Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu Episode 12: Girls Beyond the Wasteland (Final Impression)

“Only the ones with passion burning in their hearts can grasp their dreams in this cruel wasteland!”

I don’t know why I had such a want to watch this, but I did. And I watched it all, and here we are at the end of this show. And the day of the first day of sales has arrived, and what will happen with Team Rokuhara? Well let me be honest and say that I didn’t even know how to start this review because in less than 10 minutes into the episode without any build up or tension, we learned that Rokuhara did indeed beat Typhoon in their little contest. And getting the news so suddenly, I didn’t even know how to react. Literally it’s just the team walking to the club room, Kuroda on the phone and then giggling to herself, and she says they won. That’s it. And I thought something would go wrong in the next couple minutes because I swear, I was less than 10 minutes in, we got the important news already. But no they really did win, and I just sat there…blankly, for the rest of the episode.

[HorribleSubs] Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu - 12 [1080p].mkv0026And then the rest of the episode, they go out to eat at a restaurant and celebrate their victory. Ahh…fine. It turned out in the end, Asamori-san completely sold out immediately and ZEGA (which totally isn’t Sega) called Kuroda to make plans to make twice as much as the 3,000 units they sold. As for the Taiga game, they also sold out, but they were only asked to make 2,000 more, so Rokuhara ended up winning. And the thing is, Asamori-san is a low price game so it’s easier to buy it than Taiga, which is a full price game. Also, Asamori-san is a casual simple game that panders to the otaku audience (yuck), while Taiga is more deep and mature. So Asamori-san selling more wasn’t too big a deal. I guess? So yeah, they won.

And so after that they all celebrate, help Kuroda’s brother with his debt as well. Kuroda confronts everyone and asks them if they want to make another game with her, but a game where they have a more flexible schedule and can make a game where they don’t have to worry if it’ll sell or not, just any type of game they want. But everyone’s like No way, Kuroda, that attitude won’t work in the wasteland or some other crap I didn’t care about. And then in the very end, there was some stuff with Hosokawa that didn’t matter at all, and the show ended with the team hanging out on the roof, the girls painting the stuff that you see in the ending credits.

Final Impressions

I did not like the ending. At all. They didn’t make the build up to the day of the sales exciting or anything, and I felt that just in a matter of seconds we learned they won and that’s it. And then afterwards it was so happy and chill that I thought something was going to happen to change things, but nope. We were just given the news, and we were supposed to be happy for the team. But I wasn’t. I was blank, because I didn’t feel anything.

[HorribleSubs] Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu - 12 [1080p].mkv0020I thought that with this show, we would learn more about how to make a game. And even though the anime was supposed to be about making a game, this anime didn’t teach us anything or show us anything. We had the writing, but we never got to see what the plot was or events that happened. We had the programmer, but we didn’t see how the game was put together. We had the artist, and we did see some of the art, but not most of it. And the voice acting episode was boring. Also, Kuroda did a lot of work in the background and I wish we could have seen that more. I don’t like comparing, but with Shirobako I felt that I was part of the studio making the anime. With Sore ga Seiyuu, I felt I was there with the girls with their voice acting. But here, I didn’t feel that because we never got an in depth look at things. The plot of this was making a game, and that’s certainly what they did, but there were other things that got in the way that now that the anime ended, it was completely unnecessary.

So Yuuka had this crush on Bunta, which we saw because she got angry at Bunta while also being jealous. The show looked like it wanted to bring in some romance, maybe a love triangle. It did stuff, like give us drama regarding that issue, and gave us an entire episode with Yuuka and Bunta. Kuroda at one point did show a little interest in Bunta, but nothing ever happened. They were really pushing the romance but did nothing with it, and I should feel glad but I’m not because what is the point of bringing in potential romance when you’re not even going to do anything with it? Why bring up the boring and dumb drama when no one is going to end up with each other? It just means that the time related to the romance stuff could have been used for other things.

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu - 12.mkv0009I wasn’t a fan of the other pieces of conflict they tried to do. The story was a huge problem, but characters were as well. I did not feel attached to any of them, and when I actually had grown fond of Andou, she did things that were way out of line and didn’t get any kind of punishment, and so I ended up not liking her anymore. And with the other characters being bland, and Kuroda annoying me at times too, I just didn’t care about any of them, or their problems, or with the outcome of their game. Bunta was the main male, but he was just so plain and he was too wishy washy. Kuroda was the main female, and sometimes I found her irritating by not taking into consideration the workload for the team, but it all didn’t make sense until we learned she was making the game to pay her brother’s debts. But still, even though it did make me interested for a while, the matter was handled quickly. Atomu was plain and forgettable, Andou betrayed me, Yuuki is also forgettable but it’s still funny that a small shy girl like her loves drawing porn, and poor Yuuka was useless for a long time. Also, tt was funny how in their celebratory dinner they talked about how nice it was that they could be honest with each other, but I felt that sometimes they weren’t.

Animation? Mediocre. Quality was just not good. Taking one good look at it and you feel surprised that this was produced in 2015/2016. Sound is another thing that I didn’t care for. I don’t remember the OST. The opening song was okay and I liked the singer’s vocals, but I ended up skipping the opening after a few episodes. The ending theme as well.

The show started off good, and I will admit that I had some good laughs such as when Kuroda tried acting out tropes in real life and them going wrong. It’s just that this was not a strong show. After a couple episodes it started to decline on me. The characters did not develop, except for maybe Kuroda. She was a girl who was always alone but she opened up herself more and likes being in a team, but she is still a boring character along with everyone else. They have no substance. We didn’t learn anything about making games, and even though we watched them make a game we didn’t really know what their game was about. We didn’t go into depth about it, which was disappointing. All in all, I have to be honest and say that this show really wasn’t so good. Though I’m not particularly mad about it, maybe because I used up all my anger and frustrations on Prince of Stride. Though this show wasn’t as bad as Prince of Stride, it hardly did any better. Which is sad, because this show also started out promising but it let me down as well.

5/10

Prince of Stride: Alternative Episode 12: End of Summer – And Beyond (Final Impressions)

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Hmm, you don’t say.

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Look at them run.

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Whoa, surprise ending!

;>_>

If you can’t tell how sarcastic I’m being, then you haven’t read my other reviews. We have finally made it to the end of this anime, the, ahem…End of Summer, to be exact. It’s the time the team, and the main three characters, have been waiting for. But at the last minute of their training, they decide to change the order of the runners. Instead of being the starter, Takeru proposed for Riku to be the anchor. And who’s the anchor of team Kakyoin? Tomoe, of course. Takeru knows that Riku will run his best when running with Tomoe and that it has to be this way. Riku also begs the team to change the order, and they all agree with some hesitancy from Heath. And so then they practice extra harder for the new running order, because they have never practiced with Riku as anchor or in any different order really. So with the competition a couple weeks away, we get what we always get in a sports anime. A training montage! After all that we see the team in the club room, Riku talking about his excitement and nervousness about the race ahead of them, and they’re all pumped up.

It’s then the day of the race arrives. We see past characters again, such as Saisei saying good luck and other stuff. We also see the past teams such as the green team and the shitty pink team, all cheering for Honan. They all take their places and this is the moment when Riku finally confronts his brother properly.

