Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Clannad


Clannad is one of those shows that I love and hate at the same time because sometimes I feel like; OH MY GOD, THIS IS AMAZING! and other times I have a disappointing feeling like; really?
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 This show revolves around the lives of Tomoya and Nagisa (and an assortment of other people such as friends, family, and landlords) and I get that there supposed to be all "hormonal" with "impaired judgement" along with  having "rough teenage lives" but some of the reasoning that goes on in their head really does not make sense (in my opinion.  If any of you found Clannad to be an emotionally powerful story I don't mean to say that that sounds silly.)


So the main main character's name is Tomoya Okazaki who, of course, as most anime TV shows that revolve around a guy character do, has all the girls fighting over him, and he's a delinquent.  His mother died when he was young and since then his father became an abusive alcoholic.  Unlike Tomoya's family life, Nagisa Furukawa, the main female character of the story, has a loving mother and father who both have stable jobs, yet somehow the writers of the show occasionally try and make you feel sorry for her and her troubles of which I will not describe so as not to spoil anything.  So while some "drama" goes on in her life other characters have to deal with suicidal siblings, living on their own, recently deceased relatives, and family members who are in a coma.  It seems the writers try to milk a little too much sadness out of the show.  Every character has some sort of tragic past or tragedy they are currently dealing with.

There was also this added bit of sci-fi/fantasy stuff in the story which I never quite understood the importance of but I was told is was all explained in the series Clannad After Story.  I have yet to start watching Clannad After Story because I've heard the story just gets sadder and I don't need to watch anymore of that.

Unfortunately Clannad is one of those shows where it doesn't get much better as it goes on.  I really enjoyed the first part of the series where it was all about Tomoya and Nagisa helping a little ghost girl named Fuko convince her older sister not to postpone her wedding any longer.  Fuko's older sister was the only family she had left and when Fuko was hospitalized because of a severe accident sending her into a coma the older sister decided to postpone the wedding she had planned (and what I mean by postpone is it didn't seem like it was going to happen at all unless there was an intervention.)  Here's the catch, even though most other people can see Fuko, her older sister CAN'T so there's a serious problem in successfully convincing her to marry her boyfriend.  I enjoyed all those episodes, but once that was resolved the show went downhill.

Sorry for the lack of pictures, I got inserting pictures into posts all figured out for the Mushi-shi and Death Note posts but I lost the mojo about the time of the Ghost in the Shell post.  Not to worry though, I will regain the skill for the next post through many a trial-and-error.  Also, I couldn't find a good clip to summarize or portray the overall feel of Clannad, though there are many good scenes.  This is a shit post, I know.  (I just now reviewed this post and fixed all the grammar errors, hopefully.  There were a crap ton.)







Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ghost in the Shell

So I've written about my favorite anime TV show (Mushi-shi), I've written about my favorite manga series (Bleach), now I shall write about my favorite anime movie; Ghost in the Shell.
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Not much can be said about this movie without revealing its plot, and the plot itself is so complicated I don't think I could properly describe it.  I had to watch the movie three times before I understood its entire plot; there are many pieces to the story, and the film itself is not long so viewers really have to pay attention to every detail.

So here's the world the story revolves around: It's 2029, and most of the world's human population is cybernetic, augmented with inorganic brain cells and for the government workers, almost the entire body is replaced leaving only a few organic brain cells.  Computer hacking is now an all new kind of threat, a person's brain can be hacked through the connection from their inorganic brain cells to the Net, and currently there is an infamous hacker named the Puppet Master who's hacked many brains and taken control of them.  The Puppet Master's reasons are unknown, all that matters is he (or she) must be stopped!



This movie Ghost in the Shell was based off the manga series done by Masamune Shirow.  I picked up a volume and I remembered being vaguely disappointed.  The manga series seemed to have attempted comedic relief, the very thing that stopped me from continuing to read Death Note, for it was, in my mind, out of place.  I think the director of the movie understood that for every moment in the movie is dead serious, not necessarily tense or dramatic, but there's no comedy whatsoever.  I feel the lack of humor enhances the experience of the movie.

As always here is a clip: Ghost in the Shell Inception Style Trailer.  I'm not sure the trailer gives an accurate depiction of the movie; being an action film, it is very slow paced which I did not pick up from the trailer so I have added another clip which I think is a better portrayal of the movie: Ghost in the Shell My favorite scene.  I have to agree with the title of the video, this scene is amazing (it gives me the chills).

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Death Note

This week's post will be about the anime show and manga series Death Note.

