Posts Tagged ‘dance in the vampire bund’

The SHAFT Initiative

April 24, 2010

I just completed a 14-day project I’ve dubbed “The SHAFT Initiative.” The goal was to watch as much anime produced by SHAFT as possible in a short time frame, as well as catch up on related manga.

Prior to the project, these were the SHAFT series I had watched and the corresponding abbreviations/shorthand:
– He is My Master (Joint with Gainax) (HiMM)
– Negima!? Spring & Summer OVAs
– Negima!? TV series
– Negima Ala Alba OVAs
– Negima Magic World OVAs 1-2
– Dance in the Vampire Bund 1-11 (DitVB)
– Arakawa Under the Bridge 1 (Arakawa)

Additionally, these were the related manga series that I had read, by volumes:
– HiMM 1
– Negima 1-25
– Negima Neo 1-4

This is the final schedule of the project:
4-11 – DitVB 12, Pani Poni Dash (PPD) 1-5
4-12 – PPD 6-26, PPD OVA
4-13 – Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (SZS) 1-12, SZS Recap, SZS manga 1-2
4-14 – Zoku SZS 1-13, Goku SZS 1-3, Arakawa 2
4-15 – Zan SZS 1-13, Zan SZS Bangaichi 1-2, SZS manga 3
4-16 – Bakemonogatari 1-14, SZS manga 4
4-17 – REC 1-9 (+7.5), Maria-Holic (MH) manga 1
4-18 – MH manga 2-3
4-19 – MH 1-12
4-20 – Hidamari Sketch (HS) 1-12, HS Special 1-2, HiMM manga 2, Arakawa 3
4-21 – HS x365 1-13, HSx365 EX, HSx365 Special 1-2, HiMM manga 3
4-22 – HS x Hoshimittsu 1-12, HiMM manga 4
4-23 – ef: a tale of memories Prologue + 1-12, HiMM manga 5
4-24 – ef: a tale of melodies Prologue + 1-12

I’ll spend the rest of the post detailing my impressions of the series covered during the project.


Winter 2010 (+Railgun & KnT) Final Impressions

April 11, 2010

I’m sorry it took so long to get this done, but apparently Spring Break and exams screwed everything up for a lot of sub groups. I couldn’t even finish Vampire Bund until Funi’s stream came out. That’s how slow a lot of releases have been. I promise that I never forgot.

Anyway, having finished several shows I’ve watched this season and a couple from Fall that just ended, it’s time to throw out my opinions on the completed series.


FUNimation licenses BakaTest and Vampire Bund

March 4, 2010

Pretty unexpected, since neither has finished airing.

I don’t have a whole lot to comment on here. BakaTest is definitely a purchase for me, maybe even a pre-order, depending on when I buy my usual round of stuff at Right Stuf. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and go watch it. It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while. I do hope that “Baka and Test -Summon the Beasts-” isn’t actually the final title, though. It’s an incorrect/incomplete translation and it doesn’t sound as good as “Idiots and Tests and Summoned Beings/Beasts/Monsters/Whatever.” Vampire Bund, on the other hand, hasn’t really been worth a purchase so far. Unless the remaining episodes absolutely blow me away, I doubt I’ll be buying it, at least not immediately. I may instead opt to pick it up when the price drops or if it goes on sale.

Nice acquisitions on FUNi’s part, but again, a bit disappointed that there is no Higurashi Kai license. And they already lost Toradora. FUNi’s not doing half bad this year, but they’re dropping the ball on a lot of things people actually want. Here’s to hoping the rest of the con season plays out with some more good news.

9 Days of Vampires (or “How I learned to love Chibi Vampire/Karin all over again”)

February 13, 2010

Okay, I’m officially vampire’d out for a while. I’ve been on a 9-day binge of anime, manga, and light novels focusing on vampires. It was part of an effort to catch up on unwatched fansubs and DVDs. The last nine days have been like this:

Friday – Dance in the Vampire Bund manga 1
Saturday – DitVB manga 2-4
Sunday – DitVB manga 5-6
Monday – DitVB anime 1-5, Chibi Vampire novel 1
Tuesday – CV novel 2-3, CV manga 4
Wednesday – CV novel 4
Thursday – CV novel 5, CV manga 5-8
Friday – CV manga 9-14, Karin Airmail scanlations, Karin anime 1-10
Saturday – Karin anime 11-24, DitVB anime 6

