Ueki No Housoku

February 25, 2006

There must be something really interesting when I first watched The Law Of Ueki. Yeah, I somehow got addicted after just watching 1 episode of it. In addition, this anime is relatively new in Japan, as it’s still being aired over there. I’d love to summarise what this whole anime is about, but it wouldn’t do any justice to it. Plus, you wouldn’t understand the whole picture if I didn’t do some bragging.

 
There’s this tournament that will decide who the next God will be. Uh-huh. God here isn’t that One And Only One All-Mighty. And the current God, AKA Kami-sama, is portrayed as a merrily-hippie-womaniser kind of God (I know what you’re thinking). So candidates to be the next God however need to select a mortal to fight on their behalf. And as you know, the current God decided what would be more interesting than to use middle school kids as each God Candidate‘s representative.
 
When a God Candidate has chosen his/her representative, that representative (AKA Power User) will be bestowed some awesome but mainly weird kind of powers. Hmmm… Now that’s the interesting part about this. And I can say that the producers are quite imaginative and creative. For instance, changing coins into whirlwind, changing beads into bombs, changing towels into steel, changing shadow in robots, changing cotton into stakes, changing ring into rocket, changing earth into scythe, changing tomato into magma. The list goes on and on and there’re quite a number of these Power Users and you’ll get to see how they creatively use their powers in battles.
 
Of course, the winning God Candidate will become the next God and as for the Power User, he/she will be given the most ultimate & prized ‘Zai’, the Blank Zai. What’s that? Well, Zai is actually ability (Mandarin = Cai) to do something, like Zai to sing, Zai to dance, Zai to do homework, etc. You get the point. After each fight among Power Users, the winner will randomly receive 1 Zai while the loser will lose his powers and is out of the tournament. However, if a Power User uses his/her power on a Non-Power User, 1 Zai will be erased or deleted as a penalty. And if one has zero Zais, that person will disappear from the face of the Earth! Sounds like a lot to know, right? But if you’re an addict like me, you’ll know these terms like the tip of your fingers after watching several episodes.
 
So this anime focuses on our hero Kousuke Ueki, sometimes blur, naive, and stubborn but with a great sense of justice and friendhsip (if only there were such people in this world). Chosen by God Candidate Kobasen because of this, Ueki has the ability to change trash or garbage into trees. Along with his classmate, Mori Ai, the 2 embark on a quest to win the tournament and obtain and keep the Blank Zai from falling into the wrong hands. Unlike other people who have their own desires on what they want to use the Blank Zai, Ueki doesn’t. His reason is just that. Like I said, if only therer’e such people in this world. However, Ueki seems to have very low number of Zais (an average Power User has approximately 100 Zais) because he seems to use his power to defend bully victims. But he makes them up in battle phases he wins. Oh well, easy come easy go. Ironically, justice here seems blind, though. So Mori has to always warn and remind Ueki before he gets into a fight with a Non-Power User.
 
Along the way he learns and discovers how to use his ability, defeating Power Users alike and making many friends along the way (due to his sense of justice!). But when Kobasen was sent to Hell after breaking a forbidden rule not to help Power Users engaged in battles, Ueki becomes even more determined to hunt and take down Robert Hayden and his henchmen known as Robert’s 10. And you guessed it, he single-handedly took down each one of them (well, with the exception of Rinka). But I was a little disappointed with the fight between Ueki and Oni, one of Robert’s 10. He seems to be like one of the tough guys, but got beaten so easily and so fast. *sighs*
 
If you notice, Ueki seems to take alot of beating from his opponents at first. A normal person would’ve been unable to continue or died already. But yet, he’s able to stand up, devise a comeback plan and win. How’s this possible? Well, you see Ueki isn’t exactly a mortal. He’s some sort of a Heavenly Being just like Robert Hayden himseld. Meaning, they’re born in Heaven so they’re abe to use Jingis (AKA Sacred Treaures – some gigantic weird looking weapons) during their battle phases. Yeah, it’s some scam from their dads so that they can eliminate the competition and be sure that they become the next God.
 
