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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends jmovie! The version I saw had some questionable subtitles, so really hope the subs were not from the official blu-ray/dvd release. Anyway, the movie concludes Shishio's arc and his demise. As with the other movies, the featured sword fights were pretty cool. You don't get the technical commentary as you do in the manga and anime, but occasionally, they'll mention the particular skill...or if you are a fan, you may recognize the technique...haha. I was slightly disappointed by the final showdown with Kenshin and Shishio since it was more of a tag-team effort rather than Kenshin being all awesome himself. It was nonetheless fun to watch. I was impressed by the athleticism of Soujirou and Kenshin especially; stuntmen? cgi?. There was a lot of low ground work and running on the walls. Did anyone else question the final scene....everyone arrives on shore half-dead with obvious life-threatening injuries, and NONE of the police give them a hand...or run to get a doctor? Overall, I was surpisingly happy with the three movies. The main cast grew on me and the production was exciting. It's nice to see that anime-to-live action movies can stay faithful to the original source, and does not have to look too cartoonish. ~8/10 rating~ for this movie.

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Tomorrow's Cantabile kdrama 1-4! is the Korean live-action drama version of the manga, Nodame Cantabile. Yoo Jin (Chiaki), a young music piano student dreams of becoming the conductor of an orchestra. He is arrogant and supposedly handsome (hmmm...not a cute as Tamaki Hiroshi). Nae Il (Nodame) is a free-spirited piano student who has a part-time job playing for kids (not as quirky as Ueno Juri...no 'gyabo's!'). This version doesn't stray too much from the original, but this drama makes me miss the jdrama a lot. The jdrama really captured the manga quite perfectly. The kdrama is a pretty good imitation of it, too. It doesn't throw in the cute over-the-top comedy that the jdrama did. Because it is a kdrama, there is more time-filler scenes with the adult professors. The kdrama does retain the key, cute scenes like when Yoo Jin washes Nae-Il's hair because it stinks so much. I'm inclined to just go and re-watch the jdrama since the kdrama doesn't really bring anything new to the story. If you watch the jdrama and kdrama side-by-side, the jdrama paces itself better and ends the episode on better cliffhangers. I think kdrama fans will still like this version. As always I enjoy the kdrama's choice of modern architecture.

Kdramas

Apr. 29th, 2014 07:49 pm
Nodame Cantabile kdrama...I swear that was called Beethoven Virus...well, it was an AU version of the jdrama. Oh well, it's probably time for another remake...and I'll watch it. :)

Kdramas

Apr. 29th, 2014 07:49 pm
Nodame Cantabile kdrama...I swear that was called Beethoven Virus...well, it was an AU version of the jdrama. Oh well, it's probably time for another remake...and I'll watch it. :)
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Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score Part 2! jmovie which is the last Nodame installment; unless, they decide to shoot the opera arc. This last part contains less fluff that the previous parts, but it does have the cute kotatsu scene! Nodame feels down when Chiaki conducts and plays the piano all by himself, when he moves out, when she is denied competitions from her teacher again, and when Rui is chosen to play a particular piano concerto with Chiaki. Streseman whips up a magical circle of doom, and invites Nodame to perform with him. She does so so successfully that she runs away from Chiaki for various reasons. All is resolved when they get a chance to play the Mozart duet together again. Like part 1, this movie had some very beautiful shots of Europe and cute cgi. The edits to the manga's story were very good decisions for the movie. ~10/10 rating~ for an excellent couple with a truly interesting relationship, and excellent story.

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Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score Part 2! jmovie which is the last Nodame installment; unless, they decide to shoot the opera arc. This last part contains less fluff that the previous parts, but it does have the cute kotatsu scene! Nodame feels down when Chiaki conducts and plays the piano all by himself, when he moves out, when she is denied competitions from her teacher again, and when Rui is chosen to play a particular piano concerto with Chiaki. Streseman whips up a magical circle of doom, and invites Nodame to perform with him. She does so so successfully that she runs away from Chiaki for various reasons. All is resolved when they get a chance to play the Mozart duet together again. Like part 1, this movie had some very beautiful shots of Europe and cute cgi. The edits to the manga's story were very good decisions for the movie. ~10/10 rating~ for an excellent couple with a truly interesting relationship, and excellent story.

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Again!

