Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Gakuen Alice manga recap/log part 4 (finale)

Resuming my log/recap of the Gakuen Alice manga... Jeez, this manga has turned entirely into a soap opera now... At first the story was light hearted and fun, like the anime, but now the story has become such a clusterfuck of complex relationships and heavy emotional moments... it's like woah, I can hardly even handle this...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kure-nai series recaps part 3/3

Episode 09 - With You and I
Wow, this plot takes a turn here...
They are now hiding out in a hotel... Shinkuro is telling Benika he has doubts about being able to do this job anymore, and also tells her that he learned that Murasaki might not even be a Kouhouin child...

Benika tells him about how the Kouhouins are a family that only breeds amongst themselves... The girls in the family are forced to live in the inner sanctuary, isolated from the outside world, until they become old enough to breed... and even after that they are still forced to live in the inner sanctuary until they die... The males of the family breed with their sisters in the inner sanctuary, then they marry a woman from outside the family to pretend that woman is their child's mother...

So... the woman that died in front of Murasaki... was that her real mother or her stepmother?

Shinkuro ends up convincing himself that he'll protect Murasaki no matter what... He then takes her back to the apartment so she can say goodbye to their neighbors and spend time with them one last time... Later, Shinkuro tells Murasaki about how his parents got killed by terrorists, and because of that he made himself into a monster.. Murasaki has incredible wisdom here, and tells Shinkuro that they are both in the same boat, and that the dead won't come back no matter how much you cry...

As expected, Murasaki's big brother comes and beats up Shinkuro, and forces Murasaki to tell Shinkuro that she must go back to the inner sanctuary, but she obviously doesn't...


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Episode 10 - Accustomed Fear
Not much happens in this episode... Benika's subordinate consoles Shinkuro, and tells him that she too once failed one of Benika's job and the guy she was guarding got killed... At least Murasaki is still alive.

Murasaki's dad wants to wait until spring before moving Murasaki back to the inner sanctuary, but the older guy is having none of it.

Shinkuro convinces himself that he failed this job and he just has to move on and focus on other jobs... but his friends at school and his neighbors both think it's unlike him to quit like this... Finally he changes his mind and calls Benika over... Benika tells him that the job was only to allow Murasaki to see the outside world and fall in love with someone, and that job was successful... but Shinkuro still wants to protect her... he convinces Benika to help him get to the Kouhouin mansion.


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Gakuen Alice manga recap/log part 3

Resuming my log/recap of the Gakuen Alice manga. This is dragging a lot longer than I expected... hard to believe there's still like close to 100 chapters left.

9/09/2016

Natsume tries to rescue Mikan from this dangerous ability class..

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Love Live! Sunshine!! series recaps part 1/4

Episode 01 - I Want to Shine!!
Chika Takami starts her 2nd year of high school, and she is determined to create a school idol club at her school after getting inspired by seeing the previous Love Live... Some grey-haired girl is helping her... You-chan, Chika's friend... She can't join though because she's already in the swimming club.

Chika isn't having any luck at all... she comes across a couple of very pretty 1st-years and asks them to join.. Ruby, the red-haired girl turns red when Chika calls her cute... the friend says she is very shy... Then some random dark-blue haired girl jumps in on them, pretending to be some kind of dark angel... Ruby's friend recognizes her as Yoshika, her friend from kindergarten or something... Yoshika tries to pretend she doesn't know what she's talking about and keeps acting weird...

Chika thinks she can probably recruit these 3 people later... then she meets a black haired 3rd year girl with mole, who is also the student council president... This girl hates school idol clubs for some reason, thinks they are silly and a waste of time, so she tells Chika she will not approve of this club no matter what.

That evening, Chika and You meet some blue haired girl who knows them, they eat together or something... Then later when Chika is walking around by herself she sees some long-red-haired girl about to jump into the cold ocean... Riko introduces herself, and says she wanted to hear the ocean in order to help compose a song she's writing for the piano... Chika tells her about school idols and why she is so obsessed with them... Riko says she's from Otonokizaka, the same school the first series took place in...

Then at the end of the episode, Chika is depressed when she realizes she doesn't know anybody at this school who is good at writing songs... and then Chika's class has a new transfer student, it's Riko... she happened to switch schools at this exact time for some reason. Chika invites her to join the school idol club, and she declines...


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kure-nai series recaps part 2/3

I'm starting to get really annoyed by the voice acting in this show... I dunno like... it feels very stiff... and the little girl sounds way too mature. Other than that it's good.

