Friday, August 31, 2012

Binbougami Ga! - 09

[gg]_Binbougami_ga!_-_09_[7B5568D4].mkv_snapshot_03.52_[2012.08.30_20.34.49] [gg]_Binbougami_ga!_-_09_[7B5568D4].mkv_snapshot_15.33_[2012.08.30_20.46.30] [gg]_Binbougami_ga!_-_09_[7B5568D4].mkv_snapshot_20.59_[2012.08.30_20.51.56]

I’d like to pretend last week’s episode of Binbougami never happened.  Fortunately, that’s a lot easier to do after this one.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 09

[HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.33_[2012.08.30_15.29.23] [HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.56_[2012.08.30_15.34.46] [HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.19_[2012.08.30_15.38.09]

It’s probably too late for persuasion – either mine, or the series itself – to make any new converts to Natsuyuki Rendezvous.  Either you’re emotionally invested by now or you’re not.

Shirokuma Café - 22

[HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 22 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.33_[2012.08.30_11.20.02] [HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 22 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.29_[2012.08.30_11.24.40] [HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 22 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.31_[2012.08.30_11.38.57]

The moral of today’s episode: Penguins are hard to tell apart.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nazo no Kanojo X – OVA

[SubDESU] Nazo no Kanojo X OVA (720x480 x264 AAC) [91326351].mkv_snapshot_07.58_[2012.08.28_20.37.07] [SubDESU] Nazo no Kanojo X OVA (720x480 x264 AAC) [91326351].mkv_snapshot_22.23_[2012.08.28_20.53.05] [SubDESU] Nazo no Kanojo X OVA (720x480 x264 AAC) [91326351].mkv_snapshot_24.50_[2012.08.28_20.56.03]

An OVA from a series you loved is always a little bittersweet.

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi - 09

[HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.06_[2012.08.28_15.46.39] [HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.56_[2012.08.28_15.55.47] [HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.59_[2012.08.28_16.07.21]

For the first time we have an episode squarely focused on someone who, by his own admission, sucks at poetry.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE - 45

[sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_45_[720p][10bit][38F264AA].mkv_snapshot_07.41_[2012.08.27_20.27.44] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_45_[720p][10bit][38F264AA].mkv_snapshot_10.39_[2012.08.27_20.30.55] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_45_[720p][10bit][38F264AA].mkv_snapshot_20.07_[2012.08.27_20.40.25]

You know, Gundam AGE is a lot like (bear with me, here) playing golf.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tari Tari - 09

[Sawa's sawa] Tari Tari - 09 [1280x720 x264 AAC] [BD57E010].mkv_snapshot_11.42_[2012.08.26_21.54.10] [Sawa's sawa] Tari Tari - 09 [1280x720 x264 AAC] [BD57E010].mkv_snapshot_14.07_[2012.08.26_21.57.11] [Sawa's sawa] Tari Tari - 09 [1280x720 x264 AAC] [BD57E010].mkv_snapshot_20.47_[2012.08.26_22.04.15]

Considering that was everything I like about Tari Tari and none of the things I hate, not to mention some long-overdue developments, it’s hardly surprising that this was my favorite episode of the series.

Ginga Keeps Kicking

I already knew Ginga e Kickoff was doing pretty well in Japan based on the TV ratings and my usual method of measurement (how many doujins are out there) but it's nice to see some confirmation: it placed third in a poll by BIGLOBE (an ISP) of "Best Spring Anime".  It's not a scientific poll, of course, but it's still nice to see.  Are you reading, Crunchyroll?

Hyouka - 19

[Mazui]_Hyouka_-_19_[D1759CAA].mkv_snapshot_07.28_[2012.08.26_20.07.37] [Mazui]_Hyouka_-_19_[D1759CAA].mkv_snapshot_19.25_[2012.08.26_20.19.47] [Mazui]_Hyouka_-_19_[D1759CAA].mkv_snapshot_25.25_[2012.08.26_20.26.18]

Well, looks like Hyouka is back to proving it can squeeze 22 minutes out of anything, no matter how inconsequential.  Needless to say, that’s definitely a comfort zone.

