Category Archives: Anime

#1: Rules of Revolution – A Look At The Bizarre

((I’m no fan of ‘Panic! At the Disco!’ but I loved this AMV done to “Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off”))

I finished Revolutionary Girl Utena a long time ago, but still, it always sorts of catches my fancy—particularly due to the elations and frustrations I felt at the hands of the ambiguous characters. I have yet to watch the movie, and I have yet to read the manga, but the show itself will always remain one of my favorites. 

Back then, after watching Ep. 16 (one of the humorously bizarre filler episodes) I wrote this little article putting my confusion and delight into a nutshell—

RULES OF REVOLUTION:

Rule 1: Sisters are either in love with their brothers…or have sex with them.  (never both)  No exceptions.

Rule 2: Think your straight? Think again….and again, and again, and again, and again—

Rule 3: Each fight deserves apocalyptic opera rock in the background. I’ll say it again. Apocalyptic opera rock.

Rule 4: The monkey-rat eats everything. He eats his food, her food, your food, their food…stuff he THINKS is food. If his mouth isn’t chewing something, its cuz he’s dead.

Rule 5: Are you pissed? Slap Anthy. Go on. Do it. It’s what everyone does…everyone. Everyday. Every minute. Every second. (Every episode?)

Rule 6: You cannot attend Ohtori Academy unless your parents are dead, you’re into incest, your gay, or seeking to ‘prove’ or ‘disprove’ some abstract concept like eternity or miracles.

Rule 7: Everyone knows how to fight with a sword.

Rule 8: Choo-Choo =/= Chu-Chu.

Rule 9: The overly dramatic is not dramatic, its comedic. And the overly comedic is not comedic, its dramatic.

Rule 10: Leaves, spinning roses, stopwatches, cats, and bells mean more then they seem to mean.

RGU!Runaway kangaroos, dinners made of shaved ice, and little monkey-rats that eat everything. Revolutionary Girl Utena is most certainly one of the oddest animes I’ve watched, but still, I can see why it’s a classic. Angst AND humor? It’s delivered flawlessly together in an entrancing show of stinging backhands, confused identities, and misguided intentions. Flowing beneath the story is a constant current of darkness and doom (yes, darkness and DOOM) that sort of dances around in the back of your mind, despite some of the lighthearted parts of the series. The reason behind the fighting, the ever present threat of apocalypse peeks its head out at you when the characters experience their worst. The damaged bits that sort of flap around inside them become apparent at times in their interactions, as well as their battles. These kids are screwy. Some kids are so screwy it’s a wonder they haven’t been committed.

But to say RGU (my lazy acronym for the show) is depressing would be a lie. What RGU is, is engaging. It’s a drama that, despite its oddities makes you wanna know what the hell is going to happen…and for the most part, hope things go all right.

EDIT:  Today’s short post is due in part to the fact that I’m going to be busy most of today and won’t have time to do something more detailed.  Sorry folks…I may post more on RGU later, though.

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#1: My Anime List – An Anime Enthusiast’s Record…

    What I’m Watching now (Episode # next to watch):
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  • Kare Kano (ep. 9)
  • Death Note (ep. 26)
  • Negima!? (ep. 16)
  • Maria-sama ga Miteru (OVA 4)
  • Bleach (ep. 126)
  • Bubblegum Crisis 2040 (ep. 20)
  • Blood+ (ep. 39)
  • Basilisk (ep. 2)
  • Hitohira (ep. 10)
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (ep. 4) — technically ep. 7
  • Gokusen (ep. 7)
    What I want To See:
    ——————-

  • Read or Dream
  • Gunsmith Cats
  • Ninja Scroll (movie and tv show)
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Lost Innocence (movie)
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2nd Season – TV)
  • Miyazaki Films (aka – Steam Boy, Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, etc…..)
  • Desert Punk
  • Fruits Basket (?)
  • Someday’s Dreamers
  • Akira
  • Gantz
  • SoltyRei
  • Blue Seed
  • Nanoha StrikerS
  • Black Lagoon
    What I Started A While Ago and Want to Finish:
    ———————————————-

