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One Week Friends Review

One Week Friends Review

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One Week Friends

Regularly Scheduled Amnesia

One Week Friends (Isshuukan Friends. / 一週間フレンズ。) is a cute comedy anime. But, is it a romantic comedy anime? No. And, that took me a while to figure out. I was convinced that this was a rom-com pretty much until the end.

It’s almost there. But, it doesn’t quite have the amount of romance required. I’ll go into more detail about that later on in this review, though. For now, let’s take a look at the defining feature of this series: Fujimiya’s oddly specific amnesia.

Kaori Fujimiya is one of the two main characters of the series. And, at the start of the series, she has no friends. She doesn’t attempt to socialize with anyone in her class and they all think she’s cold. But, she has a good reason for acting this way. Every Monday, her memories reset.

Fujimiya and Hase having lunch on the roof from the anime series One Week Friends
Fujimiya and Hase having lunch on the roof

I thought that her memory would only last for a week. But, that’s not how it works. She only loses her memories Sunday night into Monday morning. When she wakes up on Mondays, her memories are gone. So, that’s pretty weird, right? Why would her amnesia be on a schedule?

But, it gets weirder. The schedule isn’t the only thing strange about Fujimiya’s memory loss. It only applies to memories of her friends. She can remember her family members and people who aren’t her friends. However, if she becomes friends with someone, she’ll forget about them every Monday.

At first, I didn’t like how Fujimiya’s amnesia worked. It seemed too unrealistic and broke my immersion. But, as the series progresses, it makes more sense. It’s still dumb, but we learn more about how there’s physically nothing wrong with her. Her memory loss is due to mental and emotional trauma, which is more interesting.

Fujimiya and Friends

As I mentioned, Kaori Fujimiya is the female lead. As a high school student, she’s known as a studious loner. But, that wasn’t the case back in elementary school. Before her accident, Fujimiya had a lot of friends and was very outgoing.

Yuuki Hase is the male lead of the series. He has a crush on Fujimiya, which is why he decided to talk to her and try to be her friend. But, Hase is a bit annoying because Fujimiya is pretty much all he cares about. He’d throw away his other friendships if it meant being with her.

Shougo Kiryuu is Hase’s best (male) friend. His defining characteristics are that he never smiles and seems scary. Of these initial three characters, Kiryuu is easily my least favorite. He’s not an interesting character. He doesn’t have much going on and doesn’t contribute much, either.

Fujimiya and Yamagishi in a classroom from the anime series One Week Friends
Fujimiya and Yamagishi in a classroom

Saki Yamagishi is the final of the four main friends. And, she’s somehow even worse than Kiryuu. Now, to be fair, she has more going on than Kiryuu does. But, she’s very annoying. Yamagishi’s even more forgetful than Fujimiya (who has amnesia). And, she talks extremely slowly.

Hajime Kujou is the last character I want to mention. He shows up pretty late in the series, so isn’t a member of the core friend group. But, he’s also Fujimiya’s best friend from elementary school — not that she remembers him. So, do you think I like Kujou?

If your answer was “No,” you’re correct. However, my issue with Kujou isn’t that he’s a bad character. It’s that he’s less of a character and more of a plot device. He only comes into the series toward the end to throw a wrench into Fujimiya and Hase’s relationship. It’s an overdone trope.

Friends ’til the End

Alright, it’s time to go back to the whole “not a rom-com anime” thing. Hase wants to be in a romantic relationship with Fujimiya. This is never in question. He tells Fujimiya he wants to be her friend. But, we know he has a crush on her.

Fujimiya also likely has a crush on Hase. But, I wouldn’t say that’s for certain. Still, she makes him lunch every day, wants to spend time with him, and writes about him the most in her diary. Even if she doesn’t recognize her feelings, they’re likely there.

Now, as I mentioned, I thought this series was going to involve more romance than it did. And, I’ll admit that I came out of the series disappointed. By the end, Hase and Fujimiya are still very good friends, not in a relationship. That’s boring.

