The Random Thoughts of Triwi


Just a quick post
January 27, 2009, 7:23 PM
Filed under: Anime

Haven’t been around this blog in a few weeks have I?  Usually I update a lot.  Three words will describe the culprit in full detail: World of Warcraft.  Specifically I rolled a Priest and have been healing a new raiding guild so my Anime time has been cut into.  I have been slowly watching some series though instead of all packed into one night like I used to. I got done with Girl’s High (as a guilty pleasure, I watched it. Hey I’m the target demographic: Seinen, so stop looking at me like that!) and am about half way through with Chrono Crusade.  After Chrono I plan on watching Negima (which is a very long series then what I usually watch, if you include the sequels).

I actually got around to buying some manga for fun. I got the first edition of Chrono Crusade and Negima. I still plan on watching the anime’s of course, but I will also read the manga.  Usually there are differences I hear any way.  Expect another 3 part series review semi soon!



Anime Overload (As if that’s possible)
January 6, 2009, 4:20 AM
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So for some reason I got into an even deeper Anime watching mood this past week.  I’ve been watching Anime for a good portion of my life off and on, it’s only been about two years that it became almost an obsession to the point I’m watching full series weekly.  Since Kannagi has ended (well at least until I hope for a second season), and a second season of Haruhi Suzumiya has not blessed us anime fans yet, obviously I go and search a new series.  I can’t recall what lead me to it, but Love Hina was the first on my list.  I remember seeing bits and pieces of the manga and anime when I was younger, I never really did watch it.

After I finished Love Hina, I saw Please Teacher in the “similar videos” on the side.  I remember hearing about that from a commercial way back when it was new, so seeing it was also a romantic comedy I checked that out too.  From there, a small amount of research showed me the sequel, Please Twins which, was another romantic comedy.  It’s not so much the romance part, as it is the comedy part that made me want to watch them.  So I figure I might as well do a paragraph or two about each series.

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Love Hina

The wings have nothing to do with the story, but I think wings are sexy.

The wings have nothing to do with the story, but I think wings are sexy.

Starting up in this past week of my Anime lineup was Love Hina.  I’d like to start this section by giving my quick thoughts on the ever famous war of: Sub vs dubs.  Love Hina dubs for the most part I could tolerate, I’m not much of a critic when it comes to voice acting.  Kaolla Su at first was annoying, it grew on me eventually however.  Something about her yelling “Mecha-toma Three! Go!” made me laugh.  Here’s where I go into my rare dub critic mode.  Of all the voices, it was the main character Keitaro, that got on my nerves.  Perhaps it was the fact that I didn’t feel like reading much, cause I was having a caffeine hangover from new years, but I stuck it with the dubs the whole way through.  Keitaro’s nerdy voice as the series went on, annoyed me more and more.  The rest of the cast didn’t really get to me, but the fact Keitaro is the main character, I would suggest going subs, that is if your not having a caffeine overdose at the time.

Other then the voice acting, I thought it was an enjoyable series.  I felt it had a very good balance of drama and comedy.  Lets not forget plenty of fan service!  The various scenes of Naru, or most of the other girls screaming out “YOU PERVERT” and launching Keitaro into the atmosphere never got old.  I could tell almost right away Naru would have been the girl from when he was a kid, that he made the promise to, I think that’s pretty obvious.

Overall, I would highly suggest this series, both for the drama and the comedy.  I think the story telling was pretty well done.  The OVA’s however seem to be a little under the standards as the rest of the series.  Kanako right away becomes a very annoying character, and even though she and Keitaro are not related by blood, she is still psychotic.

Please Teacher

Main cast of Onegai Teacher.

The main cast of Onegai Teacher.


Please Teacher was next on my list.  We’ve all heard stories about a student having some kind of a relationship with a teacher.  Please Teacher is the same basic idea, except the teacher is a half alien and the main character is actually 18 in a 15 year old body.  The series I found to be pretty funny.  The storyline I found to be pretty bizarre.  Anything from having to marry your teacher to cover up the fact she is an alien, to Ichigo actually being 21, there are plenty of moments that will give you a double take effect.

I again watched the series in dubs, for some reason they were easier to find and better video quality at the time.  I did not find any real serious problems with the English voice acting.  Please Teacher however, does have its faults.  The story line itself, while it is decent, I couldn’t help but feel it was lacking in some way.  I can not exactly say what, but in the end the story felt a little underwhelming.

In the end, Please Teacher was an interesting series, complete with a LOT of fan service.  Considering it is a short series, if you have not already seen it, might be worth while if your interested in something short.

Please Twins

The three main characters of Onegai Twins.

The three main characters of Onegai Twins.

Please Twins is the sequal to Please Teacher, set in the same town yet two years later.  I thought it was pretty neat that they used most of the characters from the first series.  Please Twins was not as much of a bizarre story in my opinion, compared to its prequel. The fact however both Miina and Karen were falling in love with Maiku, and one of them was a relative, could be rated as bizarre however.  It’s the fact that one of them was not related that was a catalyst for these feelings.

I think you can guess that I watched this in dubs as well.  Considering I did not have a problem with Please Teacher’s dubs, I figured these would not be a problem as well.  They were not a problem like I thought, but right away I could recognize the voice actor that played Maiku.  Johnny Yong Bosch, who was also the voice of Ichigo from Bleach,  Lelouch from Code Geass, and Itsuki Koizumi from Haruhi Suzumiya, seems to be in a lot of major parts.   It’s only a matter of time before I hear his unique voice as another main character.

Please Twins story line, just like Please Teacher, felt a little underwhelming.  Perhaps it’s because i’m just coming down from watching Haruhi Suzumiya and Code Geass, that I feel a little more picky on story lines.  Yet again like Please Teacher, I would suggest giving this anime a shot if your searching for a short series again.  Of course watch Please Teacher first, this is the sequel!  While not necessarily important, it adds a lot to the story.  This sequel too, gives you a lot of fan service, so that is a plus.  Who doesn’t like a lot of fan service?  It can be over used yes, but I doubt for my tastes it will get that far.

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Well thats about it, I got three more lined up to watch.  Those three would be Crest of the Stars, Chrono Crusade, and Negima.  The first two were recommended by some people I know, Negima I found by chance while surfing Anime News Network.  I took a peak at all three to see if I should go sub or dub.  I can tell both Crest and Negima’s dubs are very poorly done, so I will be going the sub route.  Chrono Crusade however, have not compared those yet.  Might as well go subs while I’m at it though.  Which one will I watch first? I guess I will flip a coin, and by coin I mean, some freaky three sided coin I just made up.