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    Recommend an Anime or Manga!

    Post  CmT.Arizona on Sat May 21, 2011 2:50 pm

    Toradora
    Toradora is centered around two high school students who happen to live next to each other: Taiga Aisaka and Ryuji Takasu.

    Taiga, known by the nickname “Palmtop Tiger” at school due to the combination of her small stature and her fierce outward personality, has had a crush on one of her classmates, Yusaku Kitamura, for a while. She’s also the daughter of a rich family, though is currently estranged from both of her parents and live in a condo on her own that her father pays for. Ryuji, who is known somewhat as a delinquient at school due to his intense look, has a crush on classmate Minori. He also lives with his single mother, who works at a hostess bar to make ends meet and is largely a clean freak and good cook.

    Taiga and Ryuji’s story starts when Taiga accidentally puts a love letter meant for Kitamura into Ryuji’s bag, due to confusing which seat they sat in. Having found out that Ryuji now knows such an embarassing thing attacks him over it. However, Taiga soon finds out that Ryuji likes her best friend Minori and the two decide to create a pact where they each will try to set the other up with their crushes (as Kitamura is also Ryuji’s friend just as Minori is Taiga’s).

    Eventually, this leads into a mess where Taiga likes Kitamura, but Kitamura wants to remain friends, where Ryuji likes Minori, Minori likes Ryuji, Taiga starts having feelings for Ryuji, but both Taiga and Minori try to push Ryuji towards the other beliving that’s who really likes Ryuji/who Ryuji really likes. Throw in a fifth wheel in the popular idol Ami Kawashima, whom is really selfish, though she covers up that part of her personality around others, and you have an overall good romantic comedy.

    My primary issue with this series is at the end, where I think the switch from Taiga perusing Kitamura to “discovering” that she liked Ryuji and, especially, the transition from Ryuji going after Minori to going after Taiga is too abrupt and without very much foreshadowing in the show other than Minori’s refusal to date Ryuji (which initially is taken as her just not liking Ryuji). Most of the building in Taiga and Ryuji’s relationship being romantic is mostly due to the simple fact that the story focuses on them, not necessarily anything in the story.

    Luckily (or perhaps, the core of the problem) is that this transition only occurs over a couple of episodes, and the story after it gets past that point is also good, so the series as a whole isn’t too damaged by this problem. Overall, one still gets about 22 episodes of a pretty good show out of a 25 episode series, which is still doing pretty good for any series. Much of this is attributed to the comedy in the series, but there are also several dramatic scenes as well which are pulled off well in the middle and later part of the series.

    On it’s technical aspects, the music is overall very good and the animation is, as a whole good, though there are a couple of exceptions.

    Overall, I definitely think Toradora is a series that many anime fans would enjoy.
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    Post  CmT.L3mOn on Sat May 21, 2011 5:25 pm

    O-o , nice meh? I didn't know , okay i'll start reading it! Very Happy Thanks for recommending
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    Post  CmT.Arizona on Sun May 22, 2011 6:38 pm

    The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

    Do not watch this film if you have no familiarity with the franchise it's set within, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Even if you're familiar with the general concept of the show or maybe saw a couple of episodes, a significant chunk of the film depends heavily on the viewer's knowledge of the series. If you haven't watched the TV seasons or read the novels, you'll be pretty confused when Kyon suddenly starts talking to his cat Shamisen or demanding to see a birth mark on Mikuru's chest.

    Fans of the series, however, will have a lot of inside jokes to laugh at, and more importantly, some much-needed character development for Kyon and for alien robot character Yuki.

    While not the lead heroine, Yuki has proven to be one of the most popular characters in the series, and for no small reason: where Haruhi is an over-the-top but cheerful bully and Mikuru a well-intentioned blob of extreme anxiety (would she really NEVER get the hang of Haruhi's insanity?), Yuki is incessantly calm and quiet- but not emotionless. In novel form, Kyon primarily tells the reader of her slight changes in expression, but in the anime, those rare and minute shifts truly shine. Subtlety: hey, it can happen.

    The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya places a larger spotlight on Yuki than past story arcs, to strong effect. It's also impressive that Kyoto Animation managed to make Yuki's Haruhi-less self—a socially reclusive high school girl with a touch of a crush on Kyon, of course -very different from the also-timid Mikuru. One could imagine Mikuru as a scared rabbit flailing to get away from a predator and Yuki as a timid but not disinterested kitten, although they admittedly suffer from very different machinations (Haruhi's and Kyon's, respectively).

    Fans of Mikuru may not get their fill in this movie, but they will enjoy the return of adult Mikuru. Haruhi herself has several strong moments as well- in fact, some viewers may prefer the powerless Haruhi to her original-timeline counterpart. Kyon, of course, takes the firm lead, and perhaps occasionally over-narrates, but Kyon's tone is so well-written it's hard to complain about it…much. And sorry, Koizumi fans: his role, as usual, is decidedly smaller than the other four SOS Brigade members'. (All twelve of you can send your letters of complaint to Kyo-Ani.)

    It should be said that the larger storyline of the movie is predictable. Author Nagaru Tanigawa glosses over this with his colorful characters, enjoyable dialogue, and surprise mini-twists, so for the most part fans will forgive that. However, Kyon spends too long making an idiot of himself trying to confirm that something unnatural has truly happened rather than some sort of massive-scale pranking, which seems a bit odd for a guy who time travels to keep an insane high school girl-slash-god from remaking the universe. As a result of this and other somewhat overzealous tone-setting, viewers will definitely feel the nearly-three-hour length of the film by the end of it. Truly obsessive Haruhi fans will be thrilled about this attention to detail, but more casual fans should make sure they get a comfy chair.

    On the technical front, the animation is as would be expected for Kyoto Animation working with a large budget on a project requiring less than half of the footage needed for a 14-episode TV series. It is, quite frankly, beautifully done, although it's still KyoAni, so moe-haters need not apply. The voice acting is excellent on all counts, as with the TV seasons, and Yuki voice actress Minori Chihara also contributes an attractive and well-sung ending theme to cap off the experience.

    The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is a film created entirely for current fans of the franchise, who will enjoy it unless they aren't fond of Yuki, Kyon, and/or time travel (in which case they wouldn't watch or read Haruhi to begin with). But don't try to convert friends to Haruhi-ism with the movie; it'll confuse them, and it's really only good when one really understands all the minute references and larger past storylines.
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    Post  CmT.Arizona on Mon May 23, 2011 9:10 pm

    EDEN NO ORI/CAGE NO EDEN

    Cage of Eden is a manga series written by YAMADA Yoshinobu serialized under Shonen Magazine. Genre includes Action, Adventure, Tragedy, Romance, and some others.

    The Plot starts kind of like the TV series “Lost.” There is a class full of young high school students on an airplane. The main character is Akira, and everything seems fine until Akira sees a huge monster bite into the plane, causing the plane to crash on an island. Akira wakes up finding himself in the middle of a forest, and begins searching for other survivors. Akira soon gathers a few survivors but finds that there is no signs of civilization on the island, but rather finds prehistoric species. These prehistoric species are savage, deadly, and hungry. Will Akira be able to survive this cursed island full of monsters? Will he be able to protect his classmates and get them home safely? In order to find out read the manga.



    The storyline is interesting, seeing Akira battle against the forces of nature, and there still is the mystery of what happened on the plane that cause it to crash. There are moments where some of the characters may piss you off because they did something that obviously leads to bad results. The drawing style is decent, not the best I have seen but good enough for me not to be bothered by it. I recommend this manga to those who like survival type mangas and the like. You can start reading herethanks to Mangafox.

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