Posted on 27 October 2006 with categories: Night Head Genesis

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Oh, my. That was an interestingly great episode. It’s another one of those in which nearly all things people do is talk, and episodes like these prove to be very enjoyable most of the time. This was no exception.

It seems that Sonezaki was behind the last episode after all. It seems that he’s acting on his own at the moment. For now, it seems that the reason for this is that he couldn’t bear to see Naoto and Naoya spending their efforts to the good, though I think there’s more behind this. I’m also wondering what Asano-kun’s role is in all this. Did he just come to observe things, or does his power work well with Sonezaki’s? In any case, he looked happy when Naoto unleashed his powers.

Also, the way Sonezaki’s background was shown really was creative. It really shows that Naoya’s power can become great at times. All the time, Sonezaki was manipulating Naoto and Naoya, he was entering their memories and confronting them with them. Because of this, he was the leader of the conversation. He strengthened this by bringing a number of random people along, who each proved the fact that being good has too many restrictions. For example, he manipulated a girl into hitting her boyfriend who’s been cheating on her for a long time. In any case, then when he really was in his element, Naoya read his mind as well, completely turning the table. A nice element of surprise. It seems that Sonezaki once was lockedin the research institute as well, before Naoto and Naoya arrived, it seems. That means that he’s quite old. You’d say he’s just in his thirties, but if this is true, he’s got to be at least forty. The question also remains how he managed to escape. Could it be that someone helped him escape, or he was let go?

Also, some more information is revealed on Naoto and Naoya’s power. They were the ones who made the woman from the previous episode commit suicide. Asano just made it look like the little boy was behind it. Naoto also unleashes a lot of his power at the end of the episode, this suggests that if this will get even bigger, things may get problematic. Also, you’d wonder whether the fire at the research institute, mentioned at the end of the episode also was Naoto and Naoya’s doing. After all, the circumstances were perfectly right: Naoto exploded and afterwards, Naoya got the vision of the burning research institute.

Then, at one point, the episode also takes a strange turn when Sonezaki actually starts singing a strange rap-song. I’m not sure what the exact meaning of this is, but it seems that it’s his style of acting that way. In any case, that song really reflected his ideals and ideas about this world. It was quite creepy, though a nice touch at the same time.

Posted on 26 October 2006 with categories: Tsubasa Chronicle

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I can’t believe how awesome Sakura was during this episode! Even though this was another filler, it does an amazingly well job of fleshing out Sakura’s character. Seriously, this was an excellent episode. ^_^

The case is like this: Syaoran and the others land in a large, gloomy city. The feather is being sold in a shop, for a rather high price. The only solution for our protagonists is to work to get enough money to buy the feather. The only problem: the city has a huge rate of jobless people, and there are almost no jobs to be found in the city. That’s what Syaoran, Fay and Kurogane find out when they try to find a job at the Employment Center. They spend more than half a day in a fruitless search for a job.

Sakura, meanwhile, was told to stay in the hotel room, as the city is rumoured to be rather dangerous. Still, she goes out on her own, and she actually manages to find a number of jobs. I loved the little dose of realism tossed into this episode, as a lot of things go wrong for Sakura. During her first job, she works at a mobile distro, though then vehicle breaks down, forcing the owners to close their shop for the day. The second job involves driving a few logistics equipment, though that doesn’t seem to be right job for Sakura. Still, I just loved how she went and tried anyway. ^_^

Then with the third job, Sakura found herself a nice little cafe, in which she has to act as waitress. The reason the job was vacant was probably because the customers looked rather scary (which they absolutely are not, by the way), and the fact that the owner is being bothered by a couple of familiar punk guys. Still, Syaoran, Fay and Kurogane haven’t been standing around either, and they found a job at the same cafe, hired to scare away these punk guys. I also loved how the chair Kurogane broke actually had after-effects, as in that Sakura had to work longer in order to pay the cafe owner back for that particular chair. You don’t see that many times, do you? Most of the times, whenever a random object is broken, it disappears from existence. In the really lazy stories, you can just blow up a building and notice nothing of it in the aftermaths.

Sakura also absorbs two feathers this episode, and they contribute greatly to Sakura’s struggles in order to get money. When she was young, her brother used to take her to the market one time. Even then it seemed that Sakura liked to do challenging things on her own, as it seems that she asked a local market saleswoman whether she could work for her for a while. The way this also was presented in the anime was done brilliantly.

And a rather nice detail, I loved Kurogane when he referred to the woman they sold their small items to as someone from the information bureau, which indeed refers back to the Outo-world, where she also appeared. A rather nice use of coincidence.

The first half of the episode also was one huge chunk of atmosphere. The piano-music and insert songs worked perfectly, combined with the overall mood of the country they had landed in, and the extra touch of realism. Really, this was such a great episode. ^_^

Posted on 24 October 2006 with categories: Ayatsuri Sakon

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Hmm, this appears to be a case with just one murder. A bloodbath as heavy as in the first arc has yet to appear. This episode as more like an intermezzo between the first and third episode of this arc. It didn’t provide any clues, just a lot of background info and a few theories. Furthermore, we see Isshiki Seiji along with Takahashi and Hamada. If I had to guess, one of these three was the murderer. I don’t think Isshiki did it, though he did play a huge role in the murder.

I liked the use of background music this episode. Isshiki seems to have some kind of love for classical music, especially one specific track. When he’s listening to that track, and the scene changes to another person, it has a nice effect. I also like the way that Kisaragi has a lot of different sides.

Posted on 23 October 2006 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

A rather strange batch this time, with anime that many people probably don’t even know or remember.

Rakugou Tennyo Oyui
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Ugh… can’t believe I missed this one. It aired during the winter-season, and got its first episode subbed around May, I think. It’s a fairly standard mahou shoujo, with characters who actually attempt to differ a bit from the clichés. Okay, there is a samurai-girl and the main character is rather hyperactive, but the others all have some kind of element which makes them interesting. For example, we’ve got a class rep with an obsession over our main character and we finally have a young genius who actually behaves like a normal person. I also liked that our main character isn’t the first one to discover her powers. I also like the contrast between the normal world and the medieval world.

