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The Young Can Call For a Redo...

[img_assist|nid=2065|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=200|height=109]I just finished watching Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (Got a subtitled version thanks to a tip from Astro) and I have to say, what an incredible movie! Maybe not quite to the level of Makoto Shinkai's movies, my first impression is that I favor this movie over any Ghibli film that I've seen! I am definitely going to give this one a rewatch! (Update: ok, maybe not better than Spirited Away overall after some thought.

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Nick's Recent Activity

Call it laziness or burn-out, but I just haven't had the energy or will to sit down and write about the recent anime I've been watching. Indeed, I've been meaning to write an analysis of the Twelve Kingdoms novel and Fuyumi Ono's interview and a review of Asatte no Houkou (Quite a nice little series that doesn't overextend itself) and Mushishi. As it is, I do have a list of some of the new anime I'm watching:

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Highly Scientific Experiment

[img_assist|nid=2061|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=317|height=174]Daike, in a highly controlled experiment, attempts to answer the all-important question: Does a cherry pedal actually fall at the rate of 5 centimeters per second, as claimed by Makoto Shinkai's latest film, Byousoku 5 cm?

His results?

It's a negative!

You mean even anime can be unrealistic? You don't say!

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Interview with Tekkon Kinkreet's Director

One of the biggest things that intrigued me about Tekkon Kinkreet is not just the reception it already received in Japan, nor the fact that it was produced by Studio 4ºC (Though that is the major reason I first took notice of this movie), but the fact that it was directed by an American. A rookie American director, at that. Though Micheal Arias has lived in Japan for 15 years and has worked with Studio 4ºC in the past on projects like the Animatrix, this is the time a westerner was at the helm of a Japanese animated feature.

And, more importantly, AniPages Daily has an excellent interview with the man! There's also information after the interview about the premier of the movie in New York City on April 25-30 for those who are in the area.

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Anime News Network with Twelve Kingdoms theme

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It seems that Anime News Network is using a theme inspired by Fuyumi Ono's The Twelve Kingdoms - Sea of Shadows novel as part of a sweepstakes from TOKYOPOP.

(via jougetsu)

It's nice to see that this excellent story is getting some pretty major attention!

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Claymore - Episode 2 Impressions

[img_assist|nid=2052|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=200|height=114]Well, I wasn't exactly on the fence when I started Claymore like Astro on the first episode, as I was planning to sticking with this one unless it really does something to repulse me.

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Quote of the night

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Don has already said what I was thinking...

This show is somewhat like Azumanga Diaoh, but only if you top it with icing, cover it in powdered sugar, and lace it with crack...

My head is hurting...

I can't wait till the next episode!

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Lucky Star Opening Piece

I don't have much info yet on this anime but the OP definitely has my attention:

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Asatte no Houkou - Initial Impressions

After watching the first five episodes of Asatte no Houkou, I found that this 12-episode series had really caught my attention at the end of the first episode and held it up through the fifth episode. Like most anime slice-of-life series, this series has a "hook" to make the series more interesting than simply watching the lives of a few people. Asatte no Houkou's hook happens at the end of the end of the first episode; an episode that's admittedly dull the first time you watch it.

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Claymore - Episode 1 Impressions

[img_assist|nid=2037|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=200|height=114]Just released on fansubs, I decided to give first episode of Claymore a try. The setting seems to be the standard medieval world, where yoma (demons) terrorize the people and are able to disguise themselves as human. The beings termed the Claymore by the humans are the only ones that can detect and defeat yoma, mainly because they are themselves half-human and half-yoma.

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