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The Vanishment of Suzumiya Haruhi OST Preview

January 22, 2010

Whilst the film doesn’t actually get released for another two weeks (February 6th), this PV condenses the 150 minute film into a 5 minute montage. The PV itself is for the Original Soundtrack to the movie posted by Lantis, being released a week (Jan 27th) before the movie. This is very spoiler heavy. So unless you want to be spoiled, or have already read the fourth novel, don’t watch this.

The music sounds good (though I rarely tend to listen to BGM) and the animation’s looking good too judging by this. But I’m sure this would be a lot better watching it on the big screen.

Haruhi really does look better with the long hair ponytail.

  • Lantis removed their original version and replaced it with a non-spoiler one after complaints. But not before the spoiler version had already been copied and uploaded by others.
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K-ON! [14] – “Live House!” Special OVA

January 20, 2010
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Azu-nyan's super cute tora-mimi welcome in the new year!

This is like an episode 14 to K-ON!’s first season, being released with the last Blu-ray DVD of the first season. The girls are invited to perform a live by Ritsu and Mio’s friend from their middle school. To be honest, I can’t say I was expecting much from this episode after feeling like the ending to first season (episodes 10-12) were pretty disappointing but I was pleasantly surprised after realising how much I enjoyed this episode. The comedy and the blu-ray quality animation (plus no weird looking faces that I could find!) were pleasant and made it worth watching. Okay, so there still was the rather repetitive and filler “tea drinking & cake eating” supplied by Mugi halfway through the episode but a live episode with some music is better than watching the girls eat their cakes. Read more…

Midsummer’s winter blast

January 17, 2010

Hardly the weather to be going to the beach in.

I cannot believe the weather here. It’s mid-January; we’re having 12 degree days, a lot of rain and I’m pretty sure Winter has just decided to revisit this month. There have only been 8 sunny days out of the last 26 since around Christmas and this is probably the worst summer weather I can recall. Not to mention that it is ridiculously foggy today. Read more…

Allons~y 2010 and farewell the Doctor

January 7, 2010

Photo credit to channelnewsasia.com

The fireworks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil looked pretty amazing. I wish there had been such a display here on New Years Eve.

I hope everyone has had a good start to 2010. It was pretty fun over New Years to watch the recap montage of things that happened in the last decade. Y2K is just one of the hilarious things in hindsight.

David was a brilliant Doctor and certainly my favourite.

2010 also aired the last special episode for David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who. I watched this at the start of the week and it was a great finish for David – blowing the TARDIS interior up while regenerating. It wrapped up 3 seasons for him as the Doctor and well, his goofy eccentric version of the Doctor was the main reason I enjoyed the show so much. The ending sequence – his reward – was the highlight of the two part special and made the conclusion so much more melancholic. It’s sad to see him go, the next Doctor – Matt Smith – has huge shoes to fill and judging by the preview of Season 5, the Eleventh Doctor certainly is doing a lot of things uncharacteristic of Tennant’s version. I don’t know whether I’ll watch the next series yet, I definitely didn’t like the swapping of “Allons~y!” for “Geronimo!”  though.

Preview for Series 5, 2010:

But just why.. why is there a Dalek again? I thought they said they weren’t bringing back the old enemies anymore. ;_;

Reminiscences of the Anime that made 2009

December 31, 2009

2009 will be over in just under 30 minutes. We’re in the midst of New Years celebration here in New Zealand (I can hear the fireworks already!) and the rest of the world following suit. So firstly, Happy New Year everyone! Anime this year has been interesting and fun to watch for the most part. There have been endless summers, incomplete productions and lots of moe in the many different shows that aired.

Anime has easily become one of my main interests within the past two years and even amidst juggling my senior school year work, I still managed to squeeze in enough time to watch some anime this year. I had initially planned to write this earlier, but watching movies for many of the past few nights has made me reluctant to go online. But better late than never and so here are Ayano Katagiri’s picks of 2009!

Best character: Misaka Mikoto (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)

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Biribiri is easily my favourite and the best character this year. Starring in both To Aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, the Tokiwadai Railgun is the combination of tsundere, moe and kickass electrical power. Last week’s ending sequence in the obligatory swimsuit episode was automatic win. <3

Most annoying character: Daichi Kakeru (Akikan!)

I honestly could not stand Kakeru and Akikan. This mainly was the result of an annoying main character that is a complete pervert and full of himself. The initial idea to the story was interesting, but the execution and character personality certainly put me off. I’ll say no more.

Best OVA: Code Geass R2 – Zero Requiem

Code Geass is definitely one of the greatest anime of all time in my books and Lelouch’s feats as Zero were badass. This Zero Requiem OVA was a summary of R2 done in two hours and although there was no new material, it cut out all the filler and random attempts at slice-of-life in Ashford Academy. The focus on Lelouch’s quest for Zero Requiem was an amazing masterpiece and the reason why Code Geass is one of my favourite anime.

Most messed up/wtf anime: Umineko no Naku Koro ni/Asura Cryin’

This is a bit of a tie between Umineko no Naku Koro ni and Asura Cryin’, both series lacked explanations and really just didn’t make a whole lot of sense on their own. Asura Cryin’ was mysterious, a fantasy mecha anime that didn’t give a lot of explanations to what was going on (until season 2 I believe?). I’ve said before that watching Umineko as a stand alone was a complete

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New Zealand’s First Anime-Con!

December 31, 2009

A previous comiket in Japan

Although it’s not exactly Comiket, New Zealand is finally getting its first anime-con. The closest we’ve ever had to anything similar to an anime convention would be the Armageddon Pulp Expo (the largest fantasy convention combining sci-fi and comics in NZ) which Aussies in Melbourne may also be aware of, but the anime sections at Armageddon (the Wellington at least) have been a reasonably small portion of what makes up the entire expo. Although there’s been cosplay, screenings and even a Kamehameha contest, the main focus isn’t really on anime.

New Zealand’s first anime-con will be held in Dunedin, in the Castle Complex at the University of Otago on the 8th and 9th of May 2010. It is also being organised by the same people who host the Armageddon Expos and according to them, it’s for the “die-hard anime fans in New Zealand”. I doubt there are any otaku self obsessed to the likes of those marrying the Love Plus DS girlfriends, but I’m sure there are some fans out there happy that an event like this is going to occur. Dunedin’s finally getting something (previously other conventions were all held at Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch) and tickets are $15 NZD from iTicket. I’ll be done in Dunedin next year as I’m attending Otago University next year, so chances are I’ll probably head along and see if this will be any good. Read more…

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009

Art credit to Baioretto Shitto / バイオレットシット

Merry Christmas everyone!