Isshuukan Friends: Episodes 4 – 8


 Fighting with Friends: Episode 4

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Isshuukan Friends translates to One Week Friends in English, which is a fitting title for Kaori Fujimiya’s circumstances. Fujimiya-san suffers from amnesia regarding any events related to any and all friendships. In order to save herself from the pain of not knowing her friends the next day she isolates herself from her classmates and avoids small talk when possible, which makes her appear cold and self-righteous. Her memory overwrites the times she spend with her friends, causing her to forget everything on Mondays. Despite her condition, Hase-kun seeks the chance to get to know her better and potentially become friends. In the first few episodes he proposes the idea that she keeps a diary to remember her memories with him. Everyday he greets her by asking if they can be friends and she reads her diary to regain her memories of the previous day. In Episode 4 Fighting with Friends Fujimiya-san gets into a fight with Hase-kun on Friday because she continuously mentions how amazing Kiryu-kun is at lunch. Jealousy sets in and Hase-kun snaps… not in the traditional way that involves yelling and intense screentones, but in a “beat around the bush/shy, but passionate” kind of way.

Traditional SNAP

Hase-Kun SNAP…. Notice the difference (″・ิ_・ิ)??

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Fujimiya-san takes it like a champ in my opinion. She stands up declares she’s had enough of his obsessive demeanor and storms out with a sassy hair flip!! Hehehe just kidding…. he says that he’d rather talk about themselves again, and he prefers if she doesn’t speak about Kiryu all the time. (He’s a little on the coo-coo side if you ask me… you know the “I ONLY WANT YOU TO MYSELF! YOU’RE MINE! MINE! ALL MINE! DON’T TALK TO ANYONE ELSE OKEYYY BECAUSE YOU’RE MINEEEE!!!!” type, except I feel like he would forcefully whisper it with his quiet little voice.) Anyway back to my what actually happened, Fujimiya-san calls him a jerk and then storms out saying says, “You don’t understand why I’m talking about Kiryu! You don’t understand anything! Don’t follow me!”

 She proceeds to loose her journal when a cute boy on a bike accidentally bumps into her and on Monday she doesn’t recall ever talking to Hase-kun or writing in a journal. In other words she almost had to start over from the beginning, but she remembered Kiryu-kun because they technically aren’t friends, and he convinces her to talk to Hase-kun. They fix things and he goes on a hunt in the grass where the hot biker boy knocked her journal out of her bag. They get all emotional with each other and he finds it then she goes home until the next day in episode 5 when EVERYTHING CHANGES … for the better!

New Friends: Episode 5

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FUJIMIYA-SAN GETS A NEW FRIEND!!!!! AHHHH its great ( ❝̆ ·̫̮ ❝̆ )✧!  Yamagishi Saki, Fujimiya-san’s petite forgetful classmate, follows her onto the roof and introduces herself. She announces that she wants to be friends and Fujimiya is thrilled. Immediately they begin calling each other by their first names, Saki-chan & Kaori-chan. According to Hase-kun, Saki-chan’s a little pushy about saying hi to her in class and greeting her with hugs in the morning. (He’s probs just jelly that their friendship is flourishing faster than his did (✧≖‿ゝ≖). ) Before she forgets again, Kaori explains to Saki-chan her predicament. It’s difficult for Saki to understand at first, but she still manages to tell Kaori-chan that she should enjoy life and stop worrying so much about forgetting things, because everybody forgets things sometimes.

Later that day the two friends go on a shopping spree and hang out together at the mall. Hase-kun finds out and drags Kiryu-kun along for a few hours of stalking. After peeping around corners and hiding behind vending machines he realizes that she’s safe and having lots of fun. When its time to go home Yamagishi-chan screams, “See ya later!” and Fujimiya-san does the same. In this episode she really begins to change and become more open to the idea of friendship and confiding in others.

Just a little comparison:

(Top to Bottom: Saki-chan,  Kumin Senpai)

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Saki-chan reminds me a lot of Kumin Senpai from Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai. I don’t know if it’s just me, but they definitely have the same type of personality. They’re both somewhat ditsy and forgetful. Senpai loves to sleep like anyone else, but to me they both give off the same “I’m just in this world to be me, sleep, and have fun with my friends!” vibe. Either way they are both adorable and super kawaii! (Comment if you agree or disagree. I’d love to hear from you!)

Mother of Friends: Episode 6

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Not much happened in this episode but Hase-kun begs Kaori-chan, the great mathematician, to tutor him. He asks nervously with his head bowed as they stand in their usual spot on the rooftop. She giggles & blushes then says, “Okay, we can go to my place!” As shy as he is Hase-kun immediately turns to Kiryu and asks if he will accompany them. Oddly enough at the same time Saki-chan comes busting through the door and falls at Fujimiya-san’s feet asking to be tutored and so Kaori-chan finally gets to experience what its like having friends over.

