Love. Regret. Moving On. Angel Beats. [One Last Time]

Angel Beats- the Guild

I really hope that with this third post, I can do justice for this anime.

Angel Beats is about a group of kids who are unable to move on and are trapped in purgatory. At first it would seem that Yuuri-pe would just be a reap off of Haruhi Suzumiya, and the story would be too absurd and frankly, stupid. But just hang on and continue watching. Coz if you don’t, you don’t know what you’re missing.

This anime is about dying with so much regret and sadness that you’d willingly trap yourself in a made-up world, trying so hard to continue living and never giving up- all for the sake of your life and your memories. It tells the story of how these kids finally moved on and accepted their fate, they surrendered theirself to fate and to God, knowing fully well that they’ll, in a way, die again. It’s about how love have once again prevailed. It’s really all about unconditional love: the lost and gain of it.

I feel sorry for the people who didn’t get or who weren’t able to appreciate this anime. The main theme isn’t original but the way it is presented, with the high school students fighting and angel as well, it is truly a one of a kind story. Also, the characters each have their own story, they aren’t just there for show, they have development and twists. Expecially Yuzuru, you think he’s the main protagonists, that somehow he is the saviour of the Guild… tunrs out it’s not him. I really liked the twists. Even though it brought Yuuri-pe one step closer to being Haruhi Suzumiya with all the God thing.

Bottom line of this whole review: Don’t miss out. This is an amazing anime. I cried and cried and cried. It makes you think about life, you know. It makes you realise things and it just makes you feel alive.

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Battle ANgel Live Action :)

 

Battle Angel Alita- Alita

So, I know I’m quite late with this news but… apparently, they are making a Battle Angel Alita live action!!!! But instead of that title, they are shortening it to Battle Angel. I really hope it’s gonna do justice to the manga or at least to what the mangaka wanted to show people. I haven’t really read the Battle Angel Alita manga, but I have read the sequel: BAA- Last Order. I think it’s quite good though the drawings really need to improve.

Anyway, Empire Magazine says that it’ll be James Cameron, the director of Avatar who’s directing it. Seeing how Avatar turned out… maybe we can be excited for this one? What really worries me is that it’s HOLLYWOOD who’s doing it. Tsk tsk. Risky. Especially after Dragon Ball. Epic fail. But this is a sci-fi… and the technology is amazing right now. Plus, it’s the director of Avatar!!! The effects were really awesome in that film. SO I guess we just wait for this.

Battle Angel L.A. Info:

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0zero8days: Angel Beats! (Anime)

Welcome to the “Like-hell-I’m-dead Battlefront”!

Anime Title: エンジェルビーツ
Producer: Aniplex
Status: Airing
Synopsis: In a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the otherhand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers. (via Anime News Network)

I saw a trailer in a site called Metanorn and it looked really cool. So anyway, I decided to download it after I saw the review. At first, it didn’t look anything new. The story IS original and that’s a plus point. But, it was nonsense at first really. Stealing lunch meal tickets? By singing in the stage?! But yeah, there’s a lot of nonsense but it’s unpredictable and really interesting.

I think I was talking, *ahem* typing, in circles but what I want to say is, I’m definitely watching it again. The characters are pretty cliche but I think there’s more to them. Yuki is really like Haruhi from MHZ. Her hair, her face and even her actions! They’re like twins or something. Not a minus point though. And as for Angel, she’s very very interesting. I wonder what the twist will be?

I’ll update this after I watch the 5th ep.

0zero7days: Nightmare of the Funeral March (Manga)

Nightmare of the Funeral March

Good day. Welcome to Aries. This shop sells antiques and knickknacks. It seems you’ve found what you’re looking for…

Manga Title: Nightmare of the Funeral March / Sousoukyoku Naitomea/ 葬送曲ナイトメア
Manga-ka: Aki Arata (Art and Story)
Status: Completed (Not completely scanlated) Two Vol.
Synopsis: The owner of Aries, a strange antique shop, is Baku, a mysterious boy. The costs for the mysterious items there are the guests’ nightmares. This is a story of Aries, a shop where only people drown in their dreams can enter… (via Aerandria Scans)

What attracted me is the title. Kinda like the movie “Death in a Funeral,” I haven’t watched it but the title is really attention grabbing. Hmm…. so basically it’s about this mysterious kid who’s a conductor of a colony (or whatever you call it) of an insect (of what, I have no idea) and something happened to him that caused him to have 3 or 4(?) other persona. The chapters features different people and by more than 5 chapters, the story had developed quite nicely. This manga has a really good art and an addictive story.

Scarlet Carnival is also scanlating this one and there’s no new updates yet. I’ll be updating this post after I get updates.

So far, it’s been great and it receives  1/2.

0zero6days: Are you Alice? (Manga)

Are you Alice?

If you give me a permanent reason to exist then I’ll be Alice… If that’s no good, then I’ll blow my brains out right now.
Manga Title: Are you Alice? / 汝名艾丽斯
Manga-ka: Katagiri Ikumi (Art) / Ninomiya Ai (Story)
Status: Publishing from 2009
Synopsis: After throwing away his dreams a boy wanders into “Wonderland” and he holds the name of “Alice” which is the primary requirement in the “Game to kill the White Rabbit”. In a crazy story where common sense does not apply and everything is bound by the rules of the game and the orders of the Queen of Hearts, Alice decides to take the gun in his hand. (via mangaupdates)

Hmm… so review. So far I only read three chapters. Not that it isn’t good. It’s just that I don’t have access to it except by internet and well, no updates yet.

