New Season Caper (What do you mean it’s over already?!) Saturday, May 10 2008 

It seems like only yesterday, but the spring shows have now all started and apparently we’re starting into the summer season of anime (Did I sleep through a month or two – how did it flash by so quickly?!) So, because I’m a lazy ass and I haven’t picked any shows for summer yet (seeing as it is winter in Australia) here’s the list of the shows I picked up from spring instead!

  • Bus Gamer – Looked kinda cool, apparently about guys who streetfight to get themselves out of money troubles. Only three episodes long, so even if it does suck you don’t have to sit through 25 episodes before you realize. I’ve seen the first ep and it seemed pretty good though. Only moody bishounen’s need apply.
  • Itazura na Kiss – I’ve read the manga, I’ve watched the j-drama, so naturally I need to watch the anime too. Basic storyline: Cute, not-so-smart girl likes the smartest guy in the school. She tries to confess her love, but he refuses to even read the letter. Through a series of mental events, the chick’s house collapses, and she and her dad end up living at the smart dude’s house with his family – hijinks ensue. I’m reminded of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ as cool, smart guy acts a lot like our Mr Darcy.
  • Amatsuki – Just when I thought anime couldn’t get any weirder/cooler, along comes Amatsuki, with it’s crazy little demon dwarf riding around asking questions like ‘What is reality?’ and the like. But I digress – Two high school boys are touring a Heian era (in the past – not sure how many years, lol) village, when one of them disappears. The other runs around looking for his friend for about 10 minutes, then gets attacked by aforementioned demon dwarf and his evil larger monster counterpart. Dude wakes up, blinded in one eye to find he actually has gone back in time to the Heian era, where demons, samurai and ninja all abound. One hot bishie for you, one clueless but cute bishie for me.
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 – You’re going to think I’m a massive idiot, but I haven’t started watching it yet, because I want to rewatch the first season. It’s all good…
  • Wagaya no Oinari-sama – Did somebody mention fox demons? Right here! The problem with this old fox is he/she is so old it can’t remember if it’s male or female. Doesn’t matter because male Kuu is gorgeous and female Kuu is cute as a button. Kuu becomes the protector demon for two boys being targetted by other demons, and in doing so becomes involved in their daily lives. Hijinks ensue, especially at school.
  • Nabari no Ou – Oi! Fresh order of ninja’s, coming right up! That’s right, ninja’s. It’s a lot better than naruto though, hehehe. Storyline… ummm… something about a kid being born with a secret ninja art inside him that only he can use, lot’s of people fighting to protect him, a samurai chick, some guy that can injure people’s insides without injuring their outsides. I’m rather confused but highly interested.
  • Special A – Waaaah! Takishima! Hikaru! Akira! Megumi! Jun! The others who’s names I can’t remember right now! They’re all in cartoon form! This is so cool! I’m using too many exclamation points! I don’t care! Special A! Too excited to write a proper summary! Watch it! It’s out now!
  • Soul Eater – To become a proper weapon weilded by the great Shinigami-sama himself, all trainees must consume the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch. Sounds easy, right? Hmmm, not so much, seeing as Maka and Soul’s count drops from 99 to 0 after the first episode. Awesome show with human-turning-into-weapon style storyline, lot’s of funny stuff, slightly ecchi but not too much. Maka’s dad reminds me of Tamaki from ‘Host Club’…
  • Vampire Knight – Waaaah! Zero! Yuki! Kaname! Aido! Ichijou! Ruka! Seiren! Assorted other’s who I love equally but can’t remember their names right now! They’re in cartoon form! They move around and talk! It’s like manga but sooooo much better! This is soooo cool! I’m using too many exclamation points! I don’t care! Vampire Knight! Too excited to write a proper summary! Watch it! It’s out now!
  • Himitsu: The Revelation – This is another one where I got really excited, but I haven’t actually got around to watching it yet. I will though! Gomen, ne?
  • Toshokan Sensou – I swear, if the stuff in this show ever actually happened, I’d be so screwed. The Media Enhancement Act has been brought in, meaning that all negative influences (books, magazines, manga etc) have been taken from stores for scrutiny by the Media Enhancement forces. Libraries have become protective havens for books, guarded by heavily armed military forces. Armed skirmishes happen between the two groups constantly. We follow one young woman’s journey as she joins the Library corps to follow in the footsteps of the man who saved her, and her favourite book, from being victimised years earlier. Also, Lt Doujou is a honey, hehehe 🙂
  • Nijuu Mensou no Musume – More easily referred to as ‘The Daughter of Twenty Faces’, even though she isn’t really his daughter. Twenty Faces is a phantom thief, breaking in and stealing precious objects, then escaping without leaving a trace (except for his calling card, of course!) Twenty Faces rescues the little girl who is being slowly poisoned by her guardians (for her massive inheritance) and introduces her into his dark and unruly life. Car chases, shootings, submarines, TDoTF has them all. *sighs* I wish Twenty Faces was MY ojisan…

