My Chronicle: Journey Through Anime IV

Posted by Neko Kyou in Personal on October 30th, 2007

You can find the previous post for this here:

It’s time to end this, at least for now. This is the final part of My Chronicle: Journey Through Anime series. The 3 series I mentioned in the previous part had turned me into an anime fan, but there were a couple more anime which were, and still are, important to me that significantly influenced my perspective on anime.

Rurouni Kenshin

Kenshin HimuraAlso known as Samurai X, I remembered this as my first “serious” anime. As with most of the other anime I’ve caught on TV, I skipped quite a few episodes here and there, especially at the beginning. It wasn’t until Shishio’s arc that got me hooked.

Probably due to the influence of Ninja Senshi Tobikage (in part 2), I’ve always viewed ninjas as being way superior to any boring old samurai. But Kenshin changed all that, and even flipped it around. Samurai were starting to make ninjas look weak.

Who knew that sword fights could be so dynamic with so many different moves, and unlike most others, the moves were adaptable and you almost never see the exact same battle twice. Doryuusen and Ryuutsuisen might have been commonly used, but you’ll never catch any recycled cells (which was a normal thing to do then) and there’s always something different about the execution of the techniques.

The battles were smooth and well choreographed, even by today’s standard. Surely a sign that it was extremely well done when it debuted in 1996. I only wished the anime stayed truer to the manga as it got a little boring from Amakusa’s arc onwards.

Rurouni Kenshin

The main cast of Rurouni Kenshin

Ranma ½

Ranma ½Besides Cardcaptor Sakura, this is my other top favourite anime of all times. The anime lasted 3 years, from 1989 to 1992, with 161 episodes in total. This is excluding the 12 episode OAV, 2 movies and a whole collection of other CD and DVDs.

Of all my anime collection, I easily spent the most on Ranma (at least more than a thousand) for the DVDs, manga, CDs, and a whole bunch of merchandise.

With the craziest bunch of characters you’ve ever seen and the whackiest of plots and twists (as well as plotholes) it’s pretty hard not to like it once you’ve started watching it.

It is also because of Ranma ½ that I started to like Rumiko Takahashi’s other works, especially Inuyasha.

Ranma ½ DoCoI was so deep into Ranma that thinking back, it almost became an unhealthy obsession. Each episode was repeated 3 times a day, and I never missed a single one. I even skipped classes (and I actually failed a couple of subjects) and shut myself up in the room just so I could watch it in peace. Thankfully, I didn’t hit a point of no return and made sure that I was never anywhere near that kind of obsession again. Sure, I still get my crazy moments, but it doesn’t happen that frequently and I always make sure that I’m fully aware of any consequences.

But Ranma ½ is still one of my favourite anime and whenever I’m bored without any new anime to watch, its one of those “oldies” that I would pull off my shelf and start an anime marathon to entertain myself.

Like Rurouni Kenshin, it’s kinda amazing when you realize that Ranma’s anime first appeared in 1989. The OAV aside (since it’s newer), the animation for Ranma ½ can really be considered top notched as I find it even superior to some anime from the late 90s and early 2000s.

Ranma ½

“Huh? What’s this? It says…”

That’s it for now!

After my obsession with Ranma a few years ago is when I started searching for new anime more actively rather than just depending on satelite TV networks and CDs/DVDs that could only be found locally. In fact, my first anime site (which is long gone) was a Ranma ½ fansite that gained quite a bit of popularity but could not be maintained due to heavy bandwidth usage *ahem*.

It was known as “SatAM Anime”, so if you’ve been there before do let me know 😀 (out of curiosity)

My Chronicle: Journey Through Anime ends here, at least for now. If I feel there’s something new that should be included in here, it would probably be done on a later date.

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Weekly Review #16 – Naruto, Shana II, Dragonaut

Posted by Neko Kyou in Weekly Review on October 29th, 2007

Yes, I know I’m a day late.

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 32

Shakugan no Shana II Episode 2

Dragonaut – The Resonance Episode 1

Naruto Shippuuden

Episode 32: The Kazekage’s Return

Rating: 6/10

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 32

First off, Tobi’s voice is fail. I was really expecting something more smooth and boyish. Then again, all the newly introduced Akatsuki members in the anime had totally different type of voice than I’d imagined. But Sai’s voice is quite fitting (although maybe I’m just partial to Satoshi-san 😛 ) Maybe I’ll grow to like it, just as I did with Deidara. But I just can’t imagine Tobi’s voice staying like that after… well if you’ve read the manga you’d probably catch my meaning.

