Hoozuki no Reitetsu – 02

Another week, another wondrous escapade into the depths of the Japanese Hell. You might recall the sheer excitement I shared last week over this series. That excitement has not been dampened in the slightest by this weeks showing, but rather has grown even more so with the introduction of a number of colorful characters. There were many things I expected to happen with the cast, but episode two has blown these expectations away with the appearance of Satan from the European Hell. I am more excited than ever for the future of this series.

The sagging… Oh God, the sagging!

I became completely obsessed with the OP of Hoozuki no Reitetsu last week. I use the past tense because I am no longer obsessed, though that is not to say my love for it has lessened in the slightest. It still remains, in my mind, one of the best OPs I have ever seen. Needless to say, after watching it as many times as I did I began to wonder who all of these people were. So many characters had not yet been introduced and I could only wonder who they might be. Never in my wildest imagination did I expect that Hoozuki no Reitetsu would branch out from the Japanese Hell and Heaven. I was completely floored when they introduced Satan from the European Hell. I must have seen him over fifty times and yet I not once thought it might be Satan. In my mind it was always some Japanese demon.

Needless to say, I love it. While I probably should not be, I was rather upset that Satan was as lily-livered as he was. I understand that the Japanese alternative will always be the superior alternative in a Japanese show, but I could not help but feel embarrassed that they portrayed my Satan as such a weak willed individual. It is a very conflicting emotion, I know. The entire time I could not help but think, “This is just insulting.” This episode has done well to show me that I am a terrible Christian. I apologize profusely, God.

Now, you may be confused because I did say I loved it and then followed that up with how much it annoyed me. While all that is true, while I did feel a tinge of anger at their portrayal of Satan, I was laughing the entire time. That in itself is something very unusual for me. I rarely, if ever, laugh at a show. I consider a comedy to be successful if it makes me smirk. To ask it to make me laugh is just setting the bar too high. Hoozuki no Reitetsu managed to make me laugh time and time again. It managed to get me humming along to a song about demons underwear. It is just unheard of for me to get so giddy over a show, but here I am watching a demon apprentice shakes his bottom at the screen, laughing hysterically. Something about the art, the voice actors, everything just seems to meld together perfectly.

Pure Bliss: Achieved.

With this weeks episode I am all but certain that Hoozuki no Reitetsu will go down as my AOTY. Heaven, Hell, wherever our cast goes seems to catch me in bouts of laughter. With every episode the cast grows on me more and their jokes become all the more funny. I can not wait for the introduction of what I can only see as Hoozuki’s love interest. The way he goes about doing everything is already hilarious, I can only imagine how he will treat love.

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Pupipo! – 06

You might have noticed I skipped over episode five. That was not intentional. Perhaps it is a reflection of my level of interest, but I had completely forgotten about the series when it was released last week. However, that is not to say I do not enjoy Pupipo! The cliffhanger from two weeks ago really had me on the edge of my seat and while I expected a speedy resolution, what with the episodes being only a couple minutes long, I was very excited over how things were going to play out. If I had to put my finger on it, it would be that given that each episode is only a couple minutes long there was little reason to rush back into the show.

“Tonight… You…”

After a speedy resolution last week, we find ourselves introduced to a character with a familiar ability. You might also remember him from an earlier episode. At the time I had mistaken him for Ryouhei, the boy with the crush on Wakaba, but that misunderstanding was quickly cleared up with the introduction of Naoya. I have to say, I am really excited over this development. You have to understand that I never expected much from a show with episodes as short as this, but the story so far has been more exciting than most shows with full-length episodes. While I understand that there is only so much they can do with the time alloted, referring both to the length of the episodes and the number of episodes, I am interested to see how the relationship between these two who share this “curse” will play out.

Considering our cast is supposed to be in elementary school I am not all that interested in seeing if the two of them develop romantic feelings for one another. I can not say that everyone else feels the same. Despite their age, I could easily see AIC Plus+ shoehorning in some romance, albeit as a mere diversion to the story. Now when I refer to romance I am not talking about Ryouhei picking on Wakaba, but rather Wakaba and Naoya crying together as they lament their unearthly abilities. Either way, I do not think it will happen and I certainly hope it does not. It would definitely lessen the experience I am having watching Pupipo! It would just be awkward, you know?

