April 2008


     On his way to school our male lead Kouta-kun is greeted warmly by a busty schoolgirl named Chizuru who hugs him warmly and proceeds to rub her best assets all over him, and Kouta-kun gets very embarrassed because this occurs in front of many students. A short while later an upperclassman comes over and gives Kouta-kun and Chizuru a chewing out, telling them to behave like proper high school students.

     Later we find out that Kouta-kun and Chizuru’s relationship is the talk of the school, everybody tries to figure out why a hot chick like her would like a first year student like Kouta. At lunch Kouta meets Chizuru’s younger brother Tayura, and after a while Chizuru shows up and hands Kouta-kun a love letter?

     Later that afternoon Kouta-kun goes to meet Chizuru in the music room, she gives Kouta-kun his first kiss and asks him if she’s his first  then he notices that she has grown a tail. Chizuru has transformed in to a Kitsune (fox spirit), she notices that she’s transformed and asks Kouta if she can still be considered human. She tells him that if he’s frightened, she’ll reveal herself to everyone and just go away, it seems that lots of spirits attend their school and if they are exposed they have to leave.

     Chizuru starts to cry, then Kouta-kun tells her that at first he was scared of her, but now he thinks that she’s so beautiful that it’s scary (good close the deal line), she’s so happy that she pounces on top of him and tells him that it’s going to be her first time with a guy (lucky). She starts to undress, and Kouta-kun is uncertain but he’s soon won over by her beauty. Just as Kouta-kun is about to become “an adult” they are interrupted by her brother, who chews her out for revealing herself to a human.

     Tayura tells Kouta that it’s very dangerous for spirits and humans to mix, but Kouta looks confused. Chizuru tells Kouta that she’ll show him how dangerous it is, and proceeds to kiss him again, during the kiss she disappears in a flash of light. The next thing you know is that Chizuru is inside Kouta and that they have combined into a fox boy/girl, and Tayura explains to him that in order for that to happen the human must be willing, so if the human closes their heart the combining can’t happen. Chizuru says that they are now one body and soul, but Tayura summons up some power to test that theory, Chizuru summons their power which is about 100x greater than Tayura’s and blasts Tayura completely through the school’s wall. Afterwards, Chizuru separates from Kouta and tells him that the power is equivalent to the power of their love. She then grabs him and tells him that she’ll finish what she started earlier, and this time he won’t get away. Well, that’s all of this episode. 

 

     Well, I was pleasantly surprised by this anime, I tend to not like harem anime where the male leads are very wimpy and indescisive, but for some reason I really didn’t mind Kouta, maybe that was because he actually got some, he actually got more action in one episode than most male harem leads get in an entire 26 episode run. An uber cute fox girl, a school full of spirits, a little magic here and there, and the male lead getting some, so far this anime gets the Ah-kun seal of approval.

     This episode begins with Aka making a dinner date with Matsumaru, her treat, she’s finally getting paid. Later, Aka finds out that she’s getting a leading role in a two season anime spin off for the adult game she voiced earlier. At work Matsumaru latest proposal gets turned down because it lacks punch, and he told to give it more work.

     Later in the day, more of Matsumaru’s ideas gets rejected, and his boss decides to go with one of his coworkers ideas of the new project, he is very depressed about the situation. Aka has to make an appearance for a radio interview program, and this makes her late in meeting Matsumaru for dinner. On his way to meet Aka for dinner Matsumaru buys some flowers of Aka and then he waits at the restaurant for her. Later, Aka has to go meet a big name anime film director, she tries to call Matsumaru but can’t get a signal.

     After waiting a long time at the restaurant for her, Matsumaru has to order dinner or leave, so he leaves and starts walking home. The weather turns bad and it’s starts pouring down rain, Matsumaru’s work stuff gets ruined and the flowers for Aka take a beating. When Aka gets home she tells him how sorry she is about missing their dinner, but that doesn’t go well, Matsumaru is very pissed off.

     Aka senses that something other than her being late is bothering him and she tries to get him to talk about it, but he won’t say anything. She tells him that she’s happy being with him but he still very depressed and walks away from her. Whats really bothering him is that as her career takes off, he feels that he’s pathetic at his job. Well, that’s all for this episode.

