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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SuperMario
yeah, usually 1 small arc = 2 to 3 episodes. We have 3 mini arc left so I would say about 6 episodes
AidanAK47
Actually from what I hear, there isn't enough material left in Owarimonogatari to make a full course. Seems like it's one volume with would equal 6 episodes at best.
AidanAK47
Like hell. There's about five more Monogataris to adapt. Anyway it's not that you are not getting it but rather instead of one cour it's going to be all aired within two days as specials. The runtime of the specials is up for debate but you are still getting it.
SuperMario
the loss of the FINAL one, you mean.
AidanAK47
@Mario, I wouldn't grin evilly about it but there's like over ten Monogatari animes. Kinda hard to be sad over the loss of one.
SuperMario
According to ANN, this new Owarimonogatari will be a special 2-day events, which honestly I don't know what that even means. Most of you might grin your evil grin right now but I'm crying inside with that news.
SuperMario
The LWA finale didn't do much for me sadly. Croi's roles as a main antagonist is just not good. And I feel like in the end I don't know much about Suzy or Lotte. I think the worse episode for me was the one right after the twist about why Akko can't perform magic, because it's as Aidan said
KT
Thus Little Witch Academia comes to an end. I will miss it. Despite the mistake IMHO of the Croix Arc, this was a good series, and the last episode went back to the very elements that made me love it at the start. It was a happy series, and gave me a warm fuzzy feeling in some hard times. I thank it for it. It could had been exceptional, but I guess they wanted to try something more.Ah well.
AidanAK47
Really glad they used that Scarborough fair song one last time before the finale. I really love that song.
Anonymous1215349
SukaSuka's finale was beautiful, a great way to end a great anime.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I guess the big question I have is, do the character interactions coupled with what assume will be some kind of tragedy element work together well enough to make the viewer care and invest in the characters?
AidanAK47
So that's the end of SukaSuka. Better than I thought it would be. Honestly didn't give it enough of a chance in my preview. As far as light novel adaptions go it's above average. Though it does still suffer from it's cliches. Nothing outstanding but a worthwhile watch nontheless.
Anonymous1214845
Have you seen Shonen Jump is making an international manga contest? https://medibang.com/jumpplus/entry/
SuperMario
@Lenlo: you know it when you see it. At first I didn't believe they jumped the shark, but based on the events after that twist, yep it has settled for something much cheaper imo.
Lenlo
For Bahamut, im still enjoying it and we have another cour to go. I think it, and the first Bahamut, are good shows. For Kado, im only on ep 4 so im very curious what shark gets jumped
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think given the pace I'll watch 1-2 or 2-3 episodes of re creators instead of once a week.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In the end Bahamut suffered the same fate as the first one, I could never call it a bad show, I just never ended up feeling it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've given my thoughts on tsuki ga kirei before on here but I'll add by saying that I never expected it and uchouten 2 (despite the weak wrap up I liked the lead up) to be my favourite of the season.
Kaiser-Eoghan
About five years ago or so could have seen myself really having been in the mood for LWA.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wasn't as impressed with Uchoutens finale as Mario was,I found myself more annoyed by how clumsily done it all was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
For me kado jumped the shark with its latest direction and Aidans review along with flicking through this weeks episode kind of confirms I'm done with the show. A show I was initially unsure of but thought might become something.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Yeah....at least LWA's finale was pretty good and I think there's a possibility of a second season. With the Criox/Chariot plot line out of the way I say they could really bank on it's potential. Even if they don't, this series was still quite enjoyable.
Anonymous1211365
Man I couldn't agree more with Aidan about LWA and Kado. I still like and enjoy Kado but damn it could have been so much more.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ntr trap appears to be a non-seinen/shounen yuri manga given its publication magazine.
Vonter
Not all people work as fast, but that's what companies expect nowadays. Which is why CGI is preferred over practical effects. Or even why anime has used more 3D that painted backgrounds, cars or other props that take time and work to be drawn.
Vonter
No. I get deadlines are tough. Companies and customers want everything made as fast as humanly possible, yet reality is that making things good takes time and money. I wouldn't be surprised that's why Berserk comes out every 6 months, the art is too detailed and the story is slow paced. Yet the anime was planned to be made in a year or two so it's evident either way, crunch is expected.
