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Gurren Lagann – 14

Summary:
It has been one month and with the Gurren Lagann finally nearing the enemy capital of Teppelin, Simon and Yoko pay a visit to Kamina’s grave.

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June 30, 2007 at 10:51 pm Comments (39)

Unsung Heroes: Q & A and BGM Composers – Part 2

I look at the comments posted in my debut column and it amazed me how much effect Kajiura Yuki has on people. The demand for Kajiura’s work to be placed in the top ranking has been petitioned to the point that maybe I should re-review my choices. Maybe I made a mistake or just maybe…just maybe, I might have gone over the line. I should give into the public opinion and just do what they consider is right.

Or not. :P

However, that does not mean I should do whatever I please. The readers of RC have brought up some issues that intrigued me. I feel that I am obligated to answer it. Before I list my ‘Starting Lineup’, I would like to take this moment for a little Q & A session.

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June 30, 2007 at 1:12 pm Comments (44)

sola – 13 (END)

Summary:
Matsuri raises Takeshi’s sword to stab Aono, but Aono pushes Yorito off of her and manages to only get hit in the shoulder.

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June 29, 2007 at 6:15 pm Comments (52)

Darker than BLACK – 13

Summary:
Many years ago, a silver-haired girl named Kirsi had been playing the piano under the watch of her teacher, but she lashed out when he tried to give her a pointer.

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June 28, 2007 at 6:58 pm Comments (41)

Nodame Cantabile – 23 (END)

Summary:
The Rising Star Orchestra’s final piece for the night is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 – the same piece Chiaki first tried to conduct the S Orchestra to play two years ago.

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June 28, 2007 at 6:23 pm Comments (36)

Nagasarete Airantou – 13

Suzu’s whipping up a surprise for Tonkatsu’s birthday – a tofu statue. Of Tonkatsu. More on this later.

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June 27, 2007 at 7:21 pm Comments (22)

Bleach – 131

Summary:
Despite Yui telling him to run away, Shouta still rushes to her side and is shocked to see the real form of the pseudo-Arrancar appear behind her.

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June 27, 2007 at 7:07 pm Comments (48)

Romeo X Juliet – 13

Summary:
Having been captured, Juliet is taken back to Neo Verona under heavy guard and is brought in front of Montague.

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June 27, 2007 at 6:30 pm Comments (37)

Claymore – 13

Summary:
Believing Clare to be Awakened, Ophelia chases her down in the forest and almost immediately activates her Yoma powers.

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June 26, 2007 at 7:59 pm Comments (79)

DEATH NOTE – 37 (END)

Summary:
Forty seconds pass, but much to Mikami and Light’s shock, no one dies.

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June 26, 2007 at 6:02 pm Comments (209)

Unsung Heroes: Introduction & BGM Composers – Part 1

 

No, I’m not Omni or Patrik or Jaalin. I am Kyouya, the newest member of the Random Curiosity editorial staff. Since the latest power rankings, I have been invited to contribute here with my thoughts and opinions. I will be helping Jaalin with the monthly Power Rankings as well. I hope this writing of mine can expand some new perspectives to you.

Now that the introduction is out of the way, I’ll get to the point. This is a new segment which I would like to call ‘Unsung Heroes.’ This column will basically give the spotlight to people, anime, or anything that may have been overlooked for its achievements. In other words, the people who work behind the shadows will get the credit here.

This segment will open by focusing on one of the most overlooked workers in the anime industry: BGM composers.

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June 26, 2007 at 12:20 am Comments (95)

Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA – 13

Summary:
Since the last battle, Makoto has been unable to pilot the Nebula, but she blames it on the ground grew for not properly maintaining it.

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June 25, 2007 at 8:55 pm Comments (9)

FreezeFrame: I’m Looking At Her Ankles

From some deep, dark corner in the back of jaalin’s mind…

Anime girls are the best. Unlike those found in 3d-land, anime girls were created for the sole purpose of entertaining me – decades in the making, the science of creating an anime girl has been perfected down to the little personality quirks, the glimmer in their eyes, and the nuances in their voice (Aisia lisp, anyone?) I thank these artists from the bottom of my heart, cuz man oh man do they do their job well.

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June 25, 2007 at 3:11 am Comments (79)

Random Musings – Claymore Edition

With all the clamor over Claymore I’ve been hearing and reading about in these past few weeks, I finally got enough free time to pick up the manga again and see why everyone seemed to like it so much. I had watched the first episode of the anime a while back, and at the time, it didn’t seem good enough to warrant me dropping D.Gray-man or DEATH NOTE. After blazing through the first 7 volumes of the manga in a few hours, I think I’ve finally started to understand what everyone is talking about. I felt that the beginning of the story wasn’t great, but it really got good once the Teresa arc started, and the rest of it just kept me reading. It also, of course, got me very interested in the anime.

In many ways, I think Claymore is the quintessential shounen-style show based on the principles of friendship, effort, and victory that series from Weekly Shounen Jump are known for (before anyone asks, yes, I do realize that Claymore originally started in Monthly Shounen Jump). Jaalin likes to think of it as a supercharged version of Bleach. Now that’s in no way a bad thing since these types of series are very entertaining to read and watch, and Claymore adds a distinctively darker and more violent feel. In fact, I was quite surprised at how freely limbs get chopped off and people lose their heads – it makes the violence in Bleach look quite tame in comparison.

For those of you who don’t care about anything I just said and want me to get to the point: Yes, this does mean I am going to be blogging Claymore. I’ll be replacing D.Gray-man in the schedule with it on Tuesdays for all of summer season until Claymore ends. Truthfully, if D.Gray-man hadn’t become a chore to watch and blog due it being stuck in anime-original mode while the manga had such an awesome story going, then I wouldn’t have even considered doing this. But the fact is that it did become like that for me, so this wasn’t too hard a decision to make once I got hooked on the Claymore story. I’ll be starting on Tuesday with episode 13, and I look forward to Ophelia’s upcoming battle with Clare.

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June 24, 2007 at 11:02 pm Comments (103)

Lucky Star – 12

“Recruitment”
It’s that time of year again – festival season! Well, the Comic Market festival. Meh, semantics. It’s boring to go by myself – somebody go with me! Miyuki-san, it’s really fun!

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June 24, 2007 at 2:47 pm Comments (45)

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