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Watch Log of 2010 March, Part 1

2 MAR
2010

Hello, and welcome to a log of everything I've watched this March 2010. In addition to listing what I've watched (for my own self-reference), I've included little mini-reviews of the things I've watched should anyone be interested of my opinion, or the opinion of anyone in general. Be warned though, there may be spoilers here, there, and everywhere. Comment if you wish, I'll always reply. :)

Part ONE of TWO.

=== WARNING: THESE MINI-REVIEWS / OBSERVATIONS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS ===

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01st, Monday

--> PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA, the movie: A very cute and innocent move, made even more enjoyable by the English dub. Tina Fey was a good choice for Sasuke's mother, as the character closely reminded me of Liz Lemon - a live-action personality that Fey portrays in the show 30 Rock. By the end of the boat scene (in which Sasuke and Ponyo ride the 'toy' boat) I thought this movie was still far from over. The funny bits were, well, funny. All I didn't get was why Ponyo had to choose between magic or human form, when her father was clearly both?

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02nd, Tuesday

--> CARD CAPTOR SAKURA, episodes 36 to 41: In #36, Sakura FINALLY figures out who the mysterious figure in her prophetic dreams are! About time! "How come Li and Madison aren't sinking into the snow?" ... "Deus ex Machina, bitch." Haha. For #37, it is my guess that Madison's mum is actually Bulma who runs Capsule Corp (a Dragon Ball Z reference); but then again, the karaoke mic is really just a larger version of a loudspeaker, plus it's bulky and kinda ugly, so what makes it so high tech when it does nothing to the user's voice except make it SLIGHTLY louder? This episode is simply a recycled plot from an earlier episode involving the Song card. :/

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03rd, Wednesday

--> No anime watched today. Was time for a social event ;)

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04th, Thursday

--> AD POLICE FILES, episode 1: The dude at the beginning is implied to be trapped in the same room as the Voomer, and is moments from her killing him. Then, after she's dead, we're shown that the two of them are actually in a pit, and above them, is an entire mini-army of police... So why did the police just stand by and watch, instead of shooting the Voomer? Gotta love the guy's reaction when his superior team member offers him sex. Later on he says he was actually wanting it, so why did he react that way, then? Contradiction! Good retro-anime animation in this episode. However, the fight against the first insane Mark-4 Voomer was somewhat idiotic. Bullets prove ineffectual against the Voomer, and yet they continue to shoot anyway. They should use other methods of pushing back or constraining the Voomer. And that dude who runs up to the Voomer has guts; he just runs up to her... and does nothing. At first, I thought he stabbed her. But in the shots after, we see no indication of that. So yeah, he basically commited the most stupid suicide ever. Then come the AD Police, crashing through the street, damaging many cars, and almost killing at least four people as it arrives - WHAT KIND OF "ADVANCED" POLICE ARE THEY!? And gotta love how the AD Police are basically useless, as the Voomer got killed by lasers by a different police team. If the AD Police specialise in being anti-Voomer, why don't they have the damn lasers? And when the AD Police member gets shot by the Voomer, there's still time for the woman team member to stop the Voomer, and yet a different team member holds her back. What the hell!? He holds her back even though she could have saved someone, but it's fine for the medic team to walk RIGHT NEXT to the Voomer (equally as stupid on the medic's part)!? And finally, surely such "Advanced" Police would have bulletproof armor if they're constantly dealing with killer robots? So why the hell don't they wear it? And all this stupidity happens in the first ten minutes alone. But anyway, I actually like the Mark-8 Voomer enemy of this episode as you can really sympathise with her being 'trapped' - revived after being shot, conflicted with opposing feelings and programming, being unable to speak, with no real purpose in life other than to be used. Rather decent ending music, though.

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05th, Friday

--> GINTAMA, episode 198: A clear episode, up until Doman starts going batshit crazy and makes jokes at sanitary towels... Okay. The plot twist about the brothers in the flashback was easily predictable. This episode was labelled "4," and next week is "3." I bet Gintama won't end when the countdown finishes, but rather, they'll just make some kind of announcement about the movie or the manga. Or it could just be a countdown to the new season.

