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Animes I have just completed watching

During my annual leave from 17 Dec 2012 - 2 Jan 2013, aside from falling sick, I managed to complete the following animes. Not too bad if I have to say so myself. *grins*



MUV-LUV ALTERNATIVE TOTAL ECLIPSE
Total : 24+1 (recap) episodes

It all started as a visual novel aka interactive fiction game which then resulted in some spin-offs or sequels.  Anyway, Earth has been invaded by aliens called BETA, who chomp humans as a snack, and mankind attempts to defeat them or risk extinction. Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse is about the trials (& tribulations??) of a group of Tactical Surface Fighters test pilots. TSFs (think mecha-tech) are weapons developed by mankind fight against BETAs.

Typical mankind vs alien warfare but it boasts excellent graphics and the soundtrack rocks. There is action, gore and romance and I liked the fact that it did not turn out to be a sappy, love story.The beginning of the series already had me at the edge of my seat with anxiety and frustration. This production managed to keep me interested all the way to the end which I must say is a feat by itself.
 

Sword Art Online
Total : 25 episodes

This tells of players who are trapped in the world of virtual reality when they logged on to a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online but found that they could not log out unless they clear the final stage. I had my reservations with this but after the 2nd or 3rd episode, I was hooked. It was delightfully easy to watch and very, very entertaining.

Of course it helped that the male protagonist, Kirito is drawn so adorably cute (he's 16, if memory serves me correct).



K
Total : 13 episodes


I'm kinda undecided about this one. I had difficulty getting into this anime, partly because the storyline in the beginning was really confusing. I was struggling to keep up with it but I persevered due to one awesome character in this anime - Suou Mikoto aka The Red King. This is one uber cool dude. I'm 50 - 50 with the ending though. I'd say it's a meh ending yet totally appropriate. Hence what I meant by undecided. LOL!!

But one thing for sure is, the soundtrack (as in the music played throughout the anime, not the OP or ED) is excellent!!



Hyouka
Total : 22 episodes

I like this anime just because it is beautifully drawn, and the storyline is very simple. It's a story of a boy, Oreki Houtarou, who joins the Classic Literature Club at the start of his high school years, as a favour for his sister who was a former member, as the club is at risk of being abolished if it has no new members.

Oreki's motto in life is to use the least effort to complete his tasks which he coins as energy-saving. This anime depicts how he changes little by little as he interacts with the rest of the club members. Despite being in the Classics Literature Club, Oreki and the club members are always solving little puzzles that they come across during school. Do note that there is no major action or mystery but nonetheless, it's a nice anime and worth watching if you have the time to spare.



Say I Love You
Total : 13 episodes


This is originally a manga (which is ongoing) and made into an anime. It tells of a loner, Mei, who keeps to herself in school, and how the most popular boy in school, Yamato, becomes interested in her. During this time, Yamato slowly drags Mei out of her shell and she starts making friends and falls for him as well.

This is a sappy love story but one I enjoyed a lot. It's just so cute how Mei & Yamato's love blossom. He He He....

 
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, helliongoddess

May you have all the joy your heart can hold, 

All the smiles a day can bring, 

All the blessings a life can unfold, 

May you get  the World’s best in everything. 

Wishing u an awesome birthday!!!!

(ermmm...copied from the internetz. :P)



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Now watching.......

 
PSYCHO-PASS

An anime about law enforcers ala Minority Report, which happens to be one of my all-time favourite movie. I watched one episode and I'm already hooked. Interesting characters (It has my prerequisite of a hot, brooding protagonist . Kya~~~~. IMO, he resembles Kyoya Hibari from Katekyo Hitman Reborn.), interesting plot, excellent animation and great ED theme by supercell.

Enough said. Check it out. More info on trusty Wiki here.





BTOOOM!

A group of the online combat game, Btooom!, players who gets abducted and thrown onto a deserted island to play the game for real. A dream come true.......NOT!! It's a survival of the craftiest.

Do note that there's a couple of flashbacks on how each main character was picked and landed themselves on the island. I don't know how many there'll be cos I'm only at episode 4. But so far, it has been quite interesting AND bloody. ^^;;

I hope they manage to keep me interested cos we're talking about a bunch of people on an island with nothing else to do but to kill enough opponents to get them off the god-forsaken steam room.

Wiki page here.




I'm also watching Bakuman 3 and K!. Despite all the hype about K, I have not progressed beyond episode 1 so I cannot really comment yet. I think I'll go watch K after this post. ^_^


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WHA?????

This conversation happened a few days ago.

Son : Mom, have you watched the movie, The Human Centipede?
Moi : LOL!! You're joking. There's no such movie.
Son : There is!! I'm serious!!
(Please note that these "you're kidding"s and "I'm not"s went back & forth for quite a while)
Moi : Right...... So what's it about?
Son : It's a horror film.
Moi : Hmmm.... go on.
Son : There is this mad scientist who kidnaps and surgically joins 3 persons, mouth to anus.
Moi : Shut up!! That's so lame. You're bluffing!!
Son : (laffs) No, really. Here.... (passes me his iPhone) I wiki-ed it for you.
Moi : (reads)....................................What.The.Fuck?!! (Bad mom curses in front of son. LOL!!) Who the fuck makes this type of crap??!!
Son : Well, this Dutch (Moi : It's actually German) director did.
Moi : And you watched it??
Son : For the 1st 30 minutes. Then my friend and I skipped to the ending.
Moi :  So what happened?
Son : The first person and the last person died. The one in the middle survived. I bet she wished she was dead!! (laffs)
Moi : I think I'm gonna throw up. So what happened to the mad scientist??
Son : I dunno. I think he escaped.
Moi : You mean he didn't die??? (Moi : He was killed. I read the whole damn wiki entry in the end just to make this post.)
Son : I'm not sure cos I skipped all the way to the end. (snorts)

The conversation went on for a while. Actually it's one sided. I was going on and on about why these people (if you can call them that) are allowed to make such disturbing movies. And I also told my son that I'm embarrassed that he actually watched such crap. He defended himself saying they were really bored and they did not watch the whole show. Yeah....whatever. My tirade went on for a while and my son was pretty amused. Such directors should be shot!!

Google it, ladies and gentlemen. It's for real........ *headdesks*



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Anime : Kimi to Boku

From Wikipedia: The story revolves around four teens — the twins Yūta and Yūki Asaba, the effeminate Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara — who have known each other since early childhood. While they are not necessarily good or bad friends, they continue to hang out well into high school. The half-Japanese transfer student Chizuru Tachibana joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence.


To be honest, I did not plan to watch Kimi to Boku (Season 1 & 2, 13 episodes each) because I was thinking how interesting can an anime about the life of a few regular teenagers be??

But I turned out to be so wrong. Indeed, there is no drama or suspense but the story is so heartwarming, cute and real - it's something everyone can relate to - which I suspect is one of the reason why the anime/manga is so well received. Made me wish my teenage years were similar and that I had friends like that growing up. Do check out this feel-good anime!!

And their soundtrack is really cool - laidback and relaxing.


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