Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 74: EF

“645 times. 645 times I could have fatally wounded you. 645. 645 times I decided not to.”

_re 74 Img007

Impression

Why is Hairu so cute? Why did Hairu have to die?

_re 74 Img001

It’s been about half a year and I still haven’t forgiven Ishida. Anyway. The start of the chapter had me hoping that we’d finally learn more about Arima and how the world looked through his eyes. We never got the latter, but I think we know a bit more about him now – or at least we can confirm that no-one understands him, from his colleagues at the CCG to Haise himself. I absolutely love how Hirako just responds with silence when asked about Arima. If Arima ever dies and has a funeral, Hirako’s going to be the first to arrive and the last to leave. Arima dying will cleanse Hirako’s soul. It’ll be a major turning point in his life. He’ll take a break from the CCG to find himself, maybe find someone special to share his life with and go out to see the world. He’ll reach the top of a mountain somewhere and feel at one with nature. As he stares at the beautiful sunset he’ll start to feel that maybe, just maybe, everything will be okay.

_re 74 Img003

Sorry. Got a bit distracted there. I do think that Arima is definitely not like what the CCG thinks he is, if that makes sense. They seem to look up to him as some sort of genius investigator who embodies righteousness, strength and is the epitome of perfection. I don’t think that’s it. If anything, the comment about him going as far as ‘being cruel towards ghouls’ is the most accurate of the lot. He embodies the CCG, sure, but what you’re supposed to gather from that is that, like the CCG, he’s not what he appears to be on the surface. These recent chapters he’s actually come across a lot like Hairu is in battle – someone sadistic who takes pleasure in battle and in killing ghouls, and leaves a gory mess behind when doing so. In fact, it might even be the other way round in that we know that Hairu looked up to, admired and imitated Arima as much as possible. And not insignificantly, they’re both (along with Furuta) from the Sunlit Garden, and all of them (as well as Rize, come to think of it) have shown a lot of in-battle sadism.

_re 74 Img005

Arima even smiled while watching Kaneki crawl across the ground in an attempt to pick up his severed legs. He talks about killing the Rabbits and Hinami after he’s done with Kaneki. He talks about how he could have killed him 645 times but just decided not to. If we assume he enjoys doing this sort of stuff, then maybe we start to see a justification in why he left Kaneki alive and raised him as Haise – was he raising a CCG member, or a future opponent? He admired Kaneki’s battle skills at V14 – did he want to make Kaneki stronger so he could enjoy a death match with him in the future? Is that what he meant this chapter by his efforts ‘going to waste’? That even though he’s spent time on Kaneki, Kaneki’s still too weak for him to enjoy a battle with? And does Arima know that Kaneki is suicidal – is that what he meant by ‘your eyes are that of a dead man’?

_re 74 Img004

I have a feeling that V is watching very closely, by the way. And I mean Kaiko and the other higher-ups, not members like Arima and Furuta. How else could Arima have gotten Owl (the SSS-rate ukaku quinque most likely made out of Yoshimura’s kakuhou) so conveniently after Ixa broke? Ixa breaks, and Arima says to someone, ‘The quinque. I’m underground.’ and all of a sudden a briefcase randomly shoots towards him. At least on Kaneki’s side, it looks like Eto is watching (and will hopefully start helping, he might really need it). I’m not sure if his talking kakuja (or is it still his normal kagune) is actually Eto talking to him or just him or just his confused mental state. The mouth tells him ‘protectt…’ and he goes ‘I will… you idiot!’ but for some reason I initially thought it was the mouth saying ‘you idiot’.

It’s also not looking good for the Kirishimas, Hinami and Banjou. I hope Banjou didn’t die there by the way, by the way, it looked like he was fairly close to one of the compactors before Furuta turned it on. I doubt they can stand up to Furuta and a bunch of V members at the same time, so we really need either a successfuly escape or for someone to intervene, else rabbit stew appears on the menu tonight at the Cochlea canteen.

[Manga Mondays] Otoyomegatari

BRIDESSTORY_2Title: Otoyomegatari (A Bride’s Story)
Author: Kaoru Mori (Story & Art)
Genres: Drama, Romance, Historical
Published: 2008 – Present (Ongoing)
Volumes: 7 (so far)
Japanese Publisher: Enterbrain – both Harta magazine (original run) & tankobon format
English Publisher: Yen Press
Available to Purchase in English?: Yes (Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Indigo)

I’m back this week to introduce an incredible title by the name of Otoyomegatari, known most commonly as A Bride’s Story in English. This manga is in my list of top three favourite titles, and I hope to convince anyone reading this why it’s worthy of such praise.

A Bride’s Story takes place in the late 19th century, in a Turkic Central Asia near the Caspian Sea. The series focuses on several nomadic or semi-nomadic tribes, but initially focuses on the arranged marriage of Amir and Karluk. Their union is unique in that Amir is twenty, but Karluk is eight years younger than she is; typically the bride is several years younger than her husband. They care for each other, but struggle to find ways to relate to each other because of the age gap between them. In addition, Amir comes from a tribe more nomadic than Karluk’s and is very outspoken and adventurous, whereas the women of Karluk’s family are usually more reserved. Amir also has skills like riding a horse and shooting a bow, things Karluk’s family find fascinating bebride's storycause their way of living doesn’t require their women to learn those skills.

The story begins as a quiet one, focusing on the family life of Karluk’s family’s tribe and their day-to-day activities, and because this is a series focused on women and women’s activities, much of the first volume or two is about things like making bread, creating clothes and textiles, and cooking meals. Then one day their peaceful existence is disturbed when some of Amir’s male relatives come to take her back to their tribe, and they will use force if they have to.

What’s a little unusual about this series is that after volume two, the story starts to branch off with other characters and their adventures. However while I’m only up to volume three myself, I’ve read that the series keeps circling back to Amir and Karluk to provides updates about their married life. I’m not normally a fan of series which do this (Kareshi to Kanojo no Jijou, or His & Her Circumstances in English, is the only other series offhand I can think of which uses this storytelling tactic), but I’ve enjoyed A Bride’s Story enough that I don’t feel like this will bother me once I get further into the series.

