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This weeks episode of Casshern Sins was an all around beautiful experience, and today i plan to talk about just one of the reasons that made this episode what it is — the unbelievably amazing scenery in this episode. The background shots in this episode really capture the loneliness aspect that the life of female character of the week Nica has been living during her time in this underground sanctuary. Here are shots of the talked about scenery (shame about the size, though it’s the only way i can fit the full image on this page).

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Such beautiful pieces of art, seriously. I noticed a few of these shots in last weeks preview, and knew straight away that we’d be in for a treat, though i never expected just how much i’d be in awe during this episode. I had to watch this episode twice yesterday because i just couldn’t focus on the dialogue at all (not that there’s much anyway).

With the story being set in an barren and dark dystopian world, i say it’s about we’re given such scenery that’s able to express the state that the world is in at the moment.. I mean sure we’ve been having the episodic stories that do just that each week, though the locations (apart from a few) have just shown wastelands of complete nothingness.

I truly do hope we see more scenery like this in future episodes. There is just so much they could show in this series.

Toradora’s on a roll

Toradora really is a great show. Each week it just seems to please with a wonderful level of humor and some great character development/drama scenes when needed — episode 09 was no exception. It’s kinda like they pushed the level of humor we’ve been seeing so far to a whole new level in this episode. Plenty of hilarious scenes this week, so let’s take a little look at them shall we.

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Minorin truly does steal the show most of the time in terms of humor, though that doesn’t mean Yuusaku can’t have his moments. He can be quite the odd guy sometimes.

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Might as well have everyone join in while they wait for Ami to arrive. It’s quite funny how all four members are the right size for this.

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Ami’s “Taiga hasn’t turned up” made me laugh quite a bit, because it’s something only she would do. I’m rather small in height, so i know how Taiga feels. I had the same joke pulled on me plenty of times.

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Yet another ‘very Ami scene’. Tricking Ryuuji by pretending to be in the shower. I think what made these scene rather funny is that i wasnt expected Ami to not actually be in the shower, when i should have.

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Taiga’s going into detail about Ami in the show was comedy cold — especially with the hand expressions.

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I mentioned a minute ago that Yuusaku has his moments, and this was one of them. It just tells you easily the type on odd-ball that he is — walking around the house butt naked because he heared Ryuuji’s voice. I don’t even want to think about that reason anymore. Minorins reaction to seeing Yuusaku’s ‘manly part’ was pretty funny.

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The gangs reaction to Ryuuji’s super spicey curry was pretty legendary. Being quite the curry fan myself, i’d love to give it a try.

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Last few scenes of the episode as usual were pretty drama-filled. I’m just using this as an excuse so i can look at Taiga’s feet. Damn you Ryuuji — you lucky lucky man.

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During my marathon of Kimagure Orange Road, i was surprised when i came across Episode 40 which aired as a special episode for new year back in 1987. As i noticed by the preview for this episode, it turned out to be a parody using plenty of themes that have come from the Godzilla movies over the years, and including a few scenes from the 1964 movie, Mothra vs Godzilla. The reason why i’m talking about this is because i’ve been a huge Godzilla fan all my life, and i just loved how well this was all put together.

The best part about this episode was the fact that it used pieces of music from Mothra vs Godzilla, composed by the man himself, Akira Ifukube. I was very surprised to hear the legendary ‘The Appearance of Godzilla’ piece at the start, though even more surprised that they did their own version of the Mothra song, with Kurumi and Manami playing the roles of the Shojobin girls.

The original Shojobin girls.
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KOR’s version.
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It’s a shame we don’t see more parody episodes done like this. So very unexpected, but boy did it make this Godzilla fan’s day.

There’s nothing like a good pair of sassy feet from Michiko to Hatchin, episode four.

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I quite like the slim characters designs we’ve been seeing in this show, so it’s about time a good foot shot appeared. The scene following that foot shot shows some good foot control.

Now this is what i call a foot scene. Not just a quick camera shot of a foot, actually close up and.. you’ll know the rest if you’ve seen the episode. This weeks foot is from episode 04 of Chaos;Head.

