Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chihayafuru - 21

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OK – so what’s with Arata and the pink cell phone??

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou - 08

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I don’t think there’s any question about it – this series is definitely getting weirder.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hourou Musuko - 106

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“Whispered Words”

Ano Natsu de Matteru - 08

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Ano Natsu is exactly the same thing every week – just really good.  I’m not sure I can remember a show that could make that look as effortless as this one does.

Poll: Who is "Another"?

Who is "Another"?

Well, I guess I can't blame anyone for voting for Kyuubey - I did include him in the poll, after all. Among the real contenders, Mikami-sensei seems to be the favorite, followed by Akazawa and Kouichi. Maybe I'll repost this in a couple weeks and see how the vote changes...

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi - 09

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Is it me, or are we seeing an awful lot of Nattori lately?

Another - 08

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Any notion that this would be a laid-back “breather” episode was out the window for me in the first three minutes of Another this week.

Bakuman 2 - 21

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I don’t know about you, but when Miura said “But that would make me totally useless” I threw up in my mouth a little…

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mirai Nikki - 20

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Speaking as a huge fan of the manga, I’m extremely pleased with what Asread did with the chapters that made up this week’s episode – some of the most important of Mirai Nikki, and among my favorites.

Weekly Digest: 2/26/12 – Brave 10, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE

[Hadena] Brave 10 - 08 [1280x720 x264 AAC][39AA96C4].mkv_snapshot_04.55_[2012.02.26_10.43.13] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_20_[720p][D4A5FDF6].mkv_snapshot_04.42_[2012.02.26_16.20.48] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_20_[720p][D4A5FDF6].mkv_snapshot_17.27_[2012.02.26_16.38.26]

I guess it’s time to start a pool on which episode Arisa dies.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Senki Zesshou Symphogear - 08

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For as much consternation as it caused among the viewers, the rift between Hibiki and Miku was settled quickly – and in a rather straightforward and believable way.

Area no Kishi - 08

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Those who have lost, shall regain again…

Steins;Gate – 25 (Bonus Episode)

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It would be hard to imagine a S;G fan not enjoying this bonus episode, because it managed to hit pretty much all the right buttons.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Amagami SS+ plus - 08

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Same studio, same characters – but it’s amazing how much more innocent this anime-original season of Amagami SS is.

Guilty Crown - 18

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I think I’ve been pretty patient with Guilty Crown, and I thought I was all-in on the silliness of it.  But I might finally have reached my limit.

Inu X Boku SS - 07

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Low-key?  This show is so relaxed it should put you into a coma to match the one it sometimes seems to be in – but somehow, it just zips by and keeps me entertained.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bakuman 2 - 20

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Our long nightmare is finally over…

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Poll: Who's Your Favorite Anu Natsu Girl?

Who's your favorite Ano Natsu girl?

A tie?? Yes, Ichika - who'd surged to an early lead - made a late rally to tie Remon. I was surprised to see Kanna place 4th with all the love she gets in forums and such. Still - the vote was so close among the top four girls that it says a lot about how great all these characters are. Thanks for participating!

Chihayafuru - 20

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Only five more Taichi Tuesdays to go. Can it really be possible?

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou - 07

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In terms of directly responding to mental commands from me, Danshi Koukousei has about the best track record of any anime I can remember.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ano Natsu de Matteru - 07

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Like a typhoon whipped into a frenzy by warm tropical waters, Kaori and Mizusawa blew threw Okinawa and buffeted everything in their wake.

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi - 08

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I confess I was a little skeptical about an entire episode devoted to Nanase, but it ended up being a story very much in the classic Natsume Yuujinchou tradition.

Another - 07

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As great as the mystery element in this series is – and it’s the best of any series for quite a while – I think the character interaction might just be even better.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hourou Musuko - 105

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“Mind Game”

Mirai Nikki - 19

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I actually enjoy the omakes at the end of Mirai Nikki episodes, but I’ve noticed that their absence tends to be a good sign – it usually means the pacing of the ep was as batcrap crazy as Yuno herself, and that’s the Mirai Nikki I like best.

Weekly Digest: 2/20/12 – Shakugan no Shana III, Brave 10, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE

[SS-Eclipse] Shakugan no Shana Final - 19 (1280x720 Hi10P) [18461027].mkv_snapshot_16.46_[2012.02.18_23.59.24] [Hadena] Brave 10 - 07 [Hi10P 1280x720 x264 AAC][76573B44].mkv_snapshot_09.23_[2012.02.19_11.23.20] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_19_[720p][10bit][AE32C749].mkv_snapshot_10.50_[2012.02.19_13.09.52]

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hunter X Hunter 2011 - 20

[HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 20 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.12_[2012.02.18_21.59.44] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 20 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.09_[2012.02.18_22.08.14] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 20 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.41_[2012.02.18_22.14.46]

While it’s no secret that any episode that looks closely at Killua’s soul is going to go to a very dark place, I was surprised by the way the remainder of the hunter exam’s final phase played out.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear - 07

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The title of this episode was “Towards the Fate That Never Stops Assailing Us”, and it would be hard to do a better job of summing up the overall feel of this series than that.

Mouretsu Pirates - 07

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I don’t want to make too much of unintentional symbolism, but you’d be hard pressed to find a line that sums up this show better than “Let’s finish this – I have school tomorrow.”