Posted by psgels on 24 August 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




Usually when I compare a series to melodrama, I mean this in a negative way. Onii-Sama e, however… is just one of those exceptions that struck me by utter surprise. It comes with such a style, grace and elegance that the huge amounts of teenaged angst and bitchfights fit completely into place.

It’s another one of the television series directed by Osamu Dezaki, and seriously, the more I watch of this guy the more respect I get of him. The direction in this series is just fantastic, especially considering how old it already is (1992!). It’s a series that may not have the highest budget, but it makes optimal use of the animation techniques that were available at the time.

Characters are drawn swiftly and elegantly. Even the still frames are packed with movement, while the animated scenes have surprisingly good frame-rates. Everything is dedicated to making the characters look as elegantly as possible, without going over the top and just making the characters look silly, like what’s happening to most modern shoujo series.

The melodrama is obviously there: the characters in this series really have issues, and vicious catfights, screaming, yelling and suicidal thoughts are no stranger in this series. But the thing is that while it’s over the top, it never gets cheesy. The drama doesn’t get silly in how hard it tries, and instead it continues to colour the different characters throughout the series.

Characters, who are another part of the series’ highlights. Ranging from the main characters to the side ones, they are varied, engaging and deep. It’s great to watch them grow throughout the series, and deal with their own issues that while over the top, are things that I can very easily see teenaged girls to relate with. The chemistry and bonds between the characters is also great to watch, not to mention the excellent script that hits the mark time and time again.

At the same time though, I do see how Osamu Dezaki’s involvement can be a bit of a double edged sword. Judging from the reception of the Air and Clannad movies and Ultraviolet, his style is something that you can hate just as easily. His series also often have character-designs that look like no other anime out there. In Onii-Sama e’s case, it pretty much depends on how you’ll be able to stomach the dramatic scenes. The scenes beyond that are very accessible though: I’m still amazed at how much life the creators managed to put into them.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Fantastic direction, excellent dialogue, really dramatic.
Characters: 9/10 – An excellent cast, well fleshed out and developed throughout the entire run of the series.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Love it or hate it style. I loved it. The soundtrack is beautiful as well.
Setting: 8/10 – A bit of a soap opera setting, but solid and does its job to make the rest of the series shine.

Suggestions:
Ultraviolet: Code 044
Revolutionary Girl Utena
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  • Chris says:

    correction, wasn’t banned entirely just removed/banned from television.

  • Firechick says:

    Oh, Osamu Dezaki directed this? I didn’t know that. Well, psgels, definitely check out Ie Naki Ko next. I swear, you’re gonna love it to death.

  • Meep says:

    I watched this quite a while ago, only because it was recommended for ROV (Rose of Versailles) fans. But this particular anime felt too awkward to enjoy..just something about it.. xD

  • Universal Bunny says:

    I wouldn’t normally do this, but would you please suggest a place to where to find this series? I’ve been on the lookout for well over a year without much luck.

  • Machi says:

    Oh GAWD ANOTHER nostalgia anime for me XD You didn’t have to call this anime old :_:

  • Saint-Just says:

    Great show, I’m glad you liked it. One of my favorite shojo anime, along with Utena and Rose of Versailles.

  • Brand says:

    I put this in my own personal top 20 anime titles. It is a really great series. I started watching and ended up marathoning the whole thing. I would say this is a must see for anyone who loves Utena. The parallels Utena has to it is rather impressive in a way where many of the aspects are incredible similar but manage not to feel like a straight rip-off.

    This (also much like Utena) is one of the few series I also feel the anime is way better then the manga. The manga isn’t bad, but at 3 volumes you don’t really get the depth that the anime series has.

  • windy says:

    One of the best shows for me as well, I was completely under the spell while I’ve been watching it. I think that all those who liked “Rose of Versailles” will definitely love it as well, I was enticed by both the style and the scrypt in both of those series and have read those both manga drawn by a mangaka I deeply admire: Riyoko Ikeda.

  • Universal Bunny says:

    Thank you psgel. I’ve made an account but there is a limitation on what one can see within 6 days of sign-up. I’ll try in 6 days.

