Anime You Might Not Have Try/Heard of #2

Hey guys, I'm back with my shameless ego and crappy humor! There were 18 comments last time, that's 18 more than I expected, so I decided to do another one even no one will care. Again, keep in mind that I am not saying they are good or bad, they are just anime that you might not have heard of, or you did, but never try it.

Karas

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Genre: Dark Fantasy/Action/Supernatural

Studio: Tatsunoko Production (Tekkaman Blade, Yatterman)

Director: Sato Keiichi (Tiger & Bunny)

Adapted From: Original

Localized by: Manga Entertainment

Cast:

Wada Toshihiro/Steve Staley as Otoha

Suzuki Kasumi/Piper Perabo/Cree Summer as Yurine

Shibuya Asuka/Julie Ann Taylor as Hinaru

Fujihara Keiji/Jay Hernandez as Nue

Nabatame Hitomi/Kate Higgins as Homura

Sakurai Takahiro/Matthew Lillard as Houshun'in Eko

Story: Takes place in the fictional Shinjuku, a city where ordinary human and Yokai living in two separate realms. Between the two, a man named Otoha was chosen to be the Karas, a guardian chosen by the will of the city, Yurine to protect the city itself. In the other hand, the former Karas, Eko abandoned his duty and try to take over the city for himself. Along with other Karas, Otoha set out to defeat Eko to protect the city.

Impression: Let's get the bad things out first: the story is super confusing. While the story itself is not bad, it's really hard to tell what's going on, as the event of the story goes way too fast without being properly explained, it might be due to time constrain, or it's just not the focus of the anime. You can still figure out what is going on, but it will require some re-watch. The good things, the visuals. So have you guys watched Blassreiter as i recommended last time? Dig the action scenes? If so, you will like to check out the action scenes in Karas; if not, you will really want to check out the action scenes in Karas. Most 3D actions in anime feels either sloppy or just doesn't fit into the 2d part, while I can't describe the awesomeness of the visual with words, you can witness them yourselves:

Karas: The Prophecy Water Demon Fight ENGLISH (via KarasProphecy23)

Done being impressed? Good, because as you have notice in the video, the visual is not the only strong part of it, the OST is just as amazing as well. The music is composed by Ike Yoshihiro, who also did the music in Tiger & Bunny, and he did a damned great job in here. Some of you who played Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom might already have this track stuck in your head.

Karas - Karas Kenzai (Shikkoku no Tatakai Hen) (via depthruins2k39)

Overall, if you are looking for a deep story, look else well. But if you want orgasm on your eyes and ears, you are in the right place.

Cencoroll

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Genre: Sci-Fi

Studio: Aniplex, Anime Innovation Tokyo

Director: Uki Atsuya

Adapted From: Original

Localized by: None, but it was once showed on New York Anime Festival on Sept. 25, 2009 with subtitles

Cast:

Hanazawa Kana as Yuki

Shimono Hiro as Tetsuo

Kimura Ryouhei as Shu

Moriya Satomi as Kei

Story: In the fictional city modeled after Sapparo, Hokkaido, mysterious white "monsters" appear in the city in occasion. Our protagonist is Testuo, a high school boy who's linked to a shape shifting "monster" named Cenco and has the ability to communicate and give direct order to it. While he wanted to keep Cenco a secret, it was seen by a girl named Yuki, who goes to the same school as him. Yuki is very curious about "monsters" and promised to keep it a secret. Soon, they meet a boy named Shu, who also have linked himself to another "monster" with the ability to turn invisible. Shu claimed that he want to make Cenco his, and proceed to order his "monster" to attack Cenco.

Impression: It was a short and simple anime and it's quite hard to write an impression on it. Despite being released as a film, it was only 30 minutes long. The art style give you a "clean feeling" to it, with the help of the color of the "monsters" being all white. The story itself is rather simple too, however, it did make you want more of it, as the story is clearly not finished. Luckily, a sequel is announced, so for now, I can't really write anything about it, but I can say that I did enjoy it thoroughly, and while I can't guaranteed you will enjoy as much as I do, it still worth a try. Another point worth mentioning is that the music is done by Ryo and Supercell, who composed songs like Black Rock Shooter, World is Mine, various other Vocaloid and non-Vocaloid songs, so if you are a fan, you should keep your eyes on it.

So Ra No Wo To/Sound of the Sky

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Genre: Social Sci-Fi/Comedy/Slice of Life/Drama

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Kanbe Mamoru (Elfen Lied)

Adapted From: Original

Localized by: Nozomi Entertainment

Cast:

Kanemoto Hisako as Sorami Kanata

Kobayashi Yu as Kazumiya Rio

Endo Aya as Felicia Heideman

Kitamura Eri as Sunomiya Kureha

Yuuki Aoi as Kannagi Noel

Story: Takes place in the distant future after a great war with civilization is destroyed and rebuilt, a young girl named Sorami Kanata witness a trumpeter from the Helvetian army playing Amazing Grace when she was still a kid, which inspired her to joined the army as a bugler, thinking that she can one day learn to play that same melody she had once heard. She was assigned to the 1121st Platoon in Seize, Helvetia, a small town right next to the No Man Land. There she met her new comrades, and started to learn more about the different people she will soon encountered.

