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Mecha done in STYLE!

lelouch

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. Sunrise + CLAMP = Win after all. I had doubts at first at the potential of this series as well as the way Sunrise may carry on about with it. After all, this was my most anticipated show of the season (apart from maybe Negima?! — and we know how that ended up

). Most of these doubts were thankfully dispelled after the first episode. I’m sorry that this is late though. I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately and haven’t been watching all that much anime recently, it’s weird.

mm?

This show truly is made out of pure win. Let’s take the character designs for one. They do remind me at times of the initial Gundam SEED designs but most of the time it’s just pure CLAMP love. CLAMP’s designs are wonderful and Sunrise is doing a top-notch job adapting them for animation.

animated mecha!

Animation is simply fabulous. I don’t think I’ve seen smoother animation any place else this season except for maybe Negima?! (I really need to get around to watching episode 2 of that to see whether it changed for the better). I do not have a single complaint here. Sunrise has truly redeemed themselves with non-CG mecha animation. Their last attempt–Zegapain—had pretty awkward CG in it…I must add this post is a bit biased as I’m an absolute sticker for well-done mecha anime, mecha for life!

lelouch+angry face

Music is yet another place where Code Geass excels. The OP is wonderful and considering it’s by FLOW I expected no less. Catchy and completely fitting, you can’t not like it. Plus the OP video itself is one of the better I’ve seen, As for the ED, well I can’t say I like it as such right now. I may grow to like over successive episodes, but right now, I’ll most likely skip it or just alt-tab out of MPC and start something else up till it plays.

more emo faces

Like a lot of shows this season the story here has serious potential if Sunrise manages not to muck up. I rather like the fact that Lelouch (our main character) isn’t portrayed as being overly good and heroic. Plus I just found the idea of an empire called “Britannica” completely hilarious. It just makes me think of the encyclopaedia every single time someone says it onscreen.

the june mermaid

Season Rankage:

  1. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (finally, some good mecha!)
  2. Tokimeki Memorial
  3. D.Grayman
  4. Pumpkin Scissors
  5. Asatte no Houkou
  6. Yoake mae yori ruriiro na – Crescent Love –
  7. Negima?!
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I never knew it was possible for shows to get better after the second episode. To me it feels like the first episode was simply a “look, this is what it’s about, remember that” while the second episode really showed what the series is capable.

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crosshairs

I decided to actually blog episode 2’s of all the ‘first impression’ series I’ve done. Who knows, rankings may change. Spoilers may follow.

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Nekomimiiii~!

escape!

Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~ (Heart Throbbing Memorial ~Only Love~). Good gods, talk about surprising. This one blew all other fall series I’ve blogged (there are some I’ve watched but I’m not blogging, e.g. Kanon 2006, Death Note) completely out of the water.

oooh..?

First of all, the OP and proceeding intro are too deceptive, way too deceptive. So deceptive in fact that I thought this was going to be yet another high school romance/harem show. Not to say that it isn’t. It is, but, well, let’s just say that it’s different…

eheh...hi?

Animation is superb! No complaints whatsoever. Plus character design is amazing as well! This is definitely a show that has pulled out all the stops. Production is done by Konami Digital Entertainment which came as a big surprise for me. I never knew they made anime! Provided concepts for, sponsored yes, but not produced! The anime seems to be loosely based on a dating sim of the same name. Again another surprising find, it seems to be rather popular with three titles in the series as well as a number of spin-offs.

dear gods

Music! I need to talk about the OP! As said before, it is extremely deceptive. Do not be caught off guard by its seemingly peaceful atmosphere, the entire show is completely contradictive. I actually like the tune (“Yokan” by Yuki Makishima) though, rather peaceful. I can see it racking up the plays during an especially stressful essay. The ED “Kiseki no Kakera” by Yuki Makishima, Yukako Yoshikawa & Saki Fujita) isn’t anything special though. It just seems to be your typical run-of-the-mill tune sung by all seiyuu in the show. The background music is worth mentioning here. It’s some of the best I’ve heard in a while. I loved the tune that played during the introduction of the teachers – which was funny as hell by the way.

!!!

Now back to the story once more. As said before it is a high school romance-comedy but it’s far from being generic. For starters, the whole high school is pretty much bonkers. Starting from the overbearing (and buxom!) chairlady to the eccentric teachers and finally down to the completely unpredictable student, this series has a formula that seems to be made entirely of WIN.

fighter chick ftw!

The chick deserves its own description. It’s just too funky to be left out of this post. That whole fight scene and the scene thereafter with its ‘remarks’ were simply the highlight of the episode.

runn!

This has currently filled the void emptied by the completion of Ouran. Hopefully, it’ll live up to the legacy left behind by Ouran but I have my doubts. Nevertheless, an extremely enjoyable show.

#8

Rankings!:

  1. Tokimeki Memorial
  2. Pumpkin Scissors
  3. Asatte no Houkou
  4. D.Grayman
  5. Yoake mae yori ruriiro na – Crescent Love –
  6. Negima?!

More Higurashi? woot!

nostalgia
Download now (.zip). Mirror #1 (if rapidshare no worky). NSFW, (yesh, there is hentai). Updated 5/1/2007.