  • trunkschan90 says:

    AnimeSols is currently streaming and crowdfunding the DVD release of Oniisama e :)

    http://animesols.com/video_sets/26

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    Aldnoah needed actually interesting characters and character arcs instead of boring assholes. Why does it need more time on the lore when it's just generic scifi jib
    SuperMario
    One minor thing that baffled me beside *that* in Rakugo was they don't show Konatsu's rakugo in the end. It makes more sense if we can see her perform, but I understand that the show have to put new rakugo material and that was impposible.
    SuperMario
    @Aidan: I think *that twist* is sweet (not). Points for the show for having a balls to address that, but...
    AidanAK47
    And that's Rakugo finished. A delayed finale but non the less a satisfying one....Though on the matter of *that* I am going full head canon and pretending it didn't happen. Because HELL FUCKING NO.
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    Troyca's Aldnoah.Zero was 24 eps long but it really needed 50 to flesh out concepts and lore.
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    Apparently, Virgin is going to be 24 episodes and Re:creators is 22 eps long. I don't know how to feel about that.
    SuperMario
    Catching up with Rage of Bahamoth myself. Say I really enjoy what I see so far. Characters are its weakest part and pacing is uneven, but everything else work quite well
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    ... Feherlofia is Hungarian one. But I have a really fond feeling towards Soviet and those ex-communist animation. Movies as well
    SuperMario
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    SuperMario
    @Topgavin: wuah your love with Madoka. I was like watching that show for 3 times, but Rebellion just once. I still think that Rebellion adds up to the series narratively. Shaft (be themselves) put a lots of extra background details to the Bluray version, so I'm sure you can't go wrong watching Madoka on Bluray.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Guess I'm just in the mood for some comfycore anime. =)
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    There's really stuff I need to get round to watching like alderman and chain chronicle, giving utawerumono's s2 another chance, watching those dumb old golgo ovas, catching up on Shamo and city hunter where I left off.
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    @Mario: If you are looking for something to review for the world animation project, I recommend Fehérlófia , a Soviet era psychadelic folktale animation. Also look into the available short animations by Alexander Petrov (he uses a style of animation which mixes oil painting on glass).
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    Finished watching Chain Chronicle :Light of Hacchetias (TV version). While not something to write home about it was not bad. It did a tried old recipe well.
    Lenlo
    @SuperMario, we dont have to, but its fun to try and pinpoint the real-world timeline to the shows timeline.

    @Topgavin, oh yeah. Madoka is amazing.
    Topgavin
    Just finished watching the Madoka Magica series, 4th rewatch but 1st time on blurays. The show is such a work of art, and I was surprised by the sheer quality of the backgrounds in the blurays. It looked 3x as expensive to make as the normal show, Shaft must've poured a lot of money into post-screening editing.
    SuperMario
    They are all just average shows to be honest, but at least they're deserved to have full reviews.
    SuperMario
    and just an update for readers, I intend to give full reviews on shows that I followed but haven't covered here, starting from this seasons. The verdicts are: Seiren, Demi-chan, Dragon Maid and Hand Shakers
    SuperMario
    Do we really need to know all the historical context to enjoy/ appreciate Tanya? I think making a comparison does have influence in your expectation of the show in later events.
    Lenlo
    But this is all from wiki articles, since the last time I actually studied WW1 & 2 was in highschool. So im alittle rough on the subject :P
    Lenlo
    I thought, time-wise, we were past WW1, but this was in reference to how Germany at the end of WW1 was defeated, but not destroyed, which allowed them to rebuild enough to start WW2. You know, that famous quote "This is not peace, this is an Armstice for 20 years".

    Thought it was a reversal of that.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    @Mario: Just one more note on silent voice, only one of those three omitted subplots I felt worth taking issue with, they leave out a couple scenes that flesh out Shoko's mother more.
    AidanAK47
    @Helgast, while that fairly obviously hinted at, don't spoil future events.
    HelghastKillzone
    @Lenlo We are way past the stalemate of WW1 and onto this anime's interpretation of the Battle of Dunkirk. Season Two is gonna be fighting against the Brits, Americans, the French Resistance and the Soviets.
    Lenlo
    I did some reading up, since WW1 & 2 arnt the points in history im really into, and I get her anger now. If they get a second season, possible time skip to WW2 because of it?

