Air Gear – episode 1

April 11, 2006 on 8:05 pm | In Air Gear | 20 Comments

Can we just pretend I never watched this? Thanks.

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Yakitate!! Japan – episode 57

April 11, 2006 on 7:56 pm | In Yakitate!! Japan | Comments Off on Yakitate!! Japan – episode 57

“Ooh, mango!! CMAP’s big counterattack!”

An episode almost manages to go by without beating up on Kawachi. Not quite, though. One of the better reactions of recent times and a general air of team work help this episode achieve a modicum of success.

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Ginban Kaleidoscope – episodes 5-8

April 10, 2006 on 7:18 pm | In Ginban Kaleidoscope | 2 Comments

Funny that I stopped watching this show just before it got interesting. I had stopped due to a lack of time and motivation, but also due to the fact that shows like Ginban Kaleidoscope and Karin were making me feel complacent. I can’t be a bystander in anime, who just sits back and watches something without really caring about what’s unfolding on the screen.
That said I’ve got a completist bug and there were positive ratings of later episodes of Ginban Kaleidoscope, so I’ve broken off of the ice and made a run for it. This is certainly no award winning anime, and it’s a damn sight from pretty. But it’s okay.

Spoilers within

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Nana – episode 1

April 10, 2006 on 7:16 pm | In Nana | 2 Comments

As an anime fan, it is my solemn duty to ignore demographics and watch whatever the heck I feel like. Nana is the third Yazawa Ai property I have come to watch, and at last I can understand the complaints about the Paradise Kiss aesthetic. Yazawa Ai has a distinct style that has been animated with aplomb in the forms of Gokinjo Monogatari and now in Nana, the tale of two Nana.

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Zegapain – episode 1

April 10, 2006 on 7:13 pm | In Zegapain | 2 Comments

“Entangle”

I don’t think that I’ve watched a mech show that was made after RahXephon. Zegapain looks surprisingly good to my eyes, but keep in mind that I’m not exactly an expert on the modern mech. In addition to proper utility of the SUNRISE way (SUNRISE production values somehow annoyed me in Escaflowne, but here they do not fail me), Zegapain hilariously and unintentionally takes aspects of this season’s Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and Ouran High School Host Club as well as the hit live action Japanese film of a few years back, Waterboys – not to mention the old standby of “mysterious girl”.

Colour me impressed.

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Ouran High School Host Club – episode 1

April 9, 2006 on 10:37 pm | In Ouran High School Host Club | 11 Comments

“You are a host starting today”

 

I’m a guy. That didn’t stop me from fangirling all over this episode. I got so worked up about it just by watching it, with the atmosphere, that I got sick to my stomach. I haven’t seen something like this for a long time and it’s likely to be my pick of the season.
Ouran High School Host Club is ridiculously, outrageously good and I can almost guarantee that all of the female anime fans I personally know would be in love at first sight.

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Digimon Savers – episode 1

April 9, 2006 on 7:15 pm | In Digimon Savers | 9 Comments

“I am Masaru! Cockatorimon attacks!”

I had been hearing unfavourable reviews of this incarnation of Digimon, and so was wary about watching it. However, when I unleashed the digisoul that resides in my fist, I found that this was actually quite an enjoyable addition to the franchise!
Digimon Savers harnesses the conventions of shounen and Digimon in a way that makes this show click, but in a different way to previous offerings.

News at hand: Digimon Savers to be released in US in 2007. Oh well, I’m going to stick with the subs because number of Digimon properties released unedited? Zero.

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Anime Notebook: Berserk

April 8, 2006 on 12:07 am | In Berserk, Notebook | 5 Comments

I thought it might be interesting if I exposed the contents of my notebook, a collection of papers that provides deep insight into the intricacies and mechanisms that hold many of our favourite anime. I normally put in key words or sentences and quotes to “help me along” although to be honest I barely use these notes in the composition of any of my writings.

The first installment of this potential series is Berserk episode 25, the final in that fine series.
Spoilers within

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Binchou-tan – episode 7

April 7, 2006 on 11:59 pm | In Binchou-tan | Comments Off on Binchou-tan – episode 7

“Ramune and Candy Apples Bin”

Binchou-tan ondo! O-bon odori matsuri! With the introduction of the final -tan, this episode is quintessentially Japanese and ignores the problems inherent in Binchou-tan’s world so that she can have a little bit of fun for once.

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The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi – episode 1

April 7, 2006 on 11:58 pm | In Suzumiya Haruhi | 2 Comments

I’ll just call this “The Adventures of Mikuru” for ease of use.

I don’t see the point in really saying anything about this, other than it takes a lot of effort to write something so deliberately bad. This first episode is not a real episode at all but rather a really amateur “student film” made by the characters of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi. The film is sometimes amusing but these were among the longest 24 minutes of my life.

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