Wikipedia also has this series listed as being targeted towards a seinen (adolescent boy) demographic, and while there is a little nudity (though not gratuitous) and perhaps that is the reason for its use, the seinen label honestly surprised me a little. Reading this series didn’t give me a seinen vibe; if anything it struck me as a series that perhaps everyone could enjoy. So regardless of how it’s supposedly marketed, I feel that this series has a strong appeal to readers of all demographics regardless of their gender.

What elevates A Bride’s Story to perfection for me is the sheer amount of DETAIL which goes into each and every panel. I won’t spam your screen with images, but you caotoyomegatari-1016768n see how the author works here, and view some other examples from the manga here and here. A Bride’s Story even beats out my other favourite gorgeous series, Saiunkoku Monogatari, and that is very hard to do in my book.

Going back to the arranged marriage between Amir and Karluk, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t originally a bit of an ick factor in reading about a twenty year old woman marrying a twelve year old boy. I personally found that framing it in a historical context helped me be more accepting of the concept, because during this time period there were (and probably still are) cultures which practice ultimogeniture inheritance, which means that the youngest child is the one who gets everything, not the eldest. I suppose the author could have made Karluk a little older. but then perhaps the age gap might not have the same relevance that it does.

If you want to check an awesome article which takes a closer look at this series, and Amir as a character in particular, I recommend reading this (minor spoiler alert for later events in the series). I differ from the author’s opinion of Amir’s character (that she is too silent and never really displays much of an opinion on her circumstances), but otherwise agree with what she says, and the article’s author mentions a lot of the story’s cultural details which I haven’t covered here.

My Score: 10/10
Do I Recommend This Title?: YES! If only to read about a part of the world which gets little media attention in Western society. However I’d also encourage people to read it for the gorgeous artwork and the compelling story. It might seem boring, initially being about topics like arranged marriage, breadmaking and sewing, but I promise you it’s so much more.

Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 73: Flower

‘,
enableHover: false,
enableTracking: true,
buttons: { twitter: {via: ”}},
click: function(api, options){
api.simulateClick();
api.openPopup(‘twitter’);
}
});
$(‘#facebook’).sharrre({
share: {
facebook: true
},
template: ‘

{total}

‘,
enableHover: false,
enableTracking: true,
buttons:{layout: ‘box_count’},
click: function(api, options){
api.simulateClick();
api.openPopup(‘facebook’);
}
});
$(‘#googleplus’).sharrre({
share: {
googlePlus: true
},
template: ‘

{total}

‘,
enableHover: false,
enableTracking: true,
buttons:{size: ‘tall’},
urlCurl: ‘https://angryanimebitches.com/wp-content/plugins/hueman-addons/assets/front/js/sharrre.php’,
click: function(api, options){
api.simulateClick();
api.openPopup(‘googlePlus’);
}
});

// Scrollable sharrre bar, contributed by Erik Frye. Awesome!
var $_shareContainer = $(“.sharrre-container”),
$_header = $(‘#header’),
$_postEntry = $(‘.entry’),
$window = $(window),
startSharePosition = $_shareContainer.offset(),//object
contentBottom = $_postEntry.offset().top + $_postEntry.outerHeight(),
topOfTemplate = $_header.offset().top,
topSpacing = _setTopSpacing();

//triggered on scroll
shareScroll = function(){
if( ! ( $window.width() > 480) )
return;

var scrollTop = $window.scrollTop() + topOfTemplate,
stopLocation = contentBottom – ($_shareContainer.outerHeight() + topSpacing);

if(scrollTop > stopLocation){
$_shareContainer.offset({top: contentBottom – $_shareContainer.outerHeight(),left: startSharePosition.left});
}
else if(scrollTop >= $_postEntry.offset().top – topSpacing){
$_shareContainer.offset({top: scrollTop + topSpacing, left: startSharePosition.left});
}else if(scrollTop 1024)
topSpacing = distanceFromTop + $(‘.nav-wrap’).outerHeight();
else
topSpacing = distanceFromTop;
return topSpacing;
}

});

Ajin Episodes 12 & 13: It’s All Satou’s Fault (Final Impression)

“No more running. We’re taking out Satou.”

Episode 12

I didn’t write a review for last week’s episode simply because I felt that there was not enough to talk about. The entire episode was the capturing of Satou. Or the attempted capturing would be more accurate. We saw Tosaki’s plan come into fruition. The Special Police force surrounded Satou and immediately shot him the head with their guns before he could do anything, instantly killing him. They have plenty of men on ground, while also having snipers in different spots far away to handle Satou if something were to happen. Following Tosaki’s plan, the police men would shoot at Satou every three seconds before he would even have the chance to revive himself. They would carry him on a stretcher, shooting every three seconds. Things were going pretty smoothly until some of the policemen were shot at by none other than the other Ajin working with Satou. To keep things short, Tosaki’s plan failed. Satou was able to revive and just cause hell and kill every single man there. And with that, he was able to walk away with no problem, causing the damage that he had wanted to. Fail.

ajin2

I’m sure you are, asshole.

Tosaki’s plan was actually really smart. But one problem. Why the hell didn’t any of the men think to take away the gun Satou had on him in case he was able to revive? The reason why Satou was able to attack so fast was because he still had the gun in his possession. If one of them had been smart enough to actually take away the gun, just to be extra safe, and of course smart, then things probably would have gone differently. But, even though the episode was exciting, there was still something else that was bothering me. They were shooting multiple bullets at his head. Those bullets were turning his brain into goo. So, I would believe that reviving yourself from a death like that would take longer than reviving yourself from one simple gun shot. But it wasn’t one bullet, it was multiple. And they kept damaging the brain, over and over, so wouldn’t it take a little longer to revive, since the head is so important to an Ajin? But Satou was able to revive rather quickly, which I thought was bullshit. Plot armor? *nods* Plot armor.

