Weekly Anime (10/20 – 10/26)October 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Weekly Anime | 18 Comments
Ah…too much to talk about this week. Something quick on ToraDora! 02-04, Yozakura Quartet 04, Hakushaku to Yousei 01-03 (Yes, finally), and CHAOS;HEAD 03. Also something random about SaiMoe (Nagisa~!).
And as far as the image this week goes…a stubborn Lydia is a cute Lydia and that fact needs attention!
Randomly about SaiMoe: Woot! Nagisa took another one down in SaiMoe even though she was supposed to lose (In fact she was until the last hour or half hour or something). She won against both Kyo-Ani hate and Clannad hate. Yay Nagisa~!
Her next opponent is Kagami, so a lot of supporters are already giving up. Kind of pissing me off since of course if they don’t vote she won’t beat her. Stupid jerks. Even if you don’t think a character will win, if you want them to, you vote anyway. At the very least you have to make sure they don’t get a humongous loss.
Personally, I still want Nagisa to win it all. Not just as an insane Nagisa fan either. If you ask me, she’s the character in the top eight that fits moe best. You know, that original Sakura moe. She’s cute, always does her best, and you always want to help her (unless you’re a heartless asshole who expects girls both real and fictional to always be strong and independent).
ToraDora! – Episode 02-04
You know I tried to fight really hard against this anime, but I’m completely pulled in now. All the characters became likable for me by episode four…except that one stupid girl we see in the preview. She’s already annoying me and she hasn’t even appeared yet.
I thought for sure I’d hate Taiga, but somehow she ended up being really cute (I got over that hate right in episode one). I disliked Minori at first because of how ridiculous she was (and annoying), but she grew on me in episode three. I…never really even disliked Kitamura actually. Since episode two with his crazy laugh he actually became a favorite character. Ryuuji I always figured I’d like. He’s a nice guy. And Ryuuji’s mom, well I just don’t mind her anymore (she really pissed me off in episode one though).
I dropped this from blogging so I could read the manga adaptation before watching episode two, and I’m glad I did. Their rushing wasn’t that bad, but if I didn’t know all the stuff that came before the lamppost scene I would have felt like it was…too soon for them to be bonding. It probably would have been better to make that episode three and let us all think Taiga is just a bitch for longer. Then having her be so frustrated over all of her worries would have a bigger impact.
But! Like I said, I don’t mind. If I had watched the anime episode first I would have had more of a, “???” feeling, but it really was fine. Still not sure if I’m going to add ToraDora! to regular blogging again though.
Yozakura Quartet – Episode 04
You know, I was becoming increasingly bothered by the way the anime is adapting the manga. I guess it was the kind of weird order in which things are happening…I’m not sure. But the problems I was having seemed to have been fixed with this episode. They introduced the overall plot this week, something the manga up to volume two has really only left hints for. Though because of that, I can’t say if this episode really follow the manga because I haven’t read past volume two.
Anyway, this week’s episode was actually something I haven’t even read in the manga. Which is odd because they actually have a conversation that specifically follows last week’s events. Ah! It has me all confused trying to remember what happened in the manga and what’s just happened in the anime. Probably why I was so bothered by the differences, because outside of Akina succeeding as oyakume being a secret in the manga, they’re all too subtle to keep things straight.
But! Any complaints I had about the anime were well-worth it to finally hear the town song! Tsun Tsun Dere Tsun Dere Tsun Tsun~! Ah. How nice. It appeared at the end of chapter one in the manga and we’re in episode 04 of the anime now. I was starting to get worried. Ah, I love hearing Hime sing. She sounds so cute. I’m really looking forward to the OST coming out now. Because the soundtrack in general is pretty good, but I want the town song!
Anyway, this episode was a lot better than the last couple have been. Interactions between the characters seems to be the series’ strength and this episode was full of that. In fact this episode kind of had slice-of-life interactions. You know…talking about nothing. Personally, I’m a fan of that sort of thing when the characters are interesting (I love Hime the most, but I like all of the characters). So…that would kind of make this a slice-of-life action show, right? Which would explain why it’s not that popular. They’re kind of opposite ideas so it’s rare to find fans of both. I’m a fan of both though (but I’m a fan of almost everything as long as there’s good characters).
Also it’s the first episode that hasn’t been from the manga, but that I’ve been able to like. So it made it interesting. I also got to see a lot more of Gin…considering that I never even really got to see him before. Ah yeah, watching that flashback scene with Hime, Akina, and Gin made me go from not knowing anything and not caring much about Gin at all, to DEMANDING that he get his body back to himself by the end of the series (manga at least).
