Wednesday, October 11
One of the new shows for the Fall anime season is Negima!? This is not the same as Negima!, which aired in 2005.
It's a remake.
Of a show that aired last year.
Anyway. We also have season two of Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club* which doesn't quite have Pixy Misa in it. The first season of that aired this year, just to confuse you further. However, the fansubs of the first season are only just appearing now, so season two might have to wait a little while.
And we have Galaxy Angel 2, not to be confused with Galaxy Angel Z, which was the second season of Galaxy Angel.
It appears to be an entirely new cast, which is a shame. No more Mint? I'll still give it a try. Apricot Sakuraba? Milfeulle's sister maybe? Hmm.
* What's up with the stupid page that says ENTER? That's so 1997.
Thursday, October 05
So the DVD release of Hyperdoll has nothing in the way of extras?
That's such a shame, since the old laserdisc release* has a LIVE ACTION VERSION on the flip side.
* That I happen to own.
Wednesday, October 04
16 episodes? Oh, sure, 16 episodes in the original series.
And another 104 in the second series.
And another 48 short episodes in the third series.
And then there's the Summer Special, the Christmas Special, the OAV, the Movie...
Update: 104 episodes at twelve minutes each. The first series was actually designed as advertising, but it became a hit in its own right, leading to a veritable explosion of cute.
Monday, October 02
Yeah, I'm supposed to be doing a server migration right now, but it's a long weekend so I have plenty of time. [Had plenty of time. Wasn't expecting it to take 20 hours to do the CPanel account transfer. The migration is now set for next weekend.] Also, I'm feeling kind of lazy, and I'm waiting for the forums to finish copying.
We have the Three Musketeers, only the role of Athos appears to have been taken over Little Red Riding Hood (with tame wolf in tow).* Only now she's Akazukin the Ninja Girl, with a magic card-operated cellphone (shades of Pretty Cure, though thankfully sans irritating alien blobules) that doubles as a Garden Supa Centre and photon cannon.
And she's here to fight the forces of evil, which so far consist of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, the male half of Hansel and Gretel, and their army of hideous bio-mechanical bug-monsters.
I'm sure that the second episode will make sense of all this.
Oh, and Athos-chan is supposed to be fourteen. According the the website, all the main characters are supposed to be fourteen. She looks about six. Huh?
Update: And Porthos... Snow White appears.
And the animation director should be fired. The animation is not actually bad, but it is inconsistent. In scenes where the animators have been paying attention and the characters are on-model, they look about six... maybe eight, tops. In scenes where they are slacking, they look twelve, maybe even the supposed fourteen. And their proportions vary between scenes, and even within scenes. So they are clearly too short to easily stand at the kitchen sink and wash the dishes (without standing on one of those little steps that kids use) - but that is exactly what they do. And one moment they are little kids sitting on chairs at the cafe, with their shoulders clearly below the top of the chair back, and just seconds later their shoulders are just as clearly above the top of the chair back. And then some actual little kids show up - and some adults as well - and the whole scene just looks out of kilter.
At least for scenes involving just the main characters (both the good guys and the bad guys), everything is skewed in the same direction (kawaii-wards).
Update: And anyway, if Souta's fourteen, how come he sleeps with a blankie?
* Before you ask, apparently the answer is Snow White and Sleeping Beauty respectively, but they haven't appeared just yet.
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