Code Geass R2 10

23 06 2008

“That long ago? He must be your destined one!”
-Kaguya Sumeragi

The episode begins where the last went off: the abduction of Empress Tianzi. Back in the Chinese rebels’ HQ, Xiang-lin recieves news of Zero’s monstrous act.

Inside the wedding hall, Zero pulls the empress in his escape, with the help of Toudou, piloting a new knightmare frame, Zangetsu. Suzaku, in his Lancelot, manages to hinder Zero’s plan of snatching Schniezel; he faces Toudou’s frame, which is almost at par with his own. Toudou destroys Lancelot’s float unit but loses Zangetsu’s left arm due to Spinzaku (Suzaku’s spin-kick of death). I’m still amazed he can do that with a mecha.

Moving on, the High Eunuchs capture their rebellious subordinates while Zero and Co. escape via a huge truck. Oh, C.C.’s on the wheels and she’s decorated her place with Pizza Hut’s Cheese-kun stuff. Zero tries reasoning with the empress about the United States Alliance, the new axis of power to counter Britannia but to no avail; the empress obviously isn’t the intellectual type and therefore not Zero’s type, which C.C. points out later. Kaguya asks Tianzi if Xingke is her destined one.

The truck stops before a gorge – dead end. The bridge is gone, and the chasers think they’ve caught Zero. ‘Lo and behold: a surprise attack begins as the hidden knightmares ambush the Chinese. Xingke tells the idiot Eunuchs Zero’s supposed escape plan. In return, the Eunuchs granted him the use of the new knightmare.

Now back in their movable base, Ikaruga, Zero frolicks. Joke. The bridge bunnies inform Zero that the knightmares in front of them have all been obliterated from the face of the earth. One of the most ugliest knightmare frame ever develop appears in front of them. Xingke, over the radio, orders the Black Knights to give the empress back.

Guren appears and battles Shen Hu equally. Apparently, Lakshata’s team developed Shen Hu at the same time they made Guren; the difference is that Shen Hu’s a more technologically advance model. Shen Hu’s Tian-e Ba Wang heavy particle cannon equals Guren’s radiation wave cannon. Zero gets pissed since India didn’t give him that knightmare. Diethard comments that India isn’t ideally unified.

During the heat of the battle, the Guren loses energy and gets captured in result. Lelouch tells her that he’ll save her and to not make any foolish moves. Diethard proposes to retreat; choosing Kallen over the safety of the whol organization is clearly not high on his list.

In Avalon, Anya shows her phone’s photos to Suzaku and Milly. Since she has Lelouch’s child pictures, I deduce that she’s been taking pictures at the same time she’s still trying to walk. No offense. I love this loli. Moving on, Zero decides otherwise and orders the Black Knights to rescue Kallen.

The battle wages as China and the Black Knights duel. Toudou takes on Xingke. Suddenly, as Zero’s forces move in for the kill, water from the canal reaches up to the knightmares’ knees. Lelouch believes he has this figured. Xingke points out that the land there’s weak, and soon enough, the Black Knights’ knightmares slowly collapse into the mud. Before Xingke can fire his whatzit-called heavy particle canon, Toudou hits Shen Hu and the beam loses its target. Zero decides to retreat, but before that, he fires Ikaruga’s (their main ship’s) hadron canons to decrease the opponents’ numbers.

That night, the Black Knights hide inside Tiandi Bashiba Ling, which is the tomb of all China’s emperors. The High Eunuchs back-stab Xingke as they decided to call the aid of Schniezel’s Avalon, and the two knightmare frames: Tristan and Mordred.

****

First off, I really have to apologize for not being able to blog very much. Heck, I didn’t know college can be this demanding. Also, I’ll update pics once the site’s fixed. Somehow, wordpress isn’t uploading the pics I need. Okay.This is a very kickass episode: Lancelot gets kicked out of the fight early on, and Zero finally meets his match in the form of Li Xingke. I don’t really like the new knightmare; it’s ugly. I’d pick a Sutherland anytime. Moreover, this episode will more likely begin the bigger stage, as Zero announces it.





Soul Eater 09

21 06 2008

“Oh, did you meet Excalibur? . . . Looks like it.”
– the Fairy

Soul wakes up from a nightmare and Maka panics. Later on, Medusa’s seen gloating because Soul’s a very good test subject. Soul tells a gloomy Maka not to worry much. Once outside the clinic, Maka’s father invites her to the rooftop.

