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Yagate Kimi ni Naru Ep01

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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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Hibike! Euphonium ep11 – There is no turning back now

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“It’s like being drawn to something beautiful despite your fears “ – Kumiko

This is literally the whole yuri fandom as they watch Hibike! They know what might happen (or what did happen in the novels) and they jump over board just about every time Mattaku-sensei or Shoe1 is mentioned but always come back when KumiRei happens! Seriously, just this Friday night I might have been the only one still aboard this ship. Then when the preview of this episode hit, those back on board could have been counted on one hand. And now after this episode it’s like back to before episode 10 aired! Has a series affected people like this? I think not! It’s  like watching Titanic reverse-sink or something!

Not that I am mad at those who change their hearts every other episode at a simple scene or anything because this episode dear readers! It was like KyoAni was fed up with being  called trolls so they up’ed the yuri up to 11 (no pun intended) and I say yuri and not just KumiRei because the yuri sprang up from every other corner like it was a series by Morinaga or Shizuru-sensei!

The couples that might have been hinted at were outed and those that already sailed hit shore this episode. It goes without saying that this episode totally OWND  episode 8! Not only did KumiRei out-do themselves this time around but we also got other ships into focus and some totally new ones!

I really don’t know about you all but this series is going into the archives for me. No matter what happens to KumiRei there are other ships now to consider even if they pale in comparison and even KumiRei will still stay in my heart. I don’t care about the future, this is the now and KumiRei is dominating. Worrying about the novels is like worrying about death in real life – What is the point of living if we all die in the end kind of deal is what I see this as!

But before we go any further, just a reminder that Homucifer is watching over us…

Watch Venus and Jupiter Kiss
On June 30th (Tuesday) & July 1st (Wed)!!
Hibike! Euphonium Finale on June 30th!!!
(Subbed ep hits night of July 1st)

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Hibike! Euphonium ep10 – I like you Dad?

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So, I know of how much hate is going around since episode 10 aired and I figured I might as well start off with some art for a bit of motivation, at least enough for you dear Readers to read this post! So here we go and after the jump, there will be some more to again, give you enough enthusiasm to read on through my rumblings. I mean at the very least you can take this art away with you, just because the show isn’t yuri (according to the others) doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the yuritastic art. Just think of it as an AU where Reina and Kumiko are together. After all, just looking at the art, all we see is yuri and nothing else!

Anyway, I was still shocked by how much people were affected by this episode! If my memory serves me correctly everyone was talking about ‘the confession’ a week before the episode even aired meaning they knew it would happen so why all this negative impact? I swear I visited /u/ and the Hibike! thread was so far at the end of the list I thought it had gotten deleted and banned to be posted! If it had been I would have questioned 4chan’s intellect I mean this is a board where they post about series that have nowhere the amount of yuri-scenes that Hibike! has!

Or maybe the shocking one is I, who wasn’t at all affected by the developments of this episode? Other than the ‘words’ everything was normal! Reina and Kumiko development is still on track and by that I mean the way they get closer by each episode and this one they did get closer, or did things that they would not have done previously. So really, I don’t see what the problem is! I will address the so called reasons for 90% of people, actually maybe make that 98% of people dropping this series because of this episode, when I get to it and with that said, let’s get things started, shall we…

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Fate/Stay Night UBW–What went wrong?

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First of all, yes, I am still watching this in case anyone was wondering!

Secondary, what is God’s name happened during that break between the 1st and the 2nd half of this series?! I don’t know if it is I that changed in that break but the 2nd half has been so disappointing to me that it almost looks like two completely different series!

Actually, I wasn’t really that satisfied with the first 13 episodes which I guess explains why I was so looking forward to this second because I thought things would be picking up to blow me away! Not gonna lie, this is because I was totally spoiled by Fate/Zero!

Now, some might argue, and they might be truthful when they say I was only disappointed due to the lack of GayRin but let’s be honest here, the action totally sucked! There was no awe at all like how Fate/Zero blew us away! And this has nothing to do with the fact that we have seen it before so the wow factor is gone! No, this season plain sucks! I don’t think I have watched an episode in its entirety without skipping this second half, no kidding!