     Well, another episode Rec.  where longing, misunderstandings, and lack communication affect Aka’s and Matsumaru’s relationship. In earlier episodes we were shown that both Aka and Matsumaru both like (or love?) each other but they just beat around the bush about it, and this causes problems, they are not school kids anymore they should be able to just say it. Matsumaru’s job is getting him down lately, well welcome to the life of sales and marketing, I did this for a while in my youth, and it’s a dog eat dog field, what have you done for me lately is the rule of thumb. With only one episode of Rec.  left maybe they’ll iron out their problems or maybe not, remember this is anime, it can sometimes take one hundred episodes to say “I love you“.

     Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged a Moetan episode but I’ve wanted to do this show in the proper order. So, I waited for episode 6 which was a DVD only release, supposedly because of the extra fan service content. Below, I’ll cover the episode content, than the review, and below that the fan service content. 

     This episode begins with Mio (Nao’s younger sister) giving Nao two tickets to a amusement park, and she suggests that he should invite someone to go with him, like Ink. Nao says that it would be OK to go with a friend, but Mio intends this to be a date, so Mio tells Nao that she’ll take care of the arrangements.

     At Ink’s house, Ink’s mother teaches Ink how to bake cookies, then the phone rings and it’s Mio basically setting up a date between Nao and Ink. Ink goes bonkers over the prospect of going on a date with Nao, and soon her imagination runs wild with fantasies of their first date. Ink goes into a dream world of expectations over the thought of a date with Nao, and her mother has to shake her back to reality.

     After Ink’s mother shakes her back to reality, Ink gets nervous about her first date, and begins to prepare for the date. Ah-kun tells Ink not to worry so much about the date, he says that boys don’t really notice small changes anyway, but Ink tells him that a girl’s clothes can change her image drastically, then Ah-kun starts to dream of Ink in various outfits.

     Later at Sumi’s house, Sumi is getting abused by her maid again, and she is also getting bombarded with homework for her up coming exams. When Na-kun tells Sumi about Ink’s date with Nao she goes ballistic and ends up getting smacked around by her maid again.

 

     The next day Ink is walking to meet Nao for their date, and a magical alert goes off, Ink doesn’t want to respond because it might make her late for the date, but Ah-kun makes her go anyway. She helps out a choking man, but he was choking due to his own stupidity, and that puts Ink at least thirty minutes late in meeting Nao. At first she doesn’t see Nao, but he shows up and says he’s used to her being late because she used to always be late as a kid.

     Nao and Ink are enjoying their date (or at least Ink thinks it’s a date) until they get separated, and Ink starts to get very upset. Finally they meet back up again and everything seems to be OK, they sit down to eat and Ink gives Nao some of the cookies she baked the other day but they got broken, even so Nao thinks they that they taste delicious. After the date is over Ink calls Mio and thanks her for setting them up, Mio thinks that it’s funny that Ink was so excited about the date but her brother is so dense that he has not noticed Ink’s feeling for him. Well, that’s all for this DVD only episode.

     Well, now for the review. The long awaited episode 6 of Moetan  is here, this episode was supposed to be so loaded with fan service that it couldn’t be shown on TV. While this episode has a lot of fan service in it I think that it was just a inducement to sell more DVDs. Other that the extra fan service nothing really changed; Ink still has the hots of Nao, Nao is still oblivious to Ink’s attraction, Sumi still gets her ass whooped by her maid, both Ah-kun and Na-kun are still attracted to the loli girls but being trapped as animals they can’t do anything but drool. In the end I feel sorry for Ink, the only way she ever going to get some from Nao is if she walks into his room naked and says “what’s a girl got do to get laid around here”.

     Now for the fan service pictures, every girl/woman in this episode (except Sumi’s maid) gets a fan service treatment. So, if you have tender eyes skip these screen shots.

     The next new anime I’ll take a look at is RD Senno Chosashitsu  this anime was produced by Production I.G, and it was based on an original concept by Masamune Shirow  the creator of A Ghost in a Shell.

