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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-10-24 18:34
Subject:Miyazaki Movies on TCM
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Taken from the Anime News Network website:

11 Miyazaki Movies on Turner Classic Movies in January
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Turner Classic Movies will be airing nine movies by Hayao Miyazaki in January.

The full list of movies will be posted here next week, but ICv2 reports that Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, and Whisper of the Heart will be among those aired (While Miyazaki did not direct Whisper of the Heart, he did write the screenplay).

Turner Classic Movies usually airs foreign movies in their original language, with English subtitles, however confirmation that this will be the case for the Miyazaki movies will not be available until later.


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-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-09-23 13:19
Subject:Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai - End
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Alright, so today I watched the last 4 episodes of Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai. After all the perverted humor, after all the "wait... is this alright?" nudity, I can say that this show turned out to be very well done.

Of the review sites I frequent, 2 of them gave this poor reviews. As for the other 2, well, they haven't gotten around to this one yet, I guess. lol They cite first and foremost the ruining of a story concept with ecchi humor. In regards to that, I do have to say that changing a character here (Jennifer - the resident drunk/fanservice whore), some camera angles there (okay... it's a hot springs. You don't have to take the angle UNDER the water -_-), and changing some scenes around a little bit (When Hikari and Akari, the two otherworldly beings, get fitted for their clothes - measurements are taken in person... and the camera is there for it! These two scenes are probably the ones that made me wonder the most whether I could take this show or not.) would make this anime more palatable to me, bordering on perfect.

However, story-wise, I think this anime succeeded very well. There were things developing beneath the surface the whole time to connect the beginning to the end, and the pacing of the relationship between Takeru and Hikari was handled very well. A little melodramatic at times, but brilliant nonetheless. All of the main characters possessed a high level of maturity, and there was a sense of realism and honesty there that not a lot of anime possess. It was for these moments that I watched, the ones where the humanity and depth of the main characters shone through.

In fact, it was this depth and maturity of character that allowed me to see that the use of nudity in this show was mostly not for the sake of fanservice. If Takeru or Ryou (Akari's guy... I guess. lol Though he's more like her father.) would have responded like the perverted classmates they had when they met Hikari and Akari, I wouldn't have been able to stand this show. But from episode one, when a naked Hikari falls from a tree into Takeru's arms, and the first thing he does is cover her up with his coat, I knew there was something different here.

I think Gainax has really outdone themselves with this one. I didn't really like Eva that much, thought it was a little too deep. This one doesn't try to dupe you with symbolism, it doesn't try to confuse you with randomness like FLCL. This is a serious story that unfolded smoothly, though there were a couple bumps that kept it from being the perfect anime, it was still very solid in my book.

An intriguing beginning, an - entertaining? lol - middle, and a captivating, thematically driven, emotional ending. Yeah. This one's up there.

There ya have it,
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-09-22 13:01
Subject:Anime update 9/22
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Alright - it's been awhile, so here ya go!

Ultra Maniac (ep 8)- Still fighting the good magical-girl fight. It's starting to descend into episodicness, but we'll see if that'll last long. A few children have been introduced... by "children" I mean three little kids sent to muck up the system and try to be cute at the same time.... Now, I like shojo, don't get me wrong, but I am still human. I have my limits.

Legend of DUO (eps 11+12)- Shinsen finally put out the last two episodes. These almost make the whole thing not worth it. There's nothing much here... anticlimacticness, non-animation... The story seems to rush to its finish and I can only hope, for the sake of this thing's quality as a work of anime, that it's more like a series of previews to something greater, both to a remake as well as a prequel, and the ending leaves it wide open for a sequel as well. This is assuming that episode 12 is the end... and I really don't know if it is or not.

Kono Minikuku wo Utsukushii Sekai (eps 5-7) - This has been the best and worst of this series. I can see where people are getting the too-much-fanservice bent on it here, thanks to a hot springs scene that got a little too creative with the camera angles (for me, though I also know this was made for a Japanese audience who probably doesn't mind such things so much anyway). The level of fanservice has jumped up quite a bit, and thankfully, for most of ep. 7, it was toned down. I like the show quite a bit, I just wish it wasn't as fanservicy as it is. Most people, of course, aren't bothered by this at all, so I should mention that I really like the plot as well, and the characters have been consistent. The show still looks good, its just done a couple things (as I've mentioned) that I find a little unsettling.

