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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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For The Love Of All That Is Holy!!!!

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nonono

I told you all! I told you! There is no getting away from this one KyoAni, there is no frickking getting away from this one!

OMG!

I was planning on waiting (really hard to resist, it has been young apprentices) to blog more about this until the end but I just can not anymore! Resistance is futile! No matter what asspull they come up with by the end of the series what we have gotten so far is prize worthy!

And so I am going to go through those come next Sat when I have free time because this is just plain ridiculous! If this is all just yuri bait KyoAni deserves to be shut down and sued so hard they would need 100 years to get out of debt! Either way there is a grave ready with the name ‘Kyoto Animation’ on the tombstone of said grave, you know, just in case!

Seriously though WTF was with this episode!!? Talk about tuning up to 11!!

Saturday…


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Nagato Yuki-chan 01 – I like where this is going

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I like it very much!

Didn’t really expect much from this, and I still don’t but this first episode teased me to the moon and back and now I can’t help but have a little hope. Watching this episode brought my mind back to the state it was in as I wrote Suzumiya Yuki all those years back (feels like ages).

That scene, that scene at the crossroad where Yuki first meets Haruhi, meeting isn’t the right word because they just passed by each other without even making eye contact, in fact we did not see Haruhi’s eyes at all but the way they animated that scene was so delicious!

That scene was like how destined lovers usually meet in sappy dramas, isn’t it? Like the winds of fate have been disturbed as two soulmates come into close contact with one another! God, that was so awesome I was on my feet doing a dance. Sadly Haruhi was not officially introduced in the first episode but I know she will show up eventually, so will Koizumi!

Seriously, I am still astounded by that scene. I sure wasn’t expecting it to be with Yuki that they did this Haruhi scene with. Even if it is about Nagato, Kyon is still the centre of everything like always and this scene had it been focused on him and Haruhi, it would have made sense too, actually more sense as Yuki is finally recognising the real threat to her love life, but then again, I don’t think this spinoff is going that route because then what would be the point of it? I say Amen to that! When Kyon displayed even less interest in said scene when he just asked Yuki if she knew the girl, I was ready to cry! I guess no Haruhi/Kyon drama this time around, thank the Lord! And if the expand on Haruhi’s care for Yuki from the original series, this is going to be one happy ride for sure! Haruhi was just so protective of Yuki in the original story!

Then of course as I stated Asakura Ryoko is one crazy girlfriend and they did get these cute moments together which I know will spawn a lot of fics! She too is kind of possessive over Yuki though in her case it is more of a carer kind. Which really makes me way too excited for when Haruhi shows up and starts taking all Yuki’s time! There is gonna be wars! Seriously, this is Suzumiya Yuki animated!

But that wasn’t all, the other couple I was shipping like crazy but kind of had to water down in order to get rid of Kyon were also introduced in this first episode. That of course is Tsuruya and Mikuru! These two have the same relationship as Ryouko and Yuki except Tsuruya isn’t a psycho and Mikuru isn’t that into Kyon like Yuki is. These two of course already got into a raw trying to sell their girls to Kyon even though we know he would pick Mikuru any day of the week given the chance. But this is Yuki’s story so…

Anyway, even though I wasn’t ship Ryouko and Yuki, the fact that Ryouko is pushing Yuki towards Kyon doesn’t sit well with me and since I know this is about Yuki and thus Mikuru won’t be that involved, I am looking forward to Tsuruya and her spending more quality time together.

But what I am mot pumped up for is the arrival of Haruhi and how her relationship with Yuki will progress. This is Yuki’s story and Haruhi is a major part of the whole picture and since she and Kyon won’t be that relevant this time around, the chemistry will be all between her and Yuki, if the animators don’t get scared and screw up.

Is episode 2 here yet?


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My anime soul has been tickled…

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New Anime I’m checking out!

So, new season of anime starts this week (Some have already even began) and in what feels like forever, I think I’m about to have more than 2 weekly shows I follow! Fate/Stay Night UBW returns this weekend and you betcha ya I am watching this one episode by episode! And this second part of the show is promising to be twice, if not three times better than the first half of the show. I watched the movie and if it is anything to go with, there is promising to be some great moments in this second half! Contract…enough said!

Nanofate return to us in the form of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivio and while I am one of the few, if not the only one, that did not read that manga ( I am not a great fun of diluted series. A’s was a hard pill to swallow when Hayate appeared, the giant bed is what saved StrikerS when I heard that even more characters were appearing in these manga spin offs, I was done) I love NanoFate so… And from what I hear, NanoFate are still married to each other (fuck the curse that affects only girls!!) and Vivio is gotten herself her own Fate so I might bite. Okay, I will bite, this is Nanoha we are talking about here. She does still have screen time, right? NanoFate are still relevant to the story, aren’t they?

As for Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu Suzumiya Yuki, I will just point you to my name on twitter! And to those who know of it, I wrote a fic titled just that! I was a very hardcore shipper of Yuki and Haruhi back in the day, which is really mind-boggling seeing as the series doesn’t even remotely support the two. But I did read the novels and there is that one volume where they went skiing and Yuki fell sick! That volume turned me into an animal! I couldn’t stop thinking about those two to the point of starting a fic of them! So of course I am going to watch this spinoff that focuses on Yuki (Just like my dead fic lol) and while I know they will take every chance to set these two up as rivals for Kyon, I will drink up all their interactions with glee. And even if it doesn’t work out with Kyon, which I know it won’t even before the series airs, Yuki still has that deranged lover of hers Asakura Ryouko so we are covered in that area too.

Hello!! Golden Mosaic looks like it will be a fun watch too. And really, with an all girl cast, what could possibly go wrong?

Too bad Hibike Euphonium K-ON!!! can’t say the same. Introducing guys in my K-ON!!! Damn it KyoAni, don’t you learn!! And of course they chose to actually put in a relationship card between the members unlike K-ON! and K-ON!! They are going to make us ship those girls with a past and then totally stomp on our hearts like they did with their last movie! That’s still a fresh wound you bastards!

Houkago no Pleiades is also looking good, if they follow the four ONAs from before. I loved those and I totally shipped Subaru and Aoi back then. Hopefully their relationship will still be intact during this long run.

And there you have it, the series that I will be checking out from the get go. Of course there is always a hidden gem and I will find it and watch it too. But for now, I will settle for these.


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Meanwhile in Anime…Part 2

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And so here we go! Looks like this is the season for me to get back into anime. Yeah, I know I was watching F/SN UBW before but since it was the only one I was watching, kind of doesn’t count as being back. With this season though, I am thinking that yes, I am back!

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