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A quick review of REC (anime)

Synopsis: Fumihiko Matsumaru is an average salaryman with no girlfriend. He invited his colleague Ms. Tanaka to a movie but was stood up. Right at the time he was about to toss tickets into a trash can, a cute girl appeared and asked him not to waste those two tickets. After movie and dinner, he escorted her home and found they live in the same neighborhood, yet unfortunately her apartment caught on fire hours later. Having nowhere else to stay, rookie seiyuu Aka Onda moved to Matsumaru’s place, and the two had started a “more than friends but not yet lovers” relationship under the same roof while keeping this secret from their employers. (from: ANN)

Genre: Romance, comedy, drama
Status: Anime – completed, 9 episodes + 1 DVD-only episode (Feb to Mar 2006)
Manga – ongoing (10 volumes as of 01/2010)
Age rating: The anime contains some mature content (nudity, suggestive scenes and dialogue, and the like), but I heard the manga does indeed contain mature content (R-18?)

Thoughts / Review: The OP was your typical upbeat tune, though it did sound a bit different than the usual ones on similar types of series. It was done by SHAFT, so there were some touches of their unique visual style/elements present here and there. It has 9 episodes in total plus an extra DVD episode. Each episode is just approximately 12 minutes long (or short, however you wish to refer to it), so I managed to finish it in one sitting.

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Heh, like the season 1 final episode, this is probably one of my longest posts as well. My final impression of this series is noted at the end. =)

Episode 12: “The Ark of Stars” (series finale)

SUMMARY: Suou finds Shion knocked down on the ground in a room inside the Gate. Shion says it’s because he paid the amount necessary for his remuneration, then asks Suou to take him outside because he wants to see the moon. Yin, who’s clad in black, is humming a creepy tune while sitting on a rock in a flowery field, surrounded by a bunch of observation spectres (and contractor spirits?).

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Anime Preview: Winter 2009/2010

I got too caught up with work and the holiday season and almost skipped out on this. Anyway, here’s a rough list of anime that will be airing this Winter 2009/2010 season. It looks a bit dreary, but there are a few titles that caught my fancy.

This is far from a complete list of all the shows that will air this season, but either way, here’s the information I’ve been able to gather (listed in alphabetical order, by month). Most of the series in this list will start airing on January, while some on February and March 2010.

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Episode 11: ” The Water Bottom is Dry, the Moon is Full…”

SUMMARY: – Underneath the orange moon, we see a bunch of contractors dying, and it looks like Yin’s responsible for it. Hei is cooking a russian dish called pelmeni for the gang, and Suou offers to help. Hei says they’ll operate separately that day since he has to take care of his own problems. Suou says she’ll do the same and asks Hei to promise that he’ll come back, and he agrees.

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Ho-ho-ho~

♫ Have a Merry Christmas and a Faaabulous 2010! ^_^

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Here’s the usual “notables” list as the end of 2009 is just around the corner. A little something to look back and mention several anime series that I think are quite noteworthy to share.

Just a heads up, this is a rather subjective list as this was mainly based on my picks among the series I’ve seen which aired from January to December 2009 that I feel are notable.

* List order is chronological based on the season when it started airing (from Winter 2008/2009 to Fall 2009)

Without further ado, on to the list!

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Episode 10: “Your Smile on the Street Corner of Lies…”

SUMMARY: Through her cell phone, Kirihara reports to Kobayashi that they blocked all the possible exits at the airport but they’re still unable to find BK-201. Kobayashi says he already escaped via boat. Apparently, Kobayashi has access to a doll network system (like the one that the Astronomy Bureau has). Shizume notes that despite Kobyashi’s access to it, BK-201 still manages to elude the system. Picking up from the last episode, Suou’s mom (Asako) pulled her car over in shock upon hearing that the child with her is Suou. Asako insists that it’s impossible because Suou died in an explosion 8 years ago. A shocked Suou gets out of the car and runs away, with July following suit, although Mao is left behind in the car.

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