Posted on 31 July 2006 with categories: Monthly Summaries

Damn that bandwidth. Ah well, it should be over tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy, and try not to mind the missing pictures too much. ^^;
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I have one advice for the people who are planning to watch this: watch it during the afternoon. I watched it late in the evening, and I’ll probably have a hard time sleeping. The disturbing scenes took another turn for the worse during this episode. Honestly, this was the first time in anime ever in which I couldn’t bear to watch some scenes, apart from some horribly bad anime, perhaps.

In any case, I’ve spoiled myself a bit with Wikipedia, about the contents of each of the arcs. The current arc will be the second arc, but now in the perspective of Shion, which should give us the answers to the questions from the second and the third arc. The next arc will show the answers from the first arc, in which we see the same arc, but now in Rena’s perspective. I’m looking forward to that arc. Keiichi and Rena make a good combination. The seventh arc will then solve the fourth arc, and all of the questions involving the main plot as well. As in, the reason why people act weird, Rika’s death and the volcanic gas. There wasn’t any information about the eighth arc, so I’m really wondering what it’ll be about. I also don’t think it’ll appear on the anime. OVA?

In any case, this episode was nice in the fact that it provided some nice and interesting material. The fact remains, though that it focuses on three of my least favourite characters: Shion, Mion and Satoshi. I didn’t feel anything for the characters at all. Also Mion’s torture scene only disgusted me, though I didn’t feel along with the characters. Ironically, the best moment of the episode was in which Rika displayed even more of her foreseeing abilities.

We start the episode with Shion still feeling down from the previous episode. Mion then gives her a call with the message that Satoshi called her, in order to apologize to her. Mion found it better if Shion was the one to listen, so she told him that she’d call him back, and she hung up. Shion then goes to call Satoshi. Both parties apologize to each other. Satoshi claims that he’ll never forgive the people who put he and his sister in the situation they’re in now. This actually is very interesting, as he mentions that these people may be very close to her, though she isn’t one of them. This suggests that there was an external party who assigned Satoko and Satoshi to live with their aunt and uncle. You would expect the Sonozaki-famly to do such a thing, though that means that Mion was directly involved. Unless Satoshi believes that at the time that the Sonozaki-family moved, Mion had nothing to do with that decision. Still, if it isn’t someone from the Sonozaki-family, then who was it?

Satoshi then reveals that he’s quit his job, and that he’s achieved enough money for his goal. I always thought that this money was meant as money to survive for a while, after he fled from Hinamizawa after killing his aunt. Satoshi also reveals that Satoko’s on the verge of losing it. After that, we have another interesting revelation. As it’s the night before the Watanagashi, Satoshi has made his plans, though he needs Satoko out of the way. Therefore, he asks Shion to take care of her during the Watanagashi.

How did Mion know about this during the third arc? This gives us some heavy clues that Keiichi made a call to Shion, instead of Mion, back then. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have known. And so far, Shion hasn’t been crazy enough to tell Mion about it. Unless, of course, this scene was omitted later in the episode. After all, during the Watanagashi, Shion pretends to be Mion, while Mion’s nowhere to be found. Shion could have told her there. That or Mion and Shion like to swap mobile phones.

Anyway, Satoshi asks whether Shion believes in Oyashiro-sama’s curse. Oyashiro-sama is said to curse all those who leave the village and run away. At least, according to Satoshi. Satoshi also reveals that he did have plans to run away from the village, though he gets cut off by his aunt who happens to get home.

We then switch to the evening of the Watanagashi, in which a suspicious Satoshi walks in the forest with a suspiciousbat, walking towards a suspicious abandoned closet with a suspicious look on his face. If I had to summarize this scene in one word, it would be “suspicious”. He then looks at the closet, and drops the bat. Meanwhile, we see Rena, Rika, Satoko and Shion pretending to be Mion at the Watanagashi-festival. It probably is Shion, as the arc remains focused at her, not at Mion.

Then there follows a very nice dialogue between Rika and Satoko. Satoko’s feeling so down that she doesn’t feel like doing anything. Rika tries to cheer on her, though that doesn’t really work. What follows is Rika acting awesome again, by predicting the murder of Satoko’s aunt. Okay, she predicted the end of all of Satoko’s pain. If you look at it one way, this is true. Her aunt gets killed, her uncle moves away and she gets to live with Rika. Another reason for Rika to be happy. ^^ On the other hand, though, the fact that her brother left isn’t exactly happy.

