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Some new music

February 23, 2010

KAT-TUN’s new single “Love Yourself ~君が嫌いな君が好き  (Kimi ga kirai na kimi ga suki), featured in the new drama 山となでしこ七変化 (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge).
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alan’s new single, “Diamond ~ Over the clouds~, the ending song for InuYasha: Kanketsu-hen.
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Quickie

February 23, 2010

I just wanna get this posted and down with, so I don’t have to worry about the details.

I, myself, will be watching Angel Beats!, Senkou no Night Raid, K-On! Season 2, Working!!, Hakuouki: Shinengumi Kitan, and several of the movies. I might even blog individual episodes, who knows?

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Reupped Links

February 23, 2010

I can’t believe I’ve gotten comments since I’ve last been on here, like two years ago? Wow. But since I’ve gotten requests for re-uploads, I think I’ll blog again and see how it goes. For the honestly and anxiously awaiting fans, here are your re-uploads, as well as new news (no pun intended) concerning upcoming anime, etc.

Since uploading the files all in one isn’t working, I’ll provide a link to my 4 shared folder where each can be downloaded individually. Sorry about this, but as I’m not going to pay for any premium accounts, this is the best I can do without splitting the files (which is another hassle…)
The Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo OST
The El Cazador de la Bruja OST 2

Both OSTs can also be found in their original respective links (from past posts).

Information concerning new anime, etc. should be up soon. I’m a bit busy this week, so if not soon, then for sure, next week during my spring break.

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Cutting back

May 11, 2008

So far it’s been what, how many weeks since the Spring season started? A month or something? Well anyways I started watching a ton of anime, 12 series to be exact and now I think I have to cut back because I don’t have enough time to keep up with them all. Also in July or sooner, I’m going to be moving (again) and so by the time the internet’s back up in the new place, imagine how much anime I’ll have to catch up with. Ugh, I don’t even want to imagine it. So therefore, I decided it would be bets to cut back and keep only the top 11, and those are:

11. Allison & Lilia

While I love the theme of the show, it doesn’t add up to much. The driven plot line seemed to end at episode 4 and the rest are what? Episode 5 did serve as a good epilogue episode, and did provide good suspense for something to come, but I still think the first four episodes should’ve been extended further along. But remember, this is on my to-keep list, so the good points, being the characters, and the World War I background is holding the story on. I just hope it brings back a sufficient storyline.

10. Amatsuki

Amatsuki has the wonderful RPG & almost Rurouni Kenshin feel to it. Well maybe not to that extent but I do love the historical Edo period. It starts out like other fantasy anime of it’s kind: being dragged into another world, having to figure out how to find his way home and meeting invaluable… comrades. But the difference between those is that besides starting out like .hack//Sign and those types, is that he has to chose sides and there’s an otherworldly pull in each direction. Quite hard to explain but it lives up to expectations with that Studio Deen design I’m coming to love (anyone else notice how many Studio Deen anime is out right now?) and the youkai included.

9. Junjou Romantica

An actual full-length yaoi series! How often do you get that. I couldn’t miss this and I’m fairly glad I started watching it. I do have some complaints though. The story jumps around, which confused me quite a bit in episode 3. I thought I had missed something and I went frantically looking to my Anime List to see if I had indeed watched episode 2. I don’t like running around instead of sitting down and enjoying an episode. So there’s a minus. The pluses of course, outnumber the faults: yaoi, clearly defined uke and seme, humor, drama, the similarity to Papa to Kiss in the Dark and the promise to come. It also helps with the opening and ending themes, as well as the animation.

But the best is yet to come….

8. Kyo Kara Maou! 3rd Season

Ah, what can I say. A continuation to a beloved series. Since season 2 left still yet many questions unanswered, as quickly as I finished the R OVA I started on the 3rd season. I was almost ready to throw in the towel when I thought Wolfram was going to betray Yuuri. He’s my favorite character after all, and if there’s another thing I hate more than character death, it’s betrayal. Good thing then that the confusion was cleared up and I can continue watching with a somewhat clear mind. The issues still at hand: Yuuri & Wolfram’s engagement, the Dai Shimaron & Sho Shimaron threat, why is Shinou still there! and… I was so sure there was more, but maybe not?

7. Wagaya no Oinarisama

As soon as I saw the trailer, I added it to my watch list. Who doesn’t like gender-bending kitsune and miko-tachi? The story keeps getting better and better even though I was almost angry that Kuu-chan had to cut her hair as payment for Ebisu for that forbidden ritual. Well, I guess it’s better than a limb or something. Ahem, getting back on track, what beautiful animation! Kuu-chan is so pretty and handsome. Wow, that sounds weird…. what else? I do love the music, and Miyako is/was adorable (what do you say about a deceased anime character that pops up in the story reoccurringly? << is that even a word??!) Either way, it’s fit to be number 7!

6. Mneomosyne- Mneomosyne no Musume-tachi

I started watching this quite a while back now, but since it’s an OVA it takes time to be released. I was so intrigued by the mature plot line, and the trailer didn’t sway even with gory torture scenes. Asougi Rin is so sexy that I couldn’t not watch this. But that’s really not a good reason to watch something, is it? So then why is the show so appealing? Excellent, excellent animation, greek mythology background and the occurring-over time genre. I do know that most adult guys are probably watching this, but hey, I like it, so I’m gonna watch it. Wait…. does this count as hentai o.0 ?

