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Madao/Gendou

Two years and twelve days ago, the anime appreciator you came to know today as Naru created on a whim the blog Oromywhat. Continue reading

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My Two Cenz #7

Uh, Gin? There’s something wrong with this shot…

There wasn’t much to say about this week’s episodes. It’s not that they were terrible, but there was nothing significant I wanted to say about them. And since I’ve informed last week on how I now plan to comment only about what I found interesting to mention every week, this My Two Cenz is pretty short this week.

My favorites this week were evidently Gintama, Beelzebub, HunterxHunter, and Working!!. If we ever get farther into the mentioned series (except Beelzebub), you might see them on here next week~!

UN-GO episode 5 :

I knew he/she wasn’t human!!! It’s a panda!

During an inauguration of a statue representing three students that sacrificed themselves in order to save a crowd, three fresh bodies are found hidden in the statue. Another case begins for our heros, and this time they have a new member to join them in their little group.

I wasn’t as much into this case compared to the last one, maybe because it moved a bit too smoothly and predicable for my taste, but it was still a satisfying episode none the less. I was mostly happy that we got to hear more (but not enough of course) about Inga and also that Kazumori
joined Inga and Shinjuurou.

Beelzebub episode 42:

Was this really a surprise? -insert last image comment from above-

Hilda, after being seriously injured in a fight against demons, is resting. Throughout that time, a frustrated Tatsumi is now determined to train and get stronger in order to be able to defeat the new enemies that appeared.

Watching Tatsumi and Beel-chan going though all that trouble to clean the Aoi dojo was quite hilarious! This episode proved three facts:

  • Tatsumi is absolutely not a smart guy;
  • Beel-chan is terribly weak;
  • Kouta (somehow) is an evil brat.

Guilty Crown episode 5:

I love this character. I think she’s much more interesting than Inori  :3

Thanks to Gai and Inori, Shu has escaped from prison but is currently affronted by a dilemma. Should he become a double agent for the government and denounce Gai, or should he accept Gai’s offer to find out how to use his power?

For the first time in five episodes, —five I tell you!!– this was actually a pretty good episode. Naturally the clichés were impossible to avoid, I notice that, but at the end it twisted into something very acceptable in my opinion. At least we can confirm that Shu is truly a weakling and needs to learn how to defend himself if he wants to survive in his new environment. I’m impatient to know how he will improve.

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My Two Cenz #6

Already number 6 of this weekly review segment? Time goes by when you’re having fun. It can also go by when you’re working yourself to death with endless essays, but that’s another story for another day.

Since OMW is still a new blog with disorganized ideas and such, it isn’t a surprise that I’m changing a bit My Two Cenz. From now on, I’ll only include the anime of the week that I really want to comment on or either rant about. I just wish you guys are enjoying the little changes and thoughts that go by on here and that will hopefully bloom into something enjoyable for this blog’s many readers. Who knows? OMW might grow up to be a very impressionable site someday.

Boku ha Tomodachi ga sukunai episode 5:

And she’s a nun?

Thanks to megane girl, the members of the Neighbor club get the privilege of testing a brand-new role-playing game but as always, things never seem to go the way they wanted…

This was a so glaringly clichéd episode on many levels, starting with the obvious fact that this is what we see in nearly every slice-of-life anime, a RPG-themed episode. Nevertheless, I rather enjoyed seeing the characters in ridiculous costumes running around and fighting monsters. Now if only we move on to something more remarkable, it wouldn’t hurt. I mean, come on! The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya managed to become an unforgettable anime for most, and if Boku ha tomodachi doesn’t demark itself from other similar anime in its genre, what’s the point of liking it? Perhaps I am expecting too much from it.

Gintama episode 232:

Elizabeth, who we haven’t seen for a while in the series, disappears once again and Katsura is desperate to find him. During the search for Elizabath, Katsura and the others come across information that is rather unanticipated about their…duck friend…thing.

Haha, this was totally an, please excuse me for my French, “C’est quoi ce délire?!” (=WTF is this?!) episode. I had guessed that the new female character in Gintama’s current opening was a bit of a charmer, but seriously, I never thought the creators would go that far. Not that I mind or anything. Oh, and the references… what would my otaku life be without the miracle that is Gintama?

Mirai Nikki episode 4:

Yes, I’m having fun with his scary faces.

