Although the xxxHolic anime is over, I’m very happy to say that the manga is still very much alive and kicking! Also, to be quite honest, although I enjoyed the anime very much (loved the soundtrack, the consistent high level of story, the Ops and Eds themes), the manga is by far superior for the following reasons: more in depth character development, further complexity of storyline, and great art (I love all the use of black and Yûko’s fantastic outfits!) I just wish people at Del Rey were a tad faster turning out the manga volumes! Volume 8 is not available until December 2006! but Volume 10 is already going to Volume 11 in Japan… The same situation with Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (title of the Manga), it’s already going into Vol.18 but across the Pacific Ocean Vol.11 is yet to make it’s appearance…*HUGE sigh* At least there’s still the alter-Holic Tsubasa Chronicle anime to keep me happy :D! Episode 48 subbed by YGO is already out! Wow!
Unlike the xxxHolic manga and anime, IMO both versions of Tsubasa Chronicles are visually quite consistent with each other! Kurogane my fave! looks sooo hot in both ^.~ I really can’t decide which Kurogane I like more! LOL!
But putting my Kurofan-ness aside, all the episodes of the anime right after episode 43 (where we get a glimpse of Kurogane’s past) seem to diverge from the manga… Episode 44 is particularly cute because it features mainly Kero-chan and Mokona!
And starting with Ep. 48 which is entitled Haou Kaosu” (羽王カオス) or “Chaos, The Winged King” the story arc takes quite a strange turn… Will it be like Piffle World? In the sense that it preceded Shura Country in the anime, but in the manga it was the reverse… I guess we’ll just have to wait patiently and see!
The OP theme for this anime is by MONORAL, and it not only sounds cool but it also looks cool:
The ED theme is Paranoid Android by Radiohead! Very befitting to the overall concept!
Ergo Proxy Factoids:
Directed by Shuko Murase
Screenplay by Dai Sato
Broadcast by WOWOW Network
Started: February 25th, 2006
Ended: August 12th, 2006
The name of the anime is taken from Descartes often quoted: Cogito Ergo Sum (“I think therefore I am”) taken from his most influential work Discourse On Method. If anyone ever had any trouble understanding what he meant should watch this anime! In it Derrida, Kristeva, Lacan, Deleuze, Quattari are actually autorevs (androids) heh, heh, heh! Ergo Proxy is centered on the quest by the main protagonists, Vicent Law and Real Meyer, to answer the fundamental questions of “Who I am?” and “Why am I here?”
This anime has been subbed by Pino-no-Usagi, but I like it so much I’m definitely buying the DVD by Geneon! If you would like to know more about this fantastic series, the article on Ergo Proxy in wikipedia is quite comprehensive and very informative!
Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto is the fourth and final anime I would like to mention. This is a historical shounen anime broadcast by the same people who bring you Night Head Genesis, GyaO via webcast(FREE!). For those people who have a GOOD knowledge of Japanese, all you have to do is register at their website and you can start watching the original broadcast! (However, in order to sign up you do need the postal code of a Japanese prefecture…)
Me, I get my fix from the good folks at Shinsen-subs! The first episode can be a bit confusing if you have no conversant knowledge of Japanese history, so you should read Ciprene’s notes (Ciprene is the translator, and apparently a Japanese history buff ^.^ )
Parts of the animation reminded me of Ninja Scroll, but the story is completely different. Bakumatsu is the period (1853-1867) in Japanese history between the Edo era and the Meiji Restoration, when Japan was forced out of its seclusion from the West by the arrival of Matthew Perry in his four Black Ships or (黒船) kurofune. The anime starts with the events of 1853 and the search of for missing head…
If you enjoy samurai and kabuki theatre with some great fighting scenes, you should watch this! The OP is by Yuki Kajiura, and performed by FictionJunction YUUKA is great! The ED is not too shabby either!
By the way, the “irohanihoheto” part in the title of this anime might refer to the first line of a poem entitled Iroha, written sometime during the Heian era (AD 794–1179). It’s title quite literally an “abc”. Since the poem contains all the characters of the Japanese syllabary once, it’s used to order them! So if you are learning Japanese, you should memorize this poem!
i ro ha ni ho he to
chi ri nu ru wo
wa ka yo ta re so
tsu ne na ra mu
u wi no o ku ya ma
ke fu ko e te
a sa ki yu me mi shi
we hi mo se su
As flowers are brilliant but [inevitably] fall,
who could remain constant in our world? [No one could]
Today let us transcend the high mountain of transience,
and there will be no more shallow dreaming, no more drunkenness.
But you don’t have to take my word for it, just check the article in wikipedia like I did… or ask your Japanese Sensei… Like I did too!