Posted on 2 May 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews, Law of Ueki



Say hello to the anime with the most creative battles ever. We finally have a series which understands that strategy-based battles are so much better than power-based battles. At least, most of the time.

The premisse is simple: we have this God, who organizes a tournament in order to decide his successor. 100 middle schoolers are picked, and given a power. Then they have to fight each other, and the last one standing wins. The good part: most of these powers make no sense at all. They’re certainly not the thing you’d expect. I’m referring to the power to change trash into trees, tomatoes into magma, bamboo into scissors and a ring into a rocket. And these are just the least original of the bunch. There also is a limit to each of these powers, as in a condition that has to be fulfilled before you can use it. Think of the ability of changing water into fire if you put it in your mouth, the ability to change towels into steel if you hold your breath and many more. When these are used in battle, the results become incredible.

It was really clear that the creators put all of their creativity in these battles. Some of them truly turned into something memorable, as you will have no idea what’s going to happen, or how the antagonists will be defeated. It’s also great that a great deal of humor was put into these battles, and somehow the creators managed to find the perfect combination between comedy and action.

The first thirteen episodes of the series contain either amazingly funny battles, or just a couple of scenes you just need to sit through a bit. Though that may be tedious, the awesome episodes are definately worth it. The six episodes afterwards, are horribly creative, and touching as well. In these episodes, Ueki shows his best side, and the bad guys just keep getting better and better.

The next six episodes, especially the first bunch, are amazing. We get to see some great duels, which contain the best strategies of the series, as the side-characters of the show show off their best. The six episodes afterwards (27-32, if you lost count) follow with a short intermezzo. Nothing special or worthwile happens here, though. There are some funny moments, but these were certainly not as good as the previous ones.

The series suffers a huge blow around episode 32 and 33. These were horrible examples of directions at which you should never go, and the se/ries went there. At this point, it almost made me give up the show. Luckily, in the episodes following, the show manages to steadily pick up, until episode 38. From this point on, The Law of Ueki really begins to shine. We get to see the best fights ever, perfectly combining comedy and action into one gigantic heap of awesomeness. Especially when the side-characters come into the spotlight, the show just switches from one amazing scene to another.

The awesomeness continues until episode 43. After this, the show loses its shine, and eventually manages to produce a decent ending. These last episodes were better than you expect, though they just weren’t on the same level as the previous episodes.

The art of the characters looks a bit different than usual. The unevennes of the faces is heavily accentuated, and every scratch becomes visible. I like this, it’s also what originally turned me on to keep watching the series, although as the series progresses, you become used to this. The backgrounds are a very good piece of art. Although the same ones are used for a couple of episodes after each other, this doesn’t really destroy that effect, it only makes it better. The music, although nothing extraordinary, it used to its full extend. It makes the dramatic scenes so worthwile, and adds even more to the great battles.

Overall, any action fan will surely just love this anime, or if you’re just in for a couple of good laughs, then I really recommend this anime.

Final Rating: 90/100

Posted on 1 May 2006 with categories: Law of Ueki



And it has ended! Based on my expectations of the last episode, it could have been done better, but it also could have been done. Still, I am SO glad that the creators managed to include one final piece of Ueki-goodness into the series before it ended. I thought it got lost after episode 43. It really was the best reason ever to keep the hero alive after a seeming death, and you so DO NOT see it coming, though it makes perfect sense, except for the coincidence that those two objects just happened to meet with each other.

Anyway, I’d have loved to see some more side-characters in the climax, though I’m satisfied. The usual part about what happens afterwards also was enjoyable to see, though nothing special.

Posted on 24 April 2006 with categories: Law of Ueki



One episode left, and we’re in for a grande finale. It promises to be a great drama, after all, Ueki has only 18 chances to finish Anon off. The Ballow team also still has to give out its final trump card, Hideyoshi also didn’t get to stand in the spotlights. I’ll eat my hat if Sano, Rinko and Mori have played their parts in this show, Robert still has to have a few tricks up his sleave, and is Rihou really taken out forever?

Though, I’m wondering… how did Anon manage to beat Robert in the first place? Anon had nothing at that time, no sacred treasures, no power, no nothing. So, how did he do it? Anyway, it’s also glad to see that the creators still haven’t used up all of their creativity at the end of the series. Ueki’s Maoh, and Anon’s trick at the end totally deserve credit. The fact remains, though, the the fight wasn’t as glorious as we’re used to. Unfortunately.

