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Chu-Bra 3 – Admit It, This Show Is Getting Good by metalsonic700
January 20, 2010, 11:55 am
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Fuck man, is this the show that had me so apprehensive at first? It’s gotten good. Remember when I said ‘I hope it goes in Manabi Straight directions’? Well, it may be just that! I think we could have real school revolution going on here, and what’s more, I support the fuck out of the petition.

Shit man, this is good directing here

Chu-Bra’s ultimate message is quite simply: “Grow up.” Seriously. Underwear. It’s fucking there. You wear it, I wear it, we all fucking wear it. Our bodies are our bodies, same fucking shit on everyone. Grow the fuck up people, this shit is real. Yes, this is a show about 12 year-olds in underwear, yes it’s for a perverted audience. But guess what? 12 year-olds wear underwear. That’s just a fact, and there’s no reason there can’t be a show about it. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about – it’s just fucking life. It’s one thing when you are indifferent to it, but why attack it? What’s so wrong about underwear appreciation? Nothing. Grow the fuck up.

Chu-Bra three was a lot of fun, because the characters are somewhat interesting and cool and intelligent, and the plot is intriguing. What’s more, this episode was surprisingly well-directed – a LOT happened, and it was paced perfectly. Structure’s good, so there’s no reason to oppose this show. Don’t like it? Fine. But there’s nothing wrong with liking it. And I for one do – it’s fun and cute and well-made, so while it’s not exactly the best show of the season, it’s more than worth watching. Some scenes brought a big smile to my face, and any show that can do that has my respect.

She really holds it all together

So my message to this show’s detractors is simply: Grow the fuck up. There’s nothing wrong with Chu-Bra. I’ve learned this. You should too.

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Hanamaru Kindergarten 2: One Toddler’s Understanding of the ‘Best Policy’. by ultraeternalblackout
January 18, 2010, 2:59 pm
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For lack of a better way to begin this post, I’m just going to say once again that I really love this anime, for a great many reasons.

In his recent post on this very same episode, DigitalBoy spent a good bit of time obsessing over Hiiragi, (not that I can blame him, of course.) then went on to make a very profound observation, inspired by none other than Hii-chan herself. “In my opinion, the greatest characteristic of intelligence is curiosity,” he says, surely fixated on thoughts of Hiiragi in her safari costume as he does so. “Some people believe that they understand everything, and therefore think that they have learned all that they need to.” He goes on to voice his disappointment in all the people who live their lives without experiencing enough of what the world has to offer.

On top of agreeing whole-heartedly with this opinion, I’d like to make a similar observation on the mind of a toddler. A good deal of this series so far has dealt with the Misadventures of the Unlikely Couple of Tsuchi and Anzu. Her repeated confessions of their ‘forbidden love’ never fail to reap chaos in the classroom. Now, more or less anyone who’s seen the anime is mentally brushing aside the possibility of them ever getting  married, passing it off as the innocence and naivety of a toddler. I include myself in that statement; that point aside, though, what I really love about Anzu is just how well she portrays the simple honestly of a little girl.

When we were young, most of us were taught that ‘honesty is the best policy’. As we draw nearer to the world of adults, however, it seems to be an ideal that falls more and more to the wayside.  It’s easier to lie, to pass the blame, or to hide our feelings; that way, no one gets hurt. At least, it doesn’t appear that anyone does. What we forget, though, is the simplicity of an honest childhood. Mistakes were made, apologies were accepted, and the world continued to turn as it had before.

For every two adults who believe that the emotional mindset of a child means they can’t be relied on for important tasks, it seems that there’s only one who sees the true value in them. There are a great many people who see hope for world peace in the honesty of youth. I, for one, still live by the credo of simple, heartfelt honesty. I believe strongly that if everyone were to just make their true feelings and opinions known, we could all come to the same compromises that we did as children.

Which is why I love just how much of a 3-dimensional character Anzu is. I’ve heard someone make a comment about how disgusted they were that a kindergarten girl could be so perverted; what this person utterly fails to realize, however, is that Anzu is nothing more than an innocent and honest little girl. Well, that, and the fact that nothing she has said so far has been in the least bit ‘perverted’; taking into consideration the lengths her parents went to to be together, it’s no wonder so much of Anzu’s world revolves around love. The  question of whether or not she actually has feelings for her teacher aside, Anzu does a great job of expressing the simple, open honesty of a toddler, and that’s one of the many reasons she’s my favorite character in this series.

