Can’t wait for Shakugan no Shana II

Ever since it was announced that Shakugan no Shana would have a second series, I have been having some… foretelling dreams, such as a barrage of giant melonpan pouring down on me and the big king squishing me, being stabbed fifty times over with a dozen of flaming katana, and a scary Kazumi trying to eat me. ANYWAY~

<:3 Waiting is no fun. So I’m going make the time go by with a countdown of Shana-foyboyism, every month until Fall.

Hitotsu~ First of the 6 things I love about Shana.

~FABULOUSLY hawt English.

It’s here! It’s here! It’s ALMOST here~

The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Once that clock hits 12:00 AM (for those who live in the Pacific Time Zone like me…) it’s going to be Haruhi madness. Once it hits 12:00 AM, RUN TO YOUR NEAREST ANIME PROVIDER. RAIDAA KIKKU ANYONE THAT GETS INTO THE WAY. JACK A CAR… AND USE POINTLESS CAPS!

Or take the lazy way and click click click on RightStuf’s website. EITHER WAY~

Once it’s in your hands, forget your sanity… DANCE THE HARE HARE WITH NO SHAME. MOAR MOAR MOAR. /meme MUHAHAHAHAHA.

… Haru-ism makes you overreact to Haruhi-related products. Eh, I’m probably gonna borrow one from a friend or something, because I may be buying it on my birthday or whatever. Did I mention I’m planning to have a BIG haul on my birthday? With yummy pics and all?

… Meh, I’ll buy one tommorrow. xD

<:3… I want the limited edition version so badly but it’s waaaaaaay too expensive for me. But I want that pencil board and ribbon (not for wearing, for viewing. :3 I might give it to my girlfriend if I ever have one and make her look hot)!

REFLECTIONS: Cardcaptor Sakura ~

Key that hides the power of the stars, show your true form before me.
I, Sakura, command you under our contract…
Release!

Admit it. No one decent in the anime fandom wouldn’t know about Cardcaptor Sakura. It will have, and always has, a place in my heart as the first anime that really touched my heart, and the first anime I love not being able to fully retaliate from a horrible, horrible re-write dub. I’m not even going to mention the crap I know as Cardcaptors after this sentence. Every single episode of the series has given me a warm feeling inside and made me feel good because of the lighthearted, yet well-developed characters and story. You just don’t feel like hating any of the characters… to me at least. The first anime where I really got attached to the characters like never before. It’s right up there next to Shana as my favorite series (Haruhi doesn’t count because it’s everyone‘s favorite 😛 /lawl). “Hoé~” will also always be one of my most beloved character mannerisms, right next to “Uruchsai uruchsai uruchsai!

MADHOUSE did a great job in animating it too, it looked like they put alot of effort in it like I know they did. I esspecially liked how they reanimated and redrew the spell sequences almost every episode (due to Sakura’s ever-changing outfits) instead of reusing the same stock footage over and over again. That‘s what I call quality work.

Though, I’d say, a big reason to actually watch it is the developement of Sakura and Syaoran’s relationship. Cute couple! Any anime fan who doesn’t know about these two, I’ll personally slap in the back of the head. I liked how Sakura grew from having a childhood crush on Yukito, to realizing that Yukito isn’t her “number one”, to realizing that her number one was Syaoran and how Syaoran delt with his feelings. My only gripe with the series is that it strayed too far from the manga’s ending. I mean, the last volume of the manga pratically focuses on Sakura’s realization of her feelings for Syaoran, while the anime really kind of rushed it at the end and saves Sakura’s confession for the last movie (which was still very good).

Also…

Does it look like she’d… well… make it? At least let us see their last embrace in the series to let us know if she’s alive or not! ;; lol

Many thanks to Geneon and Tokyopop for bringing Cardcaptor Sakura some justice in America with a good English dub of the second movie and bringing the manga (not the first edition. The first edition was yuck) to the United States!

Happy Memorial Day!

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Memorial Day! I thought a picture of Mae Hughes fits the bill just right… rest in peace in anime heaven, you brave soul.

Also called Decoration Day. a day, May 30, set aside in most states of the U.S. for observances in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars: now officially observed on the last Monday in May.

Stupidity of the internet is getting to me.

... no wai

No duh.

So, I was sitting in the streets one day, calmly reading a Cardcaptor Sakura manga in peace. That is, until a boy, slightly older than me, I guess, came up to me and asked, “Hey, are you reading that Japanese cartoon porn? Don’t try to lie ’cause I’ve seen that on the internet once.

