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[Ascaloth] I’m in despair! The end of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei has left me in despair!!!

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How would one define the Summer 2007 anime season? That is a question that has many different answers, each one dependent on the otaku asked that question. Some might say Baccano, as is the case with our very macho Fuhrer TJ Han. Others might say School Days, if only perhaps for the pleasure of seeing how messed up Makoto and Girls can get. And of course, one cannot forget Lucky Star, worshipped and derided in equal measures by the pro-KyoAni and the anti-KyoAni factions respectively. But for me, Summer 2007 did not mean any of these three to me; yes, not even Lucky Star, unthinkable as it may seem to some for a supposed KyoAni fanboy like me. Indeed, for me, Summer 2007 is defined by one of the quirkiest black comedies I’ve seen in recent times; Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.

[Hynavian] Suzuka: A fairy tale ending in a modern setting?

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Fans of the long running manga series Suzuka would have heaved a sigh of relief as Suzuka came to a neat closure with chapter 166.
Chapter 166
I remember first watching the anime some time this year before the start of this semester’s hectic school life as I was really bored with my 3 months holidays. The series caught my attention due to a couple of factors. I had foolishly mistook it as a sports-based anime (Boss, please forgive me!) when I first watched it as there was an emphasis on a female protagonist who was performing high jumps consecutively. The “sports school”, the whole “track and field” backdrop and the many athletic characters that appeared gave me added misconceptions that it would be an anime based on sports. Truth was that I have never watched an anime that managed to integrate sporting events into becoming part of the anime plot. Suzuka managed to do so and hence I picked it up.
The 2nd factor that got me interested was the discrepancy between the title and the characters in the anime. Though the anime was titled “Suzuka”, it appeared that the plot focused more on the male lead (Akitsuki Yamato) instead of the female lead (Asahina Suzuka). In my opinion, the anime did follow the manga closely and it did allow me to pick up the manga chapters that followed after the last anime episode. I did some marathon reading and managed to catch up to where the latest chapter was then and hence joined in the greater pool of Suzuka fans as we waited patiently for the periodic release of chapters.
Suzuka: My short Summary…
The male protagonist, Akitsuki Yamato, moved to Tokyo and stayed in his aunt’s Asahi’s Heights Bath House (a dorm for females) where he coincidentally became the neighbour of Asahina. It was love at first sight for Yamato as he was mesmerised by Asahina when he saw her practicing high jump earlier. Coincidentally they attend the same school, and coincidentally they were in the same class.
From the start, we see a pathetic Yamato trying his utmost to please and to win the heart of Asahina who was terribly mean to a goody Yamato. Yamato joined the school’s track and field team, strained himself physically as he wanted to keep up to Asahina’s expectations, constantly apologised to Asahina even when he wasn’t in the wrong, got slapped, shouted and was given the cold shoulder by Asahina but he never gave up. (Makes me wonder whether I can find such a “nice” guy in Singapore)
A goody Yamato begging for Asahina's forgiveness
A nice guy like Yamato (who could withstand girlfriend abuse) was well-liked by the other female characters too. Female characters like Sakis, Yui-chan and Honoka entered the scene and made the relationship between the 2 main protagonists worse than ever. However, with the manga titled “Suzuka”, Asahina ended up as the overall winner in a BGR situation as it would not make sense to promote a character who would be a loser at the end of the day. Asahina then left a heart broken goody Yamato in Tokyo for a year while she studied overseas.
Fans of Suzuka started biting their fingernails when it came to the later chapters where there was news of Asahina being pregnant with Yamato’s child. The whole manga appeared to be falling apart at that point of time as the probability of a plausible ending appeared to be low. At the previous RIUVA BK round table meeting, Crest and I were “analysing” the mess the goody Yamato had gotten himself and “commenting” on the possible actions that Asahina could possibly take but we dropped it and went on to talk about MxO as we saw greater plot development in that series instead. Though the next few chapters were predictable, I’m actually surprised that the mangaka managed to pull off a happy ending by fast-forwarding time to a year after Suzuka gave birth and to end it off with a wedding for the 2 main protagonists.
Suzuka has provided the many hours of joy and laughter and more moments of frustration as readers get agitated over the lack of progress in the relationship of the two protagonists. A mishap would happen and the relationship of the 2 would “downgrade” back to stage one when they’re almost nearing the final stage. However, all ends well as Asahina’s nasty attitude became better and I heave a sigh of relief for the goody Yamato. Though Suzuka may at first seem to be just a story of the lives of 2 young adults in high school (what’s so nice about reading the lives of 2 losers?), Suzuka would be a good bet if you’re looking for no particular genre or has some time to spare as it has a little of everything, ranging from some sporting action, fustrating love triangle relationships to comedy.  
A picture reunion of all of our favourite Suzuka characters
Of course the ending was not “perfect” but it’s the best that one can get for a manga setting that is set so close to mirroring reality. No Cinderella carriage or a prince on white horse. Instead, a goody male protagonist and a truckload of good pals at a wedding church is the best way to end things the modern way.
My favourite avatar in action once again!
This article was written to prove that Hynavian’s life does not revolves around Claymore only. Feel free to agree or to disagree with what I have mentioned :)

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[Ascaloth] Farewell, Lucky Star

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Less than a week ago, on 16th September 2007, the last episode of Kyoto Animation’s Lucky Star aired. Throughout its 24-week run, it was easily the most controversial, polarizing KyoAni work to date; either one like it, or one didn’t. But for all of the online arguments that have been raged over it, its time has now drawn to a close. And say what one will, there will never be another anime quite like it.

[Ascaloth] Head-To-Head: Toei’s CLANNAD the Movie vs. KyoAni’s CLANNAD (TV)

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In recent years, there has been a relative proliferation of anime adaptations of visual novels from the famed VN stable, Key. Not since a certain adaptation in 2002 have the Kagikko ever had it so good, and this is arguably all due to one thing; Kyoto Animation, and how its studio debut of AIR (TV) took the first step of rewriting the rules of what an adaptation of a Visual Novel should look like. Ever since then, Toei Animation and Kyoto Animation have taken turns in giving us their animated adaptations of KEY’s greatest stories, and Fall 2007 marks the third time Toei and KyoAni have locked horns this season, with their respective releases of "CLANNAD: The Motion Picture" and "CLANNAD (TV)" respectively.

[Crest] 秒速5センチメートル (Byousoku 5 Cm) Review

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Being one of the new members, I was told to write before tripeman be unleashed on me. In great fear, I wasted my whole day on this. Hope you all enjoy it.

Author’s Note: This is an article that’s about my personal opinions and views on 秒速5センチメートル ~ a chain of short stories about their distance ~ (Byousoku 5cm as it would be referred for the rest of the article) . I would assume that you already have seen the film as I wont be faithfully repeating the storyline in the article. It does not seek to be educational or instructive in its purposes, that aside please enjoy reading and ignore all the glaring grammar errors and not get bored by the length of it.

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