Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spice and Wolf

The cover of the first volume of the Spice and Wolf light novel series released by Dengeki Bunko. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



is a series I've heard of for a long time, but never got to watch until recently. After watching , which , I've been told that this show is exceedingly similar to it. Having enjoyed Maoyu quite a bit I've decided to check it out. Part of what makes it so similar is what makes this the 2nd out of three posts about "mind-expanding anime" which star.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Maoyu

, as Maoyu Mao Yusha (Demon king and Hero) is more commonly known, is an anime that also takes the time to teach its viewers some real world concepts, and as such this post will be the first of the three "Mind Expanding Anime" posts, and all three happen to have portraying a main role in. Maoyu at its base is a tale of changing the world through technological and mercantile advancements, about the side-effects and benefits(!) of war, and is a romantic comedy show, of sorts.



"Hello! I don't want to fight" said the Demon King to the Hero

Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Maoyuu is an entertaining, remarkably complex anime which features aspects of the romance, adventure, and even gag genres. With little effort, it sucks the audience in with a unique perspective of black and white worlds, but does it with a fairly lighthearted overtone. A piece that appeals to fans of shows such as Spice and Wolf, Maoyuu mixes sociology, religion, and economics into an entertaining package which is easily digestible due to its often side notes of magical whimsy. The show plays upon many forms of social commentary, but the biggest and most important by far is the perspective conundrum, particularly concerning massive bodies of combatants.



It shouldn't take much to understand the Maoyuuu, as the show does a fairly thorough job of developing proper sequences to a determined interpretation. The Demon Lord and Hero find that the worlds they are fighting for are corrupt, and seek to change it for the better. While doing so they face social class conflicts, overcoming racism, and appeal a general condemnation of religion as a justification for violence. The biggest part of the whole series though, is the range with which all the characters eventually find themselves similar to one another; especially those on the opposite sides of the battle-lines. The whole hero/demon ideologies are flipped upside down, with the hero at times playing the monster (although never bloodthirsty) and the demon lord becomes a kind of ideal ruler to a small country. The main characters struggle not with physical battles (which are rather easily won), but far more so their situations and often mistaken assumptions about the world. They are constantly trying to find a balance between the needs of justice and mercy, right and wrong, society and morality. It really does make for a rather impressively entertaining piece of anime, and one with great potentials for further iterations.

Maoyu (Maoyuu Mao Yuusha) Final Impressions--Needs Less Cowgirl

Nobody actually thought that this was hot, right? Right?



There's a scene roughly halfway through Maoyu that summarizes my experience with it pretty well. After a public flogging in the place of the person she trusts, a character gives an uplifting speech about freedom and human agency, urging the people listening to rise up against the corrupt system that has held them down. The music swells and pans across the crowd...showing a sea of badly animated faces that look either bored or asleep. And that's the problem with Maoyu; it's convinced that it's offering something really compelling when the truth is that the execution makes it fall flat.

Honey Spiced Fruits from Spice and Wolf

Recently I re-watched one of my favorite anime series which is Spice and Wolf. Its the a story about a young traveling merchant, Kraft Lawrence, who roams the medieval European settings peddling his goods from town to town. His dream is to gather enough currency to open up his own shop. One night while passing through a town he finds the pagan wolf-deity Holo (Horo) in his cart. Horo has taken human form and appears as a 15 year old girl except with wolf's ears and tail. Leaving her responsibilities of blessing the towns harvest behind she accompanies Lawrence who agrees to escort her to the northern countries. As they travel her wisdom helps increase Lawrence's profits while her true nature begins to draw unwanted attention from the church.



Horo has an incredible love for fruit, especially Apples, and in one of the episodes Lawrence mentions a method of preserving and eating Apples (fruit) that is fit only for nobles. Lawrence goes on to describe how people would preserve fruit in honey and spice, which in turn makes the fruit even sweeter.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Review

Here we are with yet another review, this time with Dusk Maiden of Amnesia! Available from Hanabee on Blu-ray or DVD, the Blu-ray can be reached at



Look forward to more reviews in the future, as we work through our backlog of anime~.

