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Hello everyone! I'm happy to announced that I have bought tickets to visit Anime Expo, my first anime convention. I went to Los Angeles to check out the Metro route. Got a bit lost along the way when I change trains. It's better I get lost now and learn my mistake before the day of the Expo.

I'm going on July 5 and 6 since July 4 is a day when I'm at the barbecue with my family, relatives, and Church folks. My only traveling partner is my little sister - who got me into anime and manga. She actually found Anime Vice before me back in the days when I was looking for Fairy Tail images on Google.

Checklist

I asked one friend of mine in Anime Vice, UsaChanMan, about getting ready for anime cons. She share her experiences with me. She told me to visit the booths, look at the merchandise, pack a camera, and pick up a brochure/view their schedule. She told me to pick something.

I'm reviewing the policies and rules on Anime Expo just to refresh myself. They are doing bag checks.

  • Backpack
  • Photo ID and E-mail Confirmation pages
  • Bottled water and a light snack
  • Cash (Don't know how much. My budget is below $100. I don't want to spend too much)
  • Camera with plenty of AA batteries
  • Cellphone - I get lost easily. My little sis won't be happy with me. I try not to get lost.
  • Bringing manga - I remember sickVisionz was sharing his experiences in getting autographs. He brought stuff from home. It's awesome. UsaChanMan told me that autographs cost money. I almost forgot about this.

I really need to buy a new camera. The Nikon camera is about 8 years old while the Canon was a used camera I found in a junkyard a year ago. I haven't used the Canon camera a lot. My Nikon camera consumes batteries fast. I remember it takes about 30-45 flashes for the batteries to get drained. For the Nikon camera, it needs flash in order to produce a crisp shot. If I don't do flash, the shots always get blurry no matter how good the lighting is. It's a crappy camera.

My manga collection isn't that impressive. I volunteered at the public library. I get most of manga reading there. I only have one Bleach book, Masked. I thought this one had Ulquiorra's backstory. Instead, it was the Unmasked book. I bought the wrong book. I was happy with Masked.

Programming

I did check the main events where you buy tickets to attend them. Since I'm low on cash, I think I'll pass this time. These tickets are at modest price. Most of them are music concerts and maid cafes. I did ask my little sister. She was okay with sightseeing, meeting the guests of honor, and checking out booths.

For the program, I'm pretty open to anything. I did pick a few that my little sis and I are interested in. I'm pretty flexible if crowds are a bit too much.

Autographs

It's everyone's dream to get an autograph from a cool VA.

I'm stoked to meet with folks like Christopher R. Sabat, Eric Vale, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kazuhiko Inoue, and rest of the gang. I wish I had my Black Power Ranger poster. Though, it was ripped when I tried to pull it off my bedroom during the move to a new house.

Oh, I might meet up with Tom Pinchuk. I don't know if he is going to be at Anime Expo on July 5 and 6. On the Vice pit video, he told me he was going on July 4th and visiting Comic Con. I was debating whether to choose Anime Expo or Comic Con at San Diego. I chose Anime Expo because it was closer to home. I don't have a car. I'm all public transportation, being a college student.

Source: Autograph Schedule

Thank you guys and gals for reading this! I'll post pictures after this week. If you have tips or suggestions for a newbie like me, feel free to tell me.

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Welcome to the 2nd weekly anime thirst where I share my thoughts, good, bad, and random, about the anime shows I watch on a weekly basis. This is to promote the #Anime Vice Discussion Threads. Last week, most of my spring 2013 shows have ended already.

I omit Gargantia and Attack on Titan from this blog since I'm having a blast on the discussion threads and Tom's W & L articles with the folks here.

Monday

Mushibugyo Ep. 12: Training with Father!

Jinbei and his crew come home to Edo after saving Insect Magistrate from the Mushikari. When Edo is overrun by insects, Jinbei's old man saves the day with a giant pile of insects. It was crazy to see another over powered character. Remember how Mugai took down that giant rhinoceros beetle? Jinbei's old man has a weird but cool training exercise, stopping a volcano from erupting by smashing a pillar into the ground with a sword. It's unique. Besides the outrageously strong characters, Haru is doing her damsel in distress thing with fan service. Whenever Haru is in the episode, her boobs are always emphasized. Finally, there is a touching scene with the Insect Magistrate. The Insect Magistrate is implied to have feelings for Jinbei, the lucky dummy. Seeing a love triangle, I didn't know who to root for, Haru or Insect Magistrate.