Personally I don’t have any pairings going on in this anime, I have more of the, “Everyone should get along just like they do now” idea going (except with Gin back to his normal self). I like the kind of friendship theme going on in this anime. Hmm…when everyone in an anime is friends, I always feel really hesitant to break it up at all with pairings.
…I still feel like there’s a lot more I have to say, but I’ll cut it off now before I start rambling. (Oh yeah, but the fights were pretty cool in this episode) Too much happened in this episode for me to cover everything here. So basically, this episode was the best one so far and I think anyone considering dropping the series should at least watch this one before making their final decision. After this they seem to be following the manga again (with another added-in flashback).
Hakushaku to Yousei – Episodes 01-03
First off, it might be best to explain why I haven’t posted anything about this anime despite loving it oh-so-much. Quite simply…I love it too much. I mean, what can I say outside of, “Oh~!” “Haha~!” and “Teehee~!” every week? Nothing!
Well, that’s not entirely true, but it’s mostly true. So instead, for this week I’ll ignore all the fangirling stuff and explain why I personally love the series. Which means that some of you (especially guys) won’t get it.
I was expecting a lot from this anime from the beginning and it certainly delivered. Everything I’d heard about it, I loved automatically. Ah~! I was in an awful mood a couple of times times before I started watched an episode, but while watching it all the bad feelings drifted away. That’s definitely a good sign. Heck, even pessimistic little me doesn’t expect the anime to get bad all of a sudden (the spoilers I read definitely help though).
I love the opening. It has a violin, so it’s only natural. The song itself is good too and I loved it when they used it for the chase scene in the first episode. The animation in the opening is also quite good. Everything matches the beats and…ah I love it~! Violins ftw!
The ending I like much less. I’m not into songs sung by male seiyuu…pretty much ever (it’s also just a pretty boring song). However…my good that animation. I’m not the type to normally go for that sort of thing, but ah!!! I can’t not watch it! As for what that animation is…that’s a secret between me and anyone who actually watches the series. Explaining it and why I like it makes me feel like I might change some people’s opinions of me and male readers may actually realize that I’m a girl…who likes bishies as well as cute girls! Oh noes~!
*ahem* But I’m getting all sorts of fangirl crazy going now, so let me take a break to regroup. *deep breath* Okay back.
Now then, the anime wouldn’t be enjoyable for everyone. It just so happens that this anime fits all of my specific interests perfectly. If you’re not me you might not find it so incredibly wonderful. For example…I don’t think 95% of guys would like this anime. Even guys who can actually like shoujo may find this too…shoujo-y and…I’m not sure what else to say. There’s got to be some word for it.
For me this series is like the jackpot. Since I was a little girl there’s always been on genre I’ve absolutely loved and that is Fantasy (and fairytales to be specific). Yes…I’m almost at the Kyoko-level obsession with fairytales and fantasy in general. I have my little daydream moments, but alas~! I can easily discern reality from fantasy. I’ve been like that since I was little. I had an active imagination, but I always knew what was real and what wasn’t. Which probably was actually why I loved fantasy that much more. I knew none of it was real so I wanted it to be real so much more.
I mean…how awesome would it be to actually be rewarded for your misery by your fairy godmother or something?
…And now instead of sounding fangirl-crazy, I’m starting to sound just regular crazy. Let’s get back to the series now…
My only minor complaint about the anime would be that it seems to move just a little too quickly sometimes. They’re already at the place where they’d get the sword in episode three and we already learned a lot about Edgar’s past in episode two. Maybe I’m just used to other fantasy adventures where it takes like…half the book to get anywhere. And mystery is always the most important draw. Right now the only specific mystery left seems to be about Ermine, and quite a bit was explained about her in episode three as well.
But the flow of information has been steady, despite seemingly revealing too much too soon in episode two. So I really can’t complain.
That’s all just complaints for story purposes too, it all works fine for relationship purposes. Because Edgar’s still teasing Lydia and she’s still being super tsundere. And that is the main draw for this anime. Our good shoujo romance taking place in the past. The fairies and adventure are all just the setting (but I enjoy them just the same).
Ah~! The Nana Mizuki tsundere. One of my greatest joys in life surpassed only by Nana Mizuki singing (which is why Utau is the ultimate <3 for me, because she’s tsundere and she sings!).
Most importantly, another reason I love this show is that I don’t have to sit down and take it seriously. With all the wind chime sound effects and sparkles, there’s no way I’m supposed to. So I can just sit down and watch it with a big stupid smile on my face the whole episode. Oh god I love all of Ed’s wonderful lines. You really have to admire a guy who can say all of that stuff with a completely straight face.
