March 22, 2010

Ga-Rei Zero, Episode 12

Last episode, the Schoolgirl In Black took on The Agency... and won, killing KDad, The Boss, Motive Power Kiri, one of the Nabuus, the HMMWV and a gazillion grunts, turned Mr Laser Weasel into a bowl of pudding, and scarring Isayama along the way.  It looks bad for the Tokyo, and by extension the entire world.  But don't forget that the Schoolgirl in White, Kagura, has taken up the mantel of Byakuei's Master.  It's time for a showdown!

But first, it's time for some red-hot paperwork action!  Actually, Kagura returned to the office, only to find a note from Mr Laser Weasel.  We never get to see what it says, but "I quit" seems to be a good guess.  Maybe "I'm running in abject terror" would work, too.  Isayama, quite sensibly, says that it's better that way; no use in him getting killed because he can't actually bring himself to hurt his former fiancee.  What's left of the Disposal Team is going after the Schoolgirl In Black, even though she just kicked their butts all the way 'round Tokyo, across the Kanto plain and nearly to Hokkaido.

"Take me with you.  Take me... Yomi."  Okay, now it's time for a showdown!


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March 20, 2010

Computers, HidaSketch Style

Things like this never fail to amuse me endlessly.  One of the two new characters in Hidamari Sketch Hoshimittsu, Nori-chan, has a computer in her apartment, something none of the other girls has.

As an aside, I've completely changed my opinion of Nori as a character in the show.  Before, I didn't like either of the two new girls.  While I still dislike Nazuna, who behaves like a scared puppy (minus the carpet wetting, at least on-screen), Nori has shown herself to be just as interesting and charming as the Original Four.  But I digress.

Nori has a computer, and you know that if there's a computer in a slice-of-life show, it's gonna be used sooner or later (Chekhov's Keyboard?), and like as not, we're going to see it booting up.

So do we all, Shaft, so do we all... on a tangental note, HidaSketch might be the first show by Shaft that I've really liked, though they did split credit on G-On Riders!, so that's arguable.  Anywhodles, the boot screen makes me wonder about Nori-chan's uncle, the builder of her computer...

"I've got a Computer Acronyms For Dummies book here, let's just choose some at random."

Though you've got to like the BIOS name and version...

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March 11, 2010

Ga-Rei Zero, Episode 11

If my memory serves me correctly, last episode saw the show catch back up to Episode 02, and the Schoolgirl in Black (formerly known as Yomi) kill off half the cast.  Again.  However, she only got one member of the Disposal Team, Kazuki.  At the very end, Kagura's father (KDad) appeared in the nick of time, saving his daughter from joining the ranks of the corpses... and setting up a massive showdown between the two strongest Spirit Beasts, Ranguren and Byakuei.  So who's power reigns supreme?  We are set... let's get it on!

Cue two different staredowns and posturing.  Of course.  It's an anime fight scene, there has to be a staredown.

And if that wasn't enough, throw in some trash talking by the Schoolgirl in Black.  If I didn't know any better, I'd think this was a pro wrestling match.  Instead of, y'know, a fight that will likely end with the death of one of the two of them... and the destruction of half of the city of Tokyo.

Bang a gong, we are on! 

Ga-Rei Zero, Episode 11: The Awesoming!


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March 07, 2010

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

I just finished rewatching Episode 11 of Ga-Rei Zero, screencapping as I went.  Epic, epic episode.  How epic?

Dear god in heaven, I got 172 screencaps in 24 minutes!

I need to eliminate at least half.  Fortunately, there's quite a few repeats-- different facial expressions in the same scene, three pictures where the only difference is the number of speed lines, that sort of thing-- but it still might be difficult to get it down that far without much screaming and tears.

Still: a helluva episode!  It'll be up sometime either Tuesday or Wednesday... Monday, Friday and Saturday are already reserved for F1 coverage, after all.

(damn but that's a lot of pictures to sort through... eep)

UPDATE 343am: Two-and-a-half hours later I'm down to 108, and if I don't go to bed, I'm going to fall asleep at my desk.  Goodnight.

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March 04, 2010

Ga-Rei Zero, Episode 10

In the last episode, Yomi turned into the Schoolgirl in Black after being abandoned by everybody close to her.  Of course, this was after she was turned into a pincushion by the Big Bad, who then healed and implanted a piece of the Death Stone into her.  Hell's comin' to breakfast, and it's hungry... so let's get cracking on Episode 10.

Tonight on CSI: Tokyo, Noriyuki appears to have shaken off his lethargy and angst (not that it was unwarranted) and is actively investigating at the site of Yomi's attack.

Yup, the old "stick in the hole" trick, so as to discover what direction the projectiles came from.  

Of course, they all came from the same direction... a source other than Yomi herself.  In Mr Laser Weasel's mind, this pretty much proves that she was attacked.  Putting away his camera, he mutters to himself, "I suppose she... got the point."



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