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New Fansubs/Anime - Fall '06
Topic by: jross3
Posted: September 23, 2006 - 1:17 AM PDT
Last Reply: January 7, 2007 - 6:03 PM PST

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author topic: New Fansubs/Anime - Fall '06
jross3
post #1  on September 23, 2006 - 1:17 AM PDT  
It's time for a new season! I think it's usually Hamano's place to start these threads but my friend Lulu sent me the following link and I can't stay silent.

http://randomc.animeblogger.net/2006/09/22/fall-2006-shows/

My thoughts?

Death Note! that's enough of a thought by itself.
Yes, Gode Geass has my attention (I feel like they're just tagging the Clamp label on it to sell it, but it doesn't look that bad), and it's likely that I'll be watching Yamatonadeshiko Shichihenge, but if I have one focus show for this season, it can't be anything but Death Note.

I'm also looking forward to the "Ghost Hunt" anime; I've been reading the manga. The re-whatever of Negima is worth a look (the poor animation of the first season was a turn-off for me, and this looks a lot better).

But there's gonna be a Death Note anime.
I'm having a great day today.
jross3
post #2  on September 23, 2006 - 1:24 AM PDT  
oh, and one more comment:
Kujibiki Unbalance?
All my brain cells did a collective "WTF" when they saw that on there.
I got the trailer for it. It doesn't look to be anything too special, but from what I know of what it's supposed to be based on what was made up about it in the Genshiken manga (then extrapolated into this... thing it is now) it's not something I'm even remotely interested in, no matter how much I liked Genshiken.
I just needed to say it.
what.
the.
Fudge.
hamano
post #3  on September 23, 2006 - 3:48 PM PDT  
Argh, sorry... I usually start a new thread like this only after I've seen actual RAWS for the new shows. At this point it's mainly speculation based on what has been put up on official websites or based on the original manga. I suppose I could have used Black Blood Brothers or Kemonozume as a chance to start a new thread, but those started before my kids began going to school again, didn't they? Maybe not Black Blood Brothers....

Looking through that blog entry I'm sad that there isn't a single title that LOOKS like it might be as well-written and intriguing as Mushishi or Kemonozume. But who knows what surprises lurk in there? On the face of it Yoshinagasan'chi no Gargoyle held little promise, but it proved to be an utterly charming series. That's why I wait to see at least the first episode before posting an opinion. Those titles previewed all seem pretty middlebrow and silly.

I gotta say of the bunch, I'm inclined toward Bartender, Pumpkin Scissors, and Red Garden. I'm glad they're bringing back Black Lagoon... I appreciate such a well-made, fun and unpretentious show that delivers exactly what it promises. I'm puzzled why they're giving us more of Jigoku Shoujo... I enjoyed the beautiful artwork but the stories were just so-so. I flipped through the Death Note comix at the bookstore, and it didn't hook me. I think Mao-chan will enjoy Wallflower.

These seasons overlap, so here's a handy link back to the previous thread so you can go back and read about Black Blood Brothers and Kemonozume if you're so inclined. Oh, cool! I found a way to display the entire thread on one page!
hamano
post #4  on September 23, 2006 - 3:51 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2006 - 1:24 AM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Kujibiki Unbalance?
> All my brain cells did a collective "WTF" when they saw that on there.

Wasn't there already a Kujibiki Unbalance OVA series? I guess that had good sales if they bothered to expand it into a TV series...
jross3
post #5  on September 23, 2006 - 4:53 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2006 - 3:48 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> These seasons overlap, so here's a handy link back to the previous thread so you can go back and read about Black Blood Brothers and Kemonozume if you're so inclined. Oh, cool! I found a way to display the entire thread on one page!
> ---------------------------------

wow, that was a neat trick. I'm impressed, as usual.
I'm worried that the Wallflower anime will just be a cheap cash-in the way Negima was (especially looking at the time slot - did they extend the length of the day in Japan or what? how hard do they need to work over there??); the pics I've seen don't look promising. But adapting the manga style would br tricky, since Sunako is almost always SD (except when she's being especially scary).
I really think you shouldn't underestimate Death Note. The manga is one of the most well-written things I've yet read, and it looks like they're taking the anime seriously, so it should be a success.