Narutaru (7/13)- I've decided to drop this one. I'm getting the same vibe as I did from Full Metal Panic - If I stick around until the halfway point and still don't like it, I'll figure out I'm just wasting my time.

Weiss Kreuz TV (3 eps)- Okay, now this is gonna be a touchy one, I'm sure. I'm three episodes in, and I've gotta say, I've seen better, but I've seen worse. It's a pretty average show so far, and at least I'm interested enough to keep watching this one. Premise is a little... off, but the show seems to carry itself well. For those who don't know, this is about four guys who run a flower shop as a front for the assassin organization they belong to. Yeah. Go figure. lol

And as a final note:

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

......*faints* BUY THIS AND WATCH IT!!! If you haven't played the game, any good fangirl will unwittingly spill all the spoilers for you so you should be able to watch it no problem! ^_- lol *shrugs* hey, it worked for me, alright? Oh yeah, and I'll reiterate: buy this when it's released in America. It's worth it.

There ya have it,
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-09-18 19:25
Subject:From the Anime News Network on Adult Swim
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I listened to an audio interview they linked to at www.gatv.tv, and I found out some stuff...

1) The first few episodes of Eva should be able to air unedited on Adult Swim. As for the later episodes, time will tell.

2) AS has finally been given permission to air TV-MA material, so it looks like there will be quite a few less cuts from here on out.

3) They've got some show up their sleeve that they're NOT talking about. This interview was done after the announcement of the possibility of a subtitled anime, and the lady in the interview said that the ace in the hole and the possible subtitled anime are one in the same. It can't be Bobobo... they've already announced that. I really don't know what it could be, and I saw some speculation somewhere... but I forgot it. lol

Well, just thought I'd ramble on a bit.
-Miki

P.S. - www.animenewsnetwork.com - These guys put up a lot of anime news articles. I mean... it's in their stinkin' web address after all. Check 'em out.

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-09-09 11:43
Subject:Anime update!!!
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Legend of DUO - Finished watching the 10 episodes I had dled. Didn't take very long. XD The story stayed good, and I wish the fansubbers would translate more of it, but the group that has it decided to place the project on hold. >.< Blasted fansubbers.

Ultra Maniac - The focus on the shoujo elements of the show have been placed on the back burner in favor of more episodic plotlines. However, this is not to say that the episodes aren't enjoyable. This is still a fun, though rather cute, series. Watched through episode 7.

Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai (and I spelled that without looking, mind you. XD Don't know if it's right or not.) - Watched through episode 3 now. Episode two could very well be considered ecchi, and I'm pretty sure that what happened in that regard in that episode was pure fanservice, but it was still treated in a very innocent light (Hikari... light.... *stifles laughter*) <.< Anyway, there was none in episode three, at least not that the viewer could see. This series so far has been not that bad. I'm wondering where people are getting their low, ecchi-fied opinion of this. I guess I'll have to see.

Shadow Star Narutaru - Watched through episode 5. I don't know if I posted my litle rambling about this show before.... Anywho, at Otakon, Central Park was hyping this show quite a bit. It was the main feature on their preview DVD, so I decided to go and see what all the fuss was about. It's just now starting to get really interesting, but something about each episode just seems to lag, in a rather unfulfilling sort of way.

Eyeshield 21 - Watched episode 1. Here we have a football anime. American football, that is. So far it looks like it's going to develop like the usual sports anime. *shrugs* Nothing new that I can see so far, just that if you're a football fan as well as an otaku, I'm sure this is the kind of anime you'd like to see. It's pretty average so far, overall.

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There ya have it!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-09-06 13:56
Subject:Checkin' out some new stuff
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Wow.... it's been awhile since our last post, ne?

I've posted these little mini-reviews on my LJ already... Nobi has effectively prodded me to (well... I volunteered and she let me XD) post them here as well.
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Vampire Princess Miyu (OVA) - Gotta say it's one of the best 80's anime I've seen. It was really solid storywise and looked nice for its age. I must say, however, that the ending was left rather unresolved. Not in a bad sort of way, but it definitely leaves itself open for the TV series. But if that doesn't complete the plotline, I'll probably be a little upset.

