Anime that could use a sequel Part One

Disclaimer: The following article may contain spoilers for the shows discussed below. If you have not watched the shows listed below or are in the process of watching them please read careful. Areas with Spoilers will be given white colored text so if you want to read it then highlight the text that is hidden.  Some images used here in this upcoming articles may be NSFW so please read at your own risk if you read this blog at work.

Recently two polls were created and asked fans what shows they would like to see get a sequel to. The list had me thinking as well about what shows should get either more episodes (another season) or just a few episodes to tidy things up (a few OVA’s). Sequels can be good or better than the previous season (Initial D is a good example) or they can be worse (Comic Party Revolution, To Heart ~Remember my Memories, and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny some good examples of this). Below are some of the shows that I believe could get sequels in terms of another season or just some OVAs. This list is far from complete and this will just include shows that I have finished myself. There is a high doubt that any of this would happen but hey one can dream right?  This will be a several part series since the list that I have come up with is longer than more articles I have written.  Part Two will be up tomorrow and Part Three will be up Saturday, along with a special on Sunday.

Ai Yori Aoshi

What is the show about? – Kaoru Hanabishi, a college student who lives alone, met a beautiful but bewildered girl dressed in kimono at train station. He volunteered to guide her way to the address she was looking for, which looked like in his neighborhood but turned out to be an empty lot. Not knowing what to do next, Kaoru invited the devastated girl to his apartment and asked for additional clue — a photo with two children whom Kaoru immediately identified as himself and Aoi Sakuraba, his childhood friend. It turned out that the girl in front of him is Aoi Sakuraba herself, his betrothed fiancée who came all the way to Tokyo to marry him. Her revelation was not only surprising but also reminded the deepest part of Kaoru’s memory for why he left the Hanabishi family in the first place.

Why does it need a sequel or prequel? (SPOILER ALERT) – Enishi ends with nothing being fully resolved. Kaoru and Aoi still love each other, and Tina is the only one of the harem girls to know that Kaoru and Aoi are in love with each other. The manga does give a great ending to the series and fleshes everything out. (SPOILER END).

What type of sequel does it need? – To bring the story to a close several OVA’s would be enough to wrap everything up completely. Three to Four OVA’s would need to be created to bring everything to a complete close that the series deserves.

Chances of this happening: It is an old show by today’s standards so there is a pretty low chance that it would get any OVA’s.

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Angel Beats

What is the show about? In a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the otherhand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers.

Why does it need a sequel or prequel? (SPOILER ALERT)While the series did end and everyone left limbo to either go on to the next world or get reborn we do miss a few details on some of the other casts members as what happened to them when they were living and why they could not move on initially do the afterlife. (SPOILER END)

What type of sequel does it need? – This is a tough one. On one hand another twelve episode series could be made to wrap everything up complete and see what happens to everyone else after they leave the limbo world. On the other hand having a few OVA’s to explain what happen to some of the others to end of them and what allowed them to move on completely would also be enough. For this one I am going to chalk this up as either or.

Chances of this happening*: Angel Beats got high marks on either list but but since this is a P.A. Works title with Kyoto Animation being involved would at least give it enough interest if a sequel was made.

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B Gata H Kei

What is the show about? - Yamada is a high school student, and a virgin, who aspires to have 100 casual sex partners. Despite this, she soon finds herself targeting and pursuing only one boy.

Why does it need a sequel or prequel? (SPOILER ALERT) The TV series ends with Yamada and Kosuda attempting to have sex only to fail with getting this done. The series ends with just showing that Yamada and Kosuda still care about each other. (SPOILER END)

What type of sequel does it need? – This series needs another twelve or thirteen episodes to bring everything to a close. The manga ended after the TV series was finished but does give a legit ending to the series. The manga also after where the TV shows ends gives more development to the main cast and some to the side cast members.

Chances of this happening: B Gata H Kei flopped in Japan and it pretty well known about the threats the studio got after the show finished airing so the chances of B Gata H Kei getting a sequel would be low, but it did alright in the polling so there is always hope.

[Source: ANN]

Thanks to Reaper_GI for informing me of a mistake

Angel Beats Redux

Itsumo hitori aruiteta. Furekaeru to minna ha tooku .....

