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Artist: 蜜桃まむ

Since I finally obtained a PlayStation Vita in 2012, it was my console of choice. It had a great library of Japanese role-playing games and anime themed games released throughout the Heisei Era. While the console did poorly in the west, it sold well in Japan. This is not too surprising since Japan vastly prefer portable consoles opposed to home consoles.

Since I am and still learning and practicing Japanese, I only play a vast majority of games in Japanese. With the Nintendo 3DS being region locked, it’s relegated to being the Pokémon machine.  This still holds true with the New 3DS, which is a Japanese model since I only ended up play Pokémon on it really.

Sadly, Sony dropped the ball with the Vita and discontinued production in March of this year. Add that to their controversial censorship policy that also applies to Japanese published games, Sony consoles has become less appealing. Not only that, in 2017, I finally got a Nintendo Switch, which is now region free.

Now with Japanese role-playing games and other Japanese games coming on the Switch, there is really no reason to buy any consoles from Sony anymore outside a few exclusives. With that, I would like to share my experience of owning a Vita from an Anime fan’s perspective.

As expected, my Vita game collection outnumbers my PlayStation 3/4 and Nintendo 3DS collection.

I have to admit that the PlayStation Vita was an impressive console back in the early 2010s. It had the capability of providing full console game experiences similar to the PlayStation 3, but portable. Back then, smartphones weren’t as capable as they are now. It eventually became my most used console. I primarily use it to play all the Atelier series games (besides the last three most recent ones), Neptune, Tales of Hearts R, and a bunch of other Japanese games. Also, there are a few licensed anime games from Manga Time Kirara series, namely Hanayamata Yosakoi Live and Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka Wonerful Party. It was a good source for Japanese practice materials since the console was popular in Japan. Since the console is region free, I only needed to import the games.

This is how you can capture Vita footage using a Playstation TV. Back then, HDMI capture cards were expensive. Now, only a HDMI splitter and a HDMI capture card like a Game Capture HD 60S or Cam Link can do the job.

Throughout the lifetime, besides the original Vita, I eventually got a white slim model and a PlayStation TV. I originally received a PlayStation TV as a Christmas present since I wanted to record Vita footage and this was the cheapest way to do so outside of modifying a Vita console. I eventually found out that it can’t play all the games. This includes Love Live School Idol Paradise, Monster Monpiece, Ciel no Surge, Kancolle Kai and Tales of Hearts R.

Recent Vita homebrew developments make it possible to unlock the Playstation TV’s potential. As seen above, a regular 64 GB USB flash drive is used in place of a Vita memory card.

The funny thing is that some of these games that are blacklisted can be played with some work arounds. While it took almost two years to remove that limitation, but it happened. A homebrew hack called Henkaku removed this limitation and added additional capabilities such as using the DualShock motion controls to make the games fully playable on the PlayStation TV. Additionally, you can use flash drives in place of the proprietary memory card. Still, it’s not the most optimal solution.

Yes, there was a capture mod that allowed you to capture any Vita game. Sadly, Katsukity, the company behind it went out of business in 2019.

As for the slim Vita, I bought it mostly because I wanted to get my original Vita modded with a capture card. I was not satisfied with the PlayStation Vita. Also, I wanted to record footage of games that I couldn’t play on the Playstation TV. While expensive, I sent my original Vita to Katsukity, who went out of business this year so they can install the capture card. This added a USB port that allows you to view contents of the Vita screen on a computer.

Technically, you can hook up your laptop to a television and play your Vita games on the big screen television. In a way, this mod did the job better than the PlayStation TV and also make it work like the Switch’s TV mode. Of course, it’s not perfect as it requires a computer since you need to run the viewer software.

While I enjoyed the Vita, it’s a flawed system. First off, Sony hamstrung the system with the proprietary memory cards to combat piracy. Not only you needed them to store save data, but they are very expensive. The 64 GB capacity never made it out of Japan. Even if it did, it’s still very expensive. In comparison, the Nintendo Switch can take any micro SD card up to 2 TB theoretically. Also, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg for one. While there are now hacks for the Vita that allows a use of a micro SD card with an adapter or using USB storage in place of the Vita memory card, the damage was already done.

