Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2 – 11 – A Big Catch

In a desperate attempt for a win, any win, Nishikata manages to find out from Takagi’s friend that she’ll be walking down a certain road at a certain time, and arranges for a game to guess the steps to a certain spot.

Thinking more than one step ahead for once, he correctly predicts she’ll call for a further target, but he’s such an open book she changes it again, demonstrating that thinking just two steps ahead won’t cut it if you want to beat Takagi!

Still Takagi had fun, and is flattered that Nishikata would go so far to win a game, and asks what he wants her to get him as a souvenir on her family vacation. Later, Takagi’s friend can tell from her face “something nice happened.”

When Takagi is back, she presents Nishikata with another great gift: a 100% Unrequited Love-themed curry kit. He also went on vacation, and surprises her with a gift of cookies. Little does she know they’re sour cookies. When she suggests they go to the shrine to enjoy their gifts together, it’s the perfect chance to see her distressed, puckered face…

…But on the way there, Takagi expresses her happiness so genuinely, Nishikata has no choice but to warn her ahead of time. Turns out the cookies are actually pretty good. Takagi also uses their shrine visit to tell him she had her family vacation shortened so she could go to the upcoming summer festival.

Nishikata isn’t planning to go with anyone, and neither is Takagi, so she tells him in no uncertain terms that if someone asked her to go, she would—someone she teases all the time, for instance. Knowing him all to well, Takagi provides him with everything he needs…all he has to do is, well, ask her out.

The subtle animation really shines in this scene, conveying Takagi’s nervousness as she adjusts her legs and stretches her trembling hands, matching Takahashi Rie’s superb voice work.

Asking Takagi out is one of the hardest things Nishikata has ever had to do, because it pretty much throws out the window the fiction that, as he’s so fond of saying, “it isn’t like that” between them. When the two run into each other on the street and he offers to carry her groceries in his bike basket, the atmosphere gets more and more awkward as he utterly fails to speak up and say the words that need to be said.

I really can’t overstate how much tension is built up as they walk up to her house and say goodbye and he starts to walk away, without asking her out. Her usual cheerful smile vanishes, replaced by a look of resignation…she tried her best. But then she hears his bike returning, and the shy sonofabitch finally, finally asks her if she wants to go to the summer festival with him.

The answer, of course, is yes, and in her elation she tosses more canned drinks into his arms before he heads off to fish with his mates. Nishikata doesn’t get to see her adorable quivering look of relief and joy as he pedals off. Now this is how you build anticipation for the twelfth and final episode!

While fishing, even when he gets a bite on his line he doesn’t notice, as he’s in a kind of trance state. Not surprising, as he’d already snagged the biggest catch of his life.

Winter 2017 Master Schedule

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Monday

Little Witch Academia
Demi-chan wa Kataritai*

Tuesday

ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka

Wednesday

KonoSuba 2
Akiba’s Trip The Animation*
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon*

Thursday

Kuzu no Honkai
Masamune-kun no Revenge

Friday

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2
Fuuka*
Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen

Saturday

3-gatsu no Lion
Youjo Senki*

Sunday

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2
Tales of Zestiria the X

Schedule subject to change.

Fall 2016 Master Schedule

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Monday

Kuromukuro
Trickster

Tuesday

None

Wednesday

Hibike! Euphonium 2
Sousei no Onmyouji

Thursday

None

Friday

Drifters
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

Saturday

Shuumatsu no Izetta
3-gatsu no Lion
WWW.Working!!
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku

Sunday

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Gi(a)rlish Number

Oigakkosan

(Review days flexible)
Flip Flappers
Keijo!!!!!!!!
Soushin Shoujo Matoi
To Be Hero
Yuri!!! on Ice

Not Reviewing

Nanbaka
Occultic;Nine
Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru
All Out!!
Anitore! XX
Ao Oni The Animation
Bernard Jou Iwaku
Bloodivores
Cheating Craft
Chi’s Sweet Home
ClassicaLoid
Gakuen Handsome
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
Magic Kyun! Renaissance
Nobunaga no Shinobi
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
Tiger Mask W
Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

Schedule subject to change

Summer 2016 Master Schedule

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Welcome to our Summer 2016 review schedule! Last year, we checked out 25 shows, sticking with 19 of them to completion. It was a pretty good season, featuring gems like Prison School, Gakkou Gurashi, Ore Monogatari!!, Charlotte, Shokugeki no Souma, and OverLord.

