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.
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.
When you praise someone for being such a nice person, and in the next moment you find out he/she was selling you out all along. Ao’s face is my face when that happened here, I would’ve even wanted to vomit the food they just fed me. Still, Ao did a pretty good job not saying a word after that. He just left the bowls on table and left. I believe silence sometimes has the ability to send heavier messages than screaming to your heart’s content. Silence was indeed very effective in this situation as it overburdened Ms. Two-Face with extreme frustration. So yeah, I had to bring it up here since I had emotional cramps myself watching this scene.
4. Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to iu Onna 5:
Dueling in Style
I had no previous exposure to Lupin III franchise before, so I ended up liking Jigen and Lupin most from their appearances in the past episodes. It was awesome to see them again, up against each others starring in one episode this time. That was like a double dose of awesome for our viewing pleasure. I tried but I couldn’t choose any particular moment to talk about, only because every line of witty dialogue they exchanged was so exciting to sit through! This could be an excuse for me to get away with it without failing miserably at explaining what an excellent episode of Lupin III this was, but must be a valid excuse nevertheless. :p
3. UN-GO 0 Inga-ron:
I think it’s a pain to talk about UN-GO because of how crammed with ideas it is. You can take a single scene and form a whole post out of it, and it might not make sense if you didn’t bring up other stuff from other scenes to link them together and make your point. Now despite what I just said, I think I’ll end up doing that here. If you had commited a crime, then you claimed that you have supernatural powers which, unless a person has contradictory evidence in his mind, make whatever you say becomes the truth. And so you accused another person of committing that crime. Then you ordered that the true criminal be shot down. Who will take the bullet then?……. I know how quite difficult it is to come up with the answer, and I’m not ready to spoil it for you. It’s really the biggest part of UN-GO’s charm solving these types of complicated mysteries in a way that makes perfect sense, only after messing up *so much* with your head.
2. Natsuiro Kiseki 5:
Every Minute Counts!
I have no choice but to adore Natsukise for how lighthearted it is. This episode had the simplest premise so far, and with that alone it was still able to amaze me in an unexpected way. It was when Natsumi, Saki, and Rinko were sitting on a bench worrying about not getting in contact with Yuka for days because of her cold. Just when they realized how precious every moment they spend together is, they immediately started running to the magical rock to wish for Yuka’s cure: “Let’s wish on the big rock that Yuka’s cold will go away!” “Every day she’s sick is less time we can spend together!” “And that’s a wasted time!”. For me, that wasn’t brilliant just because it fleshed out how really close to each others these four are, but also because it touched the subject of how important time is. Especially the time that you can spend with your special ones is irreplaceable. Now I admit being a maniac when it comes to time, I consider every minute of my life countable even miserable ones *lol* so I appreciated it when the girls went as far as seeking the supernatural to make better worth of just a few days of their summer time.
1. Sakamichi no Apollon 4:
Well, it might be kind of extreme to go as far as crying when you regret something you said, but it’s so like Kaoru to do that haha! Just kidding here, I don’t think that’s what made Kaoru cry, it was actually how Sentarou replied to his unfair accusations with sincere kindness. Which is totally like Sentarou by the way! It was an overwhelming mixture of embarrassment and happiness among many other unsorted feelings, that can make anyone with a living heart cry. I liked the way Sentarou sighed that he said too much and stopped sharing more sad memories of himself, that kind of blunt honesty is also a part of what makes him such a charming individual. It was adorable how Kaoru immediately sorted out his feelings and started playing the organ with Sentarou afterward, it was well portrayed how they were pictured as their childhood selves practicing music together, and it was so touching. I know, I’m not planning to hide it, I was very terribly moved. ;-;
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!