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I’m getting ENTANGLED with old shows..

Zegapain

Right after rewatching the entirety of Utawarerumono in all its 1080p glory (good start, enjoyable middle, terrible ending, Karura was the best thing of the show), I’m embarking on another 2006 show, Zegapain. As to why do I always do this whenever I have a upcoming dateline for my assignments, I probably have a good idea why but will never admit to it fully.

I wonder how many people still remember this show. Sunrise show nonetheless, it was truly one of the best shows I watched that year. Hey maybe I might make another 2 or maybe 3, and god forbid it, FOUR more people watch that show, with this post of mine, har har.

Well, there’s a ton of reasons why you should watch the show really, for instance, Ayako Kawasumi’s engaging performance as Misaki Shizuno (god, I love it when she plays this type of roles) as well as the seiyuu debut of Kana Hanazawa as Ryoko Kaminagi. Too bad her talents have been pretty wasted so far. None of them have the prominence of the character she played during this show.

Another good reason to watch the show is also how it slowly starts out in a “normal” world, but scatters many hints on the true nature of it that is slowly but surely revealed before the first half of the episode ends. It’s still pretty awesome how they reveal to Kyo and the viewers that the Earth has been conquered by the Gardsorm and all humans have been essentially wiped out, and everyone in Maihama city is actually quantum data bodies stored inside quantum servers. The interesting usage of quantum physics theory also makes Zegapain a fun watch for sci-fi fans.

Of course, this show is one of the last good shows made by Sunrise before they succumbed to the marketing monster that is Code Geass. Probably one of the last shows that Sunrise managed to crank out before the Bandai marketing executives fully took over Sunrise’s creative department and forced the continuation of the farcical writing that was Gundam SEED Destiny to extend to Code Geass R2, wwwwwwwww. (OK, I actually meant this joke. Not the quality of the animation or whatever. I wasn’t being totally clear here earlier, so gomen~)

P.S. WTF <span class = “class”> CSS text styles don’t work in my blog!

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Ten Shows of 2006

I realize it’s a bit late for “Year in Review” posts, but some inexplicable urge just compelled me to write this out. Possibly attributed to my current holiday I guess. In anyways, I suck at ranking things, so this is not a “Top Ten” styled post, but more of a focus list of shows I thought best represented the year that was 2006 for me.

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Ari to arayuru mono..

Zegapain

Finally finished off Zegapain 26. Definitely one of the better series’ this year, too bad it it’s not as appreciated as it should be. This year seems to be overflowing with so many great shows until some gems are totally forgotten.

Reasons why you should watch Zegapain:

  • Ayako Kawasumi as Misaki Shizuno. In my opinion, one of the best characters she has played.
  • The cuteness and awesomeness that is Kaminagi Ryoko.Suprisingly, her seiyuu, Kana Hanazawa is just a year younger than me.
  • The melancholic mood throughout the show, supplanted with the optimism of certain characters that makes for an amazing contrasting feel.
  • The whole cast.
  • Great music work
  • and you. (Dear God, I’m still on this song… orz)
  • The surprise factor that Sunrise can actually pull a series off well.

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and you

Zegapain

and you (link to download, delete within 24 hours etc. etc.) is such an awesome song, I’ve been looping it non-stop the whole day…. I need the lyrics sheet, anyone knows where to get it? I did a cursory search on Google and the usual places, but I can’t seem to find it. Need to get it before I go nuts over it.

Oh, btw, Zegapain is really really awesome, up to the halfway point anyways. It’s been a while since an anime has made me actually sit down and watch 3 episodes of it in a roll and making me totally forget about the current series’, though sadly I hear the last episode hasn’t been subbed yet. I hope Megami-Anime finishes it in another…. erm, 5 hours or so, since I’ll be at that point by then, give or take a day or so.

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