Posted by psgels on 8 April 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


Yes, you’ve read that rating right. I didn’t expect this series to be this good when I started watching it, nearly two years ago now, but Power Puff Girls Z has been a large source of laughs for me whenever it appeared. There’s a good reason why the original length was increased from 39 to 52 episodes, because this series that basically awaited scepsis from nearly everyone turned out to be quite addictive.

If you’ve seen the original Power Puff Girls, then there are a few things you should know: Power Puff Girls Z completely went with its own style. This is a good thing, as in this way it fixed a lot of the mistakes that the original series made. On the bad side, because of these changes it’ll be really easy to see this as a series that only little kids can enjoy.

One of the biggest problems with this series is that it takes a really long time to get used to the bizarre sense of humour that this series has. If there’s any point in the series where you find yourself thinking: “oh god, they can’t go for something that stupid”, it will. This leads to an angry sushi-monster that assaults people who don’t eat the sushi he likes, and monsters in the form of a pen and an eraser who have trouble to understand each other’s feelings.

Fear not, though. Those were just some of the worst examples, and this series especially starts shining once it hits its second half. You just have to love the disco-fever-episode, or the manga-artist one. This series is so incredibly silly at times, but that’s what makes it so much fun. It really doesn’t care about being liked by everyone, and because of that it’s able to come up with these extreme cases.

That, however, isn’t the only reason why I’ve been looking forward for every new episode for the past year. In the original Power Puff Girls, we never really knew where the monsters that were terrorizing Townsville came from and why they wanted to destroy that particular town in the first place, or in what kind of trouble that town must have been before Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup arrived. But Power Puff Girls Z is different. Everything is really explained here. It may seem a bit far-fetched at times, especially at the beginning, but because the first episodes put so much effort into a conclusion, this series actually managed to close off with a pretty good finale, whereas most other comedies are just way too lazy to try and come up with a good ending.

This is also one series that knows how to deliver a good fight. The minor ones aren’t that special, but especially the fights against the big enemies are really fun to watch. You’d think that whenever you’d stand against a very strong enemy, the drama may take over a bit too much, but especially the fights against Him (the major bad guy of this series) are epic, yet hilarious to watch.

I used to watch the original Power Puff Girls a lot, but looking back, it made the mistake of taking itself way too seriously at times. An angry Buttercup or an angsty Blossom can only remain interesting for a very short while, and the original series went way too far in that. Power Puff Girls Z therefore was really refreshing in its light-hearted nature (do not miss the few times at which this series gets to poke fun at its predecessor). It may be a bit childish at times (okay, make that REALLY childish at times), but when it shines, this series really shines like no other comedy. Added to that comes what’s probably the best cheesy J-Pop soundtrack I’ve heard in an anime, the fact that this really is a series that didn’t play all its trumps in the beginning, and you’ve got a very enjoyable comedy-series.

27 Responses

  1. anon says:

    Death Note gets 84 and this 88 -_-

  2. Hei says:

    Well Death Note butchered the Near arc they should’ve just stopped with L anywho series like mahou shoujoutai turned out amazing even though it was aimed at a young audience so maybe i’ll give this a chance as well

  3. DmonHiro says:

    Your reviews almost never fail to make me laugh. Honestly, it’s why I keep comming back. 88/100………hilarious

  4. anon says:

    @Hei the near arc wasnt as bad as you say even psgels said he didn’t know why people thought it was so bad, I agree that there were a couple not so great DN eps (yotsuba arc comes to mind). But for Power Puff Girls Z to get 88 and Death Note 84 doesnt really make sense but in the end its hes opinion and to each hes own alot of the anime he highly rates are ones that only a select few will enjoy as much.

  5. solaris says:

    I liked this silly one far more than a lot of other “serious series” real or presumed to be, but with no story, no finale, no spine whatsoever :/

    PPGZ easily won over Monster princess, El Cazador and Zero no Tsukaima to mention a few

  6. Denizen says:

    haha, oh wow. You have possibly the strangest taste ever.

    Well, there’s bound to be some awesome episodes in a 52-episode anime.
    psgels, can you recommend the best episodes?