Heard you talking shit about me.

Anyways, with Naoya left terrified of Wakaba I am really interested in seeing how she will get around to talking to him. It is obvious she yearns to talk to someone who shares her curse. I am still not entirely sure why he is frightened of her. While Wakaba was instantly drawn towards Pu, Naoya seems to have had the opposite reaction and is horrified of him. I know the manga would be further along and with all the answers, but I think I will wait and see next week what all this is about.

Space Dandy – 04

In what has quickly become my favorite episode of the decade, Space Dandy soars through the stars and straight into our hearts, or rather brains, this week with an episode chalk full of zombie shenanigans. If you are not watching Space Dandy, have stopped watching Space Dandy, accidentally found this page while looking to fulfill your aspirations to travel to space, you need to watch episode four of Space Dandy. I am not asking you to pick up the series. Just watch episode four.

Oops. Wrong door.

This move by Bones was simply amazing. They threw the rules out the door this week by having our cast die (again). Too many shows are hung up on being serious, on the third-rate story they are trying to tell. It seems as if only one show every other season has a half decent story. Most of the time we get bogged down with idealistic nonsense that the writers could have submitted as a paper in High School for a B-. We need more shows like Space Dandy that just try to entertain. There is some overarching agenda, but each episode is our cast just living out the universe.

I love zombies. Zombies would no doubt love me. I am one great hunk of meat. Read into that as you will, I am prime zombie eating. Getting back on point, as I love zombies it was only natural that an episode dedicated to zombies would keep my eyes focused to the screen and then maybe pressed against it a little too. What I did not expect, and really is just Bones throwing the rule book out the door, is that we did not just have a zombie episode. We had a zombie episode.

In recent memory, Panty and Stocking is the last show to have an honest to goodness zombie episode. However, that was a zombie survival episode. It was a great laugh, mind you, but the humor revolved around our angelic pair trying to get through the zombie apocalypse, not on the zombies themselves. Let me explain, the jokes were not about the zombies, but rather played off the fact that there were zombies. We were laughing at Panty and Stocking surviving (and ultimately dying) in a zombie apocalypse. It is in that way that this weeks episode separates itself even more so, in my mind anyways, from anything we have seen done with zombies in anime. The zombies were the humor.

Forget orally, this bad-boy can be transmitted digitally!

Now, I really do not see any reason to talk about why it was funny because I am sure you found this episode hilarious without me having to explain anything, so let me tell you what I loved most about this episode. It solidifies the zaniness of this series. This episode really puts away any worries I might have had over the future of this show. Now, some might say that this show is just stupid that it is not going anywhere and is a complete waste of time to watch. These are the same people who something something implication of lacking humor something something. You know what I mean? We have had far too many comedies that were just slice of life comedies.

It was almost as if Japan had become allergic to the idea of a comedy taking place outside of a school. I can not take anything seriously in Space Dandy, nor am I supposed to. The entire universe from this star to the other are just one big joke. I can not think of any recent shows that have taken this liberty. It seems like shows today have to be serious, that they have to have some semblance of a plot or drama. It is almost as if they are afraid of relying solely on their humor. This is something that Space Dandy is doing that I am just so excited over and relieved for.

Am I kawaii? uguu~

I know my thoughts were all over the place, but so has Space Dandy these last couple of weeks. I am sure I am repeating myself here, but that is something I have come to love from this series. I have no idea where it is heading and I can not have any idea. It is wonderful. Space Dandy has earned a special place in my heart if not solely for this episode. I am more excited than ever for what the future holds for this truly special and memorable series.

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei – 03

“That makes me a terrible person, does it not?” Yes, Kobeni, you are a terrible person for suffering from brain-damage. No doubt God is punishing you for your terribleness by having you suffer from brain-damage for forgetting something due to brain-damage. Trust me on this one, God works in mysterious ways. Especially those Japanese Gods. Bunch of crazies. Enough about Gods, though. We already talk about them plenty what with Noragami and Hoozuki no Reitetsu airing at the same time.

