Seitokai no Ichizon 01 – First Take

October 10, 2009 at 4:47 AM | Posted in Anime, Episode, First Take | Leave a comment
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I decided to take a look at this mainly because of the post on Random Curiosity about it. The post didn’t really detail the show very well, but what caught my attention was the mention that there were some shitstorms in the internet anime community about the show. The only such community I keep tabs on is 4chan’s /a/ board (as much as I can, anyway), and I hadn’t seen much indication of that there, but I do enjoy shows that are polarizing. Part of the reason why I like GAINAX’s and Shaft’s works so much.
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To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – 01

October 6, 2009 at 2:00 AM | Posted in Anime, Episode, First Take | Leave a comment
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I haven’t seen To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index), the show off of which To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Rail Gun) is spun. In fact, I had never even heard of it. I was just interested by the title, because I’m a huge physics geek, and rail guns turn me on. The premise and setting were interesting, and the characters were likable enough, but some of the anime conventions the show followed held it back for me.
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Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei 12

October 4, 2009 at 1:28 PM | Posted in Anime, Episode | Leave a comment
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It seems that Shaft decided to make the first two segments thematically similar. Hiding and the ways in which it can be counter-productive was the highlight of both of the first two segments. The first had a good take on Schrödinger’s cat. While the possibility for multiple outcomes exists if something is hidden, when someone hides something deliberately, it’s sometimes obvious exactly what it is he’s trying to hide. Eventually, everyone ends up in boxes, so that none of their potential is taken away. And Nozomu’s older brother Kei (the artist) turns out to have quite a… unique wife.

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Canaan 13 – Land of Hope (Finale)

September 30, 2009 at 12:45 AM | Posted in Anime, Episode | Leave a comment
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A passable but disappointing finale. The dénouement was well done and one of the most satisfying in recent memory, but the climax was too subdued.
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Bakemonogatari 12 – Tsubasa Cat 2

September 26, 2009 at 4:12 PM | Posted in Anime, Episode | 7 Comments
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“We’re going on a date. No, that’s not right… Date… Would you please go on a date with me? What if you went out on a date with me? … Then let’s go on a date, Araragi-kun.”
– Senjougahara Hitagi, opening minutes.

A truly romantic episode. It had nothing to do with the title, but that ends up not mattering even a little bit. This episode provides us with a wonderful, deeply emotional finale to the TV airing of Bakemonogatari.
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya S2 – 25

September 24, 2009 at 1:33 AM | Posted in Anime, Episode, Retrospective | Leave a comment
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This past week’s episode was from the first season (as I expect the rest to be), so I thought it was a good opportunity to look back at it.
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Canaan 12 – Seasonal Train

September 23, 2009 at 12:38 AM | Posted in Anime, Episode | Leave a comment
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Wow. This episode was the one that I was waiting for. Well animated fight scenes, more insight into Alphard’s motivations, and an intense (even if cliche) set up that leads to the cliffhanger for the final episode. It had its slow and needlessly dramatic moments as well, but those were few and forgivable.
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Bakemonogatari 11 – Tsubasa Cat 1

September 22, 2009 at 1:05 AM | Posted in Anime, Episode | Leave a comment
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More artfully drawn and directed conversations, slapstick comedy, fanservice, and a flashback sequence with disturbing revelations about our new heroine.
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