Archive for October, 2007

Quiet possibly the most moe thing i have ever seen.


A lot of things happened in episode four of Clannad, though nothing for me can compare to this one hardcore moe scene — followed by Kotomi’s pat pat. Adorable.

By Shiro

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Okay, so, you’ve probably figured out by now that I tend to watch a lot of yuri shows. Well, here’s another one. Shock.

Blue Drop is the story of one Mari Wakatake, a high school girl (natch) who has lost her memories as the result of a terrible tsunami. Which wasn’t really a tsunami. It is revealed in the second episode that the tsunami was actually the precursor to an alien invasion.

A few years later, our cheerfully angry heroine, now living with her grandmother, is packed off to a boarding school for girls. The boarding school for girls is run by the most awesome man in anime history:

Just look at that hair. And that moustache.

Anyway, all-girls’ school. Right. She’s accepted into the academy, and is sent off to a dorm, where she meets Hagino Senkoji, a lovely, popular, well-respected young lady, who promptly tries to strangulate Mari.

What fun.

It’s totally superficial, and rooted in the fact that Mari and Asumi are played by the same seiyuu (Akiko Yajima) but I’m a bit reminded of Twin Spica, somehow. Like Twin Spica, the show seems focused on characters, their relationships, and the consequences thereof. The plot, what there is of it, doesn’t look to be too hot, but I took a certain undeniable pleasure in watching the two released episodes. It might be the direction, as indicated in this here blog post, or it might simply be the product of solid character writing, but whatever it is, it’s a lot of fun to watch. I don’t think it’ll ever win awards for originality, and it might not end up being something I am fond of, as I am with Twin Spica, but it looks like it could be an interesting ride. And, who knows, maybe it’ll come from behind and surprise me.

Also, fans of BBW, take heed: Your 2D complex has arrived in full force:

Oh, and that blog post gets its facts a bit messed up–BeStack is doing the animation with another company, not GONZO–they just did the 3D modelling for the alien ship. So, those who live in cowed fear of the GONZO clause, rest easy.


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It’s only a cam trailer, though when you’re at the stage where you haven’t even see the first movie yet, i’ll take anything.

For a cam trailer, you can make out quite a lot — the main factor for me being the early introduction of the fifth children, Kaworu. We also see:

-the launch of the mono-eyed Unit 05
-Unit 02 arriving (which includes Asuka)
-Unit 04’s disappearance
-a newly-designed Unit 06, and it’s unnamed pilot (yeah, look twice at where it’s coming from..)
-Kaji making his appearance (which makes sense with it being Asuka’s introduction, though we don’t know if they’ll be linked like the TV series)
-something rather interesting, a shot of Shinji from the battle with the fourteenth Angel (Zeruel) from the TV series, already in the second movie
-another new appearance, the unnamed female character, shown at the end of the trailer

Also we see ghostly floating entities. Knowing just what this series can do, i’m not even going to start speculating about them — though you can see it’ll have something to do with Adam.

All we need now is the cinema release for the second movie. All we know at the moment is that it’ll be sometime 2008.

By Shiro

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12 episodes easily wasn’t enough for this series, and i find that a second season shall do more to the humor then the first just lasting 24/26 episodes. Supposedly it’s planned to air Spring 2008 — so we’ll just have to stay in despair until then.

By Shiro

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Apologies to Shiro for posting this before his episode review.

There’s a hypothesis going around that each arc of the recently-finished Gurren-Lagann pertains to an era or decade of giant robot animation. I subscribe to this belief in a rather loose manner, seeing as how actual time tends to bleed and blur the borders and that people don’t all of a sudden decide to start thinking differently when a 9 becomes a 0, but the basic layout is this.

Episodes 1-8: The 70s, the original super robot era. (Mazinger Z, Getter Robo)
Episodes 9-15: The 80s, when things got more serious, when characters became deeper. (Gundam, Macross)
Episodes 17-22: The 90s, when perception was changed, things brought into question. (Evangelion)

If this is the case, then the current decade is the basis behind episodes 23-27. However, with nothing for Gainax to “reference” they can only instead try to give their own message, teach their own lesson, show their own influence.

I think what Gainax is trying to say with these final episodes is that giant robot animation, and perhaps animation in general, should not stagnate, should not feel content simply looking to the past or paying reverence to it.

The Anti-Spirals were a race with Spiral who decided to stop their own evolution for the sake of preserving the universe, preserving what already existed. They decide to remain forever unchanging, afraid of what it might do. This is why they lost to Simon and the rest of the Dai-Gurren-Dan. They were able to kick reason to the curb, they were able to pierce the heavens, they were not afraid of change. This is Gainax’s message to everyone, both viewers and creators.

Factor on top of this the Anti-Spiral’s drawing-like appearance, clearly designed to make the viewer aware that it is in fact a drawing.

And yes, I know it seems odd for Gainax to be leaving us this message while they’re redoing Evangelion yet again, but even that’s not over yet. We may very well be seeing the perfect compliment in Renewal of Evangelion for the message given here in the final arc of Gurren-Lagann.

by SDS

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