Rose of Versailles – episodes 1-4

April 17, 2006 on 12:59 am | In Rose of Versailles | 4 Comments

“I was born to a destiny of roses”

I have never made a secret of the fact that I love the work of Dezaki Osamu. 1979’s Rose of Versailles is one of the defining moments for the genres of shoujo and historical. This 40 episode series is the ultra-dramatic tale of Marie Antoinette and Oscar, the woman charged as commander of her royal guard.
It’s a forerunner for Ikuhara’s Revolutionary Girl Utena, and the protege of Tezuka’s Princess Knight, and the romance and style inherent in its execution are palpable.

Fun fact: in consulting sources for this article, I accidentally found out the ending (despite deliberately skim reading).

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Black Lagoon – episode 1

April 16, 2006 on 11:58 pm | In Black Lagoon | 3 Comments

“The Black Lagoon”

Brought to you by Geneon, which means that it won’t be brought to me unless I choose to buy or rent the DVDs. Black Lagoon is pure modern-day pirate action anime. It’s a little rough around the edges in its production, but it is also pretty cool.

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Ouran High School Host Club – episode 2

April 16, 2006 on 11:28 pm | In Ouran High School Host Club | 3 Comments

“A High School Host’s Work”

The Host Club is revealed to be a benevolent force that affects change amongst even the most lovelorned of students! Not a laff-riot, but very pretty indeed.

Henceforth I shall make no attempt to disguise the shock revelation of the first episode’s conclusion

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Anime Notebook: RahXephon

April 16, 2006 on 1:40 am | In Notebook, RahXephon | Comments Off on Anime Notebook: RahXephon

It appears that at least three people enjoyed my previous notebook effort, so I shall make it a semi-weekly feature.
This notebook apparently has, under City Hunter 2 episode 50: “Goodbye, Hardboiled City (part two)”, “He is skilled in panty warfare”. Fair enough. Context is nothing in the face of such a quote!

This entry is slightly more serious than that; here I chronicle my experience with RahXephon, which was really a jumble to my eyes. I’ve decided to put in every entry as this serves a more academic purpose than simply “laffs”. Which is not to say that you won’t find any humour beyond the pale … (if only because my normally impeccable punctuation gets kicked in the arse when I’m taking notes)

Extreme RahXephon spoilers ahead!

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Girls’ High – episode 1

April 15, 2006 on 11:52 pm | In Girls' High | 4 Comments

“High School Girls have their stupid side”

The words at the beginning of this episode were as a symphony to my eyes and ears: “This program brought to you with the cooperation of Geneon”. This does not mean that an announcement has yet been made, but it means both that this show is inevitably winging its way to you, helpless Americans in the audience, and that I don’t have to watch it any longer.

Girls’ High is the apparent punching-bag of this season. When I was less than impressed by the programs on offer, I thought a light bit of fan service was a fine proposition. Well, the season turned out well and, while this is not a terrible show it’s just too bland to be worthy of my time, with its decidedly slipshod production values and (controversy ahead) Noto Mamiko’s frankly bored performance of an ill defined character.

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Shape of the Season

April 12, 2006 on 9:14 pm | In Seasons | 4 Comments

The season is well and truly under way and I don’t think that I can support as many shows as I have been checking out. The two that will definitely stay on my schedule are Nana and Ouran High School Host Club.

The battles are between Kiba, Utawarerumono and Digimon Savers. Girls’ High has probably been dumped, if only for the fact that there is no way in heck I can get away with watching something like that in the library.
I have a feeling that Digimon Savers is going to stay because of my irrationality. The other two will probably be decided by their second or third episodes. There’s some other stuff that hasn’t been subbed yet that I’ll probably check out; I might decide that Kiba or Utawarerumono isn’t worth my time.

Oh! Totally forgot that I’m watching Zegapain. That’s staying because I want some modern mech in my diet.

I’m also not certain if I should watch the Nana movie, because maybe I don’t want to know how the story for the anime is going to go. I mean, nothing’s stopping me from watching it later, is there?

Update: Garten reminded me that I’m an idiot and didn’t make any mention of Suzumiya Haruhi.

The list of definites stands at Ouran High School Host Club, Nana, Zegapain and The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi. Now someone else is guaranteed to come up to me and say “what about that other show you really liked?” and I’ll just give up and go home.

Kiba – episode 2

April 12, 2006 on 7:10 pm | In Kiba | 3 Comments

“New World”

Hooray for violence! People have complained about this second episode but Zed’s attitude is the consistently flawed and frustrating one of a world traveler so I don’t yet mind that much.

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The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi – episode 2

April 12, 2006 on 7:09 pm | In Suzumiya Haruhi | 3 Comments

“Suzumiya Haruhi I”

More straightforward, this is essentially a recruitment episode. Damn if there isn’t a lot of molestation this season, even if some of it is girl-on-girl.

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Ginban Kaleidoscope – episodes 9-12

April 11, 2006 on 10:03 pm | In Ginban Kaleidoscope | 11 Comments

You may be familiar with the fact that some shows that were okay to pretty good can have excellent endings. Ginban Kaleidoscope has one of those endings.


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Utawarerumono (the one being sung) – episode 1

April 11, 2006 on 8:43 pm | In Utawarerumono | Comments Off on Utawarerumono (the one being sung) – episode 1

“Something uninvited”

Utawarerumono somehow manages to be presented in an utterly generic fashion on one level while offering an intriguing world on another. Personally I don’t agree with people who have animal ears and tails, yet I’m somewhat interested in the outcome of this program.

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