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2005 – A Lookback in Anime – Winter ’04 / ’05

Winter ’05 season was basically a hit-or-miss season, with only a few series I found interesting and even less that were actually good.

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2005 – A Lookback in Anime – Continuing Series’ from ’04

August ’04 was really my starting point of watching anime online as I only had my broadband by then. Well, basically, I’m going to do my list by season, and starting it off, I’ll concentrate on continuing series that started in 2004 and ended well into 2005.

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Jigoku Shoujo 13

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I haven’t been blogging Jigoku Shoujo mostly due to lack of motivation, but episode 13 is a poignant episode, one of the best done in a while. I won’t do summaries as better ones have been done.

The focus on Ai this episode reveals some tantalizing titbits like the fact that she has been doing this for at least 500 years, give or take, and also how she has been adapting her methods throughout the ages, from newspapers to internet sites. She also seems to be getting jaded over the episodes, in seeing all the dark sides of human nature.

It is safe to say that her workload would have been increased tremendously in recent times,with the advent of the internet, compared to her past method. I feel she’s getting more and more disappointed with the decline in human morals, especially in this modern age, when the tiniest things can spark great grudges. I think she’s getting more and more reluctant to do her job.

I also would like to praise the production crew for the quality of this episode, where Ai’s presence is highly felt throughtout the episode but she doesn’t even appear until the end for the one and only line she says this show, “jigoku mo…. kekko hiroi kara…”, which to me, feels very poignant and meaningful. Once again, I am reminded of why I am soo attracted to Noto Mamiko. Also, is a mere coincidence that the production crew chose episode 13 to tell all this? I think not ^_-.

However…. it seems the next episode reverts back to the usual revenge-seeking story. I won’t keep my hopes up for it, but I’ll probably won’t be covering it in detail, unless something happens.

Also, I have random thought that maybe Ai’s looking for a replacement and probably chose Tsugumi as one. But until anything concrete is revealed, I won’t say much :).

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2005 – A Year in Retrospect

Ah yes…. 2005 has been quite an eventful year for me as I stepped out from school and entered the realm of the “poor university students” somewhat ala Hachikuro’s characters :). But in between, quite a lot of things have happened.

The unveiling of 2005 was marked with some tragedy, as the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami ushered many people in to a year of sadness and a celebration to the human spirit. I myself, who is living in one of the countries affected(but not so badly) by the tsunami, felt some sadness towards my neighbours all around, who have suffered much despair.

However, on the anime scene, the winter of ’04/’05 proved to be quite a interesting one with Mai HiME, Sunrise’s latest cash cow franchise captured much of the otaku population, with it’s combination of harem-sized cast of characters, gripping storyline and cheesy endings. Mentar from Memento became quite an expert on this subject, and seems to be now, the foremost HiME/Otome authority, amongst the blogging world.

As for me, it was around that time too, inspired by the efforts of the anime bloggers (which at that time was quite a small but well-knit community) such as Matt, moyism and Momotato, I started dabbling in to watching anime in raw form. I found it hard at first, but thanks to their efforts in posting up summaries, I managed to get the hang of it. Soon, too, I followed their footsteps in blogging by opening up Kuro’s Little Blog, mainly to blog for fun and as a hobby.

Unfortunately though, it was no sooner than April, where due to some internal disputes, I found myself without internet. It was truly a big impact on me, considering that Mai HiME was nearing it’s end at that time and also quite a lot of new and anticipated shows were being started. However, soon, I had to accept the fact that I had overstepped the line and resigned myself to two months without Internet, in anticipation of being accepted in to my university, MMU, where I could get access to the Internet.

After two hellish months with only scattered access to the Net, June came and I set off to my university with much excitement and anticipation. However, a bad mistake made by inexperience costed me another three months without Internet and that period still remains a bit traumatic for me. I sorely regretted the fact I was missing out on FMP:TSR, which in the beginning of 2005 had been my most anticipated anime for the year. The 5 months without Net was undoubtably the event that had the biggest impact on me, as I slowly lost somewhat of my Net identity and the following of recent trends.. I really have to confess here that I’m really such a big Net junkie :P.

Finally, in September, I moved away from that hellish place called EP and managed to find a room somewhere else, with broadband. With my newfound freedom and permanent Internet access, I vigilantly worked to catch back on time lost and caught up on this year’s series’ like Trinity Blood, Tsubasa Chronicles, Honey & Clover, Shuffle, Ichimashi, Pani Poni Dash and especially FMP:TSR, which did not disappoint.

I was also right on time to catch the Fall ’05 season, which so far, has been the best one for me, thanks to the influence of Matt over me to watch Nanoha and subsequently made me a Nanoha A’s fanboy ^_-. Fall Season also started off the anime blog movement explosion, which has been steadily gaining momentum over the year with the advent of easy to use blogging software and the ease of finding hosting. Primarily driven by Mai-Otome and the rest of the Fall Season shows, new blogs started to spring up and the anime blog scene has really grown to be quite big.

I also restarted blogging, and thanks to the graciousness of Maestro, who gladly offered me hosting on his domain, I discovered the wonders of WordPress and the result is what you are all seeing now :). I’ve learned quite much from blogging and I really like to thank all those who have inspired me, helped me and also to all my blog readers for all their support.

