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Sci-Fi London Manga All-Nighter 2010 May 3, 2010

Posted by ayasawada in Anime.
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Of course, it’s really an anime all-nighter. Manga all-nighter would technically be a a bunch of people staying up all night reading :P

Anyway, I attended the Manga Entertainment sponsored Anime All-Nighter at this year’s Sci-Fi London Festival on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

It was the usual fun and games: generally good spirit, still no WiFi or air conditioning in the screen, free ice cream/tea/coffee/terrible energy drinks. And an eclectic mix of movies.

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Yui – Again April 28, 2009

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Just mentioned this in my Spring 2009 anime post, but I love it so much it deserves it’s own post. After a surprisingly short ‘break’ from the industry, Yui’s back. The song is the first OP theme for Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and is gorgeous! It’s the lyrics that speak to me most (included after the jump).

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Spring 2009 anime choices April 28, 2009

Posted by ayasawada in Anime, Drama, TV, Video.
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The new Japanese TV season kicked off a few weeks ago, and there’s plenty to choose from. Other life commitments (shock, horror!) have restricted how much TV I’m able to keep up with these days, so of this season’s anime, I’m prioritising the following:

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. As if I wasn’t going to watch this. Not only a retelling of one of my favourite anime series (and a supposedly more faithful to the manga apparently) but featuring a (fantastic) new Yui single as the OP. Four episodes in it looks gorgeous, though with plenty of deja vu and that stupid American voice over the eyecatches (which sticks in my head >_<). Expecting the plot to start hotting up soon.

K-ON! A Kyoto Animation slice-of-life tale of four high school girls? I feel obliged to watch this. Three episodes in thus far and it’s charmed me enough. Plus I can’t get the ED out of my head.

Eden of the East: First ep blew me away. Lovely comforting character designs by Chica Umino and a really intriguing storyline. Can’t wait to see how this pans out. Great OP and ED sequences too, and, bizarrely, an OP by Oasis. Never thought I’d see the day.

Those are the three I’ll be making the effort to keep up with. I kind of also want to watch Cross Game — mainly ’cause of the Mitsuru Adachi factor — but while the first ep was entertaining, I’m not sure it grabbed me enough. On the other hand, Touch (which I’m still in the middle of watching :P) was a slow-burner, so maybe this is something best marathoned later.

Hatsukoi Limited also intrigues me, but I haven’t gotten around to watching any of it yet, and chances are I won’t get a chance to now. I still have to finish Toradora and Ef ~A Tale of Melodies from last season after all.

Drama-wise, I’ve two episodes into the live-action adaptation of Mei-chan no Shitsuji from last season. Not quite sure what’s just started airing. Any recommendations?