This episode is also quite a drag, but thankfully it’s truly the end of rescue Gaara arc. The joke after the episode of the Sand shinobi’s not going to show up for a loooong long time to come was pretty funny especially if you’ve read the manga up until now. Absolutely no trace of the Sand, unless the anime decides to come up with fillers.

Like the previous episode, the overall mood is pretty sombre up to the point when the Konoha team starts to leave for home. When Gaara reached the village, he was surprised to see that everyone was waiting and cheering for him. Again, as a sign of respect, Gaara had Chiyo-baa’s body enter the village first as everyone prays silently.

Thankfully there isn’t much flashback especially at the gravestone scene. I was afraid that Sakura will be showing plenty of flashbacks on the battle against Sasori, highlighting Chiyo-baa.

Things get a little bit crazy after the Konoha teams left. Gai was so irritated that he couldn’t move fast while helping Kakashi to walk that he decided to piggyback him instead. The look on Kakashi’s face pure gold. It’s like saying that he rather be left behind to rot instead of being piggybacked by (and especially) Gai.

As for Akatsuki…

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 32

Death by suffocation!

Shakugan no Shana II

Episode 3: Suspicious Transfer Student

Rating: 7/10

Shakugan no Shana II Episode 3

I know Bal Masque is planning something… I just wish I knew what! The slow build-up is driving me a bit crazy. It’s obvious Bel Peol is up to something, but it has been so random and meaningless so far. Konoe Fumina is probably not Hecate herself, but its obvious that Bel Peol has something to do with this. One thing is for sure though, she does act a whole lot like how I would imagine the real Hecate would be like.

Konoe really acts like a Princess who has everything done for her and so naive as well. Although her instinctive behaviour that always tries to be nearby Yuji is kinda puzzling. Is Bel Peol trying to distract and confuse the Flame Haze, diverting their attention elsewhere while she conducts a masterplan to get hold of the Reiji Maigo?

Hopefully we’ll find that out soon and have the superb Flame Haze vs Tomogara action which was what made the first season such a success.

Dragonaut – The Resonance

Episode 1: Resonance – Joined Hands

Rating: 7/10

Dragonaut The Resonance Episode 1

I initially expected Dragonaut to be something like Fate/Stay Night based on the trailers, but the vibe I’m getting after watching the first episode feels more like Eureka 7 and Gundam, although its also way different from those two.

The first episode sort of pulls you in by baiting you with questions and half answers, making you want to know more and continue on with the next episode. The intro showed some interesting looking CGs, which looks a lot like dragons (It never occurred to me until now that the title had something to do with dragons *sigh*) so I’m really looking forward to seeing them.

Jin lost everything when the shuttle him and his family was on exploded right after launch but he somehow miraculously survived. Hailed as a hero for being the sole survivor, he was later on turned into a public enemy when investigations revealed that the cause of the explosion was due to pilot error, who was his father.

Of all the new anime I’ve watched this season, Dragonaut seems to have the most potential judging by just the first episode.

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Fansubs Killing the Anime Industry? Yeah, Right!

Posted by Neko Kyou in Rants, Thoughts on October 26th, 2007

Lelouch LamperougeA continuation from my previous post about the Japanese government submitting a request to the US government for the crackdown of illegal online anime downloads.

Several forums are already buzzing with people who are yet again debating on whether fansubs are hurting the anime industry. As usual, there are those who agree that fansubs actually promote anime outside Japan, and there are those that say that its killing the industry. I think I’ve made it quite clear that I belong to the former group.

There’s an interesting point that no one seem to have brought up ever. Perhaps it’s just my way of thinking, but as people, we are naturally protective of what we like. So it’s only natural that fans who download anime online would argue that it does have its benefits, despite the fact that we all know it’s still considered illegal.

What really amuses me sometimes is how some of “fans” can proudly claim that they would not pay a single cent for anime and that if they can’t download it for free, they won’t even bother watching it. Now, wouldn’t you agree that these group of people aren’t really fans after all? And if they aren’t fans in the first place, do their opinions really matter to the industry?