     Episode 1 begins with a diver (Haru) having a conversation with another man (Kushima) who appears to be his boss or the project manager about his last dive of the day, Kushima asks Haru how some integrated electronic implanted into his body are functioning, Haru tells him OK. While Haru is performing his last dive, his brain has a reaction at a depth of 102 meters, and the mission crew begins to make observations of Haru’s brain reactions. As Haru dives deeper he is interested in what is happening below, and the observation crew loses the ability to monitor his progress. After losing contact with Haru, Kushima and the crew struggle to bring him back to the surface.

     As Haru’s reaction with the sea becomes more violent, several undersea explosions rock the ocean surface damaging several surface vessels, Kushima injures himself while holding on to Haru’s lifeline. Once the reaction has stopped, several surface projects look to be destroyed and Haru looks like he’s either dead or severely wounded.

     Next we go to a dream/flashback/or the real world, where Haru is now an old man in a wheelchair fishing on a dock, then an assistant of Kushima (Aoi Souta) tries to take Haru somewhere without  his permission. Before this can happen, Haru summons a female assistant (Holon) who is probably a robot or a cyborg, Souta and Holon fight, and Souta is quickly beaten, and he leaves. Right after the fight, a cute, well endowed schoolgirl (Aoi Minamo) shows up telling Haru that she now his new assistant. It turns out the Holon requested the girl because she must take a few days off to undergo some maintenance, so Holon turns over caring for Haru to Minamo for a few days.

     Later Souta reports back to Kushima about his encounter with Haru and Holon, and Souta tells Kushima that Haru is still looking for answers in the sea. Kushima and Souta both discuss how pre-cyberbrain memories can’t be trusted or even verified. Later Haru and Minamo have a talk about the sea and how he loved free diving, but fifty years earlier an accident robbed him of the ability to dive. He goes on to tell her that when he woke up after the accident fifty years had passed and his brain had been converted into a cyberbrain. He tells Minamo that he can never regain the past so all he can do now is listen to the sea. Haru tells Minamo that maybe he should kill himself, but Minamo tells him not to give up and that she’s sure he’ll find what he’s looking for.

     While their talking Minamo hears noises from the sea, and Haru asks her what she hears, Minamo tells Haru that the sea is burning, this triggers a memory of the accident from fifty years ago when he told Kushima the very same thing. Back at some control room, Kushima and Souta detect an attack against the “metal” and try to limit the damage, Haru tells Minamo that it’s the same as fifty years before. The hospital Haru is staying at loses power, and Minamo goes to try and do something about it.

     After Minamo leaves, Haru decides to dive back into “the sea”, when he enters the sea his old body (mentally not physically) is transformed back into it’s youthful appearance. He dives towards the bottom where he penetrates into the cyberworld and he tells himself that’s it’s not over as long as his desire to know is still alive. Well, that’s the end of the episode.

     Well endowed androids, busty schoolgirl helpers, cyberbrains, a hidden wired world (?), Production I.G, and Masamune Shirow , can it get any better than this? If your a fan of Masamune Shirow’s previous works like A Ghost in a Shell then you’ll probably like this anime, but if your not a cyberpunk or a Scifi fan, or a fan of all girls/women whether their 15 or 30 being drawn very well endowed then you need to leave this anime alone.

     This first episode makes the viewer ask a lot of questions like; do the normal people know of the existence of Meta-real, or is it hidden; do all people have cyberbrains, or is it just the old; are Souta and Minamo brother and sister, and if so are they just playing Haru; is Kushima the same Kushima from fifty years ago, if so why hasn’t he aged, is he fully cyber now; and lastly why are problems in Meta-real affecting the real world?

     Fan service, well, this being a  Masamune Shirow  creation almost every girl/woman is eye candy, no female I’ve seen in this anime so far would ever need to visit the doctors from Nip-Tuck for any frontal enhancements, Haru’s android Holon could almost be clone of the Major from A Ghost in a Shell.

Well, the following events could only occur to a nice guy in a anime series.

     This episode picks up with both Aka and Matsumaru hard at work at their jobs, one night they decide to have dinner at the restaurant were they first meet. Just as they are walking in, Matsumaru runs into the same girl (Tanaka) that stood him up on the night that he and Aka first meet, she demands that Matsumaru join her in a drinking session, and Aka is not very happy about this. Note- (Tanaka also works for the same company as Matsumaru, and she is in a higher position than Matsumaru)

     When they start drinking, Tanaka starts bitching and complaining about how the guy she was meeting could not be satisfied with her, the most desirable woman in her department, Aka starts getting annoyed about her complaining, and rips on her every now and then. Then Tanaka tries to feed Matsumaru some Yakitori, but Aka gets jealous and stuffs his face first. Later, Tanaka gets so drunk she can barely walk and Matsumaru hails a cab and says he has to take her home and that Aka needs to head home because she has to be at work early, this really pisses Aka off.

