Sep 25, 2012

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Hagure Yuusha no Estetica episode 12

The end? I think not! There’s a limit to how obvious you can be, yet Hagure Yuusha no Estetica passed that limit at the speed of light with this episode. Why bother this much? Just go terminator style and say “I’ll be back!”. But no, instead we got a season finale that didn’t even look like an ending. I’ll be looking forward to season two!

I saw something interesting during this episode. Everyone (probably) knows that Akatsuki can only draw that blade when he’s wearing a lot of those rings. It seems that his weapon, as big as it already was, can grow even further when he puts on more of those rings. I think that’s rather interesting. We probably haven’t even seen his ‘completed’ sword yet.

Anyway, I would like to point out that I find it rather stupid when a new enemy appears at the very end. I know it’s to prepare the viewers for what’s to come, but at least make it so we don’t know anything about those enemies. Anyone that has been paying attention could probably guess at least three of those ‘mysterious’ characters.

I’ll leave it at this, for now. It’s quite obvious that there’s more to come, even before the official announcement. There are so many things left undone, abilities left incomplete and parts of the story left unexplained. Anyone could’ve guessed that they couldn’t be able to have done all of that within just two episodes or so.

Oh, before I forget; I don’t like the level of acceptance around Miu’s current situation. She explained to all of her friends that she was the daughter of a demon lord, yet everyone, including Miu self, were all too eager to go back to the very same world that sought out to destroy her as well as her friends. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I’m just saying that I don’t agree with that part of the story, that’s all.

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Sep 18, 2012

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Hagure Yuusha no Estetica episode 11

It turned out to be a predictable, yet amusing episode. It kind of makes me curious about how it’s going to end. There is only one episode left, yet Akatsuki is still fighting Phil. I was so looking forward to a matchup between Akatsuki and the student council president, but I don’t think that’ll happen anymore.

Anyway, it was pretty much as I expected. Phil transformed into a monster and terrorized the school and its students once more. Even I have to admit that that dragon looks pretty good, but I don’t agree with the name “Zahaal”. I somehow get that strange feeling that the name “Zahaal” does not belong here in this particular anime, but maybe that’s just me.

Now, I may have made a slight mistake in my calculations last week. I was under the impression that Akatsuki would fight Phil in that state before his friends came to help him out. It was actually his friends that fought him whilst he was recovering from last week’s poisonous encounter with Phil. It’s a minor detail, I suppose, but still very important.

The one thing I like most about this episode was that Miu finally accepted her place in this world by Akatsuki’s side. Akatsuki made it very clear to her that she’s always welcome and that her friends care about her wellbeing. It’s nice to know that we don’t have to be bothered by her suicidal nonsense during the last episode.

There’s only one thing that I would like to see at this point, as the rest has pretty much been shown already; I want Akatsuki to prove, once and for all, that there are stronger things out there than magic. Well, that and the fact that he’s stronger than the student council. They have been bothering him for so long, so I think it would be nice to see him come out on top. Perhaps that’s just me though?

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Sep 11, 2012

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Hagure Yuusha no Estetica episode 10

So I just finished watching the episode and I don’t really know what to put here. Most of this week’s events were things I already foresaw and mentioned in my post last week. And yet I’m not disappointed at all. It was a good episode and an overall pretty amusing to watch. Who in the hell wouldn’t want to see a naked Miu? I’m just saying…

I knew that Akatsuki would kick Phil’s ass at first. Let’s face it, that part was pretty predictable. I may not have seen that poison coming, seeing as they primarily use magic and such, but that was just about it that I couldn’t see coming. I knew that Phil would return at the end, as Akatsuki didn’t finish him off to chase after a suicidal Miu-chan.

I’m personally not into magic and such, so that is why Akatsuki is my favourite character, but I do have to admit that I wouldn’t mind seeing Akatsuki pull out a fireball out of nowhere or something like that. It’s just unnecessarily harder for him to engage someone in combat when he can’t use any magic, although he claims to be fine since he relies on other powers.

