Posted by k-off on 20 October 2014 with categories: Gugure! Kokkuri-San

This show has a great cast, but some chinks in the armor are starting to appear in the comedy.

So far, this anime seems to lack a consistent tone, which shows through just how hit-and-miss the comedy is. It attempts to mix elements of light and dark comedy along with slice-of-life and tries to excel in all three of them, but, it feels cheap and under-delivered at times. These past three episodes were definitely good, but they suffer from some minor problems in the show’s overall comedic voice that keep it from its full potential.

I was really wondering how the creators would go forward with the show, and while the show does indeed have plenty of good laughs (especially Inugami), the inconsistency is a definite negative and a big reason for my exponentially increasing lack of interest. While comedies don’t need to concentrate so much as delivering the comedic elements well, an irresolute show like Kokkuri-San needs to find focus if it doesn’t want to devolve into a confusing mix of numerous comedic elements.

However as I stated earlier, this episode was generally funny and chock full of premium meme material. As for the acting, Kokkuri-San aside, the voices were charismatic and added a level of quirkiness to most of the cast. This show really knows how to handle its characters well; you can see the ship-worthy relationship between Inugami and Kokkuri-san continue to grow as they get to know each other better as rivals for Kohina. It was completely awesome to see Inugami’s gender-bend ability not being overused as fan service here, although I don’t know how far that’ll hold moving forward. Yes, this shows just how little faith I (along with most others) have in gender bending.

The point is, this show has problems that can easily go away once it finds a clear comedic voice for itself. Both the characters and production are excellently done, so give credit where it is due, because I remain fairly interested in this show.

Posted by ninjarealist on 20 October 2014 with categories: Psycho Pass 2

Episode two continues right where episode one left off and progresses about how you might have guessed. Akane chases the mysterious villain pulling the strings, getting only cryptic responses from Kitazawa. Shimotsuki confronts Akane with her misgivings about Akane’s handling of the arrest. And we finally get some subtle hints towards Kougami’s existence and how his disappearance might be affecting Akane. The first suggestions of Kougami were handled quite well. We never hear mention of his name, but we do get a nice pair of scenes that suggest Akane does indeed miss him a lot. In the first scene Akane visits a therapist to gather information about Kitazawa. The therapist suggests that Akane should take time off work, which she does, in another scene. This leads into a beautiful scene where Akane is second-hand smoking the same brand of cigarettes that Kougami liked. It’s a striking scene, because Akane and her apartment have never looked more gloomy or depressing. She de-activates the holo in her room, when her computer notices damage to her wall, and you can see that beneath all the holographic effects, her apartment is just a dingy room, with some tables and pillows. To me it felt like the writers might have been making a statement about how, beneath the perfect exterior, Akane is indeed human and potentially starting to show signs of deterioration. This is a nice change from her portrayal in the first episode, which seemed a little too Mary Sue.

This episode was mostly Akane, but the other characters also get some development. It’s a mixed bag. The biggest disappointment for me is the handling of Shimotsuki’s character in this episode, which just felt a little clumsy. In the first episode they set her up to be this big rival for Akane and there was lots of foreshadowing that suggested she would display some serious antagonism towards her superior. Based on her sordid history with Akane and Kougami in the first season, I expected her to display a lot more malice and intensity towards Akane’s forgiving attitude with Kitazawa. But in the second episode, Shimotsuki is effectively just played for laughs and cheap fanservice. Her “big challenge” to Akane has so far amounted to her sending a negative report to Akane’s superiors. Even Akane seems to find this response laughably limp-wristed, although, in defense of Shimotsuki, I’m sure she doesn’t realize how intimate Akane is with the Sybil System. And predictably, we get a flirtatious moment between Shimotsuki and Yayoi, who seem already destined for some type of romance. The new enforcers are ok. Hinakawa is essentially a non-character at this point but Tougane gets some development in this episode and I found him to be quite the intriguing character. He’s a former therapist, an heir to a powerful industrialist family, and it’s repeatedly suggested, in both the OP and the cinematography of the episode itself (such as the screenshot of him I posted), to have some sinister secret. That’s an interesting mix of attributes. And Keiji Fujiwara does a great job with this role. The voice acting in general in this new season is very good but his role stands out to me as the best.

