Umineko no Naku Koro ni, episode 18 – Spoiler-free bland title

The most important part of getting to this episode was trying to avoid even the slightest semblance of any spoilers – be it the post title, or the preview sentence you see in Google Reader. But I knew some shit had hit the fan when even Divine over at Random Curiosity was posting about it. Needless to say, I’m very glad I was able to stay out of spoilers way. So this is a warning, because the spoilers start here.

Moetrice gives Kanon and Jessica alone timeMoetrice is struck through the heart

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To marathon or not to marathon? A little fun with numbers.

It started with Stripey’s post about what your top 5 says about you. And in my comment, I realized that of my 5 favorites, 4 came from 2007 (Code Geass, Gurren Lagann, Seto no Hanayome, Higurashi Kai), and the other candidates aired in 2006 (Haruhi season 1, Higurashi season 1). And then I realized all of those were shows that I had marathoned. So it got me thinking. Is there something about watching a show weekly that takes away from my enjoyment of it? Alternately, was I subconsciously boosting the scores and memories of shows I did marathon? I hypothesized watching a show on a weekly basis might take away from the enjoyment and the memories a slight bit, because I got to stew on each episode for a week, whereas when I marathon a show, I tend to be more bigger-picture focused, and not dwell on minor issues.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni, episode 17 – What it means to be human

How is it possible that my heart is breaking so much for someone who as recently as two episodes ago was reveling in her complete depravity and lack of compassion? Also, this is now the second time that I wished I’d saved last week’s title (Moetrice’s sadness) for this week… I bet I’m also going to wish I proofread this post in advance.

Eva finds HideyoshiBattler cries

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni, episode 16 – Moetrice’s sadness

Several episodes ago, I wondered if Umineko would ever be able to develop their characters as richly as Higurashi had. I was very skeptical then, simply because of the much larger cast they had to work with. And while I feel safe in saying that Umineko will never do as good a job (although to be fair, Higurashi also had a 2nd season to work with), it’s definitely made some leaps and bounds in filling out its characters over the last few episodes.

Battler tells Moetrice to shut upMoetrice asks why Battler hates her 

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Nyan Koi, episode 2 – To be continued?

I hesitated to write this post, simply because I still don’t know if I’m committing to Nyan Koi. I figured it was the default show I’d follow. It’s certainly lived up to expectations so far. But now I’m sort of waffling between this and Sora no Otoshimono, simply because of the equally insane, stupid, brilliant and hilarious flying pantsu from episode two. However, for now I’m sticking with writing about Nyan Koi, just because there seems to be more of a story at this point, whereas with SNO, I’d just be posting screenshots and pointing and laughing. But if Sora no Otoshimono’s third episode is as ridiculously genius, who knows, maybe I’ll start writing about it too, or pick it up in place of Nyan Koi (when the heck are they going to introduce the blue, tsundere angel!?).

Junpei is pissed at catsTama thinks of revenge

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