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More Fall Anime 2010... (Re-Deux?)

Yeah, it's a foregone conclusion that just as I hit "post" on that last blog entry, I turn around and see a crap-load more anime airing in Japan, that just screams for a mention here. Of course it could be that I just have a type of keyboard illness that forces me to vomit words at infinity; either way, there are a few more shows here that I guess I have no other choice than to satisfy the sickness, and talk about.

I just hope that as soon as I post this entry, I'm not forced to write another one. I wanna do my review of crappy anime and manga now dammit!!!!

Okay, I won't bore you anymore with my candy talk... let's get to the Anime!


Yosuga no Sora
First up (this second blog around), is Yosuga no Sora. It's the story of Haruka Kazugano and his twin sister Sora, who come back to the village of Okukozome-chou, a place in the mountains that they often visited as children during their Summer vacations, and spend time there with their dear old grandfather.

This time however the twins are going back to live there, since their parents have died in an accident, and they are soon re-united with some of their old acquaintances, and introducing them to a few new friends.

On the surface, it's supposed to seem like a tranquil scenic story with some dramatic and melancholy themes, but there is something else going on. Promises that the twins made, the location of a "lost item" and the real motivation for their returning to Okukozome.

It looks interesting, and it seems like compelling story writing and character creation; but at some point there is a real jaw dropper, when you see a little moment of brother kissing sister. I'm not trying to spoil anything, but I think you viewers need to know up-front that there is definitely going to be some twincest here. But then, obviously you can't have a story with twins that there isn't a little bro on sis nookie right?

In all honesty, I really have no idea what I am supposed to expect from this show. I don't know if it's gonna be a mental case of psychological trauma, or a show that ends up dead-panning itself due to the combination of themes. I mean really at just episode one it could go in any number of possible directions. I know that it at least has piqued my interest enough to try it for a few more episodes at least. Provided we don't have to endure too many more moments of Sora fantasizing about her brother with her legs apart.


Shinryaku! Ika Musume!
Okay, so those of you that know me, know that I am down for watching and liking some of the oddest crap known to man. But I never expected that I would like, let alone simply adore a "Squid Girl".

Yeah, it's alright to laugh a little now. I chuckle to myself about it every time I look in the mirror and call myself a sick bastard. But you cannot deny that there is something refreshing and totally adorable about Ika Musume (Squid Girl) in the new anime Shinryaku! Ika Musume!

I mean come on! how many Cat-Girl anime shows have we had crammed down our throats, and Dog-Girl shows rammed up our collective butts? Can we not have a little Squid Girl to take the edge off?

Okay, so it's not the greatest and most compelling of plots I've ever seen in my life, but then; we're talking about a girl that comes to the surface intent of conquering humanity for their evil deeds of polluting and devastating the ocean. Yeah, it's got a little moral story here, how that if we toss trash in the ocean enough we might get invaded by a single solitary Kawaii Squid Girl; and you know what, that doesn't sound too bad.

Sure Squid Girl is a little naive about how to actually invade the surface world, and in her attempt, she punches a hole in the side of a Beach house restaurant, and gets wrangled into being a waitress to pay off the debt. Nevermind that she has squishy flat tentacles for hair, and that they can do cool things as if they were extra arms, and never mind the fact that she was under the impression that there would only be about a thousand people top-side to enslave.

Bottom line, is that this is one cute show, and Squid Girl is awesome. Her ignorance and determination make this a show really worth watching, despite that for now it does seem to be a little flat on the notes.

Blah Blah Blah My Sister Is Cute Blah!

Now for our next honorable mention, I just have to gripe here a little. I know it isn't my fault that shows have some stupid titles, and in fact, it's probably a show's title alone that sells a lot of the garbage, craptastic gurgle-bile waste that floats over here through sweaty Doritoes stained fingers via the internet. But just who in the hell can even remember a title like Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai let alone pronounce it?

Oh, that's not the half of it. The actual translation for this show, is something along the lines of There’s No Way My Sister Is This Cute.

Are they serious? Why don't we just recite a couple of paragraphs from Hemingway and use that as the title? At least they spared us the often overused cliche of ending the thing with an exclamation point or two.

But aside from the title which is more than a little silly and verbose, it seems to fit in with the theme of the show. Which seems pretty basic.

