Jul 31, 2012

Posted by in Hagure Yuusha no Estetica

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica episode 04

And so the plot thickens. We are once again led to believe that Kyouya, the head of the student council, is Akatsuki’s foe. Honestly, who cares at this point? That guy hasn’t done anything wrong (yet). It still isn’t known whether or not he’s responsible for those ‘accidents’. Yet Akatsuki seems to think of him as his enemy, and he’s not afraid to make that clear either.

The story continues as Akatsuki follows that little coward, the same coward that used to be bullied. Little did we know that he was acting all along and that he was even stronger than that bully. Hell, he was strong enough to push Akatsuki into a corner, which is something that very few people could say. Mind you, the way he did it was cowardly. Threatening to destroy the school with the students still inside is unacceptable, so it’s no wonder that Akatsuki didn’t do anything. He was worried about what might happen to his friends if he attacked that guy.

Now, I’m not too happy about it, but Kyouya showed up to stop that guy from doing what he wanted to do, thereby saving a lot of people. Akatsuki wasn’t too happy, but he too agreed that it wasn’t a good time to pick a fight. I’m fine with that, but what about Akatsuki? I’m pretty sure that other viewers, just like me, wanted to see what Akatsuki was capable of when wielding that weapon.

It’s a shame. For all we know that weapon could be worthless. Maybe it’s just big, heavy and slow. We haven’t really seen anything of importance, and that’s what has gotten me a little down. I’m really hoping that the next episode will clarify a few things, as it’s already been four episodes now.

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Jul 31, 2012

Posted by in The Knight in the Area

The Knight in the Area episode 28

What must I think of this? Honestly… How did this anime come this far with this kind of material? Last week was bad enough when we had to deal with a raging queen for twenty minutes. Sure, it had its moments, but that was that. It was ridiculous to see Ryuuichi return to ‘normal’ overnight, but to see him fat again during this episode was yet another slap in the face. The realism of the Knight in the Area is dropping drastically.

Enoshima spent their day watching yet another one of Leonardo’s matches. They saw how coordinated they were. Things started out badly for them. Maybe that was all an act, maybe they just need a little bit of time to adjust and to find out what kind of players their opponents were. Who knows? That was all short-lived. It was soon over when Leonardo’s team started playing seriously.

Leonardo’s team consists of three key players. First would be Leonardo himself, of course, and two other players; Pat and Ricky. All players are foreign and have been recruited to make a strong team. The one thing that caught my eyes and ears is that those players care more for money than soccer, so that is probably what’s going to be their downfall.

I think the Knight in the Area has come to a point where it leans more towards comedy than anything else. It used to be so dramatic and real. Clearly, that is over now. I’m seriously thinking about dropping this anime, which would be a total shame. It’s been twenty-eight weeks since I first started watching, so it would be a shame to give up now, now that it may not seem as exciting as when the show first started. I must admit that I’m looking forward to see the match between Kakeru and Leonardo, so I might hold out until then, providing it happens within the next few episodes.

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Jul 30, 2012

Posted by in Featured

New Initial D anime green-lit

New Initial D anime green-lit

This year’s 35th issue of Kodansha’s Young Magazine is announcing on Monday that a new anime series adaptation of Shuuichi Shigeno’s Initial D car-racing manga has been green-lit. The format of the new anime series — be it a television anime, original video anime, or another format — and other details have not been revealed. More details will be provided in the combined 36th/37th issue of the magazine on August 6.

The story follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a natural talent for driving, in his racing pursuits on the public highways. The manga debuted in 1995, and Kodansha published the 45th book volume last month. The manga already inspired several television anime series, a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line.

Tokyopop published the manga and released part of the anime before ceasing its North American publishing operations. Funimation also licensed and released some of the earlier anime.

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Jul 30, 2012

Posted by in Space Brothers

Space Brothers episode 18

What a great day. Great episodes to watch, lots of arguments won and great weather too. It almost makes life worth living. Too bad that works starts again tomorrow, which makes things a bit less exciting. We are all but slaves of the system, right?

Speaking about slaves, let us focus more on Mutta and Kenji here. The two of them have it very difficult. Kenji’s path is still a bit vague. He loves outer space, he wants to become an astronaut, yet his family is constantly on his mind. It’s too risky, I think. He has a loving wife and a cute daughter, plus he knows the dangers of being an astronaut, which is probably what’s holding him back right now. The fact that Yamato continues to thwart him doesn’t help much either. Yamato was supposedly number one on their ranking system, so he was the angriest when it turned out that it all had been erased. Naturally, he directed all the blame towards Kenji.

Mutta’s situation wasn’t much better either. He too received one of those dreadful green cards, instructing him to make strange noises around his colleague’s in order to startle them. That was very difficult, indeed. He couldn’t hide his assignment, as it involved all of his teammates. Surely the rest must’ve noticed that something was off about him. They had all gotten a green card, so they were aware of its existence, so that could very well mean that they all realized that Mutta was doing those things because he too received one. It’s a definitely mindf*ck, I’ll give them that. Love it!

Next week’s episode should clarify a lot of things. It also feels as though the end of their training is near. Everyone is tired and pretty much fed up with that particular type of training. It seems that they all just want to go home, and JAXA noticed that too. It doesn’t sound good, does it? Astronauts in training that want to go home after a few days of experiencing the life of a true astronaut.

The one thing I’m really happy about is that the total number of episodes still isn’t known yet. The show, just like with anime like Beelzebub, could get fifty to sixty episodes. I’m pretty confident that they could pull it off. There have been very few uninteresting moments in Space Brothers.

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Jul 30, 2012

Posted by in Kuroko no Basuke

Kuroko no Basuke episode 17

Great episode! It’s been a long time since I last said that about Kuroko no Basuke. Is that good? Bad? I don’t know. I do know that I loved this episode. There’s one thing that troubles me though. The match is almost over (one quarter left) and there’s a huge gap in scores, so I honestly don’t see how Seirin is going to recover from this, especially since Daiki just joined in. I seriously hope that they won’t rush things by making it all seem to easy all of a sudden.

The match between Seirin and Gakuen continued as Seirin was struggling to keep up. That was difficult enough when Daiki wasn’t around, but it became nearly impossible when he started playing as well. He’s very agile and tricky, making it very hard for other players to keep up with his movements. That is probably why all his previous opponents gave up.

I know I just said that, but it doesn’t change the fact that Taiga managed to keep up somehow. Hell, even managed to block Daiki several times. That probably opened the floodgates for Daiki, causing him to play even better. Basically, we now have one player that’s trying desperately to keep up and another that’s becoming interested in the other after he saw what he was capable of.

It’s all a bit complicated right now. Taiga is still trying to find his style, Daiki is still being that same old douche and Tetsuya has been put on the bench. I honestly don’t see how Seirin is going to recover from this. The gap in scores is too wide, that and the fact that Daiki is about to open up a can of whoop-ass on them. Perhaps Taiga is going to jump higher than over, I don’t know. I doubt that jumping power alone will be enough to defeat Gakuen, and that is also why I think it’s strange that their cute couch put Tetsuya on the bench. Only way to find out what happens next is to wait for next week, right?

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