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Toriko: Episode 4 – Pausing for more..

I seriously watch this anime for the food! *drools* And then everything kinda goes down the hill. There’s a battle that seriously reminded me of parts like Blue Dragon. Then there were some humorous parts in this episode, such as Tina’s laptop obviously an Apple parody, and then her way of eating Chocolates.. it is no wonder that she’s not overweight with how much she indulges.

I decided to just wait for more episodes to marathon on this anime. They’re dragging out an easily two-three chapter storyline and for what…? They’re not even done with introducing the one mascot character that I know.

Recently I said that I saw Toriko volume four at Anime Boston right? Well I got fed up with the wait and end up purchasing both volume four-five on the ipad.. so there! Reading the manga while waiting for the anime to catch up, is just a slow wait. Makes me want to watch more Gintama anime, while crying at the distressing news that I have heard on volume 23 being the last volume in the United States.

On another note.. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Be sure to celebrate it with a special mother in your life.

Toriko – A Feast for Foodie’s Eyes…Thoughts on 1-3

Yay Toriko! So I am watching this anime, and yes I have heard people calling this the manliness anime ever! I seriously agree, since watching the muscles, power and manliness is complete eye candy for me! I am also into watching it for the fictional food aspect. Seeing Toriko’s appetite is amusing, a bit scary if you see the amount of how much they eat though. However I am sure if any viewers is use to seeing gluttons like Luffy or Goku then Toriko is fine.

I have watched up to episode 3, and the anime does animate some parts of the manga quite well. I am, however not so much of a fan for how much characters they introduce that is not in the manga at the moment.At this time I have not read past volume 3, so I am unsure of how much the anime is going to end up spoiling the manga for me. (The woes of not reading Japanese is irking). The latest volume of Toriko in English is volume 4, and for the Japanese, there is 15 volumes, so United States fans is in for a catch up nightmare. There is a dark villain group that was introduced that I I was quite unaware about. Just makes you wonder how long is this anime set to be scheduled for? Being that it is a Shonen Jump title, possible for a very long time.

So I started watching the series, and other than drooling from the descriptions of Butter Pigs, Melons that taste like rice bowls, fruits that can change in flavor.. *Drool* Above is actually a scene from the city, and the buildings definitely reminds me of Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs, foodie heaven if you ask me.

Below is an image of an early sequence where Toriko catches a fish and ends up with catching more than what he thought he would.. yum… Compare this to the manga version.

Some changes will be inevitable for this series. I was a little disappointed that Toriko’s house is not shown anywhere else with the exception of the ending, but I will continue to watch this series. I don’t know about you, but what would I give to be in the cook’s place… his ability to travel and of course feast!

Ultimo: crossovers should or shouldn’t be this extreme?

Karakuri Doji ULTIMO
Written by Hiroyuki Takei & Stan Lee and drawn by Hiroyuki Takei
Published by Viz Media. 216 pages. 2010. $9.99.

I read this series, not just because it is a crossover between comic legend Stan Lee, and Hiroyuki Take (mangaka of Shamen King). I read this to just experience if English comic/collaboration crosses over well into manga. Reading this type of manga is just as what Ray is doing with watching the Japanese adaptations of Iron Man and Wolverine. Difference is that, Ultimo is a new and original collaboration. There is currently five volumes in Japanese for this ongoing series, and three volumes with fourth book coming out March in English.

The plot premises of Ultimo is on the question of which is more stronger, good or evil? Dunstan, a scientist/doctor creates two powerful dolls (Ultimo/Vice) that personifies good and evil. They are to be locked in an eternal battle that can annihilate worlds around them. They listen and bond with one human master, and from there learn what makes the world tick for better or worse. (Warning for lots of rather obvious shota moments.) Ultimo bonds with Yamato, a reincarnated bandit who for better or worse is the main human character in this one. Talk about a dense male lead.

My opinion, from the three volumes I have read, is being provided with a quick superficial entertainment for the most part. I am reminded of flipping through Chinese wuxia manga. Especially during the action battle scenes, scenes are depicted with extreme/epic graphic/text. Also do check out images of Dunstan, who is obviously modeled after Stan Lee.  Then again there are photo of Mr. Lee himself wearing a white spider print yukata.