5. Monochrome Factor

Shounen-ai! Even though this one is only 13 episodes, I still gravitated to it. Kokuchi-darkness things and Shirogane. I’m sold. Shirogane is such a bishounen, if I must say so. That seiyuu is part of it. Even I, kono atashi would swoon, and I prefer Bishoujo and moe characters. Back to Monokuromu, I’d have to say the shounen-ai aspect, humor and characters score big for this one.

4. Persona ~Trinity Soul~

Even though right now I’m 3 episodes behind, I still consider this may 4th favorite right now. I was hooked first episode onward. Essentially it’s like your soul fights to protect you. Genius. The soul finally gains a purpose. I was kinda sad when I find out one of my favorite characters was actually on the bad side. Ah, what a waste. She was so hot. Mayuri, I believe it was. Glasses and green hair *sigh*. But enough about her, Persona is more mystery than adventure, I think. Character design, background and the 1st opening was in my head for forever. I was actually sad when they changed it. Sad. Can you believe it? I always welcome new songs….

3. Nijuu Mensou no Musume

I’d make this my number favorite right now if the other 2 in front of it weren’t so good. Nijuu Mensou no Musume exceeded my expectations beyond any other anime this season. It’s soooo good! Chiko is sooo cool and what’s more she’s surrounded by older brother-types, something I’d love to have. What’s more, she’s becoming the perfect thief and I get so excited, especially in the recent episode 4. I usually only get that excited with Bleach; another reason to think that it might raise higher in the ranks in the future. Also, it makes the 60’s (or is it the 50’s?) look so appealing. Who wouldn’t’ want to be in Chiko’s place?

2. Vampire Knight

Basically anyone who’s reading the manga right now is probably watching this. And it doesn’t disappoint either. It strays from the manga, I think (seeing as I haven’t read past chapter 24), but not harmfully so. It seems like I’m watching a more fascinating version than the manga is. Either way it’s Studio Deen and I love the music as well as vampires so it was decided the day I heard about it. I wonder if Special A is the same way?

1. Bleach

There’s not much to say for this, except that most people seem to think Bleach is horrible. Why? Is it because of the length, fillers or semi-typical plot line? I seem to like it more than Naruto anyway, which I won’t glance at anymore. Bleach is right up there with InuYasha and other classics. Even though the new arc is a bit disappointing in comparison to the past one, it still grips me, so I’ll be sticking this out till the end, I expect.

That’s a good post to make up for my lack-of till now. I should probably blog more often, but schedule hardly allows it. Oh well. Maybe next year I’ll more free time on my hands, ne?

~2Bfreeyumi~

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Spring Anime looking bleak??

April 13, 2008

After neglecting my blog for nearly four months, I’m back….. Why? I’m not sure myself, but I’m gonna try again. I visit other blogs daily and I still feel that longing for one. I figured out one thing though: this is my blog, why am I conforming it to others’ standards? I kept trying to make it look like other blogs, because I wanted it to look just other peoples. But that won’t, so I’ll have to do mine my own way. And I’ll start off doing that by saying one thing:

What’s wrong with this season’s anime?

I had hopes for Spring ’08 and as far as I can tell, it’s not delivering. Only a few anime seem to hold my attention. Is it just me or is the anime not as good as previous seasons. At this rate, I’m worried. What will the rest of the year’s anime look like. Maybe I’m just jumping to conclusions and maybe it’s too soon to tell, but I’ll have to keep an edge…

Well, seeing as I didn’t create a spring preview, I’ll just say what anime I’m watching now:

  1. Allison & Lilia

    Notes: Not planned, but I like it regardless.
  2. Vampire Knight

    Notes: Planned and I’m lovin’ it!
  3. Wagaya no Oinori-sama

    Notes: Not planned, but I was surprised at how it grabbed it attention after the first episode.

Others I’m still waiting for to be subbed:

  1. Crystal Blaze/Glass Maiden

    Notes: The summary drew my attention, so I’m really looking for to this.
  2. Junjo Romantica

    Notes: What’s with the subbed release of this??!! It came out when, the 2nd? And still no sub. How annoying, the manga’s been given such good reviews so I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Will I ever know??
  3. Kyou Kara Maou! 3rd Series

    Notes: Seeing as I’m still waiting for the final episode of the R OVA, I’m not in a rush to watch this. The first two seasons were pretty good, but how much more can they squeeze out of it, I wonder…
  4. Real Drive/RD Sennou Chousashitsu

    Notes: I am so ecstatic to see this! Something just like Ghost in the Shell from Production IG, how could I not want to see this! Oh, I do hope it’s subbed soon.
  5. Zombie-Loan OVA

    Notes: It’s too bad that the original anime scaled down their number of episodes; Zombie-Loan had some real potential, even if it was about zombies… either way, come on OVA! Sum up the rest of it into a nice conclusion.

That’s all I’ll say for now. I do hope they’ll live up to expectations….

Want to see more? Anime News Network also has their take on it. Take a look, if necessary.

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Winter ’07- ’08 Anime Season

January 6, 2008

As life goes on as normal, new animes are introduced. I only watch a few of them myself, but I figured I’d post on all the ones that are going to introduced…..

New Series and Seasons

AYAKASHI
Number of episodes: 13
Japanese Air Date: December 12th, 2007

Adapted from the 2005 adults-only superhuman battle action visual novel game Ayakashi. Ayakashi is a parasite life force that gives superpowers to its host, taking in return the host’s entire life force. Kusaka Yuu is a student that lost his will to live after the death of a dear childhood friend, until the day a mysterious girl, named Yoake Eimu, appears. From that moment on, his life would never be the same again. Hunted by Ayakashi and their hosts, the power within Yuu awakens and a never ending battle begins.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Sisters of Wellber Zwei (Season 2)
Number of episodes: 13
Japanese Air Date: January 1st, 2008

The loquacious sentient tank, Gyrano De Borgerac seems very busy being pampered by solicitous maids. The fairy Sherri, too, is enjoying the luxury of the court’s life. And for Rita, time has come to face her duties as princess of Wellber. But Tina is resolute: she wants to continue her search for the Man with a tattoo of Bee the Death, the devil who exterminated her family. An unspeakable feeling of sadness fills the hearts of the two girls, who shared so much and are now about to say farewell to each other.

