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CLANNAD OP+ED

Thanks to the CLANNAD Invitation DVD that was released this past week, we don’t have to wait until the series airs to see the OP and ED from the upcoming adaptation.

OP: Megumeru ~cuckool mix 2007~ (メグメル ~cuckool mix 2007~) by eufonius

ED: Dango Daikazoku (だんご大家族) by Chata

The OP shows of the beautiful animation that we’re used to seeing from Kyoani, so there’s no surprise there. Even the legendary ‘characters along with names’ works yet again. ED’s beautiful — no one can go against that. The OP song is a remix of “Mag Mell” -cuckool mix-, which is already a remix of the novels game OP. ED carries the same tune as “A Tiny Palm”, one of the ending themes from the original novel. Both can be found of the three disc original soundtrack, or you could wait until the single which shall have both new tracks to be released this December.

CLANNAD airs this Thursday, and i can say that this has prepared me even more for what i can see being one epic tale. Now i’ll go back to listening to the novels score none-stop until that day.

By Shiro

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Potemayo special

Just when i thought it was all over i find out that the DVDs for the series shall include special episodes. The first special has Potemayo increasing in size. Something that pretty much anyone watching this series has to have thought about at least once.

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A was very impressive with how ‘rude’ this series can actually be…

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BUT REMEMBER KIDS

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I’m happy that i have something Potemayo related to look forward to now. I just want the damn soundtrack (not long away now), and second season news.

(I wonder if my next post shall be Potemayo related..)

By Shiro

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Bye bye sweet Potemayo

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A number of shows have ended this past weekend (i’ll be talking about Toward the Terra/Zero no Tsukaima II soon), though for now i want to talk about Potemayo. A while back i mentioned just how surprisingly fun this show can be, with its slow, but wonderful humor. Ever since that post, Potemayo has carried its entertaining ways (even if i did watch around six episodes in one go, which i wouldn’t recommend), with an increase of lovely/drama-filled scenes — mostly involving Sunao’s (our main character) Mother Miku, who passed away a few years back. We’re shown flashback scenes with the two together, along with quite possibly the best Father character ever. These scenes are beautifully done, especially when you see how cold Sunao acts around people in the present day, though was so open to his Mother, which is expected. Yet again like i mentioned in the last post, one of the shows strong points is that not everything in this series has to involve Potemayo or Guchuko. Each character has a time to shine — from ‘in love with Mudo’ Kaoru, to evil scary Nene.

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The last episode was drama overload, though very much expected after the events of episode 11. It was not only a nice change to the series to see something different, it was a lovely way to end of this series — instead of just the usual brilliant jokes. Another nice side to this show was its musical score, composed by Kikuya Tomoki (who’s only worked on one score in the past, Hidamari Sketch). Straight away you should be able to tell the similarities in both scores, if not then go give both another listen — Potemayo’s soundtrack is released on October 310th. As far as a second season goes, i don’t see any reason why not — you have the fact that there’s plenty of manga material left, which works together with how this one ended (spoilers).

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Seriously, if you haven’t checked out Potemayo yet, then please do so. I can say that its not a show for everyone, though you should at least give it a try — just to see how genius/funny and cute this show truly is. Honi honi~

By Shiro

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Gurren Lagann episode 26 can be describe in a few ways — lol Gainax, typical Gainax and oh Gainax. You probably know what i’m on about, even if you haven’t seen this weeks episode.

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I really don’t need to say anything else, episode 26 says it all.

By Shiro

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Negima live action trailer

You’ve all probably heard about the live action adaptation of Negima set to air this October, and i know that many people seem to be worried about the idea. Well, now we have a official trailer — this should set things straight.

I’ll admit that some things are looking bad, especially Evangeline and that witch hat, though apart from that i can see myself enjoy it. Takahata looks all kinds of awesome, so i’m happy. I’m looking forward to just what they can do with this.

By Shiro

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Chances are you’ve heard a Shinkichi Mitsumune (光宗信吉) score, and quite frankly i hope you have. His music is quite like nothing i’ve ever heard — always being the perfect choice for the selected series. The beautiful piano pieces are just a taste of the music you’d expect to hear within his wide variety style. I just feel that he’s one of those composers who’s work doesn’t receive the amount of love it should — i mean, its not as if the anime which scores he’s created aren’t that popular, its just that most people aren’t going to say “ah, its a Shinkichi Mitsumune score”, like they would with Yoko Kanno or Yuki Kajiura. Sure i can understand that, though Shinkichi Mitsumune does have the right at being one of those big names.