Hase and Fujimiya from the anime series One Week Friends
Hase and Fujimiya

I get it. Not every male-female relationship has to be romantic. But, it’s so obvious that both of these characters want it to be romantic. So, by not having them take any sort of next step, it feels like the series didn’t accomplish anything. I’m still here waiting for them to become a couple.

Okay, but what about similar series? Teasing Master Takagi-san is a comparable anime. The two main characters have crushes on each other but aren’t in a relationship. However, in that series, there’s still a very clear path the characters are going down. They’re still technically not dating even three seasons in, but they effectively are.

So, what I’m trying to say is that One Week Friends takes the “friends” part of the title too literally. Is anyone watching this series and content with the relationship staying the way it is? Like, it’s fine. But, it would be better if we got anything more.

Final Thoughts

One Week Friends is a 6/10. It could have been a 7 with some minor changes. And, that’s what I had it rated for the start of the series. But, in the end, I can’t justify rating it that highly. It’s still cute, though.

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Space Dandy Season 2

Space Dandy Season 2

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Space Dandy Season 2

Overall, Worse Than Season 1

Space Dandy Season 2 (Space☆Dandy 2nd Season / スペース☆ダンディ 第2シリーズ) is more of a second cour than a second season. There’s not a real break between the 2 seasons in terms of content. And, there was only a 3-month gap between them airing.

Still, as you can tell from the title of this section, I didn’t think Season 2 was as good as Season 1. But, it would appear that I’m in the minority for thinking this. Apparently, most people rated Season 2 higher than Season 1.

I do see what people like about Season 2, though. It was more interesting visually. And the episodes were a lot more unique than any in Season 1. But, the big flaw with Season 2 is that it’s boring.

Meow and QT disguised as a janitor and a vacuum in a high school from the anime series Space Dandy Season 2
Meow and QT disguised as a janitor and a vacuum in a high school

There’s not really an overarching plot in Space Dandy. The episodes are pretty random, even in Season 1. But, Season 2 took that randomness to the extreme. It felt like every episode was completely disconnected from every other episode. And many of these random episodes felt more like filler than anything else.

For example, there’s Episode 4, pictured above. In this episode, Dandy enrolls in a high school and the entire thing is a musical. It was a struggle to get through that episode. And the episodes on either side of that one are about as different from it as you can get.

In Season 1, the focus of the series was comedy. We saw Dandy, QT, and Meow in wacky situations because they were funny (for the most part). Season 2 takes a different approach. The episodes are even weirder, but they’re no longer funny. Instead, they try to tell unique stories in 22 minutes — and it doesn’t work.

There Was Definitely Potential

As I’ve already mentioned, there were good things about Space Dandy Season 2. It looked good and some episodes were more stylized than others, which made them stand out. Episode 3 may have been the most visually distinct. But, Episode 5 was my favorite.

Another good thing Season 2 did was get Honey and Scarlett involved more. We actually get to see Honey in situations outside of Boobies. And there’s even an entire episode dedicated to Scarlett. That’s something I wanted. Though, this season fell short of actually adding either of them (Honey) to the Aloha Oe crew.

We also got some new characters who I thought were pretty good. Johnny is a new recurring character I liked. He’s the Commander of the Jaicro Empire, which is the rival of the Gogol Empire. Johnny also dreams of becoming the biggest rock star in the universe.

Meow, Johnny, Honey, Dandy, and QT from the anime series Space Dandy Season 2
Meow, Johnny, Honey, Dandy, and QT

There’s also the best character of the series, Ton Javrolta. He was only in one episode, but he definitely made an impact. Here’s the thing, though. Every episode in Season 2 introduces a new featured character. And because of that, none of them are around long enough for me to care about them.

If this season had a bit more continuity, it could have been better than the first season. I would have been fine with more Johnny and less of the random puppet guy who wears people’s skin. And, of course, Honey should have played a bigger role.

Something else this season almost did right was how it used the Gogol Empire characters. Dr. Gel and Admiral Perry had real roles at the end beyond failing to capture Dandy. But, it came too late. It was only in the final episode that they were anything more than gags.

