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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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Spice and Wolf & H2O – Footprints in the Sand

January 11, 2008

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Although I don’t know yet what should think about the characters of Spice and Wolf I like what I’ve seen so far. The show accomplishes to emit a nice medieval atmosphere, its music fits well to this atmosphere, the animation and the character design looks good and the ending song has some nice engrish to offer. Lawrence’s more or less normal behavior toward the naked Holo was a nice change compared to the behavior most of other male anime characters would show. He definitely earned some brownie points here. On a negative note it was rather bad how they handled the display of Holo’s nudity. Not that I expected or wished to see more, but even if it’s sometimes quite silly how the “naughty bits” are hidden in other works it’s still better than just leave them out when their could be seen normally. I think they could have easily worked with Holo’s long hair and tail here. But oh well, it isn’t that of a problem after all.
Wonder in which way the story will develop now. Guess the last scene with Chloe indicates that Holo might still be important in some way for the village because the priests seem to have noticed her disappearance quite quickly.

H2O – Footprints in the Sand

H2O

H2O is a rather mediocre series so far. First of all I found Takuma’s blindness to be not very authentic illustrated. Okay, I don’t know much about the behavior of blind people nor do I know how it should be translated in anime behavior, but it just felt wrong. Furthermore the characters seem to be rather shallow and their design is not appealing enough to compensate for this drawback. In fact the only reason for me to continue watching this show at the moment is because I’d like to know how the class rep was able to create this fascistic-like system in her class (and I would complain either to see her and her two thugs getting the beating they deserve). Maybe it gets better before I lose the little interest that is left, but I’m not very hopeful.