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Revolutionary Girl Utena Anime, Volume 3, Disk 3 (English)
2012-05-25 23:36:00
The"Apocalypse Arc" of Revolutionary Girl Utena is going to spend the rest of the anime blowing us up like a balloon and piercing us with pins, just to watch us go "pop!" I don't know what to say about this arc other than I wholly wiped it from my memory the first time around and am not at all pleased at having to remember any of it this time. And not to spoil anything, but we learn three things during this arc and not one of them makes us any happier. The shadow girls tell us what we've been guessing for a while, that the true story lay somewhere deep in our subsconscious where all fairytales live - and we're reminded yet again that the story started with something like a fairy tale. The beginning, which seemed innocent in the beginning takes on a much, much darker meaning now and there is nowhere on the screen to look that does not bring us pain. I'm reminded of the hatred shown to Akio when fans saw this series the first time. It's a fair bet to say that he remains the mo...
Revolutionary Girl Utena Anime, Volume 3, Disk 2 (English)
2012-05-11 00:20:00
This is where the "Apocalypse Arc" of Revolutionary Girl Utena starts to get rough. First, we have to watch Juri being run roughshod over; offered every single possible outcome except the two in which she can be happy. Then there's Akio's seduction of Utena which, no matter how you slice it, is repulsive. And last, while there had been a distinct hint of incest about Akio and Anthy since the beginning of this arc, in this disk it is made plain, not so much to shock us (speaking for myself, there is little else Akio can do to make himself more repulsive than he already is) but to shock Nanami. Which leads us to one of the most amazing things in the entirety of this series...when Nanami calls Utena dense. Think about it. Nanami has been presented to us, from the very beginning, as naive, selfish and quite dense. For her to stare at Utena in disbelief and scream "Are you dense?" is a pretty amazing moment. In three words, Nanami says, "I'm not perceptive and I just came to thi...
Jormungand Anime (English)
2012-05-01 19:27:00
Many thanks to Mara for pointing out at Sunday's Live Online Yuri Panel that the Jormungand anime had begun streaming. It's available for free (supported by commercials) with English subtitles on the Funimation channel. The Funi channel requires registration before you can watch anything. As much as I don't love commercials or registering, if this gives me a chance to watch Jormungand for free, legally I think it's a fair deal. ^_^ If you've been reading the manga, you know what to expect and, pleasantly, that's exactly what you get. The anime is an animated version of the manga, not some mangled other story with barely any relation to what we know. Koko Hekmatyar and her band of cheerful cutthroats are still unapologetically arms dealers; many guns will be shot, people will be knifed and blood will spurt. But it's all in good fun. Bizarrely, I actually mean that. What makes the manga series work for me is the sense of humor Koko and her group have, and how they don't...
Yuri Anime: Bodacious Space Pirates (English)
2012-04-29 19:28:00
Back in February, I was persuaded by longtime Okazu reader, Cryssoberyl, to watch a new anime called Bodacious Space Pirates. Due to the salaciousness of the name I was a little hesitant, but was quickly absorbed in what I consider to be a very fun story. I did my preliminary review at that time. Another reader, Helen, pointed out that Jenny and Lynn were a couple and another longtime reader, DezoPenguin, pointed out that they are a couple in the novels...and when they director said there'd be no romance in the series, fans were devastated that that meant Jenny and Lynn too.... (These two paragraphs are a perfect example of why I value my Yuri Network so highly! I didn't know any of this, and was glad to learn it all from you.) The upshot of all of this? Well...the director lied. And gosh I am so happy to say that. ^_^ In episode 17, Jenny and Lynn are reunited in front of the Hakuoh Yacht Club, acting as provisional Bentenmaru crew...with a kiss. Actually two kisses, just to ...
Revolutionary Girl Utena Anime, Volume 3, Disk 1 (English)
2012-04-28 00:01:00
The difference in tone between the first disk of the third box set, the "Apocalypse Arc" and first disk of the "Student Council Arc" of Revolutionary Girl Utena is so profound, the gap so enormous, that I'm having trouble finding words to express my thoughts on it. The Student Council themselves are different. They have faced their darkest thoughts and are no longer terrified by them. It almost comes as a surprise to them that still they have weak spots to be be exploited. And yet, there they are, on the dueling ground, for reasons that they themselves don't really understand, fighting. The End of the World shows himself to us, and in many ways, he is aptly named. Akio, the Morning Star, Lucifer, the fallen angel...the End of the World, in the sense of a border or a boundary outside which is...what? There are significant changes in the dynamic between the characters. Everything is fraught with sexual energy, even relationships we desperately wish were not. (How many of us grit ...
Magic Knight Rayearth Anime Second Season, Disks 5 & 6 (English)
2012-04-22 19:18:00
As I suspected, neither of the two plotlines that were the entirety of the end of the Second Season Complete Box Set of Magic Knight Rayearth, were enough to hold my attention. At least twice, I thought "Surely we must be past Hikaru's self-confidence issues (i.e., Nova)?" But no, both times we're dragged back to re-re-re-re-face the darkness in her heart. And the last of the plotlines was resolved in the only way that made any sense, really, from the very beginning. For the rest, the girls befriend enemies and land, once again, back at Tokyo Tower, probably incapable of ever really returning to a normal life. Sure, "will" can help us overcome difficulties in our world, but they've been trained to associate "will" with whipping out a weapon and fighting. That's going to be awkward next time they get in an argument in school. Just kidding - they've all proven repeatedly that they can fight with their brains and hearts, as well. Still...you can't tell me Umi won't reget ...
