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Tomikohara

  • Canada
  • Joined Dec 23, 2007
  • 28 / F

I've been watching anime since many years; I started with shows like Dragonball Z (the show that got me hooked to anime), Pokemon and Digimon on YTV channel. Little did I know then that so much more (and better) anime existed out there!

I enjoy all kinds of genres, but I tend to lean towards person-in-a-strange-world, post-apocalyptic, adventure, martial arts, survival, fantasy, medieval, melancholy, slice of life, romance and shoujo... I'm less fond of shows like Air, Kanon etc with super stereotypical girls and cliche storylines with atleast one girl who's really stupid silly and makes strange sounds all the time or the shows where a guy suddenly has a girl make herself at home at his place and 1/2 the show consists of your usually accidental nudity-ness and face-inbetween-legs... I'm not too fond of mecha/pilot shows either unless they're decently realistic and followed by an engaging plot. Comedy's always good, unless it's the repetivite guy-falls-onto-girl-accidental-groping stuff. But really, anything that has a great, unique, thought-out storyline. Let me know if you come across a very realistic show with little plot holes and cliches, with a thought out and thought provoking storyline that I haven't seen.

I prefer Subs over Dubs any day, and I never rate anything lower than 2 or higher than 4.5; That's just the way I am... I also become quite the critic in face of a show that has a weak story and many plot holes, especially when it's a more serious series.

I have a deep love for anime music. Some anime OST's that I really enjoy: Hirasawa Susumu, .Hack, Death Note, Tsubasa Chronicles, Code Geass, Fate/Stay Night, Naruto/Naruto Shippuuden, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni & Kai, Full Moon Wo Sagashite, Shakugan no Shana & Second,Basilisk, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Uverworld,  TM Revolution, Clannad, Kiyoharu, D. Grayman, Rocky Chack, L'arc En Ciel, Ghost in the Shell, Eureka Seven, Maaya Sakamoto, The Pillows, and I really enjoy Minoru Shiraishi's performances (and his troubling relationship with Akira in LS ^.^)

It's hard for me to choose a Top 5 list, but lets just say Death Note, Mushishi, Nana, The Twelve Kingdoms, and Samurai Champloo. Other shows that I really enjoyed that didn't make my Top 5 list, in alphabetic order: Basilisk, Boogiepop Phantom, Claymore, Fullmetal Alchemist, Haibane Renmei, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni & Kai, Kino's Journey, Kurau Phantom Memory, My-Hime, Ouran High School Host Club, Paranoia Agent, (Peacemaker Kurogane), Towards the Terra, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. I've yet to make a proper, thought-out top 5 list.

Just in case you're wondering, the girl in my avatar and signature is the awesome Sunako from Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge!

When I'm not watching anime, I'm baking healthy vegan recipes for my blog http://nocrapdiet.wordpress.com, making one-of-a-kind jewelry on Livejournal (gemstone_jar), listening to AnimeNfo Radio, and planning crazy adventures and roadtrips across Canada. If you're looking for any cosplay jewelry or clay character keychains, ask me and I'll see what I can do! =) I'm interested in cosplay and I've made a costume for someone before, but I have yet to cosplay myself. I'm waiting to find a character that I look very similar to.

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Kilplow says...

This is an interesting junction because it makes Eruruu question her feelings for Hakuoro. Most anime is filled with characters that plow ahead with their love, without any doubt except caused by situations or characters. In fact, in no other show I've seen to date, save Cardcaptor Sakura, does a character doubt their feelings for the potential other. In reality, I know I have in the past, and this gives it a touch of realism. Thankfully Urutori is wise enough to say guide Eruruu with her feelings.

And we know Eruruu has feelings for him, that are genuine. After all, very early in the series, she visible deflates when she is introduced to Urutori as like a sister after the later suggests she might be a queen. Urutori, Karura, and Yuzuha all realize it and talk to her about it in their own ways With the business of Rak Shine and Hakuoro drinking to escape his guilt, she tells him no matter what he has done, she'll always be near him.

There's lots of little things (this could be said of Eruruu as well), but when Hakuoro uses the medicine to put her to sleep after the destruction of their village, he is doing so compassionately, in such a way that I can't see it as being anything else but love, especially when they follow up the scene with him watching her sleep, covering her up in a blanket, and then holding her hand. Towards the end, after the pact is revealed, he admits that he couldn't live without her, that it was her holding his heart together. And that he wants her to remain with him always--again I like her doubt here, because it makes it seem realistic. During the flashback scene about the Iceman, he mistakes Eruruu mistaken for Mikoto, the vertigo effects breaking the flashback shows Mikoto change to Eruruu, and finally in the last episode realizes the connection, to a past love--almost a soul mate, reincarnation type of thing. And of course they kiss sealing the deal, because she forces it to happen.

May 3, 2008
Kilplow says...

More than Mere Fantasy.

Aruruu being struck down is overwhelming touching and dramatic. I could sense it was going to happen because Hakuoro tells her twice in a short span to fall back. There was just something about the scene that held me spellbound...with each pass I knew it was going to happen, but I didn't know when it was going to happen. I couldn't help but flinch when she got knocked off her tiger. I am pretty sure Freewind heard me grasp from across the room. It didn't register that they could kill off the cute, innocent mascot almost--Full Metal Alchemist did that, but she‘d only been around two episodes, while Aruruu was a main character.. When he sister raced to her side, I kept telling myself she was going to be ok. And then Eruruu announced she was dead. I've never felt so empathic towards Hakuoro in wanting to demand the blood of another character. The following scene of Haunkua's mecha being torn to rubble was immensely satisfying. It is rare for an anime to really emotionally tug at the heartstrings of the viewer like that.

