Oct 6, 2013

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Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2 episode 13

Damn, I almost forgot to write about the final episode. These new anime have got my head spinning so much that I completely forgot about this one. So much anime and so little time… It almost makes me wish I was immortal.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 26 [h264-720p][2F473768].mkv_snapshot_08.31_[2013.10.05_23.55.08]I’m going to tackle the biggest issues right away in the hope of writing a shorter post. It’s not going to be easy now that Shino has shown me what I’ve wanted to see now for a very long time, but I’ll try anyway.

Ao, Sousuke’s twin, has been messing up their plants for a while not, even though he himself knew nothing of what was going on. That woman turned out to be the puppeteer all this time. She was the one that killed everyone and allowed for them to obtain those eight beads. She is responsible for everything. My theory about her being Shino’s mother seems really stupid right now.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 26 [h264-720p][2F473768].mkv_snapshot_14.34_[2013.10.05_23.55.29]Anyway, Shino lost control, Murasame took over and both of them transformed into something awesome. I can only describe that create as some kind of epic-looking wolf that shoots powerful energy blasts out of its mouth. It’s strange that a crow and a little boy turn into a giant wolf-like create when merged like that. I would’ve expected a huge crow, maybe even a dragon of some kind. Definitely not a wolf.

I’ll end this post by saying that I’m a bit disappointed by the ending. The fight was absolutely epic and watching Murasame go nuts was just as good, even though it didn’t last long. I just think the ending was a little bit corny. I expected more.

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Sep 27, 2013

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Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2 episode 12

I’m going to keep both this post and my Naruto Shippuuden post for tomorrow as short as I possibly can because I just don’t have the time right now. All the more reason for me to be glad that Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou took a break this week.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 25 [h264-720p][A8E63C87].mkv_snapshot_05.09_[2013.09.26_21.03.17]I must say that I’m overall pleased by what I saw in this week’s episode. Things didn’t turn out to be as simple as I original thought, which is something I’m very happy with. It could’ve done with a bit less comedy and a few less ridiculous scenes, but it was still very good. Now would be the time to stop with the side stories.

I certainly did not like the fact that a lot of supernatural creatures are making their way to the city. Those priests are planning to sacrifice a lot of people and a lot of spirits to create a powerful barrier that’s supposed to be protect mankind. One can only be skeptical, but that can only be expected when characters with authority are involved.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 25 [h264-720p][A8E63C87].mkv_snapshot_18.40_[2013.09.26_21.03.57]I’m also happy that that woman didn’t turn out to be Shino’s mother. That would’ve been too obvious and it wouldn’t have made any sense. Hell, it still doesn’t make much sense, but it’s better than throwing Shino’s long-lost mother in to the mixture. All that’s left is for them to defeat an army of the undead, watch how Shino loses his sanity to power and hope that they all make it alive.

It will come as no surprise that Shino is going to regain his senses and control that power next week. We all know that that’s roughly how it’s going to go down. Shino has come a long way and he’s the story’s hero, so there’s no way that they’re going to let him switch sides at the very end. All that’s left is to see how they’re going to do it.

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Sep 20, 2013

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Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2 episode 11

There are one or two episodes left, which means that you should be able to tell what’s about to happen. You can. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun is known for its exciting twists and sudden unpredictability.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 24 [h264-720p][194F8510].mkv_snapshot_06.00_[2013.09.19_16.33.46]I was really wondering what they were going to do with this episode. We just found the eighth and final bead owner. This would imply that Shino has found all eight bead owners and beads. My mind immediately went to Sousuke’s twin, whom holds the final bead. I thought Shino was going to look for him and retrieve Sousuke’s bead.

