Winter 2012: First Thoughts

Ahhh the New Year. A time of beginnings, resolutions, and rebirths. A chance for everyone, everywhere, to start over with a fresh beginning. A chance to wash away the bumps, bruises, smudges, and stains of the last three-hundred and sixty-five days so that we may try again for the better. While the Winter season is sometimes considered part of the previous year, we here at NHRV like to use it as the starting block for what will come. Last year had so many great titles that it would be unfair to compare what will come with what has been. Still, 2011 got off to a great start with epic titles like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Level E, and Rio: Rainbow Gate so it is only appropriate that 2012 must do the same to keep up. As Stan Lee would say: “Excelsior!”. Thus, we NHRV’ers have put together our first of the first thoughts for the year How does 2012’s start look so far? Read on and find out!
Introduction by: TypicalIdiotFan

Nisemonogatari

Shadowmage‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: B+
So, this is what Bakemonogatari and Shinbo‘s many other creations would have looked like if they had a budget. Say what you will about the man’s presentation of dialogue or story but his presentation of the visuals is nothing short of genius. If you didn’t like the first series… or any Shaft series for that matter, Nisemonogatari won’t change your mind, but it’s fascinating to see Shinbo’s vision so fully realized.

Shinmaru‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: B-
Nisemonogatari is the series for the discerning pervert; the shameless among us who refuse to settle for fast food and instead save up bit-by-bit for steak. I feel like I need a shower after every episode, but god damn, the verbal tennis, mix of high-brow and low-brow humor and visual insanity are so friggin’ enjoyable. I even enjoyed the short bit with Nadeko, and I thought her character and arc were awful in Bakemonogatari. And, yes, the fanservice. There is something for every dirty, rotten bastard among us.

Zero no Tsukaima F

Sorrow-kun‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: C
Seeing as how they’re both Kugimiya tsundere vehicles, Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana have constantly been compared with each other over their existences and I’m not about to stop now. Shakugan no Shana can at least claim to be consistent in its mediocrity, but Zero no Tsukaima can be awful at times and obnoxiously so. However, that’s exactly why, when given the choice, I’ll run to Zero no Tsukaima every time. In what feels like lonely company at times, I actually liked the first season of ZnT, but for the next two seasons they put someone in the director’s chair who completely missed the point. The original director, Iwasaki Yoshiaki has fortunately returned for Zero no Tsukaima F, and while it’s still awful, it’s at least a little more enjoyable.

Shadowmage‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: C-
Watching the first few episodes of Zero no Tsukaima F I realized that I never have to revisit the original series again. I’ve already seen the exact same show three times over now going on four with ZnT F. Rather than finding a new dynamic with the evolution of the characters, the show has smashed down the reset button with Saito’s harem growing ever larger each season. As the final season of the franchise, at least this is last time J.C Staff can pull this trick.

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou

kadian1364‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: A-
Continuing the theme of misleading titles, Nichibros subverts the expectations set by recent brain-numbing s’life fare like Kimi to Boku by featuring instead (surprise!) genuinely hilarious comedy. It skewers typical anime school life scenarios with sharp wit and delivery, and the sophomoric antics of the boys are equally humorous as they are authentic of behavior fitting their age and station. As long as it sticks to its style while exploring the full range of school life situations, Nichibros will be the comedy show to beat this season.

Shinmaru‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: B
I liked the first episode of High School Boys, but something about it didn’t click with me totally, so I was out of the loop with the uproarious reaction most had to it. However, the second episode had me laughing from start to finish, so I’m happy to join the crowd! The situations are simple, but they work because they are so true to the point of view of teenage boys. They’re just a bunch of goofs who like to have fun and are massive failures when they try to be serious and cool. That inherent silliness is what makes this show so damn funny.