Now, instead of mocking him and rubbing his stupidity in his face like I would normally do to people, I just laughed hysterically on the ground and just let him figure out his stupidity on his own. Honestly, I really can’t change others’ IQ levels just like that, so I stopped trying a long time ago. But shouldn’t it be common knowlege that…

THERE’S PORN ON THE INTERNET?

I’m now honestly pass the borderline of believing that if I gave a person some, for example, Pokemon hentai and directly say that it came from the internet, they would still probably believe that the “original Pokemon in Japan” is a hentai for adults. Actually, I have a real example of that right on these forums, where months ago, a person searched up “Pokemon porn” (yes, really) on Photobucket (don’t try perverts, it’s deleted now :/) and saw an animated picture, not even close to the style of the damn show, and thought it was from a “forbidden sex episode” from the anime. Stupidity at its fineness.

I can understand the ignorancy of people thinking that “anime = hentai”, but thinking that “anime = hentai” through a visual example on the internet? LOL! Honestly, if you’re going be curious and want to know why people like this thing called “anime”, keep your search preferences on Google filtered, please.

How stupid are people in America… no, people in general (but it seems more apparent in America), are becoming these days? Quite a bit, no?

Post a comment link in permalink… gone?

Seems that it’s nowhere in sight on the previous post…

Blogger seems to be laughing at my expense…

Eh, if you come across something like the previous post, just click the little pencil picture at the bottom of the post on the main page to comment.

EDIT: The little pencil seems to come and go. >_o And it just isn’t there on Mozilla Firefox.

EDIT2: I forgot… that little pencil’s for editing posts when I’m logged in… -_- I’m such a dumba**. Orz

LAST!EDIT: FIXED! YOSHI! 8D

Seto no Hanayome – OUTBREAK OF ROMANTIKKU

Got around to watching Seto no Hanayome and reading the manga, and I have to say it’s one of the most funniest anime/manga love comedies of all time.

ANIME


OP: Romantic Summer – SUN & LUNAR
ED: Asu he no Hikari 明日への光 – Hinoi Asuka


Plot:
A middle-school boy named Nagasumi Michishio and his two parents are on vacation at his grandma’s house, when all of a sudden he nearly drowns in the Seto Inland Sea. Fortunately for him, a mermaid named San Seto saves him. According to the rules of the Mermen, whenever a human discovers a mermaid’s true identity, the said mermaid has to die, the human has to be killed… or the solution that Nagasumi and San choose; Nagasumi assimilating with mermen society and getting married to San. Nagasumi must adapt to the new lifestyle he has to live in, as well as avoiding getting killed by his father-in-law, Gōzaburō, the big boss in of a mermaid yakuza.

Continue reading Seto no Hanayome – OUTBREAK OF ROMANTIKKU

.hack//G.U.+ (may contain spoilers…)

.hack//GU+

Title: .hack//GU+
Author: Morita Yuzuhana
Artist: Hamazaki Tatsuya
Serialized in: .hack//The World
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten

Grade: B-

Story:

The story basically follows a redone version of the .hack//G.U. storyline. Taking place within a virtual MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game ) called “The World (II) ” – a black Multi-Weapon (Adept Rogue in the English games and manga) named Haseo, also known as a very strong PKK (Player Killer Killer) “The Terror of Death”, is in search of a legendary PK (Player Killer) known as Tri-Edge, to find out what had happened to his friend Shino and why it happened. Getting a Flash Mail from an old friend, Ovan, telling him to go to the Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground. Haseo runs into “Tri-Edge” (or, at least, a zombie-like player with a zombie-like version of Kite’s avatar) and after a short struggle, Tri-Edge had Data-Drained him back to level 1, however, this will envoke a power that slept deep within him. The rest of the manga basically retells and details Haseo’s search for Tri-Edge and his meetings with a mysterious group known as “G.U.”.

Continue reading .hack//G.U.+ (may contain spoilers…)

Anime Review – Claymore (クレイモア) First Impressions

Claymore

OP: “Raison D’être” by Nightmare
ED: “Danzai no Hana~Guilty Sky” by Riyu Kosaka

Story Overview (from Wikipedia because I have no free time for my own written summary):

The setting of Claymore’s story is a fictional world with medieval technology. Politically, it appears to consist of a large number of scattered, apparently independent, towns. In this world, humans coexist with creatures called Yoma sentient monsters that feed on human innards. The Yoma, being shape-changers, can take on human form and live in disguise amongst humans. By consuming the humans’ brains, Yoma can also absorb their memories, allowing them to disguise themselves as specific people without alerting any of their close friends or family.