The second flaw is the lack of video output. Unlike the PlayStation Portable and the PlayStation Portable Go, there is no video output on the Vita. While Sony planned to add video output to the original Vita, they decided against it at the last minute.  They want to make the PlayStation TV instead, which is crippled as mentioned earlier.

In my opinion they should have brought back the dock idea from the PlayStation Portable Go. The dock allowed users to place it in the dock, connect a DualShock 3 controller and play the games on the big screen. With Nintendo taking that idea and improving on it with the Switch, I felt that Sony missed a big opportunity. If they had that capability from the start, I think the Vita would sell even more, especially in Japan.

As a whole, the Vita was an enjoyable console to play with and I don’t regret getting one despite its flaws. Obviously, the Vita would have done better if it used cheaper memory cards and video output. Now with Sony’s censorship policy, I highly doubt I will ever buy another PlayStation console ever again. Not only that, Nintendo made a better successor to the Vita without the ridiculous censorship policy.

With that, do you own a PlayStation Vita or PlayStation TV? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments. ¶

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It’s amazing how Yoshimi destroyed a bat like that.

As the Baseball Association continues to practice, Yoshimi destroys a bat. Now, Tsubasa are in a debacle with the equipment worn out. With the lack of funding, there is one thing she needs to do. Upgrade the Baseball Association to a full-fledged club.

It’s apparent that this will eventually happen. After all, the girls had to save money for their uniforms. As expected, the funding issue will become an issue since associations don’t get much funding. Suzuki brought up the club thing, which made me wonder why Tsubasa didn’t realize this at first.

Of course, to reach club status, they need approval from the student council. While they received approval from their advisor, the student council needs to evaluate them. I wonder if they will pass since Tsukumo Kana who is in charge of the athletic clubs will evaluate them.

Yuki meets her old friend at the wrong time.

Meanwhile, while Yuki is working at her part-time job wearing a mascot outfit handing out balloons, she meets an old friend. Yes, it’s Kurashiki Maiko, who is a year above Yuki. Yuki invites her to try out baseball. From Maiko saying that she doesn’t participate in any clubs is a small indication of what to come later on.

Despite being good at sports, Maiko decides to give up easily.

With Kana coming to the practice at the first time, Yuki brings Maiko. She introduces her to everyone saying that she is very athletic. It shows when she pitches the ball, better than Ryou. Sadly, Maiko wants to give up despite being good. She felt that she will interfere with the association’s evaluation. Thankfully, the girls convince her not to give up that easily.

It seems that Kana knows about Maiko’s trouble with the police for walking late at night. She also knows about Maiko’s anti-social tendencies. It’s somewhat apparent when Maiko talked to Yuki revealing that she is not a part of any clubs. That is a red flag. I understand why Kana seems concerned that Maiko won’t get along with her teammates. Still, I wonder why Maiko gets into trouble with the police.

Surprisingly, Maiko is getting along with others. Despite Kana complimenting Maiko, she still gets annoyed at her.

At a glance, it seems that she is getting along with her teammates. Sure, she becomes annoyed at Kana after she said that Maiko is having fun. Still, I wonder why she is so confrontational at Kana. Either way, Kana sees that Maiko is having fun as she eventually saw her smile. Yuki also seems happy that Maiko is having fun.

Of course, things take a turn for the worse when Maiko returns home. She became upset at her mother who feels distraught over her husband not being at home. Maiko becomes upset and runs away. This can explain why she has so many dealings with the police, especially when she started to fight a bunch of drunkards.

With Maiko in a teacher parent meeting with her mother, it seems that it didn’t go so well. Kana eventually overhears some of what happened. When Maiko’s mother mentioning transferring her daughter no another school, Maiko becomes upset at her mother deciding what is best for her and her father for their own benefit. In other words, she ran off.

At last, Kana finally shares how she feels about Maiko.

After Kana heard what happened, she looks for Maiko. While they don’t get along with each other, she encourages Maiko to stay in the Baseball Association. Sure, Kana doesn’t know how to express her feelings. Even so, she seems to like how Maiko smiled when she had fun playing baseball. From that, she wants to see her smile more. Given that Maiko became surprised that Kana out of all people look after her, maybe she is warming up to her. It seems that way.

