The Random Thoughts of Triwi


Kannagi Episode 13 – Jin goes “dere”
December 31, 2008, 4:23 AM
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Seems like only yesterday I was asking if I should even consider watching Kannagi. It’s a shame we find ourselves at the finale so soon.  At least Code Geass kept me wanting more for a few months.  The last three episodes in my opinion were lacking the charm like the first ten had.  Never the less here’s my “review.”

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Nagiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!! =(  *sad panda*

Nagiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!! =( *sad panda*

Finally Nagi has some more air time on her own show.  Not much to say about this scene though, Nagi was sad, it was raining, etc.  Quite sad she was feeling this way however.

Yeah Tsugumi! Preach it!

Yeah Tsugumi! Preach it!

Tsugumi is always the voice of reason.  It’s unfortunate that Jin is too blind to see how she really feels, so she’s often getting her hopes up for nothing.  However if it wasn’t for her, you can bet Jin would have gotten no where near where he is now.  In my opinion, she is the unsung heroine of the story.  Gif Mo’ Tsugumi!  I’m a sucker for red haired girls too. =O

o.o

O.O

I coulden't help but think, what with the music and the mood, the words "Drama Category Nominee" to pop up.

I coulden't help but think, what with the music and the mood, the words "Drama Category Nominee" were going to pop up.

Yeah I’m a bit heartless, just didn’t wanna see her crying and stuff.  Overall a very emotional scene.  I want my comedy back.

She said that a little too easily..

She said that a little too easily..

It's cute I guess, I just don't like Jin..

It's cute I guess, I just don't like Jin..

Once a Perv, always a Perv!

Once a Perv, always a Perv!

At least the whole sad/emo/just plain drama seems to be somewhat over.  I still want my comedy back like the first ten episodes. -_-  Meh I’m bitter I guess.

Jin is not gonna have an excuse for this one.

Jin is not gonna have an excuse for this one.

The eyes stare into your soul and eat it from the inside.. obey.. OBEY!

The eyes stare into your soul and eat it from the inside.. obey.. OBEY!

...Damn she cracked him in the head hard o.O

...Damn she cracked him in the head hard o.O

Ahh there the comedy I’ve been waiting for, well ten seconds or so of it.

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I didn’t really have much to say about the episode itself, what I do want to rant about is if there will be a second season or not.  I have very little doubt in my mind there will be a second season.  Lets start it from a business point of view.  The DVD sales seem to be doing well, they are usually high up in DVD rankings, according to Anime News Network any way.  If your gonna look at it from a business point of view, I would really think pursuing a second season would be a wise decision.  It’s a popular series, a lot of people want a second season, including myself.  The Kannagi Mangaka is getting back to writing very soon (if she has not already) any how, there is more to this story left.

I reference it a lot but Azumanga Daioh and Lucky star basically “had” to end because the story was at the end of their time in school for the main characters, which basically was the story.  Kannagi on the other hand, has plenty of a time line left that can continue a story.  Lets not forget their are plenty of things left unanswered.  I’m aware of course it can just continue as a manga, and not do an anime.  That would be very disappointing though, and I see no reason in discontinuing the anime series.

Of course, this could all just me rationalizing, well whatever it is I still want a second season.  Again, using that saying I despise, yet remains true: Only time will tell.  I hate waiting though. =\

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Kannagi Episode 12 – Truly Ephemeral
December 24, 2008, 7:50 PM
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Not much to say about this episode really.  To me it felt like a filler, and of course to set it up for the final episode.  Usually I take a handful of pictures and post silly commnets under and give my thoughts on a few things.  However this episode, it doesn’t seem worth the effort.  Kannagi which is a drama and a romantic comedy, two episodes in a row really hit on that drama genre.  Emo levels seem to spike at an all time high, very few funny things occur.  Personally I wish it would have just stayed a comedy genre, I like the laughs! Ah but this isent a slice of life genre like Lucky Star or Azumanga Daioh.  This actually has a story, so of course there is bound to be drama.

