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There are SO many animes that start out with poor characters who make this kind of joke. But seriously what’s supposed to be so funny about someone being so poor that he goes hungry throughout the day…?
I guess guns do solve some problems, monster-problems for example. But in this case it takes a special bullet because you always want to use the special bullet for such special occasions like shooting a monster, right? And those Gastrea-Kaiju-wannabes are really something damn special. Because they are also a plague! Like a nasty cold your co-worker has that makes him bark like a dog the whole day because so repetitive his sneezes and coughing has gotten that his metabolism gets reduced to making these pathetic animal-like sounds… and there’s snot, it’s just everywhere, he apologizes, out of breath from all the sneezing and he wipes the snot hurriedly away but you KNOW… you KNOW it’s there, you can see the stains in the light left from the wiping, you KNOW but you look at the clock and you know that you can’t leave for another four hours and after that it won’t matter what you KNOW because now you have the same cold your co-worker has…. And that’s basically what the Gastrea-plague was like, I imagine. Only with less snot and more monsters.
Not only that this guy is rude to her because he thinks she’s poor. No! He then continues to act as if poverty is contagious and pushes her away. That strange superstition is supposed to be a joke… I guess? It’s certainly weird how Nike isn’t complaining to the sun king about this.
This series is supposed to target girls, I just want to make this clear. I really can’t say this often enough in this case because there’s something really strange with this series. On the surface it’s about a princess coming to a far-away kingdom to marry the king there but… Okay, I didn’t know that this is a thing in the Shoujo-Genre but this series has done it: Soredemo Sekai wa Utskushii’s central romantic relationship is based on an Oedipus Complex!
I don’t think there’s any murderer in the history of mankind who has used THAT to get close to his target… Also, Akuma no Riddle’s interpretation of this effect is one of the assassins claiming that her birthday is one day after the day the victim-girl’s birthday is. I’m pretty sure that there’s a bit more to it than that.
I think this kind of mystery-thriller is an actual genre when it comes to animes. Chasing Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None it’s always about a group of people who are in some way involved with at least one of them trying to commit murder. Umineko no Naku Koro ni is certainly one of the better ones in that genre and I think it’s telling that Akuma no Riddle just strips away the mystery-part and just goes straight for thriller-action. And Yuri, it just needed to be Yuri as well, of course. I mean, the Yuri-part just makes as much sense as killing someone by letting him or her attend classes while planning to kill that person.
I guess, Peco has never heard of the infamous training-arcs shounen-anime so often like to use for everybody and his dog – talent or not.
Sports-animes weren’t always something I’ve enjoyed but over the years watching animes they really have grown on me as a genre. They are often quite straightforward and I would even say oftentimes deliver a better representation of the stereotypical shounen-genre-themes than fantastical battle shows like Naruto or Bleach do for example (mostly on account of not being forced to do bullshit-worldbuilding). Naturally this excludes Adachi’s work who mixed slice-of-life, romance and sports basically all the time in his series in various ways (often to the detriment of one particular element). It’s weird that this hasn’t become the standard-model for sports-series… well, then again all his series took multiple seasons to finish and nobody wants to commit to that these days… not even Adachi apparently whose last few series seem kinda meandering (Mix) or just plain absurd (Q & A). Well, enough about that, this is supposed to be about Ping Pong, a series I actually quite like.
The one good thing about Chaika’s “riveting” way of talking is that it really saves time. It’s unbelievable how few words are necessary when you reduce it all to simply blurting out the bare essentials!
Hitsugi no Chaika 01/02 – A Quest Of Sentimental Necrophilia
Welcome back to Otakuness Anime Reviews, guys! After a bit of a hiatus the blog you maybe know or haven’t actually ever heard of before is back! I’m M0rg0th, one of the writers on this blog (obviously, I guess…) and the biggest public recognition I’ve gotten was being mentioned on 4chan for a review I’ve written that everybody hated because I hated the series everybody liked for some or no reasons (long story short: it was the internet being the internet). Anyway, the first series I will review here is rather randomly chosen, it’s just one of those new ones I’m watching this season. Also, I’ve seen Scrapped Princess (which I actually like quite a bit) and was therefore interested to see how this one would turn out. Let’s see what I’ve thought of it, shall we?
