Toradora: Episode 25 (Finale)

17 04 2009

I’m going to start this review off with a deep, (semi-)sincere apology for not actually typing this up until about a month after the actual show ended. I would like to say that life got in the way, but I do think that if I had put out a little more effort, this would have appeared on the site a lot sooner. In any case, here is the review….better late than never, right?

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Hanasakeru Seishounen Episode 2

12 04 2009

I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to watching this episode and writing about it, since it was so much fun last time.  Actually, though, Episode 2 wasn’t nearly as full of wtf as Episode 1 was.  We meet Mystery Man #1 (or #2, if you count Li Ren), we learn a little more about Li Ren and Kajika’s relationship, we hear a little more about the relevant parts of the business world, and we get a better sense of just how batshit insane Kajika is.  Yeah, Kajika?  Totally nuts.

Now with more pets reincarnated as potential boyfriends!

Now with more pets reincarnated as potential boyfriends!

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Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom – Episode 02

12 04 2009

[Again, I haven’t confirmed that I’m gonna blog this series… this episode review is just in case I choose to, so that I don’t fall behind.] So Phantom was one of the biggest surprises to me last week, probably because my expectations were low.  Nonetheless, it grabbed my attention as potential winner.  Episode 2 wasn’t quite as intriguing but that’s not its job.  With the hooker (episode 1) done, it’s time for the story to start building up. Read the rest of this entry »





Spring Pilots: Basquash!

10 04 2009

… Why oh WHY didn’t watch this earlier, like when it came out.  This makes two shows in a row that had absolutely amazing first episodes.  Eden catered towards my appreciation for good characters and directing, like ef-memories and Higurashi. For Basquash, it caters towards my interest in shows that put a lot of emphasis on the setting, like Eureka Seven and Last Exile.  In fact, I almost consider Basquash to be the fusion of Gurren Lagann and Eureka Seven. Read the rest of this entry »





Spring Pilots: Eden of the East

10 04 2009

I honestly had to stop myself from doing a full episode review for this.  I never said this was a guaranteed show to blog, and I didn’t feel like breaking my own personal rules… but that won’t stop me from giving the first episode endless praise.

Eden of the East really was on a level of its own from everything else this season.  Even the next best show I saw this season, Phantom, really couldn’t compare.  The first episode did almost everything right.  It was engaging, interesting, and most critically, it made me want more… a whole lot more. Read the rest of this entry »





K-ON! – Episode 02

10 04 2009

Again this post does not confirm that I’m gonna blog this series.  It just means that it’s a possiblity, and I don’t want to fall behind while I wait for the rest of the pilot episodes to premiere. 

This is episode was more standard K-ON! fare.  Yui being very airheaded, Ritsu being hotheaded, Mio being a fan favorite, and Tsumugi being, well, the rich ojou-sama type.  Talking about the plot would be kinda pointless since there isn’t any plot to begin with.  So instead, this post contains some thoughts that crossed my mind as I watched this episode. Read the rest of this entry »





Spring Pilots: Hanasakeru Seishounen

6 04 2009

Hanasakeru Seishounen was my reason for coming to this blog.  When Tekky invited me, he mentioned that there was a particularly ridiculous-looking shoujo series coming out in the spring, and that he wanted someone to blog it.  “Me,” I said instantly.  “I’ll take it.”  From looking at the art, I knew it was going to be overblown, dramatic, and hopelessly sparkly.  What I didn’t know until now (but really should have guessed) was that it was also mysterious and somewhat homoerotic!  In short, this series plugs right into all the pleasure receptors of my brain.

Here have an ugly screenshot collage I made with MSPaint

Here have an ugly screenshot collage I made with MSPaint

Here’s the summary.  Kugami Kajika (let’s not talk about her full name) is the daughter of a powerful American businessman, who has just called her back from Japan (where she was living for some reason for a few months) to pick a husband out of three(?!) guys he deems worthy.  If Kajika falls in love with any of them, that man (and her father) will win the “game.”  Somehow this scheme has something to do with the murder of Kajika’s mother a number of years ago; at this point, the only thing we know for sure is that Kajika is beautiful, brave, and probably also a genius.  The author would really like to have us like Kajika.  A lot.  Do you like Kajika yet?  Might as well hop on the train, because it is clear that every single person in this series is going to fall in love with Kajika.  Some people might hate her and try to kill her, but those will probably be either 1) unreformably evil, or 2) eventually converted to moist-eyed Kajikaism.  So…if you think you might not like Kajika…well, you’re weird.  Sorry.

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