Strawberry Panic! Ep22

[Posted @ 1:22 PM]
LOL, I actually laughed so hard at this particular scene that I had to pause because my stomach hurt lol.

You Are A Coward.... EmoShizuma-sama ...

Kaname strikes back, she’s pinning Hikari against a tree trunk telling her to give up on Amane and choose hers truly instead. [LOL Kaname’s in her metaphor rambling again, as she told Hikari that it’s fated that Little Red Riding Hood would be eaten by the Big Bad Wolf] Surprisingly, the used to be timid Hikari made a determined expression and told Kaname straight at her face that she’s a coward. [Meow] Hikari continued that she doesn’t know Kaname’s reason for doing this, whether it’s for the Etoile Election or other reasons, but if Kaname wished to defeat Amane, she should face Amane in an honourable and upright manner. In shock, Kaname loosen her grasp on Hikari and Hikari took this chance to run away lol. Leaning against the tree trunk, Kaname thought to herself about what Hikari said was like the cold winter wind freezing the water into a thousand sharp ice knifes and stabbing through her heart. ‘Painful ... my chest feels painful ...’, Kaname thought as she felt her chest and recalled Hikari’s words to face Amane in an honourable and upright manner. Scene switched to the school’s church as the choir were having their practice session but Yaya wasn’t there. Instead, we see Yaya standing outside the church, leaning against one of the walls looking all emo, angsty lol and left. Meanwhile, Nagisa went to the greenhouse to look for Shizuma again but Shizuma wasn’t there.

Looking at the wilting and dying plants, Nagisa mumbled, poor things and started watering them. While Nagisa’s watering the plants, Shizuma arrived, Nagisa noticed Shizuma behind her and called ‘Shizuma-sama’ but then she corrected herself by calling Shizuma, ‘Etoile-sama’. Both of them stared at each other for a while before Nagisa turned and continued watering the plants. Shizuma said that the plants were wilting soon huh, Nagisa replied, no, flowers will surely bloom beautifully once again. Shizuma raised an eyebrow for a moment before responding with a ‘Is that so ...’ [Surprisingly, this short scene evoked a few emotions from me and kinda foreshadowed the later episodes of Shizuma realizing her true feelings for Nagisa. The almost dying plants represented Shizuma, the water represented Nagisa and Nagisa believed that flowers will bloom beautifully once again. It kinda gave Shizuma the hint that she should believe in second love.] At St Spica, the students were disappointed that Amane’s not going to participate in the Etoile Election. Another student said that it was rumoured that Kaname and Momomi were participating in the Etoile Election, another student replied that although both of them were wonderful but she really hoped that Amane would be Etoile. Shion as usual was persuading Amane to participate in the Etoile Election lol, Shion casually mentioned that the entry date for the Etoile Election was ending soon huh, Amane nonchalantly replied, ‘Is that so ...’.

I'm Afraid.=O.Duel With Me!

Shion pushed on saying that Amane should had reached a decision already, if Amane should become Etoile, it would surely be spectacular and the students from St Spica would be very happy. Amane recalled what Shizuma said to her in episode 21, - Flashback - Leaning beside Amane, Shizuma told her that the next one’s her, you must be Etoile to get what only Etoile could get. Amane struggled to reply Shion … and Shion noticed a glimsp of light that Amane seemed to be considering and smirked. In Kaname and Momomi’s room, Momomi’s looking forward day by day to the day where she and Kaname would be crowned Etoile while Kaname wasn’t that excited over it. Momomi added there wouldn’t be any competition since Amane’s not participating, it’s like a sure win for them. Kaname said that, winning by default, is that still considered as a win? Kaname wondered why Amane doesn’t want to participate in the Etoile Election. Momomi looked a little confused, Kaname told Momomi that it’s nothing and left, leaving Momomi looking a little concerned. Yaya’s doing her angst thingy again at the Maria-sama fountain place [The place Hikari always went to pray and stuff]. At the church, Shion went to look for Hikari to get her to convince Amane to participate in the Etoile Election. Shion hinted to Hikari that Amane’s partner would highly be Hikari and it’s obvious Hikari’s special to Amane. Hikari replied that she’s happy about that but she’s afraid.

