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13 April 2006 @ 22:30
I've done it again. I told myself I wouldn't be spending that much time here (the internet cafe) and already I've been here longer than I intended.

I stayed up and watched both Disgaea and Ouran High School Host Club a few nights ago (Do we have a cute name which OHSHC abbreviates to yet, or will I have to type it out in full every time I post about it...?). I tried Glass no Kantai too, but I just couldn't be bothered to stay up. Maybe it would be more watchable before 2am...?

I hadn't expected Ouran High School Host Club would be that... flaming. No, really. I was expecting a few hints here and there, but nothing quite so blatant! But there it was! Fantastic! And there's f/f, m/f, m/m, twins...

I love the main female character so far, but I can't stand the other female characters. They utterly repel me. Haruhi really impressed me by not freaking out having kissed another woman. And, well, basically by not being the typical submissive/stupid anime girl. I hope this is kept up throughout the series. *fingers crossed* I think we need more 'butch' girls in anime.

Another thing I loved was the night-time sakura. Watching it made me so happy to be here! *smile* That reminds me; it was raining today, and I saw this pale pink car plastered with pink cherry blossom petals. It's been raining heavily here and a few nights ago, kuroe and I pulled our futons up to the balcony window. We left it open, slid the insect screen across and listened to the rain tapping on the metal and pouring off the trees. The sky was pale and was threatening dawn -- there was also an eerie green glow from a nearby streetlight. Occasionally, there was a breeze and a little spray blew in our direction.

Anyway, that was quite a tangent...!

Disgaea was fun and Chuu-Boss is still one of my favourites. I've never played the game, but I've read the manga (it was in Zero-Sum). kuroe said it's pretty close to the game, since he recognises a few scenes from it. He also added that he isn't out of the tutorial yet...

As for Glass no Kantai... Every time someone says that they're going to produce a cool-looking robot/space anime that will combine 3D images with 2D animation, they should be slapped hard. The spaceships looked good and the cel-like animation wasn't bad, but the combination of high tech and retro designs didn't work at all. It just felt off.

The characters didn't engage me either. Why are they dressed like that? Why did they suddenly decide to build glass battleships one day? I don't know.

Having said that, I might be more open to watching it if it were on earlier in the evening.

Weiss Side B #14: He's my daisy
reichsfreiherr on 13th April 2006 11:25 (UTC)
I was told that the setting for Ouran High School Host Club looks somewhat like Utena though I suppose that might be the only similarity.
I think I’m downloading the first episode just out of some sort of bizarre curiosity...
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th April 2006 23:40 (UTC)
I think there are some references to Utena, or at least some quirks that are very Utena-like. for example, the borders that appear whenever a character appears for the first time. With rotating pineapples. However, that might be a convention from older anime...?

Do give it a go -- I'm not sure that you'd like it, but I think you might find it compulsive enough to keep watching.
reichsfreiherr on 16th April 2006 11:20 (UTC)
I’m fairly sure that I’ve seen the rotating pineapples things before but I can’t actually remember where. I’ve not really watched much of Rose of Versailles but for some reason I keeping thing that there might be something tied to that, though I might just be confusing Saint-Juste from Brother, dear brother with Oscar now.
Maybe the boarders are something like the stills that you get of characters the first time they turn up in things IIRC, like The Song of the Wind and Trees. Does that happen there? It feels like it should.
Mewgokumew2 on 13th April 2006 11:55 (UTC)
I think we'll all know what you're talking about if you just say "Ouran." =.P
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th April 2006 23:41 (UTC)
But it doesn't get a cute name like Tenipuri or Maruma...? *sniffle*
Mew: Jun Jun - huhgokumew2 on 14th April 2006 00:41 (UTC)
.^^;;; Uhhh... If you can think of any??
Vulpecular: Ouran Koukou Host Club: Honey + Bunnyvulpecular on 13th April 2006 18:25 (UTC)
I'm enjoying Ouran for it's crazy, cracky humor. And yes, Haruhi is very cool and unique as a female lead.

As someone who beat the game, I was pretty excited earlier for Disgaea's anime release. However, it deviates so greatly from the main plot line that it's really been a disappointment ._.;; I think the orginal sequence of events was much more fun. I hear that people who haven't played it at all find it amusing enough though.
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th April 2006 23:42 (UTC)
Yeah. Ouran just keeps throwing the crack out.

Ah... it seems quite similar to the manga to me. Perhaps the manga deviated too though?
はつみ 。・゚゚・(>_<)・゚゚。hatsumi on 21st April 2006 22:26 (UTC)
ouran koukou is quite hilarious but i prefer the manga drawing more to the anime version.
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd April 2006 06:51 (UTC)
I haven't actually bought the manga yet. I really want to read Juuousei first, because I can't put it down!

I think Animate is having a special Ouran fair soon where you get extras when you buy related goods, so I think I'll wait for that.