Jul. 21st, 2010 07:14 pm
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Nodame Cantabile: The Final Movement Part 1 jmovie! (theatrical/dvd version) is even better than the previous tv version I watched. The version that played in the theaters wasn't narrated by Strezemann AND did not have that whole flashback section at all. Those omissions mean more Nodame and Chiaki scenes! And there really is quite a few more scenes, important ones, too...that last part especially.. ~10/10 rating~ for this movie. Looking forward to the next part in October.

I skimmed through Natsuniji with Matsujun and it was cute, but I better wait for subs to get a better idea of the dialogue...

Again!

Jul. 21st, 2010 07:14 pm
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Nodame Cantabile: The Final Movement Part 1 jmovie! (theatrical/dvd version) is even better than the previous tv version I watched. The version that played in the theaters wasn't narrated by Strezemann AND did not have that whole flashback section at all. Those omissions mean more Nodame and Chiaki scenes! And there really is quite a few more scenes, important ones, too...that last part especially.. ~10/10 rating~ for this movie. Looking forward to the next part in October.

I skimmed through Natsuniji with Matsujun and it was cute, but I better wait for subs to get a better idea of the dialogue...

Cute!

Jun. 18th, 2010 09:26 am
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Hotaru no Hikari 2's promo image is cute! Starts July 7th!

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Nodame Cantabile: The Final Movement Part 1 jmovie! (tv version) was great. Nodame and Chiaki were charming as always. Loved the extra special effects with the mongoose and Purigorota. The curry incident was so funny. The foreign actors were so well-cast; the concertmaster, oboist with the daughter, etc. The first movie mostly focuses on Chiaki's struggles with his new orchestra. His intense conducting style continues to crack me up. I was impressed at how lovely the production in Europe was.

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Cute!

Jun. 18th, 2010 09:26 am
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Hotaru no Hikari 2's promo image is cute! Starts July 7th!

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Nodame Cantabile: The Final Movement Part 1 jmovie! (tv version) was great. Nodame and Chiaki were charming as always. Loved the extra special effects with the mongoose and Purigorota. The curry incident was so funny. The foreign actors were so well-cast; the concertmaster, oboist with the daughter, etc. The first movie mostly focuses on Chiaki's struggles with his new orchestra. His intense conducting style continues to crack me up. I was impressed at how lovely the production in Europe was.

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Distracting myself is easy to do...
Top youtube videos from Japan - compiled by Oricon. So yes, kitties are in a few.

Arakawa under the Bridge 3! Hoshi takes Riku to confessional with Sister which leads Riku to ask Nino out on their first date. Good laughs out of this episode.

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Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei/Tatami Galaxy 1! uses the artistic style of Yusuke Nakamura to tell the tale of a college dropout.

+ Interesting Madhouse production and art style
- Haven't I seen this story before?
+ Maaya Sakamoto
- Where's Hiroshi Kamiya?

Quick impression~Yusuke Nakamura is somewhat known for illustrating the covers to Asian Kung-fu Generation's albums. AKG does the opening theme song. There must be another tie to Arakawa under the Bridge outside of the loser-like male character finding love plot....and it is Maaya Sakamoto! I almost thought Hiroshi Kamiya was in here, too, but the main male character is voiced by someone I don't know that sounds eerily similar. As for the story, a nameless main character has a crush, and a Popeye-looking matchmaker and demonic-looking friend try to help. It's another dialogue-heavy, novel-based story where the main character over-analyzes his life. I'll attempt to watch another episode, but it is honestly similar to Arakawa without the same light-hearted humor.

Nodame Cantabile: Finale 0! the DVD extra episode is about Kiyora and Mine's visit. Nodame's imitation of Chiaki was funny.

Durarara 15! Narrated by a freelance writer who is trying to write an article about the strongest person in the area, Shizuo, and then...uh oh, red eyes. I'm a fan of Shizuo and Celty.

House of Five Leaves 2! Masa's meek personality draws him into Yaichi's gang more and more. The lax pace is offset by some nice music.
Distracting myself is easy to do...
Top youtube videos from Japan - compiled by Oricon. So yes, kitties are in a few.

Arakawa under the Bridge 3! Hoshi takes Riku to confessional with Sister which leads Riku to ask Nino out on their first date. Good laughs out of this episode.

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Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei/Tatami Galaxy 1! uses the artistic style of Yusuke Nakamura to tell the tale of a college dropout.

+ Interesting Madhouse production and art style
- Haven't I seen this story before?
+ Maaya Sakamoto
- Where's Hiroshi Kamiya?

