Mawaru Penguindrum Episode 3

This opening theme is so chill, yet the beat is pretty fast and cool. It’s like a crazy good combination. Anyways, I dunno about you guys, but the survival strategy animation sequence is starting to get old. It’s not that it’s a bad sequence…it’s just too long to be doing every episode. Of course, we watch the show for the penguins, really. I still think it’s funny that Shouma’s penguin randomly kills bugs. Also, Kanba’s been acting weird since the end of episode one. I didn’t do a very detailed summary of that episode, so I’ll recap a bit. At the end of the first meeting with the penguin hat, Shouma falls through a trapdoor, while the hat does something weird to Kanba that isn’t explained to us. However, he’s been acting pretty serious about the Penguin Drum and stuff since then, so I’m kinda curious about the specifics of that. Anyways, in this episode, the pair start by searching Ringo Oginome’s house (the girl from last episode) for the Penguin Drum. Naturally, she comes home in the middle of their search and they hideout as she makes curry for her secret crush. The twins follow her while she goes to give her curry to her crush, but they lose her. She tries to deliver the curry, but it turns out that her crush has a girlfriend of his own, who is also making curry for him. However, Ringo switches the pots (burning herself in the process), and runs out. She ends up running into Himari of all people and is brought back to the twins’ house. They return to see her there making curry for their own dinner. The episode ends with Ringo on her way home, stamping a page in her diary that details the exact events of the day, saying that it all went according to destiny. I’m guessing that Ringo’s stuck in some sort of predestination trap or something and that the guys are gonna have to release her from it. I’m also assuming that she will resist because she said in episode two that it would eventually lead her to her big crush. I’m also guessing that in reality, it will lead to something quite unpleasant for her as well…But I guess we’ll see. The penguins don’t really do that much stuff this episode, which kind of made me sad, but they are still around for comedic support in the background.

Mayo Chiki Episode 3

It’s a double date this week! Maybe a triple date next week? Anyways, it’s not with the pairings you might expect. Jirou is going out with Kanade while Subaru is going out with Kureha (Jirou’s little sister). Because of Kureha’s announcement last week that she has fallen in love with Subaru, Kanade arranges this double date. And it’s gonna be at a water park. Fun aside, Kanade reveals that in the past, she and Subaru were kidnapped while at that water park, and that Subaru blamed herself for it. Anyways, Subaru and Jirou are distracted by a girl struggling in the pool. They manage to save her, but Kanade is kidnapped again. The kidnapper reveals that Subaru has a fear of knives, due to the incident when she was kidnapped before. Nonetheless, Subaru races to save Kanade. However, Jirou knocks her out and goes in her place. Despite his best efforts, Jirou gets the crap beaten out of him by the kidnapper, but then Subaru arrives and takes out the kidnapper with ease. Naturally, it is revealed that the whole thing was a setup and the kidnapper is actually Subaru’s father. Because of this, Subaru is able to get over her knife thing…sorta. She later has a touching scene with Jirou, where she reveals that she truly cares about him. The episode ends with the standard comedic twist. An interesting episode. Personally, I’m wondering if Jirou and Subaru are becoming too intimate too quickly, but I’ll hold out and see where it goes. I think the love…I dunno if it’s even a polygon anymore…Well, I think the love shape-thingy is pretty hilarious, and based on the opening sequence, it’s only gonna get more complicated. I dunno if anyone else here watched Ladies vs. Butlers, but it kind of gives me a similar vibe to this anime.

No. 6 Episode 3

Wow, that was the most awkward transition into the opening theme I’ve ever seen. But let’s ignore that. Apparently Nezumi knows a lot more about classics than I do (which is sad because I was probably required to read most of these books in college/high school). Also…ROBOT RATS O.o. Pretty cool stuff. Looks like the weird thing we saw on Shion’s neck last week is expanding. In this episode, it flares up, causing Nezumi to take some extreme measures. He cuts into Shion’s neck and removes what looks like a cocoon of some kind. However, all of this causes Shion to finally take on the appearance he has in the ending sequence of the series. Shion explains to Nezumi what’s been happening in No. 6 and Nezumi proceeds to laugh quite maniacally about the whole situation. They go to see someone called the Dogkeeper, who runs a hotel in the slums. Apparently, he has some information for them. The episode ends with Nezumi threatening Shion if he ever decides to side with No. 6 again after Shion goes on a naive rant about saving everyone by informing them about the bees. Yeah…Shion’s naivete’s gonna be annoying…I can tell. Oh well, hopefully he can get past that. Looking forward to more as usual 😛

