Posted by psgels on 8 February 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Afro Samurai is the perfect example of why you should never let an American company handle an anime. I should have known when I started to watch this. They’ll start to see this as some kind of Hollywood Action-movie, instead of an engrossing tale about likable characters. This anime makes the same mistakes as your typical big-budgeted Hollywood action movie: it thinks that action and pretty graphics instantly make it good. Obviously, just that won’t get you far.

Okay, as a defence, this anime does give our main character a bit of a history and background. It’s just too bad that not too soon, these start to delve into the absurd when the other villains of this show start to use this background, turning something that could have been interesting into a one-sided boring piece of garbage. Any attempts to draw sympathy out of the viewer fails, seeing that the creators seemed to thing that the more horrible your childhood was, the more you can sympathise with your character. Fleshed-out characters don’t even come to their minds for a second.

The second episode could be considered the best of the show. Why? Because an actual human gets placed in the role of antagonist. Apart from that, all Afro Samurai has to face are androids, robots and people who manage to heal themselves without any proper reason. All of this, only to make sure that these opponents don’t just die after one hit from a sword, and keep fighting Afro-samurai, who seems to have a limitless amount of stamina. The creators really couldn’t find an interesting antagonist at all, and instead of that, they keep resurrecting old characters who have already died once, just because they ran out of creativity.

The premise, if you can speak of that, revolves around two headbands. A number one and number two-headband. The one who possesses the number one can live as a god. The number two is the only one who can challenge the number one. Afro Samurai is the son of a former number one, who got killed. Because of this, he wants revenge. It’s a good premise, if the focus is put in the right place. Unfortunately, it’s an American company we’re dealing with here. The only two words of that premise that really return in the anime are “challenge” and “revenge”. We never see how the number-one lives. For as far as we know, he just keeps sitting on his lazy ass doing nothing. He also seems to be the only one who gets the god-like powers, strangely enough.

Oh, and yes, Samuel L. Jackson does the voice of the main character in this OVA, but really, don’t expect too much of it. All he does is moan and groan a bit. If this guy really is one of the best actors America has to offer, then I’m glad I don’t live there. This definitely is a good example of a good premise, ruined by Hollywood-influence. I fell in love with anime not just because of the pretty graphics. The things that also drew me to it is the focus, the stories, characters and themes. All of these, I fail to see in Afro Samurai.

52 Responses

  1. David says:

    I haven’t seen past episode 01, but I was wondering if it would be anything more than lots of graphic violence. The production quality is really good – it’s just too bad this ends up being another forgettable anime.

    I wonder if this is being setup as a full-length series? If so, I imagine it would get really, really boring – kinda like I thought the Ninja Scroll anime series was. I couldn’t make it past volume one, because every episode was pretty much like how you described Afro Samurai!

  2. Silencers says:

    Thank goodness. I thought I was the only one who felt that this show was overrated.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    David: Afro-Samurai had five episodes, though it’s just an OVA, much like FLCL. The ending was left open (you do not want to know how, by the way), but I certainly do not hope that they’re planning to continue this anime into a second season.

  4. Robotron Mindless says:

    I agree with you on the show, but perhaps you and I are in the minority among American audiences. Also, if an American anime is to copy the Japanese style, then there’s no point in making it at all. We can just import it directly from Japan. I give them points for trying an American interpretation on anime.

  5. tman says:

    i think its royally fucked up to assume that americans cant handle an anime… funny i used to think the same thing until i saw avatar the last air bender which pwns naruto and bleach in every possible aspect of action, romance and characters. Afro samurai just wasnt executed well, dont place the blame on its american production.

  6. Ganaesh says:

    Afro Samurai is good for what it is. Of course, you can’t (and shouldn’t) expect much, considering who commissioned it and for what purpose. Yes, I like it, but that’s because it gave me exactly what I was expecting: lots and lots of slickly animated ultra-violence. When you have an anime series being done for a late-night slot in an American cable network, catering strictly to the hormone-drenched male 18-to-34-year-old demographic, what were you expecting? Ghost in the Shell?

    Your expectations were just misplaced, that’s all. But because of this, you instantly assume that whenever America/Americans/American companies decide to dabble their hands in anime, the result is an instant fail. If that was the case, then Tekkon Kinkreet and Avatar: The Last Airbender would’ve never been made.

  7. asdfghj says:

    did the voice acting ever get any better? i never watched passed episode 1. the voice acting was just too painfully retarded for me.

  8. TokiDoki says:

    lol my friend told me about this series, Samuel L Jackson does the voice for the main guy I think. The graphics actually look quite good but I can imagine how bad the voice acting would be lmao.

  9. demitrickster says:

    Im not sure if I would call this an American Made Anime, given that it was made by GONZO, and was directed by Fuminori Kizaki who did animation direction and character design for blue gender and galaxy railways. If anything its more like an American funded project. And also I wouldnt call Samuel L Jackson one of the best actors…

  10. onlyUSisgood says:

    you are justa wanna be satirist, states hater. stfu and get an original thought. afro samurai was decent. btw dont be mad at USA because we are better off than wherever you live.

  11. psgels psgels says:

    After all this, I did a bit of research, and indeed, Afro Samurai appears to be directed by Japanese. It seems to be an Japanese-American co-production. It seems that I jumped the gun a bit on this one. What we have here is just a very bad anime, that’s all.

    Still, the fact remains that Afro Samurai does have a lot of american influences, which, in my opinion, rather ruined it. It took the concept of a hollywood-action movie a bit too serious, in comparison to Catblue Dynamite, which became its downfall.

    I haven’t watched Avatar, the last Airbender, by the way, so I can’t judge on that. But I can say that I’ve watched many American cartoons in the past, and just none of them matched up to the things I experienced in anime. This is based on my own experience, though.

  12. Silencers says:

    You should give Avatar a try, seriously. I know exactly what you abt american cartoons being unable to deliver the same experience anime gave us.

    It seems the american-side wants to get in on the whole anime deal. Avatar is a good example of this, seeing that they learned and incorporated a lot of things that would normally appear in any japanese anime show.

    i did have some expectations for afro, since i was told that it was directed and animated by the japanese, but somehow the theme just didn’t fit.

    It’s like you poured bolognese sauce and meatballs in a bowl of soba, so to speak.

  13. MistaTwista says:

    I agree that Afro Samurai fell short of the hype surrounding it. It’s not nearly as deep a story as it had the chance to be. I am grateful however at the chance to see a strong african american character star in his own series. We do not have nearly enough minorities in strong leading roles….even if it is just an anime. As far as Samuel L Jackson being a great actor….his films have grossed more money at the box office than the work of any other actor in cinematic history.