We also get some more development of the new villain and I like the direction they’re going with him. In the first episode he seemed too similar to Makishima, another cold, calculating, techno-genius manipulating other nefarious characters to do his bidding. However, in this episode we begin to see that the new villain is actually quite sentimental, and potentially suffers from some type of mental instability. It’s revealed that the undidentifiable holo he used in the first episode was made using a dead girl as a model and projecting what she would have grown up to look like (pretty nifty). At one point in the episode he even cries on-screen, which is something that Makishima would have never done sincerely. So it seems that while this new villain does have many of the same types of skills that Makishima had (and some even more incredible ones) his personality is starting to seem much more human. Probably the most vexing new character is Aoyanagi (who, like Shimotsuki, was a minor character in season 1). I’m not really sure why they brought this character back when they’re already using Shimotsuki’s character to fill the role of “pro-Sybil inspector giving Akane a hard time”. Aoyanagi is far more ruthless than Shimotsuki, and her position as Akane’s equal (whereas Shimotsuki is a subordinate) gives her much wider latitude to oppose Akane. Still, in a 13 episode series that has so much ground to cover, and given that they’re already doing such a weak job of developing Shimotsuki, I can’t help but feel they should have left one of these characters out.

In general, this was a good episode. I like how most of the new (and sort of new) characters are being developed and I like that this season seems to be establishing a different kind of thematic heart than the first series. For me, the first series was more about looking at whether an industrialized society is better served by ethics that support human agency or ethics that support utilization of knowledge to organize society most efficiently. It offered a lot of compelling arguments both for and against the Sibyl system and the way that it sacrificed human agency in favour of a more efficient society. Psycho Pass 2 seems so far to be less concerned with the social ramifications of the Sibyl system and more concerned with the questions of justice raised by the crime coefficient. It’s the age old question of what purpose the justice system serves. Does it exist to reform criminals? Does it exist to punish them? Does it exist to protect the dominant social order from dangerous elements? The first series established that the Sibyl system is a mix of all three that masquerades as a reformatory system. And it seems like this season’s villain wants to demonstrate that, if the Sibyl system truly wants to reform people, the use of the lethal eliminators is wrong. I think that’s a great direction to take this show because that was the biggest question mark from the first season? We repeatedly see all of these people get killed off in brutal, some times arbitrary, fashion, and there frankly wasn’t enough serious interrogation of whether such overwhelming force was justifiable. So I’m glad that this second season seems to be primarily considered with examining that question.

I also think the cinematography, animation, and sound all continue to be quite good in this new season. Nonetheless, this episode still had a little bit of that same lifeless feel I complained about in the first episode. The events just progress too quickly and mechanically, and there is just not enough breathing room to let the atmosphere develop properly. This is a shame because you can tell that the staff have done such a great job on all the production aspects. But so far it really seems like this new season might have been better served by two cours. Still, I was impressed by the writing in this episode. It was definitely a big improvement from the first one.

Posted by AidanAK47 on 18 October 2014 with categories: Currently Watching:, Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks

The stage is set, the actors are in place and the curtain is rising. So I can say this episode’s title was certainly apt. Unfortunately this week we have no bombastic fight scene to ogle and instead we get a heavy dose of info dumping. This is not the most exciting of episodes but the ending scene does promise to make up for the lack of action. Truly, UFOtable made a wise choice when deciding to make the first two episodes an hour long, as to get to this point in what could have been five weeks with regular twenty four minute episodes would have been a terrible slow start. Though I did think that the show was more suited to a hour long episode format but well that may be me moaning about my weekly fate/stay night being all the shorter. Well c’est la vie.

Servants, mana, the holy grail war…if you are familiar with any part of the canon then these things is something you already know about. Making this the least interesting episode for fate fans. We all know this episode needs to happen and we can thank UFOtable for getting it out of the way. Not to say there won’t be info dumping later in the series but at least it will not be quite as excessive. Let me summarize this episode, Shirou is taken inside his house to be told about the holy grail war. Then he is taken to the church where Kotomine Kirei tells him more about the holy grail war and Shirou makes the choice to fight. That is the episode in a nutshell. Like I said, not the most eventful of episodes.

