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Tantei Gakuen Q
Detective School Q
To start off, I'd just like to note that the opening song to this anime is called "Mei Q?! - Meikyuu - MAKE*YOU -" ......... yeah.
Meikyuu means "labyrinth" by the way. Good thing it all makes sense.
So aaaaanyway, this anime is about the intrepid boy detective, Q, and his amazing feats of logic. He of course has his great friends and comrades to help him solve all the mysteries he happens upon, two of whom we meet in the first episode. Megumi is the pink-haired girl who has a photographic memory of things she sees even for an instant, and Kintarou is the crazy karate guy who keeps his eyes closed all the time. In the first episode, after solving the mystery of what his mom is making for dinner, Q meets Megumi when he accidentally bumps into a man and spills his yen all over the pavement. For some reason, the man seems to be missing 10000 yen, and Megumi appaears, remembering how much was there on the ground. Of course, that was still less than the man was supposed to have, so Q uses his powers of deduction to figure out that a yen note got into the umbrella the man was carrying. In return for everything, the man treats them to parfaits at a nearby restaurant, then goes off to buy tickets to his daughter's wedding...
However, Megumi and Q see the man jump from the top of a crane and kill himself! What's going on?! Q uses his brilliant powers of logic to figure everything out, of course (although HOW he manages to find a CONTACT lying on the ground in a CONSTRUCTION SITE is beyond my powers of reasoning), and with some help from Megumi and Kintarou, they get the perpetrator. Of course, then the person who the anime tried to get you to believe was the perpetrator (it's obvious by now that anyone whose story is a little shaky and glances around nervously is NEVER the perpetrator, isn't it?) turns out to be a private investigator or something hired by the company, and she tells Q about D.D.S., the Dan Detective School. Megumi and Kintarou are, gasp, aiming to get into the school too, and Q goes home and tells his mom that he's decided to apply to the DDS and become the most famous detective in the world!
Yeah, so I think this anime was a little too by-the-book for my tastes. Having Megumi is a plus, and maybe the other characters will not be quite as overdone, but I don't think I could sit through another episode of listening to Q's brilliant powers of reasoning. ^^;
Juubei Ninpuchou ~ Ryuuhoudama Hen
Ninja Scroll TV
Yikes. I waited a little long to write this, so I'm really sorry at how disjointed this is. I might actually try to update this after I watch episode 2, as I kind of want to check out one more episode before I just wait for the R1 release.
Basically, the story here revolves around the girl, Shigure, who lives in a secluded village with very nice scenery. Unbeknownst to her, she is the priestess of the sun or moon or something like that, and all these bad guys are out to get her. Luckily, most of the ugly bad guys kill each other off, then only one of the disgusting ones comes to attack her village. Luckily for her, every single person in the village is a trained ninja or something, just letting her think they're simple peasants to put her at ease. They manage to keep her safe enough that she survives the attack, and is saved by some crazy wolf guy wearing a mask. He entrusts his mission to Jubei, just a wandering mercenary, because he can obviously see that Jubei is just too cool to mess things up. Shigure also ends up with Jubei, but we can foresee many more ugly bad guys and evil plots ahead.
Yeah, in addition to waiting too long to write this, I also don't really care about most of the story. Anyway, it's standard Ninja Scroll-type stuff. Shigure is pretty cute for a show with such ugly character designs, interestingly enough. Maybe Kawashima Houko's voice helps. There's lots of crazy action here, so I would guess that most Ninja Scroll fans should appreciate this incarnation too.
P.S. If I messed up the romanization up there, someone please let me know. ^^
The yaoi basketball anime! Okay well not really, but there *IS* this picture and all...
Heheh, actually Dear Boys wasn't nearly as terrible as I imagined it was going to be. The story is not bad, and amazingly, the pacing is not as atrocious as most shounen sports shows. That said, the animation is kinda crappy, not in the quality sense, as in it feels wrong, especially in the basketball scenes. Cheap animation might have actually been BETTER than the weird jerkiness and CG basketball/net that look completely wrong. The character designs look slightly better than the manga, and some of the girls are actually cute, along with the teacher, so overall it's okay in my eyes.
