Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Righteous Insanity that is Code Geass!

:looks at calendar: Well! Would you look at that! This would be my second post in a week!! 0_O :O!! So surprising!!! What's the occassion? Well not only is there stuff to talk about I am also done school and can now make this blog a priority. Yaaayyyy!!! But moving on with the post.

So yeah, I've been watching crazy Lelouch on Code Geass-Lelouch of the Rebellion- R2 which is being aired on Cartoon Networks' Adult Swim and it is the best shit EVER!!
Basic backdrop of the story is "The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons called Knightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11, and its people the 11's. A Britannian who was living in Japan at the time, Lelouch, vowed to his Japanese friend Suzaku that he'd destroy Britannia. Years later, Lelouch is in high school, but regularly skips out of school to go play chess and gamble on himself. One day, he stumbles on terrorists 11's who've stolen a military secret and is caught by a member of the Britannian task force sent after them, who is Suzaku. As the rest of the squad arrives, Suzaku is shot for disobeying orders, while the military's secret, a young girl, gives Lelouch the power of Geass, which makes anyone obey any order. While Suzaku is secretly made the pilot of Britannia's brand new prototype Knightmare, Lancelot, Lelouch becomes the masked Zero to lead the rebellion to destroy Britannia once and for all." -Anime News NetworkThe character designs for the anime are by CLAMP whose long and flowy style is evident in the anime designs. The manga on the other hand was done by Majiko (Art) and Goro Taniguchi and Ichiro Okouchi (story). Personally, I love the anime so much because the art is awesome. I love CLAMP XD! And also the story is the best story I've experienced on a Gundam Wing level.

The first season takes itself very seriously by playing all kinds of political and strategic plot twists on the part of Zero and Britannia. Everything is done for a reason and many lives are lost for this reason. Zero fights for a better world for his sister to live in and everyone who lives in that world comes in dead last in his eyes. He is one of the coldest calculating characters I have seen but there are times when you love him and when you feel honestly bad for what happens to him. But things really don't get moving until the second season. It's this time when we find out what happened to Lelouch and his sister and also more about their parents. I wish I could say more but anything else would just be a spoiler.

When it comes to the mecha scenes the mechs are different. Their a bit blocky at first but as the series goes on they become more streamlined and awesome looking. My faves the guren and Lancelot. Very sexy :)!!

Code Geass is not be missed! It's a great addition to any anime collection, although it's more of a drama anime than it is a mech anime. But if you don't mind that then I promise you it's a goody!
It's available to watch on cable/satellite on cartoon network's Adult Swim Sunday at 1 am and online on various websites.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Yes an Update finally!

Hey you guys!! I'm back and with the latest news in the anime world. Probably one of the most anticipated animes this spring/summer season is Full Metal Alchemist-Brotherhood. There are probably many of you who think that is a re-make of the original series by the same name leaving out the "Brotherhood" part. The original series recieved many awards and accolades both in the U.S and Japan. It won awards ranging for best anime theme song( "Rewrite" by Asian Kung Fu Generation) and in the Tokyo Anime Fair the series won in the categories of "best series", "animated feature of the year" (Conqueror of Shambala), and "best music".
What made Full Metal Alchemist so special is how deeply it touches human emotions, as well as the quality of the animation and music. The music was done by such well known bands such as; Porno Graffiti, L'arc en Ciel, and Asian Kung Fu Generation. The series also went on to be translated into many different languages such as tagalong, portuguese, italian, and german to name a few. Both the manga and Anime ended up doing very well abroad.

For those who don't know, Full Metal Alchemist revolves around two brothers named Ed and Al Elric. They perform a taboo against the laws of Alchemy by trying to bring their dead mother back to life. As a result Al, the youngest brother loses his body and Ed, the eldest brother, loses his right arm and left leg trying to affix his brother's spirit to a suit of armor. The brothers set out on a journey to retrieve their bodies back at the cost of their lives by becoming state alchemist or "dogs of the military". The boys are relatively young at 11 and 12 at the beginning of the series and they see and experience alot of life/death struggles. Ed almost dies in his first mission as state alchemist and Al has issues with identity and whether or not he lives by his own free will. The series has some heavy moments at times and some episodes really pulled at your heartstrings. But the anime succeeded because there was a balance between depressing and happy/funny episodes. There was also little to no filler, which was a godsend, and the story was immensely engrossing. Even though they wasted no time in reminding you why they were doing what they doing. "We're going to get our bodies back one day Al!!!" -__-....

When talk began about another Full Metal Alchemist anime there was both a collection of groans and moans from fans and otaku alike. "Oh no!! Not another redo!!" especially after the "Rebuild of Eva" movies
, which is not to say that they were bad they were quite awesome really! But to say that recently anime has turned into taking an already established series and just adding or remaking it in order to milk more out of the franchise. And even though this might be happening with Full Metal it looks like this series deserves it. The only problem with doing this is that bar is set so high that the remake has to be as good if not better than the original. So here's hoping for the best!!!

From the first episode on all the character that you know and love are already established and there's even an introduction of a state alchemist that was not introduced in the original series. This new inception is supposed to follow the manga more strictly so it should be interesting to those who have not read the manga yet. I think that "Brotherhood" picks up at the time when the brothers are on their quest to restore their bodies and Mustang knows this.
So far I think that Brotherhood will be a cool addition to the series and with backers like Square Enix and Sony, to name a few, it should look and keep looking amazing.
If you are interested in checking out this out Funimation actually has episodes posted on their website at Funimation-Full Metal Alchemist-Brotherhood.
Not ready to commit well here's a trailer for you! Enjoy!