Awesome time-jump is awesome

July 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm (Anime)

Allison and Lillia, now in Lillia’s arc, continues to entertain. I tend to like continuations that feature the next generation of characters. Keeps things fresh without sacrificing what’s already occurred.

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School Rumble is Smarter Than You (and wtfbbq San Gakki?!)

July 27, 2008 at 1:00 am (Anime)

I started following the School Rumble manga at some point after the end of the second season. It just ended, like, a week or so ago, and I was overall satisfied with it, though it was a little incoherent between the last major arc (the walk-a-thon) and the series-end. There was totally enough material remaining to do a one-cour finale season, or at least like a four-episode OVA. For some reason they skipped into the very end of the walk-a-thon, and I guess are doing a two-episode wrap-up. LAME.

At least this frame made it in from the manga

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Fall 2008 looks to continue a good anime year.

July 17, 2008 at 10:21 pm (Anime)

This Spring has been rather satisfying with Daughter of 20 Faces, Allison and Lilia, Itazura na Kiss, Special A, Code Geass R2 and others. The Summer, for whatever other faults it might have, will have more School Rumble. And this Fall looks pretty bitchin.

Let’s see what we got this Fall…

* Tytania. Artland has made some nice visuals in the past. Looks like a retro science fiction show. That’s totally my bag.

* Shikabane Hime – Aka. Undead action vengeance girl…not normally my kind of thing. But any GAINAX show is worth checking out in my experience. They seem to be either total flops or ridiculously great.

* New Hokuto no Ken. Maybe good for a lol? It would be so much better if it were a musical.

* Michiko to Hatchin. Two girls on the run. I get a good vibe off of this.

* Casshern Sins. Unnattractive promo art, but, hey: robots.

* Yozakura Quartet. Misadventures of young superheros and some normal dude. Quality probably depends on animation. I’m not too familiar with Nomad’s previous work, except for Rozen Maiden, which was pretty good.

* More Nodame Cantabile. Can’t go wrong there.

* More Gundam 00. Can’t go wrong there.

* Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku. Dude with magic-negating fists and randomly acquires Nun. 30/70 toss-up quality. Worth checking the first ep, since it’s JC Staff.

* Kurogane no Linebarrel. Dude gets crushed by satellite and randomly acquires Giant Robot. Fights for medical supply company. Any medicine-related anime would have to be better than Ray. Pass on this.

* Ga-Rei. No description provided, but I really like the promo art.

* Tales of the Abyss. No description provided, and it looks like a super-generic Sunrise fantasy show.


* Kannagi – Crazy Shrine Maidens. Okay, you can stop now.

That’s, like, half of it. Also many people that aren’t me will be thrilled by more:

Lucky Star.

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On Into Summer

July 6, 2008 at 7:46 pm (Anime)

Extended weekend fuuuuuuuu~!

Finished Vampire Knight season one, which was crap (started out well enough, but didn’t go anywhere interesting, and moved too slowly). Finished Library Wars which was okay, but a little lukewarm. Finished Reaper’s Gale, the 7th volume in Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. If you like brick-sized epic fantasy novels, you need to check this series out. The books each take about 100 pages or so to get rolling, but they do pretty well after that (and they’re all like 1000 pages long). One of the things I like about this series is how Olde Things From The Lost Age etc aren’t necessarily better than Modern Day Things. In fact, the Malazan army’s munitions tend to blow up lots of Resurrected Immortal God-like Beings From Fell Barrows Of The Time Before Man, who wonder briefly why the hell some idiot is throwing a clay ball at them, before exploding all over the place.

From the Spring I’m still watching Code Geass R2 (fuck yeah), Itazura na Kiss, Special A (which got a LOT better after 8 episodes or so), Zettai Karen Children (because…I don’t know), Allison and Lillia (where the hell is Lillia, btw?), Daughter of 20 Faces (needs second-half plot to pick up faster), and Wagaya no Oinari-sama (which continues to be unexpectedly entertaining to me; sleeper hit?).

The Summer is bringing in a couple of shows that are sort of interesting like Antique Bakery (which I failed to incite a complete flamewar over by glossing over the fact that it is Not Actually Yaoi etc), Telepathy Shoujo Ran which is starting out alright, a new Someday’s Dreamers series that uses minimal animation on top of very nice photography background art (predict this will go over quite well with fans of Healing genre), another episode of Mai Opwne SifR (about fucking time), Blade of the Immortal, and of course MORE FUCKING SCHOOL RUMBLE GUYZ. I am pretty excited about that. The only reason I’m not falling out of my chair with excitement is that I’ve been reading the manga because I got tired of waiting for them to make more anime. Which doesn’t change the fact that School Rumble is the best comedy anime not named Ouran Highschool Host Club or Azumanga Daioh EVAR.

Also, I only watched about five minutes of Strike Witches, but I lol’d at how they basically combined the idea of Hardsuits and Thigh-highs.

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