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei continues to be a delight to the sensations this week as we finally see our Mashiro venture into the unknown depths of the Student Council room. On another exciting note, after much anticipation she partakes of the British Scones. “All this and more, next week on Mikakunin de Shinkoukei!” Enough of that, though that is how they should hype up the previews.

Mashiro laments her role as Benio’s plaything.

You might recall, or are just learning now, that I was worried over how Dogakobo intended to introduce the first element of drama we have seen in the series: Kobeni’s accident and subsequent brain-damage. Now, I am going to continue calling it brain-damage because that is what it is. If you feel that is too harsh a label for what happened to her and are perhaps upset that I am calling a character you may have drawn attached to brain-damaged, tough luck.

Really, I have no idea why I keep digressing. Getting back on point, I was worried that the introduction of drama would be jarring considering how light everything has been up to now. I can safely say, however, that Dogakobo did an amazing job informing us, and Kobeni, about her accident.

Benio roofies Kobeni.

I really can not think of a better way they could have done it. Since it is at the very end of the episode, but not the very end, we will most likely find our cast beyond the confines of Benio’s room next week. There is little reason to believe that we will find ourselves continuing this conversation when we tune in for the next episode. This works well because we do not want to dwell on this little piece of drama. This is a comedy. It should never get too heavy.

Now, I am just overjoyed with Kobeni’s reaction. With this development it seems our boy Hakuya might be getting some requited love, though it may be out of a sense of guilt more than anything else. Running with that thought, if that happens I can foresee Hakuya realizing Kobeni guilt over the incident and getting upset, something along the lines of “Do not feel you have to love me, yada yada yada” making her realize just how in love she is with him. This is the kind of “drama” I can see down the road. Luckily, we will have plenty of potholes filled with comedy along the way. Mashiro and Benio will make sure of that.

“Do not jump. You are damaged enough as it is!”

Well, I have plenty more to say about this series, but I do not want to take up any more of your time. Now this next bit I am writing more for myself, but I think I will continue to keep my posts rather brief except I plan to occasionally write up a larger post about my thoughts on a broader level. This post is for episode three. It would not seem right to get to far ahead or behind this weeks episode in this post.

Either way, this site is still rather new. I have all the time in the world to figure out what new things I can do with it. For the time being, I am just going to keep things simple. I digressed far too much in this post…

Kill la Kill – 15

In an episode riddled with QUALITY shots, Senketsu and Ryuuko are finally reunited body and cloth after their dramatic (in hindsight, anti-climactic) separation. It deserves mention just how many QUALITY shots there were in this weeks episode. It was completely unacceptable. It was downright embarrassing. I have come to expect a certain level of quality from Kill la Kill. It is not that high yet TRIGGER still managed to fall short of it this week.

How could TRIGGER drop their baby on its head so carelessly? There have not been that many tense or climactic moments in Kill la Kill. I am going to have to assume episode fifteen was supposed to be one such moment. In what should have been a landmark episode for the series they left the entire experience feeling half-assed. I am highly unsympathetic to the under-payed animators and artists when they release something of this quality.

Mr. Crabs worshiping the all powerful yen.

Last week TRIGGER destroyed any semblance of suspense or tension when it was revealed Senketsu was fine and after twenty minutes was all but completely restored. I realized then that TRIGGER has no intention of having any sort of drama in Kill la Kill. Every problem that arises within the series will be resolved either in that episode or the next. Following my theory, with Nudist Beach getting destroyed this episode it will be revealed next week that there are reserves hiding out throughout the country and that they will be back at full strength for episode seventeen.

