Tsuyokiss ~ CoolxSweet


I’ve already made a post on Summer vs. Spring Anime ‘O6; this is to expound on what I’m probably going to watch (or am already watching), though this is by no means a complete or exhaustive posting. I’m leaving that up to this site.

Series I’m totally watching and finishing:

Honey and Clover II – this is a series I’m definitely watching until the end. The first season was simply majestic, beautiful, wondrous, amazing, [insert positive adjective here]. From what I’ve seen of the second season, this doesn’t change, if ep2 was any indication. The same holistic balance between levity and gravity, between comedy and drama, is still very much present.

Series I’m willing to give a try:

Bokura ga Ita – I don’t know much about the story. Since it has Akitaroh Daichi as the director, it’s good enough for at least an episode.

Tsuyokiss – It’s a romance. I love watching romances, but after seeing the raw of the first episode I was let down. I’m trying again, this time with the subs. Some of the girls look hot, so I’m not giving up on this series so easily.

Zero no Tsukaima – I may download an episode. Mahou shoujos are quite common and cliched, so I’m not expecting much from this.

The Coyote Ragtime Show – I love action as well. Since some people compare this (albeit negatively) to Cowboy Bebop and Black Lagoon, that’s enough for me to at least give it a try.

FLAG – Well, I’ve been talking about this a lot (see here and here), so I’m definitely watching at least an episode whenever I’ll find one.

Series I’m probably not watching:

Binbou Shimai Monogatari – a lesser form of Grave of the Fireflies. No.

Zaizen Jotaro – even worse than Gundoh Musashi. Think about it.

 

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Whenever you lie down in your bed, mean to sleep only for a short while, and get up some six hours later, it’s a sign that you’re so damn tired. For the record, I’ve only slept for some three hours yesterday and four hours two days ago and did a humongous requirement yesterday; that’s perhaps why the only thing I can post about is my take on FLAG‘s popularity. Anyway, having that much-needed rest, let’s jump back to anime, shall we?

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I noticed that after the spring renaissance of anime (come on, they aired 50 series!), it was followed by a summer that was mediocre at best (in general). Honestly speaking, a lot of would put Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu on top of Tsuyokiss ~ CoolxSweet or Binbou Shimai Monogatari, among the two anime I’ve noticed to have been discussed and dissected often. Haruhi Suzumiya was simply a wave of popular opinion, excellent animation, character depth, and a new take on stereotypes that was well-received by many; its trump card, however, in my opinion, was its animation. The story wasn’t anything to dance about: it simply defaced common notion and turned it around on itself, which has been done already by some other anime as well (in a much better way, I may add). The animation, however, was among the best. KyoAni definitely outperformed itself, and Hirano Aya as Haruhi Suzumiya, if not for the extremely apt speaking voice, pwnt as Haruhi’s singing voice. I mean, come on – who seriously didn’t fall in love with either Bouken Desho Desho, Hare Hare Yukai, or God Knows? I mean I disliked the show, but I know good voices when I hear them. Hirano Aya goes beyond good for me, and she has been the one who has made the show tolerable to watch, at least for the first four episodes. Everytime Haruhi opens to Bouken Desho Desho, hate is tempered with love for that girl’s voice.

Then again, Haruhi’s the type of anime that only come once in a while; add to that greats like Black Lagoon, RAY the Animation, and Ouran High School Host Club, and you definitely have a successful season. It also helped that the choices of the spring season were myriad; and because the anime producers, etc. needed to compete with one another to grab a spot in the ratings that’s at least profitable, they also at least tried to produce quality work because of their competition.

Honestly, this time around, the only anime I see that’s really worth watching is Honey and Clover II. Those who saw the first season know how awesome this anime is, and it is one of them. Other than that, there’s probably Kemonozume (forbidden love is always majestic and FTW) but no headturners like spring, really.

Next time, I’m using OpenOffice or FireFox to write up my articles. It’s pretty hard in Opera when you have to type the tags still. Also, a big thank you very much to NoName. I realized how much I lacked sleep.

I’ve had quite a backlog of anime these past few days; after seeing Honey and Clover, a lot of anime just don’t seem as interesting anymore. I’ve rewatched the first season yet again, and I can’t really say that I’m dying for the anime that’s coming this summer, except of course for the second season of Honey and Clover. I have watched raws of some of the anime recently premiered, however, and aside from H&C II I’ve watched Tsuyokiss ~ CoolxSweet.

Since I love romances, let’s just say I was all in for Tsuyokiss. After watching (or rather, skimming) the first episode, I decided that I had to watch it subbed. There are some anime that you can watch raw and still understand what happens for the most part, like Ergo Proxy, because despite its philosophy and pretension, it still has a flowing story. Since I don’t enjoy it much that I need to watch it subbed, I just watch it raw, watch what happens, and then watch the next episode after blogging the previous ones. Not that I don’t enjoy it at all – that’s different. I really do enjoy watching it, just not to the extent of holding myself to waiting for its subs after watching its raws (like H&C II, for example). I guess it’s just so-so in my standards.

Since I feel I’d enjoy Tsuyokiss (I’m a damn romantic), I’m definitely waiting for its subs to come out. And from what I’ve seen, it all seems like good fun. I love happy romances (I do like watching AMG), but I LOVE~LOVE well-written tragic ones (like Shingetsutan Tsukihime, and Honey and Clover, to an extent). It seems most anime this summer (in Japan) for me wasn’t as good as the spring season. I’m still waiting for Kemonozume, though – it reminds me of Tsukihime’s forbidden love, as there is love here between a monster and a human. (I also liked the Tenshuu Monogatari arc of Ayakashi ~ Japanese Classic Horror, so I usually like these types of stories.)

when the only solution to love is death, it's bound to be a great anime.(a romance is bound to be great when the only solution to a forbidden love is a sacrifice far heavier than life and death itself)

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On other things, I guess Akihabara@Deep wouldn’t arrive until 2009. This anime intrigues me, because Nickelodeon helps in producing it. That’s like expecting a Christian channel to show porn, really, and I was that surprised. Anime in Nickelodeon is such a farfetched thought that I’d simply like to see how they would pull it off.

Has no one seen FLAG or its trailer? What do you guys think of it? I’d also like to know.