Check out the Mushibugyo Discussion!

Wednesday

Utapri 2 Ep. 13: Maji LOVE 2000%

Well, this is most bizarre finale I seen in reverse harem shows.

Happy Wave = Pink Euphoria
Happy Wave = Pink Euphoria

After doing a Utapri marathon and catching last week, the power of music is a strong theme. Music moves people. For this episode, Starish's songs is like a drug that makes everyone get high and happy on pink ecstasy carnival ride. To be honest, I like Heavens' song better since I heard this song multiple times in the OP. What I love about the series is that it's unique. It doesn't fall in a stereotypical reverse harem. The main heroine doesn't pick anyone, and all the male characters had roughly equal spotlight. Only in the first season, the main heroine had a change in her character while both seasons had the male love interests developed the most. All the guys stand out from each other in the harem.

If there is another season (but it's unlikely), I would like to see more about the mentors. In the last few episodes, they reveal the backstory of Ranmaru and why he didn't work in groups. For fans who want a good reverse harem series, I recommend this show.

Thursday

Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 13: Sunday of Realization -II

The old world is gone, and Yamato stands poised to remake the world as he sees fit. Hibiki is determined to thwart him, but it will take all his resources as Yamato reveals the true extent of the demon-summoning app's powers. Using its function of demonic fusion, Yamato brings forth Satan himself. In the end, only one will stand before Polaris, who will grant not simply an audience -- to the victor will go the chance to wish for anything they desire.

Via Crunchyroll

Cool Digivolution! Wait, is that a vagina monster?
Cool Digivolution! Wait, is that a vagina monster?

This is pretty mellow for video game finale. Last week, everyone die except for Hibiki and Yamato. I predicted that the show might bring them back because of Polaris' god like powers and how the show isn't really brutal like Shin Sekai Yori or Samurai Seven. The final battle is not as tense as I expected, but it had a crazy "digievolution" thing. I have not play the video game, and this was fan service for the video game fans. Still, Hibiki pulled a Deus Ex Machinima with the power of friendship. With everything back to normal, the show ends with Hibiki crying and laughing hysterically after seeing Yamato alive and well.

It's not the best anime adaptation of a video game, but it still enjoyable. Granted, if you're not familiar with the video game like I am, you can get lost with the series a bit.

Check out the Devil Survivor 2: The Animation discussion thread!

Friday

Karneval Ep. 13: Karneval

My 2nd Josei show was also ending this week.

I had a lot of expectations for the show. It didn't amaze me, but it managed to stand out. What I didn't like about the final episode is when Azana became a traitor. They jumped the shark in this episode because they did not leave any hints about Azana. Azana is a really minor character. It was surprising but unnatural. For the good parts, Iva and Tsukumo's battle with Uro is entertaining. Speaking of surprises, I never expected two Karokus. The real one that Nai knows is unconscious. The show ends ambiguously. We don't know for sure about the fake Karoku, Palnedo, and the Varuga's true intentions. The show does a good job in forming a "bridge" on their cliffhanger in the finale. That "bridge" is Gareki going to school to become a better person to help others. This creates hope, an opportunity, for fans if Karneval is going to get another season.

Check out the Karneval Discussion thread!

Devil is a Part Timer! Ep. 13: The Devil and the Hero Do Some Honest Hard Work

The final of the show is a bit lackluster compared to episode 12. While episode 12 is entertaining, episode 13 is plagued with Sadao trying to return merchandise that Lucifer bought. There are few humorous scenes I enjoy: Chiho's dream with Sadao and Sariel's masochistic scene with Mayumi. It didn't leave much a cliffhanger or something to develop in the future if the show gets a second season. However, there is something, Emi's scene where she blushes and smile after giving Sadao an umbrella. It does begs the question: does Emi like Sadao? The show is like Binbougami-ga! with its tense, dramatic scenes full of action and comedy, and it ends with things solved so easily. Enemies become friends quite easily. I believe Devil is a Part Timer could have made more risks. The dream where Chiho feared that Sadao could have gone home is a potential story for the series. Plus, what about the war between humans and demons back in Ente Isla? This series has this atmosphere where I cannot take it seriously. Still, Suzuno and Emi's past were brutal.

