50 Questions

Originally done by Ace Railgun, and subsequently popularized among anibloggers like MarthTsurugiarashix, and Yumeka, “50 Questions” offers a look in the little details that makes each anime fan unique and is also a good way for someone like me to make a post when I’m too conked out on pain meds (see author’s note at the end of my previous post) to keep focus on any new anime. So, here’s a mixture of anime and personal questions, without further ado….

1. Who is your favorite male anime character?
Haruaki Yachi, from C³: CubexCursedxCurious. I guess I just appreciate that, unlike 99% of all anime male protagonists, a naked girl appears in his kitchen, and he takes it like a boss! :3

2. Who is your favorite female anime character?
Tooru Ichii, from A Channel. I’m infatuated with this girl, she’s so cute and I love the way she’s so protective of Run. And it drives me mad when she puts on such a tough exterior when she’s really incredibly sweet on the inside!
 3. What is your favorite anime soundtrack?
My musical preferences change like the damn seasons, but right now I really like the Guilty Crown soundtrack. Lots of concerto sounds and Bios is really trippy to me. Makes me feel so epic when I’m simply walking to class but listening to it with the volume cranked up! (My taste in music is admittedly crap, but it’s what I like, so…)

4. What is your favorite anime opening song + animation?
The second opening to C³: CubexCursedxCurious, Kirika’s dance and the reverse snow fall are stunning to watch, and Shirushi is one of my favorite songs of all time.

5. What is your favorite anime ending song + animation?
Right now, it’s most likely the Kill Me, Baby ED. Although it needs more Agiri, I love the dance and anyone who can do this in real life is a god to me. This song is also pretty catchy as well.

6. What is your favorite anime scene?
The scene from episode 22 (or close to that)  of Lucky Star, where Konata Izumi’s mother visits her family in ghost form. It was very touching and always leaves a tear in my eye as they finish off with Konata and her father wondering what to do with the haunted picture he took using his new digital camera, in which Kanata posed in the background, unbeknownst to her husband or daughter.

7. If you could meet an anime character, who would it be?
Hmmm, Tooru Ichii. No, wait, Lelouch vi Britannia. Hold on, Ika Musume. Actually, Black Rock Shooter. Acccck! This is too hard…really? Only one?!

8. What anime character is most like you in terms of personality?
The more I thought about this question the harder it became, so I asked a friend. After a while of thought, she came up with the answer: a mixture of Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist) and Azusa Nakano (K-On!), you’re serious when you need to be, but when it comes to comparison, no one can compete with your confidence.
I’m like “seriously?”. I always see myself as shy and kinda quiet, but maybe that’s just with people I’m not so comfortable around…

9. What is your favorite thing about anime?
That’s there always something more to watch or enjoy! And even if you can’t access something you haven’t seen, rewatching anime is just as enjoyable!

10. What is your least favorite thing about anime?
Too much anime, not enough time :3

11. Who are your favorite anime couple?
I’ve never really thought about it, but I’d have to say… Horizon Ariadust and Tori Aoi from Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. I love the idea of him taking on the world to save her and then to retrieve her personality remnants.
 12. Who is your favorite anime animal?
Easy, Sakamoto-san from Nichijou. How can you listen to his smooth tones and not love the coolest cat in Japan?

13. What anime would make a good game?
I’ve always wanted a real, playable version of “The World” from the .hack series. Not a story-mode driven game, but a fully opened RPG MMO. Maybe throw in a conspiracy or two to make it interesting.

14. What game would make a good anime?
I honestly can’t think of a game that wasn’t already an anime that would make a good anime… I don’t play very many video games, though the few I play, I play A LOT.

15. What is the first anime you watched?
I can’t be certain, but (with like 60% probably) I’d have to say Dragonball. Seeing as it was the most likely anime to be watching on TV when I was little. Other early anime include G Gundam, Zoids, YuYu Hakasho, and a little Sailor Moon, though I don’t remember much of Zoids or Sailor Moon, simply that I would watch them.

