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Aug. 3rd, 2008

Ouran - Haruhi - delicious



Sorry, no new anime/manga updates today. :( My new PoliSci class is killing me, and finals are coming up again.

Anyway, I was out shopping with some friends today, and we stopped by Barnes and Nobles to check out random books.

Look what I found in the food section... It's a whole book on Japanese bentos that are so cute and artsy. My favorite was a bento with Lelouche from Geass! ♥

Okay, time to go eat dinner.

Jul. 18th, 2008

Ouran - Haruhi - delicious


Review: Shion no Ou 1-22

Shion playing shougi

Murder pictures

Rating: 9/10

Shion no Ou is a really engaging and awesome story that follows a young girl named Yasuoka Shion as she finally enters the world of professional shougi. Eight years prior, Shion's parents were brutally murdered right in front of her, leaving her unable to speak because of the shock. The police who took on the case had no luck finding the murderer since all that was left at the scene was a single shougi piece - the King. Now, eight years later, shougi becomes not only Shion's future, but also the key to long forgotten clues and memories about the murderer.

Hopefully, I did the plot of Shion no Ou some semblance of justice... because what I absolutely loved about the series was the writing. The writing was fantastic, full of twists and suspense that kept you guessing til the very end. The show was dark, but it never got too bogged down by the tragic-ness of Shion's past. Instead, I thought it was really fresh to focus on character development. That way, you really got to see that it was not just Shion who had problems, but that each of the major characters were creepy or odd in their own way.

Anyway, I'm really tired from reading too much poli sci, so this will be a fairly informal review...

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Jul. 13th, 2008

Charlie and the choco


Summer Anime update

First off, I just wanted to say a quick THANKS! to everyone who reads this journal. Although, it is a little lonely here, so feel free to post comments, bash my reviews, whatever. I don't bite, promise.

Second, I was planning on doing a summer anime update/preview thing so I can at least pretend to be on the same page as everyone else. Except that this summer update might be massive fail, mostly because I really am not liking the summer lineup at all. Sorry. -__- Anyway, this post will be mostly on what's of interest this season with a quick heads up on anime that I'll actually be reviewing in the next few months.

Summer 2008...Collapse )

Blogging update...Collapse )

Jul. 9th, 2008

Ouran - Honey - Joy


Review: Toward the Terra 1-24

It's been like three days and I'm still trying to recover from AX. It was a pretty hectic... anyway, I'll probably post a recap later. For now, here's Toward the Terra..

Rating: 8/10

I had a hell of a time rating this show. It's overall more of an 8+, but I just had a bunch of issues with the series as a whole.

My favorite thing about this series is definitely the character development and writing. Although there was some odd pacing here and there (*cough*lastepisode*cough*), as a whole, Terra had some superb moments. Looking back, I have to admit that I am somewhat amazed by the epic story that it was able to tell in a mere 24 episodes, so I guess I can forgive some of its problems. I could probably gush and gush about the various arcs that were just brilliantly done, especially the Keith and Shiroe arc, but I'll leave that for you to experience yourself when you watch Toward the Terra.

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Jun. 18th, 2008

Ouran - Honey - Joy


Review: Claymore 1-26

Claymore Clare
Rating: 7.5/10

Finally finished Claymore earlier this week, and sadly I have very little to say about it other than:  disappointing...*sad face* For a series that had great character designs and an interesting concept, it sure fell flat on its face.

The story for Claymore is pretty simple: Clare is a half-human, half-demon weapon that specializes in Youma extermination and is driven by her thirst for revenge to kill one of the most powerful Youma of all. Unfortunately, both Clare and her sidekick Raki, the two main characters, are so very flat and uninteresting. Although Clare does grow on me as the series progresses, I am never quite entirely drawn in to the show.

Don't get me wrong, Claymore does definitely have its good points. I absolutely loved the middle arcs in the series, especially the story about Clare's past and reasons for becoming a Claymore (*fangirls Teresa*). It also does a particularly great job in developing some of the minor characters that show up throughout the series, and what I found sad was that these characters were much more interesting than the Clare-Raki dynamic. The series does start off relatively weak, but it definitely picks up around episode 4 or 5 and remains fairly interesting for a good portion of the show.

I guess the main problem I had with Claymore was that is seemed to lack that bit of flare that separates the gems from the mediocre rest. The series as a whole seemed to hover around a 7/10, and I only give it a 7.5 because of my love for Clare's backstory.

Click here for summary and boring talk...Collapse )

Jun. 11th, 2008

Ouran - Honey - Joy



In case you all haven't heard, Inuyasha is finally ending after 12 years.

