9/30/11

Digest #1

[Akia's Choice!] are my top picks for the entry.
Basically, you should really check these titles out.

[[Releases for Digest #1]]

Sailor Moon vol. 1 [Akia's Choice!]
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Full Title: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
Artist: Naoko Takeuchi
Previously Released by: Tokyopop
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
+more accurate translation closer to the
original Japanese version
+color pages
+translator notes
+new cover art
+original Japanese character names
Released: Sept. 13, 2011
Pages: 240
Price: $10.99

Codename Sailor V vol. 1 [Akia's Choice]
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Full Title: Codename: Sailor V
Artist: Naoko Takeuchi
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
+accurate translation
+first time available in English
+color pages
+translator notes
+new cover art
Released: Sept. 13, 2011
Pages: 272
Price: $10.99

Fairy Tale vol. 15
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Full Title: Fairy Tale
Artist: Hiro Mashima
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
+by the artist of Rave Master
+translator notes
Released: Sept. 27, 2011
Pages: 208
Price: $10.99

Negima! vol. 31
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Full Title: Negima! Master Negi Magi
Artist: Ken Akamatsu
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
+by the artist of Love Hina, AI Love You and more
+translator notes
Released: Sept. 20, 2011
Pages: 192
Price: $10.99

Shugo Chara! vol. 12
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Full Title: Shugo Chara!
Artist: Peach-Pit
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
+by the artist of DearS, Rozen Maiden,
Zombie Loan and more
+translator notes
Released: Sept. 6, 2011
Pages: 176
Price: $10.99

Wallflower vol. 26
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Full Title: The Wallflower
Artist: Tomoko Hayakawa
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
+translator notes
+bonus short
Released: Sept. 27, 2011
Pages: 176
Price: $10.99

Arisa vol. 4 [Akia's Choice!]
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Full Title: Arisa
Artist: Natsumi Ando
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
+by the artist of Zodiac PI and
Kitchen Princess
+translator notes
Released: Sept. 6, 2011
Pages: 176
Price: $10.99

Deltora Quest vol. 2
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Full Title: Deltora Quest
Artist: Emily Rodda
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
Released: Sept. 20, 2011
Pages: 208
Price: $10.99


Negima! omnibus #2 (vol. 4-6) [Akia's Choice]
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Full Title: Negima! Master Negi Magi
Artist: Ken Akamatsu
Previously Released by: Del Rey (now Kodansha Comics)
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
+by the artist of Love Hina
+translator notes
Released: Sept. 27, 2011
Pages: 599
Price: $19.99

Ninja Girls vol. 7
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Full Title: Ninja Girls
Artist: Hosana Tanaka
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Kodansha Comics
Released: Sept. 27, 2011
Pages: 224
Price: $10.99

Witch & Wizard vol. 1 [Akia's Choice]
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Full Title: Witch & Wizard
Artist: Svetlana Chmakova
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Yen Press
+by the artist of Dramacon and Nightschool
+adaptation of the James Patterson series
of the same name (writer of Maximum Ride
and Daniel X, two more series also available
in manga format by Yen Press)
Released: Sept. 2011
Pages: 256
Price: $12.99

Zombie Loan vol. 12
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Full Title: Zombie Loan
Artist: Peach-Pit
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Yen Press
+by the artist of DearS, Rozen Maiden,
Shugo Chara and more
Released: Sept. 2011
Pages: 176
Price: $11.99

Bamboo Blade vol. 10
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Full Title: Bamboo Blade
Artist: Aguri Igarashi
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Yen Press
Released: Sept. 2011
Pages: 206
Price: $11.99

Bunny Drop vol. 4
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Full Title: Bunny Drop
Artist: Yumi Unita
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Yen Press
Released: Sept. 2011
Pages: 208
Price: $12.99

Girlfriend is a Geek vol. 4 [Akia's Choice]
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Full Title: My Girlfriend is a Geek
Artist: Rize Shinba
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Yen Press
Released: Sept. 2011
Pages: 160
Price: $11.99

