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Houkago no Pleiades – ONA

GAINAX’s unusual joint anime project with Subaru makes its debut on YouTube, and the only real connection to the Japanese car manufacturer is the Pleiades star cluster that its name and logo are based upon. (Subaru is the Pleiades’ name in Japanese.) Much like the later promo videos suggested, this is actually a magical girl anime at heart, in the more traditional sense than SHAFT’s offering this season.

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January 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm Comments (42)

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? – 04

「ちょ、俺輝いてる?」 (Cho, Ore Kagayaiteru?)
“Am I Shining?”

And I thought that Kore wa Zombie Desu ka couldn’t get any better — apparently I was wrong again. Somehow this show manages to combine the perfect amount of humor with spot on timing while still retaining some kind of seriousness when the time calls for it.

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January 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm Comments (83)

Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector – 17

「鋼の咆哮」 (Hagane no Houkou)
“Howl of Steel”

It’s been some time since Operation Plantagenet was mentioned, going all the way back to episode eleven, but the joint operation between the Earth Federation Army and Neo DC to retake North America from the Inspectors finally got underway.

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January 31, 2011 at 2:50 am Comments (26)

Bakuman. – 17

「天狗と親切」 (Tengu to Shinsetsu)
“Conceit and Kindness”

After a change of pace, Bakuman almost felt like a different show this week. After being introduced to Fukuda Shinta (Suwabe Junichi) and Nakai Takuro (Shimura Tomoyuki), it almost felt like the supporting characters were starting to dominate the show.

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January 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm Comments (27)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 17

「バニシングエージ」 (Banishingu Eeji)
“Vanishing Age”

Ask and you shall receive, as included this week was a new maiden song by Keito, “Aki-iro no Aria”, to kick off the next arc. With Koshimizu Ami singing, it’ll probably only take another episode for the song to establish itself as the new Zero Time theme too.

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January 30, 2011 at 4:35 am Comments (77)

GOSICK – 04

「金色(こんじき)の糸はつかのまを切り裂く」 (Konjiki no Ito wa Tsuka no Ma o Kirisaku)
“The Golden Thread Destroys the Moment”

How obviously suspicious does Avril Bradley act? About a 13/10 on the “I CAN SEE THE ENDING” scale. But then again, that’s what they want me to think isn’t it?

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January 30, 2011 at 12:24 am Comments (37)

Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu! – 04

「ビューティフルドラウマー」 (Beautiful Drama)
“Beautiful Drama”

With last week’s jokes feeling a little a weak, I was pleasantly surprised as I found myself laughing a lot more than last week. Normally I don’t enjoy Sugisaki and her Mitsuba stalking lifestyle, but for some reason everything just felt so right.

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January 30, 2011 at 12:24 am Comments (18)

Tegami Bachi REVERSE – 17

As far as I’m concerned, Jiggy is already a Head Bee. He just likes his job at Yuusari Central.

「嘘と真実」 (Uso to Shinjitsu)
“Lies and Truths”

Gauche or Noir? The conclusion of the last episode left me fairly convinced Noir was pretending to be Gauche, but I’m not so sure anymore when he saved Lag without anybody realizing. There were a lot of indications that he put up an act to fool Garrid and Valentine so that he can return to Reverse and allow Lag to escape, such as his insistence not to use a shindanjuu that may have revealed his true intentions.

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January 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm Comments (11)

Food, Flora, and Sakurajima

Sakurajima as seen in Katanagatari episode 5

After procrastinating for months I finally processed the rest of the photos from my trip to Kyushu

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January 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm Comments (31)

FREEZING – 04

「Tempest Turn」

I was anticipating some content to be skipped if this adaptation was going to make any headway with twelve episodes, but I wasn’t expecting five chapters to be sped through in a mere twenty minutes. It was a furious and pace and came at the cost of a lengthy flashback, which is unfortunate because it showed a lot more depth to Ingrid’s character.

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January 29, 2011 at 3:30 am Comments (54)

Yumekui Merry – 04

「夢喰いメリー」 (Yumekui Merī)
“Dreameater Merry”

“Why do you care? Why do you want to help me? Why am I so important to you?” Why oh why indeed. I know, how about, “because if I don’t, there would be no story!” This works also, “because you’re a girl!” Or “because my powers happen to help your goal, so why can’t you just understand and stop being so effin’ tsundere?” Yeah. That works.

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January 29, 2011 at 1:14 am Comments (46)

To Aru Majutsu no Index II – 16

「刻限のロザリオ」 (Kokugen no Rozario)
“Rosary of Appointed Time”

For an episode that went the distance by cutting out both the opening and ending sequences, the conclusion to this arc came off like a season finale of sorts, except when it came to the actual content. Much like this series is known for, the big threat was explained yet never got remotely off the ground, as Touma settled everything with his right hand like he always does.

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January 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm Comments (87)

Bleach – 306

Summary:
After Tensa Zangetsu rips out Ichigo’s hollow form from his chest, he explains that the mask his hollow form is wearing is the form he used to defeat Ulquiorra. They then merge into one and attack Ichigo together.

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January 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm Comments (18)

Hourou Musuko – 03

「ロミオとジュリエット ~Juliet and romeo~」 (Romio to Jurietto ~Juliet and romeo~)
“Romeo and Juliet ~Juliet and romeo~”

Centralizing around the creation of a play, Musuko in turn tackles the issue of puberty. While not normally regarded as a serious problem, when it comes to the characters of Musuko, it comes as a curse. A ticking time bomb, that when set off, irreversibly destroys any androgynous nature one might have.

Impressions dropped. More info inside.

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January 28, 2011 at 2:05 am Comments (29)

IS Infinite Stratos – 04

「決戦!クラス対抗戦(リーグマッチ)」 (Kessen! Kurasu Taikousen (Riigu Macchi))
“Decisive Battle! The Inter-Class (League) Match”

For a decisive battle, Ichika’s scrimmage with Rin was somewhat unsatisfying since their wager was quickly brushed aside by the latter in the end. However, their short-lived match came with a bit of a twist, in the form of an unknown and unmanned IS that doesn’t use one of the 467 cores out there.

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January 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm Comments (83)

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