An Open Letter to Girls’ High

June 13, 2006 on 11:33 pm | In Girls' High | 5 Comments

Dear Girls’ High,
Please stay away from my computer. You are uglying up my hard drive.
Love, Alexander Doenau

Five minutes into episode seven I realised that I hated this show and didn’t care what was coming next. Finally I am free to pursue fresher corners of the universe.

Black Lagoon – episode 8

June 13, 2006 on 11:31 pm | In Black Lagoon | Comments Off on Black Lagoon – episode 8

“Rasta Blasta”

Looks like our friends at the Lagoon Company are going to be dealing in multiple episode stories from now on.

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Yakitate!! Japan – episode 69

June 12, 2006 on 11:30 pm | In Yakitate!! Japan | 2 Comments

“Who is it that you will give truly delicious bread to!? The Japan, forever!”

It’s a strange final episode for Yakitate!! Japan: no build up whatsoever, and no character arcs resolved. It’s a clear cut case of running out of manga, so maybe Yakitate!! Japan will return some day?


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Binchou-tan – episode 12

June 12, 2006 on 11:29 pm | In Binchou-tan | 5 Comments

“A Letter to the Sky Bin”

I welled up at the end.

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Binchou-tan – episode 11

June 12, 2006 on 11:29 pm | In Binchou-tan | 1 Comment

“First snow, first sled, first flight Bin”

The meaning of friendship is giving acorns to birds so that you may soar in the sky together.

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Yakitate!! Japan – episode 68

June 12, 2006 on 11:29 pm | In Yakitate!! Japan | Comments Off on Yakitate!! Japan – episode 68

“This is the path I must take!? Road of the Loquat!”

It didn’t take me long to figure out “Road of the Loquat” > “Road of the Biwa” > “Lord of the Biwa” > “Lord of Yubiwa”. I am officially the smartest person alive, in a poll of one person.

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Ouran High School Host Club – episode 10

June 12, 2006 on 11:29 pm | In Ouran High School Host Club | 3 Comments

“Daily life of the Fujioka Family”

Technically Yakitate!! Japan was the show that brought me back from my self imposed “holiday”, but Ouran High School Host Club opened the door to true fun that I haven’t felt for a while. Like, since the previous episode of Ouran High School Host Club.

Character spoiler within! I will spoil the best joke ever!

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Yakitate!! Japan – episode 67

June 12, 2006 on 11:29 pm | In Yakitate!! Japan | Comments Off on Yakitate!! Japan – episode 67

“The sun vs. the blizzard!! The ultimate tart showdown!”

It’s a clear cut case of there being only three episodes remaining, as all of the trimmings that make one of these matches last two episodes are cut down for the sake of efficiency. Yet the laid-back attitude of the competitions had its appeal, so I’m not quite sure what to think.

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The Battle of the Bulge!

June 12, 2006 on 12:57 am | In Site News | 3 Comments

Due to an assignment on Wong Kar-Wai that I was working on last week (his films are good, you should watch them), I took a little holiday from the anime watching and writing. Then I took a two day break from most of the internet, and it was kind of liberating not checking a computer every five seconds for news of the mark.

On Friday I bought Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King (Dragon Quest VIII to you non-PAL people) and it has proved quite fun so far; I’ve already played it for about 20 hours, which means I could have watched about fifty episodes of anime in such time. The thing that makes me want to mention this fact is not the Toriyama designs, or the godawful dubbing (Look! They hired real British people to play the fantasy land denizens! Except they appear to have had the actors read all of the sentences on different takes and jumbled them altogether, meaning there’s absolutely no flow to the dialogue). No, the fact is sex appeal. The sole heroine of the party, Jessica, can “realise her innate sexiness” if you allocate her stat bonuses well enough.
Furthermore, there is a buxom witch character who had a move called “Puff-Puff”. That’s right: “pafu-pafu”. There’s a screen of birds and so on for the actual puffing bit, but there’s no doubt as to what happens, because the shot cuts after the witch grabs her breasts.
This nefarious attack was carried out against all of my characters. Bandit Yangus and devil-may-care bishounen Angelo grinned stupidly and were unable to battle. Jessica won her own battle of the wills as she was confident in her cleavage.
What happened when this witch tried to use the wiley attack on our hero, Alex?

“Alex is not interested.”

I felt betrayed, like Zapp Brannigan when Kip would not accept the sentence of death by snuu snuu. “What are you, gay?”

So I’ll update tomorrow (technically today), having already “missed” the boat on several key “exclusives” I had going. Keep puffing, everyone.

The Not-Quite Second Coming of the Very Naughty Girl – episode 10

June 7, 2006 on 11:13 pm | In Suzumiya Haruhi | 5 Comments

“The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi IV”

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi tries to win my heart by doing things I’m supposed to love – skipping the OP (instant drama notification!), oversaturating the colours (just like Chris Doyle, but more meaningless! … Or is that less meaningful?) – but, well, action-packed, fantastico first half … then we come to the second half and a lot of the steam runs out. All of that said, though, this was an excellent fourth episode, and the only real time that I’ve minded the episode shifting of this series.

I’m going to admit right here: I no longer think I am qualified to discuss Haruhi. She has grown too big and will destroy our universe.
Don’t think I won’t try, though … masochist, remember?

Spoilers inside

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