16. Do you think you’ll ever stop watching anime?
I honestly hope to raise my kids on anime, seeing as I want to be animator. Watching anime for me is like researching, studying different animation styles and how they work with the genre of anime they portray is good to know for any aspiring animator. For example, a simple style like Kill Me, Baby works to play off the comedic nature of the series, while a more detailed, hard-lined design of a series like Guilty Crown helps portray the stark reality of the world they live in.

17. What is your favorite genre of anime?
Slice of life, it’s my bread and butter. Gimme a good slice of life series any day, it warms my heart and makes me happy. It also doesn’t give me the anxiety of longer, more action-based shows.

18. What is your least favorite genre of anime?
Least favorite would be… shounen, simply because the popular ones are too long and have some of the worst plots in my opinion. (Read this before you comment with your annoying butthurt) That being said, some of my favorite series are shounen, but they’re limited compared to series like Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece. FMA is only like 60 episodes, but the plot moves every step of the way. This is a little off topic to the question…

19. How open are you about watching anime with the people you know?
You get one chance, if you can’t shut up or generally ruin the experience, don’t expect me to hit you up for an anime showing anytime soon. You should also be okay with me pausing some to take screenshots :3

20. Have you ever been to Japan?
No, but I’m planning on studying abroad for a semester in Fall 2013. Hopefully going to Ritsumeikan University’s College of Image Arts to learn animation.
 21. What anime was the biggest let down for you?
Right now, Kill Me, Baby! It’s proof that what works in a manga doesn’t necessarily work in anime.

22. What anime was better than expected for you?
Nichijou. Going in, I knew it was funny, but I had no idea I’d spend hours hunched over on the floor from laughter.

23. What is the best anime fight scene?
Any fight scene from Ben-to, there’s something primal about fighting for your meal, using your hunger to power your ambition and drive to win.

24. Who is your anime waifu?
Tooru Ichii (see question #2) :3 though I’ve “adopted” Tsukasa Hiiragi, Azusa Nakano, and Chris Yukine. :3
The first step to Waifu Recovery is to admit you have a waifu, step two is acceptance. I accept this part of me, which leads to step 3, understand. You need to understand why you chose to have a waifu (though I developed mine inadvertently). For me, Tooru is a placeholder in my mind for the girl that I hope to meet one day and marry. Smart, maybe a litte shy but irresistibly sweet, cute (to name a few qualities). If that makes any sense…

25. What was your favorite video game as a child?
Pokemon, still is…

Now for some more personalized questions, most are taken directly from Ace Railgun or others, or I changed them to make them easier (or more fun) for me to answer.

26. Most Embarassing moment?
I can’t really pin down a most embarrassing “moment”, but 5th-6th grades were probably the most embarrassing time of my life.  This was when my muscular dystrophy (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease) became very pronounced and I walked on my toes all the time. My heel never touched the floor and elementary school kids did as elementary school kids do, attributing various not-so-empowering reasonings to as to why I “walked funny”. The most awkward was the rumor that it was because I was holding in flatulence… Though I had it corrected and only partially stand on my toes today, I endured teasing and misunderstanding through middle school and most of high school. Luckily I had good friends who would actually listen to why I stood like I did, and thought nothing less of me because of it.

27. Can you drive?
Yeah, I have a license and a hatchback (I need the room to carry art supplies), though when I can, I bum rides because I’m not good with directions and I’d rather enjoy the ride than have to focus on driving. I’ve only had two accidents, the first one when I hit a tree in the dollar store parking lot, no real damage other than a few scratches to the hood, but the second time I rear-ended a truck after having to stop short behind the truck that had to stop for a car cutting through rush hour traffic. My car was totaled but no one was hurt and the guy’s truck didn’t really get damaged.

28. Are you mature?
Maturity is relative, and like my answer to #8, I’d say I can get serious when a job needs to get done, otherwise I’m pretty laid back (unless you’re being a dick, running up and down the hallway at 3 in the morning on a school night…if you lived in my dorm, you’d know exactly what I’m talking about).