Then we see the scene in which Satoshi’s aunt walks up to a certain suspicious closet. She mentions the fact that Satoshi talked about it, and that it’s quite useable for sale. Then we see the silhouette of someone who looks like Satoshi, with the same voice as Satoshi, bashing Satoshi’s head in with something that looks a lot like a certain baseball bat.

Meanwhile, a member of one of the three main families rushes to another member of the three main families, and tells them that something horrible has happened. He also tells this to Obaba, who isn’t surprised about it. Her reasoning is the fact that if it happened three times, it’ll happen a fourth time. This could suggest that another murder happened, though it can be something else as well.

The police meanwhile has found the body of Satoshi’s aunt. It wasn’t buried or anything, he just left it for anyone to see. I guess that he didn’t have the superb planning skills of Keiichi. The next day, Shion hears from Mion that Satoshi’s uncle was killed. There are no clues of the culprit. Mion also gives the real proof that she does not like Ooishi, at all, when she talks negatively about him, in a normal way. In any case, Shion immediately believes that Satoshi really did kill his aunt.

Shion then, dressed up as Mion once more, runs into Satoshi. Surprisingly, he has yet to run away. His eyes don’t look too healthy. It seems as if he hasn’t slept in ages. Satoshi is looking for something to give Satoko for her birthday. His eye has fallen on a huge stuffed toy. Shion eventually makes him put it on reserve, so that nobody else can buy it, because she finds him so indecisive. Satoshi then thanks Shion, by patting her on the head again. He then looks extremely shocked when he sees Oishi.

Oishi seems hungry for questions as usual, and he attempts to question Shion and Satoshi about their alibis. Shion then shows again that she has an incredibly impulsive personality, as she quickly makes up a couple of lies, and even goes as far as revealing that she really is Shion, instead of Mion. She really can make up lies as good as Keiichi.

Satoshi really begins to look hopeless after her story. He’s really getting spaced out. Oishi then decides to take both of them to the police station for questioning. Mion advices Satoshi to keep talking about the alibi she came up with. Still, Satoshi isn’t angry to Shion for lying to him. Anyway, back at the police station, Mion gets to leave before Satoshi does, due to individual questioning. Seh then sees that the Estate, otherwise known as the guys who freed her in the previous episode, have been waiting for her. Kasai, the guy who did the main talking in the car at the beginning of the previous episode, however, seems to be missing. The estate then takes Shion to the Sonozaki Main house, in which Mion waits for her.

Mion then reveals that Obaba is in an outrage. She’s waiting in the Underground Shrine under the Sonozaki-house. It’s obviously Shion’s first time in here, so she’s surprised by all of the torturing devices which are lying there. In the middle of the room, Obaba is sitting, looking extremely pissed at her. Still, she doesn’t say the reason. She only says that Satoshi has something to do with it, and she marks the Houjou-family as a bunch of people with filthy, traitor’s blood. Probably because of the fact that both Satoko’s parents were in favour of the Dam, because of their jobs. I guess this also solves the Second Watanagashi-murder: Obaba arranged for someone to push the both of them off a cliff. This indeed seems right with the fact that Mion was involved in all of these murders.

Shion then decides to get impulsive again, when she openly mocks the Sonozaki-family and pledges her trust into Satoshi. Obaba then mentions Satoshi’s huge mistake, though she doesn’t mention the fact that he killed his aunt. After Shion’s rant is over, Mion displays how much influence Obaba has had on her, when she’s even willing to torture her own sister, with a straight face. Mion then says to Shion that both Kasai as the owner of the restaurant where she works are in the room next to theirs. As Shion has three people which she’s indebted to in the village, she has to remove three of her fingernails in order to repent for the two of them and Satoshi, otherwise, something’ll happen to them. One interesting thing which Mion mentions is the fact that Satoshi has yet to do anything to them. This seems to clash a bit with Obaba’s opinion.

Let’s ignore the following disgusting scenes, now shall we?

What follows is Kasai and the owner of the restaurant remaining unharmed, though the message Shion gets is to forget about Satoshi Houjou. When she goes to the toy shop, the stuffed animal is gone. Satoshi did manage to buy the stuffed animal after all, after Satoko’s birthday. It makes you wonder about the date, doesn’t it. It basically means that Satoko has had to endure some horrible birthdays, a few days after the Watanagashi, and its murders.

