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PSYCHO-PASS

An anime about law enforcers ala Minority Report, which happens to be one of my all-time favourite movie. I watched one episode and I'm already hooked. Interesting characters (It has my prerequisite of a hot, brooding protagonist . Kya~~~~. IMO, he resembles Kyoya Hibari from Katekyo Hitman Reborn.), interesting plot, excellent animation and great ED theme by supercell.

Enough said. Check it out. More info on trusty Wiki here.





BTOOOM!

A group of the online combat game, Btooom!, players who gets abducted and thrown onto a deserted island to play the game for real. A dream come true.......NOT!! It's a survival of the craftiest.

Do note that there's a couple of flashbacks on how each main character was picked and landed themselves on the island. I don't know how many there'll be cos I'm only at episode 4. But so far, it has been quite interesting AND bloody. ^^;;

I hope they manage to keep me interested cos we're talking about a bunch of people on an island with nothing else to do but to kill enough opponents to get them off the god-forsaken steam room.

Wiki page here.




I'm also watching Bakuman 3 and K!. Despite all the hype about K, I have not progressed beyond episode 1 so I cannot really comment yet. I think I'll go watch K after this post. ^_^


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From Wikipedia: The story revolves around four teens — the twins Yūta and Yūki Asaba, the effeminate Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara — who have known each other since early childhood. While they are not necessarily good or bad friends, they continue to hang out well into high school. The half-Japanese transfer student Chizuru Tachibana joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence.




To be honest, I did not plan to watch Kimi to Boku (Season 1 & 2, 13 episodes each) because I was thinking how interesting can an anime about the life of a few regular teenagers be??

But I turned out to be so wrong. Indeed, there is no drama or suspense but the story is so heartwarming, cute and real - it's something everyone can relate to - which I suspect is one of the reason why the anime/manga is so well received. Made me wish my teenage years were similar and that I had friends growing up. Do check out this feel-good anime!!

And their soundtrack is really cool - laidback and relaxing.


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It's an adaptation of a manga series by Masakazu Katsura. As of now, there's a total of 17 volumes to the tankoubon and is still ongoing. Do note that the anime is of a mature genre with it's fair share of violence and gore.

The anime is not a faithful adaptation of the manga, and will only be 12 episodes long. (There's a lot to squeeze in....) Can't wait to see how that turns out. The anime is currently at episode 5, which is equivalent to around chapter 38 - 39 70 - 87 of the manga.

The story traces the origins of two rival heroes - Zetman, born with the ability to transform into a monstrous figure, with superhuman strength, and Kouga, heir to Amagi Corp - a wealthy technological empire, with his specially designed suits and weapons. They fight to protect mankind and destroy monstrous abominations known as Players. These Players were created by Amagi Corp, as an intent to create perfect artificial humans. However Players ended up becoming a hobby for rich men to bet on them, gambling as they were pitted against other monsters to fight. Players finally gained awareness and killed off everyone in sight and escaped. 

Fans of the manga seem to hate the anime. I first saw the anime and then checked out the manga. I am undecided as I like both of them a lot - the artwork for the manga & anime is beautiful, the storyline is pretty good. Some parts got me bawling. (embarrassed) In fact I'm a bit pissed that there is no English version of Zetman manga (I think) as it's definitely worth adding to my collection.

Do check it out if you have the time to spare. ;)


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Remember how months back I recced an anime, Guilty Crown?

Er....I'll take that back. I had high hopes for it cos it was being likened to Code Geass which in my opinion is one of the best anime ever. It's probably my all time favorite.

I'll give it points for great animation and music.... And I really, really liked Gai Tsutsugami. Sigh..... But the story fell flat after a while. For me, it went downhill from episode 11 onwards. *pouts*

I held on and hoped for a miracle which sadly, did not quite happen. I still like Gai after all this though..... I'm such a sucker for blonds. LOL!!!



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Fu fu fu.....Just found another 2 awesome animes to watch. *drumroll.......*

ANIME 1 - GUILTY CROWN


The story of Guilty Crown is set in Tokyo, 2039. After the outbreak of the unidentified virus "Lost Christmas" in 2029, Japan has been under the control of a multinational organization called GHQ.  Ouma Shu is a 17 year old boy whose life changes after he meets a girl named Yuzuriha Inori, a member of a resistance guerrilla group. He acquires an ability called the "power of kings" that allows him to draw out weapons from another person. (There are criterias as to from whom he can draw out these weapons but will be explained in the anime.) He reluctantly joins the guerilla resistance group, "Funeral Parlor" which aims to restore Japan's independence from GHQ.

