Posted by psgels on 12 May 2013 with categories: Spring 2013 Kaleidoscope

#1: Valvrave The Liberator – 04: Just… wow. Don’t get me wrong, this episode was incredibly cheesy. But at the same time it was just florious with how much confidence it brought that plot twist of its. I guess this is what I meant by this series just going over the top: screw logic, and just focus on creating as much fun as possible. So far, this is what Guilty Crown should have been: the male lead is the only one with special powers, and he just uses them to screw everyone who is against him over. The big potential pitfall right now is the characters. These types of series also seem to think that you don’t need characters to remain entertaining, but the whole trick of making these series last is by keeping them interesting. Otherwise it’ll just get boring!

#2: Hunter X Hunter – 77: I still find the ant designs to look a bit silly (a minor detail perhaps, but it does screw a bit with your first impressions), but I like the idea behind the Chimera ants a lot. The way in which they continue to evolve. And again, it’s completely different from any other arc in Hunter X Hunter before and I really admire that for a shounen series. But do the villains have actual emotional depth? There’s one way to find out!

#3: Yahari Blahblah (I still refuse to use the whole title of this show until it gets actually really good) – 04: What I liked about this episode was the use of that one really popular guy. It was a bit of a narrow-minded episode, but it raised some good points for the characters. At the very least, I’m really glad to see that this didn’t turn out to be yet another one of those brainless school series, but that it actually tries to bring some substance in, even though it’s got a bunch of cliched and annoying characters.

Other Notes:

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge – 04: Now I see! The thing with this series is that the story is crap, yet the characters and the atmosphere are charming. This may seem negative, but it is what keeps me watching. I couldn’t care less about those killing thingies or whatever plot there is supposed to be, but the creators gathered together an interesting cast that stands out. There are some weird things though. Like that girl who got stranded in this episode. I’m not sure what to think of her.

16 Responses

  1. Airies says:

    Yahari is amazing, you will see.

  2. TheUltimateReaper says:

    I love Crime Edge think the story is fine (minus a few logic/plot leaps) and really like Yahari in its entirety. I don’t see the issue but hey, we’ve all got our tastes and whatnot.

    Valvrave is enough to make you puke by episode 5 though. Man. Ichirō Ōkouchi needs to get his shit together, because it almost feels like the guy is brilliant and ambitious but is too stupid to polish the gems that could be. Why I like him is obvious, but I’m beginning to think it was all he really had to offer.

    • Nayrael says:

      Nah, he is doing a good job this time: Valvrave is intentionally being ridiculous (unlike Guilty Crown which took itself seriously). It is like he woke up and said: “They said Code Geass was ridiculous! They said Guilty Crown was ridiculous! I’LL SHOW YOU HOW RIDICULOUS I CAN BE WHEN I MEAN IT” >:D

      Valvrave is much more enjoyable if you take it as seventy percent satire, 30 percent serious (though I expect it to get more serious later on when he butchers this little student nation and Haruto’s delusions).

      • TheUltimateReaper says:

        Code Geass was awesome. Suspense disbelief was managed, and it was just ambitious enough. I don’t give a shit what anyone says, it was solid, earned a place in anime history and was successful. I will call it a one hit wonder though, because I doubt I’m ever going to get to see another successful anime like it.

        The problem with Valvrave is that it recycles too many of his old ideas, and all of it’s potential isn’t fleshed out. I mean, it had a lot going for it, but right now it’s kinda teetering on the edge of unwatchable and enjoyable.

        It’s a real shame, but I guess that’s just how it is.

        • Nayrael says:

          Heh, I am with you on CG. Still, critics did criticize which is what my point was.

          Be it as it may, it is obvious Valvrave is not taking itself seriously right now (when you see a Big Red Button, you know it is fooling around). However, it is a pre-planned series and I think the whole ridiculousness is just there for entertainment sake so that it would make a bigger impact once this whole charade collapses (and knowing Okuchi, it most certainly will). I expect it to get more serious after that and Haruto accepts L-elf’s contract.

    • Souther says:

      Except that you’re missing the obvious here: Okouchi isn’t trying to make a Planetes or even a Gundam out of Valvrave. He’s not even trying to make Code Geass S1 either. It’s more about over-the-top entertainment than anything else.

      Therefore, accusing him or anyone in the staff of “stupidity” is more like you’re missing the point here.

      For that matter, I found episode 5 to be funny. Which was its purpose, in its own cheesy way. Puking would imply a level of seriousness and cynicism that isn’t supported by the actual content of the show nor by its directorial approach.