I’ll end it off here for the time being. This kinda turned out to be quite dragged out, XD. If I have offended anyone, I apologize beforehand. This is just really all my views about this year. I can be quite blunt sometimes so… gomen ne~~.

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To all the losers making programs with an affiliation with canned meat products

As outlined earlier, I’ve been under a major spambot attack, specifically targetting two areas, which was comment spam on this post and also tagboard spam.

To solve this problem, earlier I disabled comments on the said post, while for the tagboard I employed what I thought to be an ingenious trick, but I failed _|-|0”’. In the end, I installed Bad Behavior and my comment spam problem seems to be gone, while I have removed the tagboard from the site. I’ll solve this problem much more in detail later :P.

As for other stuff, I’ve been having a burnout recently on anime. Kinda lost my interest in watching anime for a while, which I guess stems from the hiatus of the shows I’ve been watching recently. Also, exams are approaching and I still haven’t really understood most of the stuff I’m supposed to learn… but seriously, it’s not much of a thorn for me.

For now, I’m kinda enjoying manga though, with the flood of releases thanks to Christmas and New Year’s Day. Bleach Chapter 209 and 210 was seriously cool, and I’m also having a big crush on Kashimashi…. for some reason, I’m very attracted to Hazumu _|-|0”””. AT-Translations also released Hayate no Gotoku Volume 2, which proves to be hillarious as usual (Nagi 4TW!!!). Maybe I’ll do a post about it later. I’ve also been reading Sennen no Yuki, quite an interesting read.

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School Rumble OVA Ichi Gakki Hoshu

Source: School Rumble Tankouban 2

One of the more anticipated Christmas releases, with School Rumble’s popularity being quite high among anime fans nowadays, this DVD is a collection of two episodes with material taken from the sidestories in the manga(notably the “B” side, manga readers will know :). I apologize for the lack of screencaps though, couldn’t get MPC to grab images from WMV9 files :P. For screencaps, I’ll redirect you guys over to Zyl’s blog posts :).

Episode One has quite a lot of Yakumo goodness and also Tenma/Harima hilarity. Yakumo’s first meeting with Sara was quite nice to watch and also with her sleeping problem, which I can somewhat relate too :P. The hillarious parts were the seat lottery with Harima going around to threaten people and Tenma finally getting to sit beside Karasuma. The *onsen* part was darn funny as well, with Eri getting some “value added service” from Harima, making me literally ROFLMAO. Harima x Eri 4TW!!. The parody “Galaxy Express 999” ending was fun to watch too.

Continuing in episode two is quite some funny parts with Imadori and Lala. Imadori was pretty cool when he requested for a smile from Lala. But Lala’s smile later… I don’t really know whether to say it’s cute or scary :).

Following on, the caveman part was kinda funny to watch, with the over-the-top 3DCG sequence of them fighting DeathTusk. This episode’s “reverse” ending, with the usual SD Harima replaced by the SD versions of the girls and the background images changed to quite some “yaoi-listic” pics of the Sukuran guys, made me LMAO. This really shows how the production crew are liberal to do self-parodies :).

Overall, the OVA was quite nicely done and fun to watch, making quite a worthy addition to the School Rumble series. The best thing is the confirmation of the second season with the school festival being held. I’m anxiously waiting for the paintball fight in school :).

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Maho?!

Here’s a little question to all my readers out there, what does Miu from Ichigo Mashimaro, Seras Victoria from Hellsing, Chise from Saikano and Yuzuki from Chobits share in common?

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Gundam SEED 3?!!

This just in from ANN, apparently there’s a 3rd SEED series being planned by Sunrise. Whether this remains true or not is still unconfirmed, but if Fuk-u-da is still directing it….. safe to say I’ll steer clear of it :P.

Other Sources : Gunota, MoonPhase

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Gundam Seed Destiny Final Plus

Well…. just watched finished it. Basically, it’s just an extended version of the final episode. But as what Omni has said, it doesn’t really save the whole series from mediocrity.

Anyways, the extended sequences really give more depth to the fight scenes of the final episode. There’s more of them, and for the first time in watching Gundam Seed Destiny, I don’t feel like I’m watching a rehash/reangling of previous fight scenes.

Some resolution is given in this episode, with ORB and Plant signing a peace treaty (I think) and also it seems that Lacus-sama is in the PLANT Council.Kira and Shinn also get introduced with Shinn turning crybaby again :P.

Still…. Gundam SEED Destiny isn’t really one of the best shows around to watch. If so, anybody who hasn’t watched it, should be warned that there’s really tons of flashbacks…. enough for even Gundam SEED non-watchers to understand what happens in SEED just by watching SEED Destiny. Replace episode 50 with this episode though, much more better to watch :).

I guess the best things to ever come out of SEED would be Lacus-sama, Lunamaria-chan and Meyrin-chan. God darn it, they really hot, especially Lacus-sama in battle kimono…… Ah…. why aren’t there local shops selling their models :(.

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Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s 13

Source: http://eima.hp.infoseek.co.jp/

Final episode of Nanoha A’s…. wai~~ wai~~~ :). Ending in the typical happy ending style, too bad they ruined the loli factor in the end, XD.

Oh and a little warning, 86 screencaps following. The best I could do to trim off the 300++ I originally took, LOL.

(As usual, summary later :)
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