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Archive for February, 2012

Another once again delivered in the best way possible, by setting things up for disaster plot-wise and killing somebody off needlessly in the process. At this point, I’ve given up all hope of ever taking this show seriously, so I’m just rolling with what they send my way regardless of whether it deserves to have been penned or not. However, a thought crossed my mind as I read illogicalzen’s lengthy yet fascinating post on the presence of horror elements in anime regardless of whether they fit the description or not. Maybe I’ve been looking at this show the wrong way, criticizing it solely on the basis of its horror tag rather than the whole package. (more…)

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The recent abrupt end of Franken Fran heralded the ending of an age: An age of hopelessly anticipating the next chapter of our reanimated doctor hopelessly screwing up the lives of those around her. I can’t say it was all that expected, what with the episodic nature of the manga, nor was it all that anticipated for it to end like other long runners. As the manga that got me reading others of its kind, and the one that I kept recommending to friends to get them into the medium, it had an irregular, abscessed place in my heart.

If any of my readers haven’t given this a look and they have the stomach for Lovecraftian body horror, dark humor, and pulpy B-Movie storylines, I cannot recommend this manga enough for some quick reading. And if they enjoy it, the mangaka is coming out with another serial soon that will hopefully be available online in a few weeks. So thanks for all the fun times, Franken Fran. You will be missed.

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Most people lament filler in all its forms, and for good reason. It’s often a sign that the people in charge don’t want to catch up to the source material just yet, and so j delay the audience with subpar episodes meant to put another week between them and what they’re anticipating. I don’t think it needs to be said that some shows are infamous for this, particularly certain long-running shounen series, giving them a large hatebase specifically for that reason. But of course, there are shows that always prove themselves to be the exception, and Persona is certainly at the top of the list. (more…)

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When writing about Nisemonogatari, this week’s episode in particular, the train of thought is likely to lead to one of two topics: Incest, or the lack of trust that Koyomi has for Karen after the last stunt that manifests in ways that intentionally make the viewer uncomfortable. Saying that the two don’t meet is going a bit far, considering that the show makes sure that they go hand in hand like peanut butter, and sardines that taste surprisingly good with peanut butter.  (more…)

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When adapting something like Gyo, the inevitable must be asked: Do you play it completely straight faced without a hint of irony, or do you throw a few winking nods to the audience in subtle ways? Apparently Ufotable’s approach was to imitate the most clichéd of disaster flicks and show the whole thing with hardly any intentional comedy, opting for the former method. And let it be said right here that so much went wrong… but I can’t entirely blame the studio for crapping out what they did. (more…)

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The past few episodes have been quite a metamorphosis for Yuuki, mostly for the better as far as entertainment value is concerned. He’s transformed from a sniveling, spineless, dependent momma’s boy into a slightly less spineless teenage boy who happens to have issues to resolve regarding his mother’s death. Yuno’s definitely rubbed off on him, as have Seventh and Ninth in less obvious ways. There are a number of changes that went underway as his situation worsened and his sanity slowly corroded, mostly as his former life was stabbed and otherwise snatched from him before his eyes. (more…)

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In Natsume Yuujinchou, there is no faction more underrepresented than the exorcists, specifically the Matoba clan. While they’ve become more important in the plot as the series has continued and built on itself, they’re still mysterious people who we don’t know much about. Why do they do what they do? How do they justify the purification and bondage of youkai? Are their purposes really so selfish that they’ll eliminate anybody in their way? Through the power of flashbacks, episode seven of the fourth series attempts to answer these questions, giving us a fair glimpse behind the mysterious masks that shield the exorcists. (more…)

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