Oda Nobunaga embraces his wife, as the difficulties of the Sengoku Jidai threaten to overwhelm them.

Oda Nobunaga embraces his wife, as the difficulties of the Sengoku Jidai threaten to overwhelm them.

Nobunaga Concerto is a bit behind the rest of the shows airing this season; episode three is out now, however, and it does seem that it is trying to be something unusual. Most series based upon the conceit that a high school student that has slipped back in time to the Sengoku “Warring States” period (in this case about the mid-1500s) are light in tone, and often comic, but Nobunaga Concerto takes a different approach, both to animation (which involves motion capture and rotoscoping), and to the story, which is more serious.

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Intense contrast as the storm clouds part.

Episode 5 ends Hyouka‘s initial arc. I was extremely pleased with the way everything came together in the end. Nevertheless this is yet another post about how great this series looks.

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"What a damn fine world we live in."

Paranoia Agent is a Madhouse production TV series from 2004, and an important part of the artistic legacy of Satoshi Kon, who passed away at the age of 46, in 2010. Paranoia Agent is a 13 episode series that might be classified in the Police Procedural genre, as, on the surface, it concerns itself with a series of murders, the police investigating the crimes, the lives of the victims, and the effect of the crime spree on the population at large. As with several of Kon’s works, Paranoia Agent really is an exploration of the grey area that exists somewhere between reality and fiction. One can say that the real subject of the series are Lies, those we tell to others, and those we tell to ourselves.

This review is intended to be spoiler free, but for those wanting the bottom line: Paranoia Agent is well worth watching.

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I want to do something a little different this season, so I am going to try to collect many of the OP (Opening credit sequences) for shows airing this season. I won’t provide too much commentary just a few thoughts that come to mind. Anyways, this is an experiment, so listen to some music already! Since I am going to rely on youtube videos, these are partially dictated by the broadcast schedule, and then whether anyone has posted them for linking.

The shows covered in this post are presented in alphabetical order (not personal preference!):

  1. Blade
  2. Blood-C
  3. Hanasaku Iroha (OP 2)
  4. Ikoku Meiru no Croisée
  5. Kamisama no Memo-chou
  6. Natsume Yuujinchou San
  7. Ro-Kyu-Bu!
  8. Sacred Seven
  9. Uta no Prince-sama – Maji Love 1000%

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"What does the manager have to know, or at least to understand, to be equal to his task?" -- Peter Drucker

The first episode of Moshidora (What if a female manager of a high school baseball team read Drucker’s Management?) has aired. This is the last of my three most highly anticipated shows of the Spring 2011 season. In this post, I comment mostly on structural elements as revealed by the first episode. This series looks to be coming at an accelerated pace. If the subbers keep up, I will attempt to do the same.

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