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What I Watched…Lately 2-2-14

Space Dandy Episode 5: So we went from pure goofy last week to sweet this week. It was so unexpectedly sweet that it actually made me kind of uncomfortable, but I suppose that’s a good thing.

Nobunagun Episode 5: What the heck is this anime? Nothing like a little inexplicable random french-kissing.

Samurai Flamenco Episode 15: I can’t help but fall for weird stereotypes and Mister Justice is hilarious. This series is amazing and there’s something about the style that I never get tired of just looking at it.

Log Horizon Episode 18: Honestly I thought this series would start to get boring but it continues to up the ante. I had to laugh out loud at the reception of Lenessia’s speech; it was a reminder that the Adventurers are really still just MMORPGers at heart, looking for a quest from a beautiful princess.

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode 42: I love this show so much. For the first half I was so excited I thought I might actually puke and by the end of the episode I had tears in my eyes. …Why don’t we have this in English JUMP again?

Nagi no Asukara Episode 17: Oh, the drama! The more I watch, the more I realize this really isn’t my kind of show; the angst is almost overwhelming. But it’s enjoyable in its own way and I have to see it through and find out how it all ends. Something else that occurred to me this episode–it’s been a little too nice not having Manaka around. I think Sayu is my favorite character.

Yowapeda Episodes 15 & 16: I like to watch Yowamushi Pedal while on the exercise bike but due to recent events that never happened so I had an extra episode to watch. There is something (so far) pure and wonderful about this series and it makes me feel somewhat refreshed and hopeful after watching it. I’m really enjoying the character development.

Ace of the Diamond Episode 17: Gah, this show is so good! Though this episode made me feel like I should have been a much better catcher back in my sports days >_< Every time I watch, I can’t get over how great the characters are.

Silver Spoon Episode 4: Gotta love delusional princess-types with ringlets! Having been on (and then off) horses many times, this episode was a little hard to watch; I was too worried someone was going to get hurt. I keep cheering for Hachiken, though, to gain some confidence.

Witch Craft Works Episode 4: Unfortunately I felt this episode was a bit predictable and not all that exciting. But hey, unless you’re Space Dandy or something, not every episode is gonna be great. Whatever happened to those girls’ pet llama, anyway?

World Conquest Zvezda Plot Episode 4: Continuing a trend I’ve been seeing this season (ignore what I just said about Witch Craft Works) of Episode 4 being THE episode where a lot of series are opening up, this Episode 4 gives us some character history and fleshes things out a bit. I was glad to see Natasha become a more interesting character, though I don’t think it was explained why she doesn’t wear more clothes…

Hozuki no Reitetsu Episode 4: I really love this anime. There’s something so relaxing and satisfying about it. Plus I laugh out loud at least once per episode. To me, it just has the feeling of something very well-constructed.

Magical Warfare Episode 4: Okay, so, I didn’t really pay attention to episodes 1-3 and so now I don’t have a firm idea of what is going on. But that said, I still enjoyed episode four and think the show has potential. I don’t expect anything deep or mind-blowing so I just think it’ll be fun to watch. Plus I love Glasses Guy’s voice…perhaps he’s just the adult version of Imayoshi from Kuroko’s Basketball?

Hamatora Episode 4: I’m really starting to love this show! By keeping my expectations relatively low, I get happily surprised every episode. And I love the bad guy; he is soooo bad and that makes him so good! He is just such a great “bad guy”…right now, he is what makes the show truly intriguing.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha Episode 3: This episode really kicked it up a notch for me…maybe because I’m fascinated by the brother? (Well, both brothers now, but for different reasons.) Inari is actually the least-interesting character as far as I’m concerned but I’m starting to think there’s a lot to love about this anime–such as a goddess who plays otome games.

