May 2007


     Rocket Girls 5  starts off with Yukari’s mother showing up at the SSA base. Yukari’s mother has a good solution for Yukari’s problem with the new fuel’s safety issue, she says that we’ll just have to create a good safety record. Yukari’s mother stays only a short time, before heading back to Japan, Yukari offers her the use of a base helicopter to see her runaway husband, but she refuses saying maybe next time. Just as the SSA starts to ramp up for the first test launches, news of the space program breaks worldwide, Yukari’s picture is all over the place. Reporters and news agencies from around the world start to flood the island seeking stories. Yukari and Matsuri have to face the reporters in a question and answer session, and the director lies about the girls being half sisters.



     The next day the SSA successfully conducts a test launch of the rocket system, and then Yukari is told that tomorrow is going to be her turn, and she is obviously nervous about the launch. Just as Yukari is about to launch, a sensor problem causes the launch to be postponed by one day. The next day another problem causes the launch to be postponed again, this seems to wear on Yukari. On the third launch attempt another problem threatens to postpone the launch again, so Yukari threatens to launch the capsule by herself, the ground crew decides that its safe to launch the rocket, and Yukari’s rocket is finally launched. But, there is a problem, the rocket is way off course its over New Zealand instead of Christmas Island. Well, that’s how episode 5 ends.

Below are some screen shots of episode 5



     Well, Rocket Girls 5  was a very entertaining continuation of the series, Yukari starts to develop a much greater seriousness in her duties as a pilot, but she still flies off the handle a lot. But her temperament is very understandable, the mission is a lot of pressure to put on a teenager, and Yukari still is bothered by the issue of her father. Yukari’s mother seams to have moved past the issue while her daughter still has not to dealt with it yet. Overall Rocket Girls is a pleasant mild science fiction anime series, easy on the brain and easy on the eyes.


     Lucky Star 7  starts out with the girls returning to school after their summer break. Konata is hooked on a new anime, and acting and talking like the anime characters from the show. The girls are faced with a decision, they have to start deciding on what they want to start majoring in. A lot of minor things are discussed, dental visits, broken eyeglasses, food, dieting, and how summer baseball games interrupt anime schedules. Later on we find out that Tsukasa parents gave her a cell phone because of her good exam scores, but when she tries to find her number to give to Konata she does’nt know how to use it, how cute. Then we get another installment of Lucky Channel, check out  Minoru’s   weird  girlie hairstyle, pigtails on a guy, that’s just too weird.


Well, Lucky Star 7  keeps up the same pacing and feel as the other episodes. This episode has a lot of anime in-jokes, and the feel of a lazy summer day. So, if you want a anime about cute girls doing cute anime things keep watching.

Below are some screen shots from episode 7.




     Rec. is a romantic comedy, that consists of nine twelve and a half minute long episodes. Rec. begins with the main male lead (no name yet) getting stood up by his date at the movies, as he is about to throw out the movie tickets, a cute but slightly strange girl says don’t waste the tickets, so he gives her one of the tickets, she then grabs him and takes him into the movie complex too. On the way out of the movie theather the guy sees his date with another guy. She sees that he is heartbroken, so she takes him out drinking. Later on she tells him that she is voice actress in training, not just for anime but dubbing foreign films too. After a few hours of drinking the couple goes their separate ways, but it seems that they both live nearby each-other.

     Later that night he wakes up to a fire in his neighborhood, he gets dressed and goes to check it out, and he sees his mystery girl sitting alone in her pajamas near the scene of the fire. He then finds out that she is all alone in the city, and so he takes her back to his apartment and comforts her over her loss. A little later they kiss on his bed, and then they finally introduce themselves, she is Onda Aka age 20, student and voice actress in training, and he is Matsumaru Fumihiko, age 26, and a worker for a sweets company in the field of advertising. When matsumaru wake up in the morning, he wakes up alone, Aka left a note saying she’s returning to her agency. Well, that’s the end of episode one.

Below are some screen shots.




     Overall Rec. is a nice anime about a romantic relationship between young adults, Aka is a nice young woman, and not a ditz like many female leads in current anime are, and in Matsumaru you get a nice guy who’s just a little depressed about his job and old girlfriend. He’s not one of the typical guys in this type of anime, one who can’t talk, or be around a girl without screwing it up. I think this a anime from the romance genre for fans a little older than sixteen. Someone might ask after watching episode one did they have sex or not? Well, I feel it didn’t matter, if they didn’t he was a nice guy not wanting to take advantage of her situation, and if they did, so what, there two consenting adults taking comfort in one another, whatever happened nothing objectionable was shown. One of the nice things about this anime is that its only twelve and a half minutes long, about ten minutes long if you subtract opening, and closing songs. So, if you want to watch a romance anime but don’t want to commit to 26 episodes of thirty minutes, then watch this one. 

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