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Old 2004-12-20, 00:51   Link #81
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Again, the war is NOT what the anime is about but it's about the changes she goes through and her relationship, and the consequences of the one on the other.
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Old 2004-12-20, 03:38   Link #82
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well, my only complaint about Saikano is that it seems it's a victim of its own tragedy... The Akemi and Tetsu scenes are simply too powerful and emotional that they overwhelms the final climax, making it more like an anti-climax IMHO... Side-stories overwhleming main plot, side-characters overwhelming main characters... Somewhat like the Asahina Hiroko scene to RahXephon...

Also the environmentalist message seem a bit too sudden and just put there for the sake of... being there...

overall, it's a show about different people at the end of the world.

Personally, I'm just sad that Tetsu doesn't get to sleep with Chise, while Shuji repeatedly sleeps with his wife... such a tragedy....

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It's now official there is going to be a 2 episode OVA to Saishuu Heiki Kanojo
for more information, check this official site (in japanese) http://www.saikano.net/ova/

The title of the OVA : Saishuuheiki Kanojo ~ Another Love Song
Sounds great! So I guess we can have "another love song" besides the "last love song on this little planet"
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Old 2004-12-20, 04:10   Link #83
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Points well observed, dreamless. ^_^.. I do agree that the impact of the Akemi/Tetsu side-story is HUGE, but I disagree that it overwhelms the main plot. In fact, things just move on.. it's not like at the end of the final episode you're still hankering on the Akemi arc; there IS a reason why she isn't mentioned after her part ends. Everything just revolves around Chise/Shuuji after that. You'll probably find this happens in many anime; the saddest arc doesn't necessarily happen at the end of the story, it could happen within it. I can think of Ninku, Bleach, and FMA as examples.

At the same time, I think that the later half of Saikano was pretty messy; and perhaps too improvised. Like how you thought the environmental theme was, which I totally agree with.

And I also completely disagree with your RahXephon comment, because structurally it should *aid* the flow of the story rather than diminish the impact of its end. (MINI SPOILER FOR RAHXEPHON) RahXephon ends on a good note, so it's kind of a " U " structural formation, where the Asano arc could serve as the lowest point..

Meh. I think the OVA might suck.. but who knows. Let's wait and see..
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Old 2004-12-20, 04:21   Link #84
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well, personally I don't really think RahXephon ends on that good a note... but it's quite open to interpretation... However for me the Asahina Hiroko scene
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The problem about the saddest and most emotional scene not being in the end of an overall sad and emotional story is that it makes the ending feel a bit bland and lackluster IMO... especially for Saikano...
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Old 2004-12-21, 02:28   Link #85
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I don't see how RahXephon ends badly even if it was open to interpretation.

Anyways, I think most people didn't see Saikano that way ^_^.
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Old 2004-12-21, 03:26   Link #86
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I don't see how RahXephon ends badly even if it was open to interpretation.

Anyways, I think most people didn't see Saikano that way ^_^.
well, I'm not too sure what "I think most people" you are talking about... but I know a lot of people tend to agree that Chise and Shuuji seem bland after Akemi and Tetsu, and Saikano a victim of its own great tragedy

Of course RahXephon ends GREATLY. Surely it doesn't end "badly". But it surely doesn't end that "happily" as your "U" structure theory seem to suggest
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Old 2004-12-28, 17:57   Link #87
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manga/anime comparison

Wow lots of posts here...I'm trying to avoid spoilers so maybe this is already answered:
how's the anime/manga comparison for this series? Would you recommend one over the other or would you get both? How similar/different are the two?
I know the anime has 13 eps, so far I've seen 7 mangas posted on the official site.
Thanks for all your help.
...goes off to read first manga...I love the art for this!

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Old 2004-12-28, 18:52   Link #88
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More questions: What is the OVA about?
sadly i can't understand what's in the website (www.saikano.net/ova)
Will we see some kind of recap with some filler to the plot or just entirely focus on another different relationship like the title suggest (Another Love Song) ? and who's the girl in the website? i'm guessing she will be the main character?