You take one average seventeen year old high school guy that has a terrible relationship with his younger sister, toss in a stern Anti-Otaku Police Officer for a father that doesn't seem to know the meaning of the term "loosen up" or that he has a pole up his ass, the average mother, and the seemingly perfect average non-eccentric Japanese type of family, and you have the makings for a dull show.

Dull until younger sister Kirino drops a DVD of some magical girl anime, and it's found by older brother Kyousuke. Well that isn't so bad, but the "Little Sister Love" hentai game inside it, is cause for a triple take.

Confronting his sister with this new found anomaly in his average life, Kyousuke is shocked when his sister confesses to being a closet otaku. And not just any otaku, the sort that compulsively collects, as well as has a bizarre attraction to "Little Sister" H-games.

Swearing to keep it a secret between them, Kyousuke promises to help her any way he can, since revelation of her passion to mom and dad would spell the end of their seemingly perfect average lives.

I guess you can say, that the plot is intriguing, and interesting, and that for now the characters aren't annoying, which is a huge plus for me. But the underlying message I'm getting seems a little darker than maybe it actually is. I mean, could there be some sort of secret meaning to why all of Kirino's games are about brothers loving sisters?

I just don't know if I'm ready for that answer yet. But aside from the stupid title, which only makes some sense after you've seen the episode, it isn't all that bad. Again... I shall wait and see.


The World God Only Knows

Moving on with this list (no I don't feel like talking about Bakuman!) is the anime adaptation of The World God Only Knows. The manga has been amazingly popular, and despite the particularly convoluted plot it seems to be an even balance of humor and service to the fans.

Okay, so let me see if I can take a stab at this thing here. What you have is the story of a second-year high school student (interesting that there are so many shows in high school... why don't they do any in a retirement center or something?) Keima Katsuragi. He is a master dating sim gamer and is even known by the internet community as "The Capturing God" for his skills at getting any 2D girl in a game.

If only his real-life social network was as colorful. Instead of being the "Capturing God" in the real world, he is instead an otamegane (a derogatory name for a person who is an otaku with glasses).

It's not until Keima gets an e-mail offering him a contract to "capture" girls that the interesting stuff starts happening. Accepting the offer, he is immediately met by a demon from hell named Elsee. Apparently, it isn't a game. Elsee has been charged with bringing back runaway spirits that have hidden themselves in the hearts of girls; and the only way to seemingly break this hold is if someone captures their hearts, or makes them fall in love.

It makes it really challenging since Keima is only really interested in the 2D girls, and has no need for those in the real world. Which I'm sure is problematic for Elsee since now that the contract is signed, both their lives are on the line.

So there you have it. A demon girl, and a nerd loser out to capture the the hearts of innocent girls to "free" them of the spirit trapped within them. Sounds more like a means to get some cheap lovin'.

Anyway, for those of you out there already eager to caress yourselves while viewing this show, you'll be glad to know that a second season has already been green-lit and will be on its way. God help us all.

Last on this list is a few OVAs that haven't slipped my slippery mind.

Sora no Woto
 
Both Sora no Woto and Spice and Wolf II have new goodness added to them.

Sora no Woto gets two OVAs that serve as additional episodes to the 12 episode series. The first being in between episodes 7 and 8, and the other one pegged as an unofficial 13th episode.

Spice and Wolf II just gets the usual consistent Episode 0 treatment, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me at all. Why make a prequel episode? Why not just add to the end, give us a little peek into the future of their lives, or a peek at Holo naked again...ANYTHING but a freaking prequel!
Spice and Wolf II

Sora no Woto at least has the common courtesy to offer us full episodes that even have the same opening credit (which I love!!!!!1!1! yeah i R acting like a n00b here), and breathtaking animation. I can honestly say that some of the shots in the Episode 7.5 OVA are more impressive than the series, and that is saying a lot.

So there you have it. My continued take on the Fall 2010 Anime Block of broadcast shows. I hope you all go choke on the goodness of each and every one of them, or at least suffer a few nights of insomnia trying to decide which one has more "Eww" factor to it, and fan-service; cause I'm not telling.

Who ever left their copy of Eiken in the corner needs to pick that crap up before someone steps in it!

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  1. I agree, Squid Girl is a lote of fun; very cute and innocent.

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