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Yeah, I know, its a day late. Busy, busy, etc.

Well, I haven’t got a specific anime this time like I had with the K-ON spot the difference. So this is really a miscellaneous bunch of spot the difference exercises, mainly showcasing ridiculous things that have been found in the anime and games world recently. Its also hopefully funny and perhaps even marginally educational. (LIES!)

Exercise 1: A Loli wearing nothing but a copy of Zelda: Twilight Princess?
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Yup, The IGN guys even somehow managed to find their way into Bakemonogatari!

I had to rewind to see this again because I burst out laughing too hard.

The exercise here is to guess which part is causing the reaction. The Loli or the game?

I guess this meme has taken a life of its own. I believe they are known as bakagaijin on 2channel. Which is amusing.


Exercise 2: And behind magic curtain number 2, is… <drumroll>:
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Its like that daft game of chance in Mario Party, where you just choose doors until you die. Except with curtains. And, uh, more lingeries.

Despite a ridiculously rushed and rather contrived ending, Gendai Yokou Mahou had its moments like this. It amazed me to see the curtains opening simultaneously apparently by Kaho’s telekinesis. She’s so hardcore, she doesn’t even have to look to know its going to be an unfair deity moment.

Speaking of mystery curtains, why aren’t there any cheesy gameshows on television anymore? Everybody loves the Price is Right and Strike It Lucky. Or am I just showing my age? (or perhaps my disgust at so called ‘reality television’, which is drivel in my opinion).

And I just see Yumiko being that obligatory girl modelling on the top prize sports car. LOL.


Exercise 3: Testing your Trap Detection capabilitiestrap-detection

Yessiree, you have 5 seconds to decide which of the above is male, and which is female.

Times up! Answers on a postcard to the comment box.

Gotta Love Maria+Holic. Easily one of my favourite shows of the season it was in. Mainly because it was just innately WRONG, I suppose. And no, the above is not a trick question at all, which you will understand if you have actually watched the anime. One of the above is Maria, and one of the above is Shizu. One is a trap, the other is a reverse trap.

See, reading blogs is not a waste of time. This is actually developing survival skills! (well, survival skills for watching anime, anyway)


Exercise 4: Learning to play the pure/vile maiden guitar?Maria-vs-Yui

With you powers combined, I…AM…Captain Gibson!

Which do you think makes a better riff, Mio’s Panties or Matsurika’s Bloomers? Both are instruments of the finest caliber? Its hard to say, isn’t it? I guess some of these exercises are a bit mean. Sorry.

LOL, this combines the old and the new. That is to say, I managed to stuff some K-ON in here again, and double the Maria+Holic for double the fun.


Exercise 5: King of Heroes and Queen of Gaps: A match made in hell?Gap-of-Gensyoko-vs-Gate-of-Babylon

Yukari vs. Gilgamesh. Gap of Gensyoko vs. Gate of Babylon.

Holy cow, I’d pay good money to see that fight. But I don’t have to, as it is happening right above as I speak.

In before causing a storm of excrement, who wins? I imagine its a standstill. Depends on how many Flandres can be pulled out and their effectiveness against the blast of Ea. Are the roadsigns epic artefacts in same realm as noble phantasms? I’m sure Yukari thinks so.


Exercise 6: And we’ll be right back after this…

Lets go full circle to finish and close up with another comment from our new friends, the IGN bakagaijin guys!
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Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na’s anime adaption was one of those that makes you lose your faith in humanity. I mean, everyone can tolerate some animation cuts, but the animation in this was…sheer eye cancer. The above shot of the Anime Feena is actually a pretty good shot as far as some of them go. The anime is legendary for the slanting eyes of doom and the never ending lettuce of death. So much so, it became known as Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na: Cabbage Love among more cynical 2channel viewers.

And of course, considering how amazing the ingame art is, many fans of everyones favourite lunar princess died a little inside that day.

Its also one of the reasons that I am VERY wary of most dating game adaptations these days. They can be done right, like with Akane Iro Somaru Saka. But more often than not, they can be done wrong. Very wrong, like the above. And VERY, very wrong, like the soul crushing travesty that is Da Capo Second Season.

Anyway, thats all for now. I’ve exhausted all the spot exercises I could think of! Enjoy!

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Well, as I’m sure you’ve all realised by now, I’m quite the TYPE-MOON fan, so I was looking forward to seeing some more Kara no Kyoukai animated.

