Anime FEAST!

I thought I may as well take a moment to talk about the absolute feast of anime I’ve been watching lately—basically every night since I returned home. After all, I had a lot of catching up to do: I had a few dozen new DVDs show up in my absence from various standing- and pre-orders. It also helped me through my melancholy for Japan—although I’m not sure what state it really got me to…

I’ve caught up with the latest Hikaru no Go, Gundam Seed: Destiny, Hare + Guu and Kodocha releases, and found some fun new titles in Tactics, Tenchi in Tokyo, Anime Runner Kuromi, Law of Ueki and Full Moon. I really liked Tactics, and I think it’ll turn out to be an interesting story—I liked the characters a lot, especially lead character Kantaro Ichinomiya, resident folklorist and demon slaying shrine priest. The other one that was surprisingly fun was Full Moon. Yes, I know it’s a shojo anime, but I’m not afraid to say I like shojo anime. The first DVD was a tiny bit slow, but I’ve already enjoyed the characters and the animation is very good. Of course, my favorite is Takuto, the death spirit with cat ears—he’s fun! Law of Ueki also looks like it will be entertaining—sort of like a Zatch Bell in reverse. I like Ueki’s attitude and green, spiky hair.

But I have to give the prize to one that I’d been debating about for a long time and finally grabbed when the complete box set was on sale: Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture. It has to be the ultimate Otaku anime, and I was laughing out loud almost from the beginning. I’ll definitely have to start getting my anime section of this website filled out with reviews, links and photos, and I may start with this one. It is geared slightly toward older viewers (they constantly seem to be searching for and buying those kind of doujinshi…), and it’s certainly not for my niece and nephews—in fact, it’ll probably be funniest to fellow otaku like me. One of the most brilliant things is the OVA “embedded” inside the show—Kujibiki Unbalance—which plays the part of the current favorite anime of the Genshiken club members. There are three complete episodes (1, 22, and 25) of this non-existant series on the DVDs as bonus Materials. It even has an incredibly catchy title song, which I immediately had to find online and put on my iPod. I suppose that’s more than enough to prove that I really am otaku…and damn proud of it, too! And to make it even more fun, they leave the OVA with a cliffhanger on the next-to-last episode too—AAAAAAARRRGGHHH!!!

Of course, as well as being a lot of fun, it also made me nostalgic for Tokyo: the Tokyo Big Sight made a couple of appearances, along with very recognizable Akihabara, Kanda and other locations. It’s both fun—since I can recognize the places and things I see— and troubling. Troubling because it’s making me yearn to go back even more than I am already. I suppose that’ll be something I’ll be dealing with for the rest of my life now…

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