Phoenix512's Anime Blog

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Monday, September 04, 2006

School Rumble S2 7

Tenma and the others decided to have a picnic in the forest which Harima and Hanai are hauling their stuff. For Hanai, he had some extra luggage in terms of Imadori who hid in the huge bag as he was just lazy to walk. Tenma opened the bento that Yakumo made which only contained rice as Tenma forgot to the rest of the food in it. So Tenma and Eri decided to make onigiri which Harima immediately objected as he didn't want to eat their onigiri from what happened last time. So he suggested that he would cook since he brought cooking supplies which the girls accepted. Hanai thinks that Harima's cooking would be bad and were about to get into a fight until Arika suggested that they should have a cooking contest which Imadori decided to enter as well in order to get a kiss from Miko. The rules of the contest is that they can cook anything they want but have to gather their own ingredients. Harima heads for the streams for his ingredients which he encounters a huge crab while Hanai gathered some wild plants and mushrooms until he sees a wild boar and attacks it.

Harima and Hanai come back and began to cook the meals while Imadori was taking a nap. Imadori made some curry which it was actually good and said some fancy chef words to make it sound complex but it was actually instant. Arika disqualified Imadori for it and got punched by Miko after showing a pair of D cups made from curry. Harima was the next one to showcase his meal which the judges experienced something of climbing a waterfall because of the Mozuku crab but Osakabe and Sasakura mentions that it was too salty since he did the flavoring in the wrong order. Hanai showed off his meal which everyone experienced being in a jungle with wild boars and felt sad. Then Hanai's sensei mentions that he forgot to remove the scum from the plants while telling Miko to go after Hanai. In the end, neither Hanai or Harima won as Eri's crossdressing maid end up winning.

Harima decides to get a job at an anime studio called Studio Homet. Sara and Asou work at a Chinese restraurant which their manager has to go to his wife since the baby is coming. Asou wanted to close the restraurant even though there was a reservation but before he could, a bunch of people came in and was forced to serve them. Yakumo works at a cosplay cafe which she is wearing a bunny costume. Hanai sees the sign outside and has his own image of Yakumo which was completely different from the actual costume. Even though it wasn't very sexy, she managed to get all the customers to stare at her all day. Nishimoto helps around at his family video store which he got some of his classmates to help out sorting videos. One of them finds a hidden door that contains treasure in it which Nishimoto guides them into the door. At WAS Burger, Ichidou and Lala worked there which Imadori wanted a kids meal. Ichidou couldn't give it to him and made her cry which Lala started to beat him up. Tenma works at a bakery and basically puts bread in a bag. Everytime she gets done with one batch, another batch is finished and gets tired immediately. Then she thinks the bread is Karasuma and collaspes afterwards. Arika works at a bookstore and mentions to Eri that she has another part-time job but it's a secret. Her job is a secret agent. Back at the restraurant, Sara and Asou managed to finish with the customers when the manager comes back saying that it wasn't his wife. Harima gets kicked out of the studio saying that it wasn't for him as Karasuma enters the studio as his manga is being made into an anime. The guys who helped out Nishimoto earlier are walking home from seeing the Sumo-Swimsuit series. Yakumo meets up with Tenma who decided to quit her job from the bakery while Imadori got his toy from the meal but beat up because of it. Harima, Tenma, Yakumo, and Eri sees Arika riding on a motorcycle with a girl being chased by a car which she manages to blow up with a grenade.

Well nothing really happened much in this episode as it was a wind-down episode to get away from the Cultural Festival. The cooking contest and the reactions remind me too much of Yakitate Japan. It was interesting to see some of the part time jobs that some of the students do (especially Arika's secret agent job.) I wouldn't mind having an entire episode based around that idea. The next episode revolves around Tenma's diet and a girls' basketball team.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Fate/Stay Night Review

Fate/Stay Night is about a high school student named Emiya Shirou who gets caught into a magical war for the Holy Grail which he's the weakest Master. In order to have a chance in victory, he managed to summon a Servant under the name of Saber who was a heroic legend back in the day. Another Master and fellow classmate named Rin Tohsaka allied herself with Shirou to help him understand the rules of the war which occured every 10 years. In the final episode, Shirou faces off against a former Master in the previous war while Saber faces off against his Servant in order to save the life of Iliya who being used as a sacfrice to summon the Holy Grail.

Now when the series was being comfirmed as an anime, everyone was like, "This is going to be awesome." I was like, "Ok... I don't understand why everyone is going insane because of this series but ok, whatever." I think I tend to have a different hype sense with anime compared to most people. Most people were hyped about this series while I just thought "It's just another series." I think that Fate is an ok series but not this very great series that people put it to be. There was good character development overall and a sense of growth between them. I like the Hero concept with the Servants along with some good fight scenes. The thing that I didn't really like is like how they pull all these twists out of nowhere. It's like they couldn't do the story the normal way and decided to add odds against them like every episode towards the end. The music and animation was great.

Overall, Fate/Stay Night is a decent series to watch but it's up to you if you want to believe the hype of the series or not. The series was made for the fanboys of the Type Moon game and benefit them more than the normal anime fan. I'll give Fate/Stay Night a 3 out of 5.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Jigoku Shoujo 26 and Review

Jigoku Shoujo is about a girl named Emma Ai who takes revenge on behalf of others through a website called Hell Correspondance. She assisted by a team of Helpers to enact a scary illusion of the person's sins before she sends them to Hell. In the final episode of the series, Emma manages to avoid being sent to Hell and tries to get Tsugumi into enacting revenge on Hajime for not forgiving Ayumi for what she did to him. The end of the episode is open-ended which the next season will continue off. I personally think now that Emma is somewhat of a rogue agent of revenge now which she will immediately appeared when people could enact revenge on someone regardless if they requested it or not.

The series started off with self-contained stories of people requesting revenge and end up getting a better deal from it even though their souls will go to Hell in the end. Then the series started to have a consistant human characters with Tsugumi and Hajime which she has a link to Emma that allows her to see who's the next victim of revenge. Hajime tries to stop Emma multiple times from commiting revenge but usually falls short. Eventually he and Tsugumi will disagreed on the idea of revenge as she thinks it's a good thing until she sees a good person being sent to Hell for no reason at all while Hajime regrets thinking that he wanted his wife dead after she cheated on him. These two characters created an outside force trying to interfere with Jigoku Shoujo along with being to see what happens when a revenge occurs on the outside world. Through the course of the series, small parts of Emma's character was revealed until the final few episodes where her backstory was completely revealed. I wish that more things behind the system was revealed along with some character development of the Helpers (maybe in season two.)

The animation and music was really good. Overall, Jigoku Shoujo is a great show that gives an interesting aspect on the topic of revenge but it sometimes gets stale which doesn't happen for long periods of time. Another thing I wished to see in Season Two is something that involves Heaven and tries to stop Jigoku Shoujo from commiting revenge all the time. I'll give Jigoku Shoujo a 4.5 out of 5.