Posted by psgels on 5 November 2012 with categories: From the New World

Another great thing from From the new World is that it’s different with every episode. This was quite an eerie episode, in which Satoru fights off small armies of those Ground Spiders after getting his powers back.

I’m not quite sure how he got his powers back. I mean, I get that Saki used Satoru’s mantra to get his Cantis back, but I’m curious why Satoru didn’t do the same for Saki. After all, they were in a situation of life and death, which meant that even there, the thought of crossing this taboo didn’t occur to them.

This episode worked really well despite its problems though, in particular the change within Satoru was great as he plowed through these groups of Ground Spiders, actually enjoying himself. Only to run into this actual army at the end of the episode. Although I have to say that some of the 3D animation could have been blended a bit better. In particular the flying rocks and trees.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

39 Responses

  1. Bunny says:

    Lol, you must of missed out on the shoutbox conversation about how everything happened. So basically we think that the priest sealed their mantra mentally. saki remembered from the classroom conversation that she found out satorus mantra thats why she could redo the ritual and give back his powers. the reason behind sakis remember satorus was because satorus was never sealed it was only hers that was because the priest was only sealing their power not any other mantra that was know in their minds.

  2. Scruffy says:

    Each person has an individual mantra, and what the floating monk did was seal away each individual’s mantra. Saki knew Satoru’s mantra (because she cheated), but he only glanced at hers and so doesn’t know hers. He can’t repeat the ceremony and give her back her mantra.

    • HunterWulf says:

      She knows Satoru’s mantra becasue she looked at his paper in the flashback (by doing the “hatching the pencil trace” trick), and in fact she was actually trying to persuade him to tell her his own mantra .. so there is NOTHING that says a person can’t tell another his/her own mantra (or there would be absolutely no point in the teachers warning them about that) … so why can’t Saki tell Satoru her own mantra and teach him the ritual (which is mostly there for psychological effect) so he can unlock her mantra the same exact way she did for him !!!?

  3. Bunny says:

    High Five Scraffy :)

  4. Bunny says:

    *Scruffy………….damn

  5. JoeAnimated says:

    I found the fact that she replicated the mantra of the priest a bit odd. It just seemed to be a huge leap of faith for us as the viewer to take on. And when it worked, why didn’t he use it on her? She could have instructed him, and then they’d both be free. All very odd. But, I did appreciate that we got to see Satoru’s start into madness. It’s probably representative of the state the TK users were before the new societies. We will get to see first hand why the Scientist decided to build the society they did.

  6. Trass says:

    @Joe: Read above explanation. Neither Satoru nor Saki herself knows Saki’s mantra so Satoru won’t be able to do it even if Saki told him how to do it.

    • JoeAnimated says:

      There’s nothing that says she doesn’t know hers. The flashback scene with Satoru indicates that. She just manages to get his through and old trick. And what she probably realizes is that all the mantras are the same. And in her self induced hypnosis, she comes up with the idea to free him.

  7. Firechick says:

    The top right screenshot is really small for some reason.

  8. Raiden says:

    The reason is that the mantra is just a type of auto-hypnosis.
    Remember the library creature that protected it self with some lights; the creature described it as hypnosis. And the kids said that it was similar to the ritual where they were given their mantra.
    So reason why the sealing works is because the kids believe that it would work.

    Saki is probably starting to figure things out, but just because you know something that does not mean that you believe it. The thing is just too much engraved into her mind to dismiss it that easily.

    However Satoru was tired and in shock the perfect mental state to try to convince him that his powers were back. That she knew his mantra was simply the right bit of knowledge for achieving this. But I believe that she could made up any mantra and it would work.

    • Ougon says:

      Maybe her telling him the wrong mantra was the reason his anti-goma conditioning failed to return and drove him to violence.