Can't wait for the OVA
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Old 2004-12-28, 19:53   Link #89
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well, I'm not too sure what "I think most people" you are talking about... but I know a lot of people tend to agree that Chise and Shuuji seem bland after Akemi and Tetsu, and Saikano a victim of its own great tragedy

Of course RahXephon ends GREATLY. Surely it doesn't end "badly". But it surely doesn't end that "happily" as your "U" structure theory seem to suggest
Well, in RahXephon I don't think

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Saikano is different, because the last few episodes spend an incredible amount of time dwelling on the tragedy of Chise's situation and all that. By the end, it felt kind of redundant. Shuji was an alright character, I guess, but I found Akemi, Tetsu and even Fuyumi to be much more interesting than Chise. So I definitely do agree with you in that sense--I felt let down by the ending, particularly after pretty much having my heart broken during

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Old 2004-12-28, 21:33   Link #90
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Wow lots of posts here...I'm trying to avoid spoilers so maybe this is already answered:
how's the anime/manga comparison for this series? Would you recommend one over the other or would you get both? How similar/different are the two?
I know the anime has 13 eps, so far I've seen 7 mangas posted on the official site.
Thanks for all your help.
...goes off to read first manga...I love the art for this!
Hard to say which is better, manga or anime. I think it'll depend on your personal preference (in essence do you prefer books or movies) since both of them are very very good. Usually for a series either the manga or anime is superior but for Saikano I wouldn't know, just get both if you have the chance (I did )
There are a few minor differences between the anime and the manga though. And I did feel that the manga explained a few things better, but that is usually the case for manga as they have the time to do so compared to the anime.
There are only 7 manga btw and the art is indeed gorgeous !
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Old 2004-12-29, 04:19   Link #91
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Well, in RahXephon I don't think

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Hmm... considering the ending scenes of RahXephon, I don't think things have been being "set" as "right" as what you seem to imply.

For Saikano manga and anime, I think plot-wise manga is better, but emotional-impact-wise anime is better. mostly because of the improvements on the Akemi character.
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Old 2004-12-29, 17:43   Link #92
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thanks for the reply. yea, seeing that the manga will take until end of next year (2005) to finish releasing, I'll probably end up picking up the anime. (all DVDs are out!) I finished the first book pretty quickly and only found the second book on the bookshelves when I went back to the store for more. oh well...
I look forward to this anime's merchandise at the next convention.

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Hard to say which is better, manga or anime. I think it'll depend on your personal preference (in essence do you prefer books or movies) since both of them are very very good. Usually for a series either the manga or anime is superior but for Saikano I wouldn't know, just get both if you have the chance (I did )
There are a few minor differences between the anime and the manga though. And I did feel that the manga explained a few things better, but that is usually the case for manga as they have the time to do so compared to the anime.
There are only 7 manga btw and the art is indeed gorgeous !
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Old 2004-12-29, 18:37   Link #93
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Azure : The page says the the OVA will be focused more on Chise's actions and point of view (i'm guessing it'll take place in the same time frame as the main series). And the character is just something they added that comes from the manga.
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Old 2004-12-29, 18:44   Link #94
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thanks for the reply. yea, seeing that the manga will take until end of next year (2005) to finish releasing, I'll probably end up picking up the anime. (all DVDs are out!) I finished the first book pretty quickly and only found the second book on the bookshelves when I went back to the store for more. oh well...
I look forward to this anime's merchandise at the next convention.
Well, i have no clue where you are from but if you are able to speak/read french then you could take the SaiKano manga releases by Editions Delcourt. I have those and am quite happy with 'm, the frnech name of the manga is L'Arme Ultime btw.
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Old 2004-12-30, 07:54   Link #95
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As a small note, the french manga is titled Larme Ultime, which is an interesting translation, since Larme is a tear, thus making the title "Ultimate Tear". But of course, if you read it "L'arme Ultime", then it means "The Ultimate Weapon".
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Old 2004-12-30, 08:47   Link #96
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As a small note, the french manga is titled Larme Ultime, which is an interesting translation, since Larme is a tear, thus making the title "Ultimate Tear". But of course, if you read it "L'arme Ultime", then it means "The Ultimate Weapon".
hey you are right, I didn't notice that, but that might be because my french isn't the best
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Old 2004-12-31, 11:50   Link #97
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The story was interresting till the end, the only thing I though it was litte to much was that Chise everytime was excusing all the time about every little and wothless things .
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Old 2005-01-03, 16:27   Link #98
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Trailer OVA

http://www.saikano.net:80/ova/promo/saikano_ova320.mov
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Old 2005-01-03, 17:04   Link #99
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Interesting seems we'll get more info on how Chise was created and possibly an explanation about the war, these things were not included in the manga however so I wonder if they involved the original creator for this.
Also the art is unchanged from Saikono, which is a VERY good thing
And I really wonder who that one woman is
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Old 2005-01-03, 17:19   Link #100
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Hmm... I think the TV series has explained about the war pretty clearly already?
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