One of the commenters in the previous episode review made a statement about Tohsaka Rin being a character that panders to the audience. On reading this I felt he was exaggerating a bit but upon seeing Rin berate herself for failing to summon Saber by vigorously scratching her hair, lying on the floor and then wiggling her butt in the air, I must be forced to admit that maybe this man has a point. This reaction was much more subdued in the source and I can’t see any reason for it to be this overdone other than to titillate the character fanbase. I for one would appreciate these kinds of reactions being less evident in the rest of the series. Shirou also didn’t come looking the best seeing as a lot of his lines in this episode was mainly him taking what has already been said and repeating it in the form of a question or simply asking questions. This became better as he was talking to Kirei but overall it doesn’t make his character seem all that smart when all other characters are lecturing him. And yes Kirei, definitely the highlight of the episode. Now having accepted his nature in the prequel anime he has now become a lot more, shall we say, cheerful? His antagonistic quips and small manipulations making a large infodump a lot more interesting. Things like trying to push Shirou into killing masters while omitting the information that he doesn’t need to, help get across the information better rather than simply laying it out straight. And while this may be personal preference speaking, I have always loved the tone of his voice. While his english voice actor has done a great job presenting the character, one thing I feel he could never match was the Japanese voice actors sound. A voice that is grandiose, yet hinted with malicious intent. Truly the voice of a man such as Kotomine Kirei.

The art of the series remains excellent and while the animation this week does not require much there is enough movement to show these are not motionless dolls and actually human beings talking. The environments are looking great with the fog and desolate atmosphere which should lend well to the next episode. Finally this helping ends with the formerly shown magical girl coming to attack our heroes so next episode will be quite the treat. That I promise.

Posted by AidanAK47 on 16 October 2014 with categories: Currently Watching:

The grisaia visual novel was by no means perfect. In fact if I was to summarize it as concisely as possible I would deem it a mixed bag. Some great moments but quite a number of bad storytelling decisions. Still there was hope for this anime adaption. After all the Steins Gate adaption managed to cut out the weaker elements of the source material and managed to make it shine through highlighting its strengths. I hoped that with the right hands the same could be done with this.

At least…that’s what I hoped. The result has so far been not up to my lowest expectations. The art is decent, the animation fairly bare and the treatment of the story abysmal. Notable examples being the use of chibi character models for two scenes in this particular episode. This was a cheap money saving tactic for the visual novel and it is disappointing to see it used once again in the anime adaption. I spotted a large amount of still frames and face close ups. When there is movement it’s good, in particular Yumiyo’s attack at the beginning of the episode looked like it had some weight in it. Despite the minimal amount of time the protagonist has spent at the school the anime makes it seem like he has been there a lot longer. In the words of a friend who watched this with me “It feels like I just skipped a huge chunk of the story.” Which was exactly my sentiment. To us the viewer Yuuji has been there for only a day. Yet all the girls are acting overly familiar. To top it off this episode ended with a montage of how these girls entered this school. Such an event would normally be placed at the middle or end if a series. Many of these girls have barely had ten minutes screentime. One hasn’t even had five. Is the viewer supposed to be sentimental about characters we barely know? Transitions between scenes are jarring, often switching randomly without warning. One scene switched to a flashback and it took me a full five seconds to figure out it was a flashback. Even then I wasn’t certain I was correct. But most importantly the pacing is far too fast. Dialogue felt like the characters were on fast forward, trying to get the scene over with.

The saving graces are the moments which turn harem tropes on there head and a rather unusual protagonist for this kind of genre. You have no idea how refreshing it is to have a harem lead who does not light up red at the slightest hint of female intimacy. He may not be the most expressive or interesting character but I take this any day over the standard wooden plank we get. If harems had more protagonists like this then at least we could have some fun with this old tired genre.

To top it off I have heard unconfirmed information about this being a one cour(12/13 episodes) anime. This would certainly explain the rushed editing. Let me say this, with one cour this will not end well. A shame as recently a kickstarter was made to bring the Grisaia visual novels to the west. Something which I do approve of. But if this anime is supposed to show us why we should check out the visual novel then it better get its act together. Fast.

Posted by k-off on 16 October 2014 with categories: Parasyte

Before I continue reviewing this anime, let me put up a disclaimer: I will be discussing the anime of Parasyte, not the manga. If you want to talk about spoilers, I recommend you go to a site that will talk about those things. Don’t be an ass and discuss spoilers down in the comments, because I will delete them immediately. It’s been a long time since I read the manga anyways. Thanks.

