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Archive for April, 2012

A lot of good episodes this week – many series that were disappointing last week had much better ones this week. Alas, with everything being 2-3 episodes in, the animation quality is starting to take a hit. Although that may just be Hyouka making everything else look like trash.

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Mirai Nikki

When Mirai Nikki was announced it came with a flurry of hype. An adaption of a very popular shounen psychological thriller manga series which gave us the yanderest yandere who ever yandered, there was a lot of excitement and anticipation surrounding it. I didn’t know anything about the series, but was still quite excited; the premise sounded incredibly intriguing: 12 individuals are given ‘diaries’ which tell them the future, albeit with restrictions depending on the person, and are told by the god Deus (see what they did there?) that the last one alive out of the 12 of them will become his successor – will become God.  Not a bad setup by any measure.

There were however a few rumblings of discontent after the initial announcement and in the early episodes. A fair number of people who had read the manga warned that the story gets worse and kinda ridiculous. But given the strength of the first few episodes, how true could this be? Nothing more than a minority opinion from those who didn’t enjoy it? Or perhaps they knew what was up, and simply giving the rest of us advance notice?

Even the characters were spoiling the plot for themselves!

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More OP ONIONS about crappy weekly Japanese cartoons. Should be doing coursework instead of writing this. Now with pretty pictures for twice the effort!

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The second week of spring proper, and already middle-school boys are whining, hearts are hnnnging, bread is baking, noitaminA is rising, and saliva is being consumed. It could only be anime, folks!

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Now that the majority of the winter season has finished, and spring has just begun in earnest, I figure I could start this thing proper. Basically just quick thoughts and opinions on the airing episodes I saw this week, and any changes to what I am watching. There will probably be spoilers for that week’s episode, so be careful about which you read.

Anyway, let’s begin.

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Phi Brain

You know what’s awesome? Kaiji is awesome. The tense gambling, the mind games and the sheer level of both moe and GAR in the eponymous protagonist, it’s all fantastic. Which meant that when Kaiji S2 finished airing with the summer 2011 season, I was saddened. I needed my Kaiji fix. Something, anything like it! And that’s where Phi Brain came in.

Puzzles of life and death? Having to try and constantly outthink the opponent? A kickass main character? Phi Brain has it all. It’s basically exactly the same as Kaiji and that’s why you should watch it.

Ok, no, I lied. While it is similar to Kaiji in quite a few ways (especially later on) it’s also quite different in many others. But is it still worth watching? Well, yes, but you should read the review anyway.

It's review time!

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I did not enjoy Macross Frontier. I fucking loathed it. The characters were bland and generic, the plot was insipid and contrived, and it was all just an otaku pandering piece of shit. One major aspect of that was the fact it basically functioned as an extended advert for a bunch of crappy idol J-Pop singles, all of which were sung over dramatic moments or combat or anywhere else where they did not fit in at all and one particularly terrible pretentious ballad was also a magical alien love song or something that was sung at least once every episode and was fucking awful. So when Symphogear entered the preview charts, promising a show about a load of teenage girls singing magical songs and fighting things to save the world, I can’t say I was particularly thrilled. I skipped right over it because I hadn’t actually finished Macross Frontier all that long ago and the mere memories of it made me feel bad.

Of course this didn’t last if I’m actually writing about it now. What happened was that when the fansubbers started releasing it they were all saying just how good it was. A similar reaction occurred in various anime communities, and so curiosity got the better of me and so I picked it. And you know what? The first episode was actually pretty good!

I’d like to point out now that that last sentence is more accurate than you might initially imagine.

She's shocked because of all the spoilers

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