Now just imagine that the previous two episodes never happened, I believe this scene would’ve worked so much better then and I might’ve actually sympathized with *awww kawaisou* Kiritsugu. So yeah yet again I’m using these entries to rant about this stuff, and I bet you got tired of it already.
2. Natsuiro Kiseki 8:
Sold on kawaii girls doing kawaii things
Seriously, watching these girls having fun on their trip felt so refreshing, it cheered me up when I didn’t expect it. This episode of Natsuiro Kiseki was able to draw the biggest smile on my face, when it also had its share of serious, saddening moments. This might actually be the biggest reason behind the heartwarming flavor of this show, it isn’t about random moe stereotypes acting cute toward each others, rather than that the close friendship these girls share seems real. They have their respective lives, their internal conflicts, their personalities, and the way they affect each others involve themselves as whole individuals. That’s why when we see them worried we know some issue needs to be attended, and when we see them joking around we appreciate how precious these moments are. Also, man I love how proudly they act according to their age, every silly stuff they do brings nostalgia to me. The goofy posing, bedtime stories, gatherings under blanket, heck even water balloon fights, oh my bringing wacky all childhood feels.
1. Sakamichi no Apollon 7
Jazz Nakama Stole The Show!
Am I repeating myself when I praise Sakamichi no Apollon whenever a spectacular performance is delivered? Not really, or so I think. I mean this show keeps presenting wonderful examples of music speaking louder than words, with the latest one in school festival being best so far. Oh man, I had an urge to stand up on my toes myself when Kaoru jazzed the heck out of the last part in that song. I can never convey all the feelings that were brought to us in mere words, I guess it’s better watch/rewatch the thing itself to truly appreciate it. And now I’m wondering if them Jazz Nakama can bring us even better stuff later on.
Entries have been reduced to three this week. I’m studying for my saigono saigo- *ahem* I mean last finals in uni during the next few weeks, so even when I force myself to think about something to write I get weird blocks and inspiration wouldn’t come. I didn’t want to get on hiatus for a whole month, so I thought it was best to just do what I can handle at this time without interrupting my other activities whatever they are. Plus nothing really gave me inspiration to write last week, so that got me thinking that I might end up having permanent reduction in entries when other seasons will hardly have as many good shows as the ones I’m enjoying right now. Anyways unsorted thoughts aside, here we go:
3. Fate/zero 19:
Kiritsugu Fuzakenna! FUZAKERUNA BAKAYAROU!!
CHARA-DEVELOPMENT = PHAIL ! Nope that didn’t work quite as well as it did with Homura Akemi, so better luck turning your mysterious characters into psychos next time, Urobuchi. *looking on the bright side, oh my the hilarity of that scene lolol*
2. Sakamichi no Apollon 6:
Anger and Regret
Getting extremely irritated and acting upon it when someone triggers that feel, most of us have been there. Whether the trigger was intentional or not, the result will most likely be the same. We might end up doing the most ridiculous meaningless acts assuming that it would relieve our stress and maybe let others have a taste of what we have inside. Only to find out that what we did in that state caused more awkwardness rather than solving anything, and the feelings of regret start building up from that moment onward. Now thank god Kaoru is tame enough not do anything more than throwing all the clams that he collected himself haha, although that meant a lot to him on the emotional level. It looked like as if Kaoru was trying to throw this friendship and all the times he spent with Sentarou, he seemed unaware of that at first so he started regretting it when he realized how childish it was later on. And thank god again Sentarou isn’t a deep thinker like Kaoru, he would never take it to heart *might also be due to the fact that he experienced anger himself countless of times* so a simple apology from Kaoru could solve everything. I doubt that Sentarou even needs an apology, he’s still the bestest jazz nakama so he will go after Kaoru and work out everything himself.. YEP SHIPPING KAORU X SENTAROU ALL THE WAY GODDAMN YOU FANG KUN MUSHROOM HEAD!!
1. Eureka Seven AO 6:
Never let children die!!
I didn’t understand the reasons behind that deep attachment of team Goldilocks with Bruno at first, especially Chloe who is the youngest pilot in the group. News about his death came and I felt indifferent, it was still like that until the moment Ao went to his place and looked at one of the mission summaries he had pinned to the wall. I saw the handwritten “Never let children die!!” and then it hit me, he was the one adult in Generation Bleu most sympathetic toward the children putting their lives on the line piloting IFOs. I admit that Bruno hugging Ao felt kinda silly to me in the last episode, but I see the meanings behind it now. I also admit that looking at his handwritten message made me squeeze my heart and lose some tears *sobs*.
