dangermousie: (Kenshin: Aoshi by gravitykills)
Finished Tenjou Tenge last night.



After ep 24, it just ended because they ran out of volumes to animate. From what I can tell, this left a lot of poed fans, but I was quite happy: because in the last episode they finished the whole set-up/flashback story (with a little hint for the future) which is the story I was interested in. The 'present' story I am mildly curious about (I'll probably read summaries when it's all over in the manga) but it was the 'past' story that I loved. So this was definitely the anime for me, because 2/3 of it was the past story.

I was a lot more curious over even little things in the past story like 'why does Isuzu like Mitsuomi so much?' (answer: he saved her life) than anything with Soichiro (mildly annoying) and Aya (majorly annoying).

But yes, Maya definitely ROCKS. Hard. Even if she does appear to be destined (as [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer pointed out), to be like the woman in The Promise and doom all the men who love her.

Mondo picspam with commentary )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: Aoshi by gravitykills)
Finished Tenjou Tenge last night.



After ep 24, it just ended because they ran out of volumes to animate. From what I can tell, this left a lot of poed fans, but I was quite happy: because in the last episode they finished the whole set-up/flashback story (with a little hint for the future) which is the story I was interested in. The 'present' story I am mildly curious about (I'll probably read summaries when it's all over in the manga) but it was the 'past' story that I loved. So this was definitely the anime for me, because 2/3 of it was the past story.

I was a lot more curious over even little things in the past story like 'why does Isuzu like Mitsuomi so much?' (answer: he saved her life) than anything with Soichiro (mildly annoying) and Aya (majorly annoying).

But yes, Maya definitely ROCKS. Hard. Even if she does appear to be destined (as [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer pointed out), to be like the woman in The Promise and doom all the men who love her.

Mondo picspam with commentary )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: Aoshi by gravitykills)
Finished Tenjou Tenge last night.



After ep 24, it just ended because they ran out of volumes to animate. From what I can tell, this left a lot of poed fans, but I was quite happy: because in the last episode they finished the whole set-up/flashback story (with a little hint for the future) which is the story I was interested in. The 'present' story I am mildly curious about (I'll probably read summaries when it's all over in the manga) but it was the 'past' story that I loved. So this was definitely the anime for me, because 2/3 of it was the past story.

I was a lot more curious over even little things in the past story like 'why does Isuzu like Mitsuomi so much?' (answer: he saved her life) than anything with Soichiro (mildly annoying) and Aya (majorly annoying).

But yes, Maya definitely ROCKS. Hard. Even if she does appear to be destined (as [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer pointed out), to be like the woman in The Promise and doom all the men who love her.

Mondo picspam with commentary )
dangermousie: (MoL feet by ameyadevi)
I am incredibly amused by Tenjou Tenge's closing credits which feature a dippy and modestly dressed Aya with big saucer eyes singing 'love me, love me.'

LOL.

I mean, after all the hard-core fighting, explicitness, twisted families, misery, death, and any romance (if there) being of the 'beloved by dangermousie as is dysfunctional' variety, to see the 'might as well be in a cheesy shoujo anime' credits about wuv...LOL. In the running for most malaprop credits ever.

I decided I love the flashback story the best, as all four of the characters I love (Maya, Mitsuomi, Shin and Bunshichi) are the mains in that, plus it's angsty, twisted, with cursed swords, doomed love (of all varieties), evil old people, and best friends fighting to the death. The main story is OK but the focus is on Soichiro, who I am OK on, but don't love, Bob and Masataka(both of whom I like but don't love). Shin is dead, Mitsuomi and Bunshichi are not nearly as prominent, and Maya is prominent but not as much as in the flashback.

Basically, look at it this way. In the flashback, the heroine is Maya, my second favorite character (behind Bunshichi who is not only tough as nails but is the only one with common sense), and in the present? Dippy, weak, weepy, lame Aya, the only character I dislike.

Speaking of Aya: Hint 1, Aya: if you like Soichiro because he fell on top of you and demonstrated only a desire to run away since, it means he doesn't dig you. It also means this ain't true love on your part. Hint 2, Aya: just because he likes your older sister, it's not the end of the world, or a chance to take the cursed sword and go nuclear. For one, dummy, your sis has no interest in him (as of yet, who knows what can happen, obviously). Hint 3, Aya: MORON!!!!! Yes, it's an excellent idea to take out the cursed evil sword which you have been repeatedly warned not to touch, and which drove your much much stronger older brother homicidally insane. All because a boy doesn't like you. Brilliant.

