August 16, 2017

An Utter Failure...at Destroying Childhoods

Disney has put the first two episodes of Duck Tales online.

This is really well written and surprisingly faithful in tone to the 80's Cartoon, but even more so old Carl Banks comic it was loosely based on. 

Via 

The characterizations of the kids, (er ducklings)are way better I was particularly relieved with what they did with Webby, who is a really neat character.

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Just Received A Brief, Terse Text

It contained information on how to access the following file...



I'll leave it to you to asses its importance.

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August 15, 2017

Attack on Titan Season 2

Attack on Titan continues to be unpredictable, generally well animated and interesting. It is also a seinen show and keeps the attention of its adolescent audience by tempering its introspective moments and thoughtful observations with  amazing action scenes and visuals that frequently go beyond graphic to full on baroque in their depiction of carnage.











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After all the hints in season one, they are finally exploring what the hell was (and is) behind the calamity that inflicted  implacable solar powered cannibalistic giants upon society.

That actual expository plot is kind of incoherent and at the end of the series we still have no idea what is actually behind this calamity, except that there appears to be a conspiracy of some sort. The whole thing is treated as the MacGuffin that it is. 

The show's strength, however is in how its characters react to their frankly insane and increasingly hopeless situations. 


Mercifully not pictured; their situation.

This is a show that's had very good characterizations...except for the main character, who seems to be a parody of a shonen protagonist. He's not at all lacking in courage or determination, but he's not particularly good at his job. The side charachters however, are fascinating and intelligently written. Several of them are quite likable too...




 The moody direction and sense of trancendental dread of the early episodes of the season are not as well handled in the latter half, which relies on increasingly bizarre plot twists, and breakneck pacing only interrupted by an episode of fairly non-expository dialog that seems to have been placed there just to get to the requisite number of episodes. 

Despite that and its gruesome visuals the series is still interesting enough that I hope they do another season. Its splatterpunk tendencies notwithstanding, the show manages to have some remarkably effective and even subtle horror. It has quite a bit to say about the importance of redemption, as well as the nature of true heroism....



...the 'last stand of Potato Girl' being particularly epic in that regard .

The show was wildly uneven and should not be watched while eating, but it remains surprisingly interesting. 

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July 02, 2017

Just a Reminder That When You Break Out the Apple Pies on Tuesday...

(Language Warning)

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July 01, 2017

Oh.

I understand now!

Pete, in the comments, specifically said stay with Eromaga Sensei 'till episode 3, because...Elf. 
And I was all like..."Elf annoys the hell out of me. If she's the hook, screw this noise!"

Well. 

Pete was right. 

Elf Yamada is a gloriously whacked antagonist. I mean she is epically nutsoid in a most entertaining way. Now in any other show with someone like her that would be the alpha and omega of her characterization, but not in this show...



 

There was an amazing amount of character development and exposition in this episode, and all of it was superbly written.


I'm afraid I've gotta watch more of this delightful trainwreck. 

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June 29, 2017

Alice and Zoroku Ends

That was remarkably satisfying despite the fact that I really would like to see more of this show.

Although, Alice and Zoroku is rather schizo in tone, the series leverages this trait quite well.. 

For one thing, it has the benefit of being completely unpredictable. 

One never knows if an episode is going to be action adventure..



...adventures in floristry...



...fast food appreciation...



....haute cuisine appreciation...



...fantasy horror...



...or merely an excuse to trot out a new action figure....



...whatever genre it's dabbling in,  Alice and Zoroku manages to be consistently good.


If you haven't watched it, you are wrong.

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June 22, 2017

Spoiler Warning!

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June 20, 2017

The Only Battle That Counts Is The Last One

And now for something refreshingly silly.


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April 30, 2017

FINALLY!

We get to see Yotsuba&! in an anime!




...from Eromanga Sensei episode 2 which introduces the girl in pink, a rival author who is amazingly annoying. Why, she's almost as annoying as Sagiri's class rep.



Thanks to Meguni here, the show is now on probation. That darn class rep managed to inject all the squick that I was so happy the pilot avoided into the show and then some....

To our heroes' credit, he is mortified. unfortunately, he is a teenage boy and blissfully unaware that in the age of the iPhone there is no expectation of privacy, especially if one's response to an annoying, pushy girl is awkwardly phrased.  

On the plus side, he has now persuaded his sister to come out of her room occasionally. If only to do laundry. 



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April 23, 2017

So....

You're supposed to be Princess Emillia, from Re:Zero, right?





I'm more interested in our protagonist's agent anyway.




What are we prattling on about?

Eromanga Sensei has a dumb as rocks premise, but it's extremely well done for what it is. 

Our hero, Masamune Izume, is a light novel author...in high school, who, being recently orphaned, has to support his younger sister, Sagiri.  Complicating this is the fact that, aside from the most fleeting glimpses, he's only seen her once, briefly, when she was adopted after HER parents died. You see, she's a hikikomori, presumably because there's been a lot of death in this tweener's short life. 

Masamune has been particularly fortunate to land the services of a noted cheesecake illustrator on his latest novel series. He's never actually met the dude, but the artist helped to make his latest trilogy enough of a success that our hero is making a decent living...and loosing his anonymity, This is beginning to further complicate his already hectic life. 

This being anime, things take a turn for the weird when series of conversations during and after a book signing and an obscure website set our hero on a path to discovering a shocking secret that will change his life forever!

Hijinks ensue.

This was a really solid first episode and except for one gratuitously tasteless gag  at 14:29 this is really cute show, though I'm not sure how far they can go with this. 

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