Take that, Grinning Colossus!

April 23, 2008 at 11:24 pm (games) (, , )

I grew up with the NES and its legion of very difficult platformers.

This game is like those, but different:

You Have To Burn The Rope

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Carameldansen is a metaphorical mirror for reality

April 14, 2008 at 9:38 pm (Anime, Fan Culture)

By which I mean this is a pretty good video representation of what work is like at my office lately:

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Spring Season ni Ikimasu!

April 13, 2008 at 11:50 pm (Anime)

It’s about time there was a season not dominated by The Latest Ero/Sim/etc Game Adaptation.

Here we go!

ACTION
Soul Eater
Would-be shinigami try to capture souls to power-up their companion weapons/love interests. Or something. More interesting than it sounds. Bones animation looks better with every show of theirs I watch. Apparently the lead female seiyuu has taken some flak for her performance here, but I guess I just lack the discerning ear for Japanese voice-acting, cuz she sounded alright to me. I’ll probably watch this until I get bored just to look at the pretty pictures, but it is apparently slated to run for a while.

Nabari no Ou
Boy contains Ninja McGuffin. If you are seriously into ninja action shows, this seemed watchable. I didn’t think it had much to offer though. Except good scoring. And occasionally creative action choreography. And bizarrely placed homosexual innuendo (unless the main character is actually a reverse trap). Oh he’s voiced by Kugimiya Rie…maybe that…explains it?

ROMANCE (with comedy, action, etc)
Itazura no Kiss
Energetic stupid-but-hard-working girl chases after stoic cold-hearted-but-actually-good-deep-down genius boy. Good times if you like this genre. My discerning taste is not terribly discerning with these shows, as long as they are a little funny. I’ll probably watch all of this.

Special A
Girl is always coming in 2nd after her childhood friend / love interest. A little more lukewarm than Itazura no Kiss, but still has potential. I’ll give it a few more episodes at least. I like the girl with the signs.

Vampire Knight
Girl involved in love triangle with calm and genteel bishounen vampire she knows is a vampire and angry distant bishounen vampire she thinks is a human; her adoptive father wants peace between humans and blood-suckers. Technically she isn’t involved in this love triangle yet, but probably headed that way. Surprisingly watchable. Has a bit of action, romance, intrigue.

SOFTCORE PORN COMEDY (with porn, porn, etc)
Kanokon
Nympomaniac Fox Spirit possesses the shouta of her desires, then comes back out of his body and tries to hump him. I really hate this over-glossed style of character design. It looks like somebody has gone over them with Turtle Wax or something. Also this is not my genre. I would rather watch actual porn.

Kamen no Maid GUY
Burly ninja-maid-man does not understand why his young mistress is so resentful of his watchful service. I watched exactly the right number of episodes of Kamen no Maid Guy. It was good for about one episode’s worth of lulz and eye-rolling. And I’m spent. I have filed this away as something to inflict on fragile psyches I intend to break down and rebuild to my liking.

ADVENTURE
Allison and Lillia
I could not get into Kino’s Journey, which makes me in some tiny majority of people I think. I think this had the same author? It has some nice political background of two warring countries, and so forth, and a sort of Indiana Jones feel about it. The first episode was quite good, and this is the kind of thing that I would generally recommend to people who have only a tangential or vague interest in anime, but I expect it may fall prey to my abbreviated attention span after a bit. Not enough nekketsu tsundere moe moe gattai hissatsu. *PRESSURIZED WEEABOO NOSEBLEED-FOUNTAIN SENDS SETH FLYING BACKWARDS*

SIMULCAST GONZO ENGLISH SUBS
Tower of Druaga
It’s like a fantasy MMO or something. The first episode was a somewhat amusing parody. Not bothering to watch anymore since it looked it had spent its comedy potential.

Blassreiter
Motorcycle racers assaulted by Gonzo’s animation team. At least that seemed to be the general reaction. I actually kind of liked it. The pacing felt correct. The more TV I watch the more respect I gain for good pacing. It’s a fairly well addressed problem, I think, for movies (though people still fuck it up IAMLOOKINGATYOUMICHAELBAY), but hasn’t quite been nailed down for story-arc’d TV shows. And anime adaptations in particular seem to screw up pacing, probably because you can’t just directly transfer the pacing of a novel or manga onto the screen. Anyway, if I remember to look for this on the streaming sites, I’ll give it at least a few more episodes. Even a fairly luke-warm story can be engaging with good pacing and tension control. If you don’t believe me, find a professional oral storyteller and listen to them.

OTHER STUFF
Wagaya no Oinari-sama
I like the Japanese fox-spirit archetype usually, and my hope here is that this one will grow as bored with the plot of this show as I already am, and invent new forms of entertainment. This is probably not going to be very good, but I’m not sure where it’s going yet. Needs a few more episodes to die peacefully or get interesting.

Kurenai
Lots of assassins this season. This one has to take care of a loli. I like the premise (even if it is nothing like The Jackal which is what I thought of when I first read the description) and the background art, but the pacing in the first episode was terrible. I had trouble following what was going on in the first half. Give it about two more episodes to fall into some kind of stride.

CODE GEASS
Code Geass Season 2
I had some doubts after the first episode; felt very awkward and rushed. The second episode removed all doubt and fear. The overwhelming JUSTICE caused my prehistoric blood to boil over into tears of nekketsu excitement. If I had not recently exercised my AWESOMENESS sphincter with the Mai Otome manga, I might have fucking strained something. It took me over an hour to calm down.

HAVEN’T WATCHED YET

Library Wars (but there’s good money on this, since it’s in the Noitamina slot)
Kaiba
Golgo 13
Kyoran Kazoku Nikki
Real Drive
The new Macross thing

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