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Kobato: Episode 2 October 13, 2009

Filed under: Kobato the Animation — Mari Agnes @ 5:51 am
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Another Kobato episode is out today! Ureshiii~! <33
Kobato Episode 2

This Episode
Kobato’s contemplating on the bottle Ioryogi had just awarded her and was thankful that she had passed the test given to her.  Meaning there’s a big chance in making her wish come true.  Once again, her innocent dawdling made the little blue fellow spat at her and bid her to start working her ass off collecting wounded hearts.   But the dense girl ended up asking everyone she met on the street resulting into a crestfallen Ioryogi.

Exhausted from her fruitless endeavor Kobato ran into a couple of young kids playing and ended up caddying for their game.  But then she bumped into Fujimoto after helping out another mister who was weary giving out tissue samples to the public.  Only then she realized that he was the same guy who saved her from before.

By some dumb luck she also met Sayaka sensei and thus, she found herself inside Yomogi school with the kids.  The comedy began when Kobato and Fujimoto met once again! Suspense! Watch it!  Very cute scenes after! ^^

Kobato got her first wounded heart collected, that which took her by surprise until Ioryogi told her the real score behind.  It was from the kid at the nursery whom she helped  cheer up unknowingly. She got a 100 mark from the magical fella as well for the accomplishment.

Random Babblings

The Ioryogi crawling out of Kobato’s bag reminded me of Sadaku breathing fire! Also whenever that fellow talks, I honestly hear Kurogane everytime!  Think about it, both of them were short-fused right and obviously the same voice.  Why do I have the feeling that Kobato is straying away from the manga?  A new character will appear in the next episode, probably from one of CLAMP’s works but is it not too early to butcher the promising anime story? :\

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Kobato ~ The Premiere Episode October 6, 2009

Filed under: Kobato the Animation — Mari Agnes @ 6:44 pm
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I thought I wouldn’t have time to write about Kobato’s first episode which finally came in today after a long wait!  It took me three hours trying to wrap up my classes as fast as I could and so here are my thoughts.

Check out the episode here!

Check out the episode here!

A little overview:

The anime started with Kobato’s arrival on what appeared to be a park’s playground where Ioryogi, her mystical buddy stuffed in a blue canine toy, gave her a  pep talk pertaining the mission they are about to carry out.  Innocently airhead Kobato seemed to anger her usually cranky partner and always ends  up receiving the wrath and a blow of fire from the fellow.

As the day went on, she met different kinds of people under various circumstances: a lady on the run who missed out one of her garbage bags from a collision with Kobato, a situation which made her qualify for a flock of raven as prey.  Easily deceived by kind words, she almost got into trouble with two guys whom Iroyogi perceived to have an ill intention against her.  Fujimoto came in to her rescue, thus, the first informal meeting.

Fate must have really been at work since our heroine came to work at the very same food stand Fujimoto’s working at.  It so happened that she broke something from the  stand while trying to help out the kids get their  ball back.  She is awesomely clumsy!  The funny thing which happened next was that she was asked by a customer to do the nabe (hot pot dish) for them.  She had it all wrong and hey is chocolate even an option for the recipe?  Despite having been horrified by the way she made the dish, the customers and even her boss thought she had just created something that tastes out of the ordinary, thank goodness.

Her last encounter for the day is with an old lady sitting for a wailing baby.  Kobato tried to help but scared the baby even more until she gave out a very soothing song  fit for a baby’s lullaby.  On the process, people gathered to hear her sing.  And on a detour, Ioryogi finally gave her a winged bottle for her to use as vessel for the mission.

For the first time, I felt nostalgic thinking about Cardcaptor Sakura since this is a Madhouse production.  Cuteness is inevitable! True to their word,  CLAMP aided the anime to at least look much similar to what was being illustrated in the manga, though of course minor flaws are observed  from time to time, Kobato’s noticeably ragged and bristly hair for example.  Ohkawa is on the script if I’m not mistaken, so, Yay!.

Kobato’s voice suits the role perfectly in contrast with Fujmoto’s which is kind of unexpected.   I so  love Ioryogi’s best!  Kurogane? Haha, magnificent!