Some other rather good 80s anime are Rumiko Takahashi's "Laughing Target," if you can get your hands on that, and "Gundam 0080."
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I tried watching this shojo-ish anime called "With You ~Mitsumeteitai~" Yeah. Halfway through the first episode (of 2) I had to stop. Too girly. Now, I don't mean in the melodramatic sense, I mean in the "OMFG I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN YEARS SO I'M GOING TO TAKE YOUR HANDS AND WE'RE GOING TO JUMP UP AND DOWN SQUEALING FOR AN ENTIRE MINUTE!!!!" sort of way. Yeah. That's done. I think they said that this anime was based on a bishoujo game, and yeah. That genre's started on a bad foot.
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Ultra Maniac - I've watched 4 episodes of this one so far. This is the magical girl show from the writer of Marmalade Boy. The shoujo drama here is exactly what I'd expect from Wataru Yoshizumi, and that's not a bad thing. So far there has only been one kiss (an improvement from the near 1 kiss/episode ratio from MB)and they spent about 5 seconds on it (an improvement from the near 2 minutes/kiss in the first episode of MB), so the melo-ness of the drama has been reduced quite a bit.

And a key difference here from the usual magical girl show! Sure, there's a transformation sequence, and sure, so far it's been in each episode, but hey, it happens at different points in the show (beginning, middle, end) and Nina (the magical girl) uses different magic each time, although I'm sure she'll be using some spells more than once.

Ah, shoujo anime. It's good to be back. lol
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Kamichu - (1 episode so far)

After watching the first episode, I'm rather intrigued. This series is about a girl who, visited by gods one night, becomes a god herself. The only problem is... she doesn't know what her powers are or how to use them (at least at this point).

The animation in this show is interesting for some reason. I think there's just a lot more movement, though it looks a little jerky, than anime usually has. The soundtrack so far has been quite amazing as well.

I am certainly interested, and the next 4 episodes are on my torrent list.
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Legend of DUO - (6 episodes so far)

(after episode 1) - Not much can be gleaned from the first 5-minute episode, but what I have so far is that there's this legendary vampire named Duo (imagine that...) and if people can get some of his/her blood, or the blood of other vampires, they will be able to live forever, which is a problem considering that humans are dying left and right (as far as I can tell). Another vampire, whose name I don't think I noticed, is also searching for Duo because he/she is the one who turned him.

The art for this is really good, the animation smooth and character designs appealing. I am also intrigued because I think, if I'm not mistaken, I could pwn the main character in cosplay. XD Though that would be an uber-hard costume to pull off @.@

The story shows a lot of promise, too, and I look forward to watching more of this one. 10 episodes are available for torrent as of right now.

(after the next 5) - The animation, I have noticed, is smooth mostly because it has little to no motion at all! Technically speaking, it's all just repeated frames, and, as a forum I visited noted, the only things that move, mostly, are the mouth and eyes! Still, the story has me interested and I'm still dling this one. Looks like it's moving into the realm of shonen-ai, but so far it's been kept really low-key. This series has been spending most of its time on Duo and Zeig (the main character vampire) and flashbacks showing their past.
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MAR (Marchen Awakens Romance) - (1 episode so far)

This show is about a kid who dreams of a magical world, and somehow, he is given the chance to actually go there. He suddenly becomes much stronger than he used to be and gains perfect 20/20 vision. He quickly meets a sorceress who wants to use him to get a rare ARM, items that contain powers (attacks, weapons, guardians, etc.) both good and bad.

This show is definitely a kid's show, and it makes no claim to be anything else. The animation quality is good and the story, though given no explanation and seems to fall into place too conveniently, is still somewhat interesting. The monsters/guardians summoned from the ARMs are rendered in 3-D and look a little out of place with the 2-D characters.

Eh, not quite sure about this one. It was alright, but I'm not sure I'm going to keep dling this one.

