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New Anime Series...

April 7th, 2009 (06:48 pm)

So, the new season has begun, and so far, I've seen the following: 07-Ghost, Hagaren (FMA), Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica Crimson S, Phantom - Requiem for the Phantom, Pandora Hearts, and Hanasakeru Seishounen. Thoughts...

Fast-moving first ep with lots of questions brought up early on. Some meh bits, but all in all interesting. I'll be reading the manga for this over the next several days and see how things go from there.

Hagaren (FMA)
Again, very fast-moving first ep. This is supposed to be a remake isn't it? All good so far. Definitely to follow and see how things go.

An old guilty pleasure of mine from a couple years back, and it may well be much the same again this time around. I believe this one's supposed to be a remake of the original Crimson series. A fairly nondescript first ep. Shall see how things develop. The main thing I liked about this series last time around that seems like it'll still be around this time is the music soundtrack. :P

Umm... heavily reminiscent of Noir...? That's the impression I got anyway. Still, not entirely sure I really cared for it or not. Will give it a few more eps before deciding one way or the other.

Pandora Hearts
A bit of an oddball feel to this one. Not sure what to think yet, but I'm intrigued enough to keep going for a few more eps.

Umm...?? ROFL! Reverse harem anime with some pretty stiff voice acting. I watched this on YouTube since FSU was pretty uninterested in pulling this. I'm pretty sure we bought the manga for this years ago along with a number of other Itsuki Natsumi titles (Yakumo Tatsu, Jyu Oh Sei). This is supposed to go for 26 eps by the looks of things. Um... I suspect I'll pass on it. I might go for another ep or two on YouTube, but... I'm not even sure of that much. ^^;

Hmm... any other titles I should check out this season? I'll keep an eye out for other titles, but most likely our viewing list will be settled on pretty soon. ^^;

I really wish I knew where I put that silly first novel for Polyphonica. >.> I finally opened the original series' opening CD maxi. I've only had it for... two years(?) only to never have opened it. *laughs* Still, I really like and liked the music to that series. :P

Otherwise... Grar! FSU bought a 2 lb bag of mini eggs and filled my bowl again today. (Finished it yesterday.) Argh! I can't stop eating them! Help! >.<;;


Posted by: 水野あやめ (nishitamachi)
Posted at: April 8th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)

If you like Adachi Mitsuru's style, check Cross Game (it seems Irino Miyu is in 2 or so title this season...) I like Adachi's storytelling, and try on Cross Game even before I read the manga version ^^;;

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)

Hmm, I don't tend to follow sports-based anime/manga much, but I'll take a peek. Cheers! ^_^

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: April 8th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)

ANN has ongoing updates by 4 reviewers for the Spring season.

I've gotten through some eps raw so far with 4 left to try which cover most of the ones you've listed.

Asura Crying utterly dissed by ANN and it is cliched to the max but has supernatural elements in it and it made me chuckle so will be watching next couple eps (only supposed to be 12-13 eps).

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)

*laughs* I don't think I even noticed that title so I'll take a peek. :P Could prove interesting. ^^;

Posted by: 「彩飄」 (the_firefly)
Posted at: April 8th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Alicia // slipping through my fingers

This season seems fairly slow in terms of interesting series.

But I've enjoyed K-ON, Valkyria Chronicles, Hayate no Gotoku, Asura Cryin' and Pandora Hearts. I'm easily amused though, so I can understand these titles not working for everyone, ;)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)

*laughs* We overlap on only one title. ^^; I stopped watching Hayate after a handful of eps so I never even looked at it this time around. Will take a peek at the other two though. ^_^

Posted by: 「彩飄」 (the_firefly)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Maria // caged bird

I will fully admit that I will watch a lot of crap if my favorite seiyuu are in the series. Makes for some interesting times, ^_^.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 8th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)

If you liked La Corda, then Second Passo is looking to be good.

Have you finished UDDUP?

And you know, if nothing catches your interests... hmmm... IW and GW? You're long overdue. ^_~

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)

I never got into La Corda, so I didn't even look at the continuation. ^^;

I actually haven't gotten beyond the first vol. That manga takes a certain mindset for me to sit down and read. ^^; (Mind you, I've read all of 07-Ghost that I could get my hands on, so that one's quite an easy read. :P )

I think I dread the reading over what was written more than anything. I'm so far into the story that re-acquainting myself with it takes *time*. >.>

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Plot Bunny

You've read 07-Ghost but not finished UDDUP? Ack! Bad Shadow! What am I going to do with you?

I'd give you sympathy on having to re-acquaint yourself, but for some reason, Charlie won't let me. Instead, he's begging me to lend him to you. So, without further ado! *points to icon* =P

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 10th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)

*laughs* Yeah, but, UDDUP takes effort to read. ^^; My brain's seriously turning into sludge this year. It's one of those use it or lose it things, I guess. :P

Ack! Keep that bunny *away* from me! >.<;;

Edited at 2009-04-10 05:36 am (UTC)

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 10th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Plot Bunny

Aww-- no effort at all to read UDDUP. Well, not for me, at any rate.

Eh? Keep him away? Why would I do that?

Edited at 2009-04-10 05:49 am (UTC)

Posted by: wanderingdreamr (wanderingdreamr)
Posted at: April 8th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)

Let's see, I'm trying 07 Ghost, Pandora Hearts, Valkyria Chronicles, the new FMA, Shangri-La and I think that's it. I tried KON but there wasn't enough intelligence in there for me to keep watching. I'm going to be sooo busy this season. Oh, and Pandora Hearts is also based on a manga, I read as much as that and 07 Ghost as I could find before the season which is why I'm trying both.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)

How's Pandora Hearts manga? I haven't read it at all, but at the same time, I wasn't so intrigued as to track it down. Mind you, it's oddball enough that it might be worth it just for whatever else might be included in the story there compared to the anime. ^^;

Posted by: wanderingdreamr (wanderingdreamr)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)

Let's see, I've only found to the beginning of volume three (volume eight just came out) and I liked it more than I thought. I thought that it would place too much emphasis on the similarities to Alice in Wonderland (is it just me or do the Japanese have an obsession with that book?) but it seemed to be moving in a more overall gothic direction. I also liked the characters a lot, the art was decent (aka, the artist didn't go overboard with the screentones) so I'll be buying it when the volumes come out stateside. I'll be waiting awhile though, the first one is being released until Decemeber.

Posted by: 13sugars (thirteensugars)
Posted at: April 10th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)

So far, and maybe because I'm quite weird too, I'm finding Ristorante Paradiso to be the most appealing anime this Spring has to offer. However, I don't doubt that this anime show would probably bore most people. To me, it gives off such a simple and calming vibe to the audience, and the characters' colors piqued my interest so much, especially Nicoletta and Claudio. In my opinion, the first & second episodes are worth the watch, so you might want to try it and see for yourself. ^^

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