A nameless and highly secretive organization has created an order of superhuman warriors to protect humans from the Yoma. These warriors have come to be popularly known as Claymores, after the immense claymores they wield. Villages being attacked by Yoma hire Claymores to kill the Yoma for a large fee.

Continue reading Anime Review – Claymore (クレイモア) First Impressions

Space Pirate? NO WAI!!

Rogue Galaxy

Rogue Galaxy is…genius! This game is amazing, I just couldn’t believe an RPG could be combined with real time combat so well. It feels like a hack and slash, but if you try to slam on that ‘X’ button then you’ll be dead before you reach the first boss. No joke, it happened to me on the game’s second battle. Sad, really.

Combat:

Okay, we’re jumping straight to the combat on this game. As I mentioned above, the combat is in real time. However, it’s still a random encounter. When a fight starts you get a giant flashing red ‘WARNING’ sign on your screen and when it goes away the enemies jump out of the ground. At this point you have to dispatch them with abilities, guns, arrows, swords, and flamethrowers. The weapons described above aren’t available to all the characters however, with the main character wielding a sword and handgun. In the game you have something sort of like a stamina bar that decreases when you attack, use an item, or use an ability. Once it runs out you have to run in circles like a little girl while it recharges. Or if you’re feeling skilled or just plain crazy, then you can block an enemy attack which instantaneously charges the bar to maximum power. This allows you to pull off a counter attack, no matter how much stamina you have left. The game also allows for jumping, carrying enemies, and throwing them around to amuse yourself. There’s so much more I could mention, but you’ll have to play for yourself to find out. Let’s just say one gun creates platforms on the enemies heads for you to jump on to damage them, and make use of jumping other than for attacking up high.

Story:
The story is definitely not the best out there, but honestly, not many RPG’s have very good stories anymore. In Rogue Galaxy a 17-year-old boy named Jaster is living a boring life hunting small monsters out in the desert for money. His home, the desert planet Rosa, is under control by one of two warring empires. He is tired of his monotonous life of living on an enslaved planet and one day, has his dreams fulfilled when he is mistaken for a famous monster hunter and is recruited to a crew of space pirates. Swords, space, and women. What more could you ask for in a game?

Pictures:

Jaster, the main character of the game.

Kisala, the only character you’ll ever care about, other than Jaster.

-xXStevenLeXx

Anime Review – Lucky☆Star/らき☆すた Episode 05

Episode 05 – “Sharpshooter” 名射手
I M NOT A PRIZE!
“Whoa there! I’m not a prize, miss!” (Psss… That was me. ;D)

So I see no difference in the show after the directior change. However, I will say that this was, out of the 5 episodes, the best. Not only did I love the MMORPG references in this episode (Konata? A tank? NO WAI! Loved how Nanako-sensei bothered her about doing her homework during the game), I loved the Yukata everyone was wearing during the festival in this episode. Lucky Channel began too early though… Or, at least, I felt it began too early within the episode. As much as I love Lucky Channel, I kind of wanted to see some more adaption of the 4-koma, y’know?

Aside from that, I loved the obvious Pocket Monsters reference (Getto daze~! / Gotta Catch em’ all~!) and Konata’s karoke of CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA at the end of this episode. Aya Hirano sure idolizes Kageyama Hironobu. x3

Today’s ending…

Anime Review – Lucky☆Star/らき☆すた Episode 04

Episode 4 – “Motivation Issues” やる気の問題

Brigade armband, desho desho??

Tsukasa = Akari Kamigishi from To Heart.
Yes, she’s going to make you cosplay. ~~

Konata’s tedency to procrastinate blossoms in this episode. Real suprise, huh? Actually… it’s just like me, actually. Wanna do homework… oh wait! I must go to the computer and play some MMORPGs first… Now then… Oh wait! My favorite show’s on… Okay, now… Oh wait! I must go to some internet forums for a bit. Okay now… wait, there’s nothing else to do. Oh well! Let’s just lay down and stare at the whole, I’ll get to it eventually.

I loved this episode. This episode was bursting with anime references, notably the obvious ones such as some TMoHS references and the To Heart reference. It’s Grade A+ really. The series is getting more and more laugh-inducing as each episode passes. That’s a good thing… right?

