Reimi has a vendetta against Miyamiya because a boy she liked was interested in her, although Miyamiya had no interest in him. Thinking Yuuji is her current boyfirend, Reimi sends some guys after him, but he manages to scare them away by bluffing. Meanwhile, in order to prepare for the next match, which is against Reimi’s school, the kendo club searches for a new member to recruit, a girl named Azuma. Also, the rain brings back good memories to Tamaki of her mother.
Kirino and Saya manage to find Azuma. She wants to join the team, because she likes kendo, but is more concerned with studying, as her grades are ridiculously bad. They pretty much force her into it though. While attempting to flirt with Yuuji, Reimi discovers that Miyamiya’s current boyfriend is Dan. She’ll be attending the match, as photographer for her school’s newspaper. Mei, a member of the Seimeikoku team, prepares for her fight against Tamaki.
So now, all five girls are present. I wonder if that means actual plot is next. I enjoy this show for the epic crack it is, but it could never hurt. I wouldn’t be surprised if the second half took itself a bit more seriously though. These two episodes were cute. Last week’s was a bit more silly and random, but this one had it’s moments. Reimi is proving to be quite entertaining. I suspect she’ll cause some trouble next week, hanging out during a match. I wonder if it will effect Miyamiya’s performance at all. Azuma is quite strong, so she’ll probably be a useful addition to the team. She beat Kirino and Saya pretty easily, and I have a feeling she would’ve done better against Yuuji if not for the fact that she had other obligations on her mind. Finally, Mei is totally cute. Hopefully Tamaki doesn’t cream her too badly. I wanted to see the fight, so it’s a shame the episode ended where it did.
Wow, I’m actually posting something. Guess that means I broke my slump. ^^
So this week we have:
-The continuing drama of Toraji. Seriously, it looks like he can never catch a break. He even had a pathetic life in the past, as shown in his flashback of being involved in a hold-up when he first got a job at a store.
-Tamaki hears that Miyamiya was saving money to buy Dan a birthday gift, and then realizes that she forgot her father’s birthday. Just as he’d been anticipating, she gets him a present, thus giving up her chance to get the anime boxset she wanted. Poor Tamaki. She’s such a good girl though, that I knew she’d make the right choice at he own expense. She should’ve bought the box though. Those thigns are expensive.
-Miyamiya seems to have a stalker. To make it worse, she’s the daughter of the scary lady that Toraji met when shopping last week. I guess they’re just a scary family, because Miyamiya is pretty terrified of this girl. I look foward to seeing how this works out, because this new girl is rather amusing.
-The meganekko showed up again, but she’s still not a member of the main cast. I’m quite surprised by this.
Tamaki wants to buy a new boxset of a sentai anime, Material Puzzle, but doesn’t have enough money. Toraji is also having money issues, and ends up meeting a guy on the streets whom he forgot he owes money to, and is forced to give it up. At practice the next day, Tamaki overhears Miyamiya on the phone, who’s still suffering from her hurt foot. She convinces her to let her help at her job. Tamaki has to work at a creepy toy store, for a creepy lady. Work proves to be stressful, as she keeps fantasizing bad situations, and seems to be missing her normal life.
That was an amusing episode, even if it seemed a bit fillerish. This storyline didn’t end though, much to my surprise, so maybe Tamaki’s adventures in the workplace will somehow have significance later on. If anything, this episode did finally introduce the last girl, though she had little screentime. I still have no clue as to what she’ll be like, though she did do the preview for next week, so at least we got to see her do something. For the most part, I think this was just here to give Tamaki more development and for cuteness. Tamaki’s fantasies were amusing, especially the one where money went flying out of the register and she got arrested. think it amused me further since she’s not the type of person I could ever see in jail, as she’s supposed to be a defender of justice. Also, the scene with Miyamiya and Dan on the bike was adorable. Perhaps her pink side is just as destructive as her black side, even though I doubt she was intentionally crashing into things.
The rival team is defeated with relative ease, especially due to the fact that Tamaki fights twice, once as herself and once as her newly-invented alter ego, Braver. The rival’s captain sees through her obvious disguise, but is impressed by her skill, and challenges her to a fight against him.
I’m surprised to say that this turned out well for an all kendo episode. They still managed to keep the things I like about this show, and so it was a funny, entertaining episode. If they keep future fights entertaining enough, I should be able to follow this all the way through. I doubt future opposing teams will be as pitiful as this team though. That’ll detract from some of the comedy, though at least it will create more of a challenge. Even seeing them last week, I was wondering if perhaps this new team had some kind of trick up their sleeves, but they turned out to be just as pathetic as they seemed. This was particularly apparent when one girl, after getting a phone call, got up and left. I’m not sure what the deal of that other girl, who looked totally petrified all the time, was. I got excited though when I saw that her opponent would be Miyamiya. That was also clever of them to make her go into black mode, so she could start to beat the crud out of her opponent. Anyway, next week’s episode should be interesting. From the preview, it looks like they’re going to be doing a lot of silly stuff as well as the fight. I’m guessing Tamaki can win, but at least it looks like she’ll have a bit more of a challenge.
