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October 6th, 2008 (11:34 pm)
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A number of titles FSU and I have been followed ended last week. Namely, Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo, Natsume Yuujinchou, and Nabari no Ou. Thankfully, Natsume will be continuing in... January was it? In any case, it will be back next season-ish.

Of the new titles this season, so far I've managed to watch Hakushaku to Yousei, Kuroshitsuji, Shikabane Hime, Yozakura Quartet, Skip Beat!, and VK Guilty. Of these...

Hakushaku to Yousei
This was *so* cliche in some aspects it had made staring at the monitor in mild, bemused shock and horror. ^^;; However, the story concept behind the anime has me curious enough that I'm willing to give it another ep or two before running for the hills dying of laughter. ^^; The story's based on a Cobalt Bunko novel series, so... It could be pretty shoujo-esque. ^^;

......? This... was strange. I'm not quite sure what to make of this title from the first ep. It's pretty dark in some ways and yet has a bizarre humour to it as well. Not sure about this one yet either. I had debated picking up a vol or two of the manga but am not sure. Maybe I'll look into that aspect more online...

Shikabane Hime
Might be interesting...? Some weirdness, but so far it has piqued my interest mildly. I think I'll follow a bit more of this one before deciding yea or nay.

Yozakura Quartet
Not sure about this one at all. This one neither grabbed me, nor turned me off. Sort of an 'is there' impression so far. Maybe watch another ep or two before deciding. (I seem to be doing that quite a bit here...)

Skip Beat!
Hmm... I'll admit, I wasn't sure what to expect of this, and the anime has strengthened that thought. Quite frankly, if I didn't know how I reacted and felt about the manga, I wouldn't have made it beyond 5 mins for this anime. (I didn't get into the manga until ~vol 2 or 3.) The anime seems to be staying true to the manga so far, and has all the strengths/weaknesses associated with it. I'm not sure how FSU feels about this anime, but if it doesn't get better quickly, I may well skip this one.

VK Guilty
Yay! The continuation to VK~! :P It seems to be keeping in line with the previous season and seems to be staying true to the manga storyline. Can't wait until we get further into the this story arc. This is definitely on my watch list for now. ^o^

Otherwise, I also watched Galileo φ (a special) which was apparently released on the same day as the new movie. I wish I could see the movie. *sigh* Shall wait and see what comes up for that one. ^^; The special wasn't bad overall; it had it's moments. However, Dr. Yuukawa wasn't in it at all. >.>

And lastly, I *just* got my test voucher for JLPT. York U is literally doing everything electronically--it was sent by e-mail. I'll have to remember to print it out later. ^^;


Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: October 7th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)

I was going to mention Kuroshitsuji! I loved it! You're right though, it is pretty grim and has a very strange humor.

I haven't watched the first episode of Skip Beat, yet. It took me such a long time just to get into the manga, but I love it.

I'm waiting for VK Guilty. I've heard it's excellent ^_^

I promise I haven't forgotten the email you've sent. I've just been insanely busy and sick! Thanks to whomever gave me that bug. It's not been fun. ~_~

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 8th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)

Yeah, I like Skip Beat manga *now*, but like you, it took me time to get into the series. FSU apparently didn't last 5sec beyond the intro. ^^;; I think this is one of those times when you wish they addressed the weaknesses of the intro to the series and tried to make it better in the anime. :P

I'm already waiting for VKG2, so... ^^;; *sigh* Here we go with the 'will one week go by already?!' again... Of course, I really won't want time to go by that quickly once Nov.'s here. :P

WRT the email: no worries. Just be careful once we get closer to Nov. I'll be getting on your case more as we get into NaNo. :P (Do you have any exams/papers or anything else I should know about happening in Nov.?) Hope you get over that bug soon! >.<;; Likewise, hopefully this means you won't catch anything come Nov. ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: October 8th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
Cabana boys--Ghost Hunt

I want Shouko-Dan to finally have the first episode of VK Guilty out. I downloaded the RAW and understood why horrible raws calls themselves that. Poor quality all around. *sigh*

XD I'll be getting on your case and dazi_rani's. Y'all won't have time to breathe. I think I've dropped the idea of someone being possessed. The plot evolved once again-- Charlie's one time of usefulness, I suppose and having someone tormented/possessed won't work. Not to say I don't have evil things planned. ^_^ Exams or papers? I'll get back to you on the virtual team assignment that my Comm 394 class is expecting of me. My CMC&Me assignment-- for some reason, I still don't know what CMC stands for-- is due later this month. So no worries on that.

Here's to neither of us getting sick. Stupid stomach bug. I'm over it now but it took two days. Two days of misery, I tell you. ^_^ Thanks for the well wishes. *shakes fist at stomach bug*

I'm curious about the songs Skip Beat produces. Miyamono has a great voice, so I'm looking forward to that aspect. Of course, if they take ten episodes to reach a point, it's a no-go for me. Bleach is bad enough; Skip Beat doesn't need to do the same.

Edited at 2008-10-08 08:18 am (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)

*laughs* I've heard about Horrible Raws. I've never seen their stuff, but FSU did try DLing one of their things. For some reason, she's never bothered with their torrents since. ^^;

Likewise, I'll be on your case more once NaNo begins. ^_^ Have to love how plots can change without any warning. ^^; Still not sure what I'm doing with mine, but shall see. The main thing is for me not to chicken out and write in English. >.>

Exams, papers... anything that might require you to slow down at some point during NaNo. ^_^

No getting sick and already planning for snacks. :P (Actually not quite yet, but Hallowe'en's on a Friday, so we need to buy more Hallowe'en candy than when it's on a weekday.) Will have to be careful that the snacking doesn't get out of control. ^^;

Shall see with Skip Beat. ^^; As yet, it's not impressing me, but I wasn't impressed with the manga at this point, so I'm not shocked. I'm curious about how the next ep of Hakushaku to Yousei and VK Guilty go. :P

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: October 7th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)

If want something with more comedy and PK powers, Toaru Magijitsu no Index (ok I got that wrong I know) which I hadn't planned on watching I enjoyed the most so far for what I've tried...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 8th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)

I'll have to double check if we've DLed that one or not. Will be sure to check it out. ^_^

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: October 13th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)

Ne, what do you think of Shikabane Hime Aka? I thought it was weird.

Edited at 2008-10-13 06:42 am (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 15th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)

Shikabane Hime's a bit weird, but it still has my attention. ^^;; I probably won't know for sure if we'll keep or drop the series for another ep or so, but so far, it's definitely got our interest here though. ^_^

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