Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Full Moon Slightly Chipped - Iwasaki Taku

It was a long struggle with myself but today's edition of Music Week End will NOT be a character song, nothing even sang by a seiyuu, be proud of me, that probably won't happen often.

Today's victim is an extract from Kuroshitsuji II's OST, which is, pardon me for my bluntness, MUCH better than the OST for the first season, though the composer is still Iwasaki Taku. Go figure.

Song is The Full Moon Slightly Chipped, I chose it for the voice, this girl has a FUCKING beautiful voice, and I can't seem to find her name, I NEED to find more songs from her.
And the music is beautifully sad, combination of the two makes me cry. (there's a conspiracy to make me cry these days) Anyway, enjoy my lovelies.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lovey Dovey Prattle of an evil Boss II

I know I've been away for long, just when I promised myself I wouldn't back away from this blog I did. I'm so sorry.

Well, on the other hand I haven't done much lately, just went out everyday, which is hard on me, I need preparation time and then time to recover and in the end, I do nothing at all during the day.
Then little brother was home, he left me depressed and full of hate for myself and all my inspiration was drained. Should. Not. PAY. ATTENTION.

I went to a lot a of parties too, karaoke and just going out between friends, some of them not turning quite right and I had problems with sleep.

As a result whenever I had a little time I desperately tried to update my fics, which I never did in the end since I had no inspiration left.

Good things happened though, some of the parties were great and funny, I've seen and fangirled with Aka-chan, plus I now own my first Nendoroid, say welcome to Kana-chan aka BRS.

BRS I by ~CiNgLee on deviantART

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Shinkou - Fukuyama Jun

Ok so, now that I have a little time in my hands after hectic days of fics, articles, school work, LJ and various stuff like catching up on animes and on house/garden work, yeah living in the coutryside has its hardship, even if I love it.

That being said, welcome to Music Week End!
There a few things a little too unknown for my tastes and that I'd love to share with you.
For the first edition may I present you a character song, thus sang by a seiyuu, today's victim is Fukuyama Jun, the voice behind my beloved Lelouch and Shinra and something like a hundred other characters, mister Fukuyama is indeed hardworking.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall season 2010 : general recap

Ok so as promised I take the list I made before the start of the season, in the end I'll keep watching everything because I HATE stopping things in the middle and since it's only one episode a week it's still bearable.

Will definitely watch :
- Togainu no Chi : DISAPPOINTED. And the animation is weird BUT there's blood and Shiki.

- Tegami Back Reverse : Still love this as much as the first season, it's cute but in the good sense of the word, not cheesy nor anything just plain cute.

- Shinrei Tantei Yakumo : Disappointed too, the mysteries are too easy but I still love ghost stories.

- Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls : Still love the art and the girls are as crazy as ever and fanservice has been lowered.

- Hakuouki II : One thing to say : SEXY. Other than that no sorry there is no other interest but they're even sexier than in the first season ...

- Bakuman : Cheesy, but it's a good adaptation so far.

- Arakawa Uner the Bridge x Bridge : AWESOME. Even crazier than the first season.

Will maybe watch :
- Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai : Disappointed too and I wasn't expecting much, but somehow I'm still hoping for an amelioration

- Kuragehime : Loved this, the story and the characters are totally crazy.

- Otome Yokai Zakuro : Better than what I expected, honestly. No real plot but I don't really care.

- Panty and Stockings with Garterbelt : Funny and perverted and even cute in a way, and interesting to watch.

- Star Driver Kagayaki no Takuto : AWESOME! BIG surprise of the season, I was expecting a plain mecha and I have something glorious like that.

- Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru : It is indeed funny but after the first episode it looses its craziness. But I love the ED

- Toaru Majutsu no Index : Never was able to finish the first season so it's a no.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

[1st episode]Kuragehime

LAST ONE! Tomorrow --> recap

Kuragehime is a slice of life focusing on girls living in an appartment complex, these girls are all a little special, the heroin for example is a jellyfish otaku.
One day said heroin encounter a wonderful and pretty girl who helps her saving Kulala the jellyfish, the girl sleeps over and in the morning she discovers that this girl is not totally what she thought she was.

It's Noitamina, so even if it's not good it's at least interesting and this, is good. I think.

Kana Hanazawa is there again, much to my pleasure and it has Saiga Mitsuki too (the excellent seiyuu of Nabari No Ou's Yoite, a girl)
That alone would be enough to make me watch, because Kana Hanazawa talks a LOT and she usually voices more quiet characters (except in BRS)

Anyway, I LOVE the plot, honestly do LOVE.
The girls all seem crazy, I love crazy characters, well ok there's no psycho but I'll deal with it. I just love how much fun they seem to have together and the boy is priceless.
"I just like to dress in girls' clothes but I'm normal"

One of the anime I'd definitely keep watching if you ask me to cut down in my list

[1st episode]Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai

(Fuck yeah I finally can remember the Japanese title!)

Summary first, a guy is a master at otome game, The God of Conquest, he can win the heart of any girl in any game, one day he signs a contract with a demon girl and he reluctantly starts to give chase to evil spirits hidden in girls's hearts.
However, reality is not the same as games and our hero is not good with reality.

