Noein Episode 8

April 8, 2006

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Brief summary: Karasu returns Haruka to her world, with his former comrades determined to finish him for his betrayal.

Yuu is having a hard time with his mum. He’s finally trying to break free from her super control freak ways. He is determined never to return home. Can’t blame the kid. We get a hint why Yuu’s mum – Miyuki – is like this. Apparently it has something to do with her sister. And mother.

Sure, but I still don’t like her.

Thoughts: Poor Yuu, he doesn’t get to be a hero when Haruka returns to the world with Karasu. The damsel in distress prefers to be with Karasu, poor guy.Then when he returns home, Crazy!Mum who wants Yuu to have no life but study 1500% catches him sneaking in.

Yuu insists that he can decide his own future, but she insists that it’s impossible – throwing Karasu’s earlier words to him back to his face.Seriously, Crazy!Mum needsa big ass spanking. Who the heck does she think she is, running Yuu’s life like that?

I’m glad that Yuu has now got a backbone and is running away from control freak mom. I don’t understand why Crazy!Mum is the way she is because of some sister. Ah, but I heard we’ll find out next episode.

And my question about how people like Karasu and Fukurou get their powers is explained when crazy Atori mentions that their cells have been changed to a quantum level. Hokay.

And boy … did Yuu laugh?? Smile?? Actually have fun? What happened to angsty Yuu? Not that I miss him. AT ALL. That’s a relief.

A “gentler” quieter episode, a nice break from the harsh world of La’cryma. But we all know that means all hell is going to break loose in the next episode.

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Noein Episode 7

April 8, 2006

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Brief summary: Haruka’s friends search desperately for her on present day Earth. In the alternate world of La’cryma, Haruka discovers that 15 years from her time, the world will come to an end when some catastrophic thing happens. She is also shocked to meet the future version of her best friend Ai. Karasu, meanwhile, is deemed a traitor and is locked up and tortured because he tried to “save” Haruka. When Shangri-La attacks, Future Ai decides to harness Haruka’s dragon torque power by drowning her. Locked up or not, Karasu definitely doesn’t want that to happen.

Thoughts: This is one amazing episode. I have to say that Shangri-La’s Oroborus (big ass flying machine) is a thing of creepiness and beauty. The way it crawls around, how its face changes expression when it’s hit etc, is something I’ve never seen before.

Future Ai tried to explain that the past is not really the past and the future is not really the future but like Haruka, I’m damned confused. I’m just going to go with the flow and enjoy the anime without wrapping my brains around quantum physics.

The battle between Fukurou (Fujiyama’s future version) and the Oroborus is cool, but I just don’t understand how he can be that powerful. I think it is hinted that they’re infused with something called Layze, but they never really do explain the mechanics of it.

A nice episode, a little tragic when I realise the future selves of the formerly care-free children are so … screwed up. But that’s what makes this anime gripping, eh?


Noein: Episode 1-6

April 8, 2006

I’m not going to blog about these episodes because
a) there are far better bloggers out there who have done summaries/reviews of the episodes
b) Okay, I’m lazy, 😛

So I’m going to direct you to Cinammon Ass who’s done a great job blogging the series.


Noein: an overview

April 8, 2006

noein.jpgI stumbled upon Noein purely by accident. I was browsing YouTube one day when I saw that there were episodes of it there. I clicked on the first episode, and to say that I was blown away was an understatement.

It opens in a world where large, giant machines fly in the orange sky. Out of nowhere, people fly towards the machine and proceeds to hammer it to bits. Then flash to present day Earth, and we’re introduced the the idyllic lives of some school kids during summer.

Not all of the kids are having a good time, though. Yuu, a sulky, moody kid, is a bit “stressed” thanks to his mum who just wants him to study, study, study, go to cram school and study some more. His friends Haruka, Ai and Fujiwara are worried for him, but what can they do when he keeps yelling at them all emo-like?

The animation was good – not mindblowing – but way better from other Autumn/Winter spring releases like Black Cat. It doesn’t dilly dally like Fate/Stay Night either. It gets straight to the action and things start happening really fast.

Haruka one day meets a strange creature on top of a church tower. Her friends think it’s a ghost, so they start hunting it down at a cemetary one night. Of course, you and I know that it isn’t – it’s Karasu, one of the super beings we saw punching that big, giant, floating machine in that orange-tinged world earlier. (He’s the white-haired dude in the picture.)

Karasu – and a bunch of other cloaked beings – want to capture Haruka because she’s the Dragon Torque. Now, I’m watching episode 7 and I still don’t know what the [beep] that means. But Haruka is important all right.

(spoilers ahead!)

It’s hard not to be fascinated by Noein. Especially when you find out that Karasu is a future version of Yuu. And that Haruka can change reality somehow. It also has a very odd feel throughout the serious. One moment it is major angsty/grim with all the Karasu and apocalyptic alternate world scenes, but it is also idyllic and care-free when we concentrate on the escapades of the worry-free children of present day Earth.

At first I was really irritated by all the filler-like deviations from the main plot. I mean, who wants to know what kids do after school today or their little adventures trying to hunt a ghost? But after watching episode 6, I realise that it is to show the drastic change the kids’ world (and their future selves) went through after the said apocalypse. With all those memories you have of the kids when they were far happier and far more normal, it’s difficult not to feel sad for their future versions, and you can’t help but sympathise with their desire to capture the dragon torque (because it’ll supposedly save their world, La’cryma).