As the story progresses into the second round, the remaining Power Users form teams up to 5, battle each other. Plus, as a twist, Robert is no longer around and is replaced by Anon, which is supposed to be Robert’s dad’s real son. Yeah, his father found out he was getting soft after that gruesome battle with Ueki and decided that he’s no longer of use to him and is thus replaced. Some kind of father, I tell you.
 
Overall, I found this anime to be quite entertaining although at times I go blank when they explain certain strategies or stuffs like that. Oh yeah, somehow most of the characters remind me of other anime characters as well:-
 
Ueki reminded me of Yahiko of Rurouni Kenshin and Haru Glory of Rave
Mori reminded me of Elie of Rave
Rinka reminded me of Koran of Sakura Taisen
Sano reminded me of Ryouga of Ranma 1/2
Hideyoshi reminded me of Goku of Asobotto Senki Goku
Kobasen reminded me of Ichiro of Angelic Layer
Kageo AKA Black Shadow reminded me of Kippei of Aishiteruze Baby
Karl Paccho reminded me of Onizuka of Great Teacher Onizuka
Myoujin reminded me of Maruko of Chibi Maruko Chan
Kami-sama reminded me of Harima of School Rumble
Margarette reminded me of Nerine’s dad of Shuffle
Gitar reminded me of Nagi of Tenjou Tenge
Yugo reminded me of Shino of Naruto
Marilyn reminded me of Candy of Candy Candy
 
Note that I used the word ‘reminded’ as they don’t really look 100% alike but has a close resemblance to that character. Maybe there’re other characters which resemble other anime characters, but I couldn’t think of it right now.
 
If I ever become a power user, my guess is that my power would be to change faces into smile and laughter. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Alamak… Kena sendiri…

Mai-Otome

February 24, 2006

Somehow, after watching a great anime like Mai-HiME, I felt less enthusiastic when I watched Mai-Otome. The main reason why I did so was because I thought it could help me answer some of those questions that I’m dying to know. Well it didn’t.
 
I may be a little bias here as I’ve watched a few short clips from the series. But Mai-ZHiME (however you pronounce it), as it’s also known, isn’t exactly a direct sequel to the Mai-HiME anime. It’s some sort of alternate retelling set in an alternate world. But, with a little twist. Most of the characters in Mai-HiME are retained in the sense that they are given different roles and make-over, in terms of dressing. Yup, but they have the same names and facial features. So if you’ve watched Mai-HiME previously, you’ll be able to recognise them. Except for Mikoto. She’s a cat now! Maybe it’s because she acts like one in the prequel.
 
But compared to Mai-HiME, Mai-Otome is more fantasy-like adventure mixed with a little bit of magic in it. We have a new young heroine, Arika Yumemiya, who has an ambition to become an Otome in the prestigious Gaulderobe Academy, where they train young girls to become one. You see, Otomes are some sort of ‘protectors’ or bodyguards for high-ranking leaders throughout the land. Also, every main star needs to have a supporting character, or side-kick/helper/friend should I say. So this time, it’s the serious and hardworking Nina Wong. Well, not actually her best friend (though they’re roomates) as sometimes she harbour feelings of jealousy towards Arika. But you know they’ll kiss and make up and get over it.
 
Of course, you’ll pretty much guessed it too. The storyline will see her trials and tribulations as she progress closer in achieving her dream. Along the way she makes many friends as well as enemies alike. Plus, there’re groups who want to overthrow the Windbloom Kingdom and thus, Arika and co have to step in and save the day. Hmm… Sounds pretty typical, don’t you think?
 
Since this is a fantasy-like adventure, the world is also divided into many kingdoms and factions. Just like in medieval times. Although really not related, somehow it reminds me of Harry Potter. Err… maybe not so. And if you like young girls dressed in maid costume (recently, there’s a craze in Japan about women dressing up and serving customers in a maid outfit), royal attire and doctor/scientist long overcoats, this’ll probably be an eye candy for you.
 