Mmmmh I don't have much to say, the plot seemed interesting to me, but at the same time for now I'm a little disappointed.
I think I expected much better, since people were keeping on saying how amazing it was an all. Too bad I'm not in love.

Well it's not hate at first sight either and I love his mother (but there I'm cheating it's in the second episode) and I think I love his seiyuu too (considering it's also Akihisa's seiyuu in Baka to Test and considering how much I didn't like this, it's something I never thought would happen)
At the same time it's kinda cute and the relationship between the hero and the demon is pretty fun.

So yeah I'll continue, but for now I'm not really enthuisiastic

Friday, October 15, 2010

[1st episode]Otome Yokai Zakuro

Same thing than for Yakumo, I'm so late, hopefully I'm finishing the review tomorrow, I'm leaving out the second seasons and will do a general recap instead. Yes better idea.

So Otome Yokai Zakuro is set up in an alternative reality where Yokai and humans try to co exist, and that's the very reason of the existence of this special department of the State where military men will cooperate with female Yokais.
(ok, let's get over the fact it's obviously fanservice)

Led by my love for Yokais I started this and, strangely enough I'm not disappointed. Well it's not a masterpiece either.

It doesn't seem to have a very elaborated plot, it's basically one episode = a fight against another yokai, and for the rest we follow their attempts at living together.
Knowing that Zakuro, the main girl, really has a thing against humans and that her Tamaki look alike blond Sakurai Takahiro voiced partner is deadly afraid of spirits it's not really easy. But it's fun. And I love yokais.

I like the seiyuus, but at the same time it has Kana Hanazawa so ...
I also love their song, the song the girls sing when they fight, I NEED this song, and I need the EDs. It doesn't happen often so note this.
It'll never ever beat the masterpiece that is Natsume Yuujinchou in terms of Yokai anime, not sure anything would but at the same time it's easily watchable and not boring so it's on my list of interesting things of the season.

[1st episode]Shinrei Tantei Yakumo

Such a shame, I'm so late that the second episode already aired. Nevermind.

So basically this anime/manga/drama is about a boy Yakumo, who has the power to see spirits and thus tries to resolve some mysteries, first one being brought to him by a random girl.

This one was started because I love the occult and I love Ono Daisuke who's voicing the main character.
Thinking back and while I'm perfectly happy with Ono Daisuke (except for the OP, even if it's his voice I just can't) I'm a little disappointed about the mysteries.
They're not even mysteries, it's all obvious things, I don't like when things are obvious, especially when the thing is calling itself a "mystery anime".

About the characters, well the girl is ok, I mean it's a girl so the fact I don't hate her is already something big.
But I LOVE Yakumo, it's exactly the kind of character I love, cold fucking asshole, except he's actually nice on the inside, which makes me like him less. (but my love for psychos is neverending we all know it)

While I don't regret starting, it didn't trigger the "OMG so cool" thing, too bad I was waiting for this. Well I don't hate it either, but honestly, if you're looking for a good surnatural mystery anime, go watch Ghost Hunt instead. If you have already watched then maybe Yakumo could entertain you, maybe.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

[1st episode]Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru

I've been indulging in reading some more Yukio Mishima lately, I still think I need to write a book review for everything I read in the past weeks but it's damn busy these days.

Anyway, today's victim is Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, aka the weird Shaft maid thing.
I can't remember her name for the heck of it but the heroin is working at a maid Café, except she's totally not suited for that kind of work, there come weird owner of the store, perfect maid friend, classmate in love, and authority maniac teacher, along with people who didn't appear yet.
Clearly a Shaft thing, thus awesome.

Actually I have nothing really elaborate to say about this, I don't remember the music, the animation had no really noticeable flaw, except for the heroin's seiyuu whom I alway have a problem with anyway I have no complain whatsover and seriously, on a seiyuu related topic, this thing is worth just to hear the super manly Sakurai Takahiro voicing a GIRL.

I don't think there's much to say about the story either, it's a slice of life comedy and it's totally crazy, reminds me a little of Working!! except it's much better (despite the lack of Kamiya ^^) and much much funnier.

GO WATCH! No seriously, this is HILARIOUS

Oh shortly, the newly created section "Great Music Week End for Otakus", stay tuned! (even if I know my readers are not really numerous XD)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

[1st episode]Star Driver

I know it's been a while since it has been out but better late than never right?

Star Driver is a mecha story, basically the hero, Takuto, arrives in an island and there's an evil organization who tries to do something I couldn't quite decipher and kidnaps a young girl, thus comes the hero on his white mecha to, obviously, save the girl.
It doesn't seem really passionating that way, but trust me, it is.

I didn't really intend on watching this, if it wasn't for Mamoru Miyano (Takuto's seiyuu) I probably wouldn't have but since this is my only chance to hear him this season (I think) I gave it a try, ready to give up if it was just a plain mecha without any other twist. If it's for that I thought I'd rather wait for Awakenning of the Trailblazer (aka Gundam 00 movie), I'd have Mamoru all the same (and Kamiya as a bonus gift)
You know what? I'm glad I tried.

