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Umineko no Naku Koro ni III-VI

George holding in pain

Episode III-VI of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “promotion”, begins on 1:30PM right after the end of the previous episode, where Eva is still wailing about the loss of her husband. On the other hand, George is still pretty calm and more concerned about others despite having lost both his lover and father, which is a fact not lost on Battler. Unlike his mother, George is trying to hold in his pain and barely expresses the anguish he must be feeling, notwithstanding Battler’s point that crying is just for times like these, who is doing just that for the loss of his own parents.

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The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi

The second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya continues the crazy antics of the SOS club, with extraordinary events occurring without the person causing them even realizing it. Kyon must somehow survive a holiday, the summer vacation, and filmmaking without the club leader Haruhi getting carried away too far.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni III-V

Rudolph discovers Rosa and Maria dead

Episode III-V of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “queening square”, begins in the guest house where everyone has been holed up in, and people are alarmed that Rosa and Maria have gone out and have not returned yet. Some are also annoyed that they went out without locking the door behind them. Rudolph heads to the garden in search of the two. When Hideyoshi tells the news to Eva, who has been resting in a room, she panics and exclaims that they must not go out to the garden because there is a witch. Things are not easier for Eva as she also continues to get severe headaches. Outside, Rudolph has just found the corpses of Rosa and Maria.

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Canaan

In Canaan, a pair of Japanese journalists arrive at Shanghai to cover the local festival. One, Minoru Minorikawa, is a more serious journalist with aspirations of breaking the next big story, but the other, Maria Osawa, is a slacker more interested in using the job as an excuse to take pictures. However, they come across a bizarre incident where several people are killed in public, in which a highly skilled assassin called Canaan is involved. Canaan has superhuman reflexes and senses augmented by synesthesia, and she also just happens to be a close friend of Maria’s. Meanwhile, a mercenary group called the Snakes are fulfilling their own schemes in the shadows …

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Spice and Wolf II

Spice and Wolf II continues from its previous season, where traveling merchant Kraft Lawrence accompanies wolf god Horo to her homeland of Yoitsu in the north. They are getting closer to the northern lands, so it’s time to collect information about where Yoitsu actually might be …

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A Suzumiya Haruhi movie

In rather surprising news, the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya will be released as a movie in the spring of 2010. This is the story that everyone was looking forward to in the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but which we got eight episodes of Endless Eight instead. Having read the novel, all I’ll say is that it’s like a mystery where you get to see a moe Nagato Yuki and Kyon gets his wish for a normal life. Hopefully, nobody will get the foggiest idea of what it’s about from my description …

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni III-IV

A surprised Eva

Episode III-IV of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “isolated pawn”, continues from the previous episode where Eva had just found the gold. Eva is not the only one who figured out the inscription and found the gold, however. Eva is surprised by the arrival of Rosa, who congratulates her about finding the gold a bit earlier and getting a huge boost with inheriting the headship of the family. Both women are carrying guns, and with the huge wealth involved, it could be a very tense moment.

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is about a sister and brother trying to return home with the help of a woman they meet after Tokyo is half-destroyed by a magnitude 8.0 earthquake. Many of the things they have taken for granted in their normal life are no longer available, and their journey is made even harder by the aftershocks that continue to plague the city.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni III-III

The previous Beatrice

Episode III-III of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “positional play”, begins with the Beatrice of the present and the Beatrice of the past facing each other in the garden. The present Beatrice is respectful enough towards her former teacher, but there is an irreconcilable difference in opinion: the previous Beatrice had repeatedly taught her former student that the powers of an Endless Witch must not be used to harm people. The present Beatrice lightheartedly defends herself by saying that it’s just a game to deal with the boredom, but the previous Beatrice intends to take back her name and title as Beatrice, the Endless Witch.

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