In the end, thankfully Maiko didn’t receive any punishment and only had to submit an apology. Either way, the student council finally give the Baseball Association a pass. I guess Kana’s speech to convince the teacher and student council did wonders. Nevertheless, Kana still wants to look after them. It’s quite obvious. She is either worried about Maiko or want to see her smile more. Either way, I smell a potential pairing here. ¶

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It seems that Bocchi woke up from a bad nightmare.

At last, summer vacation is finally here. However, Bocchi seems down for some reason. We find out soon enough.

From the look of It, it seems that last night’s dream upsets Bocchi. It can easily be summed up as this. Bocchi saw Kai. Kai tells her she can’t be friends until Bocchi made friends with everyone in her class. As she walks away, Bocchi calls out Kai’s name. If this already indicates what will happen in the second half, this will.

It seems that Bocchi couldn’t talk to one of Aru’s friends.

With Bocchi becoming desperate to become friends with Kai again that she tries to talk to other girls. It doesn’t go so well. She couldn’t face and talk to Yamada Hanako, which is one of Aru’s friend from the tennis club.

Looks like Bocchi taking her ribbon off and talk to Kako was a bad idea.

Of course, Bocchi tries again. She takes off her ribbon and talk to Kurai Kako. I find it funny that Bocchi thinks that Kako is lenient. As expected, Kako scolds Bocchi for being lax before summer break. I understand that Bocchi wants to make friends, but she asking for trouble considering that Kako is on the disciplinary committee.

It’s obvious that Sotoka and Aru wants to join in on the fun.

After school, Bocchi and her friends went to a playground. This is when Nako finds out why Bocchi feels down. It’s because of the dream that Bocchi had with Kai breaking relations with her. At least Aru came up with a good idea of doing summer activities together. That way, Bocchi can become a little less shy. I think this is a good idea, besides the fact that we will have a beach or pool episode of some sort.

It’s obvious why Nako is afraid of the pool. It’s hilarious how Aru manages to headbutt Nako in the pool.

On the first day of summer break, Bocchi and her friends went to a public pool. While some might be disappointed that Bocchi and Sotoka wore a school swimsuit, it’s nice to see Nako’s and Aru’s. I have to admit Aru looks cute in hers. The funny thing is that she ultimately learns that Nako doesn’t know how to swim. It’s somewhat obvious when Nako insists of watching her friends play in the pool. As expected, Aru uses this weakness against Nako. While Bocchi teaches her how to swim, it seems that she is not that great of a teacher.

It appears that Bocchi is not quite ready to sing karaoke with her friends.

The next day, Bocchi and her friends go to a karaoke bar. It’s funny how Bocchi is afraid of getting a drink at the juice bar when it’s free. Aside from that, it seems that she is too shy to sing in front of her friends. I kind of expected this already. Not only that, Sotoka doesn’t know any Japanese songs and Nako doesn’t want to sing. That leaves only Aru. How unfortunate, no pun intended.

Kai ghosting Bocchi like this is beyond terrible.

Of course, there is a moment that really upsets Bocchi. She notices Kai walking in the hallway. She tries to call her name for attention and show that she made friends. Of course, Kai ignored her as she walks away while her two of her friends saw Bocchi starting to cry.

I have to admit that this is cruel and abusive. I understand that Kai wants Bocchi to be less reliant on her. Still, the way that she handled the situation by not acknowledging Bocchi’s efforts is mean. Bocchi should just forget about Kai as she is not her real friend. She doesn’t need friends like her.

Aside from this awkward encounter, it’s nice that Bocchi is having fun with her friends. Sure, it’s a long stretch to see her sing karaoke, I kind of wish we got to see Aru sing. Hopefully someday, we will get to see Bocchi sing. ¶

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It’s obvious that Tsubasa’s carefree personality will become a hinderence to Tomoe.

From last time, Tsubasa’s team lost against the Seijo High School girls’ baseball team. Now, Tomoe seems upset the team lost their game.

It’s obvious that the team became upset over their loss last time. However, Tomoe feels down for some reason. She feels that she is not good enough and that Tsubasa is holding her back. It becomes obvious when Tomoe tells her about wanting to practice between exams. She says that she shouldn’t rush it and each person get better at their own pace. It’s not surprising to see this response given her carefree and energetic personality. Of course, this answer will not satisfy Tomoe.