I don't remember the music at all, that's the problem of not reviewing right away, but I never had anything to complain about this composer.
Don't have anything to say about the animation either.
As for the story, I won't lie, the beginning was boring as hell, the boy'sarrival at the island, his meeting of his new friends and all, that didn't really interst me.
But everything changed when the girl was kidnapped by a weird dressed masked group, obviously known to the watcher. Takuto is obviously defeated.
Except he rises later and comes in his Cybody (the mecha thing) to save the girl, displaying one of the most epic transformation scene I've ever seen. Yes you read well, I said trasnformation scene, like a magical girl, except it's a boy and that the anime is clearly mecha.
It's wonderful, just wonderful, it's been days and I'm still not over it.

Overall thoughts? IT'S GALACTICLY PRETTY!

Friday, October 8, 2010

[1st episode]Togainu no Chi

Ok, I know I'm dead late for this serie of articles, I'll be publishing more I swear and I also swear I have a good excuse this time, I've been sick, but really dead sick.
Anyway, second seasons (Tegami Bachi, Arakawa and Hakuouki) will wait until I don't have anything more to review, today's victim is Togainu no Chi because I just saw it and that I fangirl like crazy since YEARS over Shiki (I'm taking suggestions for a nickname for him because we won't manage it in the middle of no less than 3 Shikis I speak about nearly daily ^^)
Next victims will be : Star Driver, Yakumo, The World God only knows and I'm still waiting for the Noitamina things (which are today if I'm not mistaken). I still feel I'd forget something though, but anyway let's start.

I'll skip the details of the birth processus of this anime and go straight (that wasn't on purpose I swear) to the summary without spoiling because the first episode is basically the summary they always give.
It's an apocalyptic setting, two organizations fight for the control of the city, an area called Toshima is a no-man's land and there is organized the street fight tournament called Igura. Our main protagonist is Akira and has received the mission to kill the ultimate king of the game called Il-Re thus ending the drug trafic coming along the "tournament".

So now thoughts, well I'm biased because fuck it's Togainu no Chi we're talking about and I never expected to see Shiki so soon.
Music fits, animation is kinda strange by moments (I say strange because I don't want to say bad actually, nooo what did they do to Shiki's mouth??! :'() I like the atmosphere even though it could have been darker.
As for the story, I didn't expect it to start like that, well now I think about it it's pretty obvious and a better way than to start right in the middle of Igura.
The episode is slow and only introduced the three main characters (I wanted to see the Punishers and Kau and Arbitro already!), one being barely identified (but fucking badass, oooh Shiki <3), other than that there's BLOOD! That was expected but I'm still happy they kept it (all hail this hour spot!)

Mmh what else should I say? Go watch it?
(and come on, Akira's jokes, aren't they awesome? XD)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

[1st episode]Panty and Stockings with Garterbelt

Ok, please don't comment on my choices, it's not the first time and probably not the last that I'll feel somewhat embarassed about some of my anime choices but since I'm strong and brave and smart (dixit über popular fic writer Lovely Smut Princess, YES she said that and yeah indeed it's a codename) you have the right to know every little bit of my anime dark side.

Today's victim of the "1st episode" serie iiiisss Panty and Stockings with Garterbelt!
Summary is easy, two angels, Panty and Stockings, descended on Earth to defeat the evil Ghosts. To do that they're helped by the priest Garterbelt.

I think I liked it. I think.
Actually it's pretty weird for a japanese anime, it reminds me of my childhood, but it's not a bad thing.
Except it totally ruins any childhood memory the very second Panty appears XD
So yeah, as expected it's perverted, and apparently they were close to cancellation for the second episode, which makes me want to watch it even more. Normal.

On the anime itself, well it's not something overly awesome, it's fun and perverted, the story is not at all original.
BUT (because there's a but) take it as an ultimate parody of everything and it becomes much more interesting.
The art for example : parody of american animation.
The wonderful "transformation" scene : parody of magical girls animes
Their weapons : parody of any action anime out there.
See, a bit of thinking and it becomes interesting on top of being funny.

Overall impression : Yeah why not, seems fun.
Original reason why I watched : THE TITLE! (and this is how you end up watching crazy things)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

[1st episode]Bakuman

Fall season really started now, so that means a lot of first episodes to review (when I still haven't finished to review the animes from last season, aaaw woe is me!)

Anyway, summary for those who would have missed it, the setting is simple, two middle schoolers want to become mangaka, thus come love stories, work stories, well it's slice of life and you learn plenty of things about the manga industry.
I already reviewed the manga anyway, go there


Now for the anime specifics, actually I only watched it RAW for now but I couldn't resist blogging about it now, it's the afterglow you know. And let's admit it, the dialogues are nearly the same as in the manga and since I read it in both French and English, Japanese is a piece of cake, and it's everyday talk not like Izaya's speeches.
Anyway, it's pretty, the first OP made me laugh, the normal OP and the ED are not to my tastes though, but I don't like them very often so I guess it's normal.
I liked the music too and I feel that the anime is cuter than the manga.
Well we're only at the beginning so maybe it'll change but for now I have the feeling it is cuter, especially that line "aaw Azuki's eyes are shining, sooo pretty", I don't remember that line in the manga so maybe it's because of this, but it made me melt and god knows how fluff and me don't go well together.