Hinako ends up living with Sana temporarily due to her mother not being home. Sana discovers that it’s her birthday, and decides to take her out. He asks her what he thinks a girl would want as a present, and while Hinako thinks he’s shopping for Nanaka (or Aoi) she ends up picking out things she’s interested in while shopping. Sana also gets Syusuke to come so Hinako can spend time with him. Later, everyone throws a surprise party for her. Before she leaves to go back home, she gives Sana a kiss.
I think it’s time for Hinako to switch harems. I don’t think she has a chance with either Syusuke or Sana (actually, she probably has a better chance with Syusuke) but Sana would probably treat her better. He really is nice, letting her live with him, voluntarily attempting to eat her cooking, and then throwing her a birthday. Hinako’s family situation must be pretty sad, since she says she never had a birthday like that before. For a kid, throwing big birthday parties is important. The kiss at the end wasn’t too surprising. Anyway, this was a really cute episode, but it seems kind of irrelevant. It would’ve made sense to switch the order of this episode and last weeks, but maybe they wanted to show a creepier episode on Halloween or something. I guess it’s also good for variety, so there wasn’t two Hinako episodes in a row. It looks like they’ll be getting back to the main story, and the development of girls that might actually win, so that she be fun. With Syusuke and Syuri’s backstory next week, hopefully we’ll get to find out what Syusuke actually feels about Syuri. I still think there was some kind of subtext involved in him looking at her when trying to decide what his ideal woman would be.
I’ve been lazy/Stressed/etc., but I must try and catch up with anime. Wouldn’t want to fall too far behind.
ef- a tale of memories 03
I’m trying to figure out exactly why I’m still following this show. Despite the good things it has going for it (some really fascinating characters and an interesting story) it also bothers me somewhat. Normally, it takes both of the above qualities to sell me on a show (especially the first) but there’s something here that’s still missing. I’m not even sure if I can blame it on the bizarre directing. While I still find that weird, I’m getting much more used to it. I think at least part of the problem is that the show just feels so loosely assembled. It’s almost like what I’d expect from a slice-of-life anime, that doesn’t need much to connect things together. However, this isn’t as much a slice-of-life series as it is a drama/confusing weird things type. I’m starting to understand how the various sub-stories are intertwined, but unless they tie themselves up a bit more soon, it seems more like I’m watching three different mini-shows in one, that keep jumping from show to show without warning. Studying it closer, I’m thinking the main connections between stories will probably rely on Yuuko (whoever/whatever the heck she is) and the twins. Anyway, about this actual episode, there were some interesting things. I was right about Chihiro writing to remember things. She seems to have such a terrible life, that I can’t help but wish she’ll find some way to be cured of her memory problem. Mizuki’s presence throws yet another character into the mess. I have no idea if she’ll be recurring though. Since she’s Kei’s friend, and already had some significance, I’d say she has her chances.
Bamboo Blade 04
MiyaMiya pretty much makes this show, just because of her crazy side. Apparently, now she’s sadistic too, seeing how she enjoyed hitting Kirino repetitively. There’s just a surprising amount of fun things in this show, that I wouldn’t have expected when I first learned of the concept. This week, basically, Sayako rejoined the kendo club (and was immediately labeled as “blue,” despite having no idea why) and MiyaMiya had to hide her identity from her, because of the past incident between them. When she finally did decide to apologize, it was funny to see just how terrified Sayako was to be confronted by Miyamiya again. Speaking of her, I hope we still get to see more of her black side in the future. The pink, sparkly MiyaMiya is cute, as is her relationship with Dan, which seems to bring it out, but I like the psychotic one better. I wonder when the last girl is going to be introduced. I figured they’d get to it next, but she wasn’t on the preview. I see this is going to be 26 episodes, so they still have time. I’m just trying to figure out what route this series will take in the future, having so many episodes to work with. I’d prefer it if they kept it fun and cute for as long as possible, and not made it all fighting. If they do, at least put MiyaMiya in action often, so I can see her smash at people again.
