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Yeah, whatever.

Posted by dandycandy on May 26, 2006


And then he was like, I thought I said no more videos, and I'm like, YEAH, WHATEVER?

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Princess Tutu – Anime vs. Manga pt. 2

Posted by dandycandy on May 25, 2006


I know she has nothing to do with Princess Tutu, but Ivy = HAWT!

I've been letting slacking off on this for a while, but no more…I want to start on it again, at least for a little bit.  Remember, spoilers are about here, so if you don't want to know anything, go away not.

As I mentioned last time, before interruption, Mytho pisses me off in the Anime.  In the manga, he is only "seduced" by Kraehe once, and is snippy to Princess Tutu only once.  And he actually APOLOGIZES to Tutu in the manga, especially after dancing with her.  I can't remember in the anime if he apologizes in the anime, but he does thank her.  Even though the Prince comes to his senses and destroys the raven, the way he acts under the Raven and Kraehe's control is appalling.  He even disses Kraehe and her love for him many, many times.  Instead of it being a story to save the Prince, for a while, they make him a real asshole, ala Sailor Moon, when Mamoru/Darrien was under Beryl's control, and for a while, fans didn't want a reunion between the star-crossed loves because he was being a real jerk.  Anyway, I didn't like how the anime deviated from the Manga's original story of saving the Prince by making him evil.  I understand that Kraehe loves him, but you get more a sense in the manga that she really just wants to protect, as opposed to making him and her father, the Raven, happy.

Now, this paragraph might piss off Ahiru/Fakir fans – yeah, I am one of them, but that's where my gripe comes in.  Clearly, in the Anime, at the beginning, there is a bond between Tutu and Mytho.  From the memorable scene, when she dreams she's a duck going across the water and watching Mytho dance, it is clear that she wants to help him in anyway she can, and that she does love him, even if she cannot confess her love.  Because of this, as the series progresses, it becomes like a barrier between them, and as the series draws to a conclusion, it's apparent that Rue will have Mytho and there is a lot of chemistry between Fakir and Ahiru.  Before Mytho becomes tainted by the monster raven, he still spends quite a bit of time with Rue, and it only seems like Ahiru is around the Prince when she comes Tutu and finds a heart piece.  When I first saw Princess Tutu, I really believed that Mytho and Tutu would find their way around her curse and be together, because they seemed to become closer and closer and more shards were found.  But as the series progress, the animators had a different idea.

In the manga, this is a totally different story.  There is definitely chemistry between Tutu and Mytho, and hell, even plain old Ahiru has chemistry with Mytho.  They are together a lot more instead of the anime.  As Ahiru, she mainly watches him from afar, and there are only a few times when she actually gets to talk to him up close before Rue or Fakir interfere.  Ahiru/Princess Tutu and Mytho are a lot cuter and a lot closer in the manga,  (they go out for ice cream together in volume 2).  As she continues to return the shards of his heart, she is closer to her goal is returning his smile – and is closer to him. 

Ballet is a huge element of the manga, and Ahiru/Princess Tutu and Mytho have the greatest chemistry when they are dancing together.  In Volume Two, Rue gives up the role of Odette in Swan Lake and asks that Ahiru be given the role.  Even though Ahiru is still a pretty bad ballet dancer, in the panels, you can see there is a magic between the two of them – and it's really cute to see.  Mytho/Ahiru fans would be extremely happy to see this.  When Mytho loses his way to Kraehe and turns on Tutu, she asks him to dance with her and a beautiful pas de duex ensues.  And the greatest pas de duex of them all is when, toward the end of Volume Two, Tutu and Mytho dance a grand pas de duex to destroy Edel and the Raven for good.  (This part is a bit sad though, because Tutu disappears once the raven is destroyed, even though Mytho has an idea of who she is)

And for all you Mytho/Ahiru fans, there is hope for you at the end of the manga.  Ahiru, no longer Tutu, sees Mytho dances when she's early for ballet again.  Even though Rue comes bursting in and insists that she wants her chance with Mytho as well, you get a sense that there is a huge chance that these two characters may end up being together, or at least, all of our active imaginations can think of ways to truly end the story.

There are a few other things I'd like to gripe about, but that will be next week.  Come back soon!

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here’s to hoping…

Posted by dandycandy on May 25, 2006

I really hope this is the last time I change my layout…geez.

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Pocky Haiku – A Crispy Biscuit of Artsy-ness

Posted by dandycandy on May 25, 2006

haiku I 

japanese for yum!
ichigo and chocolate
good pocky is love

haiku II 

ichigo pocky
how you seduce me with your
crispy pink biscuit

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OMFG, YAY! Nobuo Uematsu

Posted by dandycandy on May 24, 2006

I checked the paper today (the Wednesday edition of the Red Eye for all you Chicagoans out there – all two of you), and I saw an ad for Tower Records.  It turns out that this Friday, May 26, from 7pm-9pm, famed Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu will be there to sign autographs!  Isn't that awesome!  He is one of my favorite composers, and the music of Final Fantasy VI remains in my heart, years after its release.  If you are a huge Uematsu fan and you'd love to meet him, you wouldn't want to miss this.  I'm trying to figure out if I can go (i have a date with the fiance – online), but if you have a chance, go.  Beyond the characters, the most memorable part of the Final Fantasy series is the music.

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OMFG, YAY!!!

Posted by dandycandy on May 23, 2006

A Disgaea Anime has been announced!

