Oh, and one more thing - I just started watching Skip Beat!, and It's a really enjoyable anime, imo. Very comedic, and has It's dramatic moments too. It's a shoujo though, but one of the best I've watched, and I'm only four episodes in!
True, they're in a army, but afaik, they're simply musicians of the army, no? Of course, being in the army and all there is bound to be some bloodshed, but I wonder if the girls will be part of it. Although everything for me is a assumption on this, since I have not read up on the series, and only watched one trailer so far. I probably got the "soothing" idea from the trailer, since a good majority of it was some girl(the main?) enjoying herself on a train. Perhaps It'll take more of a melancholic approach. It sounds like a interesting concept though, and I'll certainly get around to watching it once it releases.
I still need to finish Eden so I can be ready for those movies, I kind of put it on hold since I was watching it as it released, and got side-tracked one way or the other. The Nanoha movie is intended to be a remake of the first season, however, It's going to be from Fate's perspective this time. So more focus on Fate's past, with better, and improved aerial battles, so the director says. Have you watched the second movie trailer for it, or read any of the Nanoha movie manga?
I suppose the first season was too busy introducing characters to actually flesh them out as well, although the first few episodes of the first season certainly didn't help the cause, and Nanoha a's does have a much larger cast to flesh out, compared to the first. Nanoha pretty much just does what's on her mind, whether it be against the rules or not. I suppose when your powers are OP, you're given that opportunity...And Fate, well, she has a strong sense of justice, which is probably due to what happened to her during the first season. As for Hayate, yeah, few Nanoha characters are whiny, and they actually try to solve their crisis, rather than bitch about it, which is another thing I like about the series. Too bad some of the new characters from StrikerS ruined that trend. >.>
I can't promise you'll like StrikerS, since the mixed opinions on it are so diverse. Personally, it was enjoyable to me, but compared to A's It's lacking. If nothing else you should at least enjoy the Aces(NanoFateHayate) all grown up, and NanoFate sleeping in the same bed together~ Assuming you don't dislike that kind of stuff.
Reasoned her way out using Sprite Zanber which caused a dimensional rift inside the dream, hah. Oh, and the Alice/Fate moment was cutex2
Well, So-Ra-No-Wo-To is putting them in the army. I doubt it's going to be sunshine. The last 30 seconds of that clip were pretty sombre. I imagine it will be somewhat uplifting and somewhat heartbreaking. I personally think the title comes from the beats/notes of the stick intrsument in the music playing in that clip.
Well, Eden of the East movies are in the mix too, so yes, there are movies appearing. Wondering what exactly they're doing with the Nanoha one though. Is there really going to be that much new material? The amount of rehash studios like Gainax do makes me permanently wary of remakes.
I personally felt there was better fleshing out of characters in the As series. There was so much focus on Nanoha in the first series, yet Fate pretty much steals the show despite that. In As, there's a balance. But it is kind of evident already that Fate is more combat/justice oriented than Nanoha, who seems more of a mentor role than the person delivering the justice. Hayate's appeal for me was that in the midst of people getting knocked down and gradually getting up again, Hayate never allowed herself to be knocked down despite her physical limitations and her tragic surroundings. She just kept on going and stayed positive. So Hayate is a character immediately worthy of empathy, which is probably one of the major reasons As is the more popular one of the three - it is able to make the viewer care aboutt he girls but for different reasons.
Now I need to find something else to watch. Hmm, maybe StrikerS. Or Daughter of Twenty Faces, I didn't finish that due to falling ill when it screened at the local club.
Yeah, dreams are actually another magical girl cliche. Except this time the people inside weren't suckers. They knew the truth and reasoned their way out.
It sounds...unique. It sure has a interesting group of staff, as I liked most of the series you mentioned. Is it supposed to be a soothing and anime like Aria? Or does it actually possess some semblance of action? Either way, time will tell. It sure does have a interesting title, but I get what the name came from. 2010 is going to be the year of the movie. So many animated movies that people have been anticipating are all releasing at virtually the same time. Unlimited Blade Works, Nanoha movie, and Haruhi movie, just to name a few...or rather, the most anticipated.
Yeah, I loved that dream sequence episode. Was very nice to see Fate abandon the dream of what she always wanted, for her current life. It shows she has truly found her place in A's, and is unwilling to sacrifice the reality Nanoha helped make for her. Not to mention that she can think logically enough to assess that such things just don't happen in reality. I can't remember how many times I've seen characters be fooled by similar dreams that are obvious traps, yet they fall for it time and time again... Fate was in the first season too though, so can that really be used as a reason for A's being better than the first season, unless you mean Fate was better in A's, than the first. And yeah, I like Hayate too...And also, the Nanoha girls don't age a minute past 25. Forever 25, is the Nano-verse motto. : D
It's about five girls in war-torn Spain who join the army and also play music in the skies above a deserted fortress-like city. Director of Elfen Lied, one of the Code Geass screenwrites, animator of Birdy the Mighty Decode, character designer of Kannagi and composer of the Bounen no Xamdou and Fullmetal Alchemist soundtracks - that's the main staff. I have high hopes for this.
Finished watching Nanoha As. And I now see what you mean - the episode with the dream sequence - that was a good one. I think Fate was one of two aspects that made As better than the 1st series. Hayate was the other one. Girl who never gave up and was able to achieve what everyone thought was impossible. She ahd a lot of heart, guts and compassion. Seeing her cry in the last episode hurt. However, seeing everyone 6 years later was nice and a good ending imo. Although Lindy still seems to be immune to ageing. XD And those one-liners from those staves....damn, they're so hilarious because they're so silly. ^^
I watched the trailer when you posted it in the ISML thread. At least I think that was you who posted it. Looks interesting, though the the trailer was a real tease so I couldn't gather much from it. I'll be sure to pick it up when it releases, my watch list is usually pretty large. :3
Yeah, I'm not necessarily against a violent series. Violence for the sake of violence doesn't sit well with me generally, but I'm definitely not naive to think violence and reality don't mix. I just think it's made 'too cool' sometimes. Things like that made me unable to like Bake, Baccano or Black Lagoon. Actually, movies like the Bourne Trilogy, Black Hawk Down, Three Kings, The Big Lebowski and Pineapple Express are my favourites. Because there was a proper story and characters that made me want to care and because the violence was either a chilling thrill or shocking, but never gratuitious.
What I care about most is characters. I want to be made to have to care about them and be enthralled in their journey. I want a world that is both visceral and beautiful. I want music to touch my soul, a story that surprises me from time to time and has flow and logic to it. Most of all, I like something that challenges me and makes me accept something new/unexpected into my opinions or favourites. Generally I can't watch something half-hearted or easy. I want a series to make me want to remember it for good reasons and to enjoy the 20-odd minutes I give an episode. That's pretty much how I roll.