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Two for Catullus, One for markhl and Shaky... New Anime Reviews
Topic by: hamano
Posted: April 3, 2005 - 1:40 PM PDT
Last Reply: June 14, 2005 - 4:10 PM PDT

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author topic: Two for Catullus, One for markhl and Shaky... New Anime Reviews
RWaller
post #101  on May 7, 2005 - 7:40 AM PDT  
There really hasnt been much talk about Tsukuyomi Moon Phase since the first couple eps, and now we have 16 of i think 25. I've been through10 or so, and have to say after the first few eps it becomes very enjoyable in a twisted killer-moe way, like Rozen Maiden, only with a real moe character instead of a ringer.

The concept of having a character who sucks your blood being cute and appealing and inspiring protectiveness makes for some strange watching sometimes (unless you have children of your own). But there's more to this than just the creators having their cake and drinking it too. I think it's actually going somewhere, unlike Rozen Maiden, which sort of did but not as much as it seemed to promise.

Anyway it's stupid fun and very pretty, and the lollicom fanservice is sort of tacked-on and can be ignored. As far as character and story dynamics, it seems to have much more in common with Steel Angel Kurumi than with other vampire shows. But unlike Kurumi, there's plenty of story action and they don't spend 2/3 of the time being a sitcom. It moves right along.
markhl
post #102  on May 7, 2005 - 8:43 AM PDT  
> On May 7, 2005 - 12:06 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> Monster (ongoing)

one day I'll sit down and watch all of those episodes that I had downloaded.. no time yet but it looks good.

> School Rumble (completed)

So it "completed" for me last night. I'd rank it a tad ahead of Azumanga Daioh. It looks like a second season may be in the works? any insight on that hamano?

> Rozen Maiden (completed)

I took a look because of all of the buzz from you guys. It was worth the bandwidth.. yes..

> Samurai Champloo (now licensed, available from GC)

And it looks like it'll be shown on Adult Swim soon. It makes sense since they've looped Cowboy Bebop about 50 times now.

> Scrapped Princess (now licensed, available from GC)

good. worth the bandwidth but I'm not as high on it as many other people seem to be.

> Narutaru (completed)

a complete surprise. definitely worth the download for me. it seemed like a hit-or-miss though depending on your tastes.

> Shingetsutan Tsukihime (now licensed, available from GC)

very good. loved the instrumental soundtracks.. the animation was perfect.

> Midori no Hibi (now licensed, available from GC)

with such a unique premise, it HAS to be worth the download/rental. The ending theme is still stuck in my head after 13 episodes (mo sugoshi...)

> Fullmetal Alchemist

yeah. First season was a 10. Second.. maybe an 8. Worth the download or rental.

> Hmm... did I miss anything?

Umm.. how about...
Initial D - Fourth Stage (ongoing)
Ghost in the Shell SAC, 2nd GIG (ongoing slowly - in fansub that is, licensed?)
Jungle wa itsumo Hale Nochi Guu (TV, OVA, Deluxe all completed)
markhl
post #103  on May 7, 2005 - 8:47 AM PDT  
> On May 7, 2005 - 8:43 AM PDT markhl wrote:
> Jungle wa itsumo Hale Nochi Guu (TV, OVA, Deluxe all completed)

only the first season was worth the download btw. The first half of the tv season was very fun but slows down toward the end.
AFleming
post #104  on May 7, 2005 - 1:19 PM PDT  
> On May 5, 2005 - 6:12 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On May 5, 2005 - 5:40 PM PDT whitetigre2001 wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > On April 3, 2005 - 2:21 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> > > ---------------------------------
> > > Fushigi Hoshi Futago Hime
> >
> > > ---------------------------------
> > Do you know when this will be coming to the US? Also do you know when Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden is coming to the US? You just hit my button. What other Fushigi Yugi's do you have knowledge of besides: Seiryu, Suzuka, Oni, and Eikoden?
> > Can you place a link showing where I can find more information?
>
> Um... you DO realize that Fushigi Hoshi has nothing to do with Fushigi Yuugi, right? And that Genbu Gaiden is a game title, not an anime title? I don't think there's been anything new about Fushigi Yuugi manga or anime for a couple of years...
> ---------------------------------


