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So this chapter gives us some insight into when Yotsuba was even younger but still no information about her origins or what happened to her birth parents?
 

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It really started out more as a humorous comic strip than a full blown manga, which is why she was so mean at the beginning. Like an actual harassing bully. But when it gained more popularity and got longer and less like a comic strip, this got toned down A LOT. Almost even ret-conned to Nagataro liking the dude from the start and being really bad with her feelings and wanting to build his confidence up. Its almost completely different to what it started out as.

it's all based on the "boy/girl doesn't know how to express the feelings and acts like an idiot" setup, like boys pulling a girls hair in elementary school etc. this goes all the way to different -dere personalities.
I'm getting more and more convinced those people either were so sheltered or spergy that they never experienced it (happens), but are also way too dumb to even understand the concept.

(though troons are in first place).

of course men who want to women are better at it than women themselves, which is hilariously ironic.
 

Return of the Freaker

Despite all my ragie I'm still just wagie in cagie
So this chapter gives us some insight into when Yotsuba was even younger but still no information about her origins or what happened to her birth parents?
My pet theory that I kinda doubt is the answer:

Depending on where they are in Japan, "An island to the left" could be Kyushu or Shikoku. But what else is "to the left" of Japan? The Korean Peninsula. Her parents were boat people fleeing North Korea. They didn't make it but Yotsuba did and was picked up by the JMSDF/Coast Guard.
 

Overcast

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So this chapter gives us some insight into when Yotsuba was even younger but still no information about her origins or what happened to her birth parents?
My pet theory that I kinda doubt is the answer:

Depending on where they are in Japan, "An island to the left" could be Kyushu or Shikoku. But what else is "to the left" of Japan? The Korean Peninsula. Her parents were boat people fleeing North Korea. They didn't make it but Yotsuba did and was picked up by the JMSDF/Coast Guard.

That always was something about this series that fascinated me. They establish fairly early on that she's adopted, but they don't really delve too deeply into it. They leave just enough info to leave stuff to the imagination while focusing on what ultimately matters: Yotsuba is with a dad that loves her and is surrounded by loving and supporting people. Even Yanda, who on the outside Yotsuba has an antagonistic relationship with, inadvertently serves as sort of an older brother type figure. It takes a village to raise a child after all.
 
My pet theory that I kinda doubt is the answer:

Depending on where they are in Japan, "An island to the left" could be Kyushu or Shikoku. But what else is "to the left" of Japan? The Korean Peninsula. Her parents were boat people fleeing North Korea. They didn't make it but Yotsuba did and was picked up by the JMSDF/Coast Guard.

I think there's a bit about Yotsuba being cared for by her grandmother, and adopted from her.

North Korea is also my pet theory, because it would explain why she seems to be missing so many mundane things, like not knowing what a swing set is.
 
North Korea is also my pet theory, because it would explain why she seems to be missing so many mundane things, like not knowing what a swing set is.
that makes more sense, I thought she was just retarded, but japan's racism filter WOULD see a kid from a different asian culture as a complete alien despite them not forming many of their conscious(4+) memories outside of japan.

Is it still a will-they-wont-they with the neighbor chick or is yotsuba still mom-less?
 
I wonder if the ending to So I'm a Spider, So What? ep3 was intentional comedy.



You had the characters be horrified about the whole 'kin-eater' thing... smash cut to the ED of a cheerful Kumoko dancing. Kumoko had been a kin-eater since the day she was born and was just all "lol oh well i need to eat"

There definitely seems to be an intentional contrast between the spider and her classmates, but from what I understand it's going to take a lot of time for it to have a payoff, especially since you'd usually have it to make the dragon spider's "rival". But if anything dragon girl actually feels bad for being a bully and unless her master dies I can't see her turning evil. It could be for comedy, but having one side working hard and the other getting everything for free is more annoying than funny.
Welp, Higurashi Gou jumped the shark this episode. On top of it being really gross (and not in a good way, holy fuck), I believe it's reconned Rika's motivation for why she wanted to live past June of 1983.

She wants to live past June because she wants to grow up and stay with her friends forever. She doesn't want to live past June just to leave Hinamizawa and everyone behind even if the village will be fine without her. If her friends leave Hinamizawa, she was going to follow them and not for any selfish(? If you can even call it that) reasons such as starting a new life outside of Hinamizawa without anyone else. Hanyuu always wanted what was best for Rika, after all, she'd totally be okay with Rika living outside of the village just as long as she doesn't forget her heritage. And far as I can tell, she hasn't, but nah, this Rika just wants to get out of Hinamizawa alone and it wasn't even a case of gaslighting, either.

