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Steins;Gate – 22

「存在了解のメルト」 (Sonzai Ryōkai no Meruto)
“Being Meltdown”

There should be something to please everyone in this week’s Steins;Gate. It’s a near-perfect blend of the hard-core character drama of last week and the plot-driven intensity that marked the end of Suzuha’s arc.

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August 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm Comments (268)

Break Blade – 06 (END)

「慟哭ノ砦」 (Doukoku no Toride)
“Fortress of Lament”

After rewatching the final movie of the Break Blade series almost two months later, I still can’t shake the feeling that it lacks a sense of closure. It wasn’t all that unexpected given that the manga doesn’t conclude where the movies did, but it does leave something to be desired when Rygart, Zess, Hodr, and Sigyn’s backstory is left completely open-ended.

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August 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm Comments (30)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 09

「秋風切って」 (Akikaze Kitte)
“The Fading Autumn Wind”

This was definitely an episode for the hard-core fans, but I think it’s nice to see Natsume’s progress in building a normal life take the spotlight.

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August 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm Comments (32)

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni! – 08

「ウチと日本と知らない言葉」 (Uchi to Nippon to Shiranai Kotoba)
“Me, Japan, and Words I Don’t Know!”

Could you become my friend?

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August 29, 2011 at 12:58 am Comments (75)

Hanasaku Iroha – 22

「決意の片思い」 (Ketsui no Kataomoi)
“A Determined One Sided Crush”

I should have figured that something was afoot when Takako was so energetic about her wedding preparations. Not only did I not consider how ambiguous last week’s ending could have been, but I think I missed a lot of different clues that were shown throughout this arc. Then again, hopefully you readers out there were just as caught up as me with Ohana and Minko’s constant fighting.

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August 28, 2011 at 11:31 pm Comments (64)

Nichijou – 22

「日常22」 (Nichijou 22)
“My Ordinary Life 22″

Hey, it’s another episode with a lot of focus on side characters!

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August 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm Comments (32)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 09

「秘密 Jardin secret」 (Himitsu)
“Secret Garden”

The flashbacks continue to reshape my image of Camille ever so slightly but this latest one has me fairly convinced that she saw Claude as much more than a plaything. The look on her face when she peered into Enseignes du Roy was clearly of a girl who had feelings for the person she set her eyes on.

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August 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm Comments (24)

Sacred Seven – 09

「転石するイシ」 (Tenseki Suru Ishi)
“Rolling Darkstone”

It may have been a little cliche and predictable, but for a series that’s going for the reluctant superhero approach, it’s hard to fault Sunrise for using some of the staples of the genre. This includes the tried and true mustering strength out of nowhere and coming in the nick of time to save the heroine.

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August 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm Comments (26)

Ao no Exorcist – 20

「假面」 (Kamen)

A-1 steps up to the plate with some outstanding anime-original material in episode 20 of Ao no Exorcist. I’m assuming this was anime-original anyway – I’m sure someone will correct me, if not. But more so than the last couple of episodes, this anime-original story seems to set the table for a real conclusion of some sort, building on some old plot points and adding in a few new twists and ending with a major cliffhanger.

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August 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm Comments (17)

Ouran High School Host Club (Drama) – 05, 06

「Episode 5」

I don’t recall ever watching a beach episode in a drama, but Ouran presses on with its own version of an anime mainstay. It’s just too bad the only glimpse of Kawaguchi Haruna in a swimsuit came as a Tamaki’s imagination.

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August 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm Comments (11)

Kami-sama no Memo-chou – 08

「僕は運命を信じない」 (Boku ha Unmei wo Shinjinai)
“I Don’t Believe in Fate”

I knew it!

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August 28, 2011 at 1:53 am Comments (34)

Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi – 08

「全員補習の生徒会室」 (Zenin Hoshuu no Seito Kaisihtsu)
“The Student Council of Remedial Students”

In spite of everything negative I’ve said about this show, I’m beginning to really, really like it.

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August 28, 2011 at 1:28 am Comments (9)


「しあわせへの回り道」 (Shiawase he no Mawarimichi)
“A Detour to Happiness”

Wedding dresses, wedding dresses, and more wedding dresses. The focus may have been a wild goose chase centering on the angelic Azusa, but I know who I had my eyes on.

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August 27, 2011 at 12:54 am Comments (72)

Dantalian no Shoka – 07

「調香師」 (Chōkō-shi)

Huey and Dalian are back in the saddle on Dantalian no Shoka this week, with no reference to the Flam and Hal interlude of last week whatsoever. And they deliver a solid if unspectacular episode, whose most impressive feature may be the body count.

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August 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm Comments (26)

Usagi Drop – 08

「おじいちゃんのだいじ」 (Precious to Grandpa)
“Ojii-san no Daiji”

With the Obon festival coming up, Daikichi and Rin visit Souichi’s grave, and he realizes that Masako has been there as well.

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August 26, 2011 at 10:09 am Comments (35)

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