Archive for August, 2008

Gurren-Lagann 12

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

I’ve not seen anything so thoroughly, all-around amazing in years.

As I think back in time and try to remember when I could not put series away, ef was touching, and F/SN had a strong story, but… they are just not in the same league. I think even Manabi is not secure at the top, after all it had a slow start. But Gurren-Lagann is even better. I can put it away. I savour it.

Nanoha is solicited

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Apparently the original season is scheduled to appear on November 11, 2008 (via). The enthusiasm of the franchise’s fans was so great that I even created a category ahead of time. But having seen fragments on Youtube, I’m not certain I want to buy. It’s going to be a rent first.

Strike Witches 08 (vicariously)

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

I cannot believe Steven missed this all-important screencap taken by hikago.

UPDATE: He hasn’t reached it before, the image is now up. It was a liveblogging post.

Merchandize Witches 08

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

According to the preview at BOST, they collect figurines in anime predicated upon figurines (official screencap is below).

The audacity of merchandizing in GONZO beats the Geass Pizza Hut.

Hidamari x365 05-07

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Since Pantsu Witches failed me, I had to find something to carry me over until the Autumn. I guess Hidamari x365 will have to do.

The x365 varies quite a bit. Episode 05 (Chika’s visit) was sort of… too earnest. Episode 06, right on. We received a rendition of Yoshinoya ON*STAGE, only in a private setting of a bathhouse. But the 07, well… We know what Yoshinoya was capable of already. So it’s not like the “naked apron” joke adds much.

And with that I’ve caught up.

THAT on Hyakko

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Seen in the season’s preview at THAT (via):

Overall, Hyakko remains the horse to bet on, although comparisons with Minami-ke concern me. I suppose it all hinges on Torako being an annoying dumbass like Kana versus something more palatable. I liked parts of Minami-ke.

And don’t e-mail me about ef.

UPDATE: Ah yes, Kannagi. Missed it by accident, DiGiKerot reminded me. It’s high time for Pygmalion to be animated, don’t you think? OK, I know that this is different… [UPDATE: Steven claims priority for this analogy. Honestly, I completely forgot about that post. — Author]

MORE: Oh goodie, DiGiKerot has a full-on post now.

If you liked the previous seasons, than you’ll probably at least want to try the follow ups.

What? No. Say no to milking!

The [Kannagi] series director for this one is Yutaka Yamamoto, who, unfortunately for him, is probably best known as the guy who directed the unfunny episodes of Lucky Star

Ouch.

Temari in Shippuden

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

This blog is not going to be derailed by a second class character, but using Wikipedia and a biography at a fansite, I selected ep.31 to have quick peek at Temari after the timeskip. The result was somewhat disappointing, with the model clearly simplified, not to mention the conservative outfit.

Since there was no action, I really cannot tell much else. At least she’s still in the show (unlike poor Anko), and Ana-sempai informed me that Temari is now a Jounin. Also, I noticed that anime makes crude yet easy to deny references to her relationship with Shikamaru.

Bandai solicits Rocket Girls

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Good people at #animedvd passed a tip that Bandai “solicited” Rocket Girls: Complete Collection to be sold for $49.98, with the street date of 2008/10/7.

The anonymous benefactor bayoab also reminds that the price is ususally quite a bit less than the MSRP. I’m so in.

UPDATE 2008/08/20: Robert added a section. The price is $36.98.

Naruto 64 Screencaps

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

I’m still nursing that never-to-happen fanboy spiel about ep.22, but meanwhile I rewatched ep.64, one of the best single-episode battles. It involves secondary players, which nonetheless are often fan favourites. My word, the fanart I’ve seen to Temari… And it’s easy to see why.

The above random screencap, I think, is good to grace every top rotation. Outstanding model and competent animation in action, never letting it slip. I’ve seen feature movies with less detail. The motion is as amazing as anything KyotoAni does, and the way Studio Pierrot lets us read the characters is appreciated. Despite watching Shikamaru in the preliminaries, Temari still does not understand completely what she’s up against. But she’s going to stop smirking pretty soon.

Another accidential catch is the creature we thought never existed: Temari fanservice. I did not even see it in the heat of battle. One thing students of martial arts often have difficulty getting is just how important legs are. They may even know it with their reason, but as soon as a little fatigue sets in, I see people standing up, and their technique unravels. Temari’s proportions are result of correct training, but regardless these legs are a thing of beauty.

Her opponent is in many respects her opposite. Here’s Shikamaru engaging into cloud-gazing instead of, you know, battling. How typical.

But thereafter, you see the above. It’s an interesting approach by the creators to give a visual expression to an intellectual effort. Anime is a visual medium. BTW, Shikamaru’s shirt is not a fishnet.

It’s difficult for me to describe just how exciting the battle actually was without posting a frame-by-frame sequence, but there was more to the episode than just Temari’s legs. The anime is conscious of it, and gives us a shot of spectators getting caught in the suspense (the above is the moment when Temari dug the last line). But even that reaction is dynamic in case of Chouji eating more and more as climax approaches. I would say, just watch the darn thing. It must be on Veoh somewhere.

Brickmuppet in a bathhouse

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Brickmuppet reports:

One surprise (to me anyway) was that the men and women are in essentially the same high ceilinged room (vaulted ceiling topping out at 40+ feet) seperated by a wall only about 81/2 feet high. The women could be heard on the other side, chattering and presumably doing the Natto dance. This arraingement greatly facilitates the airflow of the place, but given that I’m just over 6 feet tall, had I been obnoxious and stupid, mischief could have been perpetrated. The various Japanese shows where this apparant design flaw is a plot point do not, it would seem strain credulity.

I’m 200cm tall and yes, I did delight Japanese by hitting my head forecefuly upon various train appendages on Yamanote. Still, a 8.5ft wall would be tough to look over without using a stool.