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February 2012

Black Rock Shooter, where did you go?

Just how much more do I need to scream?
Just how much more do I need to cry?
Stop it already, I can’t watch any more
The show I once dreamed of closes up

On this dark, crumbling path that never sees the light
I think I saw that hope from back then that never should have existed

But why?

Black Rock Shooter – OVA memories
Of those simpler, delightful times
But Black Rock Shooter, I can’t watch 
My hopes can only take once more to the stars racing through the darkness

The Black Rock Shooter anime is a perfect example of why you should never hope for anything ever because it will likely end up being complete and total trash. I probably could have waited until the show was over to explain why it is so terrible but I have the sinking suspicion it’s only going to get worse so now is better than ever.

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Jin feat. Miku Hatsune – Kagerou Days

I’m not very active in the Vocaloid community so it often takes a long time for things to reach me. One case would be this song which is actually fairly old. I probably wouldn’t have heard it ever if I hadn’t seen a Yume Nikki parody of it. The song is really good on it’s own but it’s this specific chorus that sells it for me. The actual song is much shorter but this version is longer because (in the actual song) it’s sung from a boy’s perspective until the end. The last few lines are then from the perspective of the girl who continues to get killed. In this chorus it loops so that the girls sing the song again from her perspective. It’s tampering a bit with the original but since it sounds so great, it’s not really worth complaining about.

Like Ten Faced seemed perfect for Umineko, Kagerou Days seems perfect for Steins;Gate, Madoka, Higurashi or any other time-loop featuring show. However I was surprised to not really find any. I did find a Penguindrum one. Odd choice but I guess I can see where they were coming from. The ending of it with Himari AND Shouma did make me laugh for the ridiculousness of it though.

Nico Nico Chorus. ver

Mawaru Penguindrum. ver

Incessant, Incoherent Rambling About Another

I almost dropped Another, like Shiki which I ended up loving. I had watched the first episode and had never gotten around to watching the second until I saw the stairs thing from episode three. After that I braved the terrible writing just to see how people would start to die.

Episode five has changed my perception of the series somewhat. The first big complaint I hear from everyone is the frustrating behaviour of the students. “Tell me what’s going on,” protag asks. “Ok well- NOPE” is the response every time. This goes on for five episodes. Nobody tells him anything. Nobody tells him anything /despite/ the fact that is what could have very well saved their lives. It’s classic too-stupid-to-live horror character behaviour. Which is maybe why it’s so satisfying to see them die in such horrible ways?

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