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Neverending New Beginnings: April 2009

10 Apr 2009

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Haruka Takahashi

New scenes spotted in the Haruhi "reruns"

I ran the 2006 version and the recent version side-by-side and got alerted when I noticed that the recent one had extended scenes. However, there weren't any previews of the following episodes. I would like to show what I saw when the sponsors were displayed, but I didn't get it.

All images were taken in chronological order in the episode "The Depression of Haruhi Suzumiya I":

These 2 images happened shortly before the below, where Kyon tries to talking to Haruhi.

This 2 images are from scene added between Kyon, Taniguchi, and Kunieda, having lunch and them hanging out at the stairs.

These 3 images happened shortly they were discussing to Kyon on how he managed to talk to Haruhi longer than anyone else.

After Haruhi drags Kyon at the top of the stairs and before Kyon is first dragged into the club room.

After Kyon was dragged to the club room.

Kyon heading there after school, when Mikuru is introduced.

There are also rumors that there are 28 episodes with the possibility of new episode being inserted between the existing ones.

10 April edit:
I have manage to get the screencaps where the sponsors are shown. Just after the opening & ending or preview of next episode, there is this 10 sec space to show the sponsors.

In the 2006 broadcast, there were drawing of cats in each episode by Hirano Aya with the music of the op/ed in the background:

But in the recent 2009 version I saw these for the opening and ending with no background music:

There were no previews of the following episode, but that could be because of the time taken up by the new scenes. Not sure if there's any significance to this.

4 Apr 2009

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Haruka Takahashi

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K-ON! - Episode 1

Note:This is just a trial to see if I could write up anime and may come out late or even not complete writing the whole series due to other commitments. Title of the episode and opening & ending theme are intentionally left not translated.

A photo of Yui graduating from Middle school with her friends on a pin board and various parts of the room were shown as the sound of a ticking clock, followed by the alarm bell ringing. Yui struggles to wake up to turn off the alarm. As soon as she turns it off, her younger sister enters. Yui realises that the time on her mobile phone is 8am and rushes to change and grabs a toast on the way out. Despite her rushing and distractions along the way, Yui realises that the clock at the front of the school building says only 8:04 in the morning

Everyone is now seated excitedly at the hall for the opening ceremony. (I can't help but notice: it seems to be an all-girls school and the hall interior looks like a church) Today is the first day as a High School student.

Yui is now seen walking (like Fuuko of Clannad) with blooming Cherry Blossom trees visible in the background where a mob crowds around her and received an arms full of pamphlets. Later on, when the trees have green spots, Yui walks along the same path and notices a notice board full of posters from various sports clubs. She then starts to think hard about what clubs to join.

In her class of 1-3, 2 weeks since school started with a club application on her desks. She says to Nodoka that she's not athletic and knows nothing about the liberal arts clubs. Nodoka comments that people who have not joined clubs would become NEETs. Yui get shocked over this. Nodoka adds on to say that Yui has never joined clubs before. Yui now thinks to herself that she should do something, but doesn't know what it is, as she looks towards the window.

#1 廃部!

Ritsu is seen running and calling Mio along the corridor and wants to check out the clubs. Ritsu says the wants to check out the light music club, but Mio has decided on the literature club and shows the application form. Mio looks at it with a disappointed look and rips apart the form as she drags her to the music room, but finds it empty.

At the staff room, Ritsu is shocked to find out that the club was going to be suspended as other members have graduated in the previous year. The teacher adds on to say that it would be suspended if there isn't at least 4 people joining the club by the end of the month. When Yui comes to call her, the teacher says that she has to go for a music lesson.

As the teacher approaches and gives Yui the music sheets, she stares blankly at Ritsu and Mio and gets shock when found out that they were staring back and drops the papers the teacher gave her a while earlier. As she picks up the paper under the table, she hit her face against the table as she tries to get back up. Mio then turns around to say that since the club is going to be suspended, she decides to join the literature club. Ritsu, however, stops her and says to herself that she would become the club president if she joins. Meanwhile, the teacher explains to Yui what she was talking to the other two about.

After school, Ritsu and Mio find themselves in the empty music room, with Ritsu claiming that she is waiting for new applications to approach and waits. After some time, Tsumugi enters to have a look around the room as she wants to join the choir. Ritsu uses this opportunity to make Tsumugi join the club, but Mio drags her away and heads home. As Mio leaves, Ritsu says in a sad voice to her if she has forgotten the promise of being the Bassist and her being the drummer and that they always wanted to be a band. Ritsu goes on to say that it happened during the live performance they went to. It turns out that they were actually watching it on TV and that Ritsu was the one who said it.