Angel Beats Redux

This article is about what I’d like to see done with Angel Beats & is written from the perspective of one who has seen the series only. I’m an anime fan in that I like/watch these movies/series & that’s it. I’m not into books, magazines, models/figurines, manga, knick knacks or any other off screen ephemera associated with anime. If there are any “holes” in this article this is why.

I want to pretend episode 4.5 never happened. Yui supplies more than enough “energy” for the SSS. Surprisingly, TK wasn’t all that hyper in comparison to the rest of the gang.

Drop the Guild. Peripheral at best. Except for episode 2, the group isn’t seen except for one or two individuals “in the back ground” so to speak.Yuri & Takeyama seem proficient with tech. Perhaps they could “procure” supplies (Though no where near as good as Kanade.). “Getting rid” of the guild could free up some time for another characters’ back story.

Essential backstories:

Hinata- Main secondary protagonist. Need to know.

TK- I actually like this character, mainly because he’s underexposed (In an American production he’d not only be THE main character but would also be obnoxious, LOUD, & “just too kool”. In short, a jerk.) What was he like when alive? One of the uncool kids at school? A fan of “all things American”? A frustrated rocker? It would be nice if he’d mutter a less “vague” phrase now & then (The mumbling father figure of Hanna Barberas’ Hillbilly Bears show would say a “coherent” sentance every so often.)

Shiina- Too much of a mystery girl. Is her skill as a “ninja” a reverse of having been picked- on/abused while living or inadequacey as a martial artist? Why the obsession with “cute” things? Did she have bad luck with pets?

Naoi- Yes, we already know his backstory. But how did he get his expertise in hypnotism?

Why no revolvers? All I saw were semi-autos (I never liked the trigger pulls on Berettas & schlocks ….. er Glocks. Too mushy out of the box.).

Essential disappearances:

Have the “rapture” of GiDeMo, along with Yusa, separate from the en-masse “catching away” in ep 12.

TK, Shiina, Noda at least. The rest of the SSS “fighters” in a separate mass exodus?

Again, I realize there other media connected with this series & thus some of the same or different info would be there. My main interest in my video hobby are on the films and shows themselves, with anime being a comparitively small part of it.

Article copyright © 1-6-11 Jay Agan

This article originally posted at Jays’ Tee Vee.

Angel Beats, Episode 4.5: Oh Geez!

"Oh Yuzuru! This really sucks! Everyone's acting like Yui on habanero sauce!" "Yeah babe, I know." Credit: P. A. Works

 

Angel Beats, Episode 4.5: Oh Geez!

Have just seen the Angel Beats OVA (episode 4.5), & wish I hadn’t. I guess I’ll start with the premise.

Scheming to get face to face with GOD (Insert lightning flashes & peals of thunder.), Yuri cooks up a plan (Operation High Tension Syndrome) wherin everyone pretends to be fired up/enthused over school activities for a period of 12 hours. Of course, since they’re faking it, & thus not finding “fulfillment”, none of the gang will vanish “in the twinkling of an eye” (Take THAT, Hal Lindsey!). This is to confuse Angel/Kanade into thinking something isn’t quite right in the “matrix” & she’ll run to the Supreme Being and report. Yuri & co. are to follow her and finally confront the “Uncaused First Cause”. If the operation is unsuccessful, everyone (Except Yuri) is to go on a seven day waterless fast!

This is kind of like the dog who chases cars. What’s he gonna do with it if he ever catches one? I’m no theologian but I think God’s a little bigger than a Buick & I’m including the 1960s/70s “Deuce & a Quarter” in that estimation. Details ….. details …..

Did I say the gang was to be fired up? More like exploding! To anyone who wanted to see other members of the SSS be more like Yui (An irritatingly hyperactive, though lovable, moron.) here’s your chance. Hyper they are (And LOUD!) but minus Yuis’ endearing charm. Never before, have I seen so many characters be so obnoxious & annoying at one time. They make the Three Stooges look like paragons of reserve & civility. Classes & halls are disrupted with gang members personality traits amplified beyond max tolerance levels. It’s the invasion of the uber-Yuis with Kanade & Otanashi vainly being characters for the viewer to identify with. The only thing more irritating is the omni present, beeping “high tension meter” in the lower left corner of the picture. Oh yes, Yui is “worse” than her usual self. Something I originally thought impossible.