The story centers around Aikawa Kazuhiko, a former star basketball player for the Tendouji High School team who transfers to Mizuho High School because of problems with basketball just not being fun anymore living with his father and playing on that team. So he's living alone now, and he plans to join the basketball team here at Mizuho... except there's no boys' basketball team, only girls', a top-class team, actually. The reason for that is that the team was suspended a year ago after one of the star players, Fujiwara, got fed up with the coach telling them not to do their own thing, only listen to what he says, and punched him. The news spread around, and the team dwindled to just four players, Fujiwara and three of his close friends. Now with Aikawa, they finally have five players again, so they can actually play basketball, but somehow no one wants to. There's a bad air about the whole thing, but Aikawa settles it all by showing off his mad basketball skills and being his talkative, charming self. So by the end of episode three, the team is ready to play their first practice match... against the team coached by the guy that Fujiwara punched before!
"Wait!" you may be saying, "Why would JASC watch a sports anime for three whole episodes?!" Well, I had read that Mizuki Nana played a character in episode three, so I went ahead and watched it all... only to be disappointed in her three-line performance as Fujiwara's little sister... (see lower right picture, char on left) Sigh.
Anyway, the story's not bad, the animation style is okay, the music is a bunch of crappy rap stuff from Avex (What, they figure everyone in Japan that plays basketball likes rap and hip-hop? Wait, come to think of it...), and overall the whole thing is pretty average in my book. Which puts it as one of the best sports anime ever! >.>
Woot, Pacifica is cute, the opening is by JAM project with Masami Okui, and it's actual fun fantasy stuff without being retarded.
Definitely one of the series I'm following this year.
Anyway, the story is about Pacifica, a princess who was thrown off a cliff when she was born because the stars she was born under foretold her fate as destroying the world when she turns sixteen. Many people thought she died then, but she was saved somehow and raised by the Casull house. Now she is traveling the country with her brother and sister, Shannon and Raquel, meeting with many adventures and people trying to kill her and avert the destruction that is sure to come.
I managed to watch a couple of episodes of this before getting around to writing this, so I'm more convinced that this will be a neat show. The first episode goes into Pacifica's feelings about who she is after her foster mother turns her in to some guy trying to kill her because she feels she has no choice. It also introduces Chris, the mild-mannered but deadly guy out to get Pacifica, but also kind of watching her. Good thing Raquel is quite zealous about using her magic to protect Pacifica and Shannon is skilled as well, or Pacifica's semi-naive attitude would get her in more trouble than she could handle. ^^;
The second episode introduces Leo the incompetent knight-in-training and Winnia the mysterious, powerful girl. The cool part about this episode is how Pacifica gets to put the spirit-turned-giant-frog to rest, since one of my main likes about this series is how Pacifica reacts to the things that are thrown her way, and deals with her fate (with Raquel and Shannon's support, of course). Overall, I really look forward to watching the rest of the series, and hope it lives up to my expectations in how it handles everything that is sure to happen to Pacifica. ^^
P.S. Oh yeah, the abbreviation you may see, "sutepri", comes from the Japanese word for scrapped, "suteru". So suteta princess becomes sutepri. ^^
Kousaten, by the way, means "crossing" or "intersection", but I wasn't sure whether the creators wanted to translate that as scramble, or it was just supposed to be a strange subtitle, or what, so I've just left it as it is in the title. This anime is an episodic anime (so far) dealing with the life of someone in each episode, and what made them into who they are. The first episode deals with Akira, a world champion boxer, and his relationship with his mother. Akira didn't become a boxer because he liked boxing really, so much as to be the best at something, and do something to get away from his mother. When he was ten years old, there was an incident where Akira fought with his mother because of his writing about how he wanted to have his mother come pick him up when it rained like other kids' mothers did. She doesn't have time apparently, because she was working as a hostess or something so that she had money to buy Akira the toys he was always wanting, but Akira really wanted her to just pay attention to him more. She didn't really understand that, and accidentally hurt Akira on the cheek, giving him a scar that lasted into his boxing years.
