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

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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: No One Sleeps at Training Camp

Hey minna,
back with another outing of the Neighbor’s Club, and a new episode of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.  The group goes on vacation to Sena’s family’s beach house for an overnight training camp.  Not surprisingly, Rika seems to have the most, uh, fun, I guess is what you could call it.

After a train ride and an hour long walk, the gang finally arrives and the first thing on their minds is the beach. But first, they must practice posing by the water and shouting “Beach!”, because that’s what all the popular people do, right?  Well, a seemingly pointless rituals proves to be just that, chalking it up to inexperience, Yozora suggests that they all practice private until they’ve “perfected” their poses…yeah, because it was the poses that ruined it. (Maybe it’s not so bad being normal…)

Rika spazes out after everyone starts to sunscreen up with Kodaka’s help (I think she’s the prime example of “too much yaoi”).  Sena (for some crazy desire to suffer, in my opinion) asks Yozora to spread sunscreen on her back (big mistake).  She soon regrets this, as Yozora has her pinned to the ground, topless, begging for help.  After she breaks free and starts telling off Yozora, Sena remembers that something is missing (remember the part about being topless? it wasn’t just fanservice…well, not total fanservice), not that it’s anything Kobata hasn’t already seen, but he still plays possum later when Sena asks him about it (I respect Kobata for being such a gentleman, and a downright nice guy, even if no one else in his school thinks so :3)

A few funny scary stories and a true horror story by Yozora later, Kobata, continually the gentleman, escorts (it seems) everyone to the bathroom throughout the night. Yozora is the last he escorts, and, just before dawn, they share a moment over not betraying friends…when will they figure out it was each other that they left so many years ago?

Well, another interesting and funny episode of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, I’m curious how the season will wrap up. Will it be Yozora and Kodaka finding out about their lost past? Or will it be some medley of character wrap-ups?

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

Ben-to: Western and Japanese Food Mix 2910 kCal/Warm Rice Porridge 340kCal

Hey minna,
back with another helping of Ben-to.  I’m not sure how to go over this episode, I typically like to keep everything on NewAnimeThursday PG-13 at most, so…I’m at a loss of how to describe the amount of yaoi in this episode.  Aside from Ume essentially getting *this* close to “having her way” with Omoshiroi, how does she not know of her little “hobby”? It’s obvious Omoshiroi is more into BL.

Second point, where are the fights? I thought Ben-to was about the battle for half-priced bento, not everyone who hates Sato (who happens to fight for half-price bento).  I don’t mind the character development, it just seems off-point to what the first part of series followed.

This episode wasn’t at all a total loss, it had moe moe Asebi after all. So I’m happy :3. I won’t say I don’t like this episode compared to the rest of the series, I’m forseeing a lot more personal arcs with the characters in episodes to come, I just don’t want to see it forget the thing I kept coming back to see, bento fights.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

 

Additional thought: after looking at the pic of Asebi jumping out the window, it makes me wonder, are more and more people in Ben-to starting to believe they can fly?

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: The Board Chairman’s Memories are Painful

Hey minna,
back with another episode of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.  After Yozora and Rika leaving the rest behind at the pool, Yozora decides to compensate by having a “Wear your Swimsuit to Meeting Day”…so what’s with the horsehead? Maybe it was best she didn’t get in the pool after all. And I was little disappointed when Rika went for such a normal swimsuit choice, but, in the end, maybe it was for the best.

After scaring all the little kids with a demon horse head, Yozora (in what can only be called a gift from God) agrees with Sena, the Neighbor’s Club should go to Sena’s family’s private beach for an overnighter training camp.  The date doesn’t really matter, because, as Yozora puts it, it’s not like anyone in the club has any friends to worry with….so she does realize that they still don’t have any friends.

But Sena makes sure to have her father’s permission to use the house first, which brings up Kodaka and Kobata, whom her father really wants to meet. Seems Pegasus (cool name, btw, I don’t see why he’s so mad) and Kodaka’s dad were best buds back in the day, which is he agreed to take them into the school even after entrance rush was over.  To relive some good ol’ times, Pegasus gets drunk and passes out on Kodaka’s bed in their guest room.  Not half as bad as whatever it is that made Kobata run screaming out of the bath, while a birthday-suit-clad Sena comes chasing after her…I did not see that coming.  My floor has a few new blood stains now, *nosebleed*.

