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Macross Frontier ~Sayonara no Tsubasa~ movie! The 2nd of the two movies is finally out. Sheryl and Ranka's concert scenes are impressive. If nothing else, the movie is worth watching for the sensory overload. The CGI and production are wonderful during the concerts and battles. Yoko Kanno's songs are catchy, too. The first movie and second movie took the tv series' love triangle and alien battle and filtered the fillers and mess. The movies are pretty good at cutting all the side character stories, but good to see that *spoilers*

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*spoilers* all the good guys survive. *major spoilers* One of the conclusive story elements the movie addressed was the love triangle. Alto does choose Sheryl (he doesn't choose either in the tv series); c'mon Ranka is like 13? Tough choice there. *even bigger spoilers* but there a twist at the end. I think the Vajra queen took Alto to procreate; not sure about the logistics there...haha. The humans got a new planet. The aliens got a pretty boy. I think it's a fair trade. Anyway, although the characters in general are rather cut&paste anime characters, the visual & music production are sweet and worth the watch. I'm sure watching this in the theaters would be quite an experience. ~8/10 rating~ for these movies. These are movies that should actually be in 3D. By the end, I think Sheryl, Ranka and Alto are ok characters on their own. The romantic conflict between a Fairy, Cinderella and Princess wasn't so believable; maybe there should have been a beauty pagent or something.
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Macross Frontier ~Sayonara no Tsubasa~ movie! The 2nd of the two movies is finally out. Sheryl and Ranka's concert scenes are impressive. If nothing else, the movie is worth watching for the sensory overload. The CGI and production are wonderful during the concerts and battles. Yoko Kanno's songs are catchy, too. The first movie and second movie took the tv series' love triangle and alien battle and filtered the fillers and mess. The movies are pretty good at cutting all the side character stories, but good to see that *spoilers*

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*spoilers* all the good guys survive. *major spoilers* One of the conclusive story elements the movie addressed was the love triangle. Alto does choose Sheryl (he doesn't choose either in the tv series); c'mon Ranka is like 13? Tough choice there. *even bigger spoilers* but there a twist at the end. I think the Vajra queen took Alto to procreate; not sure about the logistics there...haha. The humans got a new planet. The aliens got a pretty boy. I think it's a fair trade. Anyway, although the characters in general are rather cut&paste anime characters, the visual & music production are sweet and worth the watch. I'm sure watching this in the theaters would be quite an experience. ~8/10 rating~ for these movies. These are movies that should actually be in 3D. By the end, I think Sheryl, Ranka and Alto are ok characters on their own. The romantic conflict between a Fairy, Cinderella and Princess wasn't so believable; maybe there should have been a beauty pagent or something.
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Macross Frontier ~Itsuwari no Utahime~ movie! is a retelling of most of the tv series with better animation and no fillers. Some of the roles are re-positioned, but all the characters retain their bland or mostly soap-opera personalities. There's another movie to follow-up on this one. This one focuses on Sheryl (sometimes on billboards as Shelley?)'s visit to Frontier, the invasion of Vajra, Ranka's desire to sing, and Alto's desire to fly. The title comes from the fact that everyone suspects Sheryl of being a spy from Galaxy (the sort of central government) sent with the Vajra to attack Frontier...or something like that; the plot has many holes. The movie ends with the characters believing that Sheryl is not a spy, and them also figuring out that Galaxy is not after them.
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I don't think any of the characters are interesting without the slap-in-the-face fanservice; Sheryl's boobs and butt, Ranka's prepubescent-type appeal, Alto's crossdressing appeal. What is interesting is all the fighting-mecha eye-candy along with the constant background music. The concert sets are pretty nice, too. One new plot-point is that I think they used Sheryl's voice for Ranka's mother (instead of Maaya Sakamoto's)...which would be an interesting Desperate-Housewives-like twist on the love triangle. Hopefully, the 2nd movie will continue to have nice animation and more new songs.

Otome Youkai Zakuro 6! has chibi-youkai girls being sad.

Togainu no chi 5! Akira's heart goes dokidoki when he thinks of Shiki. He also gets into a lovers spat with Keisuke...who is quite the whiner.

