Dec 23, 2011

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Mashiro-Iro Symphony episode 12

I know it’s late, I know… But I’m free tomorrow, so it’s all good! I’ve been spending my evening listening to some rap. I know what you’re all thinking, but I’m actually not the hip-hop kind of guy, I just happened to come across this song that I liked. These guys do some great things, seriously, check them out, they’re called TimeFlies.

Anyway, on with this week’s episode of Mashiro-Iro Symphony. It’s sad that this is the final episode, but to everything comes an end, right? The episode started off right when this romantic moment between Shingo and Miu. I was happy to see that everyone had gotten used to the relationship those two now have. I honestly expected a lot more complications within the group.

Remember when I said that everything has an ending? Of course you do; I just said it. Well, it’s true, and it applies for everything. It was finally time to let Pannya, the club’s cherished cat, go back to where he belongs. It seems that his mother was looking for him, so the club decided to do their part. Miu already saw it coming, she knew that she and Pannya would have to go their own ways eventually.

Meanwhile the school board is rethinking their decision on the school’s merger. There’s a very good chance that the school might return to being an all-girl’s school. That means that the boys, including Shingo, might end up on yet another school. The news soon spread through the school like a wildfire. The students wouldn’t give up without a fight, they decided to protest against it.

Miu finally mustered the strength to bring Pannya back to his mother. It was a very touching moment when Pannya was reunited with his family. She realized that she would always have the many fun memories she shared with Pannya. It almost seemed like Pannya was going to stay, but he decided to go with his family after all.

A very touching episode indeed, but there will always be something new. That’s the way of life, I doubt that it will ever change. I like how this anime is so down to earth, you know… There’s absolutely no pretentious stuff.

The show may have ended, but this is definitely a title to be remembered. Watching each and every episode was absolutely a delight. About how many shows can you say that? Think about it.

Finally I would like to finish by saying that this show comes strongly recommended. Everything is based on real-life situations, which makes the story all the more interesting. The emotions in this show are always at an all-time high, for sure. So to all the people that worked on creating this; thank you!

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Dec 15, 2011

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Mashiro-Iro Symphony episode 11

Oh happy day! I went by the store and my laptop had finally arrived. I cannot explain to you all how beautiful it is, but I’ll try to post something about it later on, if not tomorrow. Some people like having children, like my girl for example, and some people like having awesome stuff. The kind of stuff that doesn’t shit itself several times a day, that doesn’t keep you up at night and/or stuff that cost you your paycheck for the next eighteen years.

All seriousness aside, let’s get going with this post! Last week’s episode was amazing, so many real-life emotions that you just can’t forget. But life continues, even in Mashiro-iro Symphony. The atmosphere between Miu and Shingo was a little bit awkward at first, but they’re doing pretty good so far.

Sana has been absent from school ever since that day. Nobody but Airi knows the real reason for her absence, which is why she tried her best to cover for Sana. I understand that she would want to take a short break in order to clear her mind, but she has to draw the line at some point. She probably doesn’t realize that she has other people worrying about her.

I was very glad to see that the relationship between Miu and Shingo is progressing along fine. Miu invited Shingo to come home with her to study about sex and whatnot. Miu’s mother definitely knows about the situation by now, all she had to do was take a good look. They started spending a lot of time together in order to study, and Shingo started noticing the rest of Miu’s body. It’s only normal, I would’ve been over her a long time ago, with my impatient attitude and all…

Sana started going to school again the next day and that kind of surprised me. Not that she was back, but that she seemed absolutely fine with everything. Hell, that girl made a lot of progress. She was alone with Shingo in their clubroom where she ended up saying, and I quote; “If Miu ends up dumping you after her graduations, then I wouldn’t mind becoming your girlfriend.” – I cannot believe that happened!

Everything is progressing very smoothly. Airi seems to be doing fine, Sana is doing great and the relationship between Miu and Shingo is progressing very well. They are getting a lot more physical (not like that, pervert), they spend a lot more time with one another and they now go to each other’s houses to do god knows what. You can’t escape hardships in life, it’s all a package deal.