Now let's move on to my favorite subject aka seiyuu! And for once it is relevant to the story of the anime.
So as far as I heard the girls are perfect, I don't usually go crazy over girls (aside for Kana Hanazawa whose voice makes me melt <3 though she's not the only one I like, don't misunderstand me) and as long as they don't have an annoying voice I'm totally ok with them. There, not only are they not annoying but on top of that they fit, for now, I'm still kinda scared to hear Aoki Ko with the same voice as Saber.
As for the boys, I'm scared to hear Eiji and excited about Fukuda, but Hino Satoshi is perfect as Shuujin. On the other hand Abe Atsushi doesn't work well with Moritaka, he would have been better as Eiji I think, but well he has some good moments too, like the scene in front of Azuki's house, there he was good.

Overall impression : FUCK YEAH! Can't wait for Fukuda!

Friday, October 1, 2010

[Review]Uragiri wa boku no namae wo shitteiru

Since the Fall season will start today shortly I thought I really had to hurry up and catch up with my reviews, especially the ones for animes dating back from the Spring season and finishing now. Today's victim is Uraboku, yes I'm shortenning because let's admit it, this name is impossible to remember if you're not a fan.

Let's start by the mandatory summary.
Basically the hero is Yuki, an abandonned child who grew up in an orphanage, as expected he has some powers and as expected one day someone from his family shows up and tells him they're from the Giou clan and that their goal is to beat the oh so awful and evil Reiga.

First thing I need to say is that it's adapted from a BL manga so there are hints, nothing really big but they're there.
Second, I HATE Yuki, I never thought I could hate a character so much before, this guy is the most useless guy I've ever seen in my life, he's on the level of a main shoujo girl. As expected he shows up every 5 seconds since he's the main guy. I thought I'd die.
Third (very important) fact, I only started this because the cast is heavenly but I would have stopped without a second thought if it wasn't the only anime in which I could hear Kamiya Hiroshi in the Summer season.

Now trying to be a little less biased the music is awesome, really awesome, it's the only thing I really found awesome in the show, except for the villains, and the uniforms *cough*
The fights too were pretty epic and as I said it before the cast was heavenly.

Actually I don't have much more to say about this, it's obviously directed towards girls, mostly fans of fantasy settings with vampires and the likes, so if you don't fall in the category it's probably better if you don't watch.
Though if you're in the category it becomes a must watch.
I don't regret watching this, even if at times it was painful (yeah hating the main character is a serious drawback) but at the same time I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone except notorious lovers of that kind of settings.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Kuroshitsuji II : review

Ok so Kuroshitsuji II is finally finished. I should do a summary, but I don't want to do a summary, will do a quick one though. Oh and beware of spoilers.
So basically Sebastian a demon who formed a contract with Ciel Phantomhive and until Ciel's desire is fulfilled Sebastian is to remain as his butler. Second season features another master/butler couple as villains.

Let's say it first, I LOVE Kuroshitsuji, I really, really do. The manga is really awesome and the concept is just so crazy that I had to fall for it.
I still can't decide whether or not I loved that season two though.

First episode was damn awesome. A trolling masterpiece.
Even though I had suspicions before it still felt so damn good. My favorite episode of the serie, the only episode I still clearly remember.
Introduced Alois and his wonderful psycho self. I wished he would have stayed that twisted all the season.
Next two episodes were useless, what was the point of bringing back all these characters if they're not going to be used later? Fanservice. Yeah fanservice, this serie is full of fanservice.
During the next episodes basically there's fanservice everywhere, naked women, wonderful yaoi hints even I picked (and usually I'm pretty oblivious with yaoi hints), fights for the shonen vibes, ooh a leather outfit on a pretty big chested girl and a wide range of blood and disturbing things.
They tried so hard to please everyone that it shows, if they're going to put fanservice at least choose a public.

These episodes were really weird, they went for something too complicated, I think that's the problem, for the most part I didn't understand what was going on. If they went for such a deep plot they should have made the serie longer and slower.
I really loved the atmosphere though, blood and borderline gore and various disturbing things, me do love.
Loved the seiyuus too, then again this serie has a lot of my favs.
Loved the music Iwasaki Taku is my hero. Want that insert song, not the Kalafina one, the other. Well the OSTs are going to be released with the DVDs, no need to wait one year to get it.

As for the controversial ending, actually I don't know. It was surprising yes indeed. Everything which happened in that last episode was surprising, but I can't say whether or not I liked it. For some reason I just can't decide. So I'll give it a 5/10.

And who can really judge that ending when the fact there's going to be a third season is so obvious?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lovey Dovey Prattle of an evil Boss

Actually, this is just because I'm trying to somehow get a regular pace over there, and because I just wanted to talk nonsense.

