New Season Caper (What do you mean it’s over already?!) Saturday, May 10 2008 

It seems like only yesterday, but the spring shows have now all started and apparently we’re starting into the summer season of anime (Did I sleep through a month or two – how did it flash by so quickly?!) So, because I’m a lazy ass and I haven’t picked any shows for summer yet (seeing as it is winter in Australia) here’s the list of the shows I picked up from spring instead!

  • Bus Gamer – Looked kinda cool, apparently about guys who streetfight to get themselves out of money troubles. Only three episodes long, so even if it does suck you don’t have to sit through 25 episodes before you realize. I’ve seen the first ep and it seemed pretty good though. Only moody bishounen’s need apply.
  • Itazura na Kiss – I’ve read the manga, I’ve watched the j-drama, so naturally I need to watch the anime too. Basic storyline: Cute, not-so-smart girl likes the smartest guy in the school. She tries to confess her love, but he refuses to even read the letter. Through a series of mental events, the chick’s house collapses, and she and her dad end up living at the smart dude’s house with his family – hijinks ensue. I’m reminded of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ as cool, smart guy acts a lot like our Mr Darcy.
  • Amatsuki – Just when I thought anime couldn’t get any weirder/cooler, along comes Amatsuki, with it’s crazy little demon dwarf riding around asking questions like ‘What is reality?’ and the like. But I digress – Two high school boys are touring a Heian era (in the past – not sure how many years, lol) village, when one of them disappears. The other runs around looking for his friend for about 10 minutes, then gets attacked by aforementioned demon dwarf and his evil larger monster counterpart. Dude wakes up, blinded in one eye to find he actually has gone back in time to the Heian era, where demons, samurai and ninja all abound. One hot bishie for you, one clueless but cute bishie for me.
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 – You’re going to think I’m a massive idiot, but I haven’t started watching it yet, because I want to rewatch the first season. It’s all good…
  • Wagaya no Oinari-sama – Did somebody mention fox demons? Right here! The problem with this old fox is he/she is so old it can’t remember if it’s male or female. Doesn’t matter because male Kuu is gorgeous and female Kuu is cute as a button. Kuu becomes the protector demon for two boys being targetted by other demons, and in doing so becomes involved in their daily lives. Hijinks ensue, especially at school.
  • Nabari no Ou – Oi! Fresh order of ninja’s, coming right up! That’s right, ninja’s. It’s a lot better than naruto though, hehehe. Storyline… ummm… something about a kid being born with a secret ninja art inside him that only he can use, lot’s of people fighting to protect him, a samurai chick, some guy that can injure people’s insides without injuring their outsides. I’m rather confused but highly interested.
  • Special A – Waaaah! Takishima! Hikaru! Akira! Megumi! Jun! The others who’s names I can’t remember right now! They’re all in cartoon form! This is so cool! I’m using too many exclamation points! I don’t care! Special A! Too excited to write a proper summary! Watch it! It’s out now!
  • Soul Eater – To become a proper weapon weilded by the great Shinigami-sama himself, all trainees must consume the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch. Sounds easy, right? Hmmm, not so much, seeing as Maka and Soul’s count drops from 99 to 0 after the first episode. Awesome show with human-turning-into-weapon style storyline, lot’s of funny stuff, slightly ecchi but not too much. Maka’s dad reminds me of Tamaki from ‘Host Club’…
  • Vampire Knight – Waaaah! Zero! Yuki! Kaname! Aido! Ichijou! Ruka! Seiren! Assorted other’s who I love equally but can’t remember their names right now! They’re in cartoon form! They move around and talk! It’s like manga but sooooo much better! This is soooo cool! I’m using too many exclamation points! I don’t care! Vampire Knight! Too excited to write a proper summary! Watch it! It’s out now!
  • Himitsu: The Revelation – This is another one where I got really excited, but I haven’t actually got around to watching it yet. I will though! Gomen, ne?
  • Toshokan Sensou – I swear, if the stuff in this show ever actually happened, I’d be so screwed. The Media Enhancement Act has been brought in, meaning that all negative influences (books, magazines, manga etc) have been taken from stores for scrutiny by the Media Enhancement forces. Libraries have become protective havens for books, guarded by heavily armed military forces. Armed skirmishes happen between the two groups constantly. We follow one young woman’s journey as she joins the Library corps to follow in the footsteps of the man who saved her, and her favourite book, from being victimised years earlier. Also, Lt Doujou is a honey, hehehe 🙂
  • Nijuu Mensou no Musume – More easily referred to as ‘The Daughter of Twenty Faces’, even though she isn’t really his daughter. Twenty Faces is a phantom thief, breaking in and stealing precious objects, then escaping without leaving a trace (except for his calling card, of course!) Twenty Faces rescues the little girl who is being slowly poisoned by her guardians (for her massive inheritance) and introduces her into his dark and unruly life. Car chases, shootings, submarines, TDoTF has them all. *sighs* I wish Twenty Faces was MY ojisan…