Lenlo
I think you misunderstood what he meant when he said the industry was a mess. Mangaka routinely work themselves into a hospital because of the demanding schedule
Vonter
Then there's the franchise appeal. Which inherently gains something because of persistence, awareness and name. It is hard when great visual effort is mainly put in things that are guaranteed to be a hit, because original stuff tend to make mistakes to find their own identity. Which in itself makes them very risky affairs.
Vonter
It's also a heavy flaw of the internet, having mainly binary opinions of good or bad. Which makes it hard to tell if you'll like something in the 7s like Nier or Alien 3 (might not be a 7 but opinions make it sound like it is). Divisive products that may or not may suit one's tastes.
Vonter
Personally I think the issue has become what suits your tastes, what are you willing to give a chance and what hits beyond the medium it is presented.
Vonter
@AidanAK47 "Manga in general is great but Jesus Christ the industry is a mess". - I mean, movies, games, and other entertainment have the same issue, since everyone has a big slice of the pie, yet there are like a million things competing for one's attention.
SuperMario
On that note, apart from the 3 shows I'n currently covering (Eccentric Family, Tsuki ga Kirei and ID-0), I will give a full review on Grimoire of Zero, a show that I feel rather difficult to pinpoint exactly on its quality.
SuperMario
Can't believe we approaching the final week of this current season. Gonna be a busy week of blogging with the usual weekly posts plus the final impressions.
SuperMario
@Anon1206174: I agree with you on both counts. And Sakura Quest has never been bad, but it could have been deeper and less messy. If you plan to watch ID-0 (I suggest you do), don't get your expectation too high because it works much better when you expect nothing of it. Like each episode I was genuinely surprised how good ID-0 actually is.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember one of Aidan's visual novel posts where he said theres potentially hundreds of VNs un-translated and LNs too, makes me wonder just how much un-translated manga we are missing out on.
Anonymous1206174
The ID-o posts sound pretty interesting, I am really thinking of dropping Sakura and watching this instead. Really loved the beginnign of Sakura and that abandoned town atmosphere it had, but I am not feeling it anymore. The recent episode about Shiori was great again though..
Kaiser-Eoghan
*looking
Then again he's an extremely forgetable person.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh Godammit, looing back over my comments I meant to say Souta not Setsuna, I suck at remembering non-English names.
Anonymous1205999
Meh - I really like this season but I already have my first cases of 'good-show-disappointing-ending/second half'
Anonymous1206022
KT Here:RE:Creators , we need to know more about the rules for Altair to see if that works. It might, and it might not. With what they know they have a good plan. But I was thinking why not just do a Super Smash Bros type game with the characters? I am sure that would generate enough stuff in order to lock her.
SuperMario
On Re:Creators, I find a better solution instead of going all cross-media like the show suggests. Someone could just make some fan-fiction on Altair that purposely show her weakness (like get busted when expose to the sun, or the magic word that render her skills useless). Less efforts, more effective
SuperMario
Man, I agree wholeheartedly with what KT said here: mass media actually sells, so it keeps the industry to a more stable position; then the art-house/more adult oriented anime can have some freedom to do what they like.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its more that I have to read it all at the same time as expecting action to come , it might change my mind if I watched it in English.
Anonymous1205580
KT here: I accept the mass media because it raises the funds for the less mainstream stuff I like. That is how I make my peace.

On RE:Creators. I get what you guys say. But for some reason I do not find the exposition heavy in this series. Every person has his own limit I guess
Alonaria
@Kaiser: Yep, that sounds about right, lol. I take my Sheldon in concentrated doses. I might give the Young Sheldon spin off an episode or two because it's highly exaggerated but still somewhat relatable to me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel big bang theory is a show for people who know nothing about nerds/nerd culture to find funny.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And then theres this thing about Sheldon being some kind of autism spectrum thing , which is kind of annoying to hear when I am on the spectrum myself and never really found the character all that amusing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Probably not the strongest reason to go off a show but, it was people around me going on and on about big bang theory that eventually put me off it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
lol is it any surprise Miura and the hunter x hunter guy take so many breaks =P
Alonaria
*Sheldon
Alonaria
I pick and choose Big Bang episodes that I enjoy. Shelden in the ball pit never ceases to amuse me. Still, it's definitely overrated haha.
Lenlo
IT Crowd > Modern Big Bang. Early Big Bang was good.

And yes, the work conditions in the Manga Industry are terrible. Oda, One Piece Mangaka, works stupid hours. He requests his assistances be "Willing to die for One Piece" because of the amount of work.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And hell yeah"! someone else thats hates on big bang theory.
