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Oh the comedy!

I’m glad my friend convinced me to watch Lovely Complex! It’s the most hilarious piece of work since Ouran. Lovely Complex is pure comedy bliss. I never laughed so hard through episode and episodes of anime :p Admittedly Densha Otoko JD made me do that, but that’s JD.

The Osaka-ben is really growing onto me and the XD and expressiveness of the characters crack me up. I’m up to episode 7 at the moment. It seems like the producers fast tracked through Ootani and Koizumi’s 1st year of High school pretty quickly and soon enough they’re in their 2nd year and continuing their comedic All Hanshin-Kyojin comedic act without purposely doing so.

Although LoveCom looks like your typical Shoujo slice of life anime, the main characters make the show so very entertaining. Its one of those shows that You can just sit down and not think about anything and just laugh. heh that’s what I love about anime so much, it has a storyline that’s progressive and interesting yet you don’t have to take it seriously. As I haven’t read the manga I’m not sure if the anime is following the manga entirely, but presumably. For every episode, there’s always a major event or situation that’s typical in the typical Japanese high schooler’s life (eg. spending Christmas with a lovely one, school festival and the haunted house, romantic triangles, Hanabi, School trips, beach trip). Despite the formula style show in terms of sequence of events essentially leading to the Ootani and Risa’s realization of feelings, its the journey that makes the story so interesting and entertaining.

I could not believe how DENSE Ootani was when Risa confessed her true feeling and his obliviousness continued in the subsequent episode. I’m at the point where we’re waiting on how Ootani will do now that he knows The person Risa has fallen for is him.

I think I’m a sucker for Shoujo slice of life animes. As a girl, I can totally relate to Risa’s frustration at the idiot of a guy she likes :p and also related to her general girl issues, eg. finding herself in this world, does it really matter if she’s tall and fall for someone that’s shorter than her, life isn’t perfect after all.

If the anime isn’t conclusive or if there is no second season, I might actually pick up the manga. Despite the low key animation (many stills) the character design is unique and cute. I love it how the characters are always given different and trendy outfits. It just adds to the feel of the slice-of-life show. After all, people in real life don’t have a closet full of exactly the same clothing (eg. in naruto)

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Osaka-Ben?!

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?!’

Deathnote Movies I & II

Life outside anime/manga has been keeping me busy recently, what with my 19th just yesterday. So I finally got around watching both Deathnote movie I and Deathnote: The last name. My overall impression, they were fairly good adaptations of the Manga (a pretty decent job for cramming a very complex story spanning 12 volumes of manga into two 2hr movies) even though the producers obviously changed much of the plot to make the story flow better, without compromising the overall message and story line too much. Continue reading ‘Deathnote Movies I & II’

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.

New Phone

Nokia6300

My new Nokia 6300 has been keeping me busy recently, along with catching up with high school as well as Uni buddies. So I haven’t had much time at home to watch anime or read manga. However, I did make a manga related acquisition today at Dymocks bookstore. I ended up buying the Complete book to drawing manga with the birthday gift card I got last year. Was wondering whether I should pick up a copy of Vol. 1 of Negima but wasn’t sure if the series was any good.

But, after coming home from shopping today, I did manage to squeeze in last week’s episode of Bleach 130. And why are Bleach fillers currently airing? Did I completely miss that arc in the manga or what? Man, No wonder people say Bleach anime’s sucky. This filler arch about the Arrancar being able to hide themselves by taking the form of the human spirit they devoured is pretty lame to say the least. And crappy battle scenes.

Well at least Naruto manga and anime is whooping ass πŸ™‚

Code Geass epi 23

Finale

I’ve been meaning to blog about the final few episodes of Code Geass before the 90min special finale Episode 24-25 appears in a few months time. The last 2 or so episodes were definitely intense. I think perhaps that’s why I end up liking many mecha series, cause usually they involve wars, which means it’s going to be complicated in terms of story. they’ll be friendships broken, betrayals, sacrifices death. It all adds to the impact of the story and the overriding message of the show. Spoilers under the cut, time for me to dish out some thoughts on the show πŸ™‚

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Deathnote Vol. 1-12

Death note manga

I’ve been burning off some manga from my HD since I’m seriously running out of space, I decided to have a little rant/review of Deathnote manga. I finished reading 12 volumes of Deathnote manga sometime last year. It’s certain one of those memorable mangas, the story was deeper than most I’ve seen and actually requires thinking. It took longer than usual to read cause there were so much texts compared to other manga’s, as L and Raito would both be explaining their plans/stategies to counter each other etc. What hooked me in was how intelligent the ideas were. I really must give credit to the story writer.

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