karneval

Anime Mondays #65

This week has been a challenge.  Let me tell you guys, I’ve had no power since Monday night after a bunch of tornadoes ripped through our area.  It finally came back on Friday, but I was going insane.  No air conditioning.  No anime (almost).  I felt like a farmer or something, waking up when the sun came up only because I could have light to do normal things like not shower in the dark and attempt to make my hair not look horrific because I couldn’t turn on a blow dryer.  I rely on technology way too much, but, you know what?  So does everyone else.  And I learned I could charge my phone in very unusual places.  Anyway, I did manage to knock a show off the list this week because once I got internet again, I binge watched all over the place.  And, and!  This is a post with a prize inside.  You know the drill.  Also, I finished the newest season of Orange is the New Black, and damn.  That ending.  I was very pleasantly surprised.

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Red Data Girl – Episodes 4-6 Red Data Girl Cover

I have absolutely no idea what is going on in this anime.  I mean, none, other than it’s some kind of Japanese spirit-apalooza, trying to lump as many different kinds of ghosts and demons in there that they can.  I mean, I know a little bit about various spirits thanks to watching other anime, but they did a much better job of explaining the details so I could understand that, oh yes, this is a fox spirit, and this one lives in the water, and this one will kill you while you sleep.  Not Red Data Girl.  Oh, no, it’s like I should just know them automatically and roll with it, but that is not the case!  I don’t want to have to wikipedia a bunch of crap on my iphone just to figure out what’s happening.  Also, it’s not a scary or action-oriented show about spirits, they all like…attend this school for endangered spirits.  It’s stupid.  I liked this show more when the preview tricked me into thinking it was a reverse harem.  PS – it’s not.  At all.  Don’t get your hopes up.

Soul Eater Not! – Episodes 8-12 (Completed!) Soul Eater Not Cover

If Soul Eater Not! had spent the whole series leading up to what happened in the final three episodes, it would have been a much better anime.  All the slice of life stuff was completely unnecessary.  The last three episodes were action, action, action, and that’s where the Soul Eater franchise belongs, not making stupid boob jokes every four minutes or trying too hard to produce some yuri undertones.  Episodes 8 and 9 were just atrocious.  They were filler and throwaway, and I had to force myself to continue on, just because I knew I wanted to knock this series off my list this week.  But the last three…epic.  The dark haired girl learns how to be a proper weapon, she “chooses” a partner, there’s a witch battle, and, most importantly, there’s another Death the Kid cameo.  Swoon.  It’s a real shame that they wasted 3/4 of a series, though.  An anime should not have to have a shit build-up just to blow it out of the park at the end.  I know a lot of people dropped this show early on, and maybe this was our payoff for sticking through, but man…don’t do that.  I rated this show 6/10 on MAL, and, yes, I added two points for the last arc.  Watch this if you really, really like Soul Eater, otherwise, I’d pass.

Beyond the Boundary – Episode 2 Beyond the Boundary Cover

This show was recommended to me in my birthday giveaway, so I thought I’d give it another try.  I had watched the first episode when it was airing, but the comedic/moe elements really threw me off.  Taking a second look at it, I was ready to watch more than one episode…but then my power went out.  Bastards.  I like the darker tone that Beyond the Boundary has going for it, and that it actually has semblance of a plot, other than like, K-On!, which is what the anime reminds me of.  Same studio.  That’s why.  It also reminds me of a Deadman Wonderland Lite, but that’s just because the main girl gets her power from spilling her blood.  And she’s anemic.  Oh my god, the moe.  However, she was less annoying in episode 2 than I remembered her being in the first episode.  I will definitely be continuing this in the near, as opposed to the far, future.  Thanks for the rec!  You picked a winner!

Hikaru no Go – Episodes 17-20 Hikaru no Go Cover

In case you were wondering exactly what I was watching when my power flipped off, this was it.  And right in the middle of an episode, too, so I had to finish off the disc over the weekend.  LAME.  So, we’re back in this internet gaming thing, where Sai is playing games and kicking ass, and people in these amateur tournaments are like, “Who is this Sai?  WE HAVE TO KNOW!” and they go around like the Spanish Inquisition asking anyone if they have any information.  Um…why didn’t they just trace the IP address?  I’m sure that information was available.  Play less Go, hack some more.  Anyway, so Akira ends up playing Sai, and he thinks it’s Hikaru, but he’s not positive because Hikaru sucked a lot in their tournament match.  Little did he know that it just wasn’t Sai cheating for Hikaru in that match, but I digress.  Hikaru and Sai decide to stop playing online because he doesn’t want to be found out, and then Hikaru jumps onto the professional bandwagon because he wants to compete with Akira.  What?  Turns out he can’t go pro unless a: he passes a test, and 2: he quits his middle school team.  What will he do?  Will he abandon his friends for his selfish desires???  Gasp!  Yeah, I don’t know the answer because that’s where the disc ended.

