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Peace Eco Smile: Another Car Company x Anime Company combination

By TheBigN

After being notified of this work by a cool reader of the blog, as well getting a notification from some sort of official company somewhere (I think – shady business all), I figured I might as well link to the trailer for an upcoming combination between Toyota and Studio 4°C, Peace Eco Smile:

Via the press release-ish e-mail I received:

This extremely entertaining 7 episode romantic comedy explores the adventures of a fun-loving alien named PES. The intergalactic traveler falls to the Earth and lands in Japan, while his friends NaSuBi come to rescue him.

From the trailer itself, and from ANN’s summation, the story does seem pretty whimsical.  And colorful. And flowing with that awesome animation and energy that Studio 4°C works tend to have. Totally up my (and dm00’s) alley, for sure. But it does also come off as obvious product placement for Toyota as well (the 2nd official trailer sort of drives that point home – pun intended). Granted, it’s not the first time that this has happened before, but I’m hoping when the mini-episodes come out that I’m not beat over the head with how wonderful a Toyota is.  That being said, just by the studio alone (though it does look like this is the director‘s first solo directing effort), I’m intrigued and hoping for something special. When Houkago no Pleiades, a Subaru and GAINAX production, came out last year,  it was pretty entertaining (not really special though), and other than the name of the main character, there was little overt focus on Subaru’s products and focus was kept on the adventures the quintet of magical girls.

I’m looking forward to see what comes out of this combination though. Should be pretty interesting. :3

Hunting whales from vanscooters

by dm00

The Dread Pirate Silvius

Last Exile: Fam of the Silver wingsepisode four made good use of the first series’ soundtrack as Fam bites off more than she can chew.

Send not to know for whom the pancakes rise, they rise for thee.

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A Pleasant Surprise, Again: Beelzebub ED 3

Lack of time means in general means lack of time to watch anime, which makes catching up a little chore and generally ends up with me getting to things a little “later” than everyone else. Like with the second ending of Beelzebub, I come to the third ending several episodes behind, and it is at episode 24 where they switch openings and endings again. In this case, the song (“Nanairo Namida” by Tomato n’ Pine) is better than the second ED, but the ending animation wows me again (as it noticeably short-circuited ghostlightning months ago):

This time the direction was done from one Masashi Ishihama, and that name doesn’t quite ring a bell for me as much as Umetsu’s, despite actually speaking to him and getting an autograph (I think I did) from him at Otakon 2010. But on looking at some of the properties he’s worked on, he’s done animation and character design for a variety of works including the Read or Die works and Speed Grapher. But he’s also done a variety of recognizable OPs from other shows including Kamichu! and Welcome to the NHK! (Videos after jump)  Continue reading ‘A Pleasant Surprise, Again: Beelzebub ED 3’

A Pleasant Surprise: Beelzebub ED 2

By TheBigN

Honestly, I should have noted this weeks ago when it first appeared, but for some reason I forgot about it until now.

10 episodes into the silly delinquent fisticuffs fun of Beelzebub, the show decided to change the OP and the ED, and other than noting that it felt a little too early to switch those two songs (I have no idea how it works, but I’ve come to expect such a change corresponding with each new cour the show goes for), I had no problems with it. Especially with the OP song, which went from something more cheesy punk rockish (fitting the tone of the show), to something cheesy poppish, and was the better of the two songs for me. The new ED song, “Tsuyogari” by Shoko Nakagawa, wasn’t as good as the first ED for me, but the ED animation was a bit of a surprise:

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Yumekui Merry 7

by dm00

I find myself wondering why I am watching this show (good heavens, a beach episode). But then they do something like this:

Look at the reflections on his face


….and this:

The reflections on the faucet, yes, but if this were animated, you'd see the water flowing


….and this:

Oh, God, that background

….and at the other end of the episode….


….and I understand.

Mind you, Sunset Merry was preceded by the work of their C-team animators who animated the surf washing around (more like through) the feet of Merry and Yumeji, and it looked terrible. But someone was hard at work on beautiful imagery.


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