Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
I realize two of my favorite animes have the nerve to air at the same time so, if this continues, they’ll be sharing the same spot in one entry. It doesn’t really make sense to me to post twice. Otherwise, if both continue to air on the same day then I’ll just post about one and wait the next day or two to post about the other. This will be long, but bear with me please.
Haganai NEXT Episode 4: She’s a Girl
YUKIMURA’S A GIRL!! Commence screaming *KYAAA~!*
Okay, all false pretense aside, for most persons it’s a no-brainer (even without the help of the light novel, I’m sure.). She is just a gender confused sweeting, who is completely adorable. That revelation came in the second half of the episode. So first, the first half which picks up with the question: Is Kodaka engaged to Sena?
Kodaka denies it when his father asks, denies it with every fiber of his being. The club members go to Yokoshima Wonderland and a different, more vulnerable side to each character – excepting Maria – comes out. That new side is portrayed when they go on the Black Dragon ride, somewhat reminiscent to the Goliath ride at Sixx Flags.
Rika is explicitly foul-mouthed. As for Sena and Yozora, who both couldn’t stop screaming for Kodaka, said “shit” a few times. As usual, Maria kept blurting “poop, poop, poop!”. Kobato blurted some curses of “poop” and cried for Kodaka, her Reisys imitation of being fearless crumbling. Yukimura was so calm and collected on the ride, orally memorizing some names – of historical Japanese men, I’m guessing, since she’s obsessed with that.
Sena and Kodaka are getting a subtle boost into a developing attraction, which happened when they took Kobato to the Iron Necromancer stage show. The relationship development got a slight nudge when one of the actors mistook them for a married couple and Kobato as their child.
Sena and Yozora had a competition to see which could outlast the other on the Black Dragon ride. That ended with them puking all over Kodaka, which led to the great revelation.
This was some odd kind of fan service, and also hilarious. Yukimura is so fragile that it’s hard for her to scrub Kodaka’s back without putting all her energy into it. Maria was the first to realize it, wondering why Yukimura didn’t have a “wee-wee like Onii-chan’s”. It is absolutely hilarious that Yukimura thinks a penis is something that grows according to how manly and experienced you are.
After Rika’s fondling and explaining of the difference between the two genders, Yukimura explains that “family issues” is her reason for believing she was a man. If that alone can suffice. Yozora’s jealousy couldn’t be missed; she loudly chagrined herself for putting a female as Kodaka’s underling. Along comes more tension, as if Sena wasn’t enough – for Yozora to deal with. Although I doubt there’ll be any kind of relationship development between Yukimura and Kodaka. There, there Yozora, your only problem is Sena…I think.
Zetsuen no Tempest ep. 16: The Yoshino Theory continues
The first course of action to take place was Hanemura’s ability as the mage of Exodus being put to the test, in the form of destroying one of the Tree of Exodus’ smaller trees. His flashy god-like appearance was the highlight of the newscast, along with the success of destroying the tree.
There is no doubt that Hanemura is the mage, but again, Yoshino is still suspected. Hanemura might have the powers but Yoshino has the heart of the mage of Exodus. This is believed to be so because of his effect on Hakaze.
Yoshino executed a heroic act, saving Sana (a child from Hakaze’s village) from the spy who’d infiltrated the Kurasibe stronghold to see if magic really existed. Even though Hakaze had ordered that magic not be used until she investigated the identity of the spy and the intentions, she went against her own orders to save Yoshino.
Hakaze is trying to deal with her attraction to Yoshino because a part of her doesn’t want to believe Genesis would kill Aika for her sake. But she knows she is in love with him and ultimately feels guilty. Because of her ultimate disregard and sacrifice of her beliefs in the tree of Genesis, Samon and his followers believe this to be the reason why Yoshino is the mage of Exodus. He manipulates her into using her magic to protect him and that’s seen as going against the logic of the world. It seems Samon isn’t aware of that powerful thing called love. Is love against the scope of logic?
The juxtaposition of the two books: Hamlet and The Tempest, was really an aspect of focus. The similar plots of revenge but the contrasting endings are completely linked with Zetsuen. Mahiro is out for revenge as in Hamlet, but the ending of The Tempest could also be the conclusion of this anime – a happy ending where everyone is free. Until then, we can only make educated guesses as to what kind of end this anime will have.