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Shigofumi & ARIA The ORIGINATION

January 20, 2008

Shigofumi

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I’m really impressed by the first two episodes of Shigofumi. The main character of this story is a girl named Fumika who (with the more or less assistance of her talking staff named Kanaka) is in charge of delivering letters from the dead to the living, so called Shigofumi. Each person who dies seems to have some kind of “last call” to notify someone of the living about their final thoughts. For example, in this first two episodes the father of a girl named Asuna sends a letter to his daughter’s lover. Shouta, who has spend a lot of free time with Asuna seems to be the one who fits this description best, so Fumika visits him to ask if he might be the right addressee. Of course he is shocked at first, but then tries to convince Fumika that he is the right one to receive this letter. But he doesn’t know yet that it’s content will change everything…

First of all the show’s technical aspects like animation quality and character design are quite high which made a great first impression for me. Thus being in the right mood it was easy for me to sympathise with characters and the amazing twist of the story and it’s atmosphere finalised my high opinion of Shigofumi already after the first episode. After this, the second episode accomplished to present a “happier” ending for this arc than I could have imagine at the end of the first episode without forcing it through some kinds of miracles, which only confirmed my above stated opinion.

With it’s different arcs which span only over some few episodes this series promises to stay highly interesting while Fumika gives the whole show some continuity. And maybe she has some story of herself to tell, who knows. Definitely a show I’ll gladly continue to watch.

ARIA The ORIGINATION

ARIA the ORIGINATION

Like Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei ARIA The ORIGINATION was a sure win for me from the start of this season. The first episode didn’t do anything to make me believe in the opposite and so I’ll happily spend all the extra time on Aqua they’ll give me through this excellent series.

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ef – a tale of memories & Minami-ke

November 2, 2007

ef – a tale of memories

ef - a tale of memories

I like the surreal feeling which is created by the way ef – a tale of memories is animated. Only problem is that because it’s being made by SHAFT one can’t be really sure if this is intended or if they are again using the story as mere base for showing off their made animation skillz (which didn’t went well with some of their latest works). Well, so far it’s comprehensible and quite enjoyable, the characters are likeable and especially Chihiro’s fate is pretty touching.

Minami-ke

Minami-ke

Watching the everyday life of the three sisters featured in Minami-ke is highly entertaining and relaxing. It literally emits good vibration. Each sister has a unique and well balanced combination of strong and weak points which makes their interaction pretty enjoyable and through the including of each girls individual school life and circle of friends a lot of variety should be ensured. Two thumbs up.

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Kimikiss Pure Rouge & Rental Magica

October 16, 2007

Kimikiss Pure Rouge

Kimikiss Pure Rouge

While watching the intro of Kimikiss Pure Rouge I was more than tempted to stop immediately, because it literally screams harem romance with mediocre character design and animation quality. Well, I accomplish to sit through it after all and the episode itself was fortunately much better than expected. Instead of some generic harem show Kimikiss features a more or less equal amount of male and female characters of whom nobody can claim the “main lead”-title. The plot develops around the whole group and their interaction among each other (which are in major parts of romantic nature, granted). Four pairings have found themselves so far with the screentime shared fairly among them and much potential to develop.
Altogether a quite interesting series, but I’m afraid that it might not be as interesting as other series I’m watching at the moment. So maybe it’ll drop out over the course of time, but I’m not sure yet.

Rental Magica

Rental Magica

I’m a bit puzzled about Rental Magica. Basically I like the concept of it (since the end of Ghost Hunt I miss some “Ghostbuster”-feeling in my anime mix), but the first episode was rushed way to much and quite confusing, the second one only added to this confusion by being chronically settled before the first episode without make clear so from the beginning and the president is rather annoying so far. If they’ll take a bit time to develop the different cases a bit, maybe through spending two episodes on each (the three ones of Ghost Hunt where often a bit too much), and also give the characters more depth over the time I think this could turn out to be a very interesting and enjoyable series. If the pace stays the way it is at the moment, it won’t I’m afraid. I guess time will tell about this.

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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.

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Clannad & Myself; Yourself

October 7, 2007

Clannad

Clannad

I’m already set for Clannad just because it is made by KyoAni. Might not be the best reason, but it’s sufficient for me and so far the animation quality is as good as expected. The first episode introduced Tomoya, the male protagonist, who isn’t sarcastic for a change but seems to be rather uninterested in to annoyed by his daily life routine. Even so he behaves normal on the outside and soon gets in contact with a bunch of girls from his school, who with no doubt each should have a more or less mysterious problem to come by. The obligatory male side-kick loser rounds the character set up. So while the main plot should be nothing spectacularly new the individually backstories of the characters might be quite interesting, although similarities with Kanon are to be expected.

Myself; Yourself

Myself, Yourself

Myself; Yourself seems to be standard harem drama so far with a 16-year old boy, Sana, coming back to town after a five year long detour. He left with a tearful goodbye at that time (which was nearly sickly sweet). Now meeting his old friends again he gets to know how they, uh, developed from that time and everybody is happy about their reunion. Everybody, except one of his female friends, who he doesn’t recognize at first and promptly gets smacked by…
As been said, so far pretty generic, but the intro is quite interesting and if the animation quality keeps on the level of the first episode this could turn out to be solid entertainment. Aoi’s voice could be some octaves deeper though, but it’s nice to notice that I’m not too old yet to hear such high frequencies (although sometimes that might be blessing as it seems).

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Dennou Coil

June 25, 2007

Yūko Amasawa

Dennou Coil is a very interesting anime with quite an unique story settled in a not so far future. The internet has developed into a virtual reality overlay of the real world. It’s used to make walls and floors look better and cleaner, virtual pets and toys are available. To see and interact with this virtual world special eyeglasses are necessary but also not very expensive, so almost everybody owns one. But like the internet today there are bugs, cheats, viruses and tools deployed and exploit by talented hackers to bend the system at their will, as long as they are better than the counter-measurements, implied to protect and maintain the virtual world, and, of course, other hackers who aim for the same goal.
This combination of real and virtual reality is pretty compelling and serves for many spectacular effects. At first the character design and artwork felt a bit strange, but combined with the excellent animation quality it soon deploys its own beauty. Rounded off with it’s likeable set of characters (mostly school kids btw) this anime just gets better and better with each episode.

Okay, I still don’t like the dog, but hey, nothing is perfect.

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Ghost Hunt

April 1, 2007

NOW he comes crawling back...

It’s a pity that I’ve stopped blogging about Ghost Hunt after the middle of the series. Reasons why I’ve stopped are firstly much other stuff to do, then heavy lacking in inspiration what to write about and finally some laziness on my side. Still a nice series I think, a bit slow at times and (as somebody else already pointed out) Mai is kind of useless most of the time, but at other times it’s pretty decent, the artwork and character design is looking very good and the last arc is quite enthralling. In the end some questions about the character’s backgrounds are left unanswered, quite a shame because I really like the character set of Ghost Hunt and the interaction among them. I’d love to see more episodes with satisfying answers, but it seems to me that this series wasn’t that big of a success, so this is unlikely I guess. In conclusion I’d say that some arcs could have been concluded a bit faster and some characters could have used some more development, but this aside Ghost Hunt was always fun and entertaining to watch.