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Welcome to Winter Watch, a look at the latest anime season. Recorder and Randsell's odd siblings continue their daily endeavors, and apparently going to jail is one of those endeavors.

Episode 12: Atsushi and Misunderstandings
Summary: It is safety week and Atushi’s teacher encourages him to make himself known to the police and volunteers. What can possibly go wrong?
Air Date: Mar. 22, 2012 / Available on Crunchyroll for Free Users: Mar. 29, 2012
Run Time: 3:00

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

This Keeps Getting Him Into Trouble
This Keeps Getting Him Into Trouble

I really don't know what to say... The overused gag of Atsushi being accused of being a pedophile predominates this episode as the youngest Miyagawa sibling tries to get noticed during safety week. The problem is that, while this innocent little boy is just trying to make sure people know he's one of the students, one of the police officers misunderstand his intentions as romantic moves. This, of course, leads to the volunteers to think he is a creep making the moves on his friend Hina.

I'll be honest, I thought the fact that the female police officer thought he was hitting on her was funny. It was great because he was confused as just a grownup. It wasn't until he was walking to school alongside Hina-chan that I begun to cringe. Then an unexpected thing happened. In the second episode's Winter Watch I mentioned that I would have liked to see how Atsushi is discharged from these constant false accusations. We finally get to see that here as his teacher gets proof ready to bail out her student.

Verdict

I chuckled a bit, but the same joke is still being used. The reason I found this more amusing than other times was because the audience finally gets to see what happens after the arrest. It's not just him being taken away in a "comedic" manner. Minor change but there was some change at least!

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Welcome to Winter Watch, a look at the latest anime season. The Ano Natsu de Matteru story continues threatening the happy ending of the two protagonists.

Episode 11: Don't Go Senpai
Summary: Emika is on Earth to take Ichika home. Ichika has broken many interstellar laws and things get worse the longer she stays on Earth. Can Kaito go with her? Can Ichika stay on Earth? Can anybody stop Emika from taking her home?
Air Date: Mar. 23, 2012 / Available on Crunchyroll for Free Users: Mar. 28, 2012
Run Time: 23:43

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

Searching
Searching

Positive progression. That's the best way to describe what this show has successfully achieved. After the romantic resolutions we got to see in previous episodes, we finally get to see an extraterrestrial climax. Ichika's sister, Emika, has arrived on Earth to take Senpai away. The distress signal that Rinon sent out while the group was in Okinawa caused more trouble than any of them could imagine. Emika explained that a rescue team of drones would try and take her back to her home planer because of all the interstellar laws she has broken. This means that she andKaito, her human boyfriend, will have to be separated.

My Favorite Part
My Favorite Part

Mio, Tetsuro, Kanna, Remon and even Emika decide to go up against this outer space police in order for Kaito and Ichika to stay together. How? Well, you have to watch the episode to understand that! The whole odyssey is connected to that place that Ichika came to find in the first place. With no time to loose, the group of friends set out to search for the place and succeed. The only problem is that Rinon can no longer teleport them. This leads to a car chase of epic proportions as Remon tries to outrun a spaceship, and Ichika's friends attempt to cloak her bio-signature by using themselves as bait!

Remon Has Most of the Driver's Licences
Remon Has Most of the Driver's Licences

This might shock everyone, but throughout the whole series I rooted for Mio and Tetsuro to be together. Asking Mio on a date while you're on the verge of dying at the hands of an interstellar rescue drone is probably the best thing Tetsuro has ever done. That was definitively my favorite part. Before I write the next sentence, I want to assure people I have not seen the final episode yet. I have a new theory about Remon. In the past, she told Manami that she was forever seventeen. In Please Teacher!, Kei Kusanagi and Ichigo Morino both had a medical condition called standstill that prevented them from aging. Maybe Remon has the same condition. Is it possible that Remon has some tie to Kei or Ichigo that would explain her knowledge about Ichika's immigration status?. Plus, what the heck was up with that van she was driving?!

Verdict

The creators of this anime have done a great job to make characters I actually care for. The relationships that have been established are great and are actually the highlight of most of the episodes. In this case it is also true. Even with two spaceships/rescue pods attempting to "abduct" our female protagonist, the best parts were the tidbits of bonding between this cast. Sadly, this anime is closely coming to an end and I can't wait to watch the next and final episode!