Episode 13

This episode was even more exciting than the last! Episode 12 left us with a newswoman announcing on the news of the situation at the once Grant Pharmaceuticals, while also putting up the pictures of Satou, Tanaka, and Kei onscreen. Hearing the news of the 100 million yen reward for giving news of the whereabouts of an Ajin, the greedy man that never trusted Kei recognized his picture and called the police.

Uh oh.

ajin9Kei is oblivious to this, and he and Granny go out and pull weeds. Before, he had sent a message to someone. I wonder who? Granny notices that a neighbor of theirs isn’t out in her field, and thinks it’s weird. Kei looks around, and notices no one but them. We saw before the chief from before, Araki, mention that the police told everyone to stay in their homes. He also made a weird face when he found out who Kei was with, and I’m wondering if he’s her son. Kei doesn’t like this and tells Granny that they should head back inside, but right then he’s shot. The police charge in and once Kei revives, he holds one of the gardening tools to her throat so no one would shoot at him. He apologizes to her, but she doesn’t mind. Actually, she thinks it’s pretty thrilling, like they’re in a movie. Which I thought was funny and kind of cute to hear at that moment. Funny, Kei says he doesn’t care about people but he really did seem apologetic to Granny, and when he said his last goodbye to her, he did seem grateful for everything she did for him. I’m sure he really was enjoying his peaceful life there, and unfortunately he knew he couldn’t stay there anymore. I still don’t understand this kid.

Sending out his IBM to attack the police, he said his last goodbye to Granny and ran off. He continued to run into the forest, trying to get away from the police even though he was wounded with bullets. The rest of the episode was another big chase for Kei, but this one was very exciting! Still having Nakano’s phone, Kei made a call and set the phone in a shed, tricking the police (and Tosaki) to run after Nakano there, while Kei would run to where Nakano really was, and set him free. The two run away to where a road is, and they’re about to escape, but they see police cars, and Nakano is suddenly shot at with a tranquilizer gun by none other than Tosaki.

We had a very cool fight afterwards. Tosaki also shot Kei with a tranquilizer, but knowing what fate would await him if he were captured, Kei mustered all his strength to summon another IBM, even when he’s supposed to be at his limit. Tosaki made the big mistake of shooting at both Kei and Nakano with a regular gun, because it ended up killing them and letting them revive. He thought that if he killed them the IBM would disappear. Shimomura sent out her own IBM to fight off Kei’s, but while the boys ran off stealing guns, Kei would continue to regenerate more IBM, which is not normal. Nakano uses his gun to shoot at a police car’s gas tank, and caused an explosion, giving them the perfect opportunity to escape.

ajin24

AHHHHHHHHHHH

The episode ends with Mr. Greedy not getting his money because it was all a rumor, and the boys making their escape. Kei says they aren’t going to run this time, but this time they are going to take down Satou. I really want to know how they’re going to do that. In the end, Satou also makes another video detailing his second wave, “Purification”. Which is murdering the 15 people involved in the whole conspiracy. And if treatment against Ajin still isn’t improved, he’ll move on to his third and final wave: Ruling the country. And at the end of the video, he opened his eyes. And when you see a character who’s eyes are usually closed finally open them, you know it’s bad. And I’m not gonna lie, after that long pause when he opened them, I was actually a little scared. But I was mostly like “AAHHHHHHH HE OPENED HIS EYES!!!! :DDDDDDD”

Final Impression

What an exciting end! A second movie is going to be coming out next month, so I’m not sure if they’re going to do the same thing where if they make an anime again, they take scenes from the movie and put them together, and then have a few episodes of stuff that wasn’t in the movie. If so, I’m not sure if I’d cover it. Here’s one thing about Ajin. Even though it has a cool story, maybe a little generic, I felt that sometimes it could be a little slow. I don’t know if it’s like that in the manga, but I felt the pacing to be slow sometimes where I thought some episodes were a little boring. Sometimes reviewing week by week is fun, other times it feels like a hassle. So if there is another season, I would maybe opt out and just do one big review. Though I’d have to think on it, since I feel like more exciting things are to come.

Like I said, Ajin’s story is a little generic. We have the main character who seems normal but turns out isn’t, being a supernatural being. And a special one at that, as we saw when he produced multiple IBM. These supernatural beings, Ajin, are being mistreated. I’ve seen stuff like this before, but I think I like it better because of Satou and his crazy actions. Usually you would choose peaceful negotiations for rights, but Satou is a straight up terrorist. He’s a terrorist, causing fear and havoc among the people. His methods are over the top, and I find him to be an interesting character.

ajin17Characters themselves, I think was the main problem. I didn’t feel connected to any of them, I don’t know if I particularly like anyone. Kai was in for a little bit, then forgotten about. Same with the sister. I know what kind of person Tosaki is, and I know he’s working hard for his fiancee, and I know his life is in even more danger after that failed attempt at capturing two Ajin, but for some reason I still can’t feel for him. Kei is a special guy. I felt bad for him in the beginning, I still do, but his personality is weird. He can actually be really heartless and rude, and he claims to have never cared about people, but there were times where he actually showed generosity and actual emotion when it came to Kai and Granny. So I can’t really pinpoint who he is exactly, and that makes me interested in him too. Everyone else doesn’t feel so significant to me, there hasn’t been much character development, so that’s a real turn off.

But I think the biggest thing about Ajin that may have been a turn off for people was the CGI. I will honestly say that I’m not a fan of CGI, so I was a little wary about this show even though I was liking the plot. But really after one episode I was already used to the CGI because I thought the CGI was done really well. Sometimes the movements seemed a little clunky, but I noticed later on, and in certain fight scenes, that the CGI was done extremely well. The fights scenes were a joy to watch. I know people aren’t used to this kind of animation, but trust me I’ve seen worse uses of CGI that were so ugly I couldn’t even watch three minutes. But this is not the case, I thought it was done well.

Ajin is going to have two more movies so of course the story is going to be continuing on. I’m excited to see what’ll happen next. I will have to admit that I felt like the anime could be boring at times, and I think the lack of good characters contribute to that, but Ajin was still a fun watch for me. I thought the animation was fine, it had stellar music with a rockin’ OP, the story was a little generic but still interesting for me, and Satou is crazy as hell. Can’t wait to see more.

