Archive for February, 2010

Ookamikakushi – 8

Posted in Ookamikakushi with tags , on 02/27/2010 by Shinmaru

Man, every time I think Hiro could not possibly be more of a dumbass, he admirably goes out of his way to prove me wrong. Kudos to you for continually raising the bar on dumbassery, Hiro! You get the gold medal!

The funniest thing has to be Hiro’s requirement of more proof. “They’ve tried to kill me a few times, and I’ve actually seen them kill people . . . but I don’t if I can help you fight them unless I really know they are monsters, because Nemuru saved me earlier and it was nice lol.” HILARIOUS. Whether they’re monsters shouldn’t even matter — they were going to kill you. This must be like Memento, and Hiro forgets everything happened in previous episodes. Seesh.

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Durarara!! – 8

Posted in Durarara!! with tags on 02/26/2010 by Shinmaru

So everyone who theorized from the beginning that Mika Harima is “wearing” Celty’s head (including good ol’ Scamp) . . . you all just earned yourselves a Stephen Colbert-sized “Called it!” Take advantage of this opportunity to shout it to the heavens! Unfortunately, I was swayed to this theory a bit too late to be able to join in on the fun — but I believed in you all the whole time!

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Kimi ni Todoke – 20

Posted in Kimi ni Todoke on 02/25/2010 by Shinmaru

Sometimes you just need to fight it out to find yourself on the right path, even if you feel like a huge goofball for a while afterward.

I’ve got mixed feelings on this episode, but strangely enough, that actually brought me a bit closer to the series. I’m not sure what makes me enjoy this episode more than the main episodes in the Kurumi arc. Maybe the drama is simpler and not quite so contrived. Maybe the emotions are messier in a way that is understandable for both parties involved. Maybe it’s just that this is clearly not the end (not if that shot of Tohru in the next episode preview has anything to do with it).

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Nodame Cantabile Finale – 6

Posted in Nodame Cantabile with tags on 02/24/2010 by Shinmaru

brb squealing like a fangirl

Definitely the most satisfying episode of the series so far — it’s one of the few since Nodame‘s first season ended where I believe that in terms of tone an execution it could fit fairly seamlessly into the first season. Probably not a coincidence that it also focuses almost exclusively on Nodame and Chiaki, with little bits of Tanya and Kuroki peppered here and there, with a dash of Li and Frank to top it off.

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 45

Posted in Fullmetal Alchemist with tags on 02/22/2010 by Shinmaru

Maaaaaan, what a killer fight this is — just 40 seconds (yes, I counted :p) of high-octane badass. Some fights have been disappointed so far in the series, but Wrath always seems to step up to the plate when it is time to throw down.

As much as I am sure Wrath wanted to beat the crap out of Greed, he probably is at least a little relieved that Greed decided that he preferred to not get his ass kicked and instead ditched the fight. If Greed is killed, Amestris could cover up the existence of Homunculi easily enough, but Wrath’s waifu would probably badger him with questions. If I were her, I’d want to know what the hell ruined our living room, too. And, worse, if Greed somehow makes some headway in the fight and Pride has to get involved, well, their cover is really fucked, and at the very least the wifey must die.

Not a good situation for anyone involved. At least this way Wrath can pretend the military is making inquiries as to who the hell this crazy MFer who busted into his home was.

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The Role of OPs and EDs

Posted in Baccano!, Cowboy Bebop, Eden of the East, Eureka Seven, Fullmetal Alchemist, K-On, Kaiji, Random Shit, Wolf's Rain with tags , , , , , , , , , on 02/22/2010 by Shinmaru

After posting about some inappropriate EDs last week, I thought a bit more about the subject, specifically about what the hell we expect from OPs and EDs. And it probably isn’t a shocker to know that OPs in general have a fairly defined role (with leeway on execution), while EDs are a different story altogether.

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Durarara!! – 7

Posted in Durarara!! with tags on 02/20/2010 by Shinmaru


The title of the episode — “Badass Dude” — doesn’t joke around. Shizuo is a badass dude, even if he does not particularly enjoy his fits of badassery. Omni’s comparison of Shizuo to the Incredible Hulk is apt. Shizuo isn’t exactly abnormal when nobody is bothering him. His appearance might be different (I guess the dyeing of the hair is to give him an image more befitting of his wild reputation), but he isn’t really prowling around like a pissed-off tiger looking for trouble. Poor guy just has the shortest fuse in existence.

(By the way, I love the nonsensical ritual Shizuo performs before he lets loose all the violent feelings that build up inside him. It’s not that he has to put out his cigarettes before he goes on the attack — rather, I get the feeling he started smoking cigarettes because they are the item that makes most sense to be snapped in two and stomped on.)

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