Also still watching these ones from the winter season:

  • Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
  • Hakaba Kitaro
  • Mnemosyne

And these ones from autumn last year:

  • Shion no Ou
  • Strait Jacket

And this one from summer last year (good grief…):

  • Baccano!

AND the old reliable’s that never seem to end:

  • Bleach
  • D. Gray-Man
  • Hellsing Ultimate

Shounen Onmyouji seems to have moved from stalled to dead with only 2 more episodes left needing to be subbed – waaaaah! It’s always like this with the shows I like!

Any-hoo, that’s all – have a nice day all 🙂

Advertisements

Trend-Ender 03: Gun X Sword Sunday, Sep 30 2007 

If Quentin Tarantino had gotten it into his mind to create an anime series, Gun X Sword would have been it. Seriously, it’s that good!

Actually, I think the creative team behind Gun X Sword must have gotten together, got drunk, watched every Tarantino film ever made (it wouldn’t take that long, you know…) then sat down and penned the plotlines.

It has everything you’d need in a series:

  • A man in black, who’s fiancee was gunned down clawed to death on their wedding day
  • A young girl out for revenge, looking for the man who kidnapped her older brother
  • Giant robots (You knew that was coming! If there’s no robots, there’s no point!)
  • Gun fights
  • Sword fights
  • Wicked good hand-to-hand combat scenes
  • Funny scenes that are actually funny (Good writers there! Yay!)
  • Believable villains (flawed individuals that could have been ‘good’ in another situation)
  • A big, bad boss-man reminiscent of ‘Bill’ from the ‘Kill Bill’ movies (He looks like him!! He acts like him!! If he didn’t have a claw hand it would be him!!)

One episode (it was in the first twelve but I can’t remember which – my bad) was taken straight from ‘Pulp Fiction’. I laughed so hard I nearly died. The two main leads, Van and Wendy, were sitting in this cafe, when two tables over a couple starts doing the ‘I love you…’ scene from the beginning of ‘Pulp Fiction’, almost word-for-word. I had to rewind it and watch it again three times to make sure it had actually happened (it had – and was totally worth it!).

I’ve only watched the first 12 eps so far, but I’m expecting the english dubs to arrive soon (The subtitles were so small! My eyes!). I might add more to this later!

Rating:

I give it 10 ‘Western shoot-em-ups’ out of 10! (Van is the coolest!)

What’s new, eh? Eh?! Saturday, Sep 8 2007 

Errrm… Nothing much actually 🙂 hehehe

However, I have updated the random uploads page with a few new chapters of, oh I don’t know, EVERYTHING!! (Well, pretty much, anyway – there’s some new stuff there, check it out!) Here’s the link to the updated directory:

https://catherineg.wordpress.com/2007/06/15/random-uploads-directory/

And to the uploads page itself:

http://catherineg.badongo.com/

I’ve also started to watch my back-log of anime from about the beginning of last season. I’ve finally caught up with Darker Than BLACK, Claymore and Lovely Complex. Now I’m completely behind with the new shows I’ve started watching. Here’s what’s currently got me interested:

Mononoke – The most bizarre art style I’ve ever seen, and stories that have the capability to freak someone like me out! It’s anime horror and classic story-telling at it’s best!

Devil May Cry – Any show with a main character with the name of Dante instantly becomes a favourite. Oh, and there’s demon’s and stuff… it’s good, trust me!

