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Hanayamata - 08

Hanayamata – 08

“The variety of personality types is perfect!” —Sari-sensei

As this week’s episode crept closer to the girls’ first official public performance, they cross every T and dot every I, and a great deal of anticipation is built up. Finally, it’s happening, after so much hard work and such humble beginnings.

“Practice wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whenever you can.” —Me

Haru and Tami take…

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Music: Onimonogatari - “An Old Story”

Music: Onimonogatari – “An Old Story”

Last week’s Space Dandy got me thinking about other phenomenal episodes of anime I’ve watched in the past few years, and I actually ended up re-watching the second episode of Onimonogatari, informally known as “The Demon’s Sililoquy” from the “Shinobu Time” arc of Monogatari Series Second Season (my original review, which didn’t…

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Ao Haru Ride - 08

Ao Haru Ride – 08

ahr82

“Today, no matter, what, I will definitely, definitely tell Yuuri properly!”As soon as Futaba said this, we were convinced she’d lose her nerve when it came down to it, a fear reinforced when two seconds later she says “I bet I’ll still lose my nerve when it comes down to it.” The odds of her telling Yuuri drop even more when Yuuri, unaware of the hammer Futaba’s trying to bring down on her,…

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Weekly OP: Aldnoah.Zero

(Unfortunately this seems to be the best version of the OP on YouTube…sorry about the reverb, it’s not my video.)

I’ve previously known (and enjoyed) the band Kalafina from the theme songs to Kara no Kyoukai series, as well as the ending theme of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. 

Their unique blend of esoteric and futuristic sounds meshes…

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Akame ga Kill! – 08

Akame ga Kill! – 08

agk81

As Big Boss Battles between former mentors and students go, this was competently staged and executed, and there were more than a couple times I wished I had a controller to participate in the battle myself, a la PlayStation. It was still a fun battle to watch, even if most of the beats it hit are well well-trodden tropes and a few moments of plot contrivance are present.

Esdeath’s Three Beasts…

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Space Dandy 2 – 08

Space Dandy 2 – 08

sd281

Every once in a while a rare and truly special episode comes along that wraps you up in it like a warm, thick blanket on a cold winter’s night. It’s not the kind of episode an anime, even Space Dandy, can or should do every week, as it would then cease to be rare and special. But when it does come around, it’s a wonderful thing.

sd282

This episode is oozing with highly refined whimsical trippy…

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Barakamon - 08

Barakamon – 08

bkm81

This week offers two slice-of-life stories that reinforce how nicely Seishuu has fit into the village, and how close his bond with Naru has gotten without him knowing it. In the first story, it’s Naru’s seventh birthday. After Miwa and Tama get Y1000 out of Seishuu for a cake, he realizes he must also get her a suitable gift for Naru.

bkm82a

Unsurprisingly, most gifts deemed “suitable” for a…

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Aldnoah.Zero – 08

az81

For the first time, Inaho, his friends, and the other Terrans aren’t on the run or fighting for their lives, nor is anyone in particular looking for them…unless you count that ridiculously brief cease-fire (we’re not). Those who would are either defeated or in the dark. Now they have their flying battleship Deucalion and their Aldnoah Drive-activating Princess, what’s left of the world would…

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Sword Art Online II - 08

Sword Art Online II – 08

saoii81

No more setup or qualifying; Ballet of Bullets 3 officially kicks off this week; a 30-man battle royale with only one victor (at least, there was only one in the previous two BoBs) taking place in a 10 square kilometer stage filled with several different terrains. One of SAO II’schallenges is to make the game look like a lot of fun, and it doesn’t have any trouble with that: the pre-BoB betting;…

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Tokyo Ghoul - 08

Tokyo Ghoul – 08

ghoul81

Overcome by grief and loneliness, Hinami breaks out of Anteiku to wander Tokyo. This is an extraordinarily bad decision, but it’s one a young girl in her state is more than capable of, and in any case, its the catalyst for two crucial and simultaneous showdowns, which in their combined form we consider to be the best the show has presented to date.

ghoul82

I want to say that none of this would have…

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Rail Wars! - 08

Rail Wars! – 08

rw81

The girl standoff is defused in the ep’s first two minutes, which I thought was a good move. Goofy harems? Not so exciting. Emergency organ delivery runs via draisine? Way more exciting…not to mention topical!The story is simple: a storm has caused rockfalls and mudslides, knocking out rail service, but one of the train’s passengers is delivering an organ that won’t be viable by the time service…

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This episode could best be summed up thus: Touka be Glasstrippin’. [drops mic] sesameacrylic…

glas81

This episode could best be summed up thus:

Touka be Glasstrippin’.

