Spring Anime & Games
Posted by meronpan on April 16, 2009
Just a bit on what I’m up to lately… mostly anime & Trigger Heart Exelica. Well, we’ll start with games since that’s the shorter topic ^^;
I haven’t played a shoot-em-up for a while but the fire is burning strong now. Sucking really bad when I started, I could barely clear the first level of Exelica without continuing. Now I’ve gotten up to stage 4 (of 5) once and can usually make it mostly thru stage 3. Couple more weeks and maybe I’ll actually be able to clear the game! (i.e. I still suck, but less now ^^;)
Visual novels have unfortunately fallen by the wayside for now and with the FFXIII footage spreading throughout the web, I’m getting a craving for an RPG. Last Remnant caught my eye, with its PC port looking ripe for the picking. Want to pick up the demo to see for myself, but in the meantime, anyone already have thoughts on that one?
Another season of anime is upon us! What to watch? How do you decide? What resources do you use? …I’m sure this has been discussed a lot already (even here perhaps? ^^;;) but I have a bad memory :P
My method caters to my anti-spoiler policy. Well, perhaps not a policy per se, that sounds too institutionalized ^^; Not so eloquently let’s just call it a medium-strong desire to avoid spoilers.
Basically there’s the collective. The blagosphere. Names of shows that crop up often enough usually are added to my list. I don’t actually read episodic blog posts so as to maintain a clean slate, but I’ll at least glance at titles ^^;
My main rundown is at anidb. There are perhaps better resources out there… but anyhow what I find useful is their calendar. For each month you get a list of the shows that started to air. Once a new season has started I go to the calendar and do an audit of all the shows to make sure I’m grabbing everything I want to (eventually) see. Making my way down the list, any shows with enough tags that interest me or cute characters get added ^^;
Now for all that trouble… I really don’t have high standards. I don’t do deep analysis of themes or characters. I hardly ever catch inconsistencies or plot holes. Most of the time I turn off my brain and just get swept away to some author’s cheezy/perverted/action packed/anguishing/scary/thought provoking/stupid/awesome world. This is not to say I end up liking everything as the bestest evar in teh whole wide world, but I do add quite a bit to my initial watch list every season.
Props to those who actually go through the trouble of intelligent discussion while I’m mindlessly watching as if the whole season were a giant omake. I guess it’s a byproduct of my heavy manga reading/tendency to seek out source material. Obviously that doesn’t apply to shows that start off as anime, but with so many coming from manga/light novels/games… I think I developed this disposition so as to brace myself for the inevitable inability of the anime to capture the entirety of the original work. …Which is not to imply that I always like the original work more but the anime versions do face uphill battles when trying to deliver content that has been spread out over years of print material.
…*ahem* sorry, anyone still here? Let’s talk briefly about this season’s shows ^^; Here’s how the current season is shaping up for me:
Saw this one pop up on quite a few blogs so decided to check it out. Set in some sort of post-apocalyptic future (or whatever future that has, for some reason, covered Tokyo in plant life), there’s a tomboyish chick who looks like maybe she’s gonna lead a rebellion against something.
For me half the fun of shows like this is trying to figure out what the heck is going on when I’m only half listening ^^; If it really grabs me then I go back and rewartch to make sure I understand everything ^^;
The lack of moe characters means it’ll have to deliver in other areas to keep me interested :P
You’ve checked this out already, haven’t you? Many blogs I read have already posted about it in some way or another ^^; I wasn’t really feeling the hype when it first started… the whole band thing wasn’t doing it for me… Yui was a little *too* clumsy… ojyousama characters don’t usually hold my attention… and Ritsu wasn’t sparking either.
Let the episode play a couple times while working on various posts… slowly grew on me. Kind of like hyakko (which wasn’t too great for me at first either), mediocre start, now I love it. It’s mostly yui and mio but that’s been more than enough.
