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The Shark House - Chapter 1 - A Brief History

In the city of Bayside on 94 Ocean Drive, stands an apartment block; it cannot be missed, mostly for the coffeehouse right next door that only opens at night.
In 2013, a charity was setup to help debt ridden individuals by giving them a roof over their head until they successfully pay back whatever debt is owed, for a while it seemed to work, the building housed up to ten occupants and the turnover was five tenants a month, but as the years went on, the turnover declined to five per year, when a deadly pandemic hit, this ended up reducing the turnover to zero for two years, as of the end of the year 2022, only two tenants managed to leave; the government getting frustrated by the lack of turnover at the now dubbed Shark House have given the owner one year to try and improve the fortunes of all ten of it's tenants or raise enough money to keep functioning as a registered charity, with zero donations and it's current crop of tenants no where near the exit door, this could be Shark House's final year.
The owner who goes by Giro can be seen running the coffeehouse next door along with his secretary and administrator Quint.
"Giro, two tenants isn't enough to save this place"
Giro, more calm than the grizzled face of Quint just casually cleaned the coffee filters.
"Quint, give me a run down of the current tenants if you please"
Quint just sighed as he put out his cigarette and took out his papers and shoved them towards Giro.
From top to bottom, it read like a gallery of rogues.
1. Nessa - Church volunteer, paying off legal debts.
2. Barry - Night Watchman, paying off bank loans.
3. Freddy - IT Helpdesk, paying off huge fines.
4. Eddie - Roadie, paying off property damage fines.
5. Candy - Hairdresser, paying off huge credit card bills.
6. Bentley - Chef, paying off business loans.
7. Sara - Youtuber, paying off university fees.
8. Popuri - Part Timer, paying off university fees.
9. David - Engineer, paying off car loans and traffic fines.
10. Lisa - Courier, paying off loan sharks.
"I know Lisa joined us a few weeks back, I believe this Popuri girl will join us second day of the new year" Giro continues to give off a calm aura.
"How does a pretty face like that end up here?" Quint remarked while staring at the photo of Popuri.
"She's a friend of the two tenants that left earlier this year, Alex and Zoe; she must have her reasons for wanting to come to Shark House, who knows, maybe she's the key to turning this place around" Giro speculates while refitting the filter.
Quint shrugs as he rearranges his portfolio and leaves, Giro finishes cleaning as he shuts up the Coffeehouse for New Years, who knows if The Shark House will see 2024.

Trailer - The Shark House

I'd like to announce probably my last attempt at an original story known by the working title of The Shark House

Why yes, that is an Ikea Blåhaj Shark Plushie in the anime High School Fleet, fun fact, I own one myself

Trailer
Poppy has graduated from University with ambitions of entering the exciting adult world of working but has two problems.
1. Her degree is useless.
2. She's in severe debt from University fees.
Not wanting to burden her hard working parents, her only option is the Shark House, an apartment block designed to house debt ridden people until they finally pay off their debt, with nine quirky neighbours, an eccentric recruitment officer and a mysterious barista who only works at night, Poppy maybe in over her head.

Defeat Script - Igglybuff Twins VS Jigglypuff Singing Pokémon Concert

I was torn on whether or not to make this a victory or defeat script but are just so many moments that don't work in Pokemon Episode 243 - Igglybuff Twins VS Jigglypuff Singing Pokémon Concert.

Ash with Brock and Misty are making their way to Blackthorn City when they meet Brittany who is teaching her two Igglybuff a dance routine, Brittany is an idol singer who performs with her two Pokemon although she claims the fans watch the Pokemon not her, Team Rocket are watching with Jessie seeing the potential of stardom for stealing the Igglybuff twins; Jigglypuff enters the scene but Ash has the sense to confiscate her microphone, Jigglypuff clearly jealous of the Igglybuff twins takes every opportunity to bully them behind the backs of Ash and co.
At the concert we see Brittany in full idol dress as she performs her songs while Jigglypuff searches for her microphone, Team Rocket interfere with their song version of the motto and steal the Igglybuff twins. Jessie daydreams of the type of idol she'll become not much different to Brittany only with added drama, the daydream is interrupted by Ash's Noctowl who brings their balloon crashing down, wanting to take revenge herself, Brittany battles and easily dispatches Team Rocket.
During the battles, Brock had been keeping the crowd busy until Brittany returns to do her final song, Jigglypuff finishes the episode by putting everyone to sleep and drawing on everyones faces.
Five takeaways from this episode.
1. This was my introduction to Japanese Idol culture, playing a number of references to the genre including the so called fan groups as well as Team Rocket referencing Morning Musume.
2. Brittany is naive to think that her fans came to see her Pokemon when it's obvious that she is the star, Brock pretty much confirms this but he is being creepier than normal.
3. Jigglypuff is a real bitch in this, while I hardly consider her an antagonist but she straight up assaults the Igglybuff twins multiple times.
4. I'm sure Lisa Ortiz isn't a bad singer, but those songs were dreadful, makes me wonder what it sounds like in Japanese.
5. This is pretty much peak Pokemon filler, introduce a Pokemon, attach it to the character of the day and go through the motions with team Rocket; it's a pity really since I actually like this episode but it's just so lazy.

