The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part IV

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The latest episode of Haruhi continued the Tameiki (Sigh) arc‘s coverage of the SOS-dan’s foray into filmmaking for Episode 00 “The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina”, making for one of the funner episodes of the second season thus far, especially for those who have a good memory of the original’s bizarre pilot episode.

For those interested in a bevy of screencaps, accompanied by some light commentary, another episode summary is available below…

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The episode starts off with the brigade off on another film-shoot for Haruhi’s planned cultural festival film screening; this time taking place at an old, abandoned municipal lake.

Tsuruya-san, Taniguchi, and the second of Kyon’s male friends whose name no one ever remembers (Kunikida) are along to perform as extras.

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The lake / pool is clearly a public hazard and fenced in, so entry is a bit of a problem…

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Nagato breaks open the fence with a gentle grab, which naturally only Kyon finds suspicious.

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Filming begins. (The text marks this episode as Suzumiya Haruhi no Tameiki IV)

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The familiar pier setting from the original episode is instantly recognizable, making for an interesting juxtaposition of the first season’s location backgrounds along with the new’s modified character designs.

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Poor Mikuru’s victimization begins anew.

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Itsuki either has tremendous confidence in the strength of his reflector, or of course doesn’t know how to use it.

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Getting Mikuru ready for the upcoming fight scene, Haruhi puts on new blue-colored contact in Mikuru’s left eye.

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However, the last time Mikuru tried to perform a Mikuru Beam, Haruhi’s reality-shaping powers resulted in a highly dangerous situation as everyone is quick to realize, leading to…

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The hand belongs to Nagato, of course.

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As her still-floating witch hat displays, Nagato can move quite quickly when she needs to.

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A quick stare might suggest the thrilling prospect of an exceedingly rare KyoAni panchira above, but it’s only Mikuru’s apron.

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Nagato sucking on Mikuru’s flesh.

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The Mikuru’s Beam’s (this time an invisible molecular-whip sort of projectile) resulting damage.

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Nagato displays the negligible (to her) scars from the beam as she gives the others an explanation while Haruhi and the normal folk are distracted.

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“Passer-bys who have been turned into puppets of the Evil Space Alien Yuki.”

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The director goes over the extra’s roles in the scene.

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Haruhi’s flowchart of character interactions in the plot, with Yuki in the top right, manipulating normal people (bottom) against the heroine Mikuru (left).

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Haruhi eagerly reveals the next bit will require Mikuru to be thrown into the filthy lake.

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Kyon is not pleased.

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Mikuru is fairly worried also…

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…But Itsuki’s early warnings about the danger of displeasing Haruhi decides the outcome.

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Poor Mikuru…

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Tsuruya-san, takes pity on her classmate on offers her conveniently nearby home as a place to dry off.

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Tsuruya’s gigantic, near-palatial home (!)

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Haruhi and Tsuruya mysteriously whisper about something indoors…

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A scantily clad Mikuru cutely gulps down the milk Tsuruya-san just brought her.

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The filming of Mikuru and Koizumi’s awkward bed scene begins.

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Kyon is quite agitated…

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This is as far as it gets…

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Kyon, confused by how everyone besides him seemingly at ease, interrupts, pointing out that the scene isn’t even necessary in the film.

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Aside from the usually complacent Itsuki participation, Kyon notices Mikuru’s odd calm…

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Mikuru makes some wonderfully expression as she drunkenly stares back at Kyon.

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Kyon figures out the the devious scheme…

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Tsuruya-san admits her spiking of Mikuru’s drink.

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The ultra-director doesn’t appreciate Kyon’s interference with the film’s “love scene”.

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Mikuru mutters that she’s perfectly alright with it all, before nearly passing out again.

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Haruhi bemoans her star actress haven gotten too drunk to act properly.

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So she starts (lightly) batting the back of Mikuru’s head for “training”.

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Kyon becomes more and more enraged by Haruhi’s behavior…

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Another training smack.

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Kyon finally loses patience and orders Haruhi to stop, verbally assaulting Haruhi and all of her directing.

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Haruhi, amazed that Kyon is daring to argue with her and gets just as angry.

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The others watch on meekly.

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Haruhi finishes her outburst by proclaiming Mikuru her toy, free to use as she wishes.

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Kyon snaps…

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(Haruhi’s eye as she sees the incoming blow.)

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A rare shot of a Haruhi with a shocked expression on her face.

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Kyon looks at the uniformed arm that barely stopped his strike on Haruhi.

