Archive for the ‘This Week In Anime’ Category

GIANT NEON FLASHING WARNING: Your weekly Koihime Musou fix is in here! I’ll only be discussing two shows today, but trust me, both of them pulled out quite a few surprising twists heading to home base.

Blade Grasp with 100 Brave = overpowered

Blade Grasp with 100 Brave = overpowered!

Guh, need to start going to bed early… Next week’s finale week and there’ll be a whole lotta blogging to do!


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Think I’ll start off by ranting and raving about Code Geass for the umpteenth week in a row? Ha! Let’s shake things up a bit!


Bonus points if you can identify the anime without glancing at the tags. Clicky clicky for more.


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Sekirei (episode 10)

Seo is pimp.

A pimp is Seo.

As if I’m going to miss another episode after last week.

I was indeed expecting another nipple cavalcade but apparently Sekirei is going to play the tease card. Which is fine by me because, for once in its lifetime, I actually felt the plot shrugging awake and stumbling along, thanks to Seo who spends over half the episode explaining every detail of Sekrei‘s world for our benefit.

The Cliff’s Notes:

  • The capital is separated in four sectors each ruled by a Big Boss. The Big Boss of the North sector is the landlady. Hard to believe, I know… Until you see her spank Tsukiumi.
  • Speaking of everyone’s favorite Water Girl: in the world of Sekirei, no one is truly defeated until they are naked as the day they were born. I bet the high school chess club matches must be really intense.
  • Why is Sekirei so terrified of resorting to action and fighting? The fight scenes ain’t amazing but they’re still a hundred times better at adrenaline-pumping than the remaining 95% content the show regurgitates every week. Hell, Musubi has a cool ground punch near the end that almost made me mutter “fuck yeah”. Almost.

Code Geass (episode 21)



Incoming wall o’ text. You’ve been warned.

Whenever a show tackles the issue of collective consciousness and a pan-human melding thereof, the comparisons to Neon Genesis Evangelion and its controversial ending arise, with most commentators failing to address the questions that matter the most.

The Emperor’s all-encompassing plan was to use the Sword of Akarakaksha to initiate the Ragnarok Junction, thereby affecting the collective consciousness and forcing it — through the use of two immortal Codes — to revert to a primal, individual-less entity. Individuals are nothing but masks of that collective unconsciousness, C.C. claims, windows into the larger hive mind’s heart and soul, if you will.

In Code Geass it is Lelouch who rises up to reject that decision, and thank God it didn’t take him two drawn-out, poorly-animated black and white introspective episodes to get there, if you know what I mean. And you have to love that Lelouch doesn’t just yell “GARRR!” and punches Daddy’s lights out: no, he argues against his parents’s intellectual position. He believes that the lies and the deception that they disdain so much are tools with no intrinsic moral value whatsoever. You can cheat on your wife and lie, but you can also buy her a sweet gift for her birthday and hide it from her while waiting for the perfect moment to present itself. Removing individuality would remove not just conflicts but all possibility of healthy, caring interactions.

Hokay, enough Heideggering around. This is the kind of episode that makes or breaks a show if it airs too early; in Code Geass‘s case, I doubt many viewers will be put off by the preposterous turn into metaphysics the show took for the week, although it was still a massive disappointment to me. All that build-up over two seasons over the Emperor and his secretive plan? Bam, gone. The Emperor? Gone. Lady Marianne? Gone after a mere two episodes. V.V.? The lil’ bastard is loooong gone. And what in blazes can Schneizel pull out of his ass that’s going to top the Emperor’s plan of forcing the entire species onto a higher plane of consciousness by erasing individuality? Much like a twelve-year-old boy who’s stumbled on his older brother’s Playboy stash, I wonder if Code Geass hasn’t fallen prey to premature climaxing.

And that’s… pretty much it

Uhm, damn. Less overtime, more anime watching. I am hopelessly behind in watching all my favorite series except for those above and Macross Frontier and Koihime Musou. Not only that, but I’m cooking up a “shows I wanna watch” post too, which does not bode well considering my lack of spare of time. Ah, what I wouldn’t give for a Geass that let me forsake sleep entirely…

-Mr. K

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Mmmmm… the smell of the impending fall season has me so excited I almost forgot to watch the summer shows! Not that they’re all worthless, but if I can be brutally honest for a minute, aside from Someday’s Dreamers and Antique Bakery, the summer season has brought us little more than moe heroines tripping over their shoelaces for comic effect and buckets of bouncing boobs (now there’s an arresting image).


OH SNAP. Bismarck dishes out the burns like they're on sale!

More after the break, as usual, dear reader!


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Whew! I’m feeling a lot better today. Well enough, as a matter of fact, to make up for yesterday and spend some time discussing this week’s happenings, the blistering heat be damned. I’m also cooking up a preview post for the fall season, which is only a couple of weeks away. It’s a great time to be alive and a lover of huge animated tits.

Wait, what the fuck?

Let's play a game of "Spot The Anatomical Inaccuracy".

Let's play a game of "Spot The Anatomical Inaccuracies". I'm up to nineteen.

I, uh… Woooow. I’m torn between primordial terror and unwilling arousal. Thanks a lot, Sekirei. More below.


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You’ll have to forgive me, but I’m under the weather and I had to work on a Saturday. If I’d known a cold was creeping up on me I never would have agreed to sacrifice half my weekend for a slightly less meager paycheck… Ah well. I wonder, what can this week’s anime do to cheer me up?

Eh, thanks for trying, Sekirei, but clogged sinuses prevent me from worshipping such a glorious, oversized sight.

Heh. Chikage’s a klutz. He’s like the male version of the uber-moe girl who falls on her face every two minutes. What’s the masculine of moe, by the way? Homoe?

Theeeeere we go. Thank you Sunrise.

I’ll have a longer and more proper TWIA post up tomorrow, but for now, I’m doing all I can to keep my head from splitting open and my nose from bursting into flames. I will toss out a question, though: out of all the summer shows I’m not covering, which one is most worthy of discovery? After dumping Strike Witches I have an open slot, which I’m itching to fill with a new series, hopefully one that’s not about nubile underage girls parading their butter-supple thighs around.

-Mr. K

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We’ve officially reached the halfway mark (mid-August) of the anime summer season. Long-running shows like Code Geass are entering the home stretch while newer offerings have by now revealed their true colors. I’ll post a comprehensive “midterm evaluation” for all the shows I watched either tomorrow or Monday; for the moment, however, let’s revel in this week’s crazy happenings!

Ooooooooooooh it just got good.

Oooooh oh oh oh can I ride can I ride it can I ride it please?

In other news, the Kaiba OST is decent. Nothing mind-blowing, mind you: a lot of tracks are mere variations (or “reinterpretations” if you will) of the same song but with a different rhythm or tint. And the soundtrack’s mood swings wildly between “dark, moody ballad” and “carnival jingle”… Yet playing “Carry Me Away” as I dash out of the office on a Friday night, my heart longing for the weekend, is an inimitable experience that I recommend if your iPod’s got a spare 80 megs you’ve been itching to fill.

Anyway. Clicky clicky for more piccys!


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