tingel: (Juuni Kokki)
I just didn't believe my eyes! I was spending a few minutes in a bookstore because I had to kill time between changing trains when my eyes fell upon this "Die zwölf Königreiche". I thought that's just the same title as Juuni Kokki. And then I noticed the picture on the cover and startled hey wait, that IS Yoko! At last it hit me, I was holding the German translation of the novel Juuni Kokki (Twelve Kingdoms) in my hands!!!! :major glee: Juuni Kokki is only one of my absolutely most favourite best-loved anime ever! And I'm not talking about a manga edition, no the real novel the anime is based on :hysterics: I haven't even gotten the plastic wrap off. Right now, I'm just worshipping the book.
If you don't know why I'm in this state go watch the anime! It's all kinds of awesome! You want chara development? You want well researched cultural background? You want a gripping story? Again, go watch the anime!
Still can't believe someone translated the novel! If only they'd also produce the rest of the anime I'd go insane!
tingel: (Sakura)
I just love Naruto Shippuuden. It's a relief after the endless fillers! Now I eagerly await my weekly fix :grin:

The opening scenes of the first ep gave me goose flesh. I don't know how many times I've watched them now!

And I just can't wait for the soundtrack to finally come out. I'm checking up nipponsei regularly now.

I like how they give you more background where in the manga it's only hinted at. I wonder how involved Kishimoto is in the production of the series. (That reminds me, gotta check up on the latest manga chapters.)

Now that the series is moving along again, you can feel the tension of the first series when they still kept to the manga. Sure single fights go on for episodes, but that doesn't bother me.

One character I've come to appreciate is Sakura. Before I found her rather annoying. But now she's really determined and kick-ass! And looking more grown up really suits her.
tingel: (Naruto)
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00; Shit, let's hope there'll never be a zombie apocalypse! I wouldn't stand a chance.

On a happier note, this Saturday is my sis's wedding! So some friends of my parents will pick me up tomorrow and we'll go to Worms together (and yes 'Worms' is the actual name of an actual city in Germany. It's really old and lovely) It'll be a hard day XD I don't expect to get to bed before sunrise. Knowing that I've taken Monday and Tuesday off!
I've prepared 52 postcards with blank backsides. I'll distribute them at the wedding reception. The plan is that my sis and her husband get a postcard from one of their guest each week for the next year. And each postcard should be fashioned individually by the sender. I hope many people will participate.

And one last bit: another anime rec: Damekko Doubutsu
I found it on crunchy roll too when I was randomly checking out anime. To sum it up in two words: DELICIOUSLY WEIRD
It's about a group of 'animals' living together in a forest. The animals are actually human chibis in animal costumes. Everyone is just weird. The main chara is Uruno, the useless wolf. He's friendly, very timid, has a very low self-esteem. His love interest is a ditzy clumsy cheetah girl. He hangs out / gets teased / beaten up a lot by a grumpy chain-smoking rabbit-guy. The king of the forest is a sake drinking, sarcastic unicorn who loves messing with people's heads. There's also a short-sighted eagle, a pegasus, an orca who can't swim etc. Everyone is in constant chibi mode except when they say something 'profound'. Every episode is only about 5 minutes. There's no real plot. But the show is fast, hilarious and WEIRD! Oh, and I love the OP song. It's just funny! You can watch the stream here or download it via BT here.
tingel: (Murata Ken)
I've just finished watching Cluster Edge. I'm really in two minds about this anime.

Summary: A major war has just ended. Both sides used artificial soldiers for the fighting. Now the war has ended those soldiers aren't needed anymore, confined to asylums, the production sides sealed. A young man, Chalce, fights for human rights for the soldiers. But he is killed. A group of soldiers tries to fight for his legacy while at the same time a mysterious boy, Agate, arrives at Cluster E.A. Cluster E.A. is an elite forming school for those who aspire to become leaders in their respective countries. There are several factions (the army, rebells, the church) fighting for power / trying to capture Agate for his powers. Some students at the academy must decide where they stand. Slowly Chalce's reason for protecting the artificial soldiers and Agate's identity are revealed.

The plot is confusing, progresses only slowly (aargh, the recaps! but it picks up speed nicely in the second half of the show) and has holes a mile wide. The production team really saved the trouble to work on details (almost no character beside the main ones actually has a name).

So, how come I was still glued to the screen? The anime raises some interesting questions about being human, tolerance, morality. Sometimes the anime reminded me a little bit of Gundam Wing (and not because of a (kind of) futuristic setting with stuffy aristocrats as the ruling class).
There are several characters that are just interesting. As the story goes on they develop. I still wanted to know more about them. Some charas get more and more background info as the story continues. Many watchers complain that the plot is too slow. In some respects that may be correct. Still I wish there were more episodes. The story tends to "jump". People change their views, act in a certain way and it's only hinted to as to why. Take for example Chrome. First he decides to kill Agate (not that I really understood why), then he meets and rescues him. Agate's kindness reminds him of Chalce. But you have to watch closely and do some thinking not to miss it. It all happens so fast. Beside all the chara development and background information I'd have appreaciated a bit more depth.
I really grew fond of that group of artificial soldiers, their innocence, curiosity, desperate wish to become human (Bladerunner, anyone?). And, okay, I adored those triplets. They were cute, scary but cute.

In the end I guess it's just these failures, the missing details / plot holes that held me captive. You can imagine so much into the show. Kinda like Weiss Kreuz. Weiss Kreuz the anime was just strange. But that just made Weiss Kreuz the fanfiction so effective. I mean there was so much left to explain and that was what fanfiction did. And in so many different ways. I wish there was fanfiction for Cluster Edge. I haven't checked yet. But I'm not very hopeful seeing that the anime is not very popular.

The anime is hard to get. It has 25 episodes. Up till ep. 18 it was subbed by AnimeYuki (&Shining Fansubs). The last episodes are almost impossible to get. I finally stumbled across the complete series at crunchyroll.com You can watch it streamed on the site. (Actually the site is worth checking out, less for anime, but definitely for live action series and drama)

So, this all boils down to: watch the show. You'll probably scratch your head and still can't get enough.

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