F*ck, this is late enough for someone to get arrested for being late. >:/
*sigh* Well, I decided to cram the last OVA for DtB Gaiden in here, too, since I just want to go over things really briefly and there isn’t much else I can really say from that other than how sad I am that nobody in that stupid universe of theirs would just mind their own smelly business and let Hei and Yin stay together in peace. ASDLFKJASLKF Dx<
*cough* Hrm, yea, since I don't attach tags to wrap-up posts, there is much BAWWW-ing and AWWW-ing and both that combined which just makes it "BA-AWWWWWW"-ing or something ahead.
Or it's just me being emotional. Take it either way. ;_;
I…honestly don’t know where to start with this one. Um… well, of course, I loved it. Given that it’s a Key/Jun Maeda work, I know there is no way that I wouldn’t love it. Except that I ended up liking Angel Beats! more than I intended to. Not by a huge degree or anything but enough for there to let an attachment grow for this series.
Strangely enough, Angel Beats! could not have aired at a more worse time since after its fourth episode, I lost someone very dear to me which was why I ended up on that semi-hiatus during May. While I took time away to get myself together, I continued watching this regularly. Sitting through all the ridiculousness of the excessive butt humor that was so un-Key-like for a Key work but nonetheless still made me laugh and all the tear-inducing moments that moved me inside but not enough to bring the water works out (I said this many times but that rarely happens when I’m watching anime). It was far from the loss I’ve experienced but watching this and reflecting on it week by week made me think a lot of things about regret, fulfillment, life and death.
At the same time, I learned two things. Or rather, learned one and was reminded of the other. One, I learned that Jun Maeda is the “God”…at least in all the Key titles he was responsible for (which is all of them). How else can you explain all the savior-like male leads (the “Jesus”s as I jokingly call them), the suffering he makes all the characters go through (that makes SSS want to give God a punch in the face), the way he just wants to drag every tear out of you when you look at his works and make you love them all the same, the miracles, the resurrection, revival, unexplainable cures, whatever, of whoever was doomed for death and alwaysalwaysalways…
Having the habit of tearing apart a couple while they’re hugging? EH?! <– This bit gets me really mad every time but I forgive him since they usually end up back together anyway. lol
Just a thought I like to entertain myself on. If it’s true, I’d probably slap a hippo or something. :
Two, Angel Beats! simply reminded me of how I wanted to live after I found the reason to while I was in high school. And that was two things: to contribute something to this world while I’m alive while doing my best to not leave any regrets behind. It wasn’t originally what I had planned, but I think I’m going to take up teaching when I finally graduate college. I’m not qualified yet to say I want to nurture and guide children like how Yuzuru wants to dedicate himself to others by becoming a doctor but I think that’s my calling.
At the same time, after the death of my relative, I forgave my parents after having bad blood with them for almost two and a half years and I shouldn’t have to explain why under these circumstances. It’s just not worth it holding a trivial grudge towards family in a time like that and I’m glad I did cuz I’m getting along with them better now and I’m at least reassured that my loved one passed on peacefully knowing we’ve reconciled.
It’s a little embarrassing to admit that I didn’t notice it before, even though I’ve been a fan of so many of Key’s works, but I think in order for you to create a really good story and make something more out of it, you have to have full appreciation of life, which was the main theme for Angel Beats!. Though AB! hardly comes close to defining it, as there is no such thing as a single definition of such a broad term, it seems pretty obvious that Jun Maeda are one of the few who does understand what it means to live and as Kanade said “How living is a wonderful thing.”
That’s what I think and aim for at least. Cuz I love my life, however difficult or easy it may be. And that’s the reason why I forgave my parents. I want to lead a fulfilling one that I’ll be satisfied with when I’m gone.
Yea, this is probably, exactly why Angel Beats! has grown so much on me when I thought it was just another ordinary season run. It probably still is, in my view, but it had a lot of effect on me.
So there is no way I can’t call it one of my top 10 of this year. It really earned its place up there.
Moving along, I’ll just echo everyone’s thoughts on how this should have ran longer than it did. There’s no reason I could think of that would say otherwise. Unless it was something related to production, or the studio
chickening out at the last minute, or TV broadcast stations or something that can’t be helped. It would have smoothed out everything much nicer. Especially regarding Yuri’s softer, more shy and girlish side.