Shion went, ‘Afraid? But Amane’s feelings towards you ...’ Hikari explained, ‘If Amane thinks that way, I would gladly go forward holding her hand. But, to expect me to take the initiative to hold her hand, I can’t do it, I’m too afraid.’ [I think Hikari hope for Amane to take the initiative instead of her, Hikari really had done quite a bit in the last few episodes and I’ve mentioned before in episode 20 that Hikari seemed to be getting bolder in approaching Amane but Amane still hasn’t approached Hikari yet. [Hikari’s probably just self-conscious about Amane’s feelings to her, she’s afraid that Amane doesn’t feel the same way as her and afraid that Amane might hate her or something. Maybe because of the way she sees Yaya as her friend, but Yaya doesn’t think that way, so she’s afraid that she might become the ‘Yaya’ and Amane the ‘Hikari’.] Scene changed to Amane in bed thinking and switched to Kaname and Momomi in the same bed but Kaname’s thinking about something. At Hikari and Yaya’s room, Hikari asked why Yaya didn’t come for choir practice and would be coming tomorrow right? However, Yaya just silently slipped in bed. Shizuma’s staring at the piano, Rokujou-kaichou walked over and asked Shizuma who they should choose to represent St Miator for the Etoile Election. Shizuma replied that she’ll leave it to Rokujou. Rokujou replied that is that okay? Shizuma said that it’s not her business who the next Etoile’s going to be.

I Didn't Even See That Coming!Emo!!HYAH! ...

Rokujou sighed and told Shizuma that she’ll handle it then. At Nagisa and Tamao’s room, Tamao’s rambling about the Etoile Election and that St Lulim and St Spica had high chances of taking the Etoile title because of Amane and Chikaru, as for St Miator ... it’s a little tough. Nagisa didn’t seem to be rather responsive, just nodded and said that she can’t think of anyone else to be Etoile other than Shizuma. Tamao agreed too, sadly. Meanwhile, Amane came out of the shower and found Kaname waiting for her and demanding Amane to have a duel with her. Amane rejected as she doesn’t see any point ... Kaname roughly grabbed Amane’s arm and insisted to duel with her ... please. Amane agreed and Kaname thanked her. The next day, the duel between them was to having a tennis match. [POT~! Kaname looked really cool in that tennis getup ... black is hot XD.] Kaname drew first blood with an Ace and Amane realized that Kaname’s serious about it. The match continued between them and Kaname was praising that as expected of Amane when Amane gained a point. At the Maria-sama fountain place, Yaya’s sitting on the side in a daze and didn’t even respond when Hikari called her. Hikari sat beside Yaya and asked her why didn’t she came for choir practice as everyone’s waiting for her and of course Hikari too. Hikari added that everyone wants to listen to Yaya’s singing. Yaya replied that she can’t sing anymore ... Back to the tennis match, Amane asked Kaname to tell her the purpose of the match, Kaname replied that it’s because she dislikes Amane. Amane replied that she knows. Kaname responded back that no, you don’t know. Amane smashed and gained another point. Kaname added that Amane’s always better than her and that she always lost to her. Amane replied that there’s no such thing. Kaname said that there is, it’s just Amane didn’t know about it.

She had not won Amane even once ever since entering St Spica. ‘I dislike you, I want to defeat you, I want to snatch what belonged to you to let you taste what defeat is like, that’s why I want to snatch Hikari away.’ Amane served, Kaname returned back the shot and yelled that she wanted to defeat Amane. Tsubomi was walking by and saw them in a match. Back to Hikari and Yaya, Hikari asked why Yaya can’t sing anymore. Yaya replied that it’s because she knew her song, her feelings couldn’t converse anymore ... so there’s no meaning in singing. Hikari repeated, ‘Can’t converse?’ Yaya turned around and replied, ‘Can’t converse to Hikari’s heart.’ Hikari’s eyes widen as she realized what Yaya said. At the match, many fan girls from the three schools including Tamao and Chiyo came down to witness Amane and Kaname’s match. Momomi was shocked that Kaname’s playing against Amane. Kaname asked why Amane didn’t participate in the Etoile Election. Amane replied that she’s not interested. Kaname responded, is that all? Amane added that she doesn’t have the desire to be at the top. Kaname yelled, ‘What a joke!’ and smashed to Amane side, gaining another point for herself. Kaname told Amane that she must participate in the Etoile Election, ‘You are the chuzen chosen one.’ [LOLLLLL!!! *Pause* *Laugh till stomach ache ...* Almost expect Obi-Wan to jump out from nowhere LOL!!] Kaname continued that Amane’s chosen by everyone, that’s why the chosen one has her obligations. Back to Hikari and Yaya, Yaya added that if her singing can’t converse to Hikari’s heart … Yaya stood up, with her back turned to Hikari.

You Are The Chosen One!Touch Me, It's Warm Isn't It? ...Oh Yes!

