Impressions: Birdy the Mighty Decode

Posted by Demian @ 7:34 pm, July 6th, 2008

In some ways this is a complicated first episode, as there’s a lot of names and characters thrown around that aren’t wholly relevant. On the other hand, the premise is pretty simply. Birdy, an alien cop, comes to earth to hunt a criminal and in the process accidentally kills a guy, Tsutomu, and to rectify her mistake takes his mind into her body. Hijinks ensue. I love Birdy already. She’s an awesome, crime fighting, ass kicking kind of gal that you don’t find all that often these days. She’s definitely a throwback to the henshin heroines of tokusatsu. Even reminds me of Cutie Honey in some ways.

The show also reminds me a lot of Skull Man, as a modern take on an old classic, but Birdy is looking to be a lot less serious and more comedic. Just look at Tute, Birdy’s robotic partner. To blend in on Earth he basically becomes a flirtatious transexual! How great is that? The action scenes are also very cool and are actually vibrant and animated, unlike the speed lines and camera pans other tries confuse action with. Sadly the OP and ED are pretty lackluster, but you can’t always get everything. With a name like Birdy the Mighty I think this is going to be a fun ride.

Impressions: Slayers Revolution, Sekirei

Posted by Demian @ 3:21 pm, July 5th, 2008

Slayers Revolution

Let it first be said that I have never seen an episode, special, or movie of Slayers in my life. However, I think I want to now. Slayers Revolution does a good job of introducing all the characters to people like me so we’re not completely lost. I really like this episode a lot. It’s comedy was spot on and the characters all had real life to them. Particularly have to commend the VA for Lina Inverse. She does a really great job bringing out her personality. The OP by Hayashibara Megumi is also quite nice. A lot of the feel of this show reminds me of stuff from the nineties, which can only mean good stuff as far as I’m concerned (I really should have been born a decade earlier).

Sekirei

Why am I watching this exactly? Oh, right. Tits. This episode really didn’t do anything for me. Halfway through I was so bored I debated just closing the video and forgetting it, but I stuck through and it got somewhat more interesting. I have no idea how far I’ll continue watching this (based on my previous behavior - not very long), but I’ll see just how long I can stomach it. Who knows, it may surprise me in some way.

Impressions: Penguin Musume Girl, Nabari no Ou

Posted by Demian @ 10:27 pm, April 25th, 2008

Let me just say this to begin with, that this past week and this coming week are terrible times for me to blog. I’ve been severely swamped by real life, so watching anything really is a luxury at this point. Things should be back to normal once May starts, though. Now onto the anime I’ve actually managed to watch.

The sole reason I decided to search out Penguin Musume Heart is because of its vibrant design and fanservice. Fortunately, Penguin provided me not only with some nice fanservice but also a spastic off-the-wall comedy. At first I thought the main girl Penguin was voiced by Yukari Fukui, as it really sounds like a mixture of her Nono and Nia voices. However, she is actually voiced by relative newcomer Azusa Kataoka, who’s hyper moe voice is also pretty fun to listen to. The show reminds me a lot of Paniponi Dash, with the mile-a-minute action and many random references. I counted Harlock, mahou shoujo in general, Pretty Cure, Manabi, Gundam, and Touhou. Oh, and there’s…

KAMEN RIDER! I have to give any show that references Kamen Rider at least a couple episodes. The only other character we really see is Etorofu, who’s dynamite punch is truly something fearful. There’s a lot of other characters in the OP who we’ll hopefully see soon. Sadly, every episode is just thirteen minutes long. Despite how fast everything goes I would still enjoy it more if it was longer. Still a fun, quirky show overall.

Nabari no Ou is the only show I’ve ever seen to do ninja’s right. They’re stealthy bastards who actually SNEAK around to kill people. This makes all the difference, never mind that Nabari no Ou has like the exact same plot as Naruto. The fighting is very fast and stylish, and that’s probably the best thing about the show. The rest is a mixed bag. The character designs are even more noodly than Code Geass somehow, with ridiculously proportioned limbs. Miharu is funny when he pulls the trap joke, cause he really does seem like a girl, but his quiet act the rest of the time is pretty annoying. Thobari and Raimei are both fun characters, but there’s not really a lot of depth so far. Overall I feel the show is pretty average, but there’s a lot of promise here that drags me in, I just hope it doesn’t get wasted.

Impressions: Zeta Gundam

Posted by Demian @ 1:07 pm, April 20th, 2008

Finally got my hands on the first boxset for the series and marathoned the first five episodes. It’s a surprisingly addicting series, full of intrigue and action from the start. Zeta Gundam is the sequel to the original Gundam, set in 0087 where the Earth Federation has transformed into the fascist Titans and only the resistance group AEUG stands in their way. The very first episode offers an immediate surprise to gundam fans when the AEUG ace is shown to be Char Aznable - one of the main villains of the original Gundam - here known as Quattro Bajeena and sporting a ridiculous pair of eighties sunglasses. The real main character of the show is the angry youth Kamille Bidan. Like every other gundam protagonist he’s angry, smart, a newtype, and annoying. The guy yells for most of the first episodes, though he does have very good reason to.

The animation is very solid for the mid-eighties. Some of the designs are a little funny, especially the multiple chins on various Titans officers, but the rest is very good. The battles, which really matter, are also great and I love new designs, especially the Rick Dias. The only disappointing thing so far is that somehow Bandai failed to get the song rights for the OP and ED, so they’re replaced by instrumentals. The new songs aren’t exactly bad, though I wonder why the OP sounds like the Gunbuster march, but a far cry from the original OP. Zeta Gundam so far is a true joy for a fan like me to watch, and I can’t wait to see how everything develops.