I don’t find it so OOC like many did. I just thought it was too rushed that it didn’t look as good. But it’s not unbelievable for Yuri to be embarrassed when someone compliments on how cute she acts when she’s flustered since she is a girl and that’s a natural reaction. It’s just that for majority of the time, she had to act serious as a leader and her hatred against god prevented her from showing her more normal side. Kinda like how Kanade’s emotions were repressed until she interacted with Yuzuru more. Trust me on this one. When you’ve gotten over some issues, it’s not so hard for your personality to change for the better.
Her fondness of Kanade isn’t so out of the ball park either since she was a big sister who doted on her siblings and caused some bug to go off in that “world” because she cared for all her fellow SSS members so much…and if it didn’t suddenly happen in just one episode instead of a reasonable span of two or three.
Yea, other than those glitches and the need to space out the development of her character more, I’d say it would’ve been one of the most notable changes that occurred in the entire cast and therefore, would’ve made it easier to sympathize with Yuri.
But eh, what’s done is done.
I still really liked this scene between her and Kanade, though. It was very sweet and sad that they had to part right when they became friends. Note that Yuri’s always wondered what it would’ve been like if she had befriended Kanade earlier on instead of treating her like an enemy. I would’ve liked to see that. Maybe they’ll include it in the extra episode on the last DVD they mentioned, only this time, they’ll all be alive but if not, I think I might write a fic for it.
Yuri being an Onee-chan figure to Kanade is just too cute. x3
But the true gold for me, even more than graduation ceremony which touched my heart so very much, was Yuzuru’s confession to Kanade and how utterly unfair it felt that she was going to disappear right after she thanked him for giving her life.
I swear, I was totally for this pairing the moment Kanade gave Yuzuru her name in that exam/bully episode but I really didn’t think it would happen. Or at least I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Should have known it was coming, though. Anything I say that will or won’t happen, the counter does. Really weird.
And since it has, yes, I stamp this as my OTP for this series. With HinataxYui following close behind.
I won’t say that I didn’t think this was rushed as well, because it was. But unlike the case with Yuri which almost came drastically out of nowhere, Yuzuru’s been showing interest in Kanade for quite some time. Feeling sorry for her when they took her position away using mean methods (and taking her lunch ticket), eating mapo tofu with her, holding hands several times, inviting her to go fishing with them, worrying for her when she was kidnapped by the evil Angels, HUGGING, *goes on and on and on* . The hints are all there. It was just forced to halt when there were bigger issues at hand. P.A. Works became lazy afterward and thought this last scene would be sufficient. Uh, no, it’s not. :P
Nevertheless, I’m still really happy they are official. And needless to say, I cried BUCKETS of storms inside seeing Yuzuru so heartbroken over losing her right after he told her he loved her and she agreed to be with him always. *BAAAAAAAAWWWWWWSSSSSSSS* …God, I love these two so much. I just do. ;______;
Playing the original version of “Ichiban no Takaramono” during this moment didn’t help. Damn you, Maeda! Why’d you have to be such a great composer, too?!
*sigh* But in the end, I understood why Kanade had to disappear after she thanked him. Or more importantly, why Yuzuru ended up on the afterlife battle front in the first place. Not just to help everyone move on. He was there so Kanade’s regret can be lifted so it’s really a good thing.
…well, no…cuz that made Yuzuru sad… so this warrants a fic! Yea! I’m going to do it! …Right after I finished this damn post first!
That being said, yay~, Kanade is included now!
If everyone else looked a little different instead of their usual digital cardboard selves, I think it would have been better but whatever. The middle group is just fine for me. Haha. xD;
Hehe, why is Kanade’s hair shorter and Yuzuru’s longer? xD;
Alright, Maeda. I can forgive you, I guess.
