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Hyouka 21

Kininari... sad?

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.

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Hyouka 20 – No awesome thigh scene here

Me on Sundays

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:

If only it were Tomoyo's thighs

What we got:

Chitanda's kimono vs. Kyou's thighs

Hm… Kininarimasu, indeed.

In retrospect… HNNNNNG KIMONOS. Nothing to complain about. 😛

Hyouka – Houtarou is not an ordinary human

MY WHATEVER SENSES ARE TINGLING

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.

Another Chitanda pout just because

+10 points if Chitanda’s first name was “Mayoi” or “Maya”

The Podcast With No Name – Episode 1: Popping the Cherry

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.

Intro Music
Title: campo de girassol
Artist: Shibayan
Circle: ShibayanRecords
Album: À procura de felicidade

Ending Music
Title: グリニッジによる二台のチェロのためのアルマンド
Artist: 菊一倖殷×中雑魚酒菜
Circle: 街角麻婆豆
Album: The Catcher in Greenwich

Hyouka 17

Cheers, Hyouka

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. =)

Surprisingly not sarcastic about it this time around

By the way, this isn’t supposed to be condescending.

Hyouka 15

Talk to the hand!

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?

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Noizi Itou 【Live Drawing】

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. ^^

Hyouka 11

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

At first I was like this.

So it took them three whole episodes to realize that there was something wrong with the absolute communication failure between Hongou and the production crew.

I facepalmed. Oh well, I liked the way Houtaro deduced the whole ploy and the original intent of the “scriptwriter,” as well as his RAGE. Also, Chitanda.

kininarimasu! ♥

But then I was like this.

Hyouka 08

Only Houtaro realizes how silly these mysteries are

This week on mystery-lite, the gang watches a pretty amusing attempt at a Noroi (or maybe, Blair Witch Project)-esque film. I give props for conveying how ridiculously flat acting for a school movie could be.

“Hey guys, I found a severed arm on the floor!”

aaaaaah

Funny thing about Hyouka is the fact that if there is no solution to a mystery or strong character interaction within an episode, it’s pretty easy to summarize in one sentence. It’s not like Lucky Star or K-ON! where multiple things happen at once in an episode regardless if it’s significant or not. I can certainly understand why it isn’t the cup of tea for some people, but I (for one) am looking forward to the next episode where Houtarou deducts who the culprit in the film is.

Because I have a feeling it’s going to be extremely elaborate. I wonder how sick the scriptwriter must be that they simply can’t just ask her about it?

Shut up and watch the movie

A pretty weak episode, since it’s Hyouka and feels like only half of a whole episode considering what we were given before (this whole episode served as a set-up for the next one, after all). I’m sure the next one will be mildly interesting, though.

Tomoko Kawakami

Rest in peace, you've reached your goal

Rest in peace – you’ve reached the goal

Being busy and not keeping up with anime news as much as I should have last year, I have only recently discovered that the talented Tomoko Kawakami, voice actress for various types of characters such as Chiriko from Fushigi Yuugi, Hikaru from Hikaru no Go, and Misuzu from Air, passed away exactly one year ago – the same day as when I found out – June 9th.

Already being down in the dumps as it is, finding out about this deeply saddened me. She had a really wide range of voices – but when she voiced gentle characters like Misuzu, she sounded more gentle than anything. Perfect example of an actor who could bring a character to life.

It’s as if it was a soothing lullaby from the other side. It’s been a year now, but rest in peace, Kawakami-san.

Hyouka 07

DAAAW LOOK AT THE CUTEY WEWTY ENERGY CONSERVER

Very enjoyable episode this week, except for the massive dose of female fanservice, which is enjoyable for the females I suppose. 😛

A simple hot springs episode made interesting by Hyouka standards. This week’s mystery basically revolved around the deconstruction of local ghost stories. Despite being big on mystery shows revolving around loud conspiracies, I find myself to be enjoying the anime’s episodic focus on quiet, subtle, and somewhat regular mysteries that can be solved with a bit of higher thinking.

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Hyouka – First Impressions

ki ni narimasu!

Japanese Curious George is moé.

Despite starting Hyouka with the initial bad reactions still stuck in the back of my head, I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it, despite the first episode being rather so-so (being based on a novel rather than a light novel, I was expecting a much larger scale of depth in the vein of a schoolboy Sherlocke Holmes). While I am known to enjoy complete crap sometimes (Mirai Nikki comes to mind, but that’s meant to be crap in a good sense), I often realize it – and I must say, this isn’t crap at all. On the contrary, after the whole lock-mystery with the janitor in the first episode, I rationally adjusted my level of expectation to that of what I expect a light-hearted mystery to be, and I ended up appreciating what the show is trying to be.

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Little Busters! is getting an anime

WAFUUUUU

Wafu~ the anime is currently in the works according to Dengeki Bunko’s 34th episode of their web radio show. This is news I found out last night while watching Evangelion with my friends. Needless to say, I was ecstatic.

Then I wondered if Kyoto Animation was going to be behind the adaptation. Several seasons have went by with me anticipating another one of Key Visual Art’s works being translated into anime form – obviously this meant several seasons of disappointment as I love Kyoto Animation’s visual novel adaptations. Key probably loved them too considering how long it took for a popular VN like Little Busters! to have an anime announced. As a player of visual novels myself, I will say that KyoAni is one of the best when it comes to doing a VN anime right.

But not to my surprise, Kyoto Animation is not in charge of the Little Busters! anime whatsoever. I guess several seasons of disappointment turned out to be a good shock absorber.

Let’s hope that the studio (currently unknown) that’s in charge of the Little Busters! anime knows what it’s doing and will create a good anime out of it. While I’m disappointed that it didn’t end up being in the hands of the studio I have 100% faith in when it comes to visual novel adaptations, what matters the most is that the studio it is in the hands of knows what it’s doing. Preferably not J.C.Staff or Toei.

EDIT: http://jamberry.at.webry.info/201204/article_189.html

*pukes*

A batch of Clannad tributes

Dango Daikazoku forever!

Just a few tributes to possibly one of the saddest visual novel stories ever told, in the form of full opening music videos. I hope you enjoy!

(This reminds me, I can’t wait for the translation of Key’s new visual novel Rewrite. Almost time for another round of emotional torture!)

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