This week’s episode starts with a man, Armand Jeremiah, begging Huey and Dalian to give him a Phantom Book. He wants it to satisfy a woman named Viola Duplessis, who demands a Phantom Book from any of her suitors. The two go to meet Viola, who strangely knows a lot about Dalian, even the fact that she’s a Biblioprincess. Dalian tries to question her, but she tells them that she has no memories. As Armand starts on a very bad romantic conversation, they are all interrupted by a strange fairy-looking thing that attacks them and gives a warning to Viola. Huey and Dalian return to Viola’s place on the promised night, the next full moon, along with a slew of other men armed to the teeth in preparation for the count’s arrival. Along with these men are the 5 suitors, each of which has found their assigned Phantom Book. The count arrives, and the men with guns open fire, but it has no effect. The count simply swings his cane and the men all collapse (he has the Death Note!!!). Huey reveals that he turned all of the men’s blood into mercury, but Dalian says that he is not using a Phantom Book. More men continue to fight, but the count summons more of the fairies from the other night and they attack. Dalian tells Huey that the count is actually using magic of his own will without the aid of a Phantom Book as the count finally introduces himself as Melgar. The 5 suitors try to protect Viola, but Viola finally fights back, knocking away a bunch of the fairies. Melgar reveals that Viola is actually a homunculus that he used as an experiment to see how human she became, but she betrayed him. As the count moves to finish them all off, Dalian finally allows Huey to reach into her chest (how many episodes has it been?) and Huey pulls out the real Phantom Books (as opposed to the fake ones that the 5 took). These books turn out to be perfect for fending off the count’s magic and all of the other men are healed. Melgar admits defeat and disappears in a flash of light. With him gone, the 5 suitors finally ask for Viola to make a choice, and she ends up choosing none of them and going for a 6th man (lol). An interesting episode this week. I’m not sure if they explained Melgar’s magic enough, but it was still enjoyable.
This episode is like the episode of priceless expressions or something. So in this episode, Iori, Azusa, and Ami are chosen for Ryuuguu Komachi, which is Ritsuko’s project idea. With his competitive spirit engaged, the Producer decides to try his best to give the rest of the girls their own projects so they don’t lose to Ryuuguu Komachi. However, he becomes a tad overzealous and makes a lot of mistakes. He ends up matching girls with jobs that aren’t suited for them. He double books Hibiki, and Miki offers to replace her. She ends up being late, but she is able to learn the dance just from watching Makoto do it once, so the show ends up being a success. The girls all get together to watch Iori, Azusa, and Ami perform and it turns out well. This episode was pretty interesting, especially with surprise genius Miki. To be honest, I semi-expected it, but it was still cool.
The school festival has arrived! Jirou is stuck with Usami on a date and they two go around with Usami showcasing a bit of her tsundere attitude. Konoe interrupts them, though, as she has taken it upon herself to watch and make sure Jirou doesn’t do anything inappropriate. They all detour into an animal cafe which turns out to be run by Jirou’s sister’s class. After attacking Usami (not in the way you might expect), Kureha is distracted by Konoe’s presence. Usami gets angry at Jirou and yells at him to go ahead and spend time with Konoe. Jirou is about to leave, but he is attacked by a girl in a sheep costume who introduces herself as Narumi Knuckle, the chairwoman of the Committee. She warns him to escape so that he doesn’t get caught in the war between the Committee (the ones that are pro-Jirou+Konoe) and the S4 (the ones that are anti-Jirou+Konoe). She also warns him not to trust Usami, but Usami interrupts her to reveal that she is actually cat-ear girl. Usami turns to attack Jirou, but Konoe shows up to protect him. Konoe and Jirou escape with Narumi, and the three sneak into a secret meeting. The brains behind the operation reveals herself as Kanade (O.o), and she proposes a quiz event to decide the winner of the war. Konoe and Jirou take the Committee’s side, and when they reach the final deciding question, it turns out to be about Konoe’s first kiss. Although reluctant, she finally answers that it was in fact Jirou. The S4 gets mad and starts to move in on Jirou, but Jirou tries to stop them by confessing to Kanade. Kanade quickly rejects him, but it gives him the opportunity to escape. Jirou asks her about Usami and Kanade tells him that she quit the S4, prompting him to run off to find her. He finds her on the roof. Usami reveals that the real reason that she wanted to be with Jirou is because she saw Konoe as someone similar to her, and she wanted Jirou to change her in a similar way as he did with Konoe. Jirou drags her off and tells her about his gynophobia. Konoe shows up as well to apologize and Usami finally decides to change herself. She then vows to cure Jirou’s gynophobia. Interesting episode…this show…yeah…
