Filler Post 2

No real structure to this post. I’m also planning on copying this post over to the new blog to give it more stuff.

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Let’s start out with Hitori no Shita: The Outcast, a series that wasn’t part of the chart I used in my Summer Preview post. Normally, I would just ignore it and move on with my life, but it actually fits my style a bit, so I guess I have to mention it. The show is based on a Chinese webcomic about people with supernatural powers. The synopsis seems to suggest a zombie-focused series, but it also makes it sound like those aren’t the main enemy…like the zombies are just a mechanic to get the main character into the plot. Or it could be a manifestation of my own hopes because I really don’t think I can handle another zombie series.

I’m not too familiar with the common themes of Chinese series, but the manhua that I have read tend to be darker and more gruesome than the Japanese series I read. I don’t know whether that’s my own personal bias or an indication of the medium as a whole. Take it as you will. I mean…the series certainly sounds like it should be interesting.

Random ReLIFE

Another announcement for this week was that the entire 13-episode run of ReLIFE is going to be released at once, rather than the typical weekly release format. I still have no idea how I’m supposed to react to this, so I’ll just do the gut reaction. I’m someone who doesn’t like feeling “behind”, so my first impression is “I’m going to watch all of the episodes within the first week after they release”. However, this makes blogging rather complicated. The current plan is to still blog ReLIFE weekly as I would a normal series, but I’m starting to think it might make more sense to cross it off the list of airing series and just release a single-post review on the series after it comes out (maybe two posts, one spoilerific and one spoiler-free?).

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Free Space: Fancy Title of Fives

I plugged the new blog yesterday, so I won’t do another plug today.

Random Anime of the Week: Sakamoto desu ga?

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Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this series on the blog yet, so let’s go (it also happens to be one of the few series from spring still unfinished). General thoughts on the show: It’s a fun show to watch every week. I’m not sure if I could handle much more than that. The show definitely has a lot of good moments showcasing Sakamoto’s ridiculous antics, but I often have trouble watching certain side characters. Is it weird that I find the female characters exceptionally annoying? The opening song is definitely cool too (I wish they didn’t do the description of Sakamoto at the beginning of each episode, though).

This week’s episode definitely felt awkward and weak (with a lot of time wasted looking at the girls’ pictures of Sakamoto), but I guess I can give it a pass since it seemed to be setting up the final episode. Pfft…like I’m going to believe that anything bad will actually happen to Sakamoto in the last episode, right?

Random Music of the Week

This week, my choice is the Gundam Unicorn OP, Into the Sky by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Tielle. This should be a safe choice because not too many people talk about this series. The full song was released recently and it’s a pretty cool song. It’s a lot more melodic that Sawano’s typical music, which I like a lot (not to bash on his typical music, though…that stuff’s awesome too).

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Filler Post

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I could do the free space today, but I’ll wait until I get back home (I’ve been doing the recent few posts on the road). Plus, the other free space posts have been on Tuesday, so I might as well keep the pattern going.

First off, let’s make things official with the new blog. Judging from the dates on MyAnimeList, the new season should be starting on July 2nd (Saturday). I’ll be switching to the new blog on Thursday, June 30th in preparation for this. This gives me a couple of days to work out any bugs that might happen when switching the domain to a new server. What does this mean for you? In a perfect world, you log on to my blog on Thursday (later in the day) like you do every day and it will just look different. Let’s not talk about the worst-case scenario.

Let’s try to get something anime-related in this post. Something easy: what are you most excited for in the coming summer season? For me, the safe answers are Shokugeki no Souma S2 and ReLIFE. But let’s be fair with something I don’t already know. I guess I choose Orange…genre-wise, it seems to fit my style and the time travel aspect will keep me entertained.

Random final note: It was announced that the Iris Zero manga will be starting up again soon…I’m hyped.

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Kiznaiver Final Episode (12): Well, that was a lot of tension for nothing

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Nope…totally not suspicious. This is why I don’t take random flyers.

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Haha what’s going on here? Sonozaki talks as though she’s offering people some big opportunity, but then these guys are basically forcing people into it. Sounds like a great deal!

Also, random side note: Without seeing the chicks on the heads of the black version Gomorin, I would never have noticed that those were eggs on the heads of the white version.