It was very nice to see everyone progress like that. It’s actually sad that next week’s episode will be the last, because this show could’ve definitely done with another dozen. They’ll probably just make an OVA or two, that’s usually how it works.  I’m still waiting for another Usagi Drop OVA.

This has been yet another green episode. A lot of emotions, a lot of physicality, a lot of emotional progress and a lot of great scenes gave this episode a permanent spot in my mind. I can only hope that next week’s final episode will be this great, I can’t wait to see how it ends.

Have you not yet seen Mashiro-iro Symphony? Well… Start watching, dammit!

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Dec 9, 2011

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Mashiro-Iro Symphony episode 10

It’s here, finally! It took yet another extra day for this episode to be subbed, I wonder why. I was really looking forward to this episode because someone was ‘kind’ enough to leak some vital information about today’s episode, making me all exciting by doing so.

The episode starts with a bad start for Sana, she is still not being honest about her feelings, seeing as she just doesn’t want to admit that she has feelings for Shingo.  Airi even confronted her about it, but she just doesn’t want to admit it. She even declined when she was invited to join the others for a drink. She’s never going to get what she truly wants if she keeps that stubborn attitude.

It’s not all bad. She got to spend some quality time with Shingo in order to clean a fish tank. She still didn’t hold back, she kept insulting him over and over again. Shingo, because of his kind personality, didn’t give in to those insults, he just kept being nice to Sana. He even gave her his handkerchief so that she could clean herself up, again.

Sana finally got talked to about her feelings for Shingo, although it started out because of the cats. But Miu doesn’t want Sana to take in the other cat as well, because it turns out that Sana is allergic to cats. Hell, the only reason why she took the first cat in, was probably because its name is Shingo. Both Miu and Sana are sacrificing their good health in order to help out these animals, although those two have probably different reasons.

Things just took a turn for the worse, at least for Sana and the others. Shingo, while all the others were out, confessed his love for Miu-chan. Miu gladly accepted his proposal. Sana definitely saw all of it and rushed, like usual, out the door to sit in the pouring rain with her cat. She was heartbroken, but she still has friends like Airi, friends who will lend her their shoulders to cry on.

It was truly a great episode! I enjoyed it so much, I might just end up watching it again. It’s good to see Shingo in a relationship with Miu, truth be told; they both deserve one another. I feel bad for Sana, but she has herself to blame too, her stubbornness always got in the way of making progress with Shingo.

I can’t wait for next week’s episode. I really wonder how all of this is going to unfold during the last two episodes.

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Dec 1, 2011

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Mashiro-Iro Symphony episode 09

I finally saw it! I was waiting for this episode and planned on watching it yesterday, but because it arrived so late at night I couldn’t watch it until now. A real shame too, I was looking to finalize my night yesterday after having faced many hardships, or as some might call it; dinner with the in-laws.

The progress that Shingo is making with all of the girls sure amazes me sometimes. He spent the night (no, not like that, you pervert!) by Miu’s side as she was struck by a fever in the last episode. She finally woke up the next morning to find Shingo sleeping whilst holding her hand.

That kindness could not go unrewarded, so Miu invited Shingo into her home for a cup of tea and whatnot. Sana got agitated as soon as the news hit her ears, I’m sure that we all know why. Shingo finally arrived at Miu’s house, where he spent some time to talk with what he believed was Miu’s sister. That girl, also known as Yuiko, wanted to know what kind of person Shingo is by being really flirtatious and clingy.

Miu enters the room to find her mother, that’s right, her mother, clinging to Shingo like a fly in a spider’s web. I’ll be frank; I pretty much saw this coming. The mother-that-looks-way-too-young-to-be-a-mother routine is such a cliché. Doesn’t change the fact that it works, especially in this type of story where complicated and one-sided romances are key.

