Apr 16, 2014

Posted by in Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal episode 27

I’ll be starting this post off by pointing out that I am now completely sure that the remaining episodes will focus entirely on the Inter High race. Perhaps they will save one episode for celebration or something, but this is it. This is what it’s all about it.

[HorribleSubs] Yowamushi Pedal - 27 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.33_[2014.04.15_23.43.47]So everyone is doing their best despite the fact that their second climber, Sakamichi, had a little accident and was now officially last. The lead climber from Hakone really, really wanted to race against Yuusuke. He knows all about his style and they’ve raced each other before. You could tell that Yuusuku was eager to go and that it was hard for him to put his team before his own desire to race that annoying, self-obsessed prick. So what if it’s their last year in high school? It’s not going to be their last year on a racing bike. There will be other opportunities in the unforeseeable future.

[HorribleSubs] Yowamushi Pedal - 27 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.13_[2014.04.15_23.44.15]I could very well say that this is going to happen and that that’s going to happen, but I’m sure everyone can tell what’s going to happen. Yuusuke will be the key racer during their climb. He is to keep them riding at a steady and fast pace until it is time for Shingo and Shunsuke to ride like hell. I’m sure that that’s all there is to it right now.

Oh, let’s not forget that Sakamichi is going to catch up. I’m guessing it’s going to take about two episodes, but even I wouldn’t be surprised if he appeared again during the next episode. Let’s face it; that little runt is known for catching up to people. They focussed so much on that in the past that the story has become pretty predictable.

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Apr 15, 2014

Posted by in One Week Friends

One Week Friends episode 02

Man, I just have to. I am completely hooked on One Week Friends since the moment I saw the first episode. The entire concept is interesting and the characters are just superb. There is just no way that I wouldn’t write about this.

[HorribleSubs] One Week Friends - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.16_[2014.04.14_23.43.08]You just got to root for Yuuki. The guy probably follows a certain guide, probably; “life will knock you down more times than you can possibly imagine. Don’t knock yourself down” – Adam Braverman. That being said, he swallows whatever pride he has left and still approaches her with the intention of becoming her friend once and for all. She keeps forgetting about him at the end of the week and he just has to start over again.  He’s right, you know? It takes courage to walk up to some unknown person and start a conversation that might or might not lead to friendship (or more). It really does.

[HorribleSubs] One Week Friends - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.49_[2014.04.14_23.43.46]I thought that part about the diary brilliant. Simple and obvious, but brilliant. I liked it because it turned out that he did it more for himself than for Kaori. I thought it was quite ingenious. Kaori may not remember it at the end of the week, but at least she can read about what kind of friend Yuuki was to her. That should help.

Now, will Kaori ever recover? Maybe. If she does then it’ll be at the end. Her losing memory every week is pretty much the biggest charm that One Week Friends has to offer. In fact, the entire story revolves around Kaori and her memory. Still, do I want to see her recover in the end? I most certainly do. Everyone deserves to be happy.

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Apr 14, 2014

Posted by in Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei episode 02

No hesitation. Not a single second. I knew that I would want to write about this as soon as I finished watching the first episode. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is definitely one of the best shows this season so far. Definitely.

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.06_[2014.04.13_23.25.44]I’m kind of puzzled by Tatsuya, still. What is up with that guy? I just can’t figure him out. I have a rough idea what he can do right now and I am slowly staring to understand why he does what he does, but what is going on with that character? There’s just no way for me to predict what he will do next. What is going on in his mind? Does he see all of those characters as enemies? As complications? I just don’t know what his next move will be or how strong he actually is. That character is just one big question mark that keeps on getting bigger. It’s probably why I’m so interested in this show.

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.08_[2014.04.13_23.25.57]Tatsuya became a part of the student council, which doesn’t sound like a big deal at first, but he’s the first “weed” to have become it. I didn’t know if I should’ve laughed or just sit here with a surprised look on my face when he beat that guy in about a second. I truly am a sucker for overpowered main characters, even if they’re rather strange.

Like I said; I have no idea what to expect. It was a good episode and I learned quite a bit about the characters and their school. In my mind it’s about to become this competition between “weeds” and “blooms” to see which is better. I honestly wouldn’t mind that, especially if Tatsuya became the leader of the “weeds”. We’ll just have to wait and see…

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Apr 13, 2014

Posted by in Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou episode 02

I would feel very ashamed if I didn’t write about this one. It’s incredibly entertaining! The total number of episodes isn’t known yet, so I’m kind of hoping for at least twenty-four of them. I’m sure it’s good enough for a long run.

[Commie] Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou - 02 [964C1431].mkv_snapshot_05.26_[2014.04.12_23.42.14]So granny decided to leave the building, huh? Why not? Just leave a couple of teenagers alone in the house. I mean, nothing could go wrong, right? Just that they all went crazy and started playing with bubbles. Yeah, bubbles. I never knew that watching something so pointlessly childish could be so entertaining. It got even better when Ritsu joined in. I cannot help but keep my eyes on that character. She’s adorable and her stubbornness is too cute to describe. I almost feel like becoming one of those die-hard nerds that actually fall in love with 2D characters. That’s not good…

[Commie] Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou - 02 [964C1431].mkv_snapshot_18.16_[2014.04.12_23.42.32]The best part, for me at least, happened when Kazunari came walking in with those panties. I really don’t like the idea that those actually belonged to the old granny. The image of her wearing that still haunts my mind. I think I’d rather have that perverted masochist wear them, and that actually says a lot coming from me.

