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Ghost in the Shell: Arise 04 – Ghost Stands Alone – Review

[THORA] GITS OVA4 Arise mtHD 10bit CRF24 Sub.mkv - 00002Mokoto’s work-philosophy: Doing a shitty job and not giving a shit about the consequences.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise 04 – Teamwork Is The Best Kind Of Work

I didn’t know that the series would already end with this movie. I mean, having seen the movie, I don’t feel like this series has accomplished anything of note. It isn’t a fresh take on Ghost in the Shell and it definitely didn’t measure up to the standard set by the Stand-Alone-Complex-series. The whole movie-series really is just a neat idea that would reasonably sell well due to its association with the GitS-franchise. But the series itself hasn’t offered anything that would explain why anyone in this world needed to see this.

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Zankyou no Terror – 11 Review

[HorribleSubs] Zankyou no Terror - 11 [480p].mkv - 00001*gasp* It’s almost as if Sphinx aren’t actually terrorists to begin with…!

At the beginning of this season, I definitely looked at Zankyou no Terror as a contender for the best series of this season. It had potential and if anything this series did show these seeds of potential. In the end, though… the only award it could get is for the most pointless ending.

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Psycho Pass: Extendend – Review

[HorribleSubs] PSYCHO-PASS Extended Edition - 04 [480p].mkv - 00003I think that’s one of the few times where an anime has handled a somewhat sexual joke quite well.

I’m definitely going to review the second season of Psycho Pass that will soon air, I think (it’s airing in the upcoming Fall-season, right?). And so for that purpose I have been following this Psycho-Pass: Extended version. If you think about it, it’s an intriguing format. Rather than to deliver extra-content as a blu-ray-extra (or even DVD-extra), the series basically aired a second time but with new added scenes. That’s most certainly not something every series should do to promote its second season. I mean, first of all most second seasons nowadays are just a 2-cours-series that has been split in half. I mean, first of all, I’m really curious whether this second airing of Psycho Pass with additional scenes makes any money for the studio. I don’t see how it can. Only the real fans will watch it and those few who are curious. DVD/Blu-ray-sales won’t be really improved because whoever would have wanted that DVD/Blu-ray-set would’ve already bought it at that point. I can only imagine that Psycho Pass is considered a great success. One should note, though, that during Noitamina’s 2014 Noitamina line-up announcement two of Psycho-Pass’ characters ranked really high in the popularity-votes (source). So, I guess that a lot of people think that the second season will be a smash-hit due to the popularity of the second season.

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Zankyou no Terror – 08-10 Review

_C12__Zankyou_no_Terror_-_08.mp4 - 00001I don’t think an ordinary person would have plutonium to begin with…

*sigh* Well, that wasn’t spectacular. Sure, it wasn’t like I had high expectations or anything but I thought, the series would at least be able to deliver some decent amount of depth with its third act. Instead, what we’ve got was Japanese people struggling to insert Western cheese into an anime. And it seems those people don’t seem to understand how or why that particular Western cheese was made, the same which they are now unwittingly using in this series. I had hoped the series would be able to deliver some revelations that would give the whole series more coherence and depth and I feared stuff like what’s happening right now would happen. It’s not the worst-case-scenario at least but it’s also far away from the best-case-scenario. For all its interesting elements, I don’t think anyone will think of it much in a year or so.

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Aldnoah.Zero – 09-12 Review

_C12__Aldnoah_Zero_-_11.mp4 - 00000Just one of the interesting setting-aspects this series sadly didn’t explore more: The fact that the technologically superior Vers-Empire has actually a more primitive societal system than the people on Earth.

And with this my holiday-break has ended! Maybe I will write a post about my holiday in Scotland, especially since I was right there during the Independence-Referendum which was quite the experience. You don’t see stuff like that every day after all! But back to animes (professionalism and all that, you know…). Like last season I really have paid no attention to the anime-previews for next season. I just watch the 1st episode of everything and see what interests me. I mean, this summer-season has been the first time I did this and I don’t think like I really missed out on anything in particular. But first: Aldnoah.Zero. Before I tackle the review I want to clarify one thing: Yes, there will be a second season – and it will air in the Winter season 2015. Now here’s the review!