But why didn’t you show us more?! Dx I just hope that extra DVD episode won’t be some pointless crap or… *glares* >8(
Hell yea, I’m definitely writing a fic for this. Nobody steal my idea. Or I will bite you. *bares teeth* Nyanyanyagh. <– What the hell's that? xD;
Bakemonogatari ~ Ep. 15
Well, I’ve dragged this out for so long, I almost don’t know what I have left to say about it. Except it was still an AWESOME final episode and finally~ has ended! *very singsong mood right now*
Heh. It wasn’t any surprise to me when we learned the cause behind Tsubasa’s stress. In fact, it seemed pretty predictable. I’m just glad that it wasn’t boringly so because of what Tsubasa put herself through in ordered to be saved and noticed by her abnormal “prince” (lol, Araragi, crowns do not suit you xD). But I can’t help but think how dumb she was when it came to do that. Sure, she might have been extremely desperate for help under the pressures of her family issues but to resort to taking in a bakeneko?
Maybe it wasn’t her fault. Maybe she wished it, some spirit happen to be passing by to hear it and took advantage of it. It’s never specified but what remains true is that she gave into her own weakness rather than confronting her feelings head on like Araragi said.
So in that way, I can’t feel bad for her. I think it’s unlucky that Hitagi beat her to Araragi before she could ask him out but that didn’t mean she had to force herself to lie, even though it was out of good intentions for Araragi.
Ugh, love. Such a bothersome thing. *rolls eyes*
Butbut, was I so thrilled when Araragi said he couldn’t be lovers with Tsubasa, even if he was indebted to her, because he already had Hitagi.
Aww man, especially, especially THESE lines:
“I can’t deny my feelings for Senjougahara.”
“Even with how she acts, I still love Senjougahara.”
“I love everything about her. There isn’t a single part I hate.”
“She’s the first woman I’ve ever really loved.”
All this was almost enough to make me fall for him…almost. I just really love guys who are loyal and that devoted to their rightful partners.
Which is why I think if you’re just hanging around for the shipping on this series, you’re missing a great deal of the entirety of what Nisioisin has given through his novels.
Yes, this is a harem show. But harem is only a genre, it doesn’t decide if it’s going to be good or not. The content does. Time and time again, Araragi encounters all these abnormalities he has to solve for his female acquaintances, three out of five who are in love with him. Each time, his relationship with Hitagi has been tested in one way or another but even that was not enough to threaten it to an edge. That could only mean one thing: this is the pairing, and it’s going to stay that way.
First point of being a good harem: the lead has one romantic interest, and she/he is the only one.
Second point, a good harem is an incomplete one. Meaning not every single person the lead helps will fall unconditionally in love with him. In this case, Mayoi and Kanbaru.
Third, a good harem may have its fanservice or ship teases but not so much that it will overtake the whole purpose of the plot. The main focus for Bakemonogatari is the girls overcoming their inner demons turned outward by the monstrosities that possessed them through their dark emotions.
If a harem satisfies all these points, then it’s enough for me to overlook the harem aspect of it to the point where I forget it is even there. That’s why I wasn’t so bothered by the other girls and was able to like all of them. And why can’t you? They each stand out on their own rather nicely and served a significant role in their respective arcs. Moreover, I had complete confidence and faith in my main pairing and everything that was shown supports and made it a sealed deal as well. So there was no need for me to get worked up about it and the rest was just enjoyable.
Mind you, these are really just my standards of looking at things. But I believe I have watched enough good and a lot of bad harems to justify it when I say “You need to expand your mind” if Bakemonogatari’s level of a harem bothers you. I highly recommend Key works since they do a really good job on those. That’s where it all started for me, too. Hehe.
So that settles that. Option “become my lover” is out but Araragi is
still more than MAN enough to acknowledge Tsubasa’s feelings and call it honor to be loved by her.
Ahh, Araragi, you better stop or I’d probably really fall for you. ^^;
Neko over there seems pretty impressed by him but that doesn’t stop her (it?)…
From trying to kill him anyways. I gotta say that I like how they kept evil neko…well, evil. Since that’s practically what it is. A cursed spirit.
Gah, and here is where Araragi had to be all stupidly noble about paying back his debt. I swear, what’s up with the good, caring-to-a-fault guys always being like this? Is that why they’re so popular with the girls? Is that why they’re always taken?