Oban Star Racers

Can anyone imagine my surprise when I saw this one float by on DUTCH television? Dutch television, of all things. (For the ones who don’t know, Holland has an absolutely crappy anime industry. The TV-stations used to air some good series (Flint The Time Detective, Medabots and Digimon, both first series) but right now there’s barely any anime on, and the ones that do get featured contain the biggest garbage ever) This anime seems to be an international project, and I can imagine that it’s also being featured on German, French, English and American television. Well then, I’m not going to even bother to try and follow this series on the Dutch television, as the network it’s being aired on is notorious for its eccentric broadcasting policy (as of right now, every day features two episodes, and most of the time I’m at the university when these episodes air), and like every other show, it has been dubbed in Dutch, and it sounds horrible as usual. Still, the show itself actually showed promise. If there really went six years into developing this anime, it can become really interesting. Basically, it features races between aliens on strange terrains, and there don’t seem to be any rules present, so contenders can just try to blast each other out of the competition. I’m hoping that a Japanese version will pop up somewhere once, though there’s one major problem with this anime. During the races, it sometimes has the nasty tendency to use deus ex machina at the climaxes.

Koi Suru Suru Tenchi Angelique
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Yeah, I got a bit impatient and decided to check out the raws. Well, I can understand why it hasn’t been subbed yet. It’s cheesy as hell. A goddess of some sort needs to have one chosen girl, so from all over the country, all beautiful girls are invited into a castle, in order to determine who the chosen one is. Well, she appears to be different from the other girls who were invited, as she somehow likes to hide her beauty behind a cap of some sort and some geek glasses. In the end, she gets discovered and she now gets surrounded by no less than nine pretty bishounen. Still, why did I like this? This show has some kind of atmosphere which has been really appealing. It may be my love for fairy-tale-like shows, but I found myself enjoying the first episode. And the character design was surprisingly good, although a bit creepy at times.

Posted on 22 October 2006 with categories: Jigoku Shoujo

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Finally, I’ve been waiting for the second season of Jigoku Shoujo. And I’m glad to say that the first episode didn’t disappoint at all. The show immediately starts with an incredibly touching, though shocking first episode. If this series keeps up with the same quality, we’ll be in for something amazing. ^_^

The case: a girl is getting bullied, but she doesn’t know by who. The bully goes pretty far, caterpillars are put inside her pencil box, knits have been put through one of the sleeves of her jacket, her books are trashed and hateful things have been scribbled on her shoes. One of the teachers tries to help her, though in the end, the teacher appears to be the actual culprit.

The things I liked about this episode were the dramatic moment. Jigoku Shoujo features beautiful and very detailed character art, and knows how to use it. Especially during the climax, when the teacher grabbed the girl’s hair and tried to restrain her looked gorgeous. Also at the beginning of the episode when the case is introduced, we see the girl come in with ruined shoes and books, and in the background, there’s laughing. The property destruction and abuse is just one part of this girl’s sadness. I think the way her classmates reacted also is a huge factor in this story.

This also was the first time Hone Onna turned into the doll. Up till now, Wanyuudo played that role. I also noticed that Ai was more impatient than usual. It probably has to do with the fact that she changed a bit after she met up with Hajime and his daughter. The dolls realize this, and investigate for themselves. I like the fact that they actually discovered what really went on, though we don’t get to see the moment they realize this. I also liked the doll’s sarcasm when they were punishing the teacher. I think they somehow enjoy extracting revenge at times. ^^

As the fact remains that this episode actually had an open ending. There’s one girl who attempts to help the girl who’s being bullied, by giving her a hint that her teacher was the one behind the bullying. But at the end of the episode, we see the two of them together, and then the latter girl appears to use the same kind of knits as the ones who were used to edit the girl’s sweater. It may just have been that the teacher stole the knitting machine from the classmate, but why would she bother? I actually think that the classmate also did some of the bullying, but at one point, she got scared and backed off. Probably because she found the teacher was going way too far.

Also, this episode introduced another important character. She looks a bit like the younger version of Ai, but all we got was a small shot of her, smiling. I’m also glad to hear that the musical score for the second season has become even better since the first season.

Well then, there were a few flaws in this episode, though. The reason for the teacher is never really stated, but that’s normal in Jigoku Shoujo. It clearly chose to focus on the victims and not on the bad guy. And I also like this degree of mystery to the ones sent to hell. Also, things may have been a bit too dramatic to be normal. I mean, there is no way a person would go so far in real life. But that doesn’t matter. I love this show. ^^

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Whoa… this seems to be the final arc after all. O_o

When this arc started, I definitely didn’t see that one coming. I think it’s even better for the final arc to be so lengthy, as this way, it has more time to build up, and so far, things have been as amazing as usual. This definitely was the best episode of the arc so far, and if the creators still have enough material to last three episodes, things are promising to become awesome (remember that Ikus hasn’t played his trumps yet).

It’s a nice trick by the creators. At the end of each episode, the feeling is given that there’s only one more episode left, but every time, new problems are introduced and new events force the arc to become one episode longer. That’s been very cleverly written. Rona Fauna attacking Honoka, at the end of the episode also was really well built up. I really didn’t see that one coming. And is Joganki really dead? O_o Or was it just a false threat by Rona Fauna? But why did Paife cry?

I also love how Ikus has been a complete mystery up till now. We really don’t know anything about him, except for the fact that he’s an alien. Only during the previous episode, we learned that he can’t be shot, and I’ve got a feeling that that’s only a small part of his mysteries. Honoka’s fight also was as awesome as usual. The narrator really helped in this, when he told about Honoka’s doubts. I’m really liking Honoka’s ideals. ^_^

There also was a nice contrast between Honoka, Blue Breaker, Rona Fauna and Joganki and Paife and Bogie. While tensions are high inside of Rona Fauna’s hideout, Paife heads back to Bogie, and the two just wait for things to happen. Because they’re both realist, the mood between the two of them is really different when you compare it to the other actors.