Though I suppose as this got Maya and Mitsuomi to team up, I should be grateful for you having a brain the size of a walnut. (Also, how interesting. Maya blames Mitsuomi for Shin's death but she asks him for help to locate Aya, so she doesn't think he would harm Aya, even if she does possess the evil sword and goes psycho. Hmmmm...)

I have to say, I love Mr. Mousie as his reaction to my repeated chanting at the screen when Maya and Mistuomi team up to look for Aya in deserted and dark corridors 'go have hate sex!' was to LOL and not to run out of the room screaming :)

Ooooh, and I went looking up Maya spoilers (that are not in the anime, but only in manga) and eeeeee! She gets her soul sucked out by the cursed sword! And is a vegetable in the hospital! And Bunshichi decides that the best thing to do with a comatose, basically dead gal? To take her for a motorbike ride! To Mitsuomi's house! As some sort of a bizarre motivator because Mitsuomi is all OK about keeling over! (Also, I am sure with an accompanying beat-down) Heh. Bunshichi is a shipper? Ahhhh, I love my dysfunctional OTP.

It's a pity there is a lot of fanservice in this one, because otherwise it's totally your thing, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore
dangermousie: (MoL feet by ameyadevi)
I am incredibly amused by Tenjou Tenge's closing credits which feature a dippy and modestly dressed Aya with big saucer eyes singing 'love me, love me.'

LOL.

I mean, after all the hard-core fighting, explicitness, twisted families, misery, death, and any romance (if there) being of the 'beloved by dangermousie as is dysfunctional' variety, to see the 'might as well be in a cheesy shoujo anime' credits about wuv...LOL. In the running for most malaprop credits ever.

I decided I love the flashback story the best, as all four of the characters I love (Maya, Mitsuomi, Shin and Bunshichi) are the mains in that, plus it's angsty, twisted, with cursed swords, doomed love (of all varieties), evil old people, and best friends fighting to the death. The main story is OK but the focus is on Soichiro, who I am OK on, but don't love, Bob and Masataka(both of whom I like but don't love). Shin is dead, Mitsuomi and Bunshichi are not nearly as prominent, and Maya is prominent but not as much as in the flashback.

Basically, look at it this way. In the flashback, the heroine is Maya, my second favorite character (behind Bunshichi who is not only tough as nails but is the only one with common sense), and in the present? Dippy, weak, weepy, lame Aya, the only character I dislike.

Speaking of Aya: Hint 1, Aya: if you like Soichiro because he fell on top of you and demonstrated only a desire to run away since, it means he doesn't dig you. It also means this ain't true love on your part. Hint 2, Aya: just because he likes your older sister, it's not the end of the world, or a chance to take the cursed sword and go nuclear. For one, dummy, your sis has no interest in him (as of yet, who knows what can happen, obviously). Hint 3, Aya: MORON!!!!! Yes, it's an excellent idea to take out the cursed evil sword which you have been repeatedly warned not to touch, and which drove your much much stronger older brother homicidally insane. All because a boy doesn't like you. Brilliant.

Though I suppose as this got Maya and Mitsuomi to team up, I should be grateful for you having a brain the size of a walnut. (Also, how interesting. Maya blames Mitsuomi for Shin's death but she asks him for help to locate Aya, so she doesn't think he would harm Aya, even if she does possess the evil sword and goes psycho. Hmmmm...)

I have to say, I love Mr. Mousie as his reaction to my repeated chanting at the screen when Maya and Mistuomi team up to look for Aya in deserted and dark corridors 'go have hate sex!' was to LOL and not to run out of the room screaming :)

Ooooh, and I went looking up Maya spoilers (that are not in the anime, but only in manga) and eeeeee! She gets her soul sucked out by the cursed sword! And is a vegetable in the hospital! And Bunshichi decides that the best thing to do with a comatose, basically dead gal? To take her for a motorbike ride! To Mitsuomi's house! As some sort of a bizarre motivator because Mitsuomi is all OK about keeling over! (Also, I am sure with an accompanying beat-down) Heh. Bunshichi is a shipper? Ahhhh, I love my dysfunctional OTP.