And then she is ok again. What gives? Did that just cheapen the intensity of the scene? Won't their be long terms effects on Aruruu after such a horrible event? Like Hakuoro we are surprised to seen such a tranquil scene of her playing in the courtyard with Mukuru, without a care in the world. This is repeated at the end of episode 22 and then again in 23, with Aruruu playing in the laundry. Also in both, we clearly do see Eruruu is much more troubled because of the pact.

The Pact

Eruruu's pact actually has one extremely interesting consequence. Is she in love with Hakuoro because of the pact and is nothing more than a puppet or does she have freewill? This is an almost quasi-religious question, should humans love God merely because God wills it or do we really have a choice? Is love by obligation less meaningful than that of choice? Can she even tell the difference?<

May 3, 2008
Kilplow says...

Yes, some of the characters change during their story lines, like Touka's choice to change sides, but after that point her character growth stops--compared to Orobo who changes and there isn't a reason for it in the plot line, but rather it is showing growth of character. While Aruruu is a static character after her initial entrance, I am giving her special attention simply because she acts like a child, while most anime characters of her age would not.

The villains as a group I feel they were poorly done. Inkara and his brother are the same character, both indulgent and idiotic rulers, Nuwangi, Niew, Suwonkas, and Hauenkua are all psychopaths, especially the later three, and Dii is the cold manipulator. None of them are realistic at all, none invoke any empathy. Hein receives a very small amount since he at least tries to follow a code of honor. Kuuya is the truly tragic villain, but even she makes her own decisions.

I think the villain is easily as important as a hero. While I wouldn't have liked one to completely overshadow the entire show, I think the problem is none of them are developed quite enough to make us care or really understand them? Why is Hauenkua a reject from the mad pilots of Gundam or why is Suwonkas so obsessed with Karura. We just don't know...or really care. A good villain has reasons for doing what he does. A great villain makes us agree with them, even if only a little. Rarely are people clear cut in life as good or evil.

May 3, 2008
Kilplow says...

This isn't a one sided influence though. He wields great influence over her as well. There's no clearer point when Eruruu is making the hangover tonic for Oboro and he praises her on how skilled she's become. While her words don't say much, it is obviously from looking at her ears and rapid movements of her tail and hands, she is thrilled beyond belief.

Oboro

Oboro is unique among the minor characters in that he develops the most. He starts off again like a main character in most shows--powerful and with the desire to grow stronger in martial combat. Throughout the beginning of the show he has many qualities but the one the sticks out the most is the fact he is a loose cannon. He puts emotion before logic and reason and gets himself and his allies into all kinds of trouble. As the series goes on, he reluctantly is willing to be more precise and cunning and less and less easily swayed by emotion. The ending is a perfect capstone to his growth...he realizes that he is not the best candidate for leader, while his previous ego would have not allowed him to step down. So he declines the position in favor of his rival.

Of Kamyu, Aruruu, Genjimaru, Karura, Dori and Gura, Urutori, Benawi, Tuskuru/Teoro, Sakuya, Touka, Yuzuha, and Kurou, most of this characters are only developed when the plots requires them to change and not a bit more. Most of these characters change in subtle ways if at all. Take Kurou for example, throughout the show is stubbornly loyal to Benawi and his country, and enjoys fighting. However, even he changes a tiny bit when Teoro dies and doesn't want to announce it in front of the sisters. Touka is the overprotective, noble samurai warrior and the only thing I can gather about her personal character is she likes cute things...Aruruu's second pet or the doll from the omake episodes.

May 3, 2008
Kilplow says...

Probably even worse to him emotionally, was his lack of power to protect Aruruu when she faced off against the nutcase Hauenkua--this very well might have been one of the most climatic scenes of the show--I‘ll cover it in depth later.

The thing I like about him most, is he is a dynamic character. Each encounter he has, he becomes a bit wiser and handles things in the future better. It's not the normal, hero gains a new power which is critical to win his next challenge scenario which is all too common...and boring. In order to explain this growth though, I'll have to first explain another character...

Eruruu

Eruruu like Hakuoro seems very generic at first--healer, kind, in love with the male lead from the very opening scenes, and loyal to the point of almost being subservient to his ever whim. I am aware this is a feudal story and that would be the norm, however, my mind rails against it to a degree as a boring character--however, I was mistaken from my initial impressions--she does make her own choices.

She is respected so much by Hakuoro he places many important decisions in her hands...Nuwangi's fate, Hakuoro takes her side against Oboro when deciding Karura's fate, or when he is troubled over whether or not he is Rak Shine, she forces him to rest against his first judgment, and so forth. She isn't merely a yes-woman but rather a deciding force. In fact, she often acts like Hakuoro's guide, as if she was a tiny angel sitting on his shoulder. It is her that presses him to grow. When he is doubting who he is over the Rak Shine business, it is her that comforts him and says "Hakuoro is Hakuoro". Cliché and simple but very effective in saying, it doesn't matter about your past, but rather who you are. The same was true with how she saved him from drinking after the destruction of their village.

May 3, 2008