Posted on 31 August 2007 with categories: Ayatsuri Sakon


Yes! Yes! This arc is progressing perfectly! I couldn’t have expected it to get any better, by the standards that have been set with the rest of the series. There’s a strong and consistent emotional strength throughout the entire episode, the mystery progresses perfectly, and it’s great to see Sakon as the centre of attention, without any increase of cheesiness.

The interesting thing is that this is another one of those arcs where we know who did it, before the final episode: the Shinozakis. If the creators are confident enough that they give out these hints, they must have got something very interesting in store for the conclusion. With other words: Shinozaki’s reasons should be quite juicy.

Come on, Sakon! There’s only one episode left! You’ve only got one more chance to prove yourself and your unique character. Please, make your end a memorable one!

Posted on with categories: Ayatsuri Sakon


So, apparently there is no Baccano-release this week. To make up for it, we get treated to a double-release of Ayatsuri Sakon. We’re finally ready to start the final arc, and it’s exactly as I hoped: the final arc is going to be all about Sakon, as it centres on his succession of his the puppetry-school that has been lead by his father for ages. If I had to say so, this episode was the best opening to an arc since the first one, which benefited most from the fact that I had no idea what to expect from this series.

Lots of side-characters also return for this arc. Shiho from the fourth ac is back, Shinozaki from arc I returns, and our regular side-characters of Kaoru and Zenkichi are also present. Like I mentioned above: Sakon’s famous grandfather finally decides to hand over his title as the head of the house, after suffering from a heart-attack on stage. The successor will be Sakon. I nearly forgot that this grandfather is also Kaoru’s father, by the way. His other child, Sakon’s father, committed suicide when Sakon was only ten years old.

The fact is that people obviously disagree with Sakon being the next head. The most obvious suspect would be Sakon’s grandfather’s brother, but he also coughs up blood at the end of the episode. The big question is now: was Sakon’s grandfather’s heart-attack a real one, or was it created by a human? If it was, I’m putting my money on the guy who takes care of the clothing, due to a hint that was given around the middle of the episode. There are still lots of questions that remain, though. Why did the criminal set a garbage-can on fire? Is Sakon’s father’s suicide related to this?

I’ve got high hopes for this arc. This is probably going to have more emotional strength than most other arcs, due to the fact that it focuses on characters who are already fleshed out, and with a bit of luck, it’ll be able to finally top the seventh episode. Come on, Ayatsuri Sakon! You’ve only got one arc left, so make it an arc to remember!

Posted on with categories: Monthly Summaries

+ August 2007 Rankings +
Okay, last time the ratings were a bit confusing so let me explain them for a bit. They’re out of 10, just like the school-system. 6,0 is average, and you really shouldn’t look for likable series below it. Anything above 9,0 is awesome, hence definitely recommended. After the place-numbers, you’ll see another number between brackets. That’s the place that anime was on last month. If it says “???”, then that anime wasn’t in last month’s ranking, and if it says “new”, that show has started this month. I hope it’s a bit clear now.

(Oh, and before I start: this is still on for one more day. Exactly 24 hours from now, I’ll close the poll. If no more votes come in, then it looks like Gundam 00 will be blogged by me once it starts. If you want to change this, you’ve only got 24 hours left!)

