Sora no Otoshimono movie announced

7 11 2010

The December issue of Newtype magazine has announced a Sora no Otoshimono movie is in the works.

Check out J Geeks review of the anime series here: (Sora no Otoshimono).

More details expected when the magazine hits shelves Nov. 10.

In the meantime, check out a pv for the series here: (Sora no Otoshimono).

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Queen’s Blade OVA final episodes delayed

25 10 2010

The final two episodes of the Queen’s Blade Original Video Animations will be delayed by one month.

The fifth episode will release on Jan. 26 of next year, and the final episode will appear Feb. 23.

The OVA series, called Queen’s Blade: Utsukushi Toushi-tachi, launched in August of this year.

To see a promo for the series and other Queen’s Blade related clips, click here: (Queen’s Blade)





Tegami Bachi DVD will have bonus anime

4 10 2010

The release of the first Tegami Bachi DVDs will have two bonus animations included.

Due out Dec. 22, the set will have two 2-3 minute long “Ura Tegami Bachi” episodes (Ura means rear, or in this case, hidden in Japanese).

Also available will be a limited edition set which will include a box illustrated by manga creator Hiroyuki Asada.

Check out the opening theme here: (Tegami Bachi).





Early Impressions: Kiddy Girl-and

30 10 2009

JG Kiddy Girl-andWhen it comes right down to it, anime and food have a lot in common. Sometimes one wants to sit down to a wonderful gourmet meal with all the trimmings, or a fine sushi dinner, or the finest Indian curry you can find.

Other times you want something quick, cheap and easy. Kiddy Girl-and falls into this latter category. There isn’t exactly depth of character or intricate plotting — the series is more about fast-paced action and borderline ecchi antics.

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Early Impressions: Sora no Otoshimono

24 10 2009
JG Sora no Otoshimono cover

Sora no Otoshimono

It might be easy to write off Sora no Otoshimono as a cheap piece of juvenile fantasy. After all, the plot centers on an ordinary high school student who rescues an angel, who just happens to have a magical collar around her neck that, when imprinted, gives sole posession of its chain to said ordinary boy. In other words, the show seems to be based on a fetish of having a beautiful woman willingly chained to an adolescent boy, with the promise of fulfilling any wish he desires.

So it might be a surprise when the boy (Tomoki) asks first for money, then to be invisible so that he can spy on all the attractive girls at his school, read dirty magazines, and eat a gourmet meal in his room. Seems most American teenage boys would have thought much worse things to do in such a situation. Tomoki, who tells us early on that he desires normalcy and peace above all else, seems to go against this premise, until one of his wishes backfires.

JG Sora no Otoshimono

Any wish I want? Hmmm....

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First impressions: Tegami Bachi

14 10 2009

JG Tegami BachiWhen I first saw the the opening pages of the manga Tegami Bachi, I was entranced by the dark blue images that graced the first few pages. Something about the color scheme and visual conception just jumped out from the get-go. Upon discovering that the whole series was set in a world of perpetual night, It immediately found its spot on my reading list (though, admittedly, it hasn’t reached the top yet, and remains to be read).

So it was that I approached the anime version, thinking it to have infinite promise: A story reminiscent of the Pony Express, featuring messengers (letter bees) charged with delivering messages in a world of perpetual night.

Which only added to the disappointment of the first episode.

JG Tegami Bachi 2Oh sure, everything seems fine at first — a somewhat interesting main character, with an interesting job, meeting a mysterious boy who happens to be his next delivery. We seem set up for a fun show.

But at some point, one particular thing occurs to the veteran anime viewer: We’ve seen this before. A somwhat dull main character, it turns out, with a dog sidekick, paired with an annoying shonen constantly crying about his mom and obnoxiously yelling about everything he doesn’t understand (seen in Rurouni Kenshin, Naruto, etc;). Oh and our main character has a special reason for working at his job — his wheelchair bound, moe sister! (Code Geass, anyone?). And let’s not forget the monsters that jump out to attack our letter bee, for which he has a special gun that our kid sidekick can fire. (Do I even need to cite the numerous examples of this?)

Yes, Tegami Bachi is rife with cliches, and relies on a very formulaic set-up to get the story moving. A very artistic opening seen in the manga was replaced by a pretty standard Shonen plot and feel.

Is that a bad thing? Not in-and-of itself. But there needs to be a spark of originality somewhere, something that makes a series interesting — and that spark hasn’t shown itself in the first episode. And in a show that seems ripe with creative potential, it seems something should have (or at least better) surface to set itself apart from the pack — because this fall’s loaded with too many big name series to afford being lost in the heap.





Early Impressions: Queen’s Blade 2

3 10 2009

JG Queen's Blade 2-2If you’re reading this post, then there’s probably a good chance you already know what you’re getting into. Queen’s Blade: Gyokuza no Tsugumono is a lot like the first anime series; for better or for worse.

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