Cyraneth (Level 14)

Considering a 5th for my Top 5...
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Yeah, I guess my blogging is almost on an annual basis. Sorry about that; I'm thinking once I'm done with my studies and only have a job to worry about (and not both) I'll have more time for this. Anyhoo...

So, while I've watched a fair deal in the past year a few of them really stood out to me: Ano Hana (if you want the full title, look it up) and Bunny Drop. You could say they're both Slice o' Life series, though the former has a touch of the supernatural in it, but the reason I'm blogging about them now is that they're both really heart-warming. They're both about bonds, either of friendship or family, and if you want to have your feelings for those bonds rekindled just before the holiday month, they're both great ways of doing so - although maybe Bunny Drop is better; the weather in Ano Hana is too summery for this time of year, but really, I'm touching on details here... Watch them both!

I really like it when a seemingly casual and down-to-earth anime can get so profoundly deep and touching, reminding us that despite the mecha, the explosions, the thousand katana fighting style, and the spider monsters, we're still human, and the reason we can grow so fond of something - like anime or manga - is because of those feelings. I don't mean to get all mushy on you all now, and it's not the kind of feelings I'm babbling about; I'm talking about the ones that drive us onward, that strengthen our determination or our will to push through a rough day at work: Namely that we have someone or something to come home to, that we cherish because of the bonds we form.

Happy holidays, y'all.

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I suppose I should get used to only posting once in a while. Work, studies, and hobbies just take so much time.
 
Anyhow, finally finished up Katanagatari. Cute anime, though rather philosophical. If you don't like feudal Japan's mysticism and ambiguity, don't watch it. If you do, DO watch it.
 
Besides that, only a few anime have caught my interest lately: Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, and Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai. Finished both of them now, and I have to say I liked Ore no Imouto [...] best. It's adorable, pervy, deep, and shallow; all at the same time. The main characters have a love/hate relationship, but not romantic. Rather, it's walking a fine line and doing a great job at prodding a few subjects without crossing the line, and still it maintains its status quo as a Slice'o'Life anime. I can't really say much more than that without spoiling the story, so watch it! You'll do yourself a favor.
 
Kami Nomi [...] is a very amusing twist on the classic asocial otakon, and perhaps a peek into his mind - a peek that is frightening and enticing at the same time, but often degrades into simple humor. Mind, that's not a bad thing, really, but it does keep the anime from achieving the god-like epic feel that both the title and intro hint at.
 
Anyhow, that's it for the Cyraneth Report this time. Now I just hope it won't be as long again before my next post... Anyone got ideas for what I could/should/must watch next?
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... but I've hardly been wasting it. I think.
 
I picked up Eureka Seven. That's an odd anime... Takes some getting used to. It has some classic elements: Big mecha, flying, and deals with the issues of growing up, mainly focusing on teenage love. It has some really interesting psychological depth too, but I'll need to watch more episodes to get a good feel for it.
 
Speaking of the psychological, I also started on Shakugan no Shana. I gotta admire Yuji's refusal to succumb to despair, but as long as you have something to live for, why not fight for it? That's an oddly positive outlook for a setting that is presented as dystopian and bleak already in the first few episodes.
 
Both anime seem like something worth watching, so I'll keep doing just that. For now, anyway.
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Okay, so I already got my first comment on my last blog entry, and it was awfully enlightening. Yes, I should prolly talk a bit about, you know, anime. This being an anime site and all.
 
Okay, as people might've guessed from my profile piccy, I'm an avid fan of the Code Geass anime. Both seasons, of course. You can't watch one and not watch the other. They're kinda like Stieg Larsson books that way. While I like the mecha, the fanservice (Hi, Kallen!), the clean and idealized drawing style, and the social interplay between the interesting characters, it's the riveting overarching story with all its twists and foils that utterly chained me down. It's one thing that Lelouch is a brilliant mastermind; it's another that he's able to adapt to most of the utterly devastating situations he's exposed to in his trials. Really, this anime is a must-watch in my opinion.
 
So, other than that I've been fascinated with Seirei no Moribito. Of course it helps that it's done by the same studio that made GitS SAC (all hail!), but Balsa's personality and combat style simply captured me. I'm not sure if it's because I could identify with her (being a protective soul myself) or I simply liked her ability to apply her hard-earned experience, but I'm certain I liked her combat style because the spear is so rarely the weapon of a main character, and seeing it done so well was just amazing. Well done, Production I.G.
 
Okay, that was two of my favs. There's plenty more in my list, so I guess they'll provide fodder for further blog entries. Until next time!
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So, my first blog post here... and I'm writing it around midnight my time, knowing I have classes tomorrow morning... Great idea, don'tcha think?
 
Anyway, not to sound like a weaboo or anything, but this Calpico stuff is pretty neat. I mean, not if you mix it up with ordinary tapwater, but carbonated, it's just great. Kinda refreshing, and supposedly sugar free, though I still have to decipher a handful of kanji to get that confirmed. Yeah, I picked up 2 liters of it while visiting a friend over the holidays.
 
Okay, so, enough about that. I'm writing a blog; not an infomercial. It's prolly the time of day, ehr.. night. You'll have to forgive me for my scatterbrainedness.. Is that even a word? But yeah, along with that, I also picked up a few bottles of Almdudler - an herbal lemonade. Sounds weird, eh? But it's pretty tasty too. I totally got my tastebud horizon expanded this summer.
 
So, okay, that's it for my first post. I hope to follow this up soon enough, and maybe with something more in-depth.
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