What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Monday, July 12


Anime Reviews

I can't possibly watch or review every anime series around - there's just too darn much of it. But THEM are making a darn good effort.

Plus, they give Fancy Lala (a wonderful series) four stars, and FLCL (which sucks) two. (Well, they did scrounge up someone who liked it for a second opinion, but hey.) And five stars to Full Moon wo Sagashite. Hmm. And one star to Fushigi Yuugi: Eikoden, which not only sucks but retroactively made the original series suck too.

These people seem to have their heads screwed on right.

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Flying Squids vs. Pol Pot

Narutaru seemed a nice little show based on the opening credits and the first episode. By episode three, we have the bad guy proposing Pol Pot's Year Zero program.* Urk.

If he doesn't end up messily dead by the end of the series, there's no justice.

Update: Well, yes, a ten-foot blade through the chest should do nicely.

On the one hand, Narutaru seems to have gotten some really bad reviews. On the other hand, the worst of those were clearly written by idiots, and even the others seem to be of the "I don't understand it therefore it's bad" pattern. We'll see.

Update: On the third hand, this review, which is the only one I've seen that makes the Khmer Rouge link, gives it 4 stars.

* Not by name, but "A simpler society is better. There's no need for electrical or water services. Return to the original agricultural civilisation. I'll kill all medical eggheads, wealthy people and cultured people." doesn't leave much room for discussion.

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Sunday, July 11


Right Hand Frog

Keroro Gunsou is the story of a squad of... Frogs... The advance scouts of an alien invasion fleet. Trapped by the evil humans, abandoned by their comrades, how will they survive?

Midori no Hibi is about... About as silly a concept as I've ever seen.

The premises for shows these days seem to get more and more out there, but I'm wondering if they're starting to reach the limit of how ridiculous I can think they are. After all, I can't think of too many things more ridiculous than a girl suddenly becoming the right hand of a guy that she likes...
No, not figuratively. What fun would that be?

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Thursday, July 08


Licensed to Animate

Scrapped Princess, Nanaka 6/17, Popotan, and Jungle Guu (finally!) have all now been licensed for distribution in the U.S. That's good news for the makers of these series (money!) and good news for me (I can now get high quality DVDs of these shows), but it means that when someone asks me why I like anime, I can no longer point to AnimeSuki and say "download this!"

The only fansubbed series I'm following closely right now is Aishiteru ze Baby, which I've mentioned here before. It's a charming series, but it's not terribly dramatic or exciting. Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien is well-crafted but ultimately deeply unsatisfying. Kyou Kara Maou has some good moments, but seems to be a basically silly adventure story. Pretty Cure has a great opening theme, but the magical companions of the two girls are possibly the most irritating things I have ever seen in anime.

Full Moon wo Sagashite hasn't been licensed yet, but it's a 52-episode series, and good as it is, it's not fun all the way. (We know from the start that the heroine only has a short time to live.) Pita Ten and Da Capo both put me to sleep. Hmm. Ultra Maniac is kind of fun, but there's a reason I haven't bothered watching the whole thing yet.

Still, AnimeSuki lists 265 unlicensed series available for download, so there's gotta be some good stuff in there. Anyone have any recommendations for recommendations? (By comparison, 88 shows have been licensed so far this year. If that sounds like a lot, that's becaus it is.)

Oh, good grief, ADV have licensed Yumeria. Either they got a two-for-one deal (apparently not uncommon), or there really isn't anything good left unlicensed.

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Sunday, July 04


Maou Maou!

Kyou Kara Maou: An ordinary schoolboy is transported to another world* where the natives do not speak fluent Japanese!

There he is hailed as the lost king...

Of demons. Oops.

And the opening theme is truly hideous.

* By being flushed down a toilet, which is a first.

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Saturday, July 03


Three Hankies Per Episode

Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy. Boy not sure. Girl cries into pillow. Boy comes to senses. Boy dates girl. Boy boinks girl.* Girl gets run over by car.

Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien. I wonder what will happen in episode 3?


Ah, three years of guilt compressed into flashbacks and nightmares. Ick. I should have paid more attention to the reviews.


And then, in episode 4, extra added guilt! Who wrote this thing? I'm starting to think it was my grandmother...


But the omake after epsiode 4, the little extra sequence at the end, where they're playing whack-a-mole with Coma Girl, is downright odd.


Finished watching it. Yick. Not recommended. If you want something along these lines - youthful romance and head injuries - watch Nanaka 6/17 instead.

* And they narrowly avoid getting caught at it by the parents.

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