One final nice touch is that the creators showed one shot of Rona Fauna, when she was alone in her room. It’s totally different than what you see in most shows. Most bad guys smile in an evil way, but because Rona doesn’t have to live anyway, that short moments showed how she prepared for her final trick before she would die. But at the same time, it made me suspect that she gave up on her ways.

I love this show. ^_^

Posted on 21 October 2006 with categories: Otogi Juushi Akazukin

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Okay, that was an excellent episode. It’s not centred around a character this time, but it’s meant to explain a few things about the overall story, namely the mirrors we’ve been seeing. I always took them for granted, but now it seems that they’ve got a huge back-story behind them, and are actually vital for Cendrion to carry out her plan.

The setting for this episode is a rather gloomy town. At first, I thought that it was a snow town, but it seems that the village lies next to a volcano, which is constantly dropping its ash on top of the village. That’s why the entire city has a grey colour.

In here, Akazukin and the others meet up with a talking parrot, who takes them to some kind of mansion. There’s a fairytale about this mansion, and Souta is more than eager to hear it. Once upon a time, when the volcano was still inactive, there was a girl, who was in love with a certain boy. Then, the volcano started to erupt, and the boy told the girl that god is angry, and that he’s punishing them. Because of that, he went inside a mirror, telling the girl that he needed to go to the other world. The mansion seemed to be the place where the girl lived.

Ringo, while cleaning up the mansion a bit, suddenly receives tons of phone-messages from her friends. She finds a broken mirror, and realizes that the shards of the mirror are actually able to send the telephone signals through from the human world. When the mirror is reassembled, Souta actually disappears into the mirror. In there, he sees the same girl from the fairytale, speaking to a mirror which displays a bit of the human world.

So the mirrors are actually links between worlds. There also seems to be some kind of dimension between Erde and Fandavale, and that’s where Cendrion has her main base. In there, there’s probably a special mirror, linked to a sealed dimension, and that’s where Cendrion is located. The reason Gretel and Randagio were able to transport so easily from Erde to Fandavale also was because of this dimension. I think this also means that if Souta would have touched the mirror, being held by the girl, he’d be able to travel back to Erde.

Another thing to note is that whenever a Nightmarian gets beaten, a mirror gets destroyed. Could it be that Nightmarians and mirrors are of the same essence? After all, the first episodes seemed to suggest that the mirrors in Cendrion’s base were able to see through the Nightmarian’s eyes.

The question also remains: who was this boy from the fairy-tale? Right now, the only one who fits the criteria is Souta’s father. It’s quite possible that he travelled to the human world, got stuck there or refused to come back, met Souta’s mother and that’s how Souta was born. It does explain why Souta is so special: he’s the only child between a person from Erde and Fandavale. Still, if this were true, Souta’s Father’s hair colour must’ve changed somehow from blond to brown.

These really are some very interesting theories. Thanks to this episode, I’m loving this series more and more. ^_^

Next episode, the City Musicians of Bremen will return. Yay!

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Ooh, that was another great episode. But first: a few names, taken from the official website. I knew that learning Hiragana would come in handy some day.

Akizuki Youjirou: he’s the main character of this story. Has a strong sense of justice, and seems to have some kind of mission to stop some kind of mission, planned by the bad guys which involves supernatural beings.

Yuyama Kakunojou: she’s the main female character. She’s a member of the theatre group. When she was young, the guy from the previous episode killed her father, a wealthy merchant and her mother. She then fled along with either her brother or best friend and the old guy. She appears in this anime in two forms: a normal form, and a performing form, in which she wears a wig. I can imagine that more people would have trouble recognizing her.

Ibaragi Soutetsu, otherwise known as “Sensei”. He’s probably the one who founded the theatre group, and he handles the management, writes the scripts, and seems to be a very talented swordsman as well.

Shiranui Kozou (I could have sworn I heard this name before… must be my imagination): he’s probably one of the main actors in the theatre group. It seems that he takes the lead in their missions as well, due to his large amount of charisma.

Ebisu no Zukin: He either was Yuyama’s brother or best friend when they were young. He used to be very protective of her, what ended in him getting buried under a pile of burning woodblocks. His face was ruined, that’s why he always conceals his face. Because of that, his personality turned from protective to rather scary and to-the-point. His parts mainly are the one of the side-characters or villains.

Kakashi no Keishin: he forms the muscles behind the theatre group. He moves the heavy pieces of theatre equipment across and under the stage, and we saw him even work as a temporary personal elevator for Akazuki in the first episode.

Zagashira: he’s the old man who used to be very close to both Emusu and Yuyama. He took care of them when Yuyama’s parents died, and finally he came in contact with Ibaraza, and the three joined his theatre group, looking for revenge.

Benimaru: he’s the young boy who’s with the theatre group. He, along with who is most probably his sister, takes care of the small jobs who have to be done, as getting visitors into the theatre, handing out pamphlets, playing as extras and handling the small pieces of decor.

Kobako: most probably Benimara’s older sister. Quite cheerful, as well as her younger brother.

Nakaiya Juubei: probably the main bad guy for now. He has some kind of affinity with spirits, and some kind of history with Akizuki.

Hario Genba: he’s the guy with the scarred face who was killed in the previous episode. At one time, he lead some kind of army and killed Yuyama’s parents. When Emusu tried to struggle against him, he made a careless mistake and his face ended up being halfly burned. It seems that he either worked for Nakaiya, who became sick of him and sought a way to kill him, or he was working for someone who got in the way of Nakaiya, thus forcing the latter to kill him.

Kawai Tsuginosuke: I had to think for a while before I found out who this guy is. He was the samurai who was sitting right next to Nakaiya Juubei, wasn’t he?

Kotoha: a newly introduced character this episode. Her role will probably come later in the anime, and she seems to be connected to the person below. Looking at her clothing and way of talking would suggest that she works at some kind of brothel, though I could be wrong in this. The end of the episode also shows that she knows the theatre group.

Katsu Awa-no-kami Kaishuu (Katsu Kaishuu): another newly introduced character, he’s got his own troubles, as he needs a bodyguard around him. Because of this, he’ll probably get involved with Akizuki and the others.

