## 2nd to last episodes (“semifinales”?)

September 16th, 2009

The 2nd to last-ish episodes have mostly aired; eagerly anticipating summer 2009 finales. I mostly can’t believe that Hayate2 is going to end… already…

Bakemonogatari (化物語)

Episode 10/15 :: So far: SS (10/10)

The effing epicest slideshow the world has ever seen.

Saki (咲 -saki-)

Episode 23/25 :: So far: S+ (9.5/10)

The individuals have ended (finally…), and the winners are that weird Kazekoshi heterochromatic girl (I don’t understand why she is so popular), Nodoka, and Saki. Except for Mihoko, these were totally expected, although I was really hoping that the other 3 schools would get people in (because they’re interesting, and a big cast is nice and important for this kind of anime). I mean, they wouldn’t introduce all these characters, only to toss them away when we move on to season 2 whatever…

Next episodes look like OVA-type material, haha. I expect a lot of humor, because I guess this episode was the actual “finale” to the plot of Saki. Hope next season comes soon.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni (うみねこのく頃に)

Episode 10/a lot :: So far: AA (7/10)

I’ve heard this was better/was going to be better than Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (which I really loved, by the way, once you get past the ewwww). So far, it doesn’t interest me, besides the curious fact that Rika appears (whether it’s a cameo or she plays a major role I do not know yet).

Battler is cool, I guess, and his catchphrase is cool. He can compare to Keiichi. The female characters all suck, however. None of them (Shannon, Maria, and Jessica — basically only 3!!) can even COMPARE with Mion, Shion, Rika, Satoko, and company.

So, um, I do expect Ryukushi07 to live up to his reputation. Maybe the good part just isn’t here yet.

Sora no Manimani (宙のまにまに)

Episode dunno/dunno :: So far: AAA+ (8.5/10)

I liked Aone’s subtitles, but they’ve been dead for over a month… but I will be faithful and wait for them :D

Hayate no Gotoku!! 2nd Season (ハヤテのごとく！！)

Episode 24/25 :: So far: SSS (11/10)

I am seriously considering giving Hayate no Gotoku!! the first SSS (11/10) I’ve ever given (as an overall, including the first season).

*geass*

There’s no anime so far that has matched it in terms of laughs-per-episode (LPM, computed as $\tfrac{\mathrm{Total Laughs}}{\mathrm{Number of Episodes}}$ laugh-seconds per minute).

There is also no anime that has characters (and actual character depth to go along with them) that can match Hayate’s. Each character has a unique personality and intriguing backstory, and there are no “filler episodes” or characters I dislike.

The love pentagon… hexagon… I’m not even going to count how big the polygon is now >_< but anyways…

I feel like picture-reviewing this week’s episode (because it’s the second-to-last episode we’ll see in a loong while).

"Admitting that I like him is like I lost, and that sucks."

The most important plot point in this episode is probably that Hina-chan confesses to Ayumu that she also fell in love with Hayate. I was somewhere between *headdesk* and *squee*.

Ayumu: "..."

Hina being so awkward and embarrassed would be considered “out-of-character” if she was using her school personality. She is the student council president of what is probably like the most prestigious school in the world (considering how insanely rich and powerful everybody who goes there is), and the most respected person in the school. Normally she has a cool, calm, and collected personality and is full of leadership. However, she really has a deep feminine side that she didn’t like to expose often. I think she feels safe showing Ayumu this side of her.

The development of the friendship between Ayumu and Hinagiku is also interesting and meaningful. Usually Ayumu is the one freaking out and worrying about everything and being embarrassed and all, but it looks like they switched roles this episode.

Ayumu being the calm and cool character while Hina is freaking out.

Oh, by the way. Because of extensive torture by my high school Freshman English Honors teacher, I am compelled to write an analytical review about this episode instead of “OMFGGG !!! THIS epZode wuz AWEZOMMEE!! EPIKKK“.

I love her outfit in this arc! It's so cute.

Yeahh, although that was probably the focus of the episode, it wasn’t really my favorite part. There was more drama than usual this episode. Sakuya is cute~~ although her outfit wasn’t as cute as Nagi’s.

See Nagi’s outfit at left. ^-^

Oh, the finger-pulling-off joke that was repeated again this episode was just stupid and lame. It was awesome and hilarious how stupid and lame that was. Script writers, Hayate-kun isn’t that dumb!

Okay, fine, I guess I liked last week’s episode a bit better than this week, but this week is the second-to-last episode so I want to do something special.

Yes, even though I suck at finding the best moments to screenshot XD

Anyways, here’s to the sudden end of Hayate no Gotoku!!, second season, and to the rapid production of the third season! I propose the name “Hayate no Gotoku!!!” as the third season’s name!

"... no comment."

Princess Lover

Episode 10/idk :: So far: AAA+ (8.5/10)

The last couple of episodes about the Arima Hills incident were totally epic. However, the next episode (where we find out Charle got kidnapped and omg evil organization is going to do evil things!)…

The scale of events certainly has gone up. It’s not just one building that might be torn apart now, the whole world might now be thrown into another world war or something. However, somehow I feel that the anime has actually gotten less interesting. It’s just not exciting anymore. That’s why I dropped this from S (9/10) to AAA+ (8.5/10). I hope that the ending will be beautiful (like all the animation has been in this anime <3) and exciting, so this one still has a chance of getting an S ranking.

Oh, and I’ve totally gotten addicted to the intro and outro songs~~

******will finish later:

Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou

Kanamemo

Dropped this season:

Umi Monogatari

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu 2

## Otaku mode triggered while on vacation

September 1st, 2009

I finally felt like posting some stuff I wrote in Hawaii. Don’t ask me why I ranted about anime music while on vacation in Hawaii. At the end of this post will be today’s regular blog post/update on life.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

August 25, 2009

Cat: Anime

In Hawaii. I’ll post a loong, awesome photo-filled blog post/rant later. Anyways, this post is me ranting about anime.

