I realize that it’s already April 2nd in Japan, but since it’s still Sakura’s birthday/CLAMP Day here at least, I should get off my lazy bum and continue with these posts!
Now that our little detour in Hong Kong is over and done with, the second season blogging of Cardcaptor Sakura is finally underway. Whereas the first season is pretty hefty (35 episodes!), this is actually relatively short – it’s just comprised of the very tail-end of the Clow Card arc, and let’s just say that the second season of CCS is as “long” as one average anime series (one cour, 11~12 episodes).
Continue reading Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 36
Image Credit: 蒼天空 from Pixiv
…Illness when writing that mess aside, I don’t think it needed to be any clearer for comprehension.
I was going to do another Cardcaptor Sakura post or a Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works post, but in light of certain reactions to my previous Kantai Collection post from denizens of the anime community’s infamous cesspool (I say “the”, but in actuality, there are quite a few of them – pick your poison) repeatedly missing the point, I feel the need to clarify more than a few things for others who might also misunderstand the context.
(The real reason is mostly because cramming for midterms in college sucks, and I’m finding an excuse to procrastinate and letting out stress.)
Continue reading Cancerous Ship Girls Rant: The Expansion
Sakura goes to Hong Kong!
When we last left off on my rewatch-blog of Cardcaptor Sakura, the first season of the series had concluded with Sakura enjoying her final moments of Christmas day.
In the original television broadcast of Cardcaptor Sakura, the anime was put on-hold until April 6, 1999 for its second season. Gekijouban: Cardcaptor Sakura didn’t premiere in theaters until after the second season had ended and Sakura captured all the Clow Cards (the movie premiered in theaters on August 21, 1999). However, the plot of the film clearly takes place around/between episodes 35 and 36 (it’s winter vacation in Tomoeda and Meiling is still around), so for the purposes of the re-blog, I’m placing it before the second season.
Continue reading Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 THE MOVIE
Big giant NO
Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! Though more than a day late, I felt compelled to honor the horror festivities we had this season using this humble little Japanophile blog of mine in some way or another. Rather than diving into some bizzarro horror manga by the likes of Itou Junji and such, I’ve decided to ramble a bit about one of my favorite Japanese survival horror video game series that I find myself playing every October: 零 (Zero), otherwise known as Project Zero in Europe and Fatal Frame in the United States.
Continue reading Happy Belated Halloween! (Project Zero/Fatal Frame)
The suffering continues…
My interest in actively discussing Puella Magi Madoka Magica died down significantly during the past couple of years. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original anime series and enjoyed watching both of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Beginning Story and the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Everlasting Story films, but I wasn’t a crazy enough fan for the series in the vein of, say, Neon Genesis Evangelion that I was super excited with seeing the same story played over again. Especially since (for example), unlike Rebuild of Evangelion‘s constant divergences that make it clear that it’s a new story/continuation, the first two Madoka movies were just recaps of the same 12 episodes of the anime series. There was nothing really new to talk about aside from the spin-off materials, so the wait for Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Rebellion Story was killer because I really wanted to know what was gonna happen after the TV anime’s conclusion.
That said, I was really excited to see this film. Partly because (again) “YAY, NEW MADOKA CONTENT“, and also, I had this feeling that Gen Urobutcher wasn’t exactly finished messing with the audience. I’ve described the original anime as a series with no shock absorbers, and I went in expecting this to be the same case. I thought I was prepared for the inevitable shock, whatever it was.
But I was wrong. I let my guard down. 「残念だったね。」
Continue reading Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie [Shinpen]: The Rebellion Story
Yeeeeeeeeah, the European Collector’s Edition of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy totally isn’t worth being jealous over. What was Square Enix thinking when they decided to bundle this monstrosity among the other goodies? Couldn’t they have gotten Figma? Or maybe even Alter? Square Enix, here’s some advice: what looks to be equivalent to a Chinese knock-off isn’t worth the extra expense. Poor European fans.