My winner for the "lame title" award - Sumomomo Momomo. Following in the trail blazed long ago by Bobobobo Bobobobo, I see. The subtitle "The Strongest Bride on Earth" sounds rather interesting - The Bachelor mixed with Ultimate Fighter? The cast images on the site make me wonder if they're old enough to compete for that title... but it's anime, age is inversely related to strength. lol

There was indeed a 3-ep Kuji-Un OVA, it seems. i'm... not downloading it. heheh.
You must be right, though; i'm sure it was popular, if they're making the TV series, but I gotta wonder, was it just because of Genshiken? Or could it really have had merits I don't see signs of? hmm. Any big-time Kuji-un fans among us?

009-1 is about a cyborg, which makes me think of the other show, "Cyborg 009" (which I really disliked harshly). Are they related at all?
jross3
post #6  on September 23, 2006 - 4:57 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2006 - 4:53 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> 009-1 is about a cyborg, which makes me think of the other show, "Cyborg 009" (which I really disliked harshly). Are they related at all?
> ---------------------------------

ah, never mind, I went and answered it myself. The ANN link on that blog was wrong (pointed to Kannon) but i found it and back-traced it, and they were both created by the same manga-ka.
That doesn't mean I am pre-judging against 009-1. (it just means I'll need someone's strong recommendation to watch it, lol)
Battie
post #7  on September 23, 2006 - 5:39 PM PDT  
Oooh. I'm paying attention again. For the moment. :P I actually like Black Blood Brothers. I was expecting to dislike it/be bored with it, much like I was with Black Cat (which I stopped watching fairly quickly). But Black Blood Brothers is cute, but it's also amusing without resorting to the typical Slayers-like humor. I loved that scene in the first episode where the little brother got slammed around. Plus, whatever his name is, is kinda smexy. *giggle*

Kemonozume is still freaky and ugly. But good. I've stopped watched The Third. It was starting to get good, but I'd gotten bored by then. Pfft. It's one of those shows that would've benefited with FEWER episodes. I'm liking NHG a little more (the little bro isn't QUITE as whiny), but it's still just anime fodder.

Pumpkin Scissors - might be interesting, but it'll depend on how fast the main plot is. I suspect it's going to focus a lot on the personal relationships of the characters...and I get so bored with that. [will check it out, but no hope it'll be my thing]

D.Gray-man - probably going to hate this from ep 1, but there's a bishie in it...so I'm stuck. [see above]

Ghost Hunt - Probably another cutesy show trying to be cool and failing [see above]

Busou Renkin - I was thinking about watching an episode or two, but once I saw the promo...Uh, no.

Kanon - How many series of Kanon are there? And why is there more than one?

009-1 - Why not check out a curvy cyborg doing curvy cyborg things?

Code GEASS - Might be cool, but I don't hold out hope. [will check it out]

Black Lagoon S2 - I was entranced by the first season, but if the whole Rock/uh...whatever her name is, if that whole tension thing plays a part in S2, I might watch.

Jigoku 2 - I'll watch it. It might be really good if it has the story arc.

Hataraki Man - Might be good, might be lame. It'll depend on the character.

Bartender - looks like it might be very err...boring. But, they could do something interesting with it so I'll check it out.

Death Note - Looks wicked, but it could be boring. Especially if it does the whole Jigoku Shoujo thing. I mean, I really have a hard time concentrating on most shows that don't have a srtory arc. [will probably be on da list, but it could teeter off easily]

Shounen Onmyouji - Definitely will check this out. But only because I'm pervy. [as long as it stays away from cutesy and boring, it's gold]

Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto - Looks awesome. [likey!]

Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi - Another cool looking one. [mmm]

Marginal Prince ~Gekkeiju no Oujitachi~ - A poorly rendered and poorly thought-out anime based on a dating game, littered with bishies? [I'm on it]

Red Garden - looks awesome, but the whole girls posing thing is kind weird. [will probably end up on da list]

The Wallflower - *dies* I saw that and started squealing in glee. HA! [don't need to see it to know it's definitely a show I'll be watching]

While I was checking out ANN, I got ad-flashed by "The Fiction of Kira Takenouch"! YAOI! I'm shocked to see a yaoi banner...I didn't think it was that popular OR acceptable?

