[OTAKU POST] Honorable Anime Mentions


Having recently started getting back into anime, I’ve come across a few gems in the last year. Here to share as always.

Shizuo (Durarara!)

Photo by MicroBry(Flickr)

Durarara

Possibly the best internal struggle, psychological drama type anime I’ve seen since Neon Genesis Evangelion and Death Note, Durarara is a must see if you haven’t tried it out yet. There’s some surprising twists and turns in the plot and the characters are developed enough to make it actually compelling rather than just a time drain.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

This one crept up on me as I fully expected it to be a brain-drain type anime to pass the time and slightly amuse me. It was however, a deeply introspective look into the minds of the secluded disguised as a shoujo(少女). If that wasn’t intriguing enough for you to go check it out, I don’t know what is!

With that, this is a really short list! I’m currently watching Sword Art Online and a few others. Maybe once I really get into it, I’ll post again!

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CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion Episodes 1 – 10


MegaHouse G.E.M Lelouch

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SPOILER ALERT

What is my opinion of Code Geass? Right now, it’s getting better. I’m one of those viewers who likes to have a main character that I have something in common with. Someone likeable is preferable, and this is one anime that goes in the completely opposite direction. Lelouch is a rather sad character. Likable on the outside, when he is playing his innocent role for his friends, but otherwise bitterly twisted. The most shocking thing to me was, of course, when he murders Clovis in cold blood. Who can murder they’re own brother? However, I sense the story will give an adequate explanation for this.

The saving grace on this part is Suzaku. He fills in for Lelouch in all the places in which he is lacking. The friendly way in which he deals with people and his warm heart and ideals make him the classic hero. As we are told repeatedly, the two friends have the same goal in mind but very different ways of going about them.

My favourite episode thus far will be the 10th, in which we see Lelouch fighting for his life and Suzaku being a big softie. Another interesting character is … whose disastrous family life gives the characters actions some depth, if leading to a praditable soppy scene towards the end.

All in all, Code Geass is interesting enough for me to keep watching, which is the point in most anime. Has anyone else watched this series? If so what were your thoughts at this point in the anime?

Anime Review: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 – Season 1


Disclaimer: This is written by a firm fan of the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed series. If you read on knowing that, it’s your own fault.

To start, a blurb from Anime News Network:

 It is the year A.D. 2307. Fossil fuels on Earth have been depleted entirely, with mankind turning to the next available power source: solar energy. During this time, 3 orbital elevators with solar power generation systems are built, each under control by the Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations (formerly United States of America), the Human Reform League (Russia, China and India) and the Advanced European Union. However, not all countries are able to enjoy the benefits of this system, leading to widespread resentment and war. Arising out of the conflict, a mysterious military organization known as Celestial Being appears, dedicated to end all warfare using Mobile Suits called Gundam. This begins the stories of Gundam Meisters (pilots) Setsuna F. Seiei, Lockon Stratos, Allelujah Haptism and Tiera Erde as they are thrown into conflict between the 3 superpowers and the various other factions.

Setting:

As usual in the Gundam series, the story is set in a world where war is rampant and there are people in the world who are not happy with this fact. They do a good job of showing the various conflicts and the general situation of the world. A little variation is introduced with a side character, Saji Crossroads, who goes to a private school in Japan with his Spainish girlfriend.

Plot:

The plot is a little hit and miss. Although the events of each episode are required to lead to the ending, it seems a little haphazard and repetitive. It is really a character driven story, as most of the Gundam series, although Gundam 00 did not focus so much on the character development which made it less interesting.

Characters:

A vast array of characters which, on their own, are theoretically interesting. However, almost nothing is done with these interesting characters. They seem robotic and boring for a large part of the battle scenes until the unevitable moment where they all feel the need to shout random things at people who can’t hear them.

Shock:

Most of the series follows the pattern of the Gundam franchise. I’ll admit they were more ruthless than usual towards the end.

Action:

Yes. A lot. Cool battles I guess, although the wow-factor of some of the fights was lacking.

Romance:

Hardly. Which, in a way was good, but also a chance for development that they didn’t get a hold of.

Tension:

Quite a bit. Different to Gundam Seed in that you spend a lot more time thinking about what is going on behind the scenes. Most of this is left unfinished, of course because there is a second season, but it is frustrating nonetheless.

Watch:

Subjective question. If you like the themes covered(war, killing, ethics, loss) then watch. If you’re an action fan, watch. If you want to feel like the characters are real, don’t watch.

As for me, I’m still watching the next season 😛

5 Animes/Mangas that should be more famous


This being an otaku’s blog…I figured it was about time I did this. That said, my favorite manga happens to be Bleach, despite the reoccurring battle scenes. And my favorite anime? I think it’s still Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, followed by Blood +. Just sayin’. No hatin’.

1.  Blood +

This is an anime with an honestly unique plot line. It’s definitely something for older, more mature first timers and more seasoned otakus. And by more seasoned, I mean watched a lot of anime and looking for something new.

Description:

Pros:

+unique plot

+well explored characters that grow to feel like real people

+that addictive factor

+intelligent, folk lore type story, reworked into amazing storytelling

Cons:

-its a bit slow in the beginning. Get past the first 8 episodes and you’ll be fine.

-it takes a while to warm up to some of the characters

-cliffhangers!!! unless you like that stuff(which i do)

-the writer is EVIL. Good for the story, horrible for your nerves.

-violence…hehe.

2. Scrapped Princess

Now although the title immediately puts a childish shojo into your head, this anime develops into a real surprising contender. It’s a little childish in the begginning but the best things in this anime are the characters-for them you’ll continue to watch!

Pros: 

+lovable characters

+robots and sword fights

+interesting undertones of religion and omnipotence of worship and a little bit of religious fanatisism

+surprises!

Cons:

-first four episodes are a little annoying

-slightly childish acts and childish behaviour of the the main character

3. Eureka Seven

This is one of my absolute favourite animes. It turns from a light-hearted, futuristic, slice-of-life anime into something with a real message. Real characters. A real point. Watch it!

Pros:

+lovable characters

+character development at every turn and some mystery

+a fairly interesting, unfolding plot

Cons:

-filler, oh, filler

-violence, slightly sexist undertones

4. Fruits Basket

I can hear the shojo-criers calling! But this is a fairly cute, quirky, less annoying version of a shojo act. I actually read the the manga so I’m not sure how much filler is in the anime, but I still love it.

Pros:

+characters you want to hug…or hit

+twists and turns

Cons:

-takes a while to get to the point

-maybe a little to “and they lived happily ever after”

-not completely satisfactory ending

5. Bakuman

This one really is for the Otakus in us! It’s all about two teenage boys trying to become mangakas. What could be a better way to gain an insight into the world we love so much? Plus, there’s bonus content: the story!

Pros:

+great characterisations

+somehow manages to give itself that “battle manga” quality

+insight into how manga is made

+lots of name drops that get you a little excited and drawn into the story more

Cons:

-a little repetitive

-sometimes doesn’t make the most sense, but it is about teenagers right?

What are some of your favourite anime and manga? Let me know! If I watch/read it, I’ll definitely feature it! And if you have similar posts, send me a link and we can build a network of OTAKUNESS! MUHAHHAHAHA!

Ahem.