Impressions: Kamen no Maid Guy, Wagaya no Oinari-sama

Posted by Demian @ 11:37 am, April 13th, 2008

This ED is much better, though I find it funny how Kotoko does the OP to every maid anime now.

At least the fanservice comedy here didn’t put me to sleep like Kanokon. That’s really the best thing I can say about this show now, cause everything else is just a bit meh. The set up is interesting and Maid Guy is an awesome character idea, but instead the show focuses on Naeka’s breasts most of the time. The comedy that doesn’t focus on breasts is good and hopefully they’ll focus on that, though the OP does hint at some SERIOUS PLOT later on. The animation switches between “average” and “what’s wrong with their chins?” and this from a guy who finds nothing wrong with Akagi. Some of the off-kilter proportions of Kamen no Maid Guy are truly frightening. I’m going to give this show a couple episodes because I do genially like the premise, but my attempts at actually watching fanservice comedy shows usually don’t work well. We’ll see how this goes. The ED truly is awesome, though.

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It’s a fox!

I really like the feel of Wagaya no Oinari-sama. Everything about it just clicks for me. I love this kind of stuff: ancient japanese magic, shintoism, miko’s, gods, etc. Part of the reason I like Touhou so much, too. Kuu-chan is also a great main character, dripping with both sarcasm and infectious enthusiasm. As to be expected from Yukana, who manages to be completely different from C.C. while still throwing in a couple huskily sexy lines. Kou-chan is the more reserved girl, but is fun too in different ways. The hiding on the luggage rack on the train was just hilarious. I can’t wait to see how modern life affects her. Wagaya no Oinari-sama is adapted from a light novel series, and I remember a certain blogger from a while ago raving about them, which is why I watched the show in the first place. Sadly I can’t remember who it was (last time I checked that blog might of disappeared actually), but I can fully understand why they love the series now. It’s a good premise with a couple stand out characters, so it’ll be really interesting to see how things go from here.

Impressions: Macross Frontier

Posted by Demian @ 9:18 pm, April 9th, 2008

When comparing the broadcast version of Macross Frontier to the deculture edition from earlier, it’s hard to say if either version is superior to the other. I love the way the fight scene is synced with the music in the deculture edition, but the regular version gives some nice characterization with the added concert scenes. Either episode is a fine and solid introduction to Frontier. The one thing that really surprises me about MF is how well it does at creating a whole new world in the future. Few anime truly create a different world from the one we live in, but Macross takes the extra step of imagining the future both as a continuation of the present while keeping in any unpredictable innovation the future brings. It’s the small touches that help, like the ever present advertising and holograms, or the bizarre living cellphone. We can easily recognize these things from the present day, but MF gives them a whole new twist that really makes them seem futuristic and new.

Aside from the setting MF looks to be following the tried and true formula of Macross: love triangle x transforming mecha x aliens = win. Ranka definitely comes out ahead as the favorite girl, especially with that Nyan-Nyan dance. Sheryl is just, well, a bitch who’s really popular. Yeah, I really don’t like her right now. Alto may look bishounen, but he seems to have some pretty badass qualities. Just hope he’s a good pilot. There’s a ton of characters in the OP, so I think we’ll be seeing the world of MF fleshed out a lot more later on. The music, that is key for any macross, is very good, particularly Sheryl’s catchy tunes. The rest of the instrumentals sound good, and I like the one when the veritechs scramble for the first time. The CG is solid and extremely well done. It’s rare to see CG mecha done well, especially transformations, but MF hits it on the nail. The 2D animation jars with the 3D at some points, but it’s mostly smooth. That one friend of Alto’s constant blushing creeps me out, though. MF is doing a great job of getting me pumped for it, and I can’t wait to see what surprises it brings.

Impressions: Code Geass R2, Kanokon

Posted by Demian @ 8:33 pm, April 7th, 2008

As has been mentioned numerous times already elsewhere, the first episode of the second season of Code Geass mirrors the very first episode perfectly, just with a lot more mysteries. Why does Lelouch have amnesia? Why is Rollo so gay? Why does Villeta need to degrade herself by becoming a gym teacher? How the hell did C.C. survive a long jump into the ocean? (short answer: the same way she survived everything else.) What does R2 mean anyways? Why does Kallen look so hot in a bunny outfit. Yes, the questions are endless, but I can still count on CG to keep somethings the same.

Lelouch has crazy expressions and arms with multiple elbows. C.C. is still enigmatically cool. The Emperor is awesome. Orange-kun gets the coolest scene in the OP. (speaking of the OP, like every other CG OP it will take me a while to get used to, but I’ll love it when I do. Lelouch riding a horse is just lolz worthy. And the Tristan is a cool design, the color scheme just sucks on it.) Suzaku is an uber-douchebag, and Pizza Hut still supports the Rebellion. Everything already feels familiar and comfortable, but with this being CG things won’t stay that way for long. Lelouch is already planning his comeback, and I can’t wait to see what CG’s comeback is either. I know everyone and their mother, uncle, and estranged cousin in prison will be blogging CG, and count me as one of them.

Now for something completely different. I checked out Kanokon hoping for some kind of fun, fanservicey show, and Kanokon definitely has fanservice of the raunchy variety. Too bad it’s spread too thin and everything else is the show is boring. Kouta is the most pipsqueak harem lead ever. The guy’s like a foot shorter than every other girl and lacks a single bone in his whole body. The main girl has no interesting qualities if you look past her chest, and every other girl is a stereotype we’ve seen before. There’s hints of something that may or may not be awesome having happened in the past, but this episode starts in media res, so anything that’s come before is lost on us now. I don’t think Kanokon is the kind of show I’m looking for at all. I need one that won’t put me to sleep.