Category Archives: First Impressions

Return of the Dreamer… And Carnival Phantasm!

Well, I’m finally back home from Seattle after a 3-month long summer program and a successfully completed animation project (although the project could definitely need more improvements, but there wasn’t any time left…). Now, let’s get right into it: Carnival Phantasm. For those who don’t know about this series (or an OVA series?), this is a crossover series with the famed TYPE-MOON series, Tsukihime and Fate stay/night, combined together. This series will surely cater to any TYPE-MOON fan, because of so much good substance from the series that we have come to love. The only thing that doesn’t sit well with me is that there are sadly no characters or substance from Kara no Kyoukai, which would have made Carnival Phantasm so much better and satisfying.

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Hidan no Aria 01 ~ Tsundere Aria!

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Hello, a new spring series that I have taken a major interest in Hidan no Aria, or otherwise known as Aria the Scarlet Ammo. The synopsis of this new anime series is thus:

The story takes place in Tokyo Butei High School, a special school where armed detectives — “Butei” — are trained to use weapons. Kinji Tooyama is a second-year-student who has a special ability, but he keeps it a secret to maintain an ordinary, peaceful life. However, when he gets caught in a bombing on the way to school, he encounters H. Aria Kanzaki, the most powerful S-Rank Butei student in Assault Studies.

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Maria+Holic Alive 01 ~ Same old.

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Hello, sorry for the lack of posts lately, as I was preoccupied with college studies. I have finally been freed from all the work (about time!) and I have had time to catch up on all the new anime series for spring 2011. One of the shows that I will most likely be following is Maria+Holic Alive, the second season to Maria+Holic.

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Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~ 01

Another new spring anime series is Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradise~. The synopsis is this:

Hideyoshino is an average girl who always seems to find trouble wherever she goes. One day when Hideyoshino visits a local shrine to pray in order to pass her upcoming test. However Hideyoshino sees a blue light coming from inside the Shrine and looks inside to find a mysterious person performing a magic spell. Hideyoshino in a stroke of bad luck trips on a small bell and crashes into the shrine prompting the stranger to catch her. However upon catching Hideyoshino the magic spell spirals out of control and sends Hideyoshino back in time to the Sengoku Era.

Hideyoshino then encounters Akechi Mitsuhide and Oda Nobunaga. After spending some time with Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshino agrees to help Oda Nobunaga find the Crimson Armor which is said to allow the person wearing the armor to conquer all of Japan.

Well, this synopsis just kinda seems strange. It’s basically a gender-reversal for the Sengoku-era generals, who are all now female. I decided to take a look at this series, since I particularly like history especially back in the wars of the old eras (Three Kingdoms Period, Hundred Years War, Wars of the Roses,  WWI, WWII, etc.) . Continue on to see my impressions!

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A Channel 01 ~ A Cute Start!

A Channel is a new spring anime series with this synopsis:

The story revolves around the everyday life of four high school girls: the flighty Run, the reckless Tooru, the timid Yuuko, and the level-headed Nagi.

A Channel is a really cute series with each distinct character, and I enjoyed it very much. Of course, I had already read the manga that this series was adapted for and was wondering how they would adapt this, but it seems that I needn’t worry and it hasn’t let down my expectations at all. Of course, it has been compared to K-on!, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here since this has a different premise other than having four high school girls doing everyday things. I’ve read the manga, and it was really funny and enjoyable, so if you get a chance, check it out!

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Hanasaku Iroha 01 ~ Off to A Great Start!

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One of the new spring anime series of 2011, Hanasaku Iroha, has started off a great episode in my opinion. Hanasaku Iroha’s synopsis is:

Ohana Matsumae is sent to live with her grandmother, who she has never met nor spoken to, at her Taisho-era (1920s) hot springs inn. It’s not a lifestyle that Ohana would have chosen, but she decidesnot to be discouraged and to make the most of her new circumstances.

Hanasaku Iroha is a P.A. Works series, known for their reputation and works (Angel Beats!, true tears, etc), so as expected, the animation was up to par with their high standards with beautiful backgrounds. The dialogue of the show is great, not rushed or paced out at all, just perfect enough for me. I must say that I couldn’t help but smile the entire time I was watching this episode except the confrontation at the end, and personally I do think that this will become one of my top favorite for this season. Ohana, the main character, is cute in her own way but I’m not going to declare any favorite yet until we go more into depth on the other characters, such as the sharp-tongued Minko, the strict grandmother, the shy Nako, the boyfriend (probable?) Kouichi, etc. The cast looks to be widely varied, and I can definitely say that this will be a very enjoyable series!

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