Full Metal Panic! 01-05

Due to my relative lateness to the anime party compared to many of my fellow fans, there are some critically acclaimed series that I haven’t seen at all. This means that I probably won’t be focusing on newer stuff for the time being (until October, to be precise). This also gives me the perfect excuse to drop Strike Witches, because  I don’t feel that it’s going to be as deep as I hoped it would be. I’m pretty sure I’m going to run out of things to say about pantsu, so I’m not going to try.

I may keep watching it though, y’know… just to see if it gets any better. Yeah… That’s my reason and I’m sticking to it. >_>

Moving on, Full Metal Panic! was pretty high up the list of anime to watch, so I’ve decided to do a bit of blogging on it, and on my first impressions of the series so far.

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Aria the Origination Drama CD1 01 (and Aria in general)

Through a post I recently seen on Natsukashii, I found out about a new fansub group, called Tortoise Fansubs (web/IRC), who are subbing Drama CDs. Excellent! Drama CDs, and especially internet radio shows these days, are so common for anime in Japan. They are perfect for unlocking secrets and explaining nuances from the show that just can’t be picked up through the medium of video alone. Also, and especially in this case for me, it helps with the withdrawal symptoms of shows that have finished, much like Aria.

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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

I started (and finished) the first series of this anime quite a while ago. Last year, in fact. It was one of the shows that my university anime club introduced me to, and I am so thankful to them for that. I recently marathoned the whole first series again, and I’m so glad I did.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, also known as So Long, Mr. Despair to those who followed a.f.k.’s fansubs, is adapted from the manga with the same name, as it happens. The story was created by Koji Kumeta, who we get to see a lot of throughout the series, given that his head appears a smattering of times throughout each episode. It’s this kind of behaviour that makes SZS stand out for me as a great example of anime.

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