And then, on the day of Tina’s departure…

A new journey that will take Tina walking through the still sore scars of the Great War that wiped out entire cities ten years before, until the unsuspected truth about her nemesis!
Summary from Anime News Network.

Rosario + Vampire
Number of episodes: 13
Japanese Air Date: January 3rd, 2008

Due to poor grades, Tsukune Aono, an average high school student, has been unable to get accepted into any private academy of his choice. By exceptional accident, the only school to accept him turns out to be anything but ordinary; the school is attended by youkai disguised as humans. Fearing for his life, he attempts to escape only to meet Moka Akashiya, a beautiful girl who just happens to be a vampire. Despite this, Tsukune decides to stay at the academy, hiding his human nature from students and teachers. Tsukune also discovers that when the rosary around Moka’s neck is removed, her true nature emerges.
Summary from Anime News Network.

H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~
Number of episodes: 12
Japanese Air Date: January 3rd, 2008

A boy, Hirose Takuma, was traumatized by the death of his mother during his childhood. To rehabilitate, he transfers to the school in his mother’s hometown, where he meets three girls:
– Kohinata Hayam, who consistently refuses contact with other people
– Kagura Hinata, an obliging girl who works as a class leader, but is a little careless
– and Otoha, a cheerful girl who calls herself “A fairy of time and sound”

While encountering other people such as bully Tabata Yui and friendly Yakumo Hamaji, Takuma tries to conquer his trauma and makes efforts to blend in with the community, but things aren’t going to go easy for him.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Hatenkō Yugi
Number of episodes: 10
Japanese Air Date: January 4th, 2008

A young girl named Rahzel is booted out of her house one day by her father with the instructions to ’see the world.’ And so her journey begins, However, she won’t be doing it alone … for she befriends a stoic young man named Alzeido seeking revenge for his father’s murder. Alzeido and Rahzel are like oil and water … but even still, they feel strangely drawn to one another. This could be either the result of an underlying attraction — or their shared powers with magic. And so, the two reluctant allies travel from town to town, using their powers to help the helpless, while discovering their own respective places in the world.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de (They are my noble Masters)
Number of episodes: 10
Japanese Air Date: January 5th, 2008

Ren and Mihato have grown up in a terrible home environment. One day, they leave their house, and move to another city. After twists and turns, they start to work at a big house as a maid and a butler. They are happy to get a job, but people living there have unique personalities.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Shigofumi: ~Stories of Last Letter~
Number of episodes: 12
Japanese Air Date: January 5th, 2008

A story about a miracle, involving Fumika, a quiet but hard working girl who wears a uniform that of a mail carrier, and her talkative staff and partner Mayama. The Shigofumi is a posthumous letter, the last resort of relaying a deceased person’s last message to his/her loved ones: family, friends, and significant other.
Summary from Anime News Network.

True Tears
Number of episodes: 13
Japanese Air Date: January 5th, 2008

Dreams, hopes, and aspirations … are things that all people draw their visions of what the “future” may hold for them. Some are pastel-coloured; others are darker in hue; still others shine radiant and unblemished like the hands of the rain. What are my dreams? What are my hopes? What do I aspire to become? These are questions that the characters of this story ask themselves. But must all of them turn at last to weeping? Must they all harbour such darkness under the shadow of the wings of their hearts? Some of them carry the wounds of the past with them still, the burden causing them to lose sight of their dreams. Others see insurmountable walls between them and the things they dream of, causing them to walk away and give up. And still others — worst of all — have forgotten what it is to dream altogether. And so they smile, smile warmly and widely, in order to hide away the darkness and pain in their hearts … in order to shut out the future itself. But the moment a girl should step forth and say “no more” — that is the beginning and the end.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Persona -trinity soul-
Number of episodes: 13
Japanese Air Date: January 5th, 2008

The story takes place in Ayanagi City facing the Sea of Japan. It is a future oriented city recovered from the disaster, “Simultaneous Multiple Languish Syndrome”. A high school student, Kazato Shin (17 years old), and his little brother, Jun (14 years old), meet their bother Ryo, who is the chief of the police in Ayanagi City although he is young (28 years old), after an interval of 10 years.

In those days, strange events occur in Ayanagi City; sudden disappearance of all the crews of a submarine, “Languish Syndrome” after 10 years interval, “Inside out dead bodies case” – students are killed and turned into miserable figures. Ryo chases the organization lurks in a series of the events. On the other hand, because Shin is involved in the events, he materializes a grotesque featured “Persona”. Now that, the fate of the brothers begins to change…
Summary from Anime News Network.

Zenryoku Usagi
Number of episodes: Unknown
Japanese Air Date: January 5th, 2008

Zenryoku Usagi are hardworking construction builders — who happen to be rabbits — with a simple motto: “Zenryoku+Dai-ichi” (“Give everything you’ve got and be #1.”) The animated shorts are scheduled to air in Japan within the Chibi Ani Gekijō (Tiny Anime Theater) program on Friday or Saturday mornings, depending on the station. Ikeda and Media Factory have created two books and numerous spinoff goods featuring the characters.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Major (Season 4)
Number of episodes: 26
Japanese Air Date: January 5th, 2008

After the final game of his Seishuu team against the goal he set himself, Kaidou – the team he left to play against, Gorou has no feelings of remorse anymore. Again he decides to take a step forward and challenge himself.