Saigou Kichinosuke Takamori (Saigo Takamori): the sniper who was partially responsible for killing off Hariwa Genba. He’s hired by Nakaiya, and during this episode, we see him attempting to kill Yuyama. This means that Nakaiya has some kind of grudge against the theatre group, which hints at some kind of history between the two parties as well.

Sadly, even more characters were introduced this episode, but the creators didn’t find them important enough to give them a place on the website. Thankfully, their names did appear on the screen as they were introduced. At least. For some of them. -_-

Koma no Shouten-sama: a very old person, probably a master in martial arts. That, or he is very knowledgeable. The fact that Akizuki refers to him with “sama” and not “sensei” makes me suspect the latter. I suspect that Akizuki served under him at some point.

The name of Shouten-sama’s assistant/bodyguard shall forever remain a mystery, though. If I had to guess, it’d be Shinza, though that was just a random word Shouten-sama used when he looked at him. Anyway, Shinza seems to be looking over Shouten-sama. It’s clear that he’s an old man, and quite respected as well. This indeed suggests that he hired some kind of help or bodyguard.

Katsu gets a visitor during this episode. His name also is displayed, but in kanji and katakana combined. He seems to be a foreigner, named H. S. Parkes. He comes to deliver Katsu a bodyguard, as apparently, he’s in danger. Whether this is because of Nakaiya or another person, I don’t really know.

The name of this bodyguard is never known, even though his role in this anime will probably be rather large, as he’s quite skilled. His character also seems interesting, with the one eye missing at all.

Then, during one explanation, another person gets shown: Saigoukichi no Suketakamori. He either sent the bodyguard to Katsu, or he forms some kind of threat. (Yes, I’m watching this anime without understanding any word of the dialogue. Nice, isn’t it? ^^;)

A thing I liked in this episode was the way the bodyguard was introduced. Firstly, H. S. Packs appeared on the screen, and only when the bodyguard appeared, the background music took a turn towards a very serious, suspenseful tune. It’s also a nice touch to see the enemy sniper actually practicing his aim at the sea. This would suggest that one of his future missions involves sniping people from a boat. At least, if he somehow manages to escape from the cliff-hanger. Things looked pretty hopeless when he was surrounded by both Akizuki and the theatre group.

Anyhow, it’s great to see that finally people other than myself are starting to blog about this series. I really began to find things strange when I appeared to be the only one to talk about such a high-quality series for more than a week. Ah well, once the first subs start appearing, I’ll believe that this series will be gaining popularity fast. But still, this series doesn’t deserve to be carried in such low-quality raws. It’s very ironic: the show with the best production values of the season gets to be packaged in the lowest quality video files. (^^;)

Posted on 20 October 2006 with categories: Ayatsuri Sakon

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Seriously, I’ve seen a lot of dead bodies on Ayatsuri Sakon already, but the director in this one must have been the bloodiest so far. Okay, perhaps along with the beheading of the first episode. But that’s what you get when you stab a person with an Egyptian sword and hang her upside down.

Anyway, the actors:

Yuuki Mari. She’s the director of a museum with lots of Egyptian artefacts. She got killed at the beginning of the episode. It seems that she made a lot of enemies when she was still alive, which could give anyone a motive. An exciting murder. The current arc promises to be great. :)

Isshiki Seiji. He’s the assistant director. At one time, he was Yuuki Mari’s boss, but that changed when she became director of the museum. He likes to annoy and scare others, though despite his confidence, he makes a lot of errors. Sakon, of course, discovers these errors (for example, him confusing the Egyptian Sphinx with the Greek one, the Egyptian is just a huge stone statue, the Greek was the one who had a nice dinner whenever his victims couldn’t solve his riddles). The murder was committed at 8:00. At 8:45, he got phoned because Yuuki didn’t show up. To get from his house to the museum, you need one hour and 30 minutes, but he was the only one, except for Yuuki herself, who holds the key to the room in which she was killed. That means that either he did it, went somewhere apart from his house, received the call on his cell phone and planned to arrive 90 minutes after he was phoned, or someone found a creative way to lock the door.

Takahashi Yoshie was Yuuki’s former secretary, and she now still works in that same spot. Rumours are floating around that Yuuki took away her boyfriend, though they’re just rumours made up by people, scared to become the major suspect.

Kisaragi is the manager of the museum. He had a lot of arguments with Yuuki, as she had a nasty tendency to remove all valuable objects which didn’t get any attention from the display. Kisaragi also used to be a teacher of Sakon. When Sakon was young, he used to get bullied often. In a way, that’s logical as he’s a boy who’s carrying around puppets. You’d wonder why he changed from being a teacher to being the manager of a museum.

Hamada is one of the few staff members who managed to escape Yuuki’s enthusiastic firing policy. He may have lost a few good friends because of this.

Tadokoro is the security Chief. He got injured when Yuuki tried to move a heavy artefact in a rather aggressive way. Still, he says that he’s still loyal to her, as she agreed to cover all expenses of the accident.

One thing I dislike about Ayatsuri Sakon is the silhouette of the murderer which is shown before the arcs start. If I recall correctly, the first three arcs didn’t have this, but both arc four and arc five had this. It’s too bad, as they sortof ruin the fun a bit. I’ll try to ignore them for now. So far, I’m loving this arc. I’m really interested in how it’ll continue.

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The episode starts out surprisingly light, when compared with the previous one. It features Karada and Shoko shopping for the things they need. Shoko needs a new pair of glasses, and both of them need new clothes, as their sizes aren’t the same to wear each other’s clothes without any problems. Especially Shoko was so CUTE in this. ^_^

Karada may have wished to become an adult, at heart, she’s still a child. She does have to cope with responsibility, and she must learn to do things on her own. It proves to be harder than she thought, and so, Shoko has to help her in this. Both of them have huge difficulties in playing their parts. Still, Karada isn’t as hopeless as in the previous episode. It seems that she managed to stuff her feelings inside of her, and she actually makes food for Shoko.

