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Haha, this episode…

Abe: *leer*

Tajima: “What?”

From the first episode of Shining Hearts, in which Kamiya talks to … himself (by voicing two characters in the same scene).

Haha, 「シルフを渡せ!」Now all we need is OnoD’s “Bring the Slyph" song. :]

Hearing Kamiya voice a drunk penguin is, in some twisted way, like a dream come true…

One of these is not like the others…

I’ll sum up the first episode of Acchi Kocchi as follows: predictably cute but surprisingly entertaining. Shows with cutesy characters aren’t usually my cup of tea, but the boke/tsukkomi moments and Io’s deadpan humor kept me smiling from start to finish. Even I have to admit that the art is downright adorable.

As a viewer, it was refreshing to be tossed right into the midst of the main characters’ interactions without any sort of overt introduction. Also, Tsumiki and Io’s almost-but-not-quite-there relationship comes off as charming and endearing rather than strained or forced, which is a welcome change. It’s amusing that everyone but Io himself is aware of Tsumiki’s feelings.

The English sentences on that chalkboard (3rd pic) warrant a second look. :]

30 Days of Anime [and Manga]

Days 8 and 9: Most Epic Scene Ever / Saddest Anime Scene

To avoid the risk of spoiling the scenes in either of these two categories for someone who hasn’t seen/read a specific work, I’m going to write a quick list rather than post photos.

Most Epic Scene Ever

1. the final battle in Sword of the Stranger / Ihojin no Yaiba

2. the final two episodes of Samurai Champloo

3. Gintoki and Katsura fighting back-to-back during the Benizakura arc of Gintama

4. the resolution of Tamaki’s backstory in Border

5. Shizuo’s “handling” of the Saika clones / Shizuo and Izaya’s fight in episode 25 of Durarara!! 

Saddest Anime Scene

1. Hughes’s fate in FullMetal Alchemist

2. Ayumu’s fate in Peace Maker Kurogane and the subsequent conversation between Susumu and Tetsu

3. Shirou’s fate in Ao no Exorcist

4. Yamato’s flashback to his special ops days in Border

5. episode 24 of Tiger&Bunny

30 Days of Anime [and Manga]

Day 7: Favorite Anime Couple

Anime: Kou Shuurei and Shi Ryuuki (Saiunkoku Monogatari)

Manga: Kurebayashi Teru and Kurosaki Tasuku (Dengeki Daisy)

I’m usually not a big fan of shoujo, but these two series have enough humor, wit, and intrigue to keep me captivated. Both couples have to weather some rough situations together (including attempts on their lives XD), but they’re all the stronger for it. Also, Shuurei and Teru are completely capable of keeping pace with their male counterparts.

30 Days of Anime [and Manga]

Day 6: Most Annoying Character

Anime: Inoue Orihime (Bleach) and Kurumizawa “Kurumi” Ume (Kimi ni Todoke)

I suppose it’s not really Orihime’s fault that she’s on this list, since she does show some potential during the original arc of Bleach. After that, though, Kubo turns her into a run-of-the-mill damsel in distress who fights with hairpins.

Kurumi is a classic example of a “meddler” character who gets inserted for the sole purpose of creating obstacles for the main couple. In reality, she was weak-willed, cowardly, and just plain annoying. Miura Kento assumed the role of meddler for the second season of Kimi ni Todoke, and he was able to give Kurumi a run for her money in the annoying department.

Manga: Komiyama Asami (Koukou Debut)

As with Kurumi and Kento, I can’t stand “meddler” characters. Although Asami redeems herself in the end, she was essentially just a leech on Haruka and Yoh’s relationship.