Happy Thanksgiving! (Site News)

27 11 2008

Happy turkey day people in the states!  I’m writing this from the comfort of my own bedroom ^^.  I thought I would give some updates about the blog.

So I, like most other bloggers around this time, am starting to feel the pressure of finals breathing down my neck.  Don’t worry, I’m not gonna go on hiatus, just be advised that posts may be a little bit delayed.  On the contrary of going on hiatus, I’m about to unveil some end-of-the-year projects for this blog.

The Winter 2009 Anime Season Preview – In the works, I’ll be following the same format I had for the Fall preview.  As well as getting some different guest writers.  I might add OVAs to the list this time… though, nothing is confirmed.

The 2008 tekky99 Anime Awards – This, by itself, would be a monumental task.  However, I decided to post up new categories and nominees every week, and announce the winners in the first week of the new year.  Also I’ll be experimenting w/ polling and having an “readers’ choice” award as well as my picks.  Expect the first category/nominee listing in the next few days.

Neither of these projects are exactly easy.  In fact they’ll probably be more time consuming then the episode reviews.  And as I do have work that I need to do, I need to cut something back to be able to manage time.

As such, I am going to drop Bounen no Xamdou from my blogging repertoire.  The show hasn’t been interesting me as much as it used to anyway.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving, and for you students, good luck w/ your studies!


PS Yes, I’ve started watching D.Gray-man


Bounen no Xamdou – Episode 14

15 11 2008


After a long break (both in broadcast and longer in this blog), Xamdou/Xam’d is back.  The previous episode leaves us w/ Furuichi activating his Hiruko in preparation to, presumably, fight w/ Akiyuki.  This episode was about, well…. the fight.  Okay so that’s a poor summary, there was more then just the fight…. a lot more.

First off, we finally get to see Akiyuki in full-Xamdou form for the first time since episode 2.  In my opinion, the entire confrontation was rather… bizzare.  It might be that I haven’t seen Xamdou in a month, but it didn’t seem quite as powerful as the first reunion in episode 8.  I kinda expected a lot more attacks thrown between the two of them.  Alas it was primarily dialogue.

Furuichi’s attitude throughout the episode confused me.  Initially he was all about destroying Akiyuki so that he could have Haru to himself, but at the end (right before he performed ‘harikiri’) he was about to call him his best friend again.  Did that mean he felt remorse.  One potential theory is that before, Furuichi was letting jealousy and anger get the better of him, and his Hiruko took advantage of that.  After seeing Haru cry, he finally calms down.

I don’t know why I didn’t realize it before, but Xamdou hasn’t done a good job of conveying the emotions that the characters feel.  It might just be that in comparison to the summer series, Xamdou was brilliant, but now, in comparison to fall, it’s average.  On the whole, I did not expect the ending to be the way it was, this would’ve been a much better place to put the show in hiatus.

RATING: 7.5/10 (I was underwhelmed)