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(For a while i was deciding on which soundtrack cover to use, and Asatte no Houkou’s is probably my favourite one.)

By now you’re probably wondering for what shows as Shinkichi Mitsumune created musical scores for. As mentioned before, his most known works would be FLCL (along with the pillows score), Revolutionary Girl Utena (the non-vocal background music), and the Rozen Maiden franchise. My favourite Mitsumune scores are with the shows people are going to know about, though aren’t everyone’s choice of show to watch. Like Mahou Sensei Negima!, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora, Asatte no Houkou and both Zero no Tsukaima seasons. If you’ve seen at least two of these shows mentioned, then you should be able to make the connection between the two scores, and the type of musical score that Mitsumune creates. One that’s not only beautiful, though fits perfectly with a shows theme. I also find that each score has a sense of relaxation to it. They’re easy listening, may it be along side reading a book (if you like listening to music while reading :3), or just having a nice chill out session on a Sunday afternoon. Its great music, and i’d recommend it to any musical score fan.

By Shiro

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So i take it you’ve all seen episode 25 of Gurren Lagann by now, if not then please do so right this second.

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Going into this episode, we knew another death was going to happen — mainly thanks to these weeks episode title, “I Accept Your Dying Wish!”. Also as expected, that death was Kittan. In the past few episodes we’ve seen a number of scenes involving him and Yoko, starting of as a way to point out the obvious Yoko fanservice, and it was expected that these two who eventually grow to be closer as the scenes increased. This episode handled all this perfectly, especially the talk with involved Kamina — so i wasn’t that surprised when Kittan kissed Yoko before leaving. It was quite the beautiful scene, animation wise and a BGM track which rocked me silly. It was a scene that showed us how Kittan felt about Yoko. The feelings were not returned, though Yoko’s hug in return told us that she respected these feelings, knowing what Kittan was about to go and do.

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Kittan’s last strike was a spectacular scene. He shown us all just how awesome he can be, in a different way compared to Kamina. By this time the new BGM track reached a whole new level — with added fight the power (which we’ve heard in episodes 14, 16 the summary and the eyecatch scene’s since the time jump), and very dramatic opera music. This carried on playing right through Chouginga Gurren Lagann’s transformation, along with Simon and his new (star fish) shades. I found Kittan GAR moment/straight into transformation to be a very nice feature. Sure its thanks to Kittan that this happened, though it works wonders at preparing you for the next episode. Not to mention how Gunbuster this scene is (especially raising out of the water):

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So yet again Gurren Lagann keeps on impressing. Two more episodes to go, and judging from the episode preview, this is going to carry on increasing the awesome meter.

By Shiro

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NHK ni Youkoso! hits US shops on October 2nd. A show that’s probably going to sell well, especially seeing the cover for the first DVD — looks like ADV plan to trick new viewers into thinking they’ll be watching some kind of action series.

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The Kashiwa-senpai image is from the limited edition volume 06 cover of the Japanese release, and its definitely not volume 01 material, especially with the series being what it is. Seriously, when i look at this cover, i think ADV all over. Most of the time, ADV’s box art for each title are hit and miss — you have good looking stuff like AIR, and then a complete shiny pile of destruction. Yes, i’m talking about Utawarerumono’s cover.

I’ll be buying the R1 DVD’s (don’t ask me why, ’cause i’m already collecting the Japanese DVD’s) though i find myself yet again, un-happy with ADV’s work yet again. Sure they like to use material from the original source, but please, don’t be so lazy.

By Shiro

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Zac Bertschy, everyone’s loathed adored editor over at ANN, has put the call out on moe. Since I’ve already had a response published in the feature, I don’t feel it polite to submit another entry, and my entry would be way too long anyway, and I don’t want to just post it in the ANN forums, as that might lead to me getting banned–unlikely, but I don’t want to have to reregister and try to remember what I rated over 200 individual series. Since I want to post my thoughts on this matter, I’ll just do it here, for some added thought-provoking content.

For those too afraid to even click on a link leading to Zac’s writing, here’s the question he posed his readers: “What do you think of ‘moe’ anime? Is the phenomenon a good or bad thing for anime?

