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Archive for June, 2006

Kujian! Kujian! Kujian!

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guns_thighhighs_kemonomimi

The Third’s narrator needs to be shot.

In the gut.

Repeatedly.

In other news, sorry for the lack of updates, had exams the past week, fun.

Thankfully, they end on Monday.

I also managed to get a hold of about 11 Studio Ghibli films as well as Akira. If I manage to get over my lazyness, expect reviews/rants of them on here sometime over the next month.

P.S. Tales of Earthsea (Gedo Senki) airs in 5 days in Japan, can’t wait till it’s subbed and/or released on DVD in the US!

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13Jun06

Bah, don’t have the patience to do episode summaries, I tried writing one. It put me to sleep.

However, OPs! Now those are amazing, some are chock full of spoilers, fate/stay night, I’m looking at you while some are just light fluffy and fun. Higurashi, well, think of it as a mix of the two, except without the light fluffy fun, it’s far, far from being that. Mp3 version available here (courtesy of Anime on My Mind).

Continued after break, beware imagery. (Nooo….danbooru is down, it won’t let me access the posts, using an old image of shion I found lying around)

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ohno_cosplay_schoolgirl_06Jun06

That was one heck of a ride. Genshiken is a treat right from the opening notes of the OP to the episode preview at the end of each episode. Usually I skip the OPs and EDs of anime just so I could get to the 'juicy bits' faster and I know that most people out there do this as well. However, Genshiken's fast-paced OP (and the fact that you only get to view it for 11 episodes) really hooks you and it's a joy ride from there on.

To be honest, Genshiken really doesn't have a plotline. Heck, as far as I could figure out, it doesn't even have a stable main protagonist. It started out with Sasahara as the lead and the viewpoint slowly shifted to Saki's relationship problems and finally ended with Sasahara again. I must admit though, this did not disturb me one bit, in fact it's a breath of fresh air, it gives you the opportunity of actually viewing Genshiken as a group itself. Also, without Saki I'm pretty sure the story would have definitely flopped. She's what really brings everyone together and makes them really standout. And as the anime doesn't focus on a specific character too much it really gives you the ability to see each character what they are rather than from the viewpoint of a lead. This is not the case in shows such as Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu where we discover the all the other characters solely from Kyon's viewpoint. However, I must really contradict myself here a bit as I feel that there needed to be a tad bit more exploration, of the supporting characters such as Kugayama (who is virtually ignored at times, apart from the first few episodes).

The show really gives you an insight into Japanese otaku culture in a round-about sort of way and the Comiket bits were hilariously amusing. Also, I really love the slice-of-life these few episodes offered. It takes you over about 2 years of Genshiken and not much in terms of plot is introduced or answered (i.e. the former chairman – he scares me for some reason).

Overall, a great casual anime to get into, it's addictive right from the first episode and the Kujian scenes were priceless! Oh, that reminds me, turns out that there isn't going to be a second season of genshiken (aww!) and rather an anime version of Kujian (turns out the designs are going to be different – boo!). Rather disappointing as Genshiken ended rather abruptly, there was even talk of another episode after the finale episode! There could be hope for another season though as according to moetron, the Genshiken website has been updated with the final scene from the anime, interesting. However, even so, the ending was rather satisfying and I wouldn't mind not having another season (don't kill me!). I mean, the last episode had some sense of finality to it I also still need to watch the OVAs of Kujian that were released after Genshiken (I'll blog about it – I promise!).

Gets a rating of 5/5 from me! Also something I may thinking of rewatching sometime in the future (once i get through my huge backlog)!

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rena_carvers_blood_01Jun06

Run for your lives! The freaky killer lolis are here!

Disclaimer: I shall not be responsible for the damage caused by any assumptions made in the following paragraphs.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, atleast from what I gathered from episode 1, is about killer lolis. Yep, killer lolis. The prelude to the episode shows the main (?) character, Keiichi, whacking something around with a baseball. Since there's blood and shtuff flying around, I'm going to assume from henceforth that he's whacking a dead body that seems to be manacled to the floor (?).

Cut to creepy OP (which does do a great job of carrying on the atmosphere).

Begin cheerfully happy morning scene.

Ok, right, maybe the director wanted to try something different, moving on.. Events in a 'normal day' unfolded until the first dump scene.

This is where the plot does a loop-de-loop and starts making your brain boggle again. An instantly likeable (but extremely creepy) guy immediately introduces exhibit a. the murder! and of course, the twist to this exhibit b. one of the murderers is still on the loose (*gasp* *shock* *horror*).

Keiichi is, obviously haunted by this and gathers up the courage to ask both Rena and Mion abou, both of whom give him abrupt and rather questionable answers. This of course only raises his suspicions even more and he finds an old magazine article about the gruesome dismembering of the corpse.

And the episode ends with Rena holding a huge-arse carver. A perfect example of a killer loli.

Aaaah! Can't take it anymore, this going from terrifying to calm to tension to calm and to terrifying againmakes me want to watch the next episode. Definitely going to keep watching this one.

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diary_write_01Jun06

Gave way and got the first episode of Genshiken. It's got to be good, I mean, there are tons of people raving on about it and wishing for a sequel. My first impression, well, it's…different.

It's not everyday that you get an anime (and a manga!- need to check this out sometime) that is based upon otakus. It really gives you something to relate to :P.

Basically, it's about Sasahara, a university freshman joining Genshiken, a society/club in which they um, 'study' (read: watch) anime and manga. Oh, and they also have a huge cupboard full of doujinshi of the hentai kind. Mustn't forget to mention the realistic (pantsu included) figurines that are on display in the club room.

I love the pacing of the first episode, it has a nice and slow feel to it, it doesn't stuff fact upon fact and you as the poor viewer has to decipher said facts. *cough*shakugan*cough*

Also, animation isn't bad, not bad at all, though the Kujiki Unbalance OP and references just confused the heck out of me. What is Kujiun anyway? Some sort of anime within an anime? (why am I suddenly reminded of Nadesico and Gekigangar 3?)

A definite watch, hopefuly it'll get better as it goes.

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