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Second Season of Squid Girl Announced~de geso!

Listen up, foolish humans! Did you think that the beach house was the only land I would conquer~de geso ka? Your naivety will be your undoing~de geso! While you have been watching other inferior anime, I’ve been plotting my second season~de geso. But now that I’ve allowed you all to become complacent, you’ll stand no chance against my superior planning~de geso! I will trample you all and see that you pay for your insolence with your – wait, Sanae, stop it! I’m giving a speech here! Get off of me!

Ahem. I thought I would at least  give you humans a fair warning~de geso. I will not reveal the air date of my second season just yet, but it is already far too late for you to stop me~de geso. Enjoy the time you have left, for soon you will bow to your new master, Ika Musume~de geso! If you don’t resist, I may go easy on you~de geso.

In the meantime, I will test your resolve~de geso! If you cannot survive the video below, your body is not ready for Squid Girl season 2~de geso!

Would You Like To Become a Magical Girl?

Inspired by a thread on 4chan.

Hello, otaku. My name is Kyubey! I sense that you have the potential to become a magical girl. Won’t you make a contract with me? I’ll grant you any one wish. Accept, and you will become a magical girl regardless of your gender or age. You can’t wish for more wishes or anything in bad faith like that.

Of course you’ll have to fight witches too. How about it, do we have a deal?

Seriously, you won’t regret it! If you’re willing to take the plunge, tell me your wish in the comments below!

Series Review – Sora no Woto

This guest review was written by Scott Spaziani of the Otaku in Review blog. Check out his site here, and subscribe to his podcast here.

Sora No Woto is a series that attempted to unite the two feuding cults of anime fans by combining traditional moe elements with a serious and compelling storyline. The result is a story about a young girl, Kanata, who joins the army in order to learn to play music. She is assigned to a post in the most remote part of the nation and ends up living a life of leisure in a world that has been decimated by war.

Although the production values of Sora No Woto are extremely high overall, the show doesn’t have a single original idea. This is a show crafted by committee and it shows in the most obvious places. The character designs and personality types of the main cast seem to be lifted from other popular moe shows. The main character, Kanata, looks and acts like K-ON!‘s Yui Hirasawa, and even has same musical affinity. The technically inclined but soft-spoken and shy Noël Kannagi is, in personality and character design, an obvious rip off of Haruhi’s Yuki Nagato. There elements give the show an artificial feel and are an obvious attempt at pandering to moe fans.

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LGBT in Anime: Hourou Musuko

Pop quiz: without using Google or Wikipedia, what does the ‘T’ in ‘LGBT’ represent?

If you guessed ‘trap,’ you aren’t completely wrong, but you aren’t right, either. That ‘T’ actually stands for ‘transgender,’ which is arguably the least represented and least understood culture associated with alternative sexuality and gender roles. Cross-dressing and gender swapping in popular media, especially anime and manga, is generally played for laughs or used as a plot device which is given little real focus. Hourou Musuko, however, is a manga which dives right into the issues and portrays them much differently than what is typically seen. The anime adaptation begins airing in January 2011, and the English version of the manga goes on sale in March. Find out why you should care after the break!

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Review – My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute! 1

Life with a sister is... unique.

I don’t get it. No matter how annoying, overrated and absolutely idiotic slice-of-life anime is, I keep coming back for more. With K-ON!! finally on the shelf, I found myself wanting another silly, frivolous show to fritter my time away. Preferably, I wanted one that was actually GOOD this time around–one that, unlike K-ON!!, wouldn’t fill me with an unspeakable hatred. And the result of my search was an anime with an absurdly long title: My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute!.

From the preview, this sister-love story looked fairly interesting: an anime with a tsundere who’s secretly an otaku. The episode mainly centers on the family and their characteristics. It also, of course, reveals Kirino’s secret of being an otaku, which she’s been hiding for some time because of embarrassment. She finally confesses to her brother, and he agrees to help her with any problems that may arise from her nerdiness.

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Review: Highschool of the Dead 9

This is a guest post written by The Austin Critic. Check out his blog here!

I don’t get Highschool of the Dead. There are times when it’s trying to be a gritty zombie show, and other times when it’s a completely over-the-top, fanservice filled action show. For example, the previous episodes had scenes which featured realistic weapon handling and a few uses of strategy, giving me the impression that this was a realistic portrayal of the zombie apocalypse. The next minute however, the main characters suddenly gain the abilities of Schwarzenegger and start dodging bullets, using weaponry, driving CG military vehicles into hordes of zombies and plowing through countless undead with melee weapons. It also doesn’t help that the fanservice just stops any chance that anyone could take this show seriously. This episode was further proof that this series is having an identity crisis, as one minute it decides to show the mental conflicts that Saeko has gone through before and during this zombie apocalypse, only to completely discard this serious subject matter with fanservice.

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Review: K-ON!! 21

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Last week’s episode of K-ON!! had a rather solemn tone, making viewers teary-eyed as the HTT girls finished their final festival together. With this in mind, the next episode could have had any tone imaginable. It could have kept the serious, dramatic feel of the school festival, or shifted back to the lighthearted but ultimately pointless moe fluff that made this show so infamous.

Sad to say, they decided to go with the latter. It reminds me of a previous annoying filler episode a few weeks back. However, this episode was far more entertaining than that disaster, with the jokes being good and the interactions spot on. Of course, since I’m an evil hater critic who loathes all things good and pure, I still had some problems with it. My main complaint is that the episode doesn’t bring anything new or interesting to the table… just more predictable moeblobbery that fails to surprise anyone. With only five episodes remaining, can they really afford to be wasting time with this kind of filler?

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Review: K-ON!! 20

My God... it's full of stars!

Finally! This is the K-ON!! episode fans have been waiting for! With the last two episodes being possibly my favorites of the entire season thus far, I had rather high expectations for this one. Could it maintain the great character-based comedy that made the last two so enjoyable?

I heard this episode actually moved some people to tears, and it’s easy to see why. It was one of the best and most heartfelt episodes of the second season. However, its sluggish pacing kept it from being perfect. In particular, Yui’s long “thank you” monologue just drags on for what felt like hours. Despite this, the jokes were humorous, the music was excellent and the camaraderie between the girls was as entertaining as ever. Overall, a solid episode with a few minor flaws.

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Review: K-ON!! 18 & 19

Seven days...

After K-ON!! 17’s disappointment, I wasn’t holding out much hope for the next few episodes. I was expecting more mindless filler and pointless moeblob antics. Boy, was I in for a surprise. The episode 18 and 19 two-parter totally blew me away. I’d dare say these are my favorite episodes of the entire second season. It was an amazing feeling seeing this return to glory for the HTT girls, especially after the crap we’ve been fed the past few weeks. The jokes are great, the character interactions are spot-on and, for once, the show actually had a overarching plot. Oh, and the girls FINALLY practice too! Who knew K-ON!! could redeem itself so quickly?

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