Side note: I downloaded this first episode ONLY because MAR is also the name of one of Nobi's cats... my favorite, as a matter of fact. XD
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Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai - (1 episode so far)

Translated, this means something like, "This ugly and beautiful world"

First episode was really good, as expected from Gainax. A little nudity, for those who care, but it, so far, has retained a symbolic, more artistic property that makes it okay, at least for me.

Plot's pretty interesting: two guys see a light split in two and crash, and they follow the one that landed in the forest. It turns out that it is a girl, and she says her name is Hikari. One of the guys gives her his jacket to cover herself (she is naked), and a huge bug-looking monster comes out of the forest and attacks them. Hikari's guardian is injured somehow (i missed that part) and now has a slash on each of his cheeks. Suddenly, they grow and spread throughout his entire body, turning him into a Kusanagi-like (Blue Seed anyone?) fighter with forearms that extend into fin-like weapons, or a drill-looking weapon, and his skin looks like it turns to armor. He proceeds to beat the pants off of this bug (well... not pants, but you get the idea.) and, weakened, transforms back. The bug crawls off to die, and Hikari, in a sudden moment of malevolence when the main character isn't looking, appears to blast the thing into a gajillion tiny pieces.

The review site I wandered to said that from here, the series descends into fanservice and ecchi for the next, oh, 8 or so episodes before an apparently strong finale (through episode 12 or 13... however long it is. lol). I really want to like this series.... alot, so I'll have to give it a chance until it like, offends me or something. I don't know. lol
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Well, there ya have it.
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-07-09 17:17
Subject:The Top of the Heap
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And the drumroll please...

*slaps legs with hands in a rapid fashion*

The Winner Is...Collapse )
There ya have it. Thanks again for watching! I hope you all enjoyed this LONG excursion through my fandom and aren't sick of me. ^^;;
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-07-08 22:15
Subject:The Silver-Medal Movie
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Movie #2 - Castle in the Sky

Summary:

Pazu was working for coal miners when a girl floated down from the sky wearing a glowing green pendant. Her name was Sheeta, and she was on the run from people after that pendant around her neck. Pazu decides to help her, and at the same time go on his own quest for the floating city of Laputa, which his father glimpsed briefly before his death. However, there are pirates after the crystal on the pendant, and someone working for the military wants to use it to find the floating city as well. Who will gain control of the crystal, and what secrets lie in the castle in the sky?

Comments:

This is my favorite Miyazaki movie. I'm not quite sure what puts it above the rest that I've seen, but there's something, darn it. I think it may be that it's the most... normal? world he's made (and that doesn't mean this doesn't have its fair share of fantasy in it). I think it's the most realistic. In any case, the plot is straightforward, though it drags a little in the middle, and not much, and it has a definite conclusion. Can't say whether it's satisfying or not... it will depend on your tastes.

The soundtrack for this, like all of Miyazaki's other movies, as far as I know, was done by Joe Hisaishi, who I place on the same level as John Williams (for those who care about such things), and his soundtracks are consistantly amazing. The characters are likeable if they're supposed to be, and they're hateable if they're supposed to be. There's nothing here to misunderstand.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-07-07 22:29
Subject:The Bronze-Winning Anime Movie!
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Movie #3 - Gundam 0080

Summary:

Alfred Izuruha was an ordinary elementary schoolkid who played war with his friends, and when a mobile suit battle flared up in his colony and the school got destroyed, he and his friends were elated. The boy goes to the crash site of one of the suits and finds its pilot, Bernie, alive. The pilot befriends the boy, and the two of them go on a couple "recon missions" together against the Federation. Time is running out as the Zeon leaders get impatient with the Federation's plans, and now it's up to the Zeon secret force to find and destroy the Federation's Gundam before the Zeons nuke the whole colony.

Comments:

This aired on Cartoon Network and I was shocked to see everything finish in 6 episodes. Then again, after episode 5 there wasn't much else to do. What was really shocking was how compact and awesomely functional this series was. Everything in a good Gundam series is in this, and it isn't rushed at all (like it was in Gundam F-91). Perfect pacing, as well as a perfect ending. There is a very tragic irony in having certain knowledge that the characters don't when the ending unfolds.