After Mio hits Ritsu when she says that they would split the money 7:3, Tsumugi finds them funny and says that she could only play the keyboard and that she would join them. This would now leave only the guitarist.

As Yui and Nodoka walks out, Yui repeats from earlier that she should do something and clings on to her like a parent and child.

Later, the 3 girls came out with posters for the club. Ritsu's has loud words on it, while Mio's is too small and barely filled, but Tsumugi's is decent and uses it to put up on the notice board.
With one week to the end of April, Yui noticed the poster of the Light Music club had replaced the Ping Pong club's poster she saw earlier. This brings her flashbacks to when she was in kindergarten, playing the clarinet and the teacher praising her back then. With that, she decides to join the club.


At lunch, Yui declares to Nodoka that she would be joing the Light music club, but doesn't know what it is and believes that she would be doing light things. Yui brings Nodoka to the poser she saw. Nodoka says that Yui would be joining a band, but Yui comments that she can't play the guitar...

In the music room the teacher handed the 3 girls there the form Yui had submitted and the 3 girls got excited.

As Yui get her way to the music club, she has to walk past the rooms of the clubs dedicated to extraterrestrials and zombies. As she's about to enter the room, she thinks about quitting, but then thinks about what kind of people are in the light music club. She then thoughts about scary monsters, and got frightened. As Ritsu placed her hand on Yui shoulder (where did she come from?), Yui thought that the monster she just thought of had caught her and got scared. Ritsu then recognizes her as the clumsy girl she saw in the staff room earlier. Upon realizing that she is the Yui Hirasawa that applied for the club as a guitarist, she brings her in and the other 2 girls in the room greeted her.

With some tea, delicious cake, and misconceptions later, Tsumugi asked Yui if Yui has plans to join other clubs, but she doesn't have any plans to. At that moment, Ritsu signals the rest not to let her escape. They use delicious cookies as bait to keep her in the end. Yui says that she has nothing to do if she didn't join the club and used eating delicious food in there as an excuse to make her stay there. However, Yui says that she wasn't thinking seriously when applying and had given the club false hopes and starts crying, but got happy and excited when Ritsu says that they would perform for her. They prepared their instruments and started playing music. The scene switches between them, Yui, the empty school corridors, and the early evening sky.

After the performance, Yui gives a reverse physiology answer that they were amateurs and finally decides to join because it seems fun. That made the other 3 members to not believe what she said at first and got happy. As a commemoration of the (re)birth of the club, Ritsu picks and holds up Mio's camera and takes a picture of them together, except that only Ritsu's forehead and one of her fingers are visible in the photo. When Yui says that she's not good with instruments (again), Tsumugi says that it's now a good opportunity to learn the guitar with the help from the others.

Nodoka got surprised when she found out at lunch later that she joined the Light Music Club. Nodoka says that Yui has to buy a guitar, since the school won't lend her one and thinks that ¥5000 ($50) would be enough to get her one. Nodoka wonders if the club will be alright with Yui in the club.

This episode summarized in 36 seconds.

2 Apr 2009

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Haruka Takahashi

New Spring 2009 Anime


With many of the 12-episode Winter 2009 and 24-episode Autumn 2008 anime ending, Spring 2009 brings with another batch of anime.

All times are stated are stated in Japan time (UTC+9, or 16 hours ahead of Pacific Time in America). Time is converted to the proper format: For example, "4月2日(木)26:09" would be converted to "Friday, April 3 @ 2:09am", but for simplicity, only the day of the earliest would be stated.

Senkoku BASARA
Thursday, April 2 @ 1:34am
Production Studio: Production IG
Opening theme: "JAP" by Abingdon Boys School

During the era of eternal war, Oda Nobunaga rose to power above all others and nearly consolidated his rule over the entire country as the Devil King… and then an unknown general rode forth from the north with an army to challenge Nobunaga and seize the conquered lands for himself. His name is Date Masamune.

Queen’s Blade - Rurou no Senshi
Thursday, April 2 @ 8:00am

Studio: ARMS
Opening theme: "Open the Door" by Rie Oohashi
Ending theme: "Omoide to Yakusoku" by Ayuko Kawasumi, Mamiko Noto, Aya Hirano

A tournament is held to decide the new queen. The rules are simple, the participants must be female, and they must fight until one cannot or will not fight any longer. These are the stories of the tournament’s participants.

