Archive for the 'Opening' Category

07
Jul
11

Anime Summer 2011 First Ep Impressions Part 2

Warning: I’m on drugs which will cause me to do some terribad ratings. 2 ratings are math related.

Kamisama Dolls

Like I said before, Kamisama Dolls is a bi-polar anime where there are rapid shifts between cute and violent. The main flaw about that shift is that the “cute” counterpart is pretty un-cute. We have Utao who happens to another generic little sister and who reunites with her big brother, Kyouhei. The big bro aka the real main character seems to have a dark past with the “seemingly” antagonist, Aki, who happens to be a total psychopath. These 3 characters come from a village with a dark secret that is the “controllable” and robot-looking Gods – The Kakashi. Kyouhei cutting his ties with his village had left his role as a Seki -One who controls these Kakashi- to his not-really-adorable little sister who is a n00b in terms of control skills.

I find Aki, a seki in rampage, to be interesting as he looks as if he’s the real bad guy, but I feel he’s more of a anti-hero or at least a victim as I do not think he fits the description of Pure Evil. It’s not like he killed anyone important yet. No one considers Scar from FMA to be a real antagonist. The village seems to be a greater hidden evil. “The shrine’s orders are absolute.” You can’t expect any good from that.

We do find a bit of yaoi hint with Aki’s obsession to Kyouhei. For some reasons, this summer is a female-bait season, but hey, as long they don’t make out, I’m fine.

Score: 8.e/10

I blame Chiaki Ishikawa for reminding me of The Mysterious Cities of Gold with her song (LOL). Great song though.

Natsume Yuujinchou San

The recipe for Natsume Yuujinchou remains the same and will still be the same. Natsume Yuujinchou is just a slow-paced and relaxing youkai slice-of-life anime. It doesn’t really require anyone to watch the previous seasons completely as the entire show is episodic. Natsume and Nyanko-sensei keep doing whatever they do best: Relax, meet some youkais and react accordingly…Help them or chase them out. The series offers some heart-warming moments with the interaction of Natsume and several youkai. P.S.: I’m starting to believe that Nyanko-sensei was Reiko’s pet in her days, since he just seems to know about her than anyone else which pretty much explains why he is still protecting Natsume even though the Book of Friends is getting weaker and weaker.

RIP Tea Cup Youkai. Your sacrifice will remembered…for about 2 days.

Score: 8.Pi/10

Yuru Yuri

What is Yuru Yuri? My main description of the show would be a half-decent show about 4 middle-school lezbos. We got about 3-4 lesbian jokes which get boring after a while. The only strength of the show seems to be the realistic age-height proportion (lol)…Middle Schoolgirls who look like Middle Schoolgirls. So far, the comedy has been hit-and-miss as there was some glimpse of gold, but we mainly get coal. Is the show worth watching? Yes, unconvincedly, if you just want to waste some FREE time, but we’ve all seen Lucky Star and Azumanga Daioh before and Yuru Yuri is not as good as these shows.

Score: 5.lez/10

I really hate the opening song.

Ikoku Meiro No Croisée

Don’t you love a story about a cute little “japonaise” going to france as a “slave worker”? Ok, that was a bit of a bad joke about the “slave” thing, but you get the setting of the anime. Ikoku Meiro No Croisée focuses around cute little girl, Yune, going to France to work for a pre-adult, Claude, in his iron workshop. There might not be any slavery thing, but I can predict a romance building up which could chase away many viewers and gain the love of every pedophiles of this world. I’m still very concerned about that. However, I have I have to admit that the first episode was very well done in its beautiful animation and character design. In addition, we’re not likely to see any senseless fan service. I do find it hilarious that Claude sold Yune’s most prized possession, a kimono that is a memento from her mother which would create a bond between those 2. Who cares about family keepsake when you get to work? :p

Score: 7.loli/10

There’s nothing better than a chillax song.

Sacred Seven

The main character, Tandoji Arma, is a guy with super powers who wants to be left alone and who is feared by 99.9% of all the school students except obviously for one girl. Let’s all thanks Sunrise that she isn’t another big b00bs chicks. Funny enough, she doesn’t seem important (hahaha) even though she is. It’s just me not wanting to know characters name. However, we all know the chick will never get him as she is no match for the leader of a maid army, a Lolita chick who happens to be accompanied with a mecha-piloting butler and a talking backpack (lol). A silly army comes with an even more sillier leader. However, she’s another character who blindly puts her trust to a stranger like Tandoji, but I do agree with her philosophy buying anything for her goals, even an entire school…Heil the abuse of power.

Well, Go Go Power Rangers! I do enjoy being wrong about an anime after saying this is going to be an epic fail for sure. In contrast to Tiger & Bunny that seems to target a western demographic, Sacred Seven is somewhat a more appealing super hero anime for those wanting to escape from the western style without necessarily going away from going away from it. The anime doesn’t excel at originality but does bring back some good memories of super hero series such as Megaman, Casshern, Power rangers and Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad without being a total rip-off. The animation style and fighting scenes that try to make you think it’s epic really are strong points of this anime. Plus, there is an army of maids…what else could you ask more?

Score: 8.Sunrise/10

Awesome opening song.

03
Jul
11

Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou Opening by Lm.C

While I do feel that the singing and the tune both seem to be a complete misfit with each other, it does make the anime look a bit shounen than Season 1.

I’m still waiting for someone to sub Nurarihyon no Mago latest episode. FASTER!!