This isn't your typical Gundam. It is MUCH more character-based than action based, but don't get me wrong - the fights are AMAZING. The animation quality of this series is incredible, although the character designs look a little sketchy and rough. The music also sticks out a bit; it's a little too 80's for the mood at times (take that as you will. lol).

Full of twists and turns, Gundam 0080 is a show that you won't forget for a long time after you watch it.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-07-06 21:55
Subject:The Countdown Runs Out of Imaginative Steam For its Subject Lines!
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Movie #4 - Kenshin OVA

Summary:

Shinta was a boy without a home after his family was brutally slaughtered by bandits. Rescued by a master swordsman, he is renamed Kenshin Himura, a name more befitting for a swordsman. He is taught how to kill mercilessly and without remorse, and does so, until assassins are cracked down on. Kenshin must go into hiding to protect himself... but for protection, a sword needs a sheath. And someone is betraying the group of assassins, a spy for the Shinsengumi. Who is it, and what will this mean for Kenshin?

Comments:

This anime is beautiful and tragic, as well as bloody as all get out (what a phrase...). An awesome soundtrack, pretty, smooth, animation, a solid plot... This anime does everything right... except comedy. There's really none in it. But it doesn't need it.

This answers one of the great mysteries of fans that have seen only the Kenshin series... just where the crap did he get that scar anyway? The answer comes after a great buildup of suspense and mystery, and it doesn't disappoint. At all. Ever.

Not much else to say here.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-07-05 22:33
Subject:The Countdown Enters the Final Lap
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Movie #5 - X: The Movie

Summary:

The Dragons of Heaven and the Dragons of Earth square off in the ultimate battle for the Earth at the end of time. Each side is led by a "Kamui" that will be their representative in the final stage of the battle. But who's on what side, and even then... who's one of the Dragons and who's not?

Comments:

Lots of people knock this for its quick speed and lack of plot. I, however, feel that this movie was more about the action, and the story that was there was enough to hold the action together in a coherent line, as well as introduce the basic plot of the manga. The characters, sure, they were here and gone, but the action, OH the action. It was beautiful to behold. Lots of cool imagery stuff, lots of blood, lots of violence.

I like to have a balanced anime that makes me think, but a smooth anime that just entertains me is darn good, too, and this falls into that category. Pure action for the action junkie.. or those just looking for one of those stereotypical "uber-violent" anime fixes.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-07-04 21:02
Subject:The Countdown Continues Under a Fireworks Sky
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Movie #6 - Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea

Summary:

Hitomi Kanzaki is a high-school track athlete who just never seemed to make it, and she can't seem to tell the track captain how she feels about him. Her angst develops into a state of nihilistic depression, and a strange man comes to her sharing her pain. She is transported to the land of Gaea where she meets up with Van, Allen, Millerna and the crew as they try to stop the Zaibach Empire from destroying the world. The only problem is - is Hitomi the key that Zaibach needs to complete their mission in the first place?

Comments:

Okay, here we have the first UNRELATED RETELLING of a series. I emphasize that because too many people don't like how different this is from the Escaflowne series. There is a different theme here, different character traits, a TOTALLY different purpose and direction than the original had. It was a breath of fresh air to me, not a rotting, festering pile of anime crap laying on the side of the road.

While the series seemed to exist to tell a story, the Escaflowne movie exists to make a point, and makes full use of the motion picture format to do so. The visuals are extraordinary, the fights are beautiful to watch, the animation is smooth as silk, and the character designs... well, they leave a bit to be desired. The only thing that carried over from the series was the awkwardness of the art. The eyes, which were very rectangular and big, are just so in the movie, only they seemed to be exaggerated to a point where they looked almost... ugly. But, for me, the story and the point shine through in any case.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-07-03 22:12
Subject:The Countdown Dredges Toward the Finish!
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Movie #7 - Oh My Goddess

Summary:

Keiichi was a high school loser... until one day a strange woman came through the mirror in his room! Unable to stay in student housing after the Goddess Belldandy granted his wish for her to be his girlfriend, Keiichi and Belldandy come upon the possession of an old temple, where the pair live together... alone... at least until Belldandy's sisters, Urd and Skuld, join them.