When it was revealed that Satsuki held the final piece of Senketsu I legitimately believed she would just hand it over. That is how pessimistic I am in regards to any sort of exciting development in Kill la Kill. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when Satsuki at least tried to keep it from Ryuuko. It is such a great thing that Ryuuko was able to transform without the final piece. It would have been terrible if something actually happened in the show and she could not use Senketsu for more than one episode. I mean, I was so relieved last week when it turned out that she had become stronger and it was not a problem that she could not use Senketsu to defeat the students imbued with his patches. Heaven forbid there was some kind of problem in Ryuuko’s way that could not be solved in twenty minutes or less.

“He is getting in the way of an actual plot development!”

Now, there are people who are going to disagree, “Were you not watching? Nudist Beach is in shambles! Something crazy happened!” Oh, really? That is downright awful. I mean, up until now they have been the only element in this series that has been fighting against the Kiryuuins’. Oh wait, that was Ryuuko. This is the first time we have ever seen Nudist Beach.

Aside from mentioning once that Tsumugu was attacking schools we have yet to see any kind of impact from the actions of Nudist Beach. Goodness gracious, now they are gone? Satsuki always mentioned how they were a thorn in her side, mind you we never saw or were told how, but good gracious. Who knows what might happen now. Nudist Beach has been all but destroyed. Aaaaaaah (read in monotone).

Why on Earth are we supposed to feel any which way over their destruction when this is literally the first time we have seen them? TRIGGER could have included thirty seconds of Nudist Beach attacking Kiryuuin activities every other episode. They could have had bystanders talking about the recent attack on the Kiryuuins’. They could have done anything with Nudist Beach aside from it being a huge joke, but they did not and now they are gone. I do not even know how to feel about this. Other than disappointment I really do not know how to describe these feelings.

“This may be our first screentime, but we are a big deal and our loss is a huge blow to the Kill la Kill universe.””

I could go on, but I have already bothered you enough. Despite everything I said, I had… fun with this episode. The same kind of fun a child has watching Teletubbies, though. I managed to sit through it all in one sitting so it was not complete trash. However, after expecting so much more from these last two episodes it is devastatingly disappointing to have this kind of resolution. I remember when Nudist Beach was first introduced and I was so excited to see their activities. Let me tell you, this is a far-cry from what I imagined.

Onee-chan ga Kita! – 03

Clocking in at a little over two minutes, there is no reason not to watch Onee-chan ga Kita! except for a little over two minutes. However, that is tantamount to saying you are not going to watch any television because you lost the remote and it would take to long to find it. Make the effort and you will be rewarded. In this case, you will be rewarded with an absolutely adorable short about a sisters love for her new younger brother.

Trust me when I say you will be calling the EMTs once you finish watching. The doting antics of Mizuhara are too much for the heart. Mind you, there are those without hearts who will find the contents of these little-over-two-minutes to be dull and a waste of time. To these “people” I apologize. Get help.

“If I do not embrace Tomo at least once a day, I go into convulsions!”

This episode was simply amazing. There is something about triangle mouths that just put the heart at ease. You see it flapping about and you know that all is right with the world (in a select few first world countries). My only complaint would have to be that Mizuhara did not get enough screentime. With the introduction of her two friends it was too be expected they would take the spotlight, but I still would have liked to have seen more of her.

Beyond that, there is very little you can do wrong when you only have a little over two minutes. At the same time, there is very little you can do when you only have a little over two minutes. I hope we do not stray too far from Mizuhara in future episodes. I really do not care for Tomo or any of the supporting cast. Naturally, Fujisaki will become a point of interest later on, but I can only hope that Mizuhara will be there to steal the spotlight.

Mizuhara defends her flat-pride.

You will have to forgive this rather short post. There simply is not that much to talk about a show that is a little over two minutes long especially when it is a comedy. Each week we will see Mizuhara nose her way into a different aspect of Tomo’s life.

I strongly recommend this to anyone who does not have a schedule without a little over two minutes of leeway.

Milestone – A Hundred Views

While I am sure many would consider this number rather small, I am exceptionally excited and thankful to have reached a hundred views. When I first began writing I would have been happy with just twenty views. However, in just five days we have managed to reach a hundred!

