Posted on 28 February 2007 with categories: Monthly Summaries

+ Top 11 Anime With One Episode Released/Subbed
I was going to scrap this category after last month, but this time, I actually managed to create quite a list, so I decided to keep it for the moment.

#11: Afro Samurai

Any surprise this little bugger ended up last? Cos was right, the last episode was the worst yet.

#10: Yes! Precure 5

I adore a good mahou shoujo. Too bad this isn’t one of them.

#9: Yoshinaga-chi no Gargoyle

This isn’t a series you need to see once in a month, unlike Ayatsuri Sakon. This really is a series you need to marathon.

#8: Ayatsuri Sakon

Like I mentioned above, I finally realized that you don’t want to see too many episodes after each other. Once-a-month releases are perfect for this series. It’s nothing special, but greatly entertaining. :)

#7: Mai Otome Zwei

Call me crazy, but I actually liked the second instalment of Mai Otome Zwei. Probably because it kept a good balance of comedy and drama, in comparison to the series, but also because it focused on one of my few favourite characters from the series. The one who got turned to stone, and ironically, I can’t remember her name anymore.

#6: Chevalier

I would have ranked this higher, it’s just that I just can’t remember what the episode was about. It was a good one, that’s for sure, and the psalms made people kill each other and stuff, but I really can’t remember anymore what exactly happened. It’s an excellent show, but apparently forgettable. Either that, or the subs are veeeeery slow.

#5: Popolocrois 2003

An excellent episode, but a recap remains a recap. Still, I’m pretty excited for the final four episodes.

#4: Moonlight Mile

Okay, I didn’t understand a heck of it, but it was damn good to see it. I can’t wait to find out what actually went on when the subs arrive. ^^;

#3: Rocket Girls

Okay, so it may not be the most believable story. Heck, there are so many parts that don’t make sense. But if you ignore this petty little detail, then the first episode started off nicely.

#2: Reideen

I wonder why no more episodes have been released since the first episode. Same with Giant Robo. Both great shows, but I don’t hope that they only had one episode. Still, slow mechas Rock.

#1: Popolocrois 1998

After an absence of six months, this anime returned, and how it returned. Gamigami, Hyuu, Ston and Sanda all were awesome. :)

+ Top 20 Anime with More than One Episode Released/Subbed
I may be the only one, but February was an excellent month for anime. January may have had a lot of good anime, only a few of them were excellent. This time, I saw a lot of different excellent series, scenes and moments. One thing I also noticed was that especially the more unknown and unpopular series took a turn for the awesomeness. :)

#20: Juusou Kikou Dancouga Nova

Okay, the anime turned out bad. But it sure turned out a great anime to mock and laugh at. So many clichés are used so seriously that it actually becomes funny. ^^; What I did like, though, was how the brat didn’t turn out to be the main character.

#19: Naruto Shippuuden

It’s been a long while since Paradise Kiss that there was a series where the main reason for me to watch it was the OP. In the end, this series isn’t different from the first season of Naruto in the fact that it drags. The characters have made steps in the right direction, though. I like that.

#18: Hanoka

Hanoka ended like how it begun: cute. The final episodes were nice, considering that only 2 minutes per episode were really available. Still, that final enemy in the end was a wrong decision. It only made the anime more rushed than it already was and it contributed in no way to the overall story.

#17: Ghost Hunt

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate this series, but I’d just wish that Mai would be more than just a damsel-in-distress. Ghost Hunt may be based on a Shoujo-manga, that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve always rather disliked characters who just stand by and do nothing useful.

#16: Manabi Straight

It’s interesting that this series actually turned out good enough for me to keep watching it. Okay, it may have too much fanservice at times, but the experimental elements in this anime are greatly appreciated. Another thing I really like is how most of the episodes don’t focus on Manabi at all, even though she’s the main character.