02
Jul
11

Beelzebub OP3 and ED3: wow it’s still going on lol

With the 3rd Opening and Ending songs, the anime is officially entering its 3rd season much to my surprise. Considering how bad half of the 23 past episodes were, I was thinking that Studio Pierrot just dropped the balls with the series and wanted to end the show. It turned out that they are currently under the false impression that they’re doing greatly. The success to Beelzebub is pretty much credited to the greatness of the manga and not the anime. Maybe I’m being too harsh on the anime. Who knows? I’ve skipped the fillers and I’m started to feel disconnected to the anime. I’m also annoyed at how no one gets a single smooth action motion and at the 70-80’s style of putting a board – saying “Punch”, “Kick”, etc…- everytime Oga attacks. Well, it’s the St-Ishiyama arc which will allow guys like Furuichi and Kanzaki to rightfully shine and not be buried…assuming that Studio Pierrot’s staff isn’t on drug.

BTW, when you think that Beelzebub finally start getting a decent opening, a bad rock song appears. The ending songs are pretty good, even though I don’t like how the videos deform or reform the female characters’ look.

10
Jun
11

Detective Conan OP 31: Don’t Wanna Lie by B’Z

Seriously, 31 opening songs already…I really wonder how this show survived this long. LOL

23
May
11

New PV: Core Pride by UVERworld (Ao No Exorcist op)

We have a new release from UVERworld! Good song in a good show.

02
May
11

Full song: “Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi – C” by Hyadain (nichijou op)

Got to say that the music video is as crazy is the anime opening sequence. lol

23
Apr
11

Deadman Wonderland ep 2: A sadistic review

I’m going to talk about the second episode of Deadman Wonderland, or at the very least the second half of the episode. The Gore The Merrier. 🙂

Warning 1: You’ll learn how much I don’t care about the survival of humanity.

Warning 2: Don’t go calling 911 on me.

Warning 3: No, I do not need psychological care.

Did I ever say that I enjoy watching sadistic stuff as long they’re not spooky or monster horror movies. Deadman Wonderland just fits right into my taste. If the main focuses of episode one was conspiracy and corruption, then, the big theme of episode 2 is sadism. Is it really fun to watch criminals die during a race that involves running through balancing scythes, arrows and bullets shot by mascots, trap holes containing spikes, electric currents or poisonous gas? I, as a watcher, loved it. Deadman Wonderland tries to show the animalistic nature of our so-called “civilized” race. Are humans really inside their soul sadistic? I know I am a little bit sadistic (lol). We, human beings, are just animals with a bigger complexity in our physiology and psychology due to the evolution (from the first Homo-sapiens to the beings we are today). We become born into this world. We eat and sleep. When our time comes, we die. Our race is bound to be extinct one day or another whether you believe it or not.

Take a picture of the killed

LOL: This is obviously a place to take your girlfriend to a date

Let’s get to our main protagonist, Ganta Igarashi, who starts to learn the rules of the dynamically sadistic prison, Deadman Wonderland. He learns that all inmates on the death-sentence are constantly administered through their collar a special poison and thus must eat an antidote candy every 3 days in order to leave. You get everything, such as antidote candies, food, clothes and even prison time off, through “Cast points”. One candy cost 100,000 cast points. God knows how hard it is for the poor kid to acquire that much in less than 3 days. So Ganta must win a special race event to get its 100,000 cast point prize. Poor Ganta befriends Yoh Takami, the dude that got slashed by the great and lovely Chief Guard Makina-sama. It turns out that Yoh is a spy for the warden Tamaki to check out the poor innocent super-powered kid. Hell, Tamaki makes the race at the hardest difficulty level. So, the race is filled with murderous obstacles and traps. For me, it was an amazing comedy race. For others, it would nasty scene containing sick deaths. Yes, I have probably have a sick sense of humour, but you could see the manga author was just trying to make the story so hilarious. The whole thing was made to look silly and dark at the same time. Shiro made the race so funny as she evades the obstacle so easily with a nice smile and she saves Ganta many times while other just falls into their deaths. The crowd was laughing and cheering for the deaths. Mascots are shooting the prisoners with bows and hunting guns. Again, we go back to referring to humans being animals. It’s not abnormal to hunt animals or to display them on a zoo. When silliness mixes with darkness, the end-result becomes something spectacularly amazing as long you separate yourself from the normality of this world. Dang, I miss Kyubey from Madoka Magica already.

LOL Damn

Amazingly Silly

Someone with a common sense

Your death won't be for nothing. It'll be for the fun of the crowd

Is Ganta a good character? I guess he fits the setting of the show. I’ve been adding the word “poor” when i mention Ganta. But, still, at the very least, he’s not a total wimp. He tries to survive while following his own rule in order to prove his innocence. Finally, someone who has a valid reason to fight. I think the most generic and annoying reason to fight for a shounen protagonist is: “I must do the greater good for everyone.” aka the sense of duty. Shounen manga has abusively used Kantian Ethics far too much (lol) to the point that the whole thing becomes unrealistic. On episode 2, Ganta actually acts under common sense! He did whatever to survive: suck up to his own bully and not saving a stranger. At the very least, he’s not an annoying character.

Oh Shit

LOLtastic

From what we’ve seen on the anime, it becomes quite obvious that Shiro is not human (lol). An albino girl who can jump from a big tower and land perfectly with a smile is not human. Beside that, what can we say about her? She’s nuts (lol). It’s as if she doesn’t even notice she’s in a prison. Kana Hanazawa does a good job voicing Shiro with her childish personality.

Deadman Wonder episode 2 (during the 2nd half) was an amazing spectacle to watch. This episode scores a nice 9/10. The show is really addicting. So far, the anime has been faithful to the manga except that the anime didn’t bother to introduce Azami which means that Manglobe doesn’t really expect to make a second season.




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