Monthly Archive for April, 2008

Spring 08 Week 3: Progress Checklist – Blassreiter is Good??

On Sundays, we’ll chart the progress of each of the anime series I’m currently following. By progress, I obviously mean how shit or good it is at the moment.

Amatsuki – This show is getting gayer by the minute. Long haired androgynous naughty bishounen doing some suggestive stuff to the innocent main lead male? Sounds yaoi to me. But said lead male Toki gains the power of Unlimited Blade Works, literally. He can imagine anything and it’ll materialise. Imagine if he were really horny, hot girls’ll pop up! But this won’t happen as this is a gay show and thus hot guys will pop up instead. 2.5/5.

Blassreiter – Wow, everyone wrote this off as shit. But it’s getting EVEN BETTER to the extent I enjoy whats going on. I suspect it has lots to do with the lame main chara Gerd disappearing for a while to be replaced by Cool Blue. Or perhaps it’s the charming Hanazawa Kana as the little pixie girl. And man, the violence is good. Severed heads all around. Pass the pepper! 4/5.

Code Geass R2 – This show is so fantastic my weekly ritual centres around it. Stay up till 2 am, catch the show and then write this weekly summary. The latest episode has Rollo turning over to the darkside, in a hugely laughable manner. The cool part is how Lelouch claims he will discard the Rollo like a dirty rag after use, but we all know they will have yaoi love. I thought there was a huge deus ex machina in the sniper shot, but it seems Lelouch had it planned. How he managed to use his geass on so many people while pretending to be a student is beyond me. 5/5.

Crystal Blaze – An episode where nothing happened! And the Nanami girl is hugely annoying. What the fuck. She’s look for her missing senior at school who might be in trouble. Yet she goes around looking in the most inefficient way, on foot. Why? Because it’s her way and she wants to do it herself. Even though Ayaka helps her find the senior, she gets angry and refuses the information because it’s not her way. So, so dumb. 1/5.

D’Gray Man – Thankfully, dear Princess girlfriend didn’t come over due to the exams and I got to skip D’Gray Man. 0/5.

Tower of Druaga – RPG shows always fail in the fighting scenes, because it is hard to translate numbers and stats into actual battles and cool moves in video games are really cheesy when seen in a show. See Xenosaga the Animation for evidence. So Druaga’s solution to this problem is? SKIP THE BATTLES. My god, after bigging up the incoming tauren beasts and having the inexperienced team on the verge of defeat/game over, they skip the whole thing and show the results, the monsters defeated! Druaga is still interesting but it’s stock is falling by the week. If it didn’t have such a great OP, many of us would have far less patience. 3.5/5.

Gintama – I cry almost every Gintama episode. This one is really manly, with a couple of inspiring speeches from Kondo, Ginchan and Toshi. Okita shows his real murderous badass skills and slaughters a train full of people while giving them tips on how to gang bang. 5/5.

Golgo 13 – Very strange, I haven’t seen a new episode of Golgo 13 this week. I don’t think any came out.

Himitsu – I thought the show was mildly gay. Then they reveal the US president’s awesome secret. He was GAY! In love with her daughter’s boyfriend, a pretty faced TERRORIST! Shocking, but Himitsu is really uninhibited in showing socially frowned upon stuff. Oh the lead guy is in love with his sister. Incest please. 4/5.

Kaiba – Where is episode 3? Also, for some odd reason my antivirus, Avast, keeps insisting that utorrent has a trojan horse called Poison. Only started after I tried to download Kaiba. Odd..

Kamen no Maid Guy – New characters are introduced. 13 year old genius kid and her ninja maid. Both get stripped in this episode. Oh, otaku brother upon hearing busty sister’s undies sell for 70 000 yen, sold them and bought lots of eroge. The maid’s (not maid guy) panties sell for millions though.

Kanokon – On Hiatus.

