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 In the past few years of my life as an anime fan, I find myself watching more and more shows online. Sometimes it's a simulcast and other times it's something from an archive on sites like Hulu or Crunchyroll.  One problem, albeit an awesome one, is that these shows have huge archives of content to shift through.  In my search for content to watch, I always thought that it'd cool if some kindhearted otaku was out there gathering links for cool shows that I could watch right now.  Well, today I've decided to be the generous otaku that I've been searching for. 
 
If you don't know Bleach is online, now you know. 
If you don't know Bleach is online, now you know. 
Every week I plan (keyword being plan) on highlighting one or two shows that I'm watching or have seen that are also available legally online.  Ideally they'll be free to everyone, but if they aren't i'll be sure to make a note of it.  I'll try to avoid shows that I think are super popular because, in all honesty, these shows have more than enough eyes on them and don't really need yet another person pointing them out.  So that means, no Naruto, no One Piece, no Bleach, etc.  It's cool if it does, but I don't really intend for this to introduce a new person to anime and make them a fan.  I'm trying to introduce anime fans to shows that they might not have seen or heard of. 
 
Last week was a shounen action fiesta so this week I decided to go for two shows that are the polar opposite.  With no further ado...     
 

Erin the Beast Player (Crunchyroll Link)

The Basics  
 Erin as a child.
 Erin as a child.
Erin the Beast Player combines slice-of-life and drama to tell the story of a young girl named Erin who has a natural talent for animal taming.  The story begins with her as a ten year old and follows her life until she is eighteen. 
 

Described in Anime 

The tone, time and setting of the show reminds me of Spice and Wolf or a fairy tale minus magic elves and witches. 
 

Why I Like It 

The pacing of Erin is about as peaceful and serene as this picture.
The pacing of Erin is about as peaceful and serene as this picture.
Erin has a great story filled with many interesting characters but it's the pacing of the series that really allows everything to shine.  Erin is a fifty episode show broken into three time periods of Erin's life: her as a young child, a tween and teen.  Erin is definitely a slow burn type of anime.  The plot moves very slow and the main story line of the series isn't introduced until about halfway through.  Some may be turned off by that, but I loved it.  The pacing combined with the time segmentation really allows you to get to know all of the characters intimately and you can see how they mature and change as they grow older.  It also allows you to see how the situations in the land that Erin lives in are changing and you can get a good sense of how certain political maneuvering is going to impact things later down the road.
 
Everything isn't rainbows, lollipops and sunshine...
Everything isn't rainbows, lollipops and sunshine...
Yes, I said political maneuvering.  Another great thing about the show is that despite the happy-go-lucky visual style, the show can be very dark when it wants to be and it covers some very adult topics with a maturity that's a welcomed change from many of the shows that I watch.  In a lot of ways, Erin reminds me of a fairy tale with more realism.  When you see these stories in children's books, they're always brightly colored and things look happy and very kid friendly.  However, when you read them you find characters who do things such as mistreating orphans and step children out of spite or allowing their vanity and desire for power to corrupt them.  Like the best fairy tales, Erin's journey through life is filled with many triumphs and great moments but it also has its fair share of tragedy and disappointment. 
 

Time of Eve (Crunchyroll Link)

The Basics 

 Man or Machine?
 Man or Machine?
Time of Eve is the story of advanced androids trying to find their place in a time where the line between man and machine is blurring beyond recognition, yet society is reluctant to view androids as people or objects to be respected rather than tools to be used and disposed of. 
  
Described in Anime 
Imagine if every human-form android in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex had it's own unique personality like the Tachikoma units.  Remove all action, spying and crime fighting from the series and make it a drama or romance about human/android relationships set in a world where society treats machines in a manner similar to the The Second Renaissance episodes from the Animatrix
 

Why I Like It 

 Anti-android propaganda
 Anti-android propaganda
I'm a sucker for anything that's sci-fi and deals with human rights issues.  That's one super niche that always appeals to me, whether it be over the top action like Avatar or more dramatic fare like Artificial Intelligence: AI.  The concept of the show is that androids and humans look identical with the exception of a halo like device that androids are required to use so that they can be distinguished from humans.  The Time of Eve Cafe is a place where androids can turn off their halos and everyone interacts with each other, not knowing if they are humans or androids.  Each episode deals with a small group of characters and how they connect with each other, whether it be romantic, paternal or platonic.   
 