She then runs into Irie, who also finds out that she’s Shion, and not Mion. Oishi then runs into them. He seems to know about what happened in the Underground Shrine. He then takes Shion to the police station again, for another interrogation. Not because of the death of Satoshi’s aunt, but because of the disappearance of Satoshi himself. It seems that he disappeared one day after his aunt was killed. Later, Shion hears from Kasai that the real murderer of Satoshi’s aunt has been caught. It wasn’t Satoshi, it was a psychopath, trying to copycat the bizarre deaths. Then the episode ends.

Okay, this is what I think happened to Satoshi:
– He told his aunt about the closet, and that it was in good condition to be sold.
– He then walked to the closet, carrying the baseball bat and waited for his aunt to come, in order to bash her head in.
– He was planning to do this all along, and part of the plan was to run away afterwards. In the end, he couldn’t do the last part, so he stayed, hoping that nobody would discover him.
– When Mion had to repent for the three persons she was indebted to, she had to *** for each person she was indebted to. She ***-ed the first two on her own will, though she couldn’t do the third ***. Guards had to do it, against her will. (I’m trying not to mention the disturbing stuff with too much detail)
– Because of this, the first two, Kasai and the restaurant owner were let go of, and they remained fine. But because Shion didn’t have the guts to *** the third ***, she didn’t repent for Satoshi.
– Mion then kidnapped Satoshi, in order to perform the Watanagashi on him, put him in a plastic bag and dump him somewhere in a river.
– The Sonozaki-family then found an idiot, who they manipulated into thinking that he was the one who murdered Satoshi’s aunt, in order to cover up for the things Shion did, and make their name look good.

This theory, of course has some flaws:
– Why was Obaba so angry over Satoshi?
– Why was the murder of Satoshi’s aunt not supposed to happen? After all, Rika foresaw it. It had to happen. Still, why didn’t Rika foresee Satoshi’s death? Does performing the Watanagashi on them make them immune for it? Or because it wasn’t decided?
– Why did Satoshi drop his bat?
– How come the bat is perfectly fine in the first and the third arc? You would expect Satoshi to throw it away somewhere, not store it in his locker.
– Why do the creators remain cryptic about this? It could be because of the added mystery, but they also can be trying to divert the attention from something else.

In any case, I still find this theory better than the one in which a psychopath killed Satoshi’s aunt, while Satoshi was doing something bad something elsewhere. Because if it did happen like this:
– Why did Satoshi invite his aunt to look at the closet in the middle of the forest?
– Why did Satoshi head for the closet with a baseball bat in his hand and with an angry look on his face?
– What else happened for the fourth time?
– Why was Satoshi scared when he saw Oishi?

Okay, so the events of what happened during the fourth Watanagashi-murder are clear now, I believe. I think we’ll fast forward to the next Watanagashi for the next episode, or another event worth mentioning. In any case, the first two episodes were dedicated to explaining a bit about the third arc, I think the last two episodes of the arc will explain a few things about the second arc. Mainly who did it, and why she did it.

Memorable moment: Rika in prophet-mode again.

Posted on 30 July 2006 with categories: Otogi Juushi Akazukin



The episode begins with Souta waking up again, while Baru, Akazukin and Shirayukihime still are sound asleep. Ringo then comes to him extra early. Shirayukihime and Akazukin, who meanwhile have woken up wonder why Souta and Ringo have to leave this early. Shirayukihime and Akazukin immediately want to go with them when they find out that the two of them have to go to a school trip to somewhere, though Ringo forbids them. Shirayukihime then tells Souta that if something should come up, he can call for them and they’ll come.

When Souta and Ringo left, it seems that Shirayukihime and Akazukin will be following them after all. I think they used the fact that Souta and Ringo forgot to bring lunches with them as an excuse. ^^ Meanwhile, back in the dimension full of mirrors, Hansel is willing to give Gretel one more chance in order to get Erude’s Key. Meanwhile, in the bus Ringo is talking to a couple of friends, while she sees Souta reading a book as usual. He really closes himself out from others like this.

You can also see this when they have arrived in the park, or whatever it is that they were supposed to go to. Souta is alone again, talking to flowers. Surprisingly enough, they talk back. But then, a couple of classmates see him, and he’s able to explain to them what he’s doing. They’re actually quite impressed, though they don’t really understand each other. Souta can’t see the fact that his classmates just want to hang out with him, while his classmates can’t see what’s so special about flowers. Ringo scolds him for this a bit.

