Oct 28, 2011

Posted by in UN-GO

UN-GO episode 03

Nuts. Obtaining this week’s episode proved to be quite the challenge. First I downloaded a version that didn’t have any subs for the first seven minutes, and then I downloaded one where the audio was completely out of synch. Only on the third attempt did I get a proper copy of this week’s episode. I just hope that this was a onetime thing, I don’t want to have fish out the correct episode every week.

It’s very strange, but I’m really starting to like Inga. He’s hilarious in his boyish form. I think it’s that cap and those paws that really compliment the character’s personality. I thought the Japanese only had a thing with cats and dogs when it comes to anime, perhaps it’s spreading to panda’s now too?

This week’s episode was very exciting. I like how they made the entire family look like suspects, which made it very difficult to guess the correct outcome on your own. The detective genre is very fragile, you have to be really careful with the stories. If the stories are so simple that the viewers can figure it out in no-time before the episode is over, then you risk losing a lot of viewers. I’m very happy to say that UN-GO is doing very well on that front; I was not able to figure out the correct ending on my own this week, kudos!

Is it wrong of me to be interested in seeing a relationship sprout between Inga and Shinjuurou? I know that Inga is a boy most of the time, but that doesn’t change the fact that Inga changes into a real woman, body and soul, from time to time.

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Oct 27, 2011

Posted by in Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown episode 03

Hmm, this week’s episode got subbed really fast. It’s not that surprising though, it’s getting really interesting and fun to watch. I think the story has all the right elements; love, hate, betrayal, friendship and unique powers up the ying yang that never seizes to amaze. It’s becoming quite clear as to why this anime was given no less than twenty-two episodes.

The story continues as the cute Inori enrolls into the same school and class as Shu. This should’ve been a dream come true for Shu, would it not be for the fact that she is part of the resistance and leads a very dangerous life. It doesn’t end there though; all the other classmates recognized Inori from a singing group called Egoist. Discussing private matters will be difficult for Inori and Shu because of all the attention that Inori gets.

Shu’s headache won’t stop for quite some time. This entire episode was one big migraine for that poor guy. First he learns that there was someone who saw him with Inori and other members of the resistance, someone who, apparently, attends the same school as him and Inori. Their only clue is that this person goes by the name of “Sugar” and that Shu should be looking for someone who’s tool /weapon looks like shears.

Shu has been running around all day, desperately trying to find the right person. At one point it gets too much when people are actually chasing him. He got saved by Yahiro, his classmate and good friend. Shu soon got suspicious of Yahiro when he started talking about the resistance. Shu decided to put him to the test by calling out “Sugar” and await his response. Jackpot! Yahiro turned out to be the one, but Shu stopped Inori from killing him, he wanted to give Yahiro a chance.

It was quite the busy day for Shu, but it gets so much worse. The three go home together by train when the train suddenly stops and the doors open. Yahiro pushes Shu outside where dozens of soldiers and that weird genius await his arrival. That bastard Yahiro betrayed him on the very same day he promised to stay quiet. Inori looks out of the moving train’s window as Shu is about to be captured. I just hope that she pulls out that gun and puts a bullet in that f*cker’s head, he definitely deserves it after what he’s done!

This is one hell of a cliffhanger. I just hope I can hold out till next week, otherwise I might give in to temptation and read the manga.

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Oct 26, 2011

Posted by in Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru episode 04

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t planning on writing about this one at all. It looked so dull and one-sided because the entire story revolves around this one card game. But there’s more to it than meets the eye, especially after having just seen the fourth episode.

In the first three episodes you could see those three as little kids, but that, apparently, were just scenes from the past. The anime shows those three as teenagers, two of which still participate in Karuta matches. For those who don’t know what that is; Karuta is an old Japanese game where one must quickly determine which card he/she needs to grab before the opponent does.

Arata was the one who got Chihaya addicted to Karuta back when they were still little kids. Till this day Chihaya has played matches, tournaments and all sorts of Karuta related events in order to get better. She even has a teacher to help her with this quest of becoming the best. Then Chihaya goes to participate in this tournament and actually ends up winning, learns that she had been accepted in class A and immediately calls Arata, who she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years, only to find out that Arata has lost interest in Karuta and wishes to be left alone.

Weird-alarm activated! Teenage Arata, the boy who was obsessed Karuta, up to the point where psychiatric help might’ve been required, suddenly claimed to have lost interest in it. Now that’s strange! Not only did he claim to have lost interest in Karuta, he also stated that he wanted to be left alone. My guess is that he got an overdose of real life and couldn’t deal with it, so he started working to help out his very poor family.

It’s not uncommon you know, it actually happens a lot all over the globe. Teenagers who have been born into poor families, at one point forced to work part-time in order to help out whilst attending school. I agree that it can be though, but that’s life. It may be idle speculation on my part, but I think that Chihaya is going to visit Arata in order to find out what trigged this unbelievable change of heart.

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Oct 25, 2011

Posted by in Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon episode 04

Okay, I’ll quickly put something down on this one. I can understand why not everyone likes this anime, it’s very farfetched and it doesn’t really make sense. It just so happens that this type of crap is the sort of crap that I usually find entertaining. Still, people found the manga good enough for it to be animated, so here it is!

Toori, that gay-looking male character, still wants to confess to someone. Their teacher is still perverted, lazy and weird. And, to top it all off, the story just took a turn for the worse when some old guy with maids assaulted some sort of facility. Yeah, I know… But I did say from the start that you should watch this anime when you like a laugh.

There’s no hint of a (good) story, it’s just all one big comedy with a lot of weird action. All the characters have their own sort of ‘magical’ weapon and/or skill. I have a feeling that we’re about to see just want those students can do, now that war seems to have broken out.

Nevertheless; you can say whatever you want, but Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon beats the hell out of last summer’s Double-J. If you think otherwise then stop watching anime, go do something else to kill time, like collecting stamps or something.

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Oct 24, 2011

Posted by in Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou

Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 17

Me gusta! Although I liked this week’s episode I couldn’t help myself but to get a bit agitated. The season’s end is slowly approaching and they haven’t even finished Rikuo’s training yet. I’d hate for them to rush things at the end, which would be unforgivable.

We got our fair share of action when two major fights raged on. I have to say that Kubinashi and Kejourou make a very good team as well as a couple. Their powers are also very similar, which would explain why they decided to team up. Too bad their enemies are just too powerful for them to handle. Poor Kejourou even ended up getting stabbed in the back by Kidoumaru. If it wasn’t for Yura and Hidemoto, thirteenth head of the Keikain clan, showing up to save the day, then both of them would’ve probably been killed.

Fortunately for us that it gets even more interesting as Aotabou engages Shoukera, a nutjob who thinks of himself as a holy being, in a fight to the death. Aotabou, in order to protect his human friends, released the seal in order to fight Shoukera. He can’t defeat Shoukera without releasing that seal. Aotabou is aware of what happened in the past when that seal was released, but he had no choice if he was to save his friends.

At the very end of the episode we get a small eyeful of Rikuo’s training progress. It’s not looking good, that old man is getting fed up with Rikuo and his weaknesses. I just hope that they will go into detail about Rikuo’s training during next week’s episode.

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