Few years ago, when both Lupin the 3rd and Case Closed were airing on Adult Swim, someone over in the Cartoon Network offices had the brilliant idea to put both shows back to back in the program schedule. Sheer genius. This “Lupin and Conan Power Hour” as I had dubbed it, was my favorite hour of television each night. I didn’t care if they were episodes I had already seen a few times before, each night my butt was rooted deeply into the couch, my eyes super-glued to the screen. Two great things that went great together… like liquor and fireworks. So when I heard the first Lupin TV special this year was going to be Lupin the 3rd Vs. Detective Conan, oh man was I stoked. Now that I’ve seen it… well… it wasn’t bad. Continue reading Review: Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan Review
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.
As the last of the summer season winds down, I can’t help but recall different endings to different shows with a sense of fondness and in a few years from now, when Anime Diet shall become a huge multinational conglomerate in the world of fandom, I shall recall the summer of 2009 with nostalgia.
Canaan ended and I breathed a sigh as if finishing a long and great thrill ride of a movie. The movie had action, drama, pathos, emotional firework; gun firework; personality and agenda clashes; love, hate, sadness, humor, triumph, defeat…There has been so many things happening in this show that I sat breathlessly on the edge of my seat sometimes and staring at the screen in disbelief at other times; from almost overtly complex plots to superhuman abilities; from great drama to over the top acting; from colorful characters to messianic stereotypes. So much has happened in this show.
The showdown between Alphard and Canaan (or is it really, Canaan Alpha and Canaan Beta) continues. In the last episode, we saw that it was probably impossible to save Maria from a certain death. Well, guess what? Yun Yun does have a superpower after all – it’s the power of not giving up. Somehow, she jumps off the train, chases down the sections left behind, saves Maria, who weights as much as she does, by carrying her on her back and saves the day. I didn’t know having two appendixes makes one a super fast runner and endurance athlete!
As Canaan experiences the near loss of Maria, she understands something. She’s been out of the past for a long while now thanks to Maria, who isn’t her light (messiah) exactly, but a good friend that accepts her and supports her. It’s an old concept and can be added as extra cheese sometimes, but in this case, thanks to Maria’s strong character, this support is firm and not flimsy. Canaan no longer needs someone to be her light; she finds the strength just knowing that someone compassionate cares for her, which is enough for her to become invincible.
Alphard loses the fight; she realizes what Siam meant when he called her not by the name “Canaan”, but by the name “Alphard”. It’s a bright and the strong existence but lonely. Alphard is at the top of the game, but she’s also alone. Wanting nothing else but away from her past shadows, she has been doing her very best to become the top and in her pursuit of being the one, she loses her feelings, emotions and caring. In the end, she has no real allies but people whom obey her out of fear.
After all, Alphard never got rid of the past and that’s why she has been trying to kill Canaan. But ultimately, Canaan, who has moved on, is stronger.
Alphard falls into the water below.
Maria is saved.
Minoru goes to the bar and shuts the TV off and mourns for the loss of his friends in the adventure by awkwardly talking about missing Hakko’s nice butt.
As the Maria and Minoru rides in the Taxi driver’s car, the almost pointless Anime idol’s slow song sends them off with a hint of longing and sadness, in addition to a gladness of flying home. It just fits everything so perfectly all of a sudden.
As for the rest, please view it on your own. It’s best just savored and not spoiled.
Additional notes: Wondering what happened to Cummings? Watch and be surprised!
I never caught on to popular shows in the US, and I’ve never watched many X-Files episodes. But you know, the underlying plot in Canaan is so much like the X-Files – an experimental virus, a political conspiracy among the CIA, China, Japan among other things, a shocking cooperation between the CIA and the Snake (Michael Moore-esque much?)….We have a nearly perfect formula. Add great action, pathos, awesome performances by two tragic characters – Liang and Hakko, voiced by veteran seiyuus Tanaka Rie and Noto Mamiko, and we have a summer blockbuster. Damn, I thought nothing good came out in the summer in the anime world!
Ideals VS reality.
Crazy longings and dreams.
It’s the kind of episode that keeps one on the edge of his seat. It’s also the kind of episode that makes others begging the pain to stop.
Here’ are my thoughts:
So the Snake Syndicate released UA virus at the International Anti-Terrorism Conference, where Bill on weed the fictional President of US and the representatives from all over the world are trapped. With some manipulation, the Syndicate is betting on the US government will order the US military to do that drastic thing –
Part II seems to be some kind of economic manipulation. The front company of the Snake does a economic thing –
My two issues with these schemes:
1. Just because the previous US government was disgustingly aggressive militarily doesn’t mean they would take the fictional operation shown in this show. Certainly, not the present government
Come on! Have you watched 24? Have you watched Air Force I? Have you seen all these Hollywood films? XD
Kidding aside, with more than 9 hours left, they would’ve tried something else. Seriously. There are so many talented people in US that even if the
But oh well, this is what makes Canaan the show so exciting! I Enjoyed this part.
2. I doubt the
OK, now Canaan is even more powerful than before…I mean, I always thought the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception in Tsukihime and Kara no Kyoukai was super awesome, but damn…The omni-tracking eyes that Canaan has is even better! It even interferes with electronics…somehow.
Lian has been pushed over the edge over and over again, and with her crazy obsession, there bound to be a gigantic explosion to come. Once again, Rierie does a wonderful job portraying the crazy woman. Her feelings run in a deadly, tightly stretched string, and Alphard keeps on unintentionally teasing and not caring about snapping it hard. Alphard is way too cocky and not caring about any possible consequences. In any case, Rierie wins with performance in voice acting here.
There are more plots but let’s save them for later.
Great animation as usual.
I saw the novel first, and then the movie.
The movie does something that a lot of OVAs and movies do – condensing and simplifying.
WARNING, STRONG SPOILERS AHEAD!
Did I see the eye of death? Well, not quite. I did see the eye of omni-tracking.
For those of us real men that crave some real feminine action (if you didn’t know this already) –
Queen’s Blade Second Season Due Soon
Krauser III’s Take: The demon king has arisen and so has his schlong! The King Kong of schlongs aches and waits impatiently for those bitches to deliver their flesh to my doorsteps! Just you wait! I shall come to new highs and Tokyo Tower won’t be the only thing getting the candy rain!
Ray’s Take: Go to T&A! Go to T&A! Go to T&A! Go to T&A! T&A no Tamashii yo…YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! My teeth guitar won’t stop this time!
Negishi’s Take: courageous young women with agenda and motives behind their actions in the process of saving the world or dominating for their own pleasure; smart, intelligent battles and complex emotions swirling to form a tight bond among their bodies…I mean hearts and souls, not to mention fabulous fashion sense (all they need is a cup of apple tea). Highly recommended!
Krauser III’s Take 2: YES! Highly recommended for your wang! Use without discretion!
This is the episode I have been waiting for.
Crazy ass Zero (and Nina)!