Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"K-On!!" 12 and 13

Episode 12 took the girls out of school and into an outdoor rock festival.  I loved the backgrounds of the festival that reminded me of "Beck."  We get to see Mio totally stoked about her first "fesu."  Mugi doesn't get the yakisoba she wanted, but she doesn't let it get her down.  Sawa-chan is the seasoned vet who advises then on the ins and outs of getting the most out of the experience.  I liked seeing them in a different setting.
Episode 13 is another episode mostly outside of school where Azusa basically misses her light music club members as they study during the summer break.  She has hilarious daydreams about meeting the various members in odd situations such as the movie theater and water park.  Eventually they all enjoy a summer festival together, including Ui and Jun.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"Real World" by Natsuo Kirino

This 208 page novel is about five Tokyo teenagers.  Worm is a boy who murdered his mother and fled.  Four girls know about it because he stole one of their cell phones and is calling the girls on its memory.  They don't turn him in and instead talk to him and help him while he is on the run.  It's not a mystery, but more of a coming of age story of modern Tokyo teenagers who have a lot of societal pressures.  Each of them in their self-absorbed way is rebelling against their expected roles in society as super students, future office ladies, or future wives/mothers.  It's a chilling read as we watch Worm flee and we see the repercussions of how these girls help and hinder Worm.  It reminds me of the movie "River's Edge" about teens who do nothing even though they know of a murder.  The end is not very satisfying, but one of the girls seems to evolve at the end.  It was entertaining and disturbing.

Friday, June 18, 2010

"Kaichou wa Maid-sama" 11



This episode was really funny as Misaki and her two friends follow Usui after school to find out what he does and where he lives.  The funniest part is when Misaki is trying to imagine Usui's family and they all look like Usui except with lipstick, or a mustache, or a bow in the hair.  I like how he fulfills all the activities they imagine because he overheard them talking about it.   I also like how Usui finds delight in accidentally being invited to Misaki's home and seeing how Misaki lives.  The mystery of Usui's home life is still out there, however.  I can't imagine why Misaki isn't all over Usui what with all the phermones he is exuding and all the rescuing he does.  I guess Misaki really mistrusts guys except when she has that master-servant dynamic to fall back on while at the maid cafe.  Is that too much analysis?  Anyway, I love the deadpan delivery of Usui's seiyuu too.  The show has really grown on me.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"K-On!!" 10


We get to see Sawa-chan in her "Death Devil" mode and it's pretty awesome. I smell another single coming out and this time it's metal! The four girls follow Sawa-chan to find out who the mysterious person is who dropped her off at school one morning. Turns out it's a former band mate who wants to reunite for one special occasion. Sawa-chan doesn't want to tarnish her teacher image, but she can't help it when she sees the HTT botching up her song and must correct the situation. I like the above picture of the four former light music club members.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"Tsuki no Koibito"


It's got Takuya Kimura, Shota Matsuda, Keiko Kitagawa, and two actresses new to me, Ryoko Shinohara and Lin Chi Ling. I watched like one episode of "MR. BRAIN" and did not think Takuya Kimura was all that hot. But in this show, he is pretty hot, especially in his scenes with Lin Chi Ling, Taiwanese actress/model. The chemistry is at a ten between these two. Shota (from Japanese F4 fame) is hot with his short hair! Takuya plays a rich badboy, who manipulates the beautiful former Chinese factory worker into becoming the face of his furniture empire. He is a total jerk, so that's probably why he is appealing. (Sigh.)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"K-On!!" episodes 8 and 9



Episode eight should be called "K-On!! Yochien" because of all the flashbacks to kindergarten between Yui and Nodoka. There is even a flashback of Mio and Ritsu in grade school. The type of friendships each pair has was evident even back in the day. Where is the Mugi flashback anyway? Her mysterious past must somehow come up later in the series. (Hopefully.)
Episode nine actually brought a tear to my eye when Oba-san looks so pleased and proud to see Yui up there with Gitah in the newly formed spinoff group YuiAzu. Nice to see the Hokago Tea Time can withstand the tensions of members wanting to do solo work (ha ha).

As for other anime I'm watching, "Durarara!" is officially confusing for me. I wish the leaders of the Dollars and Yellow Scarves, and the Slasher-Mother would finally talk to each other about what's going on. I like Dotachin and the Russian sushi restaurant characters and hope they get some story soon.

I also may start rewatching "Revolutionary Girl Utena." I enjoyed the show, but didn't really understand the end and probably won't again.