The end. New beginnings.

28 03 2009

I admit I have been neglecting this site for nearly eight months. I never thought college can demand too much in life.

I’ve returned — so what’s new? For starters, I’ll be tweaking the site, page formats, and even layouts. I will probably tackle only one or two animes; some manga titles; heck, even some anime Jpop songs and some weird moe/fetish Japanese topics.

Going back to the “fixing” part, I will not include total summaries in each anime episode(s) I will discuss because I’m never that good in summarizing stuff. Perhaps, instead of posting by episodes, I’ll post an anime series by its story arc. Also, I will give out my opinions, interpretations, etc of each at face value.

Next, I will discuss the endings of some animes I religiously watched, namely: Clannad After Story, Gundam 00, and Toradora. These projects will be posted before I tackle the next line-up: Spring Anime!

My eyes are out for the new Full Metal Alchemist season by the way. I’ll check the other titles once I’ve downloaded some episodes.





Code Geass R2 14

17 07 2008

“Forgive me. This is my sin for letting you all run rampant. Therefore, the genealogy of Geass shall end here. That’s perhaps…Lelouch and my…”
-C.C.

A flashback of Marianne, C.C., Charles, and V.V. occurs. The two males talk of killing the gods and destroying the world’s lies.

Back in the building where Shirley died, Rolo boasts of killing her to protect Lelouch’s secret. Lelouch surprisingly thanks his fake brother and tells him he’ll annahilate the Order using the Black Knights.

Somewhere in a secret base in China, V.V. comments to an imprisoned Cornelia that the sibling relationship is the most beautiful one in the world.

A few hours after, Suzaku learns of Shirley’s death. The doctors believe that she committed suicide. Later, Suzaku, Gino, Anya, and the rest of the Ashford students attend Shirley’s funeral. Even Nina got depressed.

Inside her room, C.C. talks with her imaginary friend while eating pizza. Lelouch contacts her, telling her to deploy Team Zero and destroy the Order once and for all. C.C. tells him that the people working there are just researchers of Geass, but he won’t listen to her. He believes that by destroying the Order, he can atone for all of his sins.

Back in the Order’s secret base, Lelouch contacts V.V. via Jeremiah’s communications network. V.V.’s men deduce that Lelouch’s transmitting from Ashford, considering that the background’s that of his room. V.V. tells him that by the time he arrives at the Order’s base, they would’ve moved to their next location. Check. Black Knights’ knigtmares arrive inside the Order as Lelouch’s fake room collapses, revealing that he’s been standing before the base all the time. Chaos ensues as the Black Knights mercilessly slaughters the unarmed researchers. V.V. orders his men to move all the research data into the Eject Dart.

In Area 11, Nunnally and Kallen’s talk gets interrupted by an emo Suzaku. Suzaku tells Kallen that Lelouch made Shirley kill herself. He then shows a box of Refrain, which frightens Kallen. In other news, Bartley, one of Prince Clovis’ faithful men, finally dies. He regrets offering C.C. to His Majesty. In Ikaruga, Diethard tells Toudou, Li, and co. that Zero’s doing a covert operation. Diethard then tells Sayoko to shadow Ohgi since he’s been acting strange lately. Back in Area 11, Villetta tries to book a diplomatic flight.

In the Order’s base, a kid uses his geass to control one of the Black Knights. Rolo arrives and slashes them in cold blood. Siegfreid, the orange-top-sheped knightmare shows and brings the battle outside. Everyone gets pwned. Lelouch orders Rolo to get his unit on Seigfried because he has a plan. Lelouch reveals his plan of activating the bomb set on Rolo’s Vincent which will kill both Rolo and V.V., but before that happens, Cornelia aims a knightmare’s cannon at Seigfreid’s weak points. Lelouch obliterates Seigfreid once and for all while doing a combo attack with Cornelia.

