Haven’t done any video reviews in awhile, so I’ll do one quickly.
Watched a bunch of first episodes of the ‘watch instantly’ list from Netflix to see if anything could catch my attention as worth continuing.
Shows that only got me through the first episode:
Gun x Sword
Nabari no Ou
Baka and Test
I watched all of Rin: Mnemosyne and Angel Beats.
Rin is about immortal women trying to keep the world together from some insane male angels. It’s got sex (good bit of it lesbian) and a LOT of gore. These ladies get messed up something good but just like me after turning into a newt they got better. It can be a bit dark, but it’s short. Not unhappy that I watched it. I’ll give it a 3 (maybe 3.5) out of 5.
Angel Beats is about a high school of the recently deceased. Kids that died feeling unfulfilled (or basically feeling that God screwed the over, some really horrible back stories) get a chance to do it again and get it right. Once they are ‘happy’ they move on. One problem, these guys don’t really wanna fit in and the #1 school student insists on conformity. Really strange fights ensue, considering you can’t stay dead here. From what I see and hear the pain still hurts though. I thought it was an interesting idea and done decently for about 9 episodes. In the last 4 episodes it all kinda falls apart though. I’ll give it a 2.5 out of 5.
Also I’ve seen the first DVD of ‘Chuck’. I’m not to happy that getting the DVD’s is the only way to (legally) watch this series that I’ve found so far. At 1 DVD at a time it’s gonna take me several weeks to watch the whole series even if I watch the entire DVD as soon as I get it. Oh, well. The idea looks interesting and the characters look like fun. I think I’ll like it. And lets face it getting a bunch of DVDs and watching entire seasons quickly is the BEST and most enjoyable way to watch ‘TV’. (At least for me it is.)
Wife was out of town for a couple of days last week and I played more World of Warcraft that is strictly healthy. Doing that has led to a bit of burnout, so this weekend I mostly watched Mississippi State in the super regional against Florida, but I also squeezed in a couple of anime series. Quick reviews of the shows follow:
Kaze no Stigma: C
Mediocre shonen. Guy with family trouble deals with family. This one was very Gary Stu, even when the Gary Stu went ‘bad’. The tsundere female lead was very tsundere and the Super powered guy with super powers is stronger than anyone else with super powers, wins all his super powered fights. The end.
Recommendation: Very Skipp-able
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: B
Typical shonen, but at least this one made me laugh a couple of times. Biggest complaint would be the women in the show. They are there to be ogled and that’s about it. From beginning to end Miu is stronger than the protagonist but no one seems to really care. It’s all about Kenichi, and Kenichi is very good at taking punishment and that really seems to be his only talent. The show is at least more interesting than Stigma above in that Kenichi wins some he loses some.
Recommendation: Give it a watch if you enjoy shonen with martial arts ‘power ups’ and the typical “win/lose-train”, “win/lose-train” storyline.
PS: Even though they lost in the end I thought MSU put up a great fight against Florida, and put a good scare into them at the top of the 7th in the 3rd game. In the end, State just didn’t have the pitching depth that Florida had. I wish Florida good luck in Omaha but I’ll be cheering for Vandy to win it all.
Edit: PPS: Now that Game of Thrones is finished its first season I plan to do my best to watch the last 6 episodes all at once or at least within a couple of days. I just love watching a series’ episode one after another. Best way to see TV.
Second Edit: I have been informed that there is one more episode of GoT so I guess my marathon will wait till the weekend.
I’ve been so busy at work lately that I haven’t really felt like posting anything when I get home or during my lunch hour. We’ll it looks like our year long push is finally bearing fruit and we’re gonna make it with almost half of December to go. Three quarters of the work has been pushed up to EPA and our program people are reviewing the last quarter now. As soon as they give the go ahead I can finally slack off move on to other projects. And there was MUCH REJOICING. (Please do not let there be big problems with this last submission I need to be released!)
As a treat, I haven’t posted anything about anime in a long time. I’ve basically taken quite a lot of time off from watching it. But this came to my attention today and I found it pretty funny. So I present to you ‘Every Anime Opening Ever Made’