Zombie Loan – Hey, no worries about dying anymore! Just head over to Z-Loan and hire yourself a zombie body! Comes at quite a high price though, and the things you have to do to pay back your debt can get a little… icky.

Baccano! – Okay, only having seen one episode, I’m still not sure what it’s about, but it’s very exciting, what with the explosions and the regenerating limbs and the car/train crashes and what-not! Thumbs up!

And I’m still hanging onto some of the old reliables:

Bleach – Please come out of filler territory!! Please!!

D. Gray-Man – Haven’t watched it since Ep 25, but I’m still collecting it…

Blood+ – Wooh!

That’s enough from me – I’m heading back to bed for more hibernatin’!!

Natsuki Takaya’s other great works (That nobody seems to mention…) Sunday, Jul 1 2007 

‘Natsuki Takaya, hmmm… that name sounds familiar…’

Well so it should, seeing as she’s the fantastic mangaka that created ‘Fruits Basket’ which ended either late last year, or early this year depending on your sources.

But what of her other works? According to Manga Updates she’s done 6 manga’s in total, and only 4 of them have been scanlated into english. Also, in my shopping adventures, the only one I’ve been able to find for sale in english is ‘Fruits Basket’.

Boku ga Utau to Kimi wa Waraukara was published as a series of 5 one-shot stories in 1999. Shoujo Magic was good enough to scanlate it for the general populace, and for this we should pour kudos all over them.

Phantom Dream was a 5 volume manga (unknown publication date) of which only the first 2 chapters of volume 1 are available (Yay, Entropy!)

Tsubasa Wo Motsu Mono was published in 1996, before Fruits Basket, and was complete at 6 volumes. Currently, the first volume and most of the second volume have been made available to us by K2less and Red Butterfly, who rock!

So far, nobody has picked up Hoshi wa Utau or Komogomo which were the last two manga’s on her publication list ( http://www.mangaupdates.com/authors.html?id=3 ) even though I’ve seen the raws for Komogomo and it looks pretty damn cool.

‘Why am I posting this?’ You may well ask – here’s why: Fruits Basket is over. But that doesn’t mean we should turn our back’s on Natsuki Takaya, seeing as she’s written loads of other great stuff which just hasn’t made it into english yet. I’m just hoping that someone from some great scanlating team finds this post, sees the manga listed here, and decides to start a scanlation project for Komogomo and Hoshi wa Utau!

Not just for me, of course – but for the entire english reading manga community! 🙂

(This has been a public service announcement on behalf of Natsuki Takaya fans who are desperate for fresh manga since Fruits Basket finished – end transmission!)

Manga of the Week: A Thousand Years of Snow! Monday, Nov 27 2006 

Hatori Bisco: Before ‘Ouran High School Host Club’, there was ‘A Thousand Years of Snow’. Though, during the reading of this manga, you can see where a lot of the ‘Ouran’ Character designs came from! This was a two volume manga with a supernatural basis, focussing on a Vampire named Touya (who looked quite a bit like Kyouya Ootori from ‘Ouran HSHC’), a Werewolf named Satsuki (who looked quite a bit like Tamaki Suou from ‘Ouran HSHC’), and their relationships with a certain girl named Chiyuki (who thankfully didn’t look much like Haruhi Fujioka, or I would have gone out of my mind!).

Chiyuki was born with a weak heart, so weak in fact that she’s not expected live for very long at all. One night while looking out her hospital window, she sees a young man jump from the roof of a neighbouring building – running to his aid, she discovers the surly Touya, who tells her (in no uncertain terms) that he is a vampire, and that he has no time to spend lolly-gagging around with filthy humans. With that, he leaves Chiyuki alone in the snow, leaving nothing but a shoe behind.

He returns the next day to recover his shoe, and berates Chiyuki for not telling him she was a patient. If she’d told him, he would have gone easier on her, apparently, heh.

After meeting a few more times, Chiyuki suddenly has a relapse, and Touya does the only thing within his power to prolong her life, even if only for a little while longer.

So begins Hatori Bisco’s ‘A Thousand Years of Snow’ – I’ve been looking in stores for it, but sadly to no avail as yet – scanlations are available though! Once more, remember to support the industry and buy the artist’s works once they become available!

