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Welcome everyone! I'm sharing my first anime convention experiences. It's a wild, crazy day that made me glad and regret that I'm visiting Anime Expo today.

All names are changed except Tom's to protect them.

Exploring the Booths

Even at Anime Expo, I can't stop thinking about wiki work
Even at Anime Expo, I can't stop thinking about wiki work

It was July 5th, a beautiful day in Los Angeles. I had everything planned out for my sis and me. Taking off from the Metro station at around 10AM, it was a sight to behold when you have a large group of people marching towards the South Lobby. Out in front was a large tank prop where school girls with toy guns were posing on it (Girls und Panzer). During the morning, my little sister and I explored the booths to check out the merchandise, the cosplayers & artists, and the free stuff. One interesting booth had the Megami Magazine and Nyantype Magazines. I did buy my little sister a Fire Emblem Awakening Art book, the Knights of Iris art book that is illustrated by Yusuke Kozaki. At some point, my little sister told me that she wanted to check out a booth alone. I thought it was the super cute Moe par or My Little Pony since she doesn't want to embarrass me. After setting up a meeting at the Maple Story booth, I head out to buy something for my little brother and the family. Then, I stumbled upon the Project-H booth in the 300 aisle. Recalling my meeting with Gia's friend on Twitter, I thought I stop on by and say hi to Yoko. However, I had to think since I'm going inside a booth that sells hentai. Someone might see me. I look around and notice a blonde woman who looked familiar. Though, I doubt she is someone I know since I can't get a look at her eyes under those big sunglasses and Luffy's hat. After getting inside, the cashier ladies comment how I look like a high school boy. I was sad that Yoko wasn't here. They told me she will be at the panel tomorrow night at 8:30PM.

Getting Caught by Childhood Friend

As soon as I exit the booth quickly, the same blonde woman halted me. It turns out she is my childhood friend from Church (let's call her Rachel). I'm so screwed. Her boyfriend, John, was shocked that I was an anime fan and more importantly, a fan of erotic manta. Yet, he was happy when he dragged me into the booth to buy hentai manga. Rachel was appalled about John and my interests in hentai manga, but she was relieved that she doesn't have to go inside to buy hentai with John. Even though I did give into John's peer pressure, things were not looking good. John, Rachel, and I meet my little sister at the Maple Story booth. When my little sister asked me what I bought, I revealed Finn, Black Butler Vol. 13, Yotsuba&! Vol. 8 & 9, and Blood-C Vol. 1-2. Thus, my alibi is created. Then, John had to pull out the black bag underneath my underarm and reveal the naughty manga along with his. (John's taste is a bit kinkier. See How to Make Him My Master) My little sister, who remained silent and composed, confessed that she bought some yaoi doujinshi. Rachel exclaims how my pervertedness has tainted my sister's innocence. After her "like brother, like sister" remark, it reminded me of Oreimo in some degree.

Later, Rachel, John, my little sister, and I take a trip around the convention for a bit of exploration. One of the most extreme cosplay was a man dressed in only briefs with a Fairy Tail stamp, Gray Fullbuster. The man didn't get through when the staff told him to go home and put some pants on. While John was taking pictures like a madman, I was too shy. I only took 2 photos. I find the Ice Climbers photo very cute. Along the way to the West Hall to find out where the panels were, I tripped on a guy's red cape exiting the escalators. I bruised my leg while the guy fell on his back. I should have been more careful. I felt bad for the guy I tripped.

Blue Exorcist Movie Line

After exploring around the convention with John, Rachel, and my sis (getting lost at the same time), Rachel and John had to leave to take care of errands. I let my sis pick the next destination. She chose attend the Blue Exorcist movie premiere that was located in Room 403 at around 3:30PM. Unfortunately, I wanted to attend the Right Stuf panel, so I have some industry news to report for Anime Vice. Yet, I couldn't leave my little sister alone for work. I forgot that I'm here to relax. The lines for the movie started early as 2PM while it became longer. I was bored out of mine while waiting. For my little sister, she found a guy, Nick from Oklahoma, near her playing Animal Crossing New Leaf. The two chat a lot about their games and street passes. That was one of the things I noticed in the booths. A lot of folks were walking with their 3DS out. I found out Nick and I were Attack on Titan fans. Nick was more ahead in the manga. He wanted to meet George Wada, producer of Attack on Titan, and Noizi Ito. At some point, I asked Nick if I can check Twitter since my phone does not have internet access. I found out that Tom wants to meet me up at Viz Media booth around 4:30PM. I faced a decision to abandon my little sister to meet up with Tom Pinchuk. Somehow, my little sister's friend found us. I told my sis's friend that I'm giving my spot for her. I figured they have a great time at the Blue Exorcist film screening. I head out to find Tom.