7/10

ajin20

Didn’t anyone else find this hilarious, because I did.

Haifuri Episode 1 [First Impression]

Wait, what the fuck?

Impression

Holy shit, that got dark.

Haifuri 1 Img033

Haifuri 1 Img025I completely fell for the bait. I was still unwilling to believe it even when Akeno realized they were being attacked by live ammunition. Literally every piece of promotional material (and all the key visuals) thus far has indicated that Haifuri (which is short for ‘high school fleet) would be a comfy slice-of-life. I was expecting lots of classroom antics and fun conversations about meaningless, mundane things with an all-girl cast. I was expecting them to eventually visit the beach, or enjoy fireworks at a summer festival. I was expecting there to be lots of implicit yuri and lolis everywhere. And they would have gotten onto a ship one episode and there might have been a competition between all the classes. But unfortunately, I’m sorry to say, we’re not going to get any of that (except maybe the all-girl cast, yuri and lolis). This isn’t a regular slice-of-life. This has a plot, and we’ve all been baited magnificently (no doubt because money grows on trees at Aniplex). These girls have been attacked, framed for mutiny and are now on the run.

I can’t remember the last time this sort of unexpected twist happened. Muv-Luv Alternative, I think. And before that, Madoka. I knew about the Gakkou Gurashi one because I only watched it after the season had finished. By the time Yuuki Yuuna aired it had already become standard to make cute girls suffer, so the impact of the plot twist in that was lessened slightly. But this was completely different – it was advertised as a CGDCT. I was expecting to finish the episode feeling healed. I did a little research just now and found out that, now that it’s aired, all the key visuals have changed – the official website no longer has this fluffy picture around. It’s now become this. In fact, they even went to a lot of trouble and intentionally put up a misleading billboard in Akiba which, as you can see, was taken down a few hours ago and replaced with the real advertising material. It’s crazy, right? I then wondered how Production IMS were able to afford all this, and apparently it’s being backed by Aniplex and their big bucks. Which of course perfectly explains it. Haifuri is surprisingly well-made compared to the past stuff IMS has churned out, after all. Really good production values. Most of their previous works have been harem stuff like Date A Live, Shinmai Maou or this season’s Hundred – their best anime so far has been Joukamachi no Dandelion, and all those (as good as I think Dandelion is) haven’t had particularly noteworthy animation.

Haifuri 1 Img019All the girls are super cute. All of them. Look at this fluffy loli to the right. Don’t you want to adopt her? I’m surprised Atto (who designed them all, also the Non Non Biyori mangaka) managed to come up with so many diverse character designs. Think of it this way. If each one of these girls was placed in their own sub-par slice-of-life anime, they would probably be best girl. It’s like a best girl collection. I also like the fact that there seem to be a disproportionate number of lolis in the class. The production staff clearly has some individuals amongst them with patrician taste. I wouldn’t classify them all as lolis (some of them are treading a really fine line) but there’s quite a few, even though they’re all supposed to be in high school. Akeno will be a great main character – she would have fitted perfectly in both Haifuri the slice-of-life and Haifuri the… whatever this is. She’s like a cross between Nanoha and Honoka, and I think her smile, cheerfulness and spirit will help get the Harekaze through some dark times. Shiro can be her foil once she’s melted a little more. It’s only a matter of time until she gets befriended. Shiro makes some hilarious expressions by the way, she was definitely my best girl candidate for the first half of the episode. But this is a cast where everyone is a potential best girl, remember? And there can only be one. After some thinking, I’m proud to announce that my best girl is…

Isoroku, the cat.

Haifuri 1 Img015

I’m joking, I’m joking!Even though best girl is not a laughing matter I do love the cat though, his expression is priceless. It was a really hard decision, but eventually I settled on Mei. I think that’s her name, she’s the genki-looking torpedo girl with the red hair ribbon who’s always energetic and got really happy when she heard she could fire on her own comrades. And I love ponytails. I think her design is pure sex, so it’s absolutely perfect that she has such a bubbly personality to go along with it. I think someone on the animation team must like her too, because they put a whole lot of effort into her scenes. As they should, because she’s the cutest and the best. Even if this show is terrible (and it isn’t by far) I would still watch this for her sake. I want to protect her smile.

Haifuri 1 Img023

Haifuri 1 Img027Now. This instructor lady. She’s also cute, but a bitch and very perplexing at the same time. I hope she doesn’t think I’ll forgive her for framing her students just because she’s a little bit cute. I know one of the girls on the bridge were saying that it might just be some glorified method of training, but I really don’t think that’s it. She was definitely trying to frame them, and all that’s unsure is exactly how much of it she’s set up. It’s nothing to do with them being late. Attacking them with live ammo is way too dangerous a response, and there was nothing to indicate that this is what training would be like. The instructor didn’t respond to anyone’s apologies over the radio. Was the Harekaze’s engine problem artificially created in advance so that they’d lose time? It’s true that the Sarushima fired inaccurately on purpose, but was that just to provoke the Harekaze to attack back? It’s also interesting that ‘Munetani’ is the surname of both the high school principal and Shiro – are they related, and does the instructor have some sort of grudge that she’s trying to indirectly satisfy by putting Shiro on a small-time training ship and setting her up? Why else would she go to all this trouble to antagonize some fresh recruits?

Haifuri 1 Img024I guess it’s a good thing that they’ve gone to all these lengths to hide what the show really is about. Haifuri is an anime original, and given what they’ve done so far I think we can really hope for something interesting from this. I didn’t expect it at all, but I’ll take it. It’s still right up my alley after all, even after the twist. It’s stuffed full of cute girls with wonderful character designs and plot-wise is some sort of mix between Kancolle and Girls und Panzer, both of which I’ve blogged. A few questions remain to be answered, the most important of those being exactly how much suffering there’s going to be. Will the Harekaze have to fight the other students? Will they be on the run from all the Blue Mermaids? Will there be angst when Akeno runs into Moka again? Are we going to end up with another Kisaragi incident? Is that why the cast is so huge – because some of them might be killed off? I was initially unsure about blogging this precisely because I thought it’d be a comfy slice-of-life with nothing much for me to say each week, but that’s definitely not the case any more. I don’t know where this will go, but it’s worth paying attention to for sure.