C.C. destroys the Eject Dart and its passengers. A beaten V.V. crawls at the ground as Charles arrives through the gateway. Lelouch follows V.V. with his Shinkirou. A trap activates and Lelouch arrives into the Emperor’s weapon-that-can-kill-gods. Lelouch and and Emperor Charles finally face off.

****

This is a fast-paced episode with a few hints on the past of C.C., Emperor Charles, and V.V. The action finally picks up this time as Lelouch defeats one of the Big Bads of Code Geass.

Note: Sibling power. Lol, and I’m really surprised at Suzaku resorting to drugging Kallen. The horror! I was hoping that Rolo gets the end he deserves, but it seems he’ll have a few more episodes to live.

I’m still surprised Lelouch attacked the Order just after Shirley’s death. I hope the writers will continue this pace onwards.





Code Geass R2 13

13 07 2008

“Lelou, you’ve been fighting all by yourself against this world so that’s why…I wanted…to become the one thing thruthful to you…I love you Lelou. Even when you killed my father…I couldn’t…bring myself to hate you. Even when you tried to make me forget everything…I still fell…in love with you again…Even when my memories were altered…I still fell in love again…No matter how many times I’m reborn…I’m sure I’ll…fall in love again with you again, Lelou…This…is fate, right? So, it’s okay, right, Lelou? That I fall in love with you when I’m reborn…No matter…how many times…I’ll fall…in love again…”
-Shirley Fenette

Shirley wakes up from a nightmare wherein every person takes off their masks and shows her their true selves. She then tells herself that Lelouch is Zero, the person who killed her father.

Lelouch leaves the Intelligence HQ in Ashford to check the status of Ikeburo. Before leaving, he tells Rolo he’ll help with his homework when he gets home. While in the train, Shirley remarks that everyone’s messed up. She doesn’t even know what’s true or false. In the train station, Lelouch supervises the geassed officers on his plan. In the other side of the building, Shirley bumps into Suzaku and tries fleeing, but the latter got hold of her. Lelouch arrives to see them. Apparently, the girl has called them both.

Back in Ashford, Orenji-kun defeats the geassed agents with ease and heads to Lelouch’s dormitory. Ninja-maid Sayoko faces Jeremiah, and gets surprised when she learns he has a robotic body. Rolo arrives as back-up and uses his geass. Jeremiah’s geass canceller takes care of that and Sayoko becomes a casualty. Viletta shows up and stops the fight. She tells Orange where Lelouch is.

Somewhere beneath an island, Bartley and Cornelia are strolling until big bad V.V. shows up. Cornelia throws dagger and kills the brat. V.V. regenerates to the surprise of Corneila.

On top of some building, Shirley cracks up and throws herself into the air. Luckily for her, Lelouch grabs her hand, and Suzaku grabs Lelouch’s leg. Fortunately for Lelouch, Suzaku’s a bastard athlete who can pull the duo up. Anyway, Shirley remarks after the incident that something like this has happened before. Hint: Arthur. Lelouch recieves a call from his agents and Shirley literally drags Suzaku with her to talk privately.

Lelouch activates the smoke system in the building once Jeremiah appears. Outside, Shirley asks Suzaku if he’s forgiven Lelouch already because she has. Moving on, Suzaku spearheads the police and the firemen when the building emits heavy smoke. He even orders the guards to protect Shirley, who gets away.

Orenji-kun catches up on Lelouch. The latter activates the Gefjun system hidden in the train compartment which disables Jeremiah’s sakuradite-powered body. Jeremiah, however, resists and keeps moving. Lelouch is astounded with Orenji’s loyalty to Britannia. Jeremiah asks him why he became Zero, and Lelouch replied he keywords: Nunnally and Marianne. Apparently, Jeremiah was one of Lelouch’s mom’s guards at the day of the incident. As a result of this, Jeremiah joins up with Lelouch’s band of rebels.

In the other part of the building, Rolo meets up with Shirley. The girl announces that she wants to help Lelouch and that she has regained her memory. Rolo get’s pissed when she tells him about Nunnally.

