“What just happened?” White Album

When it started out, White Album is great. It’s the only drama anime that doesn’t beat me over the head with foreshadowing, bad guys revealing their plots to the main characters for no reason whatsoever, and incredibly obvious plot twists. The first season even ended with Rina, my favourite character by far (followed by Yayoi) rocking out two venues with full length insert songs and proving that she’s still the queen. And Mugen was a great ending theme. Touya’s thoughts add a lot of depth to what is usually an incomprehensible, opaque protagonist in most harem leads in other series.

But then the second season happened. The best way to describe the ending is comparing it to an amputated limb. Something foreign (like a “yoku dekimashita” medal) was brought in to cover up the fact that there are tons of severed subplots just hanging out of the severed limb, with a neat fadeout to white. And then I get an incomprehensible duet between Yuki and Rina, whose sudden recovery from drinking poison is so complete and instant that she manages to get from the hospital to the event, dress up, and appear just in time for the song, and sing the song with her impeccable voice. Even though Touya only visited her once, with his crocodile tear glands working full time (as is the norm in the second series). All this from a series that I loved for its subtlety and believability.

She was like "WHAT THE FUCK".

Let’s introduce the characters with Touya. At first, he starts off appearing like a normal guy who just happens to have a girlfriend doing well in showbiz he hasn’t met for a long time. Yayoi starts making moves on him, but you know it’s just because of her job, and Touya scrams out of the taxi as fast as he can. He meets the incredibly hot and aggressive (lovely combination, that) Ogata Rina, whose strong-sounding voice actress (Mizuki Nana) looks more like Yuki’s character to be honest. She asks him for his number, and how can he refuse? She says she will get Yuki and him more time together. Then there’s Misaki, who pours out her weakass resolve to him over the phone. Then there’s Akira, who’s jealous that Misaki always relies on Touya even though he never even makes a single move on Misaki. Have I missed anybody? There’s Eiji, who’s weird. Haruka, whose story arc was definitely given a lower priority along with Mizuki Mana’s and Matsuyama Menou’s.

You realize soon enough that it’s all shams and lies. You know Rina definitely isn’t employing Touya just to get him closer to Yuki, as she is so shocked to find that Touya is shagging Yayoi that she immediately asks him out after she finds out (what kind of girl does that!?). You come to know that Misaki is actually a sly and manipulative girl who wrote her play in such a way that it would drive a psychological wedge between Touya and Yuki, thereby giving her just that little bit more leverage to pull him towards herself, but it all falls apart. And she even uses him to further the production of said manipulative play. And you find that Shinozuka Yayoi actually does, for some reason or another, find Touya irresistible, and she’s just using her job as Yuki’s manager to explain this tryst to everyone else. Akira, despite not making a move on Misaki all this time, somehow thinks he has a reason to get pissed at Touya after Misaki confesses, and then subsequently tries to have a relationship with Misaki, with predictable results. We know Haruka is… well actually, it was obvious from the start that she liked him too, but I can’t see a reason why. Anyway he fucked her eventually (he basically fucked everyone except Mana and her mother), so don’t you worry. You find that Eiji is actively trying to ruin his sister’s career in order to promote Yuki’s, which is just… fucked up, really. Good thing Rina shows some backbone and doesn’t take any more bullshit from Eiji, but it’s an uphill battle for her then. Oh yes, I totally forgot about Yuki. She only exists in order to make all of Touya’s conquests immoral. Really. She’s useless. Weak. Over-dependent on a boyfriend that isn’t there for her. At the start of the series, they call each other all the time and miss each other all the time because Touya doesn’t have an answering machine. Then she gives him an answering machine for Christmas. It feels extremely profound that by the end of the series Yuki has no time to listen to Touya’s lies about what he did with girl X, and Touya has no time to listen to whatever Yuki leaves him on the answering machine because he’s too busy shedding tears in order to fuck other girls. Their messages to each other grow trite and generic, a daily ritual of sorts to keep up this sham of a relationship. It’s because of things like this that White Album is a great series.

But as I said, the ending is like an amputated limb. All these plot threads are left dangling, untied. Please tell me that Yuki finally got enough and sawed Touya’s head off like in School Days. At least tell me they broke up. Can we please have at least one girl fall OUT of love with this guy who’s obviously using his tragedies and tears as an excuse to shag all the chicks in his life (seriously, that scene with Yayoi – or the scene with Misaki in his house). Which girl does he end up with? What happened to Rina, and why does she leave Touya when she got her voice back because of him? Did anything significant happen to any of the girls lives as a result of what happened in the plot? Did Menou have to know Touya when he was little? Was Mana even needed? How would Nagase know how to produce a single? What did Eiji leave the country to do? Can someone tell me how the angst at merely throwing a way a fake medal some stranger gave you when you were 5 can lock away one’s memories. Why did Touya give up finding tickets to Yuki’s concert so quickly? Why does Touya hate his dad? What really is going through this guy’s head? I have serious doubts about his characterization in the second season, especially that he is convinced that he is a hindrance to Yuki. Why does everybody have to know each other? Did Misaki actually extort money from Tamaru for getting her pregnant? What was the significance of Rina’s manager and fan also being Yayoi’s stalker? What was the point of pairing him up with Tamaru when it did nothing for his significance to the plot? Why wasn’t Touya’s father dead when Misaki found him, considering that he had collapsed about two episodes before? Could his death possibly have served a better purpose other than to give Touya another chance at knocking Misaki? Did Akira really have to get hit by a car? I mean, nobody really gave a fuck, not even Misaki.