#15: Demashita!! Power Puff Girls Z

I wish I knew what’s going on inside the minds of the creators, but it’s hard to guess, now that they’ve started using common, everyday objects as their main source of enemies. I thought that anime usually went from the less challenging enemies to the more challenging ones, but this is just ridiculous. Still, the episodes in which animate beings were the main antagonists were really enjoyable. And Mojo Jojo really gets better and better with each of his appearances. I like what the creators did with his character. Instead of a hateful maniac, he just wants to be accepted. But because he looks scary and uses unorthodox measures, nobody wants to be near him. :)

#14: Tokyo Tribe 2

Galileo owns. Really, his character was really funny in episode three. Overall, Tokyo Tribe has really surprised me so far. I’d just wish that the gore would stop.

#13: Code Geass

For episodes and episodes, I just couldn’t get into this series. Mao’s comeback after being impaled by dozens of bullets also wasn’t really that good of a plot-twist. But then Lelouch found out about Suzaku. At that moment, I felt that I finally noticed some of the emotions of the characters. Suzaku really is needed to make this anime shine. Lelouch’s mission to create a perfect world where his sister can live happily may be nice and all, the thing that originally attracted me to this series was the conflict of Suzaku’s and Lelouch’s interests. That had been taking the background for the past ten episodes or something.

#12: Death Note

Not as good as the previous month, but then again, nearly all it did this month was building up to the next arc. “Good Light” also isn’t as exciting as “Evil Light”. L, however, was as good as usual. ^^

#11: Kekkaishi

I think that with the arrival of Yoshimori’s brother, this series took a major turning point from episode-based to plot-based. If I also have to believe Whai Whai, this series is about to turn incredibly good. Well, I can’t wait. This month was as strong for Kekkaishi as usual.

#10: Soukou no Strain

Soukou no Strain ended with some excellent, though predictable final episodes. They really made a big bang out of it. And I loved the little touch with the ending.

#9: Jigoku Shoujo

The episodes in Jigoku Shoujo this time ranged from decent to excellent. Especially the excellent episodes were so worth seeing, and finally we get some proper background information about Ai’s dolls. But why the fanservice?

#8: Saiunkoku Monogatari

Shuurei was inside a small dip this month, being thrown off-guard like that. Still, when she got out of that dip, she really shined like no other. Ryuuki, Kouyuu and Shuuei also were great.

#7: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

When I saw the first glimpse of the new OP, I nearly fell off my chair laughing. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge really has been funnier than ever this month. XD

#6: Master of Epic

Master of Epic has been as funny as ever. I’d just wish the creators would stop recycling characters this much. It gets confusing!

#5: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

Especially episode 18 was awesome. Right now, it looks like this series is all set for its final episodes. They’re promising to be awesome. :)

#4: Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi

There’s one thing I really, really like about this series: its themes. I can relate so much to having different faces and selves. This series really has been excellent so far. Why the heck is it so unpopular!?

#3: Les Miserables – Shoujo Cosette

Les Miserables turned out amazing, and that this early in the series. It’s too bad this series isn’t getting so much attention. It’s really amazing to see the things Cosette, Eponine, Fantine and Jean have to experience.

#2: Red Garden

Red Garden has really surprised me this month. With episode fifteen, the pacing of the series switched another gear up and ever since, things really have been like a roller-coaster ride. So many things happened, and we still have nine episodes left.

#1: Otogi Juushi Akazukin

Otogi Juushi Akazukin = Love. Ever since episode 30, it’s been dishing out one awesome episode after the other. It’s such a pity to see that I’m about the only blogger who still follows this series.

+ Newly Announced Anime +
Not many anime got announced this month, when compared to others. It’s strange, as I expected lots of new series to be announced for the spring-season. Guess that didn’t happen. Ah well, the good thing is that more than 50% of these anime looks worthwhile. :)

Kodomo no Jikan
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“Daisuke is a 23 year old new schoolteacher. He ends up being put in charge of a 3rd grade elementary school class since the previous teacher quit, and in that class there’s a girl who’s quite a troublemaker — Rin Kokonoe. You could call her a masegaki (used to describe a kid that acts more like an adult in some ways), and she’s also part tsundere (though more dere than tsun). She’s somewhat similar to Miu from Ichigo Mashimaro, I guess. Besides Rin, Daisuke’s got other problems to take care of — one of the students in his class, Mimi (one of Rin’s friends), hasn’t been attending school recently.” – Taken from Matthew – I can’t really say from the concept whether I like it or not. The whole school-thing doesn’t really appeal to me, but I like a girl who acts as an adult.