Another

AC‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: B
Perhaps the single most important element in the horror genre is the ambiance, and Another is doing a somewhat passable job at executing it for the moment. On one hand, it’s doing quite well in forming the grim and dead atmosphere but on the other, it feels too subdued and thus lacks tension a little. The element of surprise is also another issue: there are several hints to suggest that a certain female character is not what she seems to be, and that takes away the scary aspect of the plot. Still, the story seems engaging and I’m very keen to know where it goes from here.

Sorrow-kun‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: B
It’s very difficult to criticize Another because it hasn’t actually done anything at this stage, but slow pace is usually par for the course of mystery/horror anime. What is already apparent is a thick, heavy atmosphere. The colour scheme is dark and morose, the characters are somber and ambiguous and symbols of death are constantly present. There haven’t been any “scares” per se, so far, but moments of creepiness are regular, the most perturbing being a visit to an off-kilter doll shop in the second episode. P.A. Works’ animation is winning yet again, and while I have no idea where this is going, I’m intrigued enough to want to find out if this will be more like Shiki or Ookamikakushi.

Moretsu Pirates

kadian1364‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: B
In some far flung future on some distant planet, high school girl Marika suddenly learns that she’s the daughter of space pirates and is set to inherit the captaincy of their ship, the Bentenmaru. As ridiculous sounding the name and premise are, Pirates impresses by effectively establishing key points and players with a lighthearted but thoughtful script. Maybe it’s taken too much time setting up, since a half an episode spent fixing a jammed mast makes hardly for riveting plot. But I’ll accept the slow pace of its detail-centric approach because the story seems set to take off from here.

Shadowmage‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: B
The 90s are back with a cute high school girl in a pirate outfit in Bodacious Space Pirates. Competently written, respectably presented and filled with likable characters, this anime is what’s been missing in the industry for what feels like years. The sheer dearth of non-franchise action/adventure shows in the last few years has made this formerly old hat show look new again.

Kill Me Baby

AC‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C+
First things first: most WTF OP/ED for this season. But seriously though, the OP is a good indication of what Kill Me Baby is all about: kids doing cute stuff in school. As a comedy, it’s not doing a good job at tickling my funny bone. In fact, Yasuna and Sonya’s antics are only good at putting a smile on my face, not because they’re amusing but because they’re adorable. It’s a classic “boke-tsukkomi” gag setup, and while the pair’s interactions may be cute, the show can only go so far with its material.

Sorrow-kun‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C-
Something is wrong with an anime when the OP sequence is funnier than the show itself. The jokes are just so mundane and there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of rhythm to the delivery. Everything just feels lackadaisical, as if mediocrity was its highest goal, and it can’t even reach that. And that’s without making mention of the animation. It’s only up to episode 3, and already we’re seeing extended sequences which have a unique frame count that you can count on your fingers. I admit I’ve chuckled a few times at this show – at least once each episode – but I’ve yet to laugh any harder than that.

Aquarion EVOL

Shadowmage‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C
After a rather stunning run of success with Macross Frontier, it seems that Satelight is pouring its newfound bank into the giant robot series Aquarion. The question I have for them is “why?” The first series didn’t set off any fireworks and I don’t recall it being a Macross level cash cow either. EVOL starts off 12,000 years after the events of the first series, but all this time hasn’t made any of the characters less clichéd or the transforming robots less corny. At least the backgrounds are so well drawn that they can be enjoyed as scenery porn.

AC‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: B-
The first time I laid eyes on Aquarion EVOL, I thought I was watching a subtle imitation of Macross Frontier. I eventually found out that both series are done by basically the same people and the production studio, and thus they share almost every trait both good and bad. Aquarion is visually garish and flamboyantly stylish, the characters are colorful but aloof, and musically brilliant thanks to Kanno Yoko but like Macross Frontier, it also has an overall superficial feel to it. Worse, the show is marred with so much sexual innuendos that it comes off looking like some artistic subliminal porn.

Thermae Romae

kadian1364‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: B+
During the height of the Roman Empire, only one bath house architect was bold enough to think outside of the box and create new, adventurous designs that were well ahead of his time. Of course, that was because he recreated these inventions from his trips to modern day Japan via the steamy bath waters he frequents so often. From the primitive Flash animation to the 4th wall-shattering historical quips, Thermae Romae is the sort of quirky, anachronistic production we used to expect from Noitamina. It’s only a shame there’s only one more episode left.

