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A lot has just been release this week a long with some I missed from last week so the best thing to do is post about 4 episodes a week which helps breaks things down a bit. So lets get started with out culture shock show Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, comedy filled YuruYuri, old style Kami-sama Dolls, and original series Sacred Seven.
 

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

A young Japanese girl, Yune (Touyama Nao), travels to Paris to see the world. This could had ran as some silly way for loli fanservice but Ikoku Meiro no Croisée doesn’t go for cheap tricks but heartwarming, innocent, and   the idea of cultural differences. The story goes with Yune starting her stay in Paris by living a kind old man, Oscar Claudel (Tanaka Hideyuki), and Claude Claudel (Kondou Takashi) owner of the Enseignes du Roy ironworks shop and one who wasn’t sure about Yune’s traditions. From there, Yune and Claude begin to understand one another in their cultural differences. This series takes place in the 19 century where cultures from around the world were beginning to meet and greet and this first episode really showcase that with many people in the streets of Paris being shock to see a little girl walking around in a beautiful kimono, which was new to most people. Yune, unlike most little anime girls, is portrayed as a innocent, curious, and respectable person as well as being incredibly adorable. Claude is the usual hardworking young man who is willing to come to terms with Yune helping him out despite their misunderstanding with their first meeting and Oscar is the wise old man that helps both Yune and Claude understand each other and the world. While everyone in the show is speaking in Japanese, their mind sets and wordings are in French which may confuse people when listening to what they say. Visually, the show is beautiful with crisp lighting, colors, and designs. Only a few moments had characters turned simplified when in a scene of comedy. While many may not like the slow pacing of the show, there is a lot to appreciate like its style, characters, and setting.

YuruYuri

Despite the “Yuri” in the title, there isn’t any of that the show, kinda. What you will get is pretty nicely paced comedy and showcasing new seiyuus. The show stars our cast of four middle school girls, Akaza Akari (Mikami Shiori), Toshinou Kyouko (Ootsubo Yuka),  Funami Yui (Tsuda Minami), and Yoshikawa Chinatsu (Ookubo Rumi) hanging out in the abandon tea ceremony clubroom to establish their fun club. Its pretty much the typical slice of life comedy with comedy being the main course. See, the pacing from joke to joke is really well done and allows the viewer interested in what is and will happen. And all of the jokes are related or connect to one another. Like I said before, this is one of those series where it'll look good on the seiyuu's resume as they all do a really good job with their character's personalities and able to sound cute while being unique and not some generic voice. If I have a small problem with the show it would be the look of it as the studio want with some type of light brown tone to it which dulls the colors little, leaving no real bright coloring. Character designs are blob like with round faces making for some cute looks. For those looking for a solid comedy try out YuruYuri and maybe you can find "Yuri" in it.
 
You can find this show streaming on CrunchyRoll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/yuruyuri

Kami-sama Dolls

Watching this show kinda re-minded me of animes years ago. It has an ordinary guy, Kuga Kyouhei (Okamoto Nobuhiko), who left his village to live in the city (Tokyo, of course), his village has are dark secret that is now after him in the city, his love interest, Shiba Hibino (Kayano Ai), who is a fellow student and helping him out in this dyer situation along with his little sister, Utao (Fukuen Misato), that has control over a Kakashi — mysterious dolls that are believed to be the empty shells of god. All of this is followed up with visual that has a slight taste of the old school anime with older looking character designs and a pale overlay. This is, what I considered, a good and bad thing about this show. See, while it does make good on a style that  many can remember to, it also feels like it is something that was already done before and doesn't feel like it'll have any twist to make it pop out more. It is a decent show for those who are looking for something to watch.
 
 
 
You can find this show streaming on CrunchyRoll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/kamisama-dolls

Sacred Seven

Hey, Code Geass is back. No wait it just has the same design as Code Geass and ever more bizarre plot involving stones, highschool, super powered beings, and a god damn maid army! So the story goes 7-year-old Tandouji Aruma (Terashima Takuma) has some sort of power that he once unleashed and now wants to avoid people in case it happens again.  However, beings called “Ashi” appear and start causing some trouble. While Aruma was sorta able to fight it, he wasn't able to keep control not until Aiba Ruri (Nakajima Megumi) entrust him with a jewel imbued with her will to help him realize his true power to defeat them. It basically made him transform. From here on out it is good vs evil using the power of stones. Design wise, it is basically Code Geass with bright colors, pretty character designs, and minus the lengthy bodies. So far things are decent enough to watch but since it is an original show, a lot can happen. 
 
You can find this show stream on CunchyRoll, and Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/sacred-seven http://www.crunchyroll.com/sacred-seven
 
 

Highlights

 She's so adorable XD
 She's so adorable XD

 I think you're hugging her too tightly
 I think you're hugging her too tightly

 Again, Maid army!
 Again, Maid army!

 Dazzling sta... or wait, wrong show :P
 Dazzling sta... or wait, wrong show :P

 Again, kinda Yuri
 Again, kinda Yuri
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