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I haven't been keeping this up lately and I feel a bit bad, so time to catch up on things. Because I've been watching a lot of anime lately.

Guilty Crown - Ending

I finally steeled myself and watched the end of this anime. From the beginning it has been such a huge emotional roller coaster, it was really hard to watch more then one episode at a time, but when I stopped I had this ache and need to watch more. After the first season a lot happens and it would take me forever to explain. But in the simplest terms, this is one of the best - I think - Anime depictions of what a person would go through in a war. The whole journey of the main character is just heart breaking.

I would be tempted to say that this is the Evangelion of our generation, more because of the journey. I don't see it becoming as epic as Eva is to a lot of people, but the parallels in the stories can't be ignored and the ending of this series isn't full of crack, it feels real. I'm tempted to say I'm not happy with the ending, but it's so realistic, that I know it's just because the ending hurts.

And damnit Guy! How the hell did you manage to redeem yourself?! I was all resigned to hate you for all you did but in the end you got me back. How the hell?!

In conclusion... watch this series. It's not only an amazing story, but the art and the music weave it together into a stunning image. It's not earth shattering like some of the anime I've seen, but it's still really really good, all things and heart ache considered.

Kids on the Slope...
Yep, still hooked. Still watching and on episode 8 now...

No. 6, Episodes 1-7

Shion is a brilliant student who just happens to, one night, help a fugitive about his same age. Several years in the future Shion runs into the same fugitive, Nizumi, as he discovers a parasytic bee that appears to be infecting people in his futuristic utopian city and sucking the life and youth right out of them.

This series, which I started watching thanks to a music video I found, is really really good. I'm sad to find out that it's only 11 episodes long and the only reason I haven't watched it all yet is because two of the episodes aren't listed on hulu and I have to find time to watch them on Crunchyroll instead. (Read: I have a crappy computer). But this series is really good at illustrating the two very different characters that are drawn together by circumstances. The underlying plot of the city, No. 6, and the bees is interesting, but the central part of the story is the two characters and how their personalities are reflections of the worlds they come from. I can't wait to see how this anime ties it all together in the end and really need to watch more of this now!

Date: 2012-07-08 09:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mikastyle
I really like Guilty Crown and I wasn't sure what I was going to think of the ending either. Or if Guy was going to be able to redeem himself-- yet somehow he did. I did really like how they made it more realistic, as you said, particularly considering how damn weird the whole thing was. I still think Mana was fucking nuts and that Guy never should have tried to help her or anything but I do also understand that he was trying to end the unending cycles.

One of the things I liked the most about this was that the main character saw actual physical consequences to everything. I was a little confused by what happened in the episode to lead to his loss of sight at the end and had to have someone explain it (because my assumption was wrong, I think) but it was overall interesting.

By the way this is Lina's friend Ais (starlite_gone) at the account I made over here with, randomly, a different username. Because I'm confusing like that...

Also this is the only icon I have on this account at this time so ignore it as having anything to do with this comment XD

[Edited to add]
Whoops, I got so distracted (I'd meant to reply here with my lj account through openID and had forgotten I had made a DW account so when it automatically signed me in I got distracted explaining to you who I am) that I forgot to mention these two other things---

1) I've already forgotten, but are you watching Natsume Yuujinchou?

2) Have you watched Mirai Nikki?
Edited Date: 2012-07-08 09:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-07-08 10:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mikastyle
Stupid thing! I had started to write a reply and it somehow erased it so this won't be as in depth.

I can't recommend enough Natsume Yuujinchou. It's seriously one of my favorite series ever. It's beautiful both as a story and has very nice, pretty animation... the main character, Natsume Takashi, is one of the sweetest, most caring characters I have ever seen in any anime or manga.

It's one of those series that's sweet, bittersweet, sometimes sad-- but it tells stories of love, redemption, friendship, pain... I'm doing a weird job of describing it but I adore Natsume and the series both.

The first and second season are going to be released this year in the US and I'll be buying it at that point but I have the whole series already (it's 4 seasons of about 13 episodes each, and maybe in the future there will be a 5th but that's dependent on the manga/other factors). So if you decide you want to watch it and can't find it I can send/bring it to you or something, assuming you and chibi haven't moved.

About Mirai Nikki-- I think it has a lot of aspects that are reminiscent to Guilty Crown so I think if you like Guilty Crown you will probably like Mirai Nikki. It has a completely different story line and characters and whatnot but it also sort of deals with violence and -- well it's not war exactly but fighting I guess -- and there are a lot of seriously messed up characters but there are also some who are awesome. I thought it was pretty fascinating to watch and didn't really know what was going to happen next for much of it.

They're supposed to have some sort of project or spin off or something that will be announced at the end of this month. I doubt it will be a whole other series or season but it might be an OVA or something would be my guess.

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