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Anime Diet’s Hidden Gems – Reviews, Discussions and More

Anime Diet Presents: Best Kept Secret of Anime Diet’s archive, part 1.

Looking for previously unread articles? Then our 10+ hours of work combing through 147 pages to find these little gems is definitely worth every second! Enjoy these as our year-end gift to you!

Reviews:


    Alien Nine: Utter Alienation

    Alteil

    Akira

    Asura Cryin’ 1 Review

    Black Lagoon

    Boogiepop Phantom

    Bubblegum Crisis OAV

    Review: Byousoku 5cm–The Color of Regret

    Cencoroll Review

    Claymore Review

    Code – E

    Eureka Seven: Decompression

    GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class

    Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society Review

    Hatsukoi Limited Review

    Hayate no Gotoku 01

    Jin Roh

    Kaiba Review

    Kannagi Review

    Kobato Impression

    Les Miserables – Shoujo Cosette 1

    Lucky Star Review

    Mahoromatic

    Myself; yourself Review

    Noein Review

    Review: School Days–The Wages of Sin

    Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei s1 impression

    Serial Experiment Lain

    Seto no Hanayome

    Shingetsutan Tsukihime

    Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)

    Welcome to the NHK

    The Zen of Eureka Seven

    Zero no Tsukaima – Futatsuki Kishi Review

Commentaries/Discussions:


    Aversion and hikikomori

    Civil Liberties Continue to Crumble

    Cyberpunk anime – the past, the present, the future (?) Part 1.

    Cyberpunk anime – past, present, future (?) Part 2.

    Cyberpunk anime – past, present, future (?) Part 3.

    Cyberpunk anime – past, present, future (?) Part 4

    Cyberpunk anime – past, present, future (?) Part 5 – Toward the Future I call the “Individulity Project”.

    Discussion on making Japanese title into English

    Discussion on making Japanese title into English pt.2

    Fan Service – What I think…

    Face Off: Ray and Mike Heap Praise on Kurozuka

    Face Off: Ray and Mike on Gunbuster vs. Diebuster (Part 1)

    Face Off: Ray and Mike on Gunbuster vs. Diebuster (Part 2)

    Face Off: Ray and Mike Try to Figure Out Kurozuka

    Horror Anime Selection

    Hayate no Gotoku 21 – Lead Me Home

    Is Anime Deep?

    Is Anime Deep, pt.2?

    Love and Purity in Ponyo

    Mortality in anime and manga

    Persona: Trinity Soul–the awesomest title EVAR

    The cancer that is killing Bleach

Miscellaneous:

    Adventures in Blogosphere: Episode 2, Attack of the Domos

    Claymore 18,19 Parody – The Chaotic War of Cirumcision in the North

    Do You Ever Talk Back to Your Anime?

    So if 86.5% of Japanese do not like lolicons…

    Soundtracks that are Better than the Show

    Weird Soundtrack Cravings

    Yaoi doujin artist arrested.

Interviews:


    AX 2008 Press Junket Interview: Shokotan

    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! A Night With The Pillows.

Review: Code-E–Reach Out and Shock Someone

Yes, but I wished sometimes I could appreciate you more.

Some anime aspire to greatness: ambitious themes, epic sagas, references to literature, religion, and mythology. And some shows, like Code-E, are the wallflowers of the season: seemingly unassuming, modest, soft-spoken and having few goals but to tell a decent story with decent characterization. Just like, in a way, its bespectacled protagonist, Chinami. She wants nothing more than to handle her walking EMP-bomb powers and to understand the bubbling feelings inside her for Kotaro. The show’s job is to simply take us to those destinations with her, and it does so with imperfect charm.

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Code-E: First Impressions

Is that a new designation on the Terror Alert Scale?

The Read or Die team strikes again with another show featuring a megane-ko. This one, though, looks like it’s more focused on the humor in the plight of Chinami, the bespectacled protagonist, with the promise of quirky romance.

I actually first tried this show out several weeks ago, when only the first episode had been fansubbed. I put it down after 5 minutes–it was slow and I was in a hurry to get somewhere else. The premise didn’t seem all that interesting to me–a high school girl who gives off EMP waves when she’s agitated and disrupts electronics around her? I should have seen the first episode all the way to the end, as I did when we showed it at our last anime club meetup. I then would have realized that the relatively sedate first episode is really just setting you up for one of the very best punchlines I’ve seen in a good while. It rivals the last line of Full Metal Panic Fumoffu in sheer, succinct humor.

I ain’t giving away that line. No way.

Chinami, as a protagonist, is cute–she’s definitely Yomiko Readman’s little sister, and Yomiko is the patron saintess of humanities geeks like me!–but the nature of her power forces her to be rather passive as a character. She spends a good amount of time either running away, or being “experimented” on by the computer/science geek who is shaping up to be a potential love interest. Sooner or later Chinami needs to learn to harness her powers, and it looks like it’s heading there with the arrival of a blond German couple who are interested in using those abilities (probably for evil).

It's a sign of the times when even blackboards need upgrade cycles.

One of the more appealing things for me is the plausible near-future technology, especially in the school. The show is set about 10 years in the future, and overall the future doesn’t look all that different–the main thing that stands out is the even greater ubiquity of LCD panels. The entire classroom blackboard, for instance, is a LCD computer panel (we see its boot/BIOS screen several times), as are gym scoreboards and even the floor layout; live TV is on the bus and train schedules are posted on screens. Class attendance is taken entirely electronically as well. I remember my reaction was, I want all this stuff when I become a professor! (Which, if all my plans work out, should be in about 10-15 years, the time frame of this show.)

Plus, I can’t forget the awesomeness that is Kannagi’s machine room. It looks just like the machine room I worked in when I was a sysadmin at University of Maryland–rackmount servers, rows and rows of Blinkenlights. The computer nerd side of me says: must…acquire…this…awesome!

Hypnotized by the blinkenlights.

Of course, a world with ubiquitous LCDs and computers is a nightmare world for Chinami. Kawaisoni!

This is an interesting, if low-key, comedy that I’ll keep an eye on. It may even replace Hayate as my regular comedy watch if that show continues on its rapid descent into endless mediocrity. Maybe, if the creators decide to go the route they took in R.O.D. the TV, we’ll even get some real action and drama too by the end of it. That’s always a good thing.