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Hiiro no Kakera: Dai Ni Shou – 01

OP Sequence

Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   OP   01 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   OP   02 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   OP   03
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   OP   04 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   OP   05 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   OP   06

OP: 「高鳴る」 (Takanaru) by 藤田麻衣子 (Fujita Maiko)
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Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   01 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   02 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   03
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   04 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   05 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   06
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   07 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   08 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   09
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   10 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   11 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   12
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   13 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   14 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   15
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   16 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   17 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   18
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   19 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   20 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   21
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   22 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   23 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   24
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   25 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   26 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   27
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   28 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   29 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   30
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   31 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   32 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   33
Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   34 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   35 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   36

「玉依の運命」 (Tamayori no Sadame)
“The Fate of the Tamayori”

If “sealing” the Onikirimaru had sealed the deal, there would obviously be no need for a second season! Hiiro no Kakera kicks off the second part of its story with what is essentially a recap episode, which may help ease new viewers into the franchise and give returning viewers who didn’t want to rewatch the first season (read: me) a quick and dirty refresher to get the plot in order. The story really is not that complicated, with a fairly standard fantasy-oriented issue driving the gears. This comes with the mandatory world-threatening powers and factions that fight over it, all making for a show whose plotlines run in a linear fashion. Kasuga Tamaki (Miyake Marie) returns as the Tamayori Princess, the guardian entrusted with keeping the world’s spiritual balance in check with her five guardians, Onizaki Takuma (Sugita Tomokazu), Atori Mahiro (Okano Kousuke), Komura Yuuichi (Nakimawa Daisuke), Oomi Suguru (Hirakawa Daisuke), and Inukai Shinji (Shimowada Hiroki). Opposing them is Logos, the mysterious organization led by Aria Rosenberg (Isomura Tomomi). That’s the barebones premise, and I have to call it for what it is: generic.

So why watch?

I’ll reiterate that plot is not Hiiro no Kakera’s – or any otome game adaptations’ for that matter – strong point and never will be. For audiences who want a well-fleshed out storylines with complicated twists and thought-provoking dialogue, this is definitely not the show they should be watching. Shows like Hiiro no Kakera are heavily character-driven and I would almost categorize this as a slice of life based strictly on what its strengths are and what its pacing is most similar to. Solely going off its cast, HnK is pleasant to watch and makes for an easy way to pass the time – what made the first season such a gem had nothing to do with the story or the production values Studio DEEN poured (or didn’t) into the series. Even in its angsty moments Hiiro’s characters were solid and their interaction stayed consistent even with fluctuating quality. And I’d take consistent writing over Guilty Crown any day.

Unfortunately, this recap episode isn’t the greatest indication of what Hiiro no Kakera is capable of, even though some the flashbacks do show snippets of some of the highlights of the first season, particularly with Takuma and Tamaki. The series has heavily hinted at their eventual romance, so the culmination of their moments in this second season will be something to look forward to, if Studio DEEN actually does grow some balls and decide to go through with the pairing. It is a rather dangerous territory to navigate through due to the fanbase each male leads have, so even the mere effort to imply a single OTP is fairly commendable. I don’t doubt the show will continue to impress in the character department and I can only hope the confident manner the producers directed the cast will only carry over into the second season. If so, Hiiro no Kakera will most likely deliver once again, and with the plot looking like it’ll rev up starting next week and what looks to be the integration of Kutani Ryou (Nomiya Kazunori) into the main cast, Hiiro no Kakera: Dai Ni Shou is looking like it’ll go above and beyond what its predecessor was able to do.

Full-length images: 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 16, 20, 21, 24, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 36, Preview 02, ED 02, OP 02, OP 05.

 

ED Sequence

Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   ED   01 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   ED   02 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   ED   03

ED: 「君だけを」 (Kimi Dake wo) by 喜多修平 (Kita Shuuhei)
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Preview

Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   Preview 01 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   Preview 02 Hiiro no Kakera Dai Ni Shou   01   Preview 03
October 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm
14 comments »
  • October 1, 2012 at 11:33 pmCybersteel

    If you like the anime you should try the Visual Novel.

    • October 2, 2012 at 10:49 amBakaMochi

      You sound like you’ve played Hiiro no Kakera LOL

  • October 2, 2012 at 12:53 amunknown2

    I like the opening better than the first. I wish that they didnt use up a whole ep for recaps.

    • October 2, 2012 at 12:20 pmAni_BEE

      I spent a lot of it fast forwarding to the new parts. lol

      … yes the err “priviews” are back. Takuma you look creepy smiling like that. lol

  • October 2, 2012 at 1:24 ammistress_kisara

    Too bad it’s a recap but I’m looking forward to next week

  • October 2, 2012 at 4:23 amStereoman

    So many full-lengths for a recap episode… You’re insane (in a good way) \o/

    • October 2, 2012 at 10:45 amBakaMochi

      If it pans, you can bet I FL’d it LOLLLL

  • October 2, 2012 at 5:12 amEuzio

    Only here for the song by Fujita Maiko am I :P

  • October 2, 2012 at 5:14 amYes!@

    It was a recap, still nice cliff hanger at the end with Baba-san talking about a “sacrifice” Also Vier, not enough of her. A TamakixAria ending Lol just teasing don’t be upset. Go guys, go and win the princess and get the freedom. A really nice watch with its sof mood and colors.

  • October 2, 2012 at 5:24 amnaixil

    hmm… felt that they could’ve done a recap episode before the actual start of season 2 like how Hakuouki started theirs. quite a waste of an episode really. not that i didn’t enjoy seeing more Takuma per se, but just saying. =P

    • October 2, 2012 at 10:49 amBakaMochi

      That’s what I thought too… using a premiere to do a recap is kindda shady practice LOL I mean half the episode was reused scenes! o__o

  • October 4, 2012 at 3:48 pmNoSicko

    I have no idea what this show is about, but the OP is beautiful.

  • October 5, 2012 at 9:01 amKinji

    im rooting for u takuma!