…Sadly yes. *pout* =3=
Haha, but he came back into my good graces quickly enough when he remembered how Hitagi will react if he just let himself be killed. It’s not “Oh, Senjougahara will be sad”. It’s “Holy shit! I can’t die here or Senjougahara will surely kill Hanekawa! That’s the WORST situation possible!” Ahhh, now you see why this is my OTP. lolol xDD;;
Hmm, well, all that talk on “helping others” (as Bakeneko strangled him *chokes*) confused me a bit. I get that it’s related to Araragi always coming to people’s aid when it’s best that he avoid them altogether and that he’d hurt them anyway since he’d help anyone which means nobody is exactly special but there’s something more to it that I haven’t reached yet so I’ll have to think into it more deeply later on.
In any case, I’m glad he realized that him dying will do no one any good. For one thing, those who care for him will be sad. For another, putting your debt towards someone over your friendship, which should be more important, with them is just not right.
Yesh, Araragi, I was a little concerned you’d never reach that point, you lovable idiot. *frowns* >x/
Then the whole sequence with Shinobu rising out of the ground like a
loli petit angel of hell, knocking away Neko and then taking a nice chomp was leik…AWESOME!!! x333
Hmm, well, that took me by surprise alright. Never expected her to be hiding in his shadow (or be it, for that matter). That was cool.
I also wondered what kind of wordless understanding passed through them in that last shot. I mean, Shinobu can’t survive without Araragi around and he has no intention of abandoning her so yea. Interesting. Hmm.
Well, problem solved for now. Araragi’s more or less back to his normal life or what normalcy of it there is.
Haha, I totally love his sisters. Since SHAFT plans on animating Kizumonogatari, the prequel to Bakemonogatari, that centers on him and Shinobu, I hope they take up the Karen Bee and Tsukihi Pheonix arcs, too. That’d be awesome! x3
And… looks like he’s still on good terms with Tsubasa, whether she remembered all that or not. I hope she did so she can slowly get over her crush cuz if Neko pops up again, that’d be just annoying to deal with.
Moment of gold (yes, this is my phrase now and no, you are NOT allowed to use it!). God, I just loved everything about this down to the very last pixel.
The sun shining down on Hitagi makes her look so beautiful. The “Okaeri nasai” and “Tadaima”. The “I’ll flay you if you take me somewhere weird” about their next date. Hell, I think even the endless rows of bicycles were totally necessary!
And HAND HOLDING, F*CK YEARRRRR!!!!
Please give us an episode for their second date, plzplzplzzzz? <333
Huu~, there’s one thing that’s different, though.
I’m going to miss him cuz I loved him a lot, too. Meme, why’d you and your Hawaiian shirt go? ;___;
And that’s that. Ah~, nice way to end it off with my OTP going out for a bicycle ride. Really loved the music playing during this moment, too. It’s on my iPod and I haven’t stopped listening to the latest OST since it came out. lol xD;
K, looking forward to Kizumonogatari and more Nisioisin adaptations in the future, hopefully. :D
Darker than Black Gaiden ~ OVA 4
Why did the worst of the worst have to happen?! I mean, I mean, I knew it was going to happen but I didn't want Hei nearly killing her off like that! URGH! CLAUDE, YOU SON OF A BITCH! You should have stayed in that garbage heap and lived off of it and then die a miserable existence!
I can't even give him credit for being so cruel as a villain because it was just…too cruel after seeing that and his goal was ambitiously crappy for an antagonist that he deserved an evil more painful death! Scum! Horrible trash of a Contractor! *throws desks* Dx<
*sniff* Well, Hei really doesn't have any options left other than to kill Yin like she begs him to but he still refuses and Izanami begins to awaken, taking all the souls within the vicinity of that area and opening the Gate.
Aka "Aww crap, look what you've done!". ;__;
With that, a good part of Yin’s consciousness still remains and she tries to use the last of it to force Hei to kill her but Izanami overpowers her in the end.
Despite the fact that Yin continually gets weaker as Izanami starts to emerge, I’m so moved by her determination to protect Hei, even if that meant separating from him cuz being with her will only bring him harm. Ya gotta give it to this girl for having such a strong will that can resist this apocalypse just waiting to set off from inside her. o.O;
Aww god, the hug and then Yin pushing him away. Then the “I like you, Hei” (or “love”, either way works *sniffs*) andand gah, I feel my insides breaking. ;________;
And Hei could only helplessly look on as Yin bids him farewell, asking him to kill her if they are able to meet again. Provided that she, or rather, her body as Izanami’s vessel is still alive. We don’t hear it but it’s clear that’s what she wants.