 One of the many interesting relationships in the series.
 One of the many interesting relationships in the series.
That concept alone intrigues me and luckily the show delivers.  I would go as far as to say that the characters and writing is good enough for these short stories (each episode is about 15 minutes long) to stand on their own without any sci-fi elements.  If the series was just people hanging out at a cafe and telling stories about their lives, or the ups and downs of a couple or a tale about a grandfather and his daughter, this show would still stand up as a well done and interesting anime that I could suggest to anyone.  Adding in the sci-fi elements sends it over the top for me.  Time of Eve is one of the few shows that I simply couldn't put down once I started watching it and I'd recommend it to anyone, regardless of what your tastes in anime are.
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In the past few years of my life as an anime fan, I find myself watching more and more shows online. Sometimes it's a simulcast and other times it's something from an archive on sites like Hulu or Crunchyroll.  One problem, albeit an awesome one, is that these shows have huge archives of content to shift through.  In my search for content to watch, I always thought that it'd cool if some kindhearted otaku was out there gathering links for cool shows that I could watch right now.  Well, today I've decided to be the generous otaku that I've been searching for. 
 
   Hold up, you're telling me One Piece is online?    
   Hold up, you're telling me One Piece is online?    
Every week I plan (keyword being plan) on highlighting one or two shows that I'm watching or have seen that are also available legally online.  Ideally they'll be free to everyone, but if they aren't i'll be sure to make a note of it.  I'll try to avoid shows that I think are super popular because, in all honesty, these shows have more than enough eyes on them and don't really need yet another person pointing them out.  So that means, no Naruto, no One Piece, no Haruhi, etc.  It's cool if it does, but I don't really intend for this to introduce a new person to anime and make them a fan.  I'm trying to introduce anime fans to shows that they might not have seen or heard of. 
 
Last week was bishounen and school girls so this week I decided to go with something a bit more in line with the type of shows that first got me into anime.
  

Kurokami (Crunchyroll Link)

The Basics 

You already know what time it is when people get naked on an astral plane. 
You already know what time it is when people get naked on an astral plane. 
There is a shadow world that everyday citizens are totally unaware of.  In this world, teams of people with magic powers beat the crap out of each other for the fate of the world.  For more details, please see the picture your right.

Described in Anime 
Take the Soul Eater style teams of alone we're not that great but as a team we're unstoppable!!!! who fight in a hyper-kinetic Dragon Ball Z style every episode.  Throw in mystery organization that is super powerful and secretly runs the world from Dance in the Vampire Bund, mix in a little My-Hime romance and you've got Kurokami.
   
Why I Like It  
 Somebody is about get their snot box rocked.
 Somebody is about get their snot box rocked.
 I like shounen.  Seeing people get the crap beaten out of them brings a smile to my face.  I've loved seeing that since I was 4 years old and at 27 I've come to the realization that i'll never grow tired of seeing someone put fist-to-face.  Kurokami certainly doesn't have the greatest story ever told.  A super important mystery world that regular people don't know about isn't exactly new and refreshing and the characters don't really do much to stand out amongst the crowd.  It's not so much that the story and characters are bad, because they aren't, but nothing about them really stands out.
 
So with all of that, why would I recommend this show?  The action.  The story and characters are serviceable enough to not make me change the channel but the action is what keeps me.  Every episode is packed to the brim with people opening up government issue 2-gallon cafeteria size cans of whup ass.  And these aren't your run of the meh-quality we're saving the budget for the real fight fights.  Imagine if every fight in Naruto looked as good as Sasuke vs Orochimaru or if every fight in Bleach was as awesome as Grimmjow vs Ichigo, Ikkaku vs Kenpachi or Kouga vs Byakuya. 
 