Gegege no Kitaro
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“Kitaro is a yokai boy born in a cemetery, and aside from his mostly-decayed father, the last living member of the Ghost tribe. He is missing his left eye, but his hair usually covers the empty socket. He fights for peace between humans and yokai, which generally involves protecting the former from the wiles of the latter. Kitaro has an assortment of strange weapons at his disposal, including: remote-controlled geta sandals a detachable hand, also remote-controlled, a magic chanchanko vest which can protect its wearer from danger, Spiny hairs which can be shot like arrows and another hair which can serve as an antenna for detecting spirit activity.” – taken from Wikipedia – Sure, it’s a shounen-fighting series. But it sounds like a damn funny one. The powers of the main characters are hilarious. There’s also a walking eye-ball, who happens to be the father of Kitaro. Then we also have an old hag who throws sand in the eyes of her enemies, and an old man who takes out his victims by clinging to them and turning into stone. ^^;

Mushiuta
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Nothing really is known about this anime apart from that it’s based on a series of light novels, and the covers of these novels. So far, the art looks cute, but that may be a bad sign, as it’ll probably turn into a moe-based anime based on those. What I do like, however, is the title. Mushi = bug and uta = song. I wonder what the creators had in mind for this, especially since it’s listed as a fantasy-show.

Shigofumi ~Stories of Last Letter~
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“A story about a miracle, involving Fumika, a quiet but hard working girl who wears a uniform that of a mail carrier, and her talkative staff and partner Mayama. The Shigofumi is a posthumous letter, the last resort of relaying a deceased person’s last message to his/her loved ones: family, friends, and significant other.” – I’m trying not to get excited by this, since the last time I saw a similar concept I got dished with a mediocre Shinigami no Ballad, but whoa. The concept really sounds interesting. And add that to the fact that the character design done by the same guy who did Kino no Tabi. It all depends now whether the original stories feature some interesting enough twists. A strange thing is that the anime for this series has been announced on the same day that the first volume of the novel it’s going to be based on got published. This probably means that the creators are expecting a lot from this story. While this isn’t always a good choice, I like how they didn’t choose the most popular story, but instead went with a concept from which they didn’t exactly know how good it would sell.

Code-E
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A story might be known about this anime, but I couldn’t find it. Most probably because it chose such a horrible name to find in Google. :P Still, the people behind it sound promising. It’s being directed by the director of Full Moon wa Sagashite, A few episodes of Simoun, among which the amazing episodes 16 and Ginga Densetsu Weed (I seriously had to double-check when I saw this. This guy really likes to do different genres. Full Moon wa Sagashite and Ginga Densetsu Weed… WTF!?), three series with all some amazing moments. Actually, now that I take a look at even more of the cast, I realize that a lot of people who worked on Simoun also work on this one. Woohoo!!

Shining Tears
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“In the beginning of the story, an elfen girl named Elwyn finds Xion washed up on the shore of a river. She checks if he’s still alive and as she looks, a ring fell by the water. As Elwyn tried to take it, Xion was on the verge of death so she took him quickly to the village doctor, Pios. When Xion wakes up, he finds himself in The Heroes’ Hearth, the tavern of the town Heroes’ Way. He is then confronted by Pios and Elwyn, questioning him on what happened. He would say he can’t remember and even vaguely remembers his name. The two introduce themselves to him and he finds both his hands with two strange rings. They wouldn’t come off his hands as Pios tries to investigate the rings. The two then explain that the rings could possibly be the Twin Dragon Rings, the legendary rings of power. Discarding the thought, Pios investigates more on the rings as Xion falls asleep.” – taken from wikipedia – I’m really looking forward to this series. Not necessarily because it’s based on an RPG, although that does make it even more interesting. Not because I know it’ll be great. It’s because I’m not sure whether it will become great or not. You see, it’s directed by Hiroshi Watanabe. He’s the genius behind some magnificent anime like The Law of Ueki and Jigoku Shoujo. Heck, he even directed Orphen, which had one of the best fantasy stories I’ve seen. However, he also did a number of failures, like Mär, Ah! My Goddess and Star Ocean Ex, which can still be considered as the king of Deus ex Machina. I’m really hoping right now that he’ll go the right way this time, as a well-executed RPG-adaptation is always welcome.

