Thursday, August 7, 2008

Upcoming Anime

It's that time again! A look at all the upcoming anime series.

One Outs
Shinobu Kaitani's Baseball gambling related manga will be created into an anime with work starting October 2008.

Kyo no Gononi
Coharu Sakuraba's school comedy manga will be making it's anime debut October 5th 2008.

Guin Saga
Kaoru Kurimoto's Conan-esque novels will be animated for television Spring 2009.

Tentai Senshi Sunred
Makoto Kubota's comedy battle manga will air in Japan October 2008.

Asu no Yoichi!
Akita Shoten's Romantic comedy manga will be animated. No release date yet confirmed.

Chaos; Head

Nitroplus and 5pb's psychological suspense computer game will be animated for television this Fall. No release date yet confirmed.

Hetalia Axis Powers
Hidekazu Himaruya's World War comedy web manga will be given an animated TV release. No release date yet confirmed.

That's all for now! I will continue checking for updates and will hopefully conglomerate all this release info into a fandy dandy calendar.

Until next time :D

release info from ANN

Oh dear, Special A Love Triangles..

I just finished watching the latest episode of Special A, episode 17. It would seem the Akira, Yahiro and Tadashi love triangle is picking up rather quickly ^-^

Akira seems to finally be recognizing her feelings for Tadashi, even though he's blind as a bat and can't even see the tell tale signs, as most men usually are.
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Akira's Father asked her to go to a marriage interview, seeing as she has no boy in her sights. (or so he thinks) This entire Episode is pretty much based on Hikari trying her best to cheer Akira up as she seems down from some strange reason. Akira, being Akira, chose not to tell anyone about the marriage interview.

In this episode the Special A group helps out at another school's festival, in hopes it would cheer Akira up. Yahiro was given a chance to interact with Akira by recovering her lost cell phone for her. They had a little lovey dovey moment. It meant the world to him, but she was obviously oblivious to it.
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Near the end of the episode, Tadashi overhears Akira talking about her marriage interview on the phone. Being the hopeless male that he is, he of course makes careless remarks about it, saying she might find a good guy after all. Bad move, Tadashi, bad move.
In retaliation, Akira slapped that bitch up.
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I have to give her kudos for having the strength as I, personally, have never slapped someone in a fit of inner struggle and pain. It looks so alleviating. Or maybe not. Akira ran off in tears to leave poor ol' Tadashi shocked and bewildered, wondering what the heck just happened and using all his male brain power to figure out what he said wrong.

In other Special A love news, Sakura is still deeply in love with Jun, who is also deeply engrossed in running away from her.
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And Kei is still insanely over protective of Hikari, who, for a good portion of this episode, was dressed in a pink rabbit suit.
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I can only hope that Akira FINALLY confesses how she feels about Tadashi. That is, if she's really certain how she feels herself.

Until NEXT time!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Anime, Anime, Anime..

So it's been far too long since my last post. I must apologize. Gomen. -_-

Truth be told I've been so busy with work. Working away from home sure slows down my blogging process.
I've been uploading videos to Veoh like crazy. I have over 100 now all vying for the attention of your eyes and ears. My "currently watching" list in the sidebar needs an update badly as I've added so many more new shows. @_@
All of which I have to say I'm enjoying quite thoroughly.

Blade of the Immortal is quickly becoming a favourite. Only two episodes have aired thus far but I can tell it's one I'll be watching to the very end. The animation seem to be a bit darker than in most, colourwise, but it definitely suits the mood of the show. (I even tried fixing the brightness of my monitor but nay, the anime was just made that dark :P)

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is.. well, simple. The plot isn't very intense and the characters seem average. I'm really only watching it for the Akiba plot line. I was actually quite surprised at how they treat people who enjoy anime to that extent. I suppose I just assumed that everyone in Japan enjoyed anime. Episode 3 brought that thought crumbling down as the student's harshness was shown towards Yuuto when he claims Haruka's anime book as his own. Shocking, really. I knew people could be that harsh here in North America but I didn't feel it possible in Japan.

Antique Bakery is becoming quite popular. Each episode I upload instantly accumulates hundreds of views. :) But I have to say it is a pretty good show thus far. Things are finally starting to heat up between Ono and Chikage. Ono still goes bananas whenever Chikage removes his glasses. :P Oh man on man love is so romantic.
I kind of wish Tachibana's kidnapping plot would move along a bit faster but the animators seem to want to leave it until last. Guess they need something to keep the show going.

I'm curently uploading the first episode of Eve no Jikan. It looks to be quite interesting and hopefully will be an enjoyable hit. I watched the trailer on the anime's homesite but.. yes, it's in Japanese so I couldn't tell what the plot was other than the slightly vague one given on Reminds me a bit of Bicentennial man with Robin Williams. Time shall tell..

That's all for now. I'll be updating more of the shows I'm watching as I go on. Keep it real on the flipside, home slices.

p.s. I promise I won't go that long without posting ever again. Cross my heart and hope to die :P

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Special A and Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~

Finally got around to watching some special A.

