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CODE-E

Paranormal love-comedy ahoy! CODE-E promises 12 episodes of blushing and giggling, Tuesdays at 26:43 JST on Meetele.

It’s based on a concept by Sakaki Ichirou (Scrapped Princess) and directed by Katou Toshiyuki, who is collaborating with Studio DEEN, just like their previous show Full Moon wo Sagashite. Can’t complain about pedigree.

Set ten years from now, the story’s about 17-year-old glasses girl Ebihara Chinami, who’s just moved to a new place and is switching schools for the millionth time. She’s terrified of all things electronic, and does her utmost to keep at a safe distance, because whenever Chinami gets worked up, she radiates electromagnetic waves that wreak havoc with helpful devices like cellphones and ATM machines. After a detailed account of her trip to school, she’s guided around campus by Komatsuna Keiko, a friendly classmate. Chinami takes careful notes whenever she comes across gear she might accidentally destroy, and eventually passes by the Science Research Club, where her eyes catch those of the only member – Kannagi Koutarou. He notices the strange blips appearing in Chinami’s presence and decides to investigate by expressing an interest in her body. She interprets this slightly differently, and as a consequence most of the school’s technology explodes.

Very few are going to be impressed by the artwork in CODE-E, but the music is pretty catchy, and after the intro it was hard not to think about Read or Die. Chinami is voiced by the unknown Hashimoto Mai, but she does a fine job. Her love interest is done by Nomura Katsuhito (Seto in I”s Pure) in a forgettable harem hero fashion, but instead we’re treated to the bouncy Momoi Haruko (San in Seto no Hanayome) as the funny-haired classmate, and the sharp Nazuka Kaori (Eureka in Eureka Seven) as Sonomi, whose crush on Kannagi is likely to complicate matters. It’s also pleasant to see the teacher from Twin Spica appear as the mysterious gloom girl Saihashi Yuma, although Mizuno Risa has been in other things since then.

With its mellow pace and sweet heroine it’s hard to dislike CODE-E, and I’m curious to see if this will be a regular love comedy or take that step into paranormal Read or Die action later on. Maybe we’ll get a little bit of both, but it’s too early to tell. Wonder if I’m the only one to think “Charlie’s Angels?” at the end of the opening song.

Reminds me of: Read or Die minus cool stuff plus romantic silliness.

Zombie-Loan

Guns and swords and dead people converge in the stylish new action show Zombie-Loan, running Tuesdays at 26:40 JST on TV Asahi.

PEACH-PIT is a manga-producing duo famous for their cult hit Rozen Maiden, and perhaps infamous for the earlier DearS. Which path their latest offspring Zombie-Loan takes remains to be seen, but director Nishimori Akira (Peto Peto-san) joins series composer Tomioka Atsuhiro (Vandread) to make an attempt.

Brimming with originality, the first episode introduces Kita Michiru, a weak-willed young lady who wears special glasses to disable her supernatural eyes, which otherwise allow her to see dark rings clasped around dying people’s necks. She runs into the secretly dead popularity princes Chika and Shito (with matching black rings), who persuade her to assist them in their job at the Zombie-Loan company, where they kill evil zombies to work off a debt that grants them living bodies.

The art certainly has a distinct style, and uses dark neon green with a dash of purple to bring about a zombie mood. It’s animated adequately by studio Xebec M2, having just finished up Hitohira. In regards to audio, the music goes through one ear and out the other, but they’ve scraped together quite an impressive cast, with super-seiyuu Sakurai Takahiro (Suzaku in Code Geass) and Suzumura Kenichi (Shinn Asuka in Gundam Seed Destiny) playing the boys, while Kuwashima Houko (Claire in Claymore) and Saitou Chiwa (Hazuki in Tsukuyomi) play the girls… No wait, the hat person is a boy too. Anyway, despite the very talented actress, Michiru’s voice soon becomes grating, and it’s sad to see the gang so misused; even Sakurai sounds dull.

To me this is a case of style without substance, where I’m not particularly fond of the style. There’s just nothing to set it apart from the myriad of other supernatural action shows, and as a result it’s hard to think of nice things to write, but I’m sure it’ll intrigue someone. Perhaps you like zombies?

Reminds me of: Venus Versus Virus

July 4, 2007 at 8:06 pm
15 comments »
  • July 4, 2007 at 9:01 pmOskar Anly EX

    Zombie Loan looks interesting

  • July 4, 2007 at 9:32 pmYuzuki

    Code E sounds weird but Zombie Loan looks a bit of a splitting of Dante from Devil May Cry (the animation). Hope that they don’t overdue the fight scenes since there sounds and looks like there will be a lot of them.

  • July 4, 2007 at 9:59 pmGStrike-

    is this made by the same person that made bleach?

  • July 4, 2007 at 10:09 pmJusuchin

    Hmm, interesting, will be looking at Code-E, need somethign to carry me to the fall lineup.

  • July 4, 2007 at 10:09 pmChiu^2

    The main character in Code E looks a lot like Nina from Code Geass. Even the names of the anime are alike. Very interesting.

  • July 4, 2007 at 10:16 pmSoujyu

    Wow!!!!
    Finally!!!!
    Zombie-Loan!!!
    Im so happy!! ^^

  • July 4, 2007 at 11:02 pmdward

    I read Zombie Loan a few months back. I stopped following the manga since then but I may give the anime series a go. Code-E looks pretty decent too.

  • July 4, 2007 at 11:41 pmhashihime

    I don’t like zombies, or monsters of any kind. But I love Kuwashima Houko. Her final scene in the washroom was to die for, so to speak. Unlike most monster shows, I think there may be real humanity in this one — perhaps courtesy of Nishimori, who directed Hitohira as well as Petopeto-san. I think the style here may have some substance behind it. I’ll be back next week to find out.

  • July 5, 2007 at 2:04 amEra

    love your snapshot sections! it gives me an idea what to watch. zombie-loan looks better than code-e to me.

  • July 5, 2007 at 3:00 amJudge

    Yeah, I’ll probably be one of the few who liked Code-E, I found it to be one of the more interesting of the tuesday line-up, my personal opinion of course. And the music/opening definitely reminds me of ROD, actually during the episode I found myself wondering, “where have I heard this music before.” I found the scene with, “Will you go out with me?,” “I hold an interest in you.” “Actually, to be more specific, I have an interest in your body.” to be pretty dang amusing, along with the school exploding. Though that scene brought my poor 333 to it’s knees, sucks not having my laptop. Zombie loan was definitely interesting as well, will definitely have to see at least the next episode to see
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    Hopefully will be interesting next week as well, overall liked these two and the umisho series, the others, will watch a few more episodes, as this is just the beginning.

    Judge

  • July 5, 2007 at 4:24 amAvalon

    oo zomebie loan looks good im gonna check that show out

  • July 5, 2007 at 4:41 amBrian

    to be honest, i am still waiting for season 2 of suzumiya haruhi… heard that it’s coming this fall.

  • July 5, 2007 at 6:34 amBeren

    I watched the first episode of ZOMBIE LOAN and I liked it. It’s not a very original show, that´s true, but I expect it to get better in the following weeks.

  • July 8, 2007 at 1:12 pmKyokii

    GStrike- at 9:59 pm on July 4th, 2007

    “is this made by the same person that made bleach?”

    NO!! It’s by the female duo, Peach Pit, who made Rozen Maiden and DearS. Don’t compare it to Bleach.

  • July 21, 2007 at 2:56 amCelessa

    I’ve read Zombie Loan in manga and I hope that they don’t ruin the good impression of the story and art it left me. I hope it’s a good show…