Magic Knight Rayearth Anime Second Season, Disk 4 (English)
2012-04-15 22:15:00
I pride myself in watching anime without expectation and my ability to clearly, concisely separate my delusions and desires from what is actually happening on the screen. We all choose to interpret what we see differently, but sometimes the information we're give is clearer than others. Sometimes the holes are so huge, it's impossible for me to ignore them, regardless of what I want to be happening. Which brings us, in an oblique way, to Magic Knight Rayearth, Volume 4 of the Second Season Complete Box Set. In this volume Nova put a full-on passive-aggressive seduction of Hikaru because, as she says, she loves Hikaru. Well, okay, but a second earlier she told Hikaru that the reason she hated her was because Hikaru hates herself. So, having been given that piece of information, we have to conclude then that Hikaru also wants herself in a sexual way. Or, we can presume that Nova is making it up (and being inconsistent about it) or - and this is my best guess - no one told CLAMP ...
Magic Knight Rayearth Anime Second Season, Disk 3 (English)
2012-04-09 20:00:00
For those of you looking at the actual disks of the Second season set of Magic Knight Rayearth, this review is of the Disk labeled 7, as the disk numbering continued from the first season straight through the second. Finally, at last, I encountered Nova and subsequently stare at many of you now with some concern that you see her as a "Yuri" character, and not just simply as insane. ^_^;; But first, I should point out that the plot is now so deeply flawed and diluted that it was hard slogging through every episode of this disk, so Nova wasn't the real problem. If you recall, the plot as it was set up is that, now Pillar-less, Cephiro is in danger of being invaded by three other countries. Eagle of Autozam is the least annoying and in these episodes he also appears to be dying of tuberculosis so that his story is extra tragic. Hikaru suddenly develops a raging crush on Lantis out of nowhere and Umi is likewise assigned a pairing - we already knew about Fuu and Ferio from...
10 Awesome Anime Villains
2012-04-04 18:26:00
I originally wanted to call this post “My 10 favourite anime villains but the list surged way past 10 and I couldn’t shred it down so I chose five that had to make the list and chose another 5 at random then deleted the others. Would love to hear via a comment after reading this ...
Boomslank ? Original Anime Artwork on T-Shirts, iPhone cases and more
2012-03-24 02:07:00
Many tears ago I had a weird addiction to collecting t-shirts. At theheightof my “problem” I had dozens and dozens ofdifferentkinds of t-shirts that I prized and even refused to wear! I have recovered from that addiction, but recently I got an email from Boomslank, a business owned by a group of brothers specializing in ...
Revolutionary Girl Utena The Movie Anime Dub Review (English)
2012-03-24 00:47:00
Happy Guest Review Day! I know I have not yet reviewed the third box set of Revolutionary Girl Utena, much less the movie, but I will. I've just been a tad busy. In the meantime, here is a special Guest Review from Okazu Superhero Eric P. on, specifically, the dub of the Revolutionary Girl Utena The Movie, since as you know, I do not watch dubs. I hope you'll all extend a welcoming hand to Eric, as always. Enjoy the review! In my review for the Revolutionary Girl Utena TV series’ dub, I pretty much summed it up as a dated mixed bag at best. I would so far as say that Nozomi/RightStuf should’ve made the 5.1 Japanese the DVD’s default language, as they’ve done with most of their bilingual releases, rather than having to go to 'Setup' to make it so. However, and most fortunately, the same would not be said for the movie’s dub. Even though it is the exact same cast as the TV series, the Revolutionary Girl Utena The Moviedub production is a considerably vast improvement. ...
Magic Knight Rayearth Anime Second Season, Disk 2 (English)
2012-03-15 23:02:00
For some reason, the Second season set of Magic Knight Rayearth is numbered as if it is the continuation of the first season, so the the individual disks are numbered 5,6 and 7. So this review is of the Disk labeled 6, just so you don't get confused. On Disk 6, Hikaru, Umi and Fuu set off to defeat the enemies that crowd Cephiro now that their Pillar is gone. Accompanying Hikaru is Lantis, Zagato's younger brother. The three girls battle another giant robot in space and we meet our honorable foe - Eagle of Autozam. He tells us of the tragedy his planet faces if he doesn't get the resources of Cephiro. More interestingly, we learn that he and Lantis were friends. The girls run into multiple minions of Debonair-sama, our newest evil sorceress; among them is Halcyone, Zagato's former minion. And, we meet Nova, the evil-twin-like character, whose power echoes Hikaru's and whose one desire is to kill Hikaru - because, she says, she loves her. There are two really excellent thing...