Comments:

Yeah, I just copied and pasted the summary from the series countdown. I'm sure no one really noticed, but that's okay, because really, both that series and this OVA really tell exactly the same story. This OVA manages to take what must have been a lot of material and condensed it down into a well-constructed, entertaining 5-episode series. The characters weren't introduced very well, but eh, their personalities were such that not much was needed. And the main conflict of the series didn't arrive until the final episode, but it was still really nicely done and didn't feel rushed or anything.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-07-02 21:43
Subject:The Countdowns Have One Week Left!
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Movie #8 - Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love

Summary:

The super-bad intergalactic criminal Kain is out to destroy Tenchi's mother by going back in time and killing her before Tenchi was even born! With Washu's technical prowess, she gets the Tenchi crew back in time, but can they stop this evil being before Tenchi disappears from the space-time continuum?

Comments:

For my comments, I can practically copy and paste my comments from the previous movie. This does not belong in any of the previous Tenchi continuities, it just gives the characters something to do in a well-scripted adventure that actually takes time travel and makes a reasonable, not far-fetched use of it. Everyone is consistent with themselves, and the story is very well self-contained... except for the lack of character introduction. It's something to be expected for movies-from-series as far as I can tell. But yes, for those who know little about Tenchi, you probably know enough to enjoy this one to the fullest.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-07-01 22:45
Subject:The Countdown Marches On!
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Movie #9 - CardCaptor Sakura: The Movie (I)

Summary:

Sakura and the rest of the crew wind up in Hong Kong, some by luck and others to return home to family. Things are going well until a woman in Sakura's dreams starts actually hurting her in her sleep, and now it's up to the Cardcaptor to find out what's going on and put an end to it.

Comments:

I was a big fan, and I'm not ashamed to admit it, of this TV show. And yes, I saw it dubbed. I don't know why I liked it, in case you're looking for an explanation, but this was one of those anime I liked before I knew what anime was. It was cool... and had magic in it. And the concept was awesome, though episodic. However, upon learning that the entire series was actually 76 episodes long or something like that, I decided I wanted to find a way to add it to my collection without spending hundreds of dollars.

This movie takes place at some point during the series continuity. I didn't follow it that closely to know. All I do know is that if you have never heard about/seen ANY of this show, this movie is not for you. I bought it because it was like an extended episode, a quality I particularly like in movies of series of which I have seen a large portion. Because of this quality, characters are not introduced very well. It's pretty much assumed that the viewer only watches this because they know what's going on already.

The plot here unwinds very nicely, and feels, as I said, like an extended episode of the series. It develops well, with nothing seeming too rushed or out of place. The animation quality is top-notch, making this movie even better; seeing Sakura kick butt in widescreen and souped-up graphics.

Well, I think that's enough for now.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-06-30 18:12
Subject:The Countdown Falters, But Recovers!
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So yeah... last night involved a lot of me not being at home, so I was unable to update. However, so I finish this thing on time, here are two updates in one!

Movie #11 - Castle of Cagliostro

Summary: Lupin the III is out on what seems like a normal Lupin-esque caper, until he sees a girl dressed like a bride being chased by several unsavory-looking types. He decides to save her, and in the process discovers that he's landed upon one of the biggest treasure troves he's ever encountered! Can he stop the evil Count Cagliostro from marrying this girl against her will and inheriting the girl's fortune?

Comments:

When I see Lupin, I usually run the other way, but with the praise this movie had received from so many people, I had to give it a chance, and I wasn't disappointed.

Here we have some of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki's finest (and what of Miyazaki's isn't fine?) work, with a solid story that develops at a very nice pace, we have the Lupin crew acting their normal selves - Well, except Lupin. He's acting the part of the chivalrous-hero-yet-still-thief in this one, and it's a welcome (to me) departure for him. Guys like him always have their soft spot in them somewhere anyway.

Got another review to write... so on to number ten!



