Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 38: A Certain M

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Labyrinths of Astoria [ Hydra Main Routes ]

So a young adult with an obsession with Greek mythology alongside romance would probably be the ideal candidate for a game where you can date figures from Greek mythology, right? As it happens this game was exactly the kind of thing people like myself would love. They couldn’t have aimed this one better, as soon as I heard it was coming out I essentially freaked out. There was nothing I could do but just eagerly await the entire experience. I can happily say- this game met a lot of my expectations.

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First off, I’m in love with the mythology the game created. The gods just are, the mythology just is, and their powers are manifested in ‘auras’ that they can wield. Then you have H.E.R.A., the organization essentially meant to monitor that and keep an eye on them. You work for H.E.R.A. and it’s pretty interesting to see it, but I really love how they adapt ancient Greek mythology into truth. For one, I don’t know if they actually researched, but despite his frequency in love affairs Zeus went out of the way to protect his children, making his preference and protection of Hercules completely believable and in character.

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If you’re a fan of Greek mythology then the interesting way this story combines myth and modernization pretty well. To explain the auras I mentioned before, every ‘monster’ has an aura that is their powers, in the form of the monster they ‘are’. These auras basically also stand for their importance and what they can do because how powerful you are is really important. You have this co-existence with gods and humans and to a degree gods are still waving their more important sticks, they have sort of rules that demi gods and beasts follow but ultimately getting to interfere with say ‘Zeus’ favorite child’ would be difficult.

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This made for some interesting plays. Add on that Heracles, known in this as he is in Westernization – Hercules, has his entire lore in tact but reinterpreted is super cool. Megara exists, the Trials to godhood exist, even going so far as ‘losing his children’ before performing his Trials exists. That was super cool and really thorough, especially given how long the route is. In fact if you buy all three it is the exact length of Sakura Amidst the Chaos with some similar themes! That really shows how much dedication goes into adapting history and popular myth for Voltage.

If I had to list a fault I would say the localization can still feel a little strange. Voltage is slowly progressing in making their stories feel correct, but this story has a major issue. The protagonist gave me a lot of negative emotions and I didn’t really relate to her. She feels like a gimmick to me by talking a way I’d never talk and behaving in a way I’d never behave. I feel like they need to survey American girls around the appropriate age. For instance there is a time where you find out information about Hercules that doesn’t match what you know: The protagonist says “That doesn’t jive-” and the rest of the sentence literally doesn’t matter. No one in America in their 20s that is relevant and relate-able says the phrase “doesn’t jive”. It immediately took me out of the story.

I am about the age of the protagonist, I’m 23 years old, and I could tell you in every situation how a girl would normally talk. I don’t feel like the main character is really me, or a girl, but an ‘idea’ of what a girl in NYC should be. I lived in the Tristate area for years, no one really behaved that way. I’m also really miffed that the cost has skyrocketed from the normal 3.99 per one route. I think it would be a better business move to split it into two, so 9 each, for a 2.99 cost. That would save money while still allocating a slightly bigger cost. Right now it feels like a 5 dollar increase is incredibly high, add on that you need to spend another dollar for the epilogue? To a fan who loves Voltage games, it feels very steep to go from an average 4-6 dollars for a characters content to a whopping nearly 13 dollars? I would highly recommend the product but I think that is steep.

Do these problems override the content? I don’t feel it does. There are a lot of really amazing things about the content they did to localize a new experience. We got an incredibly interesting lore and a main character who seemed to more visibly fall for you over an extended period. I feel like this was the absolute best job at a localized game so far. While I had a lot more trouble recommending some of the first games, I can say I enjoyed this. You get an engaging story and a much better art choice than you would before- I love that about it!

i love this guys faaaaceee

i love this guys faaaaceee

It all comes down to story and love interest. The story is engaging- especially if you’re a fan of Greek mythology. Those kind of interpretations are popular lately and seeing a take on the monsters into a love interest was kind of refreshing. I’m really excited for the Lord of the Underworld route eventually because I am very big into Hades x Persephone myth, so I am eager to learn that. I will be buying other routes, and that’s probably my best recommendation.