With the Light vol. 8 [Akia's Choice!]
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Full Title: With the Light raising an autistic child
Artist: Keiko Tobe
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Yen Press
Released: Sept. 2011
Pages: 304
Price: $11.99

Goong vol. 12
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Full Title: The Royal Palace Goong
Artist: Park SoHee
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Yen Press
Released: Sept. 2011
Pages: 384
Price: $18.99

Raiders vol. 7
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Full Title: Raiders
Artist: JinJun Park
Previously Released by: n/a
This version Released by: Yen Press
Released: Sept. 2011
Pages: 176
Price: $11.99

9/3/11

Fall 2011 Anime PV (w/ pics) [october]

For a lot of these shows I haven't been able to get my hands on much summary wise. Gomen!


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[Basics]
Website(s): (1)
Premier Date (Japan): October 2011
Animation Company: ufotable
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Prequel, Light Novel based
Summary: The story is set 10 years prior to the events of Fate/Stay Night. The anime will chronicle events taking place during the Fourth Holy Grail War.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/ Commentary]
I've been wanting to watch this one since I heard of it. Ever since watching the Unlimited Blade Works movie I've been more of a Fate fan than ever. It's interesting that this one is a prequel that wasn't even a visual novel or game like most of Fate's other parts (the visual novel is made of 3 parts and there's a fighting game as well) but it was a series of light novels. What most people probably don't know is that before Type Moon was even known as Type Moon some of the members were behind a novel series Kara no Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners). Guess Type Moon has their roots in light novels.

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[Basics]
Full Title: Last Exile 2- Ginyoku no Fam
Website(s): (eng-1)
(jap- 2)
Premier Date (Japan): October 7th, 2011
Animation Company: Gonzo
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Sequel
Summary: Not much is known at this point other than that this is a direct sequel with new characters in the same universe as the original Last Exile which was released over 8 years ago.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Ah Last Exile, it's one of those unappreciated anime I wish more people would watch and love. The opening and ending are some of my favorites, and the "steam punk" style is always a pleasure for the eyes to see. When I heard it was getting a direct sequel I'll be honest, I was a bit shocked. I don't remember the original being all that popular and while doing research on this one the fact that FUNimation already has an English site ready to simulcast the show is even more shocking because when I ask people what they think of Last Exile most say it's an ok show.

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[Basics]
Full Title: Shakugan no Shana III (final)
Website(s):

Premier Date (Japan): October 7th, 2011
Animation Company: J.C.Staff
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Sequel, Light Novel Based
Summary: (I haven't found a summary anywhere, gomen!)
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
I've never been much of a Shana fan myself. I watched most of the original season, and even read a few volumes of the manga adaptation. It feels like an average show to me, nothing too special or worth watching.

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[Basics]
Website(s): (1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 1st, 2011
Animation Company: J.C.Staff
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Sequel, Manga based
Summary: Continues the adventures of rookie manga duo Mashiro and Takagi.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
I watched all of the original season as it came out, and it's hard for me to patiently watch an entire series as it comes out. Guess Bakuman is really good... for an anime about creating manga lol.

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[Basics]
Website(s):

Premier Date (Japan): October 1st, 2011
Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Sequel, Light Novel based
Summary: (hell if I know.)
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Apparently the original is heartwarming and good. I wouldn't know considering I didn't even finish the first episode. UMAD ELIJAH!?

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[Basics]
Full Title: Persona 4- The Animation
Website(s): (1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 6th, 2011
Animation Company: AIC ASTA
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Game Based
Summary: (I haven't found a summary anywhere, gomen!)
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Well I haven't finished the game, but it's really good so far. I have finished the prequel game Persona 3 which has the same setting but different characters. So I have plans to watch this one without a doubt.

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[Basics]
Website(s): (1)

Premier Date (Japan): October, 2011
Animation Company: AIC ASTA
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Original, New Series
Summary: After the outbreak of the unidentified virus "Lost Christmas" in 2029, Japan has been under the control of a multi-nation organization called GHQ. Ohma Shu is a 17 year old boy who has a psychic power in his right hand. He can use the power "Ability of King" to extract tools or weapons from his friends. He has been avoiding making trouble for others but his life changes when he meets a girl Yuzuriha Inori, a member of a resistance guerrilla group called "Undertaker", whose members pilot mecha weapons to fight against the government.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Mecha! MEEEECCCHHHAAAA... and a virus. Sounds interesting enough.