Ringo then suggests to look around in a huge garden full of flowers. Of course, Souta can’t refuse this. Souta then notices the third Musketeer. Meanwhile, Shirayukihime, Akazukin and Baru have arrived at the same park. Baru pretends to be an ordinary dog, which doesn’t really work to well. ^^ Akazukin meanwhile discovered a crepe-stand, though before she gets to eat, she and Shirayukihime are mistaken for a bunch of cosplayers. ^^;

Meanwhile, a surprisingly catchy background tune sounds while Souta and Ringo try to guess what’s up with the third Musketeer, who appears to be sleeping in a flower bed. She then wakes up, and begins to summon a couple of angry-looking vines. Akazukin and Shirayukihime meanwhile have won a local cosplaying contest. It was so funny when it appeared that Akazukin didn’t even know the meaning of cosplaying. ^^

Meanwhile, as the vines from the third Musketeer look quite scary, Souta decides to remember what Shirayukihime said to him at the beginning of the episode, about how he should call her whenever he’s in trouble. He attempts, and it works. But before Shirayukihime and Akazukin can get to him, Gretel arrives. The third Musketeer holds her off for a while, though she still is incredibly sleepy. And cute. ^^

Meanwhile, Gretel attempts to use a Nightmarian in disguise in order to fool Souta and Ringo, though that doesn’t really work. It therefore decides to reveal its true form. This has given Akazukin and Shirayukihime enough time to reach Souta. Then the two of them see see the third musketeer and Gretel fighting, and they reveal her name: Ibawa-hime. I so hope that I spelled that one right. A quite amusing discussion follows between the three Musketeers afterwards. Ibawa-hime was just too cute. ^^

Souta, meanwhile, returns to the flower bed he was with before. The flowers then tell him to run away, only after being crushed by the Nightmarian, appearing from underneath it. Souta manages to save one of these flowers, after it’s been ripped out of the earth. Gretel meanwhile captures him, while Shirayukihime and Akazukin fight off the Nighmarian, and another newly arrived companion of it. Ibawa-hime, only yaws and acts sleepy.

Meanwhile, Souta loses the flower he was protecting, and it blows into Gretel’s face. She was already quite pissed, so she decides to relieve her anger upon the poor flower. Apparently, Ibawa-hime has a lot of affinity with flowers. This not only makes her fit perfectly with Souta and his love for them, but she also finally slips out of her sleepy mood, and gets serious. Her personality totally changes afterwards. ^^

Ibawa-hime seems to fight with whips, made out of vines, and a shield she wears on her arm. With this, she manages to beat Gretel. The latter gets startled when the former calls her pitiful. Gretel then decides to flee, after seeing that Shirayukihime and Akazukin have beaten the Nightmarians. Meanwhile, an exccentric camera appears.

Meanwhile, in the mirror-dimension, Gretel apologizes to her brother again. The latter first acts nice, though he then says he hates something of her. Probably a scratch she recieved from Ibawa-hime. He then leaves her, and Gretel desperately tries to apologize for this. Meanwhile, Gretel hasn’t exactly been neat with her Nightmarians in the park, as she left quite a mess. Ibawa-hime then reveals that she has the power to restore everything to its former state again, including Souta’s flower.

I was fearing a bit for Ibawa-hime’s personality to be a bit bland and boring, judging on her character art. Still, I’m very pleasantly surprised with this episode. Her split personality really works. Gretel also was quite interesting. During her previous scheme, she prepared a fully fledged plan, in order to get Erude’s key, though this time, she decided to try a more direct approach, bringing lots of firepower along with her.

Overall, this episode once more was just awesome. Thumbs up for Otogi Juushi Akazukin.

Memorable Moment: Akazukin and Shirayukihime in their cosplay-contest.

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As you can see, the bandwidth for some of my images has run out. I’ve been using photobucket in order to display the pictures I need for each point, though the downside of this is the fact that it has a maximum amount of bandwidth it can use per month. As this month will end tomorrow, the problem isn’t that big, but it remains annoying. Thank goodness you can have more than one photobucket-account, which means that problems like this one won’t occur anymore. At least, let’s hope so. ^^;

Posted on 29 July 2006 with categories: .Hack//Roots



I’m wondering about Phyllo’s life in the real world, if he’s able to sit on that bridge for 24/7. The feeling that we’re dealing with an MMORPG here still misses.