Also still watching these ones from the winter season:

  • Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
  • Hakaba Kitaro
  • Mnemosyne

And these ones from autumn last year:

  • Shion no Ou
  • Strait Jacket

And this one from summer last year (good grief…):

  • Baccano!

AND the old reliable’s that never seem to end:

  • Bleach
  • D. Gray-Man
  • Hellsing Ultimate

Shounen Onmyouji seems to have moved from stalled to dead with only 2 more episodes left needing to be subbed – waaaaah! It’s always like this with the shows I like!

Any-hoo, that’s all – have a nice day all 🙂

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Trend-Ender 03: Gun X Sword Sunday, Sep 30 2007 

If Quentin Tarantino had gotten it into his mind to create an anime series, Gun X Sword would have been it. Seriously, it’s that good!

Actually, I think the creative team behind Gun X Sword must have gotten together, got drunk, watched every Tarantino film ever made (it wouldn’t take that long, you know…) then sat down and penned the plotlines.

It has everything you’d need in a series:

  • A man in black, who’s fiancee was gunned down clawed to death on their wedding day
  • A young girl out for revenge, looking for the man who kidnapped her older brother
  • Giant robots (You knew that was coming! If there’s no robots, there’s no point!)
  • Gun fights
  • Sword fights
  • Wicked good hand-to-hand combat scenes
  • Funny scenes that are actually funny (Good writers there! Yay!)
  • Believable villains (flawed individuals that could have been ‘good’ in another situation)
  • A big, bad boss-man reminiscent of ‘Bill’ from the ‘Kill Bill’ movies (He looks like him!! He acts like him!! If he didn’t have a claw hand it would be him!!)

One episode (it was in the first twelve but I can’t remember which – my bad) was taken straight from ‘Pulp Fiction’. I laughed so hard I nearly died. The two main leads, Van and Wendy, were sitting in this cafe, when two tables over a couple starts doing the ‘I love you…’ scene from the beginning of ‘Pulp Fiction’, almost word-for-word. I had to rewind it and watch it again three times to make sure it had actually happened (it had – and was totally worth it!).

I’ve only watched the first 12 eps so far, but I’m expecting the english dubs to arrive soon (The subtitles were so small! My eyes!). I might add more to this later!

Rating:

I give it 10 ‘Western shoot-em-ups’ out of 10! (Van is the coolest!)

Madman to the Rescue! Wai! Saturday, Sep 8 2007 

No, I’m not talking about mental patients (But wouldn’t it be interesting if I was…?), I am referring to the anime/manga company situated here:

http://www.madman.com.au

Sure, they sell a hell of a lot more than manga and anime, but hey! Back to the story at hand!

Cartoon Network had been flailing around quite badly, with their stagnating selection of cartoons circulating through their late night spot, commonly known as ‘adult swim anime action’. I’ve got to tell you, I was getting pretty sick of watching the first 54 episodes of InuYasha over and over again, followed by Full Metal Alchemist and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex repeats.

All of a sudden, about 7 weeks ago, I turned over to channel 713 expecting the usual stale InuYasha episode, and discovered dubbed episodes of Bleach. Shocked, amazed and extremely happy, I continued to watch and found that after Bleach they were airing Trinity Blood which was one of my favourite subbed anime from the previous year, now also in english.

Also, alternating with Bleach (which aired mondays and tuesdays), they were airing Eureka Seven (airing wednesdays and thursdays), which features giant robots, and became an immediate favourite.

Gazing in awe at the television screen, a little scroll unfurled itself, advertising that these new anime were being provided by the grand old folks at Madman! Huzzah!

Trinity Blood actually finished airing 2 weeks ago, and I wasn’t shocked to discover it being repeated immediately from episode 1 again, in a later timeslot.

However, the Madman folks came through again, replacing it with yet another new anime, one I hadn’t actually seen (which is actually kind of hard to find now-a-days, hehehe) called Black Cat, which, for all intents and purposes, is freakin’ awesome!

Of course, Cartoon Network has not abandoned the die hard fans of InuYasha, seeing as they still air it, just at a later time.

Good form Madman!! My faith in you is un-budge-able!

The adult swim airing times, for anyone that’s interested:

Cartoon Network – Channel 713 (Australian Eastern Standard Times)

10:30pm – Bleach (Mon-Tue), Eureka 7 (Wed-Thu)

11:00 – Black Cat (Mon-Thu)

11:30 – Trinity Blood (Mon-Thu)

12:00 – InuYasha (Mon-Thu)

I’m not including Naruto in this list – I have my reasons, and they are all good 🙂

Adult swim website:

http://www.adultswim.com.au/

Madman website:

http://www.madman.com.au

Anime 2006/07: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Sunday, Dec 31 2006 

Pics first, overview to follow! (Pics taken from Shinsen/Ureshii’s subs)

Logo and Credits

Lelouch

Knightmare Frames

The Rebels

CC catches a bullet

The Geass in action

Zero...

Anime 2006/07: Shounen Onmyouji Sunday, Dec 31 2006 

Pics first, overview to follow! (Pics taken from Yoroshiku’s subs)

Logo and credits

Guren, Akiko, Masahiro and Seimei

Mokkun

Masahiro at work

Under attack

Safe again

Guren = hot

Anime 2006/07: D. Gray-Man Sunday, Dec 31 2006 

Pics first – overview to follow! (Pics taken from Shinsen/TW’s and SD Projects’ subs)

D. Gray-Man Logo

Allen and Timcanpy

Rabi, Allen, Lenalee and Kanda

The Millenium Earl and his Akuma

Allen's Demon Spotter

Tiki Mick and the 'Tease'

Road Camelot

Finalised Anime Viewing List for 2006/07! Saturday, Dec 30 2006 

Figured I should probably post this before the new year! This is the list of anime I’ve decided on – finally – and hopefully that’s it!  So, here we go! Pics to be added later (seeing as I now know how to add them, hehehe 😉 )

  • D. Gray-Man
  • Death Note
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
  • Ghost Hunt
  • La Corda d’Oro ~Primo Passo~
  • Le Chevalier d’Eon
  • Negima!?
  • Pumpkin Scissors
  • Red Garden
  • Saiunkoku Monogatari
  • Shounen Onmyouji

That’s it! Fingers crossed, that’s all I’ll be watching this season – my eyes are wearing out from reading all the subs, hehehe 🙂

InuYasha: Cartoon Network Did it Again! Saturday, Nov 25 2006 

/begin angry rant

As was predicted by a certain individual back on the 16th of August *points at self* Cartoon network got up to episode 54 of InuYasha, then canned the rest of the series! Again! Hahaha! Bloody hell, Cartoon Network (Australia)! Pull your finger out and get the rest of the series! It’s available! We all know it is, because you can buy it on Dvd! Sheesh!

/end angry rant

Anime of the Week: Red Garden! Saturday, Nov 25 2006 

Well, I haven’t really seen too many people discussing this one yet, but it’s an absolutely fantastic anime!

Synopsis:

Episode 01 – Goodbye Girls

The story is set in New York City, and revolves around 5 girls. One of these 5 died in the first episode, a girl by the name of Lise. The other 4 were all connected to Lise in some way, but not really involved with each other.

Rachel seems to be the party girl of the group, Claire appears to be the rebel, Rose is the sweet innocent girl, and Kate appears to be the poor little rich girl.

None of these girls can remember what they did the night that Lise died – it’s as if their memories have been erased. When they are told in school the next day that Lise is dead, it’s a great shock to all of them. All four of the girls react to the news in different ways, but are in general upset.

This is when the weirdness kicks in: Kate suddenly sees a large cloud of butterflies hovering in the sky, which draw her to a rather dodgy looking area in the city. Rachel also appears there, drawn by the same butterflies, as do Rose and Claire.

As they are pondering why the butterflies appeared, Claire asks if anyone can remember what happened the night before – and confirms that none of them have a memory of that night.

