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Old 2007-04-11, 07:17   Link #141
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Preliminary Thoughts on ~sola~ Ep01:
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Cheers.
Now that I have watched the fansub for Ep01,

Random Thoughts on Ep01:
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  • I LOVE THE BANTER BETWEEN MATSURI AND YORITO! Both were so equally cutting with each other, in a teasing way, and it felt natural. I am a fan of battles of wits, and some of the lines said were golden, like Yorito telling Matsuri she needed to stock up on her favourite drink because it was sure to be removed from the market soon (a subtle way of saying that the drink was horrible).
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  • Dozens of theories are flying through my head, and I am bewildered as to choose which train of thought to follow. I am starting to wonder whether the girl in the flashback is in fact the Rozen-Loli, with the staggering man with the walking stick being her guardian (the one hunting Matsuri).
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  • Speaking of which, the dialogue between the Rozen-Loli and Hunter-man was amusing as well.
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  • Just a minor complaint but... why don't their clothes get wet in the rain?
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  • I like the fact that Yorito does not stammer when confronted with beautiful girls, does not blush profusely in the presence in beautiful girls, and can actually hold normal conversations with them. We need more leads like this, and Yuuichi.
All in all, sola is living up to my expectations. I enjoy romance series like this where the dialogue is engaging and the leads are likeable. Comedy through witty banter is always a plus.

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Old 2007-04-11, 08:44   Link #142
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I still think that...

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Old 2007-04-11, 08:48   Link #143
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Well, now that I have watched first episode, my feeling are mixed, it certainly wasn't bad, but not good either... last few minutes saved a lot. Vampire was my first thought too.
And I got a tons of Rozen Maiden vibes, is she a real girl or doll?

But this looks interesting, so I will be following this.
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Old 2007-04-11, 09:25   Link #144
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Having recently watched the j-drama 'Taiyou no Uta' and played the fan translated game 'Red Shift', my first impression was that the girls weren't so much vampires as they are just people who are afflicted with a disease that makes them very vulnerable to sunlight. I mean, if Matsuri was a vampire, wouldn't she exhibit her paranormal powers when she was being hunted?

Though Matsuri being hunted is a mystery if all she really has is a disease. Maybe it's really rare and these people want to do research on her?

Still, overall a good show. While the first episode didn't wow me as much as say, Darker than Black, I'm still looking forward to this series's future episodes more as there's more unanswered questions.
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Old 2007-04-11, 09:33   Link #145
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Actually I thought Yorito's dedication to the sky is kinda cool and romantic. He is having fun and I'm sure he gets lots of satisfaction taking pretty pictures of the sky. Not sure about his school grades, but at least he is a good kid and don't go around getting into trouble.

It's pretty obvious that the sky will be the common thread linking the few characters together. I like the part in ep 1 where Yurito taught Matsuri about the different names of the skies and clouds and she was whirling in circles repeating the names and imagining herself under the vast blue sky. Having read a little of the manga no spoilers from me , I'm also looking forward to see the scenario in chapter 3 animated.

Anyhow, I'm curious why Yorito has so much passion for the sky, perhaps it's for the reason orion suggested earlier in the thread or perhaps it's something else. Whatever the reasons, my guess is that it's important to the story. If ep 1 is anything to go by, the mood and atmosphere seems to be one of the stronger points of the anime, yeah I'm looking forward to see how the story plays out.
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Old 2007-04-11, 09:39   Link #146
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Wait. Manga? I was under the impression that this anime was not an adaptation, or is the manga a parallel release?

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Old 2007-04-11, 09:56   Link #147
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A manga drawn by Abeno Chako is starting in the next issue (released on 20/1/2007) of the seinen(young men's) manga magazine Dengeki Daioh
The manga started in January, but it should count as a parallel release. Of the 3 chapters I've read, most of it is similar to what's shown in ep 1 with the anime being more detailed. Most notably, the part which I mentioned about the names of the skies and clouds was not in the manga.
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Old 2007-04-11, 10:12   Link #148
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I am VERY interested in the show, *grabbed by the first episode*
Probably my favorite this season.

Though, it seems to feature Naru Nanao's works more a little more often than it should..=\
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Old 2007-04-11, 10:15   Link #149
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So, finally my most anticipated show of this season started. Watched episode 1.

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Above, the impressions I posted 1 week ago after having watched the raw. Now that I've watched the sub, nothing is changed, also because the dialogues were really light and all in all I had lost just a few phrases, but nothing important.
I'm watching a fairly consistent number of spring show but I'd place this at number 1.

You guys are going far with speculations (neh.. orion ? ) for having watched one episode alone. But yes, one thing that left me wandering at this second watch was the vision of Matsuri in the daylight over the hill.
The vampire theory is not the only one, though it remains the one I see as most likely... if only for the hunter.. (or maybe he was... a doctor trying injecting a vaccination as she's fearing shots? ^^). Interesting to see a Rozen Maiden in the series as well, anyway I'm not sure that being is a human, and it's yet to see whether she fears daylight as well (she only appeared in the dark).