To do this, first, we must define “moe”, a difficult task at best. Everyone has their own opinion on the meaning of the term, which leads to a very nebulous concept and lots of argument. I, personally, have a very unusual definition of the term. Many people use the term “innocence” to describe moe; I, personally, think the term “naiveté” is more accurate. Many people seem to have a concept of moe as being a character who is a pushover and could feasibly be coerced into various naughty acts without any effort whatsoever; I, personally, hearken back to the “fatherly love” definition of moe from way back when. I see a character I would be proud of, if I were their father, as moe. Some characters I would categorize under the “moe” banner: Asai Mugi from Hitohira, Mako from Bokurano, Ai Tanabe from PLANETES, Oscar Francois de Jarjeyes from The Rose of Versailles, and Kokoro from Kokoro Library.

One other key thing about my definition is that the concept of “moe” and the concept of “sexually appealing” are two different things. A character I find moe is very, very rarely seen in a sexual light, if ever. They’re someone to cheer on, not someone to get down and dirty with.

With that definition in mind, I’m going to answer the question.

Zac’s definition of moe is apparently limited to shows he does not see as worthy of praise, and, certainly, there’s a fair bit of call for that–no one’s going to call Zero no Tsukaima a modern masterpiece. However, what he doesn’t realize is that the concept of moe is inseparable from most recent anime–it permeates every show. Female characters must be cute and attractive, and this is done almost without exception. There’s no escaping it. And that brings me to the second part of the question.

It’s not a question of whether it’s a “good” or “bad” thing for anime. It’s neither, and both. Moe as a concept in anime has brought us shows such as DearS, but it’s also brought us Hitohira. It’s brought us Girls Bravo, but it’s also brought us Kamichu!. It’s brought us Mai HiME/Otome, but it’s also brought us Simoun. It’s brought us Raimuiro Senkitan, but it’s also brought us Toki o Kakeru Shoujo. Yes, we get trashy fanservice-filled doujin fodder, but we also get works of literary and artistic merit.

Moe is not something we, as anime fans, should sweep under the carpet and pretend like it doesn’t exist. It’s a critical factor in modern anime, just as super robots were in the 70s and 80s–and there are some seriously bad robot shows from that time frame. (Gold Lightan, anyone?) But there’s also some seriously good robot shows from that time frame. (Layzner) Trends in anime are never a bad thing. They focus, reshape, and remold the conception of anime in the minds of the masses. The Tokikakes and Kamuchus of today will pass on their legacies to tomorrow, and the Lucky Stars and Haruhis of today will do so as well. And tomorrow will reform and reshape anime as we know it in the present and turn it into anime as we know it in the future. And I have the fullest confidence that anime will still be entertaining in that future.

By OGT

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More news on the Gurren Lagann soundtrack that was talked about here, track titles have been posted on the official sony music Japan site, which shall be releasing the soundtrack.

Disc 1:
1 空色デイズ/中川翔子
2 UNDERGROUND/HIGH VOLTAGE
3 みんなのピース/アフロマニア
4 happily ever after/中川翔子
5 BREAK THROUGH THE DREAM/シモン(柿原徹也)&カミナ(小西克幸)
6 Trust/ヨーコ(井上満里奈)

Disc 2:
1 ラップは漢の魂だ!無理を通して道理を蹴っ飛ばす!俺たち大グレン団のテーマを耳の穴かっぽじ ってよ~く聴
2 モグラはモグラのままなのか?
3 ボインVSボイン(ヨーコのテーマ)
4 骸骨になっちまったカミナの親父に寄せる哀歌
5 狼が来た!!
6 BafBau!そんなに燃えるのが…好きかい?
7 Nikopol
8 月と星とア・タ・シ
9 熱砂の荒野を抜けて大グレン団が行くのだ
10 ラップは漢の魂だ!己を信じて天を指差す怒涛の男・カミナ様を耳の穴かっぽじってよ~く聴
11 「萌え」っていったい何ですか?
12 お前ら全員燃えてしまえっ!!!
13 合体なんてクソくらえ
14 回って回って回って回って
15 Love Conservative
16 ラップは漢の魂……だった…よな…
17 The YOSHINARI
18 どうだ俺のトランペットは凄いだろう!
19 Libera me from hell
20 お前のXXXで…
21 お前のXXXで天を衝け!

I’ll edit this post once i have official translations of each track, though already i can place a few names to the BGM’s we’ve heard in the series. Not long now.

By Shiro

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