  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Chobits
  • Nana
  • Read or Die (OVA)
  • Ghost in the Shell (tv series)
  • Tenshi na Konamaiki
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • Fushigi Yuugi
    What I Have Finished:
    ———————

  • Samurai Champloo
  • Ergo Proxy
  • Strawberry Panic!
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Azumanga Daioh
  • Hellsing
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena
  • Paranoia Agent
  • Fooly Cooly
  • Digimon: Tamers
  • Digimon: Adventure
  • Kannazuki no Miko
  • Mai Hime
  • Final Fantasy Unlimited
  • Final Fantasy VII: Last Order
  • Love Hina!
  • Ouran High School Host Club
  • Oh! My Goddess!
    Anime Movies I’ve Watched
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  • Blood: The Last Vampire
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Spirited Away
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Street Fighter: Alpha
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • End of Evangelion
  • Tekken
  • Bleach: Sealed Sword Frenzy
  • Bleach: Memories in the Rain
  • Inuyasha (something…castle?)
  • Ah! My Godess!: The Movie
  • Pokemon: The Movie
  • Pokemon: The Sequel
  • Dead Leaves
    What I Started But Don’t Care to Finish:
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  • Simoun
  • Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
  • Noir
  • Naruto
  • Yami to Boshi to Hon no Tabibito
  • Inuyasha
  • Excel Saga
  • Full Metal Panic!
  • XXXHolic
  • Witch Hunter Robin
  • .hack//SIGN
  • Mai Otome
  • Trigun
  • Full Metal Alchemist (?)
  • Kiddy Grade
  • Wolf’s Rain
  • Madlax
  • Digimon: Adventure 2
  • Honey and Clover
  • Elfen Lied
  • Love Hina: Again!

(?) = Uncertain

So I watch anime…but am I an expert?  Do I know the names of japanese voice actors, anime artists, and distribution companies?  Do I have an extensive collection of opening and ending themes from various anime shows?  Do I buy dolls, accessories, models, and clothes from anime?

 …Um.  No.  I don’t.

 But have I watched alot of anime?  More than most people, yes.  Have I written fanfiction for said anime?  Yes, for some.  Do I read blogs for anime?  Yes, a few.  Have I read the manga’s ADAPTED into anime?  Yes.  Have I read manga that have YET to be adapted into anime?  Yep.

So can I call myself an Otaku?

…No.

 My interest in anime is like my interest in everything else I like:  I have a journeyman’s knowledge of the topic and can speak rather passionately about it.  Get too much into detail, however, (like cultural analysis, names of specific actors and creators and what they’ve done, business specs, etc…) and you lose me.

That’s why I refer to myself as an “anime enthusiast.”  Otaku’s are fanatics and incorporate anime into everyday life.  I, do not.

But I still like art, and I still like good stories and cartoons. (Because that’s what anime is—japanese cartoons.  They’re more a cultural product than anything else.)  So there SHALL be times when I critique an anime series or discuss my feelings on an anime episode here.  Fear not, I will not post about an anime I have not done a bit of reading about (because I, personally, dislike it when people speak on a subject and not know enough about it.)

But will I be using japanese/anime terms here?  …Most likely not.  To be honest, I only gained much of my esoteric knowledge this year.  Last December, I had no idea what the word, “tsundere” meant.  I also did not know what “moe” meant.  I didn’t even know what “loli” meant, either. (granted, I’m not sure you can say that the term ‘loli’ comes from anime…)  So there you have it, I’ll avoid esoteric words and shoot for more universal terms.

And my update schedule shall hopefully be as follows: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Things may of course happen to change that, but I’ll try to make a habit of posting on those days.

