Yes, I have been tremendously busy so I decided to halt blogging on Haruhi-chan/Churuya-san which means I have alot to catch up… but I have finally heard word that Haruhi-chan and Churuya-san is finally over… Hopefully, my predictions will be right and Kadokawa will release the new episodes… or decide to troll us again.. thats okay…Just hold your breath… Season 2 or the new Haruhi episodes are coming very soon!
This tag refers to any series that is animated by Kyoto Animation, an animation studio in Japan.
After waiting for weeks dying to see another Kyoto Animation’s Key adaptions after Clannad ~After Story~ was finished weeks ago, I finally received my Air TV Boxset… which I had to wait because it wasn’t released until late April.
You might be wondering, why would you watch something that is 5 years old… Well, if you haven’t know about the history of Kyoto Animation and Key… thats the reason because basically they revolutionize how Visual Novels are adapted to TV because they are faithful to the original source material which others didn’t care about. Thats why Toei’s Kanon was largely forgotten due to it’s poor animation in 2002… Also, I became interested after watching Kanon 2006 remake in late December and wanting to watch Air ever since.
Now for the unboxing pics…
Like with both seasons of Clannad, TBS seems to shaft the animation and only show it in 4:3 which make the animation rather disappointing … After Clannad went widescreen several weeks later, the results were awesome.
With K-ON!, it’s no exception… the animation improved tenfolds in Widescreen compared to 4:3. Comparison shots below:
At a CLANNAD After Story event “Kono Machi no Negai ga Kanau Basho” held on April 12th, the extra episode bundled with the volume 8 was announced to be Fujibayashi Kyou’s arc. A preview of the episode will be held on May 24th.
The TV programming guide of BS-TBS channel provided the synopsis of Kyou’s arc in the preview section of CLANNAD After Story episode 25. It is possible that the correct synopsis of the recap episode was mistakenly replaced with the synopsis of the DVD special episode. The final volume of the DVD will be released on July 1st.
Source: MyAnimeList and snapshot of the event
No one actually knew that K-ON!, a anime about a Light Music Club will ever be that popular? I was mistaken… Within a few days, we start seeing MADS (NSFW link) poping up and also a flood of new fanart just after the airing of the first episode. Of course it may not appeal to the Westerners, but obviously in Japan, it seems to appeal to them alot.
Not to mention, the ED is awesome… per se.
We got new news that additional episodes with new content would be added onto the reairing of Haruhi Season 1… making the total to 28 episodes and it has been confirmed in a interview. Unless Kadokawa is trolling us again, expect new episodes after the first 14 episodes finish airing…
01. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part I
02. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part II
03. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part III
04. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part IV
05. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part V
06. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part VI
07. The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
08. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody part I
09. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody part II
10. Mysterique Sign
11. Endless Eight part I
12. Endless Eight part II
13. Remote Island Syndrome part I
14. Remote Island Syndrome part II
15. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part I
16. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part II
17. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part III
18. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part IV
19. The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00
20. Live Alive
21. The Day of Sagittarius
22. Someday in the Rain
23. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part I
24. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part II
25. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part III
26. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part IV
27. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part V
28. The Disappearence of Haruhi Suzumiya part VI
As with life, all good things must come to a end. Clannad and Clannad ~After Story~ has ended up as a masterpiece which has exceed the level of Kanon (2006) in terms of storyline, music, and character development, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have flaws… just a few.
(Click Read More to read the review since it contains spoilers)
With Clannad ~After Story~ almost done, it’s time to map out what I’m watching in Spring…. Not much… but it shouldn’t disappoint.
I’m picking up another Kyoto Animation anime again and this one is on Music and also contain comedy and Moe…. This is a adaptation of it’s manga, but not having read the manga, I don’t know much about it. We will find out on the first week of April, when it airs!
I only have watched one Episode already, but I became interested because it seems to be somewhat popular.
Our unlucky protagonist, Jin, uses the trunk of a sacred tree to carve a statue for a school project. When he takes it outside, to his surprise it begins absorbing the surrounding earth and transforms into, hold your breath on this one, a girl! So like all similar setups this guardian deity is pretty pissed that her tree was cut down and lives with Jin while she takes out her anger on squashing bugs….er, cleaning the “Impurities”.
Air/Air in Summer (Mid April/Early May)
Yes… I’m doing another Key/Kyoani adaptation, but this time, a one on a summer setting.
Yukito Kunisaki is on a journey, seeking a girl with wings who flies in the sky, as mentioned in a childhood tale. During this journey, he settles down in a small town, trying to make some money. There, he meets a strange girl named Misuzu. Misuzu quickly makes Yukito her friend and invites him to stay with her. Yukito decides to stay in the small town, and continue searching for the winged girl his mother had searched for in her life.
Thats all for Spring… It seems to be a lackluster Spring season, but oh well… maybe Haruhi Season 2 will come out next year then.
This episode contains 120% more “maid moe!”
It’s that time again… some more Haruhi-chan and Churuya-san…
Casting spells are fun…
Before watching the next heartbreaking episode of Clannad ~After Story~, since Haruhi-chan 7-8 and Churuya-san 4 is out, it’s that time again…
The question is yes, but the single DVDs are currently difficult to find due to the ADV fiasco happened early last year caused ADV’s licensed anime being difficult to find and also the current Economic Downturn we are in also put a strain on them as well. Luckily, FUNIanimation now holds the license of AIR TV and will release a full season box set on April 21, 2008 of this year (and it’s alot cheaper buying it instead of singles… even though I have the money to buy singles), meaning that I won’t be able to watch it until early/mid May due to alot of college work after the long reading week (aka spring break) and exams coming towards the end of the Spring semester. Once I receive them and start watching, I will start blogging on it as well.
Why are you interested in AIR all the sudden?
Well, after watching Kanon, Clannad, and currently Clannad ~After Story~, I gained interest in Key’s stories which are regarded as masterpieces… compared to other harem or visual novel adaptations I have seen so far. I also gained interest in some of Kyoto Animation’s work after watching Haruhi Season 1 (which is done very well) and Lucky Star. Also, I lost interest in most of today’s popular Shounen shows… because most of them are just not that great (yes, I’m looking at you, Naruto and Bleach).
After Clannad ~After Story~ ends, after three episodes… I’m going to have a period where I have nothing to watch except the episodes (until April comes!) I haven’t watched yet. Besides, I want to watch the dub version… because it’s alot easier to understand the story than just reading the subtitles that disappear after a few seconds before you even finish it.
Will you be watching the AIR movie then?
The answer is never… Toei Animation seems to botch up the story lines of every adaptation of Key’s Visual Novels so much that it’s not even funny… They should just stick to animating One Piece.
If you want to know more, the profile for this Anime is here.
Kotomi: It bends here.
Kyou: That’s a joke?
Tomoya: Don’t ask me.
Here is the mega review you have been waiting for… Kadokawa released two new Haruhi-chan episodes and rereleased Churuya-san Episode 1. More after the break.