Posts tagged with “sports”

Basquash!

Thursday, 27 September, 2012

Long time ago in a galaxy far away, giants played basketball…
Ah! Screw this!

Have you ever seen a basketball game? If you didn’t, go and watch!

Do you think that it can escalate to something bigger than just a game?

No? Well according to the Japanese it can!

Basquash! Welcome to planet Earthdash inhabited by humans and some weird intelligent animals, orbited by a huge inhabited moon that lights the surface during the night, and is a dump. Yep. The elite actually live on the moon.

So the main character, Dan JD, lives in this dump desperately trying to get his passage to the moon, so he can get top class medical treatment for his sister, who lost her ability to walk because giant robot stepped on her when they played basketball. Phew! That was a long sentence.

Ok, apparently those giant robots, or bigfoots as they call them, are the main dish on this planet, metaphorically speaking of course, most of the labor work, transportation, and even the most popular sport (Big Foot Basket or BFB for shorter version) is done using them.

Dan goes to BFB game and finds out that there is no excitement there and all of the heat he saw on TV was fabricated by computer graphics. Being a dumb idiot he is, Dan breaks in the game and wrecks the place.

And that is where it all starts! The ridiculous escalation of something that cannot escalate!

I have no idea what kind of basketball junckie you have to be to think of something like this.

But I have to admit it, after tearing through a few of the first episodes of wanting to strangle each and everyone of the characters there, I found myself interested in what’s there to come next and not giving a damn about their personalities at all. And then the last parts come and I sit staring in the monitor, not even blinking, murmuring to myself: “Show me, show me, show me, show me! There is something great coming!”.

Yep, like that.

The graphics there are pretty average, so don’t expect to see a lot of beautiful sceneries. The soundtrack on the other hand is pretty driving. So all and all the combination is quite good, there is a room to enjoy.

Saki

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

Ok, Saki. For those of you who don’t know, this word means blossom in Japanese and piss in Russian. And it’s closer to the Russian than to Japanese.
Seriously! You all know the sports and battle genres, right. And shoujo to boot. Right? I always said that it would be an extremely bad idea to combine those.

Well it seems that someone thought otherwise. And he or she was wrong! Damn! They even made an anime of that! And that means that some considerable percentage of manga readers actually liked it!

Ok I watched it, so here is my humble review.


Well the story revolves around a girl named Saki, who is a mahjong player. She enrolls into some high school, name irrelevant, and gets dragged into a mahjong club full of freak members. Yep, freaks, all of them.
So they play mahjong, in a way that battle genre anime goes. Well you know… Flashes, killing intent… Stuff like that. And it looks ridiculous!

I mean really? Killing intent in a table game?! People, are you nuts?! And that kind of thing goes all the way to the nationals!
Well I’m not saying that it is completely boring or something. In fact it’s quite amusing.

For example how they all get fired up about the game. Passion is something worthy of notice, wherever you see it. The graphics are pleasant to the eye too. And those girls teasing affection for each other…

Leaves you in anticipation.
Well in the end you won’t see it. But the thrill. Kinda nice. I say, a cocktease.

Anyways, when I watched it, through all the anime I had this urge to violently murder every single one of the characters. But in the end I watched it to the end.

Frankly I have no idea what held me through all of it, but anyone might give it a try. As I said it already, someone might actually like it.
And still, the combination of sports, battle and shojo is baaaaaaaad. Don’t do that Japan! Just don’t do that!