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Dated 3 February 2016: It's been five episodes and I still don't know who the Prince of Stride is

Riku
This isn't part of a race. Riku's just late for school.

Pretty much the only reason I started watching Prince of Stride: Alternative is because it's about running. As a somewhat avid runner, I haven't had a lot of success with manga or anime that feature running as a core component. Generally, the story will screw it up in some sort of way that aggravates me too much to continue. This was the case with the Suzuka manga. I lasted maybe two chapters. I later learned from other readers that the Suzuka manga is aggravating in its own right for reasons entirely unrelated to running. But I digress.

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Dated 15 December 2013: The problem with the Hibiki episode is it isn't a Hibiki episode

Hibiki and Hamzou
The Hibiki episode should have been a real-time broadcast
about Hibiki competing in a 5k road race.

I've been re-watching THE iDOLM@STER TV and thoroughly enjoying it even more than the last time. A big part of this is because I'm more familiar with the franchise and its characters now. I still haven't played any of the games besides Shiny Festa, but I've watched countless numbers of their all-singing, all-dancing videos, and I think I'm more in tune with what the characters are like (or at least what their fans claim they are like).

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Dated 25 November 2012: GIRLS und PANZER has running while crying

Yukari, Saori, Shinzaburo, Miho, and Hana
I can't tell you why he's crying because it would be a spoiler.

Although the series had to take some time off due to "circumstances," GIRLS und PANZER remains one of my favorite shows this season. Tank battles as a girls' school sport is an absurd premise, but an entertaining one. I suppose GIRLS und PANZER technically qualifies as science fiction, but aside from the tanks thing and the giant boats thing, it's really not so different from the real world, is it? Perhaps for suitably liberal definitions of "real world." I wasn't going to tell you about GIRLS und PANZER though, I was merely going to point out it features running while crying—which it does. So there you go.

Dated 16 October 2012: Summer 2012 season summary

Asuna triple-monitor desktop
This was a proof of concept that I will never use
again (because I bought a fourth monitor).

I get the sense I wasn't exposed to a large portion of the shows that aired this season—an obvious consequence of not watching all that much compared to past seasons. Nevertheless, I'm not convinced I actually missed anything, although I do admit a curious fascination with Sword Art Online (despite the profoundly negative reactions to its cour-ending climax). I haven't yet watched a single minute of it, but I have read the first four volumes of the light novels (which I'm expecting the first two cours to cover). Learning that Kajiura Yuki is providing the music has put the show over the top, and I'll probably marathon the summer 2012 segment to catch up with the autumn 2012 episodes. Naturally, this will change my summer 2012 anime summary rankings, but it is late enough already and I can always reflect the addition with an update, so here goes:

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Dated 10 October 2012: Horie Yui makes me want to re-watch Toradora!

Minori
Minori tearing through the school with real conviction.

Basically every time I listen to Honey Jet!!, when I get to "Silky Heart," I recall Minori ripping through the school with real verve. Those few seconds in the second OP provide convincing credibility affirming Minori's reputation for athleticism. That is some good anime-type running right there. Kind of a rare thing, now that I think about it.