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Starship Operators ~ A Political Space Soap Opera

Starship Operators title screen

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a review, so now it’s time to switch gears and blast off into space with Starship Operators, a drama, military, political space opera!

For the 73rd class of cadets of the Defense University of the small planet Kibi, a cruise on the fleet’s new starship Amaterasu is a fitting last moment before graduation. As they return to their home planet, however, they are shocked to hear news of a declaration of war by the aggressive Kingdom against Kibi. When their planetary government surrenders without a struggle, the cadets decide to launch their own war, aboard the Amaterasu. To gain funding as a self-government, they make a deal with a galactic news network – and find themselves the stars of their own reality show.

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Twelve Days of X’mas: Day II ~ Flowers in an Iron Garden

Yune and Claude

On the second day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave me…
2 adorable flowers
And a charming idol.

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Kakurenbo ~ Ready or Not, Here I Come…

Kakurenbo

In celebration of Halloween, I’ve decided to review an OVA, Kakurenbo, a fitting psychological thriller for the mood. So, do join me for a game of hide-and-seek, will you?

Among the ruins of the city, there is a game only children can play. It is called “Otokoyo”; a game of hide-and-seek. But whenever children play this game, one by one they would disappear into the blinds of the buildings… The story begins when a boy enters the world of Otokoyo, to find his missing sister.

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Nichijou ~ Has KyoAni Come Up With a Great Series Again?

In my rush to get out my thoughts about the latest episode of Mawaru Penguindrum, I completely forgot to mention some minor changes to my site. First, you’ll notice that I’ve added four new banners in addition to two older banners to my site since they were just too good and very fitting of my site to pass up. You’ll also notice that I’ve changed the Flickr widget, so now you can conveniently view my photos in a slideshow without having to go straight to my Flickr photostream (I finally found a way to get around the wordpress.com no-Flash-allowed policy). I’ll admit that I haven’t been able to take more photos lately due to college, but this is still a nice change for my site. Also, I’ve updated my Recommendations, this time adding a separate page for anime movies and OVAs. Check it out if you’d like. Links have also been updated as well, with the addition of some new and veteran blogs that I have been very fortunate to discover! So with all the update announcements done and over with, it’s time to move onto another series up for review (albeit admittedly late…).

Nichijou opening title

Next up in a series of seasonal anime finales, we now turn to Nichijou, a comedy, slice-of-life, school-life anime produced by famed Kyoto Animation. Nichijou is actually a difficult series to describe fully, as it has so many various wacky, random comedic acts. But at the core of the series, it focuses on the characters, most notably Aioi Yuuko, Naganohara Mio, Minakami Mai, Shinonome Nano, Professor, and Sakamoto.

While the title suggests a story of simple, everyday school life, the contents are more the opposite. The setting is a strange school where you may see the principal wrestle a deer or a robot’s arm hide a rollcake. However there are still normal stories, like making a card castle or taking a test you didn’t study for.

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Ikoku Meiro no Croisée ~ A Tale of a Fragrant Flower in a Garden of Iron & Glass

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

With the days counting down for the Summer Season 2011 anime series, there are naturally several ending shows that will surely be missed. One of these anime series which I will miss is Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, where, amidst the iron and glass garden that is the Galerie du Roy, there is a fragrant flower that can be found there, and it is a young Japanese girl, Yune.

The story takes place in the second half of the 19th century, as Japanese culture gains popularity in the West. A young Japanese girl, Yune, accompanies a French traveller, Oscar, on his journey back to France, and offers to help at the family’s ironwork shop in Paris. Oscar’s nephew and shop-owner Claude reluctantly accepts to take care of Yune, and we learn how those two, who have so little in common, get to understand each other and live together in the Paris of the 1800s.

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REDLINE ~ Heart-pounding Wild Action! Also, a Tale of One Man’s Romance…

REDLINE

Last Friday night, after some thinking and consideration (plus I didn’t feel like trying to catch up with the current series since they just didn’t fit the mood for me, which was dark late night), I finally decided to watch REDLINE to see what all the hype was about. I know that this is late, but better late than never. One word to describe my experience: wild, scintillating, exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping, awesome action! Ok, that was actually six (or seven?) words, but one word just doesn’t do justice enough to describe this amazing, beautiful, visual movie.

Redline is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car – all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee – but will she prove his undoing, or can a high-speed romance survive a mass destruction race?

MASSIVE SPOILER WARNING! As this is a review on a movie (particularly one that has become one of my top favorite movies of all time), this post will be longer than usual, chockfull with pictures, filled with spoilers, and plenty of my impressions and thoughts. So, my recommendation and advice for watching this movie for those who shall stop here for fear of being spoiled, go into this movie with the intent of just purely enjoying the entertainment. No need to over-analyze anything the first time watching this movie. It’s awesome. Go. Watch it now if you haven’t yet. Then come back when you’re finished and read on ahead for my impressions!

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Azumanga Daioh ~ A Nostalgic, Quirky, Comedy Classic!

After a grueling first week of college classes and business, 7 straight nights of sleeping without a blanket or a pillow (necessitating the use of a beach towel and some sweaters to cover myself, which were uncomfortable), sending my glitchy hearing aids out to be fixed, and the moving-into-dorm process complete, I’m now glad to say that I will finally most likely to be able to have more free time as is custom for a college student. So that’s my update. Moving on.

Azumanga Daioh cast

One of the most well-known comedy anime series, Azumanga Daioh is a comedy classic that aired in 2002, quite a long time ago! As any experienced veteran anime fan will know (like myself), Azumanga Daioh gained a big popularity at its time due to its comedies induced by the multitude of the cast, with several characters with her own strange quirks and unique personality.

Azumanga Daioh is about high school life through the eyes of six girls with unusual personalities: Chiyo (the 10-year-old genius), Osaka (the resident airhead), Sakaki (the shy one prone to cat bites), Tomo (the loose cannon), Yomi (the short-tempered one) and Kagura (the resident jock).

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