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0058The race starts, and while it starts we hear Riku talking to Tomoe about how he pretended to hate Stride but would always skip the bus and run to school, how he met great people in the team, how he’s changed, all the emotions in the sport or something, and all of that. He’s now more confident and is ready to race his brother. He tells Tomoe not to go easy on him, and Tomoe replied that he never went easy on him when running. And…well yeah. I knew that too. It was just Riku’s insecurities getting in the way, Tomoe never did anything wrong. But hey here we are. So Takeru also gets his own monologue talking about how Stride is important to him, especially Riku (and Nana being mentioned a little) because Riku helped him find something he wanted to do in life and….I’ll talk about this later.

It’s finally Riku’s turn to run with Tomoe, and everyone shouts their words of encouragement and stuff and…we don’t even get to see the end of the race. It skips us seeing them at the finish line, and it just jumps back to Nana running to school and playing the same scene from the first episode with the boys jumping the fence and Riku rolling into the tree. The three of them go to the club room where Heath and Ayumu play Shogi, and Kuga’s reading a beginner’s book of the game with Hozumi next to him. Everyone is happy and Nana shouts to make another great day, and they all leave to practice. While they walk out we get a view of a magazine on their table, and then the camera zooms in to the page where it says Honan High School won the End of Summer.

And their story continues…I guess.


Berry’s Final Impression

Prince of Stride: Alternative. I’m still not sure what the Alternative in the title is supposed to mean. That this is an alternative to other sports anime you can watch? Well, I certainly wouldn’t want to watch this again. I mean what happened? Madhouse, why?! After a commercial success from One Punch Man, and also getting good feedback from handling Ore Monogatari (even though I wasn’t a fan, read my reviews here if you haven’t), Madhouse had a pretty good run last year (I was not a fan of Overlord either). But the pain of Prince of Stride being a flop is even more worse when the last thing Madhouse did was One Punch Man, which was insane. I’m a huge fan of Madhouse, as they’ve made a myriad of amazing shows. So Prince of Stride not being good was…disappointing. I had a lot of high hopes for this show and was really excited and was ultimately let down by my favorite studio. What are the problems with this show?

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0069Well, Prince of Stride was the adaptation of a visual novel, an otome game. And when people commented telling us that, I was surprised, and I’m still surprised. For the anime they took out the romance and instead focused on the sport. And from other things people have told us, they took little drama things from the game and inserted them in weird spots in the anime, leaving some drama to be talked about once and then that’s it. I guess the plot of this show, like any other sports anime, is win the main tournament. Along the way to reach this goal they’re going to have drama. And the drama was not good, simply put. Sometimes, it was downright laughable. Such as the incident with the Stride club losing popularity in the school because of the incident that took place with Heath and Kuga, and the stupid misunderstanding.

I’ll start with the one good drama. Ayumu, who was reduced to comic relief. He had real problems. He originally the lone member of the Shogi club but was then dragged into the Stride club. He’s not the most athletic, but he’s still good enough to keep up with the others. But he still didn’t feel good enough and thought himself of a nuisance, and when he wanted to prove himself useful to the team, that led to him getting hurt and having to stop running. I thought Ayumu’s problem was handled well, but again I can’t feel for him too much as the focus on him shifted away, so that sucks.

Ayumu’s problem led to the next, with the dumb situation with Kuga. We all know what happened, but we spent like two episodes with all this crap where Riku was the only smart one saying “Hey, who cares? Those mean third years aren’t here anymore, so come back to the team?” All they needed to do was explain what really happened, and then that would be it. But they had to drag everything out, and it was unnecessary and also kind of funny, in a bad way.

Riku’s drama with Tomoe…please. It wasn’t that Tomoe was an awful brother, because he wasn’t. He was actually very kind and sweet, and he always cheered on his little brother and encouraged him. It was just Riku trying to git gud and failing at it.

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0061Also, the childhood thing? With Riku, Nana, and Takeru? I’m sorry but it frustrated me. No, I’m not believing that Riku and Nana didn’t recognize each other after only 6 years. They looked exactly the same as children, Nana had the same hairstyle! They…looked…the…same. And like Charibo had said, how could they forget such an important promise such as going to the same high school together and going to the EOS? How did they lose communication with each other since then as they looked to be such close friends? In the final race, Takeru had his own internal monologue, saying things that he promised Riku he’d win. But then all of a sudden he starts talking about how important Riku is to him because he was the one that got him into Stride, he found something he wanted to do because of Riku, he was moved by his serious emotions in his Relation, but you know the problem with everything he said in that moment? HE NEVER SAID ANY OF THIS BEFORE. AND NOT ONCE DID I EVER SEE TAKERU FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT RIKU. He barely said all of this now, in the finale, when he was distant with Riku for a long time. He never showed it! It’s just like the insert song in the show that they play 1000 times in their races says…

YOU GOTTA SHOW ME

Characters were another problem. The characters were flat, dull, boring, uninteresting, you can insert any other synonym of “boring” here. I could not feel for any of them, except maybe Ayumu. I thought Nana was the main character, but the poor girl was ignored. The characters were just so bland that I couldn’t really get attached to any of them, even Heath. Not even Heath could save this show. The dumb drama hurt the characters as well.

Madhouse being known for great animation, it wasn’t shown here. The animation was mediocre at best, and sometimes it looked downright ugly. Sometimes the colors could be a little too bright. I felt like they could have done better with the races, like show us different dynamic angles of their legs, since Stride is a sport that’s all about running. Speaking of Stride…

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0002WHAT THE HELL IS STRIDE? I get it’s like an extreme version of track and field, but just what is it? There are things I don’t get about it. The races contain obstacles where the runners can jump over, run off of walls, and other showy things with their parkour. But there doesn’t seem to be a point to it. The thing that I got out of all these 12 episodes is that speed matters because they only counted time. The fastest team wins. But why add obstacles? Such as with hurdle races, you jump the hurdles and cross the finish line. But with Stride, as we saw with Ayumu, you can just skip the obstacles because it’s optional. So why are they there in the first place? If crossing the obstacles were mandatory, then it’d make sense. Or if Stride was about points, and you could only get points from doing something with the obstacles, then okay! But…no, none of that is there. And even though the anime was supposed to focus more on the sport aspect, I thought that they really did fail with this.

I’m done with this show. I’m literally done with this show. Dumb drama, boring characters, confusing sport, lackluster animation, Prince of Stride did not deliver. Not even the A+ cast could save this show. We have Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Ono, Ryouhei Kimura, the infamous Kana Hanazawa, even more, you have the best of the best here, and the show was still shit. 4/10, it was disappointing. There are other great sports anime you can watch instead of this so I recommend that you don’t bother.

Thanks for keeping up with this show with us!

Charibo’s Final thoughts

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You know, sometimes in life you need to stop running away from your problems and need to finally face them once and for all in order to solve them or if you cannot solve them, to burn them with fire. That’s how I feel after watching the last episode of Prince Of stride. I’ve tried to avoid the problem for too long. Thinking that I was the one misunderstanding the show and thinking that “it’ll be okay, things will work out fine in the end”. But it didn’t. I did not work out well in the end. The end of this show left me with the impression of a giant middle finger, telling me: ” Oooh, you’re still here? You really thought it was going to get better? You thought everything will make sense in the end? Ahaahahah you’re so naive child. Fuck you, you’ll get no reward for wasting your time on this show.”