Until Friday, then…

#1: Vamps, Bots, and Ecchi Cheapshots…

(Ya see that #1 up there?  If you refer to my first post/my about page, you’ll know and understand what I’ll mostly talk about in this entry.) 

I’ve been watching Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 and for whatever reason I remembered reading this spoof this guy did on artificial chicks in anime (like robots and clones).  I went looking through google and after four years I’ve finally found it again.

Clicky clicky.

Yep.  It goes on for a few pages and features such man-made wonders as Rei Ayanami (from Evangelion), Chii (from Chobits), Gally (from Battle Angel Alita), and Ryoko (from Tenchi Muyo).  Beneath the page where Gally goes on her crazy rant, the artist (Vaz) goes on a rant himself about women in anime, and how they are used as men’s playthings (both in their stories and by the male audience.)  It made me want to read the manga for Battle Angel Alita.  It sounds like a tearjerker, but atleast I know there’s a happy ending…plus, Gally DOES sound pretty cool.

(That’s Gally, in case your ability to infer information has somehow been damaged)

Also…in other anime news (with me atleast) I’ve begun watching Blood+ after seeing the third episode on adult swim last saturday night.  I’m lazy and don’t feel like spelling stuff out (not today atleast) but I just have to say it is REALLY cool.  When I first saw it, I kinda paused for a moment because I wasn’t sure if it was related to the movie, Blood: The Last Vampire.  Research later proved that the show is supposed to be its sequel (though I’ve heard it’s instead an alternative universe story.)  Anyways, once I found that out, I went to go watch B:LV on Youtube (I have to see things in order, y’see,) and lemme just say…

You all need to watch it.  I don’t care if you’re into anime or not.  You need to fucking watch this movie:

Take you’re head out of your ass and click this. Now. And you WILL watch this, despite the fact that it is on Youtube. The quality is still good, and the fact that it is spliced into separate parts is of no consequence. What’re you doing? CLICK NOW YOU IDIOT!!

Yep….no really, go watch that ASAP, because there’s no telling when the moderators will delete that off the site.

Later I’ll give a more detailed report on Blood+, but for now just take my word for it.  I’ll give my thoughts on Bubblegum Crisis 2040 too, as well as this other crazy number I started called Elfen Lied.  The latter is really bloody and has an exorbant amount of nudity.  My eyes were bleeding by the third episode.

I’ve also begun watching Love Hina: Again!  …I’m not so sure why I’m watching it.  It’s not clever and seems a bit forced (and yeah, I’m saying that for a fanservice show.)  I don’t recall the original Love Hina being so…blah.  Or maybe that was just because I was in middle school when I watched it.  Oh well…

Now…to make up for my laziness, a few pics of the shows I’m watching.

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

A very nice show.  Reminded me of super sentai at first, but then evolved past that.

…Cool outfits, anyway.

And be careful about those damn robots.  They take assimilation to a whole new level.

Blood+

…I already said Blood+ was cool, didn’t I?

Elfen Lied

…Look, it’s just not for the faint at heart…I’d advise you not to mess with the pink-haired chick.

Idiots, why didn’t you believe me!?!?

Ouran Highschool Host Club

Woah!  Talk about a severe change in topic.  Ya mean there isn’t blood or monsters in this one!?  REALLY!?!?

No, seriously, this anime is very cute.  I know I didn’t mention this one before, but I like it alot.  I finished this sometime last week.  Expect this to be lumped into my major rant of anime shtuffs.

EDIT:  Click on this link.  This is the first time I’ve seen a website load up COMPLETE (not spliced into parts) translated anime episodes and manga.  The best part is…it’s FREE.  Blood+, Beck, Ah!  My Goddess, Bleach, Death Note, Ergo Proxy, Nana, Mai-Hime, One Peice, and XXXHolic episodes are on there.

 http://www.animemangafun.com/ 

(Oh, and that Eragon movie?  Fucking sucks rotten eggs…so does Ghost Rider, too.  I only say that because I saw them both recently, and my soul burned in agony because of it.)