I finished watching my Blast of Tempest DVD sets, and I had a very good experience doing so. The first time I watched this anime I liked it, but I was not wowed by it. The best thing I found about it were some of the characters, but the story was not great, and the ending felt contrived. Also, the second half of the series felt weaker and way laid back compared to the first, more serious and dark, first part.
But in this re-watch, I suppose I went with a stronger conviction and more open-minded-ness. My opinion on the story and and characters did not change much, but the overall series made more sense this time. I also noticed that one half is not necessarily more serious and the other more laid back. The first half was more of a set up for the story. Whereas the second half was more of a resolution, and the creators let the characters flourish more. Finally, the ending and conclusion had more than enough closure.
After re-watching Blast of Tempest I bumped up its ranking from 75 to 68. Speaking of my rankings, I placed Patlabor the Television Series on 82. Next week I plan to watch Chihayafuru. See you next time and happy anime viewing.
I, indeed, finished watching the Patlabor television series this weekend. I enjoyed the whole series. I was just a bit disappointed that it was mostly episodic. Although, the last two episodes did a good job adding some closure. I am still not sure if this series can crack my top 100 favorites, but I can safely say that it is one of the most interesting anime I have ever seen. I actually watched a trailer (that came in the tv series volume 4 BD) of the original Patlabor OVA, and I think I am going to also buy it.
I finally have the two Aniplex USA's DVD sets of Blast of Tempest, and I plan to watch them this week. I have actually grown fond of this anime as time has passed, and I hope my re-watch of it is satisfactory. That is it for now. Happy anime viewing.
I finished watching Gurren Lagann on Thursday. I continue to like this anime a lot, and the conclusion actually felt more uplifting in this last re-watch. Unfortunately, my DVD set from Aniplex USA has a damaged disc. I have heard that when Bandai Entertainment released Gurren Lagann in an Anime Legends set, DVD 2 had a defect. And apparently that defect is also present in some Aniplex USA sets. I was a bit frustrated with this issue, but I will not exchange my set because the packaging is very nice.
Next week I should finally receive my Right Stuf order of Patlabor TV Series, part 4 on BD, the first half of Robotics;Notes and the second part of Blast of Tempest. I hope I have enough time next week to watch this Patlabor set and finally conclude the television series. Until next time, happy anime viewing.
I am taking it easy with the anime watching this week. I am going to only watch my simulcasts, but I am not re-watching any of the series I own or watching other animes for the first time online. I actually decided to order the Aniplex USA DVD edition of Gurren Lagann. I already have a DVD copy from Bandai Entertainment, but I do not trust the quality and durability of those discs. Hoping to be revitalized to watch lots of anime by next week, happy anime viewing.
I finished re-watching Hanasaku Iroha yesterday, and I enjoyed it way more than I anticipated. The first time I watched this anime I thought it was good, but I noticed some faults that did not compel me to buy a physical copy. The fact that I do not like NIS America limited edition, bulky boxes further distanced me from acquiring it. My biggest gripe with Hanasaku Iroha initially was that the story tended to lose focus with several episodes that seemed unnecessary.
But during my re-watch I did not see that many of those unnecessary episodes. In fact only episodes 6 and 7 fit this description. Like the first time, I think the ending of the series is very fulfilling and has more than enough closure. I am very glad that I decided to buy physical copies of it. I am also bumping Hanasaku Iroha in my ranking from 74 to 67. Finally, Aniplex USA is bringing over Japanese copies of Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion, but I am actually buying my copy from amazon.co.jp.
I think it will be a good idea to write a longer post about the Madoka Magica third movie, and how it could impact the future and direction of the franchise. I am not promising anything, but I will keep it in mind. I think doing that in April, after I watch my BD copy of the movie, will be a good idea. That is all for now; happy anime viewing.
This week I decided to finally watch my Sentai BD copy of Humanity Has Declined. I do not love this anime, but it has several interesting concepts and well done episodes. I am not sure how much replay value Humanity Has Declined has for me, but I still think that acquiring this anime is a positive thing for me because I want to support Sentai's subbed-only BD releases. Speaking of sub-only BD releases, Sentai has finally announced a release date (May 27) for their release of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!; I am very excited about this.
I expect to have a busy time next week. My two NIS America volumes of Hanasaku Iroha arrived today.
I plan to watch the whole series next week. I will keep watching more Fairy Tail until Friday. That is all for now. Happy anime viewing.
It has been kind of a slow week. I watched the dubbed version of Black Butler II on Netflix. I wanted to see if watching it a second time changed my perception. I watched it, and my reaction was less adverse, but I still think it is not worth owning. I also started watching the second season of Fairy Tail dubbed at Funimation.com. Lastly, I ordered both of the NISA's sets of Hanasaku Iroha and the BD/DVD combo of the first season of Black Butler (a season I enjoyed way more than the second one). See you next time and happy anime viewing.
I did manage to finish watching all of K-On! last week. I enjoyed season 1 a lot because it felt very fresh and highly entertaining. I thought that I was going to find 3-4 episodes boring, but, except for the second training camp episode, the rest of the 11 episodes were very enjoyable. Interestingly, the extra and OVA episodes were not as interesting and cool as I remembered them. And then I watched season 2. And let me tell you, I got bored with it.
The last time I watched season 2 I remember the first part being kind of slow, but the second part being more enjoyable. But this time season 2 never seemed to click for me. The best thing from season 2 was the last concert and the song for Azusa. Finally, the movie was more enjoyable, but it felt underwhelming again. I am starting to convince myself that the best way to enjoy K-On! is to watch season 1 and the first OVA, skip season 2 but watch the second OVA and finally watch the movie to have some closure.
I am still delivering on what anime series from Winter to add to my watch list, but I promise to post a definitive list by the end of the week. Happy anime viewing.
My goal to watch all of K-On! within this week is moving along quite nicely. I already watched season 1 (including the extra and OVA that followed). Yesterday I watched the first 12 episodes of season 2. I have some comments on what I have watched so far, but I will write about them after I am done watching the movie. As far as the Winter season is concerned, I have already added three shows (Silver Spoon 2, Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren and Noragami) to follow. I have looked at the first episode of other new shows, and I might add 2 more series to my list of simulcasts. Happy anime viewing.
I watched a lot of anime this week. I watched the two OVA's adapted from the Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas manga. I am a fan of this franchise and was interested in seeing the anime adaptation of what I thought was a good manga. I was quite satisfied with these OVA's. The only thing that I sort of lament is that the OVA's only adapted about half of the manga material, if I recall correctly. I am hoping for more anime adaptations of The Lost Canvas and other Saint Seiya mangas; I doubt it will happen though.
The other anime I watched was tsuritama. And I was also surprised by how amusing it was; the animation style was also well done and interesting. Halfway through tsuritama, I was leaning toward buying the series on BD, but the conclusion was not very strong. Next week I am thinking in rewatching the two seasons and movie of K-On! Crunchyroll is also going to start airing new Winter shows tomorrow. Looking forward to the new anime season, see you later and happy anime viewing.