29. What year were you born?
1992, my parents didn’t vote in the general presidential election because I was also born on election day :3

30. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
Not that I really prefer one over the other, but cats make better in-house pets (and I’ve always wanted a kitty to call my own :3)

31. Describe yourself physically?
6 foot and about 1 and a half inches tall, only 120 pounds. A side effect of my muscular dystrophy is that I can’t gain any muscle mass and since I have a fast metabolism I don’t have body fat. I get thrown around easily, but it’s okay because I have a cute demeanor. I’ve also shrunk about 2 inches in the past year…which is strange.

32. What would you name your first child?
I probably shouldn’t be naming my first (or any) child, they’d mostly be names like Azusa, Tooru, Fu, Chris, (you get the picture). I should stick to naming pets. But I will say this about having kids, I’d rather have a daughter to dote on, because I’ve taught children’s classes before, and boys don’t gain any common sense until around age 20 (and some still don’t). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to keep a young boy (various ages) from ramming his head into a wall. For no reason, other than he could…girls seem easier to handle and reason with (at least for me), plus it’d be less awkward (I’m a lot like Konata Izumi’s dad if I think about it).

33. What is the worst injury you’ve ever had?
I’ve broken my leg twice while simply walking. Not kidding, just walking. In August 2010, I was walking through church when what sounded like a gun shot (to me) came from my foot. Turns out that because of my muscular dystrophy, my foot was turning on itself and putting all the weight on the small bone on the outside of my left foot. After healing and returning to normal shoes, I broke it again in December 2010. I then wore a cast or a brace until May 2011, which started a series of surgeries over the summer to place pins in my foot that would prevent it from turning. Now my foot gets sore whenever the air pressure changes or when I step on a loose manhole.

34. What is your worst habit?
Procrastination, if I can get started, I’ll keep going until I finish, but that’s the problem, I’ll put off something saying “Oh, I’ll just relax for a bit, then hit that” or “I’ll have plenty of time to do it tomorrow” (I sometimes do this with anime reviews when I’d rather play games or do nothing…doing nothing is quite the past time for me).

35. Do you drink or smoke?
No, never. Smoking is like signing your death certificate, and it’s bad enough I have to breath in the second hand smoke from people on the streets (I think of it has puffing out little doses of cancer for whoever has the misfortune of being downwind). And as for drinking, I don’t have a problem with responsible drinking, but I’d rather never touch it myself. I’m already chemically dependent on caffeine :3

36. Do you have a tattoo?
Nope, and never will. Too scared of needles, and besides, who would want a permanent anything on their skin forever?

37. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Most definitely a night owl, why, in fact, I wrote this post at 3 in the morning (not kidding).

38. Have you ever slept past midday?
More than once a week…

39. Do you regret anything?
I try not to regret the past and instead learn from it, there are things I’m ashamed of, but nothing I can’t grow from.

40. Can you count the number of friends on one hand?
While I’d say I have different levels of friendship, from friends I’ll be hanging with 20 years from now to people that I converse with sometimes merely by proximity in class, I mostly definitely have more friends than I can count on my fingers.

41. Do you wear glasses?
No, I had to wear reading glasses for a month because I was getting a headache from doing test prep quizes every day in junior year, but other than that, I’m the only one in my house that doesn’t need glasses and one of the few in my whole family.

42. Are you a picky eater?
Not picky, but I get hungry in moods. By that, I mean that although I like fried chicken, sometimes I don’t want it. I’m (hypothetically) game for anything, but sometimes I only want certain things.

43. Would you die for someone?
For a certain someone, of course…

44. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I’ll take Haruhi’s power to alter reality, thank you!

45. Do you believe in the supernatural?
Not really, but it’s not like I won’t piss myself when someone else dies in Another.

46. Would you rather be rich or famous?
Rich, simply so I could easily provide for my family and feed my anime addiction.

