Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that jazz and blues...
Due to it being Christmas week, I was unable to put together a review for Christmas. I ran into the same problem as last year, in that christmas episodes and anime don't work well at all. At best, soem of them are OK, but the rest is bland and boring.
However, for the next three reviews I'm doing, there is a common theme: All of them are sequels to other series I own. One I'm ambivalent about, One I'm surely OK with and there's one I don't really like. You can either guess which applies to each or watch 'til my review over these titles.
I will still post them on the dates indicated on my last update.
See ya'll then!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
|Mink and her two friends, blonde elf Luffa and little girl Pia with her pet|
|Mink during the low point of the tournament|
|One of many chibi moments (kawaii xD)|
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
|Cover of the manga Volume 1, with Rally Vincent (nice, thumbs up)|
|Heh-that almost looks like Diet Pepsi Minnie May is drinking ^_^|
|Car Chase Ahoy!|
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Hi, I'm The Eclectic Dude
One of the things I like in anime are the opening songs. They are an excellent precursor to watching the actual series, giving you a glimpse into what the show is about. Or, at least, that what the good ones do anyway. So, here is my list for the 10 Personal Favorite Anime Theme Songs.
As stated in my review of this OVA, this opening song rocks. I love the mix of instrumental and synthesizer music to make something really grand. Watching this, I feel pumped up to watch El Hazard. It also complements this with pretty good looking visuals of the characters and some of the locales.
This is another OP that fits with the show it goes with. It's quick, preppy, energetic, bright and chipper. Kudos for use of fiddle/violin and kazoo, as strange orchestration goes.
It's quick, fast, full of energy and gets you pumped up to watch it! It's bombastic and grips you right in!
Now, the final entry goes to....
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
So, what is it about? Well, it is a series of four tales involving a vampire girl Miyu and her companion Larva as they seek to deal with stray Shinma, or demons from the dark world who have come into our world. They are trailed by Himiko Se, a female spiritualist who wants to uncover the truth about Miyu and the Shinma she hunts. In the OVA, they deal with creepy dolls, possessed armor, and finally confronting the darkness within.
|Miyu-ain't she the cutest vampire princess?|
Now onto other stuff. First, the animation is dated to say the least. Thankfully, there is lots of shadow and dark colors in this production to hide this fact rather well. It still looks OK, but this old school anime much like Birth: A War of Two Worlds is.Music contains dark moody music combined with natural sounds (cicadas chirping, wood knocks, etc) to make Vampire Princess Miyu a very atmospheric piece. However, the dub leaves much to be desired. It is a bit dull and wooden, with Pamela Weidner as Miyu being the only notable VA Keep in mind, AnimEigo did dubs for Oh My Goddess OVA and You’re Under Arrest OVA, both were decent and serviceable. This isn't, sadly. Dialogue a tad stilted and plodding and writing is nearly note for note translated straight from Japanese.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Once again, another update: We Shadows review is put off indefinitely, if ever. I will still be doing a Halloween special review posted on Wednesday, over Vampire Princess Miyu.
4th: 10 Favorite Anime Theme Songs
18th: Anime Review 45-Gunsmith Cats
December Reviews (so far, details TBC)
2nd: Anime Review 46-Dragon Half
The Eclectic Dude
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Sacred Blacksmith
|Luke, Cecily, Lucy and Aria: the main cast|
The cast of characters are very interesting. Cecily is a nice, strong, likable female lead, which is surprising given the setting. She throughout the series is the one I root for as she grows and develops. Luke, a t first, seems like a brooding angst-ridden guy who doesn’t give much of a crap about others. But, he too develops though in a different way than Cecily. Lisa, the cute elfin assistant to Luke, is a mystery left unchecked until the final episodes, which threw me for a quite a surprise.
|Example of the good quality animation here|
The animation is also very top-notch. Manglobe, the studio responsible for Samurai Champloo prior to this, do a fantastic job here as well. It looks quite impressive, given the show is 3 years old by this point. It is consistent throughout, with little to no moments of off-model shots or anything. The opening song is also very nice, being full of energy and gets you pumped up for this show (oh yeah!).