I really like this series & any attempts to “pad” it out like this, could only hurt. I would not introduce newcomers to anime (Or this show.) with this ep.

Article copyright © 1-2-11 Jay Agan

This article originally posted at Jays’ Tee Vee.

Angel Beats: NOT a Haruhi Clone

The three principal protagonists of Angel Beats. L-R Yuzuru Otanashi, Yuri Nakamura, "Angel"/Kanade Tachibana. Credit: PA Works, Aniplex

 

As announced earlier this year, Angel Beats will be available from Right Stuf , July 26.

Angel Beats: NOT A Haruhi Clone

One thing I’ve liked about anime is the willingness of the artists involved to try new concepts & ideas. Unlike the “safe” strategies followed by our animators, the Japanese “school” of animation exhibits a much greater willingness to experiment. To be sure it’s pretty much hit or miss, but when it does hit, it can be an interesting viewing experience indeed.

One of these “hits” is Angel Beats. Even if an anime is seemingly of a sub-genre I don’t care for, (In this case, what I thought was cutesy, moe, school girl crap.), I’ll take a chance if it has a plot/theme I might go for. Here, the high school schtick is merely part of the backdrop. In actuality, the show is a techno-theological, action thriller.

I’ve read some opinions likening this to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, some even going so far as to refer to this (& one of the protagonists) as a Haruhi clone. I beg to differ. This series is so different as to stand on its’ own. The only “sameness” I could find is that the one protagonist bears a very superficial resemblance to Haruhi. How many other anime series feature a “magical”, assertive/energetic, schoolgirl? Not too sure but I THINK there may have been a few.

On first viewing, I thought it was rather disjointed (Still do but much less so.) as well as violent & bloody. The final episode (More on this later.) however, made me want to rewatch the series.

Theologically, it has something for every one. A Catholic (?) purgatory (In the form of a large high school boarding academy.), where those whose lives were lacking in some way come to resolve failed experiences/mistakes, and unload spiritual/emotional baggage before “passing on” (It must be Purgatory. The data tech there is Windows!). Reincarnation is a factor. There is even a “rapture” element in the way those who find peace leave the scene. (I’m what some would call a Christian fundamentalist though I don’t subscribe to the “gospel” of Hal Lindsey or Tim LaHaye.) No matter what faith/theology one follows, anyone willing to see past what might be looked on as “pagan/infidel” & focus on what’s compatiple, may find this show intrigueing.

The series centers around three main characters: The amnesiac, Yuzuru Otonashi who regains memory(s) overtime. Yuri Nakamura, a resentful girl who has it in for God due to a horrendous experience when alive. The target (Literally!) of Yuris’ resentment is title character Angel/Kanade Tachibana. She’s ostensibly there to enforce the “status quo” & help others find peace, sending them on their way. Due to Yuris’ ongoing war with her, she’s more preoccupied with countering (With the help of VR tech-data manipulation) the operations of the Afterlife Battle Front , Yuris’ band of “merry men”. Thus all the gun & swordplay going on. Oh yes. Since you’re already dead when there, you can’t be killed. One usually “revives” a few minutes to a day later, either where you fall or in the schools’ infirmary. Still hurts like ….. uh ….. purgatory, though. Ouch!

The series is 13 eps long, packed with interesting twists & turns. Iwasawa, lead singer of the battlefronts’ diversionary rock band (Girls Dead Monster) finds fulfillment in her music and disappears before one and all (ep 3). New enemies emerge (eps 5,7, & 10). One, Naoi, joins the Battlefront. Differences with Kanade & Yuri are eventually ironed out (ep 7) then “rekindled” (ep 9). Yuzurus’ memory is fully regained & back story told (Important!) (ep9). Yuri realizes the futility & waste in “fighting” God & has a “temptation of Christ” moment (ep 12).

