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Blood C – 02 Review

Okay, episode 2 is finally out. I started this episode with partial dread and hope. Lets see which wins out shall we?

Summary
Episode 02

So the episode starts with Saya fighting some monster for a good 2-3 minutes with no explanation. I would say this is an action for the sake of action scene. In the background, we have CLAMP the style ‘philosophy on life’ narrative (similar to some of the stuff in xxxHolic, but not done as well). After the narrative is done, we have Saya singing like she did in episode one as she leaves her home to go to school.

(I sure hope there is a deeper meaning behind her singing about her life, because for now it really seems like it is to show her infatuation over her father. I suppose it is to show the contrast between her normal self and her activated/fighting-chick side? I feel like I am fishing for a deeper meaning when there could be none.)

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Natsume Yuujinchou San – 01 Review

Sigh, the first episode of Season 3 stays true to the style of Natsume Yuujinchou.

Summary
Episode 1 (27)

(contains episode spoilers)
Natsume returns home from school one day to find a tea cup yokai outside his house. After learning that this teacup will run around alerting the family of the household of danger when it approaches and would even sacrifice itself on a whim to protect the household Natsume decides to leave it be. That night, the teacup yokai starts to run about the house and that alerts Natsume to be wary of danger in the foreseeable future.
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Kamisama no Memo-Chou – 01 Review

Summary

The episode revolves around a high school student named Fukushima Narumi as he gets entangled up in a case which Alice, a NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) detective is currently investigating, and he ends up being recruited as Alice’s assistant by the end of the episode.
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Blood C – 01 Review

Summary

The episode mainly follows Saya around for a whole day from morning until night, establishing her character.

Saya is a shine maiden, just like her mother who apparently died when she was younger. The episode starts off with Saya praying in the morning trying to understand a light(oracle?) that she seem to be seeing more often recently. After her prayer has breakfast at her neighbor’s cafe and then she heads off to school where we get to see her in school as a normal school student.

At the end of school, she rushes back to the shrine where she heads off to kill ‘the old ones’ as she is the only one who is able to defeat them using a holy sword. The episode ends after she kills the old ones.
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Shakugan no Shana II – 13

An interesting episode that did not fail to entertain. Many questions were brought forth and this episode is a good build up for the plot. Finally the plot makes some progression.
Action packed for the first half of the episode, leaving with the second half to deal with the aftermath.

It was a well balanced episode and a breath of fresh air from Naruto’s latest episode.. i call the latest fight scene in naruto the ‘stare-till-you-drop’ arc.

Anyway, Pheles appears and hell breaks lose. This was where the last episode left off. Pheles is back to regain the possession of her lose love – Johan. Conflict arises and our dear hero gets so frightened he forgot that he was suppose to be keeping his flames a secret and lets lose.

Margery upon the sight of the silver flame loses her cool and starts going on a rampage. The school gets destroyed and after awhile the conflict is settled and the school is restored. Whether things will ever be the same seems as uncertain as ever.

As expected this was a good episode and it did not fail to entertain.

7.5/10

Cons
i just can’t seem to get myself to rate it higher due to the possible lack of something in the episode(the interesting-and-different factor is missing). I myself am not too sure, but i just felt it to be a more flashier version of what always happens (since season 1 up till now).
Too many questions unanswered, and it is a very typical shounen fight scene and storyline in my opinion.

Pros
Good fight scenes
Due to this episode, I am curious with how the season ends.

Lets hope the next episode would be just as juicy(entertainment wise) as this.

Shakugan no Shana II – 12

This episode has got to be one of the biggest cliff hanger eps in this season so far.
Apart for the interesting cliff hanging ending where you can expect a fight the next ep, the ep was basically senseless interaction between the characters as they participate in their school festival.

Ep 13 would be about 2 big battles over one person. Yuuji. Yup, in order not to spoil it i shall just say that over the last 12 eps, you are able to see the silver flame, get to hear more history about the Unlimited Power of Existence within Yuuji, and a love triangle.

Ok, i have to say that this is one of the animes where you might as well just watch half the episodes in the series. Honestly, the first ep was great and all, but then after that it just got boring and they had 4-5 eps just based on romance or school acitvities and what not.
I was already slightly turned off by the anime because of the harem in it. I mean, it is fine when the girls are not the whiny type or the scared type or the girlish type but rather those with attitudes and dont mind beating sense into the guy. But this is not the type of girls you see there. Probably the only slight exception is Shana, but then again she gets all girlish around him and it just gets painful to watch.

But because of the interesting storyline and action scenes i am willing to continue to watch the show. Honestly though, this is more of a half romance and half action show. I would even go ask far to say that the action is only taking a back seat in the series so far.

My hope for ep 13? Please let me be all action and no romance… if there were to be romance at least let it be about Shana and Yuuji. Oh, and please let Yuuji become less of a whiny ass.

Ok, if i were to rate the season so far…. it’d be,

6.5-7/10

i give one point to the nice animation. The leaning towards 7 is probably due to the interesting storyline at times.

-ra out-

Shakugan no Shana II – 01

Well, here it is once again, Shakugan no Shana, one of the most aniticipated animes for last season.

Yes yes, i know that i am late in watching this anime, but so far only 12 eps are out, so i can still catch up to it. ^^

Anyway, this episode is titled

‘Time For Restart’

Alright, this episode starts of with Yuuji narrating about the new school semester and about the characters and how their lives are after the big battle in Season 1. Along the way he gets one or two deja vu and realises that something is wrong and it seems like he is the only one who knows it. Yes, history seems to be repeating itself and he is the only sane one who knows. (observe his shocked face! and yes, i know it is over done) but in order not to spoil what happens in the rest of the ep, i shall just say that it is quite interesting.

This episode started off strongly, and beautifully. You have aciton, and mystery, and a build up in plot for what is to happen next. The end of the episode leaves you pondering somewhat about the future and at the same time it does not give you the idea of.. “good lord, what is going to happen next!?” it is more of a “oooo, i wonder…” kinda thing.

Animation wise, it is really pretty, i love the colors and the character designs a whole lot.

With a good balance of pretty animation and a hint of romance with action and mystery, Shakugan no Shana II is going to leave you wanting for more.

8/10

For – people who like Shakugan no Shana or at the very least found it acceptable.

Not For – people who has yet to see Shakugan no Shana

-screen caps to be added later this evening (my bandwidth is about to be finished…)-

-ra out!-