Summer 2009 First Impressions: Umi Monogatari

So the first episode sure lived up to its description – to a T. A ring falls into the sea, two mermaids find it, return it and then certain events lead to one of the mermaids accidentally releasing a demon seal (although it was actually not on the sea floor). That’s what they said the show was going to be about, and that’s what we got. Now to figure out whether there’s enough to like to keep watching over the next eleven episodes.

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Persona 4 is the most fulfilling game I’ve ever played

Chie, Yukiko, Rise and Naoto playing games

There’s only a handful of games that have gripped me completely. Knights of the Old Republic is the first that comes to mind, for its tremendous story and gameplay. Ocarina of Time is up there, simply because it was the first game in which I felt completely immersed in a 3D world. Half-Life 2 is up there, partly for its story and gameplay and partly because when you talk about "cinematic" gameplay, no game does it better. And then there was Persona 3 FES, which caught me completely by surprise, but melded elements of RPGs and dating sims so perfectly, and so addictively.

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Makai Senki Disgaea Impressions – Just 3 Years Late

Apparently the Disgaea anime adaptation came out in 2006, but I only recently found out about it. Plus, since I only recently played the game less than a year ago, I give myself the benefit of doubt for writing a 3-year late impressions post. Pffft, not that I need to in the first place.

Disgaea anime Flonne Etna Laharl
Are there any better animation studios out there?

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A Father’s Day Special – Eleven anime dads worth mentioning

Happy Father’s Day! This is a continuation from my previous Best and worst anime moms post, we now turn to the dads in honor of Father’s Day. Like I mentioned before, anime dads tend to be a more diverse bunch than anime moms. So generally, they tend to be a more interesting bunch (although arguably worse parents). Here are some I thought were deserving of some ink based on shows I’ve seen and my memory.

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K-ON! episode 12 – This is not the finale suckas!

Billing this episode as the finale is sort of misleading. More of a marketing ploy than anything. So the next episode (the real finale) is disconnected to the main storyline. Big whoop. It’s not like K-ON! is a real tightly wound, serial show where you have to see the previous episode to figure out what’s going on. Ad while it is a finale as far as their performances go, when you’re not animating the performances for all but one or two of the episodes, you’re not going to miss out on it just because it’s not in the thirteenth episode. Anyway, my bitching ends there, because I really liked this episode. Despite a couple short instances of forced drama – KyoAni did a great job keeping K-ON from devolving into melodrama (like too many slice of lifes seem to do) and staying true to its roots. And while the final performance was no God Knows, I was still quite content with it.

k-on mugi radish eyebrowsk-on ui taking care of yui

k-on-mugi-bunny-costume k-on-yui-azusa-yukata

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