Monday, October 31, 2011

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam - 03

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You’ll have to forgive me if I begin this post with a “Danger: Hazardous Curves Ahead” sign after last week…

Ben-To - 04

[gg]_Ben-to_-_04_[107D4985].mkv_snapshot_02.31_[2011.10.30_16.42.00] [gg]_Ben-to_-_04_[107D4985].mkv_snapshot_03.08_[2011.10.30_16.42.36] [gg]_Ben-to_-_04_[107D4985].mkv_snapshot_06.03_[2011.10.30_16.45.32]

I think we can say girls reading porn out loud is officially a trend in anime this season.  Not that I’m complaining.

Weekly Digest: 10/30/11 - Shakugan no Shana III, C3, Gundam AGE

[Commie] Shakugan no Shana III - 04 [BCAD3D73].mkv_snapshot_02.07_[2011.10.29_23.13.30] [Gimme] C3 - Cube x Cursed x Curious - 05 (H.264 1280x720 AAC) [16809B79].mkv_snapshot_03.42_[2011.10.30_11.43.56] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_04_[720p][10bit][493EE9A1].mkv_snapshot_06.08_[2011.10.30_15.23.41]

Hunter x Hunter 2011 - 05

[HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.50_[2011.10.30_10.46.14] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.44_[2011.10.30_10.47.08] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.28_[2011.10.30_10.48.51]

After five episodes I’m beginning to see what all the buzz for this series was about.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fate/Zero - 05

[Commie] Fate ⁄ Zero - 05 [D49DC44D].mkv_snapshot_00.38_[2011.10.29_14.04.31] [Commie] Fate ⁄ Zero - 05 [D49DC44D].mkv_snapshot_04.08_[2011.10.29_14.07.16] [Commie] Fate ⁄ Zero - 05 [D49DC44D].mkv_snapshot_04.16_[2011.10.29_14.07.24]

I’m sure a bigger Type-Moonie would find it painfully obvious from the start, but for me it’s really becoming apparent that the servants in this drama are much more interesting than the masters.

Working’!! - 05

[HorribleSubs] Working!! - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.44_[2011.10.29_11.54.15] [HorribleSubs] Working!! - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.49_[2011.10.29_11.54.20] [HorribleSubs] Working!! - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.53_[2011.10.29_12.41.22]

Apparently, among Satou-san’s many talents is the innate ability to know when he’s sparkling.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mawaru Penguin Drum - 16

[gg]_Mawaru_Penguindrum_-_16_[49CA1079].mkv_snapshot_02.12_[2011.10.28_14.49.39] [gg]_Mawaru_Penguindrum_-_16_[49CA1079].mkv_snapshot_02.58_[2011.10.28_14.50.40] [gg]_Mawaru_Penguindrum_-_16_[49CA1079].mkv_snapshot_03.59_[2011.10.28_14.51.42]
[gg]_Mawaru_Penguindrum_-_16_[49CA1079].mkv_snapshot_04.50_[2011.10.28_14.52.32] [gg]_Mawaru_Penguindrum_-_16_[49CA1079].mkv_snapshot_05.32_[2011.10.28_14.53.15] [gg]_Mawaru_Penguindrum_-_16_[49CA1079].mkv_snapshot_06.08_[2011.10.28_14.53.51]

Here’s a case where the new ED fit the episode content perfectly – “Everybody went nutso”.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai - 04

[Mazui]_Boku_Ha_Tomodachi_Ga_Sukunai_-_04_[56E72691].mkv_snapshot_03.09_[2011.10.27_21.50.39] [Mazui]_Boku_Ha_Tomodachi_Ga_Sukunai_-_04_[56E72691].mkv_snapshot_04.18_[2011.10.27_21.51.48] [Mazui]_Boku_Ha_Tomodachi_Ga_Sukunai_-_04_[56E72691].mkv_snapshot_06.03_[2011.10.27_21.53.34]
[Mazui]_Boku_Ha_Tomodachi_Ga_Sukunai_-_04_[56E72691].mkv_snapshot_06.56_[2011.10.27_21.54.27] [Mazui]_Boku_Ha_Tomodachi_Ga_Sukunai_-_04_[56E72691].mkv_snapshot_07.31_[2011.10.27_21.55.01] [Mazui]_Boku_Ha_Tomodachi_Ga_Sukunai_-_04_[56E72691].mkv_snapshot_08.17_[2011.10.27_21.55.47]

Possibly the most romantic pickup line ever: “This is the first time I’ve ever been interested in a mammal.”