Karneval – Episodes 1-3 Karneval Title

Okay, I swear to god, I have seen the first episode of this anime about 30 times.  Why?  Because I can never remember what happens in it when I want to go past it, and then I will fall asleep during episode 2.  Not kidding.  I used up a good chunk of my laptop battery trying to keep from going nuts at night when I had no power watching this, and every time, at episode 2, I’d knock myself out and wake up hearing that “Be My Reason~” theme song.  I’d rewind, try to start it over, and promptly fell asleep again.  Ugh.  Karneval, why are you so boring???  The character design in this show is what drew me to it, and the colors are outstanding.  I’m like a kid staring at rainbows just going, “ooh…pretty!”  I BOUGHT this.  I mean, the art box, come on.  I just can’t get into whatever plot it may or may not have at all.  I finally watched up to episode 4 just because I was doing my nails while my laptop was on, and I couldn’t fall asleep, but ugh.  Something about a rainbow forest and some animals…I don’t know.  Greg Ayres is severely miscast in this dub (he should have played the white haired kid), but the dude who plays Yogi (the blond guy) is fantastic.  Hold on, I’m gonna look him up.  Christopher Bevins.  Marry me.

Say, “I Love You” – Episodes 8-9 (Re-watch) Say 'I love you' Cover

Okay, the dude who loves The Land is amazing.  Sorry, I love him and his blond fauxhawk a lot.  Not sorry.  And his English dub voice actor is hysterical.  Hold on, I’m gonna look him up, too.  Andrew Love.  You can marry me, as well.  Polygamy for the win.  Other than that, these were the huge communication misunderstanding episodes, and other than the last episode of the series, they are clearly not my favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

Sailor Moon Crystal – Episode 1 Sailor Moon Crystal Cover

I pretty much said all I needed to say about this episode in the post right underneath this one (which I will do each time a new episode airs, yay!), but I did end up watching this twice, and I liked it better the second time around.  The silhouette dream sequences are still the best part of the anime, though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailor Moon S – Episodes 29-31 Sailor Moon S Cover

Of course, as soon as I was finished re-watching new Sailor Moon, I wanted to re-watch old Sailor Moon, and from here until the end of the series is where shit gets real.  It’s like plot, plot, plot all the time, and there are Outer Senshi everywhere, and I LOVE IT.  It’s almost as good as the arc in the middle of the series where the talismans pop out of Uranus and Neptune, but not quite.  It makes me nervous about their new English dub voices because Viz really fucked up casting Stephanie Sheh as Sailor Moon (ugh, she ruins about as much as Monica Rial does), and, while I am all for Cristina Vee (aka Mio from K-On!) playing Sailor Mars, I don’t know about the rest.  Todd Haberkorn.  Why…anyway, I’ll just watch this subtitled.  Not like I haven’t a million times already.

 

 

The Familiar of Zero – Episodes 1-9 The Familiar of Zero cover

Episodes 1-8 of this were actually a re-watch, as I have seen them all before subtitled.  But Right Stuf had a Sentai sale…and you know where I’m going with this.  Honestly, I purchased this on blu-ray from Deep Discount DVD because it was cheaper and I haven’t had issues with them in the past like every other person in the universe.  So, I watched more than half the series in one go.  Dubbed.  This is a Geneon dub, and it is GOOD.  It took me a little while to realize Saito wasn’t actually 30 years old, but once I got past that, the dub became a winner.  For the newbies, The Familiar of Zero is about a magical boarding school (think Harry Potter), but way less serious.  Our main girl, Louise, is terrible at magic.  Awful.  Everyone in her class has to pick a familiar, and she conjures up this peasant human boy from Earth while everyone else gets dragons and shit.  Poor girl can’t catch a break.  So, while all the rest of the familiars are flying around and spitting fire, Louise’s is washing her underwear.  Yeah, there are cheap jokes.  Yes, there is a harem vibe in here.  But I think this show is hysterical.  Hell, it has like, four seasons, so it must be doing something right.  I’m surprised it’s not more popular in America because it really has everything going for it, and it looks amazing on blu-ray, even though it’s ten years old.  Pick this one up if you can, it’s not out of print anymore, people.  I got my copy for $30.