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[Basics]
Website(s): (1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 4th, 2011
Animation Company: AIC
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Manga Adaptation, New Series
Summary: (not sure)
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Well... I didn't really find any info on this one such as a plot so I'm not really sure. The picture looks neat.... but I just get this gut feeling it's going to be ecchi in some form.

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[Basics]
Website(s): (1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 6th, 2011
Animation Company: AIC Build
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Light Novel Adaptation, New Series
Summary: Mikazuki Yozora and Hasegawa Kodaka open up a club for students with poor social skills and few friends.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Sounds similar to MM with the whole club thing, but a lot of anime focus on clubs so this might be an interesting slice of life show.

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[Basics]
Website(s): (1)
Premier Date (Japan): October 8th, 2011
Animation Company: David Production
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Light Novel Adaptation, New Series
Summary: The story revolves around a poor high school student named Yō Satō. Satō goes to the supermarket one day and discovers a bentō on sale at half price. Just as he reaches to grab it, he ends up on the floor unconscious. Satō has just entered the fierce, no-holds-barred "supermarket survival battle" for half-price bentō.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Sounds like Akikan, which was a pretty hilarious anime from what I saw of it.

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[Basics]
Website(s): (1)
Premier Date (Japan): October 2nd, 2011
Animation Company: Madhouse Studios
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Manga adaptation
Summary: Alternate retelling of the original Hunter x Hunter anime.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
My dad bought me a bootleg copy of the original when he was stationed in Korea. I have yet to watch past the first episode and I've had it since 6th grade lol.


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[Basics]
Full Title: Mirai Nikki - Future Diary
Website(s): (1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 9th, 2011
Animation Company: asread
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Manga adaptation, New show
Summary: High school 2nd year, Amano Yukiteru, is a boy who has problem making friends. He thinks of himself as a bystander and will always write down everything he sees in a cell phone diary. Tormented by solitude, Yukiteru began to imagine things like a friend called Deus X Makina who is apparently the Lord of Time & Space. Seeing Yukiteru's miserable state, Deus gives him a new ability. His diary will now record events that will happen in the near future. Yukiteru is then forced to participate in a game which the winner will become Deus's successor. (from the manga)
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Future Diary is one of those rare really good manga that I believe everyone, even fans of comics, should read. You don't need to be a fan of manga to enjoy it. I'm really looking forward to this anime. I've seen the ova already, and while it did the manga justice considering it was so short I'm hoping the anime does at least as good as the ova did.

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[Basics]
Website(s): (1)
Premier Date (Japan): October 1st, 2011
Animation Company: Sunrise
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Original, New show
Summary: Set in a distant land, Japan is divided into feudal territories, yet conquered by outside countries, the city Musashi that will ignite the flame of battle is being targeted and has no choice but to keep its people safe by entering this war, with the fate of the world resting on its hands, the students of Musashi may hold the key to victory.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Sounds like some what of a typical science fiction anime. I'll check it out, but no guarantee I'll keep up with it.

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[Basics]
Website(s): (1)
Premier Date (Japan): October 3rd, 2011
Animation Company: TYO Animations
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: OVA adaptation
Summary: For her first year of high school, Fu Sawatari moves to Takehara, a scenic old town near Hiroshima, on the Inland Sea. Her father, who has passed away, grew up in Takehara. She loves taking photographs with her father's old film camera, a Rollei 35S. The story follows her and the friends who gather around her as she comes to love her new home. (from the ova)
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
I'm not too sure about what the original is based on but the ova was popular enough a TV version was green lit. I haven't seen the ova, so I'm not sure if I'm going to watch this one.