THIS is a figure (
now if only I could find one of Elise, then all would be swell).[/SPOILER]
So yeah, in other news, I’m pretty hyped for Bravely Default: Flying Fairy coming out in America next month. I may or may not get it at launch depending on my finances. I still haven’t bought The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds yet, after all…
OH DEAR GOD WHAT
Now, as some of my readers might know, I have no problems with watching shows aimed at a more feminine fanbase. In fact, I love them as much as more testosterone-ridden GAR shows that are on my list (Samurai Champloo, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, GaoGaiGar, etc.)
But this. This is different.
This is very different. A bunch of shirtless, muscular well-toned sexy men cutting loose in the pool. I suppose the plot is about swimming? Because when I was in high school, I know very well what went on in the locker rooms after a day of swimming. For all I know, the plot could be about that as well.
So, what do you guys suggest? Is Free! worth watching? Will I be the same after I watch it? Is this a break-through from Kyoto Animation in terms of revolutionizing swimming and what it means to swim?
( ?´_ゝ｀) Yes? No? Replies from males and females are all welcome. Telling me why you like it without spoilers would be helpful as well.
(And yes, I’m well-aware of the true reason why a handful of people watch this show, I’m just giving it the benefit of the doubt and most likely pay for it because of my open-minded personality.)
Another series to get out of the way before I write about the current anime season – friggin’ mermaids on an acid trip, twelve minutes each week.
There’s really only one way to describe this show, and that is: insane humor.
Continue reading Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san (Thoughts and Impressions)
No, we didn’t go to the maid cafe. T_T
Truth be told, I was looking forward to going to Anime Expo 2013 during the earlier parts of the year – going to Fanime again this year was somewhat of a last minute thing. We ended up not having enough funds to afford going to LA and spending our time at the convention as pre-registered members. Fanime’s always fun, so I didn’t mind much. However, it did sour the experience in another way. Since we couldn’t book a room at the Marriott, Hilton, or any other nearby hotels this year (by the time we decided to go to Fanime again, all the reservations were full), we had to book a room at a motel called the “Hotel Elan” (yes, they call themselves a hotel) which was somewhat of a distance away from the San Jose Convention Center. It wasn’t too bad of a place nor was it miles away, but it was still far enough (approximately one mile) that we had to walk over there and take the bus every morning. We never got to the con at the earliest possible time, and since the neighborhood was pretty damn dangerous, we never stayed out too late. From now on, we’re definitely making plans for Fanime every year except when we’re 100% sure we’re going to another con.
Continue reading Fanime 2013 Overall Experience (and the horrors of Yaoi Bingo)
Quiet, Calm, Deadly. The Ninja, Kaede.
The dark types are such fun sometimes. The evil looks in their eyes, the dark stoic deadpan in their voice, the ungodly fear that she might just kill you before you manage to break through the evil fog of emotions. All this goes into a rather intense emotional experience as you work stone by stone, piece by piece and tear by painful tear to get to her heart, leaving you with a lot of satisfaction and manly( or womanly) tears at the end when you finally see that smile you’ve been yearning for.
So, with that in mind, let’s talk about someone completely different!
Continue reading Duel Savior: Kaede (Puppies are adorable!)
The… writing of this route.
Okay… so. I must say, the beginning is a bit odd. Especially with how much sex happens almost immediately. By the by, if sex freaks you out, abandon ship. Right now. There is quite a bit of it. Way freaking earlier than I had ever expected. I think part of this can be attributed to Taiga being a mix of awesome and quite possibly the highest level of lech I have ever seen. Seriously, you thought Jun from My Girlfriend is the President was hardcore? Has got absolutely nothing on Taiga. Holy hell. Okay. Yeah. Describing what happened. Plot and stuff. Right, right.
Who is Berio? Berio is the student-president (I LOVE THOSE TYPES NOT REALLY AT ALL!) of the savior-class of the school you got freaking ported into. She’s got the whole work-hard and all-work-and-no-play thing going for her solidly. I want to blame her and not like her for how she treats Taiga at the beginning but… I can’t. He’s seriously a bastard. Almost to the point where I disliked him. Almost. Anyways, Berio is a nun.. sort-of. She’s devoted to god at the least and helps the church a lot, so for the sake of consistency, we’ll call her the nun.