It’s obvious that Tomoe is getting a bit too close to the rival school.

In secret, Tomoe ends up practicing alone at a temple. This is when she meets the captain of Seijo High School’s girl’s baseball captain, Jinguji. She happens to practice at the temple often. Tomoe asks her to coach her. This is when we learn that Jinguji’s team almost on the blink of disbanding because of a coach getting into a scandal.

It looks like the other girls found out Tomoe’s private coach sessions. Tsubasa is not happy with Tomoe practicing with the rival school.

It seems that Yoshimi and Aoi catches Tomoe on the act of practicing with Jinguji in private. When Tsubasa confronts her, it doesn’t go so well. She becomes upset at Tomoe for practicing without telling her when she told her not to. Let’s say things didn’t go so well after that with Tomoe ending her friendship with Tsubasa. Obviously, Tomoe didn’t want to be babied by Tsubasa. From this, she felt that her friendship that is holding her back.

Tsubasa feels down that Tomoe won’t be her best friend anymore.

It’s understandable that Jinguji feels that best friends isn’t good in sports as one might become too soft with each other. Best friends don’t want to hurt each other feelings even if one needs to improve their skills. It’s obvious that this upsets Tsubasa since she has been friends with Tomoe since her childhood friend. Still, it’s understandable why Tomoe feels that her friendship with Tsubasa changed, especially when she became interested in baseball. She is now diving into Tsubasa’s interests.

Still, I feel that Tsubasa doesn’t have to break up with Tomoe or stop being best friends for her. She can simply have someone else to be the coach. After all, she is not the only one that is good at baseball. After all, there is Ryou after all.

Like that, they finally made up in a heart warming moment.

In the end, I can understand why Tsubasa won’t like this decision after telling how she feels as she cries. After all, I feel that this moment make it feel that they are more than just friends. While they hugged, I guess others wanted to see them kiss while they make up. Even so, at least it’s better than nothing now that the Tsubasa and Tomoe pairing is stronger than ever. ¶

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Bocchi really doesn’t want to go to school tomorrow. It’s easy to see why.

Bocchi has to present a haiku in front of the class. However, given how shy she is, this can become a problem.

Bocchi is really shy, probably more than Miyako. The funny thing is that both Miyako and Bocchi is good at academics. When Teruyo handed Bocchi her math test back, she happened to score a 97.

Unfortinately, Nako ends up failing the exam with a score of 27. I find it funny how Bocchi becomes disappointed that Nako didn’t score a 75 and not the fact she failed. This is a pun of Nako’s name since in Japanese, Nanais 7 and Go is five. Still, aiming for a 75 is still pretty bad since one should aim for 90 or above.

Bocchi and Sotoka tries the special technique to relieve anxiety.

Aside from that, it’s understandable why Bocchi want to become sick. Apparently, her teacher assigned her class an assignment to write a haiku and present it in front of class. Obviously, Bocchi needs to present something in front of her class. Of course, this is her biggest fear given how shy she is. Then again, she is not alone. Not everyone is comfortable at public speaking at first. It takes a lot of practice, but eventually one will get used to it.

Sadly, it doesn’t go so well for Bocchi. Obviously, the special techniques failed.

Sadly, Bocchi’s presenting something for the first time didn’t go so well. She tried doing special techniques such as doing strange physical exercises and picture audience as potatoes to get over her anxiety. As expected, it failed and she eventually vomits in front of class. It’s bound to happen. Hopefully someday, she will become able to present stuff in class.

This can explain why Teruyo didn’t want to hand back Nako’s test. Teruyo hopes to get closer to Nako. I wonder how she will accomplish this.

As for Teruyo, it seems that she is still afraid of Nako. I guess she became terrified when she handed Nako a test with a bad grade on it. It’s bound to happen, but I guess Nako’s asking her about the grade didn’t help. Hopefully, Nako will eventually sort out her differences with Teruyo. After all, Teruyo wants to stop becoming nervous towards Nako.

