Comparative Toons & Anime: What Are You Watching?
Posted Feb 14, 2012 @ 7:47 PM
For the love in shows topic, there's also Sailor Moon. The main romance does eventually stabilize for a couple of seasons.
Posted Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:40 PM
I haven't read the manga, so I don't know how it might be different. The anime was high school romantic comedy stuff with a vampire angle, and a reasonably happy ending after everyone defeats a mean old vampire hunter. I liked it.
Sandman what is the Karin anime like?
Posted Feb 15, 2012 @ 2:27 AM
Madoka has had such positive hype around it since it was released last year. It's some sort of dark, creative take on the magical girls genre that has been impressing all kinds of anime fans. I've been trying to avoid spoilers, but I've been hoping that I'd get some chance to watch it legally...
I gave Bodacious Space Pirates another try, and it really got interesting in episode 5 which was a tension-filled battle in which brains and decision making mattered more than anything else. It's great to see a group of girls portrayed as smart and capable in anime, and Marika is one smart cookie. Episode 6 was a blast! I think I'll stick with the show for a while.
Sandman, the ending of the anime is different from the manga, but not necessarily in a bad way. I want to check it out!
Posted Feb 15, 2012 @ 1:37 PM
They're still streaming a number of older series, so if you missed anything you want to find, go check out their list.
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:09 AM
I don't think Sakamichi no Apollon is going to be BL at all, I think it's going to be more of a two guys in love with one girl thing. I've seen the manga around, I've been meaning to read it.
Posted Feb 18, 2012 @ 5:25 PM
The first few eps relied a little too much on other characters not telling the main character things because "it's not the right time," which generally seems to be mystery-series code for 'the author couldn't think of a good reason for these characters not to talk to each other.'
Thinking back on the first few episodes, I find it actually works here and doesn't feel like "withholding information just be withholding information." It's logical in the minds of these junior high kids. Kouichi meets Misaki in the first few minutes of the first ep. No one can tell him not to talk to her because that would be admitting she actually exists. Once they've decided they have to treat him as non-existent, too, they can send him to her for the information.
Yeah, the premise is over-the-stop, but I'm enjoying it for being the quiet horror that it is. It evokes great atmospheres of foreboding and resignation, and as I said, I think the kids' behaviors and reactions are believable. Mizuno's death actually pissed me off!
As for the mystery of "Who is dead?" It can't be the boy with the glasses or Teshigawa (?--the jock). They're neighbors, and they've been classmates since they were in second grade. If one of them had died, the other would know about it. ETA: According to the "curse," one would have forgotten if the other had died. But I'm ruling both of them out for now. I doubt it's the girl Kouichi saved from the glass pane falling on her. She almost had a near-death experience, and she's been a minor character so far. I also don't think it can be Misaki. We've already had the "is she a ghost?" fake out. The show wants us to question Kouichi. Kouichi may even start questioning himself, but he's going to the hospital for checkups--he has vital signs.
My candidate is the artist who did the Munch-style lemon painting. I don't remember exactly what he said about it, but it was as if the lemon were trapped in the craziness of the world. It sounds like a perspective of alienation and isolation a wandering soul might have. Also, while the other kids might become fearful or anxious when they're worried the charm might be broken, his reactions are always over-the-top afraid. His reactions would be a nice way to take the focus off of him. Any guesses?
Edited by the fresh maker, Feb 18, 2012 @ 5:41 PM.
Posted Feb 19, 2012 @ 6:12 PM
I really hope it's not Kouichi, I feel like that would just be too easy. I think there's something weird going on with his aunt, though, especially after this week when they were discussing Kouichi's mom's death and the grandfather said "My poor Reiko, too." Plus the creepy bird that keeps saying "Why, Rei-chan?" I wonder if the curse really did stop mid-year in her class.
Posted Feb 19, 2012 @ 7:20 PM
I think Izumi (twin tails) is a prime candidate to die, but I'm now strongly considering her as the another, too. There's an Akazawa listed on the 1996 roster. He died that year, and his address is the same as Izumi's. So he was probably her brother. If he died in 1996, then she could have, too.
Kouichi is definitely out as the another. Being in India, his father is outside of the calamity's range. He wouldn't be calling up his dead son. The only time he's affected is when he's been on the cell phone with Kouichi for a while, which is why he suddenly said "my mistake" after recalling Kouichi had been in Yomiyama recently.
