Friday, July 18, 2008

Clannad 24- Tomoyo Chapter

The much anticipated Tomyo Chapter is finally here! Tomoya wake up one morning to the sound of Tomoyo's voice. Tomoya tell her to let him sleep in, but Tomoyo insist as his girlfriend that its her job to make sure he gets to school on time. Tomoya jokingly tells her they should break up, which upsets Tomoyo. Later at school, when we find out in this world the two have been dating for a few months, Tomoyo wins the school election. However trouble soon starts as Tomoyo is reprimanded for using the schools PA system to give a message to Tomoya. While nothing comes directly from this incident, people are starting to wonder is Tomoya is a bad influence on her. As Tomoyo works to save the sakura trees she's busier then ever and finding it hard to spend any time with Tomoya. At the school festival Tomoyo sneeks out in her bear costume to meet with Tomoya. As they are about to share a kiss, they are interrupted by the vice-president. After she leaves, the vice-presedent tells him that he can only harm and hold back Tomoya. These words, combines with rumors about the two's relationship and the fact that a curcial person to saving the sakura trees finally gets to him. He realizes that Tomoyo will never succeed if they are together so while they are out. Tomoya tells her they should break up. Tomoyo once again, with a little more anxiety tells Tomoya not to joke about things like that, but this time he isn't joking. He tells her that together he'll only hold her back and she has much higher places to go and better things to do. When she refuses despite all that and saying how lost he would be without her, he tells her that he never loved her. He saids that it never meant anything and instead she should succeed, so he can brag about how he once dated a great girl. Tomoyo, defeated, saids thanks for dating a girl like her. when she leaves, Tomoya take a bite out of his crape, and tries to hold back tears. Afterwards Tomoyo is now doing great, and well respected everywhere. While watching a tape of a speech she gave, Sunohara remarks how he knew such a great girl. Meanwhile, Tomoya has gotten his act together. He's studing and attending class. While his grades are not very high, he manages to find a job at a bike shop in town. Fast foreword to the end of the semester and we see Tomoya walking in the snow where he runs into Tomoyo. She saids shes there to mention that she managed to save the trees, but in return lost something valuable, something that cant be replaced. She lost 8 months with Tomoya and tells him that no matter what she wants to be with him. At this time, we see a roadblock in another time and place move up. Tomoya is now emotional and saids she has much higher places to go. Tomoyo interrupts and saids that Tomoya brings her to a much higher place. She decides to stay in town to be with him. the two begin to cry and share a loving embrace. We see the road now open to Tomoya, with Tomoyo waiting on the other side with a bento in her hand.

Thats was beyond amazing. Absolutely touching. And it also came as a surprise that they ended up together because spoilers of the game told me otherwise. Anyways it was very lovely. The only downside, the animation went down the drain. The quality was horrible and with the exception of the snow scene was blocky. But my Tomoyo bias makes this my favorite episode of the season.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sekirei 1

We start this story off in another place where two girls are taking out heavily armed guards. One of the girls manages to save a younger child while the other has slaugtered all the guards because no one told her to stop. We then jump to the present with our 3 time failure to get into university, Minato Sahashi. On a train he hears about a man who has just purchased 85% of neo tokyo, Minaka Hiroto, chairman of MBI. On his way home a girl flies into him. He realizes that there are two other girls shooting electricity following her. He manages to save her and take her back to his aparment. The following day, she wakes up, half naked and greatful, yet hungry. She introduces herself as Musubi. The landlord notices her and reminds him that his room is for a single person, and she is not to stay over again. she manages to eat him out of money, and on his way to the bank, they run into the same girls for yesterday. This time, Musubi, seems "distracted" and is unable to fight. Minato brings them to an alley when the girls chase and promptly rip most of Musubi's clothing. Musubi then kisses him calling him her "Ashikabi". She grows wings of light and manage to hold off the girls attacks. They declare they have no interest in fighting those who already have wings and look for easier prey. While out, the girls run into a mysertious man with control of fire who insults them for picking on the weak. Hesitant to start battle against him, he declares he also has no intention on fighting with winged fighters. At home Minato attempts to receive some clothing from her sister (with hilarious results). Minaka then suddenly appears on Minato's TV and explains he is now bonded with Musubi and they are now in a royal rumble of the 108 fighters called "Sekirei". He also warns Minato that he must not allow anyone to find out about the fights... or else. Before Minato can get any more information, a MBI agent shows up with clothes for Musubi. While she changes, Minato runs outside, right into the landlord who kicks him out. He and Musubi run all around town and finds out no one is willing to give him a room. Broken, we walks to the park where she declares she will help him and kisses him to reveal her wings once again. They then take off into the night as Minaka recites a portion of an old legend.


Very interesting storyline which brings back Fate/Stay Night with the concept of a battle royal with a grand prize for the winner. Obvious differences are that there is much more ecchi in this and more comedy. Nothing really surpirsing and not much speculation except i expect them to resolve the issue over where they will live next epsiode. The huge hype and pretty good first ep will almost guarentee i will finish watching this series.
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