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What do you mean it's been five years? I haven't neglected them at all!

Nonetheless, I probably didn't manage to write out my season three review because wow, is that first episode putrid. Fallen Arches is Blossom being stupid and old people being injured. So if you enjoy either of these two things do I have a cartoon episode for you! It doesn't give us any insight to any of the main or recurring characters nor was it comedic or dark or anything in anyway, it was just, "Here's some old supervillains who can only be defeated by old superheroes, who by the way are in a feud." I mean considering they've beaten up their own friends and family in that one episode to knock them out of their brainwashing I don't see why hitting old people is such a terrible thing. Okay, maybe, being old, they might croak, but you could just grab them and fly them to jail. I don't see how they could stop you from doing that. This episode was just meh. Plus in a later episode they do end up trying to beat up an old lady (which was really Mojo, but I'd think when all the bodies return to their rightful places that old lady's going to feel awful in the morning)


The "everyone glares at Blossom" episode.

Anyway this full episode is pretty much full of Blossom-shaming. Because in The Mane Event, Blossom decides it's a great idea for her two, usually less mature sisters by the way, who are also both five, to style her hair, her lovely, wonderful long and luxurious hair being styled by two young children whose own hair isn't too difficult or tedious to maintain whatsoever. Blossom, you're really dropping the ball these two episodes. Also, I question how she doesn't feel the EXCRUCIATING PAIN of having her hair ripped off. Though I do maintain her hair being a racetrack or a bunny actually quite hilarious, even in a cartoon. There's a similar episode coming up about Bubbles as well, which I found better but not because it was specifically a Bubbles episode. My biggest gripe between this one compared to the next is how the Professor behaves. I'll elaborate then.

Ah yes, Town and Out, when the girls inexplicably move to the Town of Citiesville. These names are quite awesome by the way. I also heard there's a real Townsville out there. I wonder if there's a real Citiesville? Probably not, but I'll go to Google Maps and find out right now! Hooray for the age of the internet! "We could not find Citiesville." And there you have it. Getting back on topic, I always liked this episode when I was younger. Something about the girls' absurd property damage had to be touched upon sooner or later. I mean, it did lightly in various episodes but not to this point and certainly not to the point of the movie. Though watching it again there are some issues that seem sort of odd. For instance, the girls are all in kindergarten, attending Pokey Oaks in Townsville, yet when they attend a city school they're somehow in a middle school (because obviously middle school children are psychopaths) which I guess gives the bullying a more realistic background. It would be hard to imagine little kindergarteners to such a degree of bullying (but that didn't stop Mitch, others, and even Buttercup herself in that one episode. And Mitch can be quite the shit especially towards that poor hamster that one episode as well...) It also sort of felt like someone who is used to living in the suburbs quietly venting their frustrations with lifestyle in a huge big city where everyone is antisocial and all bad things that happen, would happen. Like that one Simpsons episode about Homer going to New York. I love that episode. Too bad since it aired pre-9/11 it was banned afterwards what with the many many scenes showing the two towers.


MIDDLE SCHOOL IS PRISON!

Oh, where was I? Yes, a nine-million dollar bridge ruined. The kids, who hate them, and all the other stuff that seem overly negative. Even if these things did happen, it did seem like a serious 180 from Townsville, which I suppose is the point but it felt so extreme it didn't feel like it'd ever happen either. I mean, wouldn't kids find kids who have superpowers super amazing no matter what environment they live in? Ah well. I still like the episode nonetheless. And this isn't the first nor the last PPG episode that takes such things to the extreme.

Child Fearing is quite hilarious. It's a rather mundane episode overall and I'd generally just give it an average-rating and move on from here, but there are a few scenes that stand out that make the episode itself stand out just a little more than usual. I suppose that just means it's above-average. From the Mayor killing his fairy in Legend of Zelda to the hilarious overly-obnoxious programming with the singing sea-serpent, this episode does its job, which is to make those laugh, quite perfectly. Though, at some point Mojo gives up on his plans to use the girls to take over the world when he gets far too annoyed, and just wants them to behave like a normal babysitter would want. I would think at that point the girls should have backed off, but again, a PPG episode is not complete without its nutritious dose of violence, so Mojo gets beat up and sent back to jail. He technically shouldn't have been out anyway, but still. Props for somehow making pillow-fighting more violent than it really is, seriously. o_o


I don't understand how this food tasted like crap. It looked amazing!

Oh good ol' Criss Cross Crisis. There are certain episodes the Anime adaptation...well, adapts roughly, and one of them is Criss Cross Crisis. Why am I talking about PPGZ all of a sudden? Because I sort of want to compare them. In PPGZ the only switch comes between the girls, which is quite interesting and would've been interesting had it happened in the original cartoon as well. On the other hand, OG PPG has far more interesting side characters (with some exceptions) than the Anime ever had, so if they both had the same concept it really wouldn't have worked quite as well. Still, it'd have been nice to have seen Buttercup act like Bubbles or something. Anyway, in this episode the Professor decides to irresponsibly test out his invention on the whole city. Now, you can tell this is going to be a twenty-or-so minute episode because those rays that blast out of their house goes on for forever. Ah the good ol' days when they didn't cram a million things into one episode. Blossom and Bubbles retain their rainy day roles and swap with Ms. Bellum and the Mayor respectively. Buttercup gets the Professor, which is also quite amusing. Seeing "Buttercup" in a lab coat and a pipe is well, starkly different than the norm and thus an interesting sight to behold. The "PROFESSOR YOUR HAND DOESN'T WORK!" gag could only have been done with this concept, and I want to think the entire point of this episode was originally purely just for such a joke, but that probably isn't it. Then they fight Mojo, who I mentioned beforehand swapped with an old lady, so when they find out the old lady is Mojo they don't hesitate to smack him silly. My favourite swap of the villains is the Gangreen Gang, who are all ditzy teenage girls. I'm amazed they weren't shocked at how grotesque they looked and continued on, fangirling about hot guys in magazines and painting their crusty nails. What a hoot. Then we have that whole amazing fight scene where bodies are switched constantly until the Professor eventually fixes the problem just by trial and error, which logically probably would've taken ages to do and they may never have gotten it right considering how many coordinates there must be, but why research and discover an actual solution to the problem when you can just pull a lever over and over again! I'd say if he were swapped with an animal without fingers there would be problems, but he was Buttercup in the beginning, so there goes that out the window.

A lovely episode, if you can tell by my large wall-of-text for it. :D


I could've taken a screenshot of anything, but Professor-Buttercup is too cute for words.