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06th, Saturday

--> AD POLICE FILES, episode 2: The murder scene setup reminds me of a movie, but I can't remember what the name of it is. All I gotta say about this episode, is what the hell was with the sudden random accusation of the other cop being a lesbian? It was a question that came out of nowhere! :|

--> CARD CAPTOR SAKURA, episodes 42 to 53: If Cardcaptors was more popular, this would be the episode #42 would be the one to start the craze of fanart for it, considering the costumes and role reversals portrayed in this episode. Kerberos' little monologue said aloud to himself made me cringe - why would he say all that aloud? Surely such plot-important information he wouldn't so easily divulge to people around him. In #43, it made me laugh when Meilin said that she's been training all her life... But she's only like 12 years old, at the most. And how funny would it be if Li captured the wrong bird, and Meilin would just shun him? xD In #44, I understand the importance of reminding the viewer of the events last encountered in the radio tower (the Dream card episode), but a flashback that seems to be like five minutes long? Same for the flashback of a story that happened only TWO episodes ago (the Dark and Light cards episode). Such flashback length isn't needed, haha. Julian doing archery reminded me of Doumeki doing the same thing in xxxHolic, which is also a part of the CLAMP multiverse, but Julian is actually the Cardcaptors-universe version of Yukito from Tsubasa Chronicle. As for #45, I found it hilarious that Madison saw an unfamiliar LION next to Sakura, and yet was completely calm and didn't react until she started filming. And Yuei is quite a cool character, and his English dub voice is actually quite awesome. His voice and Kerberos' voice are probably the only truly good voices in the dub. All other voices are just around average. #46 is by far the most awesome episode of the entire series so far. The new opening animation starting from #47 seems very cool indeed. In #48 to #51, there's not really much to say about, other than the fact that Ruby is the new Miss Mckenzie in terms of stupidy-obvious mysterious character. In #52, why the hell were the sheep falling into the hole? Not only is it random, but it doesn't even make sense. By #53, we realise that Eli Moon is a bit of a prick. Li also knows about Eli's opposing forces to an extent, and YET, just like countless times before with Miss Mckenzie, he stupidly refuses to talk to Sakura about what he's thinking.

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07th, Sunday

--> No anime watched today. Was time for a social event ;)

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08th, Monday

--> CARD CAPTOR SAKURA, episodes 54 to 56: At the end of #54, I noticed in the English dub that the final line of dialogue spoken by Sakura's father was not dubbed. Silly dub people. I liked #55's reference to the past episode in which Sakura is made small. And Sakura was reading a Japanese book... And yet, later on, she's impressed that Li and Eli can do the same thing. You all live in Japan. Where they speak Japanese. And have Japanese books. So why are you so impressed!? Haha. I like this episode, especially the part that Sakura's brother Tory played, and Yue's inclusion made me smile :) I also noticed how Julian's role as the White Rabbit was a pun on Julian's Japanese original name. Clever. And #56 was actually quite funny now that Spinner and Keroberos have confronted each other. Well, kinda :P

--> MEMORIES, episodes 2 and 3: #2 was good, but as always, I have some observations/questions. If your large pharmeucitical company is working super hard on the country's latest bio-weapon defences, and you finally create a superweapon, would you just LEAVE IT UN-ATTENDED, UN-MARKED, UN-SEALED, AND UN-LOCKED on your table? I mean, come on, even Umbrella Inc. had lots of biohazards in the course of the Resident Evil games and movies, but never once was their superweapon of a virus JUST LYING AROUND ON A DESK IN AN EMPTY ROOM. Put it in a damn safe, or a pass-coded briefcase at least. I'm not even gonna touch the subject of why de-activating the biohazard alarm was a bad idea - REGARDLESS of the dude's motives. And by the way, you know your country is weak and vulnerable when all it's NAVY, ARMY AND AIR FORCES CAN'T STOP - NEVERMIND KILL - ONE, JUST ONE, MAN. ON A MOTORBIKE. Wow. If your military sucks that much, you should have just nuked the guy when he was alone in the mountains. But I digress about the plot; forgetting the stupidity, it's actually a good episode. Good, unpredictable plot twist at the end too - it was even kinda funny in it's irony. #3 was not like the previous two episodes, but it was just as interesting. Would have been nice to actually reveal what the cannons were aiming at though. And the city should have been called "Phallic." I mean, come on, a huge giant red cannon aiming upwards? It's as if firing the cannon at the other enemy city is to say "Our city has a massive phallus, bigger than yours. This giant shell shall remind you."