Now, a new character joined and I have no idea how this is going to turn out. She seems like the type of person that’s actually quite shallow and two-faced. I don’t like it. She acts too cute and certainly didn’t seem to look it when Kazunari was getting on quite well with Mayumi. I think she’s going to be quite a pain the ass.

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Apr 12, 2014

Posted by in Blade and Soul

Blade and Soul episode 02

I knew I would write about Blade and Soul. I usually do when it comes to underrated shows. I saw people moan about Blade and Soul because it’s been adapted from a game. They said, and I quote; “anime that are adapter from games are worthless.”  – No… They’re not. Your taste is worthless, that’s all.

[HorribleSubs] Blade and Soul - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.57_[2014.04.11_23.07.25]You just continue to root for Aruka, a master assassin from the Clan of the Sword, as she continues her journey without backing down for anyone. She’s always on guard and ready to strike at any time. She proved this time and time again to characters that thought that saw her as an easy prey because of what she is (a woman).

That all being said, she does have quite a few weaknesses though. Her personality and lack of experience is definitely one of them. She listens to people too easily and accepts anything that she is given. That in itself is quite a big flaw when you have an entire empire on your ass that wants you dead. A very big flaw indeed.

[HorribleSubs] Blade and Soul - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.03_[2014.04.11_23.07.51]This episode could be used as a perfect example of that. Aruka met a girl whom happened to be a bounty hunter. When a poor bounty hunter and a girl with a bounty on her head start hanging out together… Well… Surely you don’t need anyone telling you that it’s about to go down, right? I mean, the girl ended up finding out about her and immediately tried to cash in by killing Aruka…

Also, I really don’t like that Karen character. She seems incredibly strong and lets people think that she’s this fair, kind lady that everyone should look up to. In reality she’s just as bad. “Water isn’t free here so you have to work it off” my ass. She probably just wants employee’s that won’t cost her anything. She is probably going to be a problem in the future.

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Apr 10, 2014

Posted by in Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal episode 26

Hmm… Yeah… Why was this episode even created? I mean… What purpose does it serve? It doesn’t add anything, it doesn’t tell us anything and it certainly wasn’t exciting. Calling it a mediocre episode would be the most generous thing you could do.

[HorribleSubs] Yowamushi Pedal - 26 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.08_[2014.04.09_22.19.00]Had this been episode twenty-five point five, okay… But no! It was an actual episode where the characters continued their b*tching about the last couple of episodes. What was the point? We know why that gay-looking guy lost. No point in explaining that he lost because he chose to dodge instead of rushing forward. He chose safety over victory, that’s all there is to it. We already knew that.

The second half, for what it’s worth at this point, was a lot better because of Sakamichi’s unfortunate accident. So what if he fell of his bicycle? Isn’t that his speciality? He falls for some reason and then gets back up again. Just watch, he’ll get back up, finds the motivation to get back in the game and amazes us by catching up again.

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Apr 10, 2014

Posted by in One Week Friends, Spring Anime 2014

Isshuukan Friends

Aha, a tear-jerker. Not bad. I could definitely understand if people would cry when watching this. The inability to make friends because of a strange mental condition is one thing, but when some guy steps into your life, accepts it and still tries to make friends with you every single week… Yeah… You’ll cry.

Isshuukan FriendsArtwork… Superb! I could not look away. The characters look great, their expressions look great and I already want to see more of this. This couldn’t possibly become horrible because of the artwork, that’s for sure.

It all comes down to the story, really… How will Kaori keep reacting to Yuuki? Will Yuuki give up? It all comes down to how they are going to play this. They’ve got great artwork and a great story so far… There’s almost no way that this could fail!

I fully recommend this. I enjoy it a lot, and that’s not something I say every day about slice of life anime. I have high hopes for this and I am already thinking about writing about the other eleven episodes.

Plot Summary: High schooler Yūki Hase notices that his classmate Kaori Fujimiya is always alone, and seemingly has no friends. After approaching her Kaori reveals that she loses every memory of her friends each Monday. Despite learning this, Yūki endeavors to become her new friend every week.

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Apr 8, 2014

Posted by in Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Spring Anime 2014

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Aniplex to the rescue! You know, I like most of their productions. I really do. It doesn’t matter what type of story or what manga or game has been green-lit for animation. Aniplex will find a way to turn it into magic. This is a very good example of it!

Mahouka Koukou no RettouseiThe artwork is superb. I love the characters, I love the effects and I love the details. I could recognize those uniforms from a mile away and I expect to see a lot of new, unique things in the near future. Definitely a feast for the eyes.

I also like the story. It is very interesting and shows a lot of promise. I always enjoy stories about a minority that’s undervalued because of their skills, only to see them prove everybody wrong. Everybody loves underdogs!

I definitely recommend this. It’s interesting, quite mysterious in its own way and it really does make you think. What is going to happen? Is Tatsuya hiding some secret power? Is Miyuki ever going to try to rape her brother if she doesn’t get her way? Who knows!? But I’m sure as hell going to find out!

Plot Summary: Magic is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people. Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician.” Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.

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