As Skane, I too noticed how rain doesn't get people wet in that town, and that's quite interesting ^^

Oh, and I found very funny the next episode preview, with the shiratori and Yorito only saying words ending with "gumo" (cloud) and consequently Mana always forced to say words starting with "mo" .. but that aside, loving the sky in the way he does is very romantic, I have to say.
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Old 2007-04-11, 11:59   Link #150
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Wait. Manga? I was under the impression that this anime was not an adaptation, or is the manga a parallel release?
sola is a media mix project, spanning a manga, an anime, and supposedly a PS2 game (perhaps somewhat similar to what the mainstream game industry has been attempting with projects like .hack and Code Age. In response to a weak market, they're trying to launch new IPs by simultaneously releasing content on different forms of media).

To clarify, eroge creators Naoki Hisaya and Naru Nanao aren't directly working on the anime or manga, so this might as well be viewed as an adaptation of sorts. Nonetheless, as a media mix project, I'd imagine that quality control will be more stringent than your typical adaptation or spinoff (for which the goal is usually to milk an already popular IP at lowest cost).
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Old 2007-04-11, 17:07   Link #151
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The first episode didn't interest me much... The protagonist has an annoying voice and it doesn't look like he's going to be bitten by the vampire girl anytime soon. It's also just too full of anime clichés... and the guy's fascination with the sky is lame. (it's obvious where that's going )
Pretty much had the same opinion of the first episode didn't really pique my interest much. Seriously that boy has a Sky fetish going on lol. Overall the first episode was decent.
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Old 2007-04-11, 17:27   Link #152
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I can sort of relate to the main character on this -- I also like to take neat pictures of the sky when I'm able to. Of course I'm not even 10% as dedicated to it as he is, though ;D
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Old 2007-04-11, 17:36   Link #153
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Hey - at least he seems a decent guy who doesn't lose 99% of his thinking capability when confronted with a girl Other than his fascination with Sky (which borders on obsession ) he has the potential to be a great male lead, imo.
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Old 2007-04-11, 17:40   Link #154
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he has the potential to be a great male lead, imo.
In a world with Matsuri, I'm confident I'd have all the potential to be a great male lead as well!

And now that I watch it well... wow, I like your avatar better than mine, feels like a perfectly executed ... own-goal

Since I'm here, I also wish to thank Doremi for the audio drama, the preview and - of course - episode 1. They have great merit for having gotten me gradually interested in this great series.
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Old 2007-04-11, 17:47   Link #155
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Old 2007-04-11, 19:06   Link #156
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am i the only guy watching this?????
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Old 2007-04-11, 19:21   Link #157
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Am I the only one gettin Mai Vibes from Yoritos Sister?
In a word - no!
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Old 2007-04-11, 19:33   Link #158
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am i the only guy watching this?????

Maybe... Who knows... It's a big world out there...

Must be pretty lonely sometimes...
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Old 2007-04-11, 19:46   Link #159
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Ugh, I don't know. The first 6 minutes or so were interesting ( up to the part where Yorito and Mana took the bus to the hospital), because I thought the character interaction and general presentation was pretty good (My favourite scene was in the classroom when Mana rejected the doll).

I didn't enjoy the rest of the episode. That mysterious guy and Shinku-Seki didn't really hook me like they were probably meant to. I'll try a few more episodes.
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Old 2007-04-11, 20:19   Link #160
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Ep 1.

Didn't think much of this, but that's because hardly anything was introduced. This could very well be one of those series where you need to see at least half of it before you can even form a first impression, and with one of Kanon's writers at the helm, it could well be the case.

I like the tone of the series... no comic relief or crap like that. The character interactions are genuine, but so far we know virtually nothing about the characters (which is to be expected after a first ep). The atmosphere is good, and while the animation is acceptable, sometimes the character art goes a touch out of whack (never so much that it becomes distracting though). But, since we know so little about this, it's hard to have an opinion at this stage. Oh well, even if it does bomb (and I'd be a little surprised if it did), at least we'd get to hear Noto Mamiko in a lead role. I could listen to her voice all day

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Having recently watched the j-drama 'Taiyou no Uta' and played the fan translated game 'Red Shift', my first impression was that the girls weren't so much vampires as they are just people who are afflicted with a disease that makes them very vulnerable to sunlight.
So, I wasn't the only one who thought "Taiyou no Uta" while watching this. Obviously, with the introduction of <insert "vampire" here maybe> hunter, it's not going to go down that path, but I really wouldn't have minded if it did, since Taiyou no Uta was quite a good film. I think I'd have really dug this show if it was just romance and nothing else. It's yet to happen, but I can easily see the action element becoming a convenient, unwelcome distraction.
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