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Tomikohara

  • Canada
  • Joined Dec 23, 2007
  • 29 / 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.

Check out Animenfo Radio @ animenfo.com/radio !

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Kilplow says...

Utawarerumono Spoilers

I talked quite a bit about the pact because it made me think of religious arguments about freewill against predestination. The scene before Urutori comforts Eruruu, she is really troubled and combing her hair. Maybe it is it is my imagination but she seems pristine and brittle, like a doll almost. I had the sinking suspicion she was on the brink of suicide. All the scenes after Hakuoro's identity is revealed, Eruruu is speaks with a false small plastered on her face and we see exactly how poor she is at covering her emotions up. Urgh, and the scene with her and Aruruu doing laundry is almost heartbreaking. Breaking down and hugging Aruruu while crying uncontrolled. Thankfully, when Urutori talks to her, Eruruu is completely reassured. As for what Urutori says, it is harder to believe it is true at least at the time, while Eruruu completely takes her word on it. And later we learn they can be broken as Genjimaru does just that.

Like I said before, the best villains are those you understand or emphasize with. I have to admit though, if they didn't have time to develop all the characters, how could they possibly develop each villain some too? I am just glad, there wasn't the same villain overshadowing the entire show, because that would become quite tedious. But I think even a short flashback one some would have helped immensely. I think the hero is ultimately limited by the villains development. That's why books like the Wheel of Time or Wizard's First Rule come off as more convincing to me...both devote chapters and development to the opposition.

May 4, 2008
Kilplow says...

Utawarerumono Spoilers

I really enjoyed Utawarerumono, that is for sure. I think most of the characters were likeable, the best ones developed and changed. For the ones that didn't change, they were still enjoyable but they don't have the same impact as the ones that do change. Also there was sustenance to it...it wasn't mindlessly action or melodrama, but there's...hmm...a morale, a lesson.

Karura really didn't have any resolution, she hardly changed at all, except you could say she let her past go. (It seemed like she already had to me.) Every time she's on screen, she's either drinking or smashing someone. It equally bothers me, when characters have an arc where they seem to grow, then don't, or if the characters have an arc and then disappear from the spotlight completely--ie Kanon/Clannad/Air.

I have mixed feelings about Kuuya. From the very beginning, I knew she was a villain--she's shown in the opening in the collage of all the villains just briefly. She's trying to be a good leader but is thwarted by her commanders. There's some ovas in the works and I wonder if she'll be involved in them in some way, though probably not.

May 4, 2008
Kilplow says...

I really liked the idea of it being an original world.  They went into quite a bit of detail with different racial designs and I was hoping to learn more about the culture.  The surprises toward the ending were surprising and I am not sure how I felt they fit things completely.  That being said, the story was character driven to me rather than something plot driven.

 As for the twins, I wasn't sure throughout most of the show.  We just didn't find out anything about them almost.  I recall one of the shots early on, when the peddler is showing is wares, there's a comment made about the girls and they are featured in it.  I couldn't tell if that was a joke that they are female like or if they really were girls.  After Oboro gets drunk, that brief flashback, made me think they had to be girls...but everything I read up on, said they were guys. 

Anyway, this is already incredibly long so I'll avoid going into the stuff about the religions--the dual nature of God and all that.  I am pretty sure that Utawarerumono will make my top 5.  I only regret not watching it sooner. 

May 3, 2008
Kilplow says...

Hakuoro is Hakuoro

But anyway, the reason I thought that scene was so important was because it touches not only upon physical intimacy but the "Hakuoro is Hakuoro" idea. Most heroes without a memory are obsessed with recovering it and Hakuoro was beginning to fall into that trap because he felt that he didn't know who he was and could be an evil person--very fitting a masked man--it is like he had covered up his previous identity. The symbolism beats us again later over the head with Eruruu's choice to save the old ruins in the capital is likewise interesting. She proves to Hakuoro, that there can be new growth of ashen, burnt soil. This is clearly a metaphor for Hakoro himself. The past of the city and for him...neither are important. What does matter is who he is now and if he has the resolve to push free of past that holds him down. And he does find new growth. Again Eruruu services as his guardian angel, helping him find his way--much like a lighthouse for his dark soul.

These are a taste of the lessons that one can take away and actually live a better life knowing. Yes, they are nothing new to most people. But sometimes we need reminders to refresh and inspire us. And that is what art, yes art, like Utawareumono does and why I enjoy it so much.

May 3, 2008
Kilplow says...

To me that makes the conclusion of the series apparent.

Like most love stories, it is hard to pin down a single defining moment. The critical scene for me is in episode 13...the very middle of the series. Like many scenes, Eruruu is supporting Hakuoro while he is drinking after losing so many friends and wondering who he is, and Eruruu says that "Hakuoro is Hakuoro" and then touches his hand. Perhaps the drink, lowered his moral threshold and he actually held her hand back and embraced her. She was startled and pulled away, only to return in a more peaceful embrace. That's the clearest sign they love each other, but of course there's a lot of dancing around the F word.

Yes the F word...family. It is a way of explaining their closeness without making the other uncomfortable. In short it is an excuse. (Speaking of which, I'll fight tooth and nail any claim of incest, simply because there's no proof of it...we don't know how many generations have paced from the time of the Icemen to the present. We'd assume quite a few since there are tribes of people...and the genetic diversity issue is a non issue...from that distance--otherwise you could claim everyone is related to well everyone.)

May 3, 2008