I like how Favaro’s biggest problem isn’t the dangerous situations he finds himself in time and time again but how he can continue to conceal from Amira that he has no idea where Helheim is and how to get there.
The one thing that still boggles my mind about this series and Garo are that they are both adaptations. Usually with animes, stuff like mangas and visual novels get adapted and animes seldom diverge from their source-material in a radical fashion. With mangas it’s even less about creating a good anime but rather it’s all about creating animated promotion for the ongoing manga-series it’s based on. And I feel like that the anime-original endings have become less radical in recent years. Less and less it’s impossible to say that the anime does something completely different from what the manga is doing after the point where the anime ended. And so we have Garo and Shingeki no Bahamut where the creators of the source-material are seemingly okay with telling the creators of the anime to just do what they want. I know that a lot of people would like to see the animated version of the manga they’ve actually read rather than a warped version based on what some director or producer got out of it. But if you’ve got a bunch of people working on an anime-adaptation, personally I would be more interested in seeing what they would do with the source-material without being obliged to stay faithful to it.
I assume that’s this series’ witty commentary of a meet-cute turned into a creepy almost-date-rape-scenario. Like, boy meets girl, girl is unconscious and so the guy undresses her, binds her to a bed and sleeps naked next to her. Yep, what a great idea for a cliffhanger!
This series is actually preposterous enough to be kinda interesting. It’s not like M3 which has been just shitty and writing about it was a pain in the ass, so I dropped it. At least, Cross Ange does stuff not many or even no other series would do. Other than that, though, yeah… it’s a real shitshow. No way in hell will I ever give a crap about what happens to Ange or what she’s doing after the way she has behaved in those four episodes until now. And the rest of the cast doesn’t fare much better even if it isn’t as egregious.
Man, now that was a disappointment… I’m really… Sometimes I even wonder whether this series at any point had an idea what to do with Korra. I feel like this series can’t develop her character because it’s not clear to the writers who she would become after such a development. Or at least that’s how it seems to me as the series’ most serious changes to Korra’s character had always been undone later up to this point.
Favaro as he finds out he’s been forced to become a part of a ronin-demon’s personal quest and the consequences it brings with it.
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Garo 01-03: These days living is a shitty thing to do for servants of Makai. With a demon-supporter continuously having the ear of a weak, aging king, all those whose job it is to hunt down and kill demons are now turned into public enemies. Naturally, there’s some emo-teenager who has a big role to play in the fate of that kingdom. Luckily, though, he’s surrounded by a lot of more interesting people.
Shingeki no Bahamut 01-03: Favaro didn’t want to be a hero, in fact, he didn’t want to be anything. What he wanted… well, actually, it didn’t really matter what he wanted because he was rather forcibly dragged into a foolish quest of some demon-girl to go to Helheim. Also, he has a rival who might as well be his best friend.
Akatsuki no Yona 03: Apparently the best way to spend your childhood is to sow the seeds for a love-triangle. Also… thank God for snakes! How else would you want to create drama in the middle of nowhere?
Uhm, I’m not sure whether she’s trying to insult the way Normas live or if she genuinely thinks that’s what the Normas’ life has been like before she came along and fucked things up.
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CROSS ANGE 03: Ange’s a real asshole… but then she becomes a different kind of asshole. Suddenly, though, she turns out to be Chosen One who’s the only one capable of piloting the SUPER-MECHA! Sucks to be you if you’re actually a decent human being in this series’ universe apparently, because it’s all about being the shittiest one of them all (I think, that’s the message of the series).
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 02: Shirou talks to Rin and then they go to a place to talk some more with yet another person present. Fun times!