Check out the The Devil is a Part Timer! Discussion thread!

Valvrave the Liberator Ep. 12: The Heretic Activates

Valvrave continues to surprise me. The two potential Valvrave pilots were Aina and Shoko. I had my money on Shoko, but I should have realize it was Aina. Aina had a lot of backstory revealed in the last episode. This drives her to become a pilot. Whereas, Shoko just lost her father. She's not bent on revenge. For the future scene with Saki and a child who looks like L-elf, I try to figure out what they're foreshadowing. I'm guessing that out of all the Valvrave pilots, Saki was the sole survivor. I'm so psyched for the 2nd season. In the end, Valvrave had an excellent ending. It leaves fans wanting more.

Check out the Valvrave the Liberator Discussion thread!

Saturday

Severing Crime Edge Ep 13: Grayland is in the House

The final didn't have a heated battle, but it did have some surprises. The beginning of the episode is full of fan service with beams of light for censorship when Iwai and Emily bathe together. I didn't enjoy that part much since I find Emily a bit creepy. Children shouldn't talk about sex. It's too weird for me. Lady Witchy's French kiss is a big surprise. Poor Kiri, he lost his first kiss. After the credits, there are lot of weird scenes that makes fan hope for a second season. There was a scene where Sumeragi was groping Houko and Kiri holding Lady Witchy from behind. I thought Sumeragi was into lolis.

Check out the Severing Crime Edge Discussion thread!

Oreimo 2 Ep. 13 Little Sisters Can't Fall in Love With Their Older Brothers!

This final episode reveals how Kirino became an otaku and a brocon. Also, Manami had a crucial role in Kyousuke and Kirino's relationship. I enjoy Manami's quote and how it just snap Kirino out of reality. Kirino and Kyousuke's change in character somewhat mirror each other. While Kirino is driven, Kyousuke became apathetic. I'm still guessing what are the OVAs about. Daniel thinks it's going an incest route while I'm doing the Ayase route. Chances are it's going to be about Kirino and Kyousuke. I'm looking forward to the OVAs in August.

Check out the Oreimo Discussion thread!

Henneko

I used to hate this show because of its absurd, loli, and sugarsweet fan service. Plus, I was embarrassed to review it. I got used to it since the characters make me laugh it off. The finale is decent and predictable. Yokodera does not remember anything in his past. When he stumbles his past with Tsukiko, he and Tsukiko do not recognize anything at all. I realized he must used the stony cat to sacrifice his memories. It was still a sweet scene where Tsukushi hugs her mother with Tsukiko and Yokodera. The end of the show still has some ridiculous but humorous scenes. In the first episode, Yokodera is on top of Tsukiko twice. This time, Tsukiko is on the bottom with her legs spread wide. This is a bit extreme since the loli art makes it worse. I still think this is a harem show more than a love triange since Tsukiko, Tsukushi, Azusa, and maybe Emanuela have feelings for Yokodera.

Con: The anime shows Yokodera kissing Azusa vividly. However, Yokodera's kissing scene with Tsukiko is just a silhouette. Sometimes, subtlely works, but I want to see the full picture since Azusa fans got it.

Check out the Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat Discussion thread!

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Plot

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (Known as the former director of Gurren Lagann) and written by Kazuki Nakashima, Kill la Kill is Trigger's first anime series that is going to air in the fall.

The story centers around two fiercely fighting schoolgirls, Ryūko Matoi (pictured left) and Satsuki Kiryūin (pictured right). On a campus ruled by force, a transfer student wielding a Basami sword brings about upheaval.

Check out the Summer Anime 2013 Trailers!

