Monthly Archives: September 2010

7 Days of Anime August 1-7

7 Days of Anime (7DA) is a column by the mangatron where he grades the episode of the week for the series’ that he follows. Grades are done with 3 things in mind: 1) How well the episode fits into the current pacing [of the main story], 2) How well it maintained a viewers interest, and 3) overall enjoyment level (Animation quality, sounds of music and voice, and use of story elements).

A = Time well spent
B = If it’s your cup of tea, drink it
C= Only the fans will enjoy it regardless
+ = And then some
– = Something is missing…

Asobi ni Ikuyo! Episode 04

 Yet another strange group of people, and the shopping episode. I think these are just as regular as the festivel episode, the swimsuit episode, etc. With the typical “lead male is useless” thing again. I hope this isn’t the sterotyping of the glasses dude…

Grade: C-
Pros: … Honestly, this is typical Asobi ni Ikuyo stuff. So I didn’t see anything “awesome” about this ep…
Cons: Last episode you get the idea that they are using real bullets (we know rubber bullets can’t give a car a flat, ja? Considering they were handguns) but now are we supposed to think they are using real bullets or training rounds or rubber bullets? What if Manami killed someone? Does that give her a free seat in the next CIA boot camp?

Strike Witches Episode 05

Oh look it’s another shopping episode. This one though is a Lucchini episode, I guess 1st season viewers were expecting this. Wait, this is like the second time the shopping was incomplete…

Grade: B
Pros: I know this is a Lucchini ep, but dere-dere Trudy and Trudy wearing a dress was just lollygagging hilarious.
Cons: Well, Lucchini was being Lucchini, not so bad. Let’s see, a Con would be she spent all the money on a girl a heck of a lot more richer than her! Har har har.

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi Episode 06

 Ahum, this be ye flashback episode. Going all the way back to how Harry met S-… er I mean how Ringo met Ryouko, and… gettin’ a little R&R going, yeah! Heh.

Grade: B
Pros: Hmm, Ryouko wearing a dress? What’s up with this week? Girls wearing things we normally don’t see them wear…
Cons: Ringo-chan never grew an inch. Think about that you loli lovin’…..

Amagami SS episode 06

Ooh, continuing the escapades of our lovely haired girl and her love interest. I gotta say, from the roof, to the library, ro the park area, what a fun ride. And now we know what color Kaoru’s pantsu was last ep during the sneek peak of Juni.

Grade: A
Pros: I absolutely loved the roof scene. Or maybe I’ve been reading too much Amagami doujins… Then there’s the library scene, probably the best payback a girl would have to pay if the feelings are mutual, and, as a leg lover, I had a blast when Kaoru rode Juni’s shoulders.
Cons: They didn’t do it on the roof! Blasphemey! Yeah, I read too much doujins. Forget I said anything.

Shukufuku no Campanella Episode 06

Let’s give everyone their own ep, ja? Seems to be the theme this week, and it’s infecting my Shukufuku as well! But I like this one, because the spotlight centers mostly around Chelsea-chan, and…. wait for it, here we go again, a girl wearing something you don’t see her wear everyday. Character specific episodes, girls wearing what they normally don’t, shopping episodes, etc. This is one strange week.

Grade: B-
Pros: Chelsea wearing a dress. Wow, this get’s Pro twice already. Or was this 3 times?
Cons: You can only get teased, ain’t no panchira for you today, boy.

Highschool of the Tot Episode 05

Imagine the movie ‘The Fugitive’, where the bus is at a rest stop, and the criminals in the bus start talking about life, romance, their crappy situation, etc. I think that’s the best way I can describe this ep lol.

Grade: C
Pros: Probably the only thing that will occupy the “Pro” slot for HotD is “them jigglies”…
Cons: Let me tell you something, when a bullet zips by your head, you will not turn your head in the direction the bullet is traveling, you will either duck or close your eyes. Remember what I said previously about “getting out of the way”? I don’t need to remind you that he was still traveling on the motorcycle, so jerking your neck backwards has the neck say “snap me”, and that the fat dude was rather close to him, where powder burns were sure to get in his face. You’re probably wondering why am I picking on this series for things like this? Well, as a reader of the manga, I like the detail of the weapons. But you take a giant shit on them by showing these matrix effects and not treating these weapons as real as they are drawn. Want to screw them up? Might as well drew them like toy guns. /rant

Yeah, I’m supposed to watch it for the boobies, right? Right….

