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[Zero-Raws] Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S - 24 END (MX 1280x720 x264 AAC).mp4_snapshot_01.46_[2013.12.25_01.38.27]

ね、碧美、この街のことどう思う?

Hey, Aomi, how do you feel about this city?

To think that the best development a setting gets is not from the original material, not even from a spin-off, but a spin-off’s anime-original material…

At the end of the Academy Festival arc of Index, what saves the city from destruction are the fireworks that are part of the celebration. Supposedly, that represents the will and strong feelings of all the students living in the city. (Dunno how that works.)

Seems like there was little need for vague symbols like that, though. Even without Touma there to preach about it, the students of Academy City chose to protect their home and stand their ground when the situation called for it, overwhelming odds and 20 000 drones be damned.


It was my first time taking part in the 12 days of anime, and obviously enough I also broke my post-per-month record xD. I mostly went for outstanding but underappreciated moments, rather than the most obvious high points of a series. The order was more or less random.

A Top 12 Anime of 2013 post is in the making and will appear before year-end, though I’ll wait for some shows to air their final episodes this year. Until then! 

 

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[Zero-Raws] Monogatari S2 - 25 (MX 1280x720 x264 AAC).mp4_snapshot_22.49_[2013.12.22_20.04.29]

貝木さんもわたしをだますんだね。

It seems even Kaiki-san lies to me.

Because a good cliffhanger is never bad.

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keisensha

おい、軽戦車、そこをどけ!

いやです!それに89式は軽戦車じゃないし。

中戦車だし!

Hey you, get that light tank out of the way!

Don’t wanna! Besides, the Type 89 isn’t a light tank.

It’s a medium tank, you know!

The Ooarai girls are justified in their repeated pleas for more firepower, but on the other hand, people tend to get attached to objects and equipment that helped them overcome a great challenge.

It was great to hear that just a bit of pride towards their underpowered vehicles slipped into the girls’ lines. 

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kami to hotoke

教えてくれ、仏の慈悲で、神の俺にも!

Tell me! Share Buddha’s compassion with me, a god!

Hajime of Gatchaman Crowds’ fame went down to meet a god as an equal, but the same show would later present a “God is dead” speech through Sugane. Scenes like that always remind of the feelings of betrayal and disillusionment still deep in the Japanese psyche – how many nations were forced to hear their god announce himself to be human?

And yet, there were as many as two series this year which called for compassion for god. Both of them present god as something of a prick and somebody who messed up plenty along the way, which is very telling, but both also stand up for the divine being: he did the best he could.

Kyousougiga and Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi, are the two shows just a coincidence, or do they signify a slow change in the Japanese approach to god?

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kokoro no matenrou

だったら心で建てればいい。

自分の心の摩天楼は決して、壊れない。

Then build it in your heart.

The skyscraper in your heart will never crumble.

People sometimes complain about young anime characters not acting their age, but I find those scenes and characters most delightful.

In primary school, I would pester my teachers with philosophy during lunch breaks, skyscrapers and all.

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apron-swimsuit

What is this I don’t even-

Actually, getting the really absurd stuff out of the way at the very beginning was a fine move. How could anyone complain about the naked men all over the show after this glorious mizugi apron in the first episode?

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miyu fly

Watching Miyu try (and fail) to break down the principles of magical flight into something compatible with reason struck a chord with me. But I thought, maybe she could create footholds from mana and air-stomp to fly?

And then she air-stomped. Great minds think alike? (wut)

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