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So that’s it. Prince of Stride has finally ended after 12 weeks… 5 hours. This show took 5 hours of my non precious time. And you know what? I’m quite pissed off. I don’t mind spending time watching stuff that I like. HunterxHunter took me 61 hours of my life, I spent 31 hours watching high school guys playing Baseball and I did not even know the rules of baseball at the time. But I don’t regret spending them watching it… But I do regret for Prince of Stride. Why? Because it was bad, so I’m mad. Let’s end this once and for all, I’ll close the POS case and put in in a shelf with lots of locks on it, next to Diabolik Lovers, Boku no Pico, Mars of Destruction and other shit Harem anime cases.

Art: First, I thought it was king of refreshing. The fluo colors everywhere were a bit disturbing for my poor eyes not used to the light, since I live under a rock but after a while I actually thought those colors were kind of nauseating. The animation quality also dropped a lot around the middle of the show. The characters were drawn quickly and faces became derpy. It’s a bishounen show, how can you explain that expect from Heath and Reiji, I don’t find the guys attractive? Well, the art has a lot to play in it… In the end, the guys were closer to some kind of noodles than actual humans. And I’m not so sure about their faces proportions too…

Sound: MEH, MEH and MEH again. I’m not the biggest fan of that kind of music. I don’t even know which kind of music it is… Anyway, the music was here trying to get me pumped for the races but I couldn’t care… The same tracks were used all the time especially the annoying ” You’ve got to show me” one. You know what? Don’t, don’t show me anything. I don’t want to.

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0028Story: Ok, so the line is pretty basic but I wasn’t expecting much. It’s a sports anime after all. But here, it’s not working. I don’t know who to blame. Should we blame the Otome game for having a bad story or the anime for making the bad choices regarding the different routes’s adaption? Thing is, Prince of Stride was falling between two stools or like we say in French, it had its “ass between two chairs”. On one side we had the sport aspect and on the other side the Otome/drama part. While the stride part was put before everything else in the first episodes, the anime focused on the Otome/side plot on the last episodes. I found the races not trilling at all. I was bored watching them. It was fun at the beginning but it got boring after a while. To be honest I hate running in general since I don’t see the point but that’s just me. I also hate Ping pong and swimming but I liked watching Free and Ping Pong the animation. Here, the striding part bored me to death. Also like Berry said, what the actual hell is stride? But it’s not like I care now…
Then, the Otome/ drama part… God, that, THAT WAS THE WORST PART. The whole “Kuga hurt Heath” to protect the club left me wondering “Why? Who cares?”, the brother inferiority complex was unnecessary, I grew up to hate Riku during that part, Nana’s father part was just ” ugggn, why?!” and the childhood stuff killed me… NO… Actually I was dead before, but without knowing it… The childhood stuff found my body and stabbed it with a silver fork… I’ve already explained why it was lame and unbelievable in my last review and Berry made a pretty good job summarizing the problem with that part so I’ll just leave it there. Drama= WORST PART

Characters: When you watch a reverse Harem anime you’re kind of expecting the main heroine to be a limp noodle, since you’re supposed to identify with her. I’ve never thought it was a compliment though but that’s not the point. In reverse Harem animes, the attention is actually focused on the guys. So you have to give them nice personalities and stuff otherwise there’ll be nothing left to save in your show. Well, in POS, that’s the case. There’s nothing left to save. Nana is useless and invisible, is she even their friend, I’m not so sure… And the guys are boring too. They are not attractive nor funny. I’ve said that Reiji was the best guy and I still think he’s the best guy of the show but against some other guys from other animes he won’t stand a chance. He’s mostly the best guy because he’s not involved in some shit drama.

Final Note: 4/10

It’s a bit harsh, I know. But I don’t like seeing people shouting everywhere that this anime was good since it wasn’t. Honestly, I think the only target audience for the show was the shipping Yaoi fans… Other than that I don’t see who can enjoy this. It was technically bad, the episodes were poorly written and the characters are just forgettable. Other than being shipping material Prince of Stride was nothing, it was a shittier version of Free. Like, Free: Shit Parkour edition.

Ajin Episode 1: The History of a Relationship We Never Had (First Impression)

I’m sorry this is late, I had no idea this show was even out. Which is bad for me to say since I was really excited about this show.

Well…this is a weird show, alright. I know from the get go that people have been complaining that this is in CG, and I can’t really blame them. I know the animation industry has been trying new things like this CG style, and for the most part it turns people away. And I am one of them. One reason why I didn’t watch Knights of Sidonia was because of the CG, even though people said the show was really good. Also….mecha. Ah, mecha. But yeah, I’ve never been fond of CGI anime, it’s not my style. They always seem so…clunky. For the lack of a better word I can’t think of right now. The movements are a little weird, sometimes the CGI looks like bad graphics from a video game 10 years ago. BUT! I read the synopsis of this show and it sold me right away, I thought it sounded amazing and even though I knew it would be in CGI, I told myself that I would watch this and get a first impression post out.

[DeadFish] Ajin (2016) - 01 [720p][AAC].mp40072Ajin is a really interesting, albeit confusing show right now. Our main character is a teenage boy named Kei. He seems like a typical guy, hangs out with some friends, he’s studious, though a little quiet. Some say he’s a little weird. What I thought weird about him was that over and over in the episode he kept saying that he needed to grow up to be a “better human being”. Which was probably a red flag that…hey, with these Ajins around there’s a good chance that this kid is not human. And also because the synopsis said that, from what I remember. And he did show some behavior that he may have unconsciously knew that he was Ajin.

What are Ajins? So far, I don’t really know. All the info we got about them is that they were recently discovered 17 years ago in Africa, which we saw in the first couple minutes. They were immortal soldiers that were in a place called “God’s Army”. They were found out as the American Army landed in that spot in Africa and ever since then they’ve been known and captured. Worldwide, there are 46 Ajin, and in Japan there are 2. But then we found out later that it’s not 3.

The Ajin appear as black ashy figures, no face or anything. Apparently they have a unique voice, which we saw later with Kei. After walking home from the hospital, he got ran over by a truck and all his classmates saw it. He lay under the truck in a pool of blood. Any person would have died from that, but in a matter of seconds Kei crawled out from under the truck and stood up. But he panicked when everyone realized he was an Ajin. There’s a rumor flying around that you get a money reward if you turn in an Ajin, and seeing as how one of his “friends” asked about that in class he ran away. And now there’s a manhunt for Kei, with his picture plastered across every screen in Japan. With the help of an old friend, Kei escapes.

Which is basically the gist of all of it. There were a lot of things that didn’t make sense to me and it only leaves speculation. I say Kei unconsciously knew he was an Ajin because he had weird visions and he seemed to have some knowledge of the Ajins.

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No, Translater, I don’t think he meant the Ajin. I think he meant why did the dog die. And then he turned around and there was the Ajin behind him. So I have no idea if he was born an Ajin, became an Ajin at that moment, or became an Ajin when he was hit by the truck. Though I really doubt the last one.

The most probable is that he was born an Ajin. I say that because his mother keeps telling him to be a better human being, so it sounded like she knew he wasn’t human. But can regular humans give birth to Ajin? And how do you get to be an Ajin? And really, what are Ajin? There’s too many questions with no answers.

Also what’s up with the amnesiac sister?

A strange show, but it still caught my attention. I’m not a fan of the CGI but I didn’t pay attention to it too much because I was too focused on what was actually happening. This is the type of show where I’m probably gonna come up with some weird theories, like with last season’s Subete ga F ni Naru. Ahhh…I hope you’re prepared for that.

