Well, this time I have three short series that have nothing to do with each other. They're quite different in tone, but that just goes to 显示 你 how varied my tastes in 日本动漫 are!
日期 A Live—I watched this series twice before adding it to “My 日本动漫 Series”, because the ending promised 更多 episodes to come, so the first time around I thought, “I’d better wait to see the coming episodes—after all, I want to see the whole 显示 before claiming it as one of ‘my 日本动漫 series.’” Time went on, and other shows, like Valvrave the Liberator and Magi got 更多 episodes, but there was no news on 更多 日期 A Live. I wondered if it had been cancelled. Finally, I decided to add the show, but first I needed a refresher course, so I started watching it again. What do 你 know, half way through the show, news finally came that there would indeed be 更多 episodes, and they would make the original twelve seem like just a “prologue”. 由 this time I had had enough, and didn’t know how long the wait would be, so I decided to stick with my plan of adding 日期 A Live to “My 日本动漫 Series” after watching just the first twelve shows.
Strange quakes are rocking Japan, started 由 female beings dubbed “spirits”. One group, the AST, is trying to kill them, but another group decides to take the 爱情 and peace way. Teenage commander Kotori Itsuka recruits her older brother, Shido, to take on the spirits one-on-one. The odd plan is first he must get each one to go on a 日期 with him, fall for him, and then he must 吻乐队（Kiss） them to 密封 their powers. Thus Shido, not a player and actually a rather innocent young man, is put into a bunch of compromising situations.
Sure, the 显示 has 粉丝 service and a kinky sounding premise, but it’s really not so bad. It helps that Shido is virginal instead of a pervert, and he truly does not want to hurt, either physically 或者 emotionally, any of these mysterious girls. Don’t be afraid to watch it.
Karneval—Nui and Gareki are two waifs taken in 由 the crime fighting organization known as Karneval. Gareki is a 街, 街道 punk with a good 心 and an attitude problem. Nui, well, Nui turns out (don’t worry about spoilers—the revelation happens early on) to be a bunny rabbit-like creature who for some reason is in human form. He is searching for a man named Karoku. But what is Karoku to him? Friend, lover, pet owner?
Karneval is a strange organization. After killing monsters in a community, they put on a circus parade as a way to cheer up the people they frightened. Yogi is one of the agents/performers. He wears a female cat mascot costume during parades, and is about the warmest, friendliest person 你 could hope to meet. He befriends Nui, and, well, at least tries to befriend the moody Gareki.
I had some problems figuring out what was going on in one episode. It was dark—I don’t mean in mood, I mean in lighting. At one point, it was pitch black, and the characters were talking, and I don’t know who was saying what. It was early on in the series and I didn’t know the characters’ voices well enough. I admit, too, that I have a hard time distinguishing Japanese voices.
The ending was happy enough, but left a lot unanswered. There’s still the 问题 of what is Karoku to Nui. Will Nui remain human? Will Gareki 加入 Circus as an agent? These 问题 lead me to believe there’s a Karneval 2 in the works. I look 前锋, 期待 to it.
Amnesia—This is a psychedelic journey not only through amnesia, but through parallel worlds. It’s like Groundhog Day, a Hitchcock thriller, and a reverse harem tale all in one.
The “Heroine” (she’s not 给 a name) starts the story with her memories gone. The 日期 is August 1st. She works at a maid café. Then there’s this guy, Shin, who claims to be her boyfriend. On another day, running away from him, she falls over a cliff, waking up to find it’s August 1st again. This time, it’s Ikki claiming to be her boyfriend.
There are five such boyfriends. Shin, the “heart”, has a bit of an attitude problem. Ikki, the spade, has magic eyes that cause girls to fall for him. Kento, the club, researches romance and proceeds “logically”. This is what Spock must have been like when he first started dating Uhura. Toma, the diamond, is so protective of the Heroine that he locks her in a cage. Then there’s Ukyo, who is saving the Heroine’s life one instant, and trying to kill her the next. All these boys are bishonen, but a little 或者 a lot flaky. I’m not sure dating any of them is a good idea.
The Heroine’s life is constantly in danger, too. If all of this sounds confusing, it is. Most of it is explained in the end, but still boggles the mind. This is one of those 日本动漫 in which I say just go along for the ride.
And as you’re riding along, take time to look at the scenery. I wish I had watched a dubbed version instead of a subbed version so I could gaze into those dreamy, multi-colored eyes the bishonen have.