Damn, that seemed like a lot for a girl with no power all week.  Here’s a free Crunchyroll guest pass:

MUW6XUEBEUM

So, I’m still currently watching 241 series, with 31 completed shows this year.  Expect both numbers to go up next week, as I will be doing my summer season first impressions.  I’m looking at that show about the rock band, the one that has the word “Hollywood” in the title, the terrorist show, and…Tokyo Ghoul.  Along with anything else that has a pretty title graphic on Crunchyroll.  I’m so easy.

Edited after the fact: I forgot that I also re-watched the rest of the first set of Dear Brother… and let me just tell you that the transfer looks fantastic.  If you can pick up these sets at Right Stuf or something, DO IT.  You won’t be disappointed.

Advertisements

Anime Mondays #17

Hello friends, neighbors and followers, it’s Monday, so you know what time it is.  It’s also that time of the month (no, not like THAT, ugh) where the post comes with a surprise inside, so you know what to do.  If you don’t…just read the post, get down to the bottom, and it will suddenly come to you.  There’s that lightbulb above your head.  I see it now!

All images are from MALand there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch – Episode 24 Mermaid Melody Cover

Last week I mentioned that I ran out of episodes on my external for this, so in order to watch any more of them, I have to sift through a bunch of clips with terrible quality on veoh.  It’s not the most pleasant of experiences, so I only ended up watching one episode this week.  Fortunately, I found a different magical girl show to fill in for this one to give me time to find the rest of the series.  No plot was to be had in episode 24.  It’s still ungodly filler.  I’m about halfway through, and there were still only three episodes with plot.  Sometimes, the filler…it is just too much for my heart to take.  Sob, sob.  Whine, whine.  Next show.

 

Mawaru Penguindrum – Episodes 13-24 (Completed!) Penguindrum Cover

I’ve already told you about my love affair with this show.  Hell, I’ve even written a review/discussion for it (just scroll down to the previous post if you missed it, but beware, it’s full of spoilers).  I watched 12 episodes in one day.  That’s like…unheard of for me because my attention span is non-existant.  It’s been a week, and I already want to spend the rest of my day re-watching the whole thing.  And, and…did you hear there’s a new project by the creators in the works?  It’s called Penguinbear.  I have no idea what it is, but if it’s a second series of Penguindrum, I will be over the moon.  Everyone, please go watch this show.  It’s a little fucked up, but you won’t be disappointed.  I mean, if you can sit through 100+ episodes of Bleach or something, you can watch 24 episodes of one of the most amazing anime to ever exist.  Clearly, I ranked it 10/10.  Were you expecting anything different?

 

Phoenix (Hi no Tori) Episodes 10-13 (Completed!) Phoenix cover

Well, I’d had this DVD sitting here from Netflix since January, and I really wanted to send it back, so I made this my bedtime show.  (Yes, my Gintama rental is still by my Blu-Ray player since October.  Don’t judge me.  That is now my bedtime show.)  I literally kept falling asleep through this show.  I couldn’t help it.  When I finally stayed awake through the last couple episodes, I understood why; there is almost no dialogue and a ton of classical music.  That shit puts me right to sleep.  I’m sorry to say that I really disliked Phoenix.  The arcs that were the most interesting were the shortest and really needed more episodes, while they dragged out that Dog Face arc for two freaking discs.  The last one took place in the future, where the world was ending, except this dude got saved by a scientist (aka guy with the big nose) and the phoenix.  He finds a coffin that is set to open in 5000 years with a woman inside of it, so he literally spends 5000 years using the scientist’s research to try and create life for her to see when the coffin opens…but when the timer goes off, she’s clearly still dead and a mummy.  The entire last episode is filled with the end of the world and then the beginning of the world, and the dude realizes that the only reason he stayed alive for billions of years was to be able to start the new world after the end of the old one, so he could see creation and re-birth.  Basically, it’s a bunch of symbolic bullshit where the minutes would have been better used giving us another episode of that girl who was stuck in the time loop.  I ranked this 4/10, though I’m sure lots of people will disagree with me.  I’m a big girl.  I can take it.