    The episode was great btw, she just seemed to come out relatively unscathed for what she went through
    AidanAK47
    @Lenlo, It annoyed me that she got injured but then magically healed within the next scene but otherwise I loved the episode. It may be difficult to grasp in the show but if you know your history then you would realise just why Tanya was so bent out of shape. In truth this was Tanya's first major loss. One that renders her previous victories utterly worthless.
    AidanAK47
    @Anon, Your gonna have to elaborate on that "Most." When it comes to the three shows I was covering this season I thought I was praising them quite a bit. Only thing really bothering me is Rakugo stretching out it's ending. Otherwise this is one of the best seasons of anime I have seen in quite a while.
    SuperMario
    Hell yeahh, OwariMonogatari will air next Summer season. I'm hyped. Thank you Shaft
    SuperMario
    But it's good to hear your opinions on that. Like you said, honest opinion is good so I hope to hear more from reader's comments
    SuperMario
    @Anon958618: We writers are here to give you readers our personal impressions, and of course if we don't like a show we'd give the reasons why we don't like it, we can't really say otherwise if we found an episode to be sub-par. Personally, I have nothing but praise on my posts to the point I think I have to be stricter :)
    Anonymous958618
    I used to like reading this blog, but I find that most of the posts now are overly negative. Although I think honest opinion is good, it's a bit of a turn off in my opinion for readers...
    Lenlo
    Its nice to see everyone grown up in Rakugo. Old Yotaro and Konatsu. Also, how in the heck is Matsuda stil alive. That man was old when Yakumo was young. Finally, people need to stop telling that story if its gonna haunt everyone, I mean jeez.
    SuperMario
    It's Tanya for me next ^^
    SuperMario
    It ends happily. But go and see the twist. They make it like the most natural thing of all
    Lenlo
    Watchin Rakugo next. It end well?
    Lenlo
    Tanya disappointed me alittle. There was a change to actually hurt Tanya, but nope, she still comes out of it unharmed. She hurt herself more when she blew herself up than when someone else blew her up. Least shes seemingly drunk on war.
    SuperMario
    so sad to see Rakugo end... And that little twist. How can they make that twist so poetic?
    SuperMario
    @Lenlo: me & Kaiser? We were talking about the movie Koe to Katachi/ A Silent Voice
    Lenlo
    I must have missed something, because I have no idea idea what is being talked about.
    SuperMario
    @Kaiser: I purposely put off the manga so I could watch the movie with fresh perspective. 2 weeks until we have a screening here
    SuperMario
    @kaiser: woah, thanks Kaiser. I know packaging a 6-volume manga into a feature film means they have to cut quite a lot of subplots, I just hope the main plot is going to be rewarding
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Actually, there aren't that many manga that portray disabled characters, not even hentai.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    @Mario: One of the people I got talking to after the film talked about Clannad and we both laughed about "what if Lars van Trier worked at Key"
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Rakugo you are now on hold again until you end.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    @Mario: I look forward to your review of it.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    @Mario: There were, because I talked to the audience afterwards and looked around, people who weren’t familiar with anime there, so it does have a wider appeal.
    While cheesy/melodramatic obviously its nonetheless heartfelt and well executed.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    The voice actress for Shoko is required to well, I can only call it deaf-voice-talk and she pulls it off quite well, it’s never cringy or forced.
    Comparatively to other anime dealing at any point with bullying this does fare better and because it’s animated by kyoani, visually it’ll catch interest. The protaganists regret and redemption story still remains a very watchable one/theme.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    @Mario: Putting a voice on Kawai and Ueno will make you rage at them more.
    While I didn’t think it was too bad/overly used, you’re going to have to do with the maudlin piano score Kyoani gives it.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    @Mario: At 130 minutes it’s a little lengthy, especially for an anime film, there is the feeling of attempting to stuff in the manga, three subplots at least have been removed/shortened yet at the same time despite the skipping in parts it does still feel long/aimless. Based on that I did feel it flows better in manga format.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    @Mario: @Mario: I just came home from seeing koe to katachi/silent voice. Can't really say enough to fill a review, but it gets the general 3 1/2 out of 5 from me.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Warning the next few posts contain words words words:
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    But I can take or leave Kaiju stuff.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Wheras Mothra was the most fun.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Aside from that, I've seen a few Godzilla films, Mothra vs Godzilla, shin Godzilla, Garth Edwards Godzilla, 90s American Godzilla and original 50s, the 90s one has aged horribly, the recent American one felt more faithful, the 50s one and the new Japanese one feel most socially relevent.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Wait...whah, why'd I get logged out I registered =<
    AidanAK47
    I previously had no interest in a Godzilla Anime film. But after reading the concept here I am now very very interested: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-24/godzilla-anime-film-reveals-full-title-story-new-visual-november-premiere/.113863
    SuperMario
    @Kaiser: they are still around. And believe it or not the actual band members are Damon Albarn (former lead singer of Blur) taking care of all the music and Jamie Hewlett who taking of the animation. I love alternative music, I can enjoy hip-hop music and I'm a fan of animation => this band basically has everything I personally love
    Anonymous956164