@Takashichea We're probably going to be around the VIZ booth at 4:30 or so. See you there?

— Tom Pinchuk (@TomPinchuk) July 5, 2013

Meeting Tom Pinchuk

Arriving to the Viz Media, I had to ask someone to use their phone to reply at Tom with some hint of my character. All I can think is my shirt and backpack color. At last, the man of the hour, Tom Pinchuk, has arrived. While Tom chats with his friend who worked the Neon Alley booth, I was filling out the Neon Alley survey. Tom spoke with me and thanked me and my teammates for their hard work in doing the seasonal guides (See Summer 2013 Anime Guide - - AV MOD MATERIAL) and the Quick Picks. He said that he encourages all users to hit him up with a PM if they want to post some cool ideas. I talked about how Daniel Newton came up cool ideas such as the polls and caption contests. I couldn't think outside of the box like Daniel does. Tom told me to take some risks. After his pep talk, he went back to talk with his friend. During those long 2 or 3 minutes, I was thinking questions to ask my hero. Recalling the recent Vice Pit episodes, I already knew how Tom got into Anime Vice as a staff and his books. I haven't read Hybrid Bastards, Tom's comic book. I can't ask him about the book. All I could ask was, "How was Sam?" In my head, I mentally slap myself for not asking in depth question. It turns out I missed Sam. He was at AX on July 4th.

The photo of Tom and I flexing our biceps was the coolest thing I got in my first con. Afterwards, I tried to get in line for Vic Mignogna, but the line was extremely long.

Eric Vale's Guest of Honor Panel

I jumped out of the line to do the last thing on the agenda. The last thing I planned to attend with my little sister was Eric Vale's Guest of Honor panel. Though, my plans didn't go well. My little sister was still at the Blue Exorcist screening while the lines for Eric Vale is packed about 200 people or so. I was in the last 2 lines. Luckily, I got in the panel. I felt bad for the folks behind me. They had to cut them off. Somehow, my camera's batteries died out. I recalled that my sister had all my spare batteries with her. I took my notebook, and I discovered that I had my digital recorder for school usage. I thought I took out everything from my backpack. I decided to use the digital recorder. More bad luck ensued, it turns out I ran out of memory. I had tons of lecture audio recordings. I didn't delete the old ones. The recording stops before the last question.

Here is a quick list of questions and answers that I summarized. I have an MP3 saved if you're interested.

(I will rewrite the questions and answers to fit the audio. Right now, I'm a bit busy)

  • Q: What's Your Favorite Book?
  • A: Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Q: Tell us about the times you passed out.
  • A: He did a whole story about some gruesome injuries: stepping on a wooden shard and dislocating a leg from the hip joint.
  • Q: Does nothing surprise you?
  • A: "Nothing. I have been asked to voice act in an questionable scene. My wife told me to do it as long as it pays." He comments on how his wife is a whore.
  • Q: Did you consider voice acting as a career back when you were young?
  • A: "I didn't know voice acting was a thing. I wanted to be an actor my whole life. I see voice acting as just acting."
  • Q: What's Your Take on the Brony Scene and can you do an improve of America and Canada as a sport team? (Not sure what the gentlemen said after "sport")
  • A: No bronies PERIOD. I have mad respect for the staff. Brony is a child's show. My 6 year old daughter loves the show, but it's annoying that I know some 35, 50 year old men who loved the show."
  • Q: What's Your Favorite Episode
  • A: Trunks cutting Frieza in half. Rarely, you see people cut this way [horizontally].
  • Q: How did you get the role of Trunks?
  • A: Check out my Youtube video
  • Q: Favorite America Line
  • A: I'm the Hero
  • Q: Say your mother is a dirty whore from Desert Punk
  • A: He says it three times in Kanta Mizuno's voice
  • Q: Which character was your favorite and which one was the most challenging?
  • A: Kanta from Desert Punk because he enjoyed doing the improv and talking dirty stuff, mostly boobs. For the most challenging characters, America has to be a loveable asshole.

