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Hamatora episode 4

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Episode 4 shows signs of Hamatora’s improvement. One thing I couldn’t stand about Hamatora in the first three episodes was the weakly presented humour. If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you should be able to tell that my favourite genre is comedy. I know that Hamatora isn’t focused on comedy. It’s more of a psychological and mystery anime like Durarara. I’m fine with an anime without humour. Durarara managed to get me intrigued throughout the series without needing much. My previous issue with Hamatora was how the humour was somewhat forced. For instance, Nice asking the bomber why he doesn’t just use grenades instead in episode 2. When I saw that I thought, “Are you kidding me, Nice? That wasn’t needed at all. In fact, it just made you look stupid.”

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At the start of episode 4, I thought that the advertisement was kind of lame. It felt like another of Hamatora’s weak attempts at humour. However, it wasn’t so bad when I saw Murasaki’s expressions during the advertisement and his reaction which watching it. The advertisement was meant to be that way and Murasaki’s response is amusing.

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I was quite puzzled during the scene when Ratio was talking to the old lady. It seemed pointless at the time. Later, when Honey’s partner was trying to get Honey back, I realised the purpose of introducing the old lady. Badass driving from an old lady against a bunch of gun smugglers! Not bad, Obaa-san! That’s when I decided, “Hey, there’s hope for Hamatora’s humour!” It’s like finally, finally, there’s something funny about Hamatora.

Episode 4 is interesting, with the addition of Honey and her partner and their Minimum powers. The beast guy looks like he came out of a Marvel comic but Honey’s ability to see ten minutes into the future using her ‘Mighty’ is cool. The case about the teens with guns being caused by a video is very interesting. How did Moral think of the mosquito thing? That’s smart. It’s pretty eerie how he gave his coat to a boy outside the exam centre though. I knew something was off about that. Yes, Moral did help the boy that way, but seeing the blood stain at the back, the boy would be in deep trouble. Anyone who saw that would be shocked and probably suspicious that the boy was involved in murder or other crimes. The poor boy didn’t know the danger of the seemingly kind gesture. Would we be seeing the same boy again in future episodes? What’s going to happen to him?

One thing I like about Hamatora is how two cases that appear unrelated are usually connected in some way. Also, there hasn’t been any distracting flashing texts lately so it’s good. Hopefully the future episodes of Hamatora will bring about more interesting cases.

Watch Hamatora episode 4 at http://www.animeultima.tv/Hamatora-The-Animation-episode-4-english-subbed/


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Weekly Round-ups: Nisekoi 2, Hamatora 3 & Nagi no Asukara 16

Nisekoi

Episode 2: Encounter

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Since the two rival yakuza gangs are not convinced about Raku and Chitoge’s relationship, the two of them have to go out on a date. After watching this episode, I do think that Nisekoi is funny after all. The yakuza stalking the fake couple was funny, especially with Claude standing next to the “Beware of Stalkers” sign. I also like manga-like parts especially during the date when Onodera sees Raku at the park. It was really frustrating for Raku since he was aware of the yakuza around but didn’t want Onodera to misunderstand what was going on. Nisekoi has the most interesting love triangle. Raku has to pretend to be Chitoge’s boyfriend (it might be a bit cliche, but I like it) but he made a promise a girl when he was young who turns out to be Onodera. I don’t know who I’ll prefer Raku to end up with, but knowing how romance anime usually are, it’ll probably be Chitoge.

The extra bit after the ending song was amusing. Raku and Chitoge has such strange ways of naming animals. I think I prefer Raku’s. Although he gives the animals very long names which are hard to remember, at least they are proper names. It’s much better than calling them “Number One”, etc.

Hamatora

File 3: Those With and Those Without

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Three episodes into this mystery anime, I’ve taken a liking to the plot right now. Perhaps it’s because the anime I’ve been watching recently are too normal that I need to watch some insane characters for a change. The serial killer in Hamatora is one of the most twisted characters I’ve known for now. The rest come from Durarara. I still dislike the animation whenever a Minimum Holder uses his powers, but it’s not so striking to me now compared to the first episode.

