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Anime


I wasn't much of an anime fan until I entered high school and participated in the events hosted by the anime club. Since then, I've been far more open to anime. Anime is simply animation of a Japanese origin possessing a certain set of characteristics. Anime can be a polarising topic under some circumstances; you may have noticed that I generally review my anime in a positive manner. While I do not approve of all anime, the series I will discuss are those that I find are worthwhile to watch, as each of them possess unique characteristics that make them each an enjoyable experience in their own right.

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Guide to Review Format

Introduction

As the title describes, I'll briefly go over how my 'reviews' are structured here. The introduction section gives a consise, often-times the official, description of the series and its basic premise.

Personal Opinion

I will express my own thoughts on an anime or game here. Different anime will have different passages for the reason that I have no real format when it comes to reviews. Some people like to discuss every section, ranging from plot and characters to art, while others assign numeric values to the anime. I prefer not to do that: if an anime is here on my website, it is worthwhile to some degree depending on the reader's (i.e. your) interests. My reviews focus on aspects of an anime that I found to be the strongest, which oftentimes serves as the main reason for why I enjoyed that particular series.

  • Under most circumstances, I will have several (relevant!) pictures of the anime underneath the review to supplement my thoughts. It's a challenge to find good images that complement each other and adds to my own ideas.

  • I'll normally have around five images for shorter reviews, while dedicated articles may have more than 150 images. As a completely-textual review will doubtlessly bore users, the inclusion of images serve to enhance an article and prevent viewers from falling asleep, as depicted in the second image. Images may either be captioned with a insightful passage explaining its content, or a simple caption that represents my (pitiful) attempts at comedy.

Gundam 00

 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is the latest television anime of Sunrise's long-running Gundam franchise.It is directed by Seiji Mizushima and written by Yōsuke Kuroda, and features character designs by Yun Kōga. The series was first officially announced by Sunrise during a 15-second trailer on June 2, 2007. Gundam 00 consists of two seasons, with the first one containing 25 episodes. The second season is aired in October 2008. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is the first Gundam series to be animated in high-definition,as well as the first to be set in a non-fictional era (Anno Domini). The series is set in a futuristic Earth and centered around Celestial Being, a private paramilitary force and their efforts to rid the world of war and conflict with a series of unique and highly effective mobile suits known as "Gundams".

Personal Opinion

The first season was fairly interesting overall in every aspect. The plot was fairly engaging (if not a little unusual), and the characters were complex and engaging which meant the season was nicely done. However, the plot leaves out many details, making it rather hard to follow at times. In spite of that, it turned out nicely...being animated in High Definition makes it more interesting >_< On the whole, I think the production staff did a pretty good job of setting us up for the second half of this series with the stuff in the epilogue. Gundam 00’s second season had a great deal of action and was an exciting ride from start to finish. In that regard, it was a significantly more enjoyable than the first season, which was plagued with a slow start. However, the story definitely wasn’t as strong as it could have been. Ultimately, I’d say that this was a pretty good series with some interesting characters and a few flaws, and is definitely worth the time spent watching. The film brought some unprecedented plot elements into the universe, and literally trail-blazed a new path for Gundam. While fans were divided over the decision, it ultimately turned out to be a wise one, for all the originality it brought into the series. Fans of Gundam and mecha in general who are looking for a good series will do well to pick up Gundam 00; from start to finish, we are treated to a story about mecha, politics and ultimately, human nature. 

Anime Music


"Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand..." -Stevie Wonder 

Music is a medium that allows for the expression of intangible thoughts and when integrated appropriately, adds depth to the visuals on screen. Anime is no exception: directors put an impressive amount of effort into their show's music to ensure that events in the show are conveyed as they had envisioned, and as a result, a lot of good music exists for anime, even if the anime itself is lacking. To date, anime-related music makes up just under half the music I have.

My interest in anime originally began with the music: at the time, I was looking into expanding my Gundam SEED OST collection, as a friend had sent me two songs he highly recommended. I ended up picking up Rie Tanaka's Token of Water and Fields of Hope in one evening. I was never a fan of vocal music before, but as the lyrics and moods passed through me on that sunny spring morning, I eventually warmed up to vocal music. This increased my participation in my high school's anime club, eventually culminating in my encounter with Ah! My Goddess The Movie and its music. From that point onwards, my anime music collection has been steadily growing, encompassing everything from opening songs, sweeping orchestral pieces, contemplative songs, cheerful pop music and everything in between.

Music must be listened to in order to be enjoyed. The links to the side lead to my YouTube playlists and showcase some of the finest music out there. I'm certain that those teen-pop artists out there do not produce music of this quality: despair not, for there still is awesome music in this world!

 

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