So Akira lives his whole life resenting his mother, and barely speaking to her, thinking that she really didn't care about him, but one day his trainer reveals to him that he's always seen through Akira's tough facade because Akira's mother was always calling, wanting to know how her son was doing, talking to his trainer, but not wanting Akira to know. Basically, a failure in communication dooms mother and son to a life apart, but when Akira finally realizes all of this, he shows up at his mother's club, walks her home, loses his world championship belt, and decides to stay home and be a family man from now on.
I didn't really do too much justice to the story here because the anime is more about the telling of the stories of these people's lives than the actual stories themselves, and how simple little things can change a lot. It's interesting to have a more mature anime like this here, a real change of pace from most stuff, but I think the story could be put together better. Hopefully the other episodes have a deeper plot running through them. ^^
DiGi Charat Nyo
Woo, more DiGi Charat! Dejiko with the cute green color hair! Wai!
This time, Dejiko and Puchiko have been sent to Earth by the Queen as princess training. Dejiko and Puchiko get separated after their UFO runs out of fuel, and the two episodes have them searching for each other. Puchiko meets an elderly couple who run a Japanese candy store, and decides to stay with them, and Dejiko decides to stay with the two guys she meets who run a toy store. The Queen gave Dejiko and Puchiko little pochettes with seven special items to help them during their training, and the girls use one of them, rings that search each other out, in the first story. So Dejiko and Puchiko are set to begin their princess training!
The two guys from the toy store that Dejiko stays with are like exactly like those two guys from the first DiGi Charat series, the one that loves Puchiko and that other guy who I don't really remember, so there should be a lot of the same craziness. It wasn't quite as hilarious as the first series, but it was cuter and should be a lot of fun. Wuv wuv Dejiko!
Konjiki no Gasshu Beru!!
Golden Gasshu Beru!!
Gasshu Beru (Gash Bell? I couldn't find an official romanization) is the name of that yellow boy-thing that Kiyomaro's father sends to him. Kiyomaro is such a genius that he never goes to school, since he's so far ahead of anything they teach there, and really doesn't have any friends. So when Gash gets to Kiyomaro's place, he says he'll fulfill Kiyomaro's mother's wishes and become his first friend! So he hatches a plan... that makes no sense! However, that doesn't stop Gash from being uber-positive and just making Kiyomaro realize that people actually do care for him, and he shouldn't give in to the negativity of the students at school who envy him. After all, there are girls like Suzume too, who still like him! By the way, Gash can shoot crazy beams of lightning from his eyes when Kiyomaro says "zakeru", which is convenient because of course there are another couple pairs of boy-things and masters who are trying to do random stuff as well. I'm not really sure what the point is yet, but it looks like something's going to happen in episode 2. ^^;;
So this series is crazy, which is to be expected with Gash, who seems to regard clothes as an afterthought, leading the way. Suzume is crazy too, and Kiyomaro looks to be infected by the two of them put together. The character designs are really weird, with everyone's eyes being completely different, making for really mismatching looks throughout the show. It's kind of different and interesting, but I think I'll stick to my like of less-crazy big-eyed anime characters. ;P
Like I said, I'm not really sure where this series is going, but episode 1 certainly had its moments. I liked the way they handled Kiyomaro's isolation from the other kids at school, and Suzume and Gash's unending cheerfulness as a counter to it. This isn't a bad start at all, but there's just been so much good new stuff I'll have to leave this one here. ^^
Firestorm is an SF series set in the near future with some sort of bad guys that I couldn't be bothered to look into attacking the good guys. The good guys have built these bases called Storm Forces to serve as defenses against them, and the story begins with the formation of the newest Storm Force, SF 9. Specifically, episode one deals with Nagisa Kisaragi, the female Japanese engineer/pilot who is one of the five people who are to serve at SF 9, and her response with some of her comrades to the attack by some stolen Thunder Crash aircraft. Apparently, she realizes that they've upgraded the stolen aircraft, and the regular Thunder Crashes that they send out to deal with the attack aren't going to be enough. So she heads out in her Thunder Bolt, being the only pilot with the ability to take this attack on. The other people can handle most of the attack, but Bobby and Yasu, her comrades at her former position, are done in by this really evil-looking guy flying the superior aircraft. Her superiors tell her to pull out, not wanting to lose Nagisa too, but she just can't do it with Bobby and Yasu dead, so she disobeys orders to take this guy out. Of course she does it with some spectacular maneuvering, and she gets assigned to SF 9 instead of being forced out of the defense force, because McAllister, her superior, really understands the Japanese ethics that forced her into it, or something.
