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Gundam 00 - A wakening of the Trailbrazer movie! When machines and/or aliens attack, Celestial Being takes action, and you have huge puffs of cotton candy smoke and colorful sparkles. I am amused by the female Clinton-like president taking over after the black president that was there during the tv series. Sooo, aliens not so unlike those in the Terminator movies (the liquid metal that can assimilate things) head towards Earth, and are attracted to quantum brain waves. Setsuna, who became a true Innovator at the end of the tv series, tries to communicate with them with his new brain waves, but well, doesn't have the singing abilities that the Macross fanservice girls have. His brain gets fried by his attempt. The other characters hope he recovers from the brain damage in time to operate a new Gundam to save humanity.

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There's plenty of mech fighting to go around. The new character was just there for promotional purposes, and to throw audiences off during the first third of the movie. He was easily and quickly disposed of. That was probably one of two glaring weak points to the movie. The other was that the aliens turned out to be like the Macross aliens; creatures that humans couldn't communicate with, which is a rather uninspired plot element; aliens? shoot first, talk later. There were only two regular cast casualties, but all the side relationship developments almost made up for them killing off *spoilers* Sergei's son and Graham...Patrick survives once again..yay. Anyway, I do find characters in the Gundam franchise more likable than other mech franchises. They are just so gung-ho about their cause, and the writers don't spend much time on character drama. ~8/10 rating~ for nonstop action with tiny smatterings of humor, both intentional and unintentional. While I did expect a sentimental epilogue, it was not as bad as I thought it would be.
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Gundam 00 - A wakening of the Trailbrazer movie! When machines and/or aliens attack, Celestial Being takes action, and you have huge puffs of cotton candy smoke and colorful sparkles. I am amused by the female Clinton-like president taking over after the black president that was there during the tv series. Sooo, aliens not so unlike those in the Terminator movies (the liquid metal that can assimilate things) head towards Earth, and are attracted to quantum brain waves. Setsuna, who became a true Innovator at the end of the tv series, tries to communicate with them with his new brain waves, but well, doesn't have the singing abilities that the Macross fanservice girls have. His brain gets fried by his attempt. The other characters hope he recovers from the brain damage in time to operate a new Gundam to save humanity.

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There's plenty of mech fighting to go around. The new character was just there for promotional purposes, and to throw audiences off during the first third of the movie. He was easily and quickly disposed of. That was probably one of two glaring weak points to the movie. The other was that the aliens turned out to be like the Macross aliens; creatures that humans couldn't communicate with, which is a rather uninspired plot element; aliens? shoot first, talk later. There were only two regular cast casualties, but all the side relationship developments almost made up for them killing off *spoilers* Sergei's son and Graham...Patrick survives once again..yay. Anyway, I do find characters in the Gundam franchise more likable than other mech franchises. They are just so gung-ho about their cause, and the writers don't spend much time on character drama. ~8/10 rating~ for nonstop action with tiny smatterings of humor, both intentional and unintentional. While I did expect a sentimental epilogue, it was not as bad as I thought it would be.

Shoo fly

Jan. 12th, 2010 10:47 pm
Gundam 00 - anime movie CM
Beck - live-action trailer

Inuyasha: The Final Act 14! Naraku tries to take the last shard from Kohaku, but is unable to touch it because of the purity. He then tries to defile it...eh hem. Inuyasha and the others beat him away.
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Bakemonogatari 10! The CUTEst opening ever! also, an obvious nod to Chobits with a bit of CCS. Araragi seems to be showing Natsume-like qualities (besides his identical voice) when he blames himself for not saving everyone or is that Superman qualities. I thought that Nadeko would be a larger part of the problem as it was with the other girls, but na-da this time.

