Archive for the 'nanoha' Category

Avatar on Nanoha

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Finally someone explained in simple words what Nanoha was. Of course, I knew the basics: Fate is dark, magic, army-like structures, A is better than Season 1, etc. But for some reason, everyone would write in such a way that it was impossible to piece together an impression. Although, come to think of it, this is exactly what I do most of the time… But then I never pretended writing reviews.

Nanoha’s season A

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Since Nanoha is such a freaking cult where I rub, I am basically ready to be a fan of it sight unseen and can’t wait for the R1 releases. The other day I saw a comic at Avatar’s place (BTW, it’s very funny, check it out) and it got me thinking.

The comic deals specifically with Nanoha A. I gather that attributes played in the comic are missing from plain Nanoha.

Now, let’s look at something else. Everyone knows that Banner of the Stars is “better” than the Crest. Crest is just a middling space opera, whereas Banner is one of the greatest military dramas ever. Those who are not die-hard fans of the franchise and just want to watch the best anime has to offer are advised to skip Crest and see the Banner.

So, is the same true for Nanoha? Should I go to Nanoha A and bypass the original? The sentiment among fans comes pretty close to that. Of course it may be too early to worry about that, but just a thought.

UPDATE: Jeff e-mailed with a suggestion to quit searching for non-existing analogies and watch from the beginning. OK, I lied. Being a polite guy he is, he wrote only the later and implied the former. Anyway, I hear and obey.

Anime pulls a Lucas

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Zyl catalogs updates that an episode of Nanoha StrikerS received between TV and DVD. Keeping an anime in a digital master (and not on a Betamax tape) invites such post-factum editing. Naruto was famously edited to remove excessive blood for the U.S. broadcast, which created quite a steer among fans. But more to the point, some corrective edits were applied (see ep.19 side-by-side at Anime-editz). I wonder if eventually we’ll be getting our anime as software and pay monthly subscription rates for “updates” which make up for common DVD player crashing, sound being corrupt, etc. Gamers have to deal with games unplayable without a patch today, so why not anime fans. This post should’ve been titled “Anime pulls Sony 1.92”.

From the trenches

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Avatar subtitles Nanoha professionally.

It [realities of DVD subtitles] definitely affects my timing practices. I’m very likely to leave subtitles contiguous (no gap between) if they’re overlapping with something, unless the amount of space between them is huge. I’m also significantly less likely to include unimportant background dialog – sure, subtitle it and put in the effort if it’s important, but if it’s just background of people going “ohayo” in front of the school gate in the morning, forget it.


And yes I can’t wait.

The Right Stuf’s teasing

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

I think that the only series to do justice to the amount of hype is Nanoha. The problem with my argument is, companies usually overhype.

The released hints are far too vague to interpret. Someone at AoD forums [link gone stale] made an observation that the deleted text of the second hint might be more revealing, and that’s why it was deleted. It read (deleted part in italic): “This one will be a bit longer. The paperwork is now on my desk! This one that goes here will make people heads explode. That would be messy!“. I don’t remember many exploding heads after Elfen Lied, so I guess the text was deleted because of possible implications between “mess” and the licensing process, not the content of the show.

P.S. My head might explode if Mahoraba were licensed, but I’m not holding my breath. The series which missed the boat are usually licensed by bottom feeders, not matter how popular, and TRSI is not one. Case in point, the license of Yawarra by AnimeEigo. Yawarra ran together with Ranma and had better rankings. I personally know people who thought that it was better series than Ranma. Nonetheless, it wasn’t licensed by ADV; not even by MediaBlasters.

UPDATE: It was Maria-sama ga Miteru under the name “Maria Watches Over Us”. See also, Cutest Cosplayers Ever.

UPDATE 2: I forgot to mention, TRSI licensed 3 seasons (2 TV and the OVA), but apparently 4th season was announced.

LATER UPDATE: Since the forums moved, here’s the list of hints:

  • It’s “coming soon!” It’s a done deal. All will be revealed. Who will be happy?
  • This one will be a bit longer. The paperwork is now on my desk! [Author: this where exploding heads were added.]
  • This one I have a draft on now. Drafts are good, but they are not final enough.
  • And if this last thing goes through, everyone will cheer.

To be continued.

Starting in the middle

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Steven began to watch Ranma 1/2 from the Season 2, and it sure looked like fun. Now he’s buying Season 1 and 3.

This reminds me how I started watching Naruto from ep.32: it was awesome out of this world. And the next episode was known as Sakura Blossoms in English.

Yesterday Avatar said on #animedvd that he started Nanoha in the middle too, and most likely would not become such a fan if he had to start from the beginning.

Only three examples, but I wonder. Perhaps it’s a good way to approach long-running franchizes.

This is not to say you have to like it. We watched an episode of Dennou Coil at TV in the hotel, and Ana-sempai said it was “pretty, but creepy”, which I thought was apt for an episode with a flashback to a talking Illegal. Don swore off Naruto because one of his friends saw an episode where Hinata was beaten up savagely (I’ll provide link when I get back to America). Random selection does not always work to the show’s advantage. But it might help the correct judgement.

UPDATE: Could not find the relevant link in time, but here it is now:

Or, if you’re like me and spoilers don’t ruin a show for you, you could actually watch an episode or two of A’s -first-. Total accident – downloaded the wrong episodes, started watching, said, “Hey, this show is throwing a lot of characters at me like I should know who they are…” “You’re watching A’s, stupid.” “Ohhhhh…” With many shows, this would be a major turn-off; with Nanoha, it was something of an advantage, because the start to A’s is VERY strong, especially compared with the first season. But a little confusing, so ideally you should watch it the right way around.


Damien Kellis is new Shamus Young

Friday, April 18th, 2008

And by Shamus I mean the author of DM of the Rings. I even see some similarity in the way dialog is presented. True, Shamus had the persistence and Damien announced a defeat after 3 panels. But it was pretty good while it lasted. I think she should take another page from Shamus’ book and just go through the whole A all the while crossing it with a game.

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.

Nanoha StrikerS 01

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Another con watch. Cannot tell much, except that ep.01 had a feeling of Phantom Menace: “Oh my God, the young Obi-van!”. I felt the recognition effect without watching the original, that’s how powerful it was. Plus, a strong debut by Subaru and Tea. I’m on the fence about watching that. Daniel was not enthusiastic.

Sekirei vs Nanoha

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

I wish Musubi were a Nanoha to Tsukiumi’s Fate (Matsu is obviously Hayate). But the presense of Haruo spoils everything. Musubi is not interested in messianism, this is what Haruo does.