AniFriday Issue #23: July 25th, 2014 (Star Platinum/Jonathan Joestar wants you deep inside his body!)

I will refrain from going on a rant this week.  Instead, I’ll just say that I’m having a lot of fun with anime right now.  Especially since I’ve started narrowing down and finishing off lingering series.  Ao Haru Ride, Argevollen and Glasslip are gone.  Tokyo Ravens and Chaika are almost done.  It’s a whole lot more satisfying than what I have to deal with when it comes to manga.  The impression is being given that mega manga Bleach and Naruto are ending, but those lingering final battles are going to last a long time.  And if they aren’t f*cking amazing battles, it’s gonna leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouths.

There.  Nice and short.  Here are the anime & manga I’ll be covering in order:

  • Stardust Crusaders ep15 & 16
  • Tokyo Ravens ep21 & 22
  • Chaika the Coffin Princess ep7
  • Akame ga Kill! ep3
  • Hajime no Ippo ch1059 & 1060
  • Naruto ch685
  • Bleach ch589

Stardust Crusaders

Episode 15

Now then, for the reason behind this post’s not-at-all erotic title – Stardust Crusaders!  Fell a little behind, so I got two episodes to cover this week.  Which is awesome!  I wish I could marathon this entire arc!

Poor, poor Polnareff.  He’s got a long way to go to make up for getting Abdul killed.  Then again, I think it’s fair penance that he gets attacked in toilets like this.  It’s also entertaining as hell.  And for a while now, I’ve suspected that mangaka for this series is a fan of horror material.  Some scenes just have a knack for being ghoulish and creepy and suspenseful.  About the only time you feel remotely safe is when Jotaro shows up to kick some ass.  I had heard of this moment when Jotaro has Star Platinum suck up someone else’s Stand.  It’s kind of famous, like the scene from Part II where a creature is materialized and starts murdering people.  It’s something you have to see to believe.  But the most unbelievable thing in this episode is that Hol Horse is still alive.  What a sh*tball!

Oh well, with the old hag defeated, it will be interesting to see what pops up next.  This show is just full of surprises, and though some may say parts of this arc are getting long in the tooth, anything that allows me to see more of this insanity is just fine by me.  It’s the reason why I’m not in a huge rush to see parts 4 and 5 adapted towards animation.  The fight with DIO is a legendary battle from what I’ve heard, and there’s still a few memorable and wacky characters we’ve yet to meet along the way. Oh goody~goody!

Episode 16

Man, the Joestars have it rough this time around!  I had fun watching  Joseph haggle for those kebabs, but sh*t quickly got super serious when we find out the guy haggling for the kebabs is a Stand user, of course sent by DIO.  Enya quickly meets a painful death at the hands of a flesh bud, and the dumb old hag dies believing still that DIO never betrayed her.  Even as it’s DIO’S own flesh that is killing her.

Then there’s Steely Dan…  *sigh*  See it’s names like this that made it take so long for me to even try JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.  Having characters and Stands named directly after famous bands is a novel and unique idea, but also it’s f*cking weird!  Hell!  Band names most of the time don’t make sense by themselves!  They make even less sense in this context! For better or worse, even if you’re not familiar with the band, Steely Dan’s attire and hair style clearly places their time period of origin.  And I gotta say, I still like the flamboyant and silly get up.  The real problem is that this guy is a coward, and has a Stand to match his personality quite well.  Without knowing it, Old Man Joestar gets “infected” by this microscopic Stand and has to pay all sorts of painful prices for the mistakes of others.

I don’t even understand how Steely Dan’s Stand works, since I can’t make any sense of it at all.  Apparently, the pain and damage Steely Dan takes is duplicated and multiplied by the Stand in the person it has entered.  But it looks like the little bastard is just playing with nerve endings.  It shouldn’t be able to actually physically hurt someone like that.  it should be able to of course instantly paralyze and murder someone that way though. And the solution to this problem?  Pretty nonsensical as well.  Locate the thing with Hermit Purple, and send Kakyoin and Polnareff’s Stands in to kill it.  Meanwhile, Jotaro is stuck shadowing Steely Dan making sure he doesn’t hurt himself too bad and cripple his grandfather.  I swear.  People stay f*cking with Jotaro, and those people are the dumbest human beings to walk the Earth.

