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       This episode begins with Ran, Midori, and Rui walking home from school when they encounter an old lady (Tome-san) that almost gets hit by a bicyclist, they go to her aid, but she’s very rough and not very polite. Even though she says she doesn’t need help getting home they decide to follow her to make sure she has no further problems. After a while she leads them to her house (she lives in a hospital) where they find out from a nurse that Tome had snuck up to view rape flowers.

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      This information triggers memories of Midori’s grandmother who also spent the end of life in a hospital, Midori would go and visit her all the time. Midori was learning to play a song on her violin for her grandmother. When Midori had finally learned how to play the song she went to the hospital to play it for her, but her mother was there telling Midori’s grandmother that Midori was a monster, when Midori hears this she runs away from the hospital. When Midori finally returns to the hospital her grandmother is dying and she requests to hear Midori play the song before she dies, but Midori keeps her back turned to her grandmother as she dies, it seems that this has been an unresolved issue for Midori ever since that day.

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         The next day Ran asks Midori about how she thinks the old lady is doing, and Midori says how should she know? Later, Ran and Rui tell Midori that some club stuff came up at the last minute so she should go to Ran’s house alone and eat with Rin. But, Midori says that she can’t go there alone (idiot, take you chance) so she’ll just heads home. Midori decides to stop at the river to eat when she sees the old lady from the other day, she decides that it’s none of her business but she changes her mind saying that she’s gotten soft hanging around with Ran, so she begins to follow the old lady.

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       When Midori catches up with the old lady they start talking, and it seems that Midori and Tome are kind of alike, Tome’s a little bit of a cocky smart ass like Midori. Tome keeps coming to see if the rape blossoms are blooming but Midori tells her that they haven’t bloomed yet. Midori tells the lady that she should get back to the hospital or she won’t get better, but the lady just frowns and sits down besides the river, and Midori decides to join her.

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        Midori thinks that the old lady might be getting cold so she places her scarf around the old lady’s neck. When Midori touches the woman she gets a telepathic impression from the woman, the woman had a granddaughter who was like Midori and the old woman rejected her as a freak just like Midori’s mother did. Later, Midori gets an additional impression from the old lady that she regretted her words to her granddaughter. Midori also finds out that the doctors don’t think that the lady will live to the spring.

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       Back at home, Midori is conflicted about her feelings for the old lady and her experiences as a child so Midori decides to visit the hospital to see the old lady. Once Midori gets to the hospital she sees the old lady trying to sneak out of the hospital, so she helps the old lady sneak outside and they go to a park bench were the rape flowers bloom. The old lady tells Midori that she hopes that her granddaughter will forgive her for what she did, and Midori tells the old lady about her grandmother. Midori asks the lady why she doesn’t she just go see her granddaughter? But, Midori reveals by accident that she is telepathic, and the old lady tells Midori that it is fate that she runs into someone with the same powers that her granddaughter had at the end of her life.

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     As Midori is talking to the old lady she begins to get very ill and she begins to hallucinate that Midori is her granddaughter, she apologises to her for hurting her when she was little and she asks for her forgiveness before she dies. Then the old lady begins to sing a song about the rape flowers and Midori uses her violin to accompany her with music, Midori uses her powers to create a vision of a field of rape blossoms for the lady.

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       The next day, Midori tells Ran and Rui about her encounter with the old lady, then Midori tells them that she wishes that she could use her powers to speak with the dead. Rui tells Midori that Ran that she’s spoken to the dead many times, and Midori agrees that Ran has spoken with the dead many times. Ran asks Midori who she wants to speak with, but Midori won’t tell her who, and it pisses Ran off. At the very end of the episode Midori hears the old lady thanking her for the other night. Well, that’s all for this episode.

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      Well, the issue of Midori’s relationship with her family has been a matter of speculation for practically the entire series. From the beginning we knew that Midori had issues with trust and secrecy, we had seen from flashbacks that Midori’s family had treated her as a freak and rejected her. This was the reason that Midori had no problems with lying to and using normal people because she had been treated so badly by people who had found out about her telepathic abilities.

