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Ano Natsu de Matteru Episode 4 – Ichika the Yandere

Angst, misunderstandings, and more angst; seems like this show has it’s plan and it’s sticking to it.  I’m still kind of holding out hope that this series didn’t forget that the main characters are supposed to be making a movie, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be taking a backseat to everything else in the show.  I still don’t fully understand how Ichika can be so intelligent, yet have such an utterly ridiculous imagination.  How the hell does she even know all of this stuff?  She just transferred to the school a few weeks ago, yet she knows enough about earth school subjects to help Kaito pass his final exams.  That better get explained, or I’m calling some bullshit.

So after Kaito indirectly “confesses” to Ichika, she pulls a complete bitch move; simply walks onto the train and leaves him there without giving him even a word of an answer.  Come on, that’s pretty rude, surely they have manners on whatever planet she’s from.  So as you’d expect, She and Kaito worry and angst over the situation the whole episode, and don’t even really resolve it in the end, but they sure do fantasize about it.  Honestly, Kaito has got to have some kind of disease where he completely removes himself from reality enough to replace people in his fantasies with real humans.  Oh, and Tetsuro isn’t gay, just so all you yaoi fangirls know.  But seriously, he’s talked to Ichika when he didn’t realize that he actually was, he’s hugged Tetsuro thinking that he was Ichika, and he’s announced his plans to repair their relationship for the whole world to hear.  I really hope this is because of his beehive cancer, otherwise I’d say he has some serious mental problems.

They each ask their respective friends (Kaito – Testuro and Ichika – Remon) what they should do about their “hypothetical” situation.  Really, does anyone ever think a “hypothetical” situation is really hypothetical?  Tetsuro tells Katio that he shouldn’t rush her decision, and Remon, as expected of her, pretty much says “Answer him, you dipshit”.  Seriously, “A boy told me that he likes me, what should I do?” well, how about fucking answer him?  Remind me again how she’s so smart?  I don’t really see how Kaito has any responsibility regarding any of this, after all (as shallow and premature as they may be), those are his feelings, so why should he have to do anything? Either way, Ichika was the one who brought the whole thing up, so everything ultimately falls on her.

Later, after Kaito has decides to tell her everything was a misunderstanding and attempt to return their relationship to what it once was, some nympho looking girl pulls up beside him and whisks him away to go shopping or some other girly thing.  However, when Ichika sees this, she instantly assumes that they are going to have sex, not a single alternate thought goes to her head.  Kaito with a girl?  They’re going to fuck, what else would a guy and a girl do?  Now Ichika shows her true yandere side.  This isn’t any of her business, she doesn’t even know the girl he’s with, but it is now her mission in life to find and stop these two from their inevitable sexual intercourse.  But only because she promised his sister she would look after him.  Now, I’m no mind reader, but I think if Kaito’s sister left him alone with a girl only a year older than him, she was probably well aware of the possibility of the two having sex, so I don’t really think what Ichika’s doing is related to doing what his sister said.  And call me crazy, but I don’t think that that’s her only reason for going after him.

Kaito and Big Boobed What’s Her Name do a bunch of standard anime shopping stuff (including lingerie shopping, oh, so funny), as well as to go see High School of the Dead (in a theater) before returning to her home to, obviously, have sex.  At least that’s what Ichika assumes.  So she teleports behind him, which would scare the shit out of any normal person, and attempts to drag him out of there.  But, lookie here, more misunderstanding; the nympho girl is really Tetsuro’s sister who’s having a fight with her husband because she deleted something from her Tivo.  Now, I can really get behind that, one time my mom deleted a  Dexter episode that I didn’t watch, and I was ready to tear the fucking house apart, but I digress.   So Kaito and Ichika somehow overcome their differences by studying together and everything seems happy and wonderful as they head into their summer together.

First off, if you’d like to read a much more detailed review of this episode, you can go check out Kelfio’s post on Otakuness.  So one thing that’s really becoming noticeable is how unnecessary Ichika being an alien seems.  At the moment, nothing about what she is matters to the plot, in fact, the fact that she is an alien is kind of distracting at this point in the series.  Although she mentioned to Remon about how she’ll have to return home after she’s found her magical-special-final-episode-place, that could work the same if she was simply a foreigner.  I really hope that the series actually does something with that, because it could bring this show up form being a standard teen summer love drama.  I’m not quite expecting some FLCL aliens to start popping up out of nowhere, but if you’re going to have sci-fi in the show, at least make it part of the plot, and not just her reason to leave.

Kanna really seemed a lot better in this episode too.  Considering how obviously she wants Kaito’s junk, she reacted fairly well to them making up, though Tetsuro claimed it’s because she’s dense.  She was even pretty chill when she was just talking to Kaito during P.E., and didn’t really seem uptight like she has been in the rest of the episodes.  But really, after three episodes of being paranoid about he and Ichika, it’s pretty weird to see her so accepting at the two of them spending more time together.  It might not be consistent with how she’s been acting, but I like this version of her much more than the bitchy obnoxious version.  I also found the lack of Remon to be disappointing.  She was in it, but she didn’t really have that much to do, other than to tell Ichika to not be such and idiot and give Kaito an answer, and to look a lot like Taiga when they’re swimming (I’m not so sure voluptuous is the right word).  I really want to know what her deal is; she HAS to know that Ichika is an alien, but she doesn’t really seem to give too much of a shit that she is.

