Shakugan no Shana II – Episode 23

It’s episode 23, and Shana, Margery, and Wilhelmina try to find a way into Hecate’s barrier. Meanwhile, the Professor is executing his grandest plan yet.

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Hecate checks to make sure it's not time for her favorite TV show yet That sucks

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Our first Geneon Rescue and CLANNAD Season 2 announced

Apparently Media Blasters has “rescued” the anime series Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit (or Seirei no Moribito), which was previously held by Geneon.  This is, I believe, the first confirmed Geneon license rescue – and hopefully the first of many.

CLANNADAlso, to little surprise, Kyoto Animation announced a CLANNAD After Story TV series which will continue the story from the CLANNAD TV series which just concluded.   No word on when this series would air.  Presumably after Haruhi 2, though I would think.

Anime DVD and Manga Releases for March 25 – 31

Anime DVDs

xxxHOLiC DVD Volume 1March 25, 2008
Baki the Grappler – Box Set 2
Black Blood Brothers – Volume 2
Glass Fleet – Volume 5
Kite Liberator
Moonlight Mile – Volume 2
Naruto – Volume 22 (dub)
Ragnarok: The Animation – Volume 3
Ranma ½ – Season 6 Box Set
Red Garden – Volume 4
Shuffle! – Volume 2
Slayers Try – Box Set
Super Robot Wars OG Divine Wars – Volume 4 (sub)
The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye – Volume 5
xxxHOLiC – Volume 1

Manga

Kashimashi Manga Volume 5March 25, 2008
Fairy Tail – Volume 1
Fairy Tail – Volume 2
Le Chevalier d’Eon – Volume 4

March 26, 2008
Berserk – Volume 22
Koi Cupid – Volume 1
My Dearest Devil Princess – Volume 3

March 28, 2008
High School Girls – Volume 9
Junk: Record of Last Hero – Volume 6
KIELI – Volume 1
Spiral ~ Bonds of Reasoning – Volume 3

March 31, 2008
Alice on Deadlines – Volume 2
Cantarella – Volume 10
Emma – Volume 7
Empty Empire, The – Volume 7
From Eroica with Love – Volume 12
Go Go Heaven!! – Volume 5
Hikkatsu! – Volume 3
Kashimashi – Volume 5
Leader’s High! – Single
Love Master A – Volume 2
Moon Child – Volume 10
Musashi No. 9 – Volume 14
Nightmares for Sale – Volume 2
Strawberry Panic! – Volume 2
Teru Teru × Shōnen – Volume 1
Tower of the Future – Volume 10
Venus Versus Virus – Volume 3
With the Light – Volume 2
Young Magician – Volume 11

Sky Girls – Anime Review

The Essentials

Sky GirlsName: Sky Girls
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Episodes: 26
Released: July 5, 2007 – December 27, 2007
Based On: Retelling of Sky Girls OVA
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Produced By: J.C. Staff, Konami
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Otoha Sakurano: Ayako Kawasumi
Karen Sonomiya: Saori Goto
Eika Ichijo: Shizuka Itou
Elise von Dietrich: Ayumi Tsuji
Souya Togo: Keiji Fujiwara
Ryohei Tachibana: Kishô Taniyama
Nanae Fujieda: Yui Horie
Takumi Hayami: Ryoko Shiraishi
Ranko Mikogami: Kumiko Higa
Haruko Mikogami: Momoko Ishikawa
Rei Hizuki: Junji Majima
Aisha: Azusa Kataoka

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Story: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Music: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 8/10 (x 2 = 16 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 7/10 (x 5 = 35 pts)

Total: 147/190 (77.4%)

Review

Sky Girls is about a foursome of girls recruited by the military to pilot new fighters called “Sonic Divers,” which are designed to fight off a type of bio-technological artificial lifeform, called WORMS, which wiped out a third of the earth’s population 12 years prior, and were only defeated by the extensive use of nuclear weapons.

The four Sonic Diver pilots – Otoha Sakurano, who is idealistic and joins to team because she wants to fly; Karen Sonomiya, who is a brilliant, yet shy girl who wants to help others; Eika Ichijyo, who is the serious group leader who wants to defeat an unknown Sonic Diver pilot who defeated her in a test flight; and later Elise von Dietrich, who is looking for revenge against the WORMS for killing her parents – all join the Japanese military under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Souya Togo, who is a competent, if not laid back, commander.

The girls spend the first part of the series largely training when suddenly (much to the girl’s surprise) the WORMS reappear and they must start fighting them off. Unfortunately, the battles with the WORMS rarely end up being all that exciting as the method of defeating the WORMS is almost so amazingly effectively that the battle consists of getting close enough to the WORM to attack while avoiding whatever it decides to shoot at them.

Other than the less-than-exciting battles, my other main problem with this series is that it’s basically an excuse for another loli show. Not that shows with what amounts to lolis are necessarily bad, but given what the girls have to wear when flying the Sonic Divers, it’s pretty clear what one of the goals of the show is.

I also see Sky Girls as one of those “what could have been” shows. Sky Girls started off reasonably well and showed a lot of great promise, but then did very little with it, leaving behind what amounted to a standard fare mecha/loli show without being all that notable. To be sure, I wouldn’t classify Sky Girls as being a bad show, but there isn’t much there to make it very good, either. At least I found the technical aspects – the animation and music – to be pretty good.

Overall, I’m not particularly sure what type of fan would like this show. Perhaps if you’re into mecha shows or loli shows you may or may not like it, depending on one’s tastes, but I wouldn’t consider it good enough for the generic anime fan to really enjoy, especially considering that it’s 26 episodes.

First Watched: July 2007 – January 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: No