Sunday, April 14, 2019

A Quick Summary of Shows that are Worth your Time: Because I'm Daft.

RIGHT SO, REAL QUICK NOW:

Dororo 2019: Last Seen: episode 13
 Hype. Are you ready to suffer for a good story? YES! Then you best get your body ready, and hop on the Pain Train, because wE AiN't GoT NO BRAKES MOTHERFUCKER, TOOT  TOO! wheesh.
 Seriously though, it's honestly not always depressing. They have some very heartwarming stories almost every other episode. A clean(if bloody):
Recommendation

Mob Psycho 100 season2: Last Seen: Complete
 I felt kind of shaky about the first episode or two, but it's actually even better than the first season, if you can believe that! I absolutely loved my main man Reigen's time in the spotlight, getting fleshed out.
Recommended if you already were watching Mob. It's good stuff.

Shield Hero: Is still fantastic, and I'm going to buy literally all of the light novels. 'Nuff said.
 100% Recommendation if you're not a wimp or a Fem-Nazi, because hoo-boi, you gonna hate you a woman so hard, your head might explode.

KONOSUBA Season 1-2: Last Seen: Complete
 So I saw someone post a couple reaction episodes on youtube to this show, liked what I saw, and then ended up binging the entire series, and making myself sad there isn't more.
 It's all comedy, all the way, so it may not be your cup of tea, depending on your personal tastes in humor, but everyone should at least try it hence:
 A sound Recommendation that you at least try it.
Love Kazuma, very well balanced character.
Found the bath scene with Darkness headache inducing though, played that joke out way too long.
(double posting because I didn't have room to tag it in a previous post. Stupid character limit on tags...)

Overlord season3: Last Seen: Complete
 More Overlord, 'Nuff said.
I'm seriously frothing at the mouth trying to get my hands on more of the light novels faster, hunting down fan-translations now.

Reikenzan Eichi e no Shikaku: Last Seen: Season 1+2
 Oddly enough...this turned up in my youtube recommendations. It took me a while to track down the actual name, since it was constantly just called "Powerful Sage". Very annoying. Anywho:
First season is SUPER PRETTY. Second season is SUPER NOT.
 But the story is a bit heavier, and more fleshed out, so I'm happy with both. I'll probably track down the source material for this at some point. I saw a bunch of people complaining about the tone and art shift from 1 to 2, but honestly, the new art style suited the new tone of the story arc they were telling.
 That's my opinion on it anyway, it is still very clearly a budget cut, or new animation studio, or both.
Go give it a try. It was very interesting, but just barely falls short of a Recommendation.

SAO Alicization: Last Seen: Completed
 I've always been a moderate on SAO. The first season is literally just a shounen that thinks its better than being a shounen, but pretty good as a shounen no-brain action flick. The second season with the fairy game is a train wreck, possibly for entirely personal reasons. The Gun Gale season was mildly interesting, and confirms that Kirito has plot armor so thick it can cut bullets.
 Gun Gale Alternative was really cool. I thought so anyway. May just be because interesting things can happen when Kirito isn't on screen, ready to hand-waive everything away with some plot armor.
 Finally, having completed it, and therefore safely being able to render an opinion now that I know it won't suddenly tank...
 It was really good, for having Kirito in it. It took an entire fucking government backed research development team on a fucking man made island, but they finally managed to peel most of the plot armor off of Kirito. Good. Fucking. Work.
 Not that it's in time to matter to anyone. You'd still have to consume the previous shit. GGO Alternate has that going for it, you can literally watch it out of context and its still great.
 If you weren't already planning to watch SAO, I don't know why it having a properly balanced season now, would be the thing to change your mind, but hey now you have my opinion. Do as you will.
Recommendation for GGO Alternative with the Pink Devil, and nothing else. Alicization would get one, if it wasn't dragging the Kirito baggage from the previous seasons for you to watch it. Come to think of it...would I recommend it...if it wasn't being considered outstanding for rising out of mediocrity? Talk about having a really low pedestal to climb to stand out.

Angels of Death: Last Seen: Completed.
Did I not post about this...*searches* I appear not to have. How odd, could have sworn I would have, but it's not tagged if I did. Regardless, this show gets a solid,
Recommendation for good quality suspense and interestingly unique characters. It's certainly an odd mish-mash of genres. My first instinct is to call it horror, but it absolutely isn't. Say what you want about "Another" and its quality, but nobody is going to disagree when you call that a horror story. Several people might if you try to blatantly call Angels of Death one though. I think you should give it a try, it may not be to your tastes, but it was very interesting and suspenseful.

Killing Bites: Last Seen: Completed.
I watched a show called Killing Bites. Now I'm reading a Manga called Killing Bites. I do believe, that means I liked it. It's not trying to be especially serious, but some very serious shit goes down in the story...more than a few times. I really like that despite them usually being quite simple, the characters still get some depth to them, frequently. Not sure how much of that is me bleeding the knowledge from the show and the comic together, but regardless I think you should give the show a try. It plays up its fan service in the visual marketing, but I promise there's a good story and characters in there too.