Episode 05 - Wish
Shinkuro takes Murasaki with him to his friend's house to practice martial arts... That girl who knew the Kouhouin family, she's part of a family of assassins or something... Murasaki learns about the cultural meaning of a "Sunday"... I didn't pay much attention but it seemed like nothing much happened.


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Episode 06 - Light Shines Over Your Head, Doesn't it?
This episode is really weird...
Shinkuro and his girlfiend, and his neighbors all rehearse a musical play... but the gf and the creepy woman are really bad at singing. That woman who is watching Shinkuro and Murasaki gets roped into helping the creepy woman learn how to sing... and Shinkuro helps teach his gf how to sing by singing a duet with her...

At then end they have this weird song + dance scene in the apartment (with awkward 5fps animation), and Benika comes and reveals this was all part of her plan to help the spy woman make friends with the others, or something...

btw I really hate that other neighbor woman... the "onee-san" one... such an overdone character type...


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin movie recap

Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners - Recalled out Summer box cover art

- Recalled out Summer -

There's this girl who can see the future with one of her eyes... she knows everything that is about to happen, and knows that there's nothing anyone can do to change it... also the intro is some vague scene where Shiki comes to a parking lot looking for a bomber, and then an explosion occurs which Shiki can't fight off and the knife falls out of her hand...

At first, it sounds like a guy who is describing this... but later it turns out to be a girl at Reien Academy... This girl is leaving the school to visit her dad... She is aware of 2 different versions of herself, the one in the present and the one in the future... She feels like she has no agency whatsoever because of her power...

Then as she gets off the bus, she immediately has a vision about someone getting run over by a car... She tries calling out to that person, telling him not to go that way, but he won't listen... Just then, Mikiya Kokuto appears as a random curious stranger and gets in the middle of this dispute. He listens to the girl and then says he'll go and try to stop that guy from being in danger... then an explosion occurs at a nearby building... The girl is really confused by all of this stuff that is happening that she didn't see coming... Now she's just cowering in fear... Kokuto eventually comes back to her and says she was right, and that he barely managed to save that guy from the accident.

Seo Shizune introduces herself to Kokuto...

Next, you see some guy tinkering with bomb materials... It's that guy from the beginning... He also has the same power that Shizune has... his right eye sees his desired outcome, and his left eye sees exactly how to bring that outcome to fruition.

Next is a scene where Aozaki, Kokuto, and Shiki are at some fancy party.. Shiki is bored and goes outside... She sees someone and tells him it's dangerous over there... he walks away, and then an explosion occurs nearby...

The bomber guy thinks to himself...
How did that woman know something dangerous was going to happen at the hotel?
Later, Shiki is talking to Aozaki about this bomberman.. saying he seems to be able to plan ahead way too well.. she almost got killed by a bomb that she just happened to come

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva - movie recap

This turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting...

It starts off showing Layton, Luke, and Flora just concluding a case and catching Don Paulo... Then Luke starts describing the story of when they were invited to a theatre by an opera singer... This woman's friend, Melina, has somehow returned but is now in the body of a little girl.. that girl says she was given the gift of eternal life...

Layton explains the legend of the "Ambrosia" people, who used to worship their queen and her beautiful singing voice.. but then one day that queen got sick and died... Shortly after she died, they invented an eternal life elixer. so they all started taking the elixer and waiting for their queen to revive...

At the end of the performance, some unknown person takes over the stage and tells everyone they are about to play a game where the winner gets granted eternal life, and the losers will lose their lives... Inspector Grosky is there and he tries to arrest this person, but that person turns out to be a decoy balloon figure.. The whole theatre suddenly turns into a boat and they are now sailing through shark-infested waters, and being forced to play this game...

Puzzle 001: Find the oldest thing you can see. Layton realizes that doesn't specifically say it has to be on the ship, and he and a bunch of other people go to where they can see the stars in the sky...
Puzzle 002: Find the biggest crown on this ship. Luke thinks he has solved this puzzle and yells out that the solution is that big crown at the entrance... but Layton has other ideas... he takes Luke and Janice out to the dock, where a bunch of other passengers had the same idea as him... one of the passengers is treating everyone else as enemies and wanted to trick people into going to the wrong solution... They all get onto lifeboats and start rowing away from the theatre ship, until eventually they see that the ship itself is in the shape of a giant crown.

Layton, Luke, and Janice are all on the same boat as the orchestra player and Melinda... The orchestra player is the original Melinda's father, and he says that he adopted this girl because she reminded him of her... He doesn't seem to be on the same side as the villain, but this