This series I definitely wouldn’t want to have on my bookshelf, but for a one time read then it is good. If the franchise is successful enough, then I definitely wouldn’t be surprise if they adapt this into an animation series. This type of story has enough action scenes that would entertain fans of Bleach, Yugioh, or even  Gurren Laggen.

What happens when a doll goes near the deep end.

Freezing 04 rulez and scares the lolicons away

BH:huh huh huh huh huh…Whoa…I saw some…titties!

BV: Where? Where! Where?!

BH: It’s…right there, dude!

BV: Whoa! Yeah yeah yeah…I see them!

BH: This is…possibly…THE BEST SHOW EVER!!!

OK. Now I’m over the B&B reaction frenzy, let’s talk about why I like this show so far (does anyone really need to hear more).

1. Awesome fighting action

Are you kidding me? I thought for sure they’d skimpy…I mean skimp out on everything, but when Satellizer is in a bath and totally naked, I mean you can just see her floatation device. but when these ladies fight, they mean serious business. AND CLOTH BREAKER REALLY HELPS. And it’s so cool that each lady stands her ground I AM FAPPING LIKE A HAPPY OTAKU in order to keep her beliefs. After all, that’s why people fight, riiiiiiiight? Forget clothes, there’s skin!

(Oops)

2. The pacing of the show works for me.

It’s obviously going to be a 13 episode series so everything is introduced pretty quickly. That said, because there is really not much to follow they really follow the manga pretty well and I read the manga (fappingly happy), I can follow everything. They DID skimp out the emotional parts where we get to learn exactly what happened to Marin and Ingrid in the past. Other than that, the show kicks nearly everything up a few notches.

That said, I HATE the Pandora mode here. It’s ugly and it sucks unless the girls are going to fight naked later in Pandora Mode and I wish they just give them the armored look.

3. It’s beautiful grown women fighting, which scares the loli-cons to tears.

What, you can’t face beautiful, well developed women fighting in an anime? You pussies! I feel that it’s great that we get well-developed (heh heh heh) characters fighting seriously in a girl VS girl situation. The tension is unbearable and the seriousness of the issues really gets to me. I mean, you know me. I personally like women with big breasts and nice body duking it out and beating the crap out of each other…

(Oops again)

OK, all right. Look, good fights, decent characters, easy on the eye girls showing you everything that men AND lesbians want. Plus decent plots. There is nothing for me to hate.

I LLLLLLLLLOVE T&A MATCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SEX! AND VIOLENCE! SEX! AND VIOLENCE!

Hell yeah highly recommended. You bet your ass Scott highly recommended. 20 (forget 10) pistol salutes recommended.

Wolverine 03 04 continues the action

You know there is a point where there is too much action? Well, this show comes dangerously close to it. But anyhow, here’s how I feel about it so far.

A. it’s American.

Nothing wrong with that. I feel that you could put this on Saturday morning cartoons if you want. The drawing is Japanese-style American. Yukio, the ninja woman played by the awesome Romi Park, looks just like an American comic character. Then again, thanks to one of our readers, I learned that the story arc in this show probably comes from an old story from Wolverine (circa 1979). It’s a good plot, don’t get me wrong.

B. it’s action packed.

Hello, Omega Red! For people like me who didn’t know much about Wolverine and Omega Red, the back story/memory segments weaved into episode four was a welcome addition. For other people who know about Omega Red, it was probably unnecessary. In any event, the show never really stops. Wolverine is constantly fighting. There isn’t a moment for real conversation or character exploration. I don’t know, I feel it probably works for people who already know about Wolverine but for me, it’s starting to overload my senses. The shitty thing about being a veteran anime watcher and a critic is that you lose that sense of freshness. If I were 18 again and watching this, I’d give it all 10’s. But now I wish there’s some character exploration and plot progression. The show screams: “I’m cool.” And it is. It’s just not saying anything else.

