Right the first thing I wanna say about Last Exile is that it takes a couple of episodes to really warm up to. You keep looking left and right for the first couple of episodes wondering what the hell is going on and when is that narrator going to give us a nice little prologue…. but it never happens. You’re left to fend for yourself and I’ll admit there were a couple of moments when I thought I might drop it but believe me i’m glad I didn’t. Last Exile is a great roller coaster ride that I think would appeal to a large demographic. It pulls you in and the plot keeps you hooked till the last episode. The only thing that I found lacking (aside from the first couple of episodes) was the ending which, though not exactly bad, still left a slightly sour taste in my mouth. But I reiterate it wasn’t a bad ending at all. GONZO pulled out all the stops for this little gem of an anime and it’s one of the best sci-fi animes I’ve seen in ages… Oh and on a side note, Claus reminds me of little Anakin whenever he puts on his helmet and goggles.
It has been sixty years since King Gilgamesh defeated “the tower” single-handedly, and now the tower is reborn again. The “Summer of Anu” is a season that comes every few years during which the powers of the monsters within the Tower wane thanks to the grace of the great god Anu. Each Summer of Anu, the armies of the Uruk Kingdom secure their strongholds within the Tower, aiming to eventually conquer the upper floors. The story begins with the third Summer of Anu. The city of Meskia is the first stronghold built on the first level of the Tower. In addition to the Uruk Army preparing for their third campaign against Druaga, innumerable adventurers called “climbers” have been drawn to Meskia by rumors of a legendary treasure believed to be hidden on the top floor of the Tower. Jil, a young guardian, has traveled to the tower and Meskia, the last safe stop on the first floor of the tower. Jil wants to gain the Blue Crystal Rod, the legendary treasure that resides on the top floor of the tower. On the top floor is the evil lord Druaga, and numerous monsters along the way.
Where I’m living, July brings with it unbearable heat, sun tans and the occasional rainfall but thankfully it also heralds the start of the new summer season of anime. Now every season has the good, the bad and the ugly and this season seems like no different. So which animes am I keeping track of this season? To answer this question you have to understand the fact that I’m not the kinda guy who starts 10-15 animes at once and then drops the bad ones. Yes my phase of “I’ll try anything once” is well and truly over… I think everyone goes through this after they’ve seen a couple hundred animes. So how do I decide which animes to watch? Well my first source is usually ANN. Anime News Network‘s preview guide is a pretty good way to see what’s out there. After ANN I look at a couple of blogs like Metanorm to finalize my choices. A pretty roundabout way I know but experience has taught me be on the safe side (damn you’d think I was talking about a business investment here).
Well anyways here are my picks for the season:
Ah! My Goddess is an anime that has been adapted many times. It is a about a cherry boy Morisato who accidentally calls up a goddess wish granting hotline. The boy had no confidence in himself so when the goddess Belldandy started complimenting him he wished for the goddess to stay with him forever. As the story progresses the couple fall more in love ect.
Pokemon, the anime that manages to capture the hearts of children everywhere. I remember when I was a kid I would always wake up at 9:00 a.m. just to catch the latest installment. However, for some unexplainable reason I eventually got out of the grove. I wondered why; I mean I still played the games, and I absolutely loved the last season. The answer: It began to get repetitive. Always the same thing; one character leaving then Ash picking up the main girl from that generation’s game series. By the time Sinnoh hit the producers done killed all of the enjoyability by trying too hard to make it kid friendly and not thinking much about the teenage and adult fans the show still had.
One comes across numerous people claiming to be ‘music lovers’ or ‘hardcore music fans’. But once you ask them which songs they listen to, their reply is always (or 90% of the time) that they like Pitbull, Katy Perry and a bunch of other people who usually make it to the charts. But… are they actually ‘good’?
Personally, I think Pitbull is crap. Similarly, Ms. Perry, Taio Cruz, Enrique Iglesias and all the other drunk singers are worthless. True music lovers know that the good music doesn’t always make it to the charts, with a few exceptions of course (e.g: Rolling in the Deep – Adele).
So, let me give you a lesson a music.
Music is amazing. There’s no doubt about that. Some of us prefer rock, while others like pop. And there are some of us that like OSTs – be it games, movies or anime.
So, here is my list of anime music that I believe to be one of the best pieces of music composed for anime. Do understand though, that this list is not complete. Awesome anime music is endless, and it is simply impossible to compile all of them.
- ‘Brothers’ from Full Metal Alchemist (Instrumental)
One of my favourite anime of all time. This theme perfectly suits it, but I like the instrumental version more (linked).