Monday, August 27, 2007

Toward The Terra

I am going to say this now, Toward The Terra is better than sliced bread or if you want more exuberance IT'S FUCKING BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!

I am franticly waiting for the next episode to be aired in Japan, there are only 4 left, for some reason nobody is talking about Toward The Terra (So everybody who is talking about Toward the Terra is saying) I don't know why? Its great so good that I am not even going to try and tell you what its like (lest we rember my review of Koutetsu Sangokushi) so I am going to "quote" some one else's review and give a link back to them.

A lot of great anime premiered in the 2007 spring season. In fact, there is too much to mention, and for that reason, I suppose many people overlooked Toward the Terra. I struggled through the first four or five episodes and was feeling pretty apathetic about it myself.

The truth is that it begins with a very cliché first five episodes – basically, our hero Jomy, the blonde pretty boy with psychic powers, inadvertently uncovers this gigantic government conspiracy and after barely escaping with his life, joins the rebel forces in escaping the genocidal forces of mankind. It’s fairly standard science fiction stuff, especially in this post-Matrix era, and it seems worse because it’s directed in such a melodramatic fashion.

Everything changes when we meet Keith Anyan, an artificial human groomed by “mother” (the all controlling computer system) to be the perfect soldier. Keith is the primary villain of the show, but when we first meet him, he is but a promising young man training for an “elite” career in the military. There is little or no hint of the demon that as of episode 17, willingly unleashes the “flames of hell” by firing the Megido, a gigantic, planet destroying weapon worthy of Gunbuster.

I’m writing all this because I’m falling for Toward the Terra. It makes exciting use of a fascinating narrative structure that, over the last 17 installments, has made several decade-long time leaps; we’ve seen confused teenagers growing into charismatic leaders as an entire race of people (the Mu – Jomy’s race of psychic humans) immigrate across space and settle on an uninhabited planet, only to be blasted off when the humans hunt them down. There are no fillers or “padding” episodes, every scene is dense with plot, moving the narrative ever onwards. As it turns out, Towards the Terra has a lot to say.

This is a series that doesn’t much care for human nature and our fear of the unknown. Understandably, the Mu just want to live in peace, but typically, us humans aren’t having it. This is underpinned with a healthy mistrust of technology – as pointed out above, modern man is controlled for his own good by “mother”; an evil computer system apparently inflicted with the same fears, discrimination and concerns as ourselves.

Jomy and Keith are two sides of the same coin; Jomy’s an ardent pacifist with his heart set on peace, only using his immense powers to protect, while Keith is the perfect soldier; he follows every order, no matter how morally redundant; he is programmed to hate - he is a monster. On an individual basis, the Mu is so much stronger than the average human, yet they are good-willed people, and therefore, pushovers. However, that’s all about to change as in one of the most interesting developments yet, the latest generation of Mu children born on the destroyed planet of Nasca have inherited that “will of the flame” and like their human enemies, are strong-willed, aggressive and powerful. The message? Hate begets hate. Basically, the bully is about to get pay-back; sucks to be human!

It’s an interesting twist of ideologies. Jomy will have to try and reign in on the growing aggression within the Mu and teach them that an eye for an eye will do nothing but perpetuate the violence, while Keith, sooner or later, will be forced to question his orders and recognise the value of every life, human or otherwise.

With all this in mind, I have to admit that I’m disappointed by the small number of people watching Toward the Terra. No doubt, many will be turned off by the straight laced, conservative characterisation; there is little to no humour, crude fan-service or eccentricities; it’s very serious. Similarly, the retro-1980s aesthetic is rarely popular these days. All of this, coupled with the generic opening episodes, appear to have resulted in a relatively small audience and honestly, it’s a great shame - the thought provoking and fascinating Toward the Terra deserves better.

Review stolen (hay lets be honest about it) from the Bateszi Anime blog

(One thing I would like to point out is that there is no advertising on that reivew, on the hosting site, so I dont feel like i am depriving them of any revinue unlike a few of the other reviews which did seam to be on add supported site's.)

Rebuild of Evangelion Trailer

Looks like they have done a bit of an up date on the look and feel of the show, along with and update of designs for the units. Nothing out of the ordinary thou.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Ok as much as I loved Neon Genesis Evangelion, I don't have a fucking clue what happened in the last two episodes or why the last "Angel" was gay and Shinji Ikari the quietest guy you would ever meet who has the hots for Rei Ayanami the quietest girl you would ever meet suddenly has the hots for some guy/"Angel" from out space who is here to destroy him!