But this Summer has its fair share of strong offerings—including what Preston considers one of the most powerful episodes she’s ever seen.

This year we’re sticking with around fifteen shows from a field of ~25, while Kuromukuro’s second cour is on hiatus until further notice, and ReLIFE is all done. Those shows, and the day we’ll usually review them, are listed below.

A reminder, the schedule below is an ideal that we strive to achieve. Time constraints, media availability, vacations, and other factors will sometimes result in our straying from that ideal, but hopefully infrequently.

Shows marked with an asterisk (*) are those that we are still evaluating. Check marks (✔) are author’s top picks.

Monday

Macross Δ
Amaama no Inazuma ✔
DAYS*
Mob Psycho 100*

Tuesday

Open

Wednesday

Sousei no Onmyouji

Thursday

Planetarian

Friday

91 Days
Alderamin on the Sky
Handa-kun*

Saturday

Shokugeki no Souma 2
Momokuri
Qualidea Code*

Sunday

Orange ✔
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu ✔
Tales of Zestiria the X ✔

Winter 2016 Master Schedule

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Welcome to our Winter 2016 review schedule! Last year, we checked out 25 shows, sticking with 15 of them to completion. This year we’ll be landing on our usual 12-13.

A reminder, this schedule is an ideal that we strive to achieve. Time constraints, media availability, beach trips, and other factors will sometimes result in our straying from that ideal, but hopefully infrequently.

An asterisk (*) next title denotes a show is “on the outside looking in” (OTOLI), meaning we are presently considering dropping it from the schedule due to insufficient time, interest, and/or enthusiasm.

If a show is not listed below, we will unfortunately not be reviewing it this Winter. Sorry. :(

Monday

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season

Tuesday

Prince of Stride: Alternative*

Wednesday

Musaigen no Phantom World

HaruChika*

Thursday

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu
Boku dake ga Inai Machi

Norn9: Norn+Nonet*

Friday

GATE
Dagashi Kashi
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Divine Gate*

Saturday

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu

Sunday

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Dimension W
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

Schwarzesmarken*

Fall 2015 Master Schedule

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Welcome to our Fall 2015 review schedule! Last year, we checked out 34 shows, sticking with 17 of them to completion. This year we’ll be sticking with 12-13, tops, mostly to avoid going mad.

A reminder, this schedule is an ideal that we strive to achieve. Time constraints, media availability, beach trips, and other factors will sometimes result in our straying from that ideal, but hopefully infrequently.

An asterisk (*) next to an non-bold title denotes a show “on the outside looking in”, meaning we are presently considering dropping it from the schedule due to insufficient time, interest, and/or enthusiasm.

If a show is not listed below, we will unfortunately not be reviewing it this Fall. Sorry. :(

Monday

No reviews scheduled

Tuesday

No reviews scheduled

Wednesday

Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (Late)

Thursday

Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai

Friday

Noragami Aragoto
Ushio to Tora

Saturday

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
Owarimonogatari
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen

Sunday

Comet Lucifer*
Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen*
One Punch Man

Summer 2015 Master Schedule

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Yes we must.

Welcome to our Summer 2015 review schedule! A reminder, this schedule is an ideal that we strive to achieve. Time constraints, media availability, beach trips, and other factors will sometimes result in our straying from that ideal, but hopefully infrequently.

An asterisk (*) next to an non-bolded title denotes a show “on the outside looking in”, meaning we are presently considering dropping it from the schedule due to insufficient time, interest, and/or enthusiasm.

If a show is not listed below, we will unfortunately not be reviewing it this Summer. Sorry. :(

Thanks for your recommendations, understanding and continued tolerance of our innane babbling.

PIPO!

—RABUJOI STAFF

Monday

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
Gatchaman Crowds Insight

Tuesday

Joukamachi no Dandelion*
Sore ga Seiyuu!*

Wednesday

GANGSTA.
Ore Monogatari!!

Thursday

Gakkou Gurashi!

Friday

GATE
Shokugeki no Souma
Ushio to Tora

Saturday

Durarara!!x2 Ten
Working!!!
Charlotte

Sunday

Aquarion Logos*
GOD EATER
Shimoneta
Rokka no Yuusha

Spring 2015 Master Schedule

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Burning the midnight oil at the RABUJOI office

We haven’t posted a review schedule in quite a while, but thought it might be nice if readers had a general idea of who will post which shows when, now that everything is pretty much set. Mind you, this schedule is an ideal that we strive to achieve; time constraints, holidays, media availability, and other factors will sometimes result in our straying from that ideal, but hopefully infrequently.

