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Old 2013-01-10, 19:04   Link #21
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fock yeah, best first episode in a show I have seen for years, the graphisms are very well done, Kotoura is somehow cute, and the seiyu are perfect.

Even that baka manabe kun has a good baka hentai attitude, a good male lead.

10/10, no above 10, somehow it's + infinity!
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Old 2013-01-10, 19:08   Link #22
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Not bad first episode, although the introduction about Koutora's problem dragged on for way too long.
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Old 2013-01-10, 19:13   Link #23
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Starting off the 1st ep with such a heavy, depressing atmosphere really bowled me over. I'm expecting some kind of comedy, and they start it off like that. After that lady got rid of the cat, I was only wishing that somebody, ANYBODY, would give her a hug =0(. I don't think I've ever been won over on a 1st ep like this since....I can't remember when .

The dynamic relationship that starts off between Kotoura and Manabe is compassionate, yet entertaining in a funny way. Manabe really reminded me of Inukami's Keita; generally funny and silly, but strongly kind and understanding(minus the extreme pervertedness =03). I think such a character is perfect for penetrating Kotoura's defenses and insecurities, and is able to give her the companionship she needs and deserves.
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Old 2013-01-10, 19:14   Link #24
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Totally agreed frubam ... very effective first ep indeed!

Am so happy the series delivered like it has, and only hope that it will be able to keep things up! ^_^
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Old 2013-01-10, 19:52   Link #25
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I'm gonna be real disappointed if they just go for cliche comedy nonsense and don't elaborate or develop the grimdark stuff or develop the characters from this point on.
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Old 2013-01-10, 19:55   Link #26
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Making people laugh is just as difficult as making someone cry, so what's with the bias against comedy? A comedy can still explore the issues brought up in the first episode, it'll just do it in a different way.
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Old 2013-01-10, 19:57   Link #27
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wow
didnt expect the first half to be that depressing story

I saw the mother is in OP so I hope Kotoura can rebuild her relationship with her
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Old 2013-01-10, 20:01   Link #28
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Allow me to join the chorus. Great first episode. The sadness pierced me to the bone. Excellent work by Kanemoto Hisako as Kotoura.

The only hint for me that this was by the director of Minami-ke and Mitsudomoe was the Mitsudomoe-like character design. I didn't enjoy the few episodes I watched of either of those, but the nice flow and feeling here made me think I might have missed something.

I thought this was going to star Fukuyama Jun. It turned out to be Fukushima Jun, who has been doing voice work for 14 years, but hasn't done that many roles.

The OP by Nakajima Megumi was okay, but I loved the ED, for which no credits were given. I wonder who sings it?
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Old 2013-01-10, 20:19   Link #29
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Without a doubt the best premiere of the season (along with Ohta-sensei's alumnus, Minami-ke Tadaima). Directors really do make all the difference.

And yes, you did miss something with Mitsudomoe! I didn't like the premiere either, and grew to love both seasons. Hilarious and even occasionally touching.
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Old 2013-01-10, 20:20   Link #30
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Oh wow, those were very depressing first 10 minutes. I felt like smacking several head there!

Though Kotoura should have tried to change her approach once she realized what she can do... try to ignore the thoughts. Hard thing to do but worth a try instead of just pushing everyone away.

Nice comedy though I do hope that we still will get some heavy moments. Like that we will have a nicely balanced show.
If only designs were slightly better...
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Old 2013-01-10, 20:23   Link #31
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And then suddenly... TUMBLEWEED!

I intend to follow this one very closely for a while. It has potential. Not my type of character design, but storytelling is good so far. Things are developing very quickly, but I assume their relationship will be sidelined by the group dynamics starting next episode.
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Old 2013-01-10, 20:29   Link #32
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...at least for the first ten minutes.
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Old 2013-01-10, 20:50   Link #33
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Cheers to the best first episode I've seen in the last two seasons yet.

The question now is: how will this show follow up? The first episode set an amazing first impression, but I can't help but feel that it'll be a very tough act to follow, especially since the focus of the show is apparently going to be on comedy from here on.
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Old 2013-01-10, 21:00   Link #34
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Without a doubt the best first episode of the season. I'll be disappointed if there's only comedy from here on out, we all want the drama the first 10 minutes gave us and hopefully they'll deliver.
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Old 2013-01-10, 21:09   Link #35
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It's been a while since an anime surpassed my expectations to the extent that it became a 12 episode must weekly watch anime than a anime i would watch if i was really bored.
Anime logic tells me that the parents will come back later in the show and the drama that plagued the first 10 minutes of the anime will come back.
Manabe, please yell at the parents when/if they come back and end it with a "Please let me marry your daughter" line and that will be the epic LOL of the season for me.
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Old 2013-01-10, 21:19   Link #36
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The drama in the first half is extremely effective but undeniably it's played pretty broadly. But there's a subtler message behind it, and that's the fact that the reason Kotoura-san is such an outcast is because of the gap that exists between people's desires and what they say and do. Of course no one likes to be reminded of that gap, and that makes Kotoura a threat.

Enter Manabe. If I would describe him in one word, it would be "transparent". He says what he means and he's not ashamed of his thoughts (even the ecchi ones) and that makes Kotoura no threat to him. She's like Diogenes, searching with a lamp for an honest man for her entire life - and now she's found one. That's a fascinating basis around which to build a romance.
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Old 2013-01-10, 21:41   Link #37
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The drama in the first half is extremely effective but undeniably it's played pretty broadly. But there's a subtler message behind it, and that's the fact that the reason Kotoura-san is such an outcast is because of the gap that exists between people's desires and what they say and do. Of course no one likes to be reminded of that gap, and that makes Kotoura a threat.

Enter Manabe. If I would describe him in one word, it would be "transparent". He says what he means and he's not ashamed of his thoughts (even the ecchi ones) and that makes Kotoura no threat to him. She's like Diogenes, searching with a lamp for an honest man for her entire life - and now she's found one. That's a fascinating basis around which to build a romance.
Agreed Enzo, exactly what I was thinking - and well expressed.
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Old 2013-01-10, 22:05   Link #38
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actually the problem is not the mind reading ability
just kotoura cant shut her mouth
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Old 2013-01-10, 22:07   Link #39
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actually the problem is not the mind reading ability
just kotoura cant shut her mouth
Not so easy when she is a child.... :\

But yeah ... I was thinking so too. But maybe later it was a mini way she could somehow defend herself and/or protect herself.....
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Old 2013-01-10, 22:11   Link #40
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Kotoura isn’t just an esper, she’s also na´ve and honest – perhaps as a direct result of her ability, she initially sees no reason why what people think shouldn’t be what they project to the world. It’s the truth, so why hide it?

That, of course, makes Manabe an even more perfect match.
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