Kurenai – Woah woah, where have I seen this ability before? A bone sword out of the elbow? Really familiar but I can’t pinpoint where. Any ideas? The female suit ninja is so aunty, it’s annoying. Poor Murasaki was brutalised. Kantarou/Ginko/Yuno’s back story was revealed in its entirety in a large chunk. 4.5/5.

Kyouran Kazoku Nikki – New girl joins the family! Formerly evil sister, Chiko turns out to be osananajimi of the mangirl Ginka, who promised to rescue her. He didn’t and decides to do so. The powerful members of the family assault the evil Himesomething family and nuke it literally with a bomb. Chiko becomes Chika and a new addition to the family thanks to Kyouka’s mindcontrol of the DNA analysis staff. 4.5/5.

Macross Frontier – Wanktastic Macross Valkyrie battles. This is why I like the show, not those boring Ms Macross segments. I notice some animebloggers prefer the boring segments. I say, why don’t you watch Kanokon instead? 4/5.

Major 4th Season – A Shimizu-centric episode, where she gets dragged onto a group date and thinks of Honda instead. Meanwhile, Honda lives the good life with a bunch of groupies and also sees Job Gibson pitch live. This episode got me thinking, why doesn’t Singapore have ANY batting centres? There’s quite a large number of people who play softball here, there are Japanese and Americans in sizeable numbers (at least 50 thousand) and it doesn’t cost much land. It’s a good investment isn’t it? 5/5.

Nabari no Ou – The team is defeated and badly wounded because an enemy, likely the nemesis, has some super ki controlling powers. The Hokage equivalent saves the day. Somewhat exciting. 3/5.

20 Faces no Musume – Strangely, I realised I missed episode 2. So I saw 2 and 3 in a row. It’s really awesome how Chika  is slowly changing into a sly, cunning little fox. Can’t believe she could pass off a onigiri (riceball) as an explosive. 4/5.

Penguin Musume – Despite being the most otaku show, this is surprisingly funny. I love the homage to Ranma and Shampoo this episode. Because it’s so short, there’s no sense of dragginess and  jokes come flying fast and furious. 4/5.

Real Drive (RD Sennou Chousa) – I still don’t get what the fuck is going on. Some shows really need to be watched in English subtitles with full focus. Why is he diving? What is he diving in? Why does he become young? Why are the girls fat? 3/5.

SA -Man, Hikari is a dream girl. It’s cute how the main guy is so in love with her but she doesn’t notice. It’s quite a nice change from the usual anime where the guy, who is inferior, loves the girl who doesn’t love her. Or the inferior girl loves the superior guy. 3/5.

Shugo Chara – Just when everyone’s bored with the show, they fuck an entire nation and the world over. Although we have been spoiled by the Hinano about this twist, the fact that Nadeshiko is a man and just left the show, along with Kukai, makes the new season look very interesting indeed. ALSO, Utau is the sister of Ikuto. 4/5.

Soul Eater – I saw this show with Princess and she thought it was funny too. Death the Kid’s obsession with symmetry is hilarious. The fighting choreography was nothing special this week though. 4/5.

To-Loveru – Dropped at episode 2.

Toshokan Sensou – This needs some rewatching in English to make sense. So the Library taskforce defend a personal library long enough for helicopters to airlift out the books. Why don’t they scan the books eh? Seems the girl, whatshername, is under attack by bad guys who want to kidnap the leader of Library Force. 4/5.

New Addition: Inari – I marathoned the first 3 episodes in one go. It’s alright. Yukana seems to be using her mystery divine voice all the time lately. Remember I once said, if a show has elemental powers in it, it’s a must watch? Yeah this one does. 3.5/5.

[Hynavian] Anime Girls vs Reality

I was watching Vampire Knight and I noticed how silly the females were behaving. Their silly behavior is not only prominent in Vampire Knight, but sadly, can be found in animes in general. I became critical, did some brain storming all the while reading my History readings and came up with a hilarious list below.
(Side note – Hang in there guys, the exams will be over soon.)

