BL NC* - $29.75 // Kzka ↑4.½ - $22.0 // Nar ↑0.¾ - $37.0 // Ser NC* - $37.50 // SaiCha ↑15.0 - $45.0 // JkuSM ↓2.½ - $20.50 // GaKu ↑2.¾ - 33.0 // Eprxy ↑2.0 – $32

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Comics With Non-English Words: Beck

A quick word on this new (hopefully) reoccuring feature. If you haven't noticed by now, I don't like doing reviews. They bore me, and I ramble on for far too long. So this probably isn't the most informative place for people on the fence. But regardless of that, I will be doling out my personal experience with a title, and more importantly, I'll post up some pretty pictures (that's really all you need isn't it?).

There's barely any manga posts on these blog aggregators anyway, so who are you to complain?

Crayotic Rockwell

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You've probably heard of it. It's licenced in the states. There's an anime, and a manga before and post that. People love Beck. It's one of those titles that lends you some street cred, proving that you're a man of culture who can appreciate more than explosions, fighting tournaments, and accidental boob touching. So needing all the credibility I can get, a couple of weekends ago I devoted myself to reading a deluge of Harold Sakuishi's rock band manga. And I wish I could say something witty like "Beck rocks!" but this is less a case of rocking and more a case of rolling (over and going to sleep).

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Koyuki is pretty cool when he's not acting like a mark.

Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible. I did manage to go through a whole 24 tankubons after all. There is some pretty good—perhaps even brilliant—material in it, but when looking back afterwards I just kind of scratch my head and think "that's it?" Like eating Subway for dinner. This is largely in part to the band's one step forward two steps back nature, and Sakuishi-san framing the story in a serious, real life manner. Which generally translates as underwhelming and repetitive (hey, I don't mind seeing guys slave away in a crap job once or twice, but after that I've got the point okay? Oh, and that fucking dream sequence—way to work the copy/paste button, guy).

The other problem is that it can't stick to a format. While it ambles along in slice of life mode for a lot of time, when it becomes neccessary to throw in some excitement, woosh! in swoop the moustache twirling BAD MEN (emphasis added just to show how evil they are) that have as much depth as your typical shounen villian. They certainly do add drama, but they feel out of place and manage to highlight the dull parts of Beck even moreso.

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Zach De La Rocha Chiba-san takes part of one of Beck's bigger moments

And even with these antagonist foils, there's very little payoff whilst reading this manga. Not only does it feel like the band has accomplished very little (which is weird coz they actually have, but many *important* moments come off as not much more than footnotes), even worse it feels as though what they have accomplished can all be attributed to dumb luck or outside help. I'm not saying that I need Koyuki to develop a new guitar technique every concert to win over the crowd, or some kind of obstacle defeated each volume... but after twenty-four volumes?

Well, I certainly expect to have a greater sense of satisfaction than I do now. Off the top of my head, I can think of maybe 4 or 5 moments that stand out in the course of everything I read. Everything else is just a blur of them sucking on stage and raving like fangirls over Dying Breed (seriously, that part is just plain embarressing).

Sure, I could now give you a run down on I did like about it, but why spend more time typing text when there's plenty of other reviews out there gushing over it. Hit them up if you want to prove what a neanderthal I am.

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Now, I will say that churning through the series in such a condensed time may have affected my views on it somewhat. I can't say say for certain how it would have played out if I was to read a chapter or even a volume with a weeks downtime in between. I suspect it wouldn't have been quite so repetitive, but at the same time I also suspect that I wouldn't have bothered riding it out for the full 24 volumes either. Because while Beck is still continuing now, I know that I'm not interesed in following it.

"Sometimes once you stop, it can be a real effort to convince yourself to get back on."

(That's an analogy for all the pro-am unicycle riders reading the blog)

Monday, June 26, 2006

As old shows die, a new season begins (god no!)

ASX Index for June 26th

A Word From Some Jabroni
I was able to clear several series from my regular viewing roster this week, and I am so estatic about that I can't describe the feeling in human terms.

Not only do I have a ever increasingly pathetic ADSL data cap and the looming Summer season that will stretch it to laughable proportions to worry about, over in America (y'know, that place without Pocky) midseason television has begun, which means somehow slotting Deadwood, Hells Kitchen, and a couple of pilots into my crammed schedule. Which in this case meant temporarily saying "Bleach, bai bai!" Others near the lower ranks may also find themselves getting nixed in the future weeks too, depending how things play out.

