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August 19, 2012

MeMuMo: Love is War

This is the first post of many of my new '3M' series. Officially, it is actually called "MegaBubbletea's Music Moment" but that is kinda too long to include in the title, so I've shortened it to '3M'. Enjoy the music and if you have any comments leave them below!
EDIT: '3M' sounds too boring. So 'MeMuMo' it is!

Title: Love is War (恋は戦争)
Artist: Ryo (supercell)
Year: 2009
Comments: This is probably the first Vocaloid song I have heard in my life. I was instantly in love with the song and with the unique and intriguing mechanical sounds that Vocaloids make. It took some time to get used to, but now I'm an avid fan of Vocaloid!

Teaser trailer for Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

Check out the new teaser trailer for the first episode of Doctor Who Series 7.

Synopsis:

Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter... the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory's relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond's marriage.

Anime Review: Elemental Gelade

Elemental Gelade can be considered as your typical mainstream adventure, fantasy, and comedy anime aimed at younger teens. From its presentation to dialogue, it all screams "for young teens".

Elemental GeladeSynopsis:

After a routine raid, the rookie sky pirate Coud finds a most unusual cargo in his mates' cargo hold: Ren, an "Edel Reid", a race prized by humans for granting special combat power to their partners through "Reacting". He quickly discovers, however, that Ren is even more prized than he expected. The pirate ship is visited by three members of the Edel Reid Complete Protection Agency "Arc Aire", who try to purchase her. When Coud refuses, the ship is suddenly attacked by a mysterious force, and Coud's captain charges him with Ren's protection.

Review:

Elemental Gelade is no way serious, or combat heavy to be described as for older viewers. This is evident by the linear storyline, pretty childish and basic dialogue, character presentations, and art style. The anime is basically about a rookie sky pirate named Coud who accidentally stumbles across Ren, an "Edel Reid", which is another race that grants special powers to their contracted partners. As you would expect, much controversy happens about the morality of using such "Edel Reids" in combat and whether they are just tools or humans. Ren, which is guided by a voice in her dreams, is determined to head to the Garden of Edel, where everything begins. Along the way, Coud and a few other friends team up to protect her from harm from many different directions. In a way, the story is rather linear, sometimes predictable, but slightly exciting to watch. Nearly every episode feature some action and some comedy with quite a few episodes ending with a cliffhanger.

For an anime that was released quite a few years back, the art was pretty average. I watched it in standard definition, so there was some blurring of textures in video. However, I noticed though that most sceneries and backgrounds were pretty plain and somewhat lacking in fine detail. The characters looked decent though with their various clothes they wear, and the Elemental Gelades all were unique respectively. I would note that although the battle animations were quite good, some lacked smoothness and presentation as if those scenes were rushed. I also found that whenever the characters were chanting their song, their mouths would just stay open in one position; which annoyed me quite a bit.

Voice acting was pretty good and suited most characters pretty well. The main cast was well presented but some minor characters' voices felt out of place. Theme songs was your typical adventure fantasy style songs and appropriately applied to the anime. There was a lot of background music to accompany the many different scenes throughout the anime and most of them were suitable to the situation at hand.

Character-wise, they were rather dull and boring overall. I must admit though, some scenes were really well done and the character were full of emotions. Other scenes, you couldn't tell what the characters were thinking or what was with their reactions. Coud was rather boring to watch. I must admire his bravery and strong will, but in the end, I couldn't really grasp his reason why he was protecting Rena and why he loved her. Also, a lot of minor characters weren't really properly explained as so you are left in the dark as to why are they there in the first place and what is their role within the anime. In the end, I felt little connection with any of the characters.

In the end, this anime was a hit and miss. The storyline was linear and quite predictable, the characters weren't that memorable, and the art was pretty average. On the positive side, the anime wastes no time is giving us the adventure and action at every turn. The constant battles and cliffhangers at the end of most episodes was a welcome addition to captivate the audience into watching more. Elemental Gelade is definitely your typical shounen adventure fantasy aimed at younger teens with wild imaginations.

STORY: 6
Pretty linear and predictable although some parts was quite exciting to watch and most episodes ended with a cliffhanger.

ART: 5
Pretty average and low quality in some sections. Overall, it was fine to watch.

SOUND: 7
Voice acting was decent and theme songs were acceptable.

CHARACTER: 7
There was a wide range of characters but the anime does not go into much detail about them.

ENJOYMENT: 7
The adventure and story was fun to follow and the cliffhangers kept me watching more. The fights were well illustrated and animated.

OVERALL: 6
Despite the nice action and entertaining moments that this anime has, overall, it felt a bit floppy and lacked substantial substance to make it great. If you have some spare time, then give this a go.