Quick impression~Yusuke Nakamura is somewhat known for illustrating the covers to Asian Kung-fu Generation's albums. AKG does the opening theme song. There must be another tie to Arakawa under the Bridge outside of the loser-like male character finding love plot....and it is Maaya Sakamoto! I almost thought Hiroshi Kamiya was in here, too, but the main male character is voiced by someone I don't know that sounds eerily similar. As for the story, a nameless main character has a crush, and a Popeye-looking matchmaker and demonic-looking friend try to help. It's another dialogue-heavy, novel-based story where the main character over-analyzes his life. I'll attempt to watch another episode, but it is honestly similar to Arakawa without the same light-hearted humor.

Nodame Cantabile: Finale 0! the DVD extra episode is about Kiyora and Mine's visit. Nodame's imitation of Chiaki was funny.

Durarara 15! Narrated by a freelance writer who is trying to write an article about the strongest person in the area, Shizuo, and then...uh oh, red eyes. I'm a fan of Shizuo and Celty.

House of Five Leaves 2! Masa's meek personality draws him into Yaichi's gang more and more. The lax pace is offset by some nice music.
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As much as I like the live-action Nodame Cantabile series. That Chiaki doll is scary.
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As much as I like the live-action Nodame Cantabile series. That Chiaki doll is scary.
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Nodame Cantabile: Finale 11! the end. (of the tv episodes) Chiaki's thoughts were funny as Nodame inadvertently insults him, rejects him and sorta breaks up with him. Very nice ending. ~8/10 rating~ smooth transition from the previous season with the same likable characters progressing in their lives. The animation was the same mediocre, but not horrible production. Nodame and Chiaki are still my favorite anime couple, since they compliment each other so well and humorously.

Letter Bee 25! the end (of this season). What a terrible manga-to-anime production. The last 15 minutes were more interesting than the previous 24 episodes, and the point was only to set-up the 2nd season. We learn that Gauche became a Marauder named Noir working for Reverse, an anti-gov't org. He shoots Lag and leaves him...credits roll. ~6/10 rating~ for an anime with wasted potential. The first couple episodes set up something unique (mailman anime!) with twisted (sometimes perverted) humor, but the half-arsed writers threw in so many fillers that you forget all the interestingness. It seems like they are saving the meat of the original manga story for the next season.

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Darker the Black S2 OVA 2! continues Hei and Yin's run, but now with more Yin craziness and a touch darker. It also had more fanservice...for the guys. The detail to the setting was really nice..HK?

Durarara 12! Felt like Celty, Mikado, and Harima & Seiji all had their tentative resolutions. Izaya keeps pulling strings though. Becoming a fan of Celty and the doctor, but don't see it lasting.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood 50! Mustang and his men/women continue their coup, while Ed and the others try to reach the Escaflowne-esque bearded bad guy. Good stuff. Wish the series had some hour long episodes.
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Nodame Cantabile: Finale 11! the end. (of the tv episodes) Chiaki's thoughts were funny as Nodame inadvertently insults him, rejects him and sorta breaks up with him. Very nice ending. ~8/10 rating~ smooth transition from the previous season with the same likable characters progressing in their lives. The animation was the same mediocre, but not horrible production. Nodame and Chiaki are still my favorite anime couple, since they compliment each other so well and humorously.

Letter Bee 25! the end (of this season). What a terrible manga-to-anime production. The last 15 minutes were more interesting than the previous 24 episodes, and the point was only to set-up the 2nd season. We learn that Gauche became a Marauder named Noir working for Reverse, an anti-gov't org. He shoots Lag and leaves him...credits roll. ~6/10 rating~ for an anime with wasted potential. The first couple episodes set up something unique (mailman anime!) with twisted (sometimes perverted) humor, but the half-arsed writers threw in so many fillers that you forget all the interestingness. It seems like they are saving the meat of the original manga story for the next season.

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Darker the Black S2 OVA 2! continues Hei and Yin's run, but now with more Yin craziness and a touch darker. It also had more fanservice...for the guys. The detail to the setting was really nice..HK?

Durarara 12! Felt like Celty, Mikado, and Harima & Seiji all had their tentative resolutions. Izaya keeps pulling strings though. Becoming a fan of Celty and the doctor, but don't see it lasting.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood 50! Mustang and his men/women continue their coup, while Ed and the others try to reach the Escaflowne-esque bearded bad guy. Good stuff. Wish the series had some hour long episodes.
So Nodame Cantabile: Finale, Kobato, Kimi ni Todoke & Tegami Bachi are ending within a week. Inuyasha ends the following week. (A slight edit as Nodame Cantabile & Tegami Bachi have dvd episodes.) Thus, another winter season ends.

