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So, I was watching anime this week and I decided to get caught up on C. Let me tell you something, C is actually pretty deep. There are a lot of interesting moral angles involved with C that deserve discussion. One thing I particularly like is the good old question “Do the ends justify the means?” Since the people involved in the digimon battles… er… Deals are gambling their futures, even losing by 1% can have serious repercussions on their lives. The effects of going bankrupt drive most Entrepreneurs into suicide, since their entire future has been spent. That being said, more and more of the modern world is reliant upon the wealth generated from the sinister, and clearly evil, financial district.

Alright, so we have a stream of evil-looking currency pouring out of an evil-looking alternate world that is obsessed with the number 666. This money looks like whatever the local currency is to those who haven’t been to the financial district and doesn’t seem to have any sort of sinister effects… and yet, there is a massive counter of how much of it is out there circulating. Furthermore, the more money you win or lose, the bigger the effect on the real world… if a man loses a small amount, he might find that his house burned down… if he loses by a big amount, he might be charged with embezzling and his corporation will go under, leaving 10,000 people unemployed. These aren’t small effects… and everyone is required to engage in a deal every week, so they happen fairly frequently. The world keeps reforming itself to punish the losers… skyscrapers disappear and no one notices.

The money is clearly evil and it requires people’s futures… but people still want it. Even with the people who want to do good with the money, the question becomes whether or not they can do enough good with the money to counter-act the bad that comes from the losing side. Furthermore, it seems like most of the good works you can do with the money end up getting canceled out when you lose… The miracle drug you spent all that capital developing will get banned by the government, the orphans whose lives you tried to improve will all vanish from the earth… this is some serious stuff!

Of course, one of the main characters believes that he can control the system. He believes that, by limiting the win/loss ratio to as little as possible, he can control the detrimental effects, but still use the money. Of course, he has so much capital built up now… if he loses even once, Japan might collapse overnight. Still, he is working on the system. “Rather than see people starve in a clean and innocent world, I’d rather see them live in a filthy and impure world.” There are other opinions, though. There is a white woman who works for an international agency… with some bad Engrish. She believes that cutting all ties with the financial district is the only way to save mankind, no matter how painful that might be. She lacks the authority to make such a decision, however, so she just observes, looks conservative-sexy and eats a bunch without gaining any weight.

Basically, I think C is doing its best to try to convey something deeper and more meaningful. I’ve seen that go horribly wrong before, but it is a good start. It will eventually boil down to the ending, whether or not they can successfully tie it all up… but at the episode 7 mark: So far, so good.

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This season is kicking my butt. I’m trying to keep up with all the anime I’m interested in while trying new ones… but I’m falling behind, horribly.  There is an overwhelming amount of stuff on my “To Watch” list… but I’m working on it. Sorry for the weeks of not posting. Post-semester depression + writer’s block + distractions + anime back log = zero productivity. However, consistency was my blog’s only real strength, so here I am again. This time for sure! So, without further padding, here is the next batch of impressions for the current (can’t really call it new anymore) season.

Ao no Exorcist: I’m really liking this one. It is a pretty standard shonen anime, but the visuals are beautiful and the execution is very well done. The main character finds out rather quickly that he is actually the son of Satan, lord of the demonworld. He decides that he doesn’t like the idea of his biological father using him as some sort of super-evil pawn and, instead, becomes an exorcist intent on defeating demons. It has a certain flair and I haven’t heard anyone scream out move names just yet, only religious text. Watch it.


A-Channel: So, A-Channel is an interesting little slice of life anime about four girls in highschool. One of the girls has some sort of quasi-lesbian friendship with the girl who is closest to what we could call a “main character”, alas she is in a different class. This causes all sorts of interesting personal drama, and gives us an interesting set of side characters in the form of the first girl’s friends from her class. Most other people in the school, however, are forgettable background characters.  The main story  is about the interaction between the four girls when they get together after classes or during lunch breaks. They talk about things relevant to their interests, we see them play video games, eat out, watch things on TV… mostly, we just watch them be their charming selves… and there is nothing wrong with that. I find it refreshing and relaxing. I enjoy it. I would have to say that A-Channel is- What? Wrong picture? But I… oh. OH! Sorry! That is Lucky Star, a completely different anime entirely.