Appleseed XIII

HOLY 3D! O.o The fever has spread to Japan! Anyways, this episode confused the crap out of me. I’m assuming that there’s some story from like another anime or a game that I’m missing. We start out with the female lead Deunan and her partner Briareos, who’s apparently a cyborg. Deunan’s a bit of a noobie when it comes to her job, which is working for ESWAT, which seems like some sort of law enforcement agency that runs around with big mecha armor. Besides training from her father, Deunan is kind of mentored by Briareos. This also makes it hard for me to ID their relationship. They seem pretty intimate, but the whole cyborg mentor thing is kind of blurring things. Anyways, not really all that much happens in the first episode. You’re kind of introduced to Deunan’s character, which is pretty lacking in trust and discipline. Also, there’s a mission, which kind of gets interrupted by some unknown mecha thing, but that hasn’t really been elaborated yet. What do I think? I’m not sure if I’m gonna keep watching this. Maybe a couple of more episodes to see where it’s going. It doesn’t look so great yet, and the 3D is kind of cool with the mecha scenes, but it makes the characters look really weird. We shall see, I guess.

Kamisama Dolls Episode 3

Ehh? I’ve never seen two girls do a fist bump before O.o. Anyways, so in this episode, we meet some more guys with Dolls (yup…guys). First off, we have Kousigi, who Aki and Kyouhei apparently know. Also, we meet a strange kid that seems to have some connection to Utao. Anyways, Kousigi ends up having a battle with Aki and barely winning with the help of the kid. Aki is knocked out and found by Kuuko, the daughter of the detective. She realizes that Aki has some connection to Kukuri (who saved her last episode, but she still doesn’t know what it is), and drags him away. We’re still getting hints about Kyouhei’s dark past and I’m kinda wondering if he’s gonna get a Doll of his own soon. Also, I’m wondering if Aki’s gonna turn out like Vegeta or Athrun Zala, an enemy that eventually becomes an ally. I can sorta see the potential. One last thing…apparently, Utao really likes cake. The opening theme sounds great, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why…so frustrating. Looking forward to watching more.

Gundam 00

Gundam 00

THIS HAND OF MINE……no, no Burning Finger…So, Gundam 00 is set in the future, and the world is basically running on solar power because they’ve used up all the fossil fuels (not so farfetched, actually). So, the most important parts of this new power system are the three orbital elevators, one for each of the main superpowers in the world, the Union, Human Reform League, and the AEU. Naturally, tensions are high between these three, and they are constantly competing to develop new mobile suits for battle. However, during a demonstration of a new prototype model, a strange mobile suit appears. This mobile suit turns out to be a Gundam, and it beats the crap out the prototype mobile suit (with the amusing pilot). In a television broadcast, the Gundam is revealed to be the weapon of an organization called Celestial Being, which has the goal of eradicating all war (piece of cake, right?). This broadcast is made by Aeolia Schenberg, who is later revealed to have been long dead, having predicted everything that has occurred up to this point. In the beginning, there are only 4 Gundams: Exia, Kyrios, Dynames, and Virtue. Together with their “mother ship” Ptolemy, they perform armed interventions to eradicate war.

Story: Score 9/10

Obviously, the main characters of this anime are the Gundam pilots, called Gundam Meisters. The pilot of Exia, and the closest thing to a protagonist, is Setsuna F. Seiei (all of these are code names, of course). Setsuna is the youngest Gundam Meister, and also from the Middle East, which is as conflicted in this setting as it is today. Having a…difficult childhood, Setsuna strives to become like a Gundam himself (whatever that means). The next character is Allelujah Haptism, the pilot of Kyrios. Allelujah was part of the human super soldier project of the HRL. Because of this, he’s developed a second personality who calls himself Hallelujah. Whereas Allelujah is more calm, rational, and calculating, Hallelujah is ruthless and aggressive. As with all evil counterparts, Hallelujah is better able to control his super soldier abilities, called quantum brainwaves, than Allelujah is. I think that the voice acting for Allelujah and Hallelujah are done well even in the English dub. The pilot of Dynames, and my personal favorite, is Lockon Stratos. Typically, he’s in the shadows shooting at stuff with deadly accuracy. He seems to be the eldest of the Gundam Meisters and tends to act more mature and easygoing than the others. However, his entire family was killed by a terrorist attack when he was a child, so he can be a little crazy when it comes to his past. Finally, we have the pilot of Virtue, Tieria Erde. Tieria is an Innovator, who is able to directly link with Veda, which is the supercomputer that Celestial Being uses to plan its interventions. Because of this, he is very reverent of Veda, maybe even a little obsessive. Tieria plays the role of the cold, almost robotic character who eventually softens as the series goes on. Other than the Gundam Meisters, there is the crew of the Ptolemy, most notably, Sumeragi Lee Noriega, a tactical forecaster. Sumeragi is able to fairly accurately predict the events of any of their engagements, especially with the help of Veda. You’re almost waiting for her to put on a headset and say “exactly as planned”. All of these characters have something in their past that makes them hate war, which motivates them to join Celestial Being. Gundam 00 also does a pretty cool thing where on the side, there is a bit of a side plot along with the whole guns blazing and giant robot fighting. Saji Crossroad and Louise Halevy start the series as two normal students who have crushes on each other. They hang out and live normal lives until Celestial Being shows up. So, on the side, Gundam 00 shows how the actions of Celestial Being affect the lives of just normal people who are trying to live their life.