I have uploaded the MP3 on DropBox. It's a website that is free if you're using the 2.5 Gigabytes storage. I just need your email, and I'll email you the link via Dropbox invitation.

Going back home, I found out my little sister watched the movie by herself since the staff caught her friend cutting in line. I was a bit sad, but I was glad she enjoyed the movie. She told me it was way better than Fairy Tail and Naruto's 1st movies.

Lessons Learned

Thank you for reading this. I encouraged you guys and gals to visit an anime convention at least once. It's a great experience. Well for me, it's up and down. I learn my lessons for the first day.

  • Not all plans work out. Be flexible.
  • Expect long lines that begin 1 or 2 hours before panels and autographs
  • Wear some shades or masks as cosplay when going in hentai booths
  • Think some questions for Tom and the celebrities
  • Be careful around packed escalators
  • Next year, do some muscle building exercises. I look like a shrimp compared to Tom.

Things I did Right

  • Shopping Around - sickVisionz's advice was handy. I got a good deal on Finn.
  • Making a good budget
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Happy 4th of July, everyone! Welcome to the July edition! I'm going to post the merchandise for the first two weeks, and I'll update next week.

Note: This is a temporary banner since BigHeart711 and Sora are professionals who are a lot better at creating banners than me.

Anime Series

ImageTitle (Format)CompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere - Season 2 (BD and DVD)Sentai FilmworksBD: $69.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: $59.99
DVD: $49.99
BD: $41.99
DVD: $35.99
7/02/13
Ruin Explorers - Complete Collection (DVD)Maiden Japan$19.98$14.99$14.997/02/13
Black Magic M-66 (DVD)Maiden Japan$19.98$14.99$14.997/09/13
Blue Exorcist - Complete 1st Season (DVD and Blu-Ray)Aniplex of AmericaBD: $174.98
DVD: $139.98
BD: ?
DVD: ?
BD: $139.98
DVD: $69.98
7/09/13
Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack! (DVD)Aniplex of America$37.98?$29.987/09/13
Hetalia: Axis Powers - The Complete Series (DVD)FUNimation$34.98$21.93$20.997/09/13
Kimba the White Lion - The Complete Series (DVD)Right Stuf$69.99$59.99$52.497/09/13
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor - Complete TV Series (Litebox, DVD)Right Stuf$39.99$25.78$29.997/09/13
The Rose of Versailles - Part 2 [Limited Edition] (DVD)Nozomi Entertainment$49.99$31.58$29.997/09/13
Steins;Gate - Part 1 (Blu-Ray and DVD)Manga EntertainmentBD: $34.99
DVD: $24.99
BD: ?
DVD: ?
BD: ?
DVD: ?
07/15/13
Lovely Complex - the Complete Series (DVD)Eastern Star$49.95$44.99$29.9907/16/13
Naruto Shippuden DVD Box 15Viz Media$44.82$26.96$28.9907/16/13
Patlabor: The Mobile Police Collecton 1 (DVD and Blu-Ray)Maiden JapanBD: $69.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: $59.99
DVD: $49.99
BD: $41.99
DVD: 35.99
07/16/13
Special A - Complete Collection (DVD)Sentai Filmworks$69.98$59.99$52.4907/16/13
Chihayafuru - Part 1 (DVD)Siren Visual Entertainment$49.95??07/18/13
Case Closed - Season 1 Box Set [S.A.V.E.] (DVD)FUNimation Entertainment$29.98$16.96$22.4907/18/13
Case Closed - Season 2 Box Set [S.A.V.E.] (DVD)''''$29.98$18.93$22.4907/23/13
Case Closed - Season 3 Box Set [S.A.V.E.] (DVD)''''$29.98$18.93$22.4907/23/13
Case Closed - Season 4 Box Set [S.A.V.E.] (DVD)''''$29.98$22.4907/23/13
Case Closed - Season 5 Box Set [S.A.V.E.] (DVD)''''$29.98$22.4907/23/13
Phi-Brain: Puzzle of God: The Orpheus Order - Collection 1 (Blu-Ray and DVD)Sentai FilmworksBD: $69.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: 59.99
DVD: $49.99
BD: $52.49
DVD: $44.99
07/23/13
Robotech: 2 - Movie Collection (DVD)Lions Gate Films$19.98$12.86?07/23/13
Super Robot Wars Original Generation (DVD)Media Blasters$14.99$9.99$11.2407/23/13
Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars (DVD)Media Blasters$39.99$29.99$29.9907/23/13
Cowboy Bebop - Part 1 Collector's Edition (Blu-Ray)Anime Limited$39.99??07/29/13
Another - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray and DVD)Sentai FilmworksBD: $69.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: $59.99
DVD: $49.99
BD: $41.99
DVD: $35.99
07/30/13
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Beginnings/Eternal [Import] (DVD and Blu-Ray)Aniplex of AmericaBD: $129.98
DVD: $109.98
?BD: $104.98
DVD: $89.98
07/30/13
Samurai Pizza Cats - Complete Collection (DVD)Eastern Star$79.95$79.95$59.9607/30/13