47. Have you ever committed a crime?
I don’t think so, unless you count PIPA or SOPA-esque crimes. In which case, every damn day. (But media companies need to understand the benefit of sharing their product and the growth produced by 3rd party generated content. )

48. Pirates or ninjas? (Time traveler or ghost?) Esper or Alien?
I’ve seen enough Melancholy to confidently answer “alien”.

49. Does someone have a crush on you?
I wonder…probably not, I’m not the “dreamy” type. Though it’d be nice to know if someone could possibly have deeper-than-normal feelings for me.

50. Are you in a relationship?
Nope, never have. I don’t date really, I hate seeing the “dating culture” in America. I’ll only date someone if I feel like I could start a lifelong commitment to that person, too often I see people dating for the status. That’s not to say I haven’t had a few crushes in my life, but I’ve gotten over them. I’d much rather start a relation with a good friend than go and “pick up chicks” like I see most guys do. Though, to be honest, I’ll probably be infatuated with her for quite some time beforehand.

Take me as I am, I may not be perfect, but I'm the best me I can be!

Well, there’s some answered questions about me and then some. It’s been fun, especially the parts where I ponder my being while hopped up on narcotics :3 I’m more than happy to answer additional questions or go more in-depth on a topic if asked. This’ll probably clear up a few gender confusions I’ve seen as well (yesh, in fact I AM a guy…though very very VERY effeminate).

As far as my health goes, my surgery went off without a hitch and now I’m trying to gather my wits together so I can stay awake for an hour to review a show. I also need time to download here (not under normal connection circumstances), so I’ll get back on the regular schedule soon. I’m also wanting to make a new banner with video to go with it this week using my time off, provided a few other things can get done as well, I’ll have that ready (hopefully) by next week.

Thanks for reading and thanks again to Ace Railgun for starting this “50 Question” phenomenon, it’s been really fun and I’m sure someone is really enjoying these glimpses into anibloggers’ personal lives.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

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Fall 2011 Final Review

Back for a final review of the Fall 2011 season. For simplicity sake, I’m dividing this post into “finished” and “continuing” series. Series that have reached a definitive end (even if just for now) and don’t have any rumor of possible continuation, are deemed “finished”, and series like Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon and Guilty Crown, which are most definitely going to be continued, are deemed “continuing”.

For “finished” series, this season I followed Shinryaku!? Ika Musume, Working’!!, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Ben-to, and Tamayura~hitotose.  Shinryaku!?, Working’!!, and Tamayura are all continuations from previous seasons or OAVs, while Boku wa, Ben-to, and  are original premiers.  The more comedic series, Shinryaku!?, Boku wa, and Working’!!, offered a refreshing break in-between more action or character-driven series like Ben-to, and Tamayura.  But that’s not to say the comedies didn’t offer their own substance in way of character development or excitement.  In general, the series I would like to see more of, and think there’s a chance of a continuation are Boku wa Tomodachi ga SukunaiC³and Working’!! (I feel like there’s still room for fresh material to continue the story of the Wagnaria crew).  Ben-to and Tamayura~hitotose both reached logical, definite conclusions, and I’m satisfied with their endings. I’m almost apprehensive of asking for another season of Ben-to, as this may not live up the enjoyment of the first season (but I’m all for more Asebi, so I’d be willing to try it if it did get a second season).  Shinryaku! Ika Musume, while amusing to me, is really a hit-and-miss sort of comedy style, and it’s quite fortunate to have gotten this second season.  I’m not hopeful for a third season, but if the hit-and-miss hits enough people to generate good revenue, enough to justify a third season, more power to them.

(I’m not used to giving ratings, but I’ll see how this goes.) Overall, for “finished” series this Fall 2011 season, I’d give an 8.7 out of 10.  A lot of the series, as stated, are continuations from previous seasons or OAVs, so they bank on previous success.  But there was quite a good bit of excellent new material to give a nice blend of old favorites and fresh series to keep me thoroughly entertained.

