I’m pretty sure that most of you don’t notice, but my enthusiasm towards anime blogging has hit an all time low. I’ve actually thought about putting Anime3R to a halt for the past 2 days. Initial thought says that I’ve reached the PHASE.
What PHASE you say?
You know… the PHASE. The phase that every blogger “supposedly” encounters at least once. Where they start to wonder if all the effort, attention and time poured into their blog is worth it.
Hmm… Neh. It’s not the PHASE affecting my enthusiasm. I’ve been through the PHASE so many times, I’m practically numb to it. I welcome the PHASE. In fact, the PHASE is something I’d freaking embrace with my soft and loving bosom. Cause every time I get pass the PHASE, I realize why I’m blogging. For myself, my interest, my hobby, my entertainment, my pleasure. But remember! Play safe, Use Rubber.
Instead, it’s more like the shitload and shitload and shitloads of work that’s affecting me. It’s already bad enough that I hate my job, but to have shitloads of it just makes is suck much more. The only saving grace about work is the satisfaction I get from the one day of “rest” employees usually get after completing a large order. The salary comes second.
Well… screw grace. Currently in mid process of the current order involving shitloads of work. The boss already tells us to pick up the pace so we can rush on to the next 5 huge orders a.k.a more shitloads of work. Oh well, blame it on my lack of skills and abilities to get stuck in a job I hate. Still awaiting the day when I will be able to make a living out of animes.
I’ve always boasts about I have no life. It keeps my post counts coming strong. Well, life decided to catch up. Shitloads of work is one aspect. The other aspect, I’ve found a new love. No… I’m not talking about the type you get from the opposite sex. I’m talking about the passion of my new hobby, photography. I’ve always been interested in photography since the first figure photoshoot in Anime3R. No wait, since I bought my first camera.
It was an Olympus C150. Paid RM$700 for that piece of shit. 1.3 megapixel. No optical zoom. 64MB storage. Second camera, Panasonic Lumix Fs-7. Rm$590. 10megapixel of smooth compact goodness. Leica lens. 4gigs of storage. Morgan’s Law farking ownz you.
Fast forward a few months, and I now have my first D-SLR, a Sony a300. I just could not resist the temptation after seeing the infinite possibilities which a RAW photo file allows. But it was the photo-shoot from last week which shot my interest sky high.
Now, every time I sit in front of the computer, getting ready to draft an anime review and nothing comes out. Even after watching good animes like Spice and Wolf Season 1 and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (In progress). Instead, what goes through my mind is how I’m going to do a Haruhi Gekisou shoot. And also for my upcoming figures.
I don’t know if this is just a phase? Or if it will pass by anytime soon. But I do know what I want, and for now, I want (and will)
1) Revamp Anime3R yet again, as per previous mood swing.
2) Cut down on anime reviews and try to increase topic on other categories. Hopefully cos-play photography. Xp
3) Try to achieve a more friendly and welcoming blog. Rather than the slightly professional (“wannabe”) atmosphere I now have in my blog.
4) Also expect a name change. -.-“
“shitload and shitload and shitloads of work”
And this is a picture of the guys in action. Razrig, Misao, Linkin, Valho, KC, Kuzuryu (behind Misao), E-jump. Hah! I gOt yoU Candid-ed! Lol!
After 4 days of editing. Eyes are now bloody red. Animes are majorly backlogged. I have not blog surfed for the 4 days. And I almost lost the ability to type proper sentences. But it is totally worth it…
I have absolutely fallen in love with portrait photography!
Thought I’d make a post of my favorite shots from each cosplayer. :p
Just to milk out my photos.
For more of em pictures, do drop by my album at NaNeeeE?!.
Razrig, if I saw you taking a candid of me. You’d probably end up with a picture of me fingering you. Lol! Anyway, thanks for the photo. Here I am, stressed and overdosed on adrenaline, in my full bald glory.
Don’t mean to spam the blog directories with so many post in one day, but didn’t expect to finish editing Yowane Haku’s pictures so soon. Anyway, here’s more pictures hot out of the oven!
I love the symmetry thing jig-a-ma-bob going on in here. Didn’t even cross my mind during the photoshoot. Yowane Haku by Kazuikori, Drunk? Perhaps.. Good posing nonetheless!
For more of em pictures, do drop by my album at NaNeeeE?!.
First off, please forgive my sorry-ass-excuse of a post from last night.
I was having an adrenalin hangover since Sunday’s shoot, grumpy, tired, stressed out from work and I have yet to find time to finish my last 2 episodes of Spice and Wolf season 1. Fortunately, today work was much better. Despite my 1 hour of sleep from last night. So I’m all Genki Genki now. Now back to the post…
Was invited to a cos-play photo-shoot last Sunday. Again, thanks to RayRay and Razrig for the invite. Basically RayRay asked Raz to ask around and Raz told me to come along.
Location: MMU, Cyberjaya.
Cos-players – Character
Rayray – Nigaito
Kazuikori – Yowane Haku
Cutiepie305 – Ainone Kana
Mint – Ainone Kai
Angie00 – Hatsune Miku (Diva)
akiko wolf – Hatsune Miku (Black Rock Shooter)
Chikoness – Toeto Luka
DeidaraGS – MechaKaito
Photographers and Others: Lots of cool guys with mean looking cameras. Lol!
The theme of the day was Vocaloid’s if you haven’t already notice. -.-”
First hour of the photo-shoot, I was all stressed out. Lol! Cause from what I see in the camera. Most of the pictures were somehow or rather too dark. Only later did I found out that it was because the sunlight was reflecting on my camera’s display which makes it LOOK like the pictures were too dark.
By the way, The picture above ^. That’s my weapon by fate. A Sony A300 dslr. Nothing to shout about, a beginner’s machine with your usual beginner’s specs and features.
Finally done touching up on Nigaito, cosplayed by RayRay. Uploaded and I bring to you 4 of my favourite shots of her.
For more of em pictures, do drop by my album at NaNeeeE?!.
First off, I have to Thank RayRay and Razrig for the invitation to join their photoshoot.