(I would like to give a quick nod to the runner-up in that category, actually. Kawashiro, one of the other teachers, definitely wins second place. Her personality is hilarious, and she’s pretty damn cute, too, if I’m going to be honest.)

Even though I had to wait a full week between the first and second episodes of this anime, it feels like the roller-coaster ride of adorable characters and hilarious moments never even stopped. This show has a REALLY long list of things going for it, and drives home exactly why GAINAX is my favorite anime studio. (I know, I know; real original, right? Doesn’t change the fact that it is.) I’m definitely keeping a spot reserved for this series atop my favorite anime list; for now, though, I’ll just have to hide in my closet in the fetal position until the next episode.

I almost died laughing when I watched this particular scene.



Omamori Himari 2 – Wet Pussy by metalsonic700
January 16, 2010, 2:18 am
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And you probably thought I meant the catgirl at the beach ;)

Trying to say ANYTHING about Omamori Himari that you can’t say about any other show is like trying to assassinate a dead man with your penis. First of all, he’s already dead, second of all, someone beat you to it, and third of all, the man is gay, and he really wouldn’t have been all that hurt by what you were planning to do.

Why am I bothering? Because I’m watching the show, and I don’t dislike it, and that’s my angle on the show. I’m not going to say anything about it because there is nothing to say. It’s exactly what you think it is! It’s not one of those tricks where you say ‘it’s like everything else, but different‘ no, that’s just not true here! You’ve seen absolutely everything in this show done in exactly the same way. It’s almost perplexing, really! It kind of makes you double-take! For a moment, you can’t even believe that this show exists! I think that five years from now, I won’t be aware that I ever watched an Omamori Himari – not because I didn’t like the show, or that it was bad, or that I wasn’t paying attention – I literally will forget that the events in this show took place in this show. When I try to think back to this loli, and this sword-wielding big-breasted girl, and this best friend and main character, I will accidentally remember their counterparts in other shows instead. When I try to remember the changing scene, I might accidentally remember Kashimashi Girl Mets Girl, or when I remember the tentacle monster in the water, I may remember This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. None of them stand out, they just become a huge, jumbled mess in my mind.

But I don’t seem to care. It’s not like this is me complaining. I like the show well enough. I still would totally bang most of the girls, I still would totally finish the show… it’s just that I know the whole thing is falling into a black hole of memory, like a glitch in the Matrix, that will one day resurface when another anime makes me think ‘haven’t I seen this before somewhere?’



Sora no Woto 2–Diary of a Proud Soldier. by ultraeternalblackout
January 14, 2010, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Anime, Sound of the Sky | Tags: , , , ,

I hate this. What the heck were they thinking, sending us a bugler who doesn’t even know how to play? It’s probably just another joke to them; they had nowhere to send a useless girl like her, so they send her here, to mesh with our stupid, useless platoon. But we’re not useless! If they would just send us replacement parts for our tank, or give us a mission for once…

Gah. She’s so obnoxious, so naive. What good is she, anyway?


~~~

It looks like Noel was up working all last night again. I don’t know why she bothers, it’s not like we can fix that tank without the right parts. And yet…at least she’s doing something. She works so hard all the time, then has to suffer from sleep deprivation; it’s not fair. The rest of them just sit around doing nothing; they’re so lax.

The new girl is so annoying. She’s lazy, just like the rest of them, yet she’s always so optimistic. I’ll teach her her place though; I’m her superior. I’ll make sure she understands that.


~~~

Why the hell am I the one who has to take her around on a tour!? Why can’t I do something useful for once…

The new girl is too informal. Yet, at the same time, she follows simple orders with such determination…God, why is she so optimistic all the time!?

Why is the Captain cleaning the bathroom again? It’s Noel’s turn today; even if she can’t do it, shouldn’t the Captain have more important things to do? She’s so informal about it all, like order just doesn’t apply to us. Can’t she see, though? Can’t she? That’s why they laugh at us! That’s why they call us useless, that’s why we’re such a joke! Things will never get better if we keep acting this way! We have to prove that we’re not useless, we have to show them that we can accomplish something…all alone out here, at the edge of the world…


~~~

She’s laughing at us. She’s laughing at our broken tank, at our lack of discipline; she’s laughing at our whole, stupid platoon! I can tell! But she’s useless, too! Why does she think it’s so funny? What’s so funny about us!?


