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Old 2008-02-11, 12:58   Link #1
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Crystal Blaze / Glass Maiden

12 episodes. Main broadcast on Chiba TV; repeaters somewhere up in UHF covering most of the nation, and it's already in overseas solicitation; Official Engrish trailer is here.

Production by Studio Fantasia, who are notable for involvement in old classics (A-ko 3, Final, Vs., subcontracting on Otaku no Video and Gunbuster), old things that used to be considered classic (Nuku-Nuku), and new... not so classics (Aika, Stratos Four, the Yukikaze spinoff where the planes were girls).

Staffwise, director, script, and character designer are the same as Saikano, with Tomioka Atsuhiro, the writer for Samurai 7 and Ray, also being involved. In addition, mechanical design is by Kagawa Hisashi (Soukou no Strain, Stratos Four,) who's also covering art direction; sound direction is Kameyama Toshiki (Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei, Hidamari Sketch, Nanoha Strikers)

Characters are: Shuu (Miki Shin'ichiro, Gundam 00 "Lockon Stratos"), Akira (Ueda Yuji, Rurouni Kenshin "Sagara Sanosuke"), Manami (Arai Satomi, Z Gundam theatrical "Fa Yuiri", Ayaka (Takahashi Mikako, Honey and Clover "Yamada Ayumi"), Sara (Kobayashi Yu, Negima "Sakurazaki Setsuna"), Porilin (Rokkaku Seiji, apparently was in live-action Train Man), Kitoh (Inoue Norihiro, Master Keaton "Keaton"), Kirie (Sawashiro Miyuki, SZS "Sekiutsu Maria Taro"), "Sensei" (Maruyama Eiji, Moyashimon "Sawaki's grandfather"), Monica (Itoh Miki, Dragonball Z "Android 18"), Sophia (Chiba Saeko, Mai-Hime "Natsuki Kreuger"), Lawrence (Kusumi Naomi, Guardian of the Sacred Spirit "Mon"), JJ (Takahashi Hiroki, Death Note "Stephan Giovanni").

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A corner of near-future Asia.
A world where through the manipulations of national governments, freedom and eqality have been established as mere pretenses.
"The Trash City" Lags Town, an assemblage of all peoples composed of those whose lives have burned out.

This tale, playing out in the symbol of false glory, Lags Town, is a near-future detective story shown through gun action and sexy action.

The Lags Town Jack-of-all-trades "S&A Detective Agency".
Its members are Shu, who stands against the powers that be through pulse-pounding incidents even though it's forced him out of society, and Akira, a complicated, beautiful young man.
And the young detectives-in-training, high school girls Manami and Ayaka.

Unfulfilled, Shu lives day-to-day as a detective, when he meets the amnesiac heroine Sara. Investigating an incident which rocks Lags Town, he takes new steps forward with friends who accept his past.
That drama plays out in a hard-boiled and stylish detective story, symbolised by the Smith and Wesson model 29 and the '80 Trans Am.

During discussions between Shu's actor Miki and producer Tsukino, the concept of "creating an animation that stirs real emotion, which even adults can enjoy" was struck upon.
Through the twists and turns of the five years since production began, with attention to script quality and character design, Miki's wish has been met.
Also, through further discussion with Miki, special attention has been paid to his feedback on particular castings and art.

The director, known for her work on "Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team: Miller's Report" (1998) and OVA version "She, the Ultimate Weapon" (2002), is Kase Atsuko.
Animation production will be handled by the source of many original hits such as "Stratos Four" and "AIKA R-16", Studio Fantasia.
Apart from these, famous actors such as Ueda Yuji, Sawashiro Miyuki, and Kobayashi Yu are lending their talent to enhance the distinctive personalities of the characters.
As well, the stage and television actor Rokkaku Seiji debuts as a voice actor, playing Porilin, the mama of a crossdresser bar in the city's seedy underbelly.
Possibly cool, but probably pure fangirl bait.
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Old 2008-02-11, 13:26   Link #2
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I wonder why they chose to have two official English titles for it.