Black Rock Shooter Anime ( ????????????? )
2012-03-04 16:53:00
You know what you probably shouldn't do? Watch 3 episodes of the Black Rock Shooter ( ????????????? ) anime in a row. Phew, that was depressing! The short description of the Black Rock Shooter anime is that it is an extended version of the Black Rock Shooter OVA, with extended cast, as well. Middle schooler Mato befriends the slightly aloof and obviously alienated Yomi, only to learn that Yomi is bound by guilt and manipulation to another girl, Kagari. Mato refuses to take no for an answer, and is able to befriend Yomi, despite all attempts to keep them apart. In the game world that reflects their inner lives, Black Rock Shooter (Mato's avatar) is able to free Dead Master (Yomi) by defeating Chariot (Kagari.) But their happiness is short-lived. Saya, an adult who is meant to be counseling the students in their school, is not-at-all-subtly manipulating them....and causing a great deal of emotional damage as she does. We don't yet know why, but we can see that she knows perfec...
Magic Knight Rayearth Anime Second Season, Disk 1 (English)
2012-02-23 23:55:00
Hikaru, Umi and Fuu have put their past adventures behind them and are struggling to move on. Of them, the one that struggles the most is Hikaru, who is deeply concerned about the well-being of the inhabitants of Cefiro now that those adventures have left them without a Pillar for support. When the three are suddenly called back to Cefiro, they realize that the Pillar, Princess Emeraude, was the only thing protecting that country from invasion. And, indeed, it seems that there are other countries on their way to invade right now! Thus begins the complete collection of Magic Knight Rayearth, Second Season. Of course, Hikaru, Umi and Fuu once again don the armor of the Magic Knights in order to protect the land they love. To their shock, they learn that the Princess left a younger brother and that High Priest Zagato had a brother. The reveal of the Prince's identity radically changes the story of one of them. But I'm going to be honest here. I don't care about any of these peopl...
Cosplay Cyclops Anime Girl Rocks Tokyo Wonder Festival
2012-02-22 06:00:00
Teenage mutant Leela's girdle? The Cosplay Corner at the Winter 2012 ?Wonfes? sported someone (or some thing) so shocking, disturbing and, er, cute it deserves a blog post to try to explain it... and the more you know, the more disturbing it gets.
Koihime Musou ~ Otome Tairan Anime (English)
2012-02-11 01:55:00
It's always disconcerting when something like Koihime Musou actually stops staring at girls tits and tells some bits of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms in an almost sensible way. It's also kind of wasted, as no one is watching Koihime Musou ~ Otome Tairan for a retelling of the Romance anyway. Luckily for Yuri fans, Volume 2 starts off with one of the least sucky episodes overall, in which Koukin and Sonsaku have a spat, and Kogai locks them in a warehouse to make up...and so they do, in time-honored fashion. This episode also contains the only genuinely amusing line of the series, in which Shuri mentions that she needs the Kotou pill (for an utterly idiotic subplot) and she knew it was a Son family treasure - to which the reply is something like, "Nah, it's not a treasure, so we have no idea where it is. It's in there somewhere." After a few more episodes related to cat ears and boobs, the story suddenly notices that it's fairly deep in towards the end of the story a...
Mouretsu Space Pirates Anime (English)
2012-02-09 03:02:00
Mouretsu, in Japanese means violent or vengeful, so of course when it was being translated, the word "Bodacious" immediately comes to mind. ... I know I'm not the only one who hates the translation, official or not. Despite the egregious service of the title, Bodacious Space Pirates is a great story. As a combination moe bildungsroman and a classic space opera, it really works. Marika, our protagonist is, for once, not an average girl by any means. Cheerful and competent, she has friends and a job and is instantly likable. We're not too surprised when we learn that she's the daughter of a famous pirate and a potential heir to her father's captaincy. When a Nadesico beauty with a dour personality transfers into her school, we know instantly that the two of them belong together. When Chiaki makes her big reveal in Episode 5, we get to add in "beloved rival" to the set-up for chemistry between them. What really sold me on the series was the whole of Episode 5. High school gi...
Koihime Musou ~ Otome Tairan Anime, Disk 1 (English)
2012-02-04 00:14:00
For the first few minutes, all the way through the opening of Koihime Musou ~ Otome Tairan, you almost think it's going to be a pretty good story, with the characters actually getting a chance to be strong without being rendered into a pile of service but, almost immediately that stops. From that point on, any actual cool is tempered by tons of skanky (and frequently incredibly stupid) service. NOT like I was expecting anything else. I find it hard to believe that there are actual people out there who thought the first episode where Ryuubi eats spoiled bamboo shoots and everyone in her group (including the woman who has actually given birth) thinks she's pregnant is...funny? Really? Really?!? I weep at the thought. Sometimes, stuck in the middle of this lame-ass series, there's something worth watching. And for once, some Yuri that doesn't make one roll one's eyes. On Disk One, we get the (relatively speaking) entertaining story of what happens when Ryoumo gets glasses and g...
