Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wind ~ A Breath of Heart 17 - You Belong to the City

After a long time without much required effort, I bring you the 17th and final episode of Wind ~ A Breath of Heart. (Episode is numbered 13 on AniDB and most sites.) This episode is a recap episode that mainly focuses on Makoto's and Minamo's relationship, rather than covering the entire story of the series. No doubt it caused some confusion when it aired at the end of the TV broadcast, as it includes some content from the DVD-only episodes 9.5/10 and 10.4/12 that no one had seen at that point.

Anyway, now that I've recovered from some mysterious post-holiday illness that had me running a fever of 102 (or 38.9 for those of you in the non-insane part of the planet) while trying to watch the Nanoha A's movie, maybe I can get to re-releasing another mid-00s VN adaptation and a couple of shorter OVA projects (including, perhaps, the Wind ~ A Breath of Heart OVA), as well as that pesky Mokke episode some have been asking about.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wind ~ A Breath of Heart 16 - The Kid who Stays in the Picture

We've arrived at the bittersweet epilogue episode of Wind ~ A Breath of Heart, wherein our happy couple enjoy the school festival while reflecting on what they've lost. Or is it lost? While the airship and the abilities it conferred seem to have vanished, one tormented figure seems to be enjoying life in a different vessel. This episode was originally DVD-only episode 12.5 ("When Feelings Are Answered"), but has been renumbered as 16. Guess that just leaves the full-series recap episode 13/17 now.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wind ~ A Breath of Heart 15 - To Make Kazune City Great Again

After a busy couple of months and some setbacks in the form of lost Internet connections, I bring you episode 15 of Wind ~ A Breath of Heart. Turns out you can't put ancient curses and traditions to rest without some losses along the way, and Makoto is about to find out what they are.
Re-numbering note: this episode is known on most sites as episode 12, "With the Wind."


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wind ~ A Breath of Heart 14 - I Invite You to Burn

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

Wind ~ A Breath of Heart 13 - Resistance is Futile

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

My Wife is a High School Girl 13 - Twilight of the Cockroaches

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

Wind ~ A Breath of Heart 12 - Gonna Need a Nicer Boat

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......"