Seitokai Yakuindomo Episode 06

I am so enjoying this series. The opening scenes were hilarious, from the horror, to the giant robots, to the tiny Suzu remote wrestling her glamorous bodied mother, to the regular Ousai Academy Student Council rule (Shino sounded so desperate lol). Moving on to the actual episode itself, the fun continues with the horror stories of Ousai, Suzu’s continuing height dilemma and fears, Shino’s hiccups and body worries and Aria’s glamorous body continues to, how shall we say, impress 😉

Grade: A
Pros: Hata-chan’s horror stories sounded so convincing, I proudly admit I fell for both of them. Aria’s breast bounce with the box was a laugh too.
Cons: You gotta feel sory for Tsuda somewhat. This guy has it hard er I mean tough dealing with these girls. It seems undoubtly that Suzu is the only female level head around him.

Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ Episode 05

 Er, wow. It looks like Kagari will have 3 episodes to “its” winging. Can somebody tell me the real gender of this… “thing”? lol

Grade: C+
Pros: Oh, I know Kagari’s gender. It’s female, because as long as I think so, she will be a she. Who says you have to be an ashikabi. And, I just love the above pic. I’ve seen many a tsundere, but for some reason Tsukiumi is quite a tolerable one. She says funny things… Fight scenes this ep foreshadow an interesting next ep.
Cons: I still don’t know what gender to label Kagari as…

Weekly Research:

Those clothes.
This week we see some rather nice girls wearing something we usually don’t see them wearing, from Strike Witches Trudy in a dress to a very girly Ookami-chan to an voluptuous Chelsea of Shukufuku. In many cases, anime doesn’t give any more than 3 common outfits for a girl, the common 3 being school uniform (ha), pajamas, and swimsuit. The interesting thing to note is that rarely does anime give us a look into a girl wearing something we would least expect her to wear, for example, Misaka Mikoto wearing pantsu-only no shorts (er…), or Majo-chan from Ookami-san wearing a maid uniform (well they ALL did), or Lacus Clyne wearing a…. you get the idea. I have to say though, Trudy wins this week in this regard.

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7 Days of Anime July 25-31

7 Days of Anime (7DA) is a column by the mangatron where he grades the episode of the week for the series’ that he follows. Grades are done with 3 things in mind: 1) How well the episode fits into the current pacing [of the main story], 2) How well it maintained a viewers interest, and 3) overall enjoyment level (Animation quality, sounds of music and voice, and use of story elements).

A = Time well spent
B = If it’s your cup of tea, drink it
C= Only the fans will enjoy it regardless
+ = And then some
– = Something is missing…

Asobi ni Ikuyo episode 03

With the third episode introducing more characters than the first episode did, this one is standard harem fare. If you never wondered just what is it that makes Kio special, this one will start making you think about that. (Read: nothing to him)

Grade: C
Pros: If you’re a fan of…. well, fanservice, there’s quite enough to overshadow the previous 2 eps.
Cons: You know… it’s all kinda messed up. You have (both!) Rifleman class users having their break (a bath) at the same time, and when trouble arrives their duty comes first before their dignity. Sure, I won’t complain about how cold it must have been that night, or how keeping loaded guns closer to you than underwear worked(har har), or why shooting live rounds at a guy made a difference, but what irritated me most was that Kio remained worthless as ever, instead of running or turning away upon seeing some nekkid girly, he remains facing the same way, and when Manami runs out of bullets, he proceeds to take a helmet in the face. I would say he had it coming, but I’ll just say “serves you right”.

Strike Witches episode 04

Beginning with some nice bouncy Shirley, this episode focuses on some Jetty Strikey’s. Makes one wonder why aren’t they using Jets in the first place, well this ep clears up some of that thought. But it still doesn’t clear up some of that blinding Trudy crotch…

Grade: B
Pros: Hmm… it’s a rather yummy ep. I must say this ep was making me a melted Ice Cream upon laying my eyes on some more Shirley goodness.
Cons: Shirley, there’s some reason as to why you weren’t that fast this ep. For the most part anyways, you were able to fly faster than sound back in S1 because you were almost naked. Goes to show that it’s not them assets that slow ya down, but the clothes 😉 Wait, in what way is this a Con…

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi Episode 05

Continuing the narrated tales of Ookami-chan and her friendlies, this one actually focuses on a number of things, namely my Momo-chan, some Ookami-chan backstory, and, probably the only time we’ll ever see this crew suit up like this.

Grade: B-
Pros: My Momo-chan. Yeah, that’s right, she’s mine. Is that a valid school uniform? In fact, there are no school uniforms. There’s a little red hooded girl, a witch, a maid, a sexy secretary, etc.
Cons: It started out all fun and dandy, and ends on a serious note. What the-… I didn’t order some Serious Soup. I like me some Tasty Tantalizers!

