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Kara no Kyoukai: Epilogue

I was not expecting this. That being said, my expectations were based on some false rumours that it would be based on Mikiya’s and Shiki’s child.

I was also not expecting it to raise more questions than it answers.

This epilogue is a conversation mainly about psychology between Mikiya Kokutou and ‘Shiki Ryougi’, set on an empty snow-covered road in the middle of a winter night. The visuals are both wonderful, and also inconsequential for the most part. The focus is almost solely on the conversation.

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Lampshades and Despair

Oh Infinite Stratos. You are such a rewarding guilty pleasure. Which is good, because Madoka Magica is dripping with despair and dread.

Infinite Stratos

This episode was all about the harem. Which makes sense because with the transfer of another ‘male’ student to the school all the girls are going crazy. Hormone overdrive.

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Houkago no Pleiades Impressions

Yuri shippers on your marks... get set... go!

This was essentially a full season of a generic magical girl anime show compressed into 25 minutes (four mini episodes). In fact it is admirable that they hit all the bases for a generic magical girl anime in those 25 minutes. Here is my summary.

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Gigantic blue whales and 1000% cute males

Kore wa Zombie desu ka? is going from strength to strength. Let me present just one of the several crazy elements of this week’s episode.

A giant flying clothed blue whale.
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Kouji Kumeta’s “Katte ni Kaizou” to be adapted by SHAFT

YES! SHAFT are returning to a Kouji Kumeta work, after three and half brilliant seasons of Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei. Katte ni Kaizou was serialised before SZS, and influenced much of the art and style of SZS. As usual, Akiyuki Shinbo will be the director.

I really can’t wait. Luckily Puella Magi Madoka Magica is proving to be more than enough SHAFT for this season.

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Giga Pudding, Tomoko Kaneda and Jenga

Kore wa Zombie desu ka? keeps getting funnier and funnier. Episode 3 was an amazing bag of laughs. It started off great, with Giga Pudding taunting Haruna in her dreams.

In case you don’t know what this amazing dish is, here is the commercial that made this pudding famous on the interwebs.


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Selections locked in

After much deliberation, I have finally chosen the bumper crop of anime that I will be watching this season. Here’s the list (with previous shows still in progress included):

  • Bakuman
  • Dragon Crisis!
  • Fractale
  • Gosick
  • Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember my Love(craft-sensei)
  • IS: Infinite Stratos
  • Kore wa Zombie desu ka?
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
  • Yumekui Merry

Yes, that is indeed a massive list. Anyway, here are some thoughts on some of those shows (spoiler alert).