Hikari started apologizing and tearing. Yaya told Hikari not to apologize. Hikari kept apologizing for hurting Yaya and Yaya kept telling Hikari not to apologize. When Yaya asked why Hikari’s apologizing, Hikari replied. ‘That’s because I’m worried about you, I don’t want to see the look of pain in you because ... I like Yaya’s singing!’ [=O it almost sounded like a confession in Japanese … suki lol] Kaname told Amane to look around her and it’s like Amane had just realized they were surrounded by fangirls screaming encouragements at Amane and stuff. Kaname told Amane that the fangirls were looking at Amane not her, even if there were some, most of them were looking at Amane. ‘You are a star, you are more attention grabbing than me, you are a star!’, Kaname said to Amane. At the fountain, Hikari, eyes rimming with tears said, ‘I like Yaya’s singing ... but sorry, I like Amane-senpai ... I like her ...’ [Holy crap, how could she put joy and rejection all in one sentence?!] Yaya smiled and said she understood, that’s good then, if Hikari’s like that, it’s good then. However, I can’t sing anymore, Yaya continued. Hikari stood up and told Yaya not to say that, ‘Don’t say you can’t sing, Yaya needs to sing, you must continue singing!’ Yaya repeated that she can’t sing anymore ... making this pained expression ... ‘I can’t sing ...’ Hikari recalled the time in episode 4 where Amane placed her hand on her chest and told her that it’s warm isn’t it ... Hikari grabbed Yaya’s hand and placed it against her chest and asked her how is it ... Yaya was like what ‘how is it’ ?!, [LOL Priceless!] Hikari said that it’s warm isn’t it ... Yaya agreed, it’s because her chest contains a lot of good times, Hikari explained. ‘Good times ... is that referring to Amane?’, Yaya asked.

Hikari protested that it’s not only Amane-senpai, coming to St Spica, meeting Yaya, joining the choir and Yaya’s singing were all stored in her chest, that’s why it’s so warm ... Hikari told Yaya not to say because of her that she couldn’t sing. Hikari continued that Yaya’s singing doesn’t belong to her, please sing and her chest will become warm. It will warm those who listen to Yaya’s singing and many other more ... no, not only warm their hearts but glow with passion so please Yaya-chan, continue singing. Yaya started laughing leaving Hikari confused, Yaya turned her back to Hikari to prevent her from seeing her cry and said ‘Since Hikari had said this ... I can’t say I can’t sing anymore ...’. [Mixed feelings about this scene, all the while after the incident in episode 13 and episode 14, we didn’t see Yaya cry at all when Hikari rejected her advances and bolder in approaching Amane. But now, she’s crying, it’s like a relief for her that Hikari rejected her right in the face, now she’s finally eased from the ‘burden’. Kinda reminded me of Kannazuki no Miko, where Chikane hugged Himeko to prevent her from seeing her cry all the while saying she’s happy for Himeko. Aw manz. But it’s good news for Amane x Hikari supporters ... YAY! LOL.] Back to the tennis match, Kaname told Amane that a star has an obligation to return everyone’s expectation for Amane to become Etoile. Amane replied that she’s not interested, Kaname interrupted and said that it’s not for yourself, it’s for them! The fangirls were looking Amane as their dream, you are their admiration, courage and reason for living!

Let's Make A Promise ...Good Doggy ...Awww ... Cute Couple~~!

You have to stand out for the sake of others, Kaname added. Thus, their chest would be warm and the person to do that is you, Amane! In Kaname’s mind, she’s thinking, and so, my chest would be warm too. Just then, Momomi who was looking from the side, realized that Kaname likes Amane [?!] as she recalled in episode 7 that she’s impressed at Kaname’s keen observations, Kaname replied that since she considered Amane to be her rival, it’s natural for her to keep track. But in reality, Kaname’s just interested in Amane romantically. Momomi can’t help but tear at that realization. Amane asked why Kaname’s saying that, Kaname replied, ‘Such a bother, that’s why I dislike you …Hikari must had suffered.’ At the fountain, Hikari and Yaya were praying and they made a promise, Yaya to continue singing and Hikari to gain more courage. Smiling, Yaya told Hikari to gain happiness with Amane. Both girls smiled, apparently everything’s fine now. Suddenly, Tsubomi called them and told them about the match between Amane and Kaname. Tamao also brought Nagisa to see the match and they made it just in them to see who will get the winning match point. Kaname pressured Amane to participate in the Etoile Election, please. In Amane’s mind, she’s thinking that it’s not for herself, but for the sake of others, Amane recalled what Shizuma told her in episode 21, that to find the answer herself but it’s not something one can do by oneself ... Amane instantly thought of Hikari ... with a determined expression, Amane told herself, for the sake of Hikari and won the match.