Best Anime Series of 2009

Now that I have just over a month of free time before I start working again, I finally have some time to write a few more articles for my blog. Since we are still have a year away from a 2013 anime review, I am going back in time and catching up with earlier years, which brings us to 2009.Here are the top ten anime series based on composite scores from different anime websites:10. EDEN OF THE EAST ()



No. of episodes: 11

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review: Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Maoyuu is an entertaining, remarkably complex anime which features aspects of the romance, adventure, and even gag genres. With little effort, it sucks the audience in with a unique perspective of black and white worlds, but does it with a fairly lighthearted overtone. A piece that appeals to fans of shows such as Spice and Wolf, Maoyuu mixes sociology, religion, and economics into an entertaining package which is easily digestible due to its often side notes of magical whimsy. The show plays upon many forms of social commentary, but the biggest and most important by far is the perspective conundrum, particularly concerning massive bodies of combatants.



It shouldn't take much to understand the Maoyuuu, as the show does a fairly thorough job of developing proper sequences to a determined interpretation. The Demon Lord and Hero find that the worlds they are fighting for are corrupt, and seek to change it for the better. While doing so they face social class conflicts, overcoming racism, and appeal a general condemnation of religion as a justification for violence. The biggest part of the whole series though, is the range with which all the characters eventually find themselves similar to one another; especially those on the opposite sides of the battle-lines. The whole hero/demon ideologies are flipped upside down, with the hero at times playing the monster (although never bloodthirsty) and the demon lord becomes a kind of ideal ruler to a small country. The main characters struggle not with physical battles (which are rather easily won), but far more so their situations and often mistaken assumptions about the world. They are constantly trying to find a balance between the needs of justice and mercy, right and wrong, society and morality. It really does make for a rather impressively entertaining piece of anime, and one with great potentials for further iterations.

Honey Spiced Fruits from Spice and Wolf

Recently I re-watched one of my favorite anime series which is Spice and Wolf. Its the a story about a young traveling merchant, Kraft Lawrence, who roams the medieval European settings peddling his goods from town to town. His dream is to gather enough currency to open up his own shop. One night while passing through a town he finds the pagan wolf-deity Holo (Horo) in his cart. Horo has taken human form and appears as a 15 year old girl except with wolf's ears and tail. Leaving her responsibilities of blessing the towns harvest behind she accompanies Lawrence who agrees to escort her to the northern countries. As they travel her wisdom helps increase Lawrence's profits while her true nature begins to draw unwanted attention from the church.



Horo has an incredible love for fruit, especially Apples, and in one of the episodes Lawrence mentions a method of preserving and eating Apples (fruit) that is fit only for nobles. Lawrence goes on to describe how people would preserve fruit in honey and spice, which in turn makes the fruit even sweeter.

Nominations for Anime Music Tourney

Oh look! A post about anime. Taka here! Yes I have risen from the depths to once again place a post upon Digitalboy's humble little blog about Ponies.



Gasp! The light of the viewer's gaze chars my flesh. I shall be with you but a moment.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Review

Here we are with yet another review, this time with Dusk Maiden of Amnesia! Available from Hanabee on Blu-ray or DVD, the Blu-ray can be reached at



Look forward to more reviews in the future, as we work through our backlog of anime~.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

JAPAN EXPO 2013 : le programme

Shôji Kawamori (Macross) est l'invité d'honneur anime. Conférence et ...

World End Economica Visual Novel by Spice and Wolf's Hasekura Offered in ...

The official English version of Spice and Wolf author Isuna Hasekura 's visual novel World End Economica launched on Wednesday. Three visual novels are planned for the series. The first "episode" launched in Japan in 2011 followed by the second episode ...

Le Monde du manga #32

L'éditeur Ototo est fier de faire venir un de ses auteurs phare : Keito Koume, le dessinateur de Spice & Wolf ! A cette occasion sortira le 7e volume de la série. - Après moins d'un an d'existence, les jeunes éditions Komikku ont réussi à faire venir ...

Preview

Manga-newsLe manga se réfère au roman de & et non à l'anime donc il y aura bien une vraie fin. ^^. Levine. De Levine, le 23 Juin 2013 à 15h34. J'aurai bien commencée la série si l'anime ne m'avait pas autant déçu...

Clover man faces drug charges

July 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., McClancy Seasoning Co., 1 Spice Road, Fort Mill. • July 27, 2013, 4-8 p.m., Charlotte Knights, ...