#40 (new): Bokusatsu Tenchi Dokuro-Chan – (4,2/10) – Ugh… when you thought the first season was bad, the second one comes along to smack you in the face. How long will they continue to milk this concept?
#39 (43): School Days – (5,3/10) – Things actually went well enough, until the third AND fourth girl confessed their love for Makoto… where the heck did that come from!? I doubt that the endings will save this series as well. The events feel so incredibly forced, not to mention that the three main characters are still idiots. I also don’t understand the people who claim that this is such a realistic series. Sure, I can see Makoto in real life, there are enough idiots like him around, but what part of the fact that every girl who sees him also falls in love with him is realistic? Is he the most attractive guy in school or something (poor school, by the way)? Is he a walking bag of pheromones?
#38 (38): Romeo x Juliet – (5,5/10) – You know…. we have yet to see any confirmations about Juliet’s mother, have we? At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if she actually had a secret love-affair with Romeo’s father at one point, making the two of them half-siblings. Such a twist would feel perfectly at home in this series, and that’s not a good sign. It’s also ironic that the only enjoyable character is Willy himself, and don’t you also love how there isn’t a single good bowman in the Capulet’s army?
#37 (39): Lucky Star – (6/10) – Really, when I watch this show, it’s like I’ve already seen 75% of the scenes before. 15% is incredibly predictable (Kagami’s admirer, anyone?), leaving only 10% of actually enjoyable stuff, which in most cases are the cultural references, which have nothing to do with the characters. Oh, and the tantrum thrown by the Lucky Channel-guy (apparently, there are only two male characters in the entire series) was fun too.
#36 (???): Hellsing OVA – (6,2/10) – And with the third instalment, the Hellsing OVA has fallen apart. Finally, the story gets to be something entirely different from the anime, but if this is exactly according to the manga, then I can understand why Gonzo changed it. This isn’t entertainment; this is pure and senseless slaughter. If these extra months of delay were created, just to give each human soldier 10 extra galleons of blood in his body, something has to be drastically wrong. The only thing I liked was the humour, though. Seras was awesome in her non-serious state.
#35 (36): Sky Girls – (6,7/10) – Ugh… you know a series is going the wrong way when the characters start comparing breast sizes. I’m feeling it’s trying the same that Nanoha is currently doing: first half of the series building up, while the real meat of the series will arrive with the second half.
#34 (34): Kenkou Senrakei Sueibu Umisho – (7,1/10) – Please… cut down on the huge amounts of fanservice. The characters are enjoyable enough without it, and it only ruins this series! Episode nine showed that it’s perfectly capable of creating a funny episode without any useless fanservice
#33 (35): Nanatsuiro Drops – (7,2/10) – I’m still not sure how this series can manage to be both annoying and yet watchable. I think it’s because the male characters: they all somewhat refreshing, when compared to the usual series, and I like how they all end up supporting the main character.
#32 (16): Shigurui – (7,3/10) – I want to praise this series, I really do, but the past few episodes have been delving more and more in the absurd. I know there’s lots of detail, and the gore is a good way to create a mood, but these utterly bizarre rituals like cutting off a woman’s nipple and raping her are going way too far.
#31 (29): Potemayo – (7,4/10) – I’m still not sure what to think of this series. The initial shock wears off with the first two episodes, and now the jokes still feel refreshing, but not as hilarious as I hoped. There are a few good moments though, like Potemayo chasing the bread-truck.
#30 (23): Mushiuta – (7,4/10) – This series could have gone in so many directions, and yet it headed into the wrong way by making each major female fall in love with the male lead. Ladybird really ruins this series.
#29 (17): Gintama – (7,4/10) – Gintama is the only show where an episode can be extended into the next one. It was a rather strange episode as well.
#28 (30): Murder Princess – (7,5/10) – Actually, episode five was quite good. It explained quite a few interesting things about the setting, and was a pretty nice calm-before-the-storm episode. The question now remains: will this finish well?
#27 (37): Heroic Age – (7,6/10) – Interesting enough, this series is starting to get better when themes as genocide suddenly appear, and the two idiots are mercilessly killed off. This series would have been perfectly fine if it just showed the war between the Iron and the Silver Tribe, but Age and Dianeira ruined the entire show. I still can’t understand why Dianeira is considered such a good leader anyway.
#26 (8): Saiunkoku Monogatari – (7,6/10) – Well, nothing much can be said. Only one episode aired this month, and that was an aftermath. It was a great aftermath, but the fact remains that I’m not happy with the sudden delays.
#25 (25): Shoujo Jang Geum no Yume – (7,8/10) – Okay, it may not be the most realistic series, but it’s fun to watch! I like Jang Geum’s cheery character, and how she’s getting the support she needs from others.
#24 (21): Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – (7,8/10) – This series went so well… and then Yoko returned. -_- She really is the worst member of the cast in this anime, and it was refreshing when she didn’t have much to do. Not only is her return full of clichés, she also has the corniest sense of humour. I mean, does she really expect the school-references to work? O_o Episode 22 wasn’t much better either; sure, it had nice action, but the entire thing felt like one big anti-climax when the moon suddenly turned out to be one giant Ganmen. Gainax, at least do something special for the ending!!!
#23 (28): Tetsuko no Tabi – (7,9/10) – I’m actually interested in what the mangaka thinks of this adaptation. She’s probably one of the very few people to be featured in an actual anime. I still like her character, by the way. She’s witty, and I love her sarcastic remarks throughout the series, even though it’s much of the same. I originally thought that Shigurui had the best OP for the season, but I was wrong; the best OP for the summer-season belongs to Tetsuko no Tabi.
#22 (19): Kekkaishi – (8/10) – And finally the antagonists get serious. It’s now time for Kekkaishi that it’s more than just an ordinary shounen-series, because it can still go down at this point.
#21 (???): ICE – (8/10) – I like the storytelling in this OVA. It may be strange, but it works quite well. It’s obviously not for everyone, though.
#20 (???): Power Puff Z – (8/10) – It’s interesting how Himeko’s sister took over Princess’s role in the original series. While the past few episodes haven’t been as brilliant as some of the episodes in the 30-40 range, they were definitely fun to watch.
#19 (20): Reideen – (8/10) – Finally Roxell is back again. I’m wondering what the creators have in store for the final two episodes. Things are looking pretty straightforward, but I wonder whether the creators can manage to throw in a twist.
#18 (18): Zombie Loan – (8,2/10) – I like how the episodes seem to focus more at the shoujo-roots of the story than the shounen-ones. The banter between the characters is great to watch, and at the same time it’s still able to provide powerful character-studies.
#17 (12): Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei – (8,3/10) – Episode five may have had a tad too much fanservice, but episode four was utterly brilliant. It seems like about 50% of the episodes are okay, while the other 50% are absolutely hilarious. I can live with that. ^_^
#16 (4): Dennou Coil – (8,3/10) – Nothing much can be said. Only one episode got released, and while it was an incredibly cute one, the plot hasn’t really been moving forward. Let’s hope that the next episode will fix this.
#15 (7): Mononoke – (8,3/10) – While it’s still awesome, this month I failed to understand Mononoke’s dialogues. The stories are surprisingly deep, and my level of Japanese just couldn’t handle it.
#14 (22): Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha – (8,3/10) – Finally this series is getting really fired off. Episode 17 was excellent, and I hope that this pace will continue!!
#13 (14): Claymore – (8,3/10) – I never could have imagined the current arc to turn out the way it did. So many Claymores together equals awesomeness. It’s just too bad that Raki took a turn for the worse. I just hope my worries about the ending of this series aren’t necessary.
#12 (???): Deltora Quest – (8,4/10) – It’s such a shame that some of the good series suffer from chronic lack of subs. Deltora Quest really is unique amongst the fantasy-adventures, and I want to see how it continues. :(
#11 (9): Darker than Black – (8,6/10) – I’ve seen this get mentioned by at least three people already, but it’s the truth: while they were good, episodes 17-20 weren’t as awesome as episodes 13-16. I liked how they all seemed to focus on running away, though. I’ve got hopes for the finale, as this is one series that completely understands its setting.

