Summer 2009 First Impressions: CANAAN

I know nothing about the game. So CANAAN was one of the summer series that I knew nothing about, but had somewhat higher expectations for, due to some solid general buzz. Did the first episode live up to expectations?

Canaan scaling a dragon
Don’t mind me. All part of the act.

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Summer 2009 First Impressions: Umineko no Naku Koro ni

The summer’s most anticipated series kicks off with a bang, or at least a vicious slap (~uu~). Have the tables been set for another thriller, mystery masterpiece from 07th Expansion and Studio DEEN? Or are we in for an underwhelming experience like the latest Higurashi OVA? I have no clue. That was just a rhetorical question. It is just the first episode. Thus, this is a pretty spoiler-free writeup. Normal format will follow in the subsequent weeks.

Rosa slaps Maria
Mother of the Year.

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Summer 2009 First Impressions: Umi Monogatari

So the first episode sure lived up to its description – to a T. A ring falls into the sea, two mermaids find it, return it and then certain events lead to one of the mermaids accidentally releasing a demon seal (although it was actually not on the sea floor). That’s what they said the show was going to be about, and that’s what we got. Now to figure out whether there’s enough to like to keep watching over the next eleven episodes.

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2009 Summer Anime Preview – way better than the crappy Spring preview!

My only goal for my summer preview was to do a better job than I did with the winter preview, in which I skipped mention of certain shows that I ended up watching anyway, clearly showing my lack of prophetic skills. Thankfully I set the bar pretty low then. If you have any thoughts for further improvement in the inevitable fall preview, feel free to drop a comment.

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Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood… Playing it up for laughs

I’m enjoying the new Full Metal Alchemist, but episode to episode, I’m still not sure what to make of it. Take episode 9 for example. I loved the lighthearted scenes between Ed & Winry on the phone, Ross & Brosh’s insubordination, and just about every scene with Maes Hughes. But I really dislike how they’ve apparently adopted the Soul Eater style of ruining dramatic moments with silly non-sequiturs or inappropriate artwork.

Case in point, the scene where Al confronted Ed about his body and his memories was getting pretty damn intense. And then they popped in these shots of Al, with his silly face on. And suddenly I was cracking up and the whole mood was blown. Which is a shame, because Winry’s subsequent flashback was tremendous, and one of the rare moments where I thought the new FMA handled an existing scene better than the first FMA.


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