Winter 2012 Previews: Kill Me Baby, Area no Kishi, Inu x Boku SS

Another season goes, another comes. I’m still very much in love with anime but time isn’t in much love with me. Mind you, my desire to do anything other than procrastinate when I’m not working hasn’t helped much. Regardless, at some point, somehow, I’ve managed to watch some of the new stuff that’s come along this season and I’ll share my thoughts, once again, with you, our precious readers. This time, a nice mixture of comedy with Kill Me Baby and Inu x Boku SS as well as sport (and its drama) with Area no Kishi.

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Previews: C, Tiger & Bunny, A-Channel, Toriko, and AnoHana

C – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility

ANN (synopsis):

I wanted to watch C first as it was the show I’d been most excited about prior to the season (despite the fact that the trailer looked awful) because the director, Kenji Nakamura (Mononoke, Trapeze), is one of the interesting creators working in anime at the moment.  Alas, I found this very difficult to follow, the first episode had a very bizarre structure, and while this may have been on purpose, I felt confused.  I’d say it was trippy but I think it was deliberately set-out to feel disconcerting. On top of this the animation was disappointingly poor and I had a hard time maintaining interest.

If this wasn’t a noitamina show by Kenji Nakamura I’d give up on it, still though, I’m hoping for some clever anime twists on the murkier side of the Japanese finance industry.

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Tiger & Bunny

ANN (synopsis):

I checked this out because I’d heard a few good things about it, but I just didn’t like it.  The idea of superheroes in some kind of over-commercial city, fighting crime for ratings and points on a popular TV show, is clever and an apt comment on modern society, but that aside, this is clearly set to turn in to a silly, unfunny, buddy comedy.  Maybe I’m wrong and it wont be as cliche as I’m assuming, but nothing impressed me about it anyway.  And the show has blatant product placement and advertising smartly woven in to the very structure, but as obvious, and yet sharp, as this is, it’s still in your face advertising and it made me a bit uncomfortable.

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Read on for: A-Channel, Toriko, and AnoHana…

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Final Thoughts: Wandering Son, Fractale, Bakuman

I want to try and do something a bit different from the standard previews and reviews (for series at least), because, frankly, I dislike writing them.  So I’ll try and develop a slightly less formal, conversational style, and just give my thoughts and perhaps a score.

Wandering Son

ANN (synopsis): – ‘Shuicihi Nitori appears to be a shy and quiet preteen boy, when he transfers to a new school he quickly makes friends with the tomboyish Yoshino Takatsuki who sits next to him. It soon becomes apparent that both Shucihi and Yoshino are more than simply a sensitive boy and masculine girl, they both are transgendered. Together they decide to take the first steps toward becoming the people they want to be.’

When this series first started I said this was exactly the sort of narrative that interested me these days, and really, I stand by that. It was fairly slow paced, although it managed to cover a lot of ground in a small number of episodes (as far as I know, it cut a lot from the manga source). It was sweet, capturing quite simple, awkward little moments from childhood and presenting them as naïve melodrama. It was relaxed; none of the characters, save one bubbly girl, ever seemed particularly enthusiastic, and it gave the “action” softness and a sense of subtlety. And above all, it felt natural, despite the fact that the main characters (middle-school children) often seemed impossibly mature. The artwork managed to suite that narrative; simple and understated, yet beautiful. While thematically the show deals with quite a complex social issue (transgender and transsexual feelings) in a simple and caring way, never making light of the subject nor becoming too heavy.

Read on for more on Wandering Son and Final Thoughts on Fractale and Bakuman…

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Winter 2011 Previews: Yumekui Merry, Freezing

Yumekui Merry

Based on a manga, Yumekui Merry follows high school student, Fujiwara Yumeji, who has the unusual ability to see the colours of the persons aura to reflect on their dreams.  One day he meets a strange girl called Merry, who apparently can travers between dreams and reality.  Together they will explore the nature of dreams.

I was fairly sure I’d dislike this.  Seemingly silly story, characters, and character designs, put me off, but it was surprisingly “cool”.  Visually it’s high quality, in the real world portions at least, and I like the obvious difference between the real and the dream worlds.  The plot actually seems like an unusual take on the magic/fantasy genre and some nicely scripted sniping from some secondary characters, who, while barely featuring seemed interesting.  The combat action in the opening episode was disappointingly stunted but otherwise nothing really bothered me and the great sound in particular leads me to hope for a Full Metal Alchemist style contemporary shonen anime.

Interest: none low mediocre some yay



Fansub by [gg].

Next: Freezing

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Winter 2011 Previews: Beelzebub, Zombie?, Dragon Crisis!

I’m running a couple of days later than I proposed.  Blame society!  There’s a lot out, but I’ll do my best to catch Up.  Here’s 3 new previews.  Also, Sensieto cleaned up the formatting on my previous winter preview posts so I’m doing my best to follow the improved look. Although it seems I still can’t work out editing images in WordPress.



Following a bizarre series of events, Oga Tatsumi, the top badass in the freshman year at a high school full the worst of the worst delinquents comes into the care of an unusual baby who turns out to be the son of the lord of demons.  Together with friends and a group of demons, Oga helps raise the baby.  The anime is based on Ryūhei Tamura’s popular manga.