+ Top 5 Episodes +
#5: Jigoku Shoujo – 44
Jigoku Shoujo has been dealing either hits or misses so far, but episode 44 definitely was one big hit. Even though it was mostly the usual formula, the antagonist was perfectly fleshed out. I could really sympathize with the father who had to make a very difficult decision.

#4: Les Miserables – Shoujo Cosette – 08
Seriously, for a children’s show, I never expected it to go this disturbing. I can’t believe how Fantine turned out in the end. O_o

#3: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto – 18
Finally, after episode 13, episode 18 came with another awesome episode. Looking forward to how the series will end. :)

#2: Popolocrois Story 1998 – 22
In case you have yet to hear my rave about this episode, I LOVED it. This series SO is the perfect example of an awesome neglected series.

#1: Otogi Juushi Akazukin – 32
I’m serious about how much I cried during this episode. That was such a sad episode, even though you wouldn’t say it.

Posted on 27 February 2007 with categories: Red Garden

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Short Synopsis: This is more of a standard aftermath, in which Kate, Rose, Claire and Rachel try to accept that they’re going to lose their memories. Oh, and someone dies.
Good: Really quiet for a Red-Garden episode, but still a great atmosphere.
Bad: Don’t you think Hervé would double-check whether he was being followed or not?
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

This really was a quiet episode. If I had to guess, it was meant as an aftermath of the previous episode, and a preparation of the final episodes. It’s interesting, there are so many episodes left, and the plot has already progressed this much. At this point, I really can’t think of how the creators are planning to fill these, which means that we’ll be treated to some nice plot-twists in the future.

The majority of the episode focused on Rachel, Kate, Claire and especially Rose, talking a bit of courage into each other. It also seems that Lula is an animus as well, which means that she’ll lose her memory too when everything’s over. I’m suspecting that the headmistress and her companions share the same fate. So what about Paula? Also, I’ve been wondering, where did the “borrowed lives” originally come from? In any case, even though nothing much happened, the animus definitely made the episode worthwhile.

Hervé and Emilio, meanwhile kidnapped Lise, in order to send her back in to the sea. I originally thought that Emilio acted on his own, but it seems that Hervé got through to him in the end. He plans to send Lise back to where everything began. Apparently, he met her at the peer, near the beach. Still, that doesn’t explain why Lise starts to walk into the ocean at one point. Something tells me that something happened between the two of them that we have yet to see. In any case, the two of them apparently forgot to either clear their own trails, or that the place Hervé chose was the most predictable one to abandon her.

The policeman also has quite an interesting role in this. By pure chance, he sees a car with Hervé and Emilio in it, with Lise on the backseat. He’s been searching for a clue like this all along, and he rushes after her. What he didn’t expect was that Hervé’s uncle arrived as well, killing him. I guess that that will place his assistant in an interesting position. I wonder how much influence this guy will have in the end, as he’s probably going to continue the investigation his boss started.

Posted on 26 February 2007 with categories: Les Miserables - Shoujo Cosette

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Short Synopsis: A Fantine-episode. Things are getting really bad with her.
Good: Whoa, it may not have been prostitution, that definitely was disturbing! O_o
Bad:
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8.5/10

That was so disturbing. Really. Like expected, the series doesn’t make Fantine go into prostitution, but the things they do to her this episode may be just as bad. Holy god, she really looked freaky near the end of the episode. And that all because that damn idiot keeps sucking money out of her!

I knew that Fantine would go downhill, but this fast and this bad, I never imagined. She starts the episode going by random shops and houses, searching for work. This doesn’t work, and she doesn’t find a new job anywhere. Jean, meanwhile hears about her for the first time, when her former employer comes for a routine-report about her business. She then tells him that someone got fired, but Jean didn’t think too much behind it at that time.

Thenardier, meanwhile, continues sucking money out of Fantine by claiming that Cosette may have become better, she’s cold and needs warm clothing for 10 franc. Fantine has no means of earning such a large amount of money so fast, and when she starts to get desperate, she actually is willing to sell her own hair. O_o

Thenardier, meanwhile, isn’t happy when he found out that Fantine already took the initiative to by a skirt for Cosette, instead of sending the money. Still, the speed with which Fantine replied makes him think that she’s actually loaded with money, while the opposite actually is true. Because of this, he makes an even worse demand. This is where Fantine really gets down-hill.

In the end, she found a number of dirty jobs, which earn her a measly amount of money. Luckily, everyone’s friendly to her, but it’s apparent that she’s suffering. To make things worse, just when she collected enough money, it gets stolen from her. That seriously was a heavy psychological shock to her, especially since the police refuses to search for the culprit. After this, she starts blaming random people for it. To make matters worse, she also starts getting sick because of a cold. So sad.

But things get even worse. This is when she meets Aran, who immediately notices her bad shape. He later tells this to Jean, who suspects it’s the lady who got fired. Then evening falls and it actually starts snowing. As if it’s not bad enough for Fantine, who is outside with a cold and no warm clothing.

But then things get really disturbing when we actually see Fantine in that shape. She actually had no other choice but begging to random by-passers. Even at a couple of drunk guys. These bastards actually start throwing snow at Rantine. That really was the last straw for her, and she actually started to attack them with a stray broom, ending up getting arrested by Javert.

That seriously was disturbing, but it made the episode itself even more awesome.

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Short Synopsis: Fishing! Swimming! Afk! Fashion! Giant Robot! Thunderbirds Parody!
Good: As Funny as always; Lots of returning characters, but why is Rosalia among them? XD
Bad: Can “the producer” really be a worthwhile antagonist? I want to see that main character!!!
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

Sketch I: The Introduction. This time, the presenters talk about fishing. Not really the most interesting topic out there, is there? ^^; They realize that themselves as well.

Sketch II: The News. The reporter this time is visiting a school for those pigs. It’s quite a strange school, and I can’t imagine what they’d be learning there. Probably how to annoy people, as they demonstrate to the reporter. One even goes as far as abusing him. We never really know what happens, as the female anchor quickly switches over to another subject. ^^;

Sketch III: another Fishing Scene. Chuu has no luck at all, until something catches her hook: a drowning bear. XD

Sketch IV: Rosaria returns, along with “her” faithful partner James. Thankfully, “she” was a lot funnier than last time we saw her, but “she” remains WRONG. “She” continues to roam the online world, giving some very eccentric fashion tips to random people. This includes giving a Warage-Blue-clone a mahou-shoujo-look, and the main character together with the female Pandemos two elephant-ears. I like how the latter two got on Rosaria’s nerves. XD

Sketch V: The Office Again. This time, it gives a brilliant impression of being AFK. ^_^

Sketch VI: The two male Elmony return. You know, the one in which one of them always does everything perfectly, while the other keeps messing up. This time, he dives on top of a bunch of rocks, and gets chased by various dangerous-looking sea-creatures. I really mean it when the voice-acting under water was hilarious. XD

Sketch VII: The Office Yet Again. Didn’t quite get this one, though. The boss makes the woman cry, causing him to get fired. Now there’s a new boss. I still haven’t found the point of this.

Sketch VIII: Waragecha V. The Waragecha seriously are looking more and more like a sentai-team. First they got new suits, now they even have their own giant robot which can be split up in five smaller ones! I may be crazy when I say this, but they looked really cute this episode. The question, however, will remain what this robot will add to the next episode. The cliff-hanger stopped right after the five Elmony left to fight “the producer” yet again. On a side-note: this show is quite clever in its cliff-hangers. XD

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Short Synopsis: It’s the day of the selection ceremony of the head of the Sa-Clan. Ensei and Eigetsu go to attend it, Shunki rushes off to Kokujun, meeting up with Shuurei along the way, while Seiran heads to somewhere unknown, wondering why women always have to be stronger than him.
Good: Great episode! Shuurei was awesome, and finally Shunki shows a bit more about herself.
Bad: Not anything I can think of right now.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8.5/10

Sakujun was very interesting this episode. I just can’t seem to figure out what he’s really thinking. This episode showcased the last day that he’ll be together with Shuurei, so obviously he’s feeling a bit lonely. But is he really going to leave things like this? Also, what did he realize when he uttered the words “fantasy… for me?”? I just can’t seem to figure out whether he’s just a lazy guy, playing around, or that his intentions are going to be harmful in the future.