Possibility of Watching: Guaranteed
Possibility of Blogging: Very High

Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 72: Syncope and Transmission

‘,
enableHover: false,
enableTracking: true,
buttons: { twitter: {via: ”}},
click: function(api, options){
api.simulateClick();
api.openPopup(‘twitter’);
}
});
$(‘#facebook’).sharrre({
share: {
facebook: true
},
template: ‘

{total}

‘,
enableHover: false,
enableTracking: true,
buttons:{layout: ‘box_count’},
click: function(api, options){
api.simulateClick();
api.openPopup(‘facebook’);
}
});
$(‘#googleplus’).sharrre({
share: {
googlePlus: true
},
template: ‘

{total}

‘,
enableHover: false,
enableTracking: true,
buttons:{size: ‘tall’},
urlCurl: ‘https://angryanimebitches.com/wp-content/plugins/hueman-addons/assets/front/js/sharrre.php’,
click: function(api, options){
api.simulateClick();
api.openPopup(‘googlePlus’);
}
});

// Scrollable sharrre bar, contributed by Erik Frye. Awesome!
var $_shareContainer = $(“.sharrre-container”),
$_header = $(‘#header’),
$_postEntry = $(‘.entry’),
$window = $(window),
startSharePosition = $_shareContainer.offset(),//object
contentBottom = $_postEntry.offset().top + $_postEntry.outerHeight(),
topOfTemplate = $_header.offset().top,
topSpacing = _setTopSpacing();

//triggered on scroll
shareScroll = function(){
if( ! ( $window.width() > 480) )
return;

var scrollTop = $window.scrollTop() + topOfTemplate,
stopLocation = contentBottom – ($_shareContainer.outerHeight() + topSpacing);

if(scrollTop > stopLocation){
$_shareContainer.offset({top: contentBottom – $_shareContainer.outerHeight(),left: startSharePosition.left});
}
else if(scrollTop >= $_postEntry.offset().top – topSpacing){
$_shareContainer.offset({top: scrollTop + topSpacing, left: startSharePosition.left});
}else if(scrollTop 1024)
topSpacing = distanceFromTop + $(‘.nav-wrap’).outerHeight();
else
topSpacing = distanceFromTop;
return topSpacing;
}

});

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Episode 1: [Frightened Corpse][First Impressions]

vlcsnap-2016-04-07-23h51m48s865

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri or Kanebari of the Iron Fortress.
A lot of people including myself joked about this show saying that it was an Attack on Titan rip off. It’s true that both shows are quite similar in some aspects but I’ll try to mention the name Attack On titan as little as possible.
That’s my personal challenge.
Anyway, let’s jump in!

10 years ago, people shot themselves from the rest of the world behind stations to protect themselves from some sort of zombies/corpses. vlcsnap-2016-04-07-23h45m26s249The only way to travel between the stations is to use a big train called the “Iron Fortress”. We don’t really know anything about the corpses, they have a sort of shiny heart, they are infected people that transformed into corpses quickly after being bitten and seems to die if you make their heart explode. But I’m not sure… I don’t think I’ve heard anyone explaining how to kill a corpse in this episode, so I’m just guessing here. So those corpses are actually quite close to what we call zombies since there’s some “virus” that can be passed from one person to another. Because of that, survivors are “supposed” to be careful and doubtful towards other people. There’s lots of controls to see if people have been bitten and there’s no mercy for infected people, they have to commit some sort of suicide by detonating a bag of powder close to their heart. Everyone is quite paranoiac but that’s quite understandable since zombies aren’t the best thing ever if you want to live a peaceful life.

vlcsnap-2016-04-07-23h34m17s106Meet Ikoma, the supposed hero of the show, who’s a corpse nerd and pissed off by everything that isn’t related to corpses or weapons. From what I understood, he’s been studying corpses and guns in order to create a brand new weapon to kill zombies by exploding their hearts. Why exploding their hearts might you ask… Well, I don’t know yet. Also, Ikoma has a particular vision of things and in my opinion he should chill a bit. He thinks that basically everyone is a coward, afraid of the corpses, that human kind has lost its “humanity” when they decided to protect themselves behind stations, away from the corpses. He seems to hate the samurais and wants to save the maximum people. But I actually don’t understand what he wants. He wants to stop people from suspecting everyone of being infected, wants the humanity to fight against the corpses but rejects it for not saving them and at the same time he’s creating a new weapon to fight the corpses and I’m like… Dude, what’s your point? Do you want to save the survivors? The corpses? What is the difference between your weapon and the basic weapon? Why didn’t you join the guard or something like that if you wanted to save people? Why do you hate samurais so much? There’s no cure yet right? So corpses can’t be saved right now… Just… People can’t save the corpses so don’t call them cowards because they want to kill infected people since ya know, they are going to turn into zombies…
I can understand his vision of the world, like ” humans should not lose they humanity by fear” and I agree with that, but man, that’s quite and idealized vision of the world. I’m not saying that I don’t like it, it’s interesting, I might be dumb but I-I sincerely, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT HE WANTS! GGGRRR I’TS DRIVING ME CRAZY! So let’s move on to the next character and I’ll come back to the Ikoma case later.

Then there’s Takumi, voiced by Yuki Kaiji. He’s the best friend of Ikoma who’s pretty generic. Based on this first episode he appears to me as the best friend, a bit useless, comic relief who do not really share the main protagonist’s idealistic point of view. So yeah, I don’t have much things to say about him, he ‘s generic to me.

vlcsnap-2016-04-07-23h37m10s963Then there’s Mumei the moe bad ass girl. Well, I like her, she’s awesome. I like her more than protag-kun/Ikoma, and that’s something for me since I usually like my bishounens (even if I won’t say that Protag-Kun is a bishounen…). She seems to be part of some sort of sect or other religious organisation since she was with a priest but yeah, you can tell she knows a lot about all that corpse stuff. She also looks like she has a mission to accomplish or something like that and that makes her cool in my agenda.