Now, this episode focuses on Izumi’s character and gives further insight into Migi’s idiosyncrasies, while attempting to show Izumi’s exponential dehumanization. However at this point, it’s much too early in the series for me to take Izumi’s “dark side”seriously, because we still don’t know enough about his normal personality in order for us to really care about the change. However, this episode does do a pretty good job of showing the symbiotic relationship Izumi and Migi have been forced into, and I can very much see Migi becoming my favorite character of 2014.

Either way, this second episode was definitely weaker than the first, because although a lot of things did happen in this episode, nothing really occurred that really progressed the story. We get some drama with Izumi’s character and see yet another Parasite, but it just lays down the thematic elements this show seeks to talk about, like humanism and the concept of duality, nothing more. To its credit though, the directing was well done, and the animation complements the campy premise quite nicely, turning the story believable and rather immersive.

Overall, although this episode was weaker than the first, it isn’t a bad episode by any means, I want to make that clear. If Madhouse can keep up the solid work and tweak the issues that I listed, this can easily become my favorite show of the season.

Posted by AidanAK47 on 16 October 2014 with categories: Currently Watching:

Grisaia no Kajitsu

Short Synopsis: Our protagonist joins a school that has five troubled girls in attendance.

AidanAK47’s impression: Grisaia has all the elements to cause many to write it off as a typical harem anime. Protagonist who only wants a ordinary life? Check. Joins school with several female beauties? Check. Panty shots? Sigh…check. The usual line-up of haremettes such as the loli, tsundere, maid and kuudere? Double check. However beneath the shallow premise lies something a little more interesting. For one, despite our main character edging close to gary sue, it is delightful to see him brush off harem clichés with cold indifference. Any man that walks in accidentally on a girl changing and says “Who called me a stripper? Its not my birthday today.” has my respect. Plus props to the girl for not shouting baka, not resorting to abusing the man who only walked in because of her negligence to lock the bloody door and even laughing it off. The end of the episode also hints at darker things to come. I for one hope it proves to be something more than harem show no.56302.

Potential: 60%

Trinity Seven

Short Synopsis: Our protagonist goes to hogwarts.

AidanAK47’s impression: Nothing new to see here. While it did have some mild interest going in the beginning with the black sun, soon it used every cliche in the book. School setting, protagonist who happens to have huge potential for power, haremettes, accidently grope, the walk in while girl is changing/bathing… You have seen it a hundred times before and likely a hundred times again. I say if you need a time waster this season it’s not a bad show to settle on but frankly there are shows more worth your time. I would also like to point out that trinity refers to three, yet there is seven people in this so called trinity. So the title is contradictory.

Potential: 25%

Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

Short Synopsis: Our protagonist is in a club with cute girls with superpowers.

AidanAK47’s impression: You would never guess this was studio trigger. Yes, that studio trigger. The makers of Kill la Kill, little witch academia and worked on Gurren Lagann. Here is their next show and it’s about a guy in a club with cute girls. Alright I wouldn’t give Trigger grief for this one. If it’s one thing that trigger needs, it’s money. Kill la Kill suffered because of a lacking budget so I certainly cannot condemn these men for making something for the money. That said having watched it I can say that I didn’t hate it. I am ashamed to admit that I may have even enjoyed it. That said I thought that one of the main draws of this club stories is how the club gathered and was created. However here the club is already created and our members gathered. On top of that they all seem to be romantically interested the protagonist. I honestly question how they will fill up the rest of the season when they have pretty much cut out the starting material. Well all I can say is that I hope this makes a ton of money, so trigger can put it forward to something more worthwhile. (Like say….Lucifer and the biscuit hammer, hint hint.)

