Sep 26, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 12

Alright. This post will be kept short, this will be kept simple and this will be kept honest. I do not think that Ao Haru Ride turned out to be a bad watch. There were plenty of times were I truly enjoyed watching it. That being said, I still think that Zankyou no Terror, which turned out to be wonderful from start to finish, would’ve been a much better pick for me.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.39_[2014.09.25_22.19.05]Anyway, Futaba-chan did it. She finally succeeded in breaking down that invisible wall and forced Kou to act his age a bit more. He was so angry and so scared all the time, apparently. Futaba seems to have fixed all that. Does she not realize that she has a hold over him? Dammit Futaba… Just do what most women do; try to dominate and control the living crap out of him.

Kou is slowly becoming more and more sociable with everyone. Nevertheless, was there any progress at the end? Not really. All we really got during these past twelve weeks were hugs and teenage drama. In the end it didn’t really meet my expectations. I would’ve thought that Kou would’ve asked Futaba out by now, but no… A pretty mediocre ending for an overall overrated, yet amusing show.

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Sep 24, 2014

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Barakamon episode 11

It took us a couple of months, but I for one finally understand why Seishuu is so messed up. The guy is strange, cannot really deal with other people and is always overreacting. Now I finally realized that the guy never stood a chance.

[HorribleSubs] Barakamon - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.54_[2014.09.23_23.40.04]So Seishuu returned home and took his latest creation with him. It was rare for him, apparently, to write something after being inspired by something. Can it really be that he became somewhat famous by creating uninspired work? Is it really that simple? Still, I could not believe my eyes when Seishuu lost control and actually destroyed the piece that he work so hard to create just because he was nervous about what that old man, the same old man that he hit in episode one, would say about it. How messed up is that? Why come home in the first place if you are going to destroy the piece that you were going to submit?

[HorribleSubs] Barakamon - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.46_[2014.09.23_23.40.26]Now then, I am not at all surprised anymore that Seishuu turned out this way. His father looks old. Really old. And the guy has a messed up personality. His mother on the other hand looks really young. And she, too, has a messed up personality. It’s no wonder that he became like that with parents like that. Still, they do seem to love him very much.

Anyway, the next and final episode seems promising. Seishuu is going all-in with his latest work and I have this feeling that he will see his friends from the island soon enough. Also, I am pretty certain that he’s going to win the next competition. That would make for a good ending, don’t you think? A victory and a little reunion… Yeah, I’d like that.

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Sep 19, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 11

Good lord… It feels like a vein in my head is about to burst. My head is killing me and I think I’m coming down with something. I will keep this post short and go straight to bed.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.13_[2014.09.18_23.17.25]I think it’s nonsense how the roles have suddenly been switched. Kou took on the role of mature, smart and understanding guy. That image of his has been completely shattered. In fact, the roles have turn. The superficial Futaba-chan has grown a little and is now trying to help Kou the best way that she possibly can. Seriously, how the hell did that happen!?

I do have to admit that Futaba seems very dedicated. She is completely in love with that idiot and she doesn’t really care of he were to find out at this point. Stupid? Oh no. She’s just brave. It seems she grew up a little and is now aggressively following Kou around (which is something she did from the beginning) in order to help him see reason, seeing as he’s still bothered by his mother’s death. We’ll see how this turns out… Just one more episode, right?

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Sep 17, 2014

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Barakamon episode 10

What’s this!? Could I have been wrong? Could it be that we’re getting a couple of serious episodes? Don’t get me wrong, these past ten weeks have been delightful. I just think that a few serious, progress-filled episodes would do this show a lot of good.

[HorribleSubs] Barakamon - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.25_[2014.09.16_23.30.11]So Seishuu-sensei has been working on his calligraphy and experienced a lot of ups and downs. He finally got inspired and created something that he thought was good, after which he submitted it to some competition. Now we are saddled up with a nervous Seishuu-sensei and a group of people that want him back home.

So yeah, Seishuu seems to have finally gone home. Permanently? I don’t know. All I know is that he seems to have left without having said anything, although he did try to. Let’s just face it; a guy like that belongs in the city and not in some remote village with a few dozen local hicks. I doubt he would like to spend the rest of his days being dominated by little children.

[HorribleSubs] Barakamon - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.04_[2014.09.16_23.30.24]So Seishuu left, huh? The end? No. I don’t think so. I actually thought about the possibility of Naru and the others visiting him in the city after they find out that he’s gone, but will they? Will they really? Those characters have gotten really attached to him so it’s definitely a possibility. I personally think it’s more likely that he will go back to his home city to attend that competition in person and listen to what people have to say. But after that I actually think he’s going back to that little town where he got inspired in the first place. I don’t know… We’ll just have to wait and see how this will play out.

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Sep 12, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 10

Wow. Why did I think of Natsuyuki Rendezvous? I remember loving that show to death. Waiting every single week for a new episode was very hard. And that horrible ending disappointed me so much that I lost faith in Japanese endings. Ao Haru Ride won’t be any different. I can tell.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.06_[2014.09.11_23.39.49]I was not very hopeful. I knew what to expect. Futaba is a pretty jealous girl, so when she saw Yuuri and Kou exit that room together and refused to tell her what they did there, I immediately knew that Futaba would not leave it alone until she found out why. She has used sad, obvious excuses before to get what she wanted. This this was no exception. She used like half a dozen bad excuses to gain access to Kou’s house in order to squeeze out a little bit of info on what happened between those two, only to discover that part of that room has been dedicated to Kou’s deceased mother. Yeah, good going, Futaba.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.24_[2014.09.11_23.40.19]I even hate myself for actually getting a little hopeful when Kou held Futaba like that. “Here it finally comes” I said to myself, when suddenly Kou’s older brother showed up to ruin everything. Seriously, he ruined everything. The moment was perfect, the position was perfect and the timing was perfect. I hate myself for that.

I swear, I will never get my hopes up like that again. Ao Haru Ride just keeps shooting it all down. No wonder the manga is so popular amongst girls. They build up so freakin’ much that it makes me want to hit someone. I imagine that girls love this kind of let’s-wait-so-it-becomes-a-lot-more-special crap. The only thing that can make it special is if you obey your partner’s every command (and vice versa from time to time to be fair).

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