 

On to the “continuing” series, Guilty Crown, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, and Gundam AGE.  Ultimately, the only two I’m eager to see continue are Guilty Crown and Kyoukai Senjou, as they are the only ones to truly not make me cringe 90% of the time.  Guilty Crown was poised to become the next Code Geass, but, as many other blogs will quickly remark, this just wasn’t the case. Ohma Shu is no Lelouch Lamperouge.  But I do admire the unique premise, drawing voids that take on form depending on the owner’s heart is very interesting and I’ve been surprised to the individuality and applications of the voids Shu has so far drawn.  While the main protagonist leaves much to be desired, the 11th episode, marking the halfway point of the series, shows him finally acting the part of the hero. My fingers are crossed that this will continue into the Winter 2012 season.  Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon also broke it’s pre-determined impressions, as many, including myself, spent much of the series wondering what was going on.  While normally this would be considered a minus for a series, Kyoukai Senjou pulls it off in such a fashion that makes me overlook the confusion and enjoy it more so now that everything just seems to be happening in a way that makes me happy to understand.  While this is a confusing idea to some (trust me, I’m still wrapping my head around it), I’m still looking forward to the second season, announced to air in 2012.  Finally, there’s Gundam AGE, my most disappointing series this season.  Not that there’s inherently anything wrong with it, but if you’ve seen other Gundam series such as Gundam 00, Gundam AGE seems to spit in the face of previous success. The character designs are very childish, as is the dialogue, and I’ve never found myself rooting for the bad guys because I can’t stand what they did to the Gundam design.  I’ve really only continued watching because, steadily, AGE is recovering ground inch-by-inch. Supposedly this series is going to span three generations, i.e. Flit’s son and grandchild eventually become the focus. I’m hoping for Flit to leave the cockpit soon, I honestly can’t stand the thought of someone as generally annoying as that child piloting (what is, in my opinion) one of the greatest machines ever imagined.

Rather disappointing “continuing” series, compared what I expected going into Fall 2011.  My rating is a 7.0 out of 10.  Passable because the tail-end of the season sees some remnants of what I hoped for going in.  For Guilty Crowns sake, Shu better man up or shut up, take a lesson from Dan the Man and use some “GUTS!”.   Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon needs to do nothing but continue the great plot movement of the last 4 or so episodes in the first season (I fear the first episode of the second season will be a recap of the first season, if anyone involved with this show is reading, please don’t do this, just jump right back into the story).  Gundam AGE…*sigh* just, stop ruining what I like about the Gundams. If Flit is going to lose, don’t let it be because of something so simple as type-disadvantage.  If Flit is going to whine, let someone else b**** slap him. And if the UE is an alien force, give them a good reason for attacking human colonies (may I suggest reading the Ender’s Game series? very good example of extraterrestrial misunderstanding).

Next season has less in store (for me, anyway) than Fall 2011. I plan on following Kill Me, Baby! and Another for sure. As well as continuing Guilty Crown and Gundam AGE.  There’s a high possibility that I’ll pick up others perhaps a few episodes in if I get good impressions and have the time.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Additional note, just finished Azusa Nakano’s Speed Draw :3, you can check them out here. Enjoy, and Happy New Year.

C³: The Transcendentals are Everywhere

Hey minna,
back with the last curse for the Fall 2011 series C³: CubexCursedxCurious.  Fear, Kirika, and Konoha, prepare for a showdown with Alice and her cursed tool, able to remember any attack it’s blocked and reproduce it, along with her mirror cursed tool, able to duplicate herself many times over. The odds are bleak as the numbers stack up against Fear, who is forced to kill and slaughter one of the dobble-gangers, much to her disgust.