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Hidamari Sketch

Victory Script - Dream in Seventh Heaven

It's been far too long since I last talked about a quality anime episode as we look at OVA Episode 2 of King of Bandits Jing - Dream in Seventh Heaven.

Jing and Kir are in solitary confinement as Campari shows them a vision of the past to a time when Jing and Kir first met.
In the vision, Jing is given an egg by his friends but end up being punished by the big sister of the group Cassis; Jing has his right arm hidden in his jacket, this is because he received a parcel from his mother on his tenth birthday from a mysterious postman, said postman gave the instructions of, "It'll be needed for your right hand and your hand will know when it is needed, which explains why Jing is covering it up, said gift is a Crime Royale firearm, the wholesome moment is broken when Kir awakens and makes fun of Jing for being a mommies boy, Kir still in the egg is asked by Cassis whether Kir is a boy or a girl, Kir hasn't decided so then asks her what is needed to be extra special friends with her in which she replys a boy, the peace is interrupted by a pompous police officer who mistakes Jing for a kidnapper, but is quickly dispatched by Jing and his friends with Cassis' bat, but Cassis gets kidnapped from under them, Jing along with Kir track her down to an area where townsfolk are turning into trees and women are being petrified into statues, Jing discovers the source being a tree monster who has Cassis captive, Jing's right arm glows which prompts him to use the Crime Royale only for the monster to destroy it, Kir inspired by Jing's bravery finally hatches and combines with Jing's arm to fire a powerful energy blast called the Kir Royale, saving Cassis and destroying the monster.
Jing then gives the postman the gun asking him to deliver back to Jing in twenty years, as he leaves, the postman remarks that being with Kir suits him.
Three takeaways from this episode.
1. With the series being unfinished story wise, it's still unclear why Jing has this power in his right arm.
2. It's been widely speculated that the Postman, known in the anime as Postino is actually Jing's father.
3. This is probably one of very few times where I've seen a character allowed to choose their gender.
Overall the episode fits surprisingly well into the OVA despite having no relation to the Seventh Heaven story as it was a standalone chapter in the manga.

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Pokemon

Victory Script - The Story of the Blue World

After much editing, it's time to look at Episode 12 of Amanchu - The Story of the Blue World.
Spoiler warning in effect.

The day of the open diving course arrives and Futaba is nervous and excited to get started as the group arrives early, as with the previous testing at the pool, Futaba goes through all the buddy checks with Pikari and goes through all the procedures of air checking and mask clearing.
At it's peak, Futaba goes through all the motions of entering the dark sea floor but with Pikari guiding her and reassurance from the air bubbles produced by the other divers, she enters the diving world at the sea floor.
Afterwards she is awarded her license as a certified diver, the episode ends with a heart to heart between Futaba and Pikari.
Three takeaways from this episode.
1. I say spoiler only because it's the final episode, there is a season 2.
2. I've not seen season 2 yet but I'll be upset if Pikari and Futaba don't end up being an official couple.
3. This series had the perfect build up to a satisfying ending, even though the diving aspect of the anime isn't as prominent as advertised it doesn't matter as the journey from being separated from precious friends into an unfamiliar seaside town to finding a life long friend and a life time of memories to follow.
At that point the diving is a mutual interest that could easily be inserted by another activity, essentially this is the best example of the ending being "the friends we make along the way" and only a true slice of life can offer that.

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Jing King of Bandits