  9. HunterWulf says:

    Fantastic episode, and is it me or those Tarantula guys are just damn resourceful, cunning and tenacious, i was surprised they can actually mass-produce poisonous gas using machines, can shape-shift and have such giants in their ranks .. they are indeed proving to be formidable enemies even against PK users .. i bet the Blow-dog from two episodes back was actually one of them who managed to survive the tornado then transformed into a blow-dog and blew himself up to avenge his comrades and destroy the enemy.

    There is also the debate going on here about why didn’t Saki tell Satoru her own mantra so he can unlock her powers the same way she did for him .. some are saying she can’t or that she doesn’t know her own mantra .. where did you get that from !!? she clearly knew her own mantra in the flashback and the teachers wouldn’t warn them about telling others your mantra unless every student had one and unless you actually CAN tell other people about your mantra and have them unlock your powers .. so she MUST know her own mantra.

    • Ougon says:

      In episode 4, at about the 14:30 mark, the monk very clearly says that the children will never again remember their mantras. He clearly did something that caused them to forget their own mantras.

      Not sure why there is a debate when it’s explained pretty clearly in the preceding episodes.

      • Bunny says:

        EXACTLY! people just dont listen/watch properly

      • billish says:

        I think that the context of his powers revival is more important. Why did Saki wait ’til they were trapped? I want to go further into detail but I don’t have any time at the moment (cop-out!), but I feel strongly that the explanation was obscure and that it strongly effected the pacing of both this episode and the series, as well as my faith in the writer’s ability to convey these. To use psgels super-strange grading system, this episode is on the low end of a 2.

        http://altairandvega.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/colloquium-shin-sekai-yori-episode-6-2/ the writer does a decent job of explaining some of what has been discussed by others

        Also, psgels, if it means anything to you, here is one reader that does not agree / understand your grading system or it’s methodology. I liked 1-4 w/ *asterisks much better. Everything may as well be a 5 if you don’t plan on giving out more than a 6 :)). That is all!

        • Ougon says:

          I see no problem with the timing of the restoration of his powers. Saki just so happened to have received her hallucinatory inspiration in the cave at that moment in time. Maybe inspired by the poison gas, or by desperation. People aren’t the perfectly rational agents they’re made out to be.

          And a 2? That’s a little harsh. That would be putting it on the level of one of those awful incest fanservice shows.

          • billish says:

            Nah, those get nothing. And you stated in your response almost exactly what i mean, maybe this maybe that. It is UNCLEAR what happens in that cave.

        • Scruffy says:

          They’ve been running for their life for what seems like a whole day and this (well apart from the almost sex scene) is the first moment where they have stopped. I don’t see the issue.

      • HunterWulf says:

        Thanks for the clarification .. that indeed explains how it happened.

        I did remember the monk sealed their powers completely but i missed the “you won’t remember your mantra ever again” part .. more or less becasue they NEVER actually explained what a mantra did at the time (it was only explained it this episode, so they are partially to blame) … also It’s pretty hard remembering such details when one is watching at least 10 shows this season (too many new good shows and continuing ones for previous seasons like Uchuu Kyoudai).

        Thanks again.

  10. vjott says:

    Oh bother. All this confusion because the viewers aren’t paying attention:

    Each child is given their mantra at their coming of age.
    They summon it to mind whenever they use their power.
    Saki remembered Satoru’s mantra because she tricked the simple-minded fool into giving it to her (she shaded over the tracings in the paper that he pressed on).
    Satoru does not know Saki’s mantra.
    The priest made the children forget their own mantra. They cannot use their power.
    Saki has forgotten her mantra. She still remembers Satoru’s.
    She uses the same incantation the priest used to seal the memory of the mantra to “give” Satoru back his ability.
    Satoru does not know Saki’s mantra. He cannot do the same thing for Saki.

    Now, for some speculation. It seems to be a form of hypnosis (the whole mantra thing). The children are made to think that their ability is tied down to the mantra (through some powerful form of hypnosis: the ritual). The mantra mechanism is a form of control. Also note Satoru’s weakness at the end of this episode: it is probably a result of the mechanism that prevents humans from hurting each other. The rat-people look like humans. The mechanism also kicked in when the priest was using his power against the rat-people earlier.