Possibility of watching: Guaranteed

Possibility of blogging: Guaranteed

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode 1 (First Impression)

Good morning, class is back in session.

As expected of Assassination Classroom, we have to start off with some fun. Which I don’t mind sometimes, but with the first episode of the new season, I thought that we would get a little hint at least what we would be expecting from the new season. We kind of did, but they only lasted for a couple seconds while the rest of the episode was fun events happening. Well, I’m kind of used to this with this show. Though I did like this episode, seriously it was funny.

The first half we start off immediately after the scary events that happened at the finale of the first season. After Takaoka being defeated and everyone getting over their little illness, the group decides to make the most of the little time of their summer trip. This will probably be the only time they’ll ever snag this trip so they really have to live it up. Especially Koro-sensei, because he spent most of it in that little bubble thing. Because he’s an overpowered jerk. So he proposes a test of courage which he set up in a cavern by the beach. He made everyone pair up in boy-girl pairs, and he’d play the part of the ghost. At first glance this seems like an actual test of courage, with Koro-sensei innocently scaring the kids, but of course that’s not what it is. Koro-sensei wants to hook them up with each other, trying to make couples out of some of them. Sensei is the type of guy to love drama and gossip, and he wants the kids to get together so he can make fun of them, or to make a novel. But of course the kids saw through this and instead scared him in the cavern.

[HorribleSubs] Assassination Classroom S2 - 01 [1080p].mkv0045He may not have sparked love among the students, but he and the kids saw someone in love after the test of courage. The busty Irina, clinging onto Karasuma. She’s always been trying to get his attention, and hey, we find out she has a thing for him. And I don’t blame her, he’s really hot. Everyone seems to like Karma, but I have my eye on Karasuma-sensei. Even if he is a square. So, upon learning this, showing just how sleazy they are, the group decides to help Irina-sensei get with Karasuma. They talk about clothes and try to get her dress more neatly, but that didn’t work out. RIP to Kanzaki’s dress being stretched out at the chest, she won’t be wearing that anymore. Then comes her cooking him a nice dinner, but they’ve only seen Karasuma eat only burgers and cup ramen. Then they bring up Karasuma’s type of woman, but…he’s just weird. Really, all the problems come down to Karasuma because he really is a square.

Either way, they all help her out and Irina is really touched. The girls help her with hair and clothes, while the boys help set the mood of the dinner. They made it so the students would take over the dining area and kick the teachers outside, and outside was a table for two on the beach, in front of the sunset. Sounds romantic to me! As both teachers sit there, Irina notes how amateurish everything is compared to all the high-class places she’s been in, but because the students did this for her, she loves it. And them. Aww, see, she’s not a Bitch-sensei, she’s a…something. Anyway, the dinner is a little awkward because the only thing Karasuma talks about is assassination. Seeing as the dinner was going nowhere, Irina grabs Karasuma’s napkin, kisses it, then presses the kissed part on his lips. She tells him she likes him, then leaves. AWW DARN IT! She didn’t say love, she said like. So dammit. Also, Karasuma is a fucking idiot because he thought the kiss napkin thing was a new assassination move or something idk he’s stupid.

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YOU DENSE FUCK

So then that finishes and then we get the second half, which is easier to describe. There’s still some days left of summer vacation, so Koro-sensei tries to round up as much of the students to a summer festival. It’s a decent turn out, and the kids are having fun. But because their assassination skills are so good, they dominate all the festival games like the shooting gallery, the water balloon thing, and the goldfish scooping. Then blah blah, they all have fun and watch the fireworks together, ready for the second term to start.

Some interesting things happened. At the end, we saw Karasuma in his meeting about Koro-sensei, the 10 billion yen reward still standing if he were killed. But that reward is only for someone that kills him by themself. Seeing as how Koro-sensei can be cornered with a group assassination, if a group kills him, the reward will be 30 billion yen.

Also, while sensei was finding people to go to the festival, he really was desperate and called up Irina’s teacher. After declining, he hung up the phone and a man walked up to him. And shot and killed him. Uh oh. We didn’t see the guys face, but since he was in the opening we’ll be seeing him later on.

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The plot of Assassination Classroom is the same. Kill Koro-sensei before the school year ends or else he destroys the Earth? Why would he do that? We…still don’t know yet. All we know about Koro-sensei so far is that he was a human experiment that went wrong, which turned him into this yellow octopus thing, the lab he was in seemed to have exploded, there was a female scientist he seemed to have loved, he blew up a part of the moon, then came to this classroom of unloved students to be their teacher, and unless he’s not killed before the school year ends, he’ll kill everyone on Earth by blowing up the planet. Really, that’s all we got from the first season, and see this is my problem with Assassination Classroom.

Why be a teacher? Why make wonderful bonds with your students, just to be killed, or kill them? Why blow up the planet, what’s his problem? Why all of this? And what happened in that lab? I don’t mind episodes like this because they can be fun and funny, while some can be pointless and boring, and those kinds irritate me we can use that time to learn more about the mystery of Koro-sensei. Also, the premise is another thing. Seeing how overpowered Koro-sensei, killing him looks basically impossible. The kids have tried so many assassination attempts, but none of them worked. The one in the summer trip was extremely well-thought out and clever that it looked like it was going to work…until sensei turned into that indestructible bubble thing. And that’s pretty frustrating. To see failed assassination attempts one after another will get old fast, I feel like there’s no point in watching. There’s not much else. Because the end of the school year is going to arrive one day, then what? They die? The manga is still going and I don’t know where the anime is in the manga, but I’m going to guess that when the school year does come to an end, something is going to stop Koro-sensei from destroying Earth.

Will we learn more about Koro-sensei, and will the plot actually have more substance? Those are questions I’m asking myself as I enter this second season. Don’t get me wrong, Assassination Classroom is still enjoyable. It’s hard keeping track of the names for all the students, but I like them. Some of them have gotten some nice development, they’re all funny, and I’m rooting for them to prove everyone wrong in the snobby main school. Koro-sensei, while frustrating, is silly. And Irina and Karasuma make the cast more fun too. It’s a funny show, but I’m just afraid where this show is going to go. Because it’s either A) Koro-sensei not being killed and destroying the Earth, thus killing the kids he loves which I don’t understand (most probable), or B) the students somehow actually kill their beloved teacher that’s raised their grades and self-esteem for hella money, somehow showing no guilt? That’s what I don’t get. They all love each other, but either the teacher or the students (and everyone on Earth) is going to die. But they all like each other. I don’t know, am I the only one that has a problem with all of this?

Anyway, I’ll be watching this to see just what will happen, and since I covered this last time, I’ll be covering this again. See you next week!

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They’d be cute together. Ah…maybe next time.

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu Episode 1 (First Impression)

I don’t know why I wanted to watch this show, but I did. And it was interesting in a weird way. Right off the bat people have been comparing this to Saekano, which I didn’t bother watching, because they both have the same premise more or less. After reading some of Hideki’s reviews on that show, I’m not sure I want to watch it. I guess it’s a good thing that I didn’t watch it because I went into Shoujo-tachi without any bias. So, to get down to business…

Kuroda is weird.

