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a few updates

25 Mar

in the last month i was able to finish several oldie features: Saiyuki Reload, Blue Seed, and Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl. Sadly though, i couldn’t find the will nor the inclination to finish a few titles that i’ve started (Outlaw Star, Rune Soldiers, Gokudo, Chobits, King of Bandits Jing) because i either found them too predictable, uninteresting, or strangely flat.

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Saiyuki Reload is a great follow-up to Gensomaden Saiyuki, particularly the early episodes which are refreshingly light and funny. the contrast between the short-tempered and sarcastic Genjo Sanzo and his 3 more easygoing companions (the reliable and well-grounded Cho Hakkai, the skirt-chasing Sha Gojyo, and the pesky Son Goku) makes for a rich source of hilarity. The story continues in Saiyuki Gunlock, which i will dwell more on later.

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Blue Seed, one of Megumi Hayashibara‘s early projects, is your typical magical girl series that is occasionally peppered with humor and overwrought angst (for its female protagonist). after a few episodes the routine begins to pall but i managed to get through until the end. side note: i liked the closing song (sung by ms. hayashibara herself).

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i found Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl (another oldie) funny and engaging, with its array of fascinating support characters. the fight scenes are refreshingly tight and crisp: the combatants waste little time in posturing and lengthy speeches, and let their swords do the talking (which is even more eloquent, in my opinion).

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my favorite anime characters

21 Dec

it’s been years since i’ve started watching animes, and all this time a few characters have managed to worm their way into my list of favorites. i don’t have any particular criteria, except for the simple fact that these gals and guys have etched themselves permanently into my sleep-deprived psyche for one reason or another.

sometimes i feel particularly attached to certain characters because of the magnetic pull of their pixelized personalities, and sometimes by their offbeat humor and the stubborn courage with which they hang onto their beliefs despite the overwhelming odds. occasionally, i’m intrigued by their wacky viewpoint or their onscreen chemistry (romantic or otherwise) with another character.

this list is by no means arranged in any particular order. i’ll just rattle out these names as they occur to me. if you agree/don’t agree (or have any suggestion) with my list, feel free to point it out.

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all-purpose catgirl nuku-nuku

13 Aug

i’m still working my way through All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku-Nuku (TV series). It’s a fairly well-loved oldie (late 1990s i think) and just happens to feature the iconic voice of my favorite seiyuu Megumi Hayashibara as the super girl android who will do anything  to protect her ‘brother.’

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sadly though, i realized too late that this was not the original OVA (which was released in the early 1990s) that i had wanted to see all this time. in this version, they toned down the original antagonist of the series, Mrs. Ryonosuke, and added another baddie. this time, the focus is mostly on Nuku-Nuku’s travails as she learns — with hilarious results — how to co-exist with her human (high school) classmates.

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