And yeah, before I close up shop for the night: a quick lowdown on what I’m watching this season:
Good lord, it feels like its been ages since I’ve seen a good Anime Space Opera. The last real one of note was Banner of the Stars. Though I guess I did also enjoy Starship Operators.
Tytania might finally fill that gap. Lots of epic-ly animated space battles amidst a space-born politcal climate of some significant upheaval. Its even got the obligatory Opera like opening song.
Unfortunately, it is a bit of a Sausagefest TM, for what I’ve seen so far. The only girls we’ve seen so far are the girl with the amazing antennae in episode 1 who got about 5 seconds of screentime, the loli shoeshiner Fan Hulick pushes his hero gig on in Ep 2, and the concubine of the apathic Tytanian noble.
But heck, not that this really matters, so long as it delivers in other departments.
Pow, pow, pow, etc.
Fan-Hulick. A man from the Tylor school of Captains, apparently…
As in, a bit of womanizer, and the guy no-one expects to win. (but they should)
Its the Star-Trek moment where everyone falls around. Except they did the bridge in Georgian Decor and spilt their tea in the process. Ponces. I mean really, who calls their flagship “The Golden Sheep”. Thats like asking for trouble!
Watch out! Its another dating game adaptation!
But so far, I’m impressed with the pace that AkaneIro has been offering. So many of these things drag on through the mud for ages and the guy can’t even decide if he actually likes women (and hence should shoot himself). But not here; we got him kissing Yuuhi in the first episode.
Assuming they can keep this up, it might restore my faith in game adaptations that was so hideously shattered by the mind-rot that was Da Capo Second Season. (and don’t even talk to me about Sister Princess)
And its a bonus that his sister looks remarkably like StrikerS Nanoha. Though we have the usual obvious ‘we’re not blood related so its okay!’ thing going on already here. Groan. Do dating game protagonists EVER actually have Blood related sisters? EVER? If they did, they’d know just what an incredibly bad idea it is… Jeez…
Yuuhi uses alot of Hair Gel. And goes ‘grrr’ alot, apparently…
See? Grr, again! Though I guess I’d be pissed off too if a guy I met yesterday came an snogged me in front of 30 other people. Nanoha His sister can only look on scared.
To Aru Majutsu No Index (aka. A Certain Magical Index)
Aha, something which at least marginally reminds me of the awesomeness of DemonBane. Though no doubt with considerably fewer Cthulu and H.P. Lovecraft references.
I read a little bit of the manga for this; and decided it was pretty good. A guy who can cancel magic and psychic powers with his hand? A great power, but apparently it also cancels out all of the good luck that he recieves, lol.
And a girl called Index, who’s basically a library of magical tomes. Who likes to bite things. And even eats out of date sandwiches. Oh, and did I mention she dresses up as a Nun?
No jokes about sticking bookmarks in Indexes, please children…
Its been awesomely animated so far, and they did the Sprinklers vs. Fire Mage fight most excellently.
Damn Index! For a book, you’re well illustrated. Or something.
(Yeah, I know she’s not actually a book like Al Alzif/Necromonicon was in DemonBane, but I can’t help think about that in reference. This might have even come first. I don’t know…heh)
Poor Innocentius. Like most Fire Golems, I’m sure he just wanted to be loved.
Unfortunately, said love is likely to cause painful third degree burns. So poof you go, young lad!
Kannagi (aka. Crazy Shrine Maidens)
I still can’t really understand why Kannagi has that subtitle. Its not about Shrine Maidens at all. Rather, its about the Goddesses of said shrines.
Oh well. Again, I read a little of the Manga here. Its a quite hilarious romp. Nagi is of course the centre of attention, with her magical girl, bug squashing, split personality antics. Though Jin seems to spend most of his time angsting about having a female goddess suddenly living in his home. Give up and accept it, man! I know you’re peeved that she manifested in your woodcutting for art class and destroyed it, but get over it.
I also seriously enjoy (and sympathise with) Nagi’s destruction of bugs with extreme predujice.
And of course, Zange-chan has just appeared in episode 3. Woohoo!
Yar, I wear T-Shirts that say ‘Shameless’. It sums up her character perfectly. Heh…
Nagi, the Magical Girl Goddess, has arrived! 0_o
And finally, I guess I HAD to watch the Kugiyama Rie show of this season. As you might have guessed from the banner to this blog, I’m a Shana nutcase. And its good to see she’s still voicing Tsundere Loli’s of the highest caliber.
Again, I’ve peeked at the translation of the novels upon which ToraDora is based. Taiga and Ryuji are most superb characters. Unlike some series like this, I can really relate, as they actually seem to have more normal thought chains. I just hope the anime can do them justice!
There are of course the puns on their names; as Taiga is well known as the Palmtop Tiger, and Ryuji describes himself as a Dragon (Ryu). Their alliance to get together with their best friends is of course, as we all know, quite doomed to failure as they are obviously meant for each other instead. But their antics trying is indeed quite hilarious. As is the telegraph pole kicking exercise.
Well, anyhow, lets hope they don’t turn Taiga into a Louise from the atrocious 3rd season of Zero No Tsukaima. As I say, her character deserves better.
Ryuji caught himself a Taiga. Good show, son, good show!
And Taiga has an Eva Unit 02 moment. Oh SHI–
Personally, I’m quite sure Kitamura is mentally unbalanced. What Taiga sees in him, we’ll never know.
Anyhow, that wraps things up for now. Tune in again for more cynicism!
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