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Oofuri chapter 54 [Feb. 25th, 2008|01:29 pm]
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makaioh
[I'm all | vexed]

This is not what you expect.


I DON'T KNOW HOW TO REACT WHEN MY TEAM WIMS D:
I'm always a villain fan, and ... altho I suppose you could make a case for the first game in Eyeshield 21, but I wasn't a superfan of Ouja.. or whatever the school is called, you know, Shin and Sakuraba's school... anyway, I hadn't had enough time to be a superfan of them (still not, don't keep up with ES21) so when they won I was like "Aha."

BUT THIS.

THESE ARE MY FAVORITE TEAM.
THEY ARE NOT THE MAIN CHARACTER.
MY FAVORITE TEAM WON THE GAME.

I don't know how to react. I'm not used to being on the winning side in manga!! This is one of those ballsy moves by mangaka that will probably end up biting her in the ass. But unlike Konomi's Atobe fiasco (which I LMAO at, and would do again), you can't fix this by going "Ahhhn" and having magic hair. There's one Koshien, Nishiura missed it. (Unless there's wildcard seed magic. Which there shouldn't be, considering they're a brand new team.)
Anyway... I have MIXED EMOTIONS about this!! From a writing perspective, Higuchi is kindof sucky. From a character dev perspective, she can be good, but she can also overdo it. But this... is like... i dunno, assraping the fans of the main character? Raep time Y/Y? I mean, frlz, I LOVE BIJOU but that doesn't mean anyone else does. In fact, I feel like I'm the only one.

uhh
so

Levi sed it was anticlimatic, and it was. Even tho I wanted Bijou to wim. And they did. But ... in a out-like-a-lamb kind of way. I feel gypped of the emotions we were supposed to have at the end of the game. I also feel gypped out of 1 of 3 Bijou pitchers! And he's so cute and cuddly, Yuu-chan is. And he's Takumi's best friend, based on their cuddle factor. oioioioioioi ♥♥♥♥

anyway

here are some things.



BE SEXY, KILLA-T AND YOSHITO.
I want a plushie of Takeshi SO BAD. He is SO CUDDLY and CUTE.
*flail flail flail flail flail*
I ... think this is Yano. Throwing to Matsushita. But it might be Koh. I think it's Yano, though. This pic is here because Matsushita is a cute guy.



BE SEXIER.

Poor Killa-T. (Remember, that's the nickname I made up for Takeshi, Kurata, because Takeshi is liek everybody's name? Don't forget!)
What was I saying? Oh yeah. Poor Killa-T. At the end of the episode, he's being accosted by teh evil Kazu D: RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIEFZ!!


Acknowledge Killa-T (Takeshi) 's cuddle factor. Like a puppy. Like a baby golden retriever.

I really feel ripped off of my emotional high and/or low I should have experienced at the end of the game. It should have at least been closer, or like, more at stake on the final pitch. Like, he hit two real far but foul or something so it seemed like a homer was possible.

I didn't expect Nishiura to make it to Koshien, actually, but... I did expect more emotions at the end of the game...

and while I'm wantin stuff, I want Bijou plushies.
I'm not insanedrop trou!

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From:leviosa8
Date:February 25th, 2008 - 09:38 pm
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I thought you'd be happy with the result. But I don't think anyone can be satisfied. I have tried to think about why this is so wrong, and I have realized that it is not even from the fact that they have lost, because I can acknowledge that is more realistic. It is because, like you mentioned in another comment, this is a monthly publication that has had us hooked to the game for months (for Japanese, even longer!), and in the last chapter she promised action by how she finished it, AND now she just ended the game with the proverbial guillotine. I know that's how games end, usually, given how it was the last inning. But it's not the same to watch a game in a bit over an hour, and another in a bit over several months. AND there is not another chapter until next month. I wonder if she just wants to keep true fans following her manga, and trusts the fan-life to fill in the monthly spaces. But how long can the hype continue, now that the main plot-line is over? I am really curious about that. But I don't even like baseball, so I am just hoping we get a lot of character development in the following chapters.

Last, I don't like Kurata, but she made him kick-ass in this chapter. That surprised me to. For a moment, HE seemed the main character. Talk about fan-brain-fucking. Raep time indeed!!

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From:makaioh
Date:February 25th, 2008 - 11:46 pm
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In the history of my fandom, my favorite team has never won. And if I didn't really have a favorite team, then I wasn't really emotionally entrenched in the series.

But I think the lack of really awesome heart-stopping action sorta made it less enjoyable than it could have been, there were some good moments, but I was expecting a GREAT CRY like at the end of the Tosei match "kandoh, arigatoh!" kind of thing, you know? But, there wasn't that, it was like... I dunno. It was totally anticlimatic. Also, it was set up for Nishiura to wim. I'm not sure why she changed her mind at the last minute. Maybe just to surprise people.