But seriously, what’s up with Haseo? He’s been fighting monsters in emo-mode for entire episodes now. I could be wrong, but I think that the creators are building up to something. With a bit of luck, that something will be happening at the next episode. But then again, .Hack//Roots always has been deceiving when it comes to matters like this.

In any case, this episode definitely has been building up. A lot. Tabby is still feeling extremely down. This time, she meets another new character: Seisaku. The two then have an interesting discussion, and it seems like Seisaku will be helping Tabby a bit. Seisaku also introduced a nice issue. Not only newbies have problems in the world. Mid-range players probably have it worse. The newbies get beaten because of fun, though the mid-range players have rare items equipped at times. This makes them even more attractive to PK-ers. You wonder why the game doesn’t have the option to turn off the PK-ing, when it’s become this big of a problem.

In any case, you can also doubt Seisaku’s intentions. He’s probably a mid-level player as well, judging by his outfit. He could be wanting protection for himself as well. We’ll have to wait till more episodes to see whether this is true or not. Haseo, meanwhile, keeps walking through the forest of despair, looking to clear an event which might even not exist. He also gets a few flashbacks of Ovan and Shino whenever someone near him mentions something they said.

Saburou has been walking from one place to another during this episode. Even though she saw a lot, she didn’t exactly develop. She only got interested by Haseo for a second, though she abandoned him later. It’s interesting that she tries to talk some sense into both Haseo and Tabby, even though she works for Pai. Her mission is to make contact with the two of them, and discover something strange, but is that all she needs to do? Or is there more? In any case, she’s acting rather careless. Anology of the week: “I think I totally understand the meaning of ‘detour’ now”. This shows that Yata and Pai are moving into very difficult ways in order to get what they want.

Speaking of the devil, Yata and Pai also haven’t had much development either. Pai spent her time ordering Saburou around and on something mysterious which wasn’t shown. Yata spent his time watching Haseo on a screen, looking at some meaningless data and asking Phyllo a few questions. That last thing, however, revealed an interesting fact about the relationship between Ovan and Phyllo. In the past, Phyllo started to sit there on the bridge. Then there came a woman to him, attracted by him. She was the girl who brought Ovan and Phyllo together. It could’ve been Shino, though I thought that her clothing was different. Unless she likes to change clothing once in a while.

Ovan, meanwhile, continues to walk happily around in The World like nothing happened, without contacting Haseo or Tabby, and without looking sad because of the fact that Shinos’s gone. Why exactly did he say to Shino that he’d be gone for a while? I think it’s clear now that he knew that he had to endure Naobi’s treatment if he wanted to get closer to the Key of the Twilight, but why doesn’t he contact anyone? He also runs into Tri-Edge. At the entrance of the Forest of Despair, of all places. Ovan manages to fend him off as well, with a smile on his face. He managed to do this by unleashing the thing on his arm, which gave a couple of black bubbles free. In the end, these didn’t really work and he got beaten up, though Tri-Edge left.

It’s very interesting if you look at the list of people who have been attacked: Shino, Phyllo and Ovan. What is the connection between the three of them and Tri-Edge? Did something happen in the past which they kept silent about?

Then we also have the matter of the old-looking guy (did his name actually get revealed?) He seems quite important, and he seems to have no problem with the strong monsters, which makes him one of the three persons who managed so survive the Forest of Despair so far. Why are the three of them so special? Because they’re main characters? In any case, his purposes are still as foggy as a pile of dry ice. Why did he come to the Forest of Despair, and why is he so confident that he’ll reach the deepest part? And why did Ovan contact him in the previous episode?

Still, now that I think more about the episode while writing this post, I realize something. It’s entirely wrong to say that Haseo didn’t change. In fact, he developed a lot, it just went very subtle. He’s becoming more and more fragile. When, at the end of the episode, he runs into the big monster, the fact remains that he gets a hopeless look, before it changes back towards his battle-hungry self. His mental self is at the verge of breaking down. He tries to be strong right now, in order to save Shino. This has consumed his mind, preventing him from thinking normally. Eventually, his mind and body won’t be able to take this. Still, what’s up with the very high-pitched scream which echoed out of the forest? Was that Haseo actually getting an incredible amount of adrenaline (or however you call it in an MMORPG)? Or was it something else?