  7. solaris says:

    That’s easy to explain, Denizen. Powerpuff director knows exactly what are the limits of the show and he was able to create a good and entertaining show inside its boundaries. This show never wants to be more than what it is: a nice child show. There’s a simple story, nice carachters and a clear ending. The music was nice as well. Of course this isn’t a masterpice, and, thank god, it also didn’t aim at that ^^”

    Other series try to shock you with beautiful graphics and wonderfuil chars, like El Cazador, but the story won’t proceed, cause it doesn’t exist…
    Other series let you imagine a great story where it isn’t any, like Monster Princess. It seems that there’s a great plot against the heroine Hime, it seems somethin is always going to happen and there will be who-knows-what big confrontation, but never happens…
    The latter kind of series, like Zero is, try to sell you girl’s boobs and asses in the form of endless and meaningless fanservice to cover the emptiness they show.

  8. asdf says:

    88% B+? for this? Wow.

    Seriously, don’t give good grades just because it was enjoyable (and better then the Cartoon Network version) – just the design (and concept) makes this series fail. 48/100 for me.

  9. Papilo says:

    Actually, its a simple matter of genre here. If you think in different genres make sense, don’t?
    So DN is a suspense while PPGZ is a child comedy, isn’t the case that PPGZ is better than DN, but considering others child comedies, PPGZ was rated as 88 and this rate has nothing to do with DN at all. Simple. =)

  10. DmonHiro says:

    Well……there’s really no point in comparing Death Note with Power Puff Girls Z. PPGZ getting an 88/100 when compared with ALL other shows is utter fail. Getting an 88/100 out of all COMEDIES well….there were not many good comedies last year….hell….almost nothing made me laugh out loud like in the old days (Azumanga & Fumoffu)

  11. BlueYoshi says:

    So what if DN got 84 and got a lower score than PPGZ. We’ve all been hearing from Psgels himself that this was of his most favorite action anime in recent times (mentioned in his Blassreiter first impression entry). I actually thought this show would get a 90 from him. Why has this review got ANYTHING to do with DN in the first place? x_x

  12. Wallace says:

    “In the original Power Puff Girls, we never really knew where the monsters that were terrorizing Townsville came from and why they wanted to destroy that particular town in the first place”

    Actually, there’s an episode that explained that all those monsters actually come from “Monster Isle”, they go to Townsville in order to fight the PowerPuff Girls and return to Monster Isle alive… Returning alive after fighting the PowerPuff Girls is a symbol of honor to the monsters…

    No, I will not explain WHY I have knowledge of this >,>…

  13. Chris says:

    I got into this series after reading one of the short reviews you did on an episodes so thanks for introducing me into this cute show. I haven’t watched all the episodes myself and just skip around but my favorite episodes have really been the ones with the Rowdy Ruff Boys, those are pretty hilarious, and although the style is weird at times, its what makes the series so great.

  14. psgels psgels says:

    It’s basically the same with series as Master of Epic and Otogi Juushi Akazukin (which got an even higher rating than this one). They all set out to deliver a light-hearted series that’s fun to watch (in Otogi Juushi Akazukin’s case with fairy-tales, in Master of Epic’s case with MMORPG-parodies and in Power Puff Z’s case with Mahou-Shoujo) and succeeded. Death Note set out to be epic, but it got hammered down by a lot of small details like annoying characters and disappointing arcs that rather ruined a rather significant amount of episodes.

    asdf: Of course, if this series was just “enjoyable” it would have gotten a lower score, but I admit that during the best episodes of this series, I laughed harder than I do with Gintama and Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei. And I happened to like series with a different style than usual. ;)

    Denizen: my favourite episodes were episode 37 and 51, although you probably do need some background in order to fully enjoy episode 51.

    And yes, my taste is strange at times. :)

  15. ryvrdrgn14 says:

    Deathnote was great for the most part. The ending, I mean the very ending itself was just epic fail and a real letdown. Even in the manga. For me it’s great for the first 99% but the last 1% just didn’t pull through. :P

    I did’t like the first few episodes of this that I watched, but I’ll give it another go when I have free time.

