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Bleach – 272

Summary:
Back on the roof of Las Noches, Hollow Ichigo’s cero destroys most of Ulquiorra’s body. When he tries to deal the final blow, Ishida tries to stop him; however, Ichigo throws his sword through Ishida’s abdomen, apparently single-mindedly focused on protecting Inoue.

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May 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm Comments (52)

RAINBOW: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin – 08

「Freedom」

It’s not every day you see such a strong depiction of self-sacrifice to help friends, but RAINBOW is taking tops in that regard with Mario and the others’ attempt to escape prison and save An-chan’s life. They don’t all make it though, so I fear the worst for those who were left behind.

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May 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm Comments (15)

One Piece 586 – Humans are evil things aren’t they?

May 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm Comments (33)

Mayoi Neko Overrun! – 08

「迷い猫、抜いた」 (Mayoi Neko, Nuita)
“Stray Cat, Pulled Out”

Leave it up to Chise to use her Umenomori wealth to rip off the game of Jenga, add in a bunch of semi-erotic stipulations on the blocks (e.g. cosplay), and rename it Power Blocks for her personal enjoyment. Remember when this show was about the hardships of being an orphan and the love square that develops? Because I sure don’t.

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May 26, 2010 at 2:43 am Comments (33)

K-ON!! – 08

「進路!」 (Shinro!)
“Career!”

I more or less figured Yui would be lost about what she wants to do upon graduation, but I totally overlooked Ritsu being pretty much the same way.

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May 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm Comments (59)

Senkou no Night Raid – 08

「凍土の国で」 (Toudo no Kuni de)
“On the Frozen Soil of a Country”

Following the Mukden Incident last episode, Japan uses the opportunity to seize the entire Manchuria region in the next six months.

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May 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm Comments (10)

One Piece – 452

「目指せ海軍本部 エース救出への船出!」 (Mezase Kaigun Honbu – Ēsu Kyūshutsu e no Funade)
“To the Navy Headquarters! Off to Rescue Ace!”

With the impending war, will Buggy mutiny the ship because of cowardice? But where will he escape to? Action, romance, mystery! Find out here!

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May 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm Comments (36)

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru – 07

「黄昏館」 (Tasogarekan)
“The Twilight Mansion”

With the sheer number of new character introductions upon Yuki’s arrival at the Giou’s Twilight Mansion, J.C. Staff must be pretty relieved to have two cours (24-26 episodes) to animate this adaptation.

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May 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm Comments (11)

Arakawa Under the Bridge – 08

「8 BRIDGE」

Tanaka Rie makes her entrance to the series as Kou’s secretarial assistant Shimazaki alongside his actual secretary Takai Terumasa (Cho), forcing the Ichinomiya heir to go along with the pretense that he’s running a nuclear power business under the bridge. His biggest mistake: Asking Maria for help.

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May 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm Comments (22)

WORKING!! – 08

「伊波、はじめて?のお・で・か・け!」 (Inami, Hajimete? no O-de-ka-ka!)
“Inami, First(?) O-u-ting!”

I think I should file a complaint to A-1 Pictures. For a series that revolves around a family restaurant almost entirely, it’s highway robbery to have a hot spring episode and change up the scenery, only to leave out the actual bath scene!

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May 24, 2010 at 12:30 am Comments (32)

GIANT KILLING – 08

「#08」

With Kuroda choosing not to take part in Tatsumi’s soccer tennis tournaments and walking out during practice, he doesn’t even dress for the preliminary game against Shimizu Impulse.

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May 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm Comments (14)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 58

「ひとばしら」 (Hitobashira)
“Human Sacrifices”

As if Fu’s valiant sacrifice last time wasn’t enough to give me goosebumps, the story drops two more bombs on me this episode.

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May 23, 2010 at 2:32 am Comments (80)

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou – 08

「あの子にご執心?」 (Ano Ko ni Goshuushin?)
“Infatuated With That Girl?”

After a showing that I can only classify as random last week, my curiosity was naturally piqued on where things would go from there (har har). While Hiroshi does return as Brave, the story for the most part has gone back to the usual ways that I’ve grown accustomed to.

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May 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm Comments (25)

Girls Dead Monster – Little Braver PV (Angel Beats!)


Oh how nice it is to finally have a face to go with the singing voice we’ve been hearing in Angel Beats. Posted on the official site yesterday was a PV of the real life Girls Dead Monster performing “Little Braver” from their third single, slated to be released on June 9th. The song features Yui‘s singing counterpart LiSA on vocals, whom we’ve already heard in the show with her version of “My Soul, Your Beats!” back in episode four and “Thousand Enemies” in episode five. I haven’t talked about the music releases in my weekly coverage of the series, but the first one was titled “Crow Song” and featured marina, Iwasawa’s singing counterpart, whereas the second one was the aforementioned “Thousand Enemies”. Each single features three completely different songs by Garudemo, which is pretty impressive considering how they’re unlikely to all be used in the actual show.

Instead, it’s just P.A. Works and Maeda Jun‘s way of showing up another Yui in some other production by a bunch of guys hailing from Kyoto, who haven’t been putting out much in the music department. An obvious exaggeration, considering how Houkago Tea Time’s OP/ED themes topped out at #1 and #2 on the weekly Oricon charts respectively, but Angel Beats has animated many more performances so far — and really good ones to boot. In any case, “Little Braver” is a surprisingly good song from the very first listen, so I’m hoping we’ll see a performance of it at some point in an episode. If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out the other two singles as well. The OP/ED single featuring Lia and Tada Aoi on the other hand is scheduled to be released in only four more days (May 26th), so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for that too.

Note: All Girls Dead Monster songs and both the OP/ED themes are written, composed, and produced by Maeda Jun specifically for Angel Beats.

* Thanks to Silverwolf X for the heads-up on the PV.

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May 22, 2010 at 5:57 am Comments (43)

Angel Beats! – 08

「Dancer in the Dark」

Guard skill: harmonics. If you were thinking that was the case last week, then kudos to taking notice of the foreshadowing from way back in episode three.

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May 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm Comments (129)

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