Maybe I should give this anime a shot first. Hey, wait a minute! Didn’t we had a glimpse of Arika in the last episode of Mai-HiME? You know, the part where after Nagi and Mashiro ‘head back to where they belong’ and as the door closes, Mai looks back only to be asked what’s the matter by Natsuki. Then in the background, we could see Arika run zoom pass by, stopping just for awhile. Looks like her. Must be her lah. What about Nina? Isn’t she one of Mai’s classmates ‘without a dialogue/line’? I think so too lah. Must be her also lah.

Mai-HiME

February 18, 2006

First thing I’d like to say is… Mai Tokiha is a very pretty and kawaii bishoujo!!! She’s also a hot cutie and kick ass!!! Okay, maybe not so much the latter as compared to the rugged Natsuki, the petite Mikoto, or bad-ass girl Nao.
 
Yeah, I’m talking about Mai-HiME, the anime that’s got me addicted and obssessed over the past few weeks. Haven’t watched such an anime with such intense emotions for a long time. Even after watching it, there’s still that ‘lian-lian-bu-she’ feeling. It warms my heart everytime just thinking about it. *Sniff sniff*. It’s such a great anime.
 
So what’s so special about this anime you ask? In a nutshell, this sci-fi action thriller is about a group of young girls (12 HiMEs to be exact), who posses the powers of a HiME. That’s the acronym for Highly-advanced Materializing Equipment. Meaning that they have the power to materialize photons into solid objects. You see, it’s not like these girls want to have such powers, they’re born with it. Doesn’t sound that bad, you think? Wait till you hear the rest. How do you tell if one is a HiME? Easy, just look for that mark on some part of their body, which at a glance looked something like that Leaf Village logo from Naruto, or that Fuji Television logo.
 
Plus, each HiME has an Equipment (which is some sort of weird looking weapon) which is proof that they have accepted a Child as their guardian. Forgive me, there are quite a bit of jargon and terminology here. The Childs are some weird looking robots (which somehow reminds me of Zoids or Beast Wars Transmetal) which sought to protect their individual HiMEs. But there’s a catch. In order to accept a Child and do battle with it, a HiME must put what is dearest to them (whom they love most) on the line. Meaning that, if a Child is destroyed, that particular HiME’s dearest one will disappear or fade away or die, however you like to interpret it. Oh, did I mention too that only HiMEs can see a certain red star in the sky? Is this all getting too heavy and confusing already? It’s gonna get worse.
 
This series is actually divided into 2 parts. The first part focuses on our heroine, Mai and her sickly brother, Takumi, who has just obtained a scholarship to study at the Fuka Gakuen. Though she isn’t aware that she’s a HiME at first, a series of events will soon lead her to believe and accept her fate as a HiME. This part also see how she tries her best to fit and adjust with her new surroundings, as well as other important characters come to play, which will have some significant impact throughout the series.
 
So what are HiMEs role in the campus anyway. They’re here to fight Orphans. Monsters not of this world who seem to wreck havoc in our world and only HiMEs have the power to stop them. Somehow they’re attracted to the powers of the HiMEs which are like ‘food’ to them. But surprisingly, it’s not that every episode they fight Orphans and it’s usually 1 or 2 at a time. Still, with such intense battles, the HiMEs manage to keep the battles away from other students. And there’ll always be some reason of what made such an enormous damage to a particular structure or environment. Like a ligtning strike. And they believed it.
 
Certain episodes will deviate a little from this but will eventually go back to its original point. Like in episode 4, which brings a little hentai element as the female students soon discovered that there’s a bra-panty thief running around in the campus (which is an Orphan). Or in episode 9, where Mai and her fellow friends compete in a cake competition, only to find an Orphan that has a sweet tooth. What about episodes 11 & 12, where rumours of a vampire is preying upon school girls at night. Not so much as in sucking their blood, but leaving them totally naked after each attack! You guessed it. There’s an Orphan involved here as well. But this is mainly to provide some comical relief.
 
