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Uguu Re-read! The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya

The #1 cause for re-scheduling of anime

The SOS Brigade will be entering a baseball tournament!

Sup everyone! We’re entering one of the first volumes that comprise of “short” stories. In terms of this book, we have four:

  • The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody
  • Mysterique Sign
  • Remote Island Syndrome

The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya, the short story that this entire volume is named after, is sort of a filler. It’s a funny chapter about the SOS Brigade’s attempt at baseball, but nevertheless it’s really weak compared to the other Suzumiya Haruhi arcs, mostly because nothing truly jaw-dropping happens. It’s kind of justified though, since the chapter itself is actually the pilot of the series that was published two months in The Sneaker before The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya ever came out. So it’s only natural that the most we get from this story are very basic showcases of the cast’s personalities and nothing really spectacular. Also, just in case you were wondering, yes – it’s exactly the same as the anime.

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Uguu Re-read! The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya (Light Novel)

Haruhi shouldn't make anime

Danger draws near combat waitress Mikuru!

We’re onto the second Suzumiya Haruhi novel now in my series of light novel posts, and I’m still dying to get through all of the adapted stuff so I can talk about material that has yet to become an anime and will probably never become an anime (;_;).

The second novel is the making of the SOS Brigade’s amateur film, “The Adventures of Asahina Mikuru”. You’ve probably seen it in the anime, and of course, it’s not much different.

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Uguu Re-read! The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Light Novel)

I have no interest in ordinary humans

I have no interests in ordinary humans.

If you guys have been following this blog since my early high school days (back when I had a sense of humor. 2006? 2007? Man, I don’t even know how long I’ve been around in the anime blogosphere anymore), you may know that not only am I the biggest Cardcaptor Sakura geek out there, but I’m also a gigantic Haruiist. It’s the closest thing I have to a religion besides maybe my strange fascination with Buddhism.

Well, anyways. There’s scarcely ever any new material for Suzumiya Haruhi nowadays. Tanigawa Nagaru hasn’t written a new novel in over three years. Kadokawa hasn’t issued any new anime adaptations by Kyoto Animation because he hasn’t written a new novel in over three years. I’m definitely going to watch the The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan anime adaptation when it airs, but it… just isn’t the same.

The only thing that remotely satisfies my cravings is re-reading the light novels and re-watching the anime. So… here I am. Might as well write about it.

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Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Na. (Thoughts and Impressions)

Mata ne!

Let me begin by saying this: Oreimo isn’t the same series I liked back in Fall 2010. It’s changed… I still enjoy it here and there, but there’s no denying that the direction this series took was a bad one.

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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT 01 (First Impressions)

This will certainly melt the ice

That was a really good first episode. A lot of it is familiar content to me, like the bit where Sena, Kodoka, and Yozora try to do things that would make people laugh (and failing horribly at it, which is the funny part), as I’ve read the manga version of it some time ago. I really should start reading the light novels as well – soon, I hope.

The animation was wicked awesome. The quality is up-to-par with the Blu-Rays of the first season and the slightly new style in the art/animation comes off as looking more fluid than the previous 12 episodes. Yozora’s sure sporting the short hair rather nicely in this new animation style.

Haganai’s sense of humor is as funny as I remember it during the first season, and I like it how the episode felt more of a “episode 13” to the original season rather than a bland re-introductory episode for new viewers (if you want to be introduced to the characters properly, watch the first season!). Though the name tags that appeared on the screen served as something helpful for new viewers, I found it a treat that they got right to the point. My side-splitting moment was when Stella gave Kodaka a pack of condoms. Basically goes without saying, “Here to play with the young miss? Use protection!” She’s certainly still the Geoffrey of Haganai.

WAIFU POWER KUKUKU

^ The episode needed more Kobato though. More heterochromia waifu is always good.

Looks like next episode will introduce Maria’s big sister for the first time in animated form. I recall the first time and only time I’ve ever seen her was in that AU Sena manga.

