Oct 10, 2011

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Mirai Nikki

Only in Japan. This anime is a bit along the lines of Death Note, which was a good anime. For some reason I was reminded about Eden of the East, mainly because of those special cell phones. I honestly do believe that’s a good thing, Eden of the East was very exciting to watch, and it received a lot of good reviews, which is probably why they made another movie of it.

The artwork is good. I can’t imagine people complaining about the artwork. It’s the story that does it, it’s very strange so they will have to pull out a lot of stuff out of their arsenal to keep this one exciting.

Still, I liked it, despite the weird start. I have a lot of faith in this one, because a lot of great animes are born from weird and farfetched stories. I think it’s those weird twists in the story that will keep this anime interesting.

Plot Summary: Yukiteru Amano (Yuki) is a loner who never really interact with people and prefers writing a diary on his cell phone with his only companion being an imaginary friend named Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is not a figment of his imagination but real when Deus makes him a participant in a battle royale with eleven others. Within this “Diary Game”, the contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future with each diary having unique features that gives them both advantages and disadvantages.

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Sep 15, 2011

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No.6 episode 11

Well. The last episode finally arrived, and yet here I sit with many questions still unanswered. The ending was really bad, not to mention weird as hell. But enough with the spoilers.

This episode continues where the last one left off, with Nezuma and Shion finally meeting up with Safu, or so they thought. The Safu that Shion once knew is no more, Safu’s body is merely used as a medium by Elyurias, some sort of goddess. Shion did not notice at first, but she couldn’t fool Nezumi. Nezumi and Shion started to exchange words, after having been told that one of them must destroy no.6’s main computer in order to destroy the corrupt city. Shion lost control and wanted to do it himself, but Nezumi quickly knocked him out because he didn’t wanted Shion to be tainted any more. Nezumi managed to plant the bomb and take Shion to the elevator, leaving Safu’s body behind.

Meanwhile the city is in a state of chaos and anarchy. The killer bees are finally hatching, leaving countless of bodies lifeless on the ground. Inukashi and Rikiga decided to bail and head for the exit, where they meet Nezumi and Shion who have been shot whilst trying to escape. It looked like Shion wasn’t going to make it, and the ceiling was about to give in, so Inukashi, who is known to fear death a lot, decided to leave together with Rikiga, leaving Shion and Nezumi behind. Nezumi wouldn’t leave Shion, who had already lost consciousness. Then, when the ceiling finally gave in, they were saved by Elyurias, thanks to Safu. Somehow, after that incident, their wounds seemed to have been healed.

Finally! The city called No.6 is no more. The two look upon the destroyed city one more time before setting out together. The people have finally been freed of corruption. The people look upon the sky with confusion and relief.

Shion, at the end, parts ways with Nezumi. But he’s not alone for long, one of Inukashi’s dogs delivers him a baby. The same baby that he had saved during the attack, when No.6’s soldiers came and killed all those who refused to cooperate and captured those that did. The end is confusing as hell, seriously. Why?! Why not meet up with his mother? Why not stay with Nezumi? If new content of No.6 arrives before any Usagi Drop content, I’m going to be really pissed off.

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Sep 9, 2011

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No.6 episode 10

I somehow started loving Thursday. Seriously, all the good episodes get aired on Thursday. Naruto Shippuuden, Usagi Drop, No.6 and (a bit later at night) Mayo Chiki. Can I get a hooray Thursday?

This is it. I was under the impression that the captured would be transported to a correctional facility. How wrong I was. They were simply being dumped into a mass grave, or more specifically; a humongous mountain of dead bodies. They soon climbed the dead bodies all the way to the top in order to infiltrate the facility.

They successfully infiltrated alright, but that was merely the easy part. They had to stay on guard as they move throughout the facility. With the help of the Rikiga and Inukasih, who set off a stink bomb, they managed to infiltrate the facility all the way to the top. Unfortunately they encountered some resistance; gaurds opened fire on Nezumi and managed to score two hits. Nezumi was about to get killed when Shion shot the last guard, by doing so saving Nezumi’s life.