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Eh…I’m really not a fan of this explanation. It feels like such an arbitrary reason to make Sonozaki different from everyone else. Especially since I feel like she couldn’t possibly be the only person that feels this way (for example, why doesn’t Nico trigger the same interaction?).

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I seriously hate these two. They’re clearly throwaway characters, but they’ve been put into the series just to explain to the main characters what the antagonists are planning.

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Random lens flare. Also, “cell phones don’t work in a crisis” cliche.

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Thanks, Maki, for acting exactly the same way you did before your big character growth arc.

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This entire scene looks important and all, but when you take a step back and analyze it, you realize that the entire scene is establishing that these guys are already friends. They established this last week…come on.

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Does she really think the only reason those kids were friends was because they were connected by the Kizuna System? I honestly don’t know how to feel about that.

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Uhh…run that by me again, Nico.

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There’s something…off…about the way this scene plays out. Doesn’t it seem too easy that Sonozaki turns?

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Feelings!

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Haha!

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This is the part where everyone gets upset about Nico losing, right?

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I agree…a pure relationship.

I feel like I got cheated somehow. It felt like all of this tension was built up with the idea of “Sonozaki is going to start bonding with everyone”, but she ends up bonding with basically no one. What was even the point of the black Gomorins and the surgical masks? I don’t understand. Oh well…another series over, I guess. And at the end of the day, I still don’t understand how the Kizuna System was even supposed to work…sigh.

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Summer 2016 Season Previews

Summer 2016 Anime Chart v2

Like last season, I’ll probably do some follow-up posts focusing on specific series, but for now…let’s do the obligatory run through all of the series in the coming season. I know how excited you all are, but if you’re too excited to read through everything, the summary is further down as always.

  • Fukigen na Mononokean – I mean…sure, if it’s a short.
  • Berserk – I get to use the excuse that I didn’t see the original series, right? I’ll just pass on this one…
  • Love Live Sunshine – Me? Watch this? I have no idea what you’re talking about!
  • Hatsukoi Monster – I’m not sure on this one. I might judge from the first episode.
  • B-Project: Kodou Ambitious – This seems sketchy. Can I just listen to the soundtrack when it’s done?
  • Tales of Zestiria the X – So, an anime adaptation of pretty much the only Tales game that I started and was unable to finish? Sign me up! I mean…everyone loves the Tales of the Abyss adaptation, right? Right?? (sigh…I feel like I’m obligated to watch this one)
  • Saiki Kusou no … Nan – Not even gonna attempt that character (I think it’s “psi”). This series looks quirky enough to watch, but I’ll pass on blogging about comedy.
  • Puzzles & Dragons Cross – Hahahahahahahaha no.
  • Show by Rock Short – Normally I would watch shorts, but I never saw the original series, so probably not.
  • Taboo Tattoo – Ehh…why not? Let’s try this one. I’m totally not being baited in by the mystery tag.
  • Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu – I have enough trouble watching series about fujoshi…why would a fudanshi be any better?
  • Prism Illya 3 – Nooooooope.
  • Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru – Seems generic enough to ignore.
  • Planetarian – Post-apocalypse world? Sounds fun…I can’t remember if this is one of the VNs people love or hate. Is this a trap?
  • Amanchu – meh…
  • 91 Days – More historical series? Well, I watched Joker Game, so I feel like I have to at least try this one.
  • Arslan Senki S2 – Oh yeah, I was gonna watch the first season of this series. Well, if I finish it in time, I might watch this second season, but it’s not looking likely.
  • Battery – Not sure about this one. I’ve never watched a baseball anime and I’m not a huge fan of the sport.
  • Time Travel Shoujo – …maybe…
  • Active Raid S2 – Nope.
  • Handa-kun – Probably going to be watching this one, but I doubt I’d cover it. I’ve been reading the Barakamon manga, which has been interesting, so this should be fun. I feel like high school days wouldn’t be as interesting, but I don’t mind trying it out to see if I’m proven wrong.
  • Shokugeki no Souma S2 – Yes!
  • ReLIFE – More yes!
  • D.Gray-man Hallow – This series feels like it happened so long ago that I forgot it…
  • Ozmafia – …what? Can I not?
  • Onara Gorou – No…just no. I already know what the comments on this show are going to be and I refuse to be part of it.
  • Servamp – Shoujo…vampires…uhhh
  • Qualidea Code – Seems dangerous, but I might try out the first episode.
  • Amaama to Inazuma – Not too sure about this one. Doesn’t look immediately interesting.
  • Nejimaki Seirei Senki – From first glance, it’s a pass, but I might try it out.
  • Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars – Can I skip on the mecha this season?
  • Ange Vierge – Card game adaptation? Naaahhhh…
  • Mob Psycho 100 – I’m cool with trying this one out. I doubt I’ll be able to cover it since I wasn’t able to cover One Punch Man, but watching should be fine…
  • Cheer Danshi – Nope.
  • New Game – I’ve read the manga for this series, so I’ll probably watch it.
  • Rewrite – It seems like I need VN knowledge to appreciate this one, so I’ll just be off on the side not watching…
  • Masou Gakuen HxH – Hahahahahahahahaha no.
  • Dangan Ronpa 3 – You know, I don’t really know about this one. On the one hand, half of the series is devotes to the characters from the first Dangan Ronpa, which I watched. But the second half is on Dangan Ronpa 2, which is a game that I didn’t play. So…maybe?
  • Orange – Meh…I’m curious.

