Archive for August, 2007

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Third season confirmation

August 29, 2007

ARIA the Origination

Good news, everyone! ARIA will get a (well deserved) third season. In fact it’s already in production since spring this year. Together with the OVA to be released this September the future will fortunately hold plenty of new chances to be welcomed by the Aria Company again. (News source: ANN)

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One year older, one year wiser

August 27, 2007

So finally it’s one year ago that I pushed the “Publish”-button for the first post, thus official starting this anime blog of mine. Beside of much grammar, the right spelling on many Engrish English words and how to save pictures in the world wide web and embed them in my posts I learned that blogging isn’t by far as easy as it looks. If you would shuffle through the posts I made this whole year (please don’t!) you could see that I changed my style of writing more than once and that my posts got shorter and shorter (and fewer) with the time. It’s already quite hard for me to find something interesting to say about the things I want to talk about in my own language, but doing so in English is even more time-consuming, sometimes even more work than fun, and there was surely more than one moment at which I thought about quitting this blog. Well, I didn’t and still don’t intend to do so, but I would lie if I’d say that I’m as enthusiastic and willing to spend time on this as I was in the beginning. So I’ll do what every good blogger should do: Just do what I want to do. After all, blogging should be fun and not something someone feels to have to do. So, after having found the right amount of words to blog about things, I’ll drop the last kind of constraint I cast onto myself in the beginning phase of my blog: Regularity.

Yes, somehow I managed to post at least twice a week all this time, often it was easy to do, but sometimes I had almost nothing to say and wasn’t really happy with the results in the end. The main feature which made me hold up this regularity was the weekly post of one wallpaper of mine, consequently from now on this will be a goner (besides, you’ve now already seen the best of my wallpapers, so there is no real lose I can ensure you). This doesn’t mean there won’t be any wallpapers anymore, after all those posts are easy to make and offer nice eye-candy, but there will be fewer of those in the future. Altogether there will be fewer posts for the time being I guess, especially because I don’t have any series I feel like blogging about at the moment, but no one really knows what the future will bring. There will still 2 more episodes of sola to blog about, the last Mai-Otome Zwei episode should be subbed by Static-Subs soon (I’m a loyalist after all) and Murder Princess isn’t finish to far either. And the fall season is starting soon, too…

Well, thanks for reading and hopefully enjoying my blog so far, especially to all those who left a comment or two and showed me that not all of those clicks where poor souls misguided onto this side by the search engines (Yoake mae yori rurii na – Crescent Love 05 got a lot of these because of three magical words). And a real big thanks to all those fansubbers out there, doing such a great job for so little (= mostly none) money!

I wish you all a happy new (blogging) year!

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My Wallpapers 41

August 25, 2007

Darker than Black

I’m pretty much out of time at the moment, so here is a Darker than Black wallpaper with no further comment other than that this series r0xX. Like in really really r0xX.

Wallpaper source: Ningen’s Anime Wallpapers

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Gunslinger Girl’s Second Season News

August 22, 2007

Gunslinger Girl

Happy happy, joy joy! Now it’s official (article from ANN):

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Gunslinger Girl’s Second Season Officially Announced

posted on 2007-08-21 12:23 EDT

The October issue (on sale August 21) of Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh has officially announced that a second season of the Gunslinger Girl anime series will be produced. The Japanese magazine runs Yu Aida‘s original manga about cybernetically enhanced girl assassins that inspired the anime. The production company Marvelous Entertainment had revealed that a sequel was in the works in its 2006-2007 financial report on May 30, but the company then edited the report to remove the Gunslinger Girl reference in early June. Source: Ultimatum

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Update (again from ANN):

The second season is now also confirmed by the official website of Gunslinger Girl. It will feature the Pinocchio arc from the manga.

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ARIA

August 19, 2007

ARIA

Welcome to ARIA, where the summer is sunny and everybody will help you building a snowman in the winter, where Venice was rebuild on an aquatic mars and the earth is called “old-home”, where all the gondoliers are pretty girls and the animals look kind of strange, where the phone book ends after the A and the companies (some say even the whole city) are lead by cats, where the course of time sometimes changes its direction and you get two years for the prize of one and where grown girls playing the “don’t touch the gap”-game and many things aren’t allowed, especially embarrassing remarks.

A beautiful slice-of-life anime with a very comforting laid-back and peaceful atmosphere which left me always with a warm and fuzzy feeling. I could never watch more than three episodes in a row, but it was always nice for in between.

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My Wallpapers 40

August 17, 2007

Kiddy Grade

While Kiddy Grade is surely not one of the best animes around I found it to be quite enjoyable for a fanservice-filled show. The characters offer much more than just their looks and the story is pretty interesting… at least as long as I could follow it. To tell the truth, they lost me after two-third of the series and I believe everybody who has watched the series knows at which point I mean. The rest was confusing at best, but I think I got the main idea somehow… hopefully. Well, none the less a nice experience altogether, whereat the space theme and the nice ED surely contributed their part.

And if you haven’t heard about it yet, a sequel got announced last year. Looks like it will be at least as confusing as the first season, but I’ll give it a try.

Wallpaper source: AnimeWallpapers.com

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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

August 13, 2007

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Tagging Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei as school comedy is pretty misleading I guess, but these are the only tags of mine that match so far. It’s misleading because, well, if one images a school comedy I don’t think that there would be a suicidal teacher who sees everything and everyone in the worse kind of light in the picture. And a girl who faces the worst things but interprets everything in a positive way, a rude foreigner girl who’s second personality is the ultimative Japanese woman, a female hikikomori who turns up in the strangest places at school and an always injured girl with some, uh, unique taste might be individually part of the student canon, but wouldn’t be that canon. And these are just a few examples of the female students who populate the (school) world of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
The style and atmosphere of this anime could be best described as Negima!? meets Welcome to the N.H.K., which unfortunately also means that the random stuff that already made Negima!? rather hard to follow sees a comeback, but at least for me it worked pretty well to just ignore the stuff written on the blackboard.

Altogether a quite amusing freak show, and with the introduction episodes slowly coming to an end I’m curious what kind of story will develop now.