The crowd went wild, Kaname admitted defeated and praised Amane’s skills and turned to leave. Just then, Amane told Kaname that she’s participating in the Etoile Election, everyone went ‘Ehhh?!’ Walking out of the court, Kaname saw Hikari standing outside and reached out to give a friendly pat on her head before leaving. Yaya encouraged Hikari to go to Amane’s side. Amane stretched her hand out for Hikari and Hikari accepted it, the students went ‘Ohhh~’ and happy for them. Hikari noticed a few drops of sweat on Amane’s face, took out her handkerchief and wiped them off. Both of them blushed. [Awww~] Meanwhile, a not so happy couple, Kaname and Momomi were standing face to face each other, suddenly Momomi slapped Kaname. Betrayed by the fact that Kaname doesn’t love her at all, Momomi ran off, crying. Kaname just stood there and mumbled, ‘Sorry, Momomi.’ At the greenhouse, Rokujou told Shizuma the names of the two, who were going to participate in the Etoile Election, Shizuma told Rokujou that there’s no need to tell her. Rokujou continued, one of them is Suzumi Tamao and the other … Shizuma turned and look, gasping ‘Nagisa?!’. [?!] At the tennis court, everyone was congratulating Amane and Hikari. Now, a new feeling of joy for her friend, Yaya started singing in front of everyone then and there. - END -

You Didn't Love Me At All!Nagisa?!Stand Up For Singapore~!

... ... it’s over for Hikari x Yaya supporters =X, go Amane x Hikari muahahaha. [Ducks from flying bullets and darts] Hikari officially rejected Yaya and confessed to Yaya that she likes Amane. I’m glad that Yaya took it pretty well, I like how Hikari placed it across to Yaya about Yaya’s singing not belonging to her but everyone and also not because of Hikari that she doesn’t sing anymore. Yes, the fact Yaya could sing with such emotion was probably because of her feelings but now Hikari doesn’t respond to it anymore and she felt meaningless. Oh and I was wrong about Kaname liking Hikari, it’s Amane, Kaname likes lol, just like in the manga XD. Such a shock. Felt kinda bad for Momomi, she seriously likes Kaname ... hey, I’m actually hoping they will patch up soon! LoL. I see some Kaname fans around too, yeah Kaname’s really cool in this episode, although she’s corny with the Little Red Riding Hood thingy at the start LOL but manz, she looks good in that tennis get up. Similarly for the ‘You are the chuzen chosen one.’, hahaha, it’s like so unexpected, it was supposed to be something serious but I was laughing like hell lol.

Anyways, not much, expect more Amane x Hikari, hope Amane takes the initiative soon ... sometimes I wonder if we would EVER get to see them kiss lol. Hikari seem to be more likeable now ... not that whiny anymore. Oh as for Nagisa and Shizuma, yeah from the spoilers from the tagboard, it wasn’t surprising anymore lol, wonder what is Shizuma going to do, her worst fear ... Nagisa and Tamao as Etoile.

Art: 7/10 [Constant]
Story: 7/10 [!]
Characters: 7/10 [Kaname~]
Overall: 7/10

Puppet action from St Lulim in episode 23!

PS: Sorry for being late with the post cos I didn't download the sub yesterday lol. Anyways, here's a new Song of the Month!!~ It's Uta~Kata's OP, Itsuka Tokeru Namida by savage genius XD

[Signing off @ 5:15 PM]

[Drama CD] TV Animation LOVELESS Character Drama CD Volume 4

[Posted @ 8:55 PM]
Actually the drama cd's already out on 25th August 2006, here's your friendly amazon link.

Japanese Title : TVアニメーション LOVELESS キャラクタードラマCD第4巻
English Title : TV Animation LOVELESS Character Drama CD Volume 4

Loveless Drama CD 1.
Loveless Drama CD 2.

CD Tracks:

1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. Bonus Track [The Casts of Loveless Character Drama CD Volume 4]

Don't think I'm going to summarize the tracks ... cos I don't really understood more than half the content haha. I really like the art of both the anime and the manga XD as for the story ... while it's complicated haha.

Anyways, I could only provide a little teaser from one of the tracks;
In a scene, Yamato praised Kouya that she looks cute in her work uniform, then she asked Kouya for a kiss, at first Kouya wasn't so sure cos they were at their part-time job place. In the end they almost did but the store owner called for Yamato and Yamato left, leaving Kouya saying to herself 'Keh, just a little bit more.' LOL.

Later, the store owner told the girls to welcome the customers. Kouya's voice was like 'Welcome' in a rather dead-pan soft tone, the store owner was like 'Louder!!', Kouya did the same dead-pan tone again, a little forceful and louder lol. It's really cute XD.

Cya~

[Signing off @ 9:10 PM]

GALP Mai Hime Doujinshi Page 7,8

[Posted @ 8:34 PM]
Spent quite a sum this weekend ... it's been a while [3 years?] since I spent this much haha ...