Kobato as an anime is really refreshing!  It has a balanced theme of comedy and the episode doesn’t have dull moments and considering the many events taking place in a matter of 20 minutes or so.  Nice!  I’ll try to watch it on real time if I could because I sense hope in this anime considering the not so great ending of both xxxHoliC Kei and Tsubasa Chronicle most especially.  Hopefully, the momentum could be kept.

Lastly, Maya Sakamoto really rocks!  I  love the Opening theme though it could have been better as I hoped but it matches Kobato’s character in a sense.  The ending is kinda slow, not that notable.

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Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle ~ The Epilogue October 5, 2009

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A few seconds after the ultimate CLAMP-holic Chibiyuuto posted his broadcast on Twitter, I was given the chance to take a look at the the latest raw scans of the TRC Epilogue.  Thank you!  They’re still in Japanese and I don’t really have that much time to dissect on it.  So I just looked at the pictures and somehow I understood what’s going on.  Also  some familiar Japanese characters I learned a while back proved to be a little helpful.

I didn’t get to write my insights on the final chapter (232) since I honestly was disappointed of how CLAMP  sort of cut the chase short.  Following the series for years was worth it until the last chapters. We all would agree if I’d say that we expect something to turn out real right but to my amazement, the already super complicated manga plot was  made even more perplexed.  I bet that left most of the fans fuming about the lack of concrete explanation from CLAMP… a tragic but happy ending but definitely with issues unsolved till the end.  It felt like taking the plunge and never fully surfacing again.

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Anyways, the epilogue somehow explained a few things about Syaoran and Sakura and the rest of the gang, Fai, Kurogane and Mokona.

It goes a little something like this:

Things had turned out almost normally in the Clow country.  The vanishing people vanish no more making the place full of life again.  Syaoran still came to that old home when he was with Fujitaka.  Because of the choices the clones took, they sacrificed themselves and paid the heavy price of having their existence in every dimension erased (probably as I’ve understood it), no wonder why the supposedly Syaoran’s family portrait has only him and the empty chair where Clone Sakura (mom) used to sit and Clone Syaoran (dad) used to stand.  Sad.

Sakura resumed life normally in the palace, back when Touya wasn’t still king and this time Nadeshiko (mom) was still alive and Fujitaka (dad) whom Clow Reed once stood for assumed his rightful role as King and father to Sakura.  Wait, not in the present Clow I presume…?

Syaoran and Sakura met once again and finally settled that thing from before, the word.. I love you that was left unsaid by their other selves.  The group geared up for travel once again through the help of a Mokona earring (was it Modoki’s? I’m lost, but seems like it hopefully) but this time, Sakura wasn’t able to come by choice believing it would be best judging from the dream she had.  Both wanted to meet the other them once more though they have the clones’ memories inside them. And hey, am I just hallucinating or they did just revealed both their names are Tsubasa? And Fai and Kurogane’s just tag-a-longs now.

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I hope I have gotten the gist right and hopefully scanlated version would be out soon!  Nonetheless, it was a satisfactory finale for TRC.  Now, I only have hopes for xxxHOLiC (so lackluster nowadays :C ) for some decent answer and I’d wager we’d see more crossovers of them in some CLAMP’s latest and ongoing works.

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Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: Chapter 215 March 4, 2009

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Looking back…

Looks like Fei Wong Reed’s plans is near completion! Will he succeed?

This Chapter…

The two Sakura’s of the different times, the young one preserved within the ruins and the grown up that which traveled with the small group are being merged into one!

Oh no! Yuuko? A failed creation of Clow’s? How could that even be possible?

So… she has the power to send other people in the different dimensions but she can’t just go there herself?! Hmm… I’m speculating on this very early…

Now, were back to that glass capsule once again… what’s next?

Random Babblings…

Continuing.  Are those guy’s efforts in saving Sakura going to be trashed? Sakura hasn’t even came into her senses even a little! T^T That’s really harsh!  Meaning till the very end, Fei Wong Reed has been toying with their very lives and worst!