In the library, Sid orders Black Star to clean and organize the library because even after completing their remedial lessons, they still have zero souls collected. After Sid left, Black Star pursued reading manga instead of doing his duty. Kid drops by to look for a book called, Excalibur. He explains the story to Black Star, and both end up dreaming of pulling the sword. Stein arrives and tells them that THE Excalibur does exist.

Back on the rooftop, Death Scythe’s isn’t making any progress with his daughter. Oho. Maka’s reading a book because she’s bored with his dad. Maka finally asks him what he thinks of her mom.

On some weird mountain, Kid asks Black Star to carry him since he’ll get wet if he stepped on the river. They see a fairy on their way and ask her if she’d seen the holy sword. She makes a face and leaves.

Once they see Excalibur, Kid couldn’t hide his glee – that is until Black Star pulls it out with ease. Kid, in all seriousness, asks him to do it again since it didn’t count. Kid wipes the handle first (OCD, again), before pulling the sword from the stone. They hear a voice and th sword transforms into – a weird, pure-white, penguin-like creature wearing a top hat and a shirt.

Oh, there’s still no progress with Death Scythe. Maka asks him about Ragnarok. Her father tells her that a weapon that takes the souls of humans lose their own soul, even if they become very powerful. Sid arrives to see the Library clean thanks to Tsubaki. Stein tells him that

Black Star has gone to acquire Excalibur, which prompts Sid not to punish Black Star over since meeting Excalibur is punishment enough. Back inside the mountain, Black Star and Kid muffle their laugh at the sword’s true appearance. Excalibur bores the duo with his story to the point of annoyance. Stein tells Tsubaki about Excalibur’s drawbacks.

Excalibur gives the two a list of one thousand clauses they should adhere to before transforming back into a sword. Black Star and Kid put the sword back into the stone with gusto. The fairy from before asks them if they met Excalibur. The duo grimace.

Back in Shibusen, Kid and Black Star shake hands. Maka and Soul pass by and Kid notices that they’re being laughed at. Maka tells them to come inside the classroom. Inside is Excalibur’s very colorful (and flowery) message: he’ll eternally wait for Black Star and Kid.

****

Complete waste of episode. Nothing really happens here – except finally meeting the annoying Excalibur.





Soul Eater 08

19 06 2008

“Just wait. I will be as strong as you, Soul.”
– Maka Albarn

Continuing from the last episode, Soul drops to the floor due to protecting Maka from Chrona’s attack. Chrona aims his sword at Maka and even before he got the time to inch closer, a sharp blade went through the door and into his body. Stein arrives and kicks the door (Chrona included) like a true badass. The blade, a black scythe, turns into Maka’s father. Stein covers Soul’s body with his lab coat. On the other hand, Ragnarok’s bullying Chrona again. Enter Stein’s flashback: Stein returned to Shibusen to stop the Demon Blade from becoming the Kishin.

Stein easily blocks all of Chrona’s attacks. During the fight, Stein transfers his wavelength into Chrona’s body to harm the black blood. Chrona coughs blood, which attack Stein with their pointed ends. They now notice that blood is Chrona’s weapon.

Stein evades every blood and soul purges Chrona, resulting in the latter being thrown out of the church. The battle continues outside as Stein unleashes his Protective Spirit Body, which basically blocks the bloody needles. No kidding.Stein soul purges Chrona for the third time during the confusion. The witch removes her Soul protection and attacks Stein with her Vector Arrows. The witch steals Chrona back before vanishing.

Back in Shibusen, Death Scythe informs Shinigami-sama on the past incident. Stein exits the clinic and tells Maka that the operation was a success. Maka excitedly enters the room, leaving Stein and Death Scythe. Stein’s worried about the Demon Blade Ragnarok’s black blood in Soul’s bloodstream.

Black Star and Tsubaki arrive in the clinic to see Soul’s condition. Medusa-sensei (the witch from earlier), drops by to check up on Soul. The people don’t know it’s her – obviously. She shows her true colors while the group aren’t looking.

****

We finally get to see Stein’s debut fight in this ep. Chrona’s not a match, even for him. I’m amazed that Medusa had infiltrated Shibusen from the start, which makes me ask: Does Shinigami-sama know that they have a witch in their midst?





