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…).
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.
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.
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).
Hello, everyone. Next up for review is an old series famous for its transient themes and having strong artistic directions with those of the beat and jazz movement of the 1930s-1940s and the rock era of the 1950s-1970s in America. It’s the old classic, Cowboy Bebop (1998). Synopsis is as follows:
Enter a world in the distant future, where Bounty Hunters roam the solar system. Spike and Jet, bounty hunting partners, set out on journeys in an ever struggling effort to win bounty rewards to survive. While traveling, they meet up with other very unique people. Could Faye, the beautiful and ridiculously poor gambler, Edward, the computer genius, and Ein, the engineered smart dog be good additions to the group?
Jet Black, Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, & Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV
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.
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.
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!