Category Archives: Fall 2013

Nagi no Asukara 25 + 26

Why did I combine both episodes into one post? Well…I watched them back to back. So, I figured I may as well combine the two suckers. Ok, enough introductory-nobody-cares-bullshit, let’s get on with the show.

The 25th episode of Nagi no Asukara involved many things, among them the realization to everyone that Manaka does indeed love Hikari; apparently the only one with enough sense to know this is Tsumugu. Congratulations, Tsumugu, on not being mentally impaired like the rest of our cast! Notice I even gave you more than one congratulation, which is more than what we used to get in the old days!

Tsumugu confronts Chiisake very logically about who she actually loves, and she reluctantly admits that she has feelings for Tsumugu. I couldn’t even begin to say how cute this scene was. Finally, we’ve got those two together at last! Miuna also forces Hikari to repeat his feelings for Manaka, which she knows he holds. I do feel bad for Miuna but I’d feel worse for her if her fanbase wasn’t the most obnoxious shipping fandom of all time. Our friends continue to prepare for the boatdrift festival this time with the full support of Lord Uroko, who confesses he still harbors feelings for the maiden that passed away long, long ago. It was touching in an “Old man telling you a story and you’re like ‘okay’ kinda way” (Relatable, am I right).

Hikari champions the boatdrift festival once again and of course…the same situation transpires, capturing Miuna in the maiden graveyard. On the other hand though, Manaka DOES get her feelings and ena back, so yay!

Miuna is eventually let free by the sea god, who upon hearing Uroko’s story rends the entire graveyard apart, realizing what he had done to the maiden he loved. Uroko wryfully laughs at the situation. Thankfully, Hikari (who had previously said he would give up his own feelings to save her) grabs her and they escape. It seems as though all of Shioshishio has awoken as Hikari’s father meanders over to them and explains all; perhaps there is no reason to forbid their children to intermarry with the land dwellers, as Miuna and Tsumugu are living proof that they can still have ena. In addition, Hikari’s old man mentions that he heard everything Hikari would tell him in his sleep. Made me smile.

Miuna gives up on her first love (and it looks like there is hope for beta-kun that loved her before, as narrative foreshadowing shows he still has a chance). Tsumugu shares a warm moment with Manaka, says his goodbyes to the old man and Chiisake and heads out to university. He promises to return at the end of the month. I know they’re fictional, but I’m happy for those two.

It seems that Sayu is still trying to impress Kaname, and I wish her luck. Hikari claims he is content with not rushing things along with Manaka, saying that he’ll let them play out naturally. Good job, Hikari. They share a tender scene at the end, remembering all that has happened between them.

Isn’t that what love is? Love is memories, passion, feeling as though you belong. Sharing all those memories with the one you love only serves to make it stronger. Fighting for love is also part of the game; with a struggle (whether an internal or real, tangible one) it feels that much stronger. Hikari and Manaka have already begun on many of those concepts and I feel that Hikari understands that. Most importantly, love is a learning experience where the two of you learn together, but honestly, that’s part of the fun. Somehow this show conveyed those ideas and I can’t help but nod in agreement.

Amazing show, and surprisingly touching for being a “ship” war at the core. Certainly unpredictable as well without feeling cheap. I’ll miss you guys.

Golden Time – 24

Wow. What a great show this was.

Before I begin, let me say that I am the kind of person that is willing to forgive something for not being believable as long as it’s happy, because A) I am objectively the worst person at judging literary worth and writing in the world B) I just want everybody to be okay, even if they aren’t even real C) I am objectively an idiot. Angel beats is the biggest case-in-point for me in regards to this principle. Anyways, with that out of the way….

We have to witness Banri’s friends all crying a river in the beginning of the episode once they realize he’s finally reverted and forgotten everyone, just as he said. While it was a slow burn, it didn’t make this fact any easier to deal with, and it’s hard seeing all our friends (Kaga especially) being so down over it.

