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Days: 48.5
Mean Score: 4.83
  • Total Entries178
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Pale Cocoon
Pale Cocoon
Oct 31, 2013 11:20 PM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 7
Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain
Oct 31, 2013 9:11 PM
Completed 13/13 · Scored 7
Rekka no Honoo
Rekka no Honoo
Oct 30, 2013 7:58 AM
Completed 42/42 · Scored 4
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Liar Game
Liar Game
Jun 22, 2014 1:22 AM
Reading 178/203 · Scored 7
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Nov 3, 2013 4:10 AM
Plan to Read · Scored -
Hikari no Machi
Hikari no Machi
Oct 30, 2013 8:12 AM
Plan to Read · Scored -

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bk2 Dec 18, 2015 2:12 AM
Hi Patrick. Hope you're doing well.
Dashizwiz Nov 20, 2015 11:35 AM
Your HakoMari review is brilliant! Hope you have read the final volume already and loved it as much as I did. :)
Bipa Aug 24, 2015 12:02 PM
I wanted to see what the top review for HakoMari was like and I just couldn't get past the word Kuudere. I'm still laughing. You, I like you.
Akai_Shuichi Sep 9, 2014 3:48 PM
I haven't read (yet) Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, so I cannot say if your review is accurate or not according to the novel, but from the ignorance point of view, I just had to congratulate you on that review. Very well explained, and certainly made me want to read it.
Roth Jul 31, 2014 10:02 PM
Prof pic 10/10
Yuuh Jul 19, 2014 2:35 PM
What makes somewhat plausible for me that Maria did not know of Kazuki beforehand and yet could perceive him as a saviour is that, as far as we were presented, the people who uses her box are taken inside there, so perhaps she could internalize feelings and thoughts unknowingly. Besides, as you said, she probably got to know the situation before letting Nana use her box, which would make this process even easier. If this happen to be the case, I'd be fine with it.

Yeah, I meant Kazuki. And for me it was always obvious that Maria and Nana met after the latter ran away, although it could also be the case that she knew Maria from somewhere before and told her about the stuff with Kazuki and his friend, therefore her disappearence would be directly linked with her (and her ex-boyfriend's?) use of Maria's box. (thus our little Maria would be left without another friend and searching for another box to use, and life would go on :( )
domme008 Jul 13, 2014 2:40 PM
I really have to reread the novels sometime. It has been a year I think, and taking notes would be a perfect way to understand the story to a deeper layer, same with the character’s personalities and interactions.
At least, we can say that some sort of connection, be it as small as it is, already existed between the two.
What did you think of volume 6’s ending? Specifically, the moment where O attacked Kazuki?
That part made me wonder where Mikage will pick up the story again, will the first chapter show us a battle of some sorts between Kazuki and O? O taking on Kazuki would be one of the crucial moments of the volume, despite it being such a short moment.
lonelyintrovert Jul 12, 2014 12:52 PM
Loved your review on Hakomari. You hit all the great points about the light novel beautifully. And that's a nice compatability we have there. :)
domme008 Jul 9, 2014 4:34 PM
Btw, I noticed some discussion about Umineko. Really, I'd recommend it that you play it yourself. It is not a stretch to say that at least its first 4 episodes are on the level of Utsuro no Hako (I'm currently on ep 4 myself)
domme008 Jul 9, 2014 4:10 PM
>Yes, I was thinking he might go that way. As you say though, I'd like it if it were something even more surprising and less explored. Hopefully not too cheesy.
Btw, my conversation with Yuuh reminded me of this - according to the implications of pg. 257 of vol. 5, Maria must have known Kazuki even before the rejecting classroom which is WTF.

The two-year gap still gives me confidence that he’ll surprise us as mentioned. We’ll see soon, hopefully. My memories on it are a bit jumbled, but isn’t that rather irrelevant? IIRC Maria’s box erased every single memory of hers that is connected to Kazuki, even the earliest ones. That is due to having fulfilled a wish for Daiya at the end of volume 6, and as we know, her memories of the person who made the wish and all people close to him get erased. Also, it does make sense for him to have met her. IIRC that was how his “purpose” was born in the first place, without having met her O would never have gotten interested in him.
Yuuh Jul 8, 2014 10:59 AM
For an example of that kind of dialogue, there's some on pages 176 and 177 from the V5. I might have exaggerated a little on my demonstration, but it really bothers me when people start to explain the evil-plot like it's nothing, although it's important for the plot to go on.

When I said that about the Wish-Crushing Cinema, I was referring to the box itself. Showing the other side of facts, through the thoughts of someone you hold dear (or not), and realizing how you contributed to make them unhappy somehow when you're barely controlling all the sins you've gathered and that are trying to break free. An elegant attack, in my view. But I didn't like who ended up being the owner, although it made a lot of sense.

About what you said in V5 spoiler:
Yuuh Jul 7, 2014 7:28 PM
I've finished the sixth book this afternoon. By doing so, I can affirm again something I said when we talked on lastfm: what matters is how an idea is used. And I think that Mikage 'mastered' his idea for the plot. Or at least, the idea of the boxes, for I am not sure I've come to understand the plot as you had declared to have. You see, I'm kind of a lazy thinker.Though I do get he tried to point out particurlarly how violence is an important factor which shapes us, I'm not sure how he wanted to use this information. Is it near what you thought about?

Anyway, having that said, there's another thing I want to re-affirm:

- I still have my problems with his writing style.

You see, during the Kingdom Royale books, it did not bother me that much. Considering the circunstances, it was enough to convey what was needed. I think it's kind of ironic, because these books were the highlight of the psychological aspect of Hakomari in my opinion. So, when Kazuki started to get grip of what his goal would become and change because of it, I found it acceptable.

