Saturday, December 26, 2009

2010 Anime...Sanjou!

Wow. Its all late and everything, and here I am typing this update. I should be sleeping, but I noticed other sites were actually getting their Anime Picks things up first, and that's just embarrassing since normally as soon as Chartfag gets his chart up I'm working on the list.

You all will really have to excuse me. The updates have slowed down since I moved, and I apologize. I've been getting used to my new place and its taking some time to mesh the old routines with the new.

Anyway. Winter 2010...first, the chart. You can find the chart here.

Its kinda light on series. ...Even lighter on watchable series.

Seikon no Quasar

What It's About:
The St. Mikhailov Academy student Oribe Mafuyu comes across a mysterious silver haired boy. He is called a Qwsaer, a being that draws power from Soma and is able to manipulate a specific element. And now, in the 21st century, the mystery revolving around an Icon turns the academy into the battlegrounds for the fight between the Qwaser! (MangaUpdates)

Why I'm Interested: I understand the fight's are quite innovative in the element manipulations, for one. For another, the Qwaser regains his power by sucking breast milk. I can't be the only one thinking of the Making the Band Dave Chappelle skit. ("Breeeeeeeeast make my daaaaaaaay....) I'll admit, the mention of annoying religious symbolism is setting off warnings, but we'll see how much they keep for the adaptation.

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

What It's About: The story centers around Akihisa Yoshii, the "baka" of the title. His academy rigidly divides up the student body into classes based on the results of tests. The prodigies are in the A class with reclining seats complete with air conditioning, but Akihisa is in F class, the lowest rung of the school ladder which is furnished only with low, decrepit tables and worn-out straw tatami mats. A girl named Mizuki Himeji is actually one of the smartest girls in Akihisa's sophomore year, but she had a fever on test day and was pigeonholed into the F class. Besides Mizuki (who Akihisa secretly adores), the F class also has Yūji Sakamoto, the class president who has been Akihisa's friend and partner-in-crime since the freshman year.

The school happens to have developed experiments to summon fantasy creatures, and Akihisa decides to rally F class to take on the higher-tiered classes and seize their perks. The F class uses the summoned creatures in an all-out battle for school supremacy. (MAL)

Why I'm Interested: Still a sucker for mage schools, and I'll keep watching until I find some suitably awesome ones. This one sounds potentially entertaining, though I'm not placing any bets on the whole "fantasy creatures battle" thing. Kampfer got me with that once already. (Though really it wasn't bad anyway.) From now I'm not buying the battle thing unless there's at least one fight every episode for the first 3 episodes.

Omamori Himari

What It's About:
Yuuto is your average, high school boy just turned 16. His childhood friend, Rin has taken care of him ever since his parents died when he was younger. All of a sudden, a girl named Himari walks into his life. Himari is a cat-girl samurai who is sworn to protect Yuuto. There's only one small problem: Yuuto is allergic to cats! (MangaUpdates)

Why I'm Interested: I was a really big fan of this manga last year, and though I haven't read it in months, it was quite interesting. Though I'm rather disappointed the plot (which had legs, really) will get smushed into some 13 episode slot filler. Its really only been around to have something like 30+ chapters, so I think it was far too soon to get an anime, but then again as long as the shonen trifecta (OP, Naruto & Bleach) are on, its doubtful they will bother with more long-running series anyway. (Especially when there's also Katekyou Hitman, Meitantei and others on too.) Oh well.

Ladies versus Butlers

What It's About: Hino Akiharu lost his parents when he was small and was adopted into his uncle's family. But he noticed his uncle is after the inheritance of his parents, so he decides to enter a boarding school, Hakureiryou high school. However his delinquent boy-like appearance frightens the girls, who make up the majority of the students. Being unable to get along with the classmates, Akiharu meets his childhood girlfriend Saikyou Tomomi. (MAL)

Why I'm Interested:
Another butler/maid series. If you really wanna know, were this the Spring/Fall, or even a superior Winter season, I would've skipped over a show like this. But pickings are light so far. And the first butler series I saw was KimiAru, which was so freaking win words cannot describe it. So I figure I'll give this one a shot, as the previous experience went so well.

Weiss Survive R

What It's About:
According to the official website, the second season of Weiß Survive was announced to be aired from December 4th. The title is "Weiß Survive R" and it'll collaborate with Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS and Fate/stay night. (MAL)

Why I'm Interested: Haha. I've become a GIGANTIC fan of Nanoha, and though I haven't seen StrikerS yet, I'm reasonably certain its equally amazing to the first two series, so with that said, I'm willing to go back and actually look at Weiss Survive so I can prepare myself for this series. I like card game series to begin with.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dammit now the fucking sky's showing!

So a couple months ago basically I said pretty much everything in music was either boring or not at the level I normally expected from certain artists. Like Andre 3000 would say:

Kinda sour, 'cause my favorite group ain't coming with it
But I'm witcha 'cause ya prolly going through it anyway
But anyhow, when in doubt, went on out and bought it 'cause I thought it would be jamming
But examined all the flawsky-wawsky
Awfully, sad and its costly

But here at the close of 2009, a couple of noteworthy releases have come out to change the game up a bit.

The good folks over at TheSmokingSection put me on to the new mixtape from Cash Money boy Li'l Wayne (Weezy F. Baby himself) , No Ceilings. While a mixtape from Weezy is as common as a sports star cheating on their spouse or a politician soliciting a prostitute (people were shocked about the Tiger thing. Really? He's a rich dude. Rich dudes cheat. Which is why I laugh when women say they want to marry rich--HE'S GOING TO CHEAT ON YOU.), I was caught off-guard once I learned this one was actually good.

