Phew. 16 episodes down. Many more to go.

September 30, 2006 at 11:00 am (Anime)

I finished Hachikuro II. Watched Ouran through 25, and Bokura ga Ita through whatever the sex episode (lol spoiler) was.

Hachikuro II – EAT YOUR LUCK
I had mixed feelings about this the same way I did about the second half of one. When the show is trying to be funny it is got-damn hilarious. When it’s doing the melodrama thing it’s a little hit and miss. It’s usually overplayed, but particular parts of it seem to work for specific people. I really liked Mayama’s end-episode where he catches Rika with that hilarious alarm. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen something that could be moving while being simultaneously hilarious. Mmm, GTO maybe, but I’m weird like that. I was pretty bored by Hagu / Takemoto though. And Morita’s brother just kept needing to get over it (then he did, and that was nice).

So I was watching the last episode and Takemoto starts tearing into those …Clover? I thought they were art. Sandwiches?! Wait, that’s…Honey…and Clover. Oh. NO. I don’t know if it’s poignant-clever or just the most ridiculous thing ever. Was all the food in the first OP in season one just FORESHADOWING this ending?! I am making way more out of this than an ordinary man should. But I..AM NO…ORDINARY MAN.

Ouran
Ouran continued to be Ouran. The yaoi girls amuse the hell out of me. Renge is awesome. Haruhi wins by necessarily (in the name of parody!) reversing almost every anime romance girl standard. Etc. Etc. Ending is coming up kinda suddenly though. Who the hell foreshadows a love conflict two episodes before the end of the show? Oh right. Anime. I’ve been gone too long.

Bokura ga Ita
This show seems to move between being horribly cliched and boring, and being pretty slick and smart. That sex scene was so disconcerting. I react sorta not well to girls fucking and not actually getting pleasure out of it. Except he claims there was no penetration. So what I want to know is: 1) WTF was causing all that jostle from her PoV and 2) WTF hurt so much?? I guess it’s possible he’s the most incompetent lover ever. I did laugh at how she’s like: I want us to save up to go to Disneyland and have sex for the first time there! And he’s like “damn I am never getting laid if I have to get tha tmuch money first”. It’s like she’s dating an ex-protagonist of an eroge. She hears stories about him fucking his exes in the school gym, and now he’s so used to women melting into him at first sight that he has to sells his shoes to pay for love hotels.

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I have 8GB of backlogged anime to watch

September 30, 2006 at 4:01 am (Anime)

I finally got my computer back online after five weeks of back-ordered parts and phone calls. I feel sorta like that Tigers fan guy in Densha Otoko who busts up his computer and then has to spend a week catching up on the thread before he can give Densha good advice. Considering I have over a month of unwatched shows to plow through, it’s quite possible I’ll have something interesting after that. Looks like most of the Spring and Summer stuff is wrapping up, so this is sort of like the end of Round One of aniblogging for me, since that was basically where I started.

On a more random note, I’ve realized that I tend to like shows that do a really good job of crossfading in their ED music (well not crossfading exactly, but the transition where the ED song introduction begins as the episode is ending), like Ouran, and, iirc, the first half of Shana. A really bad example is Black Lagoon, which had no idea how to fade-to-black properly at all. A good transition helps bring the episode to a satisfying end for me and that’s always a good thing.

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Hiatus Intermission

September 23, 2006 at 6:41 am (Anime)

For all ten of my readers that might be wondering, yeah I’m still alive, if very busy with other things. Currently don’t have computer up at my new apartment, so I hadn’t really been watching any anime. Fortunately for me, the CWRU Anime Society has begun its Fall Airings. Nothing terrifically new (the current format of the meetings does not work with currently airing anime), but pretty good stuff. I’ve already seen Nadesico and most of Ouran, but the third series being aired is Mushishi which was one of those “I’ll get around to it” shows I kept meaning to watch, but never quite did.

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