Romance in Ballroom e Youkoso

It’s finally done: the latest chapters have been translated and now the big wait begins. Apparently the manga-ka is ill and therefore the manga has been on hiatus ever since. Let’s hope he makes a full recovery.

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The lastest two chapter 41 and 42 heavily focussed on the background of Akira and Chinatsu and apparently Akira is in love with Chii-chan. Ever since grade school she wanted to be her only partner and refused to learn the male steps, so she can funktion as Chii-chan’s only female partner when the other girls became interested in other things. Chii-chan on the other hand wanted to dance the girl part as well, but Akira wouldn’t let her.

tumblr_o0g7259mkw1tk1u0yo1_1280Even thought the current relationship between Akira and Chii-chan seems to be very bad, Akira is still in love with her former partner and boils with jealously over her relationship with Tatara. What brings me to my personal highlight: since I’m shipping TataraxChi, of course I fully support Akiras jealously, after all, if there is nothing going on and everything’s safe, there’s no need to become jealous. After only 4 months Chii-chan and Tatara have already developed a better and much more dynamic relationship than Akira and her partner and arguably even a closer relationshion than Akira ever had with Chii-chan.

Back in their grade school days, Chii-chan hated boys and she said it was disgusting to dance with them or hold hands. Now she’s finally dancing the female part she always wanted and even though she still has trouble not being the leader and accepting Tataras dance, those two have come a pretty long way already and in some rare occasions of unity their dance is simply astonishing. There’s so much insane potential in this pair, I would cry in frustration if they broke up – and they promised to break up, if they don’t win this competition. They can’t do that!

Tatara has already evolved so much, he’s not the same person he used to be when he danced with Mako. While they used to be a good couple, I don’t think they would fit that well anymore. And yes, Mako has a crush on him, but it’s guaranteed that’s not going anywhere. Tataras crush on Shizuku is a more serious matter, but even though I shipped them before Chii-chan came into play, I would rather have her and Hyoudou funktion as rivals for Tatara and Chii-chan rather than breaking the couples up and re-arranging tumblr_nzd9akXjch1soj3yeo1_1280them.

To sum it up, so far we have these confirmed romantic interests:

  • Mako -> Tatara
  • Tatara -> Shizuku
  • Akira -> Chinatsu

Throw Gaju into the mix, who’s protective over his sister, Makos jealously over Chii-chan, Akiras jealously over Tatara and Chinatsus own very unindentified feelings, we have a nice bag  full of teenage love problems. I think it’s interesting to see where Shizuku and Hyoudou are going. I’m rooting for them, they’ve known each other for a very long time and their inner timer clicks the same. As for Tatara, I personally think his crush on Shizuku is a result from his admiration for her as a great dancer.

Shokugeki no Soma 148

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Soma chapter 148

Unsurprisingly, Soma won the Shokugeki the

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Soma chapter 1

simplest way possible: make food so delicious, the judges can’t withstand their desire to try it. Well, that was to be expected and Soma stayed true to his good old cocky self.

 

However, I have to admit, those past 148 chapters really did wonders to Soma. Sure, he’s often portayed very funny, but on the rare occausions he does get serioues, he shows just how much he’s grown up (and how much the drawing style of the manga-ka has improved).

Still: declaring live on TV he will kick some serious ass whenever someone is in search for a fight, evne if it’s the Elite 10, is just damn cool. Too bad Erinas reaction wasn’t shown, I would’ve loved to see that. She’s still super tsun when it comes to Soma, even though she perfectly well knows he makes delicious food.  Yeah, I’m shipping SomaxErina. 😛

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry ep. 2

headdeskWhen I was briefly talking about the first episode, I said I hoped there’d be no harem. Episode 2 arrives and with it comes the harem. And the incest. Two of the things I hate the most in anime. What a great start.

The episode was ok, but only until the sister arrived. I mean, sure, the newspaper girl was unnessecary fanservice, but I can live with that. Frankly speaking, if I couldn’t, I couldn’t watch anime alltogether. Since most anime are shounen and have more or less fanservice, as a female anime fan, this is something you just have to live with.

This doesn’t mean I have to like it, though, and I have my point of no return and this point is immediately crossed when the female lead becomes a rival in the form of the male leads sister. She literally shows up and jumps at her brother. Awesome! The first real kiss in this anime and it’s incest – real incest, the anime made it very clear beforehand those siblings are related by blood. This is just wrong on so many levels.

And on MyAnimeList most people were actually… rooting for this! You can’t really disagree nope-48959with preferences and I usually let everyone like what they want, but incest between bloodrelated siblings? Sorry, but no. And I absolutely won’t argue about her reasons and that it’s only fiction and let everyone like what they want. Just. No.

So, getting this out of the way, I’m obviously very close to dropping this anime. A friend of mine said he heared the main leads are actually going to be together, which is probably why neighter the anime nor the Novel are tagged as a harem and the thing with the sister will probably just be played out as fanservice from time to time.

However, even considering this, I’m still very close to dropping this and the reason is Stella. I’m fine with Tsundere, I even like Tsundere. I watched Shakugan no Shana and Toradora and I liked both of them. What I don’t like is when a supposely strong female lead goes ultra-dere to the point where she throws away her entire pride as a woman. A Tsundere is always fanserivce, but this extereme version of a Tsundere is just off the charts and makes me want to puke.

tumblr_nw0yvl6hdS1rd6sdio1_500If you want to play the strong female lead card, you better play it properly and don’t disgrace your entire gender by playing the obident slave rubbing your bare breasts on his back. That’s just disgusting. Of course you can have a character who’s strong and be in love, but normal people in love don’t do this crazy stuff, or at least not in this stage of their relationship.

End of story? Rakudai Kishi no Cavarly took a massive turn to the worse. Probably my first drop this season.