Will the ending be as predicted, will the ending be horrible, or do we still have a few surprises left? The way it is now, this show can go every possible direction.

Posted on 21 April 2006 with categories: Law of Ueki



Ugh… I guess I had my hopes up too high. I was expecting the side-characters to at least do some damage to Anon. Well, I was wrong. Anon’s still uberpowerful and nothing in this episode changed that. I also hate the cliffhanger in this episode. It was exactly like the OP had been hinting at. Mori falls, Ueki comes just in time to rescue her, accompanied with wings.

This episode also had some awesome moments, though. The first one is when Mori encounters Kilnorton, of all people left behind in the last episode, Kilnorton is the first one to reappear. One down, two to go. Then it appears that he has an actual background, which the creators managed to slip in right at this point in the series. Just as with the other characters, I really enjoyed this. Another thing I really liked is a bit of cheating on the creator’s bit. Both Sano as the two other members from the Ballow-team still have one final attack. We hear their names, but what they look like will forever remain a mystery. Some people may find this dull, I found it brilliant.

We get to see another lazy-creator moment when Kilnorton arrives at the battlefield. Everything is ready for the ultimate-Ballow-attack, with the three members combining their power into one giant attack. Again, we never know what this might be, as Anon knocks Kilnorton out before he has the chance to use his powers. This brings up some interesting issues. Anon KNEW that that attack would be dangerous. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have to stop it in such an extreme way. I hope this gets used in the next episodes.

The thing I really liked about this episode, was right before the ‘climax’, when Anon finishes everyone except Mori off. The look she gets on her face was just brilliantly done. Of course, afterwards, everything just gets predictable as hell. Sigh. Anyway, I hope that the last two episodes will be worthwile. There are just three things left that need to be solved: Why did Anon finish Kilnorton off so quickly? Where’s Ballow? And where’s Hideyoshi?!!

Posted on 20 April 2006 with categories: Law of Ueki



I kept fearing for the last couple of episodes do be horribly bland and dull. I just saw no way in which Anon could make for a good ending. Still, the creators keeps surprising me. They made Anon crazy enough to host an all-on-one battle against him. Add that to the fact that the side-characters played a big role this episode, and you have enough to make me see how wrong I was. But then again, we still have the ending. I’ll keep fearing for that bit.

The element I liked most about this episode was that there were SO MANY different parties playing a big role. We have Ueki and Mori together, Hideyoshi is alone, Sano and Rinko, Anon himself, Rihou, Margaret, the Ballow-team split up in three and not to forget, Kami-Sama’s assistant. Each of these parties gets sufficient airtime, everything somehow gets balanced into near-perfection. I loved it, even though the main premisse of the show is kindof cheesy.

Well then, Ueki and Mori were quite a distance away from Anon when he revealed his evil schemes, so it takes them a while before they can get to him. Before they get the chance, however, Margaret runs into them. He then reveals something very interesting about the protector-clan, which will probably give Ueki the advantages he needs to beat Anon for good. I have to say, apart from the convenient timing, that I like this. It really gives some background about the members of the protector-clan, and doesn’t just make them dull-characters.

The Ballow-team gets split apart. The punk-guy and the martial-arts-guy want to fight against Anon. The glasses-guy refuses to, and leaves with the intention of retiring. Ballow is just too stunned by Anon’s revelations that he’s become unable to move and react to the outside world. This is quite an interesting turn of developments. If they aren’t returning in the next couple of episodes, I’m going to eat my hat and like it. They still must have some role. In Ballow’s case, it’s a bit predictable, but in the glasses-guy’s case, this might turn out to be quite interesting. If this is done right, it can become really quite interesting indeed.

Sano and Rinko were quite close to Anon when he made his revelasion, so they try to hide themselves before Ueki arrives, trying not to be noticed. Rihou gets to be the first one to fight Anon. That’s not what I expected of him. The most often calm Rihou suddenly turned impulsive. Anyway, Rihou gets pretty beaten up by Anon, but it also appears that the sacred treasures don’t work on Rihou. Therefore, we get to see a long fist-fight. Of course, the creators turned into something reasonably interesting, but I do miss the strategy-element. Anyway, after a long while, Rihou gets smashed to unconciousness, and Sano and Rinko finally decide that they’ve waited enough. The way this was excecuted was pretty nice and original. Mostly, you see characters consider the options between going and not going. This time, you don’t. It’s a nice touch. Anyway, the next episode should be awesome: Sano, Rinko and the two guys from the Ballow-team versus Anon. They’ve got to do something to make him flinch in some way, and considering Sano’s tactics, it’ll probe to be incredible.

