July 06, 2015

Little Witch Academia 2



Well, that was awesome!
Of course that was to be expected.
Among the things that were not expected: 
Digikerot getting quite prominent screen credit and the running Dresden Codak reference.  

The film premiers in Japanese theaters in October.

A note based on personal experience to those of you who were also part of the Kickstarter, CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER! 

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June 29, 2015

Reply Hazy, Try Again

That is the answer to the following burning question: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

You see, they never actually addressed the ethics of the matter. Indeed no picking up of girls takes place in the dungeon (unless one counts physically picking up injured girls to get them to safety).

I'm going to have to go back and watch the whole thing again.

To my considerable astonishment though, the answer to the more relevant question "Was the show any good?" is "Yes. Definitely!"

As expected from the ending of the last episode, the finale is one huge fight.This could have been tedious, but the episode is crammed with an extraordinary amount of world building,  character development and genuine surprises. 

This was a remarkably satisfying ending to a show that has been way more enjoyable than it had any right to be. 



Towards the end of the episode the god Hermes, who has been sort of hanging around for the last two episodes, acting suspiciously, climbs a tree and gives a rather exuberant soliloquy which leads me to believe two things...


1: A sequel may be in the works.
2: This is not actually a harem show, or at least only secondarily so.


more...

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June 27, 2015

This Time For Sure

Last week's out of the park finale was NOT the end of Fate Stay Night. Tonight's episode was.

In stark contrast to the white knuckles action of the climax, this epilogue is a mostly quiet affair which takes place a few years later in England. Flashbacks that serve to wrap up loose ends are woven into the story which involves Rin and Shirou taking a day off, contemplating what they've been through and how what they learned during their ordeal will impact their decisions for their future. 



Aside from from one momentary digression it's pretty much sublime. 

 

I'm kind of surprised that they did this. The episode was in some ways completely unnecessary, but it provided a very nice (if slightly bittersweet) denouement for what has been a superb (if occasionally quite dark) show. 


 

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June 21, 2015

Oh...One of THOSE Episodes I See



Actually...No.

In the latest episode of IIW2T2PUGIAD there was a brief bath scene but they didn't sell any blue rays with it. The episode was mostly character exposition and shopping. Also: stupid criminals and a fight...then something else happened but I have no idea what....it looks exciting though.

This is not high art by any means but it remains an interesting show in spite of itself. The heroines are all particularly well deve ...well realized and the portrayal of the gods is, despite all the anachronisms, actually faithful in tone to the classical myths. 

I've enjoyed it so far, though it remains to be seen how they wrap it up. 

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June 20, 2015

Fate Stay Night Ends (Updated)



Well, Rin there pretty much sums it up.



The writing, the production values and the characterizations of this show remained above par for all of the 25 episodes, and the pacing was exemplary for 23 and a half . Even that brief pacing glitch worked in retrospect as it was conveying a somewhat surreal plot point.  

Rin was awesome but underutilized in the first series, but in this one she truly shines as one of the best SFF heroines in recent years, smart, gutsy and principled. Shiro, the male lead from the previous series, lacks much of the plot armor and 'designated hero' perks he enjoyed in that show, and is a much better character for it. 
Fate Stay Night added to its many good points, a particularly rare quality; a satisfying ending (which was doubly so for those who saw the first series). 

UPDATE: Wait. What?

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June 13, 2015

Edith Hamilton LIED to Me!

For one thing, she gave a completely inaccurate and quite possibly actionable description of Hephaestus. 




From episode 2 of Is it OK to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?. I did not expect to be following this, but, despite some harem overtones (and undertones...and sidetones), is a surprisingly clever and eminently enjoyable yarn thus far. 

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June 10, 2015

Wait...I Have a Question

Said inquiry is not about what may be the most annoying version of Bad Apple ever, but the video here, IS there actually a licensed Touhou series?



Or is all of that video fan made?

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June 08, 2015

Oh, My...YES!

This looks awesome...


...on several levels.

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June 07, 2015

Apropos the Post After Next

You should probably click on this video ...


Zeppellin!

...and reflect upon how much less stylish OUR apocalypse is going to be because of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and all of those architects he influenced.

Or...just rejoice that it's finally coming out!

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June 02, 2015

They're BACK!

...and still killing viewer's brain cells.

Robot Girls Z PLUS, is the sequel to last years chibi super robot robot musume fight show of almost the same name.  It seems to be following in its predecessor's footsteps by providing its viewers with nine minute doses of intense, exuberantly puerile stupidity that parodies the Japanese super-robot shows of the 1970's. 
I really cannot overstate just how profoundly dumb this show is.
It made me smile.


 

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June 01, 2015

Oh Good!


I was beginning to think they had just taken our money. That does not appear to be the case. 

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How Times Have Changed

While channel surfing, I recently discovered that Kill-La-Kill is playing on Cartoon Network. Now it's running after midnight, but there seems to be little or no censorship of this show, at least in what I saw.


Those unfamiliar with the show may wonder why this is surprising. For those people, I have linked to this comprehensive and NSFW overview of what Kill-LaKill does not sound like. 

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And Now For Something Completely Different

The last post was less than uplifting. 

As a palette cleanser, here is the exact opposite of woe; Hestia with a bag of Moon Pies.



Hestia by EZ-6


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May 20, 2015

The End Times, They are Upon Us

I had heard this series was in the works, but I did not entirely believe it, and I certainly didn't expect...this...
The production values look good and it appears that it it might be pretty faithful to the manga, but....




...Yes, exactly.

UPDATE: It belatedly occurs to me that this blog's review of the manga might be helpful information.

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May 10, 2015

Timing Can Compensate For a Lot

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