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More April Anime

Hipira-kun: Hipira is a little vampire, living in a vampire city with the occasional monster wandering about. Hipira can't turn into a bat (yet) so he gets into trouble with his classmates. But he is an inquisitive boy, and his innocent charm gains him a few friends.
Interesting CGI offering, but there hasn't anything been subbed beyond the first episode.

Hakuoki Shinsengumi Kitan: Set in the Edo period. Chizuru is looking for her father, a doctor, who went to Kyoto. She gets mixed up in some sort of scuffle (with samurai zombies, it seems) and gets taken in by the Shinsengumi who save her. They find out that she is a girl and that she is looking for the same man they are trying to find. And so we get the majority of the episode with a group of handsome men (most with rather clichéd personalities) being comrades and this girl sort of wandering around.
I got bored with the concept about halfway through the episode, and the second half was actually worse than the first.

Ookiku Furikabutte - Natsu no Taikai-hen: Follow-up season of Ookiku Furikabutte, about a guy who learns how to become a baseball pitcher. The plot of this season is a summer tournament -- and the first episode starts off with all sorts of people we don't know talk about other people we don't know who play in teams we don't know. Something for the connoisseurs, I guess.

Kaicho wa Maid-sama!: Misaki is the student council president of a school that used to be a boys school. Her mission is to make the boys behave and defend the girls (of whom there are fewer than boys) against the tricks the boys play on them. In school, she is as tough as nails, but she has a secret: to make ends meet, she has to hold down a part-time job. She works in a maid café!
Takumi, who is a good-for-nothing boy in her school, who turns down every girl who confesses to him and who seems perpetually bored, one day finds out about Misaki's job. From then on, he visits the maid café every day, watching her in her maid outfit -- and he starts to take an interest in her. Obviously, she is much too independent-minded and unimpressed with Takumi's behaviour to catch on to what's happening.
Shoujo-manga inspired romantic comedy. Only this time the female lead is not love-struck and does everything to get the man of her dreams, which is a refreshing turn of events.

Arakawa under the Bridge: Kou is wealthy and a top university student -- his family's motto is not to be indebted to anyone. But when his pants are taken from him and hun from a support on a bridge, he falls in the river when retrieving it. And he is saved by a girl who doesn't make a big deal out of it. To Kou's horror, there is nothing he can offer from his wealth to her to buy off his debt! He has to become her boyfriend, but... she is living under the bridge and says she is a Venusian...
A rather bizarre situation with bizarre characters. And this being based on a 4-panel gag manga means that it's a constant stream of weird situations that follow each other in high tempo. Interesting.

Tales of Symphonia: Tethe'alla-hen: Incomprehensible sequel to a previous OVA series. The situation is very dire, apparently. And apparently something must be done by someone to prevent something from happening.

Working!!: Souta gets asked by a very short girl if he wants to work at a restaurant. Souta has a thing for small things, and decides to indulge this tiny sempai (she is at the same school) and starts to work at the same family restaurant. There he meets the two cooks, a servant girl with a katana and the very grumpy shift manager with contacts in the underworld.
Also based on a 4-panel comic, so again lots of stuff happening in rapid succession. Souta is kind of a nerd, but that doesn't detract from the fun all that much.
Tags: anime, first episode review

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