I recently watched the anime, but it was too long and too repetitive. Nevertheless, I am sorta curious about the overall plot and pairings. Will most likely be wiki-ing. >.<

Jun. 10th, 2008

Ouran - TamakixHaruhi+Floor


Reviews: Ookiku and Midnight Secretary and much more!

Okay, so to be honest, this whole anime blogging thing is really not my cup of tea. I don't really like doing episode reviews, mostly because I usually marathon my anime, and doing detailed reviews is waaaay to much trouble. But, I don't want to just give up. That said, if you are interested in writing reviews, shoot me an email at tehpokeofd00m@gmail.com or comment here.

From now one, I'll try to post quick recaps or fangirl!squees of joy about things I've watched. Hopefully in some kind of nice orderly fashion. If you're interested, I have an AniDB account, and you can check out my list and votes and stuff here.

Anyway, this last month I have watched a crapload.

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Apr. 20th, 2008

Yakitate - Azuma optimist


Drama - Last Friends

So... I really don't like using the same excuse, but alas, school and midterms and all that junk have kept me away from blogging lately. I have, however, been keeping my eyes out for any interesting shows. Long story short, I thought I'd pimp Last Friends because it has a great cast and looks very interesting. Here's the OP by Utada Hikaru:

Aside from the story, which looks just a touch too angsty for me, I'd definitely give this series a chance. Why? Because both Ueno Juri and Nagayama Eita from Nodame are returning, and I'm kinda excited and weirded out to see Ueno tackling this type of mature role.

Anyway, I am off to bed. Hopefully this month will be better than last, and I'll actually post something. >.>

Mar. 12th, 2008

Charlie and the choco


Midterms >.<;;

Gomen-ne!! Sorry for not updating in like a month! That's preposterous, I know, but my spring semester has been in full swing with lots of reading and studying and whatnot. But, I promise to update as soon as my midterms are done next week.

Here's what I'm looking at for the spring season:
- catch up on Shigofumi (which is omg!awesome) and Gundam 00
- Series reviews for: Saiunkoku Monogatari S2, Moyashimon, Paprika (movie)
- New weekly: Code Geass S2 (April) and possibly Vampire Knight (April)
- I haven't been reading up on blogs and anime news lately, so I'm still not sure what I'll be picking up for the upcoming season.

In the meantime, enjoy a manga rec:

Crimson Hero by Takanashi Mitsuba
Genre: sports, shoujo
Status: ongoing
Summary: Nobara Sumiyoshi is the 15 year-old heiress of an old-fashioned Japanese restaurant, but her real passions and ambitions lie with volleyball. She'll do whatever it takes to break into the competitive world of high school volleyball, even transferring to Crimson Field High School with hopes of playing in their top-notch volleyball program. When her mother sabotages the girl's volleyball team, it's up to Nobara and her new friends to rebuild the program and make her dreams of playing volleyball come true.

Comments: I love so many things about this manga. The art is crisp and the cells are clean. I often dislike the cluttered feeling of shoujo, with all its flowers and shiny and tones, but the layout of Crimson Hero is definitely a plus. The story is solid and not overly girly or complicated. You got two guys going after Nobara, one is the tough guy who's actually really gentle, the other is the gentle guy who has a jealous streak. Interspersed with the romance is lots of awesome volleyball scenes that are excellently drawn. Overall, the manga is well researched and exciting! Too bad Onemanga.com only has 29 chapters. 9/10

Feb. 18th, 2008

Ouran - Haruhi - theworldisround


Manga Review: 666 Satan

666 Satan Vol 1 Cover
Ruby Crescent is a young and energetic girl whose ultimate dream is to find the legendary O-Part, like her late father. During her journey, she is saved by a lonely, but ambitious boy named Jio, who is determined to conquer the world. The two strike up a partnership, with Ruby teaching Jio about the magical O-Parts which grant people unthinkable powers, and Jio protecting Ruby from the dangers of treasure hunting. As the unlikely pair continues traveling the world, they begin to unlock the darkest secrets of the O-Parts as well as the truth of Jio's mysterious powers...

Yes, I realize the plot sounds generic and over done and all that, but trust me, as a shounen manga, 666 Satan is surprisingly entertaining. What starts out as a childish story soon develops into a well thought out and executed series. 666 Satan definitely has deeper and darker overtones; it not only draws heavily on Judeo-Christian themes, but also deals with mature concepts of death, betrayal and trust.

READ MORE... otherwise titled 'Just because I like Jio doesn't make me a pedo...'Collapse )

Mangaka: Kishimoto Seishi (twin of Kishimoto Masashi, Naruto)
Total Chapters: 76
Status: Completed
Plot: 7/10
Artwork: 8/10
Characterization: 8/10

Overall: 8/10

Read it here.

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