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09th, Tuesday

--> BLAME!, episodes 1 to 6: These episodes are... Strangely beautiful. They remind me of the art style of the Comedy anime OVA, mixed with the atmosphere of the movie Alien (on a side note - Sigourney Weaver was, and still is, the world's closet thing to a living Lara Croft personality; I may be gay, but damn, Weaver is sexyful) and the main character is somewhat like Hei from Darker than Black. But slightly more bad-ass.

--> AD POLICE FILES, episode 3: MORE MEDICINE!!!! Jeez. And you thought this anime got weird with the stupidity of the first episode? Well this one is not as fun to mock as the other first two episodes... Until the scientist has sex with the robot. What? Did I say something weird? Yeah, people in charge of big masculine fucktard robots have sex with them all the time. Especially when the robot is a MENTALLY UNSTABLE DEATH MACHINE. Oh, and survival tip: When your robot has super-hearing and does nothing all day, and is probably using his super-hearing for what little entertainment he can have to pass the time, don't talk in the VERY NEXT ROOM about THE WAY YOU PLAN TO BETRAY AND KILL HIM. :| I thought clever people were suppose to be clever?

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10th, Wednesday

--> CARD CAPTOR SAKURA, episodes 57 to 61: In #57, we are treated to endless flashbacks again, and in #59, we're taught that breaking into school after-hours is okay! And in #60, if you ever cause damage to your local park, don't fix it, just run away! ...Wait, this show is supposed to teach kids/young teenagers morals, right!? :P In #61, the Mirror card is the latest character to act dumb. Yay, more "I should say something... But I won't... Damn, I should have said earlier." We had WAY too much of this with Li during season 1!

--> ONLY YESTERDAY, the movie: Periods. Periods. What lesson is this? I dunno, but next period is P.E. class. Periods. The back of the DVD case mentions the main character going through puberty, but I didn't know it would be such a big plot point in the flashbacks of her childhood! Haha, as a slice of life film, this one is more orientated towards female audiences. And, taking that into account, it's an alright film. However, with it being a slice of life tale, it misses out on many things that make the other Ghibli movies so awesome; such as epic animation, novel story, and fast action. Then again, it's always healthy for someone (in this case, an anime studio) to try variety and differet styles. You'll probably like this movie if you liked their Whisper of the Heart movie. Although WotH is much better.

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11th, Thursday

--> CARD CAPTOR SAKURA, episodes 62 to 70: Finally reached the end of Cardcaptors! In #62, Madison says "oh yeah, that's right; Miss Mckenzie is away teaching in England." ...Erm, how did you forget that? You established that she went to England AT LEAST fifteen episodes ago, which story-wise was quite a few weeks ago. Stupid dub line. :P This episode also gives new meaning to the saying "It's so easy, I could do it in my sleep." In #68, Kero suggests that Clow Reed may still be alive... And then when Sakura just begins to join the same train of thought, he immediately changes argues against the theory. You bring up a point just to argue against it? O.o

--> G-9, the ova: This isn't your typical anime; rather, it's just like manga in video form. Their are no real animations, other than effects and transitions, and the very small occasional animation. During the action scenes, of which there are two, the second action scenes were inter-mixed with symbols and kanji-like characters, and other kind of visual expressions that didn't have a defined form. They make the fight confusing, but when screenshotted, they look awesome to have as the desktop background of your computer ^^ The music was a redeeming factor, as was the art. However, it's very short, has no 'real' animation, and confusing action. I guess this anime OVA will be a mixed bag for most people, but for me personally, I kinda liked it, but on the other hand I think it's very average as far as anime goes.

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12th, Friday

--> GINTAMA, episode 199: An alright conclusion, but Gintama has ended it's previous arc's much more interestingly. But meh, it's enough for my weekly fix :D

--> CHRONO TRIGGER, the ova: Yeeeaaaah. I give this 2.5 out of 5 stars. I would have given it just 2.0, but it earned the extra .5 for actually being able to make me laugh at various points. Has a nice retro feel, but I must say that some of the voice actors do actually sound mentally challenged. Hmmm.

