Archive for August, 2011

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is the second of the two series I marathoned this weekend. I had been meaning to catch this series when it first aired, but the first fifteen episodes being “somewhat” covered in the first series made me quickly lose interest. When the series arrived on American shores and then aired on adult swim, I was once again tempted to give it another go but decided against it. The original 2003 series ha a special place in my heart for being one of handful of great series I had experienced in my youth. So the thought of overwriting that memory with the new series didn’t seem the most pleasant to me.

After finishing my White Album marathon, I went to bed and when I awoke I decided to give it another go. The first fifteen episodes cover some events that transpired in the first series, but they add a bit of a touch which make it different enough for viewers who are coming back.

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So I guess I’ll begin this weekend’s postings about the first of two series I managed to marathon this weekend. White Album was one of those series that fell under the radar for me. It had all the makings of a perfect series for me (my favorite seiyuu is Nana Mizuki after all and I do like the character designs/music), but for some reason I didn’t stick with it. Well after all these seasons, I saw the blu-ray rips and decided to start watching, I didn’t stop.

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The Idolm@ster 01-05

Idolm@ster… Oh Idolm@ster, now where to start with you…

Based off of the Xbox 360 Idol management/music/dance game that came out a few years ago, we now have a more “faithful” anime adaptation. I say that because a few years ago sunrise tried to adapt this series into an anime with an original mech-story, the result was Xenoglossia. I’m not exactly sure how well it did, but judging by the fan reaction, at the time, not very well.

Well in this adaptation, I will first off admit that this is my guilty pleasure show of the season. I can justify Yuruyuri and such shows for the comedy or other aspects, but this show, I’m watching for the girls. Now take that as you will, but everything from the voice actresses to the on-screen interactions is carefully done. My take on it is that they didn’t want another disaster like Xenoglossia.

So how is it? Well, they got it right. Idolm@ster is one of those few shows that I don’t miss every week. I can sit back, relax and just watch the girls go through whatever it is they need to go through that week and come out of it satisfied. The show is relaxing, well paced, and just darn enjoyable to watch.

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