Dec 26, 2012

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun episode 13

Huh!? Japan, you suck! What is wrong with anime these days? They always start something, but they never really finish. I feel as though I just watched another regular episode. In fact, I had to check to make sure that this was actually the final one. I am truly disappointed. The only thing that can make up for this is a second season.

[HorribleSubs] Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun - 13 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.48_[2012.12.25_20.19.36]I don’t get it. Why did they have Haru, the male lead, look for a firefly during the very last episode? It doesn’t make any sense. He spent very little time with Shizuku. They didn’t even kiss, kiss or talk about their future together. It all revolved around Haru’s quest to capture a firefly and about the other characters trying to find him. Why would anyone want to watch a bad game of hide and seek during the final episode of an otherwise great anime? That would be like changing a hard-core horror show into a slapstick comedy at the very end. Nobody does that…

[HorribleSubs] Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun - 13 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.15_[2012.12.25_20.20.00]I already saw it coming, and that’s actually the worst thing; being right about something you don’t want to be right about. It gives me this aggravating sense of satisfaction for being right and this soul-crushing feeling of disappointment at the same time. It’s like knowing when you’re going to die. Nobody wants that.

The fact that there’s no news about a possible second season is the worst. The ratings are very average in Japan, so I don’t know how well it’s going to sell, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. This just doesn’t feel like an ending at all. Most of these shows all have crappy endings nowadays. What’s up with that? So much for a merry Christmas…

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Dec 19, 2012

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun episode 12

There goes my hope for an awesome ending… Why does it have to be like this? It started out perfectly, yet it looks like the ending is going to be another one of those boring ‘a-kiss-at-the-end-and-not-much-else’ endings. Natsuyuki Rendezvous, another romantic anime with a great star and a poor ending, suddenly comes to mind…

[HorribleSubs] Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.15_[2012.12.18_21.50.41]I had hoped that Haru and Shizuku would’ve made some progress during this episode. Shizuku realized during the last episode that she was “out of sync” with Haru. I expected her to work on that with him. Discuss any and all problems, find a solution and make out up. But no, it all came down to a silly promise and a lot of comedy.

I’m pretty sure it’s Haru’s personality that’s at fault here. He’s very straightforward, which is a good thing sometimes, but he doesn’t think before he acts. He could’ve made so much progress if he did that. It just proves once and for all that even smart guys can be stupid (I believe that you learn something similar to this in another show called ‘The Big Bang Theory’).

[HorribleSubs] Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.40_[2012.12.18_21.51.08]Anyway, I fear that the ending may suffer because of this. It has been twelve weeks and next week’s episode will be the last, yet Haru is still being the same old brat, Shizuku still cares more about studying than anything else and Kenji is still trying his best to be noticed by Shizuku. This has been going on for the past few episodes now, just stop already. To think that those two had such a perfect opportunity during this episode (I’m referring to that New Year’s Eve festival).

Asako-chan was the only one that made any progress by (technically) confessing to Mitsuyoshi, a much older guy. It’s pretty bad when a supporting character makes a lot more progress during an episode than any of the main characters. Maybe that’s just me though? I just hope that the last episode won’t end with a mere kiss.

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Dec 12, 2012

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun episode 11

Great episode! Both Code:Breaker and Space Brothers may disappoint, but I don’t think Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun ever will. I just have this feeling that the end will be very similar to the start, a nice little scene where the two main characters end up kissing. I honestly don’t want that. It needs a little more than that, I think.

Anyway, Haru and Shizuku made quite a bit of progress during this episode, but certainly not thanks to Kenji, who came to the realisation that he has a crush on Shizuku-chan after all. He didn’t like the class, a place filled with “plebeians”, he didn’t like their method of transportation and he certainly didn’t like thinking that they are his equals. Shizuku was probably the only thing that made that place bearable.

Still, it’s no secret that Kenji’s quite the elitist. His family has money and he wants the whole world to know it. Still, no matter how much money he may have, he cannot have the one thing that he wants the most; he cannot have Shizuku. It’s probably killing him that she’s always talking about Haru, and that she’s not the type of girl he usually falls for.

