The Five Star Stories

The Five Star Stories
The Five Star Stories

Someone posted a YouTube clip of this on AN’s forum. It looked interesting and I wanted to see it. None of the characters are who they appear to be. Don’t read ANN’s summary cause it’s a spoiler. I like the character design. I thought it was CLAMP. You’ll probably have to watch this more than once to figure out what’s going on. They save the mecha action for end and it goes quick.

I bought my copy used.  This was an ADV films.  The jewel case is part cardboard with a cardboard sleeve which the mecha peaks out of.  It includes a character guide which I probably should have read.

The Five Stories DVD box
The Five Stories DVD box

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

High School of the Dead

Saeko Busujima's lacy bra
Saeko Busujima’s lacy bra

I purchased H.O.T.D. after seeing an animated gif on AN’s forum called the “Boob Matrix” (google it).  H.O.T.D. got no love at home from the wife due to the flesh-eating zombies and “tits and ass” so I ended up watching it alone.  It took me a while to get interested in this title.  It’s gory but lacks the finesse of horror titles like Hellsing.  I got interested in the story by the end of the first DVD.  The story ends too quickly and the characters aren’t given time to develop.  The fan service is nice but not enough to earn this title an Oscar.  A+ on the boobs and lingerie.  This is also a great title for gun otaku.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Anime CDs from Japan

I received 7 CDs from Tenso. This was my largest shipment so far. Tenso shipping cost $55 (that’s about $8 per CD).

Figuring out which CDs were shipped from Amazon to Tenso is confusing if the merchant doesn’t list a cost on the package. As long as they list the package price I can match that with my orders.

My order included two 3″ CD snap-packs. You can snap the plastic in half and make a mini CD jewel case (see picture below). I think that could also damage my artwork so I’m not going to attempt it.

My favorite CD in this shipment has to be the OST for Aria the Origination–very soothing and relaxing.

Tenso box unopened
Tenso box unopened, 8x6x10

Tenso box opened
Tenso box opened

GUNDRESS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
GUNDRESS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

ARIA The ORIGINATION ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK tre
ARIA The ORIGINATION ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK tre

Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi 2 Shiki OST with STEEL ANGELS
Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi 2 Shiki OST with STEEL ANGELS

Himiko-Den Original Soundtrack
Himiko-Den Original Soundtrack

ALL MY LOVE
ALL MY LOVE from Mao Chan

Haunted Junction & Magic User's Club Mini CDs
Haunted Junction & Magic User’s Club mini CDs

Kokoro ni Watashi ga Futari Iru
3″ CD snap pack: Haunted Junction

Mami Ayukawa: Perfect Best

Mami Ayukawa: Perfect Best
Mami Ayukawa: Perfect Best

I came across this CD when listening to MIO’s OP for Heavy Metal L-Gaim.  Mami did the 2nd OP, “Kaze no No Reply.” Both are great singers and I’m dying to see L-Gaim since the music is good and it looks good as well. Perfect Best is a solid CD with an 80s feel.  All her tracks made it into my favorites playlist.

Anime DVDs and CDs from Rightstuf

Bonus mini DVD on Yoko Ishida's "all of me" CD
I ordered 6 CDs from Rightstuf. Most were anime soundtracks. Most were not my first picks but had OPs and EDs that I liked. The price was good $1.99 – $5.00. Yoko Ishida’s “all of me” was included containing many popular OPs and EDs (i.e. Ai Yori Aoshi). I cannot believe it was only $5.00 AND included a mini DVD. Open Your Mind, the OP to Ah! My Goddess was included on the DVD. The quality is a bit grainy–probably not 480p. My shipment also included 3 DVDs; Toradora! set 1, Strawberry Panic, and K-ON

Yoko Ishida: all of me
Yoko Ishida: all of me

Puni Puni Poemy OST
Puni Puni Poemy OST

GUN X SWORD OST
GUN X SWORD OST

Tetsujin28 Music Collection
Tetsujin28 Music Collection

J2 The Counterattack of Siberia Yagyu
J2 The Counterattack of Siberia Yagyu

More CDs arrive in the mail

Ai Yori Aoshi Soundtrack 1
Ai Yori Aoshi Soundtrack 1

A couple of CDs arrived a few days ago.  One is the soundtrack to Ai Yori Aoshi (Bluer Than Indigo).  It’s one of the first anime I’ve seen.  I love the OP and ED.  I’m sure you would recognize “Promise” from the ADV trailer.  The other CD is “Indigo suite Best Indigo Music.”  The Indigo did several EDs to Ai Yori Aoshi.  I notice there are two different covers.  One version has a photo while the one I bought has an illustration on the cover.  I was listening to “UNDER THE BLUE SKY” which sounded familiar so I looked it up on ANN.  Turns out this is the ED to Someday’s Dreamers.

The Indigo: Indigo suite Best Indigo Music
The Indigo: Indigo suite Best Indigo Music

Today Chobits 002 arrived.  I’m listening to it now.  Chii sings Let Me Be With You!  🙂  More dialogs on 002 this time with Hideki and Chii.  K-taro Takanami did a good job with the soundtracks and the character song collection.

CHOBITS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 002
CHOBITS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 002

Chobits OST 001 Arrives!

Three great reason to hear Chobits 001:

  1. Chobits has great music
  2. Chii sings Raison D’être (Chobits ED)
  3. Chii says “pantsu”

Many of the songs begin with Chii saying cute phrases.  There’s also a mix version of Let Me Be With You by Round Table.  It’s a shame Pioneer Music went out of business here in the U.S.  I wish I would have started my collection earlier.  I bought this CD used.  I buy my CDs used if they’re cheaper.

Chobits Original Soundtrack 001
Chobits Original Soundtrack 001