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Check-out Station: Aldnoah Zero

October 26, 2014 Leave a comment

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…


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)

Check-out Station: Knights of Sidonia (killing people you just met long before you knew)

What an appropriate final episode for the first season. Too be honest, I thought and expected this show to be a 20+ episode affair. But with the confirmation of a second series my mind is at ease. There was a lot that made me worry about this manga being adapted into an anime, especially with the art style chosen. But it appears for now, that this show is a mild success. A sign that a very dark, atmospheric show with leanings towards hard scifi could make it in the big leagues. Read more…

Check-out Station: Golden Time ep21 – FINAL

Well here I am.  I’m quite late, but not as late as i expected.  It’s been a long time coming.  I originally said that I had high hopes for this series, and that I was looking forward to something dramatic and exciting.  But as I got through this series it got more weird, a less of everything else.  Less romance, more screaming.  Less comedy, and more goofiness.  So then let’s see if this final stretch of the show can redeem Golden Time, and make it truly a memorable show. Read more…

Check-out Station: Wanna Be The Strongest in the World

If there is a higher being watching over me, then I ask them not to let me watch something this crappy again.  It feels like my guardian angel is a heavy drinker and tonight was $1 pitcher night at the pub.  I am forsaken.  This show is forsaken.  And anyone who planned and produced this series needs divine punishment. Read more…

Check-out Station: Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova!

What a pleasant trip this has been. I’ve gone from just looking at previews for this show and thinking it merely an interesting concept that’s doomed to suck, to one of my favorite shows of 2013. Read more…

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