       But, in this episode we saw how badly the words of her adult family members hurt her, to be called a freak and a monster at that young age still causes her pain to this very day. Midori’s encounter with the old woman gave both of them the opportunity to heal a little bit from past wounds and past sins. It would be nice to see if Midori and her mother could repair their relationship before the end of the series.

       It was also pretty funny to watch Midori blow her chance with Rin, throughout the whole series it’s been Rin this and Rin that. When Midori was given her chance to eat dinner by herself with Rin she pulled the it’s would be improper for her to go to Ran’s house by herself. Back in the day, I wish someone would have told my friends about that rule, I don’t know how many times my friends had shown up at my house when I wasn’t there to mooch a free meal and to flirt with my sister and her friends. 

      Well, another Halloween is upon us anime fans and we should all rejoice in this once a year opportunity to freely express your wildest cosplay ideas other than at a convention without the questioning glances. Also one of the better aspects of this holiday is all the free goodies you can receive if you still at that age where you still can go trick or treating.

       As you get older, Halloween is one of those holidays where you actually get to have more fun. When you get to your adult Halloween party you get all sorts of good treats such as candy and jello shots, and nothing makes a party more fun than skimpy costumes, and lots of “juice”.

      Below are some Halloween anime and manga themed pictures, and further down you’ll find some suggested Halloween cosplay ideas. Click on Images to view at full size.

Some suggested Halloween cosplay.

       And one final word of advise girls, when your leaving the party never leave alone make sure you take a guy with you or you may run into the following creature, and you know what happens if you get caught by it.

 

     

       Well, I would like to wish a happy Tanabata day to all  the people of Japanese and Chinese descent, and lovers of Asian  culture. The Tanabata festival is also know as the Star Lovers festival, the Star Weaver festival, or the Star festival. This Japanese festival owes it’s roots to the Chinese legend of the meeting of the stars Vega and Altair, and this festival is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month, this day can vary according to which calendar (lunar or Gregorian) the city, town or village follows.

       The Tanabata festival has always been one of my favorite Asian festivals, I once had the pleasure of actually being in Japan for the Tanabata festival in 1987, and what an enjoyable sight it was, I only wished that at the time I was more interested in taking some pictures rather than chasing some tail, oh well, to be young again.

      There are many versions of the Tanabata legend and below I will write a small summary of my favorite version of the story.

    

      The god of Firmament who lived in the High Plain of Heaven had a very beautiful daughter named Tanabata, and it was her duty to spend her time weaving garments for her father. One day while at her loom she spied a handsome lad named Hikoboshi leading an ox, and she at once fell in love with the lad. Her father knowing his daughter’s thoughts immediately consented to her marriage.

      But, they loved well but not wisely, Tanabata neglected her weaving duties to her father, and Hikoboshi let is oxen wander unattended across the High Plain of Heaven, greatly angering the God of Firmament. He commanded that the lover be separated from one another by the Celestial River.

      The separated lovers’ grief was so great that soon the God of Firmament consented to allow the lovers to meet one night a year to sooth their loneliness. So on the seventh night of the seventh month the lovers come to the banks of the Celestial River and wait for a company of Magpies to form a bridge so the lover can finally be together. It is said that if the weather is good and the Star Lovers meet that one can look up into the night sky and see the stars Vega (Tanabata) and Altair (Hikoboshi) shine with the colors blue, green, red, yellow, and white.

      Now this only happens if the weather is good, if there is rain then the Celestial River might become too wide for even the Magpies to span, and then the weary lovers will have to wait another year to meet. In times past, young children would sing “oh, weather, be clear” before the Weaving festival.

      Now, Tanabata is celebrated by people placing fresh cut bamboos on the roofs of their houses or placing them in the ground next to their houses. They attach strips of colored paper containing poems or praises to the lovers to the bamboos, these strips of paper also contain wishes for good crop harvests, good grades, good health, good wealth, and even romance.

      On the night of Tanabata, Japanese people can go out in casual clothing or in more traditional clothing such as Yukatas. While each town celebrates the festival differently, the most common events are goldfish scooping, karaoke singing, sumo contests, food booths, fireworks, and boat rides if near water.

Below are some anime related pictures.

This is for all the anime fans out there who are mothers.

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