This anime isn’t wasting its time! Just after the horrible discovering Yukiteru found on Yuno, another Future Diary holder appears and makes life even harder for our poor Yukiteru. I’m honestly worried for his sanity as he seems to not be taking the facts quite well… let us hope he won’t implode (literally) from his position as a main character. I know it’s hard, Yukiteru, but this is too fun for us to really care.

Isn’t anyone frustrated with the fact that there’s always an overwhelming quantity of blood? I find it really unnecessary. This anime already has everything it needs to be breathtaking.

UN-GO episode 4:

Yeah, right. He’s freaking scared of you.

Second part of the mystery behind the death of Kazumori, Shinjuurou and Inga learn the existence of RAI, a sophisticated android created to fulfill the desires of their user and a valuable link to the concerned case.

Did I say last time that this case is keeping me at the edge of my seat? Yes? Well it still is! The way the case turned around and gave us a totally unexpected ending (along with the addition of a new important character) and raised my great expectations even higher than before. UN-GO might be ranked as one of my favorite anime if it keeps up the good work.

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My Two Cenz #5

After a week and a half, my vacation ends tonight and classes will start tomorrow. Bitterly, I now notice that I haven’t completed one-third of what I had planned to do during vacation: Update my fanfiction, play my favorite Aeria games, study Japanese, and write my review posts. The only good thing is that I’m not behind in my fall anime anymore…

Three specials of completed anime have been viewed this week:

Usagi Drop episode 2.5 special 1

Ao no Exorcist special 1 and 2

Deadman Wonderland OVA

And onwards to this week’s anime. Most of them were excellent this week. Others (-cough- Guilty Crown -cough-) were not. Seriously, is it so hard to ask for a original episode? I could rant more about Guilty Crown, but will refrain from doing so. For your own good.

Boku ha tomodachi ga sukunai episode 4:

Others joins the harem.

As said above, two new characters join the harem who are both special in their own way, as one would say. Possibly different from your typical megane girl in harem anime, I would say the new glasses girl is quite funny and sociable compared to the usual, overused quiet personality we usually see of her kind. As for the other one, I find her/him very entertaining.

Working! episode 4:

Hidden Durarara!! reference, right?

This episode had humor. Working! always does have humor, but this time it had humor that would actually make you roar with laughter (as it did for me). If some didn’t notice before, this time we officially learn Jun’s feelings towards Yachiyo and Machiru gets wind of it by accident.

UN-GO episode 3:

So. Inga is a magical girl?

Part one of a possible two-episode case, we get the privilege of seeing Rie help the main characters (once again) uncover the large mystery behind the death, or rather- true identity of the victim. Not much to say for a satisfying episode.

Kimi to Boku episode 4:

Friendship really is a wonderful thing.

At first, I was questioning myself why of all anime I choose Kimi to Boku as an anime to watch, but now I can understand why. Kimi to Boku is this season’s heartwarming anime (as did Usagi Drop last season). Slowly but surely, the characters are becoming more appealing to my eyes.

HunterxHunter episode 4:

And my Kilua is here!

Exemplary of a shonen anime, we get a part two of the last episode where the participants of the Hunter exam follow the Examiner. Nothing much happens until Leorio has a flashback about his past, which was probably the only interesting thing about this episode.

Gintama episode 231:

It’s over 9000! -bricked-

The first part of the episode was hilarious if you like to see Gin and Hijikata out of character. At least they were both reacting normally in their type of situation. But the second half was too much (too dirty DX). I had to skip it.

Beelzebub episode 40:

Well, she was gonna cry sooner or later.

Why? Why did they have to go out and buy potatoes?! If I ignore my emotional feelings towards this episode, this week’s Beelzebub left me speechless. A bit annoyed for the déja-vu sequence, but speechless nonetheless. So Beelzebub does have a lot of potential. At least more than Guilty Crown.

Mirai Nikki episode 3:

You’ll have to admit that scene was creepy.

Yukiteru makes the ultimate error in his case: he gets too curious about Yuno. Being the first one to change his future not once, but twice, this time the tables turn and unfortunately for Yukiteru, not in his favor. So far, Mirai Nikki is one of my fall favorites.

Persona 4 episode 4:

We’re still in the introduction arc where the main characters overcome their dark selves in order to gain a persona. For the moment, the introduction episodes are really great to watch since we find out a lot on the different backgrounds of the characters. Now to find out who’s behind the murders…

Guilty Crown episode 3:

How original.