The day comes to an end and so Shingo decides that it’s time to leave. He gets walked home, although partially, by Miu. He realized that he forgot his phone at Miu’s house and decided to go back to get it, only to find her mother opening the door, and by doing so giving him an eyeful of Miu’s naked body as she exists the shower.

Quite a good day Shingo’s been having. The next day was a little bit awkward as they tried to pretend that last night’s incident didn’t happen, but Sana asked the wrong question, rendering them unable to speak. Sana realized how close those two had gotten as she saw Miu relying on Shingo, so she walked away with tears in her eyes.

Sana has to hurry up and start her own advances if she wants to win Shingo over. To stop hitting him would be a big plus, I don’t think Shingo’s the masochistic type. It could help her if she just focused on him instead of on Miu. One thing is for sure; she has definitely become of aware of her feelings for Shingo. I cannot help but wonder about Airi, she has feelings for him too, what does she plan to do? She definitely knows about Sana and her feelings for Shingo. I can’t wait for next week’s episode!

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Nov 23, 2011

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Mashiro-Iro Symphony episode 08

Strange, recently I’ve had a lot of free time (girl staying her parents for a family get together) to watch and write about anime. Because of that it feels like there’s very little anime to watch, it’s really strange. Normally I’d be all over the place doing whatnot, unable to watch and write about anime. But now that I can it simply feels like there’s a lot less anime to watch.

The episode continues with the dilemma revolving around Shingo. Sana is still trying to get Shingo’s attention, but it’s not working very well because she’s so hostile. She’s clearly jealous of the relation between Miu and Shingo, probably because she wants to be that close to him too.

Meanwhile Airi is still keeping an eye on them, god knows what she’s up to. She doesn’t say anything about it, she just watches, which is probably what bothers me most. She even kept an eye on them when everyone got around this box with these two stray kittens.

The two stray kittens reacted strongly to the names Shingo and Miu. Sana was very bothered by that, she was upset because neither of them reacted to her name.  I can draw several conclusions as to why she got upset by that, but for now I’m sticking to the fact that she just wants some attention.

All goes well as the day comes to an end. Shingo warned Miu several times about her daily routines, he claims she works too much. He sent her home early to rest, but instead she continued to work as some sort of dressed up advertiser. Probably to find those kittens a good home. Either way; she finally broke down. It’s a good thing that Shingo passed by to catch her in time as she fainted because of a fever.

Next episode is probably going to be focused on Miu, which is fine, but I do hope that this harem romance will start to unfold soon, as the anime is nearing its end.

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Nov 17, 2011

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Mashiro-Iro Symphony episode 07

Here it is. I was always planning to write something about this anime, can’t say it’s surprising, it’s a really good show. I must say that I’m completely jealous of Shingo. He has roughly half a dozen of girls after him, and me… I only had two of them, one of which stayed with me and all my bullshit to date. Oh mother nature, thy be a cold hearted bitch.

They are finally on their way now that Shingo has managed to pull in more members, female members I might add, into the taking-care-of-wild-animals-until-they-can-return-to-the-wild club. The principle approved their club now that they have six members. Seriously, do all school clubs in Japan need at least six members?

Meanwhile Shingo is struggling with Sana, sure, he may now call her by her first name, but that isn’t enough, is it? There’s still a lot of hostility between those two when Shingo gets too close with Mui. Sana may claim to hate men, but she’s clearly not gay. Hell, she clearly shows signs of interest towards Shingo. Maybe she just doesn’t want Shingo close to Mui because she fears that she might lose him to her, that would logically explain the situation if you ask me.

Let’s not forget about Airi. She too despised all men, including Shingo, in the earlier episodes. But she gave in, she saw that Shingo isn’t like the men she has come to know and hate. I don’t know what she’s planning, but she has been keeping tabs on all of Shingo’s activities. She’s always there, even when he’s outside of school hours with Sana and/or Mui. Not only has that bastard half a dozen girls to choose from, but one of them might’ve actually become so smitten with him, to the point where it actually seems like she’s stalking him. Damn you Shingo!

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