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Friday, August 28, 2009

A cauldron of emotions

I know this is a late entry. CLANNAD has been around since 2006 and I just finished the whole series last month. Talk about late! This comedy + supernatural + romantic series is adapted from a visual novel. It is then produced by the same good people who produce Suzumiya Haruhi series – Kyoto Animations a.k.a KyoAni.

Anyway, there is something about this anime series that really gets me hooked. Clannad tells the story of Okazaki Tomoya the male protagonists of this series and Furukawa Nagisa, the female protagonist. Other than that, this series also focuses on his high school friends. Apparently, along the way, their roles are highlighted and each of them are give enough airtime to be noted.

After much pondering, I realized the very reason why I love this series. Each character is given her own special ‘arc’ that most of the time leaves me sobbing quietly. The saddest arc would be Ichinose Kotomi’s. It saddens me to the core when she waited for her parents to come home only to know that they had died in a plane crash.

Ichinose Kotomi slaughters violin...

Another arc that touches me is Ibuki Fuuko’s. She was actually an ‘apparition’ of a girl who was in coma who seemed to haunt the school because she had ‘mission’ to complete. At the end of the arc, she finally accomplished the mission and when her apparition disappeared, no one seemed to remember her…

Fuko-chan + hitode = KAWAII!

Besides that, the minor characters are not wasted at all. Another brilliant point of this series! There are quite a few minor characters that gradually leave a lasting impact, such as Sunohara Youhei, and Fujibayashi Ryou, as well as Nagisa's super-doting parents. I can certainly vouch that in the end, it will leave you with such mixed emotions that make you laugh, cry and perhaps allow you to discover emotions you thought you might have never had.

All in all, this anime is clean from any profane language as well as any lewd element and hence I would love to recommend this to all. Download the series HERE, if you are interested, that is.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mr. Hitler, too, hates The Endless Eight!

Those who share same hatred for Suzumiya Haruhi 2's The Endless Eight, should watch this video. It's hilarious and and yet so ridiculously bizarre! Like me and the rest of the fans, Hitler is so close of dropping the series as well.

Apparently, KyoAni and Kadokawa will pay with their own blood! Lol... Curse you two!

I feel ya, Mr. Hitler, sir. I get your drift! It is an utmost betrayal of the Haruhism Fanbase! Both of us are betrayed and fooled under our own noses...

Maybe, The Disappearance arc will compensate the animosity that we both feel... Only time will tell.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Forbidden lust...

Call me old fashion, but Boku Wa Imouto Ni Koi Wo Suru reeks of idea so putrid that I watched it with a barf bag half full beside me. When it comes to anime of romatic theme, I strongly believe that this OVA is the ultimate cesspool!

The portrayal of the characters are very flimsy especially the supporting characters. Let me start with the protagonist. Yuki Yori he's the incestuous male protagonist , hence the title of the OVA, who has been developing crushes then lust for his twin sister since young and yet brushed off by the clueless parents thinking that that’s only a childhood fantasy.

Then, enters the airhead, over-sentimental, whiny and pathetic twin sister Yuki Iku. The one that Yori really likes to f**k eversince they were kids. How on earth he managed to develop the lust, it’s totally beyond me!

Another character that seems to catch me off-guard is, Yano Haruka . He is one of the Yori's classmates. In my humble opinion, I think he is the culprit in this whole debauchery. He realizes the decadence and yet does nothing about it. Or probably he's a liberal-minded person who care less about this whole brother-and-sister incest issue.

Then, the portrayal of Kusunoki Tomoka , another one of the Yori's classmates, is no help either. Though Yori isn't interested in her, she's been pursuing him romantically for quite some time. In addition, she is so easy to be manipulated since she is so obtuse, and also because her love is blind. Yori uses her as his sexual surrogate in order to conceal his unbriddle lust for Iku.

Yuki Shunpei and Saki – the ever oblivious and dense parents. They are too clueless to realize the problem even though the twins are living under the same roof with them. To top it off, they are too ignorant to realize that the twins are growing up and they nedd to have their own personal bedroom!

My Two Cents

Throughout years, there are some movies and books that attempt the similar theme. For example, Sophocles’ classic play, Oedipus Rex. But, the play did condemn the abomination of incest. By and large, where incest is concerned, there are acceptable strategy to handle this dodgy subject.

First, is to deny incest. Then, when that is achieved, make it crystal clear that the story condemns incest. Finally, movie maker or writer needs to portray incest as a kind of accidental disaster that inadvertantly takes the characters involved by surprise. This is to ensure that they are actually the victims rather than the culprits of it. Like in Oedipus Rex, Oedipus and Jocasta didn't know that they were son and mother and they accidentally married to each other. They only discovered the truth until it was too late to escape their grave consequences.

Nevertheless, this OVA invokes that incest is o.k (with big, fat capital O) and it is acceptable in the Japanese society (I never heard Japanese being caught for incest). It almost seems to be going out of its track in condemning the whole blasphemous idea. Apparently, there's no attempt to even pretend that Yori and Iku aren't committing incest; brother-and-sister couplings.

You two are sick!

What sickens me the most is the fact that they had the audacity to declare their so-called sacred love in a church, in front of god... Since I do not advocate the whole subject matter, thus I will not recommend this OVA to anyone who has a sound mind and logic.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Sighs of Haruhi Suzumiya : A Review (somewhat...)

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It’s funny…. But not a funny ‘ha, ha’. It’s a bizarre kind of funny. I am a fan of Suzumiya Haruhi’s serialization however I am tad confused at this moment, so to speak. Since I became the fan of this series, there are several moments that make me stop and think regarding the arrangement of the episodes. Seriously!

