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Anime update (ignore this if you don’t care)

October 13th, 2009

So, anime post for today. I’m separating “life” and “anime” since… yeah.

乃木坂春香の秘密: ぷれっざ / Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 2: Purezza – The original anime was pretty funny at times, but the romance was just annoying. Well, I have to say, the second season started out really sucky. This episode sucked, except the like two scenes where Mika appeared.

I guess, basically, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is a sucky show. Tsk, I had high expectations for both seasons. Cool OP sequence though.

そらのおとしもの / Sora no Otoshimono Episode 02 – WOW! AWESOME! Seriously. This show jumped to a new high with episode 02. It’s not exactly a romance, not exactly a harem show either. It’s not a romance-drama show, nor is it a tragedy. It is a comedy, but then again not a romantic comedy. It’s not exactly Lucky Star-style humor either. What is it then?

Sora no Otoshimono characters, as introduced in episode 2.

Sora no Otoshimono characters, as introduced in episode 2.

Sora no Otoshimono seems to be a rather unique anime. Initially, I compared the first episode to ToLOVEる (ToLOVE-ru), but that doesn’t quite match either. Sora no Otoshimono has a unique animation style, and the way each episodic storyline is presented is quite pleasing. The series also appears to have a major plot that looks exciting.

The premise itself is not entirely unique. A girl falls from the sky. Great. The unique character in this anime is the protagonist. I have already explained this in my review of the first episode, but the protagonist’s childish perspective gives this anime a fun-filled atmosphere. It really brings a smile to your face. If you maybe… ignore the panties flying left and right. Yeah. That.

フェアリーテイル / Fairy Tail – First thoughts on episode 01. “THIS IS TOTALLY MABINOGI.” Actually, before that, “This OP is totally lame.” If you care, the third thought was “Oh hey, that weird plushie/animal/thing is voiced by Rie Kugumiya!”

Okay, the character designs are totally lame. Everybody looks ugly, even the lead females.

Hm, this scene reminds me of a scene in Zero no Tsukaima. You know what, this whole ANIME reminds me of Zero no Tsukaima.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m watching AND posting at the same time. So that’s why I’m not tying in well-formed paragraphs. This section will sound rather similar to an IM convo.

… the only good thing about this anime so far is Rie-san’s voice. WTF… the cat… doll… thingy is named “Happy”?

Hmm, so the lead girl’s name is Lucy? I don’t like that name. My mom’s former boss was named Lucy.

Ugh, this anime is getting lamer by the second. It also gives off that “American cartoon” feel that I hate.

Hmm, the cat-plushie thing is kinda cute. Kinda. I mean, at least it’s better than, say, FMP’s fumoffu thingy.

… okay. Halfway point. Plot got interesting. Hold on, lemme watch some more.

… why can the cat fly? …

Hm, the lead male is kind of cool. Maaybee… like, Touma-level cool.

Cool magic circles. Not nanoha-level cool, but they look okay. Magic is lame though. Like… firebolt-level lame. Ugh.

Lol… that scene was pretty funny. Score up.

Woah… now that was cool.

… okay, that was cool for about 2 minutes. Fight scene is dragging on too long. Score down.

… that was pretty cool. PWNT!

Wow, the ED is pretty cute. Score up.

Overall… feels like Zero no Tsukaima plus maybe some Shana and totally Mabinogi/ZnT setting. Girl looks like… I don’t know, but she’s not really a unique design. Male protagonist is a Touma, except he talks less and beats people up a bit more. Score of… I don’t know, C or a B. I’ll just go ahead and go with a B.

君に届け / Kimi ni TodokeProduction I.G. – OP wasn’t anything special, but I liked it.

Lead female has a beautiful voice, lemme try to recognize. Um… Mamiko Noto? *checks ANN*

Yup, she’s voiced by Mamiko Noto, and the lead male is Daisuke-kun (voiced Fai from Tsubasa).

Wow, this starts off interesting. As expected of I.G., capture our curiosities from the start.

You know… maybe people would like you more if you SMILED? Lol, she’s having social troubles. If she was a bit prettier, I’d want to give her a hug.

You know, she is pretty. When she smiles. Wait, she doesn’t.

Oh my god, the lead male is so sweet. Ugh… (sorry for sounding like a fangirl for a moment)

…. WOOOW she is a SOCIAL FAILURE. These scenes are scaring me.

Hm, this is totally an anime for girls to watch. It’s not really interesting to me.