Hitachiin Brothers - Ouran Host Club

Are you ready? Then listen up!

Imagine this. (Should be easy since it happened and is still happening!).

A group of people knew absolutely nothing about anime were given a bunch for free and they watched some out of curiosity. Some of them totally disliked it, shoved the rest of it aside and never came back. The rest were intrigued and continued watching for free.

Let’s be conservative and say that a small number of the group became so interested in anime and they began actively seek out for more. Most are free, but some are paid – either in DVDs or other merchandises. This is, of course, one of the most common argument why fansubs helps the growth of anime.

But the majority decided that they would only go for the free ones and avoid having to pay for anything related to anime. They would rather abandon it than to fork out their cash. This is the most common argument that fansubs hurts the industry.

Gundam Seed

We’re going to a better place…

Hypothetically, if it weren’t for fansubs…

Anime as we know it might not have existed…

Cardcaptor SakuraSure, you’ve watched the occasional anime on the local TV channel that has been dubbed. But if fansubs didn’t exist, would you call it anime? I highly doubt it. We’ll call it is we see it – it’s a cartoon, plain and simple.

To the Japanese, anime simply means animation. To them, Mickey Mouse, Scooby-Doo and even the Flintstones are anime. We would be calling anime as cartoons if it weren’t for the influence of fansubs.

You may be asking, so what? Just because the term “anime” might not have existed doesn’t mean it would not grow into the phenomenon it is today, right? Actually, I believe the answer is no, that might have been the reason why anime caught on so fast. Why? Because it’s a type of branding.

When it comes down to it, Japanese animation is still cartoon. If someone said “cartoon”, the first thing you would probably think of is children’s animated show. Most people who watches cartoons are (I would estimate) 15 years old and below. On the flip side, many anime viewers are 15 and above. My point is, if anime were called cartoon, chances are you wouldn’t be watching it anymore (and I’m assuming many of you are 15 and above).

So if fansubs didn’t exist, the term anime might not have existed, therefore the number of fans would only be a fraction of what we have today.

Hypothetically, if it weren’t for fansubs…

Anime distributors like Viz and Odex would not exist.

Why do anime distributors exist? To serve the anime crowd. Why do anime crowd exist? Refer to previous hypothesis. Personally though, Odex shouldn’t exist 😛 It’s amusing how they are blaming fansubs for their bad business when it is fansubs which gave their business life in the first place. It’s pretty obvious why Odex isn’t doing well, but that’s not the topic here, at least not today.

Hypothetically, if it weren’t for fansubs…

Anime would not have been such a huge market.

Admittedly, fansubs might have caused drop in DVD sales. But majority of downloaders wouldn’t have given a hoot anyway even if they couldn’t download their weekly doses. There are also many fans who bought the DVD because they liked the fansubs. It’s not something that can easily be proven to be one or the other.

However, there is no denying that anime merchandise are doing well outside Japan because of the exposure from fansubs. Would you have bothered with that Haruhi poster or Mikuru figure in a maid uniform if you hadn’t caught The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi on fansubs? I doubt it.

Suzumiya Haruhi - Hare Hare Yukai

Would Haruhiism had spread if not for fansubs?

In fact, I would even go as far to say that you wouldn’t even go anywhere near the series if it weren’t for fansubs. Honestly, would you have paid good money to watch episode 2 if it weren’t free in the first place? (I would now of course, but not when I watched the first episode for the very first time). But the series became a huge phenomenon, thanks to fansubs.

Now then…

Back to the 2 groups who had continued to watch anime. The first group was willing to spend on their favourite anime, either in the form of official DVDs or merchandise. The second group refused to spend a single cent on anime, since they can get it for free anyway.

Strike Freedom

Give me all you’ve got, I dare ya!

Some would see that as losing money because thousands of people are watching anime outside Japan for free. They fail to see the other side of the coin. Think about it. Fansubs spread anime outside Japan (free promotion), anime gains better recognition (free branding) and many people started spending money on anime related products (extra profits). Then came along companies such as Viz to feed the hungry market that was created by fansubs (Yes, I know fansubs was not the first to spread anime outside Japan, but refer to hypothesis one again).

From where I stand, all these companies are actually leaving money on the table by chasing after copyright issues with online downloads. Fansubs works because its meant to serve the fans. Most anime distributors and license holders are trying to get the fans to serve them. I think that’s the wrong way to go about it, don’t you agree?