Summary

General thoughts – A decent number of manga adaptations that I recognize this season, which makes things fun. I feel like there are a lot more “safe” series this season…where I know enough going in that I feel comfortable watching them. Sigh…I guess I need to take some risks and choose some unknowns, do I?

Probably covered – ReLIFE

Very likely to watch and might be covered – Tales of Zestiria the X, Taboo Tattoo, Planetarian, 91 Days, Orange

Might be watched, but probably won’t be covered – Time Travel Shoujo, Handa-kun, Shokugeki no Souma S2, Mob Psycho 100, New Game

Credits
Chart created by Zana at neregate.com
The following websites were used as sources of information to create the chart :
Anime News Network
Moon Phase
Moetron
My Anime List

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Episode 11: Almost time for the boss battle

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Probably the worst lesson that I’m going to learn from watching so much anime is this. The next time my life is in danger, I’m going to jump into the nearest body of water to guarantee my survival.

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Don’t think you can get away with this. We know Mumei’s mind is dead right now, so this is just a standard villain monologue.

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This guy explains himself to a kid like the kid could understand this. Yes, I understand Biba was precocious, but he’s still not going to understand the inner mind of someone who’s mentally ill (or at least, I’m assuming the shogun is mentally ill).

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Delivering injections like this…

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This divine bird is so random. I guess every nation needs an emblem?

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The series thinks it can make me forgive Biba’s character by showing us how messed up the shogun really is. We already predicted this level of insanity based on Biba’s behavior, so at this point I’d say this is too little too late.

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I’m really surprised the shogun just lets Biba in to the city here. Given his personality, I feel like it would be more appropriate for him to just make sure Biba is killed instead of letting him return a captive.

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Wow…Kurusu managed to find Ikoma? That’s impressive. Also, there’s a question I’ve been neglecting to ask for a while. Why is Ikoma’s arm not still bleeding? Why hasn’t he died from blood loss?

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THEN WHY DID YOU LET HIM IN???

Also, the shogun is simultaneously smart enough to realize Biba is plotting something but dumb enough to follow Biba’s request in spite of that…

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I’m actually fine with Biba’s plan here…it makes enough sense and preys on fear like you would expect. Still, I have to ask…why?

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“Brainwashed ally spared you on purpose meaning there’s hope for saving her” cliche.

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Yeah, there’s totally time for this haircut. Also “hero changes appearance to indicate character growth” cliche.

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I’m actually fine with this.

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I really hate this mechanic. Why arbitrarily make this distinction between Ikoma and the other Kabaneri? Why not use the very obvious explanation: Ikoma would react unpredictably to the black blood because he didn’t become a Kabaneri in the same way as the girls. He did it to himself rather than going through some surgery that they never explain. Creating this “male vs female” distinction just feels like an unnecessary trope to bring into the series.

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First off, I’m reminded of Iron Man here. Secondly, why does Ikoma inject himself now? The scientist guy just told him that he’d be burning through his remaining life force until he dies like a candle flame. Why not wait until he’s closer to the city?

