Oh god! Here I came into this supposedly final arc, expecting answers and revelations. Instead, I’m seeing a lot of the same stuff that made me hate the previous arcs, and call this series a bloated formulaic mess. Everything I love and find cool about this show can be boiled down to a few characters. Any love I once had for this series is dangling from a metaphorical string made of three to four personalities. It’s almost as bad as when I was watching the original InuYasha anime once it got past the first 60-70 episodes. At this point, if there’s anything good and memorable to be strung from this series’ last arc, it will have to come from Ichigo – again!
Since I haven’t been able to put together weekly AniFriday posts for most of the summer, I thought I’d take the material that I could and compile it into specific posts for each series. While I couldn’t squeeze in time for some much desired anime watching, I did have time to read my favorite manga week t0 week. For this post, I’ll be focusing on the chapters (591 – 603) I read during that hiatus for Bleach and its final major arc, the war with the Quincy. At the end, I’ve given my general overall thoughts on the material, while on the way there you can see my chapter by chapter thoughts on the series. Though I think I may have given away some of thoughts in my initial rant. Pardon me, while many may have abandoned this series, I still hold some semblance of passion for it. Read more…
I’ve never been a huge fan of justice. It’s not to say I don’t feel that those who break the law shouldn’t be punished, nor do I feel divine retribution or karma are wasted hopes and dreams for the weak. I just have come to the understanding that justice is relative. Just as good or evil can be a matter of perspective and circumstance, so can a person, culture or society’s views on punishment and retribution. I’m not telling you that the person who bombed a bus a bus of civilians or shot up a school or mall is in the right, or should get off without issue. It’s just that when you see a horrific action, it should be the burden of those who witness it to think about why it occurred. What is for the other side a demand for justice may have been the very thing that spurned that action forth. If you don’t think about how you contribute to the cycle, and where you are in it, then there’s no way to figure out how to stop it. Read more…
An interesting sci-fi idea, and another example of entertainment attempting to scare us with the infinite possibilities of science and nature. And you know what? It’s done often because it works and it’s effective at drilling doubt and fear into our minds towards everyday things. I’d like to believe that this show can in the end do the same. I want as much fear out of this as excitement.
OK, from what I’ve gathered Read more…
It’s been quite a while since I last talked about Hajime no Ippo in length. And quite happening to be revisiting a discussion about this series in chunks. It allows for a clearer, elongated perspective where I get to notice trends and not get so distracted by the moment to moment set ups of each chapter. This post will be covering the final chapters of Ippo’s fight with Alredo Gonzales, the current #1 contender for the flyweight championship of the world, and the only man standing between Ippo and his ultimate goal of the world champ, Ricardo Martinez. However, I’ll be talking about this fight as a whole at the end, from chapter 1030 to 1071.
I’m so hyped for Ippo! God, I love this manga! Read more…
I didn’t think I’d go well into Fall before I got back around to this material. Just goes to show times are hard and life is rough. If a man can’t find time out of his day for a little pervy manga and anime, then he’s forced to live a very shallow, base life – devoid of true happiness or fulfillment. Thankfully, I made some time to relax and wade through some truly thoughtless and silly material. I’ve changed things up a bit again. Starting with something very light and silly, and then going into some truly sketchy material. And as always, even the silliest shows can pull some nice thoughtful moments. As My Lovely Ghost Kana and Recently, My Sister is Unusual both manage to give me some moments that made me think.
Here are the entries I’ll be covering this week in order:
- Chrysanthemum Garden ch0
- Cutie Lips ch1
- Nana to Kaoru ch70
- Hana to Hoshi ch2
- Yuria 100 Shiki ch58
- My Lovely Ghost Kana ch19
- Happy Negative Marriage ch6
- Liar’s Paradox ch4
- Recently, My Sister is Unusual ep3
I’m left questioning my love of anime sometimes. Not anime as a whole, but modern anime and some of the pains I myself have had to endure as my fandom has progressed and matured. An example of this is the current popular format of 12 episode series, or series that air for that length of time, take a break, then continue after a season long break or so. This isn’t all bad. And enduring cliffhangers is just something you have to endure when enjoying some forms of storytelling. But I find there to be a strong difference between a cliffhanger leaving you wanting more, and just pissing you off. Read more…
It’s always interesting to see a person break out of the cocoon of denial. It’s often a painful process, where the person has the feel the pain and see the results of their delusion to come out. They have to feel pain from within that cocoon, or see the damage wrought outside of it to people and things they care about. So I found it a tad perversely entertaining to see Princess Asseylum’s cocoon finally crack under her latest crisis. No longer could she hide behind hope, that people that pledged to be her protectors and comrades held her hopes and interests in mind. Nay. In contrast, the couldn’t want her dead more. You can’t hide or deny reality, especially when it’s trying to kill you. Read more…