~~~

The Captain says that everything will be okay…but how can anything ever be okay? We’re all so useless…the Captain, though, and Rio…even Noel…they’re such great soldiers…but how will they ever be able to accomplish anything with us around?


~~~

There’s no such things as ghosts. Rio’s right. I know that ghosts don’t exist…but if that’s true, then why am I so scared to be here with just this unreliable girl for company? Her optimism really gets on my nerves…

The thunderstorm doesn’t help, either. She says it sounds like a marching beat, but I don’t hear it. To me, it just sounds…scary. Almost like we’re trapped inside here, all alone.

But there’s no such thing as ghosts…right?


~~~

I hate rats. They’re so dirty, and creepy, and ugly…

Why do there have to be so damn many rats…?


~~~

How could a place like this have ever been a school? Aren’t schools supposed to be beautiful places where kids go to learn? This isn’t anything like that. The new girl is crazy; this can’t be a school.

What is it with her and music? And why does she think everything is so wonderful…what’s wonderful about a bunch of useless soldiers in the middle of nowhere? I just don’t see what’s so great about it…even with the Captain here, and Rio-sempai…and Noel…and we never get anything done, all we do is play around all the time…


~~~

But who cares if our platoon is useless? All the others…they’re all such great people, and they’re even better soldiers. I love this fortress, and the people and things inside of it. Who cares what the idiots in the capitol think of us? It’s their own fault for leaving us stranded out here. I don’t care if they laugh at us.

All I care about is that things can stay the way they are. All I want is for the Captain, and Rio, and Noel… I just want them to be happy here. They deserve it. If they’re happy…I’m happy. I won’t let anyone take that away from us.

…Maybe the new girl was right. Maybe this is a wonderful place to be.

Maybe she isn’t as stupid and useless as I first thought.

Maybe.

