Monday, January 26, 2009

Ga-Rei-Zero - 9&10

Ga-Rei-Zero - 9

Poor Yomi, being stabbed by those spike like things and being crippled forever and also not being able to talk! What the heck? I feel so sad for her. While watching this I imagined myself in Yomi’s position, can’t move my body properly and can’t even talk. I had a reason to kill Mei but I can’t explain anything so it caused misunderstanding leading people to conclude that I killed her out of jealousy and rage. Feeling the doubtful stares of my very close comrades and sisters and eventually getting controlled by the Death Stone. How sad, feeling both pain physically and emotionally.

What the heck’s wrong with that butterfly boy touching Yomi inappropriately? All he had to do was to plant that Death Stone and that’s it but what’s with those touching? He really is a pervert and annoying boy. Woooo!!! Evil Yomi is here….can’t wait to watch her in the next episode. I really think that evil Yomi is sexier than the good counterpart.

Overall, a very emotional episode but whenever Yomi interacts with Kagura, my head keeps raising a Yuri flag.

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Ga-rei-Zero - 10

This episode connects episode 2 and I’m kind of disappointed that the only job of the anime original characters is to be killed by Yomi -_- (I would like to see Natsuki and her bike in action). At the beginning, Kagura as you expected whined about Yomi’s disappearance but I’ve gotten used to her whining so I wasn’t pissed at her that much. Then Yomi comes into the picture (naked but of course there were some unusual censorship) and killed her uncle. The 3D dinosaur also made an appearance that was like a clue that this episode was connected with episode two. Yomi started decapitating bodies and the most gruesome was when killed the guy who used suitcase as a weapon and I pity him for experiencing a very painful death (I forgot his name). What the….the censorship in this episode was so unusual and I’m wondering why they’ll censor that since there was already so much bloodshed in the entire episode.

Next episode there will seem to be a battle between Kagura’s father and Yomi. I can’t wait to see Byakuei in action so I’m hoping that there will be also a good dose of action next episode.

Overall, an episode filled with badass Yomi goodness, a good amount of action and gore. Oh God Yomi is so badass and sexy at the same time.


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Btw, I've already finished watching episode 11&12 and I'm still on the process of writting it so I think I can't release it today, maybe tomorrow. After the release of 11&12 Toradora would be next. I've only been inactive for about 3 weeks and that left me so many things to blog so pardon me if the releases are slow. I think I can't release yet the 2008 Anime Top 5 picks 'cause I'm not yet finished watching the some of the shows last year. Gomen... :D

If you're looking for my blog about Ga-Rei-Zero and my other blog entries, go here. I just started my blog here recently but I have another blog and my previous posts are there so try checking it out, I'd appreciate it... :D

until then..


Friday, January 23, 2009

Midterms are almost over....blogging resumes

I apologize for not posting anything for the past two weeks. Several days before the exams are very hectic so I wasn't able to post anything. The last day of my exam would be tomorrow and I have to study now or else I'm toast. By the way, Blogging will resume as usual just after the exams.

I'll be posting a super late 2008 Anime top picks after I've finished Kurozuka, Ga-rei, Kannagi and True Tears. I'll resume blogging Toradora and maybe Clannad. I'll also post a super long Winter Impression.

Oh God Mariya is so damn hot even though he's a guy -_-....(he's the one on the pic above). So far, the best winter anime I'v watched would be Maria Holic and Ride Back. I'll be posting my impressions asap so watch out for it. :D

until then..


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Aria Series Review

This review will cover season one up to three of Aria. Since I marathon it, it would be proper to post a review that covers every season. It would be difficult to review this one because this series is more about mood and feelings. I’m a person who finds it difficult to express what I feel into words so I hope you can bear with me.

Aria is set in Neo-Venezia, a city that resembles Venice. It is located in the planet of Aqua which is formerly known as Mars but during the 23rd century it was terra-formed and became a planet capable of supporting life. Aqua became a planet engulfed by vast oceans stretching miles from one land to another so in Neo-Venezia, the main transportation is through the use of gondola. In that very city we follow the lives of apprentice undines (gondoliers) as they encounter different events and people.

The colors and hues throughout the series retained its pastel-like tone and it touches the anime’s soft theme. The character design is also well done because it compliments their personality. What really overwhelms me was the very setting which is Neo-Venezia. The absolutely crisp details are breath taking and the architectural designs are really detailed. If ever Neo-Venezia existed, I would love to live there because it has the most glorious architectural design, people there are nice and the undines are so hot so what more could you ask for? The animation is not really important in this kind of show but I was amazed because even if the animation was not that good in the first season, they made sure that Neo-Venezia will still look awesome. In the second season, the animation was a little better but in the final season the animation really kicked off. For a slice of life show, the animation in the third season is top notch. My only rant was the side shots of the characters in season two because that drawing looks kind of awkward but you’ll forgive it mainly because it’s just a minor quirk.