I have no doubt that the original visual novel would have much better endings. If it’s in English, I would play it through to see Rina’s ending. The anime though leaves quite a bitter, strange taste in my mouth. At least I got a new favourite anime character, and an appreciation for Rina’s Character Single and the ending theme Mugen out of the deal. I would still recommend it though, to anybody who only has time for the first season.

Yosuga no Sora tickles me

Yosuga no Sora started out slowly, with every girl that meets Haruka blushing beet red. I thought this might be a magic show about Haru’s ability to charm every girl who sees him, but I decided to give it some time. Then the maid started complaining about how she would always end up alone at get togethers:
complaining

And out of the blue, I see her masturbating, with her parents listening…
making up
well fuck them

At this point I was lolling very hard, but then I saw this:
after the fact
And I immediately felt sorry that I had laughed at all. It was as if I had betrayed her confidence in the viewer.

Yosuga no Sora. I’ll definitely watch the next episode.

Satoshi Kon’s dead?!

Of all places, I found this at gg’s blog. The twitter that it refers to says something about a “gan”, sounds like the liver to me. Kon directed Perfect Blue (fucking awesome), Millenium Actress (almost as awesome), Magnetic Rose (psych-awesome), Tokyo Godfathers (was ok), Paprika (totally fucked up), and some others which I haven’t watched.

I will miss him.

Amagami SS

I'd be freaked too if a guy asked permission to kiss me

The latest episode of Amagami SS, which I have been following since its introduction because I empathize with the male protagonist, has shown just how far the men, or should I say males of Japan have regressed.

Coincidentally, I no longer empathize with the protagonist.

You see, there was a back of the knee kissing scene. And I might have watched it and said “wow maybe I should try that” if he hadn’t begged and pleaded for it, and compared himself to a fucking dog. As a result, I facepalmed through the entire scene and I don’t remember a thing. I’m even ill-disposed to watch that scene again because it might just turn me into as big of a wuss as he was.

Then to top matters off, Morishima-senpai has never heard of playing hard to get. I mean, it’s the 3rd episode in. You might think that knee kissing might come later, and of course, every girl wants to make it publicly known that she is your underling whom you must feed by hand. In the 3rd episode.

No, I mustn’t get my hopes up. As Divine at Random Curiosity said, this must be why 3D girls are declining in popularity in Japan. I gotta get myself there and get some of that poon before the “males” of Japan wake up and realize that relying on anime fantasies is bad.

Rereading Ichigo 100%

I think I’m coming down with a fever, but I’m pretty sure it’s not H1N1, so I don’t think it’s gonna be a big problem.

While in Malaysia, I decided to read Ichigo 100% again. I needed motivation, and that’s what Ichigo 100% always gives me, even if it does give me the wrong impression of what type of guy pulls the right kind of ladies. I always leave a couple months between each time I read this manga, because each time I read it, I feel the same emotions that I did the last time I read it… except of course when you just read the same chapter the week before.

Oddly enough, I wasn’t motivated. It might be the fever, but after finishing it I wonder about myself. Can I really pursue my dreams? Currently the closest thing I have to a dream is playing music with other people and getting famous and rich. But in Malaysia I already promised all my friends and parents I was gonna work hard this time around. So in the end I felt a little depressed. Because I have no idea how to go about doing this, and I still don’t think engineering is the way to go.

I don’t know of any clubs in my university, I guess I should do some research. It shouldn’t be too hard to form a band if you’ve been in one before. Or I’ll just find something totally unrelated and bury myself in that one. Speaking of which, I just watched a Nigerian film called My Private Part. It was so badly made and retarded that I just felt like I should go into moviemaking.

I suppose I’ll just figure out my opinion on my life again when I get over the fever.

Tokyo Magnitude IRC Impressions

<+policedarling> sup peeps, watching tokyo magnitude. anal sanctuary ep. 2 was really stupid.
<+policedarling> i’m 9 minutes in, and i’m already getting distracted by my SGI.

<+policedarling> so far, the impression i get is that the protagonist of Tokyo Magnitude is a whining bitch.

