Favorite Anime Openings

February 7, 2008 at 10:10 am (anime, cheese, faces which amuse me, Gundam, strange)

This kind of post isn’t the substantial type I had in mind when I resolved to blog more this year but I promise there will be something of note to read within the next couple of days. That being said, here are a few of my favorite anime openings. Don’t worry about my sanity; I’m already embarrassed enough to feel like a fifteen year old for posting this.

I should mention just because I few of these are favorites doesn’t mean I’ve watched the entire series. I’m thinking of Yamato and Mazinger Z when I say this seeing as how I’ve only seen a few of episodes of each.

Turn A Gundam:

Out of all the Gundam openings this is the only one that passes muster. It also might have something to do with this being my favorite Gundam to date since it’s sort of steam-punkish, has a slow moving plot, great character development, and manages to explain away the multiple Gundam universes/time-lines.

Space Battleship Yamato:

Why would I choose this as a favorite? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the manliness of Isao Sasaki…

Enough of that.

Eureka Seven:

This anime ranks up there with EVA and Full Metal Alchemist, although the ending isn’t a mind blitz like the former nor as sloppy as the latter.

Mazinger Z:

I like this opening for the nostalgia it exerts upon me although I never saw it as a kid. I guess it’s just the horrible animation quality as well as the cheesy music.

Ergo Proxy:

Paranoia Agent:

The last two openings aren’t entirely chosen for how great the music is but for how they encapsulate the anime they’re introducing. Both of them are great by the way.

And finally will end off with the calliphonic laughter of Guu:

So what are your favorite openings?

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Delved Media Notations Part One or Questions Answered

July 17, 2007 at 8:06 am (anime, comics, film)

First, answers to questions left on the update page, in order:

Michel Foucault is often verbose, at times pompous, and his style is consistently melodramatic. But his ideas are interesting, such as insanity replacing leprosy as an attribute worthy of scapegoating when the more visible of the two diseases virtually disappeared. I picked up Madness and Civilization years ago, even before becoming a Psych major, and I finished the first two chapters before putting it down for something more literary. Nausea, The Stranger or something just as existential. Now I’m reading it for no particular reason at all.

I’m finding nothing new in the world of WOT, although the female characters are beginning to blur together, forming an array from crazy to reasonable. They all have their moments in either extreme. Except for Moiraine who I expect to be revealed in A Memory of Light as a fantasy-world hopping Gandalf, so he doesn’t count. Of course, I’m joking.

Final Fantasy XII was disappointing. No character development at all and the plot was bland. My favorite character was the character with character. You’ll know who as soon as he joins your party. The bestiary is worthy of notice due to its depth and breadth and reading it made the games low moments tolerable. The game-play is well executed but I wouldn’t want to play through this game again. Maybe in ten years.

Yes. Ten years.

Metal Gear Solid 3 was just as good as its predecessor. Its sad, its funny, and has villains which are completely unbelievable. “That’s some good stuff right there.”

I had played both Diablo and Starcraft some time ago but never to completion. Lets see how I do this time around.

The First Doctor has just avoided getting married to an Aztec wise woman in the, you guessed it, Aztec serial. Quite a ways to go yet since I only feel like watching early 60’s English television so often.

Kimagure Orange Road was a waste of my time, but someone with different taste may enjoy the series. It’s basically a story about a romantic triangle with psychic powers thrown into the mix for humor and plot device. I had read somewhere that it was a cornerstone of anime and dating sims, which I can understand to some extent, but it just isn’t my cup of tea. And what do I know?, I can stand Love Hina. It wasn’t so bad that I didn’t have favorite characters. There were the two perverted friends vying for the attention of the protagonist’s sisters, and the cat, Jingoro, who often found himself at the wrong end of psychic frustration which had me laughing regularly.

“You know my methods, Watson.” Both Paranoia Agent and Boogiepop Phantom are good viewing material though I prefer PA. For me, Lain falls somewhere in between these two.

What first attracted me to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was the word melancholy in the title. Then I saw that someone else had watched it so I thought I’d give it a shot. It was short and sweet, and funny besides, with just a touch of intelligence, enough not to ruin the whole. To say it wasn’t what I expected would be an understatement as well. I wonder where it would fit into Robert Burton’s Anatomy? My favorite episodes were The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya and Live Alive.