Do note that I’m trying to do route by route here so some things might be confusing. A lot of the details seem to come from Rico’s route. Anyways, onto Berio’s side of things.
Continue reading Duel Savior: Berio! (………..)
Two moe sisters? Oh, which to choose!
Following Wahfuu’s run of Da Capo III, finally clearing all of the scenarios in Da Capo II made a certain someone’s presence in Da Capo III a lot more understandable.
Not surprising with visual novels: whereas I found no interest in continuing the mess of an anime that Da Capo II had, I enjoyed the pacing of the visual novel and what it had to offer. Many of its strong traits include the lighthearted comedy between the characters and its heartfelt climaxes toward the end of each route. Never having read the previous installment, Da Capo, I don’t have much of a comparison between Jun’ichi/Nemu and Yoshiyuki/his “sisters” as central leads, but I found them much more likable than fan impressions of the former pair, despite Yoshiyuki not being the brightest bulb in the room.
Without further ado, let the demonic rebirth of the otherwise miraculous tree commence!
Continue reading Da Capo II: Scenario Reviews
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.
Title: campo de girassol
Album: À procura de felicidade
Album: The Catcher in Greenwich
Typical body switch episode. When you’ve seen it on Shakugan no Shana, you’ve seen it on all of ’em. This show is so mindless it hurts.
No notable Japanese pup-culture references that I can mention, aside from that one scene that looked suspiciously like Code Geass. All I can say is that this episode is a great example of destroying the suspension of disbelief when it comes to “straight” anime MCs. And I’ll name all them in one post.
Continue reading Haiyore! Nyaruko-san 09
So I just got around to reading Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, up to the latest chapter. Suffice to say, it starts out pretty happy, but since I’ve watch the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series, the quick shift to utter darkness didn’t catch me off guard this time around.
I have to say, the plot twist in chapter 14 was pretty awesome, especially since you can spot some clever foreshadowing while re-reading previous chapters. 😀 Even though it isn’t written by Gen Urobuchi, the overall spirit and mood of its parent series is still there, and is emulated perfectly by Maaki Hiramatsu. Kind of miss Ume Aoki’s designs though, but Takashi Tensugi’s art is pretty. This spin-off seems to have much more yuri undertones than its parent series did (which all could have been taken out of context, for all we know), so I’m a happy man. <3
Without being as spoilerish as possible, I summarize my thoughts on the latest chapter in two words: POOR KAZUMI.
Continue reading You Can’t Fool Me Twice! (Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice)
Holy effin’ balls. This is the creepiest manga I’ve ever read. No bullshit. Screw Higurashi. Screw Battle Royale. Screw that Highschool of the Dead BS. This is true horror on black and white pages.
I recommend everyone to kill their lights and read this (unless you somehow manage to get a hold of the actual book, in which case turning off the lights will be fucking stupid). This will make you piss your pants if you happen to have a little sister. Why, you ask? Read it and it will ALL make sense to you. I’m not taking out the trash EVER again.
(Yeah, I didn’t finish blogging the summer season. Sue me. My priorities at the moment are: college prep stuff > video games > anime. Too bad they’re not in the order in which I would prefer them to be. As an apology, here’s a funny video Steven showed me, which he found on VG Cats (wait, they actually updated?!). Cookies for anyone who can point out the person who is most likely saying “yyeah bitches” during that Black Friday stampede.)
More plot-oriented shows should add an element of surprise to their shows and drop the episode previews altogether like Shiki. We all know by now that episode previews usually spoil the crap out of us.
Case in point: During last episode’s cliffhanger, I thought Tohru was going to die. At the start of this episode, it seemed like Shimizu attempting to feast on his blood was all a dream, which made me relieved (because Tohru is cool). And then, they went ahead and surprised me by having him die anyway. I like it when shows do that to me, and if Shiki had an episode preview, I would probably know for sure Tohru was going to die here.
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The look on Natsuno’s face sums up my thoughts. Damn, this show is doing a good job at making me tense, especially this episode.
Return of the dead!
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