Sora no Manimani, episode 11 – Hime abuse

When I first heard Hime speak, I expected to hear a soft, meek voice coming from her. Basically Mamiko Noto. But I was surprised to hear a higher-pitched, more peppy voice for her. Of course, my preconceptions of Hime was that she was a total passive wallflower. And while, she’s sort of meek in the confession sense, she’s actually turned out to be a pretty fiery character. So that’s my long winded way of saying, I really like the way Haruka Tomatsu’s voicing her. Of course, there’s very little about Haruka Tomatsu that I don’t like.

Mii-chan loves snowHime and Edogawa freeze together

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The Epicness of Haruhi Suzumiya (Season 2)

I guess it’s safe to say that there’s not going to be any more new episodes of Haruhi this year. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that the second season of Haruhi Suzumiya was full of epic moments – in both good and bad ways. As part of a two part wrap-up series of posts, I figured I’d focus the first part on grading the epicness and the goodness/evilness of each of the major events so far this year.

Endless Eight
The memory that keeps on giving

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Spice and Wolf, season 2 – Ending the season with a bang

Holy cow. While it wasn’t perfect, this episode delivered a little bit of everything. Powerhouse performances from Jun Fukuyama and Ami Koshimizu. Betrayal and intrigue. Lawrence pulling off his best Lelouch act. Angry Horo. Crying Horo. Deredere Horo. Lawrence’s confession. A kiss between the two(!) Seriously, there was a little bit for everyone. The only major knock is that the shoddy animation that became prevalent towards the latter half of the season continued here.

Continuing the fur tradeHoro accepts fate

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni, episode 12 – Show me what you’ve got

I’ve been battling a cold for the past week and thus have been feeling pretty unmotivated. Which is unfortunate, because there’s been a bunch of posts I’ve been thinking of posting. The Haruhi recap, something on the Zetsubou sensei girls, something on Scribblenauts, my favorite list of seiyuus, a 3-part concerto on Nodame Cantabile that I’d been meaning to write for the past month… I wonder if any of these will ever get written… Anyway, onto the latest Umineko. It’s a new arc, and I’ve got super high hopes. Why? Because Battler’s finally decided to show up to the gunfight packing some heat.

Battler's challenge: show me what you've got 
Apparently, I was a week too early with my "bring it on" quote.

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Spice and Wolf, season 2, episode 11 – This is why we can’t have nice things

Because every time Lawrence tries, he gets the carpet dragged out from under him, like Kratos always getting screwed over by those damn high-and-mighty Greek gods. Still, all in all, rebellion may turn out to be a good thing for him… assuming he and Horo get out of that town alive.

Sleazy old guysLeader of the sleazy old guys

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Hayate no Gotoku, episode 24 – Hina’s confession

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Hina-heavy episode. I’ve been zetsubou shita ever since they replaced the Hina ED with the other ED that I always skip over. But Hina (and Hamster) were back in force!

Hina, Nishizawa and sakura trees

I just loved the colors in this scene, the pinks, the dark purples, the blues. It gives off such a wintry, exotic vibe. It also blends really well with Hina and Nishizawa’s hair colors.

Hina's scared of heightsNishizawa asks Hina

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni, episode 11 – Bring it on

So concludes the final episode of the second game, with Battler’s seemingly grotesque and frankly, shameful loss. If surrendering is getting walked around in chains only to be torn apart by demon goat butlers, screw that. Meta-Battler seemingly realizes that as he returns with a bang and one of the best lines I’ve seen in recent memory, "slice up those cow tits of yours and make me a sandwich." Now that is a comeback, bitches.

Fake KanonShannon's shield

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