Lelouch sees the near-dead body of Shirley and tries using his geass to make her live. It doesn’t work anyway. Shirley finally confesses her troubles and love for Lelouch before dying.

****

This is a very heart-wrenching episode — NOT!!!

I’m not really a fan of the Lelouch x Shirley shipping if you all must know. And let’s face it: Shirley has her memories altered, regained some of them, altered again, and regained all in the end. If we continue this string of ludicrousness, we’ll have a ridiculous side plot continuing every time. It’s a brave move for the writers to kill Shirley. I mean, she won’t be of much use to Lelouch’s grand plan anyway.

ROFL at cyborg Orenji and ninja-maid Sayoko’s fight. The fans really got a hold of the writers’ necks on that one. Joking aside, Jeremiah becoming Lelouch’s ally came as a big surprise to me. If you weren’t, then most likely you’ve seen the picture books or major spoilers. Moving aside, Rolo’s a crazy bastard. Let’s hope he isn’t in the same room as Nunnally is. MAJOR LELOUCH CRY.

I really wish it won’t come to this, but I’ll be dropping Clannad as well. No offense, but now that I’ve got a mountain of school work, I can only blog Code Geass R2. Hope you all understand. And what’s with the pictures? I can’t seem to upload them properly.





Code Geass R2 12

6 07 2008

“I can’t believe that Sayoko came up with such a tough schedule for brother, who has no stamina at all. And they were all dates. She’ll destroy his life.”
-Rolo Lamperouge

This is a very hilarious episode, so forgive me if I’ll make a shorter Code Geass R2 summary. ^_^;

Lelouch learns that he’ll be dating 108 girls in Ashford because Sayoko posed as a very *cough* accomodating Lelouch. Oh, and there’s a six month wait list to boot. Shirley gets pissed in the bath when she learns of Lelouch’ date list.

The next day, Lelouch squeezes 3 girls on his “date” schedule before going to Shanghai to sign a trade agreement. Oh yeah. Later that night, Shirley’s guarding Lelouch’ dorm’s front steps. Lelouch sneaks like the rat he is until Anya confronts him with his young Britannian picture, which Lelouch replies that she’s mistaken since he’s just a commoner. Gino and Rivalz join the fray and assault him with questions about underground chess gambling. Lelouch’ rabid fangirls spot him, and, well, you know what happens. Dear brother Rolo comments that it’s Sayoko’s fault since Onii-chan has no stamina at all. Shirley shoves Lelouch and asks an explenation for skipping their date. Lelouch tries bribing her with a dress before Milly shows up and announces “Cupid’s Day.” The game rules: The boys will wear a blue heart-shaped hat and the girls a pink one. The person who exchanges hats and puts them on will be forced to become a couple under Milly’s executive orders.

In Britannia, the Emperor’s brats are planning to invade China. The Knight of One, Bismarck reports everything to His Majesty. In some island’s secret base, Cornelia is seen slashing cult people.

Back in Area 11, Britannian HQ, Suzaku tells Gino that he won’t be able to go to Milly’s ceremony. Guilford instructs Suzaku to call Milly later since his present status as Nunnally’s advisor won’t last forever. Speaking of Nunnally, Area 11’s governor visits Kallen.

Back in the underground HQ in Ashford, Lelouch decides that his girl problems will end with Cupid’s day. He even considers having Viletta to take his hat but the latter rejects the idea. Also, as a side note, Lelouch doesn’t want to involve Shirley. Suzaku finally calls Milly before she begins the event. The three primary tagets by the school: wimpy Lelouch, manly Gino, and loli Anya. Milly pulls another trick from her sleeve by informing everyone that whoever grabs Lelouch’ hat and brings it to her will have their club budget increased tenfold. Now, Lelouch’ has fanboys to boot.