That may be fine and all, but the person I enjoyed most was Hideyoshi. Okay, he also ran away. But that’s the good part. He KNOWS he’s useless. He KNOWS he can’t do anything. He’s struggling with this fact. He’s been struggling with it all along. However, I’m going to eat my other hat if this was to be the last time he got some screentime. He still didn’t have his time to shine. Rinko, Mori and Sano all had this. Hideyoshi didn’t. Combine this with the power he has, and I can’t wait for the next episode to come by. Four episodes left to go!

Posted on 18 April 2006 with categories: Law of Ueki



Too bad the title of the episode revealed what was to be happening at almost the end of it. It took away a bit of the power of that moment. Still, I never would have thought for it to be carried out this far and this horrible. Anon really is one heck of a bad guy.

But still, after this, he’ll probably have the entire world, including heaven, against him. Ueki’ll probably defeat him in the end anyway, though. That’s the only thing that an be said. We also still have to see the moment in which he gets his wings (the thing the OP and ED have been subtly hinting at since the beginning of the second season). I so hope that the side-characters will play a big role in these events.

Posted on 12 April 2006 with categories: Law of Ueki



This episode focused mostly at Ueki’s mother, and the impact she had on the present. Well, I have to say, it was a pretty huge impact. But then again, she’s an awesome character. Her personality was just as forcing as Haruhi Suzumiya, while she just too innocent. It’s so sad to hear that she died. But that only makes the show more awesome.

Anyway, this episode consisted of three parts. Ueki&co celebrate their achievements and either his mother’s birthday, or her day of death. Kami-sama, meanwhile, reveals his intentions of why exactly he decided to host the tournament. I have to say, that this is a good reason. Showing the Hellions to look to the future, instead of the past, is a very good reason indeed. The third part consists of a battle between Kamisama and Margaret. Yes, the one the OP has been hinting at. It’s a pretty nice fight, but it was based a bit too much on power instead of strategy. The cliffhanger ends with a bang. Literally.

Posted on 20 March 2006 with categories: Law of Ueki



Aah, I knew it. Ballow had to have some kind of background. When he was a child, he accidentally shot his mother with Kurogane, mistaking her for a burglar. Ever since, she lost her awareness of this world, and only is able to lay awake in bed, without any motion (there has to be some kind of term for this, but it can’t come to my mind). His mother was a good painter, so Ballow thought that he could reach his mother’s heart by making very good pictures. Well, he tried that for about eight years, with still no success. After he chases away a couple of burglars with Kurogane, his mother suddenly reacts again by seeing this oversized pea shooter, she apparently remembers the past incident, and she becomes extremely scared. Well, after all this, it was a piece of cake for Margaret to convert him. Overall, I like this story. It’s so much better than the last episode, and it does give a bit of extra dimension to the fight.

Ballow’s background may have been very pleasantly to see, but what really made my day was what happens afterwards: we finally get to see Kami-sama’s background. We finally get to see a serious side of his, explaining why he organized this tournament in the first place. It seems that the position of Kami-sama changes very rapidly (at least, in terms of heavenly-beings), as it has only been 25 years ago that Kami-sama was appointed to his task. Apparently he had some good connections, as he was just ‘chosen’ by the previous Kami-sama. Anyway, he didn’t really like the huge amount of paperwork, so he takes off. I loved the way his assistant misunderstood Kami-sama’s comments on the Hellions.

Kami-sama apparenly was a human before he got promoted, as he goes back to the human world. There he meets up with a very weird girl. I really like her. I couldn’t believe that the creators would’ve been able to put another unique character in, but apparently, they can. This girl tries to get out of a couple of guys harrassing her, all in Ueki-style of course, fails, and then relies on Kami-sama to protect her, resulting in some very hilarious scenes. Then the girl introduces her and we get another horrible cliffhanger.

After this episode, there are just seven episodes left. I’m expecting the next episode will be reserved for preparations and the rest of Kami-sama’s background, so that means that the grande finale will consist of six episodes. In those six episodes, Rihou gets his lessons, the Ballow team still have some kind of role, Margaret will reveal his plans, Kami-sama fights Margaret, and Anon will be featured in his showdown. In other words: it will be one heck of a final. I am so hoping that the girl introduced in this episode will play a huge role, I’m already fan of her.