It Wasn’t Episodic, After All

In the end, it turns out that the series wasn’t episodic, after all. And, there was actually an explanation for why the episodes were so random. It’s because Dandy has the ability to travel between dimensions. This is something that came up multiple times in this season.

The first episode of the season explores this idea. In it, Dandy and his crew jump from dimension to dimension and meet their counterparts in each one. Later, there’s an episode about Dandy dying and going to the afterlife. He’s able to come back to life by jumping to a dimension in which he’s still alive.

And, of course, this explains how the Aloha Oe crew died at various points in Season 1. They did die, and then we jumped to a different dimension in which they were still alive. This explanation ties everything together.

Dandy and Ton Jravolta dancing from the anime series Space Dandy Season 2
Dandy and Ton Jravolta dancing

As cool as it is that everything came together in the end, it still doesn’t make up for the journey. At the end of Season 2 Episode 13, the universe is reset and we end up back at the start of Season 1 Episode 1. That’s neat. But I was still bored watching most of Season 2.

There are 2 ways I can view the conclusion of the series. Either it was a band-aid solution to the problems of Season 2. Or, it was the cause of all the problems of Season 2. Neither is a good option.

Something I do want to point out is that this is kind of normal for Shinichiro Watanabe anime. Look at both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. They were largely episodic and had episodes that felt like filler. And then, in the end, everything got tied together and there was some real plot.

Conclusion

In the end, I’m giving Space Dandy Season 2 a 6/10. It was fine — there were good parts, and there were bad parts. And if we combine that score with the score I gave Season 1 (8/10), Space Dandy gets a 7/10 as a whole.

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Space Dandy

Space Dandy

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Space Dandy

Series Overview

Space Dandy (Space☆Dandy / スペース☆ダンディ) is a sci-fi comedy anime from the same team that brought you Cowboy Bebop. It’s also the team that brought you Samurai Champloo, which I think is better than Cowboy Bebop. But, Space Dandy is a bit different from both of those series.

Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo both have their comedic moments — Champloo more so. However, comedy is what Space Dandy is all about. So, just because Space Dandy takes place in space doesn’t mean it’s anything like Cowboy Bebop. It’s not.

One thing Space Dandy has in common with those other 2 series is that it’s episodic. There isn’t an overarching story — at least not in the first season (which this review is about). Instead, Dandy and his crew go on wild adventures in each episode that are unrelated.

Adélie and Dandy in a restaurant from the anime series Space Dandy
Adélie and Dandy in a restaurant

It’s possible that the second season could try to tie everything together into a single story. But, that’s going to be pretty hard to do. You see, a lot of the episodes of this series don’t end in ways that allow for the story to continue after them. Dandy and his crew don’t always survive the episodes.

Could this series take place in a multiverse where we’re seeing different Dandys? Sure. But if that’s the angle you’re going for, I think you’re reading too much into it. At the end of the day, it’s an anime that’s fun to watch because of the characters and the situations they get into.

I should also mention that Space Dandy is for mature audiences. It’s not an ecchi series. But, it does have what I would consider a small amount of uncensored ecchi content. Because of its designation as being for mature audiences, I expected there to be more.

The Aloha Oe Crew

Dandy is the titular character and captain of the Aloha Oe spaceship. He works as an alien hunter, but that doesn’t mean what you might expect. I thought it would mean he tracks down and kills rogue aliens. Instead, it means he finds unknown aliens and registers them with the government.

Through their job of alien hunting, Dandy and his crew don’t make that much money. But, what they do make, Dandy makes sure to spend at his favorite restaurant, Boobies. Boobies is basically the restaurant Hooters but in space. It’s full of waitresses wearing skimpy clothing.

QT is the first mate of the ship. He’s a vacuum cleaner robot who doesn’t do all that much in terms of helping capture aliens. Instead, his role is primarily to take care of the Aloha Oe. QT is the one who cleans and maintains the ship.

Meow using his phone from the anime series Space Dandy
Meow using his phone

While none of the Aloha Oe crew members are particularly smart, QT is the smartest of the group. He’s usually the voice of reason on the ship. However, that’s a pretty low bar considering the other two. At the very least, as a robot, QT isn’t prone to acting on impulse.