Little disappointed in this episode, I waited a week to see what would become of Nagi, or at least get a hint. I am no closer then where I was a week ago.  The fight scene with Zange-chan however, VERY satisfying to watch.  I will admit I replayed that a few times, if only someone would make a gif of that, maybe I will!

One episode to go, what will happen with the story?  We will find out in about a week, and I truly hope some odd ends get solved, but at the same time confirm or at least hint at a season two.  Thirteen episodes is way too short for this series!

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Well there’s my short little rant on the episode.  Guess I’ll change the banner from Code Geass to Dizzy.  I’m still a massive Guilty Gear fanatic.

I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!  Since I mostly talk about Anime, let us hope for a new year of great Anime series to bless our computer and TV screens!

Me however? I think I’ll spend the rest of the night dodging the company thats invaded my house, then play WoW until the sun rises, damn you WoW addiction!



Kannagi Episode 11 – Yet, Uncertain
December 16, 2008, 4:27 AM
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I suppose the last few episodes being full of some pretty funny scenes, was bound to come to an end.  This episode brings with it a large share of emo seriousness.

An evil pumpkin of doom, duh.

An evil pumpkin of doom, duh.

Jin starts the episode with a round of 20 questions apparently.  Why why why!  You know how we were kids, and we wanted to annoy the hell out of someone, we would ask why a million times?  I’m getting that annoyance right now.

Going to need a lot of editting, after what we found out last episode.

Going to need a lot of editting, after what we found out last episode.

It’s okay Zange-chan, you’re cute you don’t have to be a good singer.  I wouldn’t buy it though.

Replace Zange with Nagi and you got the otaku rage all over again!

Replace Zange with Nagi and you got the otaku rage all over again!

It’s most likely unintentional but this short little scene reminds me of the otaku outrage.  I feel that whole story gave this little scene a little extra lulz.

Karma is kicking your ass little man.

Karma is kicking your ass little man.

He likes it rough.

He likes it rough.

Give it a few months, a game like this is bound to show up.

Give it a few months, a game like this is bound to show up.

Nagiiiiii =(

Nagiiiiii =(

I can understand Jin’s frustration, but he’s still kind of a jerk for saying all that he did.

It's unfortunate, but it makes sense.

It's unfortunate, but it makes sense.

Emo level has reached critical mass.

Emo level has reached critical mass.

Nagi as you can tell is very frustrated and upset, not knowing who she truly is.  Next episodes title, to me any way, sounds like it holds the answer.

This easily could mean a few things.

This easily could mean a few things.

To give two examples going through my mind right now.  The first and most likely is that, Nagi is not a god, she is something else.  Most likely a spirit believing she was a god as it was stated.  The second, yet less likely, is that Nagi is in fact the actual god.  However for some reason people never knew she actually existed. Yes I know her shrine was there, but if people knew she existed, I doubt the tree would have been cut down.  It’s a stretch, which is why I said it’s less likely.  I just wouldn’t go right out and say it’s false just yet.

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Let's end this episode with some additional touches of emo.

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Overall not a very fun episode to view.  The various jokes and funny scenes we fans have grown to love, none made an appearance really this episode.  I did get a chuckle out of that anime show at the start, but that’s about it.  I do hope the comedy part comes back in episode twelve.

Episode 13 is said to be the final episode.  I can not argue with that.  I will however argue that it is the final episode of the season, not of the series.  While I may not have any good proof, I do however, hope there will be a second season.  Thirteen episodes feels way too short for this story.  The author herself wants to get back to writing, and as news would have it, there are a number of unaired episodes.  I would be very surprised if a second season did not come around.  Publicity for this anime is just insane right now, it would be unwise not to continue into more seasons.  Although I hate this saying, it’s never more true to say, only time will tell.