Rating: This one gets 3.5 ‘Hot Vampire Bitey Scenes’ out of 5, seeing as the ending was, well, non-existent – I was expecting a third volume, but I guess this is all there is! Great story and artwork though! Find it and read it – it’s great! 🙂

Anime of the Week: Red Garden! Saturday, Nov 25 2006 

Well, I haven’t really seen too many people discussing this one yet, but it’s an absolutely fantastic anime!

Synopsis:

Episode 01 – Goodbye Girls

The story is set in New York City, and revolves around 5 girls. One of these 5 died in the first episode, a girl by the name of Lise. The other 4 were all connected to Lise in some way, but not really involved with each other.

Rachel seems to be the party girl of the group, Claire appears to be the rebel, Rose is the sweet innocent girl, and Kate appears to be the poor little rich girl.

None of these girls can remember what they did the night that Lise died – it’s as if their memories have been erased. When they are told in school the next day that Lise is dead, it’s a great shock to all of them. All four of the girls react to the news in different ways, but are in general upset.

This is when the weirdness kicks in: Kate suddenly sees a large cloud of butterflies hovering in the sky, which draw her to a rather dodgy looking area in the city. Rachel also appears there, drawn by the same butterflies, as do Rose and Claire.

As they are pondering why the butterflies appeared, Claire asks if anyone can remember what happened the night before – and confirms that none of them have a memory of that night.

Just then, a mysterious woman and man appear. Giving no reason for this but the sentence ‘We are your teachers…’ The woman reveals a shocking revelation to the girls – ‘Last night – you all died.’

The girls – looking very much alive at this point, and very shocked – can’t comprehend what they’ve just been told. Before that sentence can sink in, however, the woman gives the girls another order.

‘See that man over there… You have to kill him. With your bare hands.’

The approaching figure drops to all fours, and starts charging at the girls, growling and roaring like a maniac, as the girl’s stare at him, terrifed…

Gaaah! I love this story so far – there’ve been 5 episodes released so far, and the storyline just keeps getting better and better. The artwork… hmmm, apart from some of the ‘pinocchio’ noses, it’s quite lovely, and the theme song is pretty twisted – it’s mighty happy for a horror anime! I’m definitely going to keep watching!

Death Note 03 and 04! Tuesday, Nov 14 2006 

Yeah yeah, I know – just get on with it!

Death Note 03:

* L has somehow narrowed down the possiblity of ‘Kira’ being a student (from the times most of the victims died). Light decides to play with the minds of the cops a little more by orchestrating deaths outside of the usual times he’s specified in the past. And so then: while Light is still at school, involved in regular class activities, prisoners and assorted other bad folks are being knocked off via heart-attacks sent by the death note – Light Yagami: one smart bastard!

* We find out that the lead detective on the ‘Kira’ case is none other than Light’s father! This is how Light has been accessing all the police information on the ‘Kira’ case and managing to stay at least one step ahead of the police and L’s investigation. Light Yagami: one smart bastard!

* Somehow, Light manages to turn almost the entire police force against L, the genius who is supposedly on their side. I stand by my early comments on smartness…

* We find out that L has actually involved the FBI, in attempts to find out where the police information is being leaked from.

* Light finds out that an FBI agent has been tailing him as part of this investigation (How Ryuk informs him of this is chuckle-worthy: ‘I’m only telling you this because I’m creeped out’ – LOL @ creeped out death-god! )

* Ryuk explains how humans are different from death-gods: eg. death-gods inherit the remaining life-span of the human’s they write into the death note, while a human using hte death note gets nothing in return

* Ryuk also explains about the death-god’s eyes, and the pact which can be made – a death-god’s eyes can see a human’s name and remaining years just by looking at their face. By making a pact with a death-god, a human can gain this same ability, but lose half of their remaining life-span… ah, decisions, decisions…

Death Note 04:

* Opens in the Shinigami world, with the death-gods all sitting around, wondering where Ryuk is, what he’s doing, etc. Revelation! Apparently, Ryuk has two death notes! Hmmm, interesting…

* Light refuses the death-god eyes deal, saying if it had been a deal on the death-god’s wings he would have been more interested – after all, wouldn’t it be more god-like to rule the world with a lovely set of wings? Light Yagami: one twisted individual!