Actually, hamano sensei, Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden is a recent manga drawn by the original artist of Fushigi Yuugi, Yuu Watase. It takes place in the original FY world, only during a differnt time period, so the original FY characters are not in this series. The first three volumes were scanlated by Shoujo Magic, but was subsequently dropped after being licensed by Viz. I can't find any information on when Viz plans to release the manga.
jross3
post #105  on May 7, 2005 - 1:52 PM PDT  
> On May 7, 2005 - 1:19 PM PDT AFleming wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Actually, hamano sensei, Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden is a recent manga drawn by the original artist of Fushigi Yuugi, Yuu Watase. It takes place in the original FY world, only during a differnt time period, so the original FY characters are not in this series. The first three volumes were scanlated by Shoujo Magic, but was subsequently dropped after being licensed by Viz. I can't find any information on when Viz plans to release the manga.
> ---------------------------------

Wait, don't we already know about this one? Somehow, I don't think it has a happy ending....
Shaky
post #106  on May 7, 2005 - 10:56 PM PDT  
After some early disappointments, this season isn't looking so bad after all. Honey and Clover is pretty good, despite the fact that the little blonde thing is irritating as hell. Do I understand correctly that that is supposed to be an 18 year old Japanese girl? Is she supposed to be braing damaged or something? I'm just thinking of her as nothing more than a McGuffin, since all the entertainment comes from everyone else's reactions to her. I can't, however, figure out why any of them think she's the least bit attractive. Still, it IS entertaining in spite of her, or it, or whatever that thing is.

Trinity Blood looks pretty good also, although I don't think I would have thought so much about Hellsing if it hadn't been mentioned here. I think this show is going to be different enough to shake off any comparisons of that nature. The vampire eater did remind me a little of Vash from Trigun. That meatsicle he wields is a little disturbing. Also disturbing is the Pope's sister's hat. What could she be hiding in there? The airships do remind me of Last Exile, but then, so does this.

For those talking about Bleach, I've been watching it all along also. I don't know that I would agree with Hamano's characterization of the show throwing out the fighting of the hollows in favor of the current story arc. It's more like it's on hold while the main characters address a more pressing issue, with the story building on the earlier arc. To me, the progression seems pretty natural, with layers being added one at a time to get to the point where we are now, rather than throwing this entire world at you all at once. Besides, they couldn't just have Ichigo fight hollow after hollow indefinitely, else it would have gotten stale and boring. While it's not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, it's still quite clever, and there's actually a story unfolding that has kept my interest.

What happened to Salaryman Kintaro? One episode was released, then it just fell off the planet. I was a little disappointed in it, but I would have liked another episode or two in case it started to pick up.

I just watched the end of School Rumble. I gotta think they're going to do another one. The "preview" at the end just screams it. At least I hope so, because the end was wholly unsatisfying.

I'm very happy that the nine-tailed fox has finally taken over Naruto. It's about time that damned thing did something. This current story arc has been pretty lame, so I hope the fox awakening is going lead to something actually happening. They should have compressed the last twenty episodes into three or four. I get the sense the show is running out of steam and won't last too much longer.
RWaller
post #107  on May 8, 2005 - 4:27 AM PDT  
> On May 7, 2005 - 10:56 PM PDT Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I just watched the end of School Rumble. I gotta think they're going to do another one. The "preview" at the end just screams it. At least I hope so, because the end was wholly unsatisfying.
> ---------------------------------
BTW Thank you Shaky, for the link to Tokyo Toshokan -- I didn't know about them and was grumbling to myself about everyone talking about the end of School Rumble while I was sitting waiting for WF to finish it.
Shaky
post #108  on May 8, 2005 - 7:09 AM PDT  
> On May 8, 2005 - 4:27 AM PDT RWaller wrote:
> BTW Thank you Shaky, for the link to Tokyo Toshokan -- I didn't know about them and was grumbling to myself about everyone talking about the end of School Rumble while I was sitting waiting for WF to finish it.
> ---------------------------------

You're welcome. I thought it was funny that the first subs from SHRIMPS were really poorly done, but everyone was so desperate for School Rumble after WF had begun taking so long that nobody complained. Then SHRIMPS seemed to gain some confidence in what they were doing, and the subs got MUCH better toward the end.

