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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 11, An Encouragement of Learning

When living with your parents it can often be difficult to understand why the make some of the decisions that they do. What Tsuki ga Kirei shows well in episode 11 is that they usually have a good reason for doing so, and even after making decisions initially, they’re flexible enough to adapt when it’s in the best interest of their children.

Last week, we expected that Kotarou’s parents, particularly his mother, wouldn’t take well to his decision to go a school two hours away in order to follow a girl. It wasn’t surprising then to see that when Kotarou announced his school of choice at a parent meeting with his teacher, his mother wasn’t best pleased.

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Episode Focus: Attack on Titan S2 12, Scream

The final episode of the second season of Attack on Titan has aired after four years of hype with another reveal of sorts and some more emotional moments to boot.

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At the end of last weeks episode the titan that ate Eren’s mother appeared threatening to lead them to the same fate. This week starts with Hannes getting in the way and thanking his luck for giving him the opportunity to avenge Carla. Meanwhile, Erwin is stranded as titans close in from all sides with scouts falling fast. I won’t go through everything that happened as I usually do in this articles, but suffice to say it felt like a lot happened in this episode.

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Episode Focus: Eromanga Sensei 11, How the two met and future siblings

After two episodes without Sagiri, Masamune comes back from his beach trip and the two prepare for the release of their new book. Cue reminiscing and flashbacks.

Eromanga Sensei set itself out as a ‘sibling romantic comedy’, though at this point I think calling it a rom-com of any kind is unfair on the genre. If, like me, you’ve stuck with this show through it’s highly inappropriate and awkward middle episodes, the biggest compliment you might give it is an overly cutesy fan service harem.

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 10, The Setting Sun

Every single week after I’ve watched this show I’ve wanted to jump up and down shouting; I will support Akane and Kotarou until this, and every other blog on WordPress, is no more.

There is little to discuss when addressing tone in episode ten as things continue on for a couple much as they have since episode five when they’re relationship came out into the open. Potential problem arises, problem threatens to be troublesome, someone takes actions to deal with the problem, problem averted, everyone is happy.

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This week that problem was Hira as Akane and the track club went to the festival where Kotarou was performing. If you were looking to find a problem with this show overall, it would be the weird love square that it attempted to present as meaningful in the middle episodes, though saying that it has served to strengthen the relationship of the main couple no end, so I shouldn’t complain. Anyway, Hira: this week it was his turn to confess to Akane and as to be expected things to quite work out how he would have dreamed.

Things for Akane are swell then? Well not quite as Kotarou takes issue by displaying a little customary jealousy (well he is 14) and, rather unfairly, taking that out on Akane by ignoring her for the rest of the evening.

Fortunately though, the magic wasn’t dead in this episode as the moving/new school fiasco continues as Kotarou attempts to come to terms with Akane moving to Chiba. One of the central points of Kotarou’s character throughout the series has been his lack of interest in studying in favour of writing novels – Akane’s news seemingly changes this however as we see him more at cram school and taking an effort to improve his school work. Why could that be? Because he’s going to try and get into the school Akane is going to go to and to do that he needs to improve his grades. Despite how unrealistic this feels, I feel like I can relate to this action somehow, even if my circumstances ten years ago were somewhat different to Kotarou’s.

As I said, there isn’t much to comment on in terms of the shows overall thematic development. What I would say though is that the relationship between the Akane and Kotarou continued to grow this week through a disagreement (even if it was one sided) and a big decision to change an aspect of his life on Kotarou’s part. Whatever happens in the final two episodes, I’m sure that specifically choosing a high school to be with your partner cannot be a good thing, but this is fiction and anime at that, so I want it to work out for them, because, frankly, at this stage nothing should stand in their way.

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What did you make of episode 10 of Tsuki ga Kirei? Are there any important overarching developments that I missed or were you just enjoying the minutiae that make up each episodes? And finally, are you feeling at all nervous for Akane and Kotarou in these final two episodes or are you confident everything will work out? Let me know in the comments!

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First Impressions: Durararax2!! Shou

Occam’s Razor. When you have two or more possibilities, the more obvious one is usually the most likely.

