It comes as no surprise to any Otaku that anime has found itself a nice cozy spot in the internet sunbeam, to stretch out, expand and stream. When sites like Crunchyroll started streaming subtitled anime for people, it was only a matter of time before the TV networks sidled up and pushed their way into the sunbeam to catch some rays of their own.
By now you have all heard about Hulu, with its catchy celebrity alien ads and such, but you may not know that Hulu also streams anime. They actually have a nice collection of programs, including a few new shows such as Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Some of the shows can be watched in 480p, and give you a choice to either A: Watch the show with three short 15 to 30 second commercials interspersed or B: watch a long three minute commercial (Where you can use that time to make a sandwich or use the toilet. Why would you actually sit there and watch a three minute commercial?) prior to starting your episode with no interruptions during the viewing. Some programs even give you the option of watching it either subbed or dubbed depending on your preference.
So kick off this inaugural (and hopefully reoccurring) article, I chose a show I was extremely happy to see on the site, One Piece.
Just about everything is turning out quite different from the manga.
It’s a pleasant surprise though, because it’s a different type of fun. We’re not abruptly introduced to Mikoto’s arch enemy/love interest Toma, instead, a little bit of intrigue is thrown in and we start to wonder a little about the so-called Academy City Urban Legends. But of course, the main reason for talking about that in this episode is to introduce two important people – love interest (no it’s not a spoiler), and that strange researcher Kiyama Harumi, played by Major Kusanagi I mean Tanaka Atsuko.
Like I said, so far I like the changes in character dynamics and how there are increased interactions and that we’re not suddenly introduced to an important character. The characters play off each other, which adds a wonderful energy flow through the show. It’s funnier and quirkier and even more charming than the manga.
This introduction is like an ambush; for those of you who doesn’t know the story or hasn’t read the manga or the novel, I believe it will be a wonderful surprise later.
You know, I like Kiyama Harumi already, I mean what a sensible woman (lol), if it’s too damned hot, just take off your blouse! You’re wearing a bra anyway! And if your skirt is soiled, just take it off! You’re wearing pantyhose and pantsu anyway! Fuck, why does it make perfect sense to me? XD
Tanaka Atsuko is a wonderful seiyuu; she can play sexy, serious, tough, sarcastic, silly, out-of-it…Just about anything. She will be fun to watch. Kuroko is damn funny and it’s priceless comedy gold when she shakes Uiharu like a madwoman.
It is with much regret that I must report that Queen’s Blade s2’s T&A count is way down compared with last season.
It is also with much regret that I must report that when plots are going, tits aren’t showing. Or at least very little of them shows.
…So what? I’m actually enjoying the show nonetheless! I like seeing women on screen better than seeing men. Feel my stroking powerrrrr!
Thank God there are almost no male characters in this wonderfully girl-powered show. The only recurring characters are Cat-Staff, who’s quite funny, and Reina’ Dad, who practically never has a face.
The fight between Cattleya and Airi begs the question: does the Queen has something against Cattleya and hubby? What is it then? It’s obvious that Aledra is trying to kill two birds with one stone, or in this case, two chicks with one stone gaze (har har). What ends up is a touching scene of Lana fighting and distracting the queen and inevitably helping Airi, who turns out to have a soft spot after all.
They go back to Menace’s “lair” and she utters fan service cooing voice and gets an oil message. In last season, we never got to see her breasts much (not enough), and this time, still no bare boob messages and pinching the nipples and all that…Oh my, this article is now rated NC-17 for suggestive language.
Menace teases Airi and of course she is embarrassed. We get to see Airi’s cute side.
Reina? Oh, since Cattleya is gone, Ymir decides to take Reina’s sword up to notches unknown. Ymir realizes that Cattleya and hubby’s forging skills, which she termed, curiously, “Alchemist” skills, is superior than hers. However, she realizes that she has a way to add her own skills to it. So Reina gets the traditional hero’s power up item. I wonder if the sword will be Excalibur (see Fate Stay Night Anime)?
Surprisingly good action and actually intriguing plots for a show like this. But of course, I watched it for T&A, and inevitably, with more plots, there is less T&A.
Onto the next episode – Irma VS Risty.
Risty’s outfit looks better but I still think she’s an odd choice for that plot line.
Steam? Don’t make me laugh. See the graph/illustration below from gigazine.jp –
Don’t you get it? Then go see Gundam V. If Japan wanted, they could make some – maybe not a lot, but some. Hell, I want them to power the RX-78 “Dummy” with it! Didn’t you know? In about a few hundred years, they will make Gunbuster based on nuclear power! Space Monsters beware! The Japanese is here! Inazumaaaaaaaa Kick! Solar powered reaction drive in Gundam 00? What do you think solar power is based on?