What should be done, then?

Josh had left this comment in my previous post:

I personally think the best solution would be to set up some website that streams episodes like the day after they air in Japan subbed in English and translated by professional translators, for some monthly fee.

Of course, there will be people who will never pay for it ever, but if you got it faster, and at a higher quality, or a monthly subscription cost, I think you could get a lot of people to sign up for that.

I couldn’t agree more with Josh. That, I believe, is one of the best ways to prevent more illegal anime downloads. It’s even possible to create a win-win-win situation here. Anime distributors, fansub groups and anime fans can all benefit from this.

It’s quite obvious how distributors and fans can benefit from this arrangement, but you might be wondering about the fansub groups part. This has actually been suggested in forums quite frequently as well, that is having distributors with anime license to outsource their translating and subbing to fansub groups.

The anime distributors can get more work done cheaper, fansub groups gets to continue doing what they’ve always been doing (only now they are getting paid) and fans can continue to enjoy anime with quality video and quality sub.

While it will not completely stomp out illegal downloads, it does bring benefits to all those involved (and the magic word of $profits$ to respective companies). Isn’t that so much better than trying to chase down downloaders and creating a PR disaster?

Times change. The Internet changes how business is done. You can either fight against it and lag behind, or go with the flow and continue moving forward. It’s no longer the issue of legality alone, but also making use of what you’ve got. And we definitely have something really good going on here.

Quote from GoddessCarlie, taken from this comment:

I do think that people need to move forward with the times. One example is music. For years they tried to stop people from downloading music. Now they are going with the flow. I believe people don’t illegally download music much anymore in america because of Itunes and the like offering really cheap music downloads, and now there a bands who are offering their albums up for download from their site asking for a donation.

(I hope you guys don’t mind me quoting your comments here 😀 )

Naruto and Yondaime Minato

Do you think we’ll ever see anything like that being implemented in the future and finally put the issue to rest, or will we be debating about this for years to come with no new development whatsoever? Personally, I’m hoping for the best. It doesn’t look like things will be changing for the better anytime soon, but who knows 😛

Update 29th November 2008 – It seems that the industry is finally taking a step forward that we, as fans, have been calling out for years. Starting with GONZO who began streaming their latest anime for free earlier this year and very soon TV Tokyo will also be streaming Naruto Shippuuden online, along with Viz Media.

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Japan wants N. America to stop anime downloads

Posted by Neko Kyou in Rants, Thoughts on October 24th, 2007

Stellar & Aule Neko Mimi

The anime cat food is mine!

If you’ve been to Anime News Network or some of anime forums, you might have heard about it already. If not, here it is – The Japanese government had requested the US government to help stop unauthorized sharing and downloads of anime on the Internet, including those on video-sharing sites (such as Crunchy Roll) and peer-to-peer downloads.

Of course this isn’t the only request that the Japanese government had made, but it’s the only one that has grabbed the interest of (and relevant to) online anime communities.

I’m not sure if the Japanese government had done this on behalf of the anime production companies, but if they are, you have to wonder… why now? And why through a government formal request?

Perhaps they are trying to follow in Odex’s footsteps but more indirectly so fans would not go banging down their doors and giving them death threats like what Odex experienced (and while a death threat is overboard, I daresay they deserved it). Let’s just hope this isn’t the case here.

Perhaps the Japanese government just wants to protect their intellectual rights, since “anime” is just part of the list.

Cloud Strife Advent Children

“Hello, mommy? I think they’re coming for me…”

Anyway, I just hope we won’t face yet another Odex fiasco from this. They have done enough damage to the online anime community, and while it’s still very debatable and legally “not right“, I believe that if you kill the online anime community, you kill the anime industry. At least, the anime industry outside Japan.

However, it’s been proven time and time again that nothing could prevent the use of the Internet to spread and share files, legal or otherwise. Instead of trying to track and punish those involved, the pursuers should instead try to go along and make use of what’s working against them to work for them.

Give the fans/downloaders what fansubs are giving them – fast release, quality video, accurate translation, cheap – and everyone benefits. This and many others has already been suggested to death already and only a very handful have been seen implemented.

Viz has done this to a certain degree and while I don’t have the numbers to prove it, I’m pretty sure they are doing well with it. Although their releases are still very limited and since they do not have any of the anime I want to watch, I’ve never tried their services. Kudos to Viz!