Overall, now that I’m thinking about it, I’m beginning to like Haseo’s emo-mode. It may be annoying when you see it at first, though it’s being built up perfectly. Still, the fact remains that a thing like this is never possible inside a MMORPG. No matter what. Haseo isn’t data-drained or anything, so he should still be sitting behind his computer. Ever since episode 13, more and more new characters have been introduced. They’re doing pretty well, so far. Nobody’s been able to replace Tawaraya or Sakisaka, but ah well, maybe someone will.

Posted on 28 July 2006 with categories: Random Posts

I was fairly surprised when I ran into these ones while preparing for the July-Summary. Another surprising fact is that nobody seems to be talking about them. Well, time to change this, I just had to post it. Every single one of these OVA has a unique art style, and every one of them will probably have a very dark mood.

Maihime OVA

No, it’s not what you think. It’s not Mai HiME, it’s Maihime, or Dancer Girl. It’ll probably focus on the love of a dancer girl, judging by the art and the fact that AnimeNfo labeled it as a love-romance. Here you can see some teaser screenshots, and I have to say that I like them.

Neko Machi

There’s absolutely no information about this one, except for some japanese writing I don’t understand. Still, this looks to be one creepy OVA about cats. If you take a look at the teaser screenshots here you can also see that the art will be rather dark, strange, and probably unique. I like that. AnimeNfo labeled it as a fantasy-horror.

Zakuro Yashiki La Grenadiere

A french novelist called Balzac wrote the story for this one in the book “La Grenadiere”. It’s about a woman and a child who live in a small cottage in 19th century france. Supposedly, the woman was labeled as a mystery, as she didn’t get out of the house too often. AnimeNfo labeled this as a novel, which doesn’t really give much information about the genre, though I think it’ll be some dark slice-of-life story. Here are some teaser screenshots, and they look gorgeous.

Yo Shomei Bijutsukan LINE

This’ll be a rather unique anime. It’s about art. It’s art style is extremely simple, like an old picture-book. AnimeNfo didn’t assign any genres to it, though the teaser-screenshots, which can be found here give us more clues about the nature of this OVA. It’ll be simple, it’ll be art. Will it be good?

Gendai Kibunroku Kaii Monogatari

This’ll be a definate horror OVA. It consists of six parts.
1. At a dry river bed a refrigerator associated with a terrible anecdote, “Refrigerator.”
2.A one room western-style house, above a carved table an objects stands out like a sore thumb. It was an accidental discovery to a College of Arts student’s terror. “Daruma.”
3. On a long bridge while boys are traveling, they encounter a ghost personally, “Bridge of Evening.”
4.I n a free shopping market a sarcastic man is guided to the otherside, “U.S. Military Sale.”
5. The railway crossing; continual mortal accidents are a puzzle being persued, “Railroad Crossing.”
6. Summer vacation at a tranquil countryside, boys personally experiance a miraculous event, “I want a friend.”

These descriptions don’t really sound that scary, but who knows. Here are the teaser-screenshots, and I´m wondering how these descriptions and these screenshots are linked.

Fantascope Tylostoma

This is a strange one. We have this man, who appears every 700 years. Because of this, he’s able to see once flourishing villages decay into oblivion. Then he meets a woman, a prostitute, from this period, the passion begins. Most likely, this will be a love story. Though the most remarkable feature of this OVA is the art. Everything is in sketchbook-style. Here are some teaser screenshots.

Joseito

This anime will be making use of 3D-animation techniques, though not the standard way. Here are some teaser screenshots which show this. The show is going to be a school-life anime. Fairly unique among the other OVA’s listed here. It’s about a painter, painting a schoolgirl, and giving this schoolgirl her own story.

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Wow, that was touching. It seems that Himawari is going to have a rival. It’s going to be interesting, since she doesn’t think of Watanuki as someone who’s in love with her. Also, for some reason, it appears to be good for Watanuki to interact with the Vestal Sprite. In any case, according to Yuuko.

We start with Watanuki, who’s having some trouble with the Pipe Fox. For some reason, the creature turned big again, though it didn’t lose its tendency to hug Watanuki at every possible moment. Meanwhile, the Vestal Sprite pays Watanuki a visit, though she’s a bit too scared to show herself. Therefore, she throws stones in order to get his attention to a package of deep-fried tofu, which happens to be the Pipe Fox’ favourite food. Yuuko gets a strange look when she sees this. One of the spots on the forehead of the fox disappears when he eats the deep-fried tofu.

