What was the last anime that you completed?

Posted by: Baby Naruto

What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/02/10 10:56 PM

The point of this thread is simple, list what anime you have recently completed, rate it (1-5 or 1-10), and give (it) a review.

I'll go first smile.

1.) Case Closed Movie 3: The Last Wizard of the Century (FUNimation Entertainment's Uncut and Unedited English Dub) - 9/10.

Awesome Movie, since Kaito Kid was in it smile.

2.) Case Closed Movie 4: Captured in Her Eyes (FUNimation Entertainment's Uncut and Unedited English Dub) - 9/10.

So romantic and nostalgic, I was so sad when it ended frown.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/02/10 11:36 PM

If I even got started I'd be typing for the next 12 days-nonstop.
Posted by: Baby Naruto

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/03/10 12:27 AM

All you have to do is list the most recent anime series/movie/OVA w/e that you completed.

That's 1 entry, lol. You can do 2+, but NOT necessary.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/03/10 11:08 AM

Welcome to the NHK - 9/10

A really unique series, but it starts off a little rough. However, after the eighth episode it really starts to pick up and the last couple of episode were really good.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/04/10 01:47 PM

Moribito Guardian of the Spirit.
Clannad s1
Posted by: DemonXSoultaker

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/04/10 01:52 PM

Orphen seasons 1 and 2 season 1 was good all the way, season 2 was good but slow till like ep.20 haha.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/04/10 03:41 PM

Kyo Kara Maoh. 7.25/10.

Kind of goofy with a lot of medieval-type themes as well as homosexual references. It's rather unique in that it kind of spoofs harem/bishonen series with the "completely ordinary" protagonist who ends up over-coming obstacles by being a good guy. I would put it in the category of being somewhat of a parody of Fushigi Yugi but it's a pretty entertaining series with a neatly tied off ending (that does leave potential for sequels, as I know season 3 hasn't been licensed yet). A pretty long series at 78 episodes on 18 DVD's.
Posted by: samuraisgt

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/05/10 02:59 PM

Inuyasha was my last series that I completed.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/06/10 07:12 PM

Finished Air Gear a bit ago. An excellent lesson on how animators can stretch their time and money to good effect. The key scenes are quite nice, the middling scenes are marginally less animated but still crisp and the lesser scenes are very cheaply done (and look it). While the quality can fluctuate wildly, I can't say I disagree with any of their budgetary decisions.

There were numerous soft spots in the plot and the anime doesn't finish its prescribed storyline but it pulls off a sort of genuine energy that is the lifeblood of a shonen anime. It's also immensely helpful that the lead, while often indulging in a few arrogant moments, is actually a good guy.

I love character growth stories and Air Gear was no disappointment. Not only do the main characters grow into the standard shonen mold, so too do nearly all of the side characters. Each one gets a little time in the spotlight. Despite how little actual screen time they get, their side-stories never seem rushed.

Not perfect but definitely better than the sum of its parts and a fun watch when you're in the mood for a no-brainer.
Posted by: JuggaSiC

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/07/10 01:49 AM

I've been slackin, but my most recent finished anime(vol 1 anyways) was Dojin Work. I feel a bit stupid for not knowing it was subtitle only, but it was still surprisingly very good. Laid back, nonstop laughter.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/31/10 12:15 PM

Spice and Wolf and YUA s2, YUA the Movie.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/31/10 10:36 PM

I watched Sword of the Stranger today and it was the first anime I'd watched in a while.

Pretty good, quite bloody. A bit on the cliché side of things with a moderately predictable formula and key events. It was entertaining regardless and had solid animation and a lot of action.

It reminded me a bit of the Ninja Scroll movie but with less "out there" villains and a more realistic plot.

I gave it an 8/10 but that may change over the next couple of days.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/01/10 03:43 PM

Finished up Cromartie and Slayers:Try. Both completely different types of silly fun but I enjoyed watching them both. The latter maintains a fairly complex fantasy world despite being primarily a comedy. It's stumbles a few times on pacing and coherence but it helps that it never takes itself even remotely seriously.

As for Cromartie, I'm not sure if it took a little getting used to or if it just needed a little time itself to loosen up but I eventually warmed up to it. It's not a masterpiece by any measure but it throws enough crazy stuff out there that something eventually works such that the humor can build up some momentum.

I also blasted through Magical Witch Punie-Chan this weekend. It's a rather insane mix of saccharine cuteness and intense violence (usually hovering a couple of steps below below Bludgeoning Angel but the occasional entrails and bone-shattering sound effects bring it briefly up to comparable levels). It makes such an impressive effort to build up enough back story for comedic effect that it leaves one wanting for about twice the episodes if only to explore those other comedic avenues (i.e. her [usually] insanely cute "mascot" is perpetually torn between his adimration for Punie-chan and his desire to kill her. The latter motivation we hardly ever see.) Good solid fun that's best watched with friends (as most comedies are).
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/02/10 09:37 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
I watched Sword of the Stranger today...

In a previous post, I discussed the minor "bad guy" characters (two women and a man) who got relatively little screen time, but who seemed very interesting. Did they stand out to you as well? They weren't really evil, they were just doing their duty, and they seemed like generally honorable types who just happened to be working for less than honorable types. I would like to have seen them fleshed out over the course of a series. I'm just curious as to whether they made a similar impression on other viewers
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/04/10 02:16 AM

I noticed them, but the guy stood out a bit more for his Magna-Carta-esque dude looks like a lady outfit. I got the feeling that a lot of the characters (them included) could definitely thrive pretty well if they were developed more over the course of a longer series.
Posted by: Funkgun

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/04/10 03:02 AM

I like to harken it to a fun Chop saki flick that is easy to get into, easy to show others, and just overall fun to watch for all the action.

Every once in a while it is nice to have a spaghetti western/ Akira kurosawa type of movie that never tries to be more than it can handle. I mean sure it would have made a nice series, but there are other series out there to fill that prescription.
I sorta like a one shot every once in a while.


Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/06/10 01:30 AM

I blitzed the Wallflower in 2 sittings. It was decent but one of those series where I thought the dub hurt it a bit.

For some reason spazzing out in English just sounds way more abrasive than spazzing out in Japanese. I had always wondered why this was but I realized it's probably due to how people breathe when they are doing that kind of voice. When most people speak/shout Japanese they tend to rely a lot on pushing air from the diaphragm while in English people tend to push from the chest/throat when they are shouting.

Overall it was a decent bishonen spoof that nicely gave depth to the characters. I thought the plot stalled a bit at times but overall it was decently entertaining and I would describe it mostly as a "people learning to understand each other" series.

This is one (like Welcome to the NHK) where I really felt the text descriptions on the back gave a poor representation of the series.

Rating: 7.25/10. I've seen better but I never lost interest.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/06/10 12:13 PM

Just watched Blade of the Phamtom Master. Not really all that impressed with it. Although for the price it wasn't bad. Was there supposed to be two story-arcs in it or just one which took it's time to get started?
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/08/10 09:53 AM

Finally got around to watching GTO this weekend. It was rather entertaining with a lot of character development. There was a good mix of parts that were a bit on the twisted side of things as well as parts that were just goofy and other parts that were sweet and uplifting.

The dub cast was solid but a little on the sparse side. I enjoy Bang Zoom dubs quite a bit but Kirk Thornton played like 71% of the male characters (and at a few points some of their voices changed a bit, almost like it was tough to remember exactly what voice was being used).

The strong point of the series was being able to watch characters grow beyond their stereotypes.

My initial rating is 8.25/10
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/08/10 05:40 PM

GTO is a lot of fun. It has the same "this situation is SO screwed up, there's NO WAY the protagonist can make it right again... but then he does" feel to it as Goldenboy. Both characters have a way of digging themselves holes to climb out of on a regular basis. While you'd think that device would get old, it doesn't in those two shows.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/08/10 05:53 PM

Funny-I tried a few episodes of the GTO anime and didn't care for it and then watched a few episodes of the live action version and thought it was humerous as all get out.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/08/10 11:17 PM

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GTO is a lot of fun. It has the same "this situation is SO screwed up, there's NO WAY the protagonist can make it right again... but then he does" feel to it as Goldenboy. Both characters have a way of digging themselves holes to climb out of on a regular basis. While you'd think that device would get old, it doesn't in those two shows.


Yeah, I agree. I think the key on their take on the formula is that he's severely flawed but unwavering in his support of his students. While it's quite subtle, each greater obstacle he overcomes is made easier as more and more people begin to believe in him.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/09/10 09:52 AM

Yeah, Onizuka gradually develops a student following along the way, and he gets help solving problems as the show goes along. By contrast, Kintaro solves most of his problems alone, until the last episode. But, considering that Goldenboy is only a six episode OVA, it makes more sense that way.

Despite their respective talents, both characters still rely quite a bit on improvisation and incredible luck. Compare that to a character such as Taichi in Master Keaton, who solves cases by being perfect at everything and twelve steps ahead of everyone else. Even James Bond, Angus MacGyver, and Indiana Jones rely on luck sometimes, but Taichi Keaton never does. lol
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/10/10 02:58 PM

Just finished Kannazuki no Miko & Air.

I was little disapointed in Kannazuki. The reviews made it sound like it was going to play out kinda like a girl-on-girl romeo & juliet style tragedy. It didn't do that til the last two episodes. Which is bit uncool. If it played like that from the get go it would have made for a much better show. Well, at least it was pretty. smirk

Air was amazing though. I thought people were exagerating when they said "Oh m'god it's so sad, it's gonna make you cry." but man they were right. It had me in tears. I was just a little off put by the last 2-3 minutes of it after Sky flies away. It felt just smite too pretentious, just my thought though. Other than that, it was a great show.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/11/10 11:35 AM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
I was little disapointed in Kannazuki. The reviews made it sound like it was going to play out kinda like a girl-on-girl romeo & juliet style tragedy. It didn't do that til the last two episodes. Which is bit uncool. If it played like that from the get go it would have made for a much better show. Well, at least it was pretty. smirk

I had the same reaction. There was a lot of untapped potential.

EDIT: No pun intended with the term "untapped." wink
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/11/10 01:40 PM

blush You know...
Some how I don't believe that. laugh
Posted by: sawmill

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/14/10 01:04 PM

I need to get around to watching GTO. Have the Tokyopop singles and artboxes and have only watched one episode. Too much to watch. Too little time. Did finish up True Tears which I thought was fantastic. Also rewatched Project A-ko movie with family and friends. They enjoyed it. Even if I thought the dub was weak. Everybody enjoyed the 80's pop English songs.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/14/10 07:06 PM

Finished up World Destruction (Sands of Destruction) and wasn't all that impressed. Not one that i'll be running out to get anytime soon.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/14/10 09:11 PM

Finished up Hell Girl the other night. It ended up opening up quite a bit after the repetition of the first ~8 episodes. It didn't quite meet my expectations but it was quite solid and the last 5 episodes or so were very good. Fairly dark themed, moral dilemma type material. It would probably have its best appeal to fans of like When they Cry, Death Note, Ghost Hunt, Texhnolyze.

Rating 7.25/10. It would probably rate more fairly by breaking it up into its parts: First 1/3rd 6.75/10, Second 1/3rd 7.25/10, Final 1/3rd 8.75/10.

Watched Claymore over the past two days. It was both better and worse than I thought it would be. The first 10 episodes were very impressive and while it was action packed throughout, the second half seemed to stall quite a bit... which probably isn't the right word for it, it just didn't seem to flow as well. I guess the plot just didn't move as well during the second half in terms of important events. Reminded me a bit of Berserk meets Gungrave.

Overall 8.25/10. If I broke it down I'd say first half 9.25/10 second half 7.25/10.

Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/16/10 12:04 AM

Finished Innocent Venus today...

Nothing really to write home about. It brought up lots of comparisons in me to Full Metal Panic minus the humor and characters you care about. The actual plot premise is fairly interesting but the characters are pretty one-dimensional and never really developed very well. Plot-wise I'd link it to some of the underlying things in S-Cry-ed and to a lesser extent Witch Hunter Robin.

It fell a bit flat for me in the same way that most 11-14 episode series tend to fail to grab me.

Overall 6.75/10.
Posted by: Evil Overlord

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/16/10 12:20 PM

I just finished a rewatch of Nabari no Ou. I think this is a fantastic anime. I love the lead characters and how they interact with everyone. It's also a great story.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/17/10 12:01 PM

Just rewatched one of my all time favorites: The Heroic Legend of Arslan.
The only problem I have with it doesn't even have to do with the anime it's self. It's the way CPM did the dvd. They put half of part three on the first disk. I always found that to be annoying.(why would you spilt it like that frown )
I saw on amazon that they released it three times. I've got the second release(it has a blue cover). So I'm wondering if the third(has a red cover) fixed this problem. I'm tempted to buy it to just see if they did. And even if they didn't and I'm stuck with two copies I'd still be happy, cause this anime is just that good. smirk laugh
Posted by: Funkgun

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/18/10 04:35 PM

Tears to Tiara. Your standard issue fantasy series. I can not say it is any better than many, but kept me there to the end.

Very episodic for the most part. Till the end.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/19/10 04:07 PM

Anything stand out in particular(good or bad)?
I plan on picking up that title soon,It doesn't bother me if it's cookie cutter(I'll still pick it up) but I always like to hear what others have to say.
Posted by: Baby Naruto

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/20/10 01:36 AM

I just recently completed Burst Angel, Burst Angel: Infinity (OVA), Case Closed Movie 5: Countdown to Heaven, and Lucky Star.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/20/10 02:37 PM

I finished Flag today.

It was quite artsy-fartsy in its presentation. Basically, it's all told via someone accessing computer files of videos and still images shot from camera lenses. The animation quality is solid (although there's usually a grainy filter going on over everything to make it appear like it's shot on a mini-DV cam in poor lighting). The story is interesting but at the same time it's quite slow moving and the pacing is fairly consistent throughout.

While its artistic merit is fairly high, it's enjoyment factor helps balance that off (while some would find it a rewarding watch, I don't know many that would call it fun).

7/10.
Posted by: Supermutant

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/21/10 11:35 PM

Recently finished:
Claymore. I like this series got me interested in the manga since it goes different way towards where in the story anime ended. It's still going too. Anime though has a very bitter sweet but at same time can be called leaving open for more that probably won't come.
School Rumble Season 1. Very funny show. Great and can't wait to watch second semester/season 2.
You're Under Arrest Season 2. Love this show still even if season 2 had no dub.
Destiny Of Shrine Maiden. Could have been bitter sweet but last scenes after credits made it more happy.
World Of Narue. Pretty good show.
Daphne In The Brilliant Blue. Bitter sweet on brothers fate but pretty good ending.
Sands Of Destruction. Pretty good ending.
Sailor Moon. Probably one of my favorite anime endings.

By the way I liked Flag too. I watched it last year. Really good series. I thought how different it was done was very cool and brought something new to anime or at least something I hadn't seen. The ending was very bitter sweet and punch to gut. Almost in a L/R ending but it made a bit more sense.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/22/10 12:15 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
I finished Flag today.

It was quite artsy-fartsy in its presentation. Basically, it's all told via someone accessing computer files of videos and still images shot from camera lenses. The animation quality is solid (although there's usually a grainy filter going on over everything to make it appear like it's shot on a mini-DV cam in poor lighting). The story is interesting but at the same time it's quite slow moving and the pacing is fairly consistent throughout.

While its artistic merit is fairly high, it's enjoyment factor helps balance that off (while some would find it a rewarding watch, I don't know many that would call it fun).

7/10.


What did you think of the ending? I'll admit that i wasn't expecting it on my first watch thru.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/23/10 12:58 AM

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What did you think of the ending? I'll admit that i wasn't expecting it on my first watch thru.


I pretty much expected something along those lines based upon its presentation (past tense, fond reflections, etc.).

Click to reveal..
The only thing I was debating was to how the explosion happened, if it was from terrorist attacks or from the UN blowing her up because she knew too much.


I just finished Big Windup season 1.

The positives: It's quite an accurate/authentic depiction of baseball... well... moreso Japanese baseball (which is inherently small ball). The whole chess-match interplay was nice between the catchers and managers, etc. but at the same time it made it a bit tough to believe they were freshman in high school. The two games played during the first season manage to occupy 6+ episodes each and they are the basic focus of the series.

The negatives: There really isn't much going on other than baseball. Not a lot of character development, etc. Basically, you have an emotionally damaged kid who gets a bit of a boost from being around other kids who aren't pricks to him.

You probably have to really be a baseball fan to enjoy this. If you aren't a baseball fan, there is great potential to learn a lot from it, but I don't think the enjoyment factor would be there.

The seriousness that the subject matter is treated with is on par with Slam Dunk or Initial D (it nerds out on baseball pretty hard) but it's lacking a bit in terms of meaningful character interaction and development. There's no romance story to go along with things, no studying for entrance exams to stir up stress, etc. etc. While those might be cliché, not having anything along those sorts basically takes a slow sport (baseball) and makes it even slower (by injecting 40 second thought bubbles in between every pitch).

Overall 6.75-7/10
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/27/10 04:25 PM

World of Narue. For some reason it reminded me of Ah! My Goddess, and i was watching Belldandy and Keiichi when they were in their early teens together. Not too bad, but not one i will re-watch for a while.
Posted by: AnimePocky

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/27/10 11:33 PM

Moribito on Adult Swim (patience pays off).

Baccano! on Anime News Network streaming.

Sadly, not much else. Started GunXSword, Zeta Gundam, Macross, but haven't really sat down to continue. I had a case of Olympic fever, too.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/28/10 01:52 AM

Finished Princess Nine today.

It's more of a coming of age/interpersonal relationships/overcoming obstacles sports anime vs. the more in-depth sports anime (e.g. Slam Dunk, Big Windup). Closest sports anime comparison I could make would probably be Hoop Days/Dear Boys, but Princess Nine was a bit better with exponentially more interesting characters.

Somewhat predictable but not bad. Quite a bit of high school drama which at times got a bit off-putting but overall a decent watch.

7.25/10.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/28/10 10:30 PM

Finished Rin Daughters of Mnemosyne.

This series is fairly dark, serious, and fairly sexual. None of those factors really felt gratuitous, they just flowed along quite well within the pacing of the story.

The story is somewhat odd... each episode jumps time periods and continues the bigger over-arching story with each episode being more of part of the arc (with the exception of episode 6). e.g. the First episode is 1990, 2nd episode is 1991, 3rd episode 2011, 4th 2025, etc.

Things tie together quite nicely in the end and it's story is so "out there" that it's not predictable (I didn't feel myself trying to guess on any of it).

As I had posted on another thread, some viewers might see some of it as being misogynistic, but if you can accept those aspects as just part of the story premise/plot it shouldn't be too much of a factor.

I would recommend this to people who enjoyed Speed Grapher and Elfen Lied.

Overall, 8.4/10.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/01/10 03:55 PM

Just finished watching DearS.
I thought was it a whole lot of fluffy fun. It doesn't answer all of it's questions but that's what the manga's for.
I definitely want to pick that up.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/01/10 07:19 PM

Right now I'm slogging my way through YUA-Full Throttle, Sailor Moon S, Kurau-Phantom Memory, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Ladies Vs. Butlers, Chu-Bra, and a few other that I can't think of right now.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/02/10 03:13 AM

I finished Nabari No Ou tonight. A well-thought out series with an interesting story to tell and lots of character development but it struggled a bit with its storytelling pacing throughout the series.

The early episodes present it as a modern ninja action series but it ends up developing into more of a drama/suspense that focuses more around character interaction/development/growth (it doesn't help that the action sequences during the latter half of the series tank out a bit in terms of quality compared to the first half).

From a feel standpoint I'd recommend this series to those who enjoyed X, Tokyo Majin, or Otogi Zoshi. I liked the character designs and thought they did a good job of blending the animation in with mostly water-color backgrounds.

Overall it was a strong watch but had some flaws keeping it from cracking into my top 20 or so. 7.7/10.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/02/10 06:12 PM

I just finished Karau Phantom Memory-it was fantastic.
Posted by: Razzuel

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/02/10 08:51 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
I just finished Kurau Phantom Memory-it was fantastic.


Yes, indeed! Haha, I am going to say this again, since Kurau doesn't get enough attention: if you haven't watched Kurau Phantom Memory, then I implore you to pick up the singles here on Right Stuf — they are in the bargain bin and they contain a good amount of extras that the collections are missing — or if you are too unsure about the show to make a purchase (curse you!), then you can watch the whole series for free on Funimation's website — but if you like it, then you better buy it! grin
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/02/10 11:13 PM

I finished Elemental Gelade tonight.

Fairly typically standard fantasy/action/adventure story with a peppy young firecracker of a main character and odd couple-esque comic relief sidekicks who end up paired up on an adventure that ends up being important on a world-wide scale. This story was really quite cliché and until the end the only real drama/suspense for most of the series seemsedto draw from the characters being naive in a "OMG you mean the organization we work for isn't purely good and does some evil things?" kinda way.

It's not bad but it felt eerily similar to some of the more hokey Final Fantasy games and it really didn't stand out much, although it wasn't a bad watch either. I would describe it as severely average. A decent time passer but nothing really stand out about it.

If you enjoyed Black Cat, Chrono Crusade, Kiddy Grade, and Solty Rei this series would probably appeal to you.

Overall 6.75/10.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/03/10 01:10 AM

Just finished up Asu no Yoichi. For me, what a struggle to get through this one.

A young samuri from the mtns goes into the city for 'training' and lives with four sisters only to have trouble ensue ("It's a misunderstanding!"). Boy did this have a been there done that type of feel. And those misunderstandings got old very fast with the same gag being used over and over and over again (similar feel to Love Hina).

Definatly going to pass this one up when it does get released later this year.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/03/10 10:26 AM

You make it sound like the Three's Comapny of anime. lol
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/03/10 10:48 AM

Quote:
Just finished watching DearS.
I thought was it a whole lot of fluffy fun. It doesn't answer all of it's questions but that's what the manga's for.
I definitely want to pick that up.


Hehe, I found it quite amusing that a series could make slavery (and aliens engineered to be slaves) fluffy and fun.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/04/10 02:41 PM

Hey... Ren wants to serve Takeya.
So technically she's not a slave. smirk
But I get your point.
I blame it on the power of cute anime girls.
They blind you to all kinds of reason. :P
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/04/10 03:58 PM

Quote:
Hey... Ren wants to serve Takeya.
So technically she's not a slave. smirk
But I get your point.
I blame it on the power of cute anime girls.
They blind you to all kinds of reason. :P


I was just sort of poking fun at the series. Normally you'd think of that kind of thing as "wrong" or at least "kinky" but DearS manages to make it come off as neither.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/04/10 06:08 PM

I know. But you are right though.
For what would be a rather "taboo" subject matter, DearS comes off as just some good if slighty saucy fun.
Again, I blame the cuteness of it all.
It's gonna be my downfall.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/04/10 09:18 PM

I know somebody that absolutely hated Dears-me-I liked it-kinda reminded me of the anime version of Three's Company.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/04/10 09:29 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
You make it sound like the Three's Comapny of anime. lol


Yea, i guess i did didn't i? smile
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/08/10 12:11 AM

Finished up Sora o Kakeru Shōjo-The Girl Who Leapt Through Space.
This one i put off for a while but decided to sit down and watch it. A fun series to watch. One that i found myself enjoying with each ep.
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/08/10 12:20 AM

Chobits, and before that, Last Exile. Both quite enjoyable series.

It was fun finding connections between Chobits and the more recent series, Kobato., since CLAMP seems to be putting various crossovers in that.

Last Exile was overall quite enjoyable, and I actually found a ton of ways to compare it to Eureka Seven, to an extent that was rather amusing. Even without comparisons, though, Last Exile was a great series.
Posted by: YoYoAnime

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/08/10 03:41 AM

just finished lucky star for the second time
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/09/10 04:20 PM

I finished Kaze No Stigma last night. After reading a few rather poor reviews of this series a few months ago my expectations were just to have a good time with it and it turned out quite enjoyable.

While it's a bit cliché (insert 14-18 year old kids with magical powers out killing demons) and an over-powered character the strength of this series isn't in its action/suspense.

The real meat of this series is about emotional growth and how and how relationships change people over time. It's no masterpiece, but the character interaction elevates it above some of the weaker series I've seen with a similar style.

The underlying story is incomplete but this series has fairly decent closure on a primary arc that is left open for sequels in a similar way to Claymore.

Recommend for those who enjoyed Shakugan No Shana, X, Buso Renkin.

Overall 7.4/10.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/09/10 08:17 PM

I finished Chobits tonight.

Quite a bit of fanservice and comedic awkwardness from a hyper-spastic main character. Decently entertaining but requires an enjoyment of sexual awkwardness and wackiness to maintain an enjoyable pace throughout. Very cutesy style.

Recommended to those who enjoyed Ai Yori Aoshi and DearS.

Overall 6.9/10.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/10/10 03:52 AM

Finished up Lain yesterday. After watching that i'm gonna need something that doesn't require too much thinking when watching. Something along the lines of Grenadier should fit the bill. grin
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/10/10 10:04 AM

After years of promosing myself I'd finish it-I did-Nadia-The Secret Of Blue Water.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/13/10 02:43 PM

I finished Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle today.

The Princess (minus memories), her childhood friend, and 2 strangers end up traveling across dimensions to new worlds searching for pieces of the Princess's soul (in the form of feathers).

It's tough for me to really say a lot about this because I really enjoyed the first half of the series but at the same time while they make progress, they seemingly get no closer to the finish. At the very start the number of feathers that were scattered is (intentionally) never revealed as this allows for the mid-section of the story (based on a running manga) to stretch on for as long as is popular.

The series itself is fairly entertaining, with each arc covering a new world and ranging from 1 to 8 episodes or so. There's plenty of "odd couple" moments among the companions and some underlying romantic/platonic tensions running throughout. There's a tie in with XXXHolic's Yuko, as she is the one that sends them on their journey and occasionally chimes in with wisdom.

The downside of this series is that while the underlying story is always present, the focus tends to be on developing each arc (where the feather is on this world) instead of progressing it towards the end in a way reminiscent of Inuyasha. The slow development of chemistry and friendship between the characters is interesting and you may find it enough to carry the show along but many may find it not enough either.

Overall 7.1/10. Fun stories and character interplay, boo for not having any plan to give a sense of closure.

Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/13/10 03:43 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Finished up Lain yesterday. After watching that i'm gonna need something that doesn't require too much thinking when watching. Something along the lines of Grenadier should fit the bill. grin


How about Key The Metal Idol?
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/13/10 04:48 PM

Just finshed watching Le chevalier D'Eon. All I can say is whoa...
A great series to watch, it's very well written, you'll even feel bad for some the main antagonists as they get their comeupance. A little slow starting but that adds to air of mystery that show has.
An all in all good watch.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/14/10 10:48 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Originally Posted By: stargates
Finished up Lain yesterday. After watching that i'm gonna need something that doesn't require too much thinking when watching. Something along the lines of Grenadier should fit the bill. grin


How about Key The Metal Idol?


That one i haven't seen. Sounds like something i might enjoy.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/15/10 12:59 AM

I finished Moribito.

Good, solid medeival Japan-ish fantasy-ish story about a bad azz Woman who is charged with protecting a prince who's life is being threatened.

The animation quality is superb (especially during the action scenes) and it's a very pretty to look at series. Most of the characters are a bit cliché but they work well within the course of the series and there's enough going on to keep them all interesting. This series has a great balance going on of varying elements that keep the breadth/depth of content going pretty well at the expense of some consistency in pacing, but overall it's quite a good watch.

If I had to break it down into its parts I would say it's about 40% action, 20% slice of life, 20% political intrigue, and 10% supernatural.

Recommended for those who enjoyed: Twelve Kingdoms and Princess Mononoke.

Overall 8.1/10.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/15/10 12:20 PM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Just finshed watching Le Chevalier D'Eon.

An all in all good watch.

Agreed. Not only that, but the artwork is also pretty to look at (as is the original ADV art box). ADV did the series justice in its American release. In fact, it's probably one of their best ever, even though they eventually had to cut some corners on the last volume or two.

It would look wonderful in 1080p. Maybe now that Funimation has it, that's possible, if unlikely. It's one of the few titles I'd purchase again on Blu-ray.
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/15/10 05:10 PM

Recently, out of boredom and not being able to use my own PC due to my graphics card almost literally blowing up on me, I've spent this past week watching Love Hina and Dears. For the former, it was my 3rd time going through it. It seems that the more I watch it, the more I notice all the "flaws" that others seem to constantly point out whenever I even mention this anime series. DearS on the other hand, while not great, wasn't awful either. But at only 13 episodes it really felt like it left a lot of stuff on the table that it could have explored.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/15/10 06:11 PM

I just watched both Summer Wars-as good as if not better than The Girl Who Lept Through TIme and Oblivion Island-Haruka And The Magic Mirror.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/16/10 01:57 AM

I finished Air.

I think this was probably my first moe series so I don't really have much to compare it to. Overall I would rate it highly on its artistic merit and emotional response but at the same time it felt a bit forced in its attempt to create tragic/sad situations.

There was a nice bit of character growth throughout the series but the storytelling was a bit stilted and seemed to struggle with focus.

I did enjoy it and it was emotionally moving at times.

Recommended if you enjoyed Rumbling Hearts and Ai Yori Aoshi.

Overall 7.4/10.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/16/10 09:12 PM

I finished Bamboo Blade tonight.

It was reasonably entertaining but got a bit stale at some points due to lack of character growth but overall things tied together nicely. It is a cross between a sports anime and a coming of age story spread across multiple characters. It lacked the real drama/tension usually utilized with most sports anime which is both good and bad. Good in the fact that you don't have any painfully stretched out sequences and episodes ending just before the climax but at the same time it didn't have quite as much "pull" between episodes and it depended more heavily upon the viewer liking the characters moreso than dramatic sequences.

Recommended to those who like high school girls and kendo :P

Overall 7.25/10.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/17/10 12:29 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Recommended to those who like high school girls and kendo :P

Thanks, I'll pass. wink
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/17/10 07:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: zentropa
Recommended to those who like high school girls and kendo :P

Thanks, I'll pass. wink

I found Bamboo Blade to be very intertaining. I laughed out loud many times.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/18/10 12:51 AM

I drew a blank on trying to come up with comparisons to Bamboo Blade on a "if you liked this..." level.

It wasn't a bad series but there wasn't a lot of things... no real romance, no huge conflict/tension, a lot of repetitive situations caused by character's weaknesses (which could be somewhat frustrating), a few caricature-type characters, etc.

Now that I've had some time to think about, the closest feeling I could really compare to watching Bamboo Blade is probably Love Hina.
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/18/10 01:49 AM

Oh, seems I didn't update here...

Most recent completions are Honey and Clover (including the 'L' and 'F' specials) and Honey and Clover II.

Quite an enjoyable slice of life series, with a lot of content I'm sure plenty of young adults can relate to. (Like being a broke college student, lol.)
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/18/10 09:25 AM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
I found Bamboo Blade to be very entertaining. I laughed out loud many times.



Same here. Right now i'm just waiting for the complete boxset to come out before i pick it up. Hopefully that'll be soon...

Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/18/10 10:04 PM

I just finished Code Geass Season 1...

It started off very entertaining and yes, it was kind of like a mecha-powered Death Note smile

The story starts off rather quickly, the background being a mock US having invaded Japan (and most of the world) and taken it over through military conquest. The main protagonist has mega beef with the government and is tossed into the mix against his will but he embraces it as a chance to change the world.

Overall, season one has remained quite solid but at the same time a few of the characters were VERY obnoxious (or became that way). There's enough plot twists and turns to keep things lively and interesting and removes any feelings of themes being cliché.

I'm kind of shocked season one ended how/when it did since it seems that season two wasn't green-lit until after season one was already airing.

It's one of those series where I disliked nearly every character but liked the show because the story was well-developed.

Recommended for those who enjoyed: Death Note, S-Cry-ed, Innocent Venus... although it definitely does have mass appeal going for it, so I have a feeling most people would enjoy it at least a little bit.

Overall 8.2/10.
Posted by: SpaceAnon

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/21/10 05:23 PM

Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 was my most recent completed series that I hadn't seen before, Yu Yu Hakusho would be the most recent including ones I've seen before, I still love the series, seen it many times already.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/21/10 05:29 PM

Just watched My Dear Marie.
It's basically a one-shot release from ADV.
It's about a genius boy who has a crush on a fellow tennis club member named Marie, so what does he do? He builds a robot that looks just like her; wacky hijinks ensue.
I actually liked this title quite a bit. At three episodes long it goes buy in a flash, and it was well animated. Ending was a little wtf but I'd recommend it overall.
Especially if you get it as the double pack with cosplay complex. (more bang for the buck is always the way to go laugh )
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/22/10 02:26 AM

I finished Jyu Oh Sei tonight.

The plot synopsis I had seen of the series of "a pair of brothers stranded on a hostile planet striving to survive" kind of thing really didn't do well in alluding to the overall scope of the series... if it had, I probably wouldn't have put off watching it for so long. For those who are familiar with my posts you probably know that I tend to dislike most short (under 20 episode) series so this series was a nice surprise.

To give a little more insight into the situation, the planet the brothers are sent to has a very slow rotation leading to 181 days of daylight and a tropical climate where carnivorous/poisonous plants flourish followed by 181 days of night with an arctic climate.

What follows is an incredibly fast-moving plot mixing action, human interaction, politics, and science. While it's not the strongest series ever in any one way and some of the dramatic scenes and character developments suffer a bit due to the pacing and length of the series, the storytelling and pacing remain consistent throughout and I never found myself bored.

Recommended if you enjoyed: Avenger, Blue Gender, Gurren Lagann (although I will admit listing it with Gurren Lagann is a bit of a stretch so I wouldn't recommend it if you enjoyed GL but hated the other two).

Overall: 7.5/10.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/24/10 06:10 PM

Just finished Kirameki Project. Let's just say that i need to stop doing blind buys.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/24/10 07:33 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Just finished Kirameki Project. Let's just say that i need to stop doing blind buys.


I dunno-I liked it for what it was-it was kinda cute but nothing deep or profound.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/24/10 08:04 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Originally Posted By: stargates
Just finished Kirameki Project. Let's just say that i need to stop doing blind buys.

...it was kinda cute but nothing deep or profound.


I won't argue with that. From what i read about the product description (back cover) i thought that it was going to be more than what it actually was.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/25/10 06:54 PM

I just saw Cosplay Complex.
Thought it was a solid little title. It's good for a few chuckles and at 3 eps 90mins tops it's good way to pass an afternoon. The best parts come from Jenny; an exchange student with a loli-complex. Her scenes had me shaking my head laughing. It also has a bit of replay value as you can watch it few times over to spot all costumes and take a guess what anime/game it came from.
An okay title.
Posted by: PetrifiedJello

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/26/10 06:39 PM

All 3 seasons of Aria. Season 3 was re-watched 3 times in a row.
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/26/10 09:38 PM

Plowed through Toradora! the other night. Very enjoyable. I'm not very good at picking out specific details that made me enjoy things, but I guess the series was just right up my alley. Drama, comedy, well-crafted characters, etc. Not sure if I'd consider it a favorite (a re-watch or two should help me decide on that), but it's definitely up there.

A day or two later, finished up Kobato., which was a fairly enjoyable series. It takes a particular kind of interest, due to its pacing, but if you're fine with a fairly kicked-back series with an optimistic main character (comparable in some ways to Ari, perhaps), it'd probably be worth checking out some day. The ending was sort of expected, but a welcome conclusion to the series nonetheless.

Edit:

Finished Letter Bee (season one) and Sora no Woto.

Letter Bee was mostly an episodic story, covering various events not necessarily related to the main plot, but the last 3-4 episodes led to a rather surprising revelation and conclusion to the first season. It seems like the second season might even be a bit darker in nature. (Or maybe not. Could go either way, I guess.) I'm curious. Fall 2010.

Sora no Woto had a pretty emotional ending. Not so much due to the interaction of characters, but just the scene with "Amazing Grace" playing just... resounded within, y'know? Pretty powerful scene. ...Although, at the same time, I thought it seemed pretty unrealistic. *shrug* Anyway, I can't say the series as a whole was anything outstanding, but it was a nice little story to follow.
Posted by: Supermutant

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/28/10 05:30 PM

Finished three pretty good series recently:
Strike Witches
Dokkoida
Maria Watches Over Us (that includes all of summer ova too)
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/28/10 07:46 PM

I actally got to sit down and spend some quality time with my anime today. laugh
Kidding aside I did get quite a few titles down:

Toward the terra(movie)
Not bad; a bit on the abridge-ish but understandable since they where trying to tell the whole story. I can't wait to watch the tv series now. smile

Air the movie
Very good. If you just liked Misuzu's story; that's all the movie covers.

Daphne in the Brillant Blue
Now I thought this was great series! laugh
It's by no means the deepest series I've ever seen and didn't make bawl or anything but I really liked it from start to end. Some people might complain about the filler this series had; but for me it was good. I liked the entire cast(admittedly they're all stereo-types) and the main mystery about Maia was well played and it had a real end that wraps things up nicely.
It's not for everyone but for me: It's a gem in my collection.
BTW
Gloria and Yu own this series.(the best characters in the show in my humble opinion laugh )
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/28/10 11:57 PM

I finished Baccano tonight.

My mind is kind of blown by it.

It's a lot of fun. Holy crap there's a lot of characters tossed into the mix right out of the gate (~15). It's method of storytelling makes Reservoir Dogs seem linear.

Basically, there's about a dozen stories that are interwoven and shown to you in ~5 minute increments each during a different time period or frame of reference if it's a common time period involving the main characters. Out of the gate it seems like a giant convoluted mess but the more information you gather, things start to come together at around the halfway point. Regardless of that, it's quite a fun watch. The characters are pretty zany and a few of them are almost caricatures... which makes them quite fun to watch. A few characters are so unlikeable that they become likable the more you see them. It's kind of hard to describe.

The series is kind of a glamorization of a 1930's gangster film. The action is fairly non-stop with a good balance of seriousness and comic relief. One thing that is odd is that the violence is very graphic. More graphic/gory than Elfen Lied/Strait Jacket but less graphic than say, Genocyber. This might bother some people.

Overall it's a fun ride but it's hard to describe it beyond that without spoiling things.

Recommended for those who enjoyed Cowboy Bebop and 1930's gangster films.

Rating 8.2/10.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/29/10 09:57 AM

Finished up Love Hina. Been awhile since i've seen it. Wasn't bad tho the Keitaro and Naru gags got old.

Also finished up Ponyo. Not bad, tho i had trouble keeping my attention on the movie at times and that made me wonder if others would have the same problem, especailly the younger crowd.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/29/10 11:09 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Overall it's a fun ride but it's hard to describe it beyond that without spoiling things.

It's pretty easy to describe. It's like Boogiepop Phantom, but only in a mafia setting. wink

The story is broken up in pieces like a jigsaw puzzle and the more you watch, the more the pieces begin to fit into place. By the time you get done with the show, 90% of the pieces are in the right place and you can make out the picture (understand the story). Watching the series a second time will solve the puzzle completely. smile
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/30/10 11:47 AM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Air the movie
Very good. If you just liked Misuzu's story; that's all the movie covers.
This is one i still have to sit and watch. Even tho it just tells Misuzu's story it keeps your attention pretty good?

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Daphne in the Brillant Blue
Now I thought this was great series! laugh
It's by no means the deepest series I've ever seen and didn't make bawl or anything but I really liked it from start to end. I liked the entire cast(admittedly they're all stereo-types) and the main mystery about Maia was well played and it had a real end that wraps things up nicely.
It's not for everyone but for me: It's a gem in my collection.
BTW
Gloria and Yu own this series.(the best characters in the show in my humble opinion laugh )


Totally agree with you on this one. Daphne is one that i liked right from the start as well. And as for Gloria and Yu...yes, they totally steal the show. smile
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/31/10 02:13 PM

Yeah, like i said;it only covers Misuzu's story only, but in all honesty I thought the movie version telling of it was better. My only gripe with it is that almost every day scene has massive sun glare. You can't even see the characters sometimes because the sun's just so gosh-darn bright! smirk
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/03/10 12:12 PM

Finished up Cleopatra DC. A title had wanted to check out for awhile and finally got to do so. It was pretty much what i thought it would be. A fun little 3 ep OVA which had a nice mix of action/comedy with a little bit of fan service thrown into the mix.

Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/03/10 12:47 PM

I finished Honey & Clover last night.

It was a pretty good slice of life/comedy/romance/coming of age series following a group of college students that are friends and their professor as they progress through college and try to figure out what is most important to them.

The character interaction was fairly amusing once the slapstick toned down after the first few episodes. I took the scenic route through college and can relate to a lot of the uncertainties many of them had.

Overall 8/10. On my "what would you pay for it?" scale, I'd be looking at $50-60 new, $40-45 used (for the 38 episodes).
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/03/10 04:51 PM

Just finished up MÄR, finally.

Clearly aimed at a younger audience (although that's a little surprising at times), but it was still a pretty nifty show, I thought. Nothing outstanding, but not terrible either. The ending seemed a bit inconclusive on some notes, and a little rushed, but I was otherwise fine with it.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/03/10 07:20 PM

Forgot to mention that i watched Outlanders for the first time (fansub) and i have to say that i wasn't all that impressed. The impression that i got from the reviews was that it was pretty decent. I'm just glad that i didn't just go and buy this one like i origianlly wanted to, since it could've been better if they went and took more time developing the story and characters a little more. Even if it was made into 2-3 eps. that would've been fine.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/04/10 08:29 AM

I think Outlanders is one of those titles that people talk highly of because they don't remember when they first saw it mmmaannnnyyyy many many many years ago. That's how it was for me. I remember I used to rent it(like,12-13 years ago) when I was younger and thought it was great. When I got the dvd and saw it again I was like: "what did I see in this?" Age makes people nostalgic (and in my case senile smirk ).

Anyways I finished up few series:
Sol Bianca
The newer series. Not bad,I thought it was a solid effort but I agree with a review I read that felt the ending was kinda rushed. They tried to cram to much there at the end.

Elf Princess Rane
I'm gonna rewatch this in english because I think it's one those times when it'll be funnier than the japanesse track. Although the funniest part of this dvd is the main bad guy. He speaks backwards, something it took me a while to figure out, and when I did, I kept pausing the dvd to read his lines. The best is when he's giving a pep-talk to his minions. It's really a plug to buy anime. Overall not the best but it is a decent little time killer.

Koi Kaze
I think says something about me when I say that I've watched a combination of waaayyyyy to many anime and trash talk shows to be fazed by the brother/sister thing; what the show wants to say is "worst" thing. What struck a nerve with me was the age difference. Koshiro is almost twice Nanoka's age. And it didn't help that she looked, sounded, and acted like a girl that was really just seemed to be 11-12 instead of 14-15.
as for the story it's self it's really good and well executed. That's why I was able to stick with it to the very end I'd recommend it, but only if you can handle the bro/sis thing.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/04/10 09:22 AM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Age makes people nostalgic (and in my case senile smirk ).
You ain't alone! laugh

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Elf Princess Rane
I'm gonna rewatch this in english because I think it's one those times when it'll be funnier than the japanesse track. Although the funniest part of this dvd is the main bad guy. He speaks backwards, something it took me a while to figure out, and when I did, I kept pausing the dvd to read his lines. The best is when he's giving a pep-talk to his minions. It's really a plug to buy anime. Overall not the best but it is a decent little time killer.


This is a pretty cool title. I've enjoyed it each time that i've seen it. It's just a shame that it was never finished and we're left hanging on how the series is rounded off once and for all.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/04/10 12:27 PM

Elf Princess Rane-I just rewatched it a few weeks ago-it's #2 on my list of all time humerous anime, if you really want to see how condensed Outlanders is-read the manga-it went on for 35 volumes-I know-I did.
I just finished Sayonora Zetsubou Sensei-what a crazy series!
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/04/10 01:11 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
if you really want to see how condensed Outlanders is-read the manga-it went on for 35 volumes-I know I did.


35 vols? I didn't realize it was that many. If there was so much material why not do several eps instead of just a 45 min condensed version? Ah My Goddess has 35-36 vols and look at all the anime that that series has produced. Even if Outlanders was, i don't know, 4-6 eps (like Gunbuster or numerous other OVA's) it probably would've been a lot more of an enjoyable watch.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/04/10 04:50 PM

Yeah-the Outlanders manga was published by Darkhorse years ago and from what I've been told is hard to find. I thank whomever is was that scanned and uploaded their complete set of volumes of it.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/05/10 01:13 AM

I finished the Familiar of Zero.

Nothing really groundbreaking here. Girl at Harry Potter-esque magic academy screws up and summons a boy from Japan instead of an animal to serve as her familiar. Semi-zany harem madness ensues, centered around magical themes.

A decently fun watch but nothing groundbreaking or spectacular.

Recommended if you enjoyed Maburaho and Rune Soldier.

Overall 6.8/10.
Posted by: DemonXSoultaker

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/05/10 04:34 AM

I hope we get Familiar of zero season's 2 and 3 some time soon.
Posted by: SpaceAnon

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/05/10 06:05 PM

I just completed Irresponsible Captain Tylor yesterday.
Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/06/10 07:49 AM

The last anime I just got done watching was the first season of Strike Witches...love that show
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/07/10 06:25 PM

Recntly finished up Last Exile.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/09/10 12:45 AM

I Finished Fighting Spirit tonight.

Wow, this was a very good show. I once heard a description of sports anime as being "the Japanese work ethic applied to sport" and that really sums it up.

The story starts off with Ippo, a 2nd year in high school who has no friends and is constantly bullied. He gets saved from a beating by a boxer and he ends up deciding he wants to be a boxer too. The series follows his progression as he learns to box and enters the pro boxing world and tries to work his way up the ladder.

While there are many of the clichés from sports anime present in this series, many of these are positives and some of the negative ones are fairly informative and meant to educate the viewer. e.g. "He's going to win for sure" "Don't be so sure of that, <insert technical reason displaying in depth knowledge of activity>".

The pacing is surprisingly consistent through the first 60+ episodes, and aside from ~2 "filler" episodes, things don't slow down until the final dozen episodes or so. There is a bit of a formula for each arc that basically involves Ippo training in an attempt to get stronger (and/or overcome problems in his personal life affecting his boxing), an introduction and background of the boxer he is going to face, and then the actual fight, always facing greater and greater challenges. This works fairly well keeping things from getting stale and it's nice that you are able to get to know many of his opponents.

It was a pleasant surprise that it was able to flow so well without having any overly-drawn out "stall" points that plague series like Slam Dunk (or Gantz, if you haven't seen a lot of sports anime). I was able to take down all 75 episodes in 4 days without getting bored.

Recommended if you enjoyed: Slam Dunk, Initial D.

Overall 7.8/10.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/13/10 10:48 AM

Negima!
Just finished the first series. Not bad overall, but the first half suffers from some really cheap animation. It gets better after ep 14 or 15 but ugh, those first couple. I think though the biggest problem with Negima is the size of it's cast and the amount of time they were given. That and the usual promblems most anime based on manga have.

Strawberry Marshmallow
KYAHH! This series was just sooooo cute! laugh
And funny to boot.
Highly recommended. laugh

Kanon
Also another very good series.
I thought the writing was a definite step up from Air.
Also, one of the very few times where I can say yay to the sappy ending. Also highly recommended.
Posted by: SpaceAnon

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/13/10 10:28 PM

Finished Burst Angel a few days ago.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/14/10 04:38 PM

Just finished rewatching Oh My Goddess Season 1.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/16/10 12:02 AM

I finished Spice and Wolf season 1 tonight.

I really had no idea in the world what to expect but this was nowhere near what I was expecting.

The series is basically like a mix of slice of life, cultural acclimation, mid-level economics classes, and playful sarcastic banter used by the two leads to drive each other nuts.

Traveling merchant finds sleeping wolf-goddess in mostly-human form in his wagon. They journey to bring her home getting into some mischief along the way in an attempt to make money.

The character rapport is quite good and there's plenty of dry humor. If you enjoy goofing off with friends pushing each other's buttons, this series should mesh well with you. What was a bit shocking, and probably off-putting to many, was the in-depth schemes/plans going on involving international trading of goods and currency markets.

Overall it's a bit of a fun series if you can handle (or have interest in) the economics side of things and it does tend to stray away from those as the primary focus (although those are usually the reasons for them getting into trouble) later in the season. While it does end at the completion of a story arc it's far from complete.

Overall 7.3/10.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/16/10 07:52 AM

My last anime show was Spriggan. While an older title, it was very good and very detailed. Lots of action and very Akira-esque in its visuals and action. Too bad my copy was a very old one and the Japanese 5.1 mix was horrid. I'll fix that soon enuff tho as RS has the newer release available anyways. smile

As for series, I finished up Pumpkin Scissors last weekend. It had some good action and story in there but it also had quite a few filler stories that I wasn't thrilled with. Overall it was worth the purchase since I got the 2 season sets from RS on sale so I don't think I wasted any money on the series. It just could have been better had they went a bit deeper into some things. It did have an ending to it but it was left WIDE open for a sequel and I seriously doubt that will ever get made. Too bad as I wanted to get more background on that darn lantern....

Billy
Posted by: Noon

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/21/10 06:06 AM

Living for the Day After Tomorrow
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/24/10 02:36 PM

Just finished up these titles:
X
It wasn't a bad series per say; I thought the ending was appropriate, but there was just something about it that made it a bit of chore to watch. I think it's got to do with Kamui himself. The less scenes he had, the more enjoyable the show was. He redeems himself in the end though. wink

Piano
I really did like this series. It's down to earth, and totally believable.
Great if you're looking for a quiet little story.

Tsukihime
Not bad at all, a bit confusing toward the end due to fact that they want to throw all final plot threads at you at once. And like X, I found the bittersweet ending appropriate. A solid overall effort.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/24/10 02:49 PM

Living for the Day After Tomorrow. Next is....?
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/24/10 04:39 PM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Tsukihime
Not bad at all, a bit confusing toward the end due to fact that they want to throw all final plot threads at you at once. And like X, I found the bittersweet ending appropriate. A solid overall effort.


Read the wiki entry for this title and it'll make perfect sense. smile
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/27/10 01:48 AM

I finished Fullmetal Alchemist finally. I was quite under-whelmed with this series. Being one of the highest rated (and most rated) series on ANN leads me to believe that many of those ratings were done by people who haven't seen a lot of series all the way through.

Basic story: two kids who can perform alchemy screw up when trying to resurrect their mother and one ends up with his body destroyed and his soul fused to a suit of armor and the other is missing an arm and a leg. They go out and do everything they can to try to get their bodies back to normal.

The first half of the series is how the older brother joins the military and a bunch of zany adventures that layout the premise, introduce characters and then show those characters being those characters... I would say it's more of an "establishing" of characters rather than "developing." While this is entertaining in its own right, the majority of the characters are fairly one-dimensional.

The second half of the series basically continues similar to the first but with a bit more aggression behind it (it reminded me a bit of Rurouni Kenshin season 2 vs. season 1) but the plot moves at a fairly slow pace until the final arc.

Overall, there's a ton of clichés tossed into the mix with a handful of twists, many of which are cliché but thankfully there are a couple of curveballs you probably won't see coming.

IMO, the overall story ends up being better than how the story is told, that is, a thorough plot summary is quite interesting on paper but it's fairly slow to actually watch it. I think I would have liked it much better if it were 24-39 episodes rather than 51.

Overall 7.1/10.

Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/04/10 01:26 PM

Geez, I haven't actually finished anything in a while. I've mostly been watching newer series.

Naruto: Shippūden's third movie, The Inheritors of the Will of Fire was neat. A fair step up from the previous movies, though it still followed the same general formula of the others.

Sketchbook ~full color's~ was quite an enjoyable, albeit short, series. Would really like to see RightStuf/Nozomi license this one, now that they're done with Aria. (The two series shared a director, or something like that. A few Aria cameos in this series as well, among other similarities. =P)

Finished Dance in the Vampire Bund nearly a month ago. Nothing special.
Posted by: Time4Anime

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/05/10 06:52 PM

I completed 'Mao-Chan'.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/05/10 09:28 PM

I finished up Claymore this past weekend and I must say it was a very nice show. Great visuals, great music ( altho some of it got a bit overused ) and some truly cool fight scenes. I watched the Bluray version so it looked very nice in HD. Overall the story was good and the characters very likable, well except for Ophelia, man was she a female dog in heat. smile

I also watched the Eureka 7 movie. I knew it was a retelling and not all retellings I've seen have worked too well for me. But this one was actually very good and it was very nice to see everyone again but in slightly different roles. As before, the fight scenes and visuals were excellent and special effects were good too. I'm glad I gambled on this one as I really enjoyed it.

Now I'm on to the Devil Hunter Yohko series. I watched 2 eps of it and so far while it's a bit dated looking, it's still entertaining and has some good humor.


Billy
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/07/10 07:40 PM

Just got a few finished recently.

Negima Spring and summer specials
A MAJOR step up in the quality of animation from the first series. If the the second series looks this good then whoo-hoo! laugh

Sakura Wars
The first 4-ep ova. It wasn't bad at all, but I really didn't care for the last episode, just felt like, you put all this care into the first three and then crunched every thing they could into it. If they had left at three it could've had a kind of prequel-ish thing going for it.

If I see you in My dreams
Both the OVA and TV.
I liked the OVA just bit more than the TV. The TV series tended in my opinion to villify Nagisa a bit. Still Liked Miho more in both versions though.