Haru might actually have been the one to have suffered the most. He claimed to have held back the entire time, saying that he wanted to crash that class and spread chaos all over the place. But he didn’t, because he knew that Shizuku would never forgive him for that. That has to mean something, at least. He’s usually not the type to think things through, although he’s still careless when it comes to Kenji. He really doesn’t like it when that guy gets too close to Shizuku.

I’ll just wait to see what happens next. I’d like to point out that my hopes are as high as ever, especially after seeing that awkward, yet romantic scene between Haru and Shizuku. They may be out of sync right now, but they are head over heels for one another, and that is really all that matters in the end.

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Dec 5, 2012

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun episode 10

Eureka, she’s done it! I was really nervous about the whole thing. Why weren’t they getting together, even though they were both in love with each other? There were new obstacles every week. It’s really too bad that it took this long, but it finally happened!

The episode started out just like any other, although Haru was extremely vigilant of all the guys around him. I guess he really didn’t like it when he found out that Kenji has fallen for Shizuku’s charms as well. He spent almost the entire episode following Shizuku around, making sure that she doesn’t do anything strange.

Smart move, idiot. That’s all women like; an idiot following them around, telling them what they can and cannot do. I’m pretty sure the 20’s are behind us now. That is why I got nervous. I started thinking that Shizuku would never fall for a guy that tried to run her life like that. I guess it’s a good thing that Haru has a reputation for being an idiot.

Shizuku tried to find a chance to talk to Haru alone, but he was constantly surrounded by his friends. She finally got to talk to him during their way home, where she finally confessed her feelings to him. I was so pleased that I almost jumped a hole in the ceiling. Shizuku and Haru are finally an item now. Take that, Kenji!

I’m really looking forward to the next episode, even though Haru’s still acting like a control freak. The chances of a kiss are very low if he keeps acting like that, so I hope that Shizuku slaps some sense into him during the first few minutes. I can’t have them do it at the very last minute, thereby ending the episode with a huge cliff-hanger. That’s unacceptable!

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Nov 28, 2012

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun episode 09

Now this is how it’s done, Code:Breaker. This is how you make a good, yet fairly predictable twist. I’m actually looking forward to seeing the next episode. It’s a good thing that the manga hasn’t been fully translated yet, otherwise I would’ve read a few chapters. I just have to know what will happen next…

Let’s start this off with Shizuku’s home situation. Her father’s store has gone belly-up, so he’s pretty much jobless now. It’s times like these that both of them rely on Shizuku’s mother, a career woman. The woman works her ass off while the man keeps messing things up… That just doesn’t seem right. Do they live in a reversed world or something?

Anyway, Shizuku took control, as is to be expected of her, and set things straight with her mother while she prepared to help out her father with his store. Its times like these that make Shizuku seem a bit too mature for her age, if you ask me. I wouldn’t mind if she became a bit more girly. You know the sort of thing, a few frills here and there, a bit of make-up and perhaps a nice-looking dress. I bet Haru would be speechless.

But the spotlight this week goes to Kenji, a rich kid with good grades that used to bully Haru by constantly taking his money, even though he’s actually rich. It’s kind of pathetic when you think about it. Why would a rich kid want to steal a few pennies from some naïve fool? He probably has issues at home.

Still, he definitely stole the spotlight this week. It seems that he, just like Haru, has fallen to Shizuku’s mysterious charms. Perhaps I shouldn’t say mysterious? I would kill to get a girl like Shizuku (a real girl, not one of those creepy life-size pillows with Shizuku printed on it), so I can definitely relate to that. Right now I just want to find out how Haru is going to deal with this. I don’t think he’ll resort to violence right away, but I don’t think he’ll just ignore it. I can’t wait…!

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Nov 21, 2012

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun episode 08

Another good episode, as is to be expected of Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. Truthfully, there wasn’t as much progress between Shizuku and Haru as I had expected. I’m starting to get a little bit worried, because I don’t want the end to be another kiss between these two characters. I want more. I don’t want to waste more episodes to see something I’ve already seen during the first episode.

