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2008 in Review: The Good, the Bad and the WTF?!

2008 in Review

This post is dedicated to the good, the bad and the WTF’s of this year. It’s really been an interesting year…..

Heh, I was supposed to post this yesterday, but with all the shopping, satelite tracking, celebrations and epic rickrolling, I only finished it today. I guess this will be my first real post of 2009, hehehe.

Anyways, the point of this post is to relive the more memorable moments of 2008 for me, in terms of anime and such. Another year filled with good things, bad shit and “just WTF were they thinking?!” craziness.

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This week’s episode is about three friends, Koutake, Kaname and Senkawa. Koutake discusses about his feelings of wanting to jump off a train platform with his two friends one day, and is shocked when later at night, Kaname phones him to tell that Senkawa committed suicide by jumping off a building.

Everyone in school and his family is in shock with the meaningless suicide, and Senkawa’s father becomes desperate to know why his son died, thus he takes his son’s classmates hostage. While he questions everyone, Fumika interrupts with a shigofumi delivery, from Senkawa to Koutake.

Reading the letter aloud, Senkawa explains that he merely just wanted to test out the feeling of “jumping off”, that they discussed earlier. Immediately after the letter is read, the SWAT team swoops in and rescues the class, catching Senkawa’s father, as Koutake himself mentions that he understands now why.

Surprisingly, Kaname chases after Fumika, and reveals that he knew her back in elementary school, calling her Mikawa. The scene changes to a hospital bed of a girl in coma, with a book by Mikawa Kirameki, that Fumika was quoting earlier next to her.

This week’s death was… hmm, how to put it? Meaningless, yes, but stupid, probably not. I can’t imagine myself doing such, but I guess some people actually do so for no reason. I guess Senkawa just wanted to feel how it was to freefall. For anyone else who wants to jump like that though, I suggest trying bungee jumping instead.

More surprisingly was the revelation that Fumika is human before, and her real body may still be alive. That was an interesting development there no doubt, and one wonders what did Fumika herself might have experienced when she was alive.

Also, the supposed “censorship” of this week’s episode, turns out to be quite a lame one, merely only blackening out a few scenes. Better than having the episode not aired I guess, but really, I find no much use for their “censorship” at all, apart from being a wee bit annoying.

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Conclusion of the first story, this episode tells the reason why Asuna turned in to a murderer.

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Shigofumi doesn’t seem to have been what I was expecting from it and I’m happy with that, because it makes this show interesting.

The first episode is about Shota Machiya, a rocket enthusiast, who’s in love with Ayase Asuna, a friend of his whom he got to know while trying to launch rockets on a building rooftop. The story starts with Asuna’s father being found dead and Shota subsequently meeting with Fumika, who’s tasked to pass Asuna’s father’s shigofumi to Asuna’s lover. Shota is supposedly the recipient, but he denies going that far with her. Fumika leaves, but Shota stops her, saying he’ll confess to her after launching his rocket.

Fumika hangs around with him for a while, waiting for the rocket to be complete. The rocket is completed, but before it’s launched, Shota discovers the shigofumi and reads it, finding out that Asuna was actually the killer of her father. Shota doesn’t believe it and goes to meet Asuna, trying to confess, but he’s interrupted by Fumika. In the resulting commotion, Asuna stabs him and proceeds on to stab Fumika as well, while Fumika comments that the dead are more trustful that the living.

Well, sudden plot twist already at the first episode. I certainly didn’t expect that to happen after all the development in the episode. My interest was definitely piqued and I can’t wait for the second episode. Ending at a cliffhanger at the first episode is so :P.

Haven’t seen Kana Ueda in a lead role for a long time, and it’s refreshing to hear her in such a serious tone. Some speculate she’s been playing too much Halo recently, explaining why she hasn’t been voicing much, LOL. Yuki Matsuoka’s voicing of Kanaka is also full of vigor, no wonder I kept thinking of Tsuruya-san a bit.

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Yandere time

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