Dec 31, 2013

Posted by in Winter Anime 2014

Zetsumetsu Kigu Shoujo: Amazing Twins

Hum… Right… Okay… Expected a little more. It was nice and amusing to watch but it’s certainly not something that I would see myself watching every week. I feel that they missed out on the balance here. Certain things just aren’t right.

Zetsumetsu Kigu Shoujo Amazing TwinsThe artwork is the strangest, I think. A lot of characters look pretty good. They look good and I would change very little, but then these “bad guys” appear and I feel unpleasantly surprised. These bad guys look so disturbingly cheap. It’s like they were created during by someone on crack. I saw dozens of points that I would like to have seen differently.

I don’t have a lot to say about the story. I’m actually interested. It’s the one thing that made me want to give it a try in the first place. So yeah, there’s very little that I would change about the story. Yes, there are a few things (certain characters whose personalities just don’t match) but that’s never going to change.

Do I recommend this? Hmm… Yeah, sure. It was pretty darn confusing and some of the characters were downright disappointing. But, and this may not sound very convincing, I think that this was pretty darn good for an OVA. I wouldn’t mind watching one or two more of these.

Plot Summary: Amane Todoroki is a young girl who is straightforward but also unthinking. She will try her very best in everything and say, “I don’t know how to answer you if you ask me whether this can be done. I just believe it can. If not, then nothing will get started!” She easily gets stuck in her thinking, but she can also get easily moved at something small and start crying.

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Dec 30, 2013

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Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete anime green-lit

Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete anime green-lit

The staff of the PC game brand Trumple announced on Sunday that an anime adaptation of their adult game Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete (À la recherche du futur perdu or Searching for the Lost Future) has been green-lit.

The story is set one autumn at the beginning of the 21st century in the Uchihama area. Uchihama Academy is growing by leaps and bounds. With the construction of a new school building, there will be one last General Club Festival at the old building that is slated to be closed. The students vow to go all out to make this final cultural festival a success.

The Astronomy Club of the protagonist Sō Akiyama is filled with the big names on campus. Just before the festival on October 1, the club receives a request from the student executive committee to calm the uneasiness among the students. There are reports of ghost sightings, accidents, sleeping sickness, and other mysterious incidents at the old building. When Yui Furukawa, a quiet girl who transfered late into the school, appears before Sō, the gears of fate slowly begin to move.

Trumple released the game for Windows in 2010. Ryo Ohta, Kenji Saitou, and Masaki Sawa wrote the screenplay, and Kurehito Misaki and Shinobu Kuroya designed the characters. (Kuroya drew the illustration above.) Here are the opening movie and the second commercial movie for the game:


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Dec 30, 2013

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Second Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono season green-lit

Second Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono season green-lit

The Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono (Tesagure! Extracurricular Stuff) CG television anime series is getting a second season, Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono Encore, that will premiere on January 11, 2014 at 28:00 (effectively January 12 at 4:00 a.m.) The first season centered around the extracurricular activities of students in the Tesaguri Club, led by high school girl Yua Suzuki.

The new season will start at the beginning of the school year. Since Yua and Hina Satō graduated, the remaining members Aoi Takahashi and Koharu Tanaka set up a table to recruit new members.

The first season premiered in October and ran in 15-minute timeslots. The series uses the MikuMikuDance software to animate its characters. MikuMikuDance is Yū Higuchi’s program that enables users to create dancing videos of Crypton Future Media’s Vocaloid virtual idol character Hatsune Miku, as well as other characters. Kotora Suzune draws a manga adaptation on Takeshobo’s Manga Life Win website.

The NTV booth at the ongoing Comic Market event is selling a Tesagure! Good Set from Sunday to Tuesday. The limited-edition set (of 100 per day) includes a lap blanket, tote bag, clear file folder, and post card. The cast will personally be there on Monday and Tuesday to give customers their sets. There will also be a event in Tokyo’s Hulic Hall on April 20.

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Dec 30, 2013

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 11

Hajime no Ippo: Rising returns! It been quite a few weeks since I last saw Ippo’s roughed up face in the ring. I just hope that the next episode will meet my expectations because this one kind of didn’t, which is kind of difficult take after having to wait for it for so long…

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.12_[2013.12.29_15.57.04]So Ippo is fighting against a guy that likes to play very dirty. He will do anything he can to stall and catch his breath. It’s very difficult to tell if he’s just stupid, a dirty fighter or actually pretty talented. He packs quite a punch and those lefts of his are no joke. Even Ippo has a hard time getting close to him and gets punched away when he does. It’s a mystery, people… Why would someone with an arsenal like that resort to such petty tactics? He seems to be capable on his own without having to punch someone’s loved ones or nearly break the rules to win.

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.38_[2013.12.29_15.57.48]Anyway, Ippo is in a tough spot. He hardly get close due to his opponent’s sharp and heavy blows. When he does get close enough to punch, which seems like quite the accomplishment on its own, he gets blown away again. It’s what makes this whole match so strange… That guy doesn’t need to use dirty tactics in this match when he has a combination that effective.

Do not forget that Ippo is a close-range fighter. He has a few nifty weapons of his own, some of which are most effective when executed mid-range, but long-range? No. Ippo needs to find a way to close in before one of those rights takes away his champion belt. I’m pretty sure that this is where he starts to use his improving Dempsey Roll. I don’t see how else he can win right now.

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Dec 29, 2013

Posted by in Winter Anime 2014

Space Dandy

… Amazing. Space Dandy, much like Gin no Saji, has been hyped up beyond belief. At that point it can really go only two ways. It either turns out great or it turns out absolutely horrible. Gin no Saji was great. Space Dandy? Well… I’m not too sure.

Space DandyThe artwork isn’t bad, especially since this seems to be an anime short. I did not know that. I was under the impression that Space Dandy was going to be a regular show. Not that it matters… The artwork is pretty nice and it features a lot of female characters with very, very little clothing. What more could a pervert possibly ask for?

I do not know much about this story. It’s basically a guy that travels across the galaxy in search of new alien species with his faithful companions, a talking space cat and an old robot. It really does sound childish and weird if I put it like that, doesn’t it?

Anyway, I don’t know how I could possibly recommend this without staining my crappy reputation any further. Perverts and comedy fans would probably enjoy every second. People that prefer serious stories with a lot of action probably wouldn’t. It’s all about a person’s test. Just give the first episode a try. You’ll know whether or not you’ll like it just by seeing the first episode, trust me.

Plot Summary: Space Dandy is a dandy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come, first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety of aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!

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