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To be or not to be, that’s not so important.
landreaall10.jpgI sometimes forget that “Landreaall” is a fantasy story because dragon-related adventure finishes in book #3 and from book #4, the story setting is mainly laid in academy school (and it still continues in recently published book #10). I didn’t actually recall this story much as a fantasy until Pegasus appeared in book #9. If anything, “Landreaall” is more like a medieval fiction – chivalry and etiquette, knights and mercenaries, revolution and round-table, etc.

The story features a young man called DX, son of General Lookafort (now the Lord of Ecalipe). DX actually possesses the right to the throne, but his mother being ex-mercenary, he and his little sister Ion grows up with a unique and independent way of thinking. Their frank talk, carefree manner, skilled movement during the battle (mostly taught by their mother and the Ninja master who lives with them) do not give a hint that they are nobility, which often surprises people around them. But even though DX is even described as “sleep-eyed” from his friends and adults, his words often vibrates with surprising sincerity and rationality. This is probably because he does understand the complicated situation he’s in …that he has the right of succession though his father carried out a revolution in the past (but DX would rather renounce it like his father did if the situation allows).

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【2007/07/31】 | anime/manga | trackback(0) | comment(1) | page top↑
What can you see from there?
“Teccon Kincreet” DVD arrived from Amazon !! This animation film is originated from the manga written by Matsumoto Taiyo, and “Teccon Kincreet (deliberately mixed up the word “tekkin-concreet” for ferro-concrete)” is my favorite story among his books.
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Due to rather odd storyline, character and illustration, population who actually buy his manga seems to be quite small compared to his name value : 2 of his mangas “Aoi Haru (Blue Spring)” and “Ping Pong” became a movie and this “Tekkon~” became an animation movie. And I’ve always thought it must be very difficult to animate the unique touch of Matsumoto’s illustration, queer phrases that his characters use, “silence” or “atmosphere” in the scenes, and most of all, profoundness of the story. I was therefore very surprised when I first heard that the movie was going to be produced by Michael Arias …obviously not even Japanese to animate the Japanese – and a very unique – manga.
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【2007/07/09】 | anime/manga | trackback(0) | comment(0) | page top↑
Here comes the turn-on.
“Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)” was animated after the hit of the original novel, one of the so-called “light novels” in Japan because of its “lightness” of the story. Frankly speaking, it is a type of animation that I would probably not see if I hadn’t had a chance to watch it on the internet. It seemed such a “mo-é” story to me (Haruhi calls it “turn-on” in English subtitle), I was kind of reluctant to watch. But once I saw it, it was quite easy to understand why this story became so popular.
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The animation is narrated by a high school boy called Kyon who somehow happens to be dragged around by Haruhi – a top-class cute & smart girl but much too eccentric and self-centered for Kyon’s taste. Being bored to the bone of her ordinary life, Haruhi establishes a “S.O.S. Brigade” (if you want to know what S.O.S. stands for, watch the animation) to meet aliens, time travelers, ESPs, and “unordinary” phenomena. If the story ends here, Haruhi is just an ordinary (?) eccentric girl, but what makes this story peculiar is (spoiler in white font) that she actually finds them all (!) without knowing it and brings them into the Brigade. Kyon, who desires most usual, normal, ordinary life is confessed from the Brigade comrades – who unmask themselves as alien, time traveler & ESP – that Haruhi is the center of their concern and interest because she has the power to change the entire universe. But they also warn Kyon to keep that fact as a secret to Haruhi who frantically desires “unordinary” phenomena and therefore risks the current world state if she knows she actually has a power to change it completely. Consequently, it is Kyon and not Haruhi who actually sees / runs into all kinds of wonders (or troubles in Kyon’s point of view) that he would gladly pass it on to Haruhi. I think Kyon’s narration is the key to this story, his unperturbed and sarcastic comments making the unusual situation even funnier, while most of the time his face doesn’t reveal his feelings except for the tone of this voice (in narration).
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【2007/07/04】 | anime/manga | trackback(0) | comment(0) | page top↑
where there's a will
It seems like youtube has suddenly triggered a huge wave of “copyright-free world”. Recently I found a website that is linked to various youtube-like sites where you can see all kinds of Japanese animation, soap operas & movies of both old and new (and the good part is that those sites allow uploading the film without cutting them into small parts). My recent hit on the list was “Trigun” (broadcasted nearly 10 years ago), a SF-western mixed story laid in a wasteland planet. It features a gentle, affectionate maudlin who actually is a legendary gunman, Vash the Stampede, the most wanted man on planet rumored to have destroyed one of the big seven cities alone in the past.

This is the cut I specially like in the opening animation.

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【2007/06/21】 | anime/manga | trackback(0) | comment(0) | page top↑
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