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Mew(three)?
Mew(three)?

So this isn't exactly a rant about Mewtwo's new form or anything, it's more of a conversation I wanted to share with you guys... I just found out about this Mewtwo form today and I told my roommate about it. Here's what happened:

Me: Hey! Have you seen this?
Roommate: Oooh! Female form of Mewtwo!
Me: No. That is Mewtwo... or his evolution rather.
Roommate: Oh! That's even better!
Me: No it's not! Mewtwo doesn't need a new form.
Roommate: Why not?
Me: He's a clone of Mew! What is he, Mewthree?
Roommate: ...
Me: Plus, look at his head!
Roommate: Bigger brain?
Me: No! That's his tail...
Roommate: Oh you're right.
Me: The guy now thinks with his ass!
Roommate: [laughs]
Me: Plus, HE'S A CLONE! How does a clone evolve? They can't!
Roommate: Yes they can! Last night we went to the movies and watched a whole movie about how clones evolve... (Tom Cruise's Oblivion)

We ended up laughing about the whole thing, but I'm not wrong... After so many years Mewtwo comes back and evolves into this??? What do you guys think about this revelation?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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Welcome to Winter Watch, a look at the latest anime season. The Ano Natsu de Matteru story comes to an end... I promised myself I wasn't going to cry!

Episode 12: Waiting There, in the Summer
Summary: Some unexpected allies have joined the cause to help Ichika and Kaito, and they pack firepower. But if Ichika and Kaito make it to the spot in her dreams, what will they do then?
Air Date: Mar. 28, 2012 / Available on Crunchyroll for Free Users: Apr. 4, 2012
Run Time: 23:42

Warning: This article contains spoilers. We suggest you watch the episode HERE first. Afterwards, come back here and share your thoughts.

*Spoilers*
*Spoilers*

I am going to limit my episode recap to very ambiguous terms so that I don't spoil anything. In the previous episode, things began to heat up as Ichika's friends continue to help her against the pods that had come to take her away. The group separated so that they could deal with an interstellar crisis of their own. That's not all, Remon's mysterious past is revealed as well as who Manami Ogura's husband is. Kanna goes on running on foot until she finds Tetsuro's sister and rides away in her car. Mio and Tetsuro hit are stumped when thier motorcycle is out of gas. The chase continues for everyone except Remon as she pulls off ways to fight off the alien ship. At the same time, Ichika and Kaito search of the link that proves aliens have roamed the Earth before so that she can stay. Sadly, they don't exactly find what they were looking for...

Climax
Climax

The anime's creators were very smart about the ending. You get a happy ending, but at the same time you get a tragic ending, but at the same time you get a surprise ending. If you followed the series all on through, like I did, then you can tell that this finale catered to every single type of person. It isn't until the last two episodes that we get to see so much action and drama combined. The animation was great and the performance of the animators and voice actors was perfect. Rinon, as usual, played an amazing part in the resolution of the show's events. I also liked how some of the things I speculated -like the series' connection to Onegai Teacher!- were never confirmed but were left up to interpretation. If you have not watched this episode, be sure to stick around for the scene after the credits.

Verdict

Specifically speaking about this episode, I think it wrapped up the previous episode's cliffhanger quite nicely. From the moment that this began to the final scene in the credits, my expression showed glee. I love positive progression and this series demonstrated just that. It started off as a hit/miss anime, but ended as one of my favorite anime ever. Thank you Tatsuyuki Nagai and Yosuke Kuroda for such an amazing and entertaining ride.

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-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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Unlike most of you, I am not based in the US. If you go a country south of the US you will find Mexico, where I live! That's why this piece of news particularly exciting for me! Because the piece is in Spanish I will directly translate the news:

As of today (04/13/12), anime fans from all of Latin-America (including Mexico and the rest of the Spanish speaking countries in Central and South America) will have access to the latest Anime episodes with Spanish subtitles and the original Japanese audio. The present season episodes will be available for free, along with news, one week after they have been broadcast by Japanese TV programming. With the premium membership, members will be able to enjoy immediate access to a simultaneous broadcast, all of the previous episodes of the present season, additional privileges like high definition videos in 1080p, and all of this without commercial interruptions

For the initial launch, the 2012 Spring Crunchyroll Season following series will be available with the broadcast of Spanish subtitles for Latin-America: Naruto Shippuden, Sket Dance, Bodacious Space Pirates, Recorder and Randsell, The Knight in the Area, Fate/Zero Remix II, Sengoku Collection, Saki: Episode of Side A, Shirokuma Cafe, Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee and his Ninja Friends, Nyarko-San: Another Crawling Chaos, Folktales from Japan, Hiro no Kakera, Space Brothers, Upotte, Yurumei 3D, Ozma, You and Me, Mysterious Girldfriend X, Kuroko's Basketball and Tsuritama.

