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Gundam Tribute (First You Modernize The Mecha And Then You Modernize The Music)

Modernization of Gundam…..I talked a bit about the idea yesterday in the comment section for ghostlightnings article on Gundam 00’s final battle and how I thought the show might be an attempt to update Gundam for the 21st century paradigm we live in now.  Gundam Tribute I think has much the same idea in mind, only now it is about the Gundam sound rather than the core concept itself.

First off I bet some are asking “what is Gundam Tribute exactly”?  Well simply put it’s a collaboration between Sunrise/Bandai and Lantis and some of todays most popular music artists and idols in Japan to cover some of the classic Gundam songs and make an album out of it.  This is of course part of the 30th anniversary celebration for the franchise, but as I mentioned to the ghost yesterday I think it’s also a further example of Bandai’s current strategy of branching out and trying to bring new fans into the fold.  How exactly does this work with the music?  Well when you have the likes of Jam Project, CooRie and Little Non the latter two of whom are popular in the moe and eroge branches lending their status to Gundam songs (and vice versa) it may just help to bring the fans of their music into a greater awareness of Gundam and may even legitimize it for them as well.  Idol status goes a long way in Japan and while Gundam is an established tradition it’s not popular with all.  Gundam Wing branched out to female viewers and Gundam Seed branched out to a younger generation, but I think Bandai is always looking for new opportunities, and that’s an interesting thing.  I guess we’ll see what’s what, but for now I’m kind of eager to do some cross comparisons of the song covers on this album with their originals and to go over what they did with the pieces and what I as long time Gundam fan liked and disliked about these updates.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Episode 3-3: Positional Play

As the first twilight is about to be fulfilled, Beatrice’s teacher appears, in order to stop her disciple.
Because of this, Battler is totally confused about what is true and what is not. Even though everything seems to be settled, an invaluable hint will make his will anew.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Episode 3-2: Gambit

Battler is learning more and more information regarding a possible 19th person on Rokkenjima. However, all his hopes are down to the drain as Beatrice smashes him with a deadly red truth.
The witch is still keeping the upper hand, and with this, the ceremony shall begin soon.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Episode 3-1: castling

The third game is about to start. As new actors are entering in the scene, Battler might have the upper hand for the moment. But…

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NEEDLESS episode 15 ~ Saten the unbeatable?

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No pantsu ❤

Once again, apologies for the lateness of this entry (as well as skipping episode 14) but nonetheless NEEDLESS is still the best series even when accounting for this new season that had just started 😀

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Episode 2-5 and 2-6: Analysis, Thoughts and Random Comments

[Disclaimer]: This entry might contain MINOR spoilers. However, while the analysis might push you to these minor spoilers, NO foretelling spoiler is present. Therefore, please follow the same guideline, and understand that any spoiler can just ruin this critical part of the story for any reader. Good reading!

Battler surrendered… but not for long.
However, can we really be satisfied with several mysteries left unanswered? I doubt so.
So, let’s see what we can do with these…

Turn of the Golden Witch Analyses: [Episode 2-2], [Episode 2-3], [Episode 2-4]

Be sure to have watched the episode before reading this !

This week, I will focus mainly on the following points :

  1. Disappearance
  2. Rosa
  3. Battler
  4. Random Comment: Lambdadelta

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Time To Walk Straight Into One Of The Most Popular Shows Of The Season (A Real Look At Bakemonogatari With Episode 02)


So How Many Sony Press Conference Jokes Have Been Made About This Show Anyway?

Well it’s time to kick off the second part of my look at Bakemonogatari.  The first bit was of course supposed to be the kind of reaction to the opening episode you might see if you decided to take everything that happened literally and without trying to go into what the themes and ideas behind the show might actually be.  That was fun, but now I think it’s time that I got a little more into the serious business of really telling people what I think about the show without the role playing, gags and just general nonsense gut reactions.   Just what are they getting at with this story about a weightless girl and the guy that says he’s going to help her? While I might be a little bit late to this part I still want to see if there’s anything I can’t add to the conversation at hand.  Continue reading ‘Time To Walk Straight Into One Of The Most Popular Shows Of The Season (A Real Look At Bakemonogatari With Episode 02)’

NEEDLESS episode 13 ~ Too damn bloody epic for TV.

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You may kill him now ^^

OMFG! This episode was just the bomb of all NEEDLESS episodes seen so far. Not only was the quality of the episode top notch, drop dead gorgeous with all the glowing blood, pantsu shots and epic faces, but the story once again continues to surprise me with the way it turns the table over and over again. Once again I have to give this episode a rating of “I CAME!” for its sheer awesomeness XD

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Episode 2-6: Back Rank Mate

The witch claimed more and more victims. As the door of the Golden Land is about to open, unyielding wills are confronting Beatrice, but it is all vain. Until…

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NEEDLESS episode 12 ~ Yamada strikes back; so does Mio with scissors

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Mine is bigger than yours :p

Now if there is definite proof that Yamada isn’t a spineless/useless waste of space then it is shown in this episode in all his deserved glory. Yamada, you are DA MAN!

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August 2022