Eta: This Gundam 00 extra is quite insane.
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Gundam 00 S2 25! the end. This pretty much ended the way you'd expect a show with an upcoming movie would end; *spoilers* no body of the bad guy. The only surprise is that Patrick gets his happy end with Kati. That was sort of sweet. I'm amused that the new president of the Earth is somewhat-Hillary just as I was amused that the former president was somewhat-Obama. The second season wasn't the week-to-week excitement that the first season was. The Innovators were just crap as great evils. The very last scenes featured 'Where's Waldo'-like scenes where you can spot Innovator in the crowd, so I'm sure we'll see more of them in the movie. I wonder if Tiera's body will heal by the time the movie comes out. I gave the first season a 9/10, but the second season gets a ~7/10 rating~ for the bland development of Graham and the whole 'Innovators' concept. I'm also surprised that Marina traveled to space, but did nothing during the final battle (not that I wanted her to do anything).
One more episode for both of these shows...(that first screencap is the happy space drug)

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Gundam 00S2 24! *spoilers* Setsuna spreads his love around via fairy dust just in time to save everyone, and makes everyone extremely giddy with warm feelings....EXCEPT Lockon who holds onto his revenge and kills off Ali Al...since he was just a plain bad man. Tiera's Trial Field was an ugly Gundam. Who thought that a Gundam needed a Gundam Face as a chestplate. I'm soooo glad Marina's song was not the thing that saves them all. And the Innovade vs. Innovators? I was amused by all the characters' names, but Innovade? wtf.

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Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou 12! Ah ha, a climactic episode which brings in Taki, Natori and Natsume's school friends together. The youkai with the axe was pretty creepy. Part 2 airs next week where Natsume has to decide whether it is youkai or humans that are the crappiest species.

And Nyanko-sensei was darn cute...as always.
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Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou 11! Now that was a surprising end to that episode. I didn't expect psycho music after that scene. In this episode Natori invites Natsume to join the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...or something like that. Natsume wants to find others who share the same experiences as him, but finds he cannot trust them. Good episode. I'm guessing that this season will not wrap all the loose ends up....third season please!

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Gundam 00 S2 23! Have to admit that as amusing as Tiera is, the Innovators as a whole are the silliest part of this whole series. All those clones seem like overkill. This episode was one big fireworks display and the Celestial Being mothership/Veda-house was incredibly stupid-looking or extremely phallic.
Gundam 00 S2 22! Graham gets the saddest 5-seconds of glory ever. Glad to see the chubby blond A-law guy finally get offed. Regene Regetta seems to be another version of Liu Mei. Everyone heads to the location of Veda.

I don't really see the point to the whole remake of the Full Metal Alchemist anime. The original was pretty good through the first season. Why re-animate the beginning? Ah nevermind...I supposed everyone will be watching anyway.
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Gundam 00 S2 21! The three least interesting and useful characters were killed off. The writers surprisingly didn't provide any depth to their rage; no sad childhood flashback, just a quick mention of Liu Mei not liking her family. Louise going insane was interesting and predictable. Although season 1 was pretty good throughout, there are parts of season 2 that aren't developing very well. These deaths seem more like a clean-up. So Setsuna's constant exposure to the fairy dust has made him a human innovator. Not sure why Aeolia Schenberg would want to create humans that can read each others minds, but after building space elevators, maybe that's the next fad. Graham Acker is plain comic relief. I hope he outgrows his constant nagging like Zechs Marquise finally did. There are infinite rumors of a movie continuation. Why not? Can someone please rewrite Marina's song to make it more pretty or at least more listenable.
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Gundam 00 S2 20! Lyle turned out to be a lame version of Lockon. Neil was definitely the better twin. The animation was pretty sloppy at the beginning of this episode, but Setsuna's fairy dust once again does an awesome job of stripping the cast naked.

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Skip Beat 20! Hey, new opening and ending songs and visuals...less jarringly bad than the first ones, but still blah. Kyoko and Ren are asked to be in the same drama. Kyoko thinks Ren hates her, but nah, he is just disturbed by his developing pedo-tendencies.

Cut for anime catch-up...Soul Eater, Kuroshit, Minami, Tales of the Abyss...*spoilers*The little girl kills off the other little girl?...WTF!!! )
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Skip Beat 19! Amusing episode as Kyoko finishes the PV with Sho successfully. I didn't think Sho would be that important a character so soon, but it's nice that he's been made more human. The whole 'corn' flashback makes me laugh. Finished up the manga (up the the current chapter), and it's probably not a manga I would have wanted to read, but the anime's seiyuu have done well to bring the story to life.

