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June 2nd, 2013

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 10:10 pm
 Series: K
 Episodes: 13
 Year: 2012
 Animation Production: GoHands

Synopsis: Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we're familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings.

Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. After his lunch break, Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri to prepare for their upcoming school festival, only to be chased by some intimidating-looking men.  ( - MAL )

Catie's Thoughts: Well, this was a snazzy show full of absolutely nothing. The animation was pretty. The character designs are fairly generic - you can pick out each character and what other show you've seen that exact same character design with the same generic stereotype tropes in. The story seemed like it had some promise but very quickly fell apart - and the climatic storyline doesn't really have all that much to do with the original main character. 

It's just, this show is a mess. A very pretty mess, but a mess. Given two seasons and maybe some more time to figure out what the hell they were doing, it might have made more sense and been a tighter show. There are so many plot elements that are briefly glossed over and never really engaged, it had far too many characters with their own individual storylines and, wow. Just a clustfuck.

Would I buy it? Nope. Pretty, shallow and flashy.
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 10:19 pm
Series: Kannagi (かんăȘぎ)
Episodes: 13 +
 1 OVA
Year: 2008
Animation Production: Aniplex

Synopsis: Our unlucky protagonist, Jin, uses the trunk of a sacred tree to carve a statue for a school project. When he takes it outside, to his surprise it begins absorbing the surrounding earth and transforms into, hold your breath on this one, a girl! So like all similar setups this guardian deity is pretty pissed that her tree was cut down and lives with Jin while she takes out her anger on squashing, cleaning the "Impurities". ( - MAL )

Catie's Thoughts: A mostly benign, cute series. Not as SUPER moe as some out there, but definitely in the genre. There really isn't anything particularly stand-out about the show that would make me want to sing its praises or groan in agony. The animation is pretty, the character designs consistent - and I do have to admit I laughed my ass off at the wand being stuck to the center of the kotatsu table. 

I do admit that the show feels aimless. It starts out like it has a grand mission to accomplish, and just kinda wanders around and never really gets to the point. The climax of the series feels like, well, not quite what the show had been building toward, but I would wager that on this being just a one-off season to satiate manga fanatics with no intention of following through to greater story lines.

Would I buy it? Nope, not really interested.