Tokyo Ravens

Episode 21

So it’s settled.  Natsume is definitely dead. And Harutora is a non-factor until his friends can rescue him from the Onmyo Agency.  But something is very off.  As the good guys seem to randomly be coming together for a final counter strike, it feels a little too orchestrated.  They may not know it, but there’s another level of manipulation playing out here.

The most bitter part of this episode is seeing harutora unable to deal with Natsume’s death and his own grief.  At the beginning of the show, we see Suzuka trying to bring her brother back to life, and Harutora helped pull her down from that path, but now it’s his choice and he can’t handle it.  It’s hypocritical for sure, but I can’t say it’s not a real response.  This isn’t about allowing someone to pass on, this wasn’t necessarily inevitable.  This is a case of seeing someone’s life being ripped away right before you, and you not being able to do anything about it. I would like to know more of what actually motivates the bad guys in this show, the people involved at this level don’t seem like the typical fanatics that have so often been encountered in this show.  Do they really just blindly believe that Yakou’s resurrection will bring about a new golden age, or does the person behind all this see some other good in his actions?

Episode 22

What an awesome eleventh hour plea from Kon!  It seems a lot of Kurahashi’s plan was riding on Harutora’s grief and a lack of trust in his skills.  but at the very end, it was Kon who showed up when he most thought about throwing his trust and fundamentals to the side.  The rest of this episode was mostly set-up for all the fights that are about to or have already begun to take place.  And it’s fun as hell to watch as well.  I still don’t think the whole story has been told as to why the bad guys are doing all this.  Genji Kurahashi is still an incredibly hard person to read.  We still don’t really have a clue as to why he’s so dedicated this.

This is the end of seeing Tokyo Ravens in the AniFriday spot.  Next time this series pops up on my blog, it will be my concluding thoughts on it, as there are only two episodes left.

Chaika the Coffin Princess

Episode 7

I never knew this show was the fantasy anime I always wanted.  I’ll get into those details once I’ve finished the show, but I can’t ignore how much I simply enjoy this show.  You just sit down, relax and watch. Progress is made this episode.  The heroes are given the location of another of Emperor Gaz’s remains, and while it’s no small feat finding and getting to them, it all manages to play out in the span of an episode.  The barriers to success being Lord Gillette and his team, who seem to be chasing down Chaika no matter what, and a very bitter magical fog. Starting with Gillette and his team’s incursion again into Chaika’s quest.  I find it interesting how Toru can so clearly identify him as a possibly impassable obstacle.  I wonder if it’s the combined skill of his team, or if he really fears the noble’s swordsmanship?  It’s also interesting to note that he did not use his “Iron Blood” spell before the fight, too.  Perhaps he knew he wouldn’t have time for it?  Maybe.  Their duel was a quick and questionable one at that.  But it does seem that they would have been overwhelmed eventually if not for Eliza’s help.  She sure is a wildcard.  It’s strange how you can completely forget she’s around, then you see her and think, “oh yeah, they have a giant monster on their side.”  It makes for an easy out of some tough situations, but it is balanced out by the fact that she eventually wants to fight Toru to the death, and that she doesn’t do anything against her own will.  Hence why she’s definitely a wild card.