Shinmaru‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: B-
Much like High School Boys, the first episode left me slightly cold, but second episode had me laughing. Thermae Romae has such an absurd premise – a Roman architect time travels through bath houses to modern Japan and brings modern bath house design back to Rome – but plays it just straight enough that every ounce of humor is mined from these goofy situations. I’m actually a bit sad that next week’s is the final episode before Black Rock Shooter takes over, but that’s probably the correct episode length for what is a one-joke show.

Ano Natsu de Matteru

Sorrow-kun‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: B-
This show may as well wear an eye-patch, considering how much it’s been winking at Onegai Teacher and fans. Ano Natsu de Matteru comes from Nagai Tatsuyuki, a director I rate, whose recent works have included Ano Hana and Toradora, but the greater creative influence clearly comes from writer Kuroda Yousuke, who penned Onegai Teacher. Ano Natsu shares so much with Onegai Teacher: a ravishing red-headed alien, who’s an older love interest for the geeky male lead, a tortured childhood friend who’s destined to be the third wheel and a scheming senpai with a prominent laugh and the voice of Tamura Yukari. What the set up lacks in plausibility, it makes up for in predictability, but the scene where they all get drunk was a welcome curveball. This is a modern take on what romance anime was like a decade ago, and I do find it hard not to get nostalgic.

kadian1364‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: B-
It sure got 2002 in here. Ano Natsu shares more than a passing resemblance with Onegai Teacher, what with the red-headed alien beauty boarding with a bespectacled high school boy, even recreating certain scenes from the latter’s introductory episodes. Sure, the animation looks pretty sharp and the direction is comfortable with the romantic comedy material. But it’s been 10 years since Onegai Teacher. Can Ano Natsu really reproduce nearly the exact kind of show without cynicism or evolution and still expect success? I have my doubts.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear

Shinmaru‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: D
This would be by far the dumbest thing I am watching right now if I weren’t still enthralled with Guilty Crown. (Which, by the way, is hilariously stupid right now if you bailed on it!) The mood is all over the place, so I’m not sure if the show wants to be a crazy fighting series, a serious drama or a weird comedy. Symphogear seems to delight in pulling the rug out from under the viewer when it comes to the mood shifts, but it’s done so incompetently that it’s just awkward. And don’t get me started on how awful the animation gets in the latest episode. I honestly think two of the characters were literally put on popsicle sticks and bobbed up and down – that’ s how terrible the walking animation became.

TypicalIdiotFan‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: Whatever
By the end of the third episode I’ve more or less written Symphogear off as someone’s experiment gone horribly stupid. It’s not a bad idea, and some of the execution is actually done fairly well, but overall the damned thing is just about as enjoyable as rectal cancer. I actually really like the way the singing of the warrior chicks is worked into the combat sequences. It creates an unusual sense of importance to the music, which is often best served in most other shows as background pieces. Beyond that, there’s too much herp-a-derp to make Symphogear anything but crapola. The death-knell is undoubtedly the serious animation crunch in episode 3. When the animators can’t even be bothered to make things look pretty, you know an anime is in trouble.

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

Shinmaru‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C+
Honestly, I was tempted to copy/paste my reaction to Natsume Yuujinchou San from a couple of seasons ago and see if anyone noticed the difference. I can’t rag on Natsume too much, though. Yes, it’s getting a bit stale unless you’re crazy in love with this world and these characters, and yes, it seems like progress comes at a snail’s pace. Still, through more than 40 episodes, Natsume Yuujinchou has remained heartfelt and genuine. Shouldn’t that count for something? I can poke at it all I want, but the fact is, I still like watching Natsume Yuujinchou.

