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10 November 2009 @ 10:31 pm
I haven't written in this blog for a while, but I have a good excuse! Well, my excuse is that writing in an anime blog is hard when you haven't watched any anime in quite a while. You, gentle reader, can decide whether or not that counts as a good excuse.

I've been working quite a bit lately, and work has been consuming my very soul. That's why I turned to the very best thing for when your soul is being consumed: straight-up, so pretentious it's humble, clearcut gothiness. Seriously. Goth and soul consumption go together like--something I don't even need a metaphor for, because they could actually be the metaphor I'd use.

So, where was I? Oh, yes. Gothiness. I found an anime recently called Kuroshitsuji, or Black Butler. It's the Victorian-set, rose-encrusted, delicately blooded tale of a twelve year old and his demonic butler. His very pretty demonic butler, I should point out. Subtract Crowley's sunglasses, his Bentley and a couple Queen tapes, and you get the idea.

In addition to the demonic Sebastian Michaelis, the wealthy Ciel Phantomhive (they're British, don'tchaknow) is served by a staff of loyal and yet incredibly incompetent servants. From the first episode, it appears that Ciel spends most of his days saying portentious, ominious things; Sebastian goes around catching bullets and preventing guests from noticing wine spills; and the animators go around throwing in Japanese elements, possibly because England is a very odd place. Yes, there is commentary about sub-standard tea in the very first episode, because it's set in Britain.

It's all very silly, but a lot of fun. It's like a gothed-up version of Meine Liebe, where there are speeches about sadness and loss instead of speeches about friendship and... more friendship, I guess. The politics don't really make much sense unless everyone involved is a moron and confesses their guilt over the phone when they have no reason to do so, but the art is very pretty and the whole show is kinda like crack.

And then the villain gets locked in an oven and threatened with getting eaten. The end.
teh Mood: predatorygothed out
03 July 2008 @ 12:54 am
So, I haven't been watching much new anime lately. I'm still trying to catch up from a couple seasons ago, when I was overwhelmed by the awesome quality of a bunch of shows (Ghost Hunt, Hataraki Man, Bartender, Yamato Nadeshiko, Bakumatsu..., etc), and also because I've been watching some classics from college, like Samurai 7 (which has a harem that not only has a sideways swing, but also an aquarium with a whale. WTF?).

Oh, man, I still haven't really written about any of those. I'll work on that. Until then, here's the new one I've been watching, vintage fall 2007.

It's called Mononoke, and man, is it addictive. It looks to be short (only 12 episodes long!), which I am all in favor of these days, but well done. It's the story of a pretty yet creepy elfy-human-fangy thing called the Medicine Seller who goes around, um, selling medicine. He also has a tendency to show up when there is death and violence afoot, usually when said death and violence is caused by a certain type of evil spirit called a mononoke. He figures out what caused the death and violence (I suspect it will always be a mononoke), what caused the mononoke to manifest, then sics his really odd sword on the mononoke.

The best thing about this show so far is it's style, which I will admit is likely to be a love it or hate it sort of thing. The art is highly stylized and very simple, with lots of gorgeous colors and tons of stills and long shots and pictures of the scenery. I think it's absolutely beautiful, like Gankutsuou without the headache-inducing clothing. Well, not really, the art is very different, but it's unique, innovative and fun to watch. So, um, watch it. It was subbed by Shinsen (boy, do I have a love-hate relationship with that group) and is up in a batch torrent on the tracker.

This is all after watching the first couple episodes. I'll post another review when I finish watching it. And maybe I'll post a review of one of the twenty other shows I'm meaning to write up.
teh Mood: lovedin love, yo!
03 November 2007 @ 09:38 pm
Patalliro... double-yuu tee eff, mate.Collapse )
teh Mood: amusedamused
09 August 2007 @ 01:26 am
I found another new show. Yeah, yeah, I really should get around to finishing Ghost Hunt and Pumpkin Scissors (aarrrgh, name still bugs me). And of course, I should write up glowing reviews for Hataraki Man and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (hereafter called YamaNade, which is better than my attempts at abbreviations) and even Ouran, which I notice that no one has written up.

Laurie, why has no one written about Ouran?

Anyway, I have another new show. I'm not sure how this new love affair I'm having will turn out, but I hope for the best. My new love is called Tetsuko no Tabi, which I am told translates to something about traveling on trains. It is an awesome show. A travel writer obsessed with trains, a manga artist obsessed with the glamour of traveling (and good food) and an editor who doesn't seem to have any obsessions but is fond of both trains and food set out on an epic voyage. Their goal: to visit every station on the Kururi line.

At first, Kikuchi-san, the manga artist, is not impressed with their goal, but she eventually gets (sorta) sucked into their twisted train world (is it a little boy/never grew up thing? poll your friends, see who the train enthusiasts are). Well, at least she admits that it's not the worst thing that's ever happened to her.

And so, the show that I now love. Why do I fear for my romance, as subtly hinted at two paragraphs above? Well, it's a weird, quirky type show that it doesn't look like anyone has picked up. Nor does it look like anyone will pick it up. I suspicion that the first episode's subber shan't do another, which makes me sad, because even if there were typos and misspellings galore, the commentary they added was worth at least the download time and I enjoy song summaries more than song lyrics, to be honest. In fact, I think I shall write to all my favorite groups and insist that they start adding commentary, as now that I am watching anime sans wifey, it really helps me out with that whole... running commentary thing.