So I read Viz’s Shakugan no Shana light novel and manga today…

Sad Shana

So the light novel was still readable, the translation was hopefully and surely solid, and it was highly enjoyable to read the source material bound between real covers without looking in the dictionary every five minutes. The only problems are… the annoyingly large text don’t really care and the unneeded cropping of two of the illustrations.

English in-bed pictureJapanese in-bed picture
Thanks to Darrenm and GyroidFanatic from
AnimeOnDVD.com forums for the pics.

Fawk, I say. FAWK. I honestly see nothing to censor. Are Shana’s panties really that detailed and err… “arousing” for it to be kept in for a teenaged audience? I don’t even think that’s bad for little kids Or is it that Yuji is sleeping in bed with her? Either way, he’s still sleeping in bed with her. (:

I remember the days where Viz would keep in Goku’s wee-wee for all to see in their early editions of the Dragon Ball manga… they really went censorship crazy since then.

This is the only bull I care about. Aside from this and the large text, it’s all fine.

Manga Review – +Anima Vol. 2

Anima Vol. 2

Running Date: 2001 – 2005
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Mangaka: Natsumi Mukai

Story:
Shunned and branded as outcasts, the +Anima continue to search for their place in a perilous world… When Cooro is tricked into helping a nearby town, the +Anima must unite if they are to ever see their friend again. But after crossing paths with a new +Anima, will the bitter sting of betrayal tear this group apart?

Summary: (Chapter 6 – The Secret of Beehive Manor – Part 1):
The first chapter of this volume starts off with an introduction to the conflict. Lady Beena’s (she’s dressed like a bee, living near a village that raises beehives. Get it? Beena. Funny, huh?) son presumably turns into a beastly +Anima. Our heroes, Cooro, Husky, Senri, and Nana are on their marry way. Nana complains about how they’re always camping and that she wants to sleep in a bed for once. Cooro says that he likes camping and Husky adds by saying it doesn’t cost anything either. Continuing to piss Husky off, Nana says that she wants to go to Astaria, the biggest city in the country and because the king lives there. She tells Husky that she wants to marry into a wealthy family. Husky says that’s something a stupid girl would want.

Cooro notices the fragrant scent of the flowers on the trees. The gang then notices some wooden boxes in the road. Cooro opens one of them up and it turns out they were beehives! The bees chase Cooro, who used his wings to fly away, all the way to the roof of a house in an unknown village. Some men were suprised to see an +Anima.

After agreeing to take some honey to Lady Beena’s mansion due to him knocking down one of the beehives, we see some sort of person stalking him in the bushes along the way. The rest of the +Anima are looking for Cooro and run into the same men he met. Turns out that the only reason that they made Cooro deliver the honey is because they were scared that they might’ve got eaten by that “monster” that lived in the mansion. About a month ago, one of the villagers who was delivering honey to the beehive saw a monster. He told anoth villager, who then heard something most unnerving: “Gil… such bad manners.” The yound master… had became an +Anima. They figured it was okay for Cooro to go since he was an +Anima. But… Husky disagrees.

“Are you saying that because he’s a +Anima… IT DOESN’T MATTER IF HE’S EATEN?!” The +Anima go to save Cooro. On their way, they meet the “stalker” that we saw earlier, but he gets away because Nana thought he was cute, that it was probably a villager who thought it was odd for +Anima to be traveling by the village, and she doesn’t want the villagers to dislike +Anima more than they do now.

Meanwhile, Cooro arrives at the Behive Manor and is greeted by Lady Beena. He is told to wait there… while Lady Beena tells her “son” that his dinner is ready.

Thoughts:

This volume was enjoyable, but it really wasn’t all that great. Esspecially since half of this volume were “extra” chapters consisting of a “parallel universe” that Natsumi Mukai did before the series was serialized. I enjoyed those chapters, but I felt that half of the quality was downgraded since half of the chapters had nothing to do and contribute to the main storyline of post-serialized series.

The story isn’t something to awe about, just the usual subject of being discriminated because of being different. Nothing to hate on just because it’s “usual” (See? This is the point Mukai-sensei was trying to get across!), they really pull it offf nicely without getting into it too seriously like all the other things that come across this subject.

I loved the artwork of this series. Everything was so crisp – a nice balance of cute, seriousness (when need-be) and detail (too bad I don’t have a scanner right now to show you how pretty the artwork is). Other than that… the series is average, really. But I could see why it was popular. The series ending at it’s tenth volume (presumably with an unfinished story, I think…) is a turn-off to keep reading though. But hey, it makes my selves look pretty.