Movie #10 - Princess Mononoke

Summary:

A boar god-turned-demon attacks Ashitaka's village, and his arm is touched by the vile creature and infected. He is forced to leave and find what caused this boar its pain so he could be cured. Along the way he meets

Comments:

Not quite Miyazaki's best, in my opinion, but it's waaay up there. This was the first Miyazaki film I saw, and bought it on VHS a few years back (wow... the pre-DVD player days... that was a LONG time ago, it seems.) when I was still just getting into anime. I was totally impressed with the visuals in this movie: the sweeping landscapes, the imaginative creatures, the nice character designs, the awesome action, the AMAZING soundtrack (I suggest buying it - it's worth every penny. [if you're into anime music]), the solid, smooth story... *falls over*

Great movie. Watch it.

Now. XD

Seriously, though. If I were to make my list of "anime classics," this would be on the list. I think it also serves as a nice piece to show people what anime is like. I've shown this to a few people with... mixed results, but people generally like it and tend to think of anime as less strange when they see it. XD

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-06-28 18:25
Subject:The Second Countdown Rolls On!
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Movie #12 - Ghost in the Shell

Summary:

Major Matoko Kusanagi is a very special agent for Section 9 of the Tokyo police. She is an android, like many other members of the Section, and this lends her capabilities far beyond those of normal humans.

When some fishy business starts happening in the secret places of the Japanese government, another android, known as "The Puppet Master" curiously seems to turn itself in to Section 9. What are its motives? And just how human is the Major, and the other androids for that matter?

Comments:

In my opinion, this is the best of the three anime "classics" recommended to me when I started getting really serious into anime, the others being "Akira" (which was waaaay too condensed and confusing to be truly good) and "Ninja Scroll" (anyone who knows me and has seen this should know why.). Ghost in the Shell had quite a bit of detailed nudity, to be sure, but it was all non-sexual (for one) and there was some logic behind it. Mind you, I'm not saying that this makes it right to me, just tolerable.

The animation quality is absolutely amazing, and the soundtrack is very well-composed. The plot unravels at a very satisfying pace, and the theme and symbolism of several things are well-developed and weren't over my head @.@

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-06-27 18:07
Subject:Every Journey of 14 steps must start with the first... 2?
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Movie #13 - Interstella 5555

Summary:

A blue-skinned alien rock group is abducted by an entertainment mogul with world-domination ambitions and he makes them human, erases their memories, and turns them into the next big thing on Earth. Will they ever realize who they are, can they stop the mogul's plans, and will they ever be able to make it back home?

Comments:

This is the movie Daft Punk had made to match up with their album "Discovery." It plays out like an album with pictures, a continuous line of music videos with little to no break inbetween songs. The plot is solid and flows very smoothly from song to song. There is absolutely no dialogue in this movie outside of the songs, and it functions incredibly well that way. That really sets this movie apart and makes it more incredible.

The first four videos were featured on Cartoon Network a couple years ago, which led me to buy the album, and then led me to wait for this movie with bated breath. I wasn't disappointed.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-06-26 22:26
Subject:Phase 2 of the Countdown Begins!
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Movie #14 - Perfect Blue

Summary:

Life as a pop music idol for Mima wasn't enough for her, and she started expanding her horizons into photoshoots and acting. However, life isn't all fun and games for this pop princess. A website on the internet starts updating with intricate details about her life that no one could ever know, and people involved in her projects start getting killed off. Who could be doing this? Is Mima going insane and doing all this herself?

Comments:

I don't own this movie. I probably won't. It's got too much nudity for my tastes. However, all of it is nudity with a purpose, a very clear, significant purpose to the plot and the theme of this movie. This story is told incredibly well, with a few really well-played twists that kept me guessing the whole time. There is also a live-action version of this movie, by the way (which I have never seen), and I'm pretty sure this was a novel first (which I have not read... but I'd really like to.).

If nudity and strong violence don't bother you, you WILL enjoy this movie. I can all but guarantee it.

Not much else to say about this one.

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
-Miki

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Poster:kirbywarrior1
Date:2005-06-25 14:22
Subject:And the Winner Is.......
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*drumroll.....*Collapse )

There ya have it. Thanks for watching!
And look forward to my movie countdown starting tomorrow!
-Miki

(To clarify myself - when I say "movie" I mean feature film OR short (5-6 episodes) OVA, just short enough that it could be watched in one 3 hour sitting.)

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