Only with the help of Sovereignty and Shiraho breaking the mirror, was Kuroe able to move again and hold all the dopple-gangers with her hair, while it’s up to Fear, Haruaki, and Konoha to take down Alice, once and for all.  Haruaki and Konoha are able to hold off Alice, but it wasn’t until Fear finally stood up and declared that she chooses to side with the humans, because what they can’t do makes them ever stronger because they still try.  Through fierce curse-calling and teamwork, Alice is given her curtain call…

Despite what looked to be a clean kill, destroying the cursed tool and even the dopple-gangers disappearing, Alice still stands, beaten but not out. Until she jumps for a getaway boat also carrying two new faces, one being a cursed tool himself.  Quite a way to leave a season, nothing but questions. Fear has another Intelligence Disc, but what about these new guys? And Alice is still on the loose.  I’m gonna dish out some curses of my own if a second season doesn’t come soon to tell how this story really ends.

Overall, a very enjoyable series, finding a good balance between frightening action and hilariously misunderstandable comedy (Haruaki never catches a break, does he. But at least he can fight.).  Though I felt the animation style changed somehow in the last episode (it seemed more streamlined in style and less gothic in the action scenes), the visuals stayed solid throughout the series and offered a very unique feast for the eyes, the closest approximation to the styles would probably be Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (with less variances). If you can put up with a little lack of information at the beginning (and the whole “never really explains cursed tools” thing), you should find the plot moves at a steady pace and the action keeps you wanting more.  The comedy is also deliciously awkward, no situation is too serious for someone to interject innuendo or a funny face. Looking forward to a second season, they just can’t leave it hanging like this.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

C³: The Fanatic is Somewhere

Hey minna,
back with another curse and a new episode of C³: CubexCursedxCurious.  After tracing the murders back to Kuroe and identifying the victims as all being patrons of her salon, Fear, Haruaki, Konoha, and Kirika have a sit down to solve the case.   Not wanting to believe Kuroe had lifted her curse but continues to hurt people, Fear storms out of the room.  Afterword, Kuroe explains to the three remaining that she discovered some time ago that her power is derived from consuming human hair, so she indulges it. (Because that makes total sense, right?)

Their discussion gets interrupted when Alice reveals herself, and draws Konoha and Fear out for a fight, leaving Kuroe and Kirka in the house to protect Haruaki.  Unfortunately, it was all a trap. After incapacitating Kuroe with some kind of incantation, Alice then uses her cursed tool to threaten Haruaki’s life if he and Kirika didn’t follow along, making them her hostages.  She takes them to a warehouse where she has them handcuff themselves and sit quiet while Alice video-tapes a ransom message to Fear and Konoha.

Alice requests that Fear join her organization, the Viviolio Families. And, from my understanding, it seems the Families stand at odds with what Fear wants to believe. Alice’s Families don’t think a cursed tool can be “cured”, but they do believe in “acceptance” and apparently letting the tools live out their curses to the fullest extent…which means mass murders for tools like Fear.

Kirika is able to escape thanks to her partner from the Lab, but he doesn’t bring Haruaki or Konue with him, saying that their job is only surveillance. Kirika, unable to accept this, swerves the car they were riding into a wall, apparently killing her partner.  Now that she’s on the run from Emirate Laboratory, she rejoins Fear and Konoha as they prepare to take on Alice to save Haruaki and Konue….

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

C³: The Sadistic Person is Nowhere to be Seen

Hey minna,
back with another episode of  C³: CubexCursedxCurious.  After a new villain and a new ally made their appearance last week, their plot points really start to pick up.  Several murders have been discovered, which one leaving victim very deformed.  Remembering what Alice said last episode, “The culprit was me”, Fear, Haruaki, and Konoha believe it was her who committed the vicious crimes and set out to track her down.

After finding Alice, the team is lead on a chase through the forest to Alice’s hideout, where she breaks out her cursed tool. It’s exact specifications are still unknown, but she was to level the building and disappear using it.  But, before she vanished, Alice did tell them that all the victim’s had something in common and she wanted them to figure it out.

Meanwhile, Kirika is having troubles of her own.  And after being shown how much Haruaki cares for her well-being and opinion, she decides to reveal to him the true cost of her cursed tool.  While Ginstmag’s Love will keep her alive and free of bodily harm so long as she doesn’t take it off, “The River of Black Strings”, as we already know, has the ability to bind and crush its opponent, but at the cost of frequently strangling and breaking the body of its user.  Which leaves Kirika writing in pain on many days, approaching death, only to wake up some time later completely healed.  Haruaki shows she doesn’t have to handle all her burdens alone, even offering to take “Ginstmag’s Love” with him, seeing as curses apparently don’t affect him.