Just then, a mysterious woman and man appear. Giving no reason for this but the sentence ‘We are your teachers…’ The woman reveals a shocking revelation to the girls – ‘Last night – you all died.’

The girls – looking very much alive at this point, and very shocked – can’t comprehend what they’ve just been told. Before that sentence can sink in, however, the woman gives the girls another order.

‘See that man over there… You have to kill him. With your bare hands.’

The approaching figure drops to all fours, and starts charging at the girls, growling and roaring like a maniac, as the girl’s stare at him, terrifed…

Gaaah! I love this story so far – there’ve been 5 episodes released so far, and the storyline just keeps getting better and better. The artwork… hmmm, apart from some of the ‘pinocchio’ noses, it’s quite lovely, and the theme song is pretty twisted – it’s mighty happy for a horror anime! I’m definitely going to keep watching!

Death Note 03 and 04! Tuesday, Nov 14 2006 

Yeah yeah, I know – just get on with it!

Death Note 03:

* L has somehow narrowed down the possiblity of ‘Kira’ being a student (from the times most of the victims died). Light decides to play with the minds of the cops a little more by orchestrating deaths outside of the usual times he’s specified in the past. And so then: while Light is still at school, involved in regular class activities, prisoners and assorted other bad folks are being knocked off via heart-attacks sent by the death note – Light Yagami: one smart bastard!

* We find out that the lead detective on the ‘Kira’ case is none other than Light’s father! This is how Light has been accessing all the police information on the ‘Kira’ case and managing to stay at least one step ahead of the police and L’s investigation. Light Yagami: one smart bastard!

* Somehow, Light manages to turn almost the entire police force against L, the genius who is supposedly on their side. I stand by my early comments on smartness…

* We find out that L has actually involved the FBI, in attempts to find out where the police information is being leaked from.

* Light finds out that an FBI agent has been tailing him as part of this investigation (How Ryuk informs him of this is chuckle-worthy: ‘I’m only telling you this because I’m creeped out’ – LOL @ creeped out death-god! )

* Ryuk explains how humans are different from death-gods: eg. death-gods inherit the remaining life-span of the human’s they write into the death note, while a human using hte death note gets nothing in return

* Ryuk also explains about the death-god’s eyes, and the pact which can be made – a death-god’s eyes can see a human’s name and remaining years just by looking at their face. By making a pact with a death-god, a human can gain this same ability, but lose half of their remaining life-span… ah, decisions, decisions…

Death Note 04:

* Opens in the Shinigami world, with the death-gods all sitting around, wondering where Ryuk is, what he’s doing, etc. Revelation! Apparently, Ryuk has two death notes! Hmmm, interesting…

* Light refuses the death-god eyes deal, saying if it had been a deal on the death-god’s wings he would have been more interested – after all, wouldn’t it be more god-like to rule the world with a lovely set of wings? Light Yagami: one twisted individual!

* Light begin’s experimenting with the death note again – this time, just as to how specific he can be with details of the death, eg. actions beforehand, place, time etc.

* Light leaves a playful message for L using a suicide note he forced one of the inmates to write before his death (‘L, do you know’…)

* Light finds out that the death note has its limits, but will allow people to do reasonable things before they die eg escape from prison, write notes and draw pictures, anything withint their normal capabilities. Ridiculous requests are ignored and death by heart-attacks happen as the default.

* Light puts together a cunning plan to find out the face and name of the FBI agent tailing him

* We meet Ray Penbar, FBI. Who, we find out, does not suspect Light of anything what-so-ever and turns out to be a pretty decent bloke.

* Light, his date, Penbar and Ryuk all get on a bus, which suddenly gets hijacked by a wanted criminal.

* Light manages to see Penbar’s FBI Id badge, with full name and spelling – now he has all he needs to finish him off! Light Yagami: one evil bastard!

* The busjacker picks up a piece of paper Light drops on the floor, and can suddenly see Ryuk lurking in the back shadows of the bus. He shoots all of his bullets into him (ineffective: bullet’s can’t harm death-gods), then flees the bus and dies in a traffic accident on the street almost immediately.

* We find out this is the death that Light planned for the crook, down to the finest details

* ‘Next time it’s your turn, Ray Penbar…’ Aaargh!

I can’t wait… This show just keeps on getting better and better! Long live Death Note, and the subbers for subbing it so well!

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