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27 November 2006 @ 01:31 am
Kanon - Episode One (aqs)
Snow is PrettyCollapse )
teh Mood: awakeawake
24 November 2006 @ 06:18 pm
I changed the layout. Lalalalala.

Also, I have a shitload of anime to blog about. I've been sick, which means lots of time for watching, but little brain function for writing.

Maybe I'll just make a post summarizing every thing that's happened in all the shows I've been watching.

Finally, for some reason, I have been watching Gakuen Heaven with my friend Naomi. She is nice, but I don't think we'll be watching more anime together, since she doesn't have my wife's understanding of my absolute need to yell at characters for doing stupid things. She just wants me to shut up and admire the pretty boys holding each other.
teh Mood: soresore
17 November 2006 @ 05:25 pm
Pumpkin Scissors - 01Collapse )

Ghost Hunt - 01Collapse )

Also, I've given up on Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru (far too much like Maria-sama for me right now), Hataraki Man (which is actually good, but I didn't expect to find so many good shows this season) and Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayaki (monsters and superpowers do not actually always improve a samurai-related anime). The rest appear to be keepers, especially Bartender, Ghost Hunt and Pumpkin Scissors (... I will never like that name).

It feels weird to post this: it was written several days ago, but I forgot to post, and now I'm distracted by righteous indignation over other things but I want to close that notepad file.
13 November 2006 @ 11:44 pm
Wedding Peach DX (Deluxe) - ウェディングピーチDX - OVA, 4 episodes

According to my information, these OVAs take place 2 years after the end of the series. How sad for Jama-P at the beginning.

Episode One: The Beach EpisodeCollapse )
Lots of swimsuits in this one, I sense a sudden need to fanservice...

Episode Two: The Cruiseliner EpisodeCollapse )
Are Yousuke and Yanagiba even in this series? T_T

Episode 3: The Christmas EpisodeCollapse )
Damn, that would have been dramatic if it wasn't in the OVA.

Episode 4: The Valentine's Day EpisodeCollapse )
Well, this is far more open-ended than the series. I wonder if the comic was still running at this point.

Overall, I enjoyed the OVAs' slightly different style, but I felt that there wasn't much difference in the characters' attitudes; despite two years, they hadn't really changed. Well, I think it was kind of lame that there was the whole "please seal our memories so that we can be normal kids again" flashback in the first OVA, and then the girls decide that the boys don't need their memories restored. Sigh. That's all I have to add for the OVA. Mata ne~

(PS - I will probably review some manga next time!)
teh Music: record of lodoss war TV - kiseki no umi (sakamoto maaya)
11 November 2006 @ 07:58 pm
Okay. So, I'm behind in writing in this blog. Part of that is because a new tv season started in Japan about a month ago and I took forever to do some research, so I haven't been watching anything recent and hence have no current seria to blog about. Here's what's coming:

Seria I am watching (and my sources!)
Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto (Current) - Shinsen
Bartender (Current) - Lunar
Ghost Hunt (Current) - Ureshii
Hataraki Man (Current) - Arienai
Kanon (2006) (Current) - Shinsen
Meine Liebe Weider (Complete) - aarinfanstasy
Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru (Current) - aquastar
Pumpkin Scissors (Current) - PnU/Ureshii
Tenpo Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi (Current) - Lunar
Weiss Kreuz (Complete/Licensed) - DVDs available from Media Blasters. - DONE!
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Current) - C1

I've also recently finished Meine Liebe and Weiss Kreuz Gluhen, and I will probably write about those once I finish their sequel and original (respectively).

I'm also catching up on some really old seria (at least a year or two ago, anyway), and I might provide some commentary for them when I'm finished.
11 November 2006 @ 12:51 am
Densetsu Ai Tenshi Wedding Peach 愛天使伝説 ウェディングピーチ - 51 episodes - KSS

All right, I know that this shoujo is not everyone's thing; how can it be when the main characters are fixated on wedding things despite being middle schoolers? But I had great fun watching it, and conveniently forgot that Momoko, Yuri, and Hinagiku were so young. In fact, I notice that happens a lot with shoujo series - you forget how young the heroines really are because they go through so much.