I'm just one more disk away from finishing Clannad.
I'm sorely tempted to bump up after story, and probably will to see how the next part plays out. (that and it's just sooo pretty.... cry laugh )
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/07/10 08:44 PM

I just plowed my way through Asatte No Houkou-it was quite good-although the ending felt very rushed-it would have been nice if they had at least one more episode to end things.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/09/10 08:16 PM

I finished up Tsukihime: Lunar Legend this weekend and was pleased with it. A little different take with the vampire theme but it was well done. The characters were mostly good and thier interaction was fun to watch. Not quite as much action as I had hoped for but it was still an entertaining show overall. They did leave a few things unanswered but not that it detracted from the experience. Well worth the $10 I paid for it on sale here at RS.


Billy
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/10/10 01:33 AM

I finished Red Garden the other night.

My new blu-ray player upscales so well that the whole grainy video thing didn't translate over well (it wiped out much of it with mild noise reduction settings) and just made everything look like crap. I'd recommend watching this without any upscaling if you want to get the desired effect.

Red Garden was an interesting one. A few semi-cliché high school girls of varying personality types find out that they've died and now they have to kill monsters or they'll die again. The story follows their progression as they uncover the secrets about what is going on and deal with drama in their every-day lives.

The main characters:
-The party girl. She values partying, boys, clothes, etc. and tends to thrive on rebellion.
-The runaway. She is self-sufficient, confrontational, and a bit angry and jaded with the world.
-The perfect girl. A member of the elite students, she seems to flow through the system fairly easily without a lot of questions or desire to rock the boat.
-The timid girl. She has very few friends and has a lot of problems going on in her home life. She tends to be a bit needy but at the same time doesn't feel comfortable around most of her classmates.

I realize the premise summarized this way doesn't necessarily grant a great desire to watch it but it was quite decent. It gets a bit annoying when the characters have trouble communicating themselves and are filled with angst, but at the same time that's a fairly realistic impression of being in an American high school and watching their relationships with one another grow over time actually ends up being quite good.

In terms of pacing it was a bit on the slow side and it takes a while to develop, but slowly the bigger picture gets revealed as things come together. The theme and feel are quite dark.

Recommended if you enjoyed: Gilgamesh, Speed Grapher, Shana (but Shana might be a bit of a stretch).
Overall: 7.1/10
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/10/10 12:13 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
The main characters:
-The perfect girl. A member of the elite students, she seems to flow through the system fairly easily without a lot of questions or desire to rock the boat.


Also she's the "mute" girl. She rarely talks unless she has something to say, which is not very often.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/10/10 12:38 PM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.

If I see you in My dreams

I liked the OVA just bit more than the TV.


I still have this in the wrapper (after how many months now i don't really know). What series would you compare the story to? AMG, Love Hina, Ai Yori Aoshi?

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
I'm just one more disk away from finishing Clannad.
I'm sorely tempted to bump up after story, and probably will to see how the next part plays out. (that and it's just sooo pretty.... cry laugh )


I would recommend bumping up the second season to finish the series off, and not just because it's pretty. It would be good to see the whole series in one shot and be able to enjoy it all while it's fresh in your mind instead of spacing it out where one might forget little pieces of the story here and there along the way. I know i've done that a time or two throughout the years and wasn't happy about spacing a series out like that.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/10/10 01:31 PM

Back-log is a killer, ain't it? smirk
I haven't seen Ai yori aoshi yet so, I'd say It's kinda like Love Hina. In that like Naru, Nagisa tends to misunderstand Misou's situation a lot and a good chunk of said trouble would have been avoided if she'd just be more honest with her feelings.

In the OVA Misou also has to compete with two other guys. They remove this for the TV and make Miho, more of a threat for the two's budding romance. Also I felt the ending of the OVA to be more complete.

One last thing, The TV show has more fan-service than the OVA did. There's a shower scene of Nagisa almost every ep.


And as for Clannad, I am going to push it up, I really do want to see what happens next. smile
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/11/10 02:10 PM

Just finished Clannad, can't wait to get started on after story. smile

Just an observation, Fuko's story was just a little too similar to Ayu's story. I know they were done by the same studio(both game & show) but still...Made me cry just as hard the second time around so it's all good.

Also just finished the first volume of D.N.A.2 and loved it! laugh
I hope it has a conclusive ending. (since it IS based on a manga an all smirk )
Posted by: Supermutant

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/11/10 03:08 PM

You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle. Fun series maybe not as fun as previous two seasons but still good. One of those series I wish there was more but there isn't really anything left after over 100 episodes, a movie, mini specials. Well other then No Mercy special and LA version. Couple of things I notice is Natsumi's missing boyfriend from first two seasons and they never did explain how she transferred back. There was ending animation that seemed really out of place to series. One point in it looks natsumi is giving miyuki a kiss on the cheek or saying something that a shock to her
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/11/10 07:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Supermutant
You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle. There was ending animation that seemed really out of place to series.


Should have FT pt 2 coming in this week, and that would finally complete the series for me. As for the ending animation i didn't understand that as well. It did seem really out of place, but that might just be me.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/11/10 07:05 PM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Also just finished the first volume of D.N.A.2 and loved it! laugh


I actually liked that more than i thought i would. As to how it compares to the manga i don't know. There were one or two things that in the last ep or two that i wondered about and i feel didn't get explained (or maybe i just missed it) but overall a pretty enjoyable series.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/11/10 07:21 PM

Sasameki Koto-some entertaining yuri to counteract all of the @^%#%*&@(**&!! yaoi out there-did I mention that I hate yaoi?
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/12/10 03:46 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
did I mention that I hate yaoi?

So do I.sick
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/12/10 10:51 PM

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~
Finally got around to finishing this, after putting it on hiatus for a long while. Pretty great series, I thought, although I have kind of mixed feelings about the ending. I wasn't really expecting it to end "happily ever after," but something about it just... I guess it was a little vague? Or maybe just depressing. I'm not really sure what it was. At any rate, good series. Would certainly like to see FUNimation make a move beyond just streaming subtitled episodes sometime in the near future.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 10:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Originally Posted By: zrdb
did I mention that I hate yaoi?

So do I.sick


Ditto
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 11:15 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Originally Posted By: zrdb
did I mention that I hate yaoi?

So do I. sick

Ditto

The yaoi hatred seems to pop up here on a regular basis. Yet, the same individuals who complain about yaoi either like or don't mind yuri. I enjoy both, so I don't really have a "dog in the hunt" as it were, but I just don't get the constant yaoi bashing. I don't see that with any other genre, not even moe or mechas.

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Sasameki Koto-some entertaining yuri to counteract all of the @^%#%*&@(**&!! yaoi out there...

Why would you need to watch one thing in order to counteract another thing that you don't even watch in the first place? lol Or, do you actually watch things that you hate? wink

Sasameki Koto sounds good, though (high school setting aside). Is there any word as to whether the anime or manga will be released in the USA?

Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 11:24 AM

I just finished watching Kashimashi, that was a pretty good anime for me not to be that big on yaoi & yuri animes. But that was a decent one
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 01:17 PM

Quote:
The yaoi hatred seems to pop up here on a regular basis. Yet, the same individuals who complain about yaoi either like or don't mind yuri. I enjoy both, so I don't really have a "dog in the hunt" as it were, but I just don't get the constant yaoi bashing. I don't see that with any other genre, not even moe or mechas.



I have a few choice words....but I've also no desire to start a meanningless,waste of time, fight.

So I'll say this: At least I have a fellow yaoi ally in you Stefanie....... cry wink
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 02:39 PM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
I have a few choice words....but I've also no desire to start a meanningless,waste of time, fight.

So I'll say this: At least I have a fellow yaoi ally in you Stefanie....... cry wink

Yay! grin

Gee, I hope I didn't come across as being confrontational in my previous post, because that wasn't intentional. There are some genres that simply "don't do anything" for certain fans, which is understandable. I just don't get why yaoi (especially, as opposed to yuri) seems to be the only one that seems to cause blatantly negative reactions with some anime fans.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 03:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
The yaoi hatred seems to pop up here on a regular basis. Yet, the same individuals who complain about yaoi either like or don't mind yuri. I enjoy both, so I don't really have a "dog in the hunt" as it were, but I just don't get the constant yaoi bashing. I don't see that with any other genre, not even moe or mechas.

I am one of the individuals who doesn't like to watch yuri either. I have seen other bashing on the forum that I don't get also.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 03:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
I am one of the individuals who doesn't like to watch yuri either.

Fair enough. smile It's just that, once yaoi has been mentioned, a black cloud seems to hover over the conversation, much more often than not. lol

I suppose it could be worse (yaoi + moe + tentacles). wink
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 04:17 PM

That would be the single most awesome/funniest thing ever! laugh

But as for your response, I thought you were cordial.
And for hobby ninja, that's cool with me too.
I just think it's a little hypocritical when people say I luv yuri/yaoi but can't stand yaoi/yuri.
To me there kinda one in the same.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 04:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
The yaoi hatred seems to pop up here on a regular basis.

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
There are some genres that simply "don't do anything" for certain fans, which is understandable.


If i came across as seeming to add to this 'hatred' that wasn't my intent. I never bashed it nor will i. If someone enjoys it that's fine. I was simply agreeing that it's really not for me. As you said there are some genres that 'don't do anything' for certain individuals, and the yaoi/yuri genre is it for me.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/10 07:23 PM

Yeah, I never got the idea of there being any sort of bashing going on, more that people were sharing a mutual opinion although, given the history of such threads elsewhere on the webs, I can see why people might be predisposed to presume otherwise. That said, this thread has been pretty tame and continues to be so. It's always good to maturely promote any discussion, regardless of the topic, lest we instead preclude all discussions/opinions on the fear that someone's eFeelings might be unintentionally hurt.

But we're all an upright bunch and I can't imagine things getting out of hand here and I really enjoy these forums in particular because they can harbor just this sort of dialog.

So with that said, I can unequivocally say that I tend to quite enjoy yuri and generally dislike yaoi and I don't find these opinions to be either hypocritical or mutually exclusive nor do I want to diminish the enjoyment any fan of either genre by the simple profession of my own opinion. In fact I find it quite comforting to know that there are other fans whose anime picks aren't exclusively driven by high-minded ideals and who occasionally succumb to the ubiquitous "cheesecake factor", whatever the genre. ;-)

But in my limited experience thus far I can say that I have been blown away by the storyline of the occasional yuri storyline (e.g. Simoun) whereas I'm open to (but have yet to experience) the possibility of a yaoi title exhibiting significant depth. And this is apparently the general consensus in Japan as well where the term "yaoi" is derived from yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi or "No climax, no point, no meaning". I don't think this has to necessarily be a damning revelation if you instead interpret this as simple honesty in advertising; you're getting a highly specialized product.

That's not to say that it doesn't have meaning for it's abundance of fans but both it's strength and weakness as a genre lies in its narrow focus which, by its very nature, is somewhat alienating to those open to giving it a chance if only it offered a narrative foothold based on some other facet.

Or, I suppose, to put in more shortly: guys going to town on other guys happens. Most people are generally aware of that reality to varying degrees but it's not often a selling point unto itself (except to the core yaoi fanbase). If you strip yuri from Simoun you still have a great story for yuri and non-yuri fans alike. Do the same with any domestic yaoi title that I'm aware of and there seems to be little content left behind.

But I'll concede again that my notions are derived from relatively limited experience in either genre. And because my experience has accentuated my usual preference towards genre mix-ups vs. single-genre works, this experience has certainly, thus far, shifted my opinion in favor of yuri but [again] in no way diminishes or invalidates the tastes of those who prefer more cut-and-dry storylines that skip the embellishments and cater directly to their tastes (which I also frequently enjoy). (Or, dare I say, yaoi doesn't tend to beat around the bush... :-P)

But I'm curious...Are there any truly monumental, mold-breaking yaoi titles out there or do they all tend to be cut from generally the same cloth?
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/10 09:54 AM

Your post reminds me of a relevant joke about stereotypes:

Quote:
Q: What's the one thing every lesbian carries on a second date?
A: A U-Haul.

Q: What's the one thing every gay male carries on a second date?
A: What's a "second date"?

It's not about gay relationships, but about the differences between the behaviors of men and women. The stereotype is that women instinctively seek commitment right away, whereas males instinctively move on to seek multiple partners. Clearly, it's an exaggeration, but it does have some basis in biological, psychological, and social realities. Do those stereotypical tendencies define the differences between yuri and yaoi? I think there's an element of that to some degree, but I don't think it explains everything. Still, you do bring up some good points.

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
But in my limited experience thus far I can say that I have been blown away by the storyline of the occasional yuri storyline (e.g. Simoun) whereas I'm open to (but have yet to experience) the possibility of a yaoi title exhibiting significant depth.

A lot of yaoi (we're talking about the non-hentai stuff) is... fluffy, primarily focusing on cute characters and/or comedic situations (along the lines of Gakuen Heaven). Some yuri is that way, too (Kannazuki No Miko - not a comedy, but pure fluff), but I agree (based on my anime experience - my manga experience is limited) that yuri goes beyond fluff more often than yaoi.

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
If you strip yuri from Simoun you still have a great story for yuri and non-yuri fans alike. Do the same with any domestic yaoi title that I'm aware of and there seems to be little content left behind.

I love Simoun, but it's not a "strictly yuri" title. It contains that element, but it's also about science fiction, war, gender issues, and mythology. It's a busy series, and because it focuses on so many things, I think it has a broader appeal among anime fans. I get what you're saying, though, and the yuri element in Simoun is clearly in the foreground, so it's a valid example. Of the yaoi titles I've recently seen, Sukisho probably does a better job of dealing with complex relationships and character motivations than most other titles in the genre. It's a little slow to develop, but it gets there. Then there's Loveless, which is more like Simoun, in that in covers multiple genres.

I just don't think that yaoi shows are generally any worse than yuri, or that either of those are any worse than mainstream, straight titles. As for the relationships themselves, I can understand that personal orientations and identities might affect one's ability to enjoy certain genres to one degree or another, depending on which way one swings, but I question whether that alone would explain the seemingly widespread dislike of yaoi among anime fans.

Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/10 10:47 AM

Weli-I kinda think yaoi dislike or like goes along gender lines-gals like yaoi, guys don't-gals dislike yuri, guys like it. I like yuri-not yaoi-but that's mostly personel preference. Kanazuki No Miko has alot of yuri in it-but giant mecha and a whole lot of other themes. One of my favorite series Yami To Boushi To Hon No Tabibito (Yami Bo for short) definetly has a lesbian thing going on between 2 of the lead characters-but it also has time travel, historical themes. If a person likes yaoi-fine. It's just that yuri is more to my tastes-but as mentioned before-a lot of individuals associate yaoi with hard core doujinshi-ditto with yuri.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/10 11:16 AM

There was a similar reaction to Brokeback Mountain a few years back. It's a good film, but relatively few have seen it. Had it been about a black woman and a white man (for example) and the social difficulties they faced because of their relationship, it might've been a more popular film. But, because Brokeback involved two men, it simply didn't have mainstream appeal. I suppose some approach yuria and/or yaoi the same way.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/10 11:18 AM

I will agree for the most part with you. But I AM a girl and don't dislike yuri, it's never a selling point for me, but I would never go around saying it's icky and why must I be exposed to it.
I see yaoi/yuri as kind of "forbidden love" type genre. So when People go around and praise one and harp on the other it irritataes me a mite.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/10 01:32 PM

I'm a guy and I dislike (hate is more the word that comes to mind) yaoi-I like yuri-it's really not a selling point for me. What's more important for me is the storyline and characters.
Posted by: sawmill

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/10 06:24 PM

What I find ironic is that RL yuri doesn't do much for me but I've come to appreciate anime yuri. Not as something sexual but as a plot device to keep useless anime boys off the screen. Go figure. Another way of saying that is if the harem boy is useless enough, just lose the boy and go with girls....
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/15/10 10:11 AM

Originally Posted By: sawmill
What I find ironic is that RL yuri doesn't do much for me but I've come to appreciate anime yuri. Not as something sexual but as a plot device to keep useless anime boys off the screen. Go figure. Another way of saying that is if the harem boy is useless enough, just lose the boy and go with girls....

Interestingly put. The male character in most harem stories I've seen does happen to be a irritating and clueless clod that henders the progression of the plot. Then again, I keep watching them.smile
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/17/10 11:36 AM

The same ("useless") could be said of the central female character in The Wallflower. It's yaoi, minus the yaoi. wink
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/17/10 06:13 PM

The male character at the center of a harem anime isn't always useless. There is Tenchi Masaki from Tenchi Muyo, and for your non-superpowered needs, there is Kaoru Hanabishi from Ai Yori Aoshi. I'm sure there are more, but those two stand out the most from what I have actually seen.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/18/10 10:37 AM

Just completed Baccanno. That is one violent and quirky series. I loved the randomness of the characters Issac and Miria. My daughter and I had a discussion on their relationship. We concluded that they had to be psychically linked to be so attuned to each other's craziness. laugh
Posted by: lcummins

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/18/10 01:49 PM

The last anime I just "completed" was This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. It was pretty good... kept my interest anyway, and I've seen a lot worse.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/21/10 10:35 AM

Finished up Nadia The Secret of Blue Water and Project Blue Earth SOS.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/22/10 08:14 PM

I just watched all of AIR TV today including the OVA.

Wow.

People sure were correct in saying that this series was nice to watch as the visuals were gorgeous. The music was also very good throughout.

I was surprised at how fast I grew to like the characters in this show. Usually it will take a bit but this time, they just "got" to me quickly.

And of course, this show was sad. Man was it sad. After the first disc of four episodes, I was thinking "Hey this isn't so bad. Why are so many people online stating this is such a sad show?" Little did I know....

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely enjoyed the show, thought it was excellent. But the way they gave us info in bits here and there and how things turned out, it was heartbreaking. And yes, I cried at the ending. There. I said it. smile


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/22/10 08:26 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
And yes, I cried at the ending. There. I said it. smile



Yeah, i did too.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/28/10 10:01 PM

Finished up Cowboy Bebop. Overall not too bad. Tho it felt more like an episodic series than an actual storyline. While it was an enjoyable series i would have liked it more if the storyline was more in depth, and delved into the backstory of Spike more (he was the main character after all...).

Ep 5 intoduced Vicious, he had an ep in the middle and then you don't see him till the last two eps of the series. And Julia...she had even less eps. How are you supposed to feel for a character that you only really introduce at the end of the series?

What was the connection between Spike and the characters Shin and Lin? Nothing is stated as to how they met, what happened to Lin, etc.,etc.,.

Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/28/10 10:21 PM

Cowboy Bebop's original broadcast was 12 episodes.

It was later that it was shown with all 26 episodes.

In its full format it's a mix of episodes with references back to the underlying story. It still makes my top 5 list based upon coolness factor and the ability to entertain non-anime fans. Being that it came out in 1998 I still think it stands up against contemporary works.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/28/10 10:26 PM


Originally Posted By: zentropa
It still makes my top 5 list based upon coolness factor and the ability to entertain non-anime fans. Being that it came out in 1998 I still think it stands up against contemporary works.


I won't argue with that. It's still an enjoyable series no matter how you look at. Anime and non anime fans will find something to like about it.

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Cowboy Bebop's original broadcast was 12 episodes.


Even still it seems like with the extra eps it was something they could've handled the storyline/backstory a little better. But that's just me.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/29/10 10:18 AM

Air is a real tearjerker-especially when Misuzu dies at the end-I've not seen too many series or ovas sadder than this one.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/29/10 11:52 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Air is a real tearjerker-especially when Misuzu dies at the end-I've not seen too many series or ovas sadder than this one.


More so than Saikano, Rumbling Hearts or Clannad After Story?
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/29/10 01:25 PM

Clannad After Story has an ending like the last episode of Lost-it's all just been one big dream, Saikano is just plain sad and depressing, Rumbling Hearts (what a stupid name) aka Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien's ending isn't that sad. Air is truly sad because one really iidentifies with Misuzu and the part where she gets out of her wheelchair and says "Goal" is sad.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/29/10 01:26 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Air is a real tearjerker-especially when Misuzu dies at the end-I've not seen too many series or ovas sadder than this one.


I think it was just as emotionally difficult for me during the beach scene where Misuzu runs back to her "aunt" while calling out Mommy. Man, that killed me but for different reasons than the "You're my goal" scene.

I have already purchased Kanon ( but not yet watched it )and have the new dubbed version of Clannad on preorder and have heard both these series are just as emotional and sad as AIR was. Is this true? If so, I'll need more Kleenex for when I watch those... smile


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/29/10 01:33 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox

I have already purchased Kanon ( but not yet watched it )and have the new dubbed version of Clannad on preorder and have heard both these series are just as emotional and sad as AIR was. Is this true? If so, I'll need more Kleenex for when I watch those... smile


Billy


For me Kanon wasn't too bad. Not nearly to the extent of Air. Clannad's first season ends a little emotional but it's on a high note. The second season...yeah, lots of tissue.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/29/10 05:11 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
For me Kanon wasn't too bad. Not nearly to the extent of Air. Clannad's first season ends a little emotional but it's on a high note. The second season...yeah, lots of tissue.


By the above, I assume you mean Clannad: After Story?


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/29/10 06:56 PM

Both seasons.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/31/10 11:01 AM

Now see... that's kinda why I don't want to finsh it.
Hasn't Tomoya suffered enough? cry

But any hoo...I actually got a few series done this weekend.

D.N.A 2

Not bad at all. Glad I picked it up. I actually liked the "TV's" ending just a bit better though.

Otobuku: Maidens are falling for me

Now this was one cute series. I was also glad that they stuck to thier guns(as much as they could anyway) with which girl Mizuho would end up with. I was a little worried that they would have him do a rapid change of heart and stick him one of the other girls, which personally I thought would have been in bad taste. I mean, how do build up a relationship between two charaters and then dump it in the last two or so eps for another? Thankfully they don't and what we're left is a cute fluffy series.

Weather Report Girl

blush
Dear lord that was one saucy little series!
I thought it was just going to be a some what over-the-top fan-service comedy that just showed a whole lotta panty & bra and maybe some toplessness and suggestive poses.
Nope.
It was that AND then some.
As I was watching the end credits I saw that this used to be an old critical mass title. That made sence to me.
Other than that though I really did like it. Keiko's totally hedonistic personallity can be a bit off-putting at times but it's also what makes her very cool.
Overall, I'm glad I picked up this tilte. I'll definitely watch this again in english too.:D
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/31/10 11:16 AM

Magikono - It was a simple harem title, but I enjoyed it. It's one of those titles you can shut off your brain off to and just laugh at the silliness.

Murder Princess - An excellent action title, but it was really short (only six episode). Very recommended!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/31/10 11:23 AM

I dug into my vast archive and am rewatching Maze tv-the opening episode reminds me of The Wizard of Oz where Dorthy's house falls on the wicked witch. It's a fun series that a lot of people don't know about-there is also a 3 episode ova thats a lot racier than the tv series.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/31/10 02:59 PM

I finally cracked open Sakura Wars last week and finished it up yesterday. Steampunk and robots might have been the kiss of death earlier in my anime watching career but I've mellowed out enough to be able to overcome such biases and enjoy series with these elements.

I love the character designs and have come to the conclusion that I'm all about girls in French cavalry uniforms. wink A long time ago I could swear I saw a collection of posters with each of the girls in uniform for sale. I'm now kicking myself for not buying them on site!
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/01/10 09:42 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Finished up Cowboy Bebop.

I could take a week off just to respond to this. lol
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/01/10 12:52 PM

Maria†Holic
It was alright. Didn't really appeal to me much. The ED animation and song are still cute, though, haha.
The finale seemed rather inconclusive, so I'm wondering if there are plans for a second season... (Doubt I'd watch it if there were, but curious nonetheless.)
Posted by: WhtHawk

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/01/10 07:39 PM

Excel Saga - I've (finally) finished it. The ending was certainly true to form for the series. Overall an entertaining watch with jokes coming a mile-a-minute. While it's nice to know there is anime which doesn't take it-self too seriously but, as commented in the later episodes, there isn't much on the plot side to give things any 'deeper' meaning.
Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/02/10 11:00 PM

Hell Girl: were this between 6 and 13 episodes, I would have enjoyed it much more. As it stands, the series had difficulty keeping my attention. Can't say that I'm head over heals with this one.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/03/10 07:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: stargates
Finished up Cowboy Bebop.

I could take a week off just to respond to this. lol


Don't get me started! grin


Finished up Cowboy Bebop The Movie last night. Thought that was pretty good.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/03/10 10:06 AM

Cowboy Bebop was good=but Escaflowne is better.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/03/10 12:21 PM

Originally Posted By: Gevin
Hell Girl: were this between 6 and 13 episodes, I would have enjoyed it much more. As it stands, the series had difficulty keeping my attention. Can't say that I'm head over heals with this one.

A lot of viewers have a similar opinion to yours, and I can understand why some think that the show takes too much time to tell the story. I actually enjoyed the relatively independent "dragged to Hell" stories of the first several episodes. I also liked the gradual revelations about Ai and her crew in the later epsiodes.

Possible spoilers...

I don't want to repeat what I've posted months/years back, but I was fascinated by the shift in the stories as the series progressed. Initially, those sent to Hell clearly had it coming. Then, the lines gradually blurred, until we eventually saw characters being sent to Hell who didn't deserve it. I don't think the nature of Ai's business, and the moral ambiguity that comes with it, would've had the same impact on me, had the first part of the series been shortened. Then again, I didn't get to marathon it; I had to wait for each disc (Season 1) to be released, so that might've affected my opinion on the show's pace.

But, I can see your point.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/04/10 10:12 AM

I finished Slayers Evolution-R.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/04/10 05:45 PM

Finished up Zaion-I Wish You Were Here. The reviews really didn't give this one good marks, but i thought that it was a decent watch.

Also finished up ALICE. Not as enjoyable as i thought it would be. And the animation i thought was a mixed bag, even if it was supposed to be the first all cgi anime.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/07/10 02:27 PM

Just finshed Clannad After story.
All I can say is....wow shocked
Imma spoil the story a bit by answering my own question:
Hasn't Tomoya suffered enough? cry
Apparently not.
But it does work all out in the end.
Some might call the ending a bit of cop-out but I for one am glad it ended that way.
Highly recommended watching-even if all the show had was it's looks(witch it doesn't)it's still a cut above the rest.
BTW
Youhei forever! laugh
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/07/10 04:44 PM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Just finshed Clannad After story.
All I can say is....wow shocked


So will this make you're top ten anime list?
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/07/10 06:29 PM

Top ten? More like top hundred. wink
(They're few titles I dislike )
Like I said, on looks alone this would make it. laugh
But yeah, it's ranks pretty high on my list.
I'm totally glad I picked this up.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/07/10 08:26 PM

I think that of the Key games that have been made into anime-Air, Clannad & Clannad After Story, Kanon 2006 & the original Kanon series-I prefer Kanon 2006.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/11/10 06:45 PM

Finished up Red Garden. While not coming out and saying it, definately a vampire series. While i'm not big on vampire stories i thought this one overall was not too bad. Definately a character driven story which started off slow in the first half but picked up pretty well in the second half. As for the Dead Girls OVA (i skimmed through) it didn't seem as enjoyable as the series itself.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/11/10 07:51 PM

Heh, I liked the "Dead Girls" OVA better. But, it's fair to say that the OVA worked for me only because I had seen the series and piggybacked on the character development.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/11/10 09:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Heh, I liked the "Dead Girls" OVA better.


I enjoyed the Dead Girls OVA equally and I wish I saw it before the series. That would have added an extra layer of "mystery" to the series IMO.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/12/10 08:20 AM

As i said, i only skimmed through it and really didn't give it a chance since i was falling asleep at the time. But i will try to give it a proper viewing in the next couple of days while the story is still fresh in mind.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/12/10 10:19 AM

I just watched Dead Girls recently-it was pretty good if you like film noir mysteries.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/12/10 02:06 PM

Well I finished Slayers Revolution & Evolution-R, & Samurai 7.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/15/10 02:40 PM

I also just finished watching Habine Renmei (if that is spelled wrong please let me know).

I found all of it at that place I mentioned before (Hastings) it
is a store that combines a Barnes & Noble, Blockbuster Video, and a Half Price Books
(since they buy & sell used stuff) into one place.

Like I said before they have a pretty decent selection of anime
to rent. Most of it is just 50 cents a day (it used to be 99 cents a week.)

I liked the series, and would love to see what else happens to the characters. Especially Rakka.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/16/10 01:16 PM

I got Blue Gender finished last night. Overall a very good storyline with an actual good ending. For a few minutes in the last ep, I really thought they were going all highbrow and existential but then they did the right thing ( in my opinion )and let the audience get a good bit of closure.

The series was a good mix of sci-fi and mech action with lots of giant bug monster blood and guts. There were a few twists along the way, especially towards the end of the show. And watching the explanation of The Blue and why they were here really makes you wonder if things like this can or do occur. It's nice when an anime show makes you think a little. smile

Now to watch the movie and see if it is as bad as I have heard it is. A few people have said its not up to the same level as the series was but since it was included in the boxset, I'll give it a look with hopes that it won't be all that bad.


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/16/10 02:02 PM

Is yours the "Viridian" set? How's the packaging? I have yet to buy one of those releases, but I've heard that Funimation has improved the packaging since the first batch.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/16/10 03:16 PM

Yep, it is indeed the Viridian Collection set. As for packaging, I'm not thrilled with it at all. It has a thin sleeve that slides over the main container and it was covered with heat shrink. The "box" under it is just a book-like flipcase with pages made of thin cardboard that have cutouts for the DVD's to slide in and out of. Since the "box" is rather flimsy and can be compressed more on the side opposite the spine, it tends to cause the outer sleeve to get warped or bent. That's how mine arrived to me.... the heatshrink caused the already thinner side of the box to "crush" down on the other side so the sleeve is now permanently dented in and creased. The outer edges of the "box" are also a little warped but not to the extent the sleeve is. Normally I wouldn't really care about these sleeves, as most are just protective covers that only serve to cover the inner box. On this set however, that sleeve actually keeps the "box" pages closed. Without the sleeve, the "box" would just flop open like a book with no cover.

And that brings me to the pages that hold the discs. Since they are basically slits in between cardboard, the DVD's are held in by pressure from the cardboard. This means that pulling the discs in and out numerous times will cause fine scratches to form. This drives me nuts as I am a condition freak when it comes to CD/DVD's.

It's not the worst thing out there by any means but it's friggin annoying all the same. Not the way I thought it would come packaged but not so bad that I would return the set over it.

Rant over wink


Billy

PS. If you want pics of this, let me know and I can PM you some after I get home.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/16/10 07:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Is yours the "Viridian" set? How's the packaging? I have yet to buy one of those releases, but I've heard that Funimation has improved the packaging since the first batch.


Blue Gender and Galaxy Railways are still using the "Eco-friendly" packaging (cardboard packaging), while the rest of the Viridian line uses either litebox cases or thinpaks.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/10 07:36 AM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Rant over wink

Thank you for the details! That's exactly what I needed to know. smile

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Blue Gender and Galaxy Railways are still using the "Eco-friendly" packaging (cardboard packaging), while the rest of the Viridian line uses either litebox cases or thinpaks.

O.K., so I no longer need to boycott all new Viridians, just those two. Thanks. smile
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/10 07:58 AM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Is yours the "Viridian" set? How's the packaging? I have yet to buy one of those releases, but I've heard that Funimation has improved the packaging since the first batch.


Blue Gender and Galaxy Railways are still using the "Eco-friendly" packaging (cardboard packaging), while the rest of the Viridian line uses either litebox cases or thinpaks.


This is the reason why i got rid of the Galaxy Railways viridian set that i had. It was my first real experience with viridian sets and i sent it right back a couple of days after i had recieved it. I did get the Galaxy Railways series but this time it was the singles w/artbox (and cheaper too). Much, MUCH better!

Why Funi hasn't put Blue Gender and Galaxy Railways into their new viridian style but kept them in the original "eco-friendly" packaging i don't understand. They have heard the fans response to it and yet they still use that style?


On topic, i fianally finished up Madlax. While not bad i still think that Noir is the better of the two. Now i need to see about finishing up Samuri Champloo.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/10 08:53 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
This is the reason why I got rid of the Galaxy Railways Viridian set that I had. It was my first real experience with viridian sets and I sent it right back a couple of days after I had received it.

On topic, I finally finished up Madlax. While not bad I still think that Noir is the better of the two.

We agree on both points.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/10 01:51 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Why Funi hasn't put Blue Gender and Galaxy Railways into their new viridian style but kept them in the original "eco-friendly" packaging i don't understand. They have heard the fans response to it and yet they still use that style?

Probably because there's just not enough demand to make a new collection for either of the series.

Spiral, Kiddy Grade and Gunslinger Girl also had the Eco-friendly packaging. However, Spiral and Kiddy Grade are now OOP. Gunslinger Girl was the only one that got a re-release with up new packaging.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/10 02:28 PM

My Kiddy Grade set has the exact same piece of crap packaging-what I did to keep the dvds from being scratched was simply to not push the dvd all the way into the cardboard pocket-leave the edge of it hanging out.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/10 09:00 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
What I did to keep the dvds from being scratched was simply to not push the dvd all the way into the cardboard pocket-leave the edge of the dvd hanging out.


Heh, that's exactly what i am doing with my Blue gender set. The discs are in just enuff to make them stay put, no more than that. Silly packaging goofs...


Billy
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/20/10 10:38 AM

Rebuild Of Neon Genesis Evangelion-You Can (Not) Advance 2.22-it was pretty good.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/21/10 05:14 AM

I just finished Tower of Druaga season 2 and i think if you like action/fantasy/comedy you will love this show if you don't i will poke you somewhere you don't want to be poked with a spoon lol that part was hilarious i almost cried i laughed so hard...
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/22/10 09:17 AM

Watched Steamboy. I haven't heard much about this one, but I did see merchandise and advertising for this movie. To me it seemed to have a lot of action and very little plot. Animation and action was amazing. English dub was good. There was plenty of characterization. Story was incredibly flat. I actually went to sleep halfway through. It just went on and on and on.... I don't know if I should blame the script or the director.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/22/10 10:04 AM

Last night I got to watch the final episodes of The Third and I really liked the show. The last 2 episodes were kinda odd in that I think the main storyline felt like it ended with ep 22. And ep 23 didn't look like the same designs as the other episodes did, the character designs were a bit off and not the same as previous ones. The last 2 eps did however turn out good tho and the last one was really cool in my opinion.

So overall I'm pretty happy with the series. It had good action ( the Bogey vs Chopper fight in ep 20 was great ), characters I actually cared about, and some decent plots. A few eps seemed to drag a little but it was not all that bad. I'm glad I got this one.


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/29/10 08:59 AM

Originally Posted By: baldylox

So overall I'm pretty happy with the series. It had good action ( the Bogey vs Chopper fight in ep 20 was great ), characters I actually cared about, and some decent plots. A few eps seemed to drag a little but it was not all that bad. I'm glad I got this one.



This was a suprise for me as well. It was a title that i took a chance on and it turned out to be a pretty cool series.

Also finished up the first part of Toradora!. Looking forward to the second half already.


As for what i completed recently was L/R which turned out to be a pretty good series, much better than i thought it would be.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/29/10 06:06 PM

Just finished Beck Mongolian Chop Squad yesterday. I was watching
it in Japanese. The songs were OK, and the story was good. IMO
the English Dub of the show blows the Japanese version out of the
water (especially the songs).

I also watched Ponyo in Japanese as well, and in both English &
Japanese this movie is just so darn fun & cute!
Posted by: WhtHawk

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/29/10 09:39 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
...
finished up the first part of Toradora!
....

Me too. I've got my pre-order of for the second-half placed.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/01/10 12:52 PM

Originally Posted By: WhtHawk
Originally Posted By: stargates
...
finished up the first part of Toradora!
....

Me too. I've got my pre-order of for the second-half placed.



Same here. Can't wait.

As to what i finished up is Aria s3. Wound up pretty much doing this in one day. Good stuff. Already starting to have withdrawls so i might start over with season 1 soon.
Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/01/10 10:17 PM

Naruto. The entire first series & 3 boxes into Shippuden, I've decided that I'm done with this series. I've had good times watching Naruto grow & overcome his challenges,.. but 1. I don't care about his relationship with Sasuke (which is the primary story) 2. I ONLY care about watching Naruto evolve, learn new techniques, & go bloodthirsty when the 9 tailed fox takes over. Personally, I actually prefer filler episodes assuming that they involve Naruto obtaining a new trick, but lately I find myself less than particularly interested in easily 3 quarters of what's going on.
The 15 episode sets cost too much for so little pay off.
I'm done. I'm actually going to go to a local "Movie Exchange" shop and pawn off my collection of the series. Enough is enough.

I'll use the money gained to finance my online preorders.
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/01/10 11:58 PM

Aside from some fansubbed series from the past season or two, I finished House of Five Leaves and The Tatami Galaxy on Hulu.

House of Five Leaves was an alright series. Nothing outstanding, but it was pretty easy to follow and had an interesting art style to it. (Pretty enjoyable soundtrack, as well.)

The Tatami Galaxy didn't really pique my interests, but I stuck with it through the end. Surprisingly, the final episode or two were actually pretty neat, I thought. But the series as a whole just really wasn't anything that good, IMO.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/02/10 07:58 AM

TheGevin, I certainly agree with you about Naruto. When it first started to air on Cartoon Network, I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not. But after a few shows I really got into it. Yes, there were lots of filler shows but overall the main story was very good. Right up until the big fight between Naruto and Sasuke at the waterfall. As soon as that fight was over, the story went to hell. Total suckage from then on out in my opinion.

And Shippuden hasn't done too much else for me either. Yes it is nice to see the older versions of the main characters and thier new talents but how long can you possibly take to get to an actual fight or action scene? For a show that is supposed to be all about action, there sure isnt much unless you enjoy seeing people stand on a bridge and stare at each other for almost 20 minutes. I never bought any of the DVD sets and don't plan to. I still watch Shippuden on the Disney XD channel and thats only because its free and I can delete them after I watch them.

For me, the series is dead except for the very rare moment of action or a fight scene. Everything else is just bleah.


Billy
Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/02/10 05:16 PM

It was very charming watching Naruto reunite with old friends on the first episode of Shippuden. It was nice also to see what new tricks he had obtained over the past few years. .. But the general pacing of the series & current formula just aren't working for me anymore.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/03/10 03:31 PM

Watched a few more titles.

Figure 17
I really liked this series. Very well animated. A touching story of a shy introverted girl coming out of her shell with the help of her super twin battle suit. Check it if you to understand what I mean. Also Kyoto Animation helped out on this series, speaking of them the next thing I finshed was ....

Munto
Not bad for a first effort by the studio.(It was one of their earliest works) The story was kinda all over, but the animation it's self is quite nice. Gonna try to watch Munto 2 tonight.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/03/10 03:58 PM

I finished watching the 1992 version of Guyver. It was the Manga entertainment version that re-did the intro song in the English version. I was watching in the Japanese version though.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/04/10 06:53 PM

Old Pioneer title Legend of Black Heaven. Pretty good scifi comedy/drama about rock music saving the world. The only gripe you might say i had was that since this involved music you would think there would be a couple of different songs (not including the OP/ED) but they only used the same one throughout the series. Even still i would recommend giving this one a watch.

One thing about the discs that i didn't like too much was that there weren't any trailers of any kind in the boxset at all. You would think that they would have at least one or two.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/04/10 09:14 PM

Finally finished the dubbed version of Clannad-damn-it was better than I remembered.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/04/10 11:03 PM

The last title I watched was Venus Versus Virus. It was pretty good IMO, but many have said otherwise. The ending could have been better though.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/05/10 03:45 PM

I rewatched Strike Witches yesterday, marathoned it. I had seen it before but it was a fansub online and the video quality was low. Now having the Funi version and hearing it in 5.1 with a dub, it was even better than last time. A very fun show with some bits of comedy and a good story to boot.

And today I marathoned The Record of Lodoss War. This is the first time I have seen it and this is the first 13 ep version of the show. I liked it alot and it reminded me of the old D&D games from the 80's with it's cast. And the look of it was nice too, lots of the art was similar to Ninja Scroll, Yu Yu Hakusho and Vampire Hunter D. A very good show overall.


Billy
Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/08/10 01:59 PM

I finally watched Evangelion after all the attempts of me trying to sit down and watch it. I kind of feel like I short-circuited myself after watching that and the Evangelion movie. That series just totally raped my mind lol, but it was a really interesting series. Kind of made me think about life, and how scary it can be lol or so that show made it seem. But anyway I really enjoyed it.

Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/08/10 04:03 PM

I finished with Guyver (the 2005 version). Now if somebody else would just make an anime that actually finished the story of the Guyver...

I am currently on a break from anime, and now re-watching the show Red Dwarf (the Sci-Fi Comedy from BBC).
Posted by: sawmill

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/11/10 05:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Aquarius
I finally watched Evangelion after all the attempts of me trying to sit down and watch it. I kind of feel like I short-circuited myself after watching that and the Evangelion movie. That series just totally raped my mind lol, but it was a really interesting series. Kind of made me think about life, and how scary it can be lol or so that show made it seem. But anyway I really enjoyed it.


Sorry, but every time I hear about EVA, this is the image that comes to my mind: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_disaster.

The solution, as always, is to watch RahXephon instead....



Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/12/10 02:52 PM

I finished up Dragonaut:The Resonance this weekend and must say I liked it alot. The second half of the series got much better with a more involved storyline and the characters kept getting more detailed and interesting too. And the ending wrapped everything up nicely, which I always enjoy.

It also included some omake shorts that were hilarious. Plenty of parody to be had in those.

This would be an excellent series if not for the questionable CGI dragon designs. I really don't see why they couldn't have done these as regular animation.... it would have looked so much better. But that's a rather small price to pay for an overall fun show.


Billy
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/12/10 11:02 PM

Karin.
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/13/10 03:07 AM

Finished Sailor Moon much to my wife's delight. It was always a fight when we watched as she didn't like it. True, the monster-of-the-day got old quick. I sort of liked seeing what new villains they'd come up with each week. Just like strange enemy mechas they came up with in Gatchaman. I think Sailor Stars was the best season. They should have made an R-1 release. I would have bought it.
Posted by: Hikari

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/13/10 12:13 PM

Eureka 7

But I still have trouble calling it Eh-wreck-ah. wink
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/13/10 03:35 PM

Yeah, calling it that is where I think the dub of the show took being true to the original Japanese a little too far. Its obvious what "Eureka" but the way it was pronounced sounds like bad Engrish every single time I hear it.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/18/10 09:08 AM

Finished up RomeoxJuliet. Something i found myself enjoying even tho one knows how it will end for those two.

Also finished up Earl and Fairy. Meh. Nothing special here. Just an average fantasy series. It also leaves off at the end leaving it open for another series, but i probably won't watch should they do so.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/18/10 11:09 PM

This week i finished Transformers G1,Disgaea and Slayers Revolution...

Transformers i just watched out of nostalgia for child hood memories lol...

Disgaea i loved i think that style of humor is great plus i am a huge fan of the games so that probably factors in to.

Slayers Revolution was also good and i love that one of my favorite series keeps on coming back for more i am still waiting on them to make a series with Naga in it as a main...
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/21/10 10:15 PM

Shadow Star Narutaru is one of those deeply disturbing anime like Alien 9. Don't let the upbeat OP fool you. Definitely worth watching though.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/10 12:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Nambu Hakase
Shadow Star Narutaru is one of those deeply disturbing anime like Alien 9. Don't let the upbeat OP fool you. Definitely worth watching though.


Tell me about it!
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/10 11:22 AM

I own Alien 9 and didn't find it as disturbing as I did annoying and overall dull. I get that very young schoolgirls shouldn't be anywhere near this type action and that the whole setup is wrong. But disturbing? Nah, not so much.

What bugs me to no end is there is little to no explaination for anything, events just happen with no reason and the "ending" was just WTF. The closing credits with the dead girl in the library? What? Why show us that with no answers? That really ticked me off. And the hat aliens.... they can be regrown even after death? Why worry if they get hurt then if they are in ready supplies? Why care about them and not the little girls?

It had some interesting ideas but overall I found it a waste of my time. Glad I didn't pay too much for it or I'd be more upset.


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/10 02:40 PM

Are those two titles disturbing in the When They Cry and Silent Hill sense, or in the "that shouldn't be legal" sense? If it's the former, I'll have to look for them.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/10 03:22 PM

Alien 9 is nowhere even CLOSE to When They Cry status for disturbing. Not even in the same timezone IMO. WTC was a great show and an even better manga. I find myself almost not wanting to read the next page for fear of seeing *those eyes* again.....

Alien 9 just had 3rd and 4th graders fighting aliens with other symbiotic aliens strapped to thier heads like helmets. And all the adults treated this predicament with a "whatever" attitude like it was the most natural thing in the world to be occuring. I suppose that *could* be considered disturbing but with no real reasoning behind it, it just fell flat for me. And some of the aliens attackers used psychological attacks to a degree so I guess that also could be disturbing to some.

I dunno, the whole thing could have been done so much better than it was. I just have problems when something is setup as a given and other things are alluded to and then never explained when you know they should be. A certain amount of suspense is fine but when you set up that suspense and then do nothing with it, it doesn't work.


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/10 04:26 PM

Thanks. smile
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/10 06:31 PM

Just got through Tenchi Muyo: Ryo Ohki.
Is it just me or is none of the Tenchi stories as good as the first set of OVAs?
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/10 08:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Just got through Tenchi Muyo: Ryo Ohki.
Is it just me or is none of the Tenchi stories as good as the first set of OVAs?



I totally agree with you. The first set of OVA's is the best IMO. Better storylines, better dub and better character styles. I own all the movies and other shows but none of them are nearly as good as the first ones. And don't even get me started on Tenchi in Tokyo....


Billy
Posted by: Funkgun

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/10 10:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Just got through Tenchi Muyo: Ryo Ohki.
Is it just me or is none of the Tenchi stories as good as the first set of OVAs?

yeah, I thought this was the case with the OAV's for El hazzard as well.
I almost wish the creator, would not make so many versions of the story. Still, I enjoyed just about every Tenchi.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/24/10 11:28 AM

While the originial ovas for Tenchi Muyo and El Hazard are good the sequels are just as entertaining-but of course you're talking to a big fan of both series.
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/24/10 01:29 PM

I haven't seen any of El-Hazard, but as far as Tenchi Muyo goes. I can say that each series has its merits. In my personal opinion, the original OVAs are the best overall, Tenchi Universe (along with the first movie) have the best ending, While Tenchi in Tokyo had my favorite episode (Ryoko's Big Date). That said I'd still rate GXP higher than Tokyo.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/24/10 09:13 PM

I finished up Neo Ranga today. For the most part it was entertaining. It lost it's way a little near the end but picked itself up and had a good finish. An odd show for sure but well worth what I paid for it as I'd watch it again.


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/25/10 12:06 PM

Finished up Arakawa under the Bridge, Area 88 and Mermaid Forest. Two titles that were pretty good.

Mermaid Forest i wish had a longer run than it did. It would've been nice to see more between Mana and Yuta instead of the flashbacks for half the series. But despite a few flaws i'd say overall not as bad as i thought it would be.

As for Area 88 not a bad watch even tho it was a little predictable. However as a blind buy it turned out to be better than i thought it would.

Arakawa started off pretty decent as a comdey but seemed to drag a bit in the middle i thought, but at the end of the last ep it said that the second season has been greenlit, so we'll see what's in store when (or if)that comes out.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/25/10 03:51 PM

I am a really big fan of Tenchi, and I still can not figure out why people "hate" Tenchi in Tokyo so much.
Sure it was different than the rest, but it did finally show that Tenchi could actually make up his mind on which girl he wanted.
Plus Sakuya is pretty cute (and does bear a resemblance to Mayuka and also Noike) and the closest to Tenchi's age
(some of the other girls are hundreds if not thousands of years old.)
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/25/10 05:14 PM

I think you nailed it right there with the hate for Tenchi in Tokyo. Storytelling elements aside, I think people hated it for Tenchi choosing Sakuya. And not just the shippers either. Tokyo is just like the rest of the Tenchi related series, they all start off sort of comedy/slice-of-life in a way, then get serious. Now I didn't hate Tenchi in Tokyo, but the first half of the series save for the "How We Met" two parter and "Ryoko Big Date" were just okay, and honestly kinda hard to watch any time I watch the series again after a long while (like say me watching it for the first time since I'd guess around 2002).
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/26/10 08:28 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
As for Area 88 not a bad watch even tho it was a little predictable. However as a blind buy it turned out to be better than i thought it would.

Which version of Area 88 did you see? Area 88 TV or Area 88 OVA? I liked both but the TV version told a better story. The premise was a little unbelievable though--something you only find in movies.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/26/10 12:14 PM

It was the Area 88 TV version(w/artbox). And yes,i agree,the premise was something like you only see in movies. A decent watch nonetheless. As for the ova i think that i'll hold off on that for the time being. Like you said the TV version did tell a pretty decent story.
Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/26/10 12:19 PM

I completed Ouran High School Host Club a while back. I've already started rewatching the series via my blurays that arrived recently.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/26/10 07:31 PM

I'm starting Story Of Saiunkoku (Saiunkoku Monogatari).
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/10 02:48 PM

For no reason other than it being online on FUNimation's video portal I just finished up the 6 episode OVA of Murder Princess. Fairly entertaining to me. Nothing great, but it doesn't feel like a waste of time either. All in all I'd say if it was cheap enough ($15 or less) I would not be disappointed if I had made this as a blind buy from a store.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/30/10 12:51 AM

I just finished both Chobits & The Adventures of the Mini-Goddess. Both in Japanese for the first time (allready saw the dub versions.) Both series were fun and cute in either language.

The only thing that was lacking was a decent ending to the Mini-Goddess show. Oh well what do you expect from a show that has 10 minute episodes.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/30/10 07:50 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent

The only thing that was lacking was a decent ending to the Mini-Goddess show. Oh well what do you expect from a show that has 10 minute episodes.


If you want a good series with short eps then you should check out Android Ana Maico.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/31/10 01:19 PM

I just finished the first season (first 13 episodes) of
My Bride is a Mermaid.

The show started out kind of a little "too wacky" and then
settled down a bit. Interesting that the main girls are named
Sun & Moon (Lunar).

If even a third of the stuff that happens in a typical Japanese
anime school (be it High, Middle, or even college) happened in
real life. NO one would ever want to leave school!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/31/10 01:30 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I just finished both Chobits & The Adventures of the Mini-Goddess. Both in Japanese for the first time (allready saw the dub versions.) Both series were fun and cute in either language.

The only thing that was lacking was a decent ending to the Mini-Goddess show. Oh well what do you expect from a show that has 10 minute episodes.


I dunno-for me it was an interesting little diversion-but anything having to do with OMG is ok by me. I loved Chobits-it's my 2nd fave Clamp show-the 1st place being Magic Knight Rayearth.
Posted by: AnimePocky

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/03/10 10:41 PM

First season of Haruhi Suzumiya - the first story arc (6 episodes) was amazing and made me go out and get the first two English light novels.

Trying to now get through GunXSword - mixture of Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and Big O - my favorite three anime!

Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/10 04:16 AM

Finally finished up Noir and Pani Poni Dash. Two good titles i find myself enjoying no matter how many times that i re-watch them.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/10 07:02 AM

So how was Pani Poni Dash for you? I bought the artbox set when RS had it in its Bargain Bin but have yet to watch it. It always gets good reviews but I just have not gotten aorund to popping it into the DVD player.


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/10 11:08 AM

@baldylox

I have the ADV artbox for Pani Poni as well which i think is the best version. It has the AD-Vid Notes that you can pop on and see the references to the puns/parodies that they use throughout the series (and there are a lot ). It's a shame that Funi didn't keep them and just change the name, if they could have, when they took over the liscense. So much is missed without them.

As for the series (with or without those vid-notes) i still find it a blast to watch each time. If you liked shows like Lucky Star and Azumanga Daioh this will fit in. I would highly recommend this series.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/10 11:24 AM

Ah, good to hear its similar to two faves of mine. Azumanga Daioh is one of my favorite school type shows, pretty much a tie for first with School Rumble. Lucky Star started a little slow for me but after the first disc it got progressively better and it grew on me quickly. So hearing Pani Poni is similar makes me want to move it up the line for viewing sooner. Thanks!


Billy
Posted by: lcummins

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/10 03:40 PM

Just finished Angelic Layer, Popotan and Ikki Tousen... in that order. Next up, some newer stuff. Out of the many, many titles I have yet to watch, I think My Bride is a Mermaid, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne (BD) and Soul Eater will be the next in line. I finally broke down and bought all 4 Soul Eater boxes because I got tired of waiting for a price drop! lol
Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/05/10 08:26 AM

I completed Freedom.
It was really good! It's a shame that I pushed off watching it for as long as I did, allowing for the dust to pile up. Definitely time well spent enjoying this short series. If anything it was perhaps too short,.. but at least that leaves for no dull moments or filler.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/10 04:57 PM

Another show that is similar to Pani Poni Dash is Doki Doki School Hours.

I just finished watching the recently re-released (and dubbed) version of Bludgeoning Angel Dokoro-Chan.

If you have never seen this show, be warned it is full of LOADS of blood, some nudity, and weird situations.

The dub is pretty decent, which is what you would expect from Bang Zoom.
Johny Yong Bosh is the main guy, and Wendee Lee is Bludgeoning Angel Dokoro-Chan
(she used a mix of Konata & Haruhi).
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/10 11:03 PM

"Another show that is similar to Pani Poni Dash is Doki Doki School Hours."

