Shokugeki no Soma 182 – Birth of a New Elite 10

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…

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Shokugeki no Soma Manga 181 – Be Ingenious with Bear Meat!

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

Saki Nationals: Fifth Place Match-up Prediction Part 1

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 has a connection to the main plot.

Anyway,  here are my two cents regarding the match-ups. Think of it as an estimated power level 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. ^^

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Girls und Panzer der Film Part I: Exhibition Match Cold Open

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.

Panzer Vor!

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Saki The Battle for Fifth Place: Why are you happening in the first place?!

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.

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Strategic Victory – A Partial Analysis of Kiyosumi’s Strategy with some Semifinal Commentary

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.>

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Zenkoku OST: Himematsu (Or not really. Just comments about the team in general)

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.

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Memories of Summer (Teru VN) – Toki route

In any case, I’ve enjoyed the Saki route and thus, I’ve decided to play another one.  And since the very first fork on the visual novel is Toki, I’ve decided to pursue that… (that and its helping mitigate the regular break/waiting time that occurs when the main manga reaches the captain match)

To be honest, I’m also quite curious how the maker of the VN would manage to realistically portray TokixTeru, considering TokixRyuuka is probably one of the most iron clad OTP in the show.

Enclosed in the plus signs are the videos of my playthrough. But, to avoid boring myself and those who would like to watch the videos to death, I only put the scenes in which the Toki route is different  from the Saki route. So yey?

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Hibike Euphonium Episode 8.4 – Getting to Know Each Other

This post took too long to write. But, that’s because I want to write something else about this episode but what comes out from my keyboard is something else entirely.

So with a week trying to get my brain to cooperate with no progress. I’ll just take this as a sign and just tab my comments about the romance for the future. Instead, let’s comment on Reina and Kumiko and how their personality clash and complement each other.

Episode 8 is practically a goldmine for this.

So, onward…

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Memories of Summer (Teru VN) ~ Saki Route ~

I’ve downloaded this Visual Novel and played it a bit a while ago (which according to my youtube video is December 2014). But, for some reason or another, I never really managed to finish a single route until today.

And now that I’ve finished one, all I can say is, I should have played this Visual Novel ages ago. ^^

For a fanmade VN, this is quite well made. The Saki route (of course! its the first route I’ve tried!) is surprisingly entertaining. It even contained a nice hypothesis about the “Miyanaga family” and of course the ever popular question, “what happened to Goldfish?”. As I read the Saki route, I’m surprised that the hypothesis posed by the Visual Novel is actually plausible.

In any case, I’m getting ahead of myself.

The game puts you in the shoes of Teru at the end of the National Tournament. In this VN, “Shiraitodai lost the team tournament  but Teru won the individual one.”    Not like this fact affects anything in this setting which is just a damn shame.

Instead the visual novel revolves around a festival that Shiraitodai is hosting. And of course, they asked the teams that are still in Tokyo for help in the preparation.

And thus the plot ball rolls….

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