[drops mic]

sesameacrylic OUT. Have a good night! Drive safe!

glas82

Huh? Oh…alright, I’ll say a bit more. Here’s what we know: Touka’s hallucinations are getting longer and more intense, now replacing whole chunks of the real world with…something elseentirely, including this week’s titular “snow.” They seem to get stronger when she’s…

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Weekly ED: Rail Wars!

Let’s face it: Rail Wars! isn’t going to win any awards for its script, animation, or character development, and it’s probably going to remain near the bottom of the Big Board for the rest of the Summer.

Zankyou no Terror – 07

Zankyou no Terror – 07

zank71

In preparation for more English dialogue from Five this week, I decided to come at it from another angle: if English is her character’s second language, then her thick accent is totally acceptable. But such realignments and caveats weren’t even necessary this week. There was so much going on I didn’t have time to give a shit how bad the English was or wasn’t.

Just about absolutely everything…

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Majimoji Rurumo - 07

Majimoji Rurumo – 07

maji71

Sometimes I know how I’m going to rate an episode right at its start, especially with beach episodes, which can be half-assed chores. So as with most other episodes of its ilk, a “5” or average score is a good early baseline. From there, it’s up to the episode to convince us to either raise or lower that 5.

maji72

For the first three quarters of the episode, it was looking more like the latter:…

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Hanayamata - 08

Hanayamata – 08

“The variety of personality types is perfect!” —Sari-sensei

As this week’s episode crept closer to the girls’ first official public performance, they cross every T and dot every I, and a great deal of anticipation is built up. Finally, it’s happening, after so much hard work and such humble beginnings.

“Practice wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whenever you can.” —Me

Haru and Tami take…

View On WordPress

Music: Onimonogatari - “An Old Story”

Music: Onimonogatari – “An Old Story”

Last week’s Space Dandy got me thinking about other phenomenal episodes of anime I’ve watched in the past few years, and I actually ended up re-watching the second episode of Onimonogatari, informally known as “The Demon’s Sililoquy” from the “Shinobu Time” arc of Monogatari Series Second Season (my original review, which didn’t…

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Ao Haru Ride - 08

Ao Haru Ride – 08

ahr82

“Today, no matter, what, I will definitely, definitely tell Yuuri properly!”As soon as Futaba said this, we were convinced she’d lose her nerve when it came down to it, a fear reinforced when two seconds later she says “I bet I’ll still lose my nerve when it comes down to it.” The odds of her telling Yuuri drop even more when Yuuri, unaware of the hammer Futaba’s trying to bring down on her,…

View On WordPress

Weekly OP: Aldnoah.Zero

(Unfortunately this seems to be the best version of the OP on YouTube…sorry about the reverb, it’s not my video.)

I’ve previously known (and enjoyed) the band Kalafina from the theme songs to Kara no Kyoukai series, as well as the ending theme of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. 

Their unique blend of esoteric and futuristic sounds meshes…

View On WordPress

Akame ga Kill! – 08

Akame ga Kill! – 08

agk81

As Big Boss Battles between former mentors and students go, this was competently staged and executed, and there were more than a couple times I wished I had a controller to participate in the battle myself, a la PlayStation. It was still a fun battle to watch, even if most of the beats it hit are well well-trodden tropes and a few moments of plot contrivance are present.

