After a long hiatus, I’ve come to realize that being a writer for two websites as well as keeping up with my daily workload is a bit of a pipe dream. I simply do not have the time handle both prospects.
So, as much as it pains me (Bullshit, you say), I’m putting this blog on indefinite hiatus. Yes, many a rock band have done this in order to piss off their fans, but I’m doing it out of stress management. It makes my life easier.
“Oh no, say it ain’t so! How will I go on without some Aniphiles every few days?”
Well, true-believer, you could always browse through the archives of this site and hear my oh-so-witty comments on episodes during the past few months. A better idea, I believe, is to simply head over to http://www.mon0r.com where I now write tsundere articles, reviews, and news articles in a tongue-and-cheek manner.
Who knows? There might be a surprise post on this site from time to time.
Once again : http://www.mon0r.com
It’s quite a sublime title, if I do say so myself. I just may use it for a future post. But before we get into all that, I just wanted to say that this blog, AniPhiles, and its proprietor, Tom (Me), are going to experience a few changes. First and foremost, I’m changing the focus of this site. That’s right, no more episodic posts to the degree that they’ve been appearing lately. Oh, I’ll definitely write up a quick post if there was an especially riveting episode or two, but don’t expect me to do much besides write reviews for ongoing shows.
On the other hand, I’ll be doing more editorial-like posts for this site here, AniPhiles, if they don’t belong on this site, http://www.mon0r.com , which I write for as well. (Shameless plug FTW).
That said, browse through and have fun! Feel free to comment or email me as well. It’s probably gonna be on my Gravatar.
Oh, yes, Mayuri dies again for the hundredth time, like that was a big surprise for anyone. Then again, I’ve started to develop this sympathy for Mayuri. I actually care about what happens to her, and this time when she died, I had a heavy feeling in my heart. Okay, not really, but the sentiment’s still there. It’s a freaking tragedy.
What’s Okabe going to do from now on? Your guess is as good as mine, if I start talking about this honestly. A lot of people would have you believe that they know more about Stein’s Gate and they probably do…they’ve probably played the visual novel already. Anyways, leave a comment about what you think might happen soon and also, click to read more (Because you know there’s more).
After the failure of an episode last week (The one where Konekomaru turned into a chicken), we get another episode to toss into the trash. Isn’t that wonderful? It’s the stuff dreams are made of. Just wonderful and…Who am I kidding? The fact that Rin and Yukio didn’t know the difference between a Christmas cake and birthday cake was surprising, though not something significant. It’s not like someone’s going to reprimand them for not knowing. Talk about pointing out stupid things for a lame joke or two.
I skimmed through this episode without so much as looking back, so here’s the summary: Shima goes around asking the girls for their birthdays and finds out that Izumo’s is soon. He then plans her birthday party in secret. Rin and the bald chicken monk are to bake the cakes, Shiemi is to decorate the room with Suguro, and Shima has to find Izumo a birthday present. Unfortunately, he spills the beans, being the idiot he is. Read the rest of this entry
As Takako would say, Enishing is possible! And I would agree with her for the most part, only, one thing that Hanasaku Iroha has failed to do for the past summer season is fascinate me, enthrall me. There was actually a time where I looked forward to every episode in this show. I reveled in Ohana’s exploits and her efforts in adjusting and gaining friends. I liked the whole romance angle with Ko. Now, PA Works has scrapped those early “pluses” and decided to create an episode for each and every supporting character. It’s as if they didn’t have an inn chock-full of them in the first place. My god.
Symbolic in the sense that the shower head could represent her tears, or that the shower head could represent the torrent of Minchi’s feelings coming out. Nah, most likely just fanservice. Make Ohana all “wet” and get Minchi nehkehd in the process. It’s a win-win for everyone! Read the rest of this entry
Kami Sama no Memochou
Well, I urge all my readers to drop any expectations of me ever understanding this current arc. From what I can pick up, it’s about a conflict in the past between the Fourth, Souichiro, and this Yu Gi Oh wannabe (About an illegal immigrant, no less). Not that the idea is horrible in any way. The only thing that stands between me and this show is how droll everything is. I find no excitement at all in any of Alice’s “deductions” or in Narumi. He’s one of the worst protagonists I’ve ever encountered. Then again, he’s the first self-sacrificial male lead to pop up ever since I’ve started this blog. I guess the timing is really what killed Narumi. Had he appeared back when I was nothing but a viewer, he possibly could have been well-liked by moi.
Dantalian no Shoka
That has got to be the ugliest clash of colors that I’ve ever seen in a post, but let’s just stick with it. I don’t want to go digging in my pictures folder for a more “aesthetically pleasing” collage of colors. I mean, hey, you’re not here just for the pictures, are you? You could have fooled me.
Anyways, for those among you that have been paying attention to the opening segment in this show, you should have noticed that the two characters that this episode focuses on are in it. They are Hal Komhout and Flamberge, a Key Keeper and his Forbidden Library (I really don’t know what to call Flamberge and Dalian). They’re an interesting foil for Dalian and Huey as they show a different balance of power. While Huey concedes to whatever Dalian does, Hal is firm and unforgiving when it comes to matters of gravity. Hal and Flamberge work less as a team and more like a craftsman and his tools, Flamberge being the tool. You can bet a penny or two that Huey and Hal won’t see eye to eye on certain things. Read the rest of this entry
Another week, another episode. Luckily for us, Sacred Seven comes bundled with a new OP song which looks much more epic than a two meter teen hunched over a small moped. Also, the show gets a bit more bearable – possibly because of the new OP.
What’s that? Kenmi’s been playing the Darkstone people all this time? Yeah, with his shifty eyes, that wasn’t hard to predict.
And Ao no Exorcist…dang. I don’t know what to say about that show. It’s entering a lull once again. Six weeks are left of Ao no Exorcist, if not eight, so there’s a fair amount of time for a small mini-climax to build up. Hopefully it’ll be more tantalizing than a demonic bucket of KFC. Seriously, Konekomaru (or whatever his name is) turning into a chicken was laughably bad.
Can I call ‘em, or can I call ‘em? I predicted way back in my previous Stein’s Gate post that there was possibility that Mr. Braun was FB all along. The initials were there, namely the B, and characters like him tend to take on a pivotal role despite their lack of development. Mr. Braun’s life story, though depressing, felt shoehorned and typical: Little boy grows up poor and gets taken in by a twisted organization. It’s happened before, and it sure as hell won’t be the last time someone will use this.
Moeka and Okabe join forces to track down FB and the IBN 5100 computer. At the end of a long trail, they end up staking out Mr. Braun’s house. When confronted by questions relating to his secret identity, Mr. Braun reveals his life story and regales of his previous trickery. He then pulls out a gun and kills Moeka for being a traitor before killing himself. Of course, Okabe is able to reverse this sorry fate via a D-Mail. However in doing so, he’s left Makise Kurisu to her demise. How will he get out of it? Read the rest of this entry