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[Basics]
Full Title: PhiBrain - Kami no Puzzle
Website(s): (1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 2nd, 2011
Animation Company: Sunrise
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Manga adaptation, New show
Summary: The school adventure story revolves around Kaito, a puzzle-loving freshman at the private high school named "Root Academy." He is selected as a candidate for "Phi Brain" for his extraordinary mental skills. One day, he and his childhood friend Nonoha tackle the "unsolvable puzzle" hidden in the underground ruins near the school. They are guided by the mobile device given to Kaito by the student council president. The puzzle is the "Philosophers puzzle," a life-threatening creation of a mysterious intelligence group known as "POG." When he defeats the puzzle, he is designated as a "Solver." Together with Nonoha and other Solvers, Kaito battles POG at "philosopher's puzzles" all over the world.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Sounds a bit like the manga Gamble Fish, sounds worthy of some watch time.

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[Basics]
Full Title: Mashiro-Iro Symphony - The color of lovers
Website(s):
(1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 4th, 2011
Animation Company: Manglobe
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Eroge adaptation, New show
Summary: (I haven't found a summary)
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Alicia is a fan of eroge games, but they're usually sad. She'll watch this anyways.

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[Basics]
Full Title: Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
Website(s):
(1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 9th, 2011
Animation Company: Manglobe
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Gundam
Summary: (I haven't found a summary)
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
I'm still not completely sold on this show. It's meant to be a way to bring in "new generation gundam fans" who didn't grow up with Gundam already. So basically how like yu-gi-oh now how GX and whatever that motercycle one is. Basically all those lazy yu-gi-oh continuations that don't even have yu-gi. Then again, Gundam Builders was pretty good from what I saw so I could be completely wrong and this could be what the Gundam franchise needs. Though I'm a huge fan of Gundam Unicorn.

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[Basics]
Website(s):
(1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 13th, 2011
Animation Company: Bones
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Manga adaptation, New show
Summary: In the story of Un-Go, Shinjūrō and Inga work together to solve mysteries in a near future timeline.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
This show is pretty hard to describe considering it's going to be a format like Blue Stories was... I can't really pin point what it's going to be about but it's being animated by Bones and they never fail to release a show I don't like.

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[Basics]
Website(s):
(1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 4th, 2011
Animation Company: Madhouse
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Manga adaptation, New show
Summary: In the story, a schoolgirl named Chihaya Ayase once only dreamed about her sister making it big as a fashion model, until she decides to forge her own path in life. After seeing a quiet transfer student named Arata Wataya play the game, Chihaya enters the competitive world of karuta. The story begins when Arata joins Chihaya's sixth-grade class, but most of the story takes place during Chihaya's high school years.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
There are way to many shows about playing games! I think I'll pass... but it's Madhouse... I might give it a glance... maybe...

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[Basics]
Full Title: cube x cursed x curious
Website(s):
(1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 1st, 2011
Animation Company: SILVER LINK
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Light novel adaptation, New series
Summary: The story begins when a high school student named Haruaki Yachi receives a mysterious, super-heavy black cube from his father overseas. That night, Haruaki wakes up to a suspicious noise in the kitchen, and he discovers a "fully naked female thief of rice crackers." The girl, Fear, is the first of several surprises that Haruaki receives.
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Light novel adaptations lately have been better than manga simply because there aren't many illustrations to go off of, which makes it easier for the animation company to come up with a style to fit the series.

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[Basics]
Full Title: Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!!
Website(s):
(1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 1st, 2011
Animation Company: Lerche
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Dating sim adaptation, New show
Summary: Kawakami City is famous for its strong dedication to its samurai ancestors. A healthy fighting spirit is always valued and it's even an important factor for success at school. Yamato, a second year student from Kawakami Highchool is always with his close friends (4 boys and 3 girls). They have all known each other since they were young and have done many things together. While they have many other friends, this group of seven is a close-knit, inseparable group. They even have a secret base where they meet. With the new semester, they welcome two girls into their group and shortly after things begin to change...
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
I don't even feel remotely interested in this.