The original article on ANN can be found here.

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Weekly Review #15 – Naruto, Shana II, Lucky Star, Gundam 00

Posted by Neko Kyou in Weekly Review on October 21st, 2007

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 31

Shakugan no Shana II Episode 2

Lucky Star Episode 21-24 (END)

Gundam 00 Episode 2

Naruto Shippuuden

Episode 31: The Next Generation

Rating: 7/10

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 31

New op with Yamato and Sai!

Hurray for Yamato, boo for Sai 😛

None of the main characters moved more than 10 feet in this episode, plenty of flashbacks and dragging scenes, but somehow it falls nicely into place. Chiyo-baa uses her remaining life force to revive Gaara, but her chakra was just about to run out. Naruto quickly offered his own chakra to help, not knowing the truth behind the jutsu the granny is using.

I wonder, if Naruto had known that Chiyo-baa will be giving up her life, would Naruto had stopped her? It would have probably torn Naruto into pieces, which is probably why no one said a thing. Neji and Kakashi roughly knew what was happening but said nothing. If Sakura had not realized Chiyo-baa’s resolve, she probably would have stopped her herself.

Naruto should have sensed something was wrong when Chiyo-baa pretty much left her will with him, but being the dense idiot he is, he didn’t noticed anything strange at all. *sigh*

It’s a pretty good episode and quite touching. I especially liked the part where Gaara started dreaming again and Naruto finally came for him. Before he knew it, he was already sitting up with everyone including shinobi’s from the Sand who came to backup the Konoha group.

The reality of what Chiyo-baa had done finally dawned upon Naruto. With Naruto’s help, Gaara stood up and asked everyone to pray for her.

There’s no action whatsoever in this episode, but this is probably the best Shippuuden episode so far if you ask me.

Shakugan no Shana

Episode 2: Beginning of Everything

Rating: 8/10

Shakugan no Shana II Episode 2

It was really funny to see Wilhelmina becoming envious that Shana asked Yuji’s mother to teach her how to cook. She took her grief out on Yuji during training and almost suffocated him to death when he suddenly unleashed some strong power that burnt off Wilhelmina’s bandages.

At least now we’re 100% certain that Yuji’s power had indeed increased since Seirei-den. The Bal Masque also seemed to be making their next move as well.

The Guze no Tomogara, Mare, who attacked them before returned again, this time trapping not only Yuji but Shana and Yoshida as well. Shana took on Bel Peol while Yuji tried to wake Yoshida up so that they could escape the dream world.

Yuji soon realized that Mare’s true objective was the Reiji Maigo inside him, but it was already too late. Mare had already reached the Reiji Maigo, but unfortunately for her, the Reiji Maigo was protected by a Keeper, which dealt a fatal wound on her.

Wilhelmina’s expression when told about the Keeper suggested that she might know something about the Keeper of the Reiji Maigo. At the end of the episode a new transfer student was introduced to the class… The Master Throne Hecate!

Hecate in a Seifuku… XD~

Lucky Star

I’ve actually finished Lucky Star a few weeks ago but I completely forgot to blog about it! I finished it at the start of the week, but due to the heavy workload I had it must have slipped my mind. :(

Episode 21: Pandora’s Box

Rating: 8/10

Lucky Star Episode 21

It’s time for a change of uniform again!

Konata spent 40-50k yen on this year’s Comiket, which brought back some not so pleasant memories. And it seems that Yutaka is also getting used to Soujiro’s eccentric behaviour.

Tsukasa finds it difficult to study late into the night so Kagami suggested that she sleeps early and wake up earlier instead of forcing herself awake at night. She followed her suggestion and set her alarm, but still woke up at the usual time the next morning. Apparently she had stopped the alarm when it rang and went back to sleep.

Kagami suggested that Tsukasa get someone who wakes up early to wake her up, like their mother. However, she still woke up the same time the next morning. When Tsukasa rushed down to ask her mother, she said she did wake up but must have went back to sleep again. Kagami could only sigh lol

As they say, if you have a great idea, write it down immediately or you will forget it. This is especially so for writers or artists. Just look at Hiyorin XD

The class is going for a field trip to Kyoto by bus. Orochimaru The tour guide often use puns but only one person in the entire class found it funny each time. And you just knew what Konata would do after Tsukasa got attacked by the deers rofl

I actually somewhat understand how Konata feels about not being able to sleep without turning her DS on at least once a day. I was exactly the same the first couple of months after I bought my DS. But Tsukasa surprised me by bringing her alarm clock along.

