Change of pace, lunatics. We’ll be taking a break from EUREKA SEVEN and YU YU HAKUSHO for a week or so to catch up with a number of fine, new Funimation titles that have come to my doorstep. Read my thoughts on…
- SENGOKU BASARA: SAMURAI KINGS *** YAMADA'S FIRST TIME *** DRAGONBALL Z KAI
- CHAOS HEAD *** BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 *** HETALIA: AXIS POWERS
- ONE PIECE *** ROSARIO + VAMPIRE *** MY BRIDE IS A MERMAID *** DARKER THAN BLACK
- PRINCESS JELLYFISH
First off, if this doesn’t qualify as shojo, then I’d officially be the worst mediator at any battle of the sexes. Just the worst.
Secondly, it’s gotten really amusing, watching all of these Funi titles together in such a short period of time, because Todd Haberkorn’s probably voiced more than half of the male leads. The dude does a good job, sure, but this feels a bit like watching a bunch of flicks out of the Golden Age Hollywood system where studios essentially played musical chairs when casting their contracted players from one picture to another. Again, not necessarily bad, but amusing to recognize.
Thirdly, I’ve watched so many freaking shows for this column that I’ve reached the point where I’ve honestly lost track of which show’s I’ve randomly sampled before. At first, I felt like I’d already watched something from FAIRY TAIL, but this episode’s plot wasn’t familiar, so maybe it was a later episode or one of the dozen other shows I’ve watched that riffed on fairy tales from one angle or another. There are far too many old entries for me to go through, so I’ll just leave this question unanswered and be content with the mystery in zen way.
Fourthly, this show’s cemented chibi and other stripes of super-deformity as one of my biggest pet peeves in anime. There are times when chibi works, but they’re few and far between, and they don’t spring to mind, at the moment. Even when they aren’t ruining the mood of the serious moments of a show like FMA, they have a habit of quickly escalating from simple comic relief into a critical mass that turns an otherwise entertaining show into a shrieking, flailing mess of crude drawings.
Lastly, this actually was a decent debut for. I did appreciate the more, uh… practical angle on charms and talismans and assorted spells. Not enough to stick with this, though.
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Watch this episode, "Fairy Tail" below and decide for yourself.