Kashimashi – Anime Review Update

Kashimashi: Girl Meets GirlThis is just a note saying that I’ve re-scored my review for Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl as part of my project to switch my scoring system from the old percentage system to the new 5-point system.

You can see the full review here.

The new scores for this series are:

Animation: 4/5
Story: 3/5
Music: 4/5
Dub: N/A

Series: 4/5

Blog User Input Survey – Just a Reminder

I just wanted to post a reminder about my blog user survey.  I’d greatly appreciate it if people took a couple minutes going through and filling them out.  I have two of them set up, each with 6 questions:

Click Here for the Survey on the Blog’s Content

Click Here for the Survey on the Blog’s Navigation and Structure

Of course, if you read this over the RSS, I wouldn’t necessarily expect you to fill out the Navigatoin and Structure survey, but if people could fill out the content survey, that’d be great.  I’m trying to collect information that I can use towards my next design, which I hope to launch somewhere around the end of August.

And one final note not related to the surveys: I hope to get Aoi Hana episode 5 out tonight.  However, like last week, that’ll depend on the raws.  If the raws get out by 9 or so tonight, I’ll probably be able to get it up.  Otherwise, it’ll probably have to wait until tomorrow.

Sentai/ADV licenses CLANNAD: After Story, Ghost Hound, and He is my Master

According to new product pre-orders on RightStuf, it’s been revealed that Sentai Filmworks (whose distributor is ADV Films) has licensed the second half of the CLANNAD series, CLANNAD: After Story, as well as the anime series Ghost Hound and He is my Master.

CLANNAD: After Story is the 24 episode + 1 OVA second season to the CLANNAD series, which aired between October 2008 and March 2009.  Ghost Hound is a 22 episode series which aired between October 2007 and April 2008.  He is my Master is a 12 episode series that aired between April and June 2005.

The first parts of CLANNAD: After Story and Ghost Hound are being released October 20th while the He is my Master complete series is being released October 6th.  All three releases, as with past Sentai licenses, will be subtitle-only.

Update

It looks like Ghost Hound might have been revealed earlier this morning on Sentai Filmwork’s presumably soon to be launched (and long overdue) website, but they have since password protected it.

Update 2

I guess I should give some of the credit of this to the fact that RightStuf tweeted this and Scott Frye noticed that they were new.

Update 3

ANN notes that Popotan and A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, which are also on the list, were previously licensed by Geneon Entertainment.

Endless Eight Finally Gets to Hitler

This is classic, especially since I think I encouraged CCY to make this on Twitter lol.  There are a couple of boo-boos, but it’s the thought that really counts, right?

Update:

P.S., here is another one for your enjoyment.  Maybe we’ll get a new one of these every week?

Anime DVD and Manga Releases for July 28 – August 3

xxxHolic DVD Box Set
Kitchen Princess manga Volume 10

Anime DVDs

July 28, 2009
Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA – Box Set
MD Geist
Pokemon Elements – Volume 1 (dub)
Pokemon Elements – Volume 2 (dub)
Voltron: Fleet of Doom (dub)
xxxHolic – Box Set

Manga

July 28, 2009
Air Gear – Volume 13
Fairy Tail – Volume 7
Kamichama Karin Chu – Volume 5
Kitchen Princess – Volume 10
Le Chevalier d’Eon – Volume 7
Negima! Magister Negi Magi – Volume 23
Ninja Girls – Volume 1
Orfina – Volume 6
Parasyte – Volume 8
Tsubasa, RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Volume 22

July 29, 2009
Berserk – Volume 30

July 31, 2009
Cat Paradise – Volume 1
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Volume 5
CROWN – Volume 3
Dance in the Vampire Bund – Volume 4
Spiral ~ Bonds of Reasoning – Volume 9
Sundome – Volume 5
Trill on Eden – Volume 1

Candy Boy (ONA) – Anime Review

The Essentials

candyboyName: Candy Boy
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Episodes: 8
Aired: November 22, 2007 – May 8, 2009
Based On: N/A
Director: Takafumi Hoshikawa
Produced By: AIC
US Distribution By: Not Licensed

Cast

Character Japanese Cast English Cast (N/A)
Kanade Sakurai: Hitomi Nabatame
Yukino Sakurai: Ryoka Yuzuki
Sakuya Kamiyama: Emiri Katou
Shizuku Sakurai: Yu Kobayashi

Review

Candy Boy is about two fraternal twin sisters – Kana and Yuki Sakurai – who attend a private high school together.  They’re very close, holding hands often, and share a single room together, sleeping in the same bed even though they’ve been provided a bunk bed.  However, the twins, Kana especially, is often assaulted by their openly lesbian underclassman Sakuya who usually clings to Kana, comes up with various plans to try to set up dates and whatnot with Kana, and who begs for pictures of Kana from Yuki (much to Kana’s displeasure).

The love that Kana and Yuki share for each other is never really clearly defined outright.  It’s highly suggested that it is romantic in nature, but the two don’t really do any overtly “romantic” things (ie kissing, etc) even when alone.  The two many not even know what the nature of their relationship is like, as they clearly want to stay around each other and make plans to be with each other for the indefinite future, but at the same time don’t seem to struggle with other issues such as “how far they should go.”

The total amount of screen time for this show is pretty short – about 90 to 95 minutes all told over all 8 episodes.  However, despite this, the show does a reasonably good job at exploring the lives of the two sisters, though even given it’s length, it may start to grind on after a while for some.  The show also does a good job keeping fan service to an almost non-existent level despite the fact that, being a web animation and the topic at hand, they could have gotten away with quite a bit if they wanted to.

Overall, animation seemed to be pretty good, though the resolution of the episodes over torrent wasn’t exactly the biggest or the best quality, so a full evaluation of the animation is hard to do, but it appeared to be quite good.  The music didn’t seem to be anything special, but I guess was more good than bad.  Overall, if you want a quick watch with quite a bit of comedy, some drama, and nary a guy anywhere, then you might want to give Candy Boy a shot.

Scores

Story: 4/5
Animation: 5/5
Music: 4/5
English Dubs: N/A

Overall: 4/5

First Watched: February 2008 – May 2009
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes

Anime Gun Fight of the Century!

Who will win this ultimate match up?!

In the blue corner, we have, at something like 13 years and and being trained by the great Phantom Reiji…

Cal!

Cal

And in the red corner, at something like 14 years old and possessing the ability to see emotions as colors…

Young Canaan!

Young Canaan

Now let’s Get It On!

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom – Episode 17

It’s Phantom episode 17 and the Godoh group confronts Reiji over the evidence that he was the one behind killing the Godoh members. However, then all hell breaks loose.

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