It's a pity there is a lot of fanservice in this one, because otherwise it's totally your thing, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore
dangermousie: (MoL feet by ameyadevi)
I am incredibly amused by Tenjou Tenge's closing credits which feature a dippy and modestly dressed Aya with big saucer eyes singing 'love me, love me.'

LOL.

I mean, after all the hard-core fighting, explicitness, twisted families, misery, death, and any romance (if there) being of the 'beloved by dangermousie as is dysfunctional' variety, to see the 'might as well be in a cheesy shoujo anime' credits about wuv...LOL. In the running for most malaprop credits ever.

I decided I love the flashback story the best, as all four of the characters I love (Maya, Mitsuomi, Shin and Bunshichi) are the mains in that, plus it's angsty, twisted, with cursed swords, doomed love (of all varieties), evil old people, and best friends fighting to the death. The main story is OK but the focus is on Soichiro, who I am OK on, but don't love, Bob and Masataka(both of whom I like but don't love). Shin is dead, Mitsuomi and Bunshichi are not nearly as prominent, and Maya is prominent but not as much as in the flashback.

Basically, look at it this way. In the flashback, the heroine is Maya, my second favorite character (behind Bunshichi who is not only tough as nails but is the only one with common sense), and in the present? Dippy, weak, weepy, lame Aya, the only character I dislike.

Speaking of Aya: Hint 1, Aya: if you like Soichiro because he fell on top of you and demonstrated only a desire to run away since, it means he doesn't dig you. It also means this ain't true love on your part. Hint 2, Aya: just because he likes your older sister, it's not the end of the world, or a chance to take the cursed sword and go nuclear. For one, dummy, your sis has no interest in him (as of yet, who knows what can happen, obviously). Hint 3, Aya: MORON!!!!! Yes, it's an excellent idea to take out the cursed evil sword which you have been repeatedly warned not to touch, and which drove your much much stronger older brother homicidally insane. All because a boy doesn't like you. Brilliant.

Though I suppose as this got Maya and Mitsuomi to team up, I should be grateful for you having a brain the size of a walnut. (Also, how interesting. Maya blames Mitsuomi for Shin's death but she asks him for help to locate Aya, so she doesn't think he would harm Aya, even if she does possess the evil sword and goes psycho. Hmmmm...)

I have to say, I love Mr. Mousie as his reaction to my repeated chanting at the screen when Maya and Mistuomi team up to look for Aya in deserted and dark corridors 'go have hate sex!' was to LOL and not to run out of the room screaming :)

Ooooh, and I went looking up Maya spoilers (that are not in the anime, but only in manga) and eeeeee! She gets her soul sucked out by the cursed sword! And is a vegetable in the hospital! And Bunshichi decides that the best thing to do with a comatose, basically dead gal? To take her for a motorbike ride! To Mitsuomi's house! As some sort of a bizarre motivator because Mitsuomi is all OK about keeling over! (Also, I am sure with an accompanying beat-down) Heh. Bunshichi is a shipper? Ahhhh, I love my dysfunctional OTP.

It's a pity there is a lot of fanservice in this one, because otherwise it's totally your thing, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore
dangermousie: (ROCH by meganbmoore)
I watched the first three episodes of the Chinese period/adventure/romance (alright, alright, wuxia) drama, Romance of Red Dust.

Our heroine, Hong Fu Nu (the gorgeous Shu Qi) is the pet assassin of the evil minister. The evil minister (EM) has a whole squad of assassins, male and female, to take out anyone who opposes him and Hong Fu Nu, picked up from the streets when a child, is one of them. (There is a subtext of a past relationship of some sort between her and Du Gu, the assassin trainer, who is kinda hot).

In between assignments, she is EM's plaything, and has to submit to him in his bed (there is actually a pretty horrid flashback, which basically shows that he took her virginity as well).

She hates the killing, she hates her boss, she hates having to be a whore. She is dead inside. Until one day her paths cross with Li Jing (Wallace Huo), an enthusiastic, idealistic scholar who sees her as a person. So when she is ordered to assassinate him, she saves him almost on impulse, and they go on the run...

