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Thoughts on Yaoi.

May 30, 2009
Yuki and Shouichi from the anime "Gravitation".

Yuki and Shouichi from the anime "Gravitation".

Personal: I was recently asked, “How do I feel about yaoi?”. I replied, “I don’t mind it, it’s just not my cup of tea”. I don’t really enjoy yaoi, with there being a few exceptions to the list. Frankly, I believe that yaoi is lacking as a genre. It seems like typically it’s rip off your clothes and screw me. There are some anime/manga where it goes in deeper and deals with not just the characters homosexuality, but the way that they interact with each other as well. Personally, I enjoy yaoi that don’t have sex in it. I’m sure of my sexuality, but two guys going at it is really not what I enjoy in an anime, manga, scratch that ANYTHING. Two guys kissing doesn’t cut it for me either, but that’s often relevant to the plotline and not as smutty. I’ve read stuff like Yakuza in Love that wasn’t terrible, but didn’t cut it for me. I have yet to see or read a yaoi that proves yaoi is nothing more than homosexual sex.

 

My Issue: The fans. I try my best to resist discriminating against anime fans, I really do. It’s just so difficult to do it when the fans sit right in front of me plopped on the floor giggling and getting so excited over something that should be done at home. I wouldn’t bust out Black Bible and fap in front of you, so why would you? It’s even more so difficult when I do try to give yaoi a chance and you fans post “kawaii ><!!!!!” over and over. Give some actual detail as to why it’s cute. I’ve met some very nice fujoshi over the years, intelligent, well-kept and such and on occasion induldge in the yaoi and talk to me about it as I pretend to care and nod my head nonchalantly. Sadly, not all fujoshi are like that. Personally, I think it’s the same feel as moe otaku. They couldn’t socialize properly, their social life was on the rocks, and being a virgin just overlapped their confidence.

 

Kondo HijikataOverview: It’s there, it will always be there. Yaoi is not the worst thing to happen to anime/manga and people who refuse to look at certain anime because of their yaoi overtone are seriously missing out. It’s not a cancer, and it is not terrible unless you make it so. I can simply at the click of a mouse evacuate from the site that hosts NarutoxSasuke doujinshi and let it be. I leave you with this, the honest damn truth that fujoshi refuse to accept:

THE TRUTH!

THE TRUTH!

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Buso Renkin Anime Review

May 27, 2009

Buso RenkinBuso Renkin 1

 

 
 

This is as good as neo shonen get. It’s not too long, but not too short. Fuck Ichigo and Ed, Kazuki has his Kakugane on lock down. “I’LL SPLATTER…YOUR GUTS!”

This is an IIP- “Impossible is possible” anime. The story is about alchemy and although it is SUPER played out this anime does well of  lacking any stereotypes. There is a beach episode since there has to be at least one fan service episode. Quite frankly the only good plot in ALL of Shonen Jump’s manga turned anime. It follows almost exactly like the manga.

The art is pretty great. What would you expect from Nobuhiro Watsuki? I’m amazed that Xebec ACTUALLY did great designs. The fight scenes are quick, but leave you wanting more. The final fight between two epic characters is so brilliantly colored and shaded that it leaft nothing to be desired. The only problem I have is that some characters look plain. Mahiro looks so stereotypical… But Papillon is such a fresh character that he makes up for it.Buso Renkin 2

The BGM in this anime is a bit bad. It goes in at the moments when not needed. (Romantic music AFTER Kazuki talks to Tokiko about his feelings) The dubs for both the Japanese and English are great, but my complaint is Tokiko. Her mouth flaps at the weiderst times in both dubs. She’s not even talking at some points. It IS Viz after all.

All the characters are here. The pervert, the fat guy, the tranvestite, the love sick loser, the ditz, the tsundere, etc. They aren’t really original, but they do their job. Plus, this is the only anime where I was pairing up characters.

I did enjoy this anime and well worth the 70 bucks on both sets. I highly recommend it.

Pros:
– Great plot that moves fast and doesn’t leave you hanging.
– Papillon is the most vibrant character in history.

Cons:
– The characters are a bit stereotypical.

This anime is out now by Viz Media. Below are just a few screencaps. None of them are taken by me.02 Review Image 402 Review Image 102 Review Image 2

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Megazone 23 Review

May 27, 2009
Megazone 23 Review
The cover for the Megazone 23 Complete Collection.

The cover for the Megazone 23 Complete Collection.

Thank God for the OVA boom that was single handedly started by Megazone 23 (pronounced Megazone 2 3). The story by the way the title is based on what Japan was called back in WW2.

The story is pretty hard to get into, but once you get it it’s there. Here’s a sentence to sum it up: The main character, Shogo finds a bike, a bike that’s top secret to an organization. Oh, and the world is only Tokyo and they live in a spaceship that people aren’t aware of.Not very novel, right? Wanna know why? Because Megazone started it. The story was originally

supposed to be a multi-episode series compounded into a large series. There’s a big flaw in this. There are many loopholes that happen. Where are the organizations? Who’s who? What’s going on? After about 10 minutes you start to understand, but it’s pretty difficult to understand what’s going on early on. Basically there’s three more OVA’s so it’s okay to not understand at the moment. Overall, not bad but the loopholes are very hard to understand.

The art is amazing. The palet and the facial designs are very cleanly done, just like back in the day when hand drawn cell animation was around. My big complain is that things change. In some scenes there’s a pillow that’s big and pink. In some scenes it’s a simple pillow. Honestly, I’m suprised I catched that but a normal viewer probably wouldn’t notice. There are some great realism in the art though. There’s McDonald’s and Coke all around this anime. It’s VERY realistic. The art is well designed and if you can get past the flaws in this artwork it’s not a big deal.