Hey, Al Sweargen > Anything else that breaths.

You'll see that a couple of new Summer series have been added to the ASX index. No doubt I'll wind up checking out a large chunk of the new material anyway, but a lot of that is depends on how hard the blogging community ends up shilling them. Only the shows that are guaranteed an initial lock on my roster—no questions asked will make it onto the ASX ahead of release stage.

As a last note, I just want to mention something about Gun X Sword and it's performance this week. You see, it was actually a pretty good episode, and the series has been getting increasingly better, but at the same time this isn't getting reflected in it's stock price. Reason why this is is because as time goes by, the more apparent it becomes that GSX really is just kinda crap.

Sometimes our analysts make these kinds of mistakes. But hey, that's the nature of the stock market after all.

Crayotic Rockwell

The Week In Recap


Air Gear wowed everyone on the floor as they rivaled Kyoto Animation in terms of insane animation output and sheer—

Ah, who are we kidding. Toei saved an assload of money all over the place, most noticeably with extended flashbacks and lengthy title cards. But from within those dank corners of cheap came Agito/Akito, ready to bitchslap those who oppose with the tassels of doom. Her/his intergration to the (alleged) plot piqued traders interest as AIRG rounded out in the green.

We're not big on shit jokes here at the ASX (that's right Ice Age, take your business elsewhere) but there was definitely something funny about Ikki sporting such a serious expression while taking a dump.

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With a 3/4 rise it looks like AIRG's offer price was just about right.


Not only did The Lagoon Company come through with an all out assault on Robert Rodreiguz' works (even including the uzi and rocket launcher in the suitcase) they actually managed to outdo the most likely illegal immigrant filmmaker; after all, Antonio Banderas' shotgun couldn't blow peoples clothes off. And sensing that they were in the zone and had consumers eating out of their trigger scorched hands, they immediately followed up with flying cars and Roberta Patrick going after James Cameron next (and I called it way before Rock did, bitches).

Stockbrokers eagerly anticipate next week to see what movie gets ripped off next. Early indications point towards Mad Dog and the Ruski recreating the epic drag race from Grease.

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There was no way BLAGN stock was staying down after such a positive trading week.


The timely announcement of Ninjas and Soi Fong gave a quick injection to BLCH's stock which had been continually sliding as of late. Bleach Inc. managed to use this opportunity to shape this week's product in a manner so that it didn't manage to rock anyones socks to high heaven, but at the same time kept from boring anyones pants in the opposite direction.

Despite an increase, Bleach Inc. made public that it will not be continuing the adventures of Renji and blue balls, as they feel the marketplace is just too crowded for them to make a dent in at this time. ASX expects them to return when they have full backing of the manga again.

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Ishida left to get captured again, but next week noone will be left to care.


The moment everyone had been waiting for finally arrived as Ergo Proxy not only paired it's two protagonists together, but also moved them out of the murky grey wastelands and into the... damp green wastelands. Vincent Law hulked up with the threat of a rival proxy moving in on his sweet piece of gothic ass, but it was Real Mayar playing everyone cold as ice that really bumped EPROX up from the previous week.

LOL at Real schooling Iggy.

Analysts mentioned how funny it was that Real was considering shooting him just to test out if the anti-proxy bullets work. It's good to see that witch hunt logic still exists in the future.

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Real was taken by surprise with EPROX's 1 1/4 point jump.


FSNT stock called it a night for the very last time on a chilly Friday evening. Unfortunately the only thing on the rise was it's orchestral score as the series rounded out. Traders may have found themselves a little choked up with Saber's resolution (a series based on her androgynous knights of the round may have been a better project), but they were crying buckets over the money they lost on this company.

Before the start of the season FSNT was hyped to be the next breakout stock, but it's initial offerings failed to shake the world and only served up a middling product and annoying male lead. Despite this, the company's share price appeared to make a break for it just before the end of the Q2 as the exposistion was shook off and it started to deliver some of the services that consumers were calling for.

