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A Haruhi Christmas? December 19, 2006

Posted by animerambler in Announcements, Series.
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Much has been made in more than a few circles regarding the licensing of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, or lack thereof.  While we’ve gotten series such as Coyote Ragtime and Fate/Stay Night fast-tracked for US release, the many loyal members of the SOS-Brigade have felt left out in the cold.  A new, apparently official (ANN‘s judgement, and it looks good to these eyes as well) English-language site, with an announcement (of what?) date of the 22nd, may suggest that for many otaku Christmas may indeed be coming early this year.  If the site is to be believed and the world is indeed ending, I for one welcome our adorable, spunky loli masters.  Sadly, WHOIS, can only link the domain to a “Oneanddone” out of Chesterfield, Penn.  Details to follow?

 Also: moving sucks.  Sorry for the downtime.

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AFtM Presents: Higurashi, We Hardly Knew Ye October 5, 2006

Posted by animerambler in AFtM Presents, Series.
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In the words of The Great McLachlan:

I will remember you…

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Higurashi; Raw and Wrrrrigling! September 7, 2006

Posted by animerambler in Raw Interpretation, Series.
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After twenty-some episodes the try-outs are over, spring training is done, all the lolis are in top form and Studio Deen is taking this next arc to the majors!  No more single-A minor-league crap with Keiichi wiping out Hinamizawa by releasing a natural gas pocket.  No more semi-pro series with Mion and Rena failing to take out wonderboy ’cause he has a bat.  This one isn’t even Triple-A Shion-getting-called-up-to-the-majors after trapping, killing or breaking virtually the entire cast and most of the village heads.  No, no, Rena’s in top form here, and she    could    go    all    the    WAY!

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AFtM Presents: Friends Don’t Let Friends Watch Raws August 23, 2006

Posted by animerambler in AFtM Presents, Late to the Party, Series.
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In my insatiable quest for the next chapter in the killer loli mystery/train wreck series Higurashi No Naku Koro NiI have been unable to resist the forbidden lure of raw anime for the past few weeks.  It’s just so damn good that I don’t seem to care that it’s in demonic moon language that I don’t understand, or that the first raws online will undoubtedly be amateurish in the extreme.  To illustrait what can and willgo wrong with this behaviour, take my hand and journey with me to that damp and seedy corner of anime fandom that occurs before the fansubbers sanatize such things for us.

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R.O.D. Episode 1 August 3, 2006

Posted by animerambler in Late to the Party, R.O.D., Series.
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I lied.  Something in my head just said: “Hey, blog for newbies, posting a series which, as it’s high point, involves father-daughter incest may not be the best idea.”  Honestly, that’s not the entire story of it.  The father-daughter thing wasn’t as bad as it (necessarily) sounds, and it was really more of a “Sunrise doesn’t have a f@^&ing clue where this is going, do they?” thing.  Yeah, comical incest, that’s the ticket.

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First Series Blog: Mai Otome July 27, 2006

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Otome Leads

Alright, I fully expect to hear groans from you in the back who are not necessarily here for my version of Anime 101, but should rather be in a more advanced course/blog.  No fears, you will be entertained soon enough.  In any case, thunder resounds outside my window even as I post this, whether that is a good or bad omen will shortly be seen.

Mai Otomeis the sequel (in a different dimension/re-imagining of everything sort of way) to Mai Hime(known on this side of the Pacific as “My Hime” thus losing some of the horrible word-play Japanese anime is known for, but that’s another post).  Mai Hime was a respectable teen-ish school life series detailing the everyday goings on of your typical magical girls in high/middle school.  Collateral damage was high, and a few of the principle characters were crazy lesbians.  All in all, everything Sailor Moon always should have been but couldn’t ’cause it was still the nineties.  It was also produced by Sunrise, who apparently were so surprised they weren’t drawing giant space mecha did a very respectable job with the series.  Mai Otome looked to fix all of that.

The series is interesting, and I would even say important, in the near temporal frame, because, as Jason of AoMMhas described it as a highly-watchable train wreck of a series.  As such I believe it is representative of many of Sunrise’s recent series successes and failures, and while I would probably rather blog Gundam Seed or Destiny, I have neither complete series available to me, nor could reasonably expect my readers to follow along (Otome has not yet been licensed and is fairly recent, as such it should be available on numerous torrent sites) if they so desire.  In effect I’m analyzing a studio by a series.

 As such I intend to go episode by episode, with (hopefully) more pretty pictures to look at in order to offset my banal and humourless blocks of text, through the series.  While I will not intentionally recap the goings on, they are light enough generally that watching along should not be required.  That’s a win-win situation for you guys, no broadband connections or precious disc space being taken up, and should I fail to entertain, go on back to Law and Order re-runs or whatever it is TNT shows this time of year post NBA.

The lightning draws nearer, and so I must leave you all again, I’ll try to have the first episode up in the next 48 hours!