January is the start of new seasons for anime for the spring. And I have to say I am not all that impressed...Three premiers that I watched last weekend looked...not good. It was more loli-con and more moe with fanservice out the wood works. Me being an anime fan missing anime with actual story lines and meaningful relationships, it was a tad bit disappointing... :( But I'll get into that more on J1 forums...
Title: Seikon no Qwaser
Genre: action, comedy, supernatural and Ecchi
Rating: Mature (definitely not for kids!!)
Animation Production: Hoods Entertainment
Alright! So far I have watched two episodes of Qwaser and I'm just waiting for the show me that it's more than boobs. Now whether or not it does that...well I'm thinking of the chance of a piece of ice surviving in hell.
The summary is ," In St. Mikhailov Academy, Oribe Mafuyu meets a silver haired boy called Alexander. He is a Qwaser, a being who can manipulate iron and draws his power from breast milk. A mystery surrounding an Icon transforms the academy into the setting for conflict between the various different Qwaser."-ANN
As we can see it revolves around this power that comes from breast milk aannndd believe this fetishied to the fullest extent. Oh! And before I go further I have watched censored versions of this and it is incomprehensible! I've heard about how bad the raw version is and eventually I'll try to watch it...but I am so scared. Only cause in the censored version you still hear everything the moans and screams and such they cut away to some random bush or the sky when things get crazy. There is an enemy that pops up in the second episode and she is wearing next to nothing!! Unless you consider strategically placed ribbon to be clothes...
The only thing that keeps me interested so far is to see a maybe developing relationship between Oribe Mafuyu and Aleksander/Sasha and also the fact that it animates so well. If the show decides not to get crazy and/or make me disgusted/mad I'll keep watching. But the moment tentacles come out...I'm running to the hills.
Since only the first two episodes have been posted as of writing this article a rating will come later after I've watched at least five episodes.
Trailer Below and it's not suitable for kids so anyone under 18..don't watch it!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Title: Spice and Wolf/ "Okami to koushinryo"
Genre: romance, adventure, drama, fantasy, supernatural
Available on dvd? Yes at your nearest video store!
Licensed by: Funimation
I have been hearing about "Spice and Wolf" for a while now and occasionally I would forget about it then see a picture or something about it and think, "Oh! Yeah! I gotta watch that!" but then I would forget again. Well a solid year has passed and after hearing that Funimation had posted videos on youtube since they were releasing in the US in December 2009, I finally watched it. I like it..it's just the pacing is so slow...
The summary of "Spice and Wolf" is the story of a wolf goddess called Holo and a merchant named Lawrence. Lawrence makes a living by traveling town to town selling goods. One night he stops in the pagan town of Pasroe and discovers a strange naked girl lying in his wagon. He finds out that this seemingly young girl ,with wolf ears and a tail, is in fact the town's 250 year old goddess of harvest named Holo. She tells him that she wishes to leave the village and return to her home, the forest of Yoitsu since she believes that villagers have forsaken her. Lawrence is swayed into taking her with him with the hope that she will increase his profits and she is pleased because she can leave the village where only lonliness was her company. Unfortunately for this couple the religious teachings of the church is spreading throughout the land and the thought of a real pagan deity moving about is not a happy thought.
Spice and Wolf is really pretty and it animated great as well. Unfortunately for me the first four episodes move so slow. The story seems interesting but I'm not riveted to my chair eagerly looking forward to the next episode. I just have a mild interest in it right now but maybe it'll get better as the series goes on. This anime was highly acclaimed when it came out last year and has been getting alot of buzz online, mostly talking about the naked teenage looking girl, but it's been good reviews.
As usual trailer below...
So right now I'm giving it an average 3 out of 5.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Title: "Aoi Bungaku"
Animation Producer: MADHOUSE Studios
On Japanese TV: October 2009- December 2009
Available online?: Yes! Via Youtube and other anime sites.
Genre: Horror, mystery, psychological (episode 1-4)
I came across this gem while looking at another anime blog site and I love anime of Japanese folklore; so when I seen that this was a small collection of Japanese modern era stories i had to check it out! And I really enjoyed it.
As of writing this blog I have watched the first story called " No Longer Human," and it was crazy/depressing/ awesome piece of storytelling! The picture above is not Light Yagami from Deathnote but the tortured soul of Youzou. This character is conflicted about what it is to be human and even views himself to be a monster,not because he's ugly or deformed in any way. But because of an incident from his school years which he never forgot. Another thing that was interesting about this story is that he continually sees this humanoid but disturbing a form at his most vulnerable moments.
The series is 12 episodes long and the character designs were done by three different artists. These artists were Tite Kubo (Bleach), Takeshi Obata (Deathnote fame), and Takeshi Konomi (Prince of Tennis fame).
This series seems really interesting and I can't wait to see Akutagawa's "Hell Screen" (had to read this story in school and it's really awesome so I can't wait to see the anime rendition!! ^^)
So if I were rating this arc on storytelling, animation, and just worth spending time to watch then I would rate it a 4 out 5!