An asterisk (*) next to an non-bolded title denotes a show “on the outside looking in”, meaning we are presently considering dropping it from the schedule due to insufficient interest or enthusiasm.

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If a show is not listed below, we will unfortunately not be reviewing it this Spring. We realize this means we might be missing out on your favorite show(s), but we’re content with our present selection, and at this point we’re only interested in subtracting shows that don’t pan out, not adding any new ones.

Thanks for your recommendations, understanding and continued patronage of our silly little anime blog. El Psy Congroo.

—RABUJOI STAFF

Monday

Ghost in the Shell: ARISE – Alternative Architecture
Re-Kan! (sesameacrylic filling in for Oigakkosan)

Tuesday

Hibike! Euphonium
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku

Wednesday

Houkago no Pleiades*

Thursday

Punchline*

Friday

Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
Nisekoi 2
Shokugeki no Souma
DanMachi

Saturday

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (Braverade filling in for Oigakkosan)
Oregairu 2
Kekkai Sensen
Owari no Seraph
Denpa Kyoushi*

Sunday

Sidonia no Kishi 2
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation*

(Whenever Oigakkosan Can Get Around To It)

Ore Monogatari!!
Show By Rock!!*

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata – 06

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An ongoing theme in Tomoya and Utaha’s friendship has been mutual inspiration. In their first encounter (they’re classmates, but hadn’t interacted before) Tomoya expresses how much Utaha’s work inspires him the moment he steps up to her table at her book signing. His remarks leave an instant and lasting impression. Fast forward to that “fateful” snowy day when Tomoya declines to read her latest manuscript.

Utaha, you see, never come out and told Tomoya inspires her as he did with her. Offering him the manuscript is her way of showing it. But he rejects that approach, and even though it’s for perfectly understandable reasons—he’s a fan, and doesn’t want to influence her creative process any more than he wants a sneak peak at an unfinished work—it still feels to Utaha that he’s rejecting her, which wounds her deeply.

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Utaha had never quite forgiven him for that…until this week, which is another showcase of Saekano’s knack for placing its characters in relatively confined, intimate places. Even Tomoya’s date with Kato at the mall felt like it, since the crush of people made them have to stick that much closer together, and the mutual fun they were having made that crush blur and fade into the background, until it was just them.

The confined space here is more concrete: a hotel room, where Utaha was going to spend the night, but invites Tomoya in when he drenches himself in the rain in the act of what she deemed as chasing after her. It’s an assertion he can’t and won’t deny, though he wasn’t expecting to end up on a bed with Utaha, both of them in bathrobes and nothing underneath. The optics are a constant source of nervous titillation, but I frankly like how it puts the two on the spot.

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Bathrobes concealing nakedness and nervous joking aside, Tomoya cut his date with Kato short because he now knows what doesn’t sit right with him about her first scenario draft. He didn’t like how they left things in the club room, but at the same time, were it not for his date with Kato, he wouldn’t have been able to express his reservations anyway, which ironically reflect the positions Kato and Utaha occupy with regards to Tomoya’s life.

Utaha’s plot is much like her plot with Tomoya thus far: seemingly bound by fate, or from a past life; something sprawling and dramatic and epic, like spending the night in a hotel room (but this is all-ages, so…) And Tomoya likes that, but he’s found he also likes what Kato brings to the table: a steadfast decency wrapped in utter normality; the beauty of the mundane; the way a flat character can draw a reader when suddenly big suddenly happens. Kato isn’t bland; she’s universally relatable.

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God, the timing, framing, and sound effects of this little sequence were so deliciously awesome. Utaha types away in this new direction, but she’s clearly upset by it; it’s as if the romantic ideal she represents has been suddenly usurped by Kato. Reality and the fiction being discussed and created is inextricably linked in this show. But she and Tomoya do work all night, and the fact that she was able to summon this much passion and belt out something both of them can be proud of is a testament to the mutual inspiration I mentioned earlier.

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When Utaha gets dressed and prepares to set out for her busy day, she doesn’t hesitate to make a joke about post-evening afterglow, not to mention the fact she wickedly took a picture of her in bed with Tomoya while he was asleep and made it his background.

