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Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
6:46 pm
[secret_reality]
FMP2
Full Metal Panic...... but new!

Happieness is what I have! (and chicken fingers)

Discuss......
Friday, July 29th, 2005
5:46 pm
[secret_reality]
Choices Choices
Ok so this post isnt about any particular anime. It's more of a format question. Any day now my new Powerbook shall arrive in the mail (explodes from joy and too much Alka-Seltzer). This little beutey comes with a DVD burner. So my question to you is this....

Which do you prefer?
a. - DVD Format - Burning anime onto a DVD so that you may play it in your DVD player. This equals less episodes per disk but gives me the chance to play with designing menus as well as box sets.

b. - Data Disk Format - Burning anime onto a DVD so that it acts as storage. I can fit a huge amount on one disk but can only play it on my computer. This isnt so bad seeing as how my computer has a better sound system than my tv anyway.

c. - Neither - Burning anime is wrong and you shouldnt do it. I'll respect your opinion if you feel this way but dont expect me to stop. I'm poor and an anime junkie. Besides, 99% of what I DL is fansubbed items not available in the US. So there!

So what do you all think?

Current Mood: perplex-ified
Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
4:25 pm
[maggotthemango]
hey out there
who's all going to otakon?

there has to be at least a couple of you.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
10:46 am
[maigo]
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
12:12 am
[secret_reality]
Adult Swim Saturdays is Tanking
So I was watching Furturama and saw several AS tags talking about how their Saturday night lineup has been bombing for the past three weeks. Because of this they are claiming they are going to switch back to a comedy lineup instead of whats currently on.

That means no more Samurai Champloo, Paranoia Agent, FLCL, Inuyasha, s-CRY-d, and one or two others I can't remember right now.

Has anyone else heard about this? Are they going to pull these shows or is it a joke? Post your thoughts!

Current Mood: worried
Friday, June 17th, 2005
6:18 pm
[secret_reality]
Hello there little mind, I am going to F*** you up real good.....
Paranoia Agent....

Wow. It was everything I expected it to be. Last night I basically had a marathon viewing session. I couldn't finish it then because my poor widdle brain meats were begging for a break. I finished it today. It's one of those series that loves to suprise you and basically answers eveything by the end, but not comepletely. I like a show that let's you imagine certain details.

For those of you who havent heard of it this is the latest (i think) story from the makers of "Serial Experiment Lain" and "Perfect Blue". The story revolves around reports of a boy on rollerblades attacking people with a bat. Nobody knows who he is or how he chooses the people he attacks. The episodes start out telling the stories of his vitems but slowly start to focus more on the two police officers assigned to the case. It had a fairly large cast for a half-season show (only 13 episodes) so you need to pay attention when watching it.

All in all I felt it was a wonderfully told story with great characters and lots of unexpected twists. I can honestly say this show suprised me several times. Highly reccomended for those who like something twisted and suspenseful.

Current Mood: blank
2:29 am
[maggotthemango]
haibane renmei
i just recently finished watching "haibane renmei" and felt it appropriate to post my thoughts on the series.

it is a half-season (13 episode) show about a girl who awakens inside of a cocoon to find that she doesn't remember who she is or where she came from. once the cocoon hatches, she becomes a "haibane", which are angel-like people (wings and halo) who live in a town surrounded by a huge wall, and for some unknown reason, no one can leave.

the show operates on the tried and true premise where a character is suddenly and unexpectedly thrown into a different world. the opening episode sets up the situation, introduces the characters, and leaves the audience with a ton of questions as to why things are the way they are. in a cheap and manipulative series, these questions only serve to hook the viewer and are never actually resolved over the course of the show. this is not one of those, which was a relief coming from the same animation team that brought us lain.

the story starts out relatively cheerful, as the main character, rakka, adjusts to her surroundings. some people may actually be turned off by how "cute" the series can get in the beginning, as everyone is generally kind and cheerful, but the tone does eventually shift and this provides a good counterbalance with everything that occurs later. the plot progresses at a steady pace, and is only a tad slow in the beginning where there are a few episodes devoted to each of the main character "haibane" who rakka becomes friends with. but even in these episodes, things are revealed that effect the rest of the story. and thankfully, the information is revealed just a bit slower than the new questions are raised.

