Monthly Archives: July 2012
Following the anything-but-stellar recital rehearsal, the newly formed Choir Club faces a stalemate and a period of hardship as their temporary members had left as soon as the rehearsal was over. It was up to Miyamoto to think of ways to recruit people back into the ranks to barely meet the club quota of 5 members. Sakai got chased down by a overly-attached Spanish man who claims to know her. They try to win Tanaka over by challenging him to a Badminton match. Having won, albeit through the most unfair of methods, Tanaka reluctantly joins the ‘Choir and sometimes Badminton club’. They got Wien in as well and got the principal’s rather unconditional approval once more. They head to the beach for Summer activities and happened to notice the ‘World Stage Music’ being constructed and decided to join in. The Condor Queens, a well-known roaming Spanish band butt into their audition, and tell them how ‘pros’ do their work. When deciding on a place to stay, Miyamoto suggested for them to stay at Sawa’s place- which they accepted without hesitation. Miyamoto was delighted and sought to learn more from them, though Sawa was not too happy with her complacency when they Condors are around. When Sakai arrived at Sawa’s place, it was revealed that Sakai’s mother was a part of the reason why they came to Japan, and that the woman was of significance to the band. They paid their respects to her mother soon afterwards. The Condor Queens strengthened Miyamoto’s resolve to try and participate in the World Music Festival once more. Through Sawa’s mother, they made last minute arrangements to perform. Having resolved their internal conflict, the Choir Club members use the days remaining to practice singing for the festival.
Ultimately, though Sakai did not perform, The Condor Queens specifically told her to never give up music. That is up for her to decide.
I have been asking myself ‘how will the Choir Club keep picking itself up over and over again?’ And they have demonstrated their resilience through these series of events. Though as an aspiring male, you’d see that Tanaka is subjected to a happenstance that he’d probably never would have thought happen in his life. All the poor guy ever wanted was to expand his badminton club and eventually compete in the nationals and further to a professional player status. Cheekily, the female leads in the story will always have their own extortionist ways of getting people to join her cause. Zing. But hey, at least he gets to ‘sometime’ play badminton amidst the music-centric activities of the club. Nevertheless, he shines in the self-esteem department and wouldn’t let his friends down, because he believes that this is a worthwhile cause. [ right? right ?]
The plot seems to be sidetracking a lot at this point, but all this will serve well to prepare for the actual recital. [ all that trouble for just the recital ?!]
Speaking about sidetracking, we saw Miyamoto being distracted more than ever, even suggesting the group to skip practice just to watch the Condors perform. Sawa had to force her back into the group’s focus. Some more character development we see over here.
The Condor Queens, at first the victim of being prejudiced as a bunch of cocky hags, actually turn out to be a fun bunch to be around. Throw in a bit of Spanish into their Japanese and you have a ‘World Music Band’. Unfortunately, a Google Search has officiated the status of Condor Queens to be ‘non-existent’ in real life- bummer, they’d actually be awesome folks if they were real. Anyway, they serve to reveal more and more of Sakai’s proverbial background in Music.
We haven’t heard Sakai sing a single note up until this point and probably when she does, we will hear the voice of an angel. Because, hey, that’s the momentum that the story has been building up right ? It better be.
Another good round of laughs,giggles, stellar art and genuine singing.
[ Clenches fist, thrusts it into the air,Screams lets do this in Austrian]
After the 12 episodes of whacky, ecchi-filled action and unravelling Yozora’s true disposition against Kodaka in season 1, we were left with an extremely cliffhanger ending. So the story was going ‘oh, here’s how the real story begins’ for about 12 episodes. Only now, albeit not yet, we get the much-anticipated continuation to the adventures of the Neighbors’ Club. Real sneaky, Yomi Hirasaka.
I finished the whole of season 1 within a day, because of how appealing I found it to be, no joke. If you’re really conservative and don’t like dogmas or religion being infused into anime along with sporadic scenes of inappropriateness, you probably won’t like this anime – because it thrives in doing that. This is also a story of taking on human relationships in an unconventional way; while being hilariously entertaining at that. The previous statement was what truly made the anime worthwhile for me. My take on this can be found here.
In the meantime, if you haven’t caught up with this series, there’s always time to do so. Don’t be a 肉 [meat] and do it ASAP !
Exactly 5 months ago, Hanabi texted me about starting up a blog for anime. I was still like a ‘virgin’ to anime at that time, and was rather doubtful of the purpose of the blog. We eventually decided that it would be a ‘happy place’ where people can download anime in a special format [MP4] and read previews / reviews of the season’s ongoing anime, with Hanabi doing the former and me doing the latter.
Now the blog has garnered more than 30,000 hits and we haven’t looked back since then- plus we recruited other people into our cause as well.
As much as we love getting hits on this voluntary voyage of ours, it has come to my attention that the blog has become more of a ‘pit stop’ for anime downloads
Do cars come to pit stops to chill out with the garage engineers or technicians ? No, they get a new, fresh set of tires and they’re off to whatever destination they were originally heading towards.
Viewers don’t comment here very often, and if they do, it’s either about missing links or just compliments for the series that we’ve uploaded. Finding comments about a certain episodic is just about as rare as finding roaming legendary pokemon in the grass – cheesy analogy, but you get the picture.
Relatively, perhaps Hanabi has done his job better than I have, in getting stuff worthy of hits up on this blog – or that the things I write about just doesn’t tickle everyone’s fancy enough. About 6 months of immersing myself into Japanese Otaku culture and viewing various anime does not entitle me to haggle for comments about my posts regarding the said stuff, but I do appreciate at least feedback on the posts written over here. My lack of networking is often to blame for this as well [ loner ], but I am constantly looking for potential people to put on my blogroll as well.
Juggling the role of a student in a tertiary institute, a gamer and a anime blogger is never easy, but I strive to improve from time to time to bring fellow anime fans things that matter. I do admit that the frequency of my posts are irregular and far apart – for that I am sure to blame myself. Nevertheless, my aim in posting remains clear: to make substantive posts that garner people’s constructive comments.
Nevertheless, the aim of this post is not to complain, but just to point out whoever may be frequenting this site that a comment – Feedback, in essence – a day makes my budding writer life a tad bit happier.
I tried 7 times to watch Koi Choco episode 3. I’m not exaggerating to make a point that is actually how many times I tried. The longest I got was 2 and a half minutes and I maybe got 6 mins in in total. It just fell off the quality cliff going from mediocre to bad to unbearable. I apologize to the people (person? cat?) who wanted to see a proper post each week about this show but…its not happening. This isn’t to slight anyone who is enjoying the show just that even if I forced myself to finish each episode and write about it, it would devolve into hatespeech and rants. So in my best Japaneseish, “Go Men Nah Sigh”.
Muv-Luv Alternative – Total Eclipse
Notes: Episode 20 is a recap and I never upload it
All videos are playable on PC and PSP,leave a comment if there is a problem or any particular anime series you want.Enjoy!