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Haruhi, still somewhat overwhelmed by Kyon’s attack, manages to get out a few more words to insult Kyon.

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Kyon refuses to relent, threatening the tearful schoolgirl with yet more violence in order to finally teach her a lesson about her behavior.

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A drunken Mikuru begs Kyon to stop before finally passing out at his feet.

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Afterwards, Tsuruya-san apologizes to Kyon for her involvement, promising to take care of Mikuru in her home.

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Everyone leaves for the evening.

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Koizumi flags down Kyon in the street to show him something interesting…

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The birds at the park from yesterday’s filming – the same birds, Itsuki says, Haruhi had been feeding.

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“I’d prefer them to be white if it was possible, but for now it’s all right!”

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Itsuki has yet another long talk with Kyon about the nature of Haruhi’s powers, and their roles of their involvement in the entire affair.

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Kyon mostly goes along with Itsuki’s speech, although he does question if the world even holds enough value to justify all their efforts…

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The following morning.

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Kyon, remembering Itsuki’s advice from earlier, seems rather upset at the previous day’s events, but not nearly as much so as the depressed girl sitting behind him:

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Kyon dwells some more on Itsuki’s words during lunch.

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Leaving the table, he strides off into the school halls.

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Approaching a door, he opens it wide to find…

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A surprised Haruhi, practicing with putting her hair into a ponytail.

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After some quick fumbling, she gives Kyon the cold shoulder.

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Kyon announces to Haruhi: “We are definitely going to make this film a success!”

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Haruhi, smiling back.

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Later, the brigade gathers in a familiar public walkway.

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A jubilant Haruhi, returned to normal, expresses the need for Nagato to have a witch’s familiar, preferably a black cat.

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Kyon accurately points out Nagato is meant to be an alien, not a witch, but the slight inconsistency doesn’t seem to matter anyone else.

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Haruhi, nonplussed, turns to Nagato to ask if she knows anywhere they might find a cat…

Cue the ED.

The ending of this episode rather obviously gives next week’s episode as the 5th episode of “The Sigh” arc, although any further prediction as to the details of the rest of the season’s episodes is a fairly risky bet to make with this series.

There still is a reasonable possibility that the next episode might just end the arc, but it is at least clear that viewers will be treated to the situation behind the mystery of Shamisen the talking cat – hopefully in another episode that matches this one’s caliber.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi-gang can`t be the only ones trespassing to that off-fenced park lake area, considering of how much trash is floating in water.

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    08:26 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yay they went back to the original art!...right?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yuki assaulting Mikuru is hawt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Needs moar strap-on

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:22 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why did they stop him? better teach that cold hearted bitch a lesson so she behaves like people

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All that would have done is totally fuck everything up. Possible it could have ended the world.

    At the very minimum Haruhi and Kyon would have never spoken again, the SOS-Dan would have broken up and Haruhi woud probably never make friends with anyone ever again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    sir, I'd call that 'victory'

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    couldn't care less

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:43 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    cared enough to make a post

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    Comment by stampede
    03:54 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    boy does kyoani know how to do details.

    haruhi's reaction after kyon says "we'll definitely make this movie a success" has to be the highlight of the episode.

    first, the surprised bob of the head.

    then she all half turns around with a tentative "d...do you mean it?" look before allowing herself to return to normal mode again. that sidelong glance is amazing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed,

    Oh and Kyon hitting Haruhi = end of world.

    If you want to see Kyon hit Haruhi...You are an idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you seriously think that the world will end with that you're an idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you seriously think he's an idiot your an idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you seriously think they're idiots, you're an idiot. And the next poster is too.

    Heck, I am too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She'd probably like it, despite making a racket of it, secretly wishing Kyon would spank her with a leather whip.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm an Idiot!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great article Quen, thanks!

    I loved the ep myself, so many moments in it where I went "Ahh~~"

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not the "mikuru beam" but the "mirakuru mikuru" in that episode.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi is Chaotic Evil.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    04:54 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know Haruhi can be a "bitch princess" at times, but she DEFINITELY didn't deserve to be almost decked by Kyon!

    Koizumi knew full well the consequences from that!

    She was depressed the next day!

