Weekly Anime (10/13 – 10/19)October 20, 2008 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Weekly Anime | 15 Comments
Ah. This was a tough week. I almost didn’t think I’d get my AW post done at all. I even wondered if I’d fall behind with actually watching a lot of anime too. But of course, there’s Veoh and other places for stuff like that.
This week I blogged CHAOS;HEAD, Yozakura Quartet, and To Aru Majutsu no Index. There’s also some general news about the blog and my plans for the season at the bottom of the post.
Well, all the subbing seems to have picked up now that all the groups know what exactly they’re going to be subbing. That’s good for me. Especially since I’m losing concentration to understand even half of a raw. When I’m sick I usually can’t even watch the whole thing and end up having to just give up.
But subs are fine. I can usually watch a subbed anime without even taking one break. Not that it’s really anything to brag about. It actually sounds pretty pathetic needing to take a break from watching TV at all.
…Let’s just move on then.
CHAOS;HEAD – Episode 02
Holy crap it’s still awesome. I loved the beginning which resolved the cliff-hanger from last week (well kinda), but started getting so annoyed with stupid megane ojou-sama and her generic-ness. However after Rimi and Yua were in a scene together I thought that there was no way two girls like them would be interested in Takumi unless they wanted something, so I realized. “Ah…these girls want something, don’t they?” and I turned out to be right about Yua anyway.
She seems even crazier than Rimi (who actually doesn’t seem that crazy at all, even looking back at her blood-covered scene). And also about Rimi, I’m thinking that she might not want anything from Takumi really. Whether in murdering mode or in normal girl mode, she seems to…well, actually like Takumi.
Oh…to be clear. Yua is the megane girl, Rimi is the pink-haired girl, and Nanami is the little sister. Rimi’s my favorite so far. So let’s talk about her first.
Haha~! She seems so normal, I love it. Things got even more confusing after all the stuff that happened this week and that’s a good thing. That’s a very good thing. Because I love it when no matter how much I try to think about things, I just can’t figure it out.
So Rimi and Takumi both actually know each other and have for a while. It’s probably not just Rimi pretending because that other guy acknowledges it too and Takumi knows her name. Now the question is was Rimi pretending not to remember the whole murdering thing or was it really another delusion of Takumi’s. The fact that he’s the only one who saw Rimi there definitely makes it questionable that she was there. You could wonder if he’s the killer too, but I don’t think so anyway. If only because there would be some blood on his clothes. Someone else would see it even if he didn’t.
Right now, I think Rimi was there and…probably the killer (or at least the one that nailed the guy to the wall). I’m not sure though. If only because she seems to be the most normal character so far. She has her cutesy side, but she actually seems very stable, though definitely hiding something or maybe she has memory loss too. Who knows~! Anything’s possible. Anyway, no matter what she’s definitely the main female character in all of this.
There seems to be the most questions about Rimi right now. I can’t help but wonder about everything about her. I want to know more about her past with Takumi and why he doesn’t remember her. Those are probably my two priorities. I’m not sure if I’ll get more of the past, but the explanation this episode just didn’t cut it for me. Then there’s her connection with the New Gene murders. Hmm…yeah. You could just say I’m interested in everything about her.
This week we also got the police getting involved, which really has no real impact on the plot yet. They’re looking for Takumi anyway, but they all seem pretty ordinary and boring to me right now so I don’t care about them. I can get police stories on regular television, but I can only get multiple possibly crazy and homocidal bishoujo in this anime. So that’s what I’m focused on.
The ending (or rather, the last five or so minutes this time) was the best part of the episode again. Once he started trusting Yua I knew something was going to happen. She actually sounded crazy. I was incredibly disappointed to find out that she wasn’t really (that much anyway), but I suppose if she was crazy and going to kill Takumi we wouldn’t have a story. Unless Rimi busted out of the bushes with her giant weapon and saved the day, but that would be lame. Incredibly so.