Well, actually, the lead male is a good role model for all of us to follow. It’s boring, but watch it, Hanchan. Maybe if you act like him, girls will be swarming around you like wasps.

Like with Fairy Tail, I’ll watch and type at the same type. Multitasking, Rank UP!

Hm, all the female characters are drawn horribly. The lead male is SO HANDSOME though!

You know, this doesn’t feel like a Mamiko Noto character. You would expect somebody more like Nogizaka Haruka, or (Itadaki no Kura) Hecate-sama.

Hm, I’m starting to hate the lead female. The lead male deserves someone better. He’s so handsome @_@

Ugh, it’s so obvious they’re in love with each other, I hate it.

… what the hell? Suddenly at the end of the episode she becomes socially adept?

Ughhh, this is so girly sweet… I can’t stand this.

Damn, this failed my expectations. Which were probably incorrect expectations in the first place, because this is a girls’ anime. D+ or C.

Great outro song. Who’s the singer, I wonder.

Animes I’m not going to watch this season:

Sasameki Koto – it’s yuri, so obviously not. Sounds like a copy of Maria-sama, anyways.

Miracle Train – I hear it’s gay. No, literally. Gay. Homosexual. As in, guys loving guys.

Armed Librarians: The Book of Bantorra – ……………….. lol, assumption: “WTF is this an anime about librarians-turned bounty hunters that are sent out to assassinate people holding overdue books?”

That might actually have been more interesting than this. Okay, first line of summary… “dead people turn into books.” Not watching.

Yumeiro Patissiere – Kill me.

Animes I might watch:

Queen’s Blade – dunno what this is, sounds lame, but I haven’t heard anything bad about it. Actually I haven’t heard anything about it at all.

Tegami Bachi / Letter Bee – going to watch this. Wikipedia’s summary sounds interesting. Sounds… Gurren Lagann? first anime that comes to mind. The name is cool, at least.

The Sacred Blacksmith – I’ve been commenting on how stupid the name was since summer, but I might give it a watch.

Asura Cryin’ 2nd Season – first things first.

Natsu no Arashi! Akanai-chuu – first season first.

Darker than BLACK 2nd Season – I’ve heard great things about the first season. First things first, of course.

Needless – a summer09 anime, might start it.

Inuyasha: The Final Act – … not that Inuyasha needs any more episodes in the first place, but maybe this will be better (it is a climax to a huge series, after all).

State of the Union

October 9th, 2009

I’m coughing so bad. And, it’s so dry. Throat sore. Mouf flaking… aghh

Currently anti-oxidizing myself with bottled ice green tea.

I’m actually adding a cut. Dunno why.

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I don’t feel like writing a post…

October 8th, 2009

… but I’ll write one anyways.

Soo, um, I kind of spent like my whole day today and most of my day yesterday (apart from school and sleep) doing a math problem. Yeah, that sums up my life, everything else just feels really bad (like a cold should).

Umm, anime. Kobato. It was surprisingly excellent. I am constantly surprised at CLAMP’s excellence. It’ll be the third anime I majorly recommend this season (obviously, the other two are Railgun and Seitokai no Ichizon).

Umum, I also finished Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, Princess Lover, and Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou. From last season, I still have to finish Kanamemo, Sora no Manimani, and Bakemonogatari. I guess they deserve short farewell speeches. I’ll make them as short as can be.

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu – too cheesy. Mika needs more screentime. Lameish end.

Princess Lover – WTF. Morals and themes that don’t make any sense. Moral behind story has nothing to do with story at all. Still cute though.

Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou – ewwww. why did I even watch this. oh right, because Koyomi is kind of cute.

There. Now, I’m sure half of you don’t care about anime, so…

idk, you guys should tell me what to blog about. That’s a good idea. Talk, people.

Fall 2009

October 6th, 2009

Normally, after watching a really good episode, I would log onto MSN, double-click on the icon of Lelouch that happens to say “Hanchan” next to it, and rant to the computer for a half hour, annoying the heck out of Hanchan as a minor side effect.

However, that not only wastes Hanchan’s important time, but is also rather pointless, because it’s not like I’ll ever see my own rants again. I am the one who, in the future, will probably want to read my own thoughts and emotions during October of 2009, so instead I’ll rant more to this blog/diary.