On the romance side, yeah, you’ll know that there’s something really going to happen between Mai and Tate Yuichi. At first they didn’t like each other due to that little accidental ‘perverted’ incident on board the ship. But be careful when you quarrel with someone too much, you’ll end up liking that person. And that’s what happened between them. The turning point’s at episode 5, where Mai’s feeling down and depressed because her friends shunned her out from social outing due to her part time job. With a little words of comfort from Tate, that’s when their relationship started to improve and they develop feelings for each other, much to the dismay of Shiho, Tate’s childhood friend and the one in love with him in the first place, as she will soon discover.
  
Just before the halfway point, we are introduced to a new character, the seemingly timid Alyssa Searrs. She’s supposed to be the 13th and ‘fake’ HiME and is able to create and control Orphans as well. Infused with such powers when she was born by the Searrs Foundation in order to bring the Golden Era (whatever that is) to the corporation and by also finding the Gate to Valhalla (whatever that is too). But first, they need to eliminate the HiMEs as they believe the Valkyries‘ (that’s what they call the HiMEs) power should be wielded by more ‘deserving people’ (whatever that means also).
 
So it’s up to the known HiMEs (not all HiMEs are revealed yet at this point) to save the day. What do you expect? If some kindergarten kid blows up your school bridge using some laser satelite and then invade your school compund in full military style, plus threaten the campus’ director, wouldn’t you get upset? This goes way beyond breaking the school rules. Fortunately, the HiMEs manage to put a stop to this and thwart their evil schemes.
 
But I couldn’t help but felt pity for Akane. She’s one of the HiMEs but she got ‘killed-off’ so fast as early as in episode 8 already. So sad. I wish she could stay a little bit longer.
 
The second part of the series is a real shocker. In this part, after celebrating their victory over Alyssa and the Searrs Corporation’s invasion, the HiMEs get a rude shock from the ever mysterious Nagi that they need to eliminate each other. Why???!!!! Well, remember that red HiME star only visible to the HiMEs? Now, that star is suppose to bring disaster to the world soon and only the last standing HiME can do it because all the powers of the other HiMEs would be transferred to her. She’ll then be encased in a crystal to do so. In addition, that HiME has to marry the evil Lord Kokuyou, the mastermind behind this ‘carnival’. The good news is, this happens only every 300 years. The bad news is, this happens every 300 years.
 
Of course, the HiMEs were very reluctant to do this as first. Killing your best friend doesn’t seem to be such a pleasant idea. This is the part where the series become cold, grim, dark and eerie. Very contrasting to the first part of the series. Betrayal, suspiscion and jealousy all add fuel to the already intense situation. And soon enough, with just a tiny spark and misunderstanding, they’ll all start to fight and eliminate each other. Mostly I see it as personal reasons rather than wanting to be the last HiME standing and save the world reason. How did we all get here? A few episodes ago, they were all happy and jolly karaoke-ing together having fun. Now it looks like their killer instincts took over. Yeah… a true shocker, I’d say.
 
So we’ll get to see the dark side of some HiMEs plus the remaining HiMEs will be revealed. Each fallen HiME will cause a pillar to rise. And after 11 pillars have risen, the door to the Land of Fuka will open and Lord Kokuyou will reveal his true self. By the way, who would expect the vice-president of the student council, Reito Kanzaki, to be the earthly vessel for Lord Kokuyou, and also Mikoto’s long lost brother. Looks like some convenience to twist the plot.
 
