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Jul 8th 2013, 19:30
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Jul 8th 2013, 18:25
hino, Sosuke and Genpachi set out to a rural mountain to retrieve a set of dolls for Finnegan. Shino treats the errand like a mini vacation until he learns that the doll maker, Norikiyo, has gone missing! Media files:
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Jul 8th 2013, 18:00
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Jul 8th 2013, 13:56Romantic comedies are a popular anime genre, but few do either comedy or romance better than . The series consists of two seasons, an OVA, and two episodes from an unreleased third season, and it's based on a successful manga series that ran over 345 chapters. The story revolves around two oblivious and star-crossed protagonists, Tenma Tsukamato and Kenji Harima, and their increasingly complex love triangles.
At the outset of the show, we're introduced to young Tenma, who is infatuated by a classmate, Oji Karasuma. Unfortunately, Karasuma is both eccentric and na ve, and all of Tenma's efforts to attract his attention tend to fail. Meanwhile, Harima is a class rebel and bad boy who is incapable of acting on his affection for Tenma. Add in a colorful cast of classmates, all of whom seem to harbor strong - and occasionally very mixed - feelings toward each other, and you have a recipe for a deliciously convoluted screwball comedy.
The greatest strength in School Rumble is its characters. Harima in particular is impossible not to love: Ostensibly a tough guy, he's quickly revealed to be an affable screw-up with good intentions whose actions always backfire spectacularly. Other notables include high-intensity, socially inept martial artist Haruhi Hanai; the exotic and affluent Eri Sawichka; super-humanly strong but utterly na ve female wrestler Karen Ichigo; and fourth-wall-breaking, scheming lesbian Akira Takano.
Aside from its engaging characters, School Rumble creates situations that are genuinely hilarious. Where other romantic comedies fall back on crude sexual innuendo, School Rumble often reaches for the more unexpected jokes. In places, the storyline is strained well past the point of total absurdity, but it's so fun that you don't mind going there. It's also an anime surprisingly and refreshingly devoid of most fan service. That little nudity there is in the show is almost always played for laughs, and the story relies instead on the "will they or won't they" tension that makes romance so engaging.
In terms of the animation itself, there isn't much here to write home about and the art is starting to show its age a little bit, even if the scenarios are fairly timeless. That said, the characterization is strong and memorable, borrowing a few stylistic conventions from and blending them seamlessly with traditional elements. The subtle comedy within the art also matches the quirky script beat for beat, making a lot of the scenes such as those above stick in the mind quite vividly.
To be sure, School Rumble relies on a number of well-worn tropes, like the bad boy with a heart of gold, the friend zone, and conflict created by misunderstandings. Overall, every conflict in the story could be solved if characters could simply communicate with each other. But the characters are so well-made that their communication failures grow organically from their personalities, and even the most absurd situations are fully earned through stellar writing.
Jul 8th 2013, 10:00
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Jul 8th 2013, 00:02
Unholy Women is a three part horror compilation from 2006. Each short deals with some sort of paranormal, surreal, and imaginative subject matter, ranging from an evil monster who relentlessly terrorizes a young apartment tenant to a woman with half of her body mysteriously concealed inside a sack. Production credits include Takashi Shimizu who's widely known for his ghostly tales including the Ju-on series. He also wrote the final segment in this creepy compilation.
We start off with a short titled "Rattle Rattle" directed by Keita Amemiya. It's shot in digital and has an obviously low budget, but this doesn't stop it from being one of the best horror shorts I've seen in a long time. A women is dropped off at her apartment complex by her fiance and shortly after she encounters a horrific female spirit who makes a rattling noise when she's near. Our apartment tenant is chased around the town by the spirit and some of the scenes are truly frightening even with it's low budget. Soon we begin to learn details of who the spirit is and why she's hostile, leading to a surreal twist and a satisfying ending.
The second segment, "Hagane," is probably my favorite. A quiet teenage boy works at an auto repair shop when his boss tells him that he should take his sister on a date. The boss shows a picture of a pretty girl so the boy agrees. Our first hint that someone odd is going on is when the boss is at home and we see him pumping some sort of liquid into a sack which covers his sister's upper body. The next day the boy picks up the girl; confused by the bag, he just goes with it. They humorously go on a date eventually leading back to the boy's house when we get more hints about the truth of the girl's upper body. She's a sadomasochist, eventually wanting to be beaten and also beat the boy, using knifes and dart guns that come out of her sack. I can't help but feel there's strong Sogo Ishii influence; the color palette, the surreal nature of the subject matter, it has Sogo Ishii all over it. Anyways, once we're done here we're lead to our final chapter.
"The Inheritance," written by Takashi Shimizu and directed by Keisuki Toyoshima. In my opinion this is the weakest of the three. It's slow and generic; it's a simple ghost story with an old formula. I usually tend to lose interest at this short since the first two were so strong.
Unholy Women is an awesome horror trilogy and I strongly recommend at least watching Rattle Rattle and Hagane. Those two are so great and unique to the genre and it's so refreshing. Other horror trilogies like Rampo Noire or Three Extremes are great too but I'm start to lean towards Unholy Women being my favorite. Definitely try and find a chance to check it out.
Jul 1st 2013, 20:51
Dai travels to Malaysia to experience Sepang F1 track first hand. Along the way, we catch up with Manabu Orido who makes an exciting announcement. Enjoy Dai's travels and make sure to subscibe. Music: "Digital Heart," "Broken Star," and "China" by Lukhash Available at Jamendo.com Behind the Smoke Season 3 (BTS3) is a web reality series about 2011 Formula Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara. The cameras capture Dai and his team on and off the tracks. BTS3 is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire. GTChannel is a CAR.VIDEO.NETWORK on YouTube with over 15 Million monthly views and 100 partner channels. Go to our http://www.youtube.com/gtchannel channel to check out our videos and partner channels. Media files:
Jun 18th 2013, 18:21
After beating Danny George and his high-powered Mazda Miata, Dai earns a spot in the Top 16, where he faces Matt Field. Coming in a little too hot, Dai makes a mistake in their first run, but will it be enough to get eliminated or will he move on to the Top 8? Music: "The Sword of Affliction" by L.N. Krigg and "Tonight" by Lukhash Available at Jamendo.com Behind the Smoke Season 3 (BTS3) is a web reality series about 2011 Formula Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara. The cameras capture Dai and his team on and off the tracks. BTS3 is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire. GTChannel is a CAR.VIDEO.NETWORK on YouTube with over 15 Million monthly views and 100 partner channels. Go to our http://www.youtube.com/gtchannel channel to check out our videos and partner channels. Media files:
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