Archive for August, 2009

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Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Episode 7

August 30, 2009

After quite the absence (with a week of in Japanese airing terms, but longer for us poor English-speaking saps), Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is back – Although it appears that the pthey calacid and air-headed Oora has been sat at her blood-stained desk the entire time; a suitably hilarious revelation with which to start this episode.
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Series Review: Clannad

August 28, 2009

Wha! Another series I had no idea ended so soon. The series of the past two seasons have followed an interesting trend of breaking away from the usual 26/24/13/12-episode-formats, with just 22 episodes, and I think that it’s a great trend, better than including a bunch of random fillers to fill time.

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Umineko No Naku Koro Ni Episode 9

August 27, 2009

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While the first arc focused on the younger generation, this arc puts the focus at the servants, as they’re labelled as the prime suspects. This episode shows that someone killed Kanon and Jessica, dragged Kanon out of the room and locked the room afterwards. There are only six keys in existence that are able to open the lock, since Beatrice ruled out window-climbing and lock-picking with the red texts. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Manga Review: Cat Girl Nuku Nuku

August 27, 2009

The series premise is extremely simple, and as a cat lover, I can even appreciate it. Inventor Kyusaku Natsume and his son, Ryunosuke, come across a fatally wounded cat and transfer the cat’s brain into an android body, thus creating Atsuko Natsume, or Nuku Nuku.
69b3ed7f4b376691_thumbThere’s really not much to this story. There’s no grand plot, just several stories about Nuku Nuku and her life as an android. In fact, the book summary on the back of the volume is completely inaccurate, for the majority of the book does not deal with the plot as described in the summary at all. Only small parts of the anime-based fourth chapter deal with the storyline as outlined in the summary, but even that is just a sidebar to what’s really going on.
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The resulting stories are pretty cute and much better than what I expected them to be. The initial story features what she’s like a year after she’s revived as an android. The following manga stories involve her trying to understand the human mind. These are very entertaining, for they involve more character development for Nuku Nuku than any sort of fan service. I loved the little cat-like behaviors she exhibits, like scratching the furniture, curling up and purring to get some attention and catching a mouse to show Kyusaku that she wants to make him happy.

The final part of the book is a story using anime art, called “Nuku Nuku goes to space.” Nuku Nuku comes across a badly-injured cat in the woods and discovers that it is a cat from outer space. Following in the same pattern as the manga stories, it is a relatively simple tale. But, this one has a lot more action and a lot less of the charm that the manga-style stories are given. Nuku Nuku and the others are given little to no character growth at all. Even Kyusaku loses the gruffness and insanity that makes his character interesting. I wound up scanning through this episode, as it felt completely pointless and went against the tone that the rest of the series set.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to this volume. The manga-style stories are very well done and are extremely entertaining to read. They have a bit of fan service, but a lot of heart and I liked them a lot. The anime-style story was pretty boring, and I found myself flipping through it pretty quickly. To me, the story behind Nuku Nuku is her quest to learn how the human mind works, and that is abandoned in that last story. Catgirl fans will love this series, and it’s worth picking up for the first three stories and the extra postcards featuring characters not seen in this book. However, I am extremely disappointed in ADV for mis-marketing this series and hope that future editions of this book will provide a more accurate summary of its contents.

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Online Game Review- Flyff

August 23, 2009

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FlyFF is one of the best games i have come across. It is advanced in its graphics and is definitely an addictive game. I found this off a friend of mine who is usually picky about what game he chooses so i was quite interested. I dont regret it at all.

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Umineko No Naku Koro Ni Episode 8

August 21, 2009

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Oh boy, even more questions are asked throughout this episode, but at least the premise of this series is starting to become a bit clear now. It’s indeed a series very much like Higurashi, but the whole iterations are much more similar and the whole ghost world around it has a much bigger role here than it had in Higurashi. I’m not sure yet whether or not the endings for each arc are going to be the same, but who knows? Read the rest of this entry ?

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Love My Goddess?

August 21, 2009

Well here goes another strange but true Anime Look-alike segment by yours truly Laura-chan! Hope you enjoy today’s Look-alike and see if you agree~

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