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.

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The Good Feels and The Bad: Anime Review


By now many of you have probably scrolled through countless lists of new anime for this season & last season and checked out a few of them. This post is dedicated to a few of those that kept me hanging on to the edge of my seat while screaming at my handy dandy Mac computer, and those that made me want to roll off the bed and downstairs to find food for better means of entertainment.

*THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS*  ꒰ू ऀ•̥́ꈊ͒ੁ•ૅू॰˳ऀ꒱ ͟͟͞ ̊ ̥ ̥

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(Let’s start with the bad and end on a good note shall we?)

Shows I’ve Dropped aka “The Bad Feels”:

Hamatora

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At first I was the kid who jumps whenever shiny things are given too them, but then I realized that all that glitters isn’t gold. I liked it so much that I even wrote a post about it, but after that as the show went on the color scheme that I loved slowly turned into something I disliked. It became so flamboyant that I wasn’t interested anymore, because I expected it in every single episode. Hamatora is about people with special powers called Minimums. Each Minimum is specific to it’s host, so for example, Nice-Kun can manipulate sound & Ratio-kun’s enables him to view his enemy’s vital & weak points by removing his eye patch. The objective of the main Minimum-holders is to defeat Moral, the man creating Non-Inate Minimum-holders. The Non-Inate are artificially created Minimum-Holders. Moral is a serial killer who collects the brains of the Minimum Holders he kills and stores them for his creations. Overall the anime itself wasn’t that bad, I just got fed up with seeing such vibrant colors all the time.

Squid Girl Season 3??

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Where do I begin? … ( ’◉◞౪◟◉`). I guess I can’t really say I dropped this one since it hasn’t officially come out yet, but I figured I’d throw it in here anyway. I’ve seen forums online where people are asking for a Squid Girl season 3 and I just sit staring at my computer screen wondering why. I first watched the first season of this anime at 1am one day when I couldn’t sleep. I found it on Netflix and watched the first few episodes so I could fall asleep; I don’t know if it was the initial intention to fall asleep or the idea that Squid Girl seeks to “inkvade” man-kind. She first appears at the local restaurant on the beach announcing her plans for revenge. She says, “… This land structure is now the base of operations for my inkvasion of man kind…I’m not going to kill you right now, I’m just going to make you suffer as my dedicated servants.” Ironically enough, no one listens to her and the shop owner immediately puts her to work serving customers. I think if she was developed her revengeful ideas more and didn’t have the body of a six year old I would’ve enjoyed it more, but at the time I didn’t take a very big liking to it.

Shows that Gave Me The Feels:

Nisekoi

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I have to admit I was reeled in with the first few episodes of this anime. Interestingly enough, the plot is super simplistic. Master Raku, also known as Raku Ichijo is a teenage boy belonging to a yakuza family. He seeks to find the girl he made a promise to ten years ago. Although he can barely remember what the girl looks like, he holds on to the locket she gave him and searches for the one who holds the key. At first he thinks its Onodera, the girl he’s been crushing on for as long as he can remember. Little does he know, she’s loved him since junior high! He’s always blushing whenever they see each other and Onodera turns as red as a cherry and goes weak in the knees! … Its actually ridiculous that neither of them figured it out early on. What really gets me though is the fact that both of them think about each other all the time, to the point of fantasizing about going on dates and just spending time together… Onodera even has a year book filled with little pictures of them, but even so neither of them can tell the other how they truly feel for fear of being rejected. I guess that’s kind of the way love happens in real life to some extent, but in romantic anime they always play the naive card for a little to long (in my opinion). I mean if you’re with a guy and you’re both flirting all the time or blushing he probably likes you… that’s kinda just the way it goes.