In the last two episodes, Gendo and Rei initiate the Human Instrumentality Project, forcing several characters to face their doubts and fears and examine their self-worth. This focuses primarily on Shinji, particularly in episode 26. Initially, Shinji attempts to run away from this internal confrontation, but eventually accepts himself for who he is. This ending, made up of flashbacks, strange, sketchy artwork, and flashing text, left many fans confused and unsatisfied. A year later, a second ending was released theatrically.

The final two episodes were possibly the most controversial segments of a controversial series,[12], and were received as flawed and incomplete[13]. However, Anno and and deputy director Kazuya Tsurumaki defended the artistic integrity of the finale.[14][15]

Any way this is, all just a long winded excuse for me to say they are making a Neon Genesis Evangelion movie called Rebuild of Evangelion, I was going to link to youtube then, but why lets just watch it here instead,

Koutetsu Sangokushi Parody

Lu Xun: Go, Pleasure Rangers!

It would apear that I am not the only one who thinks that Koutetsu Sangokushi's lack of any female charecters is rather strange/funny. Karura over on Azure Flame Reloaded runs a nice parody for each episode, Ep one starts on Azure Flame and they are currently up to ep 11 over on Azure Flame Reloaded (Don't ask me I don't have a clue why they moved URL's) Ether way they do quite a good job of summing up the Homosexual under tones of the show.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Koutetsu Sangokushi

Episode 01 of Koutetsu Sangokushi. (English subbed).

The Imperial Seal has been passed down through the generations since ancient times. It confers great power unto the warriors that it chooses. This is the story of those warriors.
It is a time of chaos and of civil war. It is a time when great armies clash in titanic battles and great heroes carve their names in history. It is also a time of death and destruction, when the people of the land live in constant fear of the sword. Onto this stage steps the reluctant Rikuson (Lu Xun), whose family had been the guardians of the Imperial Seal up until it was stolen by Sonsaku. At the behest of his mentor Rikuson offers his services to Sonsaku with the intention of confirming the will of the Imperial Seal. However, assassins strike down Sonsaku and the Imperial Seal is lost. So begins, Rikuson’s journey to recover the Imperial Seal and discover his destiny. (from AniDB)
So there I am desperately seeking out Heroic Age episode 18 doing my usual search of all the fan sub haunts doing my best to put off actually having to read Megatokyo book 4 (Partly because I have yet to read all of 2 and any of book 3, book 5 has sat on shelf for a year and I am still disappointed that I missed out on the first print run of book 4 so its a second edition unlike all the others which are first edition. That and the fact I don't even go to Megatokyo any more cos well I have the books now, god why is life so complicated? Did I mention the back of book 4 is covered in warn marks and looks like its been pushed around the floor? Well who cares it's only a 2nd edition? Obviously I DO!) When I stumbled across ThirteenSugars post about "The excuses I made not to watch certain spring season shows" and ended up reading her (I am guessing it's a she ether that or guy who drinks really sweat coffee) list of anime.

Obviously Heroic Age was on it, Hence why it showed up on goggle, I read down the list just because I am the sort of guy that has to read every link and open every link just in case there is something new on a page. That I would not have found if I had not been nosey and delved that little deeper, I personally find that I find all sorts of new things by just taking the time to look at the stuff that most people would just hit back on, and carry on looking for what every it was they where looking for.

Any way's at the bottom of the list was,

"Koutetsu Sangokushi: I cannot tell who’s male or female."

Well that meant I just had to watch it after if I paid any attention to comments like that I would have never watched Ouran high school social club and that's fucking brilliant! (Yes I don't normally swear on here but I don't normally type this much late a night ether or rant and meander this much I promise at some point I will actually talk about Koutetsu Sangokushi) So off I went to Stage 6 (By the way and I am sure I have said it before Stage 6 is fast becoming the replacement for youtube. That place is just to hot and the video quality is crap. where as Stage 6 is Divx can be full screened with out any extra pissing about and you can save the videos once you have watched them! and its full of anime fan subs! Thou if your a rights holder you can just ignore that last bit, please don't take away my fan subs you never realise stuff in the UK any way!) and found some English subbed fan subs (Stage 6 always seams to be full of French and Spanish fan subs) of Koutetsu Sangokushi.

Lets just say it right off the bat never mind "I cannot tell who’s male or female." every one is male! Even the poor men who have been drawn to look like girls are male, and why O why they made Romi Paku or some one that sounds so close to him it may as well be him ( The voice of Edward Elric Of Full Metal Alchemist) do the voice for Ling Tong? I don't know, In fact even I thought it was girl until he opened his mouth and I was like "hay that's the Full Metal Alchemist" and he made a oath on some cherry blossom which then fell (and we all know what falling cherry blossom means!) about being brothers with some guy he had known for less than 5 minutes I was like, he must be a guy after all you would not call your self some one's brother if you where a girl?

