[Anime of the Week] FLCL (2/13-19/2011)

FLCL is an anime everyone loves to hate and hates to love. It's not a show you can really ever fully understand, and the manga even less so but to those who can watch all 11 episodes you will be rewarded with confidence in yourself. Maybe.

Runtime: 24min/ep
# of Eps: 6
Type: originally a OVA, but has a manga adaptation that came out around the same time fram as the OVA was being released
Rating: Teen

FLCL revolves around Naota. His life is interrupted by the arrival of Haruko Haruhara, who bursts on the scene by running Naota over with her Vespa scooter, then giving him CPR and hitting him on the head with a blue vintage Rickenbacker 4001 left-handed electric bass guitar.[2][3] Later, Naota is shocked to find Haruko working in his house as a live-in maid.Since then, Giant Robots from Medical Mechanica have been coming out of Naota's head and cause more problems for Naota and Haruko. Haruko is using Naota for her search for the Pirate King, Atomsk, which puts her at odds with Medical Mechanica, the monolithic industrial corporation. At the same time, Naota is being watched by Commander Amarao, who believes that Medical Mechanica is out to conquer the galaxy. The combination of circumstances gets Naota involved in a three-way battle between Haruko, Amarao and Medical Mechanica. The underlying theme is Naota's coming of age as he becomes more mature and learns to express his feelings.


[Anime of the Week][Why I bother #5] Kimi ni Todoke s.1&2 (2/6-12/2010)

Appologies for not updating AoTW in 2 weeks.
I don't have a good excuse, just didn't get around to posting.
So... um, ya Kimi ni Todoke is based on the award winning manga of the same name and the fact that it is being animated by powerhouse studio Production IG just can't seem to save this anime! I love the manga, please don't get me wrong, it's just that with such an indecisive main character you will have an anime that seems to drag on with issues never or hardly ever getting solved and even then they never seem fully taken care of. ... I do admit I've seen all the episodes out to date and just can't seem to stop watching them... it's like crack! o3 o I can't recommended this anime to those wanting a heart wrenching shojo because it's just too darn draggy... but I would recommend reading the manga version 'cause it got awards because it deserves those awards. Saddest part is this show apparently gets good ratings and just might get a 3rd season... ugh.

Runtime: 24 min/ep
# of Eps:
s.1- 25
s.2- not sure
s.2 starts with a recap episode
Type: manga
Rating: pretty much all ages
Kuronuma Sawako is nicknamed Sadako due to her resemblance to the girl from the Japanese horror movies "The Ring". Shunned by her classmates, her life starts to change after she befriends Shōta Kazehaya, a very popular boy in her class.
Kuronuma Sawako’s one wish in life is to make friends. That’s a difficult proposition when everyone who meets her cowers in terror. She admires her classmate, Kazehaya-kun, a popular, easygoing and 100% refreshing guy who is nice with everyone, even with her. [ann]