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Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Shou

With 2013 upon us and the new anime season arriving, I’m getting myself into the otome game mood ready for the première of AMNESIA.

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Name: Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Shou

Japanese Name: 緋色の欠片 第二章

Air Date: September 30 2012 – December 23 2012

Studio: Studio DEEN

Episodes: 13

PLOT

As the monster within Takuma begins to rise, Tamaki realises that she loves him. However, Logos and allies they once trusted will do anything they can to separate the two. Everything from the past is revealed and all that’s left is to clear the way for a bright future. That is, if it’s still possible.

[via Anime News Network]

I have returned my beautiful bishies! Why am I watching this when I said that I won’t watch any anime during the holidays? Because I can’t wait that long to watch anime again after a long period of time. Plus I have nothing better to do in this holiday period. I may as well do something to relieve my boredom and torture. Yeah, I did say torture. My family are driving me crazy! I’m almost up to that point where I may run up the wall in a fit of madness!

Well I can’t live without anime, it’s a huge part of my life! The sad child I am. My reason for watching Hiiro no Kakera again is because I wanted to see Yuuichi, Takuma and Ryou again and hear their wonderful voices as quickly as possible… they move me.

First Impressions

Gah, she’s back! She’s back! The girl with the worst haircut on the planet has returned! I was hoping I wouldn’t have to see her face again but I stand corrected… I have to bear with it for another twelve episodes. Yeah, I’m talking about you Tamaki and your bowl cut fringe. Seriously I thought her hair would have grown out a bit but nope, it decided to stay that way ( ಠ_ಠ) thanks a lot. And her voice. Don’t get me started about her voice. It’s even more annoying than the first season! What on earth has happened?! Can I still cut her hair? The offer is still there if you want Tamaki. *Evil grin*

TamakiDon’t look at me like that. I’m not happy to see you (-_-)

My darling Ryou has returned ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ oh I love him with a burning passion and it’s quite evident that he’s one of my favourites with the amount of photos on my phone! Ryou shows up in episode 2 for a brief moment when Shinji Inukai goes for a walk. When Ryou does appear, he sniffs Shinji Σ(゚д゚lll)eh? Did I miss something here? But then he calls him a traitor and walks off. Keeping it real Ryou. However, Ryou is correct. Whilst Shinji is talking to Vier, it’s revealed through flashbacks that he has been working for Logos all this time; it was him who admitted the locations of the artifacts to Aria. Then Suguru Oomi appears as he heard the whole conversation between the two. Suguru then defects to Logos and is no longer a part of the Guardians protecting Tamaki. Oh my god. WHAT?!

Tamaki, Takuma, Mahiro and Yuuichi are shocked at the revelation of Suguru’s betrayal. It’s unlikely that Suguru would do something like that when they need him most so the question is why? Why did Suguru leave? What was his reason? These are the questions that taunt them. They are no longer the five Guardians that protect the Tamayori princess and keep the Onikirimaru sealed. I will not ramble on anymore and just go straight to the point… TAKUMA AND YUUICHI ARE STILL HOT o(≧▽≦)o they’re both kinder and gentle towards Tamaki which causes me to rage with jealousy. Why can’t I have them? 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。I deserve them more than you! I still have my hatred for Tamaki and that will never change! Grrr. Maybe I’ll like her if she changed her hairstyle, anything but that fringe would make me happy!

Yuuichi and TamakiYuuichi, you’re breaking my heart 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。

Oh yeah, turns out that Onikirimaru wasn’t sealed properly. It’s just sleeping. So now the world is doomed again… that reassures me a lot. Nothing calms me down like knowing that the world is coming to an end because of a dumb headed twit! Thanks Tamaki for making me feel at ease ( ಠ_ಠ)

Midway Impressions

At the end of each episode, one of the main male characters talks directly to the audience saying romantic things to please the ears of many girls. I’m glad they continued this from the first season because it was like seeing another side of the characters. My favourite at the moment has to be Yuuichi’s from episode 4:

Yuuichi: “I can fall asleep anywhere, but I sleep most at ease… when I’m by your side”

“That’s how comfortable it is to be next to you”

Oh Yuuichi, you know how to make a girl blush! I fangirled so much that I got a fever… again. I really shouldn’t fangirl too much, this is the millionth time that it’s happened and I’ve probably reached my limit by now. I can’t help it, it’s those sweet words they say to you; it’s like they have no shame of saying them! But knowing me, I won’t even bother trying to control my inner fangirl. It’s a part of me. There’s no helping it \(^o^)/ I would love to fall asleep to Yuuichi’s and hearing it again first thing in the morning. I’d be in heaven. Now that sounds pretty good to me! A drama CD would be nice…

On second thought, another one of my favourites was Ryou’s from episode 5. My heart skipped a beat and I found my temperature rising a little bit as well as being slightly embarrassed too. No shame, no shame at all:

Ryou: “My owner smells lovely as always. I want to always be able to enjoy your scent”

“All right?”