I've been promised OTP, angst and other awesome things.

So far I love it. It might be my fave wuxia except for Return of the Condor Heroes.

I just love the unusual take in this story, which is so far heroine-centric, and is about the redemption and growth of the heroine. Who is the jaded one, the soul-dead one, the non-virgin. When Hong Fu Nu saves Li Jing's life instead of killing him as ordered, it's not love, not yet. It's just she has seen him be kind to a pair of starving children, and has seen him be a good, enthusiastic, warm person. Something wakes up in her that is long dead: she loves his idealism and sweetness so far, not him yet.

Which is so awesome, because she is the damaged one, the more experienced one, and he is the wide-eyed innocent. Though I've read that's going to change and he is going to be able to kick butt super-well, which is awesome as I prefer strong heroes :) But as of now, I think she is slowly falling for him, as much for his belief that she is good as for the fact that Wallace Huo is hot :)

Here are some pics:

Pics here )

In other news, I am up through ep 14 of Tenjou Tenge. Oh my. Shin (Maya's brother) is SCARY. He is a psychotic, incestuous freak. Yikes. I have to say the families in this give me the creeps: we have Maya's family, with the psycho, incestuous-codependent brother (and somehow, I still find him fascinating) who killed their parents (!!!!) And Mitsuomi's family? In the past, we have the super-psycho father who is OK with ruining people in order to turn his son into an ultimate fighter (as he thinks he is too kind) and now we have Mitsuomi beating on his brother to toughen him up. Yikes. I have to say that in TT, I find the backstory a lot more interesting than in the present story. So cool and so messed up. Also, the adviser dude? So made of awesome. The characters I love are adviser guy, Maya, Mitsuomi and (in a weird way) Shin.



A few caps, of course Maya/Mitsuomi-centric )
dangermousie: (ROCH by meganbmoore)
I watched the first three episodes of the Chinese period/adventure/romance (alright, alright, wuxia) drama, Romance of Red Dust.

Our heroine, Hong Fu Nu (the gorgeous Shu Qi) is the pet assassin of the evil minister. The evil minister (EM) has a whole squad of assassins, male and female, to take out anyone who opposes him and Hong Fu Nu, picked up from the streets when a child, is one of them. (There is a subtext of a past relationship of some sort between her and Du Gu, the assassin trainer, who is kinda hot).

In between assignments, she is EM's plaything, and has to submit to him in his bed (there is actually a pretty horrid flashback, which basically shows that he took her virginity as well).

She hates the killing, she hates her boss, she hates having to be a whore. She is dead inside. Until one day her paths cross with Li Jing (Wallace Huo), an enthusiastic, idealistic scholar who sees her as a person. So when she is ordered to assassinate him, she saves him almost on impulse, and they go on the run...

I've been promised OTP, angst and other awesome things.

So far I love it. It might be my fave wuxia except for Return of the Condor Heroes.

I just love the unusual take in this story, which is so far heroine-centric, and is about the redemption and growth of the heroine. Who is the jaded one, the soul-dead one, the non-virgin. When Hong Fu Nu saves Li Jing's life instead of killing him as ordered, it's not love, not yet. It's just she has seen him be kind to a pair of starving children, and has seen him be a good, enthusiastic, warm person. Something wakes up in her that is long dead: she loves his idealism and sweetness so far, not him yet.

Which is so awesome, because she is the damaged one, the more experienced one, and he is the wide-eyed innocent. Though I've read that's going to change and he is going to be able to kick butt super-well, which is awesome as I prefer strong heroes :) But as of now, I think she is slowly falling for him, as much for his belief that she is good as for the fact that Wallace Huo is hot :)

Here are some pics:

Pics here )

In other news, I am up through ep 14 of Tenjou Tenge. Oh my. Shin (Maya's brother) is SCARY. He is a psychotic, incestuous freak. Yikes. I have to say the families in this give me the creeps: we have Maya's family, with the psycho, incestuous-codependent brother (and somehow, I still find him fascinating) who killed their parents (!!!!) And Mitsuomi's family? In the past, we have the super-psycho father who is OK with ruining people in order to turn his son into an ultimate fighter (as he thinks he is too kind) and now we have Mitsuomi beating on his brother to toughen him up. Yikes. I have to say that in TT, I find the backstory a lot more interesting than in the present story. So cool and so messed up. Also, the adviser dude? So made of awesome. The characters I love are adviser guy, Maya, Mitsuomi and (in a weird way) Shin.



