The 2nd Dimension

Friday, April 21, 2006

Trinity Blood movie showing in Michigan

From Anime News Network:

As with Basilisk, Funimation's upcoming Trinity Blood theatrical release will be a compilation of the first four episodes of the series, with the in-between opening & endings and the eye-catches removed; there will be a full opening and ending at the beginning and end of the movie, which will run approximately 90 minutes.

Unlike Basilisk episode 4, which ends on a cliffhanger, Trinity Blood episode 4 ends a 2-episode arc.

The full theater list for Trinity Blood is not yet available, however the following three National Amusement locations have been confirmed:

The Bridge Cinema De Lux, Los Angeles, CA
Showcase Cinemas Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, MI
Showcase Cinemas Revere, Revere, MA

Funimation is aiming to publicise the full list of theaters farther ahead of the screenings than they did with Dragon Ball Z and Basilisk, which screened in 22 and 13 theaters respectively.

Trinity Blood opens on May 5.

Evangelion Games

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Viewing Journal: Scrapped Princess (complete)

Series Overview
DVD Info

(interesting in concept, but longer than it should have been; watch it maybe if you have the time)

This show had so much potential. It had a great concept (reminicent of a certain movie <-- click only if you're willing to risk a potential spoiler), and it would have been great if only the episode count was cut in half. So much of this show just seemed to drag on. I wanted to find out what this world of the Scrapped Princess was all about, but it just took forever to get there. Plus, even when it did get to certain key plot points, they just seemed deflated. This may have had something to do with the general animation quality which was consistent, but not anything great. I was really disappointed by Studio Bones for this one. Most everything else of theirs that I've seen (Wolf's Rain, Fullmetal Alchemist), I've enjoyed. Maybe I just set my expectations too high.

The story was pretty interesting though, so maybe check it out if you have nothing better to choose from. Personally, I watched the last half of the show in a marathon viewing, and I'm glad I did because 1.) I wanted to find out how the story turned out, but also 2.) because I just wanted it to be over with so I could move on to better shows.

Trailers of the week

Friday, April 07, 2006

Viewing Journal: Elfen Lied (complete)

Series Overview
DVD Info

(Surprisingly good and emotionally gripping; recommended, but be sure to bring a strong stomach)

After watching the first five minutes of this show I uttered two very appropriate words: "Holy Sh**". That may seem vulger to some, but if you can't handle that then there's no way you'd be able to handle the introductory episode of Elfen Lied. It's just blood and guts and death and breasts all over the place for a good portion of the time. And it's not like they show you the attacker and then cut away just before the fatal blow. Oh no. You see cut-up body parts in lovingly-rendered organic detail. And then, just when the facility is just littered with severed limbs to the point where you don't think you can stand the carnage for a second longer, the story takes a twist. It turns the formerly brutal murderer psycho chic into a cute and innocent girl, with no appologies. Talk about WTF.

Of course, after that unnecessarily detailed description, you may be thinking to youself, "Bah! It's just another throwback to the old days of Ninja Scroll and Demon City. I'm not into that kind of thing." Actually, I am not really into that either, but after watching Elfen Lied for a while, I started to feel something other than pure nausia. I felt sympathetic. The show was actually emotionally gripping, for crying out loud. It took while to get to that point because I first had to figure out what the characters motivations were. But after that it seemed more like an effective drama than a strait-out blood bath.

That's not to say that the death let up much. It's just that after a while I saw that there was a point to it other than raw agression. I think the definitive turning point for me was during the whole flashback episode dealing with Lucy and the puppy. I'm not going to spoil it for you. Just watch it yourself and get your heart torn out (emotionally).

Anyway, suffice to say that if you can stand the violence and stuff, I'd really recommend this series. It's the kind of drama that I don't think you could pull off in live action. Only anime could combine nudity, violence, and romance and make it work as a worthwhile drama. I guess that's why I love it.

Viewing/Reading Journal Archives

Viewing Journal
Watched But Not Reviewed
  • Ajin: Demi-Human
  • Appleseed Alpha
  • Appleseed XIII
  • Attack on Titan (season 1)
  • Baccano!
  • Blame! (2017)
  • Bubblegum Crisis
  • Chaos;HEAd
  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices
  • Deadman Wonderland
  • Death Parade
  • Erased
  • Evangelion 2.0 - You Can [Not] Advance
  • Evangelion 3.0 - You Can [Not] Redo
  • Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
  • From Up On Poppy Hill
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - OVA Collection
  • Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
  • Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
  • Giant Robo - The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Harlock: Space Pirate (CG movie)
  • Hellsing Ultimate
  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
  • Kill La Kill
  • Knights of Sidonia
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Trilogy
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbold: December Sky
  • Mob Psycho 100 (season 1?)
  • Old Boy (live action movie)
  • One Punch Man
  • Ping Pong
  • Ponyo
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Ringing Bell
  • Roberta's Blood Trail
  • Ruroni Kenshin - New Kyoto Arc
  • Secret World of Arrietty
  • Sgt. Frog (episodes 1-13)
  • Space Adventure Cobra (movie)
  • Space Battleship Yamato (live action movie)
  • Space Dandy
  • Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
  • Summer Wars
  • Sword Art Online
  • Tekkaman Blade
  • Tekkaman Blade 2 (OAV)
  • Terror in Resonance
  • The Boy and the Beast
  • The Devil Is a Part Timer!
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • The Secret World of Arrietty
  • The Wind Rises
  • They Were 11
  • Tiger and Bunny
  • WataMote
  • Wolf Children
  • Yuri!!! On Ice

Reading Journal
Read But Not Reviewed
  • 20th Century Boys
  • Battle Angel Alita: Last Order
  • GTO: 14 Days in Shonan
  • GTO: The Early Years
  • Hellsing
  • Hikaru No Go
  • Naussica Of The Valley Of The Wind
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Twelve Kingdoms - Volume 4: Skies of Dawn

Monday, April 03, 2006

Fullmetal Hellsing

I found this randomly while surfing the net. The artist's website is pretty impressive (watch out though because there's some hentai stuff in there).

Metroid manga flash

From Ohnoes:

In a recent bout of Metroid obsession (something I am very prone to), I discovered something that I had never seen before; a Metroid e-Manga. It’s in Japanese by the way. For a non-flash English translation, go here. It tells about the origins of Samus, and how she was adopted by the Chozo, but not much else.

Volume 1
Volume 2

Why I care: Wow. Nastalgia. Pretty cool. Apparently Johny Woo is directing a live action movie too.

Eureka 7 (and Bleach) broadcasts

From AnimeNation:
Mediaweek has reported that Adult Swim will broadcast Eureka 7 and Bleach.

Adult Swim Fix has announced that the Eureka 7 anime series will become available for online viewing on April 14th.

Bandai Entertainment has announced plans to revive its former online retail outlet AnimeVillage. Beginning April 16th, AnimeVillage will host episodes of Eureka 7 for streaming online viewing for one week per episode. Episodes will also be available to purchase for download. AnimeVillage will also serve as an online retail store, offering Bandai Entertainment products at discounted prices.

Why I care: With Fullmetal Alchemist and Samurai Champloo over, people are going to be itching for something to fill the void. So Eureka 7 is going to be huge this year. So's Bleach.

Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society trailer

From AnimeNation:
Anime fan Danny Choo's homepage now hosts a camcorder recording of the trailer for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society. The footage from the new anime begins 1:30 into the video clip.
Why I care: Maybe I should just group all the Ghost in the Shell stuff in one post, eh?