JohnnyYandere’s Spring 2012 Sasagaki

Impressions!

Once again I shall rank my picks based on entertainment value:

1) Rather-crawl-through-a-mile-of-barbed-wire
2) As-absorbing-as-the-average-screensaver
3) Would-distract-me-from-Youtube
4) Possibly-critically-acclaimed-but-not-my-cup-of-tea
5) New-episode-puts-smile-on-my-face
6) Refreshing-all-day-every-day-platinum-hype

Generally, 1) & 2) are anime that I’ve dropped, 3) is anime I’d watch if I had nothing else, and 5) & 6) should be obvious.

You might notice the new category 4). It’s there for the same reason why I don’t watch films like Grave of the Fireflies, among other things i.e. I recognize it’s a good show, but really I don’t want to spend my life thinking hard questions all the time.

Ikimashou, ne?

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Medaka Box

To be honest, Medaka Box isn’t so bad to the extent that I’d rather go through strenuous physical activity than watch it (although I have been exercising rather much lately), but I can’t get over how bad my initial impressions of the anime was.

Maybe it was because I had such high expectations, maybe it was because of the way my high expectations were swiftly crushed, maybe it was the hype that persisted despite the blindingly obvious fact of how mediocre Medaka Box is – but the end result is that I can’t think of it without getting this bitter, horseradishy taste in my mouth. Admittedly the hype didn’t last a week, so I’m just really biased here.

That and of all the anime in this category, it’s the only one that I watched, and I needed a screencap, so Medaka Box gets the dubious honour of starting off my list.

Saint Seiya Omega
Kuroko no Basuke
Eureka 7 AO
Phi Brain
Fushigi no Umi no Nadia
Kimi to Boku 2

I watched a bit of Phi Brain S1 for the novelty, but that paled fast. And parts of Eureka 7 AO didn’t seem that bad, but since I can’t get an acceptable source I’m dropping it. I did watch Kimi to Boku for most of S1, but it was too tiresome, in the end.

So yes, the reason why they’re in this category is because they didn’t even appeal to me enough to watch the first episode – regardless of how good they may turn out to be. Apologies to Nadia fans.

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Ginga e Kickoff

For better or worse, I can never look at a soccer anime again and not be reminded of the abject trashheap that is Area no Kishi. It certainly doesn’t help that I can’t stand soccer in the first place.

It’s not that I hate sports anime (just a significant majority). But when a major plot device requires me to not just engage in a willing suspension of disbelief but also a great big fock-you to how biology works, that’s simply it.

To its credit, Ginga e Kickoff is no Area no Kishi (at least, there were no violations of Bio 101 within the first episode). And it doesn’t take itself too seriously. But it’s still a sports anime that isn’t Prince of Tennis and I doubt it’ll ever come close. And that name just makes me want to stab my eyes with a rotted chopstick.

Sengoku Collection

As I watched Sengoku Collection, I kept being reminded of Kannagi. But not in a good way. More along the lines of “hey, Kannagi did that, but better”.

I guess I expected more from this than the typical “insert strange girl in unfamiliar surroundings, hilarity ensues” trope, because Sengoku Collection really doesn’t aspire to more than that. Heck, I’ve seen a hentai with a similar theme and it had better plot development.

Episode 2 onwards seems to be “like idolm@ster, but worse”, so that’s the end of that.

Shining Hearts -Shiawase no Pan-

This is an interesting case study. Decent animation, decent character art, possibly decent characterizations. But in the end result is just mediocrity.

It’s not good. It’s not bad. It’s just there. This is what uninformed Japanese think anime is – generic cartoon characters doing generic things. This is what other anime shows would put on the television screens within the show for filler.

There’s no effort made to stylize anything. No interesting camera pans or scene shifts or form of direction whatsoever. It’s quite possibly the most boring harem anime I’ve ever seen.

Natsuiro Kiseki

Maybe it was the more blatant than usual self-advertising that got to me. A main character’s morning alarm being a SPHERE song? Such subtlety!

