Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ginga e Kickoff - 25

[Doremi-Oyatsu]_Ginga_e_Kickoff!!_-_25_(1280x720_8bit_h264_AAC)_[66938D89].mkv_snapshot_10.09_[2012.10.31_21.32.38] [Doremi-Oyatsu]_Ginga_e_Kickoff!!_-_25_(1280x720_8bit_h264_AAC)_[66938D89].mkv_snapshot_13.16_[2012.10.31_21.35.57] [Doremi-Oyatsu]_Ginga_e_Kickoff!!_-_25_(1280x720_8bit_h264_AAC)_[66938D89].mkv_snapshot_19.42_[2012.10.31_21.43.28]

They’re gonna have to invent some new kinds of awesome for sports anime, because the 11 kinds they have just weren’t enough for how good this episode of Ginga e Kickoff was.

Sakurasou no Pet no Kanojo - 04

[rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 04 [1746BF2B].mkv_snapshot_05.27_[2012.10.31_09.27.17] [rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 04 [1746BF2B].mkv_snapshot_14.29_[2012.10.31_09.36.32] [rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 04 [1746BF2B].mkv_snapshot_21.49_[2012.10.31_09.44.13]

Well, that was out first strong series finale of the season.  Wait – it’s still October??

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun - 05

[HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_05_[720p].mkv_snapshot_13.16_[2012.10.30_23.56.34] [HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_05_[720p].mkv_snapshot_16.49_[2012.10.31_00.01.03] [HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_05_[720p].mkv_snapshot_20.09_[2012.10.31_00.04.22]

I’m finding this series strangely difficult to talk about considering how much I’m enjoying it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bakuman 3 - 04

[SFW-sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_04_[720p][CA5E5D6C].mkv_snapshot_05.30_[2012.10.30_09.21.17] [SFW-sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_04_[720p][CA5E5D6C].mkv_snapshot_13.20_[2012.10.30_09.30.17] [SFW-sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_04_[720p][CA5E5D6C].mkv_snapshot_22.33_[2012.10.30_09.40.10]

It’s a good sign that Bakuman can come up with one of its best episodes ever without using its flashiest character.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Little Busters! - 04

Little Busters - 04 - Large 02 Little Busters - 04 - Large 15 Little Busters - 04 - Large 31

When I said Maeda Jun series always have at least one moemoe character “or two” – I didn’t think I’d be proven right quite so quickly.

Tokyo Diary: 10/18/12 – Fish Guts and Kawagoe

IMAG0295 IMAG0301 IMAG0309

Here’s some pics from the last few days in rainy Tokyo.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hunter X Hunter 2011 - 53

[HorribleSubs]_Hunter_X_Hunter_-_53_[720p].mkv_snapshot_04.51_[2012.10.28_21.45.31] [HorribleSubs]_Hunter_X_Hunter_-_53_[720p].mkv_snapshot_16.28_[2012.10.28_21.58.07] [HorribleSubs]_Hunter_X_Hunter_-_53_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.29_[2012.10.28_22.04.05]

I can honestly say that almost none of that went as I expected.

Uchuu Kyoudai - 30

[HorribleSubs]_Space_Brothers_-_30_[720p].mkv_snapshot_06.42_[2012.10.28_20.07.30] [HorribleSubs]_Space_Brothers_-_30_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.41_[2012.10.28_20.23.01] [HorribleSubs]_Space_Brothers_-_30_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.53_[2012.10.28_20.23.14]

Having scene the Space Brothers live-action film I sort of knew what to expect this week, but the anime version definitely exceeded the film – and my expectations.

Sukitte Ii na yo - 04

[HorribleSubs]_Sukitte_Ii_na_yo._-_04_[720p].mkv_snapshot_03.16_[2012.10.28_09.54.55] [HorribleSubs]_Sukitte_Ii_na_yo._-_04_[720p].mkv_snapshot_13.57_[2012.10.28_10.05.36] [HorribleSubs]_Sukitte_Ii_na_yo._-_04_[720p].mkv_snapshot_18.53_[2012.10.28_10.10.32]

In high school, sex is one of the most widely traded forms of currency.  It’s rare to see an anime portray that reality as plainly and openly as Sukitte does.

Shin Sekai Yori - 05

[UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_05_[h264-720p][2CCE22D0].mkv_snapshot_05.37_[2012.10.27_22.50.28] [UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_05_[h264-720p][2CCE22D0].mkv_snapshot_06.48_[2012.10.27_22.51.46] [UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_05_[h264-720p][2CCE22D0].mkv_snapshot_12.32_[2012.10.27_22.58.05]

If I had to write a one-word of that episode, for me it would be pretty easy: “Intense”.

Weekly Digest: 10/27/12 – Zetsuen no Tempest, Btooom!

