So I ended up seeing the finales for both Dusk Maiden of Amnesia and Aquarion Evol, and I thought both were excellent. That said, I do think that on the whole they tried to cram too much into the second half of Amnesia… there’s a few good dramatic moments that could have been great if they’d just left more time for them to sink in.
I loved the Aquarion Evol ending but I have to admit that I’ve mainly been watching the show more to see the crazy stuff Okada and Kawamori throw in rather than the plot/characters (unlike Amnesia). I don’t think I’d be as satisfied if that hadn’t been the case. I also must admit liking the Kagura/Zessica pairing, but I think that’s my tendency to often rate couples based on their potential rather than what is actually realized – I’ve noticed I do that a fair bit, actually.
Got a kick out of the whiskey chocolate thing in last week’s Hyouka and wonder if the reason why we didn’t get to see hung over Chitanda in this week’s episode was because the staff had trouble imagining what Chitanda with a hangover would be like.
lol! Well, to be honest, the Saki Short-Skirt Resistance is really about Saki (hence the name of the group), and I referenced Nodoka in it since she seems to be the more popular of the two characters, at least with North American audiences. Also because I'm a huge fan of the Saki/Nodoka pairing.
Truth be told, none of us in the group are against either version of Nodoka. Some of us might have a slight preference for twin-tails Nodoka, but we love Nodoka in any hairstyle that she has.
The main thing is that most of us are like Col. Mustang from FMA, if you get my drift.
Yeah, the drama in Amnesia Episode 3 was genuinely great. I chalk a lot of that up to Kirie's character, and Eri Kitamura's great job in using her rather effective 'deathly serious' voice (reminiscent of her Sayaka work in Madoka Magica Episodes 6 and 7). Kirie is definitely a good role for Kitamura; she suits Kitamura's seiyu strengths well.
The main pairing of Amnesia is definitely a great strength of the show in general. It has that same playful charm that the main pairings in Sola and ef had. I do like how Yuko is the romantic aggressor here, but she's more playful than yandere (it helps that she has a rather good motivation for being the way she is - If I had been a lonely ghost haunting schools for decades, I'd probably be craving actual human contact too! )
I will be watching more Amnesia tonight. I'll get back to you on it after I do.
That was the main complaint I remember from DemiSoda, Reckoner, etc… I didn’t mind as much and thought that the early episodes made for nice romantic comedy with some really “d’awww” moments – I really like the Teichii/Yuuko pairing. The exception, of course, would be episode 3. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on that one as for me, it was a very effective bit of drama. I did find, however, that some of the mid series episodes had too many harem tropes for my taste.
I think last time I mentioned the show to you was right after episode 7 aired, largely because the ending left me really pumped for episode 8 – IMO one of the high points of the series. I honestly wouldn’t have minded seeing that arc continue a little longer, as I’m not sure the final arc is going to turn out quite as good.
(BTW, apparently Teichii is apparently a case of “younger than he looks” – he’s supposed to be a first year middle schooler, which would make him about 12 with all three girls being older than him. My friends and I joked a bit about how that explains how Yuuko appears to him.)
Held a big screening last night because one of my anime buddies is temporarily back in the country – he’s travelling most of this summer. Fate/Zero 24 seems to have been the big hit of the night, though I had to explain to a friend who wasn’t familiar with the series that Kitsurugi isn’t actually the villain. Ended the night by staying up way, way too late discussing a story I want to write since the friend in question is one of the few people I know who has similarly fine taste in kemonomimi shoujo.
On Otome Youkai Zakuro - I watched a couple episodes of that. It was nicely different and a bit interesting. But it was airing during a very strong Fall Season, IIRC, so it was one of the anime shows that just didn't make the cut for me. But given how relatively barren Summer 2012 is shaping up to be (last I checked) I might pick Otome Youkai Zakuro back up again.
You just jogged my memory... I had thought that too and forgot to mention it.
To be honest, it's very likely the most convincing explanation. I don't necessarily agree the personalities are similar (unless Kyonko is less Kyon like then I think), but there's enough of a resemblance I'm sure that a few people have noticed.
Another idea on that really cute Itsuki/Azusa pic - It recently occurred to me that Azusa would make a decent stand-in for Kyonko. Similar personalities, similar appearance. Maybe that's part of the idea here.
The second theory is intriguing, and I'd actually say it's possible to merge it to an extent with the third theory. First theory doesn't work though, Azusa was one of Ayana Taketatsu's first roles. I think she would have been like 17 at the time. (Though I suppose that doesn't mean much when you consider that the OPs for Guilty Crown and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia were both sung by 15 year olds.)