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Akame ga Kill! – 04-07 Review

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Is the Capital actually worth saving? The way I see it, 60% (at least!) of that city are insane, evil people who need to be killed by Night Raid. I don’t even know why anyone would even wanna live in the Captial with all those psychopaths around! And this so-called Revolutionary Army? Well, good for them that they can sit on their asses in safety while Night Raid does their dirty work. All the busywork and none of the glory – no wonder Tatsumi wants to be a member of Night Raid!

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Aldnoah.Zero – 05-07 Review

[C12] Aldnoah Zero - 05.mp4 - 00002That’s easy for him to say. After all, he’s on a guilt-trip. As for the rest of humanity I will hazard a guess and say: No, actually dying is kinda always a bad thing.

Doesn’t the Vers-Empire have anything better to do than to invade Earth and wreck the place? They’re on Mars for God’s sake, fucking Mars! They’re in the SAME solar system as Earth! All this fancy Aldnoah-shit and they still haven’t even managed to colonize other solar systems apparently! And who the hell designed those Martian Kataphrakts…? And why would you let those be piloted by egocentric pricks who probably can’t even spell the word ‘teamplay’…? I really question the way the Vers-Empire conducts warfare in this series… No wonder they can be bested by that little wonder-body Inaho.

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The Legend Of Korra: Book Of Change – 10/11 Review

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Zaheer really doesn’t make a good case for anarchism, does he? Apparently mankind’s first instinct is looting when an important government-figure dies. “The tyrant is dead! Long live the reign of ‘survival of the fittest’!” may be a fitting slogan for Zaheer’s little “revolution” but you certainly won’t earn any peace-Nobel-prizes with that kind of philosophy. And then Zaheer goes on to threaten the “Air-Nation”, the only nation in the whole world without any significant hierarchical problems. Seriously, he better has some big-ass plan as to what he wants to do with the Avatar once he has captured her or otherwise he’s kinda pathetic in terms of being some sort of “political visionary”.

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Zankyou no Terror – 05/06 Review

[HorribleSubs] Zankyou no Terror - 05 [480p].mkv - 00002Sure, but some cautionary tales really work better without any empirical evidence.

What does this series actually want to appear like to its audience? The thing that really confounds me about this series isn’t what is going on or what character fulfils what roles, it’s the simple question what the purpose of all this is supposed to be. At the beginning the series was too mysterious to answer that question. The series really just pondered about its own meaning for four episodes without reaching a conclusion or some other form of answer. Instead, this evil girl gets dropped into the action and now everyone’s panicking that the price to actually finding the answer to that mystery may be too high. At least, as long as it requires for someone really villainous to hunt down the “terrorists”. I don’t know… Nine and Twelve aren’t exactly hero-material and they aren’t anti-hero-material either because it isn’t clear what their deal is. So, right now the series really just wants you to cheer for the lesser of two evils here. And maybe this would be interesting if the series had actually already addressed the important question of what the hell is going on in this series.

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The Legend Of Korra: Book Of Change – 09 Review

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I actually think Asami is going to die. Bear with me. Look, I know there’s NO evidence for her dying within the series but I would like to believe that the series has something more up its sleeve for its finale than some rowdy anarchists. And the way the series treats Asami these days I don’t think she’ll stay relevant much longer anyway without a dramatic death-scene. I mean, it can’t be just Korra kicking Zaheer’s ass in the last episode of this season, right? There needs to be something more for that conflict. And the death of a person close to Korra is exactly the kind of stuff that would spice things up a little.

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Zankyou no Terror – 04 Review

[HorribleSubs] Zankyou no Terror - 04 [480p].mkv - 00004What a witty metaphor! Seriously, this series desperately needs some self-awareness when it comes to referencing present-day-stuff.