the series is very metaphorical in its conception. the nature of the town, the politics surrounding the town, the people, the living conditions of the haibane, and even the crows that fly over the wall, all combine to form a uniformly symbolic experience (symbolic of what exactly, i don't want to ruin for you). there are also the obvious religious symbols such as the wings and halos, however i would not say this is a show about religion although some of its inspiration certainly came from christian mythology.

the animation itself is top-notch, with simple but effective character designs. the voice acting seems fairly standard for anime.

overall, i very much recommend this one. it is an interesting and engaging story from the getgo, with well crafted characters. don't be put off by it's initial cuteness, and definitely do not see this show if you are looking for action or japanese silliness.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
9:28 pm
[shakinros]
character voices
Another Howl's Moving Castle post. I really enjoyed the movie, but was annoyed by Billy Crystal voicing Calcifer, the fire demon. Every time Calcifer was onscreen, all I could think about was Billy Crystal in The Princess Bride. "Have fun storming the castle!"

Any thoughts? Was anyone else annoyed by Billy Crystal?

On a larger scale, in your opinion, how valuable is the Hollywood star voice? Do studios gain an audience by using a recognizable voice? Or is that effect negligable? Personally, I have never gone to see an animated movie based on the people voicing it. But I feel as though there MUST be people out there who are choosing movies based on the voices. Otherwise, the studios would hire cheaper, non-famous actors.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, June 13th, 2005
2:30 am
[secret_reality]
Anime Kraze
Any opinions on Anime Kraze? I've never DL'd a fansub by them before...
Friday, June 10th, 2005
2:25 pm
[secret_reality]
Howl's Moving Castle
Going to see "Howl's Moving Castle" with Jessica's family tonight.
I'll admit I am quite excited about it, even if it s dubbed with an "all-star cast".
Has anyone else seen this (the subbed version seeing as how the movie was released today)?

I shall post more tonight and tell you all what I thought.
Monday, June 6th, 2005
1:28 pm
[secret_reality]
Just Gotta See How Many Folks Know Of This...
I was talking to reikamada and day_dreamnation about this random old anime I am downloading for a friend of mine. It's called Samurai Pizza Cats. As the title implys it's about a group of cats who deliver pizzas..... and are samurais.

I have never heard of this before but both Gabby and Aislinn raved about it. So how many folks here have heard of this?

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, May 30th, 2005
6:24 pm
[secret_reality]
Paranoia Agent.... on Adult Swim?!?
I vaugely remember being told by day_dreamnation that I HAD to watch this series. Of course, like most things I really should do, I put it off and forgot about it. But Saturday night on adult swim I caught the first episode.

Apparently it was dubbed by the same folks who handled Samurai Champloo. (Another series I am finally getting around to watching) I gotta say its nice to see AS showing animes that don't have 5000 episodes *cough dragonball alpha hyper purple monkey ass cough*...

So did anyone else catch it? What do you all think?

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, May 14th, 2005
6:02 pm
[kit_yang]
Card Captor Sakura...
Now that I'm a cable net whore, I'm looking for all sorts of anime to download and watch. I was finally able to do that as I came upon the two Card Captor Sakura movies, which are awesome by the way. All though I haven't seen the whole series, I've seen a good amount of it to understand what is going on. Anywho, on to the synopsis:

Card Captor Sakura: The Movie

Sakura wins a trip to Hong Kong by the doing of a spirit who has waited a lifetime for Clow Reed (a great magician). She and Clow crossed paths in the past and he was always courteous to her. Since Sakura posseses Clow Reed's "clow cards", the spirit mistakes Sakura's aura as that of Clow's. The spirit summons Sakura to her dwelling, intending to tell Clow Reed she loves him. Finding that Sakura came instead, the spirit is upset and demands Clow's presence or suffer her wrath.