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Hydra was actually interesting. It was nice to see a love interest who was willing to say ‘I’d do this because it was right’ even at the cost of his own life. I so love Greek mythology and they were able to capture him into this modernization so well that this new interpretation felt really unique. Even a picky fan can find something to enjoy in this tantalizing new romance.

also there's this guy

also there’s this guy

Overall, the story has problems, but even the heroine grows on you over time. Everybody has their own story and there is a complicated mythology to follow, or alternatively a mythology you might be familiar with to dissect and rearrange in your mind to the way Voltage has re imagined it. I actually enjoyed the plot of this story more than any other Voltage game in general, it was a fantasy adventure with a lot of themes and a really engaging adventure. The characters really become intense once you get into the plot. How can you hate all your friends on a huge adventure?

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At the end of the story I was so swept up in the amazing adventure with excellent writing that I actually felt more engaged than any Voltage game had done before. Well, mostly. I felt more in love in the other Voltage stories but in this one I felt the drama didn’t just come from my romance but instead the adventure I was on. In that regard I felt the localization team did a pretty good job. I definitely felt more independent and competent.

Overall, I give this a solid recommendation. While I would urge Voltage to lower the prices to something more affordable, otherwise it is mostly good. My major concern with the price is that to buy 5 routes at 13 dollars for major content is 65 dollars, the price of a brand new retail game. This would alienate some customers who want to buy all of the routes and given how crucial their position is to the advancement of the otome genre in America, I would say it’s important for them to remain lower in price to encourage buying sequels. There will be sequels right? …Right? Please buy at least the first route, it really is such a good and engaging story. I can’t recommend it enough if you’re a fan of the Greek mythos like myself!

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I won’t be linking all the major CGs this time around, I urge you to try the route out and discover them yourself! In a few months by request I’d be happy to do Hades and give some of his CGs, so let me know if you’re interested and we’ll catch that one as soon as it drops! Mmmm….God of the Underworld. . .

Oki

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma?Illya 2wei Herz! Episode 1: Loli Yuri Twincest [First Impression]

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 37: Dead Secret

“It’s extremely simple. You just have to tell him Kaneki’s alive.”

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Impression

A slow chapter this week – most of it focused around seemingly unrelated threads of plot, probably meant for world-building rather than anything else. I still think Yoriko must have been re-introduced for a purpose other than just being a potential love interest for Kuroiwa, but the focus on the CCG means that we’re unlikely to get more of her for the time being – similar to how it is with Touka, who we only know visits the hospital occasionally and works at another coffee shop. At least now we know that whoever Touka’s visiting, it’s not Yoriko. It being Hide now looks even more likely.

All that biology stuff was interesting, and I’m sure it’s making Urie especially happy to know that there’s a way to quickly have his physical strength increase so he can duke it out with Kuroiwa. And it’s only applicable to ghouls or anyone with RC cells in their system – because the RC cells apparently aid with healing damaged muscles and other body parts, leaving them a lot stronger after they end up rebuilding compared to the results of normal muscle training. In essence, the more ghouls get hurt, the stronger they become. I guess it’s the reason Urie is such a muscle maniac, because the gym is a relatively safe environment through which he can get stronger with tangible results. The only other way to exploit this method is to do a Haise and get injured countless times, and that’s clearly not been too fun for him. I bet his fingers, toes and eyeballs must be tougher than steel now.

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Speaking of Haise’s fingers and toes, we also saw him meet his torturer’s torturer this chapter – basically, the guy whom Yamori learnt all his torture techniques from, by virtue of having been subject to the same pain when he was captured and interrogated in Cochlea. I swear he was dead given that Yamori managed to break free, but clearly not – I’m also wondering if it’s just a coincidence that they have such similar facial structures. In general, he’s just not a very nice guy – Haise should have reminded him that the Mutsuki he said was so useless is now Rank 1, and that Juuzou’s made it all the way to Special-Class.

