“But the BOOK was BETTER!!”: How much does loyalty to the source matter to you when watching an adaptation?

July 25, 2006 at 8:38 am (Theory)

“The book was better,” is one of those phrases that gets tossed around a lot concerning movies adapted from novels, and I’m pretty okay with it. It does bug me, though, when I hear people denigrating anime for not being loyal to the manga it is based on.

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A Brief Word about Ouran 15

July 19, 2006 at 5:18 pm (Anime)

I hadn’t said a whole lot about Ouran Highschool Host Club, because mostly it’s just really good, and I don’t have much commentary to provide other than, like, “LOLOLOL”. I would just like to say though, that, while episode 15 was up to snuff in terms of general quality (this show has a lot of fun with subverting conventions, and they did a bit of that this episode), putting the ED on Hikaru’s cellphone is like +infinity points. It reminded me of the Nadesico Christmas Special where the show starts with somebody whistling the OP. Also…wtf elephant!

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Anime Nano podcast

July 17, 2006 at 6:34 am (parody)

Good news everyone! I watched the first episode of Basu Gasu to Hitorigoto no Otogobanashi and I think it has a lot of potential, so I am going to blog it. I was initially worried, having read the BGHO manga, that the studio would fuck it up badly. It is very easy to turn the compelling original story into a really generic school life harem comedy. However, while some of the character designs are incredibly disloyal to the originals, I think overall GONZAX is gonna do alright with it. I am cautiously optimistic.

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Zero no WTF?

July 15, 2006 at 8:52 am (Anime)

I watched the first two episodes of Zero no Tsukaima and while I’m probably not interested / bored enough to watch more of it, I would like to pause for a brief…wtf.

As far as I can tell, this show basically combines…
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Anime Dubbing

July 14, 2006 at 8:42 pm (Anime)

META: Kinda busy working on my thesis, but I try to get at least one post a week in, for all the zero people that actually regularly check here without using Nano / RSS.

I have been thinking about anime dubs (I say this in my best season 4 Buffy antagonist voice).

I got bored with PPD, but I really liked Ichijo, and how she is almost the polar opposite of a typical iinchou character

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Is ‘tsundere’ really a character type?

July 8, 2006 at 9:58 am (Analysis, Anime)

Granted, I am no expert on tsunderekko, but “tsundere” is an easy enough concept to understand. The girl is initially cold to the protagonist, but gradually warms up to him. Is that really a character “type” though? It only defines one character interaction in the story. The ways in which the girl can be “cold” vary heavily. The only character she has to “warm up” to is her male love-interest, and she does not necessarily have to be cold to everyone else.

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End of Melancholian

July 4, 2006 at 7:06 am (Anime)

I am not interested in normal anime. If you know of any anime like Perfect Blue, Shoujo Kakumei Utena, or the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, please see me.

I recall the first few weeks of the Spring Season, where the inevitable “OMG NEXT EVA” comparisons were made for MoSH. Oh, I don’t recall them because I think they’re appropriate, I recall them because Ep b14 (b = broadcast order, for clarity) that I just finished watching was chock full of Eva send-ups. MoSH took flac for some of their production decisions (among the aniblog community, at least), but in some ways I appreciate it just for generating interesting discussion topics. Now, I don’t think being thought-provoking makes something necessarily “good”; there’s the whole issue of: is this just a gimmick for the sake of being different? A lot of surrealist anime, for instance, seems like it’s just weird to be weird and goes over my head or under my head or somewhere. See Boogiepop Phantom. So I should get on with the wrap-up discussion, and be glad I have more to say for this than I did for Jyo Oh Sei.


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Sayonara, Jyo Oh Sei, Forr-rev-AH!

July 3, 2006 at 10:16 pm (Anime)

I guess 5 posts means I was blogging Jyu Oh Sei, so maybe I should wrap up, but I can’t think of much to say. Basically, the last episode was about as unimaginatively generic as I can imagine, though it lacked some of the sheer ridiculousness of Ep 10. It came complete with generic protagonist hallucination of his loved one (well, loved as of like ten minutes previous). Nothing really interesting happened, OH! Except some people got eaten by plants! That was cool. All things said, this show needed more of that. I guess it did manage to prove me wrong about the Lost Klein Twin ever reappearing though. The only thing aside from plant-kills I will give the last episode is that it had zombies. I think this show needed more plant-kills and zombies. I wasn’t sure why I liked this show at first, but I think it was Thor’s moral struggle. Then they skipped the rest of his character development and the show became incredibly stupid. Alright. Goodbye. The End.

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Sarabaaa chiyuu yo Tabidatsu fune waaaaa uchuuuu senkannn YaaaMaaTooooooooooooo!

July 3, 2006 at 8:12 am (Anime)

I am hard gay for Space Battleship Yamato. I dunno why, but I decided I should watch it (haven’t seen it before). Apparently I rock at making decisions like that. I figured it’d be hilariously camp at best. But it’s that and…well, that, but in a really good way. I’m gonna explain a couple of reasons why Space Battleship Yamato is great (based on the first four episodes).

Captain Beard needs YOU!

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A Legendary Hero Returns

July 1, 2006 at 3:35 am (Movies)

I watched Superman Returns tonight. It was really good until it got to the major crisis, and then it was pretty normal fare. Basically, it ran out my quota for Steel Girder Bendy Noises after a certain point. At first glance, Superman is an emokid. He has an emo haircut. He wears emo glasses. He’s an orphan. The girl he likes is boinking another guy. Of course, he’s not really an emokid. Becuase he’s superman. If he were an emokid, it would not have been necessary to spend several hours making sure that his wang was not so enormous that it frightened away children. Probably spoilers after the cut.

The world needs Nyansaburo

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