C. I want to see Mariko does more/I wish Romi gets better lines.

I really wish she is given more personality. Or does more. Or whatever. So far, she’s not had any opportunity to do anything. That’s kind of disappointing. But what gets to me is that Romi, who is an awesome voice actress, hasn’t had many good lines, if any. I get it, it’s all about Wolverine, that’s where Marvel’s funding is. But I honestly wish there’s a little more. For that matter, Wolverine has been fighting nearly every minute for the four episodes that he hardly has anything to say. I get that, too. That’s Wolverine for ya. But even Wolverine has something to say from time to time. In an anime, I expect him to say more. He’s rough and tough but he’s smart and resourceful. Or I think he’s supposed to be.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s great action and great animation. And if you’re not a critic, then forget about what I said and just enjoy the fights. But I’m a hard motherfucker to please and that’s why I’m looking for a little more.

Still recommended.

P.S. I don’t know…is Omega Red ALWAYS CONSTIPATED???

Wolverine 01 – are you kidding me?

This is the best sword and claw action since Ninja Blade! Or no, this is arguable but for an old, tired American concept turned into Japanese anime, this is great!

The stupid bishonen stuff from the old trailer is long gone. We have a Logan the way he should be – manly, tough, goes after what he wants. Did I mention GAR??? But not GAR in a mountain of muscles way, but agile and with well defined muscles and big shoulders. What, you have guns, son? That’s a good one. But I’m still a million times faster than you. Nice try, bub.

Thankfully no “bub’s” were uttered by this Logan. This guy simply rocks.

…Why does Logan always goes through the same shit? Someone is always trying to snatch his girlfriend away. I never really read much of X-Men and I remember that plot.

I really like the action scenes, to me, they’re quite fluid. Lightening fast, smooth and deadly, just like a fairy tale ninja. Wolverine is perfect at his new home – in an anime produced by Madhouse.

The female lead is bland. But that’s why this show is called “Wolverine”. My fan service side wags its head but my fighting action side wags its tail (man that was off). In any event, you should just watch the show for all the stops that the makers of Ninja Scroll put in and more – cause they certainly know how to kick it up a notch or two. Or TEN.

Heartily recommended for any action fan.

Freezing 2 is blazing hot

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes. My bias is on and I’m all for this show. The tension between the cats women duking it out with weapons and their haughty attitudes is just unbearable! Man, I’ll bet that if girls in all female schools had these kind of power and weapons, they’d fight just as fierce and harsh, too. Gentelmen, here’s a thing about women’s cirlces – they’re tight, scary competitive, and sharp. Oh yeah.

Well, Satellizer loses to Garnessa, and of course, as a good shonen sennan plot, Garness goes to her and boasts. Hey, which girl with any pride would turn down a good fight, especially when the girls all have proper manly weapons? Really? Verbal conflict? NAH! I’m sure women get fucking pissed off and wish they had the power to wield large weapons, which is why Dynasty Warriors are very popular among women in Japan! I mean after all, women just don’t have that much fighting power and therefore, it must feel good to be able to wield hugh blades, eh? What, they’re humans, too! Large guns and big blades really CAN ensure safety and even knockout some annoying fuckers, right?

All right, all that speculations aside, the conflicts are basic shonen stuff but is well done. The fight scene is good and the women ended up being naked after the fights helps a lot too. The male protagnonist is actually more annoying than in the manga because in the show, he managed to put his hand on Satellizer (I’m gonna call her Sate-Ma-chan as a combination of Satellizer and Mamiko) too many times. Yes, we get the point. Sate-ma-chan is OK with you touching her. Fine, fine, fine. But Hezus, before I was aware of it, the episode ended and I’m glad that I was having beer with it.The show reall grabbed my attention because it was fun without being shitty low-brow!

No, I won’t pretend that there’s sophistication in this show, but no, I actually don’t see it as an equivolent of a third rate movie, either. Because the voice acting and the animation skills as well as the magification of women’s conflict in women’s circles is realistc (what the fuck does me, a man, know) seems realistic to me. I’m biased because I enjoy the manga at least untli the recent volume, and I like the pacing, the action, and the realistic (?) portrayal of women’s competitiveness.

A+++ and no pistol salutes needed.

Iron man anime 04 works magic again

Now I’m simply confused; why does this simple little show works for me?

