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Yumeiro Patissiere is a foodie anime`. It traces the trials and travails of Amano Ichigo (yes, her last name is Japanese for strawberry) as she follows her goal of being a confectionary artist. She is given an invite to an esteemed school for patissieres, the St. Marie school, and immediately finds herself thrown in to the highest skilled group, all based on the invite. As the series unfolds, she improves her skills, makes friends, and learns a thing or two about the Sweet Spirits.

The series starts well, hits an early dip, and then takes off from episode 8 onwards. From there on, it’s usually good, but you can tell that some episodes were simply better planned and designed than others. Towards the very end, you can tell that the anime` is leaving out bits of the manga given how events happen without any buildup.

There’s not much moral resonance here, except that Amano’s humility is front-and-center. She has her place in the world, she never gives up, and it isn’t all about her. Other than that, it’s just a light-hearted “chase your dream” kind of deal. Profanities are uncommon (most are mistranslations, I’d bet); no gore or violence, and extremely rare risque` bits. In short, it’s quality entertainment, but nothing deeper than that. Still, you’ll probably grow to care for the characters as the series goes on. Because there are 50 episodes, here are the highlights:

1,2
8,9,10
15
19
27,28
30
33
35
39,40,41
47
50 (finale)

The rest aren’t bad; none are truly awful. The series leads straight into Yumeiro Patissiere Professional, which looks to be not as well done. We’ll see.

Anyhow, there are no batch files up, and many groups are doing this, from Wasurenai, to Horrible, to Serios. If you look at any decent torrent hole you’ll be able to find them.

It’s worth watching this and enjoying it, just don’t expect anything on the order of D-Gray Man or Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.

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In four words: What The Heck Happened? I’ve never reviewed an individual episode before now, and I’m only reviewing this one now because it’s so violently different from the rest of the series — as if the main characters had become pod people.

SPOILERS AHEAD! SPOILERS AHEAD! SPOILERS AHEAD! SPOILERS AHEAD!

First of all, Tennouji-san falls apart in the competition; that is unlikely, but the reason for her so doing is completely unbelievable. What happens is that Henri-sensei fakes emotional closeness with Francois, the leader of the main French team to throw Tennouji-san off her guard.

*Moment of stunned silence*

That’s right. The guy whom both she and Amano had been looking up to the whole time treats her heart like it was trash. Then he shows up and insults her more and insults Amano as well! His cruel grin says it all.

Then, you have the crazy scoring of Tennouji’s team in the competition itself. Their final score was — get this: ZERO ACROSS THE BOARD. I can see them getting half the score of Francois’ team, but nothing? Seriously?

Then, to top it all off, after the confrontation with Henri, both Tennouji and Amano are back to normal within minutes, ready to go for it against Francois’ team.

I’m just stunned, I guess. In the past, the emotions were handled with a lot of care and concern; they were honest, delicate, and real — but this, this is like a freakin’ soap opera, where the characters are one person one day and someone else the next.

What The Heck Happened?

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No-one has created a collection of cool previews like they did for this past summer’s anime` season, so I guess we’ll just have to download stuff at random to get an idea of the good shows. Anime News Network has a list and some reviews, so at least we know the names of the shows, or at least most of them.

Here’s the usual OO breakdown, with the bolded series ones I’ve actually seen.

  • 11 Eyes — I didn’t expect much from an eroge game. I guess it’s faithful to the original, but who cares about another T&A series?
  • Asura Cryin’ 2 — More ghost panty-shots. Blech.
  • Book of Bantorra — An awesome concept, but the animation is like watching an edited-for-TV softcore porn movie. How many slow-mo boob shots can you fit into one show, guys?
  • Kampfer — The concept is about a guy who transforms into a girl and the girl he has a crush on is a secret lez. No thanks.
  • Inuyasha: The Final Act — I’ve never liked this series, so I didn’t bother.
  • Kiddy Girl and… — A poor man’s SF series with the emphasis on bouncing boobs and guess what?
  • Kimi no Todoke — It’s interesting. It’s a romance, but it’s also emotionally gritty and real about h.s. I’m not sure if it works or not.
  • Kobato — It’s ok. It’s a magical girl/wide-eyed innocence sort of story. The dog is way too harsh, which makes it feel disjointed.
  • Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 2 — I saw an episode or two of the first series. This is more of the same. Pervy h.s. trash.
  • Nyan Koi — Awesome idea (guy cursed to hear what cats are thinking), but porno execution. Cuss words every twenty seconds don’t help. Geez. Typical anime` fail.
  • Queen’s Blade: Gyokuza no Tsugumono — More hentai.
  • The Sacred Blacksmith — A decent medieval-esque idea, but the execution? You guessed it: panty-shot time.
  • Sitokai No Ichizon — This is your typical pervy school harem series. Nothing that you haven’t seen before in Shuffle, School Days, or a thousand others.
  • Shugo Chara Party! — A train wreck of live action, super cuteness, and 12-year-old attitude. I feel like I lost a significant portion of my IQ by just watching it.
  • Tegami Bachi — I’m not usually a fan of shonen series, but this one has some depth. It has a steampunk vibe to it, too. Tasty!
  • To Aru Kagaku no Railgun — Pervy school/superhero mix. Again, nothing interesting here.
  • Trapeze — An anime` that tries to channel David Lynch and fails miserably. The problem is the source material, which is unoriginal, although the mixture of animation styles don’t work well, either.
  • White Album 2 — More horrific Wuthering Heights-esque emotional torture where there’s no-one to root for.
  • Yumeiro Patissiere — Looks pretty good. It’s a school series where a girl follows her dream of being a patissiere — a designer of sweets.
  • So out of all the new series, Tegami Bachi and Yumeiro Patissiere look like definite wins, Kimi no Todoke is interesting, and Kobato is a maybe.

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