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Hyouge Mono & Thermae Romae

sailor moon chibi moon artist TCB

Completely unrelated picture by TCB.

Thermae Romae’s fifth volume will be released on the 22th of January. I read Thermae Romae for a while now and I have to say it’s great, it’s well done both on the historical side and comedy. You can tell the author, Yamazaki Mari did some research. There’s even photos of ruins of ancient bathouses in Greece at the end of chapters. Thermae Romae has been released in France for around 8 months now. It was even advertised in a popular newspaper with the line “Mangas aren’t only violence and big eyes”. Though a poor choice of words, it was still nice to see some love for it.
There’s also a live action film with Abe Hiroshi as the main character, my favorite Japanese actor (and the only one I know the name of) and I hope I get to see it someday. There was also an anime adaptation of it, though I haven’t seen it. it’s a shame that it’s a short episode format thing because a more conventional adaptation would have been great to make it more famous.

I also watch Hyouge Mono, however I do not read the manga. I still haven’t finished watching all of Hyouge Mono even though it’s been a while it aired, as it is subbed very slowly. The dialogue can get very complicated sometimes, unlike in Pretty Rhythm, plus I also lack the required knowledge of Japanese History so I cannot watch it raw. I often think about the two together, Thermae Romae & Hyouge Mono because not only they both have great historical settings, both stories have pretty much the same type of humor: the characters’ reaction to the situations they’re confronted to. Notably their facial expressions which are hilarious. I can understand that old Japanese men drinking tea and Ancient Greece men bathing doesn’t appeal to everyone but it’s a shame that those stories are dismissed because of that.

Third season of Pretty Rhythm announced

Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live promo

And it’s called Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live. I was expecting this kind of announcement as last year, the second season Dear My Future was announced in January as well. Judging from the promo picture with only new characters on it, it seems like Aira’s story will finally end with the ending of the second season Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future.

After being the main heroine in Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, and continuing in Dear My Future along with new heroines, Aira and her friends’ story lasted for two years and 102 episodes. If they really don’t appear in this third season, I’ll miss them. At least they’ll end with a blast, as the currents episodes of Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future are excellent.

Sengoku Collection is blowing my mind

sengoku collection

I picked this up randomly because I really like the character design and I’m really enjoying it. Somehow I have really good luck with picking up shows.

sengoku collection ep 4 eyecatch 1

You shouldn’t judge books by their covers. It’s not another sexual fanservice show with Sengoku Era generals portrayed as women. Besides some of the character’s designs themselves,  it barely has fanservice scenes. From what I’ve seen at least.  I’m currently on episode 6, and every episode so far has been great. Each episode introduces a new character along with a really good story, often using urban culture even I know of. I think this episodic format will continue until episode 11 or so when things will get serious. And it’s a 26 episodes show! I hope it gets even better and becomes another one of my favorite shows from 2012.

The show is also packed with currently famous female voice actors so if you’re a seiyuufag you’ll like it.

Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future 35

PRAD2 35 things just got real

It was the best episode since the marvelous finale of the first season.  Watching it made me just as hyped as watching the many videos of the new SRW OG. (I am still looking for a 2nd hand PS3 to buy…)

Tears, shouting, confessions, greatness, hilariousness, DRAMA, EVERYTHING. I really don’t want to spoil the plot in case someone actually reads this and decide to watch the show (Be sure to start by watching Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream as Dear My Future is the sequel), but wow, this episode was really amazing.

Just like Jun said. TIME HAS COME!!  THE REAL PRISM SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. We are now entering the final 15 episodes. It’s gonna be glorious. I really hope I get to see them all.

Next episode, the Road To Symphonia championship begins with Sprouts team Vs Serenon With Kaname team.

Kaname is going to ravage Sprouts.

kaname yuri reap 01kaname yuri reap 02

I WISH I WAS KIDDING. OH MY GOD.

About Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future

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Well first off, I won’t be doing summaries of the episodes anymore. I had a lot of fun doing it but I don’t have the time to do it anymore. Sorry to disappoint anyone who’s actually reading them. To be honest, I always disliked episodic blogging for various reasons, but I like Pretty Rhythm so much that I still did it. Check the wiki if you want more details on the plot, and wait until Kitesubs catch on with the subs someday if you don’t watch it raw…

I barely have the time to even watch the show. I just caught up to episode 26. The last episode is 31 as I’m writing this. I’m not doing summaries anymore, but this is my blog, and I just need to fanboy about Pretty Rhythm somewhere.

I have to admit, besides my studies, the reason I got so much behind on Dear My Future is because some episodes at the start of the show were pretty mediocre. Even Aurora Dream wasn’t that boring at the beginning. Or more like, it’s not that Dear My Future’s startwas boring, it was very uneven. Let me explain.

Since it’s a sequel, scenes featuring the older characters were very entertaining (like Aira x Shou scenes) while some others weren’t really interesting (the Korean girls centered episodes). In these episodes, they barely introduced the K girls, and made them interact with their Japanese/Prizzmy counterpart. I think the main reason these Koreans girls/PURETTY centered episodes of the beginning weren’t so good is because the scriptwriters were saving up material on their background to expose it later. And I think I’m right: During the summer festival arc (episodes 16-21) PURETTY finally got really interesting. Overall, the show only started really taking off at episode 14 with the new opening, and after that, the summer fes arc. I really love the Korean girls now, Shi Yoon first. After all she CARRIED A LION ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN.

In episode 24, the identity of the show’s mastermind is hinted at, and the whole story is revealed in episode 25 & 26, with Kyouko’s mother’s first appearance in Dear My Future. I don’t want to spoil anything because I want the people reading this post to start watching Pretty Rhythm. But Kyouko really is the true heroine of Pretty Rhythm. Who would’ve thought we still didn’t know the whole story behind her and Sonata’s rivalry, behind Prism Show and Prism Acts, and what’s the deal about the Greatful Symphonia. My mind was blown. My mind wasn’t blown that hard since playing Mugen Kouro/Infinite Space on DS this summer (haven’t wrote a post about it yet).

I had to rewatch episode 26 twice to fully understand everything. The whole plot twists kinda reminded me of the 7th Kara no Kyoukai movie when you think you already knew everything about what happened before Shiki’s incident while you see that there was actually still a lot more things hidden.

If the scenarist planned to do these plot twists right from the start, I have to admit he’s a genius, and if it continues like this, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future is probably going to become my favorite anime of 2013, succeeding it’s prequel Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream that I consider as best of 2012.