It’s 1.30am now and I’m only at my 7th picture! RAWR! I love photography!!!
Too tired from 4 hours of photo editing though.So will keep the spam short and here you go.
Set in a gothic fantasy world, this is the story of Teito Klein, an orphaned slave who became the top military academy student. However, an unexpected turn of events left him pursued by the forces of the Barsburg Empire. Now an escaping convict, Teito’s sheltered by the church and it’s law of sanctuary. Here, he discovered many mysteries surrounding himself, the church, and the Empire itself. The fact that he might be connected to a dethroned king and the mystical stone of god, ‘The Eye of Mikhael’ made him the target of the empire more than ever. Fortunately the church is under the mythical 7 Ghost protection. But who are the Ghosts really. Will Teito be free from the military’s clutch, And what of his said mission to uncover the history. And who is the military’s Chief-of-Staff Ayanami exactly. Teito’s future seems to have spiraled into an unexpectedly perilous path.
07-Ghost can only be described with one word. S.L.O.W.
The overly dragging story pace overwhelmed me so bad that I can’t even think well enough to put the positive points about 07-Ghost into words right now. I pretty much forced myself to sit through the anime. But after 25 episodes, they still haven’t explained what the whole storyline is suppose to achieve.
Teito’s objective is uncertain, Ayanami’s intention is unknown, What relationship the Eye of Mikhail and the 7-Ghosts has, Heck! I don’t even know if they are gay!?
Allow me to elaborate,
“Apparently”, everything will become clear once Teito regains his memories. He will understand the mission he has been given.
*Ohz Noez, Another hero who lost his memories*
So every now and then, his mind throws a hissy fit and part of his memories comes back. Now comes the bad part. It takes him seemingly forever to remember but a short snip of his memories. By the end of the series, Teito has NOT remembered everything.
Having a mood-breaking slow story pace is one thing, but to couple it with an open ending. It absolutely sucked. Yes, that’s right, I’m spoiling it for you guys. It’s an open ending of NOTHINGNESS!
NOTHING HAPPENED! Sure there was a little invasion, some puny battles, among other things. But it is nowhere near justifying 8 hours of my time spent on this anime.
“God damn it! Forgot to ask about my chains again!”
Anyone noticed how it took 9 episodes before Teito’s chains were taken off. 9 freaking episodes. Only to be bound by a neck collar next. Lol! The irony.
Ok, ranting about the negative points helped lighten the rage a little. Maybe I’ll say some of the good points, which still doesn’t make up for 07-Ghost’s flaws. Just to let you know.
I actually did enjoy the first few episodes. The first story plot revolving Teito’s escape and Mikage’s burden was an interesting one. Couldn’t help but worry about Mikage’s dilemma and how it would turn out in the end. That was of course, before I notice things were starting to span out. It was pretty much a downfall of sky-diving proportions after that.
Overall, it’s a nice package. With good animation, good attempts on comedy (emphasis on good), short, swift and painless combat scenes, and below average music (Although I know another blogger who loves the ending theme.. Enough to make an AMV out of it. Unfortunately, her site seems to down after being inactive quite a while now, so I couldn’t link to her).
I actually have no issue with the story itself too. Again, it’s the way the story was told which was way too slow, that killed whatever 07-Ghost had going for it.
On the planet Earthdash, its inhabitants gaze on its moon and the technologically advanced lunar city of Mooneyes with awe. Dan JD, a boy living in Rollingtown on Earthdash’s surface, gets caught up in Bigfoot Basketball — a fast-paced sport played with giant Bigfoot robots.
Basquash is great! We already know that…
Well… for those who don’t, I’ll say it again. Basquash is the bestest awesomemestemest adrenalin pumping ass-WHOOPING coolestest anime ever!
It’s so great, I’m not even going to bother with a review. It’s a 5-Star, through and through. Instead, I’m going to spam about the elements of Basquash. Explained by a bogus theory I came up with. I think I’m going to call it the 5-B-Multiplier.
In a nutshell, Basquash is so great because it fully utilize the 5 B’s. Basketball, Bots, Babes, Balls and of course, Boobies. Put all these together, and the effect multiplies so great that Basquash achieves EPICDOM!
Let’s start with Basketball.
The basketball in Basquash is street style. Although, there are hints of a court style basketball existing in some scenes when Rouge called Dan JD to shoot a three pointer.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but there has not been a single basketball anime which flunked. Even Dear Boys, the anime featuring sissy guys. Which although wasn’t something I enjoyed, had a rather successful feedback. Despite having rock-bottom basketball animes like Buzzer Beater, more often than not, basketball animes will always receive a good response.
Anyway, who doesn’t love basketball?
*Points to the guy who raised his hand*
Ok, first, You need to hit the court. Try the game.
Off topic: I used to love watching NBA, back when Anfernee Hardaway and Shaq played for Orlando Magic. They were my favorite matchup. Then Shaq left Orlando and I never bothered with NBA ever again. Now, the game is just fucked up. There’s a foul every second, either that or everyone is too busy acting the man, calling each other’s moms or what not. Pfft…
Back on topic, So… Yeah… Basketball rocks. Especially Streetball!
I’d definitely join Streetball competitions if only I wasn’t so farking short.
If you haven’t learn by now, Bots are cool.
They do things normal humans can’t. They can cook, fly, has superhuman strength, blow buildings up, Split a planet to two. And yes, they can play Basketball, or rather, Basquash!
The bots in Basquash are known as Big Foots. Which I find the name really suitable, despite the foot of the bots NOT being big. Having a really rugged design really makes the Big Foot feels original. And they wear basketball shoes. I’ll be damned if that isn’t cool!
I wish I could elaborate more, but words fail me. And I just found out that it’s harder to talk about bots than to talk about female characters.
When I say babes, I actually do mean Rouge. She’s already hot as it is, but to pilot a bot and play basketball too. She’s also a little Tsundere. Dang! She’d fit me to a tee!
To Snark, SHE IS MINE!!! So she pilots a bot but I doubt she’s above legal age. Meaning she’s someone you shouldn’t take a liking too.