  14. 7thScythe says:

    i do agree that the show was not truly that deep and the action wasn’t truly creative it was more decent than a lot of shows i’ve seen. i think ppl need to remember that anime is just another media for telling a story and i bet you guys can imagine how awesome it would be if certain live-action movies and TV series would be if they were anime.

    me and my brother have been anime fans since we were little just because we are black and american doesn’t mean we can’t create a story that may seem simple at first glance but have a deeper meaning hidden behind it.

  15. 7thScythe says:

    i take that back some of the was creative… of course it’s not really that hard to think of creative ways to kill ppl unless your screamish

    as for my expectations.. it was pretty much what i expected…which is not a good thing
    nothing unexpected happened which is what ill have to do when writing my novel

    note to self: create unexpected events

    hopefully you guys will be seeing my brother’s work on the shelves in a couple of years though.

  16. kreikins says:

    animation = kickass

    story = ass

  17. Chuck says:

    For all its flaws, I feel it did more good than bad. The animation was incredible and the voice acting was tops (the dialogue could have been better). I wish it had been a couple episodes longer, to give more room for character development. Blends Eastern and Western cultures fairly well.

    The only shame is how much money they spent on this thing. : /

  18. deaz says:

    all of you stfu it is what it is which is not a japanese anything, it was made for and american audience and the shit was cool, thats all it was supposed to be, cool, cable level show that would hopefully do better on dvd or podcasts, all you japanamation pansies grow up its F@#@$ING cartoons for crying out loud and as for the voice acting its was good and samuel L jackson plays 2 parts (main character and partner) which shows the talent level he has to do that and maybe, just maybe you all have a problem with the main character being black cuz airbender sucks ass and your all loving that sH!t

  19. psgels psgels says:

    You know, many voice-actors can do two different voices. Samuel L Jackson just two voices in the same show, and judging by the end-result, it would have been better if he didn’t. There indeed wasn’t a problem with the partner, though you can’t really call Afro-Samurai’s grunting voice-acting.

    I’ve got nothing wrong with a black protagonist, by the way. I like myself a mingled cast. The reason I dislike Afro Samurai is because of its horrible plot and predictable characters.

  20. brandon says:

    i think u guys are losing the big picture here, it was a 5 episode OVA not a long running series, it did terrific for 5 episodes in any way, shape or form, just look at fullmetal alchemest, they didnt have half the plot, animation or action of afro samurai and they had 51 friggin episodes and a movie, and lets not forget inuyasha, one of the most loved anime’s was horrible ompared to afro samurai and they had 4 movies, 156 episodes and an ever expanding manga.

  21. panaghoy88 says:

    Well for people defending Afro Samurai well you can kiss my ass! If the demographic is for ages 18 and above then it would be safe to assume that a deep plot will be involved but in this case it didn’t. I watched cartoons that are targeted for younger viewers yet pulled off an incredibly good storyline. This is just disappointing. Kill Bill comes to mind because it has a similar revenge story and gratuitous violence. But what set that apart is the deep character development. The verdict: This show is half-ass. As for the gratuitous violence, I’ve seen way better animated violence than this crap. You can obviously see that Afro used shortcuts in animated violence compared to incredibly detailed violence in animes like Elfen Lied. Afro slices through his opponents but you never see the meat and bones of the enemies. The artists hide it by filling it with a dark color, this is just lame.

  22. Windspirit says:

    Little useless comment : Samuel L. Jackson didn’t only do Afro’s voice. He also did Ninja Ninja’s voice, and we all know that he speaks a freaking lot. So… all he did in this anime wasn’t just “groaning” and “mumbling crap”. :)

    Afro Samurai ? Great battles, fluid animation (as expected from Gonzo), great sound ; crappy storyline, useless flashbacks, stereotyped and cliché taste-less villains, no explanations about this “futuristic, yet Feodal Japan”, about the society, how it became like that, etc.

    Watch this if you like nonsense action. You prefer shows like Monster, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni or Cowboy Bebop ? Stay far, VEEEERY far from this show.

  23. R says:

    Star Crossed Anime Blog? More like Star Crossed Weeabo Blog. Afro Samurai >>>>>>>> you.

  24. RSEagle says:

    I think the show was just a parody of all the revenge cliches, with some mindless violence thrown in for good measure. It was good, but yeah, more character and plot development would have made it remarkable.

  25. azreal says:

    Well, Well, Well, I think it’s ok. though as I’ve read already there was to much cliche’ involved and was too short to really take seriously. Interesting fact though, it cost 1 Million an episode, Gonzo allegedly had never spent that much before. I think it’s good to see them use a black lead character it just seemed a little stereotypical in some parts. To over the top for most true blue Anime fans. I’ve always preferred more light-hearted content when it comes to the relationships of the characters. Most of the Anime I like is more based on adventure, love, virtue,Etc. you know things that get me out of this world, this one just seemed to grim. Tsubasa Chronicle is a prime example of the type of stuff I like, or Inu Yasha one of my all time Tv favorites as well as the movies or pop in a Miyazaki masterpiece like Spirited Away or Howl’s Moving Castle. In all fairness I didn’t even like Samurai Champloo but I like Samurai Jack better than both of these even though it’s not Japanese made. I mean I don’t mean to sound soft but if your watching a Series and in the midst of watching at some point two things should happen laughter and tears rolling down your cheeks, if not it doesn’t seem worth it to me at least. My hats off to Samuel L Jackson as he himself loves anime and I hope in the future he might work with Gonzo or others in voice acting or otherwise. As of now I commemorate three names: Tara Strong, Phil LaMarr and John Dimaggio, great job as always!! You’ve all breathed soul into so many lovable characters!! I hope to hear you more and more, So Rikku, Sig, and Bender until next time!!

  26. Torque says:

    I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. I like the style and the mixture elements from 70’s Blaxplotation and anime. I think you completely missed the point in your review. Afro was not meant to be a paragon of virtue, he was very selfish and amoral. Also, the series was about style over substance.

    I also enjoyed the grim world which, to me at least, felt refreshing when the majority of anime are very far into idealism side of the sliding scale of realism vs. idealism.

    Still, a lot of the things I liked about this series are the same things that turn off hardcore weeaboos, and some of the things that hardcore weeaboos like are the same things that set off my cynicism alarm.