Sa Shunki meanwhile shows that she had a very good reason to remain silent. She actually has the power to order any person to do anything she wants. Quite dangerous if misused. It’s another one of the few supernatural elements in this show. It’s interesting, most of the episodes never even deal with supernatural elements, but they are there nonetheless. The eight great ones who founded the country, for example.

And holy god, Kokujun. It’s never shown explicitly, but he actually cut his own grandfather. The next episode is going to be very interesting, when Shuurei and Shunki realize what happened to him. Sho Taishi, meanwhile, continues his own storyline. His intentions are quite interesting. He always remains in the shadows, and does what he has to do for himself, while Shuurei and the others do what they have to do.

Posted on 25 February 2007 with categories: Ghost Hunt

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Short Synopsis: Okay, Mai obviously never really died. She got possessed by a deceased spirit and relived that spirit’s memory. In this episode, the truth gets discovered about the case, now all that’s left is to solve it?
Good: Quite a bit of background info on Naru, Mai looked really freaky at times.
Bad: Why is it always Mai who gets possessed. Take Matsuzaki for a chance.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7.5/10

Okay, so a little summary. The first owner of the house suffered from a rather heavy illness, which made sure that he didn’t have long to live. Because of this, he got the strange idea that if he bathed in the blood of young people, like his maids and people from a nearby orphanage, he’d regain immortality. He began seeing himself as Urado, or another version of “Burado”, katakana for Vlad, the person Dracula was based on. Obviously, his plan didn’t work, and he died. But not before he killed a rather large amount of people. His son, the next owner, realized this, and desperately tried to hide this by sealing off the original building by continuing and continuing to expand the house, sealing off the bloodstained parts. Urado’s spirit, however, remained inside the hose, and it’s quite a powerful one, as it managed to actually physically teleport persons through solid walls, killing them afterwards.

Regarding Naru, it’s never mentioned explicitly, but I think that everyone knows now that his father is the real professor Davis. That’s why he didn’t want to be associated with the fake one. It obviously isn’t fun to see someone pretend to be your famous father. Davis also seems to have assigned Lin to look over Naru, which probably explains why such a talented exorcist is working for someone like him. Another interesting thing is that Naru backed off when Mai mentioned how he doesn’t know what dying means. I don’t know what that means, but could it be that Naru died already at one time? Is that why he keeps showing up in Mai’s dreams? In fact, could he be one of those dolls that Lin made, in a desperate attempt to keep him alive?

Then, the cliff-hanger. It would be awesome if Naru actually were to leave the mansion, along with everyone else. It’d be great to see this problem actually solve itself, like seeing the house being wrecked down, or something similar. But the fact remains, however that Ghost Hunt has never really tried to defy the general rules of anime. All stories in Ghost Hunt so far have had a beginning and a conclusion, with the conclusion solving everything. And there still is the fact that we’ve still got one entire episode left. Mai will probably whine a bit to make Naru solve the case.

Overall, this was quite a nice episode. Lots of things happened to distract from the fact that Mai didn’t really do anything. The hidden room was a great addition, Mai really looked freaky when she was in shock and the fake Davis’s confession was pretty interesting.