After a short burst it began to stagnate about the 40 point mark, even though some analysts suspected that even this was a case of over-pricing. Their concerns looked to be right on the money, and the general concensus as it delisted seemeds to be that after it's mid-season reboot, Fate/Stay Night always seemed to be constantly on the verge of a kick ass episode, just waiting to boost it into the 45 mark of gold stock status, but each and every time it somehow failed to deliver on it's end of the bargain.

As the final trading day saw it come up short once again, FSNT spiraled into the low 30s and was put to bed for the last time.

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Investors expected a lot from FSNT but got punched in the gut instead.


The Claw Man held a press briefing today, to clearly detail his plans for world globalization. One brainwashed cultist from the island compound had this to say:

"I think having a New World Order is gooood. The illuminati knew what they were doing all the while back after all. Go one-world government!

A slightly less enthused reporter on site gave a different view:

"Anyone remember that scene from Boogie Nights where Buck is trying to reinvent his image and is dressed in a white gown at Jack Horner's New Years Eve party? Don Cheadle. Claw Man looks exactly like motherfucking Don Cheadle in this!

Outside of that, analysts came to the realization that Vann is probably going to get his ass handed to him. It took a while to notice, but beyond all the bluster and toughguy routine, he actually has no real street cred when it comes to fighting. They agreed that this does not bode well for the stocks future.

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After the company made such a huge effort, few were happy about GSX's 1/4 loss.


After a slight drop, HIGU managed to bounce back on Monday, like a baseball bat coming off someone's skull. Problems plaguing the company from last week still remain (all Higurashi needs is a black smoke monster roaming the village to be complete), but noone could say that The Corruption of Keiichi Suzumiya wasn't a compelling piece of TV (or torrent, if you will), regardless of everything behind it.

And what's with all the bicycles in Takano's car? Don't tell me that she's a killerloli killermilf too!

After much research, the only thing certain at this point is that Keiichi is a really bad liar. He gets busted every time, and it usually coincides with someone taking the big sleep shortly near after.

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If stocks drop, Keiichi will deliver the swift bat of justice to you!


The industry's local gender bender did nothing for the the first half of the week, and it was only in the second half that business began to pick up. Unfortunately the major announcement came off the heels of Tomari mistakingly seeing what looked like Yasuna and Hazumu making out, which will forever taint the legitimacy of the angle.

Stock problem: Kashimashi using the most flimsy dramatical device known to man: the patented "Oh I thought you were doing something dodgy when it was actually wasn't" technique.

Stock solution: Yasuna or Tomari snapping with jealousy and strangling the other to death in their own bed. End series with one stuffed in trunk of Takano-san's car.

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Stockbrokers felt very lonely after KASHI dropped a full point on Thursday.


Hitting the end of Saturday's trading, Haruhi Suzumiya willed two schoolgirls with injuries and made the most gratuitous bid possible to sell more CD singles. Contrary to logic, stocks didn't only stay afloat, they began to rise, keeping HRHI close in the race for top spot on the exchange.

At first, investors felt something inherently wrong with a tune being carried from the mouth of Haruhi S. but that couldn't stop them getting in the mood as she began rocking out, hard (it is true that KyoAni would have animated a mosh pit and crowd surfing if the budget permitted).

Haruhi Suzumiya is fast approaching the end of it's financial quarter, and analysts feel as though it has already delivered two of what could be considered season "finishers." One can only muse as to how KyoAni truly plan to close out in two weeks time.

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The vastly under-appreciated Tsuruya was a big part of HRHI's increase this week.


NHK ni Youkoso! (or Welcome To The NHK depending how fansubbers roll with it) is one of the top three awaited companys for the Summer season (Tsuyokiss and Honey & Clover 2 being the others, according to numerous polling data). This company is being built from a fairly notorious black comedy manga about the life of a paranoid hikikomori who believes there is a conspiracy against him. This could be a financial success or be bankrupt within weeks and is only suggested for traders with a strong stomach.

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GONZO is acting as silent partner to the nervously anticipated NHK ni Youkoso.


While jumping through windows is always top of the line, high brow comedy, OURAN failed to connect with investors this Wednesday, due to Haruhi going MIA for the majority of the week.

The Host Club say that they are not worried about this slight misstep, and feel that their financial backers have no cause for concern given their past history on delivering the goods.