Oh Shit! Almost forgot to include Sela. Plays basketball, rides a Big Foot, also Hot! Although… cuming over watching or playing good basketball probably means I’ll never satisfy her. Cause my basketball sucks, HARD! I can’t shoot, score, block Jack. All I can ever do is steal. Pffft…
*Allow my slightly pedophile nature to take over*
Actually, I’m also rather fond of Alan Naismith. Short hair, Cap, mechanic clothing, Hot!
The moment she change back to her princess form however, she seemed like the dull brainless character you would find in Pretty Cure or some shit like that.
Oh by the way, I AM actually trying to get hold of this anime called Fresh Pretty Cure. LOLOLOL!!!
It’s switching fansubs like baby switches diapers. So my episodes are messed up. Anyone knows any reliable source? I’m guessing that’s how bad it is.
* Back to usual uptight self*
When I say Balls, I actually do mean it in a GAR manner.
“That guy’s got Ballsz!”
I would have used the word Boys, but it sounded under-manly.
The balls I mean is the type Dan JD lack restraint of. Him crashing around everywhere and anytime he wants to just refills the body of adrenalin over and over again. Even Dan’s pet/companion, Spanky, had balls.
Iceman has balls too. But he’s just too cool that it hides his manhood. Same goes for James Lone.
When I say boobs, I actually do mean Haruka and Miyuki. One representing Jupiter, another representing Neptune.
Unfortunately, like Jupiter, Haruka’s boobs were losing its ability to maintain a perfect sphere, due to the stronger gravity of earth which ultimately makes it sag, as opposed to the low gravity on moon. They actually mention the gravity-sagging-boobs in the anime by the way. As Jupiter, it is slowly “compressing”.
Miyuki’s however, still has a long way to go. Although she would definitely appeal to Ganguro lovers. xp
Violette’s boobs were just plain scary. It was as big as Haruka’s, but it didn’t look human.
So I took her out of the Boobs section.
Initially I wanted to keep this post short and direct. But I guess it turned out to have some SPAM after all.
Oh well, Might as well just add something which I didn’t thought of putting in…
Despite all the ass-kicking Basquash is, I have to say that the 2nd ending theme video was rubbish. The song was good. But the video was horrendous.
Sorry Marin, our romance was short lived. Although you may be a replacement for Belldandy, but you don’t play basketball. And there are lonely nights when I’d wake up in the middle of the night and feel like playing basketball… among other things. Rouge and I, we were made for each other. So I bid thee farewell…
The story centers on Marin and Urin, two “pure” sisters who live alongside the fish in the sea, but yearn to be in the world beyond the water and above ground. One day, a beautiful ring falls in the middle of the sea, and Marin and Urin retrieve it. The two decide to leave their waterbound world for the first time to deliver the ring. After an arduous journey, they come across an isolated island where a high school girl named Kanon lives. The encounter between Marin and Kanon — the maiden of the sea and the maiden of the skies — awakens a hidden power as the world is threatened by an enveloping darkness.
Look pass the moe, and you will find yourself watching a solidly packaged anime. I’m talking about a good story, throwing in a perfect mix of comedy, adventure, drama, and friendship. I wouldn’t say that it’s superior in any sense, just that it has a good enough of everything. Watch any episode and you’ll just know that this is some quality anime we’re talking about. But obviously, knowing the story from the start helps.
The most outstanding point of Umi Monogatari has got the be the animation. Freaking flawless I’d say. A little simple and bland when it comes to the drawing, but that’s what prevents it from making mistakes. K.I.S.S. terminology? Perhaps…
As for color wise, zen zen ni hyaku pasen!
Although I wished they could have pushed it up another level when it came to combat scenes. It’s not exactly dull, just feels a little “sailormoon”-ish. Talking about that, expect transformation scenes in this anime too. Lol!
I really enjoyed the comedy in Umi Monogatari. Slapsticks did not feel overplayed. Comedy line were short, direct, yet sarcastic enough to pack a little punch. And the facial expression was superb. To the point it adds a touch of finesse to the comedy.
Seems to me that most themes these days have reached a rather superior level. Yet another opening theme which I found myself trying to sing to. Violet by marble, give it a try, even if you don’t watch the anime. It’s quite a nice piece on its own.
I’d say bear with the first 3 episodes if you are looking for something slightly heavier. Only after that does things start to pick up, as characters face certain hardships. Some on their own, some faced together. But you can be sure that for every hardship they encounters, the character’s depth just increases. To the point of the final plot where it gets sad and I was really touched.
I find myself super fond of the slang Kanon, Suzuki or other islanders (in the anime) use. Similar to the slang Arumi from Abenobashi has. I’m guessing that it just feels fresh, sounding different than the normal speech style found in your usual animes.
Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~
Gentle, kind and soft. There three words constantly echoes in my mind as I try to put the beauty that is Ceui’s voice into words. Ceui’s songs are those that might not catch your attention straight away. But will be something you grow to love as you listen on to the album.
When I first listened to Ceui’s album, Glassy Heaven. I was actually a little skeptical. I found myself too focused on her voice alone to enjoy the song as a whole. Which actually resulted in me feeling a little disappointed. Thankfully the second time I listened to the album was on a Sunday and I was going full-throttle, so I cranked up the volume quite a bit.
Wow! It was a whole new album. I already knew Ceui has a great voice. But now also being able to catch the music clearly, I became totally absorbed of the cohesion of both.
The songs in Glassy Heaven can mainly be divided into 3 groups. Each group being able to share different moods with its listeners.
The first group, example being dreamscape (personal fav xp), Towa no Kotoba, Madoromo no Rakuen brings about the feeling of serene like that of sitting in an empty coffeehouse, by the glass window. Sipping a cup of hot coffee. While watching the world outside revolve slowly as time comes to slow down. Light raindrops from the drizzles hits the glass window and slowly flows down the glass.
