Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi - 05

[HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.30_[2012.07.30_15.02.38] [HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.44_[2012.07.30_15.06.52] [HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.45_[2012.07.30_15.15.14]

Even more than the last episode, this week’s Utakoi was about the art of poetry and those who love it.

Tari Tari - 05

[Doki] Tari Tari - 05 (1280x720 Hi10P AAC) [47EFB952].mkv_snapshot_06.24_[2012.07.30_10.47.46] [Doki] Tari Tari - 05 (1280x720 Hi10P AAC) [47EFB952].mkv_snapshot_11.26_[2012.07.30_10.52.52] [Doki] Tari Tari - 05 (1280x720 Hi10P AAC) [47EFB952].mkv_snapshot_21.33_[2012.07.30_11.02.58]

After four episodes, Tari Tari finally decided to add real drama to the mix this week.  A scary moment for any fan of the series, but based on the results it shouldn’t be.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Hyouka - 15

[Mazui]_Hyouka_-_15_[1F3EB982].mkv_snapshot_02.58_[2012.07.29_22.12.27] [Mazui]_Hyouka_-_15_[1F3EB982].mkv_snapshot_17.19_[2012.07.29_22.27.04] [Mazui]_Hyouka_-_15_[1F3EB982].mkv_snapshot_19.33_[2012.07.29_22.29.18]

I knew it had to happen sooner or later – Hyouka dropped a plot bomb on us.

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 05

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 05 - Large 18 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 05 - Large 24 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 05 - Large 26

Well now, even by Jinrui’s whacked-out standards I’m not at all sure what to make of that one.

Big Trouble With Little Busters (updated)

[Asenshi] Little Busters! - PV [86E9B7B4].mkv_snapshot_00.24_[2012.04.10_16.56.56] [Asenshi] Little Busters! - PV [86E9B7B4].mkv_snapshot_00.31_[2012.04.10_16.57.03] [Asenshi] Little Busters! - PV [86E9B7B4].mkv_snapshot_00.34_[2012.04.10_16.57.06]

Updated 7/29/12 - full-length PV is out, series confirmed for October. Plus Horie Yui as the male lead, hmm...

It doesn’t seem right not to say something about the biggest kerfuffle in the anime universe at the moment.

Uchuu Kyoudai - 18

[HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 18 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.34_[2012.07.29_07.50.00] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 18 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.04_[2012.07.29_07.59.11] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 18 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.53_[2012.07.29_08.00.59]

There’s an internal logic to this confinement arc that, like much everything else in Space Brothers, is elegant in its simplicity.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hunter X Hunter 2011 - 41

[HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 41 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.14_[2012.07.28_23.26.45] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 41 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.16_[2012.07.28_23.40.26] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 41 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.41_[2012.07.28_23.41.51]

After two episodes that were just a step down in quality for the first time in… well, a very long time, H x H kicks off the York Shin Arc proper with an episode that cranks the awesome back up to 11.

Sword Art Online - 04

[CR] Sword Art Online - 04 [1280x720].mkv_snapshot_03.32_[2012.07.28_12.57.24] [CR] Sword Art Online - 04 [1280x720].mkv_snapshot_09.30_[2012.07.28_13.03.23] [CR] Sword Art Online - 04 [1280x720].mkv_snapshot_20.15_[2012.07.28_13.14.07]

There were a few surprises for me in this week's SAO.

Kokoro Connect - 04

[HorribleSubs] Kokoro Connect - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.17_[2012.07.28_10.16.53] [HorribleSubs] Kokoro Connect - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.01_[2012.07.28_10.30.50] [HorribleSubs] Kokoro Connect - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.51_[2012.07.28_10.35.39]

That episode really didn’t work for me, but I feel kind of bad for saying so.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Accel World - 16

[Hadena] Accel World - 16 [720p][F4E201DA].mkv_snapshot_01.30_[2012.07.27_23.41.10] [Hadena] Accel World - 16 [720p][F4E201DA].mkv_snapshot_11.03_[2012.07.27_22.52.33] [Hadena] Accel World - 16 [720p][F4E201DA].mkv_snapshot_18.55_[2012.07.27_23.00.25]

That was downright metaphysical by AW standards…

Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean - 15

[AraAraUfufu~] Eureka Seven AO - 15 (720p x264 AAC)[23C35C09].mkv_snapshot_06.26_[2012.07.27_17.10.55] [AraAraUfufu~] Eureka Seven AO - 15 (720p x264 AAC)[23C35C09].mkv_snapshot_11.41_[2012.07.27_17.17.17] [AraAraUfufu~] Eureka Seven AO - 15 (720p x264 AAC)[23C35C09].mkv_snapshot_18.45_[2012.07.27_17.24.21]

It’s never a good idea to get too comfortable with what you believe is happening in Astral Ocean, because this is not a seismically stable landscape.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate - 04

[Pomf] Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate - 04 [90E95470].mkv_snapshot_00.02_[2012.07.27_10.46.54] [Pomf] Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate - 04 [90E95470].mkv_snapshot_14.39_[2012.07.27_10.48.58] [Pomf] Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate - 04 [90E95470].mkv_snapshot_18.52_[2012.07.27_09.56.42]

It’s time I admitted it to myself – I like Koichoco.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Shouwa Monogatari - 11

[GotWoot]_Showa_Monogatari_-_11_[BF438FFD].mkv_snapshot_08.59_[2012.07.26_20.24.44] [GotWoot]_Showa_Monogatari_-_11_[BF438FFD].mkv_snapshot_16.20_[2012.07.26_20.32.06] [GotWoot]_Showa_Monogatari_-_11_[BF438FFD].mkv_snapshot_19.52_[2012.07.26_20.35.37]

Rebellious teens do stupid things, no matter the age or the country in question.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 04

[HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.23_[2012.07.26_14.33.22] [HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.08_[2012.07.26_14.38.06] [HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.11_[2012.07.26_14.49.10]

Dysfunction junction in flower shops everywhere.  There were even pandas at the amusement park.

