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Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 20-21/23! the end. Finally. Fam and Giselle rescue Sara from Luscinia's grasp. The purpose of the Grand Exile is revealed to be space vessels, not weapons. Luscinia wanted to achieve peace by being the bad guy (where have I seen this before). And the grand race is held. Claus is still in a wheelchair...very sad. I'm glad Fam did not win the race...she wasn't a very good character. I thought the animation production would have picked up these last few episodes, but the character animation was pretty poorly done. ~7/10 rating~ for a lackluster return. If Fam, Millia and Sara were in charge, I would have rather been in the collapsed Exile with Luscinia. Three naive characters who need character growth(a kick in the head) are too much for one series. Dio has a nice role in this series, but it isn't enough to save the series from the weak leads and weak story.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 25! Gon and friends meet Gotoh, the butler. He entertains them with a coin trick. They meet up with Killua. Time for the next arc!

Aquarion EVOL 13! Seven-way gattai to close the enemy's interdimensional gate. They kill off Jin..who was rather bland. Yunoha is cute. It's too bad she isn't the lead character. Though the quality of the show is really good, not caring what happens to any characters makes for a dull 20 minutes. Dropped.

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The spring season has started and on my list are:

Fate/Zero 2 - starts Saturday
Kimi to Boku 2 - starts tomorrow!
Sakamichi no Apollon - next week
Zetman - starts tomorrow
Jormungand
Tsuritama
Shirokuma Cafe
Accel World
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Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 20-21/23! the end. Finally. Fam and Giselle rescue Sara from Luscinia's grasp. The purpose of the Grand Exile is revealed to be space vessels, not weapons. Luscinia wanted to achieve peace by being the bad guy (where have I seen this before). And the grand race is held. Claus is still in a wheelchair...very sad. I'm glad Fam did not win the race...she wasn't a very good character. I thought the animation production would have picked up these last few episodes, but the character animation was pretty poorly done. ~7/10 rating~ for a lackluster return. If Fam, Millia and Sara were in charge, I would have rather been in the collapsed Exile with Luscinia. Three naive characters who need character growth(a kick in the head) are too much for one series. Dio has a nice role in this series, but it isn't enough to save the series from the weak leads and weak story.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 25! Gon and friends meet Gotoh, the butler. He entertains them with a coin trick. They meet up with Killua. Time for the next arc!

Aquarion EVOL 13! Seven-way gattai to close the enemy's interdimensional gate. They kill off Jin..who was rather bland. Yunoha is cute. It's too bad she isn't the lead character. Though the quality of the show is really good, not caring what happens to any characters makes for a dull 20 minutes. Dropped.

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The spring season has started and on my list are:

Fate/Zero 2 - starts Saturday
Kimi to Boku 2 - starts tomorrow!
Sakamichi no Apollon - next week
Zetman - starts tomorrow
Jormungand
Tsuritama
Shirokuma Cafe
Accel World
Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 11! the arc involving Natsume's parents!

Aquarion EVOL 11! It's about time Mikage provoked Kagura into doing something; turning into a mad animal and then taking a mech and shooting at his people. Why does the next episode look like a filler.

Chihayafuru 23! Since nobody of any significance got through to the qualifying round, they actually take a break and spend Christmas Eve with their classmates. Ouch Taichi...gotta love that character.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 19! Well, that's one way of achieving peace. And ok, Sara is another key to Exile; the big one. So there are three of them running about. Luscinia basically wipes the battleground with Sara. It would have been more effective if the animation quality were not so bad.
Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 11! the arc involving Natsume's parents!

Aquarion EVOL 11! It's about time Mikage provoked Kagura into doing something; turning into a mad animal and then taking a mech and shooting at his people. Why does the next episode look like a filler.