The second half of the episode is the part where I found something to really like.  It’s a dark truth residing in the show.  To retrieve the legendary remain from their next target, Chaika, Akira and Toru have to traverse a dense and foreboding fog, that is clearly magical.  And when things go pear-shaped and Eliza has to save them again, it’s Toru who suffers the consequences.  The fog is imbued with a nasty spell that tricks and controls those that inhale it.  For a moment, I was actually shocked when it was said that Akira had died, but the longer the illusion went on, the clearer it was.  It also helps that we got to see Eliza, Akira and Chaika watching from the safety of a barrier.  That cleared things up quite a bit, too. The illusion we saw, was one of Toru and Chaika happily living together and searching for the remains.  But as they got the end of their quest, Gillette showed up and whisked her away to marriage and the last remain.  Leaving Toru actually crying and chasing after them perpetually.  Thankfully, he wondered close enough to the barrier for the others to capture him.  From there they devised a plan using Chaika’s magic to bully their way to the source of the magical disturbance, destroying the evil fog making machine.  And of course, once that machine goes down, so does the fog revealing our latest hero. The newest hero to be tracked down is a wreck and has the saddest story of all so far.  Despite gaining riches and esteem, a friend has betrayed him and stolen his wife.  Now he lives in that valley amongst the fog, making others relive his pain until they die.  HARSH!  Thankfully, once confronted this bitter motherf*cker just relinquishes the remain and goes back to being a lonely, broken piece of sh*t in the valley.

The reason I find this episode so interesting is because it begs more questions more clearly than most.  The overall question still remains: what is Chaika going to do with her father’s remains.  And the answer remains the same, but no can seem to believe that she just wants to bury her dead, super evil and powerful father.  Either the task seems too simple and innocent, or they can’t seem to fathom someone throwing away that much value.  Even Gillette is taken aback by the innocence of it all. The big question is, what does this task mean to Toru.  For everyone else, it seems pretty simple.  Chaika wants to gather and bury the remains, Akira wants to faithfully help her brother fulfill his purpose in life, Eliza wants to have fun and eventually kill Toru.  But Toru can’t seem to face up to what he really wants, despite it being laid bare for all to see.  He cares for Chaika, and not just the conflict that she brings.  If he really did just crave conflict and a use for his skills, he would have left her for the other Chaika already.  Also, he wouldn’t be so worried about their opponents and would likely be cavalier and reckless in his approach to combat.  Whether it’s romantic, or a just an attachment and need to protect, Toru is bonded to Chaika.

Now then, he has a lot to answer for when it comes to Akira.  She’s not giving up her place in line to have his babies without an actual fight.

There’s also still the question of what happened to the heroes, and why do they have such varying fates.  All of them should have been able to retire happily.  But we’re learning more and more that they don’t seem to lead simple, happy lives once they reached their ultimate goal.  Perhaps the issue of a curse isn’t a far-fetched possibility?

Akame ga Kill!

Episode 3

I’ve heard various complaints about this show being shallow, predictable shounen fluff.  But I disregard those opinions as people who just don’t like the genre at all.  When it comes to this show, as long as the blood keeps on flowing, I’ll keep watching.

The premise may be simple enough for me, but I come to this genre for good fights, not philosophy.  Leave that for the other genres.  I watch anime to have fun. This episode gives us a decent introduction to Mine, the pink sniper. Three episodes in, I’m getting a much better understanding of the group and their purpose.  It seems everyone has their own ancient relic that they use as a weapon somehow.  Though it seems all their personalities (and colour schemes) are quite different.  Also, they lead very dangerous and active daily lives.  They start off their day this episode f*cking up a bunch of assassins, and indeed no quarter is given.  The main focus of the episode though seems to be to better understand Mine and her relic.  They run around town, save a girl, see some people being crucified and left for dead to bake in the sun, and kill a corrupt official and his guards.  All the time forming a better bond and understanding between the hero and our pink sniper friend.  And you know what?

They still hate each other!  HA!

Well, at least they have a healthy respect for each other’s abilities. A pretty straightforward episode.

Most notable in this episode, we finally get a real peek at the emperor and the prime minister.  It’s quite incredible the amount of unquestioned trust the emperor places in the prime minister.  A child’s cruelty can be so easily manipulated to do horrible things.  The man sentenced in this episode will be ripped apart by bulls, and his wife likely raped and murdered, or if she’s lucky – raped and enslaved.  Not a nice way to send a man to his very painful death.

Hajime no Ippo

Chapter 1059

“It was stupid to expect anything from him.”