A few caps, of course Maya/Mitsuomi-centric )
dangermousie: (ROCH by meganbmoore)
I watched the first three episodes of the Chinese period/adventure/romance (alright, alright, wuxia) drama, Romance of Red Dust.

Our heroine, Hong Fu Nu (the gorgeous Shu Qi) is the pet assassin of the evil minister. The evil minister (EM) has a whole squad of assassins, male and female, to take out anyone who opposes him and Hong Fu Nu, picked up from the streets when a child, is one of them. (There is a subtext of a past relationship of some sort between her and Du Gu, the assassin trainer, who is kinda hot).

In between assignments, she is EM's plaything, and has to submit to him in his bed (there is actually a pretty horrid flashback, which basically shows that he took her virginity as well).

She hates the killing, she hates her boss, she hates having to be a whore. She is dead inside. Until one day her paths cross with Li Jing (Wallace Huo), an enthusiastic, idealistic scholar who sees her as a person. So when she is ordered to assassinate him, she saves him almost on impulse, and they go on the run...

I've been promised OTP, angst and other awesome things.

So far I love it. It might be my fave wuxia except for Return of the Condor Heroes.

I just love the unusual take in this story, which is so far heroine-centric, and is about the redemption and growth of the heroine. Who is the jaded one, the soul-dead one, the non-virgin. When Hong Fu Nu saves Li Jing's life instead of killing him as ordered, it's not love, not yet. It's just she has seen him be kind to a pair of starving children, and has seen him be a good, enthusiastic, warm person. Something wakes up in her that is long dead: she loves his idealism and sweetness so far, not him yet.

Which is so awesome, because she is the damaged one, the more experienced one, and he is the wide-eyed innocent. Though I've read that's going to change and he is going to be able to kick butt super-well, which is awesome as I prefer strong heroes :) But as of now, I think she is slowly falling for him, as much for his belief that she is good as for the fact that Wallace Huo is hot :)

Here are some pics:

Pics here )

In other news, I am up through ep 14 of Tenjou Tenge. Oh my. Shin (Maya's brother) is SCARY. He is a psychotic, incestuous freak. Yikes. I have to say the families in this give me the creeps: we have Maya's family, with the psycho, incestuous-codependent brother (and somehow, I still find him fascinating) who killed their parents (!!!!) And Mitsuomi's family? In the past, we have the super-psycho father who is OK with ruining people in order to turn his son into an ultimate fighter (as he thinks he is too kind) and now we have Mitsuomi beating on his brother to toughen him up. Yikes. I have to say that in TT, I find the backstory a lot more interesting than in the present story. So cool and so messed up. Also, the adviser dude? So made of awesome. The characters I love are adviser guy, Maya, Mitsuomi and (in a weird way) Shin.



A few caps, of course Maya/Mitsuomi-centric )
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru/Rin by meganbmoore)
I marathonned ten episodes of Tenjou Tenge yesterday.



This is an anime about Soichiro, a freshman at a very weird school. Together with his friend Bob (a first positive portrayal of a Black person I've seen out of Japan's entertainment), Soichiro thinks they will rule the school. However, on their first day there they are defeated by two random people: a gorgeous junior Maya and a mild-looking guy named Masahara.

Soichiro and Bob soon learn just how weird the school is. They join Maya's club and together with Maya's younger sister Aya, a dippy (she falls for Soichiro for the silliest reasons) but potentially incredibly powerful fighter, they end up taking on The Enforcers, a powerful martial arts 'club' which runs the school, and the head of which, Mitsuomi, and Maya have plenty of unfinished business together.

I think my head is going to explode from all the fighting, odd hair, and enormous breasts.

