together, simply okay or good, then suddenly in the second half or last stretch your score of it goes massively up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can kind of understand the wanting to go home and watch something easy mentality instead of challenging but even though I'm guilty of escapism, I'm tired somewhat of "sillier" stuff, its often enjoyable but its get overly reptitive and I wish I could find more philosophical/political/imaginative things.
Amagi
Yeah the show is great because of its theme, the setting and chemistry girls have as well as their (lack of) knowledge about basic human things. Each episode thematizes this in a different way but there isn't much you can talk or say about it when you already explained the topic in detail.
SuperMario
On the other hand, I don't have much to talk about Girls' Last Tour this week. It's still good, but with this episode I feel that I'm running out of concrete thig to say about the show
SuperMario
Haha both Houseki and 3-gatsu have a good showing this week. I have a lot of things to talk about Houseki in particular
Amagi
This week's Houseki is jurassic park
Amagi
*-ati - I think Netflix and so are at least giving a few new impulses which isn't too bad. I don't think the typical anime series will disappear because of that.
Amagi
At least in comparisation
Amagi
I think it's just sad how often I see wonderful series selling 500 BD/DVD or maybe even less. Most series don't sell more than 1500 or so and the rest is usually at ~3000-5000 which is still pretty low.
Amagi
Yeah, it's one of my pro-Netflix arguments as well. Another problem is that anime (not counting manga) only make money through dvd/bd sales since they air at night, whereas Netflix or daytime tv series don't depend on the latter so much and since anime BDs are so expensive the only ones who buy them are the more extreme fans.
AidanAK47
Might be in part due to the workaholic nature of their society that makes escapist fantasy and empty entertainment more appealing than usual. Ultimately these are the people anime is made for so opening up the markets gives more deserving shows a fighting chance.
Though that isn't to say that western taste is perfect either.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, That's part of the reason I think some westernation might be a good thing as from what I seen the Japanese have truly terrible taste in anime. Sales charts from Japan just make me shake my head.
Amagi
God, the preorder anime lists are atricious. The only one that seems to sell acceptable (around 6k) is Mahoyome. Series like Inuyashiki have 80 pre-orders so far, Shuumatsu Shoujo 977. Idol shows sell good of course, including that male/bishounen Idolmaster
AidanAK47
@Anon, I read it but kinda fell out due to it's releases being slow.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Actually if you check the manga recommendations section, you'll see there is a post about it here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Yes, it was interesting to follow a story that dealt with a characters homosexuallity that was outside of the yaoi/yuri mould.
Anonymous1620968
Out of curiosity, has anyone on here read Shimanami Tasogare?
Niello
Where are we up to with Inuyashiki?
Lenlo
Well alright then. Episode 9 out of 11 and that happens. Was not expecting that
Lenlo
Ooo something happen this week? Im about to watch it
Kaiser-Eoghan
It feels just as rushed and awkward in the manga.
Amagi
I noticed this too
AidanAK47
Inuyashiki has balls of steel to pull that in this particular episode number.
Nielllo
Finally got around to reading Helck, and it looks like it's going to go into that pile of good-shounen-that-won't-ever-get-animated right alongside Psyren.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Imagine trying to buy the dvds of the show in public.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Gentle remind that the prism ilya movie is out and subbed.
AidanAK47
Still surprised the second and third seasons got dubbed.
AidanAK47
@Angel, I replied to one of your comments before but the rundown is no official word yet but maybe next year.
Angel
Or no? Someone please tell me!!
Angel
Going to happen?
Angel
Is fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub
Amagi
I dislike it when manga bait me into reading due to the first chapter and end up being some very generic stuff afterwards. Nobody stays for B if he started something for A, authours should expect that.
Lenlo
Really, Juuni should stick with the 3D. That fight in ep 9 looked pretty good. 3D is clearly what they are good at
AidanAK47
@Niello, It's not Chatango. It's a plugin for wordpress called Wisechat.
SuperMario
@Niello: yeah, Juuni caught me off guard this week. The production of Juuni is unfortunately shaky, but well, strong writing can save the day
Niello
Btw is this chat still Chatango?
Niello
This week episode of Juini is surprisingly good compared to how the show usually is with its backstory. Although the part where Ox tries to explain to Tiger could definitely use some visual buff.