I'm tired, damn. This whole Tokyo Game Show is tiring, I love the thrill though, but I'm dead. Don't think I've ever talked that much about video games in my whole life, because guys for the records, the only video game I play is Mario Kart.
And I can't even play anymore little brother went to college with the Wii.

That being said once again I love the thrill, and it's kinda fun, and I feel I've been damn productive at the end of the day.
Next time I'll think I'll be able to manage not one, nor 2, but THREE damn blogs, plus fics, plus mod activities, plus mandatory fall housework/gardenning stuff, plus covering an event like the TGS, just kill me please?
Oh and I've been organizing an offline meeting too, we'll be only two though so I guess it should be ok.

And it has good sides too. I've been fangirling over Ryu ga Gotoku aka the Yakuza video game serie like crazy. Well it was easy to guess, knowing it just needs a very very small mention of them to get me crazy.
Which leads to another crazy addiction of mine, mainly Shiki, and Akabayashi from Durarara!!.
I'll pass on this or I'll still be there tomorrow, well no, it is tomorrow already.

I'll just shut up, and go to bed. It's too late already anyway ^^

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fall season 2010

So as you may know the new anime season will start shortly, as a result there's a question in everyone's head. Which animes will we watch?
Here is my answer
(and the chart is here)

Will definitely watch :
- Togainu no Chi : Come on. It's TnC, I'm waiting for an adaptation for years, and yes I'm watching this for the plot, the manga is a damn good seinen.

- Tegami Back Reverse : It has Gauche, as NOIR. Goddamn Noir. And I loved these arcs in the manga. And it has Kazuya Nakai!

- Shinrei Tantei Yakumo : Ghost stories. That's all you have to know. (and Ono Daisuke, Ono Daisuke singing the OP on top of that)

- Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls : I just loved the first episode. So yeah, will continue.

- Hakuouki II : Please don't comment on that. I'll bitch like crazy about it but I can't resist Shinsengumi stories, and it has good seiyuus, and nice character designs, and it has Chikage!

- Bakuman : I'm following the manga since the fifth week and I love it. Not to mention that one of my favorite seiyuu is voicing my favorite character.

- Arakawa Uner the Bridge x Bridge : First season was beyond awesome, and probably my only chance to hear Kamiya this season.

Will maybe watch :
- Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai : People said the manga was good, so I don't know. Guess I'll see depending on some friends' opinions.

- Kuragehime : Seems so silly, and it's Noitamina.

- Otome Yokai Zakuro : Yokai, once again, that's all you have to know. Except that this one doesn't have Ono Daisuke.

- Panty and Stockings with Garterbelt : Looks like a cartoon from my childhood, and come on, the title, the title is awesome.

- Star Driver Kagayaki no Takuto : It has FukuJun and Mamoru Miyano you know? And I kinda like mechas.

- Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru : It's Shaft, and it seems funny.

- Toaru Majutsu no Index : Haven't finished the first season yet so I'll decide later.

As for the ones I'll definitely not watch, who cares?

You think I'm watching a lot of things because of the seiyuus? Yes you're right. Rejoice though, my favourite composers and singers are not in any show this season, or I would have watched just for them too.
Whatever, stay tuned for awesome first episode review, and also for end of season review. Yeah sadly, new things starting also means things ending.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Break Blade II

After the first movie here comes the second, I already there was going to be a third but I was surprised (in a good way) to find out there was going to be a fourth. Anyway, I'll allow myself to skip the necessary summary part since I already did it for the first one.

Just know it's the mecha kind of stuff, when we left our good-for-nearly-nothing hero Rygart he was engaging in a fight against the country of Athens, obviously facing his former best friend.


The story goes like that, fights, talking, fights, ooh a flashback, fights, deaths, fights, Rygart feeling guilty and wanting to leave but not leaving in the end because that would be really mean to his old friend Hodr.

Basically? Boring. It's your typical Gundam like type of plot "OMG I sooo hate war but I need to do it for the sake of the Earth/the humanity/my friends/whatever"
Well no, boring may be too strong, it's actually watcheable, and aside from the legendary originality of the plot it would be really nice, if it wasn't for the plot that is.
And it lacks some character development, we only see Rygart and how others reacts toward him, I don't really care for the Red Riding Hood queen or her strange named husband of a king (I just wrote kink, someone shoot me?) but I would definitely love to see more of Zess, he interests me.

Talking about him, he appeared soooo much more than on the first one, I was so happy you have no idea.

Figures it's time for me to give a final opinion, if you're looking for an original plot it's not for you, if you're looking for interesting character development it's not for you either, but if you want some nice mecha fights while waiting for Gundam 00's movie then go watch.
(oh and if you're just looking for some more Kamiya goodness this is for you too ^^)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls or something

So well, october is coming up, so previews are coming up as well, this time we even get a whole episode as a preview. How awesome is that?

So what's that?
The setting is simple, we're in Japan, 21st siecle, except that the Tokugawa Shogunate is still in power. It's set in a school, a high school student rebels against the school council and he's helped by lots of girls with the names of famous samurais heroes.
Interesting right?

