Several hours ago marked the end of one of my favorite anime this season, Chuunibyou demo Koi Shitai!, and damn was it an emotional ride.
As I hoped, Yuuta manages to pull through and not disappoint me. Go get that Rikka!
Image Credit: koba from Pixiv
I realize that I may be beating a dead horse, but I’m still (after all of these years) baffled at KyoAni’s business practices. They’re just so bizarre and simply do not match what your typical business-minded person would think of when you say “making a profit from popularity.”
This is seriously one of the ONLY times where I wished a company would milk their popular products, yet they don’t! They just don’t want my money. Do they like money? Because they don’t like mine.
Today’s episode of Chuu2Koi was a really good one. On an emotional level, I thought they did a really good job on it.
I still find it highly amusing that I started watching this show because I figured it would give me a good chuckle, and now here I am, connecting to it on a deeper level. I’m not so sure I would give it an award if I were in a position to give one, but I will say that this show has proven to be very powerful in terms of characters. I find the characters extremely likable and memorable, and at the very least I’d give it an award in that regard.
Continuing the planned series of Haruhi-rewatch blog posts that started with the first episode, during the beginning of 2008 (yes, I’m *that* bad). Considering it was 2008 back when I wrote that, these subsequent posts won’t be from the same viewing – by this time (the end of 2012), I’ve already re-watched the series AGAIN over thirty times (might be exaggerating, but it is one of my favorite anime and light novel series of all time). And, of course, I promised to resume this along with my Cardcaptor Sakura posts in my summer anime blogging list. This may also be the first in my series of “finishing things that were never finished being blogged as an apology for the fact that Mikoto is a lazy dirtbag that lets life get in the way too much” posts that revisits crap I never gotten around to finish blogging.
Same as the first post, screenshots are taken from my The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya complete first season set and I’m planning on doing these posts in chronological order. Oh, and guess what? I’ve brought Kyon back.
Oh damn. Feels are gonna go down, boys and girls.
(For folks who rely on subtitles when watching anime! ;P )
The college quarter kept me away from this place so long that it almost became “Wahfuu! The Visual Novel Blog.” Yet, I’ve tried to keep up with anime somewhat.
However, I have been keeping up with Chuu2Koi, at the very least (planning on having a marathon of Psycho-Pass and Little Busters! afterwords, though I’m afraid the latter might ruin the visual novel somewhat for me since I’ve been reading that instead). Funnily enough, the series is going the complete opposite direction of what was suggested by a couple of people (that it had the possibility of “deteriorating into love-triangle BULLSHIT”) and I’m LOVING it.
TWINTAILS AS WEAPONS? That’s my equivalent to a normal guy’s reaction to using breasts as a pair of shields. Glorious.
First thing I’m treated to after recovering from my surgery is this? AWESOME.
Flippin around doin yo airbenderin shit.
I must say, I typically am one to let things die after I’ve said them once. If people don’t listen, like, appreciate, or agree with whatever someone says the first time, repeating something just becomes annoying and doesn’t really contribute to any sort of productivity. I think I’m going to break my own code of conduct one time here though. Just once. Then I’ll hopefully be able to shut up about this forever.
For about the 100th time this month, this is about Little Busters!, the terribly stupid hatred on J.C staff, the KyoAni gurgling, and just the amazing amounts of stupidity I have seen across the entire board from everything.
An imaginative budget…?
I have an operation tomorrow morning, so this post won’t be as screenshot heavy or as long, even though this episode had lots of awesome and humorous moments!
So far, the characters of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! haven’t struck me as unlikable or anything of the sort. Along with the sweet animation sequences that this episode provided, I think Kyoto Animation has something promising here. Though it does make me ache for another Haruhi Suzumiya or Full Metal Panic! (anytime this century, please! ).
Rikka: totally my favorite character this season – excluding a handful of the Little Busters! cast, of course.
Oh yes, and there probably won’t be any posts for a few days while I’m in bed recovering. By the time I do, my Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus would have come in and I will be fired up to continue my rewatch-blogging of remastered Cardcaptor Sakura (been focusing too much on new shows, I have literally finished rewatching the precious thing a couple of months ago, but haven’t finished blogging it yet D:).
I don’t know if it’s a side-effect of being an anime fan or playing too much Japanese video games, but if I were the MC of an anime and met an eccentric girl (in a cute way) that thought she was the envoy of the dark abyss and yelled out her “attacks”, I’d join in on her crazy antics despite everyone thinking I’m a lunatic.
Maybe in real life too, but then again I *am* insane. Haha, funny anime, Kyoto Animation.