Asura Cryin’
Thursday, April 2 @ 9:30am
Studio: Seven Arcs
Opening theme: "Spiral" by Angela
Ending theme: "Link" by Angela

Tomoharu moves to a new town to live on his own. However, a spirit girl appears, bound to him through a trunk that his brother left him. Magi soon appear seeking the trunk and Tomoharu is drawn into a mystical battle as he learns the mysteries of this world, and the ghost world that was destroyed before it.

Friday, April 3 @ 1:25am
Studio: Statelight

On a distant planet, the sport of Bigfoot Basketball… basketball played in giant mecha… becomes the most popular form of entertainment. All sorts of kids get drawn into it and seek fame on the court.

Pandora Hearts 
Friday, April 3 @ 1:29am
Studio: Xebec
Opening theme: "Parallel Hearts" by FictionJunction
Ending theme: "Maze" by savage genius feat. Tomoe Ohmi

Oz Bezarius has the perfect life… until his 15th birthday. He’s thrown into a prison called the Abyss. He’s saved by a bloodstained rabbit calling herself Alice who contracts herself to him and leads him out of the Abyss, but back into the mysteries of his family and how they’re connected to it.

Friday, April 3 @ 1:59am
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Opening theme: "Cagayake! GIRLS" by Sakura High Light Music Club (Aki Toyosaki, Yoko Hikasa, Satomi Satou, Minako Kotobuki)
Ending theme: "Don't say "lazy"" by Sakura High Light Music Club (Aki Toyosaki, Yoko Hikasa, Satomi Satou, Minako Kotobuki)

Four girls who love music attempt to revive their school’s music club, only none of them have ever played instrument before in their lives.

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ 
Friday, April 3 @ 2:15am
Studio: Bee Train
Opening theme: "KARMA" by KOKIA
Ending theme: "Jigoku no Kado" by ALI PROJECT

Mafia members are being picked off one by one by the mysterious assassin group known as Inferno. A boy witnesses one of the murders and is kidnapped. His identity is stripped from him and he begins a new life as one of Inferno’s assassins.

Hayate no Gotoku!! 
Saturday, April 4 @ 1:23am
Studio: JC Staff
Opening Theme: "Wonder Wind" by ELISA
Ending Theme: "Honjitsu, Mankai Watashi Iro!" by Shizuka Itou, Eri Nakao, Sayuri Yahagi, Masumi Asano

The continuing adventures of Hayate, pressed into butler service by the tyrannical and socially inept Nagi, and all the women/tigers/tigerwomen throwing themselvs at him.

Arad Senki ~Slap Up Party~ 
Saturday, April 4 @ 2:45am
Studio: Gonzo

The Cursed Light of Kazan has descended upon the world, tainting people and places. One man afflicted by the curse rallies others to his side as he sets out to discover its secrets.

Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou 
Saturday, April 4 @ 9:00am
Studio: SynergySP, Shogakukan Music and Digital Entertainment

Mimi has vowed to be a perfect class representative in her school’s history. However, she still has to deal with a group of troublemaking boys, one of whom she has a crush on.

Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica crimson S 
Sunday, April 5 @ 1:30am
Studio: Diomedea
Opening theme: "phosphorus" by eufonius
Ending theme: "Koi no Uta" by Haruka Tomatsu

Spirits are born in the world through music. Especially gifted musicians able to play Divine Songs are known as Dantists. One such Dantist was contracted by one of the strongest spirits in the world, the Red Elder Spirit Corticante, so that his voice would belong to her alone.

Senjou no Valkyria 
Sunday, April 5 @ 1:35am
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Opening theme: "Ashita he no Kizuna" by HIMEKA
Ending theme: "Ano Kaze ni Notte" by pe'zmoku

Gallia is a neutral nation trapped between two other countries at war. It’s drawn into the conflict when invasion forces march across the country and young men and women are forced to join the resistance army to repel the attack.

Fullmetal Alchemist 
Sunday, April 5 @ 5:00pm
Studio: Bones
Opening theme: "again" by YUI
Ending theme: "Uso" by Shido

Almost five years after the original, Fullmetal Alchemist is back with a new series that’s not a sequel but is instead going to be a retelling based more on the original manga following two brothers who lost parts of themselves when they attempted forbidden techniques to revive their dead mother.

