Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall Season Anime 2013: Sampling + First Impression part 1

October is a great month for new season of anime. Fall and Spring tends to come out with the better one. There is a lot of shows out this October so here's a quick first impression for you all.

* This is purely base on what I thought of the first few episodes of the show so my opions may change

Kill La Kill

Kill La Kill is one of the most rave about show to come out this season. I can't stop thinking that it has similar style as Gurren Largenn(since it's from the same producer) so I had a pretty high expectation for this show. At first it reminded me of classic anime but more bizarre and a bit crazy but overall super fun. The battle scenes were quite impressive. At first I thought the girl wanted to be a banchou but I was completely wrong. The sailor outfit fan service was not my cup of tea though >o<. What makes up for the show is the awesome action scenes. It's pretty cool so far so I'll definitely tune in to this show. What I learn: Sailor fuku drinks blood

Yamukashi Pedal

This is a manga turned anime about high school bicycle racing club. I was reluctant to watch sport anime because I haven't watch that much of it. I thought I'd give the show a chance and it was funny and interesting. It's an anime about an otaku boy who'll join the high school bicycle racing club. Ep 1 shows a few of the main characters in this anime and we see that the main character is not interested in bicycle racing but he has a natural ability and high endurance. So of course his sidekick is this cool dude who's a super awesome bicyclist. Will keep on watching to see what will happen.

What I learn: hime..hime..hime..(princess..princess..princess) You'll find out what I mean after watching the end credit of ep 1.

Outbreak Company

I has no idea what to expect from this show and it was a bit strange but pretty interesting. Wouldn't it be awesome to be able to introduce the world of anime to a fantasy RPG like world in an alternate universe? This was what the main character has to do in Outbreak Company. I don't know how this anime will go but look like the boy is stuck in that world until he fulfill his anime ambassador position. I like the character design and the animation. It does feel that this anime is gearing toward hardcore anime fans(so many moe scenes from the elf girl). Will keep watching.

What I learn: Maid half elf moeness.

Galilei Donna

Interesting premise. Descendents of Galileo are being targeted in order to find Galileo's inheritance. The character design is nice. Looks like it focuses on the three sisters of different age. There's a college law student, a normal high schoo girl, and a genius elementary school mechanic. The mecha design is not too shabby either. I'm hoping to see some interesting story in this one. Will continue watching.

What I learn: Mecha goldfish is cool.

That's it for now. There were a lot of new anime series that I watch so I'm planning to write a part 2 in a little bit. ^O^

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dareka no Manasashi (Someone's Gaze) Animated Short

Dareka no Manasashi is an animated short film directed by Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeter Per Second and Voices from a Distance Star). He's becoming one of my favorite anime director. It's a story about young woman growing up and facing difficult situations in life and her relationship with her father. I find it very sentimental and heart warming.

Also if you like this, definitely check out his latest film Garden of Words. It's beautiful. Here's the Garden of Words trailer below.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Anime Review: Code:Breaker

13 episodes + 2OVA?

Why is this anime so short? The manga is over 200 chapters long and they shrink the series into one arc --> 13 episodes. I haven't read Code:Breaker manga before I started watching this anime. After I finish watching it, I thought it was not bad. I had a bit of problem getting use to the character design but I guess they kept it like the manga style. The story was interesting. Rei and Sakura duo was really entertaining to watch. Sakura was just a very righteous and Rei was just the danger she should not get involve with. The other code:breaker were cool too. There were some twist here and there to keep the story going. I can also recognize some of the seiyuu in this show right away. Some are quite popular. I can tell that Suzumura Kenichi was Toki and Saiga Mitsugi was Rui. Miki Shinichiro voiced Hitomi, which was really well done. Lastly, it was very cool to hear Nobuhiko Okamoto voiced Rei, the main character. Rei's character was more calmer than when he voiced Rin in Ao no Exorcist.

The animation quality was good. The fight scenes were engaging and well drawn. There was so many unanswered questions in this show though. If only there was a season 2. There were just 2 OVA out after the series so I'm not sure if there will be anymore Code:Breaker anime. I guess this series was like an intro into code:breaker. I've read that there was so much more left out. Therefore, I shall go read the manga to find out what happen next.

Fun show. Not bad. Should go read the manga.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Space Pirate Captain Harlock CG Movie Trailer

I remember when Captain Harlock was an anime. Now here's the trailer for the CG movie of Space Pirate Captain Harlock movie out in Japan in September. Shun Oguri and Haruma Miura provide the voices of the two main characters. This movie looks really cool.

Friday, May 17, 2013

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Top Anime Songs of 2012

It's four months into 2013 so I figure I should create an anime related post to wrap up last year. I've always been a fan of Japanese music and quite often the songs that I like came from anime series. Therefore, I wanted to introduce you to some of my favorite anime songs of 2012. There were many good songs out but here are some of my favorite.

First up is Psycho-Pass ending 1 "Namaenai no Kaibutsu" by EGOIST

-->EGOIST has an awesome lead vocal. Her voice is just so pretty. "Namaenai no Kaibutsu" is an upbeat track that I can listen too over and over again.

Next up is Sakamichi no Apollon opening "Sakamichi no Melody" by Yuki

-->Love the anime. Love the opening animation. The song starts out slow and pick up its pace. The melody matches Yuki's voice perfectly. It's also very catchy.

Up next is Natsuyuki Rendevous ending song "Anata ni Dewanakereba" by Aimer.

-->This song by Aimer is beautiful. I really love her voice. This live version is just awesome.

Last is Space Brother ending 1 "Subarashii Sekai" by Rake

-->This song makes me happy. Subarashii Sekai means wonderful world. It makes me want to look at the bright side of things. Yes, and super catchy chorus.

My favorite anime song of 2012 would have to be Psycho-Pass first opening song "Abnormalize" by Ling Toshite Sigure

--> I love this song ever since I saw the first episode of Psycho-Pass. There's rock and funk element that really grasp my attention. It not a typical rock song and the lead singer soft spoken voice is really cool.

Favorite Anime OST of 2012- Sakamichi no Apollon OST. Yoko Kanno composed it. Lots of jazz and beautiful piano pieces.
It's so good.

--> Sounds familiar right? Other than Snow White, this song appear in Sakamichi no Apollon. If you've seen this anime, you would know which scene in which this song was played. So touching yet so sad..>0<.. **My best anime of 2012 will be post a little later. There were some series I wasn't able to finish last year so I wanted to finish them before making my final decision.** Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Supercell - The Bravery

I love Supercell music and kudos to the amazing set in this PV. "The Bravery" is their single that came out in March and it's also the second ending song of the anime called Magi. The puppet show really demonstrate the song's title "The Bravery". Our yuusha(hero) is trying to save a damsel in distress. With courage and perseverance he stood up to the baddies and the final boss, the Oreo monster. It's a fun upbeat Japanese song that's great to listen too. Although the song's lengthy is a little more than 6 min but but the puppet story really makes up for it.