However, when presented to the settings that would begin the Wish-Crushing Cinema, I found myself realizing again how we readers just have to accept somethings because the characters stated so. For exemple, Kazuki and Maria's bond, and eventually his obsession for her. Although I understand those are feelings that we, not being them, will never to comprehend in its entirety, I think there should have been more exposure of their bonding and all. Or maybe I'm just too skeptic and can't just swallow the fact that they've spent 'an entire lifetime together' as the reason, because it was supposed to be true only to Maria.

I was supposed to be able to give more exemples, but heck, I can't come with more, albeit I have just read the books. As I said before, sometimes my memory just betrays me. But to give more base to my position, I'll use as example the protagonist and narrators of Haruhi and Zaregoto. The settings are quite different, but both of them chew over the information presented, and we readers are presented to most of their process of thinking, which is certainly one of the most entertaining parts of psychological storys, in my opinion. However, Kazuki sometimes simplifies this process and come to conclusions too fast. When Daiya does so, it doesn't bother me that much because since the beggining he was shown to be really sharp, unlikely Kazuki.

I also wanted to use as an example a character I know that suffered basically the same change as Kazuki for the same goal, but in a much larger time-span presented to the readers. However, as I haven't finished watching the series, nor will I read more than the two books I already have due to lack of translation, I will abstain from talking about I don't know for experience, just heard about. And I'll refrain from saying which series I'm talking about for the fear of giving unwanted spoilers away :P

To finish my thoughts about the writing style topic, there were also a recurring situation that was kinda funny (and bothered me a lot at the same time): Kazuki thinks "oh, I can't understand that!", then someone whom he was talking to says "oh, as it seems you haven't understood..." and begins to explain. What the heck? Another situation: Kazuki uses his new ability in front of Haruaki, who obviously get stunned, and then Kazuki basically says "oh, btw, now I can do this". No, I can't accept these things XD

To sum up what I have been saying: he should have, in my opinion, written more.

But hey! I haven't come just to complain, haha. I was truly amazed how the boxes became more and more complex. I particularly found the Wish-Crushing Cinema very elegant. I think it was a shame we could not see everything that happened in every movie. I also thought that the opposing yet complementary nature of Kazuki's and O's was well constructed. I got sad when I realized that maybe 'Otonashi''s meaning does not hold that much significance, but I like to think it was not simply coincidence, so I'll wait, haha

Well, that's about everything I could come up to comment about at the moment. Do you have any information about the last book? And do you remember you told me you had found some minor plot-holes? Could you share them? :P
Yuuh Jul 5, 2014 6:09 PM
Oh no no no, Umineko's adaptation is absolutely outrageous. As a reader of the visual/doujin novels, it felt like a great torture. But aparently DEEN didn't become satisfied with it and decided to crush UBW (one of Fate Stay Night's arc) in front of me as well. I have my issues with this studio, but since I depend on them to have more MariMite in my life (which is quite decent, at least), I try to ignore these insults.

I had writen my answer earlier today, but goddamned cookies logged me out and made me lose it. So I decided to try answering again after finishing the second book. This might be long, be aware :P

Re-read the first two book was important mainly to perceive the dynamics of the characters' personalities and relationships. I remembered Kazuki was a feeble fellow, but not that he could take some harsh attitudes when necessary or realize when 0 had got infiltrated among the people involved with the actual problem. Nor was I reminded of Maria's selfless demeanor. Besides, I only knew of 0's interest to observe Kazuki, I had totally forgotten of his desire to hear the sound he may (?) make [not sure if he phrased like that]. Which is interesting, because he declared his lack of actual interest on Maria and Otonashi might be read as "lack of sound" (it was cool to realize that!).

I remember you saying how much you liked the first book. I still can't feel the same way, for I have been presented to the same kind of scenario sometimes before, as we discussed previously, and I have realized how... amateurish Mikage's writing styles is sometimes. Things are explained too directly, characters grasp and accept some bizarre situations too fast and the book is quite short. Besides, I think his writing style would suit visual novels much more than books. Any opinions on that?

As for the second book, I still think it wa quite "meh". The idea of taking Kazuki's hours is brilliant, but he couldn't use it as such. It was kinda obvious the involvement of one of the new characters on the matter.

I'm about to start the third novel, and I'm quite excited. I will continue focusing on the characters and on 0's ways of manipulation and interference. Is there anything else I should be paying more attention to? :)

'till next time o/
domme008 Jul 4, 2014 3:52 PM
Steins Gate? Steins Gate had a pretty uplifting ending, not sure why you’d compare it to that.
I’m not sure what to think about Daiya’s next actions either. Him helping out Hoshino is impossible, and likewise, I don’t think he will further try to oppose him. I just hope we’ll get a good closure to his story.
Exploring Maria’s life is a given, and most likely we will finally get to see the zeroth Maria Hoshino is fighting for so hard.
I just really hope Mikage won’t make the ending clichéd. At this point, he could choose to sacrifice Hoshino to save Maria, but I want to hope he’ll surprise me once again.
The time span between volume 6 and 7 should be a good sign though. At least, it implies that he is putting serious thought into it. I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
domme008 Jun 24, 2014 6:37 AM
I see, he does indeed seem like a slightly modified version of Light. Any predictions on the 7th volume?

I know that feeling well. Being busy for days and even weeks is downright annoying, especially if there are ecellent shows waiting to be watched.

Hmm, as long as that is the main focus, and the battles are some side-additions, I should be able to like the show.
Talking about said individuals, they just hurt themselves by doing that if they love the show. Going around and calling it the best strategy show raises expectations, and those who watch the show will be disappointed that what was said is untrue. In a way, they are even ruining the show for some.
I'll eventually get to watching it myself. I'll make sure not to expect groundbreaking tactics and the like.