Saki-chan makes herself right at home and jumps right onto Kaori’s bed for a nice nap. Oka-san makes snacks and introduces herself to her daughters’ friends. She slips a note to Hase-kun on his way out the door asking if he will meet her in the park the next day to discuss things. When they meet we learn that Fujimiya-san was in accident when she was six. She got hit by a car and was taken to the hospital where she was unconscious & slept for several days. The doctors said there was nothing wrong with her brain, but for some reason she couldn’t remember her friends. Her mom proposes the idea that she may have what we call “selective amnesia”, meaning that she purposely blocks out events with her friends for fear of being hurt. * Alright! On to the next episode!! ٩꒰ ˘ ³˘꒱۶~♡ *

Friends of ‘Ah’ Friends of ‘Whew’ & The Beach with Friends: Episodes 7 & 8

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In episodes 7 & 8 Hase-kun steps up his game in the relationship department–a little bit! He asks Fujimiya-san to help him study for finals… alone… and so their friendship begins turning into the long heart-fluttering journey we call love. They meet in Inoue Sensei’s classroom to study math… and lets just say they don’t get much studying done. Literally, they don’t study, but nothing else happens either, you know? Not even the oldest trick in the book when the girl drops her pencil and the boy picks it up only to see her staring at him all googly eyed falling in love or when she trips and falls on top of him on all fours. I’m not asking for ecchi or anything that intense but come on. You’d think there’d be some fan service right about now, but no… just two buddy ol’ pals sittin’ in a room blushing for hours. Despite the lack of lovey dovey situational service Hase-kun does begin confessing how cute, reliable, and smart she is. He starts to take back the comment about her being cute because he’s nervous, but she simply says that she doesn’t believe it.  Then he shouts, “It’s true!” (I told you he’s getting more passionate!! This time he added a forceful shout instead of his usual passionate/nervous whisper that I mentioned earlier. (´ε` )♡)

Next in episode 8 Kaori-chan exclaims that she would love to go to the beach! Hase-kun jumps at the thought of going to the beach with her and he pushes the envelope a bit by mentioning that he’d love to go the beach alone with her!!!! Unlike most teenage girls who dream of taking a trip with the boy they love Fujimiya-san proceeds to say, “I’m too embarrassed to go with you on my own, so maybe another time…” ……….. I’m sorry. WHAT?!?!?! How could she pass on the perfect opportunity to go to the BEACH WITH THE BOY SHE OBVIOUSLY LIKES?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? I’m physically shedding tears…they are so naive and pure.

Even Kiryu-kun agrees.

(Left to Right: Hase-kun, Kiryu-kun)

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But here’s the real shocker ٩◔̯◔۶. When they were sitting alone looking at the ocean at night she said:

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“I LIKE FIREWORKS????!!!!!” THAT’S WHAT YOU CAME UP WITH? I LIKE F.I.R.E.W.O.R.K.S! (ಥ﹏ಥ) I literally screamed when she said that.

Ah, this moment is too emotional. I can’t bring myself to watch episode 9 right now. ༼ ༎ຶ ෴ ༎ຶ༽ I’ll come back to blog that post later. Until then, see ya later.

Nisekoi Stopped my Heart (Part 2): Kokuhaku and Rivalry


EPISODE SPOILERS! BEWARE!

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EPISODES 6: Kokuhaku

やれやれ, やれやれ!!! Onodera’s kokuhaku was like a dagger in my heart! She finally built up her confidence to confess her true feelings to Ichijo and a stupid baseball came flying through the window! A baseball… Why at a time like that when the poor girl was about to say the five most difficult words to say to your crush? If the ball came flying in just a moment later she could’ve gushed out all her feelings and saying, “I’m in love with you!” I can sympathize with her because its hard enough talking to a guy you have a huge crush on when you’re a nervous wreck and your heart is pounding so loudly you can barely think, but getting interrupted when you finally have the guts to confess to him really kills me.

As Onodera’s best friend, Ruri Miyamoto, decided to play the “Oh look at the time… I have that thing… that um thing I have to do! Gotta go!” card as soon as Ichijo walked into the room. Onodera was having a nervous breakdown! Her face turned beet red. Being the person that he is, Ichijo thought she was getting a fever and he immediately put his hand on her forehead to check her temperature. He frantically started compiling a list of ways he could help. Its the little things he does that makes Onodera’s heart skip a beat.

Quick, I have an idea! Let’s all touch out foreheads!

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EPISODES 7-9: Rivalry

With episode 7 we definitely needed to expect the unexpected! Some things are fairly predicable, and even if you can’t predict exactly what’s going to happen you at least get the gist of the upcoming events that are about to occur. However, I never would’ve predicted that Tsugumi Seishirou was a girl. They did a great job of disguising her as a male and using foreshadowing to convince the viewers that she was actually a guy. Once her true identity was revealed I was surprised (yet again) with Tsugumi’s obsession to protect “Young Miss” or more commonly known as, Kirisaki-san. She seems to have a great deal of interest in Kirisaki. Judging by some of the scenes in this episode I would almost say that she has a little crush on Young Miss. Despite a few of the suggestive scenes, we see her true feelings were unravel by the end of episode 9. Tsugumi is without a doubt in love with none other than Raku Ichijo.