Arakawa Under the Bridgex2 6! getting a little closer to Nino's background.
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Macross Frontier ~Itsuwari no Utahime~ movie! is a retelling of most of the tv series with better animation and no fillers. Some of the roles are re-positioned, but all the characters retain their bland or mostly soap-opera personalities. There's another movie to follow-up on this one. This one focuses on Sheryl (sometimes on billboards as Shelley?)'s visit to Frontier, the invasion of Vajra, Ranka's desire to sing, and Alto's desire to fly. The title comes from the fact that everyone suspects Sheryl of being a spy from Galaxy (the sort of central government) sent with the Vajra to attack Frontier...or something like that; the plot has many holes. The movie ends with the characters believing that Sheryl is not a spy, and them also figuring out that Galaxy is not after them.
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I don't think any of the characters are interesting without the slap-in-the-face fanservice; Sheryl's boobs and butt, Ranka's prepubescent-type appeal, Alto's crossdressing appeal. What is interesting is all the fighting-mecha eye-candy along with the constant background music. The concert sets are pretty nice, too. One new plot-point is that I think they used Sheryl's voice for Ranka's mother (instead of Maaya Sakamoto's)...which would be an interesting Desperate-Housewives-like twist on the love triangle. Hopefully, the 2nd movie will continue to have nice animation and more new songs.

Otome Youkai Zakuro 6! has chibi-youkai girls being sad.

Togainu no chi 5! Akira's heart goes dokidoki when he thinks of Shiki. He also gets into a lovers spat with Keisuke...who is quite the whiner.

Arakawa Under the Bridgex2 6! getting a little closer to Nino's background.
Funny to hear Tiera narrating the trailer for the Macross F movie (okay, Hiroshi Kamiya voices whathisname). Glad to see Segways in future, fictional SF. Last weekend must've been the first touristy weekend of the season. Saw the Seg tour groups out.

Skimmed through the Eurovision videos. Norway was cute and deserved the win. #2 & 3 were pretty generic. There were some weird/creepy ones..Greece.

VAMPS' self-titled album draws its inspiration from vampires which is no big surprise; Vampire Depression, Redrum, Deep Red, Hunting are some of the song titles. There are 7 new songs with 4 previously released songs and 2 instrumental tracks (1 technically a shouting track). Most of the songs are hard rock club songs, Redrum being one that stands out maybe like a Marilyn Manson song. Deep Red isn't bad either. Some of the others sound a bit generic. Sweet Dreams is a pretty ballad. Let's hope the pig flu doesn't scare them away from the US tour although the way Hyde is screaming/shouting/yelling on this album, I'd be surprised that he has any voice left. ~7/10 rating~ - totally counting down the days until Laruku gets back together.
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Nodame Cantabile -Paris-hen- 8! is a cute transitional episode as Nodame and the others finish the school year, and Chiaki recovers from his less-than-ideal concert. The scene at the car dealership was funny.

Macross F's Nyantama album is collection of vocal tracks from the anime. Maaya's Aimo wasn't too interesting since it was 2 minutes of digitalized-whispery stuff. The duet with Ranka was short and uneventful. 7 versions of Aimo amongst 2 CDs? a little overkill, huh? Most of the songs are exactly the same. A few have Sheryl or Ranka shouting in the beginning. On the other hand, a few of Sheryl's songs have the audience background noise cut-out...The Sheryl-on-stage album had the crowd. So if you actually wanted clean versions of every single song, you'd need to buy all the albums....haha..clever. For a show with so many deficiencies, its music seems to keep its popularity going.
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Macross F 25! the end..until the oh-so-surprising movie. *spoilers* Well, huge explosions apparently mean your cockpit is totally burned up, but you, yourself are a-ok. What was the point of Alto's former geisha-self flashing by? Um, so Sheryl's life-threatening illness is cured, the Vajra decide to help out & sacrifice themselves, because they are totally moe for Sheryl and Ranka, and yeah, the girls predictably save the galaxy singing naked. The only unexpected good thing about the last episode was that Maaya Sakamoto sang a version of the Aimo song. And that explanation of Aimo being some sort of mating call? Ew. ~6/10 rating~ for the series. Points for a fun soundtrack and Alto being the prettiest girl on the block, but minus points for every single character having no depth to their personality and no brains in their heads. Based on the first episode, this series had so much potential, but seriously fell flat in its writing, consistent animation and again, character development; even Grace sucked at being an evil overlord.