Unfortunately, things seem a lot more complicated now. Sousuke’s no longer the chosen by the bead. It seems his twin is now the lucky winner, which makes things ever so complicated. Sousuke is starting to lose his body to him, which could also mean that he could cease to exist soon. It’s all very complicated and interesting, but I doubt that’s going to happen when Shino is still able to put up a fight on his behalf.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 24 [h264-720p][194F8510].mkv_snapshot_15.08_[2013.09.19_16.38.16]Sousuke’s evil twin, Ao, has been conspiring with an unknown woman. Most of us only have a faint idea of what the beads will do when brought together. We won’t know for certain until it actually happens, but what’s bothering me most is the woman that Ao hangs out with. She appeared out of nowhere and now Shino suddenly starts remembering things about his mother that he couldn’t before? Coincidence? I doubt. I would not be surprised if that woman turned out to be related to Shino somehow. There would be no point for Shino to start asking questions about his mother when his best friend is slowly fading away. Next week’s episode sure shows a lot of promise…

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Sep 13, 2013

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Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2 episode 10

Okay, not entirely unexpected but pretty amusing. I would’ve made a slight alternation if it were up to me, but that’s fine. I can only hope that the ending will be just as good as the rest of the episode. I don’t like rushed endings.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 23 [h264-720p][C1C5F244].mkv_snapshot_00.25_[2013.09.12_13.21.38]So Shinobu was the lucky winner after all, huh? That’s fine. I also like the fact that his bead was hidden within his body and that he has tengu powers. I think he would prove to be a nice addition to Shino’s little group of misfits. It doesn’t change the fact that Shino has to collect the remaining beads in order to obtain all eight of them, which will probably prove to be a lot harder when Sousuke’s twin refuses to play along and continued to interfere with their quest. I wonder… Will Sousuke die as well when his twin is killed? Or will he simply just live without that part of him? I’m kind of getting Dragon Ball Z flashbacks here (Piccolo and Kami).

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 23 [h264-720p][C1C5F244].mkv_snapshot_21.31_[2013.09.12_13.22.41]I’ll be looking forward to seeing the remaining episodes. I think it’ll become a bit more interesting now that Shino has someone like himself to talk to. I can’t imagine that it’s very nice to be an adult but to have to live in a young boy’s body. You can’t really impress a woman with a young boy’s body, at least not sane ones.

The final battle looks promising, too. Yet another character surfaces at the end of this episode, giving us the impression that she, just like Sousuke’s twin, has her own plans with the eight beads (and their rightful owners). I can hardly wait to see what it is that those beads can do. There must be a reason why a lot of people are interested in them.

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Sep 6, 2013

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Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2 episode 09

This episode didn’t go entirely as I expected, but it’s nice to see that I was right about a lot of things. This is how it should be; mystery after mystery, twist after twist… Go ahead and make all the predictions you want, but only a few of them are going to be right.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 22 [h264-720p][2912B714].mkv_snapshot_05.54_[2013.09.05_13.47.46]I kind of already knew that that other kid wasn’t coming back. I must say that he looks a lot more like that kid in the picture than Shinobu, but apparently I was wrong about that. Shinobu is the lucky winner and that poor kid is no more (for now). It’s a little strange though. That kid has no idea what happened to him, he has no idea what Shino meant when he talked about beads (obviously), plus he acted kind of strange. Everyone is so protective of him because he is somehow related to the tengu, legendary creates that people have to come call “heavenly dogs”. I have no idea why, but that’s just how it is.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 22 [h264-720p][2912B714].mkv_snapshot_18.08_[2013.09.05_14.00.07]Everyone is so interested in that boy, in where he was, what he was doing, how it’s possible that he’s still a little boy after all those years, but also in the consequences of keeping him away from the tengu. That crazy monk, despite his lack of knowledge about the supernatural, seemed to know quite a lot about it, which makes me even more curious.

Then Sousuke’s twin shows up, shatters the barrier, thereby allowing the tengu to find the boy so that he can find the tengu, only to mortally wound the boy in front of them. It just doesn’t make any sense. These chain of events just don’t many any sense whatsoever. It’s maddening how much I want to see the next episode!

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Aug 30, 2013

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Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2 episode 08

Hmm… Not as good as I hoped it would be. Also, I think an episode with a small, interesting side-story is great, but don’t throw in too much of them. I wouldn’t want to lose sight of what’s important here, now do I!