Posted on 19 March 2006 with categories: Law of Ueki



Ah, of course, Ueki was doing all this in order to reach level 2. I almost forgot, between the awesomeness of seeing Rinko, Sano and Mori fight. This episode wasn’t really anything special. Ueki fights, Ueki gets beaten, tension rises, last possible moment, Ueki finds his level 2. It’s a pity that the show must obey certain rules when an important plot-part arrives. The creators managed to solve this extremely good with Marilyn, though this time, they failed. I was hoping for Ueki to use his tree powers in a very creative way, but I was wrong. I guess he still relied too much on the power of his sacred treasures in order to fully utilize his tree-powers… but that sounds weird, as you need to fully control your powers in order to reach level… in any case, the creators had a bad day.

Posted on with categories: Law of Ueki



What the friggin’ heck!?!

Okay, the cliffhanger in this episode is officially the most annoying one yet. I mean, what happened to him to make that happen…? Okay, this was certainly the last thing I would ever have expected from a show of this nature… But then again, he’ll probably find even more power than he had before, but still, I had a serious wtf-feeling after this episode ended.

Anyway, this episode instantly covered three fights, focusing on Mori’s one. What happens when you let an 178-IQ-person meet up with Mori’s power? Some incredibly hilarious scenes. The fight was pretty short for shounen-series-standards, which made it even more enjoyable to see. It was just horribly funny to see a serious person like that guy being turned into a glasses lover, and trying all kinds of ways to outsmarten her. I just loved the way Mori countered all of these plans.

The other fights both featured Sano. That one surprised me, as I would’ve thought that every team member would get a chance to fight, but it seems that Hideyoshi is left out of the action in this arc, just like Rinko in the previous one. I’m wondering what will become of him in the last couple of episodes. I just know that there’ll still be a moment for him to stand in the spotlights, as he’s the only weak person remaining in the team.

Anyway, Sano’s a huge victim in this episode. It doesn’t seem like he’s been killed, but I bet he’s going to wake up with a nice headache. The fact that Ueki’s been chosen for the last and decisive match, has of course been predictable, but the cliffhanger totally made up for that. It’s also nice that Ueki ‘s very silent in audience. This made this and the previous episode a rather main-character-less period, which is always good for a series, so it can focus on the side-characters a bit more.

