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  • The Rose of Versailles

Pita Ten

Genre: Comedy, Kawaii
Studio: Madhouse

Kotarou has enough problems. Since his mother died and his father is away at work most of the time, he has to be grown up even though he is still just trying to get through elementary school. Fortunately, he has good friends like Ten-chan, the cool guy in school, and Koboshi, the cat-eared girl with a secret crush on him.

But things get more complicated when Misha moves into the apartment next door. Like any good angel, she wants only to be helpful but has a hard time succeeding. Of course Shia, the cute and quiet demon girl who soon moves in with Misha, is very good at being helpful and very bad at being an evil demon, so maybe things will work out okay.

Completed & critiqued

Happy new year 2007!

2007-12-31 23:00

What? It’s already 2008?

Two years without a new review? What sort of cut-rate back-alley wanna-be otaku site is this?

How do you spell QED?

2005-12-03 01:33

2005’s second most popular search term on Yahoo! Japan was ‘google’. It appears that Yahoo!’s search engine is still good for something after all.

The penultimate Ghibli countdown has begun!

2005-11-21 22:21

My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and Whisper of the Heart will be released March 7, 2006.

I understand that Disney wants the releases spaced out to every six months or so, but it would’ve been nice to have a Howl’s DVD available for Christmas—you know, like every other movie that premiered along side it.

Ah, well, this will all but wrap up the original Disney-Tokuma deal films, the sole outstanding one being Takahata’s Only Yesterday. I never imagined Pom Poko would beat it to store shelves.

Ebb and flow, wax and wane

2005-11-21 22:15

2002 was a stunning year for anime in Japan, producing a cornucopia of quality shows, including Azumanga Daioh, Full Metal Panic!, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Haibane Renmei, Princess Tutu, RahXephon, Saikano, and Witch Hunter Robin. I was up to my ears in fansubs every day, in a desperate attempt to keep up with over 20 different series.

2003 followed with some strong series, though not in the overwhelming abundance of the previous year, with highlights like Gunslinger Girl, Last EXILE, Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, R.O.D TV, and Wolf’s Rain.

2004 rolled around, and I found few titles that interested me. That gave me the opportunity to watch some of the shows I had been unable to catch the last couple of years. The trend has continued throughout this year, as well. I don’t actually know whether 2005 has hatched much quality, for I’ve only checked out a couple of anime series, both of which are still on the “to watch” list.

So here we are during the waning phase of both anime quality and my desire to watch it. Maybe that means I’ll have more time to actually finish fleshing out my library comments. Maybe it means I can catch up on my reading.

Ghibli Goodness

2005-02-22 23:02

I picked up my copies of Nausicaa, Porco Rosso, and The Cat Returns from Best Buy today. I’m still upset that technical problems pushed back the release of Totoro and that they replaced it with Ongaeshi instead of Whisper of the Heart. Anyway, it’s great to have new Ghibli DVDs.

I posted my thoughts on the dubs at Anime Academy—they’ll show up here eventually, too.