To be honest, I couldn’t buy all this “zOMG TRAGEDY IN PEACEFUL VILLAGE” happening because it felt like a forced asspull to create “the shitty evil despicable daddy and the traumatized clueless son” trope, which didn’t work for me by the way. I felt a little bit sorry for his dad, and was baffled by what Kiritsugu did. When Kiritsugu was a cool mysterious character before, he could be thought of as a grownup version of some messed up kid now. That’s such an undesirable chara-development which was used a bit too much in shows like the 1st Naruto, therefore I suggest for it to be included in a list of what could be called “chara-development cliches”. Ahem, enough ranting anyway, let us pretend that was a valid excuse to bring one of the better animated zombie rising productions in recent memory. *lol totally ignoring the purpose of this post lol*
4. Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to iu Onna 6:
Fujiko/We Having a Gothic Nightmare
I was hearing a goddamn distressing noise and I thought there was something wrong with the sound, then I remembered I was watching arty Rupan Sansei haha! It wasn’t just bizarre fragments of Fujiko’s memories this time, I mean this flashback scene was indeed bizarre but also very, very, VERY disgusting which ended up being extremely disturbing to watch. Owl-men examining young Fujiko ojousama was sure creepy as hell, but it’s the image of defenseless loli!Fujiko with her mouth opened and drooling saliva coming out that will remain unpleasantly stuck in my mind.
3. Natsuiro Kiseki 6:
How It Feels Seeing Your Own Mistakes
“Maybe” non of us will ever experience such thing in reality, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relate to the kind of frustration Natsumi felt as she was watching her other-self doing mistakes she learned how to avoid. On the contrary, we all should be able to relate. I mean, didn’t you ever watch a video of yourself and was like “shit I shouldn’t have embarrassed myself like that”? Or once looked at your exam paper and regretted how stupid your mistakes were? Or even worse, as you just got out of an oral/discussion exam and you started remembering all the things you shouldn’t have said, or forgot what you knew you should’ve said? Damn that upsetting feel, I kind of envy Natsumi for having a chance to yell at herself like that..
2. Sakamichi no Apollon 5:
The Bittersweet Onigiri Of Love
Man, that scene was just like 10 seconds and it was still my favorite part in this episode. Have you ever tasted a food that made you feel unreasonably happy and then the moment you realized reality couldn’t be that sweet you saw your falling tears? I bet those were exactly Kaoru’s thoughts when he tasted the onigiri made by his unrequited love interest, Ritsuko. And I must give credit to the brilliant direction here, the hums in background, the starry night sky, and the reflection of Kaoru’s face all set the most perfect mood for such moment to break.
1. Hyouka 3:
The Pendulum of DokiDoki
The epitome of dokidoki! I know I should change the site banner to this SYMBOLIC pendulum now if I weren’t lazy to do so. Oh really no kidding, I couldn’t get enough of the intro scene in the latest episode of Hyouka! The atmosphere felt fluffy and pinkish, the speed of swinging pendulum matched that of heartbeats, and the direct gaze upon Chitanda’s feminine figure brought everything to a stop. The pendulum stopped, and Houtarou skipped a heartbeat. Dammit, how that delivered! Time moved with faster pace afterward, Houtarou was anticipating a confession from Chitanda yet acting as he couldn’t care less, but it was obvious! The awaited moment was drawing close. Suddenly, atmosphere turned back gray, and pendulum was altered circular instead of heart-shaped as before. Looking at Chitanda again, Houtarou woke up from his sugary daydream, and I think I was more disappointed than he was. I hereby declare myself an official shipper of Houtarou x Chitanda to the end, very end, very very end.
Ah, what’s the point of setting deadlines if I don’t meet them? Yeah I know, I guess it confirms me being an “M” since it’s such a torturing feel when you get past them, and I do that more often than I should. Oh wait, even before that, isn’t assigning the task of blogging about anime to yourself considered a bigger act of masochism? So even if you disguise yourself as the most despicable elitist you should still have the heart of an “M” when you blog animu. man, this logic.