The Mane Event returns this time in the form of Bubblevision! Sure, you can say part of the reason I prefer this episode with the exact same concept as the Mane Event simply because Bubbles is the victim this time, but it's a lot less...I guess stupid, in terms of execution. For one thing, Bubbles' vision has suddenly become cartoonishly horrible. To the point that, even though everything is simply blurry in her point-of-view, she reacts to the tests like she's entirely blind. Yay cartoon logic! Now, this isn't that unrealistic. After all, a lot of us glasses-wearing people don't even realize what we're missing until we finally don our first pair of specs, suddenly seeing all the details of the leaves in the trees, wondering why we were experiencing life in SD all this time when HD was just around the corner. However, I do find Blossom's behaviour in particular a little jarring, especially if these episodes are in chronological order. (If they aren't, then Bubbles' behaviour in The Mane Event is the culprit instead) because well, she's been the victim, so why is she doing the bullying this time around? In fact, it feels like Blossom is the one initiating the bullying. Buttercup just follows along, which would be normal in a leader-follower-fighting-the-monster kind of scenario, but that isn't it at all, especially when Buttercup is known as the bully of the three. Ah well. I guess I like this one better because the conclusion was better. Her beam is intensely magnified as it goes through her incredibly thick glasses, vaporizing the giant ant entirely. (I also hate ants. Hooray!) This is better than Blossom showing off her hair and the eye monster constantly laughing with his eyes closed. Plus, Blossom and Buttercup look stupid from the melted ant glob all over them instead of Blossom shooting the two girls to mess their hair up separately at the end of the episode. I guess it feels a lot more natural this way instead.

And about the Professor thing, even he couldn't help laughing at Blossom's haircut in The Mane Event, yet here he shows his complete sympathy to Bubbles and doesn't make fun of her at all. I suppose the difference is in The Mane Event, literally everyone laughed at Blossom yet here, it was only Bubbles' sisters doing the teasing. And with the Professor being a scientist, he's used to say, giant nerd glasses than ridiculous haircuts, but I still think it was a little unfair in the end. They didn't have to leave in the part where the Professor was holding in his laughter that entire time, though I guess you could argue since he kept it in the entire time, keeping such a straight face while giving Blossom advice it was actually really nice of him, as a father and all. Bah, I dunno.


In the end, it doesn't matter. The Professor is an awesome father.

I'm writing too much about two episodes with the same concept in which nothing at all deep happens and the status quo returns in the end anyway. Plus Bubbles' hearing problems at the end was probably just a one-time- gag thing, but what if, kind of like how extreme Bunny turned out in that depressing episode, that Bubbles has the most wrong with her in some way!? I mean, when the Chemical X fell into the concoction it wasn't just Chemical X! It was glass shards and such too! This episode is certainly the beginning for interesting potential headcanons, that's for sure. A thing I never even considered in the world of PPG.

Alright, moving on!

Bought and Scold...is the Princess being dumb, and then getting her just Turkish Delights. ...I meant desserts. It was a really bad pun. Really.
Well, I don't have too much to say about this episode. It's pretty much what I said. They apparently had to fill up a lot of time with Princess walking through her halls for forever, which is also a good way to express her obscenely rich status, but y'know, still. I feel like another way to solve the issue was to beat up the criminals since CRIME IS LEGAL, which doesn't mean beating up the criminals is illegal, because if that is a crime, then it's still okay because it was made legal...and also because the PPG is in its nature are very very violent, but stealing! Sure! That works too! Apparently there is a PPGZ equivalent to this episode but I don't remember it at all despite marathoning both series recently so it must've been bad. So yeah.

And now an episode starring a squirrel! Bullet is a really lovely name for the squirrel, debuting in Getting Twiggy With...wait, this is the hamster episode. Oh. Oops. Bullet shows up one season too early? Hahaha. As he (I never got his gender actually) is the saviour of animals it sure would've been nice if he was in this one, Getting Twiggy WIth it, in which a POOR HAMSTER is TORTURED by a horrendous bully who frankly is showing symptoms of psychopathy if he's fine with tormenting animals. The girls in their excessively poor judgement, even Bubbles, give him far too many chances to treat Twiggy well, and since it's a cartoon it ends with Twiggy becoming a huge monster, now in turn torturing Mitch instead. Man, this really isn't a kids show eh? I suppose it wouldn't be one on like, the little toddler channels in the early morning, so you can't expect morals or anything every episode, but well, this goes to show the very revenge-focused punch-baggy nature of the show. Violence, the answer to all of life's problems!


An eye for an eye, the moral of this episode. And most episodes.

So during Cop Out, I was actually quite...out of it. I fell asleep trying to watch this episode not because it was boring in any way, but I was super exhausted. I eventually woke up and finished watching it, but yeah, details may be Fuzzy. He didn't show up this episode by the way. So some lazy, stereotypical and extremely crooked cop gets fired probably because he is lazy, stereotypical, and crooked. He blames all his problems on the Powerpuff Girls for doing the job he never would, and then tries to kill them. At the time I'd probably be all like "Wow that cop is so crooked that's so unrealistic and shit yo!" But nowadays I do wonder, what with the state of America these days (and probably elsewhere) if these types of cops aren't as rare as I thought them to be? Who knows. I do find the girls falling into the acid, with the other cops failing to stop it in time just to find out they were immune to it all along a funny twist. All-in-all a fairly average episode, but a decent one nonetheless.

Silly wabbit, Trix are for kids! Back in the day that commercial was around, and many of us all began feeling sorry for the poor animal. Then came good ol' Powerpuff Girls to parody such things with Jewel of the Aisle, a crackpot of an episode if anything. "Ridiculous Lucky Captain Rabbit King! Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets are for the youth!" So an incredibly lucky but dumb thief chases his stolen jewel to extreme lengths, until it ends up in a box of Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets. He ruins the supermarket aisle by flooding it with the cereal, only for the last box to be taken by the Professor. So, he dons a disguise as the Rabbit King and somehow plays his part so well at the very end, he actually wanted the cereal until the jewel was revealed. My absolute favourite part is when he dresses up as Santa while still in his cereal mascot disguise, takes a helicopter to the roof, tries to go through the chimney when a squirrel jumps on him and he falls off the roof, so he takes a second helicopter to get back on the roof. That was just so absurd. Then Bubbles is like "Santa are you crazy!? It's summer!" This entire episode was comedy gold. The girls are all constantly eating the cereal the entire episode too.


I'd put something in these captions but I'm really hungry atm and could sure use some cereal.

And then there's Super Zeroes, in which the PPG find their real selves boring and lame, and their favourite heroes amazing and filled with depth! Well, two of them anyway, what with Bubbles' hero being a Japanese rabbit who loves adventure and such and isn't actually a hero. (The Google Translate-parody of how she translated the comic was gold) Buttercup's dark and edgy hero was amazing. "And his scabs NEVER HEAL!" A perpetually tortured soul who is likely an anti-hero, though I really know nothing about Spawn which was what her's was based off of. Blossom gets the most standard hero of them all, though the excessive-reasoning seems well, a little excessive. (My rope will magically grant you morals!) Yet at the same time it's fitting.

This episode utilized quite a lot of long-gags. I wouldn't say overly-long-gags, but long enough. The time they took to prepare, the time they took to get there, etc. It also established that not only are the regular villains having normal lives when not doing deeds of villainy, monsters too take pride in their battles against the PPG as if they're blood knights or something, fighting and competing with one another for whoever can do the most damage! I'm not entirely sure I like that origin story for the monsters. I love it for the recurring villains, but monsters are monsters and their appearances being random and nonsensical is what makes them monsters. There was a season five or so episode expanding on this concept, but I didn't really like it at all, so. The moral is obviously to be yourself, but for some reason the "heroes" they idolized were far lamer than who they are somehow. Y'know, what with Liberty Belle not having the magical abilities to force morality on people (unlike a certain rainbow beam from a certain equine cartoon I could mention...) or the Harmony Bunny well, doing nothing really....probably another attempt at that mystical rainbow beam, and then Mange you'd think, with Buttercup and violence being so in tuned with one another there'd be no problem. But nooooooo, Mange is like a vampire who cannot stand the sun. Wow, what a limitation. Of course they'd return to who they are! Their alter-egos are lame to the point that why would they like them in the first place? I can kind of understand Bubbles because she likes a manga with cutesy things and maybe Buttercup if the nocturnal thing wasn't in play, but Blossom's has no excuse. Still, it's a fun episode seeing the girls like this, and it was iconic enough for the second PPGZ opening to reference it, but they toned Mange down to look more like some sort of evil Anime witch. NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE CUTE AND MOE, JAPAN!