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 21 [h264-720p][B37924B9].mkv_snapshot_06.45_[2013.08.29_22.31.32]It is quite funny how Shino was forced to attend an elementary school. It’s thanks to Murasame that he still looks like a little boy, and the others simply took advantage of that to get close to a certain boy. Now this boy was one big puzzle, but I’ll get to that later.

Shino was supposed to get closer in order to find out what was wrong with him. Now, make sure you forget about that annoying, clueless monk that showed up during this episode. Forget about most of the people that Shino came in contact with during this episode. None of that really matters at this point.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 21 [h264-720p][B37924B9].mkv_snapshot_10.51_[2013.08.29_22.31.48]Shino was ordered to follow a boy around that wasn’t really alive. It may have been a spirit, it may not have been. I have no idea, I wasn’t paying that much attention this time because I was too disappointed. The interesting part, however, is that that boy actually disappeared, yet he looks a lot like the character on the second season’s cover. Did I miss something? I don’t know, it could’ve been Shinobu I suppose. But that kid really looks like the character in the second season’s cover, which made me think; what if he isn’t actually dead? What if he will return later? Unlikely, but possible.

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Aug 23, 2013

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Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2 episode 07

Yes! This is how it should be! You follow a certain story, you stick to it, but you also think of little ‘detours’ in order to entertain your viewers with new and exciting material. This episode is a perfect example of that. Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou, eat your heart out!

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 20 [h264-720p][63BF4E32].mkv_snapshot_10.15_[2013.08.22_23.15.16]This episode doesn’t really focus on Shino’s quest to find all the remaining beads. They had other things to worry about thanks to Kobungo, an idiot that unknowingly made a contract with some kind of demon. I have no idea how he did not pick up on any of that. It’s thanks to him that innocent people died, I hope he realized that.

Kobungo basically gave that creature to order to find and kill a girl with, and I quote; “real red hair”. Many people were slaughtered like lambs before he finally found the right one, and before Dousetsu got the chance to take away one of his hands. It makes you wonder what he would get would’ve gotten in return if he managed to fulfil his side of the contract.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 20 [h264-720p][63BF4E32].mkv_snapshot_18.07_[2013.08.22_23.18.56]I also loved how Dousetsu, a man that has been looking for his little sister all this time, finally laid eyes upon Hamaji and realized that she was the one that he’s been looking for all this time. She is his little sister, his reason for living and the reason why he decided to stay in the city. Sure, it means that Shino is once again a step closer to gathering all the beads and their owners, but this episode wasn’t about that. That’s why Hakkenden has become such an unexpected success. These are the type of episodes that makes you want to keep on watching, mainly because you don’t easily get bored.

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Aug 16, 2013

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Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2 episode 06

Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun is coming close to completion now that more and more bead owners are gathering around Shino. You can get a rough idea of what you can expect to see at the end of the line, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this case.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 19 [h264-720p][3FFF90F5].mkv_snapshot_07.28_[2013.08.15_14.08.28]Never mind the fact that I downloaded a corrupt version of this week’s episode, after which I had to wait for a proper version. I’m just happy that I finally see some progress here. Shino has once again obtained another bead owner in his circle of strange friends, which means that he is one step closer to completing his quest.

Shino has to find two more bead owners, which promises to be an easier task with Kaede, a big kitty cat that can sense the energy from those beads, by his side. They know have five beads in their possession, six if you include the one that Sousuke’s twin stole. Shino has only has two more and he is pretty much done.

[Anime-Koi] Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun - 19 [h264-720p][3FFF90F5].mkv_snapshot_21.43_[2013.08.15_14.09.10]It goes without saying that the church will jump straight in as soon as Shino gathered all eight beads. The story itself is pretty fuzzy and people can only get a rough idea of what’s to come, but I think it’s pretty obvious that those church officials are going to show themselves as soon as Shino has found all of the eight beads and their respective owners.

I am perfectly fine with that. The thought of Shino and Murasame going all-out sends chills down my spine. It’s something that almost every viewer is waiting for, I’m sure. I have been hung up about such as scene ever since I saw Shino lose control when Murasame went berserk. That one epic scene has been carved into my brain, it was simply that awesome.

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