Saturday, July 22, 2006

ARIA The Natural Drama CD II

Aria The Natural Drama CD has been released yesterday, 21st June 2006. I've pre-ordered Aria Piano Collection track list. Should receive it in August.

These are available at Yesasia.

Aria The Natural OST [Released]
Aria The Natural ED~Natsumachi [Released]
Aria The Natural OP~Euforia [Released]
Aria The Natural Drama I [Released]
Aria The Natural Drama II [Released]
Aria Piano Collection [2nd August]

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Anime & Manga Updates

It's been a while since I have posts like this.

Anime [Now watching]:
Ah My Goddess Sorezore no Tsubasa
Aria The Natural
Air Gear
Muteki Kanban Musume
Tsubasa Chronicle
Zero no Tsukaima

My favourites now are AMG sorezore no Tsubasa, Aria The Natural and Tsubasa Chronicle. AMG showed slight degradation in quality in episode 15, I just hope that the Hild arc and Keiichi parents arc would be done accordingly. Aria The Natural has the most consistent quality in backgrounds and settings since the first season. I enjoyed every bit of Aria as there many asides that's no in the manga. Tsubasa Chronicle, I hope they'll get to the release of true Syaron soon. The filler episodes are entertaining to watch, disregard lots people arguing they're waste of time. People need to learn to appreciate the animation rather than wishing the animation going the direction they want.

Zegapain is getting better and better, Ryoko and Kyo are together again but it's conditional. Zero Tsukaima and Muteki Kanban Musume are funny and entertaining, but Zero's better than Muteki. I wish Muteki has more food-related episodes but the manga wasnt really about food. Binboushimai... watch it just for fun. Air Gear...disappointment starts... watch it just for fan-service, quality's up and down.

Manga [Now reading]
Cross Game
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
Air Gear
Aria Navigation
Prince of Tennis

Suzuka left and now what would Yamato do? So who'll be the focus now? Miki, Yui or Honoka? Cross Game should be interesting for now, with Aoba started to have different impression on Koh. She went to see Koh but arrived at the wrong destination and Koh went to find her. Tsubasa, things get heated! The true Syaoran appeared and confronted the Syaoran we knew. Kurogane noticed the emblem on true Syaoran, Fay in coma, Sakura trapped, the evil Syaoran has Fay's magic and both Syaoron battled. Air Gear has been a crap with the Genesis arc until the challenge of Sleeping Forest Ringo. Prince of Tennis... start to lose interest with the occurrence of techniques but enhanced.

Monday, July 17, 2006

AMG Tsubasa and Aria Natural Episode 15

AMG Sorezore no Tsubasa それぞれの翼
Episode 15:

The three sister went had bath in a hot-spring (onsen). Keiichi was on the male side and encountered Mara. Keiichi was given a slap. Back in their room, Urd offered Mara wine and said that they used to drink together. Belldandy suggested that they forget their differences and enjoyed themselves without any fighting. Urd and Mara spent the night playing and competing each other. The next day, Keiichi and gang departed but Mara was still at the resort. Mara was secretly gathering Urd's hairs with Senbei help.

Urd accidentally agitated Skuld and she went out. She bought ice-creams but was confronted by Mara. She put a classical music playing headset on Urd and Urd fainted. At night, Belldandy found Urd's ice-cream and came to know Urd was caught by Mara. Skuld rushed out to find Urd with Banpei. Meanwhile, Urd was tied up and saw a clone of her. Mara wanted to extract the evil side of Urd and place it in the clone. Urd told her that even god couldnt seperate them. But,Mara said she had a demonic urn that could separate her characters. Urd's evil side was then transferred to the clone. Skuld met the evil Urd and was sealed in a mirror. She placed the mirror at Mara's hideout. Later the evil Urd went home and approached Belldandy and Keiichi. She lied to them and Keiichi went to find Skuld. Urd managed to free herself, heard Skuld cry and released Skuld from the mirror. Skuld was shocked to know what going on and bit disgusted at Urd extreme gentleness too. Back home, the evil Urd tried to implant an orb into Belldandy but missed many chances. She then kissed Keiichi to shatter Belldandy's heart. Episode ended with Belldandy running away in tears.

P/S: Episode 15 starts the arc from manga chapter 61-64, volume 11. The arc should finish next episode.

ARIA The Natural
Episode 15:
「その 広い輪っかの中で…」

Alicia and Aria sachou were out on a tourist request. Akari spent her afternoon having lunch under a tree nearby the water. Akira met her and joined her. Later Akitsuki appeared. He was running an errand for his brother nearby. Akatsuki saw the delicious food and Akari try to feed him with a prawn. He was embarassed and the
prawn was snatched by Akira. Akira and Akitsuki argued with each other. Al finished his purchases and sat down with them. He told Akari that they were like that since they were young. The scene switched to their childhood time. Al was having tea on the bench. Akitsuki and Woody was on a high slide trying stunts. He felt proud with his achievements. Akira and Alicia appeared and Akira wanted to try. She beat Akitsuki in all events.

Back to present, Akitsuki said that he admired the guy who beat him. But he had just realized that the guy was actually Akira. Alicia also joined them later. Akari saw them chatting happily and decided to distant herself. They noticed and asked her why. She replied that she was born on Earth and didnt belong to the circle. Akira later told her that she was now part of the circle and everyone had gathered around her. She then felt happy.

P/S: Pre-ordered Aria Piano Collection from Yesasia, scheduled release 2nd August. The collection features 12 songs from Aria The Animation and Aria The Natural. There are 2 monologues, 4 introduction to Neo Venezia seasons, theme songs and background musics in piano version.

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Aria The Natural SD Figures

These SD figures are only available as special gift for the purchasing Aria The Natural Limited Edition PS2 game. More information on Alchemist website. In addition of the complimentary Aria sachou pin, you'll also receive one additional character pin of the six undines. You'll also have PS2 Aria OST in the L.E.

I wish the figures were part of a trading collection... =(

It's available for pre-order at Playasia, Normal and Limited Edition.