Gundam AGE Episode 1

Been looking forward to this one too. This series starts off with the main character having a dream about his mother’s death, when she entrusts him with a device that she says he will need in the future. Back in the present, the main character Flit, an intelligent student, goes to school with his friend Emily, as well as Haro (woot Haro). Apparently, this story is set after the other Gundam series, as Gundam and mobile suits are treated as legendary machines of the past. At school, Flit gets into an argument with the teacher, insisting that the UE, an organization believed to be comprised of aliens that attacks colonies, follows a pattern which he has figured out. Based on that pattern, he concludes that Nora, where they all live, is going to be the next to be attacked. However, the teacher just ignores him, despite his fears that the UE will do the same to Nora that happened in his own hometown of Ovan. That night, Flit reveals to Emily that the device that his mother gave him were plans to create a Gundam, believing he is meant to build it. Just then, the city is attacked by the UE. With the city’s defenses being overwhelmed, Flit insists they send out the Gundam, but Vargas, the engineer, refuses. Flit decides to take matters into his own hands and jumps into the Gundam. With it, he’s able to take down one of the UE units, but the other units run away. All seems well, but then the units attack again from outside the colony as the episode ends. Well, so far, I haven’t seen too much to differentiate this series from the older ones. This first episode seems pretty similar to Gundam SEED, with Flit basically being like Kira and Largan seeming like Mu La Flaga to me. Oh well…hopefully it gets better. I really like Gundam shows.

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C Cube Episode 2

Harem time. This week’s episode starts off with Fear getting a last name, Kubrick, and being permitted to go to high school with Haruaki (I really dig this opening…not just the music, but the actual animation too). When they get to the classroom, we meet another one of the heroines, Kirika Ueno, the academy representative. Fear is instantly popular in the class due to her cuteness (yeah…I understand). Meanwhile, the weird blond lady from the end of the last episode has a secret meeting in the basement. Haruaki takes Fear to the sea, and she asks him if he really wants to know more about her. Before he can respond, they are interrupted by the blond woman, who introduces herself as Peavey Barowoi from the Prodigious Knights aka Valencie. She explains that her organization is in disagreement with Haruaki’s father, believing that the Warth, or cursed tools, should all be destroyed before they become human. When she attacks Fear, Fear knocks Haruaki away and fights back. Valencie reveals that Fear has killed people in the past, calling her a killing tool but Fear insists that it wasn’t her will. At that moment, Konoha jumps into action, using her hand as a pseudo-blade to attack. However, she’s not strong enough to defeat Valencie. Finally, Haruaki jumps into action, taking hold of a transformed Konoha sword as Konoha’s surname is revealed to be Muramasa. Haruaki unleashes a hidden technique, destroying one of Valencie’s claw. However, Valencie doesn’t bothered at all. It turns out her weapon is a cursed tool as well, hurting Haruaki in the process of his attack. At the sight of Haruaki’s blood, Fear’s expression completely changes as the episode ends. Finally! A harem protagonist who isn’t completely useless! Haruaki can fight! Anyways, things seem to be getting interesting, and cliffhangers for the win because they’re super effective against me.

Bakuman Season 2 Episode 2

This week’s episode starts off with Azuki being berated by her manager because she doesn’t want to be in a photo book, as it would be good for her career as a voice actress. Meanwhile, the studio is uncomfortably silent, disrupted by the arrival of Shujin and Miyoshi. However, they soon fall back into silence, but Ogawa breaks it to release the tension. Miura comes by to discuss the fourth chapter, not wanting to change the first three chapters. Saiko gets worried that he hasn’t heard from Azuki, so Shujin asks Miyoshi to talk with her. The next day, Takahama (one of the assistants) stays behind to finish some extra work after the other two leave. Normally the most silent of the assistants, Takahama opens up to Saiko, telling him his dream to work at Disney. Takahama explains that his silence comes because he can’t relate to the other two assistants, who are content with being assistants. He looks up to Saiko, and the two are able to bond. The next day, Saiko sends a text to Azuki to check up on her, and she replies telling him about the photo book. Azuki’s responses worry Saiko, so he tries to call her, but she won’t pick up the phone. Saiko then rushes off to Azuki’s house, despite Shujin and Miyoshi’s protests. Shujin then calls Azuki himself, telling her that Saiko has rushed off to see her and asking her to stop him. Azuki calls Saiko before he is able to reach the train, apologizing for her behavior and forcing him to finish his manuscript. Saiko is still worried about the photo book, so Azuki asks his true opinion about it. He admits that he would hate for her to be in a photo book for others to see, so she decides not to do it. Despite her refusal, she gets another audition. The episode ends as Shujin answers a call from Miura with the early results from Trap’s first chapter. I’m not sure if I like the pacing of this season yet…So far, they haven’t gotten so far. There’s so much better material later in the manga, but it seems like a distant dream for the anime…it’s a pity. Oh well, I still love this series.