The second group, with Prelude ~Unmei no Kakera~, Seisen Spectale and Prayer for example, brings about the feeling of a struggle to build up a little tension. Only nearing the ending will it slow it’s pace down, and the tension fades away. Imagine the same as the above scenario, but this time with a storm going on outside. you would turn from feeling peaceful from the light drizzle, to slightly worried as the heavy drops of rain hits the glass.
The 3rd group, just makes you want to go out and walk under the rain with her songs in your ears. Kokoro no Tsubasa, mellow melody.
Noticed anything yet? Yup…
Glassy Heaven really does brings out the impression of a rainfall. Just the matter of how heavy the rain is, depending on the song.
This is by no means a review, it’s more like an impression. Any reader would have noticed that I am absolutely fanboy-ing by now. Which makes this post illegit (Lol.. This word sounds awesome for some reason!).
So instead, I’d like you guys to try out this post, Ceui’s ‘first’ album -Glassy Heaven- Release~ @ http://hisoyakanasenritsu.wordpress.com. He provides a more solid description for Glassy Heaven. And also has songs for readers to sample. Good Stuff!
Antique Bakery, is a small bakery that’s run by four handsome man. Tachibana, the owner. Chikage, who was send by Tachibana’s family to watch over his childhood friend. Ono the “demonically charming” gay master pastry chef. And Kanda, a former boxer and Ono’s apprentice.
Hmm… So, I enjoyed Antique Bakery. Does that imply anything about me?
Great! On to the review!
Antique Bakery really excelled in having a absolute balance of everything.
Two layers of romance, a slice-of-life in between. Topped off with a thin spread of mystery. Three dash of Yaoi’s on the side. Shred some comedy on top for additional flavoring and serve with a warm cup of Earl Grey. A slice of lemon at the side.
So wonderfully tasty!
I Eff-ing love the music theme. Opening, closing and background music. Every single opening and ending, my head would just freaking bop non-stop. Like those bop figures you stick in your car. But of course, my head would be in tune and so smooth that chicks would find me irresistible.
Hmm… I should find a place where all the chicks hang out. Then start bopping my head. That would get me a date for sure.
As a personal preference, I “normally” hate open endings. Those with loose ends, unresolved romance, etc. etc. You get the idea.
Yet despite not having much resolved, the ending came out as strangely fulfilling.
Upon giving it a second thought, I realized that the focus of the anime was not on catching Tachibana’s kidnapper. Instead, it was resolving it as an obstacle. How Tachibana faces it as a past which he might or might not be able to put behind.
Same goes for Eiji, Ono, and Chikage. As they matured both as waiters, patissier and more importantly as people.
Again, animation using soft lines with the colors slightly faded. Antique Bakery really wanted viewers to take notice of their cakes as the contrast between them were really big. The color of their cakes would be so rich. Yet everything else were slightly faded throughout the anime.
And it worked, by the way. I found myself munching on snacks every single episode. Lol!
I would get hungry every episode.
I HAVE to comment on one thing though, regardless of how good the anime is. The male kiss scenes, and skin to skin hugs, and sleeping on the same bed freaking flipped the panic button in my head. Which was actually rather funny.
It’s like, the moment any two guys got close, started moving the lips in an awkward way. And I could hear my own panicking self from a mile away
So, anyone got any other Yaoi’s to recommend? Lol! Again, strictly no lovey dovey scenes. The Jean Baptiste scene, for example, was already too graphic for me. I’d say that my limit would be at about 1 kiss scene every 5 episodes. Anything more and I might faint.
On the first day of high school a beautiful girl named Haruhi Suzumiya introduces herself as having “no interest in ordinary humans”. She asks for any aliens, time travelers, sliders or espers to join her. Watching her weird behaviour is Kyon who sits in front of Haruhi and is the only person who talks to her. When Kyon comments about Haruhi’s joining every club in school and then quitting he unwittingly gives Haruhi an idea to start her own after school club. Thereafter Kyon and several others find themselves dragged, literally, into the Save our world by Overloading it with fun Suzumiya Haruhi’s Brigade (the S.O.S. Brigade for short).
I have NEVER came across an anime where I hated every single character. Seriously! Even with the bad ratings I gave for Season 1, I was at least enjoying some brief moments and was fond of Mikuru for the moe that she is. But season 2, even Kyon’s younger sister got on my nerves let alone everyone else.
“The phone is ringing”
“Kyon-kun, the phone”
“ANSWER THE GOD DAMN PHONE!”
There is a perfect explanation why I’m especially pissed at the above mentioned scene. You know how you normally start an episode, watch the first few minutes, then only decides to start skipping through?
Well, that’s a die-hard habit of mine. So for the duration of endless eight plot, I actually watched every scene where Kyon’s sister (whatever her name is) was going “Myeh Myeh Myeh Myeh Myeh”.
Seeing how I hate this anime. I’d point out how I would change this series to make it a 5-Star rating. Which is actually very simple and straight forward…
Kyon has to shut his narration up for just a moment. It’s like he talks without ever breathing. Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap and a million more. The only “good” thing was that 90% of the time all he yapped about was how Haruhi sucked, which I agree with. But even then it still got bored. Be a man, stop yapping and do something about it.
Haruhi, just as bad if not worse than Kyon and his chant-like narration. If it wasn’t Kyon and his narration buzzing non-stop, it would be Haruhi yapping away. The combination of them both freaking hurt my ears. I actually had to turn down the volume in some of the episodes as it got too neck-scratching irritating. So yeah, Haruhi has to shut her mouth too.
Mikuru has to bloody stop crying. It comes as no surprise that I’ve always been rather fond of moe, but Arghh… Mikuru, What the hell is wrong with you! Stop crying! Speak up! And do it in a none glass-shattering pitch. I would at least give her a brain in the anime.
Yuki still as expressionless as ever. Yeah, Sure, It’s her “personality”. That’s what makes her cool. Hah!! She probably spoke less words that I have in this post throughout the anime. Even if she did, most probably consist of only one word… “Yes.” Intelligent database lifeform what-the-jig-a-ma-bob indeed!
So Yuki, a character that HAS a brain (or whatever you want to call it), but don’t seem to be using it. See the irony?!
