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28 December 2009 @ 15:40
My recipient seemed happy with my yuletide fic, so I'm pleased too. Moving around the AO3 archive is pretty slow though, so I'll try to rec some later (unfortunately, I can't see how this can be done until after the reveal -- slow archive is slow).

Anime news? Haven't posted any for some time (mostly because I post them all on my Twitter), but there's a lot coming out now.

* The main site for Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (AKA "UraBoku") is now up. I've always looked at the merchandise for this series in Animate and loved the designs. Of course, when a series has that much merchandise and no anime, one must surely be on its way (see also: Loveless and Kuroshitsuji). I really adore the cast list on this one too -- there's a great blend of the best new seiyuu and old-school types. Look: Hoshi Souichirou, Sakurai Takahiro, Inoue Marina, Fukuyama Jun, Ono Daisuke, Miyano Mamoru, Miki Shin'ichirou, Narita Ken, Yukana, Koyasu Takehito and Ishida Akira. If that cast list doesn't make you feel warm and fuzzy inside... well, you're probably not a seiyuu fan. :)
* Senkou no Night Raid is the second "Anime no Chikara" project. It's set in Shanghai in 1931, with all of the main cast having psychic powers. The cast all appear to be Japanese and, set at this crucial time in Chinese history (just before the Japanese bombed the city, in fact!), has the potential to be more offensive than Hetalia and Mudazumo put together... if anyone was actually aware of that history. Still, if they do it well, it'll be amazing.
* Gundam Unicorn now has a long trailer for you. Looks a bit more retro than before and the cast isn't as exciting.
* Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 anime. PV now available.

Would anyone like to recommend their favourite anime of the last decade for my blog? I'm particularly looking for anime from the start or middle of the decade -- anime that you saw a while ago and still love. Just give me 1) the anime title 2) Why you like it and why it should be on a best anime list of the decade and 3) Name you want to be credited under plus the site you want linked (LJ? Other blog?).

My choice is Gilgamesh, which ran from 2003 to 2004. :)

Edit: Blog post now up!

My latest blog post, by the way, is this: Christmas Dinner with Turkey and Wasabi Kit-Kats
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Tayles: Ed - dogtayles on 28th December 2009 10:12 (UTC)
Fullmetal Alchemist. Can there be any other? Came out in... what, 2004 or 2005? I know they're doing the new series now, and I love that too, but the original had me hooked. I was desperate for new episodes each week and cared so damn much about the characters. And ok, it went a bit skewed at the end when they just decided to hell with the manga, they were gonna make it up, but it was still special, because the characters were there.

Gundam Unicorn?? I'm just gonna be in this corner, giggling to myself...
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 28th December 2009 11:05 (UTC)
I'm not much of a candy person (dating from getting REALLY sick over Easter candy one year when I was a kid), and I'm not sure I've actually had a Kit-Kat; but the *concept* of green tea Kit-Kat is one of those things that sounds like it should be good. How sad...

I'm also going to say that, obvious or not, Gankutsuou should be on a best-of list; it's a pretty faithful *and* surprisingly decent adaptation of Something That's Actually Good For You, done from an innovative angle (Albert de Morcerf's viewpoint) and with usually successful animation. The clothing thing even works (after the first episode or so). Someone actually thought this out before making it. What's not to love?

I'd also say that Paranoia Agent is pretty awesome (yay 'Happy Family Planning' episode!) - Satoshi Kon is excellent at the head-messin' stuff - but I want to have his anime babies anyway.

And if I'm going to get picked and embarrassed during a fan meeting quoted on this, golden_bastet is fine.

I may be back with more on this... I actually woke up in the middle of the night so am not at 100%. (Sadly not at 0% either.)
athena: bakura: king of thievesathena8 on 28th December 2009 12:02 (UTC)
Thanks for the anime news...will take a look later. ;)

As for the recommendation, if you ask me what my favorite anime was of the decade, it's got to be Yugioh. (Does that count? The Duel Monsters part of the series started in 2000 and ran through 2004). Not sure many people would really list it as a "best of", as it's not one of the most sophisticated animes ever released.

The stories were interesting, the games were fun to watch, the Egypt theme was lovely, and most of all, there was a great cast of characters, voiced by very talented people. I think the show had a lot of heart, which is why it captured me so much. I've certainly seen other "better" animes, but none of them drew me in quite like this one.
Thomas Vye: No e inthomasvye on 28th December 2009 12:26 (UTC)
Noein. Totally amazing in everyway. Amazing look, fantastic story really well told, and very original. Also best recap episode ever. ^-^b I don't need a link.

(This was hard, because there is also Shigurui, which was just so well realised from the manga and used atmosphere so brilliantly.)

I am quite interested in UraBoku - it is pretty. I have never really read it, but when I used to get Asuka for the Code Geass manga, it always had a prominant place and caught my eye with it's ...well, eye candy! :) I will likely look at it. Also, Akira Ishida is in it...>.>
fuji_satsukifuji_satsuki on 28th December 2009 14:02 (UTC)
I'm glad to know UraBoku is going to on air on April 2010!! XD

Thank you for news!

Merry Christmas lately 3 days, and Happy new year in advance!!
auburnimpauburnimp on 28th December 2009 19:46 (UTC)
I guess Vampire Knight and Kuroshitsuji have to be up there with my favourites.

Vampire Knight because, apart from a rather silly heroine, it kept me glued to both series.

I think Kuroshitsuji speaks for itself. I loved the dark humour.

reichsfreiherr on 29th December 2009 01:31 (UTC)
You don't like Ferrero Rocher? What kind of Englishman are you?

(Journal name change from 'imperial_artist' btw, just in case you’re wondering who’s suddenly commenting on your confectionary.)

Edited at 2009-12-29 02:00 (UTC)
ext_109169 on 29th December 2009 23:49 (UTC)
Heheh. Didn't I'd *say* you'd like Gilgamesh?!!

Hard to chose a favourite anime, especially as I tend to remember the ones which made me bawl for some or other reason, and I had a particular struggle over Monster because it was such a very good series. But if we're going for favourite and loved, rather than best, then:

1) Spiral (2002)

2) Because the animation was very pretty, the story was mysterious and twisty and I wound up liking all the main characters - especially super-diffident cooking show addict Ayumu Narumi, his hungover sister-in-law Madoka and the sometime villain Eyes Rutherford, who wandered around feeding stray cats in the park because that's what Kanon used to do and he really missed him. (::see icon::)

3. http://www.xscaffeine.com I guess (the other website technically belongs the "the boys").
Jesshideincarnate on 31st December 2009 15:10 (UTC)
2003...that was a while ago....


Hikaru no Go. It made Go INTERESTING. And it's pretty.

Gankutsuou. It was a very interesting take on the Count of Monte Cristo and was really different visually.

Ouran High School Host Club. FUNNY AS HELL AND THE ONLY ANIME SERIES I HAVE EVER WATCHED MORE THAN ONCE. And it managed to poke fun at all the shoujo/BL genres without becoming a cliche itself. (unlike the manga apparently)
Nikki: kuroshitsuji ☆ humphjeeperscreeperz on 2nd January 2010 05:45 (UTC)
um...did you write my yuletide story? lol
Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd January 2010 07:01 (UTC)
Yes, I did. Hope you liked it. :)