Kaze no Stigma * Toward Terra * Lovely Complex * Over Drive * Koutetsu Sangokushi * Shining Tears x Wind * SKULLMAN * Ookiku Furikabutte
This is probably the last group post for spring 2007 anime, as I’ve already watched most of the shows I wanted to check out.
- Kaze no Stigma
The character designs have not impressed me, from the guy-with-his hands-almost-always-in-his-pocket to the girl with the awful pink hair color and bangs. Smells like another generic fighting show, and I’m also watching Claymore for my action genre requirement anyway, so I’m not watching anymore of this.
- Toward Terra
Ok, so my image manipulation was awful
The lead seems to be a an alternate universe version of Eureka 7’s Renton. The animation looks ok, the space drama feeling is interesting. It’s a weird world where you become an adult when you reach the age of 14 (if you pass the exams, where your memory is erased), and apparently it’s a totalitarian state. So I’m gonna need to watch more episodes to decide on whether to watch this till the end or not.
- Lovely Complex
This is my 3rd most favorite show of spring 2007! I’ve been watching the raws, and it has been a fun experience. I mean, just figuring out what they’re saying is fun in itself! And I just like the funny faces that Risa (the tall girl) makes, and together with Otani (the small guy) they make a good comedic duo. It is just too bad that the more known subbers have chosen to ignore this. But I think BlueStorm has done a fine job translating the show.
- Over Drive
Pants dropper dropped
Our main guy here seems to suffer perennial bad hair day. So it’s a show about cycling, though I’m not too interested in the sport, still I do know who Lance Armstrong is. Except for the pants-down scene, I haven’t been very amazed at the other supposedly comedic situations. Dropped.
- Koutetsu Sangokushi
While I watched the OP, I was wondering, what the hell did I download this time? Is this of the (in)famous yaoi genre? (Note that I haven’t seen any yaoi show, so forgive me.) Whenever the grey-haired guy makes an appearance it makes me cringe. This promises lots of action, but I think I’ll pass on this one.
- Shining Tears x Wind
I’m sorry, I couldn’t get myself to finish this one. I think that’s because I’ve watched way too many fighting shows… ^_^;
- THE SKULLMAN
The first scene of a woman frantically running and being chased by a monster was engaging enough. However, things went downhill after the OP, because the show dragged on with talking (which unfortunately I could not understand.) Anyway this SKULLMAN seems to have these monstars he commands (I think), and why he does what does (such as wear a skull mask) I have no idea. The time period set in this series seems to be in the 20th century setting–the technology and structures don’t look sophisticated to me. So back to our story, most of the time it’s the interaction between this male reporter (from the looks of it) and this kid he saved at the train for not having enough credentials. If it sounds boring, it really looked to me that way. The feeling of excitement that you get from watching an interesting show isn’t there. I question now what BONES intends to achieve with this show. And I’m still undecided on whether to download the 2nd episode raw or just drop this show altogether.
- Ookiku Furikabutte
Surprisingly, I ran out of shows to download. Looking at moetron’s list, this show caught my attention, because 1) the first episode’s been subbed already, and 2) it’s about baseball. Now I’m not really into baseball, I don’t know the rules, and the last time I watched a game was that series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees. I was really LOL’ing when ‘New York, New York’ played as the Yankees lost. But I digress. So our ‘hero’ here is this wimpy pitcher who started in his former team because his grandpa owns the school. Sometimes he’s unbelievably wimpy it’s annoying. But I’m willing to forgive him this time since this the first baseball themed show I’ve watched. Oh, wait, does Battle Ball apply? (So when I checked the year for BB I was aghast–1986!! I feel so old! LOL) I think I’ll keep watching an episode or two, then decide whether to drop it or not.
So I guess that’s it for spring 2007. Ja!