Except that it really sucks-especially if you compare it to Pani Poni Dash.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/10 06:53 AM

I finished Texnolyze on Sunday. Very odd show but it kept me glued to the TV for most of the time. It started slow and didn't give hardly any ideas of what was going on. but that chanegd during the middle of the show and I thought it got very good up until the end. The last few episodes just kind of went all wonky and tried to get too philisophical compared to the rest of the show. Those eps just didnt seem to fit in with the rest of the story. I guess it seemed rushed or something, I dunno.

Other than that, it was a pretty good show.


Billy
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/10 11:01 PM

All the talk about Gunsmith Cats encouraged me to finally watch that little OAV and I found it to be great fun. I wasn't a huge fan of Riding Bean so I expected to be equally unimpressed by GSC but I really enjoyed it.

So much so that it left me needing more of a retro fix so I've since made my way through the first 25 episode box set of City Hunter. The best description I can come up for it is sort of a hybrid between Lupin III and Golden Boy. Whereas I'm not all that enamored with the non-Miyazaki variants of the former, I love the latter so City Hunter proved to be quite the compelling franchise for me and very much so satiated my old-school desire.

A friend also happened to watch the first 25 episodes completely independent of me so I'm saving the rest of the disks to watch with him as time permits as he's become quite the fan as well so, for now, I'm watching Sands of Destruction. I must be in a generous mood because I like this one too. It would be fair to call it somewhat derivative but it's executed quite well and the English VA's just nail their roles.
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/10 01:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
So much so that it left me needing more of a retro fix so I've since made my way through the first 25 episode box set of City Hunter. The best description I can come up for it is sort of a hybrid between Lupin III and Golden Boy. Whereas I'm not all that enamored with the non-Miyazaki variants of the former, I love the latter so City Hunter proved to be quite the compelling franchise for me and very much so satiated my old-school desire.

Do you plan on watching all the City Hunter TV series? I was lucky to finish all of them as they were hard to find (renting). I haven't seen all the movies yet. The first season is the best.

51/51 City Hunter
63/63 City Hunter 2
13/13 City Hunter 3
13/13 City Hunter '91
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/10 07:55 AM

Yep, I own the whole series so it's only a matter of time before I make my way through to '91. I still need to track down all the one-offs though.
Posted by: blaze

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/10 08:32 AM

I just completed the first boxset of Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood on Blu-ray.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/10 11:39 AM

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
All the talk about Gunsmith Cats encouraged me to finally watch that little OAV and I found it to be great fun. I wasn't a huge fan of Riding Bean so I expected to be equally unimpressed by GSC but I really enjoyed it.



I watched Gunsmith Cats years ago at a friends and liked it. But I never got around to getting the DVD until about 2 years ago. Since I really liked the show, I decided to get the newly released Omnibus manga series. After reading that, I *really* liked the characters as well as the storyline. And that's when I found Riding Bean. Bean was awesome in the manga so I figured the OVA would be pretty cool. Yeah... not so much. It was ok at best and not nearly as cool as GC was. But I got it cheap so no big deal.


Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
I'm watching Sands of Destruction. I must be in a generous mood because I like this one too.



I really wanted to like this series but it just didn't do much for me. The constantly changing animation style and quality really bugged me. And the oddball storylines also bothered me a little. But when you start to root for a minor side character ( the obscenely cute blonde Dragon Girl) more than the main ones, that tells me something is wrong. I don't know if I'd rewatch this one or not, mine may go into the sell pile sooner or later. But I'm glad you're liking it so far.


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/11/10 10:46 AM

Originally Posted By: baldylox

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
I'm watching Sands of Destruction. I must be in a generous mood because I like this one too.



I really wanted to like this series but it just didn't do much for me. The constantly changing animation style and quality really bugged me. And the oddball storylines also bothered me a little. But when you start to root for a minor side character ( the obscenely cute blonde Dragon Girl) more than the main ones, that tells me something is wrong. I don't know if I'd rewatch this one or not, mine may go into the sell pile sooner or later. But I'm glad you're liking it so far.

It's been awhile since i saw this one but i agree with baldylox. Samds of Destruction is just one oddball series i thought. It reminded me of Jubei-chan where it tries to mix the serious side and comedy side but doesn't do it nearly as well as Jubei. And i too started going for the Dragon Girl later on as well instead of the main characters. Why do that so late in the series(especially a short on too)? That part reminded me of how they tried to get the 'Julia' story-arc in Cowboy Bebop. They wanted you to like her, care for her, cheer for her in only 3-4 eps out of 26?

This is one series for me that won't see a re-watch.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/12/10 05:40 PM

Just finished part 4 of Soul Eater. I have never read the manga.
I can say that IMO the ending of the show was fine. At least
they did not pull a Chrono Crusade type ending (which is what it
was begining to look like near the end).

Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/15/10 11:25 AM

Finally finished Girls Bravo.
I thought the ending was okay considering that this was a harem show. My biggest gripe with the series is that it seemed to spend more time developing it's side characters rather than the Main characters Yukinari & Miharu. So much for me that it does take a bit away from the ending. Other than that, it's not a bad watch but also, I'm glad I didn't pay more than what I did for it. Honestly, an overall Meh watch. At least it was well animated. smirk
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/10 06:58 AM

I finished the whole run of UFO Ultra Maiden Valkyrie, Seasons 1-4 and the OVA. The first season was pretty fun and had plenty of random fanservice. The second season was actually better than the first and had quite a few good moments in it. The short 3rd season had 2 excellent episodes that were just hilarious. But the OVA and 4th "season" were pretty much forgetable extra episodes... at least that's how I saw them. Nothing to really do with the main plot, just some side stuff to have some fun with the characters.

Overall a fun series with plenty of high points and worth a watch if you like cute girls, lots of bounce and some random silly catgirls. smile


Billy
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/10 07:48 AM

I kind of wish they had made more of that show (UFO Valkyrie)especially the way it ends.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/10 08:32 AM

If you're looking for scifi shows that are fun with some 'bounce' then you could try

Divergence Eve, Gravion,Gravion Zwei, Godannar or Grenadier (sorry no catgirls in them).
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/10 02:54 PM

I finished watching Gunslinger Girl (includes the OVA)

It was pretty interesting, and I am considering getting it in
the future (this was a rental).
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/10 08:09 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
If you're looking for scifi shows that are fun with some 'bounce' then you could try

Divergence Eve, Gravion,Gravion Zwei, Godannar or Grenadier (sorry no catgirls in them).



Lets see... own it, own it, own it, own it and never seen it. laugh Godannar was a bit of a stretch for me tho, it grated on my nerves sometimes... ALOT. I think Gravion was much better than Godannar. Divergence Eve was decent but its been years since I watched it. I got Masaki Chronicles recently so I need to rewatch DE first and then watch Masaki.


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/10 08:53 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Originally Posted By: stargates
If you're looking for scifi shows that are fun with some 'bounce' then you could try

Divergence Eve, Gravion,Gravion Zwei, Godannar or Grenadier (sorry no catgirls in them).



Lets see... own it, own it, own it, own it and never seen it. laugh Godannar was a bit of a stretch for me tho, it grated on my nerves sometimes... ALOT. I think Gravion was much better than Godannar. Divergence Eve was decent but its been years since I watched it.



I agree. I enjoyed Gravion a lot more than Godannar even tho it seems like most reviews give Godannar the better marks.

As for D.E. it took a while but i found myself enjoying it. What i didn't like was just when i was just warming up to Luxandra
Click to reveal..
they go and kill her off. mad And then Kiri in the second season.


As for Grenadier, i'd say give it a watch at least once since it'll fit right in with the rest of those titles.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/10 06:45 AM

Cool, I appreicate the insight on that. I'll have to put that show on the list of titles to check out.


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/10 12:33 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
I agree. I enjoyed Gravion a lot more than Godannar even tho it seems like most reviews give Godannar the better marks.

Yeah, I never understood that.

Originally Posted By: stargates
As for Grenadier, i'd say give it a watch at least once since it'll fit right in with the rest of those titles.

Baldylox, if you're the renting type, I'd suggest renting Grenadier over buying it. Like stargates said, it does fit in with those others, bounce-wise, but there's not much entertainment value. Then again, I don't find gravity defiance quite as entertaining as some fans seem to. Also, the show doesn't even pretend to be remotely realistic about the use of firearms, and that's going by anime standards of realism. That turned me off even more than the relatively dull plot and script.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/10 12:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie

Also, the show doesn't even pretend to be remotely realistic about the use of firearms, and that's going by anime standards of realism. That turned me off even more than the relatively dull plot and script.

*spoilers ahead*

Yeah, i wondered about that script too. She had to fight 10 masters in their fields and at the end only winds up fighting maybe 3-4 before going on to the big boss at the end? What happened to the rest? Did the writers give up part way through and try to condense it all into 12 eps?
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/10 01:32 PM

Rushuna didn't bring enough panties to last against that many bosses.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/10 01:43 PM

True. If i remember right didn't she lose them in one of the eps?
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/10 02:14 PM

Yup, it was during the episode where she wound up at a brothel. At one point during her gun battle the outfit she was wearing ended up looking very Sailor Moon-ish. I happen to own this anime, though its more of a guilt purchase for watching illegally online than from truly liking it. I think it would have been loads better if they had left out Mikan's character.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/10 02:39 PM

Yeah-and she hides countless cartridges between her boobs-and her famous bouncing booby reloading!!
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/10 05:16 PM

I finished Mao-Chan today, for some odd reason the place I work gave me a rather long lunch.

Pretty cute show, with several references to Love Hina (due to the show is by Ken Akamatsu).
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/21/10 03:31 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Yeah-and she hides countless cartridges between her boobs-and her famous bouncing booby reloading!!

I didn't even have to read the others posts and I knew exactly what title you were talking about.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/21/10 08:11 PM

Today was movie day so I watched quite a few....

Mezzo Forte/KITE double pack
Millenium Actress
AIR the Movie
Spriggan

Of course AIR made me cry *again*. Mezzo and KITE were awesome but I wasnt prepared for the sex scenes... wow. And Millenium Actress was great, a really good movie. I had seen Spriggan before but this time it was in English and 5.1 so it was more enjoyable.


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/21/10 08:57 PM

Outside of the sex scenes would you recommend Kite? I'm looking at the Kite/Kite Liberator double pack in the upcoming future.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/21/10 09:14 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Outside of the sex scenes would you recommend Kite? I'm looking at the Kite/Kite Liberator double pack in the upcoming future.

I do! It's a very good title, but I recommend the uncut version (Hentai version).

FYI, Kite in that double pack is the edited version (non-Hentai version).
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/21/10 09:27 PM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Originally Posted By: stargates
Outside of the sex scenes would you recommend Kite? I'm looking at the Kite/Kite Liberator double pack in the upcoming future.

I do! It's a very good title, but I recommend the uncut version (Hentai version).

FYI, Kite in that double pack is the edited version (non-Hentai version).


Really? I've read more on getting the edited version since the edited scenes don't detract from the overall storyline and is just as enjoyable to watch.
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/10 04:52 AM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Today was movie day so I watched quite a few....

Mezzo Forte/KITE double pack
Millenium Actress
AIR the Movie
Spriggan

Of course AIR made me cry *again*. Mezzo and KITE were awesome but I wasnt prepared for the sex scenes... wow. And Millenium Actress was great, a really good movie. I had seen Spriggan before but this time it was in English and 5.1 so it was more enjoyable.


Billy

I'm getting ready to see Air the movie I notice the trailer says an ADV Films movie. I just wondered what part ADV had in its production and why they would produce it themselves?
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/10 12:22 PM

I watched both the live action and animated versions of Perfect Blue-very little in common between the 2 except the name.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/10 01:47 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Originally Posted By: stargates
Outside of the sex scenes would you recommend Kite? I'm looking at the Kite/Kite Liberator double pack in the upcoming future.

I do! It's a very good title, but I recommend the uncut version (Hentai version).

FYI, Kite in that double pack is the edited version (non-Hentai version).


Really? I've read more on getting the edited version since the edited scenes don't detract from the overall storyline and is just as enjoyable to watch.


In my opinion, the Hentai scenes help strengthen the plot a bit more.
Posted by: Supermutant

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/10 08:37 PM

In the last week finished:
Speed Grapher
G Gundam
Samurai Harem
First Hidamari Sketch season/series
To Love Ru
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/10 09:00 PM

Well, I knew that KITE was an adult show but I just didn't expect the detail they put into those sex scenes. Not that it bothered me, I just didn't expect it. Now Mezzo on the other hand, that one got even MORE graphic than KITE did. But that was also a cool show even with that in there.

Even with the sex scenes, I'd still highly recommend KITE as the rest of it was excellent.


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/10 07:24 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Outside of the sex scenes would you recommend Kite? I'm looking at the Kite/Kite Liberator double pack in the upcoming future.

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
I do! It's a very good title, but I recommend the uncut version (Hentai version).

Originally Posted By: stargates
Really? I've read more on getting the edited version since the edited scenes don't detract from the overall storyline and is just as enjoyable to watch.

Yes, and diet cola tastes exactly the same as the real stuff. wink But, if you have a serious problem with sugar or hentai, then you have to do what you think is appropriate.

Joel is correct. Without those scenes, you won't fully appreciate the protagonist's motivations. It's a very short OVA, so you need as much information about the characters' lives as possible. Now, in Mezzo Forte, similar scenes aren't quite as crucial as in Kite (they don't really drive the protagonist), but I'd still recommend the uncut version of that OVA, too, assuming that hentai doesn't bother you.

Click to reveal..
AFTERTHOUGHTS: I suppose it's O.K. to discuss these shows, since they have edited versions (at least I hope so). Anyway, for the record, none of the scenes in question (in both OVAs) are my cup of tea. When I do watch hentai, that's not what I want to see, so without the cool gunplay and dark, interesting (if short) stories, I'd have no reason to recommend either OVA. I consider the scenes creepy and just plain wrong, but they do let you know exactly who you're dealing with in Kite (filthy, corrupt, evil cops and an understandably disturbed girl). That's why they're so powerful in Kite, and absolutely necessary. If you don't watch the hentai version, I suggest skipping it altogether.
Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/10 08:29 AM

I finished watching Casshern last night.
For a series that started off so strong (story intrigue, interesting characters, and very impressive action),.. The series ended surprisingly dull & bland.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/10 01:48 PM

I got to see Kekko Kamen last night. Boy did that show look dated. While it was very shoddy in animation quality, the dub actors and super nonsense in this show made up for it a little. Yes, Kekko Kamen is a female Power Ranger style hero that wears no clothes except for a mask, gloves and boots. So yeah, lots of boobs in this show. Some of the bad guys were really funny tho and I had fun watching them get beatup all the time.

Not the best show I've seen lately but it was enjoyable enuff.


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/10 01:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Yes, and diet cola tastes exactly the same as the real stuff. wink But, if you have a serious problem with sugar or hentai, then you have to do what you think is appropriate.



I was more curious to see what others have to say about it since from what i've read it seems to be pretty much split down the middle regarding reviews/customer reviews of it. While i do want to check out the title, it will be some time before i actually do go and purchase/watch it.

As regards Mezzo Forte, that one i've seen so many reviews say that the edited version is the way to go since, as you said, those scenes aren't pertinent to the main storyline, and is most likely the verion i will get.
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/10 03:45 AM

Megazone 23. The Wachowski brothers probably borrowed from this anime as well.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/10 06:44 AM

I just watched Lucky Star and it was pretty good there was so many various anime references and cameoish things that i spent a lot of time going i know that i own the anime that is from.

My favorite character was Hiyori even though she was introduced late in the show.
She cracked me up with her girl on girl fantasies she kept having and using them for her manga.

But one of the episodes on my set wouldn't work it was the sports festival episode it only worked in a couple of places the rest of the time the picture would freeze and all i got was audio..
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/10 09:11 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
My favorite character was Hiyori even though she was introduced late in the show. She cracked me up with her girl on girl fantasies she kept having and using them for her manga.

Ditto.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/10 10:43 AM

Case Closed series! I just finished the last set on Sunday. It was a fun ride while it lasted. I still have to get the movies though.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/10 02:03 PM

I finished up Girls High last night and man was that a fun show. The outlook on school life as well as regular day to day life of being a girl was just so well played in this show. It took the simple formula of school days anime and completely tossed it out the window to great effect.

Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/10 04:22 PM

Finished up Dokkoida?!. Fun litte series. One that i enjoyed more than i thought i would.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/01/10 11:30 AM

I went through the 2 Kimagure Orange Road Movies again last night-I must say that when Kyosuke finally decides he has to say goodby to Hikaru after Madoka lays down the law and Hikaru can't and won't accept it she turns into something of a stalker-it was sad and kind of scary at the same time-almost a 180 degree turn from the (mostly) light hearted tv series. The other one "Summer's Beginning" did bring pleasent closure to the tv series. All I can say is that if you've never been to Kimagure Orange Road you owe it to yourself to take the trip. I did and it was well worth the time invested.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/01/10 02:33 PM

I watched Gurren Lagann last night and it was a pretty good show only problem was it was so fast paced and things happened so quick that even the sad or kinda serious moments were lost on me.

It was just things happened so fast i couldn't really fell bad or anything for any of the characters.
Other than that it was a really fun anime...
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/02/10 12:41 PM

Blassreiter -- It's the CG animation that made it painful to watch. I'm not a fan of CGI because it usually looks horrid. Blassreiter is no exception. It was like watching Reboot on Saturday morning cartoons except it wasn't funny.

Originally Posted By: "joelgundam01"
Case Closed series! I just finished the last set on Sunday. It was a fun ride while it lasted. I still have to get the movies though.

I thought is was still airing is Japan.

Originally Posted By: "zrdb"
I went through the 2 Kimagure Orange Road Movies again last night-I must say that when Kyosuke finally decides he has to say goodby to Hikaru after Madoka lays down the law and Hikaru can't and won't accept it she turns into something of a stalker-it was sad and kind of scary at the same time-almost a 180 degree turn from the (mostly) light hearted tv series. The other one "Summer's Beginning" did bring pleasent closure to the tv series. All I can say is that if you've never been to Kimagure Orange Road you owe it to yourself to take the trip. I did and it was well worth the time invested.

It was an excellent movie though depressing. I wish they hadn't done that to Hikaru's character.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/02/10 12:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Nambu Hakase
Originally Posted By: "joelgundam01"
Case Closed series! I just finished the last set on Sunday. It was a fun ride while it lasted. I still have to get the movies though.

I thought is was still airing is Japan.

It is, but the US release only has five sets and Funimation called it quits. I don't watch fansubs or streams in general, so in my eyes it's over.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/02/10 12:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Nambu Hakase
It was like watching Reboot on Saturday morning cartoons except it wasn't funny.

Reboot is a cute little show. smile
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/03/10 11:25 AM

Reboot was good-but then so was Thundercats-on the loose, etc.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/07/10 05:26 PM

Solty Rei. It was quite a while ago that i last seen it, and thought it was o.k. After doing a rewatch i have to say that i did enjoy it more than i did last time. And the bonus eps were pretty fun too.
Posted by: Vracer111

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/07/10 10:43 PM

Ex-Driver is the latest series I watched, enjoyed it. Nice OVA series for only $8... I have the Ex-Driver movie with prequel OVA coming in.

Got in an Evangelion 2.22 DVD while awaiting the Blu-Ray release. That was just plain awesome compared to 1.11...
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/09/10 10:35 AM

.Hack Sign -- My first impression was I wouldn't like it and I was right. This anime was so slow. Nothing really happens until the 4th episode and it really doesn't pick up the pace after that. Most of .Hack Sign is just dry dialogue in monotonous scenery. I won't bother with the other seasons. I give it a 6.5 out of 10. A seven is average for me.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/09/10 11:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Nambu Hakase
.Hack Sign -- My first impression was I wouldn't like it and I was right. This anime was so slow. Nothing really happens until the 4th episode and it really doesn't pick up the pace after that. Most of .Hack Sign is just dry dialogue in monotonous scenery. I won't bother with the other seasons. I give it a 6.5 out of 10. A seven is average for me.

You should at least check out .Hack//Legend of the Twilight (LotT), especially if pacing was the only issue you had with the title. LotT is only 13 episodes long and is pretty fast paced (with more comedy). The best part is that you don't need to watch the previous titles to understand it.
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/09/10 04:22 PM

Thanks. I'll keep it in mind. The story was interesting and it did have its moments. It was just the slow pace with very little animation. I think they went too far giving it the feel of a RPG.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/11/10 03:36 PM

I finished Casshern Sins. It was pretty good. I thought the ending was pretty decent. Though the whole point of the show still has me wondering. I guess the message they wanted to convey was to "live life to the fullest", and that immortallity is not as good as it sounds.

Pretty good dub, with a good performance by Eric Vale as Casshern, and a really cute performance by Monica Rial as Ringo.

The rest of the cast did a good job as well. The singing by Caitlin Glass (unless they switched to the Japanese person during that episode, since apparently it was sang in English in the Japanese version)it was pretty good in English (obviously they had 2 people singing it to sound richer).

Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/11/10 04:19 PM

I just last night finished Corpse Princess.
A solid series! Check it out smile
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/12/10 12:03 AM

So apparently there is a bit of bad news when it comes to my future renting of anime...the Hastings that I rent stuff at is closing down in about a month (just found out today). It might be a good way of picking up some anime on the really cheap, but none of the DVDs are on "closeout" yet. The only things on "closeout" are candy & used books (not as interested in manga as I used to be, so there really is no point).

Not sure what they are going to do with the rental titles they had, but it might be nice if they sold them, since some of the anime they had is pretty hard to find. I guess I might have to go back to Netflix again (when I can afford it) to rent anime.

Oh well, I do have a bit of stuff that I own to watch over again.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/12/10 05:37 AM

I picked up a complete set of Sailor Moon S at a local Hollywood Video that closed down a few months ago for $25-most of the discs had scratches-but they played and that's all i cared about.
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/12/10 11:59 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
So apparently there is a bit of bad news when it comes to my future renting of anime...the Hastings that I rent stuff at is closing down in about a month (just found out today). It might be a good way of picking up some anime on the really cheap, but none of the DVDs are on "closeout" yet. The only things on "closeout" are candy & used books (not as interested in manga as I used to be, so there really is no point).

Not sure what they are going to do with the rental titles they had, but it might be nice if they sold them, since some of the anime they had is pretty hard to find.

You know I thought you mentioned that store in a previous post. I remembered becaused I recently purchased several used anime DVDs from them through Amazon.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/13/10 12:38 AM

Well I would guess that the online portion of Hastings would still be around, it's just this particular storefront is closing (there could be others as well).

In a few months/years, I would not be surprised if pretty much any book/DVD store just closed down. Mostly due to the sheer "popularity" of e-readers (kindle and the like), and the ease of getting digital versions of movies/shows as well.

Personally I think that it is a big mistake to do this. We have enough problems as it is with people on their cell phones while driving, imagine people trying to read/watch a movie while driving...

Plus the sheer enjoyment of curling up with a good book is just so rewarding. Obviously since I am sort of a movie fanatic, I also like having a real copy of a movie (not on some hard drive).

Anyhow, I am taking a slight break from work, and am going to try to catch up with some shows that I have yet to finish (like Koi Kaze for example).
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/14/10 06:28 AM

Last night i watched Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2 and Slayers Evolution R.

(POSSIBLE SPOILERS)

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was kinda disappointing not only were there the Endless Eight episodes that were eight episodes of the same exact thing almost with a few changes here and there but by the fourth or fifth episode into Endless Eight i was saying the lines with the characters word for word.
Then after Endless Eight when the story changed to something else it all felt like i had seen the episodes before in season 1 of course that might of been the effects of the Endless Eight episodes rotting my brain.

Slayers Evolution R i liked because well i am a huge Slayers fan and i love that they somehow fit a variation of Naga into the first half of the show that was hilarious Naga rules.
There was even a couple of times i thought a main character was going to die even though in my mind i know they won't die but they did get beat down pretty bad in this season.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/14/10 09:21 AM

I got Guyver all taken care of about a week ago and just forgot to mention it.

All in all, it wasn't a bad show but it certainly isn't one of the ones I'd heavily recommend. It's very narrow in scope but has it's high points in some of the odd enemies and their fights.

The end, while decent, left a huge opening for future things and did leave me wanting. They seriously took about 4 episodes to build up the last big battle and it was all over in less than half an ep. Kind of a letdown.

But I got this boxset with all 7 discs and the artbox for $20 from RS so I can't really complain as the show was definitely worth spending that on.


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/15/10 06:34 PM

Jinki Extend. An ok title. Somewhat predictable but still (i thought) a decent watch overall.

Burn Up! Pretty cool ova. One i enjoyed a lot more than i thought i would. The only complaint i have with it was that it is too short. Would like to have seen more with the girls.

Burn Up W Also enjoyed this one as well. Very fun title. Why i put it off so long i don't know. The only thing i didn't understand is why the new cast and not keep the girls from the ova.
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/16/10 12:50 AM

Actually I've heard that Maki from the original Burn Up is the same Maki in Burn Up W. But it was a long time ago and I forgot what the exact explanation of it was. I'm sure its out there online somewhere.
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/16/10 03:41 PM

(Naoki Urasawa's) Monster
I'm actually still not sure how I feel about the conclusion, honestly. I may actually have to go back and watch all 74 episodes again, just to really tie everything together and form a basic opinion of it, haha. ...It's a shame that I can't do so via DVD's, though. (Guess I shouldn't complain as much as I do. At least it's still available via digital distribution. Better than nothing.) Anyway, ending aside, I really enjoyed the series as a whole. Its length is questionable, but I think pretty much everything -- even the parts that seemed irrelevant at first -- ultimately tied into the core story and provided its own significance in moving the story along. The main cast (take that as you will, since there are so many characters with arguable significance, haha) was full of pretty interesting characters, and it was great to see how everyone had their respective role in the grand scheme of things. Definitely looking forward to re-watching the series eventually, and hopefully owning it in some form or other.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/17/10 07:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Chalryn
(Naoki Urasawa's) Monster
Definitely looking forward to re-watching the series eventually, and hopefully owning it in some form or other.

Indeed.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/17/10 12:26 PM

Originally Posted By: LuckySeven
Actually I've heard that Maki from the original Burn Up is the same Maki in Burn Up W. But it was a long time ago and I forgot what the exact explanation of it was. I'm sure its out there online somewhere.


From what little that i've come across it seems like the events in Burn Up W happen several years after the origianl, which would explain why the cast isn't the same. And then Excess continues a little later then Burn Up W. And Scramble seems to be a standalone storyline. Anyway that's my guess from what i've gleaned from searching around the web.
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/17/10 10:21 PM

Well there was Burn-Up Excess. I believe that's a direct follow up to Burn-Up W. But I have yet to see it for myself so I can't say much.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/18/10 01:42 AM

I just finished Solty Rei. I must say that the ending of the show was nice. The "bonus" episode was pretty odd though.

Now I just need to decide what to finish next, either Death Note (really getting to the annoying part with Near & Mello) or Koi Kaze. Probably Koi Kaze, since I have not seen all of it before.

BTW would you guys recomend Coyote Ragtime Show? It is a "SAVE" edition now, and only about $14-$16. I rented the first disc, and kind of liked it. However the back of the DVD case kind of confuses me. It says something like "Don't know what the heck is going on, but it is cool as hell" (some reviewer from some site).
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/18/10 02:27 AM

I wouldn't describe it as "cool." It was OK. I think the characters they came up with were sort of cheesey. None of them really captured my interest (maybe the fembots). I give it an average rating.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/18/10 07:57 AM

Originally Posted By: LuckySeven
Well there was Burn-Up Excess. I believe that's a direct follow up to Burn-Up W. But I have yet to see it for myself so I can't say much.


I'm waiting on one more disc to complete the series before i start it. But that's the impression i got was that Excess is a continuation from W. While i enjoyed the origianl the best so far i have to say that the Burn Up series so far is a pretty fun series.

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I just finished Solty Rei. I must say that the ending of the show was nice. The "bonus" episode was pretty odd though.

I don't know about odd. I thought that it was an enjoyable little side story to the series.
Posted by: Gene

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/18/10 03:16 PM

I finished Chobits! smile Wish there were two or three more episodes, similar to the bonus short included in the last DVD, but nervertheless I enjoyed it very much, and thank heavens it didn't have an open ending like Ranma½.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/22/10 09:59 AM

I finally finished Nadia Secret of Blue Water after having had it for 6 years-very enjoyable.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/24/10 07:10 AM

Finished Burn Up Excess. Not too bad. More enjoyable than i thought it would be, and the main storyline they kept weaving throughout which was nice too.

What i liked too was that the main girl Rio they actually gave her a level head despite being a shopaholic which was nice instead of having her just be a busty dimwit who just happened to miraculously get out of sticky situations.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/01/10 08:44 AM

Finished up YUA mini specials. Fun little series. All the fun and wackiness of the gang put into 6-8min eps.

Also finished up Toradora! pt 2. Still enjoy this one. One that i find myself enjoying each time. It seems like NIS fixed whatever problems that they had with the first half since i didn't see any problems with the second set of discs that i got in.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/02/10 12:47 AM

So are the NIS stuff dubbed?
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/02/10 09:02 AM

ToraDora! is dubbed. This is NIS America's first anime release, so it's hard to say what they will do in the future.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/02/10 09:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Manhiem
ToraDora! is dubbed. This is NIS America's first anime release, so it's hard to say what they will do in the future.


Toradora is not dubbed and NIS made it pretty clear that they have no plans to dub their anime at the moment.

Right Stuf Listings Key:
S = Sub Only
D = Dub Only
Hyb = Hybrid; Sub and Dub
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/02/10 11:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Manhiem
ToraDora! is dubbed. This is NIS America's first anime release, so it's hard to say what they will do in the future.


Where did you get that info from? As joel mentioned NIS said they aren't going to do dubs at the moment. That's been the offical word since the begining.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/05/10 05:34 PM

Nuts to Tora Dora-I just finished Moribito-Guardian Of The Spirit-it was excellent!!
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/05/10 08:39 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Nuts to Tora Dora-I just finished Moribito-Guardian Of The Spirit-it was excellent!!


I don't know if it's because I watched that series on CN and at one episode a week but overall I thought Moribito was a bit... meh. Yeah the fights were cool and the animation was great but overall the story was just not so good to me. I really wanted Chagum to die. I hated him so very much, I had no desire to see him do anything other than drown or get eaten by something.

Balsa was great to watch tho. Very fluid and fun to see in action. But overall the show was just not so great to me. I don't think I would buy this series even if it was on sale for less than $20.


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 09:38 AM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
I really wanted Chagum to die. I hated him so very much, I had no desire to see him do anything other than drown or get eaten by something.

Look, you'll never get anywhere in life if you keep things bottled up inside. You've got to learn to be comfortable expressing your opinions. Please, tell us what you really think about this Chagum character.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 02:04 PM

Well the thing that you have to realize about Chagum, is that up until that point in his life, he lived a very sheltered & pampered lifestyle. So he was not used to doing the normal things that kids his age would do. He was also educated very well, which also sets him apart from most the kids his age during that time period (I know it is not really Japan/China, but it is similar). He was also the 2nd child, so not as much emphasis was put on any sort of martial training.

So that is why he seemed kind of like a jerk during the first parts of the show. He quickly grows into a pretty decent person by the end of the series, thanks to Balsa's help.

How would you like it if suddenly you were forced out of your comfort zone, and thrust upon some strange woman that you don't know, and then have to deal with stuff you had never encountered before?

I thought this show was very very well done. The characters, the story, the art, and the backgrounds were all amazing. I think this is perhaps the best show to come out (and be shown on Cartoon Network) in a long while. I am really glad that somebody had the idea to show this on Cartoon Network (despite the delays).
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 02:49 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I thought this show was very very well done. The characters, the story, the art, and the backgrounds were all amazing. I think this is perhaps the best show to come out (and be shown on Cartoon Network) in a long while. I am really glad that somebody had the idea to show this on Cartoon Network (despite the delays).

Not just for CN but anime in general it was one of the best to come out in recent years. For me it's one reason why i enjoy anime. As for the story, art, etc. i have to agree that it was all well done, especially the way that they also converted the original story going from childrens books to the final result you see now. Something that can be enjoyed by everyone. Awesome.

Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 03:16 PM

I just finished Macademi Wasshoi-what I'll say is that it's crazy. And even though it's not anime-Master and Commander-I'm glad I didn't have to be on a ship like that when I was in the navy!
Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 04:53 PM

Eden of the East was excellent, even if the ending is a tad.. "draw your own conclusions"..
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 05:57 PM

That sounds like a Casshern Sins ending.
Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 07:35 PM

Nowhere nearly as bad.
I'd come up with a comparison, but I'm not in the right state of mind to come up with a good one.. ((just got done playing 4sq for about 2 hours, heh))

If anything, you might could compare it to most of the Bruce Lee films where it ends with the two major enemies running at one another for a final freeze frame attack (not showing the results of said attack).
Again, its not that bad, but that's the realm..
Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 07:36 PM

You literally have to draw your own conclusions for the final moment.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 08:27 PM

Sorry but regardless of anyone elses opinions, I still didn't like Moribito much. It was okay to watch on TV for free but there is no way I'd pay money for the show. Period.


Billy
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 08:41 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Well the thing that you have to realize about Chagum, is that up until that point in his life, he lived a very sheltered & pampered lifestyle. So he was not used to doing the normal things that kids his age would do. He was also educated very well, which also sets him apart from most the kids his age during that time period (I know it is not really Japan/China, but it is similar). He was also the 2nd child, so not as much emphasis was put on any sort of martial training.


And? Him being a spoiled kid is supposed to make me feel for his new position in life? Listening to him whine and complain nonstop is supposed to make me like him more?

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So that is why he seemed kind of like a jerk during the first parts of the show. He quickly grows into a pretty decent person by the end of the series, thanks to Balsa's help.


Actually he changed very little. He was still self centered, annoying and whiney. Oh yeah, he learned some moves from Balsa. Yay. So now he can beat up kids his age and whine about that too.

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How would you like it if suddenly you were forced out of your comfort zone, and thrust upon some strange woman that you don't know, and then have to deal with stuff you had never encountered before?


I wouldn't like it but I would certainly *do* something about it other than whine nonstop. Leave, find a way out of the situation, buy somebody off, etc. He was all about trying to use his position early on so why not do that to greater effect? There were many avenues he could have taken but didn't, not that it was his fault, the writers made things go the way they did.

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I thought this show was very very well done. The characters, the story, the art, and the backgrounds were all amazing. I think this is perhaps the best show to come out (and be shown on Cartoon Network) in a long while. I am really glad that somebody had the idea to show this on Cartoon Network (despite the delays).



I do agree that the show looked excellent. The art was great and the fluid animation was nice to see. The story is what killed it for me... too much attention to stupid side tracks and that whiney bastard Chagum. Had he grown a set earlier on, like maybe by episode 4, it may not have been so bad but he stayed the same ignorant and borish child the entire way thru the show.

I am not bashing anyone for liking this show, to each his own. I am just saying that I had heard way too many good things about this show before I saw it and it was a big letdown for me. Nowhere near as good as it was made out to be.


Billy
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/06/10 09:33 PM

One show I absolutely hate is Full Metal Alchemist-I guess the reason I liked Moribito so much is because it reminds me of Junni Kokki (The 12 Kingdoms) or The Story Of Saiunkoku.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/07/10 09:50 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
How would you like it if suddenly you were forced out of your comfort zone, and thrust upon some strange woman that you don't know, and then have to deal with stuff you had never encountered before?

Sounds like my second marriage. Seriously. laugh
BTW. I thought Moribito was a fantastic anime. Chagum was annoying at first, but did develope as a person. The animation and story flow were great.

Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/07/10 11:22 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
How would you like it if suddenly you were forced out of your comfort zone, and thrust upon some strange woman that you don't know, and then have to deal with stuff you had never encountered before?
Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Sounds like my second marriage. Seriously. laugh

LOL!

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Sorry but regardless of anyone elses opinions, I still didn't like Moribito much. It was okay to watch on TV for free but there is no way I'd pay money for the show. Period.

I haven't seen the series, but after you blasted that character (which still has me laughing), I'm tempted to watch it, just to see if I hate him as much as you do. wink
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/07/10 01:35 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
I guess the reason I liked Moribito so much is because it reminds me of Junni Kokki (The 12 Kingdoms)


I had the same thought on this one. Both are fantastic fantasy series.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/07/10 01:59 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Originally Posted By: EricDent
Well the thing that you have to realize about Chagum, is that up until that point in his life, he lived a very sheltered & pampered lifestyle. So he was not used to doing the normal things that kids his age would do. He was also educated very well, which also sets him apart from most the kids his age during that time period (I know it is not really Japan/China, but it is similar). He was also the 2nd child, so not as much emphasis was put on any sort of martial training.


And? Him being a spoiled kid is supposed to make me feel for his new position in life? Listening to him whine and complain nonstop is supposed to make me like him more?



I don't watch Naruto but i have tried it a few times and doesn't he start off in the same way as Chagum? Whine and complain alot and yet for some reason people said that he (Naruto)"grows up" as the series goes on and doesn't complain as much as he did in the beginning.

While Chagum did grow Balsa showed him what life was like outside of the palace, even making friends with several of those kids that aren't exactly well off. The way i see it is that he got an education of what life is like both inside and outside of the palace and got to 'walk a mile in the other persons shoes'. And at the end of the series, it shows that the future is his to make of it from what he learned with that experience.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/10/10 05:26 PM

Finished up Daphne in the Brilliant Blue again. Still enjoy that one each time i see it.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/11/10 04:51 PM

I finished Ex-Driver (and that includes the movie & extra episode) in Japanese for the first time.

Still a pretty fun show, and I think it would be kind of cool if they ever decided to continue or re-do this show.

It also would be kind of cool if some of the stuff they portray in the show actually happens. Of course I don't think it will due to people "Love" to drive. However with the major problems with cell phones (or other distractions) it might be a good idea to have cars that drive by themselves. I am sure that it would help out traffic quite a bit...
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/11/10 05:33 PM

Finished a few one shots I got recently.

BIRTH
A title from the early 80's.
Not bad, but not terribly good either. It's got it's moments and I liked it for the inorganic biker gang and the kid inorganic. But it's ending is very "out there" so to speak.

Sonic Soldier Borgman
Yet another title from the 80's. Turns out it's a much longer series and this release had the two OVAs that were made after it. I liked the second ep a lot better than the first simply because it was better animated. Nice thing though is you don't need to know much about the tv series since both eps fill you in on what you need to know. I really liked the extra that was included on the dvd; it shows some of the main cast singing the theme songs in a concert. Solid title.

Five Star Stories
Yet another 80's title but oh sweet mama what a beatiful one it is. Simply put; I had no idea what was going on plot wise.
(it IS based off of a long as heck manga) But man was it pretty. So very very pretty. Brings tears to your eyes pretty. cry wink

Shadow Skill OVA
Manga once again messes with things it shouldn't. It's kinda obvious that this was really four episodes not two. Three 20-25 minute long eps and one 50 min one. It irks me when companies do things like this. but I digress, the "first episode was pretty good. It's style was(for me) quite eye-catching and very dyanmic. And man the blood...the blood poured forth like a river unto the ocean. It flowed, it sprinked, it cascaded, It was almost like a character unto it's self. laugh Sorry if seems like I'm exagerating but I haven't seen a reeeeaaly bloody anime in while, I did find it kinda funny to see that much blood. Then the second ep started. It wasn't bad but... they had to change the style didn't they. frown This style was no doubt easier to animate so as a tradeoff the quality is better but this one case where I'd rather have the cool looking still shots over the animated but meh designed charaters.
Story wise it's nothing really new...not that that bothers me any. One sore point: (bit of spoiler here folks)

If the shadow skill is a special (Female only) style of fighting; why then, should a guy be allowed to learn it?

But that might just be me.
I'm thinking of bumping up the tv series to compare the two.
And I probably will too.(backlod be damned! grin )
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/11/10 09:17 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I finished Ex-Driver (and that includes the movie & extra episode) in Japanese for the first time. Still a pretty fun show.


Yep, I also enjoyed this show alot since I am a car guy. Fun stuff for sure.

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It also would be kind of cool if some of the stuff they portray in the show actually happens. Of course I don't think it will due to people "Love" to drive. However with the major problems with cell phones (or other distractions) it might be a good idea to have cars that drive by themselves. I am sure that it would help out traffic quite a bit...


No worries sir, they are already on it, or rather they have *been* on it. smile

http://www.aolnews.com/tech/article/goog...56?ncid=webmail

Kind scary but kinda cool too. I guess I need to brush up on my shooting skills while driving so I can enter for cleanup duty when these hit the road en mass. wink


Billy
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/12/10 12:35 AM

That is pretty interesting!

BTW I forgot to mention that the "Extra" episode (on the DVD of the EX-Driver Movie) was actually directed by Nabeshin (you know of Excel Saga fame). Also he does make a brief appearance (as usual in his trademark red jacket with an afro look) in the episode. You can tell pretty much from the get go, since some of the sight gags (weird looking faces, really angry boss, etc) are pretty darn funny.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/12/10 08:56 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
I don't watch Naruto but i have tried it a few times and doesn't he start off in the same way as Chagum? Whine and complain alot and yet for some reason people said that he (Naruto)"grows up" as the series goes on and doesn't complain as much as he did in the beginning.



Yep, Naruto does start out just like Chagum. And also just like Chagum, he remains a whiny little turd thru most of the series. I watched almost all of the first series when it was on CN and while I liked the show about 60% of the time, Naruto definitely bugged the hell out of me most of the time. The only times he didn't was when he was actually fighting and not talking. Other than that, I really dislike Naruto as a character even tho the show is supposed to support him as the main character and how he grows up and progresses. Personally he didn't progress much to me other than getting more powerful and more arrogant. smile


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While Chagum did grow Balsa showed him what life was like outside of the palace, even making friends with several of those kids that aren't exactly well off. The way i see it is that he got an education of what life is like both inside and outside of the palace and got to 'walk a mile in the other persons shoes'. And at the end of the series, it shows that the future is his to make of it from what he learned with that experience.



I'll have to agree with you for the most part on this. Balsa was the main contributor to his "growth" on the show. Yes, he did get to see both sides of the coin on life in and out of the palace. And yes, he did have the choice to make his life how he thought it should be at the end. But I still think the way he was portrayed on the show, he just complained way too much and seemed to want to walk away from what he was supposed to be doing, whatever that may have been at the time. I suppose all of this just points out that Chagum is still a child and presumably wants to stay one. And I guess I really can't fault him for that in the end.


Billy
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/12/10 10:28 AM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
I'm thinking of bumping up the tv series to compare the two.
And I probably will too.(backlod be damned! )

It will be interesting to hear what you think of the Shadow Skill series. I sat through it and I found it a little painful to watch at times. It just seemed tedious and silly at times. But maybe it was me.

Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/15/10 02:00 AM

After showing a friend of mine Mushishi (and probably showing and/or discussing a few others), he suggested xxxHolic, a series I had always heard of but never bothered to look into due to the misleading name, haha. So yeah, I just tore through the first season of that over the past four nights. Pretty neat series. Definitely far more enjoyable than Hell Girl, the series I finished just before starting this one. It's got that laid back sort of slice of life tone to it, and the supernatural aspects of the series are treated with an appropriately mysterious air to them... for lack of a better way of putting it. ^^; It was definitely reminiscent of Mushishi at times, though, with how the supernatural stuff was handled. I was also pleasantly surprised by some of the recurring characters, and effects that certain events had later in the season. Given the episodic nature of the majority of the season, I wasn't expecting some of the minor characters to show up again, but they did a nice job of bringing them out again without making them seem out-of-place or making the reappearance seem forced at all. I enjoyed seeing familiar faces and the results of previous interactions with them. (Zashiki-warashi <3)

Looking forward to seeing what the second season has to offer, as well as the OVA's and movie. (Just found out the movie was released before the TV series, so I suppose following the first season wouldn't be poor timing.)

Oh yeah, on the note of CLAMP, the series' original creator: Glad to see these crossovers/references sprinkled throughout the series, as they seem to have done with others I've seen. (Chobits and Kobato., mainly.) I just really love how they toss those in here and there, and even run different series through the same settings sometimes. (Most notably, "that" apartment building and the surrounding area.) Definitely considering giving the Tsubasa series a look sometime, just because I keep seeing it referenced in other CLAMP works.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/15/10 01:23 PM

Finished up

They were 11. I really enjoyed this one. I read a few reviews of this before getting it. And i have to say that if you like a good movie then this is one to watch. Highly recommended.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/19/10 11:39 AM

I completed Ghost Talker's Daydream and the first Volume of Panda-Z.

Ghost Talkers was pretty fun, but boy was there a TON of nudity in it.

Panda-Z was pretty cute, despite being really short.
Tempting to get the Anime Legends version.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/19/10 04:59 PM

I finished Romeo X Juliet and Corpse Princess.

Romeo X Juliet was much better, than what I thought it was going to be. Considering I still remember reading the play in High School (9th grade, about 12 years ago). The death scene was executed much better IMO. However, the show does have its dragging moments.

Corpse Princess was also really good. It has a great concept and plot, but a few mundane plot devices take it down a notice.

I give both series a solid B+.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/19/10 08:29 PM

About "Corpse Princess", I hear it doesn't have an ending. Like it stops in the middle of a battle/fight. Is this true? I was really thinking of getting this series but I absolutely HATE it when a show has no ending and leaves you hanging.


Billy
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/20/10 10:50 AM

I finished Soul Eater and must say it was very good. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes shounen series with good action, good chars and good humor in it. And no, I dont mean the ice cream....


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/20/10 12:26 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
I was really thinking of getting this series but I absolutely HATE it when a show has no ending and leaves you hanging.

If the ending doesn't provide closure, I don't mind that, as long as it's by design. It's just a matter of whether it works for the story in question. If there's no closure (or no ending at all) because the author didn't finish the story (or did, but it's not available), then that bothers me.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/20/10 02:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: baldylox
I was really thinking of getting this series but I absolutely HATE it when a show has no ending and leaves you hanging.

If the ending doesn't provide closure, I don't mind that, as long as it's by design. It's just a matter of whether it works for the story in question. If there's no closure (or no ending at all) because the author didn't finish the story (or did, but it's not available), then that bothers me.


Yeah, you put that a little better than I did. If you have seen Gantz, that type ending doesn't bother me so much. It lets ( or makes ) the viewer decide what happened in the end. Gantz wasn't clear or decisive but it did end.

But when a show just stops in mid stride, like Tengo Tenje (sp?) does, that really bugs me bigtime. I mean that show just stopped dead short in the middle of a tournament and the revealing of a new power in the main character. No next ep, no wrap up, it just stopped. Those type non endings really tick me off and make me feel like I wasted money.


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/20/10 04:40 PM

Yep, I agree with you about that show. It stopped cold.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/20/10 04:44 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
About "Corpse Princess", I hear it doesn't have an ending. Like it stops in the middle of a battle/fight. Is this true? I was really thinking of getting this series but I absolutely HATE it when a show has no ending and leaves you hanging.

It's true and it's one of the mundane plot devices that I was talking about. They intentionally did it just to tell you that there will be more.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/20/10 06:48 PM

Well not really "completed" but I watched both the first disc of Big Windup Oofuri, and The Twelve Kingdoms.

The Twelve Kingdoms is a bit "meh" IMO, so not sure if I will bother trying to get the rest of it.

As for Big Windup, it is pretty darn good. It is kind of surprising that with Japan's love of Baseball there are not too many anime shows about it. In fact besides this one, the WW2 girls one, and Princess Nine I can't think of any more...

I am definately going to pick up the rest of Big Windup.
Posted by: magewarrior

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/20/10 06:50 PM

Um ... Im pretty sure the last anime series I watched to completion was "X" you know the anime series by Clamp and licensed by FUNi. Anyways, great series, I loved it, one of the most compelling stories in an anime series I've seen in awhile, dissapointed by the ending though. But if you're looking for a great story this is one to pick up for sure wink
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/21/10 01:18 PM

Finally finished up Burn Up! Scramble. Not too bad a watch, although somewhat predictable.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/21/10 04:48 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
The Twelve Kingdoms is a bit "meh" IMO, so not sure if I will bother trying to get the rest of it.


How many episodes have you seen?
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/21/10 10:54 PM

I watched the first volume so 5 episodes.
Does it get better later in? Cause I can't really stand the girls (the main girl is all whine, and the "bad" girl is just annoying). The guy is rather dull as well.

Sure the monsters look cool, and the story is kind of interesting. But it really needs to explain things. Don't just name some random monster and expect us to know what that means.

Plus the whole thing with the "spirits" that go inside the girls to "help" them fight (more like force them to fight) is just really dumb.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/21/10 11:06 PM

Hah, you're critique could be an identical cut'n'past of mine after the first 2-3 episodes. I was also absolutely annoyed with the characters and equally confused as to what was going on. I stuck with it and my opinion soon did a complete about-face.

It's an absurdly rich world which alone would have been worth the ride but I eventually did warm up to all the characters (or at least came to empathize with them) to some degree or another, particularly the main character who is gets a world of responsibility dropped in her lap and a hell of a lot of growing to do to fill those shoes.

I don't want to encourage you to watch it if you've put it off completely (sometimes even the best of shows can push some viewers beyond that brink before they reach critical mass and really shine) but your take is just so darn similar to mine that I had to chime in.

Yes, their initial reactions are a bit exaggerated and it's true that they throw a truckload of world-building at you in a very short amount of time but, in retrospect, I dare say that doing so ends up being part of its great charm.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/22/10 02:06 AM

OK I might have to see some more to really make up my mind.
Only problem is that I don't really want to buy the singles.
The only other option is to Netflix it (I would hope they have it to borrow), or buy the whole series collection. $30 is a pretty decent price for a longer show like this.

BTW I found out that apparently there is a 2nd season of Big Windup Oofuri, but FUNImation said the sales of the first season were not very good, and they have no plans to bring it over...
Which is probably why they put it into the SAVE category pretty
darn quick. I also found out that there are actually quite a few baseball anime, of course none of them I have ever heard of. In fact I think the only ones that made it to the USA are the 3 I mentioned (the WW2 one is still one I can't seem to remember what it is called).
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/22/10 11:49 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
OK I might have to see some more to really make up my mind.
Only problem is that I don't really want to buy the singles.
The only other option is to Netflix it (I would hope they have it to borrow), or buy the whole series collection. $30 is a pretty decent price for a longer show like this.


I would say to go ahead and give a shot. I didn't know too much going in when i first started but wound by enjoying it a great deal. If you can pick up the entire series (R1) for $30 then i would say to do so since you don't see too many titles with this many eps for a good price.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/22/10 04:55 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I watched the first volume so 5 episodes.
Does it get better later in? Cause I can't really stand the girls (the main girl is all whine, and the "bad" girl is just annoying). The guy is rather dull as well.

Oh hell yes! The second half of the show is the best you will see. The "whine girl" Yoko grows a backbone by episode 10 and the "bad girl" disappears in the second half.

Episode 39 is still the best executed episode in anime period. FWIW, Twelve Kingdoms is my number 3 in my top 10.

Quote:
Sure the monsters look cool, and the story is kind of interesting. But it really needs to explain things. Don't just name some random monster and expect us to know what that means.

The interlude episodes (after each arc), explain all of those "RPG" type terms.

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Plus the whole thing with the "spirits" that go inside the girls to "help" them fight (more like force them to fight) is just really dumb.

It's a small plot device. It's not a spirit, it's a Yoma and it's just the ability that Yoma possesses. It's call variety!

The Twelve Kingdoms is very similar to a RPG. It's complex, but it's well worth it.
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/23/10 01:43 AM

Just finished Ghost Hunt, and I must admit, for a series I watched completely on a whim, I seriously enjoyed it, haha. Kinda wish the original box sets were more easily obtainable (namely, the second one), simply for the sake of the box art, but I'll settle for the S.A.V.E. box set at some point.

My only complaint is a fairly minor one: By the end of the anime, there are a few questions left unanswered. Nothing a little peak at Wikipedia can't fix, but it definitely would've been nice if such details were included in the anime, even if through an OVA or something similar.

I don't think I could really do the series justice with my own words (especially not without being wordy), so just check out the MAL/Wikipedia/whatever page for a summary and such. If you're interested in a good supernatural series that leans more toward ghosts/spirits/etc. (hence the title), I would definitely recommend giving this a look sometime. Heck, Halloween's around the corner, and the entire series is up on Hulu (subtitled), so go check it out now, for the sake of the season. =D The S.A.V.E. box set is only $18 over at RightStuf, to boot, so it's totally affordable.
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/23/10 09:30 AM

If you like baseball anime, you might like to know that Bandai has licensed a new one called "Cross Game". I have to admit that I haven't seen it, but all reports are that it's a very good anime.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/23/10 01:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Manhiem
If you like baseball anime, you might like to know that Bandai has licensed a new one called "Cross Game".


Wrong company! Viz licensed Cross Game, not Bandai.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/23/10 03:54 PM

Speaking of Viz, apparently there is some "Huge" announcement coming up next week...

I did like Big Windup Oofuri (at least what I saw), and also really liked Princess Nine surprised this has not gotten a "rescue" yet (unless I missed it).
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/23/10 05:02 PM

@joel
Doh! Sorry about that!