IT crowd > big bang.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*more safer
Kaiser-Eoghan
And yet now here I am at same time, I think it might be kind of a shame that I can't see the value and fun anymore in some less safer offerings.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I thinking I might go insane if I looked up comments defending the visuals in occultic; nine.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hate to say it but sometimes opinions, mainstream ones are actually wrong. Its a fact that superhero films have bad action scenes and cinematography and Hardboiled, a chinese action film is better filmed in terms of choreography.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As dickish as this is to say, I really do recoil when ssomeone says something like the Notebook or fifty shades is the best film of all time/their favourite.
Kaiser-Eoghan
See theres also factoring in the people whos favourite film or anime of all is the most recent they finished.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember mentioning recently that I was re-watching the twilight zone, the response I got was "I thought that you were talking about twilight"
Kaiser-Eoghan
See thats whats so great about being able to talk about more niche stuff online, theres an easier to find common ground.
AidanAK47
In general when it comes to mass popular opinion it's the tried and true safe stuff that ends up selling. The highest selling Mario games are the New Super Mario ones. The same generic Light novel and harems keep selling. There are plenty of examples but majority opinion tends to gravitate to the safe and familiar.
Kaiser-Eoghan
See, most (offline) people (and or teenagers)who aren't really all that interested in film or don't look into it that much will turn out for things like fifty shades, transformers or twilight, thats why those are popular. Most people aren't going to watch something made more than a few years ago or subtitled.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh...lol fuck thats a blunder...yes I meant Re:creators.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But by all means, people are fully entitled to like what they like. But there is a reason why so much rubbish gets popular.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Re:Creators.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As someone who would actually consider themselves creative and interested in things being imaginative I really do hate the whole anti-creativity /anti-art, anti-intelligence movement and way of thinking that allows un-deservedly popular things like what Aidan mentioned to fester.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yes Re:zero's poor pacing and leaden dialogue is becoming too dominant and there should be more action, its good Setsuna opened up, but I still don't particularly like him.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I imagine the magazines/editors probably consider themselves the writers sometimes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Pretty sure I only read nisekoi because I was keeping up with conversations about it, then dropped it before the Chitoge doublie showed up, just stopped reading.
AidanAK47
On the matter of Re:Creators, I feel the same as the Anon said. I find the exposition to just drone on far too much.
AidanAK47
On the matter of the manga industry being shit...it is. Manga in general is great but Jesus Christ the industry is a mess. Work conditions are utterly abhorrent and it's even worse that most series live or die based on a magazine popularity poll.
Because just because something is popular, does not mean it is quality. Example: Transformers, Twilight, Fifty shades, Sword Art Online, Big Bang theory
AidanAK47
@Anon, Still not getting your logic here. I mean if I have a problem with it after trying it then why am I not allowed to complain about it? Anyway it is only popular for the pandering. Even those who like Nisekoi admit that it's a mediocre harem and they mainly enjoy the waifu wars on the internet.
SuperMario
and now we will resort to illegal streaming sites for this one. "Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem", this f*cking true
SuperMario
Huh? Welcome to the Ballroom Anime Gets Amazon Prime-Only Streaming Inside and Outside Japan. Now that just unbearable
SuperMario
Don't know about this new Re:Creators episode since I haven't watched it, but I don't really mind Meteora. Her dialogues scream "exposition" but she still fits well to the story. The fights are good, I agree, but why didn't they go all the way with the world's collapse last episode?
Anonymous1202407
Whether Nisekoi is pandering or not, it is not enough proof for you to suggest that manga industry is shit. If u want good mainstream then its not that hard to find. Also for every success like Nisekoi which u claim to be pandering, there are dozen like it that failed to be popular. Why? Because it clearly is popular for a reason other than just simple pandering.
SuperMario
Ha, Ping Pong. I need that kind of show again in my life.
Lenlo
Also, Ping Pong is amazing.
Lenlo
Theres a difference between pandering to a large audience, and an anime/manga with a quality story that everyone ends up liking. Ive always found moe shows and things like Nisekoi to be the former.
Anonymous1202407
If you have a problem with it after trying it just dont read it. Its that simple. Also what a surprise that a show like nisekoi that appeals to a large demographic is popular. U want the mangaka to apologize it's not some art house story like Ping Pong?
Lenlo
Meteora is pretty hit or miss with her dialogue imo. Sometimes its great, othertimes its not. I can say though I enjoy most of the fights.