After that, he gets closer towards the camera and then…the episode ends. Wait. Does that mean you’re my pet Ryou? And I’m your owner? *Faints* haaa~ that was…unbelievably romantic if not a bit perverted at the same time. What are you playing at Ryou? Naughty boy eh? I like that about him *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*

Tamaki’s grandmother is really winding me up. She puts a protective barrier around Tamaki’s room, forbids her from leaving and tells Takuma he is not allowed to see Tamaki anymore. Why are you keeping these two apart?! Can’t you see that they’re in love? Star crossed lovers, they’re like Romeo and Juliet who were tragically kept apart because of their differences. I can see the similarity because Tamaki is the Tamayori princess and Takuma is a demon. It’s not meant to be. It’s not fair. It’s too sad! Stupid old woman, why do this? (-_-) well stuff you! Love will prevail, Tamaki and Takuma will be together no matter what anybody says even if it’s against my wishes. I’m not giving up on Takuma that easily; I will not give up without a fight Tamaki! Prepare yourself!

Takuma Onizaki

Takuma, what are you angry about? It’ll be a fair fight don’t worry (^^)

Overall Opinion

This is the second season of Hiiro no Kakera. I’ve already written a review for the first one so if you would like to read it, click here.

The second season continues the story of Tamaki – the Tamayori Princess – and her Guardians. Where as the first season had no real plot and barely contained any action, season two makes up for the lack of plot and action that was missing from the first season. It’s still a slow paced anime and feels like forever to get to the ending, but overall, this season was much better. The first season is very slow and you have to be extremely patient with it if you actually had the time and patience for it.

The plot was good but in my opinion, it could have been put into one season only instead of dragging it out into a second season. It took too long for Tamaki to reach the potential of being the Tamayori princess and have the power to seal away the Onikirimaru. However it did give enough time to fully develop the characters. Tamaki was still as useless as ever but she’s grown a bit in terms of mental strength; she’s not as thoughtless as the first season where she hurried herself into being the Tamayori princess. Instead, Studio DEEN made her grow into a stronger character and the words she speaks to inspire the Guardians were encouraging. Even the antagonists pasts were developed, mainly Eins, and that was what I really liked about this series.

The animation was beautiful as always. Settings were realistic and magical with the red leaves indicating the season which the story takes place in. Every little detail was immaculate and nothing looked out of place. It truly was a wonderful thing to see for my eyes and it left me with a good impression. You could almost certainly recognise this as a shoujo anime with the handsome bishies lurking around!

The opening theme song for the second season was as good and soothing as the first one which I totally like. It was the perfect choice for this series and fitted very well with the image that Hiiro no Kakera originally portrays. I loved it so much that I’ve already downloaded it! It was more fast paced than the opening from the first season but still relaxes me whenever I hear it. The ending theme song was also as good with a more upbeat feel to it as expected from Shuhei Kita.

SPOILER: Ryou reveals that he is the true Guardian of the Inukai household. His mother hid him away when he was young so he wouldn’t have to go through the pain so Shinji was taken in and made the Guardian. Oh the lies! So where did Shinji’s power come from then?

Ryou KutaniOh Ryou…you make my heart beat faster every time I see you ❤

SPOILER 2: Drei is in possession of the Onikirimaru and plans to destroy humans who are inferior to the power of the gods. In an ensuring battle, Eins sacrifices himself to protect Aria which results in his death. Drei transforms into a hideous creature and proclaims himself a god. With Tamaki giving them strength, the Guardians set out to end Drei’s dastardly plan and manage to kill him. Tamaki then wishes Onikirimaru to disappear to which it does. Onikirimaru is no longer within the reach of humans and no one can sought out the demonic power ever again. The world is in peace at last. Thank the lord for that. Amen.

I definitely enjoyed the second season more than the first one because there was more plot and characters to build a story on. The plot was really developing and you could see the anime’s potential. Although the ending lacked a little bit, everything was improved on and I couldn’t of asked for a better season 2. I will definitely be re-watching Hiiro no Kakera many times because of the animation, music and characters. I’ve grown to love them very much! I’m gutted that Eins’ sacrifice was overlooked by the Guardians victory over Drei but it wasn’t meaningless or anything! I’m proud of Eins and he will live on in my memory. He deserves to be remembered!

Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Shou exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more. What I ask now is, what is going to happen next? At the end of the final episode, Ryou says their duties as Guardians are not over yet as the Bureau of Medicine will become active. With my judgement, if a possible season 3 were based on what Ryou said, then that would be something I’d watch. I would hate to see Hiiro no Kakera end when it’s just improved. It just seems abrupt and sudden in a way. What do you guys think? Let me know by comment!