Fate Zero Anime, First Season
2012-01-29 22:52:00
There's Fate Zero, then there's the Fate Zero in my mind. Fate Zero is a prequel to the Fate/Stay Night Visual Novel about which I know and care nothing. I only care insofar as the Fate Zero anime was mostly introduction and exposition at this point, and I'm hoping it holds together as a series on its own. The story is relatively speaking, simple - 7 great heros/evildoers of the past are reincarnated with even greater powers than they actually had when they were merely men who achieved notable things, and they each have a master who wishes to find the Holy Grail to achieve some goal, selfish or otherwise. Who the heroes are, is the most interesting part of the series to me, and how their myths are rewritten to determine their powers. I was asked some weeks ago about my interest in the reincarnated heroes, as I've mentioned here in the past that myths are typically a good hook for me. Since these heroes aren't really connected to their past incarnations in any meaningful way,...
Revolutionary Girl Utena Anime Box Set - Volume 2, Disk 2 (English)
2012-01-12 22:20:00
Revolutionary Girl Utena, Volume 2, Disk 3 provides a whole lot of food for thought, doesn't it? So, first of all, let look at the final of the puppet duelists for the Black Rose, Nanami's henchchick,Keiko. Like Wakaba, Keiko's story hurts. It hurts, because she's not one of the beautiful people and not one of the chosen. She's a real person, with big gaping flaws, but we can't quite hate her, or dismiss her, as we might Tsuwabuki, precisely because, like Wakaba, her dreams are so mundane. Anyone might wish for a moment alone with their idol. It's a dream that is dull as dirt. As a result, when Nanami is horrible to Keiko, we feel it. When Yuuko and Aiko are horrible to her, it's especially unforgivable. And, at last, we reach the core of the Black Rose story, and the illusions with which Mikage has wrapped himself. The story, however one looks at it, is at best, creepy and self-serving. At worst, it's possible the single most depressing illusion in the entirety of the se...
Anime Cat x Captain America Papercraft
2012-01-06 05:33:00
Nusniper is back for 2012, after doing a bunch of Anime Cat x Gundams he's moving on to comic book superheroes. Anime Cat x Captain America Papercraft [Download] Nyanpire Papercraft [Related Posts] Michelle the Black Cat Papercraft Nyan Cat Papercraft Water Cat Papercraft Munchkin Cat Papercraft
K-ON! Anime, Volume 4 (English)
2011-12-23 14:29:00
My day started a little rough, so I thought that I more than deserved a moment to wallow in the pure fun of the K-ON! anime. Volume 4 was the perfect thing to put me in a good mood (although I think I'm a little tired of "Fuwa Fuwa Time" for a while...) In Volume 4, the girls perform for the second time at the school festival, and we learn that Yui's flakey-ness is a lifetime achievement. And we get two bonus episodes in which they spend some random winter days and perform their first show outside school. I've said it before, if you don't like K-ON!, there's nothing I can say to change you to suddenly liking it. If you do like it, there's nothing I can say that you haven't already thought for yourself. "Gosh, Yui's a flake," "Azusa's cute when she's all blushy," "Why has no one killled Ritsu yet?" "Why is Mugi not the Governor of Tokyo?"  I have no doubt that you've thought these things as well. Well...okay, maybe not the last thing. If you've thought anythin...
Top (?) Ten Yuri Anime of 2011
2011-12-18 19:27:00
I hate doing this list. Have I ever mentioned that? Yuri and anime don't mix well too often. The best Yuri manga will never, ever become anime and the anime that is popular that includes Yuri is so...blecch...most of the time. This year I give up. This isn't a top 10 list, it's 10 series of interest - for one reason or another - to the Okazu audience list. I'm not even saying they are Yuri series. It's just things that some Yuri fans might care about, or not. As always, feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments, you always do. (^_^)b 10. Koi Hime Musou - This is on the list to round it out to 10 and because there is a smidgen of Yuri in it. It sucked in every other way. 9. Sound of the Sky Yeah, there's pretty much no Yuri here that we didn't make up in our heads. So sue me. Moe fans liked it, wrote and drew lots of pictures and stories that paired characters up and it made them happy. So shut up with your sensible objections. 8. K-ON! Same as with So...
Revolutionary Girl Utena Anime Box Set - Volume 2, Disk 2 (English)
2011-12-13 23:02:00
Revolutionary Girl Utena, Volume 2, Disk 2. This is where it gets really good. Up to this point, the Black Rose arc has seemed superficially similar to the first arc. Kanae's rage against Anthy seems overreacting, but we really don't know much about Kanae or Anthy, and hey, we're all creeped out by the portrayal of psychoanalysis in the form of Mikage's Freudian elevator. And Kozue...we've written her off multiple times already. She's not jealous of Anthy, just of her brother. Bro-con, ho hum. But. Now. Shiori is here. Shiori, who sought to hurt Juri, to tarnish her shine, because she was too perfect, too shining. Oh yeah, fandom loves to hate Shiori. But look at it from her side for a moment. Haven't we all had a friend who is popular, talented, attractive and haven't we all wanted, just once, to be better than them in something? Remember this particular moment of jealousy and pain. It will be back. In the meantime, we suffer as Juri tortures herself over feelings ...