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Crunchyroll is a legal video website that streams Asian drama shows and anime. Please check out the Summer Anime 2013 Trailers blog for more information on the rest of the summer anime 2013 shows. Below are the following anime series for Summer 2013:

Senyu 2

Long ago, there lived an evil being who reigned over the world through fear, called Satan Rchimedes. He invaded the human world with his many demon underlings, spreading madness and chaos everywhere. One thousand years ago, this menace was sealed by the hero Creation, and peace returned to the world.

Senyu is available to countries worldwide except Asia. It airs every Tuesday at 10AM Pacific Time starting on July 2 at 10 am Pacific Time.

Teekyu 2

The series follows the hilarious everyday routines of four girls in the Kameido High tennis club who, on occasion, actually play some tennis.

TEEKYU 2 will be available for the following countries: North America, South America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. It airs simulcasts every Sunday at 7:30AM PDT starting on July 7, at 7:30 am Pacific Time.

Recorder and Randsell Mi

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!

The simulcasts starts on Monday July 1, at 7:30 am PDT, and it will be available worldwide except Japan.

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Welcome to this crazy idea for a blog series! This blog was inspired by a man who was searching for the most sexiest fan service scene in the new anime series on a weekly basis. Maybe, Weekly Thirst is a weird title. If you have a better name, please tell me. Now then, this blog is a run over of spring 2013 shows I watched weekly for wiki editing and leisure from summer school and work. I still comment on the discussion threads that are set up in Anime Vice, #Anime Vice Discussion Threads., and Tom Pinchuk's W & L articles for Attack on Titan and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. All I'm doing is to promote the discussion of current anime series in the community and promote the wiki pages.

Beware of spoilers especially for shows you haven't watched on this list. All shows below here are legally available on official anime streaming sites. I omitted Attack on Titan and Gargantia on this blog since the discussion threads are active while Tom Pinchuk's W & L articles are serving another audience, folks who only comment on the front page.

Monday

Mushibugyo! Ep. 10 - Jinbei's Power Awakens!

Cornered by Sougan, the strongest of the Insect Hunters, attacks the Insect Magistrate but seconds before death an unfamiliar Jinbei awakens.

Via Crunchyroll

In this latest episode, Jinbei just transformed. His transformation reminded me of a mix of Ichigo's Hollow form and Gaara's one tailed form without the giant gourd, hole in the chest, and skull. It's crazy to see how his hair became like Gaara's sand hand and grab everyone. It also formed into a mace that fired multiple needles. Unlike Fairy Tail, the episode is pretty bloody. Though, some parts are watered down to avoid dismemberment to make sure the scenes are too graphic for kids.

Besides Jinbei, Mugai's past is revealed a bit. The ending is interesting. It's surprising to see how Kotori Matsunohara defeated the big enemy. My first impression of Kotori is that he is a regular office worker with a sword. Looks like I misjudged him. Also, I'm relieved that show is still continuing. I thought this episode would be the last episode. Before I forget, it's insane that Jinbei's transformation could be caused when he had Insect Magistrate's hair in his mouth.

Check out the Mushibugyo Discussion thread, too!

Thursday

Devil Survivor 2 the Animation Ep. 12 - Sunday of Realization - I

The battle against the Septentriones is complete, and the final battle line has been drawn. The Void continues to expand, devouring all of existence, and Alcor and Yamato finally resolve their long-brewing conflict. In the end, only Hibiki will remain, determined to stop Yamato in his attempt to remake the world -- but will the strength of his convictions be enough?

Via Crunchyroll

Since I don't play the game, I get lost in the terminology and story a bit at the middle part of the series. The whole anime is about humanity surviving under the demons until they get a chance to meet Polaris - who will choose one person to change the world. The series reminds me of Shin Sekai Yori and Samurai Seven when most of cast is killed off. However, I believed that the end of the series that most folks come back alive if Polaris has that power. That's my prediction since this series is not that dark or brutal like Shin Sekai Yori and Samurai Seven. I didn't really care much for Daichi or Io. Even though I seen the stereotype of female subordinates sacrificing themselves for their superior out of love, I find Makoto's death scene touching.

I'm looking forward to Hibiki and Yamato's final battle.

Check out the Devil Survivor 2: The Animation Discussion.

