Some Long-Overdue Site Updates

I did some long over updating of my anime review lists (the alphabetical and by-score ones) today which I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

First off, most of the links to the reviews still used the old permalinks structure.  While the links still worked, I’m sure it added a bit of inefficiency, so I’ve switched all the links over to what they are now.

Second, I actually added my most recent reviews.  I basically hadn’t added anything to the lists since about March, so everything I’ve reviewed is now listed.

Third, I updated the reviews based on my revisions that I made for my podcast.  I do this occasionally, and really should do it when I actully do the revising, but in any case all of the reviews themselves are now updated as well.

I also added links on those pages to the other list (The Alphabetical list has a link to the list by score, and vice versa) as well as a link to the How I Rate Anime Page.

I basically did the same thing for the manga as well.

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Baltimore is going to be insane during Otakon.

Of course, the first reason is because of Otakon itself, which has had a paid attendance of over 20,000 for the past four years and will almost certainly will again this year (let’s go for 25,000 this year, since con attendance seems to be increasing generally).

However, that is not the only thing going on that weekend.

First of all, the Baltimore Orioles will be playing home games all three days of the convention at nearby Camden Yards.

Second, The Virgin Mobile Festival is being held at Pimlico race track August 9th and 10th.  Luckily it’s something like 4 or 5 miles from the harbor area, but that still means a lot of people (It had an attendance of 42,000 on it’s biggest day and 74,000 over two days, though many of those are repeats I’d imagine).

To just pile on, they are commissioning the $1.3 billion destroyer USS Sterett on August 9th, and that’s expected to bring 5,000 people – and that’s happening right there in the harbor area next to the USS Constellation.

So all-in-all, August 9th, which is a Saturday, could see something like 100,000 people hovering around Baltimore.

If anything, I’m just interested to see what’ll happen when some navy admiral passes someone cosplaying as Yoko or something.

Anime DVD and Manga Releases for July 8 – July 14

Anime DVDs

July 8, 2008
Cromartie High School – Box Set
Gurren Lagann – Volume 1 (sub)
Super Robot Wars OG Divine Wars – Volume 8 (sub)
Yu Yu Hakusho – Season 1 Box Set

Manga

July 8, 2008
Atelier Marie and Elie: Zarlburg Alchemist – Volume 4
Bastard!! – Volume 17
B’tx – Volume 15
Crayon Shinchan – Volume 3
Fever – Volume 2
Flat Earth Exchange – Volume 1
Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution – Volume 7
Getbackers – Volume 25
Guardian Hearts – Volume 1
Guin Saga – Volume 5
Inuyasha – Volume 34
Kagetora – Volume 10
Kannazuki no Miko – Volume 2
Never Give Up – Volume 8
Nosatsu Junkie – Volume 6
Pick of the Litter – Volume 4
Rave Master – Volume 29
Red River – Volume 22
Steel Fist Riku – Volume 1
Suppli – Volume 3
Switch – Volume 3
The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye – Volume 2
Togari – Volume 7
Yakitate!! Japan – Volume 12
ZIG*ZAG – Volume 3

July 9, 2008
From Eroica With Love – Volume 13
I Hate You More Than Anyone – Volume 5
Kikaider Code 02 – Volume 7

July 10, 2008
Galaxy Angel II – Volume 4

Moetan – Anime Review

The Essentials

Name: Moetan
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 13 + 1 OVA
Released: July 8, 2007 – September 23, 2007
Based On: Moetan study guide books by SansaiBooks
Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Produced By: Actus
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Ink Nijihara: Yukari Tamura
Ah-kun: Masaya Onosaka
Nao Tezuka: Yuji Ueda
Sumi Kuroi: Haruka Tomatsu
Ka-kun: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Ruriko: Rika Morinaga
Mio Tezuka: Eri Nakao
Arisu Shiratori: Kaori Nazuka
Na-kun: Tomoko Kaneda
Remi Suzuki: Youko Honda
Rina Tanaka: Yuka Iguchi

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Story: 4/10 (x 4 = 16 pts)
Music: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 7/10 (x 2 = 14 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 2/10 (x 5 = 10 pts)

Total: 100/190 (52.6%)

Review

Moetan is theoretically about a high school girl, Ink, who apparently has yet to hit puberty. She has a crush on her classmate Nao, but doesn’t know how to approach him. One day, Ah-kun, who was banished from the Magic Kingdom, plops down in front of Ink in the form of a plush duck. Ah-kun then enlists Ink as a magical girl so that she can accumulate magical points through helping others which will eventually allow Ah-kun to return to the magical kingdom. However, the primary use of Ink’s magical power ends up being used to act as a disguise so that she may secret teach Nao English, a subject which he is poor at yet Ink is very good at.

Now, I say theoretically because this series has been created for one, and only one reason: loli fan service. First off, three of the main characters, Ink, Sumi, and Arisu, are supposedly high-school aged but actually all look like elementary school students. Apparently no investigation has been launched to see if there is some growth suppressant in the city’s water system.

To top this off, whenever any of these three girls – who all are or become magical girls – convert into their magical disguises, the transformation scenes are done in the most ecchi way possible (remembering that the girls look like elementary students). The rest of the so-called plot is created just to provide situations where this and other fan service-heavy scene can occur.

That’s about the extent of what this show is. Some may find the show humorous, and it did have it’s extremely rare funny moments, but even the humor often takes second-fiddle to fan service. It’s a shame that the animation is OK and music is somewhat decent or else I could have given this show an even lower score.

I don’t think I have to say, in review, that there is basically no conceivale reason to really watch this show, unless you want to see just how bad it is.

First Watched: July 2007 – June 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: In the name of god, no