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I've been watching and reading Alice AcademyFollow

#1 Oct 17 2009 at 11:13 PM Rating: Good
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I feel like a giant tool but I really like it. It has all the elements. The special abilities carefully laid out and stratified. The ranking system. The plucky outsider. The brooding genius. It's like a world I would have enjoyed as a kid.

I've just started the manga. I wonder if Allegory likes this series?
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#2 Oct 17 2009 at 11:15 PM Rating: Good
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I also have been watching Beck and Peach Girl, which I like.
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#3 Oct 17 2009 at 11:38 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't know much about Gankuen Alice. I've neither read the manga nor seen the anime. If the magic system is interesting/inventive I might check it out just for that.

Beck is fairly good, though the whole "music is what life is all about" milieu is a little irritating. Have not seen/read Peach Girl.
#4 Oct 17 2009 at 11:43 PM Rating: Good
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I describe it as "Harry Potter meets X-Men" and that's pretty much what it is.

The anime is only 13 episodes and is actually a bit more subdued than the manga (there's a cute little kid kiss that is cut out of the anime since they're 10) but it's worth a watch, and has a ridiculously catchy opening song.

Come to think of it, I need to hit Borders to get the next volume of the manga.
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#5 Oct 18 2009 at 5:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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Alice Academy is one of my favorites, there's just too much cuteness to watch more than one or two episodes at once though. I haven't read any of the manga, though.

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The anime is only 13 episodes and is actually a bit more subdued than the manga (there's a cute little kid kiss that is cut out of the anime since they're 10) but it's worth a watch, and has a ridiculously catchy opening song.


26 episodes. Unless you're talking about one of the other shows mentioned. It's 4 am, I may be confused. Smiley: tongue
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#6 Oct 18 2009 at 10:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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Huh, I only remember 13 episodes O_O

*downloads the rest . . .*
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#7 Oct 19 2009 at 3:38 AM Rating: Good
I really enjoyed Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad. It's weird though, cause the music is certainly the best part of the anime, where as the actual animation wasn't very good & i thought it was paced pretty slow.

The manga, from a story & art perspective, was a whole lot better but lacked what is probably the most important aspect of a story about a band: the music itself.

My advice is to perhaps watch the anime first (which only goes up to the first big festival show) then pick up the manga where the anime leaves off. The manga does go for a lot longer, too. If you watch the credits of the anime, they mention some of Beck's US tour where the manga has all of it fleshed out & quite a bit more after Beck returns from the tour.

And download/buy the soundtrack too, of course. I'v never been the kind of anime/video game fanboy that's ever felt the urge to buy/download a soundtrack, but Beck's songs, brainstorm(Big Muff)- has really catchy guitar intro, Spice of Life- Great Bass line, Like a Foojin- I have no idea what Chiba's singing but the song is quite good, By Her(Endless Traveling Map)- Sounds a lot like Rage Against the Machine, & their cover of the Beetles' I've Got A Feeling (Which is not even in the English Dub, I'm assuming for copyright reasons) are all on my I-Pod.

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