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As for Tsukiyama… well, I can understand why Kanae was so unwilling to let him know Kaneki was ‘alive’. I don’t think I’d use the same wording Hori Chie did, given that Haise isn’t really Kaneki (yet), but it should prompt some sort of reaction from Tsukiyama. The thing is, Kanae hates him for the same reason he hates Hori Chie – it’s because Tsukiyama has an odd fixation with them that goes beyond just food, and it’s the sort of attention he’s jealous of because he’s so obsessed with his master. Kanae knew all along that telling Tsukiyama about Kaneki was the way forward – but for him it’s a rock and a hard place, essentially a choice between a depressed, useless Tsukiyama and a lively one who only cares about Kaneki-kun and Little Mouse. Poor Kanae, forever alone.

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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan ~ Episode 16 [Final Impressions]

Phew, well here we are at the finish line. We have one episode to resolve the conflict with Kyon’s emotions and wrap everything up. So how does the Disappearance of Nagato Yuki do in this aspect? Well, both good and bad. This is actually an ending I’m REALLY torn about for a lot of reasons. The premise of this episode is how they spend the rest of their summer vacation after the trip to the beach and the test of courage.

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They go bowling, to the batting cages, and various other activities that take up the time and leave Kyon very little time to talk with Yuki and get his feelings straightened out. This changes when the group goes to a festival, because as the show itself says “Japanese people love festivals.” Yes, they actually say that. Threw me for a loop.
So as they’re there, Kyon is gradually more and more bothered by the awkwardness between Yuki and himself. He talks to Ryoko and Ryoko mentions that he isn’t the only one feeling awkward. Yuki is as well, that’s when it hits him that he is affecting her and that it’s best that he just get everything off his chest.

So he drags her off to talk to her. Sadly, she can’t hear much of what he’s saying very well for the first bit. He says, pretty much to the Nagato that confessed to him that he could of come to love her. So wait, basically, what you’re telling me is that he could of fallen for the more stoic, quiet, serious main series timeline like Yuki? What about the shy Yuki though?

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So if he’s only interested in the more stoic one, does that mean that this timelines Haruhi still has a chance? Because, he totally likes him. It’s painfully obvious even more so then in the main series. She looks REALLY upset when Kyon pulls Yuki away despite the fact she tosses on a big fake smile afterwards.

What’s the entire point of the series if there’s not going to be any real romantic conclusion? I mean, I guess you could say that there was romantic conclusion between Kyon/Stoic Yuki. However, what are the real chances of that personality ever surfacing again? Slim, none? So after this part of the episode, we get our conclusion with them deciding to do some actual literature club activities like writing books.
Then the credits and a special scene, one that mimics an earlier part of the episode to scary degree. Then as the scene progresses, Ryoko asks Kyon a very important question. In all that fun they were having that summer, did he do his summer homework?

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I have NO idea why i laughed as hard as I did. I had to be laughing for a good five minutes after the episode over that. It just felt like it was making a nod to Endless eight in the greatest way it knew how too. Ending on the thing that caused that entire conflict to begin with. The final episode left me with a lot of conflicted emotions. I’m both happy and sad, confused and angry but content. Was it a good ending? Was it a bad ending? Let’s see if I can find my answer as I move through the series overview.


Final Thoughts

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki was a fun look into what the world could of been like in Haruhi Suzumiya if you took out a lot of the supernatural elements and made it a pure slice of life. If whatever event that happened three years prior to the main series timeline that gave Haruhi the powers of a God had never happened. If the event with ‘John Smith’ had still happened, but there was no time travel to tell her to go to North High involved.
I have to say though, even as a slice of life. Even taking away all the supernatural elements to the show, it’s still a lot of fun. The characters personalities with the exception of Yuki and Ryoko are generally the same. So there are plenty of chances for the show to make tribute to the original series.

The animation is cute, if not a little jarring at first. As the company changed between the two series. The animation was bound to be different, but moving from KyoAni to the moe in this series can be a little off putting. Not to say the art isn’t good, it’s just different and I think that was one of the hardest things to get past. The music is generally the same as it’s always been. There were multiple times during the series that I heard music from the original series.

