“200 Years of Loneliness”
Summary: Niche’s sister sees all of Lag’s memories with Niche.
Alex: Okay, so after finding out that the official site has 9 volumes listed, all worries of this being a 13 episode series have gone out the window. This will cover the whole story without rushing anything, so it can be enjoyed fully ;o
Anyway, since i’m solo’ing on this episode. This episode was a charmingly brilliant conclusion to the arc about the Maka and Niche, yet it hardly focused on Niche at all. The majority of the episode was spent showing her sister’s emotions, and after an amazingly animated fight scene, Lag’s emotions and feelings about Niche. And it was honestly an amazing fight scene, The sheer creativity put into this episode alone would have made it, but they used the flashbacks so well…I don’t normally fall for flashbacks, since i’m more of a ”in the moment” person, but it really got to me this time ;~;
That, I think, is the genuis of Tegami Bachi. On paper, it’s nothing special. Its probably less than special on paper, but it’s the way they brought everything to life and let everything shine…that really sells this franchise.
Also, sorry if I felt a little vague here, it’s been a while since I saw the episode 3= Mimi should take over the next episode I think…
“Night of the Living Nunnery”
Summary: Our poor Shuu has been kidnapped by that evil woman and…
Mimi: Y’know, we generally accept that all anime have their ups and downs. It’s inevitable somewhere down the line, whether it’s that one boring episode in the middle, or that finale which didn’t live up to our expectations. Even my favorite of all time have their dull moments. But Kuragehime is just…the exception. It has a very strong, fascinating premise to begin with, and it delivers one highly entertaining episode right after another. Even though the finale has yet to come, I’m confident that the remaining four episodes will be the best of fun. At this point, it’s impossible to have any doubts when the first six episodes have been nothing short of amazing. At least for me, anyway. o.o
I could shower this anime with praise for a while here, but I’ll try to save some of that for my final review. So in this episode, Kuranosuke dresses the sisterhood up and takes them to a café. It’s hilarious to see them still acting like monkeys in their new attire. For example, Mayaya tries to run around in her high-heel shoes eats like a pig in the café. =P It’s another stretch on their comfort zone to dress like this in public. But later on when they go up to the rooftop, they all find something pleasantly related to their obsessions to admire…for Tsukimi, she compares the moon-lit sky to an underwater world of jellyfish. Kuranosuke can’t but find her adorable every single second. -^.^-
As entertaining as they were though, Shuu’s parts actually stole the episode for me. Shouko drugs him at a bar, takes him to bed, and his sobering reaction to everything is priceless. He calmly asks for his clothes repeatedly despite all her attempts to make him stay, and then he finally gets up to leave, nearly forgetting his pants. At the doorway, he just pushes her down and makes a crazy run for it. xD We learn later that he has a special kind of phobia of women. When he was little, he caught his father and Kuranosuke’s mother doing this and that, and that just hurt poor Shuu psychologically. I just love all this (sorry, Shuu!). After this incident with Shouko, I didn’t expect him to go off and find Tsukimi during the same night, but he had to see her to return to his sensible self I suppose.
So now, Shouko possesses photos of her and Shuu laying in bed together. Dun Dun duuuun. Ahh I can’t wait to see all the drama unravel~ x3
Seventeenth Killing Spirit
Summary:Toshio gets bitten
Alex:I don’t actually know what to say. I don’t think i’ve ever seen a series which kills the entire cast.Obviously, the big thing here was Toshio giving up and getting bitten by that female vampire, who’s the master of the castle’s wife.It was a very strong scene where Toshio finally admitted he can’t do anything, and just wants to see the village die out and have nobody but him left in it.The priest also walked into the castle and was seen getting drugged, so uh…yeah.
But…what’s left? Everyone died and became a Shiki, the end?I know this series has something huge in development, but I just can’t figure out what it is.