Saying one more time good bye to Shimizu and his friends, he leaves for the USA, where he plans on competing in the Minor League.

This is where Season 4 starts, in a country that`s foreign to him, a baseball style that`s unknown to him and new friends and strong rivals who share the same love to the game as him. Accompany Gorou in his neverending quest for new challenges.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Porfy no Nagai Tabi
Number of episodes: 52
Japanese Air Date: January 6th, 2008

In the original novel, Porphyras (Yuki Kaida) is a Greek boy who was orphaned with his sister Mina (Ayumi Fujimura) by an earthquake. The two siblings decide to embark on a journey across Europe instead of staying in their foster home in an unfamiliar country.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Minami-ke ~Okawari~ (An alternate retelling…)
Number of episodes: 13
Japanese Air Date: January 6th, 2008

There are three of the Minami sisters: Haruka, Kana and Chiaki, who have an average life. The girls only have each other to depend on and help each other get through everything from love confessions to cooking. This is a different take with Kana as the youngest sister, and Chiaki the middle sister.
Summary from Anime News Network.

ARIA The ORIGINATION (Season 3)
Number of episodes: 13
Japanese Air Date: January 7th, 2008

Based on the seinen mangas Aria and Aqua by Amano Kozue. Aria take place in the twenty-fourth century, on the planet Aqua (formerly Mars), which has been terraformed into a habitable planet covered in oceans and seas. The series follows the continued adventures of Akari, an apprentice Undine (gondolier) with Aria Company, one of the three most popular gondola companies in the city of Neo-Venezia. Akari seems to attract the supernatural towards her and each day she discovers new wonders of Neo-Venezia.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- (Season 2)
Number of episodes: 13
Japanese Air Date: January 7th, 2008

When the Social Welfare Agency investigates the disappearance of an operative, their inquiry leads them right into the lair of their rival, the Five Republics. The assassin Triela infiltrates the hostile organization, but her search is cut short when she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun…

This follows the first season where it follows the exploits of the Social Welfare Agency (often referred to as simply “the Agency”), ostensibly a charitable institution sponsored by the Italian government, but hires a group of mechanical girls brainwashed into espionage and assassination activities.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Ookami to Koushinryou
Number of episodes: 12
Japanese Air Date: January 8th, 2008

Craft Lawrence is a travelling merchant who’s wandering around the country-side selling and buying various things in villages he visits. His life changes one day when he finds a beautiful girl sleeping inside his coach full of the village’s finest sheaves. What’s more, she looks to be a cat girl. More like a wolf girl, to be exact, as she introduces herself as the village’s wolf sage who’s kept it blessed with good harvests for years and years. Her name is Horo and she wishes to return to her hometown in the North. The cocky girl bargains her way out of the village by making a deal with Craft to take her with him. The story is described as a fantasy novel with neither swords nor magic.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Noramimi
Number of episodes: Unknown
Japanese Air Date: January 9th, 2008

A world where mascots aren’t just marketing tools. Families contact mascot agencies, to find a suitable one for their children. This story focuses on one such agency, which has its very own mascot: Noramimi, the syrup-stirring Kaminari Kozo (Lightning Kid).
Summary from Anime News Network.

Hakaba Kitarou
Number of episodes: Unknown
Japanese Air Date: January 10th, 2008

Kitaro is a yōkai boy born in a cemetery, and aside from his mostly-decayed father, the last living member of the Ghost tribe. He is missing his left eye, but his hair usually covers the empty socket. He fights for peace between humans and yōkai, which generally involves protecting the former from the wiles of the latter.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Yatterman 2008
Number of episodes: 70
Japanese Air Date: January 14th, 2008

A remake from the 1970’s classic Yatterman series.
Summary from Anime News Network.

OnChan
Number of episodes: Unknown
Japanese Air Date: January 18th, 2008

~Information unavailable now….

Zoku Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei (Season 2)
Number of episodes: 13
Japanese Air Date: January 23rd, 2008

Itoshiki Nozomu is the world’s most negative person. To his way of thinking, there is no hope or meaning in this existence. Even the three kanji of his name become the two-kanji word zetsubou, “despair”, when compressed.

What an ironic twist of fate, then, that he becomes teacher to a class containing his precise opposite, the invincibly positive-minded Fuura Kafuka.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Kodai Ōja Kyōryū King D-Kids Adventure: Yokuryū Densetsu
Number of episodes: Unknown
Japanese Air Date: February 3rd, 2008

~Information unavailable now…
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9101

Yes! Precure 5 Go Go!
Number of episodes: Unknown
Japanese Air Date: February 2008

Yumehara Nozomi, a regular student, finds a magical book called the Dream Collet in the library and meets Coco and Nuts, two creatures from the Palmier Kingdom. They plead with Nozomi to restore their world, which has been destroyed by an organization called the Nightmares, by completing the Dream Collet and finding the 55 Pinkies to make any wish come true. Meanwhile, the Nightmares are moving into the real world. Once Nozomi agrees to help, Coco and Nuts transform her into the magical girl Cure Dream and turn four fellow students into her Pretty Cure team.
Summary from Anime News Network.