Now, as to whom he would like to bring back to life… I have a feeling it was Clow. Why? He wasn’t even bothered by Yuuko’s presence despite the powers she could summon.  I found FWR an idiot.  Someone who’s easily threatened by competition and therefore, I guess he’d bring Clow back to prove his worth and throw his success on Clow’s face.  Or maybe he holds special feelings for him!

And what if… FWR isn’t really FWR? What about the possibility of unmasking him totally revealing that it was actually that mage who conquers water back in the Cardcaptor Sakura days?!

Fufufufu~! I’m having weird thoughts all of a sudden! ^^;

 

xxxHOLiC: Chapter 174

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Looking back…

Watanuki was seeing Yuuko fading away before his very eyes! What could this possibly mean?  Is this even real or was just a dream?

This Chapter…

Yuuko did vanish before Watanuki could do anything.  He opened his eyes still reaching out for her… but the only remnant of her is a single butterfly that was caught in his hands but it soon too it vanished into thin air making him wonder if he’s still inside a dream.

Unable to grasp the meaning of it all and the fact that he can’t find Yuuko and the others in the shop at all made Watanuki grew really worried and has the gut feel that they’re meeting again no more.

However, if that’d be the case, he is determined to do his best and grant whatever it is that Yuuko wishes.  He’s not giving up either on the mysterious lady’s case!

Babbles… Babbles…

Alright, I know this is so much late a rambling… but it’s better late than never!  I got a little caught up with real life and work so…

Anyways, the HOLiC chapters are getting more and more serious as it reveals inch by inch the mysteries enshrouding it.  I am a bit impressed now with CLAMP for it seems that they finally had resumed the their famous “crossover” concept as depicted in Tsubasa.  We have to read both titles now to fully understand the whole thing.

I really felt bad for Watanuki and I fear for the future of the shop and Yuuko.  I have a foreboding that all those were an illusion but I’ve never thought of a possibility that Yuuko could be something like that too.  It’s too early to tell really, so we have to wait and see.

That reminds me, what is that very wish of her? And the lady client? Can Watanuki do something for her or she might bring something else that’s much of a relevance in the story? A big development maybe?

Gosh! All these are gonna be ending soon! Not yet…  T^T

 

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: Chapter 214 February 24, 2009

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Looking back…

Not one feather should be left out in order to realize Fei Wong Reed’s evil wish… bringing back the dead into life!  The feather in Tokyo has been taken back into Sakura’s body distorting and severing links to the different dimensions!

This Chapter…

Determined not to fail this time, Syaoran desperately reached for Princess Sakura’s hand while Fye and Kurogane protects him against Fei Wong Reed’s attacks.

Thanks to Fye’s magic and Kurogane’s strength that he was able to buy time in order to complete his goal.  However, the evil guy’s powers were a bit stronger than them.  It caused Kurogane came flying to the ground and Fye got really exhausted and scathed.

It has been going that way until Syaoran finally held the princess’ hand! Eventually, he managed to get her out of that black thing which could have swallowed her when FWR least expected it.

But what the heck is happening to Sakura? And it’s affecting Yuuko in the other dimension!!  She grew buttefly wings! O.o

Babbles… Babbles…

What’s gonna happen to Yuuko now? I wanna know so much what’s her connection with Sakura and what kind of worse thing’s gonna happen hereafter.  And Watanuki?

I’m just glad there’s this crossover with xxxHOLliC once again! ^^

 

xxxHOLiC: Chapter 173 February 18, 2009

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Previously…

Watanuki’s Lady client walked out of the cooking session having been hit bull’s eye by his very words!

This Chapter…

*I’d like to reserve my opinions soon as I can get a grab of the translations!*

Gosh! This chapter is… absolutely stunning, revealing and oh sheesh!  I’m going crazy!

I have this suspicion before that the lady Watanuki was meeting has this connection with Yuuko!  And this chapter… sort of confirmed it?

And nooooo~!  Yuuko’s fading away! *sniff* I don’t want all this to end!

Not now, not ever!

Random Babblings…

I’m so excited to know what exactly was Yuuko and Watanuki were talking about in the last part. Did she revealed herself to Watanuki yet?

Damn why does it have to be Chinese!

It’s scanlated! That’s good! ^_____^