Archive for the ‘Negima’ Category

Summer 2017 Anime Chart and shows I’ll watch

July 1, 2017

Is Neregate dead or something? Can’t find anyone talking about their Summer 2017 chart and I can’t get to the site.

Summer-2017-Anime-Chart-Final-AniChart

Shows:
– Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ (7/2)
– Fate/Apocrypha (7/2)
– Battle Girl High School (7/3)
– Netsuzou Trap -NTR- (7/5)
– Centaur no Nayami (7/9)
– New Game!! (7/11)
– Hajimete no Gal (7/12)
– Teekyuu S9 (7/12)
– Gamers! (7/13)
– Owarimonogatari (Ge) (7/??)
– Musashino! (7/??)

Other:
– UQ Holder! (9/8)
– Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon Special (9/20)

Movies:
– No Game No Life -Zero- (7/15)
– Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie (7/21)
– Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection (7/22)
– Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Sekka no Chikai (8/26)

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The end of an era (for me)

May 12, 2013

As of this morning, I’ve finished Negima. I know I’m a good year behind, but I’ve been reading it exclusively through the official North American English releases by Del Rey and Kodansha. The English version began in April 2004 and ended in April 2013. This ends a 9-year period of my life.

It’s a little sad, honestly. I don’t think there will ever be another series like this for me. For the last 9 years, this has been my favorite manga series, and I’m sure it will continue to be for some time, if not forever. It’ll always be special to me.

However, it’s not the end of Negima. Starting this month, in May 2013, the Negiho manga series begins its official English run. And maybe Akamatsu will revisit the series at some point. It’s like the final volume said: The future is a blank page!

Spring 2010 Chart is out

February 10, 2010

Courtesy of Chartfag.

So we have the new season’s chart all made up and pretty. Guess it’s time to decide what I’ll be keeping my eye on in the upcoming season.

Senko no Night Raid – Not too sure what I think about this one just yet, but there seems to be a lot of hype around it, so I’m definitely going to have to check it out.

Angel Beats – KEY anime. Kinda have to check it out. It seems to feature a gun-toting Haruhi clone. Actually, it does look pretty interesting, and I’m primarily keeping an eye on it out of interest.

Working!! – Most people don’t seem to have any interest in this. I never see it on anyone’s list of stuff they’re planning to check out. It looks interesting enough to me. Of course, not knowing much about it, all I can say is it looks kinda comedy/slice-of-lifey and those are right up my alley, though not necessarily up everyone else’s.

B Gata H Kei – I have to check this one out on premise alone. I hear she drops the whole “100 partners” idea very soon into the series, but with an opening premise like that, it could still deliver some interesting results, even if most of it drags out without it.

K-ON! Season 2 – Now we’ve hit the big time. Probably the show most looked forward to this season globally. Not much to say here other than yay more silly slice-of-life and hopefully some great new songs.

Kiss x Sis – I haven’t checked out the OVAs for this yet, but I’ll try my best to follow the TV series. Sounds interesting enough, but I haven’t gotten around to touching any of it, even the manga.

Negima! Another World OVA 3 – Too far out there as it stands, but definitely looking forward to it.

Everything else is pretty much going to be watched on a recommendation basis. I have no immediate intention of checking out anything else (except maybe the extended version of Da Capo, but even that will be held off until I can check the opinions of others).

I love this song.

January 19, 2010

Blogging for the hell of it.

This is one of my favorite songs like… ever. It’s a Negima song called “Seinaru Sora no Shita De” (Under the Sacred Sky) and it’s sung by Negima characters Konoka Konoe (Ai Nonaka) and Setsuna Sakurazaki (Yuu Kobayashi). For your viewing pleasure, I embed this excellent AMV.

I totally support KonoSetsu, btw.

Oh, and I dunno when I’ll get around to blogging anything important. I’ve been playing Demon’s Souls and I’m almost done with my first run through, but I may or may not finish it tonight seeing as how the K-ON! OVA has just been released with subs. Probably no later than Thursday.

The Inaugural Post

January 1, 2010

So. Here we are. One guy with a new blog. I’ve been thinking about doing one for a while, so consider actually starting it to be a New Year’s resolution of some sort, and probably the only one I’ve ever really followed through on. We’ll see if I can keep up with it.

So a little about me. I’m a graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, majored in Interactive Design and Game Development. That means I work in video games. Doesn’t mean I’m really good at anything, though. For a few months, I worked with a large game company doing quality assurance on their online payment systems. Unfortunately, a week and a half ago, the office was shut down and the base of operations for that project was moved to California. This leaves me between jobs at the moment.

I’m a big fan of video games, manga, anime, and (more recently) visual novels. We’ll start with a bit of discussion about my favorites.

My favorite video game series is the Disgaea series created by Nippon Ichi Software (NIS).