Wow, that ended up being a lot longer than I thought. Anyway, I didn't really find much about this anime exciting. Most of it is planes flying around shooting at each other, yay. All the aircraft are done in mediocre 3D, and the 3D and 2D scenes don't really mesh well, so I wasn't too impressed visually. Nagisa's a nice enough girl, but being a female pilot in a man's world isn't really exciting enough by itself these days. Hopefully she develops some depth later, with her American, Australian and British team members around, but I'll have to say that I won't be sticking around to see. ^^
Mermaid Melody Pichi-Pichi Pitch
Mermaids! Singing! A girl's first love! What more can you want from a cute shoujo anime?
Luchia is the princess of some mermaid kingdom, and years earlier, she lost her little thing that lets her sing in order to save a boy that she rescued. Now, she's going back onto land so that she can sing again, because strange disturbances are being sensed in the ocean. On land, she immediately happens to meet up with the boy again, but he scares Luchia away trying to pick her up. Luckily for them both, they're in the same class at school, and he invites her out to the surfing competition. There, the evil villainess character senses the reaction from Luchia's voice activation thing and attacks Kite, the boy. Luchia rushes in to save him, and drives the villainess away with her singing (in a good way, unlike earlier in the episode). So Luchia saves the day, and Kite and her are quite happy, but Hanon mentions that a mermaid princess and human boy falling in love might not exactly be an ideal situation for mermaidkind. ^^;;
I'm not sure about the answer to the above question, but I'm definitely liking Pitch for the character designs and voices. Luchia is quite cute, and much like Mitsuki from Full Moon, I'm pretty sure that the seiyuu (I forget her name and I have no JP character support at the moment) sings her own songs. Hanon is quite the cute supporting character, and I'm looking forward to seeing more. ^_^
Narue no Sekai
The World of Narue
Narue, the boring, poor alien here on Earth to protect us from the other dangerous alien lifeforms in the neighborhood... Kazuto, who has no real interest in girls... So of course, they're made for each other!
After Narue saves Kazuto from a dangerous alien lifeform (in disguise as a cute little dog), Kazuto decides to return her bat that she uses to take out the dog and try to ask her out. The other people in her class kind of stay away from her, since she's an alien, but it doesn't bother Kazuto. So Kazuto asks her to go to a coffee shop, and she immediately thinks he wants her to pay for him since he returned her bat. Eventually she asks Kazuto if he minds if she's boring and poor and an alien, but he's cool with it. So now he has a girlfriend!
Narue goes back to her run-down apartment and the Space Ninja is attacking her dad! Kazuto decides this is the time to save Narue in return, so he takes the bat... and Narue trips him. ^^
The episode ends with a particularly gratuitous panty shot looking between Narue's legs at Kazuto, and that kind of sealed my impression that the fanservice in Narue is kind of weird and not as good as usual. Narue's pretty cute, and the show is kinda fun, but it didn't really seem like anything special from the first episode, the first volume of the manga, or the first drama CD.
Matantei Loki RAGNAROK
The Mythical Detective Loki - RAGNAROK
There sure is a lot of Gangan stuff being turned into anime this season. ^^
Loki is the name of a young boy with mythical (mystical?) powers that he uses to basically run a business or something solving mysteries. As the series begins, however, we focus on Mayura's fixation on the supernatural, which leads her to ditch class to go check out this abandoned clock tower. In it, she finds a flying, talking doll... but when she gets home and calls her friends to tell them about it, the doll is taken back by the black cat that was at the tower as well! Mayura goes off searching for the doll, and she ends up at Loki's house... he had had a feeling that someone was going to come that day, but he throws Mayura out after hearing her silly story.