Meow, or Mymyamo, is the final crew member. Dandy and QT originally captured him in a Boobies restaurant thinking he was a rare alien. But, Meow is actually a Betelgeusian, which is a very common cat-like alien. Even after finding this out, Dandy keeps him around because he thinks Meow might be useful.

As it turns out, Meow isn’t useful at all. He spends the majority of his time online — usually on his smartphone. He also eats all of Dandy’s food on the Aloha Oe. And his room is so messy that even QT gave up trying to clean it.

Better than Cowboy Bebop?

Is Space Dandy better than Cowboy Bebop? Most people don’t seem to agree with me, but I think so. Cowboy Bebop is definitely a good anime. But, Space Dandy is more fun to watch. And I get it, Space Dandy is a comedy, so it being more fun makes sense.

However, I also think the format of the series works better in Space Dandy. Both series are episodic for the most part. Yes, Cowboy Bebop actually gets a plot toward the end. But, a lot of the series isn’t much more than filler (cue the angry comments).

With Space Dandy, the episodic nature of the series doesn’t hinder it at all. Each episode is funny in isolation. And because there’s not really a main story, the episodes can do even crazier things. For example, the crew (and everyone else) die and become zombies in one episode.

Boobies waitresses from the anime series Space Dandy
Boobies waitresses

Episodic anime that are serious are kind of a thing of the past. A lot of older anime were like this. I don’t know why. Maybe they thought it would be hard for viewers to follow the story every week. But, that’s something I’m going to hold against Cowboy Bebop in this comparison.

What I’m trying to say is that I prefer Space Dandy because it’s more flexible in what it can (and does) do. Sure, the characters might not be quite as deep and there’s nothing in terms of a main story. But, that’s kind of the point.

Now, before you let me know why Cowboy Bebop is the best anime ever made in the comments, watch Space Dandy. Even if watching it doesn’t change your mind, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy it. Or, you might find out that it’s not for you. But, that’s okay.

Conclusion

So far (season 1), Space Dandy is an 8/10 from me. I’m hoping the second season is even better, though. I’d like to maybe see another main character introduced. Perhaps even a female character.

Also, I want to say that both the OP and ED of this series are great. Though, I’m not sure which of the two I prefer. The song of the ED may be better. But, the OP’s visuals are better.

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Attack on Titan: No Regrets

Attack on Titan: No Regrets

Thugs in the Underground City

Since there’s a one-week break before the final episode of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2, I figured I’d review the No Regrets (Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku / 進撃の巨人 悔いなき選択) OVA to fill the gap. This OVA consists of two episodes and tells the story of how Levi Ackerman came to join the Scouts.

Now, you might be thinking that we already got episodes of Levi’s backstory in the main series. And you’d be correct in thinking that. But the backstory we got for Levi in the main series focused more on his childhood. This OVA takes place much later.

At this point, Levi is the leader of a gang that’s located in the underground city beneath the capital.

Farlan and Isabel taking care of a wounded bird from the Attack on Titan: No Regrets anime OVA
Farlan and Isabel taking care of a wounded bird

It’s unclear exactly what the structure of Levi’s gang is. We see a decent amount of members. But, it appears that most of these members are more like contractors who are brought on to complete specific jobs. The only full-time member at the start seems to be Farlan Church.

Isabel Magnolia also joins the gang as a permanent member at the start of the first episode. From then on, Levi, Farlan, and Isabel are the core members of the gang. I think only one other member was named.

Also, before I move on to the next section of the review, I’d like to point out that the underground city could actually be a nice place to live. Obviously, it’s not. But at least if you’re down there you’re safe from the titans. With the exception of the one hole up to the surface we see, there’s no way for titans to enter.

Freedom on the Surface

Levi, Farlan, and Isabel make their way to the surface after they’re recruited into the Scouts by Erwin. However, they’re actually on a mission to infiltrate the scouts, steal a document from Erwin, and then assassinate him. This mission was given to them by a member of the government.