There’s also Ayame a noble girl who was all “OMG Protag-kun is right” when he told her some philosophical stuff about the corpses. She also looks a bit useless but, you never know. I just hope she’s not going to be here just to be the princess, who shares the hero’s vision and supports him by trying to convince the nobles, her family or who the hell she wants, to do what the hero says. That would be pretty generic and therefore quite boring.
There’s other people but eh, we did not get enough information about them so I can’t really prononce myself.

In this world people seems to suck at survival. The stations are falling one after another being invaded by corpses and receiving no help from the other stations. Humans don’t trust each other anymore and are really, really paranoiac. At some point, a random naked dude suspected of being bitten starts running away and gets shot by the guards even if Ikoma was trying to protect him. I don’t know which one is the dumbest, the guards or the naked guy, who wasn’t bitten after all. Don’t act suspicious if you’re not. Plus, the hero was trying to protect you, god dammit! And the guards are like ” He wasn’t a corpse? Oh well, never mind, you can’t be right all the time, too bad for him”. Yeah, you piece of trash, you’re supposed to protect people, not to kill them. Just how stupid are you?vlcsnap-2016-04-07-23h45m10s242

Human dumbness seems to be what’s going to cause human extinction in this show. It’s actually what causes the corpses’s invasion in the station where Ikoma, the hero, lives. Indeed, in the afternoon, a train arrives at the station early since one of the station where he was supposed to stop has fallen. So they stop the train, inspect everyone and stuff. But then, during the night, another train, which was expected, arrives too but they don’t stop it and let it in like “ Yolo, this one won’t probably have any zombies nor bitten people in it, come my friend, come into the station, I’ll open the gates for you”. But of course there’s some zombies on it and then there’s fire, dead people and so on… I don’t really understand why they left the train entering the station without checking it beforehand… BUT… YEAH… no wonder stations fall so easily…

So there’s zombies everywhere, we get some nice gory action and Ikoma thinks that now is the best time to try out his new weapon, because WHY NOT? It’s not like te world is on fire and everybody is dying right? Oh wait, it is.
But Ikoma is the Hero and Heroes don’t run away so he cut himself to vlcsnap-2016-04-07-23h52m19s350attract a corpse into his house in order to shot him in the heart. But when he cuts himself, he doesn’t cut himself with the corner of an envelope… NO!
Ikoma is someone that likes to do things big, so he takes a huge knife (probably not sterilized) and freaking cut himself to bleed because corpses are attracted to blood. Why does he has to cut himself so badly to attract a corpse when there’s loads of corpses to chose from just next to his house? Eeeeh, don’t ask me.. I don’t know… So he manages to kill a corpse but he’s bitten! OH NO! WHAT A BUMBER! That’s what happens when you play with a corpse, those things are dangerous man. I bet your mom did not tell you, god dammit, kids nowadays, it’s always the parent’s fault. But anyway, Ikoma is infected and because he actually has some balls he tries to burn his wound, to stab it, to strangle himself and so on. He finally manages to make the virus disappears. Although this scene was quite intense, the end just left me… Wut? That’s it? How… Why… Did he… Is it because of the stone?… So It’s that easy? Why did no one ever thought of that? I mean, ok he’s the hero, ok he’s the only one wearing glasses but does this mean that he’s smarter than everyone here? Well, that actually might not be difficult considering the intelligence level of the guards here.

vlcsnap-2016-04-07-23h48m03s126What caught my attention is the fact that corpses have proven to have a little conscience or at least to remember some gestures from their past life. When the train full of corpses arrives we see that some of them are actually operating the train. Then, during the attack, one of the corpses reproduces the pointing movement that a kid made, so those things let me think that corpses may have some sort of conscience. Which is why I can understand Ikoma’s concern about them and why he wants to save them, although I don’t know if he sees them as still human and if he actually want to save them? I’m not even sure… I DON’T KNOW! THIS IS CONFUSING!

The whole atmosphere is a lot gloomier and darker than I thought. The Opening theme fits the show I must say. It reminds me a lot of Shisha no Teikoku, a movie about corpses again, done by WIT Studio and which theme song was also made by EGOIST. Coincidence? I think not. But there’s no Skinny Ass in this show. Damn, I miss Skinny Ass a bit now..

The Animation is really cool and the sound too, so no complaints on this side. The corpse’s attack was nicely done, and the fights got me hyped to see more.

Ikoma is, I don’t know… I can’t really prononce myself, he certainly has a strong will power and seems to do all this shit because before he had a rough past but I’m like ” meh”, I don’t know… His vision of things is a bit too idealistic for me, so I hope someone will explain him that his ideals are cool and everything but reality is something else.

My main concern about this show is that it can be really generic. The whole plot isn’t something new since it has a lot of Shingeki no Kyojin vibes that even if I wanted to ignore them, I couldn’t help it, I just got those good old Shingeki’s vibes and that’s a good thing. It also reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead because zombies obviously, but also because people don’t really trust each other anymore. It’s almost like the real enemy isn’t the zombies but people’s inability of cooperating and trusting each other. Or because they are dumb as fuck… that can be another option too…
But yeah, so far the show seems quite generic to me, even if I’m interested in the “human don’t trust each other anymore” and “corpses are humans too” aspects, I fear that those themes won’t be developed enough.
Furthermore, so far, everything is quite Manichean. The hero wants to save everyone, the soldiers are heartless dicks who can’t think for themselves and the chief samurai/leader of the dummy town tells his daughter that their job is to make everyone follow the rules. I’ve seen those character tropes before and I’m getting quite tired of them.

Bu overall this was a cool start, I’m still confused about a lot of things but I’m sure they will explain things later. It was cool but not the best thing ever, so you won’t see me running around shouting “5/7 BEST ANIMU EVER!”
Anyway, I’m just hoping this show won’t turn into a …

Train wreckBlack-Guy-Meme-Face-Are-You-Serious-14GOT IT?
BECAUSE THERE’S SOME MOTHER FREAKING TRAINS!

