2012 Summer Blogging List and Rewatch List

Summer fun!

Since the start of a few summer anime series have already begun, I guess it’s time to compile a list of the anime that I’m going to (most likely) be blogging about.

I also included a list of anime that I’ll be re-watching and blogging, since the summer season doesn’t seem to be too interesting, in my opinion.

SUMMER LIST

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s (Accel World) light novel series.
The story of Sword Art Online revolves around a genius programmer named Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya who enters a virtual-reality, massively multi-player online (MMO) world called “Sword Art Online.” There is no escape from this world unless the player clears the game, but “game over” means the death of the player.

This is on the top of my list of what I plan to watch this summer. At first glance, the premise seems to be like .hack without all the talking (don’t get me wrong, I love .hack, but the amount of dialogue goes a little overboard at times). From the sounds of it, the fact that death in the MMO means death in real life too makes it sound much more hectic in comparison.

It’s by the same author as Accel World. Hopefully, this will be better. Not saying I don’t enjoy Accel World, but it isn’t anything magnificent, and Sword Art Online seems to be getting a fair amount of hype. Let’s hope it lives up to it.

Joshiraku

Joshiraku

Anime adaptation of Koji Kumeta’s (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei) manga series.
The story follows the behind-the-scenes dressing-room conversations of a group of female (joshi) Japanese verbal show (rakugo) performers as they discuss random things and usually reach an unusual or humorous conclusion that’s far from the initial discussion topic
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You can’t really go wrong with comedy, or slice-of-life. Despite the massive amounts of them these days, I still enjoy them. So I’ll see if this keeps my interests.

Tari Tari

Tari Tari

The story centres around five Japanese high school students who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of themselves as children. Wakana Sakai once took music lessons, but she withdrew from music after losing her mother. Konatsu Miyamoto is a positive-thinking girl who loves singing and spends time after school at the vocal music club. Sawa Okita is a spirited archery club member who dreams of becoming a horse rider. Taichi Tanaka is a chronically late badminton team member who lives with his college student sister. “Wiin” just transfered into Wakana’s class after 12 years abroad in Australia. Music brings Wakana, Konatsu, Sawa and the others together into an ensemble during their last summer in high school.

P.A.Works has yet to disappoint me with their recent productions. Hanasaku Iroha was an extremely well-executed slice-of-life and I have confidence that this will follow in its footsteps.

Anyone else think the girl on the left looks a little like Nako-chan? xD

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

Anime adaptation of sprite/fairys’ eroge.
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate follows the protagonist Yūki Ōjima, who attends Takafuji Private Academy a large school with over 6,000 students. Yūki is a member of the Food Research Club along with seven others, including his childhood friend Chisato Sumiyoshi. The members leisurely spend their time in the club not doing much activities. When the election of the next student council president comes up, the front runner Satsuki Shinonome proposes that clubs that have no merit should be sorted out and abolished. The Food Research Club seeks advice from the current student council president Yakumo Mōri, who suggests Yūki run in the election as an opposing candidate. Yūki learns about the issues facing the school and decides to run in the election.

I’m more interested in the visual novel than the anime, but since there’s no English Patch for that, I’ll most likely check out the anime.

Muv-Luv Altenrative Total Eclipse

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

Anime adaptation of a light novel spinoff of the original eroge by Age.
This side story follows the test pilots and mechanics in the United Nations Forces’ Tactical Surface Fighter Testing Unit in Alaska. Japanese-American Yūya Bridges is the Argos Test Team’s main pilot for “XFJ Project,” the initiative that is developing the newest Tactical Surface Fighter. Yui Takamura is the head of development for the project from the Japanese Empire’s side.

I’m actually going to play the Muv-Luv visual novels, but if I ever get a chance, I might watch this someday… if it ever turns out to be a good adaptation. I must say, the soundtrack to the visual novels are awesome!

REWATCH LIST

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I actually started a re-watch of this series on this blog a few years back. I finished re-watching it (as I have done more than several times), but I didn’t finish blogging it past the first episode, since face it: I’m a lazy jackass. xD

I plan on continuing the blog posts about it though.

Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptora Sakura

I’m a total CLAMPian (if that’s even a term) and I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS SERIES. <3

It was my personal introduction to subbed anime (Dragon Ball was my introduction to raw Japanese anime) and I hold a special place for it in my heart. The stunning animation, the voice actors, the characters… pretty much everything. One of MADHOUSE’s best works when it comes to production values (yes, CCS is kind of out of their domain but lol).

Nostalgia aside, I still think it holds up today. I adore Puella Magi Madoka Magica, but in my opinion, this series slaughters it in terms of characters and story. I’m just being unfair though, since CCS is a legend while Puella Magi Madoka Magica is just a legend in the making.

Toei vs Kazuki Takahashi

Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998) VS. Yu-Gi-Oh! (manga)

I know what you thought about when you saw the word “Yu-Gi-Oh!

“Oh, you mean that crappy anime about that children’s card game?”

Just for a bit of enlightenment, it was based on a manga that was about games in general, which had a life-or-death gambling aspect that was inspired by manga greats such as Kaji. The card game was just one of those many games.

This happens to be my favorite shounen manga, right up there with Fullmetal Alchemist and Rurouni Kenshin (which I will be blogging the OVA of). The title itself means “Game King” and in 1998, it received an anime adaptation by Toei, known as “Season Zero” to the fandumb in America… and wasn’t all that faithful to the manga or as violent as everyone makes it out to be. The voice actors were good, but the animation done by Toei was extremely shoddy and the colors were hideous, and everything seemed to have been animated by the people that did the filler episodes for Dragon Ball.

This version ran for 27 episodes and was cancelled after several months of broadcast. I will be rewatching this and comparing it to the manga as I go along.

KoNAS vs Kazuki Takahashi

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters VS. Yu-Gi-Oh! (manga)

That didn’t stop Konami (who, by that time, released the real life card game that was loosely based on the Duel Monsters game from the manga) from commissioning Nihon Ad Systems to produce another anime adaptation. One that skips the first seven volumes of the manga in favor of the Duel Monsters-related arcs, card game-related filler, and made it so that everything that was originally unrelated to the card game had something to do it, in order to fit the addition of more card game battles.

They saw the anime as a tool for advertising their OCG and disrespected the original structure of the manga in the process. If you thought the dub was bad compared to the Japanese version, wait until you see how bad the Japanese version is compared to the manga. The animation is better than Toei’s version in terms of color, but that’s not saying much. It has good voice acting and an awesome OST, which makes it bearable to watch.

The manga version is loads better and I’ll be rewatching this series as well, comparing it to the superior manga as I go along. Kazuki Takahashi is a very underrated mangaka that I want to see more manga from, but unfortunately he constantly gets commissioned to draw new cards for Konami and contributing character designs for their merchandise-driven spin-offs. Welp.

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