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2007 Spring Recap & Summer Picks

Since the spring season is over and summer show are about to begin (or has begun), and it’s as good of a time as any for a review of the last season and a preview of the next. The below is a list of shows that I watched last season and hoping to watch for the next:

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Jigoku Shoujo Live Action 06: 幻双子 (Vision Twins)

約束の赤い糸 (The Red Thread of Promise)

So I guess we are back to “Victim of the Week” style of Jigoku Shoujo, but that’s okay. For various reasons, I liked this episode quite a lot, even though I was hoping to see more of Tsugumi and Hajime-chan. The plot of this episode was also very intriguing; though during the episode, I kept on remember that Jigoku Shoujo anime episode where a girl committed virtual suicide when she force her friend to pull the string when she was the target herself. (It was episode 10, “Friends”, I think)

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Jigoku Shoujo Live Action 05: シスコン殺人鬼 (Siscon Murderer)

偽りの墓碑銘(エピタフ)(The Fake Epitaph)

Well… This has to be the best episode so far, just because it has siscon, murder, kidnapping, detectives, mystery, torture, blood, and “ippen shinde miru”. Oh, did I mention that it has SISCON? Seriously though, even though this episode has some problems, it was quite enjoyable. It also made Mr. Cynical Shibata Hajime convert to the church of Jigoku Shoujo. He’s now a believer.
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Jigoku Shoujo Live Action 04: 柴田 一 と つぐみ (Shibata Hajime and Tsugumi)

逢魔の砌 (Ouma no Migiri)

I’m glad that I was right in guessing the girl at the end of episode 3 was Tsugumi. Hopefully, the story is going to start focusing more on the continuing tension with the Shibatas rather than stand alone episodes. This episode is mostly about Hajime finding out about Jigoku Tsuushin, and less about the victim and the target.
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Jigoku Shoujo Live Action 03: 愛してる… ご免なさい… (I Love You… I’ll Kill You)

Midorigo no Yume (A Dream of Babies)

Wow, 2 Jigoku Shoujo entries in 4 days. (Author’s Note: I was going to post this on Friday night, but I left the word document in my office XD ) Jigoku Shoujo is probably turning into my favorite series this season. ^_^;;; The first 3 episode has all been sweet (as in sweet revenge), and I have enjoyed the show immensely. So far (well, it’s been only 3), none of the episodes have ambiguous plots, where the victim and culprit are ill defined or where the grudge is minor. Although I feel pity for the bad guy’s family in this episode, I totally enjoyed his painful end.
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Jigoku Shoujo Live Action 02: 地獄にようこそ!

For some strange and bizarre reason, I suddenly felt compelled to watch the second episode of Jigoku Shoujo while I was writing about the Jane arc of Black Lagoon. Somehow, I also managed to finish this entry before finishing the Black Lagoon one. I guess there is some relativity between how much you think about an episode(s) and how fast you could write about it.
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Nodame Cantabile 05: 大学祭 (Daigakusai)

I’ve always been a fan of classical music, and when I heard about Nodame Cantabile, I really wanted to see it. I haven’t read the manga, and I had no idea what the story was going to be about, but it being about a pair of classical music students was enough for me. Also of note, I like cooking and detective series also, but Nodame Cantabile (and Jigoku Shoujo) is on my must watch for this season. There are two big reasons why I love this series: the comedy and the music.

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