I was hoping to have reached ten followers by the time I reached a hundred views. I liked the idea of coupling ten and a hundred. However, nine followers is eight more than I expected to have in five days. I hope you continue to read my posts as well as publish your own which I have come to enjoy reading and learning from.

Buddy Complex – 03

When I first heard of Buddy Complex I quickly forgot about it. With a name like that I imagined it would not be worth watching. The few screenshots I caught a glimpse of did little to win me over. In fact, it was not until a couple of days ago that I realized that Buddy Complex was a mecha series. From the title I had assumed it was some kind of romance. Once that misunderstanding had been cleared up I dove head first into the trainwr… err… the series we have come to affectionately call Buddy Complex.

Coincidently, Aoba engages in battle with Hina.

I hate coincidences. I hate it when a character runs around a corner and coincidently knocks into a transfer student who later coincidently transfers into their class. I hate it when a character coincidently walks in on another character talking poorly about them only for drama to ensue. I hate coincidences.

Hina had been out of our minds for just a single episode before she came rocketing back in on a blaze of gunfire. It is such a crazy coincidence that she would be forced to participate in the second retrieval effort because of Aoba managing to turn the tides of battle. I hate it. She could have been reintroduced at any point in the series. We all knew she would be coming back. We were expecting her return, but I doubt any of us expected her to come back in just a single episode. It is as if Sunrise does not understand the meaning of suspense, of mystery. They robbed us of any discussion we might have had over who she might be in this universe by lazily throwing her in our face in just one episodes time.

How am I not dying with my helmet cracked?

Keeping this rant going, how on Earth did Aoba not realize it was Hina when their airborne engagement first began? He said it himself when he first saw his robot, “This is not the same one I came in on.” He had some semblance of an idea of what it looked like. He recognized Hina. Apparently, he remembered everything except what the robot that threw his life into a tizzy looked like.

I was waiting for it. The entire time he was fighting with Hina I was waiting for him to go, “Wait a second, this robot!” Yet it never came. It would have been far more resonable for him to identify Hina through her robot. We know for a fact that enemy combatants can communicate from their robots. Just look at the first episode. What ever happened to sharing all of Dio’s piloting knowledge?

The only reason we had the scene play out this way is Sunrise wanted to have some dramatic reveal for something completely underwhelming. They could have had a dramatic reunion if they had waited longer than one episode to have her reappear. This whole experience has shown me how much I love being dense. At the end of episode two I had no idea that girl was Hina. I had a week longer than most to think about when Hina might show up, to think about who she might be.

Hey there, I have the ability to take down flagships.

Moving on, let me tell you how the worst thing, the absolute worst thing, in a mecha series is when they decide to have something like this robot. The idea that there is some kind of mech with the firepower of a flagship and the mobility of a robot just infuriates me. The reason civilizations stopped building walls is because gunpowder made it easy to bring them toppling down. It became a waste of resources to construct these huge barriers. So let me ask you, if there are suddenly mechs buzzing around with the ability to take down these huge, bulky flagships, why would you keep manufacturing them? It goes without saying that these one-man mechs require far less maintenance and resources to construct. Why would they develop some otherworldly advanced flagship if it can still be taken down by a single mech?

I can understand having a superior mech, but never should it become some ungodly abomination with the power to take down entire fleets. It just ruins the universe. How can there be just one of these flagship fleet destroyers? What sane country – especially an empire with control of close to half the globe – would not produce as many of these bad-boys as they can? Are we really supposed to believe that they can not?

Now, despite all of my bitterness, I hold none of this against the series. Everything I have called stupid I accept. This is an anime. We can not expect things to be logical. It would not be exciting to have a bunch of these things flying around because ultimately that would mean the other side would something that counters them and they would stop being these crazy robots.

This is a load of barnacles.

I could go on about how awful the Buddy Complex universe is, but I can imagine how tired you are of my ranting for the time being. Next week I will be sure to touch up on a couple areas I left out. Look forward to it. Annoyances aside, I am having fun with Buddy Complex. I purposely avoided saying I am enjoying the series. Right now I am far too bitter about what Sunrise is doing wrong, in my opinion, to be enjoying the show.

