Princess Principal 11 Reaction: Xanatos Gambit Pile-up

I was planning to make a review post for Episode 2 but seeing the newest episode made me change my mind. Not that it is bad; Episode 11 does a good job of setting up things up for the Finale. But, like the first part of a detective/mystery novel, I believe said episode cannot be judged on its merit until we see the solution/key to the mystery. Until now, the cases are episodic; we are presented the problem, the clues and the solution within the same episode. This time though, what we have are problems and some of the clues – the resolution still lies next week unaired. This does provide a unique opportunity to truly guess and not rely on hindsight. Lets see how much we’ll get right on the next episode! For those who are reading this post, here is a simple legend: Normal text= Fact or something that I believe is 100% true Italic text = Speculation/Guesses/Wishful thinking 

Recipe # 3 – Yukihira Style Chaliapin Steak Don

The thing I appreciate with Shokugeki no Soma is its recipes. It is nice to have a cooking manga wherein you can bring the creations back to life.  More than that, I love how cheap and easy most of the recipes are. As this shokugeki will tell you, “You don’t need expensive ingredients to have a nice meal.” 

Princess Principal Episode 1 – Ange, The Magnificent Liar

As of episode 10 there is only two episodes to come. Unless, they massively flubbed the ending its safe  to say that  Princess Principal is the sleeper hit of this season.  Surprisingly, “Cute Girl James Bond Spy Action in Steampunk Alternate Past!London with bonus yuri-subtext,” is the anime that I didn’t know I have been missing. The show took its cues from Haruhi and airing the episodes in anachronistic order. Since the episodes are mostly self-contained stories its not bad plotwise.  Astute viewers though who pay attention to the chronology may find themselves a bit spoiled at certain points. Episode 1 itself is one of Princess Principal strongest cases and do a good job of establishing our protagonist so I don’t mind them using it as an opener. In any case, let the analyzing begin. <Warning spoilers below until episode 10>

Saki – Miyanaga Names, Irony, Themes and Playstyles

You could thank the existence of this post to Aaron who managed to spark my inspiration for Saki once again. At this point, every one of the nuclear Miyanaga family has been named, which is a great time to look for symbolism and patterns again. ^^ I  also know that you guys were  probably tired of etymology post that amounts to “Saki” meaning “bloom” and Teru meaning “shine”. And if you didn’t know that,  the manga and the anime or my blog have probably beaten the fact in your head by now. Thus, instead of rehashing those we are going to talk about themes and irony.  How in some ways the names of the Miyanaga family may also display their personal challenges.

Clannad VN – Miyazawa Yukine Route

While I’m waiting for the fast forward button on our favorite mahjong manga, I’m working through my steam backlog. Currently, I’m playing a famous visual novel – the one and only – Clannad!  I’m sure you’ve heard of it and its infamous ability to draw tears to your eyes. There will be spoilers within this post, so kindly push the back button if you don’t want to be spoiled. First stop, Miyazawa Yukine!