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Nodame Cantabile: Finale 10! Nodame runs away after her debut with Streseman. Nodame was very cute and touching in her struggle. The last tv episode also looks sweet.
Nodame Cantabile: Finale 9! Nodame performs with Streseman in London. Two more to go plus an extra DVD episode. Still one of my favorite shows despite the lower animation quality. Where're the Finale movies?...oh, part one of the movie isn't out on dvd until June...:(

Durarara 10! Mikado, Celty and Izaya pow-wow for a bit. Most of the characters have reminded me a little of those in Baccano, but Mikado. But but, in this episode Mikado kinda reminds me of how Jacuzzi Splot had a 2nd type of personality when pushed into a corner.

Letter Bee 23! Lag, Niche and Connor are checking out a town where a couple of telemarketers selling the town some bad healing powers. One has claws like Niche.

What's on?

Mar. 7th, 2010 10:34 pm
Went to see Alice and yes, plenty of visual yummies, but the development of the story was rather cringe-inducing.
what I thought was going to happen... ) The CGI was pretty lovely at times and then reminded me of Gumby-Spiderman at other times. That thing near the end? Did they really have to add that?

Working! 1! The first of the new spring shows is about employees who work at a family restaurant. Did the one guy say that the fries would take 17 minutes? What kind of fries take that long to cook. This turned out to be a typical megane male character in a new environment series. Takanashi (voiced by Fukujun) is recruited by a tiny moe-female upperclassman to work in a restaurant. The place has the typical cast of stereotypes. *snooze* The series doesn't really start until April, but eh, no more please.

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Nodame Cantabile: Finale 8! It's a shame the half-asleep animation team worked on this episode since it's somewhat of a pivotal moment in Nodame & Chiaki's relationship. There were some odd transitions? Anyway, Nodame proposes out of desperation for a new goal or something like that. But Stresemann comes in to lure her into the 'dark' side via magical circle a la Negima or CLAMP. Btw, the 2nd movie trailer looks like it'll cover some of this, too...along with inserting old character side stories.

Letter Bee 22! The 2nd part of the arc which uses very cheesy methods to show us that Gauche Suede is worth looking for. He crosses the Sahara to help Dr. Thunderland Jr....I see slash potential.

Inuyasha: The Final Act 19-22! It was ridiculous how easily Naraku got ahold of Kohaku's shard, and ridiculous how Kohaku survived. The best part of this series is seeing how the other characters interact with Sesshoumaru. The final battle is turning out to be mildly interesting though predictable.
Bakemonogatari 14! the next online episode covering the Tsubasa Cat arc. Shinobu goes missing. Araragi gets his harem to help him find her since she can control Hanekawa in her cat form. Hanekawa then joins in the search since Shinobu is important to Araragi. Still a great show. My only criticism is that the new opening song isn't as cute or interesting as the Nadeko Snake opening.

Durarara 8! Is it weird that Celty's typepad has the english alphabet which types in japanese? Awesome twist at the end of this episode. <3

Nodame Cantabile: Finale 7! Nodame continues her lessons without Chiaki while he gets ready for his performance with Rui. As a side note, it was a tad disappointing that the couple didn't get a performance together at the end of the manga, but I suppose there is still hope since the Opera arc of the manga is still going on. Can't really say that that arc is as charming though.

Letter Bee 21! Looks like a 2-part arc featuring a flashback to Gauche, Dr. Thunderland...and a filler character? Mana Jones....not the worst episode, and at least they haven't forgotten about Gauche. Read that they've announced another season which might mean that they won't get to Niche's arc this season...which would annoy me since it was the only reason I was trudging my way through this.

Catsup

Feb. 21st, 2010 02:34 pm
Kimi ni Todoke 19! I think the animators forgot how to draw a face. Good thing the SD parts are cute.

Durarara 7! A cute episode featuring Shizuo. I understand the Shizuo x Izaya fanbase now.

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Nodame Cantabile: Finale 6! Probably the only show that makes me laugh. Chiaki takes some time to see how Nodame's studies are going.

Letter Bee 20! is about Zazie's 'thing' with the gaichuu. Based on the titles of the next 2 episodes, it doesn't look like they'll get back to the manga anytime soon. The series is a bit aimless right now.

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