Not that I’ve really watched while in Hawaii, but today (Aug 25) a buuunncchh of awesome CDs came out.

## This week in anime…

August 15th, 2009
Today I shall describe some of the past week’s new anime episodes. The letters beside the title indicate the rating I give the episode. I’ll describe my elaborate rating system in a later post >_<
Princess Lover – AAA
The latest ep for PL was as odd as… the Kanamemo musical one XD Except this was kind of odd in a good, in fact, AWESOME way.
It’s, like… FMP/Fumoffu-class funniness ><
Seriously, this anime is so hilarious, they should just take out the “ecchi” genre and make it pure romantic comedy.
Bakemonogatari – A
The new story arc is kind of odd. Nothing really really awesome except the usual awesomeness.
E.g. Senjougahara being her awesome self (e.g. making death threats with writing utensils and stationary).
Hachikuji has turned out to be an even MORE awesome character XD her jabs at Araragi are fundamentally funny.
Oh my gosh, I actually remember the lead male’s name in this anime o_O that’s rare.
Oh, and Araragi’s two sisters should appear in the anime more. I mean, so far they’ve only had like 3 seconds of screen time.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni – C-
I expected this episode to be super-ultra-MEGA EPIC (due to the last episode’s preview, plus lots of online hype on blogs, etc)
It wasn’t that epic. in fact, nothing epic happened at all (besides the EPIC op sequence, but that’s always epic). Pfft. So basically, not-up-to-expectations episode (but with a lot of “Uuu” I guess)
Hayate no Gotoku – S+
This is last week’s episode (wasn’t able to watch it, so I’m watching it this week). Summary:
Nagi: “I am changing, starting today! I am the new Nagi! NAGI 360 ELITE!!”
Maria/Hayate: “ahaa…” *sweatdrop*
Sorry, I just felt like adding screenshots >_<
… and… um… Yugioh parody? Slash shameless advertisement for Hayate no Gotoku TCG (does that really exist? XD)
“That was obviously a commercial!”
Ahahaha, that was awesome. And that was just the first half.
Second half… Sakuya is awesome. (She should start making romantic advances towards Hayate ><)
ToLOVE-ru OVA 01 and 02 – SS
First of all, the ToLOVE-ru ending was pretty… yeeah XD
It really needs an actual second season… but OMG, the OVAs are beyond awesomeness — I mean, one OVA is probably worth like 10 episodes.
In OVA 1, another one of Lala’s malfunctioning machines turns Rito into a girl… and awkward, hilarious situations ensue.
OVA 2 is about the cutest character in ToLOVE-ru — Rito’s little sister, Mikan. This is probably what made me laugh the most this week.
I like the little things that changed from the anime to the OVA (such as giving that minor girl-spirit a major(er) role, and GIVING MIKAN MORE SCREEN TIME). I also love how pretty much every main character has at least a cameo in each OVA.
Sora no Manimani – B+
The usual hilarity. Fuumin (the student council president + literature club president + really mean and ugly person) is really mean and ugly. Of course, it’s nice how Lead Male and Fumin have some sort of mutal understnading.
Oh, the astronomy club president is weird o_O he isn’t really funny, nor is he cool, nor is he smart or anything… he just sits there, looks creepy/ugly, and throws up/spews blood spontaneously (yeah…… I know… ><)
I liked how the characters described the beauty of stars, of the night and the sky. It makes me want to run off to some mountain, lie down, and gaze at the stars the entire night.
Umi Monoagatari – no comment
… somebody kill me… *eyes and ears bleed*
Saki – S+
OOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
The twenty-episode-long epic mahjong match is FINALLY over XD
They could have made Saki’s final move even more epic (I would imagine, like, making Haramura-san or, even better, her nee-chan barge in at the last moment and inspire her to get like, a haiteiraoyue four-dora four concealed melds/suuankou with rinshankaihou or something ><)
But yeah… she won pretty epicly I guess. But since this battle has lasted for god-knows-how-many episodes too long, you’d think it would be epicer than this.
It was enjoyable though. The part where Saki is smiling while she is revealing her super-epic-hand-that’s-probably-harder-to-get-than-winning-the-lottery is REALLY creepy ><
Koromo was sweet, and I’m not sure whether or not I liked how Saki basically “showed her that playing mahjong could be fun”.
Of course, the yuri. I just try not to notice it (not a fan, but it’s not really repulsive).
But ohhh… next episode… it’s the typical “beach episode” that every single anime just HAS to have XD
BUT… we also FINALLY get to see Saki’s nee-chan/older sister finally, it seems! ^_^
Yes, I realize I do grade harsh on episodes (this is my first time rating individual episodes… I have all the animes I’ve ever watched in a spreadsheet with each individual part [e.g. plot, music, bgm, characters, humor, etc.] having a rating from F- to so far SS+, as well as an overall rating in the same range.)
I have never given out an SSS rating yet. I want to see the anime that deserves that.

Today I shall describe some of the past week’s new anime episodes. The letters beside the title indicate the rating I give the episode. I’ll describe my elaborate rating system in a later post >_<

## Almost back! Summer ’09 Animes!

August 8th, 2009

I’m an incoming tenth grader (2nd year of high school) this year, and over the summer I’m attending a summer camp at a local university. Just to explain, I’m staying there from Sunday through Friday, and I come home for the weekends on Friday.

Anyways, I finally have time to write another post, and frankly I’m even more puzzled on what to write than my last (first!) post. I suppose I’ll share my thoughts on the recent Summer 2009 animes that are currently airing in Japan.