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Girls Should Never Ride Mecha

January 9, 2010

Rideback Review

 

One of the things that really hurts anime today is the lack of planning, patience, and care. Rideback is no exception. It’s a show that starts so godly amazing that it just plummets in quality, and no Gonzo did not create this. Madhouse did so there really is no excuse.

The premise behind Rideback is an ex-ballet dancer, Rin Ogata who injured her leg during a ballet performance. She eventually runs into a club called “The Rideback Club” and rides a sort of mecha-motorcycle hybrid vehicle to kill

A rideback. Megazone 23 did this before Rideback and it was called a GARland. Because a man rode it and women shouldn't ride mecha.

some time while it rains outside. She discovers that it reminds her of the thrill she got when she would dance. She discovers the name of the mechaish thing is called Fuego. She eventually joins a race and once that’s over the show turns a complete 360. I want to point out that the show gets completely self important and throws in corruption and mysterious militaries out of nowhere in later episodes (around episode 6+). The show has a pretty bland premise, but it delivers in the first few episodes and really gives off a serene feeling that comes from a blend between the music and the animation. The last six episodes are complete throwaway.

I think the biggest issue about this series is it turned into a political drama completely out of nowhere. All of a sudden you are faced with an organization called the GGP that wants to start a war. Where did all of this come from?! Why do I care? . The series comes off as dare I say “overly pretentious”. It thinks it’s a big deal when it really isn’t. All the characters don’t do anything other than to comment about Rin even when she isn’t around. I think Rin suffers from Naoki Urasawa character syndrome where all the characters are so perfect and their only flaws are that they’re too nice or naïve making her so unrelateable. Around episode 10 – 11 roughly translated as It Occasionally Gets Cloudy After It Rains, a character dies. I’m not going to say who, but I assume that during this show someone planned so that it would come as some big shock to the audience. Truth is, I didn’t care. It was so out of nowhere that I just took a glance at it and didn’t think anything of it. I’m the type of person that gets shocked easily when someone dies, and that says something about this show. I think the lack of fleshing out of the characters and so few episodes is to blame for this. The only character that gets any back-story of relevance is Rin and that’s just about it.

The music for the anime itself is actually pretty good. Not just because the opening is by MELL who’s music is completely incomprehensible engrish (which I grew to love after watching Black Lagoon), but it has a really good soundtrack. There are scenes where Rin is just dancing with Fuego, and while I hate 3D it’s very well animated, but what made them so was the music. I really don’t like to comment on Japanese voice actors because I simply can’t tell the difference when people are talking. It’s pretty average, I mean no one stuck out to me or anything.

The only picture I could find online that DIDN'T involve Rin.

In reality, this is a show that I recommend you don’t watch even though I ignored people’s advice to not watch it. There really isn’t anything here other than the first half of the show. Sad part is this was Madhouse’s anime for winter and it flat out blew. It’s a show full of angst, weak plot twists and boatload of character development. It’s not that this is a bad show, it’s just a mediocre show. There’s nothing awesome about it, but nothing bad enough to call it a bad show. Simply ignore it. This is one of those shows that makes good fan sub arguments. It’s a show that if you bought as it was coming out (I’m sure this is going to get licensed sooner or later) it would just piss you off if you realized what you bought at the end of it. A series that definitely passes the three episode test, but fails the rest of the semester.

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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