Busy, busy, busy. So yeah, I finally caught up on Dance in the Vampire Bund and I’m now waiting for weekly fansub releases and the official manga releases. I also managed to catch up on Chibi Vampire/Karin, a series that I liked, but put on the back-burner for so long I wasn’t sure I’d ever get back to it again. I’ve already posted my opinions on the Dance in the Vampire Bund anime so far (and my opinions of the manga are much higher), so I’d like to take an opportunity to talk about Chibi Vampire/Karin this time.


More Winter 2010 Anime Initial Impressions

February 8, 2010

Well I finally caught up on Dance in the Vampire Bund manga after waiting far too long for volume 2 to ship to me from Right Stuf. However, I had the added bonus of being busy with other stuff before I could get around to it and another order I placed for my birthday shipped volume 6 to me, even though the street date isn’t until the end of the month. Now that I’m all caught up, I feel that I can accurately judge the anime as an adaptation.

Additionally, I checked out the first episode of Katanagatari, which didn’t air until the end of January and couldn’t make my first initial impressions list.


Winter 2010 Anime Chart V3

January 1, 2010

So I guess we’re starting this thing up with multiple posts. I suppose it’s going to be worth a mention ahead of time: I’ll probably use this blog to review a LOT of crap. Anime, manga, games, VNs, whatever I read/watch/play, I’ll probably have something to say about it afterwards. After all, nothing says “blog” more than “my opinion on _____.”

So the third version of the Winter 2010 anime chart is apparently out. This is as good an opportunity as any to discuss the season, which has technically already started.

Now here’s the thing: For the longest time, I’ve been away from the fansubbing thing in general. Most of the anime I’ve watched over the last couple of years has been stuff released on DVD that I had some degree of familiarity with, either from watching the series in subs long before or by having read the manga. It’s only recently that I’ve gotten back into it as a result of having so much free time on my hands at work that I started actually reading a forum that I pretty much just lurked at for a handful of subjects before. This will probably be the first season that I’ve really been back into fansubs for since 2005 or so. So let’s see what’s on the table, shall we?

Chu-Bra!! – I don’t know if this will be worth a crap. I figure it’s worth at least watching one episode, just to see what the hell it’s about. I have zero familiarity with this series.

So-Ra-No-Wo-To – Definitely watching this. “K-ON! at war” pretty much sums up what it looks like. Literally. Someone in the anime production staff got pissed when someone said it looked like K-ON!, but you can’t deny the similarities in design. It’s scary. Anyway, it looks like it could be a good watch.

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu – Don’t know much about this one. The manga caught my eye in scanlations, but I’m not a big reader of scanlations, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reading it. Seems interesting enough, so I’ll give it a shot.

Dance in the Vampire Bund – This is the big one I’ll be watching. I’m more hyped for this one than any other. I recently started buying the manga, but haven’t actually gotten around to reading it yet. I hear nothing but good things and what little I have read by skimming through and in plot summaries seems really interesting. Plus, it’s a SHAFT series. SHAFT is awesome.

Durarara!! – Never watched Baccano!!, though the dub is apparently amazing and it’s on Hulu. It’s on my to watch list. Durarara!! seems to be drumming up a lot of interest from people, though, so I guess I’ll see what it’s all about.

Ookamikakushi – Don’t know squat about this. Apparently it wasn’t a great VN. What I do know about it, though, is that it was written by Ryukishi07, the guy in charge of Higurashi and Umineko, and that apparently PEACH-PIT was involved in character design. Seems like a winning combo, so I’m not sure how it didn’t do so well. I’ll be going into this one with a fair degree of curiosity but fairly low expectations.

Past these, I’m not really that interested in much. Anything else I pick up will be entirely based around hype and recommendation after the fact. I would consider the Fate/Stay Night movie, but I haven’t read the VN yet and I heard the TV series was a wonderful bastardization of it, so I really don’t know much about the series yet. When/if I get around to reading it, I’ll definitely give the movie a shot.

Anyway, that’s it again. Maybe I’ll go longer than a few hours without posting something new this time.