Rolo activates a school-wide geass to hide Lelouch in a closet. Somewhere, Cornelia points her sword at Bartley’s back. The latter asks the former to help them since the Emperor’s planning to use them for whatever sadistic plan he has. Gino playfully runs around the campus as three girls chase him. Miya steals Lelouch’ hat, but he uses his geass to get it back. Seriously, this geass type is very useful. Lelouch then exchanges places with Sayoko.

Sayoko runs amok, being chased around by the rugby team, chemistry club, fantasy seduction team (oho, now they know Lelouch is gay), and practically everyone. Rivalz even considers offering his best friend, Lulu, to get her heart. Even crazier, Anya uses Mordred to search for Lulu. Everyone in Area 11’s Britannian base panic when they learn this, thinking that the Black Knights have returned.

Anya spots Lulu and Shirley in the library and stretches Mordred’s hand. The real Lelouch saves Shirley as the fake one escapes. Viletta orders Anya not to use Mordred since it’s forbidden. Enter a dramatic moment for the Lelouch x Shirley pairing where they eventually replace hats.

Gino tells the police that these things happen in a commoner’s school. Milly informs them that she was getting impatient with Lulu and Shirley so she hatched this insane game. After her graduation, she becomes a weather woman. Lloyd’s proud of his ex-fiancee. Orenji-kun/ badass Jeremiah, uses his Geass Canceller to spot Lelouch but fails. Unfortunately, Shirley’s inside the Geass’ territory so as a result, she remembers the death of her father in the hands of Zero aka Lelouch.

****

Wacky episode. Oh, and the summary’s not that short. Sayoko’s a sadist, both mentally and physically. No sane person will have that cramped schedule. The emperor’s wacked up genes shows on his children. Tsk. I like Cornelia’s new ‘do. Lelouch’ is planning to steal Anya’s loli heart. Nuuuuuuu! And due to Orenji-kun’s Geass Canceller, Shirley remembers that Lelouch is Zero, AGAIN.





Clannad 11

29 06 2008

“The day before yesterday, I saw a rabbit. Yesterday, it was a deer. Today, you.”
-Kotomi Ichinose

Kotomi wakes up the eternally slumbering Okazaki with her violin’s sweet lullaby. She plays the violing again and everyone inside the classroom falls down. Kyou, Ryou, and Nagisa come to the rescue. Kotomi tells them that the music room students lent her the violin.

Okazaki arrives at the Theater clubroom only to hear a badly recited joke from Kotomi. Apparently, Kyou’s teaching her so that she won’t have the time to use her violin. While the trio girls are checking their theater props, Kotomi picks out a magic wand. Ryou tells her how to use it, and to their surprise, Kotomi chants an incantation from De Vermis Mysteris. Okazaki even imagines Kyou doing a magical girl transformation with the wand – which makes him laugh so hard Kyou wants to kill him.

Kotomi plays the violin again, which prompts the group to act fast. Kyou announces that Kotomi will have a recital soon so she should practice outside. Ryou and Nagisa follow her.

Walking home, Kyou asks Okazaki if he’ll date a girl who loved him so much. Okazaki tells her that even if he did, he’s a delinquent bum. Kyou replies that even delinquents are well-liked sometimes. Okazaki mentions Sunohara, which only makes her laugh.

On his way to Sunohara’s place the next day, Okazaki hears a very deadly melody. He arrives in the Library to see Kotomi practicing with her violin. Kotomi practices her joking skills, which Okazaki comments as lame. He later finds out that Kotomi’s an honorary library attendant, which answers why she has the Library’s keys. Fortunately for Okazaki, Kotomi made a bento for two, hoping that he would drop by. He comments that the food is great. Kotomi then announces her infamous line: “The day before yesterday, I saw a rabbit. Yesterday, it was a deer. Today, you.”

After the snack, since they were the only ones inside the library, Kotomi asks him if he’d – read a book with her. Okazaki falls alseep as Kotomi reads to him a story. Okazaki wakes up from a nightmare. Before splitting up, Kotomi tells Okazaki that she’s happy he showed up.