Inori forces herself into Shu’s life: trouble ensues for him.
Inori’s nonchalant personality is reminding me more of Evangelion’s Rei and I hope the creators aren’t doing this on purpose. I’ve never been a fan of characters like her and Inori is giving me the same effet.

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My Two Cenz #4

ლ(ಠ益ಠ)ლ Last week was a very busy week, and since I think it’s too late to make a M.T.C based on the episodes I didn’t write about, I skipped onto the next one. Many excuses. In this MTC, there won’t be my thoughts about episode 3 of Kimi to Boku nor Persona 4‘s episode – I didn’t have time to watch them yet and will do so as soon as possible. And as for C3-Cube, it has been dropped due to its lack of a logical plot.

HunterxHunter episode 3:

Entry of bizarre character number one! He has no mouth!

Today, I read on a favorite site of mine that this remake of HunterxHunter was very disliked by the original fans. Not surprising, really. This remake is targeted towards children rather than teens, so the violence has diminished greatly. Now with the Hunter exam that begins, I wonder how they will limit the gore scenes?

Gintama episode 230:

Talk about lack of privacy.

The Sakata family -as I like to call them- get cellphones. The humor wasn’t too forced in this one and I had the impression Shinpachi was more of the main character in this one rather than Kagura. Eh, changes aren’t so bad.

Beelzebub episode 39:

I never understood the deal with the eyebrows.

Remember when I said the plot thickens? Well it does when En, (Beelzebub’s older brother who obviously has a lot of issues for his young age) comes to the Human world to finish off  humanity, an order that was already given to Beelzebub.

It seems that the writers are waiting a bit before getting on to the serious part. For the moment, the episodes are centered around En having fun and Aoi, who is now aware of Beel and Hilda being demons.

Working! episode 3:

Who knows? She could be leader of the world someday with that face.

Yamada is so adorable in this episode. Such a sneeky character needs more love. But should we call this episode a Takanashi episode? He didn’t have much screen time in this episode, but his sisters did. Cute episode, but nothing more to say about it.

Mirai Nikki episode 2:

I’m going to make a collection of his expressions once the anime is over.

Two more members of the game have made their appearance in this episode, both after Yukiteru for different reasons. Ninth is pretty likable if you ignore the fact that she’s a crazy murderer.

Also, Yuno is creeping me out. Why is she totally determined to be with Yukiteru? We have yet to find out. Other than that, I’ve seen enough violence for this week.

Guilty Crown episode 2:

Hm, creepy characters are getting more popular nowadays.

We get a full explanation of what happened at the end of the first episode and we learn what Shu’s new power is. Sadly, it got boring around the second half when I was expecting some interesting background on the new character that arrived.

Boku ha tomodachi ga sukunai episode 3:

I died of laughter at this scene. Didn’t know he had it in him.

Classical pool episode where Sena and the main character spend a little time together. Even if it’s rather pointless and unoriginal, I liked the fact that Sena has more in common with Kirino (in Ore no Imouto) than having the same voice actress: They’re both otaku.

UN-GO episode 2:

I can see your soul…

The vocaloid remark was impossible to miss in the beginning of the episode. Apart from that, this was another introduction episode, this time in a neutral point of view. Not much to say about this one.

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My Two Cenz #3 and New Fall Anime (Part 1)

Okay, okay…I lied about my upcoming Gyaru post that was supposed to be published this week. But I can assure you it will be posted on here this month. Great news, right? …No? We move on?

This week was the start of this fall’s new anime, a gift to all us anime otaku that were impatiently waiting for new material. Unfortunately, since fall is also the busiest season of the year, some of us tend miss out on most of it (like yours truly). In reality, I had underestimated my free time during the weekend and it turns out I won’t be able to watch all the anime I had planned to. Or at least in time I won’t be able to, which is why I made a part 1 of this week’s My two cenz concerning the new fall anime.

Gintama’ episode 228:

I just love how Kagura is used to this. That’s my heroine!

So I died of laughter ten times, came back to life, then died one last time at the end. Apart from the fact that I had the impression the creators were forcing a bit too much humor where it wasn’t very funny (at all), this episode can be listed as one of my favorite Gintama’ episodes. Honestly, if you are already aware of the dating sim game on DS known as Love +, you’ll end up like me when you watch how Gintama has twisted it.