Karneval – Episode 1 Karneval Title

I told you I was going to watch this show!  Unfortunately, it’s on the Funimation Roku Channel with its tiny, white subtitles.  I muscled through it, though, and I’m…well, I don’t know how I feel.  I thought it was going to be about a carnival, or even a circus, but it’s not.  The Circus is a code name for this defense organization.  Lame.  However, the characters are really pretty.  Yeah, I’m one of those suckers for beautifully drawn people.  Plus, it’s kind of fucked up.  I mean, in the first ten minutes, this woman tries to steal the innocence away from this boy and then turns into some spider-creature who goes on a rampage.  To contradict this entirely, the ending theme is extremely cute and bouncy and there are bright colors everywhere.  Oh, Karneval.  I don’t know quite how I feel about you, yet, but I’ll stick with it.

Toriko – Episodes 2-3 Toriko cover

It’s been awhile, my good friend, hasn’t it?  I’m still in love with your theme song.  And, even though, I had the random number generator choose you, I did enjoy the two episodes I got to see before I moved on to something else.  Toriko goes on the hunt for some rainbow fruit and a comes-out-once-every-ten-years whale in this selection.  Actually, the third episode continues into the fourth, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.  We are introduced to more characters, including an incredibly annoying news reporter who follows Toriko around every chance she gets and one of the other kings who comes with to help him find this whale.  I’m not as addicted to this as I am to One Piece, but then again, I haven’t watched that in awhile, either.  These shonen shows…apparently I can only take them in small doses.  Go figure.

Pretty Cure (Futari Wa Precure) – Episodes 15-18 Pretty Cure Cover

See, I told you I found another magical girl show to fulfill my filler quotient for the week.  And really, I watched as many episodes as I did because I found a youtube channel that has all the English dubbed episodes that never made their way over to the US.  Huzzah!  No more shitty subtitles where the timing is off!  I will take that they renamed the main characters Natalie and Hannah instead of Nagisa and Honoka.  After all, I did watch 60+ episodes of Sailor Moon where Usagi was named Serena, okay.  I’ll even take that they renamed the love interest Fergie…how…fergalicious.  Anyway, for those of you not in the crappy magical girl show know, Pretty Cure has about six million sequels and movies, it’s so popular.  This first series is about these two girls who have absolutely nothing in common other than they go to the same school and both got these little Tamagotchi pets dropped on them that come to life and allow them to turn into magical girls who fight The Dark Zone.  They have to swipe cards through the readers to feed these pets and transform, which sounds like a horrible merchandise ploy to me, but, hey, whatever works.  The Dark Zone is after these things called Prism Stones, which I think are trapped in the little Tamagotchi cases, but don’t quote me on that.  So, they basically just cause trouble, turning people into monsters to try and lure Pretty Cure out so they can steal them.  The downfall of these magical girls is that they have to do everything together: transform, fight, you name it.  Shit, their only worthwhile attack has to be performed with them holding hands.  I know it’s all about the power of friendship, but what happens if Honoka is in cram school or something and Nagisa gets bitched slapped by a Zakenna and gets her stone swiped?  Everyone is fucked.  This show also has a lot of filler, but it’s so much easier to take in dub form.  Canada gets everything cool.  First Degrassi and now this.

RDG: Red Data Girl – Episode 1 Red Data Girl Cover

Ah, yes, here comes the part of the week where I was trolling around the Funimation Roku Channel looking for something to watch, even if it had tiny subtitles.  This was new, so I went for it.  Honestly, I never would have picked this show out to watch on my own, and it’s looking to be another surprise favorite like my beloved Chihayafuru (which, yes, I will catch up with before the end of the month…just not this week coming up because I’ll be out of town).  It starts off with this weird girl cutting her hair to give herself bangs.  Pretty random, right?  Like, who gives a shit?  Well, it turns out everybody gives a shit because this girl is a shrine maiden or something, and her hair is a source of her power.  And apparently, cutting herself some bangs throws everything out of whack.  See, she’s not just a shrine maiden, she is powerful enough to have people actually born to serve her, only she doesn’t know it.  She just thinks she’s a freak with only two friends who fucks up every computer she touches.  Okay then.  But after she cuts her bangs, she turns into this computer pro who can get her dad on Skype, tell him she’s not going to a high school in Tokyo like he wants her to, and then crashes every single computer in the computer lab.  What the hell, dude…add to this that her guardian is her dad’s best friend and his son is being forced to transfer into her school to become her servant (and I’m pretty sure his dad beats that into him, holy christ), and it’s all sorts of fucked up.  And you all know how much I like my fucked up anime.  I can’t wait to continue this.

