Wednesday, July 13, 2005
THREE orders of business! Whoo!
NUMBER ONE. XD
*cues the theme music*
Hello and welcome back to Aurus-kun's Periodical Anime Recommendations! For those of you not familiar with APAR, this is a (roughly) monthly column in which I bring your attention to any little-known or un-licensed anime or manga that I am currently watching or reading.
I know I promised I'd have more than one, but what with a full-time job on my hands, I really haven't had a chance to watch much. Between Bleach, Loveless, and Trinity Blood... my time is stretched thin. But, anyway, this month's feature is...
Medium: anime (based on a manga, as far as I can tell - don't know the author)
# Episodes: 8? released, 26? total
Plot summary: Abel Nightroad is a Catholic priest, in a post-apocalyptic Earth where vampires and humans clash and space-age technology is available to those with the right connections. Nightroad-sama seems an unusual beacon in the dark world with his sweet and lighthearted nature, but as the vampire organization, Rozenkreuz, begins to work against the Vatican and a young human girl gets involved in the conflict, he slowly reveals more terrifying powers...
Why Aurus-kun likes it: It's so freaking BADASS! Think the best aspects of Trigun and Hellsing, put together - Vash's cute, bishounen lightheartedness combined with Alucard's ultimately awesome powers. There's even a (creepy) Integra-wannabe. The Pope is also younger than I am, and the biggest wuss I've ever seen. But all that aside, it is truly badass. Lots of action, nifty animation, and some very kickass fight scenes. It may seem a lot like a cheap Hellsing rip at first, and there are a lot of parallels, but I think that's forgivable - the technical greatness and Nightroad's cuteness/badass makes up for it.
Other notes of interest: Seth's seiyuu, Matsuoka Yuki, voiced Inoue Orihime in BLEACH, and Tres's seiyuu, Nakai Kazuya, did Mugen in Samurai Champloo. Also, William Wordsworth was voiced by Ookawa Tooru, who was the seiyuu for Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist. The rest of the cast is actually less than notorious, but don't let that turn you away - the voices are great, and the series, overall, is a lot of fun. Hellsing fans, once they get over the similarities, should enjoy the series - I know I am!
That's all that I've got for now, but I'll try to do another before the month is out, to make up for June's lack of stuff. If you have any suggestions for anime/manga that I have not featured and you think ought to be shared with your fellow otaku, please feel free to PM me and let me know!
I believe we have settled on an excellent way to do recording for the Bleach project.
Skype is something like a phone service, except downloading and using it to talk to others through it is totally free. It requires a microphone and speakers, but I think it's well-worth the investment. I'm planning to go out and get a decent mic of my own as soon as I can. You can download it from their website, and it's very easy to use.
Anyone in the Bleach fandub project who does not have my SN, please PM me for it. I won't be online with it until I get a mic, but I may as well spread my SN around for future reference, ne?
I hope to be talking to some of you soon!
NUMERO TRES! XDDD
I will be traveling for the next week or so. I'll be bringing my laptop, Benihime, with me, but internet access is questionable. I'll update when I can, and I'm also bringing my camera, so there'll be lots of photography fun up in my DeviantArt account when I get home.
See you all in a week, if not before!
LOVE AND PEACE!