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Nisekoi episode 4

<The Visit>

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Wow, Chitoge, I know that’s supposed to be harmless girl talk, but that’s not meant to be asked in front of boys. To think she unknowingly even asked that in front of Raku… Chitoge’s not exactly at fault, but poor Onodera. Raku is glad thinking that Onodera doesn’t like anyone at the moment, so he has a chance. In truth, he’s actually the one Onodera likes! I wonder how long this will be going on.

Also, Chitoge’s sudden slip up with hilarious. She was so caught up in the mood and topic about liking someone that she forgot she was supposed to be acting as Raku’s girlfriend. The rest of the study group gave her confused looks and the fake couple had to try to cover it up as a joke. And Maiko’s question… oh I love the reactions of everyone there! Maiko’s laughing face like it’s no big deal, Raku’s exasperated response, Onodera’s nervous expression, Miyamoto’s bored appearance and Chitoge’s flustered look. That’s like the highlight of the episode to me.

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Raku learns that Onodera likes him, but the yakusa gang members have something in their minds, which was to get Raku and Chitoge closer together! We get to see yet another side of Chitoge, which is that she’s afraid of dark places. I had a feeling she was since she refused to enter the storehouse. There’s a Raku and Chitoge moment, then Chitoge asks Raku how he feels about Onodera. It’s just a random topic she thought of to get rid of the silence, but seriously, Chitoge, that’s totally spot on! Raku ends up rambling about Onodera’s good points, but luckily Chitoge is dense and agrees that Onodera is a great girl.

Chitoge says that she feels much better and volunteers to climb the ladder, only to trip and fall on Raku. There we see an awkward Raku and Chitoge moment, only to be hilariously interrupted by Claude. I think he’s over-protectiveness towards Chitoge is really amusing, just like the fact that he was the one to open the doors to save them. Onodera seeing the awkward position and misunderstanding was expected but I like how she became so flustered and dragged Miyamoto as she ran out.

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Is this progress between Raku and Chitoge? Also, now that Raku’s friend Maiko knows about the fake relationship and Onodera’s friend Miyamoto is suspicious of the couple, what’s going to happen?

Watch Nisekoi episode 4 at http://www.animeultima.tv/Nisekoi-episode-4-english-subbed/

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Nisekoi episode 3

<Two of a Kind>

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This episode shows a different side of Chitoge. I’ve been watching Nisekoi from Raku’s perspective for some time that I didn’t really think about Chitoge. Then that typical romance show technique strikes again… the other side of a character. It’s not just limited to romance shows, but it’s a technique that works every time. There are some characters that viewers tend to dislike at first, but then we find something to symphasise with them.

In Chitoge’s case, ever since she transferred schools, she hasn’t made friends with anyone yet. We hear some of her classmates gossiping about her, thinking that she’s an arrogant girl. However, Chitoge actually has no idea how to make friends. She keeps a notebook about her classmates, trying to think of a plan to converse with them. Raku understands this, being brought up in the same environment. He knows how hard it is to keep changing schools and having classmates gossiping about him. He offers to help Chitoge to complete her notebook and encourages her to talk to the girls she mentioned.

I symphasise with Chitoge. Transferring schools is a tough thing for students. The rest of the class have their own group of friends while the transfer student awkwardly tries to fit in. It’s not easy to find a place for yourself when you’re the only one who feels so unfamiliar with everyone else. It’s sweet that Chitoge makes a notebook about her classmates. She really puts an effort into trying to make friends. She wants to get to know more about them and she wants to make a difference to her social life. It’s a wonderful side of Chitoge.

I think I’m starting to really like Nisekoi. It may not be as hilarious as other romantic comedies I’ve watched, but it’s getting better. Shaft’s animation is great (just ignore that extreme head tilting – to be honest I never noticed it until I saw the meme. I think Nisekoi is the first Shaft anime I’ve watched). The plot is improving too. Raku sees Onodera’s key and suspects it to be the key from the promise ten years ago. On the other hand, he sees the softer side of Chitoge and that she’s not just the “gorilla woman” that he can’t stand. Also, Onodera overhears Raku and Chitoge’s conversation about their “performance”, so she might figure out that their fake relationship soon. The love triangle is slowly beginning…

Watch Nisekoi episode 3 at http://www.animeultima.tv/Nisekoi-episode-3-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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First Impressions: Nisekoi

Nisekoi was one of the Winter anime I was anticipating for and episode 1 aired last Saturday. I read and commented on a review posted by The Glorio Blog so I’m putting my review for Nisekoi as my task for Zero to Hero Day 12: From Comment to Blog Post – Be Inspired By the Community.

Today’s assignment: write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday. Don’t forget to link to the other blog!

Episode 1: The Promise

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Animation-wise, Shaft did a great job with the animation effects and colour contrasts. I like the animation effects at the beginning of the anime when the promise between the main character, Ichijo Raku, and the girl is made. It is funny when Raku announces “Breakfast is ready, you bums!” and gets glared at by a huge group of gangsters before they greeted him with a “Good morning, young master!” It’s interesting how Raku is the sole heir of a Yakuza family but only wants to study hard and enter a good college so that he can get a respectable job in the future.

The middle of the episode was quite bland in my opinion. Transfer students and the main male and female characters hating each other at first is very common and nothing new. I read some comments about how Nisekoi is a great comedy, but it isn’t as humourous as I hoped it would be. Perhaps it’s because I’ve recently been watching Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, which I find is a hilarious and much better romantic comedy.

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I was wondering about the reason why Raku and Chitoge had to pretend to be lovers so I was glad I got my answer in the end of the episode. Raku sure is in a weird situation. He has to pretend to be Chitoge’s boyfriend when he likes Onodera.  In addition, Onodera being the girl who made the promise with Raku is a surprise to me. To be honest, I thought it would be Chitoge. Then again, knowing that Onodera was also on the cover of Volume 1 of the Nisekoi manga, she must be an important character instead of merely being someone Raku likes. Even though they were pretty much forced to, what will Onodera do when she hears that Raku and Chitoge are a couple?

On the whole, I’m quite interested in what will happen so I’ll still continue watching Nisekoi. I probably won’t have the time to blog about each episode but I’ll try to write an overall review for the series when it’s completed.

Watch Nisekoi episode 1 at http://www.animeultima.tv/Nisekoi-episode-1/


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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.