OKAY! Now, I am going to sit down and write a GOOD post for the first time in a while! I apologize for the very bad picture-text ratio in the last 5 posts. I had stuff to say, but no motivation to put up pictures. This time, I will be organized!
First: it looks like there won’t be anything about dramas for awhile. MAL has turned me in another direction…
MICHIKO TO HATCHIN
Episodes watched: 16/22
Wow. Seriously awesome anime, appearances are decieving. It’s way deeper and original than it might seem at first glance. Also, really, really great characters. Some might call the plot random and scattered, but I like the unexpected element of each episode. It’s funny, but not over-the-top comedy… and it can be kind of pensive also.
I like the music, too… the ending theme isn’t great, but it works with the randomness. The settings are awesome. Overall, just very enjoyable. I’m sure the last 6 episodes won’t disappoint.
HONEY AND CLOVER
Episodes watched: 20/24
Ahhh I love Honey and Clover. Happiness in a box. I’m so happy to see this after the slight train-wreck of a Jdrama that it was… I should have ditched the drama and watched this lonnggg ago (the only thing that kept me watching back then was Ikuta Toma). All the characters are so wonderful (especially compared to their drama counterparts!) Okay, I’m gonna stop comparing this to the drama, because there’s no reason to. They are completely different. Hagu still gets on my nerves a bit, but I like her.
It makes me want to go to their college in Tokyo. 😀
Anyone else notice that while Mayama, Takemoto, Ayumi, Hanamoto-sensei and even Nomiya all get their chances to narrate a bit, Morita and Hagu never do? You never know what they’re thinking. You might know what Takemoto THINKS their thinking… Haha. Well, I don’t have much else to say for now, other than yeah HAPPINESS IN A BOX.
Episodes watched: 38/167
Along with Rurouni Kenshin, my two shounen super fighting loves~ I really can’t explain why it is that I enjoy Rurouni Kenshin and InuYasha so much… there’s just something about them. Course, the InuYasha manga is decades better than the anime. I ordered the second season box from ebay for an astonishing price, I’m very happy. The thing about the anime is, it’s so fun to watch because it’s like seeing the books be alive! Which is fun, but the other things such as art and production quality you kinda have to put up with. Because nothing beats Takahashi’s original drawings. I’m also not looking forward to the fillers and deviations from the original plot. But, I keep watching anyway. It’s fun (and I secretly laugh at the animation of youkai… its so bad -_-).
Episodes watched: 24/25
Ahhhhh it’s almost over… I loved watching this every Monday, it just helped me relax so much. Of course, I didn’t really need help with relaxing, which I probably do TOO much. But it was still something to look forward too. And next week is the finale.
It’s weird, because rather than hating this because I read the manga first, I think I only LIKED it because I’ve read the manga. If I hadn’t gotten so attached to the manga, I wouldn’t have enjoyed seeing it animated at all. So, yes, this turned out to be a disappointing adaption… the art was crappy and the pacing was a bit too slow. It also seemed to me like they sort of toned it down for younger kids. Plus it’s gonna end before like 1/2 the plot happens. But for me, this was like InuYasha… it’s just fun to see one of your favorite manga animated, regardless of the crap production values. And Kyoko is so perfectly kick-ass. So I’m content.
I miss Saiunkoku Mongatari. D: I’m really REALLY hoping all the season 3 rumors are true. And that this season 3 will be aired SOON. But in the meantime, I’ve downloaded The Twelve Kingdoms (Juuni Kokuki). And I guess there’s also Fushigi Yuugi. I never watched the anime, but I read all the books.
AND IT’S A NEW SEASON!
Yes, it’s SPRING! Late Spring is my favorite time ever. But that’s still a short way away… its so cold still ><. But on to the point, this means not only warmer weather and cherry blossoms, but also a new season of TV SHOWS. I mentioned I don’t care for any dramas this season. The only thing I feel any inclination to watch right now is Oni no Sumika. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s ever been subbed. Oh, I did plan on finishing Time Between Dog and Wolf… That’ll probably wait till Summer though. HEY. Back to the new season.
While I won’t be following any dramas (probably), there are two anime I will be checking out and possibly following.
Yayyyy a bishi anime. Ish. I can’t exactly say why, but this sounds promising. Will possibly fill the hole SaiMono left. I only think that because it says “Politics”… it takes place in the Middle East, focusing on the daughter of a powerful industrialist. Woah I’m excited. Doesn’t it look like it might be sort of Saiunkoku Monogatari-ish?!
Well, hopefully I’m not setting my expectations too high. There will be a post on the first episode! As long as someone subs it 0.O
Also: Studio Pierrot, hmmm. While they did do Ayashi no Ceres, I think the success behind that was more from the manga’s plot… hmmmm. This may or may not be good. We’ll just have to see.
This should be airing on APRIL 5th 2009. I AM OFFICIALLY EXCITED. Attention Fansubbers. I am now at your mercy. Please, please PLEASE at least sub the first episode. And the rest. Heehee.
This is a futuristic one, set in a post-Global-Warming Tokyo. I’m taking a chance on this. I think the art will be good, and I’m hoping it’ll have a good plot, too. Unfortunately, it IS Gonzo at the helm on this one… I fear I may be disappointed. Ah well. Will blog first episode anyway.
Okay, now ONE MORE THING.
ITAZURA NA KISS
I watched this pretty fast… it was a pleasant shoujo, and I’m happy to say that I don’t feel the need to compare it to the TWdrama ISWAK. I think that means they each made themselves an individual place. I like both.
I’m glad that I got to see how the original story ends, so now I have absolutely no reason to force myself to watch They Kiss Again. Phew. Although the author of the manga died before she could finish. So no one will ever know the true ending. Maybe Kotoko actually becomes a pedophile and goes after Yuuki. o.O I’m kidding. I like the happy happy Jpop OP and ED songs. The OP is so Summer-y. Of course I also like Irie’s character, but I really think Joe Cheng did a good job playing him. It’s so great how he never gets sappy or suddenly for some mysterious reason completely changes his personality because of Kotoko. I love that. Amazingly, Kotoko doesn’t completely piss me off. So I’m content. I think this will go in the same category as Lovely Complex and Ouran HS HC for making me happy and comforted.
I think that about wraps it up for today. It’s nice to have a good varied and picture-filled post again.
PS. I’m also reading Rurouni Kenshin. More on that next time.