Kujiki Unbalance...jaysus. SMH.

Anyway, I'm mostly excited about Red Garden, The Wallflower and Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto. And Black Blood Brothers, of course.
Battie
post #8  on September 23, 2006 - 5:44 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2006 - 5:39 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Black Lagoon S2 - I was entranced by the first season, but if the whole Rock/uh...whatever her name is, if that whole tension thing plays a part in S2, I might watch.
>

WASN'T. Oops.
jross3
post #9  on September 23, 2006 - 6:26 PM PDT  
> Death Note - Looks wicked, but it could be boring. Especially if it does the whole Jigoku Shoujo thing. I mean, I really have a hard time concentrating on most shows that don't have a srtory arc. [will probably be on da list, but it could teeter off easily]

i'm sorry to rant on and on about how much I love death note.
But.
It has a story arc. A "killer" one if you pardon my pun :-)
It starts out simply enough with Light finding the Death Note and experimenting, but soon enough the cops see a pattern of mysterious deaths.....
The cat and mouse game that develops is un-be-freakin'-lieveable. The way Light eludes the authorities - and the way the authorities (in particular, the main master detective that chases after him most vigerously) are equally engaging. The HUGE twists in it just kill me, and then the greatness just keeps coming...
I can't imagine how the anime will adapt it. Right now, I would expect them to be pretty faithful to the manga - because the pacing is right on, and there's no room for filler.
but I have to wait and wait for it to air, then wait a bit more for subs...
hamano
post #10  on September 23, 2006 - 9:47 PM PDT  
Bartender just sounds SOOO boring and SOOO dumb (anyone remember the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail?) I'm thinking it's gotta be interesting! Or it could be as annoying and lame as that Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyosei Torishimarikan Zaizen Jotaro show. I really have no idea, which is partly what's attractive about it. It's a pure gamble.

Cyborg 009 was one of the first hard SF anime shows for kids, back when I was little. Back then I thought it was really cool. Creator Shoutaro Ishinomori was one of Osamu Tezuka's more brilliant apprentices, and at first there were obvious similarities between their manga, from stories to character designs. He specialized in stories about scientifically created super-human heroes. Cyborg 009 was probably the most interesting because there was a squad of cyborgs of various ethnic backgrounds, each with special talents. Ishinomori later went on to create Kikaider and Kamen Rider, which were turned into very successful tokusatsu live action shows, the precursors to Power Rangers and their ilk. I'm not that interested in Cyborg 009, though... it seems to be part of a nostalgia trend that brought out the recent Black Jack revival, which was commendable for being fairly faithful to the Tezuka original mangas, but missing the rather darker aspects of the comics. Retro character designs are OK, but I hope they put it to good use like they've done in Project BLUE Chikyuu SOS. Just reading about the original Cyborg 009 manga here on wikipedia brings back fond memories. I think 009 was my favorite manga when I was little...

Death Note certainly has been a very successful manga series, and now a very popular live action film franchise as well... the first part came out and broke some box office records earlier this year, and part 2 is going to be released in October. But there's so much hype and anticipation for the anime series I'm feeling a bit suspicious...
hamano
post #11  on September 23, 2006 - 10:12 PM PDT  
Oh, I just realized that 009-1 is a pun. It's about a female super-spy cyborg whose code name is 009-1 which is read "zero zero ku no ichi" and fans of ninja manga will know that "ku no ichi" is ninja slang for "female ninja"... ku no ichi are the component strokes for the kanji for onna (woman).

hiragana ku - く
katakana no - ノ
kanji ichi - 一

くノ一

onna - 女
Battie
post #12  on September 23, 2006 - 11:45 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2006 - 9:47 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Bartender just sounds SOOO boring and SOOO dumb (anyone remember the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail?) I'm thinking it's gotta be interesting! Or it could be as annoying and lame as that Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyosei Torishimarikan Zaizen Jotaro show. I really have no idea, which is partly what's attractive about it. It's a pure gamble.
> ---------------------------------