While the previous episode was focused on Karada, this episode focuses on Shoko. The result is a totally different episode than the previous one. It’s still full of emotions, but totally different ones. Shoko may have been an adult, she still is bothered by the fact that she changed. Especially when she runs into Hiro, and he doesn’t recognize her. In the end, she lies that she’s Shoko’s little sister.

Because of this, the climax of the show was exceptionally good. Shoko gets a bit sick of Hiro who doesn’t recognize her, so she runs away. In the end, she confesses to him, and brings him back to her apartment, in which she reveals that Karada has grown up. How Karada will react to this, we’ll see in the next episode.

We also get a bit of background information, regarding what happened to Shoko, Hiro and Karada before this anime started. Karada actually isn’t Hiro’s real sister. That, or they didn’t live together at a certain time. When their parents died, Hiro was asked to come over to America, where Karada was living, in order to take care of her. Because of this, Hiro spent all his free time with Karada, and ignored Shoko. She, eventually left the town, only to come back a number of years later. It’s interesting, as it shows why Hiro was so devoted to his sister. He never knew her, and he probably didn’t want her to have any more lonely memories. If the two were siblings who already lived together during the death of their parents, I can imagine that things would have gotten resolved in a totally different way, seeing as how the two already knew each other, so that they knew what would be best for the other.

Even though during the episodes, not a lot of things happen, I’m loving this series. I like the way that this series really takes its time in telling its story. Not to mention the cuteness of Shoko. (^_^)

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SuperMario
I know usually we should vote for the actual performances rather than their career, but I get the feeling in some cases it was just a matter of having the right role at the right time and not their actual talent.
SuperMario
I have no problem with Moonlight (instead of La La Land) winning BP as well. Easily the best one out there. Agreed with you on Huppert but Ben Affleck I got mixed feeling on that. He was really great in that role but based on his whole career he doesn't deserve to win it imo.
Kaiser Eoghan
Horray! Based Mel won best editting =O
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I am glad moonlight got best picture and Casey Affleck got best actor. Michael Shannon should have won best actor, Isabelle Huppert should have won best actress.
SuperMario
I just watched the re-broadcast of Oscar. What the heck was going on? How the hell can they mix up the Best Picture name????????????
SuperMario
@Aidan: I will go with whatever new manga he put up. That Happiness manga is currently intriguing as well
AidanAK47
Oh, the flowers of evil author started a new manga and...Oh no. I do not like where this is going.
SuperMario
That Dragon Dentist is looking good; I will give it a proper watch and then review it here. Don't know what to expect thou.
Anonymous890468
man just started a blog called the bran new day blog, this one is very interesting. consider me a regular
AidanAK47
I recommend clearing your browser cache and then checking the site again.
AidanAK47
Then how are we talking on a broken chatbox?
Ffafn
Yes it is. You broke the site. In every way possible. Parse error on the chat? Not broken? Sure.
AidanAK47
No it isn't. It just works better if you have an account with the site.
Ffafn
The chat is broken
Ffafn
Gantz:O is really good
AidanAK47
Horizon: Zero Dawn is another one that might force me to get a ps4.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Not gonna buy a switch until I see one right in front of my face. Considering Ninetdo's scarcity tactic that will be in a while and by then it will have more games.
SuperMario
Seiren finished its second route and well, it was still a mess. I think the story gotten a little bit better than the 1st one, but I found the main girl in the 2nd one less remarkable than the 1st
SuperMario
I myself had been checking this site for 5,6 years before "applied" to become admin here. Mainly to check out his older reviews. Was a real lurker myself; didn't feel the need to comment anything.
Lenlo
Zelda easy, except I refuse to buy a Switch for 1 game.
Vonter
And Nier might be the most unpredictable do to the director not conforming to typical storytelling. But also wacky gameplay design decisions like abrupt shifting from 3D to 2D. And being overall weird.
Vonter
Just asking but between Nier: Automata, Zelda: BotW and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Which one would you play first? Zelda sounds great with only the possibility of technical nitpicks hindering the Wii U version (or not). Horizon seems like a mixed bag, a graphically ambitious game with expected open world elements.
Lenlo
I began reading here back in 11/12, but never felt the need to post to much till now. Cant remember how I found it.
Topgavin
Googled "anime reviews" in 2013 and this was the first thing that came up. Didn't post until Kyoukai no Kanata's ending forced me to rant somewhere; that being here.
Kaiser Eoghan
I began visiting the site in 2009, though started posting sometime in 2010/11.
Topgavin
@Mario yenah don't worry, this website it one of my 6 or 7ish tabs that never closes. I'm sure many here are like this, but it'd feel wrong to stop reading a site you've been reading for a long time. I've only been here 3-4ish years myself, but I know there's some who've been here much longer.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: sex sells baby.SEX SELLS (not sure if anyone biting it thou)
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Putting nude screenshots into the Scum's wish posts I see to pull people into checking it out OwO.
SuperMario
@Topgavin: yeah the question is WHEN they will adapt all of these. Great that you're busy now with uni stuffs (always good to be busy) but make sure to check back in often. I don't want to loose the small number of regular viewers here so to speak :)
Topgavin
And yeah, been doing university stuff so haven't had much time at all to do own time stuff.
Topgavin
@Mario Apparently there's a decent amount of content left in the VN, and since it's the first show by the studio I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a second season. Pretty bad look if you neglect your flagship show
SuperMario
and haven't seen you around that often lately @Topgavin. Been busy this season??
SuperMario
For Tanya, there's either this type of episode that focused on war, action and Tanya being badass; or Tanya working her way up rank and fighting with God. While obviously I enjoy the latter much more, I think this was still a solid episode. My 2 main complaints would be I'd love for things go unexpected for once for Tanya and I don't think we have anything close to conclusion this season.
Topgavin
I wouldn't be surprised if the guy that got shot didn't actually die, and that he gets 'helped' by god to be Tanya's main opponent. Or we just continue like normal and that was just a show of Tanya being Tanya. Either way the show is going strong
Anonymous885442
What if Being X decides to help things along?
Lenlo
So I cant remember, whats the gang bosses relationship to Yakumo? I just cant place him.
Lenlo
If she does become a reasonable opponent, there needs to be some sort of time skip or buildup. Theres no way she goes from a little girl in America to a formidable opponent in afew months. Maybe once Tanya grows up some more? I think the Colonel that got killed though would have been fine had they not killed him off so anti-climatically.
HelghastKillzone
Much like how Sophie became the opposing witch for Izetta last season, although I hope to hell it won't suck as much.
HelghastKillzone
We're at latter stages of Vol. 2 LN for Youjo Senki and I think that there is the potential for Mary Sue to become a formidable opponent. She's the only one with any semblance of a motive for going after Tanya personally. Everyone else is either dead or under Tanya's command.
Lenlo
Agreed. My favorite part of the show was Tanya and her attitude/interactions with people. I know shes a badass, now show me where shes an evil monster worthy of being Gods foe.
AidanAK47
I do agree that Tanya hasn't really interacted with those around her. In that regard the shorts show more of that. I think we need to get into her head more as well. We haven't had much monologue these past two episodes.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Deus lo vult. Admitly she's likely going to come into it at a later date but it is important to note that this story wasn't written to be chopped into anime seasons. We got 7 light novels and I hear the web novel has already been completed. My worry is that the majority of this season will be setting up a great conflict. This is going to become a world war after all.
Lenlo
But Aidan, we know nothing about her. Shes in America at the moment, so her getting to the war and becoming any kind of threat is ridiculous. He was much better setup to be an antagonist. He had history with the protagonist after all and was clearly skilled because of his position.