Potential: 35%

Posted by ninjarealist on 15 October 2014 with categories: Akatsuki no Yona

In the first impression I said I didn’t expect Akatsuki no Yona to succeed if it went down the serious drama route. However, after watching the second episode, I’m starting to think I might have been wrong about that. There were still a lot of moments that felt corny or derivative to me, such as the stand-off between Hak and Soo-won in the middle of the episode and the flash-forward at the very end (I don’t really think the flash forwards have been very effective as a narrative device), but the writers made some inspired choices with the main characters that left me feeling encouraged about the direction this show is headed. I really like how they’ve handled Soo-won’s character. A story like this can live or die by the quality of its villain. If the villain is too sympathetic it can lighten the dramatic heft of the narrative, which can be really bad news for these type of operatic, character-driven, period pieces. If the villain is too sociopathic they can rapidly wear thin. However, the character of Soo-won strikes a nice balance between this. He’s a very cold person, to be sure, and it’s hard to empathize with his methods, but his motives honestly feel pretty reasonable to me. It’s easy for me to imagine the bitterness he would feel looking at Yona’s peaceful castle life and knowing that it was built on the violence and subterfuge that killed his father. I mean maybe we’ll find out later in the show that Yona’s father didn’t actually kill Soo-won’s father, but I hope the writers don’t go that route because honestly, it feels like a very believable backstory in my opinion. And it’s a backstory that really forces you to think about whether Yona is actually in the right here. If what Soo-won said is true, then perhaps Yona bears some form of guilt by association? I also like how we see moments of remorse peeking through Soo-won’s cold facade, like when you can see him wince momentarily after Yona tells him how she planned to confront her father about denying Yona the chance to marry her. It shows that there is a feeling person under there but those feelings have been buried under mountains of circumstances. And it makes for an interesting dynamic between him and Kye-sook, because even though Soo-won seems to be firmly in control of his fate, you can tell that Kye-sook is a Lady Macbeth type of character, prodding him to be more and more ruthless.

I also like how they handled Yona’s character in this episode. Often times, when shows portrays these types of “Princess forced out of the castle” situations the writers struggle so hard to make the trauma seem intense that the protagonist can seem unbearably histrionic or downright schizophrenic in their inconsistent and constantly changing reactions. I thought Yona went through a very nice and clear transition from initial shock at learning her father was killed, to denial of the situation, to fear that her own life was in danger, to anger and frustration that her osananajimi had betrayed her, and finally to a near catatonic breaking point as the fatigue and despair begin to set in. Throughout it all, her responses felt very natural and understandable for someone in her position. And the writers didn’t overdo it with the screaming and crying. I felt like most of the time Yona just seemed lost in her thoughts, almost unable to comprehend what was going on around her. Indeed, rather than being a player in the events of this episode, Yona is mostly just swept along in the torrent of events. I like this understated approach because it makes for some really powerful moments when Yona’s emotions come to the surface. I mean that hug at the end was so powerful and heart-warming. The entire episode Yona is just buffeted about by various people objectifying her and trying to kill her for reasons that have nothing to do with her personal life. You can see that by the end her sanity is about to break entirely because she feels just completely helpless and alone in a world that has completely changed for her in the span of a few hours. And then Hak, who despite his white knight persona had been pretty business-like towards Yona throughout this episode, lets down his own defenses to give Yona a moment of warmth and vulnerability with that hug. It was as if he was trying to say to her, “Don’t worry. Even if everyone else is treating you like a political figurehead, you’re still a human being to me.”

My biggest gripe with this episode, which was also a gripe I had with the first episode, was the terrible fight scenes. And I’m sorry if you liked them, but from my perspective after two episodes they’re just downright bad. I don’t mind that the fight scenes are short, or that the main characters don’t shoot fireballs out of their swords (at least not yet). I think those were both great choices. The problem is that the fight scenes just don’t feel real. Sure, there is blood and screaming, and loud sound effects when Hak swings his glaive around, but it just feels cartoony to me. I chalk a lot of this up to the fact that, although other aspects of the fight choreography feel more grounded and realistic, the actual physics of how the weapons impact and how the corpses are tossed through the air like volleyballs, is just comically unrealistic. And in spite of how well animated most of this show is, the animators do a really uninspired job with the death animations of all those nameless grunts that are constantly getting killed off. It makes the fight scenes feel like you’re watching someone play Dynasty Warriors (and no that’s not a compliment). The big issue here is not that the fight scenes themselves are bad, it’s that the bad fight scenes and comical death animations really take you out of the moment and just kill the serious atmosphere that the creators have otherwise done a great job building with the excellent soundtrack and cinematography.

Still, this was a good episode that really left me encouraged about where this show is going.

Posted by k-off on 15 October 2014 with categories: Shingeki no Bahamut

This episode devotes its entirety setting up the characters as well as the journey coming ahead, and it does so very well.

