A born and bred Minnesotan, JC founded the original Dragon's Anime back when the site was still just a Tenchi Muyo fan site, and remains the primary maintainer of the site.
Here's a special end of the year treat, folks - I've added some of the previews and commercials for the Winter 2008 anime season. Highlights include Ookami to Koushinryou, based on the Wolf and Spices manga series. There's also what's looking to be the "what the fu...?!" series of the season, Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi, though I'll admit that the video capture for it is pretty bad. Sorry folks - wish I had better for you. Go ahead and click the read more link for this story, but be warned - there's about twenty clips, and they each get their own mini-flash player. Might take awhile to load. Happy New Year!
As with any storytelling medium, sometimes anime is used to retell familiar tales. Many series started out as manga - Japanese comic books. Ikkitousen is based on Battle Vixens, which was in turn based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel. The series that I picked up for this review, Romeo x Juliet, is based off the original Shakespearian play Romeo and Juliet. However, it's a reimagination made from the point of view of the Japanese culture, and it interweaves a few more ideas into the basic storyline that gave the series its name.
School's finally let out for a couple week's worth of break, and I've finally got a new review to put out there... well, sorta. This quarter included Humanities as a course, and in order to keep myself from going completely insane, I thought that it'd be a good idea to write up a review on Romeo x Juliet for one of my papers. It's an interesting take on a classic story, and worth taking a look at folks. You can
discuss it over on the forums, too. CLOSED
A couple seasons back, there was a little Gonzo series by the name of Witchblade that wound up just blowing me away. It had a particularly unique visual style, though - oh, who am I kidding? The women had racks you could have used to catch people jumping from third story windows. Still, that aside, the series was damned good, and it had an awesome ending that I never got around to mentioning in the review. Now we'll jump ahead to the beginning of the fall 2007 season, and a series named Dragonaut ~ The Resonance, also by Gonzo... It was quickly very obvious that it was being animated by the same team that did Witchblade, and that they'd... upgraded some... Somebody bring in the industrial strength over the shoulder boulder holders, please...
Short, simple, and sweet today folks... Dragonaut - The Resonance review. Angst, Love, and really big lizards. Roar. Enjoy!
The way that I figure it, you can divide every season of anime into three sets of series. There's the Generics - the ones that are there every season, in some form. The series that are the same story, with a different name, in other words. Then there's the Brand Names - the series that make the season. Often these are sequels, or else eroge conversions, but they share a common trait with the Generics in that it's still stuff that you've seen before. Now, needless to say, I'm after the third group, the Wild Ideas... These are the series that try a really new spin on something. They might be based on a manga, or eroge - but not the sort of 'seen it before' material shared by the first two groups. It's hard to do, and be successful - the sad thing is, it seems like most viewers want either the Generics, or the Brand Names... In short, they want stuff that they're comfortable with. Get to the point, JC, I can hear you saying. Alright - it's this season's Wild Idea that I'm taking a look at today, Spice and Wolf.
Hey, another review. This time it's a look at the Spice and Wolf anime series, one of the best (if not the best) series of the winter season. What happens when you take a shy, innocent little forest creature and take her out into the big world? I got no freaking clue, because Horo's not shy, and she's sure as hell not innocent. Grab some popcorn, sit back, and take a look at the review, will you? Already seen the series?
So talk about it! CLOSED
Geeze... short season, wasn't it? Aside from Persona and one or two others, everything for the Winter 2008 season was a short thirteen episodes, and I'm left feeling a bit unfulfilled, honestly. But, alright, since it looks like I haven't got much choice, I suppose that I'd better take a look at a couple of the shows that just finished wrapping up. First up on my list is a little gem called H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~. Now, before I go much farther, I should mention that there's something about H2O that will either utterly turn you off, or draw you in like moth to flame. Part of the opening includes scenes of one of the main characters - a young girl - getting the tar beaten out of her by a pair of boys. It's not an accident - and not a case of metaphor. Stick with me here, I'm going to delve into it a bit shortly.
Well, it's the end of the season, and that means that it's time for new reviews from me. Yes, I have to actually dust off my keyboard and do some work, heh... That being the case, I thought that I'd start with perhaps the most controversial of the season, H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~. Now, this is a series that takes a little walk into the darker areas of human nature, of hatred and its power to consume long after the events that gave rise to it... Not sure what I'm talking about? Well, take a look at the review, and
feel free to drop into the forums to discuss a little too. CLOSED Oh, and look for a few more reviews coming soon - lotta series wrapped, after all!
Spring has sprung, and with it a new season of anime. This season includes the third installment of Code Geass, and more of To Love-ru in the returning series. A classic gets an update with Macross. You'll get your fix of just plain freaking WIERD with Maid Guy... And let's have some fun with a poor little fox that's gender-challenged in Wagaya. All told, looks like an interesting season's shaping up. Click on the read more link for previews for this season's series, and just like last time, be warned - you need Flash, and the page is a bit heavy, because this time around there's twenty six (!) clips! Enjoy!