See, I’m capable of coming up with creative names for my anime posts.
Firstly, Shakugan no Shana S, the four-part OVA leadup to the long-awaited third season of mega-popular anime Shakugan no Shana, is now out in Blu-ray and DVD. J.C. Staff just released the first episode, Reshuffle.
Other than the normal Thursday/Friday-ish lineup of things like Kampfer, Shin Koihime Musou, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, etc, I’m still watching Shugo Chara!. If the anime is longer than, say, 30 episodes, usually I lose interest after the first half.
However, like Ranma 1/2, Shugo Chara! and Shugo Chara!! Doki have captured my inner fanboy and, like Hayate no Gotoku, combine interesting episodic storylines with a larger major plotline. Of course, there’s no missing the Hayate-like humor that’s scattered throughout Shugo Chara! either.
Now, on to the episodic reviews.
Shakugan no Shana S Episode 01 “Reshuffle” – This felt like a standard Shana episode; however, I haven’t watched Shana for months or years. It felt good to experience a new Shana episode.
As for the content of the episode, it wasn’t particularly breathtaking, epic, or even fantastic. I think just the feeling of new Shana satisfied me. However, I won’t give it something in the S to SS range like the animes, because it wasn’t that good, particuarly. Actually, since it’s called Shakugan no Shana “S”, maybe I should give it an S anyways. S-. [8.5/10]
Shakugan no Shanatan Revenge – YESS! As usual, Shanatan is better than Shakugan no Shana itself. Index and Nagi (from To Aru Majutsu no Index and Hayate no Gotoku! respectively) make hilarious cameos… and… just, everything is hilarious. Of course. SS-. [9.5/10]
On second thought, I downgrade the actual Shana S episode to an AA. [7/10] Yeah, too bad. Compared to Shanatan (which doesn’t really deserve a 10/10, so it gets 9.5), Shakugan no Shana has to be like at least ranks below Shanatan.
WHERE ISH MY Hayate-tan no Gotoku!! series? >_____>
Also, awaiting Railgun-tan. They’re gonna do it, right? Haha.
Kampfer Episode 04 – “Make me feel good!” Wtf? Why do they need to remind us that this is from a dating sim?
However, the Student Council President has an interesting side. The stupid stuffed animals, I still hate their guts (no pun intended).
So many good voice actors in this anime, but such a sucky anime. I like the genderbender aspect, but… um… yeeahhh. What’s with the sexual connotations that everybody thinks are behind everything Natsuru-san says?
So. An interesting anime… where we watch… boys… shop for… female underwear… and lingerie………
In this episode… we learned:
- How to put on a bra.
- How to choose female underwear in Japan.
- Factoid: When guys attain sex appeal, the emotional trauma will take decades to heal.
- Factoid: Student council presidents generally suck at singing. Hinagiku-san (Hayate/2) is an exception, because Itou Shizuka is beyond awesome.
- Factoid: Every anime, as a rule, MUST include a Macross reference. “Atashi no uta wo kike!!!!“
- How to confess your love for a person of the same sex.
… just… because… it was kind of… um… let’s go with an A. [6/10]
The outro (and intro) I really like. I wonder when the final main character will be introduced; she’s cute.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 17 – “All magic exists to bring happiness to the human world.”
Best line in the entire anime so far, considering what has happened in this anime so far >_< So terribly ironic.
Beato’s character change is just TOO huge to bear. Just three or four episodes ago she was like “HAHAHAHA KILL MURDER SLAUGHTER” and now she’s all being a crybaby and weak and nice and… this just feels awkward.
What the hell is with the “Siestas”? They’re so goddam moe, they don’t belong in this anime. Their animations are stupid too. It feels more like Digimon than the Nanoha-like feel they were probably aiming for.
Of course, seeing them die is never fun, but we see like 10-20 people die per episode so you get used to it.
OMG we finally see Ange! For… like… a half-second flashback.
Jessica looked like Shion or Rena from Higurashi in that one moment. ^^
I still like Higurashi better. Boring episode. The morals they were trying to convey didn’t really reach me. Maybe it’s because… I can’t use magic… B. [5/10]
Shin Koihime Musou Episode 03 – They finally added Ryuubi to the opening! Which, by the way, is EPIC. If not for Seitokai no Ichizon, it might be my favorite OP this season. KIZUNA, ATSUI KIZUNA~
So they go to visit Kousonsan… wait, who’s Kousonsan? [/runninggag] but lol, Enshou VS Kousonsan… hahaha.
Ryuubi is so cute+awesome.
The “competition” gets a bit… uhh… yeah…. in the 2nd round.
Of course, we can’t have Koihime without some perverted stupid scenes.
You know, I miss Bachou already.
SS (it’s that good). [10/10]
Yes, the only reason I love it this much more than Koihime Musou itself is ‘cuz of Ryuubi. <3
I miss -Saki-. It was my weekly dose of mahjong and random yuri, but it was still really great. Hopefully another season comes along soon. As for Bakemonogatari, I realize I haven’t even finished watching it. I don’t really miss Kanamemo or Sora no Manimani, either. Of course, obviously I miss Hayate2, but that’s so popular there won’t be a problem getting another season. I guess I miss Tayutama, waay back from Spring 2009. Well, I don’t really miss the anime; I miss the intro song <3333