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MekakuCity Actors Episodes 11 and 12: Moon-Viewing Recital and Summertime Record

Endings are important, so it’s no surprise that I watched the last two episodes of MekakuCity Actors with a little more trepidation than usual. I was hopeful, though: I had thoroughly enjoyed the non-linear storytelling of previous episodes, and there were many helpful explanations. Although it wasn’t perfect, MekakuCity Actors has done nothing but strengthen my love for the Kagerou Project, which seems to have formerly been rather weak in retrospect.

[Spoilers ahead, obviously. But If you want a non-spoilerific opinion on the anime as a whole, scroll down to the final paragraph]

Episode 11: Moon-Viewing Recital

I knew from the moment I saw his black Route XX hoodie that something was up.

I knew from the moment I saw his black Route XX hoodie that something was up.

Yeah, in those other routes, nothing ever went well for anyone.

Yeah, in those other routes, nothing ever went well for anyone.

YOU HAD ONE JOB SHINTARO

YOU HAD ONE JOB SHINTARO

It’s night, and a red moon in the shape of an eye shines. Shintaro wakes up in his room, finding that he suddenly remembers everything. Through Shintarou’s conversation with one of Azami’s snakes, we learn that seeing Ayano’s photo triggered his own eye-power, Retaining Eyes, which causes him to remember everything, including tragic memories from alternate timelines. If you remember, in Kagerou Days (Ep. 4), every time Hiyori dies, the scenario is reset. This has actually been happening for a long time, except with the entire plotline. (The exact start time is unknown, but it’s hinted that it’s before the characters were born). The snake asks him what he intends to do, and in response, Shintaro repeats the scene from an alternate timeline called Route XX in which he stabbed himself with a pair of scissors.

Because Kido never made anything worse. Ever.

Because Kido never made anything worse. Ever.

We now interrupt the regular plotline for a Zombie Apocalypse

We now interrupt the regular plotline for a Zombie Apocalypse

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Golden Time, Episode 01: A Whole New World

While I’m excited for the whole new crop of fall series, there’s one I’ve been waiting for more than any other.  Golden Time is based on a light novel by Yuyuko Takemiya, who wrote Toradora!, which is my very favorite series.  And the first episode this new show didn’t disappoint – it was no clone of Toradora, though some of what made that series so wonderful in my mind is already peeking through for Golden Time.

Art by Gnarf1975 (Pixiv)

Art by Gnarf1975 (Pixiv)

I’m immediately drawn to all the new characters, including the lead, Banri Tada, a freshman student at a university.  As he enters college, it really feels like a new world for him.  The comparison to the life of a new Christian (one coming from outside the Christian community – in other words, not having grown up in a Christian home) was obvious to me, particularly through Tada’s own words:

I can make new friends, stay in a new place, live in a new world..

For new Christians, all these things are true as well.  Coming to Christ means making new friends (acclimating to your new church family), staying in a new place (finding a physical church home), and living in a new world (learning about Christ and Christianity).

Certainly, all this can be overwhelming for a new Christian, as entering college is for Tada.  And because of all the change, some new Christians will struggle, as some college students do.  And so for new Christians, the essential question becomes about what happens “once you’re in.”

What are you going to go once you’re saved?

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OreImo Episode 07 and “The Line”

As I watched the 7th episode of OreImo (Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai) the other day, I felt a sort of uneasiness throughout.  The episode was just as good as others so far.  But…I just couldn’t get comfortable enough ti simply enjoy the show.  I tried not to think too much as I watched and it wasn’t until the end of the episode that the reason for my discomfort hit me on the head.

Episode seven was flirting with crossing the line.

You know, the line.  That invisible mark where one turns off their television or computer.  The place where one sighs and leaves a series behind.  The imaginary point where we move on to another series, like I did after the bloodbath episode of Code Geass.

Kirino OreImo

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The line is where we decide a show is no longer worthy of our attention.  And I’m not talking about the quality of a show.  I’m strictly discussing the point in which our morals, sensibilities, values, beliefs, conscience, religion – whatever it is – takes over and tells us that we won’t take anymore.

Truth be told, nothing in this episode was repugnant.  In fact, some of you right now are thinking, “Why the heck would this guy stop watching OreImo because of this episode?”  Well, first of all, I haven’t decided if the show has crossed that line for me yet – you see, lines are often blurry and not always straight-edged and bold.  And secondly, I might stop watching because this was the first episode for me where the point was clearly to establish the beginning of a romantic relationship between Kyousuke and Kirino. Read the rest of this entry

OreImo Episode 04: Here We Go…or No?

Everybody and their momma has been commenting on episode four of Ore no Imoto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai (OreImo), with many making judgment that the series is now becoming what everyone thought it would become.  Some like where it’s headed (Seanver has been tweeting all day about it).  Others, not so much.  A number of bloggers and others have commented on Kyousuke’s irrational subservient attitude.  Some see the grope scene as more a blip on the radar of gooey goodness.  Shin felt the episode was misogynistic.

Oreimo characters

Stock picture of that crazy cast...

For me, I’m still enjoying it.  Is there a hypocrisy between my faith and enjoying this series?  Perhaps – I’ve been known to be a hyprocrite.  I have a line drawn in the sand…but as with many lines, it’s subject to shifting with the wind and it’s not clear exactly where that line is.  With each week, OreImo draws closer to the line, but it’s still far away.

Here are my thoughts on that “boy falls on girl and gropes her” scene and on the possibly impending siscon relationship in the series: Read the rest of this entry