Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ristorante Paradiso episode 5

Back alley infidelity

Nostalgia over wine dominates the whole episode, as the owner of the joint reveals that he's half-brothers with the obnoxious waiter. While continuing the sentimental streak of the series, episode 5 does not push the plot forward. Okay, we know now that there's a lot more to that back-alley cafe than we initially thought, but it's fine. No problem with it, except that it's getting a bit boring. Just a bit.

It's not as if we really need to examine the lives of all the waiters to the extent of detail that the story becomes just a collection of narratives, but I think that exploring them one-by-one through coffee table tales will possibly bore the audience to death. They might look at MariMite to learn how to develop characters while pushing the plot. But then again, marimite had almost thrice the airtime and 5 movies to do so.

It pays to know that character development does not only come from examining the past lives of the individual characters. They are not creating a clusterfuck drama series anyway. Just a little discussion then move, not a little discussion that lasts for 22 minutes.

Stay tuned.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

K-ON! - 10

Like I said from my previous blog that Azusa was included in the OP so I decided to post some screencaps of it. I was lazy last week so I wasn't able to post it with the previous blog gomen...

Btw just click the screencaps so that you can view their full sizes...

This is really a very hilarious episode and also Azusa began to appreciate her time with the rest of the club members. She also began to familiarize with the other members and she began to appreciate them more. I noticed that the animation in this episode was really good and I like the different facial expressions of the characters specially Mio's facial expression. I'm also liking Asuza's character more and more but my number one would always be Mio.
I think the series would end with a performance during the school festival because next week's episode is about Yui's guitar getting repaired and Asuza mentioned that if they won't get the guitar in time they might not be able to perform in the upcoming school festival. Well that's fine with me as long as they would be able to end the series with a bang but honestly, I think I'll miss this show when it ends.
until then...

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Eden of the East episode 8

Hey! I'm Tom, Dick and Harry... at the same time!

After the almost certain action by our beloved johnnylopper, this episode finally spared us from her phallic hatred. So apparently, Takizawa (?) gets hold of a broken selecao phone, which I'm not sure yet if it's his or johnnylopper's (I'll rewatch). Anyhow, the they all want to investigate Takizawa's past so they try to have the phone repaired by this otaku loser who goes by the nickname "panties" and true enough, all of them are on the "mystery track" as it seems that all of them are in one way or another, investigating the entire mystery of the series.

Overall, a much better episode than episode 7 as the plot actually moves this week. Ohsugi the other loser develops a neurotic attitude because his auto-ID system fucks up. Do we really expect anything else? Lol. Of course it would fuck up. The name Takizawa Akira is just an alias. I feel that his neurotic babbling to the chief NEET will just end up being brushed aside. Characters like Ohsugi are part of the eternal loser archetype. They don't get respect from ANYONE. My gut instinct says that he won't be taken seriously.

Hopefully, we are getting closer to the root of the mystery. There's just 4 weeks left and there isn't any real "race" to save the nation as the selecao apparently just burn the money for whatever whim they have. By themselves, it's a deadlock. What role does Saki and her Neets play? I don't know.

pics later: im too fucking lazy.