Eventually though, Mayura ends up finding the doll back by the clock, and Loki ends up going after her. We learn that the doll was a precious possession of the daughter of the attached inn that burned down... she ended up losing her life, but the doll's spirit thought that the girl abandoned her, so she started acting possessed. Loki uses Mayura as a catalyst by making her appear to be the doll's mistress, and the doll disappears. In the end, Mayura decides that she will make a great addition to Loki's detective business!
Hmm, I'm running out of things to say about these anime besides the girls being cute. Of course, we all know that's what really matters. Loki is kind of bland so far, but Mayura's go-get-em attitude is pretty fun. I like how she just dreams of finding some crazy supernatural thing and getting famous. I'm just not too interested in these detective shows these days, so I'll be skipping this one.
Ahahaha, everything I saw for this series made it look so dumb, but I really ended up enjoying it. It's really funny. ^^
The story, as irrelevant is it is, revolves around Tsukumo and his assistant robot, Kiku #8, and this crazy singing group of washed-up idols, Mix Juice, whose members are all named after flowers... Himawari, Yuri, Ayame, and Sakura. Tsukumo is a genius boy who is determined to send mankind to the moon "the right way", not using space shuttles, but a giant slingshot. He sends Kiku #8 into space first, but because of some sort of rounding error, she accidentally gets trapped in orbit instead, and won't be able to get back for 80-some days. However, time is running out, so Tsukumo ends up getting Mix Juice to go instead, ostensibly to do some sort of live concert on the moon. ^^;
Anyway, the plot is kind of secondary, because for some reason the obvious ridiculosity and overdone nature of the show really seems to work, at least for me. I love Kiku #8's randomness and how Tsukumo just kind of talks to her without expecting her to really understand. All the members of Mix Juice amused me as well, especially Ayame, who can see fairies... but the image... ^^; - Anyway, the show has the right mix of great costumes and ecchiness and amusement value to keep me watching it, and I just hope it can keep it up for the whole series. Oh, and the painting-style shots in the ED are awesome, no matter WHAT Momo says. :P
Jikuu Boukenki Zentrix
Record of Time and Space Adventures Zentrix
Zentrix, the city of the future, where robots and humans live together in a near-perfect world, thanks to the powerful computer-being, Omicron. I bet you know where this is going. ^^
Yes, Omicron is overriding his programming to obey and protect humans, replacing the palace staff with his robot guards, and generally being malicious. Megan's father has disappeared, and Omicron won't tell her where she is. She and her little pet-friend, Mango, find a message her father left her, and they find out the truth about Omicron, and also that her father has gone back in time seven years to before Omicron was all programmed to try and stop everything. Unfortunately, he says, if she's getting the message, he needs her to come back in time as well and help. Omicron also sees this message and sends his robots to capture Megan, but they are a little too late, and all they can do is shoot the time machine as it is preparing to depart... accidentally setting it so that Megan not only goes back seven years back in time, but is also seven years younger! :o
Well, obviously, this is an all-3D anime, and I almost ended up skipping it because of that, but I figured I'd give it a chance... How surprised I was to find a 3D anime I actually enjoyed. I think it helps that Megan's cute, but I kind of wish she wasn't being turned back into her 8-year-old self instead. The story obviously won't be anything tremendously deep here, but I think it will be an enjoyable series overall. I guess we'll see what happens when she arrives seven years back in time. ^^
Uchuu no Stellvia
Uchuu no Stellvia is a new anime from XEBEC, the people who brought us Nadesico, and it has the coolest opening song of the season (or so I predict), done by a two-person band I had never heard of before, angela. (Japanese only)
Stellvia is a space station located a ways from Earth, floating out where you can see space directly, as opposed to through the weird green gas that apparently now surrounds the Earth, following some sort of cataclysmic impact that took place 189 years before our story here begins. On it, they run a "Space Academy" where our heroine, Shima (the one with the Sailor Moon hair), is going to study. For what, she isn't yet quite sure, but it's something she's really thought over and decided for herself. However, her mom acts like her little sister and throws a fit when she leaves... Kind of weird, but they both cry a lot. ^^;
Anyway, Shima meets her new roommate, Arisa, on the flight to Stellvia, and they also talk with a teacher at the Academy, although they don't realize that he is until he tells them, when they get to Stellvia and are welcomed by a crazy display of spaceships flying around with light trails spelling out "Welcome to Stellvia". Arisa's quite friendly towards Shima, and she actually says that she's like Wendy from Peter Pan when she makes that analogy. Arisa seems like an odd character. ^^
So, in the end, not much happens in episode 1, but we get a sense of the world (the ship going to Stellvia is still a really big deal, and Shima is pretty surprised that she was able to get into the Space Academy), the people, and Shima and Arisa's personalities. I like their character designs, and I hope that the series will be long enough to get us more into whatever story they have planned, but it's not apparent from this first episode where we're going. I like Shima's clothes, too. ;)
D.N.Angel, the premier mahou shounen anime, sanjou!