Later, Banri sits in his apartment room, cleaning up his college stuff (as he’s going to withdraw) and realizes somebody pretending to be him is sending emails to Kaga. Confused, he battles with this other Banri who tells him “Not to give up, ever.”

THE FEELS. The first half of the episode delivers what I believe the cruelest scene I have ever seen this side of nipponese curtoons lul. Later, Banri enjoy dinner with Linda and the two have seemingly reverted to as they were in high school, complete with Banri exclaiming that he still has feelings for Linda. We have to watch painfully as Banri greets Kaga at the door and mistakes her for Chinami, and even hands her the mirror she lovingly put in a bag of DVD’s she lent from him. Confused, he hands it back to her and doesn’t recognize it. Ouch, this scene hurt like hell. Kaga walks off, and as Banri coldly goes back in, he realizes the mirror in his room is not the right one.

Then, it snaps back to him. He remembers everything. As I suspected, Kaga is the trigger that reverts him to his old self. Now having both combined memories, he runs after her. Linda meets him halfway, throws shoes at him, and he continues running to catch her. Now comes the confusing; he meets with his old self, having climbed out of the river he “suicided” himself into about 6 or 7 episodes ago. He tells College Banri about how frusterated he was that he never listened to him, and they come to terms. Now comes the really confusing part. Linda runs across the bridge and tells Banri that her answer is “Yes”, after all these years. The scene was so touching and happy that I didn’t care it didn’t make any sense, I was just happy to see ghost Banri and Linda finally happy and with each other. After all, these are characters who’s exploits we’ve been following for half a year now.

Banri and Kaga meet up on the bridge as he calls out for her. Kaga asks if he remembers their promise, and he does. They hug, kiss, catch up, and proclaim their love for one another in a well deserved, touching fashion. Kaga also tells him she’ll catch him up on what all their friends have been up to. Of course, Banri also hands Kaga the ring that he got; she happily wears it, and the two walk off hand-in-hand (let’s go paati night).

Now call me crazy, but I was hoping for further bullshit to happen, like ghost Banri becomes a separate entity so that Linda doesn’t have to be alone (This would make even less sense than the previous shit). Linda is the only one that I feel gets left out. Poor girl will never get to be with her high school crush. Is she ok with that? Prior scenes would suggest she is, but I can’t help but feel bad for her.

So, who were those emails coming from? I thought it was College Banri coming to and sending emails inbetween spouts of turning back into high school Banri. Nope. It was our well dressed, badass, best fucking friend ever 2D-kun who sent those emails to get the two of them back together.

2D kun is the best fucking friend in the whole world. God DAMN the man is dedicated to his buddies. Thankfully, everyone’s back together now and back to how it used to be. Just happy to see everything worked out.

Happy end.

Kill la Kill – 24

And so ends what was a fantastic ride. It’s nice to see we get at least one show of Kill la Kill quality every year. This year, well…it was Kill la Kill.

While Kill la Kill never had the most intricate story, the true fun lied in the character interaction and depth of conflict between two personalities and viewpoints clashing with each other, leaving room for only the victor to stand on top. This episode featured many ups and downs for our heroes (from a jamming signal that disabled their goku uniforms, to Nui clones, to Ragyou’s kamui) but ultimately it was teamwork and an unlikely alliance that saved the day.

Let me just say that Ragyou was a fantastic villain. Not very often do you have villains with such an intimidating and commanding presence as Ragyou. Charismatic, crazy as shit, and downright frightening, Ragyou was everything a great villain should be, and it’s duly appreciated here.

The great Honnouji academy assault also gave us a few last moments to appreciate not only Mako for being the biggest surprise of the entire show, but also the elite four who can hold their own even against Nui’s clones. Lest we forget, Gamagoori’s insane bravado and willpower was certainly a sight to behold. Gamagoori, you’re awesome and we will certainly miss you and your hugeness.