“I’m the gunner of the 1121st, and it’s a wonderful place to be!!”

~~~

Who’s idea was it to keep the stupid bird, anyway? I should’ve killed it when I had the chance…

I guess it is kind of cute, though. Maybe it isn’t so bad.

I guess nothing here is as useless as it seems.

– Suminoya Kureha

(To read this episode in Sorami Kanata’s diary, go here.)


The first episode of Sora no Woto was astounding, but the second truly just blew me away. It was a masterpiece of animation for a laundry list of reasons, ranging from character depth to unique humor, then back again. I’m ranking this one as my second most anticipated show of the season, and it’s only losing to Hanamaru Kindergarten by a small margin. There’s not much else to say, except that I’ll be anxiously awaiting the release of the third episode.

On a side note, taking the time to write out a diary entry was really a blast, even though I felt like I took a few too many liberties with the character. It really allowed me to get inside this character’s head, and whereas I’d originally overlooked her as being my favorite character, I’m beginning to get the feeling that she just might be.

I felt like I just had to include this a screenshot of this part. It was one of my favorite jokes in the episode.



Hanamaru Kindergarten–Truly Beautiful, Nothing Less. by ultraeternalblackout

I refuse to beat around the bush with this one: this was definitely my favorite series opener of the winter season, and I feel that, barring some sort of catastrophe, it’s destined to find itself a spot on my favorite anime list. Somehow, it had managed to slip under my radar; but thanks to 21stcenturydigitalboy’s response to it on Fuzakenna and a God-sent lapse in newly released episodes to watch, I took that first step and decided to check it out.

Plain and simple, Hanamaru Kindergarten is not only a hilarious, adorable peek into the lives of realistic kindergartners, it’s an anime determined to portray the relationships between the adult characters, in an extremely unique and no-holds-barred way. On top of that, it also delivers a lot of classic anime humor and entertainment in a tasteful manner. This anime just amazes me with how many directions it’s taking its story in, and just how vastly it can succeed.

I’m the sort of person who just can’t handle when characters, be they animated or ‘real’, put themselves into a nasty situation through sheer stupidity or ignorance, and then just continue to dig themselves a deeper hole; I hate the ‘absurdly stupid’ moments, if you will. But, somehow, I couldn’t do anything but laugh as Tsuchida, the main male character and kindergarten teacher fresh out of college, tries (and fails, utterly) to explain  to his student’s parents that he is not, in fact, a pedophile. It didn’t appear to me to be the rantings of a shallow, idiotic character; he was desperately trying to save his own reputation. More than that, though, I love the fact that the parents can spot his good-natured honesty as he flails about in front of them.

The kindergartners are just absolutely adorable; there’s no denying that, and it has nothing to do with being a lolicon or not. Not only do they act like realistic toddlers, they each have a unique personality. Koume is quiet and shy, Hiiragi is intelligent and well-mannered, and Anzu is outgoing and courageous. What really gives the characters depth, though, is more or less a reverse side to a coin; if what you see most of the time from them can be considered heads, then their truest personality is tails, fairly literally, in Hii-chan’s case. Koume is anxious to befriend people, Hiiragi loves to act the part of a little kid when she’s at home, and Anzu is, well…flirtatious and insane.

I feel the kids are really the heart and soul of this anime, but the back story involving the adult characters is brilliant as well. Tsuchida’s worries about being the one male kindergarten teacher in about a dozen schools, (I can do math!) his fledgling feelings for Yamamoto, another teacher, and his discovery that Anzu’s mother was his high school senior all wrap together nicely. At first, I couldn’t help but wonder if Sakura’s husband had left her, and if the story would bring Tsuchida and her together; but then he shows up, and my theory got blown out of the water. Even so, the great characters and what has been, so far, amazing writing and direction give me the impression that this anime could take itself in a million different directions, all of them astounding.

I really, really can’t wait for the next episode of this anime; more so than any other series this season, even after a truly amazing second episode to Sora no Woto. Like I said earlier, I won’t be surprised at all if this anime finds itself a spot among my all-time favorites, and it’s definitely going pretty deep into my ever-growing ‘Vault’ of precious anime discoveries. Most importantly, I’m definitely going to be hanging this over my loli-loving, shoujo-obsessed friend’s head for a while.



Running Back To Chu-Bra. Embracing. Episode 2. by metalsonic700
January 12, 2010, 8:35 am
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I wonder how DigitalBoy would react if I said I was ‘tsundere’ for Chu-Bra. At least it’s in a classical sense, though. It wasn’t that hard to warm up to. The first episode turned me off because I didn’t want to admit to it that I was a lolicon. I’m willing to admit it now, and now I am actually very impressed.

I don’t have any real idea why I have a fascination with the prospect of learning about girls’s underwear. I will say that I long have had a nagging interest in women’s fashion (not that Runway shit, though. High fashion is fucking disgusting.) and maybe I’m interested in the underwear from a fashion standpoint? Or maybe I’m just a dirty, dirty guy who likes to see girls in their underwear? Either could be true, but I’d like to think there’s actually a better reason for it (who wouldn’t, really. But I’m serious.)

As an aside, this moment was actually quite brilliant.

