Episode 9: TATAKE! Kuro vs Kamen!

Episode Summary:
In the weeks since we last saw it, the store has become a wreck, and a drastic change is about to take place in the world…but not without a little bit of a (literal) wait! The final episodes of the season begin here!

Release Date:

3/5/2010

Trivia:

– The products highlighted in this episode are:

Anime Cosplay Wigs (http://www.imageanime.com/ancowi.html, selection available online)

Image Anime’s One Piece subpage (http://www.imageanime.com/onepiece1.html)

Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) DX Figure Set (http://www.imageanime.com/blbudxfiset.html, $60.00 online; made by Sega)

00 Raiser Perfect Grade (http://www.imageanime.com/pg00rap.html, $400.00 online; made by Bandai)

Sonic the Hedgehog White Plush Knuckles Gloves (http://www.imageanime.com/sohewhplkngl.html, $22.00 online)

– Originally intended to be the midseason break, this episode was not filmed until the middle of January 2010, and thus made it the start of the last episode release of Season One.
– This episode was originally conceived of as a filler episode due to the changes to come in Season Two that would prevent the episode from occurring then, but then became a crucial part of the plot due to cuts in the episode structure of the season.
– Originally, Zero addressing the UN was to be a separate episode (at one point even working in Hetalia to the UN address!). Due to lack of time, resources, and interest, however, this was reduced to an insinuation of him meeting with the general assembly and using his Geass.
– This is the third collaboration between Mario and Kenneth Cardez utilizing his Kogarashi costume. The last two were a Capcom-themed skit at Anime Next 2009 (which got referenced at the ending of this episode), and an interview for Kenneth’s website Anime Explosion.
– This is the fourth episode to use the word “black” in the title, as it uses the japanese word for “black” in reference to Sebastian (“Kuroshitsuji”)

Screencaps:
Coming Soon!