Well, this week’s episode The Sighs of Haruhi Suzumiya is the 20th episode (if we combine both seasons). In fact, this episode marks the beginning of The Sighs Arc. However, this is more like Episode 00 or rather a prequel of Episode 01.

In this episode, we are going to observe the pre-production of SOS Brigade’s movie entitled The Adventure of Mikuru Asahina. Rings a bell? If it does, you are on a right track! If you are a fan (or not) this so-called movie is aired in the first episode of the series. In this week’s episode, evidently, there’s no pivotal events or scenes. Apparently, The Merry Friends a.k.a. The SOS Brigade are discussing about the programme or activity that the club (or rather, the brigade) is planning to organize in order to participate in the school’s Cultural Festival . Moreover, in this episode we will see how good is Haruhi’s personal relation skill when she manages to get an expensive camcorder for free and not forgetting other props too.

However, since this is a prequel I think I can make some somewhat intelligent supposition...lol. There’s no surprise here! Basically, there’s not much to review here… hence the title of the entry.


Notice something strange about this screenshot. Just look at the two school girls standing beside Kyon... Trust me this scene will be very significant soon in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Arc...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Conqueror of Shambala: A Review

CONQUEROR OF SHAMBALA is produced in 2005. It is an extension of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 1st release. In my honest opinion, this is an excellent and brilliant movie, based on the hostility of post WWI Germany. The plot is exceptionally well written as it exhibits the history, utilising aspects of the Nazi society. To the extent that I had to google up some facts (or fictions) demonstrated in the film. Well, evidently, I discovered that most of them were real and justified. The setting takes place in the real world (Earth) in which Edward Elric was trapped. In this world he came across numerous characters that existed in his world

I will not say much regarding the synopsis. Instead, I have enclosed the screenshots. Frankly speaking I know they don’t help that much but they can trigger your interest in watching the movie.

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The animation and the graphic in this movie is utterly a sight to behold. The fighting and action sequences are all smooth and fluid. In addition, they are choreographed to perfection. Other than the action-packed scenes, the backgrounds and environments featured are verdant and meticulously drawn. They simply ooze with exquisiteness and splendour.

In the final analysis, I would love to recommend this movie to all FMA fans and non-fans alike. It’s a must watch

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

To love thee, or to hate thee...

What is tsundere? This term is rather prevalent in the anime community but there are still many who are not really familiar with the term. The word tsundere is actually derived from two Japanese words; tsuntsun (aloof, morose) and deredere (lovestruck). Tsundere is actually an archetypical characteristic given mostly to female anime characters that are initially antagonistic, aloof and cold towards the protagonist and sometimes everybody. However, as the plot progresses their personalities shift. They will become emotionally vulnerable and tender towards a certain male character. Basically, this is done because they try to conceal their actual facades.

Below are some of the examples of the prominent tsundere characters.

Suzumiya Haruhi

Anime: Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu

Haruhi is a high school student. She is unconventional, totally impulsive and unbelievable beautiful. Other than that, she is popular because she is smart, talented and athletic. Furthermore, she has a very competitive personality. She never opens her heart to any boys as she equates falling in love as a mental desease hence she rejects all boys who ever asked her out. However, to everyone’s surprise she can get along with Kyon despites her loath for boys. For this reason, she is my favourite tsundere character.

Aisaka Taiga

Anime: Toradora!

Aisaka Taiga is nicknamed as Palmtop Tiger due to her 'diminutive' size. Another reason is due to her violent temperament. She likes to snap at anybody and because of that she is NOT dubbed as Miss Congeniality. Nevertheless, she is very beautiful despites her aggressive facial expression and because of that, she receives many love confessions from boys her age. Other than that, she is also clumsy. Then, one day she met Ryuji and when she realises his domestic ability, she begins to depend on him. She even spends most of her time at Ryuji's home and what's important, when she is with Ryuji, her violent temperament is mellowed and she became more liken by all.

Yamada Ayumi

Anime : Honey And Clover

At the beginning of the series she is 21 years old, Yamada is well known by her peers at the art college. She is active and somewhat aggressive. And because of that she is nicked as The Iron Lady. Moreover, due to her good looks, she also catches the attention of her male friends/coworkers at the shopping district she works with but she simply shoves them off. This is because she has her eyes set on Mayama Takumi. Mayama, however, doesn't return her feelings, asking her why she is in love with him and encouraging her to go find someone else.

Fujibayashi Kyou

Anime : Clannad

Fujibayashi Kyou is a loud and aggressive. Despites her aggressive demeanor, she is well known as a good cook. She is Okazaki Tomoya's classmate in their second year.Throughout the year, Kyou has maintained a steady friendship with Tomoya even though they are put in different classes on their third year. Most of the time both of them bicker like nobody's business. However, secretly she is developing a crush on him. She is one of the classic tsundere characters in an anime series.

Evidently, there are thousands if not hundreds (yes, I am exaggerating!) tsundere characters out there that are worthy of being noticed. These characters are actually the very reasons why I love romantic-comedy animes.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Endless Eight : And finally, it ends...

I was on the verge of dropping Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu 2 from my anime to-watch list and then, the dragging deja vu arc has finally ended. Since the plot of the episodes are the same, thus, don't ever ask me which episode this is because I am so confused beyond word. What's important, this is the latest episode and the preposterous The Endless Eight arc has come to an end.... These screenshots were taken after the final scene at the restaurant when Suzumiya asked everybody if they had anything else to do before summer ended... And, at long last, Kyon took the initiative to voice out his opinion. He proposed that all of them should do and finish up the homework together as the final activity before school opened...


The sight to behold... The clubroom, once again.


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