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Ani-TAY - Trainime Impressions

So I take the train to class three times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, my train rides are about an hour and a half each way. I watch anime on my Vita on the train in between episodes of Supernatural, I try and watch new shows I typically wouldn't watch or rotate series each day. So I figure, I'll write about my impressions for each new show I ended up watching! Maybe I'll continue with them maybe not, but I thought it might be interesting. I tried to make a TAY pun with Train, but TAYn just didn't work, so I went with Trainime :P

First series I looked at yesterday was:

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East


It's an interesting show, that seems like it's intent on building a large mythology to it, and it leans heavily on a version of Christianity, but mixes it with Japanese mythology. The visual style is really pretty and some of the creatures shown off were breathtaking. I get the feeling that this is a distinctly shoujo style anime and as such will fall into some of those cliche's at points, but so far is really unique feeling. I still have no idea what's going on, but it was enough of an intriguing start for me to stick around for at least a few more episodes.

Next up was: To Aru Kagaku no Railgun

The first episode was definitely a mixed bag for me, I did not like the over reliance on fan service in the first half of the episode, and Misaka's sister Kuroko grated on my nerves at first with her sister-con personality. But then the two met up with Misaka's friends Uihara and Saten and the show started to show some real promise. The dynamics between the four when they are all together works great and brings a few laughs and a few awww's by the end of the episode. Plus the animation during the lone fight scene was particularly impressive. I'll give it a few more episodes to see which side of the equation this one comes down on, the grating annoying part or the really well oiled story/action side.

The final series I watched yesterday was: DN Angel!


This one's been a long time coming, and I will definitely have a full review up for it, once I re-watch the entire 26 episode run. This is the show that my avatar is from, although that's from the manga rather than the anime. The anime was a pretty solid adaptation of the manga, up until the end of the series, but the early episodes are quite fun. It's about a young boy Daisuke Niwa who's been trained since birth to be a master thief, but little does he know it's preparation for something much larger. The men in his family have all been the Phantom Thief Dark for generations. And it turns out, that just by looking at his first love he changes into Dark! Dark is a full on alter ego, and it works the same way for Dark, when he sees the one he loves he changes back to Daisuke. The fun thing about this show is that the relationship between Daisuke and Dark is antagonistic and the attempts to steal more and more items are interesting. There's more to the story, but I'll save it for later! The first episodes were great, but Daisuke's voice grated on me more than I remembered. :3

That's it for me for yesterday's Trainime adventures, what do you guys think? Should I keep going with my impressions of what I check out on the train?

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