Disclaimer:

I DO NOT TRANSLATE STUFF FROM JAPANESE TO ENGLISH.
only Mandarin to English.

I do however refer to the RAW [Japanese] version sometimes when translating to kind of double check and make it more 'Real' cos i like it lol.

I DO NOT DRAW doujinshis, so I don't claim ANY credits for it, I got the original doujinshi from Shirinikohu, so please refer there for the original version, I'm just translating for those non-Japanese readers =). So don't ban me for it =(.

Click on the pictures and out pops a window with a bigger, clearer dimension.

Please do not hotlink on forums, just paste my blog url and direct them to the Manga Page section, thanks.

Page 7. Page 8.

Natsuki seriously offers herself as Shizuru's birthday present ... will Shizuru accept the the 'present'?

Ok, next, I'm gonna ramble on my purchases over this weekend ... =). My Creative MuVo 200 was spoilt a few days ago ... so I wanna buy a new mp3 player. I figured, why not try Apple's iPod ... and ta da~

My New Apple iPod Nano and Seagate 100GB Hard Drive. Goddness Knows How Long Laptop?

Yeah went to Funan IT Mall, bought a Black Apple iPod Nano, 1GB [I don't think I need that much space lol] + Starter Kit for S$254.80 then a Seagate Portable 100GB Hard Drive for S$269 ... which I had already used half lol, now transferring it to my 500GB Hard Drive =) [Cos my 500GB is a eSATA and lappy doesn't support SATA. Unless I buy a eSATA cardbus adaptor or something, not sure lol.] Anyways, quite happy with my purchases, they are doing their functions well ... duh lol. As for the second picture, it's some old pc/laptop from nowhere and it looks really really old, might be the first series of the laptop? LOL, not sure.

Oh oh, went to Raffles City this afternoon to pay the YanZiUnlimited FC S$50 for the Taiwan pre-order new YanZi album =). For more information, go to the YanZiUnlimited forum. Btw, they don't accept any pre-orders anymore cos the deadline's today. Anyways, can't wait for the new album to arrive XD.

Hm, basically that's all I reckon. Goodnight.

[Signing off @ 9:45 PM]

Strawberry Panic! Ep21

[Posted @ 1:39 PM]
Yet another kiss, a Miyuki x Shizuma episode.

Kaori.Nagisa.Kawaii Pouting Shizuma~.

- Flashback - It’s snowing in Strawberry Panic! world, Kaori’s in the washroom, coughing wildly till there were tears in her eyes. After washing up, she walked weakly to the desk, sat down and stared at the photo she and Shizuma took together during the Etoile Election then. [The same photo Shizuma had with her] Kaori started to cough badly again while clutching her chest, in her mind she was thinking that she’s leaving the world really soon. Kaori opened the wooden box at the side and revealed a ruby pendent [The same pendent Shizuma wore, except for the colour of the stone]. Kaori thought to herself what would Shizuma do. Shizuma, the beautiful, strong and whatever she does would be flawless, would do if Kaori should disappeared. Will she still be as beautiful, strong and flawless? - End of Flashback - At the Ichigo-sha, Rokujou-kaichou’s knocking repeatly at door of Shizuma’s room but Shizuma just ignored her looking all zoned out, wearing her pajamas and the sapphire pendent. After knocking for a long time, Rokujou-kaichou gave up and left. Meanwhile, Nagisa’s at Shizuma’s greenhouse looking for her but sighed when Shizuma wasn’t there. Nagisa ran towards the waiting Tamao and they walked to school together. Tamao asked Nagisa if she saw Shizuma in the greenhouse, Nagisa replied that she wasn’t there. Tamao said that according to the seniors, they were saying that Shizuma hadn’t been attending classes too. Looking at Nagisa’s sadden expression, Tamao added that Nagisa must be worried isn’t it? Nagisa nodded and said that Shizuma would be fine even without her worrying. Tamao tried to cheer Nagisa but by stating that Shizuma would definitely be fine.