Ridiculous and irreverent, but none the less entertaining.  The jokes made me smile and it even managed to be quite sweet by the end.  It looks and it sounds adequate, if uninteresting, and never tried to more intelligent than it actually is.  Goofy and predictable, but genuinely fun.  It captured a lot of the same feelings I had about Mitsudomoe back at the start of it’s first season.  Hopefully it won’t fall into the same problems though and conveniently I have a good reason to drop season 2 of that in favour of this now.

Interest: none low mediocre some yay




Next: Dragon Crisis! and Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

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Winter 2011 Previews: Bakuman, Rio, Magical Index

As I haven’t followed anime news in general for a few months and haven’t had time to do much research I’m coming in to this season a bit blind. There already seems to be a large number of shows announced, so here’s some previews of the first few I’ve checked out.

Bakuman (Continuation)

Directly based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (creators of Death Note), Bakuman follows two middle school seniors, Mashiro, an illustrator, and, Takagi, a writer, attempting to become professional manga artists in modern day Tokyo. Mashiro is also in love with a girl from their class, Azuki, an aspiring voice actress, and they agree not to pursue a romantic relationship or even communicate in person until they’ve both achieved their dreams, Mashiro to write a manga successful enough to be turned into an anime and Azuki to voice its main character. The series follows Mashiro and Tagaki’s progress as manga artists starting out in the industry as well as the effect of and on their personal lives.

I only got to see a small number of shows last season and only regularly watched 2 of them. Despite some aspects of the story proving quite annoying and the animation for the show being likely the worst I’ve seen for some time, this was my favourite. Not that much exciting happens episode to episode and this has led to some criticism of the series, but I find learning about the manga industry quite interesting (although I have no idea how accurate it is). Also, although the romance and slice-of-life elements of it are naïve and quite dull, perhaps because it feels more realistic then the numerous harem and fantasy shows, I find it oddly compelling. Ultimately I’d like to see where this goes and it’s at least made me want to read the manga.

I watched the first half of this series from [gg] fansubs though they’ve dropped it now, so I’ve switched to Tomodachi and their releasing it as a joint project with Anime-Destiny, so it’s [TMD A-Destiny].

Interest: none low mediocre some yay



Next: Rio – Rainbow Gate! and A Certain Magical Index II

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Season 2/Second Arc of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya ~ “Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody”





Screenies later.

Ok so just got home, deleted the old post and changed the name on this, I want it to look like a nice blog. Haruhi Suzumiya, she has always had a special place in my heart, I watched The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya shortly after it had completely aired, I remember seeing a lot of recommendations to pre-order it form Amazon. I decided to check it out, and I was astonished at the level of quality and the plot. I loved it, after downloading it from A.F.K. I went out and started buying the limited edition box-sets from Bandai I knew they had to release a second season/arc, this was based on 1 light novel out of a series of like 8 [at that time, there are 9 out now and a 10th coming soon] and the internet had made it super popular in many places. There was no way that Kyoto Animation could not make a second season/arc based on the novels. In the beginning there where a lot of hints from Kyoto that they where going to animate a second season/arc and gradually as announcements started to be made they started to delay and sometimes even deny rumors and previous comments. 2007 came and went with no Haruhi, 2008 came and went with no Haruhi either, and 2009 rumors again began to resurface, from magazines to random internet chatter. A lot of things have come and gone before this day, you can research the news if you want I won’t do it for you there’s a lot of stuff, [Anime News Network, its all you need for right now] I like many others theorized that the second season/arc was going toair together with the scheduled re-run in May, and it has, today the 21st [for me -8GMT] I am currently downloading a torrent of it [and there are lots more go look] from Live-Evil&DB, please visit either of them to get it.

On an unrelated note, today was the day for this to update and it has, first hint was a 5/S and the new hint is an E, what do you think? [for those of you that don’t know one line of code in the source page reads like this: <meta name=”keywords” content=”Hideo Kojima, MGS,METAL GEAR, NEXT, game, konami, kojima game, KJP, Kojima Production “>]

Edit: Please go visit Sankaku Complex for screenies



Clannad TV Review; Wonderful, Pure Key Anime

This Review will NOT Spoil the Anime Experience!


Clannad mainly focuses on Tomoya and the events that occur around him. Tomoya slacks off, skips school, lazes around and gets labeled as a delinquent, or simply someone who doesn’t really care about defying authority [which is most likely a result of his laziness too xD ]. The story all begins when Tomoya is walking back from his first day of his third year at High School when he meets Nagisa Furukawa, and this is where everything begins. Tomoya meets Nagisa once or twice more and learns that she wants to re-establish the schools Drama Club, however with Nagisa’s lack of self-confidence, she feels that she won’t be able to fulfill her dream, but Tomoya encourages her not to give up on what she wants to do, to get the Drama Club running again, and he goes on to offer a helping hand.

There is also a deeper, dreamier, fantasy aspect to the anime, which involves a character that resembles Nagisa. This is a very interesting part of the story and one that can be related to.

Clannad will follow Nagisa as she tries to fulfill her dream, meeting and making friends with people along the way (Tomoyo, Kotomi, Fuko, Nagisa, and Kyou), as well as getting through obstacles they never thought they would have had to face.

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