Sorrow-kun‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: B-
Anime is one of the few mediums (along with video games) where franchises aren’t met with immediate suspicion, if not outright derision, once they reach their fourth iteration. And I kinda wish they were, because if you’re not taking the ball to the endzone by the time your title ends with a “4”, you haven’t made full use of your time. Natsume Yuujinchou Shi is still smelling the hibiscuses, placidly walking through the forest in the same way each of its last seasons have done. The first three episodes have featured a 2 ep arc and a standalone episode, but neither story has been a remarkable game changer. Even ARIA was aware that all good things must end.

Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai!

AC‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 2
Initial impression: B-
I’m a bit confused with what I see in PapaKiki: on the exterior, the ecchi bits make the series look like a frivolous fanservice-laced comedy but on the interior, I see a story of how the male lead comes into terms with his unusual household and reflects on family matters. Then, a major plot twist took place in episode 2 and it sealed the fact that it’s more of the latter. Putting aside the issue concerning the execution of the plot twist, I just hope that the show focuses more on the dramatic aspects and less on the frilly ones.

TypicalIdiotFan‘s Second Opinion
Episdoes seen: 2
Initial impression: B-
I have to admit to being caught slightly off guard by Papakiki. My initial-initial opinion was formed mostly by the season preview synopsis and what visuals I’d come in contact with. Needless to say, that first impression was highly negative, with visions of pedophilic pandering and lolicon exploitation running amok in what passes for a “romantic comedy”. While the first episode didn’t do much to alleviate my fears entirely, it did go quite a ways into making things at least salvagable. You see, there is something here to work with. The characters aren’t completely annoying, and there is a very real feeling that family is a central theme that goes beyond simple incestuous overtones. While I’m not thrilled with how the execution has been thus far, Papakiki is off to a better start than I thought it would be.

Rinne no Lagrange

AC‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C+
I took one look at the production values and studio, and one title came to mind: Break Blade, a title where more effort is apparently put on the aesthetics rather on the narrative and characterization. There’s something really off about the ambiance: for a story that involves foreign invasion, it feels awfully underwhelming. Then there’s the issue of female lead Madoka, whom her supposedly carefree and upbeat character comes off more as grossly naive and simple. Basically, Lagrange simply looks nice, but underneath it lays a mediocre story and cast that are in need of good execution.

Amagami SS Plus

Sorrow-kun‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C
It’s Amagami. What more do you need to know? The girls are impossibly cute, and Junichi is impossibly stupid, but they’re attracted to each other like bosons near absolute zero. Whatever excuse they can find for a moment of contrived fetishism, they’ll take, which is a good thing, because they need something to obscure the vapidness of the romance. I still can’t see the point to this, because the first season of Amagami SS seemed to be pretty much self-contained. With that said, there is one thing I have high praise for this show and that’s the character designs. In an industry where you can’t get by unless you can draw cute girls, it takes something special to outdo your competition. All of Amagami’s girls are gorgeous, from the imouto to the teacher… especially the teacher.

TypicalIdiotFan‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C+
See, the plus there is because there’s a plus in the title. I’m hil-arious. Okay, so, why are we getting more Amagami SS? I thought the point of the stupid as fuck omnibus format in the first series was to provide all the rabid Amagami fans an opportunity to see their waifu be featured and win their routes. The idea was to make every one of those fanatical fuckfaces happy, and to avoid the landmine that is trying to combine together several separate stories into one blobbing mass of continuity problems. In short, we should be done with this. So why do they need to revisit every single fucking arc in the first one and give them more time to finish the stories? If you weren’t going to do it right in the first place, don’t do it at all! So, instead, I have to endure another twelve episodes of pain. Thanks assholes.

High School DxD

AC‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C-
It doesn’t take a discerning viewer to know that this is a stupid series that insists on being stupid. If the OP isn’t obvious enough for an indication, the series thrives on bare boobs, panty shots and NSFW moments à la Manyuu Hikenchou. But what’s different about DxD is the male lead: unlike in most harem shows, he’s a horndog who relishes having his own harem. It’s a breath of fresh air from the clichéd clueless lucky loser who is oblivious about everything around him, and it makes the show a little more watchable.

