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Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid


After having FMP: The 2nd raid on my HD for months and months. I finally started it during my Winter break, and trudged through the first 7 or so episodes before it finally got interesting! Well I have to say TSR wasn’t as good as the first season (which also had equal seriousness) and of course Fumoffu! Kicked ass being the comedy fan I am πŸ˜€ The beginning of TSR was slow going and lacked direction, we were shown battles and figths without knowing what’s going on. There wasn’t much Chidori-Sousuke development, their romance was lingering in teh air but not quite there (even towards the end it was still up in the air)

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Lovely Complex

It’s funny how often a friend’s recommendation tends to be my liking, I guess we have similar anime taste of some sort. The latest he introduced me to is Lovely Complex. A Slice-of-life anime set presumably in Osaka, Japan. It’s the first I’ve seen that uses full Osaka-ben (dialect). I didn’t really expect to like the anime immediately since when I read the plot, it seemed your average boy and girl hates each other, then ultimately falling for each other. Continue reading ‘Osaka-Ben?!’

New pick-ups

Since I don’t have that much time to watch that many anime at once, new anime to be added to my potential list wouldn’t be that long at all. However, after reading a couple of notable blogs summing up the summer season there are a few series that I found interesting and plan to pick up once I find the time to.

Doujin Work sounds interesting definitely. The idea of watching an anime about the “path to becoming a famous doujinshi artist” is highly appealing, when doujin work is closely related to the anime/manga field.

Moetan looks cute and the idea of an anime about teaching English to otaku’s sound vaguely funny. πŸ™‚

Lovely Complex is a series recommended by a friend, and he seems to think its good. Our taste are generally similar, so I’ll have a go.

Lucky Star seems to be such a popular choice among Otaku’s, but I don’t seem to be very enthusiastic. Mainly put off by the character design I guess. It just looks a bit too silly for me. Though, the popularity of the show should be an indication that it’s a decent series? But an attractive point, again like Doujin Work, is that it’s about the life of an otaku!

But my current anime viewing still include FMP:2nd Raid, Bleach and Naruto Shippuden. I’ve yet to start Deathnote and Nana, but that’s mainly because I already know the story, so there are almost no surprises in the anime since I read the manga. Another series I began watching is Strawberry Panic, and I don’t think I’m much of a yuri fan, and haven’t decided whether to continue with it or drop it. Suggestions?

So I wouldn’t call this a summer ’07 review, as so many people seem to be doing recently, since I’m not much a of season by season anime watcher. I tend to old back season stuff, mainly cause of the lack of time to keep up. Never the less these are the new anime’s that I’ve become interested in recently. And they’re definitely on the lighter side of life πŸ™‚ Maybe cause I’m sick of watching anything mind blowing and serious after watching a couple of intense movies recently.

Ichigo 100%

Ichigo 100% by Mizuki Kawashita was first introducted to me by Qu when she chucked me a couple of random series to watch at the end of TEE last year. I think I’ve pretty much read/watched all the Ichigo 100% related manga/anime. To date, there has been 13 episodes of anime, 2 specials and 4 OVAs. While Manga wise, it has ended with 19 volumes.

When I first watched it, the good characters, character design and animation quality was what held my attention. While the story itself is a romantic comedy, centering around the main male lead Manaka Junpei and several other female co-leads. Essentially, it’s about this average guy, Junpei, trying to decide of the 3 potential girl friends, which is the one he truely likes. And this occurs through very hilarious circumstances, where he is constantly misunderstood. The voice casting and music is also fairly decent. However, much to my dissapointment, the series only ran for 13 episodes when it could very well have survived by animating the whole Manga series.

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Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi Suzumiya, main character

I was half expecting this to be as good as people say, while half expecting to be dissapointed. That’s because everytime I get hyped up about a series, eventually watching it becomes anticlimatic cause I had high expectations of it. However, I’m pleased to say that Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is as good as fans make it out to be. While I personally have yet to read the manga, bar chapter 1, The story was pretty much fresh and new to me. As far as I knew Haruhi was a girl who hated ordinary things and only wished to be surrounded by aliens, time travellers and espers. While I thought the storyline was a bit wacky, it turned out to be actually quite interesting.

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Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh gang

I finally got around to watching one of anime’s all time comedies. A bit of history, I first came across Azumanga at an anime night back in high school around year 8. I, along with many others, laughed our heads off at the show. Ever since I’ve always wanted to actually finish the series, which I finally got the chance to after getting it off a uni friened this year.

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DNAngel 1-26 (end)

Niwa Daisuke from DNAngel

Niwa Daisuke is your average teenager, until his fourteenth birthday. He tries to declare his love to the girl of his dreams, but fails. Suddenly, whenever he thinks about this girl he turns into the legendary phantom thief known as Dark Mousy. Daisuke’s mother, very much aware of this, makes him turn into Dark and steal valuable works of art for a purpose unkown to Daisuke. As the story unfolds, he learns why, and about his classmate who seems to have the same ability. Niwa Daisuke, a 14 year old boy who spills his love to Harada Risa. When rejected, his DNA changes and is mixed with the ancient phantom thief Dark. As his life and Dark’s intertwine, he is forced to steal the artwork of the Hikari. As time passes, mysteries are uncovered of Dark’s past, the ancient battle, and the heart of Daisuke. [ Summary from Anime News Network ]

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