Twelve Days of Anime #04 – The Ballet Dance of Death


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Guilty Crown was not a good series, in fact it was a particularly bad series with numerous rather entertaining sections, some intentional, but many unintentional. The premise was rather interesting and it had all the staff necessary to make a truly amazing anime, but somewhere along the way things just got forgotten, or put on a high shelf, or perhaps turned into paper airplanes. As an anime the story seemed to change from episode to episode with important aspects of voids seemingly forgotten about as soon as they are revealed. Guilty Crown was a show that had plenty of potential, but ultimately turned out to be a terribly written show, with annoying characters, and very little clue about its direction. It started off as one of the most hyped shows for the Autumn 2011 season – there were immensely high expectations, which it ultimately succumbed to. The high expectations largely stemmed from the staff involved with this project – having the staff of Death Note and Code Geass working together sounded like a great idea, add to that character designs by Redjuice, and theme song by Supercell, and you had some form of anime dream team. In a sense Guilty Crown was destined to fail before it even began, largely because the expectations were simply too high – the show was never going to be as good as people were suggesting. Read more of this post

Twelve Days of Anime #05 – Sakura in the Wind


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Watching Oreki confess to Chitanda only to discover that its all a day-dream was a nice little touch that showed us how much he cared for her, while also maintaining his fairly restrained character. That it was so beautifully animated made these scene that much more powerful. Read more of this post

The slightly Illogical Winter 2013 Season Preview


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It is that time where, with the current season beginning to wind down that we begin to look ahead to the next season, although I am looking at it significantly later than many others seem to do. As per usual this season preview wont be definitive since there are always series I’m just not even remotely interested in. It will also be based off of whatever information I can find except for the preview trailers since I have never trusted those to tell me anything useful about any anime series. Trailers simply show the bits that the studio think will sell the series rather than give any real indication as to what the series will actually be about, and as such I don’t believe in watching them. There are quite a few particularly interesting series next season, including a number of sequels and a few light novel adaptations that look to be potentially fascinating. I have to say that there seems to be a nice mix of series next season, ranging from your normal slice-of-life and slapstick series, through to the harem anime and the more serious, perhaps psychological series.  Read more of this post

Twelve Days of Anime #06 – Remon makes the best secret agent


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The ending of Ano Natsu de Matteru was simply wonderful, giving the audience hope with one hand while taking it away with the other. Watching as Ichika is taken away from Kai as soon as they discover what they were after was painful to watch. However, the final scene of the series gave us a happy ending even though we never see what happens after their farewell. A wonderfully emotional finale to a brilliant series. Read more of this post

Twelve Days of Anime #07 – Beware the God of Flatness!


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While Haiyore! Nyaruko-San was a good gag series, it often lacked the right jokes to make everyone laugh, often relying heavily upon the referential nature of its humour and numerous references. Bimbougami Ga does exactly the same but in a better way and it just worked. The humour was helped because the main characters Ichiko and Momiji were fundamentally unlikable and often incredibly arrogant. Despite this they were both great characters to watch and the series revolved around the constant arguing that took place whenever they were in the same room. For me the series was even funnier when it becomes clear that despite their constant bickering, Momiji and Ichiko actually see each other as friends even though they would never admit it.   Read more of this post

Psycho-Pass 10 – It’s all one big game


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The ease with which peoples voices can be faked, along with the startlingly inaccurate information and maps that the police have at their disposal once again throws the numerous flaws and dangerous of the Sibyl system into the light. As Kougami and Akane are called out into a trap we see how the criminals are using the flaws that they have seen in the system to their advantage. They use these flaws and choose where they wish to meet, thus demonstrating a clear knowledge of the city that even the most advanced technology cannot replicate. When Kougami seemingly walks through a wall and then disappears at high speed the puzzled and shocked look on Akane’s face shows us how much she trusts the technology at her disposal. It is however hardly surprising that there would be numerous unknown tunnels and alleyways in a city as large as the one in Psycho-Pass. Over time the numerous redevelopments and restructuring must have left a veritable maze of catacombs and mysterious and abandoned areas under the city. What is most surprising though is how little the official data shows of the city, with all of these mysterious areas missing from the official records. When we take these inconsistencies into account it is little wonder that Makishima has been able to avoid the gaze of Sibyl and the Public Safety Bureau. In many respects this area represents the twilight of this city, both metaphorically as well as physically, a place far from the gaze of the all-seeing eyes of sibyl. Read more of this post

Twelve Days of Anime #08 – Moonlight on the Water


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Tasogare Otome x Amnesia was full of great moments, but the one that stuck with me was during episode four when Yuuko took Keiichi on a tour of the school. Until this point all we had seen were a few dusty corridors and dark rooms, but during this tour the school stopped being a place of murky myths and horror stories but one of magic and wonder. The fantasy realm that Yuuko opened up to Keiichi was perfectly encapsulated during their brief moment in the pool. With the moon reflected on the water both Yuuko and Keiichi were finally seeing the school in a similar way, but at the same time it also demonstrated the frail nature of their relationship and how easily it could be destroyed. Read more of this post