Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Macross Frontier Ep 20 - Diamond Crevasse

Beautiful. I love this episode. Not often do you see an anime or even an episode with so much emotions in it. The last time I ever felt so was since Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny. Comparing the latest Gundam series or even Code Geass R2, they are like a joke. These are the things that I look for in animes; emotions that can put you to your tears. Be it mundane spice of life type or futuristic mecha shows.

Macross Frontier is not the usual mecha shows you find on the shelf. Instead of focusing on the awesomeness of mechas and crazy shooting battles, it develops slowly and smoothly on the characters, each and every one of them, and the plot of the story gets more intense as the story progresses. Intense not in the sense of battles and life threatening scenes (although it is as well), but in the sense of character development and connections. The show does not mystify you from the beginning with a sense of curiosity and confusion(slightly, yes) but instead unfolds itself nicely into a well planned story.

Cool mechas they have, but Macross Frontier was never about mechas~

I remember the first Macross show I watched was more than 10 years ago, and only one episode into it (when I was a kid). Thereafter, I did not catch on any Macross shows, until the recent Macross Frontier. Apparently, the Macross universe has a unique style of battle - utilizing music(Deculture! anyone?). It comes without a doubt that you will be experiencing alot of great composition from the anime. And true to the essence, Macross Frontier has some of the greatest music and compositions since Tsubasa Chronicles.

(This is Saotome Alto - the loser. Although he's better in recent episodes, he's still a loser :p)

"You can't give up singing yet. If you did, how would your songs reach all those people?" Saotome Alto

(I know the picture arrangement here is abit weird. But looking at the subtitle in both the pictures, I can't really separate them -.-)

I love all the songs by Sheryl Nome (vocal - May Nakabayashi). Heck, I love Sheryl Nome the character as well. In the beginning, she is portrayed as an arrogant singer with the world at her feet - dubbed the Fairy of Galaxy (Galaxy here probably meant Macross Galaxy, a ship, not tHe galaxy per se). However as her fortunes befall her, she is not just the all-talk-no-action girl. A strong spirited girl indeed, she truly shines in this episode Diamond Crevase, where she decided that if Ranka is the songstress of hope, then she'll be singing amidst despair.

Sheryl performing "Diamond Crevasse" (ダイアモンド クレバス) in the shelter during the Vajra attack. She truly shines!

Really, instead of putting up screenshots, I'd love to put up the songs instead. Some of the songs I really really like is Diamond Crevasse, the new opening theme - Lion (ライオン), and Ranka's Aimo (アイモ). But I guess I have no choice eh~

Michael Blanc - confessing his feelings during the last moments of his life
A charismatic character;
Its always sad when someone has to die.

See You Next Deculture! ;)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Code Geass R2 - episode 21

The Black Rebellion, Order of the Black Knights, Zero, Knights of Round. I loved Code Geass Season 1. Alot of expectations was put into its season 2 direct sequel, however, I must say the least I wasn't too satisfied with what has happened so far. While Season 1 talks about the King in the making, Season 2 emphasizes more on the secrets of the Geass, particularly the theme "Geass is the power of the lone King", that everyone around Lelouch would soon leave or die. Shirley's death is pretty much proof of this idea which lead me to expect that Nunnally too will die as well. (Interestingly enough, Kallen cannot die - she is the antithesis to Suzaku).

The whole of season 2, up until episode 21 had been a roller coaster ride. Almost every episode ends with a cliff hanger, and a new "surprise" awaits at the beginning of next episode. Personally, I didn't like the idea of Lelouch losing almost every battle in this new season. I'd miss those times when Lelouch could calculate his victory and lead himself into a strong force of support. Furthermore, we see alot of Deus ex Machina here rather than a controlled situation like what we see in the first season.
Oh yah, did I mention that R2 became quite the show off of Knightmare Frames ala Gundam style? I guess they were desperate to market their R2 merchandises.

The progression of the story is... weird. With the story having so many twists and turns - with nothing one would expect ordinarily, I wouldn't say that it is more interesting than the previous season nor did the production staffs did a bad job either.
Another thing is that I didn't quite get what they were doing at times - the objectives of the Emperor, C.C, V2, Sword of Akasha? etc; naturally, alot of loopholes as well. Nonetheless, overall I would see that R2 is introducing us to get a closer look to Lelouch's personal life and thoughts.

Wonders how 2 pile of poos can slay the god...

And when we thought the matter with the Charles would end here with the Sword of Akasha in episode 21...

All hail Lelouch, the 99th Emperor of Britannia!!

The staffs are leading us back to Lelouch vs Schneizel; with Lelouch leading the throne whilst Schneizel as the rebel. (Yes! Code Geass never stop amazes us with their plot twists!) What can I say other than the word: weird!

Anyway, lets expect more interesting stuffs ahead!

What's better than a one-eyed Geass... its a TWO-eyed geass!!

P.S. A friend linked me to this. I guess there's where the inconsistencies lie when we tried to catch back up from season 1.
P.S.2 - check this out funny shit!

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