Over to the actual episode, that Itou-san is seriously disillusioned. She thinks that she’s doing the best to protect her son and the rest of the youths but in reality, she feels that her son is useless and wonders why he doesn’t have a Minimum. Fortunately there aren’t any Minimum Holders in real life. Who knows how many psycho parents will there be? Anyway, it was interesting to learn that Art graduated from Facultas Academy as well despite not having a Minimum. Nice being the top graduate of the academy is pretty predictable after watching so many shounen anime. The serial killer reminds me of the Colourless King from K, personality-wise. By researching into non-innate Minumum Holders, he wants to create an equal society whereby everyone has Minimum powers. Yeah right. Leave your twisted ideas away from the rest of the society please.

Nagi no Asukara

Episode 16: The Whispers of the Faraway Waves

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Hikari goes back to attend school, telling the rest of his classmates to call him “Senpai”. It’s nice to know that he has accepted his situation. When tasked to get Hikari’s new uniform, Miuna invites Sayu along but the two of them get into a fight because Sayu is still sad that Kaname hasn’t returned. When finds Miuna at the abandoned shipyard, one of the cranes broke apart and Miuna falls into the sea. Fortunately, Miuna manages to breathe underwater. I think that the shiny parts in the sea are Ena. Since Miuna’s mother is from the sea, perhaps her Ena can be activated at some time.

I felt really bad for Sayu in this episode. She misses Kaname a lot and has not seen him for five years. Yet, she’s invited to accompany Hikari and Miuna and is envious of Miuna that Hikari is back but not Kaname. The end of the episode shows Kaname back in the town, naked, in fact. The old man at the cafe was so shocked. By the way, the name of the cafe, Triangle, is so fitting. Kaname definitely still likes Chisaki, but so does Tsumugu. There we have a love triangle! To be honest, I used to really like Kaname x Chisaki. He’s such a nice person but Chisaki always treated him only as a friend. With Kaname back, things are going to be so interesting. What is Sayu going to do?


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Weekly Round-ups: Hamatora 2 and Nagi no Asukara 15

Since I’m watching more series this season but lack the time to write complete reviews for each of them, I’ll be writing weekly round-ups for some of them. Log Horizon and Noragami will continue to have complete reviews, while Hamatora, Nagi no Asukara and Nisekoi will have short reviews in the Weekly Round-ups.

Hamatora

Episode 2: Beloved Bastard

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I must say, I’m getting used to the bright colours of Hamatora. I still dislike the extremely bright colour changes whenever the Hamatora guys use their powers but the rest of it is fine. Also, episode 2 is funnier compared to the first episode, especially what happened to Birthday. That poor guy just had to be at the wrong place at that time. I have ambivalent feelings towards the news of the serial killer. It was what caught my attention at the end of episode 1 and was the reason why I decided to continue watching the series. After watching episode 2, I learned that the serial killer kills Minimum holders and steals their brains. That’s… gross. Despite some of my complaints about Hamatora and the creepy revelation of the stealing of brains, my curiosity about the serial killer stops me from dropping this series.

Nagi no Asukara

Episode 15: The Protector of Smiles

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I never knew about Hikari’s age, but it turns out that he was fourteen before the hibernation. Thus, Miuna and Sayu are now the same age as him. Things are really shocking for Hikari. He has to cope with all the changes around him, knowing that he’s the only one who hasn’t changed. All of his friends have grown up now, including Chisaki, while the rest of the Sea People are still asleep. In Fairy Tail, even though the main characters were frozen in time for seven years, they still had one another when they woke up. However, in Hikari’s case, he was the first to wake up and he came to the surface alone.

