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post #46 of 6444
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Finally finished Fruits Basket. I'd have to say it was very character driven, as in most of the episodes not a lot happened, but the series remained steady with introducing a new character or two every couple of episodes, and in the episodes without new characters there would be some sort of revelation about one of the existing ones Also noticed were the animators becoming a bit more liberal toward the end with bizarre random humor thrown into the beginning or middle of the episodes, which made the dramatic ending slightly more awkward. The way the series was paced made the ending seem very abrupt, and could have used another episode to unfold itself a little better and feel a bit more conclusive. However despite the few flaws (IMHO of course) this series was quite enjoyable and will tug your strings if you let it.
I'd give this one: *** (out of a possible 5)

Also was able to get through Full Metal Panic. This series was very nicely paced, there seemed to be a lot going on in every episode. And by the end the viewer really hates the bad guy. However there didn't seem to have been much development between Sagura and the Captain or Chiori (sp?) in the typical anime love triangle. With Chiori always fighting with him it was hard to believe that there was any connection at all. I guess there wasn't enough love or heartfelt drama in this military robot suit cartoon for me. That was the only thing I could really find wrong with this series, but the end left these relationships inconclusive, which makes me sad.
Overall: *** 1/2
post #47 of 6444
Honey and Clover IMO is the best anime series this season. It's up to ep. 8 right now. It's about a bunch of college kids and their relationships. Very funny, very endearing. Highly recommended.
post #48 of 6444
I just got into "Bleach" - a mix of The Sixth Sense and the graphic design stylings of the remake of Herbie the Love Bug. Plus, nice cans in the intro.
post #49 of 6444
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Beck. If you like coming of age stories. If you like indie rock bands. If you like a nice romance. If you like bad english. You must watch Beck.
I don't know about the anime but the manga is breathtakingly good. Uplifting rock music via headphones and Beck manga is a great combination. The first 2-3 volumes are a bit boring but the plot catches on pretty quickly.

Any more manga like this?
post #50 of 6444
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I don't know about the anime but the manga is breathtakingly good. Uplifting rock music via headphones and Beck manga is a great combination. The first 2-3 volumes are a bit boring but the plot catches on pretty quickly.

Any more manga like this?
I was hesitant on watching the anime because the manga was so good, but never fear - the anime is very good. I don't know of any other manag really like this. I only read a little of Stopper Busijima - by the same author. Not the same though.
post #51 of 6444
Just finished Beck Volume 21 and I have to say that this has to be one of the best manga I've ever come across. And thanks for the tip, I'll check out the anime as well.

I don't know if it would derail this thread towards manga but I'd be very interested in what are everbody's top manga picks. Perhaps something like a top ten/twenty?
post #52 of 6444
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Guilty Pleasure of the Month - School Rumble!
is there an anime like that which has some small girl and an old woman in it too? I remember watching something like that and they were having a race at school and it was like the biggest deal ever...pretty good...
post #53 of 6444
just finished watching Beck , it was pretty good. some of the english were funny to listen to, but it was bareable . listening to the soundtrack right now, got some pretty good songs.
post #54 of 6444
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Wanted to bump this thread for updates to what people have been watching, and also post my initial ratings of the new series I caught at Otakon.

Midori Days: Bizarre Romantic Comedy. Starts out with a girl going into a coma and becoming the main characters right hand (attached and doll sized). Incredibly strange idea, and I never really got used to it, but the series has nice pacing and I enjoyed it enough to probably persue the next few episodes. The main character is similar looking to GTO and likes to get into fights, but the girl hand is causing him plenty of conflict. 4/5

Yakitatel Japan: This is a series about a boy with legendary "golden hands" that has his aims to use his bread-making artistry to make bread the japanese food staple 0_o The golden hands allow him to cause the bread to ferment quicker and make amazing bread recipes. This one sounded like a winner in the program guide so I had to check it out. I figured it would be either really funny or really bad, and it was really funny. The strange expressions and journeys these people would take when they tasted a new recipe was hilarious. This one was a fansub so it may be difficult to get your hands on but i think it's worth the trouble. 4.25/5

