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9-8-2007. Zero no Tsukaima: Knight of the Two Moons

Zero no Tsukaima: Futatsuki no Kishi (Knight of the Two Moons) is a Comedy/Romance/Fantasy show that has had 5 episodes fan subbed so far. It began airing this summer season.

Zero no Tsukaima Season 2 continues where the last season left off with Saito having decided to stay in the new world. Recap from the first season: Louise Valliere is a student in the Tristein Magic Academy but has little magical skill and is known as ‘Zero' because that's how many successful spells she's done. However she needs to summon a familiar to serve by her side as part of her training. She calls Saito, a normal guy from Japan, to Tristein to become her familiar. Saito turns out to be a powerful familiar who has the ability to use any weapon – he is a Gandalfr. This season has so far had a much more serious plot line that the last though there's still been plenty of comedy moments.

Zero no Tsukaima Season 2 is just as good as the last season with many humorous moments between Saito and Louise. The Saito and Louise relationship moves forward in this season too which is nice to see. We also get to see Louise's family. Queen Henrietta (as she now is) returns this season making Louise/Saito a secret agent. The OP song I Say Yes by ICHIKO is just as popy as the last seasons (and is made by the same group) but I still like it. The ED song The Real Feeling by Rei Kugimiya also follows in the tradition of the last season in being poor. Zero no Tsukaima Knight of the Two Moons looks set to follow in the foot steps of the first season and be an excellent series. There were no updates for the last two months due to laziness and a dry spell in anime watching.

Score so Far: High

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30-6-2007. Weekly Anime Spotlight - Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica

Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica is a Fantasy/Adventure/Music series that has had 3 episodes fan subbed so far. It began airing last spring season.

Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica is a series about Tartara Phoron and Corticarte Apa Lagranges (Corti). In the world of Polyphonica spirits are able to materialize into solid form and live off of the music played by humans. Among the humans are Dantists who can play a special type of music and who often make contracts with the spirits. Phoron is a Dantist and he has a contract with Corti. They both work in Tsuge Divine Music Player Office doing various jobs involving spirits and other things.

Polyphonica is a hard series for me to peg at the moment – on the one hand I do find it interesting but on the other hand something pulls me back from it. The spirit Phoron has a contract with, Corti, has the ability to change form when hearing Phoron's music going from a young version of her self to an adult version. I find her young version a little too young for my liking – why couldn't she go around in adult form all the time? The style of Polyphonica is quite odd – it's a mix of futuristic and the early 1900s. The instruments the Dantists use to play their music are also pretty funky looking. The OP song Apocrypha by euforius is not a bad song in it's own right it just pales in comparison to the beautiful ED song that is Concordia by Kukui. The ending also has some really nice CG style artwork that completes one of the best endings I've seen in a while. Polyphonica remains hard to pick at the moment, maybe it's the style that's making me reserved but I find I'm interested in watching more anyway.

Score so Far: Medium

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19-6-2007. Weekly Anime Spotlight - Kaze no Stigma

Kaze no Stigma is an Action/Comedy show that has had 10 episodes fan subbed so far. It began airing last spring season.

The story of Kaze no Stigma is about Kazuma and Ayano both members of the Kannagi family. The Kannagai family are fire magic/spirit users who fight spirits and other mystical creatures. Kazuma is from the head family (so he was next in line to be the head of the family) but he lost to Ayano in a fight and was banished from the family (because of his weak fire ability). Years later Kazuma (now going by the last name of Yagami) returns to Japan with the power of the wind and Ayano is now the next in line to be the head of the family.

Kaze no Stigma is a fairly good series that has a refreshingly punk attitude. Which mainly comes from the main character of the show Kazuma and his attitude towards the Kannagi family. Ayano unsurprisingly (or perhaps surprisingly considering they are suppose to be cousins) seems to be developing feelings for Kazuma. The other major character in the show is Ren, Kazuma's brother, who does have fire magic abilities. The OP song Blast of Wind by Saori Kiuji is fairly good with a nice modularized effect happening on the opening lyrics ("Blast of wind in my eyes