Well, let’s see how crazy the ending of the series gets…

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Bungou Stray Dogs Final Episode (12): The raid bosses appear! Right at the end!

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What’s up, roomie? Nothing strange going on here…moving on.

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Wait…plot development? We’re not ending the season off with a filler episode? Woohoo! Well, I guess I actually have to pay attention now.

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I’m totally going to remember this. Also, America is apparently responsible? Oops…

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That’s some convenient helicopter timing. Also, is he landing his helicopter in the middle of the highway despite the fact that there seems to be a decent landing area right next to it?

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Aww man…now I can’t complain about his helicopter placement.

Also, this entire scene pisses me off for some reason. It’s like “let’s make it very clear that this guy is a foreigner”.

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Solve all problems with money!

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The fact that this guy keeps walking across the screen means he must be important. Enemy?

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Wait…I don’t understand. Does she only pull in people? Because the news made it sound like the entire building with Kenji disappeared. If so, where’s the building?

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Confidently saying the plan means it won’t work.

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Atsushi, run to the door now while she’s explaining! Though, using the key probably takes some time, so his best plan is probably to secretly pass the key to the other guy and distract the doll.

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First off, screw you, Atsushi, for holding the key out to the side when you reach the door instead of immediately putting it in the lock. Secondly, this guy warns Atsushi in a ridiculously ambiguous way. How does Atsushi know he’s talking about the key and not the doll?

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Don’t you hate it when game masters do this?

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Doesn’t this scene kinda negate all of Atsushi’s recent character growth?

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This whole “bumbling idiot is actually the strongest character” reveal would be more interesting if Dazai didn’t already do it in this series.

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Not bad, Atsushi…but I don’t know if this forgives your attempt to escape earlier.

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These cars all try to move across the intersection from different directions at the same time. Do you even traffic light?

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Rintarou? As in Okabe Rintarou?

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Based on the next scene where it’s revealed that the old guy is the leader of the Port Mafia, I guess this is happening because Kyouka recognized him. I thought it might be some cliffhanger where her powers were rejecting her or something.

Well, at least the series didn’t troll us at the end. That being said, I question whether Atsushi even grew at all throughout this series. As for the series in general, I’d say nothing special, but definitely not bad. I should just reserve judgment until the next season, right?

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Joker Game Final Episode (12): Randomly romance!

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Starting off the episode with a training exercise in a blizzard. To be fair, though, what is this guy actually suggesting? That the group turn back for the sick guy? Or give the sick guy a rest in the snow? Because both of those options don’t feel like they would help much.

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“All commanding officers are dicks” cliche. Come on, man…that was at least 50% your fault for stumbling backwards.

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I feel like I should immediately suspect the woma- No! Stop doing that, me!

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This episode is the first time we’ve seen the other spies contributing to a single spy’s mission. I know the other spies have made appearances, taking a supporting role, but they’re even having what seems to be a round table discussion on the case. Given that the episode is titled “Double Cross”, is it supposed to indicate that one of the spies is involved? Or that the main character himself is supposed to be suspicious?

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WHAT COULD IT MEAN?? (They used the “XX” in the episode title, so it’s not like it’s hard to figure out the link with “Double Cross”)

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Phew, suspicions vindicated. Still, I feel like I’ve become too hyper-sensitive about this series. Like here, I’m thinking the way Yuuki said this feels purposely vague. He’s not outright saying the woman is the culprit. Maybe he’s really saying “investigate the woman and the true culprit will be revealed”.

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Wait…this is the spy’s memory, right? Is this supposed to indicate that Yuriko reminds him of his mother? Seems like a romantic interest to me! This is new…

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Why exactly is he so shocked here?

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Woohoo! Suspicions were correct! Okay, guys…we’re back to always suspecting the female character in the episode! What? This is the last episode? Crap…

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This…is totally fair. The spy recognizes that he was distracted from the mission by the appearance of Noriko and resigns his post. An overreaction? Maybe, but completely reasonable.

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I can’t wait to see someone latch on to this as the only reason they dislike this series. This line is especially funny given the whole experience with the Wind Agency and their “don’t hesitate to kill” mentality.

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Well, Yuuki needs to sound cool in the final moments of the episode.