Maybe it was the moment I realized Toyosaki Aki’s character didn’t resemble Toyosaki Aki, or even Hirasawa Yui at all.

Maybe it was the scene of the 4 girls flying into the air, loftily remaining airborne through the magical power of a giant wishing boulder.

Nope, can’t bear to keep watching this any longer. Take some notes from idolm@ster, m’dears.

Yurumates 3D

It’s not really all that bad. It helps that episodes are only 3 minutes each.

But it’s not good enough for me to go through the trouble of watching it. Yes, not even for 3 minutes. I am spectacularly lazy, and one champion of a procrastinator, but Yurumates 3D just isn’t good enough.

Oh, and then there’s

Fate/Zero

Technically, it ought to be in the Possibly-critically-acclaimed-but-not-my-cup-of-tea category. But the fanboys can’t seem to stop bugging me about it. So I’m putting it here, mostly because I’m a vindictive arse ;D

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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD

It’s the same Kore wa Zombie that I liked, although the crossdressing has been flogged to death. It’s probably about time they consider another source of humour before the whole thing turns stale.

As it is though, the Fantasy Eu segments are always a pleasure, and I like the depiction of social phenomenon like the rapid deployment of camera phones and seamless integration with the keyboard warriors.

But I can’t help but wish that less attention would be spent on exploring the various combinations of magical girl/necromancer/zombie/ninja and to just build up the existing cast. Quality over quantity.

Hiiro no Kakera

I like to think of this as Chihayafuru crossed with Natsume Yuujinchou, minus the Karuta, plus a whole new otome game sidequest unlocked. The female lead shares personality traits with Chihaya, the main plot revolves about Youkai, and otome game bit is self-explanatory.

Right now though, I can’t quite tell where Hiiro no Kakera is going. The guys have quite a bromance thing going on, rather keeping to themselves than paying attention to the female lead – so I don’t know if this is going to have Yaoi implications or a simple straightup reverse harem conclusion.

Either way, the males are interesting, and while I can’t say I like how there simply must be a bunch of villains to oppose the main group (even if it’s for a “love redeems” additional romance route), it’s definitely watchable.

Accel World

My single greatest gripe about Accel World is that it’s almost condescendingly pandering to the otaku base.

Lonely, bullied, ugly male character manages to not just excel in the digital world, but snags a hot real life girlfriend in the process? I’m guessing here, but it seems pretty evident that that’s how the story ends. It’s fantasy fulfilment. It’s quite essentially, a self-insertion fanfic.

But it is a very well done fanfic, and I guess you could also say that Accel World defies the status quo of needing to be a hot male to get a girlfriend. Or something. Genshiken would probably like to have a word with me.

Saki: Achiga-hen episode of Side-A

Two episodes and no sign of any probability-bending mahjong goodness. I have been deceived!

But even though I’d rather be following the characters of the main story (especially Yurilicious Kajiki Yumi and Tōyoko Momoko), it’s still Saki, so those mahjong powers are bound to appear sooner or later.

That and I’ve found a new interesting character to follow: Sagimori Arata-chan. There’s quite a bit of the lolicon in me.

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Tsuritama

It’s fresh, it’s dynamic, it’s to fishing what Kaiji is to gambling.

Strike out that last one. For all the dialogue and attention given to fishing, the actual fishing itself wasn’t great. I expected an art shift, perhaps a sudden increase in animation quality, but all I got was perhaps a 30 second segment of lesser animation and an even more disappointing denouement.

But it’s something new. Maybe a bit too similar in art style to last season’s Symphogear, but it’s still worthy of note simply because it’s a step off the beaten path.

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

From what I hear, the story gets really good later on. And I can respect that.

But for now, the mysteries aren’t really that engaging, the fanservice seems tacked on, and I can’t bring myself to like any of the characters.

Plus, there’s a better mystery anime airing this season, so why settle for less?

Nazo no Kanojo X

This anime made me realize that I’m a much greater art-style-whore than I admit to.