Aside from that, I find it funny how Bocchi tries to help Nako study. The funny thing is that she teaches Nako how to laugh instead of actual math. While Bocchi wasn’t that helpful in helping Nako study, at least she gave her some motivation to work hard in remedial classes and pass the retake exam. I guess Bocchi really want Nako to pass so she can walk home with her along with her other friends.

At last, Nako passed with her target score of 75!

Still, I find it hilarious how Nako scores a 75 on the retake exam. I felt that she could have aimed for a higher score, but I guess she really wants to make Bocchi’s joke a reality. ¶

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Artist: araki495

Back in the late 2000s and early 2010s, there has been various debates about moe. Despite the critics, moe in general has eventually became mainstay in modern anime

I feel the main reason moe actually saved anime is of course the adaptations of Manga Time Kirara series and Houbunsha, a Japanese book publisher that is behind it all. The first few series in 2007 started receiving anime adaptions. The first being Hidamari Sketch and Doujin Work. After that, the rest was history after K-ON aired and became wildly popular.

Since the 2010s, there are usually anime adaptations of series from the family of Manga Time Kirara family of magazine air almost every season. Sometimes, there might be two that air in the same season. You might be wondering why I think Manga Time Kirara is the savior of anime and why these magazines are popular? I will explain why.

Before Houbunsha started Manga Time Kirara, let’s focus on the history of Manga Time, which is the predecessor that still exists today. Manga Timeis a spinoff of Weekly Manga Times and publishes monthly since 1981. That magazine primarily seinen 4-koma series and considered the flagship title for Hobunsha. It eventually received other sister magazines such as Family, Jumbo, Special, Home, and Original.

With moe’s popularity growing in the early 2000s, Houbunsha decided to create a spinoff focusing on moe 4-koma called Manga Time Kirara in 2003. It was a huge success that they eventually renew the magazine title and eventually added other sister magazines such as Carat, MAX, Forward (non-4koma series) and Miracle, which got canceled in 2017. These magazines originally targeted 20 and 30-year-old anime fans. With light novels becoming popular, they also had an influx of readers in their teens and early 20s.

After Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica aired in 2011 and gained a lot of popularity, the franchise received its own Manga Time Kirara sister magazine. It was titled Manga Time Kirara Magica. It contained primarily anthology of Madoka Magica related comics.  Also, several spinoffs such as Oriko, Tart, Kazumi, Shizune, and Magia Record serialized in the Kirara Magica or Forward magazines.

Generally, works from Manga Time Kirara focus on girls doing a certain activity or on a premise.

So, why series from the Manga Time Kirara are popular? There are several reasons why. Most of the series serialized in these magazines tend to have several common themes. First off, they usually focus on a life of a group of cute girls focusing on an activity or premise. This can range from things such as working at a café, cheerleading, drawing art, or camping.  While most of them are school girl series, some series don’t necessarily take place at school. For instance, New Game focuses on young adult women days of working at a video game company. While some of the series have male characters, they are only a few or none.

Regardless, the reason series from the Manga Time Kirara are so popular is mostly because of the escapism, nostalgia and in some instances, being the thing that relieves stress. Except for a few series that also have fantasy elements thrown in as seen with School-Live or Urara Meirochou, a vast majority of series can happen in real life.

While some of these stories have coming of age elements, one can relate to the characters from personal experiences. Maybe, you might have similar experiences during grade school, college or some point in your life. For instance, perhaps you enjoy drawing a lot of art work during high school and can relate to cute girls doing the same thing.

While the characters in the story might have done an activity differently, you might remember the good old days when you did the same. As expected, the feeling of nostalgia is powerful feeling, which can add to the enjoyment of these series.

Animation of adaptations of Manga Time Kirara titles tend to be very eye-catching, especially with the scenery.

Second is of course the escapism and Iyashikei. While I focused on Iyashikei before, it’s one of themes found in most Manga Time Kirara series. While these stories resemble real life, it’s easy to escape and enjoy the life of a bunch of girls having a fun and enjoyable life with little to no conflict. Most of these series tend to have detailed or beautiful settings, which adds to the escapism aspect.