I mean, I don't deny the devil would create a hero with exposed thighs, but she's thirteen man! Based off of a five-year-old man! What's wrong with you, man!? Not to mention how she'd never wear anything like that. D<

Three Girls and a Monster was one of my most favourite episodes, probably my most, back in the day. Watching it now it's a pretty simple episode that goes through a lot of padding in the beginning and the conflict between Blossom and Buttercup isn't featured as much as I remembered. Bubbles follows along what the other wants. She's a follower at heart, but when her leaders are incompetent she needs to chime in as well, and with her heart-like powers, she kindly asks the monster to leave. It's so simple and yet so amusing. The huge, most traditionally intimidating monster yet is certainly tired of the shit he goes through, being assaulted by mosquitoes when he's busy mindlessly destroying the scenery. Nowadays it's a become too simple to be the top of my favourites list, but I love it all the same even so. It's also an example of Blossom and Buttercup arguing, which if memory serves right diminishes in frequency until for whatever reason Bubbles and Buttercup arguing becomes the norm. I don't deny that Bubbles can be a brat, but I dunno, seems a tad strange. Like Blossom has learned better now and Bubbles is tired of Buttercup's shit? Who knows. (This is mostly in seasons 5 and 6 when the creator has left, so)

Monkey See Doggy Two, or otherwise known as Mojo is an idiot. Moving on.

Remember when I eviscerated the drugs-are-bad-mmkay episode back in season two? Well, here's the Aesop done right! Candy is Dandy has the Powerpuff Girls eat candy for the very first time. I find that hard to believe, but considering their out-of-this-world reaction to the treat it does seem that way. Sometimes I wonder how the Professor acts as a father. Seven-thirty curfews...sure it was suggested by their teacher, but geez, seven-thirty is really early. It's already early for a kindergartener in my opinion, though some may have gone to bed at the time (my bedtime was 10:00 back then...which probably contributed to my nocturnal nature ha) but for kids who have to save the day at any notice it's pretty steep. And now, they've never had candy before!? Wow. I guess it was good the Professor never gave any to them, but they've had sugary things before, like that ridiculous cereal so the reaction wouldn't have been that great, and yet. I'll stop talking about the continuity and such. So, they get addicted to candy and make a deal with Mojo so they may have more candy. I really think the girls should be rewarded for their constant vigilance in keeping the city safe. When they asked for two-thousand dollars back in that Blossom-stealing episode I didn't think it was that steep, if it was a one-time thing anyway. They risk their lives everyday to save the day! That's gotta be worth something! So only one piece of candy every monster or criminal defeat seems a bit little too, though I suppose if it happens everyday once a day is a way for moderation, but it apparently doesn't happen everyday if they gotta get Mojo in on it.


I'm amazed it was Buttercup and not Blossom who freaked out for more candy after this scene.

Now I question Mojo's sanity. Sure, stealing the candy would've made the girls suffer, but what was going to happen afterwards? That's right. They'll beat him up. Maybe he didn't expect it to that extent, but he was going to be beaten sooner or later, so...it seems sort of idiotic for Mojo to do that? Ah well, trying to figure out the logic of villains would keep me here all day! Then they eat all the candy anyway, with Mojo horribly disfigured...wait why is this the better drug episode again? I guess it shows you all the detail of the consequences that can happen when it comes with addiction. Ah, I don't know. But the girls, while admitting the guilt still get what they wanted, Mojo got a beating he didn't completely deserve, and everyone got stomach-aches. The destruction of property is the equivalent of stomach-aches! I can kind of believe that, considering how painful some of mine can be.

When I saw the title of the next episode I thought it must've been about cats, but I did not recall a cat-based episode after the evil white cat episode back in season one or so. So I internally argued with myself if this episode was actually about cats while going through the seasons before I reached this particular episode. Logic dictated that writers found puns too tempting to not use, so it must've been about cats, but my memory was like "THERE WAS NO CAT EPISODE AFTER EVIL CAT EPISODE!" So I was in this eternal dilemma, wondering if puns or my memory was correct. Always bet on the puns, friends, never the memory. And so we have Catastrophe. It's not really that memorable of an episode either, considering my dilemma. A monster lost his cat and they find it eventually after Bubbles summons all the cats. That poor kitty, being stuck between his cheeks. There must be some sort of animal cruelty law in place to prevent such things, but if monsters can live normal, mundane lives, they can own cats too I suppose. I once ranted that watching cats do nothing for twenty minutes was more entertaining than some season five and six episodes, sooo...this episode is better than some season five and six episodes. Yeah.


IT'S ABOUT CATS I TELLS YA!

I don't know about you but I dislike Mayor episodes. This one is no exception. In Hot Air Buffoon, he hits people with an extendo-grip boxing glove, which was initially effective (and if he weren't such an idiot maybe we wouldn't need the PPG! Imagine that, an intellectually-challenged Mayor who is always unopposed in elections is the sole reason the PPG are superheroes!) but then he just started punching everyone, even for little crimes or crimes that weren't crimes at all, like a stupid softcore version of Bubblevicious or something. Y'know, I rewatched this episode several days back but I don't actually remember how it was resolved. I guess that's how much I dislike this episode. (I do recall a Dr. Strangelove reference with Blossom laughing whilst riding a missile) Oh right, the Mayor tried to punch the missile after the girls stopped it from hitting Townsville, but all he did was set it off. This normally kills people, but because of the laws of comedy everyone is only covered in soot. So the Mayor's stupidity didn't cause the entire human race to go extinct after all, thus justifying his continued place in Town Hall! Hooray! :|

Speaking of which, yay for more episodes of good characters breaking the law because they're either stupid or need to learn a lesson! This one's about stealing even though we had a stealing episode already called Ploys R' Us. Believe it or not despite knowing the chain store existed I didn't actually get the pun when I was younger. So the Professor is suffering from some pretty specific sleepwalking, which leads him to stealing from a toy store and leaving it for his kids. Maybe it's his subconscious trying to please his lovely children in ways he never could when he's awake, since despite inventing things and owning quite a lot of expensive equipment a two-thousand dollar set of golf clubs and some extra toys for his children are too much to ask for. The girls soon discover this loophole and manage to land all the toys from the store, even continuing when the store owner is crying his eyes out wondering what heartless madman could continue to steal from him over and over and over again. (And no one thinks to up the security when this thief is doing this every night P: ) The Professor soon discovers his night-crawling activities, and instead tests the girls' ethics by seeing how far they're willing to go. When a bunch of cops storm in and start shooting him after he holds the Mayor hostage, it's only then when the girls confess what they've done. Luckily it turns out it was a test and the girls somehow passed!

Well alright.


A Beefy Betty.

