Review: The Tower of Druaga

(1) The Aegis of Uruk and (2) The Sword of Uruk.

Set in the world of Namco’s The Tower of Druaga game franchise, this anime series by Gonzo features events that occur about 60 years after Gilgamesh defeated the Tower with the aid of the priestess Ki. Since then, the tower has been reborn again, drawing many to its challenges by the rumours of a legendary treasure that can be claimed from its top floor. When the approach of 3rd Summer of Anu, a season in which the monsters of the tower weaken, inexperienced guardian Jil numbers amongst the numerous “Climbers” planning to tackle the tower. Most of them, including his brother Neeba and Kaaya, a girl he promises to take to the final level, have their reasons for climbing, but where do the truths begin?

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Review: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the DesertGiven that I’ve lived in Australia for more than half of my life, it is quite embarrassing that it was in Japan that I finally saw Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. (Even more embarrassingly, this was probably well over a year ago now, if memory serves.) Though I do have at least a couple of things to be thankful for, those being that I wasn’t plagued by the image of drag queens in The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, or L.A. Confidential.

Anyways, this is the classic Aussie road-trip movie. Well, classic, Aussie drag queen road-trip movie. It’s famous enough that any Australian would have to hide his/her face in shame if they didn’t know what it was about. Tick/Mitzi, responding to his ex-wife’s request to take perform at her Alice Springs Casino, thus granting her a holiday, convinces a fellow drag queen and a recently bereaved transvestite to join him. The three – an insecure drag queen fearing the consequences of his son finding out about his “secret, a serious, streetsmart old hand, and a head strong and annoyingly naive idiot – thus take a bus trip through the Australian desert, That’s miles and miles of empty road with desert stretching out on all sides, dotted by a few towns and mining communities. Besides the prejudice against minorities that one often finds in the country, and the occassional hazard due to long months of forced abstinence, the greatest trials they face are boredom and its consequences. How a group of drag queens deal with it is, of course, probably vastly different from what most other people would do.

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2008 Year Review

Yes, I know, it’s incredibly late. But I had a few series that I really wanted to praise, so here it is (though I will backlog it in about a week or so done). I also have yet to review one major series that I’ve included, but I will get there.

And a warning, there is at least one major spoiler this time (Code Geass), so don’t click unless you don’t care.
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Translation: Continue vol.42: 童貞ルルーシュ

This was an article in a magazine that was released after Code Geass ended it’s television run. There are other more interesting articles, but I did this for a community on another website.

(NB: D.T. stands for doutei 「童貞」, basically "virgin")

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2007 Year Review

After all those hours over the last half a week, I’m not entirely sure about doing this wrap-up anymore. Especially given that it’s been over a month since the end of a year that didn’t yield anything quite as enjoyable as Ouran or Suzumiya Haruhi. However, it was a year in which I watched more than I ever have before, and there were a few gems in all the craziness.

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Review: Genshiken

About once or twice a year, there is a series that only (anime) otaku would be able to fully appreciate. Famous ones in the past, or that are still ongoing include Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai and Gintama. More recently, it’s been Lucky Star, Sayonara Zetsubuou Sensei, and of course, Genshiken 2 (amongst others that I don’t know much about – you’ll find them if you read enough year-end reviews).

The original series was heavily focussed on the male side of otaku, what with Ohno’s huge love for cosplay and the eventual production of a male-oriented (i.e. hentai) doujinshi. Hence, the second half of the series obviously had to introduce the female-oriented half. This was accomplished by the introduction of Ogiue, a closet fujoshi, in the first OVA.

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お待ちしております – Review: Ouran High School Host Club

I really wonder how anime bloggers have time for any of this. Writing any kind of review takes me hours, so I’ll never be a weekly blogger, even if it’s one series a season (and besides, someone else will always cover the series, one just has to know where to look…time willing…).

Anyways, Ouran seems to be a candidate for really thorough write-ups this season. Besides the comments upon viewing episode 26 (eg – Garten), several prominent bloggers have gathered some interesting streams of words together. I particularly like this one at Karoshi, because Os really delves into a number of metaphors that bring further insights to the thoughts of some of the characters in the show (see also the Anime on My Mind wrap). Although these metaphors are not quite at the level of, say, Evangelion or perhaps Suzumiya Haruhi, this simplicity is part of its charm.

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Reviews of more anime…

Emma, Abeshou and Tactics

After that episode…I can’t help it…

Third time’s a charm…I’ve finally managed to get past the 3rd episode of Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai (アベノ橋魔法☆商店街) and I’m glad I have. Abeshou is yet another Gainax production, and fulfils all the criteria required. It’s insane, weird and actually has a plot, which may well end in a way that no one would expect (I have three episodes left to go ^^).

However, the most interesting thing about the series is the multitude of other series ‘take-offs’. ^_______^

Gundam Wing, Final Fantasy VII: Last Order and Genshiken

Against advice (and my better judgement based on what I’ve read/heard), I went ahead and saw Gundam Wing, all 49 episodes of it, and the Endless Waltz OVA, in the space of 5 days. Lots of time I shouldn’t have spared perhaps, but I’d somehow caught a cold and really didn’t want to do much else…(I think I’ll be regretting this soon…)

Anyways, no one is kidding when they say this is one of the worst Gundam series ever. Read more of this post