I have never seen an anime quite so big on fan-service (if objectification of women really is a hot button, avoid!) but I don't seem to mind for three reasons:

a. this is so over-the-top and so obvious (at one point Maya, after a particularly gratuitous moment, turns to the viewer and states: 'I think I overdid it with the fanservice.')

b. The girls aren't helpless damsels in distress. Aya can become an incredibly powerful fighter (in fact, a lot of fighting is because the Enforcers want to prevent that potential) and Maya? Well, her 'club' is the only one which stood to Mitsuomi's and so far she has taken out an impressive array of opponents.

c. While this anime's male characters are, in general, not particularly 'hot', mmmmm...Mitsuomi more than makes up for it. (And so does Maya's brother Shin in the flashbacks).

I like Soichiro OK, but I confess that I find him the least interesting of the main characters. He is someone who loves to fight and is good at it (and there is a whole family mystical history so far hinted yet) but I dunno...it's kinda like Ginji in 'GetBackers.' He is a good guy, and I can see why he is the protagonist, but not my fictional type at all. I am amused that he seems to have fallen for Maya, who is rather his martial arts 'master.'

The part of the story I find the most interesting is actually all the stuff in the complicated relationship between Maya (who is by far my favorite character, tough as nails, and with tragic flashback history, and common-sense, and just all=around awesomeness) and Mitsuomi. I mean, they used to be in love? And now she blames him for her beloved older brother's (who is TWISTED. For a bit I thought I was in MatsuJun's 'cest movie: he wants her to stay with him forever etc etc, yikes) death and general hardcore 'tude. But they aren't over each other, really: she still doesn't want him killed, on a level, and hey, in the middle of this gigantic fight to the death between their groups, he takes off her jacket and licks the bruise on her shoulder, and tells her she should come back to him (!!!!) Add in the bit that he used to be quite nice beforehand, and the whole he is dying thing, and I am hoooooooked.

I also love Bob (who seems kinda cool in a macho way) and Chiaki, his gf. They have an awesome normal relationship. And Mitsuomi's kid brother, who is sweet and awesome.

Anyway, I'll definitely watch more.

A representative picspam of who is who and who is beating on whom, and is sort of Maya/Mitsuomi centric:P )
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru/Rin by meganbmoore)
I marathonned ten episodes of Tenjou Tenge yesterday.



This is an anime about Soichiro, a freshman at a very weird school. Together with his friend Bob (a first positive portrayal of a Black person I've seen out of Japan's entertainment), Soichiro thinks they will rule the school. However, on their first day there they are defeated by two random people: a gorgeous junior Maya and a mild-looking guy named Masahara.

Soichiro and Bob soon learn just how weird the school is. They join Maya's club and together with Maya's younger sister Aya, a dippy (she falls for Soichiro for the silliest reasons) but potentially incredibly powerful fighter, they end up taking on The Enforcers, a powerful martial arts 'club' which runs the school, and the head of which, Mitsuomi, and Maya have plenty of unfinished business together.

I think my head is going to explode from all the fighting, odd hair, and enormous breasts.

I have never seen an anime quite so big on fan-service (if objectification of women really is a hot button, avoid!) but I don't seem to mind for three reasons:

a. this is so over-the-top and so obvious (at one point Maya, after a particularly gratuitous moment, turns to the viewer and states: 'I think I overdid it with the fanservice.')

b. The girls aren't helpless damsels in distress. Aya can become an incredibly powerful fighter (in fact, a lot of fighting is because the Enforcers want to prevent that potential) and Maya? Well, her 'club' is the only one which stood to Mitsuomi's and so far she has taken out an impressive array of opponents.

c. While this anime's male characters are, in general, not particularly 'hot', mmmmm...Mitsuomi more than makes up for it. (And so does Maya's brother Shin in the flashbacks).

I like Soichiro OK, but I confess that I find him the least interesting of the main characters. He is someone who loves to fight and is good at it (and there is a whole family mystical history so far hinted yet) but I dunno...it's kinda like Ginji in 'GetBackers.' He is a good guy, and I can see why he is the protagonist, but not my fictional type at all. I am amused that he seems to have fallen for Maya, who is rather his martial arts 'master.'

The part of the story I find the most interesting is actually all the stuff in the complicated relationship between Maya (who is by far my favorite character, tough as nails, and with tragic flashback history, and common-sense, and just all=around awesomeness) and Mitsuomi. I mean, they used to be in love? And now she blames him for her beloved older brother's (who is TWISTED. For a bit I thought I was in MatsuJun's 'cest movie: he wants her to stay with him forever etc etc, yikes) death and general hardcore 'tude. But they aren't over each other, really: she still doesn't want him killed, on a level, and hey, in the middle of this gigantic fight to the death between their groups, he takes off her jacket and licks the bruise on her shoulder, and tells her she should come back to him (!!!!) Add in the bit that he used to be quite nice beforehand, and the whole he is dying thing, and I am hoooooooked.