Morose Mononokean: Top quality, wholesome, simple and fun to enjoy. Reminds me a lot of "Yokai Apartments" in tone. It's not especially complicated, but it gets the job done with a fantastic:
Recommendation.
No action to speak of, it's very light-hearted even if it has its serious moments. It's never really dramatic, but it has the art of telling a soothing and heartfelt story in its pocket, for sure. Give it a shot if you need something more peaceful for a few episodes, it's tragically short, and I'm hoping for a new season at some point. Then again, aren't we all, for one show or another?

Okay...I think that covers all of it!
Probably not. Oh yeah, even if it's a double post, because I can't be bothered to check again, you should know:
Dies Irae: was shit. Dunno if that's the animations fault, or the source materials fault, can't be bothered to care or to check, but some comments were screaming about it being radically wrong and made-up on Crunchyroll, so maybe that's a thing. So if some of it seems good to you, maybe find the source whatever it was. The show crashed and burned hard though.



There. Now I think I've posted something about everything I've been watching/finished I hadn't written about. Hope something good turns up for you!

[New][April 2019] Midnight Occult Civil Servant - Charming and Subtle

How to solve a shit-ton of anime and horror plots.
My man Seo has you covered.

Last Seen: Episode 2

Summary: [Quoted from Crunchyroll (They actually wrote a good summary for once!)]
When Miyako Arata joins the Shinjuku Ward Office, he thinks he's gotten a normal civil servant job. But it turns out he's joined the Night Community Exchange Department, one of which operates secretly in each of Tokyo's twenty-three ward offices. Their job is to resolve occult issues concerning non-human beings. Accompanied by his senpai and department head Sakaki Kyoichi and the occult obsessed Himetsuka Seo, they work night after night, facing beings whose existence defies the laws of our world.

First Impression: Extremely calm and charming. I already liked it within the first 5-10 minutes.

My Opinion: There hasn't really been a lot to talk about for a while...is what I would like to say, but honestly I've been watching a bunch of good shows, and just forgot to post anything here about them. But I loved this show so fast that it made me hyped enough to remember this is a thing I'm suppose to be doing. Woops.

ANYWHO.

Charming. Calm. Normally, when you introduce the supernatural to your character for the first time, they freak out. That our protagonist didn't, was unexpectedly refreshing. I hadn't realized how tired and old that was getting. Having a common response is one thing, have literally no other kind of response in every single story, is aggravating. Viva La Trope, I guess?

Regardless, the story seems quite good and well thought out, but that could just be me really appreciating that it's so calm and soothingly paced. It has only been two episodes after all.

Regardless, just for being inspiring enough to get me to write again, and that I've got a good feeling about this one, (better start digging my own grave now that I've jinxed it), this show gets a high-speed:

Recommendation 

With no strings attached. That hasn't happened in a while without getting me super hyped up like Shield Hero did.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

[New][January 2019] The Rising of the Shield Hero: The Rising of my Hype

HA! Ha ha, HAHAHAH!

Last Seen: Episode 1

Summary: (Paraphrased from MyAnimeList.net)
Stories of old tell of four otherworldly heroes, wielding the sword, spear, bow, and shield who defended the land from wave after wave of calamity. With the fate of the world in balance, the kingdom of Melromarc summons these legendary figures: in modern-day Japan, the call is answered, and the unwitting heroes are transported to this fantasy universe.

Thrust into Melromarc and given the title of "Shield Hero," Casual Otaku Naofumi Iwatani is labeled the weakest due to his lack of offensive capability and apparent inexperience, not having any video game experience like his fellow summoned heroes. When the heroes part ways to start their journeys, he only has one willing companion: the beautiful Myne.

However, things soon go horribly astray, and Naofumi is not only branded a criminal, but
made an outcast of society, with no money or possessions to his name, and no one, and nothing, on his side, but the Shield he cannot remove that brands him as the Shield Hero.
 
With hatred filling his heart, he sets out alone, vowing vengeance against those who wronged him.

First Impression: Standard fantasy material...with a lot of attention to detail. Oh. OH. OH SHIT. Ooh, that got very bad ass, very fast!

My Opinion: This show got amazing, and absolutely enthralling, fast. ... Well, relatively fast. I think it was the studios #1 decision they'll make this year, to have made the first episode double length. If all we had gotten was those first 20 or so minutes of it, I wouldn't have cared much at all. It's attention to detail would have caught my attention, but I wouldn't be literally writhing inside my skull like I am right now, and have been since watching it, with an insatiable craving to see the next episode. That is exceptionally rare these days for me. I love this feeling. The need to see more, to know more, to understand more!

So far, the only complaint I have is a nit-pick, about how fast Naofumi adapts to and begins improvising in his critical state. I mean, there's absolutely plausibility for how he goes about things, and everything he's doing at that point, it just feels like it happened too fast. I'd chock this up to the anime speeding things up. I'd be willing to bet money that a few more transitional mental states occurred in the source material, and some brainstorming to come up with the absolutely fantastic ideas he uses in the later half of the episode.

It goes without saying that this show gets an astoundingly glowing

Recommendationfor its first episode, no strings attached!