The next day, the group discussed project Violin Recital. A lot of people came; lots of them were blackmailed by Kyou to come. Once Kotomi plays the violin. . .100% K.O.

Nagisa congratulates Kotomi on their way home. Okazaki asks why they’re working so hard for her. Suddenly, a mysterious old man arrives and the group shield Kotomi away from him. Kotomi calls him the bad guy.

****

I Lol at Okazaki’s hilarious mind. I can never do that. Moving on, the last bit in the end of the ep marks the start of the seriousness in Kotomi’s story arc.





Clannad 10

29 06 2008

“. . .”
-Tomoyo Sakagami

The weird girl in the weird world brings the weird robot out into the fields. The doll/robot is wondering why there are beads of lights similar to fireflies floating up.

Okazaki bumps into Nagisa on his way to school. Kyou kills Tomoya with her motorbike; no, he’s still alive. Kyou points out that since the two are calling each other by first names, they could be dating. The lovebirds wonder when they’ve started calling each other by first names.

At school, Okazaki tricks Sunohara into meeting the genius girl, Kotomi. Sunohara got pissed since Kotomi completely ignored him. When Okazaki finally calls her as Kotomi-chan, she points out that he shouldn’t leave a mess, which Sunohara did earlier so she would notice him. Okazaki asks her if she’d join the Theater club.

Kotomi hides behind Okazaki as he introduces her to Nagisa. Apparently, she’s really shy and hates bullies. Okaazaki halts the two girls’ conversation since the two aren’t making any sense anymore. Okazaki accompanies Kotomi home, but they enter a bookshop first. He tells her off when she suddenly tries cutting a page with a pair of scissors.

The next day, he introduces Kotomi to the rest of his harem. Then end disastrously. Kotomi hugs Tomoyo, who’s in her bear costume, when Okazaki introduces her. Kotomi tells him she likes bears. Oh, and Sunohara gets kicked by the bear. Kawaii.

Kyou drops by and orders Okazaki to bring Kotomi and the gang to a nice place later. The group arrive at the theater club room. The four girls: Nagisa, Kyou, Ryou, and Kotomi introduce themselves. And Okazaki shows her the primary example of a jab, by making fun of Kyou’s speech.

Kotomi walks out of the room when she hears a music being played. She sees the violin and asks if she could play it. All the people go down.

****

This is a nice intro on Kotomi’s arc. I’d be wary of her violin powers though.





Code Geass R2 11

28 06 2008

“Love is power! Falling in love with someone gives you great power! Thinking about that person every single day, writing poems, waking up early, making scarves for them, jumping into waterfalls and screaming that person’s name. . .”
-Shirley Fenette

In Ashford, the fake Lelouch tells everyone about Milly’s condition. He even hands out a handkerchief to cry-baby Shirley. Rolo lectures the fake Lelouch, adding that he’s outperforming the original. The duo drop by to the Intelligence HQ, down in Ashford and the fake Lulu reveals herself as Sayoko. I’m surprised she can hide her chest in that wimpy Lelouch disguise. Moving on, Villeta informs them of Zero’s impending doom.

The Chinese Federation and Britannia’ forces bombard Tiandi Bashiba Ling; they plan to bury the Black Knights under it. The High Eunuchs tell Xingke that they’ll discard the empress and find a new one to offer to Prince Odysseus. This pisses Xingke off, but he gets preoccupied with Tristan. Inside Ikaruga, C.C. tells Lelouch that she’ll pilot Akatsuki. This makes Lelouch worry, so he asks her to save herself if things look unfavorable.

The Black Knight’s Akatsukis and Zangetsu enter the fray and kick major Britannia and China ass. Shame. Suzaku’s Lancelot also shows up. Mordred blasts the Chinese rebels’ knightmares withot blinking. Obviously. No mecha can blink. Anya activates her shield, prompting Xingke to attack from above and make an opening himself. Gino hinders Xingke’s plan, again. Annoying bastard.