Posted Feb 20, 2012 @ 4:07 PM
Edited by Bleu, Feb 20, 2012 @ 4:08 PM.
Posted Feb 21, 2012 @ 2:07 PM
This show sure delivers the gore. I have gasped a few times, the teacher's suicide was actually extremely horrible. I am guessing that twin-tails is not the Another, but that she is likely to bite it on the upcoming "field trip" (which seems like such an hiliariously ill-advised adventure, I can't wait); I agree the painting boy might be a candidate, though he doesn't seem important enough quite yet. Kouichi actually being dead did seem like where they were going; I liked how twin-tails girl freaked him out with her speculation (he is pretty easy to spook anyway!)--l've been wondering why they had to begin the story with him in the hospital; and there is something up with his forgotten memories of living in Yomiyama, but those could just be red herrings. I think the show has been pretty good about setting up the mystery and delivering on the horrible events, anyway.
Posted Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:06 PM
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Posted Mar 7, 2012 @ 8:35 PM
The Subtitles are of... interesting quality. I can't vouch for the translations, themselves, but there are times where entire lines of dialogue are subtitle free, and I've noticed a few spelling errors.
I actually think the English dub made a lot of thing even more terrifying than they were in the original, especially in episode 14 with the activation of Juggernaut.
JesuOtaku's retrospective also had a tear jerker and what I can only describe as a nightmare fuel counter. Neither of which survive the retrospective.
Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 11:00 AM
I'm watching Samurai Champloo for the first time; I'm not sure how I missed it before, it's wonderful.
With my kids I am watching Gurren Lagaan; it sure is nonstop action and very excitable, but I can't help noticing how cheap and crappy the art is.
Posted Mar 16, 2012 @ 1:33 PM
Posted Mar 16, 2012 @ 7:54 PM
ETA: I make a big deal about Transformers Prime, and what happens? Right . . . I missed the latest episode, and it won't rerun for a week. Now I gotta look for it "On Demand." While I'm here . . . here are sketches I got of characters from One Piece (here and here), FLCL, Pokemon, Naruto and Yu-Gi-Oh! G/X.
Edited by Lantern7, Mar 18, 2012 @ 12:45 AM.
Posted Mar 19, 2012 @ 3:01 PM
In the beginning eps, the quantity of scared, screaming girls was off-putting, but fortunately the show quickly evolved as the characters try to come to terms with their new role as killers. And they're not superheroes or soldiers (so far), so the fight scenes can be riveting, with a real sense of peril that's missing from most action shows. I've also been amazed at how unlikeable the main characters are allowed to be--they're constantly overwhelmed by their own weakness and unhappiness, and lash out in all directions, just like, well, teenagers. Again, the fact that they're evolving and growing stronger with every ep. saves the show.
Oh, and yeah, the singing bugs the shit out of me. The first couple times it happened, I though the characters were just singing along to the radio or something, but then...what the...?!? Zombie rock!! Yep, it's definitely anime.
I also finished season 1 of Hell Girl, which ended excellently. It got better and better as the season progressed really, hitting awesome at around ep. 17. (You really do have to trudge through the first 5 or 6 eps though.) It doesn't have nearly the amount of character development as Red Garden, but the plot just builds and builds. I also really like Hell Girl's graphics, in retrospect.
Posted Mar 23, 2012 @ 8:00 AM
Also, I've had my eye on purchasing My Bride Is A Mermaid for a while but I've been wondering if it's worth it.
Posted Mar 23, 2012 @ 1:42 PM
Posted Mar 25, 2012 @ 4:26 PM
ETA for the spoiler code.
Edited by Bleu, Mar 26, 2012 @ 8:46 PM.
Posted Mar 25, 2012 @ 5:14 PM
The Golden Ghost Ship arc had a lot of strange holes in it. I felt like I missed some important exposition somewhere.
In any case, I think the rose imagery and the "Prince and Princess" comment were shout-outs to Revolutionary Girl Utena.
One thing this arc made absolutely clear is that Kane is an awesome, reckless helmsman!
Edited by InternalParadox, Mar 25, 2012 @ 5:16 PM.
Posted Mar 26, 2012 @ 12:01 AM
Anyway, there now seems to be some very hard evidence as to the extra's identity:
Posted Mar 26, 2012 @ 12:48 PM