The stuff she brought up about Takumi was really interesting. Brings about a lot of new confusion. So now Takumi possibly has some sort of power to predict the murders and we also have some memory loss. I have a hard time disliking him just because he’s so incredibly screwed up. After the stuff happening in this episode too, I’m wondering if there’s a reason for him being a hikikomori besides just adding something to the plot. Most people become a hikikomori because something happened. Now because it’s based off of a VN and the main character usually doesn’t get much backstory, but this one’s definitely different. Takumi is involved in all these murders and there has to be a reason for that. A bunch of questions about him have already been opened that will definitely need answers. I can feel free to ask some of my own.
*deep breath* Well, this is definitely exactly what I wanted from this series. Instead of just saying what I think I get to ask some of my own questions. Kind of makes me want to move blogging this to a whole new post each week to get more interaction, but I don’t feel like it. I’d rather come up with my own theories and ignore everyone else’s. Even theories can be spoilers sometimes.
Basically, the story (as far as twists, mysteries, and cliffhangers go) is still interesting. The music and voice acting is all still making the twists even twistier (…). And because of Takumi’s delusions, you can’t help but wonder what’s even real. Next week it looks like we’re going to be meeting the remainder of the girls and I assume the story will really take off. They have a lot of material to cover in 13 episodes after all.
Yozakura Quartet – Episode 03
I actually hate Hime a little this week. This is why I really didn’t want them to animate this episode. That poor puppy. I mean, it’s a dog. Poor little thing probably only bit Akina because he wanted to take him away from Hime for a little bit. You don’t hit a dog. You scold it, but you don’t hit.
You can’s punish animals by basically taking away your love and that’s what Hime did. Stupid girl.
I’ll forgive her next week when her occasional stupidity makes her fun again, but meh to her this week. Pissed me off. Especially since she hit the dog when it was all happy and then made it get all sad. Then she says it’s because she’d been to soft on it until then. So you don’t go from zero punishment to sending it away. Stupid Hime.
Actually, I’ve already forgive her because of how depressed it made her afterward. Sometimes you just lash out and do things you regret. It can’t be helped if Hime realized it too late. Things happened really quickly after all.
I like Ao a lot more now though since she’s the one who went after the dog even though she’s scared of dogs. She’s my favorite this week.
Of course the biggest asshole this week is the series asshole who got a cute little dog involved in his big scary youkai plans and I officially hate him FOREVER! Asshole. Hime may have been stupid and naive but this guy’s just an asshole who wants…I don’t even know. He just had the poor little dog posessed because it was Hime’s pet anyway. Then he taunted the little dog and super transformed it. Bah. I hate him. That’s all I can say right now to avoid manga spoiler, but…agh I really hate him.
Akina was pretty cool stepping up like that too. Kotoha was mostly just there this week. But really, poor doggy.
…I really don’t have anything to say outside of the stuff about the dog. I love dogs (and kitties) so anything sad about a dog really traumatizes me. I’ll probably never, ever watch this episode again. It’s deperessing. I don’t give a crap about people dying or being sad that much (okay not entirely true), but when it’s an animal, specifically a pet, it’s about five times worse. I mean pets just want their owner’s love, whenever they do something bad they don’t mean it.
Ah goodbye Silver. You were an adorable puppy and I wish you could have stayed around longer. I at least hope you didn’t leave thinking Hime didn’t want you. I’ll probably forget about it all next week. And next week looks like it might be that story about Kotoha. I don’t really know since I don’t pay much attention to her.
To Aru Majutsu no Index – Episode 03
I’m so incredibly thankful that I decided to watch this show with subs first after last week’s episode. Because I would have been completely lost otherwise. Do you realize how much information they shoved into some parts of this episode? Even watching it subbed I got a little lost at one point. I’m just thankful that I already knew a lot of the history stuff about the Christina religion so I was able to follow along fairly easily.
