Day four - barely - and we have a review of Devil May Cry, the anime we all knew was coming sooner or later. Dante is back, and so are Lady and Trish in this heavy-metal, guns-blazing, sword-slashing series. I sure hope the devils never watch this series - if they ever knew that all it takes to leave Dante helpless is... Well, read the review, and watch the series, and you'll see what I mean. And by the way... for those that are wondering, yes... Trish is still poured into that leather, lightning split bodice.
And, for my cowriter... Maybe the anime is a bit weak... But not as weak, as, say... falling head over heels for Rainbow Bright? >:o)
Ok, so everybody knew that sooner or later, someday, it had to happen. Capcom is infamous for its video-games-come-anime, and with the wild popularity of the series in question, it was only a matter of time. I didn't think it too likely that I could expect much out of it, either, but I still dutifully picked up Devil May Cry when it came through on my feeds. It's not that I've ever been a real big fan of the DMC game series. The first one was fun, decently made, and overall a good play. The second and third... not so much. Still, Dante manages to be quite the character, and I figured I'd be in for a couple good laughs, maybe a passable attempt at a storyline... Probably not, but it wasn't like I had much better to do.
And here we go with Day 2, actually ON day 2 this time; it's a review of the first of two Princess anime series, Kaibutsu Oujo. Have you ever wanted to find out what it's like to be able to die repeatedly in a single day, and just keep getting up for more? Well, Hiro certainly never asked for that particular brand of masochism, but that's just what he's got as he does what he can to protect Hime, and keep from getting his scrawny little ass from being another round of monster-chow. Wonder what Ash would think of Hime...
There's an old proverb that goes something like this: "No good deed goes unpunished." Sort of the bane of all Boy Scouts, but it can be, at times, remarkably accurate... Sometimes, the good deed just plain ain't worth the trouble that follows in its wake. Consider, if you will, the main character in Kaibutsu Oujo, Hiro Hiyorimi. Hiro lives up to the homonym of his name... and winds up dead for taking the trouble. Like I said, "No good deed goes unpunished." Unfortunately for our dearly departed hero, the punishment is only just beginning... he does, though, make for a very nice corpse.
So what do you get when you take a girl with a sword big enough to make the Rayearth characters jealous, add in a young man with the sort of balls most anime males wish they had, and throw in some critters that like to snack on humans? I'm taking a look at Claymore this week, a series that has set about answering just that question, and is doing a damned nice job of it thus far. It's a surprisingly deep take on a story that might seem, on the face of it, to have been done before, and we're only three episodes in.
Bob and Souichiro show up at Todo High School one day determined to kick everyone's ass and prove they are the strongest. Problem is they picked a school that has turned out top Z level fighter martial artists since the Meiji era...did they even have High Schools back then? And they show up with a power level of maybe 50...bad move on their part.
This week it's a preview of the companion battler series Kiba, a mostly fantasy story that's making a good run at being a decent series. While far from the best of recent releases, I'm happy to report that it's an enjoyable distraction, and seems to be getting better over time.
If you want to discuss the series, or discuss the preview, take a look at their discussion threads! CLOSED
I'm not usually a big fan of the companion battler genre of anime. While I can watch it, all too often they devolve quickly into 'Look what the power of friendship can do!' style drivel. Pokemon is a particular offender in this class of anime, as is Yu-Gi-Oh. That's not to say, though, that all companion battler anime series are bad. The subject of this preview, Kiba, is making a pretty decent effort at being good. Based on a collectible card game of the same name, the short idea is that a young trouble-maker, named Kiba, gets pulled from a semi-futuristic world into a fantasy world in which Shard Casters, what amount to magicians, fight as a country's military. Some of these Shard Casters have an additional ability, the power to summon Spirits, massive creatures of impressive power, to fight with them.
This week marks the first appearance of the Dragon's Anime previews section. Unlike reviews, the previews section will deal with first impressions of the first couple episodes of a series, sort of a heads up for people that are looking for something new to try. The first preview is for the new series Tactical Roar, produced by Studio A-Cat and Bandai Visual. In addition, I've also moved the Hellsing Ultimate review over into previews.
This week the new review is on the first episode of Hellsing Ultimate, the new OVA series based heavilly on the original manga. With an entirely different feel to it than the TV series, this is sure to be a hit with fans and newcomers alike!
In other news, we'd like to point out that the second season of Ah! My Goddess! - Sorezore no Tsubasa - has started showing in Japan, and once again Anime One and AnimeYuki are doing the subbing! Fans of the series should check out AnimeYuki's site for torrents.