Friday, September 22

Anime

So... Anything Good?

I haven't watched any anime for a while. The last major things I saw were Haruhi Suzumiya and Renkin San-kyuu Magical? Pokaan (and I still haven't finished watching either one).

Is there anything notable in the current season, now that I have time to watch stuff again? There's the second season of Honey & Clover, but I haven't finished watching the first season of that.

So preferably something that is good, but short.

I poked around in the three squigabytes of fansubs that I've accumulated and came up with Shakugan no Shana, which looks like it will keep me occupied until I can sort out what's what in the new shows. I've always liked shows where the hero gets killed in the first episode.*

* Paging Yakumo Fujii...

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Welcome To The NHK!

A story of a hikkikomori and his 'savior.'  And the conspiracy.

What conspiracy?  Heh heh heh.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Friday, September 22 2006 10:08 AM (6YRS5)

2 Forgot to ask: what did you think of the other AMVs I mentioned?

Posted by: Wonderduck at Friday, September 22 2006 10:09 AM (6YRS5)

3 I really liked the Haruhi/She's Just Oblivious one.  Perfect match of song and subject matter. :)

The others... not as much.

I did snarf a couple of episodes of Welcome to the NHK at some point, but haven't looked at it yet.  Thanks for the tip.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, September 22 2006 10:31 AM (0Lkqa)

4 If you like Shana you may like Zero no Tsukaima. 

For something completely different, try Aria the Animation/the Natural, or Windy Tales.  Neither of those offer much in the way of violence or fan service.  Aria is like watching a poem.  And my wife likes Windy Tales.

Posted by: Conrad at Friday, September 22 2006 10:42 AM (Qmwai)

5 I've seen some of Aria the Animation, and I quite liked it.  Not much in the way of exploding spaceships and samurai battles, but no worse for that. ;)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, September 22 2006 10:45 AM (0Lkqa)

6 How about the Coyote Ragtime show?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, September 22 2006 10:59 AM (+rSRq)

7 That's the one with the loli combat robots?  Sounds like it's worth a look.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, September 22 2006 11:03 AM (0Lkqa)

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FWIW, I've seen the first couple eps of Coyote Ragtime and I kinda hated it.  Dumbdumbdumbdumbdumb.  Gah.

But that's just me.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Friday, September 22 2006 11:31 AM (+rGmJ)

9 Artistry of Windy Tales (Fuujin Monogatari) astonished me. However, I have a warning for everyone: THERE IS NO STORY. It's a mantra you have to repeat at end of ep.1 and ep.2, or else you are in for a thremendous disappointment over the treachery perpetrated by the creators. A few people dropped the show in disgust and I almost did. Also, the ending is quite haphazard. I do not accept any excuses episodic shows here. Azumanga has no plot, yet it has an excellent ending. So points get detracted here too. Thus, because of these two big problems, I can't enshrine WT together with Azumanga and Haibane Renmei on the very top. In the end we have a show of Kamichu quality for a small fraction of Kamichu budget.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Friday, September 22 2006 02:41 PM (9imyF)

10 I'll deny it if questioned in public, but I enjoy Ouran High School Host Club.  It's very definitely Shoujo, but it has a lot of character development and the characters are quite likable once you get to know them.  It's up to episode 24 of 26 on fansub, so it'll probably be finished by the time you make it to the last episodes.

I didn't care for Coyote Ragtime Show.  While the premise was interesting, the characters don't hold my attention.

Maho Shoujo Lylical Nanoha (normally just referred to as "Nanoha") was another one that was interesting and well done with a great ending, but defenitely set off my "there's something really messed up about Japanese culture" alarms.  It seems to be an attempt to do a modern Magical Girl anime, and modernizes most of the genre conventions without ruining them.  Given your handle, you might enjoy it.

On DVD, I'm making my way through Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG and eagerly awaiting Solid State Society.  It is interesting to note the subtle anti-Americanism that shows up here and there throughout the series, but besides envy, I can't think of what the authors are getting at.  Certainly the plot doesn't necessarily lend itself to the usual lefty boilerplate.

Posted by: Civilis at Friday, September 22 2006 07:29 PM (9Lh2g)

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I'll second Civilis' vote for Ouran High School Host Club.  If there's a genre of anime I dislike, it's shoujo, but I've REALLY enjoyed this series.  The "flashing arrow" gag in ep1 made me laugh, and it just got better from there.