--> CARD CAPTOR SAKURA - THE MOVIE 1, the movie: Just realised that this movie takes place at some point during Season 1 or 2 of the main Card Captor Sakura anime, so I should have watched it sooner, but meh. It's an alright story, I guess. It involves the Arrow card which, whilst canon in the anime, isn't transformed into a Sakura Card during Season 3. Dun, dun, dun. Nice to see some more information about Li's family though.

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13th, Saturday

--> CARD CAPTOR SAKURA - THE MOVIE 2: THE LAST CARD, the movie: This movie is a lot better than the first movie. However, the English dub that I watched has different English voices than the ones involved in the first movie and main anime, so it was kinda offputting. However, the voices for Eriol/Eli and Keroberos (in his true form only), and Miss Mckhezie (I must have spelt her name so many different ways, haha) are actually better voices. On the other hand, this version uses the original Japanese names for things - which is good... but bad when I'm already accustomed to the English names. Ah well. The plot's okay, but I don't understand why Sakura is carrying around her cards all the time when they don't have any immediate need anymore.

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14th, Sunday

--> CONNECTED, the music video: Holy shit this was much better than expected. I love it! But the frequent pointless cut-aways to the dude/girl on the skateboard was boring. Luckily it didn't focus on him/her too much :P

--> FIRST SQUAD, the music video: Russians on horses. I think. Very hard to tell. Not much else to say about this really. I wonder if the other "First Squad" anime by Studio 4C is related to this one?

--> PASSION, the music video: It's from Kingdom Hearts 2!!! Wow, awesome animation, and so many fragments of stories that will always go left unexplored. I wish Studio 4C will explore at least half of the things teased in this video.

--> JIGEN LOOP, the music video: Well it's KINDA a music video. Very strange and even the apparent symbolism just flat-out escapes me. However, I'm very interested in the idea of a ghost-in-the-shell-type of person in a virtual world is just on a beach. I don't know why, but such imagery just gives me the inspiration to write something ghost-in-the-shell like.

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15th, Monday

--> HALO LEGENDS, episodes 1 to 8: The two "Origins" segments were very interesting and educational, considering the only experience I've had directly with the Halo franchise is the first twenty minutes of Halo 1 on the PC ages ago. The Flood remind me of the flying evil brains from Futurama, haha. The "Duel" episode offers the Convenant more depth and realism as it shows the internal struggles within the fractions that make up the Convenant force, which I think is a good thing to portray. However, I think it would have been wiser for the Arbiter to start fighting AFTER his wife had gone somewhere safe? As for the "Homecoming" episode, when the marine says "It's just not my day." ...Does this marine think AN INTER-GALACTIC WAR ONLY INCONVIENCES HIM? The anime also has a Metriod-style 'twist' when one of the marine's takes off their helmet. But, meh. It's not much of a twist in any fashion. Girls serve in the military - woop de fucking woop.

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16th, Tuesday

--> No anime watched today. Was time for a social event ;)

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17th, Wednesday

--> No anime watched today. Was time for a social event ;)

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18th, Thursday

--> No anime watched today. Was time for a social event ;)

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19th, Friday

--> GINTAMA, episode 200: Hilarious. The moment Gin properly entered this episode was legendary. The very unpredictability and hilarity of it makes it one of my most favourite Gintama moments ever ;D It's episodes like this which Gintama shines through. :) But a Christmas episode half-way through March? What's up with that. O.o

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20th, Saturday

--> No anime watched today. Was time for a social event ;)

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21st, Sunday

--> No anime watched today. Was time for a social event ;)

comments

Innocency avatar Innocency
Mar 2, 2010

Haha, they do look like idiots. But I've already got the complete collection of the English dub and no Japanese alternate readily available. And because it's a kinda old show, with popularity that doesn't reach other series, I'm unsure how easy they would be to find on the internet to stream-watch. So it looks like the English dub is my only option at the moment, but it ain't too bad when you consider I'm more than half way through the series now xD

Thanks for the comment ^^

Xplayer avatar Xplayer
Mar 2, 2010

Gah! You're watching the dubbed Cardcaptor Sakura?!? No wonder the characters look like flaming idiots. Watch the sub NOW.

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