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.
As I mentioned in my review of Claymore, my watch list of anime has been getting rather short over the last couple weeks, as a lot of series that I have been following have been wrapping up. So, I've spent the last week looking for new series to look into, and one of the ones that caught my interest when I saw it flash up in my RSS feeder was a little show called simply Tokko. As with a lot of shows this spring season, Tokko is an occult/horror based series, set in modern day Japan. Since I do like a good occult/horror story, I opened up the torrent and waited for it to download. The series opens on a group of hooded monks all gathered around a box that looked suspiciously like The Box from Hellraiser - and certainly, had similar effects when something went very wrong...
Prey was a game that caught my eye mainly because it was... everywhere. Best Buy, Target, Walgreen's, hell, I even saw a copy in a little hole-in-the-wall type shop I randomly dropped in on to browse. I picked it up mainly because there wasn't anything else interesting to be found, and they had it on deep discount despite being fairly recent. It looked interesting - the Native American angle is one that few games attempt, and even fewer manage to get right - and it was priced right. The last piece of the puzzle was that it's built on the Doom 3 engine, an engine that - I think at least - has awesome promise to it. I picked up the PC version, and brought it home to give it a shot.
Well, here we go, the final part of my trials and tribulations at 2006's Anime Expo. I hope you find it both informative and entertaining. Not to mention helpful during your journeys through this or that convention.
Should you have any questions about what I mentioned, feel free to drop by the boards and ask. Good luck, and may your next convention be as entertaining as this one was for me. CLOSED
David and I both wanted to take the time to extend our wishes for a happy holiday, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, or any of the myriad other celebrations of this time of year. May you be as warm and loved with friends and family, as we shall be with ours. Happy Holidays, from Dragon's Anime.
The first time that I ran across Ghost Hunt was when I saw it at Barnes & Noble, featured on the New Manga rack. I read through the first issue, though ultimately decided to put it back because I'd already collected what I wanted to pick up for the day, and didn't really have the money to buy more. Honestly, though it looked like a pretty good manga, an occult series set in the modern day world, it didn't make enough of a splash in my mind to actively remember to go back and look at. Skip ahead six months, when I see the name Ghost Hunt pop up in my RSS feeder. I remembered the manga, and decided to take a look.
As I mentioned in my first Dragon's Den article, there's been a recent trend of Eroge to Anime conversions coming out of Japan, and that they have, for the most part, been very good series. Today I'm taking a look at one of this summer's releases, which just wrapped up last week, Utawarerumono, or The One Being Sung. Uta follows the life of a man with amnesia and a silver, horned mask that he can not remove as he wakes up in the care of the village elder Tsusukuru, and her two granddaughters, Eruru and Aruru. It seems that Eruru found him laying unconscious in the forest after an earthquake, and brought him to her grandmother, who is a widely known healer. Needless to say, it doesn't take long for events to be set into motion that are sure to shatter that apparent peacefulness of their existence.
It's been awhile since I took the time to really look at a Mecha series. Truth be told, Neon Genesis Evangelion rather turned me off to the genre after growing up with greats like Robotech and Go Lion. It's not that I didn't like a good Mecha story, just that I honestly didn't see much in the way of good Mecha stories out there. Enter Innocent Venus, a name that popped up on my fan sub RSS feeds one day. A quick look at AniDB didn't reveal much; just that it was about a post-apocalyptic world, and that there were, indeed, Mecha. I'll admit that I probably wouldn't have grabbed the first episode in light of that, except that a fair number of the series that I'd been watching were finishing up, and I needed something new to watch.
Finally, I've encoded and torrented part 2 of Anime Expo 2006's Cosplay. This year, the entertainment between the cosplay and judging was just as good, if not better at many points, than the actual cosplay itself. I've encoded this one in x264 as an experiment, so if there's any problems, let me know.
Discuss and drop comments here. CLOSED
This article has been consolidated from its original two parts into a single document for easier reading.
Anime Expo was an interesting time this year. Last year, admittedly, wasn’t all that fun, but this year, I can say I loved every minute of it…well, almost every minute; though I don’t really believe I actually accomplished all that much. Sometimes, though, those times are when you have the most fun.