More than just fanservice, Boku wa Tomodachi is starting to show that it really can have substance on comedy alone.  Sena’s father is a laugh and a half, and even though I feel so sorry for Kobata, her and Sena make a funny pair. But, at the same time, I still find the need to point out…WHY DON’T THEY HAVE FRIENDS YET? I know it’s trivial and not the “real” point of the series, but it bugs me to think they don’t think of each as friends yet. But that’s probably just me. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai keeps up the comedy and the next episode, about their overnighter, looks just as funny.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon: The Summit’s Flower

Hey minna,
back with a series that I’m glad I can finally make sense of, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.  With the decision as to whether or not Musashi will take on the Testament Union in its goal to bring together the Deadly Sin Armaments and save Horizon standing at 1 win, 1 lose, and 1 tie.  The King of Musashi declares that the best way to decide this, is with a fight. The students take on Futayo Honda, captain of the guard, winner decides the fate of Musashi.

So, I think I’ve figured out the point of these first 9 episodes, they’ve introduced the entire cast, the background information happened before our eyes, and they’ve kinda shown what these fighters can do.  But I’m still left wondering, what’s with all the in-fighting? I’m really revved up for some real fights that will actually decide stuff.

After Kimi takes down Futayo Honda with some eroctic dancing, the stage is finally set. It’s been decided officially that the King of Musashi will appoint Toori and Masazumi as viceroys of Musashi, until such a time Toori can be properly declared king.  Does this mean the prologue is complete?…I certainly hope so.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Guilty Crown: Courtship Behavior

Hey minna,
back with everything that makes me whole and another episode the Fall 2011 series, Guilty Crown. Perhaps Shu is finally taking steps to not being a whiny little brat all the time, at least that’s I got out of the ending, after he’d spent most of the episode kind of on my nerves.

Gai’s next mission for Shu is to get Shu’s friend, Souta Tamadate, to Oshima so Shu can draw out his void to infiltrate a secret base. Before leaving, his mother also tells him to be sure to visit his father.  [Insert a note about the swimsuit fanservice here] [Insert a note about Shu being awkward around girls in swimsuits here] [Insert a note about how if Shu has feelings for Inori he should man up or shut up]

Shu visits his father’s grave in Oshima, he was a doctor 10 years ago when the pandemic first started, and he was also one of it’s first victims, leaving him and his mother behind.  Or did he? Periodically throughout the episode, a mysterious man in priest-like garb visits the gravesite and even uses an access card labeled “Kurosu Ouma” to get into the secret base Gai and Shu are also trying to break into…

Meanwhile, Shu prepares himself to get Souta alone so he can draw out his void and start the mission. He decides to use Inori as bait, seeing as Souta is an Egoist fan and even wants to confess to her.  Inori walks outside with Souta, with Shu stalking close by, and just as Souta was about to do what Shu is too much of wussy to do, Shu yells “Inori is my-” and  draws out his void, a camera that can open anything from doors to sophisticated locking systems.  Unfortunately, Gai, Tsumugi, Ayase, and the others from Funeral Parlor see his little spaz out and aren’t exactly proud of what he did.

On to the secret base, where “the rock that started it all” is house behind a labyrinth of security. Thanks to Souta’s key-camera void, getting in was quite easy. Unfortunately, Funeral Parlor isn’t alone.  The mysterious man from earlier has also gotten into the base, and already made off with the strange rock…

Before leaving Oshima, Shu and Souta (who doesn’t remember Shu’s jerky move last night) have a heart-to-heart, and Shu learns that just because other’s are flawed, that doesn’t make him any better. And, for the first time, he’s actually being open and honest with someone else [Insert comment about how shocked am I :3 ].  Is Shu finally maturing? Or will he forget that he shouldn’t be such a jerk if he wants others to understand him…

22 episodes, 8 episodes in, so it’s still fairly early in the series.  If Shu weren’t so flawed, then the ending wouldn’t be so heartwarming (assuming the ending will have themes of Shu becoming social and opening up to others, maybe even confessing his feelings for Inori). But what I’m really worried about now is this new guy, reason to believe he’s Shu’s father, but he just stole “the rock that started it all” from GHQ, so who is he working for?

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku