Oct 31, 2012

Posted by in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun episode 05

Woooh! Another great episode! Things are starting to make a lot of sense right about now. I have always wondered how Haru became so anti-social. That guy has been one big mystery since this show started. I’m glad that things are finally becoming clearer.

We all know that Haru has difficulties making friends. We all know that he doesn’t know how to deal with complicated situations. He does things based upon the information he obtained in books. But now… Now we learn that he only read those books because he father didn’t leave him much of a choice. He was being controlled by his father until he was disowned and sent away to live with relatives.

Basically, Haru has got father issues. It is only natural for a teenager to retaliate when a parent keeps pressuring the aforementioned teenager. It’s such a cliché; a parent that lives in the past and raises his/her offspring in such an old, freedom-restricting way.

But enough about his father… Let us focus on his older brother, Yuuzan. He’s your typical schemer. He plans things out in a way that will benefit him. Haru coming home now doesn’t benefit him, which is why he showed up to make sure he doesn’t. He even used Shizuku to draw him out. Yuuzan is definitely not your average older brother type. In fact, he’s not your average teenager.

You could say that this episode was one big drama. Shizuku getting to know a bit more about Haru was the only good thing that happened during this episode. Things won’t get much easier for her either, especially since a new girl just joined the big picture. Poor Shizuku…

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Oct 31, 2012

Posted by in Code:Breaker

Code:Breaker episode 04

Is it just me or is Sakura becoming more and more accustomed to Rei and his methods? She doesn’t complain nearly as much. Hell, she doesn’t even back down anymore. She constantly gets in his way and speaks her mind whenever she sees fit. Whatever it is that made her afraid of Rei and his power is now almost completely gone.

We all remember how Rei ‘took care’ of those Yakuza and how he almost failed to kill (one of) the boss(es). Toki may have solved that little problem for him, but that just led to a lot more heartache for Rei. It doesn’t take a genius to see how much those dislike one another, especially in Rei’s case. He does not want to work with Toki, that much is clear.

I did like it when they told us, the viewers, a bit more about the whole idea behind Code:Breakers. I would’ve thought that there were more than just six of them. It’s not all that surprising that Rei is number six, supposedly the weakest of them. That’s how these things work. The weakest one works his way up to surpass the strongest one.

But anyway, I digress. I have high hopes for Code:Breaker right now. Not because Sakura is getting bolder, not because Rei is who he is and certainly not because we got a clear view on that whole Code: Breaker business. Oh no, it’s because there are more people, people that aren’t labelled as Code: Breakers, with all sorts of special abilities. Let us all face it; normal people killing normal people is easy. It happens. But people with special abilities killing normal people would be like killing ants with a magnifying glass. Things will get a whole lot more interesting now that other people with special powers have joined the big picture.

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Oct 30, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 3

Bakuman 3 episode 04

Now this is more like it! Moritaka and Akito finally got the hang of it. They sacrificed a lot of time, a lot of votes and a lot material to initiate their new idea. It was a big risk, but it paid off in the end and that is all that really matters.

Their manga, Perfect Crime Party (PCP), defeated Natural+ once more. This means that their manga is here to stay, as was the agreement. They had to defeat either one of Eiji’s works in order to keep their serialization. Sure, they made it in the nick of time, but they made it nonetheless. They even got themselves a drama CD with Miho-chan as one of the voice actresses (providing all goes well). It was pretty heart-warming to see Miho-chan so happy. It must have renewed her faith in Moritaka’s abilities as an artist.

This is where normal people would start to think that something’s wrong. It all seems to be going too well for them. Their manga made it, they got a drama CD and even their assistants are starting works of their own. That is when they were hit with the mother of all bad news; their manga will probably never get animated. It seems that a lot of people are complaining about their manga, saying that the children are imitating the pranks in their manga. That is probably why a Perfect Crime Party anime will never arrive. Kids are already imitating the pranks in their manga. That would only escalate if their manga were to get animated.

Moritaka is determined to find a loophole in all of this. His current manga won’t cut it as an anime.  That’s fine, I suppose. He decided, just like Eiji, to create a new manga. He, too, wants to run two manga’s at the same time. It’s safe to say that this will cause for a lot more problems with the editorial department. Eiji has always been an exception with everything. They won’t be given a second slot so easily, that’s for sure. They will have to prove to everyone that they are capable of creating two manga’s at the same time. But that’s still in the future. Akito will first help out one of his assistants until he can do it on his own.

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Oct 30, 2012

Posted by in OniAi

OniAi episode 04

Why do I get the feeling that this isn’t going anywhere? We’ve reached the fourth episode, and yet I still don’t know what the point of it all is. Sure, Akiko wants to rape (or get raped by) Akito, her beloved brother. But that can’t be it, can it? It’s like we’re stuck in this unholy loop of messed up romance.

It’s pretty much the same, really. Akito, being the kind of guy he is, wants to help out his friends. Unfortunately, his friends look at him and see more than just a young landlord. They see a partner. They see someone that’s easily fooled. That is probably how it all happened; it started with silly, perverse jokes, but they all ended up falling in love with him.

Last week was Anastasia’s turn, the week before that was Akiko’s turn, this week was Ginbei’s turn and I’m sure that it’s Arashi’s turn next week. I’m looking forward to that, despite all the things I’ve said so far. I find Arashi to be a fascinating character. She always cracks me up.

Anyway, Ginbei-chan got put in the spotlight this week. Ginbei, now known as the fair skinned maiden of the house, got put in a lot of difficult positions. She even ended up being seen naked by Akiko. One can only imagine how well that guy must’ve slept that night.

I’ll leave it at that. We’ve passed episode four, yet the story has yet to begin. There are still a few more characters that have yet to be introduced. It is still far from over, that’s for sure.

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Oct 29, 2012

Posted by in Featured

New Saki arc on its way

New Saki arc on its way

The official Twitter account for the Saki anime franchise announced on Sunday that a television anime adaptation of the National Tournament arc has been green-lit. More information on the Saki Zenkoku-hen anime will be revealed in Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine, Shonen Gangan magazine, and the anime’s official website. The promotional video that made the announcement was added to the site on Sunday:

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