The highlight of the series though is the Disappearance arc. Where it’s JUST long enough not to overstay it’s welcome, and creates that unsettling feeling for three episodes. While making us care about this ‘other’ Yuki. The use of static and dream like states is very unsettling but beautiful. It’s some very clever choices by the animation team that makes those episodes stand out above the others.

As for the ending, I don’t know. The series worked to build up all of these character relationships. The relationship between Haruhi and Kyon in which Haruhi remembers the John Smith incident and he doesn’t. Seeing Ryoko not be a murderous alien cyborg…thing, whatever it is that Yuki’s race is in the main timeline. They’re never very clear about that. She’s actually a very sweet and caring girl when you take that out of the picture and it’s a lot of fun.
Even if she did jokingly threaten to stab Kyon in that one episode, pretty sure that was just a bone for the fans though.

Overall, It was an enjoyable ride. A nice slice of life that brought back the old cast and gave us a new view of them. If you like Haruhi for it’s characters then this show is most definitely for you. If you like it for it’s supernatural elements, stick to the main timeline. Personally though, after sleeping on the ending. I can say that while it wasn’t the romantic fulfillment I wanted, it was a good ending none the less. Which is why, the Disappearance of Nagato Yuki net’s itself a 8/10.

Now to go back and watch the whole thing again with the English cast.

~Midnight

Sore ga Seiyuu Episodes 1 & 2 (First Impression)

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When filling out the preview for the summer season, this show had caught my attention because it’s about voice acting (in Japan). There have been shows as of late giving us a sneak preview of the anime industry, such as Shirobako (which I absolutely loved). At first I wasn’t too interested in checking it out because I feel like it wouldn’t take its subject seriously, or it wouldn’t showcase it completely and instead just be a bunch of comedy gags that doesn’t have to do with anything. But I still wanted to check it out, and I found myself to be pleasantly surprised.

The first episode introduces us to one of the main girls, Futaba Ichinose. She’s a new voice actress and she makes her way over to her recording session where she’s the voice actress of the most shonen mecha anime I’ve ever seen. She has a tiny role as the mascot of the series, a robot named Pipo. And she only has to say one thing, “Pipo!” It’s not the best of roles, but it’s something. Once she has to record, her nerves get the best of her and she overthinks her role and messes up a few times. She also had the opportunity to record a one-liner for a child, but she messed that up. And unfortunately for her, Futaba really needed this role of Pipo but was devastated to learn that Pipo blew up and died in the recent episode they recorded. In Futaba’s agency, she has to make herself known just so she can stay. Her agency sounded the best when compared with Rin and Ichigo’s, but I think that policy is just awful. Hopefully with that audition, she’ll get the role to that new anime.

We also have two more main girls of different ages. We have Ichigo who has this princess persona, and she we have middle schooler Rin. They’re still pretty new, but Rin seems to have the most experience in the voice acting industry. And with that, they complete what I call the “Pastel-Colored Hair Trio”. These girls became fast friends after their recording sessions at the Buddha Fighter whatever anime. In the recent episode, they were approached by a man wanting them to be part of a web radio show, probably because of their banter and we’ll see what happens with that.

3I don’t know if people don’t like this format, but I love the slow step-by-step explanations. Just like Shirobako, the explanations were given to us through the main character’s stuffed animal. People may find it boring….but I just find it so fascinating and informative. But that’s just me, because I’m the boring ass nerd that loves watching documentaries about all kinds of things. But I love this so much. It gives us a detailed look at the industry and also at the culture. Things such as what the recording studios look like and where they are, the fact that new voice actors have to greet everyone individually (the formalities and all that), the way that recording is actually done. I don’t know the specifics of how American voice actors record, but I know that for western cartoons the actors are recording together in the same room, but they have their own mic and don’t have to move around just to record one part. For English anime dubbing, actors usually record alone if I’m correct. Well, it’s just nice seeing the differences! And again, this is extremely fascinating to me.