If somehow you haven’t started yet… seems like it’s slice of life + 4 member band + kawaii~… if that doesn’t do anything for ya, can’t blame ya for not liking it. Meanwhile I can’t wait to get a hold of the comic to read ahead ^^;
Really started to fall in love with Yui’s voice ^^ I totally love the Japanese language (if that wasn’t apparent already :P) and I admit, a big part of that is for whatever reasons girls sound kawwwaaiiiiiii to me :P
…I was gonna try to get through this section without succumbing to mio but I just have to post at least one pic of her :P
夏のあらし! (natsu no arashi! – Summer Storm!)
In the past, I would’ve researched all the authors of the manga I was reading and made sure I tried out whatever latest work they came out with… Now I’m swamped so I completely missed the fact that the School Rumble mangaka, Kobayashi Jin, was behind this one.
Haven’t gotten to start yet but have high hopes :P Short summary at anidb, and probably many other places.
クイーンズブレイド (Queen’s Blade)
I put this in the hilariously absurd fan service category. Plot be damned, if you want oppai, watch this show in its uncensored glory.
Not that it justifies anything, but considering the nature of the original work…
Is anyone surprised? :P
From what little I picked up in the first episode… something about a battle to become the queen or what not. Does it really matter? hahaha
An all-star cast including Hirano Aya, Noto Mamiko, Kugimiya Rie, and Goto Yuko of all people… it’s seiyuu fan service to fuel the fan service show ^__^
Hey, who knows, maybe it’s actually really good and I’m just unfairly assuming it’ll be totally shallow… on the other hand… well, there was a symmettrical docking maneuver in the first episode to overcome an oppai canon, so… I’ll leave that call to you :P
アスラクライン (Asura Cryin’)
I keep wanting to call this one Ashura Cryin’ but looking at the Japanese title and such… it’s a-su-ra, not a-shu-ra.
A high school boy and the ghost of his childhood friend… magical/fantasy shenanigans? Seems interesting enough, giving it a try. Based off a light novel, so I assume (hope ^^;) it at least has some sort of solid plot to build on.
初恋限定 (hatsukoi gentei – First Love Limited)
Here we go, comedy, romance, school life… the stereotypical visual novel setup (well, it’s originally a manga, but still), and my bread and butter :P Ever since I made the plunge and played through ToHeart 2 and Kanon, feel like I have a much better understanding of akiba-kei stuff, and a new favorite genre.
Soon as I figure out what the deuce is holding up my internet connection I’ll be able to check out the first episode ^^;;
タユタマ -Kiss on my Deity- (tayutama -Kiss on my Deity-)
I’m a big sucker for visual novel conversions so this is right up my alley :P Bonus points for deity characters and fox(?) ears/tail ^^
Even more bonus points for Wakamoto Norio. Love the voices he does. Crack me up ^^;
The whole premise of visual novels is generally to craft a set of characters that the player wants to hook up with, which generally means kawaiiii/moeee which means a higher probability that I enjoy more of the characters and hence the show :P
戦場のヴァルキュリア -Valkyria Chronicles- (senjyou no Valkyria (Battlefield Valkyria) -Valkyria Chronicles–)
Following this because I really wanted to play the game (which, for some reason, has the subtitle, “Gallian Chronicles”), but don’t have a PS3. Have to content myself with anime for now ^^;;
Something about the art really appeals to me and given the setting I assume it’s gonna be heavy on the dramatic elements ^^ Hopefully this one turns out… though the overly paranoid treatment of Welkin was getting kind of annoying -_-;;
ティアーズ トゥ ティアラ (Tears to Tiara)
Tagged with fantasy, magic and harem. Game had releases on multiple platforms & was originally by Leaf… Good enough for me to at least give a try :P
First episode was engaging enough… nothing like starting out with a damsel in distress ^^
While I”m at it, before closing up just wanted to say…
Really liking this one. First episode was one of those what the deuce? sort of moments but it pushed forward with purpose and awesomeness ^^ ’bout halfway through and can’t get enough yomi ^^
A nice mix of heavy action with character development.
errr no, it’s not a fan service fest as the above shot would suggest ^^; (though it doesn’t shy away from it either :P)
In vaguely related news, gads it takes forever to rip DVDs. I just want to watch the frikkin Haruhi season without having to swap 7 (yes 7!!) discs.
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