How could you name this chapter, “The Wind God’s Full Power” if he’s getting knocked around the entire time?! This isn’t even close to competitive. Ippo’s only hanging in based on this being his specialty, and he’s still being out-classed. Whether it’s due to his physical or mental beating, he’s not sharp enough to stay on top of Gonzalez, and he’s slowly drowning because of it. Sure would be nice if Coach Kamogawa could think of some sort of strategy aside from punching harder and faster. Then again, at this point, I don’t really see a weakness for Ippo to exploit. Gonzalez is fighting on the verge of madness, but he’s still skilled and cognizant enough to fight at the highest of levels. The only possible hint is that his trainer mentioned how Gonzalez used to not worry about the damage he was taking. Is it possible, like the Wooli match, for Ippo to sneak in a body blow that could shut him down enough to allow hope? Then there was the mention of that psycho Sawamura. Though they share a similar demeanor in the ring, Sawamura could be predicted because of how much he favored and relied on counters. Gonzalez is looking like a god of chaos right now. The word counter hasn’t even entered his mind, he’ll just instinctually take an opening and punch THROUGH IT! If anyone has any other ideas, I’m all for it. I haven’t figured out his weakness, yet.

Chapter 1060

“Pisses you off, don’t it?”

Weakness – identified!

Gonzalez lacks patience!  Despite all that rage, Metzli mode is a weapon with a timer.  It’s only a matter of time before that perfect balance tilts towards madness, and he loses his discipline.  And that appears to be what Ippos’ weapon is in this match.  Instead of the dogged offense that he put up against Wooli, to find catch him off his guard with one good punch.  It’s his annoying stamina and endurance that curbs the mentality of Gonzalez.  Gonzalez has so little respect for Ippo, that he’s worried about looking weak while beating on him because his barrage has yet to knock the stocky little Japanese fighter out.  It takes no time for Mashiba to notice the widening punches from Gonzalez, and Ippo is right there to witness it himself.  If Ippo doesn’t hop on this chance now, he may not get a chance to see it again.

You know, it sure would have been nice if we could’ve seen his fights with Ricardo Martinez before this, especially since they were both losses.  That is what normally would have happened.  They are title bouts!  It can’t be that hard to find them, even in Japan.  Sheesh!  Just another reason why I think Coach Kamogawa isn’t the best, or smartest coach.

Naruto

Chapter 685

” ‘…when he stumbles, you want to help him…’  was it?”

Kaguya’s done quite the inconvenience by separating Naruto and Sasuke.  In a sense, heaven and earth are being moved to get them back together.  Even Obito, one who has in the past openly and easily slipped through dimensions, marvels at what she’s able to do.  Obito and Sakura are finally given the chance to hunt Sasuke down, using the stored chakra in her forehead and the Mangekyo Sharingan of Obito’s.  Every world seems to be its own pointless, hostile extreme.  Hell, they found a world that was just a sea of acid!  I almost wondered why she didn’t send Sasuke there, but then I remembered that she’s trying to capture their chakra for some reason.

In the end, they did find Sasuke and just barely managed to keep the rift open enough to have him slip into their dimension.  But there’s still one more leap to make, and I think Sakura’s out of chakra….

Bleach

Chapter 589

“I… I got so…  moist.”
“…I think you meant to say erect…”

Nice to see some of the old pre-Arrancar stuff pop up again, including the spirit cannon, Urahara again, and ….YORUICHI!  HOLY SH*T, IT’S BEEN FOREVER!!  I’m so glad to see her again!  I could complain about how long it takes for my favorite character in the series to show up again, but for now I’m just grateful!  I really hope she goes up to the Spririt King’s palace along with Ichigo, Chad… and that other person. On the other end of things, we don’t’ get to see how the battle at the palace is going, but we do get to see a little of what’s going on between the remaining shinigami and Quincy.  It seems that that weirdo Quincy who can kill people with her his blood even made one of the other Quincy into a zombie that can do the same thing.  As if this series needed anymore twisted characters in it.  Then again, my favorite twisted character has stepped up to the plate to handle this battle.  Oh Mayuri… it’s been too long since I’ve seen you twistedly breakdown an opponent in the way only you can do.