Guilty Crown - 03

[Commie] Guilty Crown - 03 [5EF0B8DB].mkv_snapshot_03.37_[2011.10.27_18.27.14] [Commie] Guilty Crown - 03 [5EF0B8DB].mkv_snapshot_05.27_[2011.10.27_18.29.03] [Commie] Guilty Crown - 03 [5EF0B8DB].mkv_snapshot_06.43_[2011.10.27_18.30.20]
[Commie] Guilty Crown - 03 [5EF0B8DB].mkv_snapshot_06.50_[2011.10.27_19.38.02] [Commie] Guilty Crown - 03 [5EF0B8DB].mkv_snapshot_07.20_[2011.10.27_18.30.56] [Commie] Guilty Crown - 03 [5EF0B8DB].mkv_snapshot_08.26_[2011.10.27_18.32.33]

I’ve pretty much made my point about how great Guilty Crown looks, so it’s probably about time I shut up about it.  This does create a dilemma, though – now I actually have to talk about the plot.

UN-GO - 03

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I’m still not sure what to make of UN-GO after three episodes, but’s it’s carving out a place as a show that’s genuinely interesting for its creativity and unapologetic weirdness.

Mashiro-Iro Symphony - 04

[Oyatsu] Mashiro Iro Symphony - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [051E4F83].mkv_snapshot_03.09_[2011.10.27_10.36.32] [Oyatsu] Mashiro Iro Symphony - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [051E4F83].mkv_snapshot_08.12_[2011.10.27_10.41.35] [Oyatsu] Mashiro Iro Symphony - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [051E4F83].mkv_snapshot_10.19_[2011.10.27_10.43.56]

I’m the first to admit that this series is running the risk of becoming a little too one-note, and that note is “nice”.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall 2011 – Check-in

That time again – we’re about a month into Fall and things are starting to become clearer about what’s great, what’s good and what’s forgettable among the series that premiered this season.  As usual this year Wednesday is a black hole, so the only time I’ll have to put this together…

One thing I notice immediately is that every show in my top tier is a two-cour, and that’s never happened since I began blogging.  In fact, there are generally more multi-cour shows this season than any for quite some time, which I consider a positive trend – I remember a time when 26 episodes was the norm and not the exception, and I think it offers a lot more freedom to tell a complex and interesting story.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chihayafuru - 04

[HorribleSubs] Chihayafuru - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.21_[2011.10.25_19.43.29] [HorribleSubs] Chihayafuru - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.51_[2011.10.25_19.43.59] [HorribleSubs] Chihayafuru - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.53_[2011.10.25_19.44.01]
[HorribleSubs] Chihayafuru - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_01.13_[2011.10.25_19.44.21] [HorribleSubs] Chihayafuru - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.47_[2011.10.25_19.46.55] [HorribleSubs] Chihayafuru - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.53_[2011.10.25_19.47.01]

It’s back to high school on Chihayafuru, but fortunately the series is just as compelling as ever.

Weekly Digest: 10/25/11 – Kimi to Boku, Tamayura Hitotose

[HorribleSubs] Kimi to Boku - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.41_[2011.10.25_19.10.23] [Oyatsu] Tamayura ~hitotose~ - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [D1DCB932].mkv_snapshot_04.20_[2011.10.25_19.09.22] [Oyatsu] Tamayura ~hitotose~ - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [D1DCB932].mkv_snapshot_17.07_[2011.10.25_19.10.05]

Slice-of-life Tuesday time…

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou - 16

[SJSUBS]_Nurarihyon_no_Mago_Sennen_Makyou_17 [360p].mkv_snapshot_02.44_[2011.10.24_21.04.28] [SJSUBS]_Nurarihyon_no_Mago_Sennen_Makyou_17 [360p].mkv_snapshot_03.48_[2011.10.24_21.05.52] [SJSUBS]_Nurarihyon_no_Mago_Sennen_Makyou_17 [360p].mkv_snapshot_05.27_[2011.10.24_21.07.30]

Yes, things are quite serious in Kyoto now.  Aotabo has finally put the kids to bed and taken the field.