@Eric
I don't think "Princess Nine" is going to get a rescue. It went out of print while ADV was still in business. I heard that "Big Windup" sold so poorly that Funimation swore off of not only baseball anime, but ALL sports anime. With "Taisho Baseball Girls" (Sentai Filmworks/Section 23) coming out next month, and a possible release of "Cross Game" (Viz) sometime next year, I just don't see a re-release of "Princess Nine" happening. But I agree that it was a good anime.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/23/10 06:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Manhiem
I don't think "Princess Nine" is going to get a rescue. It went out of print while ADV was still in business. I heard that "Big Windup" sold so poorly that Funimation swore off of not only baseball anime, but ALL sports anime.


According ADV back in the day, Princess Nine sold poorly.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/23/10 07:32 PM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Originally Posted By: Manhiem
I don't think "Princess Nine" is going to get a rescue. It went out of print while ADV was still in business. I heard that "Big Windup" sold so poorly that Funimation swore off of not only baseball anime, but ALL sports anime.


According ADV back in the day, Princess Nine sold poorly.


I had to track down all of the vols (they are still out there for being OOP)It's a shame too because Princess Nine was actually pretty good. I know i've said it before, Taisho Baseball Girls is a good watch. To me it's like an alternate re-telling of Princess Nine. Well worth the time(especially if you liked Princess Nine).
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/23/10 07:46 PM

I collected a set of Princess Nine for my daughter. She told me she really liked it. I will have to give it a watch also. It will have to go in with all the others in my backlog. I am interested in Taisho Baseball Girls too.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/24/10 09:39 PM

Full Metal Panic!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/26/10 09:49 AM

Umi Monogatari (Sea Story)-btw-I loved Princess Nine.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/27/10 02:03 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
btw-I loved Princess Nine.


Same here. This one was a suprise hit with me. One that i would easily recommend.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/27/10 02:42 PM

BTW I looked on Amazon, and if you don't mind buying used from several different sellers on the Marketplace, you can get the individual DVDs of Princess Nine (the whole series) for under $20.

The ADV boxed set was about $130 used...
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/27/10 07:21 PM

Finished Ghost Hound last night, and was once again pleasantly surprised with how enjoyable it was. (Also, I later discovered that some people involved with Serial Experiments Lain and Texhnolyze worked on this, so that was a plus.) However, I do get the feeling that a handful of (mostly minor) details were skipped... Some developments seemed as if they came out of nowhere, while other events didn't really seem to lead anywhere in particular and left you wondering how exactly things ended. Thankfully, most of these situations weren't anything too important, but it was just a little... odd, or confusing, at times. I'm not sure if the manga covered anything that the anime did not, though.

As far as the main story goes, the anime seems to keep the important details intact, and did a great job of stacking questions upon questions to keep me increasingly curious. From what I can remember, the final episodes answered most of those questions. (Oddly enough, I don't recall being particularly shocked by any of the revelations, though. Huh.)

Actually, there are a lot of things in this series to criticize if you pick it apart, but overall, I think it was a pretty cool series, and would recommend it to anyone who's into supernatural/psychological sort of stuff.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 10/29/10 05:29 PM

Finished up Plastic Little. A little predictable, and cliched but definately a lot of fun.
Posted by: SirKrunch

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/03/10 03:25 AM

Finished Seitokai Yakuindomo last night. Hope someone is quick to pick up the license and release it on DVD here in the states soon.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/03/10 08:39 PM

I just finished watching Kamichu, the one small problem about this show is that it just ends.

It is still a very cute and fun show though.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/03/10 09:23 PM

I just finished up Berserk. If not for the last 2-3 eps, I'd really love this show. But those last few eps diverge so far from the rest of the show and leave such a wide gap open in the story, it just kills me.


Billy
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/04/10 03:30 AM

Just finished Beck. Bless FUNimation for getting this series all up for streaming. I'd been meaning to check it out for a while now, and now that I've finally done so, you can bet your ass I'll be picking up the DVD's one of these days. (I'd like to get that amp box set, but rarity pending, I'll probably just have to settle for the SAVE box, haha.)
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/04/10 08:35 AM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
I just finished up Berserk. If not for the last 2-3 eps, I'd really love this show. But those last few eps diverge so far from the rest of the show and leave such a wide gap open in the story, it just kills me.

You seem to have a similar take on Berserk's ending that I have on Romeo x Juliet's ending.

Click to reveal..
I think the reason that the divergence into the supernatural doesn't bother me in Berserk is that, from the start, Griffith knows what he is doing. In the end, we find that he was playing everyone all along, and his course of action was calculated. In Romeo x Juliet, everything that everyone (including Juliet) does is based on non-supernatural motivations that are blatantly obvious to the viewer, and the supernatural element is just a cop out for a cheap ending to an otherwise excellent series. But, I can understand someone else seeing Berserk that way, too... or, if not a cop out, at least a bizarre divergence.


Maybe the new Berserk will complete the story.

Posted by: Gevin

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/04/10 08:46 AM

Is Berserk finally getting the long hoped for continuation?
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/04/10 09:52 AM

Just rewatched 801 TTS Airbats-an oldie but goodie.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/04/10 10:43 AM

Originally Posted By: Gevin
Is Berserk finally getting the long hoped for continuation?


Doubt it! The manga is still on going, unless they want to end it differently and piss off the fans (see Claymore).

For all we know this new anime could very well just be a single episode OAD. Who knows!
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/04/10 11:17 AM

Originally Posted By: Gevin
Is Berserk finally getting the long hoped for continuation?



Yes and no.

*Supposedly* there is a new Berserk movie in the works and several screenshots have been floating about the interent since last year. I think it's supposed to tie up some loose ends but I don't know how it would since the manga went for quite a long time after the anime finished up.

I would be happy to see some answers for things but I fear this movie will be more of a side story than a finale or continuation. But here's to hoping.



Billy
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/04/10 01:28 PM

I finished Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, it is still a really fun show. Kind of wish it was a bit longer. I will probably get the rest of the series one of these days. With the "last" novel on the way, who knows they might make another short series.
Posted by: lcummins

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/05/10 12:27 PM

Just finished Shigofumi and before that, Maria-Holic.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/06/10 12:05 PM

I thought that Maria-Holic wasn't all that great. I found it pretty much a chore to get through. Way too cliched and predictable (and yet i enjoyed Plastic Little-go figure!). A Pass in my book on this one.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/07/10 09:50 AM

I finished watching 801 TTS Airbats. It was a fun show.
Obviously since it was "old" the old ADV stuff was kind of fun as well. Especially the trailers with the "Do it now" techno song.

Kind of reminded me a little of a cross between Captain Tylor, Magic Users Club, and a little "harem" thrown in.

I mean it had everything that you can think of in a comedy show.

Annoying guy who wants to stop the program = CHECK
Cute girls who suddenly like the new guy = CHECK
Goofy commanding officer = CHECK
Weird (but cute) girl = CHECK
Sidekick animals = CHECK
Hot Springs/Beach Episode = CHECK
Karaoke Singing = CHECK (and the English song was not that bad)
Eating Contest = CHECK
"American" Characters with southern accents = CHECK (of course somehow everybody understands everybody)
Character who LOVES money = CHECK
ETC.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/07/10 11:03 AM

Yeah-I remember watching it on vhs-just had to get the dvd release of it. I just finished Omamori Himari-kind of a cute harem type show with a few twists.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/07/10 12:09 PM

I didn't expect to but i did Taisho Baseball Girls in one sitting last night. Still an enjoyable watch imo.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/08/10 02:25 AM

I watched Blade of the Phantom Master.

It was OK, but why is the title this? The main guy used guns (along with the weird "phantom warriors"). The girl used a sword, but was not the "phantom master"...

Anyhow, this movie just up and ends. It seems that there should be more to it. The guy said something about going after a guy he used to know, but it just ended after that.

Also for a while I thought that Monica Rial was the bat in the movie (sounded a lot like her squeeks) but it was somebody else.

Not really sure what I am going to watch next. Maybe re-watch Ruin Explorers, and finish a couple of shows that I have been putting off.

So after going through most of the stuff I bought really cheap. I am only keeping some of it, the rest is probably just going in the trash. Mostly cause I don't really want to buy the rest (12 Kingdoms, Panda-Z), or the show never gets finished (Big Windup Oofuri), or is just not that good (Kon Ichikawa's 47 Ronin).

I would try to sell it, but since they don't have the actual DVD cases, I would not get a dime.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/08/10 05:16 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I finished watching 801 TTS Airbats. It was a fun show.

I mean it had everything that you can think of in a comedy show.

Sounds interesting.
Posted by: lcummins

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/09/10 09:42 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
I thought that Maria-Holic wasn't all that great. I found it pretty much a chore to get through. Way too cliched and predictable (and yet i enjoyed Plastic Little-go figure!). A Pass in my book on this one.


Yeah, it was a bit predictable but still a fun little show. I laughed at several points during the show and generally had a fun time watching it... which for me, is all I need.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/09/10 10:35 AM

I watched Maria-Holic a while back and really enjoyed it. Yeah it had lots of cliche type stuff but I still found it quite fun to watch. I really liked the main characters interactions with each other, especially the maid who talked nonstop sh!t to her "master". And the opening theme was awesome! I didn't skip the intro music once due to it's catchy tune.


Billy
Posted by: jdaisy

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/09/10 01:34 PM

Umm...trying to think. To be honest, I really don't remember. Im in the progress of watching like 6 different series that I can't even remember the last anime I completed watching.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/09/10 04:45 PM

Not really sure if it counts, since it is CGI and not really anime. Just finished Mr. Stain on Junk Alley. Really odd show, and kind of random as well.

Basically each episode (they are maybe 10-15 minutes long) Mr. Stain finds something in his pile of junk, and proceeds to do something interesting with it.

The "epilogue" episode is a longer (45 minutes or so) version where he finally gets a girlfriend...
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/10/10 09:41 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I finished watching 801 TTS Airbats. It was a fun show.
Obviously since it was "old" the old ADV stuff was kind of fun as well. Especially the trailers with the "Do it now" techno song.

Kind of reminded me a little of a cross between Captain Tylor, Magic Users Club, and a little "harem" thrown in.

"I hate taking tests". That's one of my favorite lines I like to quote. smile
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/10/10 11:31 AM

High School Girls. Not too bad. I had trouble with the first few eps but it turned out to be a pretty decent watch. Tho at the end i got the feeling like there was going to be another season but as far as i can tell nothing came of it. And the extras that came with the dvd's were pretty good too having the extras like bonus eps as well as interviews with the seiyu's.
Posted by: lcummins

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/10/10 02:49 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
...And the opening theme was awesome! I didn't skip the intro music once due to it's catchy tune.


Billy


Yeah, I really liked that opening as well! It was very catchy, and the animation matched it beautifully!
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/10/10 05:18 PM

Just finished Maria watches overs us seson 4.
I'm kinda sad to see this one end.
It was one sweet ride.
Yumi & Sachiko forever! laugh
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/12/10 09:40 AM

Tenamonya Voyagers.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/12/10 12:52 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Tenamonya Voyagers.


What did you think of this one?
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/12/10 07:49 PM

Not bad-that was probally the 3rd or 4th time I've watched it-it's sci fi themed and it pretty funny in parts, it has a really catchy theme song . It's not to expensive to buy used.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/12/10 09:58 PM

I just watched all of Mermaid Forest and enjoyed it for the most part. It was a big difference from Inuyasha, the only other work from Takhashi I've seen. It was pretty dark overall but nothing too bad. No real conclusion to it but it wasn't a bad ending. For the money I spent on it, I was pretty happy with it.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/13/10 11:53 AM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
I just watched all of Mermaid Forest and enjoyed it for the most part. It was a big difference from Inuyasha, the only other work from Takhashi I've seen. It was pretty dark overall but nothing too bad. No real conclusion to it but it wasn't a bad ending. For the money I spent on it, I was pretty happy with it.


You should watch the 2 Rumic World Mermaid Forest ovas the series is based on.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/13/10 03:39 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
I just watched all of Mermaid Forest and enjoyed it for the most part. It was a big difference from Inuyasha, the only other work from Takhashi I've seen. It was pretty dark overall but nothing too bad. No real conclusion to it but it wasn't a bad ending. For the money I spent on it, I was pretty happy with it.


Same here. For me this was a blind buy that i wound up enjoying more than i thought i would. However it's the only Takhashi work i've seen so i can't really compare it to any other works.

As for the ovas, i haven't seen them either, tho i have been looking around for them and have been having a hard time finding them anywhere.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/13/10 09:13 PM

I didn't even know there *were* OVA's for this. smile Guess I'll have to do smoe digging as well to see what turns up.


Billy
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/14/10 07:17 AM

I just finished i Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan got a real kick out of that show and i think i might re-watch it just to count the main characters deaths...

I kinda started to feel sorry for him then it all of a sudden got funny again to watch him die.

Is this all there is going to be of the show or are they having more episodes in the near future?
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/15/10 06:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
I collected a set of Princess Nine for my daughter. She told me she really liked it. I will have to give it a watch also. It will have to go in with all the others in my backlog. I am interested in Taisho Baseball Girls too.


Any head-way on these two series?
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/15/10 11:12 PM

Not really sure about Dokuro-Chan, but after the end of the 2nd season, I think that it is pretty much over.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/18/10 09:50 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
I collected a set of Princess Nine for my daughter. She told me she really liked it. I will have to give it a watch also. It will have to go in with all the others in my backlog. I am interested in Taisho Baseball Girls too.


Any head-way on these two series?

Ah....not yet. blush Going to Japan, the Philippines and getting married (this Sunday btw) has put a kabosh on the anime viewing and buying lately. Hope that improves in the coming months. grin
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/18/10 11:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Ah....not yet. blush Going to Japan, the Philippines and getting married (this Sunday btw) has put a kabosh on the anime viewing and buying lately. Hope that improves in the coming months. grin


Congrats sir! Glad to hear everything went well with the trip.

I need to get off my butt and post some more pics n the Japan thread....


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/18/10 01:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Going to Japan, the Philippines and getting married (this Sunday btw) has put a kabosh on the anime viewing and buying lately. Hope that improves in the coming months. grin


Congrats on the wedding. Hope everything goes well.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/18/10 03:05 PM

I wish you the best, H.N.! smile
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/18/10 04:39 PM

Congrats on the marriage! Hopefully she is tolerant towards anime...
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/18/10 06:59 PM

Wow. Thank you all. smile
Yes, baldylox. Get on those posts, pronto. I have a few new posts to do myself. She does seems to like anime. I've started her off on Last Exile and Cowboy Bebop. Next we will have to look at some Miyazaki.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/18/10 07:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Wow. Thank you all. smile
Yes, baldylox. Get on those posts, pronto. I have a few new posts to do myself. She does seems to like anime. I've started her off on Last Exile and Cowboy Bebop. Next we will have to look at some Miyazaki.



Yeah yeah I know... Unfortunately, this weekend is totally shot due to me leaving town til late Sunday so no updates this weekend. frown but I swear I'll do some next week! Really! smile

It will be cool to see more of your pics too!

Well now, Last Exile and CB, two excellent shows to start off with! And then into Miyazaki...sounds like yall will be having some fun coming up.


Billy
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/18/10 08:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Originally Posted By: stargates
Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
I collected a set of Princess Nine for my daughter. She told me she really liked it. I will have to give it a watch also. It will have to go in with all the others in my backlog. I am interested in Taisho Baseball Girls too.


Any head-way on these two series?

Ah....not yet. blush Going to Japan, the Philippines and getting married (this Sunday btw) has put a kabosh on the anime viewing and buying lately. Hope that improves in the coming months. grin

I went to the Philippines many years ago and married a Filipino-but that's a long involved story for another day................!
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/21/10 02:05 PM

I finished Strawberry Marshmallow (again).

BTW for some odd reason the Vol. 1 DVD forgot to mention the "bonus" Episode 0 as a special feature.

This show is really cute, and really fun. It may have been a little "ahead" of it's time (which is why it probably sold poorly when it was released). I bet that if it got released now (with all the other "moe" shows out there) it would probably do really well.

I still think that somebody should "take a chance" with the re-release of this show, and include the OVA as well (heck even if it is not dubbed like the Lucky Star OVA was, it might be OK).
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/29/10 11:28 AM

I watched "Tekkonkinkreet" over the weekend. I got it used for $2.00 the weekend before at a meeting I went to up in Charlotte. For two bucks it was interesting enuff but I couldn't really follow along with what the main plot or point of it all was. The art style was way different from what I am used to but it worked well. It's definitely a darker show but if you can get it cheap, try it out. At retail I'd pass on it tho.

Billy
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/29/10 11:33 AM

I got it for $3 at a local Big Lots-to be honest it wasn't worth even that-it was boreing as hell. I watched it 1/2 through and gave up.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 11/29/10 06:57 PM

I finally got some series done....yaayyy crazy

Disgaea
Better than I thought it'd be. The last two eps made me cry... still, I personally thought it would've done better with a few less episodes; maybe about 6 to 8 instead of 12. But that's just me. And for the love of the overlord where was the the horse wienner? How can you have Digaea without it. The fools! SOB cry wink

Sakura wars tv
Also not bad. Dragged a bit but still an overall good watch.

Kirameki Project
Now I ened up really liking this one. I though it was really sweet. (if you overlooked all that fan service.) grin

Angel Tales
Nothing new, same harem style show but, still liked it for the cute designs.

Now I'm trying to finish of Shadow skill tv, Ai yori aoshi and off to see the Sakura wars OVA's & movie.
Wish me luck! smirk
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/01/10 03:00 PM

I just finished Ranma 1/2 last week i liked the show even though it didn't resolve any of the main issues in the show and Ranma never really ended up with anyone at the end.
But i kinda expected that to happen since i am pretty sure the manga continued farther than the show.

This week i watched Sengoku Basara it was ok it kinda felt like i was watching the Devil Kings game for PS2 since the story of this followed it really close i kinda wish Oichi would have got more screen time though.

I also re-watched Paranoia Agent since i had never seen the entire show in order i just watched it in random episodes on Adult Swim.
That show is truly odd i am still kinda fuzzy about certain events but the show is both hilarious and dark as can be at the same time.
My favorite episode had to be the one about the suicide pact between the old man the young man and the little girl that was hilarious.
I especially like when they all saw little slugger and tried to pounce on him.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/06/10 02:50 PM

Finished up A Wind Called Amnesia. Spoilers ahead Have to say not as impressed as i thought i would be. Even tho he lost his memory Wataru just 'happens' to know what the other people are doing isn't all that right and decides to run away and just 'happens' to meet up with Johnny who didn't lose his memory and is able to give Wataru his memories back (sort of). And then there's the mysterious Sophia, who is always calm and full of questions for Wataru on the nature of humans. confused


Also finished up Gundress. While it didn't do all that good in the reviews, i thought that it was more of a fun ride. It seemed like a mix of Appleseed, GITS, and Bubblegum Crisis all rolled into one. While i have to agree that it wasn't Masamune's best work it wasn't the worst scifi title out there either.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/07/10 06:14 AM

I completed Birdy the Mighty Decode last night.
I liked the show a lot it had a little bit of everything in it not to mention i was a fan of the old show to so that helped.
The show had a good balance of humor,action and some romance/love story stuff.

Tonight i watch Casshern Sins...
Posted by: lcummins

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/09/10 11:18 AM

Just finished Sekirei, followed by Girls Bravo... I think I need to watch something action filled and kind of dark now, just to balance things out.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/09/10 04:46 PM

How about Baccano! that was pretty action packed, and also pretty darn dark.
Posted by: lcummins

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/09/10 05:51 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
How about Baccano! that was pretty action packed, and also pretty darn dark.


I don't own it yet, although I've been meaning to pick it up. Just got the Claymore BD in, so maybe that one...

...and on another note, I just noticed your in Round Rock! So am I! Live there and work in Georgetown! What a small world.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/10/10 01:57 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
How about Baccano! that was pretty action packed, and also pretty darn dark.

Excellent choice. smile
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/10/10 02:25 PM

Originally Posted By: lcummins
Just finished Sekirei, followed by Girls Bravo... I think I need to watch something action filled and kind of dark now, just to balance things out.


You could also try Speedgrapher, Basilisk, Battle Angel, Lain.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/10/10 04:33 PM

Yeah, my parents live in Georgetown, and my brother lives near The Domain.

I work in Cedar Park...
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/11/10 11:11 AM

Just got done with G-On Riders-a series that I was meaning to watch aeons ago. If you liked Sekirei you'll probally like it.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/15/10 06:39 AM

I just finished Sgt.Frog i liked it the ending was funny or at least i thought it was funny .
The creepy yellow frog with the swirly eyes is hilarious.
Swirly eyes frog Momoka and Angol were my favorite characters from the show.

I also rewatched Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind since i hadn't seen it in many years i like that movie i have been on a Studio Ghibli kick lately buying up all the DVD's and rewatching them.
Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/15/10 09:10 AM

I just recently finished watching Boogiepop Phantom. It kind of confused me in the beginning because it keep switching to different characters so much, but in the end it all came together and it turned out to be a good anime.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/15/10 09:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Aquarius
I just recently finished watching Boogiepop Phantom. It kind of confused me in the beginning because it keep switching to different characters so much, but in the end it all came together and it turned out to be a good anime.

Not to mention, the time jumps.

Make sure you read the liner notes on the last disc. It explains quite a few of those confusing moments, such as episode 6 being told completely backwards (hence why the title card was at the end of the episode).
Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/15/10 10:11 AM

I might have to take another look at that because I didn't even notice that on the last disc...haha thanks for letting me know.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/15/10 10:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Aquarius
I might have to take another look at that because I didn't even notice that on the last disc...haha thanks for letting me know.


Probably because they aren't called "liner notes". They were called something else, but they were pretty much liner notes to me.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/15/10 12:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Aquarius
I just recently finished watching Boogiepop Phantom. It kind of confused me in the beginning because it keep switching to different characters so much, but in the end it all came together and it turned out to be a good anime.

I had to watch it the second time to understand what was going on. I enjoyed it much better the second time around.
Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/15/10 01:06 PM

haha yea i know right, we watched it a couple of times just to keep up with the character changing
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/16/10 06:36 AM

I just watched Love Hina and My Neighbor Totoro.
Love Hina was good i like romance comedies but they can get irritating when the two obvious love birds can't seem to tell each other how they feel for 25 episodes.
My favorite characters were Mutsumi and Kaolla Su.
Mutsumi because i got a ting for humor pertaining to girls passing out and falling over a lot i just find it hilarious for some reason.
And i like Su for the sheer fact that she was a psychotic ball of energy that caused most of more funny problems the characters had to deal with.

My Neighbor Totoro i had seen many years ago and even though its targeted to a younger audience i still enjoyed it i like almost all things Sudio Ghibli.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/16/10 10:37 AM

I agree-of the Ken Akamatsu manga series that have made the jump to anime Love Hina is the best.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/16/10 04:22 PM

How about Mao-Chan (not sure if it was a manga though)?
I thought it was really cute, and pretty funny as well (quite a few "nods" to the Love Hina anime/manga).

Both Negima series are OK IMO. I kind of gave up on keeping up with the manga, mostly cause I thought I would never re-read it.

Obviously the My Santa one is not based on a manga, but it is pretty good.

BTW there are some Negima OVAs that are supposed to follow the manga (mostly) of course they have not come over to the USA (legally) yet.
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/16/10 07:12 PM

Mao-Chan has a manga, but the manga was based on the anime rather than the other way around. It doesnt' follow the anime too faithfully, and there are new adventures thrown in.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/17/10 06:34 AM

I watched Shuffle last night and i like it more than i thought i would.
Going into it i thought it wasn't going to be more than your basic romance comedy were the guy has girls wanting him all through it and goofy antics happen through out.
While the show had this in it there was also a lot of real serious and sometimes extremely sad stuff in it.
It also kept me guessing who he would end up with i literally though he would end up with every other girl but the one he ended up with.

(SPOILER)It was great first i figured he would got he route of childhood friend/girl he lived with forever.
Then she kinda disappeared in main plot for a while and i thought it was going to be the red haired god chick and the same thing happened she disappeared for a few episodes and i thought it might actually be the demon girl.
I never once considered the green haired girl to be the winner she was what i thought no more than a background character until near the end.
Oh and the episodes were his childhood friend went nuts were crazy her character changed completely and there back story of how they got to live together was crazy to she was a scary little girl.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/17/10 07:03 AM

I really liked Shuffle a lot. I also didn't see him winding up with who he did. I was really pulling for the childhood friend, even after she went loopy. I really felt bad for her too. Had she just confessed way earlier, she would have had him with no probs. But she missed her chance, poor girl.


Billy
Posted by: lcummins

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/17/10 08:52 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Yeah, my parents live in Georgetown, and my brother lives near The Domain.

I work in Cedar Park...


Cool... I have a friend who lives in Cedar Park and visit him all the time. Are there any good B&M stores for anime that you've found anywhere between Georgetown and Austin?
Posted by: lcummins

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/17/10 09:01 AM

Well, thanks for all the suggestions; several are on my "to pick up" list, but they have moved up in priority now.

I actually ended up watching Strike Witches (because I finally found where I had put it!). Loved it and can't wait for season 2 to come out. Now I'm watching Kaze No Stigma... originally to check for the bad discs, but I enjoyed the first disc last night. I'm hoping to get through the other three discs this weekend.

Also I have to get that Besta media unit put together that I bought a few weeks ago, and get several boxes of anime unpacked and on the shelf so I can find it easier!
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/17/10 09:57 AM

The last series I completed was Tokyo Majin. It starts off a bit rough, but it really picks up during the middle. Not bad for a SAVE edition.

Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/20/10 11:57 AM

Not really pure anime stores in Austin anymore.

There used to be a comics/anime store in downtown Georgetown, but apparently somebody broke into the place, and the guy closed it down. Neko Neko was an anime rental place that also closed down. There also was this place called Japanime Seiuku (or something like that) that carried bootlegs ( mad)some plushies, and CDs, it also closed down. Every time I tried to go to that place (it was near Highland Mall) they were closed. The time that I actually found it open, they said they were going out of business (and having a sale) the only problem is that for some odd reason their credit card machine was not working, so I got some cash & went back. Got a Love Hina playing card set, and a Love Hina CD.

The other places carry other stuff (like Best Buy, Fry's, and Game/Moviefellas). I used to go to Hastings quite a bit and rented stuff (and traded in some stuff for $ or store credit) but they lost the lease and closed down.

Of course since I used to live near Seattle, there were a ton of places that speciallized in Anime. I think that due to the economy several of them closed down either right before or right after I moved.

Anyhow, I finished (a marathon) Shattered Angels. (look into the "What are you currently Viewing" for a quick synopsis of the show).

OK the main girl was a Shattered Angel, but she was different since she did not serve anybody. Somehow she split into 2 parts and her "soul" was wandering around as a Steel Angel that looked a lot like Valkyrie from UFO Princess Valkyrie. The "prince" that she kept writing turned out to be the brother of the guy she falls in love with. Of course the brother turned out to be evil, and was the one that started all the mess. It was an OK show, and had a sad ending (until after the credits).

Of course since this was the first time I watched it, I watched the dub. It was a pretty decent dub. It did feature Luci Christian, and Monica Rial. The role that Luci was playing was really different for her (she usually gets the "spazzy" girl role) as a really quiet & shy girl. Monica was playing one of the Shattered Angels, which was a very very different role since this was the "strong silent type" character, she usually plays kind of "screechy" characters. The main girl was Britiney Karabowski who does play quite a few "cute but clumsy" type characters. The main guy was Josh Grelle who does a variety of roles. Technically this was an ADV show, and FUNImation must have got it when that who "break up" thing happened.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/21/10 06:33 AM

I watched Kujibiki Unbalance and Jinki Extend last night.

Kujibiki Unbalance was a fairly good school comedy it had a few funny moments here and there i especially liked the robot girl umm Yamada i think was her name.
But the real treat was the OVA's to Genshiken i hadn't heard anything about that show but i can now say i am ordering it this week.
The part were the Yaoi hating girl shows the Yaoi loving girl the dirty manga and says "I bet you read this when you F*** yourself" and then the Yaoi loving girl shows her a different one and says "No i read this when i F*** myself"
That scene just had to happen as i was sipping down a glass of water i of course choked with laughter and shot water out my nose.

Jinki Extend on the other hand was something i didn't really care for i thought it had a week and very hard to understand story.
Mainly because of all the time jumping back and forth i actually thought most of that was showing the past but then at one point it was showing future events and i kinda got lost.
That and there were to many girls that looked alike i didn't know who was who at one point in one of the future jumps i actually convinced myself that the main girl in the story had split herself into two different versions of herself a good one and bad one.
So confused...
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/21/10 10:45 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
Jinki Extend on the other hand was something i didn't really care for i thought it had a week and very hard to understand story.
Mainly because of all the time jumping back and forth i actually thought most of that was showing the past but then at one point it was showing future events and i kinda got lost.
That and there were to many girls that looked alike i didn't know who was who at one point in one of the future jumps i actually convinced myself that the main girl in the story had split herself into two different versions of herself a good one and bad one.
So confused...


This was pretty easy for me for follow. You just need to memorize the names, so you can tell the difference between their past selves and their current selves.

Akao (the brown haired girl) is only present in 1991, so that's the little key to tell the time jumps apart. If she's there, then you know it is 1991, otherwise it's 1988.

Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/21/10 11:37 AM

Oops, I goofed and said "what are you currently viewing" instead of "what did you just buy"...

Might go ahead and finish Cowboy Bebop today (after work). Not really sure what I will watch after...

I have to finish:

GTO (Second Semester in Japanese)
Azumanga Daioh (re-rewatch in English)
Sasami Magical Girls Club (second half in Japanese)
The last 3 discs of Death Note (in Japanese)
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/21/10 07:37 PM

Just rewatched (for the 20th?) time Tenchi Muyo-Daughter Of Darkness- being as its the xmas season and all.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/22/10 06:21 AM

I watched Solty Rei last night.
I thought it was a pretty good shoe great voice acting and i really liked the art style.
I liked the characters to the show had a good blend of a little bit of everything humor,action,drama ect.
A few points in the show were so sad because bad things were happening to the characters i liked the best.
sob sob why is it the characters i like are always the ones to get killed off sob sob...
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/23/10 04:44 PM

So I finally finished Cowboy Bebop in Japanese. It was pretty decent, but the dub is still the "default" methood of watching this show IMO.

The cast included Megumi Hashyibara, and Norio Wakamoto. These people are pretty famous voice actors. Megumi is in a ton of shows, and does lots of anime themes as well. Norio was Cell in DBZ, and Charles (the Emporer) on Code Geass (and several other roles as well).

Now as for the ending. The producer supposedly said that when people thought that Spike is dead, that he might just be sleeping. However I don't think he remembered some of the dialogue in the episode. The "Native American" fortune teller says something about Spike's "star" is about to go out.

What do you guys/gals think? Did Spike die and get reunited with Julia and a friendly version of Vicious (since they were friends)in "heaven" or is he suddenly going to "wake up" somehow in bed wrapped from head to toe with bandages? Also if it is the later, do you think it would be Jet & Faye that find him? Faye was basically telling Spike that she likes him (or at least it seemed that way). Obviously since this show is pretty "old" now, if they were going to do a sequel (besides the movie, which is set during the series) they would have done so by now.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/25/10 06:52 AM

Just finshed two more series (finally!)

Ai Yori Aoshi

I really liked this one. Beautiful animation, and well written characters made this one very enjoyable series. And Aoi was a very welcome change for a lead. True she was just a little too unrealisticly devoted to Kaoru, but this was A show for guys, so I can overlook that. I just like the fact that she never responded to any of Kaoru's mishaps with a megaton punch or some other kind of nonsense. Enishi; the follow up was just as good even if it wasn't entirely nessary. All in all a very good series.

Strawberry Panic

Okay this series has it's looks and that's about it. Story wise this series falls apart after the first 13-15 eps. It was like they were just throwing every shmaltzy soap opera cliche they could find.
Some examples:
*warning spoilers*

Shizuma can't love Nagisa bacuase she still loves Kaori who died two years ago of some mysterious illness that left her with just three month to live. GASP!

Amane just as she about confess her true feeling to Hikari only to develop amnesia and thus forget all about her OH NO!

Just as Nagisa is ready to forget all about Shizuna and go on with her life with Tamao, Shizuma busts into the church declaring her love for Nagisa. THE GALL!

Don't get wrong, I did like this series, but the plot "twists" just had me rolling my eyes like crazy. At least it was a very pretty show. smirk
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/25/10 06:35 PM

The manga of Ai Yori Aoshi has a pretty good ending BTW.

The thing that a lot of people think about Ai Yori Aoshi is that it is a harem show. Well technically it is, but unlike most harem shows, the guy already has made up his mind on which girl he wants. He also is not a total loser, a complete wuss, or a "girl shy" guy at all.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/26/10 04:36 PM

I've been wanting to pick up the manga, I'd better do it soon while the prices are still fairly low. Nothing sucks more than having to pay 2-3x more than what it would have originally. smirk
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 12/28/10 10:30 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
So I finally finished Cowboy Bebop... Now as for the ending... What do you guys/gals think?


Click to reveal..
Spike is dead. He didn't want to die, but he didn't want to live without settling things with Julia and Vicious. He always knew that he had only put things on hold, and that his past would eventually catch up to him. Unless he resolved those past issues, his life would be hollow, and he couldn't move forward. Spike had faced death before, but he had never before had to prepare for it. Vicious is his spiritual twin, so Spike knew his odds of surviving this confrontation were low. Swimming Bird couldn't live without closure, one way or the other.

Faye respected Spike, but she didn't have romantic feelings for him (in my opinion). Jet and Spike were her comrades, maybe even surrogate brothers to her, but I never got the vibe that she considered either one a potential lover. However, her feelings for Jet going forward could change, now that they've been through so much together.

As for Spike, Faye always knew that he had Julia on his mind 24/7, even when he didn't let on. Especially after Faye's first run-in with Vicious, she grasped how much tension there was binding the Spike-Julia-Vicious triangle, and that she'd never be able to break into that. If it wasn't already blatantly clear to Faye after that, then when she finally met Julia, she certainly would've realized that Julia was the only woman for Spike. Personally, I think Faye was perceptive enough to pick up on all of that long before. Besides, if you watch their interactions throughout the series, Faye and Spike do behave more like sister and brother than romantic prospects.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/03/11 08:03 PM

Just finished Squid Girl-a pretty funny and light hearted series.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/04/11 06:58 AM

I finally got the last 2 disc sets in for Gundam 00 for Xmas and marathoned the entire show over the New Years weekend. I originally watched it when it was broadcast on SyFy Network and I liked it alot. Rewatching it on DVD made me like it even more due to a better picture, better sound and being able to watch it uninterrupted. While Gundam Wing still holds the top spot in my eyes for Gundam series, Gundam 00 is a very, VERY close second. Now I need to rewatch Gundam Wing to see how it holds up since I have not watched that in several years.


Billy
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/04/11 08:41 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Just finished Squid Girl-a pretty funny and light hearted series.


True, it was one that i enjoyed more than i thought i would.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/04/11 03:26 PM

I was looking forward to it, based on the title alone, but then I found out it's a comedy. wink
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/05/11 06:54 AM

Ah, you thought that it would be an anime with a lot of tentacles huh? smile
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/05/11 08:35 AM

Well, there just aren't many female tentacle demons these days (darn that glass ceiling), so it would've been a nice twist. Besides, if you're going to go around calling yourself "Squid Girl," you should be prepared to walk the walk.

Getting back to reality, it does look like a cute show, though. I hadn't even heard of it until you guys mentioned it.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/05/11 08:54 AM

Maybe I'm in the minority but tentacle hentai really doesn't do a darn thing for me-frankly it gives me the creeps.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/05/11 09:46 AM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Getting back to reality, it does look like a cute show, though. I hadn't even heard of it until you guys mentioned it.


If you like your lighthearted comedies then it's worth a try. It started out with the thought of a series with a message, but seemed to slowly get away from it.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/05/11 04:03 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Maybe I'm in the minority but tentacle hentai really doesn't do a darn thing for me-frankly it gives me the creeps.

That's exactly the point, and why I find Japan's pre-occupation with it (among other things) so amusing. smile
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/05/11 08:20 PM

Man, I've heard about this at least a half dozen times in as many days now. I need to make a point to check it out.

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
That's exactly the point, and why I find Japan's pre-occupation with it (among other things) so amusing. smile


I find Americans' amusement with Japan's preoccupation with tentacles to be highly entertaining. ;D
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/06/11 10:32 AM

Hmm... interesting.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/07/11 05:31 PM

Just finished (earlier) Gunslinger Girl Season 2 (Il Teartino or something like that). Pretty interesting show, obviously had seen season 1 and the OVA before hand. I am not sure which girl I liked the most, it was a "tie" between Henrietta, and Triella.
However I also liked Angelica, and Claes.

Anyhow, do you think that the real government (if they had the technology) would do something like this? IE using little kids as Assassins?

BTW I think they may have lied to the woman in charge, they said that the girls were purely made, and not like they showed earlier where they are saved from life-threatening illness.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/09/11 11:35 AM

I finished Moon Phase yesterday after work, and the ending is pretty fun. Of course then there is the "encore" episode, which is really odd...

Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/09/11 08:39 PM

I guess that when I am in the mood to watch anime I don't fool
around. Since I also finished Kanon as well.

SPOILER ALERT


Turns out that the Ayu girl was some sort of physical ghost.
The main guy had represed the memory that she fell from a tree
and went into a coma. He also met up with the real Makoto who
used to be the neighbor to his aunt. Somehow he got Ayu out of
the coma, but not before she somehow made Shiori (that sick girl)
better. She also made Mai & Sayuri get better in time for their
graduation, and also cured the aunt who had been in a car wreck.
So overall it was both a sad show with a decently happy ending.

END SPOILER

Sorry I don't think that the spoiler tag will work this time due to
this message is via that I-Phone thing.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/10/11 04:35 PM

Finally got around to finishing Infinite Ryvius, I had gotten it over 2 years ago and watched the 1st 5 episodes and then forgot about it. It was really quite good.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/11/11 10:33 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Anyhow, do you think that the real government (if they had the technology) would do something like this? IE using little kids as Assassins?

The U.S. government? No. It would be too expensive and there'd be too much backlash if it ever got out, and it would.

The Stefanie government? Yes, assuming that it wouldn't interfere with our "Death Star 3" project.

Originally Posted By: EricDent
BTW I think they may have lied to the woman in charge, they said that the girls were purely made, and not like they showed earlier where they are saved from life-threatening illness.

Are you accusing members of an anime version of a secret government assassination agency of lying? wink
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/15/11 06:43 PM

So just finished the 2nd season of Haruhi Suzumiya, it was pretty good. Kind of tempted to go back later and watch both seasons in the "proper" order. Still have not tried to do the broadcast order thing yet.

BTW I was a bit disappointed that the ASOS Brigade stuff never did show the Anime Expo concert/takeover thing.

Though the English version of Star Driver by "Haruhi" was very nice, and at least they had a Mikeru & Nagato that spoke English this time.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/15/11 07:37 PM

Just finished the tv run of Urusei Yatsura.
Took me two years to do it, and it was worth every minute of it. I'm a little sad to see it end, but I still got the ova's and the movies to watch. Good times, good times.

Also finished the Sakura wars 2nd Ova series as well as the movie and the Sumire speacial. All I have to say is this; Kanna got shafted in the second ova series. Sakura gets a frickin two-parter (and practically co-stars in Maria's ep) and Kanna got nothin'. WTF!? Not cool.
The Movie is really beautiful, and is fairly self-contained so you don't really need to see anything else of Sakura Wars to get it.
Sumire is a short ep(25min) that basically writes out Sumire from the series.
All that's left for me to watch is the Ecole de Paris Ova and I'll be finished with The franchise...(deadpan)yea.
Seriously...yea tired
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/16/11 10:54 AM

"Also finished the Sakura wars 2nd Ova series as well as the movie and the Sumire speacial. All I have to say is this; Kanna got shafted in the second ova series. Sakura gets a frickin two-parter (and practically co-stars in Maria's ep) and Kanna got nothin'. WTF!? Not cool.
The Movie is really beautiful, and is fairly self-contained so you don't really need to see anything else of Sakura Wars to get it.
Sumire is a short ep(25min) that basically writes out Sumire from the series.
All that's left for me to watch is the Ecole de Paris Ova and I'll be finished with The franchise...(deadpan)yea.
Seriously...yea tired"

Not completely-there's still Sakura Wars, New York, N.Y.-only available fansubbed.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/16/11 09:58 PM

BTW I did not know that both Air (which I am kind of considering buying) and Kanon are based on Visual Novel type games.

Apparently there even was an earlier version of Kanon that had 13 episodes & 1 OVA. The animation quality is no where as good as the later 24 episode show (which is the one put out by ADV/Funimation).

Not really a completion per say, but I did finish the first "half" of D Gray Man.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/17/11 08:43 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Not completely-there's still Sakura Wars, New York, N.Y.-only available fansubbed.


smirk
Ok, I'll rephrase that. I'll be finished with all the Sakura wars that I own.
wink
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/17/11 10:48 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
BTW I did not know that both Air (which I am kind of considering buying) and Kanon are based on Visual Novel type games.


There are a lot of anime titles that are adapted from Visual Novels.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/17/11 10:10 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent

Apparently there even was an earlier version of Kanon that had 13 episodes & 1 OVA. The animation quality is no where as good as the later 24 episode show (which is the one put out by ADV/Funimation).


From '02. It never got an R1 release. The newer version is an expanded retelling of the older series.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/18/11 03:01 PM

I just finished Princess Jellyfish-and not to long ago Squid Girl. Wait-do you see a pattern emerging here? Actually PJ was quite amusing-I only wish it had been more than 11 episodes, it was over way too fast, darn it.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/18/11 04:18 PM

High School of the Dead
Posted by: animefan001

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/22/11 07:48 PM

Just finished Ika-Musume.
It's a fun little show that manages to have a few touching moments mixed in with all the silliness.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/23/11 07:53 PM

I recently finished Full Metal Panic. It still is a pretty good show, full of action, some comedy, and even a bit of romance.
Plus the dub is pretty good as well.

BTW has FUNImation said when they are going to re-re-release The Second Raid? I kind of like the packaging for these sets, and the re-mastered DVDs look pretty nice.

I know I could get the slightly older version for about $20, but I don't think they are re-mastered.
Posted by: animefan001

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/23/11 08:11 PM

They already have:

http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/hIy56vLFJRILtpIKoS/browse/item/83854/4/0/0

It's on sale now too, so don't miss your chance to pick it up.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 10:07 AM

OK thanks! Kind of odd that I have never seen that version in the stores that do have the original & FUMOFFU...

I will get that as soon as I can.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 10:20 AM

Don't wait too long since RightStuf is currently having a Funimation sale going on until Feb 3. This would be an ideal time to pick it up.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 10:39 AM

Just watched King of Thorn
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 11:43 AM

Finished watching RahXephon (and the movie) and I really enjoyed it. It was amusing that I could predict a few of the plot devices before they were executed.

I personally found this title much more enjoyable than Evangelion. I think it's because the main lead (Ayato Kamina) isn't so annoying, compared to Shinji Ikari in NGE.

I'm not sure what I'm going to watch next. It's either going to be Ah! My Buddha or The Sacred Blacksmith.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 11:49 AM

I finished up "Toradora" last week and I was very happy with it. This show had some of the best character development and storylines I've seen in a really long time. Taiga and Ryuji were excellent... the supporting cast was also very good, I actually *wanted* to know more about them instead of the normal "whatever" attitude I get with other shows.

Well worth the price for this show, I loved it.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 02:33 PM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Finished watching RahXephon (and the movie) and I really enjoyed it. It was amusing that I could predict a few of the plot devices before they were executed.

I personally found this title much more enjoyable than Evangelion. I think it's because the main lead (Ayato Kamina) isn't so annoying, compared to Shinji Ikari in NGE.


So you would recommend this series?
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 04:07 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Finished watching RahXephon (and the movie) and I really enjoyed it. It was amusing that I could predict a few of the plot devices before they were executed.

I personally found this title much more enjoyable than Evangelion. I think it's because the main lead (Ayato Kamina) isn't so annoying, compared to Shinji Ikari in NGE.


So you would recommend this series?


Absolutely! I give the title an A-. It has a few plot holes, but you can easily fill those in yourself and I think that was the creators' intention.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 04:16 PM

*butting in*

Stargates, despite the cold, hard fact that RahXephon is a blatant ripoff of NGE, it's a very high quality ripoff, and not only worth seeing, but worth buying. It doesn't matter which of the two you ultimately prefer; both should be seen. If you've already seen NGE, just be prepared for a constant "been there, done that" state of mind.

They've both grown on me since I first saw them.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 04:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
[color:#330099]*butting in*

Stargates, despite the cold, hard fact that RahXephon is a blatant ripoff of NGE


*butting in on Stefanie's buttinginnery*

While the similarities are numerous and obvious I think it's fair to say that RahXephon is just as clearly it's own distinct creature. Taking into accounts its substantial differences, I think it's more generous to consider it an epic homage to NGE.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 04:34 PM

I've seen NGE and am looking at buying RahXephon. It's been on my list for some time. Tho i didn't think too highly of NGE in the first place do you think that i would still find RahXephon enjoyable or would my perception of it be biased because of NGE?

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
While the similarities are numerous and obvious I think it's fair to say that RahXephon is just as clearly it's own distinct creature. Taking into accounts its substantial differences, I think it's more generous to consider it an epic homage to NGE.
So would it be similar to the way people looked at Noir and Madlax? While they had quite a bit of similarites each was their own animal and had their own story to be told?
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 04:37 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
I've seen NGE and am looking at buying RahXephon. It's been on my list for some time. Tho i didn't think too highly of NGE in the first place do you think that i would still find RahXephon enjoyable or would my perception of it be biased because of NGE?


You'll be fine! I'm in the same boat as you with NGE (only thought NGE was just OK) and I enjoyed RahXephon a lot.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 04:43 PM

Well, if that's the case then i've just moved it up on my 'to buy' list. Thanks.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 04:47 PM

RahXephon is much less demanding intellectually and emotionally whereas I think one needs to steep in NGE for a few rewatches to begin to come to grips with all that it alludes to yet rarely spells out. RahXephon isn't afraid to kick you in the guts on occasion either but at least it lets up periodically and, in general, offers a much more positive outlook.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 04:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
RahXephon isn't afraid to kick you in the guts on occasion either but at least it lets up periodically and, in general, offers a much more positive outlook.


I don't mind that so much. A series that does that is one that is like a breath of fresh air that i look for once in awhile. From what you guys have been saying i think that it's a series that i'll have fun with. Not only that but now you've got me really wanting it now! laugh
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 06:04 PM

Can someone please tell me what NGE stands for frown
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 06:34 PM

NGE= Neon Genesis Evangelion
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/24/11 06:54 PM

OH... *facepalm wink
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 11:22 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Tho i didn't think too highly of NGE in the first place do you think that i would still find RahXephon enjoyable or would my perception of it be biased because of NGE?

No, not necessarily. In fact, it might even help. There are some who believe that RahXephon is NGE done right (although I'm not one of those). RahXephon, taken on its own, is good anime. It's only real problem is that it's a clone.

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
While the similarities are numerous and obvious I think it's fair to say that RahXephon is just as clearly it's own distinct creature. Taking into accounts its substantial differences, I think it's more generous to consider it an epic homage to NGE.

Originally Posted By: stargates
So would it be similar to the way people looked at Noir and Madlax? While they had quite a bit of similarities each was their own animal and had their own story to be told?

Hell, no; not even close! Noir and Madlax are "similar." RahXephon is an exact freakin' copy of NGE. lol The screen shots don't lie: Exhibit A. If you've seen the films The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), and I Am Legend (2007), then you'll know exactly what you're getting into, only RahXephon doesn't "admit" to being a remake (as far as I can tell).
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 12:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
...Noir and Madlax are "similar." RahXephon is an exact freakin' copy of NGE.


lol...Well I do love a good conspiracy theory but I find it particularly entertaining that you chose to cite a source titled "Similarities Between Evangelion and RahXephon".

Rather, citing from Rahxephon's Wikipedia entry (it's on the same interwebs so it must be true):

"...in its effort to be purely artistic entertainment, RahXephon knowingly pays homage to both Megazone 23 and Evangelion..."

"John Huxley found 'several similarities' with NGE, but wrote that there were 'many, more significant differences',[65] and concluded that RahXephon 'deserves to be recognised outside of its comparisons to a certain Hideaki Anno animation.'"

But of course those hardly stand up to the fact that both have eyeball shots, girls in long dresses and bloody hands. Wait! Does that mean Elfen Lied was a blatant NGE ripoff too!? ;D
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 12:50 PM

Each individual screen shot comparison at EvaXephon is a similarity, taken alone. Seventeen pages of such screen shots (not just the mere three comparisons you mentioned) demonstrating similarities equates to a blatant copy. The overall concept, multiple themes, multiple characters, and multiple exact/nearly exact images are just too many coincidences to dismiss as mere "homage." It's a remake, capitalizing on NGE.

I'm not criticizing RahXephon for being bad, because it's not. However, it's anything but original. It's a retelling of NGE.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 01:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Each individual screen shot comparison at EvaXephon is a similarity, taken alone. Seventeen pages of such screen shots (not just the mere three comparisons you mentioned) demonstrating similarities equates to a blatant copy. The overall concept, multiple themes, multiple characters, and multiple exact/nearly exact images are just too many coincidences to dismiss as mere "homage." It's a remake, capitalizing on NGE.
I have to admit that it dos sound more like a copy than being similar. Maybe it was something that origianlly started of as a 'homage' and wound up being a copy. I dunno since i haven't seen it yet. Also when i think of the word 'homage' i think of something like Project Blue Earth SOS, where the series was a good spoof of the scifi movies of the fifties becase the creator had grown up watching and enjoying the movies of that time.

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
I'm not criticizing RahXephon for being bad, because it's not. However, it's anything but original. It's a retelling of NGE.
There's nothing wrong with a better retelling of a story should it do a better job of actually retelling it. It's been done in movies why not anime? If it's as good as you guys say then i have no dout that it's gonna be something that i'll greatly enjoy.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 01:18 PM

Oh, I think you'll enjoy it. Just remember to watch the movie, too. It fills in a lot of info left out by the series.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 01:35 PM

Ah, ok thanks. I remember hearing about that while reading some of the different reviews along the way.

One last question i have about this series is for you collectors out there. I know that there's a cheaper, and complete version for $20 here on the site, however i like the singles w/artbox. Would you recommend the movie version w/box to hold the entire series (more expensive) or get vo1 w/artbox and just get the movie serperate?
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 02:38 PM

I can't remember which one I have, but I'll check later.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 03:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
I'm not criticizing RahXephon for being bad, because it's not. However, it's anything but original. It's a retelling of NGE.

And most of NGE's concept came from Space Runaway Ideon, which means that NGE isn't that original either.

We can go on this topic for days.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 03:04 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
.One last question i have about this series is for you collectors out there. I know that there's a cheaper, and complete version for $20 here on the site, however i like the singles w/artbox. Would you recommend the movie version w/box to hold the entire series (more expensive) or get vo1 w/artbox and just get the movie separate?

Good luck in getting the singles. Many of them are getting pricey.

As for the artbox, go after the movie one. The vol. 1 artbox is a flimsy box (paper thin), while the movie box is chipboard.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 03:14 PM

I don't think that highly of NGE-there are a few science fiction books that do a better job of telling the same basic story-Olaf Stapledon's Starmaker and the late A.C. Clarke's Childhood's End for starters.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 03:17 PM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Good luck in getting the singles. Many of them are getting pricey.

As for the artbox, go after the movie one. The vol. 1 artbox is a flimsy box (paper thin), while the movie box is chipboard.


Yeah, i noticed that some of the prices are a little high but still not too bad. Most of what i've seen are $10 and under. As for the movie box i was wondering about that as well. Most times ADV had a good series box for their titles which suprises me that the vol box would be a flimsier one.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/25/11 10:09 PM

Well, it's been a good long while since I last posted here, a lot of that being because there just hasn't been a lot of anime out there I've wanted to see and I basically just re-watched stuff for about 6 months...

Most newer stuff I ended up reselling immediately after watching it...

Noteworthy:
Nana. This was my x-mas present since there was no way I was going to drop $130+ on a series that wasn't like 80+ episodes for myself. It was terrific. It was on par with if not better than almost everything else I've seen in this style (albeit there aren't many things I'd classify along side it). It's rare to find a romantic comedy/drama that has a realistic portrayal of relationships and emotional spirals, especially one that is music themed and the music isn't totally lame.

Worth $140? Probably not... given my "value" grading system I wrote about last year I would say it's worth ~$80. Its biggest downside is that there's not really a true closure point on it (but it did inspire me to read the manga to see what happens after the series).

Overall I give it an 8.8/10.

Recommended if you enjoy: Beck, Paradise Kiss.

Romeo X Juliet. Quite decent... especially if you like that whole sci-fi adaptation of classic literature thing (e.g. Gankutsuou). Some interesting twists to keep it from being too predictable. Above average character development. I think this may have been the last rating I did before I took my break from posting...

Overall: 7.5/10. Value ~$25.

Less Noteworthy:
Spiral. A starving man's Death Note. If you like giant egos battling it out for intellectual supremacy... you'll probably enjoy this. Other than that it's sort of hokey and doesn't really go anywhere.