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Binbougami ga! ep4: her weakness is that she’s not a bad enough person

What a funny problem to find yourself in: trying to figure out if the person you’re with is an angel or a devil; a good person, or a spawn of misfortune that tortures the lives of those around her for her own gain?  Though perhaps I’m thinking much too deeply about this since the episode also includes a pervy monk who can’t stop obsessing over titties, and a masochist dog spirit that gets off on being whipped and having boiling hot water poured down his throat.  Indeed, perhaps the person who is just selfish, spoiled and oblivious doesn’t have the worst or most vexing of issues.

Back to watching Binbougami ga!, the show that I say I enjoy immensely, and then don’t watch for about a year.  Truly I am a massive hypocrite needing punishment.  Speaking of hypocrites, we start the episode watching the god of misfortune herself, Momiji out by the river with her creepy teddy bear companion fishing.  We also see the pervy monk coming by and he inquires about what she’s doing.  The answers is that she’s waiting to capture a valuable tool from the spirit world to help her in her task of retrieving the valuable good fortune from Ichiko.  What’s this tool?  To even her great surprise, it’s a new strange character for us to enjoy, the dog spirit Momou Inugami.  After we’re introduced the very … I’ll just say obtuse relationship and hobby he enjoys with Momiji, she quickly gives him the task of retrieving Ichiko’s fortune.  Her “plan” is to get the dog spirit to transform into his adorable “true” form and use the element of surprise to get her prize.

It’s pretty funny when things don’t immediately go properly for Momou when Ichiko initially ignores his advances, but he’s able to eventually weasel his way into her care and her –OH MY GOD!  I forgot how sh*tty her apartment is!  Apparently with her butler no longer around to take care of the chores, she just refuses to do anything and just lets the garbage pile up!  What’s even more perplexing is how she’s able to generate this god-awful mess in the span of a mere three days!  Three days!  It’s not like she invites anyone over, let alone throws parties.  She just comes home and doesn’t do a damn thing!  The only reason her apartment ever gets cleaned is because she calls in a cleaning company every few days.  It’s like being forced to call those cleaning people that service houses with fire and water damage twice a week!  GEEZ!  When this chick makes you hate her, she can really make you hate her!

Ichiko’s horrible – well I don’t know what to call a person so careless and sloppy.  Oh wait!  I have a large vocabulary!  I’m sure I can work out a proper word!

Slovenly!  Ichiko’s slovenly ways do actually figure directly into the episode later.  In the meanwhile, we watch as Momou attempts to steal Ichiko’s fortune over and over again.  Despite being an animal that goes completely unsuspected and can pounce on his prey while they’re asleep, Ichiko’s good fortune thwarts him effectively and brutally every time.  And every time that happens, he’s threatened with the possibility of turning back into his human-like form, exposing his origins as a tool of Momiji.  During all this failure, he is privy to seeing Ichiko throughout her entire day, and though while in public she does subscribe to the M.O. that Momiji laid out, she has another side no one else has seen, too.  At times she will take out a box full of her old butler’s letters to her and smile and laugh.  It’s her own personal treasure, though Momou sees no value in it.  One night, Momou decides to use a curse doll to suck her fortune from her, like some sort of time-b0mb or grenade, he pulls the nail out of doll only to have things appear to screw up again.  But what actually happens is that that precious box from her butler is knocked to the ground.  The next day, while Ichiko is away, the cleaning service comes in.  By chance, we get to see a veteran cleaner show a new girl the ropes of cleaning Ichiko’s room, specifically stating that they’re not to throw away anything on top of Ichiko’s work desk.  Unfortunately, that rule probably put in place to protect her box, which is now on the floor.  And since Ichiko’s a slovenly, careless person living in a disgustingly messy room, she leaves without noticing.  The box ends up in the trash and Ichiko is left in a terrible panic that afternoon when she can’t find her letters.

The next scene is actually touching and painful to watch.  We see Ichiko go so far as to walk to the dump and search bag after bag in vain for her lost prize.  The whole time Momou stalks her in the background waiting for her to tire out before he pounces.  To his surprise and chagrin, she stays the entire night, sobbing and searching through the trash for the butler’s box.  This touches Momou so much that he takes pity on her and retrieves the proper bag of trash using, of course, his godly dog nose’s sense of smell.

