Thursday, February 17, 2005

Recent anime shows you should get to watching...

...that started around the end of 2004. There's probably more to list but I'm not going to list them.

BECK



Yukio (also called Koyuki) is somewhat of a loser. He's not very popular, athletic or musically talented. In fact his favorite musician is an idol singer.

His life seems to be on an upswing when he gets reacquainted with a childhood friend, Izumi and when he meets Ryusuke, a musician with connections to the very popular American band, Dying Breed.

Through Izumi and Ryusuke, Yukio becomes acquainted with the world of rock music and finds that he loves the Dying Breed. He then aspires to be a musician and begins to learn the guitar. His quick progress with the guitar and his incredible voice earn him a spot in Ryusuke's band, Beck.

Hostile's note: Koyuki has a voice greater than Jesus -- don't like the songs like me, read the manga.


Gakuen Alice



Mikan is a girl full of energy living in a town somewhere in the country. She followed her best friend Hotaru who had moved, and she finally found Alice Gakuen which was the school Hotaru attended with it's own little town for the students to reside in. But it was a special school that only those who had special abilities called "Alice" could enter. She managed to temporarily enter the school but many hardships lie ahead. What would become of her school days?

Hostile's note: It has that Kodomo no Omocha (Kodocha) vibe or that's what people say.


Gundam SEED Destiny



Absolutely nothing to say. Gundam SEED is one of the reasons that got me to not hate on robots/mecha as much as I used to. RahXephon and Nadesico are the others. I soon downloaded/watched/bought Gundam 0083, Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Gundam Wing and even tried Evangelion. I still prefer SEED to the others, RahXephon to Evangelion, and still don't much like super robots but it did it's job.

Hostile's note: If you want to get into SEED Destiny, watch Gundam SEED first. I'm still very fond of Lacus.


School Rumble



Tsukamoto Tenma is a 2nd year highschool student. Like many girls her age, she has fallen in love. However, currently she is unable to confess her feelings to the person she likes, her classmate, Karasuma Ouji yet. To add to that, she found out that Karasuma is transferring to another school in a year!

Nevertheless, supported by her sister Yakumo and her friends, Tenma tries to confess her feelings through various method like disguising herself as a nurse or firing countless arrow letters at Karasuma.

On the other hand, Harima Kenji, a 2nd year high school student (and a delinquent) is also in love with Tenma. Not being able to confess his feelings, Harima gets depressed day by day. In addition to that, witnessing Tenma and Karasuma having lunch together, the miserable Harima wandered off on a purportless journey.

Hostile's note: The show doesn't really get good until Harima becomes the focus point and he still remains the king when they star the other characters.


SunaBouzu



The Great Kanto Desert!

It is a desert of death where relics of the civilization, which fell hundreds years ago, stand like tombstones. It is severe place to live where it rises 50 degrees centigrade at noon, on the other hand, it becomes below zero degree at night.

SunaBouzu is a handy man in the desert, and he is so to call a professional of the desert. He works only for the self-interest of the clients. In this desert, it is useless to work for the world or for others. The might that realize one's desire has been the only virtue here.

Hostile's note: Don't let that synopsis get to you. Our man Suna is a short little pervert...


Tsukuyomi Moon Phase



Morioka Kouhei wanted to become a photographer, but all pictures he took were of ghosts. While visiting an old castle in Germany he met a vampire girl named Hazuki.

Hazuki was confined in the castle. She tried to suck Kouhei's blood to make him her slave, but somehow it didn't work. However, because he happened to break the device to seal her into the castle, Hazuki successfully escaped from the castle and left for Japan to look for her mother.

When she arrived in Japan, she went to Kouhei's house in which he was living with his grandfather, and began to live with them forcefully. Because Kouhei had also lost his mother during his childhood, Hazuki reminded him of his childhood and helped her to look for her mother. Then, another vampire girl, "Elfried", and Count Kinkell came and tried to take her back.

Hostile's note: I've gotten so annoyed at the neko mimi (cat ears) that Hazuki actually looks cuter without them.


Yakitate!! Japan



Azuma Kazuma is a young baker. He has a dream that he will make Japanese bread, or Ja-pan (Ja is short for Japanese and pan is Japanese for bread), which will be better than any other bread in Japan or the world. He has solar hands, which are warmer palms than those of normal people, and they are very useful for making bread. With his solar hands and creative ideas, he will beat rivals who will appear one after another.

Hostile's note: One of the funniest manga titles I've read and it's still great after 13 volumes - go give it a try at the least.