One thing I am afraid about is the final arc. If you ignore episode 11, 12 and 13, each arc has been dealing with an increasingly dangerous case. First we had a spirit which liked to destroy just buildings, second we had a spirit who moved around objects and attempted to drown little children. The next curse was aimed at a rather large amount of people. Next up, a school was filled with a huge amount of spirits, all set to kill almost half of the students, while this case now has a bloody serial murderer as a spirit. The next case has to be along the lines of genocide or something. If I had to guess, the final arc will have 5 episodes, since 2 episodes will probably be too little for an arc at this point (although it would be appreciated, see The Third and Night Head Genesis). It has to close the series, so Naru-chan and Mai will probably get together. This can happen in two different ways: Mai gets put in grave danger, while Naru has to save her, or Naru gets put in grave danger, while Mai has to save him. I’m so hoping for the latter.

Oh, and while I told myself not to complain too much about this series for this episode, there still is something I wish to talk about. It’s the side-characters. Why the heck are John and Matsuzaki even in this anime? They’ve got absolutely no role at all. Okay, Matsuzaki comforts Mai at times, while John says something smart once in a while, but that could also have been done by other characters.

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Okay, that was weird. When this anime showed up, I knew nothing about it, but the title was interesting so I decided to download it to try it out. So, what do I get?

Nine minutes of insanity.

Seriously, this is another one of those short 9-minute films. It looks quite old, I expect it to have been released somewhere around 1990. It’s another great example of a good old show. I definitely recommend this series if you like fantasy-stories. It’s basically one big parody of the fantasy-adventure genre. Due to its length, it’s impossible for it to get boring. The evil lord Memphis has kidnapped the students of the Magic School Lunar and he demands the power of the Blue Dragon for ransom. The only problem: the head of the school doesn’t know what the Blue Dragon is. It’s now up to our three main heroes to explain this to Memphis. It may be a story, but after the first sentence of this anime, it becomes clear that it doesn’t take itself seriously at all.

The best point about this short film? The pacing. It’s really the same as the anime: totally insane, which really becomes apparent in the first scene. A character also warns in advance that this anime may be over before you know it, and that’s the perfect way to describe it. If there ever was a roller-coaster ride, it’d be this one.

And guess what, despite the age, the animation is excellent. It makes great use of deranged character designs to accompany the insanity. If you need 10 minutes to burn at one time, then this one is definitely recommended.

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Short Synopsis: See what happens when two people try to be alike and together at all costs.
Good: Nice ending; The music gets better and better; Nice symbolism.
Bad: A truck is a popular plot device; The usual formula again.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7.5/10

When I first heard Ren talk about Wanyuudo, I thought that he was taking a small break after the rather strange previous episode which made him be away for a couple of days. Though then it appeared that one client just had been holding him for a very long while, without releasing the string. In fact, she was blackmailing her victim with it. To make things even more complicated, the two of them once were friends, who did everything together dressed alike.

It’s interesting, we have a fairly standard case, but the episode was a really enjoyable one. Especially the history of the two was very nice. This is what happens when you get obsessed over a friendship. Ai and Kikuri nicely symbolized the case as well. Seeing Yurie witness Marie with a boy (aka Ren) also was a very interesting. Especially seeing that even though she gets blackmailed and abused like hell (pun intended), she actually doesn’t mind this at all. She just hopes to get back to the good old days.

The ending is debatable. The truck definitely was overused, but I like how things turned out in the end with Marie sending herself and her best friend to hell, just so that they could meet up with each other. It makes you wonder, though. What kind of place is hell exactly? This show never really shed light on this.

The question also remains: how will this show end? We’ve got the history of Hone Onna still to come, with possibly another episode dedicated to Ichimoku Ren, but what is to happen next? It would be great to see Hell-boy return, but what kind of conclusion will that give to the series? And what about the spider? And Ai’s grandmother?

Posted on 24 February 2007 with categories: Popolocrois 2003

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Short Synopsis: With the final arrival of a new release of Popolocrois 1998, the 2003-series also enjoyed a new release. In this, some side-characters are left behind, the Remnus is boarded and the Demon’s Passing is crossed.
Good: Great to see this back again; Gaude and Paanya.
Bad: Half of the episode was recap.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7.5/10

Ah, it’s great to finally see a bit of Popolocrois again. You could call this episode a “calm-before-the-storm”-episode, in which people prepare for the final four episodes. It’s probably to make sure that the next few episodes won’t be too rushed, but the episode itself did remain rather standard, in comparison to episode 22 of Popolocrois 1998. The recap of the great moments was nice, but I think I would have preferred some original content.

