Jul 25, 2014

Posted by in Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru Ride episode 03

Quite a messy episode. I expected something a little bit different. I was already going for a hopeless pursuit where Futaba would try desperately to find traces of the boy she used to like. In a way I think she already is trying.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.37_[2014.07.24_22.58.54]I didn’t expect that the show would take such a strange turn where Kou, the no longer shy protagonist, would appear to be so sensitive. I just thought it was because his old brother turned out to be one of their teachers, and this guy in so worried about his little brother after his father and mother broke up… Well… I thought that, but it simply took a different turn. I was actually more surprised that Futaba basically told Kou that she used to like him back in the day and that she knew that he liked her, too. I thought that would mark the start of an interesting relationship, but no… Not yet.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.49_[2014.07.24_22.59.13]This episode was so strange that there’s very little that I want to say. I’m just worried that this whole show will turn into one of those group-romances, you know? They all get new friends instead of pretending to someone they’re not. They all fall in love with someone and soon you’ll have one love triangle after the other. I honestly don’t want this show to be one of those long, boring quests to see if true love will conquer all and such. I honestly am not interested in teenage love drama. It’s always so overreacted and corny and the problems always seem so insignificant (mainly because I look at it from an adult’s point of view).

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Jul 23, 2014

Posted by in Barakamon

Barakamon episode 03

Now this is impressive; the ratings for Barakamon just keeps rising. Last week it was the same story. It rose by a firm 0.4 averagely and this week by another 0.6 averagely. More and more people must be realizing how promising this show is.

[HorribleSubs] Barakamon - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.20_[2014.07.22_22.24.09]What the hell happened to Naru-chan? The opening was insane. The face on that kid was so disturbing that it was impossible for me to contain my laughter. Seeing her rant about how good she can ready nowadays and mumble the word “Mandom” didn’t help at all. It was too hilarious. Can we expect something like this during the start of every episode from now on?

Seishuu seems to be settling quite alright. He has gotten accustomed to country style living and the people that live in that hick town. It seems that he even got used to people constantly trying to invade his own little kingdom. It makes me wonder how. I don’t think I could ever get used to something like that. I probably would’ve bought a gun on the second day.

[HorribleSubs] Barakamon - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.20_[2014.07.22_22.24.18]I also learned something new about hick life in Japan. Of course, I can’t say for sure if this is a regular thing of or it’s just a tradition in the messed up world of Barakamon, but that whole Mochi-picking thing was quite amusing. People get a house or a boat and suddenly the whole village get showered with goodies? Not bad… Not bad at all…

I think I can see where this is going. Seishuu was furious when he heard he lost to someone that had just started writing recently. I understand how that could make a person feel pretty bad and angry. You study and work hard most of your life in order to get to the top, only to be overtaken by some cocky newbie. Yeah, that has got to hurt. Still, Seishuu’s anger attacks are getting far better ever since he arrived in that village. I like where this is going.

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Jul 17, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 02

Yeah, alright, why not. I wasn’t actually planning to write about Ao Haru Ride because romance anime tends to let me down a lot in the end. They always start things off so well and end it poorly. Most of the time nothing ever happens. We’ll see…

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.44_[2014.07.16_22.31.55]So Futaba now leads a pointless life where she has to pretend to be someone she’s not in order to maintain friendships. At least, that’s what she thinks. That is just incredibly sad. I never pretended to be someone I’m not in order to make friends. Sure, I didn’t have many when I was growing up, but the ones I did have hung out with me because of me and not because of my acting skills. In fact, I really hate people that put a mask on and do and say anything in order to become friends. That’s the saddest kind of person you can be. You can only be truly happy if you can be yourself around others.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.35_[2014.07.16_22.32.10]Anyway, it’s only a matter of time before Futaba messed up. It happened during this episode and I’m pretty sure she’ll do it again. She may lose a couple of contacts whom she thought were her friends, but she will gain real friends in return. Isn’t it funny how insignificant a teenager’s problems seem? I honestly couldn’t sympathize.

My money is on Kou. He seems rather aggressive and doesn’t seem to shy away like Futaba usually does. I like that. He is himself, he doesn’t put on an act in front of others and he seems to speak his mind a lot. That guy will go far. It will probably be due to his personality that he and Futaba will start dating in the future. I honestly can’t see Futaba doing anything as aggressive as asking him out…

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Jul 16, 2014

Posted by in Summer Anime 2014

Shin Strange+

I really do not understand the average Japanese mind at all. Strange+ was poorly received in the west and the average ratings for the show are all but good. Why create a second season? How is this stuff getting funded? I am really curious…

Shin Strange+The only good thing I can say about Strange+ is that the artwork is better than most anime shorts. Really, it is. That’s pretty much it though.

No bother with the story. You won’t be watching anything with a decent story if the episodes end after a couple of minutes.

I won’t waste my time with this stuff, so why should you? This is entirely up to you.

Plot Summary: Kou is searching for his older brother Takumi, who left home and has gone missing in the city. Worried that he’s in trouble, Kou decides not to go home until he’s found him, only to find him all too easily. Takumi, it turns out, has become head of the Mikuni Detective Agency, and has no intention of going back home. Kou decides that if he can’t make Takumi return, then he’ll join the agency himself.

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Jul 15, 2014

Posted by in Barakamon

Barakamon episode 02

There’s just no way that I’m leaving this one alone. I just want to see more of this. Seeing how a dozen or so country bumpkins make a snobby brat like Seishuu squeal is really turning out great… It won’t be long now before he starts sh*tting in seven different colours.

[HorribleSubs] Barakamon - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.13_[2014.07.14_22.54.36]I thought it was just Naru that invaded the house whenever see saw fit. It seems that Naru is only the disciple of two teenage girls that really have a way with (naughty) words. I always wondered how a little girl like Naru knew a specific set of words. Now I know why. She has been trained by those other girls. They probably got it of the internet (if they have that) or some magazine.

[HorribleSubs] Barakamon - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.09_[2014.07.14_22.55.21]I still like how most of the characters just waltz in even though the house is now being used by Seishuu so that he can practice his writing and come to terms with what he has done to that old man. At least, I’m sure that’s what his father had in mind. It could just be that his old man already knew about those people and that they would continuously invade his son’s life.

Yeah, I’m going with that. I’m pretty sure his father knows about those people and their habits of constantly dropping in on each other, seeing as it’s a small village and all. I think so because Seishuu really needs people like that. He works himself to death and this episode is a good example of that. He overworked himself and required the help of someone else to call an ambulance. That guy should not live alone. That is why I really hope that Naru (I keep writing Naruto) will be even pushier than before and constantly watch over him as he continues to work (or at least try to).

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