Binbougami Ga! - 04

[gg]_Binbougami_ga!_-_04_[A3B7F716].mkv_snapshot_03.27_[2012.07.26_12.32.03] [gg]_Binbougami_ga!_-_04_[A3B7F716].mkv_snapshot_10.06_[2012.07.26_12.38.58] [gg]_Binbougami_ga!_-_04_[A3B7F716].mkv_snapshot_19.53_[2012.07.26_12.48.45]

Which one is the real one, indeed…

Shirokuma Café - 17

[HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 17 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.39_[2012.07.26_11.11.36] [HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 17 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.56_[2012.07.26_11.18.09] [HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 17 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.10_[2012.07.26_11.22.23]

Thursdays this season just aren’t good days for florists and normal relationships.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kingdom - 08

[A-Destiny] Kingdom - 08 (1280x720 Hi10p AAC) [F0C1C54C].mkv_snapshot_04.12_[2012.07.25_20.09.26] [A-Destiny] Kingdom - 08 (1280x720 Hi10p AAC) [F0C1C54C].mkv_snapshot_12.47_[2012.07.25_20.18.14] [A-Destiny] Kingdom - 08 (1280x720 Hi10p AAC) [F0C1C54C].mkv_snapshot_19.20_[2012.07.25_20.24.57]

Turns out there was a trap in Kingdom after all – but…

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer 2012 Check-in

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 01 - Large 35 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 02 - Large 27 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 04 - Large 13
[CR] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 01 [1280x720].mkv_snapshot_15.36_[2012.07.05_13.49.50] [HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.33_[2012.07.12_14.28.19] [HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.56_[2012.07.19_14.55.19]

About the best I can say about Summer 2012 is that it’s probably no worse than I feared, and offers the potential to at least be represented in the year-end Top 10 list.

Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge Trailer

In case anyone hasn't seen it, here's the trailer for the Togashi-written H x H film coming next year.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hourou Musuko - 111

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“Sprout”

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi - 04

[HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.52_[2012.07.23_22.52.42] [HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.38_[2012.07.23_21.56.15] [HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.40_[2012.07.23_23.04.08]

The first three episodes of Uta Koi spoke to different faces of love, and so does the fourth in its own way – the love of poetry.

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE - 41

[sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_41_[720p][10bit][9169E16B].mkv_snapshot_07.29_[2012.07.23_16.41.03] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_41_[720p][10bit][9169E16B].mkv_snapshot_17.19_[2012.07.23_16.50.53] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_41_[720p][10bit][9169E16B].mkv_snapshot_22.16_[2012.07.23_16.55.50]

Why do all the defections in this struggle seem to go in one direction?

Haiku of the Day - 7/23/12

Watashi, Joshu-kun, 
Could they be any more kawaii?
Rest in peace, Pan-tan

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tari Tari - 04

[Doki] Tari Tari - 04 (1280x720 Hi10P AAC) [68ABF5C7].mkv_snapshot_04.10_[2012.07.23_00.09.01] [Doki] Tari Tari - 04 (1280x720 Hi10P AAC) [68ABF5C7].mkv_snapshot_06.59_[2012.07.23_00.11.49] [Doki] Tari Tari - 04 (1280x720 Hi10P AAC) [68ABF5C7].mkv_snapshot_21.27_[2012.07.23_00.27.40]

Just call Tari Tari this season’s Goldilocks.

Hyouka - 14

[Mazui]_Hyouka_-_14_[A74CB077].mkv_snapshot_09.00_[2012.07.22_22.52.55] [Mazui]_Hyouka_-_14_[A74CB077].mkv_snapshot_15.43_[2012.07.22_22.59.38] [Mazui]_Hyouka_-_14_[A74CB077].mkv_snapshot_22.23_[2012.07.22_23.06.18]

The jump in quality from “Eba” to Kanya Festa” may be one of the most dramatic intra-series leaps I can remember.

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 04

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 04 - Large 09 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 04 - Large 16 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 04 - Large 33

In 22 minutes, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita pretty much obsoleted Bakuman as a chronicle of the manga industry.

Uchuu Kyoudai - 17

[HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 17 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.51_[2012.07.22_13.43.44] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 17 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.27_[2012.07.22_14.06.48] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 17 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.40_[2012.07.22_14.08.01]

Even in a room full of geniuses, it seems like Mutta is always the smartest guy in the room.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hunter X Hunter 2011 - 40

[HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 40 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.24_[2012.07.21_23.09.09] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 40 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.11_[2012.07.21_23.17.57] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 40 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.39_[2012.07.21_23.25.24]

Kurapika is the proof that massive progress in Nen skills can happen just as easily off-screen as on. 

Sword Art Online - 03

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.10_[2012.07.21_15.10.41] [HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.17_[2012.07.21_15.23.03] [HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.44_[2012.07.21_15.28.48]

Oh – was there a new ep of Sword Art Online today?

Kokoro Connect - 03

[HorribleSubs] Kokoro Connect - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.37_[2012.07.21_11.36.12] [HorribleSubs] Kokoro Connect - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.51_[2012.07.21_11.46.52] [HorribleSubs] Kokoro Connect - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.51_[2012.07.21_11.50.52]

It’s certainly not perfect, but Kokoro Connect continues to do many more things right than wrong.