    @Mario: Kaiser here, posting from public computer. I had no idea the gorillaz were still around, many years ago I would have listened to their Clint Eastwood song, aswell as dirty harry and feel good inc, I also remember the artstyle of their videos catching my attention.
    SuperMario
    Anyone here listen to Gorillaz? They're one of my favorite band and their new song Saturnz Barz is great. Excited for their coming album now
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I guess I'm considering blood blockade also because I'm burnt out o demanding and old films to some extent.
    SuperMario
    @Kaiser: I really enjoyed the first season of Blockade. It's one of those cases where I think the delayed of the last episode killed all the exciment regarding the show. I actually fall behind and then catched up again as soon as the last episode was out so I enjoyed everything so much more
    SuperMario
    @Aidan: makes me really wonder why some of the studios are very uptight about their show's details. Like, they have to know if it is a short series or not, right.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Yet its not exactly a show that fits into being my thing.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Blood blockade battlefront is one of those shows that is always in the back of my head, despite negative biasI managed to at least enjoy some of gungrave, I grew up, sort of with trigun, so with blockade having Yuji Nightow involved theres always that part of me that says to watch blood blockade battlefront.
    AidanAK47
    This is one of the annoying things about previews. You got o the trouble of looking it up and writing on it only for it to get delayed or turn out to be a short series.
    SuperMario
    ohh, Blood Blockade Battlefront moves back to October airing. I might have a chance to cover it after all. Though look at how it gets delay and the change of director, it yells more concerns than optimism
    AidanAK47
    Yep, Manga is completed at 6 Volumes. But it's kinda weird that the series managed to cover 6 volumes when it's so slow paced. I normally thought that 5 to 6 episodes was needed to cover a manga volume on average.
    SuperMario
    @anon954341: ACCA will finish in 1 cour, as the manga is already completed and from what I heard episode 11 & 12 cover the last 5 chapters of the manga.
    Anonymous954341
    is Acca 13's story going to finish in 1 cour, or is it still ongoing?
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Honestly do wonder how much longer anime blogging will be a thing and how much they have to compete with popular youtuber's channels.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I once had some idea of doing a forum with a friend, it never went anywhere.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Aidan gave good advice anon, I still found old posts from when I was teenager archived somewhere online and it made me facepalm.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Eh, I wanted to throw myself into Mario and your conversation about personalities by talking about myself, force of habit.
    AidanAK47
    @Kaiser, Not sure what this rambling is about but good for you...I guess?
    AidanAK47
    @Anon, Blogs take a lot of work for very little in return. I wouldn't try starting one unless you are ready to make a huge commitment. Besides at your age(Based on that comment) it would be best to not put too much on the internet. The internet never forgets and it can come back to haunt you later in life.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    The reason I bring some of this up is because I think that even if someone isn't the most emotional person out there, they shouldn't ignore/bash on certain shows/genres because of that, even if you don't get feelings out of it, the story/drama/characters could still be worthwhile.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I do think getting pissed off though is much easier irl than doing it online where it doesn't bother me as much.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    And it surprises me alot that I followed so many romance manga years ago, enjoyed them, but I've never been a romantic person irl at all.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I also hate incompetence/failure and am generally not especially patient.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I care about others and appearances mainly to extent it either is of benefit, if I have to or it avoids hassle.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    People tend to think I'm cold, articulate, blunt irl too.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I'm not a sentimental or passionette/emotional person irl, I don't like wasting time with other peoples shit and don't bother with it, avoid looking at people or touching them physically, talk in long dry speeches and in general come off as a quiet, reserved but snarky/cynical person.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I probably unknowingly come off as different on this site than I would irl.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Honestly I'd veer towards depressing or surreal/strange/messed up work more out of just wanting to see weird and depressing stuff happen and little else, just interests me, I can't remember the last time I cried.
    Anonymous953782
    um i wanted to make my own blog but it wants a email but i dont want my parents finding out
    AidanAK47
    It is weird how we never clash on what we want to cover on each season. Anyway I need someone to contrast my egotisical self so it's all good.
    SuperMario
    haha, Aidan: heartless grumpy monster & Mario: sentimental sappy bloke. Readers, you got yourself quite an odd combination of writers here.
    Anonymous951955
    We'll see; trailers can give false impressions
    Anonymous951955
    Not that all changes from source adaptations are terrible, but in this case, at least the trailer makes it look pretty bad.
    Anonymous951955
    It looks not great; I understand the need to change it a bit to suit the format/audience, but at what point does it turn from adaption to "loosely based on"?
    HelghastKillzone
    I'm glad we're past the phase of moe club shows.
    AidanAK47
    @Helghast, now that's something I never thought I would hear.
    HelghastKillzone
    Hell ya. We are in a golden age of anime that is filled with options and quality.
    Anonymous951809
    What a great week! Iron Blooded Orphans, Onihei, Little Witch Academia and ACCA 13 all had great episodes! I am spoiled!
    Anonymous950847
    @Anon and @Aikan