#10 (26): Baccano! – (8,8/10)

Don’t ask me how they did it, but all the characters are actually coming together, in a pretty excellent storyline. I’ve got high hopes for this.

#9 (10): Code-E – (8,8/10)

While the past few episodes had me worried a bit with the love-triangle, episode 9 showed that this series knows what it’s doing when everything comes together. The thing I love about this series is how, at the climaxes, the overall quality seems to increase tenfold.

#8 (11): Ooedo Rocket – (8,8/10)

Ooedo’s biggest problem: the characters are so fun to watch, it’s a pity to see them getting serious for the climaxes. It’s perfect at building up, but the climaxes themselves seem to lack something. Still, do NOT miss episode 21 and 22. ^_^

#7 (1): Toward the Terra – (9/10)

This month, this series spent its time in a “calm-before-the-storm”, to set all the chess-pieces right for the big finale. While the series has been better, it still was awesome.

#6 (27): Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – (9,1/10)

This is the Higurashi I fell in love with. The Minagoroshi-hen has finally started, and it’s already an awesome ride. I can’t believe the huge focus that is placed on trusting each other.

#5 (15): El Cazador de la Bruja – (9,2/10)

Ellis + Nadie + LA = awesomeness. I don’t care about the flaws anymore, as long as I can see the three of them together, I’m happy. Bee-Train really knows how to flesh out its characters. :)

#4 (2): Bokura no – (9,2/10)

You know, many people complain that Gonzo always screws up adaptations by adding their own storylines, but they’re currently doing a mighty fine job for Bokura no. The twists that came with it were awesome!

