Spring Pilots: Pandora Hearts

7 04 2009

Pandora Hearts has been something I’ve been looking forward to watching since I found the manga to be very fascinating and it brings a very dark twist to the idea of Alice in Wonderland. The pictures currently provided are few because I was watching it streamed so I just took whatever had the best quality out of the bunch I attempted to take a screenshot of.
So anyway, I have high hopes that this series will be successful although the first episode didn’t reveal too much. And please forgive any mistakes I might make as I type this in lieu of sleeping and working on homework. Read the rest of this entry »


Spring Pilots: Hanasakeru Seishounen

6 04 2009

Hanasakeru Seishounen was my reason for coming to this blog.  When Tekky invited me, he mentioned that there was a particularly ridiculous-looking shoujo series coming out in the spring, and that he wanted someone to blog it.  “Me,” I said instantly.  “I’ll take it.”  From looking at the art, I knew it was going to be overblown, dramatic, and hopelessly sparkly.  What I didn’t know until now (but really should have guessed) was that it was also mysterious and somewhat homoerotic!  In short, this series plugs right into all the pleasure receptors of my brain.

Here have an ugly screenshot collage I made with MSPaint

Here have an ugly screenshot collage I made with MSPaint

Here’s the summary.  Kugami Kajika (let’s not talk about her full name) is the daughter of a powerful American businessman, who has just called her back from Japan (where she was living for some reason for a few months) to pick a husband out of three(?!) guys he deems worthy.  If Kajika falls in love with any of them, that man (and her father) will win the “game.”  Somehow this scheme has something to do with the murder of Kajika’s mother a number of years ago; at this point, the only thing we know for sure is that Kajika is beautiful, brave, and probably also a genius.  The author would really like to have us like Kajika.  A lot.  Do you like Kajika yet?  Might as well hop on the train, because it is clear that every single person in this series is going to fall in love with Kajika.  Some people might hate her and try to kill her, but those will probably be either 1) unreformably evil, or 2) eventually converted to moist-eyed Kajikaism.  So…if you think you might not like Kajika…well, you’re weird.  Sorry.

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Spring Pilots: Shangri-La

6 04 2009

Wow, I never thought I’d say this about about anything.  The first episode of Shangri-la was great, average, and bad ALL AT ONCE.  This assesment actually makes sense if you split the show into three categories: action, setting/characters, and story. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Pilots: Natsu no Arashi

5 04 2009

Next up is the new SHAFT/Shinbou anime.  From this pair, there is a lot to expect: high paced comedy, crazy visuals that make you think you’re on acid, and a complete avoidance of any semblance of a plot.  In that regards, Natsu no Arashi was rather… normal. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Pilots: Asura Cryin’

5 04 2009

For some odd reason, I had hope that this would be the sleeper hit of the Spring season. I had a similar feeling with White Album in the Winter season… unfortunately, it ended up being wrong.  So was 2nd time the charm for me?  It’s hard to say. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Pilots: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

5 04 2009

So I admit, I was a little nervous as to how they were gonna handle the new FMA series.  With a completely new director and most of the cast changed, there was a good chance that this adaptation would fail.  After watching the first episode, all my fears are silenced. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Pilots: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

3 04 2009

I’ll say this right now.  Besides El Cazador de la Bruja, I have never seen Bee Train series, as such I don’t have any major predisposition against the production company.  With no prejudice, I’d like to think that this review is unbiased.   Read the rest of this entry »