Cans of whup ass about this big get opened up on every episode. 
Cans of whup ass about this big get opened up on every episode. 
Kurokami delivers that for every episode and all of them are well animated, filled with acrobatics and extremely brutal.  The first episode sees the main protagonist getting hit with a baseball bat multiple times, have her face slammed through a car windshield and I believe she gets hit by car at some point.  But how does it end?  She gets up and does some insane 20-hit combo filled with rising uppercuts and spin kicks and completely crushes her opponent's face by the end of it.  You can't beat that with a stick.  If you like shounen action to any degree, you'll have a blast watching this.
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In the past few years of my life as an anime fan, I find myself watching more and more shows online. Sometimes it's a simulcast and other times it's something from an archive on sites like Hulu or Crunchyroll.  One problem, albeit an awesome one, is that these shows have huge archives of content to shift through.  In my search for content to watch, I always thought that it'd cool if some kindhearted otaku was out there gathering links for cool shows that I could watch right now.  Well, today I've decided to be the generous otaku that I've been searching for. 
 
Sorry, but everyone and their mom knows that you're online.
Sorry, but everyone and their mom knows that you're online.
Every week I plan (keyword being plan) on highlighting one or two shows that I'm watching or have seen that are also available legally online.  Ideally they'll be free to everyone, but if they aren't i'll be sure to make a note of it.  I'll try to avoid shows that I think are super popular because, in all honesty, these shows have more than enough eyes on them and don't really need yet another person pointing them out.  So that means, no Naruto, no One Piece, no Haruhi, etc.  It's cool if it does, but I don't really intend for this to introduce a new person to anime and make them a fan.  I'm trying to introduce anime fans to shows that they might not have seen or heard of.  So with no further ado... 
 

Jyu-Oh-Sei (Hulu Link)

The Basics 

Jyu-Oh-Sei is the tale of two kids who find themselves caught in a political situation that results in them being kidnapped and sent to an overgrown planet where survival of the fittest is law.  
 
Described in Anime
Bishounen pretty boys brutally fighting to the death on the Blue Gender planet while getting into Nana/True Tears relationships (with women, just in case you were wondering) when they aren't killing each other.  People make cold and lethal calculations that would make Lelouch or Light Yagami proud.  Oh yeah, and the last few episodes give the story an ending that about as "cheerful" as Saikano.  And yes, that "cheerful" is sarcasm.
 

Why I Like It 

Don't let the pretty boys fool you; they break faces and hearts with ease.
Don't let the pretty boys fool you; they break faces and hearts with ease.
This show somehow manages to balance two things that don't seem like they'd fit: super melodramatic and bittersweet romances with assassinations and battles to the death.  If you like violent/harsh anime this show has a lot to offer.  Important characters die, people get stabbed up on screen, it's not rare for a plant to rip someone in half and children fight to death.  Yet with all of that violence, the show still manages to work in these sweet little romances filled with tear jerker moments that keep you anticipating an eventual confession or official boyfriend/status.  It does both of these aspects well and it gives them equal screen time.  Even if you love one genre and hate the other, it never goes for too long without giving you something satisfying in either.  To top it all off it ends extremely bittersweet, which always floats my boat. 
 

Hyakko (Crunchyroll Link)

I figured I'd balance out the bittersweet and violent Jyu-Oh-Sei with something that's neither.  The first thing that came to my mind was Hyakko.  While it's not super unpopular or unknown, it's a title that I don't see mentioned too often.  

The Basics 

The series is a comedic slice-of-life story focused around four girls at a high school. 
 

Described in Anime 

Imagine if Haruhi Suzumiya and her gang of misfits attended the same school as Nagi Sanzenin.  Reduce the outlandishness (ie no talking tigers or aliens) and you have Hyakko.  
 

Why I Like It 

I'll be the first to admit it, Hyakko isn't reinventing the wheel and it includes about every stereotype character you can think of such as: 
  • The really assertive girl
  • The new girl who's overly nice
  • the super duper shy girl
  • the kid who sells photos of other students
  • the teacher with no control over their class
  • the rocker chick
  • the not so in the closet closet lesbian.
  • the guy who secretly likes one member of the main cast but is totally oblivious on how to talk to her
  • the rich and arrogant girl who really has a heart of gold
 