Oh did I forget to mention it's ecchi? My bad.
At least notice that the censorship is kinda artistic. (the girl on the right is a pretty cute tsundere Sanada Yukimura, I'm in love <3)

Actually, I like this.
First the art is different, I have nothing to say about the music, it's fitting, doesn't disturb, average, thus perfect for an anime.
It's ecchi, did I already said that? And it has some pretty perverted yuri scenes (so we can definitely expect more to come for the actual serie)
Well I don't mind the slightest bit.

As for the plot, rebelling against the established power? It seems overdone and just an excuse to put some half naked girls dressed in weird outfits on screen, but at the same time, everything is easy to understand and it's relaxing for the brain (and pretty to look at), plus all this nonsense makes me laugh, Yukimura makes me laugh, so I guess I'll continue to watch.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Togainu No Chi trailer

Ok so this is there just so I can fangirl.

You may know, or not that the ultra popular among a certain public game Togainu no Chi is getting an anime adaption.
The more informations they release the more I'm dying of happiness.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Pff I was really motivated, I really tried to make a post a day, or nearly, but I'm definitely not used yet to separate things that much, I still talk about my animes antics on LJ and so I feel like I'm repeating myself over there. Whatever.
Another shitty excuse I have is that I recently joined the staff of Otakult, I write more regulary over there but it's in French and I'm more neutral about things than I am here.
Last excuse but not the less important to me, is all in a question, have you ever been contacted by someone you admire? And even better, did that person said she wanted to talk with you?
That's what happening to me, so I spend my evenings talking with her, it's a lot of fun but really disctracting.

I talked too much again right? I didn't intend to talk about my life over there so much, anyway, I recently took a trip to the bookstore and bought a few recently released French mangas and so I thought it'd be the time to make some manga reviews.
Let's start with Bakuman shall we?

To start with Bakuman is a manga, written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the team behind the big success Death Note, it already has 9 volumes released in Japan, 2 in France, I don't know how many releases there are already but I can tell you it's released in the US as well.
The story is simple, two young boys team up to create mangas, so we follow the whole creation process, the whole publishing process and their (really "interesting") love life.


First off let's talk about the drawings, they're just wonderful, well it's what you would expect, but it's really amazing how this guy manage to change his style, in the story they speak a lot about different mangas from different authors and they often show pages of these mangas, Obata adapt his style to each one of these.
He also gives a try to Kohta Hirano like crack drawings, and I don't even need to read to laugh.

As I said the story is really simple, but at the same time it calls for so much things, you learn a lot about the manga industry and you can introduce so many interesting characters. Talking about these, Ohba manages to make interesting people you totally could meet everyday, there are no exagerate character traits, though I guess the kind of people you'd normally find in the manga industry is not that diversified, well I'll forgive him because I love these characters.

In the end what could I say? That this manga is going to become a classic of the genre, so start reading now?

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Well it's pretty old already, but what's FictionJunction?

Easy, a group of singers who sing lots and lots of animes songs, like for example in Pandora Hearts, all the songs are composed and written by Yuki Kajiura, the one behind Kalafina and also writer of the music of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, among lots of others.

That being said they're not ordinary singers, I mean, their live are goddamn amazing.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Durarara Episode 12.5

Somehow, while I have a sudden inspiration to write fics (seriously I still don't understand what came to my mind on that day ^^) this blog has been kind of forgotten, I'm sorry.

Anyway, what I was trying to share was my joy concerning upcoming 12.5 Durarara's episode.
Here is the link to the official site

So question is, do you see what I'm seeing?
Well I heard somewhere the Orihara twins were supposed to appear too but they're not on the pic, let's hope anyway.

No, the important (and unexpected) people are : Isaac, Miria aaaand SHIKIIII! I get to see more Shiki! And I'll hopefully get more Izaya talking with Shiki, because his "Shiki no danna" is definitely something and him interacting with the Awakusu-kai is aways interesting.

August 25th, a little less than 2 weeks to wait

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Seitokai Yakuindomo ED

Regardless on whether or not you already know it I'll tell you something about me, not only do I fangirl over crazy psycho character but I also have strange tastes when it comes to OP and EDs, to put it simply I hate most of them, not in term of animation, they're usually interesting to watch (*looks at the first OP of Kuroshitsuji II*) but in term of music.

I'm watching a good bunch of stuff this season and nothing striked my ears to the point of dying until the day I could finally hear the full version, nothing except for Seitokai Yakuindomo's ED.
Life is strange right? That anime is surfing on the moe fashion, goddam perverted without fanservice, I thought it'd be a hit among male audience but I was wrong, in any case that's irrelevant right?
I'll review it at the end of the season anyway.

What I wanted to share today was its ED, Aoi Haru by angela, Blue Spring in English, isn't it lovely?

Isn't it catchy and pretty? (and goddamn hard to sing o_O)

Also, I can now cook macarons and started to write fics, someone shoot me?