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Are you anxious to watch the sequel to the beloved Nickelodeon animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender? During Nickelodeon's annual upfront presentation (held on March 14th previewing 650 episodes of new content to the TV industry), the premiere date for the re-titled series, The Legend of Korra, was announced!

The Legend of Korra, in which the mythology of the beloved animated franchise from Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko continues. The series centers around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old headstrong and rebellious girl who continually challenges and bucks tradition on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar in a world where benders are under attack. The half-hour series will debut on Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m. (all times ET/PT), as part of Nickelodeon's Saturday morning block (8AM-Noon), which has been the number-one destination for Kids 2-11 for 12 consecutive years and currently delivers more than three million total viewers each week. The Legend of Korra will air regularly on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Along with that announcement a new trailer was released:

If this is not enough to get you pumped up and ready for April 18 then maybe some of the development art will do the trick (below). Are you excited to enter the gates of Republic City and witness the latest Avatar's journey?

The Legend of Korra will debut on Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m. (all times ET/PT)

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

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Recorder and Randsell

On the surface it seems as if Atsushi is an adult, but really he's just an elementary student! However, he is paired with a second-year high school student Atsumi, whose height is just the opposite of his. These two together create an unusual relationship and will undoubtedly instigate some comedic antics in this slice of life comedy!

Watch on CrunchyRoll: HERE

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Atsushi and the Bean-Throwing Festival
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Atsushi and Chocolate
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Movies and Misunderstandings
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Waiting in the Summer (Ano Natsu de Matteru)

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"Introducing Senpai" (Episodes #1-4)

I Can't Senpai

Kirishima Kaito, currently in his first year of high school, holds an 8 mm camera in one hand and views the scenery around a lake through its viewfinder. But then a strange light from the sky comes down, and a blast of wind plunges him into the lake. The next time Kaito opens his eyes he's lying in bed in his own room, for some reason. The same day a red-haired girl named Takatsuki Ichika transfers into Kaito's school...

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Together with Senpai

After explaining the situation to Nanani, she suddenly invites Ichika to stay at their house while she is on her trip. Kanna is floored, and informs the group about this new development.

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Senpai Says...

Kaito keeps imagining bad things about what happened with him an Ichika the night before, so he decides to skip school because he's so embarrased. Ichika doesn't understand why he's staying home so she starts to worry. Meanwhile, Kanna starts to worry about Kaito, as well, and goes to see how he's doing after school secretly, but ends up being followed and recorded by Remon's 8mm camera.

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Senpai was Amazing

Kaito and Ichika try to act like nothing has happened, but it proves hard. After school, Kaito is picked up by a dark haired beauty. Ichika’s imagination goes into overdrive and she becomes fiercely determined to save Kaito!

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"Summer with Senpai" (Episodes #5-7)

Senpai is the Heroine

It is the first day of summer vacation and the first day of the movie shoot. Remon tells the crew that the movie is about an alien, who comes to earth, and has an encounter with a boy. After a tough day of shooting, Tetsurou drops a bomb on Kaito.

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Senpai Has a Rival

The group receives a free trip to Okinawa courtesy of Manami. While there, Kaito runs into a childhood friend who claims to be his fiancé. Tetsuro gains a stalker that stirs some jealous feelings in Mio.

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Senpai's Feelings

The members who slipped away from the filming return, and the movie is underway again, though the atmosphere is awkward. Tetsuro is sent running as Chiharu chases after him, while Kanna consults with Remon. Finally, Kaito receives a message left at the hotel by Kaori...

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"Senpai's Revelation" (Episodes #8-10)

Senpai's Pinch

Kaito and his friends are going to the town’s festival. Ichika sees it as a learning experience, Remon is using it to gather more footage, and Kanna wants to get closer to Kaito. But plans change and hearts are broken when an unannounced visitor shakes things up.

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Senpai...

Now that the secret is out, Ichika has been avoiding Kaito. But with advice from Remon he tries to understand what Ichika is going through. Kanna bares it all to Ichika knowing in the end, she will be the one heartbroken.

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Senpai and Our...
Ichika and Kaito are official, but there are some who haven’t let go. Those hearts must be crushed and crushed again before they can finally move on.
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"Senpai Must Leave" (Episodes #11-12)

Don't Go, Senpai

Emika is on Earth to take Ichika home. Ichika has broken many interstellar laws and things get worse the longer she stays on Earth. Can Kaito go with her? Can Ichika stay on Earth? Can anybody stop Emika from taking her home?

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