 The whole is greater than the sum of its parts... which is impressive considering how many parts this show has.
 The whole is greater than the sum of its parts... which is impressive considering how many parts this show has.
But the great thing is that the show seems to be totally aware of these character types and often parodies them or sets them up in really funny situations.  It never breaks the 4th wall but it seems to be totally aware of what it is and what it's doing.  Because each episode is broken up into small segments, all of the characters in the series get fleshed out and well developed, which is pretty amazing considering how short the series is and how many of them there are.  You get to see all of their quirks in detail as they interact with the main cast and after a few episodes I found myself eagerly anticipating what crazy situation they were going to find themselves in or what combination of characters were going to be in the next segment and how they'd clash with or play off of each other.
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There are some characters in anime who will always stick with me, whether it be for good or bad.  Sometimes the reasons are things that stretch across and develop over time.  Other times it's just one specific scene that sticks out so much that it dominates my thoughts on the show.  This is a list of the ones who did it in ways involving sex or something perverted.  These aren't necessarily the most perverted characters that I've ever seen, just the ones who did something that made me remember it.  When I think of their shows or even the genre that they are from, they immediately pop into my mind.  Oh yeah, spoilers abound.
 

Makoto Itou (School Days) & Touya Fuji (White Album

 For real?  You're going to run off crying with your nose bleeding when she throws herself at you?!?
 For real?  You're going to run off crying with your nose bleeding when she throws herself at you?!?
A lot of the anime that I enjoy has some harem elements to it or is 100% harem.  The light humor is something that I can watch forever and always enjoy.  However, there is one thing in particular that just upsets me to no end about these shows: the main guys have so much bitchassness about them.  It's crazy.  You have the hottest girls in whatever institution the show is set in all fawning over him but the guy is always deathly afraid of anything ecchi.  It's not just nervousness either, I've seen some of these guys push girls off of them, run away from a female while she's taking her clothes off, slam doors in a woman's face, etc.  I can buy the magic powers.  I can believe in the demon resurrections.  I can even accept the magic animals.  Even the lunacy of the dorkiest guy somehow getting idolized by the hottest girls is something I'll suspend my disbelief over.   What I can't believe is that these teenagers or college age dudes with the sex drives of high school and college age dudes are running away from women throwing themselves at them. 
 
Enter Makoto and Touya.  These guys may make a lot of mistakes and karma usually catches up with them in horrible ways, but you could never say they had high levels of bitchassness when it comes to women.  In fact, quite the opposite as these guys will jump down on anything that's in shape and has a vagina.  These two had sex with any female who expressed any interest in liking them, as long as she wasn't two whole schools below him (ie college guy won't sleep with middle schoolers, high school guy won't sleep with elementary schoolers).  Touya pulled the hat trick of sleeping with every below 40 female that his girlfriend knew but Makoto trumps it by sleeping with every female introduced by name in the series. 
 
Every time I see your standard harem dude running off and crying when a girl wants to get it on with him I think, "WWMD?  What Would Makoto Do?" 
  

Shizuru Fujino (My-Hime

My memory of this show is very vague.  I don't feel like I hated it so it's probably decent enough but almost nothing stands out.  I remember there being a tom boy who fights with a big sword and girls with magic powers, which describes about 5 billion shows.  But you know, there is one very specific thing that I do remember.  One singular character from one episode that is permanently burned into my memory forever: Shizuru Fujino. 
 
I don't think doctors are supposed to do this to unconscious patients... 
I don't think doctors are supposed to do this to unconscious patients... 
Someone suggested My-Hime to me because I was at the prime of my emo for anime stage and I was in love with anything where main characters died or anything with the potential to depress you.  I was enjoying Hime for that aspect and the fights but there is one scene, the one scene that radically altered what I would remember from the show.  One character gets very sick or poisoned or injured or something and Shizuru, who I guess is like a medic or something, is charged with taking care of her.  I was excited because the injured person was a main character and if she died I would have been bummed out, which is what I wanted. 
 
Some other characters are walking towards the house where she's being treated and through a window we see Shizuru nursing her while she is passed out.  Then it happens.  I was so caught in hoping for an emo moment that I was dealt a serious blow and had to rewind to verify that what I thought I saw had indeed happened.  My eyes didn't lie: While her friend was unconscious from something, Shizuru strips her clothes off and proceeds to go down on her. 
 