We start the episode off with Safu going through customs, having just come back to No. 6 because of her grandmother’s death. For some reason, she isn’t allowed to bring in a Picasso artbook (ehh?). After getting her grandmother’s personal effects, Safu becomes suspicious because of a missing knitting needle and a scarf with an unfamiliar smell. She tries to call Shion, but he’s been disconnected (since he’s a fugitive and all). She then decides to go see Shion’s mother, who tells her that Shion is in the Western District (why would you do that?). As Safu runs off to find Shion, she is stopped by the Public Security Bureau, who stuff her into a car and drive off. Meanwhile, Shion is helping Inukashi dig a grave for one of the dogs, his “uncle.” Afterwards, he talks to Nezumi about going back to No. 6 in the spring to make a serum to counteract the bee parasite. Nezumi responds by attacking Shion, but he doesn’t kill him. He tells Shion to pick a side, but Shion comes up with an idea to destroy the wall around No. 6. Nezumi tells him it won’t work and leaves Shion to himself. The episode ends with Nezumi getting a letter from Karan that Safu has been abducted. Uhh…this episode was hard to watch, but I think I’ll keep going just because I really wanna know what this bee business is.
The return of Alice! She has come to abduct…err, invite Yune to take a photograph with her. However, Yune insists on finishing her housework first, so Alice waits in the store. Like a standard rich girl, Alice is unable to comprehend Yune’s work ethic. After finally getting Yune back to her mansion, Alice shows her some photographs of her and her sister Camille. Then, Yune shows Alice how to put on a kimono, which prompts her to dress Yune up in her own clothes. After much frustration, Alice is able to get her photograph with Yune. Claude shows up to pick up Yune and Yune drags him to meet Camille, but she is no longer around. So, Camille and Claude clearly have something going on, but I guess we’ll have to wait and find out what it is specifically. Alice is pretty nice for comedic relief. Next week, it looks like we’ll find out some stuff about Yune’s own sister and the homeless boy.
After a warm greeting at home (for Utao, at least), Kyouhei is surprised to find out that neither of his parents know a thing about the mystery Utao twin. The gang goes to see Kukuri’s creator, the head of the Utsuwashi. Joined with him are the two sisters, Moyako and Yurako Somaki, the latter of which attacks Utao (with hugs!!). While they work on Kukuri, they notice that Takemikazuchi is also there. Turns out the Utsuwashi are a neutral group that just services the Kakashi. Moyako also tells Shiba about the special resin they use to make the wood of the Kakashi receptive to human thoughts. Moyako also takes Shiba to see the trees that they use for the Kakashi, but Kyouhei refuses to go. Moyako explains that the trees can allow people who know the trick to read the thoughts of others while they’re around them. Shiba becomes embarrassed as she realizes that it’s the reason Kyouhei refused to come with her, but then has a vision of a scene with what looks like a view of a younger Aki from behind. This vision makes her sad for some reason and starts to cry. Later, Utao and Kyouhei’s grandfather tells Utao about Kirio, their brother who was taken by the Hyuga clan at birth. In the meantime, Kirio has started to live with Koushiro (who apparently has a loving wife). A couple of days later, Kukuri is repaired and Utao does some test flying with it. Later, Shiba and Kyouhei are caught outside in the rain, so they rush to cover. Shiba asks Kyouhei about Aki and their sensei, and the episode ends with Kyouhei starting a flashback. Some funny scenes in this episode. I’m kind of curious whether Shiba was reading Moyako’s mind while they were out in the trees, as she did mention Aki to Kyouhei in a bit of an awkward moment. Also, I’m looking forward to finding out what the darkness in Kyouhei’s past is.
This episodes starts with Kyoko drawing a story based around Yui falling in love with her. Chinatsu’s not too happy about this, of course, so she tries to draw her own (with shocking results). The other main thing that happens in this episode is that everyone goes to Yui’s house again to meet a relative of hers named Mari. Turns out that Mari is a big fan of Miraku-run, which leads Chinatsu to dress up in the outfit (Kyoko finally gets her to wear it). Looks like Christmas stuff next week…should be fun.