Revolutionary Girl Utena Anime Box Set - Volume 2, Disk 1 (English)
2011-11-29 22:45:00
The first episode of the first disk of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Volume 2, or what is commonly referred to as the Black Rose Arc, is that staple of long-running anime, the clip episode. Clip episodes became so common around the turn of the century, that in some infamous series, clip episodes were practically more common than actual story episodes. In this case, the clip episode is welcome. Not only does it highlight each duel from the Student Council Arc, (which gives us a chance to relive the duels and their wonderful background music) but it provides an apparently objective perspective of each duel, allowing us to understand the motivation behind the duel, behind any discussion of the End of the World, a World Egg or Revolutionizing the World or other important-sounding nonsense. The story of Nemuro Hall and the Mikage Seminar is set up, and we are quite suddenly dropped into a new, even more obscure arc than the last. Where the Student Council fights to possess Anthy, these new...
Great (Retro) Anime/Manga Gift Guide 2011 (English)
2011-11-25 16:00:00
I'm staring at my pile of to-watch and to-read anime and manga and I can't but help notice that there are a lot of familiar titles among the mix. And, as it's that time of year again, at which Americans decide what matching pen and pencil set to get their relatives, and otaku Americans decide what anime or manga they should buy to indoctrinate their younger family members, I had a thought. This year, I'm specifically suggesting anime and manga that were awesome and wonderful a decade or more ago and are just as wonderful, now that they are available again. These will all make perfect family watching/reading to brainwash educate your young family members in the ways of anime and manga fandom. And, possibly create a new Okazu reader or two. ^_^ Princess Knight - This is as close to a kernel as we have in America for the concept of "shoujo manga." And, not at all coincidentally, Sapphire is the inspiration for many of our favorite cross-dressing, sword-wielding heroines, La...
Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing Anime, Guest Post by Felix (English)
2011-11-24 02:15:00
It's Guest Post Wednesday! Today we have an exciting post, from long-time Okazu reader and commenter Felix! We're very excited to have Felix join out Guest Reviewer community. Please extend a welcome hand and thank to Felix! Last Exile, Fam the Silver Wing is the story of three girls, each of 15 years of age: Fam Fan Fan, sky pirate and fantastic vespa pilot, Giselle Collette, Fam?s genius navigator and closest friend (whom Fam calls "Gisey"), and the girl they meet, the young princess of the Kingdom of Turan, Millia il Velch Curettola Turan. This is the story of how Fam decides to steal a battleship from the middle of battle, save a princess, and embark on a quest to help Millia save her beloved older sister and their kingdom from the conquering Ades Federation. This story also involves a legend, how once long ago humans left a dying earth but one day returned. The legend of the Exile... When I was first writing this review, I was thinking of doing a detailed synopsis of the f...
K-ON! Anime, Volume 2 (English)
2011-11-20 23:00:00
Although I already reviewed Volume 3 of the K-ON! anime, I finally had time to sit down and enjoy the supersonic movement of the year with the girls in K-ON!, Volume 2. From their first school festival, (and getting Sawako-sensei as their faculty advisor,) to a whole new school year and a new member, all in a few short episodes. I love the gags about Sawako-sensei's years in the Light Music Club. Something about the idea that she was once a heavy metal rocker cracks me up. For fans of the series, the important point of this volume is the appearance of Azusa, her experience seeing the Light Music Club the very first time and being totally blown away. And, really, who wouldn't be? They are ridiculously cute and their music is fun and goofy. As for Yuri, other than the relationships fans have made up in their head...there is none. And that's okay by me, honestly. This series works best when it's about a bunch of friends in a band. Ratings: Art- 7 Story - 8 Characters - 8 Yuri ...
Shin Koihime Muso The Complete Collection Anime, Disk 2 (English)
2011-11-16 21:38:00
Is it worse when Disk 2 of Shin Koihime Muso digresses into an entire episode of Bachou needing to go to the bathroom or attempts to actually deal with Ryuubi's ragtag army of heroes defeating the Yellow Turban revolt...with a sing-off? Honestly, I don't know. Ratings: Art - 6 Story - 6 Characters - Everytime I watch this series, the statue of Guan Yu we have here, his eyes get all cold and menacing...shudder. Yuri - Sousou and her various adoring henchicks Loser FanBoy - I've started to think differently about this series. I want to believe that there are remarkably few people who find this all sexy, and more who simply find it amusing. Overall - 2, except for bits here and there that get up as high as 5. The important thing is, that Shin Koihime Musou ~ Otome Tairan is actually better, at least in my memory.
Yuri Anime: Shin Koihime Muso (English), Disk 1
2011-11-04 20:37:00
In 1951, photographer Ruth Orkin had an idea for a photograph. When she met student Jinx Allen, she knew she had found her model. The resulting photograph "American Girl in Italy" is now iconic. (For the full story of this photo, read An Image of Innocence Abroad from Smithsonian Magazine.) Take a look at this photo. Click it to see it as large as you can. Note the look on the woman's face. Does it look pained, concerned? Scared? Now look at the men around her. Note them staring openly at her, with what they probably think is admiration. Women readers - how does this picture make you feel? Men, how about you? The feeling I get upon viewing this picture is the same feeling I feel when I watch Shin Koihime Muso. It makes me cringe. There is Yuri in Shin Koihime Musou. Sousou only takes women to bed, she's got the hots for Kanu. Kakuka lusts after Sousou. But that doesn't change the fact that there are people out there getting turned on by the excruciating ...
