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 Post subject: Spring 2008 First Thoughts
PostPosted: March 6th, 2008, 12:04 pm 
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This thread is meant to host your comments and expectations about next season's upcoming series.Given the period of the year, it goes without saying that the focus here will be on everything belonging to Spring 2008 anime.

However I found this season even worse than Winter 2007/2008. Just take a look at the list down there...

1. BUS GAMER
Another bishounen anime made by Kazuya Minekura. I actually liked Gensomaden Saiyuki but this one seems to short(3 episodes). Maybe I should give it a try. Prediction: May watch it

2. Golgo 13
Although I never watch it movies and OVAs, I think this one will be good even I did not like the character designs(Osamu Tezuka-ish).Old GAR always win.
Prediction: MUST watch it!

3. Ikuze Gen-san
While still no synopsis available but I'm pretty sure this is a shounen according to its promotional poster. It just looks too cute and kiddy for me.
Prediction: May not watch it

4. Kyou Kara Maou! 3rd Season
Its a shoujo anime. Yes that was right. This show just for girls. While I don't have anything against this anime but I'm not interested on it either.
Prediction: Will never watch it

5. Allison to Lillia
A World War 2 anime? However I'm quite interested on it since WW2 is a very rare setting for anime. While I'm not interested on its character designs but I'm sure this one will be good, if I heard someone say so.
Prediction: May watch it if I heard something good about it

6. Kanokon
A harem/ecchi anime! I knew it. Numbers of episode still unknown possibly more than 20. I hate to make comparison but Rosario + Vampire(another harem/ecchi show) have better character designs than this one. I just wait anyone else will say about this one.
Prediction: May not watch it

7. Zettai Karen Children
Looks similar to Powerpuff Girls. Three super powered girls possibly fighting “evil”? I think I’ll pass. However, I do kinda like the retro styled artwork… no idea if it’ll be like that for the anime though.
Prediction: May not watch it

8. Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
The only show that I looked forward to besides Golgo 13 since I already seen the first season. Hope it will not suck since the first season ended with cliffhanger.
Prediction: Must watch it!

9. Nabari no Ou
While the premise for the story sounds utterly ridiculous, I may keep my eye on this one simply due to the "I'm going to be the king" thingie. Possibly Naruto and Air Gears of 2008.
Prediction: May watch it if I heard something good about it

10. Soul Eater
Another shounen show. Since I never saw its manga, so I decided let the others judge it for me.
Prediction: May watch it if I heard something good about it

11. Vampire Knight
Another video game adaptation with supernatural theme after Persona -trinity soul-. I'm not a huge fans of vampire thingies but then I let someone else judge this show for me too.
Prediction: May watch it if I heard something good about it

12. Monochrome Factor
I really feel that this is a very typical shounen. In addition, I do not really care about shounen as usual, so this is out for me but it just looks so...yaoi.
Prediction: May not watch it

13. Uchino 3 Shimai
This anime is based on a very popular parenting blog on three sisters? You must be joking. I don't think any fansub groups interested on this show.
Prediction: Will never watch it

14. Kamen no Maid Guy
Another butler show after Hayate Combat Butler?! Except the guy's not a butler.. but a maid wearing a mask?? This could be a riot or be complete crap.
Prediction: May watch it if I heard something good about it

15. Kaiba
I don't people going to be interested on this but Mamiko Noto will be there as seiyuu.
Prediction: May not watch it

16. Crystal Blaze
This show still a mystery to me. I don't any screenshots of it except the picture of a gun and a glass of whisky.
Prediction: May watch it if I heard something good about it

17. D.C. II S.S.~Da Capo II Second Season~
I never saw the first season and I'm going to watch the first one either.
Prediction: Will never watch it

18. RD Sennou Chousashitsu
Sounds like cyber punk. I am steam punk guy, so not my cup-of-tea.
Prediction: Will never watch it

19. Himitsu Top Secret
Philosophical science fiction but the character designs seem shoujo-ish.
Prediction: May not watch it

20. Toshokan Sensou
NERD WARNING!
Prediction: May watch it if I heard something good about it

21. Wagaya no Oinari-sama
Male versions of Spice Wolf? The character designs just too yaoi-ish for my taste.
Prediction: May not watch it

22. Nijuu Menzou Musume
Aya Hirano + BONES!!! Sound like a good recipe!
Prediction: May watch it if I heard something good about it

23. To Love-Ru
I don’t live in the Love Hina era anymore. Sorry, no offense. Just no more.
Prediction: May not watch it

24. xxxHOLic Ke
Not fan of CLAMP and not the fan of the first season either.
Prediction: Will never watch it

25. Kure-nai
Possibly the weirdest show in this season. I'm not fan of this weird thingie.
Prediction: May not watch it

26. S-A ~Special-A~
Another Ouran! But with more female characters and possibly less comedy.
Prediction: May watch it if I heard something good about it

27. Junjou Romantica
Sorry, I don’t do serious yaoi. Jokes in Genshiken and Ouran are about as far as I go. *looks instead to the Shoujo-ai/Yuri DVD shelves*
Prediction: Will never watch it

28. The Tower of Druaga ~the Aegis of URUK~
RPG adapted series? Sorry for my cynicism, but I have never seen a single RPG adapted anime that actually looks good and works well.
Prediction: May not watch it

29. Itazura na Kiss
Another shoujo...I'm loss for my words...
Prediction: May not watch it

30. Neo Angelique Abyss
My yaoi-loving friends has been hyped up by the knowledge of such an anime. Me? I do not waste time watching something simply for bishies.
Prediction: Will never watch it