Overall: 6.7/10. Value ~$15.

Bleach (eps 1-109). I still don't know why people thought/think this is the best series since sliced bread. It's got the typical shonen rivalries and powering up but the story isn't all that compelling and the storytelling drags out arcs to about 2-3x longer than they need to be (e.g. 60 eps to tell what could have been done in 26 eps).

I don't usually watch things that are this long so I can't really compare it to other things and certain spots are quite good while others are quite weak so I can't really give it a grade, especially since I haven't watched the latter 2/3rds of the series.

Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple. This was a big disappointment for me, especially since this was one of Funi's better selling titles of the year and they took their sweet time releasing it all. This is usually the kind of series that manages to grab me and keep me sucked in but this one really didn't. I think it was aimed more at the 10-15 age market. Basic wuss who gets stronger theme and fights against bigger and bigger bosses.

Overall: 6.8/10. Value ~$25 (for ~50 eps).

On the plus side of things, having not a lot that interests me on the market and Funi's (and to some extent MB's) aggressive pricing behavior has made me a lot more patient in waiting for VC/SAVE sets, so things like Darker than Black, the new Initial D release, Genshiken 2, etc. I will be waiting on until I think they've bottomed out price-wise.

I'm not usually a fan-sub guy but I've started going that route on stuff that I'm pretty much convinced (or have been told) that it will never get a US release either because of its genre (e.g. Sports) or due to licensing issues with soundtracks. That being said I would buy any of these if they got released domestically in any format and sub-only or dub.

Macross Frontier. I really regret this being only 25 episodes as I really think they needed more like 36 epis to really develop this the way they should/could have. It had the typical love-triangles and music infusion of any Macross series as well as a few cheap rip-offs from the previous series and a few spots that you thought were cheap rip-offs but ended up being a nice plot twist where you had expectations. This nicely tied in Macross Zero into the Macross storyline. Visually it was quite impressive. The music was typical pop stuff but could have been worse.

Overall: 8.0/10.

Hajime No Ippo (Fighting Spirit) the New Challenger (basically, this would be ep's 76-101). This continues the story after the Champion's Road TV special and Kimura vs. Mashiba OVA. I really enjoyed the original series and this one appears to continue on where the series ended but it seemed a bit lacking in a few ways. It doesn't really feel like it's building towards anything, and that's not a bad thing, it just seems more like part 2 in a planned trilogy: entertaining but leaves you feeling unfulfilled. This mostly covers fighters other than the normal guys, featuring multi-episode arcs for Date, Miyata, and Takemura, the return of Barf-Michi (Garu-Michi) and not as much focus on Ippo, Aoki, or Kimura (nor their training). There's plenty of humor and grossness similar to the original series.

Overall 7.8/10.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/26/11 10:29 AM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01

Is that available anywhere, in any format?
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/26/11 10:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: joelgundam01

Is that available anywhere, in any format?

No! It was never released in the US. The title was a big influence for NGE and several scenes from NGE (especially End of Evangelion) were pretty much ripped from this show.

Fun Fact: This was the title where Yoshiyuki Tomino got his nickname "Kill'em All".
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/26/11 11:35 AM

Too bad it's not available. I'd like to do a marathon of all three. I've actually done that with Price/Heston/Smith films.

So, did NGE rip-off SRI as blatantly as RahXephon ripped-off NGE? Did SRI rip-off anything?
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/26/11 05:43 PM

Just finished Lucky Star (again).

I think that volumes 4-6 are probably the best of the series.

Mostly due to all the fun stuff they do. Like the Cosplay Cafe, The Comiket, The Fireworks show, and especially The Culture Fest (the cheerleading thing is just so darn cool!).

Of course I don't think the manga did any of those things (except maybe the fireworks), which is OK since the manga is a bit different anyways.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 01/31/11 09:48 AM

Heart Catch-Pretty Cure-this is easily the 2nd best series in this long running franchise, the 1st is the originial series.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/01/11 01:21 PM

So I finished both Coyote Ragtime Show and Jinki:Extend in under 2 days, which is pretty easy to do since they both were under 14 episodes each.

Jinki was pretty interesting, but also a bit confusing as well. It also seems to have a "to be continued" type ending (or at least it seemed that way).

Coyote was actually not that bad, in fact it kind of reminded me a bit of Outlaw Star (in a way). Again a sort of "to be continued" type ending. However this ending was a bit more "fullfilling" than Jinki.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/01/11 05:20 PM

Coyote Ragtime show is a fun one. I'm glad they didn't try to stretch it out longer than they did because I think it would have suffered at 20+ epi's.

I finished Darker than Black a few nights ago and while the ending left a little to be desired I thought it was one of the stronger newer shows I've seen in quite a while. While it's told mostly in 2 episode arcs that eventually build and intertwine it keeps a nice balance although lacking a bit in the "addictive watching" type of way.

It's kind of an odd one to describe because it was fairly dark themed but never really felt heavy... even when what was happening was fairly heavy. The price for contractors was probably my most memorable part of the series. The fact that half of the characters are supposed to be super-powered with a price utilitarian sociopaths yet it doesn't weigh you down is a feat in itself. Has secret agenty and creative powers feel.

I can see this having a very large target demographic.

Overall: 8.2/10. Dollar Value: ~$34

Recommended if you enjoyed: Kaze no Stigma, Get Backers, Cowboy Bebop, Black Cat, S-Cry-ed, Cowboy Bebop, Speed Grapher.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/02/11 09:23 AM

I finished box set 1 of Prince of Tennis.

I don't plan on investing in the other 3 box sets. I usually enjoy sports anime but I really didn't like this one all that much. In sports anime they usually either go super in depth on technique and nerd out on it (e.g. slam dunk, big windup) or they just fluff it and concentrate hard on developing interesting characters with an endearing plot line (e.g. princess nine). With Prince of Tennis they sort of failed on both fronts.

The main character is pretty much a jerk with no personality and while the first 13 epi's allude to why he's a jerk (he wants to beat his father who is also a jerk) it doesn't get there but it seems fairly predictable as to where that is going. Considering this series is 178 episodes (and Viz released 50 of them) I have a feeling that it probably gets better, but out of what I saw there just seemed to be lots of trash talk and looped animations.

Overall: 6/10. Value (for box 1 at least): ~$7
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/02/11 01:30 PM

178? I didn't realize it was such a long series.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/02/11 01:58 PM

According to ANN it has 178 and ran from 2001 to 2005.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/02/11 07:29 PM

I watched a couple of episodes of Prince of Tennis when it was airing on Cartoon Network. IIRC in like the first episode the main character was doing stuff like playing with his "off" hand so he would be challenged. When he suddenly switches hands, he just anihilates the opponent with this ridiculous serve that goes like 200 MPH.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/05/11 07:25 PM

I just marathoned "Romeo X Juliet" in three days. It was soooo much better than I thought it was going to be. It trumps ANY version I have seen so far, animated or Live action.

While it still retained a little of Ye Olde English verse, it wasn't overdone or annoying. And that's the main problem I always had with any of the previous versions of W.S. works... that atrocious language. They beat you over the head with it.

I really enjoyed this one a lot and I'd say if you were on the fence about it, don't be. Get it and enjoy it.


Billy
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/07/11 03:34 PM

I finished Read Or Die The TV.
Pretty nice ending to the show.

I also sold off Shuffle, Goddanar, & Jinki (with some other books/games).
Mostly cause I did not want to have -$ in the bank.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/07/11 10:52 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
And that's the main problem I always had with any of the previous versions of W.S. works... that atrocious language. They beat you over the head with it.

I had almost forgotten our previous discussion about this. So, would you find it more entertaining if Shakespeare's work were translated into exaggerated Cockney?

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

becomes...

'Ere, mind 'ow ya go, love.

wink
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/07/11 11:20 PM

I watched Super Atragon, mostly to kill time before Monday Night Raw.
Yes I also like Pro Wrestling along with Anime, Godzilla, CCGs, Video Games,
& other stuff.

Even for an older show it has some pretty nice animation, cool action, and
interesting characters. BTW has there ever been an English version
of the "Kaitai Gunkan" book? It probably would be a pretty cool Sci-Fi book.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/08/11 06:57 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I watched Super Atragon, mostly to kill time before Monday Night Raw.
Yes I also like Pro Wrestling along with Anime, Godzilla, CCGs, Video Games, & other stuff.

So do I! Raw should be picking up pretty soon, since Diesel has returned.

Quote:
BTW has there ever been an English version of the "Kaitai Gunkan" book?

It doesn't look like it.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/08/11 11:46 AM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Originally Posted By: EricDent
I watched Super Atragon, mostly to kill time before Monday Night Raw.
Yes I also like Pro Wrestling along with Anime, Godzilla, CCGs, Video Games, & other stuff.

So do I! Raw should be picking up pretty soon, since Diesel has returned.


Wait, Kevin Nash is *still* trying to wrestle? How can he even walk anymore? The last time I saw him he was in ROUGH shape over in TNA.

I miss the heyday of wrestling, which for me was the mid 90's thru the early 2000's. They had some of the best characters and stories back then. I miss watching wrestling at times but then I find the random show on and am reminded of bad it has become. Sigh.


Billy
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/08/11 02:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: baldylox
And that's the main problem I always had with any of the previous versions of W.S. works... that atrocious language. They beat you over the head with it.

[color:#330099]I had almost forgotten our previous discussion about this. So, would you find it more entertaining if Shakespeare's work were translated into exaggerated Cockney?

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

becomes...

'Ere, mind 'ow ya go, love.



Yeah, I'll pass on that as well. wink

I don't see why the original story couldn't be updated to "modern" English. I think a larger part of the population would get into the stories more if it was easier to understand. I know RxJ took many liberties with the story but they all worked well to me. Even if you had taken out the fantasy elements of flying horses and the "Tree of Life" deal, it would have been a good story. I liked the side story of the mines and also the Red Cyclone stuff. Interesting and inventive.


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/09/11 11:10 AM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Even if you had taken out the fantasy elements of flying horses and the "Tree of Life" deal, it would have been a good story.

That would've made it great! The anime version is enjoyable as-is, though.

We've discussed this before, but the stories in Shakespeare's plays were vehicles for the dialogue, not the other way around. Often, the plots themselves were nothing special, and many of them were based on older stories, with which his audiences were familiar. If you use modern English, modern audiences would be left to focus on the relatively weak plots and unrealitsic character motivations. It's the dialogue that makes sense of it all.

Changing the language to be comical might work, and I still think a Cockney version would be funny. wink So would other accents and slang-based dialects... Mafia, Surfer, Hip-hop, Southern Antebellum, etc.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/09/11 11:40 AM

Well, I still think a regular English version could work. I really *hate* to say this but I would have been more interested in that horrid Leo Dicaprio version had it used regular English. As it was, the girl I was dating at the time had to basically translate what was happening onscreen for me the whole time. That drove her nuts but I warned her I hated this stuff in the first place. wink

The comic aspect actually sounds like it could be fun! Chicago based Mafia version, Valley Girl version, Scottish or Irish influenced, Down Under Outback setting.... all those could be too funny if done up correctly. Somebody call up Ye Olde William and see what he thinks... smile


Billy
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/09/11 02:16 PM

I'd pay to hear the Outback version. Maybe an Otaku version could be done, although I'm not sure how that would work.

Originally Posted By: baldylox
That drove her nuts but I warned her I hated this stuff in the first place. wink

The things we do for love...
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/09/11 04:01 PM

I think the Nash thing at the Rumble was a one-time deal.

Booker T is on SmackDown as an announcer (and he is pretty good) now though. He looks like he could still go if they need him to.

I agree that Nash looks pretty sad in the ring when compared to his hey-day. Just seeing Diesel one last time was pretty epic. With WrestleMania around the corner, maybe he will have one last go at "Big Show" since they did a stare down moment after he was eliminated.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/09/11 07:10 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I think the Nash thing at the Rumble was a one-time deal.


It's not a one time deal. He's already confirmed that he's back, just like Booker T.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/09/11 09:32 PM

Thought I'd go unearth 3x3 Eyes and rewatch it-really good-if you can stand the blood and gore.........!
Posted by: CheechMonger

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/10/11 11:54 AM

I just finished Karin last night. It was a cute and funny story. The ending, while not necessarily unexpected, certainly threw a couple curves, but it was definitely worth watching and probably worth a re-watch later on down the road. The English dub does improve over time, especially the voice actors for Karin and Usui, but I certainly won't rank it as one of my favorite dubs. My next viewing will certainly with the original Japanses.

I'm also currently reading the manga, up to volume 5. I want to see how much different the anime was from the source material.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/18/11 01:14 AM

Finished a few things lately...

Kyo Kara Maoh Season 3. Not as good as seasons 1 and 2 but if you enjoyed those seasons and want a new story with familiar characters, it definitely holds up as entertaining in a similar way to the first 78 episodes. Trying to jump in at this point probably wouldn't bode well for most people though. I do hope they bring it over at some point in time...

Overall: 7.4/10

Nana Live Action Movies 1 and 2. Movie 1 was significantly better than movie 2. Seems like several years passed (or the actors just aged badly) between the two and they only got back about 1/3rd of the cast. I'm not usually a fan of live action adaptations but I did think they did a decent job on the first one. It's quite faithful to the anime series but things were trimmed here and there in a good way. I can't compare either to the manga since I've only read the manga after the end of the events in the anime series. The 2nd movie seemed to lack heart... and budget... and more focused upon having key events happening than being good.

Initial D Live action Movie. This movie falls into the reasons that I don't like live action adaptations of anime. In fact, it's probably worse if you are familiar w/ the anime/manga.

Dan Doh: The Super Shot. This is a tough series to evaluate. The first 10 episodes or so are pretty awful. If you've ever played any competitive golf you'd know that pretty much every player in the early tournaments would have been DQ'd for conduct and courtesy violations. Pretty much every character is a prick in some way or another during the first half of the series. As the series progresses and characters develop a bit it gets a bit more likable (but I almost quit watching it after disc 1... and midway through disc 2... and after disc 2... and so it's a trial of patience to get to the somewhat decent second half).

Overall 6.3/10. Value ~$8-10.

Eden of the East. The premise of this show intrigued me quite a bit and I ended up buying it before it "got cheaper" and I don't regret it. It's a very thick-plotted conspiracy story that manages to morph itself several times to maintain a good flow (pacing is never an issue even when you have no idea what's going on). It's earlier episodes are more human drama while it gets increasingly complex as the story unfolds with a touch of budding romance. I can't give any kind of plot synopsis without major spoilers since the main character has amnesia and you figure things out at the same speed that he does.

It's a fairly unique story that I have trouble comparing to anything else I've seen since it manages to balance things out fairly well without feeling overly light or bogging you down.

Overall: 7.9/10. Value ~$25

Recommended if you enjoyed: Kaze No Stigma, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/20/11 01:43 PM

Finished with Taro The Dragon Boy, really old movie, but pretty good.
Also finished Nuku Nuku OVA.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/21/11 10:06 AM

Just rewatched Aria The Animation for the 3rd time in the last 9 months.needless to say I love Aria-it's hands down-one of my all time favorites.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/23/11 03:53 PM

Finished Nuku Nuku TV, pretty fun show. Did not feel like watching Dash again (mostly cause the ending is so darn sad).

See the "What are you watching" topic for what I am watching.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/27/11 04:06 PM

Finished the first "chapter" of Magic Knight Reyearth, too bad that Netflix does not have the 2nd season.

It had a very interesting ending to say the least, and it was pretty good.

BTW JesuOtaku did a review of this show (along with Chobits) recently. Also just in case you did not know, the 3 English voice actresses for Magic Knight Reyearth just happen to also be featured in Chobits. Of course this is pretty common since Bang Zoom did both shows.

Up next from Netflix land is Ushio & Tora.
After that is Shingu.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/28/11 03:31 PM

I just rewatched El Hazard-The Magnificent World, El Hazard-The Alternative World and El Hazard The-Wanderers all this weekend-my eyes are tired.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/28/11 05:06 PM

I finished Scrapped Princess, it is still kind of random that after about
the 3rd disc it suddenly changes from a fantasy to a Sci-Fi.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 02/28/11 07:51 PM

Just finshed these three :
Shadow Skill
I wasn't expecting much from it story wise; so it didn't disappoint me all that much. smirk
My biggest complaint (story wise) is the same as it was from the OVA: Elle alwaysjust seemed to be there as a steppingstone for Gau. Moreso in the tv series than the OVA.
Now for me; the real killer was the VERY ( I cannot emphasise this enough) inconsistent art direction. There are episodes where this series is just plain fugly. The best looking ep is 25 hands down. Overall it's ranks as a meh series for me.

Hanaukyo Maid Team
Strangely this series also gets an episode (11) that art wise; is inconsistent. But unlike Shadow Skill, this series was far more watchable. What can I say: I've got a soft spot for shameless, pandering fluff like this.
Yashima & Ryuka forever! laugh

Galaxy Fraulien Yuna
Not bad. An overall solid little time killer.
Well I'm off to try to finsh some more titles.
(Stares at a massive backlog) Dear lord help me cry smirk
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/01/11 06:31 AM

I am finally done with regular Dragonball i watched the entire show all i believe 153 episodes in 5 days thumbs up for me now i got to start Dragonball Z.

I also just watched Green Green this show was a mess of perverted humor mixed in with random things happening left and right and lots of service.
But in the last couple episodes the show turned all the way around and tried to end it with a serious sad forbidden love story.
That kinda ruined the show for me it just ended on a way to deep not for what the rest of the show was.
Posted by: infinity

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/01/11 07:03 AM

Thanks for the info.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/01/11 10:42 AM

Just finished Tokko... what the hell?!
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/01/11 11:22 AM

Just watched Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Been sitting on this for over five years and just now got around to viewing it. Animation was very nice and it looked real good on a wide screen. I found it kind of annoying that Urban Vision not only didn't put the original soundtrack on the disc but also didn't include subtitles as well.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/01/11 02:16 PM

Originally Posted By: formerroadie
Just finished Tokko... what the hell?!


Ha ha! My thoughts exactly. I watched this when it was on SyFy and I thought it was one of the worst shows ever. Silly demon designs, silly action, way too much emphasis on blood everywhere and no real story. I can see why it didn't get a second season to finish up that terrible "cliffhanger" ending. Not that *I* cared what happened to anyone. wink


Billy
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/01/11 02:57 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Originally Posted By: formerroadie
Just finished Tokko... what the hell?!


Ha ha! My thoughts exactly. I watched this when it was on SyFy and I thought it was one of the worst shows ever. Silly demon designs, silly action, way too much emphasis on blood everywhere and no real story. I can see why it didn't get a second season to finish up that terrible "cliffhanger" ending. Not that *I* cared what happened to anyone. wink

Actually Tokko (the anime) did really well on SyFy and it also preformed pretty well in Japan. The problem is that the manga was left incomplete (and it was a mess), so the anime ended with a cliff hanger.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/01/11 03:13 PM

I had the same reaction ("WTF?") watching Tokko on TV, but later, I gave it a second chance and bought the box set for a low price. I like bloody anime, assuming there's a legit reason for the violence, but it's a little on the gratuitous side in Tokko, as is the flirting among some of the characters. In the end, I consider it neither great nor horrible. What I remember most are the funky hairstyles and the first thirty seconds or so of the opening theme.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/02/11 06:13 AM

I finished up the first box set to Dragonball Z it leaves off with Bulma and the rest on there way to Namek to get the Dragonballs...
Uhh i have so much more of this to rewatch lol but i will do it its a goal now to marathon Dragonball.

I also just finished Najica Blitz Tactics it was an ok show does anyone know if it was made by the same people that made Noir or Madlax cause all three of these shows are very similar.
Well they do put more emphases on fan service and panty shots in Najica Blitz Tactics.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/02/11 07:54 AM

Oh, I liked Tokko in general, it was the ending that was WTF?! I want to know what happens!!!!!!
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/02/11 08:48 AM

I just finished "Beck" last night. Great series overall. I almost passed on this one until I saw the SAVE edition was pretty cheap. I'm glad I got it tho as some of the music was really good. I actually just ordered the two OST discs for the show. Can't wait to get those in.


Billy
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/02/11 10:49 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
I also just finished Najica Blitz Tactics it was an ok show does anyone know if it was made by the same people that made Noir or Madlax cause all three of these shows are very similar.
Well they do put more emphases on fan service and panty shots in Najica Blitz Tactics.

No it's not! It was made by Studio Fantasia, while Madlax and Noir (along with El Cazador and Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom) were made by Bee Train.

I personally never draw the connection with Najica. The animation style and art design are way too different from Bee Train's works.

Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/02/11 01:28 PM

Finally saw Ponyo for the first time yesterday. Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli never disappoints me.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/03/11 06:50 AM

I watched Grenadier last night and it was pretty good i really got a kick out of the main chick how she was all about smiles,love and hugs to end all violence she was hilarious.
Oh an i liked how she reloaded her gun lol i can safely say i have never seen a gun reloaded that way really nice place to hide the ammo. smile
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/03/11 10:10 AM

I finally finished Melody of Oblivion. Wow is that one messed up series. By the last few episodes is seems they got punch drunk and started throwing in off the wall humor. I never understood how the girls in cow print bikinis really fitted in, but it was funny.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/03/11 10:46 AM

Moo?
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/03/11 01:27 PM

First of all, you have to recognize that GAINAX, the studio famous for train-wreck endings, was in charge of the project. Second, I think the girls being treated like cows was just to make it beyond obvious that the monsters were treating human beings like cattle. There's probably a literary term for that, but I can't think of it off the top of my head.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/03/11 01:54 PM

Yes, it was beyond obvious. It was also very gratuitous. It went beyond the cattle message. I got that early on in the series. The milking machine and the bearded guy with the glass of milk seemed more of a perversion than any kind of contribution to the story.
That was only one part of the weirdness to the ending of the series.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/03/11 04:29 PM

Just finished rewatching Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok. This show
combines funny bits with sad bits. Kind of wondered how the manga
ends, since ADV was the ones bringing over the manga, and they seemed to
have skipped at least 1 or 2 volumes. I know the manga actually took
place after the series.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/09/11 05:26 PM

Kashimashi
I really liked this series. It had just the right amount of fluff & angst. The animation and art design were very good; all the girls were cute as can be. I could nit-pick at the story a bit, but Imma just gonna let be. I'd recommend this. smile

Diamond Daydreams
Another one that surprised me. All six girls have some nice design work put into them. My favorite girls are Kyoko & Shoko. But I think Akari's story was written the best. That one even had me a bit misty eyed at the end.
Overall I think both series would make good additions to anyone's collection.
Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/10/11 11:40 AM

I've finished Hell Girl, I have to say that is my all time favorite anime right now. It keep me interested the entire series. I'm sad it had to end, but it was great. Now off to add more great animes to my vast collection. ^__^
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/10/11 12:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Aquarius
I've finished Hell Girl, I have to say that is my all time favorite anime right now. It keep me interested the entire series. I'm sad it had to end, but it was great. Now off to add more great animes to my vast collection. ^__^


I'm just curious but do you mean you watched all three seasons of Hell Girl? I only own the first season and have not seen the other two. I'm hoping the series gets better after Season 1 as it's kind of the same thing over and over for most of the eps. Well, that's how *I* see it overall. That's why I'd like to know if you have seen all three seasons and if it gets better.


Billy
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/10/11 05:01 PM

I've seen all three seasons, and the answer to your question is "no". It adds more characters as it goes along, and the main story arcs change, but overall, it stays pretty much the same.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/11/11 08:57 AM

That's great, because I love the first season exactly the way it is. Sadly, the rest of it didn't get dubbed, so I won't be seeing it.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/11/11 11:52 AM

I finished Ushio & Tora, it was pretty fun, but it seemed to be a "to be continued" ending.

I would guess that there are only the 2 discs (10 episodes)?

I did watch the "SD Theater" stuff as well.
Posted by: Hijikata

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/12/11 01:44 PM

I just finished re-watching the 1st season of Full Metal Panic on Hulu a few days ago.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/12/11 06:46 PM

Asobi ni Iku Yo!-I really like Eris and all the assistdroids.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/13/11 03:05 PM

Jyu-Oh-Sei (Planet of the Beast King). This one i found to be ok. I thought that it would've been better if it was a longer series so that the storyline could've been played out more. While the idea wasn't all that bad however, at only 11 eps it felt way too rushed to be a truly enjoyable series.

spoiler
Click to reveal..
I would've liked to see Tiz live on since i did come to like her character.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/14/11 08:20 AM

Originally Posted By: Manhiem
I've seen all three seasons, and the answer to your question is "no". It adds more characters as it goes along, and the main story arcs change, but overall, it stays pretty much the same.


Thank you for the info! I only saw about 2/3 of the first season on IFC channel and every ep seemed the same to me. But I still bought the SAVE edition and have yet to rewatch the entire season. I guess maybe I should rewatch it and see if my view on it has changed. If not, your assessment will help determine if I get the next 2 seasons.

Stefanie, I don't like that series get some dubbed and some subbed but if I like the series, I'll do subbed on the remainder of it anyways. It's not that I hate subs, I enjoy lots of them, especially Toradora. That one rocked. But I still prefer my anime to be dubbed if I can get it like that.


Billy
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/21/11 12:28 PM

I forgot to mention that I had watched Leave it to Piyoko from Netflix. It is a direct sequel to the Digi-Charat show (the very first one). You can tell cause the art & characters still look a bit "shakey" at times.

Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/21/11 04:16 PM

Finished Kamichu! yesterday. Me likes. :3 Admittedly, nothing particularly outstanding, but it was definitely quite enjoyable. Kinda wish it was longer, but it ended well enough, I think.
Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/21/11 09:43 PM

I just finished watching Summer Wars. That movie reminded me of second life and what would happen if it really got the big. I thought it was a great movie. Great story line.
Posted by: Tom Kinnen

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/21/11 09:55 PM

Since it was storming here from Friday to Today I knocked out the following over the weekend.

Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox: Complete Series
Karin: Complete Box Set
Urusei Yatsura: TV Series 7

Tom
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/22/11 07:17 AM

Finished up FMP! Haven't seen that for some time and have to admit i forgot how much fun it was.
Posted by: Move

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/22/11 07:47 AM

the third, the girl with the blue eye.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/22/11 07:40 PM

Evangelion 2.22-it was really nice to watch it in english.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/27/11 02:25 PM

Just finished up 801 TTS Airbats. Fun little ova. Something that i enjoyed more than i thought i would. However, like other ova's in the past (Elf Princess Rane, My Dear Marie), after the final ep it doesn't round anything off but just leaves you expecting like there's going to be more but just ends. It's one that's still worth checking out.
Posted by: Hijikata

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/27/11 11:32 PM

I was on Spring Break this week so finished up a lot of shows I had been watching: Sengoku Basara II, Princess Jellyfish, Black Butler II, and Otome Youkai Zakuro.

I have to say I like all of them pretty well but Sengoku Basara II was by far my favorite followed by Zakuro
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/28/11 12:27 PM

Yeah I have Airbats, and it was pretty fun.

I finished Angelic Layer. Like I said this series is vastly different than the manga. It even has a totally different ending.

Obviously a lot more focus on the characters, and the relationships that happen.

I asked an interesting question on Gamefaqs. It was a "what if" type question. It was "What If Angelic Layer was real?"

I kind of wonder if with today's technology, Angelic Layer could be possible. I don't think it would have the mind control stuff (yet) unless somehow that "Jedi Training Game" thing is more advanced than what I think. In that game you train your brain to turn on & off fans to move a small ball through a obstcle course.
There is also a show on History channel that was showing some device that could be used for people to move prostectic limbs using just their mind. Of course it was just a test device.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/29/11 10:24 AM

Yeah-801 TTS Airbats is one of my favorites when I want a quick, fun watch.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/29/11 11:22 AM

Yeah, 801 TTS Airbats was more fun than i thought. It was on my 'to buy' list for a very long time, so when i got the chance i picked it up. The wait was well worth it!


Also finished up yesterday was MAPS. Meh. At only four eps you would think that you could do this one in one sitting...WRONG. Right from the start it felt rushed and didn't slow down. IMO not exactly a crowning achivement in anime. I wouldn't see myself recommending this one unless you can borrow or rent it.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/31/11 05:29 PM

Just finshed these two titles.
Negima!?
I really liked this series. Not for the story, but for its awesome art direction.
I actually found myself watching entire disks without going "ARGH! Just end already !" Story wise though, that'd be another thing. But if all you want are some seriously nice pictures to look at then this is your anime. smile

Urusei Yatsura OVA box set
The best one is vol 1 Inaba the dreammaker.
I Howl at the moon was sweet, and vols 3&4 carried thier weight ( albeit bearly). Other than that this box set is really more for fans and completionists. With that I'm one step closer to finishing all of Urusei Yatsura. All thats left for me now is the movie box set. Yea me! smirk
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/31/11 06:18 PM

Knocked out Cutie Honey OVA set. I've had it for years and never got around to finishing it. Go Nagai must be a real lecher. laugh
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 03/31/11 10:15 PM

Dude, that's why he's the dirty old man of anime. laugh
Posted by: animefan001

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/02/11 05:02 AM

Just finished Fractale. A good show overall, but a bit rushed at the end.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/02/11 04:30 PM

Watched all the Birdy the Mighty OVA series. Very interesting, though the English dub was quite bad. I want to see Birdy the Mighty: Decode now.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/03/11 09:58 AM

Originally Posted By: animefan001
Just finished Fractale. A good show overall, but a bit rushed at the end.

Just finished Fractale myself-if it was released here I'd buy it. Well-blow me down-Funi acquired it-but releasing it in 2012? Damn, that's gonna be a long wait!!
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/04/11 02:43 PM

Finished up Wild Arms. Not too bad. A little shaky at first but it picked up as it went on.
Posted by: Tom Kinnen

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/05/11 02:09 PM

Just finished off the first Needless collection. Was not sure at first but it picked up a bit. The BD does look real nice I must say.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/06/11 02:16 PM

I just finished Claymore. I loved it. Great show.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/06/11 04:08 PM

Finished Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. I know there is another season, but the first season pretty much ties everything up at the end.

I also finished Air TV. Not really sure if I liked the ending or not, since it was rather sad.

It was interesting when they "went back in time" to show that stuff, and then basically re-showed the other part from a different perspective.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/12/11 04:53 PM

So I finished Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat. A really cute show that is pretty much appropriate for all ages. Of course they end on a "Christmas" episode which was really nice. The episodes are rather short, but each "set" is at least 3 episodes in length.
Posted by: chidecki

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/12/11 10:24 PM

Just finished Kanokon. Man, a whole lotta skin smile
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/12/11 11:51 PM

Just finished Vampire Knight.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/13/11 06:36 AM

I just finished Tokyo Majin and i liked it a lot more than i thought i would.
I got the S.A.V.E edition so that made me kinda iffy about if the show would be good or bad seeing as the last two S.A.V.E edition animes i watched were extremely disappointing.

But yeah the show was pretty good it bounced back and forth a lot between kinda humorous school anime type stuff to extremely violent monster action stuff.
And that was one of the main reasons i liked it and the art was really good to.
And lets not forget that bad ass opening song that was great...
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/13/11 01:41 PM

I finished Mezzo, and again it is a great show.

Full of action, humor, fanservice, and of course it is always awesome to hear Luci Christian swearing...
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/13/11 07:58 PM

I really liked Mezzo Forte and Mezzo.
Posted by: Risami

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/13/11 09:49 PM

I have finished air tv, my 3rd time watching is it werid to hope that everytime i watch it the ending would change :P haha just my fantasy i guess.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/14/11 06:34 AM

Wow Air Tv there is one i haven't watched in a while hmm.
I can't really remember the ending i remember the anime was some what sad.
And it gets kinda odd hmm i think i might watch that again tonight.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/14/11 12:46 PM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
Wow Air Tv there is one i haven't watched in a while hmm.
I can't really remember the ending i remember the anime was some what sad.
And it gets kinda odd hmm i think i might watch that again tonight.


Have you tried the movie yet? It's been some time since i've seen it, however i remember it being not too bad of an alternate re-telling of the series.
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/14/11 02:52 PM

Kemono no Souja Erin
Lovely series, which I really hope gets licensed over here sometime. (I could imagine either FUNi, Media Blasters, or Sentai, but we'll see what happens...) A tad lengthy, at 50 episodes, but I enjoyed every episode.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/14/11 11:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Chalryn
Kemono no Souja Erin
Lovely series, which I really hope gets licensed over here sometime. (I could imagine either FUNi, Media Blasters, or Sentai, but we'll see what happens...) A tad lengthy, at 50 episodes, but I enjoyed every episode.


I couldn't agree more; I really enjoyed the show and I think we'd do well to get a show combining such a unique tale and style. I even imported the soundtrack CDs for it which unfortunately contain neither OP song.

I just finished the original Macross series. I figured I had better watch it before suffering from the self-imposed embarrassment of owning it without having actually watched it for 5 years if only dodging that fate by a month. I can definitely see its influence on a lot of shows that have since come out since.

I always worry whether older series will be able to hold my attention, which is silly since it has yet to be a problem, and Macross proved to be consistently entertaining throughout. I have to admit that I'm a bit envious of those for whom this was one of their first exposures to anime since I imagine this would have blown me away had I not already seen shows that have had the luxury of ample time to improve upon the formulae that Macross arguably originated.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/15/11 11:07 AM

I finished these just last week:

Murder Princess
Now this was one really good series! smile
The only thing bad-ish I'd say about it, is that I wish it had gotten at least three or four more eps. But other that than it was fun title that I'd recommend to anyone.

Haunted Junction
Another title I really ended up liking. It was fun and brezzy and had just a tiny bit'o depth at the end. The fact that it had designs from one my favorite charcter designers was also a BIG plus for me. yay laugh

Clannad (movie ver)
I have to say that I actually liked the movie version more than the tv one. Mostly for two big reasons: 1)Nagisa is far more pro-active in the movie than the tv series.(In witch it felt like Tomoya had to hold her hand through out the entire first season.) And second: Yohei Sunohara. 'Nuff said smirk
Like Air the movie(witch only covered Misuzu's story); Clannad only covers Nagisa's story. Overall it's a great movie.
yay again laugh
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/15/11 01:14 PM

Yeah i have seen the Air movie as well its just been so long ago.

Plus i made the mistake of watching Air back to back with When They Cry .
They both had the cutesy girls in them but When They Cry has lots of extreme violence and there girls get put through the wringer.

I kinda get the girls mixed up now when i think back on either series so i think i have mistakenly killed the Air girls in my head lol.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/16/11 02:57 PM

I finished The Daichis Earth Defense Family.

It was an interesting short show (13 episodes) and had loads of action.

It was kind of a fun show as well due to all the "dysfunctional" stuff that was going on in the family. I think my favorite character was Dai. Mostly cause he liked to cut loose, and liked messing with the girls. His "pet" Weird was pretty fun as well.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/17/11 10:22 AM

I just finished a rather odd series called Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!.
Posted by: Tom Kinnen

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/17/11 09:13 PM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.

Haunted Junction
Another title I really ended up liking. It was fun and brezzy and had just a tiny bit'o depth at the end. The fact that it had designs from one my favorite charcter designers was also a BIG plus for me. yay laugh


I've not watched that in about ~10 years. Thinking about it makes me want to go back and watch it.
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/18/11 02:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
I couldn't agree more; I really enjoyed the show and I think we'd do well to get a show combining such a unique tale and style. I even imported the soundtrack CDs for it which unfortunately contain neither OP song.
Glad to see I'm not the only one who even knows of the series here, haha. Fingers crossed, concerning a future license acquisition.

And yes, the soundtrack is quite lovely. Shame that it doesn't include the OP theme, although I didn't care for the second version of it, myself. I'm content with just having the Cossami ED theme on it, though. On that note, I was actually more disappointed in the lack of the insert songs by Cossami. Really love "Aoi Hoshi," in particular. (Granted, I downloaded the After the Rain single anyway, so I've got 'em all. ^^; )


As for the topic, just finished watching the original Birdy the Mighty OVA's. Certainly adds an interesting perspective to Decode. Nice to see so many characters in both versions, as well -- especially more of Gomez and Revi, who barely appeared in Decode.

Now I'm just left wondering why it never took off after the OVA's. (They definitely left things open enough for a continuation.) Funding issues? Lack of audience interest? For its time, it definitely seemed pretty good, if not great.
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/18/11 02:54 PM

Finally finished Bamboo Blade on Hulu at close the the last possible moment (curse FUNi and their policy for removing dubbed episodes of a series off of Hulu after so much time). Great series with a decent ending, though it almost looks like they left things open for another season.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/19/11 06:29 AM

Last night i watched Origin and Queen's Blade.
I really enjoyed Origin it was almost like a Miyazaki film it has really good artwork and some really original designs those plant kids were kinda freaky.

Queen's Blade was pretty much exactly what i thought it would be lots of nudity and fighting with a pretty basic storyline it was still funny here and there though.
I like the Maid looking girl with the scythe that liked sucking peoples souls out.
Speaking of which does anyone know if there will be a movie or another series to end this thing because i hate were it ended.


(Off Topic)
There was a trailer on the last disc of Queen's Blade that for some reason or another it didn't name it and it looks like something i would want to buy.
It has a Kid probably Jr High to High school he is short though and he is with a girl with dark hair black or dark blue i can't remember.
They have school uniforms the trailer gets odd there is another girl with blond hair and i think a fox tail and ears then the dark haired girl is shown with a fox tail and ears she kisses the boy and he gets a tail and ears.
The trailer has a pic at the end of a nine tailed fox i figure the title has something to do with this does anyone know what i am talking about?
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/19/11 07:18 AM

It sounds like you could be describing "Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox".

http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/EKCDOP5VPjXzVR5OT8/browse/item/90703/4/153/0
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/19/11 08:44 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
I just finished a rather odd series called Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!.


I have the fansub of that in my "to watch" pile. What did you think of it? I heard all sorts of things about it and it sounded interesting to me. I know it's a fanservice styled show but I don't know much else about it.


Billy
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/19/11 09:35 AM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Originally Posted By: zrdb
I just finished a rather odd series called Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!.


I have the fansub of that in my "to watch" pile. What did you think of it? I heard all sorts of things about it and it sounded interesting to me. I know it's a fanservice styled show but I don't know much else about it.


Billy


The basic premise is in an alternate world there is a company that "charges" depressed people in our world-and those who do it are called "charging ladies"-it has plenty of fanservice, a lot of comedy and of course some serousness. It's a pretty fun watch. I really enjoyed it a lot.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/19/11 09:41 AM

So, they charge for depression? How's that supposed to help? What if someone refuses to pay? Are the depressed under some sort of contractual obligation? What's the current monetary exchange rate between the two worlds? wink
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/19/11 09:54 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
Queen's Blade was pretty much exactly what i thought it would be lots of nudity and fighting with a pretty basic storyline it was still funny here and there though.

I just finished this up over the weekend. I got a kick out of the over the top fan service.
Click to reveal.. (Description NSFW)
When you see a girl that has hands made out of her hair and are able to squeeze her boobs to squirt out acid breast milk. You know you're in for a laugh.


Originally Posted By: manga4micah
I like the Maid looking girl with the scythe that liked sucking peoples souls out.

Airi!

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
Speaking of which does anyone know if there will be a movie or another series to end this thing because i hate were it ended.

There's Queen's Blade 2 (part 1 and part 2) and an OVA series, which is currently being released in Japan right now.

I doubt we're going to see a true ending though, since the anime is based off of an ongoing novel series.

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
There was a trailer on the last disc of Queen's Blade that for some reason or another it didn't name it and it looks like something i would want to buy.
It has a Kid probably Jr High to High school he is short though and he is with a girl with dark hair black or dark blue i can't remember.
They have school uniforms the trailer gets odd there is another girl with blond hair and i think a fox tail and ears then the dark haired girl is shown with a fox tail and ears she kisses the boy and he gets a tail and ears.
The trailer has a pic at the end of a nine tailed fox i figure the title has something to do with this does anyone know what i am talking about?

That would be Kanokon.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/19/11 01:50 PM

The Kanokon show (only saw the first disc) seemed like a pretty generic "Harem" type show. The main guy is a total wuss, and the girls (while cute) are not very interesting IMO.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/19/11 02:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
So, they charge for depression? How's that supposed to help? What if someone refuses to pay? Are the depressed under some sort of contractual obligation? What's the current monetary exchange rate between the two worlds? wink


From a planet called "Life Core", which exists parallel to the normal human world, females known as "Jūden-chan" (charger girls) are patrolling the human world in search for individuals who feel depressed and unlucky. Their job is to charge these people up with the help of electricity in order to improve their mental states. While normally unseen by human eyes, one of these Jūden-chan, Plug Cryostat, accidentally meets a young man who is able to see her, because she was targeting his father (his sister in the anime). This series revolves around the various antics between the main characters and the quest for this Jūden-chan to improve herself.

Pardon me for cutting and pasting from Wikipedia-I'm to lazy to do my own description today-but it's kind of a unique premise for an anime series.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/19/11 02:33 PM

Ah, I thought you meant they were charging a fee. lol
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/21/11 08:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Chalryn
Kemono no Souja Erin
Lovely series, which I really hope gets licensed over here sometime. (I could imagine either FUNi, Media Blasters, or Sentai, but we'll see what happens...) A tad lengthy, at 50 episodes, but I enjoyed every episode.


Well-I just "acquired" this series and have watched 2 episodes so far and I think I'm really gonna like it a lot.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/22/11 02:08 PM

Knocked out this week:
Elf Princess Rane
Fun stuff. I am thinking this is an incomplete set of OVA'S. Only two episodes. Shame. It was given an English dub by Coastal. The same studio that did the Oh My Goddess and Your're Under Arrest series. You can recognize some of the same voices. Great actors.
Aika R-16: Virgin Mission
Lots of mindless fluff and panty shots. Every excuse in the book for to carry an unconsious woman over his shoulder.laugh
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/22/11 02:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Knocked out this week:
Elf Princess Rane
Fun stuff. I am thinking this is an incomplete set of OVA'S. Only two episodes. Shame.


Fun little ova, however it is incompete. I found that out when i first bought the dvd awhile back. Even tho it's incomplete it's still a series that i still pop in once in awhile.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/23/11 10:36 AM

Kashimashi-Girl Meets Girl.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/23/11 11:25 AM

What did you think of it? I thought overall it was a really sweet & touching story.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/23/11 07:25 PM

Yeah-that was kind of my take on it. It was yuri with a Ramna 1/2 twist. Just wish they'd dubbed it before I got it-but for the price I paid for my set ($8) I guess I can't complain.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/25/11 03:41 AM

Finished up a lot of stuff lately... and I realize it's been like two months since my last post heh. Didn't think it was that long ago.

Kudos to the person that watched/enjoyed Beck a few weeks ago. That's still one of my favorite series and it seems Funi let the license expire on that one.

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. Stupid name, good series. Bee Train really pushed their creativity to new heights by making a series about... a couple of assassins. Jokes aside, it's quite dark and serious with a very intriguing plot line. Basic premise: a guy wakes up with no memories and is offered the choice between dying or becoming an assassin for a mafia organization.

I can't go into much detail without spoilers so I'll just say it's very candid and not the happiest of stories. The animation quality is quite good and it's plenty bloody/violent without anything going too over the top.

Overall: 8.5/10. Value ~$40.

Recommended if you enjoyed: Gunslinger Girl, Noir, Gungrave, Black Lagoon.

Click to reveal..
The ending had me doing a triple take and I did a quick google search to see if it got explained anywhere but I found most of the theories that have been discussed I didn't agree with. I think Reiji's little speech right at the end means now that he got Ein home he committed suicide. Agree/disagree?


Chance Pop Session. I don't know why I keep trying to find another Beck or Nana (or even a Macross 7) in music anime... when I know I'll be let down most of the time. This story is about three girls that bump into each other at a J-Pop concert and individually decide to go to a music school where they end up meeting up again. Drama ensues as they pursue their dreams. It's not terrible... but...

Overall: 6.3/10. Value ~$10

Recommended if you enjoyed: Angelic Layer (although this is a stretch).

Blassreiter. When did Gonzo get this bad? A virus is sweeping through Germany turning people (and corpses) into murderous rampaging machines that can fuse with other metal/machines and wreak havoc on the population. The storytelling is very stilted and disjunct, especially early on. Things do balance off a bit more during the second half after inserting cliché conspiracies. The one thing I can say is that they really didn't pull any punches in this series.

Overall: 6.3/10. Value ~$10

Recommended if you enjoyed: Vexille.

Genshiken 2. I really enjoyed Genshiken. Genshiken 2... was good, but in a different way. It's not quite as clever and humorous and focuses more upon the individual characters as opposed to taking slight jabs at otaku culture. Enjoyable, but highly dependent upon wanting to see more of the characters from the first series and OVA.

Overall: 7.4/10. Value ~$20.

Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny. Dragon Destiny continues the story from the first season but cranks up the fan service by about 10 notches... at the expense of character progression/development/focus. While it's a lot flashier, the meat of the story feels like it could have been told in about 4 episodes. It reminds me a lot of Baki: The Grappler season 2... in that they were chasing the buck and ignored what sort of got things going in the first place.

Overall: 6.5/10. Value ~$12.

Blade of the Immortal. A solid, albeit unfinished story about a ronin cursed/blessed with immortality attempts to atone for the sins of his past before finding a way to die. I had high hopes for this one but its slow pacing and inconsistent story quality wore on me a bit. That it ended without closure didn't help things. It is decently entertaining though, but honestly, it's hard to keep a dramatic feel up when the character is immortal.

Overall: 7.3/10. Value ~$16.

Recommended if you enjoyed: Mermaid Forest, Rurouni Kenshin (although this is darker), Ninja Scroll (TV series).



Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/25/11 06:34 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. The animation quality is quite good and it's plenty bloody/violent without anything going too over the top.

You had me, up until that last part. lol I'll look into it, anyway.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/25/11 10:28 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Click to reveal..
The ending had me doing a triple take and I did a quick google search to see if it got explained anywhere but I found most of the theories that have been discussed I didn't agree with. I think Reiji's little speech right at the end means now that he got Ein home he committed suicide. Agree/disagree?


Click to reveal..
Disagree! He was assassinated by the truck driver. Noticed that the truck stopped for a few a seconds right behind him?

Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/25/11 11:37 AM

I am in the midst of Burst Angel and I really like the series. I have the first half of Phantom waiting in the wings, but I may wait till I have the second half so I can watch it straight through.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/25/11 05:51 PM

Quote:
Click to reveal..
Disagree! He was assassinated by the truck driver. Noticed that the truck stopped for a few a seconds right behind him?


If that is the case, I would be severely disappointed since I think it would have cheapened things a bit.

Click to reveal..
The other thing with the cart that stopped behind him is that it blocked view of him, which I believe was to keep it open ended. It could have just as easily blocked the view of him shooting himself.


Quote:
You had me, up until that last part. lol I'll look into it, anyway.


Hehe... it's definitely bloodier than Noir's "no blood unless it's the main character" approach. Just don't expect to see anyone's face getting half blown off for no reason other than to animate something gory. I guess I was more trying to say that it's violent without putting too much focus on the actual gore part of violence.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/25/11 06:20 PM

I thought Chance Pop Session is very nice. The ending is pretty darn sad.
It would have been interesting if they tried to dub the songs.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/25/11 11:53 PM

Things with Chance Pop Session just tied themselves off a little too cleanly for my tastes... to the point where it was predictable after like 5 episodes and the drama was more that "they would never end it like that because it's too predictable."

Song dubbing may have been interesting but based upon my experiences with song dubbing... I've only ever found one series that I thought did a decent job of that so it probably would have been an ear sore hehe.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/26/11 08:50 AM

It's been some time since i've seen Chance Pop Session but i found it to be an enjoyable little series. The only thing that i had a problem with is the song(s) during the series which was the same song throughout. It would've been nice to hear a different one to mix it up a little bit.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/26/11 09:05 AM

In a similar vein I just rewatched Fancy Lala-2 sidekicks that resemble stuffed dinosaurs grant magical ability to young girl to change her appearance-gee-where have I heard that one before? But still not a bad watch.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/27/11 08:50 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Hehe... it's definitely bloodier than Noir's "no blood unless it's the main character" approach. Just don't expect to see anyone's face getting half blown off for no reason other than to animate something gory. I guess I was more trying to say that it's violent without putting too much focus on the actual gore part of violence.

Oh, that's O.K., then. As long as bad things happen, that's what counts. smile
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/30/11 05:11 PM

Finished a one-shot dvd by cpm called Guardian of Darkness.
Sadly it was quite meh. I like that it revolved around japanese myth but every thing else just kinda fell flat. CPM bless your heart, how you managed to stay afloat for as long as you did; is more of a mystery than why you went down. I still love ya though.
Arslan forever<3 ! laugh
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 04/30/11 08:44 PM

I finished both Kurau Phantom Memory (yay for happy endings), and
Pumpkin Scissors (which I did like how it ends, despite the "Big Guy"
kind of turned into a total wimp for no reason).
Posted by: Squall

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/03/11 01:04 AM

Last anime I finished was Trinity Blood on Blu-ray.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/03/11 09:14 AM

D.Gray-Man Season 2.... PLEASE FUNI! I WANT SEASON 3
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/03/11 11:47 AM

Planetes - This was a really unique title. It's was slice of life in space. It felt so natural for some reason and it was really enjoyable.

Ga-Rei-Zero - This has got to be the biggest sleeper hit of the decade. All the reviews I've seen are "As" and I see why.

This is one the of best executed titles that I've seen. Everything from the story to the character development to the action to the pacing. Heck, even the main story event is told in multiple perspectives. It's very clever and unique in how it's done.

The first episode looked like your average action horror title, but you're in for a treat in the last few minutes of that episode. That's the turning point and it never lets you go from there.

What's even more surprising is that Gai-Rei-Zero is a prequel to a manga (Ga-rei), but the creator made it so you don't have to read the manga to understand the anime. It's one of those titles that tries to get you to read the manga and it works. Too bad no one has licensed it here yet.

This is a must see show and don't let the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack scare you away. For those that only have a DVD player, this set contains three DVDs with a ton of extras. Not to mention, the set only cost $60. It has the same MSRP as the DVD set, before they changed it to the combo pack. Blu-ray buyers, you're actually saving $5 thanks to the transition to the combo pack. The Blu-ray version was going to cost $5 more, than the DVD set.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/03/11 12:59 PM

Regarding Ga-Rei-Zero, what's the story with the "Limited Edition" at TRSI? It's cheaper than the regular edition ($39 vs. $45 - both are BD/DVD combos), and the only listed difference is an art box with the LE, yet the pictures look the same.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/03/11 01:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Regarding Ga-Rei-Zero, what's the story with the "Limited Edition" at TRSI? It's cheaper than the regular edition ($39 vs. $45 - both are BD/DVD combos), and the only listed difference is an art box with the LE, yet the pictures look the same.

The LE is the in the Weekly Specials, that's why there's a price difference.

The image between the two are the same. It's the packaging material that's different.

LE = Chipboard box
RE = Flimsy box (basic)

Posted by: Tom Kinnen

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/03/11 02:00 PM

Just finished Dragonaut and Beck. Really liked Beck
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/04/11 09:39 AM

Just finished a silly little thing called Happy World.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/04/11 08:19 PM

Finished Princess Nine, like pretty much ALL sports shows, it has a sort of
unfinished end.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/06/11 10:31 PM

Also finished (from Netflix) Full Metal Panic TSR.

Maybe it's just me, but this series is a lot weaker than the first, and even
Fumofu is better. However the short OVA about Tessa getting drunk & wandering around the sub in her underwear is pretty darn fun.

I still kind of hope that someday they will do a few more seasons, since
I hear the manga can cover about 3 more series to tell the story.

If there can be a 3rd Code Geass (yeah I know it's a side story) why not a 4th (or more) Full Metal Panic?

BTW just in case, I have been doing my most recent posts on my IPhone, so it may look a little sloppy.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/06/11 10:39 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I still kind of hope that someday they will do a few more seasons, since
I hear the manga can cover about 3 more series to tell the story.


FYI, the anime and manga are adapted from the light novel series. The final volume just released out recently in Japan, so we may see another "season" that will end the show.

It really depends if there is still demand for the show in Japan though.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/07/11 10:28 AM

Knights Of Ramune.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/07/11 10:55 AM

GO Parfait! Just watch for Cacao after she's had a vision!
grin
That's another title from CPM I really liked.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/07/11 02:31 PM

If I See You In My Dreams TV and OVA series.
The TV series was rather poor, simplistic and repetitive. Also had the shortest segments I have ever seen at about 6 minutes. The OVA episodes had much better animation (of course) and better scripting. If only the TV series was like that. I found it amusing that nearly every scene the main female character had internal dialog was a shower or bath scene.smile
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/08/11 06:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
If I See You In My Dreams TV and OVA series.

I found it amusing that nearly every scene the main female character had internal dialog was a shower or bath scene.smile


Would you have it any other way? smile
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/09/11 03:39 PM

Finished Eden of the East: King of Eden movie a couple of weeks ago.

It continues where the story left off but still doesn't finish things (hopefully the second movie will be released soon). It has some odd pacing, with early parts seeming to drag out only to have the more important events feeling a bit rushed, but overall it's still pretty good if you enjoyed the TV series. There's some interesting twists and turns.

It does include a summary movie of the series that knocks it down from like 3.25 hours to 1.5 hours (I'm not sure exactly how long it was since I didn't finish it), but it doesn't really capture the character interactions that made the series good.

