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Divergent Convergenceby Panadero - August 12, 2014 7:17:45 PM MST
The series included in tonight's update are so dissimilar from each other that the only real thing I can think of that connects them is their very appearance in this update. So let's get started, shall we?
First up, we have the interesting basketball series Hoop Days. Basketball is my favorite sport so I was looking forward to watching my first anime about it, but I came away with mixed feelings. I warmed up to it by the end, but for some reason it didn't dawn on me right away that the same studio who did Initial D did this, given the criminally low budget and reprehensible Eurobeat soundtrack.
Next we have the amazing Infinite Ryvius, a 'hard' sci-fi series about teenagers on a spaceship struggling to stay alive after an attack leaves all the adults dead. The writers covered all the nuances of attempting to keep societal order in the face of varying personalities, external threats, teenage uncertainty, and human nature. To call it 'Lord of the Flies in space' as I've seen it referred to elsewhere does it a disservice. Highly recommended.
Third is Madlax, the second of Bee Train's Girls with Guns trilogy, featuring the intertwining fates of a spacey girl in a peaceful town and the eponymous Madlax, a mercenary living in a war zone. As with El Cazador, I felt it didn't live up to the standard set by Noir, but the second half got me really invested in the characters.
Fourth, we have the cute series Pita Ten about Misha, a nincompoop angel trainee who moves next door to an elementary school boy and immediately grows attached to him. A slice of life comedy with bits of supernatural fun, I became extremely attached to Misha's counterpart Shia, an equally nincompoop trainee demon who is far too sweet to properly do her job.
Lastly, we have the girls from the Vampire Princess Miyu television series to go along with the already included OAV characters. The television series was suitably dark and brooding, with some nice gut-punch conclusions to episodes.
Cute girls abound in these otherwise disparate series and they all deserve votes!
Sizzling Summerby Panadero - July 1, 2014 11:45:57 AM MST
Summer is now in full swing, and being somebody who hates the heat, I'm making the best of it by working on site updates. This holiday week brings thirty eight new characters from six different series to the site. Let's introduce them, shall we?
First we have A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, a series in the 'cute' vein, but hailing from before moe was really a thing, so it was interesting to see how it carried itself. There were times where the art was very off model, but when it looked good, it was effective in conveying the cuteness - particularly the adorable Sugar - and it did a good job of delivering the feels near the end.
Second is Blue Seed, a fun action/drama series from the 90s, with all of the style and conventions from that period. A teenage girl has the power to stop encroaching creatures called Aragami from destroying Japan, but that power may only manifest itself by her becoming a human sacrifice.
Third, we have the moe slice of life series Is the Order a Rabbit?, which actually didn't reel me in until the second episode, but I was hooked afterward. Stuff like this is my drug of choice, and I've been head over heels for Sharo ever since.
Fourth, we have Nanana's Buried Treasure, which could have been an amazing series if it went longer than eleven episodes and didn't consist of at least half a dozen juicy plot points begging to be fully addressed. On a man-made island, a group of individuals attempts to find various powerful treasures and deal with all of the shadowy pasts and shifting loyalties you can throw a stick at - until it ends literally right at a teaser for more. UGH!
Fifth, we have the amazing Nodame Cantabile, about the developing relationship between a musical genius (and all-around jerk) with a dream of becoming a conductor and a misfit piano playing girl with incredible but unpolished skill. The series made me actually care about classical music because of the way it weaved itself around the lead protagonists. Definitely recommended.
Sixth is Yowamushi Pedal, a show I only started watching because my bike-loving friend recommended it to me. The story of a nerdy freshman cajoled into joining the bicycle club when his plans for an anime club fall through clicked pretty quickly for me even though I usually shy away from the standard shounen formula. Now I can't wait until October to start watching season two.
Update wa Pretty Massiveby Panadero - June 8, 2014 6:36:58 PM MST
486 episodes. 10 series. 15 movies. And this update is already technically out of date. This is the reason why I've barely put out any substantial updates for the last seven months. Tonight, I bring you the largest single update the site has ever seen: 101 girls from the Pretty Cure franchise. It's been clear for a while now that Pretty Cure is a license for Toei to print money, and I can understand why: As far as traditional magical girl shows go in this day and age, Pretty Cure is the cream of the crop.
Because a franchise this large deserves an update just as large, I'll list my quick thoughts on each series, as well as my immediate favorite characters and if applicable, 'slow burner' characters which took me a while to fully appreciate.
Pretty Cure/Pretty Cure Max Heart
I really liked the focus on physical brawling with magic only used to finish enemies off. I'm convinced that Nagisa and Honoka are the most physically strong of all the Cures.
Favorite character: Honoka/Cure White (#1 favorite overall)
Slow burner: Hikari/Shiny Luminous
Pretty Cure Splash Star
I get the feeling this was the least popular of all the series, if Saki and Mai's minimal presence in the All Stars movies is anything to go by.
Favorite character: Mai/Cure Egret
Yes! Precure 5/Yes! Precure 5 GoGo!
I fell in love with this cast pretty quickly. It felt like there was a good balance of personalities and the sequel series really added texture to them. I also appreciated the hints (but no more than hints) of potential romance.
Favorite characters: Nozomi/Cure Dream, Urara/Cure Lemonade
Slow burner: Komachi/Cure Mint
The different style and proportions of the girls took a bit of getting used to, but I settled in soon enough. Too bad the cast didn't feel particularly strongly written.
Favorite character: Inori/Cure Pine
Slow burner: Love/Cure Peach
Definitely my favorite series and accompanying movie. I loved the art style and narrative direction they went with, and Erika steals every scene she's in. I have an unhealthy fondness for her.
Favorite character: Erika/Cure Marine (#2 favorite overall)
Slow burner: Tsubomi/Cure Blossom
I only began to truly appreciate this series while I was reflecting on it after having completed it. Hibiki and Kanade's arguments were annoying at the beginning, but I understood the point of them. Hibiki is also the first jock of the entire franchise who is my favorite character in a series.
Favorite character: Hibiki/Cure Melody
Slow burners: Ako, Siren
Just like with the Yes! cast, I immediately liked this set of characters, and in my amateur opinion, they were better written to boot. My taste in characters is even consistent with their color assignments in relation to the Yes! cast.
Favorite characters: Miyuki/Cure Happy, Yayoi/Cure Peace
Slow burner: Nao/Cure March
This series broke the A/B pattern of 'good (A) followed by not quite as good (B)' (with sequels lumped in with originals) for me with a second A. It sometimes felt a little too rushed with story content, but I enjoyed it.
Favorite characters: Rikka/Cure Diamond, Regina
Slow burner: Alice/Cure Rosetta
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