Koizumi needs a hate face! Only expression I’ve ever see him with throughout the anime is the stupid smirk he has and another version of the smirk he use when he gets a little worried. Also stupid. I “think” he has a brain, but it’s probably the size of a BB Gun bullet. And 50% of his brain activities already goes to processing the movements of combing his hair with his hands. So you can guess how bad that is…
Talking about that. Someone has to tell Koizumi to stop combing his hair with his hands. He needs a big billboard with a sign that tells him Haruhi is NOT going to fall for him. If that’s even what he is attempting in the first place. See! I’m so pissed I’ve even started resorting to my own fiction to down-bitch Koizumi.
Tsuruya! Way to go! Not only did I break my milestone of hating every single character in an anime. I never hated a character so fast! Only appearing in a single episode… no wait… half an episode… or was it quarter, and I already hate Tsuruya.
Opening theme, I can probably try to enjoy it, going to have to try very hard.
Closing theme, can’t even stomach it. Already forgotten how it sounds like.
Only salvageable moment was episode 1, 13, 14, and the 2 minutes worth of sorry lame excuse of an ending at episode 9. The rest of the episodes, you might as well burn it off the face of the earth.
Why I enjoyed the above mentioned episodes? Also simple…
Episode 1, I was still enjoying the feeling of a new anime. Didn’t last long.
Episode 9, Homework?! Freaking Homework?! You got to be kidding me?! Spoiler my “behind”, it’s not even worth it!
Episode 13, Someone almost got slapped! Best… Scene… Ever… Now that’s what I call karma! (Which doesn’t exist in animes by the way… or real life for that matter.)
Episode 14, Now you introduce conspiracy?! At the final episode??! Which unfortunately for me, means there must be a season 3 cooking somewhere in anime hell.
For now, I’m just amazed at how wide a gap the different preferences of animes we human beings have.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2
Klux, Upon reading this… don’t crucify me k? At least I tried… -.-“
Well, on a good note, I deleted every single “fark” from this post. Initial draft spotted at least 1 “fark” in every 2 sentences. Lol!
Hmm… If memory serves me right. Glo is a fan too.
Lol! I am in such deep shit.
Ceui always make the high notes sound so effortlessly yet natural. Really proving this by the songs that she sings. Never failing to hit a single high pitch or having a high pitch (or any pitch for that matter) seem out of tune. Every song she sings, her vocal and the instrumental music are always able to blend together so well, producing a sense of bliss through the songs.
Kokoro no Tsubasa by Ceui
2nd Ending song for Munto Tv
Having the ability to affect the listeners mood, I especially enjoy listening to her songs on rainy days, which never fails to multiply the effect her songs bring about. Her songs reaches into your heart, and produce a light hearted mood as you listen to song after song without fail.
Although, I dare say that her songs are not for everyone and might seem unattractive to those who seek or prefer the faster tempo or the variety with slightly more rock. But if you keep your heart open, you will very soon find yourself drowning in the gentleness of her voice as I did.
Hikari to Yami to Toki no Hate by Ceui
Ending song 1 for Munto Tv.
If patience allows you to, I suggest watching the whole video instead of just listening to the music.
Next Ceui post, her album, Glassy Heaven.
Continuing where the first series left off, it follows Kraft Lawrence a experienced traveling merchant and his sharp tongued wolf god companion Horo on their journey to return to Horo’s home to the north called Yoitsu. A tender relationship has blossomed between the characters, as they make deals, travel between cities, encounter religious fanatics or vice versa and mostly just do what a traveling merchant has to do to get by.
I haven’t seen how others rated Spice and Wolf Season 2, but it was underrated. Even if you gave it a full score it would still be underrated!
In Spice and Wolf II, we have probably the 2 smartest characters in anime history, Horo and Lawrence. I’m not talking about full scores in some high school exams, or those who can spout meaningless crap as Snark points out in this post. I’m talking about mature, street smart, realistic-like intelligence. Intelligence that actually makes perfect logical sense. Sometimes the conversation between Horo and Lawrence get so verbal that even I fail to comprehend (Watching too many animes and lack of human interaction does that to you). But even so, their body language, the face expression, the music, everything works out to fill in any doubt you might have.
The sarcasm is well treasured as it not only gives you a good laugh but gives you a chance to actually give your brain some work out. Yes! Spice and Wolf is actually an anime that is BOTH ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL. When the fark have you ever hear me say that?! In fact, when in the world have you ever heard anyone say that about an anime.
At time of posting this, I am looking for Spice and Wolf Season 1. And if it is anywhere as brilliant as season 2, I will convert to Spice and Wolf-ism. For now, I’ll also be patiently wait for Season 3.
The opening and closing theme were both excellent. Although it’s one of those few times where I actually prefer the Tv sized version. And for both songs at that. Instilling a sense of joy before and after every episode. Needless to say it was quite a satisfaction.
Episode 1 to 6, got me all worked up as it showed the best the anime can offer. Bringing tension from the “Amati’s Contract” story, while Lawrence and Horo showed off their ability as a skilled merchant and powerful analytical skills. This was so good that it got me watching till 3am when I had to work the next day (Leaves house at 7am mind you).As that story ended, I thought to myself
“Fuh! That was excellent. I am thoroughly satisfied and couldn’t ask for anything more. Will catch up on sleep the next day.”
Only to be drowned in yet another brilliant story the following night. This time with more passion as Horo and Lawrence faces the possibilities of going their separate ways. Again another sleepless night, which was well worth every single bit!
This isn’t a fault or complaint regarding the anime, but I recently find myself watching too many animes with what feels like similar graphic styles. Soft lines with slightly faded colors. I’m getting just a little agitated and need something with greater contrast.
For this and the upcoming 2 posts, I am going to introduce Ceui to you guys and hopefully get you guys to check out her songs. Most of my fellow bloggers don’t know this, but I’ve been getting more and more hooked on Ceui’s songs since listening to Espacio from Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo. For now, I’m not going to go into her songs. Just a brief profile on who she is and her songs.
pronounced as [Sei]. Derived from the Portuguese word for Sky, ceu.