I also love Bob (who seems kinda cool in a macho way) and Chiaki, his gf. They have an awesome normal relationship. And Mitsuomi's kid brother, who is sweet and awesome.

Anyway, I'll definitely watch more.

A representative picspam of who is who and who is beating on whom, and is sort of Maya/Mitsuomi centric:P )
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru/Rin by meganbmoore)
I marathonned ten episodes of Tenjou Tenge yesterday.



This is an anime about Soichiro, a freshman at a very weird school. Together with his friend Bob (a first positive portrayal of a Black person I've seen out of Japan's entertainment), Soichiro thinks they will rule the school. However, on their first day there they are defeated by two random people: a gorgeous junior Maya and a mild-looking guy named Masahara.

Soichiro and Bob soon learn just how weird the school is. They join Maya's club and together with Maya's younger sister Aya, a dippy (she falls for Soichiro for the silliest reasons) but potentially incredibly powerful fighter, they end up taking on The Enforcers, a powerful martial arts 'club' which runs the school, and the head of which, Mitsuomi, and Maya have plenty of unfinished business together.

I think my head is going to explode from all the fighting, odd hair, and enormous breasts.

I have never seen an anime quite so big on fan-service (if objectification of women really is a hot button, avoid!) but I don't seem to mind for three reasons:

a. this is so over-the-top and so obvious (at one point Maya, after a particularly gratuitous moment, turns to the viewer and states: 'I think I overdid it with the fanservice.')

b. The girls aren't helpless damsels in distress. Aya can become an incredibly powerful fighter (in fact, a lot of fighting is because the Enforcers want to prevent that potential) and Maya? Well, her 'club' is the only one which stood to Mitsuomi's and so far she has taken out an impressive array of opponents.

c. While this anime's male characters are, in general, not particularly 'hot', mmmmm...Mitsuomi more than makes up for it. (And so does Maya's brother Shin in the flashbacks).

I like Soichiro OK, but I confess that I find him the least interesting of the main characters. He is someone who loves to fight and is good at it (and there is a whole family mystical history so far hinted yet) but I dunno...it's kinda like Ginji in 'GetBackers.' He is a good guy, and I can see why he is the protagonist, but not my fictional type at all. I am amused that he seems to have fallen for Maya, who is rather his martial arts 'master.'

The part of the story I find the most interesting is actually all the stuff in the complicated relationship between Maya (who is by far my favorite character, tough as nails, and with tragic flashback history, and common-sense, and just all=around awesomeness) and Mitsuomi. I mean, they used to be in love? And now she blames him for her beloved older brother's (who is TWISTED. For a bit I thought I was in MatsuJun's 'cest movie: he wants her to stay with him forever etc etc, yikes) death and general hardcore 'tude. But they aren't over each other, really: she still doesn't want him killed, on a level, and hey, in the middle of this gigantic fight to the death between their groups, he takes off her jacket and licks the bruise on her shoulder, and tells her she should come back to him (!!!!) Add in the bit that he used to be quite nice beforehand, and the whole he is dying thing, and I am hoooooooked.

I also love Bob (who seems kinda cool in a macho way) and Chiaki, his gf. They have an awesome normal relationship. And Mitsuomi's kid brother, who is sweet and awesome.

Anyway, I'll definitely watch more.

A representative picspam of who is who and who is beating on whom, and is sort of Maya/Mitsuomi centric:P )
dangermousie: (Anime: Trigun Vash bero by howdyrockerba)
Flist, why has no one informed me of Tenjou Tenge?

TT is an anime based on a manga which has things I love, namely:

a. awesome fights
b. messed-up characters
c. strong women
d. fantasy elements

Of course, since this is shounen/seinen, those women are incredibly well-endowed and wear skimpy clothing. But they kick enormous amount :P

Plot is as follows:

Our two main characters, Souichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara are highschoolers who are really good at fighting. They usually rule the school. Until the new school they end up in, Todou Academy. When they attempt one of their 'tricks,' two random students, one of whom is a girl (Natsume Maya, one of many awesome kick-butt females) wipe the floor with them. This is a school where people have powerful techniques and uncanny skill, and a fight between two 'clubs' (Maya is the head of one of them) rages hot and heavy. What have they gotten themselves into?