Here’s the thing-this season, we have a ton of shows packed with great style, animation, and direction, but none are as stylistic as Shingeki no Bahamut. I remember a few months ago when I watched the premier of Blade and Soul, and I was genuinely impressed with it- the pacing was solid, the art was decent, and the characters were mildly interesting…. However, starting with episode 2, I lost all interest and moved on, and I never bothered figuring out why. But, after watching this episode, I now know why that was. Unlike Blade and Soul, this show knows not to take itself too seriously. The completely serious Amira turns into a very light-hearted, rather amusing character who really lightens up the entire episode, and Leone/Kaisar’s bouts are, once again, very entertaining to watch.

The highlight of this episode was, without a doubt, Amira, because I did not expect her character to change as abruptly as she did. It’s quite astounding what adding a little flare to a character can do, because although I still don’t give a crap about her background, she manages to give depth to our little maverick in a way that didn’t feel overly cheesy or dull (I won’t spoil). This show has found a way to be charming whilst completely avoiding cheese.

I’m always keeping an eye out for great artists who keep trying out different things, and with Keiichi Sato, Mappa has struck gold. Now, we can only hope that he will keep this passion of his, and keep landing jobs as a director for non-mecha productions like this. His mecha productions may be quite notorious, but he hasn’t really produced anything worthwhile since Tiger and Bunny anyways, so it’s time to move the hell on. He has the potential to really make this series shine.

Posted by AidanAK47 on 15 October 2014 with categories: Currently Watching:, Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks

First things first. To those of you coming into this anime from the prequel anime Fate/zero I suggest that you do not expect another fate/zero. Fate/zero and fate/stay night are two different beasts. If I was truly pushed I would say that Fate/zero is the more mature series whereas Fate/stay night was the more shounen series. However that does not mean that the latter is weaker than the former. Both have their strengths and weaknesses and it’s best to enjoy what you get rather than lament what you don’t. If you intend to experience this as a different kind of story then you can get the most enjoyment out of it.

So to recap. This is not a remake of Studio Deens 2006 Fate/stay night. The original visual novel had three routes. These routes could be considered alternate tellings of the same story. Same characters, same setup but a different way that things turned out. The routes are named Fate, unlimited bladeworks and heavens feel. This is the unlimited bladeworks route so our main heroine has changed from Saber to Rin. To provide a simpler explanation, think of the 2006 anime as Full Metal Alchemist and this new anime is Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. Both may start the same but end up completely different stories. Our episode begins to retell the events leading to the climax of the prologue. However this time from the perspective of Shirou Emiya, our main protagonist. (Yes I am sure many hoped it would stay with Rin but bear with me.) The first thirty minutes deal with Shirou’s daily life of helping fixing broken objects at school, cooking at home, and small touches foreshadowing the things to come. To new viewers this may not be very interesting but to those of you coming from the visual novel or prequel anime, the slight subtleties are bound to interest you. Then upon witnessing two figures fighting at school our main is quickly stabbed in the heart and left for dead. But thanks to mystery helper from last episode manages to heal and walk back home. But his previous killer is coming back to finish the job.

Lets talk about Shirou for a minute. He’s been called a sexist pig, a stupid idiot and a outright annoying useless whiner. To those of you coming from the source we know these things are simply not true. This is a misconception spawned by a lacking adaption and…by some questionable things in the source itself. Withhold your gasps and outcries my kin. This is coming from someone who is currently re-reading the source. And yes there are some rare questionable “stay in the kitchen” moments that no amount of monologuing justify. This moments are only present in the fate route however and seeing his actions in the other two make Shirou being sexist not add up. The reason I bring this up is because gentlemen this is UFOtables greatest hurdle. Of this anime the main, if not most important element is to fix this years held misconception of Shirou. Because this is his story and if you do not care for this character then all the pretty animation in the world won’t get you invested.

How are they doing so far? I say, fair. The fact is that a lot of his character is in monologues and those are things which do not mix well with a visual focused medium such as this. There are moments where they are attempts to turn his inner monologues in dialogue though I argue that the result is a little bit unnatural. Considering what was omitted from the visual novel I say one of the most important ones was the battle between Lancer and Shirou. This was bypassed pretty fast. A pity as it was a strong character moment. Speaking of Lancer I am fond of the business like manner displayed when killing Shirou. In another anime this would have some psycho hyena with a half moon smile yelling how awesome killing is and how he can’t wait to get home to drown kittens, punch babies and worship satan. But with Lancer there is none of this. Just a bored sense of duty firmly disappointed in having to perform the act. It’s nice and shows that he is not someone without a heart. His second attack was also notable. At first trying to end the kids life quickly but seeing him put up a fight giving him a decent chance to defend himself. I like that. And do I even need to speak on the Lancer vs Saber fight? It’s UFOtable level animation, quite frankly it speaks for itself.