First off, for the first four (or three, I don't remember in four) seasons, firearms were free to be shown in PPG. The one exception is Fuzzy's shotgun, which I guess is cartoony enough to be allowed. In the very beginning they were there as they were, deadly weapons that can shoot bullets to kill people, but over time they were toned down. This episode may be their last appearance as guns, but now they're coloured in bright red colours and their sound effects don't sound anything close to a real gun, so I guess they're treading on some borderline territory here, but considering such violence the show has had, I don't see why censoring guns is a thing that even needs to be done, but ah well. I don't know why I'm complaining about this, since it turns out they were all dart guns so the unrealistic colours and SFX makes sense, but...huh, I just explained away my issue for this part myself. Huh.

Well anyway, the girls sure do like getting away with things until it's too late huh? From Blossom escaping her sisters, going to the point of framing, lying, kidnapping and then explaining it was the Professor who pushed her to crime, to the three not even admitting their misdeeds until the Professor is supposedly dead, kind of says a lot about them doesn't it? I don't know. Perhaps it's just rule of drama to just get the confession out of them at the height of climax, but y'know, considering how violent they are to solving and ending crime it's just a theme that gets repeated so often through the series. It's a broken record, a dead horse by now, but why is this show for children!?

But they learned their lesson, so all is okay!

This post is getting too long. Helter Shelter!


This was ingenious.

I love too many Bubbles episodes and this one is no exception! She tries to hide a whale, albeit a baby one, in the house after the Professor has already repeatedly reprimanded her for bringing animals home. A whale! When the girls try to hide it they all have awful, awful ideas, but Bubbles keeps shoving it back through the window like always. Then it gets shrivelled up and she tries to save it with glasses of water, pft. Oh Bubbles you naive little girl you. I'm touched that even though Bubbles' sisters are understandably pissed at her for never learning her lesson, they still try to save her butt by helping her hide the whale. Isn't that nice? And when the Professor's words repeat within her head, Bubbles applies it a little too cross-the-board, freeing every animal contained in a cage or attached to a chain! Be free, animals, free! Who'd think "Bubbles" being yelled across space would happen before Buttercup? Certainly not me!

Power Lunch was a Gangreen Gang episode, who I'm not fond of. And they almost destroy the Powerpuff Girls, but then nature finds away and the status quo returns again. Nothing much to say about it; the episode was mostly a fight scene. If you enjoy the PPG getting beat up instead of the other way around I guess you'll like it? I dunno.

Some father-daughter relations are touched upon in the Powerprof episode. This is the go-to episode I reference whenever I talk about the writers padding the episode to fill time because it's twenty-minutes instead of the usual ten-or-so. The part where they try to get the Professor to take them to a movie is very long indeed, but still very cute nonetheless. Seeing their escapades so often interrupted by crime-fighting sure sucks. I wonder how they managed to get Mojo in on returning the family back to the status quo though? You'd think after Candy is Dandy Mojo has learned, but I don't even see anything he'd get out of it at all this time around either. I don't understand Mojo sometimes. He seems like a very naive supervillain. Another thing is, one of the outdated slang terms the Professor uses is "Daddy-o" which he uses again when the girl goes back in time to in the time episode in season four, so I like that sense of continuity there! Man, I know I'm reiterating over and over again, but violence sure seems like the number one problem-solving technique in this show. Just have the Powerprof beaten up to the point that he doesn't want to do it anymore! Yay!


I love how the villains are like the girls' peers 'cause even though they beat them up they still feel embarrassed around 'em.

...The Headsucker's Moxy was just a "the Mayor is stupid" episode. The monster itself was fascinating and had an air of horror to him. I really wanted to see him manage to attack one of the girls and see how that played out; it would've been such an interesting episode had that happened. But noooooo, it ends because the Mayor is stupid. Meh.

There are tons of misinformed My Little Pony fans who think Lauren Faust created the Powerpuff Girls. No, she was a storyboarder and a writer for some episodes, but not the creator. That'd be her husband, Craig McCracken. An episode she did write was Equal Fights, and the theme is pretty obvious. FEMINISM, Y'ALL! An issue that many people are rather ignorant about. See, in an effort to invite zero confrontation, I hardly give my opinion on hot-topic issues such as feminism and the like. I am blessed to live in Canada where I generally agree with the populous about issues, but that isn't the case on the chaotic world of the internet. So I just keep my mouth shut and let people with far more eloquence in their speech than I do to explain the logic and purpose of feminism, like this episode.

Well, except this episode maaaay have been a bit too obvious and simplified about it all. A deranged villain named Femme Fatale wants to steal all the Susan B. Anthony coins in Townsville. (I've never seen these coins, not being American and all, so are they common? Or just a limited edition of the coins or what? I've only seen coins with Presidents on 'em, so) She justifies her actions to the girls with her straw feminist logic. They, being impressionable children go along with it, but after three or so seasons of crime-fighting I didn't think they'd believe her so easily and keep letting her commit crimes no matter the words she says. None of the boys that do things in the episode actually do anything wrong, and the real purpose of feminism, is touched upon rather lightly by the girls' biggest woman influences, their teacher Ms. Keane and Ms. Bellum. Femme Fatale's just a thief. She's apparently based on the stupid annoying extreme feminists who demand all for women and none for men, but as this episode in particular we aren't really shown much negative stereotypes of men or women it's kind of hard to point out the real life issue where there is a real divide in terms of how men and women are treated in places like the work force, social gatherings, and the like? I don't know.


Your own movie you say? Yes, they do have one. :D

It was kind of like the very-special-episode about drugs a season back, but it wasn't quite as bad. Maybe just as preachy but not quite as obvious. The intentions are good but the episode fell short for me. I think an episode that depicts the issue more directly is the season four episode with the male superheroes the girls run into. It's not only hilarious but brings out the point pretty nicely. Or maybe I just like morals that are clear-cut and dry, I dunno. Also according to Wikipedia apparently that quote about Susan B. Anthony demanding to be put to jail like all the dudes do isn't true? I'm confused. :(

Next up is Moral Decay...and I've heard a lot of vitriol has been thrown against this episode for depicting Buttercup so negatively, just like A Very Special Blossom and...uhm, well everyone loved Bubblevicious. I dunno any other episode that portrays Bubbles in a objectively negative light. I found her sort of obnoxious in Octi-Gone but, hmmm... anyway unlike these people with these opinions I disagree! While Blossom's behaviour beyond the stealing may have been a bit much in her unsavoury episode, Buttercup's well known for her tough, violent ways. It's just like the toy stealing episode except without the forgiveness. Actually the criticism may be be because the two of them didn't get any forgiveness, though their lack of remorse may have warranted such a response...so I guess the lack of remorse drives the criticism? Bah. I liked this episode because of the slapstick humour, primarily towards Bubbles. The fact that, at one point Buttercup could barely squeeze an apology out of her mouth and now she's spouting it out like mad to justify how much she was "unintentionally" hurting Bubbles is hilarious. I also like despite all the physical abuse, Bubbles is like "th'okay!" through her tooth hole. And then Blossom is smiling like she's superior to Buttercup but then the Professor is like "You can't knock out Blossom's teeth" either and she covers her mouth. Man. I would give this episode 10/10 just for the door-slamming scene. I DON'T KNOW WHY I LIKE THAT STEREOTYPICAL GAG SO MUCH! It's just so good when it's done versus some character you don't expect. The usual (often-male) buttmonkey villain person being beat up over and over again? Eh, gets old. Not funny. Bubbles? The unexpected is the best humour of them all.