5I really like the Pastel Trio right now (so far Ichigo’s my fave). We have more focus with Futaba and how she gets ready to go to work and how she buys the source material to the anime she auditions for, and hearing from Ichigo, the show brings to reality just how difficult it is to land a role. To get auditions, buy the source material to familiarize yourself with the story and character, just to learn that you didn’t even get the role. And to see just a bunch of manga in your shelf that you really don’t even need. That’s tough. And I’m glad they brought that up. Of course these girls are young so they have time, except for Futaba as she only has a year left to make an impression on her agency. But with this chance at a radio show, then this could be her big break, and I can’t wait to see what else happens with these girls in the future.

Also, I think it’s hilarious that they sing different anime songs in the ending, the first one being Evangelion and the other Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (which I’m not familiar with). And so far with these first two episodes, we’ve gotten A-list voice actors making appearances!

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Masako Nozawa. Notable roles?

  • Goku
  • GOKU
  • GOKU
  • SON GOKU
  • MOTHERFUCKING GOKU
  • GOOFY WHO LOVES TO EAT AND FIGHT, YEAH…THAT GOKU
  • oh yeah and Gohan and Goten and some other roles I can’t think at the top of my head
  • of course she plays herself here too

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Kamiya Hiroshi. Notable roles?

  • Yato from Noragami
  • Levi from Attack on Titan
  • Izaya Orihara from Durarara
  • basically if you’re watching anime right now there’s a 80% chance he’s in that show
  • also himself here

I wonder what other popular voice actors we’ll be seeing later on.

Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 36: Suddenly

Uta, you stinking liar.

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Impression

“Where did Hirako transfer to?”
“Arima Squad.”

Oh shit. If there’s any off-screen tension that we’ve had in this manga so far, it’s whatever’s up between Hirako and Arima – the rough idea being that Hirako has spent practically his entire career in Arima’s shadow, and thus has a pretty unfavourable opinion of him. At the auction, the one thing that got Hirako to drop his poker face was Uta morphing into Arima and telling him to ‘stand by’ – and that was when Hirako got a clean shot in at Uta by targeting his face in an incensed rage. Poor Hirako.

_re 36 Img002Speaking of Uta, I have a feeling Haise knows perfectly well that Uta is lying about his permanent kakugan being contacts. Haise got his info on the mask from the Kaneki in his head, whom he knows is a ghoul – the idea is that he probably wanted to look for one of Kaneki’s past contacts, who is also likely to be a ghoul. And the chances are, ghouls have their masks made by other ghouls anyway. I’m kind of glad his visit didn’t amount to any kind of conflict – it’s not like Haise was there to fight, but pretty much anything could have gone wrong with him visiting Uta whilst dressed like a dove, so it’s good that nothing ended up happening. Haise achieved two objectives, the first of which was to confirm a potential link between Uta and Kaneki, which Uta himself hinted at when talking about how the mask was meant for a ‘regular customer’. The second was to figure out a role in his current operation that only the Quinx could play, and the custom-made masks he’s ordered must have something to do with that. I’m hoping we end up getting a team of eye-patched ‘ghouls’ running around undercover doing all sorts of stuff – that would be really cool, especially as it’d be a perfect disguise for a dove.

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Hairu was such a cutie this chapter, she kind of reminded me of Juuzou with her mad skills yet childish nature. I was surprised Matsumae even survived that battle – looks like all the members of Zero Squad are where they are for a reason. Hairu joins the ranks of the investigators wanting to be praised by Arima (i.e. Hirako) although the cost of getting a compliment might be higher than she thinks. I remember Haise being praised back when he was Kaneki, but then he had his eyes gouged out and his entire personality eradicated and replaced. It can’t possibly be worth it.

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So finally, we have the return of Yoriko. I… really wasn’t expecting to see her at all, let alone as someone who knows Kuroiwa Jr – damn, I bet Urie will be jealous when he hears that his one-sided arch enemy not only has the ability to strangle ghouls bare-handed, but also gets all the girls. Looks like her dream kind of came true, although Touka never really was the best judge of her food, what with being a ghoul and all. I don’t know if this means more Touka, not that Yoriko even knows Touka is a ghoul – but at least this dispels the whole ‘Yoriko is Hairu’ theory I’ve heard floating around the internet. I mean, seriously?

