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Zephyr's Compass

A blog about writing, photography, and everything in between.

Summer Slices of Life: Kokoro Connect, TARI TARI

August 9th, 2012

Going into the summer anime season, the expectations weren’t quite that high. It’s no surprise considering the greatness of the previous spring season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t shows worth watching this time around. So today, I’ll talk about a few of my favorites from the season in Kokoro Connect and TARI TARI. The interesting link? They’re both of the slice-of-life variety.

Mysteries Abound: Gosick, UN-GO, and Hyouka.

July 25th, 2012

Since the beginning of the 2011 anime season, there has been a notable influx of series labeled under the mystery genre. Starting with Gosick in the Winter (and Spring) of that season, UN-GO in the Fall, and now with the currently airing Hyouka—it’s definitely an intriguing trend, especially for someone who grew up loving to read mysteries. And you know what’s even more interesting? How each series gives the genre its own special twist to give viewers an enjoyable experience. At least, it was for me. So today, I’ll talk little about each of the aforementioned series, what twist they made to the genre, and why they’re all worth watching.

Turn Back The Clock – First Impressions: Rinne no Lagrange

July 2nd, 2012

Figured since Rinne no Lagrange S2 is here, I’d go dig up back this series introduction I wrote way back when as my second ever online article. :D

Series Info:

  • Alternate Names: Flower declaration of your heart, Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne.
  • Production Studio: Xebec (subsidiary of Production I.G.)
  • Air Date:
    • Season 1: Winter 2012. 12/25/11 preair. (11 episodes x 24 minutes per)
    • Season 2: Summer 2012. July start. (11 episodes x 24 minutes per)
  • Notable Staff/VA for Main Roles:
    • Director: Suzuki, Toshimasa
    • VA (Lan): Seto, Asami (Chihayafuru, Hourou Musuko)
    • VA (Muginami): Kayano, Ai (Ano Hana, Guilty Crown, Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam)
    • VA (Kyouno, Madoka): Ishihara, Kaori (Hidan no Aria)
  • Premise/Plot Summary: An energetic girl who lives by helping others, Madoka Kyouno is asked by a mysterious girl to pilot a robot known as the “Vox.” Eager to help, Madoka agrees and becomes the target of extraterrestrials seeking to acquire the Vox for themselves. Wielding the only means of combating them, Madoka fights to protect her city and the planet.

Discussion/Impressions: (Series + Episode 01, 02)

From Xebec, the Production I.G. subsidiary behind the recent Broken Blade (Break Blade) movies, comes the action/sci-fi anime Rinne no Lagrange. Their sole project for the Winter 2012 season, Lagrange may look cliche due to its plot, but you’d be making a mistake not giving the show a chance, especially when it gets so many things right.

Spring 2012 Quick Final Impressions Part I:

June 25th, 2012

**Image borrowed from Random Curiosity’s Spring 2012 Preview.


To say the least, the spring anime season was one of the best seasons in recently years (in my humble opinion). Heck, there might be some argument to be had as it being one of the best, but I’ll save that argument for another time. In any case, “time waits for no one” and the end of the spring season is at hand. As such, an anime blogger,I’m pretty much obligated to write out my final impressions on the season… so here it is!

Note: This post contains Ozuma, Fate/Zero, Aquarion Evol, and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia.

  • Part II (Friday) will contain Jormungand, Sakamichi no Apollon, and Tsuritama.

Turn Back The Clock – First Impressions: Nisemonogatari

June 25th, 2012

Approaching half a year since I wrote my first ever article online or otherwise, I figured it’d be a good time to turn back the clock a bit and do a quick re-post. This was originally written for leetNEET way back on January 13th. In the end, I believe that this post, combined with my next one on Rinne no Lagrange turned out to be one of the main reasons I was able to join Random Curiosity as a writer. Like they say, “everything has to start somewhere…” and this is where I started.

Series Info:

  • Prequel: Bakemonogatari (2009)
  • Production Studio: Shaft
  • Air Date: Winter 2012. 1/8 start. (11 episodes x 24 minutes per)
  • Notable Staff/VA for Main Roles:
    • Series Creator: Nisio, Ishin
    • Director: Shinbou, Akiyuki (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica)
    • VA (Araragi, Karen): Kitamura, Eri (Angel Beats!, Ao No Exorcist, Blood+, Last Exile, Working!!)
    • VA (Araragi, Tsukihi): Iguchi, Yuka (Bokurano, Mayo Chiki!, Toaru Majutsu no Index, True Tears)
  • Premise/Plot Summary: In Nisemonogatari, the focus turns to the sisters Karen and Tsukihi Araragi. Together, the two “fire sisters” attempt to capture Kaiki Deishu, who makes his return and begins spreading the curse inflicted on Nadeko. Notably, this is the same swindler who deceived Hitagi prior to the events of Bakemonogatari

Discussion/Impressions: (Series + Episode 01)

Following an agonizing two year wait comes the eagerly awaited sequel to the surprise 2009 hit, Bakemonogatari. The question is, was it worth the wait?