As you may have predicted (so did I), Mai will be the last one left standing. But due to Alyssa as the ‘fake’ HiME, this opened up room for 1 more HiME. She’ll then face off with the dark lord himself, who also seem to have Mikoto partly under his control. But Lord Kokuyou seems to have a different plan of his own. He wants to marry Mai and destroy the existing world and create a new world of their own. Typical. But of course, Mai wouldn’t fall for such cheap things. Plus in order to put an end once and for all to this ‘carnival’, the only way is to defeat Lord Kokuyou himself. But how? Here’s how and what happened.
 
A revived Miyu manage to slash all the 11 pillars, releasing the previous carnival’s winner the school director, Mashiro. She then uses her power to revive all the fallen HiMEs, including their Childs and dearest ones, as they head to destroy the HiME star. Since the star is destroyed, the sword in Kagutsuchi‘s mouth (that’s another long story if you want me to explain this), which hinders it’s ability to attack the dark lord, disappears and he’s now vulnerable. And with a single blast, the evil lord is destroyed. They should’ve done this a long time ago and save these girls all the trouble.
 
In the end, it was quite heartening to see that everything returned back to normal and the girls are free from the HiME’s curse. It also went about tying up a few loose ends and summarizes what happened to some of the characters. I also felt a little confused after watching the whole series and felt a little ‘unsatisfied’ as I have so many questions yet to be answered in my head. So I had to search the web to quench my curiosity. Well, it does help a little to ease my tension. But here are still some of the points to ponder:-
 
– Who or what is Nagi? I mean which side is he on anyway? I know he’s a manipulator and seem to tell what is deemed necessary. Sometimes he talks in riddles which will leave the HiMEs guessing what he meant. If his loyalty is to Lord Kokuyou, after his defeat, he’s still around right? So who is this mysterious Nagi anyway?
– Which in turn, who is Mashiro too? The wheelchair-ridden director of the Fuka Gakuen seems to be soft spoken at first, but at times she seems to be conspiring with Nagi on the whole thing. She does know what’s going around but she always avoid exposing such information, especially to Mai. So, who or what is Mashiro too?
– I think the main reason Nagi releases Orphans is to discover and bring out (that is, make known) whoever the unknown HiMEs are, don’t you think?
– The last episode sees Nagi and Mashiro ‘going back to where we came from’. Where did they come from in the first place?
– Since Fumi‘s Child is the director Mashiro, and Mashiro is encased in the crystal in the Land of Fuka, this really confuses me on the HiME and their Child. Plus, we didn’t get to see Fumi’s Child being defeated, so if Fumi’s dearest one is the director, wouldn’t she disappear too?
– After Mai’s dearest ones Takumi and Tate disappeared, who’s her dearest one thereafter? Since a HiME needs to have one in order to summon her child. Could it be Mikoto then?
– If Natsuki‘s dearest one is her late mother, then before she accepted Shizuru as her dearest one and after she found out her mom sold her out to the First District as a HiME experiment, who’s her dearest one? If nobody, then I guess that’s why she couldn’t call Duran when she needed it to stop Shizuru from attacking Yukino.
– Are we suppose to think that Akira is actually a male until that episode where Takumi accidently found out that Akira’s a girl? I mean all along, I’ve seen Akira as a female. The voice, the body structure (okay not so much the body structure). Or else, wouldn’t it give rise to a gay relationship?
– Why does Nao like to lick her Equipment? Does it taste that good? Hope she doesn’t cut her tongue.
– Did Sister Sanada actually killed herself and her dearest one, Ishigami, on purpose? If so, can a Child really do that to its own master?
– So what’s the deal with the Iwasaku Pharmaceutical, First District, and Searrs Foundation? They just disbanded after Alyssa’s failure and that’s it?
– Speaking of which, what happened to that John Smith character of the Searrs Foundation, which is suppose to salvage the parts of Miyu?
– How did the beads which carries Lord Kokuyou ended up on Reito and Mikoto? I mean, when the beads were destroyed, Lord Kokyou’s true form’s revealed. I suppose, since the evil lord is a giant shaped hourglass, he needs some hunk to move around in.
– Is the revived Miyu a new one or the old one. I mean, what happened to her after the failed invasion? She just sinked into the water with Alyssa with her arms?
– The weird key that Mashiro gave to Midori was supposed to revived Miyu. Did Mashiro knew and had it all along? Was it part of the whole plan (whatever that plan was)? Or was it just to get Midori eliminated?
– After Miyu destroyed the pillars, where did she go to? Then her sword arm which she left there conveniently for Tate to use in a fight against Lord Kokuyou. Did her arm re-grow again after that, or did Tate gave it back to her?
– What about Alyssa’s whereabouts after the defeat then? Where’s she hiding?
– If all the dearest ones returned after the destruction of the pillars, what happened to Alyssa’s dearest one, her father? Well, I guess it’s not important if he’s a mean old guy.
– Remember the part where the fallen HiMEs ride on their individual Childs to destroy the HiME star? We saw all of them except for Fumi and Alyssa. Yeah, it would be real funny to see Fumi riding Mashiro and Alyssa riding a satellite.
– Did Takeda, the Kendo Club captain gave up courting Natsuki at the end? Yeah, after a few unintentional ‘perverted’ events and getting whacked for it or maybe he found out that she’s a lesbian in love with Shizuru later on. Better back off, man.
– When Mikoto says ‘I love you, Mai’, does it mean a lesbian relationship or just the friend-friend kind of love? I mean, earlier on she was asking what is the true meaning of love, right? Same question to Mai in the last episode when she declares ‘I love you too, Mikoto’.
 