Esdeath’s Three Beasts…

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Space Dandy 2 – 08

Space Dandy 2 – 08

sd281

Every once in a while a rare and truly special episode comes along that wraps you up in it like a warm, thick blanket on a cold winter’s night. It’s not the kind of episode an anime, even Space Dandy, can or should do every week, as it would then cease to be rare and special. But when it does come around, it’s a wonderful thing.

sd282

This episode is oozing with highly refined whimsical trippy…

View On WordPress

Barakamon - 08

Barakamon – 08

bkm81

This week offers two slice-of-life stories that reinforce how nicely Seishuu has fit into the village, and how close his bond with Naru has gotten without him knowing it. In the first story, it’s Naru’s seventh birthday. After Miwa and Tama get Y1000 out of Seishuu for a cake, he realizes he must also get her a suitable gift for Naru.

bkm82a

Unsurprisingly, most gifts deemed “suitable” for a…

View On WordPress

Aldnoah.Zero – 08

az81

For the first time, Inaho, his friends, and the other Terrans aren’t on the run or fighting for their lives, nor is anyone in particular looking for them…unless you count that ridiculously brief cease-fire (we’re not). Those who would are either defeated or in the dark. Now they have their flying battleship Deucalion and their Aldnoah Drive-activating Princess, what’s left of the world would…

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Sword Art Online II - 08

Sword Art Online II – 08

saoii81

No more setup or qualifying; Ballet of Bullets 3 officially kicks off this week; a 30-man battle royale with only one victor (at least, there was only one in the previous two BoBs) taking place in a 10 square kilometer stage filled with several different terrains. One of SAO II’schallenges is to make the game look like a lot of fun, and it doesn’t have any trouble with that: the pre-BoB betting;…

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Tokyo Ghoul - 08

Tokyo Ghoul – 08

ghoul81

Overcome by grief and loneliness, Hinami breaks out of Anteiku to wander Tokyo. This is an extraordinarily bad decision, but it’s one a young girl in her state is more than capable of, and in any case, its the catalyst for two crucial and simultaneous showdowns, which in their combined form we consider to be the best the show has presented to date.

ghoul82

I want to say that none of this would have…

View On WordPress

Rail Wars! - 08

Rail Wars! – 08

rw81

The girl standoff is defused in the ep’s first two minutes, which I thought was a good move. Goofy harems? Not so exciting. Emergency organ delivery runs via draisine? Way more exciting…not to mention topical!The story is simple: a storm has caused rockfalls and mudslides, knocking out rail service, but one of the train’s passengers is delivering an organ that won’t be viable by the time service…

View On WordPress

This episode could best be summed up thus: Touka be Glasstrippin’. [drops mic] sesameacrylic…

glas81

This episode could best be summed up thus:

Touka be Glasstrippin’.

[drops mic]

sesameacrylic OUT. Have a good night! Drive safe!

glas82

Huh? Oh…alright, I’ll say a bit more. Here’s what we know: Touka’s hallucinations are getting longer and more intense, now replacing whole chunks of the real world with…something elseentirely, including this week’s titular “snow.” They seem to get stronger when she’s…

View On WordPress

Weekly ED: Rail Wars!

Let’s face it: Rail Wars! isn’t going to win any awards for its script, animation, or character development, and it’s probably going to remain near the bottom of the Big Board for the rest of the Summer.

Zankyou no Terror – 07

Zankyou no Terror – 07

zank71

In preparation for more English dialogue from Five this week, I decided to come at it from another angle: if English is her character’s second language, then her thick accent is totally acceptable. But such realignments and caveats weren’t even necessary this week. There was so much going on I didn’t have time to give a shit how bad the English was or wasn’t.

Just about absolutely everything…

View On WordPress

Majimoji Rurumo - 07

Majimoji Rurumo – 07

maji71

Sometimes I know how I’m going to rate an episode right at its start, especially with beach episodes, which can be half-assed chores. So as with most other episodes of its ilk, a “5” or average score is a good early baseline. From there, it’s up to the episode to convince us to either raise or lower that 5.

maji72

For the first three quarters of the episode, it was looking more like the latter:…

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Hanayamata - 08
Music: Onimonogatari - “An Old Story”
Ao Haru Ride - 08
Weekly OP: Aldnoah.Zero
Akame ga Kill! – 08
Space Dandy 2 – 08
Barakamon - 08
Aldnoah.Zero – 08
Sword Art Online II - 08
Tokyo Ghoul - 08
Rail Wars! - 08
Zankyou no Terror – 07
Majimoji Rurumo - 07

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