It's pretty alright. A rivalry between a boy and a girl who've known each other since they were about six or so. No matter how hard Hikari tries she always comes up second to Kei. Uncanny, really. BUT.. twist of fate would have it that even though Hikari views Kei as her ultimate rival in life, he secretly loves her.

Everyone together now: Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Kei's feelings were released pretty early into the series so I'm not sure where the plot is heading other than lot's of examples of how Kei's feelings are ALMOST explained to Hikari.
Nevertheless, it is a cute comedy/romance anime.

Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~, on the other hand, hasn't progressed very far at all. Actually, the first episode moved along very.. very slowly.
Sora is a young girl who is able to use magic. She was accepted to an internship of Magic in the big city of Tokyo and has to move there and complete it.

Yep.. that's about all we learned in the first episode.

Oh, she also made a promise to her Dad. And can make snow.
Hopefully the plot will pick up in future episodes.
On a more positive note, the background illustrations are AMAZING. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the first scene. They look like slightly altered pictures of actual landscapes. 'Tis truly amazing.
The great illustrations did help to keep my attention. So I will continue to watch Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~ if not for the plot, at least for the beautiful backgrounds.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Veoh is my homeboy

I've been rather busy this past weekend. Haven't watched too many new shows, but managed to start watching Allison and Lillia as well as Vampire Knight.

O. Ma. Lawd.

Vampire Knight is my new late night lovah. It is one of the best shows I have watched in the past couple months. Not sure what it is about the story line that has caught my attention, but before I knew it, I had sat through 8 straight consecutive episodes of it. >.<

I'm working on keeping track of the unlicenced anime I'm watching by uploading them onto Veoh. Rah rah rah Veoh! Veoh has to be one of my favourite video sites because you can both watch AND download. How superb is that?

Sometimes I have a bit of trouble uploading the videos I want to only because I have an mvk version on my computer and when I upload it, it shows up on veoh without the subtitles :( Not sure how to convert it with the subtitles so I have to find a downloadable .avi version or something similar. Ah well.

You can find the videos I'm watching available on my veoh on the right hand tool bar list of "what I'm watching. Easy as pie.

I hope you'll all follow along with me. ^.^

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Stike Witches and Sekirei: WOW Fanservice Galore

I'm trying my best to catch up on all the anime I'm oh so far behind on. -_- To help me do so, I started watching the newly released anime; Strike Witches and Sekirei.


Sekirei wasn't too bad. It was enjoyable even.
Minato is a struggling 19 year old failing his second attempt at entering university and feeling pretty bad about it.
By some strange twist of fate he bumps into (more like crashes into) Musubi, a Sekirei; a female warrior in a secret battle against other sekirei to become "God". The only thing is she still needs an Ashikabi to give her wings, a human with special traits able to partner with sekirei. Well wouldn't you know it, her ashikabi turns out to be Minato.

It looks like it's going to be a cute, funny, and romantic anime, something I'll be keeping track of. (even if Musubi's breasts are insanely abnormally large. @_@..)

Now onto Strike Witches..
First, let's examine this picture, shall we?


how many of the characters look like they're wearing pants?
About three I would say.
Can you guess what the other girls are wearing?
No, not boy shorts. Nope, not a skort either.
They're wearing panties. Underwear. Skivies, called by some.
Not only are most of the characters of this show dressed in panties, but they show it off like no tomorrow. I swear your could see the poor girl's vulva in one shot. >.<
Nevertheless, I'll still be continuing to watch Strike Witches, if not in hopes for more pants, at least to solve the mystery behind yoshika's Fathers disappearance.. >_>

Check out Strike Witches and Sekirei and tell me what you think!

Trying to be tactful with Tactics

I've been watching Tactics the past few weeks. So far I've made it up to episode 10 and I have to admit.. I'm barely holding on. The plot is so thin it's practically translucent. Kantarou found and released Haruka in the first episode and all that has happened since then is demon killing and monster taming and ocassional slightly humourous arguments. No real plot advancement, just a bunch of short stories with a different plot each episode.

That type of storyline is similar in Mizushima's xxxHolic. (which I am also currently watching) I don't know whether it's the more intellectually stories in xxxHolic or the unique character design and illustration but I find myself more engaged while watching it.
My only complaint about xxxHolic is how the main character Watanuki acts like such a blatant imbecile around Himawari or whenever she is mentioned. I know deep down inside that it's only a momentary phase of stupidity as hopefully further on in the series he changes into a more confident and secure man. Hopefully..
I DO Like his positivity and willingness to look for the best in everyone. (even Domeki eventually) It's one of the qualities that makes him a likable protagonist. Yuko's beauty, charm, and cleverness wins pretty much everyone's attention right from the beginning. Not to mention her two adorable echoing sidekicks. Even Watanuki's sworn enemy Domeki is likable. Pretty much an allstar cast of enjoyable characters. xxxHolic is an anime I will definitely be finishing.