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OURAN prayed to a number of Gods but couldn't stave off a 1/2 point slip.


The recent departure of Suigintou from board of directors started to take it's toll, with it's effects hitting Shinku the hardest; sitting in dark rooms, and brooding all emo, instead of attending company meetings was one of the complaints leveled. Suigintou's replacement tried to provide the same kind of work ethic in an attempt to restore order, but sources say that Shinku found the pirate get-up too embarressing to deal with.

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What happened to RZNT's gains this week? Hinaichigo stuffed them in her fat little cheeks.


While their weekly output was pretty solid, THIRD stock was caught in an unfortunate case of being largely overpriced from the time it hit the market. What was originally billed as an action packed futuristic dessert punk thingamajig has morphed into a slow-burn sand dorama. While far from boring, it's not what investors were sold on the advertising.

A Harvard research paper also came out on Tuesday proving that the narration in The Third = (irritating x sux)². Some muse as to whether the early negative remarks from critics towards it's awkward exposition is a reason for the overuse of narration now.

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There was little consolation for those who had THIRD in their portfolio, as it took the second biggest hit of the week with a 5 point freefall.


The other big title for next season that's not about a blonde loli with a huge blank stare on her face is Tsuyokiss, a company dedicated to filling the harem love quota. But where other harem series usually are too big of pussys only include one tsundere character, Tsuyokiss are allegedly going balls to wall with nothing but tsundere! Masochistic otakus will not want to miss out on this security.

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Billed as "Cool x Sweet," it's board of directors hopes it will translate to "Cash x Money."


While the finale of Yakitate!! had enough gravitas to fill a Boston cream donut and certainly got people smiling, it was also one of the best examples of how not to schedule your anime series correctly, with a rushed pace in the end that would have made an MTV music video feel like a Lars von Trier movie about grass being mowed.

Regardless of the crammed run-time, many familiar faces returned for the send-off, including Pierrot for some special guest judging (but were we the only people hoping the legendary hero would be Kid though?).

After all is said and done with Yakitate's last business day, we have to reflect back on it as a whole, and it's undeniable that Pantasia and pals had a good run. However, somewhere coinciding with the end of the Monaco cup they slipped into a boring routine and just plain stopped trying to innovate the bread entertainment industry anymore. And as a result, the reports for their last financial year reflect this lackluster approach.

Yakitate!! Japan was finally done baking this Monday, but this is a case where it may have been left in the oven too long.

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The inevitable answer to Kirisaki's question was "Yes."

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Editorial: I swear I'm getting stupider

I like to consider myself of average intelligence. I'm not one of those people saying "how come he's not getting arrested" at the end of American Psycho; I can make with the laughs when watching british comedy; I think big words are kewl. But at the same time, I could never be mistaken for a guy in a wheelchair on television, that's for sure (seriously, there's a major ratio unbalance of dumb:genius cripples on TV, ever noticed that?).

And so sometimes things go over my head, or it takes me a little long to click to something. With anime, I can say for certain that Boogiepop Phantom confused me (thank god for the audio commentaries). GITS; I'm still not sure if I understand the concept of a stand-alone complex entirely. Ergo Proxy has me scratching my head a little, but it is only halfway complete so I got time to ponder.

But then I'm watching some DVDs I haven't previously seen fansubbed the other day, and as the series rounds out I found myself going "huh?"

The series in question: Elfen Lied.

Are you fucking kidding me? Even I'm disgusted. This isn't exactly Evangelion, or even Mai Otome in terms of complexity—I'm getting side swiped by freakin ELFEN LIED?? I thought it was clear that Nyuu got killed? Then who's at the door? What's that lab director guy mean by "this is only the beginning...."?

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A pictorial recreation of what happened that day.

Is it possible that I'm just watching so much stuff nowdays that I'm overloaded and not letting the information sink in? Perhaps my brain is beginning to just shut down at the meager age of 26 after a daily diet of mi gorang noodles for breakfast 2 years straight.

Has Negima got room room for a sixth baka ranger?