Card Captor Sakura 2: The Sealed Card

For every side, there's good and evil. For all 52 Clow Cards combined, there's one card that has the same amount of power. The Sealed Card is taking away Sakura's Clow Cards one by one. Everytime it does so, something that used to exist disappears. For example, a building that used to be on a block is no longer there. Well, Sakura is faced with a hard decision. Before Shaorun-kun left for Hong Kong, he confessed his feelings of love to Sakura. Now, he waits for her answer. Before Sakura can do that, she has to capture the Sealed Card and transform it into a Clow Card. But, there's a price. In order to transform the card, Sakura has to give up the most important feeling known to her: her love for Shaorun-kun.

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
6:58 pm
[kit_yang]
Kit's AMV Recommendations...
Okay so I've been busy these past few days...
I've been looking up and downloading various AMVs for various animes. The best one I found so far is "Tainted Donuts". It's a cross-over between Trigun and Cowboy Bebop. It seems that Vash the Stampede has a bounty of 60,000,000 credits on his head and the Bebop Gang is after him. This AMV is awesome. I recommend that you download it because it is worth it! *^^*

So far I've download the following:

Anime:

"Smooth Criminal"-Michael Jackson-(Trigun and Cowboy Bebop)
This one's alright. It's not as entertaining as Tainted Donuts but hey, you can't win em all.

"Tainted Donuts"-Unknown-(Trigun and Cowboy Bebop)
Awarded the **KIT'S MUST HAVE'S** award for it's brilliant video sequence not to mention the awesome song.

"Angels Would Fall"-Melissa Ethridge-(Angel Sanctuary)
Angel Sanctuary...one of my faves. I loved this AMV because it focused more on scenes involving Setsuna and Sarah. **KIT'S MUST HAVE'S**

"Going Under"-Evanescance-(Angel Sanctuary)
Awww man, what to say except KICK A$$!!!! This one focused more on morbid scenes such as Angels dying and all that gorey awesomeness. **KIT'S MUST HAVE'S**

Final Fantasy:

"Push Away"-Linkin Park-(FF7-10)
Honestly, I liked this one. It was action packed and sent chills down my spine *^^* **KIT'S MUST HAVE'S**

"Hero"-Nickelback-(FF8-10)
One of my faves. I personally thought some of the scenes didn't quite fit in with the song buy hey, who am I to judge right?

More to come so bear with me! Whenever I find some more, I'll be sure to post on my LJ and keep you folks updated! *^^*

Current Mood: bouncy
11:23 am
[drsevarious]
Cute, Ecchi, and Violent (a winning combination)
If you enjoy the above mentioned three things, and/or would like to see them all rolled into one show, check out 'Bokusatu Tenshi Dokuro Chan' (litterally: Beating Angel Dokuro-chan). An cute innocent looking angle from the future comes to live with a boy named Sakura. The innocence (but not the cuteness) ends the moment he does anything to even slightly irk her, when she whips out her giant spiked metal bat called "Escalaborg" and proceeds to kill him (complete with a blood splatter that would put Mortal Kombat to shame). If you enjoy over the top anime with a sizeable touch of sadistic humor, this one is the win.

Current Mood: calm
Monday, May 9th, 2005
10:49 pm
[secret_reality]
Obscure Question
Ok I'm sorry I'm posting so damn much about Naruto. It's just that it's the latest series I've done a marathon viewing session on.....

So my question is this. Does anyone know what the symbol on Gaara's forehead means? I have a theory about him. I think he's like Naruto (as in possessed) I just finished the second season and they have mentioned something about the person sleeping inside of Gaara. Don't tell me if I'm right or not, just tell me what the symbol means. Or at least a way to look it up. Much obliged!

Current Mood: chipper
Sunday, May 8th, 2005
3:49 pm
[drsevarious]
Trinity Blood
I watched the first episode of this series a few days ago and I suspect it will be a winner. Its got airships, vampires, a race that feeds on vampires, vampire hunters, the Vatican, and what I'm hoping will blossom into a sweet storyline replete with action and political intrigue. Anyone else seen it? If not go and download it pronto.

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, May 5th, 2005
11:12 pm
[secret_reality]
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