Weekly Anime (12/29 – 1/4)January 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Weekly Anime | 8 Comments
Well, I almost got everything I was supposed to this week. I’ll probably get through the rest of ToraDora! tomorrow or something. I kind of got distracted by the new season of anime. Starting a new season takes up a lot more time I think. Because you pretty much always have something to say.
Anime: CHAOS;HEAD (12 END), ToraDora! (11), Plus Shakugan no Shana.
Hm. Looks like I’m going to get the chance to go through some older series like I’ve been wanting to this season. I’m caught up with the Fall anime and I’m…really not going to be picking up much in Winter after all. I’m almost certain now that MariaHolic is going to be in here. I don’t think I’m even going to blog SoraKake and I won’t get past more than a couple of episodes of Asu no Yoichi.
Winter is going to be pretty easy for me it looks like. Makes me happy.
Shakugan no Shana (Episodes 01 – 08)
No organized blogging here whatsoever, I decided to just get my thoughts out while they’re in my head.
First off, the first episode was awesome. After watching the first episode I wanted to just sit down and watch the whole thing at once, but it’s like 24 episodes (or is it 26?) so that would be stupid. Plus I know from everyone else’s grumblings that it doesn’t stay this incredibly awesome. But ah~ What a great series opener. It starts off with action, then clears up all the details, and oh yeah, “you’re dead”. Hahaha~ I love first episodes like that.
See. That’s how you get people hooked. Hm…as far as I’m concerned all an anime really needs is a great first episode and great last episode to make it memorable. Everything in between just has to be satisfactory.
Also in the first episode, I was surprised by Shana, or more specifically Rie Kugimiya as Shana. From the way people talk about all of her loli-ish tsundere roles you’d think they were all alike, but they all have pretty obvious differences (at least they’re obvious to me out of the ones I’ve seen). Shana talks a lot more calmly, steadily, and seriously than any of the other roles (at least right now). From the way people talk about Rie Kugimiya you’d think that all of her roles sound the same, but it’s not any worse than pretty much any seiyuu (except Miyuki Sawashiro lolz). It overlaps sometimes when they’re angry or something, but it’s not bad or anything. I guess it’s because Rie-san has such a distinctive voice though. Kind of like Yukari Tamura. It’s impossible not to recognize her.
Aw…and Hirai-san. She was only around for two episodes, but it was kind of sad to see her go. Such a bright, cheerful girl. Sheesh. The idea of your “existence” disappearing is really depressing. After you die all that’s left of you are your accomplishments and the memories of others so just disappearing entirely is…awful. Can’t help but wonder what would happen if a person who invented some world-changing thing had their existence taken and all that…what would happen then? Would their invention disappear too and would the world change or is it just on a personal level? I’m guessing it’s something I just shouldn’t dwell on too much right now though.
That other girl in class though, the one that I assume is responsible for the love triangle dorama. I’m not fond of her. Normally I’d fall for her sort of character easily (and I did by her looks alone at first), but she’s just too boring. There has to be more to her than love trianlge drama, right?
And another small complaint is that I don’t like how quickly Shana changed. She started relying on and trusting Yuuji too quickly. or maybe not qoo ucikly, but too suddenly. I guess it’s not too surprising though because I have to say, smiling Shana in the opening felt like a spoiler.
Last thing on the opening (while it’s on my mind)…I love it. I watch the opening and ending almost every time. The animation is nothing really too special, but how it just fits perfectly with the song is awesome.
CHAOS;HEAD – Episode 12 (END)
Aww. It’s over. You know, this anime had some sticky points where I turned my back on it, but overall I can say that…it turned out fine.
Fine is slightly less than the “awesome” I might have expected, but I guess that someday I’ll just have to turn to the VN to enjoy that awesomeness. Someday when I have more time and you know…the actual ability to.
It really feels like somewhere along the line the anime became more of a basic action anime than what I started out expecting it to be. So I know that the VN has to be at least a little different, because a VN running on action that you can’t really see seems like a dumb idea. Of course I might have ruined the experience by finishing the anime, but I’m kind of okay with that considering I can’t play through the game for a little while.
Now then as for the actual finale, I have to say some of the things Norose was saying was giving me flashbacks to Charles in Code Geass R2. That probably hurt the anime more than it helped it because of how ridiculous that all seemed back then.
The happy-love-harem delusion made me laugh quite a bit. As did Takumi “breaking up” with Seira (that’s right bitch. He chose someone he gave him a better name. Taku > Takki). Speaking of nicknames and such though, I don’t think I realized until this episode that every single girl in the series calls Takumi something different. I wonder if that was on purpose for that one scene (if it was in the VN that is).
I really don’t have a lot to say so I’ll keep it simple now. The anime somehow became rather typical, so I’d like to play the game because everyone thinks that was so…not typical. Seeing Takumi the hikkikomori loser rise up and be awesome was fun and of course…Rimi <3
It seems that even though I kept talking about the importance of the girls none of them ended up being completely unimportant because it meant more people who got to know Takumi and believe in him and all that corny stuff. Though I still think the most important is Rimi and then Nanami.
Also lol at the very ominous scene at the beginning of the anime actually meaning, “Happy ending!” A happy ending where Rimi and Takumi live together happily ever after. Really not what you’d expect from the start of the anime (lol, no main characters died at all). I think that sort of ending was surprising though and kind of refreshing (less predictable than the unhappy ending in this case) so…I liked it?
Yeah. I like this anime. It’s okay. Still want to play the game though.
Ohoho~ Now I’m starting to see what people are talking about calling this a character drama over a comedy now. Specifically Taiga’s frustration with her father and Ryuuji doing the, “but family is family” thing made me start thinking about Clannad. I don’t think that Taiga’s dad is a bad person though, or even really a bad father. He really just comes off as the lonely papa~ right now if you know what I mean. Sometimes parents just make mistakes and you have to forgive them. Because they’re your parents and they actually love you (even when they’re making mistakes).
Of course I’m not saying all parents love their children. Some parents are abnormal. But Taiga’s dad seems fine to me. Of course there still seems to be more to the story that I need to see so I’ll have to see what happens.
This post is so lame. I watched almost nothing this week. Not bad, because I did actual things in the real world, but it sure makes this post look pretty…well bare (and lame).
Next week I’ll catch up properly with ToraDora. I hate being behind, especially when episode 13 is supposed to be so good. Then I’ll probably be adding Maria+Holic to Weekly Anime next week too. Or actually…maybe not since I’ll have to wait an extra week for an actual new episode to appear.
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