The girls were having a midnight tea party at Nagisa and Tamao’s room, Chiyo was praising the butter cookies Chihaya made and Nagisa said that Chihaya really liked to put a lot of butter in the cookies and cakes she made. Tamao explained that it’s because Noriko really likes butter. [Awww~] The girls started chatting what goes well with tea, Tamao thanked everyone for attending the tea party as it’s been a while they had one because of Nagisa’s zoning out for quite a well, complained Tsubomi lol. Surprisingly, Chiyo stood up to Nagisa’s side and told Nagisa not to apologize haha. The subject moved on to the up coming Etoile Election, when Hikari asked for more tea, Tsubomi and Yaya began to quarrel with each other haha while Nagisa’s still looking a little dazed. Tamao noticed it too. The next day, Rokujou-kaichou knocked on Shizuma’s door even harder than before and threatened to call the Sister if Shizuma doesn’t open the door. Finally, Shizuma opened the door, grumbling to Rokujou that she’s noisy this early in the morning and she might disturb the student next door. Rokujou entered the room, retorting that it’s such a coincidence that she’s the student living next door [LOL!!!]. Shizuma said that Rokujou’s still acting all mighty after disturbing her sleep, Rokujou replied that she doesn’t care how long Shizuma sleeps but the duties of the Etoile had to be done. Looking around the messy room, Rokujou added that, Shizuma was even worse than before by not attending classes and not tending the greenhouse. Throwing a stack of papers on the bed, Rokujou told Shizuma that that’s her work and to sign the papers.

... =O~Keh.KISS~ ...

Rokujou continued that until the next Etoile’s elected, Shizuma’s still responsible for the duties. The more Rokujou talked about her duties, the more Shizuma frowned. Rokujou told Shizuma that tomorrow’s the day she had to return the authenticating object of the Etoile. Shizuma stared down and fingered her sapphire pendent, saying that it’s finally the day to return this huh? Rokujou agreed and added, also Kaori’s. Shizuma doesn’t look happy. Rokujou draw the curtain in Shizuma’s room and said that the timing’s good, they should proceed to Kaori’s room now to collect it. Shizuma mocked Rokujou for having a professional attitude. Rokujou then turned around to face Shizuma. Shizuma asked how could Rokujou just so easily say out things regarding Kaori. Shizuma continued that Miyuki had been always saying the same thing for two years, fulfill the duties of the Etoile, that’s all. Miyuki replied matter-of-fact that Shizuma’s the Etoile, that’s why. Pissed, Shizuma yelled that ‘Even so, I’m human too!’ Miyuki looked stunned and replied that ‘Of course, don’t you think I understood? I had always been by your side, matters of Kaori, matters of Nagisa, I was looking at everything. I know your everything.’ Shizuma interrupted, ‘No, you don’t understand, you only looked, you don’t know what is called love, you never loved anyone before, that’s why …you would never understand my feelings!’ Miyuki said that, ‘It’s not the case, I too ...’ Narrowing her eyes, Shizuma asked if Miyuki loved anyone before? Miyuki started to get a little worked up, as they stared down at each other. But Miyuki lost the ‘battle’ as she adverted her eyes to the side. Shizuma stared at Miyuki’s lips, moved forward, tilted Miyuki’s chin towards her and captured her in a kiss.

Eyes wide opened, Miyuki was stunned. Shizuma shifted to bring Miyuki closer to her and grasped her left wrist. A few moments later, Miyuki shoved Shizuma away, slapped her, yelled ‘Baka!’ and turned away. After the slap from Miyuki, Shizuma was suddenly awakened from the moment of daze she was in. Miyuki started crying. Shizuma asked stupidly if Miyuki’s crying. Miyuki replied can’t I? Shizuma’s cheek was still red from the slap, [Whoa] she turned, began buttoning her uniform and left saying she’s going to the greenhouse. Before leaving, Shizuma apologized to Miyuki and said that she doesn’t have any evil intentions, only joking around. Miyuki sobbed even harder. [Miyuki’s heart must be breaking when Shizuma said that she’s only joking around ... for all you know, that could be Miyuki’s first kiss and her first kiss was just a joke? Manz, now I feel like smacking Shizuma lol.] Apparently, Shizuma knew she’s hurting Miyuki, as she walked out of the gate of Ichigo-sha and the rain drops pouring down at her. ‘I have always been hurting people, Nagisa ... Miyuki ... I’m always hurting people around me, I ...’, thought Shizuma. Suddenly, Amane sheltered Shizuma from the rain with her umbrella. Both of them arrived at the greenhouse, Shizuma thanked Amane. Amane just replied that Shizuma once sheltered her from the rain in episode 8 but Shizuma doesn’t really remembered lol. [It’s because Shizuma was busy wondering about her umbrella being too big lol!]

Sob ...Amane.Awww~ ...

