Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei: Saikoroshi-hen 2

26 June, 2009

Rika <3s her marbles.

Part 3 of the Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni: Rei OVA series, and this continues from the previous episode of Rika being lost in an instance of Hinamizawa that had no Dam War, and no Maebara Keiichi.  The rather straightforward and plodding nature of the episode takes away from what’s supposed to be a chilling ending, but it’s still a good watch.

Then again, I may be another Higurashi fan just itching for more.  See what you think after the jump.

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To Aru Majutsu no Index Ep. 3: Necessarius

22 October, 2008

Slow episode is slooooow.  It took the entire thing to get Kaori to appear, and the battle between her and Touma hasn’t even started yet.  It feels like the series is trying to build up some momentum so that there can be some really good action later on, but I have a sinking feeling that they’re letting too much build up get in the way of actual progress.  To me, focusing an entire episode on a single event (that really isn’t THAT big, right?) is just an irresponsible use of time and budget.

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Kannagi Ep. 3: The School Goddess

20 October, 2008

DRAMA?  IN MY COMEDY???

Seriously though, this episode just showcases everything I love about this series.

Sorry about the weird screenshots, MPC doesn’t like me with this raw.  I’ll use a different one next time, but I couldn’t resist trying 1440×1080, haha.

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Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Ep. 3: Mysterious Colored Scream

20 October, 2008

Another one of the shows that had a promising start but then stumbled into a whole host of problems that take away any sense of enjoyment you might get while watching it.  It’s choppy, its premise is horrendous, the characters now completely run-of-the-mill, its execution ridiculous.  It’s almost as if the show were stumbling forward without really figuring out what it is.  What’s happening to it is just like the other tsundere anime of the season.  I’ve pretty much lost all interest in this, although one character in particular makes it worth one last episode after this.  I think.

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Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae Ep. 3: Rotten Fruit

19 October, 2008

I’ve gotten used to the OP; it’s not that bad, really.  People just make too much of a fuss about it not being SNoW and everything.  Anyway, episode three continues with a new “bad guy of the week”, and again highlights some of the sheer pettiness humans can have.  What goes around comes around is the message, I guess.  This is only a 13 episode season, though, so I hope I get some of my plot development with Yuzuki soon.  Oh, and this week’s torture was a mixed bag of reactions.  It’s premise is amusing, but it’s as if they ran low on cash and had to abuse still shots.  Bleh.

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Rosario + Vampire Capu2 Ep. 3: Mother + Daughter + Vampire

17 October, 2008

Hahaha, oh wow.  This has always been one of the most fan-servicey shows I’ve ever seen, but this episode really takes the cake.

That’s not exactly a good thing, by the way.  Just when I said the series was redeeming itself a little bit, it goes right back to being rubbish.  Oh well, at least I had a good laugh before facepalming for the rest of the episode.

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Tales of the Abyss Ep. 3: Oracle Knight’s Attack

12 October, 2008

Episode 3 continues the story at a pretty good clip.  While we were introduced to Anise and Jade earlier, we’re leaving Anise’s combat capabilities for a later introduction.  However, we do see Jade the Necromancer in action, at least for a little while, the sudden appearance of one of my favorite characters, and a bit of a cliffhanger ending.  So far, so good.

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