Currently Watching: Shugo Chara!! Doki

I’m sure we all have a few guilty pleasures when it comes to anime. After all, weirdness comes with the territory. Well, here’s mine – it’s a show about finding out all about what you want to be, it’s positive and it’s got some really cool characters.

OK, OK, it’s a magical girl show aimed at girls over ten years younger than me. But that doesn’t matter. It’s awesome.

Shugo Chara!! Doki

Shugo Chara! is all about Amu Hinamori, a school pupil who is known for being “cool and spicy” (best Engrish ever) and having a very cold outward appearance, but deep down she is just a girl who wants to be loved.

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 08

I’ve been avoiding /a/ more than usual these days, not only because it can sometimes be the cesspool of the internet, but because it likes to spoil anime. Especially this one. At the time of writing, raws for the last episode of TM8.0 are starting to make their way to a tracker/bot near you. Having seen episode 8, I can honestly say I have no clue what will happen, or who will survive.

I have a feeling it’s going to turn out badly for at least one of our protagonists though. Because life isn’t always smooth.

Yuuki being stretchered away.

I thought this episode was really well done. If you think about the very premise of this show, it’s to show what a huge earthquake in Tokyo would look like, and what would result from it. It’s relatively easy to show chaos and destruction – that’s a given. But many are de-sensitised to that sort of thing. How do you really hit home that this is serious shit? Put your little brother, who you just started liking again, in a life-or-death situation. Then turn up the mindfuck and say he really is dead. With the body, complete with ghostly white face, there and all.

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 07

Putting the knowledge we learned back in the good old days when Tokyo was in one piece to good use now, as we’re reintroduced to the all-terrain earthquake robots who search for survivors under the rubble.

We’re also introduced to Kento, the robot nerd this episode. Mirai seems to have lots of foot in mouth moments here, especially when Kento tells her his family would be dead without them, accompanied by a token flashback. But Mirai, like you’re one to talk about nerds. I mean, frogs? Really?

Famous last words. :>

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