But while there wasn’t any of that kind of action last night, it was still a night Utaha will cherish, because it showed her, just as it showed us, that Tomoya is not only her muse, but has the makings of a great creator in his own right. She leaves that hotel room feeling a lot better about the two of them, but not just because of the progress they made with the plot, but in the battle for Tomoya himself.

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Rewinding to yesterday, Eriri “bumps into” Kato at the mall and sketches her, which is clearly her way of commiserating over the fact that Utaha is off somewhere with her Tomoya. Misery loves company, so it gives her great solace to see that when properly stimulated, she’s able to pull back Kato’s stoic mask just that little bit. Like Utaha’s “coup” this week, this not only makes Eriri optimistic about developing a good heroine from Kato, but also that she’s still in the running for Tomoya. Kato is adorable, but she’s not invincible.

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Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata – 05

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Tomoya’s promising dating sim circle is in place and hard at work, but progress is slow. Eriri is frustrated by Kato’s noncommittal expressions (noting that if she was expressionless, they could pass her off as an Ayanami Rei-type), while the only things Utaha types are orders for Tomoya to feed her Pocky sticks.

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What ironically (but also very fittingly) gets things going are Tomoya’s off-the-cuff prods to Eriri regarding what she’d do in a “hypothetical” situation where she’d be on a shopping date. Eriri offers advice—very good advice—and when Tomoya says it sounds boring, it’s because she offered advice for an “away game”, that is, an otaku on a date in the normal world.

When Tomoya inadvertently lets on that the date in question isn’t really hypothetical after all, it’s a creative spark for Utaha, borne out of her intolerance of any such non-hypothetical date not involving her. She begins to fill the white space with words.

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But even as Utaha found inspiration in an unexpected place, Eriri notes how difficult a subject Kato is; perhaps her toughest yet. But it’s precisely because she is a challenge that Eriri won’t give up, especially when it’s looking more and more like her beloved Tomoya is taking a liking to this Kato girl.

In a quiet but extremely sweet scene on the rooftop at night, Kato shows that despite the seeming noncommittalness in her words or expressions, she’s as serious as the other two, and practicing to be the best heroine she can be.

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Tomoya betrays something else when Utaha arrives at school with a thick scenario drawn up, the product of an all-nighter for the sake of the circle. When Utaha falls asleep as soon as her head hits the desk, Tomoya gives her a lingering look of pride and affection the other two girls pick up on: Eriri is suspicious, while Kato is bemused.

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The scenario itself is full of exciting twists, turns, and tropes, and it’s presented exquisitely in a slideshow-and-commentary format. I especially liked when Tomoya would periodically call for Kato to pipe up and say the heroine’s lines, which actually don’t sound half-bad even in her dry-run deadpan.

Also note that the handsomest guy Eriri could think of closely resembles Tomoya, but isn’t quite him, while Kato is Kato even in the scenario, because she is the heroine. It’s as if Utaha and Eriri applied their respective crafts to the basic template that was Kato Megumi to create “Kano Meguri”, through which Kato still manages to shine.

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And yet…while he can’t explain why, Tomoya’s not quite satisfied with the draft, to Eriri and Utaha’s consternation. (Eriri: “Subjective, feelings-based criticism like that doesn’t get us anywhere!” That should be RABUJOI’s slogan!) Utaha’s is deeper, seeing this as another case of indecision and inability to give her a straight answer.

On that note, the show helpfully flashes back to a moment still fresh in Utaha and Tomoya’s memory. If what I think happened happened, “no straight answer” is as good (or bad) as “rejection.” But Utaha seems to be hovering around Tomoya to this day, waiting for a straight answer anyway.

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Tomoya actually seems to become rather down by Utaha making that indecision connection to their past, to the point Kato tells him it’s okay if they postpone their date to the mall, but Tomoya isn’t having it; the date is on, and it’s yet another case of Kato really shining once out of the shadow of the other girls.

The huge, unruly crowds of “normals” throw Tomoya off, especially the proportion of couples (even though like it or not, he and Kato are one of them). In a brilliant turnaround, he decides to treat the shopping trip like a visit to Comiket: he plots the most efficient route to Kato’s stores, avoiding the longer-wait ones until things die down. When the crush of people grows thicker, Tomoya keeps Kato from falling and takes her hand without a second thought.

