Question: Am I bad luck? Because as Tim and I realized this week, whenever I ask for something to happen in an anime, it never ever happens, even if it would be self-evidently awesome and the writers are nuts for not going wi... | subscribe
Question: Am I bad luck? Because as Tim and I realized this week, whenever I ask for something to happen in an anime, it never ever happens, even if it would be self-evidently awesome and the writers are nuts for not going wi...
Just when the plot was going somewhere a couple weeks ago, we're left with episodes like this one, last week's, and the week before, where the relationships are made up and the little sisters don't matter. I'm confused as to why all of a sudden we're being relegated to what is essentially filler when we're so close to a "conclusion" -- unless there's going to be a second season for some reason. There are a projected 12 episodes and there's so much mucking about with Mitsuki going to the aquarium, screwing around with after school clubs, and now wasting time falling asleep under a kotatsu and getting into a cooking battle. I want to say there was some weird creepy fetishy stuff happening in this episode, but the truth is, like last week, it was boring. I struggled to stay awake.
Last week's Kill la Kill predictions proved to be true.
I think ultimately the last thing anybody wanted was for this particular mini-arc to get dragged out for longer than a handful episodes. In a show that is often very fast paced, it was especially important that we didn't get stuck with a renegade Ryuko for too long. With the show coming up on its climax, Imaishi and his team needed to bring her back to the side of light and make her a contributing member of the party again sooner rather than later.
Sorry for the interruption! I swung by Japan for a couple weeks with the hopes of catching a glimpse of the actual Wake Up! Girls! in the flesh. To no avail, their events in Tokyo at the time were booked solid and I was way too late in on the act, so like many I had to make do with their Wonfest stream. This also means we have a three-episode recap this week since actually trying to watch late-night TV while traveling is a major pain in the rear.
What struck me as the giant elephant in the room, where WUG and real life converges, is how I-1 is a clear representation of AKB48 and the successful mainstream idol groups. Both have a humongous presence as a pop cultural icon. For what little that we see of the I-1 club, it passes poorly as a sane work environment. The highly competitive and borderline mind-numbing practice environment paints a strong visual image of what it takes to be successful. It's easy to see why Mayu feels generally negative about being an idol coming from that place.
However, Wake Up, Girls! is a story that will tackle face-on the reality of trying to make it in the entertainment business. Sweat and hard labor are just the beginning; it forms the foundation for the negative drama and energy between competing members as pressure forms cracks within friendships. At the same time, overcoming such things are the true marks of an idol group tested by fire. Creator Yutaka Yamamoto shows this to us in the space these episodes.
We’re getting close to the end now. We’ve got the last battle to determine the Elite Four of the Gunpla World Championships. It’s a battle between “Italian Dandy” Ricardo Fellini and Aila, the stoic lover of meat buns. It’s a battle that will pit Sei and Reiji’s friend against the crazy Newtype of the show, so you know there’s bound to be a great amount of drama.
In short, yes, there’s a ton of drama and an equal amount of fallout afterward. So much so that we finally get some plot development from a character who has managed to remain pretty mum about their background.
Hit the jump to get the skinny on Sei and Reiji’s continued fight toward the top of the gunpla world!
You know how I've been calling Moyo "The Demon Paralegal?" Well, I think that name needs to be revised to Moyo: The Paralegal Who is Also Satan, Lord of Darkness. In addition to stopping time and sporting some pretty impressive Glowing Red Eyes of Uh-Oh, in this episode we learn that she can also teleport 9,000 miles whenever she feels like it and simultaneously incinerate two different people (who happen to be 600 or so miles apart) with glowing blue lightning.
I mean...what the literal hell? Why is Macal so obsessed with freakin' Cecil? Has the all-knowing cult somehow failed to notice that there's another lady in town rocking the powers of a vengeful God like it ain't no thang? I think maybe they're looking at the wrong prophecies.
Hi, Karen here--I'm taking over for Josh this week because he appears to be having some sort of technical trouble: if I recall correctly, his way of putting it was that his computer now resembled "Jenga pieces in a hurricane" or something like that. Still, the show must go on, so the rest of us pitched in to bring you your regular coverage of Sakura Trick, Pupa, Saki: The Nationals, Onee-chan ga Kita!, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Tonari no Seki-kun, Magical Windslash Bike Fairy Manami and Engaged to the Unidentified.
You may also notice that this is something like the fourth week in a row that the header image for the Roundup has been from Hozuki no Reitetsu, and you know what? I'm not sorry about it at all. If other anime want to get a shot at Roundup stardom, they need to start portraying more dancing cows and demented, Willy-Wonka-esque music videos.
You know what Mondays have been missing? Chibi Ai-Fi comics, that's what!
Ladies and Gentlemen: from the pen of minimally qualified comic artist Karen Mead! Entire weeks in the making! Starring the breakout new character who is at least one dude's "waifu" on 4chan, Ai-Fi! It's The Adventures of Ai-Fi in convenient, four-panel doses optimized for your sequential viewing pleasure! I learned how to use Manga Studio 5.0, kind-of-sort-of! BEHOLD:
Well folks, we certainly hit the drama mother lode in this episode, with a reveal that's going to carry us all the way to the end of the series. I'm not about to spoil it up here in the preview, but make sure you've seen the latest episode before you read anything below the jump. You've been warned!
In other news, hearing Yui Horie voice Wagon in Ressha Sentai ToQger is incredibly disturbing. She's using her Koko voice for a creepy-looking robot (as if that whole show isn't creepy) and I'm not entirely sure I can deal with that.
February was a whirlwind, wasn't it? We lost a few friends, but gained some as well. Even I went through some big changes. Things might be difficult, but we've soldiered on beautifully and we're all stronger because of it. You guys really brought it in February as far as c-blogs go, with plenty of entries for your favorite anime ending song to choose from. This was the toughest choice I've had to make since helming the Monthly Musings posts, but I'm definitely not complaining. I want every month to result in my pulling my hair out over who to choose!
When the landscape of western horror simply isn't extreme enough for you, you need another way to satisfy your cravings. Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers may be enough to terrify the masses, but you're looking for something a little more exotic, right? Lucky for you, the land that brought you your favorite anime series is rife with decidedly more disturbing offerings. We bring you JapanaTerror, a weekly rendezvous with the disgusting and the depraved. Whether it's anime, manga, film, or a novel, you'll find something of value to disturb and delight. We'll cover everything, from bizarre body horror to the craziest thrill rides we can find. Pull those covers tight and lock the doors, because you're about to be haunted.
Welcome to this week's round of Shonen Showdown, the weekly anime and manga battlin' recap that's coming to you today courtesy of booting into Safe Mode! Aww yeah, core drivers, networking support, and nothing else, coming at you this weekend!
That said, our stripped-down circumstances this week won't stop us from giving you the very latest in hot Hunter x Hunter, Naruto and Bleach recaps, all of which are set below and hosted on our site, which is thankfully more reliable than a bad set of video drivers!