I'd heard things about Weezy on mixtapes before, but I'd never really wasted the time to check any of them out. And The Carter III was the epitome of mediocre last year so I was in no rush to spend an hour plus of my time to see what the hype was about. (I fell for that before and it ain't work out for me. Shout out to Ryan Leslie. © Foxxhole)

Anyways. SmokingSection devoted a full Notable Quotables to Wayne's No Ceilings mixtape, so after reading roughly half of it I decided to go ahead and see if the hype was deserved. Obviously I believe it is, or I wouldn't be writing this.

And rather than go into detail, I'll just link you to the very much free mixtape:

Li'l Wayne - No Ceilings

Enjoy folks.

Now, at the same time, one of my favorite rappers ALSO released a mixtape. Lupe Fiasco, who's third album Lasers is highly anticipated by me if no one else, recently dropped the mixtape Enemy of the State.

Stuffed with more lyrical wordplay than Wayne but fewer punchlines (meaning you wind up doing the rewind more than going, "...Oh snap!"), Lupe's album is one-third the number of tracks but you'll end up listening to it a lot more times while you catch all the meanings he laces in each bar.

Check it here.

I got more links for you for different things, but we'll come to that a little later.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Movie War! Kamen Rider x Ultraman x Surprise!

Okay, so a long time ago someone told me that I hated movies. There could be some truth in that. After all, it was true that I hated Death Note. But I'm not so sure there was much truth in the rumor I hate rock since More Than A Feeling is on my mental mp3 player as we speak.

I digress. I'm writing this because while I'm normally not one for movies, there are a few coming out in Japan soon that I'm pretty excited for.

Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Double & Decade: Movie War 2010

The last little bit of Kamen Rider Decade, which I've gone in-depth about but my opinion has since changed since watching the full series. Kamen Rider Double & Decade: Movie War 2010 is one giant mega movie that will be split into three different parts:

Kamen Rider Decade: Final Chapter is the true ending to the 775 minute commercial that was Kamen Rider Decade. Hopefully picking up where the series left off, we'll get to see Tsukasa throw down against Super-Shocker, headed up by Eijiro Hikari (Dr. Shinigami) and Narutaki (Colonel Zol...ONORE DEKIDDO!!!). Also apparently Kamen Rider Decade Fury Form, a new Human Wave Tackle (...why? what does Stronger have to do with this??), and Kamen Rider Kivaala.

My feelings on this are mixed excitement and apathy. That doesn't make as much sense as I'd like, but on the whole Decade as a concept really pisses me off, and as execution it inspires...different bodily functions. I'm happy to see the ending, though from what I hear the New Gen Riders that are making their appearance will be from the A.R. worlds. We've been over the problem with that.

The second part of the film (which is the first part of that trailer) involves Kamen Rider Double's opening case. Kamen Rider W: Begin's Night. The smallest glimpse was given of this case in the first episode and its been hinted at since then, but we're still primarily in the dark. All we know is that it will definitely involve Shoutaro Hidari's sempai, Sokichi Narumi, and the mysterious Sonozaki family who's behind all the trouble in Wind City.

Narumi will be also get a chance to be Kamen Rider Skull, who wears a scarf AND a hat, automatically granting him awesome status.

Now, on the whole I've enjoyed W far more than Decade, and with the exception of Narumi the series is possibly my favorite since Kamen Rider Blade. All this means that I'm crazy hyped about seeing Begin's Night, and I only hope this "triple feature" thing doesn't make the film shorter than an hour. (And with the Director's Cut I hope it snags 75 minutes.)

The last part of the film is Movie War 2010, which will see both Decade and Double up against Super Shocker. Fortunately not much is known about this bit, but from what I've seen at some point Shotarou and Phillip will split into W Cylone and W Joker for a Triple Rider Kick with Tsukasa. Automatic awesome.

Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend

You talk to a lot of more experienced Toku fans, and they pole jock Ultraman kinda hard. Its understandable, since Ultra Galaxy Legend is supposed to feature all the previous Ultras thus far with the original voice actors, in a massive crossover movie that will feature the first evil Ultraman.

Personally, kaiju isn't truly my thing, but I always like to try professional crossovers to see what a real writer would do with it given the chance. So while my interest in this movie relies basically on its crossover status, there's still a great chance this movie will be awesome. (And hopefully by the time I see it, I'll be somewhat of an Ultra fan.)

Now, for the main event. The previously mentioned movies, while impressive, have nothing on this next one. Being crossover movies all, they rely on a viewer's pure fanboy/fangirl-ism to garner excitement. And while I love Kamen Rider and am interested in Tokusatsu...its not quite as much as I am in this next one.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie ~ Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcend Time ~

Yeah I'm an unabashed Yu-Gi-Oh fan. Before you think to mock me for this, pause and realize you just watched two other trailers involving guys in rubber suits fighting guys in other rubber suits.

Anyway, this is yet another mega-crossover film--taking the heroes of Duel Monsters, GX, and 5D's and pitting them against a new opponent, Paradox, a villain with the power to time travel.

The idea of seeing my boy Yusei teaming up with his slightly less cool predecessor Yugi and Judai makes me giddy each time I think about it.

All these films are a bit off, but that's not as big a deal as the fact that I don't speak Japanese, so I'll have to wait for the DVDs and then the fansub of the rips, so it'll be awhile. (Longer if I choose to wait for Director's Cuts of the first one.)

Still, its something to look forward to. Clustering hopes will become a new shining star! Become the path its light shines upon! Take flight, Stardust Dragon!