I'm going to maintain it wasn't a good idea. BUT GO BIJOU! #1!! GO ALL THE WAY!!! I HOPE THEY WIM KOSHIEN!!!!! ♥

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From:leviosa8
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 02:02 am
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I don't think she changed her mind. I think she planned this all along, and went for the shock. In real baseball, things end just as quick, so she ended it on a realistic note. Fine. And yet sucky ^^''

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From:makaioh
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 05:48 am
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I felt like all the signs were pointing to Nishiura's win. I guess this is the difference between shonen manga and shojo manga. I dont read shojo!! How am I supposed to understand this manga now!

(like I understand it at all. It's written in a freaky moon language! ;D

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From:leviosa8
Date:February 27th, 2008 - 06:12 am
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They were. I tell you, she did it on purpose. I wanted to be angry but then I remembered when I used to write and I always made the happiest chapters right before the battles in which I was to kill several of the main characters, so I have to shut up.

(I am going to keep focusing in chara interaction and, if possible, learn something about baseball, but I am tired of all the ball study and catcher mind-vomit. Like. Really.)

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From:makaioh
Date:March 3rd, 2008 - 11:35 am
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I think the part that's blowing my mind is the whole Kazu thing. He really didn't deserve to see Nishiura lose to Bijou. He deserves to CRY MOAR. But I have to agree, if it was my story, Abe's injury would have escalated and he'd have DIED. ;D

It's hard to understand how Higuchi can have gotten this far not realizing that "voice-over" (if it was in a movie) and inner monologue are not good storytelling devices.

I should have been happier about the end of the match. I really should have....


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From:makaioh
Date:February 25th, 2008 - 11:54 pm
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Also I forgot to say I'M SAYIN!!!!! with regards to KILLA-T in this episode!! I've felt like he's main-character-ish for awhile now, specially after that one scene where he's thinking about what it took to get there. I forgot what chapter that's from, but they show his parents and stuff... I forgot. Anyway, hi my new KILLA-T (that's his nickname) icon ^^v

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From:leviosa8
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 02:03 am
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I think Higuchi herself got very attached to him and turned him main chara for the rest of the game. So many years drawings this series, I guess she too needs to get a kick out of the rival teams, or it grows boring to create.


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From:aflyingteapot
Date:February 25th, 2008 - 09:48 pm
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They won!! /o/

I WANT TO KNOW WHY KURATA WAS LOOKING AT ROKA ALL THROUGH THE GAME AND DIDN'T NOTICE KAZU BESIDE AND ALSO WTF DOES KAZU WANT FROM HIM AND THIS MIGHT BE JUST BECAUSE I AUTOMATICALLY SKIP KAZU'S SPEACH BUBBLES WHEN READING BUT I STILL WANT TO KNOW. /end of ramble

I also want Bijou plushies >o< !

I am actually ok with how the game ended thanks to a mixture of Mihashi's cheering cuteness and Momokan's words. I didn't even BAWW and it's all thanks to her :D

Uhm...the ending is indeed a bit anticlimatic (nothing that ends with a shot of Roka can make you want to read a continuation), but the chapter as a whole was full of wakuwakuwakudokidokidoki moments for me (°O°)
Mihashi's crying scene could have been..."expressed" better, but all of the tension before the end was really intense, methinks.

ALL IN AL I JUST LOVE HIGUCHI AND SHE OWNS MY SOUL SO SHE CAN DO WHATEVER SHE LIKES WITH HER CHARACTER MY FEELINGS WON'T CHANGE.

(let's also not forget that this is no shonen manga and it doesn't need to keep hopes high for the new generations u_u)

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From:makaioh
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 12:03 am
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NO
IT'S NOT CUZ YOU SKIP KAZU'S MINDVOMIT
OR MAYBE IT IS
I SKIP HIM TOO
IT'S CUZ WE DUNNO WTF KAZU IS UP TO. that's why Roka's like "Wtf. Leave my Takeshi alonez!!" behind Kazu's back. (he was.)
I also want to know what was going through his head when he was looking up the stands at Roka. But I think Kazu is going to do something evil. Because I think he's become evil, having caused his own team to lose. I think that when he cried to the sachet from his sibling, the dark underlord (not the makaioh, tho) granted him DARK EVIL BASEBALL POWERZ. Now he represents all that is evil in baseball D:
Also, I love Roka more now because he was irritated by Kazu. Anyone who wishes Kazu to shut the hell up is a good person in my book!!

Mihashi's cheering for Nishihiro was awesome XD But I wanted A LITTLE MORE TENSION in the baseball!

but.... BIJOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NUMBA ONE!!!!!!!!!1
well, numba 8, but THEY COULD BE NUMBA ONE!!

