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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

始まる: Asura Cryin

So I worried a bit that I am starting to sound like a shill for Hulu, so I skimmed the list on Crunchyroll and picked Asura Cryin'. I am jumping into this completely blind. The description reads:
"Tomoharu Natsume is a high school student living by himself with a ghost friend that only he can see."
Which, of course tells me absolutely nothing. This could be Bleach, this could be Dark Maiden of Amnesia, or it could be none of these, or a million different things. To go on a tangent, when I am reading the summaries of western movies I get a decent sense of what they are about and what to expect, but official anime summaries are, almost without exception, useless, misleading, and unhelpful. This is part of why it is so hard to pick a new show, because the descriptions all sound like crap and I have to wonder in the back of my mind if it is "really" about that. Take Bleach, for example. Crunchyroll describes it thusly: "BLEACH follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki. When Ichigo meets Rukia he finds his life is changed forever." But this isn't even wrong. It is just so monumentally unhelpful that it sounds like a romance, not one of the Big Three Shonen Adventures. Anyway, ranting over.

I have no idea what I am about to unleash, but if you would like to have it unleashed upon you as well, join me over on Crunchyroll. 26 episodes in two seasons, from 2009.

First Episode Update: So this is a pretty intensely silly show, it feels like it is aiming for action-comedy and ending up in the purely silly realm. A show that has it all, ghosts, mages, mafia, and is that a mech a the very end in the suitcase? Tomoharu is a bit pathetic, but there is a glimmer of hope for him to be an interesting character. That describes this whole show, in fact, a glimmer of hope that it doesn't get pulled in all thousand different directions and end up a writhing muddled mess on the floor. The fanservice is a little worrysome, and may evoke a rant if it goes much further than improbably bouncy breasts, though the ladies who speak do hold the potential for personalities.

Also the opening features the distictive and remarkable voice of angela being criminally underused. I recommend that you instead imagine this to be the opener:

Whatever this is from looks pretty damn exciting.

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