  16. Archer says:

    i have nothing with psg’s review on this anime since it is his personal opinion and i bet many other anime fans have anime that are not as loved as other people but they still like it

    but i don’t agree with some people that say that if a anime does not aim high and does what it is suppose to do,just entertain the fan without any major impact then being rewarded with a high rating is ok and then there is no difference between a anime that aims for perfection and manages to do so and the anime that also got a high rating without doing anything special

  17. Denizen says:

    Oh god, one idiot tries to compare a show about Three magical girls fighting monsters , to a show about a Death-dueling ambitious teenager.
    NOT THE SAME.

    Thanks for the recommendations, psgels, they’ll be good for a casual watch.

  18. Solaris says:

    >I don’t agree with some people that say that if a anime does not aim high and does what it is suppose to do … cut …
    Well Archer, that’s not actually that:
    If the series just developed according to your expectations wouldn’t you be satisfied with it and give a good mark?
    If the serie was proven better or even a masterpiece, wouldn’t you rank it a lot more?
    But what if the serie created expectations that were never fullfilled, or had major flaws? These may be loss in te plot, bad charas, bad direction and so on. These series would be naturally rated low.

    So, said that, if a serie was meant to be epic but miserably failed wouldn’t you hammer it a bit? But, on the other hand if such a show was executed flawlessly, how much would you rate it? The MAX, or more! It’ d go directly in your personal list of the best ever made shows ;)

    Now we can speak about “expectations” and valuation methods that is, of course, a subjective impression.
    Psgels, on his side, searches indeed for “some substance” in an anime, and is rather insensible to appearence of the showcase. I have a similar valuation methods so i may understand such a rating. As a matter of fact i’m just a little more sensitive to the appearence.
    So i’d rate PPGZ some points less, but having this anime few flaws and a reasonable good appearence, really a 48/100 like somenone suggested is far too low, IMHO.
    Here’s my rating of PPGZ on another site if you’re interested: http://animeclick.lycos.it/anime.php?scelta=2&titolo=Power%20Puff%20Girls%20Z&CodAnime=979

    And… notice that nobody spoke about comparisons with other shows, Death Note above all.

  19. Archer says:

    Solaris:when it comes to the things we enjoy it is even harder to be objective

    so i never mentioned PPGZ in my post since i did not watch it and i only referred to an idea but there is nothing wrong with your last post,your arguments are correct,there were series that i had no expectation from them and in the end i loved them,there were series i expected to amaze me but left me disappointed so of course i rated them low there were series that are considered great ones but i did not find anything special about them so even if many consider them to be excellent series i did not,also i am not interested in the style of a anime,for me first comes the story and then other things so i don’t find psg’s taste that strange he looks for more unique,innovative shows and some people just don’t understand how a series they don’t like or find childish can get a high rating but as i said before i did not post to complain about the rating on this anime

    btw if you want to know my favorite anime they are in a comment here,in psg’s top 10 just search Archer(if u want the ratings i gave i will give u my MAL list,my account name is that of a character that psg kinda hates and has appeared again this season … xd easy guess)

  20. Shippoyasha says:

    Haha, what? So if you find an anime enjoyable, you can’t rate it high? Give the guy a freakin’ break.

    Scoring anime isn’t like scoring tests here. Don’t get all bunched up.

  21. pKjd says:

    I covered just about the entire series and not even I would give it such a high score :P

    But seriously, this show had potential to be as good as its American counterpart. The cast, the soundtrack, everything was there. “Good concept, bad execution” is how I would summarize it. Still it did introduce me to a particular character that I still like today, (Princess)…

  22. Samantha says:

    Surely, as a ravenous Powerpuff Girls fan, you have heard or even watched the show’s anime version, Powerpuff Girls Z. The art is very good and relieves the PPG fans of having to see their favorite heroines in boring and icky plain dresses with a simple black line running across it, and also the fact that they may have trouble putting on their wedding rings because of the fact they have no fingers -_-.

    Before the anime came out in my country, I fell in love with the anime through the anime Brick/Blossom videos. I spent weeks learning how to draw the Puffs and the Ruffs perfectly, and I succeeded. But when it came out, I nearly screamed and couldn’t believe I actually spent so hard on drawing them. Not because of the fact that they got their names changed (it was hard for me to get over), not because Ms. Bellum went blond, not ’cause the mayor is no longer short, but because of BLOSSOM/MOMOKO’S OOCNESS.