Amane seemed amazed by the potted plants in the greenhouse, Shizuma asked Amane if it’s her first time in the greenhouse, Amane nodded. Shizuma replied that ‘After you become Etoile, you’ll be so bothered by it that you won’t want to come.’ [LOL!] Amane answered that she never thought of it. Shizuma said that is that so? Will the St Spica Student Council let you off? Shion had been eyeing Amane to be Etoile for quite a while, Shizuma added. Amane replied indeed, she had been bothering her about it. Shizuma continued, as expected lol. Amane asked Shizuma ... ‘What is Etoile?’ and added that she wanted to know since the students and student council in St Spica had been eyeing for the Etoile title. Shizuma frankly replied, ‘The main attraction, work piled as high as a mountain, endless repeats of the same old oration and ritual and tending the greenhouse.’ Amane actually seriously asked, ‘Is that the answer?’ [LOL!] Shizuma smirked and said that the question’s abstract so there were limits to the answer. Amane asked again what did Shizuma got after gaining the Etoile title, fame or something else? Shizuma replied that she got something, indeed that time. - Flashback - Shizuma and Kaori were dancing in their Etoile dresses. Looking at her palms, Shizuma answered, ‘We got something that even words cannot describe it ...’. [Love?!] Back in Ichigo-sha, Nagisa’s staring out of the window. Scene changed to Rokujou and Shizuma going in Kaori’s room, Rokujou commented that nothing much had changed in the room. Rokujou asked where is it and Shizuma replied that it’s in the drawer. Shizuma’s looking out of the window at the church [Like she doesn’t want to witness the scene of Rokujou taking the last thing Kaori wore] while Rokujou proceeded to open the drawer. Rokujou took out the photo frame of Kaori and Shizuma and finally the wooden box which contained the ruby pendent. Rokujou noticed that there’s a letter underneath and called for Shizuma, the letter was addressed to Shizuma by Kaori. [LOL after freaking two years, now she realized ... OTL.]

...?! Kaori? ...Dear Shizuma ...

- Flashback - Kaori wrote, ‘Shizuma, one day you would be reading this letter and by that time, how would you be? The me now, doesn’t have any idea at all, I could only hope that this letter would be transferred to you. Do you remember? On the day we became Etoile, with the guidance of the previous Etoile, we entered the greenhouse for the first time. The first time I saw the place, I loved it immediately. The greenhouse’s beautiful, regardless of the seasons, the place would always be filled with the scent of flowers and trees with no cold wind or rain. It’s like we’re in Astraea Hill. Ne, Shizuma, I won’t be witnessing the outside world as I’m about to leave it, but to be surrounded by your warm love, not knowing the outside world’s cold rain or wind. I am filled with happiness and never thought of leaving. I like it here. But Shizuma, you are different. You walked under the cold wind and rain, looked up at the brand new world. At your side, there’s always a person who’s supporting you. So, please look around you, in front of you, there will definitely be another brand new world. Surely, there’ll be a new unexpected meeting. Shizuma. I love you. [Kaori used, ‘Aishiteru’] Shizuma. Be free. Protect the one I love, the beautiful, strong, flawless and free Shizuma. Forever and ever. Please. Shizuma. ... Kaori.’ – Back to present – Shizuma was snapped back to reality by Miyuki’s cries of Kaori’s name. Turning to Miyuki, Shizuma teased her for being a cry baby even after so long, Miyuki replied, ‘Yeah, so what?’ LOL. Shizuma smiled and said to Miyuki, ‘For a long time, you have always been by my side, always crying ... always ...’ - Kaori’s voice saying ‘At your side, there’s always a person who’s supporting you’ was heard.

Shizuma, I Love You.Shizuma ...I Need You ...

After apologizing to Miyuki, Shizuma told Miyuki, ‘You have always been by my side, even if you’re a cry baby, so, please always stay by my side and also please always support me. You’re my friend, my one and only bosom friend. Without you, there won’t be me. I ... need you.’ Touched by Shizuma’s words, Miyuki hugged Shizuma and cried happy tears. [Aww, they made up lol] The next day, at the church, the choir, student council presidents, Shizuma and Amane were there. Shizuma told Amane about the question [The question about what’s Etoile] she asked the other day, Leaning beside Amane, Shizuma told her that the next one’s her, you must be Etoile to get what only Etoile could get. Amane asked what it was. Shizuma told Amane to find it herself but it’s not something one person could do by herself. Amane turned and faced the choir … [Hikari’s there], turning back Amane found that Shizuma’s gone lol. Shizuma’s standing in front of the church’s door, carrying the wooden box containing the sapphire and ruby pendants. As the choir sung, Shizuma walked on the red carpet and placed the wooden box in freaking slow motion on the table which was in middle of the church. While walking, Shizuma kept thinking about Kaori, after placing the wooden box in the rightful place, it’s like a burden off Shizuma’s chest as she murmured, ‘Goodbye, Kaori.’ Kaori too, said her goodbyes to Shizuma.