It’s because, in my heart of hearts, I have always wished I was a little girl. I don’t really know why. Maybe I just never encountered enough little girls in my life. Growing up, I avoided girls like the plague, and by the time I was in high school, all of them had actually contracted the plague. From a psychological standpoint, my interest could stem from this sheer lack of knowledge.

But basically, there are things I admire. I admire the cuteness. I admire the body type. I admire the style and fashion possibilities. I won’t lie, I have no interest in the ‘innocence’ of the little girl. I don’t want to be a little girl who is like just any little girl, I still want to keep the mind I currently have, which means I would be a dirty girl (since I’m a dirty guy and all.) I would definitely be a lesbian. Lesbians fascinate me through simple math. 1 girl = interesting, therefor 2 girls = double interesting. As a little lesbian who dresses extremely fashionably and has the mind of a dirty guy, I would have a little lesbian partner who would also be really fashionable but also a tomboy and maybe was a prostitute for some part of her life or survived a snuff film production earlier in childhood – I digress heavily.

Chu-Bra gives me more insight into little-girl-dom. Now, I know this show is not all that realistic, but in many ways it is surprisingly so. If nothing else, the middle school society is represented well. While the main girl is obsessively nice, she’s pretty much alone in that regard. What’s more, the show really represents the melting pot of growth that middle school is. The pink-haired girl already has massive tits – this is true for many girls her age. Girls can start developing at as young as 8 years old, and I distinctly remember in fifth grade noticing some girls with chests that bewildered even me at my young age. Meanwhile, some of the girls are still in elementary school bodies. This time, I look at my middle school experience wherein on my bus, some kids were as much as 6 feet tall and others looked like they belonged in a damn kindergarten. (Obviously not a Hanamaru Kindergarten though, or they’d have been mutants.)

How 'real' is her story?

Chu-Bra is surprisingly true to that development and to the emotions that come with it. Would the tsurupettan girl have had such a dramatic situation with her friends in real life? Probably not. But would she have felt a lot of pressure in the middle school environment of changes, and insecure as the other girls stared at her and made fun of her for wearing a bra? Definitely.

The end of the episode leads me to believe that the main character intends to start an ‘underwear club’ at the school. As crazy as that is, I get the feeling it will be used to put very real stories through the light slant of ‘well it’s anime, duh’. I only hope it gets to be pretty epic with this whole club thing and possibly could go a Manabi Straight-esque route.

Or maybe I’m making excuses so that I don’t have to feel as bad when I fap to the lesbian scenes. Who knows.



Seikon no Qwaser–Wait, did I just enjoy a Shounen anime? by ultraeternalblackout
January 11, 2010, 11:20 pm
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As a general rule, I’m not that big a fan of action anime. It just takes a lot to get me interested in one. So far, the only one to really succeed at that has been Bleach, and with so much else to watch lately, I’ve more or less had a ‘falling out’ of sorts with the series. But from the moment I found out about Seikon no Qwaser, I began to highly anticipate it’s release. Maybe it was the fairly unique art style, perhaps it was the mostly serious description interjected with a statement so absurd-sounding I just had to do a double take. Whatever the reason, I’ve been anticipating it’s release for a while now, and now I get to see it for the first time.

Seeing as the opening scene is extremely random, fairly cliche and utterly uninteresting (you really want to know? Fine. Four words can sum it up pretty well: OH HEY A MOTH.) I’m going to just forget I ever saw it, and begin with the opening. It plays out like most shounen anime openings; random clips of badassery set to what is, ultimately, a really good song with a unique feel to it. So far, it’s played out not that differently from most shounen I’ve watched; but even so, I’ve still got a gnawing in the pit of my stomach that it’s worthwhile.

See? I told you. It's a moth.

Anyway, now that the opening’s out of the way, I’m sure we’re about to be introduced to our hapless, hot-headed main character. He’s more than likely late to school, or sleeping in class, or…or…wait. It’s a…girl? Well, this is relatively unique, from the little I know of shounen anime. She’s pretty cute, too…I’m not too sure about the girl next to her though. Anyway, she stands from her spot in front of an altar, and in a not-so-surprising twist, begins to have a flashback. That’s nothing really unique, but…well, hey, at least she’s adorable as a kid. The other girl is, too; maybe I was too quick to dismiss the her as unattractive? Back to the point; surprisingly enough, the girl’s father, the one who’d carried them to the altar, has, well…gone missing. I’m beginning to have a few doubts about just how unique this anime is going to be.

I still have faith though; Massugu, go! The main character’s voice is a little surprising; it really wasn’t what I expected when I first saw her, but that’s definitely a good thing. She ponders the mysterious situation for a few moments longer, then glances at her inherited pocket watch; time for school, apparently. She calls out to the other girl as she hefts her things over her shoulder, but…no response. She calls to her again, and…well, apparently she’s asleep. I’m really beginning to rethink my original opinion of her; she’s starting to appear fairly moe. Our main heroine takes matters into her own hands, using her wooden katana as a crude alarm clock.

