RDrake’s anime roamings


Mainline standard with a twist?
November 30, 2006, 2:24 pm
Filed under: Anime, D-Grayman

Today I talk about D.Gray-Man. I know it’s kinda late in already, nine episodes as of now, but I had problems, so shoot me…

When I first heard that this was going to come out, well, I was slightly disorientated. The manga has been pretty much begging me to read it at the shop, but I kept dismissing it…Well, anyway, the release of the anime got me going and I read the first four books of the manga.

Won’t go over that too much since it’s not today’s focus, but yea, it seemed good enough to make an anime out of, and that was before episode one hit the net.

Now to go on with the anime, well, I’ve watched till episode eight to date, not enough time to do episode nine yet. I’ll try not to compare the anime to the manga too much, but that, really, is tricky. The anime, for most part, sticks to the manga, just switches the timings, and things like that around. This is both good and bad. Bad in that there’s always the possibility that manga readers get turned off when the anime screws up something in the manga that was just so great. The good part? Well, if things go right, there’ll be no filler episodes. (HAHAHA! To all those stuck with Naruto and Bleach fillers…). Such is the amount of drag there is on manga chapters, they’ll need all the time they can get to actually finish following the manga…that’s not too bad too…

Well, to start off, I’ll assume that most people already watch it, and thus shouldn’t have a need for me to put up a storyline, so I’ll skip that. What the manga excelled in this storyline area was that it put together quite some emo-ish charged scenes (not negatively), that stirs up alot of the readers emotions. (There I go, I thought I said I wouldn’t do that…). The anime isn’t quite so adept at this, it just can’t seem to pull it off as well. (I said as well, it can do it, just personally not as well as the manga. Thus first timers to the show aren’t affected). Allen Walker gets degenerated to just yet another Shounen main character if the full extent of his feelings aren’t made true, and that is just sad…

Character design? Nice. It seems that everyone is pretty much wearing gothic uniforms, the building castle they live in is all black…And yea, they’re the good guys, though the baddies aren’t much different in their tuxedoes and fancy dress…

Overall animation quality is…moderate, I guess. It’s not too shabby, but compared to stuff like Haruhi, yea, you get the point…

A very much outstanding factor for the show though, would be it’s choice of OP and ED. Just about everywhere I go, people are saying that Innocent Sorrow by Abingdon Boys School and Snow Kiss by Nirgilis are their top two OP/ED picks for the season. Just to note, if you think the TV size version of Innocent Sorrow is good, the full version of it, well, kicks ass…

Well, more to come on this great anime soon. And no, it’s not just another shounen. For one, I don’t expect it to drag like Bleach and Naruto…

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Hiatus? Maybe…
October 6, 2006, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Anime, D-Grayman, Manga, Rants, Shin Angyo Onshin, Web

Eh, yes, I might not be around for a while. So maybe I won’t be putting up any new posts, until mid-November maybe. Could be gone awhile. all because of the exam, see.

In other news. I want to rant against the Indonesians…Just give me a line or two, won’t take long. CAN’T YOU GUYS DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE HAZE?!!! I INTEND TO KEEP AS MANY OF MY BRAIN CELLS AS POSSIBLE! DON’T KILL THEM WITH YOUR GIANT BONFIRES!!

In any case, I’ve been going through quite a bit of manga recently. I’ve taken the time to go through almost 10 books of Shin Angyo Onshin. Mistake. Do not read Shin Angyo Onshin when you are tittering into depression. It’s not exactly very happy a series. It was just so emotional, and not just because certain people die and all that. It’s one big bandwagon of disillusionment in a country fallen into chaos…But enough of that. I want to read more before going on.

Also, in response to the latest hype over the new D-Grayman anime, I went over to the bookshop to read the manga. It caught my eye before, but not enough until now. Well, what can I say. It’s WAY better than Bleach at least. The art can get slightly messy, especially during action scenes, but that’s very well made up for by the sheer emotional play inside (which was sorely lacking in Bleach…). Also, it also pawns Bleach thanks to this simple equation. Linali>Orihime. Don’t kill me for that…