Gundam 00 S2 19! 00's fairy dust makes everyone hallucinate. Saji tries to bring sanity back, but I think he fails. They are able to capture Revive, but Anew takes control of the bridge. Liu Mei appears to have blown up, and even though she's served no purpose at all in this series, I'm sure she survives to help the Gundams in some way. (Oh and the way Soma Peries' mech fits on top of Alleliua's Gundam? C'mon, pervy mech designers.)

Minami-ke Okaeri 7! a classic Mako-chan episode where the tanuki's tail is almost revealed. The mug story..too cute.

18's

Feb. 9th, 2009 09:47 pm
Have no idea who the artists of this year's best record/album of the year are.

Anyway, VAMPS (hyde) has a new single coming out. I Gotta Kick Start Now is full of his lovely engrish. Seems like VAMPS was created just so he could rock at the club scene where everyone is too drunk to care what he sings.

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Skip Beat 18! There's something totally the 80's about this show...probably that weird pop song and video concept in this episode makes me think the 80's. But enjoyed it nonetheless. Miyano Mamoru definitely is standing out as Sho now...great 'evil' voice there. The angel killing devil scene was funny.

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Gundam 00 S2 18! So four months after the space elevator collapses, Lockon and Anew have hooked up; doesn't he know to beware of girls with glowing eyes? Setsuna seems to be playing matchmaker for Saji, too. Cute. Like everyone else, I am amused when each character calls out their beloveds/mostimportantperson at the end of the episode...Setsuna and Tiera's beloveds are cute. Despite the lapses in animation, it was a good episode. When is Tommy Heavenly's insert song, 'Unlimited Sky,' going to be released? I also like Yuna Ito's ending song, 'trust you' (ah, google---2/25 (Tommy Feb/Hev'n both have best-of albums) and 3/4 (Yun's single))

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Ok, the evil clone became president of the Earth.
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Gundam 00 S2 17! Can't really believe that they'd created something so fictionally technologically advanced, and have it literally self-destruct after one hit. Okay, it did create some good action afterwards, but did they really have to kill him off?

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Soul Eater 42! So Shibusen is planning an all-out attack on Arachne & the Kishin/Ashura while Chrona & Mary go off to find Prof. Stein and Medusa. It seems as though the anime'll wrap things up in its own way, but the animation is pretty cool here.
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Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou 4! This show keeps topping itself in terms of how absolutely adorable it can get. Despite how cute each meeting is, the parting is always sad. At least Natsume still has Nyanko-sensei at the end of each episode....well, so far.

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Kemono no Soulja Erin 2! A soldier comes to Erin's village to see if Erin's mother can help make his dragon feel better. So far, this seems too much like a children's fantasy story.

Gundam 00 S2 16! So Hank Hercules (another wonderfully named character) is leading the coup d'etat only to inform the general public about the atrocities the A-Laws have been committing for the government, but we find out that the Federation has the power of photoshop. Graham Acre is becoming rather annoying. Even Zechs Marquise was a better masked character than him.

Mouryou no Hako 8! So I'm guessing that I'll have to rewatch some of this show to piece together what I've obviously forgotten...or is some of the missing part part of the novel? Anyway, maybe it'll all come together at the end. All the 'detectives' have come together to play with the kitty.

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Hetalia Axis Powers 1! I think this'll be like Gintama. I know it's supposed to be funny, but I just don't laugh. Since Hetalia's episodes are only like 5 minutes, I'll keep watching to see if it grows on me.

Tales of the Abyss 17! The fight between Asch and Van just plain random. And man, Luke and his gang fall into each trap laid for them and basically run around aimlessly trying to stop the collapse of the 'Force'...or the 'Score'...something like that
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Minami-ke Okaeri 3! features purin, apples, curry and omurice. Hm, makes me hungry. When did the oldest Minami brother turn into a woman? (weird animation strikes again) Found this recipe on the web for Japanese-style purin/flan/custard. Maybe I'll try it out.

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Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou 3! started to think I was watching a BL anime. Speaking of BL, happened to see the local NHK channel, and saw a piece on the popularity of BL in Japan...haha, had some clips of Junjo Romantica. Anyway, I'm sad the local KBS, MBC, NHK, etc channels are not real broadcasts of their foreign counterparts; they are just news channels with the occasional old drama. Okay, in this episode Natori seemed sincerely nice. As Natsume said, they both seem to want to converse, but still don't quite have the courage to start. Sweet episode. I'm glad kindness pays off.