P.S. I also changed the layout to something summer-y. Not having to actually code layouts = lots of changes to match the seasons!
teh Mood: amusedamused
03 May 2007 @ 04:24 pm
So, I found a new show. What's that, you say? Before I've finished watching stuff from the fall season, even though some of the seria have been finished for more than a month? Yes. I still love them, but I am easily distracted.

So, (because it's good to begin two paragraphs in a row the same way!), new show. It's called Nagasarete Airantou. It's crack. Harem crack, even. A boy named Ikuto gets thrown overboard and drifts off to an island populated entirely by women. Wackiness ensues.

All the girls are desperate for some time with Ikuto (and when I say time, they say dates, and we both obviously mean teh sexing). There's Suzu, the main girl, who walks around with a pig on her head, and Ayane who might be slightly evil. She tries to fight, but fails. Blah blah blah. There are other characters too, but I can't remember their names. The plot and characters don't seem to be important, because the series is slapstick crack and incredibly cute, even though it's a harem show and I haven't met a harem show I liked since Love Hina.

I can't describe the cuteness. I can't.

Anyway, in the first episode's attempt at a plot Ikuto tries many times to get off the island (to escape the scary girls) and fails every time. Yay, adventures to come.
17 February 2007 @ 11:52 pm
I know I said I wasn't going to do individual episodes anymore, but I have just found the greatest episode of the season.

Pirates, goth-eating sharks, hallucinations, an undead army, self-referential sparkle humor, random boulders and Sunako-chan in an awesome bathing outfit.

This series is now my number one pick.
teh Mood: ecstaticteh funneh!
31 January 2007 @ 03:12 pm
Giniro no Olynssis - 01
Fansubbed by Shinsen.

I didn't like this show. :(Collapse )

In other news, I've found that I don't have the stamina to blog individual episodes. To those who do, I salute you. I'm going to go back to series reviews.

Anyway, here is my up-to-date list of the stuff I watched (or am watching) this season:

-Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto - thumbs up!
-Bartender - thumbs up
-Ghost Hunt - thumbs up
-Hataraki Man - thumbs up
-Kanon - thumbs (reluctantly) down
-Pumpkin Scissors - I'm very far behind on this one, but thumbs appear to be up
-Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge - thumbs up quite happily!
-Giniro no Olynssis - I cut off my thumbs in order to have something to do to alleviate the boredom. Typing is now very hard.
teh Mood: uncomfortablethumbless :(
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight - TV Series episodes 1-9

I've hesitated on watching this series for a long time, because I thought that nothing Lodoss would be able to top the OVA. In a sense, I still feel that is true, but the TV series is not without merit. I've only watched the first arc and then another episode, just to get the feel of the series. The events of "Chronicles" starts after the Battle of Heroes that closes the first six episodes of the OVA. If you've seen the rest of the OVA, this first arc in "Chronicles" will make little sense, because you already know these characters and they DID NOT DO THAT IN THE OVA. That's how I felt. Much anger. But there were things I liked.

Like the "Welcome to Lodoss Island" omake after-episode shows! They were pure blissful sweet candy without the chance of cavities; probably the best material is in the chibi show, as the rest of it seems far too dramatic by comparison.

As always, much love for Parn and Deedlit, very little love for Slayn. Hell, there's more love for Wagnard (or Vagnard) than for Slayn. He's sooooo not good looking enough for Leylia, either!

Other things I should mention...Collapse )

The opening song (Kiseki no Umi) is gorgeous, by the way. Sakamoto Maaya. Beautiful voice, great lyrics, and some awesome music. I also really like the ending - both visually and musically. It's very sweet, but not as sweeping and heroic as the opening (that part with Deedlit and the wind! Amazing!!! Good lyrics, too). Both can make one cry, if you're in the right mood. Not right now.

More RoLW stuff later. For now, I sleep. Or eat dessert. Whichever takes my fancy.
teh Mood: mellowmellow
teh Music: Pretear - White Destiny (opening)
09 December 2006 @ 08:13 pm
As per my wife-eh's subtle request, I am presenting my analysis in the form of a Gakuen Heaven crack!fic. It's surprisingly appropriate. I hold this show as proof that BOYS ARE DUMB! As a preface, let me say that this is the first remotely shounen-ai thing that I have ever watched, and that really, I'm not a particular fan of the genre in general. Or slash in general, or pretty much anything that completely denies that such a thing as heterosexuality exists. Because, y'know, straight people exist. It makes some of us sad, but if we can deal, so can you.

So now, the crack.

ummmm...Collapse )
09 December 2006 @ 05:50 pm
I'm very far behind with blogging, but since most of the groups I'm getting my current shows from are not that much ahead of me, I haven't really been pressured to get a move on. Well, I'm going to start posting quick summaries anyway. Here's all of what I've seen of Ghost Hunt.

Ghost Hunt 02 & 03Collapse )
teh Mood: sicksick