Mysterious Girlfriend X, Mysterious Revisitation Y

In the September 2014 issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon manga magazine, Riichi Ueshiba’s Mysterious Girlfriend X (Nazo no Kanojo X) ended a run stretching back to August 2006. If one goes back far enough in the history of this blog, the 2012 anime adaptation of Mysterious Girlfriend X was among the first things I had commented about in the initial post.

Things have, of course, changed a lot with the blog since that time.

With the manga ending, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit where we essentially started.

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Hangers: Summer 2014 Anime, Week Twelve

This Week: Barakamon, Free! – Eternal Summer, Mobile Suit Gundam-san, M3: The Dark Metal, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!!, Space☆Dandy Season Two, and Tokyo ESP.

The last episode of Free!, while every other show in this lineup moves to the diving blocks so they can set up for their finales.

As a reminder, after weekly shows conclude for the season, I now collect my episode remarks and move them into separate posts with the other episodes of the same show. This way, if readers new or old ever want to check out what I thought of a particular show as it was airing, they can do so without having to click through the weekly posts and be surrounded by unrelated series.

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Hangers: Summer 2014 Anime, Week Eleven

This Week: Barakamon, Free! – Eternal Summer, Mobile Suit Gundam-san, M3: The Dark Metal, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!!, Space☆Dandy Season Two, and Tokyo ESP.

The last week before anything covered in these posts comes to their conclusion, for all the dread or joy that entails.

There are even final episode counts finally out now for Gundam-san and Matsutaro, so this entire board will indeed be wiped out after the next two weeks! I will get to rebuild completely next season, rather than anything carrying over, which should be pretty freeing when it comes to selecting what to write about.

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Mothballs: We, the Trees Shall Advance into the Wind

This Week: The Poem of Wind and Trees (Kaze to Ki no Uta)

From the Character Designer of Mobile Suit Gundam and the Director of 1983’s Crusher Joe film, Yasuhiko Yoshikazu helmed this 1987 anime adaption of Keiko Takemiya’s groundbreaking shōnen-ai manga.

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Hangers: Summer 2014 Anime, Week Ten

This Week: Barakamon, Free! – Eternal Summer, Mobile Suit Gundam-san, M3: The Dark Metal, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!!, Space☆Dandy Season Two, and Tokyo ESP.

I make it a point to ensure every show I cover gets a featured image in these posts at some point during a season, or at least before its end of run for larger series. I thought I was doing a lot worse than I was, as the second season of Space☆Dandy holds five of the spots so far! But there are one shot distributions amongst most others at least. Only M3: The Dark Metal and Barakamon remained unaccounted for when I tallied them up.

This does not itself actually mean anything, I just like to maintain leading image variety and it is so easy to lose track of things in the middle of a season.

I am going with M3 this week, as I would get to use a sunset shot rather than gambling and then later having to use something from the murky grey Lightless Realm. Even M3 can manage sunsets.

Always be on the lookout for positives! The summer season is almost over.

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Hangers: Summer 2014 Anime, Week Nine

This Week: Free! – Eternal Summer, M3: The Dark Metal, Mobile Suit Gundam-san, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!!, Space☆Dandy Season Two, and Tokyo ESP.

The calm before the storm, in a sense. One of my shows took a week off, at least five will be ending before the end of the month, and bringing with that a wave of finales. I will then need to figure out what on Earth I want to keep track of next season all over again.

But for now, things are familiar, and the conclusions juuust far enough over the horizon.

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