2012/13 Winter Anime (Haganai NEXT!)

Winter Anime Season

Image Credit: ken (coffee michikusa) from Pixiv

Once again, it’s that time to pick out which anime to watch/blog for the next season. Because of my college’s winter quarter, I’ll only do a full blogging season of one anime. The rest of the list is a (rough) representation of what I will watch, but will only do occasional posts about.

Here’s the chart.

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Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai 12 – Final Impressions!

We'll be delusional together!

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!

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12 Days of Anime, Day 2: The Addiction of Haruhi Suzumiya

Holiday greetings from Gensokyo

Image Credit: Yanagi Yuu from Pixiv

Yesterday, I talked about how happy and excited I was about the Rurouni Kenshin revival that has been going on this year, and discussed how godly my hype is for the live-action movie.

But let me just clarify, I’m not only going to talk about notable shows/characters this year (best saved for a New Years post!), I’m also going be talking about activities I’ve been doing that are related to anime as well.

And with that, let’s get on with the second day… *kidnaps a bunch of singers*

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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The Podcast With No Name – Episode 2: We Still Have No Name

We’re finally back to the podcast, this time to talk about the Little Busters! anime (again), the (very mysterious) Angel Beats! visual novel, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and other exciting 3DS games, and finish it up with the most drawn out recommendations segment ever.

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

Sword Art Online Chapter 16.5 – Two years worth of EXP flowed into Asuna *GLOP GLOP*

So yeah, yesterday’s post about Sword Art Online had me joking about the fact that Asuna was insinuating that they could have sex in SAO when she started stripping in front of Kirito. Because my common sense told me that it was obviously impossible to do so unless they wanted to teabag the whole night. Hours later, I found about that the author of the novels had a bonus chapter on his website…

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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

A way for studios to avoid bad fillers

Show your anime some love

It’s common knowledge within the anime fandom that series based off of on-going manga or light novels resort to producing original episodes, which serve as padding, in order for the anime’s story to maintain a certain distance from the original story.

However, there’s somewhat of an inherent problem with fillers or anime-original episodes. Half of the time they’re bad, sometimes they’re decent, and very rarely are they ever as good as the genuine articles. More on this after the jump.

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So I read Viz’s Shakugan no Shana light novel and manga today…

Sad Shana

So the light novel was still readable, the translation was hopefully and surely solid, and it was highly enjoyable to read the source material bound between real covers without looking in the dictionary every five minutes. The only problems are… the annoyingly large text don’t really care and the unneeded cropping of two of the illustrations.

English in-bed pictureJapanese in-bed picture
Thanks to Darrenm and GyroidFanatic from
AnimeOnDVD.com forums for the pics.

Fawk, I say. FAWK. I honestly see nothing to censor. Are Shana’s panties really that detailed and err… “arousing” for it to be kept in for a teenaged audience? I don’t even think that’s bad for little kids Or is it that Yuji is sleeping in bed with her? Either way, he’s still sleeping in bed with her. (:

I remember the days where Viz would keep in Goku’s wee-wee for all to see in their early editions of the Dragon Ball manga… they really went censorship crazy since then.

This is the only bull I care about. Aside from this and the large text, it’s all fine.

Shakugan no Shana II (first post relevant to anime is about Shana… yay!)

Shakugan no Shana... II? So, at the beginning of April, I heard that there was going to be a second series of Shakugan no Shana coming out somewhere in fall. At first I thought it was an April Fools trick (it being the beginning of April and all), but I’m certain that this is real news. Check the official site if you don’t believe me.

In my opinion, the ending of the anime begged for a second series, despite how awesome it was. But THAT’S JUST ME. This is completely awesome, another ’07 anime to look forward to. 🙂

Speaking of Shana, just a heads-up: Viz is translating the Light Novels and manga now, and Vol. 1 for both will be up for grabs on April 17. About only $10 for each, so buy when you can.