And then Buttercup gets beat up. Well, okay then. Violence solves everything amirite?


I mean, I'm sure she gets it worse in the actual monster fights...

Finally, there's Meet The Beat Alls. It was a Beatles reference episode. I don't know anything about the Beatles. I watched a video pointing out every single reference and literally every line and background event was a reference. All the lines are lyrics or things they've said or song titles. There's the Beat-Alls themselves, the way Moko Yono broke up the band, everything! If I actually knew anything about the Beatles I'd probably like it, but my inner writer spirit would probably say they forced too many references in too small a time-frame. Like when Professor called the Beat-Alls just a "rock band" and tried to explain away such an odd line of dialogue by pointing out Fuzzy's rock. That doesn't explain nothing! Also its laziness in how they portrayed the PPG being defeated annoys me, with the three beams and then the rock every single time. Come on! The Gangreen Gang did better than that! Buttercup did better than that against Bubbles and those were "accidents"! And the PPG aren't so incompetent they'd be defeated the same way every single time! Gah!

And there you have it, season three. Egads on a stick, my friends. I've typed too much. I have a headache (from yesterday too) and I'd like to finish. Now to place a bunch of random images from the episode with hopefully witty captions with a witty title and then I can say "Spotto out!" or something like that. Hoorah! I'd also like to mention I will not be reviewing seasons five and six. I tried to rewatch them today and skipped a majority of the episodes. I might touch on the episodes I did like, but unless you want me to bitch for five-thousand words it will not exist. I will still review the movie and the Christmas Special, but not the 2008 special because if you've been reading my PPG stuff you already know I don't like it and I don't feel like bitching, again. Yep.
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Blowing off steam because Simcity 4 (playing a multiplayer-region with Ed) is seriously annoying me.

So I'll do something utterly pointless to calm down! AND THAT IS THE COMPARISON OF THE HAPPY MATERIALS:

 
Yes, Happy Material, a very catchy song and the theme song of the first anime for Negima. Do not believe what others say, Negima is a terrible anime, but an especially decent manga if you ignore the last fifteen chapters or so. Nonetheless, despite the mediocrity of the animations, the music is actually quite good, or at least some of them are. Sadly this does not include the music from the Live Action because 80% of that music is plain amateurish and bad, like the Live Action itself!

Moving on, if you don't mind listening to six or seven versions of the same song, continue reading! Happy Material is a very happy (as the title says) song, kind of poppy or techno-y...or well, I'm terrible with genres. Anyway for the sake of including all the class members, there are several versions sang by a different set of students organized by seat number. That means characters will sing with other characters you never thought would, like Chisame and Evangeline! This post is basically my ranking and especially of such rankings of which Happy Material is the best sounding. As always, shameless bias is present.

Let's start with the original, the good ol' original Happy Material likely listened to the most, what with being the original. Being the first song, the singers are the first few students in the class roster going by alphabetical order. Now already there is some bias floating in my head and likely most people's heads because being the original, it is the one you hear first, the most often, and therefore the one you expect...so obviously one will like it more already. There is further bias on my part because four out of my top five favourite characters sing this version, not only that but a previous absolute favourite character AND someone heavily associated with my favourite characters meaning I do not dislike and do in fact care about each and every singer, including their voice actresses. For the last one, do blame Aoi-dono for that just like everything else.

So yes, it looks like we don't even need to look upon the other versions what with that insane amount of bias already, but rather than just moving on without explanation, let's listen to the song as objectively as possible. It's not only the singers that we're used to, but how the music itself is played. The other versions have some variety in having different instruments and trying to differentiate itself from the original. So the original even sounds like the original, nothing added that may or may not catch you by surprise or anything that will annoy you if you hear it too often (example, a sound in the song like the intro or some character yelling something being very gimmicky and therefore rather tiring on repeated listens)

As for the singers themselves, not only do we have a nice variety of singers, this original also enjoys the privilege of six and not five singers because of the odd number of students for even further variety. The next bit of variety is where and what part the singers sing, it is actually different throughout every version and not static. If you're confused, say Yue sings one part of the song solo, whereas in the other songs that isn't actually a solo, but sometimes sung by two people at once, or the entire group, or only half of it is a solo, etc. I think the original is also benefited that the singing shared amongst the singers, and where their solos are placed are well balanced in comparison to the rest of the versions.

Now we can actually talk about the quality of the singing which will obviously, unless it's live, try to sound the best it can via the wonders of technology, but there are faults. While the voice actress of Yue, Natsuko Kuwatani is an amazing singer and perhaps one of the best in the entire cast, others aren't quite as brilliant as her. I will have to harp on my favourite character's voice actress, Ayana Sasagawa who can't seem to reach high notes at times, in particular her last solo before the song ends. That is a bit of a weak point in the song but luckily only half the song is in the opening of the Anime and Kazumi's solo there sounds fine, even cute and very fitting. Everyone else sounds average and can reach their notes properly. Akira's solos are nice to listen to and we are also luckily to have voices that harmonize well and aren't generic. While Ako's (non-fake) singing can be very ordinary, she is the only ordinary-sounding singer within the song due to Sayo, Yuuna, Kazumi, Yue, and Akira all having either very unique voices or excellent range in their singing or even both. Yue is both, but Akira is an example of the latter. 

 

So after that pointless analysis, I give this Happy Material a 9.5/10. There are a few faults, but the composition is done well enough that you can easily overlook such faults. Everyone's solo makes sense and sounds nice, so there we go. I can't really comment on the lyrics (the second verse is different each version) but even if I did know the words or cared enough to go look it up, they're all probably rather generic anime lyrics anyway. The final thing I must add is that while this song is the original and therefore there are no deviations, there is one. Near the end of the first chorus, you can hear Yue trailing off a bit from the others yelling "Go!" or some such, which is actually quite cute and a bit of an easter egg since people not paying attention can easily miss it unlike the other deviations in the other songs. So let's move on to the second Happy Material!

This one is sung by students Misa to Madoka. I must start off by saying it is unfortunate two cheerleaders are lumped in this one because due to the SHAFT Anime they were almost treated as one entity and spoke at the same time constantly, which made their voice sound very, very generic (just "loud" if anything). This is highly unfortunate because Madoka is supposed to have a "husky" voice in canon (obviously didn't happen) and Misa's voice actress, Shizuka Itou, is a very highly regarded seiyuu and for her to be reduced to such a role in Negima is wasted potential. Oh well, it's not like the casting directors knew the cheerleaders would have incredibly flat personalities when they were deciding on who to play who. Anyway, also thanks to having two cheerleaders in this song, the deviation for this one is everyone yelling GO! GO! whenever they're meant to only say GO! So...not a bad thing or anything, but the deviation might be annoying through repeated listens. (Not that anyone would actually be listening to this repeatedly unless they're doing a pointless analysis like I am at the moment...)