So, this week, I only finished Azumanga Daioh. I also watched a bunch of Yugioh 5D’s (go ahead and laugh…I don’t care). Anyways, I’m downloading a lot of stuff, so I’ll probably end up watching one of them. Also, I’m impatiently waiting for Ao no Exorcist to come out this week…it seems to be later every week.
- Ao no Exorcist
- Kamisama Dolls
- Mawaru Penguindrum
- Ikoku Meiro no Croisee
- Mayo Chiki
- The iDOLM@STER
- Sacred Seven
- Yuru Yuri
- Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi
- Kamisama no Memochou
- No. 6
- Dantalian no Shoka
Plan to watch:
- Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
- Spice and Wolf II
- Hanasaku Iroha
- Omamori Himari
Something’s gonna get reviewed this week. K-On? Gurren Lagann? Soul Eater? xxxHolic? I’ll figure it out. As usual, I encourage everyone to leave comments or if you have a more general concern/comment, you can check my About page for my email address.
Well…things are finally happening. This episode starts with Arma pissing off Ruri because he doesn’t want to have lunch with her. Later, while driving home, Kagami gets distracted by Fei, who he appeared to run over, and in the meantime, Kijima kidnaps Ruri. He plans to use Ruri to create more of the serum he needs to maintain his mind while a Darkstone. Well, predictably Arma’s going to have to decide soon what Ruri means to him, as Kenmi informs him that the serum that they have can prevent him from becoming a Darkstone (which was what Ruri was doing). I’ve still yet to see Ruri do anything useful, which is kind of annoying. So…for now, I’ll keep watching.
Time for something different. Akagi is an anime about the a boy who stumbles into a mahjong parlor late one night. This boy, Akagi Shigeru, having no knowledge of mahjong, joins the game in the place of Nangou, who is having some troubles with money. For any of you unfamiliar with mahjong, it can almost be compared to poker, although the game system is completely different. The comparison comes in the gambling element that is shared. Although it’s quite the complicated game, it doesn’t affect the story at all, as the focus is mainly on the gambling and the tension around the games. I loved how all of the games become psychological battles between the players, with Akagi pulling out some brilliant tactic.
Story: Score 8/10
The only real character in this series is Akagi. He enters the mahjong parlor soaked, and intuitively starts to understand the game of mahjong. Hoping that Akagi can help him out of his enormous debt, Nangou chooses to rely on him. Nangou teaches him about the basics of mahjong and Akagi is thrown into the game. However, unbeknownst to any of the people in the room, Akagi turns out not only to be a natural genius at the game, he is also a genius at gambling. He surprises everyone with his innovative and often suicidal play in the game. The rest of the anime follows the major games of his life, which have some pretty crazy stakes. Akagi is an interesting character in that you find it hard to judge his character. With a series like Death Note, depending on your ideals, you could place Light as having good intentions or just a bad guy or whatever. But with Akagi, you see him pull off these amazing stunts in games, but then other times, he will pull some dirty trick to cheat. The other characters in this series don’t really make much of an impact, though. Even Akagi himself is shrouded in mystery, so by the end, you don’t really feel like you’ve learned much about any of the characters.
Characters: Score 9/10
The animation in this series is…different. If you’re used to seeing anime characters in a certain way, then prepare for something new. That aside, the animation during the games makes you forget that these are actually just games of mahjong. They do a great job of emphasizing the battles between the characters on the board.
Animation: Score 9/10
The music was very cool. The style suited the sort of calculating/psychological feel that you got from Akagi in the games. The openings and endings suited the sort of slum setting that the anime took place in as well.
Definitely an enjoyable series. Each episode had me shaking in anticipation of the amazing thing that Akagi was about to do. It also sparked an interest to look into the game of mahjong (much more so than Saki did). A few things that bugged me, though. The narrator of the series is just a voice that likes to chime in at random times, usually a bit too much. A lot of the time, he’s just spouting about how brilliant Akagi is, which is kind of obvious from his actions. I like the foreshadowing that the voice gives at times, but he could be less chatty. Also, the ending doesn’t seem to suit Akagi, who tends to wait until the last moment to pull off something spectacular. Instead, the ending is kind of weak, which does a good job of keeping Akagi as this mysterious genius, but doesn’t really leave a sense of satisfaction. Still, it’s a great series to watch.
Final Score: 8/10