Otogi Zoshi: Mostly serious historic samurai stuff. Reminded me a little of Dog Warriors. When I watch these I expect there to be some seriously awesome sword fights but there really weren't any. Not bad but I didn't really get into it either. Really nice illustrations though. 3/5

Tenjho Tenge: This one was rediculous. Lots of awesome fights full of violence, lots of school deliquent bad*sses and lots of fanservice. Started off a little mindless but I got into it by the second episode. Seemed to be more love triangles than usual, I usually feel that one is enough but I haven't watched enough of the series to get a feeling for the characters so they came off as meaningless for the time being. Definently worth checking out it you like violent fighting and plenty of boobage. I snagged a figure from this series in the dealers room of one of the main chicks with a kitana. 4.25/5

DNAngel 1-4: Series about a kid who's parents have raised him to be a shadow thief by transforming himself into a guy called "Dark" who sports a seperate personality. Too bad both of them like the same girl. Funny in some parts, and overall pretty decent. Probably not something I'd buy unless it was cheap. A little bit of Yaoi in there too, so be forewarned. 3.25/5

Girls Bravo 1-4: This one was hilarious. The main character has developed a phobia to girls because whenever he's around them they bully him and beat him up Well at one point in time the girl next door comes over, gets pissed at him and kicks him into the bath, at which point he warps to another planet of all girls. There he meets his main love interest, who seems to be the only girl who doesn't set off his phobia, who also happens to have a ravenous appetite. When he warps back to earth she ends up coming with him incidentally. 4.5/5

Bleach 1-5: First time I saw it, not bad at all. I won't go into it since everyone already knows about this series. 3.5/5
post #55 of 6444
I'm not sure how I feel about Tide Line Blue yet - it has a little Miyazaki in the feel, alot of Gainax in the presentation, and even some Full Metal Alchemist in the character profiles. With they'd get rid of that damn ostrich tho.
post #56 of 6444
im watching some bleach,old school gundam series and some my hime.. all are great but i really hate those flash back episodes in bleach which is really a friggin waste of time because its basiclly filler
post #57 of 6444
Lately, I could have been happy without all other anime, provided I get my weekly Gokujo Seitokai fix! This show is simply a class act, by far my top 5 picks of the year along with Mahoraba, Futakoi Alternative and AIR TV. The two genre I really dig are comedy and drama, and this show is a good mix of both, more emphasis on the former. Usually I am more worried about character design than the complexity or consistency of artwork, so it isnt too bad in the visual department in my book. Voice acting doesnt really stand out, but I like Tamura Yukari as usual, and while I prefer more of cutesy roles for Kawasumi Ayako (ie Shizuki from dokurochan), she really can voice calmer and cooler characters like Sayuri and Chikane equally as well.
Iwasaki Yoshiaki really seemed to have nailed it - no gilimpse of boring cliche humor seen in Sensei no Jikan, outrageously hillarious at times and generally highly entertaining loaded with parodies here and there.

Of the two Okusama wa... series, I really like Okusama Wa Maho Shoujo. I heard it took years for J.C. Staff to work on this one... So far it looks like a very well rounded show. Ecchiness is a bit over my tolerance level, and I am not a big fan of "adult charm"; however, the series definitely feels directed toward mature audiences, not in the sense it has a lot of adult material (it does) : I am still uncertain what message they are trying to convey - perhaps the virtue of matureness through aging? Besides the same style of drawing, Okusama wa Maho Shujo seems to share this subject of "a young man being first exposed to the society and maturing" with Melody of Oblivion, in a less obscure way. Even though comedy is not a forte of the show, there are some funny moments. Not really a Inoue Kikuko fanboy or anything, but the ending song "Jewelry" is one of my favorites from this year, closely following "Boku no speed de" and "Bokura no Jikan" (btw, bokura no jikan is one of my ALL TIME favorites. sooo nice )

Full Metal Panic TSR manages to excel and surpass my expectations. Level of artwork is top notch, probably best among the shows being aired now. Same goes for fluid and dynamic fighting scenes, although I pay more attention to story and character design for most part. I really digged episode 7 when Chidori starts feeling uneasy about her safety. Kinda freaky, good use of silence and whatnot... great transitions between scenes. But for some odd reason, I can make myself to feel strongly about this show. While I will admit it is no doubt of highest quality in many aspects, it wouldnt make my all time favorites list. For one thing, I cant find any female characters I could relate to, tho Sagara is one bad mofo! Also, I just don't like the fact the whole series seemingly tries to incorporate whatever just seems to be in-thing to do, school life, mechanics, superpower, secret agency and so on - kinda like Mai-HiME.

