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Season 2 of this anime is finally ended! Episode 26: The Wings Of Tomorrow ( Ashita he no tsubasa 明日へのツバサ) aired in Japan on November 4th…and all the episodes have been subbed into English! Bringing the infamous Chaos arc, which started with Ep.48, to an end.

I say “infamous” because this partcular arc did not find much favour amongst the fandom! Personally, I thought it was a bit of a wishy-washy arc with very little storytelling and in the end you have two guys slugging it out in combat! (Maybe I was a bit annoyed cuz I didn’t to see enough of Kuropon in action <_<) On a more positive note, the episodes looked very nice and the OST they used is very pretty!

Overall, Season 2 IMO was not as good as S1 in terms of consistent storytelling. It was mostly made up of fillers which followed the pattern of search feather, fight, leave. Having said that, this season also contained my favourite episode in the entire series: Episode 40, where we get a glimpse of Kurogane’s past! Also the filler with Kero-chan embarking on a grand adventure with Moko-chan was soooo cuuuteee! Another good filler ep was the one with everyone in chibi form. That was hilarious!

So…yeah! S2 wasn’t THE greatest thing ever, but it’s still very watchable. Worth the bandwith needed for all those downloads!

DOWNLOADS

Wow! These YGO guy’s are faster than I can announce ’em! Episode 47 and 48 are ready too! The torrent for a complete batch release of S2:eps. 27-52 is available in their website. (Just scroll down to their November 27th entry)You can download episodes 41 to 46 from Yugioh directly! It’s a whopping 1 Gig worth of anime! ;)

If you only need ep 46, you can get it at sendspace (Keep in mind that it’s a direct download, not a torrent!)

yukohalf.jpgAlthough 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!

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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!

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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!

As for the people wondering about the header I’m using, it refers to my most favourite anime ever! Ergo Proxy

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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
Geneon, Manglobe
Broadcast by WOWOW Network
Started: February 25th, 2006
Ended: August 12th, 2006
23 Episodes

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!

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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!

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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!

Finally! I thought I would never get to this post! In any case, it promises to be a bit longer than I thought, so I divided it into two. Part 2 will follow soon! The complete episode is out!  XD
Enjoy!

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As usual my stuff can be found at fanfiction.net or Other FF8 Stories

OMG! Finally! You can find it either at fanfiction.net or my site!

Enjoy the read!

I’m currently working on the next chapter: Congestion. As a hint, the title totally summarizes the chapter!

I’m also working on the next episode of SeeD and the City: The Shoe Dilemma. It should be posted soon! I just needed to resolve some issues before I sat down to write the entire episode… ( I usually write little side notes before I actually sit down to write the entire thing!) ;)

Mini Update:  Shoe Dilemma will be posted sometime definitely before Friday!

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Back on Track with the story!

Okay! I got my anime fix (not quite out of the way, but at least under control :D). I would like to dedicate this preview to the Advent of Necromancer readership! It’s my way of saying…“I’m working on it!… Please be patient!…”

I was going to include the traditional Quistis/Seifer pic, but then I realized… Hey this chapter is all about Zell! As I didn’t have much time to fish around for a nice Zell pic, I decided to use the theme of the chappie as an image! For those of you who would like to see a pic of Zuleima, I’ve included a drawing of her on the char profiles (filed under First Generation)

On a side note, for the people interested in Wembley’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the World! you can add your five gils in the ongoing “discussion” between Wembley and his Editor! You can role play a disgruntled reader of Timber Maniacs! ;)

Signing off!

Cheez ^.^

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moro.gifMini-update: The entire torrent for all 24 episodes which consists of 3.7 Gigs can be downloaded from mininove… If on the other hand, all you require is Episode 24 try this link, it’s a direct download.

For those who were desperately looking to download xxxholic 24 or ‘Side Story’, FUNIMATION has licensed or thinking about licensing the series so Mishicorp had to take it off their tracker, but if you would like to watch it, all you have to do is go to: mininova and do a search. It should appear…even as I am writing this post, it showed around 800plus seeds and as many leechers ;)

Hello, everyone!

Please enjoy this new posting! The next chapter, Sand, will not be ready until probably the third week of October or even the end of October to be realistic!

Cheez