Archive for the ‘Anime’ Category

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Minami-ke third season second best

February 10, 2009

Minami-ke Okaeri

So far Minami-ke Okaeri manages to entertain much better than the second season did. I guess the reintroduction of good characters from the first season, some jokes with a different theme than cross-dressing Makoto (that, while not exactly my type of humour, was in fact pretty funny while it wasn’t beaten to dead by too much repetition) and especially the absents of the fun-killing emo neighbour kid seem to do the trick quite well. I still miss the fluffy feeling of the first season and the drawing style lacks at times (sometimes I wonder if the animators have seen any real legs yet), but none the less it’s finally fun again to wait for and watch new Minami-ke episodes.

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Sequel Season Part 2

January 24, 2009

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To my pleasant surprise there airs also a Tetsuwan Birdy Decode sequel this season, which now adds my watch-count of sequels up to four. Although the ending of the first season was a bit weak with drawing the amnesia-card at the end, thus choosing a rather easy and unsatisfactional exit-strategy, and albeit this seasons intro being just not the intro of the last season, I still think that this will be quite entertaining.

In other news I finally found at least two non-sequel series to watch this time. The first one ist BackRide, which looks, sounds and feels just great. Only the design of the RideBacks doesn’t appeal to me that much, they look a bit silly I’d say. But that is really the only (and pretty small) point I could complain about and only if I would be force to so.
The other series is Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai. To tell the truth my only reason so far to watch this series is that it is produces by Kyoto Animation and I like what they’ve done in the past. From the first episode I’d say that this one has potential to become quite interesting, but on the other hand it has the same potential to become the opposite. Well, the next few episodes will tell…

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Sequel Season

January 17, 2009

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Of the new seasons animes I’m only watching sequels of former series so far, namely the ones of Minami-ke, Tower of Druaga and Natsume Yuujinchou. All three I enjoyed much at their air-time and I’m hopeful that their sequels won’t disappoint me neither.
The first two episodes of Minami-ke Okaeri were definitely better than (almost) everything Okawari accomplished, but it doesn’t emit the same feeling and atmosphere of the first season so far. None the less, being produced by the same people who made the first season they still look promising and I’m far from being in despair here. hopefully they have learned their lesson from the second season and try to tie in with the first season much better this time.
Sword of Uruk is only one episode old, but I like what I’ve seen in that episode. Jil and Fatina get along quite well now and their interaction is nice to watch. The main crux should be the handling of the reunion of Jil/Kaaya and Neeba/Fatina, thus it might take a while to see if this sequel will succeed.
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou manages to follow its first season in every aspect, it’s like there wasn’t a break at all. Consequently both new episodes were great entertainment and I’m eager to watch more and more of this series.

So, to sum up my estimation of all three sequels together I’d say ‘Huge Success’. Now I’ll have to see if there are also some new series worth to watch out there.

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Fate/stay night re-watched

January 3, 2009

After having finished the Fate/stay night game I took the time in the last few days to watch the anime version a second time and I’d say it’s pretty okay. I enjoyed it much more than the first time, although I knew from the start that much of the really interesting stuff won’t be featured. In fact, I think that this knowledge made the anime more enjoyable and interesting this time. Now I wasn’t in danger to be disappointed about all the missing things, but could appreciate the well done conversion of the static images of the game into a living (anime) world and pay attention to anything that differs from the Fate route of the game. And I think they did quite a good job in interspersing different hints from the other routes without giving away too much. At least I couldn’t conclude any important parts of the other routes in my first run, but now it was pretty easy to interpret and appreciate them. The extended part about Caster was interesting to watch, too. I guess the studio used some of the raw material Type-Moon had left from the not-realised forth route here.
So, in order to enjoy Fate/stay night the most I would suggest to watch the anime, then play the game and then watch the anime again. Might take a bit longer this way, but nobody said it’d be easy (alternatively it should help to be not expecting anything beyond the Fate route in the anime after having the game played first).

Next thing for me is to watch the Tsukihime anime again now. I expect a similar experience, maybe better because Tsukihime is in many aspects superior to Fate/stay night.  I just watched Fate first because I like it’s whole setting a bit more, it isn’t as gloomy and there is a bit more “happening” in the long run.

Also I’m still a big sucker for girls-with-swords.

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Clannad After Sidestories

December 28, 2008

During the first few episodes of Clannad After Story I became afraid that they would just check off all the minor characters sidestories that didn’t fit in the first season over the whole run of the second one, but with crossing the school graduation border with Tomoya the series goes where only a few other series have gone before. After this (story-wise) point of no return Tomoya has to face a new kind of reality and has to find a place in the world he lived so far, and by telling this in a realistic, comprehensible and especially interesting way this series reaches a whole new quality. Before I was always in some degree comparing Clannad with the other two Key/KyoAni productions Kanon and Air, but now this isn’t any longer sufficient, because the topics just don’t match anymore. Clannad just can’t be seen as a mere (more or less equal) “copy” of the other two series anymore. A very welcome development I’d say.

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And of course:

December 24, 2008

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4 weeks later

December 21, 2008

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Here are the final 8 cards , of course GAINAX also got a group on its own in the end, the last 4 cards are again a mixture of different studios, but this time they match a bit better theme-wise I think. This  completes the set of 32 cards and my work on them, which was a lot more than I first thought it would be, but it was at least as much fun, too.
For example while putting these cards together I sometimes had to search through my long ago saved video files which was quite entertaining on its own. Here seeing that my 6 year old CD with the Gunbuster files was still working fine today gave me a especial pleasing surprise, and watching the 320 x 240 pixel video with 15 pictures per second made me really happy for living those 6 years later now.

So, here are the links to the cards. I also added a set of card backsides if somebody really wants to print out these cards. As always I hope you have fun with them!

gif-version (about 0.6 mb)

jpg-version (about 4.7 mb)

and for the card’s backsides:

jpg-version (quite strangely about 9 mb)