I found this doujin (‘Higurashi no Naku You ni’) while randomly browsing the toshokan the other day. I know I’m probably late on the game, so excuse me if you’ve already seen this.

It’s by the same people who made the Eva RE-TAKE, Studio Kimagabuchi and damn, but it’s good. It actually helped me understand Higurashi (which actually got pretty awesome at the last episode)…to an extent. That is, if you ignore the blatant sex scenes that are in it.

Get it while it’s hot, knowing rapidshare this may disappear soon.

Wishing Stones

it begins

Asatte no Houkou; probably the biggest surprise so far this season.

#2

I actually hated the concept when I read about this on other blogs. C’mon, a girl becoming a woman and vice versa? Not really my idea of an enjoyable anime.

woot for water!

But J.C. Staff being there usual surprising selves have pulled off a big one here. In fact, I can draw many parallels between this and Honey & Clover, not surprising. J.C. Staff produced both. They both share the same drama/slice-of-life genres as well as gorgeously drawn artwork. Oh and they both have a miniscule female character. I especially love backgrounds in Asatte, they’re just breathtaking. Plus they have this whole ‘watercolour’ effect merging in at times — something which helps heighten that sense of ‘a summer gone by’ that you get when watching this.

the stone

In addition to this, pacing is simply incredible. That whole moon/transformation sequence at the end was gorgeous. I loved the way it just unfolded out. This is, so far, probably the most emotional series I’ve watched yet this fall. This is just something you can simply watch and somehow relax at the same time. It has this whole ‘flow’ going with it. It just seems like the whole episode is some sort of stream, you’re just floating along watching events pass by. It’s a somewhat nostalgic atmosphere, though I don’t really know why.

i believe i can flyy~

The OP doesn’t seem to be memorable right now but it seems to be one of those you grow to like more and more the more you listen to it. Plus more importantly it does help set the mood and atmosphere for the proceeding series. Not a bad combination altogether. The ED really isn’t all that memorable either, just your usual peaceful tune.

lets not talk about it

Definitely worth your time if you’re like your slice-of-life shows. Especially Hachikuro fans. Give this a spin, I doubt you’ll regret it.

i loved this bit

Season rankings time!:

  1. Pumpkin Scissors
  2. Asatte no Houkou
  3. D.Grayman
  4. Yoake mae yori ruriiro na – Crescent Love –
  5. Negima?!

aww

You’ve seriously gotta be kidding me. This is the promised godly remake of Negima-that-was? In what ways is this good?! Let alone godly. And I was looking forward to this as well… Let’s hope Code Geass doesn’t disappoint.

the awful classroom scene

C’mon, the show has no real saving grace unless you count the top-notch animation/CG. And that happens only in certain spots too. I mean reusing that background for the whole classroom scene just made that whole scene tedious to watch. I was actually contemplating ALT-TABing to Firefox to browse the web till that scene passed by. Then again, the whole magic scene was artfully done. That was one of the few bits that I actually like in this episode. Oh and the intro as well, that was nice, it just got steadily worse from there though.

evangeline!

I don’t really object to shifting the whole Evangeline arc to the beginning. I just finished reading that in the manga the other day (it’s volume 3 for all those who’re curious) and the whole Thousand Master/Evangeline fight scene was done much better in this anime. I didn’t expect her to step on the doll like that, that was pretty in-your-face.

evangeline again!

Oh and the vampire scenes were another bit that was done rather well. I always kept wondering how, in the manga, that no-one actually recognised Evangeline. But I suppose a dark shadow on her face works…kinda…

bah, nodoka

Oh gods, and the voice acting. It’s horrible! Well, apart from a few cases such as Konoka (whose voice I honestly hated in the first few minutes but grew to like later on), Negi and Evangeline. One especially bad one – Nodoka. She is not supposed to sound mature!! I was completely shocked when I heard her voice.

so what, i mixed the screenies up a bit

Onto the part of the show I hated pretty much completely. The character designs. For some reason I actually quite liked the designs in the OVA Preview. I have no idea why, but the designs actually look worse when put into a full-length anime episode. I was flinching every time I saw someone I recognised from the manga series. Takamichi looks horrible. Gods, what did that do to him?! He looks like he’s aged prematurely, even more so that before! The only real exceptions here are Konoka (who’s design actually looks quite good), Makie (she looks the same, thank god) and a few other random members of the class who’s names I just can’t put my finger on right now. I suck with names.

bai bai

So, what’s left…Ah yesh, music. Again, this wasn’t bad throughout the episode. I rather like how they did the whole ‘Negi leaves Wales’ bit with the music and all. But what the heck was it that was playing in the middle of that classroom scene?!

hm

SHAFT, you have disappointed me. Not even a sacrifice of a thousand virgins can now sway the fact, in my mind, that no proper Negima anime series can be made.

good gods

Watch this if you’re bored. Like really, really, really, really, really bored. Oh and if you’re a Negima fan-boy/girl. I might drop this.

noo..konoka

On to the rather dismal seasonal ranking of Negima?!:

  1. Pumpkin Scissors
  2. D.Grayman
  3. Yoake mae yori ruriiro na – Crescent Love –
  4. Negima?! (yes, that’s how bad it is)