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While his otaku approach is hardly “normal”, it’s actually a boon to the otherwise normal date. Kato is duly impressed with Tomoya’s ingenuity, and decides to buy him a pair of glasses she thinks he looks good in (she thinks). 

Here, with her tender and very girlfriend-like gestures, all pretense of any kind of “practical experiment for research” falls away. This was a date, plain and simple, and a damn good one. Both parties had far more fun than they’d bargained for, and neither had to be anything other than themselves.

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Somewhat distressingly, the episode doesn’t end there, but pulls the plug on the good vibes when Tomoya laments he must ditch Kato without seeing her home, saying “there’s something he has to do” as we see Utaha waiting along, presumably for him. But whatever could he be leaving Kato for Utaha mean here? I think it’s a matter of obligation. It comes back to him not having an answer for her again.

Even in the midst of his lovely date (which he may or may not have gone into as an empirical and dispassionate exercise but definitely ended up falling for Kato’s charms once again…and who the hell wouldn’t?) perhaps Tomoya found an answer. Not to the past question Utaha asked, but to her scenario proposal. He owes her at least that much for her hard work.

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Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata – 04

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We open in Utaha’s room, where she’s on the phone with her editor Machida, who tells her something so surprising, Utaha moves too quickly and smacks her foot against her desk, hard. This is a mishap that befalls me all too often, and that visceral bang really brings both Utaha and the scene to life. It’s also nice to see that like “Mr. Ethical”—and myself!—she spends much of her creating time…staring at a blank screen.

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Following the credits is a live taste of her work, in which Sayuka chooses her dreams over tearfully clinging to Naoto, even though she truly love him and always will. It’s a nice segue to Tomoya on the train with Kato, who has just blasted through Utaha’s five-volume Metronome in Love series and is impressed with it.

Tomoya couldn’t be happier, as he utterly worships Utako Kasumi, and isn’t afraid to profess it emphatically on the train (Tomoya does a lot of emphatic professing in this episode, all of it good). Notably, he seems capable of separating Utako from Utaha, with whom he shares a past we only see in brief flashes; a past that may have inspired Utako’s work, as well as the Mr. Ethical moniker.

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Utaha’s foot-stubbing shock was a reaction to the news the inteview she didn’t want to do will be performed by none other than Aki Tomoya (I love how diverse his part-time jobs are). Initially, Utaha comes in and puts up a Beast Mode-esque wall, but Tomoya is able to get her to cooperate (sorta) by telling her he took the job so he’d get a chance to learn more about her next book before anyone else.

The interview takes many twists and turns, including Utaha’s assertion that it wasn’t her that made her books take off, it was him. Machida qualifies that by saying Tomoya’s review caused a spike in interest and increased sales at a crucial time for the novel, but I heard Utaha loud and clear: she wasn’t just talking about the publicity or buzz Tomoya provided. I like to think the novels are based, at least in part, on her experiences with “Mr. Ethical”.

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It’s for that same reason that Utaha agrees to show up for their first official circle meeting to talk about the details and responsibilities. Eriri repeats a misstep by going all tsundere at Tomoya before seeing who’s actually in the room with him: Utaha, as well as Kato. Though Kato is mostly out of the frame, I’ve trained myself to keep my eyes peeled for her.

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That’s the last we see of Kato for 90% of this scene. The rest is dominated by Utaha and Eriri alternating between teasing or torturing Tomoya and fighting each other tooth and nail. They turn Tomoya’s lovely whiteboard diagram of the project schedule into a piece of modern art, while Utaha offers to provide funding in exchange for “favors” from Tomoya, which earns Tomoya some twin-tail slaps from an irate Eriri.

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Eventually, they literally toss Tomoya aside and simply start bickering nonstop, with neither girl prepared to give an inch, although Utaha’s calmer demeanor means she’ll have more stamina. Tomoya breaks them up and gets them to work by again appealing to their vanity. Utaha will write up the plot, while Eriri will get some character designs going.

Tomoya asks them if they’re capable of that, and both girls put down their dagger for each other and grab a laptop and a sketchbook. The success of Tomoya’s dating sim depends on how well he can manage/juggle these two undeniably talented but just as undeniably prickly and emotionally needy artists.