Because I really can’t get around the art. Which is strange, because I had no problems with Cooking Master Boy. Maybe it’s because Nazo no Kanojo X employs fanservice, and I can’t think of it as fanservice if it’s not done in a more modern art style.

Maybe it’s deliberate, so that a viewer is filled with a sense of unease at the old school art of the conservative era mixed with the bizarre fetishes of the new (then again, it was the 1980s that produced Akira and other mindscrew).

Ultimately, I can’t bring myself to enjoy it, but I guess there are people who do.

Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers)

Another interesting case study. If I was watching this at any other time in my life, I’d probably enjoy it.

However, the last thing I need is a slice-of-life that is all too realistic and pertinent to my own life. Being outdone by my siblings, the fear of not getting a good job, lost childhood dreams.

I can’t deny that it’s good stuff. Humour, direction, art, everything. And it’s very likely that Uchuu Kyoudai is meant to be inspirational, that the first episode is just setting the scene for the grand climax.

But even knowing that, watching this fills me with discomfort. Some other time.

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Upotte!

This is the anime that gave us the following quote.

“The gun’s stock of kind of like her butt – The FNC has a skeleton stock. So that’s why she wears a thong.

Sankarea

This was the anime that I originally intended to blog. But I changed my mind for the same reason an otaku friend stopped reading the manga.

The story can’t decide what atmosphere it wants. My friend was interested in it because the manga started out dire and dark. Then he dropped it after it became slapstick.

The anime started out slapstick, and obviously the dark parts became massive mood whiplash. It annoys me. It it possible for comedy to suit itself to dark situations. It’s called black humour. But the writers for Sankarea apparently only know nothing beyond the one subgenre of humour.

That said, it’s not all bad. I’ll be watching it, just with diminished expectations.

Ozma

Still going strong. I keep thinking that the anime is a very long RPG in-game cinematic. Every now and then I wonder why the main characters aren’t level grinding or looking for rare drops.

Folktales from Japan

One of my guilty pleasures of the season. I like mythology, and Japanese mythology is no exception.

From the narrator going “Mukashi mukashi” at the start of each tale, to the direct unembellished exposition, Folktales is a work of simplicity that hearkens back to the fairy tales of childhood.

Jormungand

The story is kind of a mess at the moment, but Jormungand isn’t driven by the story. It’s driven by the characters, especially Koko Hekmatyar.

I daresay Itou Shizuka could let loose a bit more, but it’s enough of a pleasure to watch Koko throwing figurative spanners in figurative machinery everywhere she goes.

Some GITS: Stand Alone Complex vibes from the action sequences, which is always a good thing.

I don’t see why Jonah gets so much hate though. He’s not that unlikeable.

Zetman

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Zetman wasn’t the gratuitous gorefest that the trailer seemed to suggest it would be.

Rather, it’s Akira, without the shock factor, but still willing to show a little blood and gore when it’s natural. I mean, if you want to kill someone, you’d stab him in the heart, right? There’s no point in pansying around and making little slices across his arms or whatever.

One of my favourites of the season. In fact, the only reason why it’s top in the top-tier category is because technically, I don’t actively seek new episodes.

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Just so you know, these are my personal top 4 (well top 5 counting Zetman) for the season.

Sakamichi no Apollon

The homoeroticism in this anime so damn thick. I know that Kaoru likes Ritsuko, but every time I see Kaoru being jealous that Ritsuko’s paying more attention to Sentarou, I immediately think it’s because he wants to be the one paying attention to Sentarou.

But I’m not watching this solely to satisfy my Yaoi needs. Sakamichi doesn’t look the best, animation-wise, but it’s got great characters, humour, and one more thing that most anime gloss over – music. Kanno Yoko on the music? Jazz?

Tezuka Productions put in their best to animate the instruments in full detail too. I don’t think anyone but KyoAni’s tried to do that, and that was way back in 2006 for Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu’s rock concert. Tezuka Productions is crazy awesome.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

EVERYBODY READY?

(」・ω・)」うー!(/・ω・)/にゃー!RET’S NYAA!

 

I don’t think anything more needs to be said.