Note: contrary to rant, I actually really enjoyed Elfen Lied I don't really see why it gets such a bad rap. It didn't matter how cute you were; no one was safe from getting their limbs torn off and abused. No other series has managed to keep me out of the comfort-zone like that.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Bishis sneak out Pirates for most productive week

ASX Index for June 19th

A Word From Some Jabroni
It really hasn't been a big week for happenings. No giant stock leaps, barely anything of interest on ANN to gank for my little ticker up above (I don't even like Black Cat!). Nope, ain't nothing goin' on but the rent.

Ouran High School Host Club and Black Lagoon were the biggest earners this time around (both slowly encroaching on the #1 and #2 spots held by Haruhi (of the Suzumiya kind) and Higurashi (of the providing no answers kind)), with the later giving us one hell of an introduction and episode tease, and the former delivering some comedy of the year.

I gotta admit; I was pretty surprised by just how nonchalently they sold Haruhi's father to me on Ouran, but I kinda dig it... and I guess it makes sense if homosexuality and that isn't as big a deal in Japan as it is here (which I'm taking from wiki's Homosexuality In Japan page... Yes, I had to look up okama—a translation note probably wouldn't have gone awry LunarAnime).

Oh, and the bananas. Always the bananas.

Anyway, since it's a slow week we may as well wrap up short and get into it, lest I start telling you all about how I accidentally ripped my toenail out a few hours ago (I'm tuff tho, don't worry).

Crayotic Rockwell

The Week In Recap


AIRG is the latest and greatest stock for those who like to imagine rollerblading is cool beyond 1992 (it isn't), or that an anime spit-shine can somehow make it so (it can't). Using the combination of fanservice, meganekko (Ringo > Simca), and the main character constantly falling off things, Air Gear provides a fastfood meal that, while not substantial, is easily digestable for those on the run.

And unlike Tenjou Tenge, it won't induce a burning anus afterwards.

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A low offer price means all the more importance that Air Gear keeps a grip on matters.


In a bid to get more international exposure, The Lagoon Company blatently pandered to certain webmaster's obssesive fetish by introducing a killer meido to the show, and doing a little nod to Antonio Banderas' career highpoint at the same time.

While we at the ASX are all for girls with bifocals, aforementioned meido does look a bit too similar to Kevin from Sin City to hit the sweet spot in our pants.

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BLAGN was up 2 1/2 points but Roberta stealing the limelight did not bode well for Rebby.


As far as existentialist pieces go, Ergo Proxy's team proved that that they were up to the task to get artfag with it with lots of recycled-but-only-sorta animation. The reunion of Mayer and Law left many with high spirits that, as JR would say, "business, is about to pick up!"

It wasn't all roses however, because on Wednesday evening an article in Forbes Magazine came out, stating:
"... while [Ergo Proxy] can display some of the nicest visuals of the season (albeit somewhat hampered by a constant murky brown skyline now), it also tends to flip into some very questionable renderings of character facial details at mid-distance."
EPROX's rising share price was taken down a few notches after this announcement.

Kudos to Shinsen-subs whose liner notes taught us more useless knowledge than we'd learnt in the entire year passed.

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Vincent Law wrestled with himself this week, much like EPROX's floor price.


The marketing department of Fate/Stay Night pulled a sly one this week when they released a product that seemed as though a lot happened in it when really it was just a bunch of filibuster intercut with pretty sword sparks.

On Wednesday, the writers employed by FSN decided that Saber can use Excalibur after all. Even though Caster may have passed on, her wackness still lives as it appears that she couldn't even implement a plot device correctly.

And did Kirei really have to kill Shirou's dad? Our analysts believe that it's pointless to be upping the stakes with such left-field reveals this late in the financial quarter.

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Tohsaka fought to stay awake watching the latest week of Fate/Stay Night.


Vann and Ray made their comeback to the crawling franchise last Thursday to invigorate it with lotsa mech action, which worked somewhat. "Lotsa mech action" largely translated to "fumbling around" and "making pained expressions" which didn't exactly blow investors pants off, but some people got hot energy cannons to the face which is always rated highly in today's climate given the war on whiny brats.

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GSX slowly rose by 1/4 despite how much yelling was made by stock brokers.


In a bubble, Higurashi put out a suitably engrossing and creepy week of product for new traders looking to jump on the wagon. But for long time investors, this couldn't stop the feeling of helplessness as they sat, waiting for any kind of answers that would link the chapters together—even a hint would be okay, c'mon cut a brotherman a break!

