Sukitte Ii na yo episodes 1-5: You don’t have to say you love me…

What a silly question.

’Tis the season to be sparkly! Or, in other words, it seems that Christmas came early this year for shoujo fans, with not one, not two, but three shoujo anime airing this season, in the forms of Kamisama Hajimemashita, Tonari no Kabutsu-kun and Sukitte Ii na yo. However, quantity clearly doesn’t always mean quality. Or, to put it bluntly: I found the first of the three girl-centric Rom-Coms utterly lame in the ‘Com’ department (I didn’t stick around long enough for the ‘Rom’ part); I thought that the second was the anime equivalent of a headless chicken in terms of direction and characterisation; and I thought that the third was… well… okay. I mean, don’t get my less than kyaarific response lull you into a sense of indifference, I think that Sukitte Ii na yo is a solid shoujo anime and, so far, a pretty good watch. In a predictable sort of way. A bit like Kimi ni Todoke, but with more bed-hopping. In short, if you like downtrodden, but brutally (read: masochistically) honest damsels in frequent distress who are saved by the most popular bishies in school, who in turn, help said damsels to see the benefits of having friends and smiling more, then I think you’ll enjoy this…
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Early War Armor: a primer on Tanks in the view of “Girls Und Panzer” pt. 1

So yeah a guest post by a dude who is a Yukari-class Panzer fan. Please be gentle folks.

Hello and welcome to what I hope will be the start to a series of posts (to be put up somewhere) on the tanks and battle tactics shown in the series of “Girls und panzer”. This will be done with two different series each split into several parts, these primer posts focusing on the tank teams in which I discuss what each tank was meant to do irl and how I felt they pulled them off in the series (expect a lot of angry opinions), and another series of posts to follow in which I will discuss the tactics they actually use in battle (to be released on a battle to battle basis, expect more angry opinions).

In this first post I will be discussing our main character’s team: the Ooarai team consisting of a StuG III, an M3 Lee, a Pz38(t), a type 89, a PzIV, and a bunch of girls who physically should not be able to drive these tanks.

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Girls und Panzer – 03: Panzer Melee

No, they are osanajimi…they have a pinky promise too…

No one is going to mistake this mock battle for Pegasus Bridge, but Mako had the right of it in that it wasn’t so much that Kampfgruppe Miho won but that everyone else lost. Ami was just far too kind to rip her rookies, but their overall combat performance was awful. I can forgive the StuG III crew since their shot actually hit, but didn’t count for some reason. The rest however failed miserably, clearly they had not be practicing their gunnery as they were at point blank ranges and still managed to miss. They have plenty of work to do and they better get to it. I really wish they did spend more time going over tactics and maneuvers as they did desecrating their tanks. Part of me wants Saint Gloriana to drive them from the field, perhaps that stinging failure would encourage them to go for a less gaudy paint scheme. Momo is obviously a talented girl but one does not use a megaphone to direct armor, YOU USE THE FUCKING RADIO. In the chaos of battle does she honestly think that her voice will be heard under the din of shot and shell? Momo probably be moved to staff duties as her talent is for training and organizing and not executing.

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Girls und Panzer – 02: The Great Panzer Fetch Quest

Code Name: Stalker

There are times when I wish you really could just find reparable tanks just about anywhere, but the sad reality is that knocked out tanks are very prone to have unexploded ordinance in their hulls. Thankfully the Great Tank Fetch Quest ended with everyone in one piece and while they Type 89 is barely worth the scrap it’s made of, I suppose you can’t argue against finding something for free. However I can’t help but wonder why the Type 89 was left in the cleft of a mountain, it was almost as if a more intelligent species decided that the best use of a Type 89 was to shoot into a mountain. If there is one thing that is better than a free tank, it would be free maintenance courtesy of someone else. I hope that the automotive club will take a new liking to treads instead of tires.

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Girls und Panzer – 01: Kampfgruppe Miho

I hope they get rid of this ugly ass Type 89…you are taking on Matilda IIs and Matilda IIs owned Japanese tanks of every mass produced type all the way to 1945. It’s Girls und Panzer not Girls und SHIT.