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 09

[HorribleSubs] Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.07_[2012.08.26_10.09.09] [HorribleSubs] Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.49_[2012.08.26_10.18.43] [HorribleSubs] Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.02_[2012.08.26_10.21.55]

The social satire is strong with this one…

Another World Championship for Japan

Omedetou gozaimasu to Tokyo Little League for bringing another world championship home to Japan, beating the US Squad from Tennessee 12-2 (stopped after 5 innings due to the 10-run rule) in the championship game.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sword Art Online - 08

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.09_[2012.08.25_13.02.59] [HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.18_[2012.08.25_13.06.09] [HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.54_[2012.08.25_13.16.16]

A very good episode of SAO for the most part, but my dominant feeling at the moment is relief that the series I thought I was getting has actually started.

Kokoro Connect - 08

[HorribleSubs] Kokoro Connect - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.10_[2012.08.25_10.54.09] [HorribleSubs] Kokoro Connect - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.35_[2012.08.25_10.59.51] [HorribleSubs] Kokoro Connect - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.40_[2012.08.25_11.01.57]

For Kokoro Connect, this was an episode that gave off a very different vibe than any that came before.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Accel World - 20

[UTW]_Accel_World_-_20_[h264-720p][F273BD8C].mkv_snapshot_08.17_[2012.08.24_21.02.02] [UTW]_Accel_World_-_20_[h264-720p][F273BD8C].mkv_snapshot_13.16_[2012.08.24_21.07.00] [UTW]_Accel_World_-_20_[h264-720p][F273BD8C].mkv_snapshot_20.52_[2012.08.24_21.14.59]

It’s not as though this episode did anything especially wrong, but at this point more than anything else I just want this arc to be over.

Koi to Senkyou to Chocolate - 07

[Pomf] Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate - 07v2 [802D0150].mkv_snapshot_06.51_[2012.08.24_17.17.02] [Pomf] Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate - 07v2 [802D0150].mkv_snapshot_13.49_[2012.08.24_17.24.45] [Pomf] Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate - 07v2 [802D0150].mkv_snapshot_18.54_[2012.08.24_17.29.50]

This episode marks the point in KoiChoco where the most obvious main heroine climbs into the bath with the main character.  I’m sure Chisato’s fans are hoping it turns out better for her than it did for the girl who last tried it in a VN adaptation.

Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean - 17

Eureka Seven AO - 17 - Large 10 Eureka Seven AO - 17 - Large 21 Eureka Seven AO - 17 - Large 39

When we write the book on Eureka Seven AO, I suspect we’ll look back on this episode as the one where all the pieces started to come together.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hourou Musuko - 112

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“Mako’s Adventure”

Binbougami Ga! - 08

[gg]_Binbougami_ga!_-_08_[19CEF87E].mkv_snapshot_04.48_[2012.08.23_15.28.34] [gg]_Binbougami_ga!_-_08_[19CEF87E].mkv_snapshot_11.32_[2012.08.23_15.35.17] [gg]_Binbougami_ga!_-_08_[19CEF87E].mkv_snapshot_18.23_[2012.08.23_15.42.09]

Wow – did Binbougami really just go there?

Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 08

[HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.24_[2012.08.23_14.00.38] [HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.08_[2012.08.23_14.09.21] [HorribleSubs] Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.12_[2012.08.23_14.16.53]

Natsuyuki Rendezvous has certainly evolved into a matter of life and death, but not in quite the same way as any other anime I’ve seen.

Shirokuma Café - 21

[HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.54_[2012.08.23_11.18.14] [HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.22_[2012.08.23_11.21.42] [HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.05_[2012.08.23_11.29.42]

Nothing fancy here – just 22 minutes of pure Panda-kun idiocy.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ginga e Kickoff - 16

[Doremi-Oyatsu] Ginga e Kickoff!! - 16 (1280x720 8bit h264 AAC) [79528282].mkv_snapshot_09.05_[2012.08.22_21.36.49] [Doremi-Oyatsu] Ginga e Kickoff!! - 16 (1280x720 8bit h264 AAC) [79528282].mkv_snapshot_13.39_[2012.08.22_21.41.45] [Doremi-Oyatsu] Ginga e Kickoff!! - 16 (1280x720 8bit h264 AAC) [79528282].mkv_snapshot_18.24_[2012.08.22_21.46.51]

I’ve really, really missed Ginga e Kickoff.  Five weeks away is much too long.

