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The Disturbance of Ryoko Asakura aka the Go Go Yubari Syndrome

Posted by dandycandy on June 15, 2006

I watched episode 10 of the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, because it's the talk of the blogs right now.  To watch that Ryoko girl try to kill Kyon with an unheard of amount of cheeriness in her voice freaked me out.  It's like those really cute but really disturbed characters in the Melty Blood, the kind that make you want to say "aww" (Chaos and even Mech Hisui are the exceptions to the rule), but when they get to fighting and showing their arc drives, it makes you want to scream. 

What is it with the Japanese, always making their killers are cute and cuddly, and yet will gut you at the drop of a hat?

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The Melancholy of watching The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Posted by dandycandy on June 9, 2006

I watched the first two episodes of the series just about every blog is talking about nowadays – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

And to be honest, the only melancholy is that it could be funnier than everyone assumes that it is.  Don't let the title fool you, it's meant to be comedic.  And an ode to fan service with some yuri elements, and the pervertedness people come to expect.  But I do like it, I just wish it was a little more comedic.  But I have a few more episodes to go, so we'll see.

Love the ending credits, though.  Thanks Mr. Meyers, I'm thoroughly obsessed with it now.

Anyway, I think there are plenty of blogs already covering it, so I don't think I'll be posting anything here about it, but I'm a little disappointed, but that's not to say I don't like it.  I do, and maybe I'll like it more as I watch more episodes.  That Haruhi girl rocks though, her delicously wicked actions, including making pawns of the big boobed girl (can't think of her name right now) and the computer guy in episode two (you'll have to watch the episode to find out what happens, but I gave you a clue).  Pure genius.

And there you have it…my obligatory Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya post – one and only.  Link it folks, you won't see it again!

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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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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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anime snackings – princess tutu

Posted by dandycandy on May 17, 2006

Pique and Lilie!

my absolute obssession right now is Princess Tutu.  I've been watching the episodes in the original Japanese format, and I've got about five more to go.  I think it's really wonderful and magical…there is a true, dreamy, fairy tale quality about this series, that reminds me of all the stories read to me as a child…only it's anime goodness, so it's even better.  The manga is vastly different from the anime, and the ending, if I remember, is a lot more open ended, unlike the "sad" ending of the anime.  (anyone who is a fan of fakir and ahiru, or even mytho and ahiru knows what I'm talking about).  That Cat has got problems, though…always wanting to get married.  Geez…not even my little kitty girl is that amorous.  When ADV brings out the box set, I will definitely be buying it, because the last time I enjoyed an anime like this was Fushigi Yuugi, and that's like over 10 years old now.  If you are into a non-traditional shoujo majo type anime, give Princess Tutu a shot.

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