Wow. That made me stop for a minute. We have super loli teachers and discussions about religion and politics in the same episode. Well. That’s anime for you. I’m surprised there wasn’t fanservice too.
*sigh* Well anyway, this week was awesome as usual. I think that this might be my fourth favorite show airing this season. I love the characters, story, music, art, animation, action, and…well probably anything I missed too (ah! voice acting!). Index and Touma would be the main draw for the show because they’re both just excellent characters. Plus the two of them just met and they already have a better relationship than any other characters in a JC Staff anime! Okay, over-dramatization. Especially since Touma still says stupid things and Index still bites him for saying stupid things.
Didn’t expect any sort of “romantic” relationship topic to come up between them at all, I guess because Index just seemed too…I don’t know. Now that it has, I don’t really mind it, but I’m not going to go all fangirling for it. I just like Touma and Index when they’re together, no matter what kind of relationship they’re in. I’ll be happy to follow this anime wherever it goes (even into Hell).
Ah, and for a kind of surprise/non-surprise, that dude who got all lame at the end of the last episode really isn’t that bad. Though, you can kind of expect that from the first villain to appear in a series. He’s not a good guy, but more like a reluctant bad guy I’d say. The sword-wielding lady is kind of emotionless, but she doesn’t seem to just be an evil bitch either. So…I guess I’ll have to look forward to that crazy-looking dude in the OP to get the shit beaten out of him because right now he’s the only one that really pisses me off an says stupid things.
I think back in episode one I was expecting the sudden plot appearance to be resolved in the next episode, but things didn’t get solved until this episode and now there’s a whole brand new confrontation on the way. Am I seriously going to get something that’s going to make me look forward to the next episode every week? Say it’s not so! Where’s my mediocrity!?
…There’s no mediocrity. This series is just pure 100% awesome and entertainment. There’s nothing I can do about it. I’ll just have to deal with having a series I can’t say one single bad thing about. And with this realization I have run out of things to say. It’s just…awesome. And we’ll leave it at that.
Wrap this up, Index’s other sort of personality is still crazy serious and weird, the loli teacher is still ridiculous and funny, and magic is awesome! Highlights of the episode were Index in the cute bunny pajamas, the lolis arguing over who is essentially loli-er, Index explaining her situation and Touma making her feel better (telling her to trust him and stuff), Index calling Touma’s name for fun, and any arguments Index and Touma had (because it’s cute).
Oh yeah…next week looks ten times more awesome! It looks like it’s going to be an actual fight. I mean the Inocentius stuff was pretty damn cool last week, but this stuff looks even better.
Now then, I do have my schedule all worked out now for all of my anime. Unfortunately, I now have an extreme lack of time and had to make sacrifices (immense ones). My winter-long sort-of cold started early this year, which to clarify, basically means I’m going to be sick until Spring. It varies from day to day, but right now I’m having a batch of bad days.
To be clear, none of that is medically accurate, it’s just how I feel all winter long. It’s a long story that I’d rather not get into, so just accept that explanation.
Anyway, I can’t do Top Ten for a while since the posts always took a long time to get ready. Anything I started blogging I’m continuing to blog. ToraDora! and AkaSaka are only “occasional” for when I have something to say. I’m not blogging Kannagi at all anymore (but I’m still watching it). And the greatest sacrifice *sigh* I can’t do regular blogging for Hakushaku to Yousei. It’s the only series I haven’t started yet, so rather than cut out another series I love just as much (which is true for my others) this makes more sense.
My posts in general may be smaller. I might cut out summaries for Skip Beat! for a while. Summaries for Shugo Chara! are getting smaller (but not just because of lack of time, but also lack of interest). I’m also probably not going to reply to as many comments. I’m going to reply to some specific comments, but just because I don’t reply to a comment you leave doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to say to you. I just don’t have time (I mean…I always have something to say).
And that’s it for now. These Weekly posts are pretty useful for status updates. So if anything else comes up you guys can find out about it here.
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