Fate/Zero Episode 2

Back to shorter, more manageable 20 minute episodes. This episode starts off with Waver using Rider to steal some books, which Rider uses to find out the world has changed since his time. It is revealed that Rider is King Iskandar, as Waver almost uses a command seal to force him to be more respectful, but chooses not to waste it (smartly). Iskandar then demonstrates his powers, calling forth a chariot carried by oxen (he is Rider, after all). Meanwhile, Kiritsugu is playing with Illya (who is super cute, by the way). Meanwhile, Saber talks with Iris, surprised that Kiritsugu is so soft-hearted, having seen him as a cold person. Apparently, there was some friction when Saber was summoned, since King Arthur was supposed to be a man and Kiritsugu found it hard to believe Saber was the same person. We move to another scene where a serial murder is drawing something on his victim’s floor. He introduces himself as Uryuu Ryuunosuke to the boy he has tied up on the ground. However, a seal appears on his hand and the pentagram that he drew on the ground starts to glow. A Servant appears, introducing himself as Caster, and the two make a contract. Caster lets the boy go free, but the boy is then mutilated by tentacles when he reaches the front door. What a fun way for Ryuunosuke and Caster to bond >.> Caster then introduces himself as Bluebeard. Kirei then reveals that Caster was the seventh Servant, so all Servants have been summoned (he summoned Assassin if I didn’t mention it earlier). Kirei orders Assassin to infiltrate the Tohsaka house and kill Tokiomi Tohsaka. However, Assassin is found out by Gilgamesh (Archer), who takes him out with ease as the episode ends. Well…maybe that death was fake. We know what’s supposed to happen. Anyways, I really dig this series…It’s so intense.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Episode 1

Another show I’ve been kinda wanting to watch. Our main character walks into a classroom to find Mikazuki Yozora talking to thin air, a complete change from her normal silent attitude. He walks in and she instantly becomes silent again. When he asks, she admits to talking with an imaginary friend. Anyways, he introduces himself as Hasegawa Kodaka, telling Yozora that he also has no friends. They have a bit of a conversation about the nature of friendship and how to make friends and whatnot. Kodaka mentions joining a club and Yozora suddenly leaves, having come up with some idea. Kodaka thinks back to his first day at the school, when he was late and scares everyone with his hair and appearance (his hair is part blonde because of his mother’s influence). Yozora pulls him aside the next day, telling him her idea to start her own club, the Neighbor’s Club, as a way to make more friends. They start to put up posters about the club, all of which have a secret message of finding friends. When they finish, they return to the clubroom to await new members. Very quickly, they hear a knock on the door, which turns out to be Kashiwazaki Sena, probably the most popular girl in the school. However, Yozora quickly closes the door on her and locks it, refusing to let her into the room. Sena finally gets a word in, actually wanting to find friends, and Yozora lets her in. Sena explains that she wants to actually befriend someone, rather than have people fawning over her. Kodaka suggests that Yozora and Sena be friends, but the two start to argue. Music is interesting and the animation looks nice. Sena’s situation was a bit predictable, but the show seems okay for now.

Mawaru Penguindrum Episode 13

With all of the fall excitement, you may have forgotten what happened last week. Just a reminder, Himari died and Kanba was unable to save her. At that moment, a man walks in with two briefcases of weird apples, then pulling out a vial that he says is able to save Himari. Meanwhile, Shoma remembers back to three years ago, when the police come to the door asking about their parents. Their uncle asks them to leave the house, but they are reluctant, finally relenting to stay at a hotel. Sanetoshi tells Kanba that the medicine to save Himari comes at a price, and Kanba tells him that he will pay for it. Back in Shoma’s flashback, Kanba receives a call from their uncle, and they find out that their parents are suspected of causing the explosions and their house is being searched by the police. At that point, Himari wakes up. Afterwards, Sanetoshi thinks back to 16 years before, when he met a girl that was like him. However, she ended up rejecting him despite their similarities. Meanwhile, Natsume gets a call from (I’m assuming) Sanetoshi, who tells her that he knows who has the other half of the diary. Ringo talks with Tabuki and seems to be over her thing with Momoka. So…this series still confuses me…Waiting for the explanation.

Persona 4 Episode 1

Finally!! I’ve been waiting so long for this one. First off, a bit of a self-plug. If you’re interested in the game as well, I’ve started a playthrough of Persona 4 on my youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/marthaurion0