LOL whatever, just forget the prior jumble. Last week has been the most active ever for Vanikawa Toppa, and so I’m more enthusiastic about wasting precious time doing this sort of stuff now, even if I still complain every once in a while haha! I’m tricking myself into thinking that getting a total of 22 votes in the poll last week is some kind of achievement, even though I’m not getting any comments from voters lol. Oh well, I’m happily living with that:
5. Hyouka 1:
For better or worse, context is almost irrelevant to how striking this scene was. I mean, the main trio were having a rather dull argument about locked door mystery at the time but that didn’t matter one bit. I was almost yawning and just then, the screen started getting overflowed with countless filters making it feel like a photoshop session on time-lapse was going on! It was one of those delicious eye-candy moments and it tasted really nice, I was having one idea in mind as I was looking at the screen captured above: “oh, this could look fantastic as a desktop paper right?”
Gotta say this scene wouldn’t have had the same effect if it wasn’t for the great acting in it. I mean, it was straightforward climax to a body-swap story, the moment where mixed feelings get sorted together in front of the love interest. It seemed as if Yuka didn’t really realize that she was borrowing a body that doesn’t belong to her until the instant when the one who owns that body, Saki, seemingly got a bit closer to her crush, Takashi, all thanks to Yuka herself carelessly acting on her, Saki’s, behalf. *err explanation didn’t go as straightforward as I hoped ww* So then a reality check slapped Yuka in the face and she started crying. It was touching because it felt sincere, and it also reminded me that even the most cheerful in the gang can get their feelings hurt sometimes..
p.s. in case someone didn’t know calling your classmate of opposite gender by first name is some serious romantic development in Japan lolz
3. Fate/zero 16:
“Kisamara! You feel no shame at all?!”
Ok that marks the most horrible death in Fate/zero so far. *dammit Urobuchi you sadist* It was gruesome and full of despise, kinda uncomfortable to watch even. I wasn’t the biggest Lancer/Diarmuid fan but I couldn’t help feeling extremely sorry for the way he was forced to commit suicide, he was unfortunate to have a pathetic excuse for a master but he was also miserable that he could never rebel against the feeble wish of such master. It was amusing yet upsetting how Lancer even gazed at clueless Saber with a spiteful look during his last moments of rage, that felt really heavy and it helped that we weren’t shown his face as he did.
2. Sakamichi no Apollon 3:
Anime Bestest Jazz Nakama
The romance segment of Apollon is doing a great job with decent development each week, yet it should be obvious that it’s not the main attraction of the show. Instead, every time I start playing an episode of Apollon I see myself anticipating the part where all of us (both audience and performers) forget about the drama and let jazz tickle our souls. I loved how this feel was explicitly apparent when Kaoru and Sentarou were having a fight and the atmosphere kept getting awkward, it was still awkward till the moment they started hittin’ jazz notes together. Kaoru resisted the urge to smile at first, but it only took him few more seconds to burst in laughter. Seriously, it’s enough for me to board Apollon hype train as long as we keep getting quality jazz sessions of this kind.
1. Eureka Seven AO 3:
“Let’s do some effing justice…”
So yeah, I guess it would defy justice if I didn’t bring up the most passionate speech we had in any of the airing shows last week here in this post. Really, it was admirable to see the younger generation of Okinawa finally accepting Ao as a fellow resident of the island and standing up against the cowardice of their parents, especially Gazelle here. I mean hey, if his regretful words burning with shounen justice didn’t make your kokoro go all dokidoki then I wonder what else might will. This should go without saying, Gazelle wins bro moment of the week yo!
So here we have another awesome week of Spring season. Both Goemon’s godly samurai techniques and Mutta’s embarrassing romance bits didn’t make the cut for me to talk about them this week, compared to when I struggled to find stuff to fill my posts with in the past Winter season. Yo keep it up animu!
Oh by the way, a few readers voted in the poll last week and it did the trick of making me believe in the slightest chance that some of you are actually reading my babble haha. Hereby I decided to keep the trend going until who knows when:
5. Hunter X Hunter 27:
I admit that I didn’t take chibi martial artist Zushi seriously before this moment, but then as he was readying himself for this stance I instantly got impressed! Atmosphere felt heavy, Killua became frightened, and I was anticipating what comes next… “ZUSHI!!!” broke that tension. I kinda wish it didn’t, but part of me was glad that it did. *cuz also didn’t want Killua to fall behind Gon again otherwise ugly bloodshed was gonna happen there :p*
4. Eureka Seven Ao 2:
WELCOME BACK EUREKA
Alright, I’ll take this opportunity to complain first. So what the heck are all these abbreviations/vocabs in Eureka Seven about? FP? LFO? IFO? SFO? typeZERO? Trapar? Bahh at least now I know what Scub Coral looks like, and that it’s kind of natural explosive I guess. Yes, I’m a total no0b when it comes to mecha so I don’t appreciate it when a show like Eureka Seven/Ao tries to shove all its technobabble down my throat. Anyway all that aside, the battle between what looked to be a Nirvash *I can use this term here right? :p* and the Secret *Ah, Mugann look-alike* was still brilliant! I think I already prefer Ao over E7 if only for the improved visual feast it offers, so that’s understandable right? Pfff I can’t stand being ignorant anymore that I’m starting to dig E7 for whatever reason now, I guess there’s some homework to be done then.