Another reason these series are popular is because of the current economic situation. Believe it or not, most of the youth in Japan have lived through the lost decades. With low wage growth and the slow recovery, some feel that he or she might never marry and have children. In a way, watching these series can allow them experience some things they will never be able to experience.

Of course, this holds true in the western world. Most young adults still face struggles. This can range from student debt, underemployment, and other effects from the Great Recession. As a result, some may never start a family and have children who will experience life similar to the characters from these stories.

Sure, some seem to dislike K-ON mostly over the whole moe debate. Believe it or not, K-ON is popular to a wide audience, even with young girls.Note that the series are originally targeted for 20-30 year old males.

Lastly, Manga Time Kirara series tend to appeal a wide audience. Sure, Manga Time Kirara originally targeted anime fans in the 20s and 30s, mainly a male demographic. Believe it or not, these series also appeal to 10 and 20-year olds and females as well. It’s easy to see why, most of these series tend to have little to no fan service. Also, these series tend to have mostly or all female casts.

Of course, these not only appeal to males, but also females as well. After all, cuteness has an appeal to both genders. Not only that, a good amount of series from Manga Time Kirara tend to have yuri pairings or even school girl lesbians. Moreover, a good number of Manga Kirara Time manga series received English localizations such as K-ON, Kiniro Mosaic, New Game, Anne Happy, Hidamari Sketch, Harukana Receive and several others. That alone shows how popular these series are.

With Manga Time Kirara being popular, the magazine eventually received its own mobile game. Kirara Fantasia features female characters from various series serialized from the family of magazines.

Overall, Manga Time Kirara played a big role of possibly saving anime. After all, the magazine has a lot of popular and well-known series such as Hidamari Sketch, K-ON, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka, Kiniro Mosaic, Yuru Camp, and New Game to name a few. Not to mention, Manga Time Kirara has its own mobile game, Kirara Fantasia. It features characters from series that came from the Manga Time Kirara family of magazines including some original characters. The original characters are drawn by mangaka who have series serialized from these magazines.

While some slice of life comedies have simularities to series from Manga Time Kirara, they are not serialized in that magazine.

Still, Manga Time Kirara has a large influence on other moe 4-koma magazines and series. Other publishers such as Kadokawa and Ichijinsha have its own magazine that is similar to Manga Time Kirara. Believe it or not, some series like Hinako Note and Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san feels like it would come from Manga Time Kirara. In reality, these series are actually serialized in Comic Cune, a magazine that Kadokawa publishes. Either way, it’s easy to see where some of the series’ themes came from.

With what, what are your favorite Manga Time Kirara series? Feel free to share your thoughts and relatable moments from these series in the comments. ¶

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Everyone seems happy now that the team is now fully assembled.

Now that Tsubasa assembled the entire team, the next logical step is to play an actual practice game. As expected, it doesn’t go so well.

The girls find out how expensive the uniforms are.

At last, with Ryou finally joining the team, it’s time for the team to have their first game. After the team decide their roles on the field, they start practicing. I find it funny how the girls realized that they have no player uniforms and there is no way they will play in their track suits. Yes, the uniforms are expensive at 10000 yen a piece. Maybe not as pricy as what Kohane and her friends saw when they find out how much cheerleading uniforms are, costing 27000 yen. Even so, considering there are nine players, it’s still expensive.

At last, they come up with a uniform design.

Thankfully, Tomoe, Akane, and one of their art club friends came up with a design. Eventually, they came up with a design and of course everyone managed to save enough money for one. At least they received them before their practice game started. I have to admit their new outfits look cute.

It seems that Tsubasa is getting a bit too overconfident.

Still, Ryou seems uneasy with everyone celebrating over finding a team to compete. Of course, her fears became true. When they faced the Seijo High School girls’ baseball team, it seems as if Tsubasa’s team will win in the first inning. Not only Ryou’s pitching made it impossible for their opponent to bat the ball, they eventually managed to score one point.

The early lead is already a bad sign.

As expected, early overconfidence is already a bad omen. Ryou already noticed that they already screwed up badly. Sayaka eventually saw through Tsubasa’s team’s strategy. With that, she used their strategy against them so that Tsubasa’s team can never catch up.

Either way, the game ended up really badly for Tsubasa’s team. I kind of expected this since they are just starting. Despite Ryou and Tsubasa being the most skilled players, it seems that they kind of underestimated how good the other team was.