[HorribleSubs] Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu - 01v2 [1080p].mkv0029Of course I knew she’d be because the synopsis says that she’s the one that wants to make a bishoujo game. We get introduced to our main man, Bunta. He’s a guy everyone seems to like and depend on, and all around he looks like a pretty nice guy. We also get to know his two best friends. An energetic girl named Yuuka, who we saw in the beginning in a short play representing the drama club. I’m not really into the super genki type of characters so she’s only okay to me, but she seems like a good friend. We also meet the other friend…a guy whose name I don’t remember. Sorry. Though I like their friendship, it felt natural. Bunta seems to live mostly alone, as we saw in his house a little whiteboard saying something about a business trip, likely something his parents wrote. Because in anime the parents are always on business trips, that’s how we get weird shit to happen to our main characters. Wonderful. The two friends visit Bunta to hang out, it’s all chill.

The next day, there was a little problem with some forms for the committee not being properly organised, so Bunta takes it upon himself to help out out of the kindness of his heart, along with some other people in the class. While he’s doing this, there is one person that watches him from afar. It’s…her.

[HorribleSubs] Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu - 01v2 [1080p].mkv0052Kuroda-san. And that wasn’t the first time she watched him. She’s been watching him for quite some time now, and she finally confronts him in the boy’s restroom. Because for some reason she couldn’t wait to talk to him in the hallway or something. She asks him out on the weekend at an amusement park because she wants to talk to him alone. It’s something that she can’t talk to him about at school, so he agrees. And his two friends think she asked him out on a date. And it really did sound like it, that whole conversation was a bunch of anime cliches. But with this type of show, I think that was the point.

So after getting some advice from someone called Bitch Queen (which was hilarious), the day comes of the “date”. Bunta meets up with Kuroda, and she leaves all the decisions to Bunta. She lets him do whatever and she follows along, and whenever he did something she liked she would say “As expected of you” and whatnot. In the end of their “date”, which wasn’t a date, it was obvious that Kuroda brought him out to really observe him. She deduces that his communication skills has no problem. Then she starts being very personal towards him by bringing up dreams and the future. Occasionally during the episode, the characters would talk about the career forms they needed to fill out. Bunta never did because he doesn’t seem to know what to do with his life.

But not Kuroda. She then talks about, you guessed it, bishoujo games. How much she loves them, so much it seems like a religion to her. She then takes him to Akihabara, to a shop where they sell games. She points out one game that’s 8,800 yen, which is $75 (USD). I don’t know if that’s a lot for a computer game since I don’t play them, but it is more expensive than a new console game. She then points out another game that’s only 500 yen, which is only a little over $4. That’s cheap! It’s because that was a failed bishoujo game. Then again, Kuroda goes into this spiel about bishoujo games, how it’s her dream, and it’s important to her because the rest of the world is a wasteland or something and honestly someone tell this girl to relax.

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Calm down.

She then asks what Bunta wants to do in the future, and he doesn’t know. So she gives him the offer to write bishoujo games with her. Because those that write successful bishoujo games usually go on to write scripts for anime, write for light novels, etc. Basically, it opens up more paths for him to possibly take, as he doesn’t really know what to do in his future. He shows a proficiency in writing after he wrote the script for the play Yuuka was in, even though the script was based off the original work. Even so, Kuroda wants him to join her.

I’ll admit that this first episode was a little slow. Or maybe the more correct term would be, a little boring. There were times that I wasn’t particularly interested, but there were some pretty good moments of comedy that had me laughing (Bitch Queen, Kuroda on the ride). I don’t know if this show will go deep on the making of a bishoujo game, or will it be mostly comedy? I feel like it could be both but it’s still a little hard to say, it could go either way.

The characters are fine so far, but I found the music and visuals to be a little mediocre. I liked the OP song though. Not that I didn’t like this episode, but it didn’t Wow! me either. Still, I’m interested to see more of it. Kuroda was described as a loner, so it’ll be fun to see how more characters are going to get involved in his bishoujo game nonsense. So far, not bad. But I hope it’ll attract my attention more.

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Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan Episodes 12+13 (Final Impression)

Idk why I watched this show.

Overall Thoughts

Ok I’m not even going to bother doing separate reviews for each episode when I can just easily sum them both up in just one paragraph. Really there’s never anything I can really talk about with this show. I was trying to make my reviews longer in the beginning by rambling about crap related to the episode but I couldn’t do that anymore because I just didn’t care lol.

Episode 12, Goura steals Miya’s secret power box. Hakone fights back as she sees Miya as a friend rather than a rival, then Miya sees her as the same. Short fight ensues, they get the box back, then they run off to the shrine. Episode 13, they reach the shrine. Hakone and Miya turn older as they gained powers from the shrine. Goura and Ashinoko arrive. Hakone’s all like “Hey man quit it. Your hot spring’s gonna be shit if you use stolen power.” Goura has a change of heart but Ashinoko doesn’t. She doesn’t know how to use her power and goes berserk, Hakone gets in the way and fights back, and for some reason after a big water attack she shoots up into the air and into the water and then she does missing for awhile and everyone is heartbroken. Some time passes (idk how long), Tohya accidentally drops a steamed bun into the shrine and poof! out comes Hakone like nothing happened. Everyone is happy, they all get along, the end.

Alright that’s enough of that. So this show…reading the synopsis it’s alright. Not super original, but it could have been fun. And then it turns out it’s a short. Only 3 minutes. Damn, well that’s a red flag. And yet I kept watching because, why not, it’s only 3 minutes of my time, no biggie. But I really don’t get why I even went on to review this show. I guess because it’s short. But I’m just going to say this right now, you can skip this it’s not worth it.

Plot – The plot of this show was a hot springs goddess, Hakone, trying to regain her powers after having been in a slumber for a long time. Tohya, the guy who summons her by accident, is the one who helps her. Well, he doesn’t. And does Hakone get her powers back? Not really. Not permanently. She regained her true womanly form occasionally, one reason because she gained attention from the people or something, and the other reason because she was at the shrine. But those were the only ways she could get her true form again. She still remained a kid goddess, even though she’s pretty old. Oh, also that “death” in the end? Stupid. It all happened so fast, I felt nothing, and of course she wasn’t going to disappear forever. Everything was going to wrap up with all the characters being happy and shit, anyone could have seen that coming. There was no real conflict in this show, they were just mini stories, and most of them didn’t even have to do with the plot so there was no progress. Nothing. Also the comedy was boring. I got a couple tiny giggles in the beginning but then the episodes just stopped being funny.

Characters – There’s a small group of characters, but most of them are just really on the side. Obviously Hakone took the spotlight all the time. Tohya and the others were just…there. There was no character development, everyone stayed the same and they were boring. Nothing. Also, bad idea to introduce characters near the end.

Animation – This shit looks like it came out 10 years ago.

Audio – I don’t remember shit.

Final: 3/10

Idk what else to say honestly. There’s only so much you can do with a short. And really I don’t know why I expected more. This show could have been better if it had better animation and actually had full-length episodes. But since it’s a short…well…there you go. No conflict and most of the time no plot, forgettable characters, ugly animation, idk the music, comedy wasn’t good, this show in general was a major miss. It’s pretty bad, but it’s not the type of bad where I’m just screaming at my computer, it’s the type of bad…well, I’m just not in a fury. It’s just…whatever, you know? Whatever. I’ll just forget about this show because nothing stood out. I guess I’m not in a fury because this show only took 3 minutes from my weeks, so no big deal. I just watched it to be entertained even for a little bit. Well, I was only entertained for a little bit. But yeah, that’s Hakone-chan, don’t watch it. Ok bye.