Summary: Sion becomes interesting
Alex: Woooow, this show really has improved. With what seemed like a meaningless filler actually held some very crucial details. Namely, Sion’s development. I mean, eek. That scene at the end with Miran and Sion was a very “what the hell” moment. It’s almost like Sion is a skitzophrenic…or Sion is a vessel for something greater than his human personality. The majority of the episode was spent on Ryner x Sion scenes, with Ryner resolving to help Sion…before he got stabbed by an unknown blond assailant who matches the man from Ryner’s childhood (his father). It may just be me, but didn’t he sound a little like Ferris’s older brother?
Things over in Gastark don’t look too good, either, as hordes of zombie-like creatures are attacking, and they’re all in the belief that Kiefer is a spy and she’s behind it. And just to add to the chaos, there’s a situation brewing on Captain Milk’s side of things, too. Man, this thing writes itself~:3
Summary: The Black Widow returns as Rangui! Kei and Hotaru get captured.
Mimi: FANTASTIC! This is exactly what we need right now, an episode featuring more of those visually stunning fights that we love so much. Plus the villains finally get more character development. The Black Widow, also called Rangui, orders the two cloaked people to capture Kei and Hotaru so that they can lure Zakuro over to them. As you might have suspected already, the cloaked people are just two gorgeous half-spirits (and sisters) who have a rough past. Their names are Daidai and Byakuroku, and they serve under Rangui, despite that they’re treated disrespectfully. Well, Daidai appears to be too innocent to know their leader’s attitude (‘they’re nothing but dirty little half-spirits’), but she’s so obviously suspicious…
So Zakuro and Riken team up together to get their partners back. The best part of all is when Zakuro and Byakuroku have that an amazing duel. It’s short, but it is a visual feast for the eyes at any rate. Zakuro wins that round, and Rangui appears shortly only to disappear moments later with the sisters. Nah, it’s not time for the major show-down yet. Rangui must only be testing them all, but at least she’s back in action. And yeah, there’s a touching little reunion at the end between Kei and Zakuro, and Riken and Hotaru. -^^-
Wait, there’s more to say! Even though all the action and character revelations are in the last half of the episode, I really enjoyed the first half as well. The half-spirits and human partners shuffle up: Riken is with the twins fixing a shelf, and Hotaru and Kei hang out in town together. It’s just really nice to see them do that once in a while. And it’s interesting to see how tense it’s getting between Kushimatsu and Amaryouju. I mean, Kushimatsu expresses her authority pretty loud and clear around Zakuro and locks her up in a room, then the elephant youkai creepily pops out around the corner only to threaten that he’ll lock her up instead. Didn’t know it would get this tense. O_o
Anyway, loved this episode, am I’m in needz of more. :3!
“Blue Notes Blues”
Summary: Niche’s past is revealed.
Mimi: I have to admit; I ended up enjoying Niche’s arc more than Gauche’s…and probably more than any other episode we’ve seen thus far. I’m going to cut the long story short in explaining this though. Kinda. So in Niche’s hometown long long ago, the Maka was revered as a God by the people. They lived in peace until a man ate a ‘forbidden fruit,’ and the town was no longer being supported by the Maka for heat, fertile lands, etc. One such woman, chosen to be a sacrifice to bless them with warmth and good soil, sought for the cave where the Maka resided. She was pregnant and told the Maka that she wished for her children to be born first, and she indeed gave birth to twins: Niche and her sister. She died immediately afterward, and the baby twins were isolated and soon thrown away because the townspeople regarded them as a curse.. ;A;
Now, Niche’s sister lives in the cave, having grown considerably more than Niche over the past 200 years. This isn’t quite the happiest reunion ever, as she attacks her and Lag, and she doesn’t seem to care for the towns people who show up to make peace. Jumping back a bit earlier here, Gauche had entered the cave before Lag ever showed up, and I wonder what he was up to there besides freezing up gaichuu. Did he encounter the Maka or anything?
Anyway, this is a great, engaging episode, and the artwork is beautiful as ever. This is going to continue on to the next episode, and it looks like there’s going to be more of a fight, so I can’t wait. :3 Btw..what’s up with Lag not being human?
