Archive for March, 2008

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To the end of…

March 30, 2008

Mokke

Mokke

Mokke never was especially exciting, surprising or thrilling. The artwork and even the way of storytelling was mostly mediocre and it was rather childish at times. Still, with all these flaws, Mokke is a series I enjoyed very much. It just doesn’t needed all those fancy stuff. In the contrary, I think those would have made the series worse, because it’s just the everyday tale of two sisters who live their everyday normal life while being connected to the spiritual world. For me the charm of this series lies in the simple, but likeable characters and its original way of trying to normalise the supernatural instead of mystifying the normal through the addition of the spiritual like many other series do.

Kimikiss Pure Rouge

Kimikiss Pure Rouge

Everything in Kimikiss was refreshingly normal, but I can’t help but wonder if I would have watched this show if it was performed by real people. I often see that people don’t want to see animes because they are, well, animated. Guess it’s more or less the other way round for me. Back to the show, it was no big deal, but entertaining and interesting to watch. While the triangular love pattern was maybe a bit overused the development of each of them were quite believeable. I give this series high credits for solve all of them in the end, showing that these situations can be handled in some way and that life still goes on after them. Also all characters are personable, well developed and distinguishable, which made it easy to follow the story of this large group.

H2O – Footprints in the Sand

H2O

H2O just didn’t cut it for me. I found the characters mostly not believable and at least half of them unlikeable. Takuma’s blindness was badly pictured, Hayami was way to forgiving, Yui wasn’t consistent, the addition of the trap was as unnecessary as it was disturbing and the ending was indecisive and just blah. And those are just the few things that come to my mind at the moment. It’s all a bit sad, because the main idea of the story wasn’t bad at all and would have made a good series if it would have been carried out better.

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Omedetou Alica-chan!

March 17, 2008

Omedetou gozaimasu!

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Utawarerumono game finished & New Fate/stay night patch

March 17, 2008

Utawarerumono

Finished the Utawarerumono game last night. The end of the story is still quite messed up, the tactical component was pretty easy and the hentai scenes were forced into the story and superfluous, … but the game was sure a heck lot of fun. With having watched the anime the story (sadly) didn’t hold any surprises for me, but because of the time gap of a few years between I’ve forgotten many of the minor details already which made going through the whole story again still enjoyable. Some of the characters made also a slightly different impression on me this time, especially Kuuya didn’t seem as shilly-shally as in the anime (although she still was). And, of course, “seeing” them all again was really great.

In defence of the tactical component I’ll have to admit that I’ve only played the normal mode so far and I’m sure that the hard modes (1 to 5) should be more challenging. Only problem is that there won’t be any real extra award for playing those, which doesn’t boost my moral to play through all of them very much. Maybe they should have put some extra story into those harder modes, maybe spread the hentai scenes (which can be considered as bonus I guess) over them. And while we are at the hentai stuff, I think it didn’t really rose the enjoyment of the game. They felt mostly forced and rather unfitting. Of course I knew that they would appear at some point in the game, but they could have been better embedded into the story and it would have been really nice to get a choice to go this far with certain girl or not. I’m sure I would have watched most of them anyway, if only for curiosity, but then at least it would have been my (in-game) choice to do so. I guess the playstation version does a better job with having them deleted after all. The story component altogether could have used some real possibility of choices, but maybe I’m demanding a bit much here, after all they had to finish the game in some reasonable time.

So, if you like tactical role-playing games like Fire Emblem and also do like animes (should be a given I guess) then try to get your filthy hands on a (legal!) copy of the PC-version of the Utawarerumono game, download the english-translation patch from the wonderful persons of mirror moon (if not able to read Japanese at least) and have a lot of fun.

And, while speaking about mirror moon, I guess it’s more than worthy to mention that the translation of the second Fate/stay night route, Unlimited Blade Works, is finally completed! Get the new patch while it’s still hot (and possibly, but hopefully not at all, a little bit bugged).

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In between of Shakugan no Shana Second

March 6, 2008

Wilhelmina & Sabrac

It’s good to see that Shakugan no Shana got pretty entertaining again in those last few episodes. With the end of the forced relationship troubles the series is finally able to recreate the feeling of the first season. It’s not that the somehow similar love-triangle between Shana, Kazumi and Yuji in the first season was uninteresting nor unimportant, but the second instalment of this theme with the addition of Konoe/Hecate was just a pain to watch, mostly because they forgot to make it funny in some ways I guess.
Well, luckily they are now back on track and with Sabrac quite a villain was introduced in the last episode. Normally I would say that he is much too overpowered to make a real good and interesting villain, but I really like him. Don’t know the exact reason why, maybe because he respects his opponents skills and doesn’t act too arrogant toward them, maybe because he doesn’t rub his superior-ness too much in the viewers face, maybe because he doesn’t use to much or to few words or maybe because he doesn’t look like some silly walking parking meter or something like that, but actually quite wicked.
Definitely one point that’s in his favour is that he made Wilhelmina fight him to her fullest, which was a real feast to watch.