In case you’re not aware, Kara no Kyokai was a set of novels written by Kinoko Nasu before he went on to co-create TYPE MOON and write Tsukihime, and eventually Fate/Stay Night. Tsukihime is, in fact, a heavily modified version of Kara no Kyokai’s story, and this work forms a prototype for alot of what happens in the Nasu-verse.

It also stars the original female version of Shiki, Ryogi Shiki, upon whom the male Tohno Shiki of Tsukihime is based. She too has the Mystic eyes of Death Perception, and generally shows greater control over them than her male counterpart (though that probably has something to do with the fact that male Shiki gets Mystic Eye Inhibitor glasses from Aoko, where Ryogi Shiki has no such luck).

This episode/movie (they are technically 50 minute episodes, but were originally shown in Cinemas, so I consider them to be short movies) is technically the fourth in the series, but chronologically is actually the second, showing how Shiki obtained her Mystic Eyes after the car accident and coma of two years. My Synopsis of this will be fairly brief, or else I’ll be here all day!

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Technically, I believe this follows after episode 2. (That episode is actually the first one in the chronology, and shows Shiki struggling with her dual personality disorder and getting irritated after meeting Kokutou the first time and finding that he is the only one to show interest in her)

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Death is bleak in the Nasuverse. No pretty angels for you, no siree…

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As she wakes up, she immediately gets her first manifestation of the Mystic Eyes; which is of course a pretty horrifying experience, seeing the lines and points of death everywhere. She touches the lines she can see on the roses Kokutou has left her, and they immediately wilt away. She then passes out.

As a nurse arrives, she is shocked Shiki has awoken. Apparently she’s been out for two years.

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Whew, these lines of death are scarier than the Tsukihime ones.

Shiki struggles for a little while, then immediately tries to put out her eyes.

The doctors put it down to confusion. And they call in a speech therapist, since she cannot seem to talk. (though in truth, she’s just too scared to do so.)

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Touko happens to blag her way in as the speech therapist, however, probably with some Mystic eyes of her own, if I remember rightly. (hers are just ones of suggestion gained from using magic, though).

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Hmm…thats troublesome, huh…

We also learn that Shiki’s mysterious eyes are likely to attract the evil spirits of the hospital; and that whilst in her coma, she has become ‘lonely’ because she has lost her alternate personality.

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Kokutou starts doing a rendition of ‘Singing in the Rain’ for some reason. That manniquin of Shiki on the right is pretty creepy. At least I believe its supposed to be her… (but then, its expected to be there, since Touko is considered to be the dollmistress)

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Shiki is attacked in the night by the evil spirits possessing a body. She struggles with whether or not to fight back or whether to just die quietly, but eventually decides on the former, leaping out of a 4th floor window, throwing the zombie into the electrical generator, and landing like a cat. Apparently, two years under hasn’t diminished her martial capacity.

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Touko is there again, waiting in the rain. She says she didn’t expect this to happen; and uses her cigarette as a wand to cast a gout of green fire at the zombie.

However, being a zombie, (one of the ‘Dead’ to use the Nasuverse term) it doesn’t much care. It can’t be killed, since it is already dead.

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Not that this matters to the Shiki. She finally realises some modicum of control for her power. And as we all know, the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception can even kill the dead, for they focus on destroying the very concept and existence of an object/being.

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The zombie is annihilated, but the spirit possesses Shiki herself, making her turn the knife against herself.

However, in stabbing herself, she percieves the death of the wicked spirit inhabiting her, and kills it instead.

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Kokutou finally visits again to help her leave the hospital. And the episode ends there.

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And in the next episode preview, we see Proto-Shirou!!

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Its a TRAP!

Haha. Taken out of context, this page seems so dodgy.

But, don’t worry:

Yep, thankyou Admiral, your sense for traps is as good as always.

Indeed, Yuki (the “Girl” in the above strip, who says “Maa-kun”) is indeed a man. A disturbingly cute man. Apparently Yuki is a trap that’s so good he manages to convince everyone he meets of his femininity. So, our protagonist, Masato, constantly finds himself attracted to him, and struggles with the implications of his attraction. Since he’s also the only one who ‘knows’ the truth…and everyone else is trying to get them together thinking they’d make a cute couple -_-‘ Not to mention that he has a real girl chasing after him on the side convinced he’s her hero after mistaking a random undercover cop for him.

I can’t help but love that Manga (“No Bra”, in case you’re wondering). Its so twisted. So full of misunderstandings. Almost like a classic british comedy like Fawlty Towers or something.

After my rant yesterday, (and the random collarbones article) its refreshing to read this again.

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