  27. Saltycat says:

    I dont know what the fuck youre thinking but im not going to lie ok when you think about it americans only get kiddy version of anime ok so what the hell is wrong with this anime so what its kind of like hollywood but what the fuck are the English population of the world are going to watch violent anime it may look very predictable but so is most anime very unrealistic but so is most anime its a mini series so if they had to explain more than they wanted to it would take about 15 eps i am going to say afro samurai is good maby the storyline isnt great so what at least it keeps the viewer entertained

  28. will says:

    I’m a huge fan of anime and I have to say Afro Samurai was one of the most enjoyable OVAs i have seen in suuuuuuuuuuuuuch a long time. The action scenes were the best i have seen since ninja scroll and the comic relief was terrific. The mistake here is people not taking it on face value, i mean come on… do you want evangelion character delevopment and whiny bitchy angsty characters in every single anime you watch? Afro Samurai is pulp samurai action in a fantasy setting! Which is a great thing to see in this era of whingy bitch anime where all the chars are big eyed and spend 20 minutes talking during a fight. This OVA is a great homage to all of the early pulp anime that came out in the late eighties early ninetys. The soundtrack, voice acting, animation, action and editing were fantastic.

  29. kone805 says:

    YOU GUYS ARE CRAZY! afro samurai is the shit! sure it dosnt compare to some of the greatest but what is more entertaining then watching a black samurai with a big afro smokin doobies and cutting peoples heads off! not only that but who better to do the voice then samual L jackson. “He pulled an RPG out a motha fuckin backpack” too funny!

  30. Some french guy says:

    “Oh, and yes, Samuel L. Jackson does the voice of the main character in this OVA, but really, don’t expect too much of it. All he does is moan and groan a bit. If this guy really is one of the best actors America has to offer, then I’m glad I don’t live there. This definitely is a good example of a good premise, ruined by Hollywood-influence. I fell in love with anime not just because of the pretty graphics. The things that also drew me to it is the focus, the stories, characters and themes. All of these, I fail to see in Afro Samurai.”

    Too bad you failed to notice Samuel L. does the voice for Ninja Ninja too.

  31. Odinman says:

    I actually liked this, a lot. I just thought the frighting was cool and the story had it’s good moments, as well as having some of the coolest characters ever. I for one am glad that they’re making another season.

  32. da says:

    I agree, this is a perfect example as to how an anime can be ruined.
    To me, this is a cartoon that incorperates anime-style animation with violence and cussing, simply a much more Japanese-oriented version than The Boondocks (where they take the African American/gangsta premise in its development).

  33. duh says:

    One of the worst anime ever! The story was terrible. Spoiler(The main character to me actually was the villain: He lets his friends die, kills his already half dead master, he is filled with revenge and vengeance, he is totally selfish.)
    Spoiler(The cowboy enemy, number one, had better ideal; to own both the bands and bring peace.) The graphics was good, but the whole animations was created in a darkish background and it was not fun to watch.

  34. While I agree afro samurai is crap but to think that because its an american company is the reason is rather stupid let alone that 95% of anime are some of the most generic crap ever weither it be giant robots, tentacle rape, super powers…ect and a combination of that an some prepubecent kid nose bleeding cause he saw nudity…and tear drops in the back of the head..ect surfice to say most anime is crap regardless of where its made and its true japan has been a source of 78% of the worlds weird shit since 1952. so in no way is it american studios that messed this up its that most anime sucks.

  35. I dont know why all of you people thought this anime sucked. It was actually one of the few animes i liked and i would prefer it over most even though it was somewhat short. To say that this show is just mindless violence is totally wrong. I know most of the show is violence but the violence most of the time has a story behind it. And the few of you commenting on this being like a hollywood action movie… Isnt every anime like a hollywood movie. From naruto and bleach to animes that are quite as well known like samurai champloo or gun. They all center around one main thing, from violence and love to comedy and drama. I can compare almost any anime to hollywood movies. And one more thing, there is a second season
    !

  36. Mikey J says:

    When keep saying this is an american done animation when it simply isn’t. The production studio is Japanese. Anyways, I thikn people are just looking for things to rip on here but I am also biased towards swords so it may just be me.

    Afro is the sh*t. Great music, blood and action. So/So story.

    The main character is an enemy in a way as he cares about nothing besides revenge.

    Was the show overrated?

    I don’t remember it getting much airtime or props from the industry….so I have no clue why people say that.

    I think the people in this blog are people that are into what I call Crapanime. Wussy Anime.

  37. Tycazie Wu says:

    AFRO-SAMURAI
    Coming from a brother who been on an anime kick for over 13 yrs now, I feel everyone here has a valid point, with the exception of those who thinks that blood, gore and graphics with little or no real baseline is a good thing or makes up true anime. The majority of us love Lupin the 3rd (first view in 1997) but the graphics look 1970ish.
    Afro – Samurai in my opinion is not and will never be the best or a good anime to say the least, until they (the writers and producers) put up a true premise and work around it. When we speak on the good anime exposed publicly (bi-weekly) too an American Audience between 1998 – 2009; I would have to say is and was Full Metal Alchemist, Ghost in a shell, Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, and Inuyasha to name a few Japanese anime and The Boon Docks which to date; is still the best “African American” anime production.
    In respect to the RZA of the Wu-Tang clan, Afro – Samurai is a nice try but it doesn’t have enough to capture it audience like the ones I spoke about above, it just doesn’t make it. I’ve seen Avatar (only in passing) and it was good for what I saw, but I have watched Naruto with my daughters and got into it. So I don’t think it has anything to do with who made the anime, it’s rather or not if they are trying to bring a good quality story to the audience.
    I’m a true supporter of Wu-Tang, and the Wu-Tang clan, I own and manage a crew called the “Southern Killah Bees” (not affiliated with the group Wu-Tang Clan) but if something isn’t the best and it can be better than I’ll veto it, but if they take my advice or not is strictly up to them.
    In my opinion “once again”, Samuel L. Jackson’s voice over in Afro-Samurai is not his best work (this is not due to Mr. Jackson; he’s following script) His best voice over work in a cartoon/ anime would be as the bored rich white guy “Ed Wuncler III” who along with Charlie Murphy (brother of Eddie Murphy) keeps you laughing from the time they stepped on the scene until the end of the show.
    I strong suggest that “they” (the writers and producers) come to threads like this one; listen and take notes from you/us, because after all it’s our money and time that supports their productions, moreover keep them in the anime business.
    Thank You for reading

    You may see this writing repeated on our home base site titemic.com or datsawrap.com
    Writer and Producer Tycazie Wu

  38. well it certainly the best anime on all time with only 5 episode and a shitloadof characters to remember i cannot wait for part o wait i just watched that now i can offically say it sucked balls ass cunt dick rich bitch snitch wtf fuck u all avater sucks fucking dick bastards o and anime in general sucks fuckers and lastely best animeever is outlaw star nuff said fuckers.

  39. kokutou says:

    AHAHAHAHAHA. I’ve seen some really bad anime over the years, but this one is just bad. I mean really bad. To the point that I want to write the word bad, then to the left of it, put an “s” and hold down the “o” button on my keyboard until it breaks. Lets pick this anime apart.

