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Old 2009-03-07, 13:30   Link #101
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I've been putting off this show for far too long and, like endless2010, I'm also in love with it after five episodes. It feels as though I'm watching a charming cartoon version of Jane Goodall growing up among the lizards in the mist.

I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, while growing steadily aware of deeper political-social tensions brewing just beneath the surface. I like it!
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Old 2009-03-07, 21:24   Link #102
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Despite some of my complaints with this show, I'm actually enjoying it a whole lot. I still think it a shame that this could have been better with a different director (pedantic nature aside, the character mannerisms are far too stereotypical anime-ish), but, yeah, the story and the characterization have been truly absorbing.
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Old 2009-03-07, 22:01   Link #103
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Old 2009-03-08, 14:12   Link #104
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Oh. My. Goodness.

Episodes 6 and 7 catapulted a children's fable into epic territory that I've not seen in anime for a very, very long time. O___O

I do believe I've just found my sleeper hit for the year. The heart-rending impact of Episode 7 is what Claymore's Episode 8 ought to have had on me back in 2007. It's hard to recall a time when I've been stunned this speechless by how well a story arc has been handled, and by how beautifully Erin's aesthetic elements come together to support its tale.

Production I.G has struck solid gold again with novelist Nahoko Uehashi. The amount of socio-anthropological knowledge she's brought into this story is steadily becoming apparent. Like many others, no doubt, I had thought Erin to be a pleasurable side project she indulged in while working on her epic Moribito series, but it turns out to be a worthy story on its own, exploring another set of themes, not least of which is Man's relationship with beasts.

My anime-viewing prospects for 2009 suddenly look a lot brighter now.

By the way, bee-sting therapy has been documented before. Take a look here, for a small peek at how it works in real life.
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Old 2009-03-08, 16:40   Link #105
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This anime is defiantly at higher level than anything I've seen in a while. I loved the way the aftermath was handled in episode 8. Good stuff. I'm not sure where they are headed from here, but I'm excited to find out.
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Old 2009-03-08, 18:01   Link #106
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...Episode 8 gets a 10/10 for fart lecture.
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Old 2009-03-09, 18:36   Link #107
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Surprisingly informative, and definitely endearing -- I'm still not sure I have enough staying power to follow it for 50 eps, though. XD For a short summary/screenshots of episode 9..
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Old 2009-03-10, 20:28   Link #108
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Soyon will be proud to know she raised such a great daughter.

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Old 2009-03-10, 22:48   Link #109
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Soyon will be proud to know she raised such a great daughter.
Erin pulled a Chagum, actually.

In any case, she seems to have wandered very far from home, and ended up in a country where the staple cereal is wheat rather than rice. So, even if she had the means, she wouldn't know how to get back (assuming she still wanted to, after all that had happened).
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Old 2009-03-14, 17:53   Link #110
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Old 2009-03-14, 22:49   Link #111
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Old 2009-03-15, 06:16   Link #112
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I guess Erin has a new sugar daddy... literally.
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Old 2009-03-15, 09:24   Link #113
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i dont know, the fart guy really put me off, if this is how the series continues im putting it to rest for a while...
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Old 2009-03-15, 10:58   Link #114
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Can anyone take a guess at how Erin's name might be written in kanji, given that it means "Wild Apple"?
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Old 2009-03-15, 13:57   Link #115
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Erin isn't a Japanese name, so no kanji is used. I don't know where he got the wild apple meaning from, though.

Also, I absolutely love John. Not only is he kind, but incredibly knowledgeable. I felt so sad for Erin when she started shaking though. It was so touching - no child should ever have to feel as helpless as that.

Then again I just got done watching Aishiteruze Baby so seeing a child even sneeze would be touching ><
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Old 2009-03-15, 21:11   Link #116
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Episode 9 was a nice episode. John is just a nice guy. I'm not sure how his corny humor will hold up after 2 or 3 more episodes, but we will see. I did have a problem with the fansub since at some points the subtitles were taking up half the screen, but I'm not sure if that was just my computer or if it was the file.

BTW, Erin means "Ireland". I believe it's actually a Celtic name. John was probably just trying to cheer Erin up by telling her the "wild apple" thing.
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Old 2009-03-16, 04:37   Link #117
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BTW, Erin means "Ireland".
Wouldn't that be 'Eire'?
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Old 2009-03-16, 11:10   Link #118
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I was wondering about the wild apple reference too...couldn't find any other places that mentioned the link. ._.

Both have been used in the past, it seems -- from dicty.com
Erin
ancient name of Ireland, from O.E. Erinn, dat. of Eriu "Ireland."

Ep 10 was..hrm..well. Screenshots here, but I missed
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Old 2009-03-17, 14:11   Link #119
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Episode 10 is really nice.

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Old 2009-03-17, 16:58   Link #120
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Amen! too bad that like you said such thing will not go with the spirit of the anime.
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