OVAS and Specials

Strait Jacket (OAV) (Licensed by Manga Entertainment)
Number of episodes: 3
Japanese Air Date: 25th Nov 2007

It is the world where magic and science coexist. Rayotte Steinberg, a lone wolf “tactical sorcerist”, fights against monsters. They used to be human beings, but they had overused forbidden power, “magic”, to turn into monsters. What he wears is “mold”, the straight jacket that keeps him being a human. What he holds on his hand is “staff”, a magical wand that explodes everything. If he casts magic, he moves one step to be a monster. If he doesn’t, he will be killed. Among the harsh battles, he will face a sin he had committed in the past.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Tokyo Marble Chocolate (OVA)
Number of episodes: 2
Japanese Air Date: 5th Dec 2007

Serious and generous, but a bit shy, Yudai has been unsuccessful with the opposite gender.
Chizuru is an energetic and cheerful girl, but when it comes to boyfriends, she’s been unlucky and clumsy, and never had a steady relationship. This is the first Christmas the couple spends together. Chizuru loves animals and Yudai plans to give her a rabbit in a box, but it turns out to be… a mini donkey?! As the funny creature escapes, Chizuru goes after it, and Yudai loses sight of them both!

“The time that should have been spent together…
The important feeling that should have been revealed…
Small, but precious things that tend to be buried in every day life.
What answer will the two youngsters find while separated from each other?”

Summary from Anime News Network and other sources. Adapted by me.

Ah! Megami-sama! Tatakau Tsubasa (OVA)
Number of Episodes : 2
Japanese Air Date: December 8th, 2007

A special OVA from after the second season. Mainly centers around Lind, the goddess with only one wing. “An Angel Eater has been freed in Heaven. Since Goddesses and Angels share body and soul, losing your angel results in going into shock for the Goddess. Lind goes to Earth to protect Belldandy and the others unknowing that it is a trap.”

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8679

Hoshi no Umi no Amuri (OAV)
Number of Episodes : 3
Japanese Air Date: Dec 21 2007 – Feb 22 2008 – Jun 27 2008

The story occurs in the future when humanity is developing in space. It starts with a nation of space terrorist threatening to attack the Land with a satellite attack. The Adapter troop is sent to hinder the attack, but it’s eliminated by a trap set by the enemy. There are 72 hours until the arrival of the other troop, but the terrorist’s attack happens in 60 hours. Without alternatives to hinder the attack, the mission is assigned to three girls from a station of experiments. They are normal girls without any ability for combat. To survive and to protect the world, Amuri, Suzu and Perie leave to save the planet.
Summary from Anime News Network and other sources.

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~ (OVA)
Number of Episodes : Unknown
Japanese Air Date: Dec 20th, 2007
After Haruka Suzumiya got out from the hospital from her three years of coma. She moved back to with her parents and continued to date Takayuki Narumi. She wanted to see her old friend Mitsuki Hayase who Takayuki Narumi dated while she was in coma.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Frontiers of MACROSS (Special)
Number of episodes: 1
Japanese Air Date: December 23rd, 2007

Original series’ Summary: Macross Frontier marks the 25th anniversary of the Macross anime franchise. It is a direct sequel to Macross 7 and follows the lives of Saotome Alto, Ranka Lee and a Pop Idol named Sheryl Nome on board the new space ship Macross Frontier. Human kind after the war against the Zentradi have spread across the universe in order to maintain humanity through the use of new space ships called the Macross Frontier in a effort to spread and maintain the culture of humanity.
Summary from Anime News Network.

.hack//G.U. TRILOGY (Feature Length OVA)
Japanese Air Date : December 25th, 2007

~Based on the original .hack//Roots anime series.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8719

Yawaraka Sangokushi Tsukisase!! Ryofuko-chan (OVA)
Number of episodes: 4
Japanese Air Date: December 26th, 2007

~Information unavailable now…

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8448

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Kurenai no Tsuki (Feature Length OVA)
Number of episodes: 1
Japanese Air Date: December 28th, 2007

One day, Kasuga Nozomi encounters a strange boy at her high school, who sends her across time and space to Kyou, a place in another world that bears a strong resemblance to Kyoto towards the end of the Heian period. There, the Minamoto clan (“Genji”), led by Minamoto no Yoritomo, is at war with the Taira clan (“Heike”), led by Taira no Kiyomori. The Heike hope to defeat the Genji by releasing vengeful spirits to disturb the earth`s natural flow of energy and to terrorize the land. The boy is revealed to be the human form of Hakuryuu, the White Dragon God that protects Kyou, who is weakened by the presence of the vengeful spirits. As the Hakuryuu no Miko (Priestess of the White Dragon God), Nozomi allies herself with the Genji because Hakuryuu cannot send her home until his power is restored…
Summary from Anime News Network and other sources.

Koharu Biyori
Number of episodes: 3
Japanese Air Date: January 13th, 2008 (Second OVA release date, others Idon’t know)

Set in a near future, a time where robots are common workers for their owners. Takaya Murase has just purchased a maid robot from a robotic doll distriubutor, MaidWorks. Ready to live a normal cleaning, cooking, and serving life to her owner, Yui is purchased, by Takaya but he has other plans for her…like dressing her up in dress-costumes of his fantasies and more.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Tsubasa Chronicle Tokyo Revelations
Japanese Air Dates: November 16, 2007 – January 17, 2008 – March 17, 2008

As Sakura, Shaoran, Fai, and Kurogane continues their travel across many worlds, the other “Shaoran” wakes up. The Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations reveals Fei Wong Reed’s intention, and the mystery to Shaoran’s right eye.
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Mnemosyne – Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi (OAV)
Number of episodes: 6
Japanese Air Date: February 2008