    CGI and Animation
    For something made by gonzo I had fairly high expectations. They are known for their great animation, but this was laughable. I mean the fighting was so rushed and yet the budget was huge!!! Very much dissapointing. The character’s faces looked well drawn out, other than the hair. The blood spewed like Kill Bill but even that wasn’t done effectively. The explosions were good yet odd since they would occur well after being chopped in half (laughable). Plus they look like empty shells. The carcasses don’t seem to have bone and the colours didn’t exactly help. I understand the symbolism with the dark atmosphere but they still could have done a better job.

    Story and Characters
    He wanted to get revenge? I’m just kidding but it doesn’t seem like there was much else other than that. Did we expect to have sex with that woman? Of course we did. Did we expect to see the childhood friend who doesn’t die? Yup. Who got more airtime, childhood friend or our main antagonist that was the main purpose of the story? Of course the friend. I mean who cares about the villain? Is Afro indestructable? HELL YAH. At least the imaginary friend was entertaining. Gotta love, um, Ninja ninja? Obviously some kind of joke. And what a name for that main antagonist, Justice…whatever comes out of Okazaki’s ass huh? I mean not one character was likeable. Was that by design? I thought one is supposed to draw the audience in. Guess not. These characters are less likeable than the ones in PULP FICTION (I wonder who was in it?). Yo, Samuel L. Jackson is so bad ass…did you catch the sarcasm. At least the flashbacks were well timed. Woohoo, something good to write about. But really, no plotline. And what kind of look did Afro give Otsuru before the big love scene? The funniest pre-makeout scene I’ll ever see. That was definitely something to remember.

    Voice Acting
    Wow, Samuel L. Jackson is so pro. Those grunts by Afro…really brought me into the story. I mean Afro even got to say full words near the end. No one like him. I mean he made the show. Now to Ninja Ninja, catchy isn’t it? I think he was more sarcastic than I am in this rant. He was by far my favourite character (in full honesty). He actually fit the role very well. With regard to everyone else other than “sensei”, they too were laughable. Were they trying to be intimidating or scary? I just know that I was constantly at the edge of my seat, waiting to burst out laughing. I think that’s enough.

    Maybe I was extra harsh in this review. I mean frankly, this deserved less than a 47. And what’s this Avatar? I have seen that show. It was surely better than “AFRO”, but it just can’t be compared with the deep symbolism and plotlines of some Japanese anime. Simply look at the audience Avatar is targeting, children…saturday morning cartoons!!! Obviously my outlook might be biased, having just seen Mushishi, arguably one of the best animes of all time. Regardless, Afro samurai and Avatar are on a much lower level then some of the anime from Japan. Still if you like blood, fighting, swords, a plotline centered around killing until you get to the top, you’ll love this show.

    P.S. I’m north of the border my American friends and I do get my heavy dosage of Hollywood. Crazy xenophobes.

  40. kokutou says:

    In voice acting, second line, *there’s no one like Samuel*.
    From avatar, aang is so cute and loveable. Katara is so effective at healing at such a complete character. Let’s not forge Sokka, because that’s always what tends to happen. AHAHA

    Sorry for the double post.

  41. Kiflaam says:

    I couldn’t watch it past the trsiler, so I came here to get some feedback. I caught a glimpse of the main villian; he was albino? hmm… w/e, anyway, the only time I remember liking Samuel Jackson is when he played Mace Windu in star wars. Not because of his acting or anything, but because he was A: the only black Jedi, B: his light-saber was unique and was my favorite color, and because he has the best ground attack in Star Wars: Battlefront I&II… the main reason I can’t watch past the trailer was because of what he said at the ending. I don’t care how black you are, that was the cheesiest f*****g thing I’ve ever heard from a 40yr old.

  42. Kiflaam says:

    Or how ever old he is; may as well be the albino villian saying that last line.

  43. Kiflaam says:

    P.S. I think best anime should go to Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. They were the Blue, Red, and Yellow key required to open the door that allowed anime to become mainstream. Afro Samurai may not have existed without one or more of those. sorry about the triple post.

  44. taco power says:

    i liked it and if you didnt your a fag pussy bitch. avitar fuckin sucks so does naruto. they take way too long to start a fight and mostly half the episodes are fillers that have nothing to do with the plot. afro had like a houndred fights in 5 episodes. but bleach and dbz are good too. not gt that shit was boring p.s. afro was on spike and not on gay ass nick or cartoon network witch most crappy anime is on like the cowboy show and one piece

  45. a name says:

    afro samurai is the best anime ever

  46. Julian says:

    Afro’s and sengoku basara’s graphics are pretty similar…and they are both pretty GAR too…

  47. yung freezy says:

    if you are gonna review a masterpiece of work ……you have to understand it’s purpose. you have to understand it’s direction. you have to sit there and wonder if certain things are not explained…it is called story telling. you dont have to have everything explained to you ok.

    1 million an episode and some people are still asking for ten or fifteen episodes…. damn!those five episode detail a lot if you bother to think about it. oh and yh ninja ninja who is voiced by samuel (just hoping you would know by now) he is the result of afro’s trauma. so dont blame the big fro if he cant talk much. he has been hurting for a long time . with no one but his imaginary friend. oh yh…

    stuff like justice healing himself in the last fight with afro…that will probably be explained in the third season.to me for some odd reason i like the name justice i think it is just unique.

    oh yh before i forget! I want you to think about this. why is there no original story nowadays? this is because every single possible story avenue has been thoroughly raped over the years so come on….

    plz buddy….plz try and make something better before you so harshly critisize ok..if you can i will write a better review than the piece of bulll shit you wrote up there…cya

  48. Julian says:

    WTH GUYS STOP FREAKIN CRITIZICING HIM IT’S HIS OPINION NOT YOURS, GO MAKE A BLOG YOURSELVES IF YOU WANT YOUR OPINIONS TO BE HEARD!!!

  49. Anon says:

    Afro Samurai is just trash. Yea, it looks cool and all, but the storyline is just pitiful. I’m sorry, but the number 1 and 2 headband premise is not creative and it’s not interesting. After watching the series I was put under the impression that the plot was thought up by one of the directors at age 8. “zomg wouldn’t it be kewl if leik 1 gai had diz headbayndz and iz leik numba 1, but den leik derz numba 2 who challengez himz. lol dat w00d b3 s0 awesome.” Oh and stop criticizing Americans on the whole. I’ve traveled the world and met plenty of ignorant twats in numerous countries who love to eat up garbage media. It’s not *only* Hollywood that sucks. Besides, doesn’t generalizing just make you as stupid as you claim Americans are? ;-)

  50. Anon says:

    Afro Samurai is just trash. Yea, it looks cool and all, but the storyline is just pitiful. I’m sorry, but the number 1 and 2 headband premise is not creative and it’s not interesting. After watching the series I was put under the impression that the plot was thought up by one of the directors at age 8. “zomg wouldn’t it be kewl if leik 1 gai had diz headbayndz and iz leik numba 1, but den leik derz numba 2 who challengez himz. lol dat w00d b3 s0 awesome.” Oh and stop criticizing Americans on the whole. I’ve traveled the world and met plenty of ignorant people in numerous countries who love to eat up garbage media. It’s not *only* Hollywood that sucks. Besides, doesn’t generalizing just make you as stupid as you claim Americans are? ;-)

  51. Sihar says:

    fifty post for defense and offense? guys, it just joy, or no joy. Don’t stand in the middle, you’ll get sliced and diced.

