2012 Summer Blogging List and Rewatch List

Summer fun!

Since the start of a few sum­mer ani­me series have already begun, I guess it’s time to com­pile a list of the ani­me that I’m going to (most like­ly) be blog­ging about.

I also includ­ed a list of ani­me that I’ll be re-watch­ing and blog­ging, since the sum­mer sea­son does­n’t seem to be too inter­est­ing, in my opin­ion.

SUMMER LIST

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Ani­me adap­ta­tion of Reki Kawahara’s (Accel World) light nov­el series.
The sto­ry of Sword Art Online revolves around a genius pro­gram­mer named Kazu­to “Kir­i­to” Kiri­gaya who enters a vir­tu­al-real­i­ty, mas­sive­ly mul­ti-play­er online (MMO) world called “Sword Art Online.” There is no escape from this world unless the play­er clears the game, but “game over” means the death of the play­er.

This is on the top of my list of what I plan to watch this sum­mer. At first glance, the premise seems to be like .hack with­out all the talk­ing (don’t get me wrong, I love .hack, but the amount of dia­logue goes a lit­tle over­board at times). From the sounds of it, the fact that death in the MMO means death in real life too makes it sound much more hec­tic in com­par­i­son.

It’s by the same author as Accel World. Hope­ful­ly, this will be bet­ter. Not say­ing I don’t enjoy Accel World, but it isn’t any­thing mag­nif­i­cent, and Sword Art Online seems to be get­ting a fair amount of hype. Let’s hope it lives up to it.

Joshiraku

Joshi­raku

Ani­me adap­ta­tion of Koji Kumeta’s (Say­onara Zetsub­ou Sen­sei) man­ga series.
The sto­ry fol­lows the behind-the-scenes dress­ing-room con­ver­sa­tions of a group of female (joshi) Japan­ese ver­bal show (raku­go) per­form­ers as they dis­cuss ran­dom things and usu­al­ly reach an unusu­al or humor­ous con­clu­sion that’s far from the ini­tial dis­cus­sion top­ic
.”

You can’t real­ly go wrong with com­e­dy, or slice-of-life. Despite the mas­sive amounts of them these days, I still enjoy them. So I’ll see if this keeps my inter­ests.

Tari Tari

Tari Tari

The sto­ry cen­tres around five Japan­ese high school stu­dents who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of them­selves as chil­dren. Wakana Sakai once took music lessons, but she with­drew from music after los­ing her moth­er. Konat­su Miyamo­to is a pos­i­tive-think­ing girl who loves singing and spends time after school at the vocal music club. Sawa Oki­ta is a spir­it­ed archery club mem­ber who dreams of becom­ing a horse rid­er. Taichi Tana­ka is a chron­i­cal­ly late bad­minton team mem­ber who lives with his col­lege stu­dent sis­ter. “Wiin” just trans­fered into Wakana’s class after 12 years abroad in Aus­tralia. Music brings Wakana, Konat­su, Sawa and the oth­ers togeth­er into an ensem­ble dur­ing their last sum­mer in high school.

P.A.Works has yet to dis­ap­point me with their recent pro­duc­tions. Hanasaku Iro­ha was an extreme­ly well-exe­cut­ed slice-of-life and I have con­fi­dence that this will fol­low in its foot­steps.

Any­one else think the girl on the left looks a lit­tle like Nako-chan? xD

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

Koi to Senkyo to Choco­late

Ani­me adap­ta­tion of sprite/fairys’ eroge.
Koi to Senkyo to Choco­late fol­lows the pro­tag­o­nist Yūki Ōji­ma, who attends Taka­fu­ji Pri­vate Acad­e­my a large school with over 6,000 stu­dents. Yūki is a mem­ber of the Food Research Club along with sev­en oth­ers, includ­ing his child­hood friend Chisato Sumiyoshi. The mem­bers leisure­ly spend their time in the club not doing much activ­i­ties. When the elec­tion of the next stu­dent coun­cil pres­i­dent comes up, the front run­ner Sat­su­ki Shi­nonome pro­pos­es that clubs that have no mer­it should be sort­ed out and abol­ished. The Food Research Club seeks advice from the cur­rent stu­dent coun­cil pres­i­dent Yaku­mo Mōri, who sug­gests Yūki run in the elec­tion as an oppos­ing can­di­date. Yūki learns about the issues fac­ing the school and decides to run in the elec­tion.

I’m more inter­est­ed in the visu­al nov­el than the ani­me, but since there’s no Eng­lish Patch for that, I’ll most like­ly check out the ani­me.

