Will be returning to posting in the next couple of days

Hi all. Thanks for your emails or comments on other sites. Sorry for vanishing for a few weeks. I am alive! IRL got a bit busy for a while and then I just suddenly lost the taste for October for a while. Also, adter talking about the Fate universe with a fellow anime friend who I catch up with IRL regularly, I realised I needed to actually find out more about Nasu’s and Urobuchi’s works to be able to comment more accurately. So I ended up going through the Fate/Stay Night game as well as read the Fate/Zero novels. It was time consuming but well worth it. I now have a much better understand about the Fate universe having gone through the FSN game in full. I’ve also grasped some of the strengths and weaknesses Urobuchi has by reading Fate/Zero in literary form, as well as learnt about the working relationship between Nasu and Urobuchi and how it led to Urobuchi being talked into writing Fate/Zero by Nasu, as well as some of the ‘personal issues’ that Urobuchi has which appear in Fate/Zero as well as other titles he did writing for, like Madoka.

The other thing which took up my time was I had somewhat of a paradigm shift in terms of how I rate my anime and what I value most. For eight long years, Last Exile had been my #1 show. Then I came across a series that was utterly brilliant and had the best writing, story and character cast I’d ever come across. Its animation style is not that typical of anime but still is anime. Its music is rustic, symphonic and harrowing. 74 episode show from 2004. Its name is Monster, based off an 18-volume manga done by Naoki Urusawa. The guy is a genius. Monster is a masterpiece. It took me a long time to get through it, but it was so damn fulfilling. Good thing it had been streaming, because sadly, while licensed in English and fully subbed and dubbed, the license is being sat on and nothing has been released past Episode 15. It’s tragic – a once in a decade or even generation masterpiece can’t be purchased by loyal anime fans?! I’m outraged. I seriously hope some licensing company out there will license Monster. This is a title that may not be typical of anime but is everything a good tale should be.

So having come to terms with how I now feel about writing and content after having gone through Monster in anime form, Fate/Stay Night in game form (Don’t watch the anime! It’s so inaccurately adapted! PLAY THE GAME!) and Fate/Zero in novel form, I feel better equipped to continue and refreshed. So I will be recommencing posts soon. I’ll get back up to speed on titles like Chihayafuru, Fate/Zero and the like and be posting episode reviews soon. I’ll try to keep how they connect to known events of that time from Fate/Stay Night unspoiled. But if you’d like to know more about what actually goes on in FSN in its proper form, contact me privately and I’ll fill you in.

More coming in the next few days! Be well! Hope anyone who’s in their exam season or just finished did well.

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Kenji Kamiyama’s latest work just revealed in NicoNico stream

Okay, friend of mine just literally linked me the live feed of Kamiyama’s live stream announcement of his new anime. And by the looks of it…it’s a remake of Cyborg 009?!?! Supposedly an episode aired 2 hours ago. Now, I’ve watched some of the original 1960s version of Cyborg 009. I seriously hope whatever was in that live stream promo is NOT a true indicator of how Kamiyama’s adaptation will be! The 007 baby freaked me out! The 008 black man looks even more racist than the 60s version! 009 has ginger hair?! 003 is now a blonde?! That music was as corny as hell…The visuals looked decent but it feels miles away from the 009 that inspired Kamen Rider and the Sentai series which then led to Power Rangers and the like. I dread to thing of what my old school friends think about this. If Kamiyama gets it right, power to him. But he could be in deep trouble if he blows this. Remakes of old classics can go very pear-shaped. The remake of Dororon Enmka-kun earlier this year was a farce. Cool, funny show gets turned into an ecchi/loli-fest with none of the quirky edge that made the 1970s original good. Well, people have been asking me tonight if I knew what Kamiyama’s new work is. Supposedly it’s Cyborg 009! I seriously hope this is better than what the final Eden of the East movie was, because most Eden fans I know were mortified by how that ended up.

Well, THAT was unexpected!

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com.au/news/2011-10-04/ghost-in-the-shell-kamiyama-announces-009-recyborg-anime-film

Preview vid in that link.

So…stunned by Kamiyama’s choice?! Think he can make it work or that it will go down in flames?! This one is definitely a surprise.