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Old 2008-03-11, 23:24   Link #3
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Promo video here

or watch this:

Looks pretty good.

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Old 2008-04-08, 15:09   Link #4
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I'm not sure what to think, but I'll certainly be here next week. A mystery. Some action. Decent animation. Some good (and some over-the-top) voice-acting from Takahashi Mikako and Arai Satomi. Miki Shinichirou's voice just great.
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Old 2008-04-09, 11:27   Link #5
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This looked like a trainwreck to me, mostly because Manami was so annoying. I will give it a try if a sub appears soon due to the cast being full of seiyuu that I like but I don't have big hopes.
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Old 2008-04-09, 14:58   Link #6
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I definitely have to get used to Manami. I'm also tuning in next week to see how it goes.
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Old 2008-04-10, 12:59   Link #7
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Old 2008-04-10, 18:34   Link #8
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So ummmmm, is it jsut me or does it kinda look like speed grapher
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Old 2008-04-12, 08:03   Link #9
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the 1st episode was so so, it's hard to see whats gonna be like... it's beginning of the april, almost every show will be subbed, once the fansbs determine which ones are popular and which ones suck, they will stop subbing for the crappy shows.
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Old 2008-04-13, 02:46   Link #10
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Yeah I didn't like Manami too, she made this episode fail a bit.
Even then, I think it has potential, like the jazzy blues feel of the OP and ED.
Still not totally sure about the whole premise but heres hoping they manage to make it a good mystery action flick within 13 episodes
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Old 2008-04-15, 21:07   Link #11
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Oh, a sub has been released by Hitode-AnimeSS
I'll take a look at episode 1 and see how this one turns out.
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Old 2008-04-15, 21:58   Link #12
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Go go awkward extended censorship...Felt like the smoke coming from the car at the end was less from any damage inflicted and more for the need to concoct a way to continue to keep her covered.

Wasn't too horrible overall though...Nice OP/ED songs and some of the dialog in the first half was snappy. Kinda dragged in the second half though...Guess it gets the old SOP of 3 episodes before come to any judgments.

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Old 2008-04-15, 22:18   Link #13
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The intro seems good enough though, don't cha think so? ^^

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Old 2008-04-16, 00:58   Link #14
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lawl , this feel very very much like a city Hunter remake.

other than that ep 1 was interesting , I just regret nobody has given Manami a slap , because she freakin deserve it !
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Old 2008-04-16, 04:23   Link #15
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I'll watch this if I can get a confirmation that Manami will die (or leave) at some point. Her voice is so annoying.

Anyway as for the episode it self, the first 3 minutes (not counting the opening) was definitely interesting but after that, not so much.
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Old 2008-04-16, 04:48   Link #16
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the first ep was o.k,
nothing special yet but theres a chance for some proper story..
the annoying girl is pretty much the only minus thus far..

should mention that while it's not technically written anywhere this anime is pretty much a gonzo production, that is almost all the staff is from gonzo..
thats why the animation style and artwork probably reminded people of some of gonzo's productions..
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Old 2008-04-16, 06:36   Link #17
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I was under the impression that it was supposed to be a serious show.

I guess I was wrong.It looks like a standard detective story with boring comedy.
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Old 2008-04-16, 06:46   Link #18
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I was under the impression that it was supposed to be a serious show.

I guess I was wrong.It looks like a standard detective story with boring comedy.
Yeah, I thought the same thing. I found this to be pretty disappointing; I was hoping for something fairly hard edged- not that I mind the comedy - but this was a terrible mish-mash of styles that committed to nothing and ended up failing at everything. The poor animation didn't help much either.

I might give episode two a look but only if I've run out of stuff to watch. Which doesn't seem likely to happen as this season is pretty crammed full already.
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Old 2008-04-16, 08:23   Link #19
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Mmh i have watched only the trailer and,frankly,i'm not really impressed..atm i'm DL the first episode hoping to see something cool ^^
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Old 2008-04-16, 20:01   Link #20
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Manami has the most annoying voice ever. Literally, in all anime I've ever watched, it is by far the most annoying.
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