Da Capo II 04
How on earth is Koko still winning?! That makes no sense. No matter what, they keep getting closer. They may be doing so at a very slow pace, but it’s way more than I ever expected. And I’ve got nothing wrong with Koko, really, but the other girls could at least try. Nanaka may have some interest in Yoshiyuki, but I doubt they’ll even get together temporarily now, at the rate this is going. I’m guessing that either it’ll be Koko all the way, or half way through, he’ll switch to Yume, the only other girl who might be interested in him at all. But anyway, on the topic of this episode, it was quite entertaining. Suginami and Anzu in particular did some interesting things for the sake of creating fanservice. I also liked how in that one borrowing relay that every paper Minatsu took said “banana” on it. Poor robot. ^_^; Yume’s borrowing of Yoshiyuki’s pants was also quite strange. So basically, I guess that was just a near-pointless fanservice episode. At least it was fun.
It’s like Kodomo no Jikan, only not as controversial. Okay, not really, but it did contain a loli hitting on an older guy. Syusuke helps a 10-year-old girl named Hinako, who falls in love with him and starts to become his stalker. For whatever reason, she seemed like she could be annoying from the preview, but I actually like her a lot. She’s cute. Also, I don’t think I realized just how young she was. Regardless of age, she doesn’t have a chance with Syusuke, because she fails at having what he most wants in a woman, big breasts and the ability to cook. Of course, she’s still young, so she could improve on these things in the future. She uses Aoi as a coach to help her (who happens to possess both these assets) but still can’t change herself. Anyway, I have to root for her now (unless of course, she’s moved on to Sana). I’m actually not sure how old Syusuke is, but since he’s still in school, the age difference can’t be that bad. Or, maybe it is, but I’ve seen worse. It doesn’t look good for Hinako though. I’m starting to think Syusuke has a thing for Syuri. O.o
Uh… MiyaMiya is actually a revenge seeking yandere? Awesome!!!
Also, everyone is given colors to make up a sentai team. Of coruse, Tamaki is red, so she’s the leader. She’s quite happy about that. Kirino and Danjurou are both yellow. Miyako is pink. Apparently, being yellow is a bad thing. Hmm… I don’t know much about these teams except that red always leads. The next girl, Sayako, also made an appearance and seems to have some issues of her own. At least, enough to yell hateful things at paper and slash it up, while angsting about having no talent, before running away from home. Her encounter with MiyaMiya at the end was interesting to say the least.
Note: Hope I got as much of this right as possible…
Tamaki is a fan of a sentai series called Blade Brave, and according to Yuji, considers herself a follower of justice. She helps the kendo club by fighting for their defense, and due to the fact that she’s been learning kendo sicne the age of four, is quite talented. Though her uniform is too big and she keeps tripping on it, she succeeds in winning the match, and also agrees to join the club. She eats lunch with the kendo club members and starts to become friendly with them. To further show her talent, she also effortlessly beats the coach, hurting his pride. Later, Tamiki thinks to herself about her plans for the next day to learn how to make sandwiches with the kendo club, and about the fact that she made friends.
This really isn’t too bad. At least as of yet, it hasn’t become nothing but kendo action, which I’m a bit afraid will happen eventually. This episode was mostly cuteness and fun. There was a major fight at the beginning, but that wasn’t too boring. It was cool to see how kick-butt Tamaki is. It also succeeded in keeping me in suspense, as I wasn’t certain Tamaki was going to win at a point. Despite that, this still manages to be a bit predictable, but not too much. I’d rather watch Blade Brave though. The dialogue was so cheesey and funny. It should be made into a real show. I loved how they had a chibi version of the evil monster narrating the next episode preview, though. Hope this continues. From the looks of it, next week one of the remaining two girls will appear, and the purple-haired girl (forget her name) is going to join the kendo club. She amuses me, so this should be fun to see.
Sketchbook ~Full Color’s~
It didn’t give off a very good first impression. The weird thing is, this doesn’t seem like a terrible show or anything, but there’s some things that really turn me off about it. First and foremost, the nose of the cat. Seriously, it annoys me more than it probably should. Until it actually opened it’s mouth, I thought the nose was just a deformed mouth. Turns out it’s an annoyingly deformed nose. The ending theme almost made me cry, seeing how populated with those deformed cats it was. I also don’t like the character designs in general. Some of the characters aren’t too bad, but the main character is among the weirdest looking. There were actually a few funny moments, but a lot of the jokes were kinda boring. Also, what’s Aria doing here?
It was decent, but nothing special. I’ve never seen an anime about kendo before (not to say there are none), so I definitely give this points for originality. The problem I had with this anime is that nothing really stood out, with the exception of that one quiet girl who kicks butt. She was cool, and I like the fact that she seems to be a key character. However, she didn’t do much in this episode. I dunno if it’s worth watching the show just for her though. I’ll probably give it at least one more episode, because a few of the characters haven’t been introduced yet, so maybe some of them will be interesting too. I also want to see the real OP, since the one this week mostly just used footage from the first episode.