That’s a really stupid superpower to have… This gun has the worst imaginable timing to show its full potential.
Maybe I start blogging another series instead of this one. It’s not a great series after all, more than that, it’s somewhat generic. Sure, there’s enough blood in each episode to fill a swimming-pool but it’s not like beneath all that violence there’s actual dark shit going on. It’s all just the pretentious ticks of a series unable to commit to showing evil that’s worthy of all that gore. Also, Mine’s a tsundere, so… I don’t know… maybe use characters that aren’t stereotypical anime-teenager-characters, if you want to create a truly dark show…?
Man, I never knew that stealing stuff follows the same rules like The Price Is Right…
I can’t imagine any manga-author wanting to see a terrible anime-adaptation of his work. After all, most of the time the source-material is still an ongoing series so in many ways the anime is more of an elaborate ad for the original series. Sure, some directors like Shinbo and Shaft for example try to give the series their own spin but most of the time the anime tries to stay true to the source-material. But imagine stuff like seeing the anime-adaptation of your manga and finding out that someone decided some scene needed more fanservice. Would you be happy that your series gained new readers supposedly based on THAT…? But I guess, you have to sell these animes somehow, if having an artistic vision is something only the hotshot-directors of the anime-business are allowed to have. This time I review:
Aldnoah.Zero 03: Earth’s fucked. Luckily there’s a cool teenager, named Inaho, to unfuck things.
Tokyo ESP: Bad shit’s happening in Tokyo. Where’s the White-Haired Girl, you may ask. No, wait, that’s what the episode asks. What you ask is probably: Who the fuck is the White-Haired Girl?! Well, good that you ask because it’s a rather long story as in that it’s exactly one season long but that’s too long so the story starts shortly before the final couple episodes and then goes back to the beginning where what happened shortly before the finale doesn’t matter at all. Ga-Rei-Zero did a similar thing, so why not do the same thing again, right? After all, it sounds like a GREAT plan…
SAO II 03 – Everybody Wants the D
Well, *that* was surprising! I really enjoyed this episode! Sure, there were some problems (like the entire time Kirito was on screen). However, Sinon’s back-story was played quite well, requiring only a modest suspension of disbelief. SAO 2 is far from being perfect, but this week was definitely a step in the right direction.
This third season has been really good so far. Although after that ending of the 2nd season I really would’ve expected spirits to play a far bigger role than they have done so far. I mean, the spirits play a VERY tiny role so far, although the frequency with which people now meet spirits should have a far bigger impact on human society than is shown in this series. How should humans respond to all these new sentient beings in their environment? Originally I had expected this season to be about that. But what this season has delivered instead seems to be more interested in the personal change of various characters. And trying to tackle such personal issues really has helped this season to create some interesting little stories.
That’s a rather weird approach from Lisa to research the Oedipus-story. Wouldn’t you rather grab the encyclopaedia or even better yet… use the fucking internet?! And if she’s already committed to reading up on the Oedipus-story, why did they show her reading the manga-adaptation?
Zankyou no Terror is daring. That 9/11-imagery from the first episode and then the second episode covers another bombing already, this series really doesn’t want you to forget it’s about terrorism… not that it has become clear what’s actually going on in the heads of Nine and Twelve. I don’t think it’s a great series right now but it’s certainly not generic. From its tone to the fact that it has put two teenage-terrorists at the centre of the story. It’s still interesting to watch… but it’s not very entertaining so far.
Glasslip 03 – Homegirl Still Can’t Drive
Why on earth did I pick this series to review?? This week’s installment of Glasslip was the most bland thing I have seen all week. Not only did Yukinari’s dramatic confession have absolutely no real effect on the characters, the series revealed absolutely nothing about Touko’s psychic powers.
After all, everybody knows that a girl’s value rises and falls with how cute she is. That’s the ONLY way for girls to be worthy of any guy’s interest.
It’s great to be a male love-interest in a shoujo-series! Really, NOTHING is the guy’s fault, he just can be an asshole and look down on the women who are interested in him. After all, he’s way too cool and deep to stoop to a normal person’s sensibility for social interactions. It gets even better if the guy has a dark past. There’s no better way to be pretentious than to say “You just don’t get me.” while having this dark past lurking there in the background unmentioned. Being considered cool was never easier! That guy just has to wait for the female main-character to do all the plot-work for the romance to happen! So, here are the two series, I will cover this time:
Ao Haru Ride: A long time ago Futaba was a good, cute girl that was naturally hated by all girls but nowadays she’s an integral part of the girl-yakuza to escape that hatred. She even had a boyfriend-in-waiting once! Except that the guy stood her up and then disappeared into a jungle or wherever the fuck he was going. Enjoying her life as an unattractive girl-gorilla she suddenly meets her former boyfriend-but-not-exactly-that again. And he turned into a real sourpuss! But Futaba starts to question her descent into girl-barbarism as she rediscovers her feelings for the knight-in-shining-armor whose head got stuck in his own asshole.
Hanayamata: Naru is convinced that she sucks at being alive but she has good friends that she supports wholeheartedly. Getting closer to suicide with each meandering day, one night is about to change her life forever. While slavishly following someone else’s wishes again, she meets a weird girl who immediately decides to start dancing with Naru. Weirded out by the girl because she looked very UN-JAPANESE, Naru at first tries to distance herself from this newcomer. But this American girl called Hana convinces Naru to join her Yosakoi-club and for the first time in Naru’s life she feels like she has found something she can devote herself to. And with that her great friendship with Hana begins.
What a nice thing to say! I bet, anyone would like to hear that sort of compliment!
Oh man, well, that could’ve gone better. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a story about a bunch of people that try to kill another bunch of people…? That can be something special! Like… I don’t know, maybe someone slips on a banana-peel or something. That would be something worth watching, right? No, wait, Akame ga Kill wants to be a really dark series, so scratch that. What I meant to say was: Like… I don’t know, maybe someone slips on a DARK banana-peel or something. There we go! That’s more like it! Seriously, have you ever held a banana that’s already darkened? That will be the most creepy thing your hand will ever feel! If that isn’t the stuff edgy stories are made of, I don’t know what is! But sadly… Akame ga Kill had no banana-peels, neither darkened nor unripe green… It’s a missed opportunity!
For such a simple message, there sure are a TON of scenes in the second episode, simply repeating this line in terms of tone and actions.
Aldnoah may not be very blunt about it but so far… it’s a mecha-series. Challenging odds, tons of battles, big speeches about war and peace and the type of drama that could be easily solved by a reasonable dialogue: Aldnoah has it all! Except…! Its first two episode… actually, make that its first THREE episodes, are a prologue. Considering how the series has yet to say why anyone should give a shit about it, that’s a rather ballsy move.
SAO II 02 – All About Crotches
I didn’t have very high expectations for SAO 2 following the vomit-worthy ALO arc of the first season. Even considering that, this episode didn’t impress me. I want to enjoy this series, but it’s probably going to take a while until the bad taste of SAO 1 leaves my mouth.