The episode started out pretty good. Everyone was busy with the school fair and Shizuku and Haru were both in charge of the haunted house. Perfect opportunity for Haru; a boy and a girl alone together in the dark. Anything could happen. But, sadly enough, my hope to see anything happen between them soon got flushed when the fearsome foursome, Haru’s ‘friends’, showed up to ruin everything.

Kenji, that blonde know-it-all, continued to interfere with their progress. He kept clinging to Shizuku, which ended up making Haru mad, which ended up in Shizuku accidently getting punched by Haru when he tried to hit Kenji. Seriously, what kind setup is that? Haru has it hard enough without people messing up his life any further.

Also, Haru’s brother, Yuuzan, is seriously starting to piss me off. He keeps messing things up. Why doesn’t he just go back home? He already achieved his mission, to make Haru stay in school and away from home. His excuse for that was because those two would kill each other, yet he keeps interfering with his life like that…

Still, I have a lot of hope left! Shizuku clearly still loves Haru as much as before, but she just doesn’t want to fall deeply in love like that again, because she fears that her grades will suffer once more. Shizuku, now also known as “study bug”, always puts her education before anything else. That is why she’s my favourite. She knows how to prioritize. It won’t be long now before Haru tears threw the wall around her heart and officially makes her his girlfriend.

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Nov 14, 2012

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun episode 07

What the hell, Shizuku!? I cannot believe what I saw here. I cannot believe that such an epic episode was ruined by that stubborn girl. But hey, I’ll get to that later. I wish I could find the author behind Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, just to shake his/her hand. This is definitely my number one this season.

The episode started out with Haru’s dilemma. He was confused about what he truly wanted. It was the class president, Chizuru-chan, that opened his eyes. The poor girl, not being able to purge her wise words from Haru’s mind, realized that she only widened the gap between her and Haru. That just goes to show that no good deed goes unpunished.

It really is strange, because Haru finally realized that he has feelings for Shizuku. And we, the viewers, all know that Shizuku is still in love with Haru. The stupid girl is just being stubborn. She could’ve had him. She could’ve had the one boy that made her heart race faster than a racing horse. But no, she put her grades before anything else, as usual.

I cannot help but feel a bit aggravated by it all. I mean, that girl had the audacity to tell him to stay at least two meters away from her, even though she walks up to him all the time. She’s just too scared to accept the fact that the boy she likes also likes her.

I really want to see the next episode, now more than ever. I need to know how Haru will deal with this. Will he steal another kiss? Will he hug her so tightly that the air gets squeezed out of her lungs? Come on people, I need to know! And no, I won’t give in. I will not read the manga. This anime is way too good to spoil like that.

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Nov 7, 2012

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun episode 06

What the hell? What happened to all the progress? Both Haru and Shiziku are like traffic lights. They keep changing their minds about one another. That’s not even the strangest part. The strangest part is that they actually made some progress during this episode.

This episode primarily revolved around Chizuru. It’s a nice-looking character with a kind personality. But… Where the hell does she fit in? I doubt that it’s going to be a regular love triangle between her and Shizuku. I mean, Haru, even though it’s a bit too late right now, realized that he had romantic feelings towards Shizuku.

It’s too late. Shizuku realized that studying was a bit more important than her one-sided crush. She tried to avoid looking at him and focussed on studying, even during their so-called date. It’s during that date that he realized his feelings for her.

The next episode will probably get even more complicated. Shizuku is trying hard not to fall to Haru’s charms (yes, the guy actually seems to have some kind of charm) while Haru is trying to think about what he really wants. It’s a lot simpler with Chizuru. She knows what she wants and why.

I’ll leave things here for now. There’s nothing more to talk about. The only thing I would change is Yuuzan. The guy did what he came her for, he told Haru to disobey his father and to stay in school. There’s no reason for him to stay, and yet… Oh well…

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