Guardian Enzo’s Ten Favorite Seiyuu Performances

Steins Gate - 15 - 27 Natsume Yuujin-chou San - 01 - Large 09 Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai - 14 - Snapshot 05

I’ve been watching Princess Tutu (finally) lately, and marveling at what a great job Katou Nanae did as Ahiru (and wondering why we haven’t heard more from her in anime than we have).  That prompted a Twitter conversation that got me musing on my favorite seiyuu performances of all-time.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Haiku of the Day - 8/21/12

"Hisoka"

Creepy shotacon,

Hunter, fake Phantom Trouper,

You splendid freak, you.


Shinryaku Ika Musume – OVA

[FFF] Shinryaku!! Ika Musume OVA - 01 [DVD][480p-AAC][71A0BE68].mkv_snapshot_05.46_[2012.08.21_14.10.04] [FFF] Shinryaku!! Ika Musume OVA - 01 [DVD][480p-AAC][71A0BE68].mkv_snapshot_12.22_[2012.08.21_14.16.39] [FFF] Shinryaku!! Ika Musume OVA - 01 [DVD][480p-AAC][71A0BE68].mkv_snapshot_22.18_[2012.08.21_14.26.35]

There are plenty of great anime comedies out there, but there aren’t many shows I feel as much affection for as I do for Shinryaku Ika Musume.

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi - 08

[HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.01_[2012.08.20_20.42.32] [HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.39_[2012.08.20_20.48.41] [HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.56_[2012.08.20_20.51.59]

If you love something, set it free…

It's Another Podcast

I participated in the RC Mid-Summer podcast this weekend, so please stop by and give it a listen. I'm the one who keeps mentioning Jinrui...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE - 44

[sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_44_[720p][10bit][3CC427EA].mkv_snapshot_10.30_[2012.08.20_16.37.23] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_44_[720p][10bit][3CC427EA].mkv_snapshot_14.29_[2012.08.20_16.42.27] [sage]_Mobile_Suit_Gundam_AGE_-_44_[720p][10bit][3CC427EA].mkv_snapshot_22.23_[2012.08.20_16.50.37]

Is it me, or does that Vagan Second Moon look like a giant side-view cross section of an eye?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hyouka - 18

[Mazui]_Hyouka_-_18_[008C19AC].mkv_snapshot_03.40_[2012.08.19_22.08.34] [Mazui]_Hyouka_-_18_[008C19AC].mkv_snapshot_08.20_[2012.08.19_22.13.30] [Mazui]_Hyouka_-_18_[008C19AC].mkv_snapshot_13.18_[2012.08.19_22.18.27]

I hate to say it, but I may have gotten to the point where I want my Hyouka with a little bit more plot.

Tari Tari - 08

[Doki] Tari Tari - 08 (1280x720 Hi10P AAC) [70578A02].mkv_snapshot_08.08_[2012.08.19_20.37.58] [Doki] Tari Tari - 08 (1280x720 Hi10P AAC) [70578A02].mkv_snapshot_08.56_[2012.08.19_20.38.45] [Doki] Tari Tari - 08 (1280x720 Hi10P AAC) [70578A02].mkv_snapshot_20.28_[2012.08.19_20.50.17]

How many gears does that thing have?

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 08

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 08 - Large 15 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 08 - Large 22 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - 08 - Large 35

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Uchuu Kyoudai - 21

[HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.05_[2012.08.19_10.28.31] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.12_[2012.08.19_10.31.39] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.11_[2012.08.19_10.34.52]

Man, they’re certainly drawing the suspense out on this damn selection…

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hunter X Hunter 2011 - 44

[HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 44 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.52_[2012.08.18_21.56.19] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 44 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.09_[2012.08.18_23.06.32] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 44 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.58_[2012.08.18_22.05.53]

You know character deaths are happening fast and furious when they can’t even get them into the Hunterpedia while they’re still alive…