It’s time for another anime roundup! I’ve been getting more new DVDs and BDs than I should, so here’s some highlights.
Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko)
This is a really interesting show. I glad of that, because I bought it based on that cool title alone. Ignore the show description from the online retailers. It’s a character piece more than anything. But the characters and situations are enjoyable. It’s a light piece, so there’s really nothing as emotionally involving as NGE. It’s still good and worth checking out.
It has one of the most trippy openings I’ve seen in a while.
Tiger & Bunny
It’s like a buddy-cop story, but with superheroes.
In this futuristic setting, There are normal people and there are NEXT who have extranormal powers and abilities. Some of these NEXT have become heroes. Businesses have capitalized on them by becoming their sponsors. They even have a TV show called “Hero TV Live” and a game-show style point system and award show. Yeah, it’s a bit like the Mystery Men movie in some regard.
The show follows two heroes: Wild Tiger and a second who has decided to act under his own name: Barnaby Brooks Jr. They both have the same powers, but Tiger is the veteran, while Barnaby is the young and popular new guy. As these things go, they have been paired together with Tiger as the “sidekick”. So they have to learn to get along, uphold justice, and make their sponsors look good.
It’s a very visually striking show. All cultures and races are blended almost seemlessly in the setting. The character design and setting design have a lot of Western influence.
Check out the opening:
Qwaser of Stigmata (Seikon no Qwaser)
How to describe this show… Maybe this will help:
Well, it’s a show about alchemists looking for some sort of holy relic. Oh, and they “power up” by suckling breasts. It’s practically a hentai show with all of the nudity and sexuality, but without the gratuitous depictions of penetration.
I have to make myself watch it. Really.