Impression: I know what you are thinking, no, it's not K-ON!. It does have the similarities, but not entirely the same. Think of K-ON!, but with an actual and meaningful plot. The first half is rather similar to K-ON!, as it's about Kanata interacting with the people in the town, enjoy her life as soldier with nothing to do because they are stationed in a far countryside. However, after learning everything about the characters and the world setting, things started to pick up and goes deeper into the more serious stuff like war and peace, and how conflict between people are started despite they are all wishing for the same peace. But the time the show end, you can actually feel how much Kanata had grown. Another good things about it is the rich setting. Despite being half slice of life, it has a very detailed setting about the world, languages, culture, the conflicts of the nations and the geography. For example, the town of Seize is inspired by Cuenca, Spain, the official language of Helvetia is French (but they are all translated to Japanese and it's called "Helvetian" instead of "French" in the show) and Roma is German(Roman). The tanks, despite having legs, are all inspired by real tanks as well. There is a Shinto-Christian religion, and Festivals exclusively held in Seize. Everything is set in details, and you can feel it the town and characters as they are real, instead of for the sake of just being there. The music is also great too. Words can't describe it, so here you go.

[Sora No Woto]OST No.4 [Servante du feu](Servant of Fire) English+French+Chinese Subtitle (via silvernightpuma)

The OP is from Kalafina, with my favorite composer Kajiura Yuki. One personal complain from me will be the character designs. The original character designs are by Kishida Mel, my favorite artist, but they didn't really try to translate his art style into the show. So I think you can tell how much I love this sh*t by seeing how long the paragraph is. If you think you will like it, give it a try. If not, give a try anyway, it won't kill you. All I can say is that by the end of the show, you won't look (well, listen) at Amazing Grace the same way as before. Also, there is a episode 7.5, which takes place between 7 and 8, and a episode 13, which takes place after the ending, so make sure you don't miss it.

Heroic Age

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Genre: Sci-Fi/Mecha

Studio: Xebec (Fafner in the Azure, Martian Successor Nadesico)

Director: Suzuki Toshimasa (Fafner in the Azure - Heaven and Earth, Langrange: The Flower of Rin-ne)

Adapted From: Original

Localized By: Funimation Entertainment

Cast:

Yasaki Hiroshi/J. Michael Tatum as Age

Ishikawa Yui/Caitlin Glass as Dhianeila Y Leisha Altoria Ol Yunos

Kondo Takeshi/Joel McDonald as Iolaous Oz Mehelim

Koshimizu Ami/Cherami Leigh as Yuty La

Tamura Yukari/Monical Rial as Tail Ol Mehelim

Kugimiya Rie/Monica Rial as Mail Al Mehelim

Katou Masayuki/Christopher Sabat as Karkinos Rucan

Suzuki Chihiro/Greg Ayes as Mehitak Pore

Sawashiro Miyuki/Stephanie Young as Lekty Leque

Story: Once upon a time, there is race of life form called the Golden Tribe. They created and rule the world and universe, and they predicted the future. One day, they called the races in the universe, tell them to fly and explore and sky. Three races answered the call, the highly intelligent humanoid Silver Tribe, the insect-like Bronze Tribe, and the gigantic and powerful Heroic Tribe. Soon, the aggressive Heroic Tribe brought war to the whole universe and only five of them survived. In order to punish the Heroic Tribe, the Golden Tribe takes the souls of the five remaining survivors and seal them into the bodies of five individuals, known as the Nodos, within the universe. As the Golden Tribe was about to leave and move on to the new universe, they saw another race answered their called, Human, the Iron Tribe. Inside the human ship, there was a baby, a Nodos named Age. Before they leave, the Golden Tribe decided to raised this child by themselves. About a century later, Silver Tribe, who now think that they are the ruler of the universe since Golden Tribe's departure, and Bronze Tribe, who takes order from the Silver Tribe, were at war with the Iron Tribe, thinking that they are the threat of the universe. The human decided to seek the powerful Nodos the legend speak of in order to aid them in the war, and they found a boy named Age on the planet Oron alone.

Impression: First impression after the introduction in the first episode (all those crap I just typed above): Starcraft the Anime. As you can see, there tons of references of Greek Mythology in here, it's even safe to call it Greek Mythology: Sci-Fi edition. The story focus on the adventure of the human ship that are ordered to look for the Nodos, and it ended up as quite a space epic. The story is nothing new, but it is rather well done that you will never have that "oh hey, I saw that before" moment (even though you did see that before). The pacing of the story is great too, as you never get bored because they drag you for too long, nor will you feel things are going too fast. Despite being a mecha anime, it's not a dark story, and in fact, it's story about overcoming conflict by understanding each other's differences. The main character Age might be a little cliche, but he actually fit into the story very well, as his innocent mind serve as the medium of how the characters understand each other. As for the mech, they have very good designs, but the highlight here are the Nodos, the people who can transform into a giant mecha-ish creature that is 10+ times bigger than a regular mech and have the ability to wipe out a whole fleet with one simple punch, and I'm not exaggerating, because the anime did a great job at showing that, so for those who like over power mech, you might want to check it out too. I can't spoil you anything further more, but i can tell you that the ending is f**king beautiful. I can't say everyone will share my opinion, but it is definitely one of the best ending I have seen in an anime.

I was planning on writing more, but I figure you might already be bored by the wall of text composed by 2000+ words, so i will leave it here and save the rest for next time (if there is a next time).