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Yurikuma Arashi – 12 Review

[C12] Yuri Kuma Arashi - 12.mp4 - 00006Wonderful! It only took you twelve episodes and getting caught in a deathtrap together with Ginko! Talk about great timing!

Maybe it should’ve been a sitcom. The way Ginko and Lulu just invite themselves into Kureha’s home (scenes about how Kureha’s house is dusty and how Ginko’s and Lulu’s idea of a nice home includes having frame-hives for bees for example), the haughty class-presidents who constantly die and somehow every new class-president gleefully performs the role the same way (maybe show a scene of the drama-club performing a play called “How to be an evil class-president – And Death”) and a school-president who’s basically a hoarder with all her boxes. You know, make it a fun series instead of this overly serious atmosphere the series had most of the time.

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Cross Ange – 25 Review

[HorribleSubs] Cross Ange - 25 [480p].mkv - 00007Rough going is a given because the nation’s president is busy maintaining a small café for some reason.

So the Mana-people get to play Mad Max among the ruins of their world while the Normas get to enjoy a new life on a nice island with friendly Dragons as neighbors. Guess, that’s karma for you. You’re a racist because a pervert programmed you to be one and then one day you realize: “Fuck, that pervert has really fucked up my life! Seems it’s time I find some way to survive the post-apocalypse!” At the same time, the Normas are busy fucking dudes because how else are they going to save humanity without the necessity of mecha-battles…?

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Aldnoah.Zero – 24 Review

[HorribleSubs] Aldnoah Zero - 24 [480p].mkv - 00004More like… NOTHING was gained by this entire fight!

I’m still waiting for the announcement of a second season. Not because I like this series, but because the second half had the sort of pacing where a second season would be recommendable. And without it you get a shitty ending like the one this episode portrays. This series never has been very inspired in its creative choices but this series’ finale feels almost like a capitulation. Somehow they needed to find a happy end for everyone and so they tried to find one – even if dramatically speaking it’s a weak one.

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Yurikuma Arashi – 11 Review

[C12] Yuri Kuma Arashi - 11.mp4 - 00005After all, love is game for try-hards. It’s why stalking is such a GREAT way to earn love.

Yurikuma Arashi is the only series where after watching it once you can say you’ve seen the series three times already.

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Review-Roundup: Aldnoah.Zero 23, Cross Ange 24

[HorribleSubs] Cross Ange - 24 [480p].mkv - 00004He does…? He has sex with the woman he loves and one of his biggest concerns seems to be to count the number of moles on her inner thigh? And why is this turning into a contest between Embryo and Tusk in the first place? Also, I believe, the audience has seen Ange naked WAY before either of them did – multiple times! And technically Ange’s “first time” has been the unpleasant experience of getting raped by Jill… but nobody in the show talks about that anymore, of course.

Aldnoah.Zero 23: Inaho’s robo-self is killing him because brains and stuff. And Slaine is doubling down on his attempt to ruin Earth because that’s what big boys would do in his situation, he believes. And after listening to the emperor’s final confession, Asseylum is ready to take charge! And so she’s about to marry some dude… again

Cross Ange 24: Tusk talks about sex. Alektra takes revenge on her ex. Chris accepts that she’s simply too whiny to be considered a good person. Sala takes an eternity to finish singing. And the world has ended – as expected. One episode left: You gotta wonder whether they’ll really manage to find a sensible ending for this show with only one episode left.

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Death Parade – 08-10 Review

[C12] Death Parade - 10.mp4 - 00002A very existential perspective as judging for the arbiters is the same as Sisyphus pushing the rock up the hill only to see it roll down the hill again. There’s no point to doing that except the meaning humans would assign to it. Of course, the series is more in favor of the more sentimental opinion that life is meaningful beyond being just some Sisyphean task one simply assigns a meaning to for comfort.  But the series at least makes the effort to turn that into a journey instead to beating the audience senseless with that message.

Death Parade is one of my favorites this season. Yoru no Yatterman is another (which I will review when it’s over… I feel like it’s the kind of series I need to see everything of it before I can talk about it properly) and other than that… Kuroko no Basuke is as entertaining as ever but it’s a hate-it-or-love-it-series (one of the better ones in the ridiculous-anime-sports-genre, though) and Durarara is still as good or as bad as the first season (it’s a series with a very specific style and it does nothing better or worse in the second season). Those are the four series I would recommend from this season (well, from the ones which started in this season, I mean).

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Yurikuma Arashi – 10 Review

[C12] Yuri Kuma Arashi - 10.mp4 - 00001That’s nice and all… but I don’t think that has helped Ginko in ANY way to win Kureha’s heart again. She might as well have talked about worldpeace.

You need a lot of patience for this show. Sometimes it even feels like this series believes its audience to be full of idiots. The way this series can’t stop itself from talking about its one-dimensional characters and straightforward story, you would think each episode is trying to introduce new viewers to the show. Really, whatever happens currently in the series and the reasons that lead to that are all laid out for you each time in every episode. There’s more talk about what I already know than what I don’t know in this series. At the start, the series was still a little mysterious but now the plot is people explaining everything, even the stuff that needed no explanation. And the explanations are frigging boring as well!

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Review-Roundup: Aldnoah.Zero 22, CROSS ANGE 23

[HorribleSubs] Cross Ange - 23 [480p].mkv - 00004Ange’s being as understanding as always…

Aldnoah.Zero 22: Inaho has become robocop. Slaine and Klancain start their own little Game Of Thrones show. And the princesses get very sentimental. Also, there’s a war going on but who cares about that, right?

Cross Ange 23: Great, Ange is back in form! Just in time for the finale, Ange’s ready to be the biggest asshole in any room she’s standing in! Except when it comes to love… Apparently love is the only topic Ange can take serious without becoming a cynical asshole.

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Persona 3 Movie 02: Midsummer Knight’s Dream – Review

[C12]_Persona_3_the_Movie_-_2_-_Midsummer_Knight`s_Dream.mp4 - 00012You would think that Junpei’s reaction is supposed to be humorous due to how exaggerated it us but that’s indeed what the movie seems to hope everyone’s reaction will be. After all, there’s nothing else Ken has to offer as a character besides being a kid and wanting to avenge his dead mother.

Persona 3 Movie 2: Summertime Is Bummertime

I fear there’ll be always a likely chance that a certain Persona-adaptation will end up being directed by Tomohisa Taguchi and because of that it will suck. That guy has directed two Persona-related things and both of them have sucked. This has become for me one of those directors that’s a warning signal more than anything else.

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Yurikuma Arashi – 09 Review

[C12] Yuri Kuma Arashi - 09.mp4 - 00007Guess, Kureha likes to shoot first and ask later…

Good thing this series has Kureha to drive the plot forward. After all, I can’t imagine an ordinary person to change her opinion on things that radically that fast – multiple times! Maybe next week she will hate her classmates again who she had become friends with in this episode because why not, right?

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