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God Eater Episode 1 [First Impression]

On that day, humanity received a grim reminder.

Vantage’s First Impression

God Eater 1 Img022I have to admit, I am conflicted. I was initially interested in God Eater because of its premise and that Alisa babe with the red hat, but the former is giving me a heavy sense of deja vu and the latter didn’t appear at all in this first episode. We know very little about the plot going forward, although much of its setting can be inferred – it’s a post-apocalyptic world where monsters called Aragami have attacked humanity and presumably confined it to certain safe areas, with an organization called Fenrir mounting a counter-attack by using Aragami components and perhaps Oracle Cells to create Jinki weapons to kill them all off. So at the moment, it basically looks like a combination of Shingeki no Kyojin, Owari no Seraph and Black Bullet dressed up in the clothes of Monster Hunter, complete with a black-haired, green-eyed main character who has of course shown himself to be reckless, angry and most likely traumatized. God Eater could have really raised a storm if it aired in the last decade, but, well… that’s just how the cookie crumbles.

God Eater 1 Img032At the same time, it’s cool, with massive oversized weapons. And I like cool things, especially if I forget about looking at it from a critical standpoint. Of what I’ve compared it to I also really liked Black Bullet, although the abundance of lolis may have had something to do with that. To his credit, Lenka did actually display a surprising level of calm before the Aragami attack was announced, so I’ll give him that – when he first joined, he listened to his superior’s orders without question and was a really nice guy to his fellow newbie, Kota. He also isn’t grossly overpowered (yet), which is a good sign – as a New-Type with a transforming Jinki he’s special, and better than how new recruits usually start out, but is still pretty useless in a real fight. He has good intentions, I guess, but his stoic silence is making him seem a little bland at the moment, and his subsequent hot-headed outburst didn’t exactly make me see him any better. It’s pretty obvious that he’ll be joining the ranks of the elite 1st Unit, who have suffered no casualties since their presumed ace Lindow took the helm – Lindow’s the badass casually smoking while calmly dispatching all the Aragami who throw themselves at him. Another member is Soma, who looks like a version of Zapp Renfro after he’s aged a few years and suffered a few important bereavements.

God Eater 1 Img028I have a lot of faith in the ufotable pedigree, which is why I want to view this in a favourable light. I mean, this is practically their first venture away from anything to do with Type-Moon, the Tales of special notwithstanding – they must have some sort of idea of what they’re doing. If something finds success in an increasingly saturated genre, I think it has to have: (i) been first in the genre, (ii) high production values, or (iii) entertaining side characters. It would also help if it pulled out a couple of unpredictable plot twists somewhere down the line, but so far God Eater has (ii) and potentially (iii) to its name, and especially (ii). If there’s anything that’ll keep me hooked on this it’s the art style, which looks like it’s been doused in a gallon of Unlimited Budget Works. It looks CG, but is apparently hand-drawn with a lot of shading – so it feels like something people would either love or hate. I think it looks gorgeous, and along with the designs it’s the only thing that’s fully lived up to the hype this has generated so far.

After weighing my options up, I’ve decided I’d be up for blogging this. I’ve signed up for hardly anything else this season, and God Eater certainly hasn’t done enough to deserve being written off on its very first episode. If I end up shooting myself in the foot, then, well… at least I still get to watch some beautifully animated people swinging around oversized weapons with cool designs. And there’s that Alisa babe. With the red hat.

Possibility of Watching: High
Possibility of Blogging: High

Stay tuned for Oki’s impression!

Prison School ep 1 [ First Impression ]

Prison School is the special kind of show that makes you deeply reconsider being an anime fan. Why am I here? What am I doing? Am I really enjoying this awkward slapstick comedy? The answer is yes. I watched Prison School and despite most of the characters being horrible people who deserved their punishments I found myself laughing my ass off and then crying in utter pain and confusion. Simply put, Prison School is fucking weird.