Friday

Karneval's Ep. 12 - The Niji Promise

Nai is determined to go to the Misty Mansion, a Kafka facility, in order to rescue Karoku. And Circus decides to use this as an excuse to raid the facility.

Via HULU

Karneval is a fun series that I watched because it was colorful yet dark at the same time. Finally, the plot is winding down and revealing the truth behind Karoku and Nai. I was surprised that Karoku had another body or clone on the bed. The episode had a great fight scene between Iva & Tsukumo and Uro.

Devil is a Part Timer! Episode 12 - The Devil Carries Out His Duties

The archangel Sariel is willing to torture people to get what he wants, and he's confident that no one can stop him- but he didn't realize quite how seriously Maou takes his responsibilities.

Via HULU

The series is pretty light hearted. Suzuno had a brutal past where she is hired to assassinate enemies of her Church while Emi had learned her village was burned down by the demon army. The battle is short lived, but the scenes are very entertaining.

  • Sadao pretty fought in his boxers during the whole battle.
  • Ashiya's lame excuse of getting his cowl is still funny.
  • The sexual harassment scene by Sariel is amusing.

It's because of these type of scenes, I look forward to watching a new episode every week. The show is like Binbogami-ga. I can't take it seriously while the show doesn't do anything disturbing to ruin the fun.

Check out the The Devil is a Part Timer! Discussion!

Valvrave the Liberator's Episode 11 - The 54th Military Tribunal

Module 77 is headed to the Moon while the students are appointed as cabinet ministers. Akira finally speaks to Shoko and it is revealed that she is Satomi's sister. Module 77 is attacked by the Dorssians and Shoko's father is held hostage by Wartenberg.

— Hulu

Valvrave the Liberator always seem to pack the most surprises this season. I never excepted this plot twist at the end of this episode. I felt bad for Shoko who lost her father. At the same time, I was shocked at Haruto asking Saki's hand in marriage. I believed he did it out of guilt since he raped Saki last episode. Still, Saki rubs me the wrong way. She expresses jealously of Haruto and Shoko and hid Shoko's call from Haruto. This series will not have a happy ending. I feared that Shoko might end up dead since Saki was shown alive in a future scene in one of the episodes. Besides those elements, I enjoyed that we get to see Akira's past. Though, it felt out of place given the plot in this episode. One more thing before I end this, the scene where L-elf pulls his gun out was bugging me. I didn't want to believe that he was planning to kill Shoko. I don't know L-elf's motives and what he would gain from killing an innocent girl like Shoko.

Check out the Valvrave the Liberator Discussion!

Saturday

Severing Crime Edge's Episode 12 - The Forbidden Game

The episode is the most tense one I seen so far. Kiri becomes a beast after seeing Grayland for the first time. The table has turn on Emily. Now, Emily is the one being hunted. For a minute, I thought Emily's arm was dismembered. I was relieved it wasn't. The show does get gross, but it doesn't get too gruesome like Deadman Wonderland.

Oreimo 2

Kirino and the gals throw Kyousuke a celebration party for living independently. Kirino requests Ayase to help take care of Kyousuke as a house wife. Then, Ayase does a love confession.

Oreimo just became a harem. The show was a borderline harem since season 2. Still, Ayase's love confession feels too rushed and out of the blue since Ayase wanted to be Kirino's little sister. It seems that Ayase's love for Kyousuke is just a reflection of Kirino's love for Kyousuke.

Henneko's Ep. 11 - Inside the Tsutsukakushi's House

Despite I hated the show, I grew up to like it. It was amusing to see how Tsukiko's mother is not caring and loving mother she remembered. She reminds me of Mizore with the lollipop in her mouth. Tsukiko's mother and Yokodera have a weird relationship. Tsukiko's mother does love her daughters and kept Yokodera around because she is a bit lonely.

Misc

UtaPri Marathon

My little sister got me into the anime. I was watching the first season as a two episode per day marathon last week. It's one of the best reverse harem series I watched and one of the first anime shows that revolves around idols. It feels like a Disney show since a song occurs every episode. What the show does better than most reverse harem shows is that it spend time on each of the love interest. As for the main heroine, I like her. She's not a flat character.

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