[Dropped Review] Zero no Tsukaima Final

I dropped this review due to a writer’s block, and now I just felt like putting all the scraps on my blog. This review is just unfinished, and my memory is too muddled to make anything out of it right now, but if you ask me the question right now if I’d recommend watching the Zero no Tsukaima series? I believe that the light novels are better, but they’re not at the point of this season yet. Also, the writer has actually passed away last year, so sadly this is the best ending they could find for the anime…the light novel is stalled into eternity. This season was quite interesting for bringing in the Elemental Siblings as you can read at around volume 13, and yes that’s really far into the story. But it seems the elf arc is completely original and that was actually one of the moments that felt really well designed into the cropped story too. Character development is something I find important, and that’s definitely visible after four seasons.

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Also known as Zero’s Familiar…I find it amazing how this series survived this long. Maybe it’s because of the magic, obviously pun intended. I mean, I can remember making fun of the first season by calling it an anime adaptation of Harry Potter…But I’m not sure if I can still say that. Saito is obviously no magician, and Louise’s level of tsundere is unmatched. While Harry Potter has a talking hat, Saito wields a talking sword, or in fact, a soul that gets implemented in whatever device he uses. Not to mention Zero no Tsukaima has elves. I like elves. Especially in this last season. The plot has gone down a lot of paths, and some were better than the others…

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Chrouya

Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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[Winter 2011] Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!

The reason why I am using NicoNico instead of YouTube is because YouTube deletes everything. Everything.

Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! is the last anime I watched before entering a gaming mood again. Followers on Twitter might have noticed I’ve been optimizing my stream for better quality and more functions. Games aside, this one was better than I had expected. The opening and ending are both peculiarly interesting and nice to listen to. I’ve only checked the translations of one episode, but the script is actually quite simple. I apologize that this review is a bit shallow; a lot of eventful days prevented me from writing nice pieces. I have to write an academic paper for my folklore subject as well, which drains a lot of my mental energy. That, and all the celebrations happening in the Netherlands. Queen’s Day, which falls on the same day as Walpurgis Night; Remembrance of the Dead, which falls on the same day as Star Wars Day… and Liberation Day, which falls on the same day as Kodomo no Hi. (Note that this post was written about one month ago, but my server decided to fail on me several times…)

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Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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[Winter 2011] Ano Natsu de Matteru

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The only anime of this season I finished before the start of the next season, that I didn’t check the translations of. Ano Natsu de Matteru is what people refer to as Onegai Teacher v0.2 or v2.0. I am not surprised, as it basically holds the same plot as that series which was made several years ago. They even have the same plot devices at the start! So what should I call this: An anime that tried to rehash an older anime and failed? Or an anime that tried to best the former anime and actually succeeded?

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Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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[Winter 2011] Black Rock Shooter

Black Rock Shooter. Everyone knows about her. Being modelled after Hatsune Miku. Related to Vocaloids, as Hatsune Miku sings the song with the same name. Me? Honestly, I do not like Vocaloids…but I do like Black Rock Shooter. For a few seconds, that sounds like a contradiction. But let me tell you that this series almost has nothing to do with Vocaloids, aside for the opening song…Which is obviously that song sung by Hatsune Miku.

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Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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[Winter 2011] High School DxD

It’s actually strange to call the previous anime season 2011, but it’s the only way to keep it a bit consistent. In any case, this week I’ll be posting my reviews/opinions about the ongoing series that have just ended. I’m starting with High School DxD because this one marks the start of my fansubbing career at Hatsuyuki Fansubs. If you haven’t watched this series and you’re interested, please take a look at our releases! I was the Translation Checker for this series.

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Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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