The second version also features the main character Asuna, so you'd think it might sound a little more special in some way, but it does sound oddly generic compared to the original. Madoka not having a husky-sounding voice actress does not help. Chachamaru, though often has wondrous singing (yay for Akeno Watanabe!) is singing at a higher octave and thus not utilizing her beautiful powerful singing like in 1000% Sparking, and so doesn't really sound as different as she could be. Asuna while has a fine voice isn't helping much with her voice range, and there's Misora (Bandou Ai) who sounded absolutely splendid in Infinity Love 2U but again has the Chachamaru problem of a higher octave. So unfortunately this version sounds like a mishmash of various Japanese female teenagers as opposed to the brilliant variety present in Happy Material 1.

Not only that but there appears to be less solos in this version...wasted potential is pretty much this song, but well what can you do if you happen to have a group that doesn't sound all that different from one another? And the singers that can REALLY sing are limited by the song itself due to their natural voice range from sounding like anything beyond cute. So I will have to grade this an 8/10. We move on to a bunch of characters well-loved by the fans...

From Ku Fei to Makie we have the yuri pairing that dominates all fanfiction, Konoka and Setsuna, plus a Haruna thrown in for good measure. Once again a majority of the characters sound like children or really hyper teenage girls...and I guess they are both. The difference here is that even the high voices do have a bit of individuality in them. Makie is of course voiced by the singer Yui Horie and Ku Fei has the very underwhelmingly enthusiastic if performed live Hazuki. They have decently unique voices despite sounding high. While Konoka does sound unique when she speaks and when she sings her own solo songs, she is slightly difficult to make out when singing with Ku Fei in this song. Not only that, she too has a high voice, so when you mix these three together you get a mix of highness that unfortunately overtakes Setsuna's very hammy, very boyish, and very unique voice. Haruna is in the middleground, so whenever there aren't solos it's once again a choir of hyper girls singing a song.

So thanks to several high-tier seiyuus, the quality of the song is nice and you can even make out the solos! The group singing while sounds nice, falls a bit in the variety department but I certainly prefer listening to this one over and over again as opposed to the second Happy Material. How very fitting that Yu Kobayashi sings the "original" line in the song. I'm not really sure where the obvious deviation from the original part of the song is, it's not too different from the original. So I guess in that case it ranks well in repeated listens. A lot of people probably listen to this one as well thanks to the popularity of the characters and the popularity of Makie's seiyuu. Haruna's voice while the middle-ground probably would've fit better in a group of singers with more variety to be able to enjoy her voice more efficiently. Too many high voices in this one drowns her out. The solos are a bit lacking here as well, which is unfortunate because I'd loved to have heard each singer by themselves much more than together. Also Makie's singer falls a bit flat in her last solo just like Kazumi's, but she has no excuse because SHE IS A PROFESSIONAL.

Anyway I'll end that review with a decent 8.5/10. Hurrah!

We lead into version four, from Sakurako to Chizuru...which is like the opposite of the last two versions. Everyone has a very unique but very few of the characters have high childish voices, oddly enough. If some of them were mixed into the previous versions the songs would have a far better balance, but perhaps that would make them all too similar to the original? Who knows. This one unfortunately features even less solos for whatever reason and seems to like giving Kaede extra singing time. Nothing wrong with that, what with her voice actress being a professional singer and her voice being decently unique, but it would probably be more necessary if she was the only one who sounded normal amongst a bunch of females on helium like on the other songs. 

The most unassuming voice is sadly Chizuru's though, which you don't often expect because you're thinking of a more onee-sama type of voice when she sings, but that's only reserved for her speaking. Mana and Kaede make an excellent duo in singing, and Sakurako despite proclaiming a love for karaoke really doesn't sing as much as she should. I much prefer Chao's singing voice in the SHAFT version, what with it being a different actress because her alto (or is it even lower than that?) singing in 1000% Sparking is absolutely GORGEOUS. Here she sounds relatively normal, not her normal voice when she sounds all high-like while speaking thankfully, but not as beautiful as when her new voice actress sings in the other opening.

Perhaps I've listened to this song too often in a row but I can't seem to decipher that much a difference between the music. Oh, different enough and thankfully more variety (I need a thesaurus! :D) than the 1000% Sparking versions, but still. Nonetheless I rate this a flat 8/10 that while they do not sound excruciatingly high or like generic Japanese females, they aren't extraordinary in the singing department and their voices are a bit too unassuming besides Mana and Kaede. Moving onwards!

We have the twins to Evangeline...oh dear, just as I begin to listen I can hear an extreme techno-y difference in the music which somewhat grinds on my probably very sensitive ears at this point. Not only that, but in this song we have very little difference among the characters: three lolis and two nerds. Chisame normally has a deep-like talking voice, but her voice actress has the Chachamaru syndrome (and is probably singing closer to like a Chiu) and so sounds JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE in this song yay! Hakase has a high voice as well, and the only voice NOT attempting to be cutesy is Evangeline's, which while still high seems to have an ounce of dignity in it. (If you can have dignity being a five hundred-year-old vampire singing a very silly song with a bunch of classmates you despise) I mean I guess ramping up the music to match the singers' tempo makes sense but egads it just makes everything worse.

The uniqueness of this song comes from the energy of both the twins and Chisame for some reason in Chiu mode. So they continue their lines a bit more with cheers or energetic cries or whatever to increase more of the taste of diabetes in your mouth. I know I complained about versions two and three sounding like immature brats on helium, but this is absolutely absurd. It's like you ate two pounds of pixie sticks and then began to sing with other people hyped up on pixie sticks while bouncing on a bouncy castle leaking helium. 

While Hakase sounds generically high, the twins are overboard cutesy and high, and Chisame seems to have a little bit of originality in her voice, not sure how to describe it besides "not irritating" and then we have the rather misplaced Evangeline. I wonder how Yuki Matsuoka felt when she recorded this song with the others? Her voice is definitely drowned out in the group songs and I cannot make out anyone whatsoever when they're singing in smaller groups. This group is the opposite of the first group, thanks to the twins singing together a lot (and not really having much difference in voice anyway) it's more like only four people are singing this, and there is very little that stands out as well! Of all the versions so far this is the worst. It's not bad, but I would not listen to it repeatedly, egads. 

HELIUM, I rate it 6.5/10.

So we come to version six, Nodoka to Zazie! And chills just went down my spine despite listening to the same tune dozens of times by now...

Because these five singers are perfect.

FREAKIN' JUNKO MINAGAWA and MAI AIZAWA are backed up by the uniquely sounding Mamiko Noto along with the voice you never hear Yuka Inokuchi with the very cutesy but not obnoxiously high Naomi Inoue! Arguably the best singer of the cast (contests with Yue) we have Ayaka who seems to sound amazing despite whatever octave you force her into. Natsumi's singer is actually very surprisingly good because you expect her to be normal and unassuming like Natsumi herself. It is no wonder she was cast as Mio in Nichijou.  While there isn't anyone with a husky or low voice here, Nodoka, Zazie, and Satsuki manage to still sound different so without their voices being THAT different from one another the group actually sounds especially harmonious and the remix of the music aids this mood very well. I don't even get chills from the original song because the original is just the original, but it seems like the music producers kept trying and hit the right note with this version. (It probably helps they got an amazing group to boot!) The lack of extreme techno is so soothing to the ears.