She just has no buildup as a major character that I care about in any way
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Agree on that. It's the drifters thing again, if the enemy doesn't make the main character sweat then there no real tension in the action.
Lenlo
We also dont get many character to character talks as you said. Its mostly just Tanya barking orders and chances for her to show off how smart she is. Aside from being a tad aggressive, nothing she has done has had any consequences, shes and the battalion are in no real danger since not even an unnamed member has died, and she has very few notable faults.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I disagree on that characters inclusion being pointless. I think it's setup for Tanya's antagonist. After all Tanya stole his gun, his gun which was a Christmas present from his Daughter and inscribed with his name. When someone sees that gun, they are gonna want some vengeance.
His daughters name is Mary Sue by the way. If she lives up to the name this will be most entertaining.
Lenlo
There was just very little character progress. Sure, the army and the war advanced, but it was just another battle scene with a named character who I thought was going to be reacurring and important, just get shut down immediatly. He didnt do anything. What was the point of his inclusion?
Anonymous884628
My question is what the end game of this anime is. The structure doesn't make it clear where the story will put a closure. And still there's not that many interactions between Tanya and her peers, the only character interactions that have felt meaningful have been with God.
Anonymous884628
Lenlo - So so. I mean I liked a proper mission that it's easier to see the impact to the enemy, taking a couple of railroads and advancing the infantry into enemy territory. Still on the other hand the character they killed makes his inclusion kinda pointless.
Lenlo
I found this weeks Tanya alittle weak. I was expecting something more after that week break
Anonymous884480
Mirror of Fate and LoS2 felt like they didn't know where to take the story they built on the first game. There's a lack of touch in regards to using Castlevania characters and in short they were a mess. The RE6 of Castlevania. Too big, too unfocused, too shallow.
Anonymous884480
Kaiser Eoghan - LoS 1 is decent. Evidently the developers wanted to make an original game that ended with the Castlevania game placed on it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Apparently Lords of shadow ruined the series.
Kaiser Eoghan
That castlevania fighting game got stale quickly and Takeshi Obata's art wasn't suited to the characters.
Kaiser Eoghan
I've seen friends play the 3D ones, I remember some of the later ones including leveling up elements I think but those weren't so good.
Anonymous884480
Kaiser Eoghan - If you have a Wii or Wii U or a PSP, Rondo of Blood is good. In regards to the handhelds I think Dawn of Sorrow and Order of Ecclessia are the best ones. The latter looking similar to what we've seen of Bloodstained.
Kaiser Eoghan
Despite my interest and enjoyment of Castlevania, I haven't played enough of the series as a should have back in the day. I played symphony of the night, legacy of darkness, dracula x, castlevania 4, bloodlines . I know the horrors of castlevania II.
Anonymous884275
At one moment Mighty No.09. Also seemed Megaman in everything but name. Both Yooka Laylee and Bloodstained are developed with a more modest budget than the former games. Also a key aspect is if they'll learn or stumble about the flaws the old games had. (Collecthaton and recycled enemy designs).
AidanAK47
Bloodstained is still about and that's castlevaina in everything but name
AidanAK47
Same on character design. Though I am worried they might pull out some adventure time character style.
AidanAK47
@Anon, That's true about Ippo. It didn't really weaken as Ippo has a near perfect shounen formula. The problem is that it just stopped going anywhere. Still very enjoyable but plot progression is dead in the water. No ending aside it is likely the better anime. You can pretty much stop at the first season.
K-Off
I say Castlevania was fucked the moment it turned into a pachinko machine
Anonymous884097
I've heard Hajime no Ippo starts good and weakens the further you go into it. And I know Joe has an ending, I don't know if Ippo does.
Anonymous884097
AidanAK47 - I'm mainly worried about the western character design they'll use. Since it has the range of being like the new DC animated movies, or something like Korgoth of Barbaria. I think the castle is intended to not make sense given all the things it contains. Is more like a portal to another dimension.
AidanAK47
Looking at the poster image for the castlevainas animated series made me realise just how structurally unsound draculas castle is.
AidanAK47
@Mario, if your are starting something that long you might as well go for the better equalvent, Hajime no Ippo.
AidanAK47
That Castlevania animation has me worried. Fair enough if they are going to attempt it but the people working on it has me worried that they will try to turn it into a comedy. Adventure time Castlevania edition would make me very angry indeed.
Vonter
Like with the Rose of Versailles, or Remy (Le Naki Ko). It feels like witnessing the life of the main character. Since it also builds off the path to becoming a boxer. It's also in a way refreshing having a like-hate feeling for the protagonist, since he can be cool as well as being a total jerk.
Lenlo
Its the Hajime no Ippo predecessor and laid the foundation. Its pretty good imo.
Lenlo
Ashita no Joe is like, the original sports anime
SuperMario
wait... (looking at the details), so there're 79 episodes... well, I MIGHT give it a try but the long-run anime scare the hell out of me now
SuperMario
@Vonter: Really? If you like it that much then I'm gonna give it a try too
Vonter
Guys. I don't even recall how I ended watching this anime. But I'm enthralled with Ashita No Joe. Despite looking really really rough, despite having a rather easy to follow story. This anime feels with weight, it feels like reading a novel in best way.
SuperMario
...But I don't plan to watch anymore of it
SuperMario
@Spike: I watched the first 3 episodes of Akiba's Strip and I enjoy the show for its dynamic animation and its goofiness, after all I think Akiba's trip represents well the goods and bads of anime medium
SuperMario