The animation and art of this anime isn’t too bad. But what I like most is the soundtrack and the BGMs (background music). They’re each carefully placed suitably to fit the mood of each scene. From eerie hyms to battle mode ochestra to easy classical guitar picking, they’re all magnificent! Sugoi desu.
 
Overall, this anime is mainly about feelings, emotions and love, eventhough there are some lesbian relationships (and 1 very obvious one), Mai-HiME is absoultely a great anime. I’d love to watch this all over again. Really felt that warmth in my heart (I’m not kidding, it’s true!) and left a wonderful impact in my otherwise dull life (so true too!). From time to time, I’d think back about it and thought that I’m glad to have watched it.
 
Plus, I’ve also watched a few of that Mai-HiME Specials. They’re short clips, a minute or so video clips which give a little insight about the characters in the series, their feelings and thoughts. This helps provide and shed a little light on the character and its role in the series. There were some with a little hentai and ecchi element and some which were thought-emotion provoking.
 
Oh, one last thing I’d really want to say… Mai-chan… MAI-CHAN DAISUKI!!!!!!! Ah… That really felt good.

Towa No Hana

February 17, 2006

  Awaku saita hana no kao,
  Nokoshi kisetsu wa sugimasu,
  Ame mo agari sora ni kumo,
  Aoi kaze ga soyoideru
 
I actually didn’t have any intention of finding a karaoke version of Towa No Hana, which is the opening song for the anime series Ai Yori Aoshi. I was just browsing and surfing casually when I happen to chance upon it. So what the heck, I downloaded it.
 
  Kyou ashita to futari ga,
  Aruku toki no katawara de,
  Kawarazu ni yurute iru,
  Omoide ga arimasu
 
Certain parts of the song requires one to go a little high pitch. So you know the result/effect when I try to imitate that part. Yeah, a real catastrophic cacophony. Hmmm… Somehow I just don’t sound good with songs that have high pitches.
 
  Eien wo, eien wo, saitemo karenai,
  Kono mune no tokimeki wa tsukinai
 
The song has a moderately slow pace and gives a feeling of serenity (that’s what I think and feel, of course). The strings here also make a great accompaniment to the overall music.
 
  Dare yori mo, dare yori mo, anata wo mitsumete,
  Hateshinaku kono kimochi zutto
 
Hahaha! Another anime song to be added to my karaoke list. I still need more practicing, though.