Anonymous1202113
I really want to like Re:Creators. To be honest though, I'm getting tired of the dialogue. It has its high points, but it sometimes just seems to drone on and on, especially with all of Meteora's "hypotheses."
KT
Both Bahamut and RE:Creators had great episodes. But I was indeed mentally screaming Super Smash Bros at RE:Creators. You will get the point when you watch the episode.
AidanAK47
Taken on it's own, Nisekoi is harmless. But it is undeniably proof that you need not be creative or innovative to succeed in the industry. In fact declaring creative bankruptcy could turn more fruitful than genuine effort.
AidanAK47
And I said how can you decide you don't like something if you haven't read it?
Of course you are likely mean that if you don't like something then give up on reading it further which of course does not mean that someone cannot complain about it regardless.
Anonymous1198985
No, Im said if you dont like nisekoi dont read it
AidanAK47
@Anon, How do you know you don't like it if you don't read it?
Anonymous1196967
Don't like it don't read it.
AidanAK47
I went and read Double Arts. This really was a great manga with tons of potentail and truly didn't deserve the axe. It's so depressing that this was cut off so soon and the author went on to make the most generic Harem ever Nisekoi, and that got over 200 chapters.
Lenlo
All of the important dance scenes for Yuri were fantastic, its just some minor one off characters and some reused ones that were an issue, so no they are better than the CGI
Anonymous1190387
Is it worse than those CGI dance scenes in some anime?
AidanAK47
@Puran, It is pretty surprising how well that story turns out. I say IG might do the job even if there animation isn't the most consistent. The one thing I am worried about is those necks though. In the PV those things were ridiculously long.
Puran
Fair enough, recycling the animation was bad, agreed. But the animation itself was really good.
Lenlo
See, I found the repeated dances in Yuri one of the worse parts. Alot of it was recycled animation and certain characters were obviously rushed/not done. Some were amazing, cause they took their time, but others looked terrible.
Puran
I kinda wish Mappa was doing the anime though. Yuri on Ice had really nicely animated dances (and was more or less the only actually good quality of that show :P )
Puran
Reading the Ballroom e Youkoso manga has made me really excited about the Anime.
Kaiser_Eoghan
@Aidan: I'm particularly turned off by bully/bullying cliches these days. I've only read the first two volumes to see how awful she was but I ended up simply losing track of the series and stopped reading.
Kaiser_Eoghan
@Mario: Actually that has changed, I had to pick a different day to see it given changes in schedule, I've booked it for NEXT Wednesday now. I've watched Akira about four times.
AidanAK47
Oh, Rising of the Shield Hero is getting an anime adaption. Hmmm...honestly after finishing the series and looking over it as a whole I am not sure I even want that. Plus seeing Bitch Animated...would fill me with rage.
SuperMario
I intend to re-watch Akira soon, probably this weekend. It has been almost 10 years since my first watch and now I don't remember much about that one. Thought it was intriguing and complex but not as acclaimed as people hyped it to be (I'll pick Ghost in the Shell anytime). Wonder how I'd feel now after re-watching it.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I remember you mentioned that you were going to watch In this Corner of the World today right? How was the movie Kaiser?
Lenlo
Oh cool, food wars is getting a 3rd season
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ballroom youkoso appears to be leading the polls.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Fumiko is a female mangaka yes. Also I found bokura no hentai worth reading.
SuperMario
yep, I finished that manga too and I have conflicted feeling about it. Yuri(!) part and fanservice are to blatant but they have a purpose. This mangaka (not sure but I think she's a girl) has some unique voice.
AidanAK47
....well I skimmed that manga. And it was weird
SuperMario
By all appearances,Sakura is normal,albeit sheltered junior high school girl who enjoy talking about love and walking home from school together.However,they also happen to inhabit a strange and supernatural world populated by mysterious,gigantic beings and unusual plant and animal life.Amid their peaceful lives,Sakura becomes very interested in something only alluded to exist in old books: dicks
SuperMario
Here's a synopsis of other manga from the same author, I think you'll have a better idea of his theme -
Sakura no Sono
AidanAK47
Pretty much what Masky said. I am not really praising it. Anyway I plan to read one or two more chapters to see where it's going. But if it's going in the direction I think it's going then I am dropping this one fast.
Kaiser_Eoghan
There is of course the underlying concern that it will go a very ugly route with that development or it could become edgy/horribly minipulative, but for now it is as mario said, a hook.