I’m not sure if it was a good idea to just cast away half of the crew, and focus on the children. Still, it may be good to focus on the characters that are really important to the story, but I wonder why Aina was included. What role does she still have in this anime, apart from wooing over Marco?

Still, Gaude and Paanya surprised me. They’re actually sprites! I’m not sure if it hadn’t been mentioned or I simply forgot, but their roles now suddenly became a lot clearer. Paanya also joined Zephys because he hates the Law of the Moon, because it took away his mother. I suspect Paanya has a similar reason. That’s also why we never saw Paanya on the sea, and Gaude on the land.

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Short Synopsis: After a fansub-hiatus of six months, Popolocrois Story 1998 is finally back!! It’s a definite Hyuu-episode this time, when the wind-kind line up around the castle and she actually almost marries Gamigami!
Good: It’s Back! It’s Back! It’s Back! Hyuu, Ston, Sanda and Gamigami were amazing!
Bad: Bad points? Popolocrois? Hah!
Overall Enjoyment Value: 9/10

I was SO glad that finally, after six months of inactivity this series finally appears again. It may be my joy that it finally returned, or it may be the episode itself, but the fact remained that this one was amazing. Lots of juicy plot twists and awesome characters. :D

First of all, Hyuu has been an extremely unpredictable character. I kindof forgot this, though, which made her decision to marry Gamigami and become the queen of Popolocrois quite a shock. She really doesn’t want to go back to the wind-kind. For this, she decided to use her last resort, make Gamigami swear he’d protect her. Quite an incredible moment, but things get even better.

Most of the episode develops the preparations of the marriage. Ston and Sanda have finally had enough, and they head to Hilda’s house in order to search for something. The latter happens to be away, to investigate the strange stone which appeared in the previous episode. No results yet, though. In any case, Ston and Sanda were quite funny when they tried to guess why Hyuu would want to marry Gamigami anyway. ^^

Then the time of the marriage. Everything goes well, until an entire ARMY of wind-kind appears. Then, when Gamigami is about to protect Hyuu, Ston and Sanda appear, and drench him into a cure of the love-potion! His love for Hyuu is now finally over, and he’s back to worshipping Narcia again! That is so awesome! Because of this, she runs away, and attempts to use Gamigami’s transportation device, in an attempt to run away. However, Gamigami’s inventions are known to be rather busted, so instead, it switches Gamigami’s and Paolo’s castle back to their original places, while leaving Hyuu. The episode ends with Pietoro noticing the same thing, and heading over to the castle.

This episode already was amazing. I can’t imagine what the final three episodes would be like. Especially since Gamigami is back to his original self again, while Pietoro now is the only one Hyuu can turn to. And don’t forget that Hilda and Narcia didn’t just spent an entire episode near a giant stone without a good reason. ;)

It’s such a pity this show is so unknown. It’s awesome! :D

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 11:12 PM)
    K-off was also finding it somewhat hard to write about certain shows when not in batch Review format.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 11:05 PM)
    Aidan dropped writing about Grisaia out of sheer disappointment at its adaptation.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 11:01 PM)
    @Cyril: K-off is busy at work and his political activism, Ninjarealist has said his real life has gotten busy, but I know he dropped akatsuki no yona out of boredom. I don’t know whats going on with lighteningbolt.
  • Cyril
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 10:43 PM)
    Ignoring the troll for a second, what DID happen to the other writers? I’m guessing they dropped the serieses they were reviewing because they were bad?
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 10:16 PM)
    @Zo, we love you too.
  • Friend
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 07:48 PM)
    Is anyone going to review the YuruYuri OVA?
  • Zo
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 07:40 PM)
    Man all your writers are lazy as horseshit. This blog sucks.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 03:44 PM)
    @Emma, Can’t. Ninja said he wanted to review it.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 09:55 AM)
    Or as we Persians call it “Yalda’s Night”.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 09:55 AM)
    Happy winter solstice y’all!

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