Wednesday, 28 May 2008 06:00

Romeo x Juliet (TV, 2007)

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Romeo x Juliet

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.

Saturday, 19 April 2008 00:00

Rosario + Vampire (TV, 2008)

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Tsukune Aono just failed the entry into pretty much every High School around...except for one. A school in another dimension that caters to the education of the monster children of this world into the human sphere of influence in a Masquerade situation. Though he doesn't realize this at first, not until he runs into the one of the students, the beautiful Moka...who immediately uses him to slake her thirst being a vampire. So begins his problems of collecting babes who represent the forces of darkness, trying to stay alive in a place whose denizens typically see humans as chow, all the while slipping into the role of your basic soulless harem anime protagonist...eventually with awesome power.

Thursday, 03 April 2008 06:00

Dragonaut - The Resonance (TV, 2007)

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The girls of Dragonaut.  They're there, behind the breasts.  Really.

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...

Tuesday, 01 April 2008 23:17

Spice and Wolf (TV, 2008)

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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.

Sunday, 30 March 2008 23:10

H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~ (TV, 2008)

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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.

Saturday, 09 February 2008 06:00

Evangelion: Rebuild

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January 23rd, I spotted this file on Tokyo Toshokan and downloaded it. While it is obviously a camrip, with sound miked from a theater, it is adequate to give a good idea of what they’ve done.

I watched the entire series in it’s original releases; fansubbed, DVD releases both subbed and dubbed, and the authorized US Broadcast on KTEH, so I have some ideas about the original content. This video is the first “movie” and covers the first arc of the TV series.

Sunday, 06 January 2008 22:57

Night Wizard (TV, 2007)

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After all the heavy romance, drama and tragedy-esque series that have popped up this season, I thought I'd take the time to look at something a bit easier on the emotional roller coaster - a more or less straight action/humor series by the name of Night Wizard. At first glance, the title seems like it'd tell you everything you need to know about it - there's gonna be magic, there's gonna be explosions, and it's gonna be good vs evil. Eh... not quite so fast, kids. It does have all those things in there, but as with all things that come with the night, there's a lot of shades of gray that pop up. Oh - watch out for falling men...

Saturday, 29 December 2007 22:49

ef - a tale of memories (TV, 2007)

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I'm trying something a little bit new this season, that being waiting longer before doing my review. That's as much because my time is just murdered between school and work as it is because last season half of my reviews need to be redone (still) because of abrupt changes in quality, storyline, or just plain sanity. So, with that in mind, I've decided to go after ef - a tale of memories for this review - and yes, that is correctly capitalized. The fall/winter season is always loaded with romance stories and eroge conversions, and this season has been no exception. ef stands out from the crowd, though, because of its extremely unconventional storytelling, and abstract animation style. Now, as I said, I decided that I was going to wait a bit longer to do the reviews, and that's a good thing... see, I started writing this review on episode 8, and if I'd have finished it, I'd have had to completely re-write it, heh.

Wednesday, 26 December 2007 22:42

Myself; Yourself (TV, 2007)

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This is the story of a girl... err, wait, sorry, that's a song, isn't it? But actually, it's not so far off from what I'm reviewing today, as you'll see in a few moments. The Fall/Winter season this year hit like a masonry full of bricks, and I found myself in a somewhat rare situation: Not only were there a lot of series that I was interested in, there were so many that I could barely keep up. Traditionally, the fall/winter season is loaded more with romance genre series - that's not to say that action can't be found, as Dragonaut and Night Wizard are proving, mind you. This year's offering included not one, but five exceptional romance series, and every damn one of them is proving good enough to require waiting until the series wraps just to ensure I don't miss anything. The first of those, Myself; Yourself, finished its run in my player not ten minutes ago, and I don't mind admitting that I'm sitting here with the same sort of warm fuzzies that Ah My Goddess TV left me with... Damn, this is going to be a long review season...


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