Bakuto Sengen Daigunder

February 11, 2006

Perhaps I’ve watched one too many animes. After watching the first few episodes of Daigunder, somehow I felt that this anime reminded me of some other anime titles.
 
Like Medabots because they use and command robots in a tournament battle. Which also in turn is like Pokemon. Like Angelic Layer because of the weird flying chairs they sit in to control the robots and that stats screen which show the robot’s life points. Like Sonic X because there’s a young kid who has a scientist grandfather who creates many gizmos. Like Digimon because the robots look so fiercesome especially the evil one, Ginzan. Like Transformers because the robots can power-up and transform into more devastating robots which in turn can deliver more devastating blows. Like Voltron because the robots can combine into together to form 1 fighting machine. Like Gundam a little because Daigunder seems to resemble and is a miniature version of the Gundam robot. Well, there may be other animes which it ‘spoofed’ but I can’t seem to think of it now.
 
But here’s the plot. A young boy, Akira Akebono, and his 3 battle robots, Blion, Eagle Arrow and Drimog, plans to enter the Battle Robot Tournament and win the Titan Belt championship, which he has always dreamed of winning. Sounds simple enough. But you know, although he’s quite talented at such a tender young age, he has to go through many obstacles and battles, and along the way he makes new friends and also enemies.
 
Speaking of which, some evil professor wants to destroy Daigunder and sends his battle robot Ginzan to accomplish this task on several occasions. Yeah, you guessed it too. He fails but always promise to come back and beat him next time. What is it with Daigunder that he wants to eliminate him so badly? Plus, can’t Ginzan do another terror moves besides his Final Revolver?
 
Of course at first, they wouldn’t get along with each other, but in time, they’ll learn to co-operate and work together as a team. Plus, with Akira’s young and determined manager, Haruka, and his ‘crazy’ and innovative grandpa, Professor Hajime, I’m sure you people can already guess and predict the outcome of the series.
 
Plus, the opening song of this anime is quite lively and energetic. It makes you want to get up and dance. Also a good ‘motivational’ song for those moments where you make a come back. DA! DA! DA! DA! DA! DA! DA! DA! DA! DA! Yeah, that’s how the beginning goes.

Asobotto Senki Goku

February 10, 2006

The thing that Gensoumaden Saiyuki and Asobotto Senki Goku have in common is that both anime series is based on the novel Journey To The West, and they both have that monkey boy, Goku and priest, Sanzo. Monkey Typhoon, as it’s more commonly known here, has a more comical nature as compared to Saiyuki and the storyline is somewhat different (or else why would they make such an anime in the first place).
 
It’s something like this. In the future, a large part of the world has transformed into a desert wasteland making humans unable to dwell. So, they seek refuge in the world of Meshichi and live together with Anbots. But then, some virus is threathening the humans’ existence and thus an alliance of association robots (hence, asobotto) is formed to find the 49 keys in order to save the human race from extinction.
 
Made out of the mysterious priest, Sanzou (who’s being awaken from his cryogenic sleep), the playful and ‘with-an-attitude’ and sometimes idiotic Goku, Tongou the big cat, the spikey haired Jou, and Susie, some sort of petite thief. A bunch of misfits at first impressions, I’d say. In this series, during battles, Goku can transform himself into some kick-ass, fierce looking robot. Plus, with a mere whistle, he can summon a mechanical horse to aid him as well. As for Sanzou, his power-up seems to be a harmonica, used only when they’re gonna lose (why doesn’t he use it in the first place?). But he seems unable to defend himself most of the time. Ironic, but don’t ask me.
 
Of course, on their journey, they’ll meet all kinds of obstacles and characters that, well you know, sometimes make you think that whether or not they’re with or against them. Like Mion, a cutie lady who wants to collect all 49 keys herself for unknown reasons (she has a golden mechanical weasel which she sometimes keep in her hat!). But I think they keep bumping into each other because Mion has a little crush on Sanzou. Well, since I wasn’t addicted to this anime, I’d probably watch this for amusement purposes.
 