It was also a nice touch (and a bit of a revelation) that Satsuki was able to understand and converse with Seneketsu, a revelation that ultimately led to their victory, but unfortunately to the latter’s doom. Senketsu can also be described as a surprise in himself; who ever expected to be able to love a piece of clothing so much? He had so much personality and conviction; he truly believed in Ryuuko and treated her as a partner. In fact, it is often those that aren’t human that I get so attached to. Senketsu, you faught the good man’s fight. Rest in peace!

Where do we go from here? Apparently there’s an OVA coming out in September. Hopefully we have cute Ryuuko’s doing cute things. Or Satsuki. Man, go back to the first episode and take a look at how fearsome she is. What a difference!

That’s it for me for this show.

Kill la Kill – 23

I’m going to kill-la-kill myself.

And so begins the final battle! Mako proves her usefulness by, uh, generally getting tossed around? Who cares man she looks cool. The elite four also reveal they’ve had goku uniforms of their own being worked on by the sewing club. They bust them out in a fashion that will make you squee with joy, it’s truly an awesome sight to behold.

Meanwhile, Ragyou attempts to awaken the original life fiber. Easily fending off both Ryuuko and Satsuki, she tells them how futile what they’re doing is while generally being crazy. You know, typically bad guy stuff. Ryuuko, however, initiates a desperate gambit with a small hand signal which involves…her getting cut in half? Great plan, Ryuuko.

…Or so it seems! Satsuki apparently is just buying time for Ryuuko to circle around and get a good strike on her. It was aaaaallll an illusion. Ryuuko makes her way to the inside of the life fiber and destroys the thing successfully!

Anybody else feel bad for Tsumugu? The guy used to be epic but nowadays he can’t really do much. It’s like everyone else is a saiyan and he’s just a human or something. Poor genetic material.

Our allies regroup just in time to realize that the true threat lies in infiltrating the academy that Satsuki herself built. To make matters worse, Ragyou gives the eternally irrelevant Nui her arms back (although clarifies she’d be unable to use them for sewing again). Great, I’m so happy she’s still in the story! There is only one way this story is getting resolved, and we’re about to see it. Stay tuned.

Nagi no Asukara – 24

Thankfully, nagi no asukara is a 26 episode series rather than the typical 24 (there are a bit too many plot threads to address in simply two episodes, so I applaud this decision that was made forever ago and I just didn’t know about because I’m dumb wow this is the longest parenthesis ever and this sentence is needlessly long-winded.) This gives plenty of opportunity to finish up our lasting plot threads.

Being Tsumugu is suffering. The poor guy pours his heart out for Chiisake but she is taken aback by the sudden outpouring of emotions. Admittedly, she must have been dense not to notice…but did she really not notice? She claims she doesn’t love him but it’s much too obvious that her heart betrays her words; She cries later to Kaname about the entire situation only for Kaname to state the obvious (ok, it’s only obvious now that I’ve pointed it out (ok, everyone figured it out already except me I’m dumb)).

As interesting as this is, I’m confident things will work out for Tsumugu and Chiisake and I’d be surprised if they didn’t end up an item by the end of this show. More importantly, Hikari, Tsumugu, and Kaname decide to continue onward with the boatdrifting festival once again, with the hopes that a dummy sacrifice will placate the sea god once more and return Manaka’s memories to her. Unlike last time, the entire city pitches in the effort without any needed “pushing”.

Then comes the scene that nearly moved me to tears: Sayu confesses her feelings to Kaname, leaving nothing. I was certain Kaname wouldn’t be interested…but he was overjoyed at hearing that someone actually couldn’t wait for him to return. Normally so strong, we see Kaname pour all his feeling out on the table for the first time in the series. The fact that Sayu moved him to such a point is indicative of the pull the two have on one another. Seriously, just watch it. It’s amazing. Sayu was the winner this episode and I was happy for her.

Where do we go from here? Two episodes left and hopefully not some dangerous foreshadowing. Let’s hope the boat-drift festival goes over well this time.

Golden Time – 23

Goddamn anybody notice how nicely 2D-kun dresses? Guy slaps a button down shirt and a sweater and he’s looking pretty damn sharp. He must bed all the dakimakuras.