Well, Hyouka‘s finally ended, and as I expected from an anime based on a novel, it leaves the series open for a continuation. Now all that’s left is for KyoAni to take one up along with tons of other series they need to continue.
Episodes centering around Valentine’s Day usually tend to be all flowers and sunshine, maybe even comical. Surprisingly, Hyouka managed to make its Valentine’s Day episode a spiral of emotions. It was particularly jarring to see Chitanda act angry or depressed about anything, at least. Or seeing Satoshi going about something in an extremely dickish and alarming way, despite him being easygoing most of the time. Or seeing the apathetic Houtarou very openly give two shits about something right off the bat.
Looks like they’re trying to end Hyouka off with a character-focused bang before the end of the season and KyoAni’s doing a good job of it.
Me on Sundays.
Man, Houtarou. It’s pretty obvious that you and Chitanda want it both ways. And it’s especially obvious in this episode, where Chitanda was willing to remove her obi in front of you. Too bad Kyoto Animation didn’t try to top the situation that happened in CLANNAD, where instead of an awkward and hilarious scene between a guy and a girl in her burumas locked in a shed, it’s an awkward and hilarious scene between a guy and a girl exposing her EVERYTHING locked in a shed.
What we expected:
What we got:
Hm… Kininarimasu, indeed.
In retrospect… HNNNNNG KIMONOS. Nothing to complain about.
Not only was episode 19 a haven for Houtarou/Chitanda hints, it also supports my theory that Houtarou is simply not an ordinary human being, even by anime standards. The connoisseur of strangeness, Haruhi, may even agree with me.
Seriously, this kid makes a completely out-of-there guess about a mundane-sounding announcement at school being related to counterfeit through pure conjecture… and at the end of day, turns out to be right. This kid is better than actual police detectives!
If Houtarou’s name was Ryuuichi instead, I wouldn’t doubt that this was a prequel to the Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban series of visual novels.
+10 points if Chitanda’s first name was “Mayoi” or “Maya”
On the agenda for our pilot episode, we have the upcoming Little Busters! anime, Spice & Wolf and other light novels, Da Capo III and other untranslated visual novels, Tales of Xillia being localized, and of course, plenty of extra topics because we can’t stop talking.
The conclusion of this “School Festival arc” caught me by surprise. I didn’t expect Hyouka to pull off something rather this complex. It took three subplots of the previous episodes that were seemingly unrelated and managed to weave them together to into a conclusion which focused on one central theme, expectations. And it did it really well.
What I liked particularly about this arc was the focus on Satoshi and Mayaka. It took two characters that seemed like mere background props in the beginning (in my opinion) and revealed more interesting facets about them, resulting to them pretty much stealing the show from Houtarou and Chitanda (hnnnnnng, impossible!) this time around. Houtarou may have solved the mystery, Satoshi, but I sure enjoyed the added depth to your character.
Bravo, Hyouka. Bravo. If this is you at your best, then you should keep it up. =)
By the way, this isn’t supposed to be condescending.
I had a feeling that Mayaka’s missing manga would play a huge part in this mystery, but I had no idea that it might very well be the key to connecting everything together. Hm, I was actually surprised.
On the subject of her favorite doujin manga, it does look like it harkens back to the good ol’ classic days of manga, judging by the art style.
After a few episodes of festival fun, the mystery hovering below the noses of our beloved Classics Club finally shows itself (well, it already did, but now they actually give a damn about it lol).
This is really the type of episode of Hyouka that I enjoy watching and I’d say this was one of the best episodes yet, and totally makes up for the rather uneventful set of episodes that came before it (to be fair, they did serve as set-up). Again, I must say that I love Hyouka‘s focus on the mundane yet complicated mysteries and, most importantly, the never-ending cuteness of Chitanda. xD
Out of a thousand people attending the festival, I wonder how our Sherlocke Houtarou will figure out the A.B.C. culprit?
As an anime/manga fan-artist, I keep myself updated on Wacom’s YouTube channel, a company which produces high-quality graphics tablets (of which I do not own, ARGH), and every so often they upload a video showcasing well-known artists using their tablets such as the Cintiq 24HD.
For fans of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Shakugan no SHANA, Another, various Unison Shift visual novels, etc. that also happen to be fans of their artwork, you have to be familiar with Noizi Itou, the illustrator and character designer for all of these works. Wacom’s recent video just happens to showcase her doing what she does best. So yeah, here’s a chance to see her skills in action through digital media. ^^
Today’s secret ingredient is… MOEEEEHHHHH
No mysteries today, folks. Instead, we bring you Iron Chef, guest starring Eru Chitanda!
And those other people.