Lastly, one thing I find rather irritating is that if you judged this based on the opening then you would assume that Saber is once again the main heroine. She isn’t. Sabers had her story and she shouldn’t be so prominently featured in someone elses. But once again Type moon seems reluctant to change their poster girl. By the way I know my kin well so I will say this. Guys keep the talk of future events and lore out of the comments. No spoilers, even if they are asked for. Because gentlemen we didn’t need someone at our side shouting how awesome this series is to recognise it’s value. Let them see for themselves.

Posted by k-off on 14 October 2014 with categories: Gugure! Kokkuri-San


Now, TMS Entertainment is a studio that covers a wide range of different shows, and over the years, I’ve known that they can make good shows-but they just weren’t making them like they used to. However, I can safely say that it is different with this one. Despite their most recent failures like The Pilot’s Love Song, Yowamushi Pedal ( which I actually liked the first 2 episodes of), and SeHa Girl, it’s a good thing that they managed to pull off a comedy series like Kokkuri-San well enough to keep me interested.

The point is, this episode was funny. What makes Gugure! Kokkuri-San enjoyable so far are the interpersonal relationships between all of our characters, and this episode had a lot of that, by introducing us to yet another interesting person from Japanese folklore. Unlike the first episode, which was a rather mixed bag, this episode was far superior in terms of comedy, and the animation brings it out really well. This anime was directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike, director of the first season of Wagnaria, so no wonder this show was executed so well this far.

The dark humor really works in this series, and finally, it’s about time we got another one. Now, don’t get me wrong, this show isn’t dark enough to be considered a true dark comedy, but hell, it’s been too long since Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei and I need my dark humor fix. It’s a very nice way of bringing out the heavier tone that a premise based on the children’s game this show is based on brings along, while managing to stay humorous and putting a twist on folklore in a way that isn’t annoying as f*ck. That’s how you turn your Japanese folklore into comedy.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 10:46 PM)
    @Hal, So to summarize. You want the reviews to be shorter so that you don’t have to read them and can take in whether a show is worth picking up? In that case your problem isn’t with the reviews. It’s that there’s not a rating at the bottom.
    If need be we can bring that back.
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 09:11 PM)
    The thing is, aside from disliking reading long texts on screen, I looked over some texts about shows I didn’t watch sometimes, to see if they’re worth to pick up (That’s also the reason why I actually miss the rating system. I picked up some shows only because psgels rated one episode as fantastic and I got curious) I don’t know if other people do the same, but short reviews are easier to look through for interesting developments.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 09:09 PM)
    @K-off: not sure how NTR works under incarceration, someone steals their prison-bitch I guess? lol
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 09:08 PM)
    concerning the length discussion, it is true, that reading walls of text on the screen are a pain. As I said 500 words should be the absolute maximum for an episodic review. A full review on a series can be longer of course. You should also think about breaking the text down into smaller paragraphs of 4-7 lines each. It’s much easier to read longer texts that way.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:53 PM)
    @Bam make that ntr for ninja.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:45 PM)
    @K-off: oh lord, fanfic and SAO? You just named two of the best sources of intellectual nourishment. And I was operating under the impression that Kiroto has no ass; well … life is learning. Now off to write a fanfic about how the cast of SAO get thrown into prison where everyone wants a piece of dat “firm ass”.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:38 PM)
    @Bam There was this SAO fanfic some dumbass posted a while ago, with the lines “Sinon looked at Kirito’s firm ass and felt excited” or some shit like that… Yeah, I’m not too fond of fanfic, good or bad.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:30 PM)
    @Ninja: sure, why not :]
    Looking back I see that I forgot the most important part of a fanfic: some raunchy and completely unnecessary hentai bits.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:11 PM)
    @Emma Tenchi Universe is one of those classic cliche anime series like DBZ or Inuyasha, that was always on TV when I was a kid. The nostalgia factor is so powerful that I can’t help but remember it fondly.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:02 PM)
    @Realist: A few volumes of the manga as well. I only ever glanced at the first tenchi for one episode. I had heard universe just wasn’t worth watching so I never bothered.

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