Archive for February, 2011

IS: Charlotte Dunois, among other things

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

I can’t believe it’s been nearly three weeks since I’ve written anything, but I’m frankly only following two series this season, and both are neither intellectual or thought-provoking. I’m reserving stuff like Fractale and Hourou Muskou for my last summer break, although I may start earlier. I will also look into Madoka because Angelus recommended it.

I’m only watching Freezing and Infinite Stratos. I really like IS because while it obviously is a harem show, the women are quite attractive and extremely likable. While most are just permutations of established stereotypes, their innocuous exchange and the one-sided romance by pretty much the entirety of the cast towards Ichika is something I thoroughly enjoy. I can’t wait for next week’s episode, as well.

Charlotte Dunois, among other things

I recently realized the skill of Kana Hanazawa with portraying the cutesy characters. I vividly recall her as Nadeko, but I didn’t expect her to be both Rana Linchen and Charlotte Dunois. She certainly gives those characters added dimensions of likability, although I’m a lot more fond towards Charlotte and her approach towards Ichika.

Whereas the other girls want to ingratiate themselves with him by performing well on battles, she keeps it simple by being nice, friendly, and appreciative of his actions while not being dishonest with herself. It differentiates her from the rest of the cast, although that may change after Laura has expressed her desire for Ichika as well. While I’d like to elaborate on these two shows, they’re really just self-explanatory. After seeing Tatami Galaxy, I’m also not very much in the hunt for a great show, as I already think I’ve seen the greatest.

The lack of updates has been mainly due to the Internet problems I have hopefully addressed now (it was really the router, damn it), but as school nears its end I have also had more responsibilities to attend to. From what little I’ve read of the rest of the blog-sphere, however, there really hasn’t been any show as moving as Tatami Galaxy this season.

And that’s just all right, because those shows come once in ten to fifteen years. I just want to ask forgiveness for a good amount of my past readers who visit the site because of my (quasi-)analyses on shows I think are worth watching. I haven’t dumbed myself down, don’t worry. There’s always one anime that makes you proud of watching anime, and there’s always anime that make you thank God one likes it as a hobby. The former comes once or twice a year. For the latter, there’s Honey and Clover and Tatami Galaxy.

Gundam 00 Movie: individual tragedies in a panorama of triumph

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I just watched the Gundam 00 movie yesterday, because my Internet connection finally straightened out. I wasn’t able to properly study for the exam today because I finished the movie yesterday night, and then went to sleep afterward. I would probably be a hypocrite if I said I think the movie sucked, because I thoroughly enjoyed it despite some glaring flaws and its multitude of faults.

As we could surmise given the track record of Gundam 00, the movie was not symbolically excellent or imbued with depth, but it was visually fluid and action-packed: it had a little bit more quality than a typical Michael Bay blockbuster because it at least had a message at the end of the film, despite that message being trite. (more…)

Freezing: why I quite like it

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

I did not expect anything from Freezing, and judging from the rather average scores in AniDB, was right not to. I’m glad I didn’t, as well, because I was pleasantly surprised with how entertaining and involving Freezing is. The well-drawn ladies, of course, factor into the equation, but I like how Mamiko Noto voices Satellizer, and how the romance between her and Kazuha is slowly developing. I was surprised when I discovered Satellizer was also Mamiko Noto, since I didn’t hear this range from her in her other roles. Her voice was clearly huskier and more masculine than most of her other roles, and that’s kudos to her.

I have never hidden the fact that I am a sucker for idiosyncratic romances. Among those romances is a relationship between an older woman and a younger male. There’s something attractive from its deviance, and when it’s well-executed it’s just a joy to watch. Take for example Rika and Mayama’s complicated relations in Honey and Clover, or the exciting relationship between Jin-Ho and his sensei in Unbalance x Unbalance. When the complications and the dynamism are established and the strength of their love is shown majestically, I as a reader or a viewer feel elated.

The beautifully-drawn breasts, I must admit, are among the factors that have invited me to watch more of Freezing. But it is essentially how Satellizer thaws from the influence of Kazuha that keeps on sucking me in. I frankly thought that Freezing was going to be as mindless as Ikkitousen, but it’s not. There are reasons, for example, why Satellizer acts like a frigid bitch, and why everyone else is going for her. I’d probably act like an asshole all the time if I was molested, too. I even wonder why she’s that strong even when the whole world is against her (except for Kazuha).

It’s no candidate to be the best anime of 2011, but it’s fun to watch for me, and that’s all that matters. (Plus, it’s a bit more tastefully done than Ikkitousen, and the plot actually makes a bit of sense. That’s not bad.) It’s also a great way to waste thirty minutes of one’s time after a taxing day, moreso if one’s a guy.

I just feel depressed, however, when I know that it’s probably not going to end soon and the anime probably won’t even touch on further events from the manga.