Weekly Anime (10/8 – 10/12)October 13, 2008 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Weekly Anime | 10 Comments
Woo! CHAOS;HEAD is finally here. And it’s everything I wanted it to be. Learning nothing and expecting nothing is successful.
However, even though I’ve been waiting for CHAOS;HEAD and pretty much got what I expected, Index was my favorite this week. Touma is freakin’ awesome!
So, this week I talk about Yozakura Quartet, CHAOS;HEAD, To Aru Majutsu no Index, and Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka. Also quick blurbs on ToraDora! and Hakushaku to Yousei.
Hmm…I wonder if I’m ever really going to be able to do this on Friday. I have my Clannad post to do on Fridays too. And if torrents are late like they were this week, it might be hard to understand enough to do decent-sized blurbs on everything. Not a problem for me this week because I went out of town, but it’s still a problem.
Oh well, not much you can do. Let’s just get along with this.
ToraDora! – I didn’t watch ToraDora! yet this week. I read a bunch of entries complaining about how they skipped too far ahead and ruined the emotion of an important “lamp post” (or something) scene. So, I’m trying to read the light novel and get to that scene first.
Normally this would make me happy because, “Aha~! I don’t have to be all sulky like the rest of you because I didn’t read the original material~!” But I don’t want the experience ruined for me either. If I watch it the…not well done way, it’s going to kind of ruin the surprise for when I read the way it’s supposed to be done and rob me of whatever I’d normally feel while reading it.
So, hopefully I’ll be able to watch it and catch up next week. However, due to my busy schedule, I’m not even sure if I’ll really get the chance to blog any more of this (more explanation at the bottom). We’ll see.
Hakushaku to Yousei – Finally got to see the subbed version. It’s even better when you know what that “refined villain” Edgar is saying. I’m doing a post on it on Tuesday, which will hopefully become my regular blogging day for it. We’ll see.
CHAOS;HEAD – Episode 01
Hell yeah. I’ve been waiting for this one since it was first announced and it did not let me down. I haven’t played the game, I avoided finding out much about the game, and I avoided anyone who watched the raw. All I knew was the basic premise involving the “New Gene” incidents. Keeping myself cut off about any information (which is rare for me because I love my spoilers) was very successful.
(Right now, as a warning I don’t care if I didn’t do the proper title for CHAOS;HEAD. That crap pisses me off and all capitals is fine.)
But even the stuff I did know about got me excited when I was watching the anime. And let me clarify, not like, “happy excited” but more like, “Oh shit! People are getting killed” excited. It’s not too bloody yet though. I mean, I’m sure that scene where the pink-haired girl is nailing some guy to a wall could get some people queezy, but it seemed pretty tame to me. What had me feeling creeped out was my imagination. “The pregnant man” incident specifically gave me a really…oh I can’t even quite explain it. The idea of it just got me really creeped out. Which is good for an anime like this. It’s what I expected and wanted.
I love how the whole story is portrayed too. The seiyuu all seem well-suited to their roles so far and I’m loving some of that creepy music and sound effects. We see all of this stuff through the eyes of Takumi, a shut-in otaku who is always having delusions. In this episode you were able to tell what was fake pretty well, but it still makes it interesting since he doesn’t even know what he’s just imagining and what’s actually real. Those delusions can be pretty fun to watch too. It feels weird calling him a hikikomori though since he seems to go to school often enough. But he has to meet all these girls somehow I suppose.
t’s also just fun to see an otaku surrounded by moe girls of different types. So far only two were introduced fully, our megane ojou-sama character and the cute imouto character (who annoyed me quite a bit). But we have the main pink-haired, pleasantly crazy girl who seems to be the one killing everyone. Though we only saw her do one thing. Maybe she’s not the only bishoujo out killing people. In the OP we see pretty much all the girls with some crazy weapons…which got me thinking about Rozen Maiden’s premise of battling each other for some reason (I only started reading the manga recently, so that might be why).
Then there was that short-haired girl who said the same thing Takumi is saying. “Those eyes, who do they belong to?” (or your other translation of choice). For Takumi I figured he was just freaked out about people watching him, but now I’m wondering about it more. Watching the OP, I think she’s some sort of singer (because she was singing before too actually).
Personally, I love this anime and the way the story is going. Perfect person to have freaked out about murders is someone who’s just freaked out by real life in general. All the bishoujo’s around is pretty much a plus too. But we’re only in the first episode and a lot more needs to happen. The OP tells us more characters need to appear and all the girls need to show off their gigantic weapons at some point (and the reason for that needs to be explained as well).
