Escaflowne

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We hadn’t done an anime in a long time, and it was apparently for good reason.   It took us forever to watch this!

Escaflowne is an odd mish-match of shojo and shonen elements with genres like fantasy, mechas, and romance all thrown into one big bowl and mixed around to varying degrees of success.   The story follows a typical Japanese high school girl named Hitomi Kanzaki.   Hitomi is fond giving tarot card readings and running track.   One day a mysterious boy with a sword shows up, and she’s suddenly transported to the fantasy world of Gaia.   There her tarot card readings becoming very accurate and she’s thrust into an epic war.

We remembered this show being better, for some reason. It’s not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainty didn’t hold up to scrutiny ten years after our original viewing.

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Ranma 1/2

Ranma 1/2 castWe’re kicking it old school today by discussing the 90s anime Ranma 1/2.

Ranma 1/2 is a martial arts comedy about marital artists who fell into magical springs that turn them into different things when cold water hits them.   For instance, the main character Ranma fell into the spring of drowned girl and now turns into a girl when hit with cold water.   So we get things like high flying martial arts fights between a red haired girl, a blind duck, and one badass little piggy… all in the name of love.

I’m not sure why we used to like Ranma 1/2 so much.   It’s a fun enough series, but it’s really repetitive and the animation quality has not aged well at all.   Heck, we even used to wrote fanfics for some unknown reason.

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Haruhi Suzumiya

The cast of Haruhi Suzumiya seriesThe Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Sighs of Haruhi Suzumiya are two seasons of anime about a japanese highschool girl named Haruhi Suzumiya. Haruhi yearns to be special and stand out amongst the crowd.   On the first day of school, she declares that she’s not interested in normal humans and asks that any time travelers, espers, and aliens come see her so that they can hang out.

If you haven’t figured it out already, Haruhi is a weirdo.

Unbeknowst to her, Haruhi’s highschool already has time travelers, espers, and aliens.   And not only that, but she may be more special then all of them combined.

In fact, Haruhi may be God.

I hope everyone hasn’t left us after the long hiatus.   I made this episode nice and long to make up for it.   It’s full of enthusiasm, maybe too much.   I got rather excited talking about this topic and often times drowned out Melanie.   My bad.   There shouldn’t be any more long delays.   I have several episodes already recorded including a request for Howl’s Moving Castle, and a Ranma 1/2 episode.

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Slayers Next

Slayers Next CastSlayers Next is the second season of Slayers, and by far the best. The series improves greatly from Slayers.   The animation quality increases, the humor hits home more often, and the plot can be quite powerful at times.

In this episode, we get into the nitty gritty of the plot of Slayers Next and also some of Slayers Try. As of this recording, however, we had not yet watched Slayers Revolution and Slayers Evolution-R so you don’t have to worry about being spoiled on those.

If you haven’t seen the show and are interested, the series is really easy to obtain. Deep Discount has the first three series (Slayers, Slayers Next, and Slayers Try) for less than $50 dollars. You can also watch all three seasons of Slayers legally for free on Funimation’s official website    and on some of the  episodes are also up on  Funimation’s youtube page.

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Slayers

Slayers castIn this episode, we finally review Slayers! This nineties fantasy anime series is near and dear to me and Melanie’s hearts.   It was the anime series that made me an anime nerd and holds up quite well to this day. It’s still my favorite anime series.

Slayers is the humorous fantasy tale of Lina Inverse badass sorceress supreme who steals from bandits and gives to herself. Her love of money is only equal to her love of food.   Steal Lina Inverse’s ham sandwich and you’ll quickly wish you were never born.   Also, don’t mention she’s short, flat-chested, and has a bad temper; really it’d would be best to avoid her at all costs.   Maybe take a vacation to another city if she’s headed your way?

Lina is joined by a crew of quirky sidekicks all of which are pretty darn interesting in of themselves.   Through various circumstances the Slayers often have to save the world from total annihilation (mostly because they’d be  on  the world when the annihilation would happen).

Slayers is the first season of this totally awesome anime series which is followed by Slayers Next, Slayers Try, Slayers Revolution, and Slayers Evolution-R.   There are also some O.V.A.s where Lina runs around with different characters from the series, but I don’t recommend them.

Definitely check this series out if you haven’t seen it already!   The first three seasons are dirt cheap on Deep Discount.   Look forward to our reviews of the rest of the Slayers seasons on later podcasts!

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Soul Eater

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In this installment, we attempt to analyze and review the 2009 anime series Soul Eater.   Soul Eater is a shonen series about a group of teens who fight evil witches and demons and then consume their souls to become stronger.

No wait! Come back! The series is good I swear!

While the series does have many common shonen tropes, it executes them in style.   The art looks as if Tim Burton and Tite Kubo of Bleach fame had a baby and that baby could draw gooooood.   The animation by Bones studio is top notch and very fluid in fight scenes. It also has a wonderfully atypical heroine in Maka. How often are twelve year old girls allowed to be main characters in shonen fighting series?   And said twelve year old girl isn’t used for fan service (in the anime at least)? How often do they have a twelve year old girl who is allowed to fight and win against opponents of both genders, and is even allowed to look totally unattractive when she’s being a scary badass?   It amazes me that more people don’t realize how miraculously rare that is.

The series has been licensed for distribution in the U.S by Funimation and will be available as of 2010.   The manga has been licensed by Yen Press and began coming out in October 2009.   If you’re interested in continuing the story of Soul Eater through the manga, the anime branches off from the manga at chapter 37.

Warning: We analyze the show as a whole.   If you have not seen all 51 episodes, this installment will completely spoil the ending for you.   Please, if you haven’t seen all of the series, keep this episode in reserve until you do. Soul Eater is good enough that you’re really doing yourself an injustice if you spoil the show for yourself.

I’d love to hear your opinions on Soul Eater or our podcast in general. Its nice to know we’re not just speaking into a void, ya know? Please leave a Comment!

Soul Eater Links:
Studio Bones Official Soul Eater Website
Funimation’s Official Soul Eater Website
Yen Press’s Official Soul Eater Manga Website

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