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Forgive me father, for I have sinned - 07 Ghost 
3rd-Aug-2010 09:11 pm
happy lance
OK, I said I was going to do a picspam on some of the anime I've been mainlining recently, so...

Imagine a Prussian-Gothic anime world where demons are real, the clergy are badass, and the hottest, most manly character is named…


* Snerk *

Boyfriend has some kind of 70's porn homoerotic thing going on with the bare chest and the chains, but we'll forgive him that because he is absolutely made of awesome.


Dude has a fucking scythe that shoots out of his fucking arm. How cool is that?


Apparently to get ordained into this church, you have to pass a fairly difficult test of knowledge, and demonstrate your ability to thrash real as well as inner demons. And be gorgeous. 07 Ghost puts the bishie in bishop.

07 ghost

My favorite holy man of all, however, is the fun, flamboyant and faaaaaaabulous Bishop Lance. Dude's got SERIOUS hair.

He's a little tempermental...

But he can smite the baddies without mussing his 'do.

I love Bishop Lance to pieces and want to slash him with the entire cast, including the mermaid.

Unsurprisingly, the bad guys are also dark and delicious:

07 Ghost

But guess what kids, it isn't a blue bishonen ghetto without the requisite big-eyed male teenagers voiced by women. Exhibit A is Teito Klein. He's a battle-scarred, abused orphan who nevertheless manages to have massive amounts of angsty UST with pretty much the entire cast, including the mermaid.


But the real reason I watch is for the plot. No, but really. It's fascinating and complex. I especially like their take on the clergy: the church, which superficially seems Catholic, is in fact VERY Japanese, featuring Shinigami (death gods) and reincarnation.

However, note that the pacing is odd in some of the early episodes of the anime, with some parts feeling like filler. To keep the momentum going, I recommend tequila shots for every HOYAY! moment.

mikage et teito

Aaaaaaaaaand something for your hangover.

But seriously, folks, the show gets better and better - and once you've watched all the anime episodes produced so far, you'll go after the manga, which is gorgeous and tightly plotted (much more so than the anime, oddly enough).

Also, the porn? It writes itself.

Not that I would know anything about that...

* Cough *
4th-Aug-2010 05:24 am (UTC)
07 Ghost puts the bishie in bishop.

4th-Aug-2010 06:00 am (UTC)

I would stop being a damn heathen and SO get religion if this church were around.

Edited at 2010-08-04 06:04 am (UTC)
4th-Aug-2010 05:57 am (UTC)
Also, you should watch Eden of the East.
4th-Aug-2010 06:05 am (UTC)
What's it about?
4th-Aug-2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Hee! I've started watching 07Ghost and I love it so much already I've already joined the comm and saw this. Lovely hilarious review (and yummy pics!) Damn, that one of the bad guys is especially delicious! Can't wait to watch more (job, what job!)
4th-Aug-2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Keep watching! As I've mentioned, the pacing can be a bit odd, but the payoff is fantastic. And then there's lots of manga to enjoy.
4th-Aug-2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Teito is like the UST battleship! He attacks everyone, I swear. EVERYONE. :D
Great light-hearted review, by the way. You've made me want to put off doing my math homework so I can re-read the 07-Ghost manga again. :)
4th-Aug-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hee! There are chapters I read and reread, particularly "Rilect" and the chapters that follow. That's partly because I'm such a Lance fan, and partly because the story is so complicated.
4th-Aug-2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Your post is great!! 07 Ghost puts the bishie in bishop! I second that!! But the name giving is hilarious Frau, Begleiter *tries.not.to.laugh* *fails*
The first time I heard these terms I could not help myself.
4th-Aug-2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Do you speak German? I know what "Frau" means, of course, but not Begleiter.

And have you read Supreme Sugar 03? Pretty hilarious riff on Frau as a Hausfrau!
4th-Aug-2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
The reason some of the episodes feel like filler is because they are. lol they have absolutely nothing to do with the manga which is still going on. It just gets even cuter when Teito and Frau 'move on'. I won't say any more until you get to that part. *_~ Try the manga if you get the time, it's totally worth it and the drama cds are freaking hilarious!
4th-Aug-2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
I really have no idea why they made the decisions they did in terms of those episodes. There's letting a story breathe and then there's pointless scenes. The manga plot is tight and complicated - they could have spent way more time exploring Teito's backstory or the history of the Raggs Empire or even just more about the Black Hawks. Instead there was just way too much of Teito looking angsty and repeating "Mikage" over and over again. And oh look, another kor.

Edited at 2010-08-04 05:13 pm (UTC)
4th-Aug-2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
YAY! thank you <3
4th-Aug-2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for coming over to squee! <3

I took a look at your journal, and it seems you're an FMA fan. I'm just getting into the series. I started watching Naruto, but as much as I like the sensei character, I absolutely can't stand the kids! So I moved on to Fullmetal Alchemist and love it! Ed and Al are so cute, and Roy is great too.
4th-Aug-2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
^m^ somebody's picking on Frau!!! god, he wears more clothes when he's sleeping then when he's awake. the perv needs his ego popped once in a while.

lance cracks me up! i love it when charas go from dead serious to ditzy in 0.3 seconds.

i was poking around in youTube with the amvs but man, if Teito's that UST in the anime i don't wanna watch now.
4th-Aug-2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the latest scans? Frau FANSERVICE!!!

With respect to the anime and Teito UST, I might have been exaggerating a bit for comic effect. He's really more emo than anything else. And I'd say the Frau/Teito vibe is very similar to what's in the manga. And Lance is faaaaaaabulous animated, which is reason enough to watch!
4th-Aug-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
* snuggly huggles the adorable otaku *

4th-Aug-2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
I would say that I'm turning into a sad, sad fangirl, but the reality is, at this point I've been a sad fangirl for years!
4th-Aug-2010 10:39 pm (UTC) - Forgive me father, for I have sinned - 07 Ghost
Ahahaha wow love your post!
I thought it was hilarious when I found out a while back that 'Frau' means 'woman' in german XP oh the pathetic irony... but still I swear he makes up like 2/3 of the reason I read this amazing story... that and everything you mentioned here. ^o^
4th-Aug-2010 11:37 pm (UTC) - Re: Forgive me father, for I have sinned - 07 Ghost
Thanks! It was fun to write, glad you enjoyed!

I adore Frau as well, with all his dark, naughty, tragic yumminess.

Frau/Lance is my OTP

I can't wait to find out what Frau's backstory is.
7th-Aug-2010 06:24 am (UTC)
Loved this. You said it so well! I linked to yours from one of mine: http://gommyommy.livejournal.com/2582.html
7th-Aug-2010 09:19 am (UTC)

Thanks so much!

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