“What a Wonderful World”

Vandread

Looking back at it, this episode of Vandread was truly one of my favourite ones and also a very well-done one. It gave the series its first proper character development episode, focusing on Meia, who certainly didn’t endear herself much in the earlier episodes.

This episode showed a very human side of Meia and I can’t deny she remains my favourite Vandread girl until now. Truth be told, it’s thanks to her and Naru Narusegawa that I really planted my roots of interest towards the seiyuu side of things, back then when I was still a fledging fan of the medium, hehe.

Also, this episode gave me my first exposure to the wonderful eponymous insert song of this episode. Donna Burke’s cover version still remains one of my favourites of this evergreen song.

17 Comments

  1. semtex Said,

    May 16, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

    nostalgia, you are making watch VanDread again.

  2. Shin Said,

    May 16, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

    Lost track of the times I had wetdreams of Jura and Dita. And occasionally B.C.

  3. kaz3phyrous Said,

    May 16, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

    i knew it was that meia episode judging from the rss feed…
    this was also one of my favorite ep of VanDread and like you i’m a big Meia fan( to the point that in every mmorpg i play Meia would always be a top choice for character name)…
    also VanDread Meia is imo the best out of the 3 VanDread…

    hmm… just rewatched vandread a few months ago…
    and maybe thanks to you i’ll rewatch it again…

  4. Setsuna-san Said,

    May 16, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

    @shin: no lurve for Meia?? im disappointed.

  5. rev Said,

    May 16, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

    meia – one of the first orikasa fumiko roles that i love (before rukia.. ah, the days when i still wait for Bleach every week… (like years ago))

  6. Owen S Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 1:35 am

    Wow, this took me back. What fansub group are you watching, btw?

  7. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 1:42 am

    I’m watching zx’s DivX encodes. Rather old ones from them.

    Wonder if there’s a better encode out there. This one does have some noticeable artifacts and small video.

  8. Xellos-_^ Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 1:44 am

    just want to point out in the vandread sequel that never made it off the planning board. Hibiki bang both Meia and Dita and has a daughter by each of them.

    Damn lucky b*stard

    wouldn’t surprise me if he did both Jura and barnette together as well #%$@&$^

  9. Gamen Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 5:56 am

    @Xellos
    It’s actually interesting how many people these days think Vandread II was supposed to be some sort of 3rd stage, not knowing that it was part of the planning stage for 2nd stage.

  10. Nagato Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 7:32 am

    Lol Vandread post marathon.

    My memory of Vandread is fuzzy at best, it was good but wasn’t that spectacular. Maybe I’m insane. xP

  11. randompasserby Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

    —-Lost track of the times I had wetdreams of Jura and Dita. And occasionally B.C.

    amen brother ^_^

  12. blissmo Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

    Never heard or seen of this before!

  13. kaz3phyrous Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

    @Kurogane:
    i have in my archive B-A’s encodes…
    it’s an ok encode, encoded in h264 with srt subs based on the r1 dvds…
    though i had to edit some of the subs using my common sense to piece together what lines were skipped since there were clearly skipped lines…

  14. The Sojourner Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    @Shin

    Not serious about B.C right? lol

  15. Ryggim Said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

    I watched Vandread in Wowow, way back when it first aired, even though I didn’t understand Japanese I still watched it hahaha it was only recently that I got the DVD with English subs, I still prefer the Japanese subs though ^^

  16. kaz3phyrous Said,

    May 18, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

    just rewatched this ep and it was as amazing as i remembered it to be giving some background and character development for meia…
    everything about meai is really the best in this series imo…
    from her character design to her character to her vandread…
    and speaking of character design her eye accessory is really aesthetically pleasing though we don’t see many anime girls these days with accessories similar to those…
    this ep and the white christmas ep is easily my favorite eps of the first season…

  17. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 1:49 am

    “Not serious about B.C right? lol”

    Hey, don’t go around and burst his bubble!

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