The Devil Is a Part-Timer (Hataraku Maou-Sama!) – Episode 1 The Devil is a Part Timer Cover

I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this anime.  It was another new thing from the Funimation Channel, so I just clicked on it.  At first, it started off like some random shonen fantasy show that I am prone to hating.  There was a gigantic fight between demons and humans and the demons escaped to Earth to save themselves.  Then, it took an entirely different turn.  Satan and Alciel had to learn how to adapt to an entirely new environment…and it turned into a comedy.  Not that it’s a bad thing, but you’d think that the ruler of the freaking underworld would not be so excited by getting a job at McDonald’s and trying to take over Earth by literally starting from the lowest rung of a customer service job and working his way up.  He thinks that selling the largest amount of black pepper french fries will somehow boost his social status.  Um…okay.  It kind of reminds me of Working!, which I started out liking — not enough to finish it, of course — that turned into a hot mess by the end.  Sadly, Hataraku Maou-Sama! turned into a hot mess by the end of the first episode.  I’ll give it another shot when I’m bored, but it’s not something I’m chomping at the bit to see every week.

The World God Only Knows – Episode 7 The World God Only Knows Cover

There’s not really much to say about this episode except that it ends the Kanon arc (FINALLY!), and that the next episode is filler.  I watched half of it and fell asleep.  Whoops.  Oh, and I’m still in love with the theme song.  So much that I have the tv version memorized…..I am a loser.  But I still want to start that anime music band.

 

 

Btooom! – Episodes 1-8 Btooom! Cover

Uh oh.  Looks like I found another anime I liked enough to marathon the shit out of.  In fact, I finished it in the middle of writing this post, so look for a complete review/discussion coming tomorrow.  They say Btooom! is like The Hunger Games.  And well, it is, but it isn’t.  It’s got a lot of bombs.  It’s got a lot more fanservice.  And it’s got a female protagonist that I really want to punch in the face.  I’d say it’s more like Sword Art Online mixed with Battle Royale, if you want to know the truth.  At least it’s not like Pokemon…except it is.  Because instead of trying to catch ’em all, you only need eight.  Btooom! is about this group of people who get kidnapped and thrown onto an island with tracking chips implanted in their hands and a fanny pack full of bombs who need to collect seven other chips by killing each other.  It’s based on a video game of the same name, and shocker, our male protagonist is the highest ranked Japanese player.  I really wanted to love this, and yes, I watched the shit out of it until I literally passed out, but…but…you will just have to wait and see.  Please note, I love everything it ripped off, Survivor included.  In theory, it should be one of my favorite anime.  But, in theory communism works, and we all know how that turned out.

Holy hell, I watched a lot of anime this week.  I guess that’s what happens when all you can do for a whole week is sit around waiting on phone calls, which is basically…what I did.  Not good phone calls, either, but this is not a post about my life.  It’s a post about distractions from it.  And here’s my present to you: a free crunchyroll guest pass!

5MJL59MXZM3

Enjoy it!  Next week I may not have a post up because I’ll be out of town, but I’ll try my best if I watch anything besides the end of Btooom!….which I already saw.  Spoiler?

Anime Mondays #15

I should really call this post “Random-e Mondays” this week.  Why?  Pretty much everything I sat down to watch came from closing my eyes and scrolling through the Netflix Instant anime section or using a random number generator to go through my MAL to pick a show for me.  I couldn’t make a decision to save my life this week.  Case in point: I needed to buy a dress to wear to a wedding coming up, and instead of getting one, I bought three.  Maybe next week I’ll be able to think for myself again, but until that happens, here’s what the random anime gods chose for me to watch.

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Case Closed (Detective Conan) – Episodes 103-105 Case Closed Cover

Okay, so this show wasn’t that random.  The DVD was still sitting in the player in my bedroom, so I fell asleep watching this almost every night this week.  Ergo, it took me seven days to watch three episodes.  Ugh.  This must have been the start of a new season when it aired in Japan because the horribly converted-to-English opening theme was gone and was replaced by an even worse one in Japanese.  Seriously, what am I going to do when I finish the last dubbed season on Netflix?  This will probably get dropped until I can find a good place to watch the remaining 400 episodes.  Anyway, the first case was a one-off about some rich dude getting offed by his kids, except the kids didn’t really do it.  Saw that one coming a mile away.  The next two episodes were parts one and two about some famous potter (no, not Harry) whose wife/assistant/business manager apparently commits suicide.  Except she doesn’t.  This was pretty much all filler except that the fat police chief said something like, “Why do I always have to chalk it up to coincidence that Conan is always present when there’s a corpse around?”  FINALLY.  ONLY AFTER 105 EPISODES AND TWO MOVIES.  Now I can finally send this back to Netflix where it belongs.

