Archive for March, 2009

Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae 25

Episode 25 of Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae, “Yuzuki”, begins from the end of the previous episode where Yuzuki finds her own skeletal body in her room. Yuzuki thinks this is all just an illusion cast by Ai, although I strongly suspect that Ai had nothing to do with Yuzuki’s disappearing existence, at least not directly. However, Ai may have something to do with Yuzuki starting to remember things immersively from when she was much smaller.

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Shikabane Hime: Kuro 12

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The twelfth and final episode of Shikabane Hime: Kuro, “End of Corpse”, begins with other shikabane hime such as Saki or Itsuki still capable of fighting in the middle of the city. This is a surprise to Isaka, who expected them to be completely useless. He should have thought of the possibility that a contract monk and shikabane hime can connect to each other by themselves: what did he think happened with the first shikabane? Speaking of the first shikabane hime, Takamine was ranked high enough that he knew about her being the medium strengthening the bonds between contract monks and shikabane hime, although he seems to be unaware of what happens when a shikabane hime kills 108 shikabane.

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Anime for spring 2009

With the spring season for 2009 approaching and with the current batch of anime I’m blogging nearing an end, I’m looking for new anime series to blog about (and watch, of course). Going through some of the previews around the World Wide Web such as the one by hashihime, I think I’ll be blogging about two of the following anime shows, while watching some of the rest:

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

I had played the DVD player version of the game a long time ago and really liked it. Some part of me doesn’t want to watch it: it wants to avoid seeing a plot route other than its ideal one being followed, or the story mangled and tainting its impressions of the game. I wonder how BEE TRAIN would handle an anime where the gun-toting protagonist isn’t a young girl (there would still be enough gun-toting young girls, though).

Ristorante Paradiso

Looks like it would be a nice and relaxing slice-of-life show, and I’m in the mood to blog something relaxing.

Hanasakeru Seishounen

I read the manga a long time ago and liked the story, but I’m not sure if I want to write about the anime. I’ll just say that while the story is centered around a girl named Kajika and the men that are candidates to be her husband (not necessarily willingly: it’s the father who selected the candidates), Kajika is too strong-willed that she wouldn’t marry any of the candidates or not marry anyone at all if it wasn’t what she wanted.

Then again, the anime could be very different from the manga …

Shangri-La and Eden of The East

The plot summaries I’ve seen make it sound that they’re either going to be awesome or incredibly crappy, with no possibility for them to be in-between. I’ll just have to watch the first episodes to gauge how things may go.

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Slayers Evolution-R 11

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Episode 11 of Slayers Evolution-R, “Xeno: The Price of Resurrection”, begins with Pocota flying off to Taforashia with the Hellmaster’s Vase as at the end of the previous episode. Everyone else is chasing him, but they lose his trail once they enter the fog in Taforashia with the exception of Ozelle. Lina doesn’t worry too much about Pocota going ahead and resurrecting Rezo without them: she thinks Rezo will delay it on purpose because he can’t make up his mind whether to resurrect or not, something even Zelgadis had noticed. Gourry, who had managed to keep up with the rest on foot, even notes that Rezo’s confusion is similar to Ozelle’s contradictory attitude to the Hellmaster’s Vase, which she both wanted to protect and destroy.

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Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae 24

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Episode 24 of Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae, “Mayfly”, begins with Yuzuki at home contemplating what Ai had said to her, that Yuzuki hated Ai and wanted to send her to hell. Yuzuki really does not want to think that Ai is right, so she decides to stop thinking about it and to worry about the results for her high school entrance exam instead. Her entrance exam slip is numbered 1215, and if her number is up on the board posting the results, she could at least hope for a normal life at a high school of her choice. However, Yuzuki catches a fleeting glimpse of Akie outside, but it could have just been her imagination for all she knows.

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Shikabane Hime: Kuro 11

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We finally get to learn why only a certain demographic can be made into a shikabane hime in the beginning of episode 11 of Shikabane Hime: Kuro, “Hundred and Eight Lies”. Akasha explains that the founder of the Kougonshuu developed the method for creating shikabane hime as an attempt to revive his own dead daughter. Unable or unwilling to develop the method further, only people who are sufficiently similar to this daughter can be made into shikabane hime. Not only that, but this first shikabane hime has been preserved all this time as a medium to strengthen the connections between every contract monk and shikabane hime, which were severed when Hokuto killed the first shikabane hime. Incidentally, I was mistaken with the previous episode where I thought the second-in-command of the Kougonshuu was dead: he was impaled by Hokuto, but he survived.

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Changing blog appearance

I will be changing the appearance of the blog over the next week, so do not be alarmed if it looks like it’s widely fluctuating. Hopefully the blog won’t end up looking worse, although I could revert the changes easily enough if the original appearance is better.

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Slayers Evolution-R 10

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Episode 10 of Slayers Evolution-R, “Wisdom: Pining for a time that won’t come back!”, starts off with Zelgadis sneaking out with the Hellmaster’s Vase while everyone else is still sleeping. It could have been quite some time before the rest of the group woke up and found the vase to be missing if Pocota didn’t start groping Lina’s chest in his sleep. Fortunately for Pocota, Lina starts chewing his head while dreaming about eating dumplings, which saves Pocota from severe pain for the breast groping, which would have been terrible indeed if Lina learned how Pocota mentioned something about flatness while doing so. Of course, the disappearance of the Hellmaster’s Vase overshadows any such mundane concerns.

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Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae 23

Fumio

The grudge in episode 23 of Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae, “Twilight Hill”, is by a boy in Yuzuki’s class who is being bullied by three other classmates. In fact, the episode starts with a tense atmosphere in the class, with most students not liking what the bullies are doing but not wanting to get involved. It must be even tougher for Yuzuki, who is hearing bells ring every few seconds, although she is doing her best to ignore it to the degree that she even ignores how the bullies are tormenting Fumio, the boy in question, while everyone else at least glances at what’s happening.

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Shikabane Hime: Kuro 10

Episode 10 of Shikabane Hime: Kuro, “Beyond Hell”, begins with the aftermath of the previous episode, with planes crashing all around the city with a horrific number of casualties. And with the huge number of meaningless deaths, there’s also a large number of shikabane arising. With the Seven Stars having gone missing, the Kougonshuu shifts their focus from the assault on the Seven Stars to dealing with the new shikabane.

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