Archive for the ‘Violent/Gore’ Category

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Gunslinger Girl – Il Teatrino & Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

January 15, 2008

Gunslinger Girl – Il Teatrino

Gunslinger Girl - Il Teatrino

It’s quite sad that they obviously couldn’t raise the same budget for the second season of Gunslinger Girl that was available for the first season. With so many changes (to the worse) it just feels too different from the first season to smoothly connect both. This alone already gives this second season a rather bad start which is, like said, quite sad. After all it’s not that they are doing that ill of a job with Il Teatrino. The (re)introduction of the characters and the world they live in was done well enough and the pacing was most of the time right, too. The animation quality is decent, the girls don’t look bad at all (albeit they sound to much like, uh, girls now) and the soundtrack might be even better than the original one. I especially like the opening song here.
So, if they manage to translate the intriguing story of the manga at least half-decent into anime and somehow recreate it’s atmosphere I’m sure this will still be really entertaining. But I guess it can in any way only fall short compared to it’s precursor which definitely isn’t something that should be so crystal-clear from the start of a second season.

Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

With me liking the first season of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and this seamless continuation from the first season (there was never something like a story after all, so it’s just madness following madness) I just can’t see what might possible go wrong here.

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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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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

August 31, 2006

*kana* *kana* *kana*

I won’t get much into details of this series. It is nearly over (just watched episode 21 of 26) and other sites already do a great job blogging about it (Anime on my Mind, Memento). Just this much: It’s about a small village, peaceful at first sight but with a mystic past which influences the present (or better 1983, the time the story takes place). For some time now horrible murder take place each year during a special festival hold for Oyashiro-sama, the patron saint of the village. These victims are said to be “spirited away” by Oyashiro for crimes against the peace of the village. Keiichi Maebara, recently moved to the village, gets caught in these events together with four female classmates.
Special about this anime that it “restarts” after each 4-6 episodes with the same background story but with a new distinction of friend and foe. At the beginning of each arc the anime is pretty much like a harem comedy with much cuteness and moe, but with the progression of the story it gets more and more eerie and in the end at least some of the major characters get kill in a horrible and bloody way (often enough by one of the other major characters). Many questions raise through the first four arcs about how, why and by whom the shown events are driven and if they are of supernatural origin. The last episodes (which are airing at the moment) give some (maybe all) answers to these questions.
This anime might have some (or maybe many) story loop holes and the animation quality is mediocre at best, but I am really hooked on it and eagerly await each new episode. But be warned, it is 16+ rated (at least)!