Recorder and Randsell

TypicalIdiotFan‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: D+
Three minute per episode anime piss me off. There is just not enough time to really do anything, especially if there’s also any OPs or EDs involved. What ends up happening is that the subject matter is relegated to comedy, which is fine for anime that serve best as comedies. Thus, they especially piss me off when the subject matter is interesting beyond simple yucks and guffaws. Let me be blunt: the genetic disorders presented here in RnR are actual real disorders and poking fun at them is insensitive. There is nothing really that damned funny about them to begin with, though I will admit that I found at least one gag in the first episode hilarious as hell. I would appreciate things more, though, if we were given a full episode’s worth of look at how difficult it is for these people to live normal lives. Why this is a comedy when the potential for drama exists escapes me.

kadian1364‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C+
Atsushi is a grade schooler with the body of a man, and his sister Atsumi is a high schooler with the body of a child. At three minutes per episode, Recorder plays out only one skit per episode. The set up produces some obvious jokes, like Atsushi being mistaken for a child predator when with his friends, but the misunderstandings revolving around the brother are preferred to the unengaging portions without him. Its brevity prevents the gags from getting stale, but you won’t be missing much if you skip it altogether.

Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki

TypicalIdiotFan‘s First Thoughts
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: C-
Three minute per episode anime piss me off. There is just not enough time to really do anything, especially if there’s also any OPs or EDs involved. What ends up happening is that the subject matter is relegated to comedy, which is fine for anime that serve best as comedies. Thus, they especially piss me off when the subject matter is interesting beyond simple yucks and guffaws. For those of you who read my blurb on Recorder and Randsell first, let me state that the same issue there doesn’t exist here. This one is basically a comedy without any underlying material that could be used in any other way. Though calling this a comedy is probably inaccurate since there’s a lot more cuteness than humor running around. Still, it’s lighthearted without anything jarring causing problems, so I guess for those of you out there who enjoy stupid cat antics this will be right up your alley.

kadian1364‘s Second Opinion
Episodes seen: 3
Initial impression: B
Another series comprised of three-minute shorts, Poyopoyo is about a cat so round it looks like a pillow with a face and tail, and the family that adores him. Your enjoyment of this anime primarily hinges on whether you find the furball charming or not, as the wispy art style and breezy humor are best suited to accentuate its appeal. The ultra-short skits, blending a fine mix of cat jokes and absurdism, don’t betray any aspirations for grandeur, but are reliably worth a chuckle or two.

10 Responses to “Winter 2012: First Thoughts”

  1. After seeing the latest episode of Another … I can’t take that show seriously at all. It’s a bunch of people saying, “Ooh, there’s a creepy secret around town, and we can’t tell you about it because it’s soooooo creepy!” That’s not horror. That’s just dumb. The ending to the latest episode pushed it over the top for me. The execution is terrible (omg that falling down the stairs animation) and the situation so ridiculously convoluted that it feels like it was mailed in from some dime store Hollywood horror flick.

  2. I am in disagreement about Natsume because I think this season has had the strongest start yet with 3 great episodes. And at least for me I enjoyed Natsume Yuujinchou more than any newer series this winter.

    Of course it’s true you can say it’s just more of the same but I think what makes Natsume Yuujinchou stand out for me is the subtle character development of its lead character.

    Natsume really has changed a lot from who he was in earlier seasons. There is never a major defining moment for the character but if you look back he has grown closer to both humans & youkai and there is something for me quite wonderful about this.

    Although I don’t know maybe it is just a comforting feeling to have this series still around.