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Battle of Hitotoribashi

For those who have watched this week's episode of Sengoku Basara you may have found the flashback between Masamune and Kojuurou to be extremely cute and heartbreaking, you also may have been a little curious about that Hitotoribashi Battle they were talking about.

I was curious so I did my researches, and here is the result (because obviously, the Wiki article sucks ^^)

Let's sum up quickly to start.
Location : In the North of Japan, around the city of Nihonmatsu
Date : 1585
Opponents : Date (with 7 000 men) against Hatekeyama (30 000 men)

Everything started when Hatakeyama Yoshitsugu captured Date Terumune, Masamune's father.
Obviously Masamune wasn't happy at all at the idea, took some men and ran to his help, without much luck, even if they were victorious Terumune died during the fight.

The real battle of Hitotoribashi took place a little later, after the death of his father Masamune wasn't happy at all, so he and a few samurai decided to siege the castle of Nihonmatsu.
Despite the large discrepancy in the number of men in each side neither won.

One year later, Date's forces siege the castle once again, this time resulting in a victory for Date's side and the setting on fire of said castle by Hatakayama Yoshitsugu's son.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Chocolate Underground

One day, in a forum, we were talking about our last anime discoveries, this one was something I never ever heard about so I was interested and asked about what it was, I mean it's Chocolate Underground, it's bound to interest me ...

So here comes the mandatory summary.
One day the Good for You party comes in power, chocolate and basically every sweet thing is now strictly forbidden.
Except that guys? What do children and people do when they're forbidden to do something? They obviously do it nevertheless and tries to bring back sweets in their life.


First big advantage of this is easy : it's short, 13 episodes and it's 5 minutes long, finished in no time.
Second advantage, it has Toyonaga Toshiyuki and everyone knows (or at least should) that I'm a fan of his.
First advantage turns out to be a big drawback as well, it's short but it's too short, the story would need more development, I'd like more character development, more stuff.
The concept is interesting, it's just not developed enough.

I saw there's a movie though, need to hunt for this.

(On a side note, tomorrow I'm seeing the Cranberries and Gotan Project, I'm haaaappy! <3)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Supernatural Trailer

As you may know, or not know, sometimes Japanese animation adapts american sucesses be it movies, comics or series and transform them into a anime, their next "victim" is the surnatural Supernatural serie.

Basically it's the story of two brothers who're "chasing" surnatural phenomenons accross the United States, so basically it means we'll see witches, vampires, ghosts and their friends, not as interesting as Japanese Yokai but still very interesting to me, I will definitely watch (and I need to watch the original serie as well, but I say that for years ^^)

Little is known about the animation in itself except it'll have 22 episodes and will start next January, the trailer doesn't show much either but we'll probably get some more as time goes.
Now enjoy said trailer.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Break Blade 01

I'm still looking for what exactly to do with this blog, never really had a blog like that, nor did I really keep up with it, doing episodes reviews doesn't suit my lazyness and I feel bad whenever I don't update as soon as I finish watching it, I can't even review everything I'm watching, so I'll review a whole serie and will do separated posts when I find something interesting/worth explaining with my modest knowledge.

Anyway, today's victime is the first OVA of Break Blade

Let's start by a quick (or not so quick) summary, what's Break Blade?
Easy, it's originally a manga by Yunosuke Yoshinaga, a mecha kind of manga, and since the mecha kind suits anime better than manga (at least to my standards) here comes an animated adaptation!

The story has the same setting than the average shonen, everyone has the power to use quartz for various purpose, except for one boy, Rygart Arrows. When he was younger he was sent to a military academy despite his handicap by his father, unfortunately he couldn't stay until his graduation and had to return to his farm due to lack of money.
Despite the little time he spent there he made really good friends, two of them (Hodr and Sygn) married and became rulers of their country of Krisna, the other one, Zess, returned to his country of Athens.
Rygart is called to the capital by his former friends to help when a war break out with the neighboring country of Athens ...


My modest opinion now, to be honest the reason I started this is named : Kamiya Hiroshi, Zess' seiyuu. I tend to start a lot of things because of seiyuus, don't mind me.
Fact is, the cast is good, that's something I can't deny, it has Marina Inoue and Kana Hanazawa, who are two of my favorite female seiyuu and it has my favorite seiyuu ever and the always surprisingly talented Hoshi Shouichirou whom I definitely can't dislike, despite my famous hate for one of his role.

Anyway if I start talking about the cast I'm still there tomorrow, so as I said it's a typical shonen kind of thing, the hero is weak at the beginning but suddenly becomes the last hope of the world thanks to a super mobile suit or whatever no one else is able to use. Cliché much?

In any case it's pretty, and the music is kind of fun, you know it feels like you're in one of those old Sissi movie or whatever.
I won't say it's a must watch but it's not bad either, average but since mechas are pretty rare these days it's still better than nothing.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Occult Gakuen episode 05

Sometimes I feel like I should be posting something else than anime reviews, not that I don't like doing them but it starts to get a little tiring isn't it?
Next season I won't pick that many shows.

