Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae Ep. 18: Special Radio

27 April, 2009

Foreboding enough for you?

To be perfectly honest, I’ve already finished Mitsuganae, but I’ve been far too lazy to actually write about it.  I’ll try to clear the backlog in good time, however.  Meanwhile, only one show has caught me eye so far for the new season: K-On!  The others…well, so far they’re falling flat on their faces, although Tears to Tiara may have SOME promise.  If I clear this backlog in a reasonable amount of time, I’ll start that maybe.  Speaking of backlogs, I’ve had Abyss done for like…ever.

Back to this episode.  Simply put?  I couldn’t buy into this episode at all.  Especially looking at it in hindsight, with so much goodness at the end of the series…meh, well, here you go.  For completeness sake.

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Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae Ep. 17: Inside the Straw

14 April, 2009

Ai <3s marbles.

Ai’s companions always seem to have some oddly tragic backstory attached to them.  Hone-Onna, the spurned courtesan.  Wanyuudou, the driver whose decisions cost a noblewoman her life.  Ichimoku Ren, a bloodied sword given human form.

However, there are two more of Ai’s compatriots that work for the Jigoku Tsuushin.  Kikuri, seemingly the right hand of Hell itself.  And then there is Yamawaro…and I guess this is his story.

(By the way, I know I’m insanely behind on this series, but I’ll get it done.  I’m balancing blogging it with actually translating it amongst other things, so bear with me.)

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To-LoveRu OVA: Rito Becomes a Girl

5 April, 2009

Uhh...one time post on this series. Really.

Godawful series, and the manga isn’t doing so hot these days either (rumored shut down soon, I think).  However, they did finally get around to animating one of the more amusing arcs in the manga.  Suffice it to say that this is about as unfiltered as fan service can get.  Meh, enjoy the screenshots.

On a sidenote, this is still better than Queen’s Blade.  Godawful show, that one.

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei: Saikoroshi-hen 1

4 April, 2009

Reina is quite different in this world.

Saikoroshi-hen, a.k.a. ‘Dice-Killing Chapter’.  In the more serious OVA installment of one of my favorite series of all time, this episode continues with the events of Matsuribayashi-hen, with Keiichi and company breaking the cycle in Hinamizawa.  Of course, Rika had to go and screw things up.

Oddly enough, I wasn’t TOO thrilled by this installment, but I think I can explain it away as them laying ‘groundwork’ for the future.  There’s a lot to talk about before anything big can happen, so for the moment, it seems best to just sit back, and wait for the continuation of the story…

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Tales of the Abyss Ep. 23 + 24

4 April, 2009

So many still group shots in this series.

Getting close to the final battle, and somehow this series just isn’t doing it for me that well.  As it reaches some climatic point, shouldn’t it be building the hype, or at least building on the energy it had managed to create before?  No, this just continues to slog on through the story set by the video game.  The emotion and energy seems to go through highs and lows, as 24 seemed just so incredibly slow compared to its immediate predecessor.  I can’t help but think that, with a little more planning and better execution, this could’ve been so much better.  Hopefully, though, things can end on a solid note.

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Tales of the Abyss Ep. 22: The Vanishing One

25 March, 2009

Jade could use some anti-reflective wipes right about now.  Anybody?

So I’ve found that these 12-screenshot formatted posts works pretty well for Tales of the Abyss.  Sure, I miss out on some of the glitzy stuff I might’ve captured before, but overall it gets the point across.  Quite frankly, it’s difficult to carve out some time to do this these days, so this cuts down on my writing and formatting significantly.  Plus, my memory is getting fuzzy O_o;;

Anyway, it’s off to the ridiculously tall tower that all Tales of games seem to have.  Luke is off to be the martyr…again.  Overall, decently executed, but it’s one of those ‘ho hum’ episodes that really doesn’t bring much to the table.

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Tales of the Abyss Ep. 20 + 21

16 March, 2009

Psst...where's the bathroom?

Another two-episode recap of Tales of the Abyss.  Gotta say, Episode 20 was kind of depressing…but then they follow it up with a fat lot of NOTHING in 21.  Only 4 more episodes to go after this, and it still feels like the story is moving at a snail’s pace.  Really odd, considering they’re warping between continents most of the time.  I guess I’ll reserve final judgment when all is said and done.

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