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January 21 2015

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Another random drawing.

No I'm not back yet.

July 04 2011


Series review template

Brief synopsis, and the true meaning of the series. Mention the character names for the ones involved.
(Brief discussion of a notable theme)
Good points
Bad points
Final words (recommendation?, scores/100)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

The idea for hope and despair, salvation and redemption, PMMM is a show that explores the tiring genre of mahou shoujo and gives it a more realistic darker twist....(blah blah blah you get what i mean)

I love it. It's not the first dark mahou shoujo show, but it's one of the few that actually does it well.

The idea of equivalent trade off, the fine prints in the contract, the whole questioning of the motives of those mahou shoujo mascots.

The story, the characters, the art direction, the music, the overall execution package. Those things are just so great throughout the series.

Your usual SHAFT animation issues, pacing could be tightening up a bit more, some minor loose ends that can be edited

Watch it now. 92/100

June 27 2011


Secred 7 synopsis (taken from RC)

Sunrise is back in the swing of things with their original series, and this latest one finds Tandouji Aruma (Terashima Takuma) in a Kantou port city, where he meets a mysterious transfer student named Aiba Ruri (Nakajima Megumi) asking for his help. Arumi is known as a “Yoshi”, one who possesses the Sacred Seven power, but he declines because he’s become an outcast after losing control of his power in the past. Before long, rock demons known as “Ashi” appear and wreak havoc, so Ruri entrusts Aruma with a jewel imbued with her will to help him realize his true power to defeat them. It turns out that Ruri is the wealthy daughter of the Aibi Foundation, and is establishing an anti-Ashi organization because of a past incident. She’s supported by her butler Kagami Makoto (Irino Miyu) and a Maid Unit that he commands.

March 05 2011

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Passage taken from 4chan (?)   (◕‿‿◕)

I've already posted it in the previous thread but i've found some things since . 
"Orion was the son of the sea-god Poseidon" - the reason for Sayaka's fish form .
 "Odysseus sees him hunting in the underworld with a bronze club" - first time we've seen Sayaka in a barrier(underworld) , she carried a golden(bronze) bat .
"he hunted with the goddess Artemis and her mother Leto"- she hunted with Mami and Madoka . 
"threatened to kill every beast on Earth"- kill every witch on the world . 
"Mother Earth objected and sent a giant scorpion to kill Orion" Kyouko appears , Kyouko's spear could refer to the scorpions spear(tail).
"The creature succeeded, and after his death, the goddesses asked Zeus to place Orion among the constellations. Zeus consented and, as a memorial to the hero's death, added the Scorpion to the heavens as well"- and now they're both in the skies .

However, the sad thing being that those two constellations will never be on the sky at the same time. Guess that's the bittersweet ending for the pair. Die together, yet separated forever.

February 26 2011


A summary of what Sayaka has gone through (in chinese)

結果立即被紅毛打臉 還要被黑毛拯救
這兩個人都是她最討厭的類型 (自私自利 學姐亦因此身亡)
認識到自己的弱小 用身體親自感受到戰鬥的痛楚(雖然已減輕)
別忘記她原本是個幸福少女 搞不好連她爸媽都沒打過她...

雖然說不求回報 但藍毛心底裡總是希望有朝會和上條成為一對的
但成為殭屍令她自慚形穢 這是第二道打擊
也開始自暴自棄 ---> 反正我算是已經死了 只是行屍走肉
但立即又被打臉 ---> 綠毛告白令她有「不救她就好」的念頭
原來自己不但是條活屍 能力又弱小 連自己的正義之心也是虛假的..

所以第七話結尾她才用捨身戰法-->既然這麼廢 便用這方法戰鬥吧 完全的自暴自棄
她會拒絕黑毛的悲嘆之種 並非不瞭解當中的嚴重性
而是她已經活得不耐煩了 就這樣一直戰鬥下去直至陣亡

估計她真的有對賤男動手 那就連心中最後一條防線也崩潰了

這幾天的經歷實在太殘忍了... (嘆)
Tags: madoka

February 09 2011

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Its quite rare for me to write about a doujin. I knew that I talk about OMK before, and for some reason I feel like doing the same thing for this one chapter manga. 

The basic story goes; guy admire a girl, guy sees the most popular girl in class doing prostitution, guy and 2nd girl starts to talk and know each other more, 2nd confessed to the guy, guy hesitated,2nd disappeared, guy left with the number of the first girl. Few years later, he still remembers that encounter, even though now happily married.

Themes of "2nd hand goods", extreme circumstances, lost opportunities, and love, are explored within this 30pg manga. The final message of "i lost the last one, so I have to be strong and treasure this one" is quite stronger than the one in OMK. The moral ambiguity of choosing between pure and broken, especially when you realize the social stigma she bears in her, yet still found yourself hesitating, is gut-wrenching. Though not as heart breaking as in OMK, you feel like you missed your chance to truly save someone. The final imagery of snow is really fitting; their final destination is always to be melted. She, who is crystal white at that moment, feels just like a fragile snowflake.