I have some problems with this whole situation. There are two things that the government official offers in exchange for their help. First, he said he’d pay for their comrade’s treatment in a hospital in the capital. And second, he promised them citizenship on the surface.

The first problem is that once these three join the scouts and are taken to the surface, they never mention their injured comrade again. It’s as if they completely forgot about him. And, sure, maybe they talk about him off-screen. But as far as the viewer is concerned, he no longer exists.

Farlan Church seeing beyond the walls for the first time from the Attack on Titan: No Regrets anime OVA
Farlan Church seeing beyond the walls for the first time

Why is that a problem? Well, it’s because of the second problem which is that Levi, Farlan, and Isabel already have citizenship on the surface. Simply by joining the Scouts, they now live on the surface. So if they live on the surface and they’re no longer concerned about their injured friend, why are they still carrying out their mission?

It seems like they’re so blinded by the mission that they were given that they don’t realize they already have everything they wanted. And do they really think the government official would grant them the citizenship they were promised?

To me, this seems like the perfect setup for Levi, Farlan, and Isabel to become scapegoats. If Erwin was actually killed and there was any suspicion surrounding his death, you know that official would throw those three under the bus to save himself. They’re thugs from the underground. They’re the perfect scapegoats.

RIP Farlan and Isabel

Once they made it to the surface as members of the Scouts, I knew Farlan and Isabel were going to be killed by a titan. Since we never saw them in the main series, it was clear that they either died or went back to the underground city. And I think we can all agree the latter was unlikely to happen.

In the end, they were killed by an abnormal titan, along with many other members of their platoon. Their deaths were also some of the most explicit in the entire series. That may be because this is an OVA, so it can get away with more than the TV anime can.

Their deaths also came very late in the OVA. There were only a few minutes left of the second episode when it happened. And I think that hurt the narrative a bit because it meant the ending was a bit too open-ended.

Erwin telling Levi to not regret his decisions from the Attack on Titan: No Regrets anime OVA
Erwin telling Levi to not regret his decisions

I enjoy open endings a lot of the time. But the issue here is that the ending of this OVA has to connect to what we know happens in the main series. That connection was left up in the air. It ends with Erwin telling Levi not to regret his decisions and to stay on as a member of the Scouts.

We know Levi did end up staying a member of the Scouts. However, we got nothing in terms of explaining why he made this decision. Levi says that Erwin is looking at something Levi himself can’t see (the future, the bigger picture). But that shouldn’t mean Levi suddenly wants to follow Erwin now that his friends are dead.

It just seems like there’s a huge disconnect between what we see happen at the end of the OVA and what we know happens later in the series.

Conclusion

Have you watched the Attack on Titan: No Regrets OVA? If so, what did you think of it? Despite my complaints, I still enjoyed it enough to give it a 7/10. It had great action and I liked seeing Erwin again.

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One Piece (Dressrosa)

One Piece (Dressrosa)

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One Piece

Overview

Dressrosa is the One Piece arc that follows Punk Hazard and is widely regarded as one of the best arcs (in the manga, at least) of the series. In the anime, it spans 118 episodes, from 629 to 746. I think that makes it the longest arc I’ve covered so far.

So, let’s just get this out of the way upfront. It’s been over 2 years since I last reviewed a One Piece arc. Why is that? Well, a large part of it is the length of Dressrosa. It really drags on in the anime. The pacing is extremely slow, which makes it difficult to get through, the number of episodes aside.

I’d watch maybe 20 episodes in a week, and then take a 3-4 month break from One Piece. That’s why it’s taken me so long to finally complete Dressrosa (though, I’m actually multiple arcs ahead of it right now).

But, it’s not as if I haven’t written about One Piece, Dressrosa specifically, at all in these past 2 years. I wrote about my favorite character from Dressrosa and I wrote about some of the real-world influences on the country.

So, let’s just quickly run through the good and the bad of this arc. The thing I like the most about Dressrosa is the cast of characters. Both the Straw Hat’s allies and their enemies are good characters. I love Rebecca, the Grand Fleet are all cool, and the Donquixote Family members are all unique.