* Light begin’s experimenting with the death note again – this time, just as to how specific he can be with details of the death, eg. actions beforehand, place, time etc.

* Light leaves a playful message for L using a suicide note he forced one of the inmates to write before his death (‘L, do you know’…)

* Light finds out that the death note has its limits, but will allow people to do reasonable things before they die eg escape from prison, write notes and draw pictures, anything withint their normal capabilities. Ridiculous requests are ignored and death by heart-attacks happen as the default.

* Light puts together a cunning plan to find out the face and name of the FBI agent tailing him

* We meet Ray Penbar, FBI. Who, we find out, does not suspect Light of anything what-so-ever and turns out to be a pretty decent bloke.

* Light, his date, Penbar and Ryuk all get on a bus, which suddenly gets hijacked by a wanted criminal.

* Light manages to see Penbar’s FBI Id badge, with full name and spelling – now he has all he needs to finish him off! Light Yagami: one evil bastard!

* The busjacker picks up a piece of paper Light drops on the floor, and can suddenly see Ryuk lurking in the back shadows of the bus. He shoots all of his bullets into him (ineffective: bullet’s can’t harm death-gods), then flees the bus and dies in a traffic accident on the street almost immediately.

* We find out this is the death that Light planned for the crook, down to the finest details

* ‘Next time it’s your turn, Ray Penbar…’ Aaargh!

I can’t wait… This show just keeps on getting better and better! Long live Death Note, and the subbers for subbing it so well!

Trend-Ender 02: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya! Tuesday, Nov 14 2006 

My latest obsession…

I’d heard great things about this series. Great, great things. That’s why, after watching the first episode, I felt strangely deflated. “What the hell was that?” was my first impression – The storyline was bizzarre, the artwork looked slightly dodge, and what little plot there was didn’t make much sense at all… Then in last minute of the show, everything suddenly became clear to me, and I became a massive fan!

After I realized that the very first episode of TMoHS was actually a movie that the characters were making for their school cultural festival, I breathed a massive sigh of relief! Haruhi Suzumiya herself only appears for a few seconds in this episode, seeing as she’s the director of said film.

The second episode made a heck of a lot more sense. Characters were introduced (Haruhi, Kyon, Yuki, Asahina), the ‘SOS Brigade’ was created (Haruhi’s after-school activity club: searching this boring world for Esper’s, Alien’s and Time Traveller’s), and the bizarreness of Haruhi’s character becomes apparent to us all!

After episode 2 I became hooked – I’ve now watched all 14 episodes, and I am wishing there were more!

Haruhi’s misadventures include (in no particular order):

* Stealing the club room from Yuki, the only member of the literary club
* Kidnapping Asahina from an empty 2nd year classroom, because all clubs need a Lolita style character
* Dragging Kyon around constantly, while he complains loudly to her, and silently within his mind (also narrates the entire series)
* Blackmailing the computer club into giving them a brand new computer (takes photos of computer club president harrassing Asahina)
* Dressing Asahina up in all sorts of bizarre outfits (bunny-girl, maid, nurse etc.)
* Kyon finding out that certain members’ of the SOS brigade actually are Esper’s, Time Traveller’s and Aliens (while Haruhi never has an inkling – ah, the irony!)
* Baseball tournaments!
* Epic battles between Esper boys and time/space consuming giants in the place only known as ‘Closed Space’
* Kyon being attacked by a knife weilding freshman
* A kiss!!!! Wheeeeeee!

Hmmm, that’s all I gotta say – just don’t give up on it after the first episode! It’s a really cool, original series (with incredibly catchy theme songs!) and definitely worth a look – People who are about to finish exams and have a whole lot of free time on their hands should definitely find and watch it!

Death Note 01 and 02 Sunday, Oct 22 2006 

First of all, let me just say I’d been hanging out for this to be made into an anime since I started reading the manga.

Second of all… Hmmmm, nah, that’s it!