#3 (6): Les Miserables – (9,3/10)

This month was all about developing the different romances, and I’m developing a sortof obsession for Eponine myself. God, her character is awesome.

#2 (5): Seirei no Moribito – (9,4/10)

It’s very hard to judge the past few episodes of Seirei no Moribito, since it’s so delightfully different from most other anime. There really is no other anime that feels more like a novel than this one, and it’s awesome to see that the story is nearing its conclusion.

#1 (3): Kaze no Shoujo Emily – (9,4/10)

I’m probably the only one who still watches this series, but I don’t care! Emily is awesome, and as a bonus the past month has increased the focus about the characters, living towards their own dreams. The result is magnificent. :)

+ Top 5 Episodes +
#5: Ooedo Rocket – 22
One of the highlights of the series in terms of comedic value, and it still finds enough time for some great character-development. A cast as crazy as Ooedo Rocket’s really was given the time to shine.

#4: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – 34
It’s episodes like these where the characters shine. Especially Rika was awesome to watch.

#3: Claymore – 20
The top-3 of this month is all about characters, learning lessons. This episode of Claymore truly shined as an aftermath and introduction with its deep character-developments. I couldn’t help but love Deneve, Undine and Helen and the unnamed Claymore.

#2: Kaze no Shoujo Emily – 19
What would you do if you were asked to do something for a dead person, where the only thing you know about him is that he lived an incredibly boring life? This question worked so incredibly well with Emily, and it was a definite highlight in the series.

#1: Seirei no Moribito – 19
If anyone still doesn’t believe that Barsa can’t be a good parent, this episode should change this thought.

Posted on 30 August 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Makoto Shinkai is a very strange director. With this, I’ve seen all of his major works now, She and her Cat included, but only The Place Promised in our Early Days gave me enough inspiration to write a review about it. It doesn’t happen often, but some movies just aren’t fit for my review-system, and She and Her Cat, Byousoku 5cm/second and Voices of a Distant Star are examples of this. I could be nitpicky, and pick out lots of flaws, like where did these aliens come from, or the lack of a proper aftermath, but that’s not what this movie’s about. All Makoto Shinkai is interested in is pretty graphics and romance, and he definitely delivers on these points.

While this isn’t going to be a fully fledged review, I do want to grab this chance to say a few things about it. Makoto Shinkai is a master in creating subtle feelings, mostly about loneliness, and being away from your loved one. All his works share this similarity. The setting he places it in often doesn’t really matter, and often only is used as a means of creating this feeling.

The Place Promised in our Early Days is, in my opinion, his weakest production. I think that this is because 1) it was too long, 2) it tried too much to be a standard movie and 3) the ending was his only happy end, in which everything was unrealistically resolved in the end (this is because of 2) as well).

My main gripe with Makoto is the following. It’s not really a problem, it’s not really a flaw, but it seems that he’s only good at one specific style. Am I the only one who noticed that his male leads are practically the same everywhere? Okay, the cat may be different, but the male leads in Voices, Place and Byousoku could very well have been the exact same person. Nevertheless, his particular style can be watched over and over, and I’m looking forward to his next movie. He’s also going to be involved in ef in the next Season, isn’t he? Is this as the writer, or is he just going to do the backgrounds?

Posted on with categories: Ooedo Rocket


Now THAT was an awesome episode! I thought that the previous episode could very hardly be toped, but I think the creators actually did it! It’s almost like everything about this episode is perfect: both Genzo and Tetsuju get a minute to be as hilarious as usual, Sora and Seikichi weren’t the focus of the episode, but they were incredibly fun to watch, the windows and Youtube-parodies were utterly brilliant, the love potion was hilarious and most of all: Shunpei and Onui were so awesome together!

Basically, the main plot is about Shunpei, accidentally using another one of Hiraga’s inventions: a love potion. Any woman who sees him, falls in love with him. This leads to hilarious results, as O-Ise calling him “Onii-chan”, Tenten trying to dress him up into various outfits, and Kagiya, trying to woo him with a pair of trousers. ^^;

This, however, was just a way to develop his relation with Onui, since she’s the only one who isn’t affected by the potion, being a dog and all. Even Sora falls for it in the end. I like how this anime already assumes that the viewer has understood that Onui is a dog. Anyway, we also finally get to see the reason why she turned into a human: she used to often play with Shunpei, hence her crush on him. To make things even better, it seemed that Shunpei had already figured out that that dog and Onui were the same person.

