Category Archives: Spring 2009

Dogs: Stray Dogs Howling in the Dark – OVA 1 & 2

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I checked out this OVA series on a whim, and it’s not the best crime/mafia anime out there but it’s not half bad either.  There are 4 episodes in all and the first two focus on Mihai and Badou, pictured above in green and orange respectively.  There’s a balance of drama and comedy in the same manner Cowboy Bebop was depicted but so far Dogs fails to get as dark or gritty.  Either that’ll show up in the last two OVAs or it might be more serious in the manga (which I’ve yet to read).

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2 – Episode 1

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Well this was a surprise.  The first season of Haruhi has been replaying in Japan for some time, and while there have been magazine hints at a new season, there’s been nothing blatently advertised from Kyoto Animation that new episodes that follow the Haruhi novels would start airing.  While this episode is mixed in chronologically with the season one episodes, I’m going to label it as “season 2” since I’m pretty sure the new episodes will be put on their own DVD apart from the first season.

It’s been about three years since Haruhi aired and it felt odd watching new material after so long.  For some reason Kyon’s voice took some getting used to again, but his hyperspeed inner monologues and sarcasm got me back.  Mikuru’s still kinda meh for me, Yuki’s all powerful as usual, and Itsuki didn’t have much to do this episode but things should get more interesting as new episodes air.  The plot focused on Kyon’s time travel with Mikuru three years into the past where they meet a chibi Haruhi on the eve of Tanbata, a night where wishes are said to be granted.  Kyon helps Haruhi write a message on the schoolyard and turns out to be the reason why Haruhi comes to his high school.  There’s also appearances by Adult Mikuru and Past Yuki that round things out.  The only thing that pissed me off was the ending animation, mostly because a nerve is pinched in my neck and all the flashing shit wasn’t helping my migraine.   Anyhow, the best thing to do is watch the episode for yourself and get back into the groove of the series, but watch season one first if you haven’t yet.  I also have some thoughts that revolve around the Haruhi novels, but for spoilers’ sake I’ll put them after the cut:

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Spring 2009: The Good & the Okay

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Somehow this season feels slumpy to me.  There are a bunch of good shows but not in a way that leaves me pining for the next episode.  It’s more like “That was enjoyable, I’ll watch more of this when I don’t have anything else to do.”  On the other hand, I’m always ready for the next Eden of the East episode.  But maybe I’m just burnt out from almost ten years of anime. Anyhow, these shows are well-done, but each have little quirks that personally distract or bother me.

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Ristorante Paradiso – Episode 3

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The first thing that comes to mind when I see Nicoletta is the song “Maneater”, but that doesn’t really fit since she’s not setting out to use Claudio.   Maybe “Jizz in My Pants” is more fitting.  That expression tells me she’s bordering somewhere between love-sick puppy and blossoming yandere.

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Eden of the East – Episode 3

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Saki and her Hagu-chan eyes invite you in….

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Spring 2009: The Great – Shangri-La, Ristorante Paradiso, Eden of the East

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I finally finished viewing all the new shows for this season that looked interesting, and I’m glad to report that they all seem decent or better overall.  There’s also a bunch of OVAs like Spice and Wolf that’ll be premiering at some point, so things look good.  Three series that stood out to me were Shangri-La, Ristorante Paradiso and Eden of the East for their well-rounded nature.

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Looking Ahead: Spring 2009 Anime

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This week I’ll start generating posts for the new shows of the 2009 spring season.  I’ve viewed a couple shoes so far, and it looks like there’s a fair share of decent shows, also with a couple of standouts (like Shangri-La and K-ON).

Shows That I’ll Be Blogging

Shangri-La, Basquach, Natsu no Arashi, K-ON, Phantom – Requiem for the Phantom, Asura Cryin’

Shows That I Might Blog

Eden of the East, Guin Saga, Pandora Hearts, Saki, Senjou no Valkyria, Sengoku Basara, Ristorante Paradiso, Hatsukoi Gentei, Tears to Tiara, 07-Ghost

One that probably won’t be touched on by me is Queen’s Blade.  Here’s all the summary you need: big naked tits, skimpy clothes, piss, acid-shooting boobs, jelly girls, an incestual lesbian and craptastic animation.  Classy stuff, really.