One Punch Man Episode 12: The Strongest Hero (Final Impression)

“A great man who is a hero for fun…and profit.”

One Punch Man is something special. It takes tropes that we know from shonen and…makes fun of it. This type of show is supposed to be ridiculous. It makes fun of itself but it’s also making fun of the horrible trope we see in shonen anime with its overpowered protagonist. One Punch Man takes that and makes its protagonist so overpowered that he has no fun whatsoever when fighting because he kills any monster with just one punch. And it sucks for him. Saitama longs to find an opponent that can match with his strength, and through all these 12 episodes…he didn’t. But close. Lord Boros was an extremely strong opponent that Saitama had a little fun with, but Saitama actually held back. He still has so much power he didn’t use. And, yes, he was kicked to the moon.

So how strong is Saitama? And how did he really achieve this great power? Who knows. We still don’t get anything in the manga so even if I wanted to tell you, I couldn’t.

[HorribleSubs] One-Punch Man - 12 [1080p].mkv0002But really that’s why I love this manga so much. We see the same thing over and over again, with anime protagonists gaining extreme amounts of power by barely doing anything. Or, they already have all this power from the beginning and they’re so OP that you never feel any tension during the fights because you know how it’s going to end. You could say the same thing with One Punch Man, but that’s the point. But what makes it so fun are the incredible actions scenes, and memorable characters. This series has such a uniqueness that I cannot say I’ve seen anything like it. So that scored major points for me.

From start to finish, Madhouse delivered. Apparently this was just standard budget, but the best animators were brought onto the team and you could tell they were passionate about this because it was pretty clean. I think my favorite fight is still the Saitama v. Genos one, but this one with Lord Boros is a close second. I literally got goosebumps when the OP song started playing as they fought. The colors the dynamics! It was all so good.

But I felt like the fight was better in the manga. Which is weird to say because animated fight scenes are usually superior. I don’t read much manga, I mostly watch anime, and I don’t really read action manga with fight scenes because it can be hard for me to figure out what the hell is happening in the panels. The panels don’t look as clean and I’m at a loss. But with OPM the art was so detailed that I had no problem with that. And it had a cleaner look.

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ANGEL DASH

As for actually adapting the manga, I thought it did very well. There were certain anime-only scenes that were inserted, such as that one with Sweet Mask. And you can see from this final episode that he’s not as hot as he looks from the outside. This guy is seriously not sweet, and I wanted Metal Bat to break his stupid face. #MetalBatFangirl There were also scenes where we got Tatsumaki and Fubuki early, but unfortunately we didn’t get anything with Fubuki. But that’s fine, as she was given a proper introduction in the manga pretty recently after a side chapter. Which is a little frustrating, as I really love her. With the cast of characters, you know some more than others. There are so many heroes, that you’ll only focus on some and not give much characterization for others. But this was always a problem with the manga. What’s up with Sweet Mask? Who exactly is so and so? Because really the characters we focused on the most were Saitama and Genos. Not even Sonic is as important, maybe just being Saitama’s “rival”. He’s still whatever to me. But he hot. But there are characters that stand out other than our main two, like the villains we had, Tatsumaki, and the angel hero Licenseless Rider. He and the others helped gather survivors, so even if he wasn’t in combat he helped in his own way. #LicenselessRiderFangirl

As with the story, again the adaptation was fine. I did want maybe some special chapters to be inserted because they introduced characters better, but with the anime only having 12 episodes there were things that couldn’t take up an episode or it would mess up everything, and it’s understandable. I do admit that the story in the beginning is pretty slow, and the good stuff isn’t until later. I thought the anime left at a pretty good spot but of course there’s more going on right now. There was a part where they revealed visuals of a certain character that it makes me wonder if that was a tease for a second season. With how popular OPM is I’d be surprised if there wasn’t another.

Music was fitting, animation was amazing, and I generally liked the voice cast. Though except that one moment where Saitama yelled at the mob insulting him, that moment was just not good voice-acting wise. I remember Makoto Furukawa’s performance as Banri in Golden Time, which I enjoyed. But at times I felt like he sounded awkward as Saitama in some moments other than the scene I already mentioned. Also I feel like some of the comedic moments weren’t as successful, maybe because of the voice acting.

There isn’t much else to say about OPM than I already have. It’s a unique work with fun characters with crazy fight scenes and funny moments. There were small hiccups but they weren’t so bad that they hurt the show. One Punch Man is a breath of fresh air because it’s so different. It’s just fun, and it’d be really cool if another season was made. Work on it, Madhouse! 9/10

Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider Episode 11: Colorless Weekend (Final Impression)

“Seek the answers within yourself. You must not forget that. And that will become your kindness.”

And this brings the end to this mystery. For this final episode, the show continued to pass on its deep dialogue, with Dr. Magata paying Saikawa-sensei one last visit before turning herself in to the police, bodyguards protecting sensei…which turned out to be fakes because she was led away and escaped again. Which…made me pretty angry that she got away with all this murder. Of her parents, her uncle, and I think her daughter? We got a final look with Moe and sensei’s relationship, and we got a little snippet of Magata and Michiru, her daughter. It’s all a little twisted because it looked like Magata and Michiru had a loving relationship. And that lesson in the end, was a sweet moment with Michiru hugging her mother. So maybe I’m dumb and missed something, but I’m still not sure whether Michiru killed herself for her freedom or Magata killed her daughter in her form of giving someone freedom.

Magata said she wanted to be free too. Sensei brought up why she hasn’t committed suicide, but Magata said she wanted someone else to kill her, to interfere with her life. Turning herself into the police, she wouldn’t think they would execute her. So now what? What was the point of her going on the run? What will she do now? And it looks like she gained two more personalities, which we saw in the end. Her personalities are based on dead people, so she took on the personalities of Michiru and her uncle.

[HorribleSubs] Subete ga F ni Naru - 11 [1080p].mkv0096This anime brought a mystery that I’ve been wanting to see in anime. It didn’t go for the episodic mysteries that many shows tend to do, and it can either be good, or bad, or just mediocre. They tend not to be very memorable and they’re just good to pass the time. The problem with episodic mystery shows is that you don’t have an emotional bond with the victim or the person affiliated with the victim, because it’ll all be over in the end of the episode or by the next one if it’s a two-parter. But when you take one big mystery and spend the whole show trying to figure it out, it becomes a lot stronger. It leaves you guessing many possibilities that could maybe be the answer. You get clues thrown at you and, personally for me, it can be fun trying to solve the mystery. And this was the strongest aspect of The Perfect Insider. It had a strange mystery that kept me interested in learning more. Locked-room mysteries always tend to be the most fun because of how impossible they seem. And when it came to all this, this anime really delivered.

It also dealt with extremely serious and taboo topics like incest, pedophilia, and a child killing her own parents. And they didn’t sugar coat anything. It was awkward, it was creepy, and it certainly made me uncomfortable, which is what it’s supposed to do. So good job on taking these topics seriously, which I think anime should really do more often.

Along with these topics, there were a lot of other things that Magata especially brought up that seems to make a divide with the people that watched this. Some people I’ve seen didn’t like this show because of Magata, and others did like it because of Magata. I do agree that at some times the anime could be a little preachy and fake deep, but there really were interesting topics. Like what it means being free, why do we exist, stuff like that. There were stuff that was really food for thought, and some of the characters had really great dialogue, so I also applaud the anime on that.