This week has to be one of my personal favorite KonoSuba episode. Everything was hliarious from start to finish. I certainly didn't expect to enjoy Darkness that much. She's freaking amusing.
AidanAK47
Yamishibai really has gone downhill since it's excellent first season. Second season was alright. Third season was ruined by them relying on visual horror drawings that were more silly than scary. Fourth season is being ruined by the way that the stories don't seem to have a punchline. All the endings have been just let downs.
Kaiser Eoghan
I never expected this but, there's going to be an animated adaptation of Castlevania of all things.
Spike
Akiba's Trip is a real sleeper imo. It's pretty damn funny and goofy borderline trolling at times that make what should be a stupid forgetable show entertaining, worth checking out if you haven't.
SuperMario
@anon877854: just finished ACCA episode and I agree that everything getting really interesting now. Review will come up soon.
Anonymous877854
Well I thought ACCA would dance around the truth for a few more eps but they had a bunch of big reveals this ep. Will be interesting to see where it goes from here.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Not too fond of really old vn games like those. They put up a presence of being point and click adventures. I have a hard time enjoying the stories when the "Gameplay" keeps killing the pacing. Big offender was Eve Burst error. Really couldn't enjoy that one at all.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: And policenauts, how about that one?
Kaiser Eoghan
Honestly I really don't mind all the side drama/romance in rakugo...in the longest time its been an anime that gave me feelings worth feeling.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Would you in any way recommend snatcher (I think that counts as a visual novel) or is it a dated product of its time. On a side note I love the soundtrack.
Kaiser Eoghan
Case in this point I was blown away by utawerumono and chaos head when I was a less experienced viewer, nostalgia keeps poking at me to watch the sequels, but I just know chaos;child will be awful as will utawerumono 2.
Kaiser Eoghan
Hate when this happens, keep getting this itch to watch the followup to something I liked in the past but no full well I'd hate if I went back to it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Hopefully I'll make time for Irae and subahibi, don't know anything about clockwork. Ended up getting involved in what will likely turn into a business course soon.
AidanAK47
Some really great Visual Novels localised this year. Muv Luv Alternative, Sharin no Kuni, Dies Irae, SubaHibi and clockwork key line. It's good year to be a VN fan. Now I just need an update about Baldr Sky.
AidanAK47
Subarashiki Hibi is getting published by Front Wing. Hell goddamn yes. Finally I can read it and be traumatised for life.
Anonymous870083
mm okay thanks!
AidanAK47
@Anon1, Think you might just have to go with a torrent. It's pretty hard to find direct download anime these days.
Anonymous870541
the latest episode of rakugo just made my heart sank. i didn't think it would get better than it already is. i thank god that i didn't read ahead
Anonymous870083
does anyone know where I can download the remastered version of the Utena series? without torrent?
SuperMario
the same very thought here Lenlo. What I considered the weakest part turned out to be so layered. Sorry for ever doubting you, Rakugo.
Lenlo
And that smirk at the end, beautiful
Lenlo
The weakest plot point of S1 has just become the best part ever.
Lenlo
OOH MAN. I was not ready. The entire first season was all a setup. I cant. What. HOW DOES IT GET BETTER
Lenlo
Cant wait to watch Rakugo tonight, just got home and im lookin forward to it,.
AidanAK47
I think before grabbing the protest signs it might be worth considering if the thing you are demanding be uncensored is even worth it. Oh yeah, now you can see genitalia in crap sex scenes that were crow bared into the plot. No more need to use your imagination.
AidanAK47
Some protest because they want there porn. That I suppose I can understand even if I think they would be better off buying some nukige. But then there are those who demand it just for the sake of standing against censorship. They don't give a crap about the game or the fact we are getting the exact same thing the japanese got. What? Censorship of sexual organs? DOWN WITH CENSORSHIP!
AidanAK47
There are people actively proclaiming they won't buy the game, because they can't see dicks. That is not hyperbole. This is literally exactly whats happening here. And they just act so goddamn self righteous about it. Porn is not the goddamn point of these games. Shouldn't even be in them in the first place.
AidanAK47
So another Sekai Kickstarter is up for a trilogy of Visual novels called A Clockwork Ley-Line. Chipped in my bit as I am going to be buying this regardless but like goddamn clockwork you get the idiots yelling for Mosaic removal. No matter how I try to rationalize it, this just sounds stupid.
Kaiser Eoghan
Just whenever I think Rakugo may be dragging its feet it comes out a gives me three big strong moments in this weeks episode, you will know them when you come to them.
K-Off
Dubbing in more subdued performances work fine. It just becomes unbearable when it involves shouty dialogue, which idescribes most of the Japanese games I play.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: I think at the time it allowed Bagel (where did he go?) to find some exploit/gap in the sites security too.
SuperMario
I mean the spoiler code in the comment section. ^^. Like I don't mind if readers give (potential) spoilers but I don't want to ruin the fun of other readers as well
AidanAK47
After all it wasn't a intended feature of the old shoutbox. We were pretty much hacking the thing.
Kaiser Eoghan
I seem to remember all those old html codes stopped working on the old shoutbox too at one point.
Kaiser Eoghan
There was also originally an ability to animate text too of the shoutbox and have gifs appear in the message box but not as links.
AidanAK47
I remember some HTML code worked with the old shoutbox but nope. But I suppose you could change the colour of text to white...though that would effect everything you write.
SuperMario
Btw, do we have spoiler tag here Aidan?
SuperMario