    At this rate, Satoru may either pass out or die.

    • Scruffy says:

      Nice summary :)

    • HunterWulf says:

      Actually about the “rat people look like humans” part, most of the rat people Satoru he killed from far away .. those he killed killed face-to-face were transformed into other creatures (like the frogs, insects and moles) so i’m not 100% sure the exhaustion Satoru is feeling is just becasue of the kill switch … if the show is trying to be a Sci-Fi story they must establish that continuous excessive use of PK abilities (i.e like Satoru did this episode) must be exerting on the body even without a kill-switch as there is no such thing a limitless power … heck in fantasy series like Magi Aladdin exerted himself and fainted becasue his magic draws energy from his body and he needs rest and food to be able to use it again.

      I actually was expecting more speculation about the peculiar transformation ability that’s unique to the Tarantula clan (since the other queerats can’t use it) and how did they get technology to build poison manufacturing pods and build tubes and pumps to spread the poison into the colony they attacked .. they don’t seem that smart .. maybe some humans are helping them or something.

  11. Bunny says:

    its so simple, yet people think its some massive plot hole.

    • HunterWulf says:

      No it’s not this simple, they never mentioned what a “Mantra” does until ep 6 .. so when the Monk sealed their powers and wiped their own mantra from their memory in ep4 many people watching ep6 didn’t remember that part becasue they had no reason to care what a mantra is in the first place until ep6 explained it.

  12. Entrav says:

    The art is back to normal at least. Wonder how things will go from here….

  13. Nautical says:

    Even if you don’t remember the mantra explanation from episode one or the monk explicitly stating that they won’t remember their mantras (because quite honestly, I didn’t pay enough attention to notice them either), you can still figure it out, particularly from that scene where Saki and Satoru write down their mantras and briefly flash the papers to each other. Satoru clearly doesn’t remember his own mantra, which is why Saki’s memory of his mantra was needed. Similarly, Saki doesn’t remember her own mantra either. Simple enough.
    I think most things were pretty clear in this episode, with the exception of the whole hypnosis sequence at the beginning and Satoru twitching in the corner. But it made a lot of sense after I thought about it later, since it makes sense that it’d be easier to convince a tired, somewhat delusional kid that his powers are back.

  14. Malkuth says:

    Please pay more attention to each episode, the anime might skip a lot of the character development (because it is targeted at mature readers, unlike the average anime viewer), but the rest of the plot is extremely easy to understand, however much each episode director messes up.

    The whole deal with each child’s “cantus” was described in ep.1, put into perspective in ep.4, and thoroughly explained even for NoitaminA-watchers this episode in the flashback!

    • Trass says:

      I agree. From ep1 you can clearly see that you need an unusual amount of seriousness when watching this anime otherwise you wouldn’t even understand what’s going on.

    • vjott says:

      Yeah, viewers should definitely pay attention. This is not a series that spoon-feeds and pampers its audience. Perhaps the fact that this is the only show I’m watching for this season is why I’m able to recall details better than, say for instance, someone who is following 5 or 10 shows. Especially if those other shows are mindless drivel like to-Love-Ru Darkness and the latest incest, harem, ecchi shows where attention to detail isn’t a requirement for enjoyment.

      • Avalon says:

        While I agree with you, you make it sound like every other show airing this season falls into one of those categories you mentioned.

        Maybe I’m just getting defensive here and you’re just making an example, but I feel I need to defend at least the decent shows this season of which there are a surprising amount.

        • vjott says:

          Just using an example. There are some other titles that look promising from what I’ve read on this blog but I can only manage one show this season and I decided to give this a chance; glad I did.