LoL. Yeah, but this show sounds uh...introspective and errr, boring. If it was Cocktail-esque, it might be interesting, but I doubt even that. This sounds like some dude stands behind a bar, talks to people about their problems and gives them useful advice. o_O I could go to a real bar for that..As long as I tipped well. *giggle*
jross3
post #13  on September 24, 2006 - 9:44 AM PDT  
> On September 23, 2006 - 10:12 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Oh, I just realized that 009-1 is a pun. It's about a female super-spy cyborg whose code name is 009-1 which is read "zero zero ku no ichi" and fans of ninja manga will know that "ku no ichi" is ninja slang for "female ninja"... ku no ichi are the component strokes for the kanji for onna (woman).

hahahahaha
nice. I didn't catch that. Very clever!
hamano
post #14  on October 1, 2006 - 4:12 PM PDT  
Just to alert people who might be interested in Kemonozume, two major fansub groups (Shinsen and AF-F&Y-F) have caught on to the goodness of this show and are now subbing it full throttle... one is up to 6 out of 7 episodes and the other is up to 5. Just when you think you've caught on to what's going on in the story, that damn monkey comes back to wreak havoc!
DBooher
post #15  on October 2, 2006 - 7:54 PM PDT  
Ouran's OVER???!!!!!!
Why are there only 26 episodes!?!?

HOW CAN IT BE OVER!!!!!!!!! WTFF?!?!

Wallflower the anime though?
*dies*
Oh happy series that will fill the holel left from the ending of Ouran. (The manga surpases the anime right--like HYD does, right?!)

Why do still watch anime!? WHY?!
*curls up in a little patheic ball*

Well...at least there's 50 episodes of Nana...

...*heartbroken*

hamano
post #16  on October 2, 2006 - 10:48 PM PDT  
Here come the new shows!

Pumpkin Scissors - It's about a country which was engaged in a long war, then suddenly a peace treaty was signed. Three years later, the frontier lands which sustained the most damage are still recovering. There are outbreaks of disease, shortages of food, and many refugees scattered throughout the ruined landscape. Rogue squadrons of soldiers still roam the countryside plundering towns. Pumpkin Scissors, a unit of three soldiers from the Imperial Army Intelligence Bureau led by Second Lieutenant Alice finds a town held captive by a secret chemical weapons battalion which still has one working tank. Alice, an idealistic aristocrat who had just graduated from the military academy when the war was called off, decides to rid the town of the troublesome tank outlaws. She is helped greatly by a mysterious giant with a scarred face. His name is Corporal Randall Orland, and he seems very gentle in nature. However, he apparently used to belong to some kind of secret division of psychologically altered supersoldiers who are incapable of feeling fear.

The theme of this show is post-war recovery, and how even a small group of young do-gooders can make a difference, even a disillusioned killer like Randall. This doesn't seem to be awesome or groundbreaking in any way, but it feels like a good, solid show. I'll probably keep watching.
hamano
post #17  on October 3, 2006 - 8:29 AM PDT  
La Corda D'Oro - I didn't have high expectations for this show, but it's cute. I like it. It's a reverse harem bishie show with a cute little guardian fairy. The animation quality is pretty high, the music is nice, and the voice acting is a little better than average. If you took Boys Over Flowers and added a little Ultra Maniac to it, you'd get the atmosphere conveyed in this exclusive private school setting. On selected years this school, which is half a regular school and half an elite music academy, holds a music competition. Several students are pre-selected for it, this year a long haired flautist, a brash trumpeter, a cold and straight laced violinist, a sleepy and boyish cellist, and a shy clarinetist. All of those are various bishie archetypes you've seen in plenty of shows like Ouran and Saiunkoku, except for the clarinetist, who is a first-year girl. Then there is the protagonist, Kaho, who is in the regular school and has never played an instrument seriously in her life. Apparently the only reason she got included in the competition is because she saw (drumroll please) the school's resident music fairy! Legend says that the founder of the school saved the fairy, called Lili, who had been lying comatose in a garden. The founder, a young man studying music in Europe at the time, nursed the fairy back to health, and in gratitude the sprite granted his dream to start a music school back in Japan. Another legend says that during one of the previous music contests, the fairy intervened and united the two top contenders, both violinists, in true love.

Of course Kaho wants nothing to do with Lili's magic violin, or the contest, or any of the contestants, but true to form for this type of show she finds herself facing off against the trio of "mean girls" from the music academy who challenge her sense of honor (and right to be included in the competition).