“I Want to Be a Jellyfish”
Summary: The sisterhood attend a meeting to protest against the redevelopment project, “Activate City Amamizu.”
Mimi: Fantastic, this episode does a lot of things very well, such as portraying Tsukimi’s feelings, the distance between her and Shuu, and transforming Mayaya into a model. O_o In my last post, I mentioned how the female otaku never seem to change compared to the lead characters, but now they’re making some startling development. In order to seriously protest against the redevelopment plans, they have to look more professional, and that usually comes with a new attitude. In a hilarious scene with Mayaya, Kuranosuke gives her a complete makeover, and now she looks very womanly and down to business….just a whole different person. Wow. I can’t wait to see how the others will look and how they’ll take serious action to protect their dear life!
We also get an introduction to a new character, Shouko Inari, who is pushing for the redevelopment plans. She also has plans to sway Shuu to her side by seducing him, and they are quickly seen together in front of Tsukimi. I suppose that Shouko will play as the main obstacle between Shuu and Tsukimi, and with that, I have a few ideas in mind about how this series will end. This is a fairytale called Princess Jellyfish, after all.
I am very satisfied with how this series is coming along; it has never had a dull moment. Ever. It’s startling to realize that we’re pretty much half-way done already. Can you believe it? I bet the second half is going to be packed with the best episodes yet, and I’m excited for them more than ever. Bring ‘em on! Needz more sisterhood supermodels~
A Mind Not Filled With Despair
Summary: Gastark goes after the Alpha Stigma children
Alex:If there’s one thing that can be said for DenYuDen, it’s that it keeps improving on itself.The relationship between Ferris and Ryner really grew here, and it was amazingly soft and bittersweet to hear her yelling kind words instead of calling Ryner names and insulting him.
This series toes a line, though. It doesn’t want to make anyone out to be good or anyone out to be evil, but after this episode, it’s pretty obvious that the pink haired dude from Gastark is a stuck up bastard who enjoys making people suffer, especially poor children.This is where the “alpha stigma users are miserable” arc really paid off, it won’t be going over the top to say that you could feel the pain of the children and Tiia as everything they worked for got torn to shreds in front of them.
The only thing that leaves me with concern is how this series will end. It’s got 5 or 6 episodes left. How is it going to pull off an ending on the scale it’s been aiming for the whole time; or will it leave the ending open for a sequel. (Which I support nonchalantly)
Summary:Akira takes things into his own hands.
Alex:SHIT THAT CLIFFHANGER WAS AMAZING.The music, the screams, the art…that gave me the creeps >.< AKIIIIIRAAAAA D;
Okay, so….this episode was almost as brilliant as previous episodes, but for a completely different reason. This episode showed what Natsuno and Toshio are planning,a bit of backstory on the “Queen Shiki”, and the latter part of it was focused on Akira and his sister, since Megumi convinced the risen father to bring his wife over.And that cliffhanger with Akira…was oh my god.But it brings up a question- Does that werewolf follow select people around or something?He’s always in the right place at the right time..hm..
A Rival Battle for Club Champ!
Summary:Ash meets Shooti and harasses him for a battle.
Alex:I swear, who comes up with these names for Pokemon? What kind of name is Pururururururururiru? @_@ Anyway, the title says everything about this episode. Satoshi annoys the hell out of Shooti and gets a battle, and gets utterly thrashed. By a pigeon. The first Ash-centred episode of the series is completely boring and pretty much a waste of time, unless you like one sided battles where the main character looses.
So then, lets use this post to complain about how useless Satoshi is. Imagine what this series would be without him.It would have two mains who actually have a brain and are interesting…it wouldn’t have the annoying cheese which will undoubtly show up sooner or later…it would have a cooler Team Rocket since they didn’t go crazy over Pikachu…and we’d avoid episodes like these.Siiigh…ohwell.