Hyouka

This was my thought process while watching episode 1.

>Oreki Houtarou is another Kyon clone or Tomoya
>Fukube Satoshi is a smarter Sunohara
>Chitanda Eru is Mikuru with a bit of Haruhi
>
>Omg they focking played Air on the G String
>OMG THAT’S SUITE NO.1 IN G MAJOR, BWC 1007
>Completely plausible solutions to mysteries

HYOUKA BEST SPRING 2012 ANIME

So maybe I was a little overwrought. Classical music does not a masterpiece make (although Thermae Romae was pretty kickass, natch).

But the best part of the anime was the reveal at the end – I was thinking that Houtarou’s deductions seemed too improbable, and then we find out how he did it. Not only that, but Satoshi got in a little cutting, extremely perceptive remark of his own.

I don’t know how Eru’s going to turn out, but in the course of single episode I immediately stopped thinking of the protagonists as being mere imitations of established characters. That’s no mean feat, especially when Houtarou resembles Kyon so much.

And he’s smart. And he sees the world in a slightly different way. I squealed like a girl (sorry girls) at the scene with the kanji popping out of the posters. Couldn’t help but think of BBC’s Sherlock.

I did come across some complaints that the mysteries weren’t mysterious enough. Well shit, forgive me if I don’t expect my amateur detectives to always save the world from hidden conspiracies unknown. That’s like saying a pâtissier isn’t the real deal if he makes macarons and not focking 23-tiered wedding cake monstrosities.

Okay, so it’s a little early to be putting Hyouka in my top 5, much less declare it the best. But I have a real good feeling about this one. Then again, I said the same about Kamisama no Memo-chou, and look how that turned out D;

Acchi Kocchi

Hyouka may be what I consider the best of Spring 2012, but Acchi Kocchi remains my favourite.

It’s sweet, it’s charming, it’s not always over the top. It picks me up when I’m feeling terrible, and it calms me down when I’m holding too much tension.

The characters aren’t developed, and we don’t really see them working or improving themselves. You can’t really call Acchi Kocchi inspirational. The plot is never going to go beyond Io and Tsumiki dancing around the edges of an actual relationship.

But it’s soft, light entertainment. It’s cotton candy. It’s a guilty pleasure. It’s my – to use the title of a K-On song – “Fuwa Fuwa Time”.

And that’s good enough for me.

-Spring 2012 Sasagaki ends here-

Personal stuff: If you’ve been reading my posts, you’d have noticed I’ve been whining about my breakup for a while. Since I’d like to overcome this with a distraction, I’m asking anyone willing to add me on Skype so I have more people to talk to (yes I am using your goodwill as a distraction, I am inherently self-serving and bad).

If you’d like to find out my real name, take a gander at my ugly mug, insult me directly (well as far as internet chat can be considered direct), my Skype name’s “johnnyyandere” (How original, ja?). I promise to not complain about my personal life to you. Oh and you can harangue me with messages like “ACCHI KOCCHI EPISODE 3 FOCKING WHERE” too, if you like.

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37 Comments

  1. Posted April 23, 2012 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Nazo no Kanojo X has the best art style ever. It is also the best anime ever. Stop smelling your own farts and watch it.

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 3:15 am | Permalink

      Well, I’m watching it, but I can’t promise to stop smelling my own farts. They are, after all, so effervescent~

      • MarigoldRan
        Posted April 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        What? Is it like tasty drool?

        • Posted April 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

          That ought to be a trademarked beverage. Like Tentacle Grape.

          • DarkFireBlade25
            Posted April 24, 2012 at 12:33 am | Permalink

            FUND IT.

    • Lord Handsome
      Posted April 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Seconded.

  2. I am a duck I think
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Why did you link the 15 min version of let’s nya instead of the 1 hour one? Tsk tsk, so inefficient. 4 times the replaying

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 6:26 am | Permalink

      Because the world is not yet ready to witness the full might of Nyarlathotep.