Mawaru Penguindrum (????????) Anime
2011-10-30 20:10:00
Three young people - a sickly sister, Himari, and her two older bothers, Kanba and Shouma, who love and adore her, find themselves cast into a spiral of ever-weirdening events when Himawari dies in the hospital. A bizarre hat confers life and power to Himari, elaborately transforming her into...well, we're still not sure who she is now.... Shouma and Kanba are required by this entity to find the "Penguindrum." The story of what the Penguindrum is, and why it is important, is the entirety of the plot and I refuse to attempt to simplify it for this review. ^_^  The quest for the Penguindrum involves Shouma's classmate Ringo, Ringo's late older sister Momoka, a teacher in Shouma and Kanba's school, and his wife, Takarisienne (or something awfully similar) Yuri. If you are among those who find Mawaru Penguindrum (????????) confusing, please take a moment to read this post first. The Tl;dr version is - read more. You will learn allegory, symbolism and how to follow an non-line...
Yuri Anime: Yuru Yuri Guest Review by C. Banana (English)
2011-09-30 20:10:00
One of the great joys for me as curator here at Okazu, is when our readers escalate into advocates and reviewers in their own right. It's been my pleasure on multiple occasions to present to you reviews by readers who have decided to commit themselves to a higher level of engagement. Today's Guest Review is especially wonderful, as it was written by long-time Okazu reader and commenter, C. Banana, someone whose views rarely match mine, but whose perspective I appreciate.  CB is writing about Yuru Yuri, a slice-of-life anime available legally and for free on Crunchyroll. As the first "Yuri" anime from Ichijinsha (publisher of Comic Yuri Hime magazine) this is a significant anime for Yuri fans. The story is a very understated "wacky adventures of four girls goofing off."  As this was a series I myself did not enjoy, CB offered to step up and write a review for us. Please welcome our newest Guest Reviewer with all the warmth I expect from the Okazu audience! Ah, the...
K-On! Anime, Volume 3 (English)
2011-09-29 00:27:00
(I apparently never watched or reviewed Volume 2 of this series. Woops. I'll do that asap.) Summer has arrived for the girls in K-ON!, Volume 3 and, with the arrival of new recruit Azusa, they get to relive all the same moments of their first summer together over again! And then there's wacky old Yui, who still knows nothing at all about her guitar. Hee Hee. And let's never stop mentioning Mio's underwear, shall we? Don't get me wrong, I love watching the band goofing off, not practicing, playing ball on the beach, etc,etc, but storywise, you have to admit, it does look a lot like the same episodes over again at this point. The big difference is this time they get a band name at the end of it. Once again, I did not watching the dub, as I never do, nor did I listen to the interview with Ritsu's dub actress. I did watch the English dub version of "My Love is A Stapler," which my wife and I both thought sounded like a high school girl singing a song, so A for verisimilitude,...
Tabla peridica de personajes de anime
2011-05-17 18:45:00
A ver cuntos se saben… Fuente: Sankaku Complex Este es un post de ILMAISTRO.COM, Blog de Tecnologia. Suscribirse via RSS. Sígueme en Twitter o Facebook.Tabla peridica de personajes de anime Posts relacionados:Animesplat – Ms de 200 videos de anime Tabla peridica de los elementos de HTML 5 Mousepad de chica anime con “travieso” descanso para tus muecas Este es un post de ILMAISTRO.COM, Blog de Tecnologia. Suscribirse via RSS. Sígueme en Twitter o Facebook.Tabla peridica de personajes de anime
Taisho Baseball Girls Anime, Disk 2 (English)
2011-01-12 01:43:00
Taisho Baseball Girls is a story about girls playing baseball. Not just "playing baseball," playing hardball with the boys - and forcing them to take them seriously because they can play the game. This a great anime that makes me smile for any number of reasons. I smiled with admiration at the effort they put in to training in a sport they've come to live and love. I smiled gently when Koume thought she was going to be a movie star, I smiled with nostalgia when they had a pillow fight and I smiled like a wolf when Akiko pitched a mean sinker. I've spoken to a lot of folks recently about the Nanoha franchise and most of us feel that it's a fantastic series wrapped in a layer of pandering. The Nanoha series is, in a nutshell, about a bunch of girls working *really* hard to become the very best at what they do, not holding anything back and indeed becoming some of the best in the world. In Taisho Baseball Girls, the girls will not be among the best, but they still are shown workin...
Taisho Baseball Girls Anime, Disk One (English)
2010-12-31 16:26:00
"If you're amused by our lack of experience, that's one thing and I can't do anything about that, but if it's that fact that we're women that amuses you, that I will not sit still for!" If you have ever wanted Japanese women to speak up for themselves, then you really must watch Taisho Baseball Girls. The plot is a simple one. In the beginning of the 20th century, Japan was embracing Western culture with some fervor. Western clothes, sports, vehicles, cuisine took on more than just a new and exotic flavor - they became emblematic of Japan's appearance on the international stage. A young woman, totally dissed by her fiance', and not at all pleased with his antiquated notion of what a woman's role was supposed to be, decides to fight him on his own turf - the baseball diamond. Akiko decides that she will form and field a baseball team of...shock!...girls!...to combat this grotesque display of sexism. And, slowly, piece by piece, she does. In this, she is joined by her frie...