     Aka goes home pissed off, and when Matsumaru gets his coworker home she tries a drunk seduction on him, saying things like “please help me take my shoes off, please help me to bed”.  She also tries to get to him by asking him since he once liked her enough to ask her out if he was going to give up so easily, and then she practically throws herself at him. After awhile, Aka tries to call him but as he’s answering the phone Tanaka starts to get sick and he has to ignore her call, after dealing with that Matsumaru tries to call Aka but the battery in his phone dies. Matsumaru ends up spending the whole night taking care of Tanaka, and he never goes home, Aka wakes up and sees he never returned home. The next morning Tanaka wakes up looking good, and poor Matsumaru looks and feels like shit.

     As Matsumaru and Tanaka are walking to work Aka is waiting for them, she brings Matsumaru a change of clothes and walks away very pissed off. Tanaka asks Matsumaru if he and Aka are living together, and he tells her yes but Aka might be so pissed off that this time she might leave him for good. Later, Tanaka grabs Matsumaru’s phone and she calls Aka and tells her that nothing happened between them last night and then she hangs up on Aka. Later, Tanaka takes Matsumaru out for a drink as an apology for what happened last night, but she ends up getting drunk again but this time Matsumaru brings her to his place were Aka doesn’t take too kindly to her advances on Matsumaru, and this night Matsumaru ends up with two girls in his bed, but unfortunately for him he’s not in it with them. Well, that’s all for this episode.

 

     Like I said earlier, only in anime could something like this happen to a nice guy like Matsumaru. He decides to take Aka for dinner and drinks to the same restaurant were they first meet, as their walking up to the restaurant Aka tells Matsumaru that this makes her feel nostalgic even though it’s only been a short while ago (can anyone say hot anniversary sex for Matsumaru), but what do you know his old crush shows up. What happens next, only an anime guy could screw up like this, leaving your current girl alone (who’s probably in the mood) to help the girl who treated you like shit earlier and will probable treat you like shit again later.

     Get some brains Matsumaru, put Tanaka in a cab, give the driver her address, and go home with Aka and get some, But oh no, he’s too nice of a guy to think properly. By the grace of the gods, Tanaka straightens the situation for him, (can anyone say hot makeup sex with Aka) but what do you know, instead of going home to bliss with Aka he screws up again by going out with Tanaka and letting her get drunk again.

     I think that Matsumaru was pretty foolish by leaving Aka alone to take Tanaka home, the only time I could justify taking her home is if you don’t have a current girlfriend, then go ahead and take her home and get some, and then dump her afterwards in return for how she treated you earlier.  

    In my opinion, things like this make the Rec. anime interesting, it can’t be like this in RL in Japan, or can it be, judging by the current birthrates in Japan, their not even getting enough to replace themselves, so it just might be like that. Either they are too wrapped up in work, school, or anime too get some, or getting some just isn’t high on the priority list for them. 

     This new anime series is produced by Madhouse and it starts out with an unnamed boy/young man (on name yet) awaking in a chamber/room, he seems to have no memory of himself or how he got there. He soon notices that he has a hole going through the the center of his chest, and that he is also wearing a necklace that holds a locket containing a blurry picture of a girl. After a short period of time many strange events occur around him and he soon flees the chamber on the back of a ostrich like creature.

     Our mystery man gets chased through an maze of tunnels and chambers by worm like creatures and other things, with the aid of the bird he gets tossed through a waterwheel like contraption into a village like complex where the residents attack one of the worm creatures that manages to follow him through. Once the creature is destroyed we find that it carried captured people lacking  memories, the villages pull parts from the machine and use a device to find out which pieces contains the memories from the captured people. We then find out that the creature chasing the boy is called a Skonk, and that a person is made up of two pieces, the body is one piece, and the other piece is called the egg, and the egg contains the mind.