Note:

Manga Volumes

ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Little Fluffy Gigolo PELU Vol. 2Last Gasp Publishing$17.95$13.11N/A07/01/13
The Strange Tale of Panorama IslandLast Gasp Publishing$24.95$18.20$18.7107/01/13
Blue Exorcist Vol. 10Viz Media$9.99$8.99$5.2907/02/13
D. Gray-man Omnibus 1 (Vol. 1-3)Viz Media$14.99$11.80$10.0407/02/13
Gunslinger Girl Vol. 15Seven Seas Entertainment$11.99$9.49$8.9907/02/13
Jiu Jiu Vol. 5Viz Media$9.99$8.99$6.6907/02/13
Kanokon Vol. 3-4Viz Media$9.99$8.15$7.4905/07/13
Mayo Chiki! Vol. 3Seven Seas Entertainment$12.99$10.19$9.7407/02/13
Natsume's Book of FriendsVol. 14Viz Media$9.99$8.99$6.6907/02/13
Oresama Teacher Vol. 14Viz Media$9.99$8.99$6.9907/02/13
Pokemon Adventures: Ruby & Sapphire Vol. 17Viz Media$9.99$8.99$6.6907/02/13
Pokemon Adventures: Black and White Vol. 1Viz Media$9.99$8.99$6.6907/02/13
Psyren Vol. 11Viz Media$9.99$8.08$6.6907/02/13
Sailor Moon Vol. 12Kodansha Comics$10.99$9.51$8.2407/02/13
Skip Beat! Omnibus 5Viz Media$14.99$12.18$9.3707/02/13
Strobe Edge Vol. 4Viz Media$9.99$8.99$6.6907/02/13
Wolfsmund Vol. 1Vertical$12.95$9.71$7.4907/02/13
World War Blue Vol. 1Seven Seas Entertainment$11.99$8.99$8.9907/02/13
Case Closed Vol. 47Viz Media$9.99$8.99$6.6907/09/13
Fullmetal Alchemist Omnibus 5Viz Media$14.99$11.96$10.0407/09/13
Loveless Omnibus 4Viz Media$14.99$11.97$10.0407/09/13
Rin-ne Vol. 12Viz Media$9.99$8.99$6.6907/09/13
The Flowers of Evil Vol. 6Vertical$10.95$8.21$8.2107/09/13
Tiger & Bunny Vol. 2Viz Media$9.99$8.99$6.6907/09/13
Tokyo Babylon OmnibusDark Horse$19.99$15.22$14.9907/10/13
07-Ghost Vol. 5Viz Media$9.99$8.99$7.4907/16/13
I'll Give it My All... Tomorrow Vol. 5Viz Media$12.99$11.69$9.7407/16/13
Limit Vol. 6Vertical$10.95$8.21$8.2107/16/13
Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus 1Dark Horse$19.99$12.32$12.5007/16/13
Missions of Love Vol. 4Kodansha Comics$10.99$9.89$8.2407/16/13
Gate 7 Vol. 4Dark Horse$10.99$8.58$8.2407/17/13
Black Butler Vol. 14Yen Press$11.99$10.19$8.9907/23/13
Bloody Monday Vol. 11Kodansha Comics$10.99$9.89$8.2407/23/13
Doubt Vol. 2Yen Press$18.99$12.89$14.2407/23/13
Is This a Zombie? Vol. 5Yen Press$11.99$9.21$8.9907/23/13
K-ON! College Vol. 1Yen Press$11.99$9.67$8.9907/23/13
Puella Magi Oriko Magica Vol. 1Yen Press$11.99$9.18$8.9907/23/13
Soul Eater Vol. 15Yen Press$11.99$9.85$8.9907/23/13
Until Death Do Us Part Vol. 4Yen Press$18.99$14.20$14.2407/23/13
Gantz Vol. 28Dark Horse Comics$13.99$10.49$10.4907/24/13
Hana-Kimi Omnibus 5 (Vol. 13-15)Viz Media$14.99$12.04$11.2407/28/13
Fairy Tail Vol. 28Kodansha Comics$10.99$9.89$8.2407/30/13
High School of the Dead - Full Color Edition Omnibus 2Yen Press$49.99$34.17?07/30/13
Kingdom Hearts II Vol. 2Yen Press$19$14.08$14.0807/30/13
Twin Knights
Twin Knights
Twin Knight Vol. 1Vertical$13.95$10.51$10.4607/30/13
Alice the 101st Vol. 3Digital Manga Publishing$12.95$9.91$9.7107/31/13
Moon and Blood Vol. 4Digital Manga Publishing$6.95$6.26$5.2107/31/13