The next day, when Watanuki, Domeki and Himawari are walking to some place, Himawari runs into a jewelry shop, and it seems that she likes things like these. Watanuki then decides to buy something for her as well, though he’s probably too scared to directly give it to her. Later, when Watanuki feeds the pipe fox another bunch of deep-fried tofu, Yuuko warns him about it. Even though it may be the pipe-fox’ favourite food, it isn’t really healthy for them. If it eats too much of it, it won’t be able to transform.

In order to make the pipe fox transform back at this stage, Watanuki needs to enter a place full of pure spirits. Yuuko then offers a special vase, which has to be filled with water and crystals, while the light of the full moon shines on it (there are a lot of full moons on xxxHolic, aren’t there?). It then brings him and the pipe fox into some kind of dimension which is full of animated daffodils who can change their size. They’re apparently pure spirits, as the fox changes back.

Afterwards, Watanuki meets up with the Vestal Sprite, and ha eactually gives her the present he intended for Himawari. I also like Watanuki for the fact that he doesn’t blame others for the mistakes they made (except Domeki, of course), as he never mentioned the fact that deep-fried tofu is bad for Pipe Foxes.

Overall, the episode was surprisingly touching. The Vestal Sprite is surprisingly cute.

Memorable Moment: The Rain Sprite getting her umbrella stuck in a tree.

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The previous episode ended the previous arc quite wonderfully. It almost couldn’t have been better. You would expect some intermezzo, though the events immediately start again, as some very interesting facts get revealed.

The Messis-arc clearly dealt with the conflicts going on inside the Chor Tempest. By now, almost all of these seem to be solved. Only Paraietta still has her issues, Aruti also shows signs of being unhappy and shouldn’t there at least be something wrong with Yun?

In any case, this isn’t really enough material for another arc like that, so it seems that this arc will be focusing at the enemies. All of the events which happened during this episode seemed to point towards this direction as well. The Archipelago and the Highlands have formed an alliance, and more will probably follow. The Arcus Prima meanwhile is heading for the Ruins, in which the Simoun originally came from.

I’m wondering whether the enemies will be able to deliver a blast of the same caliber as Limone and Dominüra managed to do. The previous arc was just totally awesome, though it’ll be very hard for the last episodes in order to top that one. Ah well, they make a very good start with all the events which happen during this episode:

– It becomes clear that the Chor Kaputo and the Chor Riboru all have fallen at the time when the Arcus Prima was in repairs. This makes the Chor Tempest the only Chor on the Arcus Prima.
– Once at the ruins, enemy crafts come flying by, equipped with the same Helical Motores as the Simoun.
– To make it only better, these crafts are able to perform Ri Maajons.
– Paraietta, Aruti, Mamiina, Yun, Kaimu, Rödoreamon, Morinasu and Furoe chase after them.
– Aaeru’s wind machine makes sound, even though it’s closed. She decides to check out the ruins.
– There are three enemy “Simoun”. Paraietta and Kaimu chase after the first one, though Paraietta has lost her confidence, so it escapes. The other three Simoun are chasing the other two enemies. Rödoreamon is able to hit down the second, though when Morinasu chases after the third, she can’t keep up for some reason, and they retreat.
– Aaeru and Neviriru, meanwhile, discover that the Ruins lead to the Spring, with Onashia in the middle of it.
– Onashia claims that she’s everywhere and nowhere. She never mentions the enemy Simouns at all.
– Meanwhile, Yun checks out the fallen Simoun, with Mamiina following her. They’re shocked when they find out that the pilot was Angurasu, the one from episode eight. Yun suddenly gets serious, claiming that everyone’s waiting for her.
– Aaeru reveals that her grandfather knew about the fact that the spring connected to more than one place.

This episode alone raised so many questions.
– How did the enemy get their hands on a Simoun?
– What is Onashia’s role in this?
– In fact, what exactly is Onashia?
– Why did Aaeru’s wind machine make sound while closed? Why did the sound stop when they reached the ground?
– What exactly is Aaeru’s grandfather? He was a Simoun Sibylla himself. He must’ve found out something during these days.
– How did Angurasu survive her self-destruction-treatment? Twins?
– What’s Yun up to? Has she finally decided to go to the spring? Or is she planning to follow her friends, who died in combat?

Overall, this could promise to become very interesting. The enemy also really surprises me. They’re trying all sorts of different tricks and strategies, and everytime, it becomes more effective. Not because of their strategies, they remain the same. It’s because they keep improving their technologies, while the Simoun stay the same. That makes you predictable. It’s only a matter of time before they really begin to overpower the Simoun with ease. I’m wondering where the creators plan to carry this next.