[HorribleSubs]_Zetsuen_no_Tempest_-_04_[720p].mkv_snapshot_11.18_[2012.10.27_15.41.30] [HorribleSubs]_Zetsuen_no_Tempest_-_04_[720p].mkv_snapshot_19.50_[2012.10.27_15.51.15] [Commie] BTOOOM! - 04 [F7EF42F0].mkv_snapshot_08.24_[2012.10.27_21.40.39]

These two series present a marked contrast - one lyrical and almost graceful, and the other a display of narrative brute force.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Chuunibyou - 04

[URW]_Chuunibyou_demo_Koi_ga_Shitai!_-_04_[720p][D41E2856].mkv_snapshot_05.57_[2012.10.26_23.51.13] [URW]_Chuunibyou_demo_Koi_ga_Shitai!_-_04_[720p][D41E2856].mkv_snapshot_12.28_[2012.10.26_23.57.56] [URW]_Chuunibyou_demo_Koi_ga_Shitai!_-_04_[720p][D41E2856].mkv_snapshot_16.57_[2012.10.27_00.02.24]
Love it or hate it (or both), there’s no one else who does this sort of thing like KyoAni can do it.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Psycho-Pass - 03

[Commie] Psycho-Pass - 03 [CFEDD526].mkv_snapshot_10.20_[2012.10.26_22.26.59] [Commie] Psycho-Pass - 03 [CFEDD526].mkv_snapshot_12.28_[2012.10.26_22.29.24] [Commie] Psycho-Pass - 03 [CFEDD526].mkv_snapshot_20.08_[2012.10.26_22.37.28]

I was pretty worried after the first episode, but talent seems to be winning the day with Psycho-Pass.

Robotics;Notes - 03

[WhyNot] Robotics;Notes - 03 [4D7ACD13].mkv_snapshot_13.04_[2012.10.26_20.27.52] [WhyNot] Robotics;Notes - 03 [4D7ACD13].mkv_snapshot_16.30_[2012.10.26_20.31.42] [WhyNot] Robotics;Notes - 03 [4D7ACD13].mkv_snapshot_18.42_[2012.10.26_20.33.56]

I’ve liked Robotics;Notes since the premiere, but I suspect this episode is going to win over a lot of viewers that might have been on the fence.

Shirokuma Café - 30

[HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_30_[720p].mkv_snapshot_03.15_[2012.10.26_09.11.14] [HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_30_[720p].mkv_snapshot_10.18_[2012.10.26_09.18.32] [HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_30_[720p].mkv_snapshot_12.04_[2012.10.26_09.20.19]

I was wondering when someone was going to get to the spitting.

Tokyo Diary: 10/16/12 - Ishihara Quits

Ishihara Shintaro, the racist, xenophobic politician who wrote books glorifying the rape of teenaged girls and got Bill 156 passed, has quit as Governor of Tokyo. Clearly he's decided this town isn't big enough for the both of us, so you're welcome.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jormungand: Perfect Order - 03

[HorribleSubs]_Jormungand_-_15_[360p].mkv_snapshot_08.23_[2012.10.25_21.35.17] [HorribleSubs]_Jormungand_-_15_[360p].mkv_snapshot_12.18_[2012.10.25_21.39.31] [HorribleSubs]_Jormungand_-_15_[360p].mkv_snapshot_23.30_[2012.10.25_21.50.33]

When you can say a show as good as Jormungand already was is hitting its stride and still be guilty of massive understatement, you know just how incredible “Perfect Order” has been so far.

Ginga e Kickoff - 24

[Doremi-Oyatsu]_Ginga_e_Kickoff!!_-_24_(1280x720_8bit_h264_AAC)_[C3AE31E1].mkv_snapshot_04.37_[2012.10.25_19.47.55] [Doremi-Oyatsu]_Ginga_e_Kickoff!!_-_24_(1280x720_8bit_h264_AAC)_[C3AE31E1].mkv_snapshot_08.09_[2012.10.25_19.51.43] [Doremi-Oyatsu]_Ginga_e_Kickoff!!_-_24_(1280x720_8bit_h264_AAC)_[C3AE31E1].mkv_snapshot_19.04_[2012.10.25_20.02.36]

Myself and the other 11 people in the English-speaking world actually watching Ginga e Kickoff were treated to another stellar episode.

Kamisama Hajimemashita – 03-04 + Miscellaneous Series Updates (Magi, Ixion, Gyrozetter, Code Breaker, Seitokai)

[Anime-Koi] Kami-sama Hajimemashita - 03 [C68EB186].mkv_snapshot_06.50_[2012.10.24_23.34.01] [Anime-Koi] Kami-sama Hajimemashita - 03 [C68EB186].mkv_snapshot_18.54_[2012.10.24_23.46.14] [Anime-Koi]_Kami-sama_Hajimemashita_-_04_[012AAFFC].mkv_snapshot_08.39_[2012.10.25_09.11.12]

Sometimes there’s just no substitute for experience.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Minami-ke Omatase – OVA