Complaining? Hey, I waited all this time to finally voice my thoughts so let me pent up a little bit! To think that Rin is no longer even remotely bi in this series! Seriously she is so straight that even Death the Kid would feel embarrassed at how straight she is! She even got Saber as her servant FFS!!! This fact and the action are the reasons why I still have that UBW movie on my HDD and I was so very looking  forward to having another yurigasm when Rin finally got Saber but it was just like eating a chicken meal – just another meal! No gay moment to be seen anywhere meanwhile so much straight Rin everywhere! Arg!

Sakura, where the hell is she? The three stooges, where are they?! Taiga-sensei – who the hell is that even?! So much talking and no action! Seriously there is so much talking this second half you won’t even believe it! How can one fall asleep during a 20 min watch?

But there is a reason why I chose this moment to finally write about this series that has to be the biggest disappointment to me in the history of my anime life! It’s so bad that now I just get an episode as routine and it takes me less than 6 minutes watching them depending on the length of the action (Or Gil-sama screen time!).

Yes, Gil-sama being awesome gave me that jolt that I have missed so greatly! Archer is dead and I don’t even feel anything for him! But as I already mentioned, Lancer replaced Archer in the Servant ranks and I was sad but kind of happy too because Lancer had a great moment! He is a true hero! He deserves all the screen time instead of these emo Fakers! But I am getting distracted here…

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Hibike! Euphonium ep09 – Oh snap!

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Reina to Kumiko’s rescue…again!

As I was watching this episode, I just knew a lot of people were gonna lose their minds! After the episode is done, I visit 4chan to confirm and holy molly! This episode already had a thread and a half in the same day it aired, on /u/!! I was right! But why am I talking about ‘other’ people and not including myself? Well, I have been thinking lately thanks to this show and I discovered that all my hate for KyoAni wasn’t actually their fault, especially as far as ‘yuri-bait’ is concerned, as it is called!

I sat and thought of these baits spoken of and I realised that it was all the fault of our own for seeing things where they aren’t. well, most of the time. While I do have a series that I think of when I think KyoAni’s yuri-bait, it is not one of the ones most brought up on the subject. That series is Lucky Star! But calling that a bait isn’t accurate since Lucky Star was subtexty to the max and already way popular on its own anyway. What is it about Lucky Star then you might ask that has me love KyoAni less, well if you remember, there was this episode where Konata and the Hiiragi sisters went to Hirano Aya’s LIVE! Something happened then that was so out of the ordinary that it had me and my friends flipping out! They gave this scene where Kagami did some knighty deed that got her recognised by Konata, I mean really recognised by her! The episode even ended with Konata still out of it and wondering about these feelings she had felt in that moment with Kagami! Sadly that was never, ever brought up ever again in the following episodes until the end of the series, not even in the OVA!

That pissed me off so much! Thinking about it now I am already getting mad some more too!

So in other words, I don’t think of Tamako as bait! In fact if anyone is to blame in that whole deal it is Midori herself, there I said it! Sure all those around knew of her feelings for Tamako! This is is usual, it happens! people can love others it doesn’t mean that they have to be loved back! KyoAni did not turn Midori straight by the end of the series, did they now? No they did not! Midori is still gay. She will find herself a girl that appreciates her. Not that Tamako did not appreciate her, she did but not as Midori wanted her to. But then again she did not know because Midori did not say anything to her, did not confess to her! She kept her feelings to herself in that sense one might think that if she did not confess, then she did not trust Tamako enough and thus might not have deserved her love too. There might also be something else that stopped her which can’t be explained that maybe was telling her that Tamako wasn’t the one for her!

Tamako was her first crush, even if she got to confess and be loved back, first crushes very rarely work out. Tamako might even have faked her feelings just because she did not want to hurt Midori and it might be the case with Dick, who knows, maybe in the future she will see that Dick wasn’t the one for her and that Midori was the one this whole time!

The point is Tamako was anything but yuri-bait! And so with these deep thoughts in my head I turned to this Hibike show and thought about it some more too. Yes, in the novel Kumiko ends up with Dick but as our new friend MarkS00N was so kind as to share, the anime is based off the novel, it doesn’t mean it is the novel! There are already major changes that have happened that if did not happen, this series wouldn’t be even worthy talking about. Here is a summary of what MarkS00N pointed out to me:

In episode 8 Reina was holding her trumpet case in novel when her hand was grabbed by Kumiko, so she was leaving the club there (also she acted annoyed when Kumiko did so, at least in the manga), but in anime she doesn’t bring her trumpet case

This is important! The novel version makes sense because Reina was leaving and it might just have been a coincidence. But the way the anime did it, I don’t think it was a coincidence. Reina must have followed Dick and Kumiko knowing perhaps that there would be trouble. I mean come on, how many times has she played hero to Kumiko already?

