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Utawarerumono Episode 11

Posted by Emi on June 24, 2006

The episode began in the village with Oyaji and other men working the land. Oyaji said, "Don't worry. An-chan will remain the same no matter how much power he has."

Meanwhile at the castle, Hakuoro planned to gather leaders from surrounding countries to form an alliance to fight against Yue, but the ceremony, so to speak, is interrupted when Teoro Oyaji-san ran in and said that the enemy attacked their village and was coming towards the castle. After Oyaji said that everyone from the village escaped and was safe, Hakuoro preparesd troops for defense, and as the enemy charged, the castle's new defense mechanism was revealed. (It's hard to describe. Think spikes pointed towards you while you're running towards it at top-speed. When I saw it, I was amazed, and screamed, "Ohmigawd, that's so cool!") Inside the castle, Oyaji began to bleed profusely and soon enough died. A spirit came up to him, and it was his wife, followed by some of his friends from the village. The background changed to a meadow-like scenery, and they walked off.

Outside, you see that Hakuoro's troops defeated the enemy, and their bodies littered the courtyard in front of the castle. Then one enemy soldier feebly got up and warned Hakuoro that there are more after him.

After the battle, Eruruu, Hakuoro, Aruruu, and others gathered around Oayji's body which was settled in a futon now. Aruruu, who is only a child, thought Oyaji is simply sleeping and tried to nudge him awake. Then Kurou entered the room and sat next to Benawi and gave a report, which included that the entire village Oyaji was from was destroyed by the enemy and no one survived the attack. Hakuoro tried to explain to Aruruu that Oyaji won't wake up again, but she tried even harder to wake Oyaji, and she cried harder and screamed. Kurou restrained her and Eruruu applied a chloroform-like medicine to knock her out. Feeling faint and weak on her legs, Eruruu falls back on Hakuoro who applied the same medicine to her.

During a meeting, Benawi told Hakuoro that he believes that the enemy was from Kuccha Kecchu (?) and Oboro asks for the order to attack them and therefore avenge the death of the entire village, but Hakuoro had to tell him to be quiet.

While having a few drinks with Karura, they talked about the enemy and how they were already dead, meaning they already accepted death. (When she first said it, I thought she meant they were like zombies.)

Hakuoro sees Aruruu and Eruruu sleeping. When he pulled the blanket over Eruruu, she held onto his hand in her sleep. (So cute.)

The next day, one of Hakuoro's messengers returned from Kuccha Kecchu, severely wounded. Before he died, he says that Kucchu Kecchu was the enemy, and Hakuoro called out troops to attack. During the march to the enemy's grounds, Aruruu, riding on Mukuru, said to Hakuoro, "Daddy is scary right now." Then, Hakuoro's soldiers are ambushed and surrounded. They pull together a defense against the enemy, and a female, armed with a sword, introduced herself as Touka, and she rushed in to attack the leader but is blocked by Karura. Another male shouted at Hakuoro, but he addressesd him as Rak Shine, and says that he's his half-brother and a traitor.

My Thoughts: This episode made me wish I knew how to make screen caps. The animation was definitely upped. And I cried. A lot. Oyaji was one of my favorite characters because of his laid-back attitude (yet he could still fight well) and his strong personality, and he seemed like such a nice fatherly character, and watching him bleed to death was pretty painful. Also, knowing that an entire village full of the most innocent and kindest people was destroyed tears at your heart strings. Though I didn't cry when Oyaji's and the other's spirits walked away, I did cry the most in Aruruu's scene. She's just a kid and she's already surrounded by death and violence, and seeing her trying to deny Oyaji's death was tearful. >_< It looks like Hakuoro's past is coming up to the surface. I wondered how the enemy recognized him with his mask. Touka seems like a really cool character too. (This episode needed more Benawi scenes.)

From the previews, it looks like Oboro is going to fight Touka, and Karura gets some more time to shine.

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Uncle Nekozawa

Posted by Emi on June 23, 2006

(not made by me)
Anime: Ouran High School Host Club
Song: Merry Frickin' Christmas by Relient K (censored)

"Uncle Richard. (cue Nekozawa) He's a weirdo.
Passing out pictures of himself in a speedo." 

XDD 

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Cross-dressers Make It Big

Posted by Emi on June 23, 2006

Hanazakari no Kimitachi (h)e (Yes, I copied and pasted that. XD) by Hisaya Nakajou is one of my guilty pleasures. It's such a fluffy shoujo manga, and those are okay in small proportions. If you look at my list, you'll probably say, "…you only have shoujo manga." >__< The manga is 23 volumes long, I believe, and is licensed in North America by VIZ Media.

