Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn 2013 Anime Preview

I'm back bitches~!I have been back in the warm embrace of my PC & wonderful internet connection for three weeks now - it's been a strange experience.For a start Ireland feels bloody tiny, but the crap public transport means that I am sorely missing not having a car.I am pretty much bankrupt thanks to my trip (which was loads of fun) so had a frantic first week home of job searching.Thankfully I got a temporary 2 month contract to tide me over for a while .which meant very little time being a NEET and catching up on things.

Being the obsessive fan I am, I did manage to keep up with a choice selection of shows from the seasons I was AWOL, but still have a lengthy list of things I want to check out - will get round to them eventually.But anyhoo, you're here for the Autumn Preview, so lets get cracking! (Can't tell you how much I missed doing these things - exhausting, but satisfying~!)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hajime No Ippo

Hajime No ippoA Japanese boxing manga series written and illustrated by George Morikawa. It has been serializedby Kodansha in Weekly Sh nen Magazine since 1989, and collected in over 100 tank bon to date. The plot follows the story of high school student Makunouchi Ippo, as he begins his career in boxing and over time obtains many titles and defeats various opponents.

A 76-episode anime adaption titled Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! was produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television and VAP, directed by Satoshi Nishimura and ran on the Nippon Television Network from October 2000 to March 2002. A TV film and an OVA were also produced. On September 15, 2008 it was announced in Weekly Sh nen Magazine that a second season of Hajime no Ippo would begin airing on January 6, 2009. The second season is called Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger and concluded on June 30, 2009. At the end of 2003, the first season of anime was licensed in North America by Geneon,[1] who released it under the name Fighting Spirit.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Uchuu Kyoudai

The past four episodes: character-development. It's slow and steady, but definitely there, and in all kinds of forms. Mutta changed and finally realized his strengths, gaining lots of confidence from it, and also becoming mature enough to forgive his former employer that he gave the Zidane, Sharon's condition subtly gets worse, the chief of Nasa gets some unexpected background (also I love that small scene of a young Deneil Young). And whoa, Hibito actually left with a big post-traumatic stress disorder after what happened on the moon.

I like that recently, the series has at least remembered to be varied: a few months ago I remember complaining that the arcs take too long, and that the series got too monotone. This arc again solves this by focusing on many things at the same time, so that we're not just stuck with just one scenario. It's still nowhere near the levels of the first 40 episodes, but I can't deny that these events really pushed the characters further.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall 2013 Anime Season

I'm back from the dead! Stuff has happened this summer, like moving and new job hunting, but the real reason for my hiatus here (given that I have continued blogging during other wonky periods) is that I am selfish and just got burnt out. I feel up to doing it again, so if you want to read my thoughts on nerdy crap I like, I hope you enjoy it. (Especially my favorite nerd, who encouraged me to write again.)

As always, most of what's airing this season is bad, but there are some good-looking choices. I opted not to include seiyuu lists this time (although I note seiyuu a few times- I just don't feel like giving an exhaustive list of noteworthy seiyuu for the tenth horrible harem show of the season), but otherwise it's the same as previous season posts.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Goo ranks the best characters in anime and manga that you would want to call big brother

In Japan, big brothers are often called "aniki", but that term ain't just for guys who are actually elder brothers but also for the strong, powerful and wise people you would really want to call "big brother".These strong, manly characters would definitely make you want to serve them whether in a group or as actual elder brothers.

is no short of these characters and Japanese media website ranks the 25 best anime characters you would want to call "aniki" or big brother. Here are their results:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hajime no Ippo



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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Favorites for the New Season

The blogosphere seems to be a buzz with news concerning the autumn anime season.You can see Caraniel's thorough description of each show .Of these, three familiar titles stand out: Hajime no Ippo, Coppelion, and Unbreakable Machine Doll.I have watched the prior seasons of Hajime no Ippo, and hope for good things in the latest installment.

Yet, the last season caused me to worry that the show might be losing its way, especially in the last fight with Mamoru Takamura.That fight featured less of the highly realistic, blow by blow fighting one comes to love in the show.That fight contained moves which seemed to make it degenerate into a DBZ skirmish, with the boxers moving faster than the eye could follow and delivering hundreds of punches at once.If they manage to veer away from that course, then I'm sure that this will be a great season of Hajime no Ippo.I'm especially curious to see Miyata and Ippo in the same ring, but my brother said that this hasn't even occurred in the manga; so, I don't have much of a hope of that.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Look Ahead to the Fall and Why it Doesn't Really Matter

There's the big image you come to expect from me at the end. I, of course lead with this under-appreciated character.

I will get this statement of fact out of the way quickly. There are 47 series airing in the fall. Only 2 of them are continuations of series that began in the summer. One of them is Kingdom which doesn't really count. When you have that many shows I think it's kind of pointless to write a lot on each and every series. I think I wrote about 3000 words on 20 organizations engaging in a competitive business against each other over the course of 9 months. That's the most distant description I could write of describing sport I could think of by the way.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Anime Backlog Habits: What Makes You Prioritise One Series Over Another?

First World Problems - but hey, everyone's experienced this. There is simply too much anime out there for one person, no matter how much of a dedicated fan you might be, to watch. So pretty much every anime fan has a backlog or a to-watch list floating around somewhere, whether it's in your head or written down.

Here's an interesting thought to ponder: assuming that everything on your backlog is something you want to watch, what makes you prioritise one series over another?