Rain, Waves, Silence of the morning when the snow falls, Harp, Piano, Violin, Cello, etc…
Writing fairy tales
To look at the ocean while sitting on a roof
To take a stroll during snowfall
Ceui was born in Chiba, Japan, though she grew up in Fukuoka. Due to the influence of her mother as a piano teacher, Ceui began learning classical piano from the age of six. As a young girl, she became interested in children’s literature and poetry, and began writing verses herself. As a student, she was a member of the wind instrument club and choir. She went to Shirayuri Women’s University where she graduated with a degree in Japanese literature.
When she entered high school, she wished to enter the light music club. Unfortunately, there was no Light Music club so she enrolled in the Choir club (Soprano) instead. Upon entering college, she entered a circle of light music, a band started, sang and performed a variety of cover songs. And finally started to compose music, and aspired to become a singer.
In 2000, Ceui made a demo tape and was able to produce two six-track albums for the Japanese home furnishing store Francfranc entitled Spring Time and Autumn Mind; the albums were released via Filter Ink. Officially, these albums were released as “Francfranc’s Bedside Music Selection featuring Ceui”. In 2002, Ceui worked on a project CD with the Japanese apparel company Sanei-International for their clothing brand LUVLISH ‘cos brilliant. In 2003, Ceui went on an overseas live tour with other artists sponsored by Filter Ink. On October 21, 2004, Ceui released an independent album titled Ashimoto ni Furu Ame: Raindrops falling on My Feet, which was sold in HMV stores nationwide in Japan. The same day, a project CD Ceui had worked on for the Japanese fortune teller Kaoruko Stella entitled Love Chance Music also went on sale. In 2006, Ceui provided a chorus to the blind Japanese pianist Kohshi Kishita.
Ceui made her major debut on Lantis’ MellowHead music label brand with the release of her first single “Madoromi no Rakuen” in February 2007. Ceui would release one more single in 2007, “Mellow Melody”, followed by another in 2008, “Kamigami no Uta”. Ceui released five more singles in 2009, as well as her debut album Glassy Heaven in July 2009.
I’d like to mention that I welcome any corrections. I compiled some information from her blog which I’ve gotten after trasnlating it through online translators. As such, I worry about the interpretation. Thanks in advance!
Espacio by Ceui
Second Ending theme for Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo. Crank up the volumn and pay close attention to how Ceui’s vocals and the piano comes together. Just beautiful!
If you felt something listening to this song, do check in for the next post. More songs and impression.
If you didn’t, check in also, because we all know Anime3R rox! :p
Seikai no Senki III
Jinto and Lafiel were riding on a light-armed transport ship “Bokbrusue” and navigating at the planar space of the Hyde System. This was for Jinto to govern the Hyde System, which returned to Empirial rule after the Union retreated, officially as an Earl. However, the government of Martin, Jinto`s motherland, resisted obstinately against the Empirial rule. On the other side, “Daiichi Jyuurin Sentai” (the First Devastation Fleet), formed with the new ship type “Attack Vessel”, travelled to the Hyde System for drilling practices, but…
I will honestly tell you that reading the synopsis above was much more interesting than watching the anime. So if the synopsis didn’t even make you blink, don’t bother. Lol!
Yea, in the distant future, there will be no diversity. Everyone will have shades of blue for hair color, expressionless face, and males and females will share the same tone. Only way to tell them apart is from the figure. Which even then will be tricky.
Screenshots from the original series, Seikai no Monshou a.k.a Crest of the Stars were plentiful. Which got me really curious and looked around for more info. Found out there were a whole lot of additional sequels, movies and tv series. Although, it doesn’t really help this 3rd OAV much. In fact, I don’t even know why I wrote about it. Just trying to pass the minimum level of words for this review.
Hmm… Since there really isn’t much to write about, I want to ask if anyone has seen the previous TV series of this title? Any series.
If you did, how did you find Seikai no Senki III. DId it bring you any form of nostalgia or good memories of how you enjoyed the previous series? Just curious as to how low the level an OAV can drop before fans start to hate a title. It’s not BAD bad. It’s just below-average bad. But still, even the serious mood it manage to brought about from the ending couldn’t save it from killing off one’s enthusiasm.
Tsubasa: Shunraiki and xxxHolic: Shunraiki
- Having not watching both original series, I find myself totally lost when trying to enjoy this crossover. Dropped.
Requiem from the Darkness
- Technically I don’t know if I should say I dropped it. Lol! I watched episode 1 and 2 and skipped till the final plot, about episode 9 and onwards. The story was good, no complaints there. Only problem was that the animation was really showing its age and that kind of turn me off. But if I had to rate it, I guess it gets an approval after all.
Check out a better review at Tha Baka Blog
Each episode of MS Igloo 2 tells a story of a different soldier. How they were affected by the war. And how they were all “watched over” by the Shinigami of Zeon (“Grim Reaper” or “Death Gods” for you Bleach fans :p).
More info: AnimeNewsNetwork.com
I have officially found the 2nd scariest character ever in my whole anime/cartoon watching timespan! The Zeon Shinigami sends a chill down my spine everything she pops out. Starts floating around and spout her stuff. Those freaky eyes and spooky mascara. Bbrrrr!!!!
I don’t know if this qualifies as an anime. It’s fully CG after all. Provided you are not obsesed with how the faces of the characters look (a little too blocky to feel real), you’ll enjoy the show just fine. Don’t expect big eyes, solid and single-colored hair, big boobs, etc. etc. Hmm… MS Igloo 2 was a welcomed watch indeed! Too much fanservice in my recent animes.
Anyway… This show rocks! HARD! The animation, sound, story. Top Notch! Every scene felt like a wallpaper in the making. The colors were shere artistry. And for 30 minutes each episode, it still manage to bring just enough depth to the characters. Enough to tease you when it ended like it did. Then after enjoying the whole episode without blinking an eye, the ending song comes on, and despair drowns you as you feel a sudden loss, not wanting the anime to ever end.
Shit! Some episodes even explored 2 characters, and STILL manage to get me to feel attached, in less than 30 mins! Needless to say, Gundam fans cannot afford to miss this. It has Odessa!
One thing though, episode 2 and 3… Rather predictable. -.-”
Mr. Lonely Heart by Haruno Yokota
(For this Youtube video you migth have to crank your volumn up a little. It’s very soft, but the sound quality is better than the others. Just remember to turn it back down after you finish the video. This is a a friendly service reminder brought to you by Anime3R. -.-”)
And yes, the lady in the video is the Zeon Shinigami which scares the creep out of me.
If the pictures here doesn’t make you feel like watching MS Igloo 2, I don’t know what will.
MS Igloo 2
It has been three months since Hayate was abandoned by his parents and started work at the Sanzenin Manor as a butler to pay off his parents debt. However, being the butler for the otaku-crazed lady of the house, Nagi Sanzenin, is a hard task, not made easier by the friends and enemies of the Sanzenin, of which Hayate always ends up in the middle of the problem. And his life may get even harder when Student Council President Hinagiku Katsura begins to realise her own feelings for the debt ridden butler.
I did not watch season 1 but hearing about this anime so much in the blogosphere; I thought I’d give it a go and see what it’s all about. I guess not watching season 1 proved to be a fatal mistake.
I lost my patience at episode 11 and dropped it. End of review.
Hayate no Gotoku 2nd Season
Based off of the Japanese manga series by Shirow Miwa, Dogs is set in a world where violence, crime, genetic manipulation and other cruel scientific experiments have become common. The story focuses on four main characters who, through a series of coincidences, meet as they search for answers to their individual past.
For the first in a long long time, I actually really want to read mangas again. I mean really as in to the point where I would open up the browser and search for it. Although, I closed the browser later deciding not to, due to animes backlogged bigger then the Fuji mountains. But seriously, this OVA kicked ass. There isn’t much to say about the story. But viewers will get the idea what it’s about and how the setting and theme is. I wasn’t too fond of episode 2, Badou’s story to be honest. It’s just that the animation for episode 2 seemed somewhat lacking compared to the other 3.
Just my $0.99 cents…
Hey? What can I say, my thoughts don’t come cheap. :p
Expect feathered colors, soft yet so full. Hard outlines. Something similar to Ga-Rei-Zero but with brighter choice of colors. Hmm… That seems to be the trend nowadays isn’t it?
Still satisfying none the less. 5-manga-luring-Stars for a OVA which did what it’s suppose to do.
A series of short stories depicting the complicated love lives of eight middle school and high school girls, their classmates and relatives. These stories later intertwine to form a main story involving most of the cast.
Continuing where I left off yesterday… aAAAaaAAAAaAAaAAAAaaaAAAAAAAaaaaAAAAAAAaAAaaaaaaAAAAAaaa!
One day after Hatsukoi Limited and my heart is still full of emotions. Even after hitting the limit and have my heart erupting, constant flash backs of the anime instantly fills my heart and reminds me why I have to watch Hatsukoi Limited again sometime in the near future.
Behold the following MSN chat I had last night…
Date Time Sender Receiver Message
10/4/2009 8:17:49 PM Ant Razrigz how was your day? neh… nothing new… just finished dinner and mandi… now going back to Hatsukoi Limited…
10/4/2009 8:18:05 PM Ant Razrigz watching the anime really makes me feel so lonely… makes me really want to find a girlfriend… hahahahaha
10/4/2009 8:18:21 PM Razrigz Ant hahah
10/4/2009 8:18:24 PM Ant Razrigz basket… i sound like a loser.. with a capital L
10/4/2009 8:18:36 PM Ant Razrigz hahaha… sa bis shi… -.-”
10/4/2009 8:18:40 PM Razrigz Ant dont watch it it’ll make u feel u wanna kill ur self
10/4/2009 8:18:44 PM Razrigz Ant huhuhu
10/4/2009 8:18:53 PM Razrigz Ant same here lol ^^
10/4/2009 8:18:55 PM Ant Razrigz is that how you felt?
10/4/2009 8:18:57 PM Ant Razrigz lol…
10/4/2009 8:19:41 PM Razrigz Ant when i watchin hatsukoi limited
10/4/2009 8:19:42 PM Razrigz Ant Lolz
10/4/2009 8:19:44 PM Ant Razrigz i think i understand when you say cannot stay home liau.. hahaha like after watching hatsukoi limited… really need to go out cause if stay home alone will feel too lonely
Razrigz as in this guy. Lol! Thanks for letting me spam our chat.
I didn’t expect it to be so true. Well, not literally. Instead I couldn’t help but doubt the memories of my schooldays I treasure so much. Compared to Hatsukoi Lmited, they seem so shallow and void of romance.
Talking about shallow, that was the first impression I got when I started this series. It was unavoidable seeing how much comedy was in the first 2 episodes. And how it was making fun of the one-sided love Zaitsu Misao has for Ayumi. The ending theme didn’t help much either.
This would then turn out to be the few times that I’m super glad to be wrong. The episodes after that were fill with energy, romance, passion… Youth.
Although, this anime got me thinking, regarding Kusuda and Kei-san’s romance. Are all mid-school students that slow when interpreting love?..
No wait, reflecting on my own experience… Yeah, back in school, I do have friends, both guys and gals, who wouldn’t know if a love-train smacked them head-on. -.-“
This is strictly my own feeling and I’m wondering if I’m the only one. But Hatsukoi Limited is so filled with emotions, not only sad, romantic and touching moments. But also laughter and joy. Yet it didn’t push me to the point I’d cry, like Clannad did. I did get wet eyes though. The thing is, it’s because I didn’t cry that my heart feels so heavy that it’s driving me crazy. It’s like there’s no outlet for all the emotions. So I’d like to ask, am I the only one who feels this way? Or is there someone out there who needs help just as much as I do? Lol!
Hatsukoi Limited has (somehow) got me reflecting on myself so much I don’t even think this should be called a review post anymore. But just to make due, there will be nothing to complain about regarding the animation quality, sound and music and story. It will, without fail, satisfy anyone as long as they have an open heart and mind towards romance animes. There are some slight changes I would have made to the characters before I can call this anime perfect though. But Hatsukoi Limited comes pretty darn close! 5-Wonderfully-Heart-Warming-Stars!
