Archive for September, 2009

Terse Anime

My copious free time is not so copious these days, so I will be watching only two extra anime series starting this fall season. If I had more time, I would be trying to watch a couple more. But even with just two extra shows to watch besides Umineko no Naku Koro ni, I won’t have enough time to blog either one of them.

A girl of few words

Still, there is the small urge to blog about them even if it means one-liners, which would not quite fit here among the long and detailed posts. In fact, it made me go out and create Terse Anime, where one-line episode summaries are not a sign of laziness but rather the whole point. (I don’t have enough time, and yet I found the time to create a new website. Hmm …) I don’t expect the summaries to be particularly descriptive of anime episodes, though: what I’m hoping for are amusing one-liners.

However, if you go to Terse Anime right now, I’m the only one who has posted one-line summaries, and they might not be particularly witty. (Well, I think they’re somewhat witty, but I’m biased.) Which is why I am soliciting contributors who would microblog specific anime series. With the fall season starting, this would be a good time for recruits to start out with the ton of new anime series that I won’t be able to watch.

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Aoi Hana

Aoi Hana, or Sweet Blue Flowers, is a story about a teenage girl named Fumi who meets her childhood friend Akira again when her family moves back to the town they lived in ten years ago. Fumi had just suffered heartbreak when the cousin she loves got married, but she soon falls in love with an older student at her high school. Both Fumi and Akira go to all-girl schools …

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni III-II

A young Rosa meets Beatrice

Episode III-II of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “gambit”, begins at 9:04PM with Rosa claiming that she is responsible for the death of the Beatrice that had lived in a hidden mansion about twenty years ago. The young Rosa was running away from her parents and had believed in Beatrice the witch at the time, which is how she came across the hidden mansion where she found Beatrice. The witch indeed confirmed that she was Beatrice the witch, although Rosa’s impression of her was that she was rather innocent and childlike.

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Shangri-la

Shangri-la is set in a future where global warming is such a big problem that carbon trading has become the entire basis for the global economy. The setting is in Tokyo, where the gigantic structure ATLAS hangs over the ruins of the city. Residents of ATLAS live in relative comfort, but those who are forced to remain outside must face lethal weather and an encroaching deadly forest. The story is focused on Houjou Kuniko, a young woman troubled by the disparity.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni III-I

Yet another portrait

Episode III-I, “castling”, is the first episode for the third arc of Umineko no Naku Koro ni. As was the case for the second arc, the portrait that appears in the beginning of the opening credits is different, except this time I have no idea who it is. In fact, there are a lot of changes in the opening credits, with bunny girls, furniture, witches, butlers, etc., some of whom we have seen but others who have yet to appear. The second arc was crazy enough with only a single portrait changed in the opening credits; with all the changes in the opening credits for the third arc, how much crazier will things get?

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Shangri-la 24

Cushioned fall

The 24th and final episode of Shangri-la, “Ideal Homeland”, begins from the end of the previous episode where Kuniko crashes into Ryouko’s fun. Instead of going splat on the floor after dropping from the ceiling, Kuniko uses the dagger to cause a wind that cushions her fall: she seems to have an innate understanding of the mystical powers of the dagger that she might not be aware of. Being who she is, Ryouko cannot just let Mikuni continue pulling out the heavenly spear and tries to force Kuniko to pull it out instead by taking her sister hostage.

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Free online broadcasts for Shangri-la

If you can understand Japanese and have wanted to watch Shangri-la, then you might be interested to know that BIGLOBE’s Anime One and Anime Newtype Channel will be streaming all episodes online for free from September 18 to September 30. It is rather unfortunate that they only support playback on Windows Media Player, however.

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Dialing back

Konata crying

The summer season this year has been unusually rich in anime shows that I wanted to see, and I even had to give up watching some shows due to lack of time. (And yet I am still watching far too many …) Now that Shangri-la is coming to an end and the fall season starting soon, normally I would be looking for another series to blog to fill my “two anime at a time” blogging limit.

Unfortunately, I will have even less free time than usual for the next couple of months, so I will be dialing back my anime blogging to only one anime show in the meantime. Hopefully it won’t all be just Umineko no Naku Koro ni posts, though, as I put up reviews of anime that I have been watching during the summer but have not been blogging about. (Or would this be a bad thing, since it would mean I’m getting tardy? I’m getting confused.) At least my time crunch comes at a time when it looks like there are not many anime that I want to watch …

One other thing: I have added Google Friend Connect to this website, where the members widget can be seen at the bottom of the sidebar. I would love to see everyone joining up. (And one of these days, this blog will be a guinea pig as I develop a Friend Connect plugin for WordPress. Now if I can only get around to doing it …)

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Timeline for Umineko no Naku Koro ni II

Beatrice having fun

The second arc of Umineko no Naku Koro ni has been pretty crazy, especially towards the end where Beatrice is having way too much fun. However, I am not sure how much we can believe what was seen on screen: perhaps it was all what Beatrice wants us to believe, rather than what actually happened. Like I did for the first arc, I have organized a timeline of events that might help figure things out. I have also gathered the truths revealed by Beatrice for this arc.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni II-VI

Beatrice being sarcastic

Episode II-VI of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “back rank mate”, starts where the previous episode ended, with Beatrice confronting George and Shannon. Beatrice mentions to Shannon something about the roulette having picked her and George, and telling her to be thankful that the time of liberation is near. Liberation obviously meaning death, as Beatrice taunts Shannon that she will die before she can physically consummate her relationship with George. This is when George finally manages to open the box.

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