September 30, 2013

Well This Doesn't Tell Us Much at All

....except that sometime in 2014 there will be a new Yamato movie.


via

I think it also says that it's an original story.


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September 28, 2013

When Guderian Had Nightmares

...this is probably how they looked.



Via Pete in the comments.

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A Very Special Episode

  This weeks episode of RWBY was apparently preempted by an after-school special focusing on the heartbreak of bullying.
...
...
Yeah...pretty much nothing happened except well, this...

I assume that the gratuitous bunny girl who was onscreen for 7 seconds  is a continuing character because she gets a silhouette in the closing credits and a new name appears in the cast list.


Next week , I predict...



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September 24, 2013

Achieving Balance

Stella Women's Academy  High School Division Class C3 episode twelve scared me for a moment.

I was afraid there was going to be much angsty dialog, but instead the episode is a very long, frequently escalating and occasionally quite cartoonish airsoft duel...where everybody has a grand old time.




There's nothing deep here. Yura has gone from one extreme to another and found them both unpleasant. Now she's stopped being an asshat and is enjoying a hobby she has become quite good at....a hobby she now wants to share with other people.



To my utter astonishment this was a perfectly pleasant episode.

It did nothing to explain the metaphysical weirdness we've seen from time to time in the show, but it did establish that Yura has found her path and is happy as she learns where it leads her.


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September 17, 2013

Stella Women's Acadamy High {EXPLETIVE DELETED} Episode 11

The viewers who resisted the urge to get all cutty with a straight razor after last weeks episode are rewarded with a look at what the well adjusted characters are doing.



They've received some bad news...but they are determined to make the best of the situation.

Then we go to Yura...who is putting on a brave face, despite being beset by guilt, despair and zombies...



...shortly after this things begin to get weird.

Kirishima has a perfectly reasonable,  fleeting moment of bitchiness which ultimately leads to this unexpected visual...


"I promise...It doesn't hurt"

Which is not nearly as weird as one might deduce from that image but was freaky nonetheless.  As  the show proceeds to follow Yura (whose funk is compounded by having a run of supernaturally bad luck), it continues to get a bit strange...

...AND CREEPY!

Holy crap! I cannot believe they did that!

After that throwaway moment of utter wrongness, the episode gets... odd...

Episode 4 is not the outlier we thought it was

Not a bad episode. It's not terribly upbeat, but then there is a lot of baggage to work through, and it does end on a rather hopeful note.

UPDATE: Good golly typos!Added some helpful punctuation and rewrote that third block of text to be more clear.

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September 15, 2013

I Just Realized Something

Blake's bow...

From RWBY episode 8

..I mean she has people ears, right there on the side of her head where they belong, so that thing on her head must be a bow, and yet...the bow...it emotes.

*****
Perhaps as part of a concerted effort to maintain balance in the universe, episode 9 followed up on last weeks breakneck pace and thoroughly satisfying battle with...the girls re-arranging their room. Next week looks exciting though.





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September 11, 2013

The Message

The Message behind Stella Women's Acadamy High School Division...I'm sorry...where was I?
Oh yes. I think I've figured out the theme behind this show.



I could be a bit off there, but there's a better than even case to be made for that theory at this point.



 
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September 09, 2013

Bakunyumorion

..is one of those songs where it's important to know know what the lyrics actually mean, because having this just pop up on ones playlist in earshot of a native Japanese speaker could be awkward...



Admittedly it's less awkward than a bad kanji tatoo in that the embarrassment does not stay with one for life and one wont be banned from bathouses in Japan.

The realization that the song is about gigantic boobs is similar to the creeping cognizance of the fact that the text in the title of the video is not Cryillic, but rather some asinine font...
..which means...
...those sprites are....

Oh dear.


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September 08, 2013

Golly!

An exceedingly epic example of a Ruby Rose cosplay by Adellexe. Photographed/edited by Lee Hong Zhu.




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September 05, 2013

PANCAKE GIRL!

She has abilities other than stalking!

...and she really likes her job.

Episode 8 displays some of the best and the worst of RWBY.
The usually good voice work seemed a bit off this time around. However, that, a moment of somewhat forced character development and a patch of exceedingly cheesy dialog is rather compensated for by 13 minutes of absolutely kick-ass action...which is further enhanced by the completely unexpected awesomeness of Pancake Girl (Nora Valkyrie).

Even with the rough start, this was easily the best episode since the pilot and the first where everyone (even Jaune) got to shine.

 This show is not just a collection of random anime tropes. This episode actually has much more in common with early '90s Hong Kong martial arts flicks...
...also Chuck Jones, (but the less said about that the better).

I laughed. I winced. I cheered. I groaned. This is an odd and uneven show but it is amusing me thoroughly.

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September 03, 2013

SWAHSDCC3 #9

In my review of episode 8, I said the following...

I expect that the NEXT episode will be the nadir (emotionally...dramatically it might be quite compelling)





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