Overall: 7.5/10. Value: ~$10

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings season 1.
Heh... I'm honestly shocked I was able to finish this one. It's an anime adaptation of a Capcom fighting game which is a jazzed up adaptation of the warring states period of fuedal Japan. This was really craptacular but at the same time, it wasn't boring, just bad in a shallow-character, fan-servicy special movie styles, and razor thin plot kind of way.

If you liked the Street Fighter movie starring Van Damme and Raul Julia, you will probably like this.

Overall: 6/10. Value ~$12

Corpse Princess.
I had high hopes for this one although I hadn't done any research on it aside from having other people say they thought it was cool. Basic premise is an orphan boy stumbles across his adopted monk brother resurrecting a dead girl. The orphan boy starts being led around by a phantom cat and keeps crossing paths with the resurrected dead girl, who happens to be out fighting/killing shikabane (demon-like manifestations of people who died with strong regrets). Insert some drama and slew of secret society-like cover-ups.

I thought it was a solid watch but nothing spectacular. The "ending" only has partial closure and it doesn't have a full real ending.

Overall: 7.4/10. Value ~$25

Recommended if you enjoyed: Claymore, Full Metal Alchemist, Shakugan no Shana, Tokyo Majin, Blood: The Last Vampire, Bleach, Chrono Crusade, Hell Girl, Gunslinger Girl, Witch Hunter Robin.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/10/11 09:21 AM

I just finished Kemono No Souja Erin-it was easily one of the most enjoyable series I've watched in the last 2 years.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/11/11 06:18 AM

Finished up Fate Stay Night. This had been sitting on my shelf since like 2008 unwatched.

Premise: Every 10 years (or so) a battle begins between magic users where 7 mages summon servants (famous epic fighters from history) to battle each other for the holy grail. A high school kid finds him sucked into this battle.

It's kind of a mix of action with a dash of coming of age and harem.

An interesting idea that struggles with pacing. They do pretty well with leaving you hanging at the end of each episode but then do rather poorly with providing fulfillment for that drama. It's not bad, I just think they could have pulled it off better with 16 episodes instead of 24.

The strongest part of this series is that while the characters start off as mild stereotypes they are allowed to grow beyond that and develop quite well.

Overall: 7.2/10. Value ~$25

Recommended if you enjoyed: Kaze No Stigma, My Hime.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/11/11 11:08 AM

OK sorry about the mix-up with the Light Novels vs. Manga on the Full Metal Panic front. I totally forgot that they were based on light novels.

I finished watching Air The Motion Picture (from Netflix).
Since it was pretty short, I did not post that I was currently watching it.

Anyhow, my thoughts:

The animation and art are noticably better than the show, and the characters look really good (especially the mom).

The story however is not as interesting or as strong (IMO) as the TV show was. Without the supporting characters (IE all the other girls) it kind of seemed "boring". Even the stuff in the past was not as good, cause they barely flesh out those characters. Plus they barely used the animal sidekicks of Potato (regulated to a TV screen), and Skye (who is a pretty major character in the TV version).

Maybe it was just me, but even the ending was nowhere as sad as the TV ending. Maybe it was because the guy was there instead of not like in the TV show.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/11/11 01:05 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Finished up Fate Stay Night. This had been sitting on my shelf since like 2008 unwatched.

<snip>

Recommended if you enjoyed: Kaze No Stigma (i'm drawing a blank on other comparisons).


Lunar Legend Tsukihime and Shakugan no Shana come to mind. Both have the same concept of where the female lead is very powerful, but they need the power/ability of the male lead to make them stronger.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/12/11 10:04 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Finished up Fate Stay Night.

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Lunar Legend Tsukihime and Shakugan no Shana come to mind. Both have the same concept of where the female lead is very powerful, but they need the power/ability of the male lead to make them stronger.

I had high hopes for Fate when I watched it and still favor the character Saber. Still Lunar Legend Tsukihime was a vastly superior story. I was actuallhy bummed out at the end. It was so sad.frown
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/11 02:50 PM

From some thematic standpoints I do agree with those similarities. From a feel standpoint I found something a bit different... I think it's that the character was forced to fight against friends and/or struggle with trust and I found that to give a different type of emotional response. I ended up adding My Hime as a comparison as I thought that had a slightly closer feel.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/11 04:05 PM

I just finished FLCL. I thought it was hilarious.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/13/11 11:31 PM

I really tried to watch FLCL, but it was way too random. Maybe I will retry since I have gotten used to random stuff (like Pani Poni Dash).

I just finished watching Summer Wars, and it was great! Even though it was pretty similar to the Digimon movie (which was by the same guy), it also was different enough to be it's own movie. I kind of wonder if this kind of thing will be the future of all the internet. You kind of see some of these things even today. I just hope people remember that there is a world outside of the cyber world. If they don't there could be some serious consequences. Even now there is a big problem with people driving while messing with their phones.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/11 03:17 AM

I watched Summer Wars a year ago-I really didn't think it was that good-interesting, yes-but not exceptional. The Girl Who Leaped Through Time (by the same director) was much better. FLCL-while funny as hell wasn't as funny as Dragon Half.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/11 02:41 PM

Just finished these two:
Adventures of the Mini-Goddess
Not a bad show the episodes where short, but it works since the show had no real story to it. I did happen to like all the little in-jokes and parody episodes. Overall a cute and sweet little fluffy show.

Shuffle!
I liked this one a whole lot. It starts out like your typical harem show; but about half way into it things take a very dark turn. My gripe with it is that one my favorite girls ultimately just came off as a side character. Even when they got to her story she simply came off like one. (Which was kinda sad...) I really liked though how Rin's "chosen" was handled. It felt very smooth and natural. Overall a very good series.

Well, I'm off to try to finish up Saiyuki.....I think once I'm done with ADV's box set it'll go buy quicker and maybe I'll try to watch shorter series between it so it feels like I'm making a dent in my backlog.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/11 10:23 PM

I really liked Adventures of the Mini-godess. Especially the "Godzilla" parody episodes.

As for Shuffle, it was definitely a different sort of harem show.
Posted by: Chalryn

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/14/11 11:06 PM

Nabari no Ou
Rating: 3/5

I don't usually bother to rate stuff, but this series somehow motivated me to do so, haha. Watched this series on somewhat of a random whim. (I'd always seen it around, but just never really looked into it much. Saw it streaming on Netflix, so I figured why not.) It was alright. Nothing about it particularly stood out to me, but it certainly wasn't terrible. Considering it's based in the "ninja world," it was actually surprisingly character-driven, rather than battle-driven. In fact, the whole ninja aspect was barely even necessary, IMO. Nevertheless, it kept me entertained for a week or two, and some of the characters gave the series some interesting twists, so I enjoyed it for what it is. Oh yeah, and Michiru Ōshima provided a fairly enjoyable soundtrack.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/17/11 09:58 AM

It's really funny-a lot of OMG groupies don't consider Mini Goddesses to be a proper part of the OMG canon-I do-it's just a different take-like the 3 variations of Tenchi Muyo or El Hazard.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/17/11 11:49 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
It's really funny-a lot of OMG groupies don't consider Mini Goddesses to be a proper part of the OMG canon-I do-it's just a different take-like the 3 variations of Tenchi Muyo or El Hazard.

I found the incarnation of El Hazard very confusing until I realized it wasn't meant to be a continuation of the same storyline. The same for the OVA's of Steel Angel Kurumi. Which I thought were a dismal variation of the original series.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/17/11 12:15 PM

just finished Burst Angle smile
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/17/11 07:34 PM

I would guess you meant Angel, and not Angle. Unless there is an anime about Kurt Angle bursting through stuff....

I just finished Sword of the Stranger (from Netflix) it was pretty epic & awesome.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/17/11 09:12 PM

yeah, Angel.... LOL.
Posted by: Nix

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/18/11 09:45 AM

Just finished Afro Samurai, [color:#C0C0C0]Origin[/color], Summer Wars, and Baccano(100th Time)...starting EMMA thanks to advisement.
Posted by: Brian Corder

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/20/11 01:41 AM

I believe my most current was Sekirei. It was a great series at the beginning but fell prey to cliche towards the end.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/20/11 10:49 AM

I finally finished School Rumble. That was a really fun show.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/20/11 12:09 PM

I got and finished Mezzo Forte, since it was from Netflix it was not the "naughty" version (darn). It was still pretty good, and now I can say that I saw the whole Mezzo story.
Posted by: Brian Corder

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/20/11 02:35 PM

I just remembered I forgot to add Eden of the East. That was a fantastic series and should be seen by all.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/20/11 08:55 PM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
I finally finished School Rumble. That was a really fun show.


One that i've enjoyed each time that i've seen it.

Just finished up Sentimental Journey. A cute little series that i enjoyed more than i expected to.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/21/11 05:39 PM

Oh My Goddess ovas and Gunsmith Cats-actually just rewatched them for the 10th time-that's how good they are.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/23/11 01:39 PM

Just finished Gasaraki. I actually liked it. It started out slow, but I got into it at around episode 4. Glad I kept watching smile.
Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/24/11 12:46 PM

I know i'm probably so late on this anime, but I just recently finished watching:

Desert Punk
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/24/11 06:58 PM

Late? No. That's one title that i haven't seen myself. Right now i really have no interest in checking out any time soon either.
Posted by: Nix

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/25/11 03:33 PM

Well I got through [color:#FFFF00]EMMA[/color], and Plantes...and re-watched Basilisk...
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/25/11 04:40 PM

Just finished Rumbling Hearts, and the ending was a mix of happy & sad.
Pretty nice show, not sure if I would buy it though.
Posted by: Nix

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/25/11 05:12 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Just finished Rumbling Hearts, and the ending was a mix of happy & sad.
Pretty nice show, not sure if I would buy it though.


I bought it...its very inexpensive, right now.

I say saddest part was the beginning, when the show actually starts..."Wreck" maybe the end for some people.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/25/11 08:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Nix
Well I got through [color:#FFFF00]EMMA[/color], and Plantes...and re-watched Basilisk...


Some pretty good titles there. Would this be the first time that you've seen Planetes and Emma?
Posted by: Nix

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/26/11 11:20 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Originally Posted By: Nix
Well I got through [color:#FFFF00]EMMA[/color], and Plantes...and re-watched Basilisk...


Some pretty good titles there. Would this be the first time that you've seen Planetes and Emma?


I've seen a few episodes from EMMA & PLANETES before, but its the first time I watched them all the way through.
Posted by: Nix

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/26/11 04:23 PM

Just finished The Sacred Blacksmith its a decent watch, a red-headed knight, & a swordsmith who uses katanas...fight to protect innocent lives and slay demons...give it a watch there's more to "see" than you might expect. wink
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/26/11 07:28 PM

Finished Kiddy Grade, and although the ending was a "to be continued?"
ending, it still was pretty good.

I also finished the TV show Lost, which I had seen until the 2nd to last epiosde of season 5, so season 6 was a totally new experience. I kind of suspected they would end that show in a weird manor, and I guessed right.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/27/11 09:44 AM

Just finished Kiddy Grade.
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/27/11 09:56 AM

Been on a Hulu watching spree again. So... Sekirei, Sekirei ~ Pure Engagement, and Birdy The Mighty: Decode. Sekirei was better than I was expecting for a fanservice loaded harem anime, though I can't say I was expecting much in the first place. Birdy is pretty good too. Makes me wanna check out the old OVA series for comparisons sake.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/27/11 08:47 PM

The ovas are excellent-if you can find them for a reasonable price.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 05/28/11 10:03 AM

Not really feeling like writing some half-azzed reviews but...

Finished up

Scrapped Princess
Overall 7.2/10. Pretty major plot twist that turns this series upside down.

The Sacred Blacksmith
Overall 6.9/10. Lots of fanservice but suffers from the flaw of many short series... taunts you with a couple of appetizers early on but doesn't deliver the main course until it's almost too late.

Pumpkin Scissors
Overall 7.4/10. I really wish they would have done more with this. They allude to the big secret evil conspiracy underlying everything but then only toss out "side stories" and it never comes to fruition.

Major
Overall 7.8/10. I know this will likely never get a domestic release but I really enjoyed this series. 6 seasons, each covering various parts of this guy's life (from age 5 to 19) as he strives to become a professional baseball player. A good balance of character development/interactions, drama, and sports action and almost everything ends up being intertwined as characters grow and change and draw from their experiences with one another over the course of their lives.



Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/01/11 01:50 PM

Just finished the 2nd season of D Grey Man, I would guess that the 3rd season is in the works from Funimation (since even the preview is in English for the next episode).

I think Clannad is up next from Netflix, so then I will have seen all of the Key stuff (well all of it that Netflix has).

BTW I decided to sell off Kannon & Shattered Angels (and some other stuff). Mostly cause I thought that they were OK, but not worth another watch.

I will be doing a bit more research before purchases from now on.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/01/11 02:53 PM

I just finished Bubblegum Crisis Crash! Now I'm watching Witch Hunter Robin.
Posted by: Nix

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/03/11 03:37 PM

I finished High school of the Dead I don't know whether I want to buy it or not...it certainly is entertaining but I'll wait til season 2 begins and see how far it goes...maybe SENTAI FILMWORKS will come out with a bundle in the future grin
Posted by: Nix

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/03/11 03:41 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Finished Kiddy Grade, and although the ending was a "to be continued?"
ending, it still was pretty good.

There's a sequel called Kiddy Girl-and sorta based off the manga adaptation Kiddy Grade-and Pure...but it has yet to be dubbed(if that matters)...in case you didn't know wink
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/03/11 05:17 PM

Finished two more titles:

When They Cry

I really liked this series. It's got a really good premise, Even after I'm done watching, I'm still thinking about many of the mysteries that it has to offer. I'm a bit bummed that one picked up the second season as I heard that that season answers many of the burning quetions left by the first season, but I'm happy I got to see half of it least.

Master of Martial Hearts

I really can't describe what I feel about this. Or rather I just won't. All I will say are two things:
1)I did like ending( I felt it was Tomino-esque)
2)I thought the teacher's way of fighting was rather clever.
That is all.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/06/11 10:03 AM

Moonlight Mile - This was a pretty good sci-fi title. However, they could have eased up on the number of sex scenes. There was a least one in each episode.

Rumbling Hearts - This was a hard title to get through. I was originally planning to watch this show 3-4 episodes at a time, but I had to reduce it to 2 episodes. Not bad overall though!
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/06/11 12:38 PM

I finally saw "Summer Wars" on Bluray last night. And it was excellent! I thought it started a little slow but as soon as the main character got a certain phonecall in the middle of the night, things got really good. I'll rewatch this a few times easily to pick up details I missed before.


Billy
Posted by: Aquarius

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/06/11 01:09 PM

I just finished VanDread, I thought it was pretty good, the only thing that annoyed me was Dita calling Hibiki, "Mr. Alien" all the time. Other than that I loved this anime! On to the next!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/09/11 09:28 AM

I just finished Yosuga No Sora which I found to be surprisingly good.
Posted by: LuckySeven

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/09/11 11:14 AM

Just finished School Rumble. Great and hilarious show, seems like there was potential for a lot more seasons on this one. Still, it found a good way to close things out sorta. I'm sure the manga goes a lot further than where the anime stopped (they usually do), but I feel satisfied so that's what really counts to me in the end.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/10/11 01:18 AM

According to some people on the Internet, School Rumble manga version has a pretty "bad" ending. There is some sort of follow up story in "School Rumble Z" (not sure if that is the real title). BTW did you ever watch the "interview" with the creator of the manga? It never shows his face, but from the back he kind of looks similar to Harima. I kind of gave up trying to finsh the manga of School Rumble, cause by the time they released the later volumes, the DVDs of the show had already been released.

It is a really great show though, and both the sub & dub versions are awesome.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/10/11 10:32 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
According to some people on the Internet, School Rumble manga version has a pretty "bad" ending. There is some sort of follow up story in "School Rumble Z" (not sure if that is the real title).

Yes! It's called School Rumble Z, which takes place several years later.

If you go to Wikipedia and look at the character list, it tells you what happens to each character.
Posted by: nanashiayakashi

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/10/11 12:36 PM

recently i just finished Kore wa Zombie Desuka?. this anime was really good. i actually watched part of it before but never finished it until a little while ago. i dont know why i stopped though.....probably cause of new anime or somethin....or im just lazy lol
Posted by: Theresa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/10/11 05:02 PM

hhmmm last anime I finished was Clannad XD Great anime, can't wait to get season 2 sooner or later yet I keep on buying more and more anime even tho I have so many I have not finished yet XD
Posted by: nanashiayakashi

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/10/11 05:05 PM

ya u definitely have to watch clannad after story. bothe the movie and season 2.

i know exactly how that is though lol
Posted by: Theresa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/10/11 05:10 PM

Originally Posted By: nanashiayakashi
ya u definitely have to watch clannad after story. bothe the movie and season 2.

i know exactly how that is though lol


eh I want to see after story for sure but the motion picture? I don't see the point if I have already see the full anime you know? Besides I kinda alrady did I bought it way back overseas (the motion picture) and I didn't care for how diffrent it looked, maybe thats cuz it was import idk lol
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/10/11 06:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Theresa
Originally Posted By: nanashiayakashi
ya u definitely have to watch clannad after story. bothe the movie and season 2.

i know exactly how that is though lol


eh I want to see after story for sure but the motion picture? I don't see the point if I have already see the full anime you know? Besides I kinda alrady did I bought it way back overseas (the motion picture) and I didn't care for how diffrent it looked, maybe thats cuz it was import idk lol


Clannad-After Story is excellent if you want a good cry.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/11/11 01:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Theresa
eh I want to see after story for sure but the motion picture? I don't see the point if I have already see the full anime you know? Besides I kinda alrady did I bought it way back overseas (the motion picture) and I didn't care for how diffrent it looked, maybe thats cuz it was import idk lol


The movie is just an alternate retelling of the story. It also looks different since it was done by Toei Animation, while the series was done by Key/Visual Arts.
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/12/11 08:18 PM

I finally got to watch Eva 2.22 on Bluray today. Wow.... awesome visuals and surround sound!

I love how they are making Rei turn out in this series. I loved her before but now I love her even more! But poor Asuka! frown

And Shinji is as annoying as ever but at least he seems to man up a bit by the end.

Great show tho, I completely enjoyed it.


Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/13/11 02:38 AM

Vampire Hunter D Special Edition 10/10

A blast from the past! I just got my hands on this little gem of a dvd. I owned the VHS version in the early 90's , but have long since lost it. This animated movie literally set the bar for nearly all vampire media for the next couple decades. It's concepts and content have been plagiarized to an alarming degree. Plagiarization is the highest form of flattery. I would imagine one could say that much of content of Vampire Hunter D was in fact pirated from older sources, but that's a topic for a vampire forum.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/16/11 08:55 PM

Finished two more(I feel like I'm actually getting through my backlog now....wait....nevermind)

Papillon Rose

Not bad, it's pretty much a naughty Sailor Moon homage?/rip-off.(take your pick; either's about right)
I liked the OVA for this better,as it had a far more ribald sence of humor about it. Then we get in to the Tv series and...it's kinda of disapointment. Mostly on account of the fact that Maiden Japan seems to have gotten the rights to the "broadcast" version and not the BD/DVD home version.
There are parts where you can tell things have been cut and so & so...It does/doesn't take away from the show depending on how you want to see it....Me... I'm a little upset about it but the fan-service really wouldn't have helped redeem this anyway...so... I say it's alright at best.

UtaKata

Even with it's flaws; I really liked this. It has some very nice character designs going for it. But the story just had one too many plot holes floating around and maybe they should have either cut back or expand on a few, instead of trying to tell a little of all of them. This was a case for me where pretty pictures saved the day.... smirk

I'm off to continue watching Saiyuki now...(I've just got four more discs of the Adv set to go before I'm done with the first two seasons....Yea!)
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/16/11 11:39 PM

I was looking at that Papilion Rose title at the local Fry's, thanks for the heads up on it.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/11 12:19 AM

Although not necessarily an anime, I just watched Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. A diamond in the rough from 1977!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/11 10:04 AM

Another good one by Ralph Bakshi in collaboration with the late Frank Frazetta is Fire And Ice-it's very good.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/11 10:27 AM

Karau: Phantom Memory - This was actually a really impressive sci-fi show. I really enjoyed it a lot. Not bad for a SAVE edition.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/11 11:10 AM

I remember seeing Fire & Ice, and it was pretty good.
Wizards was a bit odd if I remember right.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/11 12:38 PM

Excellent reference zrdb! Funny you should mention it because I've got a copy of that as well. The stark contrast between the animation of yesteryear and todays animation standards is amazing. This fact doesn't lessen the quality of older animation; quite the opposite. Everybody should see Heavy Metal at least once.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/17/11 03:48 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I was looking at that Papilion Rose title at the local Fry's, thanks for the heads up on it.


No prob. I'm glad you got some use out my opinion. smile
The Ova is worth watching for it's WTF?!? value, and like I said the Tv series is ok in it's own right. If you can pick it up for 10-15 bucks it's worth it. But, for no more than that though.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/18/11 12:39 AM

OK I am confused, I think the Papilion Rose version I saw said something about 12 episodes (or maybe it was 8), and it was about $23.

Anyhow just finished Clannad, and it was an interesting ending, though I am still a little confused why they had the 2nd "bonus" episode be about somebody who barely had that much interaction with the main guy suddenly become his girlfriend?

Also Heavy Metal was probably the first time I ever saw animated nudity & sex.
Plus there is a ton of drug references. Too bad that Heavy Metal 2000 is nowhere as good as the first one. BTW the soundtrack of Heavy Metal is pretty good.
Posted by: animefan001

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/18/11 01:41 AM

Just finished Infinite Stratos. It was pretty cool, and the fight at the end was crazy good. I hope it'll get a second season.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/18/11 07:00 AM

Here's a little piece of trivia: Did you know that John candy and Harold Ramis (Ghostbuster's Egon Spengler) did voice work on Heavy Metal? Another tidbit: Micheal Ironside, Julie Strain (B-movie amazon superstar) , and Billy Idol did voice work on Heavy Metal 2000.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/18/11 07:58 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
OK I am confused, I think the Papilion Rose version I saw said something about 12 episodes (or maybe it was 8), and it was about $23.

Anyhow just finished Clannad, and it was an interesting ending, though I am still a little confused why they had the 2nd "bonus" episode be about somebody who barely had that much interaction with the main guy suddenly become his girlfriend?

Also Heavy Metal was probably the first time I ever saw animated nudity & sex.
Plus there is a ton of drug references. Too bad that Heavy Metal 2000 is nowhere as good as the first one. BTW the soundtrack of Heavy Metal is pretty good.




OK. The Pappillon Rose I saw was released by Maiden Japan. It has three girls in lengerie type outfits. It has the OVA and the tv series witch was 6 eps long.

As for Clannad it was based off of a game. The ep you saw was if Tomoya had pursued Tomoyo instead of Nagisa. Think of it like an alturnate ending.

Also one last thing: I too liked the original Heavy Metajl over 2000. But like kiku mentioned ; at least it has Billy Idol.
And he's cool right? wink
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/18/11 08:04 AM

Billy Idol rawks!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/18/11 10:12 AM

I just finished Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu & Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu Purezza back to back-pretty good "romance between common guy with a heart of gold and rich semi ditzy girl with overprotective father and semi-lolli little sister"-well, you get the idea.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/18/11 10:25 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Billy Idol rawks!

Indeed!
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/18/11 06:59 PM

Originally Posted By: animefan001
Just finished Infinite Stratos. It was pretty cool, and the fight at the end was crazy good. I hope it'll get a second season.


I found Infinite Stratos to be a pretty cookie cutter harem anime. Most times you could see what was coming next a mile away. A title that i'd probably pass on as a purchase.
Posted by: Nambu Hakase

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/18/11 10:50 PM

I had no idea Claymore would be so good. It's been sitting on my self for almost a year. Some anime are a chore to complete but this one kept me in suspense till the very end.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/19/11 04:38 AM

Aside from re-watches the last few titles I've finished up were Burst Angel and Shingu.

Burst Angel... been there... done that... seen that... etc. Nothing new under the sun but if you like scantily clad azz-kicking women and a wuss dude to cook for them this is probably right up your alley.

Overall 6.8/10.

Shingu. Honestly, I can say that this is probably the best balanced series I've ever seen. I never got bored by it but I never got impressed by it either. It just seemed a very solidly unspectacular show that was decently fun to watch without ever being really fun nor boring with some interesting plot twists near the end.

Overall 7.2/10.

Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/19/11 04:40 AM

Quote:
I had no idea Claymore would be so good. It's been sitting on my self for almost a year. Some anime are a chore to complete but this one kept me in suspense till the very end.


Claymore is quite good but I think I like the Theresa arc more than anything else in the show. I got a little disappointed when they used the budget-friendly "spastic arm and a swooshing background" method of fight animation near the final 1/3rd of the series, but all in all there are some very strong periods of storytelling.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/19/11 07:32 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Shingu. Honestly, I can say that this is probably the best balanced series I've ever seen. I never got bored by it but I never got impressed by it either. It just seemed a very solidly unspectacular show that was decently fun to watch without ever being really fun nor boring with some interesting plot twists near the end.

Overall 7.2/10.

That's up next on my stack. Right now, a balanced series would be just fine for me.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/19/11 10:13 AM

I just finished Manabi Straight-a little known series about a girls high school in the 2030's-it's a simple but highly satisfying story-I guess slice of life type. Ya'll should try it.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/19/11 11:20 AM

Originally Posted By: Nambu Hakase
I had no idea Claymore would be so good. It's been sitting on my self for almost a year. Some anime are a chore to complete but this one kept me in suspense till the very end.

I really recommend checking out the manga, because the anime really derails from it near the end (starting with episode 18). Some of the best stuff occurs after the seven year time skip (volume 12).
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/20/11 01:17 AM

Claymore is definitely a great anime. Theres's so many characters with similar armor, yet it stays coherent and interesting. Truly the mark of a great anime.
Also of note is the shows use of allusion. So many anime use allusion as a simple flashback episode or as a way to simply confuse the viewer and waste an episode. Claymore on the other hand uses each allusion to the past (AND to the future!) to unfold the petals of each character; like eating a delicious artichoke, you get to the heart AFTER you've had all the petals.
I personally thought the hollow sword handle with the death note thing was a great touch.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/22/11 07:14 PM

Finished Samurai Champloo, and it was great! Totally forgot that Fuu was not really looking for somebody who smelled like sunflowers.

BTW the ending seems to want to be a "to be continued" ending just cause everybody goes their separate ways.

Also did the Samurai Champloo video game actually come out in the US?
I know the Lupin one did, and I think the Cowboy Bebop one did as well (though it is probably impossible to find).

Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/22/11 07:26 PM

There is a Champloo video game for PS2. It's not very good.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/23/11 12:24 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
BTW the ending seems to want to be a "to be continued" ending just cause everybody goes their separate ways.
Yes! The parting of ways was legendary! The writers just left us there at the crossroads with everyone going their seperate ways. It was awesome, but brutal.

I was devastated. I couldn't watch anime for at least a day... maybe.

I love anime!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/23/11 04:53 PM

Real Bout High School-an oldie but goodie.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/23/11 05:15 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Real Bout High School-an oldie but goodie.

A great show that should have been a bit longer. Good soundtrack too.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/23/11 10:08 PM

Finished Witch Hunter Robin. Loved it!!!
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/24/11 12:06 AM

Originally Posted By: formerroadie
Finished Witch Hunter Robin. Loved it!!!
I noticed this title is available at TRSI under the Bandai "Anime Legends" label. I'm intrigued, can you tell more about this anime?
Posted by: animefan001

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/24/11 01:12 AM

Just finished High School of the Dead, and Dokkoida a bit before that.

Disappointed with HOTD's lack of a concrete ending, but I know the manga is still ongoing. Sort of.


Dokkoida gets oddly serious towards the end... at least compared to its usual antics.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/24/11 01:15 AM

I love HOTD's intro sequence, the music is awesome.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/24/11 04:46 AM

Witch Hunter Robin is a series about a young woman that has similar powers to a witch. Her specialty is fire IIRC. I have not seen the whole show, but caught a couple episodes on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim anime block back in the '90s. I do know it features the always awesome Crispin Freeman in the dub version.

Might have to get it one of these days. Cause from what I saw, it was a very good show. BTW you do know there is a website called Anime News Network that has plot summaries, reviews, and lots more on pretty much any anime.
Or if you want major spoilers, there is always Wikipedia.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/24/11 05:15 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Witch Hunter Robin is a series about a [very mature 15 year old girl] that has similar powers to a witch. Her specialty is fire IIRC. I have not seen the whole show, but caught a couple episodes on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim anime block back in the '90s. I do know it features the always awesome Crispin Freeman in the dub version.

I fixed the beginning for you. The rest is correct though.

To add on, she works for a government agency that hunts down witches. The show has a lot of political conspiracy in it that feels like a combination of Ghost in the Shell and Le Femme Nikita (live action series).
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/24/11 06:08 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: formerroadie
Finished Witch Hunter Robin. Loved it!!!
I noticed this title is available at TRSI under the Bandai "Anime Legends" label. I'm intrigued, can you tell more about this anime?


It is a great anime with fantastic characters. It is not fast paced but takes its time. It's a conspiracy anime that revolves around a group of witch hunters that hunt people with latent abilities that usually go out of control. The animation and character designs are unique and, frankly, fantastic. It's like nothing I've watched so far. I would recommend it to anyone that likes characterization and story driven anime that uses action as a means to tell a story, not a means to an end.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/25/11 03:12 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Witch Hunter Robin is a series about a young woman that has similar powers to a witch. Her specialty is fire IIRC. I have not seen the whole show, but caught a couple episodes on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim anime block back in the '90s. I do know it features the always awesome Crispin Freeman in the dub version.

Might have to get it one of these days. Cause from what I saw, it was a very good show. BTW you do know there is a website called Anime News Network that has plot summaries, reviews, and lots more on pretty much any anime.
Or if you want major spoilers, there is always Wikipedia.
ANN's plot summaries often leave much to be desired in the realm of content. They're rarely more than a paragraph. As for the reviews, it's hit and miss as to whether or not there is a review available for a given title. Wiki's alright; I have the best luck jumping back and forth between "My Anime List" and "Mania". If you really want the DL, ask the otakus on the Anime Today forums!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/25/11 10:39 AM

Rewatched Blue Seed.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/25/11 12:06 PM

Quote:
ANN's plot summaries often leave much to be desired in the realm of content. They're rarely more than a paragraph. As for the reviews, it's hit and miss as to whether or not there is a review available for a given title. Wiki's alright; I have the best luck jumping back and forth between "My Anime List" and "Mania". If you really want the DL, ask the otakus on the Anime Today forums!


One thing I find with anime is that you're best off finding people who share similar tastes to you or are able to objectively evaluate a series and try to match up characteristics to your preferences. (Most) anime fans have a tendency to go fanboy/fangirl about certain aspects of shows, especially shows they watched early on in their anime exposure which will heavily skew what they think is good/bad.

I remember at some point my ANN last had like a 76% overlap with Tsunami's here in terms of what we had rated series that we had both seen, so there was a pretty good chance that if either of us rated something new the other would likely agree (at least within a rating point or so).

If you go beyond the content and themes of the series and seek out its "magic" (or lack of) that's often where the love it/hate it/didn't care reaction comes from. My girlfriend loves the dot.hack and dot.hack g.u. games... but hated dot.hack sign and dot.hack roots. 10 episodes of whining, 10 episodes of sitting around talking, and 5 episodes of meaningful events all delivered at a snail's pace = recipe for failure for her and it overwhelmed the tie-ins with the games.

I once made a list for a buddy of mine that had stuff rated like "Overall," "storytelling/character development," "pacing," "What I think it's worth," (and an additional "flag" for stuff with a high "coolness factor") and he said that helped him a ton in planning what he bought.

Where this becomes important is if you have definite preferences on genre/fanservice or not.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/26/11 04:25 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
[quote](Most) anime fans have a tendency to go fanboy/fangirl about certain aspects of shows, especially shows they watched early on in their anime exposure which will heavily skew what they think is good/bad.
This is so true, probably for must of us. Like most things in life, what you're initially exposed to leaves a "watermark" on you which continues to affect your your taste for years to come. Excellent observation zentropa.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/26/11 09:42 PM

Quote:
This is so true, probably for must of us. Like most things in life, what you're initially exposed to leaves a "watermark" on you which continues to affect your your taste for years to come. Excellent observation zentropa.


I'm fine with people clinging to something that impacted them as a personal favorite. What I dislike is when they state it to be "better" or "best" because of that. If it's something weak it can always fall into the realm of "guilty pleasure" or "for nostalgia's sake."

I find it's hard for many anime fans to differentiate between good vs. personally influential. In a lot of cases the shows aren't bad, but regarded more highly than they possibly should be, especially when it comes to recommending things to others.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/26/11 10:40 PM

Finished Cowboy Bebop. Over half-way through Corpse Princess smile.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/27/11 12:21 AM

I just finished Birdy The Mighty: Decode 2. It was an emotional thrill ride. The ending was perfect. The variants in artistic style throughout the show amplified the show's impact significantly. This is definitely an anime I will keep coming back to.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/27/11 02:17 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: EricDent
Witch Hunter Robin is a series about a young woman that has similar powers to a witch. Her specialty is fire IIRC. I have not seen the whole show, but caught a couple episodes on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim anime block back in the '90s. I do know it features the always awesome Crispin Freeman in the dub version.

Might have to get it one of these days. Cause from what I saw, it was a very good show. BTW you do know there is a website called Anime News Network that has plot summaries, reviews, and lots more on pretty much any anime.
Or if you want major spoilers, there is always Wikipedia.
ANN's plot summaries often leave much to be desired in the realm of content. They're rarely more than a paragraph. As for the reviews, it's hit and miss as to whether or not there is a review available for a given title. Wiki's alright; I have the best luck jumping back and forth between "My Anime List" and "Mania". If you really want the DL, ask the otakus on the Anime Today forums!


I like anime reviews that are short and to the point-a doctorial thesis? No-it's just anime-not War And Peace.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/27/11 02:07 PM

Originally Posted By: formerroadie
Finished Witch Hunter Robin. Loved it!!!

And I thought I was the only one.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/27/11 02:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: formerroadie
Finished Witch Hunter Robin. Loved it!!!

And I thought I was the only one.


You're not! I loved it too. smile
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/27/11 03:57 PM

I hated Witch Hunter Robin-it only took 1 episode.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/27/11 11:47 PM

Just finished Corpse Princess. I really like that show. Right up my alley. Now watching Trinity Blood.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/28/11 02:51 AM

Originally Posted By: formerroadie
Just finished Corpse Princess. I really like that show. Right up my alley. Now watching Trinity Blood.
Shikabane Hime, Shikabane Hime, Shikabane Hime! That show was straight up dark. Right up my alley too; a dark alley to be sure. Mwa ha ha.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/28/11 03:09 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: EricDent
Witch Hunter Robin is a series about a young woman that has similar powers to a witch. Her specialty is fire IIRC. I have not seen the whole show, but caught a couple episodes on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim anime block back in the '90s. I do know it features the always awesome Crispin Freeman in the dub version.

Might have to get it one of these days. Cause from what I saw, it was a very good show. BTW you do know there is a website called Anime News Network that has plot summaries, reviews, and lots more on pretty much any anime.
Or if you want major spoilers, there is always Wikipedia.
ANN's plot summaries often leave much to be desired in the realm of content. They're rarely more than a paragraph. As for the reviews, it's hit and miss as to whether or not there is a review available for a given title. Wiki's alright; I have the best luck jumping back and forth between "My Anime List" and "Mania". If you really want the DL, ask the otakus on the Anime Today forums!


I like anime reviews that are short and to the point-a doctorial thesis? No-it's just anime-not War And Peace.
I don't think I've ever heard the phrase "It's just anime."... does not compute.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/28/11 02:02 PM

Well-in total honesty-anime is entertainment, books, movies, gambling-these all fall into this catagory. I've seen a lot of damn good anime, a lot of fair to middling anime and a lot of crap. So-"It's just anime".
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/28/11 03:09 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: formerroadie
Just finished Corpse Princess. I really like that show. Right up my alley. Now watching Trinity Blood.
Shikabane Hime, Shikabane Hime, Shikabane Hime! That show was straight up dark. Right up my alley too; a dark alley to be sure. Mwa ha ha.


Yup. it's so good. I want more!!!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 06/30/11 10:48 AM

Just finished Shukufuku No Campanella.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/05/11 11:43 PM

I finished both Comic Party & Sekirei.

Obviously there is a second season of Comic Party called Comic Party Revolution, and it was realeased by ADV, but is now a Funimation SAVE title.
Also obviously they would use totally different voices for the dub version.

Comic Party was a fun show, but not really that great. IMO the bonus mini-episodes were even better than the regular show. It would be pretty great to have a convention at a hot springs.

Sekirei also has a second season, cause at the end of the 12th episode there is a big "to be continued" sign. This is a bit of a pet peeve, but when a show says "complete series" you would think it's the whole show (as in all the episodes). They did this on Haruhi season 1 as well.

As per usual with this show, tons of shapely young ladies showing off.
Again the main guy is a complete goof, cause one of the girls literally offers herself to him, but he got distracted by somebody interrupting.
A fun show overall, but probably not a purchase at this time.
At the end of the last episode it was kind of hinting that a guy Sekirei was getting interested in joining the band of the main guy....
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/06/11 12:46 PM

Any news regarding Sekirei 2nd season?
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/06/11 05:02 PM

Well it was on last year in Japan, so not sure if Funimation got it yet.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/06/11 06:05 PM

Um, finished the Meister Collection from Soul Eater. About to finish Jing.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/06/11 07:22 PM

I just finished Ano Hana-it was so sad-especially the last episode.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/07/11 12:57 AM

Finished up Madlax tonight...

Beetrain really pisses me off (aside from Phantom) at how they manage to generally have enough flaws to sour me on whatever I'm watching of theirs heh.

Madlax's pacing/storytelling could best be described as bi-polar. Alternate the best aspects of Noir with the worst aspects of Dot.Hack Sign and alternate between those with each episode until like episode 19. Couple that with an ending that's about as convoluted as NGE or Rahxephon and you have a series with tremendous potential that's constantly bogged down by mediocrity.

Overall: 6.9/10. Value: ~$15

Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/07/11 09:47 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
and you have a series with tremendous potential that's constantly bogged down by mediocrity.

I like that description. I may use it the future. It describes several things I have seen that have frustrated me.

Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/07/11 09:58 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Finished up Madlax tonight...

And here I'm the other way around. I loved Madlax and thought that Noir was pretty average.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/07/11 01:00 PM

Madlax has lots of unrealized potential, but it's still a fun watch.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/07/11 03:10 PM

Quote:
And here I'm the other way around. I loved Madlax and thought that Noir was pretty average.


I never said I was cheering Noir though. If I had to choose between the two, I preferred Madlax by a decent margin (although I'm sure this is a bit skewed considering I got Madlax for $20 and to this day, Noir is one of the top 10 that I have ever spent on a series at $65). Madlax herself I thought was quite interesting. The names in the series were rather absurd though heh... Friday Monday, Carrasea Doon, Madlax, Three Speed, etc. were all rather silly.

I've never seen a show that was that hit or miss on an episode by episode basis though. This episode Madlax kills 192 people single-handedly and still comes off as a complex character. The next episode we watch Margaret be a space cadet for 23 minutes.

Noir had quite a few flaws but had a bit more even pacing as long as you are patient enough to let the underlying story develop at its pace and you can bear the 2 minute flashback of what happened 7 minutes ago three time an episode smile

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This isn't directed at Madlax or Noir:

Pacing is a huge thing to me and almost everyone I know that watches anime. I consider pacing to encompass a number of things:
-The speed at which the overall story develops.

-The entertainment value of the content not directly contributing to the overall story (e.g. episodes used to introduce a character, establish a premise, waste time at the hot springs, etc.).

-The frequency (or infrequency) of important events.

On a scale of 1 to 5:
1 - Watching paint dry
2
3 - Average mess around but still advance
4
5 - I sneezed and now I don't know wtf is happening.

There's usually very few of 1's and 5's. 1's I can think of would be like dot.Hack Sign and dot.Hack Roots. The story progresses at a snail's crawl pace, the entertainment value is quite low (even if you love the video games) while the main character(s) sit around talking about the same things they talked about for the past 3 episodes and still haven't done anything about, and there's about 1 meaningful event every ~6 episodes.

The best example for a 5 I can think of is Utawarerumono.

Something like Madlax I would put the pacing at about a 1.5, or roughly equal to Texhnolyze, but in a different way. Noir would be closer to the 2.5 to 3 range.

I've found the average person that dabbles in anime needs things that are 3+ to stay interested.

Never-ending stories (e.g. InuYasha and Tsubasa) can't quite be judged upon this scale but I also watch very few of these shows.

Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/07/11 11:08 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Finished up Madlax tonight...

Beetrain really pisses me off (aside from Phantom) at how they manage to generally have enough flaws to sour me on whatever I'm watching of theirs heh.

Madlax's pacing/storytelling could best be described as bi-polar. Alternate the best aspects of Noir with the worst aspects of Dot.Hack Sign and alternate between those with each episode until like episode 19. Couple that with an ending that's about as convoluted as NGE or Rahxephon and you have a series with tremendous potential that's constantly bogged down by mediocrity.

Overall: 6.9/10. Value: ~$15

I burned through Phantom Requiem For The Phantom in a couple of days; I couldn't put it down.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/08/11 12:31 AM

Just watched Burn Up!, & The Sky Crawlers.

Burn Up! was a fun show, if a bit short. I know Tiffany Grant is in it, but some of the other voices sounded familiar.

Just looked up the other 2 main girls for this show, and I was right about hearing them before. Both of them are the main characters in Read or Die. Amanda Winn Lee was Miss Deep, and Kimberly Yates is Yomiko.

The Sky Crawlers was a very interesting movie. Kind of alternate WW2 stuff, not sure how those planes flew so well. The CGI mixed with the animation was pretty impressive. The story & characters was very good. Kind of a random thing with the "killdren" being genetically altered (and can live forever & come back as different named people).
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/08/11 03:35 PM

Just finished AIKa and AIKa r16 Virgin Mission. AIKa is a lighthearted romp through a post natural disaster setting. An earthquake causes the greater majority of the world's landmass to be submerged underwater. AIKa is a salvager. Salvagers are people who scour the depths of the ocean for treasures lost underwater. Salvagers must contend with many obstacles; obstacles such as other salvagers, 007esque plots to destroy the world, and a dress code imposing white cotton pantsu on the entire populace.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/09/11 10:34 AM

I just finished Ore No Imouto Ga Konnani Kawaii Wake Ga Nai (what a mouthfull)-it turned out to be a lot better than I was led to belive from the 1st few episodes. If I'd had a sister like that I would have disowned her.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/09/11 04:45 PM

Finished up Honey and Clover s1 ,Rideback ,TO


Some pretty decent stuff. IMO money well spent. Going to work on either Honey and Clover s2 or Sound of the Sky (Sora no Woto).
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/11/11 01:46 AM

Just finished Mars Daybreak.

This was a really generic series. Basic orphan kid gets mecha and joins pirates thing, except on this Mars is all underwater so it's submarines instead of air/spaceships.

The pacing was decent and it wasn't a bad watch but at times the dialogue seems hokey to the extent to where it would require someone 13 or younger to not recognize how bad the script was.

Overall: 6.8/10. Value ~$12. Recommended if you enjoyed: Vandread, Eureka Seven, Outlaw Star.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/11/11 11:00 AM

I completed Persona - Trinity Soul. One of my fave all time anime at this moment. So good. Now I'm watching Katanagatari.
Posted by: animefan001

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/11/11 05:36 PM

Recently finished Aquarion. Pretty good overall, and the first opening theme is fantastic.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/12/11 09:34 AM

I just watched Black Rock Shooter and I'm trying to figure out what the heck happened at the end-the 2 characters became one-but what about her rogue friend?
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/12/11 10:47 AM

I just finished High School of the Dead and it was awesome. Really fun to watch and it actually had characters I could care about for a change.


Billy
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/12/11 11:54 AM

Ok Ok, I can't stand it anymore. You have the cutest avatar ever! It looks like a chibi Rico (Gunslinger Girl) delivered in the mail.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/12/11 04:49 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
I just finished High School of the Dead and it was awesome. Really fun to watch and it actually had characters I could care about for a change.

I must be getting old. lol
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/14/11 12:33 PM

I finished watching Orphen last night. I really liked the first season, while season 2 was less desirable.

Season 1 = B+
Season 2 = C+
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/14/11 08:21 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Ok Ok, I can't stand it anymore. You have the cutest avatar ever! It looks like a chibi Rico (Gunslinger Girl) delivered in the mail.


Ha ha! Thank you! I'm not 100% sure who the girl is but I think it might be Saber. Still not sure. But who cares? She's adorable! laugh


Billy
Posted by: baldylox

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/14/11 08:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: baldylox
I just finished High School of the Dead and it was awesome. Really fun to watch and it actually had characters I could care about for a change.

I must be getting old. lol


Um, I dont get it. What do you mean?


Billy
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/14/11 08:44 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: baldylox
I just finished High School of the Dead and it was awesome. Really fun to watch and it actually had characters I could care about for a change.

I must be getting old. lol


Um, I dont get it. What do you mean?


Billy


"Hey you zombies!! Git off mah lawn!!"
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/15/11 06:38 AM

I just finished Clannad in its entirety and it turned out to be one of if not the saddest anime i have ever seen.
A few points in the show i literally felt like dropping to my knees and yelling WWWWWHHHHYYYY!!!!.

But the end twisted things around which was kinda odd in a confusing kinda way.
And overall the show was really entertaining and funny.
I also like how they added the what if story arch episodes.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/15/11 10:03 AM

Clannad is sad but I think the end redeamed it-Air on the other hand is super sad when Misuzu dies.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/15/11 10:06 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Clannad is sad but I think the end redeamed it-Air on the other hand is super sad when Misuzu dies.


Spoiler tags please. I haven't seen either.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/15/11 10:53 AM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
I finished watching Orphen last night. I really liked the first season, while season 2 was less desirable.

Season 1 = B+
Season 2 = C+

I agree. Season 2 just doesn't capture the magic the same way, but it's not horrible. They should've featured Stephanie a lot more. smile
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/15/11 10:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
"Hey you zombies!! Git off mah lawn!!"

Heh. These zombies today... no manners whatsoever.

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Um, I dont get it. What do you mean?

It seems that I'm the only one here who absolutely hated HSOTD. I think I actually lost part of my soul by watching it. smile
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/15/11 12:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
I agree. Season 2 just doesn't capture the magic the same way, but it's not horrible. They should've featured Stephanie a lot more. smile

I wonder if they had you in mind, when they were creating that character. :P

This whole thing reminds me of the Tenchi series. Orphen season 1 reminded me of Tenchi Universe, while Orphen season 2 reminds me of Tench in Tokyo.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/15/11 03:41 PM

I haven't seen Tenchi Muyo! or any of the rest. Is it good?
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/15/11 06:12 PM

It depends on what series your watching.

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (teh original!)

This is a three season OVA. The first two seasons are considered by many to be the best. The third season (made some time well after the first two) suffers for having WAY to large a cast, introducing EVEN more on top of the already large cast, and then gives little to no screen time for any of them. Having said that, It still is a whole lotta fun to watch. In this series, pretty much all the girls love Tenchi.

Tenchi Universe
A sort of re-telling of the OVA. It changes around some of the finer plot points. In this one only two of the girls; Ryoko & Aeka, are in love with him.
Again I liked it, I felt it got off track quite a bit, but other than that it was pretty good.

Tenchi Movies

There are three of these; 1&3 are considered follow ups to universe's story line. The second is a kind of a stand alone. All three though are more serious than Universe, the first one tells the story of an escaped convict from the galaxy police who's out for The Masaki's blood. He manages to travel to the past, where he plans to kill Tenchi's mother. It's up to him, and the rest of the gang to stop him. It's not bad.
In the second Tenchi movie: Daughter of Darkness; Tenchi meets a girl who claims to be his Daughter, but who is she really? This one is surprisingly touching.
Last is Tenchi forever, In this one Tenchi just ups and disapears one day. The girls find him two(?) years later and about twenty years older. He's also living with a woman named Haruna....out of all the movies I do like this one the best, if only because it leans heavily toward my favorite girl as being Tenchi's true love. This movie is also seen as being the end of Universe's story.

Tenchi in Tokyo

A lot of people don't like this series, But I happen to find it one of the more "resolved" Tenchi series of them all. It's got a clear begining, middle and ending. In it Tenchi finally & clearly states who he loves. I think people don't like it just because by this point I think there was a lot of frustration in general with the series, it was on a third re-telling and this time around, and it didn't help that once again, they had changed things around/flat out changed things that I can't say for spoiler reasons. Also they messed with the character designs & it was very inconsistent in it's overall art design.( the characters where often drawn off-model) I think that, If this had been made without the tenchi cast it wouldn't have the nasty backlash it recieved but, it was, sooo....
Even with all that against it, I still thought it was pretty good. As a matter of fact if they haddn't changed certain things, I'd say it would've been a good follow up to Universe.
If you think of as having nothing to do with the previous two series, it's a pretty good watch.

Tenchi GXP!

A spin-off that takes place in the original series timeline.
A word of advice, don't watch this series until you've seen the third OVA season as it will spoil the story for you (depending on how observant you are).
GXP is pretty raunchy, but in a good way. It's kinda like what you wish Tenchi could've been like. It expans on the OVA's world and gives us a great time while doing so. As a matter of fact if it weren't for the last 2-5 minutes of the Last episode; this would have been my flat-out favorite Tenchi series.

And that's that for Tenchi. There are the Sasami spin-offs, but that's Sasami, not Tenchi, so I'l just let it be for now.
Hope that helped.......if only a little.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/15/11 11:59 PM

Originally Posted By: baldylox
Originally Posted By: kiku
Ok Ok, I can't stand it anymore. You have the cutest avatar ever! It looks like a chibi Rico (Gunslinger Girl) delivered in the mail.


Ha ha! Thank you! I'm not 100% sure who the girl is but I think it might be Saber. Still not sure. But who cares? She's adorable! laugh


Billy
SUPER adorable!
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/16/11 02:53 AM

I finished Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya season 2 tonight.

This was honestly one of the most frustrating experiences I've ever had with an anime series. I enjoyed the first season and was looking forward to the second season, but this was sort of a killjoy.

There's 1 stand alone story and 2 story arcs. The first of the story arcs is entitled the endless eight. I'm putting this in a spoiler box even though it's not really a spoiler, more of a set of preperatory advice to avoid frustration:

Click to reveal..
The arc starts out with their last two weeks of summer vacation in the first episode. In the second episode, the exact same things happen with some mild feelings of deja vu. In the third episode, the exact same things happen with more feelings of deja vu and the group realizes that Haruhi has felt like they didn't do enough during summer vacation and has stuck them in a time loop where their memories are erased every time they repeat the same two week span. They find out they've done this loop like 15,000 times and try to think of ways to end it but can't. Repeat same events from episode 3 in episodes 4, 5, 6, and 7. In episode 8 at the last minute they figure something out and end the loop. They stretched this out way too long. Keep in mind these weren't like loop montages (e.g. groundhog day), these were nearly identical sets of events repeated each episode (sometimes they wore different clothes).


Beyond the endless eight arc it was a fairly consistent continuation of the first season.

Overall: 6.9. Endless eight arc: 4. Other stuff: 7.8.
Value: ~$15.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/16/11 10:08 AM

Why do I need spoiler tags-all I said was that Misuzu dies, that's pretty much common knowledge like that Saving Private Ryan is a total downer.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/16/11 11:08 AM

Run Forrest, run!
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/16/11 11:38 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Why do I need spoiler tags-all I said was that Misuzu dies, that's pretty much common knowledge like that Saving Private Ryan is a total downer.


If it's beyond your ability to fathom then don't burden yourself trying to figure it out.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/16/11 02:20 PM

Hey-no need to get nasty. Spoiler tags are for when you're going to do a blow by blow synopsis of the story. It's very common knowledge that the lead character dies in Air-I don't see that as needing a spoiler tag-if you disagree with that logic-fine-I don't.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/16/11 03:39 PM

No need to be defensive. It was clear from your prior post that you were only interested in justifying, rather than broadening, your notion of "spoiler". My response was simply to absolve you of any inclination you might have for broadening your perspective on the matter but, since you clearly seek neither enlightenment or harmony, I offer my deepest apologies for overestimating you.

Anyway, I gave it my best shot to ask for a spoiler tag (I even busted out my best and fanciest "please") but my request was far more of an imposition than I had anticipated. "It ain't gonna happen" as they say so there's no real need to perpetuate this sidetrack.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/16/11 04:17 PM

Just finished up Rideback and I really enjoyed it. This title isn't for everyone though. There are a lot of politics and terrorism involved. The biggest factor is that all of the characters are adults (college students). This really broke the typical high school mold that I usually see in most anime titles.

Rating: A-

Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/16/11 08:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
No need to be defensive. It was clear from your prior post that you were only interested in justifying, rather than broadening, your notion of "spoiler". My response was simply to absolve you of any inclination you might have for broadening your perspective on the matter but, since you clearly seek neither either enlightenment or harmony, I offer my deepest apologies for overestimating you.

Anyway, I gave it my best shot to ask for a spoiler tag (I even busted out my best and fanciest "please") but my request was far more of an imposition than I had anticipated. "It ain't gonna happen" as they say so there's no real need to perpetuate this sidetrack.