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The premise is basically, peeping. The main characters are caught peeping. Only one of the main characters is actually a decent person who needed to be talked into peeping and even he has his down moments. He is the only one who feels regret or truly understands the implications of what he does as being towards people, even if some of it is selfish and because of a girl he likes.

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Part of me wants to hate the student council. They’re abusive and manipulative, but the truth is they ARE giving these guys a chance after they peeped when they could’ve just thrown them out of school. They’re doing it for their own reasons and I can’t tell if they’re just going to be the big evil womenz or if they’re sympathetic, but it’s hard to ever completely take the side of the guys in this because they’re literally scum.

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I love watching the guys. I really do. But they’re scum. It’d be so much easier to feel bad for them if they didn’t love to be punished only so they could have the opportunity to lick the Vice President’s boots. The only one with dignity tries to stick up for his friends since they didn’t rat him out and what happens? They almost disown him. Every ounce of likability in the other 4 is only because they 1. didn’t rat out the main character so he could almost get away with it 2. they are fucking funny.

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How do I feel about this show? I have no fucking clue. Everyone is so fucked up in this show and the only person who seems to have any morality is the main character, but even he is still kind of a jerk. I’m rooting for him to finally be honest with Chiyo and her to forgive him. The only really good person in this show is Chiyo, who tries to see the good in everyone. Poor freakin Chiyo.

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Given that every action the main character does now will basically be slapstick on accident, I feel for the guy. He really just wants to do it all and be done with it. He’s a good person at heart just a damn pervert. Meanwhile his friends are scum, the council is a bunch of blackhearted abusive assholes, and the student body is too quick to judge all men because of it.

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Is. . .is this a fucking symbolic comedy for fucking feminism? Is this literally saying ‘yes some men are terrible people and deserve to be punished, but you shouldn’t go too far?’ If this hilarious comedy that also makes me sick to my stomach is really symbolic I will punch someone. In any case, I digress. I can’t stop covering this just yet, I will at least give it one more episode to try and sate my curiosity and deep deep confusion.

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Sidekick’s First Impression

Prison School is honestly the only thing I truly cared about going into the season…..and I was late to cover it, I am such a failure.

Anyways! I think I liked this even more than I was expecting – and honestly, even as a manga reader I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, if you get what I mean. Prison School is not an ordinary series – its barebones premise is just an excuse for extreme, elaborate situations for crazy facial expressions, tongue-in-cheek (dirty) humor, and Hana kicking ass. Hana’s the bestest by the way.

So I’d say the anime’s first episode managed to get that across, maybe even better? I think I actually found the anime funnier than the manga – that’s obviously because the anime REALLY trims the fat, we’re looking at an entire volume covered in this very first episode. In a way it helps though; they’re obviously rushing things, but it’s Prison School and there’s barely any coherent plot to note of (till the later chapters, at least) so speeding through the jokes may have made things a lot funnier for me this time round.

I’m not entirely sure what makes Prison School click the way it does for me though. I’m probably guilty of double standards for this considering how I didn’t enjoy Gangsta which also shoved tits and ass and violence into my face (just kidding, I like whatever I goddamn please). I think part of it has to do with how darn absurd the whole thing is, taking itself seriously and yet at the same time…doesn’t? I love all the elaborate,bombastic situations it presents such that every second is like life and death (not literally of course!) for the boys, I love the crazy faces (AND EXCELLENT VOICE ACTING KANAHANA WAS SOOOO GOOD!), I even love the fanservice, but I think there was a lot of real thought put into it with the little details – Joe having ‘canker sores’ and always conceals his face, Gakuto making every sentence a goddamn poem, Kiyoshi being a half-decent human being hanging out with the wrong crowd….there’s quite a lot to love here.

My only gripe is that the animation looks a bit odd – movement seems a bit clunky as if they’re missing in-betweens, but that was probably to retain the amazingly detailed art in the original manga, and that there wasn’t much about the music department. The backing tracks, OP and ED were all forgettable. Good thing the rest of the episode was so good it’s ingrained in my head.

