Nogizaka Haruka no HimitsuJuly 12, 2008 at 12:04 am | Posted in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu | 13 Comments
Tags: cute~!, moe, shipping
More fanservice and moe stuff for me to blog. Yay~!
Seriously…I think I like these sorts of shows more than any normal fangirl should. Normally, I don’t discuss these shows when I watch them, but…Haruka is an otaku. And she’s cute. I want to watch it. Besides, the fanservice really isn’t that bad. Not even using my “I can ignore everything” standards.
So…uh…I hope you enjoy me acting like a fanboy and a fangirl, because I’m blogging Haruka as well. Fanboy for my, “Whoot! Haruka is cute!” and fangirl for my, “Ah! They’re blushing~!” I’m just not sure when I’ll be blogging it. Fridays if I decide to watch the raw I suppose, and after the fansub if I decide to go that way after this week. I’m just not sure yet. It seems easy to understand right now anyway.
I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to blog Haruka all the way through either. But I’d be more likely to drop Strike Witches than this. I enjoyed it about ten times more. Because even if the fanservice goes up twelve notches, the romance is still cute~! I like blushing.
And, in case I didn’t mention it before…Haruka is cute. I wish there really was an otaku girl out there like her so I could get the permission to glomp her at a convention. If you ask it’s all right! Apparently.
I really like it when an anime gets creative with their opening and no matter what you say about fanservice anime, they’re usually the best at doing this. To Love-Ru did it last season (as fanservicey and generally awful as that show has become, you have to admit, the opening is pretty cool). And the people behind Haruka made a very entertaining opening this season.
Basically, I’ve started watching an anime just because I like the opening. Kanokon almost tricked me last season (ha, but I got like one minute in, went “WHOA” and ran in the other direction). Other openings that made me absolutely have to see the show: Kanon, Air, Code Geass, and Uta-Kata. It usually works out for me. I’m sure there are cases I can’t remember just because I didn’t end up watching them for…more than a minute (like Kanokon), but in Haruka’s case it worked out. Because it gave me cuteness, and I want cuteness.
Well, first off…I don’t know how familiar everyone else is with Nogizaka Haruka, but because I was so interested in it ahead of time, I looked around to find what little information was available. I found a bunch of illustrations from the light novels on the anime site. And at least three of them appear in the opening (that I caught). Here’s two of them (1 2).
Also noticed something that seems plot relevant. I smell a love triangle. And I’m on Haruka’s side. Because Haruka is cuter. This other girl is officially my enemy (no matter how nice she might be). I’m so happy to find a two girls-one guy love triangle. Because my Shoujo manga always has a bunch of guys going after the same girl (booo). Whenever two girls like one guy, one is very clearly supposed to be the loser. It’s not fun (unless the loser happens to have a brother complex).
And as far as the ending goes…it has dancing. Pretty well-animated dancing. Which we should all know by now, is the otaku favorite for endings…thanks to Suzumiya Haruhi.
But it’s not just dancing. They also have cool little manga images flying in. It’s really cool. The people working on the opening and ending got creative and I love it~!
Also adding in the fact that all the girls are dressed as maids…man these people really know who their target audience is, don’t they? And they’re singing too of course. Of course. No dancing without singing.
I especially appreciated this shot though. Because I am going to do the fangirl thing, and turn a boy’s romance into a giggle fest…for me! Yeah!
Oh, and the songs…aren’t really anything too special. They’re both typical, but they both perfectly suit their incredibly fun accompanying animation. Yes~!
Tehe~! I’m going to skip summaries on Haruka this week, because the first episode basically just cover the premise. Haruka is an ojou-sama who is secretly an otaku. Yuto is the boy who discovers her secret and decides to keep her secret. They get along which will eventually lead to this. Someday~!
Really, I don’t have much to say about specific scenes. I think it can all be covered by, “I think this is cute.” Seriously. The fanservice (at least in this episode) is almost non-existent. And the fanservice in later episodes seems like it will just be like…a trip to the beach or something.
Ugh…these two are supposed to be Yuto’s sisters right? Or is one of them his teacher? I forget. Either way, they’re annoying. They make up the one cliche in this anime that I hate. I hat the drunk, half-dressed onee-sans. Always have. Always will. But usually they make the main character a bit more likable. Because, as long as anything is realistic, he won’t be a gross pervert…because he has to live with those two. Though, he’s still a guy. I’ll only expect so much.