Soul Eater 07

17 06 2008

“Don’t worry about it. I’m prepared to die for my master if I have to!”
-Soul Eater

A witch, floating in midair with a broom, orders an unknown being to eat his fill. Down in the streets, blood violently gushes out of the unknown’s back. Pain and agony combined.

Soul recommends pasta as lunch to Maka since they’re in Italy. Maka reminds him that they’re in Italy for their extra-curricular lesson, and that’s it. Apparently, they’re hunting for a murderer called Sonson J. Soul parks his bike and bumps into a bully. The bully calls his reinforcements and beats the crap out of Soul – not! They got their asses pwned instead.

That night, the mysterious witch utters her command. The boy/girl inside the church, kills the same worthless scum Soul defeated earlier.  Outside, blood drips creepily from the moon’s teeth. Seriously.

Maka finally traps Sonson J and defeats him. Soul stretches out his hand to eat the red soul/egg. Curious, Maka asks him if the soul tastes good. Soul tells her that souls don’t really have a taste but they have good texture and go down smooth. Maka feels an abnormality at the church so he forces Soul to come with her.

Soul comments that he like’s the church’ gothic nature. Once Maka opens the door, they only see the weird lad/gal from earlier who’ve obviously butchered the other guys. Oh, and look: no corpses.

Back in Shibusen, Death Scythe plans on showing his love to the lady nurse but stumbles on Stein instead. The two’s topic change into Death Scythe’s marriage. Death Scythe understands that Stein’s really a friend. Stein informs the other that the demon sword has appeared.

Back in Italy, the boy unleashes his weapon: blood, which gushed out from his back. The weapon picks on the boy called Chrona. Maka asks the boy if he’s also from Shibusen; the school has certain rules, and harvesting the souls of humans is a no-no. Maka, feeling that it’s her responsibility, attacks Chrona. However, the scythe didn’t even harm Chrona. Apparently, the black blood, Chrona’s weapon, hardened before the impact, thus protecting its master. Ragnarok, Chrona’s weapon, th demon sword, suddenly screeches and inflicts pain on Soul. Maka dodges Chrona’s attacks or else Soul will be harmed. Chrona traps Maka and deals his finishing blow. Soul reverts to his human form and guards Maka from the attack, resulting in his body rip open.

Blood galore.

****

This episode packs a great punch. I mean, I’m ok with the pure, comedic episodes, but if the series made more of this action-oriented stuff, well, it’ll pull a lot of fans.

Anyway, Chrona and Ragnarok pwns Maka and Soul’s asses with gusto. Aside from that, there’s a bucketful of mysteries in this episode; you figure them out.





Clannad 09

14 06 2008

“Since who knows when, the school has been abuzz with the rumors of the girl. How she’s innocent, earnest, and always running through the school. An image of such a girl. And since who knows when, everyone’s been waiting for the day the girl wakes up. I’m definitely one of them. And one day, that day will come.”
-Okazaki Tomoya

Tomoya and Nagisa accompany Fuko to school that night. Tomoya steals Fuko’s hat and the latter wrestles him for it. Fuko convinces Tomoya and Nagisa to call each other via first names. Enter furious moments of blushing and embarassment. Fuko then kisses the two on their cheeks because she likes them both. Tomoya later on reminds a happy Fuko-with-a-hat that the day after tomorrow’s the wedding.

Fuko starts a pre-celebration ceremony for her birthday and her sister’s wedding. Fuko finally succumbs to sleep. When Tomoya and Nagisa wake up, Fuko’s already gone, and they don’t even remember her.

Akio (Nagisa’s dad) gets angry at Tomoya for sleeping with her daughter. Side note: nothing happened. If you don’t believe me, read the first two paragraphs. His anger subsides when he remembers that his daughter told him she won’t be sleeping home because of something important. Later that morning – Nagisa shows Tomoya a wooden star.

Kyou invites Tomoya to go shopping with her and Ryou but Tomoya vaguely rejects the idea, remembering that there’s something he needed to do tomorrow. Tomoya and Nagisa put their heads together to find out what they’re forgetting. They ask Koumura-sensei, who’s busy making a banner for tomorrow’s wedding. Boom! Tomoya and Nagisa remember that Ibuki-sensei’s getting married. Koumora-sensei ends the discussion by saying that Ibuki-sensei’s younger sister must’ve told them. They finally see Fuko, who’s standing between them all along.

