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Friday, November 30, 2007

Galileo ガリレオ Episode 6 Screen Caps

A man Sakaki Hachi played by Arai Hirofumi (Go, Pride) climbs up the exterior of a house as we softly here instructions spoken by a woman, bidding Sakaki to come to her room where she will leave the window unlocked so he may enter. A girl, Morisaki Remi played by Horikita Maki (Nobuta wo Produce, Kurosagi) is asleep as Sakaki creeps towards the bed calling her name. Remi’s mother enters the room with a hunting rifle demanding that Sakaki leave her daughter alone, she fires as Sakaki scrambles through the window. Utsumi Kaoru played by Shibasaki Kou (Orange Days, Good Luck!!) is grocery shopping when she gets a call from her partner informing her that the fortune teller she had an appointment with two days previously is now wanted for attempted rape. The scene flashes back to Kaoru at the fortune teller’s as she recognizes him as Sakaki Hachi an elementary schoolmate. Kaoru wants to know why he’s using the name Morisaki Remi and Sakaki informs her that is the name of his guardian angel. Kaoru tries to clear her old schoolmate of the crime but her partner wants her off the case so of course she goes to Manabu played by Fukuyama Masaharu (Meguri Ai, Perfect Love) for help explaining the oddities of the case.

This was a very enjoyable yet also very disappointing episode. First I’ll get past the disappointment. I was looking forward to seeing this since I heard Maki was guest starring and the show so far has had a strong list of guest stars with very good roles for them. Maki was onscreen in the first moments of the episode but asleep her next appearance is around fifteen minutes later but she doesn’t even speak. All in all I think she might have had two or three lines throughout the show and maybe three or four minutes of screen time. It’s such a waste of this talented actress. That said, it was a very good show with a decent mystery and the chemistry between Shibasaki and Fukuyama just gets better as the series continues. So I’d say if you’re only watching this because Maki is a guest skip it, but fans of the show and mysteries should enjoy it very much.

Download the first six SARS English hardsub releases here.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

O Oh! Edo Rocket Screen Caps

Episode 1 Crimson Fireworks Bloom in Great Edo

The residents of the Furai Row-House block stand and watch the skyrocket as fireworks maker Seikichi complains to his brother Shunpei the mathematical brains of the family, wondering how the unknown skyrocket maker achieved the colors that occurred when the rocket detonated. Meanwhile two monsters battle with claws and unusual powers before one close to being defeated manages to throw off his opponent and escape. Rokubei sits in the row house street drinking with his neighbor, both commiserate over their poor lives. The government has just passed a ban on luxuries, even though the destitute pair never enjoyed any luxuries to begin with. Rokubei’s wife brings them a drink, and Rokubei say’s “they’re too poor to drink to their hearts content.” In Genzo’s shop the cross-dressing scale maker lays sobbing on the floor, he has been forgotten again, and his mother wonders why Genzo who dresses so flamboyantly never makes an impression on anyone other then O-Nui.

This is a crazy science fiction anime that was originally written by Kazuki Nakashima as a stage play and then released as a novel in 2001. It feels similar to a steampunk plot, with an alien requesting one of the famous fireworks artisans of the Edo period to build her a firework capable of taking her to the moon. The strong point of this anime is the large cast of interesting characters, in addition to the ones I mentioned above, there is a locksmith who can open any lock with just his fingers, a mysterious elderly old landlord of the row-house, and a pair of circus performers and that is just some of the residents of the block. I also really like the soundtrack it works really will especially during the crazy action scenes where just about anything can happen. The art work also is very well done with some crazy characters like Rokubei who’s got such a large set of teeth his mouth never closes, and vivid colors that serve to enhance many of the scenes. Recommend to scifi comedy fans who liked Future Police Urashiman or Night Wizard or Irresponsible Captain Tylor.

Download the first twenty three episodes here from shinsen-subs fansubs.

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