HIGU underwent a full point drop as Satoko-chan went into chibi-sensei mode.

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Decline of HIGU stock price caused some adverse reactions on the trading floor.


Kashimashi finally made it's return on the ASX sporting damn mkv files, after months of waiting for fansubs that wouldn't come. They made their return with a not exactly ground-breaking move in delivering a matsuri/yukata episode, but made up with for it with subtext of the nudge-nudge variety.

There are factions out there who believe that Tomari and Yasuna are closer with each other than Hazumu anyway, and should hook up. That's one way to wrap up the series.

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Kashimashi's delayed return to the exchange was surprising to many, after weeks of waiting.


A temporary relocation to the snowy Alps saw Magical Pokan pull out more fanservice than stock holders could shake their sticks at. While they stuck to formula pretty closely this week, POKAN experienced a minor drop; perhaps an indication that fluff can only be sold to consumers for so long. There are also some say that Magical Pokan played the hermaphrodite card too early, and should really have saved it for the climax.

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While not sinking as deep as Ai, POKAN found itself freezed out this week.


Seeing a winning strategy last week, the fan-frustrating company entrusted all it's resources to Nagato Yuki hoping she'd cause me to squeal like a girl. They were bang on the money as the "indespensible silent member" of the SOS Brigade h4x0r3d her way into our hearts.

Special mention goes out to the computer society who not only connected some plot points, but got down Lil Jon style (it seemed funny at the time).

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Mikuru and her fleet of pink neko aliens saw HRHI through a 3/4 rise.


There was a mixed reaction to Mushishi's refined approach as seen in their new promotional artwork (Fig.A). While the ladies appeared to regard it quite highly, the male demograph were strongly against it, scared that Ginko will make away with their women.

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Fig.A, Mushishi's new poster artwork.


Perhaps in part thanks to space mushrooms migrating from early Pani Poni Dash! that OURAN stock picked up this Tuesday to most people's joy. In spite of a product that caters to the richest fat cats out there, ironically the Ouran High School Host Club is never better than when it is dabbling in the matters of impoverished commoners.

The announcement of Haruhi's father being an okama was certainly a shock... but we're not saying in like a bad way, coz you know, it's totally cool and stuff—I mean, it's not our thing, but no problems if it's yours—some of our best friends watch Will & Grace even!

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The presence of the Host Club in Haruhi's neighbourhood caused property values to jump as well as OURAN shares.


A new financial year saw Rozen Maiden giving us another great serial killer carnivale'esque OP theme song and taking on the suffix "Traümend," which literally translates to "flying suitcase for make destruction."

While no major innovations were made, they displayed a bit of everything that made them such a success last year: flowery hamburgers, tsundere, Detective Kun-kun, the lazy eyed alligator of justice, and Jun getting smacked about a bunch.

Many were concerned over the departure of Suigintou from the company and what this would mean. On Monday they managed to breath a little easier as a replacement Maiden was brought in to fill her seat on the board of directors. Details for the new member are due to be released next week.

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There was plenty of cackling made when Suiseiseki found out she had employment for another season.


Wednesday, 12:15 AM PST, an article was written that shook the world to it's very core*. xxxHOLiC saw this and appropriately responded by releasing the Spooky Monkey Paw of Death®.

Everyone knows that there are two kinds of monkeys: the good chimp that solves crime around the world, and the bad chimp that is only interested in causing monkey business. This one was definately of the later as it ran wild on some moron who was making what had to be the most pathetic wishes in the history of mankind.

While this week saw stock on the rise, analysts don't predict it to hold for long.

* Not really

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Many were happy with XHOLC's 1 1/2 performance, but more were impressed with Yuuko's hair styalist.


Something felt off this week, and it wasn't just that they broke into JR Tolkein's home and stole all his electricals. While it's a given that Yakitate is wanting some blockbuster reactions to cap off the series, there was definately something questionable about getting this kind of full-length fantasy episode when we're only one week away from them closing up shop for good.

Some have been saying that Pantasia's win was a fix and Kuryonagi has been compromised. I mean come on, "hands that love the ingrediants" is the reason why they won this—you fuckin' kidding me?

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Yakitate submitted to mediocrity and a fall of 1 point.