[HorribleSubs] Subete ga F ni Naru - 11 [1080p].mkv0082Now when it comes to cons, there are some that I didn’t really like. First off, even though the characters were interesting, I have to admit that I didn’t really care about any of them. They weren’t particularly likeable. Saikawa-sensei had this weird fascination towards Dr. Magata and he always had something to say to bring Moe down, and honestly sometimes I thought he could be really pretentious. Also, even though he turned down the kiss, I felt like he maybe loved the doctor. Or maybe not, maybe it really just was a strange admiration for her. The fact that he even kept one of the legos from Magata’s virtual reality world(?) speaks volumes of how much he likes her. As for Moe, she was an annoyance most of the time. She did begin to grow on me during the middle of the series, but her character was always wanting to win the affection of sensei and getting jealous of other women even being near him. And, haha, it turns out that the woman from episode 1 is actually sensei’s little sister. Now don’t you feel dumb, huh, Moe? I understand why she’s so clingy to sensei, as he was the only person to be with her after her parents died, but it became really annoying after awhile. And in the end, I felt like she didn’t change too much. So I didn’t care for either of them.

[HorribleSubs] Subete ga F ni Naru - 11 [1080p].mkv0032As for Dr. Magata…well, she’s a tough one to talk about. To not like her….I think that’s the point. She did awful things and she obviously has viewpoints different from our own that we just don’t agree with. I was fascinated by her character from the beginning, and I was still was until the end even though sometimes she could be a little difficult to understand. It’s hard to tell what she’s thinking and it makes me wonder what made her think the way she did. Also, I really wish the show went more into the personality disorder. I’m not knowledgable with this disorder and I don’t know how people get this disorder. It seems to me like she’s always had it and it came about when facing traumatic experiences like death, which is why all her personalities are based off of dead people. Also, it didn’t really tie into the mystery. I felt like it was there…just because. Maybe to give Magata more depth to her character. Like I said, it’s hard to tell what she was thinking. It seemed to me that she really did love her daughter, but I’m still not sure whether she killed her daughter or not. She doesn’t show any signs of remorse. It’s very twisted. So I’m not sure if I completely hate her, even though I am upset that she got away with murder.

Even though I said the mystery was done well, there were still details pertaining to the mystery that weren’t given any answers. Like where did Michiru’s limbs go? Why the wedding dress? The faking Miki thing, how was that even possible? Also, what was the point of those pods?

And, I think one big thing people complained with was the pacing. Now I’m a little shaky with this because I’d agree that at times it was too slow, but I also enjoyed how slow it was. I didn’t like how slow it was because sometimes they would repeat dialogue over and over (yes, I know Magata was in there for 15 years). Also there would be scenes that would have to do with nothing and were useless and boring, so it was irritating because that time could have been used to further this murder mystery we had. But again, the slow pace was a good thing because it took its time giving us the clues and fleshing them out. And sometimes we really did get some great dialogue. So, sometimes it was great and sometimes grating. Really, this will depend on the person watching whether they think it’s too slow.

[HorribleSubs] Subete ga F ni Naru - 11 [1080p].mkv0098This was a very unique show. It did something with mystery that you don’t see that often anymore, and to me I thought it worked out really well. It showed just how unique it was with it’s grogeous OP and ED, something I’m going to miss as this show is done. It had a lot of great things going for it, with a few bad. And when I try to rate this show, I’m having a hard time because of all the things I talked about. A fantastic mystery, but I didn’t really like the characters except for maybe Magata, and I was iffy with the pacing. There’s a lot of factors to take in. And personally I feel that with a mystery show, the mystery of the show making an impact is the most important part, which I think this show did. But there were also parts that bogged it down a little, such as I would like to have good characters too. So I’m having trouble trying to pick a score, because right now it’s between 7-9/10. So for now, I won’t give it a score, I’m going to really give it some thought.

I still think this show was fantastic, and I would really recommend it to people that want a good mystery. Whether you like the topics it presents and its pacing and its characters, that’s all up to you as many people feel differently about all this. But I don’t think anyone should skip out on Subete ga F ni Naru, it really was a great and fun watch and something I think anime should do more often.

Garo: Guren no Tsuki Episode 1 (First Impression)

After much tossing and turning in my head of whether I wanted to pile something more on my plate during this busy school quarter, I decided to at least check out the new Garo. Then again I was going to watch it anyway since I was a fan of Honoo no Kokuin, but I wanted to decide whether I wanted to cover this or not. First of all, my thoughts.

I was a little disappointed to learn that this Garo would not be a direct sequel of Honoo no Kokuin as I had wanted to see more of Leon and Alfonso’s growth. I don’t know if one of the movies will be the direct sequel, we’ll just have to see. While I was a little saddened by this, I looked on the bright side. I was immediately intrigued when the summary said we’d be getting a female protagonist. But to my dismay she wasn’t the Makai Knight that would adorn the golden armor, but another Makai Alchemist like the previous Garo. But Seimei did not disappoint, I absolutely love her.

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Once watching the first second we know that this is not going to take place in the same setting as in Honoo no Kokuin. Instead of a medieval Europe (most likely it was Spain thanks to all of their names), we are now in Japan. The Heian period I saw many people mention, but I don’t really know much about Japan’s different eras and what they were called. This is a big contrast to what we got, but it was interesting nonetheless. Another big difference? THE ANIMATION. It’s superb. It’s drastically improved from HnK, which while had a simple and great artstyle, would look wonky at times. The art style is different and it looked like MAPPA really put a lot of time and money into this because it was gorgeous. The soundtrack was great as well with JAM Project making their return for another OP. And as usual of the Garo series, we had a great fight scene. So before I continue this comparison of the two Garos, I should talk about the episode.

[Leopard-Raws] Garo - Guren no Tsuki - 01 RAW (TX 1280x720 x264 AAC).mp40066Now even though we have Seimei as our “protagonist”(?), we also have two other characters who are Raikou and Kintoki. Raikou is actually the one who dons the golden armor, I mean just look at his hair. It’s the same as the armor. It was mentioned that the golden armor’s bloodline had died out so I just wonder who Raikou is. So we open up with Seimei, a Makai Alchemist, who travels around fighting Horrors while also playing her instrument around as a job. During her travels she stumbles upon some statues, one particular statue that has been getting rumors of “walking at night”. One man creates little statues to appease this statue but any statue he puts in it just ends up shriveling. Of course, this is suspicious and our other two characters hear about this rumor and Raikou gets interested in checking it out since he knows most likely this statue has been possessed by a Horror. Said man from before making statues has been killing beautiful women as vessels, and he takes that if the statue he makes won’t suffice, then he needs to find even more beautiful women. Seimei and Raikou devise a plan to go after this horror, and Seimei disguises herself as a beautiful woman to be bait (even though she’s beautiful already) and she lures the man to them. She leaves the fighting to Raikou but he’s having a pretty difficult time without using his armor. And funnily enough, he has the Zaruba ring but it’s stone and he can’t summon the armor until Seimei does something to activate it for him. I hope to learn more about that soon. Raikou transforms to Garo and defeats the Horror and that ‘s when the statue arrives. Raikou cuts it down to see it’s empty…but a man was inside. Seimei said he wasn’t a Horror, but worse, and I have no idea what that means. But he looks to be the antagonist of this season.

