wFeb 24, 2008

Things I Aspire to Sample, One Day

For the last few months, my anime-watching has been limited to what we watch in Anime Club.

It's hard to keep track of the series that are currently airing in Japan when I'm busy with school-life and job-hunting, but for now I thought I'd make a list of series of which I have seen nothing, but look interesting. Hopefully, whatever I'm doing after college, I'll find a way to fit anime-watching into my life. Maybe I'll just continue to have a huge viewing block on Saturday nights, in my own place!

Ghost Hound
"Production IG's 20th Anniversary Project, Ghost Hound is set in the modest town of Suiten, located in a desolate region in the island of Kyūshū. The story follows the experiences of three boys who have had traumatic experiences in childhood from which they have learned to transfer their souls to a parallel world known as the "Unseen World". The Unseen World is however undergoing a change, with its ghosts starting to appear in the real world, altering it in unpredictable ways."

An animation studio's "anniversary project" usually means really good animation, and occasionally an interesting plot as well. This one sounds cool! Also, ghost stories. Win.

Piano no Mori
It's a movie, but whatever.

"A tranquil tale about two boys from very different upbringings. On one hand you have Kai, born as the son of a prostitute, who's been playing the abandoned piano in the forest near his home ever since he was young. And on the other you have Shuuhei, practically breast-fed by the piano as the son of a family of prestigious pianists. Yet it is their common bond with the piano that eventually intertwines their paths in life."

Piano-playing and childhood friendship! What more could you ask for? There is a trailer in Japanese in YouTube. My question is....wouldn't the piano out in the forest be severely out of tune?! Humidity has a huge effect on pianos!

Rental Magica
"Due to his father's disappearance, Itsuki Iba has to take over the family business: a magician dispatch service. Their family basically employs countless magicians and other supernatural beings in order to send them out to help those who need magical assistance."

The animation style looks nice, and the plot sounds a bit Buffy-esque. Still, it also sounds like it has some annoying anime cliches. Might be worth a shot.

Bamboo Blade
"Toraji Ishida is a high school kendo teacher. His friend and fellow kendo teacher makes him a bet: if Ishida can assemble a girls' kendo team that can defeat his girls' team in a practice match, he'll treat Ishida to free meals at his father's sushi restaurant for a whole year. Now Ishida must find five girls to join the team."

I've heard good things about this from various people. A girls' kendo team!

"Moyashimon follows the life of Tadayasu Sawaki, a first-year college student at an agricultural university, who has the unique ability to see and communicate with micro-organisms and bacteria."

Oh, anime. The plots you come up with. I don't know where Antoine finds his anime, but he assures me that it is a good series.

Spice and Wolf
"Spice and Wolf's story revolves around Craft Lawrence, a twenty-five-year-old peddler traveling from town to town selling and buying various things to make a living in a stylized historical setting with European influences. His main goal in life is to gather enough money to start his own shop, and he already has been traveling for seven years while gaining experience in the trade. One night when stopped at the town of Pasroe, he finds in his wagon a pagan wolf-deity girl named Holo who is over 600-years-old. She appears to be that of a fifteen-year-old girl, except for a wolf's tail and ears. She introduces herself as the town's goddess of harvest who has kept it blessed with good harvests of wheat for many years. As they travel, her wisdom helps increase his profits, but at the same time, her true nature draws unwanted attention from the church."

The series Antoine is currently watching. I could try it, although I usually find anamorphic characters kinda hard to get past.

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scribbled mystickeeper at 9:46 AM

The first episode of Rental Magica didn't do a whole lot for me. It sounded like a concept I could get behind, but I don't even think I made it through the first ep.

By Blogger Antoine, at 9:50 PM, February 24, 2008  

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