Archive for the ‘Mokke’ Category

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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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Halftime for Mokke

December 2, 2007

Mokke

With its simple character design and rather unspectacular unfolding of each episodes story of loosely connected events in the daily life of the two supernatural-sensitive Hibara sisters Mokke surely isn’t one of the top-dogs in this slice-of-life filled season. None the less I find this series quite enjoyable because I like the way how the two sisters live a normal life despite their special abilities. The supernatural is a rather “natural” thing here and is influencing as well as is being influenced by the daily life of each living being in a subtle way. Through their ability the two sisters can amplify this influence but must always be aware that whatever they do might backfire in some way. How they learn to live with the supernatural is nicely pictured in the series and because their encounter the “daily supernatural” most of the time the consequences are on a rather low level like it is with so many normal abilities that each person acquires over their time of life.
Of course this series only works if one found some liking in the two main characters. If this works this series can be quite charming and relaxing through its laid-back tone. And while the character design might be simple (but not unappealing) the shown landscapes are drawn nicely and create a beautiful atmosphere.

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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.