Any way (god are you actually still reading this drivel?) the storey is set in accent china from what I can tell and is about a boy called Hakugen Rikuson who is the last of his people and has been trained to fight by what looks like a woman with a fan who has the hots for him, but turns out to be guy (Koutetsu Sangokushi) who well manges to make every scene they have together seam well incestuous and wrong in some way, but don't worry he is only in the first ep from what I have seen, thou he may be in flash backs in the future that tends to be the way these things work.

Hakugen Rikuson (left) Koutetsu Sangokushi (right)

Any way this guy tells him to go and find the "shining light" (Imperial Seal) which is the supper power for this anime. Hakugen 's farther once protected the light but was killed in fount of him and he blocked it out cos it was such a horrid memory. The two of them sit down and watch a battle unfold where one side Gi has an army 3 times the size of that of the other army "Go", but the "Go" army is going places and their king has the "light".

Go wins OFC, and are hero Hakugen now knows where the "Imperial Seal" is Koutetsu promptly abandons him, after all it's time he ran his own life (and there was a red star in the sky, which must have been from logans run. Koutetsu is to old to be seeing little boys now and must return for it is his time for carousel) . There is only so much training one can be given. Hakugen (for no apparent reason) decides that it would be best if he went to work for the "go" army's king so he can see what sort of man he is and if he is worthy of the "light".

Sonsaku is promptly killed after interviewing Hakugen and recognising him from the day he killed his farther and took the "imperial Seal" which holds the "light". Just as your thinking Yay a fight to death surely, 3 masked men who look like JAWA from Star Wars turn up to steal the seal. In the resulting fight Sonsaku is killed and the seal in thrown upinto the AIR Hakugen gets sucked into the seal to see the light and is given new special powers with which he has to defend it, but the power is to great and he can not control it. That and his arm is on fire and he is shitting him self, but not to worry as setting his arm on fire seams to be his new power.

I am going to leave it there before I give away any more of the plot of Koutetsu Sangokushi, despite the fact that every one, even people who look like women are men, even the kings brother who I could have swan was a woman, until they started to talk about making him king and calling him lord. Its still worth watching and its nice to watch something different now and then.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

English Parliment

Lets face it we are discriminated against in our own country now, Scottish mp's who get to vote on English only matters get to force student loans upon English people but keep Scottish university's free!

So go tell the Goverment we want our own government and sign up on the 10 Downing street web site.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Zero Punctuation: Heavenly Sword and Other Stuff

I have to say i really like this vid, but its in some crappy format that does not allow in bedding :(

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Run Fatboy Run

Overly lazy and commitment-phobic, Dennis (Simon Pegg) suffers a minor breakdown and ditches his pregnant girlfriend Libby (Thandie Newton) at the altar. Five years later, Dennis realizes just how big a mistake he made. But just as Dennis sets out with his young son to woo her back, he learns that a flashy new suitor (Hank Azaria) has claimed her heart. So, in order to win her back, Dennis decides to prove himself by training for his first marathon with over-sexed best friend (Dylan Moran) as his coach. In way over his head, Dennis' pathetic attempt culminates in what may be the most spirited but hilarious race ever run.

I love Simon pegg and have spaced and Sawn of the dead on DVD, I can not wait to go see this, hot fuzz was a little slow to begin with but the ending was worth it, i just hope this one does not drag at the start too.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Bleach Live rock Musical Part 14

LOL I have to say I love this I don't have a clue what's going on thou with out subtitles, or unless some one says "No this computer is my friends computer". But it seams very fun and family orientated and they seam to have a lot of fun doing it.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Something a little different lets face who ha sent seen these films in this day and age, could be so easy in this day an age just to make something using stock footage, i will give them props for trying something new at least.

Monday, August 06, 2007

5 Centimeters Per Second

“Do you know?

The speed at which cherry blossoms fall…

“5 Centimetres Per Second.”

5 Centimetres Per Second, a chain of short stories about their distance.” is a compilation of 3 independant short stories that revolves around the life of a boy as we slowly observe the changes in his life from the early 90’s all the way up to the present, devoied of Shinkai’s typical sci-fi/fantasy settings.

The graphics are to die for, this the epitome of the hand drawn style we associate with Japan, revolving around the theme of distance, the film is anything but Cherey but would a rose not smell so sweet?