October 26, 2008 at 10:04 pm (Anime)

According to Wikipedia, “Chaos; Head” was originally going to be called “Gigalomaniacs”. Loljapan. Also, the designers refer to it as a “Delusional Science NVL”.

The third episode has totally drawn me in. The director must be a Satoshi Kon fanboy, like me; the style is a bit similar. Damn, I was hoping I’d be able to drop this. Tooooo much anime to watch =\


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Out with the old anime, in with the New

October 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm (Anime)


* Allison and Lilia – solid B+ adventure

* Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu – brought out my inner fangirl; late-game cockblocking was a little annoying, but in line with the show’s general demeanor

* Itazura na Kiss – This got dull, but I finished it anyway. Needed more…lulz.

* Special A – Good for a few laughs. Got better after first six episodes, but the regressive gender presentation bugged me (i.e. girls are weak and have to be protected; on this count Itazura no Kiss was much better, but not nearly as funny).

* Code Geass R2 – I forgot to check and see how people liked the ending. I was surprised that it even managed a vague level of cohesiveness, so I guess it won the expectation vote. But I think expectation control was a big part of enjoying Code Geass R2. Can we call this genre “KEIKAKU SHOUNEN”?

* Zettai Karen Children – This show has grown on me quite a bit as a piece of disposable humor/action/mahou shoujo (the Chilrdren’s sentai cheers always make me laugh). I need to see how long it is intending to run, but I’d be fine with it going on for several seasons.

* Daughter of 20 Faces – Has been dragging in the latter half, but I want to see how it ends

* Wagaya no Oinari-sama – Still a solid B+ show. Has everything. Action, comedy, blushing.


* Clannad After Story – Not something I get excited about each new episode of, but sometimes funny and sometimes sweet.

* Nodame Cantible Paris Chapter – first episode looked to be just as good as a first season episode

* Gundam 00 – It’s still shiny mecha action SERIOUS BUSINESS. Predict I will like this more than the first season.

* Toradora – Started off pretty funny, nicely animated romantic comedy, and blazed through the little bit of manga I’d read, but I predict it will tank by episode five or six. Could do without the “URUSAI!” Had enough of that from…like every other show she starred in.

* Shikabane Hime – Mediocre occult action / horror. Not off to a great start, but with GAINAX it’s just hard to tell. I’m going to give this some time to get its shit going before tossing it.

* Yozakura Quartet – Slightly less mediocre occult action. This is basically the Jump show of the season (I have no idea if it was actually in Jump). These shows are all pretty much the same, which doesn’t mean they aren’t entertaining (except for Soul Eater, which wasn’t entertaining, except to everybody who isn’t me).

* Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka – Romantic Comedy #4 for this season. So far so…okay. Good planning by the director though. First episode leaves some good open questions, and second episode mostly answers them and ratchets up the show complexity / humor a bit. I’ll give it probably six episodes to see where it’s going.

* Kannagi – Romantic Comedy #5 for this season. Anime is not really celebrated for new and original ideas. For instance this is a show about a human-like non-human girl who must arbitrarily live with her level-headed male theoretical love interest who otherwise lives alone; the romance and comedy are both based on her disconnect with normal human society. Most tropes don’t repeat quite this much…detail. HOWEVER! So far the acting is really good, good production values, and pretty funny, and I’m a bit curious if the whole ‘idol’ thing is just somebody being stupid with the OP or actually something that happens in the show. This one is worth a shot.

* Etc Etc Index – Occult action #3 for this season. I hear it’s short. It takes very little convincing to get me to watch a one-cour anime.

* Chaos; Head – Surreal suspense starring a fucking NEET. I hate the characters and don’t like the art or animation, or much about the show. Except that I think the plot and the way they’re trying to present it actually looks sort of interesting. I expect I will get sick of Choas; Fuckhead when that turns out to be totally an accident and the plot goes into idiot-land, the land filled with idiots.

* Tytania – second to last show I was waiting for subs on. In a season full of harem, we bring you EPIC SPACE OPERA. I, uh, rather like epic space opera, though in my experience anime attempts at the genre have been a bit clumsy in the past. This, however, looks like sex on toast. Definite watch.

* Michiko to Hatchin – last show I was waiting for subs on, and the first show that grabbed my attention when I was looking over the bullet summaries for this season. Looks like the kind of thing likely to be very popular with mainstream audiences, particularly in the U.S. I say this mostly because, rather than being in an Anime Genre (robot harem, sentai action, mahou shojou, gay bakers, etc), it’s in a Cinema Genre (powerful but hard-hearted older character + innocent younger character are suddenly thrown together due to Circumstances and do the Character Development Dance while they have some sort of Adventure related to their Circumstances; somebody probably dies). First episode good production values; that’s never very telling, but I have high hopes.

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October 16, 2008 at 10:33 pm (Anime)

Why the hell hasn’t Ai Kora been animated?

Pantyhose Buddha

More on this later…

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