January 27 2011

If I want hehehe/omg/holyshtthisisawesome, i watch madoka magica
If i want roflmaoareyouserious outrageous intelligent humour, i watch level E
If I want fanservice, korezom
If i want to chill and relax, Hourou Musuko

If I want the weekly portion of loli, then it's Fractale time

January 16 2011

apparently in the 2nd ep of Madoka Magica lines of Goethe's Faust can be seen in one scene.

Signing pacts with the devil? I like the idea
at the moment my ranking for the 12 i watched are:

Hourou Musuko

Madoka Magica
Level E

Yumekui Merry




January 07 2011

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica - Episode #1

When you have an all star cast of ShinboxUrobuchixKajiuraxAoki working on an original series, you know you are going to get something interesting, if not something amazing. The first episode of Madoka Magica didn't fail to meet my high expectation. It's typical mahou shoujo affair, yet with your usual Nitro+ flavour of fk up ness couple with the grand celtic music from Kajiura.

I have to clarify something first, I never watched Nanoha, not even the first series which Shinbo directed. I have little to none knowledge regarding to the mahou shoujo genre other than a few odd CCS episodes I catch when I was really young. Some of the elements in this show might be present in other shows in the genre, but I'll probably fanboy over them since I never seen them before.

The tone of the episode is contrasting between the dark and surreal tone and the happy-go-fluffy school scene. In the first minute you are already introduced to an artsy world full of symbolic and fked up artifacts. Elegant laces, simple yet bold patterns in the background, gigantic floating tree, and a world of emptiness yet filled with menacing powers. All these on the backdrop of the blasting score from Kajiura. It's not going to be your usual Mahou Shoujo affair.

Then the focus changed to the ordinary fun school scene, where it just look so peaceful and normal. The introduction of a certain character also means the shift in  tone as you realise that something deeper is in the works. There's not much that can spoiled as so far the story didn't give you much, but I expect to go back to watch this episode again after the series has finished since it's obvious that there are hidden agendas behind characters' behaviours. The forces at work behind the whole scenario can be count as pretentious, but at the moment it's quite interesting.

As you are beginning to think that the dark and surreal scene in the beginning is nothing but a bad dream, the story hits you from a complete blindside. If you think that the opening scene is weird enough, wait till you get to the final few minutes of the episode. It's what makes me so hooked to this episode, the mind fk supernatural phenomenon is great.

Compare with the awesome set up, majestic music and crazy backdrop, Madoka Magica does suffer from a few weak links. Even as I am slowly getting adjusted to the look, Ume Aoki's design still stood out quite a lot. However I gathered that it might plays into the whole fluffy magical girls vs dark Nitro+ overtone business, so I'll just wait and see if it plays out nicely. The character animation, however, is not up to par. Often I got distracted by the weird still shots, and the action scenes just doesn't look that smooth when compare to other studios. It's not flaky per se, but seems like the characters are restrained by something when moving in fast pace. I know this series might not be your action shows, but I would so love to see some freedom in the mobility(especially when i just came off watching Hyakka Ryoran, and that's not a pun).

I quite like the OP and its animation. It's like 80 fluff and 20 sadness. While the ED did not make its presence this time, I expect something awesome from Kalafina in the next episode. I don't think I need to emphasis how much I love Yuki Kajiura's music.

Overall the show did its hype justice, even when there could be so much more to make it great. It's currently on my recommended list, and we'll see how the show will pan out. If his previous works are any indication, this will not end well (in terms of story). When they can make the transformation scene look badass, you know there's something good from it.

December 24 2010

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Hyakka Ryōran Samurai Girls

Being an avid anime watcher, I learnt not to judge anything from their first impression alone. Sadly, that's not usually the case for other watchers. Just like ARMS' previous work Queen's Blade, people often get fixated on the nudity aspect and quickly judge the series as nothing than "another Ikkitousen". Just for clarification, I was feeling neutral about Ikkitousen until that BJ scene, which then I drop it immediately afterwards. However, HRSG managed to capture my attention with great visual, awesome combat, fun characters, interesting personalities and not to mention a solid plot.

Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls is another HobbyJapan-ARMS production. Similar to QB earlier, the focus is on the cast of beautifully designed characters. However HRSG this time contains a more coherent plot having had a light novel series predate the anime adaptation.