Such a crock of bullshit. I don't even care about whatever it is Takano wants to talk to Rika about next episode since she's practically been non-existent this series, this is such a weak explanation for why Rika is being forced to go through torture porn again. This is a weak excuse for a Bernkastel origin story, too, if this is even leading up to that.

Also I haven't mentioned it because I figured it was just due to the voice-actress' age, but Mika Kanai sounds horrendous as Satoko in this series, and I don't think it's because she sounds like she's deep throating the mic. There's been no heart to her performance since the very beginning, and this episode just further cemented it for me she's not giving her all. It's kinda baffling to be honest. Unless she had some surgery ages ago or has an injury of sorts, her voice should not be this throaty and scratchy and her delivery shouldn't be as stilted as it is.
Wait, does Gou's Rika want to move away from her friends or stay together? Since the former can be justified by the events she has seen being so traumatic that she can't stomach being near anyone from the village. Like, even in real life knowing someone who did a bad thing had a mental illness doesn't excuse it for the victims.

Also about Nagatoro, ironically the only fanservice is by a high schooler with the body of a 20 year old supermodel (discounting some of the omake). Besides that, the only thing people can throw at it is the author's earlier works.
 

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welmp
the opening to higurashi gou ep 16 was
well
it sure was something
EDIT
oh god it got worse
fucking funny how rena stabbing keiichi had to be censored with a black bar but they decided showing that in all its glory for ten minutes was perfectly fine.
 
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My pet theory that I kinda doubt is the answer:

Depending on where they are in Japan, "An island to the left" could be Kyushu or Shikoku. But what else is "to the left" of Japan? The Korean Peninsula. Her parents were boat people fleeing North Korea. They didn't make it but Yotsuba did and was picked up by the JMSDF/Coast Guard.

There’s also China. Some islands in China are considered autonomous regions but claimed by them. Maybe her parents were escaping the CCP? Could they be Uyghurs? Hong Kongers? Pro-Taiwan Independence? Protesters that fly the ROC flag?
 

Return of the Freaker

Despite all my ragie I'm still just wagie in cagie
welmp
the opening to higurashi gou ep 16 was
well
it sure was something
EDIT
oh god it got worse
fucking funny how rena stabbing keiichi had to be censored with a black bar but they decided showing that in all its glory for ten minutes was perfectly fine.
Yeah I really didn't want to see Rika getting her guts pulled out. It was bad enough when they showed her corpse in the original, this is going way too far. I'm still curious what Takano's going to tell her but they really ruined it for me by having Satoko play with Rika's organs. Fucking christ.

Edit: Don't tell me this is supposed to be a precursor to Bern and Lambda's bedroom talk in Umineko...
 
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Kari Kamiya

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Wait, does Gou's Rika want to move away from her friends or stay together? Since the former can be justified by the events she has seen being so traumatic that she can't stomach being near anyone from the village. Like, even in real life knowing someone who did a bad thing had a mental illness doesn't excuse it for the victims.
She leaves Hinamizawa to go to St. Lucia Academy (why?), but apparently she's always wanted to flee Hinamizawa when she's never expressed that desire to before. Never mind that the whole point of her trying to get a miracle was so she could grow up and be with her friends forever. Great retcon.

EDIT
oh god it got worse
fucking funny how rena stabbing keiichi had to be censored with a black bar but they decided showing that in all its glory for ten minutes was perfectly fine.
Yeah I really didn't want to see Rika getting her guts pulled out. It was bad enough when they showed her corpse in the original, this is going way too far. I'm still curious what Takano's going to tell her but they really ruined it for me by having Satoko play with Rika's organs. Fucking christ.

Edit: Don't tell me this is supposed to be a precursor to Bern and Lambda's bedroom talk in Umineko...
It was censored on TV, but the uncensored version is what gets streamed online.
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Still doesn't excuse how fucking disgusting and disrespectful it is to the Higurashi series. There's idiots out there defending the mindless gore waiving it off as Ryukishi just upgrading Higurashi to his current writing style since Umineko and Ciconia are gory as hell. Also there's a theory that Satoko might legitimately be insane and is not under the influence of Hinamizawa Syndome based on how her eyes look in the episode. It's all so tiresome.
 