New shows next week. yay.

Woe is me

Sep. 21st, 2008 04:54 pm
Poor PC did not make it through the move unscathed, and is now in hopefully-miraculous-100GB-data-recovery-land-please-get-everything-in-usable-format-please.

BUT...watched some anime with sis...

Code Geass R2 24! Nunnally is way too trigger happy. Everyone else is just desperate to get the show over and done with and just fight for no apparent real reason, but this does result in some nice battle scenes.

Macross F 24! Everyone cheered as one of the main characters explodes, but is it a true death or soap opera death? Have I already mentioned that the writing for this story sucks?
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Macross Frontier 23! Did Code Geass and Gundam hog all the good writers? and the decent animators for that matter. In this episode Ranka remembers that Brera is her brother..just in time for him to get reprogrammed by the bad guys. Alto believes in the government (and not his comrads) and vows to kill Ranka. At what point did the aliens suck out everyone's brains? I must've missed that episode.
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Soul Eater 22! Along with Code Geass, this show is one that keeps getting more exciting each week. Kid and Black Star have a nice and funny fight scene. And then we get to an almost gruesome scene as frog-girl and wolf-boy get closer to the Kishin. Eep..with the biting off of faces.

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Antique 10! is about the kidnapper whose motives are made clearer. Tachibana's initial reaction to Ono's confession was also made clearer.

Macross F 22! While Ranka is braving off to unknown alien bug territory, was that pity-smut that Alto and Sheryl were engaging in? They cut away, but since the whole episode was blech, I'm assuming it was. Secretary-robot squeezing herself was a bit perverse and just blech.

Nabari no Ou 22! tedious...looking at the climactic chapter 50, the anime has gone severely downhill since straying from the manga. They definitely should have taken a break at episode 13 or something since the manga looks so close to the end. Oh noes...Yoite. :((
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Natsume Yuujinchou 8! Every week I get the urge to get a big, fat cat that talks. Looked like Nyanko-sensei was going to let Natsume fall off the cliff and splatter in that one scene.

Soul Eater 21! The most adorable two little girls ever! Um, not the cat and mouse who are adorable in a more slutty way.

Macross F 21! Hey, Nina built these guys a Freija thing, too. Isn't the alien plot from a Hollywood movie? sans the mecha and singing.

Antique 9! Eiji is given a push towards studying in France.
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Code Geass R2 20! Gotta love random plot twists...though maybe the hairstyle should have given it away? Also, gotta love the Knight of One's sword. too obvious? yeah right. (btw, Knight of One x Super-Maid would be a hot couple.)

All the other episode 20's, a 21 and an 8 )

I wish the Borders/Amazon partnership hadn't went away. C'mon, Borders' online prices and inventory stink next to Amazon. Anyway, went to the bookstore to browse a new short novel and 'likely in store' is an unacceptable inventory status. Don't you use computers to scan inventory? So, it's not in the section it says it should be at, and it's not on an endcap or display table...so where is it 'likely' to be? eh, maybe should have asked someone, but a big otaku-ish salesperson was spouting off the virtues of manga to some customers, and it didn't seem like she'd stop anytime soon. ~So I went home to eat a donut. mmm.