A new victim is found, again very deformed, and Fear believes she knows the similarities now. All of the victims had their hair cut at Kuroe’s salon, they even check security video of Kuroe’s shop to find her receiving a gift bag with a victim’s hair…could Kuroe really be behind these vicious murders? Or is this some kind of trick by Alice?  Speaking of which, what is the real power of her cursed tool?

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

C³: The Returnee is Somehow Eccentric

Hey minna,
back with a curse and another episode of C³: CubexCursedxCurious. Featuring a new OP this week, it makes me think the series is going to start taking more focus n Kirika and the mysterious research organization, hopefully it’s not full of pervs like the math teacher who nearly got his a** handed to him after trying to make a move on her. Also, a new addition to the cast, Kuroe Ningyohara, a past resident returned to show the progress of her curse-removal, who also picked up a stalker from a new mysterious organization after cursed tools…am I the only one who feels like they’ve been kept out of the loop?

Not much in the way of solid development, other than introductions to what looks like the new arc of the story.  But, by the time the principal’s assistant was busy playing dress-up with Konoha and Fear, I was wondering, what was this anime’s type again? Harem? Action? Eechi? Or some odd medley of everything…even if Kuroe is older than she looks, it’s still strange to see a seemingly 10-year-old girl advertising sexual beauty. And if Fear’s antics continue, Konoha will be wiping Haruaki’s entrails off the walls soon…

This mysterious woman even arrives at Korue’s opening of her beauty salon, leaving with the ever more mysterious line: “I am the culprit”. The culprit to what? What’d she do? I suspect it has something to do with Kirika, tracing back to how I feel like the next segment of the series is going to be more focused on her.

One thing is for certain, C³ takes moe to a whole new level…I should stock up on nose-plugs to try and prevent too much blood loss.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

C³: Like an Inescapable Curse

Hey minna,
back with a curse calling and another episode of the Fall 2011 series, C³: CubexCursedxCurious.  Fear, along with Hauraki and friends, need to find a way to stop Sovereignty Perfection Doll, a cursed tool smitten with Shiraho, from stealing away the emotional energy from the students of the school to prevent her from killing Shiraho using her cursed tool, Killing Organ.

First things first, Sovereignty needs to be drawn out to be dealt with.  In order to do that, Fear uses a cell phone Shiraho gave to Sovereignty to tell her that they’ve taken Shiraho hostage, and, to complete the act, they actually take her hostage.  Konoha, in cursed blade form, forces Haruaki’s hand to keep Shiraho at blade-point, resulting in Sovereignty’s love-stricken attack against Fear and Kirika. As the pair fight off Sovereignty’s tree-doll army, Fear catches Sovereignty in one of her cursed torture devices.  Driving emotions forces out all of Sovereignty’s hidden blades and killing devices, part of her curse, Killing Organ.  Using their love for one another to bring out all of Sovereignty’s cursed powers was the girls’ plan all along, and once all the blades had been revealed, Konoha, with Haruaki’s help, removes all of the blades. Not so much “lifting” the curse, as simply removing the sharp ends of it.

After a tearful reunion where Shiraho and Sovereignty are finally able to hold one another, the story skips to when the gang is back in school.  All the effected students have returned to good health, and the principal drops a little backstory for Shiraho. Though it seemed somewhat pointless, it was at least interesting to see that Haruaki isn’t the only kid with a parent who seems to find no fault in logic about sending cursed tools to their children.

Now that Sovereignty is nothing more than a walking tower of moe-awesomeness, where will the story move to now? Another villain? Or perhaps they’ll finally dive into the whole organizations thing and provide a little more information on cursed tools and the “Indulgence Discs” that Fear now has two of…

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku