Tuesday, September 20, 2016
This episode of Wind offers a look back into the dark, tragic past of Hikari and Kazune City alike, with a shocking conclusion. Maybe six feet ain't so far down. Astute viewers may note that this episode is nearly twice the size of any other episode of the series. Well, I hope you like extended flickering-light film-grainy flashbacks complete with artificial scanlines, weird flower overlays, and dark scenes punctuated by fire and sparks. In other words, it's a tremendous bitrate hog, perhaps on par with the sandstorm flashback in Iriya's Sky, Summer of UFOs ep 02. Fortunately, the GFE encoder wisely allowed this episode to break filesize consistency with the other eps. On the other hand, Static-Subs kept it at 99 MB (CD-R/7?), and the results were rather lacking, as can be sampled below. I don't even want to think about how this ep looked at 75 MB (CD-R/9??) in Anime-Keep's release.
As with previous episodes, this has been renumbered; it's better known as episode 11, "Destiny from the Ancient Times."
Thursday, September 8, 2016
After everything turned out for the best in the previous episode, Makoto finds Hikari up to her old tricks: making people disappear and doing vaguely violent things to them. Apparently the more interaction a girl's had with the male lead, the more danger she's in.
Renumbering note: this is elsewhere considered ep 10.8/S3, "Uncertain Feelings".
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Well, what better use for a 6-day weekend than to put the final QC touches on the final episode of My Wife is a High School Girl? No doubt the manga story continues on, but the current crisis of Iwasaki-sensei finding out about the secret marriage is resolved reasonably enough. And for as much flak as this show gets, from its original subbers and others, I still came to appreciate it in the end. A lot of romance anime end at the love confession, or maybe a first-kiss scene, so it's quite rare to see the ups and downs and the conflicts and reconciliations of a married couple. It's especially rare in the ecchi/harem genres; this show, Rizelmine, and Godannar are the only three examples I can think of off-hand, as most shows involving married life tend to be less otaku-oriented, like Human Crossing or Rumiko Takahashi Anthology. It's just a pity we never got a flashback showing how their relationship got started.
Torrent || Batch (Nyaa)
As usual, if you see subbing mistakes (as opposed to subjective editing/localization decisions) in these releases, please let me know so that I can correct them. In addition, credit also goes to xess, Riza|Hawkeye, and the rest of the crew at the now-defunct fansubbing/DVD-ripping group LIME-Anime for soldiering through this series back in 2005. While they weren't able to get me the original scripts due to FTP/HDD crashes, I still would've been hard-pressed to release this series without their contributions.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
In this starkly intense episode of Wind, Minamo's feelings of grief, jealousy, and rejection boil over into a concoction most perilous. I get the feeling this is what happens when you trip a few flags for other girls by doing nice things for them, while generally/half-heartedly heading down one particular game route. Luckily, things turn out a little better for this Makoto than for that other one. Or maybe this Makoto's results are just as good as the other one's were, until they weren't.
Once again, this episode and all others after 09 have been renumbered in my release to remove decimal/fractional values. Although I'm numbering it 12, this episode is listed on AniDB and elsewhere as episode 10.4, "Tell me your Feelings......"
Monday, August 22, 2016
Sadly I can't achieve Sakura's goal, but I can bring you the penultimate episode of My Wife is a High School Girl. Part A features an argument over messy white liquids being spilled in the wrong place, while Part B features a standard near-fatal minor respiratory ailment causing mass chaos and a comedy of errors. However, both parts set the stage for the crisis that will unfold at last in the final episode.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
After several false starts and frame shifts that I'm not sure I ever needed to do, I present you episode 11 of Wind ~ A Breath of Heart, which is generally listed as episode 10 on database sites. Things get real this time around, and somebody's on the ultimate chopping block with no Rowsdower around to save them. Some of the scene connections and transitions don't exactly make sense, but I assume there's some game information I'm missing out on here. At some point, there will be a v2 of my ep 10, though it will only change the title of the next episode at the very end of the video.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
For the first half of this episode, we have a stalker with a Showa-era mentality going after Asami, and some unwitting pointers from Kyousuke just make matters worse. Then we return to the school social setting for part B, with some actual plot threads from previous episodes surfacing again. The school field trip, among other things, brings a bathtime fanservice scene that is still no different from the TV broadcast. Thank goodness this isn't a recent SHAFT anime, or we could be looking at additional steam for our viewing displeasure.