[Ahodomo] Minami-ke Omatase OVA [576p hi10][B39B8861].mkv_snapshot_02.45_[2012.10.24_21.18.21] [Ahodomo] Minami-ke Omatase OVA [576p hi10][B39B8861].mkv_snapshot_14.54_[2012.10.24_21.31.19] [Ahodomo] Minami-ke Omatase OVA [576p hi10][B39B8861].mkv_snapshot_19.44_[2012.10.24_21.36.09]

It’s always nice to welcome an old friend back into the fold.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sakurasou no Pet no Kanoujo - 03

[rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 03 [6831E7E2].mkv_snapshot_07.35_[2012.10.23_21.42.18] [rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 03 [6831E7E2].mkv_snapshot_12.13_[2012.10.23_21.46.55] [rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 03 [6831E7E2].mkv_snapshot_16.50_[2012.10.23_21.51.33]

Sakurasou sits squarely at the intersection of several genres, and stubbornly refuses to fit in any of them.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun - 04

[HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_04_[720p].mkv_snapshot_00.23_[2012.10.23_20.00.50] [HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_04_[720p].mkv_snapshot_06.33_[2012.10.23_20.05.55] [HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_04_[720p].mkv_snapshot_19.58_[2012.10.23_20.19.36]

The best thing about the shoujo offerings as a group this season is that each of them is quite distinct from the others.

Sukitte Ii na yo - 03

[IB] Sukitte Iinayo - 03 [720p] [10bit] [2C61BFB9].mkv_snapshot_03.38_[2012.10.23_09.31.01] [IB] Sukitte Iinayo - 03 [720p] [10bit] [2C61BFB9].mkv_snapshot_07.36_[2012.10.23_09.34.59] [IB] Sukitte Iinayo - 03 [720p] [10bit] [2C61BFB9].mkv_snapshot_17.21_[2012.10.23_09.45.17]

Girls are scary.

Tokyo Diary 10/23/12 – Meiji Shrine/Yoyogi Park

IMAG0275 IMAG0283 IMAG0287

Just a few images from an outing to Yoyogi Koen with friends on Sunday.

Mix - 06

img000003 img000008m img000012

 "To My Signs"

Monday, October 22, 2012

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – 02-03

[Commie] JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - 02v2 [CCBD0EAE].mkv_snapshot_02.39_[2012.10.22_22.50.09] [Nutbladder] JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - 03 v1.5  [94DC1B47].mkv_snapshot_15.07_[2012.10.22_23.07.18] [Nutbladder] JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - 03 v1.5  [94DC1B47].mkv_snapshot_19.08_[2012.10.22_23.11.18]

Well now – I don’t what I could possibly add to that.

Sword Art Offline - For Now

A quick update: I've decided to put SAO on hiatus for the time being. 

Bakuman 3 - 03

[hyrax]_Bakuman_S3_-_03_[179616AF].mkv_snapshot_07.31_[2012.10.22_20.08.38] [hyrax]_Bakuman_S3_-_03_[179616AF].mkv_snapshot_10.17_[2012.10.22_20.11.24] [hyrax]_Bakuman_S3_-_03_[179616AF].mkv_snapshot_21.24_[2012.10.22_20.22.58]

I’m not sure if this constitutes an attempt to make Iwase likeable, but if so, it didn’t work for me.

Weekly Digest: 10/22/12 – Btooom!, Zetsuen no Tempest, K

[HorribleSubs] BTOOOM! - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.13_[2012.10.22_09.30.47] [HorribleSubs] Zetsuen no Tempest - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.28_[2012.10.22_10.10.47] [NWTC]_K_-_03.mkv_snapshot_10.06_[2012.10.22_11.06.21]

Too many shows, too little time…

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Uchuu Kyoudai - 29

[HorribleSubs]_Space_Brothers_-_29_[720p].mkv_snapshot_03.52_[2012.10.21_22.47.07] [HorribleSubs]_Space_Brothers_-_29_[720p].mkv_snapshot_09.23_[2012.10.21_22.52.38] [HorribleSubs]_Space_Brothers_-_29_[720p].mkv_snapshot_18.50_[2012.10.21_23.02.41]

The tension level jumped quite a number of notches this week, that’s for sure.

Little Busters! - 03

Little Busters - 03 - Large 14 Little Busters - 03 - Large 22 Little Busters - 03 - Large 27

Three episodes in Little Busters! seems incapable of being less than likeable, but this week’s episode had something of the feel of a placeholder.

Hunter X Hunter 2011 - 52

[HorribleSubs]_Hunter_X_Hunter_-_52_[720p].mkv_snapshot_08.39_[2012.10.21_19.49.41] [HorribleSubs]_Hunter_X_Hunter_-_52_[720p].mkv_snapshot_15.58_[2012.10.21_19.57.00] [HorribleSubs]_Hunter_X_Hunter_-_52_[720p].mkv_snapshot_20.44_[2012.10.21_20.02.45]

Finally, someone comes along who can give the Phantom Troupe as good as they get.