Ao No Exorcist episode 25:

Oh come on! At least leave one for the fangirls! Or me.

A pretty predictable ending for Ao no Exorcist if you ask me. It’s understandable that the studio didn’t want to exaggerate and create an ending far too different from what the original mangaka would have made, but this episode ended up by disappointing the large fan-base that were expecting more of the anime adaptation of Ao No Exorcist. At least that’s what I think. I personally would have enjoyed it if they had created a more unique ending (like the first adaptation of FMA or Black Butler) rather than the one they made.

A movie of Ao No Exorcist has been announced by the way. If the movie is a success, we just might see a new season arrive shortly.

Beelzebub episode 37:

Buuuu :D

My second favorite episode of the week. Now this is what I’m talking about, Beel-chan! A new and important character makes an appearance who seems to know alot more than we are led to think about the Demon world and its dark secrets. Chaos ensues, and Aoi is beginning to get very curious about the mystery surrounding Tatsumi and Beelzebub.

And so, the plot thickens…

C3 -Cube episode 1:

I’m already loving this anime for its great art design, but as for the plot and little fanservice scenes, not so much. There was small things I didn’t like such as how the main characters quickly adapted to Fiya (the blue-haired girl) instead of having more realistic reactions considering the situation they’re in. I’ll give it some time before making a solid opinion on it.

One thing’s for sure, I won’t be surprised if this has a video game.

Working! episode 1:

I think I already have my personal favorite of the season.

When I viewed the first episode two days ago, I had a strong feeling of Déja Vu coming from the characters. Was it their personalities? Their voice actors? Or maybe it’s because it reminds me of a non school-themed version of The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya? Anyway, this is the anime I was looking for: slice of life, light comedy and randomness in every corner.

HunterxHunter episode 1:

Good times, Good times…

All my knowledge on HunterxHunter comes from the few episodes I’ve seen on television from time to time and a friend of mine who is a big fan of it. While I preferred Yu Yu Hakusho (made by the same mangaka)in my childhood for its supernatural genre rather than HunterxHunter‘s RPG/fantasy one, I decided to try it since (I thought) I had time on my hands. Needless to say I’ll continue on with this little jewel of an anime. But seriously, If I had managed to watch all of Goku’s adventures without raising an eyebrow on the things he did regardless of his young age, I can’t seem to digest the same thing for Gon.

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My Two Cenz #2

So I’ve gotten used to the wonders of Twitter, and abused a bit too much of its power. But have no fear, for now I will only use it’s power for Oromywhat and try to bring as many J-Culture fans as possible here.

This week I’ve exclusively followed three of my usual anime and I have yet to watch the new anime such as the HunterxHunter remake and C³ -C Cube, but after writing out this post I’ll get right to viewing the episodes.

 

Gintama episode 227:

No comment.

Hilarious is what Gintama is. So when you make a crossover with another comedy anime named Sket Dance, chaos ensues.

In this episode, Gin tries to once again copy from ultra popular anime to the point he actually copies the One Piece Toriko crossover and unintentionally mixes it into his own sauce. In exchange, we get lots of laughs and random moments from the sudden friendship that bloomed between Gin and Sket Dance’s main character, Bossun.

I’ll have to thank Justin for getting me into Sket Dance. I can’t believe I missed such a great anime. I’ll add it next week if I can here.

Ao No Exorcist episode 24:

Bromance was the only reason I had to watch this episode.

…I don’t really know how to summarize this episode.

While I had the strong urge to flop this anime since it hasn’t pleased me even once, I continued to watch in hopes that it would surprise me and exceed my expectations regardless of its poor animated quality and the lack of interest in the plot that derived from the manga.

But no, I’m afraid Ao No Exorcist won’t get into the list of the most memorable anime adaptations. Perhaps it’s because of the plot twist, or the fact that the secondary characters were completely useless and stood there during the whole episode. The little otaku inside of me tells me to give it at least one more chance, the final episode, before giving it a solid opinion. I think it’s already too late.

Beelzebub episode 35:

Poor Aoi. Toughies will be Toughies?

This episode was like a dangerous parody game of …this one volleyball anime that was popular in my country around the 80’s. But seriously, I never thought that I would see the day when Yankees try to play volleyball — keyword: try.