Sunday, October 7, 2012
New Schedule for October 2012
October 14 or 15th-The Sacred Blacksmith
October 28 or 29th-We Shadows (manga)
October 31st-Vampire Princess Miyu
Until next weekend, laterz
The Eclectic Dude
Sunday, September 23, 2012
|What a stunning landscape, brought by stunning visuals|
|L-R: Queen Diva, Rune Venus, Fatora and Aielle, Nanami, Makoto and the three goddesses|
|Heh-part of the reason why I'm reviewing this.|
Sunday, September 9, 2012
|Ihrie and Fam|
|Migel, Galuff with his dog and Rasha|
Monday, September 3, 2012
Happy Labor Day to you all in the States. I am enjoying my two days off from classes (today and tomorrow), well technically three days off since no class on Wednesday either.
Anyway, the next two months I am going over Fantasy: Then and Now. I'll cover two titles each from then (90s) and now (the 2000s). More details on my Sept 9th review. I am also doing another Halloween Special.
Here it is, the schedule (all release on Sunday except the Halloween Special which release on Wednesday):
September 9th Ruin Explorers (1995 OVA)
September 23rd El Hazard The Magnificent World (1995-96 OVA)
October 7th The Sacred Blacksmith (2009 TV Series)
October 21st We Shadows (manga)
October 31st Vampire Princess Miyu (1988-89 OVA)
See you next Sunday yet I leave you with this:
|You are Welcome :)|
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Well, it's been a while. I got a bit busy, with projects and final exams for summer term to do in the later part of last month. Thankfully, it paid off. Hence why I changed my schedule for my blog around. I think this will be more manageable and easier for me.
|Miyuki and Natsumi|
The OP is very nice, soft, light music, while the ED is more upbeat and energetic song (nice chibi dolls for one shot, I totally want one of them).
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Well, after some consideration, I have decided to make some changes. First, I will be doing written reviews every other week, starting next weekend on August 11-12th. That weekend I will post the long awaited review of the "You're Under Arrest" OVA. Sorry for the delays, again-I've been busy.
August 25-26th is the GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class Episode 1/First Impressions. Past that, I haven't planned it out. I got some ideas, but nothing concrete.
Questions or comments, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Til next week!
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Ok, from now on, my reviews will be released every weekend (be Friday, Saturday, or Sunday).
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (Crawling Up! Nyarko-san) It is based on light novel and web animation short series from 2009-11. An animated TV series came out April 2012, done by Studio XEBEC (responsible for the anime series like Nadesico, Zoids, Love Hina, To Love Ru).
Then the opening song: It's energetic, rhythmic, goofy and silly. This helps establish the mood for the show quite well.
Once done there, they go outside where Nyarla punches Mahiro in the head. What?! Well, it turns out that's the way to get to the other realm, where the alien gods reside and prey on humankind in secrecy. They
encounter another alien and Nyarla demonstrates her 'Power of Space CQC' Which is.... Drop kick the fecker in the nuts, then proceed to bash the thing’s head in. Flawless Victory!!
Final Thoughts? I like this show, it got me interested in this show. The comedy is spot-on, the characters engaging, and the story weird and quirky. I will add this to my list of anime I will watch then do a more comprehensive review.
Next Weekend is You're Under Arrest OVA. See ya laterz.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Oh dear. Well, this is awkward. Based off of a suggestion from a friend of mine (JB), I decided to take a look at Ultra Maniac. I was told this was a pretty good show, and since I had heard of it only and never seen it, I figured 'what the feck' and watch the first 3 episodes and determine from there if I should continue with or not.
Ultra Maniac is a 26-episode series from 2003, originally based off of a manga of the same name. The anime adaptation is done by Ashi Production, the same studio that did Jewel BEM Hunter Lime. It was originally released by Geneon in 2005, before they went defunct. I ended up watching it on VizMedia's website since they hold the rights to the manga series, though it's subbed only. So, no comments on the acting for this review, as I am not a proper judge of Japanese voice acting.