Anytime you have tanks in anime it certainly gets my attention, add in a bit of implied yuri in an all-girls school and at least on paper this is my kind of show. So far it hasn’t disappointed me too much. Still I think that they need to get rid of that Type 89, we already have Muv Luv to carry the Glorious Nippon Samurai banner, we need real panzers not lowly inter-war tank with a low velocity 57mm and riveted armor. Other than the suspect inclusion of a Type 89, I can go with having a StuG III, Panzer 38(t), M3 Grant, and Panzer IV. As much as I want upgrades I get this sinking feeling that I may not get them, then again this is still a far cry from serious tank vs. tank combat. Still I want them all to get upgrades since the competition is going to not only out gun them but have bigger and faster tanks.

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Tonari no Kabutsu-kun – 01: Comedy of Miscues

Bad start, I prefer by violence to be more visceral…

Well the fall season has started and already we have some meaty discussion about a shoujo show. It’s odd in a way shoujo doesn’t get a whole lot of exposure in comparison to other genres so it is rather unfortunate that the most buzz this show gets is from a rape joke and things boiling over. On the face of it Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun appears to be your standard shoujo comedy, you have your shoujo heroine and her destined love interest, who is a jerk with a heart of gold (shocking, yes?). Shizuku leads a life of quite study until one day she accepts a job to bring local misunderstood malcontent, Haru his homework. Haru likes to beat up bullies, but unfortunately this isn’t Gundam and might doesn’t make right. As a result he was unceremoniously suspended, his propensity for violence aside he is social inept but somehow he can communicate with something other than grunts and snarls. His parents are noticeably absent so it is up to Shizuka to reform this unrefined bishie into something that is not a menace to southern Japan while pouring his soda over his love interest.

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What Makes a Good Title: Flow and Euphony in Entertainment Media

Generally, I prefer translated titles. It’s not always the case, but English titles are usually easier to remember. So, naturally, before I watched Zetsuen no Tempest, I asked The Twitter what the translation for that was. The response I got was ugly. I don’t mean as in they were mean to me, but the actual translation they presented lacked any sort of aesthetic sense to it.

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Tari Tari – 13 (Final): Immaculate Confession?

OLD MAN FIGHT!

I am going to miss Tari Tari, it wasn’t the most drama filled show of the season but it was oddly relaxing and mostly feel good. The last episode concluded things rather nicely and overall this show was consistent, there was to be no miracle to save the school and the replacement school festival wasn’t the grand affair that is should have been. The Rich Old Bastard wins and gets his overpriced housing units, but he lost the old man fight and was forcibly relieved of his pants. Fortunately for him he forgot to wear his thong, unfortunately that image probably made a few laps around the internet. Naoko made up for all the trouble she caused Konatsu and then some. Not only does Naoko send the low rent mall cops in full retreat she brings along the Choral Club and Music club to the Choir and Sometimes Badminton Club’s aid. It was a magical if low budget show and while Wein has done comparatively little, he does manage to upstage Taichi by crowning himself the Prince of Frogs.

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Rinne no Lagrange S2 – 12 (Final): Maru Maru Victory

No, but this is depressing…

All good things must come to an end and this week it was time to part ways with the Jersey Club. There was to be no Round 2 and the Jersey Club won by a knock out. Not only was Dizie out cold his ass was smacked so hard he broke the space time barrier and ended up in the last decade. Good for him that minors can’t stand trial in most cases, but punishment must be doled out and making Dizie Lan’s lackey is a fitting punishment. Guivini also get put back in his proper place, his lackeys were claimed by Muginami by right of conquest and he was reduced to being a serf. Perhaps with a little more hard work Guivni might one day call himself a lackey. Love is blind and for better or worse Yurikano is still tsundere for Dizelmine, but at least she is now back and reunited with her lackeys.

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Rinne no Lagrange S2 – 11: Return to Rinne

I am sure it is a wonderful dream.

So Moid did it all jus to hear a voice…but thankfully while the audience thought it was rather stupid, Yoko also whole heartedly agreed to the point that she re-arranged his face. It makes me sad that this show is so excessively happy I really would have been up for a vicious beating of Moid by Yoko as Asteria kicks his face in for good measure. Alas that would be a significant thematic change that might have ended in disaster. This show is so unabashedly optimistic that Dizelmine’s sorrow over bro-fists not honored is called out for being a total BS. All too often the whiny butthurt of emo gets praised these days, thankfully Madoka wasn’t going to have any of it. Moreover we don’t need some silly orange drink and pretensions of deeper hidden meaning. Rinne is a funny dimension and while the Unlimited Beams Sword works was ineffectual, I am glad that they were able perform a Dimension Shattering Suplex to take Round 1.

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