Sun 20 Apr 2008
… Excellent, excellent. Dio and DTZ are sleeping. They leave the door locked, but little do they know…
I HAVE THE KEY!
So, let us get down to business, shall we. Hm hmmm, yes… spendid. The business at hand is the spring anime season. So, let us start off, shall we?
Let us review the former post first, yes? Only with some additional thoughts, now that there’s been some time for things to…. sink in. Let us start out with To Love Ru. The second episode confirmed what I thought of the first, and of the manga as a whole. If you want ecchi comedy, with emphasis on ecchi, then by all means To Love Ru will be right up your ally. On the other hand, if you want ecchi comedy, with emphasis on comedy, then Kamen no Maid Guy will be your better bet. Fubuki reminds me of Kohaku of Tsukihime for some reason… only with nail-bat rather than broom-sword.
On the more shoujo side of things, Special A continues to satisfy the light, while Vampire Knight continues to satisfy the dark. I managed to diabolically manipulate DTZ into continuing Special A… mainly because I knew that it was following the manga, and the manga itself had the same exact problem the first volume - introductions and reintroductions of the characters, and absolutely drilling home the rivalry between the two, to the detriment of both the manga and the anime, which followed suit. Hopefully, now that the first two episodes are through, we’ll see some actual development past ‘this is how things are’ to ‘this is how things will be’.
Kure-nai remains enjoyable into the second episode. As I noted before, it’s nice to see a kid act like a kid, even if it’s a spoiled one. I still have no idea what’s with the body-shifting you see inside of the protagonist’s clothes when he’s fighting, and it still has me quite the bit curious. Nabari no Ou’s main character amuses me to no end. “You’ll be the king of our world –” “ah, the ladybug flew away!”. The samurai girl only adds to the fun. A bit of speculation - I have a feeling the main’s apathy is a bit of a self-defense mechanism against the Shinrabanshou. If he doesn’t care about anything, then the Shinrabanshou won’t have to try to give him anything. At the moment, he only cares for himself, which is why it kicks in to defend him. The upcoming episode may change that… but we shall see.
On the zanier side of things, Zettai Karen Children remains more or less exactly what I thought it was going to be. I’ll give them this though - they did go for more inventive uses of the psychic powers the most recent episode - massaging the heart to get it beating, freeing up blood flow to the brain… darn dangerous things to do with telekinesis.
Neo Angelique Abyss was precisely what I thought it would be, considering the origins of the series. The Angelique games are well known otome visual novels/rpgs - otome meaning instead of having a male protagonist, they have a female one, with a male ‘harem’ to choose from. The plot of the first episode managed to intrigue, and the animation throughout the entire time was crisp and clean, including in the fight scenes. The character interactions were well-executed, something important with this sort of series. While otome anime generally are not my cup of tea, given a strong enough female protagonist I can watch them. I may be able to make an exception to my normal watching for this. And, in other news, if I ever needed glasses for one eye rather than two, I’d so use Nyx’s half-glass.
But, as you can see, I do need two. Full glasses it is, or I’m blind as a bat.
So, on one hand there’s Angelique - on the other hand, we have Monochrome Factor. If the yaoi-ness of a series is in its undertones rather than its’ overtones, then I can sometimes make an exception
(Kyou Kara Maou). I was not able to make an exception for after watching the first episode of this anime. MF’s yaoi factor is a bit too high for my straight self. And furthermore… is it just me, or is that Shirogane shadow-guy wearing lipstick?
At the behest of DTZ and Dio, I took another look at Allison and Lillia. I figured, if I did not end up liking it this time around, at the very least I’d be able to figure out what I disliked about it. To the likely satisfaction of the other two, I did enjoy it this time around. I think what bugged me about it the first time was the slow start, and something about the character’s faces - at least, Wil and Allison’s - threw me off. I was able to get past them this time and actually enjoy the show, so I suppose I’ll be keeping up with the ‘adventure’.
Amatsuki I found I really enjoyed. I like the premise of the plot. There’s a swordswoman who kicks people in the head. Ayakashi. Japanese philosophy. And good animation all around. Things did seem just a little fast the first episode, but time constraints would’ve needed them to made the transition as soon as possible. But, all things said, two thumbs up.
The Daughter of Twenty Faces is takes it’s themes from Rampo Edogawa, one of Japan’s greatest detective novel writers, if not the greatest. In the first episode, we’re introduced to the superthief Twenty Faces, who looks very much like a certain DS game lawyer. A master of disguise, he steals treasures from ‘pigs’ - what I’m guessing are people he believes unworthy of the treasure they own. In this case, he steals not only a treasure, but a family’s daughter - thus we have the ‘daughter’ of Twenty Faces. While there have been plenty of superthieves in Japanese animation, one thing that DTZ and I agreed upon was that they’re still enjoyable. After all, there are so many ways to have fun with superthievery. Add in nods to Sherlock Holmes and detective work, and things could be quite interesting. I can potentially see this working on both sides of the line - superthievery and detective story in one. Else, it will focus on one or the other. All said though, a quite enjoyable first episode.
Kyouran Kazoku Nikki is… hm. How to say it. Randomly crazy? It’s definitely a fun show. The only problem that I can see it having is it being randomly crazy at the cost of plot, and truth be told, I need to have at least SOME semblance of a plot to pay attention to. I ran into the same problem with Hare no Guu as well.
Finally, we get to Real Drive, which wins the award for Most Painful Moment when the cable twists around the guy’s arm and… suffice to say I saw what was to come and looked away just in time. This series is done by the same folks as Ghost in the Shell. And you can tell - it has the same sort of ‘feel’ to its’ animation that GitS has. While I had trouble getting into Stand Alone Complex, I had no such problem with Real Drive. For one, I was able to connect with the main characters, something I was never quite able to do with the Major. Great animation… as can be expected.
THERE HE IS! GET HIM DIO!
What?! But… why are you here?
I knew if we left on a hidden camera, we’d finally be able to catch your face, and know when to strike. And with my ultimate power over this blog, I can time travel! JUST AS PLANNED. Now, come along quietly and we won’t hurt you too bad.
Was there a point to all this, DTZ?
He knows the secret of changing facial expressions in avatars. He will be vital in our grand plans for a talk show.
Wait, we’re actually doing that?
Just you wait, blogging world! Soon… ALL EYES WILL BE UPON US!