    WHY IS IT that they got both Buttercup/Kaoru and Bubbles/Miyaho okay, BUT NOT THE FAVORITE CHARACTER OF MANY: BLOSSOM?! Kaoru is still as tough and strong-minded as the American Buttercup, and Miyaho is still as girly and cute as the sweet Bubbles we all know, but MOMOKO… a complete INSULT!

    THE BLOSSOM WE LOVE HAS BECOME A CLUMSY AND ARROGANT AIRHEAD, WHO IS OBSESSED, YES ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH FOOD! SHE’S ABSENT-MINDED, AND LOVES BOYS! SHE’S ALSO THE FANTASY TYPE OF GIRL, NOT THE REALISTIC, WISE ONE WE LOVE!

    (Puff, puff) We all okay now? I have to say, there are so many things I love about this new version (one scene where the Ruffs flip up their skirts and pee off a building XD), but this Momoko made the anime go to ruins.

    And that is all. Thanks for reading.

  23. Julian says:

    Those who are comparing death note to this anime are a wee bit stupid because:
    1)The GENRES are COMPLETELY different.
    2)Psgels’ way of rating is by GENRE NOT by storytelling…or the complexity of it.
    3)It IS hella funny xD…and addicting…I also adore the Bubbles in this series.
    So..stop comparing..it’ll make you guys just look STUPIDER.

  24. Julian says:

    Those who are comparing death note to this anime are a wee bit stupid because:
    1)The GENRES are COMPLETELY different.
    2)Psgels’ way of rating is by GENRE NOT by storytelling…or the complexity of it.
    3)It IS hella funny xD…and addicting…I also adore the Bubbles in this series.
    So..stop comparing..it’ll make you guys just look STUPIDER.

  25. Moshata says:

    lol wut?
    The monsters coming to Townsville wasn’t explained?
    In the Superhero episode where the girls made alter-egos of themselves to become better heroes, it’s explained by a monster they failed to battle for two days–
    There’s an island, “monster island”, and if a monster battles the girls, and comes back alive, he’s considered a hero.

    This was mentioned and the island was seen on more that one occasion.

    And you neglected to mention this was SUPPOSED to basically be an anime version of the PPGs,
    Not a losely-based adaption, if I am remembering right.

    The animation is a little shaky, and “Kare”‘s design/anatomy isn’t consistent at all….

    And comparing it to the original PPG?

    Over all, 4o/1oo.
    Eat it.

  26. Hota Wata says:

    Everything is really explained here? o-o
    Huh? There is no storystructure at all.

    I mean c’mon that whole thing about the iceberg, the chemical z, the mutations…there is no good explanation out there! It makes no sense, like most of the stuff that’s going on in the show.

    It seems very childish but then again it trys to be (pre)mature. It’s just kind of really confusing.

    Also the annoying tranformations….

    11/100

  27. Autumn Season 2013 Preview says:

    Loved it to bits, never would’ve given it a chance if not for this review. Thanks a lot, psgels.