I saw a post somewhere from WF saying they hadn't dropped the series, but they might as well have, being so far behind for so long. I'm just glad someone stepped up to finish it.
Yowanda
post #109  on May 8, 2005 - 7:45 AM PDT  
> On May 7, 2005 - 10:56 PM PDT Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> What happened to Salaryman Kintaro? One episode was released, then it just fell off the planet. I was a little disappointed in it, but I would have liked another episode or two in case it started to pick up.

From Animeondvd.com - The first disc is due out 5/31, and the 2nd disc is due out June 28. Oh, in fact, here it is, as a request:

http://www.greencine.com/webCatalog?id=122333&element=kintaro

I wish I had more time to watch fansubs. I'm a couple eps behind in my Tsubasa, and I'm trying to watch Trinity Blood, but I just can't seem to find the time.
markhl
post #110  on May 8, 2005 - 8:14 AM PDT  
> On May 7, 2005 - 10:56 PM PDT Shaky wrote:
> What happened to Salaryman Kintaro? One episode was released, then it just fell off the planet.

It happens so often with older anime. I wouldn't be surprised if another one wasn't released for a few months. I'm still keeping an eye out for Atashi n' Chi which have been all but left for dead but since its songs are still stuck in my head... (Konichiwa.. arigatou.. sayonara.. mata aimashou..~~ The melody of that incomplete "jealousy" song from the mother still lingers too.. oy)


> I just watched the end of School Rumble. I gotta think they're going to do another one. The "preview" at the end just screams it. At least I hope so, because the end was wholly unsatisfying.

Well, I'd guess that the "preview" was really a gag as it said.. it seems unlikely for a second season at this point with the lack of manga material that's around to make a whole new season. To tell you the truth, the openendedness of the last episode for this series and all of the parody moments reminded me a little of Nadesico from a while back, in some ways. Perhaps a movie will be released years later like that one... I'd prefer an open ending than an inferior second season to ruin the flavor though.. maybe just a 12 episode add on? a 6 episode OAV?

I must say.. the two episode about school festival/competition were absolutely perfect though. It's impressive how they weaved together all of the seemingly random moments to play a "significant" role later. Lala's "ICHIJOU!" will echo in my head for months to come..
Shaky
post #111  on May 8, 2005 - 11:30 AM PDT  
> On May 8, 2005 - 8:14 AM PDT markhl wrote:
> Well, I'd guess that the "preview" was really a gag as it said.. it seems unlikely for a second season at this point with the lack of manga material that's around to make a whole new season.
> ---------------------------------

I thought the same thing up until the sponsor screen. On the right side, it says:

"Until we meet again!"

On the left side I think it says:

"See you next time!"

To me, that sounds like there's more planned.
whitetigre2001
post #112  on May 8, 2005 - 4:57 PM PDT  
> On May 5, 2005 - 6:12 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On May 5, 2005 - 5:40 PM PDT whitetigre2001 wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > On April 3, 2005 - 2:21 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> > > ---------------------------------
> > > Fushigi Hoshi Futago Hime
> >
> > > ---------------------------------
> > Do you know when this will be coming to the US? Also do you know when Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden is coming to the US? You just hit my button. What other Fushigi Yugi's do you have knowledge of besides: Seiryu, Suzuka, Oni, and Eikoden?
> > Can you place a link showing where I can find more information?
>
> Um... you DO realize that Fushigi Hoshi has nothing to do with Fushigi Yuugi, right? And that Genbu Gaiden is a game title, not an anime title? I don't think there's been anything new about Fushigi Yuugi manga or anime for a couple of years...
> ---------------------------------
Here's the latest information I have found for new Fushigi Yugi.

Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden (Fushigi Yugi)
by Yu Watase (Illustrator)
List Price: $8.99
Availability: This item has not yet been released.
Edition: Paperback
Product Details
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ LLC (June 22, 2005)
ISBN: 1591168961

I did look up the one you listed and it definitely wasn't the same, but it was too late. I already posted my message.
hamano
post #113  on May 8, 2005 - 8:14 PM PDT  
> On May 7, 2005 - 10:56 PM PDT Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Honey and Clover is pretty good, despite the fact that the little blonde thing is irritating as hell. Do I understand correctly that that is supposed to be an 18 year old Japanese girl? Is she supposed to be braing damaged or something?

I think she's supposed to be some kind of child prodigy who is also cute as a button (enough so that the dark haired guy can make money distributing cosplay pictures of her on the internet). I think the main attraction about her is that she is completely innocent and naive, a pure artist, so to speak. There's a lot of interesting relationships being developed under the radar, though. The tall guy with the glasses seems to be in some kind of triangle with a mysterious lady with a cane and the girl with long hair in the ceramics department (the one with the killer kicks).

I think all these characters are supposed to provide the main protagonist (the freshman guy with the bicycle dreams) with life lessons about adulthood and love...

I'm starting to get used to Hagu-chan... she is so omnipresent. It was cool when she made this ruined clay pot into something that looked like a squished pre-historic artifact. The other students thought it was weird looking, but the old pottery professor instantly fell in love with it...

> Trinity Blood looks pretty good also, although I don't think I would have thought so much about Hellsing if it hadn't been mentioned here.

I didn't think it was a Hellsing clone... they're clearly trying to make a show with broader appeal. They've thrown in enough Hellsing parallels to make it interesting for fans of THAT show, but there's the OP song that's obviously very similar to the Nightwalker OP. Plus the personality traits Abel Nightroad shares with Vash...

It seemed from the first episode that Abel has some kind of nanotechnology inside him that "limits" his powers... he speaks a kind of "spell" to disarm one layer of that to kill the vampire with the sickle thingie. That idea of layers of "protection" or "limitation" was used in Hellsing, too, but it probably predates Hellsing to some kind of supernatural martial arts film or book. Some of the characters in Gakuen Alice wear earrings and other piercings to "limit" their powers, and I think the Big Kahuna Ministry of Magic boss in Someday's Dreamers wore a blindfold to limit his/her powers...

Trinity is a cute show but I'm not getting any hopes up that it will be better than FMA...

On the other hand, The Law of Ueki is continuing to amuse me with its fearlessness in being over-the-top ridiculous. So far Ueki has come up against one opponent that has become a good friend, as well as two very powerful contestants that have independently decided not to pursue a battle to the end with him. I'm continuing with Eyeshield 21, too. E21 is fun and educational (I know pretty much nothing about football) but it's sticking pretty close to the sports anime formula.

> For those talking about Bleach, I've been watching it all along also. I don't know that I would agree with Hamano's characterization of the show throwing out the fighting of the hollows in favor of the current story arc. It's more like it's on hold while the main characters address a more pressing issue

I'm saying in effect they've thrown the "hollow" arc out for now... Ichigo sent the Menos Grande back to hell, and that seemed to clearly signal a chapter stop in that story arc. Right now, for all intents and purposes, the "rescue Rukia" arc is wholly independent of the "hollow" arc... it's like a different level in a video game. It's almost like what happened to Otogizoushi mid-season, same characters, different setting, different (but tangentially related) story lines. It doesn't really bother me either, as long as it stays amusing, which it has...

> What happened to Salaryman Kintaro? One episode was released, then it just fell off the planet. I was a little disappointed in it, but I would have liked another episode or two in case it started to pick up.

Oh, it's been licensed! And how amusing that Takashi Miike directed a live action version!

> I just watched the end of School Rumble. I gotta think they're going to do another one. The "preview" at the end just screams it. At least I hope so, because the end was wholly unsatisfying.

I would be happy if the anime ended here... I thought the whole UFO thing at the end was hilarious! And the fake "preview" for the next episode... just so perfectly in tune with Tenma-chan's personality and the sense of humor at the core of the show (and the manga, too).
hamano
post #114  on May 8, 2005 - 8:35 PM PDT  
> On May 8, 2005 - 11:30 AM PDT Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I thought the same thing up until the sponsor screen. On the right side, it says:
>
> "Until we meet again!"
>
> On the left side I think it says:
>
> "See you next time!"
>
> To me, that sounds like there's more planned.

