Since Season 2 is upon us, I’ve gotten fired up in finishing this thing.
Mostly, I got stuck in the wonderful episode that is episode 8 wherein Kumiko and Reina’s interaction finally took center stage. Even at this moment, with some time and distance as well as watching the whole series again, I can’t still pin their relationship exactly.
Just take this date, for example, I can’t in good conscience say that its just a normal “friendly outing” even if I know perfectly well that Kumiko and Reina have no amorous intention (that they know of anyway ^^).
There is just a certain gravity, a natural chemistry in Kumiko and Reina’s interaction that pings my senses. Combined with the framing and the atmosphere it tantalizes and leaves you as breathless as the protagonist had been.
KyoAni really did a good job in the direction of this episode. Its through their framing that the chemistry within Reina-Kumiko bloomed. So much so that it would not be a hyperbole to say that it is the direction and the technical side that really carried this episode.
Thus on this blog post, I’m mostly going to talk about episode 8’s direction and how they subtly influence the mood of the show. As well as tackle the two confessions we saw back to back. ^^
It has been two weeks of preparation chapters with not much happening, so I just combined them. Good news for those who want male fan service though!
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So while on the camping trip, Kuga shares some juicy gossip with Soma, namely how the hell Hayama became an elite ten member.
Its basically a sneak peak on what is happening behind the enemy lines…
This would hopefully be the start of a new section of my blog dedicated to a newly discovered manga series – Shokugeki no Soma.
The goal of the series is to try to follow it weekly, mostly to develop some good writing habit. That and I found myself looking up the freaking recipes and trying to cook the food while reading the manga. Might as well put the research into good use. ^^ Continue reading
Hello guys. Long time no see. I haven’t been updating for quite a while.
That’s because I went to Tokyo with my family (And therefore accumulated an enormous work backlog). Its so worth it though. Even if my bank account will be crying for a little while.
Of course, since I’m in Tokyo I visited the Holy land of Anime Otaku – Akihabara – if only for a few hours.I wish I could have stayed longer but we are on a tight schedule.
Still, even from my brief visit I think its a pretty nice place. But, then again, the whole district is filled with anime. What’s there not to love? ^^
Anyway this post is just a brief run down of things you guys might find interesting if you guys ever go there.
The latest chapter of the main manga is up, with the Fifth Place match officially starting… Which I guess answers our previous question if we will see it in the upcoming Toki spin-off or not. I expect the finals to be delayed by at least a year. Sigh…
On the positive side, Ritz appears to be setting plot hooks (Nishida is investigating the Miyanaga connection, Awai practicing with Teru in the dark; it looks like my last post have some merit after all ^^). So long as the Fifth Match follows in this vein, I’m finding myself not despising the latest chapter. After all, if we are going to have this match, it better be good and have a connection to the main plot.
Anyway, here are my two cents regarding the match-ups. Think of it as an estimated powerlevel thing. Mahjong is a four way battle, even if a player is clearly stronger than the other three – ganging up, making a temporary alliance, or even a stronger one helping a weaker player to eliminate a troublesome team may shake the results. Like what is happening in the latest chapter. ^^
One of my friends sold this franchise to me years ago as Saki with tanks. And while at first glance, *cough* first three episodes* cough it seemed like a worst and more boring attempt at that.
I’m eternally grateful that I didn’t drop this because, wow, am I wrong about my first impression. GuP is an amazing and fun anime series and despite the initial sounding premise, its a very different beast from Saki.
This post would be my attempt to review the GuP movie. So please click the back button if you don’t want to be spoiled.
Ok. With that customary warning out of the way.
One of the things I like about this series is the fact that I could go away for a quarter of a year and still be able to catch up to the series in under an hour. The fact that Saki moves at the pace of a particularly lazy snail is something to be expected by now. Still I do admit , its freaking useful especially when I went MIA for a good chunk of the year.
Anyway, if the title of this post didn’t clue you in. I’m going to be talking about the incoming “Battle for the Fifth Place”
So spoilers galore for anime only viewers.
Continue only if you want to be spoiled. Continue reading
Long time, no post guys!
Sorry for my long absence but work has gotten very busy for me. That and the semifinals kinda lost some of its mystique when I realized that Ritz is setting Kiyosumi for their “darkest hour”. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.)
Not that I’m against that decision. Kiyosumi came out too strong in the quarterfinals that everyone wanted them as the “final boss”. It was made worse by the fact that Side A was too rushed, it made the opposition came out looking like chumps.
Something has to give in order to generate the tension in the tournament back.
And that meant, something has to happen in the semifinal.
Here is just some brief thoughts about what happened to get my feet wet on the new year. Hopefully, a full commentary will on the way somewhere in the future with some mahjong analysis.
<Warning below this are spoilers. Read at your own risk. I highly would recommend to avoid this post until you are completely spoiled about the Side-B semfinals.>
Sorry for my long absence but unfortunately work is quite soul sucking in the past few months that I barely have any time for myself.
In any case, I’m back and now going to start working on the Zenkoku OST series that I should have finished ages ago. And since the Saki main manga is currently focusing on Himematsu. Might as well get this one out of the way.