Archive for October, 2006

The best episodes of anime series

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

I’ve finally come home, and that would explain why I’ve remained relatively quiet everywhere except here. Sadly, at my real home, we do not have an Internet connection; thus, I’m typing this entry up at an Internet cafe and only have limited and relatively shortened access to it. Anyway, at long last, the semester has finished – now I can relax myself re-watching my ‘old’ and established favorites like Tsukihime and Samurai Champloo. (more…)

Kanon and Asatte no Houkou

Friday, October 20th, 2006

There have been a lot of people talking about Kanon or Death Note and it pains me that the anime that deserve mention this season have been kept under the radar for the most part, with many sub-groups over-subbing the said series. Kanon didn’t really get to me as much as Asatte no Houkou did, and although I’ve iterated this quite a number of times already, I still think AnH deserves more discussion than Kanon. I’d like to hear and talk about serious issues rather than hearing a lot of ~UGUUs and ~GAOs – which can be dealt with easier in AnH because the characters themselves are so palpably human. They do not have words that morph into memes overnight; they do not have cute, loli faces that all fall towards the same, decent, average guy – they are simply human: one is depressed having lost a love of yesteryears; one hoped to grew up in advance so that she could avoid being a bane to her brother – problems that plague the regular human being. Don’t we sometimes wish we could be much more help to our parents? When our hearts are broken, are we happy people?

Dealing with issues such as this is what distinguishes AnH from other anime out this season, and I personally am placing it on a pedestal higher than Kanon, no matter how popular it is or how good it seems to be to many people.

First impressions on Bartender

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Yes, I know I’ve been emo these past few posts, but that’s going to stop with this one. As you may have already known, the subs for the first episode of Bartender have been released by ADTRW. Initially, gleaning from the comments in AnimeSuki Forums, I thought it was going to be quite similar to Ernest Hemingway’s short story, A Clean Well-Lighted Place where the bartenders in the story explore the life of a deaf old drunkard while looking inside themselves as well (with Hemingway establishing the fundamental difference between the two bartenders through their dialogue). I thought of it as that originally simply because some people have been comparing it to Mushishi‘s melancholic depth, and I personally found in that particular story something laconic and yet pervasively sad.

It wasn’t to exceed my expectations, however – and thankfully I had prepared myself to curb them in case things didn’t go as I expected. At best, it is an interesting show; I, however, personally cannot even compare it or juxtapose it with Mushishi, because what I had seen of that series was better than what I had seen of this. I know I have to give this series some time, but its impression on me wasn’t really as positive as what I felt with Mushishi and its first episode.

I didn’t like how they went with the episode narrating past events in the life of a tired and lonely businessman, but I guess it was OK. Compared to Asatte no Houkou in terms of impact, however, this pales personally. (I prefer not posting pictures; the art and animation is quite mediocre.)

Please, God, let the apathy disappear.

Monday, October 16th, 2006

I’m going to act conceited and selfish once more, but kindly allow me to rant (once more) because my schooldays have gone increasingly vapid, and in a sense have become worthless to me. I know and recognize that I am in utmost danger from succumbing to the call of becoming a freeter, but circumstances in my family won’t allow that; to be more exact, however, I won’t allow that. Despite having become increasingly disillusioned with myself I would not want to sink in a quagmire of intense guilt will I not continue with my studies, for the burden of me studying in a place far from home (despite having free tuition in a prestigious school [supposedly]) is heavy enough for them. I cannot bear seeing them still working in their old age despite having passed the age for retirement, and I will never forgive myself if I cannot return the nurturing that they gave me while I was growing up. (Such is really the problem of marrying late.) I even wrote a haiku.  (more…)

Metamorphosing into a murderer

Friday, October 13th, 2006

I guess I’m killing my parents slowly. Yes, I’ve thought (and still think) I’m pretty smart, but that wasn’t entirely from my perspective: my parents until now think I’m a real genius incapable of failure if I tried hard enough. My teachers of yesteryears similarly think so, and my siblings think I’m some god that they should emulate and obey. Though it may be extremely fun for some, I’m not someone with a god complex. In fact, I only think I’m smart; I don’t know if I truly am. I wonder why some people can’t realize the inherent difference between personal assumption and universal knowledge. (more…)

Will D. Gray Man last forever?

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

It’s an ugly feeling being unable to sleep decently because of a nasal congestion; it feels even worse when one has just come out of an exam bruised, damaged, battered, and done for, and having a grim outlook on the results. Here I am, then, in the wee hours of the night, trying to write something. (more…)

First impressions on Asatte no Houkou and its quasi-summary

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Warning: a part of the post is blatant fanboying, so you could just skip that part. (more…)

The final episode of Honey and Clover

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

For me it has been confirmed: Honey and Clover II is the best anime that came out this year. Although NHK ni Youkoso! is similarly well made, it has not finished yet: I will reserve my judgment for later. It may have taken me quite a while to watch the final episodes (and the one-week blackout, DotA addiction as well as stacking exams didn’t help to alleviate the loss of momentum I had with watching anime in general), but now that I’ve done so – I have no regrets. This is what people should watch, and avid fans of literature will probably enjoy this show because of its sheer realism and depth that isn’t pretentious. (more…)

Welcome to heaven (wow)

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

The thirteenth episode of NHK ni Youkoso! for now seems to be the pinnacle of this series. It became a visual short story interwoven with many pastiches of meaning as well as reflections on human nature put into play from the interactions of the characters subsumed in this series. (more…)

Random thoughts on Kanon

Friday, October 6th, 2006

‘The Carrier has arrived.’

This is a quote excised from a powerful air unit in Starcraft (an aged game), and just to hear this quote would often mean the team’s rebirth or a win. Aside from the Battlecruiser, this unit along with its Interceptors just decimated everything in its path, and an army of this unit would often mean victory.

This was also the first thought that popped into my mind when the first episode of Kanon aired. Though I’m not much of a KyoAni fanatic, I do recognize the amount of work and detail they put into their anime series that I also similarly recognize them as the cream of the crop among the different animation studios (see Haruhi Suzumiya and Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid). I could glean from the different comments of different bloggers that the remake was of significantly higher quality and of such class that many are waxing lyrical to it. Indeed, it has started to become the Carrier (perhaps it may become the paragon of top-notch anime this year, although I personally still root for Honey and Clover II) of what is majestic anime.

On other things, I really do plan on watching Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge because it reminds me of Ouran (which I have stalled indefinitely) and also because the task of turning a naturally beautiful girl into a beautiful woman from a state of catastrophic non-womanliness is simply quite inviting.