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4th-Jul-2010 04:45 am - Moderators
Hagi & Saya
Currently, I do not have Internet which is why I am lacking in updates as of late and maintaining this community. I have added a new moderator to maintain this community cerks.

Hope you all are doing well.

Does the opening/ending song have any effect on how you view an anime series?
8th-Apr-2010 02:04 pm - Kyou kara Maou

So I realized I kind of wanted to discuss this. Because besides amazing characters there's so much more.

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8th-Apr-2010 12:18 pm - Blood+ Review
tank girl 2
I've been meaning to write this Blood+ review for a while.


Blood+ takes vampire folklore and twists it into something unique and well suited to the series. Although, it may seem as if it would be a boring plot where a girl travels around hunting down vicious monsters this series is very far from being boring. From the first episode it stays true to the plot and remains consistent until the very end.

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6th-Apr-2010 12:08 am - Potemayo
Well, I've been ignoring LJ a lot lately, and checking this it seems to be picking up, so I figured I'd contribute.

Recently, I've been watching Potemayo.
I am in love with it, even though it makes quite little sense.
Basic story is that this boy, Sunao, how comes to find a girl/creature thing named Potemayo in his fridge that immediately becomes attached to him, and essentially the antics that they get into at their home or at school, or sometimes in places like a grocery store, etc.
It's all based on a 4 panel manga, though I haven't read that to judge how true they are to the style or anything.
It's a short series, only 12 episodes and a couple specials, so you could easily watch it all in one day if you've got the free time.

Anyone else watch this, if so, what'd you think?
6th-Apr-2010 11:07 am - [Review] Earth Girl Arjuna
I thought I'd go ahead and post a review about Earth Girl Arjuna (also commonly known as Earth Maiden Arjuna or simply Arjuna), since I've recently been watching it with some friends. Basic plot: Our main character, Juna, is in most respects a fairly average high school girl. She and her boyfriend, Tokio, decide to take a motorbike drive to the sea one afternoon. However, they are involved in an accident along the way, and Juna dies. As her spirit leaves her body, Juna sees an Earth that is suffering and dying. A young boy then appears beside her and offers to save her life, on the condition that she save the planet.

I'll begin with the artwork. It's quite nice much of the time; good colouring, easy on the eyes, and complimented by some reasonably smooth animation. I personally think this is then promptly ruined by the live-action sequences that appear on occasion, and for no good reason that I can discern. It just feels really abrupt, and the live-action sequences themselves are fairly dull in any case and don't add anything to the story. It might have been a lot better had the series just stuck to animation the entire way, because I don't think the flow of the story benefits in any way from the transition. Still, that's not a real biggie - more like personal taste - since the live-action sequences are comparatively few and far between.

Music. It's pretty awesome. Yoko Kanno. Say no more.

Here's where it gets more tricky. This series pushes it's environmentalist agenda extremely heavily and shamelessly. In essence, the whole show is not actually about the plot or even the characters anywhere nearly as much as it about the environment. And I'm not talking about "hey kids, it's bad to pollute" a la Captain Planet, either. There are simple messages like that all the way through, sure, but the series is focused more on pushing ideas and issues such as pantheism, the removal of nature from modern life, natural farming (as opposed to organic farming), and the pole shift hypothesis, among others. There's series was also very obviously influenced by Hinduism and a lot of aspects of Indian culture in general.

I think though, that it is possible to these kinds of messages across in anime without hitting the audience over the head with a sledge hammer about it. Many of Miyazaki's works are fantastic examples of how messages revolving around environmentalism can be boldly stated without actually jumping up and down and waving your arms over your head about it. So on the one hand, I applaud Earth Girl Arjuna for going the whole nine yards and openly stating what they want to say, within a story that can be quite compelling at times (heh, definitely no subtle indoctrination here). On the other hand, because the way those messages are presented do lack subtlety, the story at times feels quite jarring - like it's way too busy declaring it's messages as loudly as possible to focus on other aspects of the show (for example, it might have been nice to see a little more character development). In short, the series in terms of overall story is detailed and innovative, but also excessively heavy-handed and sometimes repetitive.

I'm going to be fairly harsh and give this title a 3 out of 5 stars (more generous people might want to give it a 4). It is good and it is enjoyable, but it's also not as epic as it thinks it is.
12th-Mar-2010 03:21 pm - Black Lagoon
tank girl 2
The community seemed to die down a bit, I'm hoping I can spark a bit of life in here again.


Currently, my boyfriend and I are watching Black Lagoon. We've been watching the dub which is terrible. They try to fit in these fake accents that sound wretched, for example, the last episode we watched had this Chinese woman in it and she had an accent. It sounded like someone who couldn't speak Chinese attempting to mock their accent. It's pretty terrible. Other than that Black Lagoon is an anime that you could just watch without investing much thought into it. Lots of action, and lack of story. We're on episode 13 currently. I'm wondering if they'll have a Cowboy Bebop sort of thing where a bunch of episodes are just filler and then they add in a little intense plot to complete the series.

If any of you have watched Black Lagoon, what do you think of it?
nerdin out
Many of us have been watching anime for a very long time. Even if you have not, sometimes, the interest in it develops. Has anime inspired you at some point in your life? Whether it be your hobbies or a career path you have chosen, did your interest in anime play a part in this?

For me, I started drawing because I was always interested in the design of anime characters and how they drew them. Since I was a little girl I would buy "How to Draw Manga" books and would practice my drawing every day. I even wanted to seek a career in animation (although, that soon dissipated once I got older but for a very long time that was what I wanted to do). When I was younger, anime would even influence my fashion style. It played a large part in my life at a young age but I soon grew out of it. The interest is still there, I still enjoy watching anime/reading manga, and my preferred art style is that of a manga but everything I do is not of the intention of being related to anime (after all, that would be unhealthy). If it has, how has anime affected you?
tank girl 2
I'm happy to see that the community is starting to spark in life. It is good to see some activity and discussion going on.

I thought I might start up some official community discussion topics whereas we all discuss a general topic of something related to anime/manga (well, obviously, haha).


I find that some people don't enjoy stand alone anime movies (Ghost In The Shell, Metropolis, Appleseed, etc.) because the length of the movie isn't enough to really get you into the story or characters, although, it may possess a good idea for a series (this does not include anime movies that are part of an anime series itself; Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, End of Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, etc.).

What is your opinion about stand alone anime movies? Do you enjoy them or dislike them? Do you think that the regular two hour movie time isn't enough to convey enough substance of story and characters? Or do you think that stand alone anime movies don't offer you enough to truly get into the atmosphere of it? What do you think are good examples of stand alone anime movies?
26th-Feb-2010 09:29 am - 'Ello!
Hey I'm new to this community and I was hoping somebody might have some anime recs for me, I haven't seen anything new lately and I'd like to watch some. I like anything with vampires and almost anything dark and fantasy oriented, also something kind of like Ergo Proxy would be good too.
Any help would be great thanks
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