Right now, I’m just wondering about the pink-haired girl who really seems to be the main one. What was up with that opening scene? Does that have something to do with why she knows Takumi’s name? Or is that one of those, “possible future” things? It’s hard to even guess at these things since, because of Takumi’s delusions, we know that he’s not a “reliable narrator” so when we see things from his POV…who really knows what’s going on.
Also…that scene at the end was great (and so was the one where he first met the girl). You knew it was coming, but it still sent shivers up my spine just my imagining what it would be like. The girl you saw covered in blood and nailing someone to the wall (and somehow knows you) shows up at your school. Creepy doesn’t even begin to describe how that would feel in real life. That’s what completely sold me on this series…or maybe it was just seeing her covered by blood in the first place.
Of course, I haven’t seen anything but the anime. People who have read the manga adaptation or (especially) played the VN probably won’t feel the same about it. But for me it’s new and it’s good.
Yozakura Quartet – Episode 02 (and 01 clarification)
So I just watched the raw last week and the fansub now too. Since it was the first episode, there was a lot I missed and avoided mentioning. Like, I knew the town was full of youkai, but I didn’t know why and I didn’t know that…it was like over half.
I also didn’t know that Hime was the mayor. Predictably, that put a smile on my face. However, I was also hoping the fansubs would clear up why Akina’s hair grows when he does his super special attack. It did not. But it’s okay because that doesn’t get cleared up in the manga either. It’s just to make him look cooler I guess.
I’ve read the first two volumes of the manga released by Del Rey now. I should probably mention that. The anime is a bit different from the manga, but I’m not really bothered by it. If Hime is still Hime, I’m completely satisfied. I’m still planning to do an intro post for Yozakura Quartet now that the fansubs are out. Expect the more in-depth ramblings on my opinion of the show and characters sometime soon (once I have free time anyway). Now that I’ve read the manga I’ll make some comparisons and add in my thoughts on that too. But let’s move onto this week (or rather, what I could understand this week).
Rin was freakin’ annoying in this episode (girl who hates youkai). She’s not like this in the manga, she’s sweet. But she’s really such a minor character that I just don’t care what they do to her in the anime. Just, her clothes look even worse when they’re colored in. Bleh.
In this episode we get to learn more about Akina’s power too. How his family considers it basically, “killling” even though it’s just transporting the youkai to another world (not sure if that was explained in full, sorry if it wasn’t and I spoiled it). That’s fine and all, but I like the way his power was revealed later in the manga. That was a pretty awesome scene. I hope they’ll include it somehow later, even if they can’t lead up to it in exactly the same way.
Touka showed up this week too which made me happy. I love that blushy girl. But mostly, the episode was about Rin being bitchy, so I don’t really care about the rest of it. Anyway, Akina was pretty cool in the end and it all ended well.
Hm…I’m actually finding it really hard to talk about this episode now that I’ve read the manga. Anything revealed, I already knew so I’m not having any real reaction to it. I don’t have a lot to say without spoiling anything either. Next week I’ll have a lot more to say though.
Ah! And I really wished they weren’t going to animate the next episode. I can’t say anymore to avoid spoilers, but…*sigh* Well, at least next week I think we might get to hear the town song. Though I’m not entirely sure if I’m out of order on that one. Oh well, no matter what…more Hime~! There wasn’t enough of her this week.
To Aru Majutsu no Index – Episode 02
This anime was so badass this week (okay, so I say that about anything with magic and action, but it’s still true). Touma is seriously just about the best main male character in an anime this Fall. Or at least out of the new non-shoujo ones (for me anyway).
Really, this episode had everything it needs to be considered awesome. Explosions? Check. Crazy situation that’t “impossible” to get out of? Check. After a pretty solid defeat, coming back to just get an absolute victoy? Check. Specifically striding back into battle and calmly explaining your plan? Check! Awesome lines? Hmm…”If you don’t want to follow them into Hell…The only thing to do is…Drag them out of the depths of Hell!” And that line is done while punching someone in the face? Hell yeah that’s another check! And then all of that was done with cool techno-ish music playing in the background (even if you hate techno it’s damn good for battle and car chase scenes).