Before I finish this post with an I-told-you-so style, I just want to make it very clear that I’m actually pretty excited about next week’s episode. I knew that Phil was hiding something, but even I didn’t know what that was. Hell, I still don’t. My guess is that he’s part demon or something like that. Or that he may have shape shifting abilities up his sleeve. I don’t know. However, I do feel that Akatsuki, even with all that power, will have a very difficult time fighting Phil in his current condition. It may be a wild guess, but I think that either Miu or the student council will come to his aid at the very last minute. Maybe even an combination of both.

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Sep 4, 2012

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Hagure Yuusha no Estetica episode 09

This may have been one of the best episodes yet. I’m thinking that next week’s episode will be even better, as Akatsuki will have to prove himself the better man. I still think it’s a shame that we had to ‘endure’ the first few episodes though. Those episodes had very little to no story in them.

We all remember what happened to Miu; Phil showed up and rendered the academy’s defences useless, allowing him to physically hurt people. Chikage and Kazuha may have been the first ones, but hopefully the last ones too if Akatsuki does his job right, which would be to defeat Phil, take Miu back with him and help the student council do some damage control.

Speaking about the student council, wasn’t it pretty cool when Akatsuki took control like that? He manned up, took control of the situation and gave each and every one of them an important job to do. Now that’s a leader! It is primarily thanks to him that most of the students arrived at HQ safe and sound. Even Motoharu listened for once, and that’s a pretty rare thing to see.

Now, this could go two ways at this point; either Phil manages to defeat Akatsuki, thereby taking Miu with him to that other world, or Akatsuki manages to defeat Phil, thereby saving Miu for the time being. Both of those roads are thorny. It’s pretty much game over if Phil defeats Akatsuki, but if Akatsuki wins then he will still have to deal with future enemies and a very insecure Miu-chan.

Say whatever you want, but Phil made at least one very valid point; people will still be coming after Miu, even if he were to be defeated. Akatsuki will always protect her, I’m pretty sure that everyone would agree, but Miu is the problem here. She doesn’t want her friends to get hurt because of her, so it’s only a matter of time before she does something stupid, like running away or something. Decisions, decisions…

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Aug 28, 2012

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Hagure Yuusha no Estetica episode 08

Awesome! I’m pleased to see that Hagure Yuusha no Estetica doesn’t disappoint its viewers! This episode almost made me forget about those first few ridiculous episodes. It was simply that good. I do get the feeling that things are being rushed just a little bit though. Maybe that’s because not everything has been covered yet?

Anyway, the story continues as Akatsuki, Miu, Kazuha and Chikage take on team after team during a student tournament. We mustn’t forget that their world is completely messed up. A world where everything seems to be solved with excessive violence and magic, so it came as no surprise that this tournament turned out to be a last-team-standing type of ordeal. Poor students, they don’t stand a chance against Akatsuki and his team.

It soon came to a point where Akatsuki had to face three members of the student council; Haruka, Minami and Ryouhei. The three of them thought that it was time to, and I quote; “teach Akatsuki a lesson”. Naturally, things didn’t go their way. Hell, they didn’t go anyone’s way, except for that mysterious blonde that infiltrated their school to assassinate Miu.

One can tell that the real story is about to unfold. That guy, Phil, has finally arrived and already started his attack. It’s up to Akatsuki (and his friends) to make sure that Miu doesn’t fall into enemy hands, or worse. Let’s not forget guys, Akatsuki now has a weapon, a means of transportation (that supersonic bike of his) and a group of friends to back him up during his upcoming battle. I always knew that the student council would soon be by his side. I just didn’t know that it was going to be this soon.  Next week’s episode should be very interesting. I for one wouldn’t mind seeing what that Phil is capable of.

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Aug 21, 2012

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Hagure Yuusha no Estetica episode 07

Finally! It’s about that they showed us an episode with a sense of direction. I have been clueless for the past few weeks. There was no story, no direction and no interesting developments. This episode more than clarified all of that. I can only hope that they can keep this up from now on.