    The LoGH manga remake has been out. It did not work for me.

    I hope he anime goes its own way. I do trust Production IG, so I hope. I think it might not be this year. No lgoic, just a hunch.
    AidanAK47
    @Anon, Only info I can find is that it's coming out this year and it will be by Production IG. But I think you are right in that if it;s coming this year it will definitely be winter.
    Feeling rather cautious about the remake myself. LoGH is dated visually but in a way it is a product of it's time and things you could forgive in the old version wouldn't be so forgivable in the new.
    Anonymous949997
    Does anybody know when that LoGH readaptation is coming? It's supposed to be this year right? Probably winter right?
    SuperMario
    But I will give it a full review anyways because all the amount of time I spent in that series should be paid off somehow, right?
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    But serious Gohands is a studio that had potential its just a shame its wasted on rubbish writers. Although I did like mardock scramble, because cyberpunk =)
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    If I met handshakers in public I'd refuse to shake its hand =D
    SuperMario
    Oh, it's actually just an extra Hand Shakers episode that serves as a prequel story. Not that bad then
    SuperMario
    Not to disregard Hand Shakers, but the best way to describe how I feel about that series is mind-numbing
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    They tried with that Military guy and his daughter but not by much.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    But I do agree that there needs to be more to the characters, right now its JUST Tanya.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    As for Tanya, having caught up with it, its a nice trashy guilty pleasure, especially due to the protagonist and I enjoy the setting because I'm a war film fan and like some of the action/politicking. I still do wish it was aesthetically a bit better. The dub isn't that bad and I'd welcome a second season.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    In an ideal world Kino's journey would have been a good model for what light novel adaptations can be and SHOULD be.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    If we must have more light novel adaptations, I would prefer them to be like Tanya, Muvluv, okay hardly breathtaking, but still better than that thing Aidan linked.
    Lenlo
    *Sigh* It looks exactly how I imagined it would and its terrible.
    Lenlo
    Please dont tell me thats an actual title.
    AidanAK47
    In another world with my smart phone light novel to get an anime.

