Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Highschool of the Dead

Two of the best things in the world of science fiction and fantasy have recently come together to create a genre of stories, one story being Highschool of the Dead, that anyone who is a fan of either anime or zombies flicks would have high expectations for.  Unfortunately this is another one of those shows that I have very mixed feelings about.
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Knowing my computer some weird shit is bound to eventually appear and thwart with my ability to write good posts but for now, both Google Images and Search are working just fine.

I have been very hesitant to write about this show because I have had very sore reactions to some of the crap I've seen in this story but I've gotten to it now.

So, the main character's name is Takashi Komuro and he is your typical sophomore delinquent; he slaps his girls around, rides a sweet motorcycle, has a criminal record, and somehow manages to attract every fucking girl in the show.  He also ends up leading a group of survivors from his school to defend themselves against the zombies or "them" as they call the infected because of course the writers have to come up with a clever substitute name for zombie.

For starters, I always find sexy shows annoying because they always tease the audience with barely  censored nipples and groins, and this show is particularly raunchy.  It seemed like the writers were going for a dark humored zombie apocalypse story but ended up with a ridiculous combination of bouncing boobs and an attempt at suspense.  No joke, every girl has an F sized bra or bigger.

 Some of the drama and suspense attempted in the show just ends up with a bunch of teenagers yelling at each other and or some serious zombie head bashing with no real threat of any main character dieing because the show has shown that it is unwilling to do such a thing, unlike the Walking Dead which is the best zombie story ever, besides of course for Shaun of the Dead.

I think my biggest criticism of the show is that its a bit sexist at times.  It obviously emphasizes the writers' favored feature of a woman's body throughout the entire thing, and they spewed some shit like every woman wants to be taken advantage of or rescued.  That was in the original Japanese release, maybe the English dub changed that line, I don't know.  But the show doesn't usually take itself seriously so I don't take its sexist comments too seriously.

The show does have at least one strong female lead, Saeko Busijima.  She is a super bad ass swordswoman.  She is elegant and terse, and she eventually reveals a side of herself to Takashi that is a blood lusting murderer which is an interesting twist.

So as this show has many different parts that make a whole (and the theme song sucks) I thought the best clip I could attach to this post was the entire first episode so here it is: Highschool of the Dead Episode 1 English Dubbed.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Squid Girl

So here's what I've concluded about the picture dilemma that keeps coming up, just expect every third post to have little to no pictures.  It really depends on whether Google Chrome wants to cooperate and properly save pictures into my folders the days I decide to write.  Oh, and this week's post is about Squid Girl.
This is another show I'm a little ashamed to admit I like.  It is extraordinarily punny, the main character's name is Squid Girl and she calls herself the Emissary of the Sea.  You'll often here her say stuff like "This tentacular!", "Oh squid!", and "This is squidiculous!".  She came from the ocean onto the surface to conquer the humans!  But she really sucks at it (how original)!  Just as in Sgt. Frog she is constantly distracted from her goal as she is tied to a money debt regarding a big ass whole she created in the wall of a beach restaurant (I forget the name of the place.)  She is also addicted to shrimp and her stalker takes advantage of that by
dressing up as a shrimp to get closer to her, as you can see in the image to the left.  Squid Girl isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

Where Squid Girl gets her name is from her tentacles.  They're like arms, which makes her a great waitress.  She also has the little arrow head that squids have; her little fins make a great fan.  She also can breathe underwater and swim like a squid with her tentacles.

So that's about it.  As one problem is solved, another arises.  I can't find information regarding anything on Google Search.  My internet situation is utter crap, that's why I couldn't get the name of the restaurant or of the other characters.  Hopefully I shall get that problem fixed sometime soon as well.

I'm not sure why but I couldn't find many high quality or long videos that gave an accurate representation of Squid Girl, I couldn't even find the theme song, so there's no clip, JOY!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ouran Highschool Host Club

Like I've stated before, I have a lot of favorites.  Ouran Highschool Host Club Vol. 1 of the manga series is the funniest manga book I have ever read.


As a little side note, I realize that this blog is very opinionated.  People who are looking for unbiased information on manga series and TV shows would not get good information from this blog for my goal in my writing is to express my observations and feelings and to send budding anime lovers to the right shows (of which Naruto and Dragon Ball Z are not included.)  Also, I have lost the ability to find and post pictures once more!  I can only find a very select few images compatible with Blogger posts and I cannot write text around said few images.

I have only read the first volume and some short clips of the show, but all that I have read and viewed left a big impression.  Ouran Highschool Host Club is about a club of young men who entertain women, and by entertain I do NOT mean engage in sexual activities.  What they do is a bit more comical; the men in the club show off their upperclassmen ship, their chivalry, their manners.  They woe the women with their undeniable charm and good looks for a price, of course.  The catch is that Haruhi Fujioka, arguably the most popular boy entertainer at the club, is there against his will, for he broke a very fine and expensive vase at the club so he works there to pay off the debt.  Here's the other catch: Haruhi is actually a girl!  And her coworkers don't find out until they find her student ID, they all thought she was a boy because when they first met she was wearing jeans and a sweat shirt with uncombed short hair and big glasses.  She looked like a nerd.

From what I've read, and admittedly it's not very much, the story revolves around the awkwardness with her and her coworkers as she poses as a boy and sends the female clients head over heels for her.  And Bisco Hatori, the author and illustrator of the manga series, does an amazing job.  I highly recommend this series.

Here's the clip: Ouran highschool host club Funny moments.  I realize that for most of the clips a link to these posts are funny moments that occur within the show rather than something like background information or trailers and that is because, for the most part, I watch and read humorous anime so the most accurate, and not to mention enjoyable, clips that portray the anime shows I review are their funny moments.

P.S.  I'll have the pictures figured out by next week, AGAIN.