Wait. Hold on a second. Can anyone explain to me why this moe girl needs boobs that are seriously bigger than my damn head? More importantly, why do I need to watch them bounce up and down for five seconds while she runs? All it’s doing is making me wonder just how painful it would be to be unlucky enough to catch them upside my face when she turns…yeah, I think I’ll pass on her. At least the other girl is attractive and has good voice acting. Anyway, back to the anime…left, right, left, right, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce…

What’s this? I do believe our main character just referred to her wake-up call as a ‘love tap;’ am I the only one who senses a bit of forthcoming yuri here? Well, perhaps I am. Still, a guy can dream; that would definitely explain why I was so attracted to this anime in the first place. A sixth sense, perhaps? Really though, on with the episode. Our two characters just barely make it through the school gates before Tomo, our resident ‘Moe Juggernaut’, trips over her own feet and hits the ground, just as a nearby nun hefts a pot of flowers and softly proclaims, “tulips.” Wow, this is probably the hottest nun I’ve ever seen…

With little else to say, though, the nun walks slowly from the garden, and it appears Tomo is unscathed by her fall, more than likely bounced into a kneeling position once her boobs hit the ground. Mafuyu more or less calls her a klutz, then extends a hand to help her to her feet, calling her a ‘princess’ as she does. Wait; did that really just happen? Well, oh my, yes it did. Who called it, huh? Who called the yuri?

So, they arrive in class, and Tomo finds a fairly unpleasant surprise awaiting her on her desk. You can hear the rest of the class whispering amongst themselves; when Mafuyu turns toward them to find the guilty culprit, however, she’s met with silence. Save for one voice, that is. It appears to be a fairly smart-ass tomboy named Hana in the corner of the room; I’m beginning to think that my attraction to this anime might be some form of a miracle. Either way, I feel it’s necessary  to point out that she, too, is really freaking hot. She claims the whole class believes Tomo was taken by a serial killer, and is then rudely interrupted by the class president, who I’m sure can’t be anywhere near as attracti-…

Well, I’ll be. First the main heroine, then a tomboy, now an adorable little loli for us to fall in love with? I have truly been blessed with this anime. I really do need to remain focused though. Either way, Hana continues with her speech about the serial killer. Mafuyu erupts with rage, pinning her to the wall–my god, that’s hot–then Tomo appears, really only adding a bit more yuri to the moment, and then they’re all interrupted by what appears to be yet another female character. Oh, god, it’s like Christmas morning; what do we get this time?

This time around, it’s…boobs. I don’t believe I’m about to say this, but I think they’re bigger than Tomo’s. This, right here, is truly frightening; in the 4 seconds of screen time she’s had so far, she’s already begun to annoy me. Mafuyu threatens her in return, and, thankfully, she leaves. With the character introductions out of the way, nothing really happens for the rest of the school day; so, we fast forward ahead to the walk home.

We’re treated to a bit more yuri-esque dialogue between the two, then, well…Tomo trips and more or less flattens a kid with her tits. They smack him upside the head for the ensuing perverted comeback, and it turns out they’ve taken him home to nurse him, because he’s probably just had a concussion. Mafuyu and Tomo argue over his gender for a little while, but when they decide to just remove his pants to see, he appears to have disappeared out the window. Mafuyu gives chase, and just happens to notice that the church is on fire.

She enters the church with katana in hand, ignoring the blue flames as she races toward the altar; here is actually the first time we’re treated to any real fanservice, with a swift panty shot. Anyway, out from the darkness walks the creepy chick in black from the beginning of the anime, who spouts a bit more random gibberish before shackling Mafuyu to the wall. She does a bit of soul searching while pinned to the wall, and it turns out, like any shounen hero, she was determined to become stronger to protect her friend. Go figure.

Before the killer can finish what she started, however, the boy from earlier intervenes, and our baddie more or less cowers in fear. She continues her assault soon enough, but is stopped once again, this time by the really hot nun from earlier. She kneels down in front of the boy, and he begins to suck on her…wait, what? Oh, okay. Breast milk equals power. Right.

From there on out, the only important part of the scene is his act of turning a huge iron cross into a weapon, and Teresa’s explanation that he’s a ‘Qwaser’, a descendant of Hermes, who can, with the power of soma, just do shit like that. He spits out an extremely badass line as he forms his weapon:  “Have you ever trembled in fear? Have you ever feel fear chill you to the very bone?” Then…good god, it’s a scythe. What have I done to deserve this anime? Either way, he completely and utterly annihilates the villain, and begins bleeding from his scar.

The next day in school, it’s a bit of a surprise to see that the ruined church looks brand new again, but not much of a shock that his name is Alexander, he comes from Russia, and he’s the newest member of their class. Skipping ahead to the ending, because the last few minutes hardly matter, and all I can say is, wow, that’s a lot of fanservice for one ending. Another good song as well.

Looking back on everything, you’d think I really didn’t enjoy this episode too much. But despite my constant harping on every cliché, it had a pretty unique feel to it. There’s not much to be said in the way of animation, directing, or music, but the plot has me intrigued and if nothing else, I’d stick around for the damn good-looking characters and the yuri. I do have a good amount of faith in it though; if I do have some sort of sixth sense, it’s knowing when something’s worth watching, despite the way it appears. Case in point, this is one shounen anime that I actually enjoy–thus far, at least–and I’m definitely anticipating the next episode.