Anyway, this week's Occult Gakuen episode was all about Kozue, I love Kozue, she's one of my favorite character, her crazy occult fanatisme obviously leads to various weird faces from Maya and the others, did I mentionned that the thing I like the most in this show are Maya's faces?

In any case Kozue is pursuing an occult experience, she said she's sad to be the only one to not have experienced something occult in the school hence her desperation to live one, usually she ends up injured and create faces like this from her friends.
(They've seen a mummy ^^)

Even in normal classes, Kozue pursues the occult.

Do not worry, these were only mathematics, next one is sports. Please note that Maya is still wearing her blak thighs even in sports class and that the thing Kozue is holding is in fact a snake which ate some cooking tool.

During that time Abe talks with his waitress who wants to seel bread on the school grounds, thus he tries to convince Maya but Maya elegantly tell him to fuck off and in love Dango girl is getting mad (still don't understand how you can manage to fall in love with Abe though ^^)

Emergency! Kozue disappeared! Quickly found hidden in a the underground, trying to become a god (hence weird faces again <3)

In a class I didn't catch the name of the teacher wants to create an artificial near death experience, Kozue obviously volunteers.

And this is what she sees.

She comes back safely, more or less, since the Kozue who comes back looks like Kozue but is not Kozue at all ...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sengoku Basara episode 4

Just finished to watch Sengoku Basara 4, most of the episode was boring though, seriously, Oichi and me, we're definitely not friends.

Last week we left Yukimura camping and hearing things.

Got pissed off, since god hearing dead people is creepy, so he decided to go raid the Azuchi castle nearby and this is what he discovers

Unfortunately Oichi's ghost still holds a grudge against him, after all he killed her beloved brother (o_O) and so she tries to kill him.

Even if he still doesn't feel like hurting a girl he tries to survive and actually fight against her. Philosophical talk ensues with another "ghost" (both are not dead, just so you know)

During that time Masamune got his consciousness back after his fight against Hideyoshi.

Despite having epicly lost he's still alive thanks to his beloved subordinates, I suppose you want to know why Hideyoshi was merciful for once, it's simply because Keiji pleaded for his life in the same way in the past, so cute.

During that time Hanbei and Motonari are signing alliance treaties.

Their main goal is indeed Motochika nearby, which makes me hope for an upcoming fight in the next episodes.

See, told you it wasn't interesting.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

K-On episode 17

First time I try to review K-On and since it's mostly daily life stuff I dont really know what I'll be able to do with it, I apologize if it ends up being weird.

As usual the episode starts by a wonderful view of the school, it ends and everyon heads to the club room and, believe it or not, for once Yui is motivated to practise.

Except that once in front of the clubroom, shock desu~, they can't use it, and they're only one month away from the school festival!

So they wander around the school to find a place to repear, start by the classrom then to the sports hall, but nothing works.

So Sawa-chan gives her the idea to go practise in a registering studio nearby.

However it's forbidden to eat or drink inside OMG o_O
So they get their usual tea outside and discuss some songs lyrics, each one of them tried to write something, strangely enough Yui wants to start.
Courtesy from Ui.

Then came Azunyan, all shy and moe (which is the point ^^)
Her song was about Ton-chan.
Ritsu wrote only titles, Mugi wrote more a play than a song and Mio, well it's Mio.

Thankfully they've been able to return to their beloved clubroom soon.

Problems return when Ui caught a cold, which caused massive freak out from Yui and running of the whole K-on to Yui's house, Ui being herself she tried to be a nice host and serve drinks to her guests which led to this.

As you all know I love weird faces, episode closed on Yui writing a wonderful cheesy song about her little sister, lyrics officially accepted by the whole group. Hopefully we'll get to see a live performance soon.

Shiki episode 4

Eeh sorry for the lack and lateness of updates but Kuuki was at a festival, she really enjoyed herself however it backfired and caused massive aches throughout all of my body and a tendancy to fall asleep in front of the screen, but rejoice I'm back!

So as for this week's Shiki was even creepier than the usual and without my knowledge the story slowly moves on.

The episode starts as usually, our hero Yuuki Natsuno (let's call him Natsuno I have a problem with the name "Yuki", despite the fact it's included in my username ^^) stands there walking.
(Doesn't he really look like a Gundam Meister in this? A kind of mix between Setsuna and Tieria)

Said hero still can't sleep though, he still feels like someone is watching him and thus looks like a zombie.

During that time strange and suspicious deaths are still occuring in the village, and the doctor is really, really worried.

Oooh an hint! (Do you think they sparkle too? o_O)

Actually Gundam Meister guy didn't really hallucinate when thinking someone was watching him, or did he?

Maybe not.

During this time Sunako wanders alone in the night and try to flirt with the priest, I always love the conversation between those two, she also manages to become more and more creepy every week.

And Natsuno tries to get some sleep by freeloading at his friend's place, thus showing proofs of friendship all over the place.

Except it backfired since red eyed monsters (Ooooh did I spot Izaya? o_O) are entering the house.

Eh wait, wasn't she dead? I think that, to speak clearly, they're all in deep shit.