     After a while, the villagers joke around with the egg/mind of one of the captured people, then we see that the waterwheel looking thing contains the mind/memories of eggs that don’t have bodies, and they are not very happy about their current situation. No one seems to take any notice of the boy until a child  starts to talk to and play with him. Then the family of the young girl comes to fetch her and a young man who helped our guy earlier introduces himself to (?) as Popo, and everyone who runs into Popo treats him with a lot of respect.

     Popo-san then explains to (?) that the world is divided into two with the poor living below the clouds, and the king and the rich living above the clouds. He tells (?) that the king and the rich steal the poor peoples’ bodies and memories for their own uses. We also learn that the below people try to get above the clouds but the ones that make it memories are disrupted by electrical storm above. Popo takes (?) up a few levels where will see that (?) has a symbol on his body that matches a symbol on a wall, then Popo takes (?) to a bar were he arranges transportation for (?). Then a body collector tries to grab (?), but Popo helps him escape, and he tells (?) to call himself Warp and he must head to the port to wait for a ship.

   Later, Warp with Popo’s and a bartender’s help makes his way to the port, where he finds Popo waiting for him on the ship. As they board the ship and wait for take off we see a mysterious slumbering girl who seems to look like the girl in Warp’s locket. As the ship is departing, the body collector (Cloak) attempts to stop the ship from leaving, but can’t. He also attempts to board the ship but is prevented by the ship’s sheriff, also the ostrich like bird from earlier attempts to board the ship but is prevented, but before the ship can take off the bird sends something from inside his helmet on to the ship. Well, this episode ends with the ship taking off with Popo, Warp, the bartender, and the mysterious sleeping girl on board with many other passengers. 

     Well, the first episode of Kaiba  was very interesting, the unusual anime design helps create a strange and engaging anime world. So, far the idea of having your body and being separate and interchangeable is interesting, but the below people seem for the most part not to be very happy with their current situation. So far, we haven’t really seen any of the rich people or the “above the clouds” people, so we really can’t judge the relationships between the upper and lower peoples. Overall, Kaiba  is a interesting concept with an engaging storyline, I’ll be looking forward towards future episodes of Kaiba.  

  

     Well, this episode picks up a few days after Matsumaru’s and Aka’s fight, and Aka been living at her management firms office. She gets sent on an assignment for the chip campaign, and Matsumaru gets assigned to go along to represent the ad firm too, neither of them has seen each other for awhile.

     On the train ride to the promotion site, Aka and Matsumaru never say a word to each other even though their sitting right across from one another. At the hotel the promotion crew has dinner and drinks together, but Aka excuses herself and leaves almost right away, when Matsumaru and Aka’s agent are alone she tells him about how Aka’s been doing and that she thinks that Aka really doesn’t want to find another place to live. Later Aka and Matsumaru think over what their relationship meant to each other, then they run into each other in a mixed onsen (hot spring) and just as they are about to confess their feelings to each other, one of Matsumaru’s work colleagues shows up forcing Aka to leave.

     Later Aka learns that she’s been accepted for a year long TV role so she’ll only be able record the chip ads in advance, meaning that since she still likes Matsumaru she’ll see even less of him. Aka’s agent sees that Aka is about to cry leaves her alone in the room. 

    At that moment, Matsumaru runs into Aka’s agent and she tells him about what happened and that he should go see Aka. When he enters the room and sees Aka they have an uncomfortable short moment of silence then they straighten out both their work and personal issues, and just as their about to ?  the agent comes in and tells them that fixing work and love problems are her speciality. Then at the end of the episode Matsumaru tells Aka he misses her and Aka agrees to move back in with Matsumaru. Well, That’s all for this episode.

     Well, in this episode Aka and Matsumaru were forced to come to terms with what they feel about each other, when Aka asked Matsumaru last episode if any girl would do he didn’t answer her at that time. But, this time he was able to tell her that just any girl wouldn’t do and it has to be her. Also, in the last episode Aka asked herself if she was just using Matsumaru for room and board or did he mean something more to her, and she admitted to herself that she doesn’t know if it’s love or not but when she’s with him even the bad times feel a lot better. In my opinion most of their problems would have been solved if they would have told each other how they felt earlier, but I guess that’s why I like these type of romantic comedies.

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