    Oh my god...This literally sounds like a joke title you would see within an anime. Tried giving it an honest chance by reading it and it's just shit. Just pure terrible.
    AidanAK47
    If people in Japan are actually buying blurays thinking its a good show then something is seriously wrong with the world.
    AidanAK47
    @Topgavin, maybe too many people watched it because it was so terrible. I haven't watched past episode 1 but it doesn't sound like it improved.
    Topgavin
    Just incase you guys were avidly waiting for the announcement, Hand Shakers is getting a prequel season because it's apparently selling well......
    SuperMario
    Should be happy for it, though I'm a bit disappointed that I can't be able to cover it
    SuperMario
    Inside Mari gets live-action series adaptation. Why not anime?? Duh
    Spike
    Little Witch Academia finally tips it's hand on the overall plot! I'm pretty pleased and think some direction might help bump it up from just being 'good' overall.
    HelghastKillzone
    @KTravlos Still watching it week by week and I'll write up a review on the second season of Iron-Blooded when it ends.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    @Mario: It is however the kind of anime film that would have the wide audience appeal though, as in anime for people who don't watch anime.
    SuperMario
    @Kaiser: just prove that people has paid attention to anime. That's an encouraging sign actually
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Feck, silent voice was booked out when I got there just now....should have booked in advance, showing at 7:00 on Friday booking it now.
    SuperMario
    @KTravlos: I haven't, but that more because I'm not a big fan of Mecha genre. I believe one of our writer HelghastKillzone still follow the series
    KTravlos
    No idea, if you are all still watching MS Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans. I am, and while the 2nd Season toned down some of the elements that made the 1st Season good, it is still pretty good with the last episode doing a great job. If it keeps it, it definitely is head to head with Turn A Gundam for my favorite long-form Gundam Series (I am doing Gundam Origins for the original story)
    Lenlo
    Mhmm. It was one of those shows it weave adult themes into a kids show, so it had something for both. Now I can also appreciate the artstyle that doesnt use hard black outlines for everything.
    AidanAK47
    If anything I get so much more out of Samurai Jack now than when I watched it as a kid.
    Lenlo
    Love that dude Aidan. And yes Kaiser, I think anyone get enjoy it now. I love that its back, but even without that its easily standing on its own
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    How much of this love of samurai jack is a nostalgia driven thing? I'm not knocking that nostalgia but would it be possible to get something out of the show now if I never watched it when I was younger?
    Lenlo
    Yeah, that conversation was great. Really shows you how messed up hes become. Its also amazing when you realize that was the last set of spoken dialogue in the episode. There was not a single word uttered in the second half.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    The audience who enjoyed samurai Jack has grown up, them bringing up seppuku and blood is possibly a part of that.
    AidanAK47
    Scene with the coffins was awesome as was the fight in the dark. My personal favorite part of the episode though was Jack arguing with his old design self. And young jack suggesting committing seppuku made my eyebrows raise. I mean..damn.
    Lenlo
    I agree Aidan. That quick shot of Jack vs the Daughter, with the sudden blood, suprised me as much as it did Jack. I really loved the scene with the coffins. The music nad sound was just great there.
    AidanAK47
    @Lenlo, It was a really great episode. I love the meta of Jack being worn down by the wait and the wait the viewers had to endure for the new season. I is rather odd seeing blood in Samurai Jack though but it does make that particular moment have so much more impact.
    Topgavin
    April 16th for NZ. It is a lesser known movie than Kimi no na wa though, so I do wonder how available it's going to be in cinemas
    Lenlo
    This second episode of Jack was really just amazing. Its making full use of the new budget/tech for the art and of the new rating, along with the impact the timeskip would have on Jack. The cinematography was superb as well.
    SuperMario
    @Kaiser: Koe ko machi will creen in Aussie in the beginning of April as well. I'll go to watch it; but I would love to jear your thoughts on the movie.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    There is a preview screening of koe to kachi on Monday night, depending I may go, I may review it or at least talk about it on here.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I'm dying waiting for the Blame! anime film adaptation to come out in May. I've wanted an adaptation for years.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    And I'm too much of a cheap-ass to actually buy anything, don't even use legal streaming for films or anime/manga/comics, pirate almost everything.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Or shelves for that matter.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I've fallen out of the collectors thing pretty much entirely. I don't like to advertise any of my interests on my bedroom wall either.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    Some years ago I ended up selling almost all of my anime dvds/vhs and manga, comic books aswell, took down my posters and moved what figures I had left into attic boxes , just no space for it and it was a good way to get some quick extra cash.
    Lenlo
    I love Rakugo as well, im not meaning to bad talk it at all. I simply also agree with Aiden that slow rolling us with Yakumo's death was poorly done and that its feeling stretched.
    Topgavin
    Nevermind, the $30 price tag made that decision for me
    Topgavin
    Weird how I see $8 movies on youtube as a ripoff yet a $90 series as a bargain. All these $300 box sets made me think it'd be in the hundreds. Wonder if I should get rebellion too
    SuperMario
    I'm still pretty much a fan of Rakugo this season. It goes much darker than the first season, something I didn't dare to think before consider this isYotaro's story. Would love to see more about rakugo's industry but this season does flesh out a lot of our core characters
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    I said it before but I'll bring it up again, the slow pace allows for, when big things happen to have a larger impact when they do.
    Kaiser-Eoghan
    *In
    **and(not on) waiting for the series to finish
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