Hana Kimi is being made into a Taiwanese drama, and Mizuki, the heroine of the story, is being played by Ella Chen from the girl group, S.H.E., the low-voiced one. Oh, and Ella Chen has the same birthday as mine, but she's older, of course. (:

I have no idea who is playing Sano, Nakatsu, Nanba, and all the other characters, but I'll try and post up more information once I get it. Um, is anyone else excited to see Umeda, aka hottest school doctor ever featured in a shoujo manga since he has glasses and sports them well. *sigh* XD (As far as I know, Joe Cheng is not playing a part. Aww, and I loved him in It Started with a Kiss.)

With the debut of a cross-dressing drama, there has to be another: Princess, Princess is becoming a drama. My thoughts:
Manga: Barely tolerable. Licensed and coming to North America by Digital Manga Publishing. Yeah, that company with the long string of yaoi manga.
Anime: The anime made me realize how stupid and dull the actual story was. I mean, there is an elite male-only high school, and it really zones in on how desparate and horny (well, maybe just to me) the students are. They rope in these guys, with effeminate qualities, and dress them up pretty and make them attend school functions as girls.
Drama: I'm not watching it.

Well, since I'm talking about dramas a lot, I want to say: I'm looking forward to watching Goong with English subtitles. *watches her download progress slowly*

(My first attempt to link. It worked! :])

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Ouran High School Host Club Manga Volume 1

Posted by Emi on June 22, 2006

(Rushed entry for the sake of getting something on the blog. I'll edit it later.)

When I first read Ouran High School Host Club, it was on a Photobucket account. It was just something to read since I was bored on a Sunday afternoon (when I should have been doing my homework probably), and it was worthwhile despite the unusual translations and I had no idea what Oshin was. XD It was pretty difficult to follow. The manga-ka and her crew sure go through a lot of trouble to add in detail. @_@ I read the eight chapters that were translated, and I thought Damn. It was getting good… because I got to the part where Tamaki scolded Haruhi and swore not to talk to her until she admitted her mistake. That's when I brought up Google and did a little research and found out it was licensed by VIZ for their Shoujo Beat line. I still didn't know what Oshin was though…

Initial Thought: Whoohoo! Professionally edited and translated version coming to the US. I was hoping it would provide translation and cultural explanations since I REALLY needed some clarification.

When I bought the first volume of Ouran High School Host Club (with three other volumes of Shoujo Beat manga debuting in the US and got a t-shirt *smile*) I was nearly jumping when I left the Suncoast, and didn't even notice how light my wallet was. On the ride home, I immediately began reading Ouran volume 1. (I got really carsick so I had to stop for a while and take a quick nap.) At home, I finished. I mean, I got really dizzy, and I still didn't know what the hell Oshin was since the fine text said, "If you don't know about 'Oshin', check the internet" in chapter 1. However, I loved it. I reread it several times. And I got a bonus the online scans didn't provide: the extra story in the end of volume 1, which was the most hilarious crack-story I've ever seen in manga.

What bugged me about reading Ouran was all the text. There's a lot of it, seriously, and the pages seem crowded with panels and sfx's. (Kind of wish VIZ kept the original Japanese sfx's since some of the English ones cover the art. Example: Tamaki's face is covered in chapter 3, the Renge arc, when she says, "In short–a lousy lover!") It's like the manga-ka tried to stuff three chapters worth of stuff into one, but I understood that since there are so many main characters and LaLa magezine (the manga anthology that Ouran appears in) chapters are generally 30 (?) pages long.

The art was unusual at first, but you get used to it. The pools of water as eyes thing was pretty odd. I didn't notice it until chapter 3 when all the hosts were tearing up. Also, the characters' limbs are super-skinny, but you get used to that too. Basically, anything that seems atypical is easy to get used to.

I don't think I laughed out loud reading a manga since… oh man, I don't know when, but I laughed several times reading only the first volume. Bisco Hatori is a genius when it comes to jokes, especially how the host act compared to the "commoner" Haruhi, and their reactions to instant coffee and instant noodles. XD Tamaki sure is the princely character but he acts like a crackhead too. Ah, gotta love it.

Obviously, Ouran High School Host Club is my new obsession and it may not die down quickly like previous obsessions. *cough*Nar–*cough* 

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Newbie.

Posted by Emi on June 22, 2006

Wow, been a while since I've taken blogging [sort of] seriously.

Welcome. I will be blogging about anime and manga I run across.

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