Re-Kan! – 05

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After working hard on getting their haunted house ready for the cultural festival, Hibiki’s crew meets her dad Asahi, a widower with white hair from “being through a lot”, but who is grateful Hibiki has such kind friends to depend on. He and Narumi tend to get frightened by the same things, which is to say anything involving Hibiki.

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Of course, Hibiki’s dad knew what he was signing up for the day he met her mom Yuuhi, who was just as beautiful and mysterious as their daughter would turn out to be. It was the ghost of a pigeon that brought them together, warning Yuuhi that a young man was going to get hit by a car trying to recover his pigeon corpse.

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The next day at the festival, Narumi (in Sadako cosplay) is the first to encounter Hibiki’s dad, and they have a nice chat about Hibiki. Specifically, Yuuhi’s ability to not only see ghosts, but see the future.

Yuuhi knew she would die shortly after giving birth to Hibiki, and she knew Hibiki would go through pain and anguish, but she also knew she’d find friends. As scary as it was and is to live with the ladies in his life, Asahi wouldn’t give it up for the world, and is elated that his late wife was right.

Narumi is modest and bashful about praise, as always, but she also feels bad about being so hostile about Hibiki’s sixth sense, now that she knows it was passed down to her and is actually a pretty amazing gift.

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Unfortunately for Harumi, when she’s wearing her Sadako wig all the school ghosts think she’s Hibiki, and put her and Asahi through a haunted gauntlet that results in her hair turning white like Asahi’s; not from fear, but from an incident at the okonomiyaki booth.

Another fine effort from Re-Kan: blending personality-based comedy and slapstick with a good dose of feels.

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13 Silver / White-Haired Ladies of Fall ’14

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1. Hachiko

Ai Tenchi Muyo! – The silver-haired muscle of the student council, Hachiko shares her name with a famously loyal Japanese dog, and is similarly devoted to President Momo-sama. She’s almost constantly armed with her trusty bokken, and when she’s not, she devolves into a fearful, mewling child…though she did overcome that very large weakness on one occasion.

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2. Najenda

Akame ga Kill! – The unquestioned general and leader of Night Raid, Najenda’s silver hair belies her mid-twenties age. While she presently sports a pixie cut, she once had a substantial braid.

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3. Muse

Amagi Brilliant Park – A fairy of water and the leader of the fairies of Elementario. Muse has a very energetic and cheerful personality and she is often seen with a smile on her face. Despite the lack of popularity of the Elementario, she still works hard. (Source: Wikipedia)

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4. Mochizuki Maho

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai – Shiomi Academy’s Student Council President, the ethereal-haired Maho pressed hard for Kyoutarou to join the council, to no avail; he joined the library club instead. She also seems to have a thing for him.

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5. Murakami Fumio

Girl Friend BETA – The quiet, bookish, cautious Fumio is ironically best friends with the energetic, gregarious, impulsive Mochizuki Erena, who considers Fumio her photography muse. Erena’s attention, support and friendship has improved Fumio’s self-worth, and shows the whole school that Fumio is a lot warmer and more amiable than her cool exterior suggests.

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6. Raraiya Monday

Gundam: G no Reconguista – Raraiya’s white hair has an odd green tinge to it, but aside from her striking appearance and propensity to spout “Chuchumy” as she tosses a goldfish-ball around, there’s not much to Rara-chan; at least not yet. She’s missing memories and does not yet possess the faculties to tell Bell, Noredo and the others who she is and where she came from.

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7. Chaika Trabant

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – Like Raraiya, Chaika has a unique way of speaking that can put some people off, but while she started out with considerable holes in her memory, Chaika was clear about two things: she’s the daughter of the deposed Emperor Gaz, and her mission is to gather his remains so she can give him a proper funeral. Of course, those things she thought she knew with such certainty have gradually crumbled as the truth about Gaz’s plots has come to light.

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8. Vivi Holopainen

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – An involuntary newcomer to the Whitehair Club, shortly after learning her commanding officer and love interest Alberic Gillette died, she transformed into a kind of demi-Chaika, and was visited by Guy like the other Chaikas. Unlike Trabant and Bohdan, she’s only interested in gathering Gaz’s remains so she can keep them out of the hands of those who would use them for nefarious purposes that would upset the piece of the Six Nations. To her, that’s anyone that’s not her.

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9. Chaika Bohdan

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – A slightly more athletic-looking version of Trabant with bloomers and short hair, Bohdan has the same mission as Trabant as well, and believes Trabant to be an impostor.

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10-11. Alina & Irina Hartgen

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – A pair of twin Chaikas we know very little about, Hartgen, one of the heroes who took out Gaz, seems to have adopted them as his daughters, and are as devoted to him as Trabant and Bohdan are devoted to collecting their “father’s” remains.

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12. Kushikawai Hatoko

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – The bubbly airhead of the Lit Club, Hatoko’s silvery hair has a pinkish tinge, and her superpower is control over the five elements of fire, water, earth, air, and light. She’s also Jurai’s childhood friend and has feelings for him now that they’re in high school, but she’s long repressed the frustration of not ever knowing what the hell he’s talking about, as revealed in a recent (and very powerful) rant.

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13. Furukawa Yui

Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete – While many of these pale ladies have mysterious pasts, it’s more accurate to say Yui has a mysterious – and likely lost – future…if we’re properly interpreting the clues surrounding her appearance and apparent mission.