The first sponsor screen says,
School Rumble, kyou de saishukai.
School Rumble, today is the last episode.

The second sponsor screen says,
Mata itsuka aou neh! (right side)
Let's meet again someday!

Saa, tsugi itte miyou! (left side)
Now then, let's go on to the next (following) _____!

Both the official homepage and the TV Tokyo School Rumble page say, "Program concluded... Thanks for all your support!"

So it looks like it's really over...
hamano
post #115  on May 8, 2005 - 8:47 PM PDT  
Oy, Hagu-chan IS supposed to be 18 years old! I guess she's "special"...

Hagu - 18, Freshman
Yuuta Takemoto - 19, Sophomore (the protagonist with the bicycle dream)
Morita - 24, Year 6! (dark haired guy with all the mysterious jobs where he disappears for days)
Mayama - 21, tall guy with glasses
Ayumi Hanada - 21, slim girl with long hair and killer kick
hamano
post #116  on May 8, 2005 - 9:54 PM PDT  
> On May 7, 2005 - 10:56 PM PDT Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> What happened to Salaryman Kintaro? One episode was released, then it just fell off the planet. I was a little disappointed in it, but I would have liked another episode or two in case it started to pick up.

For people who want to see one more ep before deciding to add the series to their queue... HAWKS Salarayman Kintaro 02
jross3
post #117  on May 9, 2005 - 1:01 AM PDT  
> On May 8, 2005 - 9:54 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On May 7, 2005 - 10:56 PM PDT Shaky wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > What happened to Salaryman Kintaro? One episode was released, then it just fell off the planet. I was a little disappointed in it, but I would have liked another episode or two in case it started to pick up.
>
> For people who want to see one more ep before deciding to add the series to their queue... HAWKS Salarayman Kintaro 02
> ---------------------------------

Ahh! I've caught you red-handed, e-Mac Hamano! From now on, they'll be calling you e-scape Hamano, because that's the only way you'll ever see "them" (whoever they are) again! You're going down town, "matey"!

(seriously, thanks for the link :-)
Shaky
post #118  on May 9, 2005 - 7:00 AM PDT  
> On May 8, 2005 - 8:35 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> Saa, tsugi itte miyou! (left side)
> Now then, let's go on to the next (following) _____!
> ---------------------------------

Next what? The subbers translated it as "next stage." Couldn't itte mean round or hand, like the next turn in a game? As in, "the next round of this School Rumble?"

I readily admit that my language skills are poor, but I still remain unconvinced.
hamano
post #119  on May 9, 2005 - 7:37 AM PDT  
> On May 9, 2005 - 7:00 AM PDT Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Next what? The subbers translated it as "next stage." Couldn't itte mean round or hand, like the next turn in a game? As in, "the next round of this School Rumble?"
>
> I readily admit that my language skills are poor, but I still remain unconvinced.

That's where the producers are being a bit cagey, because they don't explain what is "next"... itte is clearly a form of the verb iku (to go). But the sentence could be interpreted several ways depending on what your interpretation of the "next" thing is. It could be:

The next season, or the next episode. (yay for SR fans!)
The next anime series. (Whatever is in the pipeline for that time slot at TV Tokyo)
The next show. (Coming right up, stay tuned, don't change the channel.)
It's time to move on. (You rabid fans are pathetic! Ha ha!)
Keep reading the manga! (The titles on the sides clearly echo the funny asides that are printed along the page edges in the manga.)

There's still hope, though... Maria-sama ga Miteru was also broadcast on TV Tokyo, and the website for the show also shows a message that says "Program is finished... Thank you for your support!" and there are no announcements or links that might indicate a new season. Well, there was no Marimite season two, but there WAS a season of Maria-sama ga Miteru - Spring, which was in fact a continuation of the first series. So don't give up hope!
hamano
post #120  on May 9, 2005 - 7:39 AM PDT  
> On May 9, 2005 - 1:01 AM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You're going down town, "matey"!

Honestly, I found that fansub! It must've fallen off a truck or something...
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