Rated M for Mature: May contain sex, drugs, and extreme graphic violence. Viewer Discretion is Advised

Coming in February is a set of six-episode series, with each episode being an hour long, about a woman who finds a young man with memory problems and tries to help him get them back. She eventually finds a connection to a pharmaceutical laboratory and ends up being hunted by an assassin in what promises to be a dark and mature (nudity and violence) sci-fi series. Noto Mamiko, Tanaka Rie, and Kugimiya Rie are all in this, and it looks like XEBEC did a fairly good job on the animation quality, but I’m not exactly sold on the story yet.
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Movies

Kara no Kyoukai (Movie)
Number of Parts : 3
Japanese Air Date: December 1st, 2007 – December 28th, 2007 – January 26th, 2008

Based on a novel by Nasu Kinoko, writer for TYPE-MOON. Kara no Kyoukai plays in the same world as Tsukihime.

The main character, Ryougi Shiki, was involved in a car accident and fell into a deep coma for two years. When she finally awoke from it, she had gained the “Eyes of Death Perception” ability but believed to have lost something instead.

The Ryougi family attempted to create human beings that exceeded normal humans, and to accomplish this, they trained their children in various martial arts and fencing, and also made them split their personalities. They believed that by using this method, one personality could be an expert in one subject while the other could be master other subjects. Shiki was no exception to this, and she had a masculine and feminine side that switched places with each other.

After having woken up from the accident, Shiki believed that her masculine personality side had died during the accident. Instead she tried to supplement the spiritually dead Shiki`s personality by her masculine tone.
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Kaede New Town (Movie)
Japanese Air Date: December 8th, 2007

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http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8771

Cinnamon the Movie (Movie)
Japanese Air Date: 22nd Dec 2007

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http://sanriomovie.com/cn_story.html

Bleach – The Diamond Dust Rebellion (Movie 2)
Japanese Air Date: December 22nd, 2007

A valuable artifact known as “King’s Seal” is stolen by a mysterious group of people during transport in Soul Society. Hitsugaya Toushiro, the 10th division captain of Gotei 13, who is assigned to transport the seal fights the leader of the group and shortly after goes missing. After the incident, Seireitei declares Hitsugaya a traitor and orders the capture and execution of Hitsugaya. Kurosaki Ichigo refuses to believe this, and along with Matsumoto Rangiku, Kuchiki Rukia and Abarai Renji swear to uncover the real mastermind of the stolen seal, find Hitsugaya and clear his name. Meanwhile, a rogue Hitsugaya searches for the perpetrators and uncovers a dark secret regarding a long dead shinigami.
Summary from Anime News Network.

Nezumi Monogatari – George to Gerald no Bouken (Movie)
Japanese Air Date: December 22nd, 2007

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http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=7897


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I’m back! Happy Holidays, New Year and Best Wishes for ’08!

January 6, 2008

Wow, it’s been awhile since I posted last. Well, now I’m back and organized so it’s all good. I’ve got a lot to report so this might be a long post….

First off, I went to Florida over the Winter Break (December 19-30). I stayed in an extended hotel from the 19th to the 22nd. On the 20th though, I went with my friend Amanda to her high school Concussion event (percussion plus concert gets you that name). The theme was Construction and so the band was playing all sorts of rhythms and things on Construction equipment. You know, sorta-like household objects. Who knew you could make such sounds from that kind of equipment. There were a lot of funny skits too. I felt odd at first, going to that high school, like I shouldn’t be there. But it was the school I would’ve gone to if I stayed in Florida. Soon enough I felt like that totally different person. I didn’t have any of my hikikomori tendencies. I don’t like being near a lot of people, you see. It makes me self-conscious and paranoid. Like Sato Tatsuhiro from NHK ni Youkoso! Except he’s more hikikomori than me. Getting back on subject, that Saturday I went to my friend Elianne’s house to stay over Christmas with her family. Every day we basically watched anime, read manga, listened to music, and played Guitar Hero 3 (which she got for Christmas on the Xbox 360). Oh right, my other friend Amanda was there too on Saturday and Sunday too I think. Some time on that Saturday too, my friend Sam came over too. I haven’t been communicating with email or the phone, so it was a real reunion. Well, she’s always been their friend. We’re not really that close. But still, it was good to see her.

I’m trying to remember everything in detail now so my mind’s getting hazy. Um, I think that Sunday we (as in Elianne, Amanda, Me, and Elianne’s mom) went to the Airport to see Elianne’s cousin (whom she hasn’t seen since she was five from Venezuela). He’s like 21 or something… Anyways, he doesn’t speak much English, so I felt really out of the loop. I’ve forgotten most of the Spanish I knew when I started learning Japanese last year. It’s hard to keep up with all the languages; my parent’s Hebrew too. Languages are such a communication barrier. So anyways, after the airport trip, we went back to Elianne’s house and I think we carried on with our usual activities. I really didn’t get much sleep there, since we stayed up to like 2:00-5:00 AM even on some days. 5:00 on Christmas Eve, because Elianne’s family opens their presents at midnight. They don’t wait till the morning; good for me. I didn’t even know I was getting a present. And my mom too, since she came with me to Florida (she came to see our old house and the tenant in it. we can’t seem to sell it >.< she stayed at the hotel most times.) She was at Elianne’s house for Christmas Eve too. She looked really bored, because knows no Spanish at all, except basic words that we all know. Luckily for me, I caught some of everyone’s conversations. If only they spoke Japanese. Then I could catch almost every word. Oh. But I’m not that fluent. I just pick up a lot from Anime and dramas, you know.