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Finally pulling those reviews out. Guys, if you're expecting for Hinamatsuri and Masotan posts, the former will be done tomorrow and if I have more time I will do the second one too. Enjoy for now
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Also they're really overdoing it with all that obvious message stuff and the "love superpower" trope I always hated anyway. Still watching I mean at least it has a plot and tries.
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Alright Franxx, you are forgiven for episode 14.
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*worrying about
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Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Ah, I'm more forgiving then, I'm likely to give higher points for sheer imagination that I'm not as bothered by worry about the story.
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@Mario: Any negative argument against mood indigo by him can be countered by the fact it has Audrey Tatou in it.
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@Mario: Gondry needs to avoid making any more commercial comedies, he also needs to start working with Kaufman again, they brought out the best in each other, although on his own, he can be playful and inventive with his films, such as mood indigo and science of sleep.
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Jim Carrey is kind of mind controller himself. I couldn't take my eyes off him
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@anon2028818: it was indeed season 5. SORRY FOR MY IGNORANCE :)
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The Jim Carrey movies.
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Ore Mahou Shoujo, baffles me, since I had to skip another long musical off key number, which makes me wonder where the budget cut starts and where the trolling begins. Also makes me sad, there aren't a lot of female to male transformations since it'll be interesting watching that perspective. Maybe a love triangle from both genders could apply since females are more accepted to be bi, in media.
Vonter
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Megalo Box, Tiramisu (I find this genuinely funny), S;0, GGO which is so much better than SAO, Wotaku, Hinamatsuri, Cutie Honey, LotGH, Hisone to Masotan and so on
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I really love this season as well.
Lenlo
Also personally I am enjoying this current season a alot. But I also know/like a good bit of the reboots/sequels
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Oh man... 2015 winter was good. Forgot thats when those came out
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@SuperMario: Wasn't that Natsume season 5?, pretty sure season 4 was several years earlier.
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so i just recently rewatched fullmetal panic fumoffu and i gotta say that this is easily one of Kyo ani's best works. It's such a surprise that this was their first anime; it's a damn good romance comedy
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Lol I love B-movie type stuff, because the rules are off.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was the only person who watched Mazinkaiser skl and shin mazinger and skullman.
Anonymous2026379
@Kaiser Takeshi Koike really wanted to really sell it as a grindhouse feature and I ate that shit up; I really dug the tone he was going for.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: It was strange seeing that Goemon short, much as I enjoyed it, thats the goriest I seen lupin get.
Anonymous2026379
Megalo box is pure retro while lupin is a mix of old and new...and you're right; people just think they can't jump right into it. But that's why more people should be talking about it; to let the masses know that you don't need a starting point to get into the Lupin franchise
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm a massive fan of the devilman manga and I thought devilman crybaby was better than it.
Anonymous2026379
90's-esque throwback feeling shows like lupin and megalo box have been giving me
Anonymous2026379
Luoin part 5 is definitely mixing the best of new and old. Honestly, I've been having a blast with it as well as this generally 90
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think the problem is, people see lupin as this long thing they can't get into, when really its so episodic/standalone mostly you can pick up and watch.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And of course getting the best bits out of old and new.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*visual style
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm a fan of this hybrid old and new style, megalobox does it too, mine fujiko aswell and casshern sins.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was surprised by how well the Fujiko mine show came together in the end.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'll be interested in picking up more facts about thrm.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Come think of it, Akira Kurosawa did some old western (eastern?) in Russian, that had an Ainu in it.
Anonymous2026379
Asirpa is sooooo adorable.....almost feels patronizing to say that about her due to how badass she is
Anonymous2026379
What makes Fujiko work so well as this sexy icon is that she isn't just sexy: she's smart as shit and uses that sexiness to dominate and control her opponents (similar to bayonetta) rather than be chained by the objectification of her opponents (and the viewers for that matter)
