Hanasaku Iroha 13-14

Oh Doki. I love you, but your fansubbing for this show has been sporadic. This time two episodes were release within days of each other, with a promise of subs being released on Monday. This in the end is good news. It took me a bit to get to them as for Fourth of July we had house guests that kept me on my feet. I suppose I got a taste of what the day to day life of Ohana was like. On top of that, we have been enjoying power issues. Nothing like losing power and internet on a semi-regular basis for the past week.

Back to Hanasaku Iroha, episode 13 was an absolute gem, although I struggle to say much about it. It took the plot lines of the family tension between Ohana, her mother, and grandmother, and resolved it perfectly, in a very touching way, with much said in it’s subtly. Not only did it wrap up this arch, it wrapped up issues presented in the first couple episodes. I enjoy how Hanasaku Iroha is able to accomplish a lot of drama without being overly dramatic…most of the time. I also can’t shake the feeling that this show is going to have a really sad ending.

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Nyanpire the Animation: One Half Stupid Cuteness, One Half Unrelenting Terror

In a season packed to the brim with lolis, psychotic killing constructs originating in a mysterious Japanese village, and the Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel opening, proving yourself extremely terrifying is a difficult feat to pull off. But Nyanpire has managed in its four minute runtime to pierce my solidly constructed psychological barrier and send me into convulsions of terror, waiting for it to end.

Nyanpire, if the title wasn’t expository enough, is a cat vampire who goes around doing cute things in an effort to act as much like a vampire as possible. In this case, he drinks a bunch of red liquid to satisfy a blood craving. It works, it’s cute, and it doesn’t overstay its welcome. If I had to sit down and watch this once a week with my inexplicably Japanese child while inexplicably in Japan, I wouldn’t be at all opposed to it. I’d be confused as to how I got to be in that situation, but I’d roll with it until the end of the animation itself. Continue reading “Nyanpire the Animation: One Half Stupid Cuteness, One Half Unrelenting Terror”

Usagi Drop, episode 1: Your grandfather’s lover’s illegitimate child is your mother’s sister

After watching KamiMemo – which was equivalent to watching Charlie Sheen just puke nonsense after nonsense non-stop just desperately grasping to find some snappy and clever lines along the way – Usagi Drop was like watching a simple, understated silent movie. The dialogue was sparse. The score was perfectly whimsical and non-obstrusive. And when characters spoke, they weren’t trying to engage in battles of wit.

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At least she didn't have to call a younger woman "mom"

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Sacred Seven First Impressions: Meido Army, Move Out!

Hello, here be Lemmi writing his first initial impressions post for Rabbit Poets, and here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for; the spiritual successor to Code Geass. Oh sure, they play it off as an entirely different series, but it has all the Code Geass trademarks: Dichromatic eyes, ninja maids, roller skating mechs, and over the top actions and dialogue that make you wonder if they’re serious or taking the piss out of themselves.

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Anohana Series Review

Anohana has ended up as a superbly sparkling success, as it is both commercially soaring, and critically acclaimed.

And yet, as good as Anohana was, I have to admit a slight degree of surprise over this. Which is why I spent some time puzzling over just what made Anohana become received so well by domestic (i.e. Japanese) and foreign audiences alike. In this blog, I will share what I’ve come up with, while also reviewing this anime in general.
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