Battle Angel

There’s so much anime available to watch in multiple forms now. When I was a fledgling anime fan, I really only had the stores in the college town nearest my own tiny hometown, and whatever aired on network television (no cable). We didn’t have internet, so I didn’t have a way to connect to other fans and do the tape trading I’ve heard about. I also didn’t have an income, so I probably wouldn’t have been able to do that anyway. That’s not the point of this post though.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I buy anime only a few times a year now, and usually I make sure to take advantage of RightStuf’s holiday sales for anything I might be missing or missing out on. My theme this year seemed to be “anime I should have seen by now.”

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Battle Angel comes from the era of anime that I started with as a fan – the 90s. It’s an OVA based on a manga called Battle Angel Alita, or GUNNM. When I popped in the DVD, I expected a bland story and a cutesy protagonist, but I was pleasantly surprised!

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Aquarian Age

I buy physical anime only a few times a year anymore. Mostly, I pick up what I can from RightStuf’s annual Christmas sale. Aquarian Age is one of the anime I picked up, along with a lot of things I felt should either be in my library or that I hadn’t seen and felt like I should have already.

Unfortunately Aquarian Age itself doesn’t belong to either category, now that I’ve watched it. There’s some definite spoilers ahead, but since Aquarian Age originally aired in 2002 and released in the US starting in 2004, well the statute of limitations is up, I think.

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Sailor Moon Crystal thoughts

Here we are near the end of the year! As usual, I’ve basically forgotten about this blog for most of the year.

I have thoughts about Sailor Moon Crystal. Like most fans, I was super excited to learn about a new anime adaptation, especially one that was closer to the original manga. I had a couple misgivings though: the biggest being that the secondary characters would just fade into the background. I’ve never thought the manga did well enough fleshing out anyone that wasn’t Usagi or Chibi-Usa. Other than that, I was completely on board for a new adaptation.

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My Anime (DVD) Collection A to Z: Baccano!

I think the last time I tried this (with a much smaller collection), I stopped at Baccano. Sometimes I just have to be in a particular mood to watch anime, and forcing a schedule just doesn’t work out.

In my collection, Baccano is one of the titles I’ve actually watched 4 or 5 times now. It’s endlessly fascinating, and I usually end up wishing there were more.

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Well That Figures! Nendoroid Hitagi Senjougahara

I’ll admit it, I have a fondness for tsundere characters. I don’t actually own many figures of said tsundere(s?) though. Well actually, depending on how you interpret tsundere, maybe I have quite the collection (I don’t – not that many), who knows?

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Anyhow, a few months back, I came across news of a Hitagi nendoroid, in a Bakemonogatari special item box. I’ve only watched the Bakemonogatari anime and Hitagi is one of my favorite characters. I like her overall look and her attitude, so of course I went ahead and preordered the box. This nendo surprised me. Continue reading