Watched a couple of new anime series since last time. Eden of the East, Seitokai no Ichizon and Special A.
Eden of the East
Eden of the East was an odd experience. I knew nothing when I started and I sort of knew nothing in the end. At first, I thought it was like an anime version of Bourne Identity (which would have been awesome). Then as we were introduced the phones and the mysterious Juiz, it was evident that it was something totally different. The main character is just weird from the get go and we never get to really understand why. Not that it really matters, but some of the things he does is just, well... weird. I can't really go too deep into this anime as it did entertain me quite nicely, but in the end I just thought: "What was it that I just watched?". I may have to analyse it some more in a later date.
Seitokai no Ichizon
The other one I watched was Seitokai no Ichizon, which surprised me very positively. I didn't really have any idea what it was about, so I kinda went into it blindfolded. I seriously couldn't stop laughing during the first episode. It had so much references to other animes that it was crazy. Lucky Star had quite a lot of references as well, but not even nearly as much than Seitokai did. Lucky Star also tended to reference the same anime many times, but Seitokai hardly ever referenced the same anime twice (except maybe Death Note). I actually felt proud watching Seitokai, since I understood most of the refences. Unfortunately, after the first few episodes the amount of references went down (or became unknown to me) and the quality of the anime went down with it.
I'll make a short list of animes that I noticed being refenced:
Im sure there were a lot of references that I didn't notice or just didn't understand. But taking the references aside, this anime was still quite fun. The storyline beneath the surface was quite nice (about Sukisaki's reasons for his harem obsession), the jokes were fun and even though the anime is almost entirely taking place in the councilroom, I never felt like it was hindered because of this.
And then the most recent I watched, Special A. I wanted some comedy romance and thats exactly what I got. The storyline drew me in quite quickly and the comedy was hysterical. Hanazono Hikari was the token dumbass, who is oblivious to any romantical feelings directed towards her. Then we spend the next 20+ episodes fooling around until she finally realizes her feelings. In this regard, Special A is very similar to Kimi ni Todoke. Both have a main character, who is obviously in love with the person closest to her, but she does not realize her feelings until the last episodes.
The most interesting character in Special A in my mind was Saiga Yahiro. Not at first, but after it was revealed that he intentionally became "the bad guy" just to protect Akira. This also made the episode where he and Megumi go on a date the best episode in the series. It was very stupid at first(how Megumi suddenly became interested in him), but towards the end it was the most heartwarming little lovestory in the anime (and unmistakeably the one with the least focus).
Special A really does one thing right - it ends. Where most comedy love stories end up in a status quo, Special A is not afraid to abandon its original setup and evolve. Special A ends up with (nearly) everyone falling in love with another character and leaving a feeling of genuine closure and a happy ending. Unlike some animes that go full circle just so that it can start the next possible season (that won't propably even gonna be made) from a clean table. I just hate this.
Now. Stepping out of anime for a sec.
I recently watched Uzumaki the live action movie and it was just awful. Sure, it had the interesting core storyline, but the acting was truly horrendous. It's as if the actors tried to act exactly like characters in anime/manga usually behave. And it just doesn't work in real life. Sure, I have never been to Japan, but it's hard for me to believe that they would actually behave like that. For example the actor playing Shuichi is so monotonous that I can just see him reading his lines without any thought put to it. No emotion whatsoever.
The movie has a few good points (the smoke scene and things that happen in the backround for example), but overall watching this was just painful. I never really liked live-action films based on anime/manga, so im not really sure why I was expecting anything out of this one. Actually no. I do know why I was expecting something out of this. It's because of the Spoonyone, who recommened this movie (or rather, mentioned it). Im still a fan of his even though we may not share the same taste.
Back to Reality
Tests are starting this week, so I gotta focus on those for the next two weeks. There aren't really any hard subjects on this period, so I'm not that worried. Actually, we got a english test tomorrow and as usual, I'm just going to wing it. I'm not very good at cramming for tests anyway. Need to finish lab reports though. Those are always a hassle and a lot of work. If only I got as much interest to write those as I do write these damn blogs. :D
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