Sometimes I wonder if Konata was a New Type and it’s almost confirmed now when Konata had that “sudden sense” like how Fllaga and Kruuze always knew when the other was nearby. The part with the wish “Konata is my wife” is actually something that was really written in that shrine in real life. That otaku must have been really happy to see that reference 😛

Kagami then received a note to meet with someone that night. At first glance it looks like an invitation for a confession. But it’s quite obviously a fake XD But Konata sure has good senses when it comes to Kagami, starting when she didn’t say anything to Konata’s comment on Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. Kagami sure looked disappointed afterwards.

It’s kinda heartwarming that Konata tried to cheer Kagami up indirectly and despite her protest, Kagami really did cheer up afterwards. Can’t say the same for Kuroi-sensei. When she was about to relax after the trip by playing her MMO, she found out the server was down for maintenance.

And guess who’s back from Mount. Fuji? Shiraishi Minoru is back and he finally snapped, wrecking the entire Lucky Channel set in the process.

Episode 22: There Over Here

Rating: 9/10

Lucky Star Episode 22

It’s really amazing how people can be so generous can be such a miser as well. Cousin Yui is one prime example here.

Kuroi-sensei is sure a huge baseball nut. She believes in the Japanese team so much that she claims that the winners of the American’s Major League can’t be declared the world’s best if they can’t win the Japanese teams, which according to her is 10 years too early.

While chatting, Konata recalled that Miyuki always sleeps early. She started thinking about how sleep helps growth and decided that must be the reason for Miyuki’s “growth”. She told Yutaka that night about her findings and wondered why Yutaka is still so small even though she sleeps a lot. Yutaka felt hurt about that comment and told Iwasaki the next day in school. As you would have expected, Iwasaki went to bed early that night.

Yutaka listening to her iPod is probably her most kawaii scenes in the entire Lucky Star series XD Too bad Konata had to spoil her mood.

I’m not sure about everyone else, but I tend to have a habit of doing gestures as if I’m talking directly with a person in front of me even though it’s through the phone. Like Kagami said, it’s probably habit.

In the previous episode Tsukasa had problems staying awake. This time its the other way round. She started to find problems trying to fall asleep lol.

Based on the conversation between Konata and Kagami, I guess it’s very safe to conclude that the light novel Kagami had lent to Konata a while back was actually Full Metal Panic. Speaking of which, I wonder when the next season will be out 😛

Konata asked her dad if someone in their class falls for either herself or Yutaka, would that make them lolicons and Soujiro went about in circles trying to answer the question. Then when asked if he was a lolicon, Soujiro denied that he was one. According to him, he also likes normal girls, so that makes him also a lolicon *rofl*

Then she asked about why her mother, Kanata, had chosen to marry her lolicon father. Kanata was very happy when Konata was born, and wished that her daughter won’t inherit her height and her father’s lunacy. Unfortunately, Konata turned out to be tiny and eccentric XD

The next part is one of my favourite in the entire series – Kanata’s spirit came for a visit! She really has a great timing as she came in just in time to listen to the father-daughter conversation on why Kanata had decided to marry Soujiro. If there is any real serious moment in this anime, this is it. And this is the reason why I gave this episode a rating of 9. If Kanata’s scene were longer, it might actually hit a perfect 10 XD

I just love her expressions whenever Soujiro does something shady and Konata’s harsh comments.

Episode 23: A Fine Line

Rating: 8/10

Lucky Star Episode 23

I think the only person capable of using Konata’s computer is herself. Seriously.

The difference between a sick person who is a gamer and a sick person who isn’t:

Non-gamer sick person will always be in bed.

Gamer sick person will always be having fun playing games. (Guilty of this XD)

Cousin Yui really showed her appreciation to Iwasaki for visiting Yutaka, but totally ignored Hiyorin and Patty. It’s pretty funny when the anime-fan trio’s joke completely baffled the other “normal” trio.