My favorite anime show and manga series has changed countless times over the years I've spent looking at all the available material, and even though my favorite anime series is Mushi-shi, and my favorite manga series is Bleach, Death Note vol. 1 is the best manga book I have ever read.

Death Note has one of the coolest background and set up ever, but the way in which the author decides to proceed with the story gets a little odd after a few volumes/episodes.  In the world of Death Note, there are immortal beings called shinigami, or death gods (grim reapers).  The key to a shinigami's immortality is their death note(books).  There are many rules and limits to what a death note can do, but basically the bearer of the death note (shinigami or human) writes the name of another person (can't be a shinigami) in the notebook and that person dies within forty seconds of a heart attack if there is no description put in to the notebook as to how the person will die.  Shinigami have an added bonus when they use the death note; whoever they kill with their notebook, the shinigami gain that many years the human would have lived added to their own life span.

Here's where the fun starts to begin.  If a death note of a shinigami is lost and picked up by a human, the shinigami is required to meet up with the human who has gained possession of their death note and stay with them until their death.  Now, the story of Death Note starts with a unique shinigami named Ryuk
who is tired of staying idle in the shinigami world where all shinigami there ever do is meaningless gambling. What Ryuk does is purposefully drops his death note where it is picked up by an ultra star student in Japan named Light Yagami.  He, too, is bored of his easy life down on Earth, but when he picks up the death note and reads the terms and conditions of it, which Ryuk so kindly articulated for any human who would pick it up, he tests the note book's power on a gang member named Shibutaku who attempts to abduct (and most likely abuse) a young woman off the streets right in front of him.  The results are much to his satisfaction as he specified for Shibutaku to die in a car accident within forty seconds (since he did not bother to specify what time) and a shuttle bus rams into Shibutaku.

Now with his new found power and shinigami who helps him understand the death note better, Light Yagami is determined to rid the world of evil and be known throughout the world as Kira, which comes from the word killer.
Light begins writing down the names of all of the worst criminals in Japan in the death note, and instantly the police have what appears to be a serial killer in their hands.  As the police are getting nowhere in their investigation, having hardly any evidence to work off of whatsoever, the police force turns their case over to a renowned private consultant named L, no one knows his real name.  From then on the story takes on a detective theme where the head of the Japanese National Police Agency (ironically Light's father) and L try and track down Kira with little to no success.

And once that's begun, the author decides to add something I don't agree with.  He added yet another human with a death note.  I thought it was cool, Light being a special case, one of the few humans in history to have acquired a death note.  Also, Light and L eventually meet up and become what you could consider as buddies, L not knowing that Light is actually Kira, and there's this whole new element of somewhat perverted humor which didn't sit well with me.  I was enjoying the seriousness of Kira trying to rid the world of evil and the manhunt that ensued as a result.  But then the author tries to make light of the situation.

Ah well, you can't ever ask for too much.  I've decided to leave a clip for every show I do a review on so here's a Death Note clip: Death Note Potato Chip.  This is the only funny scene in Death Note I actually appreciate because it's just so odd.  I should also note that before you watch the clip, be aware that only the human who comes into possession of a shinigami's death note can see and hear that shinigami.  Also, L has a sneaking suspicion that whoever Kira is is operating inside the police force so the force has set up cameras in all the rooms of all the houses owned by members of the police force.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pani Poni Dash

Probably Pani Poni Dash is the weirdest show I have ever seen, EVER.  It could be seen as sketch comedy, but not quite because there is at least one tiny thread of a story connecting what seem to be unrelated events for each episode.

The over arching story line is that a ten year old genius girl, Rebecca Miyamoto, is currently teaching a high school class.  Most of the characters are girls, in fact I can only think of three or four possibly male characters.  One I know for sure is a male student, and the other is a talking male cat who claims he's God, and there's also a talking rabbit and lizard whose sex I am unsure of.  There's also these group of aliens monitoring the actions of Rebecca Miyamoto who very occasionally actually do something.  From here the story vary roughly revolves around the mishappenings on school campus and field trips, the rabbit complains a lot how it doesn't have thumbs and the cat keeps doing very strange "Goddy" things and I believe the class representative Ichijo dabbles in black magic.  Here are some strange photos that I think are an accurate depiction of the show:



I may have not given a very accurate description as I have only seen something like four or five episodes, but that's because the events a too sporadic for me to care too much for them.  What I've seen, I've enjoyed, but I'm not even sure how many episodes there are too see.  It's a very weird show, I suggest watching just like a little trailer.  Pani Poni Dash is kind of show that someone either finds funny or really annoying so I suggest watching little clip to find out for yourself whether you like or not: Lord Cat in the Vending Machine.