There’s no real plot in this series, it’s just all about the adventures, experiences and hardships of our undines. Throughout the previous series, it’s easy to believe one is watching a series of disconnected, episodic slice-of-life adventures, but in this series it becomes clear that everything in Aria connects to an overarching story about the lives of its characters. To tell you the truth, I’m not that fond of watching slice-of-life anime but after I’ve watched this I was blown away by the disarming messages that could make you appreciate little things in life, try to be a nicer person and to always look on the positive side of life. This anime is like a medicine because before I first watched this I was very stressed about what I’m doing with my life but when I watched this it, I felt better. This is the most influential series that I’ve watched so it was able to reach my top 5 favorite anime show of all time.

All the opening of this series was sung by Yui Makino and her songs was able to compliment the calm pacing of the series. I’m impressed, mainly because as the series progressing, all her songs just kept getting better and better. Even though the songs are slow it is really catchy and very calming. I even find myself humming her songs whenever I space out. In the first two season of Aria, Round Table sung the ending song and it kind of sends a message ‘see you next time’. I also love their song because after watching the anime, I don’t know it left me grinning and feeling light hearted. By the way in season two Round Table has sung two ending songs entitled “Natsumachi” and “Smile Again”. I also like those songs but I liked Rainbow better. There are also several insert songs and bgm and the scene where it was inserted are very fitting. An example of that was during the last episode of ‘the origination’, I think I cried 3 times in that episode because the bgm was very fitting especially in the scene where Akari thought that Alicia already left (that was a tear jerker scene). I would also like to add the insert song during the retirement ceremony was also fitting and that was also a tear jerker scene. I’m trying so hard not to cry but in the end I cried. It’s the first time I cried this much while watching an anime series because usually I could hold back my tears (that’s my talent, keeping my emotions to myself). Unfortunately, the third ending song was not sung by Round Table instead Akino Arai sung the song Kin no Nami Sen no Nami. I don’t hate that song it’s just that I find it a bit inferior to other ED of this anime. Nevertheless, I still like it after listening to it a couple of times.

This series has been awesome mainly because the characterization was superb. I was able to relate to the characters especially Aika. I think you could also relate to them because they are just like any human beings living their lives and having some flaws. It’s very rare to find an anime that has good characterization that’s why I’ve gotta praise Aria for being able to accomplish that. My favorite character would be Akari because she is very optimistic and she sees everything positively. I also admire her honesty because she could easily open up to others and due to her positive attitude she could attract other persons to her side. My second favorite would be Alice because at first she is afraid of opening up to others but because of Akari, she was able to become a bit more friendly. Even though she is a genius she has a cute side like doing some ridiculous challenges. Sigh, to tell you the truth I like all the characters of Aria but those two are my favorite.

T he voice actors of the series really suited each of the characters. They did a good job but I noticed that most of the main voice actors of this series have only starred in few series. Even though they are not famous they were able to bring to life the characters with their skills. I like the voice actor of Alicia and her memorable “ara, ara *giggle*” and also Aika’s “Hazukashii serifu Kinshi!.

I really enjoyed this show because every episode was able to make me feel warm and fuzzy
inside. It even made me appreciate little things in life and to have a optimistic world view. If I could compile each and every one of the quotes in this series I would because I was able to relate to it. At first I thought the lessons in this series are for kids but as you ponder about it, it is really directed at older audience. Who says anime is only entertainment? Anime could teach you lessons that you can’t learn in real life and this series proved that. I think everyone could enjoy Aria for a price of opening their hearts. Most people doesn’t like this kind of show but I tell you, even if you find some lines in this series cheesy, you’ll be disarmed because of the show’s honesty. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone because not all people like this kind of show, all I could say is if you feel stressed watch an episode or two and you’ll feel light hearted. I think this type of series should not be marathoned because you’ll end up sleeping because of its calming mood. How can I describe it? Arghhhh!!! Just watch it…’s really difficult to convey it into words. Overall, I love Aria and I’m sad that it ended already. Thank You Aria…..

the animation – 7/10
the natural – 8/10
the origination- 9/10

Pacing – 8/10
Sounds/Music – 9/10
Character – 10/10
Voice Acting – 9/10
Enjoyment – 9/10

Until then…