Have a manga post coming up...mmm donuts..I mean, manga.
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Macross F 19! If the girl reminds you of your mother, does that make it more or less likely that you want to make her your girlfriend? hm. If your pet turns into a human-eating alien, should you try to keep it? The animation quality was up during 80% of the episode. I wonder why the animators can't keep the characters' mouths and eyes in the correct places during the other 20%. What else did I want to write? Oh yeah. More San Francisco landmarks get an insert in this episode. Y'know, if Alto really wanted to see his mother, he should really just look in the mirror.
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Macross F 18! There's a new opening with Sheryl and Ranka singing 'Lion' and it again emphasizes the love triangle. And like the first opening, the visuals suggest that Sheryl and Ranka will have to sing naked to save the galaxy. But wait, there's an outdoor sales person trying to sell Alto a dress. So if you squint, it's a show about three girls fighting over each other; not about war with insect aliens. Also, if you squint really hard, Alto's brother does indeed look like Alto or maybe Sheryl needs glasses or a bra. With the shiny, new opening, I thought that this episode would have better than average animation, but no, the 2D animation still reeks. (There is something seriously wrong with how Sheryl's boobs are hanging out of her dress)
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Soul Eater 18! Before this episode, it seemed like each episode arc was somewhat independent of each other; ie. one-shots. But it seems we get to the core of the series now. Y'gotta wonder at Shinigami's ho-hum personality, the existence of Maka's mother and for that matter, Kid's mother. In this episode, Medusa attacks.
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Macross F 17! I think overkill is just around the corner for Ranka's Seikan Hikou song, but we get treated to Macross 7 music a few times in this episode. I guess this show is taking a more positive approach to mech shows unlike Gundam and Code Geass. Ozma was totally on the cutting board until the last 2 minutes. Tricksies writers.

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Nabari no Ou 17! Yukimi who without anything special is probably the best ninja out of all of them. He also seems to be the kindest and most level-headed one. Yoite falls into emo darkness which leaks into the next episode.

Soul Eater 17! was a filler with Excaliber...who was cute before, but not so much the second time around.

Natsume Yuujinchou 4! Natsume helps out a classmate. Nyanko-sensei can turn into a girl. who knew.
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Nabari no Ou 16! Miharu and Yoite head out on their own to get Banten's scroll. Not much action, but I'm enjoying the story developments. I like the new ending better than the first.

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Macross F 16! The government uses Ranka's Aimo song to attack the Vajra. The next episode is titled 'Goodbye Sister'. Subtle, right? The new ending reminds me of Ayumi Hamasaki.
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Code Geass R2 15! can't wait til C.C. rediscovers Pizza Hut. This episode reveals C.C.'s background story, and the geass contract which vaguely reminded me of Tokyo Babylon. *spoilers* She has one of two true wishes--to die or to know true love. I think the 'to die' part is what is clearly perceived...but the second is extrapolated by her original geass problems.

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Nabari no Ou 15! Have to admit that Koichi is getting even more interesting. Um, they are fast running out of manga material...*cries* Another unfinished story.

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Macross F 15! was mostly a flashback with 'mysterious' voices narrating. There was a musical scene where Ranka and Sheryl were serenading Alto with 'What about my star' though the cuteness was undercut by cheap animation. When will the Macross F musical be announced...ha.

ETA: the new 'it' anime dance? probably not, but watching both videos at once is fun. (megumi's video is one second behind the instructional video.)

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Antique 3! Chikage joins the cast...um, the second half was really gay...like Barney gay. I was almost embarrassed to be watching it.

Bounen no Xamdou/Xam'd Lost Memories 1! is about ordinary boy who gets alien(?) powers.
Quick impression and summary~ almost fell asleep, but the last part was good. The woman with the glasses looks intriguing.
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Macross F 14! A huge battle turns out to be just a quick skirmish. Ranka's glowing belly doesn't look too promising. Alien insect babies?
I guess holiday driving means 'drive really fast and get caught by police speedtraps or flip your car over and cause massive tie-ups on the highway.'

Caught up on some fantastic turning-point episodes. Much blabbing ahead...
Rolo is the butler in the coat closet, A girl in boxers, Catgirl & finished one more )
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Macross F 12! features Ranka saving the universe with her pop-happy new song & dance while bedridden Sheryl becomes jealous. Was high on nostalgia while watching the Zentradi zone out the battle to blush at the little girl. I have no preference for either Ranka or Sheryl in regards to music or who gets the guy. I like Sheryl's pink Jem-hair and porny oufits, and I like Ranka's cute fangs and stupidly cute dance equally. It is quite sad that there is no boy-love potential in the series yet. How can a show survive without the everlasting fanporn created by fangirls?..oh wait, there's the girl-love.

Ah, here's Antique's official anime site.

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