CLANNAD: After Story – Episode 22 [END]

It’s CLANNAD: After Story episode 22 – the final episode of the series proper. Stuff happens, then more stuff happens, then other stuff that I don’t understand happens,then it ends.

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What a Game!

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with anime, but I just got done watching (on the teevee) my alma mater, Syracuse, beat #4 Connecticut 127-117 in six overtimes.  Only 3 other games in the history of NCAA basketball have ever gone that long – two six overtime games in the 1950s and one seven overtime game in 1981.

And just to give some perspective: Syracuse didn’t lead in any of the first five overtimes.  It’s almost unfathomable how a team could push a game to six overtimes without ever leading in any of them except the last.  Also, eight players fouled out – four on each team – with Syracuse having to use 2 players who combined probably haven’t played a full game worth of minutes for the whole season.

And Syracuse played last night (and has to play again tomorrow in the Big East semifinals).  It was truly epic.

Poll: Review Scoring – Some Thoughts

Since I’ve been going through my redesign, I’ve also been thinking about how to possibly improve other aspects of the site as well.  One of the things which always seems to bubble up every now and then are how I score anime series.

Right now my method is to give a score to story, animation, music, coherence (if applicable), dubs (if applicable), and my own gut score, weight those scores, then average them into a final score.

The things I like about this way of scoring is that it makes creating the final score less arbitrary (it’s an average instead of a “here’s the score”) and the final score is very specific.  However, the negative side to this is that the final scoring may be too specific and sometimes there may be a temptation to “fudge” the sub-scores in order to get an final score which I think is more appropriate.

So, I was thinking that I kind of have four choices:

  1. Keep how I score anime the same
  2. Score it the same, just round scores to the nearest percent (at least makes it a little less fine)
  3. Detach the sub-scores from the final score.  What I mean is that I’d still score things like animation, story, etc., but they aren’t actually formally used in determining the “final” score, which would basically become what my “gut score” is now.
  4. Just do a final score without any sub-scoring.

I’m kind of wavering between the two, but I wanted to find out what people who visit blog find to be the most useful to determining whether they may want to watch a series or not.  As a result, I’ve created a poll with each of these 4 options (and an “other” option, in case you come up with something I haven’t thought of).  If you want to explain your opinion further, feel free to do so in the comments as well.

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Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 89

Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 89Josh’s Anime Blog Podcast Episode #89 is now online! In this podcast, I review the anime series Kannagi.

This week’s Podcast Stats:
Time: 12:06
Download Size: 8.4 MB

Opening theme:
“Uninstall” by Chiaki Ishikawa
Opening theme to Bokurano

Ending theme:
“Musuhi no Toki” by Haruka Tomatsu
Ending theme to Kannagi

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Anime DVD and Manga Releases for March 10 – 16

Kiba DVD Set #2
FLCL Manga Volume 3

Anime DVDs

March 10, 2009
Darker than BLACK – Volume 3
Fullmetal Alchemist – Season 2 Box Set
Indian Summer – Box Set
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple – Season 1 Set 1
Kiba – Set 2
Pani Poni Dash! – Box Set
Speed Grapher – Veridian Box Set

Manga

March 10, 2009
FLCL – Volume 3
Go West! – Volumw 2
Love Attack – Volume 6
Me & My Brothers – Volume 7
Oishinbo – Volume 2
Samurai Deeper Kyo – Volume 33
Switch – Volume 7
Yakitate!! Japan – Volume 16

March 11, 2009
Oh My Goddess!: Colors

Kannagi – Anime Review

The Essentials

KannagiName: Kannagi
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 13
Released: October 10, 2008 – December 27, 2008
Based On: Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens manga by Eri Takenashi
Director: Yutaka Yamamoto
Produced By: A-1 Pictures, Aniplex
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Nagi: Haruka Tomatsu
Jin Mikuriya: Hiro Shimono
Tsugumi Aoba: Miyuki Sawashiro
Takako Kimura: Risa Hayamizu
Daitetsu Hibiki: Takanori Hoshino
Zange: Kana Hanazawa
Meguru Akiba: Tetsuya Kakihara
Shino Ookouchi: Mai Nakahara

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Story: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Music: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 7/10 (x 2 = 14 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 10/10 (x 5 = 50 pts)

Total: 168/190 (88.4%)

Review

Kannagi is about a goddess, Nagi, who materializes into a corporeal form thanks to Jin, a member of his high school’s art club, carving a statue of a girl out of the wood of a sacred three that was recently cut down.  Nagi states that her purpose is to rid the area of “impurities” before they start causing too much trouble.