Happy New Year’s Eve! Enjoy the last moments of 2012 and I shall see you all in 2013. I’m off to watch the New Year celebrations on my TV, yay for fireworks! I hope that you’ll continue reading my blog too (^_^)

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Hiiro no Kakera

The Tamayori princess saga has begun. Behold the power of some handsome bishounens…

Hiiro no Kakera logo

Name: Hiiro no Kakera

Japanese Name: 緋色の欠片

Air Date: March 6 2012 – June 24 2012

Studio: Studio DEEN

Episodes: 13

PLOT

Every girl dreams of being an enchanted princess, but how many stop to think about all the grim and horrible things that happen in fairy tales? That’s a lesson Tamaki Kasuga learns all too graphically when she’s attacked by creatures she thought only existed in myths! Fortunately, she’s rescued by an extraordinary young man: one who’s not only part demon; but her future classmate as well, and one of the group of protectors that Tamaki will need if she’s going to fulfill her destiny as a Tamayori princess. A destiny that no one’s bothered to tell her she’s inherited until just now. And if it wasn’t bad enough to learn that every plan she’d had for the future has to change, to top it all off, Tamaki still has to start attending a new high school as well!

[via Sentai Filmworks]

Tomokazu Sugita! Oh how I’ve longed to hear that godly voice of yours *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・* I haven’t heard your voice since I finished watching Beelzebub! Ah that was a good series…

Most people gave Hiiro no Kakera negative reviews so of course I was worried before watching this. It seems that a lot of anime series have been getting bad reviews recently. Are they really getting THAT bad? If that’s the case, please please PLEASE give me something to root for Tomokazu-san!

First Impressions

Hiiro no Kakera was adapted from the otome game series by Idea Factory. Idea Factory are very popular game developers in Japan. Most otome games have recently been getting anime adaptions. Hakuouki and La storia della Arcana Famigila are in my backlog so of course I will watch them eventually! Plus I’ve watched La Corda d’Oro, Neo Angelique Abyss, Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% and Starry☆Sky already \(^o^)/Takuma Onizaki and Yuuichi Komura caught my eye though so I’m chasing watching them…

At last, I’ve been introduced to Daisuke Namikawa. It’s a bit late I know but I haven’t been watching any series that he’s been in apart from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 where he portrayed Michael Trinity. This time round, he plays a white haired beauty named Yuuichi Komura (๑´ლ`๑) Yuuichi seems detached from the others but when he talks, it’s always meaningful and has some sense of wisdom behind his words. Like an old man. Oh I’m not poking fun at him! Sometimes it’s good to have wisdom beyond your years…like my little brother. He’s only 12 years old and he listens to Mozart and Beethoven. Is it a bad thing to be slightly worried about that?

Tamaki seems like the type who relies on people. Great. We’ve got another one of these heroines/protagonists (ಠ_ಠ) I can’t deal with this. I really hate the whole damsel in distress thing. It really bothers me because Tamaki is meant to be the Tamayori princess who has powers and I’ve got a feeling that she’s going to be useless. Whenever I look at Tamaki, it makes me realise that she’s such an airhead. I’m serious! Her hairstyle really bothers me too, I mean who has a fringe like that?! It’s like they shoved a bowl on her head and cut a fringe out プッ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵

That fringe…it would look better shaved xD

The monsters that appear and attack Tamaki were actually gods…really, those things were gods? I thought they were big blobs of goo xD Takuma however could not let a poor damsel in distress get hurt so he goes ahead and saves Tamaki – just so you know, Takuma is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita! No wonder that low voice was familiar! Takuma has red hair (maybe that’s a sign for hotheadedness?) and is rather blunt about things. He’s a bit of a meanie so to say but I wouldn’t mind someone like him bullying me as long as he falls in love with me afterwards. What? You think I’m joking? I would never joke when it comes to matters like this. I am always serious when I want to be.

Midway Impressions

Why does Tamaki get guardians? She gets Takuma, Yuuichi, Mahiro Atori, Suguru Oomi and Shinji Inukai protecting her 24/7 while I have…my parents. Great. You don’t deserve them! *Throws a hissy fit*

Aria Rosenburg is mature beyond her years and Tamaki is a cry baby who can’t do anything. Sorry Tamaki, but I’m on Aria’s side. She’s a lot better than you and actually knows what she’s doing. It doesn’t help that Aria’s younger than you! This girl has a plan! It’s better to know how to deal with the situation and I’m afraid that the Guardians have no clue as to what they’re doing or who they’re up against. They’re against one hell of a team…but I shall exclude Drei because he’s an old geezer who looks like he has something devious up his sleeve and I have a strong dislike for him. I hope that Takuma and Yuuichi can find it in their hearts to forgive me for switching sides. Seriously, what do you even see in Tamaki guys? You’ll understand what I mean about Tamaki when you watch this, she’s pratically useless.