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I start my first impressions post on the second of season of Durarara because it is one of the biggest cases of what you see is what you get I can remember in an anime sequel. The  first season of the show followed a host of different characters in district of Ikebukuro, Tokyo, with stories that rarely crossed over the course of 25 episodes, only to all come together fairly well in the final few episodes. When I was wondering what I was going to get from this second season, I shouldn’t have thought quite so hard – it’s by far the most obvious possibility: much more of the same.

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Episode Focus: Attack on Titan S2 11, Charge

Sorry, let me hold myself a moment.

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Just Attack on Titan.

I’ve been somewhat critical of Attack on Titan’s first 10 episodes. Sure, there have been good moments, even good episodes, but on the whole, I’ve felt largely underwhelmed by a second season of a franchise I love and expect so much from.

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Episode Focus: Attack on Titan S2 10, Children

It’s getting to that time in the season when we are expecting all of the shows to start ramping up as they hurtle towards their finales.

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See how long it’s taken to get near to the bottom of this?!

This expectation presses on no show more so than it does on the second season of Attack on Titan. Four years in the making, the final three to four episodes really needed to do something. With last week’s episode nine firmly dropping the baton (one of my friends aptly described ‘Opening’ as ‘meanwhile in a tree’), episode ten had a lot to deliver – the question is, did it succeed?

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Building my Collection: Durarara!! x2 Shou (Blu-Ray Collectors edition)

As you may have seen last weekend I managed to get up to London to this Spring’s MCM Comicon. As well as being a great day in itself, I picked up a couple of Blu-Rays to add to my collection, Charlotte part 1 and Durarara!! Shou. Seeing as I quite enjoyed my last unboxing post (Your Lie in April part 1), I thought I’d show you guys the inside of the collectors edition of the second season of Durarara!!. 

Starting with the outer packaging we have a rigid box to hold the contents. The box in itself is a pretty nice thing though – show artwork is on the front and back, with synopsis and blu-ray info on a removable slip fastened to the back.

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Inside the outer case things can split into two – the discs and all of the extras. First let’s talk about the digipack and discs. Unlike some discs I’ve seen, the artwork is fairly lacking in imagination, however the digipack holding the two discs is a nice to thing to behold. We get some more series artwork, but rather than the typical character shots pulled from the anime the characters are coloured in monochrome for quite a stunning presentation.

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 8, Vita Sexualis

The cat is out of the bag and everyone knows about Kotarou and Akane’s relationship. In typical Tsuki ga Kirei fashion, we’re made to feel as if this could be really difficult for the pair, when in fact, of course, their interactions with everyone else are quite mundane.

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Most of this episode focuses solely on the main couple as Akane comes to Kotarou’s taiko practice before they go to a shrine festival. If you haven’t enjoyed Tsuki ga Kirei up to this point, this episode won’t change your mind with its romance/slice of life genre continuing along with some fairly questionable animation (what is with that run?!). However, if like me, you’ve become fully invested in the overtly normal development of Akane and Kotarou’s middle school relationship, then this is another episode to be savoured.

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If I had one Trenni silver coin for every time you said that… – a review of Spice and Wolf season 1

I’ll come and out and say it. My knowledge of anime pre-2010 is pretty awful. Despite my age, I only started watching anime in 2014 so while I’m pretty good on seasonal stuff since then along with big hits, my general knowledge is pretty poor. My lack of knowledge isn’t helped by the fact that I tend to dismiss a lot of shows as ‘probably not my thing’ because let’s face it, there’s a lot out there to see.

Spice and Wolf is one such pre-2010 anime (Winter 2008) that, despite countless great reviews, I had decided to push to the bottom of my plan to watch list because of the curious focus upon economics. What’s more I’d been led to believe that once I’d finished watching Spice and Wolf, I’d be perpetually disappointed as I came to terms with never being able to find out how the story ends.

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While I can’t yet comment on this second point as I haven’t seen the second season, I will soon join the hordes of people in debunking the ‘economics is boring’ excuse for not watching the show.

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