Daily Archives: August 17, 2015

Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture – Prince of Darkness (Kidō Senkan Nadeshiko – Za purinsu obu dākunesu)

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Prince of Darkness is the follow up to the Martian Successor Nadesico series. It’s been 2 years since the battle of Mars and the Nadesico crew is now scattered, with several members presumed dead. A new group called the Martian Successors wants destroy the peace and to continue the previous war. Ruri may have been 11 at the start of the original Nadesico’s voyage but now she’s 15 and captains the Nadesico.

To prevent the Earth from falling into another war, Ruri starts collecting former members of the crew. Some have undergone some small changes like Ryoko has black hair but most of the crew remains intact, personality and all. Most people will want to know about Akito and Yurika, well they do make an appearance but probably not in the form you’d expect. You probably won’t even recognize Akito but he also joins the mission so that he can save Yurika. Continue reading

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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The phenomenon that is Haruhi Suzumiya is still going strong. This show and the light novels came in like a hurricane and it’s influence is still seen today, even though the books and the series were in the early 2000s. If you don’t know about Haruhi Suzumiya but you watch anime then you were probably living under a rock. Or you’re one of those people who won’t watch because it’s popular (which has to be one of the stupidest reasons to not watch something.)

The influence of Haruhi Suzumiya cannot be understated. Look at Lucky Star where the main character Konata is Haruhi at the cosplay cafe she works at. They even do a dance number and she acts like her. Or look at Angel Beats where one of the main protagonists looks almost exactly like her, hair ribbon and all. A lot of other anime have references to Haruhi Suzumiya in some way. Even from the Haruhi universe, you have The Disappearance of Nagato which in itself is a good show but I don’t think it comes close to being in the same stratosphere. There are many other references in other shows too.

The story revolves around Haruhi Suzumiya and Kyon but in different ways. Kyon is actually narrating the story while Haruhi is the focus of the show. One day, Kyon is sitting in class and a new girl comes in. The introduction she gives is what sets up the rest of the series. Haruhi pronounces that she is only interested in aliens, espers and time travelers and if you’re not one of them then she doesn’t want to talk to you. While everyone stays away from her because her aloof personality and the crazy stories about her, Kyon decides one day to say something to her and that’s where the adventure starts. Continue reading

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Kure-Nai

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What do you get when you have a teenage boy, a young princess, a mercenary, a perverted college aged woman, a dark goth woman and some ninjas? Believe it or not, there’s all that and more in Kure-nai.

Without completely destroying the plot, Kure-nai is the story of a teenage boy who is enlisted by his employer, to protect a young princess. The princess is from a family that has plans for her to “disappear”, which is why she has to be protected. What are you to do when you’re a teenage boy who has to raise a princess almost like she’s your own daughter and also protect her life. Continue reading

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