Archive for October, 2007

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Blue Drop & Sketchbook ~full color’S~

October 25, 2007

Blue Drop

Blue Drop

Blue Drop is the story of two girls and, uh, one large alien space-battleship. Mari is an orphan, the only survivor of some mysterious disaster that wiped out a whole island. After being raised by her grandmother she is transferred to a girl’s dormitory. Here she meets Hagino, a calm and popular girl. Their first meeting ends in a pretty strange way and from this point forward Mari isn’t on good terms with Hagino, while Hagino tries to get as close as possible with Mari. It should be noted that Hagino is also the captain of said alien spaceship, which at the moment lies at the bottom of the ocean being under repair. And somehow Mari seems to be related to both of them.

The animation looks a bit blurry at times, but is not bad altogether. So far I don’t know in which direction the story will develop, it’s obvious that the aliens and the island disaster are somehow connected, but if it was some kind of accident or a first attempt of an invasion has yet to be told. A quite interesting series.

Sketchbook ~full color’S~

Sketchbook ~full color's~

Another slice-of-life series, this time a comedy called Sketchbook ~full color’S~ with alot of ARIA-feeling to it, not only because of the loose appearances of some special cat, but for the way the characters discover interesting and beautiful aspects of daily things. Additionally all the characters of Sketchbook seems to be a little bit nuts (around the normal amount for comedies). Together with the given setting this reminds slightly of Azumanga Daioh, especially Sora resembles Osaka at many points. Altogether not a bad combination which results in a calm, laid-back and very enjoyable (and well drawn) anime.

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sola – 14

October 21, 2007

Personated innocent

Splish splash

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Kimikiss Pure Rouge & Rental Magica

October 16, 2007

Kimikiss Pure Rouge

Kimikiss Pure Rouge

While watching the intro of Kimikiss Pure Rouge I was more than tempted to stop immediately, because it literally screams harem romance with mediocre character design and animation quality. Well, I accomplish to sit through it after all and the episode itself was fortunately much better than expected. Instead of some generic harem show Kimikiss features a more or less equal amount of male and female characters of whom nobody can claim the “main lead”-title. The plot develops around the whole group and their interaction among each other (which are in major parts of romantic nature, granted). Four pairings have found themselves so far with the screentime shared fairly among them and much potential to develop.
Altogether a quite interesting series, but I’m afraid that it might not be as interesting as other series I’m watching at the moment. So maybe it’ll drop out over the course of time, but I’m not sure yet.

Rental Magica

Rental Magica

I’m a bit puzzled about Rental Magica. Basically I like the concept of it (since the end of Ghost Hunt I miss some “Ghostbuster”-feeling in my anime mix), but the first episode was rushed way to much and quite confusing, the second one only added to this confusion by being chronically settled before the first episode without make clear so from the beginning and the president is rather annoying so far. If they’ll take a bit time to develop the different cases a bit, maybe through spending two episodes on each (the three ones of Ghost Hunt where often a bit too much), and also give the characters more depth over the time I think this could turn out to be a very interesting and enjoyable series. If the pace stays the way it is at the moment, it won’t I’m afraid. I guess time will tell about this.

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Shakugan no Shana Second & Mokke

October 14, 2007

Shakugan no Shana Second

Shakugan no Shana Second

Shakugan no Shana is finally back, but because the first episode was mainly a recap of the first season there isn’t much revealed about the new plot yet. From the intro one can conclude that everybody who survived the last season will appear again plus a rather cute girl with horns (who Shana slays in the first episode already, but I wouldn’t bet that this was all we’ll see from her). Due the Shana movie I’ve seen shortly before the recap wasn’t necessary for me, so this episode was rather a loss for me, but it was still pretty good for a recap-episode. Furthermore the animation quality was as excellent as expected and I’m now curious about the (hopefully good) plot.

Mokke

Mokke

The first episode of Mokke is about two sisters who live with their grandparents. While the younger sister collects flowers she gets assaulted by a demonic being, but is rescued by her older sibling. This kind of events, while still dangerous, seems to be not that unusual here and the grandfather only warns about a certain area nearby and tells the older sister how to properly fight those kind of demons if she encounters them again. Of course, soon after the younger sister tries to reach that dangerous area, because chances are high that there are the flowers she desires to collect…
My first impression of Mokke was that the character design is rather simple, but not unappealing after short time. The story is told in a calm and pleasant way despise of the fact that there are demons to “fight”. This could turn out to be a nice little slice-of-life series with some supernatural content added (and some quite irresponsible grandparents I’d say). Definitely on my watch list.

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Second Season confirmed for…

October 10, 2007

Left in even more despair

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei! Good news I say… or better guess, because I still haven’t finished the first season. The release of the fansubs is rather slow at the moment. I really like what I’ve seen so far though.

Original article (from ANN):

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Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei’s 2nd Season in 2008 Confirmed

posted on 2007-10-09 13:37 EDT

Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei manga will have a second season in Japan. The high school comedy centers around a pathologically depressed teacher who somehow finds the will to deal with a class of oddball students. The first 12 episodes ran from July to September of this year on Chiba TV and other stations, and the second season is planned for the beginning of 2008. Ten volumes of the manga, which began in 2005, are currently in print. Source: Ultimatum

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Clannad & Myself; Yourself

October 7, 2007

Clannad

Clannad

I’m already set for Clannad just because it is made by KyoAni. Might not be the best reason, but it’s sufficient for me and so far the animation quality is as good as expected. The first episode introduced Tomoya, the male protagonist, who isn’t sarcastic for a change but seems to be rather uninterested in to annoyed by his daily life routine. Even so he behaves normal on the outside and soon gets in contact with a bunch of girls from his school, who with no doubt each should have a more or less mysterious problem to come by. The obligatory male side-kick loser rounds the character set up. So while the main plot should be nothing spectacularly new the individually backstories of the characters might be quite interesting, although similarities with Kanon are to be expected.

Myself; Yourself

Myself, Yourself

Myself; Yourself seems to be standard harem drama so far with a 16-year old boy, Sana, coming back to town after a five year long detour. He left with a tearful goodbye at that time (which was nearly sickly sweet). Now meeting his old friends again he gets to know how they, uh, developed from that time and everybody is happy about their reunion. Everybody, except one of his female friends, who he doesn’t recognize at first and promptly gets smacked by…
As been said, so far pretty generic, but the intro is quite interesting and if the animation quality keeps on the level of the first episode this could turn out to be solid entertainment. Aoi’s voice could be some octaves deeper though, but it’s nice to notice that I’m not too old yet to hear such high frequencies (although sometimes that might be blessing as it seems).

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Shakugan no Shana – The Movie

October 5, 2007

First of all I’ll have to say that I was a little bit disappointed that the movie didn’t feature some new story. It’s merely a slightly modified version of the first arc of the first season.

Ah, shut up, shut up, shut up!

Well, beside of this it was surely a blast. The artwork and the animation is of superb quality and the story is very well wrapped up in the limited timeframe. I’m quite sure that some minor things of the shown scenes got changed compared to the original, but the main plot is definitely the same. Of course through the focusing on the main plot some of the characters are pushed to the background (Kazumi) or are missing altogether (Eita and Keisaku). On the other hand Wilhelmina could be sneaked in and Yukari Hirai got pretty much screentime, which I found most pleasing because I think she is very important to get an appropriate feeling about the torches right from the beginning (and besides, I like her).
So, in the end, I could have been happier if some new stuff (plot-wise) would have been put into the movie, but none the less it’s a very good film and a nice way to “get in the mood” for the second season.

End of explanation.