Ah~ and so basically my reasons for loving this series are the same as they were when I *squee*d all about it back in May remain. Just add on bishies, tsundere, and fairies (how did I not mention fairies before!?). This series is great. I’m just leaving it at that for now. I can’t be too specific with three episodes to cover.
Hopefully now I can blog it properly in here every week (I don’t have enough time to try real posts and that’s partially why it got put off for so long). But don’t expect something quite this long again. (Oh lol…so many random screencaps to take up space…)
CHAOS;HEAD – Episode 03
Whoa so much happened in this episode. But at least it seems like we’re out of the constant, “WTF!?” stage and getting some answers. Of course, more “WTF!?” and questions keep popping up, but it leaves your head a lot less spinny (yes, spinny) when you get some answers.
Personally, one of my top questions was wondering why Takumi became a hikikomori and we got the answer to that in this episode. Unlike what some people think, when someone’s a shut-in otaku I think that it’s not because they’re just obsessed with anime, but that there was a reason why they sought to escape into anime. And that was the case here. It wasn’t stated outright, but since he stopped talking to people and socializing at that age, I think it’s safe to say that’s when his problems started. I think accidentally killing (are they dead or just hurt?) your classmates is actually a good reason to close yourself off too (or rather, there’s never a good reason, but at least he’s not just being a super wuss). Maybe he didn’t even really do it (maybe it’s just that prediction stuff), but when you’re a kid if you think you’re responsible, well that’s that.
The “whose eyes” thing was also covered in this episode which is good, because if it had continued much longer without knowing why I would have gotten kind of frustrated. I figured it was because he thought someone was watching him, but it’s best to know the background.
Oh and the weapons and the remainder of the characters all showed up too. And now Takumi is actually looking around to try and find answers about all sorts of stuff.
So this leaves Rimi as the source of all my biggest questions. Even with the introduction of super, “WTH?” singer girl. She has all those songs about the murders, which really didn’t have much of an effect on me. I mean, everyone is involved in this story somehow. I kind of just think she can predict stuff too. If she has the same ability as Takumi it would explain why she says that famous line too. (Oh yeah and I like the songs btw)
Let’s see so far, the singer and that girl in Shibuya both have those weapons (plus she has the song and the line), Yua is investigating stuff (though why we don’t know), Nanami…well I’m not sure about her (at least you can say she’s Takumi’s sister), then there’s that twin-tailed blonde girl who’s going to transfer into the school, and Rimi…well Rimi’s just Rimi. I think she’s the one that leaves everyone wondering what’s going on with her the most because of that scene in the first episode. We don’t know if that’s past or future or if it even happens (because anime and manga do that crap sometimes).
But if Rimi really is involved, I kind of get the feeling that she doesn’t really remember what she’s doing when she does it. Because we got to hear her thoughts on that singer girl who we pretty much know is definitely involved now. Who knows though~! I like Rimi no matter what though (I like girls who can pull of puppy dog eyes). So amusing to hear her freaked out by scary stories when that image of her being covered in blood is still firmly stuck in my mind.
Hmm…agh I don’t have much to say this week because I can’t really think of many more questions to ask. I guess the sentence appearing on the pictures of the new murder are this weeks, “Oh shi-” cliffhanger. That would make either the singer or Takumi the murdere based on what we know. But what we know means shit. We’re only 1/4 of the way through this anime.
My number one concern right now is finding out about the weapons. Hopefully when we learn more about the two characters seen with them, we’ll learn something about them. Next week it does look like I’ll be getting what I want. More Rimi (who still just seems like she’s no involved at all outside of one scene from Takumi’s POV), and more of the two girls with weapons.
And that’s it for this week. Normally I’d mention Index too, but there’s no fansubs out yet and I decided to watch every episode fansubbed first. This episode seemed like it would be an action one based off of the preview, but I’d still rather wait. I mean, what can I say about an action episode without subtitles if I don’t understand stuff? Just all caps, “AWESOME!” about twenty times? Um…yeah no. It’ll just have to wait until next week.
Now that we’re in the fourth week of these posts, I’m starting to wonder how useful they are. Wouldn’t it be just as easy to do posts the same way in different posts for every anime? Probably…but I’m still keeping this up at least until the winter season starts.
Once the winter season starts though, I kind of think these posts should stick around, but for rambling instead about any anime I can’t talk about in any sort of structure.
Ah well~! It doesn’t matter yet since we’re only about 1/4 into Fall now anyway.
So let’s just leave this off with…vote for Nagisa in SaiMoe! Do it or I’ll find you!
(Oh lol, the Weekly Anime format looks so bad with this theme…and as usual, I feel like I forgot something…)
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