Anyways welcome back to SufferingTM the anime. This week we introduce you not only to further suffering but a semi-resolution that appears to be pretty concrete. If not for the fact that we have a final episode, I’d say the show has made it’s final peace and it’s decidedly less happy than what I was expecting…

In any event, Banri successfully guesses why Koko broke up with him, and we can see that she’s suffering a lot because of it (Poor Koko). Essentially, Koko knows exactly what’s happening to Banri and she wants to distance herself from him as fast as possible in order to avoid hurting herself. The two of them make up as friends and continue on living. 2D was a bit pissed off on being left out and essentially forces the group of them to hang out.

Banri is also unable to contact Yana, who is still reeling after what happened in the previous episode. And boy, did a lot of shit happen or what?

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again; Banri has absolutely the best friends in the whole world. Seriously, the guy couldn’t ask for better friends (and a better girlfriend).

Anyways, when 2D forces the group to hang out, Banri forgets who Kaga and Yana are, freaks out, and does the whole Linda screaming etc. thingy. She comforts him, and Banri is distressed seeing Koko crying (I’m assuming his memories flooded back to him in that instant). Notice how he always snaps out of his amnesia state whenever he thinks or sees Koko? My only hope for a happy ending hinges on that small contingency; Koko is the only thing that keeps him bounded to this world and as a result, he’s be unable to keep his current self without her. That’s my bullshit theory anyway (and what the hell do I know?)

The fact that everyone has reconciled and Banri has accepted this is very unsettling as that’s usually a storytelling cue that “This is how it’s gonna be.” I hope to all high hell that’s not the case.

The Festival club performs their big dance with an extremely warm speech from Yana to Banri about how he’ll never forget him and his door is always open to being friends again. Seriously, made my eyes tear, considering that Yana never opens up like this. Again, the best goddamn friends in the world.

At the very end, Banri coldly reflects on all that’s happened and resolves himself to the future. The episode then cuts out. Again, fuck you ED theme. What happens next episode? Either the Koko theory I presented crudely or a “We’re all just friends again / Koko rebuilds their relationship with Linda competing” ending. I’m hoping for the former because the latter open ended bullshit is truly annoying.

Here goes.

Nagi no Asukara – 23

The great time of confessions. Finally! This show doesn’t have much time left so it’s about time we got the ball rolling here.

Is anybody else surprised at the fact that Hikari thinks that Manaka still likes Tsumugu? Anybody with half a brain figured out that she was over him by like, the fourth episode. Not sure why it took him so long to figure out this basic fact.

Anyways, on to this episode. Of course, we remember from last week that Manaka is unable to fall in love. Hikari asks Uroko if there is a way to undo this. Essentially, he doesn’t know, but it may be possible. Hikari believes that stimulating her feelings by having her as close as possible to the one she loves will bring her feelings back. He STILL thinks she was going to confess to him about Tsumugu. Is the guy bloody insane?

Anyways, Kaname and the others have what is undoubtably the most callous and retarded conversation of the show where they say “Hey, maybe it’s better she can’t love! It’s for the best. She doesn’t need it.” I don’t dislike Kaname but what a fucking dumb thing to say, seriously. Hey, Kaname, I’ve got an idea; how about you don’t tell other people what basic fucking human feelings they need, huh? Thankfully, Sayu did this for me and screamed at them, and Hikari further added that they were all cruel. Agreed and thank you.

Sayu is shaping up to be one of my favorites of the show; a nice girl that doesn’t make any beans about what’s right and doesn’t beat around the bush like Miuna does. Thankfully, she’s finally decided that, come hell or high water, she’s going to confess to Kaname. Good luck, Sayu!

Meanwhile, Hikari confronts Tsumugu about his plan and big surprise, Tsumugu has no romantic feelings for a 13 year old that he never had romantic feelings for in the first place. Hikari is being dense. Tsumugu also gets an ena, something of which I feel the guy rightfully deserved, being that ena’s are getting handed out like candy and he always loved the sea and has been kind to shioshishio residents. He accidently ends up revealing to Hikari that he loves Chiisake, who dives into the water and he gives chase. He DOES catch up with her and begin his confession…I hope she reciprocates!

