Come to think of it, there are a number of properties that I would have liked to see animated. Let me list down a few of those.
This post may be updated whenever a “wish comes true”, or a new wish comes along.
status: Live Action Movie
Not quite sure of the current story, but I read the first 50 or so chapters of Death Note, and I was so appalled by it’s intricate intelligence. It’s a story of an extremely smart game of cat and mouse, and beyond. The way the protagonist (who seems to be quite evil himself) gets away from situations by making situations is extremely cool. Also cool is the way his enemies hunt him down as intelligently as him. I’m all for intelligent shounen series like this.
status: still a wish
Otaku anime about otakus are interesting to watch, but few and far between. Although I will see a side attraction in terms of NHK ni Youkoso coming next year, I would like Densha Otoko better. The jdorama was awesome, and I think it will really translate well as an anime.
Tenshi no Inai 12-gatsu
status: still a wish
Whenever I think of dating sims, I still think of candy-pop, cute girls in happy high school settings. Though some also deal on serious issues, they only appear near the end of the game just for climactic purposes. But this one game from Leaf totally broke my expectations! It’s depressing, serious, dramatic, and realistic from the get-go. I really want to see this as an anime, sort of a strong contender for ero-game turned anime drama queen Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. Isn’t too farfetched I hope, after all Leaf ‘backtracked’ to allow an Utawarerumono anime version.
status: still a wish
This manga series is quite appealing to me as a lighter and more slice-of-life version of Azumanga Daioh. I think this would be nice for an anime series.
Mahou Sensei Negima (remake)
status: OVA in the works
I’ll want to pretend that the anime didn’t exist, really. With Negima being one of the best and most engaging mangas I’ve ever read, I think it deserves something better than those 26 episodes of varying animation levels and impossible fillers. This Akamatsu guy is so talented in bringing wonderful characters that strike a tone, that no matter how many they are, you’re bound to like so many of them. Story is not too bad either. Make a faithful rendition of the manga original and they’ll have an anime classic. Bet on it.
Fruits Basket (continuation)
status: a farfetched dream
While I have many wishes for sequels and stuff like that, Fruits Basket takes top priority. The anime and manga introduced me to the shoujo genre, which eventually became my top genre of choice whenever there are new series to watch out for. The Fruits Basket anime ended up so sour, I really wanted more. This holds a very special place in my wish list, something I’ll never let go even when I know the odds of new Furuba animation are close to nil. For now, I’m holding on to the Tokyopop manga.
Game – Sango and Ruri events
Carrying over from last episode, this one is faithful again to its original game. There’s a catch though. This is the WORST animated To Heart 2 episode yet. I’m having withdrawal symptoms. Why oh why haven’t they learned from their animation mistakes and triumphs? I dunno about the industry, but this game company should have done better in giving their animation project to a quality studio. Oh well, DVD version here I come.
Game – Sango and Ruri events
This is so far one of the most faithful scenario renditions of the original game. Maybe that’s because you can’t have it any other way. The only caveat is that the character animation just can’t express Ruri good enough. The seiyuu for Ruri is so expressive in terms of angst the animation can’t keep up with it. Oh, and we have to wait for the next episode because this will seem to be a two-parter.
Wow. This predominantly original story managed to fit in all known characters so far! Yes! Konomi, Tamaki, Manaka, Yuma, Karin and Ruuko… all here! Even Michiru and Chie. Something for everyone. Not only that, but the animation in this episode is one of the best in the series so far.
To, umm, confuse myself and other people with the non-linear events of the To Heart 2 anime (evil grin), I’ll be making a list of the sequence of events chronologically. This will be done using the various dates seen in the anime. As you noticed, sometimes they show dates in blackboards, calendars and signs. Some of the events may not have dates though, and so I will not try to complicate things by guessing. To Heart 2 is a simple enough anime, and I hope that this timeline will make things more simple for the non-gameplayers.
By the way, while the original game timeline assumes a 2004 calendar, the anime assumes a 2006 calendar instead. Wonder why…
Update: Now seeing a pattern on this, so I can safely assume certain events on certain dates now. I hope you aren’t confused yet.
Coverage: Up to episode 8
Tamaki meeting with Takaaki, love-love operation – Episode 2
Konomi staying over at Takaaki’s house – Episode 1
Takaaki, Yuji, Konomi and Tamaki shopping – Episode 2
Manaka was voted as class representative – Episode 3
Entrance ceremony, Konomi’s first day at the new school – Episode 1
Tamaki announces that she has transferred into their school – Episode 2
Manaka seen as a student volunteer for the entrance ceremony – Episode 3
Karin seen trying to invite members to her Mystery Club – Episode 5
Takaaki meets Ruuko for the first time – Episode 6
Ruuko transfers into Takaaki’s class – Episode 6
Homeroom, Ruuko tries to write into Takaaki’s library questionaire – Episode 5
Manaka gathers library questionaires – Episode 3
Karin sees Takaaki as a potential “target” – Episode 5
Takaaki helps Manaka in barcodes and library work – Episode 3
Manaka shows Takaaki her library room – Episode 3
Library staff tells Manaka to quit – Episode 3
Yuma hits Takaaki with her bike for the first time – Episode 4
Yuma and Manaka in PE, Yuma got wet because of Takaaki’s softball – Episode 4
Manaka talks to Yuma in the roof – Episode 3
Takaaki gets to know about Manaka’s problem with the library staff – Episode 3
Yuma confronts Takaaki while he is cleaning – Episode 4
Manaka decides to continue working for the library – Episode 3
In the library room, Takaaki invites Manaka on the star gazing event – Episode 3
Yuma’s challenge to Takaaki at the canteen – Episode 4
Yuma with Manaka at the library room, talks about tea and Yuma’s problem – Episode 4
Karin reminds Takaaki of the star gazing event – Episode 7
Takaaki tries to invite Tamaki, Yuji and Konomi on the star gazing event – Episode 7
Yuma slams her bike into Takaaki again – Episode 7
Konomi sees Takaaki talk to Manaka and Karin – Episode 7
Yuma invited Takaaki to a movie – Episode 4
Konomi sees Ruuko and Karin as she goes home – Episode 7
Manaka asks Takaaki a favor, Takaaki invites Yuma to the game center – Episode 4
Star gazing night – Episode 7
Takaaki meets Sango and Ruri for the first time – Episode 8
Sango starts showing up around Takaaki, and computer room event – Episode 8
Sango and Ruri at Takaaki’s house, Ruri cooks up a bad meal – Episode 8
Ruri attempts to attack Takaaki, she cries and runs away afterwards – Episode 8
Game – Lucy events
Lucy a.k.a. Ruuko’s episode was quite interesting considering how the anime was set up to be thematic rather than chronological. We already saw Ruuko in episode 3, and her crop circles in episode 5. It’s like mysteries getting solved one by one. Not that it’s really that mysterious though, but the way it adds up in your mind makes the whole series quite coherent.