When they finally arrive to the wedding, the trio notice that they’re the only students who came. The wedding ends and the trio race outside. They’re surprised when they see the students; most of them remembered about the wedding that morning because of the starfish Fuko gave them.

Fuko tells Nagisa and Tomoya that every day was like a festival when she’s with them. Fuko gives her final thanks before vanishing. Tomoya tells Ibuki-sensei that one person made everything come true so she’d better have a great life for that person’s sake.

Ibuki-sensei finally sees Fuko, who gives her a wooden starfish before disappearing. Ibuki-sensei gives her thanks to Tomoya and Nagisa after the wedding. The group still remembers the starfish later on. The episode ends with Tomoya dreaming of the girl, who gives hims a wooden starfish and asks him to be her friend.

****

Fuko’s arc finally ends. I’m happy with the ending, if a bit confused. Basically, I’ve watched episodes 10+ before this one, so it came as a shock when I’m about to write the summary. I mean, since I’ve accidentally skipped this ep, I thought Tomoya and Co., forgot about Fuko. Anyway, this is still a great story ender for me.





Haruhi video madness.

14 06 2008

So I’ve been real busy in college. Anyone will agree with me. I’ve been running all around the different buildings every time and I believe I’ll downgrade a subject even before we’ve really started.

However, that won’t stop me from updating this blog. I can count only a few reasons for me not updating, and I won’t tell them.

The first video is the Hare Hare Yukai dance by Kyon and Itsuki, only in their genderbent forms. Tasty.

The next video’s Lucky Star’s op video hacked by the SOS Brigade. Yep. Shame I didn’t finish the other half of the series (Lucky Star).





Soul Eater 06

14 06 2008

“Oops. Sorry. My finger slipped.”
-Death the Kid

Kid finally steps out of his house after checking every nook and cranny; he’s into symmetry, and he’s very serious about it to the point of craziness. Liz comments that they’re already three hours late for school. In Shibusen, precisely on Maka and Tsubaki’s classroom, Stein’s about to dissect an endangered animal with gusto; this freaks the whole class out. Stein later inquires on the two absentees: Black Star and Soul Eater.

Speaking of the duo, the two are outside Shibusen’s front entrance, waiting for Shinigami-sama’s son to arrive. I won’t point out that they’ve been waiting for three hours. Kid arrives while admiring the school’s symmetry. He sees Soul and asks him if he’ll tour him around. This pisses Soul of so he tells Kid that the latter’s used to his father’s seven lights, which basically means Kid’s spoiled. Kid get’s pissed in return, but not about being spoiled; he’s pissed because Soul used the number seven. He should use eight, as Kid recommends becasue anyone can cut it symmetrically in half, both vertically and horizontally. See what I mean?

Black Star announces his presence from Shibusen’s top horns, and breaks it apart. This particular moment begins the fight as Soul and Black Star battle it out with Kid. Inside the classroom, Maka informs Stein that a master-on-duty should be present between a students’ duel. This saves the bird – I mean, the endangered animal. Stein, Maka, and Tsubaki arrive outside to witness Kid pwning Black Star and Soul’s asses. Maka gets a free practice on soul-seeing.

Moving on, Black Star and Soul perform a flashy choreo ending with the duo in buckets of blood. Soul, in traditional BL moment, tells Black Star that they’re over. Black Star asks if they’re still friends. An eruption of run-to-each-other-and-hug happens; during the embrace, Kid shoots the two down.

The two manage to hold Kid down, with Soul nearly slicing Kid. Kid performs his final move, Death Canon, to subdue the two down. He also falls down due to his shorter left bangs; apparently, Soul had luckily hit it during the struggle.

Shinigami-sama drops by to pick Kid up. Curious, Maka uses her soul-seeing power and notes that Shinigami-sama doesn’t have any. It’s a big surprise later when we all see Death City engulfed in Shinigami-sama’s gigantic soul.

****

Nothing much happens in this episode except that Kid’s real superior against Soul Eater and Black Star. Also, we finally saw (or maybe not) Kid’s ultima weapon, the Death Canon.