Golden Time – 22

Fuck you, ED theme. Just fuck you.

That episode was the holy torrential of shit where nobody escaped from getting extremely upset or figuratively fucked in all ways, shapes, forms, and angles. Viewed from certain space/times, it is entirely possible that the entire universe internally sucked into Golden Time at this very moment.

Where to even START with this one. Well, the beginnings as good a place as any. Banri decides to wait, hoping Koko will return after her small little “Break up” speech, but she does not. Instead, she sends her father to pick Banri up, and they have a little talk with one another. Her father reveals that Koko asked him a question about anti-anxiety pills. Banri begins to blame himself.

Later, Banri meets up with Nana, who by the way is freaking awesome. I was cheering for her the whole time to be a bro, because Banri doesn’t have anyone to help him now. She does, and even admits that she likes him quite a bit. It was a nice moment where she threatened to kill him, as usual, and provided a nice pep talk. She recommends trying to talk to Koko again tomorrow.

The next part hits very close to home because, in my own relationship, this was a re-ocurring nightmare I had when Melissa and myself were a new couple; after a breakup, you coldly go back to being friends as though it never happened. The way it’s laid out in this episode is intentionally confusing; Banri goes back, Koko approaches him and apologizes. Eventually, 2D let’s it slip that Banri made her a coffee “Infused with love” to which she coldly responds “we broke up.” Sends chills down my spine, I don’t know how to explain it, but it probably has to do with my own insecurities. Just knowing that someone you were once so close to get’s “reset” as though nothing had ever happened between you…I don’t know how to explain it as anything other than possibly the absolute worst feeling in a broad range of emotions that one could ever experience in a lifetime.

Banri calls her out on her shit but you can tell she’s snapping underneath her “I’m over it” facade; she’s likely trying to convince herself more than anyone else. I suspect it’s a “I can’t be with him if he’s going to get better” kind of thing. Yana jumps to Banri’s defense against Koko. Let me say something; Banri has the goddamn best friends ever. These guys are so supportive and awesome to him. Man, I was so happy when Yana got up and supported him. 2D was greatly concerned with Banri before going to class. Seriously, what great guys.

Chinami also sticks around and talks to Banri, and they bond a bit. He asks her to record him for their school festival, and thus he talks about how he got dumped.

Later, at the festival club, all hell breaks loose, and seriously this is one of the most emotionally damaging scenes I think I’ve ever seen, and I have over 200 anime series in my personal catalog. Linda is absolute livid when she finds out what happened between them and Banri’s seemingly apethy. She encourages him and even assaults him into chasing after her. It probably has to do with her own feelings; seeing Banri give up after Linda has accepted them as a couple is hard on her. Eventually, Yana and Koko come in and Banri explains all, as poor Linda is sobbing in the corner.  To make matters even somehow fucking WORSE, Yana is pissed that he kept it a secret.

AND THEN TO MAKE IT EVEN WORSE, Koko hands in her resignation to the club. Banri snatches it away and gives her a glare as she walks off.

Holy shit. Please tell me this is going to get better for everyone extremely soon. Please?

Kill la Kill – 22

This week’s installment of Kill la Kill had even more in store for us than last week did, somehow. And yes, I finally got to see Nui get BTFO’d. Here are some images courtesy of /a/ in celebration of Nui getting BTFO’d so bad.

Ahem. Anyway, on to the episode. It begins with Ryuuko tearing Junketsu from her body despite the life fibers being tied to her. Nui laughs, thinking that Ryuuko should have never thrown her the scissor blade as she nows holds both. Nui’s composure is quickly broken when she gets both her sorry ass arms cut off, which is better than she deserves. No long so “Haha I’m stronger than you and also cute!” and deliciously so, she is forced to retreat (unfortunately, would have loved to see her off herself too) when Rei picks her up against her will. She thanks Rei by bleeding profusely in her face and yelling at her. Being Rei sucks, what else is new.

