Hein (fub) wrote,

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New anime

Another batch of new anime!

School Rumble is a comedy about the misunderstandings about love between three highschool students. Tenma-chan is in love with her classmate Karasumaru, but finds it nearly impossible to confess her feelings to him. And Kenji, a delinquent (he is introduced while beating up a gang of ruffians) is in love with Tenma -- but finds it difficult to confess his feelings to her. There are a lot of amusing misunderstandings between the three, as Karasumaru goes his merry way, chased by Tenma who is in her turn chased by Kenji.
It's not as good as Azumanga Daioh, but I certainly got a few good chuckles out of it. Designs are rather attractive, and the whole situation and the characters are suitably bizarre.

Next was Harukanaru Toki no Nakade - Hachiyosho. Before I saw it, coronanl told me that it was a Fushigi Yuugi clone. Personally, I didn't think that was a good thing. And yes, there are a lot of similarities between this and FY: a girl gets transported to a mysterious world where the power of the Four Gods needs to be invoked (this time to protect the capital against the 'demons'). A girl is needed, the Priestess of the Dragon, to carry out this task -- and of course, this girl comes from present-day Japan. Aided by eight warriors, she needs to fulfill her destiny!
Designs and animation are very nice, with a good blend of CGI and cell animation. The story seems a lot edgier than FY. The description hints at some romantic plot further on, but I sincerely hope that it won't be so drawn-out as the crap we got in FY.

Finally, we watched Tsukuyomi - Moon Phase. Kouhei is a photographer of the occult. He can't 'see' ghosts and they can't affect him, which is probably why he is able to capture them on film. His current assignment is to take pictures of the haunted 'Schwarz Quelle' castle in Germany. He sees a beautiful girl sitting on the roof one evening, and the next day he goes into the castle while the rest of the occult reporter team waits outside. Inside the castle, he meets the girl, who has a surprise for him...
I liked it a lot. This series has a good mix between cuteness and strangeness. The voice actress who did Kokoro of Kokoro Library does Hazuki, the cutest vampire you'll ever see -- almost a clone of Kokoro! I'm really interested to see how this situation will develop further. It might turn out to be very interesting, with a heavy dose of cuteness added for good measure!

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