Nina comments on Mordred making a one-hit K.O. on the tomb but Llyod, Kanon, and Schniezel disagree; they’d be called the murderers of the empress then. Zero contacts the High Eunuchs. The latter think the former’s admitting defeat. How naive. Zero reasons that Tianzi will die if they continue. The eunuchs tell Zero that the Tianzi is merely a system and replacements are abundant; they’re already thinking of sacrificing Xiang-lin to become Prince Odysseus’ bride. All of a sudden, the eunuchs are telling Zero all their hidden agendas. Hell, they even insult Zero’s ideals. The eunuchs add that the people on earth are so many like the bugs they step on.

Tianzi escapes Kaguya and heads out of Ikaruga. Xingke comes to her aid but gets hit by Gino. The eunuchs order their forces to shoot Tianzi down, but Xingke’s Shen Hu shields her from the bullets. Xingke asks for help in saving Tianzi, and Zero finally shows up – in a new badass knightmare.

Not only does it save Tianzi from the heavy bombardment, but it’s shield also saves Xingke as well. Zero announces that he’s joing the frontlines, and to prove that, he destroys every Chinese Federation knightmares without even moving an inch. The Brits finally notice that Zero’s using Gawain’s druid system. Apparently, knightmare frame Shinkirou’s Absolute Protection Territory boasts the world’s defensive power.

Suddenly, a revolt takes place all over China. It appears that Zero’s dialogue with the Eunuch Generals was leaked. Now, all of China’s the Black Knights’ reinforcement. C.C. and Chiba try to break through Anya’s defensive shield, but a reaction of some sort happens between C.C. and their target. Anya loses her lovely concentration and Asahina manages to a cheap-shot on Mordred’s Float Unit. All of the Black Knights’ remaining knightmares finally come out of the open just as Schniezel orders the Avalon to leave. Since the Eunuchs lost the power of their people, they no longer have the standing to enter Britannian society. An angry Xingke slices the Eunuch Generals with his sword. Lelouch learns that Suzaku has Kallen as captive.

In some strange cave, the men who first built Jeremiah aka Orenji-kun, to be able recreate C.C.’s powers, are ordered by V.V. to finish their work. Peace now retains in China as Lelouch decides if Tianzi should marry a Japanese (due to Diethard’s suggestion). The Black Knight ladies reject the idea of using Tianzi’s marriage in political reasons. Tamaki even joins the fray by adding his own problems.

Lelouch calls Shirley and asks her about breakinging up a couple. Shirley deliberately tells him not to break them apart. Lelouch understands this and tells the Black Knights and the Chinese rebels that Tianzi’s future’s her own and that their source of power rings from their hearts. This particular statement confuses Diethard since he’s not a “heart” person. Back in Ashford, Sayoko (disguised as Lelouch) kisses Shirley(?) so that the latter won’t find out about the hidden passage to their HQ.

Lelouch tells C.C. that he’ll find the “Order” in China, before he goes back to Area 11. Back in Ashford, the next morning, he gets surprised to see a distressed Shirley. Also, to add to his confusion, Gino and Anya have signed up as students in his school.

****

This neatly wraps the Chinese Federation Rebellion arc up. According to my calculations, and forgive me if I’m wrong, there’s still 14 eps left for R2. And we can deduce from the preview that next episode’s gonna be a standard Ashford-comedy type. Don’t get me wrong – I’m quite okay with this. However, I would want the remaining eps to be full-blown battles and mindgames galore.

Moving on, I haven’t been able to update as much as I’d like to. This is one of those “I’m very busy in school” rants. So anyway, I’ll stop blogging Soul Eater for the moment to accommodate Clannad. Don’t worry; I’ll continue once I’m done every Clannad ep. I’ll still blog Code Geass R2 eps though.