What we are treated to next is what I’d call the best moment in Kill la Kill yet (yes, even superior to the Takarada moments somehow). Former Hounouji Academy members (Elite 4, Satsuki, sewing club, etc.) and Nudist Beach bond hardcore as they realize they were really fighting on the same side for the same thing all along. Satsuki reveals that her intentions were to harden Ryuuko and train her, controlling her emotions making her think she was the one who killed her dad. Satsuki realizes that what she did was just like Ragyou, apologizes, and humbly requests Ryuuko’s aid in the fight against her mom, which she blushingly accepts. Poor Satsuki has been through so much the past few episodes; she’s had it rough. Glad to see things finally turn to her side for once.

Satsuki, with the aid of the sewing club’s head, has refitted Junketsu to be completely subordinate to her wishes (rather than let “it” wear “her”) by infusing it with Ryuuko and Mako’s blood.

Appointing teacher man as the acting leader, Satsuki and Ryuuko claim they will spearhead Ragyou while the others attempt to destroy the beacon that will be the receiving end for the “Covers” operation; that is, the operation that will turn everyone on the planet into a COVER, destroy the planet, and further spread the life fibers into space. Satsuki and Ryuuko transform simultaneously in a tear-jerkingly beautiful scene and the final battle finally begins. They have fully accepted one another as a sister, even if Ryuuko won’t say it.

The episode ends with Mako coming out of nowhere to protect Gamagoori donning her previously shown two star outfit from like, 16 episodes ago! Mako has now geared up and is ready to join the battle.

Golden Time – 21

Ok, somebody want to tackle the mystery of that ending for me? Seriously? What a crazy freaking episode.

Banri inner turmoil continue to build this episode as his high school self begins to fuse and further take over his college-self’s being. Banri speculates that before long his current self will disappear completely without anyone knowing as his high school self becomes the dominate personality, causing him to forget about everything that happened in the past year and a half, most specifically Koko.

The Festival Club is revealed to have been kicked out and effectively ex-communicated with the previous venue in which they performed. Banri blames himself but Linda and his fellow club members come to his aid, insisting it was because they didn’t practice enough. Good job, guys.

Meanwhile, Koko finds out that Banri has been taking drugs to help deal with his split personality issue and grills him on whats wrong. Banri is obstinate in revealing but Koko assures him that she’ll always help him, no matter what, and that together they can do anything. I think anybody who has been in a relationship has had these moments where it feels like the two of you against the world. Personally, this scene resonated strongly with me as I once again saw a bit of Melissa in Koko.

Hoping to cure all confusion (as well as patch things up with Chinami), Banri decides to invite everyone over for beef (which is the main goddamn draw for many anime characters, we know) and tell all about his past. Chinami shows up first and apologizes to Banri, explaining she was simply jealous that another woman was getting closer to Yana and she simply took it out on Banri. After patching up, Banri begins to reveal all…and then he has a panic attack as his old self takes over again. Screaming for Linda, she sprints over from next door to help Banri out. He doesn’t want Koko to know about this as he even exclaims he wants to live with her (Of course, we know that’s true but people aren’t usually that frank about it). He freaks, gets slapped by Nana, and runs away before being pre-emptively attacked by Yana and 2D. After being bros and saying they’d support him by not letting him disappear, they leave.

Everyone covered for Banri and they hide it from Koko, who texts him explaining they all ate meat next door instead. Banri feels that he can still be himself for the moment even if he disappears eventually, and decides to give Koko the ring with little fanfare.

Here’s the kicker: she coldly denies him and says the only reason she came to college was to chase Yana. Goodbye.

Yup, that’s it! Has to be a dream sequence as their relationship felt so strong just one scene before. No way it’s reality. Maybe I’m just telling myself that because I don’t want to believe it. Hopefully next week proves me right.