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Curtain Close for The iDOLM@STER

The iDOLM@STER ( アイドルマスター)

Based on the XBOX 360 game The iDOLM@STER 2, The iDOLM@STER follows 13 aspiring idols aiming to reach their goals

Genre: Comedy, Music, Slice-of-life

Status: Completed at 25 episodes

Co-directed by Takao Touko and Nishigori Atsushi. Produced by Aniplex and A-1 Pictures.

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First of all, we wish you a rather belated MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone as well as a HAPPY NEW YEAR! MW just turned one year old a few months back, and the stark difference in the amount of things going on in our life compare to back then is.. @_@

A year ago we had so much plans with how far we could take MW (or at least Chungky did, while I gave my pessimistic input) but now we’re simply too busy to execute it even when we have the platform to do so. Writing it down in solid form reminds me of the ending of The Idolmaster, actually. That said, this post does contain spoilers, but in general what I think is appealing about this anime isn’t it’s story as much as the characters themselves so go ahead and read on =D

After not writing anything up for so long, I’ve chosen to do a post for The Idolmaster as compared to something else like maybe Mawaru Penguindrum. When I thought about it, I did look forward to Mawaru Penguindrum a lot more and I did enjoy it a lot more, but since I know that there’s a much larger fan base for it, and time constraints are only gonna let me do a single post for now, I’ll leave it to the other fans to do it justice =D Most of all though, I’m hoping this review would encourage those people who were turned off by the whole ‘yet another harem’ label attached to The Idolmaster to see that it’s an anime about the idols rather the male protagonist – after all, it’s not exactly a dating sim.

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Natsume Yūjin-Chō San Episode 01 & Thoughts

Natsume Yūjin-Chō | Natsume’s Book of Friends | 夏目友人帳

Season 3 – Natsume Yūjin-Chō San | 夏目友人帳 参 : Episode 1

Director: Omori Takahiro

Original Creator: Midorikawa Yuki

Animation Production: Brains Base, Aniplex

Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Supernatural, Comedy

Rating: G – All Ages

Cast:

Kamiya Hirohi as Natsume Takashi

Inoue Kazuhiko as Nyanko-sensei

Ishida Akira as Natori Shuichi

Suganuma Hisayoshi as Atsushi Kitamoto

Horie Kazuma as Tanuma Kaname

Kimura Ryohei as Satoru Nishimura

Kobayashi Sanae as Natsume Reiko

Suwabe Junichi as Matoba

Sypnosis:

Third season of Natsume Yuujinchou. Since he was young, a teenage boy named Natsume Takashi has been able to see spirits, but keeping this ability a secret has now become a heavy burden for him and has made his life difficult.

This begins to change when Takashi inherits his grandmother’s “Book of Friends”. He discovers that she, Natsume Reiko, shared the same ability as him and starts to understand why he was always targeted by both good and bad spirits.

After learning the true meaning behind the Book of Friends, which allows him to manipulate the spirits listed within its pages, Takashi undertakes a journey with his bodyguard, the infamous spirit Madara, to free the spirits of their contracts with Reiko.

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Welcome back.

An episodic post! This was one of my summer challenges, to write consistent episodic posts. I’ll go through the entire episode briefly(like a summary) along with my opinions along the way. So, there are spoilers, be warned!

You can read Arawr’s 1st impression rant here. Continue reading

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One-Shot for the Weekend! Cencoroll (センコロール)

Cencoroll (センコロール)

Producer/Director/Creator: Uki Atsuya

Producer: Aniplex

Genre: Action, Sci-fi

When a gigantic, unearthly monster suddenly looms on the skyline of a Japanese city, the expected occurs—the Japan Self-Defense Forces roll out the tanks while the public panics. Nobody knows what it is or where it came from, but Yuki, a bold and inquisitive teenage girl, has a secret that might be a useful clue. Her friend Tetsu has been clandestinely caring for a bizarre creature called Cenco, which will soon prove itself to have some remarkable, even impossible characteristics.

Rated PG-13

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BUH-BYE EXAMSSS!!!! XDXD

YES for all of you who didn’t realise my absence I am BACK. Now chungky and I have realised that lately MW’s been kinda dead since we’ve both been pretty preoccupied, but now I’m (slightly) more free while chungky goes ahead and crams for exams. Hence, therefore, as a result, conclusively (I’ve been writing essays), MW shall bear the brunt of my rants until the big boss gets back >=D

Anyway! Yes! One-shot for the weekend! You can tell how inactive we’ve been with this being the 3rd one-shot under our recent posts but whatever. I’ll make it up to you by presenting Cencoroll.

This is a little different from our usual manga one-shot, but I thought that it’d be an interesting change since we’retrying to generate more anime posts. I chose Cencoroll mainly because the background of its production involved a lot of hard work – by one guy. Basically the dude (Uki Atsuya) practically wrote, designed, directed and animated the whole thing by himself. Wish I put that much work into my studies.

Contrary to the trailer, Cencoroll has a very monotone atmosphere going on. Rather than making the whole thing boring though, I find that it kinda gives more or a ‘real’ feel (or, as real as it could get). Rather than having some sort of Megazord (remember this!?! Guess what generation I’m from!!) or mahou shoujo transformation, the pace of the whole thing makes it seem like something really ordinary is going on. Except that. You know. Living, massive blobby white creatures and buildings getting blown up aren’t really ordinary.

And. Okay. Another reason was that I snitched watching Cencoroll when I was supposed to read up on my neurons.

Rating: 4.6/5.0

You may notice I’m a little hyped up here. My exams just finished like 3 hours ago. NYAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

Have an awesome, awesome weekend!!

– arawr X3

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Anime Amped! Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica (魔法少女まどか★マギカ)

Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica (魔法少女まどか★マギカ)

Beloved family, good friends, laughter and tears – these things make up the ordinary life of Kaname Madoka, a second year student of Mitakihara City Middle School. One night, Madoka dreams of a mysterious dark haired girl struggling against a terrible evil; the next morning she discovers that the girl, Akemi Homura, has transferred into her class. This encounter will lead to an incident which will alter Madoka’s fate forever.

Genre: Fantasy, Psychological, Thriller, Tragedy, Magic, School Life

Status: Currently airing, planned for 12 episodes.

Directed by Shinbou Akiyuki, produced by Aniplex, Shaft and Nitroplus. Written by Urobuchi Gen with original character design by Aoki Ume and music by Kajiura Yuki.

Rated PG13 (bloodless violence)

arawr: Okay, I actually looked up the rating and some sites said R17 and others PG13. This isn’t a kid’s show but I don’t think it’s that adult either, so I chose the lower boundary.

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I started watching Madoka Magica under the (very) insistent recommendation of my brother – who I had strongly suspected to have gone mentally deranged back home while I was away – I mean, he was telling me to go watch a mahou shoujo anime. There was no way I was gonna watch some sort of PreCure show – then he started going on about what it really was about. I would say he glorified it a little too much since it didn’t meet the sort of earth shattering impact I thought it would  – but, despite all that I do believe that Madoka Magica is worth the watch for the Winter 2011 anime lineup.

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