I have been wondering what was going on. What was the point of all of this? What was the point of Akatsuki taking Miu with him to his world, other than it being the last request from her father, the man he killed? I never knew that, until now. It is quite the interesting approach, but it’s a bit strange that they started took this long to drop that in the mixture.

Miu’s father, a demon lord, requested that Akatsuki took his daughter with him, so he did. Now it seems that people from her world are still looking for her, just because she’s the daughter of the former demon lord, thinking that she might come back one day to make their lives a miserable hell. I can’t see Miu take over the world, but it’s usually the person you’d least expect, huh?

Truth be told, I think that Akatsuki is fully aware of who she is and that there’s a possibility that people are looking for her. People look at Akatsuki and think he’s just a dumb pervert, but I think he’s actually an intelligent pervert. He usually thinks things through, that is why he’s probably aware of all the possibilities surrounding Miu and her world.

I’ll be looking forward to the next episode. I think that the student council will probably end up supporting Akatsuki in the future to keep Miu safe, even though they aren’t getting along properly right now. Sure, there’s a possibility that they could become enemies, but it’s more likely that they’ll become allies instead. We’ll see…

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Aug 14, 2012

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Hagure Yuusha no Estetica episode 06

Okay, I’ll be very honest here. I have no idea what to think of Hagure Yuusa no Estetica anymore. I’ve lost track of the story. The story has become so hidden, so complicated, that I can’t even tell what’s what anymore. Is Akatsuki the hero? Is he just some childish idiot that desire nothing more than to compete with the strongest of opponents? I have no idea anymore…

Akatsuki was led to a track, where he got introduced to an old guy that knew his father. Akatsuki was pretty pissed off when he found out that that guy knew his father. He got even angrier when he was told that that bike, Sleipnir, a magical bike that is said to be able to break the sound barrier, was only to be ridden by someone ‘worthy’ enough. The bike chooses its rider, I suppose. And Akatsuki’s father was the last one to ride it, until today. Not bad for someone who hasn’t been able to use any magic, huh? Although he does have a (magic) sword nowadays, meaning that he does have some magic in him.

Meanwhile the student council were all fighting off terrorist who had taken several people hostage. So Akatsuki was riding his shiny new bike whilst the student council fights against terrorists? That is why it’s becoming harder and harder to look at Akatsuki as the hero. He just fools around all the time. Sure, he helps people from time to time, but that’s it. Helping out near the end is not enough.

It almost seems as though the anime has been stripped of its story, leaving behind the comedy and nudity. I can only hope that things will pick up soon, as I’ve already noticed that the ratings have dropped to an all-time low.

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Aug 7, 2012

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Hagure Yuusha no Estetica episode 05

What in the hell did I watch here? I like my fair share of nudity, but this was ridiculous. I cannot believe that they wasted an entire episode on something like this. That’s what I don’t get. I don’t care that it happened. A few minutes of pointless nudity is always nice, but to waste an entire episode, of which there are only twelve total, is simply stupid.

The entire episode revolved around ladies underwear. Seriously, the entire episode. Akatsuki decided that it was time to take Miu shopping. She didn’t have that many things, so why not buy her some, right? Never would I have imagined that it would take an entire episode to find some bras and panties, let alone a capable salesperson.

Miu’s breasts were too big, so finding a bra big enough was a challenge. Problem? I think not. Even Haruka decided to buy new underwear, hoping that Akatsuki wouldn’t be able to remove it (again). God only knows why Kuzuha and Chikage tagged along. Women, they all like to shop like hell, don’t they?

There’s not much more I can say about this episode. It was pointless and contributed absolutely nothing to the story. There are only twelve episodes to begin with. To make such an episode with a lot of ground left to cover is stupid, but that’s just my opinion I suppose. Also, did you notice how all the female characters only wear thongs? Seriously, each and every one of them wears thongs. This anime really focusses on nudity, doesn’t it? Usually I’d be happy about that, but not with episodes like these.

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