Anonymous2026379
I wonder what other obscure cameos we may get this season. And yea you're right about some of Lupin's potentially sexist traits being assuaged by his level of cool and the genuine respect he shows a good deal of the women he has encountered throughout the series
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Yet still a fun film at the same time.
Anonymous2026379
@Kaiser Yea, mamo was a pretty dark element introduced to the lupin franchise; and considering the tone of the gravestone of Jigen, it makes sense he would cameo there
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Help I want to kidnap Asirpa =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I'm probably as surprised as you, at finding someone to talk to about Lupin on here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: And through comparing/contrasting the jigen grave stone and Fujiko mine, with some of the sillier older ones, it shows the Lupin characters are flexible enough to work both in a darker AND sillier context.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*character
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Fujiko is precisely how a fanservicey character should work and how built in/essential it is to her haracter, without becoming an irritant.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: By all means Lupin himself shouldn't be a character we like, much like Bond, but like Bond theres a coolness to the character that allows us to love him.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Another great thing about Lupin is how it uses its 60s cool to get away with what would normally probably be considered fairly sexist.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I had a big smile on my face when Mamo made a cameo appearance at the end of one of the recent ones and thats because I remember the Lupin Mamo movie was one of those first anime that I watched about 20 years aago.
Anonymous2026379
not to mention that its one of the few anime this season that actually knows how to utilize dialogue to explore flesh out its characters rather than exposition or contrivance: looking at you darling in the franxx
Anonymous2026379
@Kaiser-Eoghan Nice fun facts; but yea Lupin III is a series that has always had an amazing sense of pacing and adventure, traits that are definitely on display this season
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Its a huge franchise too so I'm often never sure where to go next.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: You may or may not know this, but the voice actor for solid snake voiced Lupin in one of the dubs.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I watched a few episodes of the Italy set lupin show too .
Its a fun franchise due to its cast but its something I have to follow irregularly, lest it get repetitive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Fun fact, guy who directed the gold of babylon film was a famous B-movie noir director in the 60s.
Lenlo
Dont trust anything written by the original SAO author. Everything is his fault. Kirito is not in this series.
Lenlo
Even the original SAO author has little to do with it, which is why its actually good
Lenlo
So SAO Alt is basically completely removed from the rest of SAO
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Lupin is one of those things I dip in and out of, whatever part of the franchise it is. I've seen birdcage kingdom, Mamo, cagliostro, nostradamus, Jigens grave stone, mine fujiko and the recent Goemon centred special.
Anonymous2026379
it's a damn shame not a lot of ppl are talkig about/watching lupin the third this season
Kaiser-Eoghan
But for all I know with that team behind it, its an improvement, but theres probably not much point in me watching as I dropped the first season after less than 10 episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
See how he attempts to seduce me into watching something related to sword art.
Lenlo
Huh... I didnt know the writer for SAO Alt was written by the Kino's Journey creator and produced by the Flip Flappers people. Explains a lot
Lenlo
I wish I knew what you meant by shaman girls, and I cant wait
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Oh I know Leskinen. May he find his Japanese Shaman girls one day. But seeing as I know the story I wanna experience it differently.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Its even set in hokkaido, Korean/Japanese director, Japanese cast, Ken Watanabe is in it: https://letterboxd.com/film/unforgiven-2013/
Lenlo
Also, I love the ED. Really, 2 episodes in, I love S;G all over again.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: really? They remade Unforgiven in Japanese?
Lenlo
its*
Lenlo
Like... is good.
Lenlo
But your missing out on the cult of Leskinen. The engrish is actually one of my favorite parts
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Meanwhile I am happily waiting for the dub.
Lenlo
Dangit... I have to wait another week for Steins;Gate 0 now. I cant do this.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The Japanese remake of unforgiven had ainu people in it.
Anonymous2025797
Also I wonder if budget is distributed according to the director, some animes will spend more in the first episode. Some will spend more in the last ones. It's subjective, but if it's like all business it is looking for the better result at the minimum expense. Hence why I believe Berserk was made the way it did.
Anonymous2025797