While discussing about doujinshi’s, Yutaka said that she wanted to read Hiyorin’s doujin and Konata said that she would lend them to her but was quickly stopped by Hiyorin. But Konata insisted that doujin are meant to be read and Hiyorin really looked troubled.

And Konata really did that as Hiyorin found out a few days later. Yutaka tried to comfort Hiyorin by saying that she really enjoyed her work and that she felt dejavu while reading them. But the truth was, those dejavu parts were probably based on Yutaka and Iwasaki in the first place.

Kagami must have been playing too much games with Konata as she easily beat Misao in a game on the PS2. But she felt really bad since Misao was having more fun that she did even though she was losing. It’s kinda annoying when that happens.

Patty’s taste in J-Pop is pretty much the same with any anime fan worldwide. And her impression of Japan is really typical of a non-Japanese person lol. Kinda reminds me of some of my own impression of Japan from before.

At Miyuki’s house, she was telling her mom about how all their friends look up to Iwasaki as a cool and calm person. Miyuki’s mom started to recall some events which contradicts their impression of Iwasaki and tried super hard to stop giggling, with Iwasaki turning beet red next to Miyuki.

And I always do enjoy it whenever Kagami is with Misao. It’s like Kagami with a more … normal Konata. So it usually ends up in a pretty funny situation. I couldn’t help but lol when Misao mercilessly pointed out that Kagami always looks scary. The part where Misao keep asking Kagami questions which she just replied with a “hmm” all the time is quite entertaining as well.

Kuroi-sensei has terrible luck.

Looks like they called in Gotouza-sama (Yuuko Gotou omg?!) to settle the dispute between Akira and Shiraishi. I wonder if Akira took lessons from her because she really reminds me of Akira herself, only… with more authority.

Next episode title is to be announced (TBA)… and they weren’t kidding.

Episode 24: TBA

Rating: 9/10

Lucky Star Episode 24

No opening sequence, and an abrupt ending. So why a 9? Full version of Motteke! Sailor Fuku! is why.

It’s the last school festival for the 3rd years and the first for Patty in Japan. She came up with a great idea and tried to recruit people for it, even to the extent of bribing Konata with a ticket to an event which I’m guessing is another actual event with Hirano Aya. Konata wanting to shake hands with Hirano Aya just feels weird if you think about it XD

And Konata put on a grand performance to force Kagami and Tsukasa to take part in it as well.

Akira and Shiraishi finally meets in school and seems like they’re still pretty pissed at each other. Akira was supposed to perform Cape of Thirty Years on stage and Shirashi is the MC for the festival. Shiraishi pulled a fast one over Akira by stopping her rehearsal even before she finished singing her first line.

Motteke! Sailor Fuku!

Then its finally time for the cheerleading opening act by Konata and co. It was seriously just a matter of time before this appeared. After all, Motteke! Sailor Fuku is the next Hare Hare Yukai. Mark my words, it’s just another matter of time before a real cheerleading team start performing to this.

The festival finally arrives and everyone is nervous behind the curtains waiting to start off the show. But they quickly become relaxed once again when Shiraishi made a fool of himself as the MC. As the curtains drew open, the series finally ended.

But I wonder… what are the chances of a second season of Lucky Star? Definitely way better than what Azumanga Daioh had 😛 I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Lucky Star has definitely become a favourite of mine.

Gundam 00

Episode 2: Gundam Meister

Rating: 7/10

Gundam 00 Episode 2

Finally some background info is given on the world. This time the world is fighting for solar power through orbital elevators. There are 3 orbital elevators altogether, each under the control of one of the world superpower.

Compared to the first episode, there’s actually some character introduction. Although the main focus of this episode is the demonstration of the Meister’s ability to pilot the Gundams. Celestial Beings had begun to move to Southern India aka Sri Lanka to stop the war there.

The Gundams easily pwned both sides, which surprised all of the 3 superpowers. We get to see a bit of Setsuna’s true character and how the other Meisters feels about him. Seems like there’s something about Setsuna that even the Meisters doesn’t know about.

Graham Acre actually launched to have a one-on-one against Setsuna. It would be interesting to see what happens, especially since Setsuna managed to go against so many grunts with ease earlier. Then again, those grunts looked so weak, even a Zaku would be a powerful match against them.

Gundam 00 is starting to grab my interest and as long as it doesn’t start to move towards Gundam Wing’s style, I’ll continue to watch it.

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