  52. Trammel says:

    I gotta send this out to the OP. Going by your poor grammar and spelling, like “defence” for example, I have to question your intelligence. You are obviously bigoted and uneducated if you are honestly making these blanket statements about hollywood. Last time I checked, Americans had very little to do with this show, for starters it was written, directed and animated by japanese people. The creator is a big fan of the underground hip hop culture which by the way is uniquely American in nature. We already know you are prejudiced against America, it’s not a giant leap to think you are racist against black people too. I can’t stand reading these self-righteous, anti-american posts that are so ridiculously poorly thought out. You are a disgrace to reviewers everywhere. You don’t even have your facts straight! Samuel L. Jackson for starters isn’t “one of the best actors America has to offer” He takes almost every role given to him and if anything he is considered a B actor. That being said he is an amazing actor and has grossed more money that most actors combined. Maybe you are so uneducated that you don’t even realize that Sammy played Afro AND Ninja Ninja. Even though its not completely or explicitly clear what Ninja Ninja is, we do know that he is a metaphor for emotion, regret, or some sort of conscience. This does show that there is more to Afro than meets the eye. His constantly telling ninja ninja to shut up tells us something about him as well. Ok, all that being said, I liked the anime, visually stunning piece! Definitely had room for improvement. My biggest problem was that Afro, despite having the Ninja Ninja metaphor, is a very 1 dimensional character. He never illustrates that he is feeling any sort of inner-conflict. You constantly root for him to do the right thing and he never does. He gives everyone reason to seek the same revenge on him that he seeks himself. I also think that Gino is poorly conceived as well. He if anything is the true hero of the series, but he puts everyones death on Afro. Last I checked, the sword master invited Afro and only Afro to the meeting at the tree, the fact that everyone else came to the meeting is their fault, especially as they were all killed by others that sought the number 2 headband, not Afro. The only death that can be blamed on Afro is the sword master, and he antagonized Afro. All in all, the anime was entertaining, but needed to be longer to truly flesh out the characters. Oh, wait, one last thing, I know from interviews (as I have already said) that the writer is really into hip hop and what not, and I see alot of peoples reviews saying things like “I really love the influence of hip hop in the show”. I really wish i could see the hip hop in the show. Other than the music, and the fact that Afro is black, I see no hip hop culture in the show. Shame on you OP!