NIS specializes in strategy RPGs (the ones with the grids, for those not in the know) and Disgaea is their flagship series. It currently has three games and several spinoffs, and the characters from the games make cameos in all of the games released since the very first Disgaea. The most recent entry in the series was Disgaea 3 for PlayStation 3. This quite possibly holds the title of “Daverost’s Favorite Game Ever”, with the only game that can challenge it being the very first Disgaea for PlayStation 2. If you haven’t looked into these games, I wholeheartedly recommend it. The first two have been re-released in their entirety on PSP with additional content and the third should still be easy enough to get a hold of since it’s a PS3 game. Word of warning: These games are hardcore. And I mean HARDCORE. We’re talking a level cap of 9999… that doesn’t really mean anything compared to the equipment you have to build up… which has a level cap of 200… which is done by blasting through randomly generated dungeons.

My favorite manga series is Mahou Sensei Negima!, or Negima!: Magister Negi Magi as it’s called stateside.

Negima is the third series by author Ken Akamatsu. It’s about a young boy wizard who leaves England to begin his real-world magician training in Japan… as a teacher at an all-girls middle school, Mahora Academy. Hijinks ensue. The story starts off in a similar vein to Akamatsu’s previous works, being a harem comedy. There’s fanservice all over the place. The series starts to pick up about 20 chapters in, though, when it starts making a gradual shift to shounen action in the third volume. From the fourth volume’s start of the Kyoto arc on, the series starts picking up shounen steam and becomes one of the greatest shounen series of all time. It’s frequently considered better than any of the Big 3 (Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach), even though it’s less known. The series has a huge cast of well-rounded characters who all get their time in the spotlight, a great artistic style, and absolutely amazing action. It will have you laughing, crying, and going “What the hell just happened? That was AWESOME”. Definitely worth looking into.

My favorite anime is a much trickier subject. Negima’s anime adaptations have been… well… not so good. The first one was faithful to the manga, but had several events out of order and suffered from terrible animation. Animation so bad, in fact, that the animation company had to make an absurd amount of changes for the DVD version just to make the thing marketable. It also suffered from a silly (though admittedly kinda awesome) original ending. The second series started out as a quick summary of the first three volumes of the manga and then branched off into something completely different. The new OADs are faithful, but few in number. There are only 5 half-hour episodes so far. So what’s my favorite? Probably Toradora!

I found this series earlier this year and watched though it. There’s a lot of debate over whether or not it’s good. It starts off with the two main characters, a guy named Ryuuji and a girl named Taiga. Ryuuji likes Taiga’s friend and Taiga likes Ryuuji’s friend. Even though they don’t like each other at first, they decide that teaming up to get involved with each other’s friend is the best strategy. Silly romantic comedy things happen. There’s a huge shift in tone about halfway through the series, though. The comedy takes a back seat to drama. Here’s where the split in opinions happen. The people who don’t like the drama and plot from this point hate the series and the people that do generally think that the second half was the better part of the series. Now obviously, saying that I like this show, you can guess what camp I fall into. I love the show to death and Taiga has become one of my favorite characters. She’s quite the adorable one. I recommend giving this series a shot, but I can’t recommend that you’ll love it to death like I do, or even that you’ll like it at all.

Lastly, visual novels. My favorite of these is the only one I’ve really read so far: Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

This is the third (and fourth) part of the When They Cry series, started by Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. It has no real relation to Higurashi (other than a character (plot-unrelated) and a handful of joke references), so it’s very easy to pick up without knowing anything about Higurashi. The setup for this one is that Battler Ushiromiya, who has been out of contact with most of his family for the last six years, is attending the annual family conference on the island of Rokkenjima. His parents are there to debate over the inheritance from their father, Kinzo, who is on the verge of death. A typhoon strands the family on the island and as the night goes on, mysterious murders occur where it seems possible that no one could have done it. Could it be the mysterious witch Beatrice from the island’s legend? This is a kinetic novel (no choices) that the author describes as a “sound novel” due to its emphasis on soundtrack rather than graphics. The graphics aren’t top-notch, but the music sure as hell is. This VN has the greatest soundtrack of anything ever. EVER. It’s perfect. The novel occurs as a bit of a contest between the readers and the author. The author takes the readers’ feedback and theories and crafts the next chapter in a way that may help them and may throw them off the trail. Currently, part three of When They Cry, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, is complete after episode four. All of these have been translated by The Witch Hunt. Part four, Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru, has recently released the sixth episode and the translation for the fifth episode was released recently as well. I really recommend trying this one out, even if you don’t try out any of the other stuff I’ve recommended so far. If you check out The Witch Hunt’s site, you can find information on how to try out the entire first episode for free (it’s available as a trial from the author). The first episode itself is amazing (although it starts incredibly slow) and it only gets better from there. Please, PLEASE do yourself a favor and try this one out. Oh, and fun fact: This blog’s (possibly temporary) name, “The Blue Truth”, is a term from this VN. The blue truth is a theory stated as a fact. Unless it is countered by the red truth, an indisputable true fact, the blue truth will stick as a new truth, overwriting whatever the actual facts may be. The process of making a claim and having someone else comment in return parallels the blogging process so nicely that I thought it was a fitting title.

So there are several walls of text. That’s a pretty good start to this thing. I know the place looks pretty rough (and very default) right now, but hopefully I’ll have some time later to tweak it to a more professional level of blogging. Here are some things I’m currently working on that you may hear more about from me soon:

Video games: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Anime: To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
Visual Novels: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Until then, thanks for reading and I hope you’ll visit again.