[Leopard-Raws] Garo - Guren no Tsuki - 01 RAW (TX 1280x720 x264 AAC).mp40102I’ll admit that this first episode didn’t have as much impact as HnK did, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. I noticed that this Garo seems just a tad bit more lighthearted than the previous Garo, maybe because we’re not dealing with teen angst this time. The brighter colors of this season reciprocate that. I’m not too sold on the characters right now, namely Raikou and Kintoki, but I love Seimei already. I love her personality, her design, she’s cool. What I want to know is what kind of relationship does she and the boys have? They don’t seem to be related at all. I was shocked to see that Raikou couldn’t summon his armor until Seimei let him as his Zaruba ring was just stone, so I want to know what Raikou’s deal is. But right now it looks like they share a sort of teacher/student relationship, but of course I’ll be needing more backstory from all of them. If the man in the end really is the main antagonist then I’ll be a little disappointed as we just were given no buildup meeting this guy. He just appeared like nothing in the end. And right now, we don’t really have much of a story going on. And because of this, until we actually get plot, I think this might be more episodic than HnK. I won’t mind too much if I’ll be treated to this delicious animation with a bumping soundtrack each episode, but I hope this won’t deter character development. Of course, this is only the first episode so I’m just taking guesses here.

As for the CGI, people either hated it or loved it with Honoo no Kokuin. For me, I didn’t mind it. I liked how shiny they made the armor looked and I thought it was cool, so I liked it. Well! Animation changed this season, and so did the CGI. If I had to describe how they made the armor this time, I’d say…it’s…well,

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basic.

It doesn’t necessarily look terrible, but you can tell it doesn’t have as much shine as it did previously. They put less textures into the armor, so…yeah I don’t really know these art terms, but they took a step down. Now, about the armor itself. I thought the different armors felt like they were appropriate for the medieval European setting. But for a feudal Japan setting, I feel like the armor stands out. Or is that just me? It just doesn’t seem to blend in too well with the environment so it looks a little off to me.

As for the setting, it’s a drastic change but it’s pretty nice. If I had to pick I would choose the medieval Europe, but this is fine too. I’m really interested to see what the Light Palace is all about and the characters in it and what they’ll have to do with the story. I don’t want to compare this too much with Honoo no Kokuin or else that won’t be any fun. I don’t think any of these characters will have anything to do with the previous cast (other than sharing the seiyuus), but that’s fine as well. I see people comparing this to the previous Garo, which is a mistake. I only did it with this impression to point out differences and similarities. I won’t be comparing it anymore and I don’t think other people should too. This still seems very promising to I’m going to be checking in. I just hope Seimei will be the real protagonist even though golden Garo armor just SCREAMS protagonist instead. Don’t tease me like this. >:(

Possibility of watching: Guaranteed

Possibility of blogging: Yes!

NOTE: For the people wondering if they need to see the previous Garo to watch this, it was said before that this would not be a direct sequel but instead a new story. So, no, you don’t. So if you’re interested, then go watch it! But I’d also recommend watching Honoo no Kokuin because it was awesome.

Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider Episode 1: White Meeting (First Impression)

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Did she really kill her parents? That’s what caught my attention in this episode, because if I had to be brutally honest next to nothing happened. This was a dialogue-heavy episode, the speaking taking place in three scenes. Just three. Saikawa-sensei’s room, where most of the episode took place, the restaurant where they ate afterwards, and the weird room Nishinosono was talking to Dr. Magata.

[HorribleSubs] Subete ga F ni Naru - 01 [1080p].mkv0067Subete ga F ni Naru, or as now I’ll be calling it The Perfect Insider as the name is too damn long, is a mystery show and all of this mystery revolves around Shiki Magata. Before I talk about her though, I’ll talk about the episode and the other characters, which wasn’t much. We have Moe Nishinosono, a rich girl who’s infatuated with her deep philosophical professor, Saikawa-sensei. Saikawa-sensei is actually the last apprentice to Nishinosono’s father and he’s a pretty brilliant scientist who’s won many awards. Nishinosono visits Saikawa a lot it appears, especially because she’s attracted to him. A man with a smoking and caffeine addiction who speaks with deep thoughts about who we are, where are we going, etc. Later we find out that’s exactly what Dr. Magata said. These two talk for a long time about things I didn’t particularly care about, really nothing they talked about was too important but we did get to see their personalities shine. Though I think Nishinosono lacked some as all I know about her character is that she loves Saikawa and gets jealous really easily, like when that random woman came in with a gift for sensei. That was completely irrelevant and awkwardly long by the way. Some other characters some along the way and later she and Saikawa go out to eat and the characters before happen to be at the same restaurant too and they talk about Dr. Magata again, namely that Nishinosono actually went to talk to her.

Dr. Magata was a child genius and she came from a prestigious family. Both her parents with doctorates and she following suit but at a much younger age. But when she was a child, her parents were murdered. The murderer was Magata herself, but she denied this and said that the one that killed her parents…was a doll. And afterwards the doll disappeared, but no one believed her story. In the end, Magata was declared non compos mentis, or clinically insane, so she was declared not guilty. She then escaped to an island far away and that’s where she’s done her research. She’s a hard person to have interviews with as she only does this through video chat. So with this murder and her running away to this island, she’s full of mystery. And I’m very much intrigued by her.

The guy that keeps bringing up their seminar trip finally got his wish (kinda) when Nishinosono declared that they would go to the island where Dr. Magata is to meet with her in person and finally throughout this whole episode, Saikawa-sensei smiled. Which prompted Nishinosono’s jealousy, blah blah blah, I don’t really care about all that.

[HorribleSubs] Subete ga F ni Naru - 01 [1080p].mkv0100We get a little more history about Magata. We know that she was always a child genius, but there was this man we opened up with that began writing in a journal and it appears to be the same man that held Magata when she was a little girl. He must be related to her somehow. Magata was always one to think, about what happens when people die, what happens in the future, basically all the things sensei said. Magata is so interesting to me right now even though she barely appeared in this episode. She’s a genius but her reputation has been tarnished with her parents murder that was pinned on her but then dismissed when she brought up that story about the doll. I’m not entirely sure what she means about that right now but for some reason I don’t think she’s lying at all. Something must have happened and I really want to know what. I want to know more about her.

I’m indifferent to the other characters but sensei seems pretty interesting to me. Nishinosono is a pretty bright girl but right now her character is only “I love sensei and I get jealous when other women mention him”. So I don’t like that. And to be honest, this episode was extremely slow. It was dialogue-heavy and static so it wasn’t the most thrilling. But we do have a mystery on our hands related to Dr. Magata and our main characters and probably going to be the ones to solve this murder case and just see whether or not Magata’s been innocent or guilty all this time. Like I said, I’m intrigued by Magata, so even though this The Perfect Insider had an extremely slow start, I want to keep watching. This looks like it’ll be a really good mystery show to compete with Sakurako-san, two mystery shows with radically different feels.

I especially loved how unique the OP and ED sequences were, the OP being my favorite with the beautiful visuals and great song. The colors are a little muted but that just really adds to this dreary and mysterious feel of this show. Characters are a little whatever right now, it had a slow start, but we’ll be sure to see the plot kick in by next episode.

Possibility of watching: Yes!

Possibility of blogging: Thursdays are busy for me, but I’ll still take it.