Now, compared to shows that I've seen now, this is pretty tame but I believe My-Hime was my first time seeing something of that extent happen in an anime that I thought was for like 14 year olds.
 

Bulma Briefs (Dragon Ball)

"You had me at murdering my friends and trying to kill their children" - Bulma Briefs
"You had me at murdering my friends and trying to kill their children" - Bulma Briefs
Ahh, good old Bulma Briefs.  I first got into Dragon Ball during the Majin Buu arc and I thought Vegeta and Goku were just rivals.  No more, no less.  I've been watching Kai and it I see that Vegata was much more than just a rival he was a real deal bad guy.  That's cool and all but one thing has always stuck in my mind: Bulma Briefs. 
 
Now correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Vegeta mercilessly murder several of Bulma's friends, attempt to kill her childhood friend's son for sport, and come to Earth for the sole purpose of killing every living being?
 
Despite all that, Bulma rides his magic stick and ends up pregnant with his son...?  I know some women like men who have issues but this is a bit much.  I'm partially watching Kai to see what type of pimp game Vegeta lays down to make this transition happen but it seems like this it totally Bulma hitting on him.  My mother refers to women like this as being loose as a goose.  "He tried to kill my friend's son so I think I'm gonna let him hit it."  I guess... I guess... 
 
On a somewhat unrelated note, I wonder what would happen if a Saiyan was having sex and decided to go SSJ at climax?  Would it be like a massive release of energy that could cause serious harm, especially if he didn't pull out which would be like making a fist around a lit firecracker methinks, or would it just be like Peter North x 10?  Maybe that's why Bulma wants him. 
  

In Conclusion (that sounds like a school report or something)

Well, those are the ones that immediately come to my mind without me having to think about the question for more than a few seconds.  All of these are shows that I watched years ago back when I first got into anime and was only interested in 100% action or 100% depression so some pervy content was like, whaaaa?.  Having seen tons of harems and stuff like Kanokon, I don't think anything other than hentai is going to leave a big impact on me as far as perversion. 
 
I'd be interested to know though: what characters will always stick in your memory for pervy reasons?
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I was going to make a thread about this but I figured I might as well as get the quest for making a blog.  This is a quick run down of what I'm watching this season and why I'm watching it.  Some of it new shows and some of it is continuing shows. 
 
Angel Beats 
I didn't know anything about this show when I first checked it out but I'm really enjoying it.  I saw the first few minutes of episode 1 and thought, "wow, they really just ripped Haruhi Suzumiya from her show and plopped her in to this one."  I still feel that way but you know what?  Haruhi is a cool character and not too many shows (I can't think of any, but just in case a few do exist) have copied her so well.  On top of that, Haruhi never really had serious death, gunfights, great rock AMVs and sword fights.  Plus this is drawn really well.  All of that combined to create something that feels familiar, yet unique and I'm loving it. 
 
Bleach 
Bleach is like comfort food to me.  It's not particularly good but they throw in enough fights and characters with interesting looking abilities to keep the kid in me happy.  On average, it's only mediocre but when they hit their stride it can be hilarious or deliver a great fight, which is all I'm really expecting it to do. 
 
House of Five Leaves 
I'm enjoying this one.  It's not particularly funny, there is close to zero action, there doesn't seem to be an overarching plot and it's episodic in the sense that each episode is it's own self-contained story... yet I anticipate it every week.  I really enjoy the characters in this show and the interactions that they have with each other.  That's what keeps me coming back for more.  They could never introduce a steady storyline and I'd be totally satisfied with this show and sing its praise. 
 
The Tatami Galaxy 
I'm only one episode deep on this show, but I can tell it's going to be a keeper for me.  I like the art style of it and the deviant nature of the characters.  It also makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis.  The only negative, and it's a minor negative, is that it's probably the first show where I'm glued to the bottom of the screen for significant chunks of time.  Some of the characters talk at rocket speed for extended periods of times and the subtitles are flying by. 
 
Rainbow 
There's a part of me that deeply enjoys disturbing and depressingly spirit-breaking anime.  Rainbow hits on a lot of that for me.  I don't find any of the characters to be appealing or particularly interesting, but their current situation and setting hold my interest. 
 
