Find me another series where witches on broomsticks dogfight mecha; where super robot King Lear fights spirit summon Macbeth in a contest of Shakespearean tragedies… with Shakespeare participating.
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Dec 19 2012
Apr 26 2012
Sikorsky really isn’t the best illustrator, but he gets better.
I wasn’t particularly impressed by Campione! when my friend first dragged me onto the project, its first chapter opening up like a typical harem romance-comedy and the second featuring a classic shounen contemporary-fantasy battle. But I was promised GAR enough to slay gods and the mythology to come along, so I kept with it, and for once I was taught not to judge a book by its opening chapters either. It’s still a harem series, but when author Taketsuki Jou decides to fight blasphemy with blasphemy, lead by a male comparable with the demigod heroes of Greece and a heroine that manipulates everyone (especially her teammates) under her fingertips, this becomes quite the creative endeavor into mythology — of Heretic Gods.
Fans of mythology, of superpowered GAR leads, of a harem that just might actually work? Well this is the story for you.
Jul 12 2011
Somehow, I tend go missing for a while and then finish editing posts in batches xD
In many ways, Moshidora could be seen as a fictionalized, dramatized management textbook that started off with pure technicality and eventually brought audience sympathy to the screen. Many of its characters were never given proper depth, and for much of the series it felt more like an academic case study than a story. It’s hardly surprising (in fact I expected it), as the name dictates that the entire theme was centered around a single book. But just as its own Marketing went, it accomplished this goal wonderfully. My only regret is that I didn’t have the chance to watch it years ago— because management skills often come into play way before you expect it.
Ducker’s Management is definitely not just for ‘businessmen in suits’… Read the rest of this entry »
Jul 11 2011
Cultural shock always interests me— assuming I’m not the one experiencing it xD
Experiencing the different mannerisms of faraway cultures can be bewildering, especially when one has no clue how to interpret or respond to what is obviously an extremely serious gesture. Ikoku Meiro comes as one of the only anime I’ve seen which shows this in full impact, as Yune’s perfectly postured Dogeza left Claude completely off balance and, in his case, utterly outraged. It’s not really surprising either— the Dogeza, or any form of prostrations that’s so deeply set into traditional Asian mannerisms, had always been misunderstood by westerners not accommodated to the culture. Read the rest of this entry »
Jun 13 2011
Menma, always there yet out of sight… [Ayazaka]
Ever wondered what AnoHana would be like if we, the audience, couldn’t see Menma either? Would we believe Jinta from the start? Would we, like the rest of the gang, feel that he was hallucinating, stuck in the past, and slightly out of his mind? It certainly would be a very different experience, watching the reunion of friends unfold from the other (and majority) perspective. But would it still be as interesting and gripping? Read the rest of this entry »
Jun 09 2011
Because the anime comes out this fall~ ^o^
Fate/zero is the prequel to the popular visual-novel and anime Fate/stay night, taking place ten years prior with Emiya Kiritsugu, Shirou’s adoptive father, as the leading role in yet another holy grail war, a seven-way battle royale between mages and their summoned heroic spirits. It is a action-packed, thrilling adventure, propelled forward by the tremendous ideological conflicts between its carefully-sculpted cast of characters. Written by Urobuchi Gen (main writer for Madoka and Nitro+ works), Fate/zero not only makes a fantastic addition to the existing FSN saga by enhancing many of its key yet once glanced-over details, but also breathes life into its own set of characters and conflicts, unique enough to stand out as more than just a ‘derivative work’. Read the rest of this entry »
Apr 22 2011
Forewarning: this entire post is spoilerrific in regards to Madoka’s ending.
The ending of Madoka Magica was strangely satisfying. I had prepared myself for disembowelment and depression, and I received… peace. There’s much to be said of the finale, with enough themes and references packed into it to write media/religious studies research papers around. I imagine Mechademia will certainly be picking it apart for years to come (like Evangelion). But while the love and hope and all the wonderful concepts driving the Mahou Shoujo genre forward ultimately prevails in the end of this dark and gritty series, one last question lingers on my mind: was the final sacrifice really a necessity? Read the rest of this entry »
Apr 19 2011
This is like the anime season of bad parenting examples…
One could claim that anime has a predominant stereotype of bad parenting, and in some ways it’s true. Ohana’s runaway, debt-evading mother is hardly the first, not to mention Kimimaro’s dad in C; while Meme (whether Erio is really her daughter or not does not change the fact she took up responsibility) is possibly even worse, almost completely ignoring poor Erio’s existence as she wraps a teenage illusion around herself. They’re rather extreme examples, but as I think back, too many anime series feature a lack of ‘parenting’— especially in the eyes of Asian traditionalism, the very same that sparked the recent uproar over Tiger Moms. Read the rest of this entry »