The thing I am most interested in is the relationship between Maya and Mitsuomi, the head of the other 'club.' They are supposed to loathe each other (in fact, Maya's group is the only remaining one who stands up to Mitsuomi's) but...ta-dum! (here is where my interest comes in) they were once in love with each other, and he was the best friend of her older brother, Shin. Except Shin went insane (for various 'this is a fantasy/scifi story' reasons) and proceeded to slaughter people and attempt to kill Mitsuomi, as Shin was a bit unhealthily posessive of his sister. Maya blames Mitsuomi for her brother's death and various other things so yeah...

Oh, and apparently due to his powers, he doesn't have long left to live.

Anyway, how could you not like it?

Here is a shippy MV:



Another MV )
dangermousie: (Anime: Trigun Vash bero by howdyrockerba)
Flist, why has no one informed me of Tenjou Tenge?

TT is an anime based on a manga which has things I love, namely:

a. awesome fights
b. messed-up characters
c. strong women
d. fantasy elements

Of course, since this is shounen/seinen, those women are incredibly well-endowed and wear skimpy clothing. But they kick enormous amount :P

Plot is as follows:

Our two main characters, Souichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara are highschoolers who are really good at fighting. They usually rule the school. Until the new school they end up in, Todou Academy. When they attempt one of their 'tricks,' two random students, one of whom is a girl (Natsume Maya, one of many awesome kick-butt females) wipe the floor with them. This is a school where people have powerful techniques and uncanny skill, and a fight between two 'clubs' (Maya is the head of one of them) rages hot and heavy. What have they gotten themselves into?

The thing I am most interested in is the relationship between Maya and Mitsuomi, the head of the other 'club.' They are supposed to loathe each other (in fact, Maya's group is the only remaining one who stands up to Mitsuomi's) but...ta-dum! (here is where my interest comes in) they were once in love with each other, and he was the best friend of her older brother, Shin. Except Shin went insane (for various 'this is a fantasy/scifi story' reasons) and proceeded to slaughter people and attempt to kill Mitsuomi, as Shin was a bit unhealthily posessive of his sister. Maya blames Mitsuomi for her brother's death and various other things so yeah...

Oh, and apparently due to his powers, he doesn't have long left to live.

Anyway, how could you not like it?

Here is a shippy MV:



Another MV )
dangermousie: (Anime: Trigun Vash bero by howdyrockerba)
Flist, why has no one informed me of Tenjou Tenge?

TT is an anime based on a manga which has things I love, namely:

a. awesome fights
b. messed-up characters
c. strong women
d. fantasy elements

Of course, since this is shounen/seinen, those women are incredibly well-endowed and wear skimpy clothing. But they kick enormous amount :P

Plot is as follows:

Our two main characters, Souichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara are highschoolers who are really good at fighting. They usually rule the school. Until the new school they end up in, Todou Academy. When they attempt one of their 'tricks,' two random students, one of whom is a girl (Natsume Maya, one of many awesome kick-butt females) wipe the floor with them. This is a school where people have powerful techniques and uncanny skill, and a fight between two 'clubs' (Maya is the head of one of them) rages hot and heavy. What have they gotten themselves into?

The thing I am most interested in is the relationship between Maya and Mitsuomi, the head of the other 'club.' They are supposed to loathe each other (in fact, Maya's group is the only remaining one who stands up to Mitsuomi's) but...ta-dum! (here is where my interest comes in) they were once in love with each other, and he was the best friend of her older brother, Shin. Except Shin went insane (for various 'this is a fantasy/scifi story' reasons) and proceeded to slaughter people and attempt to kill Mitsuomi, as Shin was a bit unhealthily posessive of his sister. Maya blames Mitsuomi for her brother's death and various other things so yeah...

Oh, and apparently due to his powers, he doesn't have long left to live.

Anyway, how could you not like it?

Here is a shippy MV:



Another MV )

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