But I get asked how I can tolerate fanservice-y crap. The only time I can’t tolerate it is when people are purposely being perverted. More than anything, if the male lead in a harem anime is any more perverted than what I consider normal (I’ve had guy friends, I have a pretty good grip of normal) I am out of there. And if all the girls are just air-heads who throw themselves at the guy, I get sick of it then too.
However! Yuto seems to be a solid male lead. And from watching the opening it seems like there’s really only going to be one other girl after him (and btw, I think her name is Shiina if I got my information right).
Haruka looks cute with a ponytail. I hope we get to see one again. Oh! And pigtails! And braids! Please~! (See, this is me being a fanboy in an incredibly girly way…isn’t it?)
Awww. Why aren’t all otaku boys this cute. This is the first non-scary otaku that I’ve seen in anime that doesn’t have glasses and isn’t socially incapable. I don’t care how cliched Nogizaka Haruka is…I automatically give them points for making Nobunaga likable. At the very least, it’s the first time I’ve found an otaku boy likable.
I love how overly dramatic and serious Haruka is about being caught. She could have just been all casual and would have gotten out of there without her secret being exposed. But if Haruka wasn’t like this she wouldn’t be as cute…and we wouldn’t have a story.
So…in this episode, this is really the closest we got for fanservice for Haruka. They did show more after, but she’s wearing tights, so no pantsu for you boys. For a “fanservice anime” female lead, Haruka…is wearing an awful lot of clothes. Every part of her body except her head and hands is covered.
Ah! I got it. There’s only so much clothing alotted for moe and fanservice anime, and because the Witches opted for no pants, Haruka gets all the extra clothing. How nice. But…I guess her uniform is kind of tight. I don’t know…
I decided that Haruka is the kind of moe I like with this scene. Her, “wawawa” is so cute too~! Kyaaa~! The poor girl. I want to give her one little hug. Because…so cute~!
Ha. Poor Yuto. He’s getting ignored. Haruka really is too unbelievably shy. It’s cute how embarassed she is about her hobby. Because I can kind of understand. But, Haruka is one of those girls that’s really smart, but once she gets embarassed she has no common sense, right? That can be a little annoying, but for right now, it’s cute for Haruka.
Ugh…fanclub. I knew this was coming. Well at leas there’s girls in the fanclub too. It’s not just going to be a bunch of guys who hate Yuto because he’s jealous. But, I can still just foresee the fanclub being annoying saying Yuto’s not good enough for Haruka or something lame.
This was when I decided I wanted to watch this show. You can’t tell as easily, because the image got resized, but…blushing~! So cute. I want more blushing…in every episode. And not from Shiina! From Haruka and Yuto only!
Haha…the shipping has begun before the rival even appeared.
Ah! I just love how quickly Haruka went, “sumimasen!” after she realized that she messed up. She’s so cute.
They’re laughing together! If a pairing can laugh together, I almost automatically consider them a success. A lot of romance anime, both for guys and girls, leave out the most important part of a relationship. Which is, of course, enjoying being with each other. Usually it’s just blushing and that doesn’t work at all. In real life, all the happy couples I’ve ever met spend a lot of time laughing together.
It seems insignificant, but it’s actually important. Another reason why I figure Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is a keeper. It’s the first love-com to surprise me with actual basis for a relationship in a long time.
This scene was so cliched, but I love it. Calling each other by first names is something I’ve always been weak for. And even if Nogizaka Haruka is full of cliches, they’re all the good cliches. And I love it. I’m already expecting more fanservice in the future (if I expect it, it won’t disappoint me when it shows up), but as long as they keep these sorts of scenes I’ll be happy.
Yes, I’l definitely be seeing more of Haruka. I’m setting special time aside on my Fridays.
I think Nogizaka Haruka came as something of a surprise to me, I was planning on blogging it from the start, but I was expecting a lot more fanservice after seeing some pictures from the light novel of Haruka and her…cleavage. I was expecting it to be more of a…guilty pleasure, you know?
But this turned out very cute. Cliched? Yes, but mostly the good cliches. I watched most of the episode with a smile on my face. And with all of my other anime either frustrating me, turning me into a raving fangirl, or slapping me in the face with a OMG twist every episode…Haruka is a nice, simple anime that I can just enjoy.
I’m kind of still expecting to be letdown partway through, but for now I’ll just enjoy it.
lol…there is none. It was just people talking with the title from the next episode on the screen. I assume they were talking about the next episode, but I kind of just tuned it out because I don’t care. I’ll be surprised instead.
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