This is a well made show with plenty of little humorous bits that is suitable for viewers of all ages (I think). Coincidentally Mao-chan has just started learning viola at her elementary school, so maybe this show will inspire her to try to play a little less squeakily.

Going to the opposite extreme, Black Lagoon returns for another season with a particularly bloody and gruesome episode featuring a pair of twin assassin children from Romania (are they really vampires?) who have been hired to kill Ms. Balalaika. Curiously, one calls the other "elder sister" and she calls him "elder brother" as if each is older than the other... The boy wields some kind of medieval hatchet and the girl carries a machine gun that is longer than she is tall. They dress in goth clothing, have platinum hair, and enjoy torturing their victims before killing them.

Revy's interest is piqued when Balalaika puts out a $50,000 reward on the heads of the twins, but at this point not enough to get her shapely butt off the barstool. Of course the Black Lagoon gang have pretty close ties to the Hotel Moscow cartel, so it looks like sometime in the next episode or two Revy will have to face off against the demonic children.

In the course of the episode we're shown a lot of shooting and slashing by the kids... at one point the boy twin literally "disarms" his opponent by chopping off his opponent's hand, pistol and all. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of depth to the beginning of the second season. There's no development in the relationship between Revy and Rock, we just find out a bit more about Balalaika's background and personality. But Black Lagoon delivers on the fun, if you're into this kind of thing.

The ureshii fansub group seems to have picked up Project Blue Chikyuu SOS (Proj. Blue Earth SOS). I was finally able to see the first episode for this rather old-fashioned but fun series, which comes in 45 minute long installments. It has an earnest Johnny Quest vibe that somehow doesn't seem strange, given the mid-20th Century look and feel of the show. The creators successfully duplicate the fun memory of shows like Johnny Quest, the Thunderbirds, and black and white science fiction movies and serials from my boyhood, but with fluid animation and gleaming mecha design.
hamano
post #18  on October 3, 2006 - 8:32 PM PDT  
Death Note - I'm happy to report that the first episode was excellent. I liked the voice acting and the animation. The score was your typical goth scary movie music, and the opening sequence was kinda cheesy. Humans are fun!...CRUNCH!

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the basic plot. A high school student (I think the kid's name is Lite, as in Coors Lite) with a good bit of self-esteem comes upon a notebook. If you follow the rules written on the cover you can cause anyone to die just by writing his name in it. The student, who is apparently some kind of genius, hatches a grand plan to rid the world of criminals and install himself as some kind of deity... he's gonna have to start writing REALLY small soon because the notebook doesn't seem to be that thick. The rate he's going he'll fill it up pretty fast.

The germ of the idea doesn't seem so original. The usual cursed relic story where if you follow the prescribed rules you can kill people or call demons or whatever... It's shared by hundreds of short stories (The Monkey's Paw), TV shows (The Twilight Zone, etc.) and movies (Candy Man, Pet Sematary, The Ring, etc.) There's a bunch of really ugly shinigami (grim reapers) who are bored with their jobs and usually just sit around gambling and telling dirty jokes or something. The main shinigami guy, Ryuuku, looks like a cross between the creature from the black lagoon and an ostrich who had too many cups of espresso. Ryuuku seems to think that he and Lite will get along great.

What I like the most about the show is that Lite is voiced by Mamoru Miyano, who just finished doing Tamaki for Ouran High School Host Club! I keep expecting him to start yelling, "Ryuuku! Mon Ami! Ryuuku! Mon Ami!" and dancing around hugging everyone. And who knew that the dreaded grim reapers like juicy fruits so much?

jross3
post #19  on October 4, 2006 - 12:03 AM PDT  
> On October 3, 2006 - 8:32 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I think the kid's name is Lite, as in Coors Lite)

Amusing :-)
Right or wrong, I'm gonna start calling him that.
I'm glad you liked it; DN is a bit of a favorite of mine as mangas go, so I'm glad the anime has (so far) met with your high standards.
now...
SUBS.
Now!!!!
hamano
post #20  on October 4, 2006 - 8:52 AM PDT  
Red Garden - WTF!!!??? I gotta watch it again before posting my reactions. If it ain't the weirdest thing I've seen this year... what are they thinking?
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