Possibility of Watching: YES, YES, YES

Possibility of Blogging: Since I was late to the blogging party I can give this one to Oki if she decides to continue. Otherwise I’m going with this as my pick of the season.

Oki

Gakkou Gurashi ~ Episode 1 [First Impressions]

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I said on Junjou I’d explain how it fell to my second most anticipated show of the season. While I was looking for the season preview, I came upon Gakkou Gurashi and my first impression of it was “That sounds ridiculous, SO ridiculous, that it will be fun.” then while waiting for the season to start I got concerned that I may not like it. So I figured I’d read the manga.
Everything I knew was a lie. Happiness is a lie, the colorful images in the promo’s are a lie. What I found waiting in that manga was possibly some of the most messed up things I could of imagined.
I never intended to read for so long that I’d end up caught up to where the manga left off but it’s honestly that kind of story. I have no doubt the anime will be the same.

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That being said, if you’re here for a copy of the manga. You’re looking in the wrong place. There are many differences just in the first episode, which means. ANIME ORIGINAL ROUTE, which means nobody is safe. Any one of these girls could die and it would mean nothing since it’s already derailed from the manga’s story.

The major differences come with the fact that Miki is there from the beginning and the dog, the dog is alive. Don’t read the manga if you’re here for the dog. Speaking of the dog, he was a large focus of our first episode. A majority of the episode was Yuki and Miki chasing him around the school, disrupting ‘classes.’

What I really liked about the episode is the subtle hints throughout the episode of the true nature of what’s going on. At one point in the earlier episode, as Yuki walks by some windows you can see some broken glass. If you look on the field while they’re on the roof top, you can see the zombies shambling along below. Miki is reading a non-copyright infringing copy of “The Stand” by Stephen King. Which is a book about mankind being wiped out by a super virus. Did you take lessons from Urobuchi on how to torture your fan base through literature? There’s also a certain cross on the school’s roof top that signifies that a certain event in the manga already happened.

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That’s only what I noticed in one viewing of the episode, I’m sure there is a lot more to be found in a re-watch of it. I have to say, with the Mangaka doing the writing for the anime, I’m concerned about the safety of these girls. Nothing has gone well for them in the last couple chapters of the manga and I’m not expecting the anime to turn out any better for them.
What I want to know is if the anime will answer any of the manga’s questions. None of which I can ask here without spoiling everything.

The animation is perfect, it pulls off the moe of Yuki’s school delusions but HOLY HOT DAMN THAT ZOMBIE ANIMATION. I am NOT okay with how well these things are done! Early in the manga, they’re very vague on what the zombies look like and make them mostly blacked out blobs until they get a little more daring with the designs in the later chapters. NOPE, the anime doesn’t feel like holding back on us.
Which will be VERY disturbing if they cover a certain part of the manga, which once again we know has gone by with the addition of the cross on the school roof.

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I am just, i fell in love with this manga after just picking up the anime on a whim. I am SUPER hype for this show and I can’t wait to see where the rest of it will go.
Am I covering Gakkou Gurashi: YES, HELL YES!

~Midnight

Oki’s Impression

So basically when I read the description of this show I thought: Wow, this might be the dumbest premise I’ve ever seen. Well, it’s not quite that simple when you find out that it’s not just a bland moe story. No, it’s a fucking hallucination of a desperate girl who wants life to be what it was before. Once Midnight and I learned this we basically ate the manga and eventually we both watched this.

There are some differences in the content and this terrifies me. The only real problem this means is now I have no idea how they’re going to destroy these poor girl’s lives. Did you see that fucking dog? That dog’s days are numbered. Watch that dog die in order to break her hallucinations. Honestly I’m more scared of this than I am the manga. Everything could happen to absolutely destroy this story.

I will probably cover this with Midnight now solely because it’s like a trainwreck? I can’t look away. How can anyone look away. These girl’s hearts will break in front of us and we’ll love it. We’ll sob and love it.

I’m in.

Oki