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Site On Undetermined Hiatus – Farewell

I’ve been running this site for several years now. I’ve always enjoyed it even without thousands of viewers or comments, its been a great way to simply keep myself involved in watching the latest anime and thinking about them critically. However, as is apparent from my latest post before this being so long ago, I’ve been very pressed for time and no longer are able to keep it going. I loved running the site, but simply don’t have time any more so figured I should stop leaving it inactive and unsure like this and actually make up my mind.

You can follow me on Twitter @Xeby_chan and I will continue to post some things such as figure and dollfie photography on figure.fm under username Xebek. Or, you can always contact me via the methods listed under Contact Us.

Thank you all again for your time, running this site has been a lot of fun and I feel its too bad i don’t have time anymore, but I’ll still be doing what I can via the methods above. Thanks again.

Dantalian no Shoka – First Impressions

I generally tend to play it pretty safe lately as far as what anime I pick up to watch. In other words, going with the anime that isn’t likely to be spectacular, just something that is good, funny, and a clichéd story. Now, I still very much enjoy those anime, the typical school/romance/comedy can be very good no matter how many times its done, if done right, but watching the first episode of Dantalian makes me wish I took a few more chances. Dantalian really drew me in with the first episode. I’m not sure how it’ll turn out, what exactly the overall plot will be like or anything like that but so far it has me interested in finding out.

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Hanasaku Iroha – So Little Going On, Yet So Interesting

It’s a bit hard to say much about this show. Not because it isn’t good or that it isn’t interesting. In fact I like it quite a bit. The reason it’s a bit hard to say much about it is that while the show is interesting, it’s interesting in a rather plain way. It’s nothing new for a slice of life anime like this to focus on mundane things. There are quite a lot of different things a slice of life can focus on from romance, to family problems and drama, work, etc. While to some degree this show has those things, it doesn’t take them too far. The show is not some drama fest about these horrible events and how bad someone’s life is. The show isn’t filled with anguish, betrayal and trying to get through hard points in life. The show is about life, not the specific things about it that might make for an engaging story, but the whole thing which I think is great.

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Hidan no Aria – Final Impressions

It’s hard to say much about this show mainly because it just seems so unfinished. There were so many aspects to it they were throwing out there only to have the show end rather soon, hardly covering any of these issues. I felt that while the show wasn’t the greatest, it had a lot of potential. Sure some of the potential was a bit wasted in what they have shown already, so a great show isn’t guaranteed by a continuation of the story but overall I think there might be some promise for this show if they could just get to some of the bigger and deeper issues that were interesting, just not explored.

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Ano Hi Mita Hana – Final Impressions

There are a lot of shows out there that I love. A lot of shows I love give me a feeling of the show being great, good story, good characters but then I add in some things I think they could have done better. I liked the show, except this or I liked the show but think they should have added that. I shrug them off, the critiscms of the show, because they pale in comparison to the good qualities but they are still there. I’ll love the show except for or despite for, etc. These thoughts have no place in my reaction and feelings to Ano Hana.

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Ano Hi Mita Hana – So Many Things Going On, So Little Time

I’m not sure exactly what to think about this show. Not whether or not I like it, don’t get me wrong, that’s not what I’m pondering. The thing about this show is that there are so many things going on at the same time, yet all of them are interesting, all of them connect and relate to each other. In this show it’s hard to tell what to focus on, what to view this show as. Is it a show about learning who you are? How you became who you are now and if you really are at heart the same innocent child-like self you were? Is it about overcoming the death of a friend and mourning/moving on with your life? Is it about reconnecting with lost friends, reclaiming a part of childhood that is important? Is it something else? The answer of course is “Yes”, and that’s why I love this show so much.

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Hidan no Aria – Things Are Heating Up

I was quite surprised at this latest episode of Hidan no Aria. At first the show seemed interesting, but nothing that would be spectacular. I figured it would keep a relatively slow pace, having the two main characters just solving random cases together, not making progress relationship wise until the last two episodes where they would finally deal with something related to a bigger plot, however the recent episode really shook things up and shows some hope that if things continue like this, the show will be far more.

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Ano Hi Mita Hana – First Impressions

It took me a while to watch the first couple episodes of this show as I’ve been a bit busy but I’m really glad I managed to do so. Although there may be plenty of shows out right now that are pretty good not all of them have a kind of uniqueness feel to it that this one does. There’s just something about this that is just so interesting.

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Hanasaku Iroha – First Impressions

I didn’t really think this show was going to be much more than a standard slice of life/comedy anime. Sure slice of life always has this element of real life drama, that’s what the genre itself, means almost but this show surprised me. So far I would even say it’s my favorite show of the new season. There is just something about the focus of the show that has a kind of fresh feel. It may be because I haven’t seen many other slice of life anime for a while, maybe all the other anime recently of its kind have just been horrible but something about this show really hit it off with me and I love it.

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