Dec 19, 2014

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso episode 11

I am going to write about Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso since it was such a good episode and since Parasyte took that expected one week break after all. I’ll admit that there wasn’t a lot of action in this one, but I must say that this was one of the better episodes.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.05_[2014.12.18_23.27.42]What worries me most is Kaori’s health. She’s clearly hiding something and it is only a matter of time before that comes out. I foresee an illness that will end up bestowing upon her an early, undeserved death. I just feel it. Of course, every fibre of my being hopes that I am wrong about this. She is by far the greatest character on the show.

What also surprised me was Kousei’s attitude towards the whole thing. He had just been disqualified for stopping in the middle of his performance and he even got talked down by that grumpy old man, yet he stood proud with a smile on his face. It was almost as though he walked out of there as the winner. I guess his feelings reached the girl that conquered his heart.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.54_[2014.12.18_23.28.06]It all doesn’t matter though. Kousei is back. He lost his way and is now trying to find his own piano playing style. He is coming back. He has the support of his friends and the support of Hiroko-chan, a young mother (I think?) that claims to be his guardian and teacher. She, Hiroko, seems to think very fondly of Kousei. I think she could be the one to help him get back up on his feet and into the music world where he obviously belongs. She just needs to keep poking into his life a bit more in order to give him that extra push for him to pursue his dreams, because I don’t think Kousei would improve a lot without a little bit of support from friends.

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Dec 17, 2014

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Grisaia no Kajitsu episode 11

So they are going to dedicate yet another episode to explore Amane’s past. Wonderful. They will probably end up using the final episode as a kind of group thing to show us what kind of harem Yuuji has built during these past few months.

[HorribleSubs] Grisaia no Kajitsu - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.52_[2014.12.16_23.12.43]I found this episode rather difficult to watch. Not a lot of interesting stuff. It’s like I was watching a rerun. Every character has had a rough past and is trying to live life as normal as possible. We’ve seen all of it by now. So yeah, this, as heavy as it may be to some, did not surprise me at all. After all, we’ve seen this sort of thing plenty of times now on Grisaia no Kajitsu.

Yuuji will once again find a way to help Amane overcome her past. It’s just difficult to watch because it’s too much of the same thing (in general). They even threw in another dead dog, just like with Michiru. This story is just going round in circles. It’s like playing a game; every girls represents a level. They all have a problem and a demon that the hero must defeat. Definitely a visual novel adaption.

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Dec 13, 2014

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso episode 10

I am very satisfied with this episode. I am very satisfied with how this episode turned out. It would’ve been absolutely ridiculous if Kousei suddenly started playing like a pro from start to finish and actually won. No, that won’t be happening any time soon.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.25_[2014.12.12_23.53.58]Say whatever you want about the guy; he did his best. He had a good start when he was still trying to be the old puppeteer that he used to be when his mother was still alive, but that soon fell apart when he realized that he was too damaged to revert to his old ways. His mother haunts him and he completely fell apart. At one point he just stopped playing in order to gather his thoughts and, when thinking of Kaori, started playing again as though he was a new person with a new mission. I definitely liked what I saw there!

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.31_[2014.12.12_23.54.23]It is promising. He has been playing because of his mother up until now. Tied to the score because of his mother’s evil teachings. But not anymore. He has been set free. He can finally find his own way, his own music. He already has a goal in mind. All that’s left is for him to continue walking this path and he will end up on his feet soon enough.

Now then, what will happen with his childhood friends? He likes the girl that supposedly likes his best friend, even though those two have nothing in common. Kaori and Kousei were practically meant for each other. I can’t say the same thing about Tsubaki and Kousei. They were meant to be brother and sister from different parents if you ask me.

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Dec 10, 2014

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Grisaia no Kajitsu episode 10

I do not understand why Grisaia no Kajitsu got thirteen episodes and shows like Psycho-Pass 2 only got eleven. It is quite obvious to anyone that the latter obviously wins in story, artwork and overall popularity.

[HorribleSubs] Grisaia no Kajitsu - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.28_[2014.12.09_22.57.57]Life went back to normal for Yuuji and the rest. Amane, as predicted, steps into the spotlight this week and almost immediately becomes Yuuji’s girlfriend (kind of). This will probably take up next week’s episode as well, but after that we’re probably going to finish this by either focussing on Yuuji next or just a whole group thing.

Grisaia no Kajitsu has roughly a seven on a lot of anime databases. I think that’s too high. This show has been a huge disappointment. The show didn’t even start out strong, but it just looked overall promising. In the end nothing changed. The story is still as weak as it was when this first started. Truly my biggest regret this season.

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Dec 6, 2014

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso episode 09

Not bad episode. I was actually surprised until my expectations where finally met at the last moment. And yes, the pace is still too damn slow. I believe we already saw half the episode before Kousei’s fingers finally touched that piano.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.36_[2014.12.05_23.28.41]I must say that I did enjoy seeing a bit more about that girl’s past. I normally don’t care for the pasts of supporting characters, but there is something about her that simply interests me. Also, she is just another female character that may or may not end up fighting for Kousei’s heart, making that boy pretty damn lucky for someone with so many mental issues.

Still, the way she fought to learn how to play piano. All because she saw Kousei play as a child. She wanted to play in the same competition as him and that’s what inspired her to play the piano. That’s nice! I don’t care if it’s love or just plain rivalry. Every person needs a goal and a whole lot of “fuel” to get there.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.35_[2014.12.05_23.29.22]But yeah, Kousei finally started playing and I was shocked that it was going pretty well. People were actually saying that he was still the same puppeteer as before, hitting all the notes flawlessly. That’s when I started to worry a little. Was Kousei really going to win? Was he really going to show us a great performance after all the crap that we’ve seen so far? His mother has broken him pretty badly, so there was no way for him to win, right? And that’s when he started to play badly. He started thinking about his mother again and that cat, lost track of the notes and started playing like he did when he was Kaori’s accompanist. My world once again makes sense.

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