The solo parts are fitting and while again not as numerous as the original, still has just enough. Everyone sounds amazing together or on their own, and they can sing very well and there is a beautiful diversity. This song is like they put all the nicest characters together to sing, WHICH THEY DID! Satsuki is basically flawless. Ayaka gets shotacon jokes but she always has genuinely innocent and meaningful intentions in the end. Zazie may be the most polite demon in existence. Natsumi is unassuming but never puts anyone else down and is, well, nice, and well, I don't think I need to say anything about Nodoka! It also helps that none of these characters are annoyingly energetic like a majority of the class. (I say this while having Yuuna as one of my favourites...herp derp, she's lucky she has a backstory and an incredibly unique voice!) The complete opposite of version five, as opposed to being a clusterfuck of horribly high voices this one is just splendid and wonderful and if you were to choose any version to listen to over and over again for the rest of your life because of some horrible oddly specific curse, choose this one! (Yes, even over the original!) Everything that deviates from the original fits perfectly and isn't forced. 

10/10.

Yep, it defeated my bias. Oh and the unique part of this song aside from everything was that one part after the instrumental where Satsuki said something in a non-overenthusiastic nice voice. Yay.

Apparently there is one last version...the one sung by the teacher and his sort-of family kind of....Negi, Nekane, and Anya version time.

Ah this intro is very interesting, slightly jazzy or whatever...I'm terrible with genres and...LOL.

Sorry, was distracted by the description of this version. The uploader can't figure out Anya's last name...Anya Coconuts. Pft. Anyway the intro was quite unique and I very much enjoyed that sound to start off. Three singers means a lack of variety, but at the same time way more opportunities for solos and such. Rina Satou, being such a veteran in this whole voice acting business, sounds fine. She could not sound any worse or better, very fitting. I could complain that she doesn't sound very Negi-like, but then I'd have go back through this entire rant and mention that for a third of the class, so whatever. Maybe it's not jazzy but kind of acoustic-sounding? Blah. This song is also like 20 seconds longer than the rest huh. Anywho with one singer being an older sister adult lady-like, one supposedly a ten-year-old boy, and another an eleven-year-old girl (who sounds deeper than half of Class 3-A, hahaha) we have an insane amount of variety here despite the lack of singers, so that actually isn't a problem! And the longer length is due to more of the instrumental playing about which is fine and dandy with me, I like the instruments on this song.

Nekane's voice is quite soothing and fitting, Anya's isn't typical moe cutesy little girl like (THANK GOD) but still fits. Negi's higher than normal for the purpose of this song, but they all sound wondrous. Nothing too much to say besides that, dunno what the unique niche of this one is and due to the low amount of singers commenting on the variety is actually quite pointless despite already doing so! I think I'm gonna run into some sort of pointless circle here if I keep that up. I give this one a 9/10!

There are actually more versions like a Konoka version or one with all of them singing but I'm not touching those. So I guess that means our final tally is like this, if you feel like listening to this song go with them in this order:
Happy Material 6 - 10/10
Happy Material 1 - 9.5/10
Happy Material 7 - 9/10
Happy Material 3 - 8.5/10
Happy Material 2 and 4 - 8/10
Happy Material 5 - 6.5/10


The acoustic version is very nice too. 


And that is my pointless post for this lovely blog. I am starving and will once again attempt to fix the roads in my Simcity in futile.


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ALSO WHEN MCDONALD'S DOES PONY AGAIN I AM SO BUYING SIX HAPPY MEALS. FLUTTERSHY WITH A PROPERLY MOLDED MANE THAT DOESN'T COST MY HOUSE TO BUY. ALL I NEED TO DO IS STUFF MY ARTERIES WITH FAT AND CARDBOARD AND MY PONY WILL BE OBTAINED!
- Zombie Spotto, Feb. 11th
And so it has been done. I didn't actually consume that many Happy Meals...in fact, none at all! The only reason I had a burger in this video was because it was actually for lunch today.

MCD MLP Mane Six Toy Review:

S'all.
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The second part of this six-part review commences!
Click here for tons of text! )
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Yes Spotto should stop talking about PPG now because it ended six years ago unless you count the special which was two years ago and the anime was three years ago. I will shut up.
Actually I won't :D )
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Three pieces of Negima NEWS!

SCOOP!
Three OVAs of Negima are being produced by SHAFT and the OVAs are focused on the "White Wing" arc of the manga! That's where they created the club, Anya comes, stuff like that!  (around chapter 180 or so)

PLUS, there will be thirty seconds promo of a MAGIC WORLD arc animation! I don't know if it will become an anime about it or something but if this is all true, which it should be since it is announced in Akamatsu's blog and ANN...CHIBI KAZUMI AND THE SAYO DOLL ARE GOING TO BE ANIMOOTED!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course I was not pleased with SHAFT's Negima!? design for Kazumi, maybe she'll look better this time around! WE CAN ONLY HOPE.

Second piece!

The LIVE ACTION IS NOT OVER YET! They will have one episode on DVD (episode 26), coming on sometime later! WHICH MEANS MORE MAI NISHIDA! SHE'S NOT GONE YET! YAAAAAAAAAAAY!! MAYBE IT'LL BE A BETTER ENDING THAN EPISODE 25!!!!

Sayoness to the EXTREME! Rawr!

Third piece!

I HAVE THE 31'S LOVE ALBUM! MEANING STARRY AND STUFF! Most of the songs sucked though, but my favourite among the fourteen or so songs is Loooooooooooop!!! (or how many o's there are) by the Baka Rangers. I also like "Be Yourself" by Asuna, "Starry" by Kazumi n' Sayo (Duh), Boku Tachi no Kizuna by the Sports Quintet (but I liked the Live Performance better...), and that is all. XD

I think I shall review all the songs! Alrighty, in order except Starry is last because I said so!

"Be Yourself" by Asuna:
This is a really good song. The tune, the flow, everything. Probably one of the best in the LA because a lot of the LA songs aren't that good.
Asuna's singing though, is decent. It's not the best it could be, but she sings the song well enough for it to sound good. She won't become like a star singer that's for sure, but oh well. It wasn't stuck at high notes or anything, stayed pretty linear the whole way, which isn't a bad thing at all. Sometimes the traditional is good. The song itself is wonderful. I usually don't like Asuna songs (Except the opening to the Haru OVA, that was awesome)
It's catchy, something I'd remember for sure. Love this song.
Rating: 4.5/5

"Kokoro Niju So" by Konoka and Setsuna:
The song started off well. I found myself liking the tune to the verse, and the singing was okay. (They sounded the same kinda, it was a little hard to differentiate) Then it got even better, and I really liked it (didn't sound like a Konosetsu-ish song though) But then came the chorus and I was like WTF. I didn't like the chorus very much. They stayed up at the high notes too long, and as I've said before, didn't feel Konosetsu-ish.
Funny thing is the best KonoSetsu song personally is Seinaru, which has some parts ripped off from another song. "Never Give Up!" sounded very generic (not the mention the retarded stacking moves)
Oh well. Poor Konosetsu fans...or not. >P
Rating: 3.5/5

"Baby Love?" by Chisame
More like Chiu. -_- . I would like to note that she kind of sounds like THE VERY SHORT Yumi Shimura singing at times. I liked the introduction music, and she was singing pretty well at the chorus. The thing is it's not a tune that would get stuck in my head (and not in an annoying way) I mean it does sound pretty good, I guess I'm not just fond of the music. The instruments for "Girls be Ambitious" sucked, but the tune was good. So yeah, same here. It's also kind of generic...I wonder why Chisame got a solo but Ayaka didn't. Maybe Ayaka can't sing. AND WHY IS THIS OVER FIVE MINUTES LONG!? Songs that are too long make the song boring far into it unless there's interesting stuff in the song and it's not constantly repetitive.
Rating: 4/5