SO TRAIN WRECK!

Will I watch this ?: Yup
Will I review this?: Yup again

Attack on Titan comparaisons count: II .
I’m quite proud of myself on this one… I could have made a lot more comparaisons, I did not even mention Eren Jaeger even if I wanted to…
Oh wait…
I just did it right?
Dammit…

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 1: Fortune is Unpredictable and Mutable (First Impression)

Studio Bones is very busy. They had Shirayuki season 2 last season, and in just this Spring season they’re tackling the second season of Concrete Revolutio, big name show Boku no Hero Academia, and another popular series, which is this. Bungou Stray Dogs. And they still have other projects this year, which is ridiculous. But let me tell you, they’re doing well.

I was hoping shows I wanted to review would not come out on Mondays and Wednesdays. I have three classes back to back on those days, and I don’t come home until nighttime. And I go to class early, so basically I’m out of the house the whole day. Come back home, really tired, go shower, eat, do homework, sleep. So I said I would not take any shows that would fall on those days. BUT HEY SURPRISE, THIS SHOW DID. I thought Bungou Stray Dogs would come out Thursday…it does, but in Japan time. Where I live it comes out 10:35 am. I said I wouldn’t, but…ohhhh I really liked this episode.

bsd1.2The episode opens up with a young boy named Atsushi Nakajima. He collapses in front of a river, slowly dying of starvation. We learn that he used to be in an orphanage, but he was suddenly kicked out by them because the orphanage was having money issues. To save some money, they kicked him out to feed one less mouth. From the flashbacks we saw and some monologue from Atsushi, those at the orphanage didn’t seem to like him at all. Having not eaten in days, Atsushi finally musters up the courage to rob the next person he sees. And this part was unusually funny, because the first person he saw was someone blazing through on a motorcycle. Then a group of military men marching. And then when turning around, he sees someone floating down the river, legs sticking out. Atsushi says he won’t help the person, but it really gets to him and he jumps in and drags the man out.

And then we meet Dazai Osamu, a really strange character. Atsushi saved his life, but he’s upset he did because he had purposely tried killing himself. Because for some reason this guy is totally obsessed with suicide, and he wants to commit a suicide that would not trouble others. But since this attempt did, he says he’ll treat Atsushi to something. Since he’s hungry, it’s food. And then all of a sudden we meet another character, Dazai’s partner, Kunikida, who is very angry at his partner for ruining his perfect schedule for the day. The two men take Atsushi to a restaurant to treat him to food.

bsd1.12We learn about the Armed Detective Agency when Atsushi asks about their jobs. The Armed Detective Agency is what it sounds like, a detective agency. But the people that work there possess some sort of supernatural power, and they handle special cases that regular police and detectives can’t handle on their own. They take all kinds of job, but the job that Kunikida and Dazai are in charge of is a dangerous one. They’re in search of a man-eating tiger that’s been spotted causing problems, and at this information Atsushi reacts. He’s forced to tell them that wherever he goes, that tiger follows him. The tiger is also responsible for destroying the already poor orphanage he had stayed in. He thinks the tiger has targeted him and is coming to kill him. Coming up with an idea, Dazai asks Atsushi for his help becoming bait for the tiger so they can capture it. Atsushi freaks out and refuses, but when seeing the cash reward, he changes his mind.

bsd1.21Atsushi and Dazai are sitting in a warehouse, waiting for the tiger to arrive. Funnily enough, Dazai is reading a suicide book in the dark. But he stops, saying something is about to begin. The moon comes into view out of the windows of the warehouse and the moonlight shines inside. Dazai starts reciting the clues Atsushi had given him, such as when and where he and the tiger were, noting the coincidences of it all. It’s then that under the moonlight, Atsushi undergoes a transformation, and he turns into a tiger! Resulting that, he was the tiger all along. The problem is that Atsushi doesn’t even know this and can’t even control his power, as with many people with supernatural powers. In his tiger form he attacks at Dazai, but Dazai easily restrained him because his power is a type that can make another person’s power null just by touching them. Just with a touch of his finger, Atsushi turns back into his human self. WHAT AN OP POWER!

Knowing all this, It’s obvious that the reason why Atsushi was kicked out of the orphanage was because the people knew he was the tiger, but they never told him. It also explains the hurtful things they shouted at him, such as being a good for nothing. When he comes to, Dazai makes the decision to invite Atsushi to join him, and the rest of the Armed Detective Agency.

Berry’s First Impression

I loved this episode! It was unusually very funny. Dazai is certainly a strange man, being obsessed with killing himself. I laughed when he called the suicide book he was reading a “good” book. And the way he pointed out the beam in the restaurant a good spot to hang himself. But he’s weird because he can act silly, but the scene in the end with him fending off Atsushi, he was very serious and cool! He’s so entertaining. I felt the comedy to have a good balance with everything else so I very much enjoyed it’s silliness. It was funny when it needed to be, and it was serious when it needed to be, so I was very entertained the whole time.

bsd1.23I’m so excited to learn more about this Armed Detective Agency. It sounds like having supernatural powers is common, so I’d like to know why. I heard somewhere that the names of the characters take names from Japanese authors, and I don’t know if I’ll be missing references. The only one I knew was Edogawa Ranpo. I think it’s pretty cool. Also, I love the names of their abilities such as No Longer Human, Thou Shalt Not Die, Be Not Defeated by the Rain. They’re really unique! And I’m sure the names are actually titles of books, or chapters, or short stories, or poems written by the author they’re named after. I’m really loving this atmosphere! And of course I’m curious to see what their abilities are.

I had a feeling I would love this show, and so far I really do. Fun characters, good action, good humor, fantastic animation, and I loved the songs of the OP and ED. So far, I can’t find any faults…except for the fact that THIS COMES OUT ON A WEDNESDAY. But still, I really wanted this show and I sure as hell am going to take it. This show gave us a great first impression, so I’m expecting a memorable watch.