Being a Da Capo fan, I found D.C.S.S to be a mild to moderate letdown to me in first few episodes, but with return of Nemu things are chaning rapidly... I just hope they dont finish it prematurely, it still has a potential to have some good drama content. Drawing has improved somewhat compared to the prequel.

Pani Poni Dash! was another gem from July, what a bizzare show. Humor is a hit and miss, funny sometimes and just quixotic at other times. Bizzarness aside, omega kawaiiness alone warrants a look

Ichigo Mashimaro - honestly dont see what the big deal is with this show... I like it and will probably continue to watch, but looks quite average to me.

It is painfully obvious how Shuffle is terribly underbudgetted, and I really had no high hopes for the show to begin with. Most game -> anime conversions didn't work too well if it is character driven more so than story driven. Having subpar humor doesnt help either, just yet another so-so harem show IMO. I am gonna start playing the game as soon as I get done with Fate/Stay Night, hoping the game fares better.

I am getting lazy to catch up on other series of interest - namely Akahori Gedo hour love-ge, Suzuka, Peto-peto san and Kamichu. Then if I get some time I will probably go back and watch some Comic Party Revolution...
post #58 of 6444
Midori no Hibi is one of my favorites from last year, altho I could name dozen other shows I would place ahead of it. Yet another A++ Nakahara Mai performance.

Girls Bravo has a very nice drawing, and the ending theme happens to be one of my all time favorites ("Koko ni irukara" from the first series, that is) Outrageously blantant service scenes make Kore ga Watashi no Goshujin Sama look not ecchi enough. Still debating if I should continue watching the second season. Out of all the girls in the series, my pick is Ebichan, closely followed by Kirie


Tenhjo Tenge looks like a love or hate thing, I couldnt stand it from eps1 so I stopped watching. I know a handful of people who adore the show tho.

I really missed out on Yakitate Japan, I already put it down on my wanted list

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is there an anime like that which has some small girl and an old woman in it too? I remember watching something like that and they were having a race at school and it was like the biggest deal ever...pretty good...
no idea what it is...

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Also was able to get through Full Metal Panic. This series was very nicely paced, there seemed to be a lot going on in every episode. And by the end the viewer really hates the bad guy. However there didn't seem to have been much development between Sagura and the Captain or Chiori (sp?) in the typical anime love triangle. With Chiori always fighting with him it was hard to believe that there was any connection at all. I guess there wasn't enough love or heartfelt drama in this military robot suit cartoon for me. That was the only thing I could really find wrong with this series, but the end left these relationships inconclusive, which makes me sad.
Overall: *** 1/2
If you thought it was good, watch the sequel. Much better, most everyone would agree. The first series was done by gonzo (shudders), while the second one is by kyoto animation - the same people doing the third series at the moment. This series invariably has some of the best OP/ED themes.

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I'd have to say that Battle Programmer Shirase (BPS) is probably one of my alltime favourites "DOGGY STYLE!, IN PUBLIC?" heh...
gotta love Mr. Akizuki series.. "Let's just say we saw nothing at all " Strange bit of information here : the main heroine Amano Misao ranks #1 in online poll for heroines with underdeveloped boobies One thing I remember about this show is how they didnt forget to include a funny remark, "special thanks to everyone oversease using all kinda illegal methods to watch our show" or something along that line
post #59 of 6444
It was Americanized anime, but I always liked Robotech, particularly the 1st Generation.
post #60 of 6444
I was never really into Anime, but my roommate got me to watch Full Metal Alchemist. Absolutely loved it, although the ending was a little strange. Still, can't wait to see the movie.
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