Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Genji Monogatari Senneki review

Rating: B+

Like any good romance novel, the feel of Genji is that of delicate and refined beauty. The atmosphere is very courtly, elaborate and deliberate. Watching Genji is like watching a painting move, rather than watching an animated series. As something based on a book written during Japan's Heian period, it is understandable why the themes of courtly life are much more prominent than armored combat on horses, why a story about royal intrigue is much emphasized than the brutality of feudal warfare and why cassanova love is more important than martial values.

Sexual promiscuity aside, Genji's characters are all things of beauty. Not only in the physical aspect, but also because they are developed artistically. They know dance, music and weaponry, and are pretty good at them. Vis-a-vis the courtesans (who only know how to gossip and serve), our imperial characters seem to operate outside the boundaries of slave morality, which is a definite plus. They, especially Genji represent the uber-maximalist approach to life, with lavish spewing out of every corner of their world. I mean, when was the last time the heroes were lords who acted and lived like lords? This series is a very good example of lordly characters not coming off as antagonistic--and I like that.

The dichotomy between the lordly heroes and the common folk is also evident in the way they acted. Although nominally limited by their tradition, the main characters pretty much acted on their own whims and did what they want while the common folk wasted their existence on gossiping and trying pull the lords down (episode 10, though this was partly due to courtly envy). If there's an episode which demonstrates how the envy of the herd became the driving force in the shaping of their morality, that was it. To me at least, the common folk appeared as the meddlesome force. Not necessarily villainous, but the only unlikeable thing amidst imperial beauty, representing envy and mediocrity.

Belieing the artsy appearance of this series is its lack of mindfuck value. Genji does not really impart anything intellectual. There's nothing really profound in coutrly love. Even its "taboos" are quite ordinary. Much of the series is based on emotion and appeals to the viewer's emotional judgement. It does not have the same intellectual depth of something like Mouryou no Hako, which also matches this series in terms of beauty.

Anyway, this is a good watch for those who are curious about the refinement of the age that preceeded the era of bloody and dehumanizing civil wars. Just don't expect something intellectually challenging.

Stay tuned.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fist Impressions: Bakemonogatari - 01, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 - 01, CANAAN - 01

Bakemonogatari - 01
What impressed me in this show was the eye candy visuals and I'm surprised because I never thought that SHAFT is capable of having good animation and at the same time being artistic. The OP in this episode was quite interesting but I don't know if it's a shot when Koyomi was still a vampire and if it is, I would be eager to know more about him and how he became human again. Btw I would like to see SHAFT try to animate a shonen show with this high quality visuals.

Hitagi was at the same time gorgeous and calls herself a tsundere and I find her character quite entertaining. I don't know why she doesn't have any weight and the connection with the crab....I'm quite confused but I'm very eager to watch how her story would develop. I found her crazy at first because she drive a stapler inside the cheek of Koyomi but she was forgiven since because of her action Koyomi was able to tell her that he was once a vampire. Oh yeah....another interesting thing was this episode, the shots seems like in a first person view because there were only several shots where I saw Koyomi's face and SHAFT was still able to make the episode interesting even though it was only limited to Koyomi's perspective. Wow, the plot really is interesting and even the characters also so...yeah, I'll keep watching this show and I think I'll also blog it.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 - 01
All I could say is wow that was a very good opening episode and the animation was solid. The OP song was ok but what really caught my attention is the beautifully done drawings they’ve used in OP sequence I really think it was jaw dropping. The ED song was also fine and the ED sequence was quite entertaining.

The first part of the episode portrays the normality of things like going to school, sibling quarrel, personalities of the kids and the lack of attention of the parents to their kids because of their work. That was too normal and then boom, there’s this earthquake and then the Mirai was separated with her brother because of the earthquake. I think because of the series being near to reality and good characterization I was already attached to the characters. The pacing was fine, it’s neither slow nor fast. The character design on the other hand looks like the one on slice-of-life series like Honey and Clover and because of that, I think, the feel of normality in this series has been emphasized more.

I think this series is very promising and I will be watching it but as for the blogging, I’ll leave it to thingle because I am really busy these days because of school and not so good schedule.
I can't wait for more earthquake action woooo!! next episode please....


The animation is visually stunning and the detail was also good. P.A. Works really has good animation when they produce series. The main character of the story is Canaan and she reminds me of Shiki not only because of the character design but because her eyes also change colours. Though, I think it was kind of rip off, I’m still inclined in following this series since the story and even Canaan intrigues me even though in the first episode only made a sneak peek on what would be the series is like. I’m also excited of Maaya Sakamoto voicing Alphard and I’m a big fan of hers. I wonder what would be the part of Maria in all of this, I can’t wait to find out.

The OP and the ED song didn’t stick to me and I easily forgot them. The OP sequence on the other hand was quite interesting but the ED sequence I barely noticed it. I hope they’ll insert a Maaya Sakamoto song in this series.

Since it’s only 13 episodes I think I could manage to blog this and I hope I can post it in time.

until then...


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Talk all the shit you want, Frank Mir

Link to Full Fight video

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 episode 2

Sisterly love?

I had to put this entry out first because episode 2 fucking rocks. I don't know why so many fucktards are orgasming with that Canaan shit when the true gem is right underneath their noses. No, it's not as if Frank Mir had a horseshoe up his ass and it took Brock Lesnar just over 7 minutes to turn him into a bleeding, humiliated pulp. This episode really hit all the right notes. The way a desperate Mirai looked for Yuuki with no regard for her own safety strikes some raw nerves with most of the audience.

For one, this show is successful in drawing my interest. Their situation is fucked up. It's a total disaster zone and the fate of their parents is unknown...But Mirai at least is still unbowed. While disaster anime is quite common, this one concentrates not on the dystopia just yet, but on what really happens moments after zero hour. Furthermore, a giant earthquake is just as likely to happen to my land as to theirs, so there's added realism. After all, we all share the same fault line--and I've felt one myself, wherein I just thought I was dizzy until I saw the paintings tilt to one direction. Earthquakes are never pleasant, people. I tell you that.

This will be on my watch list. Thanks noitamina for coming up with something engaging.

Stay tuned.

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