SuperMario
Well. overall I don't dislike what I read there. It has good hook and I'm intrigued to know more what the hell will happen. Good set-up for me. I'm in
SuperMario
@Masky: it's fine Masky, since I will chec itk out any way and see it for myself ^^
Masky
So since you guys started being interested, I checked it out and uh.. Yeah, not reading. I think ye guys misunderstood Aidans warnings since that was just fucked up and not in the interesting way.
Lenlo
@Aidan: Berserk will never again go more than 3-4 months without a hiatus.
SuperMario
Hmmm, that manga Cutie Mutie sounds good to me. I might check it out later today
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: But had you not alluded to that scene, I may have seen the cover of that manga and skipped over it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I had a feeling, sort of, sad, I am intrigued to read more.
AidanAK47
Hyping and warning are not the same thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Well with Aidan hyping up the horrors of cutie mutie I may as well glance at it to see what he' on about.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There are three manga with the name rec.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I am familiar with the artist for cutie mutie, she did that manga about the three kids dealing with gender/orientation issues.
AidanAK47
Oh look Berserk is on Haitus again....
.....the sad thing is that it comes as expected now.
AidanAK47
For reference the two I read were Cutie Mutie and Rec. Be warned, the first one goes to a rather uncomfortable level.
AidanAK47
@Masky, Read two manga. One started lighthearted and then went to really dark territory. The other one looks like it's about a really dark subject but turned out to be something more lighthearted.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Alright. Tested it now so it such be fixed. Try again.
Masky
@Aidan: Huh? What you read that turned dark/didn't turn dark? .-.
SuperMario
"too many answers selected for question 1! only 3 answers allowed!"
SuperMario
@Aidan: I still have the same issues. Weird
AidanAK47
@Mario, Wasn't my intent. Try it now and you should be able to pick as many as you want.
SuperMario
@Aidan: I'm not allowed to vote more than 3 votes. Is it your intention Aidan?
AidanAK47
Well that was weird. I read something that looked innocent but turned out to be really dark. Then something that looked really dark only to become innocent.
Masky
Yeah, nothing that interests me I see :D Like my strongest reaction to season preview was "Someone made isekai with smartphone? Really? REALLY? Thats best idea you had"
Masky
Ah Knighs and Magic, found that manga. It was boring enough for me to forget its name. Also besides being boring, I kinda find MC unlikeable since their only personality is that they like mechas and were a programmer before renicarnating as short bishie kid
Masky
Woo, time to vote stuff
SuperMario
@Kaiser: that movie In this Corner just getting more and more acclaimed huh? Thou I think it'a a type of movie that if you have high expectation for it you will likely be disappointed. It works best as a sleeper hit
SuperMario
As for cute monster girls, most of the time I don't find them cute at all. I know I'm being racist, but...
SuperMario
@Lenlo: I'm guilty with that cute girls genre, as i enjoyed K-On tremedously for example. Or If I have more time I'd follow Hinako Note this season ^^
Kaiser-Eoghan
They don't always adapt all that well or work as well outside of manga format, especially 4-komas.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*three
Kaiser-Eoghan
The only two of any interest were hidamari sketch, azumanga daioh and yuru yuri and that was largely down to being in the mood for them a few years ago.
Lenlo
@Mario: Personally, I have 0 interest in this Monster girls doing cute things subgenre, just like I have very little interest in the cute girls doing cute things major genre.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: As it turns out I DID read in this corner of the world. I'll also be seeing it next thursday.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: at this moment I'm very skeptical with the whole Monster girls doing cute girl subgenre, so I'm approachig Centaur with a caution. Of course, it all depends on how I feel after the first episode
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Happy End isn't as bleak aa his other works. But it's certainly Hanake's films, as it explores many of his favorite themes: the voyeurist of camera in his Benny's video, the detachment to the world and the underlying violence. Not his best thou but it's still very good
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I'd be up for watching jigoku shojo, its been a long time since I watched the original two seasons and this one won't be as long, so it won't get as repetitive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I voted centaur no nanami on the poll, think Mario could cover it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: How did did you get on with Happy end? I heard its like a mix of his best works. Is it as dark and depressing?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have vague memories of in the corner of the worlds manga, unless I'm mixing it up with something else.
SuperMario
Some news, Lu Over the Wall won the best prize at this year's Annecy (the 1st anime won the award since 1995's Pom Poko), with In the Corner of the World took the Jury Prize. Quite a good showing for anime this year.
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