Sabagebu! – 09

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Josephine (aka Platty with paper ears taped to his head) is dragged to Dog Paradise by Momoka for some a french food and doggie nosh.

Unsurprisingly, Platty is not thrilled with this and soon he and Momoka are fighting, which draws the ire of Inugami-san, the starry eyed owner-hippy of the shop.

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Soon Platty and Inugami’s dog are competing to see who’s the best, with Platty only accomplishing his tasks through Momoka’s brutality.

Things fall apart, Platty’s not-dog-ness is revealed, the shop is lit on fire and everyone saves face when Platty is willing to jump the fire (to bite Momoka’s face) and Inugami’s pup is not.

Then Miou shows up atop a lion. (end act 1)

03

Urara’s pleasant moment down the ocean (actually the school pool) is ruined when Kaya brings up rumors of a classmate drowning and subsequently haunting the pool.

Urara and Maya laugh this off as nonsense but things get serious after Sakura-sensei locks them in for the night.

04

Without windows, phones, or even clothes, the three girls rapidly descend into madness. Fear of hypothermia, needing to use the toilet and general survival club mania all come to a head and the group decides their only chance of survival is to experience brutal pain.

Then Miou shows up in a sexy combat bikini, drawn by the chance to fight a ghost, only to find her comrades in tatters. (end act 2)

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Miou finally starts an act showing up at the beginning! She’s taken the Survival Club to Australia and they will be fighting old people on a mixture of trucks and motor cycles and even a heli-plane!

Momoka suspects this whole act is the result of Miou watching a certain movie recently, but quickly gets into the fun when she discovers Fried Chicken Lemon will be driving a semi for her.

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Unfortunately, the other girls don’t warm to fighting the elderly in time and Maya, Kaya and Urara all find themselves gunned down. At least their deaths fuel Miou’s thirst for victory, as she rides past them on her motorcycle embroiled in a duel with a preachery-looking elderly gent.

06

Momoka remains entirely unaffected by shooting those who could be infirm, and slaughters her way from one end of the race to the other. In her grandest moment, she convinced Lemon to take out the heli-plane by driving off a cliff and into it, before she thanks him and bails to safety. 

Later, everyone celebrates with a happy soak in the hotel pool. The Sydney Opera House is behind them. Much much time later, the most senile of the geriatric survivalists is found in the outback. (end episode 9)

07

Sabagebu! number nine remains all about brutality and brutally defying our expectations — and the absurdity is still quite delightful!

Expect that old man who’s taken the entire act to lift his rifle will finally make a difference? Nope! Momoka shoots him in his moment of minuscule triumph.

Expect Momoka’s thoughts to linger on Lemon’s sacrifice as she holds his glasses? Nope! Momoka tosses them over her shoulder with a smile and trots off to victory.

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You tell’em, Granny!

Episode nine also showed us that Lemon and Sakura’s returns over the past weeks were not simple hints at a greater world. Rather, that both characters exist fully in the world and will be around often, even if only as side characters. (Heck, Lemon was almost in this episode as much as Miou!)

Honestly, if it weren’t for the fact that i don’t get the sense Sabagebu! is going anywhere with anything, nor trying to make a point, nor especially pretty, this show would easily hit a 9+ each week. As is? It’s remarkably good at brightening my day with laughter, parody and violence.

…And that’s good enough for me!

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Ao Haru Ride – 09

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“Ya got a little schmutz…”

Futaba’s quest to figure out Kou continues, but she’s having trouble finding a way in. She tries to get him to notice her with makeup, and he does, but he rubs it off her lips and knocks it as “not suiting her.” Nine episodes in, and the guy is still playing his cards close. But he has lots of eyes on him now: the circle of friends forged from that day in the classroom.

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Keep it together…

Opportunity presents itself when Shuuko happens to catch her beloved Tanaka-sensei admonishing Kou on the stairs about his subpar midterm grades. Kou, for his part, is willful, threatening to quit school if his grades aren’t good enough to advance, then laughing it off as a joke. For this, Shuuko labels Kou a brat, and rightly so. Futaba sees it as an in: study session!

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“What’s this “lightly salted” bullshit? Where my Consommé at?!”

She’s not the only one interested: Aya defends Kou valiantly against shit-talking advanced class members, but rather than thank the guy who had his back, he asks why he did that, like an idiot. At this point Kou better do or say something mildly redemptive, because Futaba and Yuuri are starting to look like fools themselves for being so into this guy.

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“H-h-h-hey!”

But they can’t help that, and while Futaba takes a low-key approach to interacting with Kou at the study session in his room, Yuuri, feeling like she’s being left behind, takes the initiative, getting Kou alone, and spending a moment with him we only see the beginning and end of, but not the middle.

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“What’s going on in there…”

More likely than not, it was a wordless moment, so both Kou and Yuuri can tell Futaba “nothing at all” happened…but it was still a moment. I gotta say, I can’t yet endorse Yuuri’s taste in guys, but she comported herself well this week. If Futaba knows what’s good for her, she’d better not let her guard down!

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Fall 2014 Season Preview

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It feels like this Summer’s gone too fast, but when is that not the case? Some of you are heading back to school; some have the odd feeling that they should be, because it’s that time of the year and it’s been ingrained in us. Regardless, In a month’s time we have a whole new brace of shows to get into. Here are our initial picks. Note that just because a show’s listed here means we’ll watch more than one episode, and just because a show’s not listed here doesn’t mean we won’t pick it up if it’s good.

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Sword Art Online II Donten ni Warau Gundam: G no Reconguista Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis Terra Formars

1. Sword Art Online II – Second cour. Summer carryover.

2. Donten ni Warau (Cloudy Laugh) – Doga Kobo (Action, Historical, Shoujo) Cool promo art. A bit confused by the “shoujo” genre, as the three main characters are brothers. Abit reticent about the “historical” part after Nobunaga the Fool, but I like the sound of “inescapable lake prison.”