I think we both just got a little testy-as said-if I'm gonna give away the whole story I'll use tags-if not then I won't. Sorry for the hash slinging.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/16/11 09:50 PM

Finished Irresponisble Captain Tylor, such a fun show.

Went looking around today and saw the OVA set, but it was the older 2001 version and was priced at $45.

Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/17/11 09:37 AM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Just finished up Rideback and I really enjoyed it. This title isn't for everyone though. There are a lot of politics and terrorism involved. The biggest factor is that all of the characters are adults (college students). This really broke the typical high school mold that I usually see in most anime titles.

Rating: A-



I can count on one had the number of first episodes that have had me as intrigued as Rideback's first. I've only seen the first few episodes at this point but I'm really glad to hear that it stays strong to the end.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/17/11 11:16 AM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Just finished up Rideback and I really enjoyed it. This title isn't for everyone though. There are a lot of politics and terrorism involved. The biggest factor is that all of the characters are adults (college students). This really broke the typical high school mold that I usually see in most anime titles.

Rating: A-

Politics and terrorism mmm... sounds like the flavor of Gunslinger Girl. Would you say that someone who loves Gunslinger Girl would be interested in Rideback?
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/17/11 11:35 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Politics and terrorism mmm... sounds like the flavor of Gunslinger Girl. Would you say that someone who loves Gunslinger Girl would be interested in Rideback?

It's nothing like Gunslinger Girl, except maybe the art design (very detailed).

I would say you would enjoy it though. Just keep in mind that the main cast are just innocent civilians, who get caught up in the crossfire.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/17/11 11:38 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Finished Irresponisble Captain Tylor, such a fun show.

Went looking around today and saw the OVA set, but it was the older 2001 version and was priced at $45.


You can get the remastered set for $25 ($40 MSRP) pretty easily.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/17/11 11:41 AM

I have found that many people think that the plot of Gunslinger Girl moves too slowly. I also think that most of those people have never discovered a great book. It is within the careful pacing that a true lover of story can appreciate the impact of plot twists, character development, tragedy, etc...
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/17/11 12:10 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
I have found that many people think that the plot of Gunslinger Girl [GSG] moves too slowly. I also think that most of those people have never discovered a great book. It is within the careful pacing that a true lover of story can appreciate the impact of plot twists, character development, tragedy, etc...

If we're talking about pacing, then it's much faster than GSG.

What some people didn't like from what I've read is the direction it took. It first starts off at a college club, then by episode 4 the terrorist and military aspect comes into play. I saw it coming since episode one, because there are a few scenes that indicate it. However, it appears that a lot of people wish that this was a more slice of life title with Ridebacks (mech and motorcycle hybrids), than the political theme that they went with.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/17/11 01:01 PM

I never expect an anime to be anything other than what it is. I just sit back and enjoy what it has to offer. A drastic transition in plot focus (like from college setting to military action) can have an impact on the experience of the show that was intended to be focal by the creator.

If not a creator of art, one should be a lover of it.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/18/11 04:57 PM

Finished a few more...Yea!

Urusei Yatsura: Movie collection

With this I'm at an end with this series. I'm a little sad to see it all over but... Like pretty much all the movies themselves imply...Urusei Yatsura will never be over! Ever! laugh
That being said; I rate them in the following order(best liked to least):
Remember My Love
I place this first out of pure sentementality; This was not only the the first UY movie I ever saw but also the first bit UY I ever saw period. Watching it again so many years later makes feel very nostalgic. And it's still a very good movie in it's own right too. laugh
Beatiful Dreamer
Ah the Famous beatiful dreamer. My personal thought is that while it is indeed a very good movie, I think it suffers from being just a little too over hyped.
Lum the Forver
I would give this the # two spot if didn't feel like it was just trying to be "wierd" for the sake of being "wierd". But I still love in spite of it's diliberate abstruseness.
Final Chapter
I was a little letdown by this one. All I can say without giving too much away is that I agree and share the same sentiments with the people of Tomobiki-cho.
Only You
This was ok... It's got it's moments, and the whole "twist" was amusing...maybe a rewatch will change my opinion later on, but for now it's just ok.
Always my Darling
I would have rated this higher if it wheren't for Lupica; the main "antagonist" for the movie. She was just plain unlikeable. Period.
As a whole I'd say that the movies are most certainly worth the time and money to get. SO get'im now before the Price-gougers do! smirk

Gravitation
You want to know something funny; this was one of the very first titles I asked about when I first signed on to this forum! Ah memmories.....:/
That being said it was a pretty good series. There are some plot points that were not resolved within the context of the show it's seelf but overall it wasn't a bad watch. My biggest complaint for this show is that it's about a band right....so why was only one friggin song played throughout the series....(not even a terribly good one in my opinion.) C'mon... even the Two part OVA had more songs in it than the 13 episode series....AH well...A pick up if you're into shonen ai for sure...and if not; stay away.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/18/11 05:12 PM

Pretty Cure DX3.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/18/11 05:57 PM

Just finished up Ghost Hound series
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/19/11 06:33 AM

I am an anime watching machine last night i watched Midori Days,Sacred Blacksmith and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
And they all were so good i had a good night.

Midori Days was so much fun lots of odd jokes can be made when a love sick guy wakes up only to find his hand is now a girl that has had a crush on him for years.

Sacred Blacksmith was good as well Lisa was adorable umm the Elf eared Lisa.Oh and is there going to be a second season? It kinda left room for there to be one.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was better than i thought it would be it kinda reminded me of the Butterfly Effect only without the death and bad acting.
Also i loved when she would leap and roll out of it into a ball that was funny.

I have no idea what i will watch tonight but it will be something or some things AHH??
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/19/11 10:01 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
Sacred Blacksmith was good as well Lisa was adorable umm the Elf eared Lisa.Oh and is there going to be a second season? It kinda left room for there to be one.

I doubt it! The title preformed poorly in Japan.

Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/19/11 10:07 AM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
With this I'm at an end with this series. I'm a little sad to see it all over but... Like pretty much all the movies themselves imply...Urusei Yatsura will never be over! Ever!

You are so lucky. I am still missing volume 44. It can't be found anywhere. I tried three different vendors that all listed it in stock. As soon as I placed an order, they would message me back saying it was out of stock. Curses to vendors who don't keep their stocks updated online. Here I am with a collection of Urusei Yatsura missing just one volume. cry
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/19/11 11:51 AM

See! So long as you're looking for that final volume of yours it's never over! Mwa hahahahaha!
But in all ernesty, that sucks. All I can say is keep search and best of luck to you. smile
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/19/11 12:52 PM

The Sacred Blacksmith - fan service crap crippled another show. These writers and directors need to stop with the ridiculous fan service that really distracts from a potentially great story. That is what keeps me from buy a show. I will not buy this show and just be satisfied with having watched it streaming on netflix. Sad, the potential was ruined.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/19/11 01:24 PM

Yes, I believe that there was a lot of potential in The Sacred Blacksmith. The whole "Arthurian hero meets Hatori Hanzoesque hardware thing" was totally "Final Fantasy". I'm a "fanservice fanatic". I don't know if the level of fanservice was the show's ultimate demise or simply poor execution. This being said, I admittedly enjoyed The Sacred Blacksmith.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/19/11 01:35 PM

I'll finish rewatching You're Under Arrest when Animeigo replaces the 2 dvds that got lost in the mail.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/20/11 12:39 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
I'll finish rewatching You're Under Arrest when Animeigo replaces the 2 dvds that got lost in the mail.
That's brutal. Ahh, the trials and tribulations of loving anime reach far an wide.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/20/11 06:27 AM

Last night i watched Happy Lesson and the OVA it was an ok show no real plot development just a bunch of random gags involving a high school kid and his let me see if i can get this right...
Five adopted mothers that all just happen to be his teachers and school nurse umm two girls that were like his older and younger sister in the orphanage and one really obsessive classmate that is madly in love with him.
hmm oh yeah and one mad scientist girl that gives up her dreams of world domination so she can hunt and catch the main guy that she two has feel in love with.
It was a very random show.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/20/11 01:15 PM

Yeah it was rather random.

Plus the guy seemed like he was always in a bad mood, and did not want the girls to worry so much about him.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/20/11 03:19 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Yeah it was rather random.

Plus the guy seemed like he was always in a bad mood, and did not want the girls to worry so much about him.


Yeah only in a anime would a guy complain about that many girls living with him and liking him.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/21/11 10:03 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
Originally Posted By: EricDent
Yeah it was rather random.

Plus the guy seemed like he was always in a bad mood, and did not want the girls to worry so much about him.


Yeah only in a anime would a guy complain about that many girls living with him and liking him.

Exactly. I wouldn't complain, but I would be stressed. As soon as you show one more attention than the others, there's hell to pay. grin
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/21/11 01:45 PM

Probably why God only gave Adam one wife.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/21/11 02:38 PM

...unless you count Lilith. wink

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Finished a few more...Yea!

Gravitation
You want to know something funny; this was one of the very first titles I asked about when I first signed on to this forum! Ah memmories.....:/

That being said it was a pretty good series. There are some plot points that were not resolved within the context of the show it's seelf but overall it wasn't a bad watch. My biggest complaint for this show is that it's about a band right....so why was only one friggin song played throughout the series....(not even a terribly good one in my opinion.) C'mon... even the Two part OVA had more songs in it than the 13 episode series....AH well...A pick up if you're into shonen ai for sure...and if not; stay away.

lol Yeah, the band doesn't offer us much variety, does it? It's an enjoyable show, as long as you don't pick it apart for a class assignment. As others have noted, the SR-71 at the end is a bit silly, but it's a silly (in a good way) show to start with.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/21/11 06:28 PM

Finished Eden of the East (series), will probably have to check out the 2 follow up movies (or are they more episodes?).

It was an interesting show, if I had one of those phones I would have gotten killed cause I would just use the $ for me.

Not sure if I would buy this show, but I might be a purchase if it's really cheap.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/11 12:51 AM

Quote:
Finished Eden of the East (series), will probably have to check out the 2 follow up movies (or are they more episodes?).


The 2 follow up movies complete the story.


I finished Ghost in The Shell Stand Alone Complex, which knocks out the 2nd oldest item I had sitting on my shelf still unwatched. I am the first to admit that I wasn't really a fan of the original Ghost in the Shell movie. While I thought it was well done from a technical standpoint it always bored the crap out of me.

As for SAC, it never really hooked me. It was superbly animated and well-executed but it seemed to struggle to balance the overall story with the episode by episode stories in a continuous fashion. Basically, it's a better watch doing 1-3 episodes at a time than trying to marathon it. The fact that I was really busy this week and rarely had more than 60-90 minutes available in one sitting probably helped me from getting bored or frustrated with it.

Overall it's a solid action/conspiracy driven series with sci-fi themes. It never blew me away but was consistently high quality.

Overall: 8.3/10. Value: $30

Does anyone know if the 2nd Gig stacks up as well? This is one I'm debating keeping in Anime Legends format of both series or replacing them with art boxes (although 2nd gig is on the expensive side of things to get in art box form). I've lost any complete-ist nature in me and I'm willing to just keep the parts/seasons that I like as I did with Gunslinger Girl, Full Metal Panic, etc.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/11 10:14 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
It was an interesting show, if I had one of those phones I would have gotten killed cause I would just use the $ for me.

Just imagine the shopping spree! lol
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/22/11 11:02 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Does anyone know if the 2nd Gig stacks up as well?


I personally found 2nd Gig to be better than the 1st series. The plot (about terrorism) was much easier to grasp and understand.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/23/11 06:12 AM

I just finished Season 1&2 of Soul Eater and Season 1 of High school of the Dead.
I liked Soul Eater i can't wait to finish it up i am waiting on the double back to get in stock so i can have season 3&4.
I wish they would use Blair she is great and i like Death The Kid he and his gun/girls cracked me up almost every time they were on the show.

High School of the Dead was ok to i could swear while watching i felt like i had seen a lot of the zombie attack scenes in other live action movies i think they were going for a tribute type thing with some of there scenes.
Saeko Busujima was my favorite character from that show i love how she beat the crap out of basically anything with the wooden sword.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/23/11 02:44 PM

Recently finished up Sound of the Sky (Sora no Woto). One i still find to be an enjoyable watch each time i see it.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/24/11 12:39 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
I just finished Season 1&2 of Soul Eater and Season 1 of High school of the Dead.
I liked Soul Eater i can't wait to finish it up i am waiting on the double back to get in stock so i can have season 3&4.
I wish they would use Blair she is great and i like Death The Kid he and his gun/girls cracked me up almost every time they were on the show.
gun/girls?
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/24/11 01:03 AM

Yeah kiku Death the Kid has two girls with him that turn into his weapons there sisters and they turn into guns.
I don't know if you have seen Soul Eater yet but each character is either a weapon or a weapon user.
The main girl Maka uses a scythe that is a boy named Soul.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/24/11 01:15 AM

I think it looks really cool, but i've been tentative about getting too excited about it, lest I spend a bunch of money on it. At first glance it looks like Teen Titans meets Castlevania. Is it geared toward a younger audience, and/or is it enjoyable to a more adult audience?
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/24/11 08:15 AM

It is a bit of both it can be enjoyed by a younger audience but it does have some pretty violent scenes and a lot of the humor is for a more mature audience.
I think its worth a watch i enjoyed it more than i thought i would.
Plus it has some really funny scenes in it and the Dub voice cast is really good to i can't think of any of them to complain about.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/24/11 11:04 AM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Originally Posted By: zentropa
Does anyone know if the 2nd Gig stacks up as well?


I personally found 2nd Gig to be better than the 1st series. The plot (about terrorism) was much easier to grasp and understand.


For some reason both seasons of GITS tv really didn't go down well with me-I loved the originial movie. I rewatched Sakura Diaries (I have both the originial dubbed version and the sub only collectors version).
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/24/11 11:57 AM

BTW just wanted to mention something about Soul Eater. They had four parts (originally) on DVD. However the latest releases combined parts 1 & 2, and parts 3 & 4. The first one is called the Meister collection and it's available now, the second part is called the Weapon collection and is coming soon.

Both are about $40 (maybe less) and that is cheaper than just 1 of the parts which were about $43 each.

Anyhow it is a good show, and the dub is really good (especially the mind blowing IMO revelation on who plays Madusa).
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/25/11 12:30 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
It is a bit of both it can be enjoyed by a younger audience but it does have some pretty violent scenes and a lot of the humor is for a more mature audience.
I think its worth a watch i enjoyed it more than i thought i would.
Plus it has some really funny scenes in it and the Dub voice cast is really good to i can't think of any of them to complain about.
Some of the greatest work targets a younger audience while nailing the mature audience with splash damage. I love Spongebob.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/25/11 02:57 AM

Well technically I finished watching Voltus V (five), but it was not the whole series (since it never released fully in the USA). It was a VHS tape that I got somewhere (it has signs if being a former rental title). This VHS is 75 minutes long, and has about 5 different monsters that Voltus fights.

This show is from the time-frame of the "Shogun Warriors" stuff, and features a team of five teens who are secretly trained to be the pilots of five different vehicles that combine into Voltus V. They use a "laser sword" as the finish to the fights, but they don't just slash the monster in half, but slash it down & then up to make a "V" slash (which is kind of cool looking when they do it).

They have made toys for this particular combining robot, but they are only available in Japan (or some import toy stores), however since they are very nice quality toys, they are rather expensive.

This show obviously was not very popular in the USA (despite coming out on video in 1983). I think other similar shows just did better jobs.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/25/11 11:34 AM

Trigun - Saw this series on Adult Swim several years ago. I decided to go after the set and saw a few things I missed in the original airing, such as the ending sequence on the last episode. It's still an enjoyable title, but it is showing some age.

Rating: B+

TO Film Collection - This was a surprise. This collection contains two CG short films, that are made by the studio that did Appleseed and Vexille. This is by far their best work. This is the first time they are using original stories and not adaptations like their previous films. Also, since the films are only 40 minutes each, the plots don't lag and they are well balanced. If anyone is looking for a good sci-fi title, then look no further.

Rating: A+
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/26/11 06:35 AM

I just finished Kanon last night and it was pretty good it was a lot like Clannad which was what i was kinda expecting.
It wasn't as sad as Clannad though i think they sorta rushed the character development a little and i couldn't really get to know a character well enough to feel bad for them.
It also might have had something to do with it being only 26 episodes were Clannad got about double that so you really got a feel for the characters.
I did laugh a lot at his cousin in Kanon though she was hilarious when she was sleep walking and when she went into the cute cat must pet mode.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/27/11 02:23 AM

Finished Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd Gig.

The production quality stays at the same high level of the first series. This one takes a bit of a different approach, offering a new story that is told in a much more linear fashion with some character history type episodes sprinkled in there for good measure.

The character backgrounds were a nice surprise. The rest of it, I think I had similar issues as I do with several of the other series that add a sequel on (e.g. Full Metal Panic vs. The Second Raid, Ai Yori Aoshi vs. Enishi, Gunslinger Girl vs. Il Teatrino): they just didn't really capture the magic the second time around. GITS 2nd gig is a very well done series, but a lot of the mystique that you discover throughout the first series seems to be absent. If you really enjoyed the characters and the world they have created in the first season this is definitely a must watch. I enjoyed it but it's just not sitting solidly with me right now even though I was able to watch it over a much shorter period of time than the first season. I guess it just didn't seem to stack up as well to me as other sequel series that I have really enjoyed (Kyo Kara Maoh Season 3, Major Seasons 2-6, Hajime No Ippo: the new challenger, etc.).

Overall 8.0/10. Value ~$25.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/27/11 06:28 AM

Last night i watched Demon King Daimao and it was pretty good.
It had some really funny bits to it most of which i found in the android/surveillance girl.
Her odd ways of doing things cracked me up.
The story itself was ok it got a little hard to understand towards the end and it seemed like all the characters jumped back and forth between good and bad sides in the last few episodes i couldn't tell what was going on there.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/27/11 07:46 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
Last night i watched Demon King Daimao and it was pretty good.
It had some really funny bits to it most of which i found in the android/surveillance girl.
Her odd ways of doing things cracked me up.
The story itself was ok it got a little hard to understand towards the end and it seemed like all the characters jumped back and forth between good and bad sides in the last few episodes i couldn't tell what was going on there.
Yes, but the end is where you get to see Peterhausen really shine. I also liked Korone's shenanigans.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/27/11 11:51 AM

Baka and Test.... it's a fun ride. smile
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/27/11 08:22 PM

I just plowed through Kimi Ni Todoke Season 2-kind of an unusual shoujo romance series.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/28/11 03:04 AM

I just finished Ga Rei Zero.

This one had me with some conflicting expectations based upon what had been written about it so far. Most have championed it but Stefanie's comments had me a bit wary since we usually share similar tastes over things that involve dark and evil.

My feelings about this series were a bit mixed. The first episode tosses you into the fire and gets things going with a bang and a ton of mysteries to uncover... only to find out the group of characters in the first episode aren't present after the first episode. Episodes 2 and 3 takes you to the "real" characters and then begins the "events leading up to what happened in episode 1."

This is a decent action/paranormal type series but I'm not quite at peace with it. I'm not sure if knowing that it is a prequel to a manga series influenced my "this feels like a prequel" type feelings, but it did in fact feel like a prequel. That is, it seems to flow under the impression that you are familiar with a given story and are already invested in the characters enough to figure out why they are the way they are and how "the now" came to be. Being that I'm not familiar with the manga it gave the series a few issues with pacing. Certain events seemed to just fly by, that had this been the primary storyline, they probably would have been explored and expanded upon in much greater detail. It feels a bit taken for granted that these events obviously shaped the character in Ga Rei, so they don't need to be given their due diligence. From my own viewpoint, this would have been better as a 24 episode series or a 2 hour movie.

I realize I'm writing way more than I usually do in a review so it should be obvious that I didn't hate the show. I did find a lot of faults that kept me from loving the show. If they make a Ga Rei anime, I would most likely check it out but I sort of wish they had made that for me to watch first.

A solid watch, but it's just a wheel, not a reinvention of the wheel.

Overall: 7.7/10. Value ~$20.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/28/11 03:04 AM

I will also add that Ga Rei Zero is the lowest bitrate Funi BD I have owned so far, averaging ~16 Mbps.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/28/11 06:32 AM

I watched Ah! My Buddha last night and it was ok it was more of a fan service show than anything though.
It had some laughs here and there i found Hinata to be the funniest of the girls for some odd reason those types of characters in every anime i find funny.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/28/11 01:17 PM

I'm in the middle of re-watching
"The Irresponsible Captain Tylor"
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 06:33 AM

Last night i watched Gokusen and Eden of the East TV series.
Gokusen was just ok it had some good points here and there but it was just meh.
And i really hate that art style it makes everyone's face look so odd.

Eden of the East i really liked the whole phone that can basically grant you anything as long as you have money in your phone account.
It had some pretty funny moments here and there to.
Is there going to be another season or do the movies end the story.
Please no spoilers because i haven't watched the movies yet...
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 08:55 AM

Quote:
Eden of the East i really liked the whole phone that can basically grant you anything as long as you have money in your phone account.
It had some pretty funny moments here and there to.
Is there going to be another season or do the movies end the story.


The 2nd movie is supposed to end the story.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 09:06 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Quote:
Eden of the East i really liked the whole phone that can basically grant you anything as long as you have money in your phone account.
It had some pretty funny moments here and there to.
Is there going to be another season or do the movies end the story.


The 2nd movie is supposed to end the story.


Really, that'll be the end...In that case I'm really looking forward to it, I think the whole series & Movie(s) are great.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 10:50 AM

I watched three movies in that past three days.

Paprika - My favorite of the bunch. I personally don't like shows based on dreams, but this one I really liked. Perhaps it was the character of Paprika herself, that made it very entertaining or maybe it's because it's a movie directed by Satoshi Kon.

Rating: A+

Millennium Actress - Another good one that was directed by Satoshi Kon. I really liked how the actress' memories of her past were starting to blend in with all of her memories of the movies that she was in.

Rating: A-

Highlander - I entered into this movie with low expectations, but it turned out to be pretty fun. It's pretty much a popcorn film with lots of actions. The plot was pretty basic, but it got the job done.

Rating: B-
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 11:37 AM

Quote:
Millennium Actress - Another good one that was directed by Satoshi Kon. I really liked how the actress' memories of her past were starting to blend in with all of her memories of the movies that she was in.


Sounds a lot like Perfect Blue
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 11:43 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Quote:
Millennium Actress - Another good one that was directed by Satoshi Kon. I really liked how the actress' memories of her past were starting to blend in with all of her memories of the movies that she was in.


Sounds a lot like Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue was also directed by Satoshi Kon, but this isn't a Psychological Thriller. It's more about an actress who saw a lot during her time (including the events of WWII) and she is trying to recall her life (she's in her 70s now). However, her film career took a lot out of her and she's having a hard time separating the two (her life and her acting career). When she tells her story, the two are being mashed together which is actually pretty entertaining to watch.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 12:08 PM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Paprika
Rating: A+

Millennium Actress
Rating: A-

Highlander
Rating: B-

Paprika
Rating: B+

Millennium Actress
Rating: A+

Highlander
Rating: C
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 12:39 PM

Interestingly enough I discovered Paprika at a Barnes & Noble in the drama section of the video department. How weird is that? I really liked the Paprika character as well, particularly her voice talent. I own a copy on DVD. I keep it on the bookshelf right next to Rahzephon, Baccano, and Neo Ranga. That's the section I go to just in case I want to become so bewildered that my brain turns to marmalade.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 01:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: joelgundam01

Millennium Actress
Rating: A-


Millennium Actress
Rating: A+

On a side note, Millennium Actress would have gotten an A+ from me, if it was dubbed. That was the only pet peeve I had with the title. I couldn't pay complete attention to the art design, because I was trying to read the subtitles.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 02:01 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Interestingly enough I discovered Paprika at a Barnes & Noble in the drama section of the video department. How weird is that? I really liked the Paprika character as well, particularly her voice talent. I own a copy on DVD. I keep it on the bookshelf right next to Rahzephon, Baccano, and Neo Ranga. That's the section I go to just in case I want to become so bewildered that my brain turns to marmalade.


along those same lines, but not, Give "GHOST HOUND" or "WHEN THEY CRY" a try... To help broaden your bewilderment smirk
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 02:08 PM

I've been wanting to give When They Cry a spin for quite some time now but, due to Geneon's demise I can't find it. BTW, since it actually aired a 2nd season do you think there's any hope for rerelease as a 2 season set?
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/29/11 03:35 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
I've been wanting to give When They Cry a spin for quite some time now but, due to Geneon's demise I can't find it. BTW, since it actually aired a 2nd season do you think there's any hope for rerelease as a 2 season set?


I do not know, all I can tell you is I got it at TRSI this year I think, but I do see they are out of it now.
its 26 episodes and the cover says Complete Set. other than that, I do not know..

I tellya, this Anime is wickedly brutal, it is kind of like ( not the wickedly brutal part )Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya BUT ONLY so far as the story re-tells the same time period but its like the same time period from the view point of other dimensions. Same place, same timeframe, same people, but things happen differently.

This Anime goes where no Shonen (If I'm wrong about calling it Shonen...sorry.) type Anime has gone beforeAs far as I know.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/30/11 08:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Paprika
Rating: A+

Millennium Actress
Rating: A-

Highlander
Rating: B-

Paprika
Rating: B+

BUT-Millennium Actress is so much more enjoyable dubbed-and it has been dubbed, just not for the american market-you'd have the get the uk version which can be had for about 15 bucks-s & h included from amazon uk.

Millennium Actress
Rating: A+

Highlander
Rating: C
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/30/11 09:04 AM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
I watched three movies in that past three days.

Paprika - My favorite of the bunch. I personally don't like shows based on dreams, but this one I really liked. Perhaps it was the character of Paprika herself, that made it very entertaining or maybe it's because it's a movie directed by Satoshi Kon.

Rating: A+

Millennium Actress - Another good one that was directed by Satoshi Kon. I really liked how the actress' memories of her past were starting to blend in with all of her memories of the movies that she was in.

Rating: A-

Highlander - I entered into this movie with low expectations, but it turned out to be pretty fun. It's pretty much a popcorn film with lots of actions. The plot was pretty basic, but it got the job done.

Rating: B-


Flip-flop Paprika and Millennium Actress and i totally agree, two enjoyable movies each time that you sit down and watch them. IMO two of Kon's best.

As for Highlander i haven't seen it, so i really can't say.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/30/11 09:10 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
I just plowed through Kimi Ni Todoke Season 2-kind of an unusual shoujo romance series.


There's a title that i'm wanting to check out. I enjoyed the first season and am hoping that the second will be just as enjoyable. Hopefully it doesn't drag out their romance so that you're looking for a third season just to see any progress like another series has done (yes, it's a dig at AMG).
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/30/11 10:16 AM

When They Cry's different POV (ahem) storytelling style does sound very intriguing. Actually, it sounds reminiscent of the dimensional differences that are used as a storytelling tool in a few television shows that I really REALLY like:
Fringe
Eureka
Witchblade
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/30/11 06:35 PM

Just finished watching Project A-KO, this was the remastered version from Discotek (which I just bought earlier today).

It still holds up pretty well, despite it being rather old. The mecha/ship designs are still very impressive. Also the music is still great, despite it being a lot of synthesizer stuff.

This is one of the very rare anime shows that actually had the music done in the US, and even though the clothes/hair back then was pretty goofy, the girls they got to sing the songs were kind of cute.

Overall the story kind of never makes sense, but who cares when there is so much action, comedy, and some fanservice going on (seriously this was one of the first shows that I saw that had animated nudity in it).

Overall I give this a 8/10, and it was worth $13.99 (got it at Hastings in Killeen).

Just a quick note on my rating scale (I keep forgetting to mention this) the highest I go is a 9, cause there is nothing that is "perfect" IMO.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/31/11 01:00 AM

I'm pretty sure that A-KO is a descendant of the Cream Lemon series.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/31/11 10:38 AM

It is-if you have the originial US Manga release watch the interview with Yuji Moriyama.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 07/31/11 01:08 PM

That is on this release as well as commentary, music videos, and an outtake (in Japanese without subtitles).

I read about this was going to be a "Hentai" title, but they changed their minds. Apparently in one of the classrooms that A-KO & B-KO crash into you can see some characters off of one of the Cream Lemon shows (something about a Brothel).
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/01/11 01:51 AM

The 1st time I saw Project A-KO it was on VHS. I also had U-jin Brand on... oops; inside voice, inside voice.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/01/11 04:38 PM

Finished up Special A. It was just alright. The series had a feel like it was a School Rumble wanna be. Main lead girl is a little thick-headed when it comes to noticing the feelings of the guy that likes her. Pretty much to the point where it's said point blank and even then it takes some time to sink in.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/01/11 08:53 PM

Just finished up
Aika R-16 Virgin Mission
Agent Aika: Complete Collection

There's a reason you should always make sure you never leave
the house without a clean pair of panties grin
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/01/11 11:26 PM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Just finished up
Aika R-16 Virgin Mission
Agent Aika: Complete Collection

There's a reason you should always make sure you never leave
the house without a clean pair of panties grin


That reminds me. Tomorrow is Shuffle day. It's good to be a lumberjack!
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/02/11 01:00 AM

I liked Aika and R-16. They're both entertaining from start to finish. Another anime from the same school of thought that I really like is Najica: Blitz Tactics.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/02/11 06:38 AM

I just watched Xam'D last night and it was ok i guess the story was a bit out there and odd and the ending was sorta bittersweet to.
It did kinda catch me off guard though when that girl at the first of it went all suicide bomber on the bus i was not expecting that.
I guess i watch to much harem anime i figured she would fall for the main guy and her and the red headed girl would fight over him i kinda pegged that one wrong.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/02/11 09:08 AM

Rewatched Elemental Gelade.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/02/11 09:50 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
I liked Aika and R-16. They're both entertaining from start to finish. Another anime from the same school of thought that I really like is Najica: Blitz Tactics.


Since my last post I have completed Najica: Blitz Tactics
I'm now on Noir
I'll watch MADLAX next than El Cazador De La Bruja after that.
NOIR, MADLAX and EL CAZADOR De La Buja are offen refered to as BeeTrain Animation Studios
"Girls with Gun" trilogy (just FYI)
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/02/11 10:07 AM

Nice FYI. Najica rules. Najica was one of the 1st anime that taught me sometimes you can find, hiding inside massive amounts fan service, a great anime.
I would love to hear your thoughts on Noir and Madlax. I've thought about checking them both out for awhile now, but I've heard mixed reviews. El Cazador De La Bruja on the other hand, I couldn't put down once I started. I loved it. I love Lirio! I LOVE THE TACO SONG! Sorry, I got a little excited.
Did you know that "El Cazador De La Bruja" means "Hunter Of The Witch"? (just FYI)
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/02/11 12:48 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Nice FYI. Najica rules. Najica was one of the 1st anime that taught me sometimes you can find, hiding inside massive amounts fan service, a great anime.
I would love to hear your thoughts on Noir and Madlax. I've thought about checking them both out for awhile now, but I've heard mixed reviews. El Cazador De La Bruja on the other hand, I couldn't put down once I started. I loved it. I love Lirio! I LOVE THE TACO SONG! Sorry, I got a little excited.
Did you know that "El Cazador De La Bruja" means "Hunter Of The Witch"? (just FYI)



My thoughts on them is not needed (believe me) just Buyem. whistle
There is no order that they need to be watched in, but the order is: Noir, Madlax, El Cazador De La Bruja
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/02/11 04:57 PM

Are we allowed to post videos on here?

If not please delete.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9InaIyKClU&feature=related

English dub Taco song (just for fun).
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/02/11 05:46 PM

Tacos tacos tacos...
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/03/11 06:48 AM

I watched El Cazador De La Bruja last night and it was very good i was amused though out the entire show.
I really liked the Ellis character she cracked me up.
And i felt kinda sorry for whoever had to do the voice acting work for Lirio they had to do random grunts and giggles for almost every episode and only got one line of actual speech.

And i did get the Taco song stuck in my head but the more i sang it i sorta mixed it with the Big Dango Family song from Clannad.
I just watched that a while back and the Dango song has been in there ever since.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/03/11 01:09 PM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
I watched El Cazador De La Bruja last night and it was very good i was amused though out the entire show.
I really liked the Ellis character she cracked me up.
And i felt kinda sorry for whoever had to do the voice acting work for Lirio they had to do random grunts and giggles for almost every episode and only got one line of actual speech.

And i did get the Taco song stuck in my head but the more i sang it i sorta mixed it with the Big Dango Family song from Clannad.
I just watched that a while back and the Dango song has been in there ever since.


Just wrapped on Noir, MADLAX is next.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/03/11 05:47 PM

Lirio was played by Monica Rial (you can kinda tell if you listen to some of her other stuff).

LOL about the Dango song!

Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/03/11 06:15 PM

Ellis was great! She kinda had a breathy Marilyn Monroe thing goin' on. Watching her character unfold as the show progressed was half the fun.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/03/11 11:59 PM

That's Maxey Whitehead, and she also is the newer voice of Al Elric in Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (since Aaron Dismuke the previous voice grew up and his voice changed).
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/11 01:12 AM

Cool. I've seen the entire first series and the movie. They were fantastic. What a sweeping storyline.

Ever wonder why there's two separate anime that begin the term "Full Metal"? (Panic and Alchemist)
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/11 07:47 AM

Finished up Summer Wars. Wasn't too bad of a title, however for me it seemed like it was overhyped. I thought that The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was better, and seemed to flow a lot smoother.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/11 10:37 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Finished up Summer Wars. Wasn't too bad of a title, however for me it seemed like it was overhyped. I thought that The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was better, and seemed to flow a lot smoother.

Both are good films. Summer Wars had a large cast with a good bit of humor. It was a little difficult to keep all the family members straight at first. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time had that sad/melancholic but relieved feeling at the end. I really love that movie.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/11 12:16 PM

Fullmetal Alchemist: Maybe cause Ed's arm is metal, and Al is totally metal.

Full Metal Panic: The mechs are made of metal.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/11 12:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
Originally Posted By: stargates
Finished up Summer Wars. Wasn't too bad of a title, however for me it seemed like it was overhyped. I thought that The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was better, and seemed to flow a lot smoother.

Both are good films. Summer Wars had a large cast with a good bit of humor. It was a little difficult to keep all the family members straight at first. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time had that sad/melancholic but relieved feeling at the end. I really love that movie.


Yeah, keeping up with the family was a huge chore, but it was needed in the end to help fight the Big Boss.

I wonder if that's why i like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was because it tugged more at your heart strings than the other one did. While both are good, for me The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was more enjoyable.
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/11 02:47 PM

With "Full Metal Panic!", it is more likely a reference to bullets, since the ones used by the military usually have a full metal jacket (brass or copper), rather than a bare lead slug.

Of course, Stefanie is probably more knowledgable about that than I am.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/11 08:12 PM

Stefanie! Stefanie! Stefanie!
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/04/11 11:09 PM

My bad. I fixed it. Thanks. :-)
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/05/11 01:22 AM

Nice... but I wasn't correcting your spelling. I was attempting to summon the almighty wizard(ess) of firearms knowledge to aid in our quest for Full Metal Knowledge.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/05/11 05:55 PM

I Just now finished up MADLAX
Starting El Cazador De La Bruja right after I sign off.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/06/11 02:47 PM

I just finished quite a few series.

Black Jack Ova & Movie
I really liked this series.
Everything form the art diredtion to story pacing right down to the titular man himself. If I'm gonna nit-pick on anything it'd be that some of the OVA stories are a little farfetched. But like I said; that's just me nit-picking and quibbling over small stuff. Right Stuf still has the OVA's for sale...I'd recommend them in a heart beat to any one who likes suspence ans or medical thrillers.

Comic Party & Comic Party Revolution
I liked these more that I thought I would. The first Comic Party is more story oriented, while Revolution is more about gags. And Yuu, she's the best girl bar none in that series. Yuu forever! laugh

Galaxy Express 999 the movie
This movie evokes such a strong sense of nostalgia. Watching Tetsuro's journey from boy to man is always slightly bittersweet one. And it's never looked better too. smile

Saiyuki the first two seasons from ADV
All I can say is YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!
I finally finished this chore of series.
And with that I can actually pinpoint exactly what was wrong with it: filler.
There was so much of it, and a lot of it is truly crap. Truly utterly completely crap. There aren't enough words, nor do I have the time nor patience to say so.
Now the main story it's self simply lends it's self to such a thing; (they're traveling west to reclaim a stolen scroll and stop Gyumahoh from being revived) so it's to be expected that they do such a thing. But when Homura's story arc kicks in... in all honest it felt like that whole arc should have really only taken 6-8 eps not the 20 or so they used to do so. I liked that story arc but seriously? The sad thing is that was a "filler" in and of it's self. (which is messed up in my opinion cause it was better than the "main" story)
The sad thing is I still have the movie, Reload and Reload Gunlock to go. (it you're thinking : sheesh, if your're bitching that much about it why not trade it in? My pride as an anime fan refuses I do so. I will finish this series even if it kills me. smirk )
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/06/11 03:54 PM

Quote:
Saiyuki the first two seasons from ADV
All I can say is YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!
I finally finished this chore of series.


Such a glowing review makes me perfectly okay with having sold it before finishing it smile (I swallowed my anime fan pride long ago).


Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/06/11 04:09 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Quote:
Saiyuki the first two seasons from ADV
All I can say is YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!
I finally finished this chore of series.


Such a glowing review makes me perfectly okay with having sold it before finishing it smile (I swallowed my anime fan pride long ago).




I didn't finish this series ether ( I only lasted a couple of episodes ), Im trying to recall and I think its because I had just had it with this type of Anime.
(I didnt know it when I got it, plus I think it was a good deal $ wish) The whole gang of guys that (too me) did nothing more except.
Kick butt & talk Sh*t (or the other way around) and than it was the next guys turn to do the same
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/06/11 07:12 PM

Rewatched Nanaka 6/17.
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/06/11 07:27 PM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Originally Posted By: zentropa
Quote:
Saiyuki the first two seasons from ADV
All I can say is YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!
I finally finished this chore of series.


Such a glowing review makes me perfectly okay with having sold it before finishing it smile (I swallowed my anime fan pride long ago).




I didn't finish this series ether ( I only lasted a couple of episodes ), Im trying to recall and I think its because I had just had it with this type of Anime.
(I didnt know it when I got it, plus I think it was a good deal $ wish) The whole gang of guys that (too me) did nothing more except.
Kick butt & talk Sh*t (or the other way around) and than it was the next guys turn to do the same


No, you pretty much hit the nail on the head there.
But the funny thing is I could put up with that.
It was the filler that did it in for me.
More specifically it was the fact that the filler set out to do one of either two things:
1)Show how "bad-ass" Sanzo & co. where
2)Manipulate you into "feeling" for Sanzo & co cause deep down; they're sad little boys in need of a hug.
Dood....
Epic fail on both parts.
Their being "bad-ass" really made them come off as a**holes;
and as for feeling bad for them; unlike most girls; I don't feel for a**holes (they get what they deserve).
I normally I have no problem with moe but it doesn't work for me in this show.
But enough of that. There was one more series I saw that I remembered:

Ex-Driver Ova and Movie
The one thing that kept going through my head when watching this was: "Man, this is a great series if your a fan of car chases."
It was an all around solid title. One thing that irritated me was that Lisa was treated a little to roughly by the staff. I felt she was the butt one to many of thier jokes,... but other than that...it was pretty decent.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/06/11 08:06 PM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Originally Posted By: zentropa
Quote:
Saiyuki the first two seasons from ADV
All I can say is YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!
I finally finished this chore of series.


Such a glowing review makes me perfectly okay with having sold it before finishing it smile (I swallowed my anime fan pride long ago).




I didn't finish this series ether ( I only lasted a couple of episodes ), Im trying to recall and I think its because I had just had it with this type of Anime.
(I didnt know it when I got it, plus I think it was a good deal $ wish) The whole gang of guys that (too me) did nothing more except.
Kick butt & talk Sh*t (or the other way around) and than it was the next guys turn to do the same


No, you pretty much hit the nail on the head there.
But the funny thing is I could put up with that.
It was the filler that did it in for me.
More specifically it was the fact that the filler set out to do one of either two things:
1)Show how "bad-ass" Sanzo & co. where
2)Manipulate you into "feeling" for Sanzo & co cause deep down; they're sad little boys in need of a hug.
Dood....
Epic fail on both parts.
Their being "bad-ass" really made them come off as a**holes;
and as for feeling bad for them; unlike most girls; I don't feel for a**holes (they get what they deserve).
I normally I have no problem with moe but it doesn't work for me in this show.
But enough of that. There was one more series I saw that I remembered:

Ex-Driver Ova and Movie
The one thing that kept going through my head when watching this was: "Man, this is a great series if your a fan of car chases."
It was an all around solid title. One thing that irritated me was that Lisa was treated a little to roughly by the staff. I felt she was the butt one to many of thier jokes,... but other than that...it was pretty decent.


I Love Ex-Driver (Ova & Movie) As I look over I can see the DVD case on the self.

There is one thing I do remember, is while watching the show I kept thinking about
the Original Star Trek and how the teleporter kept breaking down., and therefore
it became the plot devise of that episode. (get it?)

Ex-Driver for those of you reading this but havent seen the Series. It was all about these people driving gasoline powered cars ( the only ones allowed to drive them ) they had to stop Cars that had "broken down", all cars now have their own A.I and if it is taken over or it just went nuts ( broke down ) the people in the cars were at its mercy till Ex-Drivers came to your ad. ( And I thought car safety would get better in the future )

I believe thats it in a nutshell.
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/06/11 08:12 PM

Saw a notice on ANN that "Star Blazers" is being shown on Hulu, so last night I watched the first 12 episodes of "The Quest for Iscandar" (the first of the three TV series).

This was probably the first anime series that I ever saw, back when I was in college in the early 80s. And my apologies to those who revere it as an anime classic, but it was just as awful as I remembered.

The artwork was crude and the English dub was poor, but the thing that made me shudder the most was the misuse of astronomical terms and the inconsistencies in the story telling. If you travel from Earth to Mars, you haven't gone "thousands of light years". If you're caught in a "space net" one minute, you can't go "full speed ahead" the next without establishing that you've somehow freed yourself.

It makes me wonder how much of the poor story telling is the fault of the anime studio, and how much is due to poor and inconsistent translations. One thing is certain, though. I have trouble understanding how something so bad became an anime classic.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/06/11 08:50 PM

Well it had designs by Leji Matsumoto, had interesting characters, and a interesting story.

I would kind of want to see the original version, in full length. I borrowed the movies from Netflix in the past, and can say that the dub is actually pretty close (voice wise IMO).

Anyhow, just finished Maze, and it was an interesting ending.

Kind of doubt I would buy it, mostly cause it was rather odd.

I also enjoy Ex-Driver and thought it was well done.
I think they explained pretty well why the cars go bad once in a while, some sort of glitch in the AI happens.

BTW did anybody else notice the major change of pace with the "extra episodes" on the Movie? This is cause those were directed by Nabeshin of Nerima Daikon Brothers, Excel Saga, and Tenchi Muyo GXP fame. If you look closely you can even see a rather early version of the Nabeshin character (with the big afro & Lupin the 3rd clothes) crossing the street.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/07/11 11:24 PM

I just finished Black Cat, kind of a weird ending.

It was a fun show while it lasted.

Also just wanted to mention that I am back to normal iPhone Internet, was previously at parents house while they were away.

I did enjoy the Nanaka 6/17 show, it was fun & cute at times, yet serious at other times.
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 05:55 AM

I randomly rewatched Lucky Star again for no particular reason.
I was just sitting there with nothing to do and my hand just kinda grabbed Lucky Star of the shelf and i watched it again.

Still after watching this show for i don't know the fourth or fifth time i still notice other anime references hidden some not so much hidden as in your face.
I have noticed things from Sgt.Frog,Full Metal Panic and Full Metal Alchemist,Clannad ect.

My favorite characters are Minami Iwasaki,Hiyori Tamura and of course Tsukasa Hiiragi.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 12:59 PM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Millennium Actress Rating: A-
Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Millennium Actress Rating: A+
Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
On a side note, Millennium Actress would have gotten an A+ from me, if it was dubbed. That was the only pet peeve I had with the title. I couldn't pay complete attention to the art design, because I was trying to read the subtitles.

Well, in this case, I'm rating the movie itself, not the R1 DVD release. As you know, I hate sub-only anime releases (and DVDs), so I agree with you that it would've been more enjoyable in 1080p and 7.1 surround. However, the movie itself is one of the best (if not the best) full-length feature anime movies I've ever seen.
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 01:40 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Ever wonder why there's two separate anime that begin the term "Full Metal"? (Panic and Alchemist)
Originally Posted By: EricDent
Fullmetal Alchemist: Maybe cause Ed's arm is metal, and Al is totally metal.

Full Metal Panic: The mechs are made of metal.
Originally Posted By: Manhiem
With "Full Metal Panic!", it is more likely a reference to bullets, since the ones used by the military usually have a full metal jacket (brass or copper), rather than a bare lead slug.

Of course, Stefanie is probably more knowledgeable about that than I am.
Originally Posted By: kiku
Stefanie! Stefanie! Stefanie!

I'm not familiar with anything being referred to as "full metal" other than jacketed bullets used in typical military cartridges, but it's possible that it could be something else. My guess is that such anime titles are references to the bullet jackets. A "full metal jacket" covers a bullet's lead core everywhere but the bottom, whereas a "total metal jacket" covers the entire bullet, including the bottom.

Per Declaration III of the Hague Convention of 1899:

Quote:
The Contracting Parties agree to abstain from the use of bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body, such as bullets with a hard envelope which does not entirely cover the core, or is pierced with incisions.

I'm oversimplifying, but the general theory is that FMJ and TMJ bullets (which are considered more "humane") make less lethal wounds, so that wounded combatants won't be as likely to bleed to death in agony, and so that surgeons will have an easier time treating the wounds. By contrast, the hunting laws in most states (U.S.A.) require just the opposite; hollow points and soft points (which cause massive tissue damage) are usually mandatory, so that animals that don't instantly die will quickly bleed to death, rather than indefinitely suffer with non-fatal injuries. For similar reasons, most personal defense rounds use frangible, hollow point, or soft point bullets. Some bullets, like the Glaser Safety Slug, even contain birdshot.

Whether such concerns ever made sense in war, and if so, whether such concerns should now be considered outdated, are great fodder for political debate, which we shouldn't get into here. So, all of that still begs the questions: "What's a Fullmetal Alchemist?" and "What's a Full Metal Panic!?" lol
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 02:55 PM

Thanks, Stefanie! smile
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 03:26 PM

You're welcome, although I rambled a bit, as usual. As you can imagine, I'm always the life of the party. wink
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 06:18 PM

x
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 07:14 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Hey guys-I keep telling you that Millennium Actress was dubbed in english but nobody seems to be listening-you just have to get the Manga R2 dvd.

I read your previous post, but it's a moot point to me. I don't import DVDs period.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 07:28 PM

Ok-if that's the way you feel about it. I can and will import anime dvds-if their're legitimate. I think that the bad reputation of so-called imported anime dvds came from the hkdvd rips of licensed R1 dvds-and I admit years ago that a large part of my collection was composed of just those. There used to a local anime store that sold nothing but hk anime dvds and I was a regular customer.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 07:43 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
I think that the bad reputation of so-called imported anime dvds came from the hkdvd rips of licensed R1 dvds-and I admit years ago that a large part of my collection was composed of just those. There used to a local anime store that sold nothing but hk anime dvds and I was a regular customer.

That's not the reason why I don't import. I can spot a bootleg a mile away even before I got into anime.

Price is the biggest issue (mostly the shipping costs) and dealing with the region coding is another. I'm well aware that there are several ways to get around the region lock, but I'm a pretty picky person. I prefer watching titles on my TV and not on my PC (the easiest way to get around it) and I don't feel like shelling out money to buy an multi-region player.

There are a few other reasons and many of those come from my past experiences, when I imported video games (and consoles).
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 08:14 PM

Finished Angelic Layer about 5 minutes ago .. HIKARU WINS!!! grin

Now lets see, What do I want to watch next Samurai Girls or Boogiepop Phantom ?? hmmm confused
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/08/11 11:49 PM

That is another big difference in the manga version of Angelic Layer.
Which fortunately the local library has to borrow (they even went through the trouble of making ALL the manga they have hardcovers).
Click to reveal..
In the manga Hikaru does not win that last fight with Athena
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 02:21 AM

Yay, Stefanie!
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 06:29 AM

I rewatched Azumanga Daioh last night i love that show if your into school comedies and haven't watched it i highly recommend you watch it.

Oh yeah and the Yukari mobile rules...
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 09:55 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Finished Angelic Layer about 5 minutes ago .. HIKARU WINS!!! grin

Now lets see, What do I want to watch next Samurai Girls or Boogiepop Phantom ?? hmmm confused


I decided on Samurai Girls, Mmmm cheeky laugh
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 10:11 AM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
I'm not familiar with anything being referred to as "full metal" other than jacketed bullets used in typical military cartridges, but it's possible that it could be something else. My guess is that such anime titles are references to the bullet jackets. A "full metal jacket" covers a bullet's lead core everywhere but the bottom, whereas a "total metal jacket" covers the entire bullet, including the bottom.

So, A Full Metal Alchemist has a lead bottom? laugh

Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 10:13 AM

Excellent observation, good sir!
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 01:27 PM

Cheeky... nice. Samurai Girls is next up on my watch roster after I finish Night Raid 1931, which BTW is one of the most original anime that I've seen in awhile; possibly since Kino's Journey.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 01:37 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Cheeky... nice. Samurai Girls is next up on my watch roster after I finish Night Raid 1931, which BTW is one of the most original anime that I've seen in awhile; possibly since Kino's Journey.


Aaah, KINO... I still wounder if she made it out, no gas, no water, no food... frown.
Thanks for the reminder KiKu wink

I've decided to watch Night Raid 1931 after Samurai Girls
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 01:40 PM

Whadya' think o' the intro music for Kino's Journey? I absolutely love it. I think it sets you up for each episode, perfectly suited for the show.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 01:52 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Whadya' think o' the intro music for Kino's Journey? I absolutely love it. I think it sets you up for each episode, perfectly suited for the show.



I often us the words, ORIGINAL or RARE TREAT or NOT YOUR NORMAL, when I speak of or review
Certain Animes. Kino's Journey does fall into that category.

I also did a review of Kino's Journey
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 02:00 PM

Excellent review, couldn't have said it better myself. Oh yeah, and the reviewer before you referred ot it as "Kinko's Journey" crazy At least you didn't "copy" his review... laugh
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 02:44 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Excellent review, couldn't have said it better myself. Oh yeah, and the reviewer before you referred ot it as "Kinko's Journey" crazy At least you didn't "copy" his review... laugh


Maybe thats how he ( Kinko ) realized he wanted to pursue a career in the paper product and copier business laugh
( went on a Journey of self discovery )

I have disagreed with some of Ogie Doggies reviews but Ive never been unhappy when Ive bought an Anime based on one of his reviews.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 03:34 PM

Watched DEAD LEAVES before starting Samurai Girlslast night.
I wrote a review for DEAD LEAVES
"Its the closest youll ever get without actually having to drop that tap of Acid" cool
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 03:38 PM

Yes, Dead Leaves is... something else.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 08:17 PM

For me Dead Leaves was like an LSD trip gone very wrong-YEECH!
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 09:56 PM

I finished up a few things this week.

Pom Poko. This was cute and rather interesting. It had kind of a national geographic special meets comedy drama thing going on. It reminded me a bit of The Gods Must Be Crazy in that regard. This had an appeal for pretty much any age range.

Overall 8.3/10.

Ghost Hound. I had extremely mixed feelings on this one. It has a nice creepy feeling to it, but... the best comparison I could make is to the Blair Witch Project. Much of the early half of the series is spent in the expectation of something big/scary about to happen but then you keep going and going without really anything happening. The plot itself is quite decent, albeit delivered at a snail's crawl pace and to add to the frustration, the climax feels incredibly rushed and crammed together.

Recommended for the patient who enjoy eerie/supernatural.

Overall 7.4/10.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/09/11 11:38 PM

Finished Utawarerumono and boy was that a random ending.
It obviously hinted that Hakaro came back from his slumber to stay with the girls.

It kind of reminded me a bit of the ending to Lost Universe, where the guy comes back, but she might just be dreaming.

Anyhow the series was very well done, and if you have never seen it I suggest you do so.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 01:29 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY


Maybe thats how he ( Kinko ) realized he wanted to pursue a career in the paper product and copier business :D( went on a Journey of self discovery )
Thank goodness it wasn't Kinky's Journey!
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 01:33 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
It reminded me a bit of The Gods Must Be Crazy in that regard.
For real? I've got that on DVD. You're so old school. Just when I think I've got this forum pegged, you come out and reference The Gods Must Be Crazy; excellent. The Coke bottle!
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 02:01 AM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
I just finished quite a few series.

Black Jack Ova & Movie
I really liked this series.
Everything form the art diredtion to story pacing right down to the titular man himself. If I'm gonna nit-pick on anything it'd be that some of the OVA stories are a little farfetched. But like I said; that's just me nit-picking and quibbling over small stuff. Right Stuf still has the OVA's for sale...I'd recommend them in a heart beat to any one who likes suspence ans or medical thrillers.
Have you checked out TRSI's "new/changed items" lately? There's a preorder available for a show called "Ray". It appears to be a spinoff or continuation of Black Jack.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 09:52 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: BWBODDY


Maybe thats how he ( Kinko ) realized he wanted to pursue a career in the paper product and copier business :D( went on a Journey of self discovery )
Thank goodness it wasn't Kinky's Journey!