How Embarrassing.

Hyouge Mono: The lascivious beauty of this terracotta piece shakes my soul to its very core. This is an anime about a fictional general in the Sengoku period named Furuta Sasuke, who knows the value of works of art. Trying to balance his life as a warrior and his life as a man of art, he serves the always awesome Oda Nobunaga. Once again, Nobunaga is My Favorite Character, making him my favorite character in THREE separate anime this season. The anime is full of awesome sengoku stuff, but with an odd twist… from the disco opening to the enemy general’s hairpiece… there are little twists that keep things just a little bit disconnected from the history upon which it is based… and yet, it is one of the more faithful sengoku anime I’ve seen in recent years. Loving it.

HenZemi: This… anime… you know how there are those anime that are so over-the-top, so strange, so surreal, so OUT OF THE NORM CRAZY that you can’t stop watching them? Yeah… this isn’t one of them. HenZemi is trying too hard. HenZemi wants to be weird, it wants to be strange. It wants to be so out of it that you will love it… but instead it just comes off as annoying. I gave it two episodes, I really did… but I just can’t tolerate it. The animation style isn’t to my taste, the jokes aren’t to my taste, the characters aren’t to my taste… everything is… off. I would much rather watch Zetsubou-Sensei or NHK or Arakawa Bridge or any of the other odd anime I love. Feel free to take a pass on this one.

Deadman Wonderland: I want to make it perfectly clear, Deadman Wonderland has my seal of approval. I certainly did NOT cover up any sort of watermark from any sort of amazing anime downloading website. I mean no disrespect to my anime-teachers, it is JUST a seal of approval. So, Deadman Wonderland! This is a really interesting anime… and a new personal best time for My Favorite Character. I think it is really one of those anime that will be best when it comes out of DVD/Blueray, because then you will get to see the unedited version. As it is, there is a lot of the anime you can’t see because of censor-shadows. That being said, the anime holds up just fine without the gore. The premise is extremely interesting and, while I’m not up-to-date with it, the two episodes I have seen were just dandy!

Astarotte no Omocha: This is an anime that fails to live up to its premise, but that is fine. It sells itself as a story about a fledgling succubus who will need to consume the “Seed of Life” from men to survive, but has to overcome a crippling phobia of malefolk. Forgetting about that, it is the story of a twin-tailed blonde loli tsundere with that same tsundere voice-actress, who has daily life happenings with the rather pure main character. It has some interesting family drama going on and I’m enjoying watching it. Moreover, the main character’s tsun streaks seem less PSYCHOPATHIC than your average tsundere. Where-as that voice actresses has had tsun moments involving attempted homicide before, this time we only get social awkwardness. Excellent. It is watchable. Added points if you love little blonde girls who verbally abuse older men. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

Trigun: If you enjoyed Code Geass or Death Note, you certainly shouldn’t pass THIS anime up! Boy howdy, this is the best new anime ever for people who enjoy Code Geass or Death Note. Oh man, if I could watch this after watching Code Geass or Death Note, I certainly would. Yes, sir! If you like Code Geass and Death Note, watch this. Definitely the best anime this season for Code Geass or Death Note lovers!

I know… I know… I missed it again. I’ll update sometime this week, honest… just not this Monday, apparently. Anyone have anything interesting they want to talk about? I got nothing. I’ve been watching some more anime since I last posted… but it feels kinda off to just talk about those like my last 2 posts… especially since Oda Nobunaga is ONCE AGAIN my favorite character. Anyways, tossing this up as a place-holder. Real update coming tomorrow… hopefully.