The Hellsing Ultimate OAV is pretty darn spiffy, too... much closer to the manga, from all reports (I've not read it), and with a darker attitude to boot.   If you liked the original series, check it out.  If you DIDN'T like the original series, you might want to look at it anyway... it's better than the original.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Friday, September 22 2006 08:27 PM (YWRlP)

12 I watched the first few episodes of Ouran High School Host Club, and didn't like it.  Just... meh.

Hellsing, on the other hand, I like.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, September 22 2006 09:58 PM (FRalS)

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Pixy, I can understand not liking Ouran.  I'm amazed that I like it.  I mean, I'd rather watch Haruhi or something, but it clicked with me... the first overtly Strategic Level Shoujo show I've enjoyed.

If you like Hellsing, you'll looooovve Hellsing Ultimate

Posted by: Wonderduck at Saturday, September 23 2006 01:31 AM (YWRlP)

14 That many bishounen at once sounds like something I just couldn't hack. It's definitely not on my "to buy" list for when it inevitably gets released in region 1. On the other hand, I'll buy Coyote Ragtime Show just so I can watch the blonde loli with the stick grenades.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Saturday, September 23 2006 01:42 AM (+rSRq)

15 With all due respect to Pixy, I don't understand why people keep saying that Zero no Tsukaima is like Shakugan no Shana. I guess it's because the main characters look and sound similar (having the same seiyuu). But consider the differences:
The first is farce, the second is drama.Shana is a heroic, though flawed, character, while Louise is a spoiled brat.Shana is very competent, though she makes some mistakes due to inexperience. Louise is a total screw-up.
Shana needs to grow and change in order to have a chance at personal happiness. If she fails she will still be a heroic figure, though of the tragic sort. Louise needs to grow and change in order to justify her existance.While I haven't seen the end of the series I suspect that Louise is not going to change. After all, if she did the farce would probably end. If I'm right about that, the series is ultimately going to be a disappointment.

Posted by: Jonathan Tappan at Saturday, September 23 2006 08:14 PM (wqCJb)

16 Change is in the definition of tsundere, Jonathan. Just thought you might want to know :-)

Also, it's often dangerous to make grand pronouncements based just on part of a series. I should know, I wrote off Lain that way.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Saturday, September 23 2006 09:35 PM (9imyF)

17 Well I'm reserving judgement, but I'm getting pessimistic.

I would say that ambivalence is the definition of tsundere. That I can see; I'm just not seeing change.

Posted by: Jonathan Tappan at Saturday, September 23 2006 11:05 PM (wqCJb)

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Jonathon, with all due respect, Pete is correct that change is part of the definition of a tsundere. Not an opinion or observation, but literally due to the source of the term.

If what you see is ambivalence, then it isn't a tsundere. If you use that word to refer to ambivalence, you're using the word incorrectly.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sunday, September 24 2006 02:31 AM (+rSRq)

19 Azumanga Daioh does too have a plot.  It's called 'life' and it's a pretty good one.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sunday, September 24 2006 06:04 PM (YWRlP)

20 At this point I'm wondering if I should upgrade from the 80GB a month plan to the 120GB plan.

(I do download Linux ISOs and munu backups as well as the anime...)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, September 24 2006 10:42 PM (0Lkqa)

21 And Microsoft freebies, and Linux updates, and podcasts, and, um, stuff.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, September 24 2006 10:42 PM (0Lkqa)

22

Stuff. 

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.  Uh-huh. 

Pixy's my hero.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sunday, September 24 2006 11:05 PM (6YRS5)

23 Yeah, see, it's not all anime!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, September 25 2006 12:12 AM (KQSjH)

24 So... um... where do you get this stuff

Posted by: Wonderduck at Monday, September 25 2006 10:21 PM (YWRlP)

25 Usenet, mostly.  Usenet is just full of stuff.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, September 25 2006 11:28 PM (FRalS)

26 To follow up on my comment above: I said I was reserving judgement; now, having actually seen the last episode of Zero no Tsukaima I feel more positive about the show. It's a good ending.

I would give the series a moderate recommendation as an amusing, lightweight farce, with some fanservice but not enough to be obnoxious. It's not in the same league as Shakugan no Shana, but that's not what it's aiming for and it's not a fair comparison.

I just have the frustrated feeling that it could have been a bit more. Some of the minor characters seem a lot deeper than the main characters. But since they are just minor characters it doesn't make much difference.

(And I don't think Louise qualifies as a tsundere by Steven's definition. Not that that makes any difference.)

Posted by: Jonathan Tappan at Monday, October 02 2006 09:22 PM (C+XAe)

27 I've just watched Zero no Tsukaima myself, and agree with you.  It's a decent light series, but defintely not in the same league as Shana.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, October 03 2006 09:20 AM (YnQfp)

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