Characters: Score 10/10

The animation of this series is amazing. Of all of the Gundam series, these machines definitely look the best. A couple of scenes get reused, like O-Raiser docking and stuff, but for the most part, everything just looks great. The only Gundam series with animation that even comes close is Gundam SEED, and it pales in comparison.

Animation: Score 9/10

The opening and ending themes for this series are very good. However, some of the background music can be a little repetitive. That being said, a few of the songs are very memorable.

Music: Score 8/10

The most interesting thing about this series is the sense of politics that you see in the story. You start to question the morality of the Celestial Being because of the apparent paradox of their goal to end war through battle. A lot of the characters kind of wrestle with this idea. Most importantly, the setting is very believable, as a sort of projection of years to come (although, I’m not sure of the practicality of mobile suits). All in all, a solid series with a second season that can really stand alone from the first season if it needed to. The movie that came out afterwards was a little underwhelming, but still a cool thing to watch. It acts as a sort of conclusion to the series. Also, it’s a little annoying that you don’t find out why it’s called Gundam 00 until basically the end of the first season.

Final Score: 9/10

Yuru Yuri Episode 3

More schoolgirl anime! Woohoo! Anyways, this episode focuses on the four main characters. Sorry, no Chitose this week. Besides Akari’s hair attacking Kyoko, the main thing this episode is Yui moving into her own apartment (remember that these girls are in middle school). Kyoko makes a surprise appearance at Yui’s new place, and Akari and Chinatsu join soon after. They stay over for a while and Kyoko spends the night. Pretty funny episode. Great way to relax after a full day of work!!

Sacred Seven Episode 3

FINALLY! I’ve been waiting to find out what that evil-looking Darkstone was. Turns out he’s from a facility that researches Sacred Seven and his name is Kijima Knight (pretty cool name). Also, he confirms that Ruri is a Lightstone (which I kinda figured). The battles are a bit more epic in this episode, which made me a bit happier. However, something’s been bugging me. Ruri uses a new stone for Arma every episode. Does she need to keep getting new ones for each of his transformations? Because if so, that’s gonna be a pain for sure. Anyways, this series still seems pretty cool.

Ikoku Meiro no Croisee Episode 3

More Yune cuteness! Anyways, this episode, Claude learns a bit more about Japan. Also, we get to meet the new owner of Yune’s kimono, a girl named Alice. She looks familiar for some reason…I can quite put my finger on it. Oh, and she’s a total Japan fangirl for some reason. Anyway, Claude uses part of Yune’s name to make a new sign, which ends up being bought (woot). While he’s out, it starts to rain and Yune brings an umbrella. Claude then decides to show her around Paris a little, as Yune says earlier that she didn’t know what she wanted to see because she didn’t know the area well. Anyways, the escapade looks suspiciously like a date (and it would be consistent with the loli themes of this season). At the end of the episode, Alice finds out about Yune and resolves to meet her…wonder how that will turn out. Looking forward to seeing it, though!

Week of 7/17/2011

I’m definitely enjoying the summer season. However, it’s a lot to follow and I haven’t had much time to watch other shows. It’s so depressing having to go to work every day and contributing to society. Why can’t I just watch anime for 8 hours a day and make a living? Yeesh…Anyways, I finished Bakuman and I started on Katanagatari. I’m not sure if I’ll finish Katanagatari just yet…thinking about starting on Nichijou or something.

Currently following:

  • Ao no Exorcist
  • Ro-Kyu-Bu
  • 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:

  • Nichijou
  • Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
  • Katanagatari
  • Spice and Wolf II
  • Kaiji
  • Blood+
  • Hanasaku Iroha
  • Steins;Gate
  • Omamori Himari
  • Seikon no Qwaser
  • Amagami

As you may have noticed, I dropped Blade. I didn’t watch episode 2 yet and may do it later, but I’m just not feeling it. Also, I watched the first episode of R-15, but I didn’t really like it that much. The plan to watch list just keeps getting longer…I need to work on that. For reviews, I plan on reviewing Gundam 00 and/or Ef: A Tale of Memories. Also, 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.