It is during these events Yuzuru & Kanade “connect” & later conspire with two others to help battlefront members gain fulfillment and leave the scene. One they succeed with is one of the more endearing characters of the show, Yui, a girl who had been paralyzed when alive & wanting to accomplish much. (Along with her slightly “gothed” attire, she sports a set of little bat wings in the small of her back and a spearpoint tail. Took me awhile to notice. Makes one wonder who she’s working for (My guess it’s an inside joke.). The ending of this characters’ last scene (ep 10) is poignant & touching to say the least.

Many others, (Including the afore mentioned rock band.), partly on Yuris’ suggestion & realizing the pointlessness of resisting God, life/death, & ultimatly themselves, take their leave en masse (ep 12).

The anti-climactic 13th episode is a masterpiece of a heartbreaker that I guarantee at the end will …..TEAR….. YOU….. UP. Aptly titled: Graduation, the three principal characters & two others (Hinata & Naoi), hold a do it yourself high school grad ceremony as cloture & say their goodbyes (I hope I’m as joyful & matter of fact as Yuri & Hinata when it’s my time to meet the Lord.). See this episode past the powerful credits ending for FULL IMPACT. You have been warned.

“Let’s meet again somewhere.”

“See ya, buddy!”

Article copyright © 1-23-2011 Jay Agan

This article originally posted on Jays’ Tee Vee.

Sakura Con/Anime Boston News

Sakura Con and Anime Boston continued today. With the numerous industry panels taking place there were plenty of announcements to cover. Here they are, divided up by company:

Sentai Filmworks

At their Anime Boston panel earlier today, Sentai Filmworks announced that they had licensed Senko no Night Raid, which they referred to as Night Raid 1931. Night Raid was the second series in Aniplex’ and TV Tokyo’s joint project Anime no Chikara, which focused on creating original anime series, as opposed to adapting them from manga or light novels. It focuses on a group of Japanese spies dispatched to Shanghai in 1931 due to the First Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, and World War I. Sentai will be releasing it in a complete series set on DVD and Blu-Ray this August.

Sentai also premiered their dub of Angel Beats, which will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray in July. Unfortunately the host of the panel did not have a cast list with him, so the actual cast is currently unknown.

Funimation Entertainment

At their Anime Boston panel earlier today, Funimation announced that the final Eden of the East movie, Paradise Lost, would be released in August. Kenji Kamiyama, director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Moribito Guardian of the Spirit, directed both the TV series and the movies. The TV series originally aired during Fuji TV’s noitaminA block, and was released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Funimation last fall. The first movie, King of Eden, comes out next week in a DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack and includes Air Communication, a 90 minute recap of the TV series.

The also announced that they would simulcasting the series Aria the Scarlet Ammo starting this upcoming Tuesday at 10 AM Central. Aria the Scarlet Ammo is about a bunch of girls with guns at a high school who probably shoot stuff.

Those were the only new announcements made at the panel, with the rest being devoted to Q&A as well as going over releases for series that have already been announced such as Shin-Chan, Sgt. Frog, Excel Saga, Dance in the Vampire Bund, and the Soul Eater and Yu Yu Hakusho Blu-Ray releases.

Bandai Entertainment

Bandai held a panel at Sakura Con earlier today where they made several announcements.

The first couple of announcements are about Gundam properties. Bandai had mentioned last year that they intended to re-release the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, this time with the original Japanese audio that was lacking from its first release. Today they’ve announced that they plan to release the series on DVD this summer. There was another Gundam announcement at the panel, this one in regards to the Gundam 00 movie, A wakening of the Trailblazer. Bandai announced plans to release it on DVD and Blu-Ray this summer.

Bandai also announced plans to release The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, the latest entry in the Haruhi franchise. They aim to release it some time this summer on DVD and Blu-Ray. The movie adapts the fourth book of the Haruhi light novel series, in which Kyon arrives at school one day to find that Haruhi has vanished, and the other members of the SOS Brigade claim they don’t know him. Kyon seems to be the only person who remembers Haruhi and the SOS Brigade, and he seeks an answer as to what’s going on.

The last announcement Bandai made at their panel was the acquisition of Star Driver. This was to be expected since they had teased the announcement a few weeks ago. They have not announced a release date, format, or any other information whatsoever.

That’s all the information out of the conventions today. Aniplex USA held a panel at Sakura Con, but had nothing to announce.