Return of the Freaker

Despite all my ragie I'm still just wagie in cagie
There's idiots out there defending the mindless gore waiving it off as Ryukishi just upgrading Higurashi to his current writing style since Umineko and Ciconia are gory as hell.
How does that make any sense? Higurashi is its own thing. Just because Umineko has more gory stuff doesn't mean you need to change earlier works. If this is supposed to be part of Bern's origin, this scene could've been framed differently and used discretion shots. These defenders are probably the same types that think "mature" means gore drenched titties with lots of swearing
 

Kari Kamiya

"I beat her up, so I gave her a cuck-cup."
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If this is supposed to be part of Bern's origin, this scene could've been framed differently and used discretion shots.
I'm still holding out hope that it may be revealed to be the origin of Bernkastel, but it seriously makes no sense for Rika to be tortured over and over again.

I'm going to be honest that I don't mind the idea of Watanagashi being performed on someone in the series, but Satoko clearly didn't perform it properly, hence why it's so disrespectful. The ritual is supposed to be an appeasement to Oyashiro and to purify the guts being scooped out for consumption, and there's to be beauty to the act as it's a slow, delicate process. Using the hoe to hack away at somehow-already-exposed guts is not the right way to do it. Satoko would've seen Rika perform the dance at least once by 1983, she should've tried to replicate it. She also probably should've just started eating her guts in accordance with Higurashi lore, but nah, gotta just pull them out after severing her in half.

If the manga adaptation handles this scene better than the anime, there's no saving this anime. Ever.
 

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that makes more sense, I thought she was just retarded, but japan's racism filter WOULD see a kid from a different asian culture as a complete alien despite them not forming many of their conscious(4+) memories outside of japan.

Is it still a will-they-wont-they with the neighbor chick or is yotsuba still mom-less?

The fact Fuuka went with Yosuke (Mr. Koiwai) and Yotsuba to get a backpack without even thinking twice is kinda suspicious. Kinda odd as there’s a significant age gap between the two. (She’s 17 and I recall Azuma stating Koiwai’s in his thirties) But consensual relationships like that aren’t unheard of.

For now though, she’s still mom-less.
 

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Honestly, I never lied to myself thinking that this was one of Kiyohiko’s greatest works. I’m not sure if a real anime version of this green haired girl would do this manga justice.

And I have yet to be proven wrong.
 

King Dead

Cops are better when they're mecha.
Late on this but I saw it when scrolling through to catch up:
I started watching Black Clover and I hate it but I cant stop.

* Episode long fight scenes with lots of talking

* Characters in love but denying it for 50 episodes

* Poor animation

* Characters seem retarded

* Plot you can see happening a mile away

That being said the series has gotten a lot of genuine laughs from me, mostly because of Yami. They do acknowledge that the cast is mostly made up of brainless infants. I switched to the dub because Astas voice actor gave me a headache and it hasnt been the worst. It hasnt been the worst thing to put on in the background but it seems like there have been a ton of episodes where nothing has happened.
Black Clover is a series that really grows on you once you get past the initial roughness. It starts out feeling like a generic shonen, but eventually you realize...well, it's a generic shonen, but it's a good one. There's nothing truly groundbreaking about it, but sometimes that's all you need. Asta is a relentless force of good that refuses to give up no matter what, and he ends up inspiring everyone around him to do better too, even a lot of the villains of the series. You can't help but like him after a while because he's just so pure of heart; ironic for someone who's pretty much got a devil inside him. It even gives him a plausible excuse for being clueless to how every girl seems to want his dick; he's of such single-minded determination to marry Sister Lily that he's oblivious to all others' advances.

It's mostly held up by its cast, and like I've mentioned before, I honestly can't think of a single character I actually hate thus far, and that's pretty damn rare, especially for a long-running shonen. Even archetypes that I generally dislike (Yuno being the edgy 2kool4skool rival, for example) are written so that I enjoy them (no matter how much he teases Asta, the two of them are still best bros). There's a great sense of humor throughout, but it knows when to take itself just seriously enough, and I enjoy where the story's gone. It also manages to legitimately subvert expectations of standard shonen tropes a few times along the way.

And yeah, the dub is considerably easier to listen to. Asta's Japanese voice is just really grating, especially whenever he screams (so, all the time). Apparently Funi put the dub on hold for a while, so it hasn't been on Toonami in a few months; hopefully they pick it up again soon.

I'd say it's one of the better shonen series to come out in recent years, and it's a shame that a lot of people wrote it off as just a Naruto clone when it was first coming out. A friend of mine talked about how he chose to begin reading MHA instead of BC after Naruto wrapped up, and he said that in retrospect, he wished he had chosen the latter. I have to agree; MHA had an interesting premise but ended up falling into the standard archetypes (I quit when it ended up in a fucking tournament arc and Deku was told how to win against his opponent and he literally fucked it up in the first second, my god how can you be that stupid), while BC started off feeling like generic shonen but with enough to set it apart and keep it fun. This meme still holds up:
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