Reina and Kumiko already call each other by given names instead of their family name in the novel before the festival and Reina touch Kumiko’s cheek in the novel, not Kumiko’s lip also In the novel Reina and Kumiko don’t bring their instrument, let alone duet on the mountain
That date’s romanticism just got multiplied by over 11!

In episode 7 train scene where Kumiko and Suuichi talk about Asuka, there is no Reina in the novel)…

In other words the anime Reina is that much more interested in Kumiko. These are just from the two mentioned episodes and if you have been following the threads, you know there is more! Putting extra scene is easy but not when it comes to animation! Every frame in animation counts and with the animator telling us to pay close attention to those body language and hidden animation messages, you just gotta know this is serious business! So what it Dick is end game?! We all know Usagi and Earth Dick are gonna marry and rule the future, hell, their kid is already here in this time but that did not stop us from shipping her and Rei and totally enjoying their chemistry together, did it? And those two were no where near Reina and Kumiko are in terms of interactions.

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The ED!

I guess what I am trying to say is that until the thread is cut in half with Reina ACCEPTNG Shoe’s feelings, I am still on board this train so while you are all jumping overboard…

going down with my ship

With that said, let’s get it on!

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Hibike! Euphonium ep02-08

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It’s like being drawn to something beautiful, despite your fears!

Um no shit Sherlock! That is exactly how we feel watching a KyoAni show for the yuri despite our fears of it being just bait, case in point this very series ‘Hibike! Euphonium’! But seriously, who can resist after what has come so far!?! Who?! Not me that’s for sure! And with the latest episode development, as promised here is the update since episode 1 all the way to episode 8! That episode was just glorious!

Sorry for the wait the few that were waiting for an update on this show. Very rarely do I write episode for episode in fact I don’t think I have done it before…have I? Any way most of the time I never come back to said series but this time, this time there was no way I wasn’t getting back to ‘Hibike! Euphonium’ after that last episode (episode 8).

Jeez, talk about taking things to the extreme! Everything about Kumiko and Reina in that episode was out of this world! From the very moment they appear together on screen you were bound to be at the edge of your seat looking at the screen wondering if what you are seeing is actually happening!

Ah but this talking is all about the last episode and this post is supposed to be about all episodes for far since episode 1 that I already wrote about. With that made clear let’s get back on track and follow all Kumiko and Reina’s interactions since episode 2. Really, no other is relevant in this series as far as I am concerned! I loved Asuka like all the others but then she lost me with only one line. I will tell you about it soon. And let’s not even get into Hazuki!!Sapphire is love of course but this is a story about Kumiko and Reina, and it is this fact that despite the evidence from the novels as I am being told, I have faith! Until someone comes and tells me that the novel was also about these two’s relationship with each other, like the anime is so keen on letting us know, what with those promo art taglines and the very progress of the TV series so far, I am inclined to still have the benefit of a doubt.

Sure there was some yurific scenes in the novels, sure the author went full retard by ending it in the safe zone by which I mean that she just gave up and let Kumiko end up with the Guy because she had all these feelings lying dormant inside her and all that crap! But from what I hear, the author had a different vision for her novel but the editors or whatever had to change things but that matters not, what matter is that this is not the novel and that the main focus of the novel is second to Reina and Kumiko’s story. From the very first episode Kumiko’s life course seems to have been impacted by an ice-berg by the name of Reina. She has made a couple of decisions already with Reina as the catalyst and even 8 episodes in, Reina is still impacting Kumiko’s life greatly!

Meanwhile, what has Dick done up to now? Oh I know, just playing the ‘role’ to fill canon fodder! I don’t even care about feelings, everyone is entitled to feelings, Asuka could have feelings for Kumiko, Aoi could have feelings for Kumiko but if Reina has feelings for Kumiko too and Kumiko only seems to have feelings for Reina, then the other girls are on the same level as Dick! Or maybe not, those two seem to manage to get out more feelings from Kumiko than Dick has done in 8 episodes which really makes my mind spin trying to figure out how the heck Kumiko decided to go with that guy in the novel!! Actually I need more info on this, did the Guy confess and Kumiko returned those feelings or did he just confess! We need details here!

There I got again, getting side-tracked! Let’s jump into this before I swivel off course once again…

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