@anon861679: Agreed. They have big ambitions, but they seems unsure on what to do next. I mean engaging your readers to give their thoughts is good, but if it is a mean for you to get inspiration to write essay about isn't that great. Well, give them say 6 months until they can settle down (they just launched this site for 3,4 months only)
Kaiser Eoghan
Despite being fine with anime in English, I've almost always felt that voice acting in videogames isn't as good.
Anonymous861679
Hey mario, that anime feminist blog was well, kind of awful. While they're well intentioned, it felt like they were pushing tumblr stuff onto chan stuff and that always ends up in a smoking mess.
SuperMario
Okay I'm going to erase my memories right now
SuperMario
I swear I'll stay off reddit for good. Have been spoiled by the development of ACCA by one of their "theory". As soon as I realized it's freaking spoiler I stopped but what done is done. Ahhhhhhhhhh
K-Off
Christ Fire Emblem Heroes is pretty addicting, micro transactions are not necessary at all. Though it irks me that I can't get Japanese voices. Dubs just make me cringe every time.
SuperMario
@ckspike: Hand Shakers, the very quality that makes you brain cells die while watching it. Well, I actually think the music is one of the best part of the show, now that you mention it like that...well...*slap my forehead*
ckspike
... my roommate just told me the background music when I'm watching Hand Shakers sounds like a bad porno... Now I can't unhear it. Fuck!
Lenlo
I havnt kept up with Academia, for some reason it just didnt catch me as well as the movie first did.
AidanAK47
You know what's funny? I thought little Witch Academia would be the hardest one to blog. Yet halfway into the current season and it's the one I write the most about.
Lenlo
I actually dont read many blogs. Mostly just this place and the occasional pop on reddit
Anonymous859067
I'd like to present to one of my favorite blogs, A work I just created: Greed Island! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tc2r.greedisland
AidanAK47
I go to Reddit anime myself but I don't really like the upvote system. Basically the majority rule opinions get put to the top which more often than not are jokes.
HelghastKillzone
I listen to podcasts on youtube and others places as well as going on Reddit Anime to hear a thousand people yammering away.
Kaiser Eoghan
I irregularly follow the episode reviews on ANN and sometimes read standing on my neck. I fell out of the habit of following random curiousity.
SuperMario
Anime Feminist (animefeminist.com), while sounds ambitious on paper, hasn't been too hot unfortunately. I know they aim to be "big" so they're still figuring out how to do it best. Well, good luck for them!
SuperMario
Oh, I know I've mentioned this site before but you guys should read it (blog.sakugabooru.com), this site is one of the only few blogs that I actively subscribed to read their post. They have some insights to the anime industry that is very informative and inspiring
SuperMario
I also think that this chatbox here plays a great role to keep a fair amount of readers for the site, as many sometimes just come here to give their two cents on certain anime.
SuperMario
I just checked out rabujoi blof for the first time, (https://rabujoi.wordpress.com) and I think they're in pretty good shape. Content-wise are solid (as far as I read), and they update their post pretty regularly (comparing their amount of posts last month (80) to ours (28), ouch)
SuperMario
Just really wonder, what are other anime sites that you guys follow beside this? Well, ANN and RandomC are a given, but I found myself haven't bothered to read ANN's episodic reviews lately (mostly due to time constraint)
AidanAK47
Don't tell me this is gonna be a regular thing.
Lenlo
There we go
Lenlo
Oh god JSON objects. I thought that nightmare was over
SuperMario
Mine is working probably as well. Thanks a bunch K-Off and glad to hear back from you.
K-Off
No problem.
K-Off
I really need to figure out how to get those damn tooltips working again on the sidebar thumbnails. It'd be useful to have the descriptions popup.
AidanAK47
Cleared my cache and it looks to be fixed. Thanks as always K-Off. I would be completely screwed without you around.
K-Off
Alright I think that did it. Let me know if it pops up again. If you still see it, clear your browser cache and let me know if its still there.
AidanAK47
Messages still get sent. You just might have to reload the page. We are working on getting it fixed.
Vonter
AidanAK47 I can't get into Fate since like with Nanoha there's a lot of stuff with those names in it. Zero was the most straightforward, yet the buildup was very dragout but the payoffs where very worthy.
HelghastKillzone
testing message.
AidanAK47
This is what I get for updating the bloody plugin.....
AidanAK47
He finished it and was telling me what he thought of Saber defeating Gilgamesh. Minute he said that I was like "OH GOD..." He watched the Deen 2006 adaption. Sadly it loos like he's not going to bother watching UBW TV despite me showing him part of the berserker fight. With Fate/Extra, Fate/Grand Order, Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Oath under the snow and all the rest this problem will happen again.
AidanAK47
You know I wish the Fate series did a better job naming it's series. I was introducing a newbie so I gave him Fate/Zero first. He loved it so I specifically told him to watch the UBW TV Series and don't mistake it for the movie. He then went and watched the movie. I told him to watch the TV series regardless and brought up the MAL page to show him which one.
Kaiser Eoghan
Ah, there's definately no harm in doing further reading on more arthouse stuff before reviewing it/watching/after watching, it extends our understanding and is pretty much required.
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Hooray, I’m finally back to this section after a while. I originally plan to review a more in-focus groups of animated films, like Korean movies, anthology movies, female-directed films, etc but now I have a different plan. The days that I cover all these will come, I promise. Instead, this time I want to highlight […]

Thunderbolt Fantasy Review – 84/100

Sometimes you dread for the current state of anime: high school settings, cute girls, fan-service jokes, idol madness… that you wish for once to see something different, and out of nowhere an oddball like this just pop up: a wuxia puppetry show influenced by Taiwanese glove puppetry written by Gen Urobuchi. The sheer fact that […]