Growing up in the latter half of the 70s horror movie boom which included such high profile works such as The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn Of The Dead, Halloween, and others, my childhood was well-versed in the art of nightmare weaving before the onset of slashers reduced the format into scant numbers, and dopey kill counting. So it was especially important that in the latter years that I searched for scares that matched those that affected me so strongly in my younger years. Thankfully, through the video age, it became easy to see that there were others throughout the world who felt similarly. Who knew that the art of scary was more than being hacked apart by a zombified goalie, or a wisecracking bundle of foam latex. They knew that horror could run deeper than that. And appropriately, Japan has often had a well attuned frequency between the natural and supernatural worlds, making it an ideal place to explore the blackest corners of the human mind.
With only days remaining until the veil between worlds fades yet again , it felt appropriate to go ahead and share a few horror favorites from the hallowed vaults. And since there’s no real shortage of great works, I’ll be making picks from both the manga and anime worlds. And besides, nothing suggests the creeping approach of winter better than a good, scary story to read at bedtime.
Keep in mind that these are merely my opinion, and am quite aware of the vastness of great horror works available. Just sharing ones I’d love to see more folks embrace over time.
To be absolutely honest, none of the shows in this fall season’s lineup have resonated a real “Must Watch” vibe with me. It’s a little odd because I’m not picky with my anime, I’ll watch a bit of everything. My tastes cross many genres and titles, but some of my specific weaknesses are for moe comedies. The kind with a bit of sexy fan-service and a likeable/funny protagonist who is can’t seem to catch a break (e.g. shows like Dears, Girls Bravo, and Karin.). This season there seem to be a couple of those, but the brief plot outlines I read didn’t seem to differentiate these new ones from the hundreds of other shows that have come before… Still, I can’t call myself an otaku if I’m not watching something new each season. The union will tear up my membership card. So in the interest of holding on to my geek cred, the first show I watched was Nyan Koi!
I picked Nyan Koi! for a few reasons. It seemed to meet the criteria stated above, the animation style looked good from the preview, and the plot seemed… different. It revolves around a high-schooler named Junpei Kōsaka, who accidental defaces a sacred cat shrine and is cursed by a cat spirit. Now able to hear what cat’s are saying, he must help out 100 cat’s in need. If he doesn’t the curse will get progressively worse until Junpei himself turns into a cat, which will cause his death because he is allergic to cats and will asphyxiate due to his own fur. His first assignment is to stop a girl who causes “great misery” to a certain group cats, and this girl just happens to be his oblivious naive classmate, Kaede Mizuno, whom he has a crush on.
Usually, I have a pretty good idea if I will stick with a show devotedly to the last drop just by my impressions of the first episode. Nyan Koi‘s first episode did not grab me. It was typical, vanilla, same ole same ole, nothing to set it apart aside from it’s goofy plot. Even the opening theme song felt like I had heard it somewhere before, sounding eerily similar to Haruhi Suzumiya’s opening during certain parts of the tune. The animation was good and there were a few humorous bits involving what cats think or the priest of the cat shrine, but it wasn’t enough to save the episode entirely. I was disappointed enough I almost didn’t watch episode two, but luckily I did because it was a much welcome improvement over the first. Not the least of which was the introduction of Kanako Sumiyoshi, Junpei’s tomboy childhood friend turned foe who added some much needed spice to the somewhat bland show. It was also much funnier than the first episode and I caught myself eagerly anticipating a resolution of the antagonistic relationship between Junpei and Kanako. The second episode hooked me.
Overall, I worry that Nyan Koi! may get overly repetitive (cough, Rosario + Vampire, cough) with the cat requests, but I am going to stick around and watch a few more episodes to see how things play out before I pass judgment on that. I just hope future episodes are more like the second episode and not the first.
I found out about this year’s voting and I’m rather excited – because I got to write Tanaka Rie‘s name down! Last year, all the fujoshi and girls came out in full force and voted for Fukuyama Jun and he won. He is a good seiyuu but I’m a guy so I don’t care to vote for guys.
I love Rierie. Just listen to her voice! To hear singing! To her acting! How can one not love her? She’s even hot! Or pretty hot. Not to mention gutsy in trying to take the chikan to the authorities. And I have her autograph on the Suigintou cover of Rozen Maiden! Rierie Banzai!
Here’s what you do:
1. Write down your email at the site.
2. Write down Tanaka Rie, or Rie Tanaka…OK, I meant your favorite female or male seiyuu’s name. They only select one person for the award.
3. Write down her name followed by a list of her roles in the comments section (I put down four roles).
4. That’s it!
Simple, eh? So if you have balls and would like to vote for someone with a wide range of voice acting skills, write down Tanaka Rie for Overseas Fans Choice Award!
Well, the plot isn’t anything super exciting but it was laced with a little bit suspense. Who has the ability to be invisible? Out of possible suspects, most of them have alibi, and that one person doesn’t even have the right ability level, so who could it be?
Of course this is not a suspense show so we find out soon enough. However, last episode and this episodes serves to build up the arc about people able to use ability beyond their original capability. In the manga, two volumes and we reached the center of the conspiracy, here, I’m thinking they will stretch it out as much as possible. That said, it actually helps with these episodic stuff to see the cute adventures of the 4 girls. The group dynamics is quite different than the manga.
