December 31 1996 – July 15 2013
This morning I awoke to an empty house. For the first time in almost seventeen years, my friend and constant companion is not here. Just before eleven am yesterday, he made the journey from this world to the next. When trying to find the words to describe him I came across a couple of quotes, I’d like to include them here, they speak well.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe him to be worthy of such devotion.” – Anonymous
Rest well old friend, you were loved and cherished by many.
Longtime readers of Project Haruhi might have noticed that we haven’t been posting a lot of anime reviews lately. This is because most of our authors, myself included, got tired of writing long screeds for every freakin’ episode of anime we watched. Therefore, we’ve decided to adopt a more streamlined format for individual episode reviews. Each author is going to write a short, two-or-three paragraph review for whichever shows they’re covering, and they will all be collected together into a single weekly column.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the inaugural edition of the Weekly Anime Review. Keep reading below the break for our cynical, jaded anime rants, then let us know what you think in the comment section!
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!
"I see boobs!!"
Ever since I was born, I’ve been a big fan of boobs. They’ve always continued to impress me and hold my interest without ever becoming repetitive or jumping the shark. I’d be lying if I said boobs didn’t play their part in my enjoyment of the first episode of Samurai Girls, and that trend continued in the second episode. However, as wonderful as boobs are, it’s very difficult to make a show centered around them – other elements must also keep my attention so I don’t become bored during the times when there are no boobs around. Like the first episode, this one tries to fill in the boob-less scenes with some semblance of story. However, since the initial shock of the show not being terrible has dissipated, the little flaws in the writing are becoming more evident.
This episode picks up right where the last one left off: with the sudden appearance of a well-endowed, psychotic and seriously badass female calling herself Yagyu Jubei. Even a trained ninja with a helicopter skirt is no match for her because she can run through the air on ink blots and her power level is over five million, which apparently makes her a “master samurai.” However, none of this can stand up to Muneakira yelling ‘stop,’ and our protagonists end up in the custody the vice-president of the student counsel, Princess Tokugawa Sen.
More boobs after the break! Continue reading