Archive for the ‘Mecha’ Category

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Bokurano & Darker than Black

April 22, 2007

Bokurano

Bokurano

Fifteen school kids are suddenly faced to fight fifteen gigantic enemies who will appear one after another. Each time an enemy appears, one among the children gets chosen to fight. To fight them, they got a giant mecha in which’s cockpit one special chair for each of them exists, formed after their personality and memories.
At first sight the story sounds rather generic, but it soon gets obviously that it is much more a character sketch of the children than some sort of mecha action show. Therefore it doesn’t bother so much that the mechas, while not bad looking, are not merging very well with the rest of the animation. Each of the kids has a well drawn personality and behaves accordingly different to the role that has been given to them (and the price they’ll have to pay for it). I really like how each children’s character gets visualized in the ED through the way they sit on their cockpit chair (altohugh the chair itself already tells a lot about the corresponding character).
A very intersting anime I’d say

Darker than Black

Darker than Black

Like the title promises the atmosphere of this anime is a rather gloomy one. I like the setting and the characters so far. It’s altogether maybe a bit too harsh for my taste, but sometimes things have to hurt a bit to enjoy them the most, and I think I’ll endure it for the great noir-feeling this series delivers.

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Claymore & Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann

April 10, 2007

Claymore

Claymore

I’m not very much into serious animes, normally there should be at least some humorous elements for me, but regardless of this Claymore caught my attention (and I guess there won’t be much to laugh about). Can’t point my finger on something specific, the whole episode was just pretty interesting and everything fits quite nicely. I’m not very fond of the artwork style though, but it suits the atmosphere of this series and I’m already used to it after the first episode.

Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann

The first thing I read about this series was that it somehow resembles FLCL, which did not rise my anticipation to watch it because I didn’t enjoyed FLCL that much. None the less the first episode of Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann was quite fun, although the pace is a bit to fast for my taste and doesn’t help to enjoy the well executed animation and artwork to it’s fullest. The scenario looks interesting and even the mechas seem to be at least acceptable. And if it really resembles FLCL is something I can barely judge because, well, I can’t remember very much of that series to tell the truth. But I wasn’t as nearly as confused after this episode as I was after each FLCL episode (maybe this counts something).

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Murder Princess (OVA) & Idolm@ster Xenoglossia

April 8, 2007

Murder Princess

Murder Princess

The story feels a bit rushed (typical for an OVA I guess) and the combination of violence and cuteness doesn’t fit as well as in Elfen Lied or Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Also I didn’t like the character design of the main villain (and hope to never see him again, at least not alive) and I would have liked to know of the fate of the princess’s maid, Milano. Otherwise the episode was quite entertaining and I like the overall setting of this fantasy anime.

Idolm@ster Xenoglossia

Idolm@ster Xenoglossia

The character design is very Sunrise-like (which isn’t really a bad thing) and there are mechas in this show (which isn’t really a good thing). The first episode was rather confusing and I guess that the next few episodes will show if this turns out good or bad. It has potential for both.

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Strike Witches OVA

January 22, 2007

WTF?

Well, this was rather pointless, but nice to watch. Hopefully this isn’t all of Strike Witches, because a series of this could be highly entertaining (at least I guess so). By the way, what’s with all these country names? Okay, they make a bit of sense somehow, but still, why not use the real names? And the borderlines look more like WW1 than WW2.

Such a big board and so few game pieces...

And yeah, again it sucks to be France. ^_^

P.S.: Somehow Strike Witches seems to be pretty popular and through some mysteries ways I’ve come to be third ranked on Google for this subject. That’s nice and all, but I think for example Retsgip’s Anime Blog is much more enthusiastic about it. So if you want much more of a review of the Strike Witches OVA, visit that blog.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Reloaded

September 9, 2006

Maya online

It appears that Gainax is producing four new Neon Genesis Evangelion Movies with the first one airing summer 2007. Time will tell if they are good or bad, but at least this is a good opportunity to toss out some Eva pics.

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Strike Witches

August 29, 2006

The sky is the limit

Seems like there will be an OVA released soon that features Kemonomini girls who can transform into WW2 Aircrafts to fight, uh, something or someone, doesn’t matter I think. The story (quoted from the website): “The world had recieved the attack from the existance of the mystery that appeared suddenly. Only girls who have magic can stop them. They install arms in an own body, and fight in the sky, the land, and the sea. Fights of girls who defend the world start now.”

I think that is the first Kemonomini Nazi I have ever seen

Those two for example are Erica Hartmann (able to transform into a Bf109G-6, likely based on the real Pilot Erich Hartmann) and (maybe) Mio Sakamoto (able to transform into a A6M3a “Zero”, likely based on the Pilots Saburo Sakai and Tetsuzo Iwamoto). I just can’t see what possible could go wrong with the concept of featuring Kemonomini girls who can transform into WW2 Aircrafts. Maybe they are even fighting against each other!

*bang* *bang*

Yes, I will definitely watch this!