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[Basics]
Website(s):
(1)

Premier Date (Japan): October 2nd, 2011
Animation Company: Synergy SP
[Plot/ Synopsis/ Summary]
Type: Toy franchise adpatation, new show
Summary: (havent found a summary)
[What Akia's Gonna Do/Commentary]
Japan you so silly having to make anime based on toys.

8/7/11

Christmas in the Silent Forest

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My friend Elijah gave me a link to get this, a very rare to find opening for GITS that only played on Japan's satelight showing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did a few years back when I was unfortunate to stumble upon it only to find the video got taken down a few hours later.

Im using this video under fair use to promote GITS. No profit is being made.

8/3/11

[GIS] Basic Supplies

Some of you out there in the virtual cyber world may be asking "but Akia, what is a Gundam?" I say to you how can you be an otaku and not know what a Gundam is. *sigh* I'll tell you briefly anyways. For someone who isn't an otaku, Gundam are similar to Transformers. Gundam are giant robots basically. Some god American examples would be shows like Megas XLR and IGPX. Here's a video of the type of Gundam (model kits to be exact) that this blog series is for (not just this one, but almost all Gundam kits out there that are snap together).

This entry is dedicated to the kind of supplies you need to build a Gundam (excluding any sort of painting, that'll be in a different entry). I'll go over which ones you will need and ones that are optional (just depends on the kind of method you use) A * indicates one you will need unless otherwise mentioned:

#1 *Clippers aka Nippers-
you dont really need them for sd and no grade kits but for all the other ones it's best to have a pair because ive learned from trying that twisting pieces off the runners can cause then to break

#2 *Exacto Knife (or hobby blade)-
used for cutting off excess pegs

#3 cutting board-
some people don't need one of these cause they can cut off the pegs in their hands but I like using one to be safe, to help prevent getting cut. make sure it's a crafting cutting board and not one for food

4 Black Gundam marker-
not exactly needed, but Gundam markers are made specifically in size for accurate panel lining. you can also buy them in other colors for coloring

5 Q-tips-
I learned Q-tips are good for wiping of excess marker, you can also use an eraser or your fingers

5 Tweezers-
I recently learned tweezers are really good for taking decals off their sheets and placing on a Gundam

6 Tooth-picks-
good for getting decals to lay flat


Next time I'll be going over some more advanced tools such as metal files and paints. I'll have pictures for those since some of them aren't found in a household. Stay tuned to reader//watcher[girl] and AugReal.

8/2/11

[Anime of the Week] Mawaru Penguindrum (7/31-8/6/2011)

So um... the Summer 2011 anime season has been well under way (most series are now at 4-5 episodes) and there are some interesting shows playing, one namely being the one I've chosen as AOW this time. Interesting fact is this anime is being directed by the same one as Utena. You can really tell when side views of the characters faces are shown, so keep an eye out all ye Utena fans who have been waiting for the directors next work to finally come out.

Runtime: 24min/ep
# of Eps: 12
Type: original
Rating: T
Synopsis:
The story centers around three siblings, twins Kanba and Shouma, and the ill sister, Himari Takakura. Himari passes away after going out on a trip with her brothers. She was however, miraculously saved by a spirit thriving in a penguin-shaped hat. In return for her extended life, the twins must search for an item known as the Penguin Drum with the aid of three penguins which are visible only to the siblings.

6/25/11

[Anime of the Week] Re:Cutie Honey (6/26-7/2/2011)


This version of Cutie Honey is a remake of the anime, and it has a live action movie made based on it that you should check out as well.

Runtime: 45min/ep
# of eps: 3
Type: manga
Rating: teen
Synopsis:
A mysterious organization known as Panther Claw make their presence known by terrorizing Tokyo and giving the cops a run for their money. Police are further baffled by the appearance of a lone cosplaying vigilante who thwarts all of Panther Claw's evil schemes before disappearing. That cosplayer is Honey Kisaragi, the result of the late Professor Kisaragi's prize experiment. A master of disguise, Honey can magically alter her physical appearance and outfits. But with a push of the heart-shaped button on her choker, she transforms herself into Cutie Honey, the scantily-clad, sword-wielding warrior of love and justice.