HAHAHAHAHAcry
Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 10:00 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Have you checked out TRSI's "new/changed items" lately? There's a preorder available for a show called "Ray". It appears to be a spinoff or continuation of Black Jack.


Oh I know about that title. grin
I intend to pick it up when it comes out.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 11:16 AM

I recently saw a preview for Black Jack. It looks old school. It had sort of a creepy edge to it. The premise isn't exactly run of the mill either. I'm intrigued.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 12:10 PM

I borrowed that from Netflix, and yes it's very odd.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 07:26 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Have you checked out TRSI's "new/changed items" lately? There's a preorder available for a show called "Ray". It appears to be a spinoff or continuation of Black Jack.


It's a spinoff.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 10:06 PM

Night Raid 1931... I don't know what to say. For real, I'm at a loss for words; normally I can prattle on and on after I complete an anime.
Posted by: formerroadie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 11:18 PM

Just finished FMA: Brotherhood.... Just epic... totally epic. What a great anime.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/10/11 11:59 PM

Finished watching 3 of the Slayers Movies. Slayers The Motion Picture, Slayers Return, & Slayers Gorgeous.

All of which are pretty fun, I especially like when Lina blows stuff up with her Dragon Slave. BTW these movies have somewhat different versions of the spell words, especially when compared to the show.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/11/11 12:54 AM

That's a whole lotta Slayers, must be good.
Posted by: Hobby Ninja

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/11/11 09:26 AM

Originally Posted By: J.E.S.
Originally Posted By: kiku
Have you checked out TRSI's "new/changed items" lately? There's a preorder available for a show called "Ray". It appears to be a spinoff or continuation of Black Jack.


Oh I know about that title. grin
I intend to pick it up when it comes out.


Oh yeah. I've seen this one. It is a short series. A girl with a supernatural ability that makes her a great surgeon continues to have brush ups with shady people. Very interesting. Her origin is tied to a meeting she had with Black Jack.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/11/11 09:32 AM

I just finished Fortune Arterial-despite having a dark side it was-overall-pretty enjoyable.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/11/11 07:46 PM

So continuing with the Slayers Movies & OVAs. I watched Slayers Great, Slayers Book of Spells, Slayers Exelent, & Slayers Premium.

Probably the best one of the bunch is when both Lina & Naga get caught up in a father/son spat. When both of them are Golem makers, and they both get hired by rival lords to have a giant Golem match.

Of course since the son is obsessed with curvy women he makes his golem look just like Naga, and the dad is obsessed with cute stuff so he makes a really chibi version of Lina. Of course both girls are inside these golems of themselves, and Lina gets out to blast the heck out of "Naga" (and half the town) with her Dragon Slave.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/11/11 07:59 PM

Needless to say-Slayers rocks! And I know you're gonna say you already know this-but don't forget about Slayers Revolution and Slayers Evolution R (really just the same season broken up into 2 mini series).
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/12/11 11:50 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Night Raid 1931... I don't know what to say. For real, I'm at a loss for words; normally I can prattle on and on after I complete an anime.



Is that in a good way or a bad way?
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/12/11 01:48 PM

Absolutely good. I believe that Night Raid 1931 is an anime that will really shine after repeated watchings. The plot seems simple enough, but truly it is quite complex. What most reviewers of the show refer to as inconsistencies and plot holes are rather plot devices and places where the viewer must draw their own conclusion. Their is also a great deal of historical reference in the show even though it (the show) claims it is an alternate reality setting. I believe that like a good book, some events that transpire are left to the imagination. Without a modicum of effort on the part of the viewer, this technique will come off as laziness in writing and production.

I believe that the historical reference material's heavy and emotionally charged nature might have been the impetus for the creator's choice of an obfuscated storytelling style. Also of note is that the unique style of this show is not pushed on the viewer. Indeed, that is why many viewers dismiss it outright as poor writing. I for one am glad that I made effort to see a great show... because I did.

Don't get me wrong; yes the show was very confusing, but I don't believe that the plot could be considered convoluted. In fact, the actual storyline was quite straightforward; it's the vehicle of the the creator's style that takes you for the wild ride.

Furthermore, the characters are all very fresh and fascinating. Much like the story itself, much is left to the imagination. This was initially to my chagrin, but as the story unfolded just a little bit, it was to my delight. Sometimes it is easier to associate with characters if you don't know EVERYTHING about them.

Lastly, I believe this was a breakout role for Greg Ayres. I mentioned this in another thread but it warrants review. In the beginning of the show you find yourself wondering if he's right for the role and then BAM, all of a sudden you realize that he IS the role. He really stole the show!
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/12/11 03:18 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Absolutely good. I believe that Night Raid 1931 is an anime that will really shine after repeated watchings. The plot seems simple enough, but truly it is quite complex. What most reviewers of the show refer to as inconsistencies and plot holes are rather plot devices and places where the viewer must draw their own conclusion. Their is also a great deal of historical reference in the show even though it (the show) claims it is an alternate reality setting. I believe that like a good book, some events that transpire are left to the imagination. Without a modicum of effort on the part of the viewer, this technique will come off as laziness in writing and production.

I believe that the historical reference material's heavy and emotionally charged nature might have been the impetus for the creator's choice of an obfuscated storytelling style. Also of note is that the unique style of this show is not pushed on the viewer. Indeed, that is why many viewers dismiss it outright as poor writing. I for one am glad that I made effort to see a great show... because I did.

Don't get me wrong; yes the show was very confusing, but I don't believe that the plot could be considered convoluted. In fact, the actual storyline was quite straightforward; it's the vehicle of the the creator's style that takes you for the wild ride.

Furthermore, the characters are all very fresh and fascinating. Much like the story itself, much is left to the imagination. This was initially to my chagrin, but as the story unfolded just a little bit, it was to my delight. Sometimes it is easier to associate with characters if you don't know EVERYTHING about them.

Lastly, I believe this was a breakout role for Greg Ayres. I mentioned this in another thread but it warrants review. In the beginning of the show you find yourself wondering if he's right for the role and then BAM, all of a sudden you realize that he IS the role. He really stole the show!


I'm looking forward to watching it kiku
I just finished Tears to Tiara and I must say it was GREAT! Arthur did in fact redeem himself in my eyes and I said he wouldntShame on me frown
I was going to watch Night Raid 1931 next, But based on what Ive heard from KiKu and other sources I know this is one that I WILL JUST LOVE!.

So Im NOT going to watch it now just because I know itll be great, Im going to make myself wait with anticipation.
Ive done this before, HAVE YOU ? It really pays off when you do finally get around to watching it.
Boogiepop Phantom will be next in the line up.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/13/11 12:17 AM

I'm glad you liked my synopsis. I picked up Ghost Hound based on your review at TRSI.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/13/11 12:37 AM

I'm about halfway through Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix complete series. It's so unique. It's so tragic. It's sooo good. Straight away Phoenix lulls you into a false sense of security with Rintaro's art style, which serves to deliver even greater impact in juxtaposition with the sad and tragic, f-ing tragic nature of the show. It follows no rules, which really keeps you on your toes. This is not to say that it does not have structure. No, the plot is a complex web weaved across several stories. It's so legendary!

I went in thinking: "Oh goodie goodie, another Metropolis." and SLAP! Phoenix said: "You will respect me for the unique and otherworldly creation of beauty that I am!"

...and I'm only halfway through.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/13/11 03:17 AM

Just finished up Canaan.

I get the feeling that this series was targeted at fans of Noir, Madlax, etc. While it will probably appeal to those, this series was a bit odd to me. It had a very Jekyll and Hyde feeling to it in its contrast between its light and dark. The lighter feeling scenes are reminiscent of something like Black Cat, Pumpkin Scissors, Get Backers, Grenadier, or Kaze No Stigma-ish sort of semi-comical character interaction. The darker side was more closely comperable to Black Lagoon. This series is very action-oriented (and very well-animated) and includes some healthy doses of violence, offset by some goofy characters to balance things off.

The first few episodes wreak of clich but things open up a bit as the story develops (you are kept pretty much in the dark for the first 6 eps or so). That doesn't mean the plot-line gets more creative, it just finally establishes its own identity (even though it's a variation on a story you've probably seen at least 5 times).

Because of its slow developing nature trying to describe the plot at all is pretty much a spoiler, so we'll just say there's a super badazz woman with a gun who can take down like 30 guys at once. Insert a terrorist organization pulling the strings from the background and some government conspiracies and go from there.

A quick heads up:
-There's a healthy dose of swearing. Nothing outrageous, but it would definitely fall into the rated R realm.

-There's a brief necrophilia scene. While it's supposed to be more touching/tragic than creepy, it's unavoidable that it's at least a little bit creepy.

Overall 7.6/10. Value ~$25.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/13/11 07:17 AM

Thats kind of how I remember it.

Boy am I falling behind, the list of Animes I want to re-watch is as big if not bigger than the 11 new Animes sitting on my shelf awaiting their turn.

Ah yes, Canaan is on the re-watch list and yes it does fit rather well sitting next to Bee Trains
Girl with Guns trilogy: Noir, Madlax and El Cazador De La Bruja ( or El La brew ha ha as I call it )
Try it, it is easier to remember and it flows off the tongue much easier than El Cazador De La Bruja. PLUS its funnier grin
Ive wanted to re-watch Canaan because I can only remember the basic story outline like youve described and still images of some of the show sequences itself .
So it would be like ( almost ) watching it for the first time.

Oh, by the by, Ive said this on currently viewing forum but Boogiepop Phantom Kicks A$$
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/13/11 10:02 AM

I will add that I think that the Canaan and Maria characters were heavily modeled after Jo and Meg from Burst Angel. That was my initial impression but once the series took on its own legs I had forgotten about that by the end.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/13/11 02:25 PM

Just finished up Boogiepop Phantom

Ill keep it short ( Like I usually dont do ) grin
Im left scratching my head BUT happy!
Hows that? wink

I could go on and on about it ( in a good way ), but I won't. cool
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/13/11 03:12 PM

Well-try scratching your head at these-Key-The Metal Idol and Serial Experiments Lain-and for good measure-2001-A Space Odyssey.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/13/11 06:42 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Well-try scratching your head at these-Key-The Metal Idol and Serial Experiments Lain-and for good measure-2001-A Space Odyssey.


Been there done that...Loved them all, have them all grin
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/13/11 08:13 PM

OMG-I remember when 2001 came out at the theater-my parents told me that if I got good grades in school they'd take me to see it-I did and so got to see it-boy was I excited.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/14/11 01:02 AM

Speaking of mind trips, ever try to watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to Darkside of the Moon (by Pink Floyd)?

According to several people it matches up pretty well...
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/14/11 03:36 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
El Cazador De La Bruja [/b]( or El De brew ah ah as I call it )Try it, it is easier to remember and it flows off the tongue much easier than El Cazador De La Bruja. PLUS its funnier grin
Lirio!
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/14/11 03:40 AM

Speaking of mind trips, I just finished Phoenix (Hinotori).
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/14/11 09:09 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
El Cazador De La Bruja [/b]( or El De brew ah ah as I call it )Try it, it is easier to remember and it flows off the tongue much easier than El Cazador De La Bruja. PLUS its funnier grin
Lirio!


Man I can't even quote myself right. blush

It's "El La Brew ha ha"
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/14/11 12:26 PM

"What's all this Brew ha ha... ha ha... ha ha."
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/14/11 01:59 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
"What's all this Brew ha ha... ha ha... ha ha."


Also known as Casa da brew ha ha
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/14/11 04:27 PM

Just finished up EDEN of the EAST Paradise lost
I thought it was a nice end to the Series.

Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/14/11 06:45 PM

I couldn't comment on Eden Of The East-never watched it-I have so many shows to keep current on that I have to be very selective as to what older ones I watch-only so much time.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/15/11 01:11 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Absolutely good. I believe that Night Raid 1931 is an anime that will really shine after repeated watchings. The plot seems simple enough, but truly it is quite complex.


That's good to hear. I haven't heard too much about it one way or another so any comments are welcome.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/15/11 02:39 PM

Also of note is Night Raid 1931's intro artwork, real conceptual stuff; I love it.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/15/11 05:39 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Also of note is Night Raid 1931's intro artwork, real conceptual stuff; I love it.


Defiantly going to watch Nigh Raid 1931 after Spice & Wolf
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/15/11 05:41 PM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Defiantly going to watch Nigh Raid 1931 after Spice & Wolf


That'll show 'em! ;P
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/15/11 05:46 PM

lol Give 'em Hell! Kilroy was here! From my cold, dead hands! etc.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/15/11 06:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
[quote=BWBODDY]Defiantly going to watch Nigh Raid 1931 after Spice & Wolf


That'll show 'em! ;P [/quote

HAHAHAHAHAHA, you bet'ya cryLMFAO ( ok,ok, Definitely )
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/15/11 09:56 PM

Just finished up Spice and Wolf. Does anyone know if there is a 3rd Season?? oh, please please please cry
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/15/11 10:48 PM

There has been no info on a 3rd season of Spice & Wolf that I am aware of.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/16/11 02:55 AM

Queen's Blade 2 The Evil Eye. Queen's Blade gets a thumbs up from kiku for taking over the top... over the top. Oh yeah, and mini Melona rules!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/16/11 03:05 AM

I can't really say as I've completed it as it's still ongoing but Nichijou-it's quite quirky and off the wall-needless to say I like it a lot.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/16/11 03:10 AM

Go ahead and laugh if you must-just finished Pretty Cure All-Stars DX3.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/16/11 07:28 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
There has been no info on a 3rd season of Spice & Wolf that I am aware of.


Aah, well it ended OK but if it was THE END of the Series I wouldve liked something more frown
But they all ( for the most part ) end like that dont they!
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/16/11 09:52 AM

Spice And Wolf-I watched 2 episodes and that was it for me-watching paint dry is more exciting.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/16/11 11:34 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Originally Posted By: EricDent
There has been no info on a 3rd season of Spice & Wolf that I am aware of.

Aah, well it ended OK but if it was THE END of the Series I wouldve liked something more frown

The novels which the anime is adapted from are still on going. Until a few more novels release, there won't be a season three, because there's not enough material to work with.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/16/11 11:36 AM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Originally Posted By: EricDent
There has been no info on a 3rd season of Spice & Wolf that I am aware of.

Aah, well it ended OK but if it was THE END of the Series I wouldve liked something more frown

The novels which the anime is adapted from are still on going. Until a few more novels release, there won't be a season three, because there's not enough material to work with.


Gotya Thanks smile
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/17/11 02:05 AM

Watched it a bit earlier: Ninja Resurrection.

It's not as bad as I recalled, though it's not that good either.

BTW this was supposed to be a 4 episode show but the OVA was not very popular. Also it apparently caused some sort of copycat kind of murder.
Of course this was on Wikipedia so who knows if it's true.
Also ADV was planning on a TV series, but it never got of the ground.

Also maybe I am getting "old" bit I swear there was another movie/OVA that told a similar story. It was not Ninja Scroll, or the TV version of that.

The thing I remember was some woman makes love with a guy (who is the devil in human form) and after she does this she immediately gets torn to shreds. The guy was not dieing, but was alive. Any ideas?
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/17/11 08:15 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Watched it a bit earlier: Ninja Resurrection.

It's not as bad as I recalled, though it's not that good either.

BTW this was supposed to be a 4 episode show but the OVA was not very popular. Also it apparently caused some sort of copycat kind of murder.
Of course this was on Wikipedia so who knows if it's true.
Also ADV was planning on a TV series, but it never got of the ground.

Also maybe I am getting "old" bit I swear there was another movie/OVA that told a similar story. It was not Ninja Scroll, or the TV version of that.

The thing I remember was some woman makes love with a guy (who is the devil in human form) and after she does this she immediately gets torn to shreds. The guy was not dieing, but was alive. Any ideas?



I had gotten Ninja Resurrection not all that long ago as part of a Double feature ( I cant remember the 2n Film) But I know I didnt finish watching ether one of them. ( FYE bin, bye bye )
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/17/11 04:51 PM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Originally Posted By: EricDent
There has been no info on a 3rd season of Spice & Wolf that I am aware of.

Aah, well it ended OK but if it was THE END of the Series I wouldve liked something more frown

The novels which the anime is adapted from are still on going. Until a few more novels release, there won't be a season three, because there's not enough material to work with.



Not enough material to work with?! Since when did that stop anime companies from continuing on with a popular title? However, as was stated, it would be nice to see a third season and have more of a 'complete' ending to the series.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/17/11 06:22 PM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Not enough material to work with?! Since when did that stop anime companies from continuing on with a popular title?

When the author says so.

Some authors don't like to see their work getting derailed.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/17/11 10:05 PM

So I guess nobody knows that other show I mentioned?

Anyhow just watched for the umpteenth time: Kiki's Delivery Service.

Mostly cause I wanted something fun to watch, but for some odd reason I kept getting sad near the end of the movie.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/18/11 01:05 AM

I saw that way back when it first came out. It was a pretty big deal if I remember correctly. Kind of a small milestone in the history of anime's influx into american mainstream media. Anyhow... In regard to: "for some odd reason I kept getting sad near the end of the movie". If memory serves, the soundtrack was very powerful and emotional; you know, hairs on the back of your neck sorta thing?
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/18/11 02:14 PM

I might have figured out what that movie was.

I think it was Wrath of the Ninja, which is very similar to Ninja Scroll/Resurrection.

Anyhow just finished Dojin Work, and it was a pretty fun show.

The show had these live-action bits after the actual anime, and they featured the Japanese voice actresses trying to learn how to do actual dojins. I watched a few minutes of the first one, and quickly skipped the rest. Not that they were "bad" or anything, just not really interested in seeing that kind of stuff.

The series was funny, and cute. It kind of had a "maybe to be continued" ending.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/18/11 06:10 PM

Just completed Night Raid 1931
-- I liked it, this kind of Anime is my cup of Tea --

I do not know how to describe it in a way that wouldnt give people the wrong impression.
Its slow paced but interesting. The idea was different , Japanese agents ( with special powers ) in 1931 China.
If you know your history you know its an unusual choice.

It touches on events of the time and place, but not in an in your face Im making a statement with my Anime kind of way..
Theres none of that.

I liked it grin
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/18/11 09:14 PM

Since I started the whole Ghibli/Miyazaki thing again with Kiki.
I thought it would be fun to watch Castle of Cagliostro.

I did, and it's still great.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/18/11 11:56 PM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Just completed Night Raid 1931. I do not know how to describe it in a way that wouldnt give people the wrong impression.
Its slow paced but interesting. The idea was different , Japanese agents ( with special powers ) in 1931 China.
If you know your history you know its an unusual choice.

It touches on events of the time and place, but not in an in your face Im making a statement with my Anime kind of way..
Theres none of that.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/11 12:08 AM

I just finished both the Kanokon series and OVA's. I watched ALL the special features... drool. Kouta has answered very important question for me (us) with a very unexpected answer. What would you like more: a fox spirit or a wolf spirit? The answer: both!
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/11 06:24 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
I just finished both the Kanokon series and OVA's. I watched ALL the special features... drool. Kouta has answered very important question for me (us) with a very unexpected answer. What would you like more: a fox spirit or a wolf spirit? The answer: both!


When it comes to ANIMES I think Kanokon is my biggest guilt pleasure wink
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/11 09:29 AM

My definition of a guilty pleasure is watching all incarnations of Pretty Cure.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/11 09:17 PM

Just Finished This a little while ago
SAIKANO: The last Love Song On This Little planet ( Series )
SAIKANO: Another love Song ( OVA )

Kino's Journey is up next ( 2nd viewing )
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/11 09:31 PM

Rewatched You're Under Arrest Mini Specials.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/19/11 10:51 PM

Tsubasa Seasons 1 + 2: Not a bad series for a SAVE Edition. It's a nice fantasy series, but it does have some bumps in the second season (it drags a little).

Rating: B+



Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/11 11:28 AM

I generally like the older stuff Clamp did but most of their newer stuff leaves me out in the cold-go figure?
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/20/11 03:37 PM

CLAMP isn't really responsible for the way the second season of Tsubasa turned out. Bee Train started deviating from the manga late in the first season, and it got progressively worse through the second season until CLAMP finally had to pull the plug. The fans in Japan were so POed that they were giving one and two star ratings to the DVDs as they came out. So the second season of the Tsubasa anime can't be said to be representative of CLAMP's more recent work.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/21/11 07:09 PM

Just finished Kino's Journey
We be starting my Bubblegum Universe Collection now
My compilation collection of:
AD Police Series & OVA, Parasite Dolls OVA
Than start on
Bubblegum Crisis / Bubblegum Crash OVAS
And than finish up with
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Series
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/21/11 07:59 PM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
We be starting my Bubblegum Universe Collection now
My compilation collection of:
AD Police Series & OVA, Parasite Dolls OVA
Than start on
Bubblegum Crisis / Bubblegum Crash OVAS
And than finish up with
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Series

The best order to watch it in is the following.

Original Universe: AD Police Files (OVA) >> Bubblegum Crisis OVA >> Bubblegum Crash.

Alternate Universe: AD Police (TV) >> Bubblegum Crisis 2040 >> Parasite Dolls
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/21/11 09:01 PM

Originally Posted By: joelgundam01
Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
We be starting my Bubblegum Universe Collection now
My compilation collection of:
AD Police Series & OVA, Parasite Dolls OVA
Than start on
Bubblegum Crisis / Bubblegum Crash OVAS
And than finish up with
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Series

The best order to watch it in is the following.

Original Universe: AD Police Files (OVA) >> Bubblegum Crisis OVA >> Bubblegum Crash.

Alternate Universe: AD Police (TV) >> Bubblegum Crisis 2040 >> Parasite Dolls


REALLY! confused

I thought I did enough to ensure that I had it in the best order I could deduce from the
Information I gathered.

Could you expend upon your reasoning for the order you suggest??

I would like to really know, if your order is best ( best reasoning for it ) than Id watch it that way.

Ive been starting and stopping so Im not to far into it yet.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/21/11 09:47 PM

This is a follow up to my own reply to "joelgundam01"

I see you are just doing a straight timeline thing with the two different timelines separated.
( I dont need to see one to enjoy the other, etc )

I know there is a mix the way I did it ( i.e.: Genom City vs. Mega Tokyo ) and a re-telling / re-boot, mixed in there for good measure.
Heres what I did, I just went with the timeline, I just disregarded all else and just Assumed its all
"One Big Happy Linear World"
A.D. Police: 2005 six years after 1999 earthquake (Genom City)
A.D. Police files 1-3 2027 AD ( Mega Tokyo)
Parasite Dolls: now this one I really didnt pin down a time ( at least there isnt one written into the description of the Anime Im looking at )
So I just made it the next AD Police Story ( get it? There once was a show called Police Story grin)
Bubblegum Crisis 2032
Bubblegum Crash 2034
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is of course the year 2040

All of my AD & Parasite stuff is in one 4 disc case
All the Bubblegum stuff is ( 11 disc ) in one 12 disc case.

If I separated it as you suggest I could use two 8 disc cases
And just label them Original / Alternate

Hmmm, I may, I may. There is a certain symmetry to it now isnt there. smile
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 12:24 AM

I didn't know Parasite Dolls was part of the AD/Bubblegum world. I've got that DVD. Oh no, I can feel my completist tendencies kicking in. BACK! BACK! That's why I don't even get started with the whole Patlabor thing. Ohh crap! I just bought Gun Frontier. Do I have to start my quest for Harlock now? I love that style of animation, with particular regard to the female form; very alluring... in a "The Last Unicorn" sorta way. Oh man, I'm hopeless.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 02:41 AM

I just finished Green Green Complete and... and... cry
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 07:54 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
I didn't know Parasite Dolls was part of the AD/Bubblegum world. I've got that DVD. Oh no, I can feel my completist tendencies kicking in. BACK! BACK! That's why I don't even get started with the whole Patlabor thing. Ohh crap! I just bought Gun Frontier. Do I have to start my quest for Harlock now? I love that style of animation, with particular regard to the female form; very alluring... in a "The Last Unicorn" sorta way. Oh man, I'm hopeless.


Start it..
You'll be loving her really quick and than
there is a time or two that you might just want to smack her smirk

Have you picked up any of the other Titles yet?

did you copy the list (order of viewing?)

Edit: Parasite Dolls part of Bubblegum..yup! smile
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 08:23 AM

I agree with Joel; that's the best way to go if you're starting from scratch.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 08:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Stefanie
I agree with Joel; that's the best way to go if you're starting from scratch.


Oh no, this is my 4th maybe 5th time watching all of them.
I have copied and will keep the other list and I may rearrange my collection to match.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 09:41 AM

I really enjoyed all of Bubblegum Crisis except Parasite Dolls-some how it just felt out of place.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 10:59 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
This is a follow up to my own reply to "joelgundam01"

I see you are just doing a straight timeline thing with the two different timelines separated.
( I dont need to see one to enjoy the other, etc )

This is just through my own experience. There are small scenes in AD Police that tie into their BGC counterparts. You will most likely forget some of those parts, if you don't watch the BGC counterpart right after.

As for Parasite dolls, it doesn't say which timeline it falls into (I assume it's the alternate time line), but it's several decades after BGC.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 11:01 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
I really enjoyed all of Bubblegum Crisis except Parasite Dolls-some how it just felt out of place.


I agree, I feel like it was the Animation style & Art direction that did that. ( IMO smile )
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 12:35 PM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Originally Posted By: kiku
I didn't know Parasite Dolls was part of the AD/Bubblegum world. I've got that DVD. Oh no, I can feel my completist tendencies kicking in. BACK! BACK! That's why I don't even get started with the whole Patlabor thing. Ohh crap! I just bought Gun Frontier. Do I have to start my quest for Harlock now? I love that style of animation, with particular regard to the female form; very alluring... in a "The Last Unicorn" sorta way. Oh man, I'm hopeless.


Start it..
You'll be loving her really quick and than
there is a time or two that you might just want to smack her smirk

Have you picked up any of the other Titles yet?

did you copy the list (order of viewing?)

Edit: Parasite Dolls part of Bubblegum..yup! smile
Gun Frontier should be coming in the mail today. I'm so excited.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 03:01 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Originally Posted By: kiku
I didn't know Parasite Dolls was part of the AD/Bubblegum world. I've got that DVD. Oh no, I can feel my completist tendencies kicking in. BACK! BACK! That's why I don't even get started with the whole Patlabor thing. Ohh crap! I just bought Gun Frontier. Do I have to start my quest for Harlock now? I love that style of animation, with particular regard to the female form; very alluring... in a "The Last Unicorn" sorta way. Oh man, I'm hopeless.


Start it..
You'll be loving her really quick and than
there is a time or two that you might just want to smack her smirk

Have you picked up any of the other Titles yet?

did you copy the list (order of viewing?)

Edit: Parasite Dolls part of Bubblegum..yup! smile
Gun Frontier should be coming in the mail today. I'm so excited.


Just remember this.. ( or not cool )
I read a review about this Anime and the reviewer was obviously trying to be very "PC"
Because he/she ( I dont recall ) went on and on about how ( the reviewer thought )
the Animes view of women and minorities was mildly racist/ sexiest and the same with it's humor/comments
( I think that's saying the same thing twice ? )

I took this into consideration when I watched it and it wasnt any DEAL at all BIG or SMALL.
In fact knowing what to look forward to I found it to be even MORE enjoyable.
( Especially when you remember this was the Old West not Hollywood 2011. )
It was to me just the Adult stuff I thought it would be ( hint: 16+ rating ) .. Duh ..

It had nudity, foul language, people being killed just for the fun of it, plus rape(?), attempted Rape
( that didnt happen in the Old West OMG shocked NO!!! ) and SMOKING ( OMG again shocked double NO!!! )
Just the sort of thing youd expect.
I LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT!! cool
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 05:18 PM

Hey-bring on the nasty language-I love it.
Posted by: AnnaMay

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 10:08 PM

TO
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/22/11 11:43 PM

The animation I've seen in the preview for TO looks top notch. It's the same people that redid Appleseed isn't it?
Posted by: manga4micah

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 06:56 AM

I just watched Kanokon the girl who cried wolf.
It was pretty funny there was no real story or drama to it so if your looking for an anime think on that kinda thing this one won't work out for you.
But if your looking for random school humor mixed in with some magic and lots and lots of perverted things then this one will be right up your alley.
Plus the little wolf girl is adorable.
I almost shot water out my nose at one scene in particular to anyone that has seen this the seen was this one.
Brief recap "Just image its cake and eat it remember its cake" oh that one caught me off guard.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 09:05 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
I just watched Kanokon the girl who cried wolf.
It was pretty funny there was no real story or drama to it so if your looking for an anime think on that kinda thing this one won't work out for you.
But if your looking for random school humor mixed in with some magic and lots and lots of perverted things then this one will be right up your alley.
Plus the little wolf girl is adorable.
I almost shot water out my nose at one scene in particular to anyone that has seen this the seen was this one.
Brief recap "Just image its cake and eat it remember its cake" oh that one caught me off guard.


grin HMMM, CAKE! grin
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 09:08 AM

Just finished up my AD POLICE / Parasite Dolls collection
Now it's time for my Bubblegum collection
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 09:23 AM

Those Who Hunt Elves.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 09:26 AM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Those Who Hunt Elves.


Thanks for reminding me.
I'm putting that in the
Watch again pile right now.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 09:34 AM

Another oldie but goodie-Moldiver.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 10:21 AM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
I almost shot water out my nose at one scene in particular to anyone that has seen this the seen was this one.
Brief recap "Just image its cake and eat it remember its cake" oh that one caught me off guard.

Oh that scene! That was something different to say the least. Unfortunately, I can't really describe the show here. I'll need the adult thread for that one, because the best term to describe the main female character (Chizuru) is something that's not appropriate here.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 12:04 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Another oldie but goodie-Moldiver.


Yup, I really liked that one smile
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 04:04 PM

Finished up a few things lately in between a couple of rewatches...

Gundam Seed. This was the first Gundam series I've ever watched to completion. Overall it was decent but had a handful of flaws. It had a somewhat generic premise at the core of the conflict (genetic engineered humans vs. natural humans) that if you're familiar at all with X-Men, you're probably fully aware of the good and bad that can result of this sort of conflict. There was a bit of recycled footage but significantly less than say Macross/Robotech. My real trouble with this series was that it really took until about episode 30-35 for me to care about what was going on (up until that point I was having trouble staying awake, beyond that point I was able to marathon 10+ episodes at a time) and...

It was obviously aimed at a younger, toy-buying audience (I have felt this way through the first 10 eps of Gundam Wing as well). That's fine and all, but when compared to something in a similar genre (e.g. Macross) a few weaknesses become clear:

-Loads of one-dimensional characters. Polarizing, simple figures, obviously ignorant and blatant about it. The good guys are good guys, the bad guys are bad guys. If they are good or bad depends on the frame of reference, but each one views the other as the bad guy.

-The "interesting" characters really weren't all that interesting, they just weren't one-dimensional. Having them "grow" wasn't all that much of a shock considering they were the only ones that weren't tools from the start.

-Again, Steven Seagal syndrome. A few overpowered mechs = you need to create outrageously futile odds to provide drama. This series thrived on a constant helping of futile odds.

I didn't hate the series... it just had a lot of things that irritated me about it. I would blame it on their target audience, but I never really felt like my intelligence was being insulated by a Macross series and they park their cars in the same garage.

I guess I just like my bad guys to be a little conflicted and my good guys to have their shortcomings and the paths they choose to walk be a little less obvious.


Please Save My Earth.
I finally got around to watching this after having it for a few months. It was a bit odd but fairly decent. The story-telling gets a bit jumbled at times and it sort of grinds to an abrupt halt, but it was entertaining throughout. The thick Canadian accents on the dub were also amusing.

Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 11:04 PM

Originally Posted By: manga4micah
I just watched Kanokon the girl who cried wolf... ...the little wolf girl is adorable.
Ohh Nozomu... nom nom.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/23/11 11:07 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Again, Steven Seagal syndrome.
Have you seen him in Machete? Machete wins the award for film's 1st intestinal rappelling!
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 07:33 AM

Quote:
Have you seen him in Machete? Machete wins the award for film's 1st intestinal rappelling!


Haven't seen it. Riki Oh has the first time I've seen someone disembowel themselves so they could choke someone with their own intestines.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 08:02 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: zentropa
Again, Steven Seagal syndrome.
Have you seen him in Machete? Machete wins the award for film's 1st intestinal rappelling!


I know I Loved It!
Robert Rodriguez was doing Camp the whole Movie.
But I was pulled out of it ( the movie ) for just a bit because he had Seagal
goes way too far over the top ( to long ) with the Death Scene Monologing.
Part of the reason might have been because it was Seagal

On the other hand the other Rodriguez ( Michelle ) Can do no wrong
In my Book. She can kick my butt anytime..

All kidding aside when he first appeared in the movies ( I was there )
Steven Seagal was the Man.
But for me he peaked in Under Siege
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 05:17 PM

Just watched Spriggan, and it was kind of cool.

Definately can see the similarities to Akira.

Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 06:04 PM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
All kidding aside when he first appeared in the movies ( I was there ) Steven Seagal was the Man. But for me he peaked in Under Siege.
He's great! Sometimes he's so bad it's good. I don't remember (it was a long time ago) which movie it was, but I loved it. I believe he was trying to liberate Inuit oil drillers on an Alaskan mountain facility. If my memory serves me. Anyhoo... He wore 2 different jackets in the movie. I believe a black leather jacket and a beaded native design leather jacket. In a fight scene that I believe took place in a tavern, the editors failed to notice that they used a cut with Steve wearing the wrong jacket in the fight. He's fightin' along in one jacket, and then all of a sudden he's magically wearing a different jacket for a kick or two; and then he's right back to wearing the previous jacket.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 06:13 PM

Spriggen kicks ass and takes no prisoners!
"Please Save My Earth.
I finally got around to watching this after having it for a few months. It was a bit odd but fairly decent. The story-telling gets a bit jumbled at times and it sort of grinds to an abrupt halt, but it was entertaining throughout. The thick Canadian accents on the dub were also amusing."
Funny-I've watched it more than a few times and never noticed any "Canadian accents". And what do you mean by Canadian accents?
French Canadian? The english speaking Canadians sound like midwest americans.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 06:15 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Quote:
Have you seen him in Machete? Machete wins the award for film's 1st intestinal rappelling!


Haven't seen it. Riki Oh has the first time I've seen someone disembowel themselves so they could choke someone with their own intestines.
Nice! What's the name of the film?
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 11:00 PM

Quote:
I've watched it more than a few times and never noticed any "Canadian accents". And what do you mean by Canadian accents?
French Canadian? The english speaking Canadians sound like midwest americans.


Their pronounciations and word articulations. I've had a few Canadian friends and the dub wreaked of Canadian. You do find midwesterners that sound similarly, but it's usually only a handful of key words that bring it out. I shed any trace of my midwest accent (people usually think I'm from California vs. Minnesota).

Quote:
Nice! What's the name of the film?


Riki Oh. aka The Story of Ricky. It's a Tokyo Shock release (division of media blasters). It is the best "it's so bad it's good" movie ever made.

Also keep in mind that I consider Seagal Syndrome in an anime series to be a bad thing :P

I can understand it being more entertaining to kids when "the good guy" just reams everyone but to non-kids that's sort of boring and stupid :P



Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 11:08 PM

I had meant to do a write up last night but yesterday I went to Best Buy at door's opening and picked up Eden of the East Paradise Lost.

I'm not sure what would have made it an ending that I would have been content with but I'm not sure how well this ending sits with me. I sort of got a sour feeling from both movies because I felt they weren't nearly as good as the series (the magical interactions between characters wasn't there). So, I guess it's only natural that spending $50 on top of the $26 I spent on the series to get maybe $10 worth of extra story just didn't sit right with me.

To be fair, there aren't that many shows that I've watched that did give me a good sense of closure on their endings (and there's always that underlying disappointment that it's now over). I guess I just felt that the movies probably would have had better pacing if they had just been an extra 2-3 episodes on top of the original 11 episodes.

Some things were tied off nicely and there were some interesting parts but it felt like they just dialed in the way they got there (oh crap, we better just end this sort of way).

Overall I had a much better taste in my mouth immediately upon finishing the series vs. finishing the movies.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 11:16 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
Riki Oh. aka The Story of Ricky. It's a Tokyo Shock release (division of media blasters). It is the best "it's so bad it's good" movie ever made.
I've got a few Tokyo Shock Titles:

Pistol Opera
Onechanbara
Oppaichanbara
Attack Girls Swim Team Vs. The Undead
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/24/11 11:36 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
I had meant to do a write up last night but yesterday I went to Best Buy at door's opening and picked up Eden of the East Paradise Lost.

I'm not sure what would have made it an ending that I would have been content with but I'm not sure how well this ending sits with me. I sort of got a sour feeling from both movies because I felt they weren't nearly as good as the series (the magical interactions between characters wasn't there). So, I guess it's only natural that spending $50 on top of the $26 I spent on the series to get maybe $10 worth of extra story just didn't sit right with me.

To be fair, there aren't that many shows that I've watched that did give me a good sense of closure on their endings (and there's always that underlying disappointment that it's now over). I guess I just felt that the movies probably would have had better pacing if they had just been an extra 2-3 episodes on top of the original 11 episodes.

Some things were tied off nicely and there were some interesting parts but it felt like they just dialed in the way they got there (oh crap, we better just end this sort of way).

Overall I had a much better taste in my mouth immediately upon finishing the series vs. finishing the movies.


As great as the Japanese are at Anime they are equally as bad at endings.
I do not know how many times I dont know how many times Ive made this comment, in one form or another.
Probably about as often as everyone else.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/25/11 12:01 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
To be fair, there aren't that many shows that I've watched that did give me a good sense of closure on their endings (and there's always that underlying disappointment that it's now over).
Sometimes an open ending can be legendary. One of the best examples is the crossroads at the end of Samurai Champloo. You're like "What... WTF... that was... LEGENDARY!
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/25/11 12:09 AM

I just finished Samurai Girls. It gets pretty wild at the end. I just wish there were more episodes. More ample bossomed representations of historical japanese figures would be great.

Tip: During the end credits for each episode, watch for chibi Jubei sitting on the porch; it's just a little bit different each time.
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/25/11 08:56 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: zentropa
To be fair, there aren't that many shows that I've watched that did give me a good sense of closure on their endings (and there's always that underlying disappointment that it's now over).
Sometimes an open ending can be legendary. One of the best examples is the crossroads at the end of Samurai Champloo. You're like "What... WTF... that was... LEGENDARY!


RIGHT! shocked
It was seeya wouldnt want ta be ya.

Well just fight each other later.
( Remember the two guys where going to fight each other when the trip was over )
Posted by: Stefanie

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/25/11 09:35 AM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
I had meant to do a write up last night but yesterday I went to Best Buy at door's opening and picked up Eden of the East Paradise Lost.

I see what you're saying, but I got enough closure from the films, considering how loose the plot is to begin with. However, the two movies seem anticlimactic when compared to the relative frenzy of the series. In the end, EOTE is good, but not great.
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/25/11 09:36 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
I just finished Samurai Girls. It gets pretty wild at the end. I just wish there were more episodes. More ample bossomed representations of historical japanese figures would be great.


Have you watched "Koihime Muso" and "Shin Koihime Muso" yet? It would be hard to provide a more apt description of the series than the one you just provided, although in this case the historical figures are Chinese rather than Japanese.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/25/11 09:46 AM

Quote:
I see what you're saying, but I got enough closure from the films, considering how loose the plot is to begin with. However, the two movies seem anticlimactic when compared to the relative frenzy of the series. In the end, EOTE is good, but not great.


Yeah, I agree there was closure. The "anticlimacticness" of the movies is what bummed me out. It ended with a fizzle and not a bang... and that did pull it down from what could have been great to just good.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/25/11 10:07 AM

Mask Of Zeguy.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/25/11 06:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Manhiem
Originally Posted By: kiku
I just finished Samurai Girls. It gets pretty wild at the end. I just wish there were more episodes. More ample bossomed representations of historical japanese figures would be great.


Have you watched "Koihime Muso" and "Shin Koihime Muso" yet? It would be hard to provide a more apt description of the series than the one you just provided, although in this case the historical figures are Chinese rather than Japanese.
I've been ogling Koihime Muso, Shin Koihime Muso, and Shin Koihime Muso Otome Tarain at TRSI for some time now.

On a scale from 1 to 10, how hot is it?
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/25/11 10:52 PM

It's been a while since I watched it, but it's pretty obvious that it's a fan service anime. Iirc, there isn't a lot of yuri activity (what there is is mostly confined to the general's tent), but I'm sure that there are bath scenes, etc.

The episodes that I remember best are from the second season. One is about two little orphan girls who go out to pick medicinal herbs together. The other is about two girls who quarrel over a dog charm because it's the only one left in the store. That being said, I suppose that you'll understand when I say that I'd probably rate it 5 or 6 because I just don't remember it all that well. If you have a subscription at the Anime Network, you can stream this series.


Another series in this category that you can stream for free at Crunchyroll is "Battle Girls: Time Paradox". I watched the first 5 episodes and gave up on it because it was just too stupid for my taste, but you may see it differently.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/26/11 10:07 AM

Originally Posted By: Manhiem
Originally Posted By: kiku
I just finished Samurai Girls. It gets pretty wild at the end. I just wish there were more episodes. More ample bossomed representations of historical japanese figures would be great.


Have you watched "Koihime Muso" and "Shin Koihime Muso" yet? It would be hard to provide a more apt description of the series than the one you just provided, although in this case the historical figures are Chinese rather than Japanese.


The Kohime Muso series is one of my little guilty pleasures.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/26/11 12:52 PM

Originally Posted By: zrdb
Originally Posted By: Manhiem
Originally Posted By: kiku
I just finished Samurai Girls. It gets pretty wild at the end. I just wish there were more episodes. More ample bossomed representations of historical japanese figures would be great.


Have you watched "Koihime Muso" and "Shin Koihime Muso" yet? It would be hard to provide a more apt description of the series than the one you just provided, although in this case the historical figures are Chinese rather than Japanese.


The Kohime Muso series is one of my little guilty pleasures.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how hot would you say Koihime is? (any of the 3 series)
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/26/11 07:30 PM

Finished up The Wallflower again. Still find that one a blast each time.

Need to finish up Dominion Tank Police, then move on to either Guyver or Spice and Wolf 2
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/26/11 11:23 PM

Hey Kiku, ever hear of Google?

You can use it to look up images from pretty much any show.

Just to be nice, I will provide you with an image of one of the Kohime shows.

http://animethemes.net/data/media/275/Koihime%20Musou%200029.jpg
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 12:19 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
Hey Kiku, ever hear of Google?
I bounce around the net while I post, while listening to music, live chatting, I.M.ing, downloading, emailing, shopping etc... I just tend to prefer the opinions and recommendations at Anime Today. I love this forum!

BTW I try to avoid google, facebook and twitter whenever possible.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 12:51 AM

Originally Posted By: stargates
Need to finish up Dominion Tank Police, then move on to either Guyver or Spice and Wolf 2
Which Guyver, new series, old series (Is there a difference?), or live action?
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 01:10 AM

The new series is a lot longer & goes farther into the actual manga.
Though the manga is still not done (I think).

The live action movies are not really related to the manga. Since they alter the story so much.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 10:32 AM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: zrdb
Originally Posted By: Manhiem
Originally Posted By: kiku
I just finished Samurai Girls. It gets pretty wild at the end. I just wish there were more episodes. More ample bossomed representations of historical japanese figures would be great.


Have you watched "Koihime Muso" and "Shin Koihime Muso" yet? It would be hard to provide a more apt description of the series than the one you just provided, although in this case the historical figures are Chinese rather than Japanese.


The Kohime Muso series is one of my little guilty pleasures.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how hot would you say Koihime is? (any of the 3 series)


Probally about 8.5. BTW-the ovas are hot enough to cook with.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 12:16 PM

Originally Posted By: kiku
Originally Posted By: stargates
Need to finish up Dominion Tank Police, then move on to either Guyver or Spice and Wolf 2
Which Guyver, new series, old series (Is there a difference?), or live action?



It's the TV series. I was able to pick up the singles w/artbox in the bargain bin awhile back but i've been just putting it off. I would like to make the attempt this weekend.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 12:23 PM

I've noticed that the rating for the old school Guyver series is more mature than it's "bioboosted" counterpart.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 12:25 PM

The TV series that i have is rated TV-MA. So, what exactly i'm in for, i've yet to find out.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 12:34 PM

Ultraviolence!
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 12:37 PM

There is a ton of blood, dismemberment (ripping arms off), slicing body parts, and just general grusome stuff.

Plus a little bit of nudity.
Posted by: stargates

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 02:08 PM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
There is a ton of blood, dismemberment (ripping arms off), slicing body parts, and just general grusome stuff.

Plus a little bit of nudity.


So basically, the usual?
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/27/11 02:36 PM

Yeah, pretty much. I gotta admit though, back in the day Guyver really set the bar for violence.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/28/11 11:28 PM

Just finished watching Slayers (first season) recently.

Still a fun show despite the "Deus Ex Machina" ending to this season.

Also just wanted to mention something.

Went to sell some stuff at Half Price Books (mostly books) and they said they would not take a bunch of books (by Terry Brooks) because they were missing the dust jackets/covers. However they did take 4 Hard Cover Books of Harry Potter that were also missing the dust jackets. They also did not buy my Age of Empires 3 software, saying it had been registered, but no registration is required beyond the product codes, cause I have uninstalled & reinstalled it several times, even after a reformat of the hard drive. Then when I got my cash, I saw a copy of Age of Empires 3 on the counter. Also got rid of a couple DVDs including outdated versions of Godzilla vs. Megalon, Destroy All Monsters, a couple of wrestling titles, Returner, & Ninja Resurection. I only got $10 for the stuff they took.

The girl that was doing it seemed kind of rude about the lack of dust jacket/registered software thing.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/29/11 09:55 AM

Used dvds rarely bring more than a buck or 2 unless they're rare or oop.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/29/11 01:35 PM

I've gotten the best returns at Mega Media Exchange, although I purchase very little there. I love shopping at Half Price Books however.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/29/11 02:06 PM

Well that's just the thing, that Destroy All Monsters DVD (from ADV) is OOP, as was the version of Ninja Resurrection that I sold, and Returner was as well (even though they had a copy already).

I don't think she even looked them up.

They had a huge pile of stuff to go through, and I waited at least 30 minutes (read a couple of random manga).

Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/29/11 05:17 PM

I blew theough a rewatch of Chobits-love that show!!
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/30/11 08:16 AM

Just finished up a re-watch of:
RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne

Boy blush!
Id had forgotten just how hot watching Angels devour Immortals could be smile
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/30/11 09:47 AM

My favorite part of Mnemosyne is all the hot lesbianism and blood and gore and more blood....! I fell in love with this show when I 1st saw it fansubbed back in 2008.
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/30/11 03:33 PM

I liked that virtual reality stuff...
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/30/11 03:37 PM

Menmosyne is just plain cool to watch.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/30/11 04:03 PM

And to listen to.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/11 06:47 PM

I finished Figure 17. I feel like I've lost a loved one now that it's over. I just want to hear Hikaru say "Tsubasa" one more time.
Posted by: kiku

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/11 06:47 PM

I watched Dead Leaves. 'Nuff said.
Posted by: zrdb

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/11 07:01 PM

Dead Leaves-compost pile-decompose.
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/11 09:41 PM

I finished up Gundam Seed Destiny and the Final Plus OVA.

I will say this: If you plan on watching this, skip episode 50 and watch the OVA instead (if you bought that). joelgundam's summary of the regular ending being a "trainwreck" is fairly true, although I'd more describe it as being abrupt and incomplete.

After watching Gundam Seed, I would say Destiny is a lot easier to access even if it sort of follows the same basic formula. The plot starts off early and has a lot better pacing than Seed. The plot of Destiny is also a bit more complicated, more in a way that only half the characters are obviously bad and there's a handful that you aren't sure if they're going to end up good or bad, which makes it relatively easier to stomach than Seed's barrage of simple-minded characters.

While I didn't love either, I would say Destiny made me feel like I enjoyed Seed more than I did. I still struggle with it being obviously targeted at a younger audience (under 16) but I don't regret watching it.

I still can't get through Wing.

Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 08/31/11 09:47 PM

Originally Posted By: zentropa
I finished up Gundam Seed Destiny and the Final Plus OVA.

I will say this: If you plan on watching this, skip episode 50 and watch the OVA instead (if you bought that). joelgundam's summary of the regular ending being a "trainwreck" is fairly true, although I'd more describe it as being abrupt and incomplete.

After watching Gundam Seed, I would say Destiny is a lot easier to access even if it sort of follows the same basic formula. The plot starts off early and has a lot better pacing than Seed. The plot of Destiny is also a bit more complicated, more in a way that only half the characters are obviously bad and there's a handful that you aren't sure if they're going to end up good or bad, which makes it relatively easier to stomach than Seed's barrage of simple-minded characters.

While I didn't love either, I would say Destiny made me feel like I enjoyed Seed more than I did. I still struggle with it being obviously targeted at a younger audience (under 16) but I don't regret watching it.

I still can't get through Wing.



I second all that was just said!
and the Final Plus OVA was waaaay better
smile

and I still can't get through Wing either!
Posted by: EricDent

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/01/11 12:00 AM

I can't get through any of the Gindam shows.

I tried watching the original MS Gundam on Cartoon Network, got bored.
Tried Wing, got bored.
Tried G Gundam, got bored.
Went as far as to try SD Gundam Force, and got bored.

I do enjoy mecha shows, but obviously not Gundam.

BTW did you know the creators of SDF Macross were huge Gundam fans?
They even "poke fun" at them in the rather odd OVA Otaku no Video (which they showed uncensored on Tooonami Midnight Run (along with Twilight of the Cockroaches & Robot Carnival).

There also was a music themed night where they showed 3 Daft Punk videos from Intestella 5555, and a couple of Gorilaz videos (boy are those songs about illicit substances or what?).
Posted by: zentropa

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/01/11 09:24 AM

I should have added in my writeup that Seed Destiny is a direct sequel to Seed and there's like 12 main characters that carry over between the series. They have enough flashbacks to not have you feeling too lost if you haven't watched Seed, but you definitely "get a lot more out of it" if you have seen Seed.

Quote:
I can't get through any of the Gindam shows.

I tried watching the original MS Gundam on Cartoon Network, got bored.
Tried Wing, got bored.
Tried G Gundam, got bored.
Went as far as to try SD Gundam Force, and got bored.

I do enjoy mecha shows, but obviously not Gundam.


These were my first attempts at Gundam. I watched the first 8 eps of seed before getting bored and watching the first 10 eps of wing. I then got bored of Wing and watched the next 10 eps of seed. I got bored of seed and watched 2 other series and then came back and pretty much blitzed through the final 25 eps. Seed destiny flowed much better and I took that down across 5 days or so. I've gotten through like 5 more eps of wing and I can't stay awake through it (even if it's 7pm) and I'm the type that has watched 40 episodes (of something I like much better) in one sitting.

I made sure to ask around about Gundam stuff before I went at it and only picked up wing because the $150 box set popped upon my local craigslist for $20.

In all honesty I usually dislike mecha shows. The ones I do enjoy a lot are usually odd-ball such as Full Metal Panic, Gurren Lagann, etc. or carry a strong bit of nostalgia such as the Macross franchise (which is also sort of odd-ball given its heavy reliance on music). There's a few out there that I think hold high artistic merits (e.g. Rahxephon) but they are shows that I sold off because I had no desire to ever watch it again. That I was able to make it through 100 episodes of Seed/Destiny is a rather impressive feat.

I have no idea what other Gundam series I would probably be able to stomach. I tend to group anime in the "Pre-Bebop" and "Post-Bebop" eras. Pre-Bebop anime tends to get hokey at some point or another while Post-Bebop anime is able to take itself seriously the entire time without feeling like several scenes were written by 8 year olds.

I have always been curious about which ones get referenced by the "Gundam posse" in GTO and all of the references made by Kyon in Haruhi season 2.
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: What was the last anime that you completed? - 09/01/11 10:40 AM

Originally Posted By: EricDent
I can't get through any of the Gindam shows.

I tried watching the original MS Gundam on Cartoon Network, got bored.
Tried Wing, got bored.
Tried G Gundam, got bored.
Went as far as to try SD Gundam Force, and got bored.

I do enjoy mecha shows, but obviously not Gundam.


Give the OVA series and Movies a shot then. I have quite a few friends that can't stand the pacing in Gundam TV series, but they love the OVA series and movies, since they are short and straight to the point.

These two continue off from each other.
* Mobile Suit Gundam - Movie Trilogy (best movie compilation set that I've seen and much better than the series; 1980-1982)
* Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counter Attack (sequel; 1988)

These can be seen without watching any of the previous Gundam series.
* Gundam: The 8th MS Team (12-episodes; 1995)
* Gundam 0080 (6-episodes; 1989)
* Gundam 0083 (13-episodes; 1990)
* Gundam F-91 (movie; 1991)

You need to see the Movie Trilogy and Char's Counterattack to understand this one.
* Gundam Un