    I felt sorry for her!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 08/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi was never my favourite character in Haruhi... and this just cements my decision... total evil bitch... getting Tsuruya-san(my favourite character) spike Mikuru's(my 2nd favourite) drink! My oppinion of Tsuruya-san dropped a bit... poor Mikuru.... and I wish that Kyon had hit her... she needs to understand she can't just do what she likes even if she is basically god...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 10/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mikuru is the moe bitch

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 08/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kyon should of hit Haruhi when he had a chance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    can someone explain me why they made up? or they didn't and Kyon just faked the "let´s make this movie blabla" to protect the world?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry guys, it HAD to be done:
    http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/4371/poolsclosed.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:56 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't get it...
    are we supposed to...laugh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol at the picture where Mikuru is tugging Itsuki's shirt. Naughty.

    :P damn.. 2 seasons and Haruhi still hasn't been told down?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the original series, I just thought of Haruhi as spoiled and domineering, but basically a good kid.

    In this one, I'm beginning to see her as a dangerous sociopath. Quite a different perspective.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    07:18 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It can be easy to forget when all Kyon is doing is dumping on everyone's fun.

    He's actually the only one there with a functional spine, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    a long long article of haruhi again and yet again zzz...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:15 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Long? you best be trollin

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    22:00 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dug this episode.

    The scene is Tsuruya's house was one of the darkest, most uncomfortable moments of the entire series, and was both well done and faithfully adapted.

    After all the recent E8 crap,it's nice to get thrown a curve ball with some weight behind it. Your mileage may vary, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. I thought Sighs began a bit weak, with a lot of animation shortcutting and dodgy art that didn't really gel with the rest of the series, but it's been going from strength to strength since then. This is one of the best episodes of the whole 27 so far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "exceedingly rare KyoAni panchira"

    I remember how much they showed Mikuru's underwear in the first season, what with Haruhi constantly stripping her. Times have really changed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dingus sezs:

    This episode and the one before it is why I loved '~Haruhi' back in the day when it didn't go into that fucking Bullshit 9 episode drag this summer. there should of been more of this then that!

    Outside of the 'K-ON' style anime, '~Haruhi' is back on track again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I for once thought, that this ep had way better animations, almost season 1 worthy again.

    Haruhi's face in that "almost slapping" scene looked way better than it was some eps earlier when she was more of a Yui clone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mmmm... delicious Haruhi's fear is delicious.

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    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    19:19 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to admit it was fascinating to see "Fear" in Haruhi. I think a lot of guys would like to humble a girl like Haruhi cause she's so bossy.

    It would be amazing to see Haruhi have an actual 'Nemesis' someone immune to her charms or had a canceling effect on Haruhi - and her power was making things 'conform' & practical...she'd be the Secular Power to Haruhism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Endless Eight has been forgiven.

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    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    19:13 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't go that far...lol. It is nice to see the fleshed out story of how the movie got made.

    In a way I'm glad to see Kyon react like a real person. I wouldn't raise my hand to hit a women but I would've 'shoved her off' or shouted at her till she moved away.

    Koisumi was smart to intercede and the drunken Mikuru saying "Don't Fight" was both cute and sad.

    I always thought Mikuru falling in the lake was accidental but Kyon kept it in for lake of footage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dingus sezs:

    FUCK the forgiving!

    More like drowned out with booze and forgotten!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Long, picture filled articles are long, picture filled articles. And also interesting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:28 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obvious observation is obvious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are butchering that meme. Stop it. It wasn't good to start with, but you're twisting it unrecognizably.

    Just say that you found the article interesting and liked that it had lots of pictures.

    Comment by MusicalNote
    09:03 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I got a smile out of it, butchered or not. Memes mutate, they're memetic mutations themselves, it happens.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some reason, Haruhi made me hella pissed during the "training" part...

    +1 Kyon~!

    Comment by MusicalNote
    08:22 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have yet to watch it (I got a spoiler from a friend who was gushing over it, so I saw no issue with reading the article) but when reading that point, I got rather angry myself.

    It's about time someone informs her she's being a brat. The show's no fun if EVERYONE is just bending to her will all the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's because of the BGM. they used light BGM when Kyon is in good mood and tense BGM when Kyon is pissed. BGM influences audience's mood that's why you are "hella pissed" at Haruhi just like Kyon.
    Youve all been manipulated before you knew it!! hahaha

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because she was being a douchebag...

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    Comment by notanother4non
    21:33 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i was so hoping kyon would back-hand haruhi with his pimp hand, just like that one little girl who keeps making "uuuuuuu!!!!111oneone" noise from that one other anime, and when she finally gets slapped by her mom, i was cheering.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    14:34 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You child abuser don't know how to treat a psycho kid

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    14:35 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't "you" know (sorry)





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