I’m still wasn’t really buying the whole romance angle, but now that Kaito has pretty much returned their relationship to normal, it seems like is going to progress as it should.  They’re going to keep hanging out as they shoot, or attempt to shoot the movie, they’ll fall in love, Ichika’ll have to leave, but she’ll come back, and everyone (except Kanna) will be happy.  I’m all for that as long as they don’t have Kaito continually being an angsty teen love sick pansy around Ichika the whole series.


Mirai Nikki – Sanity can go to Hell (Episodes 1-8)

Okay, this show is insane, straight up.  But it’s like Higurashi insane, where nobody wants anything more than to ax-murder people and occasionally indulge in the random slice-of-life or comedy scene.  Although most of the series is focused on the obvious horror aspect of the show, when it does take a lighter turn, it rarely feels lame or forced, which most other series that switch between being serious to humorous fail to accomplish.  But that doesn’t change the fact almost every single person in this show is completely batshit crazy.  People are blowing up buildings, pulling motorcycles out of nowhere, wearing gaint eyeballs on their head, making their cult followers rape someone, electrocuting people, and plenty of other weird stuff.

Yuno freaks the hell out of me, and if I was Yuki, there would be absolutely no way I wouldn’t have had a nervous breakdown and bludgeoned her to death by now.  I mean, she was going to kill his mom if she didn’t like her,  and I bet that she already killed her parents, because they probably didn’t liker her stalking some loner kid.  The series is also taking a rather fast approach at killing off the diary owners when compared to something like Fate/Zero, but then again, you can’t really compare those two in the same way.

But as good as the series is, you have to suspend your disbelief for a lot of this stuff.  I’m not talking about stuff like the diaries or Deus or anything like that, because that’s explained as reality in this show.  However, this show does still exist in the real world, so some limitation on things have to apply.  For example, how in the world does a 5 year old kid get deadly poison gas, and how does he know how to rig a package to open it?  Why would a 5 year old kid even be given a chance to become a god?  Where the hell did Minene pull a motorcycle out of a smoke cloud?  And most importantly,  Why did they kill off the crazy black-suit-eyeball guy?!?!?  He was so legit.

School Days – Review

Holy shit, get the hell away from me

Holy God, I had completely forgotten about this show for years, but for whatever reason it reared is batshit insane head just a moment ago in my head.  Obviously, I have to write about it now, and why it is NOT at all what it first looks like.

This show starts out in the most sweet and happy way ever; a high-school boy named Makoto with a crush on a cute girl named Kotonoha.  Dawwwww, isn’t that sweet?  However, Makoto knows he will never have a chance to get to know her, that is until a fellow classmate, named Sekai, finds out about his crush and decides to introduce them.  Makoto and Kotonoha eventually begin to date, but when they do, Sekai discovers that she has feelings for Makoto as well.  Of course this starts a love triangle, or quadrangle, or pentagram, or whatever, lots on people.  What makes this different from other harem romance what-have-you’s is how much of a complete asshole Makoto is.  Seriously, if you knew this kid you would want to stone his ass to death, no joke.  He constantly goes back and forth between whatever girl he likes with little to no remorse, just to satisfy his teenage sex-starved self.  The sad thing is is that he’s a pretty good representation for a large majority of the male population at that age; people who want nothing more than to grab some tits and tap dat ass.  Throughout the series he goes to whatever length he can just to have sex, yes characters actually have sex in this anime.  But really, lets not kid ourselves here, Sekai is just as much an asshole as Makoto.  She’s the one who got him together with Kotonoha in the first place, then baaaaws about having done it, and fucks Makoto behind Kotonoha’s back.  But everyone knows that sick, messed up characters are better than the happy flowers and rainbows kind that normally plague these types of shows, simply because they’re more interesting to watch, or you just want to see them get what they deserve.

So yes, this all seems like a normal harem show, with slightly more adult, or rather realistic, themes.  But let’s not forget these two bitches are fucking batshit crazy.  Everything that happens to them is exactly what I’m sure all girls go through; like a guy, he cheats on you.  Oh, but you’re in high-school, the most important and serious thing you will ever do, right?  Fuck that noise, I really hate how seriously high school life is portrayed in anime, movies, TV, and even my own school, it’s retarded.  And of course everyone knows high-school romances are the most serious thing in the entire universe, because you will always marry the first person you date.  Back to the topic at hand.  These two girls treat everything like this and, although Makoto’s faggot ass didn’t help, they seem to take all this stuff a little too seriously.  Then you get to the end and they take it a LOT too seriously.  The end of this show is a classic “Jesus Fucking Christ!!!” moment, and has and always will be talked about for the shear what-the-fuckness of it.  Ever been on a forum about a show and someone will say, “What if this turns into School Days or some shit” ?  This is what they mean.

The only thing I can’t really speak too well about is the artwork, It kind of sucks to put it simply.  School Days is a unique anime that breaks a lot of trends for its genre, although you can’t help but think that all these assholes got what they deserved, and they shouldn’t take this shit so seriously.  After all if shit like this happened every time a girl’s heart got broken, I think the divorce rate would be a little lower, don’t you?

  • Story – 9
  • Art – 6
  • Characters – 9
  • Sound – 8
  • Overall – 8
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