Saturday, July 02, 2005

Gundam SEED Destiny 36 : Athrun Defects.

Watch Status: Subbed (Haro^2 Tori^2)

A pretty intense episode of GSD with much action and drama.I've just been speed watching up the previous episodes from 25-35 and GSD is really getting more and more intense by the episode, making it much better than GSEED. Now if Sunrise would just cut out so many of the flashbacks....

The episode starts off with the Chairman intro-ing Athrun and Shinn on their new units, Legend and Destiny.Shinn is excited while Athrun is still bearing a resentment on the recent operation to sink Archangel. He questions Dullindal on the neccessity of the action but Dullindal counters him back by asking why didn't they join ZAFT. Athrun keeps quiet about his knowledge of Lacus's assasination.

Dullindal then launches into a long-winded speech about Kira and etc... He envisions a world where people can live to their fullest. Athrun isn't pleased about it.

Back outside, many of the EA have broken off and joining ZAFT at the Gibraltar base.Talia voices her concern about the EA ships and Arthur makes a cold joke about how they're gonna be fucked up if they're actually betraying ZAFT. Ma. Ai kawarazu ne, Arthur-san.

Meanwhile, the LOGOS have retreated to Heaven's Base, the last standing bastion of EA power( I think). Talia wonders if a decisive attack on it will finally end the war.

Dullindal and Rey meet and discuss recent events, unaware that Meer is eavesdropping on them, to which she discovers a photo taken by Lunamaria of Athrun meeting Kira.

After the eyecatch, Athrun is reflecting back on recent events, wondering who's right or wrong.He's interrupted by Meer who rushes in and reveals to Athrun that the Chairman is going to "dispose" of him. Meer urges Athrun to do something to show that Chairman he's not useless but a squad knocks on the door asking for Athrun.

This forces Athrun over the edge and he decides to escape.He easily defeats the soldiers sent to catch him.He takes Meer with him and persuades her to escape as well but in a moment of self-delusion, Meer refuses.

Athrun escapes into Meyrin's room to hide.But it's useless as the soldiers are checking each room. Meyrin helps Athrun out using an "unconventional" tactic. Meyrin then sets off an alarm creating a diversion for Athrun.

Both of them escape to the hanger but Rey discovers them. After a shootout, Athrun takes Meyrin together and escapes with Rey and Shinn in hot pursuit in Destiny and Legend.

Finally some major plot development, and they made Meer and Meyrin... useful! Heh. But seriously, that's the best thing that Meer has done on the show up to now, by inadvertantly warning Athrun about Dullindal. And for Meyrin, she just got elevated status from background character there, with the bath thing and helping Athrun. I prefer her hair down actually.

Athrun also finally gets over his indecisiveness and tries to take Meer to escape as well.That's seriously the first time he's done things right for a change.Athrun was getting quite annoying with his indecisiveness.

In the next episode, Athrun faces off Legend and Destiny, and I'm getting a feeling that death's in the air, maybe.

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Mahoraba 20 : At the School Festival.

Watch Status: Subbed (Froth-Bite)

One of the best Mahoraba episodes I've watched to date :). It's been a long time since I've done a anime blog post so my skills might be dulled, bear with me, eh, people.

This episode starts off with Kozue-chan and Tama-chan inviting the gang to their school festival.

Once they reach there, they're suprised by the amount of stalls and the atmosphere.The gang seperates a bit to check out the stalls.Asami and Sayoko goes to a goldfish scooping stall where Asami gets a free go at it because of her cuteness while Sayoko, well, ermmm..., employs the "Jiiii....." technique.

Kozue and Tamami visits an archery stall, where Tamami ( in a moment of Tomoyo-ness) decides to go win the price for Kozue.She hits all the bulleyes at once (+1 forehead) suprising the stall operators (and me).That's some nice shooting there.

After that, the gang go indoors and Momono drags them to watch a "local" production.The movie really cracked me up. B-grade would be a gross overestimation to call that movie, suffice to say. Needless to say, the whole gang (except Momono) gets a "....." moment.Even Tama-chan(hillariously) declares that her evilness was sucked out.

After that, the gang continues to explore around the school.They pass by a haunted house(hillariously) and meet with Buchou, who takes Asami and Sayoko for a fotune-telling session (not to mention Tamami-chan, forced to perform her "duties").

The gang then visits Kozue's classroom, who's doing an art and craft exhibition.Suddenly, one of her classmates,Hiro-chan, who's in a bit of pinch. Hiro-chan, the head of the Symphony fan club, is scheduled to do a perfomance but the players had an accident and they're short of 2 people, a violinist and a pianist. Surprisingly, Sayoko volunteers (?!) and Momono takes the piano.

The perfomance starts and everyone is suprised when they play flawlessly.Mahiru-chan, the mysterious girl also watches the perfomance. Hiro-chan is revealed to be the sister of Mahiru's dojikko maid, Sakura.At the end of the performance, they're all moved by the spectacular perfomance.

After the performance, the group gathers backstage. The symphony club thanks the group for helping them out. Shiratori comments that there's still much that they don't know about each other.

Scene-switch and we see Mahiru commenting mysteriously about "seeing an unexpected side of her in an unexpected place". Scene-switch again to Tachibana, the other maid, being questioned by her goshujin about Mahiru meeting with Sayoko making him angry. Hmmm... mysterious.

A great episode of Mahoraba.The art was exceptionally cuter this episode, with literal employment of deformed modes, especially on the eyes. The episode also balances finely with filler stuff and plot development, one of the best parts of Mahoraba story-telling. Definately a great anime. Can't wait for the ending.Please let there be a season 2 as well....

Next episode is about the sceret of the Kurosaki family. Froth-bite, please hurry it up....

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Friday, July 01, 2005

General : State of Things.

Well, going around blogs recently, it seems some of the spring shows have ended, like Futakoi Altenative. Negima and Mahoraba also ended recently. Now if Froth-Bite would just increase their speed ;).

On anime watching, I've havent done too much yet, but I've watched Mahoraba 20 (great episode!) and GSD until 36. For the rest of the time, I was playing No One Lives Forever 2... ahh the fun, "man-crates", lol... Next stop, Half Life 2.

On the side of my studies, I have 2 assignments to do for now involving Powerpoint, sex ed (fun!) and some celebrity. My hostel has really done a good job of infuriating me as the DAMN line is so DAMN slow. WHY CAN'T THEY JUST LET US GET OUT OWN LINE!!!! I can't even do decent research for the assignments. sob sob... and I have to live with that for a year......

So due to the crappiness of the net there, blogging has become quite impossible. Heck, I can't even open my own blog there. Luckily, I still can go back home to use the net.

Well, this is generally a rant post, so I'll stop for now. I'll put up a post on Mahoraba 20 and GSD 36 later. They ignited my blogging fire for shows. Honestly, I was quite thinking of stopping until FMP:SR comes out.

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