Review – H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~

Monday, March 31, 2008

chigaimasu-48.jpg In my honest opinion, I happened to think we were too generous with our reviews in the for the fall 2007 season. There are a lot of rationally justifiable reasons for why that’s the case: we were new to the blog scene, we haven’t done reviews before, etc. So the game plan for winter 2008 was to be a little bit more critical of what we watched. I took on the added initiative to pick a very assorted collection of anime to watch and review this season, including some that I would not normally watch had it not been for this blog. All of this so that I could develop, in some sense, the difference between a good anime, a mediocre anime, and a poor anime. There were some surprises, and some disappointments, but as is lots of forms of art. Anyway, with that preface defined, let’s get started on Winter 2008:

H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~

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Plot Summary: Takuma Hirose is a high school student who moves into his uncle’s rural village carrying some emotional baggage. Blind for some unknown reason, Takuma begins to interact with the abrasive Hayami Kohinata, the endearing Hinata Kagura, and the mystical Otoha, the latter of the three giving him the gift of sight. With this newly acquired, but temporal, gift, can Takuma right the social injustice carried on from the previous generation to the present? Read the rest of this entry »


On the Sakura Fatalism in Five Centimeters per Second

Sunday, March 30, 2008

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More reminders of work… data on the computer screen, books all over the desk and the good ol’ morning coffee. The one thing that stands out in this scene: The lucky boy has a window desk! I want a window desk. Stupid cubicle walls.

whitehatazn-48.jpgSo I finally got a DVD copy of Five Centimeters per Second. I saw it in my local Best Buy coming home from work and I thought “What the heck, I’ll buy it now.” (I’ve been waiting until RightStuf finally restocks and ships my order which still hasn’t happened yet.) This past Wednesday night, I watched with sis while cleaning up the kitchen (in English dub because I can’t multitask very well while watching subtitles). Anyway, I had seen the first part on fansub and now I’ve finally saw the whole thing.

The speed of falling in love

I’ll start off by saying the same thing everyone else has said about the movie: “ZOMG THIS MOVIE IS SO BLEEPING BEAUTIFUL!” On a more serious note, the visuals are truly stunning. The backgrounds are just so lush with detail and some of the lighting effects are brilliant. There are times when there are no characters drawn on the screen where the scene is so detailed that it may easily be mistaken for a real life location. I’m actually quite happy that I waited until the R1 DVD came out (because watching in 56” rear projection awesomeness is worth the release wait). Five Centimeters certainly lives up the billing as one of anime’s visual masterpieces.

I have one small beef with the movie: In the end, I feel like I could not attach myself too much to Takaki. Yeah, I did feel bad for him and the movie as a whole does a solid job emphasizing moments of personal emotion. However, the movie could have done more to construct a foundation for this released emotion. Read the rest of this entry »


Review – Kimikiss Pure Rouge

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Since I was the only one following this anime, I’ll be reviewing this alone. This is my first time doing a review and I have to do it by myself? Darn it, I never win.

Kimikiss Pure Rouge

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Plot Summary

tsukagi-48.jpg Kimikiss Pure Rouge goes through the lives of three childhood friends, Mao Mizusawa, Kouichi Sanada and Kazuki Aihara, as they help each other throughout their twists and turns of high school romance. It starts off with Mao returning from living in France for a few years. To both Kouichi and Kazuki’s surprise, Mao gained approval from Kouichi’s mother to stay with them since her parents remained overseas.
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Dude, your mom is hot… Mothers in Anime

Friday, March 21, 2008

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Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on
She’s all I want and I’ve waited for so long
Stacy, can’t you see you’re just not the girl for me
I know it might be wrong but I’m in love with Stacy’s mom

whitehatazn-48.jpgSo I’ve kinda disappeared from blogging for a while as bro and sis have taken over a bit (with the exception of my kyonko-love post). The reasons are many (work, mom acquiring a new car and a recent Atlantic City trip) and I kinda don’t feel like going into all of that. I’m back (along with $90 of AC winnings) and ready blurt out my random thoughts once again.

Last week, I’ve stumbled upon CCY’s interesting post on the convenient disappearance of parents in anime over at Mega Megane Moe. That is certainly a solid read worth at least a look (as I am willing once again to prop my fellow anime blogger’s article and thus saving myself from rewriting stuff already said). My thought on it is that anime centered on teenagers and young adults is kinda a given with anime’s target audience often pointed at that direction. It is also makes things alot easier for storytelling since teenagers unsure of themselves often makes a good starting palette for character development. However, anime with the child-parent dynamic is usually a really intriguing element and I kinda wish anime explores it more often. As long as it doesn’t get too angsty (another good article in the anime blogger community).

Also last week, I just had the opportunity to watch True Tears episode 9 (again, I’m behind on my anime as well). And in the various scenes we see her character in this episode, one of the things that I randomly come to my mind: Shin’s mom is quite hot. After reading the non-existence of anime parents post, this has me asking: Where are all the hot anime moms? This is the question I’ll explore somewhat this week. Read the rest of this entry »


The Honeymoon is Over: The week in Anime (March 12-18, 2007)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

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You know it’s a tough week when this fella up here isn’t even in the top 3 for most emo for the week.

chigaimasu-48.jpgSo if you caught the first edition of this weekly, you would know that I had an idea of what I would be writing about this week. Well, was I ever wrong. With the way most of the anime I caught this week turned out, you would think that White Day didn’t exist in Japan. Anyway, let’s get this show on the road. Read the rest of this entry »


Downin’ some Guinness: Anime Characters that would make good drinking buddies

Monday, March 17, 2008

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Kanpai!

chigaimasu-48.jpgIn honor of St. Pattie’s day, a holiday that is almost irrevocably linked to alcohol and alcoholism, I stopped to think, “Hmm.. if I could go to a bar and down a couple of cold ones with an anime character, who would I pick?” Well, I came up with quite a few to pick from, but I’d love to hear who else would probably be good. Anyway, without further adieu, we toast to you, anime men and women of genius.
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Narutards going too far.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

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Who would’ve thought that this was one deadly weapon?

tsukagi-48.jpgAs I was trying to waste time over the weekend, I happened to pass across a news clip on youtube. It was about a 10 year old dying from being buried in a sandbox. My first thought that came to mind was, “How did this happen?” Well, I watched the clip and I was stunned. The friends of the 10 year old ended up burying him because they were pretending to be Gaara from Naruto. The friends didn’t know the child was suffocating until they finally dug him out. The child was hospitalized for 2 days but ended up dying on Monday March 10, 2008. Here’s the news clip if you want to watch it. Read the rest of this entry »