Chihayafuru 23! Since nobody of any significance got through to the qualifying round, they actually take a break and spend Christmas Eve with their classmates. Ouch Taichi...gotta love that character.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 19! Well, that's one way of achieving peace. And ok, Sara is another key to Exile; the big one. So there are three of them running about. Luscinia basically wipes the battleground with Sara. It would have been more effective if the animation quality were not so bad.
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Nisemonogatari 10! Just finished an online translation of Kizumonogatari. Despite the fan translation bumps, you can tell the movie should be epic as if the trailer didn't convince. This episode was fun. Loved the Mister Donut scene (though bitter that all the local Mister Donuts closed up a long time ago) and the second half was even better.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 20 (or 18 depending on who's counting)! Now, we're getting somewhere. Could they next point the gun towards the other 3 characters; Fam, Millia and Sara.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 22! Gon et al meet the Zoldyck's gatekeeper. There are a handful of scenes in the original series that made some characters more endearing. Some of that gets lost in this semi-speedy version.

Hungry 8! Eisuke and curly-haired guy get stuck in the freezer. Eisuke and his mates reconcile. Good episode.

Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata 7-8! Haruka discovers who her online crush is. Masapyon finds out about his brother's tumor. Sakamaki's sempai is killed during an investigation. Masapyon finds that he has been talking to Sakamaki's dead grandfather. tbc.
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Nisemonogatari 10! Just finished an online translation of Kizumonogatari. Despite the fan translation bumps, you can tell the movie should be epic as if the trailer didn't convince. This episode was fun. Loved the Mister Donut scene (though bitter that all the local Mister Donuts closed up a long time ago) and the second half was even better.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 20! Now, we're getting somewhere. Could they next point the gun towards the other 3 characters; Fam, Millia and Sara.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 22! Gon et al meet the Zoldyck's gatekeeper. There are a handful of scenes in the original series that made some characters more endearing. Some of that gets lost in this semi-speedy version.

Hungry 8! Eisuke and curly-haired guy get stuck in the freezer. Eisuke and his mates reconcile. Good episode.

Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata 7-8! Haruka discovers who her online crush is. Masapyon finds out about his brother's tumor. Sakamaki's sempai is killed during an investigation. Masapyon finds that he has been talking to Sakamaki's dead grandfather. tbc.
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Chihayafuru 20! Torture Taichi Tuesdays are fun. Taichi tries to win another regional tournament so he can advance to class A. Arata is there. The interaction between him, Taichi and Chihaya is <3

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Nisemonogatari 8! Araragi and his sisters certainly win the trophy for their perversions; toothbrush, really? The episode's first half was pretty funny. The second half descended into uuuh, but thankfully, they get interrupted. Very funny episode and Tsukihi's opening song was cute.

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 8! is about the megane grey-haired female exorcist who isn't as bad as she first appeared.

Aquarion EVOL 8! So the bad guys are from a planet where all the females have died. And the pilots find that fighting naked heightens their senses. The rationale for the fanservice is ridiculous, but funny. There are times that the ridiculousness is more stupid than funny. Hopefully, the writers error more on the side of humor than stupid.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 16-17! Sorush and Orang's love story...in one of the dullest battles on this show yet. And then all it takes for the war against Luscinia's allies to end is Augusta's letter. Please push Fam and Augusta Sara off a cliff.

No HxH this week. *weep*
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Chihayafuru 20! Torture Taichi Tuesdays are fun. Taichi tries to win another regional tournament so he can advance to class A. Arata is there. The interaction between him, Taichi and Chihaya is <3

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Nisemonogatari 8! Araragi and his sisters certainly win the trophy for their perversions; toothbrush, really? The episode's first half was pretty funny. The second half descended into uuuh, but thankfully, they get interrupted. Very funny episode and Tsukihi's opening song was cute.

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 8! is about the megane grey-haired female exorcist who isn't as bad as she first appeared.

Aquarion EVOL 8! So the bad guys are from a planet where all the females have died. And the pilots find that fighting naked heightens their senses. The rationale for the fanservice is ridiculous, but funny. There are times that the ridiculousness is more stupid than funny. Hopefully, the writers error more on the side of humor than stupid.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 16-17! Sorush and Orang's love story...in one of the dullest battles on this show yet. And then all it takes for the war against Luscinia's allies to end is Augusta's letter. Please push Fam and Augusta Sara off a cliff.

