Category Archives: No.6

Thoughts on Summer 2011 – Fun things are fun

It’s hard to say with three episodes alone what shows are worth blogging. Whether this shows my inability to measure potential or my lack of experience in blogging anime, I don’t know. All I know is that fun things are fun.

Priority list:


1. Natsume Yuujinchou San
– Natsume has the natural advantage of any show entering its third season. How can I not watch this? I’ve seen the two seasons and they’ve been absolutely wonderful. Natsume Yuujinchou San has been consistent with the feel of the series but at the same time, it also displays the subtle changes in Natsume and people around him. It’s a nice, calm series that hasn’t failed to gain an emotional response from me. It also gives the impression that the director – Takahiro Omori enjoys doing Natsume Yuujinchou and Yuki Midorikawa’s works. I’m looking forward to the movie adaptation of Hotarubi no Mori E, Takahiro Omori’s grasp on the overall feeling of the works he’s directed is impressive. Being episodic in nature, there’s a high possibility of me blogging this regularly.


2. No.6
-Even before it aired, I had my eyes on No.6. There is something about No.6’s universe and atmosphere that draws me in. In a way, it greatly reminds me of Wolf’s Rain. There’s a lot of mysteries surrounding the show but it doesn’t let you get lost in all these questions. I’ve said this in my previous entry about No.6 and I’ll say it again, within No.6 lies a story about the nature of humanity. I just can’t deny myself of the potential I see in this show. Given the scope of the series and how it’s quite easy to follow but with enough things to ponder on, I feel that I can blog about this every week.

 


3. Mawaru Penguindrum
– The first episode didn’t exactly get me into the ‘penguin mood’, but there’s a decent amount of improvement in episode 2 and 3. This time around it doesn’t take itself too seriously by adding in more comedic elements to it. Being a 24 episode anime, it’s hard to tell what Mawaru Penguindrum is trying to achieve (some people might argue that it doesn’t need to try but hey fun things are fun!) but the last two episodes made up for the first one. Also…Shouma. Yes, I’m watching it for Shouma. Mawaru Penguindrum already has a lot of people covering it and it’s LOL2DEEP for me, I’ll blog about it occassionally but I don’t think I’m the right person to pick up on all this symbolism.

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First Impressions: No.6 – The Search for Freedom

Bones’ latest offering is an adaptation of Atsuko Asano’s science fiction novel, No.6. A story about two boys in a city called No.6, one of the few habitable cities in the world after the war. Shion is an elite living in the city and Nezumi is a runaway from the so-called correctional facility who seeks shelter in Shion’s room. The two start an unlikely friendship that is short lived because Nezumi eventually leaves without saying anything to Shion.

No explosions here, no death, no boobs landing on someone’s face and no fancy transformation sequences either but…what a wonderful first episode. The story itself isn’t revolutionary, but in the very core of No.6 lies a very human story.

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