I just wonder… why the heck did Tetsuju recognize Onui when she was in her dog-form, trying to save Shumpei from his fate?

And regarding the main plot, Genzo discovers that the building-time of the rocket might take a bit longer than expected, and that at this rate, it’ll only get finished when Seikichi and Sora have become way too old. For that, Hiraga assembles an army of cats to help them. In the meantime, there is still no sign of Akai anywhere, so I’m really wondering what that guy has been up to.

I wish that episodes like these could continue forever, but I’m afraid that the plot is about to kick in again. I really wonder what the creators have in mind for the climax, as they must want to try and surpass the climax in episode 20. The best thing would be to not lse the humour in the process. There haven’t been many comedies with a good ending, and even though Ooedo Rocket spent more time than average on its plot-development, the fact still remains that it’s much more fun to see the characters just interacting.

Oh, and about the download link for this episode: it’ll come up soon, but Megaupload is currently being a bitch and refuses to upload it.

Posted on with categories: Claymore


I’ve got mixed feelings about this episode. It’s all about one plot-twist that is loved by all kinds of shounen-series as an easy plot device. A character is about to be killed, everything sounds hopeless, but then, at the last possible moment, a character (usually the main one) unlocks some hidden powers to kick the bad guy’s ass. Especially Dragonball Z loved using them.

But on the other hand, at least Claire made sense when she awakened. The sudden power didn’t come from nowhere, and the fight that lead to it was a gripping one. But then again, this fight could have easily been moved into half an episode and it did drag on at times.

In the same way, Raki was a lot less annoying in this episode, and he was actually nice to watch. But then again, I just can’t help but think that the next episode will be incredibly predictable. Claire has finished off Rigardo with her new powers, and Raki arrives just at the right moment to pull her back from being completely awakened.

To be honest, I’m not sure what to think of Claymore at the moment. Sure, the fight was great, but I keep fearing that there won’t be a second season, and that a huge amount of questions and plot-holes will be left unanswered. I mean, there is no way for the creators to stuff enough development about Alicia, Beth, and the three dwellers of the deep in the final four episodes.

There’s one thing about this episode that I’ve been wondering about, though: what the heck happened to everyone? All Rigardo did was kill the four weakest captains. There should be enough other Claymore left without them, besides, Claire, Deneve, Helen and Miria. Why didn’t we even see one single flash of them? Have they fled the battlefield? And if they did, where did they flee to? It’s a bit disappointing, as i actually hoped to see some of the unknown Claymores to stand up and help as well, but it seems that the creators had the intention to let the final end up between the major characters. I admit that I expected something better, with the huge hype that surrounded this arc.

The best part about this episode was Deneve, though. I love her internal struggles, and the fact that she wasn’t able to do anything about Undine’s death, after speaking so confident towards her that they’ll protect each other. Now she also has been badly injured, which will probably take a while to regenerate. I’d actually love it if she ends up saving Claire in the next episode.

Posted on 29 August 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


This movie was recommended to me by Cos, also more than a year ago. Finally we see another anime that shows that mecha have more uses than warfare. Engineers and construction-workers also love to use them in the setting for this movie, as it follows local policemen on mechas. The key part of the story is the operating system they run on. Their creator left a nice-farewell-present with it, before killing himself.

There are three major plusses in this movie. First of all: the mystery. It’s fun to gradually learn what the creator of these operating systems was up to, and some of the revelations make quite a nice impact. Even though the guy is dead, he turned into one of the most interesting characters of the movie because of this.

The second good point: it’s refreshing. While the movie has the basic ingredients of a regular thriller, it manages to add enough extra to improve the realism of it all. Especially the female lead profits from this, as she manages to avoid the pitfall that strikes almost all other similar characters. While she starts out as an ordinary support character, just there as a plot-device to develop the main lead, she changes drastically as the climax approaches, and in the end, she really has her time to shine. It’s also not like our main characters are the only ones in the world who realize the complot. Other parties also take actions to solve it once in a while. This realism sets Patlabor apart from all those other mecha and police-shows out there.

The third good point is the interaction between the characters. They’re not 100% serious all the time, and need a break once in a while, their conversations are quite realistic, they know exactly when to use comedy and some of their banter is quite fun to watch. Especially the chief of the police-unit was interesting, with his stoic yet involved attitude.