      • TheUltimateReaper says:

        Well… if you say so. It’s not like I’m not enjoying it, but it really does nearly make my stomach churn, but hey hopefully it turns out to be enjoyable the whole way through.

  3. Deadlights says:

    Psgels, Yahari’s true brilliance shows in the next two episodes

  4. boa_sting says:

    As much as I want to dismiss it, Valvrave gets me cracked up more often than not. I can’t ever say I’m bored of it… wait, that’s not true. Well at least, usually I’m getting a kick out of it. And it all culminates in that ridiculous ED. If I had to sing “boku janai boku janai boku janai” like that, I’d probably commit seppuku.

    I’m not so sure about brilliance for Oregairu (that abbreviation’s what the show’s site’s URL has) just yet, even up through the sixth episode. But it’s certainly ranking up a pretty high percentile in the school life / club / romcom genre, in my books.

  5. Arno says:

    I loved Dansai Bunri at the beginning, because of its over the top humor and quirky aestheticism.

    However the last “zombies in sweaters” arc left me yawning and looking at the clock.

  6. Ann says:

    I hope Valvare won’t go into the direction Infinite Ryvius went. It wouldn’t be completely terrible if it did, but i rather to see something new.

    On the other hand… I’m not sure what you are talking about, psgels when you say that there are no characters. The whole cast is a waking taking bunch of tropes (even their schoolyard nation is that). This whole show so far is build on tropes and it doesn’t even try to hide it.

  7. Gunslinger says:

    Regarding depth of the HxH villains, wait for a while and you will be surprised. Their lack of depth is understandable considering how long its been since they have had emotions

  8. Houlgrave says:

    Valvrave comes across in some ways as a satire of the whole Gundam franchise in some respects (particularly Gundam Wing). The events at the end of the latest episode in particular reinforces some of that.

    Or maybe I’m just reading into it too much. Valvrave doesn’t take itself as seriously as Geass seemed to though, which makes me think Ōkouchi is simply having a good time for once. :P

  9. Gustavo says:

    Your reviews on HxH are a bit late, since we’re already at episode 80, and things are going up fast. But, dont worry: this is the arc with the more emotional depth in all HxH series. It’s absolutely suberb!

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  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:33 AM)
    Also in regards to the bat scene. I just thought of Evangelion. I suppose that’s what the director was going on. Since you’re reviewing that, I’ll leave at that.
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:22 AM)
    I agree to a certain level the padding at the beginning. I suppose I didn’t mind since it at least was like a standard Batman episode (of the latter seasons). I think what bugs me is that the portrayal of Batman wasn’t very good, I think he’s emotionless for the most part. And like I’ve said, on the technical side it isn’t as striking as the novel. It’s like when Gyo was adapted (to be fair that’s also because like Berserk it had a lot of CGI).
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:20 AM)
    Basically just seeing the story put on screen I was grateful for.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:18 AM)
    I noticed something off about the animation and the dialogue was pretty piss poor at times but the latters kind of a given in these things and the prior was never distracting enough to take me out of the movie. I’m indifferent really to the Batgirl drama, don’t mind that its there, don’t care if it wasn’t.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:39 AM)
    This story required a level of care that frankly the creators didn’t want to give.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:38 AM)
    I think instead of trying to combat the whole women in refrigerator aspect of the story they instead should have focused on what inspired the characters to do this. What made batman rethink his relationship with the joker and attempt to find a common ground? What made the Joker suddenly want to prove a point? And sure you could add something to give batgirl a moment but not some crap villain no one cares about. Instead have her go up against a real batman villain.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:33 AM)
    @Vonter, Animation was one part of it. The other was the first thirty minutes being a tacked on Batgirl story and it really shows. I didn’t really have that much of a problem with it up until that scene which everyone likely knows. That annoyed me. I get what they were trying to do but it just made things worse.
    As for the actual killing Joke itself, I thought it was ok. Hamell brought his A game. Really for that it was just small details that made it lesser.
  • KaZuHiRo
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 01:46 AM)
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PSGELS!! If you’re still lurking around that is…
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 12:48 AM)
    I’m kinda bummed that the Killing Joke adaptation is likely gonna be another feminist driven criticism. As for my opinion its just not as good as it could be because it seems 2D animation in general is having less commitment adapting complex artstyles. Not as distracting as Berserk, but the Bruce Timm artstyle doesn’t strike the tone of this particular Batman story.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Jul 27. 2016 01:48 PM)
    @topgavin, I am not gonna deny that’s a large part of what I like about it as well. And practically everything really does become a side plot when the other guy is introduced.

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