Seven Seas rescues Gunslinger Girl Manga

I guess there may be some hope for the Gunslinger Girl manga series yet, as Seven Seas picks up the license from ADV manga, which appears to be shedding it’s manga licenses whenever it can.  Seven Seas will release the six volumes already released by ADV in two omnibus editions, and then will pick up with volume-by-volume releases with Volume 7, presumably sometime in the middle of 2011.

My only worry here is that Seven Seas is sometimes themselves not the most reliable manga publisher out there (though they were always better than ADV manga).  However, they might have gotten something good here with Gunslinger Girl.  I haven’t bought any manga in months, both because of money and because nothing really interested me, but this may cause me to buy some again.

Top 10 Anime Openings of 2008

Yesterday I presented my list of the top 10 EDs of 2008. Now it’s time for what I thought were the top 10 OPs of 2008. Once again, I’m judging these more on the music than the animation of the OP. Also, once again, they have to be songs that premiered in 2008.

#10 – Kaiba
“Never” by Seira Kagami

This is a pretty light song, but it’s still emotionally impactful by just listening to it. There were a lot of good OPs this year that could have slid into the #10 spot, but I felt that this was the best one to put there.

#9 – A Certain Magical Index
“PSI-missing” by Mami Kawada

This song is actually more mysterious and intense sounding than the actual series was (at least the first half of it) so I’m not sure how well this song actually went with the series, but I still like the song.

#8 – Soul Eater #2
“PAPERMOON” by Tommy heavenly6

This song is a nice pop/rock song with a nice, but dark, rhythm to it which just draws me to it.

#7 – Gundam 00 #2
“Ash Like Snow” by the brilliant green

I’ve never really been all that interested in the Gundam shows in general, but this song certainly has a nice beat and sound to it.

#6 – Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk
“Swinging” by Muramasa☆

This is an upbeat and rather goofy sounding opening, but it’s really catchy. Past the first episode, it was sadly probably the best part of the show.

#5 – Nabari no Ou
“Crawl” by VELTPUNCH

This opening seems kind of unusual to me. It’s kind of upbeat, but in a kookie sort of way. In any case, I like it.

#4 – True Tears
“Reflectia” by eufonius

If I were going by animation, this would probably be #1. Even so, it still has a very good and compelling song to go along with that animation.

#3 – Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies
“fly away” by THYME

The choice between #2 and #3 was pretty tough. This song is an excellent soft rock song and it’s easy to get into the rhythm of the song.

#2 – To Love-Ru
“forever we can make it!” by THYME

Yes, THYME gets both the #2 and #3 spots in the list. As much as I avoided this series like the plague, it does have a very catchy (even if NSFW) opening.

#1 – Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino
“Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi” by KOKIA

I think this was, for me, hands down the #1 opening song of 2008. It told you right there that the show was a drama and should be taken seriously (despite the animation flaws in the actual show). I can just sit and listen to this song for hours if I let myself.

Funimation adds a crap load of new videos online

Basically every series of note that they hold has a page and at least trailers up.  There also have the first two subbed episodes online for Gunslinger Girl IL Teatrino and Romeo X Juliet, the first six subbed episodes for Shigurui, and the entire Soukou no Strain series subbed.

Here are the list of shows where they actually have episodes up:

The only thing I don’t really like about it after playing a couple episodes is that it’s not easy to get from one episode to another, especially late in the series as there isn’t any “Next episode” thing and trying to navigate the episodes reloads the player as well.  But otherwise I’d say this is a good start.

Update

This was seemingly launched on the 10th, but I don’t recall anyone saying anything about it before, and I’m not sure how many videos they had online before, but if was comparable to what was on places like hulu or itunes, then they’ve added a lot more.

Update 2

I just saw on the Gunslinger 2 page that the release date for the series is August 18, 2009.  So long! T_T.

12 Moments of Anime Day 2 – The Invincible Gets Defeated

While  Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino – left a lot to be desired, I’ve long been a fan of the ass-kicking girls of the Agency, and in particular Triela.  As a result, watching her battle a formidable enemy – and lose! – in the 3rd episode of the series was an entertaining plot twist which reminded me of one of the reasons why I like the Gunslinger Girl franchise overall.

Unfortunately the series was licensed by Funimation before the fansubs were finished, and since it’s my policy to quit watching fansubs of series once they’re licensed, I have yet to actually finish this series.

Nevertheless, the fact that one of my favorite ass-kicking chicks got defeated for the first time, proving that not even governmentally-brainwashed cyborgs are perfect, was a “wow” enough event to include it on my list of 12 Moments of Anime 2008.

The 12 Moments of Anime project is the brainchild of CCY.

Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- licensed by Funimation

Well, I was hoping I could get my review for episode 7 of this series out before this announcement, but oh well.  In any case, just as the hint yesterday suggested, Funimation has licensed Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- and will release it in a single 13-episode set sometime in 2009.

As a result, I’m suspending my episode reviews for this series, as I quit downloading series once they’re licensed, which is a shame as I only got to see half the series subbed, so I’ll have to wait until 2009 to see how it finishes as well.

This series seemed to have a good storyline like the first, but the animation change from the first series just seemed to overshadow just about everything else on the series.  Hopefully that will get improved at least a little on the DVD release (though I seem to doubt it).

Funimation also licensed Save Me! Lollipop (a.k.a. Mamotte! Lollipop) and Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple (a.k.a. History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi) earlier in the week.  Funimation states that there will be another licensing announcement tomorrow as well.  So far these have all been new series.  I wonder if we’ll see any Geneon rescues in this batch or not.

Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino – Episode 06

It’s (finally!) episode 6, and Padania continues to attempt to disrupt the construction of the Straight of Messina Bridge, this time by attempting to kidnap the chairwoman who heads the project. Also, Henrietta and Rico have their first fight.

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Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino – Episode 05

It’s episode 5, and Marco’s old flame Patricia gets caught up with an old acquaintance of her’s, Leo, who is investigating the truth behind the Social Welfare Agency. Will Marco be able to keep his secret from Patricia, while Leo has his own motivation for finding out about the Agency.

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Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino – Episode 04

It’s episode 4, and we get to see Angelica in action for the first time since the end of the 1st series. However, she’s still treated with kid-gloves as no one is sure whether she is really read to be back. Meanwhile, it’s just a normal day for Bruno, the Five Republics clean-up man. That is until he runs into Rico.

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Anime Credits – Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino Opening

And the anime credits feature of the blog rises from the dead once again! We’ll see how long it stays there this time. I also replaced deleted vidoes and added some better quality ones for some of the past credits that I’ve posted as well.

In any case, despite what I think of the overall animation of the new series, I really like the new Gunslinger Girl opening. Not as good as The Light Before We Land, but still good:

Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino – Episode 03

It’s episode 3, and Pinocchio finally gets to meet his first Gunslinger Girl: Triela. Surely he can’t beat these indestructible cyborg girls, right? Right?

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