The anime starts out exactly like the game started, with the main character waking up in the Velvet Room to be introduced to Igor and Margaret. When he comes back to his senses, he is on the train to Inaba. Looks like the opening theme is going to be “Pursuing My Self”, which is the opening theme for the game (and an amazing song…no joke). For those of you who don’t know the story of Persona 4, basically, the protagonist is a city kid who is moving to Inaba in the countryside because of his family to live with his uncle. He reaches the station to meet his uncle, Dojima Ryotaro, and his cousin Nanako. There’s a scene at the gas station, but you don’t really know what it means unless you know the ending of the game (like I do…). They actually do the next day thing like it’s done in the game (which is pretty freaking awesome). The next day at school, we find out that the protagonist’s name is Narukami Yu (you could pick whatever name you wanted in the game). We’re also introduced to Moroka, the homeroom teacher, who’s a pretty nasty guy with the nickname Morokin (King Moron in the English dub of the game. Anyways, one of the students (which I know is Saki) finds a dead body hanging upside down, which causes an alert in the school. Meanwhile in the school, Satonaka Chie and Amagi Yukiko introduce themselves to Yu (maybe it’s just because of the English in me, but I find it funny that the main character’s name sounds like “you”). Dojima is inspecting the crime scene (and Adachi the junior detective is puking). The next day, Yu is introduced to Hanamura Yosuke as he helps him out of a trashcan that he crashed into. Yosuke offers to treat Yu to beefsteak, but Chie joins in as repayment for Yosuke’s destruction of her DVD. They end up going to Junes, a department store, and that’s where they introduce the Midnight Channel, a phenomenon where you can see your soulmate if you look at the TV at midnight while it is raining. At this point, we’re introduced to Konishi Saki, the girl who saw the body and Yosuke’s crush. That night, we learn from the TV that the victim of the murder is Yamano, a reporter alleged to be having an affair before and hiding out in Inaba. Anyways, that night, Yu tries out the Midnight Channel and is surprised to see a figure that is strangely similar to Saki. He reaches into the TV and is surprised to find himself almost pulled into it. The next day, he tells everyone about it, but they only saw shadows on the screen. They go to Junes to look at a larger TV after Yosuke jokes that Yu might be able to go inside of it (Yosuke’s the son of the Junes manager). Yu reaches towards one of the TVs and his hand goes into it again. The other two panic when customers come by and the three fall into the TV. They come to in a foggy TV studio. They see a strange shadow in the fog, but they run away, running into a strange room with a noose and posters on the wall with the face ripped off. They go outside to find the strange shadow from before, but it says it’s just a bear. He gives Yu a pair of glasses that makes the fog clear away and he sees a Shadow approach. At this point, the bear runs away as the Shadows approach. Chie is knocked unconscious, and Yu is able to summon his Persona, Izanagi (“Reach Out to the Truth” plays because it’s awesome battle music). With Izanagi, Yu easily dispatches the Shadows, finishing off the last one with a Zio (it’s super effective!!) as the episode ends.

Well…I love this game…I’m liking this show already. This episode stays pretty faithful to the game, but they speed up the point where Yu gets his Persona (in the game, this doesn’t happen until the next day). Also, the circumstances change a little bit. I think that the characters were done very well, especially Yu. I was wondering how they were going to make his personality, since he’s silent in the game, but I think it was very well done. Also, the music from the game playing in the background is just an added treat.

Chihayafuru Episode 1

Alright, so for starters, we have a school and a girl named Chihaya Ayase, the sister of a model who is putting up flyers for a karuta club. Apparently, karuta is some sort of Japanese card game. Chihaya’s having trouble finding members for her club, and runs into her childhood friend Taichi. Chihaya is surprised that Taichi has a girlfriend now in high school, and is no longer interested in karuta. She remembers back to before she started playing karuta, when a transfer student named Wataya enters her class. He is teased by the other students because of his appearance and how quiet he is, but has really good memory. Chihaya notices this and starts to hang out with him, which makes Taichi mad. One day, Chihaya goes to Wataya’s house after they are both soaked in the rain. There, she starts to talk with Wataya about dreams, and he introduces her to the game of karuta. Basically, it involves something with cards and poem verses, but Wataya has the upper hand because of his memory. Based on observation, you remove a card, which has the second verse of a poem after hearing the first voice from a tape player. Wataya is crusing Chihaya, but she resolves to get at least one card, which she manages to do. Wataya then tells Chihaya his dream of becoming a karuta master. So yeah…a show about a game…where have I seen this setup before? I’ll give it a shot. Music was pretty good (the opening has a familiar tune to it), and the character designs are kind of reminiscent of like shoujo manga character designs.

What to follow this season?

Hopefully this thins out the posts I have to make…I’m probably gonna watch all of them anyway.

Tamayura Hitotose Episode 1

Eww…480p. Oh well, I hear good things about this show, so I’ll just give it a go. First off, the opening is pretty mellow, good for a relaxing slice-of-life style of show, which is what I think this show is. The girl who I assume is the main character likes to take pictures with her friends. Seems we have the standard set of four schoolgirls. However, the story starts off with the main character, Fuu, leaving her hometown and her friend Chihiro, who is quite the crybaby (seriously…she’s like always in tears). Fuu’s father is dead, but she seems to have accepted it by this point and uses his camera to take pictures. Fuu gets a letter from Kaoru, her friend from the place to which she’s moving.  Basically, this episode is about Fuu’s life before she moves away from her place and it ends with her arriving at her new home, greeted by Kaoru. Not really sad music, but it’s not like super energetic music. Just really light sort of music…makes the mood kind of carefree. This certainly seems like it will be a peaceful show…should be good for me. Still waiting to meet the other characters, though.