Sunday, 02 September 2007 00:00

Zombie Loan (TV, 2007)

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So, you're minding your own business, sailing along through life, not bothering anybody, when, WHAM! You find yourself with a slight case of death, care of a terrible motor accident. I say a slight case, because you, along with another guy that got killed in the accident, get a special loan offer from the Ferryman. Of course, you know the trouble with loans - killer interest rates, fatally high payments, and sometimes they just plain cost you an arm and a leg... Well, in Chika and Shito's case, just a right hand, but that's the trouble with a Zombie Loan... Things never seem like they're going to cost as much as they really do...

Saturday, 01 September 2007 00:00

School Days (TV, 2007)

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With the anime season slowly beginning to draw to a close, I was on the lookout for a decent filler series to watch, and thought that School Days might be interesting after a summer full of the likes of Claymore, Gurren Lagann, and Murder Princess. It wasn't long, though, before I started hearing rumors of the darker beginnings of School Days as an eroge of particular reputation. Still, I decided to keep watching, and see for myself what was up.

Friday, 31 August 2007 00:00

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (TV, 2007)

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I've said before that generally, Mecha anime aren't really my niche. Now and then I see something that seems like it might be interesting, and take a look at it, but for the most part, I tend toward other genres. So, when Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann went past in my feeder, I didn't pay too much attention. It wasn't, in fact, until after four weeks of listening to Drakstern rave about the series in #TenchiFF that I finally took the time to see what was up. If you like your characters to be laid back, level headed... sane, you might as well stop reading now... Because sane is not a term that can be honestly applied to the better part of the cast of TTGL.

Thursday, 30 August 2007 00:00

Devil May Cry (TV, 2007)

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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.

Wednesday, 29 August 2007 20:54

Murder Princess (OVA, 2007)

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Let's take the time to tell a little fairy tale, shall we? Once upon a time, there was a little castle in a little country, which was under attack by an evil scientist with two cute, pint-sized robots. The country's princess was able to escape, though, and went running away into the forest at the insistence of her guardians. The princess ran as hard as she could, until she came upon something wicked in the forest, but a hero arrived just in time to save her... or she would have, if the princess hadn't panicked and stumbled, knocking them both off a cliff. The end. Well, almost, anyway, because it wouldn't be much of a series if Murder Princess had ended in the first fifteen minutes.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007 00:00

Kaibutsu Oujo (TV, 2007)

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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.

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Interesting thing about anime...watch it long enough and you'll find that just because there's a higher selection of quality stories that broach every subject, that does not mean that you won't find more than its fair share of utter wastes of celluloid too. I've seen shit that made me want to tear my eyes out and go hunt down those responsible with a dull rusty knife. The horror was beyond even that which could be inflicted upon me by the Great Old Ones; I swear they must not invade for fear of subjecting themselves to such vile repulsiveness. If you've just found anime, and you keep watching., you'll run into this too, if you've not already done so. If you've been watching for awhile, you know exactly what I'm talking about. So here's a few of the anime I ran into that fit that bill...needless to say I didn't last more than maybe an ep or two before I started screaming, “WHAT THE FUCK WERE THESE CREATORS THINKING?!” And here I thought at one time it was only relegated to fanfiction writers, heh.

Thursday, 03 May 2007 21:59

Seto no Hanayome (TV, 2007)

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There's been a glut of really good series coming out this spring season. Seems like every time I grab a new title, I find a new awesome story. So my expectations were high when I read the basic idea on Seto no Hanayome. Boy goes on vacation... boy drowns... boy gets saved by mermaid. Now, there's one minor problem... Mermaid's parents are Yakuza, and there's a law about land dwellers seeing mermaids in their true form and living... they don't. Right up until we get to the parents, the idea was pretty basic. Pretty much a standard Little Mermaid tale. I wouldn't have spent the time to download it, if that had been all... but the extended premise looked interesting.

Thursday, 26 April 2007 00:00

Melancholoy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The (TV, 2006)

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Folks, I'm going to give you a warning up front... check your sanity at the door if you decide to watch this series, because it's not going to benefit you any to have it. With that having been said, let me introduce you to Haruhi Suzumiya, a young woman who, I swear, has absolutely no concept what-so-ever of just how insane she is. It's almost as if Haruko Haruhara had been distilled and super-concentrated. Now, if that's not a scary thought, I dunno what is. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya follows the misadventures of the SOS Brigade, a group of hapless high school students dragged - kicking and screaming - into service by Suzumiya.


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