After everything has aired, I’ll probably write a big pretty pictureful post about everything. For now, though:

生徒会の一存Seitokai no Ichizon — see Screenshot Festival — this anime is more Lucky Star than Lucky Star. Seriously, it’s like Lucky Star times 50, plus a lead male character. But seriously… this is a GOOD anime. It’s hilarious in its stupidity, and SO MANY anime references. I’m ashamed at myself for recognizing more than half, but there must have been >20 references in a single minute…

Also, the opening animation is amazing. All four of the main characters are also amazing (and they also remind me of the Lucky Star characters) and dare I say, better designed than Konata and company. Of course, only time can tell us whether this series will really be better than Lucky Star, but the funny thing is, in one single episode of Seitokai no Ichizon, they made like 20 references to Lucky Star itself.

This semi-review does not do justice to the hilarity of this anime. There is a reason this was my most-wanted anime for Fall 2009. WATCH IT. Now.

I wonder what her hair smells like when she fertilizes those flowers.

I wonder what her hair smells like when she fertilizes those flowers.

とある科学の超電磁砲 / To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – Dedicated post to this anime here. YES, it’s THAT unexpectedly awesome; it deserves its own post.

Watching the first episode of Railgun even made me go back and spend five hours rewatching part of とある魔術の禁書目録 / To Aru Majutsu no Index. Yeah, seriously. >__<

Official poster.

Official poster.

Okay, about the first episode itself… it was exactly what would be expected, I guess. The two new characters were really really cute and awesome, and Misaka was cute as usual. I really don’t like Kuroko still (she is cute, but her voice and personality are extremely annoying), but the other three main characters make up for her. As for the railgun scene… I feel they could have made it even MORE cool and awesome. I mean, all it did was make maybe a 1m-deep groove in the street and flip a car into the air, right? Aren’t railguns supposed to way more powerful than that?

Nyan Koi! — um… I’m not sure what to say. It seems this series is from a semi-well-known manga, but it’s just… weird. Don’t get me wrong here, I love cats, but… um… this is just not my kind of anime. All the non-cat characters are pretty good (and Protagonist’s love interest is pretty cute too), but… wtf is with the cats…

Kämpfer — This was cute.

The lead male looks kind of lame-ish in his male form, but I admit, female version of lead male is pretty. At first, I liked the crazy red-haired girl, but the weird terminology and semi-stupid plot dictated that later in the episode, she was actually an ewwie weird shy glasses-girl who, through some weird plot device, randomly transforms. Same for lead male, he randomly transforms into a girl.

Other than “This is cute”, I guess I’ll refrain from any further comment. I doubt this will have any meaningful plot, and due to the presence of glasses-girl, I might not watch this just for the female characters anymore. This also doesn’t look like it will have a romantic resolution (typical for animes where one guy is surrounded by ten girls), so I might drop this too.

真 恋姫無双 / Shin Koihime Musou — Hmm… the first episode started off with an awesome rendition of the original season’s opening song, flower of bravery, by the voice actors of the two lead females from that season. That song was a really good song, and I enjoyed the seiyuu-sung version. The new OP was also up-to-par.

As for the episode itself… it felt too yuri. I don’t see why they focused on Bachou and Chouhi’s relationship for the first episode. Why didn’t they start off with introducing us to Ryuubi? Geez, Liu Bei is like the most important character in the original Three Kingdoms, so why must they keep us waiting for her? Tsk.

Well, standard Koihime humor. Standard Koihime episodic plot. Standard Koihime development. Standard resolution. It was so standard, it became boring, but I guess this episode was more to introduce the characters for those viewers who haven’t played the games or watched the original season.

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 2 — No good subs are out yet anyways, so I’ll finish up the first season before starting.

Sora no Otoshimono — watching this soon.

Okay, watched it. Here are my thoughts.

At first, the premise felt like ToLOVE-ru, and it does share similarities with that series. The characters are vibrant and colorful for the most part, although I do find the lead male to be somewhat too childish.

I’m not sure what to say about what happens in the second half of the first episode… the first half of the episode was superb, however. The characters were introduced in a pleasant manner, and our setting is also pleasantly described.

I now know what this series partially reminds me of. It reminds me of those Key animes, namely Air I think. The idea of the lead male searching “for a girl in the sky” is pretty much taken word-for-word from Air. The peaceful town and character designs are also in a typical Key style.

However, this isn’t a Key anime, and it possesses many characteristics that heavily set it apart from Key animes. For example, the humor is overdone, and it’s overdone rather nicely, I’d say.

