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[ red_a02 ] Shuzhen – The first episode was a lot of fun, cos it had an interesting cocktail of sexual tension and smooth fight choreography. This episode is like the awkward aftermath...
27 Aquarius 13 18:13
[ vermilion_2 ] YAPX – I understand that most of your stories are dialogue-based and heavy on retorts and counter-retorts. This one felt unnecessarily circular. It starts with a cool premise: a killer/villain/vigilante uses Lent to swear off something that should be second nature to him (I suppose), and then talks about a story. The link between the two (giving up killing & the story) isn’t a 100% fit. Maybe instead of “let me tell you a story”, it could be “hey, you see I even passed a guy up for death today!” or equivalent. Something to drag Lorelei into the banter and the premise. // That’s my only complaint. I’m not a big fan of dialogue-based stories, but I can make a exception for this.
14 Aquarius 13 08:03
[ 130204 ] YAPX – Good pace, good characters, great dialogue. The thing I like best is a combination of the three: how you build up their pseudo-relationship through all that back-and-forth exchange. Somehow, you craft a unique, strange relationship: from any one point in the story, both of them are manipulative, victimised and hypocrites - though not all at once. // On word choices, I felt you could change the word “janitor” (“cleaner” or “uncle” would’ve given a different, but more acute local flavour to it). Mostly because, it’s connotes an added level of difference through: class. Whether or not you intended it, by portraying the “janitor” and “student” you bring out the fact that he’s stuck there socially in all sense of the word. It made the part where he says he reads books during weekends completely out-of-context and weird. // Also, there’s too much “sliding” in and out of the room. Not sure if that’s intentional repetition, or just a lack of other words. // I thought that the girl’s own background is pretty compelling. Even after everything, I can’t tell if she’s speaking the truth. Because I’m all for unreliable narrators and characters, I can still find her well-thought out. But other readers might lose patience or wonder at her sudden change of heart at the final moment.
04 Aquarius 13 08:48
So I watched Lucky ☆ Star. I loved it so much I watched it again.
It’s awesome on so many levels that it is now in a tie with Cardcaptor Sakura as the Best Anime Ever. What is odd is that it’s the exact antithesis of CCS – Lucky Star is about ordinary school girls (vs. magical little girls – there’s a name for the genre) in a laid-back, daily life style (vs. epic, escalation of powers Hero’s Journey progression).
Lucky Star’s protagonist, Konata, is an otaku, and the series is brilliantly referential, shameless catering to the obsessive, merchandise buying, Easter Egg-hunting, YouTube parodying, otaku audience. It’s absolutely the epitome of fan service.
Riding high on the popularity of Kyoto Animation’s previous hit, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the trailers for Lucky Star had Haruhi doing the Lucky Star OP, and references the previous series constantly. A further layer is added since Konata and Haruhi are voiced by the same seiyu, Aya Hirano, and Konata is a big fan of Haruhi, going so far as to be bribed with a chance to meet Aya in person.
The opening sequence itself is absolutely brilliant. The starting bits show the four main characters, each in their own sequence, doing silly actions at odd places. It turns out that these silly actions are revealed, in the last episode, to be part of a cheerleading routine (unlike Hare Hare Yukai, the dance is written as part of the story itself). It is further mentioned by one of the characters as being “difficult to find something as popular as Hare Hare Yukai.”
The odd places they are doing stuff at are actually real life places, drawn to an amazing likeness. This has led to cosplayers making Lucky Star pilgrimages. The show itself references the real life reaction in a later episode. Another real life “cross-over” is two of the characters, working at a cosplay cafe, mentioning that they have released a CD, which, of course, you can actually buy.
This series, probably by not having to develop a plotline, has the best character development I have ever encountered in an anime, possibly the best characters I have encountered anywhere.
Also, after the constant laughter by the non-stop jokes, my stomach actually hurts from clenching. It’s practically exercise.
And, seriously, how wrong can you go with a song that is entitled Take It! Sailor Uniform?
Take It! Sailor Uniform (Motteke! Sailor Fuku) by Aya Hirano (Izumi Konata), Emiri Kato (Hiiragi Kagami), Kaori Fukuhara (Hiiragi Tsukasa), and Aya Endo (Takara Miyuki).
Opening, Lucky ☆ Star
The Full Dance, Lucky ☆ Star
Lucky ☆ Star 1st Preview – Haruhi Singing the Lucky ☆ Star OP Solo
Lucky ☆ Star 2nd Preview – Haruhi, Yuki and Mikuru Singing the Lucky ☆ Star OP
Lucky ☆ Star full OP with Haruhi Characters
The Lucky ☆ Star girls singing the theme to Doraemon no Uta
Cos’ It! Oh My Honey, from the CD mentioned above
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13 A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
This life seems unbearable; another unattainable. One is no longer
ashamed of wanting to die; one begs to be moved out of the old cell,
which one hates, into a new one which one must first learn to hate.
One is also moved by a certain residual faith that, during transport,
the master will happen to come along the corridor, look at the prisoner and
say: “This man is not to be locked up again. He comes to me.”
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