Overall, I’d say I had a fun time watching this series. Sure, there have been plenty of complaints about the episodic nature of the series, but it worked for me. It’s interesting watching spies do things…what can I say? I definitely agree that the characters were hard to differentiate, though, and might have been too numerous. Also, the final episode felt like just another episode in the series. Nothing about it felt like “this is the end”. Maybe this means there will be more…maybe it’s just how the series works. But it’s definitely disappointing as an ending.

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Free Space: Fancy Title 4th Try

Weekly plug for the side blog (Marth’s Totally Legit Site on the sidebar). No big updates this week other than putting more stuff in the about page. I was trying to change the media links so they matched the domain of the website, but that didn’t work out so well…still needs some tweaking.

Random Anime Episode of the Week: Ace Attorney

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So, I covered the first two episodes of this series, but I couldn’t keep going. Since the series is separated into multi-episode arcs for each trial, it’s really hard to watch this series weekly. I feel like you lose too much information in between episodes, so I tend to let the episodes pile up and watch entire trials at once, which makes the experience more bearable. Overall, the series tends to be decently funny, but that may just be because of how ridiculous it all seems. The way the people in the court act often seems unrealistic to me. They seem to act in ways that are obviously suspicious and try to get away with it using the system. Like smugly saying “there’s no way you can prove exactly that thing happened”. Is this really what courts are like? I often find myself asking that.

I will say, though, that the recent arc centered on Miles Edgeworth (Mitsurugi Reiji) has been more interesting than the earlier mysteries, showing more of the character and explaining his behavior. That being said…does anyone else ever come up with other interpretations of the evidence that could be argued in the court that never get resolved in the series? Like in the recent episode, the prosecutor argues that the bullet must have gone through the victim in order to make a hole in the wall on the elevator, but then the suspect admits to pulling the bullet out of the victim (meaning the bullet couldn’t have gone through the victim). I found it weird that no one brought that up…oh well.

Random Music of the Week

This song comes from my “epic music” list. Didn’t get as much time to analyze the Yoko Kanno music as I had liked (so many songs). Still a work in progress, though! Instead, enjoy this cool song. I’m a sucker for piano melodies that move like this.

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Kiznaiver Episode 11: Katsuhira with the initiative

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Being Sonozaki is so much suffering…

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Oddly enough, I agree with Nico here. Come on, Katsuhira…stop using amnesia as an excuse!

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I can’t tell whether I’m supposed to take these guys literally or not. To be fair, taking this literally means that getting the Kizuna System removed from them has blurred their memories of their summer together, which is kind of a dumb thing to introduce in the final episodes of the show. So I’ll take the optimistic route and interpret this as the standard “we used to be so happy, but now that just feels like a distant memory”. Because, you know…that’s way cheerier!

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Maybe it’s weird, but I tend to like stuff like this…the announcer on the TV declares “thinking time” to relate to Katsuhira’s real situation. Then, Katsuhira stands up as if he’s thought of something when the announcer declares that the answer is correct. I honestly can’t get upset at this.

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Normally, I wouldn’t mind something like this at all. Katsuhira’s character change is clear after meeting his friends and it’s decent progress for him. But he’s apologizing to Chidori and that’s somewhat annoying…for some reason.

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Holy crap finally! Granted, I still believe that the scene with Tenga could have very easily happened at the start of this week’s episode (it might have saved the use of the flashback), but this realization is finally happening!

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Not a single thing going on right here is weird…nothing at all! Just two bros hanging out, am I right?

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Even though we started the series out with Urushibara saying something like “I only care about Nori-chan”, it feels like Yamada does a much better job of actually following that principle.

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I was confused by this a bit at first, but then Katsuhira referred to himself as “gudon” when he returned to class. Isn’t that the sin of the “new seven deadly sins” that Sonozaki assigned to Katsuhira in the first episode of the series?

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The power of friendship!

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Ahh…the awkward scene where everyone finally realizes they were true friends all along. Not bad, I guess…might be a bit cheesy, but I’m dead inside, so can I really complain?

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What exactly is the plan here? Is she going to take on everyone’s pain, so she can connect them all through the Kizuna System?

Well, next week finishes it up. Let’s see where this all goes. Time to save Sonozaki with the power of friendship!

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