Saturday, June 25, 2005

Review: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Agressor

Title: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Agressor
Official Website: http://www.fafner.jp/
English Release Website: http://www.fafnerdvd.com/
Year(s): 2004
Episodes: 25



Synopsis
Much of Earth has been destroyed by strange beings called Festums who suddenly appeared one day. But an island exists in the Pacific where a group of people has been able to essentially disappear from the map and hide from these beings until one day when they are finally discovered. The island raises its shields and calls for a pilot to control a giant robot called Fafner to defend against the attack.

Review
I know what you're probably thinking. "Child pilots defending against strange beings? Oh great, another Neon Genesis Evangelion clone." Well, not quite. There is a lot to this series and even though there are some similar characteristics, this series is both unique and enjoyable.

First, I have to mention that there has been a lot of debate as to whether or not there is actually a male relationship in this series. The two people in question here are Kazuki and Soushi. It's obvious from the series that the two deeply care about one another but some viewers have explained it away as the two simply being childhood friends. This view is supported by the relationship between Kazuki and another pilot, Maya. However, I still feel there is enough evidence pointing to romantic feelings between Kazuki and Soushi.

With that out of the way, the artwork and the soundtrack, especially the opening song, are absolutely amazing. But, this is a series worth watching not only for the art and music, the storyline is also fantastic and developed though certain points may be confusing at times if you're not constantly paying attention (or even if you have)!

The characters are also well developed and all have distinct personalities and designs. I dare say there are a couple characters you'll fall in love with and maybe even a couple that you'll wish you could just punch in the face.

Overall, this is another great series but I should warn the readers that the male relationship here is more subtle. While it definitely exists, don't expect to see much of it in the show, it's only a very small part of the series. If you don't mind that, and like mecha series, then give this a shot.

Friday, June 24, 2005

News: Loveless Episode 11

Episode 11 of Loveless has just been released by We Suck. The torrent is at http://a.scarywater.net/suck/.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

News: Loveless Episode 10

In case you haven't heard, episode 10 of Loveless is now out and subbed.

If you haven't been watching this series, definitely check it out! It's simply amazing. You can find more information on the series at We Suck's blog: http://we-suck.blogspot.com/

Here's a synposis of the series from Anime News Network:

Twelve-year old Aoyagi Ritsuka lost his only kin when his brother, Aoyagi Seimei, was killed under mysterious circumstances. One day, he meets Wagatsuma Soubi, who claims to know his brother. It turns out that Soubi and Seimei used to be a fighting pair, whereby Soubi was the "Fighting Machine" and Seimei was the "Sacrifice". Now that Seimei is gone, Soubi 'belongs' to Ritsuka who will become his new "Sacrifice". After learning that Seimei was killed by an organisation known as the "Seventh Moon", Ritsuka decides to join forces with Soubi and investigate the truth behind his brother's death.

Review: Gravitation

Title: Gravitation
Official Website: http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Animation/gravi/
Year(s): 2000-2001
Episodes: 13



Synopsis
Shindou Shuichi is a high school student and a member of the band Bad Luck. He's striving to make it big and become a professional singer but things get bumpy when he meets the famous author Yuki Eiri and falls desperately in love with him.

Review
This was definitely an interesting series. We have the cute, but somewhat annoying, Shuichi who falls head over heels in love with Yuki, a rather cold and distant author. Upon their first meeting, Yuki is harsh with Shuichi and tells him his lyrics are garbage but from that point on Shuichi can't get Yuki out of his head. The series revolves around the relationship between Yuki and Shuichi and how it impacts Shuichi's career as a singer.

The relationship between the two is a bit odd though. Shuichi, for most of the series, is extremely immature and whiney. Yuki, on the other hand, is very cold to Shuichi and is generally a complete jerk and treats him like crap. I couldn't help thinking that Shuichi would be better off to just get away from Yuki, especially after having to see Shuichi cry over him in episode after episode.

There is a great mixture of drama and comedy in the series. Just when things are getting a bit too serious, Shuichi will suddenly be pawing away wearing an animal suit, providing a much needed break from the tension.

I really enjoyed the characters. They were all unique and had reasonably well developed personalities. Even the minor characters shined.

Overall, this is a great series and I would fully recommend it.

News: Yaoi Source!

Welcome to Yaoi Source! I'll be using this blog to provide reviews of... What else? Yaoi!

I'll try to post several reviews before I'll be gone for a while. Look forward to it!



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