Update on Kannagi Mangaka’s Health
December 14, 2008, 4:39 AM
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If you have not already heard the news, over at Anime News Network they gave us an update on the author of Kannagi’s health.  Takenashi still denies that the hiatus on the manga was not because of the recent “Nagi Virginity Outrage.”  About that, I want to stress the fact that I still find that whole.. thing.. insane.   I’m glad to see that the author despite this, is eager to get back to writing.  Besides, from what I’ve been hearing the latest manga never actually stated nagi had a boyfriend in the past for sure, just hinted.  I also think it’s insane I’m reading things that the series is coming to a close for sure.  Seems people want to settle on a decision instead of letting things play out.   The series I feel any how, still has a lot of life in it, otaku outrage or not.  What I find amazing it how quickly something so tiny, can escalate into something unbelievable.  Truth be told, I never once thought the series was gonna be on a indefinite hiatus for long.  Guess I’m one of the few that was staying optimistic from the start.

Personally I found the series (as you can see in earlier blog posts) from the whole controversy.  I’m sure there are a lot more who found it this way as well.  Even if the series because of this ridiculous (yet somewhat hysterical) chain of events loses fans, there’s plenty to fill their spots.  I’m patiently (outright lie actually) waiting for sub versions of Kannagi episode 11 of the Anime.  I took at peak at the raw version and skipped through it out of curiosity.  Doesn’t look like a totally happy episode, never the less I can’t wait!

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Guess I’ll go do my homework for Monday nights class.  Least it’s not high school any more!



Finally got around to it..
December 10, 2008, 4:59 PM
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If it’s one thing I highly dislike, is finishing an anime series to know there are no more episodes.  I for months have put off watching the last 4 episodes of Lucky Star as I knew it was coming to an end.  The series was pretty funny, and I enjoyed the many references to other series throughout the episodes.  If I had to pick my favorite character (I enjoyed them all though), I would have to pick Kagami.  I find it funny that she tried to act serious a lot but it doesn’t always work that way.  Her also being an anime/video game fan was pretty neat too, despite her sometimes serious mood.  I had watched the OVA part where they are all in the MMORPG world, the whole way through I was laughing while watching it.

I decided I should finally finish the series because, I am the kind of person who prefers to watch one series at a time.  In my mind I usually stack up series I want to watch, and my list was starting to get a little longer.  Despite being an anime fan, I have never seen The Melencholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.  Oh noes!  Well so I finished the last 4 episodes of Lucky Star, sad to see it go.  I started Haruhi Suzumiya right away, and I found some pretty high quality episodes to watch too, good for youtube any way as most of the time the quality there makes me cringe.  I could tell right away why Haruhi is such a cult icon in the anime world.  The series was pretty funny, yet at the same time awesome.  I watched all the episodes in one night, and I can’t wait for the next season.  I hear 2009 is the next season, not sure when exactly in the next year though.

Well I finished Haruhi (for now), so I moved on to Kannagi.  It’s pretty interesting, very funny (I like comedy animes as you can see).  I only have watched up to episode three.  Perhaps when I catch up to the current episodes I’ll start doing episode reviews like I did for Code Geass.

There’s this website I used to go to for when I was big into Bleach (I haven’t watched that series in ages though), and they have a lot of other anime series to download for free.  The website is Bleach Exile if you want to check it out.   There they have updated lists of Kanngi episodes to download.  Thats great and all but here’s the problem.  Instead of being in a simple format, the sub group used an MKV video format, which windows media player doe sent support out of the box, not surprised.  I could have taken the easy road and just used Media Player Classic to watch it, works just as well.

I however, am very stubborn and wanted the codec to view it in windows media player.  After hours of downloading different codecs and splitters and blah blah blah, I finally found a codec pack that worked.  It’s called CCCP, apparently the whole soviet theme is a pun on the USSR in the Cryllic alphabet or something, didn’t really read into it.  Apperently this group originally was for playback of various anime fansubs.  So I downloaded and installed it, it worked but no subtitles.  After a little more research I had to enable in the settings Autoload VSFilter.  Finally after hours I could finally watch Kanngi episodes in WMP (again I’m stubborn).  Word of warning though, if you the reader, decide to visit these sites and download things I’m not responsible for what happens to your computer.  I have had no problems, but that doesen’t mean something could happen.  So yeah it should be self explanatory but, use at your own risk.  Worked for me though.