Anime of Winter '11 Preview (Part 4)
What do you get when you cross Gainax from car manufacturer Subaru? A Magical Girl show, apparently!
Houkago no Pleiades (Wish Upon Pleiades) is the tale of a girl named Subaru (of course) who gets caught up in a battle between good and evil. This being a collaboration with Subaru, the team of magical girls all ride on staffs that make car noises. Why would they sound like cars? ::SHRUGS SHOULDERS::
People, don't be impatient like me. When I hear or read the word free, I come running! That's what I did with the first episode of Houkago no Pleiades, and I ended up watching a raw showing of this Gainax/Subaru collaboration on Youtube BEFORE they decided to add subs to it. Now you can watch the show on youtube (here) free, legal and subtitled. Thanks, Gainax!
Watch more? No
Who is the ideal audience? If all you're into is magical girl shows, I'd say give Houkago no Pleiadesa a watch. Otherwise, I can't see many people sticking around for this.
What better way to dial up the fan service than to create a school made up of all females- save for one very lucky guy? Maybe I am too old a man, but I DREAD a harem. The last harem I enjoyed was in Elfen Lied, and that's because it involved homicidal maniacs.
In addition to it being a cliche harem show, the sci-fi dressing they slapped on played almost no part to the first episode! I don't care about these characters, and even though they animate marvelous cleavage, this show is not for me.
Watch More? No!
Who is the ideal audience? I think that this is for people who either LOVE mecha so much that they need to see some kind of power suit or piloted robot to feel alive, or people who have just come out of their rookie year as an anime fan. Oh, and maybe people who like 1-dimensional caricatures of different nationalities.
Who the hell names a kid Alone? I guess that's what happens when you're an orphan.
I don't know about this anime, dudes. I was never into Saint Seiya. I mean, I never hated it, but it didn't catch fire with me when the show was run in the US. It should have gripped me, because I loved Power Rangers. Guys get cool suits and beat other guys up? That's a winning formula!
Now we have this prequel to the series, which takes place in the 18th century. So I am not envious at all for the crew who has to keep the look of the original series while trying to create something new, AND keep the continuity straight.
I think that the looks of all the shiny armor is a turn-off for me. Maybe this is why I didn't make it into the ranks of Saint Seiya fans. The Lost Canvas maintains most of the visuals of its predecessors, and what it does on its own is kinda crazy.
The story follows Tenma and the aforementioned Alone, two kids who have been brought together, seemingly by fate. On this day, their lives are going to take a great turn as the forces of good and evil descend upon them.
I might have to give this a shot, because I want to see how these characters look in a fight. The action will be the deciding factor in whether I stick around.
Watch more? Maybe
Who is the ideal audience? It goes without saying that if you love Saint Seiya, you have no other choice but to watch this show. I don't think anyone else needs this show.