Okay, I don’t really know what else to write here as an introduction so let’s just continue with the ridiculous, overblown version of “What if Korra had lost her powers and had been treated like a Rocky-reference?”. So… the first season Korra had lost most of her phyiscal prowess but still she faced some arrogant pro-bending-champion and kicked his ass. Everybody loves her again! She even buys Tenzin a talking robot as a birthday-present! But it turns out, the tumultuous Earth-Kingdom has sent the incompetent Queen into an exile during a violent revolution and now the people rule! Naturally that makes the Earth-Union a big threat to the capitalistic Republic-City! Korra doesn’t want to get involved in politics but that’s when she talks with Bolin who doesn’t know what to do with his life after all the adventures he had with Korra. He wants to show the world that his time in the limelight isn’t over – and so he challenges one of the Earth-Unions strongest pro-benders, Lizard, to a fight! Korra is reluctant to get involved in this fight but then agrees to be on the sidelines to offer him advice during the breaks between rounds and whatnot. The fight is a disaster… Bolin gets destroyed! More than that – he dies! She blames herself for this and so she vows revenge. And with that she goes training in the spirit-world away from all of her friends and family. While that champion from the Earth-Union Lizard is basically training to become the first Cosmonaut of the Avatar-univers that also being pumped full of steroids, Korra does traditional, clean training to get herself in shape for the final big battle! And so in the end they face each other! And Korra has no chance against him. She’s not as strong, not as fast and not as experienced in pro-bending. And the crowd in that Earth-Union-stadium loves how Lizard is dominating the fight. But then round for round passes and Korra is not getting thrown off the plateau, round for round she gets pummelled and yet she never gives up! And that’s when the people from the Earth-Union start cheering for Korra instead of Lizard. Inspired by the audience Korra starts a comeback and slowly step by step pushes Lizard back and ultimately throws Lizard off the platform. The crowd cheers and even the politicians from the Earth-Union tear up at this display of perseverance and courage! And in the end Korra proclaims that this fight has shown her that change is possible for all people. everyone can become a better version of themselves tomorrow as long as they would strive for that! And with that the second season ends.
‘The game’s afoot!’ is what’s actually going through Akane’s mind right now. After all, she’s NEVER wrong nowadays when it comes to deductions and investigations.
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Psycho-Pass II 02: The WC-killer isn’t really concerned with the poor state of public restrooms, it turns out. Also, Maki is still a pain in the ass while Akane seems to be the only one doing any serious police-work while also knowing when other people need to do what for the investigation.
Sanzoki no Musume Ronja 01/02: Mattis is the leader of a band of bandits but the real boss of the castle is his wife. The situation doesn’t get much better once his daughter Ronja gets born.
Akatsuki no Yona 02: Yona’s childhood-friend Soo-Won killed the king who was Yona’s father. Nobody can believe it… and so everybody has to double-check with the princess to make sure she knows what she’s talking about. Meanwhile, Hak mercilessly slaughters a lot of people while fleeing the castle with the princess who’s as helpful as a bunch of cucumbers.
Sure, rape as a tool of ensuring dominance, that’s just what animes needed…
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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Bladeworks 01: Emiya is a goody two-shoes with a special ability – which is mostly useless. He had always dreamt of being a hero of justice but all his mundane do-gooding wasn’t good enough for him apparently – and so he finally gets his shot at doing supernatural do-gooding as a girl appears in his garage. She calls him her Master – he’s just sure he’s in for a lot of trouble.
Cross Ange 02: Ange is still a stuck-up princess – but she shows an incredible talent for mecha-action. She still tries to find a way back “home”, though and very physical rape-threats haven’t improved her opinion on that matter.
I feel like in an alternative world Korra would’ve been successful enough to have gotten a deal for multiple seasons after the third. So what happens is that the 4th season basically turns into a Rocky-plot. A professional competitive bender challenges Korra to a duel who’s left weakened after her last battle and her healing-process doesn’t give her the results she wants. Korra ultimately secretly flees from the South-Pole to accept the challenge and arrives in Republic City for the duel. Her challenger is of course an insanely talented Fire-bender who cockily allows her to use all four elements. She battles him round for round, always seeming weaker than him, despite using all four elements, but she never gives up nonetheless. This sequence is full of flashbacks filled with regrets and bad decisions where she alienated her friends and family while also starting to hate herself. And yet she continues until after what seems like an eternity the battle ends as a draw as the rules would dictate. Her challenger flips out and attacks her but that’s when she finally recovers her Avatar-state and kicks his ass easily. Haha, how’s that for a fourth season ^^ ? What a weird world it would be where that would be the fourth season of this series…
I really hope that the “individual vs. society”-theme will be something the whole season will deal with instead of just this episode – because this episode most definitely didn’t do that topic justice.
Before I even come to the review of this episode, I would like to remind everybody that there’s also a movie in the works which will be released next January. And I don’t wanna frighten anyone or anything but the director Shinotani said about this second season that it had been really tough to make. It’s almost as if Psycho-Pass was never supposed to have a second season actually, but because of its phenomenal success the people who created the series were sort-of pushed to do more with the material. And so now we get this second season AND a movie. Let’s hope the second season didn’t suffer because of this ambitious schedule.