They advance to the top level where they meet Safu. Somehow, even though after all that happened, this was way too easy. Safu has definitely been brain washed and I think that Shion isn’t doing too well either. He hasn’t been himself ever since he had to climb death mountain. He knows things about the facility that he shouldn’t know, he hears things and suddenly he was merciless and killed a person for the first time, all because of that facility. I think the next episode is going to answer a huge load of questions, I can’t wait.

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Sep 2, 2011

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No.6 episode 09

Well, this certainly is a different way to start an episode. Rikiga tried to capture some guy by putting on a fake show. He used Dogkeeper as bait, with the fake intentions of whoring her out to that man. Fortunately for Dogkeeper that it was all a scheme to capture that man. After that Dogkeeper left the room in tears, saying that no one came to help. But Shion stayed by Dogkeeper’s side and by touching Dogkeeper’s shoulders he seems to have discovered something. Personally, I think it’s the truth behind Dogkeeper, her being a girl and all… Because it looks like everyone thinks that Dogkeeper is a guy.

From what I can gather from watching this episode, it looks like they are going to make their move on No.6 soon. They are talking about “The Holy Day” that’s about to take place in No.6 for some reason. But suddenly, after learning about this day, the village where Shion now lives gets attacked by soldiers sent from No.6 to bring the people back to a correctional facility.

Shion and Nezumi ended up getting captured after their pointless struggle to escape. But Nezumi let out that it was part of the plan to infiltrate their facility. I Have a feeling that this is how they’re going to save Safu. But seriously, this is not how I expected it to go, not one bit. My earlier suspicion of the bakery being used as a safe house is now completely gone.

Anyway, after hearing Nezumi sing while they’re being transported to a correctional facility, you’ll see some weird scene through Safu’s eyes, which means she’s alive. Safu, being inside an tube filled with a liquid of sorts, appears to have changed somehow. I think Shion’s quest to save Safu has just become a lot harder. I think it’ll become one of those cliché battles; the ‘defeat-her-first-before-you-can-save-her’ type of battle. But we’ll see what happens in the next episode.

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Aug 28, 2011

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No.6 episodes 07 & 08

Good, very good. It’s nice to see that the story is finally getting a lot more interesting. The previous episodes left me wondering several things, things that have been answered in these episodes.

I had thought that Shion would’ve discovered Safu’s situation by himself. Obviously I was mistaken, Nezumi ended up telling him the truth after all. Sure, Shion was pissed off, but he did show understanding.

Shion, as I predicted, has made the search for Safu his top priority. Wanting to save Safu and bring the organization behind No.6 down, Shion and Nezumi set out for some sort of underground maze, in order to meet up a certain man. This man turned out to be none other than one of the professors behind No.6 and everything that city stands for. This man seemed to know practically everything about No.6 and the people running it. He shared some information with the boys after hearing out Shion’s entire story. He then gave Shion some sort of chip, claiming it has all the information about No.6 on it. This is where I got very suspicious.. Why did he give it just like that? And I can’t help but to notice several similarities between that man and Shion. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that man turned out to be Shion’s father.

Speaking about fatherly candidates, I think that Rikiga has a good chance too. In both episodes  he shows an abnormal amount of interest in Shion, wanting to know everything about him, getting worked up about his safety and whatnot. I think it’s still too early to decide, but at this point it’s Rikiga who’s more likely to be the father.

Moving on to a less important but very interesting development… Shion kissed Nezumi! On the mouth! HAX! CHEATS! This character confuses me to no end. Nezumi is the sole survivor of the Forest People. And in the scene that showed the survivor, you could clearly see a little girl with long hair and grey/silver eyes. This specific scene made me doubt Nezumi’s gender. I haven’t read the manga, so I can’t be too sure, but this character really confused me during these two episodes. Nezumi acts and speaks like a boy pretty much all the time, except for when he/she is on stage.

As for Shion’s upcoming quest to Save Safu and bring the organization behind No.6 down, I still stand by the statement I made in my previous No.6 post. I think that the bakery, owned by Shion’s mother, is going to be used as a safe house for Shion and his allies. That would be, at least at this point, a logical and strategic decision.

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