 

 

One of the enemy Garlands of the anime.

One of the enemy Garlands of the anime.

 

The "vocaloid" of the anime.

The "vocaloid" of the anime.

The sound is amazing. From the pop idol singing to the ’80’s soundtrack it’s all amazing. I really felt like I was in that time and place. The english dubbing is excellent, and I wish I could say that for the Japanese version. The J. dubbing is terrible. The flaps don’t match and the voices all sound like they’re on steroids. For all you sub fans you might be turned off by this. It would be unfair to give the audio a 9 since the Japanese track is terrible.

The characters are pretty great. The loud mouth, the cool guy, the girl willing to sleep to the top, and the aspiring actress. Add in a guy trying to commit a coup and you got Megazone. The characters are anything but one sided but I couldn’t get a feeling for them. I seriously only got to like Yui and Shogo. I have to admit I LOVED it when a certain hot-headed-bitch gets shot in the head. I have to say though that there are alot of characters that come and go. Just remember Mr. Coup, Shogo, and Yui and you should be good.

You know I want to give this anime a 10, but it doesn’t deserve it. It just had too many loopholes and it suffered from changing artwork. It is however one of the best OVA’s I have ever seen. I’m going to give it a 9 because it’s a must see. Frankly, not seeing this is ground enough to have your otaku license revoked.

Pros:
+ One of the visuals I have ever seen. (Epic color palet)
+ It keeps you gripped with a great storyline.

Cons:
– Some of the backgrounds change when they shouldn’t.
– Characters come and go.

This anime is 9 “OVA BOOMS!” out of 10.
This anime is out now by ADV films, go out and buy it.

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Shojo Beat Magazine Cancelled

May 19, 2009

Shojo Beat Magazine Cover Ya know I don’t know where I stand on this year in anime and manga. It’s been going up and down. First we get 20th Century Boys and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei licensed. Then Anime Insider gets cancelled. Then Megazone 23 makes a comeback, then this happens. While I personally wasn’t an avid reader of Shojo Beat, I still feel for the shoujo fans that read Shojo Beat. It’s like removing moe from the sad kid in the corner reading dog-eared copies of Shakugan no Shana, or the UC storyline from a Gundam fan. I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. It wasn’t the best magazine on the block and catered only to females unlike Shonen Jump where a girl could pick it up and not feel so left out.

 

 

 

 

R.I.P. Shojo Beat

July 2005 – July 2009

 

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The Anime Market: Stock 1

May 13, 2009

On Today’s Show We Have:

  • Puni Puni Poemy/ Kekko Kamen Double Pack
  • Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl

Puni Puni Poemy/ Kekko Kamen Double PackPuni Puni Poemy

This double pack sounded to good to be true. 2 DVD’s at the price of one? No way. Yes way and I’ll tell you why.  While the series are both very ecchi (and while I have no oppostion to ecchi) it was nasty. Mainly Kekko Kamen. A superhero female that runs around in the nude fighting bad guys? Sounds cool, but isn’t. It suffers from bad plot, humor, etc. Where this shines is the Puni Puni Poemy. Despite it being two episodes long it is VERY funny. I found myself giggling loudly. It has so much out of the ordinary sequences and great jokes. The characters all pop out. Sadly this set is a pizza with sardines. You’re alergic to sardines and the lindering effect will still be on the pizza. This is a skip for me.

Verdict: Don’t Buy

Licensed by ADV Films.

 

KashimashiKashimashi: Girl Meets Girl

Oh, yuri. You nasty smut. Wait, this yuri isn’t smut? Wow. You’ll find that despite the panty shots this anime is as clean as can be. You can spot more disturbing themes in Naruto than you can in Kashimashi. The premis is wacky. A girlish guy gets hit by  a spaceship and becomes reconstructed as a female. As her life goes on more guys and gals hit on her, mainly the protaganist’s, Hazumu, friends Tomari and Yasuna even though Yasuna rejected him as a guy. The plot is alright, I don’t typically expect much from a yuri anime but the series got dull after a while. The character just tried to preserve everyone’s feelings and caused me to lose interest in what was happening. The artwork is where this anime mainly shines. The “visual novel” artwork really showed during the last parts of the series, mainly in the festival episode. The sound really depressed me because there was no english dub even though the background music was quite well done. It’s sympathetic when it needs to be and happy when it should Well, what did I expect from a 14 dollar anime? Did I mention the price. This anime is at 14 dollars at nearly any Entertainment retailer. There are some good extras like the Japanese DVD promos. Especially the Voice Actor Interview. It feels really great to see the people behind the series. I don’t see why you would not buy this unless you are not into yuri, and that’s fine.

 

Verdict: Buy

Licensed by Media Blasters

 

Obscure Buy!

Zero no TsukaimaFamiliar of Zero Complete First Season Box Set

Familiar of Zero is one of those series I found overrated at first site. It’s so moe and gushing in terrible plotline but I liked it. This was a good moe. The series starts off with Saito from Earth landing on a different planet after Louise “The Zero” transports him to be her familiar. Hijinx insue after he tries to go back home. At first glance I thought “I’ll buy it for the pink hair, it won’t be great”. Little did I know I would have a love-hate relationship with it. I normally despise tsundere characters but something about Louise made me like her. She wasn’t like most because she actually proved to Saito she had feelings for him at some point. The soundtrack is not terrible and the voice acting in both dubs is great. Not epic, but great. The set comes with posters, extras and trailers all making this worth the cash.

Sadly, finding this at a Best Buy or FYE would be a miracle. Since Geneon disbanded it can be found at specific Entertainment shops and anime retailers.

 I found mine at: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/F0Wl0OT5fZ4CZd8qPT/browse/item/81331/4/0/0

Verdict: Buy