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Kaiser-Eoghan
Lenlo! Only one more episode of steins gate 0 and we're free!
Amagi
Man, Beastars is pretty damn good so far, I only wanted to check out the first chapter and now I am at ch. 30. I like how it adresses a bunch of different social issues by using an anthro-animal setting and how real it suddently gets at certain plot points.
SuperMario
@Niello: I watched Aguu first episode. While it has some really neat ideas (including the ritual that is creepy and awesome at the same time), it's the lackluster visual and the stiff character acting that kill my desire to check any more episode of it
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I do think starlight can be too abrupt though at times and could focus longer on certain things, then again it is only 12 episodes.
Niello
I wish I can edit those grammar mistakes...well whatever.
Niello
From that point on, the show is more of a family drama with problem sparked from supernatural shounen shenanigans, and this is where the show really shines. It turns into one of those story where it constantly change your perspective of the characters as you know more about them.
Niello
The interesting bit is how the first couple episodes give you the impression that it would be a more episodic story with enemy of the week. However, after the initial set up and they went to Hong Kong, it has been focus on one single arc.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: I suppose there will always be a show I missed or didn't notice on the seasonalcharts.
Niello
That's coming from someone who hate the premise. I went in thinking it would be absolute shit. It's still not great, but I'm impress that it has something that still make it worth watching.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: I don't think I know what that is.
Niello
Aguu really surprised me this season. It has tons of flaws, but of all things I didn't expect to see great character developments and dynamics. It's definitely appreciable for how the characters were handled feel different from most anime. The twists are well done as well. It didn't go in the direction I initially expected it to at all. Over all, I think it's actually worth watching.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Come to think of it her name, Hikari, i think it means light.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*like it
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I liked it when a show surprises me like this.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although Mahiru probably had the most backstory to her. Glad you agreed on how they handled the rivalry between Tendou and Claudine (aka Croissant-chan)
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I noticed that and I think it could have been followed up on .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I really do love that shot though, it really shows and symbolizes and goes with "how she's lost everything". Actually I liked how the symbolism in this show was clearer at times than expected.
SuperMario
My best girl is Banana. Try to protect all the girls by rewinding the time, Madoka-style? Count me in
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Hikari is best girl, flat is justice never forget *hides*
Kaiser-Eoghan
I hope we see more of that shot from episode 11, the one on the bottom right.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Thanks for covering the show. Probably wouldn't have seen it otherwise.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: i've never heard of the prequel manga. It's still about Karen and Hikari, I suppose?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Theres a prequel manga for shoujo kageki, I haven't read it though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Odd hearing French spoken in an anime series too, I wonder how accurate it is.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Looking forward to the ending this week.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Thought the animation could have been a bit better! The English dub is okayish to me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Surprised how endeared I ended up getting into this show.
Even though I liked the central relationship I wish it had more screentime, but I liked what I got and the expanded focus on the other girls was something I enjoyed aswell so I don’t mind so much.
I do want a bit more followup on that “betrayal” moment though, but Mario as you say, this show does hit its emotional moments.
Kaiser-Eoghan
different enough as not to become stale, the ones that come to mind best for me was the doubles duel and particularly that really goofy one in episode 6.
Eventually even though the show can be a bit vague/meandering, the character interactions had more point than I thought and they grew on me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
On a second go through and now that I’ve caught up with it, the standout for me are definitely all the weird stuff with the stage battles and Giraffe guy, regarding the duels, even though the format of this show is repetitive, the duels themselves feel that they are
Kaiser-Eoghan
I initially put off watching shoujo kageki starlight, mostly down to feeling it was one of those “wait and see” shows, based on the first two episodes. I also at first thought the character interactions were meandering and asinine.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*in an old
Kaiser-Eoghan
And as another random fact, a young Swedish actor from film called death in Venice was the basis for the design of an old shounen-ai manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now anon, that reminds me, Ash was apparently based off River Phoenix.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: You cheeky fiend =P
Anonymous2824999
If they ever make a live action Banana Fish, they should cast Kevin Spacey as Dino.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I didn't know double decker was supposed to be related to tiger and bunny.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I'll be starting shoujo kageki in a few hours.
SuperMario
Needless to say, while this season has been a bit underwhelming, I have like 3 favorite shows that might end up on my Top 10 of the year list.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Donkey VietKONG.
Kaiser-Eoghan
SUPER-MAOrio =P
SuperMario
Regarding RErideD and Double Decker, I'm in no rush checking them out now. Will do that after this season wraps up
SuperMario
Regarding politic, my dad was a Communist so he was pretty tight-lipped when it comes to the topic. Most of the things I learned from how the system works is by listening to him and his colleagues talk over while drinking
SuperMario
Regarding Ash, yeah it strikes me the same as Ash is is way too perfect in everything (the new talent we found out the last few episodes: superhacker). When he said to Eiji that he never wanted that "gift" in the first place, I honestly don't know which one he was referring to
Kaiser-Eoghan
I may aswell finish it given that that its the last episode.
AidanAK47
So Planet With ends and the madman actually did it. Besides needing a bit more of a epilogue, that was a great finale.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: I try to understand, make sense of the other sides views within reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I really want a successful fantasy go on an adventure style show though, I feel like I'm genuinely in the mood for one, I've actually considered watching some old ovas of that nature.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: The most common thing my father and I talk about is Brexit really and how once upon a time we actually went after tyrants.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And even though I have the God thing, never became a burn the witches kind of person. I do want to put the far right/fascist people in gulags though lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
The Kaiser thing, now that I think about it is actually really odd, I speak minimal German, am no monarchist and am a leftist. Yet even though I hate the bougoiuse , I love aristocratic costumes lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
Then again, it may not be overly odd, there were Maoist priests.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: This is pretty common here too. Organized religion isn't popular but most people believe there is a God and, depending on the person and cultural background, that parts of the holy books are true (or not, if they're real agnostics), usually in a metaphorical sense though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*upbringing
Kaiser-Eoghan
That mixed upbringoing of having a communist father and religious relatives is an interesting thing.....for all of the exploitation I watch, I ctually feel nunsploitation is going too far lol I also sometimes check with my dad before watching certain things to make sure it isn't "too anti-left/anti socialist".
Amagi
@Animosh: No problem. I think it depends a bit on how people were brought up decades ago. It's probably different nowadays, no idea. The arguing was kinda fun though, especially for the teen me (I bet I annoyed the shit out of my father).
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yet having no regard for organized religion.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I however am a mutt though, believer in some kind of a God to an extent....while also having communist sympathies.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh@Amagi: As it stands neither my mother or brother are communists, actually my mother while very left wing would criticize my father when going "too communist". My parents and my brother are the only members of my family who could be considered leftist/non-religious.
Amagi
@Animosh: Planet With definetely needs some sort of epilogue OVA. You can somewhat guess the dragon's story but it's not the same as seeing it and there are still a few of semi-loose strings like the people who are still dreaming.
Animosh
@Amagi: my apologies for my presumptuousness. ;) My mother occasionally also participated in political discussions, but yeah, for some reason it's often men who have strong political opinions and are not willing to admit defeat in discussions.
Amagi
Also I don't spoil anything but the last minutes of the first episode just feel stupid. I think/hope there will be an explanation later for how something has worked so perfectly that shouldn't have worked at all. In general it seems to be a show that tries hard but can't deliver for some reason. I won't completely judge it yet though.
Animosh
Planet With also wrapped up things nicely. Unfortunately the dragon remains a bit underdeveloped, which makes it difficult for me to care about his fate, and I would have liked to see at least the main ship officially confirmed, but other than that it was an excellent finale that satisfactorily ties up all loose ends. This is how you do a one-cour.
Amagi
Regarding RErideD I have conflicted feelings. As said, the premise sounds pretty good but the budget is damn dab, especially for the beginning of a show. There is a scene in which the MC is so badly animated you can't even recognize what's going on at first.
Amagi
@Animosh: funny enough I am female, but yeah somehow these discussions only exist with fathers while the mothers are just trowing the towel and say "fuck it", I mean it usually doesn't change anybody's mind so it's more of a hobby I guess.
Animosh
It's a bit late, but Hanebado is finally giving me what I wanted from the show: tense, well-animated badminton matches. The match does feel a bit rushed, the overexplaining can be annoying and there's still plenty of melodrama, but it's a lot more enjoyable than what we got in the previous weeks at least.
Anonymous2822860
will be seeing what kind of flaws Ash has. Also, I think this way of characterizing him also fits into the narrative. This strength that Ash has is what pushes his gang members away and see him not as a normal human, but a "king."
Anonymous2822860
That was some interesting insight on Ash as a "perfect" person. While I do think that Banana Fish shows that Ash is an extremely capable person time and time again, he cannot win this "war" alone. There's too many enemies and too many things that need to be done. Also, I think as we get further on into the second cour, we
Anonymous2822162
Also, it's neat watching the first few episodes again after what goes down throughout the first half of the series; you get to see all of the characters together before everything blows up in their face.
Anonymous2822162
When I say perfect characterization, I should say I mean the way he's characterized as this perfect supremely capable person. The other characters do help reveal other aspects of Ash though: Eiji is his age and allows him to be a normal teenager; Max is like a surrogate father and lets him act like a son; Arthur and Dino are kind of evil inverses of that.
Anonymous2822162
When I say perfect charac
Anonymous2822162
Anyways, not to hate on Ash because he's still a fantastic main lead and anchors the whole show. It's just that because he loses sometimes I push some of the problems of his perfect characterization to the side, but when you actually think about it, he seems more like a character than a real person.
Anonymous2822162
Also the fact that Ash has been through a super tragic backstory doesn't help a lot: it seems like the writers are trying to make him a character who has been through all the tragedy in the world and has overcome it and became the most skilled person in the world. I will say though that any onscreen tragedy is 100% believable, it just some of the flashbacks that are a bit too much.
Anonymous2822162
I guess that slightly cheapens Ash's character on retrospection: of course he is still the charismatic lead, but he feels a bit too perfect at everything. Dino must have taught him quite a bit, but Ash is skilled in, like, everything. It just seems a bit too much.
Anonymous2822162
Like the whole Yut-Lung Shorter Eiji situation was beyond Ash (in fact he still knew something was off but couldn't pinpoint what); that wasn't really a mistake Ash made, it was just that he couldn't have known the secret connections Yut-Lung had.