Amagami SS episode 05

Let’s start the Kaoru Tanamachi arc. Except… all I can say is “That hair…” Really, I don’t know what else to say. I’ve been saying those two words about her for awhile now, I… it’s just… that hair…

Grade: B
Pros: That hair. Oh bugger, I gotta stop saying that. Er let’s see, how about… nice legs? >_>
Cons: I don’t think we’ve seen any pantsu. Well at least in that way. Well, you aren’t supposed to watch this series for that anyways. You bad doujin reader you 😉

Shukufuku no Campanella Episode 05

I gotta say, I like this series. I get such a campy feeling from it. It’s a rather calm and relaxing series with some cute girls. Ah hell what am I saying, that’s always my prerogative

Grade: C+
Pros: I like the Tostitos girls. Or the Dipping Sauce girls. Or…. whatever, they’re quite amusing.
Cons: Hmm, well pretty standard stuff. Hmm, or maybe I’m just looking for a pairing in this series, there’s not many moments between male and female stuff lol…

Highschool of the Tot Episode 04

Hmm…. lately, it may look like I’m highly irritated by this series, but it’s a sort of Love-Hate relationship I have going here. On the one hand, it’s mostly jiggly boobies, but on the other hand there’s a bunch of live dead walking people walking around as if they’re carrying some bags (I never got why zombies always walk with their arms straight down. Why not wave their hands in the air like they just don’t care or something…wait, they don’t care)

Grade: C
Pros: Eh well, you know what goes here. Some more jiggly boobies. Seriously, in real life, this won’t happen like this [where a girl turns and her breasts go up and down [several times]? WTF?], so this is why we watch anime.
Cons: You know, I liked the bit of realism in the manga, so it’s natural to expect it here. Well, they probably won’t get far. While i’m not going to mention the jigglies because let’s face it, it’s every man’s fantasy (ha) but what irritates me is the stupidity. No one dare tell me they are just highschool kids, if they got enough brains to kill (technically the zoms are livving creatures, right? XD) but, come on, when an tumbling high speed object moves towards you, it is not human instinct to move away in the same direction, it is a natural [logical] instinct to “get out of the way”. And don’t tell me that they got lucky. But who cares…

Seitokai Yakuindomo Episode 05

It would seem like they are making up for the lack of jokes of episode 03, as this episode continues the sex jokes. It did make me wonder though, what would it be like if meet a girl such as Aria or Shino. (I have met many a girl but so far none like these >__>)

Grade: B-
Pros: Got a big laugh out of a number of scenes, like the ero teacher’s breathing and other jokes. School swimsuit ep for those that dig it.
Cons: Sometimes a joke would feel out of place. Something like, moving from one joke to the next, breaking continuity. Maybe it wasn’t so bad, but then expecting the whole episode to be continuously funny is bad.

Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ Episode 04

Let’s move onto Homura this time, also known as Kagari-san. This… uh, “Hybrid” Sekirei is the focus of this ep, so Homura fans will have some fun. Although, I honestly don’t know of any Homura fans… wouldn’t there be fans of both sexes, male and female? Fanboys and Fangirls? lol

Grade: C+
Pros: You’re going to have to wait for the DVD, apparently. If you’re a fan of bath scenes that is.
Cons: Well… this would probably center around me wondering what would become of Homura come series end (that is, the official end AKA manga). Is… “it” going to end up a girl or a boy? So far Minato has a nice harem going, and it would all be broken if Homura goes manly six packs and all…

Winner of the week: Tanamachi Kaoru

That hair.

HAHAHA I did it again. But then the winner wouldn’t be her, it’d be the hair. But since she dons the ‘do, then she wins! Har har ha….on a serious note, she does win because that hair is so good on her, and it’s just something I like to stare at, and her arc starting ep was a real treat for me. Definitely enjoyed it.

Ok I’ll be completely honest here. It was so good, Photobucket declared the screenshot of Junichi looking up her skirt as “not allowed” LOL

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Renovation complete!

Finally, after much deliberation, sweat and lost weight, I renovated the blog. This was an attempt to replace the previous template that was totally not informative. The important changes were:

  • Tags appearing with each post on the main page.
  • Better support for the new “After jump” feature.
  • Better support for Opera Mini and possibly other mobile browsers
  • Better colors (ha!)
  • Due to less template crap, perhaps faster to load?

And, now that these phenomenons are taken care of, maybe going back to blogging wouldn’t be such a nightmare anymore.