Later that day, Momiji stops by and asks Momou why he did it.  And the short version is that she’s not the person he thought she was, and he’d like more time to figure her out.  Though that’s going to be considerably harder now, because the grateful Ichiko brings him in the bath with her, and when she starts washing his doggy penis – the pleasure transforms him back to his human-like form… and then he’s promptly beaten with the bathtub.  THE BATHTUB!

Hmph, and here I thought it was pain that just did him in.  Looks like most any form of pleasure will do.

End of episode.

Pretty adorable.  Not Momou in his puppy dog form.  F*ck him!  He’s a weird a-hole who gets off pain.  I’ll never understand those people.  I was talking about the episode.  In one episode it efficiently showed the various sides of Ichiko to an outsider.  In this one episode, you could gather as much information as you could need about the beginning of the series.  If you started from here, you’d be just fine.  And it was because of that, and touching story of Ichiko having such a deep connection with the butler who was practically a parent to her, and then seeing her and Momou have a genuine moment over it that made me enjoy this episode so much.  It wasn’t the funniest or wackiest at all, but it had gobs of heart.

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Yamato 2199 ep6: Weak strategy always loses to strong tactics

It’s clear what the lesson from this episode of Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is… racism is no excuse for incompetent commanding. Also, you can’t beat racism and classism by kissing someone else’s butt hole.

Pretty straightforward action episode this time around. The Yamato is clearly playing possum. But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t actually take a hit, as it’s seen that quite a few crew were injured and killed by that alien satellite blast. I feel most sorry for those poor soldiers that were trapped behind the bulkheads as their section of the spaceship flooded. Truly a lonely, cold and painful death.

The ruse is successful though, as the fighters sent from the Yamato haven’t been detected as of yet, and the aliens continue to celebrate, with the commander going so far as to go around his racist, slimeball superior to report directly to the alien high command or royalty, I can’t quite tell just yet. The bungle is beneficial to us though, as we see that there are several different races of aliens in this empire, with the weakest or newest class of aliens making up the lower classes of its structure. I’m looking forward to learning more about this, since I think the lowest class of aliens, and the highest class are just boring to me. They look like humans for the most part. At least give me the somewhat elf-like aliens as a representation. I refuse to believe that science could be so boring.

With Susumu and Akira on one scouting team, and Saburo (I Finally learned his name thanks to bookmarking a guide) and a wingman for his, the Yamato is spreading out its net for finding the enemy base, which is vitally important right now, since the Yamato can’t stay underwater indefinitely, and once they surface, they’re sure to get hammered right back down by the satellite relay cannon decisively.  And the strategy pays off as Kodai and Akira discover the actual base, thus allowing the Yamato the opportunity to surface and essentially cut down the satellite cannon before it can strike a decisive blow – just barely!

From the destruction of the cannon to thereafter, it’s just a route and a slaughter as only one ship carrying the base’s commander escapes.  Thus sealing stellar victory for the Yamato, and more importantly, a stellar victory for Earth.  Pluto was the source of the planet bombs (likely still angry over its downgrade from planet status long ago), with the destruction of the cannon and the base, those horrible weapons won’t be a threat for the foreseeable future.  Well done guys!

The other after effects of this battle aren’t immediately clear.  Likely the base’s commander will be killed once he makes it back to the nearest HQ for his report.  It seems the alien emperor, Lord Dressler has taken notice of the humans and their brand new ship.  Speaking of taking notice, it seems that Yuki has spent a lot of her attention on Susumu.  Perhaps her jealousy towards Akira (completely unfounded) is making her look at Susumu more seriously?