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Gundam 00 S2 15! great episode despite the pretty poor character animation. A coup d'etat saves the Gundams from a bad situation with the A-Laws. Little squeaked by the rabu-rabu between Setsuna and Marina, since she seems like his mother more than a lover. I liked the new ending song and visuals; the mech porn, symbolic jackets and the fact that Setsuna's true lover is his Gundam.
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Minami-ke Okaeri 2! Starts off with Fujioka wondering if he can act as casually with the Minami sisters as Toma who is still mistaken for a boy by Fujioka, and ends with a song from Hosaka the curry fairy. So cute!

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Gundam 00 S2 14! Setsuna meets his childhood savior and darn, it's the enemy. Marina and the chubby kid try to save the world with a song. Unfortunately for them, it's not written by Yoko Kanno and I doubt Marina's lackluster figure will bring in the sales. The new opening song is pretty generic, but the visuals feature naked females which always score points with the crowd.

Cut for more blabbing about Soul Eater, Mouryou no Hako, Tales of the Abyss and Skip Beat )
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Gundam 00 S2 13! Halfway through the season...the Celestial Being takes down the Memento Mori satellite death ray. Verrry exciiiiting. That's what you get for entrusting a powerful weapon to a character with a really bad haircut. Still find it amusing that with all that fantastical technology and fairy dust, Lockon still aims his gun manually. Okay, I'm also still amused at his name.
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Hana Yori Dango Finale! jmovie. Makino and Doumyoji are preparing to get married. Doumyouji's mother gives them the 'Smile of Venus' tiara which is promptly stolen by a mime. Do I smell a set-up? Makino and Doumyouji chase the tiara from Japan to Las Vegas to Hong Kong and then to a deserted island. The production is quite nice and the first hour of the show was entertaining. The second hour just gets a tad sleepy especially since the plot is as clear as day. Um, what does that say on Makino's T-shirt? and Doumyouji's shirt also has the A-word on it. The wardrobe personnel must like 'edgy' english words. *spoilers* Wasn't too impressed by Makino's poofy dress, but was very, very amused when Rui came out. Overall, it's a predictably cute movie. ~7/10 rating~ I think Yoko Kamio drew the final shot. Nice.
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And what's Sunday without some mech anime?
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Gundam 00 S2 12! It's Romeo and Julieto. I'm glad Saji is learning from his mistakes. In this episode a few characters get bitch-slapped in more ways than one.

ETA: lj's profile page looks better.
Planned to mail stuff out early this season, but couldn't find paper, and then realized my envelopes were too small. And I had no boxes. I did take advantage of the Amazon Prime sale and got a paring knife for myself. :) We've been cutting fruit with steak knives.

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Gundam 00 S2 11! Fell asleep after I found that Sergei was still alive, but woke up near the end when I realized the super-duper Gundam 00 'o-raiser' + trans-am system stripped the people of their clothes. The poor guys have been castrated. Y'know, the animators could have at least put a cloud of sparklies there to preserve their dignity or something.

Tales of the Abyss 12! um...something happened and there were new characters introduced. There may have been some smirking.

Junjou Romantica S2 10! ho-hum episode as Misaki mulls over the Usami family.
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Gundam 00 S2 10! A set-up episode where the writers introduce us to more cradle-robbing, characters named Anew Returner & Bring Stability(?), and a couple really big weapons. I'm a little pissed that they possibly killed off Sergei. I'm now fond of the chubby kid who thinks war could be ended with food. I'm sure a bomb will be aimed his way in the next episode.

Junjou Romantica S2 9! Observing the seasonal decor, I will guess that they might end this season with a Christmas episode. In this episode, a real confession causes groping in the shower.

Hakushaku to Yousei 9! I wonder if Nico will have a human form later on. In this episode, Edgar gets drunk on gin & Jack Daniels, and then gets frisky. He isn't turning out to be the best example of an English gentlemen; stealing titles, in bed with one girl, but saying another's name, and then falling asleep before getting anything done or undone.

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