Tsubasa seems down over her team losing the practice game.

Still, it’s understandable why Tsubasa feels down about the loss. It seems that she was a bit too overconfident. In the end, everyone admits that they made a mistake one way or another. Thankfully, the girls are not giving up and will continue to improve their skills. Everyone faces failures sometimes, but it doesn’t mean he or she should give up. Eventually, he or she will eventually get it.

While Akane is relieved it’s not her fault, hopefully the girls will learn from this defeat.

With that in mind, Tsubasa’s team will eventually improve and become able to beat other teams. In a way, this is probably a good thing for them to lose their practice game so they won’t make the same mistake when they complete in games that matters the most. ¶

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I find it halarious how Aru manages to pick up the wrong bag.

You might be wondering how unfortunate Aru is. At last, we get to find out in her own episode.

I have to admit that this episode was hilarious mostly because it focuses on how unlucky and unfortunate Aru is. Her lack of luck is getting pretty close to Hanakoizumi An’s. On the first day, she accidentally carries her elementary backpack, namely a randoseru.

It’s obvious that Aru is self conscious in front of her friend that she doesn’t want Nako say that Aru is unfortunate.

While Hana notices it, Aru obviously becomes self-conscious since she doesn’t want to be seen in front of Nako. After she sees her with the wrong bag, she will call Aru unfortunate in front of her friend. The funny thing is that Aru fakes a sprained ankle and Nako saw her with the wrong bag. Thankfully, Nako didn’t call her unfortunate in front of Hana, so at least she should have a sigh of relief.

When it comes to class, I find it hilarious how Aru made it out of the woods, but not quite. The teacher said that they wanted her to read the next page. Now that is pretty embarrassing. Thankfully, she didn’t make the same mistake the third time.

I can’t believe how much Aru messes up this time. Aru tries to make people believe that she is a different person. Obviously, Nako saw through it. Now, here is Aru’s headbutt. Sadly, Bpcchi and Sotoka saw Aru in elementary school girl attire. Even after Aru makes fun of herself, she is not happy with Nako laughing at her.

Of course, Aru’s being unlucky hits a new level. I find it hilarious how she ends up wearing an elementary school uniform to school. She tries to fake her identity by saying that she is Aru’s little sister, Mieru. While Hana believed it, Nako did not and laughed at Aru. She even attempted to take a picture of her. She also tried to deceive Bocchi and Sotoka, but she ends up telling the truth. Still, Bocchi seems happy that she can see the elementary version of Aru.

Aru challenges Nako to tennis.

In the second half, Aru’s unluckiness goes to another level. She challenges Nako to a tennis match. If Aru wins against Nako, she can have her stop calling her unfortunate in front of her friends and laugh at her. In other words, it’s retribution.

After Aru concedes defeat, Nako calls her unfortinate. Aru can’t take it anymore.

Sadly, the tennis match doesn’t go in Aru’s favor since she can’t serve the ball. She only manages to do it once. After Nako scored her 7thpoint, Aru conceded defeat. It shows that Aru needs to go to her tennis practice more often so that she wouldn’t be this bad.

I guess some things won’t change.

In the end, Aru literally conceded defeat. After all, Nako thinks that Bocchi might like unfortunate Aru more. It’s obvious that Nako doesn’t hate it either, to Aru’s dispair. Still, it seems that Aru is not happy about it, but if Bocchi is okay with it, it’s alright. Given that her comb and hair brush are still in her hair, I guess she will eventually accept how unlucky she is. ¶

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Tsubasa is sad that her baseball fun came to an end.

From last time, we learn what exactly happened during the baseball game between Tsubasa’s and Ryou’s team. Maybe we will find out why Ryou seems cold towards Tsubasa.

From last time, Tsubasa’s team was losing. However, thanks to Tsubasa motivating her team members not to give up, they managed to do the impossible. Her team had a huge comeback as Ryou’s team falls apart. There is no wonder why Ryou feels so frustrated and probably jealous towards Tsubasa since she is having fun. Tsubasa manages to win while Ryou takes the game seriously and loses.