Anonymous2822162
Something I noticed about Ash is that he is, as some of you pointed out, a Gary Stu but it doesn't immediately jump at you. The thing is that Ash still loses quite a bit, so he doesn't seem invincible, yet at the same I think the majority of his losses were beyond his control. It doesn't feel like he makes mistakes, rather that other people outmaneuver him due to factors beyond him.
Animosh
@Kaiser & Amagi: I also had lots of political discussions with my father. Didn't know that was such a common occurrence. Boys will be boys I guess? And he's actually a former Marxist too, having grown up in the 60's-70's and all. Now he's just a boring socialist though. ;)
Animosh
RErideD seemed really promising in theory: an original time travel anime written (at least in part) by Abe, with the director of Steins;Gate in charge? Count me in. But unfortunately the reviews so far seem to be uniformly negative. So I'll probably avoid it for now.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Four episodes of RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida got uploaded at the same time earlier.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Yes, although probably just for the Saturday, usually the best day to do so because thats when the sellers are there, usually everythings gone by Sunday. Friday is generally anime pub quiz.
Lenlo
Its just a saturday, so busy. And Kaiser, nice. Gonna go to the con at all?
Lenlo
As a writer for it, I dont believe so?
Anonymous2818178
is this site dead?
Kaiser-Eoghan
There is an animecon here in two weeks. That eyepatchwolf youtuber will be there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still have old single issues of fushigi yugi, inuyasha, Ah my Goddess, narutaru laid around.
Kaiser-Eoghan
They used to realease them like single American comic book issues in the west.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm not talking bound volumes but actual 20-30 pages chapters and these would be expensive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Who remembers RENTING anime dvds and RENTING videogames? Does anyone else remember buying each individual manga chapter as they came out when the official English translations rolled around?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Anyone willing to post their desktop? https://ibb.co/buc4Zz
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or things like Mischief makers .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know vonter mentioned Mystical ninja 64. But I remember after I'd moved on from the snes to the N64 when I was younger, growing up with that obscure castlevania game on it, or stuff like those 3D bomberman games no-one cared about. Or obscure stuff like body harvest, jet force gemini, blast corps , turok, quest 64 and shadowman.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I love coming across those online lists of literally WHOtier, WHOcares , games literally only YOU liked and heard of/played. Makes me feel less alone.
Amagi
I was also always discussing about politics with my father. Whenever we started with this my mother just said "porca putana" and went into another room to watch tv in peace.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animemosh: lol I have daily political discussion with my Marxist-Leninist father just like that =)
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh I should state, even though I'm not as bothered by the modern setting, I actually do prefer the cold war narrative.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: The documentries name was Battle of Chile by Patricio Guzman.
Amagi
Especially since I don't think that the typical BF audience is of a kind that would lose interest because a series is taking place in the past. It was just written for the 80s, people can't just change that without changing the story itself to some degree.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: I thought the anime did such a good job with Shio's backstory , that I didn't miss what was omitted. The anime is now up to date with the scans. I do agree that Satou's obsession with Shio is non-pedophilic but I think the scene itself is kind of going to give the wrong message.
Amagi
@Animosh: one of the many reasons why I would have prefered Banana Fish's original setting.
Animosh
By the way, apparently the backstory of Shio's mother - which supposedly is really tragic - was largely skipped. Guess I'll have to read the manga.
Animosh
I get what they're going for, recreating the ritual and all, but I also thought the Shio-Satou moment was a bit forced. I still think their relationship is platonic though. Satou has never been shown to lust after Shio: she just fills her with warmth and happiness. They're more like messed up siblings than (romantic) lovers.
Animosh
@Kaiser: sounds interesting! Chile is an excellent example of the kind of Cold War intervention that I really don't see happening today. Although you never know with an impulsive narcissist in the White House.
Animosh
End of monologue. Sorry about this. :p
Animosh
Long story short: I think the Banana Fish conspiracies fail to adequately represent the current situation. At the very least, it fits the Cold War world order much better.
Animosh
That includes the US (backing the Kurds and the rebels), but also Turkey and the Arab states (Sunni rebels), Russia and Iran (Assad), and so on and so forth. You can't act like this is the fault of one party. Hell, I'd say Russia and Assad are more responsible for failing to a peaceful resolution when they had the chance.
Animosh
As for Syria, it's a mess, but the US is only one of many parties responsible. And oil isn't particularly important in this conflict. It's a civil war that's been made much worse by the influx of money and weapons from many different parties vying for regional influence.
Animosh
So what does it do? It gives military and financial backing to militias with shared interests (which is much less than Russia does, by the way), orders drone strikes, and perhaps the occasional tactical strike. But overthrowing countries and setting up puppet regimes? I don't see it happening. That's basically declaring war on the other big powers.
Animosh
And even when it does intervene militarily, it rarely goes all out. The US has learned from Iraq and Afghanistan. It doesn't want to be dragged into another endless conflict, or see its efforts end in another brutal civil war that destabilizes the region.
Animosh
So although the US occasionally still intervenes militarily in other countries' affairs, other means of pressure are now more popular. The sanctions against Iran and North Korea are a good example of this.
Animosh
The current landscape is much more complex. America is still powerful, of course, but relatively speaking it is in decline, and that means it can get away with much less. Today's world is closer to a multipolar world, with many sides fighting for influence. And because the ideological conflict is much less pronounced, the US is much less willing to go against its purported values.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: Coincidentally I recently watched a series of Chilean documentaries regarding the murder of Salvador Allende and the installation of the Pinochet Junta.
Animosh
And that meant both that America was far more powerful than it is now, and that much more intervention was considered acceptable - including shamelessly backing dictators that oppressed and exploited their people. After all, a defeat meant evil would prevail.
Animosh
Obviously the US still interferes in other countries. Quite a lot, actually. But there's a big difference between its current policy and that during the Cold War. Back then the geopolitical landscape was very different. It was bipolar, with two big Isms (capitalism and communism) fighting it out.
Animosh
@anon: not sure if this is the right place for a political discussion, but whatever. I like politics, so here we go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*was no exception
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: If, out of the many moments in happy sugar life that I'd consider unsettling, it would be the one's with the aunt and this weeks episode was an exception. That last part of the episode will be interpreted as shoujo-ai bait by people though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Looking forward to Angels of death next week, I think we're getting answers, glad to get answers on bad guy even if he is a simple villain.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now this is an interesting coincidence as last night I just got done watching a documentary about cyberwarfare against Iran.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Thats alot more detailed than what I was going to say. I was just going to say that it reflects current foreign policy.
Anonymous2808488
however the current stalemate in Syria is a reflection of the intransigence of the monied elite to not let go of ill-gotten gains, constantly provoking conflict with Russia/Assad/Iran
Anonymous2808488
Its a documented fact the US/EU promoted the Arab Spring/ISIS rebellions and it was stopped by patriots with a conscience
Anonymous2808488
replace with the mexican cartels/Hezbollah, and oil money promised to Cheney-connected Genie enerrgy
Anonymous2808488
its a pretty accurate description of the current reality minus a couple silly things like the mafia and mind control drugs
Anonymous2808488
You guys realize this plot is unfolding in Syria just replace drugs with oil money
Lenlo
Its hokey in the now, but in the original context the series was written, the Cold War, I think it could fit really well.
Animosh
@Kaiser: what felt awkward to you? I thought the pumpkin stuff in particular was pretty hilarious. Eiji is an evil guy. :p
Animosh
Yeah, the conspiracy stuff feels a bit wacky in the present. But in the context of the Cold War, it makes perfect sense. The USA supported plenty of bloody coups after all, especially in Latin America. Hell, they even backed the Taliban in their war against Russia.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In the future I want to make a bigger effort to follow MORE of whats being covered on here seasonally.
Kaiser-Eoghan
http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Red
https://manganelo.com/manga/red_naoki_yamamoto Two history manga, wonder if they'll be fully translated.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I imagine most will probably agree with you anon though. I have alien taste/opinions. I also love conspiracy stuff =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Originally, in the manga version of that part, it was attacking communism in south America.
Anonymous2805624
I don't know; I kinda find the whole Middle East stuff a bit hokey; maybe that's just me.
Lenlo
Im about to watch it. Looking forward to it
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know its only one line, but that they still mention skip and shorter, even its just their names, at least the show keeps them in mind.
Kaiser-Eoghan
With episode 12, Banana fish has successfully contemporized its political/cospiracy aspect for me . Eiji is semi-uselful. Humour in this episode for the first time feels awkward, fast pace kind of means that the quieter slower scenes , though I still enjoy them, feel slotted in.
Lenlo
Most of my emotions this week came because of the original and my love of it, not this one
Lenlo
I agree, Steins;Gate 0 had all the potential, and there are some specific episodes that realized it. Like this episode had a lot of touching scenes cause it slowed down to play up Okabe's relationship with Amadeus. But most of the time, it fails to reach that potential. So as a whole it just feels... lacking
Kaiser-Eoghan
Plebs, not combining both into a single dessert.
Anonymous2802297
I'm talking about that sweet saccharine Chocolate Mousse, the Ganache, or the Chocolate Gâteau. Your puny muffin stands no chance. Mwahaha!
Anonymous2802297
Blasphemy. As a proud American, I can't stand for anything less than pure unadulterated diabetes-inducing sugar in chocolatey cake form. Anything less is an insult to my great nation. /s
SuperMario
@anon2801739: that's a nice analogy but I can't say I agree as I prefer chocolate muffin much more than chocolate cake :)))
Anonymous2801739
Steins;gate 0 is all potential but generally it's wasted. Whenever it actually seems promising they manage to jump plot points to boring nonsensical melodrama for a century. It was supposed to be a chocolate cake. Instead what we got was a muffin with tiny chocolate chips buried few and far between. Yeah it's still sweet at some points, but most of the time you're chewing through pointless fluff.
Lenlo
Like I said in my last post on it I think, the pacing is fucked
Animosh
I did like that the lab members finally acted like scientists again, methodically thinking through their options and all, and there were some pretty touching individual moments and nicely tied up ends. But mostly I'm just annoyed by all the unfulfilled potential of this show.
Animosh
I also hated the backtracking in the beginning. Don't make such a big deal of The Return if you're going to throw it out of the window in the next episode.
Animosh
I really don't understand Steins;Gate's pacing. It slows down to a trickle in the largely irrelevant middle part, and now that things are finally getting somewhat interesting again it just speeds through everything without building things up properly? I don't get it. And how on Earth are they going to resolve everything satisfactorily in one episode?
KTravlos
Reinhard (old series). Ash is interesting and depicted well, but not close to Reinhard. There is something noble in Reinhard, something beyond charisma.
Anonymous2797046
In a charisma battle between our two favorite Blond Boys (doing what blond boys do), who'd win: Reinhard or Ash?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Kind of felt this is what prelude penultimate episode/calm before the storm episode should be and I liked quite liked the ginko and souya scene, but I'm still eh, I shrug at this.
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Hanebado! – 12 [Step Forward Already!]