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That last shot is a close up killer. Beautiful.

Bright’s quote of the day.

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Whoever worked on episode 29 of Soul Eater must have one hell of a foot fetish, because you don’t focus three times on such lovely feet shots, and two of them have toe moving action.

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It seems that Madhouse are on a role this season. They’re giving everything they’ve got to each show, and that especially goes for Kurozuka.

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Checking out the summary on ANN, and you’ll know the basic story for the series. The first episode covers what’s said, setting us up perfectly for what we’re going to see in the next 11 episodes. Just reading the summary back before this show aired, and i knew it would be something i’d enjoy, though more then anything i wanted to see what Madhouse and the director, Tetsuro Araki could do with the show. The production quality is so damn high you’ll have to see it to believe it. The backgrounds, character models — all of it are outstanding to see, and that carries on in the second episode. I have faith that Madhouse will keep this level up until the end, like they have done in past productions. As for the Tetsuro Araki touch, so far he’s following manga material at a decent pace, though some parts of the manga are going to be cut out. The manga is 10 volumes long, and seeing how the first two introduction episodes weren’t necessarily rushed, he’ll keep at this pace until the end. Just like in Death Note (another Madhouse production Tetsuro directed), we see a vibrant display of colors used, in this case for the action scenes (episode two).

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It adds that extra layer needed to fully experience the madness that’s being shown during this fight scene. I do hope Tetsuro keeps this up for the rest of the action scenes in the series. While on this subject, there’s a lot of gore, though you’re to focused on the solid movement’s surrounding by the beautiful animation that you just don’t notice it all. Something i was quite surprised about was the musical score. It’s done by Kiyoshi Yoshida, the guy who worked on the scores for Kaiba and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time — two scores i like quite a bit, though not at all did i think he was the composer while watching the first episode. It’s true that the two scores that i mentioned just now are extremely different from one another, and yet again here with Kurozuka it goes to show how open a composer can be with their works.

Last but not least, the stunning Paku Romi (my favorite seiyuu) voices the main female character, Kuromitsu. The mysterious yet loving voice we’ve heard from her in the past has returned, and it fits perfectly. I’m not going to lie, if even i disliked this show i’d carry on watching for her alone.

I can see this being the underdog of the season. Already it’s not receiving the amount of attention it deserves, though we all know it happens to a lot of the best shows that we rank pretty high. I’d recommend this to just about anyone who enjoys high levels of animation, because you’ll be very pleased with the job done here.

This week we’re gonna have a young foot.

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Mei’s lovely little feet from CLANNAD ~After Story~, third episode. This episode had some pretty special Mei scenes aimed at a certain kind of person, so what better way to add to that then adding a lovely shot of her playing around with her feet. Playing with dirt can be so adorable.

& seriously before you start thinking it again, this is not a 100% foot blog. I’ll write something else soon.

I’m a bit late, though over the next few days i plan to say a few of my thoughts on shows from the new season. First up is Casshern Sins.

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This is seriously my kind of show. I’ve always been interested with the franchise, checking out the original 1973 series a while back (i’ll get back to it at some point), and since then i’ve checked out the OAV and live action movie, so with that amount of Casshern knowledge in mind, i was quite surprised that Casshern Sins has changed the story quite a lot. You could say the only connection the new show has with the original is the characters, though this amount of change doesn’t necessarily mean bad things.

All we’re told in the first episode is that the earth is in a slow descent of annihilation, and the reason behind that is being pointed at Casshern for killing a young girl named Luna. Of course everything surrounding that reason is covered in mysterious (Casshern not remembering anything plays a huge part in that), though for now that’s the basic plot set out. The absolute stunning animation captures the lonely setting perfectly, along with the very powerful score by Kaoru Wada — personally one of my favorite composers. As the show progresses we’re sure to experience more of the lonely factor that plays a huge part in the story. That’s probably what we’ll keep seeing as the mystery surrounding Casshern and the state of earth start to unravel bit by bit, and i can say i’m looking very much forward to it. This is easily one of my favorite shows from the new season — a show i believe everyone should at least give a try.