The setting is in the alternative universe in modern Japan, where the souls and the spirits of Samurai and Generals still exist in the modern time. The show is best described as a "high school samurai comedy" (thanks RandomC), with most of the fun take place in the dojo between the main character Yagyu Muneakira and his fellow samurais. There are a number of name references of the famous Japanese characters, for example Yukimura, senhime and Jubei. It's a small harem you might say, and most of the comedy/story revolves around this tiny group of people, with occasional life stories on bond and trust. The series feel quite short however since the setting is mostly at one place, however HRSG has a very clear focus in the story as in your typical "must stop the resurrection of the final boss". It's not original, but I'm not asking too much in a series that focuses more on characters, and it did execute the story nicely.

You cannot talk about this show without mentioning the visual style. ARMS goes all out employing a grainy oriental ink painting direction when doing the backgrounds on top of using bold outlines on the characters. What it does is making the series just look absolutely beautiful. The backdrop looks amazing, and comparatively the character looks a lot cleaner than you normally associate in any other anime series. Sufficient to say, HRSG has got one of the best looks this year.

The combat sequence is quite awesome as well. Compare to Queen's Blade where they are stuck on earth and feel more like ancient medieval sluggish fightings, HRSG broke that restriction with the use of ink blots. Think filming a fight in the rain. When there's a huge collision you will see water splash on the camera lens. HRSG uses the ink blots to create similar effect during fight scenes. It's not CoD's jelly vision per se, but enhances the overall feel of dynamism during the fights. Several characters also use figurative ink as ways of combat. Start from stepping onto ink platforms in mid air to them as energy fields, this show is quite stylised in the combat department as well, not to mention the fluidity of animation.

Being an ARMS production, fanservice has to be there, otherwise it's such a shame leaving those beautiful character designs to waste. That being said, the fanservices are just that, fanservice. It doesn't come often in the story, and by the time you are hooked it's not the main focus anymore. Another thing I love about this series is their use of censorship. Instead of the generic light beam or black hole, they employs different ink blots onto the screen. Those ink blots fits into the overall theme of the story, and the show actually looks nicer with those on than them being removed.

The seiyuu are quite good, however I'm not that knowledgeable into this field so I won't talk too much about it. I'll just say that they fit the characters quite well. The OP and ED are really nice. Compare to shitty ones from QB, ARMS has certainly stepped up in their game. Those two are the ones I will not skip the OP nor ED during watching.

Overall how would I rate HRSG?
Is it a masterpiece? no. 
Does it deserve more credits than those rubbish the internet people sprout out? Definitely.
I would not call this series a guilty pleasure simply because it has a lot more on offer than your generic fan service. It's a solid series by itself, and I strongly recommend this show to anyone who's not offended by the occasional scenes of tastefully censored nudity. 

December 23 2010

Just a little reminder of the shows I'd watched this year in 2010

Angel Beats
Baka to Test

November 21 2010

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Mei City cover from OreImo~
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November 10 2010

There are tonnes of ika ero fanpic already, why does it matter who's drawing those anyway?

You should be glad at least it's not guro
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I seriously don't know why some people don't like the omnibus format in YnS. If the majority of the story revolves around the relationship with the female character, then it's no surprise that multiple concurrent arcs will clash with each other. When one story clash with another one, you can't have it all happening at the same time. 
And you don't waste valuable time doing anime original scenes where girls bitch at each other instead of focusing on the pre-existed story. You just don't. Especially when there isn't much time anyway.
Granted that the studio could've focusing on the sora arc for the whole 12 eps, but they made it clear that they want to cover the 4 girls' backstory in this series.
Tags: YnS

November 09 2010

they labeled the first one as Insert song, which I think is retarded as it's much better than that stupid ED2

November 03 2010

Part C of Ika Musume ep5. I love it when a medium decides to do a dialogue-less segment. The music and the seiyuu performance is just so great. The tone differs a lot from the usual episode that it's so gentle and heartwarming. The charm is at its max value in this segment. It typifies what makes this series so lovable without using any words.

There's a sense of attachment, and subsequently the sadness that comes with departure. As a viewer and fan of the series you realise how much you has grew attached to Ika Musume. It's like watching your kids grow. 

I'm not too sure if the greatness of this segment comes from the fact that I'd love the character already, but the way they present the time flow really tugs the heart string. It's not the tears for the misfortune of a specific character, but on the more broader level of term, of how time can be so cruel.

Maybe it's the surprise it gave me which provides the maximum impact, but this segment is truly one of the most emotional touching piece I'd seen. The idea may be simple and cute, but the execution is just so perfect.
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October 25 2010

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(pic from the ep5 preview)
I don't know what to think about it, on one hand I was glad that it won't go into harem ending, on the other hand "WTF YOU FKIN INCLUDE AN EXPLICIT ERO SCENE INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON STORY? WTF ARE YOU THINKING"
to be fair, you weren't updating these days either~ :P
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