I love how Aria’s minions are named the numbers 1-4 in German. How awesome is that?! Their names are Ein, Zwei, Drei and Vier. The first 3 are males and Vier is female \(^o^)/ unfortunately Ein is a bulky man with a beard, Zwei is a ‘shinigami’ lit. ‘death god’, Drei is a creepy old man and Vier is a woman with massive boobs. I would of thought that at least one of them were hot but nope. Studio DEEN gives me this instead. Out of the group, Vier seems the most trustworthy and loyal to Aria; I have a hunch that’s true since they’re both females and can relate to one another. Sister love!

I know that the Guardians are trying their best to protect the artifacts that seal Onikirimaru (a sacred sword) from Logos but they always end up losing. Aria’s group are kicking ass! I thought these Guardians were meant to be strong. I was clearly mistaken. I-I’m sorry Takuma…don’t give me that scary look! I’m only hinting that you guys should get stronger and then kick their asses so that you’ll feel better (^_^;)

There’s this one episode where the Guardians are having a bath – apart from Suguru – and they run into Tamaki outside…still nakedヽ(*´ー`*)ノ now there’s a sight to behold! Shield your eyes unless you dare to look at the gorgeousness that is Takuma and Yuuichi! If you’re like Tamaki and instantly screams upon the sight, then you have no right to look at them. Those bishies would not want you to look away. Just a warning to you ladies. They’re there for you to look at, so look all you want!

How awkward is the situation…

Overall Opinion

I have mixed opinions about Hiiro no Kakera. Very mixed opinions.

Making an anime from a visual novel seems complicated and difficult especially if it’s reverse harem. So there can be mistakes regarding adaption such as the delivery of characters or in some cases, not sticking to the original story. I’ll be honest here and say that the story has not impressed me as well as I originally thought. At first glance, it seems to contain a lot of action based on the opening theme song but the story flow was a bit slow and replaced with rather heavy dialogue relating to protection, secrets, and artifacts.

If there was one thing about Hiiro no Kakera that has impressed me so far, it would be the artwork. It’s done beautifully and probably stands out more than anything; the character designs were visually appealing as well as background settings which gave off that natural feeling. Another thing was the music; the sound of this series is fluid and the opening song ‘Nee‘ by Maiko Fujita is relaxing. Who doesn’t want to listen to some relaxing music on a Saturday morning?

I think there may be something missing here…the heroine gets off a bus and is protected by a hot bishie. But, what kind of connections do they have? Oh but not only that, there are four other guys that just pops into the story with little background so far. There’s no character development whatsoever so the characters are shrouded in mystery. Aria is the reincarnation of Monado Cepheplot…who is Monado? Studio DEEN didn’t explain this so I was left confused throughout the series. And how did the guardians become, well, guardians? There was no character development whatsoever and no back stories so it all got confusing. I often thought to myself how the characters became guardians etc. If Studio DEEN did this, then the series would be a lot better.

So in the end, the Logos managed to unseal Onikirimaru but Takuma unleashes his demon power and kicks Ein’s butt! Whoo, go Takuma! At the end of episode 13, I actually thought Takuma died…I bawled my eyes out 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。he was just lying there with no sign of life in him and he wasn’t moving one inch! But he didn’t die so I’m happy (^^)

SPOILER: Fiona-sensei is actually Vier in disguise. It’s really noticeable though so it wasn’t a challenge. I could tell because of the hairstyle.

HOLY CRAP!! \(//∇//)\

Studio DEEN introduces a new character – Ryou Kutani – around halfway in the series, but they didn’t expand his character so I have no idea what purpose he has in Hiiro no Kakera. He’s really hot too so he’s my new favourite, I apologise to Takuma and Yuuichi…t-that bathroom scene at the end of episode 10 made steam come out of my head and his sexy voice too \(//∇//)\ I LOVE YOU RYOU!!! Pushing that to the side, it’ll be great to see what role Ryou has in the series. I’m actually rather curious about him…

I wouldn’t recommend Hiiro no Kakera to anyone but I don’t have a final judgement yet since season 2 will premiere in October this year. My birthday is in October too so it’ll be a birthday present from Studio DEEN \(^o^)/ hurry up season 2! I need to have an overall opinion on Hiiro no Kakera!

You can still watch this if you want to, I won’t stop you!

P.S, Tamaki’s fox spirit pet is adorable! I want one!

How cute is this?!