Overall, not a bad action episode.  I liked the basic strategy of it all.  In terms of fighting games, it was like the aliens were trying to “zone out” the Yamato.  And if they had been able to keep their focus on the Yamato, victory would have been as easy as they thought.  But it was the quick thinking of the Yamato’s leadership before and during the battle that influences the variables of this encounter enough to change the predicted outcome.  There was a good mix of tension and vulnerability to go along with the eventual *ss kicking that occurred as well.  At the beginning of the battle an episode ago, it really did seem that the Yamato was handicapping itself by not outright destroying the planetoid.  But looking back at the current results, I’m sure anyone would feel bad at the unnecessary destruction of a piece of our solar system.  It adds a sweet reward to a already sweet battle.  Now then, my appetite is wetted for more of this alien politics…

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Glasslip ep3: a future I don’t care to see

I could not be less interested in a series than I am now with this series. I had been warned about P.A. Works shows, and thought I was prepared, but there’s just no faking or powering through some things for me. Even when I try to focus my viewing experience by asking myself what are the fundamental points and questions of the show; it only makes my lack of enthusiasm worse. I end up just asking myself the same question: why am I watching this show anyway? Read more…

Argevollen ep3: this stupidity does not amuse me

July 20, 2014 2 comments

I’m torn as to whether I should give this show anymore attention or not. As with another mecha series I’m watching this season, most of the shows chances at being good, or even tolerable rest on the main character. And it leaves me torn, because there are examples of his kind of character being good for a show, and also bad for a show. It complicates things as to how I want to judge a little rule-breaking, pig-headed punk in this series. And the bad thing is, even if that question is a wash and I remove him from the equation. I don’t know if the show is worth watching. If I was to be asked if I was having fun watching this show, I would have to say no – mostly.

I’m not gonna try to be poetic this time around and mince words. This show isn’t very interesting or fun to watch. And it should have been dropped already.

I dare say the show may be too grounded. Too slow. And too benign. The only excitement is when Tokimune acts like a hot-headed moron and runs off for no good reason. While it’s debatable whether leaving your best weapon as rear guard is the best idea. The argument is somewhat muted by the fact that Jamie can’t get to a decent piece of communications equipment to save her life. But it doesn’t excuse the fact that that dumbass ran out into middle of a killzone and demolition area set up by his own army! Arrgh! It’s so predictable I wonder why they let him out there!

The boredom coupled with the stupidity just seals the deal for me. It’s rare that I just dump a mecha series like this, but I’m dumping Argevollen. Even with the possibility of enemy aces and new technology popping up, along with a somewhat realistic mecha set up, this show just isn’t entertaining. I’ve having way too much fun with other material to waste time on this series.

Further Reading:

  • My god!  Watch any of the mecha series from the last big run of that genre about a year ago.  Majestic Prince, Gargantia and Valvrave are all incredibly entertaining mecha show you should check out.  Also, Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team is a personal favorite, and though not flawless, has some outstanding moments.  Matter of fact, now that I think of it.  Break Blade is a rather similar series that has outstanding production values and is great direct alternative to this show as well.
  • Argevollen ep2 (please stop yelling at me)

Aldnoah Zero ep3: a valid question is raised

July 20, 2014 3 comments

It’s rare that I catch myself tempering my prejudice for a series. Usually, if I have one I’ll just roll with it until the show naturally changes my mind through its ability to entertain me. If a first episode of a show sucks, then the show itself sucks until it builds enough evidence to prove otherwise. The longer it takes to do so, the harder it is to convince me the show is above average or negligible merit. Though early into this show’s run I find myself asking the question of “if this were a Gundam show, would I feel differently?” Read more…

Zankyou no Terror ep2: so begins the simple game of “catch or be caught”

July 19, 2014 1 comment

I can certainly live with this. I b*tch enough about wanting intelligent series, even though I have plenty at my disposal. Whether it be the Ghost in the Shell movies, Monster, Team Medical Dragon or Hunter X Hunter (don’t you dare underestimate that shounen series), I have all sorts of intelligent narratives waiting in the wings to tickle my thoughts on any number of moral or social quandries, or even critical thinking intensive narratives. But there is something about a good cat and mouse game that I love. No matter what side you’re looking at it from, a that game, that aspect of the narrative is so good at keeping you engaged. it works perfectly if done well to make all aspects of the show, the protagonist(s), the antagonist(s) and the viewers intimately linked in thought and emotion. I see the beginnings of this being woven into the show. And it may be the key to this show being simply well-done, and it being memorable and great. Read more…

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