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Lucky Star: a winsome gem

14 Jan

i didn’t take to Lucky Star right away. what spurred me on was its fans’ rabid reaction — it made me wonder what the fuss was all about.

after episode 7 (i struggled to maintain my interest), things began to kick in and in a matter of hours i finished the whole series. the next day, i started the whole thing again.

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i even converted (just in case you’re actually having doubts about my enthusiasm) all 26 Lucky Star episodes into .mp4 format so i could play them in my iPod Touch whenever i wanted.

what can i say? i guess Konata‘s zany otaku-flavored zest for life got to me. that, and Kagami‘s hilarious and exasperated reactions, Tsukasa‘s spaced-out cuteness and Miyuki‘s highly refined outlook. heck, after a while, even Soujiro Izumi’s (Konata’s dad) dorky personality and weird tendencies started to seem reasonably normal (and that’s when i knew i had to step back a little to regain my perspective).

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among the minor characters, i liked Yutaka Kobayakawa (name’s rather a mouthful for such a cute little thing); Patricia Martin, the show’s version of an anime-addled gaijin; and Misao Kusakabi, whose laid-back and slyly playful approach to life is guaranteed to drive Kagami nuts.

and oh, the Lucky Star OVA was simply a delight and should not be missed.

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revisiting Full Metal Alchemist

4 Jun

 

despite my recent resolve to catch up on my sleep, which i can never seem to get enough of these days — thanks to my insane schedule, i still couldn’t resist the chance to go through my triweekly anime fix.

these past few weeks i went through several new titles and and even watched school rumble again (1st season). i had recommended SR to a friend, and for some reason my own enthusiastic pep talk for the series prompted me to check it out again. i also revisited Full Metal Alchemist, which never fails to draw me in.

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Full Metal Alchemist features a powerful mix of comedy, drama, action and fantasy that cuts across age, gender and racial barriers. and for all its deceptively kid-friendly appeal, the series is actually geared towards a more sophisticated and mature audience for its unblinking forays into painfully complex and morally ambiguous issues. and with a passel of unforgettable and appealing characters (the elric brothers, roy mustang, winry rockbell, maes hughes — to name a few), it’s really no wonder why the series continues to draw rabid fans into its wake.

of course, the main selling point of Full Metal Alchemist remains the strong filial bond between Edward and Alphonse Elric. it’s the kind of bond that constricts the throat and blurs your sight long after the last painful/hilarious scene has faded from your memory. and of course there is that hugely likeable scoundrel, col. roy mustang, and his efficient girl friday, lt. hawkeye; and let’s not forget their colorful posse, particulary the hilarious lt. col. hughes and the muscle-bound maj. armstrong. and a lot more, heaven knows there’s a lot more…

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someday, when i have more time at my disposal, i have no doubt that i would be going through this series again if only to check out for myself why this series affected me the way it did.

 

more anime updates

25 Mar

whew, it’s been a while since my last post (i’m posting twice today to make up for it). actually, there have been times that i’ve been tempted to insert some fillers but i always ended up deleting my drafts they sounded either forced, nonsensical, or rambling.

between my erratic work schedule and my still-even-more-unpredictable freelance activities, i’d been able to watch a few anime features every now and then. although most of them won’t even crack my top 50 favorites, a few had been entertaining enough to keep me holding on until the last episode.

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at the moment i’m steadfastly plowing through Saitoh High School Haunted Junction (which, for some reason, reminds me of The Magic Users Club) and Seto no Hanayome. of the two, i’m more inclined to finish Seto no Hanayome first because a series that mixes up mermaids, overanxious and highly excitable parents, gangsters, hapless kids, and brain-addled sidekicks into one rollicking mishap after another always gets my attention.

 

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bowing to a friend’s recommendation, i finally watched Romeo x Juliet, which is basically an extended retelling of that classic shakespearean fare. this time, the story is set on a much grander scale, with fantastical elements (winged horses, floating continent, giant trees, etc.) thrown in for good measure. the timeline roughly reflects the Medieval period (buildings, mode of dressing, system of government) but with a lot improvements tucked here and there.

Romeo x Juliet remains a story between the Capulets and the Montagues, along with a few characters whose roles have either been expanded, shortened, excised, or changed completely.

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in this 24-episode version, many characters are fleshed out and provided with sufficient backstory to make them more interesting. even shakespeare gets his due (he appears as willy, a playwright who is secretly sympathetic to the Capulets) and a few characters share the names of several important personages from the Bard’s plays (Cordelia, Ophelia, etc.).

i found the music a bit too cloying (i guess i should have expected that), but the flowing artwork more than makes up for it. there are also a few twists here and there that work well to keep Romeo x Juliet from being predictable.

bottomline, it’s a worthwhile series to watch.

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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