Kuroshitsuji 2nd Season: Yay! Wait, what?

21 06 2009

When it was announced that Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) was getting a second season I squeed in joy, along with the rest of the internet. Then I actually thought about it …

While I’m all for more adventures of Lord Grumpy-Pants and his Über-Butler of doom, how the hell are they going to pull that off with the way the first season ended?

More under the cut – Massive spoilers for the ending of the first season!

How the hell are we going to pull a 2nd season out of our asses?!

How the hell are we going to pull a 2nd season out of our asses?!


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07-Ghost 1-10 aka The Trend continues

14 06 2009

07-Ghost - copyright Yuki Amemiya & Yukino Ichihara, Studio DEEN

07-Ghost - copyright Yuki Amemiya & Yukino Ichihara, Studio DEEN


When I started watching 07-Ghost I was pretty excited about it – the military theme was neat, the visuals were shiny, the characters bishounen … and then it got boring.

From episode 2 to around episode 8 nothing happened.

Seriously, nothing happened. There were mermaids for some reason, and that was about it.

Teito is an action!bishounen for two seconds - copyright Yuki Amemiya & Yukino Ichihara, Studio DEEN

Teito is an action!bishounen for two seconds - copyright Yuki Amemiya & Yukino Ichihara, Studio DEEN

The “daring” escape from the first episode made me think this would be an exciting anime with a unique fighting system, or at the very least a suspenseful cat-and-mouse game with the main bishounen fighting for his life against an all-powerful enemy.

Not so much.

Continued after the cut – contains spoilers! Read the rest of this entry »





I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly Hetalia reminds me of…

22 05 2009

Hetalia! Copyright Hidekaz Himaruya, Studio DEEN

Hetalia! Copyright Hidekaz Himaruya, Studio DEEN


Hetalia: Axis Powers is like this:

You know that guy you knew in high school that was way into History, specifically WW2?
Maybe he was a teacher, maybe Government or Politics or even History, something like that?

He collected WW2 memorabilia in his garage and talked about the decisions that the US made like he was there – even though he’s only 35. He knew every battle, every concentration camp, every army division’s position, every bombing of London, knew the names of the grandkids of the guy who painted the design on Little Boy.

You know that guy?

Hetalia is what would happen if that guy dropped a bunch of acid and totally spaced out – and Korean animators drew everything he saw on his wacked-out trip through history.

And…uh…he knew Japanese, so the whole thing was in Japanese.

That’s what Hetalia reminds me of.





Youtube has left me in despair!

12 05 2009

Here’s some random Youtubery since I haven’t written anything lately!

People making overly dramatic statements has left Sensei in despair!

From Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, which is a crazy anime that is basically a collection of parodies along with shorts that expand on a theme. Usually a word-play of some sort, or taking a common social experience and turning it on its head …

Bizarre humor is bizarre.





Just one hell of a butler … har har (it’s a pun in Japanese, you see)

26 04 2009

My thoughts on Kuroshitsuji, or Black Butler. I had read the first chapter or two of the manga a while back and thought it was pretty amusing (and the artwork was gorgeous) but there wasn’t quite enough to keep me reading. I feel pretty much the same about the anime, though I did really enjoy parts of it!

Sebastian Michaelis - copyright Yana Toboso, A-1 Pictures

Sebastian Michaelis - copyright Yana Toboso, A-1 Pictures

Kuroshitsuji has all the elements of an anime that I generally like, as if it were tailor-made for fans like me. But even knowing this, it still failed to live up to its potential completely and didn’t grab me as much or as quickly as it should.

I’ve used a lot of pictures in this review, so I’ll cut it … also, obviously contains spoilers for all of the series, so read at your own risk! Read the rest of this entry »





Youtubery: Gintama Edition!

20 04 2009

Finally, a Gintama-related post! As this series doesn’t get enough love (and I love to go on about the fact that it doesn’t get enough love), I’ll definitely be posting random Gintama crap. And often.

After the credits of certain episodes, Gintama adds an additional alternate-universe parody called 3rd Year Class Z Ginpachi-sensei (which is a parody of the Japanese Television show 3 nen B gumi Kinpachi-sensei).

This video features Gintoki as Ginpachi-sensei and parodies a certain character’s bad habit from a certain anime which was edited by a certain company. Ok, it’s One Piece and 4Kids.

Sanji’s ridiculous cigarette/lollipop from the 4Kids version of One Piece:

Sanji - smoker or addicted to candy?  Copyright 4Kids ... or now, I guess it's Funimation...

Sanji - smoker or addicted to candy? Copyright 4Kids ... or now, I guess it's Funimation...





Damn, that’s cool! Cowboy Bebop edition

4 04 2009

Cowboy Bebop: The Move copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe

Cowboy Bebop: The Move copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe



The Scene:

Bounty Hunter Spike Spiegel has chased wanted bio-terrorist Vincent from a mysterious military industrial lab onto a skyrail high above Mars and the two confront each other for the first time in a dramatic, violent, adrenaline-pumping gun/fist fight. Spike shows off his impressive Bruce Lee-inspired moves, and is promptly thrown out the train window by equally skilled and genetically enhanced Vincent – I think his emo gives him power, aka the Sasuke effect.
Spike Spiegel - copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe

Spike Spiegel - copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe

Why it’s pretty damn cool:
This scene demonstrates two of the reasons why Cowboy Bebop is Cowboy Bebop (and Keanu Reeves should never ever ever be let anywhere near this anime):
1- Kick-ass fight scenes.
Spike’s movements flow smoothly, as he thoroughly beats on Vincent. Spike has the ability to make an all-out brawl look like an expertly choreographed, incredibly violent dance.
2- Defenestration.
For the non-English majors: being thrown or otherwise ejected out of a window. Spike is thrown out of two windows during the series and survives each one – barely. Both times mark a turning point in Spike’s life/journey – this time Spike learns the connection between him and Vincent, both “dead men”.

Vincent vs Spike - copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe

Vincent vs Spike - copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe


Add an awesomely beautiful and creepy Yoko Kanno soundtrack – and that’s Cowboy Bebop for you.

Watching this damn cool scene again has only reinforced the notion that Keanu Reeves can NOT be let near Cowboy Bebop!! I don’t care how great the script is, not Keanu! I don’t care how great the music or the other actors or the director is – not Keanu!

*ahem*

Anyways, here’s the train scene (real action starts about 2 minutes in):