The theme for this episode is change. Hikari was afraid of all these changes and was afraid of meeting Chisaki because of that. Chisaki was afraid of meeting Hikari because she knew she has changed. It’s nice how they got to meet each other in the end because of the ‘5 o’clock song’ and that they’re still good friends.

Nagi no Asukara seriously got me into the shipping mode. I’m not usually like this. So let’s see, I like Tsumugu x Chisaki (my favourite), Hikari x Miuna and maybe Kaname x Sayu. I’m sorry Manaka, but I’m very sure Tsumugu likes Chisaki now.


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What I’m Watching this Season: First Impressions

It seems like I’ve picked up more new anime than I initially planned to. Here are my thoughts on the Winter 2014 and continuing Fall 2013 anime that I’m watching, based on the first episodes aired this year. For Noragami and Log Horizon, I’ve already posted my actual reviews so only a summary of my thoughts are shown here.

Definitely watching:

Noragami

Episode 1: A Housecat, a Stray God, and a Tail

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With the awesome animation, interesting plot and likable characters, Noragami has a very strong start. Hopefully the rest of the series will be as remarkable as the first episode.

Log Horizon (Fall 2013)

Episode 14: World Fraction

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I like how this episode explains the connection between Elder Tale and the real world. The arrival of the adventurers have created a huge impact on the world of Elder Tale without them knowing. The tiny pieces of the huge puzzle of Elder Tale are starting to come together.

Nagi no Asukara (Fall 2013)

Episode 14: The Promised Day

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In the beginning, I felt that it was strange how Chisaki looked different, especially her hairstyle. Then it got to the opening song and when I saw Miuna and Sayu, I was really surprised. They look so grownup now, plus they’re wearing middle school uniforms. The five-year time skip reminds me of what happened in Fairy Tail after the incident at Tenroujima, except that it was a seven-year time skip for them.

I never really thought about the shipping for Nagi no Asukara, but watching episode 14, I feel that Tsumugu x Chisaki is awesome. They understand each other very well. Even before the incident five years ago, Tsumugu was the one Chisaki chose to confide in. Chisaki might still like Hikari, but it seems like Tsumugu likes her now.

Maybe:

Tonari no Seki-kun 

Episode 1: Dominoes

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I feel that each episode will be quite similar, with only a difference in Seki’s antics. To be frank, I’m not fond of hearing Yokoi freaking out and screaming for around 5 minutes. (Okay, it might be less than that but it irritates me too much) I like the opening and ending songs though. The part about the manga is interesting and that pencil-drumming is awesome! (I should pick up drumming one day instead of merely drumming my fingers on the table everyday) Back to my point, Tonari no Seki-kun will be staying on my “Maybe” list for now.

Hamatora the Animation

Episode 1: Egg of Columbus

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I was interested in why some people commented on how Hamatora was trying to be similar to Durarara and K, so I watched the first episode to see what it’s like for myself. Indeed, the pictures of an online chat messenger and talk about a serial killer are very Durarara-like. That part is okay for me and I don’t mind the Durarara similarity. What I mind is the animation. There’s an over-use of bright colours. Perhaps the animators wanted to make it look like K  but couldn’t make it work. K strikes a good balance between the colours used and has the best animation I’ve seen so far. On the other hand,  nearly everything in Hamatora is brightly coloured. It’s too striking. That aside, the plot itself is not bad.

Planning to watch:

Nisekoi

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The first episode of Nisekoi isn’t aired yet, but the synopsis looks interesting so I’m planning to watch it. A full review for Nisekoi episode 1 will be posted soon.

Synopsis (adapted from My Anime List)

Raku Ichijou is an average high school student who also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. Ten years ago, Raku made a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite”. Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him. One day, a beautiful girl named Chitoge Kirisaki transfers into Raku’s class. There was not a moment where they were not fighting. But by a weird turn of events, Raku and Chitoge agree to become fake lovers.

So, these are my thoughts on the first episodes of the anime I’m watching this season.