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Vid – Misuzu & Haruka [Fragtime]

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You knew it was gonna happen so don’t even @ me!

I know that it is too short too but let’s be honest, there are gonna be a shit load of more AMVs about this movie and it I use up all the good scenes, what’s left to enjoy?!

I love these two so much! I love this movie so much!

Yuri Movie of the year for me!

 


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Frag-time [Trailer]

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Frag-time is an upcoming animated movie based on a two-volume manga about a girl who can stop time for 3 minutes. Little does she know that there is another girl, one of her classmates, that is not affected by the abnormality.

I am so interested in this movie and its concept and I can’t wait for it to hit shelves. Sadly, that is a long wait away as it hasn’t even come out in cinemas yet! But what I am not going to do is read the manga before I watch the movie. I’ve learned my lesson quite a lot in that aspect. I have come to understand that it is better to get to adaptations first before going into the source material, unless of course there is no choice and you have already been acquainted with the source long before the adaptation.

The concept first of all, is intriguing in and of itself. A girl that stops time and there is another that is unaffected! Both having a crush on each other! Basically, they are spending those three minutes in a world of their own with no one else in it! And better yet, they are spending it wisely (read, looking under other girls’ skirts and all such), going on dates and basically doing whatever they would never do in front of other people!

I’m really intrigued!

And I haven’t read the manga like I said but this promises to be an actual to goodness pure yuri movie! I haven’t gotten that from Japan in a long while! Least of all one that might end on a happy note (if you have read the manga, don’t you dare!!)

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Yagate Kimi ni Naru Ep01

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when you already nutted but...
HELP…ME!!!

Now this…is what I am talking about! This…is the anime I have been waiting for. Well, almost close to it but these days I have found that if you are being picky, in that you are waiting for the type of anime like the good old days that had a lot of emotion and heart, you are asking for a long disappointment and so I have lowered my expectations a bit and even then, I still have been finding it is challenge to stick with an anime to watch weekly. Heck, I can’t even watch Shingeki weekly!

There was something so natural about anime back then! It was on equal footing with live tv shows in that I did not even tell the difference when watching the other. In fact, I dumped tv shows for anime quite a lot back then and tv was pretty good too. But these days anime is…anime! Or should I say anime is…cartoons these days!

But maybe this is all because I have gotten used to it and I am only getting sick anime? But I doubt that, otherwise I wouldn’t be watching old anime even now just to get that feeling back, and that anime has not changed! I still enjoy them immensely. I still can’t stop once I start a series, so it is not that I am getting sick of anime but as I feared anime has gotten pretty…bland!

So I have been trying, oh have I been trying, to find a way back into this fandom but it has been hard! But finally, I may have found the series to get me back into the thick of things! And surprisingly, it is yuri! No, I wasn’t expecting a yuri anime to get me back into anime because those are the blandest I find! These days it’s yuri for the sake of yuri and if it is not that, it overdoes the other aspect of the show! So I wasn’t banking on a yuri show to get me back but here we are!

YAGATE KIMI NI NARU nearly made my jaw drop in the beginning because the concept of the show was something I haven’t seen done before – Two people who seemingly don’t understand what love is. Two people that see others falls in love, get confessed to, do want to fall in love but they never get that encompassing feeling one gets from loving someone. No butterflies….No fireworks…No…nothing! It is not that both girls are gay or anything like that!

One girl, our soon to be Student Council President, 2nd year student Nanami Touko, is probably the most popular and beloved girl in school. She has been confessed to countless times by both girls and boys but she has turned down every single one! The reason I have already stated – which is that her heart isn’t moved by any of them so she turns them down!

The other, our main girl, is a freshman in first year High School. She is even deader than Touko. Her name is Koito Yuu. Yuu has a weighty shadow on her shoulders of still not having replied to boy who confessed to her before graduating from Junior High. She doesn’t know what to do because she does not have those feelings that she expected from a romance. She is a fan o romance! She reads a lot about it, watched movies and dramas about it. She idolises romance so when a boy she thought she liked confessed to her and she felt…nothing, she was at a loss!