Possibility of watching: Of course.

Possibility of blogging: Definitely!

Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 71: Hope and Suffering

‘,
enableHover: false,
enableTracking: true,
buttons: { twitter: {via: ”}},
click: function(api, options){
api.simulateClick();
api.openPopup(‘twitter’);
}
});
$(‘#facebook’).sharrre({
share: {
facebook: true
},
template: ‘

{total}

‘,
enableHover: false,
enableTracking: true,
buttons:{layout: ‘box_count’},
click: function(api, options){
api.simulateClick();
api.openPopup(‘facebook’);
}
});
$(‘#googleplus’).sharrre({
share: {
googlePlus: true
},
template: ‘

{total}

‘,
enableHover: false,
enableTracking: true,
buttons:{size: ‘tall’},
urlCurl: ‘https://angryanimebitches.com/wp-content/plugins/hueman-addons/assets/front/js/sharrre.php’,
click: function(api, options){
api.simulateClick();
api.openPopup(‘googlePlus’);
}
});

// Scrollable sharrre bar, contributed by Erik Frye. Awesome!
var $_shareContainer = $(“.sharrre-container”),
$_header = $(‘#header’),
$_postEntry = $(‘.entry’),
$window = $(window),
startSharePosition = $_shareContainer.offset(),//object
contentBottom = $_postEntry.offset().top + $_postEntry.outerHeight(),
topOfTemplate = $_header.offset().top,
topSpacing = _setTopSpacing();

//triggered on scroll
shareScroll = function(){
if( ! ( $window.width() > 480) )
return;

var scrollTop = $window.scrollTop() + topOfTemplate,
stopLocation = contentBottom – ($_shareContainer.outerHeight() + topSpacing);

if(scrollTop > stopLocation){
$_shareContainer.offset({top: contentBottom – $_shareContainer.outerHeight(),left: startSharePosition.left});
}
else if(scrollTop >= $_postEntry.offset().top – topSpacing){
$_shareContainer.offset({top: scrollTop + topSpacing, left: startSharePosition.left});
}else if(scrollTop 1024)
topSpacing = distanceFromTop + $(‘.nav-wrap’).outerHeight();
else
topSpacing = distanceFromTop;
return topSpacing;
}

});

Hundred – Episode 1 [Little Garden] [First Impression]

vlcsnap-00002

Hundred is my second crack at an ecchi harem here on AAB, and compared to Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut from last season, I’m already far more impressed with this show than with the former.

Hundred opens with a flashback. A large creature called a Savage is attacking a town. The main character, Hayato Kisaragi, is holding an unnamed silver-haired person in his arms. When the creature attacks, they are thrown away from each other. Blood is everywhere. When Hayato wakes up, he remembers where he is: in a military-type airplane on his way to the academic city-ship, Little Garden. Little Garden appears to be a military school, where students are trained to be a type of soldier called a Slayer. People who resonate with magical stones called Hundreds (named for the many, many forms a Hundred can take) can train to become a Slayer, and their goal is to protect humanity by fighting Savages.

vlcsnap-00006Once Hayato lands and reaches the campus, he meets a young boy named Emile Crossfode, who recognizes him and is ecstatic to see him – but Hayato has never seen this person before. Except in, you know, his dream, but he hasn’t put two and two together yet. Emile introduces Hayato to a couple of his friends, and then their group makes their way to the opening ceremony.

At the ceremony, two girls who arrive late are expelled by Little Garden’s military “queen”, Claire Harvey. She has a no-nonsense stance on mistakes, for when in battle against a Savage, even a small mistake can get a Slayer killed. When Emile jumps to his feet to protest their expulsion, he is expelled too. Hayato takes a stand against this decision, and Claire makes him a deal: if he can beat her in a Hundred battle, she will reverse her decision.

After the opening ceremony, Emile takes the opportunity to introduce Hayato to her friend Charlotte Dimandius, the main technologist on Little Garden and the chief Hundred researcher, and her assistant Meimei. Who… is dressed like and behaves as a cat. Char gives Hayato his Hundred, and Emile takes it upon himself to help Hayato train for the upcoming battle. For you see, Hayato had never before used a Hundred when he applied to enter Little Garden, but he miraculously set a new high frequency record score.

Hayato’s Hundred is the Flying Swallow, a sword with a shield over his right arm and shoulder. Emile summons his Hundred, a winged model called Arms Shroud. Together they they train until the early evening. Afterwards Hayato finds a ton of messages on his phone and realizes he forgot to visit his younger sister Karen after the opening ceremony. He rushes off to go see his sister, leaving Emile to return to the dormitory alone.

Later that night after returning home from the hospital, Hayato accidently walks in on Emile getting changed in Hayato’s room post-shower. Emile freaks out, vlcsnap-00019but once he calms down he reveals they’re roommates. Surprise! My bet is we’re going to get lots of ecchi situations resulting from this arrangement, at least until Emile’s secret is revealed.

The next day is the big day. Claire and Hayato face off in an arena, with the other students watching from up in the bleachers. The duo launch their Hundreds and prepare for battle. Who will be the winner??

My thoughts: How would I describe Hundred? If Neon Genesis Evangelion met Final Fantasy VIII and they had a baby, Hundred would be that offspring. It’s a nice blend of sci-fi, mecha and comedy, with a little ecchi mixed in.

The animation is solid, though I’m not a fan of the opening theme song. (I’m sure this is unrelated, but given that I feel that Hundred has some similarities with FFVIII, I thought it was ironic that the closing theme song is called “Eyes on Me”, lulz.) But do you know what got my attention the most? The possibility that we might get a different kind of fanservice in addition to the regular naked-skin-and-big-breasts. Seriously, Hayato’s physique in his variable suit? Hot damn!

Emile is obviously not a male. There are several hints sprinkled throughout the episode, references that he is not the gender he claims to be. I’m curious to see how that revelation will be played out later in the season.

This was a good start to a new show, and if this kind of performance continues, I will be happy to cover Hundred.

Possibility of Watching: High
Possibility of Blogging: High