Memorable Moment: Rödoreamon missing her stuffed toy, which Limone kidnapped. ^^

Posted on 27 July 2006 with categories: Popolocrois 2003



I love it when the creators decide to go creative on character animation in action scenes. It really gives an extra edge towards awesomeness. This episode really turned out great because of this. More anime should realize this. ^^

The action scenes really were awesome, and not to mention that we managed to see Gamigami back again. Still, it’s too bad that he lost some of his brilliance. Inside the action scenes, he still is the same genius as always, though his temper has cooled down a bit now that he has children. I never saw him as the type to openly act nice towards people. He either ignores them, yells at them, or goes obsessive over them. ^^

Still, the fact that Punpun and Kotoro’s real father and mother died, after which Gamigami took them in, remains touching. I can’t complain about this. It’s more the fact that he now actually cooks lunches and sings lullabies. In any case, it seems that he, Punpun and Kotaro won’t exactly be playing the role of evil villain in this series, like Gamigami did at the 1998-version. That really became clear now that Punpun’s becoming more and more attached to Pietoro. Almost literally.

Overall, I’m glad that Gamigami’s returned, though it’s a pity that he tuned down a bit. Still, I love the action scenes in Popolocrois 2003 so far. They really are something awesome. I also was very amused when the defu-robots appeared again, and we saw the return of a “certain” tatami-room. (The same in which Hyuu was locked up previously) ^^

Memorable Moments: Gamigami shooting himself out of his own mecha. And weeping afterwards. ^^;

Posted on 26 July 2006 with categories: Bleach



This episode was very funny. Ganju is in his store, wondering where Hana went. He then runs into a random magazine, and gets excited by a “certain” picture inside of it. His manager sees this, and suddenly begins to get sad when he learns Ganju’s true tastes. Afterwards, he runs away crying. Just what have the two of them been doing. ^^;

Oh… wait… that wasn’t the episode? It was just the Shinigami Illustrated Picture Book? Ah.

In any case, Renji’s able to beat Mister Four-Eyes but gets buried under rubble afterwards when the entire cave collaps. Strawberry is the only one remaining as he heads for Mr Smarty Pants. Gorilla dude meanwhile summons a gate towards another dimension while Mr Smarty Pants and Strawberry have a little fight. Of course, Mr Smarty Pants totally pwns Strawberry, as the latter has yet to go into bankai-mode. Ishida, meanwhile, gets his powers back. Woohoo. I am so looking forward to the next episode. *coughcough*

I realized that the more Bleach draws to the end of the Bounto-arc, the more boring the episodes get. Though I never realized that they’d be this boring. Just let those Bounto hurry and kill the 12th squad captain in order to get their revenge done.

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  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 01:40 AM)
    @Ninja: Flay I believe was meant to be antagonized, specially pass the 2nd act. As for Makoto, I never had the displeasure of watching School Days.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:56 AM)
    Does any one remember Utauwerumono on here? I can recall some of its arcs were quite watchable, had an actually intelligent, adult male lead. Animation could have been alot better if I recall correctly, ending was a mess however.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:50 AM)
    @Emma: ooooh Velvet Glove looks trippy! Will do, thx.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:15 AM)
    @Bam: Try Black hole and Like a velvet glove cast in iron.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:12 AM)
    @Realist: I believe so yes as far as I remember she hated the co-ordinators, she was pretty much an outright racist and representative of that theme in the show.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:48 PM)
    @Emma But do you think Flay was intended to be hated?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:32 PM)
    I reckon flays name is a good indication of what should be done to her. Makoto I still see, for as a how much a guilty pleasure classic school days as unique among harem lead male characters.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:05 PM)
    @Bam lol, but let me ask, in what category would you place a character like Flay from Gundam Seed or Makoto from School Days?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:03 PM)
    @Ninja: well to each his own.
    In regards to the virtue of hated characters it is important to distinguish between characters that are meant to be hated (Griffith) and the characters that are unintentionally resented (Kirito).
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 10:41 PM)
    @Emma Even though, like most people, I’m often frustrated by her consistently poor decision making with narratives (this is really her fatal flaw) I love most of her characters although I admit she’s written some of my most hated characters. But strong negative feelings towards characters can also be a sign of good writing.

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