3. Gundam: G no Reconguista (Reconguista in G)– Sunrise (Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Space) Produced in part to celebrate Gundam’s 35th Anniversary, it’s got suitably retro promo art, the same director as the very first Gundam, and the Eureka Seven character designer. All good. Not so good? The name of the protagonist: “Bellri Zenam.” Gesundheit.

4. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut) – MAPPA (Action, Fantasy) Very little known; based on a card game. Director of Tiger & Bunny; Gantz character designer. Dude with an afro who could be Dandy’s cousin.

5. Terra Formars – Warner Bros./LIDENFILMS (Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Space) Director of Steins;Gate and Texhnolyze. “Formars” may be spelled wrong, but straight-up “sci-fi horror” is something we haven’t seen in anime since…well, can’t even remember (not counting Sidonia).


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Ai Tenchi Muyo! Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai Denki-gai no Honya-san Girlfriend (Kari) Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso SHIROBAKO Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete

I have no carryovers, but I plan on limiting my final picks to four, so I have some work to do. New shows will get one episode, two tops, to convince me to watch them.

1. Ai Tenchi Muyo! (No Need for Tenchi Love!) – AIC (Comedy, Sci-Fi, Shounen) 20th Anniversary of a show we’ve never watched, but this is a reboot and thus a good entry point (like Sailor Moon). That said, this looks like an Earth Boy with Alien Harem setup, so I probably won’t go too far with this.

2. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai (A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd) – Hoods Entertainment (Romance, School) Same series composition guy as Last Exile GNF and Akuma no Riddle. Near-upskirt and chibi in the promo art? Not encouraging. Dumb title suggests girls are sheep to be shepherded. They are not. Also a long shot.

3. Denki-gai no Honya-san (Electric Town Bookstore) – Pony Canyon/Shin-Ei Animation (Comedy, Seinen) Little known; promo art and store setting reminds me of both Kill me Baby! and Working!!. Keeps things simple with single-name characters.

4. Girlfriend (Kari) (Girl Friend BETA) – Silver Link (Romance, School) – Looks like a non-harem sequential romance in the vein of Amagami SS. Probably nothing special.

5. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl & Black Prince) – TYO Animations (Comedy, School, Shoujo) – Director of Aoi Hana, Bakuman, and Love Stage!!. Now here’s an anime to show your Feminist Studies professor: vain girl lies about having a boyfriend, then the guy treats her like his dog! Inspiring stuff. I couldn’t stomach Dog & Scissors, where the guy was the dog (albeit a literal one). Watching this to see if it’s as horrific as it sounds.

6. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (April is Your Lie) – A-1 (Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen) Accel World’s character designer. Shades of Shinkai’s The Place Promised in Our Early Days or even Whisper of the Heart. Guy is a former piano prodigy with a psychosomatic tone-deafness, who meets a beautiful violinist who I assumed changes his world. Certainly has more promise than some of the crap above!

7. SHIROBAKO (Whitebox) – P.A. Works (-) Director of AnotherBlood-C, and Girls und Panzer. Little known, but judging from the studio, should be good-looking show combining drama and slice-of-life. Centers on five girls  “chasing their dreams” in the anime industry.

8. Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete (A la Recherche du Futur Perdu/In Search of Lost Future) – Feel./Starchild Records (Romance, School) Director of Hataraku Maou-sama! and Mirai Nikki; writer of Cowboy Bebop, Kino no Tabi, Natsuiro Kiseki, and Sidonia. This one looks promising due to its staff, despite its “school building closing”/ “last festival” premise.


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Akame ga Kill! Sailor Moon Crystal Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle Garo: Honoo no Kokuin Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu Sanzoku no Musume Ronja

1. Akame ga Kill! – Second cour. Summer carryover.

2. Sailor Moon Crystal – Next handful of episodes. Summer carryover.

3. Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – Bones/Flying DOG (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen) Second Season. Lots of Gaz parts left to collect. Vivi now apparently a Chaika.

4. Garo: Honoo no Kokuin (Mark of the Flame) – MAPPA, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (Action, Demons) Little known, but looks like a rather serious quasi-historical epic, complete with knights, priests, deposed monarchs and their progeny seeking redemption. We’ll take a look but would rather avoid a long (>13 episode) commitment.

5. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasitic Beasts) – Madhouse (Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen) FLCL storyboarder (!). Stars two seiyu titans in Hanazawa and Hirano. A dark, creepy Madhouse joint with FLCL roots? We’ll bite.

6. Sanzoku no Musume Ronja (Ronia the Robber’s Daughter) – Studio Ghibli, NHK, NHK Enterprises, Dwango, Polygon Pictures (Adventure, Fantasy) First TV anime from Studio Ghibli, directed by Miyazaki Gorou, based upon a story by Astrid Lindgren. Not missing this one.


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Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo Madan no Ou to Vanadis Nanatsu no Taizai Sora no Method World Trigger

1. Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo (Rondo of Angels and Dragons) – Sunrise (Action, Sci-Fi)

2. Madan no Ou to Vanadis (The King of the Magic Bullet and Vanadis) – Satelight/Media Factory (Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance, Harem) Director of Mouretsu Pirates and Rinne no Lagrange.

3. Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins) – A-1 (Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural) Director of Ao no Exorcist, Darker than Black, and Zvezda.

4. Sora no Method – Bandai Visual/Lantis/Studio 3Hz (-)

5. World Trigger – Toei Animation (Action, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Space, Supernatural) Screenwriter of Gundam Seed/Destiny, So Ra No Wo To, and Vividred Operation