So, I never really knew the real story of Alice in Wonderland. I vaguely knew about Alice being in Wonderland, meeting the weird cat, being in a tea party with the Mad Hatter and meeting the Queen of hearts and her cards… and that’s it. I also knew she shrank, by the way. Having said all that, comparing this manga to the real story is not really possible to do.

But reading the manga, I’m really really excited and curious about the characters and the development of the story. It seems like the Queen and his loyal servant, the Mad Hatter can’t really be trusted… and the new Alice seems to be a psycho who killed a lot… and he’s emo too. Seriously. But anyway, the story’s development is quite interesting. With the flow of the story a few more chapters and a minimum of 2-3 volumes will be enough and just right. Well, I might be wrong if there’s more twist.

Oh, for the art, well, it’s just gorgeous! I love it and I’m planning on reading one of the artist’s work: Zanbara!

As for now, this manga has the rating of   out of 5. The art and the story are just amazing and I’ll be sure to look out for updates!
Oh, I forgot! Here’s the link to Scarlet Carnival for updates and download links!

Baccano!

Baccano!

Baccano!

Alternative Title:
Japanese: バッカーノ!
Other Information:
Genres: action, adventure, comedy, fantasy, horror

Synopsis:
Each of the stories in the series involves several unrelated plots intersecting and crossing each other as events spiral farther and farther out of control. Immortal alchemists, mafia operated speakeasies, and many other elements of pulp fiction mashed together for a world straight out of the movies.
During the late 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot, is starting its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. At the same time in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling aide Ennis, are looking for missing bottles of the immortality elixir. In addition, a war between the mafia groups is getting worse. On board the Advena Avis, in 1711, alchemists are about to learn the price of immortality.

Review:
Whoever said that this is a horror anime, sure is weird…

Baccano jumps from one timeline to another. Suddenly you’re at 1930, then 1932, then 1931, and so on and so on. At first it’s seriously confusing. Especially if you don’t know the names of the characters. Then the changes in the time also makes you want to pause every time. But even though it was like that, as soon as you get to the 3rd episode, you’ll enjoy it. Not coz that’s when it gets better, it’s coz that’s when you memorize their names.
Anyway, the story gets a 9/10 for me.

The main plot is actually simple. People are just trapped inside the moving train. ANd when I say trapped- I mean it. Because -this is the complicated part- not only do they have a group of ‘cult’ wanting to sacrifice all of them, they also have a group of psychopaths who wouldn’t want anything more than to kill them. ANd as if that wasn’t enough, there’s another group who wants to take over(?) the train! And of course that’s not all, there’s also a pair of wanted thieves board! And wait, there’s more. They have an assassin for a conductor! Now, think that’s already too much?! Well, think again. Coz there are immortals aboard too! I wonder what the people inside did in their past lives that made them deserving to have this kind of fate… Any ideas?

After that complicated stuff, I think it’s safe to say that it is, indeed, worthy of 9. But what makes this really a great story is the fact that they are all connected! Every main character is connected to each other, that it is so freaky. And even though it’s complicated, as you watch it, you begin to catch up with what’s happening and maybe, even make predictions on what’ll happen next. Anyway, the anime is really easy to understand once you get the hang of it.

As for the characters, 9/10 too.

The characters are all lovable and unique. It would take me forever to tell you why, so I’ll just make it short. THEY”RE THE BEST! It’s so hard to explain why, they just are!

For the art, it’s not that great but it’s good. 8/10.
I think this review is short so just let me make one final comment:
BAccano is worthy of your time, no matter how busy you are. The episodes always leaves you hanging. Always, always, the action is in the last part of the episode. And it’s actually frustrating if you don’t have all the episodes. And to tell you the truth, it’s too short. But it’s great. It never got boring and definitely one of the best anime this century!
Last one, I hope you won’t think that I’m over rating this, this is all my opinion. If it’s different from you then, it is. We are different after all.

Tomorrow: Loveless

Loveless

Loveless

Information from ANime News Network:


Alternative title: ラブレス

Genres: drama, fantasy, mystery, romance, supernatural


Plot Summary:


Ritsuka’s life has never been normal. At the time of his older brother’s murder, he lost all of his memories and became a different person. He feels he’s never been loved for who he is. Enter a mysterious ‘adult’ friend of his older brother, Soubi, who always wears bandages around his neck. Carved there is ‘Beloved’… Because he was Seimei’s warcraft, someone who, with the ‘sacrifice’, (Ristuka and Seimei are ‘sacrifices’) fights psychic battles using spoken word. Ritsuka must deal with Soubi’s feelings for him. Does Soubi care abut him because Seimei told him to… Ritsuka is angry that Soubi might not even care about him for who he is, but he still fights alongside of him on the search for Nanatsu no Tsuki, his brother’s killer. One interesting and wonderful fact that draws many girls to this series: it has catboys. This story focuses on relationships and is very clearly shounen-ai, or yaoi. Ritsuka must kiss or often lick Soubi during fights for strength… But he’s ‘Loveless’.


Review:


The first volume covers almost a third of the anime. What I like most about the manga is the not-s-serious atmosphere or aura it has. By the start of the manga, unlike the all so serious anime adaptation, Ritsuka is dawn with cute and chibi faces. That happened only in the end of the anime. Also, the anime didn’t follow the manga closely and though I really like the anime, the manga isn’t bad itself.


As for the drawing, I really love the manga’s art. It’s not that different but the manga gives a more beautiful effect.


So far, Loveless is definitely worth the time.


Tomorrow:


I love you, Ritsuka.


Why would you say that to someone who doesn’t want you to? Who gets hurt just by the mere mention of it? When you know yourself that you might not be able to bear the consequence?


Just don’t say it.