Really though, the first episode of D.N.Angel was really quite amusing, with the reversed role of Daisuke as the magical boy, writing a love letter to Risa, who he admires, but getting turned down because she thinks of him as a friend. The anime starts out with a very serious-toned pre-opening sequence, but the non-critical scenes are done comedically. Sometimes the two combined really clash, but I really enjoyed both aspects of D.N.Angel from the first episode. The story, aside for Daisuke's obsession with Risa, revolves around Daisuke's mother and grandfather training him all of his fourteen years for the day we meet him, when he transforms into Kaitou Dark, taller, and with a beautiful face (of course Risa adores him in that form ;p). He seems to have to steal an item that his mother tells him about to transform back to his normal self, but a chance meeting on the way back complicates things! (and ends the episode)
Like I said, the blending of seriousness and comedy really worked for me, as I found myself actually laughing at quite a few scenes, like when Daisuke tells Risa he just wrote her name on the envolope of the letter he drops because he likes the way her name looks written down, or when his mom tells him the exact second he has to be home. The art style also worked for me, as Risa and her twin sister Riku are quite cute, and all of the characters seem to have nice designs so far. I just hope the rest of the series can continue the style found here in the first episode. ^^
Hah, so I heard about this long ago when ADV announced their license for it, and of course I thought... GONZO + title with "star" in it... must be another SF anime! Boy, was I wrong. ;P
Kaleido Star actually refers to being a star of the Kaleido Stage, a circus-type act with crazy acrobatic performances. Our main character, Sora, is a Japanese girl who comes to America (where they all mysteriously speak Japanese, of course) to try out for a position. She has adored the performers in the show since she was awed by them when she was little, and she's practiced enough to impress people on the street quite easily... Except... she can't find the stage... and her suitcase gets stolen. So she is late to the audition, but once she explains that she came all the way from Japan, they agree to let her go on. However, the star of the show, Reina, isn't impressed with her lateness and tells her to go home, ending her dream.
Or not! Of course, the person who was admiring her legs earlier was actually the owner of the show (gasp!), and he tells her to perform in place of a cast member she accidentally injured trying to save her from a... really light ball falling on her. Sora isn't exactly the most observant person. Anyway, she sucks at the show, but then miraculously starts performing well when she remembers herself as a girl in the audience, and decides she MUST do well. Reina tries to send her home again, but the owner has different plans. Sora is in the show! Not only that, but she even meets a mysterious spirit of the stage that apparently only she can see! :o
Anyway, my main problem with Kaleido Star is the annoying cliche-ness of how she gets into the show like that, but other than that, it was a lot of fun. Sora's antics are cute, the costumes are cute, the whole idea of making an anime about circus performers is cute... Cuteness score up! I will definitely give the show another chance, hoping that episode two focuses less on silly things like happening to run into the owner of the show on the street. ^^;;
Bouken Yuuki Pluster World
Adventure Script Pluster World
Oh my, j-kid-rap songs, a dumb play on words that doesn't work in English, and bee-girl just made this series a joy to watch. ^_^;;
As for the title, Pluster is a play on the words "blaster" and "plus" because they are burasutaa and purasu in Japanese. It doesn't work quite so well in English, and it comes out sounding like Plaster World instead. Oh yeah, and "script" is an odd translation, but I couldn't really think of anything better for "play(theatrical)" and "record" put together. This whole anime is a mess. -_-
Our story begins with the Minujuu (Minus Monsters?) attacking a peaceful tribe of creatures in the Pluster World... apparently the Minus Monsters were sealed away long ago in the Minus Tower, but they've gotten out and have started causing trouble again. The Minus Monsters are created by combining a Minuster with an object from the human world (resulting in such great things as the chicken lighter monster...) To protect the Pluster World from the ravages of the Minus Monsters, there is a legend that the Plusters (apparently these beings with pluses on their chests) can Plust On (like Blast On) with humans to become strong! The Pluster residents are actually very small when they travel to the human world (through a crazy giant human statue) but the humans become as small as the Plusters when they travel back through. Interestingly enough, after defeating chicken lighter monster, Touma, the human that is brought to the Pluster World, actually gets to return to the human world, where only ten minutes have passed. Who knows if this will continue, but apparently in episode two, the tunnel between the worlds gets destroyed, although Touma is stuck in the human world.