01:33 <+policedarling> i hate captchas. there’s no excuse, especially since spam karma 2 is good at what it does
01:34 <+policedarling> man that tokyo magnitude bitch is whining again
01:35 <+policedarling> oh yeah i love odaiba.
01:35 <+policedarling> i was there!

01:40 <+policedarling> i think the anime wants me to sympathize with her…
01:40 <+policedarling> c’mon earthquake
01:40 <+policedarling> c’mon
01:40 <+policedarling> yes
01:40 <+policedarling> yes
01:41 <+policedarling> fuck yes.
01:41 <+policedarling> WOOO HOOOO!!!!!!
01:41 <+policedarling> FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!

01:41 <+policedarling> this anime is finally shaping up!
01:43 <+policedarling> awesome….. now that bitch will finally stop whining in tm
01:45 <+policedarling> what should you do? fucking search for your fucking brother, bitch.
01:47 <+policedarling> awesome, secondary earthquakes!
01:53 <+policedarling> it’s fine that she stopped whining, but she’s getting emo… and here comes anoter one!
01:54 <+policedarling> oh man she’s really getting emo.
02:10 <+policedarling> yes please walk
02:10 <+policedarling> please fucking walk
02:10 <+policedarling> YES!!!
02:14 <+policedarling> that mirai is definitely a fucking bitch.

02:15 <+policedarling> you ARE A KID, BITCH!!!
02:16 <+policedarling> she’s a kid. a bitch. an incompetent one, at that.
02:21 <+policedarling> i’ve gotta admit, i’m getting a kick out of seeing tokyo fall to pieces.
02:24 <+policedarling> no she’s not okay, she’s bitching.

02:27 <+policedarling> let the bitch shit her panties, i’d love to see that for once instead of listening to her whine.
02:34 <+policedarling> and…  she’s bitching AGAIN!!!!
02:35 <+policedarling> STOP BITCHING!!!!
02:35 <+policedarling> slap her silly, man! slap that silly stupid bitching sister of yours
02:35 <+policedarling> SILLLYYYYY!!!!

02:36 <+policedarling> … suppose running away works too.
02:36 <+policedarling> coool, tokyo tower is collapsing

02:37 <+policedarling> foundations must have budged a bit after krauser fucked it
02:38 <+policedarling> and now her anxiety has spread to her little brother. how fucking pathetic.
02:38 <+policedarling> the least she could do is prevent that.
02:40 <+policedarling> AWESOME.
02:42 <+policedarling> simply awesome.
02:42 <+policedarling> and now… bedtime.

Darker than BLACK exam edition

So there’s less than 12 hours to my first exam of the semester, of a course I only attended one lecture for, and I just marathoned Darker than Black. I’m obviously heading down the wrong, unremarkable path in life.

Which was accentuated even more when I found out at the end of the series that Darker than Black kinda sucked. I wasn’t given a proper explanation of anything, and the characters disappointed me. I’m not an anime gourmet with an extensive reviewing vocabulary, so read other reviews for the details. I’m just pissed that I read the damn reviews AFTER I finished the anime, so I pretty much wasted my (studying) time on this. I also heard nothing awesome from Yoko Kanno except the Next Episode song.

On Rideback

Rideback the anime is pretty awesome. Well, it was awesome for the first few episodes, until all that political bullshit jumped in. The fourth episode had me going “wow” and “I can’t help but think it’s all gonna go down from here”.

I have to study for math soon, so let’s keep this short. WTF is with everybody pushing their angst onto these machines. Ogata blames Ridebacks for killing that annoying fan of hers (plus I could see it coming a mile away), and ex-merc faceless guy with big nose keeps fucking around with Ridebacks even though he says Fuego is his “regret”. Then there’s the RB-Z rider, who manages to do absolutely nothing throughout the later half. Then there’s the political thing, which is totally irrelevant, and having Ogata destroy a whole flock of those automatons by herself is nice to see, but what in the world does it accomplish? Is she still using a machine she hates to kill things and overlay a “revenge” theme on top? What’s the point? More importantly, when does she get back on the race and overtake the RB-Z in the Rideback Sweepstakes? Will the two mechanics ever get their screentime and poignant lines in the latter half?

The OP is great. Wonderful. Makes me wanna run out and buy a Hayabusa and stay on the highway till the break of dawn. The song is by MELL, as usual, you don’t want to know the lyrics for fear of leering at her pronunciation each time you listen to it, thereby ruining the fun. The ED is boring, skipped it. The first few episodes had real promise. It’s such a waste, really.

On another note, School Days rocks (even though it’s just painful to watch those characters go about sometimes) and Good Morning Althea is going straight for the worst anime I’ve ever watched award. They don’t make stuff like LoGH anymore. No, not even Yoshiki Tanaka’s next anime adaptation, Arslan Senki, can compare.