Amanda went her own way for Christmas. It’s a family holiday, after all. She should spent it with family. I met many of Elianne’s relatives that night o.0; many of them I remembered from two years ago. Except her younger cousins. One girl, Daniella, was so cute! She was like 5 years old, I think. I don’t usually say kids are cute, but she was. I was speaking a little Spanish to her. The others, Simon and Cessa, or Cesar they called him, didn’t remember me, but when they asked how I knew them I said, “I’ve been to your house before.” Stalker! No, not really. But it’s true. I went there once (they live right behind Elianne’s house, after all). They have a a cute golden retriever dog named Cody. So energetic, that dog. I’m a little nervous around dogs, too.

On Tuesday, Christmas day, Elianne’s cousin had stayed the night before and the next day we went and showed him around our town (they call it city, but it’s a suburb!). It was his first time in America. It must’ve been so different from Venezuela. We (Elliane, Me, her cousin and Elianne’s dad) took him to a mall and walked around. A lot of shops were closed since it was Christmas Day; but seriously…. what stores are open on Christmas? I didn’t expect to see any. What a surprise. Game Works was open and played there for a few hours. I hadn’t been there since my friend Jana’s birthday (that was the one and only time before now. she lives in Georgia now). I was actually good at DDR for once! I don’t have the game, so you can only be so good playing at friends’ houses, right? The songs didn’t seem hard at all. I actually felt like a pro (secretly, it was on beginner, so go figure?). We also played a sword-fighting game with undead demons. I had wanted to play a few years ago too. I was pretty good, I think. That whole time I was playing the games really well. I’m not actually good at games, but that day was different. Weird, isn’t it? Oh, Elianne and her cousin won some plushies from those claw games. I was a bit angry, ’cause I wanted one too. But I gave up. “Never mind. I don’t need one.” That’s how I convince myself.

After Game Works, we went to Wasabi, a Japanese restaurant. I’d already eaten Japanese food twice that break too (to make up for all the years I didn’t). I’ll only say this once but, I-hate-Sushi. Some fish were okay but for the most part, I wasted 17.00 on that meal. What a waste…. Oh! I tried Ramune that my friend Melanie says is so good. It’s a cherry drink, with lots of sugar, I’m sure. But I don’t care about that stuff.I was really good. I need to tell Melanie that…. I just remembered…

I got into a few fights with my mom that break. Usually, we get by on fine terms, but I was with her for so many days. Alone. And without my dad speaking up for me. She pissed me off so much. She actually asked me if she could stay at Elianne’s house, since they offered. I was like, “It doesn’t matter. If you want to and you don’t have anything else planned to do, go ahead.” Something around those lines, anyhow. She’s a grown woman! She should make her own decisions. Apparently, she was considering me and how I’m staying at a best friend’s house. Okay. “I-don’t-care,” Is what I wanted to say. Maybe I’m a heartless daughter, but whatever. She annoyed me too much! I’m bringing this up because on Tuesday night, she called to remind me that we were going up to visit our relatives again (we saw them the friday before). And some we hadn’t seen yet. I told that we could just cancel those plans. I wanted to spend more time with my friends. After all, they were the only reason I came to Florida. I don’t care about some relatives that don’t keep in touch and expect us to pay a visit. I’m really strict about family. We’re so estranged. Anyways, my mom yelled at me and said I better call Amanda and ask to go to her house and pick up the things I had given her to borrow (some anime and I had borrowed some manga from her); since we were leaving the next day from that town. She said I had ten minutes to call Amanda, ask if I could come over and get my stuff. My mom volunteered to drive me (more like forced). Oh, if I didn’t call her back within that ten minutes then she wouldn’t let me stay Tuesday night at Elianne’s. What a tyrant! And she wonders why we’re not closer. She disgusts me sometimes, I swear.

Well I worked out the situation, somehow and I even said goodbye to Amanda and her parents there (she gave me my Christmas present there). It turned out that was unnecessary though, since she came to sleep over at Elianne’s later, since it was my last night.

That night we watched G-Gundam (Elianne got that as one of her Christmas presents; the complete series). It’s old-school anime, but still interesting. I don’t intend to watch the rest of it though. Gundam’s not my think. If I was gonna watch a gundam series, it’d be Gundam Seed (and Destiny), since I know the characters. Away from the anime, I had fun with them. Three people sleeping in the same bed is not comfortable! I had to go and sleep in the guest bedroom. I can’t be like Tohru, Hana-chan and Uo-chan from Fruits Basket. I toss and turn, you know. I need room. I don’t like to feel cramped.

On Wednesday, my mom and I drove 45 minutes to our relatives’ place. I got to meet one of my uncle’s and his family that hadn’t seen since I was 13. Well, the baby doesn’t count. He wasn’t there when I met them in Israel. They live in Seattle now anyways…

That day I went with my mom to the Japanese museum there, the Morikami museum. It had a lot of stuff I already knew. The paintings, etc. We didn’t get to see much stuff though. I couldn’t find them >.< and I wasn’t about to drag my mom everywhere. She doesn’t like long walks (knee problems). We did see the old museum from the early days. It was shaped like the traditional homes in Japan. We even had to take off our shoes! Which I didn’t mind though. Except for the smell….. They gave us paper slippers. Paper! They crumbled really easily… Who’d wanna keep that (they offered to let us keep it)? I’d only keep it, if it was real. Weird…

I promised myself to come back though with my friends; these things need to be done with fans of Japan, after all. Oh, I felt really lined-out, as I think of it. Everything must be done my way. We see this, not this- kinda attitude. My picky attitude. Everything has to be right. I hate that attitude. But I can’t help it. It was so hot that day. Not that kind of weather to be walking around in.