The thing to look for is the animation. The scene with the rain hitting the bus window is realistic and I feel it probably required a lot of work to make it look so real. Not only that, but the city is detailed and beautiful, a marvel to behold. It is rather weird that they live in “Paris” even though they’re in Japan, but it is simply wonderful to see the buildings, structures, statues, clock, bridge and all the other landmarks so well animated. The shot selections are also great. It feels just a tiny little bit like a Ghibli work. Except of course, here, computers probably helped a lot.
That matters not to me. I was enjoying the upscale look so much that I wish I was a girl attending that school and living in that city. Marvelous!
It was a few years ago when I first saw him and I didn’t think much of it at the time. He was just a “thing” that sort of looked like fuzzy brown box with big sharp pointy teeth and little black eyes. I laughed when I saw it. What a quirky looking thing, I thought. But then I started noticing him more, showing up in unexpected places, watching me. I would see him on websites or as an AIM or forum avatar peering out at me from the cold mathematical digital space of the interweb. Eventually, he was hiding in places like my local comic shop as a cleverly disguised “doll” seemingly harmless, trapped behind clear plastic packaging. To the average consumer he was just another toy, but I knew what was happening. It was invading our culture. It was only a matter of time. Soon he became the “mascot” of Halloween for Target and then not long after that started selling slurpees at 7-11. Billboards of him holding “Domo-sized” drink cups started going up everywhere, putting us all under the gaze of those dark beady eyes. He’s watching us all now. We must be careful what we say, because we don’t know where he will pop up next, but it is important you know the history of this… Domo-kun
That the pacing would work. Oh yeah, through the eye of this anime veteran, the pacing in this episode worked out just fine. Not only that, but they didn’t have too many commentaries on the side. When they shifted the view to a character outside of the ring, it’s usually because something important is going to happen.
This show maintains its high quality of drawing of female’s bodies and for you GAR loving girls out there, a well portioned body of Cattleya’s husband. But I’ll save that for later.
Most of us don’t like a character that preaches or shouts out silly one-liners all the time. However, Alleyne simply makes me smile. I guess yeah, it is because she’s actually freaking hot underneath that cape and that hat. She’s also a bad ass and fights just as well as she evaluates others’ fighting performance. An harsh sounding elf girl with some smarts and that body, she is definitely the focus of this episode. as faps are heard around the world, she fights her way to a near victory, but alas, silly butt naked Nowa loses the day for both of them.
I don’t really hate Nowa for it, however, because after all, she wears thick socks and is butt naked, not to mention she is a really inexperienced fighter not in the main plot. It’s no wonder that she’d lose! But that cute butt is a nice enough compensation.
Echidna is her usual sex-predator self, thirsting and teasing Nowa and that was intense. But the best part was the fighting animation. The people drew the stuff really put a lot of thoughts into weapon movements and clashes and all.
The script writers really did they job with pacing. As the fight between Alleyne & Nowa VS Echidna and Irma ends (with Irma acting like a tsundere), the plot goes on and thickens a little. But of course, because this is Enter the Dragon, female warrior edition, we come to more battles, this time featuring our main character, Reina/Leina VS Ymir, as well as some of our favorites, Cattleya VS Airi.
I personally find Lana not as necessary, but for a kid character, he’s not annoying, because he doesn’t say a lot! I think that’s a huge plus since I don’t like kids.Also, some people needs to see a strong mom-character with a pet shota. That’s just how it goes.
With some ties and entanglements played out, we come to the fights that aren’t really significant…Or are they? Perhaps Airi knows something about the whereabouts of Cattleya’s husband and maybe Reina, who holds the sword forged by Cattleya’s husband, will have some bones to pick with Ymir, or rather, the opposite is true.
In any case, I’m surprised the pacing and drama played out well enough despite being a fighting season. So much so that I watched the episode twice despite the low level of fan service!
Additional notes: How can you NOT love Kugimi’s show stopper singing performance? Mellow mellow!
Tecmo Koei is hard at work on Fist of the North Star for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
The manga (Hokuto no Ken) debuted in 1983 and went on to spin off two animated series and motion pictures.
Dubbed Hokuto Musou, the game is scheduled for release sometime next year.
Ray not Rei I mean Krauser III’s take: in my spare time, I often practice making people’s skull explore with my killer music. But even the demon king from hell must pay tribute to the original hell raiser in manga and anime – Kenshiro. A strike from his fist will make anyone explode!!!!
What, you’ve read so far? Don’t you know you’re already dead? fu, fu, fu…Omae wa mo shindeiru…
Tecmo Koei is hard at work on Fist of the North Star for the PS3 and Xbox 360.The manga (Hokuto no Ken) debuted in 1983 and went on to spin off two animated series and motion pictures.
Dubbed Hokuto Musou, the game is scheduled for release sometime next year.