Summer Pilots: Aoi Hana (and a rant about gender roles in anime romance)

7 07 2009

Hi guys, it’s Menma.  I didn’t die, probably.  At Tekky’s urging, I chose a summer series to cover, and that’ll be Aoi Hana (“Blue Flowers”).  As far as I can tell, it’s a shoujo-ai slice of life drama, about two childhood friends who are reunited in high school and find themselves drawn to each other romantically.  From what I can see it’ll be a slow, bittersweet journey, set against that kind of watercolor background that makes you weirdly nostalgic for places you’ve never been (or maybe you have, but I haven’t).

In terms of sight and sound, Aoi Hana is very pretty.  A lot of the time the art, especially the background, looks like rough sketches, but in a good way.  The scenery, all watery greens and beiges and blues, and the soft piano music in the background, make you feel like you’re in one of those serene cities from a Ghibli movie.  Think Mimi wo Sumaseba or Majo no Takkyuubin.  Yes, it’s that nostalgic Ghibli feeling.  The character designs even feel Ghibli-like.  I’m sure that as soon as I publish this someone will say “Hey Menma how did you not know that Aoi Hana was made by Ghibli” or something and then I’ll feel silly.  But anyway, if you like Ghibli, you’ll like the feel of this series.


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We live!!!!! (Status of Spring 09 blogging)

15 06 2009

Yeah... that's kinda how I felt like last week

Okay, so apparently I was on acid when I thought I could blog 4 series AND keep up w/ studies… This quarter was sooo hellish, I couldn’t even blog, much less WATCH a single series (save the occasional CCS and Tsubasa).  Thankfully, the quarter ended last week, and it’s summer break now.  My original plan was to catch up with all the series and blog posts these two weeks, before the summer season starts.  Alas, an emergency popped up and I’m gonna be heading out of the country tmrw for the next two weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

I am utterly and hopelessly addicted to Cardcaptor Sakura

1 05 2009

Four Reasons Why I Love CCS

So if you guys didn’t know, I’m in charge of picking the shows at UCLA’s anime club.  This week we had a special screening in which all the shows we watched were from before 2000 (or remakes of shows from before 2000).  We had a lot of fun stuff: Ashita no Joe, Digimon Adventure.  I decided to put in one older shoujo show for kicks, and I chose Cardcaptor Sakura.  Of all the people who could’ve gotten hooked off the first episode… I never predicted that I’d be one of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Finale: Toradora!

21 04 2009

Toradora! started out as a light-hearted slice-of-life anime with good comedic moments and turned into a darker dramatic slice-of-life anime with good comedic moments. That is to say, even though the tone in the series turned much more serious sometime after episode 17, it did its best to retain the original comedic feel. The show did a good job of telling the story and showing us how the characters grew. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Pilots: Shinkyouku Soukai Polyphonica Crimson S

12 04 2009

This episode was really a mix of good and bad.  And when I say that, I don’t mean there were good and bad elements of the show, I mean most of the elements have good parts and bad parts: characters, animation and production quality, and setting.  While I can’t deny that I’m interested and will probably watch more episodes, the odds of me completing this show is really up in the air. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Pilots: Tayutama -kiss on my deity-

12 04 2009

… if someone had seen me while I was watching this episode, they probably would’ve thought that I have Parkinson’s Disease, because I was twitching that much.  Maybe I was unconsciously affected by watching Basquash and Eden right before this, but Tayutama had, by FAR, the worst first episode of the year (to date).  It was honestly, just one huge mess.  (WARNING: Contains profanity) Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Pilots: Basquash!

10 04 2009

… Why oh WHY didn’t watch this earlier, like when it came out.  This makes two shows in a row that had absolutely amazing first episodes.  Eden catered towards my appreciation for good characters and directing, like ef-memories and Higurashi. For Basquash, it caters towards my interest in shows that put a lot of emphasis on the setting, like Eureka Seven and Last Exile.  In fact, I almost consider Basquash to be the fusion of Gurren Lagann and Eureka Seven. Read the rest of this entry »