Tsugumi Seishirou… Another girl in the race to win Ichijo’s heart

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Ah decisions decisions. Whoever will I ship now?! Should I let fate decide and ship the lovers, Onodera and Ichijo, who were brought together by a promise a golden key and a lock? …Or should I ship the aggressive “fake” couple, who happens to have the ultimate love-hate relationship. Of course, we can’t forget about the new rival, Tsugumi-san… the girl who holds a gun to her crush’s head and five-stars him on the cheek for asking a question or flirtatiously insulting Kirisaki-san.

Let the Rivalry Begin!!

Order: Onodera x Ichijo, Kirisaki x Ichijo, Tsugumi x Ichijo

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7:00am Animation Work Flow



Lil Animation (⁀ᗢ⁀)

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I wasn’t able to sleep at all last night– currently its 7:00am–, so to pass the time I decided to animate. That little gif you see up there is mine, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say that you already knew that since its in the “Le Sketchbook” category. Granted its not perfect in the slightest since, but hey its a start. (Haha, sorry for my awkward handwriting… ꒰ू ऀ•̥́ꈊ͒ੁ•ૅू॰˳ऀ꒱ ͟͟͞ ̊ ̥ ̥ ) For this one I used Photoshop CS5, but I’ve also been working in Autodesk Maya. A few months back when I had time to use Autodesk I began creating a solar system. It was fairly interesting until I ran into this dreadful problem that I still haven’t been able to fix. I was trying to make the moon revolve around the Earth as it rotates on its axis (or something to that degree), but I’ll try something different today if I have enough energy left after 8:00am. I honestly don’t know what I’m running on right now. For dinner last night all I had was a little Asian salad, four… no make that five blackberries, and a glass of water. I’ll probably crash in a little bit and sleep til 2:00pm.

Goodnight…    Σ( ̄。 ̄ノ)

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PS: If I am alive by 5:00pm I’ll post part 2 of “Nisekoi Stopped my Heart”! ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ

Nisekoi Stopped my Heart


Nisekoi. NisEkOi…. NISEKOIIIIIIII!!!! My heart just died. I am watching episode two of Nisekoi and I’m already screaming at my laptop as I shove popcorn in my face… literally.

My face exactly…

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I love the dynamics between the main character, Raku Ichijo, and the new transfer student Chitoge Kirisaki. Kirisaki-San is half Japanese, half American. At first glance she seems to be the tall hot  blonde that everyone adores, but we learned in the first episode that she’s quite the opposite.  In episode one she’s racing the clock in an effort to get to school on time and she does a flying somersault into the air as she jumps over the 7ft tall fence. All the while, she’s eating breakfast!

#SKILLS

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In a flash she hops the fence and knees Ichijo in the face. Poor boy, he just wants to lead a normal life, but that’s nearly impossible seeing as tho he is the son of a Yakuza family. The gang living in Ichijo’s house treat him  like a king; they jump whenever he said how high. While some people would love to have such a lively gang of people waiting on them hand and foot, he only tolerates it because he has to. Ichijo’s father, the Yazuka Boss, meets an old friend who coincidentally happens to be the head of another gang and Kirisaki’s father. In an effort to terminate the gang war and end the violence the two forced Ichijo and Kirisaki to date. And so we have the classic couple that isn’t technically a “couple”, but acts like one on the surface to please others… but in actuality they are constantly arguing and getting in trivial fights over all the little things that normal couples would enjoy. Their fights then lead them to realize that they actually do have more in common, and I assume that one of them will drop their guard and fall in love. It will most likely be Kirisaki-san. When the two “lovers” went on their first fake date to fool the gang members of their respective families they went to the park. Kirisaki went to the bathroom and while she was gone Ichijo ran into little miss Onodera. She’s the one he dreams about taking on a date, and when they bumped into each other his  heart skipped a beat. Ten years ago he was given a locket and the girl who gave it to him kept the key. On that day they made a promise to that one day they would be reunited and get married, little does he know that the girl he’s been crushing on is the same girl from ten years ago. However, he has a hunch that Onodera’s the one, but having Kirisaki in the picture complicates things. When he opened his mouth to ask if she had the key to his lock Kirisaki came flying in saying, “Darling, I’m back!”

After an awkward session of explaining to Onodera that they weren’t actually dating, Ichijo pulls out the locket. “This… this locket. I was wondering if you’d ever seen it somewhere before you saw it yesterday?”, he asks. My heart was thumping rapidly in my chest as I waited for her response, and you know what she said? SHE SAID, “No. Never. Not once.” She said it with a smile on her face as her hair blew in the wind. AHHHH, I wanted to jump through the screen and slap her. How could she lie to the boy she loves?! The one who she made a promise with?! …. The one who has the lock that fits her key perfectly.

Onodera! How could you?!

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To be continued….