[Aside]
On a side note...I've been seeing White Fox Studio's name and logo plastered in the credits of a lot of the anime I've been loving in recent years... This time around, it looks like it's just some staff that was borrowed, but I think I'm going to, for the first time in my life, actually pay attention to and try to follow something/someone's work, instead of exclusively hunting on a unit-by-unit basis like I usually do with books, games, and shows. The only other entity to ever receive my attention like this has been From Software, and I've not regretted that yet. Here's to hoping I don't regret this one either!

Quick Catch Up: Because I'm a forgetful one.


ALRIGHTY THEN.
Seeing as I forgot about this for...*checks time stamps* about 3 months? Let's just quickly catch up on some stuff.
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[Ended] Goblin Slayer: Fantastic. In hindsight, I feel like they could have saved themselves some of the drama if they had provided more build up for that first episode punch in the face. Having received all of the available Goblin Slayer Light Novels as a Christmas present, and having read all of them, I am happy to report:

Goblin Slayer anime is good.
Manga is better.
Light Novel is best.

The Manga takes more time to emphasis the eponymous Goblin Slayer himself struggling to maintain his humanity, and just how monstrous he appears to the Goblins themselves, by stepping inside of their heads more often than the Light Novel does, and basically at all, as far as the Anime goes.

The Light Novels take more time to flesh out the world and properly explain things. If I hadn't already read the Novels by the time I watched the Sword Maiden scenes, I wouldn't have understood basically anything that was going on, and would have wrote most of it off as tasteless fan service. As it is, I still think all of her scenes were rather terribly rushed, especially since I think she's a great character overall, very well put together in motivations and personality.
Still, the anime's not bad in any regard. Just not as polished as I would like it to be.
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[Ongoing, Episode 14] Slime Reincarnation: Why. Aren't. You. Watching. This. Masterpiece.

Once again, I purchased all three books as soon as I finished the second episode, and having done so, I can happily report that the anime is doing an absolutely fantastic job of literally everything. In fact, they may even have done a slightly better job with Shizue's story.

It was mostly done to make it work for a live motion medium like Animation, and I do feel like maybe her story had more punch spread out bread-crumb style like it is in the books, but that most certainly wouldn't have gone as well in an anime. So far the only changes I've noticed have all been quality of life touch-ups, things done to smooth over the adaptation, without damaging the main impact of the story and characters. Hell, it may even have improved at least one scene. The Orc backstory was actually a bit misleading with how it was worded in the book, I didn't realize I had misunderstood until I saw the anime episode equivalent.

The animation is  gorgeous, and I say that as someone who literally couldn't give a rat's ass to a cat to care about graphical appearance 99% of the time. I tend to always drop graphics quality on all of my games first thing, to make sure they run smooth and never risk hiccups while playing. In that context, you should properly understand just how god-damn-me pretty the show is. The last show I remember thinking was this pretty, was Ancient Magus Bride. WATCH THIS SHOW ALREADY, AIGHT?
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[New, Ongoing, Episode 13] SAO Alicization: Eh. It's okay. It's more Kirito, the black hole of Plot Armor, so I don't expect a lot. I actually really like the GGO alternative season they made recently, but I don't have high hopes or anger for mainstream SAO stuff.

I really don't understand how Hyped and/or Rage'y most people get about SAO. It's just a slightly more pretentious shounen show. Shut off some of your brain cells like you do for the rest of the shounen genre, and just enjoy. (I still call bullshit on season ones 'I can hack this Operating System I know literally nothing about!', and the tentacle hentai in a later season, I have not forgiven, I have not forgotten, I just don't fucking care anymore).
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[New/Ended] KONOSUBA season 2: I had to stitch my ruptured sides back together after I collected them from all over the room after I started watching, and then proceeded to binge-watch this, stopping only to go to work, sleep, and maybe occasionally remembering to eat. This show is comedy Grade A gold, and if you've skipped it for whatever or any reason at all, like I did, you owe it to yourself to go back and correct this mistake you have made. By all that is good, this show is amazing. I love it to pieces, and I dearly desire another season. It's straight up comedy genius from start to finish, so don't expect any high-brow deep plot or such, but it has a good story and I really like the main character, and for that matter, pretty much the entire cast. I'm pretty sure you're suppose to hate on Aqua though.
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[New, Ongoing, Episode 14] Majutsu no Index, season 3: HYPE! or I'd like to be.

I'm super glad to finally be getting more of one of my favorites, but jesus there is a lot going on, and its going by fast! I tend to be great at keeping up with things, and even I think they're rushing through a lot of stuff, really god damn fast.

But hey, I got another hit of my Accelerator addiction right into my veins, so whatever, I don't care. Fill the next needle and stick me up baby, I'll take all the side effects and then some for some more of that sweet, sweet, Accelerator goodness!
And yes, that is most assuredly a complete and total personal bias. So sue me.
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[New, Ongoing, Episode 1] Mob Psycho 100, season 2: Tentatively hyped! The first episode started out kind of weak, then got really good really fast. I am most pleased. I expect good things from this show!
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Up next...a proper post for the most hype show currently airing....