Death Note is superb – it sticks to the manga storyline flawlessly, the characters were well drawn, the voices seem to be pretty well cast (though I did balk slightly at the fact that the same guy that did ‘Tamaki’ from Ouran was doing ‘Light’) and Ryuk the Shinigami doesn’t look crap.

Episode 01 pretty much covered all of chapter 01 of the manga.

  • Ryuk telling the other Shinigami he’d lost his deathnote down on earth
  • Light finding it, and experimenting with it a couple of times
  • Ryuk flying down to earth to find the book and the human using it
  • Light and Ryuk’s meeting – Ryuk finding out that Light has written pages and pages of criminals names in the book already
  • Light explaining his theory of the utopian society, with him ruling over it
  • Ryuk chuckling evilly and stating that ‘Human’s are… fun.’

Death Note 02 covered chapter 02 of the manga – funny that…

  • Light rigging his hidden drawer so that if anyone finds the death note, it will self destruct in a localised petrol fire
  • The police conference where it is decided that they will be looking for help to solve the ‘Kira’ case from the ever elusive ‘L’
  • ‘L’ asking the police for their assistance, and also telling them he’s getting the FBI involved to help them find ‘Kira’, the man killing off all the criminals
  • The nationwide TV press conference where ‘L’ appears on TV, daring ‘Kira’ to kill him
  • Light takes the bait, and writes the name of the man on the screen in the death note – sure enough he keels over
  • ‘L”s logo appears on the screen, saying the man that just died was not ‘L’ but a prisoner who was to be put to death that day – he also states that the press conference was not nationwide, but broadcast locally so as to narrow down where the suspect is
  • ‘L’ dares ‘Kira’ to try and kill him again – Since Light doesn’t know what ‘L’ looks like, or his real name, this is impossible for him
  • The two men stare into their respective TV screens, and speak the same sentence – ‘I am Justice!’

That about covers both of those – I’ve acquired the third episode, but haven’t watched it yet.

However, I think I have to say that Death Note is definitely one of my favourites for this season!

Enter the Trend-Ender! Part 01: Ouran Episodes 1-5 Sunday, Oct 22 2006 

As usual, I’ve done it again. I’ve come in at the end of a trend. Well, the end of a series this time, actually…

So I take it by now that everyone’s heard of ‘Ouran High School Host Club’? I just discovered this show last week, and what can I say but I’m hooked!

Haruhi Fujioka is a newly enrolled high school student at the Ouran Academy, a school where two most important aspects for all the students are 1) wealth and 2) prestige. Haruhi has a big fat zero on both accounts seeing as she’s a scholarship student from a ‘regular’ family. While looking for a quiet place to study, she opens the door to the Third Music Room, and is shocked to discover a group of handsome boys, referring to themselves as the Ouran High School Host Club. In her haste to escape molestation from Tamaki Suou, the host King, she knocks over a vase worth $80 000 (8 million Yen), and is forced to become the host club’s dog/baldrick/slave until her debt is repaid. Thus begins Haruhi’s misadventures in the Ouran High School Host Club!

This has actually got to be one of the first anime series’ I’ve seen in a while that I’ve laughed out loud at almost every episode. Here’s a list of episode highlights!

Ep 01 – You are a Host Starting Today!

  • The look on Haruhi’s face as she’s labelled the Host Club’s dog
  • The clueless innocence of the rich girl’s who’ve never heard of ‘instant coffee’ (head tilts to the side, while saying questioningly ‘Instanto?’)
  • Haruhi’s ‘Commoner coffee preparation by a commoner’ followed by her derisive ‘Damn rich bastards’ mumbled comment
  • Lightbulbs! Hehehe, and the order of everyone who realised! (First, Kyouya – well, he knows everything about everybody, so duh! Then Hani, closely followed by Hikaru and Kaoru, then Mori, and last but not least our Host King, Tamaki!)
  • Tamaki’s famous line of realisation ‘Haruhi… You’re a girl…’ followed by him turning beet red.