Really Touma was just way too cool. That freakin’ tough looking evil guy was so pathetic and panicking at the end of the fight. Dude still had other spells to use and just wet his pants and let himself get punched in the face. He dodged the punch before. Ah, what a loser. Hopefully his half-dressed lady-partned (or whatever) with the big sword will put up a better fight (and any of those other villains in the OP).
Index also got upgraded from just cute to an interesting and pretty nice character. She showed some signs last week, but I was too distracted by cute to notice. This week there was almost no humor so her other traits showed out. Seems like the poor little nun is having a hard time. She’s so sweet too, awww~! Makes me sad though. At least her “power” was explained this week, though I’m not entirely sure it explains her kind of different personality (though it seems to make her kind of computer-ish like she’s supposed to be around for data storage or something). I’m still looking to learn more about her organization (or whatever) to answer those questions.
Also, stuck-up Mikoto from last week has a sister with some sort of job that’s going to make those two involved in the plot. *sigh* Well, I knew this was going to happen, but I don’t care. She’s still annoying.
Finally, the loli teacher is still funny as all hell. All those beer cans and cigarettes…how old is she? That bunny hood was classic too.
I’m really just looking forward to more of this series. So much good stuff this season for me. It’s great~! It’s definitely a favorite for me right now.
Akane-Iro Ni Somaru Saka – Episode 02
Poo. So the most basic theory about what the heck was up with the SUPAH SPAI from last week turned out to be right. He and his wife (another spy) are just the parents of Junichi and Minao. Boring. If my memory serves me right, Yuuhi’s father is the guy rescued last week too. So everything is really just explained in the simplest way (Yuuhi is engaged to Junichi because Junichi’s dad saved her dad). Boring.
Yuuhi’s dad is also a jerk. I don’t care about any “Well, Japanese society…” arguments or crap. it’s just stupid. Instead of forcing your daughter to marry some random person you see as fit to run the company, just make your own daughter fit to run your stupid company. Asshole. At least Yuuhi didn’t just completely roll over for her dad and insisted on making a judgment herself (damn straight!).
There was a lot of cliched jokes and stuff in this episode, but I still laughed when Yuuhi was discovering all the stuff in the Super Market. She really is just so darn cute. It’s nice to have Rie Kugimiya in a role like this. Minato also became a lot more likable in my eyes (though I never specifically disliked her), but Yuuhi is still my favorite. It’s really nice to see them getting along too, though it’s kind of what I expected from the OP.
It really is a pretty typical series, because even crazy parents doing crazy things isn’t that out there for series like this (they have to be out of the picture for some reason). Also the “maybe you two aren’t siblings” remark from Yuuhi to Minato was pretty much expected. No matter what is true (oh it’s not true, these shows almost always chicken out), imouto-san will be entering the love triangle about the same time Yuuhi starts changin her opinion of Junichi. Just you watch.
Oh well. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll come up with stuff to say about this series, but this week was fun. Yuuhi really is cute (especially in that last scene). However, next week looks like some time being spent with the other girls in class and I really have no interest in that. Meh.
I think I might drop AkaSaka from blogging, or just blog it when something interesting happens. When I start ToraDora again I don’t think I’ll have much to say about it either, so I’ll probably drop that as well. I’m also wondering about Kannagi, but I’ll decide for that after I watch the second episode.
I’m still going to keep watching these shows, I just don’t think I’ll be able to say much since I can’t offer much. If I think of something to say, I’ll say it. I really don’t want to get too busy or anything. To me some of these shows seem difficult to keep up with weekly anyway. It’s better to watch them in 2-3 episode batches when I’m bored..and without coming up with stuff to say about it.
Really, sometimes all I can say is, “Well, it entertained me. That’s good.”
Instead I’ll be left with my three “Awesome” series which I will always have something to say about. Even if it’s just, “AWESOME!”
That means Yozakura Quartet, CHAOS;HEAD, and To Aru Majutsu no Index are going to be the three anime commonly seen in the Weekly Anime posts. Which I’m thinking of doing on Sundays from now on. Friday already has Clannad and my Sundays are pretty open since I intend to blog Skip Beat! on Mondays (even when the raw comes out on Sunday). So…yeah.
Though that’s still not certain yet. This week is going to be really busy for me so I still have a little more adjusting to do.
Well, just be on the look out for the next post sometime this weekend. Until next time just enjoy the cute pink-haired murdering bishoujo. Ah…she smiles so sweetly when she’s not killing people.
(I keep feeling like I’m making a mistake somewhere in these posts. Once again, let me know if you notice anything!)
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