Right now I am on the fence about this show. I have always loved shows about war. However, when it is just four robots fighting against another four robots it does not feel much like a war is going on. I am hoping we will get back to the kind of chaos we saw with episode two. While there was just as many robots flying around, it seemed far more chaotic. We get back to something like that and all of my complaints will melt away.

D-Frag! – 03

I was originally going to pass over D-Frag! because it is an adaption of something I am already reading. Not only that, it is a comedy. It did not seem like it would be worth watching considering I would already know all of the punchlines.

Needless to say, I eventually succumbed to the casts charms and decided to give it a chance. I was pleasantly surprised with the few subtle changes Brains Base decided to make with the adaption.

Takao realizes she can never get married.

Considering how early on in the series we are and the fact that it is a comedy, I am going to simply write about how much I enjoyed this episode. Feel free to agree with me about how warm and fuzzy it made you feel. Do not worry, it is only weird if you say it, not type it.

Contrary to what I just said, there is something that has been bothering me about this adaption. Roka. I feel Brain Base made her far too emotional. Perhaps her emotions simply did not come across as strong in print, but throughout the last couple of episodes she has been far too reactive. That in itself is nothing to complain about, but this is an adaption. Those of you who have never read the manga have no reason to complain.

From the source material I came to see her as a somewhat more responsive Rei. However, in the anime she comes across simply as being shy. Now, that may have been the authors intent all along, but what Brain Base is doing to her character is ruining my image of her. Though I do get the feeling that I am alone in this belief, I always imagined her “emotional speeches” to be monotone or at the very least more reserved than how they are portrayed in the anime.

Wild Rako uses Headbutt.

In any case, without giving anything away, I am eager to see the sparks begin to fly. There is a reason D-Frag! is tagged harem and romance. It has been a while since I started the series so my memory is a little hazy, but I think the week after next we will finally be introduced to Kazama’s sister. Look forward to it. I know I am.

Seitokai Yakuindomo* – 03

There are few constants in life. You know, the kind of thing you can rely on from week to week. Seitokai Yakuindomo* is one such constant. Each week it brings a smile to our face and a swelling to our groin. Forgive me, that was rude. Possibly a moistening as well.

Given this is Seitokai Yakuindomo* we are discussing it would not feel right if I did not include a couple of perverse jokes. You can expect more. If that bothers you then you probably do not watch this show and have little reason to read this. You should be thanking me for saving your time.

Hata is devastated at the prospect of people not watching Seitokai Yakuindomo*.

With the introduction of Uomi from Eiryou High School my interest in this series has skyrocketed. Now, given that she is from another school we can not expect her to appear in every episode. That just makes her appearances all the more special. With Uomi in the picture I can really see a love triangle forming around Tsuda. While a threesome is the most obvious answer I get the feeling that Shino would not be all that interested in sharing.

Considering how this episode ended it is rather safe to say that Shino will confess her feeling to Tsuda in some shape or form by the end of this season. I can not help but feel the introduction of a similar Student Council President all but confirms it. This troubles me slightly because the best girl, Mutsumi, clearly deserves Tsuda’s affection. Woe is the fate of being a supporting cast member.

Hata is always watching so be sure to give her a good performance.

You might have noticed that Hata has taken somewhat of a spotlight in this post. You are probably thinking, mirroring my own thoughts, that there has been a disgusting lack of mention of Hata so far. I apologize, I had to ramble on about those supporting cast members before mentioning the real star of the show. Let me tell you, the best move GoHands has made so far is having Hata open every episode. It really sets the mood for the remaining twenty minutes. Her greatness tends to linger, you know?

A good education, nobility, and purity!

When I first heard that we were going to have a full sequel to Seitokai Yakuindomo I broke down and wept. It was like a wet-dream come true minus the stained underwear. I have always been cautiously optimistic so it was quite worrying waiting for the first episode. I can now say with absolute confidence that Seitokai Yakuindomo* is a wonderful addition to the series. I am quite excited to see what kind of shenanigans the Student Council will get into next week.

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