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Of course, it also depends, at least form Tomoya’s perspective, on his ability to transform Kato into the ultimate dating sim heroine. Of course, considering she was in the a/v club room that long without any of the other three noticing her, as well as the substantial talent of said artists, I’d argue Kato isn’t really needed for the circle to belt out a decent dating sim. The one who needs Kato, rather, is Tomoya.

At the end of the day, this dating sim is a way for him to make the world care about and worry about and love Kato Megumi just as much as he does. He’s not going to come out and say it, but his actions and demeanor speak louder than words.

The way she affected him when he first “met” her on that hill (and their other encounter, for that matter); the fun they had simply hanging out in his room all night; the way they talk on the phone; and the jealousy he feels when she walks into the restaurant he’s working at with a tall, handsome young man; it’s all there, plain to see.

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I must admit my heart sank a little when I saw Kato with that guy, but it turns out to be her cousin, and they were simply going out to eat because their parents were at the theater. Being an otaku and thus a consumer of media in which blood is not always an obstacle to romance (his voice actor Matsuoka Yoshitsugu also played Kirito in SAO, whose sister liked him), Tomoya is still worried, but Kato makes it clear in her passive way that this is his problem, not hers.

That means, if he feels threatened by the fact she hangs out with her tall, attractive cousin, it’s up to him to step in and take the cousin’s place. So he does: he asks her he can accompany her shopping instead of her cousin, and she accepts instantly.

At that point Tomoya seems worried that it could be construed as a date. As ever, he’s in surface denial about what he has with Kato, even as he embarks on an incredibly tough road to create a dating sim from scratch in time for Winter Comiket that will essentially validate his feelings for Kato to the rest of the world.

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Stray Observations:

  • “What’s with that reaction, like you’re reliving past trauma?” Kato, hitting the nail on the head
  • I was immensely pleased by the fact that Utaha and Eriri drew on each other off-camera.
  • I also enjoyed how they scared Tomoya by telling him just how much they make off their work, with the actual yen figures censored by tweeting birds and gunshots.
  • “I’m gonna take that utterly moe-less heroine and raise her into the ultimate main heroine that everyone will worry about!” Tomoya, not realizing that if Kato wasn’t moe-less, he wouldn’t care about her so much.
  • “Kato, do you understand your position here?”
    “I’m a second-year high school girl with absolutely no agency who was brought into a game circle by the biggest otaku in school?”
    “That’s your pre-transformation, assumed identity! The real Megumi Kato is a pure beautiful dating sim heroine who makes everyone’s hearts beat faster!”

    All of this.
  • Tomoya’s classmates occasionally stopped talking and looked over in his direction, possibly worried that he was raving at himself, due to Kato’s inconspicuousness. Remember Tomoya himself didn’t know she was in his class for a year!

Spring 2013 Schedule

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After two weeks, we’ve finalized our Spring 2013 schedule with nine shows, including Winter carryover Chihayafuru 2. It’s got some nice symmetry to it: three episodes on Friday flanked on either end by two and one-episode days. Monday and Tuesday are the down days.

Note that the days above are when we plan to watch and review the shows. The schedule may not always go like clockwork, but usually it will, and we can only humbly ask your forgiveness if and when we’re late with a review due to staring at sakura trees.

We apologize if some of the series on our Season Preview list didn’t make the cut, but we were hoping to keep this season’s watchload to under ten series to ensure we can spend enough time with each series and don’t get too confused with all of the casts.

We also feel we have a little of everything: sci-fi, fantasy, school, romance, optimism, and darkness, as well as an eclectic range of artistic styles. Here’s to an entertaining Spring 2013 season!

– RABUJOI STAFF

Fall 2012 Schedule

We’ve now watched ten Fall 2012 series, so in addition to our two Summer carryovers, we’ll be reviewing twelve. Here’s a handy chart of when to (generally) expect evening RABUJOI reviews for these shows. It’s full of shoujo-y goodness.

You’ll notice a lack of Bakuman 3; we’ve decided not to invest in another season of it after all. Bakuman’s a nice franchise, but it does tend to drag on. You’ll also notice Girls und Panzer – the first episode gave us a chuckle, so it’s there as a lark. So far it hasn’t totally sucked.

Everything else we’ve seen this Fall is quite solid, with no ratings under “6” for any of their first or second (where applicable) episodes. We were hoping to try out Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo and Magi, but never got around to it, and won’t, for fear of getting drawn into two more potentially good series. Our plate is full and we’re content with it.