No HxH this week. *weep*

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Feb. 15th, 2012 10:39 pm
Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 15.5! Hey, the original opening. Alvis and Dio rehash the original series. BUT what a terrible way to learn what happened to Claus. *spoilers* He is shown sleeping in a vanship. Lavie comes to pick him up for lunch....with a wheelchair. *bawls* Are we seriously left with Fam being the no. 1 pilot on the planet? Hopefully, it's temporary. The only good thing coming out of the episode is the fact that Alvis and Dio are cute together.

Don't look

Feb. 15th, 2012 10:39 pm
Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 15.5! Hey, the original opening. Alvis and Dio rehash the original series. BUT what a terrible way to learn what happened to Claus. *spoilers* He is shown sleeping in a vanship. Lavie comes to pick him up for lunch....with a wheelchair. *bawls* Are we seriously left with Fam being the no. 1 pilot on the planet? Hopefully, it's temporary. The only good thing coming out of the episode is the fact that Alvis and Dio are cute together.
Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 16! Mostly a filler episode as Fam meets Augusta and thrills her with tales of the Grand Race. Luscinia finds a bigger weapon or something and laughs maniacally. The best part came after the episode as the preview shows us Claus and Alvis.

Nisemonogatari 5! Actually predictable gags in this episode, but there's gotta be more, right? Still fun.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 18! wraps up the Zevil Island arc. In the first series, Gon was ready to give up and leave Hisoka's number plate before he helps Kurapika and Leorio, but he doesn't do that here. I thought Gon also talked to Killua, not Kurapika afterwards. I think the first series had more Gon x Killua being cute kid-moments in the beginning than this series...but then again, there's more of that later.
Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 16! Mostly a filler episode as Fam meets Augusta and thrills her with tales of the Grand Race. Luscinia finds a bigger weapon or something and laughs maniacally. The best part came after the episode as the preview shows us Claus and Alvis.

Nisemonogatari 5! Actually predictable gags in this episode, but there's gotta be more, right? Still fun.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 18! wraps up the Zevil Island arc. In the first series, Gon was ready to give up and leave Hisoka's number plate before he helps Kurapika and Leorio, but he doesn't do that here. I thought Gon also talked to Killua, not Kurapika afterwards. I think the first series had more Gon x Killua being cute kid-moments in the beginning than this series...but then again, there's more of that later.
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Nisemonogatari 4! Shinobu speaks! barely recognized Maaya there. Araragi gathers information about Karen's disease. Love the way they make the lengthiest of conversations visually interesting...even if it's a bit perverted.

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Inu x Boku SS 3! Ririchiyo starts school and immediately alienates some classmates with her snobby act even though she is insecure on the inside. Dull and sappy episode. The next one looks more promising.

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Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 15! This was mostly a filler episode after the annihilation of the north (unfortunately the old geezers did not have another weapon up their sleeves like I had thought). The politics of this show are terrible. After she conquered so many countries, Augusta decides that killing was probably not the right approach to take, and she abandons Luscinia.

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Hunter x Hunter 2012 17! Killua quickly gets his target's plate while Gon teams up with Kurapika and Leorio to help Leorio get his.

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Hungry 3! The vocalist from Eisuke's band is released from jail and becomes the restaurant's waiter/host. Eisuke's girlfriend feels uneasy about his new dream. Fairly predictable story, but the show is light-hearted fun.
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Nisemonogatari 4! Shinobu speaks! barely recognized Maaya there. Araragi gathers information about Karen's disease. Love the way they make the lengthiest of conversations visually interesting...even if it's a bit perverted.

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Inu x Boku SS 3! Ririchiyo starts school and immediately alienates some classmates with her snobby act even though she is insecure on the inside. Dull and sappy episode. The next one looks more promising.

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Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 15! This was mostly a filler episode after the annihilation of the north (unfortunately the old geezers did not have another weapon up their sleeves like I had thought). The politics of this show are terrible. After she conquered so many countries, Augusta decides that killing was probably not the right approach to take, and she abandons Luscinia.

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Hunter x Hunter 2012 17! Killua quickly gets his target's plate while Gon teams up with Kurapika and Leorio to help Leorio get his.

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Hungry 3! The vocalist from Eisuke's band is released from jail and becomes the restaurant's waiter/host. Eisuke's girlfriend feels uneasy about his new dream. Fairly predictable story, but the show is light-hearted fun.
Sherlock 2x03 was more enjoyable than I thought it would be. Do we have to wait until next season to find out how it worked?