Tsubasa’s childhood friend, Tomoe finally shows her love for baseball.

Still, I have to admit that Tsubasa’s comeback story was interesting. Sadly, she quits baseball all together since her team decided to go into a different direction. Tsubasa with Tomoe studied so they can go to the same school together. Eventually, Tomoe eventually admits that she hated baseball since she felt that she lost her friend. It’s understandable to see her feel this way because Tsubasa focused most of her time with baseball.

Now that Tomoe saw Tsubasa having fun playing baseball, she came to like it. Now, she wants to play it with her. With Tomoe’s help, Tsubasa finds the motivation to create a baseball team at her new school. From this, Nanako decides to join after feeling moved by Tsubasa’s story. With that, Tsubasa only needs only one more member.

Ryou doesn’t seem amused that Tsubasa and her friends showed up.

As for Ryou, it’s obvious that she doesn’t get along with Tsubasa. With that, she doesn’t seem happy that Tsubasa and her friends showed up at the tryouts cheering her on. I can understand why since it breaks her concentration. However, she soon realizes that this is not the case.

Ryou experiences the same frustrations from the little league semi-finals.

During the tryout game, Ryou experiences the same frustrations as the tryout team as she starts having flashbacks of what happened during the semi-finals. She felt as if she will never reach her goal. With Tsubasa’s and her friend’s encouragement, Ryou was able to get back into the game and keep playing.

Ryou finally concedes defeats and decides to help Tsubasa out with her team.

In the end, while Ryou didn’t pass the tryout, she finally realizes something. She shouldn’t give up even if things get rough. While she put in a lot of effort towards the bitter end, she can always learn from the tryout and learn how to become better at playing baseball. With that, it’s nice to see her willing to help Tsubasa’s team and willing to join in the end. Either way, I’m happy to see her finally defrost and willing to help Tsubasa’s efforts. Maybe this time, she will reach her goal.

At last, Tsubasa finally assembles her team. Will Ryou and Tsubasa become a reality? Time can only tell. ¶

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Bocchi runs into one of her classmates who is obsessed with ninjas.

Now that Bocchi became closer with Aru and Nako, it’s time to befriend another girl. This time, it’s a foreign girl.

Now that Bocchi took the step of having Aru and Nako visit her, there is another girl she tries to befriend. Before that happened, she tried to give two ladies a morning greeting while blending in with the pedestrians to cross the street.

It’s obvious that Bocchi wants to avoid interacting with other people. Sadly, she ends up being too stealthily, causing a misunderstanding with a foreign looking girl. Her name is Sotoka Rakita. She does somewhat remind me of Hana N. Fountainstand from Hanayamata with the very similar hair style and obsession for some part of Japanese culture.

While these girls look like Aru and Nako, they are not. Bocchi has to make sure Nako is actually Nako. Still, it’s funny how she does the Aru headbutt to Nako.

For Sotoka, she came to Japan to become a ninja. Given that Bocchi tries to avoid interacting with people, Sotoka thinks that Bocchi is a ninja. I find it funny how Bocchi runs away and sees someone who looks like Nako and then mistaken the person. She had to hit her head behind the real Nako’s back like how Aru does to make sure it’s her. Either way, this situation seems traumatic to Bocchi.

Sotoka sulking that Bocchi isn’t a ninja. Sotoka has a paper star thrown at her.

Knowing that Sotoka is rather lonely given that she is a foreigner, Bocchi wants to befriend her. To her dismay, Sotoka insists of having an apprentice/master relationship after opening up the origami ninja star. Yes, Bocchi is in despair, until she realizes that she can simply finish Sotoka’s apprenticeship and then ask her to be her friend. That kind of works, but Sotoka saw through it expecting more.

It seems that Sotoka is happy to be Bocchi’s apprentice that she holds her up. Besides coming Bocchi’s friend, Sotoka carries her to the nurse’s office.

Eventually, Bocchi scraped her leg and Sotoka decides to take her to the nurse’s office. The funny thing is Bocchi did a similar kind of training with her former childhood friend, Kai. Thankfully, Sotoka finally decides to become friends with Bocchi while holding her up. With that, this only leaves 25 people Bocchi needs to make friends with. At least she is making good progress. ¶

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