Muv-Luv Altenrative Total Eclipse

Muv-Luv Alter­na­tive: Total Eclipse

Ani­me adap­ta­tion of a light nov­el spin­off of the orig­i­nal eroge by Age.
This side sto­ry fol­lows the test pilots and mechan­ics in the Unit­ed Nations Forces’ Tac­ti­cal Sur­face Fight­er Test­ing Unit in Alas­ka. Japan­ese-Amer­i­can Yūya Bridges is the Argos Test Team’s main pilot for “XFJ Project,” the ini­tia­tive that is devel­op­ing the newest Tac­ti­cal Sur­face Fight­er. Yui Taka­mu­ra is the head of devel­op­ment for the project from the Japan­ese Empire’s side.

I’m actu­al­ly going to play the Muv-Luv visu­al nov­els, but if I ever get a chance, I might watch this some­day… if it ever turns out to be a good adap­ta­tion. I must say, the sound­track to the visu­al nov­els are awe­some!

REWATCH LIST

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

The Melan­choly of Haruhi Suzu­miya

I actu­al­ly start­ed a re-watch of this series on this blog a few years back. I fin­ished re-watch­ing it (as I have done more than sev­er­al times), but I did­n’t fin­ish blog­ging it past the first episode, since face it: I’m a lazy jack­ass. xD

I plan on con­tin­u­ing the blog posts about it though.

Cardcaptor Sakura

Card­cap­to­ra Saku­ra

I’m a total CLAMPian (if that’s even a term) and I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS SERIES. <3

It was my per­son­al intro­duc­tion to subbed ani­me (Drag­on Ball was my intro­duc­tion to raw Japan­ese ani­me) and I hold a spe­cial place for it in my heart. The stun­ning ani­ma­tion, the voice actors, the char­ac­ters… pret­ty much every­thing. One of MAD­HOUSE­’s best works when it comes to pro­duc­tion val­ues (yes, CCS is kind of out of their domain but lol).

Nos­tal­gia aside, I still think it holds up today. I adore Puel­la Magi Mado­ka Mag­i­ca, but in my opin­ion, this series slaugh­ters it in terms of char­ac­ters and sto­ry. I’m just being unfair though, since CCS is a leg­end while Puel­la Magi Mado­ka Mag­i­ca is just a leg­end in the mak­ing.

Toei vs Kazuki Takahashi

Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998) VS. Yu-Gi-Oh! (man­ga)

I know what you thought about when you saw the word “Yu-Gi-Oh!

Oh, you mean that crap­py ani­me about that chil­dren’s card game?”

Just for a bit of enlight­en­ment, it was based on a man­ga that was about games in gen­er­al, which had a life-or-death gam­bling aspect that was inspired by man­ga greats such as Kaji. The card game was just one of those many games.

This hap­pens to be my favorite shounen man­ga, right up there with Full­met­al Alchemist and Rurouni Ken­shin (which I will be blog­ging the OVA of). The title itself means “Game King” and in 1998, it received an ani­me adap­ta­tion by Toei, known as “Sea­son Zero” to the fan­dumb in Amer­i­ca… and was­n’t all that faith­ful to the man­ga or as vio­lent as every­one makes it out to be. The voice actors were good, but the ani­ma­tion done by Toei was extreme­ly shod­dy and the col­ors were hideous, and every­thing seemed to have been ani­mat­ed by the peo­ple that did the filler episodes for Drag­on Ball.

This ver­sion ran for 27 episodes and was can­celled after sev­er­al months of broad­cast. I will be rewatch­ing this and com­par­ing it to the man­ga as I go along.

KoNAS vs Kazuki Takahashi

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Mon­sters VS. Yu-Gi-Oh! (man­ga)

That did­n’t stop Kon­a­mi (who, by that time, released the real life card game that was loose­ly based on the Duel Mon­sters game from the man­ga) from com­mis­sion­ing Nihon Ad Systems to pro­duce anoth­er ani­me adap­ta­tion. One that skips the first sev­en vol­umes of the man­ga in favor of the Duel Mon­sters-relat­ed arcs, card game-relat­ed filler, and made it so that every­thing that was orig­i­nal­ly unre­lat­ed to the card game had some­thing to do it, in order to fit the addi­tion of more card game bat­tles.

They saw the ani­me as a tool for adver­tis­ing their OCG and dis­re­spect­ed the orig­i­nal struc­ture of the man­ga in the process. If you thought the dub was bad com­pared to the Japan­ese ver­sion, wait until you see how bad the Japan­ese ver­sion is com­pared to the man­ga. The ani­ma­tion is bet­ter than Toei’s ver­sion in terms of col­or, but that’s not say­ing much. It has good voice act­ing and an awe­some OST, which makes it bear­able to watch.

The man­ga ver­sion is loads bet­ter and I’ll be rewatch­ing this series as well, com­par­ing it to the supe­ri­or man­ga as I go along. Kazu­ki Taka­hashi is a very under­rat­ed man­ga­ka that I want to see more man­ga from, but unfor­tu­nate­ly he con­stant­ly gets com­mis­sioned to draw new cards for Kon­a­mi and con­tribut­ing char­ac­ter designs for their mer­chan­dise-dri­ven spin-offs. Welp.

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