31. Kyouran Kazoku Nikki
More shits and giggles is always good, but probably not worth watching.
Prediction: Will never watch it

32. Amatsuki
Not a big fan of Japanese history, not a fan of Gintama either.
Prediction: May not watch it

33. Blassreiter
I already sick with zombies.
Prediction: May not watch it

As a shoujo-ai/yuri fan, this season is disappointment. Maybe I should wait to this summer for Fourth Season of Maria-sama ga Miteru and Candy Boy.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2008 First Thoughts
PostPosted: March 6th, 2008, 3:53 pm 
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Oh, I was hoping it was a sorta philosophical thread... pity. 8)

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33. Blassreiter

:D AHAHAHAHAHA!!! :lol:
I will take a look at that just for the German title of it - which is a (baaaad) literal translation of "pale rider".

Is Mr. Eastwood after zombies now? :?:

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I don't have all that much time to watch anime, so the fact there doesn't seem to be many stand out series doesn't bother me as I'll only be watching a few series anyway. On that note Code Geass is a must watch for me as well, I'm also looking forward to Macross Frontier.


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I must also express my enthusiasm for Macross Frontier. GEASS 2 should be good also but I'm not liking what it's time slot could do for the content of the show.

And while I doubt the second Haruhi Suzumiya series will air this spring, it doesn't hurt to hope does it?

Oh and Amex_Yohko, what do you have against Cyberpunk?

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CODE GEASS 2!!!! :mrgreen:

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The Mecha specialist in our club suggested Code Geass for our weekly Anime shows, holiday program, but it was rejected because the three members who had seen it said it was a clichee-fest, bringing up every single overused one which had somehow been present in Anime since the beginning of all times. Or something.

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spazmaster666 wrote:
Oh and Amex_Yohko, what do you have against Cyberpunk?


Actually I dislike(not hate) watching anime and playing games that take place in apocalyptic future. "Cyberpunk" is the term I used to describe it. Forgive me if I wrong.

S-A ~Special-A~ is another show I look forward to even though I already knew it's a shoujo and Ouran-ish. According to my friend in other forum, he said that this show is more KareKano than Ouran. I hope he was right since I never saw its manga before. Because I don't to take any risk with this one, I let someone else say a good thing about it.

I also agree that second season of Code Geass may not as good as its first season or about the same. I hope it will have a true ending unlike its first season where it ends with cliffhanger.


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I had heard some people use "Cyberpunk" to describe the GITS movies, which definitely arn't apocalyptic.

Wikipedia tells me this:
"Cyberpunk is a science fiction genre noted for its focus on "high tech and low life."
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Cyberpunk plots often center on a conflict among hackers, artificial intelligences, and megacorporations."

That sounds right.

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The setting of a Cyperpunk scenario often looks apocalyptic, but since the world is usual "only" on the brink of some form of catastrophe (natural disasters, mechas/AI running wild, economic breakdowns, resource wars), you can at best call it "pre-apocalyptic".
I think pending destruction is an important element but it's usually (?) not executed.

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I've always taken cyberpunk to be a genre with a much greater emphasis on the interplay between technology and humanity. Cybernetics, virtual realities, artificial intelligence; these are common themes which are normally explored. Cyberpunk does not necessarily have to be dystopian, although dystopian societies in which the traditional 'organic human' is derided or largely abandoned are common in a lot of Cyberpunk stories.

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Zaxares wrote:
I've always taken cyberpunk to be a genre with a much greater emphasis on the interplay between technology and humanity. Cybernetics, virtual realities, artificial intelligence

Good add-on. None of the so far given definition bits actually imply the human/machine interface concept.
I took the notion for granted, but it should of course be mentioned as well.

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i always see cyberpunk as apocalyptic. for example i would not consider dennou coil as cyberpunk... though i am most likely wrong. ergo proxy would be cyberpunk for me. style has a play in it for me.


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Amex_Yohko wrote:
Actually I dislike(not hate) watching anime and playing games that take place in apocalyptic future. "Cyberpunk" is the term I used to describe it. Forgive me if I wrong.

S-A ~Special-A~ is another show I look forward to even though I already knew it's a shoujo and Ouran-ish. According to my friend in other forum, he said that this show is more KareKano than Ouran. I hope he was right since I never saw its manga before. Because I don't to take any risk with this one, I let someone else say a good thing about it.

You're right that cyberpunk series/movies generally take place in dystopian futures (i.e. Blade Runner, Bubblegum Crysis, Serial Experiments Lain etc.). However, they aren't necessarily apocalyptic. A "dystopian" future is not the same as an "apocalyptic future." Cyberpunk generally portrays the consequences of rapid advancements in technology that result in war or other conflicts leading to society chaos and decay. Hence "dystopian." But again they aren't necessarily apocalyptic. Ghost in the Shell for instance is classically cyberpunk because it takes place in a society where high technology and societal decay is evident but yet not apocalyptic. The world isn't coming to an end but it certainly is in a more chaotic/fermented state.

Then there's postcyberpunk, which is often characterized by protagonists that try to change the state of society for the better. Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex falls into this category.

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I also agree that second season of Code Geass may not as good as its first season or about the same. I hope it will have a true ending unlike its first season where it ends with cliffhanger.

Well with CODE GEASS (as well as Gundam 00) Sunrise is basically taking a 50 episode anime and splitting it into two seasons. So basically the "end" of the first season is really just the midpoint of the series. So it's not so much a cliffhanger by design but it ends up being one just because of the way Sunrise is spacing the series out.

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