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What I Watched Today 1-25-2014

Hamatora Episode 3: I was excited about the potential of the series after watching episode 1 but skeptical that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. However, episode 3 was GREAT. I’m daring to get excited again that Hamatora could really be something fantastic. This episode reveals a bit more about the world and the place Minimum Holders have in it. As the client was talking about the school for Minimum Holders, I couldn’t help but think of X-Men and how this situation was the opposite. Rather than be reviled and regulated like mutants in X-Men, the Minimum Holders are actually given preferential treatment in society. But I think the highlight of the episode for me was the makes-sense-but-doesn’t-totally-socially-unacceptable rant by the shark-toothed antagonist. What can I say, people with shark teeth tend to be bad news…with the exception of Rin Matsuoka, of course.

Samurai Flamenco Episode 14: This just keeps getting better and more insane. This episode actually gave me goosebumps. It may sound like I’m just gushing week after week but I can’t say enough about how good and fun this series is. Let’s Flamenco!

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode 41: OMG this show!! So either you’re a) already watching Kuroko’s Basketball and know how amazing it is, in which case you don’t need me to tell you or b) you’re not watching it, what the hell are you waiting for, quit reading this and go watch it right now!

What I Watched Today 1-18-2014

Naruto Shippuden Episode 345: This episode was suitably intense considering the title is “I’m In Hell.” Nothing like starting an episode with poop jokes and ending with mass murder and insanity!

Toriko Episode 137: Normally watching “Toriko” makes me really hungry but Grinpatch really grosses me out. This episode is battle-tastic, with the fight continuing between Toriko and Starjun while Coco takes on Grinpatch. I can’t argue with bulging, shirt-ripping muscles, battle-aura, and inspirational speeches about becoming stronger.  But the most important line (to me) in this week’s episode is: “You chefs are the treasure of the world.” I need to remember this line as I go back to work tomorrow (I work in a restaurant)

Nobunaga the Fool Episode 2: After watching the first episode, I thought this anime could be so awesome that I was pretty sure it could never actually live up to my expectations. I mean, I love the style, I love Nobunaga-anything, history/alt-history, Tomokazu Sugita’s voice, openings with swirly cherry blossoms…I love it all! Episode 2 continues the mashup of these “few of my favorite things.” If I were a more cynical viewer or anime snob, I’d cringe at all the tropes being thrown together–but right now this show is just really fun.

Tonari no Seki-kun Episode 2: Most compelling animated shogi game I’ve ever watched.

The Pilot’s Love Song Episode 2: Okay, so I didn’t really pay enough attention to the first episode so now I’m not really sure what this show is about aside from a school with uniforms and flying and nobility. Things were still kind of squishy and puttering along in this episode but thanks to the last ten seconds or so, I’m now looking forward to episode three.

Hamatora Episode 2: This show kind of reminds me of GetBackers, or maybe a weird GetBackers/Durarara! mashup. And while (to me) a GetBackers/Durarara! mashup sounds freakin’ awesome, I don’t think Hamatora is going to actually *be* that awesome. But hey, we have a variety of should-be-interesting characters with some unique-ish abilities solving cases with (so far) great “what a twist!” endings. It’s not really as good as it should be or as good as it thinks it is…but I’m interested enough to stick with it and see how it evolves.

Samurai Flamenco Episode 13: Who the heck is Goto-san’s girlfriend? A member of From Beyond or a figment of his imagination? Anyway, things are getting serious…not with Goto-san and his girlfriend, but on a much bigger scale as From Beyond is about to launch an all-out attack.

World Conquest Zvezda Plot Episode 2: After watching episode one, I thought, well, scantily-clad little girls aren’t really my thing, but world conquest is totally my thing, and this show is pretty funny so far so I’ll stick with it. The first half of this episode didn’t really hold my attention but now I’m a fan again. So, hey, let’s keep conquering.

Hozuki no Reitetsu Episode 2: With an episode title of “Demons and Underwear and Crabs” this immediately piqued my interest…and the in-depth conversation about underwear does not disappoint! Even better, we see Satan, the King of European Hell as he visits Japanese Hell. The reason this is so great is because after last week’s episode, I had been thinking how much more interesting/potentially humorous Japanese Hell seems to be compared to Western Hell. I can’t get enough of this show–it’s funny as hell.