Yuu is so detached and written in a such a way that I sometimes don’t think that the story is about these two, her and Touko! And so I was very intrigued with this story and where it is going to go because I was sure that it was going to be interesting to see these two…emotionless beings attain that feeling of someone who is completely smitten! It was something I hadn’t seen before and I was completely mesmerised!

But then Touko cracked, falling in love with Yuu by the end of the first episode and I nearly put a hole in my monitor! So much for my hopes and dream, I raged! Another show that tries to be deep but still cuts corners and ends up being superficial because this is anime and kids watch anime and so forth and duh duh

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Hibike! Euphonium ep11 continued

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What…happened…?!!

Okay, now that I think I am calm enough, let’s talk a little bit more about the lovely confession scene. That scene though, even merely thinking about it has me all giddy all over again. I am still dumbfounded by how much effort is being poured into all these KumiRei scene. Let’s be honest, not every scene has gotten this privilege. It surely can’t be just me and my yuri vision turning every KumiRei scene into rainbows, right? There just has to be a reason behind this detail and effort the studio is putting into their scenes.

Had the time to have a quick read through other blogs about this show and it seems to me that the consensus still remains that episode 8 scene tramps all. I for one think that this episode’s scene totally killed episode 8! Even if there was the lip move in that episode, when you think about the other elements you realise that it was a bit out of context, too rushed, looking intimate but not giving off the same level of feelings when you think about the scene in detail. There was just something a bit off about it.

But this time around everything seemed to flow so nicely. There was no questioning of what was happening. The intimacy was too overly done, there wasn’t any fan-servicey moments like Reina’s dress that seemed to have its own personality and Reina was all but out to get Kumiko at all costs. Anyway I was simply blown away at the detail out into this whole scene, from following Reina’s hand rise, to her making the swag turn leaving Kumiko looking flabbergasted like she had just been kissed.

I already mentioned it last episode’s post but KumiRei are still on track as far as them getting closer as the story progresses. No longer is Kumiko being surprised by Reina’s forwardness like she froze during last episode’s hug, or taking a step back from having her cheeks grabbed in what looked like a kissing move. This time when Reina got closer, much closer than she has before, seriously, their faces were not even 2 inches apart, their noses even less than an inch! And yet Kumiko didn’t even blink! What she did was placing her own hand over Reina’s and then closed her eyes.

I am truly astounded by how well KumiRei has been developed. Usually anime never manage to fully complete both character development and story. Neither is ever done close to perfection too even when it is picked over the other. But KyoAni have really dedicated themselves to KumiRei. There are no gaps in their development. It’s almost like the band stuff is secondary, which is actually the case when you think about it. In episode 1 Kumiko was not interested in joining the club at first, until she saw Reina asking to join the club. You do remember that 180 she did when shortly after telling Shoo1 that she was not joining the band the next day she went and joined because of Reina!

It was all about Reina and getting close to her/apologising and setting straight that mishap from months prior that Kumiko BTW couldn’t get out her head after all this time. I mean she even almost forgot about that moment where she had a falling out with her supposedly friend from those flashbacks but somehow a crying Reina had more impact on her despite having not been that close to begin with. Look how far they have come, and there is not a gap to be found! They did not just suddenly become close. Reina had no notice of Kumiko in the first episode and Kumiko was all but scared silly of Reina at the same time. The girl could only have illusions of even approaching Reina for crying out loud!

As things stand, if the Venus and Jupiter thing does happen, meaning that KyoAni has decided to do the impossible and give us a solid KumiRei end, Hibike is going into the history books of not only anime in general but the yuri bible! Everyone will remember how KyoAni took the bull by the horns and poked Japan’s sides by breaking the status quo and giving us a yuri series where yuri was nowhere to be expected. KumiRei will climb onto many a list of favourite ships that I don’t even dare think of how many of those lists will have it at No.1. If KyoAni goes through this, this is the anime of the year, and a yuri story of the decade.

So then how to approach this interaction…How about we start from the very beginning? By that I mean

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