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January Roundup

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  1. karry
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    “A+ Ten­gen Toppa Gur­ren Lagann: Lagann-hen
    This was bet­ter than the anime itself.”

    Hardly an achievement.

  2. Scamp
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Why yes, it certainly wasn’t that much of an achievement at all. I’d totally forgotten how absolutely mediocre the tv series of Gurren Lagann was but thanks to your extremely helpful comment I’ve remembered how I found myself thoroughly unimpressed by many of its episodes

  3. Posted February 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Lagann-hen completely makes up for Gurren-hen. Loved it, although I’m not sure if I like it more than the series. Maybe about the same.

  4. Posted February 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, I haven’t watched TTGL…but it seems as though the movie was good enough to encourage me to watch it.
    I’m agreeing with you on most stuff here, though I’m not sure what to think about Sora no Woto…it’s lacking in any reason for me to like it a lot, but for whatever reason, I want to give it my full support.

  5. Posted February 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Volken’s reappearance was a little disappointing. I was hoping he’d come back as a full-on villain, especially now that we know that neither the church nor the library are particularly good groups. They’re in league half the time and they’re more concerned with maintaining the status quo than anything else. Volken should have come back and launched total war against both groups in order to bring about change.

  6. Scamp
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    @Shinmaru

    Lagann-hen was just…ah screw it. I don’t want to spam my own comments so I’ll have to write up a post on it or something

    @mefloraine

    Nah I think it’s probably better to start with the tv series. The first movie misses out on a lot of the characterisation of many of the side characters. You still get the main story but it jumps rather annoyingly and suddenly you get these bunch of characters you know nothing about.

    @Landon

    I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting Volken to come back as but I quite like his current stance. He only has a bone to pick with Hamyuts and anyone else he could get on his side he would gladly take, including the church. I can’t see him taking over the rest of the series though. That’s just not how this show rolls.

    As for the church being all friendly with Bantorra, I can never really work out what it is the church wants anyway. It doesn’t seem like they’re even fighting for any reason other than habit

  7. Posted February 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    I meant watch the series. :P

  8. luffyluffy
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Lagann-Hen was… was….

    I had a GAINAX day on Saturday. I finished Evangelion for the first time(If I hadnt finished the series at 2 AM, I would have screamed at my computer.) Then, I finished Seirei no Moribito /finally/(Which has nothing to do with GAINAX) and after that, I Watched Gurren-hen and Lagann-hen back to back, and after that, Hanamaru Kindergarten. GAINAX Day, fffffffffffff- Yes ♥

    … I fear for those Kindergarteners..

  9. luffyluffy
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    OH!! And by the way, Vampire Bund 4, was /great/

    Actually felt like they put in some effort!

  10. Posted February 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    You know, I’ve yet to really enjoy any VN adapt­a­tions.

    Watch ef – memories.

    Most of these are pretty close to what I think, except on average a tad harsher.

  11. Posted February 2, 2010 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Are the TTGL movies worth watching if you’ve seen the original anime? Do they add anything integral or is it just a shortened retelling?

  12. Posted February 2, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    –Argh, what the hell is with the dir­ect­ing in this series. It feels like he hasn’t a clue what he’s doing and just toss­ing in ran­dom cam­era angles and snap-shots of build­ings in a half-hearted way–

    You do a beautiful job of describing my favorite thing about Dance in the Vampire Bund, although you forgot the half-assed plot with big words thrown in to make it sound deep.

    I’m not sure what makes me laugh harder, that or Hanamaru.

    I still need to watch the first TTGL movie…

  13. Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Judging by the screenshot, I’d say that Meguriau Sekai has an interesting style. The black, scribbled letters on the white background may prove to be athletically pleasing.

    I’ve fallen behind on all anime at this point. Although I’ve fallen behind of late, FMA is probably my favorite of this list, especially considering it’s the only thing I’ve seen.

  14. kadian1364
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    Ah yes, just finished Lagann-hen. Not quite surpassing the equal, but certainly reminded me why I loved Gurren Lagann so much in the first place, instead of just being a pale shadow of the original like Gurren-hen was.

  15. Posted February 2, 2010 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    Bund is by no means a good show, but I don’t think it’s bad enough to warrant an E. I think it’s pretty interesting (at least it keeps me awake…).

    P.S.: Epic date fail: “1TH FEB 2010″ (top of the post)

  16. Posted February 2, 2010 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Aww. I’m sad you don’t like Katanagatari.

  17. Posted February 2, 2010 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    >Bake­monogatari
    >one-hit won­der

    Also, Dance in the Vampire Bund was TOO Shaft’d and didn’t turn out well. It would be good if, 1, well you already know since I already mentioned it. and 2, there’s no loli fanservice.

    I really thought this shit will turn out to be good since I really liked episode 1.

  18. Scamp
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    @luffyluffy

    Just interested: What did you think of Evangelion? I loved it but at the same time I never really understood it.

    @Sorrow-kun

    ef has been on my to-watch list for a while now. Actually most of the big-hitters in the VN adaptation world I’ve yet to watch, such as Higurashi and Fate Stay/Night. Mind you I didn’t like Kara no Kyokai and have mixed feelings about Umineko so that doesn’t bode well for either of them

    @RP

    Yes, although it depends how recently you’ve watched the series. Give it at least a two year gap before you watch the movies. And yes, now that I’ve watched Lagann-hen, it is definately worth watching those movies.

    @Janette

    The plot isn’t actually that bad, it’s just badly presented. Like, really really badly presented.

    And yes, watch the TTGL movies. NAOW!!!

    @Glo

    Ah crap, you’ve just reminded me that I forgot to add in Baka to Test. There ya go, there’s another show in there that you have seen.

    And yeah, that art style is quite reminiscint of Shaft style, maybe you should watch it.

    @kadian1364

    I actually did think it was better than the original. Again, I’m gonna have to write a full post on it to express my feelings fully on the subject. If a single movie gets the first A+ I’ve ever given in my monthly roundups then it deserves a post of its own

    @fangzhao

    Bund brings out the harsh critic in me. I spend my time pointing out the miserable directing and pointless cut scenes. Not an enjoyable experience, I hate turning on my critic side

    Tomorrows post will also be title ’2th Febuary’

    @blindability

    I’m sad too. I wanted to like it!

    @Kairu

    Loli fanservice is awfully creepy but that is faaaar from the main problem. Actually it isn’t that Shafted at all, which just adds to the whole ‘half-hearted effort’ feel it gives off

  19. luffyluffy
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    …. Overhyped, in my opinion. The first 24 episodes are praticly the same episodic crap over and over.

    SHINJI IS LONELY
    ASUKA IS A BITCH
    ANGEL ATTACKS
    EVA’S DISTROYED
    EVERYBODY GOES HOME HAPPY

    I honestly dont see it as the “MAJORLY MONUMENTIAL EXPERIMENT BY STUDIO GAINAX TO DECONSTRUCT THE MECHA GENRE AND CREATE A MASTERPIECE TO BE KNOWN IN LATER YEARS BY ALL ANIME KIND”

    … Maybe I’m being overly harsh..

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