  3. really feels like a bad season to me, nothing really seems to stand out. natsume still at its usual jest, which is good considering the same old formula has always worked marvelously, and has always left me touched in the heart. but its pretty sad when it feels to me as if natsume is the only show that’s guaranteed to be a success. moretsu pirates is intresting, but it really doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere. Another also looks nice, but it feels overforced on the horror genre, too much creppy music and random transition with dolls, even when the storyline itself hasn’t gotten disturbing at all. dude goes to school, meets people, goes to doll store… pretty normal so far… nichijo is hilarious and is pretty good at its purpose, nothing to whine about.

    inu x boku ss isn’t here, i was hoping to get a review first before deciding whether or not to watch it

  4. @Shinmaru
    I’m actually otherwise OK with what Another is trying to do, but that scene right at the end of the most recent episode was so ridiculous. I’m not sure where all the praise is coming from, but I guess a part of it is shock factor, which I unfortunately missed out on because important aspects of it were spoiled to me on Twitter. 😐

    @Kim
    I’m all for subtle character development but by the time the fourth season rolls around, it’s time for something a little more momentous. The first two seasons were stocked with character development, both subtle and momentous, but not enough has changed since then, and the third season, as well as what we’ve seen so far of the fourth, hasn’t been anywhere near as satisfying to watch, IMO.

    @someloser
    No one volunteered to write anything about Inu x Boku. AC has already dropped it, and I suspect from their reaction in the forum thread that Shadowmage and TIF will follow suit very soon. I think the take home message is that the NHRV stance on Inu x Boku at this stage is, well, very negative. 😛

  5. @someloser
    If I may, I’ve watched at least two episodes of Inu X Boku SS and feel like I’m watching Kaichou wa Maid-sama except that the male lead is a clingy canine (literally, in this case) and the female lead doesn’t want to grow up.

    It’s one of those shows which is a chore to watch, and if everything remains the same until the end, the relationship is a static one where one simply gives and the other simply takes (even if the latter wants to give something in return, she would succumb to the former’s whims).

  6. I’m not going to drop Inu x Boku. I don’t know really how I feel about it. The whole “everyone’s a monster!” thing came out of fucking left field so hard that I got whiplash. Before that it was just a slice of lifeish story about a girl with attitude issues and a doormat with a mysterious past. It just seemed, to me, to be unnecessary to add that extra element. Moreover, I don’t know what they’re going to do with it. If episode 2 is any indication, they may do a xxxHolic like thing were they introduce a weird “monster of the week” that sets a backdrop for whatever main story is going on. Whether that does anything other than annoy me remains to be seen.

  7. well from the sound of it, it seems pretty bad, so i think i’ll stay out of this one…

  8. It’s not “bad” at all. Symphogear is bad; Inu x Boku is uncertain at this point.

  9. I really love EVOL. The best anime of the season for me currently. It’s really dumb, but the romantic scene at Venetia is just beautiful. That got me in. I just had a chance to watch EVOL with a projector and the sound system, and it was epic. I didn’t realize the quality was that good. I couldn’t tell from watching it on my laptop. I think that show was intended to show at a theatre.

    And Amagami SS plus is also great. That worldview of high school during 90’s Japan, is so pinpoint. And the main character is shinshi, but at the same time, so sakushi (strategist), he does the things we fancy about but can’t really do to girls in 3-D!

    Runner-ups are Another and Ano-Natsu. Another is very kaidan (horror tales). It’s very creepy, but at the same time, searching for death flag is amusing. We scream at once and comment on the video, “The nurse gonna die!” Ano-Natsu is also good, a memory of high school senpai that you had a crush on, our AnimeDiet’s Mike just wrote an autobiographic article about it. If I didn’t watch Onegai Teacher, I would have thought it was a great show. But the thing is, the characters look like from One-Tea, so I can’t really get in to the story. My mind automatically compares it with One-Tea.

  10. This was an extremely heflupl podcast as I continue to work through my dissertation about college presidents who came from the field of student affairs. One thing that struck me: with these colleges and universities that have hired student affairs professionals as presidents, it will be interesting to see their alumni giving rates in a few years when these students graduate. I would suspect that a greater focus on the on-campus community and support will create enhanced connectedness and fondness for alumni. It wouldn’t surprise me to see giving rates, by percentage, increase at a lot of these schools.

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