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Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight – 11 [We Are]

It makes sense that after 10 episodes of dueling and auditioning, this week takes time to focus on the central pair Karen and Hikari. As soon as she “betrays” Karen in the cliffhanger last week, it soon reveals that the reason she does it is to not steal anyone’s else brilliance (especially Karen’s), even at […]

Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro – 12 [Just One Masterful Method/ Yuki-chan Bares It All]

As appropriate with Chio’s below-average personality, Chio-chan ends not with a bang but with two entertaining-but-unremarkable sketches. Many if the side-cast don’t make the cut in this finale (I kinda miss Andou and Momo), but we have Yuki at her most brilliant and Chio at her own worst enemy. Also, the way Chio-chan handles its […]

Banana Fish – 12 [To Have and Have Not]

Welcome to the halfway point for Banana Fish. This week Ash prepares for his final showdown with Arthur, he has some moral quandaries, and gets terrified by pumpkin pie. Lets dive in! So, general stuff first, Banana Fish’s pacing this week felt a bit fast to me. Banana Fish covered a lot of ground, from […]

Steins;Gate 0 – 22 [Rinascimento of Projection -Project Amadeus-]

This week Steins;Gate 0, once again, brutally reminded me of the potential it started with ~5 months ago and subsequently wasted. We have lab-member shenanigans, emotional heart-to-hearts and overdramatic time travel sequences. Let’s dive in! So in general, Steins;Gate 0 worked this episode. It really did. The emotions were on point and there was a […]

Hanebado! – 11 [Because I Love Badminton]

After the break last week (due to the Hokkaido earthquake), we are back with this final match between Ayano and Nagisa. While I can’t say I care too much about this match, Hanebado begins in a solid note. Having our two main characters flashback to their previous match, each questions the exact same concern: “what […]

Planet With – 10/11[Karellen and Rashaverak/Azrabarakura]

Forgive me for not covering this last week but believe me when I say it wasn’t due to lack of interest. Planet With still remains a show that just tops itself with every episode. Though I don’t have much to say about episode ten other than it being another episode which could have acted as […]

Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight – 10 [The Show Must Go On]

The narrative beat of Revue Starlight has reached its new tempo with the end of the audition. All the things that Revue Starlight has been building up to begin to payoff this week. I must say though, it comes out a bit too predictable this week. We have the last stage audition with literally the […]

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