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Now anon, that reminds me, Ash was apparently based off River Phoenix.
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@Anon: You cheeky fiend =P
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If they ever make a live action Banana Fish, they should cast Kevin Spacey as Dino.
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I didn't know double decker was supposed to be related to tiger and bunny.
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@Mario: I'll be starting shoujo kageki in a few hours.
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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.
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SUPER-MAOrio =P
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Regarding RErideD and Double Decker, I'm in no rush checking them out now. Will do that after this season wraps up
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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
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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
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I may aswell finish it given that that its the last episode.
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So Planet With ends and the madman actually did it. Besides needing a bit more of a epilogue, that was a great finale.
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@Animosh: I try to understand, make sense of the other sides views within reason.
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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.
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@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.
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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
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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
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Then again, it may not be overly odd, there were Maoist priests.
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@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.
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*upbringing
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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".
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@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).
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Yet having no regard for organized religion.
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I however am a mutt though, believer in some kind of a God to an extent....while also having communist sympathies.
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@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.
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@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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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
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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.
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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.
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When I say perfect charac
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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@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.
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Four episodes of RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida got uploaded at the same time earlier.
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Its just a saturday, so busy. And Kaiser, nice. Gonna go to the con at all?
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As a writer for it, I dont believe so?
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They used to realease them like single American comic book issues in the west.
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I'm not talking bound volumes but actual 20-30 pages chapters and these would be expensive.
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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.
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@Animemosh: lol I have daily political discussion with my Marxist-Leninist father just like that =)
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Oh I should state, even though I'm not as bothered by the modern setting, I actually do prefer the cold war narrative.
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@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.
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@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.
Vonter
After watching some more Star vs. the forces of evil. I'm getting Jitsu wa Watashi wa vibes. The Sailor Moon-like character episode was cute.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The bullying arc in sangatsu made me want to shootup the school.
Lenlo
I will admit, the family life stuff is less engaging than the crippling depression, but I dont think that would hit as hard with out the relaxing bits in between. Dont want to overload the audience.
Anonymous2791561
3-gatsu no Lion has its ups and downs; its ups are the intense emotional drama or shogi matches, while it's downs are the more relaxed slice of life food porn stuff. When I say up and down, I don't necessarily mean good and bad, just more about the intensity. I personally found that I could enjoy both styles, but sometimes I'd find the slice of life stuff dragging on.
SuperMario
Well, I regard 3-gatsu as one of the best character-writing in this medium in recent years. As for shaft, I'm their fan but even me was worried when I learnt Shaft adapting this. They did a nice job thankfully
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though I was glad that the comedy becomes more reigned in later on.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I got used to the tonally discordant humour eventually, accepting that the show essentially exists in two plains.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In tsukiyomi moon phase Shinbo made some of the shots look like photos, which was cool given the protaganists profession. Their weird style also was a good fit for an oddball show like Zetsubou-sensei.
Lenlo
I just finished the 4th episode, and so far I am torn on Akari. Im still not sure what to make of some of these relationships. I love the permeated depression theme in every episode though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wonder if it will get a third season.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I want Akari to be my mom.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm only 9 out of 13 volumes adapted, which means the anime hasn't adapted the best bit.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Unfortunate that the sangatsu manga doesn't update often.
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't seen it, I heard that vocaloid thing shaft adapted was very poorly suited to their style.
Lenlo
If a drama can actually make me feel something, actual emotions, then its a success. But it takes a pretty good, well made drama to do that.
Lenlo
I am very particular about my Drama'
Lenlo
Im planning on burning through the whole thing in the next few days. Maybe then ill try the manga, since there is probably more
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I didn't think your lie in April or sangatsu would actually be your thing. They're very drama-ey.
Lenlo
Basically im with Kaiser on this one. As for Shaft, I am very show by show with them. I couldnt stand Nisekoi, yet Sangatsu's color palette and way of drawing faces really has me
Lenlo
See, so far it has a very Mushishi/Fune wo Amu/Your Lie in April feel to me. I love these kinds of things animated, because I feel the music and color-choices really help set things in the mood.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario@Lenlo: We can be Kanabros for life all three of us ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
But in general I do think shafts style lends itself at its best to more comedic work.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I actually felt that shafts style elevated their adaptation of Sangatsu. I find it easier to watch these slow paced shows than reading them. Also Kana Hanazawa.
SuperMario
Shaft's style can be a hit or miss with the audience, however. While I don't mind that, I still would recommend you try the manga instead
SuperMario
Oh, so you still have, like, 40 episodes left
Lenlo
Huh. Finally got around to March Comes in Like a Lion, gotta say. 3 episodes in, its pretty good
Kaiser-Eoghan
Speaking of it though, I wish they'd get that proposed new Vampire hunter D anime off the ground.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though my memory on this is extremely fuzy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know, I saw an article there on anime news network referring to the second vampire hunter D film, I know I watched it years and years ago, loved it, but I forget the plot, thinking about it now, how was the dude D was after supposed to survive without blood after buggering off to space alone with the girl?
Anonymous2786239
Amen to that
Anonymous2785164
I read blogs to see opinions on anime, not to read about how blog writer is much better than some youtuber I probably have never heard of :D
Anonymous2785164
Anyway, don't any of you guys let that get up to your head :p I'm also annoyed whenever media producers start mocking each other and setting themselves up as better.
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