Mirai Nikki - 03

[GotSpeed]_Mirai_Nikki_-_03_[D26FB1CA].mkv_snapshot_00.49_[2011.10.24_15.49.22] [GotSpeed]_Mirai_Nikki_-_03_[D26FB1CA].mkv_snapshot_02.57_[2011.10.24_15.51.30] [GotSpeed]_Mirai_Nikki_-_03_[D26FB1CA].mkv_snapshot_04.28_[2011.10.24_15.53.01]
[GotSpeed]_Mirai_Nikki_-_03_[D26FB1CA].mkv_snapshot_04.45_[2011.10.24_15.53.18] [GotSpeed]_Mirai_Nikki_-_03_[D26FB1CA].mkv_snapshot_05.29_[2011.10.24_15.54.08] [GotSpeed]_Mirai_Nikki_-_03_[D26FB1CA].mkv_snapshot_06.52_[2011.10.24_15.55.51]

This was an another solid episode of Mirai Nikki with a lot to like, but only one moment stands out among all the rest for me – “You’re still hiding something from me, aren’t you?”

Weekly Digest: 10/24/11 – Gundam AGE, C3, Majikoi

[sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_03_[720p][10bit][CA6F22B7].mkv_snapshot_16.26_[2011.10.23_15.31.44] [UTW]_C3_Cube_x_Cursed_x_Curious_-_04_[h264-720p][8ACB8555].mkv_snapshot_19.15_[2011.10.23_17.36.07] [Hiryuu] Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! 04 [Hi10P 1280x720 H264] [9DD8C522].mkv_snapshot_15.50_[2011.10.24_12.01.22]

Monday, October 24, 2011

Working’!! - 04

[HorribleSubs] Working!! - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.14_[2011.10.23_20.16.43] [HorribleSubs] Working!! - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.08_[2011.10.23_20.17.37] [HorribleSubs] Working!! - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.01_[2011.10.23_20.18.30]

It’s been mostly smiles rather than laughs with Working this season, but the smiles have been pretty much non-stop for me so I’m not complaining.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam - 02

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After two episodes, I really have no idea what Gonzo is trying to accomplish with this continuation of the Last Exile saga. My sincere hope is that they do.

Ben-To - 03

[gg]_Ben-to_-_03_[A7606FDB].mkv_snapshot_02.42_[2011.10.23_14.07.58] [gg]_Ben-to_-_03_[A7606FDB].mkv_snapshot_04.37_[2011.10.23_14.09.53] [gg]_Ben-to_-_03_[A7606FDB].mkv_snapshot_07.46_[2011.10.23_14.13.01]

I have nothing against plums, but when it comes to Ben-To there’s one rotten Ume that’s dangerously close to spoiling the whole tree.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hunter x Hunter 2011 - 04

[HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.48_[2011.10.22_22.26.48] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.57_[2011.10.22_22.28.57] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.53_[2011.10.22_23.01.46]

Once again I’ll confess I rather enjoyed that episode, which was quite a bit different from the three that preceded it.

Bakuman 2 - 04

[SFW-sage]_Bakuman_S2_-_04_[720p][Hi10P][B64E58D3].mkv_snapshot_00.24_[2011.10.22_20.25.35] [SFW-sage]_Bakuman_S2_-_04_[720p][Hi10P][B64E58D3].mkv_snapshot_04.33_[2011.10.22_20.28.14] [SFW-sage]_Bakuman_S2_-_04_[720p][Hi10P][B64E58D3].mkv_snapshot_05.49_[2011.10.22_20.29.30]
[SFW-sage]_Bakuman_S2_-_04_[720p][Hi10P][B64E58D3].mkv_snapshot_05.52_[2011.10.22_20.29.32] [SFW-sage]_Bakuman_S2_-_04_[720p][Hi10P][B64E58D3].mkv_snapshot_07.41_[2011.10.22_20.31.22] [SFW-sage]_Bakuman_S2_-_04_[720p][Hi10P][B64E58D3].mkv_snapshot_10.57_[2011.10.22_20.34.38]

I’m really liking the direction Bakuman is taking.  The last couple of episodes have been excellent, and it’s always interesting to see real life meta-realistically portrayed in anime.