Imagine this: Two little sisters who are princesses sitting on a sunny morning in the backyard of their school at a table eating with a fork and knife talking about how fun it is to be a pirate. Yeah, never imagined that to be the kind of thing I would get to see in a series about pirates…
Mouretsu Pirates 19 – Another Important Lesson About Friendship
I wasn’t a big fan of Mouretsu Pirates at the beginning because I thought the show’s concept of piracy was rather stupid and had nothing to do with piracy whatsoever. Then the characters kinda grew on me and I started to like the show a little bit and I expected the show to start getting serious at some point. So far – it didn’t. And now looking back I have to admit that I liked the show best when I was satisfied with it being happy-being-about-nothing. But the show didn’t do a good job of showing what it really wants to be about anyway. Remember that episode in the beginning when Marika’s mother talks about the responsibility that comes with having a big gun in your hands? Jesus, that’s so dark! A dozen episodes later we see a girl from Marika’s school accidentally press the fire-button on the Bentenmaru and everyone laughs about it like it’s funny or something. Where was the responsibility in that moment…? Mouretsu Pirates just isn’t the gritty realistic show about pirates in space it might want to be considering these intros we get to listen to in each episode. At times it just may be the closest thing we ever gonna got of seeing “K-ON!… in space!!”.
It’s weird, who’d buy this explanation when your hair had a normal colour until it changed suddenly into a freaky turquoise. “Yeah, your mother had the same… it’s fine.” No, it isn’t! He still has a strange hair-colour nobody else shares with him! Shouldn’t he ask himself instead who his mother really was? She obviously wasn’t a normal person…
Eureka Seven Ao 05 – Random Side-Characters Dying Isn’t A Cliffhanger
Eureka Seven Ao has been a solid series so far, I have to say. It’s nothing outstanding but the characters do what they’re supposed to do, the setting is good and the story develops nicely so far. It’s just that there’s nothing to it. You have all these things and they’re well-executed but they lack meaning. There’s no real impact behind the information this series is giving. The depth which would enable to get into the series’ mindset is missing. I think that’s the one big thing that keeps this series from being as awesome as it could be. Because as far as the surface is concerned it’s a great shounen-series. It just has nothing to offer beside the generic front so far.
I still consider it a plothole that Tsubaki went for the drool. Who the hell would do that?! Nobody sees drool and thinks ‘I wonder what it tastes like…’. Seriously we all have drool enough of our own, nobody need to go around trying to taste other people’s drool – especially not those lying around on tables and whatnot.
Mysterious Girlfriend X: Drool Can Replace A Lot Of Things In A Relationship
One thing I’m secretly glad about is that the drool is either sweet, causes Tsubaki or Urabe to bleed from their nose or make them dream about strange scenarios. Because think about it: It could be far creepier. Imagine a story where Tsubaki starts talking like some kind of Wine-expert who describes Urabe’s drool with very specific and lengthy metaphors. Every time the series has yet another sunset-coloured scene of Tsubaki doing the drool-routine with Urabe it conjures poetic imagery of what happened that day while the audience is thinking “Who expected that tasting another person’s drool would turn this kid into Shakespeare…”. And then the series would extend it to other persons and their problems, Tsubaki would know the amount of money his sister owes the bank – by tasting her drool. He would learn the answers to the Maths-test – by tasting the teacher’s drool. He would have weird Freudian dreams about himself – by tasting his own drool. And all that accompanied by poetic lengthy monologues of how the drool tasted in each case. Well, that would be my take on the premise at least. Of course that won’t happen in this series because Tsubaki doesn’t have any guts and Urabe has enough guts for the two of them.
If anything the first two episodes of including Eureka in the plot with a lot of flashbacks and hints at her presence like Ao’s turquoise hair and Nirvash’s reaction to Ao piloting it. That makes it all the more interesting to see how big her role in this story will be even if she’s just a figure from the past.
Eureka Seven Ao 02: The Anime Where Turquoise Hair Is Actually Weird
Eureka Seven Ao is a really visually stunning series. Along with Fate/Zero II and Aquarion Evol this series knows how to impress visually. That’s just another thing it shares with Eureka Seven. What Eureka Seven didn’t have was a tsundere with serious health-problems talking ominously about the future. Yeah, I’m talking about Naru who is kinda the moral support for Ao and weeps for him if he starts whining about his turquoise hair. Strangely he remembers his mother dying her hair so… isn’t that inspiration enough to do the same? He doesn’t need the turquoise hair to save the world, does he? But no, what does he do? He runs to a lonely place and gets all mushy staring at the sea. In the first episode I expected him to have turquoise hair only when piloting Nirvash but now it seems like he’s tuck with the terrible hair. He could shave off the hair, too, now that I think of it, becoming a Buddhist monk. Not that it will happen but I sure hope he won’t be whining about his turquoise hair again because there are options.