What ensues is a hilarious comedy as Nagi and Jin have to come up with excuses as to why they’re living together to their friends, and as Nagi, and her goddess sister Zange, compete to see who can gain the most influence over protecting the land.

My overall thoughts on this series are based on the assumption that there will be a second season, just because how this series ended was so open, with Jin and Nagi saying how they’re going to try to find out more about Nagi’s past, and because so many things are left unresolved, such as Zange’s possession of another girl’s body, the general relationship picture overall, and the fact that Nagi warned that, over time, her body will start crumbling without being attached to something being worshipped, and we failed to see any danger of this developing in this series.

Having said all of this, many of the characters in this series seem to be rather unique – or at least I can’t redily compare them to your standard, overused character archetypes very easily.  I mean, yes, you have the “childhood friend” character, the “otaku” character and so forth, but these characters were largely developed above and beyond just their initial archetypes.

Also, comedy setups in this series end up being executed much the same way, with vaugely familiar gag scenes being executed in a way that’s fresh and hilarious.  It’s sometime said that everything that can be told has been told, it’s just a matter of how you tell it (or something to that effect), and I think Kannagi illustrates this fact as well as any series.  And it strikes just the right balance in almost every respect along the way.

Besides the loose ends, I guess my main beef with this series is that the series set up the idea of Nagi going around exterminating impurities right off the bat, and while we spent a good deal of time in the first couple of episodes dealing with that, the series never really got back to that issue except for a few moments in a few other episodes, and that aspect of the show was largely forgotten.

As for the technical aspects, I wouldn’t say that the animation and music was done in such a way that wowed you, but both were certainly of pretty good quality as far as I could tell.

Overall, if you’re looking for a good, fun series to watch, give Kannagi a try.

First Watched: March 2009
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes

Star Trek Trailer 3 Screens and Thoughts

First off, if you haven’t seen the trailer, then go watch it here or here first.

Having said that, below the fold are some screenshots of the third and probably final Star Trek trailer and my thoughts about what we see.

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Two Months Until Star Trek

Star Trek

OK, it’s not anime, but I’m sure there is a lot of overlap in the fanbases, and I’m getting flippin excited that it’s finally coming out (after waiting for Christmas 08 for forever, only to hear that it was being pushed back another 5 months).  I hope people don’t midn if I do some star trek cheerleading on here over the next 2 months or so occasionally lol.

And here’s the brand spanking new trailer:

New Dragonball: Evolution Clips

Check them out (if you dare).

If we didn’t already have enough evidence that this movie was going to bomb, this should pretty much guarantee it.  Those clips got me close to breaking my record for most facepalms per minute.

I mean, seriously, how did whoever made this movie possibly even comprehend that it would do well.  The only thing I can imagine is that they’re going for the “kids movie” route (it is rated PG), which is sort of what Speed Racer was doing as well.  However, it’s trying to sell itself as some action blockbuster at the same time (kind of like Speed Racer as well).  However, unlike what Dragonball: Evolution appears, Speed Racer was kind of, you know, actually half-way good.

Speed Racer opened with about $18.6 million on a 4-day opening weekend.  We’ll see if Dragonball: Evolution can even match that on a 5-day opening weekend.  I’ve never seen a movie seen almost unanimously as a joke before it screened since such classics as Bangkok Dangerous ($7.8 million opening), Son of the Mask ($7.5 million opening), and, of course, the bombs of all bombs, Gigli, which had a $3.8 million opening.  I’m not necessarily joking when I say “we’ll have to see if it beats Hannah Montana: the Movie.”

Perhaps it’s only chance is that enough people are curious enough about it that it mostly earns what it costs to make, ala The Dukes of Hazzards (which made about $80 million total).