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Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: August 19, 2006, 07:24:55 PM »
Man, I need to catch up on anime. Last things I watched were Kamichu! DVD 1 and Basilisk DVD 1. Also saw a portion of Prefectural Earth Defence Force, which while fun, didn't strike me as anything really special. Moves way, way too quickly. Definitely good if you're an Excel Saga fan though. Same type of humour, but in the 80's.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 18, 2006, 04:54:44 AM »
Y'know what?

Kamichu > You.

That is all I have to say about this week's rentals. LOVE.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 16, 2006, 05:07:07 PM »

Paradise Kiss episode 2

It's a bit less hectic than the first episode, and I'm glad. I'm getting a better feel for the characters, especially Yukari/Caroline (I haven't quite decided which name I prefer). Miwako stands as my favourite character, but I have a feeling I'm going to like the cast overall before this is finished. George is still fairly distant, but he's supposed to be. I like him, he's more subtle in his development.

This episode cuts down on a few of the comedy transitions, which I think makes for a smoother product overall. If anything, what'll keep me here are the characters and the gorgeous designs.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 16, 2006, 06:45:02 AM »
Since I have insomnia...

Watched more of REC (episodes 4 and 5 tonight).

REC's quickly turning me into a fan. I'm still having a little trouble establishing a true link to the characters, but I think that's only due to two factors. One is the length of the episodes: At approximately 12 minutes, they're a bit on the short side. Two, I haven't spent that much time with the characters (5 episodes isn't a lot), so I think they need a little more room to grow on me.

I am however, impressed at how much Aka and Matsumaru feel like real people, and not just idealised rom/com characters. Love Hina this aint. Matsumaru is... Well, not the ideal guy. He's not a wimp like a Keitaro or a Tenchi when it comes to women (as various activities with Aka have so far proven), but he's also a bit of a creep. Not in the bad way mind you. But he's got a very flawed personality, with features outside the regular formula. He works thanklessly (it's a salaryman's life, what do you expect?), he dislikes his boss a great deal for various reason (one of which is how often said boss hits on Aka after meeting her), and he's lonely. Very, very lonely. When Aka comes into his life, it's like he doesn't quite know what to do. She's the first accessible female, the first girl who hasn't stood him up on a date or treated him like crap, and really the only company he's had in a long time.

So he's a wee bit lecherous. And he's an idiot. And a creep. But he's not a bad person. Matsumaru is in fact closer to a 'real' person than 99% of other anime characters. It's sort of scary when you realise it too. He's that guy that we men often feel like: Kicked around, under-appreciated, overworked, and damn we'd really just like some female company now and again. Not that we'd know how to behave if they were around.

I obviously relate to Matsumaru on a few levels. Aka, not so much, but she's still a very endearing character. I'd actually like to hear a young woman's take on Aka, to see if there's anything 'real' going on there like with Matsumaru.

REC comes highly recommended. In fact, it gets the Gold Star of Win.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 16, 2006, 12:32:31 AM »

I've started watching Paradise Kiss. Before I get into this: I have not read the manga. I am not going to read the manga just yet, so if you're going to go and recommend that I do for whatever reason, save it until I'm more enthused.

That notwithstanding, let me begin. Paradise Kiss is very artsy. I'ts got elements of art nouveau and the fashion of turn-of-the-century Paris, circa 1900. However, it is in fact set in 21st century Japan, dealing largely with a group of fashion students. One of them, Arashi, finds the 'perfect model', a girl named Yukari. She is at first completely uninterested, but eventually comes to understand how important she could be to Arashi and his group. As fashion designers, they're hoping to break into the big time, and for them the designs are a labour of love. Yukari, whom them call "Caroline" as she initially refuses to give them her name, has all the right features they want in a model.

Boring right? It would be, but it's largely a character-driven story (at least so far). All the characters are likeable. I personally love Miwako (the sugar-lolita), and Arashi (the wannabe punk). The show oozes artsiness, and it's well employed for the most part. It is utterly pretentious, but finds a balance with how amusing and diverse some of the characters are. There's a lot of archetyping, but the modifications upon them are interesting.

All in all, a fine find. I love the comedy bits too. While this is largely a drama, the comedic elements fit in just at the right moments, and transitions from serious to lighthearted kept a smile on my face. Recommended.

Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs
« on: March 14, 2006, 10:27:53 PM »
I dunno... he looks pretty brown to me.

Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs
« on: March 14, 2006, 02:01:41 AM »
On the subject of enemies:

Any lack of variety in enemies. MMOs are the worst offenders in this regard. Nothing like fighting worms from level 1 until level 50. That's just atrociously sad. It's even the same damned worm model with new stats and a new name. God... So many things to complain about in FFXI.


Yeah. Shitty monster variety sucks.

General Discussions / All time favourite game characters.
« on: March 08, 2006, 04:37:40 AM »
I  tried to like Ashtyr, but some things just didn't fly. He wound up going from nice guy to bitter jaded youth in a pretty short span of time, and while original, I'd have preferred more positive character development. The designers really put a lot of work into him even so. It's not easy to create such an accurate homosexual character, but I figure the writers must have had some personal experiences to draw from.

General Discussions / All time favourite game characters.
« on: March 08, 2006, 03:09:10 AM »
Citan Uzuki > You.

Teh end.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 07, 2006, 09:11:26 PM »

Started re-watching the Sailor Stars arc of Sailor Moon. I swear to God... I just want to shoot Seiya. The whole Star Gentle Uterus attack mad me rolling on the floor. Pure. Dripping. Cheese.

Of course, all this has served is to remind me that I wanted Sailor Moon to end with R.

Ail and Ann for the win.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 06, 2006, 07:27:20 AM »
Y'know what they say about great disturbances in the force, Dizzy?

Yeah. One's happening. Right Now.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 05, 2006, 02:10:17 PM »
It's hard to say it's similar because of the differences in humour. It has the same minimalist approach to animation, a similar pacing, but it's less random and disconnected than AzuDai. Where AzuDai is frenetic and slapsticky, IchiMashi is more constrained. It's not always laugh out loud funny, but always brings a smile to your face.

I'd say it's closer to shows like Kodomo no Omocha, or even Hale & Guu in some ways (though not nearly as weird...).

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 05, 2006, 01:18:12 PM »
Just started watching Ichigo Mashimaro.

Nobue throwing the kids off her bed.

This is a 'day in the life of' series about a gaggle of little girls, their 'older sister' (really just a friend who keeps an eye on them), and their antics. It's really odd because there's no major story to speak of. It's just them having fun, going about their business, and doing silly kiddy things. Very much a feel-good series. Some of the episodes like "A hot summer's day" are just hilarious. Nothing like having a sixth grading prank your cell phone ringer.

Good stuff.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 05, 2006, 12:36:45 PM »
Fruits Basket I found cute as an anime, but I didn't like the ending. Too rushed, and done while the manga was still developing. Let me know how it progresses Nuri, I've been searching for a sensible opinion on it (which is rare supply these days thanks to all the Furuba fangirls).

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 04, 2006, 09:36:53 PM »
Okay, just like the game journal, post what you've been watching, any key thoughts on series'/movies/etc, and so on. Cool junk you've acquired can be popped up too. Screencaps and photos welcome, but for ones over 400px wide please just link, don't embed.

To date, I've started watching the new Ah! My Godess TV series on DVD, and I'm a big fan so far. It's obviously not as OMG PRETTY (pardon the pun) as the OVAs or movie, but it's definitely doing a good job at balancing fluid animation and not skimping on the elaborate costumes and hairstyles.

And just to plug, there'll be a review of mine on it coming up on Anime Dream, so check the site after this weekend.

I've also been watching Salaryman Kintaro, an oldie but goodie about a former roughneck gang leader who's trying to change his life and enter the business world. It's fairly campy at points because of the gang leader past and whatnot, but it's also quite endearing.

REC - Aka in Episode 2

Finally, I've been watching REC and reading Shion no Ou. REC is about a run of the mill salaryman down on his luck with women who runs into a girl aspiring to be a voice actress. It's very much a romantic drama with some comedy thrown in. It sounds very generic, but the details make it fairly unique. Recommended, just don't be surprised at the short (10 minute!) episodes.

Shion no Ou is a manga about a girl who plays Shogi (can anyone say the next thing the fans will be clamouring for once Go dies down?) and has a very traumatic past. Her parents were murdered when she was very young and she's been unable to speak as a result of the shock. She writes a lot of what she wants to say on a notepad to compensate and isn't a total introvert. Playing shogi brought her out of her shell and she's quite competitive, though still hampered by elements of her past (who wouldn't be with that sort of thing?). It's well drawn (though some of the hairstyles make the heads look a bit longer than they should in the back), and flows quite well. Very recommended.

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