Kaichou wa Maid-Sama 
Every season I try to find one serious romance and one jokey silly non-super fanservice romance that I can latch on to.  A while back Itazura na Kiss was filling that role and this season Kaichou wa is doing it for me.  The dynamics between the male and female leads reminds me of Special A (I think it's Special A) but I couldn't get into Special A at all. 
 
Senkou no Night Raid 
I'm enjoying this one.  It's got a good mix action and interesting short stories that I enjoy a lot.  I'm all for huge overarching plots, but I also enjoy when a show can get in and get out in 24 minutes and execute it really well. 
  

B Gata H Kei 
For a show about a girl who wants to have sex with 100 people, this show is surprisingly tame and not as ultra panty shot as I figured it would be, which I'm enjoying.  The first episode is packed with that and I figured I'd drop it, which you might think as contradictory considering the next anime I'm going to list, but the next two really toned it down and it's settled into silly and sweet little romance with more awkward and clumsy situation than I can shake a fist at.
 
Kiss x Sis 
Hmmm.... there's not much I can really say about this one.  It reminds me of Kanokon, a show that I watched and enjoyed but I really felt bad about watching and enjoying.  Some shows have an it's not what it looks like thing or an it's so much more than just that thing going for them.  Kanokon and Kiss x Sis don't really have that.  It's just jokes and ultra pervy stuff. 
 
Naruto Shippuuden 
An odd choice to follow up Kiss x Sis, but it's what came to mind.  I love Naruto.  Alot of things that I love about Bleach are the same things I love about Naruto, except Naruto actually has a storyline rather than just plot twists.  This season should have a bunch of great fights back-to-back that I've been very excited to see for a few months now. 
 
One Piece 
I almost feel like I shouldn't have this here since I'm so far behind and nowhere near watching the current season, but meh, my list, my blog my rules.  One Piece takes the nonstop action all of the time from Bleach and replaces it with nonstop comedy all of the time.  Luffy has a really funny voice and character.  That's pretty much the reason I watch it.  I haven't seen a single fight that I thought looked good so the action is like a zero factor, but the comedy level is really high.  I also like that harsh things happen in the storyline and almost everyone's back story is some super depressing tale.  I'm crazy far behind (I only watch it as Hulu updates the backlog... meaning I'm about 300+ episodes behind) but I do plan to continue with it until I'm caught up.
 
FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 
I'm not sure whether I like the story more than the original series or not, but this has surprised me a lot.  This series gains a lot in the transition from manga to anime.  There was a point in the manga where I had gotten extremely bored with it but then my interest piqued again.  I've been watching the anime and it's currently at the point where my interest piqued again, but I never experienced the boredom. 
 
Dragon Ball Kai 
Kai fills the same role as Bleach, except it's HD and nothing beats HD hand drawn art for me.  The storyline is meh, but who cares.  I just saw a dude rip a planet in half with a finger blast.  I came into DBZ late in the series so seeing the beginning is interesting.  The one thing I'm dying to see the most though?  Vegeta came to destroy the Earth and killed some of Bulma's childhood friends... how does he end up banging her out later on?  And not just that, they get married and have a kid.  My desire to see that transition and the fights are a big part of what keep me coming back for me. 
 
Katanagatari 
I love the art, the story is good, you're guaranteed at least one good fight per episode, it's got a sweet little romance going on, it makes me laugh on a regular basis but can also have sad or depressing moments into it and recently they introduced an Aizen like character who talks crap to everyone before mercilessly pwning them, which is something I always enjoy.  Katanagatari reminds of Angel Beats in that it's able to combine almost every aspect of anime that I enjoy into a single show and execute all of those aspects at a high level.  
 
Working 
Cute, funny, episodic and slice of life.  There is no season of Minami-ke but this show is a good replacement for what I loved about it.  It's just simple goofy fun.  It's also got my favorite OP of the season. 
 

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I think that's about it.  I hear a lot of talk about how bad anime has gotten and how there aren't any good shows coming out anymore, but I don't think I've ever been watching and loving this much new anime at any time in the past.  Even if you took out the series that didn't start this season, I'm near double digits.
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