Although it was a bright spring and Sakura trees is blooming, it is still felt gloomy for Okazaki Tomoya. While lazily climb to his school through the Sakura lane, he saw a girl mumbling with herself, “… can I still loves this place, …” without even think he just ramble out “Then found another interesting things then.” while keep walking through her. The girl looks at him for awhile, and start walking toward their school. At that time their world seems to be filled with color again although they don’t realize it yet. And yet the story begins…
That was the first scene of CLANNAD, animated version of the visual novel games by Key. I really like some of the Key stuff and Kyoto Animations seems make this story more alive in its anime. After the game out in 2004 seems like many people waiting for the anime to comes out, I didn’t really know it at first until the anime pop out that is.
Like another bishoujo games this anime also feature a guy who, in the game, try to hook up with one of the girl (hentai scene included of course *evil smirk*, but of course the chop it in the public anime version) but although they have same main objective the plot is something else. Its always interesting how they build up the drama and at the same time the funny scenes along the series. Also the characters, although the sets isn’t much different somehow they can make it really unique one and another. I almost forgot, these stories also comes with so many themes, from family to friendship, dreams and many other things, I can even quotes a bunch from this story. You have to see it to believe it~
So to get hooked up you must “approach” them or help the one that approach you. So the story basically ran through the main character problem and solving the girls problems. But like common adaptation too the anime gonna end with the main heroine despite there’re many choices of girls in the game. I can hear those fans from other girls booing right now~ :P. I think Nagisa is way better than the one in Kanon (many people critics coz she’s (looks like) a loli XD though I think she’s cute) at least she got boobs XD hehehe~. I can’t blame them coz the specs of the other girls are awesome. Personally I like Kotomi, but many people love Kyou or Tomoyo.
I’ll wrote about those girls later but for now lets review the episode 18
“Before we even know, our world has been swallowed by the fire of Guze….” is the prologue of the first season Shakugan no Shana (Shana The Red Flaming Eyes). This story is adapted from the novel with the same name, which has been sold over a million in Japan. It told about their world that have been invaded by people from Guze, a parallel world, who use humans “flame of existence” for their own personal gain, and by doing it, they disturb the balance of existence in both world. More sadly people who have their flame of existence out will be forgotten, as if they never exist. To reduce the effect, they create temporarily the people who disappear with “torch”, a replacement that slowly burns out. But it can’t replace the lost existence and so the Kings who aware of the disturbance effect start sending “hunters”, people who bond a contract with them, to hunt those destructive “Guze no Tomogara” who abuse the flame of existence.
The story begin with Sakai Yuji, one day while he was in the middle of the Misaki City, the world around him turns into red and time seems like stopping. In the middle of the paralyze world suddenly two monsters appear and start absorb the people flames, and also one of his friend Hirai Yukari. Realizing that the boy can still move the monsters know that he is not ordinary and start chasing him, suddenly appear a girl in a black robe with red flaming hair and eye with a katana. Along the battle Yuuji start to realize that he actually already dead before and become a torch, not ordinary torch though a “Mystes”, inside of his torch laying an extraordinary “Hougou”, an artifact that created by the Guze. And so their adventure begin.
I love this series, I already watch the first season three times and still found it exciting, the action, the giddy romance, and the importance of existence. And starting from fall 2007, the second season start to air in Japan.
The second season starts fast but then really slow, maybe because I didn’t read the novel (no translations currently), but looks like since episode 13 this show start to pick up the pace.
As previous review I’ll start from the current episodes, actually this is a week late but the next subbed episode haven’t popped out yet so there’s nothing to lose.
This season comes with one of the silly monster romance comedy anime~ (and ecchi too). Yes Rosario+Vampire although some people really expect this, too bad for them they only make it into 13 episodes. Looks like it wont reach the cool parts or they make a little of “that cool appearance” in the end and leave us unsatisfied (T__T just like Tenjo Tenge). But who knows lets just see how this running~
This anime begin with Aono Tsukune, a junior high graduate who didn’t manage to get accepted into high school of his choice instead his father received (Read: picked up on the road) an acceptance form of a mysterious high school from a (drunk) priest. In the middle of his walk to the school he got hit with bike by a beautiful girl which turn out to be his classmate, Akashiya Moka and later out turns out to be a Vampire and only after he attend his first day, he realized that the school is not ordinary high school but a monster high school. Moka is naturally a cry baby girl can change into a cool (and hot) first class fearsome vampire, so he began his story (for survival) and of course (like other shonen) building harem of monsters (Succubus, Snow Lady) and witches~ 😀
What he’s up to now, read the episode 5 reviews~
OK~ I know you probably wondering what is “Mawar Indah”. Literally it mean “Beautiful Rose”, its a name of a conference resort where my company held training for company of our client. It’s located on Jl. Veteran 55 Ciawi, Bogor. A beatiful place but especially for training and seminars, this place provide top notch service, all the attendants respond fast and always helpful, its really reduce my job load. Although the facility isn’t like a five star hotel but the rooms felt like home to me~
Entrance of the Konoha hidden village… I mean Mawar Indah 😀
After a long half a year program finally we finish the program of one of our client class. Not much materials that we fill today and in the evening we also held celebration.