After that, Shizuma smiled, turned and left the stage. The church bell sound loudly, a marking of a new beginning as the scene moved to Nagisa and Tamao were stunned by the bell sound. Back in the church, in the student council presidents’ minds, they were thinking of the start of the Etoile Election. The end of an old past, a start of a new future, it’s the time for a new Etoile. As Shizuma walked out of the church, Amane looked on, seriously thinking about something. Shizuma turned back to see the church one more time. [LOL Shizuma seriously looked like Sachiko from Maria-sama ga Miteru with that blissful look] - END -

Let Me Tell You A Secret.Goodbye, Kaori ...... Etoile ...

A serious Miyuki x Shizuma episode, pretty well done I might say, the kiss, the slap and the make up. Hm, can’t make a decision which scene I liked best hahaha. Oh I really like the scene where Shizuma was saying about Miyuki not knowing what love was since she never loved a person before. The hesitation and stuff lol, really sent Miyuki x Shizuma senses into full blast. I was almost expecting Miyuki to yelled, ‘I LOVE YOU!’ haha but it never came ... well. The crying scene was ... hm sad, as I said before, that might be Miyuki’s first kiss and she never expected it would be given to Shizuma since she would be married o some guy after graduating from St Miator. But, nevertheless, Shizuma considered Miyuki as her friend, a bosom friend, as she had confessed in the make up scene and will probably always stay that way. Miyuki seemed happy with that that Shizuma really treasured her ... ‘Without you, there won’t be me ... I ... need you ...’ XD.

A letter from Kaori, just one thing to snap Shizuma back to her old self, =). I think Shizuma just wanted to seek permission from Kaori but doesn’t know how to do it since she’s dead and stuff and you know, praying in front of her grave won’t cut it ... so reading the letter from Kaori was a big relief for Shizuma. The timing was so fine with the return of the ruby/sapphire pendants, it’s like a burden off her, she’s no longer the Etoile constrain by her duties and her lasting love for Kaori. Being Etoile, she’s always linked back to Kaori but after reading Kaori’s words, ‘So, please look around you, in front of you, there will definitely be another brand new world. Surely, there’ll be a new unexpected meeting.‘ It’s like Kaori doesn’t mind Shizuma loving another person again, this shows how much Kaori loved Shizuma, she just wanted Shizuma to be happy, to be this beautiful, strong, flawless and free Shizuma she loved. This also shows Kaori really understood Shizuma a lot, she knew Shizuma’s a passionate person and won’t forget that easily and probably would rather hurt everyone around her than to betray Kaori. But after the letter, now, she’s just Hanazono Shizuma, a free woman. She’s free to love, she had placed the past behind her when she said goodbye to Kaori and apparently, had very high chance of approaching Nagisa again in later episodes, actually in the preview of episode 22, they already were talking to each other.

Art: 7/10 [Close ups of Miyuki and Shizuma were good]
Story: 7/10 [A end of a past, a mark of a new beginning. Let the Etoile Election begin!]
Characters: 7/10 [Miyuki~.]
Overall: 7/10

The preview looked interesting ... focusing on the St Spica side, from the spoilers, we know that Amane would be competing in the Etoile Election [Because of Shizuma’s temptations of something she would get from being Etoile]. Kaname strikes back again, this time she looked a little guilty or she’s actually enjoying it lol. Anyways, she looked like she likes Hikari *GASP*, yes I think so too ... this should be entertaining heh.

[Signing off @ 6:10 PM]

[PV] Strawberry Panic! ED2 - Ichigo Tsumi Monogatari

[Posted @ 10:44 PM]
Hey all, sorry I won't be able to post up Strawberry Panic! Episode 21 summary tonight because the Mandarin sub is not out yet =O. So I reckon I'll have to wait till tomorrow for the English sub butttt the problem is, I'm going to Malaysia tomorrow ... haha. Will be back late at night so I'll just post up episode 21 summary on friday then.

To make up for the lateness, I've posted up the lyrics for '苺摘み物語' [Ichigo Tsumi Monogatari] yesterday and now I'll post up the screenshots of the PV, '苺摘み物語' [Ichigo Tsumi Monogatari]!!!~


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Oh, I'm now uploading the clip in yousendit but it's taking sooooooooooo long lol. I tried to upload it in youtube but it's even slower, and it keeps disconnecting ... haha. Maybe those who could dl from yousendit then can help upload in youtube or something. Anyways, I'll update again after I uploaded it ok? Cya.

EDIT: For I dunno what stupid reason, I can't upload in yousendit too ... but, I managed to upload the 25mb version on sendspace, here's the link. I'm currently trying to upload a 16mb version on youtube ... hope it works. Fail. If you can't download from sendspace, I reckon it's too bad for you, cos I seriously have no patience to upload anywhere any longer, so maybe some kind soul can help you then.

[Signing off @ 11:59 PM]