Monday, 16 October 2006

Fall Anime 2006 Part 2

i'm late, but anyway...

here's part 2 of Fall 2006...

more KIV (keep-in-view) series here than part 1 which contains mostly my sure-watch series...

Pumpkin Scissors
latest GONZO series, set in post-war time, where military group "Pumpkin Scissors" is assigned to gather information and clear up all the left-over damage caused during the war. although they seems to be doing much more than their assigned duties, since their female captain juz happens to be an adrenaline-fueled justice avenger. add in mysterious male lead and it's all set to be a decent series.

hmm, others have said that it has a FMA feeling to it, but since i haven't watched FMA myself, i can't comment on that. but i do like war-time story plots, attributed to my gundam (Wing & Seed), rahxephon and zegapain obsession.

the plot itself looks decent enough, art and animation is very good, especially the fighting scenes. so all in all, probably nothing to stop me from finishing til the end.

Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion
futuristic japan is taken over by the Britannia empire, and is known as Area 11. angst main lead is bent on fighting against the empire and obtains power from a mysterious girl, which he uses in the ep1 to order the empire troop that was chasing him to shoot themselves. (eewww!)

not forgetting to mention the best friend that for some reason, surprise surprise, seems to be with the Britannia empire military. how will the two friends fight it out? what is the ulterior motives of the best friend in being with the enemy military?

did i mention that CLAMP did the character designs?!!! straight from the heart, that's really my main reason why i'm watching this. thank goodness the plot isn't half as bad and the mechanics looks pretty promising too.

Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
no summary cos i haven't seen it yet. but from the trailers i've seen, it looks pretty good.

i can't believe no one is subbing this yet. this has gotta be the only one out of all the rest that i haven't seen yet i'm dying to take a look.

because of rurouni kenshin, i'm really interested in the whole bakumatsu era. already has the raws, but my japanese lang is not good enough to pick up most of the terms.

argghhh!!! someone please sub this!!

Shonen Onmyouji
young onmyouji-in-training can't see the spirits which he's supposed to be fighting against, making him quite embarassed considering that his grandfather is the famous Abe no Seimei. one day, he meets the shikigami that used to belongs to his grandfather. with the shikigami's help, he began to see the spirits again, and from then on, start his official training.

i like this one, maybe cos of it's set in olden day japan, which i like very much. once again, i'll credit that to too much rurouni kenshin. i watched and read RK at least 2 times.

it also has another similiarity with D.Gray-man in that it's sort of an "exorcist"-type of show. in any case, this is definitely a keeper for me.

Sumomomo Momomo
ahaha... another brainless show. but this one is really funny, and even better than Yamato Nadeshiko. slightly more ecchi than others, but still, that's where all the funny parts come in.

fighting girl bent on getting a guy to make babies with him so that they can produce the strongest kids to carry their bloodline and their fighting style. guy is not only uninterested, but is terrified of fighting, and instead, aspires to be a policeman.

did i mention that this show is hilarious? it really really is. so please do check it out.


KIV series...
KIV meaning, the possibility of dropping them a half-way, or even after a few episodes are high...

1st KIV anime is this remake of the highly popular 2002 version of the original Kanon. after 7yrs, guy returns to a city where he spent his childhood. enters girls whom he seemed to have met in the past. and of course, he gotta have partial amnesia and forgotten some childhood memories that connects him and the girls he meet.

well, like i said, i'm getting slightly tired of the whole female harem routine. and kanon just fit nicely into this genre. however, because of all the big fuss it's making in the anime world, i'll probably watch a few more episodes to see how it goes.

probability of dropping series: high

Asatte no Houkou
2 female leads, one a young woman, the other a young girl, exchange their ages when they pray to the same rock shrine. the link between the 2 leads is the guy who is the young girl's brother, and used to date the young woman before leaving her to take care of his sister.

another ep1 where all the main characters were introduced and a brief background was given on why the male lead left the young woman. bordered on slow and almost boring. however, i'm slightly interested to know the developments of the 2 female leads since the end of ep 1 was when the two just exchanged their ages.

probability of dropping series: medium

Busou Renkin
male and female leads fighting against enemies called Homunculus (made from alchemy) with their own alchemy, the Kakugane. male lead he tried to save female lead from being attacked by a Homunculus but was killed instead. in replace of his heart, he was given his own kakugane by female lead.

from viewpoint of the manga, it was quite a disappointment, given that the mangaka is Watsuki Nobuhiro who gave us Rurouni Kenshin. but i watched ep 1, and it wasn't half as bad. but also because they haven't gotten to the draggy and really ridiculous middle part of the story.

still, i might keep going on this series if the jokes and funny parts are still acceptable.

probability of dropping series: medium

Ayakashi Ayashi
lots of supernatural fighting happening in japan during the Tenpou era (1830-1844). special group of people, which includes the male lead, having the ability to fight against spirits coming from the spirit world. male lead also seems to be part of a group of people that are discriminated by the higher-end society in the show. *shrugs* typical.

not that good for a first episode, mainly cos it was quite draggy. another introduction episode is how i would round this.

but since it's taking a much coveted timeslot on sat, it is rumored to be quite a lengthy one too (maybe a year or so), and there are high expectations for it to do well. at least the art animation is good. something to look forward to when all else fails.

probability of dropping series: low

Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na -Crescent Love-
moon princess comes down to earth for exchange program and lives in same house as male lead as his sister is the ambassador assistant. the two may have met when they were kids, though the guy doesn't seem to remember.

another female harem show, though this one doesn't repulse me as much as Kanon did. both leads don't look like the angsty types, so there might be hope left for this.

probability of dropping series: low


well, this sums up most of the Fall anime i'll be watching for the next 3-6mths. might pick up a few others along the way, but as it is, i'm quite loaded with what i have now, plus the long-running ones like One Piece, Nana, Bleach, etc.

with such a packed Fall season, i'm expecting Winter 2006 to release lesser series, especially since most of the fall series are 26-episodes long. we'll have to see when the time comes...

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