6/20/11

[Anime of the Week] The Big O I & II (6/19-25/2011)

Started rewatching the second half (also known as Big O II) of Big O. It beings me back to the days where I had to wake up at like 4-5am to watch "more mature" anime on Adult Swim.

Runtime: 24min/ep
# of Eps: 26
Type: original
Rating: teen
Synopsis:
Paradigm City is a place without a past. 40 years ago, something happened that wiped the memories of everyone in it. Unfortunately, the people of Paradigm City were very busy before then, making Megadueses (giant robots) and monsters. People who were born after the memory wipe are gaining/recovering memories of the past and using them to build newer threats. With the help of The Big O (a faithful giant robot), his butler Norman and the android Dorothy, Roger Smith keeps Paradigm City safe. As problems mount and more memories surface, Roger's past and Paradigm's future begin to become suspect...

5/28/11

[Anime of the Week] Ao no Exorcist (5/29-6/4/2011)


This past spring season of anime has left me sad. There were tons of anime I had been looking forward to such as Deadman Wonderland and Steins;GATE that saddened me... in the end I've only really kept up with Ao no Exorcsit and Nichijou =/

Runtime: 24mins/ep
# of Eps: 25 + 1 special
Type: manga
Rating: teen
Synopsis:
This world consists of two dimensions joined as one, like a mirror. The first is the world in which the humans live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Ordinarily, travel between the two, and indeed any kind of contact between the two, is impossible. However the demons can pass over into this world by possessing anything that exist within it. Satan the god of demons, but there's one thing that he doesn't have, and that's a substance in the human world that is powerful enough to contain him!! For that purpose he created Rin, his son from a human woman, but will his son agree to his plans? Or will he become something else...? An exorcist?

5/16/11

"6 Manga You Must Not Read" [commentary]


I did some research on the manga found in this Sankaku Complex article. It was hard finding most of these on the manga reader sites I use most...


The cover of this first one is very interesting. The whole swim suit mixed with a wedding dress is apparently every otaku's dream to have a girl wear for them. You'll have a hard time finding this one in English because according to Baka-manga it was never translated.


I know someone who is a big fan of Aki Sora, and I personally have started reading this one here. Normally I don't read manga with incest (I dropped Onii-chan after only a few chapters), but this one comes highly recommended so I decided to give it a chance.

This one actually peaked my interest the most, but yet again Baka-manga has it as not translated. =(

The other manga listed I have no interest in at all 'cause they apparently were made just to please the perverted otaku out there who have no life outside of their room.

5/15/11

[Gundam News] 1/144 HG GM III (to be released in July) [by striker0]

Bandai is giving love this time around to Gundam Unicorn, in the form of the RGM-86R GM III. This is from ZZ Gundam bear in mind, and not the Unicorn version, which has different colors As some know, the GM is the mass produced version of the Gundam, using similar technologies, but also keeping it's cost down by not using some of the more complex systems that the prototypes use.

This model is due out in July, and at around $20 or so depending on the current exchange rate, it's sure to make some of us mass produced or grunt type lovers happy.

5/3/11

[Anime of the Week] Elfen Lied (5/1-7/2011)

I just finished reading the manga version yesterday and decided to give the anime version a rewatch. I'm on episode 12 as I post this and it's very evident the anime did a bad job of putting the moments needed to actually make me cry like the manga did. If you haven't read the manga and liked the anime you better go read it!

Runtime: 24min/ep
# of Eps: 13 + ova
Type: manga
Rating: Mature
Synopsis:
The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possesses two horns in their heads, and has a "sixth sense" which gives it telekinetic abilities. Due to this dangerous power, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. Lucy, a young and psychotic Diclonius, manages to break free of her confines and brutally murder most of the guards in the laboratory, only to get shot in the head as she makes her escape. She survives and manages to drift along to a beach, where two teenagers named Kouta and Yuka discovers her. Having lost her memories, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, "Nyuu," and the two allow her to stay at Kouta's home. However, it appears that the evil "Lucy" is not dead just yet...