Wedding Oiro Naoshi~!Collapse )

After this, I get to watch the 4 OVA episodes known as Wedding Peach DX, taking place after the series!
teh Music: Gackt - Redemption
11 November 2006 @ 12:47 am
TricK (3 seasons, 32 episodes total) - Japanese Drama

Wow. I just finished my two-week trip of watching the three seasons of Trick. How cute was that.

the part of my review that contains a spoilerCollapse )

I also loved how Ueda sometimes calls her "YOU" in English instead of Yamada. He really was great, and there were some awesome moments with pop culture references (some anime based) and terrible wonderful Engrish - my favorite being when the man on the bus shouted, for little reason, "JEEESUS!" as if he were upset at someone, especially since he had been quite naturally talking Japanese before his outburst and resumed as if nothing had happened.

I definitely loved this series. I also am very glad that I watched all of it on my own - there were some very tedious episodes occassionally, or ones where the trick was easier to figure out. It's painful to think of the solution to a two-episode arc within the first half of the intro episode. But overall, very well done. I also know now which are the best episodes to show people, because, not counting the storyline, the actual episode count for all three seasons is 32. I haven't watched the TV special, the extras that came with season 2, or the movie yet, but all of that is in my near future.

It was really nice to see Naoko and Ueda develop the understanding they had, which was mostly based on Ueda forcefully dragging her along when he was asked to investigate something or another and Yamada agreeing because she was unable to pay her rent/escape her landlady's notice. It is cute and also funny that Ueda calls Yamada's mom "Okaasan."

I haven't mentioned the police detectives. In the first season and for most of the second, the detective Yabe is accompanied by a blond-dyed sidekick who is funny but somewhat annoying (I forget his name already T_T). Late in the second season, this sidekick is replaced by the Toudai graducate Kikuchi, who is really great as he is arrogant, afraid of getting dirty, and constantly stealing Yabe's lines/trying to swim in the onsen. I can't begin to count how many times I laughed at the antics of the two detectives, or for how long I paused the show while I died in fits of giggles over facial expressions.

Trick proved to me that sometimes things are funnier when they are repeated too often. See for yourself, why don't you!? :D

As a jdorama, I definitely recommend it, as long as you aren't offended by some perverted jokes and some slow parts. Much love overall! And I might have to watch the last half of the final episode again, it was so rewarding in the *very* end. Up until then, I was thinking they would leave me with that nostalgic things-that-should-work-out-never-really-do feeling. But thankfully, not this time. BANANA BOOOOAT!
teh Music: afromania - very very (KIBA ending)
09 November 2006 @ 05:27 pm
I have to say, one problem with this blog is that Laurie and I watched a lot of anime together, with the intent to write about it all later, but whenever we were together, not much writing got done. So, I guess I'll write about the ones I've watched by myself.

I can't say that SDK was a good anime, but I won't call it a bad anime. I can't even just call it anime, because that's self-evident and so, rather dumbCollapse )
teh Mood: tiredtired
24 October 2005 @ 12:30 pm
Out of the newest and my current backlog of series, I intend to watch and post about the following...

*Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (live action) - complete the posts I have already started [must wait to get CDs back from duckling~!]
* Glass Mask (shoujo) - orignal 23 episode series, BTW
* Black Cat (shounen) - about assassins~?
* Rose of Versailles (historical fact-tion shoujo) - joint with orchidee XD
* The Snow Queen (fairy tale) - yay for Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale made anime!
* Gun X Sword (mecha shounen) - ah, Trigun makes love to Cowboy Bebop while Escaflowne watches... Speed Grapher might be having a smoke in the background too...
* Catnapped (children's movie) - nice change of pace, not to mention only one "episode"~

Other series might replace or add themselves to this list - Loveless, Sukisho!, Cluster Edge, Gakuen Alice, etc, etc.

~Hats off, Rierie's in the room~!