Heroes is very worth watching. I approached the series expecting nothing at all, given the hype surrounding the show, and got rewarded. Mainstream American television hasn’t been this good in some time.

I thought Torchwood was ridiculous. Do you have to have bisexual tendencies to be a paranormal investigator? “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Or how about giving these people psychological profiles? Man. It came to the point where I couldn’t tell whether the characters were being themselves or were controlled by some demon. I’m still not convinced of that. And talk about hubris! There’s enough here for all of Greek tragedy five times over. All of that said, I still found the series enjoyable, if unbelievable.

RahXephon was enjoyable and compares favorably to Evangelion although the series seemed a bit whitewashed or clean but I find that typical of the Mecha produced by this particular animation studio. Like Eureka Seven, there is much present that is downright borrowing, or at the very least an homage to Evangelion. I guess what I’m trying to say is that RahXephon depends on Evangelion to flesh out its character types and without EVA to support it, RahXephon wouldn’t be as good of an anime. RahXephon is certainly not better in this case.

Tank Girl was okay. I wouldn’t say I liked it but I enjoyed it for what it was: a silly mid-90’s action flick which depended heavily on comedy. I find I’m enjoying Malcolm McDowell as a villain more and more recently.

Citizen Kane is a well made film much like Firefly is a well made television show. It’s not quite great and doesn’t live up to the hype, but it’s exactly what should be considered as a model worth emulating. Cool Hand Luke was another film that can be considered in this light and its Christian imagery is subtle enough to be appreciated.

I chose the Ultimate series since having to trace all the old originals would have been much more difficult. I had begun to read the original X-men series some time ago and got bogged down somewhere around Dazzler’s own title. I may go back to the original Marvel series once I explore more of DC’s post-crisis universe. I must note, however, my favorite Ultimate moment. In the first Ultimate Team-up between Spider-man and Hulk, Spidey approaches the Hulkster after picking up a car and says “Candygram for Mongo!” which is, of course, from the classic Blazing Saddles, and drops the car on Mongo er…the Hulk. Hilarious.

Yes, Chris Milligan’s run, although I have read the original Shade run as well. Apples and oranges naturally. Shade isĀ  a mix of Chasing Amy and Sandman although that’s a disservice to the title. Obviously recommended.

Well, I think that wraps up the questions. Part Two will consist of my own blather about what I’ve been delving.

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Everything you need to know about Gundam

June 29, 2007 at 7:34 pm (anime, comedy, Gundam)

Approaching the end of the Gundam series, having watched about 140 hours thus far, and assuming that Zeta Gundam is most likely the best the series has to offer, I present to you everything you need to know about Gundam.

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Poor Unit Zero

June 10, 2007 at 8:27 pm (agony, anime, comedy)

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Cranky: A Miscellany

April 3, 2007 at 5:09 pm (anime, miscellany, mood, music, Neighbors, science, Webcomics)

Cranky today. Must be the menopause. Here are a few things, thoughts:

I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately and I consider it to be a good sum up of the late nineties/early 2000s for me. An anthem even.

Although the downstairs neighbors still “sing”, I’ve been able to work around it in such a fashion as to be able to sleep five hours without interruption. I’m still sick of hearing that rolldowntheriver chorus.

It’s easier to work through an archive of web-comics than it is to check for day to day/week to week updates. Recently, I’ve been reading through the Achewood archives in an attempt to cheer myself up. Thanks to Philippe it’s kinda working.

Often a web-comic archive has more to offer in its news posts than it’s actually content. I’d say MegaTokyo is a good example of this with it’s cornucopia of info about anime and videogames. It’s got me watching Kimagure Orange Road anyway.

There’s something else I discovered via a news post at MegaTokyo: Physics for Future Presidents. When it comes to Physics I’m a big dumb-dumb. I got a 27 percent average in my high school class, although I must admit I didn’t put any effort into it at all. I just wasn’t interesting in the subject matter or the way the teacher (old Brew!) presented it. I started listening to this series (it’s free!) and found it enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who desires to brush up on their knowledge of the nature of the universe.

Blah (bah!).

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