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301  Media / 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.
302  Media / 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...).
303  Media / 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.
304  Media / 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).
305  Media / 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.
306  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: March 03, 2006, 03:11:29 AM
Any puzzle that doesn't make sense to be there.

Like pushing creates around in an ancient temple. Who the hell put crates in a temple?

Also, I'm slightly tired of finding random treasure boxes in places. I mean... Find stuff in drawers and whatnot sure. But who the hell has a random treasure box in their houses?

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