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Review-Roundup: Aldnoah.Zero 08, Akame ga Kill! 08

_C12__Akame_ga_Kill_-_08.mp4 - 00001Sure, analysing other battles the minute they happen always takes top-priority – even if that means stopping your own battle, it seems.

Look, maybe I’m slightly spoiled by having watched Legend Of Korra’s new season recently… but when Liver talks about how his Imperial Relic allows him to freely manipulate water I can’t help but feel immensely disappointed about how that episode interprets that ability and what one can do with it. And don’t even get me started on how that fight made sense in a universe that supposedly has the same laws of physics as our universe…

This time around, I review:

Aldnoah.Zero 08: Guess Slaine just cannot catch a break in this series. Meanwhile, everybody’s fine with the Martian princess being alive and being on a Terran ship and so on. I mean, she’s a naive, beautiful princess in danger! Of course, nobody has a problem with her!

Akame ga Kill! 08: A dude is fighting some other dude and that other dude who’s fighting another dude is kinda the student to that first dude who’s fighting that other dude. But then this dude dies and his dude-student has to show off his manliness because he’s a real dude, you know! In the end the dude-student cries like a little girl – but it’s fine! Nobody’s around to see it so his manliness is still intact!

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Zankyou no Terror – 07 Review

[C12] Zankyou no Terror - 07.mp4 - 00004Actually, why ARE Nine and Twelve called terrorists in the first place…?! Time was when you needed a cause to become a terrorist.

I really don’t have the patience anymore to put up with this series’ bullshit. After seven (of 11 or so) episodes I’m still not sure what the story is supposed to be. Sure, I can guess. There are a couple hints –  but there’s nothing definite. And if a series does SO little to explain its story, I really don’t feel like doing the work for it. Even if my experience with various tropes would help me to fill in the blanks for this series flawed storytelling, I really wouldn’t think that this would be an excuse for what this series is doing. And yet here we are: 7th episode – and still there’s no significant story-beat to put all this nonsense in order. One thing I suspect is happening here after reading this interview of the series’ director Watanabe is that this series wants to be like an US-action-TV-show – except that it’s in Japan and that it has anime-elements like its reliance on teenager-protagonists for example. But due to the fact that Watanabe (or one of the other writers) don’t really understand what makes the shows tick that inspired this series, Zankyou no Terror has become the shallow affair that it is.

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The Legend Of Korra: Book Of Change – 12/13 Review

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And so the third season of Legend Of Korra ends. I’m still feeling surprised by how good this season has been. I mean, it’s not like this is the first series that took its time to become good. There are plenty of those out there. But despite that it’s still always a surprise (albeit a pleasant one) when you watch this series that shows no signs of being good or improving for that matter but then all of a sudden… it actually IS good. Look, as a media-savvy person it’s easy to see the potential in certain plot-hooks, characters and whatnot which leads to certain expectations and that then leads to disappointment when the series doesn’t deliver (by either making those expectations come true or actually surprising me). So, the series is bad. There’s no way around, you gotta admit to yourself that this series you had high hopes for is kinda bad. You keep watching and all of a sudden the series gets good, REALLY good. Well, the question then becomes: What do you think of the series as a whole? I mean, I like this third season – but would I recommend the SERIES to anyone? After all, mathematically two thirds of this series are still not that great. Well, personally I think I actually would NOT recommend the series. This third season is great and all that but… the previous two seasons definitely aren’t the sort of thing I would recommend.  In the end, the third season just has really bad timing. The sort of quality it has brought to the table really has come far too late.

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Akame ga Kill! – 04-07 Review

_dn92__HorribleSubs__Akame_ga_Kill__-_07__720p_.mkv - 00002Sure, that’s how you handle sadness: You just beat it out of yourself!

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-boy Inaho.

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