Category: Anime


Betrayal

Years ago, I watched Kia Asamiya’s Silent Mobius with my best friend, Dan. It’s a fun series–team of women using magic, tech, and mysticism to stop monstrous invaders. What’s not to like?

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Attack On Titan

Fame and phenomenon are big things and hard for any property to reach.  When international markets come up, it’s even harder to reach these highs.  Yet Shingeki No Kyojin–better known to English audiences as Attack On Titan–has managed to reach a popularity and enthusiasm level similar to Battlestar Galactica or Breaking Bad.  This is a show where American audiences, myself included, have been watching new episodes the day they premiere in Japan.

An odd mix of terror, horror, and fantasy, Attack On Titan is probably one of the most engaging shows I’ve ever seen.

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I’m trying out something different.  Knowing in advance that I’m going to see the latest Rebuild of Evangelion movie, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts about the franchise and what I’m hoping for.  Not wanting to stop at an easy point, I’m going to also share what I think after seeing it as well.

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As promised, the RahXephon OVA, Thatness and Thereness.  Before you watch, I should point out this is not essential to understanding the series.  In fact, this is probably the most confusing thing associated with RahXephon.  It’s all about Quon and, if she didn’t boggle enough minds, today there are two of her!

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RahXephon: Human Specimen #1

We seem to be on a Quon kick at the moment.  It’s almost like riddle-girl might be important or something…

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A Momentary Distraction

As I fight through Mind & Machine again, I need to listen to something.  Even though Pat Rothfuss thinks people who play music while they write have something wrong with them (since writing is a “full brain” activity), I have to have something going, even if it’s just a dull sound to help me find my pace.  My iPhone lately has been playing a song called “Futuristic Imagination” by School Food Punishment.  It’s the end theme from Eden of the East, which is an anime that has a lot of appeal for me. Continue reading

RahXephon: Black Egg

Now that we’ve thoroughly seen Ayato put through the psychological ringer, you’d think things would return to normal again, right?  Not a chance.  We just get a new battle, one much more straightforward than the mental nightmare Ayato went through last time. Continue reading

Evangelion: 2.0

With my recent examination of RahXephon, it was only a matter of time before I said something specifically about Evangelion. With the US DVD release of Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, I’m presented a better opportunity than ever.  This is supposed to be where we meet Asuka, except the subtitle of this movie within the Rebuild of Evangelion is “Break.”  This is the moment where the plot begins to steer away from the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, allowing it to become something more.

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RahXephon: Kyoja Circuit

Last time, we had a mild moment in the continuing saga of Ayato Kamina and Haruka Shitow.  They connected and discovered “The Fate of Katun,” an old song they both liked. Continue reading

RahXephon: Sonata of Recollection

When last we left Narai-Kanai, Ayato had just remembered “The Fate of Katun” all by himself.  And there was that whole spirited forth thing, too.

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