So, the bad points? Some side-characters aren’t fleshed out well enough, and only a few of the characters are lucky enough to have a bit of background. It’s a pity, because the characters could have worked out even better if we knew something about them, but this movie doesn’t even attempt to bother with it. One of the reasons why the creator of the operating system turned into one of the best characters was because he is the only one with a well-fleshed out background.

The climax also raises one plot-hole that it never answers. I won’t mention it, for the sake of spoilers (I already feel I used a bit too many of them for this review), but you should be able to recognize it for yourself. The ending also is good, due to an added twist, but the aftermath is a bit lazy and too short. Still, if you’re looking for a more realistic and down-to-earth movie that’s more than just flashy-action scenes and still involves mechas and conflict, this is a pretty good choice.

Posted on with categories: Bokura no


Whoa, plot twists! Before I start with them, I must say that I finally realized how incredibly versatile the second half of this anime had been. It started out as a case-based series, then, with Kirie and Maki it turned into science-fiction, then with Takami and Aiko, the political undertones of this series suddenly got lots of attention, and the past two episodes have yet again changed the main focus, as they start to explain all of the mysteries in the series. It’s hard to name a series where the difference is so noticeable.

Anyway, this episode: Yoko’s background. It seems that her original world has been visited by a Koemushi-like creature as well. Yoko wasn’t part of the pilots, but her brother was. He already was a huge brat at that time, but it seems that the group of children had also decided to battle until their deaths. Then, if I understood things correctly, the gray Koemushi came with a revelation when Yoko’s brother was the final pilot left: if he were to travel to different worlds, enlisting people for the very same game, he’d be allowed to live. With this news, he became overjoyed, and gladly accepted this for the chance to keep living. Yoko, while she didn’t like this, still decided to accompany her brother.

They then travelled through countless other worlds, where their robot always ended up defeated at one point. Then they reached Kokopelli’s world, where they met him. Things were a bit different in that world, as Yoko entered a class as a transfer-student in order to get them to sign up, and she became friends with them. Kokopelli’s daughter was among that class, and Kokopelli was their teacher. He was the one who nudged his daughter to enlist.

Kokopelli became like Tanaka when he found out the true nature. I guess he felt responsible for it, and offered his life, in exchange for others (aka, his daughter). Obviously, with Koemushi, this didn’t turn out as planned. In the end, only he and his daughter remained alive. I think that it’s then when they knew about the final pilot being the one to remain alive. Kokopelli offered himself, to keep his daughter alive, though Koemushi had different plans, and chose the daughter instead. When Kokopelli’s wife tried to commit suicide along with him afterwards, he suddenly was begging for his life. After that, he went on to help Koemushi and Yoko.

At least, that explanation makes the most sense. There are quite a few details in this episode I didn’t get, like why didn’t Kokopelli turn into a Koemushi as well? And why did he so easily throw his life away in the first episode? Why didn’t we see the last fight of Kokopelli?

And holy god, I suddenly realize how similar Yoko and Koemushi are to Jun and Kana! With Kanji being the next pilot, And after that only Seki and Jun are left, and it really seems like Koemushi is trying to make Jun into the next Koemushi, due to Kana being there. There’s also a thing I’ve been wondering for the past few episodes: the final pilot. Now that Kirie killed two, and Tanaka died, there should be no need for it. But according to THAT Anime Blog‘s entry of episode 17, the line-up that Koemushi mentioned consisted out of all the pilots (Komoda – Jun – Seki – Tanaka – Kanji). This has confused me for quite a few episodes already.

Anyway, next episode should be awesome: Kanji is going to pilot! (at least, I hope ^^;)

Posted on 28 August 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Oh my god… this one’s a real tear-jerker. Anga was the one, who recommended this movie to me, more than a year ago, and I finally had the chance to watch it, and I’m SO glad that I gave this one a chance. This movie is THE proof that the Koreans can do more than just produce pretty graphics á la Wonderful Days.

Basically, any slice-of-life fan will enjoy this. It tells the story of two orphans: a blind girl and her younger brother. There are other characters as well, like a couple of monks, who end up taking care of the pair of them, but they’re nowhere as interesting as the two main characters. The boy was only one year old when their mother died in a fire, and they’ve been taking care of each other ever since.