      And there were unintelligible Thai comments on the 1 hour version… which probably makes for a stronger case to link it, doesn’t it ( ´_ゝ`)

  3. Posted April 23, 2012 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    I think the reason that Shining Hearts is turning you off is that you’re confused about what it is. It isn’t a harem show. It’s an RPG, it turns out. The real plot line begins in ep 3.

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

      It’s got a terribly slow start. Episode 2 wasn’t any better. Chrono Trigger had like, what, 10 minutes maximum of daily life before going all out RPG?

  4. skylion
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    You’re taking the approach to Space Brothers all wrong. Just Imagine: There you sit in a higher tax bracket, you might have a couple of bills due that you’re wondering how to pay, one of the kids just woke up and is screaming bloody blue murder, and the dog just chewed on your good work shoe.

    Watching something that reminds you of your younger days is just torture. Perhaps something more suited to a person that has not only seen the block, but has considered buying it to open a coffee franchise. Maybe Space Brothers is your new cup of tea.

    Too bad you have to change a diaper first.

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

      … So you’re saying that Space Brothers is going to be severely demotivational regardless of whatever age I watch it? T___T

      • Bob from Accounting
        Posted April 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

        Hm? I find it pretty uplifting, myself? You know, it being the first anime in a very long time that acknowledges that middle-aged people can chase dreams too and life isn’t just reserved for high school.

        • Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:24 am | Permalink

          Well yeah, but the first episode was a set-up to the dream-chasing. And by the time I actually got to the dream-chasing part, I was already pretty funked out by the job loss and all that.

          • skylion
            Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:59 am | Permalink

            But, dude, he got fired for head-butting his boss, Zildane style. Mutta is the man.

  5. Posted April 23, 2012 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    My Little Kohai Can’t Be This Contrary.

    Well, I do agree regarding Tsuritama and Apollon; enjoyed the visuals, but found too many elements too irritating or too slow in the first show; and really enjoying the second show for similar reasons (might explain further if do another highlights post myself).

    Sorry to hear about the break up, hope you’re okay. I’m afraid I’m not on Skype very much (join Twitter, dammit!), but I shall be sure to add you later.

    Ganbatte!

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

      Hana-senpai enjoys Apollon for the pseudo-Yaoi too? -flails-

      Thanks! But Twitter really isn’t my thing. I’ll be alright though. Sooner or later I’ll take a step back and start loathing myself for how whiny I’ve become.

      • Bob from Accounting
        Posted April 23, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

        I’ll definitely agree that the bromance in Kids On The Slope is way more compelling than the romance. They should just forget about love interests and make everyone true bros 4 life.

  6. DarkFireBlade25
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Hyouka hits all my nerdy artistic sensibilities. Srsly classical music? I haven’t heard that in anime since Nodame Cantabile. I knew KyoAni was on to something when they did Nichijou OST. Scenes were perfect and pacing is just amazing. They pushed as many things as possible into the episode without being rushed and that’s no small feat. Arguably the best anime of the year so far as art goes.

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      I’m still considering blogging Hyouka. Two shows a season is too much for me, and I don’t want to drop Acchi Kocchi.

      • DarkFireBlade25
        Posted April 24, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

        Understandable. Maybe co-blog? :D

        On an unrelated note, the fact that you considered for a moment that KamiMemo was anything decent confuses me >.> I thought the pilot was bs and everything after it was kinda too. Maybe it was an outlier.

        • Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

          I don’t think the rest of the THAT crew have the time to blog Hyouka, so .__.

          KamiMemo’s pilot episode wasn’t all bad. It had bitchin’ music and the mystery was pretty logical – I could actually deduce it myself and there was no last minute “oh I noticed this thing that was offscreen that is somehow the key to the whole thing”.

          But yeah it went downhill real fast.

  7. Sudachi
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I intend to enjoy Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan by enjoying a different pastry or baked good during every episode! I SO hope this goes for several cours…

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

      I suppose that would make for relatively healthy snacking while watching anime…

      -surreptitiously hides bags of chips under the table-

  8. yaku
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    “I’m not watching this solely to satisfy my Yaoi needs.”