Don't mind me...
2010-11-09 06:12:00
... I'm just fanboying for a bit...1 UPDATE: HD teaser available here! 1. Please don't mind that I didn't even bother to cut out the video from the browser in the screenshots, too...
Shattered Angels Anime, Disk 2 (English)
2010-09-28 22:49:00
Disk 2 picks up the story in a state of complete chaos. Everything the Ayanokojis are attempting to do is falling apart. Their Angels are disobeying them because of crises brought on by personal feelings and Kyoshiro, the most idealistic of them, is falling in love with Kuu. For viewers, this means a lot of bouncing around between the Ayanokojis and lots of pointless fights and screaming. And sort-of love scenes. And talking. God, do they all talk. Everything comes to a kind of climax when the missing Ayanokoji, Kazuya, returns, with his own Angel (voiced by Ogata Megumi, using her UFO Princess Valkyrie Val voice.) Everything Kyoshiro believed in is crushed under Kazuya's heel in a scene I love with all my heart. I absolutely, genuinely believe that the scene that makes me love this series best is the moment Kyoshiro greets his long-lost, thought-to-be-dead brother Kazuya once again...and has his head pounded into the ground for his efforts. Kazuya turns out to indeed be as craz...
Shattered Angels Anime, Disk 1 (English)
2010-09-27 22:22:00
On Disk 1 of Shattered Angels, we are introduced to the aptly named Kuu (? means "empty" in Japanese, among other things,) an average highschool girl in a not-at-all average world, in which there are many schools and students, but no apparent teachers. Kuu has a childhood dream of a prince with red hair taking her away, so when a red-haired "prince" by the name of Ayanokoji Kyoshiro arrives she, like the other female students in the school, is thrilled. But when she mets him for the first time, the "Prince" rips Kuu's shirt open, *then* asks her to come with him. Sensibly, she runs away crying. (I commented to Bruce at this point, "I think he got that the wrong way 'round.") And then all hell breaks lose as giant robot arms and legs fight in and around the school, reducing it to rubble and forcing Kuu and Kyoshiro to run away from....? Ultimately, Kuu and we learn of the existence of "Absolute Angels," creatures that look like girls, but actually contain within them tremend...
OMG! Am I reading this right?
2010-07-03 07:47:00
Did Funimation actually announce that they licensed Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei, and Texhnolyze? Yeah, I already have these from the now defunct Geneon USA, but it's really good to know that these ABe series are being revived! Funimation also announced that they picked up other shows that might interest people like Black Lagoon Season 3, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, Toaru Majutsu no Index, and Hellsing1. Now if only someone rescues Someday's Dreamers and picks up the second season, Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies. 1. I'm personally interested in picking up the first three of these
Just Came In The Mail!
2010-04-15 03:24:00
Looky looky what I have! You can read me fanboying all over the Promise CD on twitter, if you choose, but yeah, the CD has some very good "reimagings" of some very familiar music. The 5 Centimeters Per Second Blu-ray was something I've planned to get for some time, and the Sora no Woto OST CD was the trigger for me to make the order off of cdjapan.
Music, CDJapan, and First Episode Impressions
2010-04-06 05:21:00
Sora no Woto music I've been making this claim elsewhere, and it might just be me, but parts of the Sora no Woto soundtrack really reminded me of George Gershwin's An American in Paris. I'm no music expert, but compare the following: Sora no Woto OST - Track 2 - Ciel bleu and Sora no Woto OST - Track 3 - Flnerie with Gershwin: American in Paris (I) (Rattle, Berlin Phil) Maybe I'm crazy though. Then again, previewing the Sora no Woto soundtrack convinced me to import the OST from cdjapan1. But I wonder, are these tracks really original to the series? And which orchestra performed them? First Episode Impressions I had watched the first episodes of a few series. Here's some quick impressions of them: Angel Beats! I'm not fully sure what to make of Angel Beats!. So far I get that this is some afterlife where it seems people cannot die, though people can still feel pain and will be out for a spell i...
Kerori San X Frog Character Anime Memo pad
2010-03-31 10:08:00
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Stan Lee and Heroman
2010-03-29 23:11:00
I'm not seeing much press about this series, but I am personally curious about the upcoming Heroman anime. The original story was created by Stan Lee1, and I'd like to try out his take on the "Boy discovers/builds a giant robot" genre. I was going to pick up the manga to check it out, but now I'd rather see the anime; BONES' work on it looks pretty slick as usual, as can be seen in the trailer floating around: I'll probably give the first episode a look (as with several of the other anime series coming out this season). UPDATE: Looks like Heroman will be simulcast by Crunchyroll an hour after the Japanese premiere. Too bad there won't be any easy way for me to watch that simulcast on my main TV2; I'd be open to paying for a premium subscription if I could do so. 1. for those that don't know and too lazy to click on Stan Lee's name to go to his Wikipedia page, the one of the original co-creators of Marvel titles like Spiderman or the X-Men 2. Un...