This is your typical kids fare, although at least it's a little different from the other shows I've seen in the genre. Touma is a big whiner, though, so that's not exactly fun. The most disappointing thing about episode one, though, was that bee-girl barely made an appearance. I really feel like watching another episode just to hear her in action. ^_^
Well, here we have a typical shounen fighting-type show, but it's not so centered on fighting as to bore me. And the manga runs in G-Fantasy, you say? I'm in!
E'S starts out with Kai, our protagonist, coming to the institution "Aeses," apparently because his little sister is sick, and by coming to join Aeses, she will be taken care of at their high-tech hospital. What Aeses is is some sort of group for people with mental powers, for training, and they live together as well. Aeses assists the police and other groups when there are criminals with mental powers at large, and other such situations. The other kids in Aeses have been around since they were much younger, presumably as soon as their mental powers were discovered. Kai's powers aren't particularly strong, but for some reason, Eiji, the guy apparently running Aeses, has taken a strong interest in him.
We see pretty much from the start that Aeses can't really be what it's supposed to be, and even Kai gets a feeling that something is up, but he takes heart in Eiji's words to him. I guess we'll see exactly what Aese has planned later on. The other kids don't seem to think much of it... when Kai asks about why they're doing all this training, Ruri says that it's just in case they ever need it, because the rest of the world doesn't treat people with mental powers as nicely as the people in Ashurum (where Aeses HQ is located and everything is taking place) do.
The other characters are pretty interesting so far... in episode one we mostly see Shen Long, the idiot who's insecure about his power and has to mess with Kai every time he gets a chance, and Shun Lu, who takes a liking to Kai, and even makes him a cake for his forgotten one-year anniversary of coming to Aeses. There's a mysterious girl (of course) in the beginning of the episode named Asuka (I cheated and looked her name up), and some other members of Aeses, who look to play a more important part later. I'm hoping that something starts happening quickly with Aeses and Kai's powers, but I'm sure I will be rewarded if I keep following this series. ^^
Air Master... the story of a girl who can fly... to kick her opponents a lot. For no reason.
As if the lack of a real premise to the story wasn't bad enough, the fact that Renge (the little tiny girl who is supposed to be a high school student) is the absolute most annoying anime character ever kind of pushes this series into the realm of the "utterly retarded", as my sister put it. Maki is the Air Master, and she becomes great friends with all these other girls after Renge whines at the top of her lungs about how she can't get the little thing she wants from the UFO catcher. She saves them after some guys from the arcade follow them and stare at Mina's breasts (oh my god they're so big! hahaha!)... But Mr. Pro-Wrestle guy shows up, fights with Maki, and gives his speech as to his view on life. Thanks, I really wanted to know what some guy wearing a dumb mask thought. ^^;
Ahem, this is another Young Animal manga conversion, and it shows... I can't say I have any interest in it, but the parts that were decent to me were horribly overshadowed by 5-minute pointless fight scenes, the whiny, annoying Renge, and all the dumb breast animation. Yep, that's about it. ^^