Posted on 1 October 2011 with categories: Summer 2011 Kaleidoscope



Dantalian no Shoka – 12
Well, that was a bit of an anti-climax… this show ends with the three main libraries… sortof meeting. Again, it’s the “let’s hope for the second season that’s most likely never going to come”-episode. The atmosphere was nice, but Huey’s near-death felt shallow to me, and in fact this episode didn’t really amount to anything, as I never really got what Dalian’s alter ego was supposed to be. At the beginning of this series I praised this series for Dalian and Huey having a solid chemistry where they both were equal to each other, compared to Gosick and Kamimemo. But here’s the thing: they never changed, making them end up the worst couple of the three. Is it also the worst series of the three? That’s something that I won’t say. Its individual stories were great enough to make up for that.

In any case, this marks the end of my Summer 2011 Kaleidoscope. It was an interesting experiment, though I won’t be doing a kaleidoscope for the upcoming Autumn season. At this point I’ve got 7 shows that I’m pretty sure of that I’m going to blog, while I’m still heavily debating about the final three,
Rating: * (Good)

Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji
This was a very bizarre ending in which especially Kaiji himself went completely out of character. I mean it had it coming that he’d get screwed over, but he started acting like a complete saint here, only to blow all of the money he had left on pachinko. This episode showed that over the course of 50 episode… he hasn’t really learned anything. Also, here’s the thing about manly tears: they work well when well timed. These past few episodes have been nothing but grown men crying over and over. I mean, show some restraint, people! At least the first season had a great ending, but this just felt weird.
Rating: – (Disappointing)

Kamisama Dolls – 13
This ending was better than I expected. Instead of going with some cheesy fight, this was almost immediately resolved and instead the entire episode focused on Kyouhei. Much more interesting to close this show off, even though the story is nowhere near finished. I know that the end of this episode hinted at a second season, but I’m not going to buy it until I see an actual confirmation of that. There have been too many series that pulled the same, and yet never came with a sequel. Overall when you look at the series that Seiji Kishi directed, this probably is my second favourite, after Angel Beats. Kamisama Dolls however has shown that he is growing as a director, because even though Angel Beats had a much better plot (hey, I liked it!), Kamisama Dolls felt more balanced than his previous series: it had the right formula of comedy, action, drama and romance smashed together in 13 episodes, which made it very entertaining. Still. For god’s sake stop making people run into a romantic confession. That poor horse is already dead enough!
Rating: ** (Excellent)

3 Responses

  1. kurini says:

    This episode just doesn’t feel like an ending at all. I hope there will be a second season soon otherwise, I’ll be really disappointed since they put so much hints and all! AND I really need to know what the heck was the grandpa doing with the naked woman! I don’t think they were doing dirty thing, but it looks more like the woman was going be a sacrifice to the “monster kakashi” to me…

  2. Fernanda says:

    I liked the confession because it felt natural – much more natural than hanasaku iroha… And they are going to continue the anime with the romance, which is also rare, usually it’s something for the final moment and you don’t get to see the development!
    They actually kissed, held hands and tried to kiss another times, very unusual for anime…

  3. qwerty1 says:

    The scenes after the credits are just screaming that there should be a sequel coming at some point.

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  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:54 AM)
    One interesting thing I found worked to sort-of induce lucid dreaming was to habitually ask myself (in my head while awake) “is this a dream?” After ~1 week of this I’d do this in my sleep, allowing me to recognise and thus change my dreams as I liked. They usually fell apart soon after though, and I didn’t keep it up.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:45 AM)
    Does make me wonder, all of those stories about eating certain foods before sleeping or intimacy effecting whether you dream or not .
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:43 AM)
    ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ): Must try and take more steps to influence dreams before I sleep every now and then, could lead to some interesting adventures.
  • ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:33 AM)
    @Emma Not really fate, since you were talking about it before you slept eh? I was thinking about Gabe Newell a few days ago before I went to bed, and Half Life 3 showed up in my dream.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:19 AM)
    @Bam: Oddly this time she was wearing white.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:19 AM)
    @Bam: As if it were some kind of fate I dreamt about the woman again earlier. This time she got direct contact and actually showed more of herself , long fair hair, red lipstick and pale skin, long nails, large mouth full of stake like teeth. In this event shes after me in a building labyrinth and at the end after she’s bitten me a few times, that bite seems to turn my loved ones against me.
  • Joe
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:04 AM)
    @ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ): Okay, that’s a shame.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 12:57 AM)
    @Bam: I reckon you’ve just described my feelings on a lot of shoujo/josei manga including the world is still beautiful, for all the negative directions shoujo has gone it still feelings like a nostalgic throwback to me also. I guess that means akagami no shirayukihime next season after all then.
  • ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 11:20 PM)
    @Joe He is busy with stuff and as for blogging, he don’t feel.
  • Joe
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 11:18 PM)
    So it’s been a while since I’ve come to this blog. Does anyone know what’s up with psgels? It’s been a long time since his last post.

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