The biggest issue is what I mentioned already, the pacing. However, more specifically, I found the pacing to be a problem primarily in the “final battle” against Doflamingo, which lasted something like 60 episodes. Prior to that, when all the Colosseum stuff was going on, I didn’t mind the pacing.

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Straw Hat Grand Fleet

Before I get into the Grand Fleet representatives, I want to give an honorable mention to King Riku and King Elizabello II. They’re not members of the Grand Fleet, but they’re new allies the Straw Hats gain within the Dressrosa arc.

First up, we have Cavendish, the captain of the Beautiful Pirates. His character design is based on French knights known as Chevaliers. He’s also frequently accompanied by his white horse.

Next is the best of the Grand Fleet members, Bartolomeo of the Barto Club. He’s the Straw Hat Pirates’ number one fan and is obsessed with every member of their crew. Bartolomeo also has the Barrier-Barrier Fruit, which is a pretty cool ability.

Bartolomeo of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet from the anime series One Piece (Dressrosa)
Bartolomeo of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet

I’m going to group Sai of the Happo Navy and Ideo of the Ideo Pirates together because they’re probably the least interesting. Sai is a member of the Chinjao Family and Ideo is a member of the Longarm Tribe — the same tribe Scratchmen Apoo is from.

Leo is the leader of the Tontatta Pirates, and one of the key figures of the Tontatta rebellion against the Donquixote Family in Dressrosa. Tontatta are basically a pixie race that are native to Dressrosa. Though, the citizens of Dressrosa think of them as mythological.

Hajrudin of the New Giant Warrior Pirates is pretty neat, primarily because he’s a giant. I don’t have anything else to say about him.

And lastly, we have Orlumbus of the Yonta Maria Grand Fleet, who I think is the most creative of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet members. His name is a reference to Christopher Columbus, and his ship is a play on Columbus’s ship the Santa Maria. San is 3 in Japanese and Yon is 4. So Orlumbus’s ship is the Yonta Maria, instead of the Santa Maria.

Doflamingo Donquixote

The one thing everyone seems to love about Dressrosa is that Doflamingo Donquixote is the antagonist. And, because everyone loves Doflamingo, there are countless discussions and breakdowns of what makes his character so good.

That’s why I’m not going to do that.

Instead, let’s look at how Doflamingo changed the story. The first way he did this is by increasing the scale of the threats the Straw Hats find themselves up against. Previously, all of the antagonists were relatively minor players in the oceans of the world.

With Doflamingo, we hit a transition period. Luffy and the gang are no longer going up against random pirates or Warlords (of which Doflamingo was formerly a member). Doflamingo comes from one of the Celestial Dragon families and has a worldwide influence due to his black-market network.

He’s a big deal that even the World Government didn’t touch. And, that’s true for every villain after Doflamingo. The next two villains of the story are the Emperors Big Mom and Kaidou.

Former Warlord Doflamingo Donquixote from the anime series One Piece (Dressrosa)
Former Warlord Doflamingo Donquixote

The second way Doflamingo changed the story was through his abilities, specifically his Devil Fruit. We’d previously been introduced to the concept of awakened Devil Fruit back in Impel Down, but Dressrosa is when we begin to understand what awakening a Devil Fruit really means.

Doflamingo’s fruit is the String-String fruit — a fitting fruit for someone who controls people both physically and mentally like a puppetmaster. But, what’s key here is that his fruit is a Paramecia that allows him to create and manipulate strings.

However, Doflamingo’s fruit is also awakened. This awakening allows him to turn all of his surroundings into string and control those strings as well.

We won’t see another awakened fruit until Whole Cake Island. But, Doflamingo’s use of an awakened fruit makes it clear that there’s another level of power we’re going to see more of as the series progresses and enemies get stronger.

Conclusion

What do you think of the Dressrosa arc of One Piece? Is this your favorite arc? Did you watch the anime version or read the manga version? Is Doflamingo your favorite antagonist? And which Grand Fleet member is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

Overall, I think Dressrosa is actually a 5/10. Now, that’s my rating for the anime, and it was brought down significantly by the length and pacing of the arc. If it was shorter, I would have liked it a lot more.

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