And boy, does it end up awesome. The creators were really successful in creating a sad story which left me crying for many times in a row. The two main characters are fleshed out into really likable characters, and you’ll really end up feeling sorry for the things both of them had to endure, and the beauty of all is that it manages to stay realistic while doing so.

I’ve got only two complaints for this movie. The two children may be fleshed out, and they’ve got background, but I would have liked to see a bit more of it, like how the girl was able to take care of her brother after becoming blind, and how the two of them managed to survive until they reached the Buddhist Monastery. The second point of critique is the ending: it’s an anticlimax. The mood is built up perfectly, and the boy reaches a really pitiful state, and then the suddenly introduces supernatural elements from out of nowhere. It’s here where the religious undertones of the movie went completely out of control.

Still, don’t let that flaw ruin this excellent production. It’s obviously not for those who need action, but this is a great example of a successful slice-of-life movie. Be warned, though: the boy might be a bit annoying with his antics in the beginning, but he quickly becomes too adorable for this to really matter. If you’re looking for something to make you cry, this is a pretty good suggestion.

P.S. For those who are interested: Guriguri has translated an interview with the movie’s director into English. Quite insightful.

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And the finale has started!

And boy, it’s promising to be awesome. I wouldn’t have guessed this during the majority of the series, but El Cazador is really becoming one of my favourite series at the time, and this episode proves it. It may have had its lesser points, but the past couple of episodes have been amazing due to Ellis and Nadie’s great characters. Seriously, only Les Miserables and Kaze no Shoujo Emily have at the moment an even more likable character than Ellis and Nadie: Eponine and Emily, respectively.

And OMG: Plot twist! Rozenberg has been the one who controlled LA all along! It makes so much sense, he had him captured for a while, and didn’t worry about the guy escaping. Of course he wouldn’t mind; he messed with is bracelet to control the guy!! That’s why he went to his laptop in the past few episodes: to remotely activate the bracelet. That’s why Ricardo and Lilio were fired: because he now has a more useful servant than the two of them.

But the most exciting event of the episode was obviously Ellis, reaching her place of destination. We now see why Rozenberg had no intention to stop her from reaching her goal, since he intended this to happen from the start. In the next episode, we should see the guy, getting back into action, and we see him fly from the United States, back to Mexico at the end of the episode.

There are now four episodes left, and I’m really curious about how the finale will take place. Rozenberg is now really going to have to prove himself, since he had little to do for most of the series. But then again, the final bad-guy from Noir had even less of a role, and when compared to her, he’s actually quite active, with his little trip to the desert to control LA. At the moment, I actually consider El Cazador a bigger success than Noir, though Noir had the strength that it nearly had no flaws, apart from being slightly annoying when the True Noir showed up again. El Cazador is quite different in that, with some of its rather questionable plot events of Ricardo and Lilio suddenly following the same path that Ellis and Nadie go, and the fact that the blue guys have stopped going after our twosome, even during the night.

Oh, and to close off this post: it’s quite surprising that Nadie actually got hurt quite badly. I wonder how this is going to affect the climax. The next episode is promising to be awesome in any case.

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  • yy
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 05:25 AM)
    @Friend, Emma re:young adult movies- Personally, I’m looking forward to the movie adaptation of Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go. The synopsis makes it seem like yet another dystopian flick, but the writing and world-building are provocative and the story itself thrilling. No word on how great/terrible the Hollywood version will be though, lol
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 05:12 AM)
    But it’s better not to have any moderation at all. The endgame of moderating is AnimeSuki and I love AnimeSuki for what it is, but it’s not a fun place to talk to people. Forums like that should stay like that and this chatbox should stay how it is.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 05:09 AM)
    Hmmm, I guess not. I admit that some of those assholes who do nothing but spam seventhstyle links deserve to get censored and IP banned.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 05:08 AM)
    PSgels is moderating comments in the chatbox now?
  • brianwuzhere
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 05:05 AM)
    @Aires, DRRR S2 isn’t being produced by Brains Base, the director started his own studio for it.
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 04:41 AM)
    Im looking forward to SNAFU too! :3
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 04:28 AM)
    Wait…it went through!
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 04:28 AM)
    Really? Let me test it! :D
  • Roger
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 04:22 AM)
    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
    We’re sanitizing this board now? Seems dissenting opinions are no longer tolerated, might be time to find a new blog
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