Anime on Netflix Streaming
2010-03-29 19:56:00
Author, during a post about Netflix halting streaming of several anime titles, recalled that I had watched Kurau on there, and he's right. I had also watched Noein through the Netflix streaming service, and I ended picking up both series and their artboxes during one of Rightstuf's 25 DVDs for 100$ sales. In truth, I had never used my computer to watch Netflix streaming video, but I have a Samsung Blu-ray player that can also do the Netflix streaming straight to my main A/V stack. Much more enjoyable from the couch on my 40" screen1 than cooped up on my computer chair on my 22" screen. That said, of the following: We really need another DTO challenger like BOST (R.I.P.). I agree 100%. 1. which is the Samsung LN40B550 shown in the image above; yes I do need to clean up...
Global Shinkai Day 2010
2010-02-18 03:33:00
It's been a year, and it's time to hold another one of these: Crunchyroll had released their press release on the event, but the Cherry Blossoms Falling site has their own press release on the event, which I'll copy here: ANIME FANS WORLDWIDE TO CELEBRATE GLOBAL SHINKAI DAY 2010 Fans of the Japanese anime creator Makoto Shinkai are gathering worldwide in cyberspace March 5th-7th for the Second Annual Global Shinkai Day 2010. The Makoto Shinkai fan site Cherry Blossoms Falling, is celebrating the event with contests, forum discussions and a live Shoutcast. Cherry Blossoms Falling is calling upon fans from every part of the globe to show their appreciation and support for the works of this highly acclaimed director. Contests will be held for inspired fan-made works in art, AMV, film and essay. This year?s prizes are Makoto Shinkai autographed movie posters from his most recent film, 5 Centimeters Per Second. Crunchyroll.com will be hosting the films for free, for a 48-hour period ...
Another Anime from The Twelve Kingdoms Fuyumi Ono
2009-12-19 05:00:00
Fuyumi Ono is best known to me as the original writer for The Twelve Kingdoms, the series that really got me seriously watching anime and laid the foundation for me to discover Haibane Renmei and Berserk1 I had discovered the anime adaptation of Ono's Ghost Hunt and enjoyed the heck out of it. It doesn't have the epic scope that The Twelve Kingdoms had2, but Ghost Hunt did feature some great characters and some really memorable scare moments3. In the end, I liked the hell out of it, even if it didn't get "top ten" rating. Well, just got news today that another manga that Fuyumi Ono written the original novel for has been green lit to be adapted into an anime: The official website for the anime adaptation of Fuyumi Ono and Ryu Fujisaki's Shiki horror mystery manga has opened — thus revealing that the anime has been green-lit. The story revolves around an isolated mountain village, steeped in ancient traditions, whose population of 1,300 starts dying in droves due to mysteri...
le anime dei venerd sera
2009-12-02 00:19:00
Poca luce ma l'ossigeno in aumento, almeno stando ai dati del rilevatore sul cruscotto.
Yawara, A Fashionable Judo Girl Anime, Volume 1 (English)
2009-11-29 20:55:00
It's that ole classic love-hate rivalry. A mean, self-centered, usually at least borderline psychotic person, has their worldview shattered by a rival they cannot control through money or power or sheer force of will. Typically, the hero/ine is wholly unaware of their "rival's" feelings. Often they are unaware that they have a rival at all. No, the strong emotions live one-sidedly in the teeny little obsessive heart of the evil rival. Let's face it, A-ko never gives B-ko a second thought. In Yawara, A Fashionable Judo Girl, Inokuma Yawara is uninterested in her rival, Ho'onami Sayaka - indeed, she's largely unaware of her until Sayaka makes her presence un-ignorable. For old-school Yuri (and Yaoi) fans, this kind of relationship is full of nostalgia. Before we had actual GL and BL couples, we had this. And that was pretty much it. So, for a lot of reasons, slipping Volume 1 of Yawara into my DVD player was pretty nostalgic. That, and seeing AnimEigo's logo being rained o...
New Anime Season Autumn 2009: Shin Koihime Musou
2009-11-19 22:31:00
Quick, name an all-female anime/manga version of the Chinese Epic, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. No, wait - quick, name three. Last year we were 'treated' to Koihime Musou, one of several gender switch versions of the historical epic Romance. This year we have the debatable pleasure of a sequel, Shin Koihime Musou, currently streaming on Crunchyroll. The sequel begins with the appearance of the real Ryuubi since, as you may remember from last season the guy we thought was Ryuubi was not. The real Ryuubi is a bit of a ditz, but is, of the entire cast, probably the most sane. Having thus met the third of their triad, Kanu and Chohi renew their vow of sisterhood, just in case we forget the whole vow under the peach tree thing. The three, and a few of the others head off to something something which in this case is get Ryuubi's sword back, have adventures and eat - a lot. An inordinate amount of time is spent watching the travelers eat. In the meantime, the story veers off to...
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