The scifi-esque “angel” that can do anything… that’s just a lame plot device. This romance may turn out to be interesting, but personally, I’m don’t see the purpose of falling in love with what’s pretty much a robot. Maybe we’ll see some meaningful character development that will make me change my mind.

Inuyasha Final Act — might watch if I’m bored.

Instead of updating this post, I’ll just write another post 3 or 4 days later finishing up the rest of the animes I will watch, and then maybe a week later, write up a prettyful pictureful post.

Welcoming the new (anime) season!

September 28th, 2009

The worst thing about something new arriving is that something old must depart.

This season’s Summer 2009 animes were all very excellent (and I believe Fall 2009 will be just as awesome, if not better). Hayate2 ended suddenly, as did Saki (as expected, half of the final episode was devoted to yuri. meh, the ending/preview for next season was epic). Princess Lover is of the one-shot type, I think, although the animation was spectacular (especially considering it was a vn adaptation). The setting was good (something not commonly found in vns), and although I can’t say it had great themes, they weren’t bad (something about… what was it? the disparity between the filthy rich and the filthy (literally) poor? it didn’t make any impression at all on me). CANAAN also ended, although I haven’t watched past ep2 yet. Sora no Manimani and Kanamemo, etc, I also haven’t finished yet. Bakemonogatari is still webcasting for two more eps, I think.

This was a short summary since I already said my goodbyes in a previous post. Long, pictureful, awesome post, go read it instead of reading this.

Ranting about Fall 2009 will be left to another post, but I seriously can’t wait for the first week of October. Almost like every anime I’m gonna watch this season will be coming out sometime that week! Some highlights off the top of my head: Shin Koihime Musou, Nogizaka Haruka2, Seitokai no Ichizon, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, that one where a guy turns into a girl or something (cough soundslikeranma), etc etc etc. Some weird ones were that China-Japan collaboration one, and Inuyasha Final Season or something. Seriously, Inuyasha already has 500 episodes, do we really need 100 more? (no offense Rumiko Takahashi, Inuyasha was a good concept, it just got too long and fillery.)

Well, I’ve still got Umineko and a couple other things to watch while I wait for the Fall animes. And eventually I’ll get my Hayate3. Hehe.

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu

September 16th, 2009

The second season of this anime will be airing Fall 2009, so I’m hurrying to finish the first season of this. (The first season anime was a Summer 2008 anime.)

Originally, I planned on alternating watching an episode in English, and then rewatching it in Chinese subtitles (to improve my Chinese skills), but since Haruka2 is coming so soon I guess I’ll just finish it all in English first.

Decoding Chinese fast enough to watch an anime is ridiculously hard.

Anyways, I need to rant about how fantastic this anime is.

First of all, the thematic presentation of the anime is very good. I admit, it’s not like, NHK-epic morals, but so far judging from the first 3 episodes, they are quite acceptable. (I mean, Shiro from Fate/stay night had morals that were just utterly stupid. Well I guess we’re kind of talking about something completely different here, but still. Good romance.)

Someone who would leave you or stop being your friend only because of your reputation… they are not true friends.

The pairing is very nice, and oh, I need to draw some parallels between Saku (from Summer09’s out-of-the-blue hit Sora no Manimani) and Yuuto-kun, the lead male in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. They look similar, first of all, but most importantly their personalities are nearly identical (except Saku has the additional trait of being a bookworm). This type of lead male is one of my favorites… perhaps because it is an image of me (or the person I would like to be/become)?

I mean, Tomoya is another example of a good lead male, but I cannot at all relate to him. My dad is not a drunk bum. I do not ditch classes every other day, and I get straight As (except English H). And… I don’t have five-to-ten girls chasing after me.

The other reason I love this anime is Nogizaka Mika. She is so loli and moe, it hurts. Why did such a mean dad raise two super-moe daughters? Haha.

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve had such an image-heavy post =D
You know, she kind of reminds me of a friend’s imouto, minus the um… moe/pretty part, and without the love ><

The maids are cool, too, and without a doubt, the characters that are going to be introduced in the near future are also going to be highly awesome.

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, season two is going to be highly anticpated by me.

So many “season 2″s this season, eh? To Aru2, Inuyasha continuation (yeah I know huh)…

Um, no, we werent eavesdropping.

Um, no, we weren't eavesdropping.

Now that I think of it, Mika goes better with Yuuto-kun.

Now that I think of it, Mika goes better with Yuuto-kun.

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