@Kaiser-Eoghan - Ideally a story should be as long as it needs. But reality seems that a number of episodes is decided before production. And so you either have to stretch or cut material. Kinda like that 300 page manga of Les Miserables, is simply unfeasible translating that book into that few pages.
KTravlos
Oberstein was a great character.
KTravlos
I actually feel Aidan can do a good job on it. Sometimes been too exposed to the material may lead to clouded eyes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though I'm surprised by how I unexpectedly laughed at wotaku, I do wonder if later on it will include any slight drama elements to sustain interest.
Kaiser-Eoghan
OMO; OBERsteins; Gate =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
From watching episode 2 of golden kamuy, yeah, the source material definitely is lifting this.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm going to have to wait and see on steins; gate 0, it is encouraging to here this might be darker , at the same time I remember having to sit through too much goofy humour in the first one.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was actually surprised, that, while rare, there were some moments of humour, that lightened it for me.
AidanAK47
Throughout the entire series I expected Oberstein to pull some inevitable double cross. And was shocked when he never did.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Agree with Oberstein. I think antagonists are es important as the mains in fiction and I loved this guy, he's perfect for series like these.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Galactic heroes was an example of where when watching it, when big death scenes occured, I would make noooooo and shouting noises at the screen while clenching my fist.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I love characters like Oberstein, shrewd, clever, but done right to where I can believe it, not characters like, say Lelouch .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd be concerned if the new galactic heroes series skimps on the violence, that kind of thing needs to be in there, in most shows/films and shown to be explicit, consequences need to be shown.
Amagi
*about, not with
Amagi
Sadly, most original 2+ cours series I know feel dragged whereas many 1 cours originals could have needed ~3 more episodes. Talking with series that have an actual plot of course.
Amagi
I really like the 13 episodes thingy for originals but I wish there would be more 26 episodes series, especially for adaptions.
Amagi
@Kaiser: I agree. Nothing kills my interest faster than formularic episodes and repetition.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In general I think 50 episodes would be the most I'd watch for an anime, 39 seems ideal.
Amagi
Or worse and the romance drama is the main plot and it's Kiznaiver all over again, while the rest is just flavor to make the romances more forced since they're the MCs are only teens and such. Dunno but I can never bring myself to care about this kind of stuff.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though better 110 episodes of galactic heroes than a long shounen that just repeats itself.
Amagi
Speaking of recent episodes, I unironically thing that FranXX's world (building) is pretty interesting (although I hope those klaxxosaurusses will be more than just random cannon fodder) but I doubt the series will ever get to the main plot again the next time.
Amagi
Same here. It was really the only time I did this. I am usually exhausted by just thinking about marathoning long series. It's the reason why I won't get into FMP for the new series either. LotGH was an exception since I found it easily to watch for some reason.
SuperMario
Man, just image burning through 110 episodes of it and my spirit fades away
Amagi
Watched that whole series ages ago.
Amagi
Just watched the first three Neue These episodes and I surprinsingly liked it. Thought I would hate it due to being an OVA fan, and I still prefer the old designs by far but overall it's pretty good. I think I might even prefer this version of the first battle, but I have to rewatch the old one I guess.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also while I can't remember which episode, Yang picks up a book with the author of the series' name on it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Arslan feels so lightweight by contrast/comparison.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I think, given your knowledge KTtravlos, that a series review of the new galactic heroes season would probably benefit from you writing it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I bring up the music in my earlier comment, because I can understand your reservations regarding the music choice in the remake.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And certainly one of those shows, that going back to the first episode after finishing, gives a strong perspective just on how evolving the series was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*despite me not
Kaiser-Eoghan
Despite not being monarchist , because the characters were human moreso than cartoon characters I couldn't hate on Reinhard.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: I suppose by the time it got to Julian's arc, I was surprised they were still bothering to fight but the fact that they were essentially the last bastion of their beliefs made it special.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: Sometimes when I just finish a show, its a case where I HAVE to jump online immediately after and excitedly ramble out an essay on it.
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