"Tomodachi Note#" - Library Girls
I liked the tune here, however it was a rather repetitive song. Yue's LA actress has a lovely singing voice. I guess the repetitiveness can be forgiven since it isn't that long. (Poor Library girls) I want to hear more Yue damnit. Yue needs more solos in this song. XD. Haruna has an alright cutish generic voice and Nodoka sounds slightly cuter, but they don't have the cool lovely singing voice Yue has. Think Junko Minagawa as Ayaka singing. (But that as good, obviously. It still was nice)
Rating: 4/5

"Shi a Wase Saga Shi" - Ayaka, Natsumi, Chizuru
This song had a bunch of English words in it, like "I wanna gimme gimme gimme". It was kind of weird. I was wondering how a song could portray all three of these characters. I mean in everywhere else, Ayaka usually solos with herself, so. Anyway, the tune wasn't bad, and the song length was average. I just don't understand this song. Kind of weird. XD The repeat a lot of words in the song too. The song wasn't bad though...I just don't get it. It's not great, I guess. Also I cannot tell who is singing where, they all sound the same. XD
Rating: 3.5/5

"Never Ever" - Evangeline, Chachamaru
Ah, these two. Of course I expected that the song should sound badass (unless you go to the "JAPAN CULTURE YAY" approach SHAFT did...XD) I liked the very beginning when they started singing, but the verses sounded empty. Then the chorus came which sounded like the very beginning....so it was kind of repetitive. Then it calmed down at the intermission, which was kind of weird. The instruments with the guitar riff and stuff tried to make it sound badass, but it didn't really sound as badass as it could've. (Maze of the Dark was more, with Sayo, no less) I also can't tell who's singing which parts, XD. Oh well.
Rating: 3.5/5

"Kitsu to Doku Tsuto" - Walking Club
The very beginning instrumental made me think "why, this song fits Eva and Chachamaru better, XD" and then suddenly the start singing something kiddy-ish sounding, which is appropriate for Kaede and the twins, but wow I didn't expect that. XD I like the tune, but I'm not much for happy dappy songs. I really liked Kaede's singing though, it was cool. Kinda of like Yue in Tomodachi Note#. And when it went back into instrumental for little bit, it sounds like it fit Eva and Chacha AGAIN and then a peppy guitar riff came in and brought the mood back to kiddish. Wow. The song is kind of short though, but that's okay.
Rating: 3.5/5

"Sekai no Hana o Sakase Masho" - Nikuman (Chao, Satsuki, Hakase)
I loved this song on Youtube mostly because of the awesome dancing. The singing is alright though. I really expected Chao to sound much cooler, but it sounds kind of "meh" in the song. I'm not fond of Satsuki's voice, it was too lowish...but Hakase sounded fine. It was a Chinese-sounding song, and the tune was good, but only Chao is Chinese! So it's kind of unfair to the others, no? (even though few care about the characters Satsuki and Hakase, >>;) Also, repetitive. Gah. How about a bridge or something instead of VERSE CHORUS VERSE CHORUS part of CHORUS CHORUS...oh well.
Rating: 3.5/5

"Start!Start!Start!" - Dekopin Rocket
When I first heard this song, I really REALLY liked the beginning and verses. Instrumental was awesome, and everything, but then suddenly...everything fell apart...at the chorus. (So many songs dying at the chorus, sadness) They just kept going with the same tune and then ending it abruptly with something that would bring the vocals down, making it sound like they were singing high pitched for too long. I did however, like Ako's singing here. She was good. Everybody else wasn't as good. I could tell the difference between voices though. Ako was basically the lowest kinda, then Sakurako, then Madoka, then Misa was like oddly cute and high and annoying, >>; Yeah.
Rating: 3/5

"Tai Yo to Tsuki no Destiny" - Zazie et Mana
The song has tune, true, but for some reason I never got to like the song. Perhaps because it was repetitive (a great number of songs here are). Perhaps because they tried to duplicate the "badassery" in Joker!? (but failed). It was kind of boring to listen to. Thank god it didn't go for more than four minutes, but still. Even the instruments were generic sounding. It's too damned repetitive. Really, really, really repetitive. Ah well.
Rating: 2.5/5

"Looooop!!!!!" - Baka Rangers
YAY! I love Looooop!!!!! Especially after the two previous songs were mediocre. It has Yue singing, which is good. Kaede singing, which is good. I find myself SINGING to this song too! It's really really catchy! Asuna sings in good songs apparently, hahaha. So I guess Asuna being in this song is good too. It was a happy-ish song, and catchy, as I've said before. I love the chorus. That ONE line where a girl is emphasizing some word that starts with W. It REALLY sounds good. I don't know why I like this song. XD But if I even sing to it, it must be good. It's not really long though, maybe the shortest song in the album, but I guess that's good. Since it might have gotten very repetitive if that was the case. XD This song will cheer me up. 8D
Rating: 4.5/5

"Boku Tachi no Kizuna" - Sports Quintet
This is like the nikuman song, where I loved the Youtube version for the awesome dancing. (I saw a bit more in the LA credits, the dancing looked SICK.) But for some reason the recorded version was a tad different. In the video, there was a beginning part with a short and quiet-ish but awesome sounding instrumental, then they start singing. Here they just start singing from the beginning, oh well. I enjoyed the tune very much though (but my constant listening of it on Youtube kind of downplayed the WOW factor of this song. Oh well. XD) I love it when Misora and Akira sing together in the song, because otherwise their voices are drowned out by Ako and Makie (their voices are loud and deep-ish, XD) Yuuna also gets drowned out, but I hear her less for some reason. The ending was abrupt, though.
Rating: 4.25/5

"Starry" by Kazumi and Sayo
Hmmm. I love the instruments in this song. Did I hear a triangle or a zylophone? I like those kind of instruments. It starts off with both of them singing and then Kazumi goes on with a rather long solo. Kazumi's a pretty good singer. Then Sayo comes in with her sexy voice in that one little line, which blew me away. There's a bit too much emphasis on the main "tune" of the song though. A tad repetitive in that sense. When Sayo gets to her long Sayo, it doesn't sound as GREAT as that one line, but she still sounds pretty good. Kazumi singing that ONE line in Sayo's solo doesn't sound as good as compared to Sayo though. At first I complained that it went into the intermission rather abruptly, but I think I've gotten used to it. There's also bridges so it wasn't too repetitive. Then at the end they go "LALALALALA" or something. Lol. The ending part was good too...I like this song yes, however I did have higher expectations and got a little disappointed.
Rating: 4.5/5

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Yes, and that is all. BTW, Chapter 33 and 34 are almost done of HFF. I wonder if Aoi-dono has read 32 yet.
That be ALL!
Animooted Sayo doll come in October, D: , animooted Chibi Kazumi probably comes late next year in 2009. -___-;;
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I shall now give reviews of the mp3 players I have and hopefully be able to provide a picture. These reviews are not professional, xP. I'm not going to go over stuff like podcasts 'cause I don't listen to those, just basic things and price.
I'll try to be unbiased.

Toodles~

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