Man, even with the cheesy save by WOLVERINE (did the orignal comic feature guest appearance of Wolverine), I felt that it was satisfying in many ways. I did watch most of the first movie and the anime cleverly tacks onto it. The interweaving of the anime version of the flashback works just fine with the anime itself.

I didn’t find Nanami annoying this time. Even though the music score is the same as before, it works here, and like I said, tacking itself onto the movie really makes this episode thrilling and moving. It’s an advantage.

Once again…WTF is Wolvering doing here? A quick promo for the Japanese version of Wolvering? Honestly, man…

I know Clamp loves to put characters from one show into another. But this, too…?

The Wolverine here is very similar to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. The custom design is nearly the same, if not a carbon copy. But hey, it’s another good episode in a basic superhero show.

It’s just that, having nearly the same type of enemy every week is starting to get Sailor Moon on me. Zodiac, Zodiac, and more Zodiac. Ho-hum.

Oh well, at least they’re sticking to the basics.

Review: Kara no Kyoukai 7 – 空の境界7 - The beauty in normalcy

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I sat silently for a while after watching the last installment of Kara no Kyoukai (空の境界: The Garden of Sinners). Sometimes, I gazed at the screen in utter disbelief, other times, I felt shocked and dismayed. But my appreciation grew and I began to wonder about a variety of story elements.

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Gurren Lagaan On Hulu!

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Earlier this weekend, while doing my rare rounds of looking for more tv goodness in the ever fruitful lands of Huluville, I ran into a title that equates clearly to the recent acquisition of another geek classic, Edgar Wright’s SPACED. The late 90s-early 2000s TV series featuring none other than Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and various members of the cast of future nerdcore classic Shaun Of The Dead movie. As many feel, the sharing of such a seminal tv series has been something of a rarified godsend for those looking for a little added edge to their streamy viewing. And just as SPACED fulfills great gobs of love for geeks of the comic-book & movie persuasions, the discovery of GAINAX’s penultimate 2000s tribute to Robot Anime is akin to an action lover’s gold rush. No I’m not speaking of THAT show, I’m speaking of course of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan.

And why is this reason for celebration? Why is it that the discovery of this series on one of the more mainstream viewing sites such a big deal? I’ve decided to compile some simple, concise reasons as to why missing out on this show could possibly be like missing out on your own wedding or birthday. It’s simply that remarkable. But don’t take the last two paragraphs’ word for it. Read on. Oh yeah. Read on!

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Review: The Sacred Blacksmith ep 07 – Questions

Why are there the demon swords? Why were they made? Or rather, who made them and how they came about?

Apparently, there are different demon swords and it is rather interesting to observe why some of them are able to transform into people and others can’t.

Even as a psudo-filler episode, there are questions about the origin of weapons and the reason why Charolette is working so hard and in extension, what is the meaning behind her hardship. We get hints that she never lived like a real princess during her life up to now.

(Of course if you already read the novel you would know why)

The response of the empire seems to be actually reasonable but in the anime, we are seeing more the behind the scenes plots and one has to wonder the role Siegfried plays in this. In my opinion, if Charolette and CO. really have no importance whatsoever, the empire would not ask for their return and execution. They could very well ignore them.

The show is progressing rather slowly and almost following the pacing of the novel to the T, which means that it’s not going to go very far if this season is 13 episodes (remember anime used to be 26 episodes). I’m impressed by the acting but not so much with the fantasy-light settings and the character personalities. A red-haired girl is brash and refuses to admit her feelings is very stereotypical.

Finally, the black lady who transforms into the huge sword is played by Yukino Satsuki; how far she has fallen from her prime! I suspect it’s because she’s not good looking and young. Today’s anime industry has this problem – the younger and the cuter the better, never mind real voice acting skills. I mean, really, do any of the girls today compare with the veterans of old (Megumi, Kotono, Hisakawa Aya, et el)? Even  Rierie seems to be playing tiny roles these days. Hell, even Nabame is falling into the camp of secondary roles.

I didn’t notice that many animation breakdown. But for whateer odd reason, I’m just not that impressed with this fantasy-lite anime.

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