P.S: At this point, I’m wondering if posting all that I’ve written above will reveal to the world the big sissy that I am. Hmmm…. Sissy it is! :p
As usual, I feel that some of the pantsu shots were uncalled for. Hatsukoi Limited already had so much going for it that it wouldn’t need simple-minded fanservice. The swimsuits and loli dressing however, are still welcomed.
Those who came across my Clannad review, might remember how I once mention that I prefer characters with well developed background, family and history wise. I feel that it gives characters a greater level of depth and complexity. Which prevents them from feeling like “staple” characters. And in turn gives the illusion of the characters being able to affect you deeper as you are able to relate to that character. Well, Hatsukoi Limited really opened my eyes to how an anime character can go about doing what I just mentioned without the complex character build-up. From episode to episode, Hatsukoi Limited barely build character depth yet when the characters get in their own environment the story has build around them, they were able to become so touching. If I didn’t have this self-imposed-ignorance belief, I would be worshipping the script writer(/director) by now. Absolutely wonderful!
Yeah, sure. There are animes being able to move you emotionally without character build-up as well. But none touched me more than Hatsukoi Limited.
One last thing. Episode 9, which tells the story between Chikura and Renjou. BEST… EPISODE… EVER!
Till now, my heart stings whenever I hear the ending song, Sora ni Mau by marble play.
After the exhilarating school life, Negi Springfield has finally decided to form his own combat team under the disguise of a normal school club; so called the Ala Alba or White Wing. Supported by his classmates and advised by Evangeline A.K. McDowell, this team was aim to embark into the Magus world in search of Negi’s father, Nagi Springfield…or anything that may relate to him.
Negima Ala Alba was the whooole reason I bought and watched Negima! and the remake Negima!? Not forgetting the OVA’s in between. Episode 1 of NAA was so good. Started off with a bang! A magic fight between teacher and student. Followed by a big of comedy, a bit of Moe, abit of friendship. Clinging on to the satisfaction, I stopped at episode 1, determined to watched the series beforehand.
Fast forward a few months later, I’m back to Negima Ala Alba, having watched all the previously mentioned. Damn! I got fooled by episode 1 of NAA> Lol!
Episode 1 was great. No mistakes there. Although a little confusing to those unfamiliar with the original Negima series or manga, it feels like gold to Negi fans (like me :p). episode 2 and 3 however, will be harder to digest. Ep 2 is mainly fanservice, with beach, swimsuits and Onsens. And episode 3 plays random scenes of the students. I know this sounds retarded but NAA was exploring characters in Ep3, the last episode of this short series. Now why would you do that? Unless there is a new series coming up (There IS a movie coming up by the way!). Bottom line, none-Negima fans will find this series filler-like. Which it is, but at least those who previously watched it will be able to understand and relate to the fillers. Then again, it was probably meant to be extra’s for the main series and was not made with the priority to attract new fans.
Negima Ala Alba
Hey Cid-Evil, I was wondering. Does this OVA relate back to the manga? Cause I’m lost as to where this OVA belongs in the timeline… even after watching the previous seasons and other OVA’s. -.-”
Aika’s story continues, she is now 19 years-old, 3 older than in R-16 and 7 younger than in Agent AIKa. Strange phenomena have been occuring at a girls academy. Slowly but persistent the most cute and beautiful girls are joining an internal club, but instead of a sing-in they just get abducted by a strange being that takes control over them by some indecent means. By coincidence Aika was flying-by on her plane when one of this abductions occured and she was attacked to prevent her from comming closer, but instead of repelling her, she is intrigated about the attack origin and then the opportunity shows up when her late partners from R-16 decide to investigate those abductions. The story remains full of action and panty flashing that are a must in Aika’s series.
4 minutes into the anime, I was already laughing. I noticed that there were A LOT of pantsu. So much so that I started counting for the fun of it. Needless to say I lost count. I know that this series has always been a total fanservice. But I didn’t expect it to break world records for pantsu flashing.
Seeing that I’m not sure as to whether how many episodes there will be for this series. I’m leaving this a as preview post instead. Instead, for further understanding of the anime. I present to you what is but a handful of the total pantsu scenes in the anime. The biggest flaw so far, if there were going to be that much pantsu shots in the episode, at least put in enough effort to show some variety in the designs.
Cobra’s beloved cyborg companion, Armaroid Lady, is fading away and nobody knows why. To find out how to save her, he journeys to the Spring of Time, where he can dive into time itself and see events long gone. While swimming through Lady’s past, he accidentally gets caught in a vortex and finds himself transported back in time. Once there, he encounters the beautiful princess Emeralda of the Sanborn duchy – the very woman he loved and who will become Armaroid Lady. Now Cobra must confront not only Emeralda’s political enemies, Lord Gilos and his murderous bodyguard Manidou, but the ghosts of the past as well, all the while desperately hoping to discover what is making Lady’s future existence disappear.
If you have watched or is well acquainted with previous Cobra Series, you’d probably know what Cobra is all about. An infamous pirate, traveling around seeking adventures and treasures, and babes :p
Always featuring the same animation style, equal in quality as before with thick outlines and large variety of colors. And its strongest aspect, creative imagination which in Time Drive still will not lose out to other similar genre titles.
I found Time Drive more interesting in that it tells the history of Cobra and Lady. And how they got together. Seeing how I like (not a big fan, but still enjoy) Cobra as a character, the story was naturally something that would captivate me. Sure it’s the similar one-guy-against-evil-king standard plot, but with all the twists and plots included, the story really did felt unique. Also to take note that by now I no longer put graphics/animation at such a high priority as before. Time Drive was surprisingly satisfying for a Cobra series this time around. Going to give it a 3-almost-made-it-to-4-Stars.
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Please excuse me.. I just finished Hatsukoi Limited and I couldn’t hold the emotions inside. Felt like I was going to burst… Will do a proper review later.