Posts Tagged ‘Spring 2014 anime’

AniFriday Issue #20: July 4th, 2014 (I get everything I want, except for a vacation)


It’s a holiday, so I don’t really have too much to say.  Hopefully while you’re reading this, I’m eating blue crabs and chilling with my family.  If I’m not doing that, then I’m at work, or fretting over what I’m going to start watching for this upcoming Summer anime season.  I always found it interesting how the anime seasons start not when you expect the actual seasons to start, but at a point where you can’t deny what season it is.  I you’re watching an anime in July, it’s clearly a summer anime.  If you start watching a new show in October, you can’t deny it’s fall and that usually the weather will be appropriately  matching.  It’s not like some other activities where you go, “GEEZUS!  It’s really too hot for football!”  Or “how is hockey even a playable sport right now?”  It’s not like a sale either, where you see the phrase summer sale and wonder what the f*ck they mean when it’s just barely May.  Nope!  So while anime does specifically signal any particular season, at  least in its own strange round about way, it’s a clear sign of the seasons when new ones start appearing. Read more…

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-in Station: Chaika the Coffin Princess ep4 (I am man, she is loli!)

Watching this episode, I was a little bit surprised at Chaika’s reticence towards conflict.  I know she doesn’t want it, but she seemed extremely apprehensive given her life goal is to retrieve those remains.  Good grief, I wonder how much farther she would have gotten if not for Toru and Akira?  In contrast, I do admire Toru’s professionalism.  He’s trying to be nice and respectful while attempting to balance his need to be efficient and opportunistic to do his job as a saboteur.  I’m sure he didn’t want to incite conflict either, both because he was saved by the same woman he’d have to fight to the death, and because  she is supposed to have a dragoon on her side to match her skill and its easy access to magic.  By the halfway point of this episode, the group is already in a very awkward situation, probably hoping they could assume the role of scoundrels and thieves again so that they may more easily obtain their goal. Read more…

Knights of Sidonia ep11: and then suck happens

June 23, 2014 2 comments

All the theories and pseudo-science of this show will have to wait, this episode is purely focused on survival. The Gauna themselves may not seem to be able to communicate with humans, but I get the feeling that they’re just as desperate as the humans at this point. I mean, how else could you take an action like tossing a planet at something? Read more…

Knights of Sidonia ep10: watch as your delicious world of ignorance melts away

June 17, 2014 1 comment

There are reasons for keeping things behind a locked door. Security, safety, secrecy, greed, even a slight buffer of time; all these reasons apply to this episode of Knights of Sidonia. And I think a hundred generations of humanity living on this colony has made people forget that sometimes that door is there for their own safety.

Secrets, secrets, secrets; this show has always been about Read more…

Knights of Sidonia ep9: the girl of your dreams is a tentacle monster; how ironic

June 8, 2014 2 comments

The following post is a little bit different.  I had to go with a more note-driven presentation this time around since I watched this episode at the butt crack of dawn.  Hope you don’t mind. Read more…

AniFriday Issue #17 (June 6th, 2014): all you can eat buffet of creepypasta

June 8, 2014 1 comment

There must be a special on creepy this week.  Almost every anime episode I watched this week had some creepy as hell sh*t in it.  From some guy bragging about how much he enjoys using a toilet that uses a pig to clean your butt, to evil mirror hopping murder monsters, to government lackeys who enjoy being way to far inside an alien girls personal bubble, to a magical familiar who just stares at teenagers with murderous intent.  It’s anime, so it’s a rule that it’s always weird, but even that stuff has its awkward moments among the awkward moments.  And all this crap is obscuring the death of a character I really liked!  Damn you anime weirdness!  You make everything uncomfortable! Read more…

Knights of Sidonia ep8: there will come a day when you will have to make this same decision

June 1, 2014 1 comment

Is it a trend this week for show’s to give me what I want. I’ve already read the manga up to this point and way beyond, but a lot of material is still fuzzy to me. I don’t remember this information at all. The names Benisuzume, Ochiai and placenta Hoshijiro definitely ring a bell. In my head, it signals that the show has already headed down a dark(er) path. Read more…

Knights of Sidonia ep7: now things get nasty

May 26, 2014 4 comments

I don’t know how Nagate does it.  Guilt or not, I would have taken the time to break every bone and joint in Norio’s body, or die trying.  I don’t find much more astonishing and disgusting things than putting one’s personal goals and glory above the lives of others.  I’ve seen many a TV show, movie or play try really hard to make me hate a character and just fail.  I have no such issue with Knights of Sidonia. Read more…

Knights of Sidonia eps 5 & 6: we don’t need heroes, we don’t need champions; we need bodies

Knights of Sidonia

Episode 5

I knew I wouldn’t have a lot to say about this episode the moment I knew the set up. Quiet episodes like these certainly can be fun to watch, but when it comes to the actual events, not a ton is actually happening. The show is nice enough though to give us some background while we’re watching Nagate and Shizuka struggle to survive and drink pee.

It seems that humanity encountered the Gauna race about six hundred years ago or so. They also found the only material that is capable of killing the gauna around that time. It seems clear that the gauna eventually descended upon Earth before either destroying it, or forcing the humans to destroy their own planet to contain the threat – which did not work. Now these things still stalk the galaxy for humanity.

Something that seems to recur in the narrative is Read more…

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