Crumbs of Animekriticism
I was all ready to sit down and do a post on the first 3 episodes of Gun Frontier when I noticed that this would be my 5th post in a row connected to Leiji Matsumoto. I think it’s better to break the chain right now, but I don’t have enough for a post on another series at the moment, and the coming Spring Season is totally depressing me, I’m just going to run through all the anime and manga I’ve been consuming and do mini-comments and mini-rants on each. You’ll forgive me if I pepper the post with caps from Gun Frontier.
Soul Eater (anime)
I’m up to ep 48 on this. The plot in this episode got so outrageous that the characters broke the 5th wall and begun wondering whether the public would accept it!! Usually, I’d laugh but Soul Eater of late is so woeful it makes me wanna cry. Oh well, there’s always the manga…
Soul Eater (manga)
I’m up to chapter 59. This rocks! The fact that Medusa cuts a deal with Shinigami to actually lead the Shibusen charge against Arachne is greatness. And so is Arachne’s response. And of course none of this is in the anime. I hope this manga goes on forever.
Up to ep 12. This is getting boring. Tatiana should be shot, and her lackey with her. And Klaus, is it? He should be poster child for a govt. Japanese food promotional campaign: B-L-A-N-D. Lavie should ditch him. But the captain of the Silvana kicks ass.
I love the opening song. I went and researched the singer and it turns out he’s a wannabe John Lennon named Shuntaro Okino. And he’s got his own homemade cover of Daft Punk’s “One more time” here. Hmmm.. Not bad, but he’s no Hominem de Christo…
I’m loving this series, right now I’m on ep 8. Character designs are cool and the voice acting is awesome. Koichi Yamadera does Spike in Bebop, Kaji in Evangelion, and Harlock in the latest series. That’s the Trifecta! And look at his photo!
That said, the minor characters’ voices tick me off for some reason. And some of the minor character designs look straight out of Totally Spies. (Not that I’m dissing on the Spies, I like the Spies).
Haruhi-chan & Churuya-san
I’m totally up to date on these, so up to eps 10 and 5 respectively. A couple of chuckles out of 3 minutes on YouTube is acceptable, in my opinion, so I’m enjoying this. And the fact that Haruhi and Konata from Lucky Star are merging before our eyes under the auspices of Aya Hirano is further proof of, well, read my post.
This manga has been going down hill real fast in the last 2 or 3 chapters. We’re up to 23. I feel like it’s time to switch from episodic to an actual plot. Either Prof. Madaraki returns soon, or Fran starts showing us some more skin (and stitches), or both, or this thing might just lose all of its glow.
Rabbits’ busy time is Easter, with all the egg decorating and stuff. So it’s understandable that The Rabbit Reich is a bit slow coming through with the next installment of this manhua. I know for a fact that the Rabbits are preparing to deliver a ton of goodies in April so keep a watch on that site.
Well, come on, I have to comment on this. Here’s Leiji for you: the story is set in the Wild West, the genre is comedy, lots of echiness thrown in–so you’d think it would be totally different from anything else he’s famous for, right??
Wrong!!! In the first episode cowboys Harlock and Tochiro (they’re ancestors of Harlock and Tochiro, duh) meet a mysterious blond woman who decides to accompany them, and who, at different stops along the way, communicates with unknown folk on their progress to god knows where. OMG! This is friggin’ Maetel and the Galaxy Express all over again!
Anyway, I’m loving this. And the ending song is great, but I’m not researching the singer or anything. I’ve learned my lesson.