Dragon Drive – Episode 5 Dragon Drive Cover

This show has now gone from awesome video game/Pokemon-like adventure to show that takes place in an alternate universe.  Go back to being a video game.  If I wanted to watch a fantasy, I’d watch El Hazard.  I have it all.  I can do that, you know.  I hate it when shows take a turn for the worse less than ten episodes in.

 

 

 

Darker Than Black – Episode 1 Darker Than Black Cover

This is what closing my eyes and holding down the scroll button on Netflix decided I should watch.  Actually, I’ve had it in my queue for awhile but never bothered to start it.  It’s kind of complicated, honestly.  The world has been taken over by these guys with paranormal powers, but cities have erected giant gates to keep them out.  However, they somehow get in anyway and start causing trouble.  The most interesting part of the premiere episode is when this new guy moves into an apartment complex and meets this girl…love at first sight, don’tcha know.  She’s being chased by this evil dude who killed one of the paranormal guys that I guess she was dating?  But the new guy saves her multiple times.  He even grabs her and they make out so that she’s not seen in this chase scene.  He’s interesting.  Everything else is pretty confusing.  But this was a two part episode and I only watched the first part because I got bored.  Next time the random button sticks, I’ll give it another shot.

Trinity Blood – Episodes 1-2 Trinity Blood Cover

Another random pick, Trinity Blood captured my attention for two whole episodes!  It would have been three, but I fell asleep…whoops.  However, continuing my odd fascination with ending themes, this show has a really great one.  It helps that it’s in English.  But it has a really great lyric: “My broken wings, still strong enough to cross the ocean with.”  Ugh.  Bravo.  It gets stuck in your head.  In fact, it’s stuck in mine right now.  Just that line.  Cause I can’t remember anything else.  Anyway, so this is a show about vampires.  Not JUST vampires, though, there are also vampires who SUCK THE BLOOD OF OTHER VAMPIRES.  Finally, something different.  Then there’s a whole church aspect thrown in there, which I’m not really getting, but I’m sure it’ll be explained later.  The first episode has a really bad ass girl in it who flies a plane when this vampire kills all the other pilots…but I have no idea what happened to her at the end of the episode.  Shit, I swear, I look away for 20 seconds and I get the ending theme.  In episode 2, there’s a completely different story with this little kid witch who everyone keeps trying to kill.  But what happened to the pilot girl???  Somebody tell me cause it’s driving me nuts and I don’t want to rewatch the episode.  Re-watching shit on Netflix Instant is such a hassle.  I’m digging this, though, even if it’s kind of violent.  Hooray for a random pick I actually like!

Getbackers – Episodes 6-8 GetBackers Cover

Seriously?  The random number generator gave me this show first pick from my list.  I guess even random number generators want me to send this back to my rental service.  Thankfully, these three episodes were all connected and actually interesting.  Plus, the dub voices were much less annoying, which meant I could turn the subtitles off.  The Getbackers have to retrieve a stolen violin for a blind musical prodigy.  However, one of Ginji’s old gang members is the one keeping the instrument hostage.  Uh oh.  I love these side characters.  This dude can control animals by whistling, and he ends up controlling the blind girl’s dog and they fall for each other.  Odd….but it works.  He also forgives Ginji for leaving his gang and doesn’t want to murder Ban anymore, so that’s a plus.  And we were introduced to another gang member who has this string that slices people to ribbons.  Awesome.  I can’t wait to finish this disc.  I know, I never thought I would say that, either.

That’s it for this week.  I really didn’t have a whole lot of time to crank anything out, but I’ll try to be more focused for the next installment.  And hey, the new season is starting!  Right now, my picks are looking to be: Karneval and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku, which I know isn’t a show, but I can’t find anything else that looks interesting at first glance.  I thought there was supposed to be some Lucky Star spin-off, but I couldn’t find it in the chart.  I’m probably mistaken.  If that exists, I’ll watch that, as well.  What are you looking forward to in the new season?  Send me your picks!