A selection catalog of the series Bleach and Gintama will also be available with Spanish subtitles with additional simulcast by a series catalog that will be included after the launch.

All of the Latin-American viewers will be able to enjoy the present anime season series with episodes free of commercials with the Premium Membership along with additional access and privileges. Viewers can subscribe to the premium service for a free trial period of 14 days and they also have the option to pay with local currency, as well as PayPal (in countries with said option). The monthly Anime Premium Membership in the different countries is: Argentina: 20 ARS, Bolivia: 35 BOB, Chile: 2490 CLP, Colombia: 9900 COP, Costa Rica: 2490 CRC, República Dominicana 189 DOP, Guatemala: 39 GTQ, Honduras: 89 HNL, México: 69 MXN, Nicaragua: 109 NIO, Panamá: 5 PAB, Paraguay: 22000, PYG, Perú: 13 PEN, Uruguay: 99 UYU, and Venezuela 20 VEF.

The episodes can be accesed from Crunchyroll.com, free iPad and iPhone apps, apps for Android, Google TV, Roku, Boxee, Vizio VIA, WD TV Live, affiliated channels and other partners involved.

There you have it. If you live south of the US you can now legally watch anime with Spanish subtitles. What do you guys think of this breakthrough that Crunchyroll has achieved for the good of the anime industry?

Source: Crunchyroll (Translated by Yours Truly)

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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If you've been following my Winter Watch articles on Recorder and Randsell then you can probably guess how I feel about this particular piece of news. The anime's official site has confirmed its continuation. Director Hiroshi Kimura is returning, with Dream Creationproducing and studio Seven animating the sequel titles: Recorder and Randsell Re.

For those of you who don't know, Recorder and Randsell is a series that focuses on two odd-looking siblings, Atsushi and Atsumi Miyagawa. What's so odd about them? Atsushi is an elementary school student with the appearance of a man and Atsumi is a high schooler with the appearance of a young little girl.

The news is not necessarily shocking because it's easier to approve a three-minute long show than a regular one. I wonder how much more of Atsushi and Atsumi's endeavors could the creators possibly explore... Along with this piece of news came a promotional video:

Are you as "excited" as I am?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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The latest Sket Dance episode returns to its goofy nature. Unfortunately, it also falls back on cheap tricks and self-conscious jokes too...

Episode 49: Genesis World Grand Prix
Summary: Countries from around the world gather together once every four years to celebrate the most ancient of traditions, the pinnacle of sports! Testing their own passion and training against the best the world has to offer, the Sket-dan goes forth, with the pride of their country on the line! Will the goddess of victory shine down on our heroes? Will they be able to claim that yes, they are the winners of the Genesis World Grand Prix?!
Air Date: Mar. 15, 2012 / Available on CrunchyRoll for Free Users: Mar. 22, 2012
Run Time: 24:19

Warning: This article contains spoilers. We suggest you watch the episode HERE first. Afterwards, come back here and share your thoughts.

Team Sket Dan
Team Sket Dan

After so much emotional drama, we are taken back to Sket-dan's comedic endeavors with a new request from Yamanobe. Their Genesis-crazed teacher informs the group that he has been invited to represent Japan in the Genesis World Grand Prix. Of course, to compete he needs a team of four players and Sket-dan agree fill three of those slots. Who do they know that is good at sports and eats international foods? Captain agrees to complete the team and they are off to the tournament that is held in the kingdom of N'preenu Ch'p'p's'b.

Look! A Stand-Alone Image!
Look! A Stand-Alone Image!

This was definitively intended to be a sports anime parody, but the lazy tricks in animation disappointed me. Most of the characters introduced made no impact and each competition was mostly shown in stand-alone images with narrative. It seems like it was intended to be Chiaki's spotlight throughout but we got to see little to nothing of the tournament. Worst part was how even Hime acknowledged the laziness of the animators. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't an episode I would categorize as "hate", but I did not like it either way. The Wyoming state competitors' cliches and Captain's appetite did merit some laughter. Plus, I'll never complain about Switch's narration.

Just as a side note: Anime Vice has no concept page for Genesis. Could someone make it so that I can fully understand the rules of the game!? Afterwards, lets get together and play a round.

Verdict

I don't know if it's the fact that before this episode we had experience such a serious toned story, or I simply wasn't in the mood that day, but this episode probably falls as one of the worst episodes Sket Dance has had. I mentioned in on my Winter Watch: Waiting in the Summer #10 article: The day I watched this episode was the same day I watched the latest Sket Dance and Recorder and Randsellepisodes. Out of the three Recorder and Randsell's was the best. If you've been following my articles for R&R, then you know what this means... The sports anime parody was a funny concept, but the execution disappointed me. I'm not saying we need to be brooding and sad all the time, but can we get some funny, sibling resolution between Sasuke and Bossun?

PS. Thanks to Team W.I.K.I. Nation for their assistance.

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-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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