Koromo is such a good girl ;_;

Oh dear god why is Koromo such a good girl ;_;. Episode 20’s flashback seriously upped her moe points for me, and added the “good girl” trait to her. Plus HOW CAN YOU RESIST SUCH CUTENESS!


Also, is it just me or did the quality of the animation drop drastically this episode. There was like some weird faces and camera angles this episode.

And Saki’s older sister seems to be in a team of haughty bitches forced to cooperate with each other just because they had to. I dunno, man, where IS the manga now. Last I heard they were still doing the team tournament finals.


  1. Panther Said,

    August 18, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    Yeah last I heard they were still stuck at Koromo vs. Saki. Besides there will be a second season, so the rest of this season is just the individuals.

  2. kametori Said,

    August 18, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

    Sorry but the animation’s quality didn’t drop, it’s the opposite.

    That’s artistic animation where excessive motions, impressive angles and unlikely proportions are the soul of the Kanada school. Who is Kanada? He’s the father of this new kind animation, he’s the father of the new gifted animators and director such as Imaishi (Gainax, Gurren Lagann). He was 57 years old when he died this year.

    When someone tells me this kind of different animation is bad animation, it really saddens me. You already watched tons of anime and you still don’t recognize good animation?

    Good Animation is not good drawings and tons of layers, it’s personality and innovation.

    I highly recommend you to watch “Kemonozume” from Studio 4°C since I didn’t see it on your watchlist. I think you’ll understand my point.

    (And about the manga of Saki, last chapter of the magazine didn’t concluded the tournament yet, starting the end of ep19 it’s all new but they got the manga author’s directives on how it could be ended.)

  3. SnooSnoo Said,

    August 18, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

    Cool story bro

  4. Rawr Said,

    August 18, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

    While innovation is important, and I agree that it should be used more often, instead of repetitive still frames, face close-ups, other sorts of close-ups, when they they neglect detail, then it becomes crap. While I’ll agree innovation is sorely missing in animes these days, it’s mostly because of the fact that it’s harder to pull off and they’re likely to get mocked if they don’t know how to do it properly (ie. The blob hands that kyoani has become accustomed to is not an animation quirk, but just a freaking flaw).

  5. Rawr Said,

    August 18, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

    Oh, right. Forgot to comment on episode itself. I’m a Hisa fan. and I felt she was sorely missing. Got some awesome Touka and Hajime though lol. Also, agree that the animation was not up to standards (Weird angles that were IMPROPERLY executed), never was really, but in all honesty, it was reminiscent of ep 19 with that creepy murder smile face that Saki had on. Reminded me of the joker that ep with the ‘Why so serious’ line.

  6. Peanutbutter003 Said,

    August 18, 2009 @ 11:31 pm

    Latest manga chapter ends at Saki saying 32,000 points for that final hand of hers.

    That “screenshot” was actually part of an “extra” chapter in the manga.

  7. suguru Said,

    August 18, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

    It may be innovative, but I can’t say I like this style of animation either – adding motion at the expense of keeping everyone looking on-model isn’t a good tradeoff in my book. Changing animation style during a series is always jarring too, unless it’s something like that episode of Hayate that was done in a TTGL-like style because it had a lot of TTGL references and parody in it.

    For me, the amount of endless mahjong kind of keeps me from following Saki too much – I watched this episode because I read it was practically mahjong free, but the tournament episodes just put me to sleep, I’m sure because not understanding the rules it just goes over my head.

  8. Rawr Said,

    August 19, 2009 @ 12:35 am

    Suguru, http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/mahjong/mahjong_e.html <— play this game. If you understand how it works, you might enjoy it, or you might be in amazement as to how freaking ridiculous the show is.

  9. Gotank Said,

    August 20, 2009 @ 2:28 am

    On the contrary, I thought the production values didn’t drop at all. Though I can only speak as a viewer with absolutely no knowledge of actual animation process, I found a ton of extra detail added into character movements (Koromo’s ears for example!). The faces were a little odd to begin with, so I didn’t notice much of a difference.

    On the episode itself… All I can say is that it’s very convenient this episode aired right when it did. I think that gave Koromo the edge to make it past the first group stage of Saimoe 2009.


    Ridiculously close.

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