    Oh but now I will :D :D :D :D :D

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

      In light of the fact that Yaoi already hypes me up despite being a straight male, I suppose I ought to be thankful that I’m not a girl.

      Also if Sekai-Ichi gets a season 3 I’m so blogging it.

  9. kaon
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    so cute¡¡

  10. Dein
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Sakamichi no Apollon is definitely my favorite of the season. I did get a bit of that yaoi vibe you describe, and I gotta say, its pretty delicious. Other than that, the show is just all-around great. Sweet music, nice style,I like the animation, the characters are cool and Sen reminds of a guy I used to know back in high school who was almost exactly like him.

    Other than that, Tsuritama was alright. It looks cool, and it has some interesting ideas but I’m still not sure if I’m gonna stick with it. The characters themselves, so far anyway, don’t really show any promise. Or maybe it’s because I hated fishing since I was a kid.

    Would also like to check out Hyouka but probably won’t for a few weeks, while I’m on holiday.. Not really sure what to expect, but I have a fair bit of hope for it regardless. Anything is better than K-on.

    P.S. Sorry to hear about your breakup, hope you’re doing better now. I don’t use skype nowadays,but if you still feel like chatting in a couple of weeks time, you can hit me up on steam!:D

    • Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      I’m so jelly of Kaoru for knowing music and so jelly of Sentarou of being buff and wicked on the drums. JUST JELLY ALL ROUND.

      I’m hoping that Hyouka is to detective anime what BBC Sherlock is to detective series, but I think I need to stop hyping myself up.

      Sorry, I don’t use Steam. Haven’t played an actual videogame in like 2 months :0

      • Bob from Accounting
        Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

        I don’t think Hyouka has sufficient bromance, awesome music, Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman to hit those hights. Then again, I’m ridiculously biased when it comes to that show.

        • skylion
          Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:02 am | Permalink

          When a show is as perfect as Sherlock, you cannot help but be biased towards it.

  11. Daniel S.
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Hyouka. Because of how you described it, I MUST WATCH IT. I just finished BBC’s Sherlock. EPISODE 6 WAS FANTASTIC. And I know exactly what transpired. I would totally explain it here, but I feel that might be off-topic. I wish I had Skype so I could add you and blow your mind with my theories. :(

    Hey, is Mirai Nikki not a spring anime? Is that why it’s not on the list?
    I think there might be an episode 27, so be ready for that!

    • Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      I’m starting to think that maybe I shouldn’t have been so bubbly about Hyouka. Now I’m guilty of the same potential overhype that I abhor ):

      Technically,Mirai Nikki is a Fall 2011 anime that carried over into the Winter 2012 season.

      Also I need dat Sherlock theory goodness. I haven’t really heard any goodness yet. GET SKYPE GET SKYPE

      • Daniel S.
        Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

        I watched Hyouka. I was hoping for more detective stuff! Sherlock could have more detective goodness in a few seconds than that did in its whole episode.
        It was good though! It was a nice, relaxed, jazzy mood that I could dig, but I’d rather have a first impression like Death Note’s. Just personal preference.

        Skype, eh? Doesn’t that require, downloading, or something? I could totally relate to that Kyon wannabe right now. It’s just that I was hoping to forever stick with Google and never need to rely on anything else. I guess it wouldn’t hurt though…

        • Posted April 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

          Yep. Objectively, Hyouka really isn’t supposed to be an all-out detective series, just classified as mystery. But objectively, in episode one, Sherlock ought to have realized who the actual culprit was halfway through. Blindingly obvious – I was on the verge of facedesking. But back to Hyouka. Classical music + wit + cunning + slice-of-life is a combination that I could never tire of.

          Ehh, yeah. Skype does require downloading. I don’t really use it all that much myself. Got all of 3 contacts and really only speak to one of them.

  12. Posted April 29, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I was hoping for some BL in Sakamichi no Apollon, but then Kaoru had to go be a spoilsport and confess to Ritsuko -_-;;

    And stop being a troll, put Fate/Zero back in it’s rightful place. xD

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