Special A – Episode 21August 28, 2008 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Special A | 7 Comments
Ah~! A return to KeixHikari. It’s still sucky compared to the manga, but I’ll take what I can get.
You probably noticed I didn’t post last week. Even though I enjoyed the episode, I just couldn’t manage to write anything up without sounding cranky, so I decided to just forget it. Somehow JunxSakura, despite being my third favorite pairing, pissed me off because I was reminded that I’ll never get to see some good HikarixKei stuff.
I mean…Gonzo and AIC messed the anime up so badly that the favorite couple from the manga has become everyone’s least favorite if they just watch the anime. Hikari’s also the most popular character in the manga, but hey! Anime fans hate her.
Yeah…while I found Hikari being dense rather…charming in the manga, it pisses me off in the anime. They screwed up big time. My optimistic fangirl nature which lasted through the first ten episodes, during some of the worst episodes, has now completely disintegrated and in regards to the SA anime I just feel like a cranky little old lady.
But! This week we get back on track. Just barely in time. The (arguably) most important chapter from the manga is showing up next week and this week’s good too.
Oh and as far as why I’m so late with this post…I intended to do it on Tuesday after getting home from some errands, but all I can say is…getting a flat tire on a highway is scary. It messes with your plans big time. Then yesterday I ended up getting sick. So sorry about all of this.
I’ll keep the commentary short today because I’m so late this time around. I am not missing out on commenting on this episode though. No way. This is what we waited the whole time for.
Well, I like how Aoi looks in the anime and I’m glad he showed up because he’s a favorite character of mine (heck, let’s be honest and admit that just about everyone is). His voice sounds good, everything is just fine. The anime does do well with casting the side characters.
But! I am very disappointed that Aoi also seems to be getting the same “bad guy” treatment as Yahiro. Maybe it’s because of the way events are working out. But Hikari didn’t get to do her “shoujo heroine” thing and help out Aoi at all. Hmm…well I’ll just keep an open mind.
At least I did get one silly Aoi moment. It was really funny the way Kei’s character song started playing in the background. This was a real laugh out loud moment for me. Those are actually pretty rare in this anime.
Aoi’s a stalker…hehehe. Yeah, I still find that funny. We don’t get many silly Aoi moments, so I’ll take what I can get.
A Yappy video camera. Where the hell did that come from? I can’t be the only one who finds that creepy, can I? I mean…it’s a Yappy (already creepy) video camera for spying (creepier).
…For some reason beyond my own comprehension, I thought this was agbsolutely adorable. I have…no idea why. It’s just…cute.
I’m also including a shot of cute Megumi to make me feel better at knowing when cute things are cute.
Giant Yappy puzzle…more creepy nightmares for me. But creepy Yappy aside, it was kind of nice to see a challenge between Kei and Hikari again, just because it’s been a while.
The way they kept on fading to Aoi watching Kei really gave me an uncomfortable, “he’s a stalker…” sort of feeling. Unintenional lolz from Gonzo as expected.
For just a minute I felt like they finally capture a little of manga Hikari’s charm. She didn’t know why she didn’t want Kei to go, she just didn’t want him too (and she was very adamant about it). For once I didn’t feel like smacking anime-Hikari in the face with a 2X4 for being dense.
Hmm…I really feel like they overdid on how great Kei is in this episode. It just kind of feels…over the top silly. But…meh, whatever.
Of course dense Hikari didn’t see the big deal and it only made her happier because she’s proud of Kei being her rival. Kind of wanted to hit Hikari here though. Can’t expect too much from Gonzo and AIC I suppose.
International shota-Kei amused me as well because it just seemed so entirely unncessary. The funniest part was cowboy Kei I think. I can’t even use that image because it makes me laugh too much.
Another unintentionally funny because it’s too over the top moment. They had a lot of those in this episode. (Why do you have a close up image of Kei on a big screen Aoi? Why?)
Yeah, they really overdid this episode. But psh. I wasn’t that bothered by Kei running down the highway and jumping off a bridge. Didn’t he lift a boulder with one hand way back? Yeah…pretty sure he did.
See? They overdid Aoi seeming like a bad guy I think. And Hikari seeming like a victim too, I’m not fond of that either.
But it’s okay. Any problems I had with this episode are quickly solved in the next few images…
That’s right, you cry you silly girl (though I have to say this is the only time Yuko Goto voicing Hikari has really bothere me).
That’s fucking right. ’bout time Hikari. (She reached out once before on that kind of date, but they got interrupted).
Crayons came in to ruin the mood after this, but I’m still satisfied. Hikari’s annoying crying voice already kind of ruined the mood anyway.
Heh, heh, heh. And now let’s head for my favorite moment of the anime so far.
Blushing Hikari is approved of. We’re off to a good start. And saying how she felt straight out without realizing what it means (back to her denseness being charming instead).
Of course, Kei see the opportunity to tease Hikari and can’t resist taking it (we all know that if he seriously though that, he wouldn’t say it in such a casual tone).
And Hikari takes him seriously. People, this is the look of realization. The fog has been lifted!!!
Now we just have to worry about denial being the next evil to deal with.
Though something tells me that it’s not going to last too long. ^_^
About time people. Now let’s just hope they’re smart about this and keep out that last phase of Hikari’s weirdness about relationships, where she just plain sees it as a challenge. I admit I enjoy that part (it’s nice to see Hikari being the one wondering about Kei’s feelings), but with 3 episodes left, we don’t have time for it.
Alright date episode~! Probably going to be my favorite episode in the series if they do it right. I still like episode 12 the best out of what we’ve seen so far. But this was my favorite chapter of the manga for a really long time, so my expectations are high. Don’t screw up Gonzo and AIC.
Though this scene tells me that the most important part is in there, so I don’t think they will screw it up.
Hmm, I’m not so pissed at Gonzo and AIC developing all the other couples at the speed of light anymore, because now it seems like Hikari and Kei get that two episode super development too. I’ll have to see how the anime-original ending goes (with the “FA” or whatever), but I cautiously feel like we may be able to call about half of this series a success anyway. That’s better than nothing, right?
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