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Here I am, entering the new year with some lame updates… (^_^’).

As much as I love watching Bamboo Blade, I will no longer be able to continue doing episode summaries for it due to work taking most of my time. To satisfy your need of screencaps and summaries for this, I suggest you hop over to Totali’s blog for that. =)

I will continue with summaries of Shion no Ou and will most probably do that in batches of 2 or 3 episodes per post (ep. 4&5, 6&7, etc.) to make it a bit easier since I’ve been so backlogged with writing it. It will take a bit of time, though (and I think the series would be over by then, heh… I will never let myself be backlogged again!)

Im still short on the last 2 episode summaries of Seirei no Moribito but it’s certain that I will get to that one way or another (I started blogging it more than halfway through, but I still want to finish it off like how I did with Darker than Black and Lovely Complex). While I’m still watching it now and then, I will be officially dropping Hayate no Gotoku! from my blog list since I won”t manage to catch up writing that now that it’s all the way to episode 37 (I stopped at 25… @_@).

With regard to the Winter 2007/2008 line-up, I highly doubt that I’ll be picking up any new series to do episode summaries of since, again, work is taking most of my time (and life! >_<). However, I will still be sticking to writing anime overviews, so expect some new material soon. 🙂 If ever there’s a series that I can’t resist to write summaries of, it would most probably be a short series (12 to 13 episodes) or maybe one full course (24 to 26 episodes), but again, I highly doubt that at the time of writing this babble. On another note, first impressions of the Winter 2007/2008 series will once again be written in batches, like I did last Fall 2007.

Okies… that would be it for the update babbles for now. Eh, that was quite long, wasn’t it? ;P

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As the end of 2007 nears, I figured it would be fitting to post something to look back on the anime scene and mention a few of the series that I found rather noteworthy to share. I prefer using the term “notables” than “best of” since I don’t think I’ve seen enough anime to actually say which is best.

Please note that this is quite a subjective list as this was solely based on my picks among the series I have seen that aired from January to December of this year that I feel are notable.

* List order is chronological based on the season when it started airing (from Winter 2006/2007 to Fall 2007)

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Episode 03: “Black and Blue”

Summary:  Miya-Miya and Dan are running laps together. Miya catches up to him and gives him a hug but Dan utters a small cry of pain upon contact. It turns out that Dan got a pretty nasty bruise on his arm from the bullies last episode.  Miya asks if he got it from the bullies. Dan tries to brush this off and says he’s fine and goes off to resume running laps. Seeing Dan hurt, this triggers Miya’s wrath as we see her eyes give a scary glare.

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Episode 02:  “Blade Braver and Lunch”

Summary:  Flashback: A little Tamaki is totally engrossed in watching an episode of her favorite TV show “Blade Braver.”  The villain is telling Blade Braver that they can’t defeat him since he is the strongest and the world belongs to him. Blade Braver informs him that they will defeat him and restore peace to the world, as Tamaki watches in awe.

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Episode 01:  “The Broom and the Ally of Justice”

Summary:  Kirino is practicing in the kendo club dojo. She insists that Ishida-sensei spar with her and that they should aim for the nationals. Ishida refuses to spar with her saying that he’s too hungry right now and tells her that it’s just a club, and if Kirino is having fun in it, then it serves it’s purpose already so Kirino should just relax and have fun. Kirino brushes this off and proceeds on to forcibly spar with Ishida-sensei and hits him repeatedly. 

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An overview for Bamboo Blade.

Synopsis: Ishida Toraji is a high school kendo teacher. His friend and fellow kendo teacher makes him a bet: if Ishida can assemble a girls’ kendo team that can defeat his girls’ team in a practice match, he’ll treat Ishida to free meals at his father’s sushi restaurant for a whole year. Now Ishida must find five girls to join the team.

(from http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8455)
Genre: Sports, comedy, slice of life
Status: Anime – Completed (Oct 2007 to Apr 2008.)

Manga – Ongoing (6 volumes as of 10/2007)

Thoughts / Review: The OP theme is “Bamboo Beat” while the ED theme is “Start Rise.” Both songs by Ryou Hirohashi, Megumi Toyoguchi, Sachiko Kojima, Houko Kuwashima & Rina Satou (the seiyuus of the lead characters).

ON A SIDE NOTE… It is a Japanese manga series written by Masahiro Totsuka, and illustrated by Aguri Igarashi. The manga started serialization in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Young Gangan on December 3, 2004. An anime adaptation by AIC A.S.T.A began broadcasting on October 2, 2007 on TV Tokyo.

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Crash Course: KENDO

A quick 411 on kendo as a reference for Bamboo Blade.

Introduction:  Kendo, or “way of the sword”, is the Japanese martial art of fencing. Kendo is developed from traditional techniques of Japanese swordsmanship known as kenjutsu.

Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sporting-like physical elements.

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