Oh! Plus. I saw a girl with a Gaara key chain on her backpack. I was so tempted to actually ask her if it was. You know, to start up conversation. But in the end, my hikikomori nature didn’t allow me to. Oh well. At least I got to find a fellow otaku. Cool!

After the museum, we went back to the relatives’ house. In this case, my grandparents’ house. I played on their Windows Vista computer. *star struck* It’s so nice. I got to watch some anime that way. At around 5:30 we all left to go to Sweet Tomatoes. A place I’d never in my right mind pick to go eat at. A salad place for a girl who doesn’t like salad! It’s ridiculous. Well, I got to eat some pasta and desserts anyway (I really didn’t eat a lot on that trip. No appetite.).

That night, we drove back down to our hotel; 45 minute drive again. Joy. I really got back into American music again with the radio (I only listen to Asian music). That night, we packed (well my mom did. I was already packed) and I went on the laptop. Went to bed at around 1:00 AM, I think. Who remembers… The next day we got up and checked out of the hotel and drove 2 hours to see my other grandparents and their beach house. What an exhausting drive!

I love the sea, so it was fun. But I didn’t swim, even in the 80-ish degree weather. I don’t swim, see. Not that can’t; I just don’t. Swimsuit-not-good-for-me phobia. Forget it. Anyways, my grandma (well that grandpa’s 7th wife) made us so much to eat. After not eating much for a few days, all that food is hard to eat. Still, I slept better there than anywhere else (my mom and Amanda snore). Thursday, the 27th, my grandma went to the Post Office and I went with her (she’s got a new Toyota Solara corvette. it was so cool!). While she went into the post office, I went into the Surf shop next door. At first, I absolutely wanted to buy a swimsuit, but my hikikomori nature said no in the end, and so I picked two t-shirts ( i haven’t worn the 2nd yet though). On Friday, my grandpa took me to buy birthday presents. We went to Best Buy first, on the idea that I’d get an iPod Touch. Changed my mind quickly. It’s not that cool. I bought lots of anime instead. Fruits Basket, Ah! My Goddess, and Jigoku Shoujo vol. 1 & 2. See what I always want? After that he took me to Circuit City to try again for the iPod Touch. He didn’t seem to get that didn’t really want it. How do you tell someone going senile about anime? He didn’t really understand what I wanted anyway. I said nevermind and then I asked if we could go to Barnes and Noble, and so we did. I bought three mangas: Beauty Pop vol. 6, and Cherry Juice vol. 1 & 2 ( I hadn’t seen them anywhere else, anyways). Oh I forget to mention my first and huge manga shop. I went with my mom on the first thursday when we got to Florida to Borders and I bought a ton of manga. A lot of yaoi, in particular. I’ll tell later what it all was, since I don’t remember! Ha!

After that, my grandpa took me to TGI Fridays for Lunch. He kept asking what I wanted to do after high school, many times, since he didn’t remember *sighs*. I’m not even going to mention how many times he said he had a lot of glasses of ice tea.

That night was pretty uneventful. Next morning, I packed and was ready to go. At around 2:00, my mom and I left (we had to return the rental car by four). We arrived at out destination and returned the car. All we had to do was leave the car in a parking lot area with other cars, take our belongings and walk to the office, where a shuttle was called to take us to our Hilton hotel near the airport (our flight was a 8:00 the next morning). The hotel itself was really elegant (and expensive!), but they didn’t even have internet access in the rooms. What rich hotel doesn’t have that? Weird. My mom and I hung out in the hotel room till 6:00 (around an hour and half) and then we went down to the dining area for supper. Boy, did we splurge for dinner. My dad would’ve yelled at us for all the money we spent there. On top of the near 20.00 dinners we had dessert too. Don’t think that wasn’t expensive either.

Movie on tv, showers, and bed early. We had to get up and 5 AM after all. Pack last minute things. Express check out. Shuttle to airport. Check in at airport. Security. And wait– for two hours. Waiting is really boring. Finally– boarding.

An hour or more so or flying to Atlanta airport, where we went for our connecting flight. The plane was late due to the weather and we even going to fly into storm clouds. Joy. We boarded, found our seats and took off. I can’t believe how dependent I am on gum for the take off and landing. My ears can’t take the pressure >.< My mom said I have a child’s ear canals. Thanks…. Mom….. that really helps…. *rolls eyes*

The flight was rather fast since my mom said it was to make up the late time. I didn’t know planes would go faster if they were late. I just thought if they were late, they were late. End of story. On the landing, I didn’t bother with gum though. I just waded out the pain. It’s kinda hard to ask for gum when you can barely hear anything! I swear…

Arrival in Richmond intl’ airport, meet Dad and brother, pick up mom’s suitcase and drive back down to our house, which is a half hour away. Finally! Home! I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted to be home so much. It was nice I tell ya.

That’s it. I don’t usually ramble about my personal life, even in the blog, because there’s usually not much to say. This was a special occasion, as you can tell. If there’s one thing I regret, that would be that three days after the arrival, I had to go back to school. Not enough time home! But hey, I watched all the anime I had put off. Now most of those series are over anyways.

Not music this week. Not until I get requests or comments, remember? Till my next post, which will be all about anime and the new season. Oh, good news. I’ve decided that, instead of reviewing individual anime episodes, I’d do series’ reviews. I don’t have that kind of time. Bye-bye!
~Nat aka Yumi