I'm also enjoying the slash potential in Grimm...especially the last few seconds of yesterday's episode. Have the fangirls jumped on ship on yet?

Nisemonogatari 3! Araragi meets a weirdo male character...suprise..in front on Suruga's home, and then meets Senjougahara on the way home ending the flashback.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 14! the battle is nicely orchestrated. While the Federation uses their provincial armies as decoys, Luscinia plans to use Liliana's Exile. Seems the northern country also has their own Exile? Fam heads outta there. I hope Augusta gets a kick in the head soon.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 16! Gon finally gets Hisoka's number tag.
Sherlock 2x03 was more enjoyable than I thought it would be. Do we have to wait until next season to find out how it worked?

I'm also enjoying the slash potential in Grimm...especially the last few seconds of yesterday's episode. Have the fangirls jumped on ship on yet?

Nisemonogatari 3! Araragi meets a weirdo male character...suprise..in front on Suruga's home, and then meets Senjougahara on the way home ending the flashback.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 14! the battle is nicely orchestrated. While the Federation uses their provincial armies as decoys, Luscinia plans to use Liliana's Exile. Seems the northern country also has their own Exile? Fam heads outta there. I hope Augusta gets a kick in the head soon.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 16! Gon finally gets Hisoka's number tag.
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Inu X Boku SS 1! eye-candy

+ Attractive characters
+ Black sparklies
- Random cleavage and panty shots of a pre-teen(?)
- Cheesy dialogue

Quick impression~ A rich, young, girl (who is constantly pms-ing (or is that tsundere again)) moves into an apartment complex that houses elite residents. A young man with mismatched eyes declares himself her secret servant/dog. He and the other SS can call upon supernatual powers when faced with danger. The young girl also has some powers not yet revealed which causes her to want to be alone. There are awkward moments of humor, cuteness, ecchi-like jokes and shoujo-cheese in this show, but visually, it looks very attractive. It reminds me of Kuroshitsuji with its random pacing. I am intrigued by the SSs' half-gloves and the black sparkles that follow Soushi.

Nisemonogatari 2! Araragi's 'fire sisters' are given a proper intro. Picking up from the last episode, Araragi visits Sengoku and Kanbaru next. Despite the fact that the girls try to seduce him by being half-naked or completely naked, it was quite a funny episode. Kanbaru was hilarious. I think the difference between this and other anime that feature ero-fanservice is that they insert the right amount of humor at the right time.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 13! Good intro, though I wish they animated the action. Fam and Dian from a northern country become friends; bath time! The Federation heads to conquer the north. Fam will go back to warn her new friend.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 15! Gon watches Hisoka...zzz...
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Inu X Boku SS 1! eye-candy

+ Attractive characters
+ Black sparklies
- Random cleavage and panty shots of a pre-teen(?)
- Cheesy dialogue

Quick impression~ A rich, young, girl (who is constantly pms-ing (or is that tsundere again)) moves into an apartment complex that houses elite residents. A young man with mismatched eyes declares himself her secret servant/dog. He and the other SS can call upon supernatual powers when faced with danger. The young girl also has some powers not yet revealed which causes her to want to be alone. There are awkward moments of humor, cuteness, ecchi-like jokes and shoujo-cheese in this show, but visually, it looks very attractive. It reminds me of Kuroshitsuji with its random pacing. I am intrigued by the SSs' half-gloves and the black sparkles that follow Soushi.

Nisemonogatari 2! Araragi's 'fire sisters' are given a proper intro. Picking up from the last episode, Araragi visits Sengoku and Kanbaru next. Despite the fact that the girls try to seduce him by being half-naked or completely naked, it was quite a funny episode. Kanbaru was hilarious. I think the difference between this and other anime that feature ero-fanservice is that they insert the right amount of humor at the right time.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 13! Good intro, though I wish they animated the action. Fam and Dian from a northern country become friends; bath time! The Federation heads to conquer the north. Fam will go back to warn her new friend.

Hunter x Hunter 2012 15! Gon watches Hisoka...zzz...
This might be the ending theme that'll get stuck in your head - from Kill Me Baby.

