Archive for September, 2010

Heartcatch Precure Is Cool

Posted in Heartcatch Precure, Random Shit with tags on 09/28/2010 by Shinmaru

A few friends of mine — and some fine folks in the blogosphere as well — have been on the Heartcatch Precure! train for a while now, and since I enjoy the occasional magical girl series (kept up with Shugo Chara! weekly even when it turned all crappy and stuff) and also wanted something the complete opposite of the latest show I finished (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam), I decided to hop on for the ride myself and spent the past week marathoning the series to the latest episode. And what a fun week it has been!

(Some spoilers for the series after the break.)

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Giant Killing 26 – CURRY PARTY (END) (?)

Posted in Giant Killing with tags on 09/26/2010 by Shinmaru

Would it be too much to ask for Giant Killing to get a second season? I hope not. This statement doesn’t mean much, since I have such limited experience with the genre, but Giant Killing is the best pure sports series I’ve seen. (Cross Game is a better show, but it’s also not totally a sports series, whereas Giant Killing is all about the sport.) Exciting, solidly (though not perfectly) paced, and shows more dimensions of its sport and the world around it than most shows would bother with, Giant Killing has been one of the most fun shows for me to write about week in and week out.

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Dragon Ball Kai – The Reluctant Team

Posted in Dragon Ball, Random Shit with tags , , on 09/22/2010 by Shinmaru

Recently I started watching Dragon Ball Kai because it’s up to my favorite DBZ arc: The Androids/Cell arc, which has just about everything I’ve always loved — time travel, robots, lots of superpowers (which DBZ always has, of course), etc. (And as a bonus, Norio Wakamoto’s performance as Cell is off the charts hilarious.) But this post isn’t about that arc; rather, it’s about an element of DBZ‘s beginning that still appeals to me to this day.

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High School of the Dead 12 – Boobs and T. S. Eliot (END) (?)

Posted in High School of the Dead with tags on 09/20/2010 by Shinmaru

That T. S. Eliot character has really gone places now — his poetry is being inexplicably quoted in zombie fanservice anime! Probably the only weirder place to see an Eliot quote pop up is in a harem show or something . . . wait, what am I saying, this is pretty much a harem series already, isn’t it? Damn you, High School of the Dead — always one step ahead of me.

Anyway, the series has come to an end, although a second season could be in the cards; it would be a given with any other studio, but Madhouse is fairly notorious for not doing second seasons. The fact that the studio did not conjure up an anime-exclusive ending (I think) is probably a good sign for fans, though. I’d watch a second season. High School of the Dead is an entertaining enough series with a rather, er, unique approach to fanservice. And, hey, I like to see zombies get killed. Sue me.

Final death chart for now, though with a different spin on it . . .

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Giant Killing 25 – Victory Is Sweet

Posted in Giant Killing with tags on 09/19/2010 by Shinmaru

I don’t know if Joojoobees was actually predicting that Sera would score a goal or simply using Sera as an example why Natsuki shouldn’t be automatically expected to score a goal despite all the attention focused upon him in this arc, but hell, let’s give him the Stephen Colbert “I called it!” anyway. Why the hell not?

Also, what’s the bigger upset: ETU getting the win against Osaka, or the game actually ending in this episode? I can’t be the only one shocked to see that Giant Killing didn’t milk the tension until the finale! Wow! As soon as it was revealed that there was four minutes remaining in the game, my first thought was, “This is going to be the longest four minutes in history.” Next episode will probably be the sports anime equivalent of the “life goes on” ending — the “season goes on” ending, I guess? Haha.

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Shiki 11 – Gackt Is God

Posted in Shiki with tags on 09/17/2010 by Shinmaru

Look at how holy he is. Also, Tatsumi sure got dressed in his butler garb in a hurry. Guess that’s one other ability that separates him from the other vampires!

So Seishirou Kirishiki appears for the first time in a good while, and Ozaki examines Seishirou to the point where he concludes that Seishirou is indeed alive — has a pulse, normal breathing and his pupils react to light — so that the crowd of confused people outside the Kirishiki home can be placated. (Although there is of course the chance that Ozaki noticed something and chose to keep it on the down low because he doesn’t want a freak out war to break out.) But, hey, if vampires are the enemy, then how can Seishirou not be a vampire? Well, I have a theory that is probably not at all accurate, but what the hell — I’ll throw it out, anyway.

(By the way, I am going to spoil the hell out of Let the Right One In right now, so feel free to skip all this theorizing if you plan on seeing that great movie eventually. Everything after the next screencap will be safe to read.)

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High School of the Dead 11 – Here Come the Nukes!

Posted in High School of the Dead with tags on 09/13/2010 by Shinmaru

This is a pretty good set-up episode for a finale that should have a lot of fireworks. I wonder if any of the nukes will be coming Japan’s way (seems so, since the country has to take some measures in the preview)? Before it seemed as if it was just America vs. everyone else when it came to the bomb. Now I guess it’s everyone vs. everyone — a real Dr. Strangelove situation. Then we have Shido squirming away when we all know what’s going to happen later; this pretty much says it all. But, hey, it wouldn’t be anime without the heroes shooting themselves in the collective foot. If there’s one thing, this trope teaches people, it’s that morality is a fucking pain in the ass.

Countdown to death chart: 3, 2, 1 . . .

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Giant Killing 24 – Just As Planned

Posted in Giant Killing with tags on 09/12/2010 by Shinmaru

As expected, Tatsumi’s plan largely reveals itself in this episode (although there is probably still more yet to come), and every match-up starts to bear fruit for ETU — some in large ways (Tsubaki and Gino teaming up to tire out Hiraga, Sugie perhaps inadvertently making Kubota open up his game a bit more and burning through his energy early) and some in smaller ways (Kuroda frustrating Hauer to the point where Hauer shoves Kuroda to the ground and earns a yellow card for his trouble). ETU has all the momentum right now.

(Quick question about the choice of card: It’s pretty clear Hauer attacks Kuroda after the play; it’s not a foul that comes because he went after the ball a bit too strongly, or whatever. Does the attack have to be more severe to warrant a red card? Does it depend on the league? Maybe the series makes the shove look more severe than it actually is, thus the yellow card? I guess it was just a shove in the heat of the moment and doesn’t really deserve an automatic ejection. You’d think ETU would at least try to push for a harsher penalty, though, or stand up for Kuroda.)

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Shiki 10 – Come with Me If You Want to Die

Posted in Shiki with tags on 09/10/2010 by Shinmaru

Tatsumi gets more Terminator-like every time we see him, I swear!

So, wow, Shiki is getting better by the episode; I’d say this is the best one yet, and the one that cements Shiki as the best show of the season for me, unless Occult Academy suddenly gets amazing in its final three episodes. This episode livens things up a bit in the first half with some non-linear storytelling that is slightly tough to keep up with at first (the shifting date markers don’t help, haha), but not that difficult if you’re paying attention. It’s kind of cool to get a view of things from the other side, and it makes the situation more enjoyably complex by confirming a few things.

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High School of the Dead 10 – The Tsuntsun Express

Posted in High School of the Dead with tags on 09/07/2010 by Shinmaru

Man, every role Jouji Nakata takes seems tailor made for him, doesn’t it? Saya’s dad utters one syllable, and I can immediately buy Nakata as this authoritative, imperialist type figure. If he lets the group head out with his daughter after all this, though, then he’s a lot more understanding than that, haha. Or maybe he just does not want to deal with her shit. Maybe that is more likely. At any rate, looks like it’s time to hit the road again instead of staying in a relatively safe place. Hooray!

Enter death chart.

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