Note: Rightstuf's release date for Alice in the Country of Clover: Ace of Hearts was June 18, 2013 while ANN listed it as July 2, 2013. ANN listed Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Vol. 18's release date for volume 18 on July 2. Barnes & Noble, Right Stuf, and Amazon has the date, September 24. Rightstuf has Kanokon volume 3-4 on July 30th. Vampire Knight volume 17 is release on November 5, 2013 for Right Stuf and Barnes & Noble.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork.com, RightStuf.com, GameStop.com, Amazon.com and GiantBomb.com

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Welcome to this belated weekly review of Fairy Tail and Beelzebub. I chose to cover Beelzebub since I was a part of a Beelzebub wiki team. Arrussel used to cover the manga. I have to do a major review to fill the gaps. Right now, I'm skipping ahead to the recent Beelzebub chapter.

Sorry, I'm going to rush and keep this blog short since I have to prepare a July 4th Quick Picks, do some wiki, and prepare for Anime Expo.

Remember, please support Fairy Tail and Beelzebub legally by buying the manga or the anime when it comes to your home country.

Fairy Tail

With the dragons gone, Fairy Tail and the rest of the guilds can relax. Our deceased Future Lucy comes back to life to reunite with her friends in the afterlife while Future Rogue warns Natsu that Frosh will die.

Good

  • It was a touching scene for Future Lucy. Natsu and Lucy fans will riot in the streets over this.
  • Not everything is warm and fuzzy. Dragon Slayers have their pride. It shows that these guys still have work to do, become stronger.

Bizarre

  • While Erza and Jellal & Juvia and Meredy are celebrating, none of them notice Ultear's death.

As you guys and gals have heard, Hiro Mashima will be doing three manga chapters for July 10th and July 17 for a total of six chapters. It's awesome.

Beelzebub

While Toujou is searching for Furuichi's pieces of heart, Aoi and Kanzaki encounter new enemies: Suzune and Harumi.

Good

  • Aoi and Kanzaki getting new opponents adds more content since Oga and Takamiya's fight is getting a bit stale.
  • Toujou will be getting some action, too.

Bad

  • Chapter is a bit slow for fans who want some action.

Despite being a set up, the next chapter will be better. I'm stoked to see Aoi and Kanzaki's fight.

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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.

Update

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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