Ep 02 – A High School Host’s Work

  • The look on Haruhi’s face as she walks into the Third Music room to discover a tropical paradise (A mixture of ‘shock!’ and ‘what the hell have these idiots done now?’)
  • Tamaki getting depressed over losing clients to Haruhi, then him demanding she goes back to her girly ways – stresses his point by whipping out an enlargement of her 9th grade photo when she still had long hair, and was wearing the girl’s school uniform
  • Tamaki getting depressed again when he can’t be the one to teach Haruhi how to waltz
  • The entire host club kidnapping Haruhi and dressing her up as a girl – and Tamaki’s reaction, of course…
  • The first kiss debacle – although Haruhi does get her 8, 000, 000 Yen debt cut by a third!

Ep 03 – Be careful with Physical Examinations

  • During the Host club’s cherry blossom veiwing festival, Kyouya wanders about selling photo collections of all the members (while the members try and figure out when the photos were taken in the first place!)
  • Tamaki suddenly realizes that the twins spend more time together with Haruhi than he does… and Kyouya wonders why he didn’t realize this earlier
  • Physical examination day comes along – and the boys create a plan to hide Haruhi’s gender (plan includes Tamaki cosplaying as Haruhi – laughter ensues)
  • Tamaki’s ‘inner-mind theatre’ results in him deciding that he and Haruhi are the main romantic leads, and all the other guys are ‘homo side characters’ (pretty much fell out of my chair laughing when I saw this line!)
  • The twin’s ‘red card’ Tamaki for harrassing Haruhi during her examination

Ep 04 – The Invasion of the Female Manager

  • Episode opens with a girl playing an RPG on her computer, where one of the characters freakily resembles Kyouya – her father comes home, shows her a photo of his business partner’s family, and wouldn’t you know it, Kyouya is in the photo.
  • The girl leaps into her private plane and heads to Japan to meet her prince
  • Haruhi discovers that Hikaru, Kaoru and possibly Hani have all been using eyedrops for their dewy expressions – Tamaki denies that he has, stating that all his tears are real
  • Haruhi refers to Kyouya as an evil magistrate
  • Girl from france – Renge – shows up, she’s stating that she’s Kyouya’s fiancee. Kyouya flatly denies this
  • Renge decides to change all of the host clubs characters – Tamaki, Kaoru and Hikaru all look at her, completely horrified, and call her an ‘Otaku’ (RPG gaming nerd in this case!)
  • Somehow the character changing turns into a film shoot – Renge gets attacked by two of her ‘extras’ and is saved by Haruhi – Renge suddenly decides her favourite is now Haruhi instead of Kyouya, which distresses Tamaki to no end!

Ep 05 – The Twins Fight

  • We’re introduced to the ‘Which one is Hikaru-kun Game!’ where the clients have to guess which twin is which – Haruhi get’s it right with no problems, stating that the way she can tell them apart is that ‘Hikaru’s actions are 1 level meaner than Kaoru’s’
  • We’re also introduced to Nekozawa, of the black magic club, seller of ‘Beelzenef’ voodoo dolls! Tamaki is certain he was cursed the previous year for stepping on Beelzenef in the school hallway, but Kyouya states that he wasn’t.
  • The twin’s then get into an argument, finally calling each other an ‘erotic imp!’ and a ‘pervert!’, while finishing up with a ‘I’m not talking to you any more!’
  • They show up at school the next day, Hikaru with bright pink hair, and Kaoru with blue – every time they see each other they start a riot, throwing everything in sight, including Hani’s bunny doll, Hani himself, Mori at one point, and Tamaki (covered in food from the food fight they start)
  • Tamaki’s ‘inner mind theatre’ travels to a place where Haruhi is providing him with a heart shaped lunch box – decides to try and steal Haruhi’s lunch, which she has given to Hikaru as he want’s something different from Kaoru – hence the food fight.
  • Kaoru whips out a Beelzenef voodoo doll, ans begins to write Hikaru’s name on the back – Haruhi whacks them both on the head, and tells them to stop being stupid or they won’t be able to visit her house
  • The two boys smile craftily, and make a huge show of making up – the entire fight was fake, all they really wanted was to go to Haruhi’s house on their next holiday. Tamaki states that twin’s with time on their hands truly are devils.

That’s the end of part one of the trend-ender post – right now it’s time for eats! Then I’ll watch some more episodes of Ouran! Wheeee!

Next Page »