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Higurashi 4Kids FanDub August 24, 2006

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Of all of the fears that anime fans have, the greatest, by far, is that 4Kids will one day license a series we love.  Let’s look at what might happen with Higurashi should that catastrophic event ever take place.

God-like props to miharaoujirou on YouTube.

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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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A Shameless Cry for Attention August 23, 2006

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Alright, for those of you in the know, we are officially on for the 10pm (sorry, Fandango had the wrong time) Friday show of Fullmetal.  The theatre is somewhere in Morrisville (describing will take too long), so I suggest we travel as a pack in order to avoid such situations as are seen in all those “teens go to W. Virginia/Tenn. Mountains and never come back” movies, Morrisville is kinda like that.  So here’s what to do:

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AFtM Presents: 31 Flavors of Gundam August 12, 2006

Posted by animerambler in AFtM Presents, Mecha.
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In honor of the release of Super Robot Taisen for the GBA I thought I’d do a quickie rundown of the illustrious history of oldish Mecha series, which is, of course, a history of Gundam. (more…)

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!

One Day in 2002 (FLCL) July 26, 2006

Posted by animerambler in Classics, FLCL.
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An image emphasizing the need for non-guitar proliferation.

Everyone remembers their first.  For me it was a chick with a bass guitar, and a Vespa. Did I mention she claimed to be an alien?  Anywho, in the midst of taking a semester off from the alma mater, and staying up way too late on vacation at the beach, I chanced across FLCL (aka Fooly Cooly (US), aka Furi Kuri (Japan)) on AdultSwim.  It was a good time.  No school to worry about, at the beach, and Cartoon Network was still showing anime, not just Inuyasha Season X+1, or Dragon Ball Z.  Still, something about the show stuck, as my spirit had recently been crushed once again by Episode II earlier in the summer, and I had little hope for Signs as I had (jokingly) predicted the outcome of Shyamalan’s last film an hour in.  I still love you Manoj, and I will see Lady in the Water, soon. (more…)

Greetings and Salutations July 26, 2006

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RenaWave

First post = mission statement, or have I just been in corporate America too long?

Here goes: to make anime more accessible to the layman or perhaps casual fan by 1.) helping to filter the wheat from the chaff, 2.) demystifying it, and 3.) having some humorous fun therefore keeping my readers entertained.  I, your humble guide and servant, will do so through the use of my wit and ability to watch an unhealthy amount of anime due to my long (though insignificant) association with the Western (i.e. American and European) entertainment industry and resulting disillusionment with it.

Aside from that, please note I will most likely not spellcheck after 1 or 2 am (kinda like Gremlins, and not feeding the cute fuzzies), and there will be posts after these hours until I find an alternative method to pay the bills.

Expect the real first post sometime tomorrow, until then, I need to play with the customization of this thing.