3. Tsuritama 2:
Akira Agarkar Yamada
I’m fascinated by this show, and among the many weird things that fascinates me about it Indian dude with a goose is alluring on a whole different level! I know that Sugita Tomokazu acting the role has something to do with his charm, but that’s just one of many reasons which makes Agarkar stands out. There is this eccentric charisma he has, which even creeped Haru out. And then the goose.. Also man, Agarkar theme OST when? =(
2. Fate/zero 15:
Budget-burning moment of the week? Seriously, it was all the details in Saber’s water-walk and sword-strike which made this scene as breathtaking as it turned out! It was supposedly the first time we get to see the true worth of Saber’s heroic spirit so it had to make an impact, and yeah ufotable succeeded in making that, even if it was done by the assistance of burnt cash haha! The conversation between Gilgamesh and Iskander was a great follow up/closure as well, it added needed substance to the pretty outer shell afterward.
1. Jormungand 2:
In a supposed-to-be-depressing settings of war, I find myself loving the smirky spirit Jormungand has. That elated anti-climatic moment where Koko orders her men to empty their weapons and surrender felt awkwardly fun! And then she gives another order Engrish-style as if she’s mocking that moment even more, “Minna DASSHU!!” *lolol* I would be bursting in laughter as well if I was there, damn it looked hella fun! Gotta agree with the soldier too, Koko is a lucky girl to have such an understanding team to command, errr I mean KOKO WA RAKKII GARU w w w
I’m giving a shout like everyone else, Spring 2012 is shaping up to be one of the best seasons for anime! I’m stuck with the biggest watchlist since I started watching anime weekly, and it seems more diverse than ever. So then comes crossing my fingers that we don’t get disappointed halfway, but I’m also pretty optimistic now. Having big list of shows gave me troubles picking up the moments I really wanted to share, and I might have messed up a little and cheated by choosing the stuff that doesn’t require me to think about what to write haha! Oh and I kinda felt like experimenting to tempt more people to skim through these posts, so I added a poll this week just because. :p
As silly as this sounds, let’s dokidoki now:
5. Fate/zero 14:
I’m surprised at how much I missed that grim tone of Kiritsugu, I can keep listening to the way he says “Maiya!..” for hours without getting bored haha!
4. Mirai Nikki 25:
SUDDENLY BERSERK ACTION *GASP*
I dunno how I feel about the way the plot is progressing right now, and I find myself disliking Murmur since she became relevant to it, but all that aside I still immensely enjoyed the fight scene with Ninth! Seeing such fluidity in each movement reminded me of the rare occasions in good old Naruto anime where a special team was called to animate the important battles in a ridiculous “kneading” style, or that’s how I like to imagine how it was haha.. *gotta thank Asread for wasting all their budget on that*
3. Kuroko no Basuke 1:
“I will be your shadow.”
Because the stronger the light, the darker its shadow. It’s simple, get it? YEP THAT SHOUNEN LOGIC THAT I LOVE. Just keep making sense of stuff that doesn’t make sense and I’ll keep getting hyped for you Kuroko!
2. Sakamichi no Apollon 1:
Feel them drums!!!
Was it the jazz itself? Or was it that dynamic percussion animation that had me drop my jaw in awe? Add to that Sentarou being such a fascinating individual so him on drums brought further flavor of charm, and then I could not resist.
1. Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to iu Onna 2:
I was torn between the moment in the coffin and the moment with the empty gun. I ended up choosing the scene where Jigen got confused when all the emotions he kept suppressing abruptly slipped through to the surface. I could see everything in the sudden change in his expressions, and my god that was fantastic! Plus the great BGM that was playing, and *ahem* Jigen’s shockingly handsome smile. The ice-breaking moment of suicidal romance couldn’t fit in any better place other than a coffin for the dead, and the way it rolled was just damn perfect!