SuperWooper
in the future*
SuperWooper
Pretty cool that Juuni Taisen had that kind of emotional heft this week, though. Might be one of the 2017 shows I sample the in the future.
SuperWooper
I think the occasional comments with an episode title and nothing more come from people who mistake the shoutbox for a search bar.
SuperMario
@Anon1614688: juuni taisen... made me tearing up this week. Honestly didn't expect that. Damn you, Tiger
Anonymous1614688
juuni taisen
Amagi
Had some complaints regarding Children of Whales but the latest two episodes were pretty good.
Amagi
@Anon: You explained it better than me.
Anonymous1614307
Kaiser: I actually have the exact same opinion of Natsume and Mushishi. Both are excellent, but Natsume just does a great job with a small core cast and a very simple premise
Anonymous1614456
who likes naruto
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mushishi does have good stories, but it was always a manga I'd dip in and out of, on and off for years, never marathoning it, wheras Natsume was easier to read several chapters of in one go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its because Natsume has more pathos.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*more than
Natsume weirdly ended up becoming this comfort manga for me with a higher consistency rate .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will state that I hold the terrible opinion that I like Natsume Yujinchou than Mushishi but at the same time completely recognize that Mushishi is probably the more ambitious, better show.
Niello
So it becomes a cycle of "this is an interesting set up" (except that the new Kino isn't even good at that) and then they fucked up or Kino/Shizu fucked them up even more, then move on. Without the emphasis on philosophical nature of the set up they present like in the original Kino, there really isn't that much point to it.
Niello
With the new Kino it's more about messing people up, occassionally observing and hardly ever improving. The anwsers or solutions to the problem they present is never really talked about in a rational way.
SuperMario
@Anon1614318: maybe you should give the old Kino a try. What I don't like most about the new version of Kino is that both Kino and the new guy are sketched as hero. The old Kino manages the tone right as well. There were some really dark tales and most of them thought-provoking. Can't say the same for say...Country of Cooking
Anonymous1614318
I don't know, it might be interesting to actually dig deep into the differences between episodic series with this kind of style to see what works and what doesn't.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's a matter of the chapter they chose to adapt were not really the better ones but the ones where the protagonist is more of an active role. Not totally against that, but it feels like the protagonist is just OP all the time. At least with Mushishi Ginko isn't able to save everyone all the time.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's supposed to be more allegorical, but most of the time the allegory is not really meaningful enough. I thought it would be more along the lines of Mushishi, which is kind of similar in setup, but better in most other ways.
Anonymous1614318
What keeps me sticking around are some of the nice background arts and generally pleasant use of color, but admittedly most of the episodes aren't really engaging in a meaningful way. Most of the time its just Kino/Shizu show up, find out town's gimmick, then save the day. I prefer the episodes where the townspeople are more than just flat background characters.
Anonymous1614318
It's interesting to see how this new Kino season is being received from folks who've already watched the original. This is my first real exposure to Kino, and I kind of like it, but even without watching the original, I share many of the same complaints Aidan and most of the others have.
Amagi
I am also kinda sad he's just some 2* servant in fgo, but his power is special and he's physically weak, so it's understandable.
Amagi
And again, Shakespeare is just great but the character is, sadly, kinda wasted here considering how much screentime he has.
Amagi
@Aidan: Yes. Plus, maybe more characterization or background for some servants. The anime would have that time without Sieg and his romance sub plot.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Those being remove Sieg and more Shakespeare?
Amagi
And man Apocrypha is pretty good but it would be twice as good if it had those two changes Aidan always mentions in the reviews..
Amagi
@Kaiser: I think the male in Kino was a mistake. Having two PoV sounds good, but he's basically just a male Kino, he even looks like her. Someone vastly different would have been way more interesting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd guarantee that sangatsu no lion would be high up, but FINALLY this weekend I'll be catching up.
Niello
@Kaiser, Ugh my phone gitched. What I meant to say was that background was unexpected. Now I see why you're enjoying CotW though.
Niello
@Kaiser, That's unexpected.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I enjoyed how outright surreal Arakawa was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: It bothers me that they're stuffing multiple tales into single episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, excel saga, I wonder what I would think of it now, its been years.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I actually respect Aidan's coverage of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: Yes that edgy villain kid in COTWs was annoying though.
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