Oh yeah. One thing I noticed is that, most of the bad guys here just look the same. Maybe they all came from that one same bad seed, huh?

Anime Clips Overload Part 3

February 4, 2006

YEEEOOOWW……… I’ve done it again! And I think I’m really overdoing it this time. Over the past few weeks and because of the Chinese New Year holiday week, I was able to watch even more anime trailers and clips due to the ‘ample’ amount of free time. There were a few which really caught my attention while others were just okay. Now to recap what I’ve seen. 3×3 Eyes, 801 TTS Airbats, Ai Yori Aoshi, Armitage-Dual Matrix, Bakuretsu Hunter, Beck, Blood+, Candidate For Goddess, Candy Candy, D.C. Da Capo, Digimon Frontier, Dragon Half, Erementar Gerad, Eyeshield 21, Fate/stay Night, Flame Of Recca, FLCL, Futakoi, Gakuen Alice, Glass Mask, Golden Boy, Grenadier, Gun X Sword, Hajime No Ippo, Hana Yori Dango, Hitsuji No Uta, Ichigo 100%, Ichigo Mashimaro, Kannadzuki No Miko, Kashimashi – Girl Meets Girl, Kikaider, Loveless, Magic Knight Rayearth, Mahou Sensei Negima, Mai-Otome, Marchen Awakens Romance, Maria-sama Ga Miteru, Mezzo, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa, Nightwalker, Pani Poni Dash!, Paradise Kiss, Paranoia Agent, Patlabor WXIII, Pita Ten, Please Save My Earth, Sakura Diaries, Samurai Pizza Cats, Shakugan No Shana, Shaman King, Shamanic Princess, Shuffle, Sousei No Aquarion, Spriggan, Spring And Chaos, Sugar Sugar Rune, Suki Wa Mono Wa, Suzuka, Tactics, Tales Of Phantasia, The Law Of Ueki, To Heart, Tokyo Babylon, Trinity Blood, Tsukuyomi-Moon Phase, Tweeny Witches, Video Girl Ai, Weiss Kreuz, X, and XXXHolic. Now, that’s really obssessive and approximately as much as part 2, isn’t it? Oh well, maybe I should take some time off for a while before I go crazy. Perhaps I am a little, don’t you think? Long live anime!
 
(Click on the image below to have a larger view of this anime montage)

Fighting Spirits

February 3, 2006

  Yume oikakete tatakai tsuzukerou,
  Ai to yuuki to yuujou,
  Kono BUREEDO wa ore no bunshin,
  Chikara no kagiri moeru maware Burning Soul
 
That’s the opening lines of Fighting Spirits, which is also the opening theme song for the anime Beyblade. Singing this song requires quite a powerful voice. That is, loud and commaning kind of voice.
 
  Hitori bocchi ja dekinai, koto omae ga ireba yareru,
  Kono sekai no hate made mo ore to isshou ni ikou
 
So, you’ve guessed it. I tried my hands at singing this song. Although I didn’t sound like the real thing (really really far from it), somehow I enjoyed singing this song eventhough I don’t have the required voice. Maybe I should record my own singing and hear how it actually sounds like. Hmmm…
 
  Shiseijuu wa, ai no ASURIITO,
  Kagayake me wo samase, Yomigaere!
 
Perhaps, I’m improving a little. Since I’ve been singing this song quite a while already. Anybody care to attend a little ‘testing session’? Hehehe. Oh well, still needs more practice and polishing up to do.
 
  Sora kakete koi ore no ENERUGII,
  Ima tachi agare seijuu,
  Subete no teki wo uchi taosu tame,
  Minna no kiboudaite kakerou Shining Soul
 
SHINING SOOOOOOOOOOUUUUULLLLLLLL……. *sigh* That didn’t sound right. Back to the drawing board.