I passed by AnimeSuki, and I found out that there's an anime based on the hilariously fabulous PS2 game release a few years ago!  I loved this RPG to death, and hear there is an anime out there with my favorite characters (Etna is my love) is awesome!  Geneon has licensed it for release in the US, and I hope they use the original English voices from the game, because even though I bet the Japanese voices rock too, the English class, especially Etna, made me laugh really really hard!

Scream it loud, I'm goofy and proud….OMFG, YAY!! Best news I've heard all day!

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Hanii Furasshu…Honey Flash!

Posted by dandycandy on May 23, 2006

Sing along with Koda Kumi to the Cutey Honey theme

Complete with Sexy Black Leather transformation!

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Posted by dandycandy on May 23, 2006

I'm sorry, but due to illness I haven't been able to post…and I'm still ill.  But don't worry, I have more articles to come, and more sexy-jitsu smacks to dish out.  The next parts of my analysis of Princess Tutu/Anime and Manga are coming, as well as an article on the sexiest magical girl henshin scenes ever.  Because I've read Anime Insider way too much, and I got the damn Cutey Honey Theme stuck in my head.  The Kato Kumi version, though, which is better, and I might post a video in the coming week, complete with Karaoke lyrics.

Ahem, well, yeah, that's all.  Come back soon!

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Gratuitous Para Para Fanservice

Posted by dandycandy on May 20, 2006

I am currently learning this routine.  I hope to film it with friends one day.

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Princess Tutu – Manga vs Anime: Part One

Posted by dandycandy on May 19, 2006

Warning: Spoilers Abound, do not read if you do not want to know the spoils of Princess Tutu! 

As magical as the anime "Princess Tutu" is, I think I'm one of the few people in this world who enjoy the manga a little bit more.

Don't misunderstand me, I love the anime.  It's reminds me of the all the fairytales of old my mother told to me at bedtime, and those dreamy ballets I'd seen on PBS with those outrageously elaborate sets and Mikhail Borishnikov when he was a lot easier on the eyes.  In terms of a shoujo market filled with magical girls and angsty romances, it was refreshing to see something a bit different out there (that an Pretear, but I'll get into that later).  So after experiencing the "sad" finale of the series and reading the vastly different manga, I can't understand why the animators couldn't create an ending that stood by the manga, however open ended it is.

I'll tell you why I as much as I love the anime, I kinda have trouble with it, considering I've read the manga.  Though the manga doesn't have that fairy tale theme the anime has, the fact that everyone is learning ballet more than makes up for it in a way, as ballets have a dreamy quality of their own.  The anime is a mismash of ballet and fairy-tale qualities, as well as the concept of putting people together and making a memorable story out of it.  Drosselmeyer is the weaver of stories in the anime, and while we all love a good story, he takes pleasure out seeing all of his "players" deal with all of situations they come across, however painful it may be.  I admit, I like this element a bit (because it's absolutely non-existant in the manga), but it does bring a sinister edge to the anime, among other things, like a Brothers Grimm complex, especially with that Raven lurking about.  I'm not surprised, especially since Sailor Moon a little darkness and angst is expected in anime, and even fairy tales (Cinderella had her stepmother and stepsisters, Snow White had the witch, Hansel and Gretal has a witch, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, the list goes on), but I think if a story is really good, we would always wonder what would happen next without the dead man's chuckling in the background.

In the manga, without Drosselmeyer, you still get that sense of wondering what will happen and how everyone ties into each other and this quest for the pieces of Mytho's heart.  In their own way, Fakir and Rue/Princess Kraehe want to protect their prince from the pain that will come with regaining his heart.  Ahiru/Princess Tutu genuinely wants to help Mytho (who isn't a prince in the manga, by the way), and she reaches out to both Fakir and Rue because she knows how much Mytho means to them, and vice versa.  Can they all settle their differences and help him, or will his heart, once put together, be a sacrifice to the Raven again?  Isn't that a driving storyline in itself.

But the anime took it one step further, and I found myself constantly annoyed by some of the characters because of this.  While everyone knows Rue loves Mytho, the fact that she needed to bath a heart piece in raven's blood in order to get him to "love" her pissed me off.  And he's always putting her down, going around, trying to get all these other women to give him their heart "for the Raven".  Please.  I understand that she doesn't want the Prince to leave her, and I understand that she feels threatened.  But I think if I managed to snag my "Prince", even if it was pretty underhandedly, I wouldn't whore him out, even if my father was the Raven.  I know that it makes for a good story, and Drosselmeyer loves every minute of it, and it keeps the fans wanting more, but it still pisses me off.

In the anime, you really get that Rue/Kraehe wants Mytho all to herself.  In the manga, you can tell that she wants to protect him from the pain of regaining his heart, because she does love him, and she doesn't want to see him in pain.  You can understand where she is coming from, and you can relate to her, just as Princess Tutu does.  When she realizes that Ahiru/Tutu has a good heart, she steps aside, so to speak.  In the manga, during the Spring Festival (I think, I don't have the manga in front of me), she steps aside and gives Ahiru her part as Odette in "Swan Lake" so that she may dance with Mytho.  It's a very sweet scene, and you get that everyone is on the same side, as the finale of the manga draws near.  The two girls feel for Mytho and they both help him in anyway they can.  I think in the spirit of the series, where overcoming adversity and understand emotions is a big theme, this part really illustrates that.  The anime does that, too, but after a while, it's too much "Snap out of it, Prince Mytho", especially when he regains all of his heart.

About that Prince…I love this anime, but after Kraehe taints him, he just plain pisses me off.  But more about that in part two.

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