Because you all care so much… (I’m not really drunk, my typing would be much worse, although this is proofreading free so forgive any grammatical/spelling errors 🙂 )
I wish… asread could have spent the time and money to make the design and animation even merely average. I’ve gotten used to the terrible quality of the animation. But every now and then I can’t help but cringe at an elongated chin, or a malformed head or a criminally thin body limb. Even Mako-chan got the shaft this episode, and it usually looks like they spend a little extra time on her/him. Whatever. It’s not a big deal. Onto the Kana-heavy episode.
Part 1: Practice? You’re doing it all wrong!
Because they’re either tipping off the “final battle” way too early, or this show isn’t really 24 episodes (hooray!). If that were really the case, it would be the best thing to happen to the show since the promising first episode.
If you were to do a mental examination of all the characters on this show, I think it’d be hard to figure out who’s most messed up in the head. In season 1, Kana was out there, but now you could probably consider her to be one of the most sanest characters on the show. From Hosaka’s obvious delusions, to Natsuki’s growing social awkwardness, to the gender-role confusion that Mako-chan, Touma, and Fujioka are bound to share – no one is safe from the madness.
Part 1: Clothes fit for a King
GG is apparently taking a break for a while. As a thank you gift, they’ve left us with two versions of the latest episode of Maria+Holic. One in which Mariya plays a reverse trap 50-year old genius doctor with a vicodin addiction, and another in which Mariya is the moe, fanservice-friendly trap that we can’t deny our love for. If you’re interested in the moe, fanservice-friendly trap version, check here.
Kadokawa, pumping out the Haruhi-chan and Churuya-san webcasts again. I know they’re not putting a lot of effort into the production values, and I am very grateful that they release subbed versions with the original Japanese language versions, but I do wish they’d take just a little bit of effort to make sure everything’s up to snuff. I noticed at least 2-3 blatant typos in the first Haruhi-chan ep (“soup operas” comes to mind), which could’ve easily been caught if someone had spent 15 minutes QA-ing it. It’s not a big deal, but it doesn’t exactly scream “professionalism.”
Nyoron Churuya-san #5
I’m a huge fan of MyAnimeList (a.k.a. MAL). I find it to be a tremendous resource in ways ANN isn’t (although an unholy alliance between the two would be perfection). Before I start watching a series, I’ll check out the fansub list to see which groups to check out and which ones to avoid. Sometimes I’ll check it out mid-show, maybe to look up a particular seiyuu or something of that nature. Then after the show, I’ll use it, of course, to update my list to reflect the latest things I’ve seen. Or sometimes to recall which episode I’ve watched up to (particularly handy if you haven’t watched a show in a while and don’t want to re-download an episode you’ve already watched). And after each episode I’ll check out the forums to see what other people thought. And last but not least, I often use MAL as a reference when writing, most of time to make sure I’m referring to characters by their right name, using the right spelling, etc. (I have grammar/spelling/detail-nazi tendencies).