Raku & Onodera

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Despite his hopes, Onodera isn’t the only one with a key. Chitoge, a Japanese-American transfer student, comes into the picture and they become close fairly quickly. Oddly enough, she also has a key that could potentially fit his lock. Like Ichijo she also belongs to a yakuza family and their father’s are good friends, who promised each other that their children would become boyfriend and girlfriend. When she transfers to his school they pretend to date in an effort to stay out of trouble with their families, and everything falls into place after that. They start hanging out more and eventually Onodera and Chitoge become friends. I was shocked when another girl named Marie came to town announcing that she planned to marry Raku.

At that point I thought to myself, “Who has the freakin’ key?!?!?! Is is Onodera, the love of his life? …or Chitoge the feisty Japanese-American blonde, OR the overly pushy Marie who tries to be the perfect woman for her so called husband???????”

Onodera, Chitoge, Marie

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Nisekoi is FULL of funny moments, overbearing girls, shy girls, conflicting love triangles, and much more. If you love chair gripping, screaming at your TV worthy romantic shows checkout this one!!

Haikyuu

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Its amazing how animators can make a quality anime by simply looking at one sport, and they’ve done it time and time again with Kuroko no Baske, Free: Iwatobi Swim and several others. Haikyuu is a sport based anime that follows the dreams of Hinata, a passionate little ball of energy. In junior high he is only able to play one official game of volleyball because he barely receives enough members to create a team. That’s when he meets, Kageyama, also known as “The King” on the court. When Hinata joins Kurasuno High’s volleyball club he sees none other than The King himself. Completely awestruck, the two of them begin taunting and challenging each other. In order to officially join the club as first years, Captain Daichi demands that the two develop a sense of teamwork and win the first year game. If they lose Kageyama has to forfeit his role as setter and to play another position (。•ˇ‸ˇ•。). Thankfully the two get on the team and establish a bond through their unique toss and spike coordination. They bring out the best in each other and are a force to be reckoned with.

Hinata’s top skills are believing and jumping high. He endured all types of training in an effort to become a spiker and be apart of a volleyball team.

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Kageyama is a insanely accurate setter, but he wasn’t always that way. He used to be an arrogant setter who threw lousy tosses and expected someone to spike them. When his “teammates” left him standing there with no one to spike he realized that he needed to change. It isn’t easy, but with Hinata’s faith and a solid senpai support team he is able to achieve successful tosses to his spiker.

Senpai Support Team

(Suguwara “Sugu”, Samuwara Daichi, Tanaka-senpai)

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This anime is full of intense moments, crazy shocking faces, and cool action shots. You should definitely check it out whether you play volleyball or not; its funny and the characters have lots of emotion. (PS: If you’re looking for hilarious faces and side comments watch Tanaka-senpai in all of his greatness!! Lmao he’s great… (✧◑็அ◑็✧)❤  …wish he was my senpai!!! (ó㉨ò)ノ♡ )

Inari Kon Kon Koi Iroha

If you’re tired of action, sports, yaoi, or yuri and you want a change of pace try watching Inari Kon Kon Koi Iroha. I was tired of catching up on Naruto Shippuden and watching episodes of other flashy anime with intense camera angles, when I found this at 12 o’clock at night. Inari Fushimi is a shy middle school student who attends Kyoto Fujinokusa Middle School and visits the local shrine when she seeks comfort. An unexpected turn of events occurs after she rescues a fox spirit from the Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami, also known as Mistress Uka, god of the Inari shrine. Mistress Uka grants her one wish for her saving the fox spirit (the gods’ familiar). Inari says the first thing that comes to mind and wishes that she could be Sumizome, the girl she saw pass a note to her crush. After a night of being Sumizome she realizes that only her appearance has changed and she’s only caused trouble for the ones she loves.

Inari Fushimi’s First Wish

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Due to the rule that gods can’t grant more than one wish to a human within a short amount of time, Uka-sama can’t grant Inari’s wish to turn back into herself. Instead, she gives her a portion of her godly powers that will enable her to turn back. Unfortunately Inari begins using the power more frequently which begins to drain Uka-sama’s power. The two go to the Celestial Plains (where the gods gather) to fix the problem and seek help. Inari Kon Kon is wonderful light-hearted anime with a dash of humor and genuine love.