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Aquarion EVOL 1-2! Never watched more than one episode of the first series, but maybe I'll stick with this. A girl waits 12,000 years for her tru rabu.

+ Yoko Kanno's fantastical music (for the most part. She's not doing the whole soundtrack.)
+ Pretty eye colors/Good production
+ Humorous robot porn
+ Cast of fan-favorite seiyuu
- Unoriginal story
- Main characters are a tad whiny.

Quick impression ~ A boy, Amata, who has naked floaty powers (when his heart goes doki-doki) goes on date with a pretty girl, Mikono. Both have self-esteem problems. There's also a war going on. Aquaria fight off Abductors. The Abductors abduct...haha. Apparently there's a battle of the sexes within the Aquaria ranks, too; the commander of the male troops, Type-M's vs. the head nun of the female troops, Type-F's. The girls and boys must maintain a barrier of chastity between them...haha, but not for long. Amata tries to protect Mikono from an Abductor attack and awakens Aquarion...Evol; the power of (naked) unions...haha, everyone is astonished. They fight off a particularly insane Abductor (who wants to hook up with Mikono) Unfortunately, the next episode looks dull.

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Another 1! Murder mystery?

+ Great spooky atmosphere
+ Good production
- Not much else

Quick impression ~ Is it me or do all of Ali Project's anime theme songs sound alike now? Kyouchi transfers into a public school out in the country from a private school in Tokyo; gotta watch out for those public schools in the middle of nowhere. He meets a student with an eyepatch who is apparently dead. All the other students say mysterious things. There are random screenshots of broken dolls. There's a lot of care put into the production of this show. It's actually well-made. Not sure if it really grabbed me though. My guess is that all the students had some part in Misaki's death.

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 2! a rather quick and sweet resolution to the previous problem with Matoba. There're a couple rather good manga arcs that were recently published. I hope this season gets to them.

Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam 12! a flashback explaining what happened to the previous Augusta. Mostly fluffy until the end. It would have been a decent episode, but the production was sloppy; the action was supposed to be serious, but because of the crappy animation, was funny.
This might be the ending theme that'll get stuck in your head - from Kill Me Baby.

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Aquarion EVOL 1-2! Never watched more than one episode of the first series, but maybe I'll stick with this. A girl waits 12,000 years for her tru rabu.

+ Yoko Kanno's fantastical music (for the most part. She's not doing the whole soundtrack.)
+ Pretty eye colors/Good production
+ Humorous robot porn
+ Cast of fan-favorite seiyuu
- Unoriginal story
- Main characters are a tad whiny.

Quick impression ~ A boy, Amata, who has naked floaty powers (when his heart goes doki-doki) goes on date with a pretty girl, Mikono. Both have self-esteem problems. There's also a war going on. Aquaria fight off Abductors. The Abductors abduct...haha. Apparently there's a battle of the sexes within the Aquaria ranks, too; the commander of the male troops, Type-M's vs. the head nun of the female troops, Type-F's. The girls and boys must maintain a barrier of chastity between them...haha, but not for long. Amata tries to protect Mikono from an Abductor attack and awakens Aquarion...Evol; the power of (naked) unions...haha, everyone is astonished. They fight off a particularly insane Abductor (who wants to hook up with Mikono) Unfortunately, the next episode looks dull.

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Another 1! Murder mystery?

+ Great spooky atmosphere
+ Good production
- Not much else

Quick impression ~ Is it me or do all of Ali Project's anime theme songs sound alike now? Kyouchi transfers into a public school out in the country from a private school in Tokyo; gotta watch out for those public schools in the middle of nowhere. He meets a student with an eyepatch who is apparently dead. All the other students say mysterious things. There are random screenshots of broken dolls. There's a lot of care put into the production of this show. It's actually well-made. Not sure if it really grabbed me though. My guess is that all the students had some part in Misaki's death.

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 2! a rather quick and sweet resolution to the previous problem with Matoba. There're a couple rather good manga arcs that were recently published. I hope this season gets to them.

Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam 12! a flashback explaining what happened to the previous Augusta. Mostly fluffy until the end. It would have been a decent episode, but the production was sloppy; the action was supposed to be serious, but because of the crappy animation, was funny.

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