ef ~ A Tale of Melodies

Posted by Demian @ 11:32 pm, October 25th, 2008

It’s completely not weird that one of the main relationships the show focuses on is between a high school freshman girl and a guy who is at least 25 with a room full of school girl outfits. Thank god for those beautiful sunsets; they can make anything good in the right light.

Megazone 23 Part III

Posted by Demian @ 9:51 pm, October 17th, 2008

Actually not as bad as I thought it was going to be from what everyone says about it. It’s not as wonderfully eighties as Part I but it tells a pretty good self-contained story that still connects to the earlier works. In many ways it’s similar to the other OVA’s that came out in that time period, 1989; neither woefully bad nor true standouts but enjoyable entertainment on its own terms. Part I is my favorite of the three because all the elements just come to together for a very enjoyable nostalgia ride, but Part III is fun too. Truthfully Part II was the only bad part to me. Deciding to replace a pretty good sci-fi plot with the escapades of a teenage biker gang did not work well at all, and the “more realistic” aka. boring animation didn’t help. Taking away Yui’s wonderful blue hair is just unforgivable.

Tytania Exceeded My Expectations

Posted by Demian @ 10:43 pm, October 13th, 2008

The direction, the plot, the music, the tea fetishism, everything about his show is awesome. It is very much like Legend of the Galactic Heroes - what with having the same author, direction, studio, etc. after all - but there are still unique touches that mark this as a different work. The power play among the Tytania clan looks to be particularly fascinating. Sure, the art is a little sketchy in places, but that’s nothing. While I didn’t expect a rock song for the ED it works pretty well actually and is becoming a fast favorite. And the OP is literally a space opera! How could anyone not love that?

I Actually Finished ef ~ A Tale of Memories

Posted by Demian @ 3:35 pm, October 13th, 2008

Let me clarify that statement by saying that when I first watched ef as it aired I thought that the “love stories” it contained were trite, superficial, and above all boring. Lo and behold my finishing the series didn’t change my opinions, though I will admit that ef does climaxes so well I almost forget I have no emotional investment in these characters at all. Why do I choose to finish the show then? Simple, I had a sudden craving for lush visuals over the weekend. As a work of animation and music ef is a beautiful, almost sublime show. Really makes me wish the show had a Makoto Shinkai movie level budget to work with, cause we all love floating clouds in front of a sunset. Still, even the prettiest wrapping can’t make shit any better, but at least the wrapping is nice to look at for a while. And, yes, this does mean I’ll probably watch the sequel. I’m still a sucker for sunsets.

After Watching Chaos;Head

Posted by Demian @ 8:26 pm, October 11th, 2008

I still like the original game OP better. I’m also wondering how Chaos;Head, a game that came out not even a year ago, got an anime adaption before Jingai Makyou, Gekkou no Carvevale, Saya no Uta, Gore Screaming Show, etc. (well, the reason why Gore Screaming Show isn’t an anime is probably clear, but I can still wish.)

Megazone 23 Part 1

Posted by Demian @ 10:14 pm, October 10th, 2008

Is the most eighties thing I have seen yet, even more so than Do You Remember Love? and Zeta Gundam. The show itself basically says that the eighties were the most perfect time in human history for piece and love. Apparently no one remembers the Reagan presidency, but for a bubble-boom Japan I guess things were perfect. Story-wise it’s almost incomprehensible, with the one unique twist not really being unique anymore. The show does ooze style though. Made when real robots were still (somewhat) new and you only needed one kind of transforming vehicle in a show. Like I said, so eighties. The fashion, the music, the hair - MY GOD THE HAIR! It’s all cool though for people like me who get a kick from this kind of stuff. The animation really is solid. Almost rivals DYRL in detail and even many modern productions, just with some obviously dated design aesthetics. Shame the two sequels, which I hear suck, look completely different, but I’ll decide for myself when I watch them later this weekend.

Notes on Gundam 00 Second Season

Posted by Demian @ 11:00 pm, October 7th, 2008

1. Needs a snappier title than Gundam 00 Second Season. G00SS is not a viable alternative.

2. I’m not completely sure if I’m watching a new gundam or just rewatching Zeta. A-Laws (it’s a pun, get it?) as fascist military? Check. Louis as an artificial newtype? Check. Can’t wait to see her Rosamia impression.

3. G00 apparently got a musical upgrade for the new season, cause all of the sudden the soundtrack kicks ass. The battle themes here were perfect, or I’m just a sucker for ominous choirs.

4. Pirate Exia is extremely badass. All gundam need tattered cloaks that flap in space. The gundam head on the back of the Seravee makes no sense to me, as all I can think of is the Devil Gundam.

5. Ribbons is even gayer. I don’t think that’s an actual surprise though.

6. Embarrassed teenage Soma is adorable, though her and Papa Bear have some weird vibes going on. Smirnov’s son also needs a good bear slap. Guy already sounds like a jerk, though he is an A-law.

7. New OP is also very good. Like the mixture of scenes from the past and future. Looks to promise a lot of good action and intrigue. This first episode was a rock solid start, so I hope they can keep the pace from here.