Guin Saga 
Sunday, April 5 @ 11:29pm
Studio: Satelight
Opening theme: "Guin no Tema" by Nobuo Uematsu
Ending theme: "Saga~This is my road" by Kanon

A man named Guin wakes up with no memory and a leopard mask attached to his head. All he can remember are his fighting abilities as he sets out to find the answers to his past.

Monday, April 6 @ 1:15am
Studio: Gonzo
Opening theme: "Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare" by May'n

The story is set in a neo-futuristic age, in which Tokyo has turned into the world’s largest “jungle-polis” that absorbs carbon dioxide. A tower city called Atlas houses the rich and privileged, and is the object of yearning of all that are not allowed to enter. But Atlas also has ancient secrets which cause a sudden whirl of events. Festooned by colorful characters such as a riotous teenage girl, a child genius, a juvenile princess, a drag queen, a female doctor, an army major, and an elderly gentleman and lady, SHANGRI-LA’s hard-core world view plays out as an anime action saga.

Tayutama -Kiss on my Deity-
Monday, April 6 @ 1:30am
Studio: Silver Link
Opening theme: "The fine every day" by Kicco
Ending theme: "Kizuna no Uta" by Ui Miyazaki

When Yuuri accidentally burns down a forest and releases a torrent of spirits upon the city, he tries to summon a goddess to drive them away. When she incarnates as a young, sick girl, she makes him promise to marry her once she grows up, but her future and his battles with the spirits are both closer than Yuuri imagined.

Natsu no Arashi!
Monday, April 6 @ 1:30am
Studio: Shaft
Opening theme: "Atashi dake ni kakete" by Omokage Lucky Hole
Ending theme: "Kirari Futari" by Ryoko Shiraishi

A socially inept city boy named Yasaka protects a beautiful girl from being attacked while visiting the countrysid. She senses something unusual about him and drags him to the top of a hill where they find another world. The next morning, everything is back to normal, but the girl has decided to live with Yasaka and he becomes swept up in her life.

Tears to Tiara
Monday, April 6 @ 1:35am
Studio: Oriental Lights and Magic/White Fox
Opening theme: "Free and Dream" by Suara
Ending theme: "Blue sky,True sky" by Aira Yuuki

The oracle Riannon is kidnapped to be sacrificed to appease the resurrected demon lord, Arawn, prophesized to bring the world to ruin. However, in the time since his ‘death,’ the prophecies have become corrupted and lost their original meaning. He awakens and kills the evil priest that summoned him, granting Riannon her freedom. She’s so grateful that she declares herself Arawn’s wife, putting the Gael tribe under his control as he leads them to his true destiny.

Monday, April 6 @ 2:00am
Stuido: Gonzo
Opening theme: "Glossy:MMM" by Miyuki Hashimoto

Saki Miyanaga always lost her New Years money to her family when she played mahjong with them, so grew to hate it. However, when her friend drags her into his mahjong club against some of the top players in the nation, she intentionally throws the match by using her ability to control her score with almost inhuman skill. From there, her fate is sealed as a member of their club.

Tuesday, April 7 @ 1:40am
Studio: Studio DEEN
Opening theme: "Hi-iro no Kakera" by Yuki Suzuki
Ending theme: "Hitomi no Kotae" by Noria

Teito lived his life as a slave, without any memory of his past until he’s discovered to hold a rare power and is sent to a military academy to develop it. While there, he discovers clues to his past and becomes embroiled in a war turning his friends against him, and forcing him to seek his enemies for help.

Eden of the East
Friday, April 10 @ 12:45am
Studio: Production IG
Opening theme: "Falling Down" by Oasis
Ending theme: "Futuristic Imagination" by School Food Punishment
In 2010,  a curious missile attack strikes an uninhabited area of Japan, causing no real damage. Soon after, a Japanese woman visiting American is saved by a man carrying nothing but a cellphone filled with money and a gun. He has no memory of his past, but the two of them are drawn into discovering the truth behind the missile attack.

Hatsukoi Limited. 
Sunday, 12 April @ 12:00am
Studio: J.C.Staff

Other than the Hayate sequel, the only other new show J.C.Staff is working on is Hatsukoi Limited, a series based on a manga by the creator of Ichigo 100%. This is probably the epitome of idealized school romance and comedy, and it features a huge cast of characters - both high school and junior high - falling in love in some way or another.

Titles that were skipped include anime that are targeted at kids (eg. Mainichi no Kaasan), repeats (eg. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu), typical sports anime (eg. Cross Game) and had negative reviews by several other bloggers (eg. Ristorante Paradiso).