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From:aflyingteapot
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 12:30 am
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...You know you pretty much convinced me of Kazu's evil plotting... Let's hope that Roka sees through his plans..? I am sorry for Killa-T(akeshi), really, having to listen to Kazu's brainwashing endless monologues... v_v

I am secretely hoping that next chapter will have little playing and more explaining of this Kurata/Roka thing + the Mihashi "this is no battery" talk + general aftermatch team depression ESPECIALLY ON TAJIMA AND HANAI'S SIDE (Azusa, I was putting my hopes on you and you failed like that ;__;).
Well it was a SLOW, bit by bit defeat, no big climaxes but a lot of tension on my part °_°

YESSS BIJOU!! I'M SO HORRIBLE THAT I WANT TO SEE THEM PARTYING AFTER VICTORY >O< ! I'm sure Higuchi will let us know how they do in the rest of the tournament (or she could make Nishiura go and see one of their matches and we could have new scenes? I ALREADY MISS TAKUMI T^T)!

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From:makaioh
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 05:57 am
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I feel sorry for him too, but I think it'll be OK provided WE don't have to listen to Kazu's monologues!! ;D

I think the next chapter... well, actually, this is a shojo manga and I've determined that while I can predict a good shonen manga plot I'm having a lot of trouble with this shojo stuff o_O But I hope they do resolve some of these things, but maybe we'll get some TajiHana out of it?

It would be awesome if Nishiura went and watched Bijou's next match ;_____; But I bet they don't.. I KNOW. TAKUMI HAS BEEN GONE FOR LIKE, A MONTH!! this month, because he was only in at the end when all the guys are lined up. I want plushies SO BAD.


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From:shiro_ken
Date:February 25th, 2008 - 10:50 pm
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I can understand having mixed emotions about having your favorite team win but still feel bad for them winning against Nishiura.

The ending was anti-climatic and wished there was of a tension build up instead of going from a high to a sucky low. I think it could have been better.

Thing that pissed me off the most was Mihashi going to Abe for comfort when they lost the game. I thought Mihashi had grown since then and seeing him go back into his usual timid self ticked me off. I don't know if you feel the same way about it but I had to share my Abe hate with you since we have the same feelings toward him.

Anyways I hope for some serious character development next time!

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From:makaioh
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 12:12 am
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It's just that my team has NEVAR won, evar, in any fandom I've ever been a part of! It's ... kinda nice actually ^^v (But I do fear that some people will find it easier to lose interest in the series with an ending like that.)

but regarding Miha-Abe? THANK YOU. I was SO IRRITATED that Mihashi went ;___; to Abe!! Not that he should have started being a jerk or something, but he should have said something like "It's OK, we'll get 'em next time" or something, but instead, Abe... eugh. Yeah. I hope Mihashi shows how he's grown in the next chapter. I was looking forward to him laying down the law on Abe.


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From:yukitsu
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 04:53 am
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I dunno how to feeeeeeeeeeeeel, actually. D: BUT I FEEL VERY SAD FOR NISHIURA. BUT ALSO, "FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!"

Crap, 55 needs to get here right now. >O

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From:makaioh
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 06:00 am
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I'M STILL IN SHOCK
MY FAVORITE TEAM NEVAR WIMZ!
MY FAVORITE TEAM IS ALWAYS THE RIVAL/VILLAIN TEAM!
THEY ACTUALLY WON THIS TIME!!

I'M GOING TO CELEBRATE BY MAKING KILLA-T ICONS
one so far.

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From:yukitsu
Date:February 26th, 2008 - 06:04 am
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MAKE MORE.

MAKE TAKUMI ONES. WIMS.


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From:chained_fire
Date:March 2nd, 2008 - 05:11 am
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I couldn't help myself. Something big seemed to have happened in this chapter so I peeked and spoiled myself. I can't believe they lost! T.T

I wonder what will happen next. D:

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From:makaioh
Date:March 3rd, 2008 - 11:38 am
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Yeah and you know, the worst part is, they didn't lose spectacularly, or in a close game, or even in a close MOMENT. The score is like 11-6 or something, and Nishihiro strikes out for the last out in the game. It's very anticlimatic, even though by this time I actually WANTED Bijou to win.

I hope you read some other people's posts, too, because there was some good Mihabe and some choice set-up for the next chapter. It's just... very strange in sports manga for there to be an anticlimatic lose like this!!

(but, for me, GO KILLA-T!! ;D )

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From:chained_fire
Date:March 8th, 2008 - 05:02 pm
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Well, Nishiura had to lose sometime. It would be no fun if they always won. I haven't read any other posts yet. Mainly because I am too lazy right now to stalk other people's journals and backtrack through their old entries. But yeah, soon. Abe and Mihashi interaction is always good. Or at least funny. I want to see how the whole team takes this. Is it the next chapter yet? D:


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From:cassiopae
Date:March 23rd, 2008 - 03:28 am
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Huh? Huh? Why do everyone says it's the END? Isn't there two Koshiens in a year? Can't they make a big come back at the next one? I mean, the series not done, is it?!?

BTW, which Koshien did they loose again...? 0.o (Sorry, I get so caught up in the action, the boring details are lost on the side -- Kazu's blabla, I'll 'read' it but think of something else at the same time... it's like the guy teacher's pep talks... gah.)

(waaaaah, I just realized: the month is almost up! More Oofuri soon!! >.<)