Apr 30, 2014

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Denki-Gai no Honya-san anime green-lit

Denki-Gai no Honya-san anime green-lit

The June issue of Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Flapper magazine is announcing on Friday that a television anime adaptation of Asato Mizu’s Denki-Gai no Honya-san (Electric Town Bookstore Worker) manga has been green-lit. The anime will premiere this fall, and future issues of the magazine will have more details on the anime.

The “youthful bookstore comedy” revolves around the folks who work in a manga shop deep in a certain “Electric Town” neighborhood. (“Denki-Gai” or “Electric Town” is a popular name for shopping areas that specialize or used to specialize in electric and electronic items, like Tokyo’s Akihabara.) The protagonist Umio works part-time at “BOOKS Umanohone” along with his senior at work (but not in age) Hiotan. As many dedicated manga fans visit the store, there is always something going on.

The manga inspired a drama CD that the real-life bookstore chain Comic Toranoana sold last year. The CD starred Ryota Ohsaka (The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Nagi no Asukara) as Umio, Natsumi Takamori (Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future, Bodacious Space Pirates) as Hiotan, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online, The IDOLM@STER) as Kantoku (a male employee at the store), Minami Tsuda (Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future, Wake Up, Girls!) as Sensei (a female employee aiming to become a manga creator), and Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama, Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii) as Sommelier (a male employee who is very versed in manga knowledge).

Mizu launched the manga in Monthly Comic Flapper in 2011, and Kadokawa’s Media Factory will ship the seventh compiled volume in Japan on May 23.

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Apr 30, 2014

Posted by in Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal episode 29

A pretty good episode. I thought that Yuusuke would win since Jinpachi seemed like such a douchebag, and we all know that douchebags never win. He turned out to be a pretty fanatic character with a lot of passion.

[HorribleSubs] Yowamushi Pedal - 29 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.20_[2014.04.29_22.57.39]I honestly should’ve seen it coming. Sohoku won the springing award a few episodes ago, so it’s only natural if Hakone won the climbing award. They’ve both won something. Now all that’s left is for either one of them to win the race altogether, and we all know which team is going to win… Sohoku will definitely win this thing.

There’s really only one thing left that I want to point out. The race between Sakamichi and Sangaku should be starting any time soon now. Yuusuke can now take over for Sakamichi again. It’s only a matter of time before those two will do their thing, and before Shingo and Juichi race against that creepy snake guy. Yeah… It’s just a matter of time.

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Apr 29, 2014

Posted by in One Week Friends

One Week Friends episode 04

I’m afraid that I’m going to have to keep this post short this week. I’m tired from work, my RSI is acting up again and this episode didn’t really do it for me anyway. The magic in One Week Friends is slowly starting to fade.

[HorribleSubs] One Week Friends - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.08_[2014.04.28_22.41.22]So little Kaori and the ever so annoying Yuuki had their first fight during this episode and Yuuki finally showed the world what a pathetic little worm he is. He’s jealous, quite self-centred and easily irritated. Do I really want to ever-so-cute Koari to be his girlfriend? I don’t know… It seems to me like she could do a whole lot better.

Kaori lost her diary after their fight and Yuuki did everything in his power to find it. Was it to help her or was it to ensure that she continued to remember? Doesn’t really matter seeing as her memory keeps improving every week, but I cannot help but think negatively of Yuuki. He’s like one of those control freaks that loses himself quite easily. Things are not looking pretty for Kaori right now…

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Apr 29, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane

I really didn’t want to write about this one today, then again… I can’t keep putting it off forever. I need to complete my collection, duh. I saw that this piece got rated between a six and a seven on various websites… Pretty darn generous for such an uninteresting show…

M3 Sono Kuroki HaganeThe artwork is so-so. It’s not all that impressive and I the mechs, especially their most important weapon, looks rather stupid and plain. I say this because the way they use that spear or lance (or whatever the hell it is) is just too damn lame and certainly not very efficient.

The story is just a huge let-down. I just don’t find it interesting at all. I saw the first two episodes and I’m already thinking about giving up. It’s not at all exciting and it gradually becomes annoying to even watch to the end.

Do I recommend this? Not really. I did not really enjoy the first two episodes and I certainly can’t imagine why people would give this a seven.

Plot Summary: There is distorted, deep blackness everywhere. That place, in which blackness swallowed everything and took away everything, has become known as the Avidya Zone. Strange beings assume the very form of the despair and chaos of humanity. They are known by this name: Imashime.

An expedition surveys the Avidya Zone which consumes human spirits. So, in the intricate intersection between the present in impending crisis and the destiny of the past… can eight boys and girls, assembled to confront the Imashime, find the bright future that lies before the Avidya Zone?

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Apr 28, 2014

Posted by in Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei episode 04

Ouch, the pace dropped again. I expected something a little more from this episode. I guess I can’t see Tatsuya dominate other characters every single week. No… That would be far too awesome much. Building up the story is fine too.

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.04_[2014.04.27_23.55.47]I was actually surprised when Tatsuya gave his testimony of what happened during the end of last week’s episode. He said that only one guy used magic during that time, even though there were others that were about to attack with magic in order to help out their captain in his time of need. He decided to keep quiet about that for some reason.

The spotlight goes to the mysterious character that tried to attack Tatsuya when his back was turned. They were obviously trying to test him out for some reason. No sh*t that Tatsuya dodged in time and tried to catch him, but why is it that Tatsuya can’t use a skill that, just like that character, allows him to move faster?

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.34_[2014.04.27_23.56.14]Basically, it seems that there’s some unknown organisation that fights for the magic-less. They are filled with people that are fed up with magic and people with magic and their tendency to look down on people that either don’t have magic or just don’t know how to use it properly. They want to break that wall that separates magical elites and non-magical plebs.

Let’s accept it: that mysterious organisation does not look bad at all. We’ve seen how those elites treat those in course two. They are looked down on, treated like garbage and are often ignored by those in power. They will only get a say if a magically talentless person proves to be useful somehow. How can you not support an organisation that wants to destroy a world like that?

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