Zankyou no Terror isn’t a series I hold in high regard right now. It’s competent, it’s ambitious, it has a good direction and it clearly has something say to the audience (who knows at this point if anyone actually wants to hear what that message is) but the story… It’s not very complicated. And it’s not because there aren’t layers to this series’ story, it’s because the series shies away from embracing its own story. It languishes in the presentation of its premise while not really moving forward to the next stage of that premise. The series doesn’t have any deep drama or characters being able to push the plot forward. The pacing is VERY slow so far and even if the series gets better at nailing all the facets of its themes, there’s still an obvious lack of story-development. Also, I’ve already said that this series’ finale will ultimately decide whether all this will be worth it but watching this on a weekly basis shows that that’s more something you should do in a movie and not in a series. In a movie you can have over an hour of seemingly insignificant plot only to make it all seem important with one really good plottwist.  But with a series you have to build up attachment and investment in smaller doses instead of going for the one big reveal that completes the whole puzzle. But I don’t think Zankyou no Terror is aware of that.

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Aldnoah.Zero – 04 Review

_C12__Aldnoah_Zero_-_04.mp4 - 00005Wait, why is the alcoholic war-veteran the only one dispensing sensible strategic and tactical advice among all those military-people? Also, why are all the other relevant military-characters in this series women? Why is Marito the only one who seems somewhat competent among all those military-people that have been introduced until now…?

Zankyou no Terror really reminded me of the whole nuclear history Japan has. It’s a tragic history… which means it’s great material to use in fiction! This episode, for example: The imperialistic Martian Vers-Empire destroys Tokyo with meteors that form a mushroom-like cloud just so that they can claim ownership of another part of the world. Look, I would like to think this is more a series trying to play with history-based imagery than actually engaging with historical commentary, but who knows… this is the fourth episode. It doesn’t have to mean anything really! Just look at Man Of Steel and how that movie used 9/11-imagery. That movie didn’t really have anything to say about the whole 9/11-incident and still it used that imagery.

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The Legend Of Korra: Book Of Change – 08 Review

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Three seasons. The writers of Legend Of Korra had three fucking series – and they STILL haven’t learned how to write good villains. The villain of the first season appeared to be somewhat interesting but ended up being a disappointing fake. And the one in the second season was SO obviously evil, it was just stupid how Korra had even trusted him for a second. And the third time around? Well, they’re obviously evil but that’s not really the problem. The problem is them running around most of this season for whatever reason and doing nothing noteworthy. They’re just the setup for a finale that hasn’t happened yet. Who knows if they actually will be able to carry the finale for this season…

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Review-Roundup: Zankyou no Terror 03, Sailor Moon Crystal 02, Tokyo Ghoul 02-04

[C12] Tokyo Ghoul - 03.mp4 - 00001Apparently humanity’s solution in their battle against ghouls is to hire humans who are even creepier than the ghouls.

Just as a heads-up for those few who weren’t already aware of it: Nickelodeon has cancelled the last five episodes of Legend Of Korra’s third season. I will review the last episode to air tomorrow. The creators of the show have already announced, though, that the series will continue on Amazon or whatever other site is desperately chasing the future of digital Internet-Streaming-TV these days.  But now as for the series I will review here:

Zankyou no Terror 03: Nobody so far seems to have an Oedipus-complex but Nine and Twelve still pose riddles to the police-force like they’re the Sphinx. Only now Shibasaki is the boss. After all, his smartness has never brought him anything but trouble anyway, so it’s no wonder that he gladly chooses to get involved.

Sailor Moon Crystal 02: Education is brainwashing and smart girls have no friends – The Sailor Mercury Story.

Tokyo Ghoul 02-04: Kaneki hates being a half-ghoul and all the drawbacks this existence brings. But it’s not like he can change back and so he has no choice but to learn how to live with this burden. But even as a superstrong ghoul shit doesn’t happen less, actually shit happens now way more often in Kaneki’s life since he had become a ghoul.

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Akame ga Kill! – 03 Review

[C12] Akame ga Kill - 03.mp4 - 00003That’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…?

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