Or am I just interpreting this the wrong way and she meant something totally different?! I dunno… T_______T
The next part where all those agents were stuck in a room discussing on how to deal with Izanami confused me. All I heard was “Izanami is awakening. We fired a missile at it but it didn’t work.
YOU FIRED A MISSILE AT MY YIN, YOU BASTARDS?! Oh wait, Izanami is acting weird and the Gate particles are going down. Someone get a box out there!”. Something like that. I’m not good with the sci-fi stuff so I won’t bother going into it too much. Until that last part where Yin and Shion are having their conversation at least.
So yea, time skip and I’m happy to see Qin with his two new “children”, lol. xD;
I don’t know why. I just really liked Qin as a side character for these OVAs.
And the freeloader of the house does nothing but drinks and be miserable all day.
Oh Hei, I can’t stand seeing you like this. *plays “Jesus Cloud” for the heck of the mood* ;_______;
Then Madame Oreille comes along and goes “Hey, your girl is still alive” and that causes Hei to look up at her and make a face that says “Woman, you better not be just saying that.” xDDD
Thank you, Madame Oreille~
I can stand Hei being a drunk, unshaven hobo but not an inactive one. lol
K, k, let’s get down to some quick srs bznz talk. Sinamon has left me a nice, long comment about her interpretations on the prophecy and aftermath of Izanami and Izanagi’s meeting so I’m going to reference off of that, if you don’t mind.
According to the actual myth, Izanami is the “goddess of death” and Izanagi is the “god of creation” so it’s more than appropriate to call these other, much more powerful sides of Yin and Shion as such, isn’t it? In the myth, Izanagi also closed Izanami off from the living world after he saw what death has done to her which can slightly parallel for all the panic and attempt to prevent Izanami and Izanagi from meeting in this world. It’s simply a big NO-NO. They can’t meet, or rather “merge” together as Sinamon pointed out to me cuz doing so will cause the Gate to open and kill millions of people like how it was in Africa.
But as you can see, Yin and Shion’s souls are still present inside somewhere and season two already showed us that they are capable of appearing. As far as Yin is concerned anyway. I don’t know if there’s an Izanagi personality in Shion or not. But Shion was able to hold out to till the end to copy and make a new world for Suou to reside in and Yin was able to tell Hei one final time that it isn’t too late to “kill” her. At that time, Hei finally agrees with a smile on his face but there’s still debate on whether he really “killed” her or not.
I’m for the theory that he’s always been after killing Izanami rather than Yin and in the last episode, succeeded in doing so by changing “Izanami on a molecular level via Yin’s projection thus preventing the Iza/Iza binding” (with some help from that meteor core in Suou’s pendant). He’s done it before relating to the Gate opening. Last episode of the first season. Two options, and he chose a third: to save both humans and Contractors. This time, it’s not any different. Two options: Kill or don’t kill Yin. He chose a third: Separate Izanami from her and prevent the Gate from opening that way.
Ahh~, now I see.
If we assume that Yin-lookalike boy we saw at the end of season two was the next Izanami or whatever phenomenon that will cause the next Gate to open, then Yin’s body is basically free of anything possessing her or tying her down. I would also like to believe that her soul returned to her body after Hei separated her from Izanami because the OVA seemed to imply that it had always been there, contrary to what those agents say about the body being empty.
Well, whatever the case, much thanks to Sinamon for sharing that theory. Now I can go on being hopeful instead of lamenting. Yin will eventually recover somehow and she and Hei can live the quiet, peaceful life they deserve. Yes, that’s it. Nuff said, no more, no need for a third season. Official or not, I’m sticking to it! *sits there completely satisfied* >x)
And so this is done. Haha, it’s been fun. I should do more review for OVAs. |D
Woot! Spring over with! Finally.
Now I’m going to work on two more posts I plan to publish today. Really short so it shouldn’t take me that long.
Then I have that SaiMoe post to work on, a book review, a chapter review and then next week, Katanagatari. Ack, I’m so busy but I’m motivated so yea. Post spam ahead! xDD