Guilty Crown has been compared to Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. I do see some similarities (ie: school boy protagonist, resistance cell, mechatech, supernatural powers) but overall both animes are pretty different. Code Geass is way darker, and speaks of deception and manipulation while Guilty Crown, up til now, speaks of resistance and hope.

Why I like Guilty Crown :
1) Most important (for moi), great artwork and special effects
2) Plot is a bit typical but then we're only at episode 6. Who knows, Guilty Crown may spring an awesome plot and blow us out of our pants like CG.
3) Though currently a bit predictable, it still managed to get me all excited and anticipating the next moment
4) I foresee some good drama in this anime on top of the action

Oh, the protagonist - Ouma Shu - bears an uncanny resemblance to Sora of Kingdom Hearts. So cuteeeee...... :)

ANIME 2 - UN-GO


 
The second will be UN-GO, which is a detective series. It has some supernatural factors in it, which kinda reminds me of another equally awesome anime,  Psychic Detective Yakumo. IMO, it's not as good (yet) as Yakumo, but still worth watching.

The setting of the story is a postwar, future Tokyo that still bears the scars of war. Ruling the land is Media King Rinroku Kaishou, who through politics and industry has the communications infrastructure under his thumb. Kaishou uses the art of deduction and the massive amount of information at his fingertips to lead to the solution of a great number of cases. But there's an underside to Kaishou's brilliant deduction work, which is that Shinjuurou Yuuki is the one who actually uncovers "the truth" in those cases.

However, the public doesn't know this and thus refers to Shinjurou as the "Defeated Detective". Still, Shinjuurou, together with Inga, can't help but search for the truth.

The true mystery, for moi, besides the regular case solving, would be who is Inga and how did he/she came into Suinjirou's life. All we know at this point was that Inga had saved Shinjirou.

So f-list, if you are bored and do not mind chasing for weekly episodes, do give the above 2 animes a try. ^_^


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Woohoo!! Another awesome anime - I sat thru' all 25 episodes, 5 omakes and one OVA in 2 days!!
As usual, the following is copied from Wiki :

The story revolves around Rin Okumura, along with his younger twin brother Yukio, was raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto. Soon after Yukio departs to study at the prestigious True Cross Academy, Rin learns that he is the son of Satan, the strongest of all demons. Witnessing Shiro dying to protect him, Rin ends up doing what his guardian asked him never to do: draw the demon-slaying blade Kurikara, which restrains his demonic powers, from its scabbard. From that moment on, Rin not only gains permanent demonic features like fangs, pointed ears and a tail, but also the power to ignite himself into blue flames that can destroy anything they touch.

At Shiro's funeral, Rin has an encounter with Mephisto Pheles, who agrees with Rin's wish to become an Exorcist like his guardian to take revenge on Satan. Rin enrolls at the True Cross Academy, which is actually the Japanese branch of an international organization dedicated to protect the human realm, Assiah, from demons and other creatures from the demon realm, Gehenna. Rin takes part in a special Exorcist course, the existence of which is known only by a few. Much to his surprise, he finds that his brother Yukio is already a veteran Exorcist and will be one of his teachers......

Though the plot seems a bit typical, the anime has the right amount of humour, drama and action. The protagonist, Rin, a 'delinquent' possessing abnormal strength who constantly skips school and gets into fights, does not come across as annoying. In fact, I find him to be a very likeable character. The same goes for his twin, Yukio. He is the complete opposite of Rin, and bonus points for being voiced by the ever awesome Fukuyama Jun. *swoons*

Back to the anime - the pace of the plot is really good, the story builds up nicely to the climax. And there are some really touching scenes which involves a certain cat. Moreover the artwork and animation is great. I checked out the manga and the character designs look like the originals. (Now if only Burial & Gaiden were done with the same standard.....Sigh....)

And I almost forgot - great OP & ED themes too.

So to my f-list who have not watched this, and is looking for a good anime to pass some time, I STRONGLY recommend Ao No Exorcist, ^_^

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Hello people!! Happy Holidays!!!!

I'm currently watching a new anime - Psychic Detective Yakumo. It's still ongoing but it's really awesome. (It ends at 13 episodes) It has suspense, mystery and angst with a teeny, weeny bit of romance, if you squint hard enough. :)


It's about a college student, Yakumo Saitou who was born with mismatched eyes. His red left eye has the ability to see ghosts and spirits and typical in animes he uses this 'talent', most of the time, unwillingly to help the police.

More than that, Yakuma has a mysterious past and as the story unfolds, it becomes really interesting. I can't say too much without revealing the plot so I implore you people to give it a go. Not our typical bishounen fare but it's cool. I'm like chasing for new episodes every week.

Cheerio!!!

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