Mouretsu Pirates 04 – Pirate Ships, Hackers and The Yacht Club


This week’s Mouretsu Pirates cemented in my mind that Marika is going to be one hell of a pirate captain, and a scary one at that. She manages to come up with a plan to fight of an unknown enemy that is after her with almost no sleep, and on her first go.

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Amagami SS+ 04 – Fireworks, Moonlight, and True Feelings


Thank god, we finally got the ending that Rihoko deserved, it took a while, went between her and the moon several times and played with my emotions until I was a nervous wreck, but it happened.

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Najica Blitz Tactics – Girls, Guns, and Smooth Jazz


Najica Blitz Tactics is a series that originally aired in 2001, and is one of a collection of fanservice orientated anime series based around a strong female lead. It also has a jazz soundtrack, which automatically makes it cool.

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Ano Natsu de Matteru 03 – Kaito, Ichika and Rinon’s cup ramen


I love how Ichika's realisation is framed within a film lens.

Ano Natsu is quickly becoming a firm favourite for this season, managing to blend romance and comedy into a brilliant mix of errors, unsaid feelings and emotional turmoil, coupled with witty dialogue and excellent characters.

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Mouretsu Pirates 03 – Parfaits, and Space Suits


Mouretsu Pirates this week continued once again with its scene setting, which, for many may have meant that it was one of the most boring episodes they have watched in a while, and for others one of the most interesting.

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Amagami SS+ 03 – Rihoko, innocence, and mischievous university students


The major problem with the Rihoko’s arc from season one was the ending, it was never a romantic arc, and Rihoko unfortunately ended up in the terror known as the ‘fiend zone’. It was a disappointing arc for me, since, while Rihoko isn’t my favourite heroine, she is great fun to watch. And I hoped that Rihoko can finally get Junichi’s attention, thus leading to a romantic and wonderful ending. Unfortunately the episode didn’t start in the right direction, with Rihoko still firmly in said friend zone, however there are a few glimmers of hope.

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Ano Natsu de Matteru 02 – Aliens, drinking games, and Lemon


This weeks Ano Natsu was all about Lemon (Remon) really – while many other things happened including some wonderful jealous antics from Kanna, to the classic King Game while drunk – the show was stolen by Lemon and her pure brilliance.

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Mouretsu Pirates 02 – Sunglasses, a ‘small’ gun, but alas no ukulele


Mouretsu Pirates is still in the story building process, taking things slowly and introducing characters bit at a time, but more importantly, not rushing Marika into the captaincy role. It’s a very nice, quite mellow pacing that this show has taken, keeping things going, and actually drawing me in even more.

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Amagami SS+ 02 – The wonderfully varied faces of Tsukasa and a shed


Tsukasa sees through Noriko’s plan quite easily as it turns out, and Junichi even gets a nice little reward for falling into her trap so easily.  Tsukasa drags Junichi off by his tie in a classic piece of female dominance, dragging him to what should now be the infamous Amagami shed of sexy brilliance from the original Haruka arc. Tsukasa was unbelievably forceful in this episode, being the one to force kisses on Junichi and basically being the badass Tsukasa that we all know and love. Makes me wonder though how the marriage that we all know happened plays out, since she is clearly not above using forceful tactics to get what she wants from Junichi.

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Inu x Boku SS First Impressions – Youkai, Sparkles, and a perverted bodyguard


Inu x Boku SS is the story of an abusive girl and the idiot who serves her, although in this case there is a distinct lack of tsundere’s and perverts, at least as main characters. Our heroine is diminutive Shirakiin Ririchiyo, daughter of the noble Shirakiin household as verbally abusive as she is small. Whats so interesting about Ririchiyo is that unlike many other such characters she realises that her words cause pain, and are a front for her insecurities, which she utterly detests. This is one reason why she has moved into Maison de Ayakashi, in order to be alone to build up her confidence in order to interact with other people normally.

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