1. She who prepares hand-made chocolates for him on Valentine’s Day
She asks for opinions from her friends, begs for secret recipes and aces her skill in chocolate cooking just for this very special day. The tedious process of preparing a box of chocolate will begin either in the early hours of Valentine’s Day itself, or better yet, the night before. While preparing, it’ll either be a breeze (expert level) or she’ll almost burn the whole kitchen (beginner level) while her family members secretly give her the much needed moral support. Chocolates will be heart-shaped, the same goes for the box where there’s a high possibility where it will be shaped of a heart.

Reality – With commercialization of chocolates, getting a box of chocolates from a nearby convenient stall seems to be the norm. Signing up for beginner lessons are a hassle and they’re time consuming. Besides, who’s going to pay for the lesson fees? The process of making a box of delicious chocolate is just too tedious for the busy to uptake nowadays.

2. She who prepares 2 bentou; one for herself and the other for him

She wakes up early in the morning just to prepare 2 home prepared bentou; bentou boxes are always filled to the brim with delicious and colourful looking ingredient. If possible, the food will be beautiful arranged in the boxes and she’s generous with the ingredients, totally ignoring the cost of things. She goes through all the trouble just to have some private time with him at the school’s rooftop later during lunch break.

Reality – Adding to point 1 (refer above), not many can even cook to save themselves nowadays. Who eats at the roof tops nowadays? We have air-con! Those from the tropical climate will be sweating like a melting ice cube if they’re to have their lunch on the roof, under the afternoon sun.

3. She who does anything just to catch a glimpse of him
She’ll make a consistent effort to camp somewhere in the school ground during specific time of the day so as to catch a glimpse of him. The most common on-going phenomenal is where she wakes up early, rushes to the gates of the school and meet up with other fans from his fan club. When he arrives, the fan club will clasp their hands and scream in delight all the while their eyes take on a heart-shape figure. His smile will make her day, his words will be treasured and if he’s to give one on one special attention to her, she’ll be over the cloud for the next couple of days.

Reality – He has to be of pop-star material to be able to get the girl’s to do so. Other than the fan clubs of pop idols, I can’t imagine normal school girls to be doing this in schools.

4. She who confesses with a love letter

She’ll spend countless nights coming up with suitable composition to express her love for him. To be sure that the content will express her love totally, she’ll rewrite the letter as many times as it takes to make it perfect. During the process, she wastes about 1 pad of A4 size paper and her room are filled with crushed pieces, all of  which she deemed as failed products. Hiding behind corners and waiting for an opportunity to ambush him, she’ll perform a Great Leap Forward and present the letter to him with both her outstretched arms. When he takes her letter, she’s pleased.

Reality –
The "in" thing now is SMS, letters are in the past. Accompanying the sms will be nice borders, pretty emoticons and MMS pictures. There might be some but not many use the Love Letter method to confess to a guy anymore.

5. The ugly duckling → princess
She’s a nerd, has bad fashion sense, is the victim of bully and is often ridiculed by others. One fine day something miraculous happens and she either becomes a millionaire or becomes a sexy hot babe. It’ll be a 360 degree change and the whole world will flock to her; showering her with attention and praises in the process.

Reality – If one’s a loser in real life, she’ll remain a loser unless something constructive is done. The fastest way to turn into a sexy hot babe is to undergo plastic surgery and the best way to become a millionaire is to try one’s luck in 4D, Big Sweep or TOTO.

6. The harem
He is surrounded not by one, not by two, but by a group of them. He’s the ladies’ man as he’s the only Martian in the clique. The girls will engage in boob fights, cat fights and claw each other to death in the process as they try to win him solely for themselves. They will even go to the extremes, protecting him in face of danger. Some fighting in his stead while the others act as human shields for him. They are the girls from the harem.

Reality – What are the chances of meeting a clique where it’s made of let’s say, 5 girls and a guy? Stretching your imagination further, what’s the chances of all 5 females falling head over heels over him? How can such a clique even withstand the storms of time with 5 females who are out to claw each other to death (over a guy)?

The above are some that I’ve noticed, did I miss out any?