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Vonter
I suppose we've had this talk. But; do women have a different type of power fantasies? Or you could essentially do the same thing as any other Isekai but with the genders flipped?
Vonter
@niello - Most power fantasies eventually lead to harems (like Hyrule Warriors). I did like the interactions of the two main characters in Shield Hero. And with Slime is sorta like watching a Let's Play as the main character visually gets more powerful along with his village, but like with Dr. House it seems it's a one man's show.
niello
Shield Hero is actually quite similar to Slime as after a while the MC basically settle down and make his own village to cultivate fighting force. The downside is that at that point it started to turn into a harem.
niello
It'd be nice if the new Franken Fran series could get it an anime, but that chance is probably near 0%...
niello
He does look young though
niello
Didn't Furuya ruined his voice with his smoking habit? It's coarser and deeper now. Judging from his Seiya voice a few years ago.
Vonter
Or are the 50s the new late 30s or early 40s?
Vonter
Are japanese people vampires? https://ultra.fandom.com/wiki/Toru_Furuya
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: If you look at the voice list, that Japanese voice actor for Mario in that anime movie is the same voice actor for Amuro Ray from the original Gundam.
Vonter
Also considering Baby Bowser was raised by Kamek. I suppose those beings could be made by magic.
Vonter
@Kaiser-Eoghan - My head canon is that Bowser made them himself. Kinda Lord Zedd or Rita from Power Rangers.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still subscribe to the headcanon that Peach is the mother of Bowsers children.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember growing up with the relatively poor American cartoons, none of them featured Wario.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have committed videogame genocide apparently.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Everytime I broke or hit a brick in the Mario games I was probably murdering a toad.
Vonter
The ending it's "interesting" considering the relationship Mario and Peach have isn't something as close, as Link and Zelda.
Vonter
@Kaiser-Eoghan - It's weird but at the same time it does use elements from the game. Like the music, and story bits from the manual from the original Super Mario Bros. (Where it mentioned Bowser uses magic to turn Toads into the bricks, clouds and other objects of the game).
Kaiser-Eoghan
I never did end up watching the Mario anime movie that came out in the 80s.
Vonter
Also someone is putting the effort of making a Bowsette adventure doujin. This is the type of stuff that could be it's own original thing since it strays far from what's Mario. Despite the occasional mild nudity it's quite fun so far, despite also how weird it is.
Vonter
@Kaiser-Eoghan - At the very least it'll be interesting to see where it goes. It happens also every time something comes back. Times change and so the way we make stories. Also the original run had a curtain call chapter, so this is more a new story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Which is often what happens with episodic stuff for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I essentially read Fraken Fran until I got my fill of it.
AidanAK47
@Vonter, I feel that Franken Fran pretty much ran it's course though. Not sure what a new series could bring.
Vonter
Latest news: Franken Fran will get a new manga series. After it was cut short, it seems this little horror manga will get another chance: https://imgur.com/a/ypjtI4c
Vonter
I also read a bit ahead on Shield Hero. And I like it is character driven, but the cast isn't as big as other Isekai, like in Overlord where there are too many characters to easily keep track of what's happening (ever since it started Overlord feels like the most attached to its light novel origins).
Vonter
The monster town growing and expanding into it's own country reminded me of Digimon World. A game which you allied with Digimon to expand your town, add shops and other services. I've heard Xenoblade X was also like that.
Vonter
I watched during the weekend, the Slime Isekai. It's fine, though it lacked more conflict, the MC feels like its too powerful. Maybe this would have been great as a videogame since the concept of how this Slime evolves reminds me of the SNES game: E.V.O. The Search of Eden. It was about your character evolving through the ages and the player choosing how it adapts to it's environment.
Animosh
Also nice to see some love for LOGH in your personal lists (especially Aidan's). I guess it's too much of a niche series (a political epic in space) to score highly in the overall list, but I loved it. It retained much of what made the OVA so great while providing a much-needed update to its visuals and arguably better pacing.
Animosh
I also hadn't heard of the Kase-san OVA. Not sure whether enough can really happen in a one-hour OVA to make it worthwhile (it gives the impression of being promotional material more than a full-fledged adaptation), but I've been looking for another good yuri series after Bloom into You, so it can't hurt to give it a try.
Animosh
Nice to see Kaze ga made it on the list, even with just one cour out. I've seen most of the stuff that's won positive awards, but I've always avoided Pop Team Epic because of how silly it seemed to me. But given all the positive reviews (here and elsewhere) maybe I should give it a chance after all.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yu-no can go fuck itself.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There's also Yuasa's new thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Maybe the thriller shows will be worthwhile but I'm not really as interested.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yeah spring looks packed for me, there's also that throwback ova to riding Bean and some creature horror ova.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I notice that Index gets an annoying amount of episodes/adaptations, one of those shows that keeps going away for a while then keeps coming back.
Kaiser-Eoghan
We might get dororohedero and Vinliand saga at years end. I would like for pluto to air this year.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Definately looking forward to the josei and shoujo stuff in Spring 2019, nothing of interest for me thats on the summer 2019 list yet.
Vonter
Like you wrote, seems like it's the start for new ways to stream anime. With Crunchyroll making simulcasts and Netflix putting some anime in the spotlight considering the audience it has (and it also helps it has better dubs, at least in spanish). Finally I felt last year the criticism of fanservice got more loud, also summed with how tumblr and facebook politics are putting restrain on sex conten
SuperWooper
@Anon, Netflix is getting Watanabe's new series, Carole & Tuesday, next season. It might not have the mass appeal of Crybaby (violence and sex) or Aggretsuko (cute animals), but it ought to do well for them if they slap "FROM THE DIRECTOR OF COWBOY BEBOP" all over the Internet.
Vonter
Last year I also didn't watched a lot of drama or slice of life, which is a shame since a lot of what's listed reads like it fits those genres.
Vonter
Kind of a lukewarm year 2018 was in terms of anime series. Although I admit I watched a lot of trash as well. Most of the good stuff I watched last year was on Netflix. In terms of bad I already an issue on the list because disappointing, bad and trash are different degrees of badness.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Sorry for being so long and overdramatic, I'd normally stay quiet but I had to get my feelings out.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't want to say anymore about this show anymore, I know those who did watch it generally emotionally connected with it or thought it was some kind of epic, if anything I felt it was an epic ruined by being chopped down. I hated it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nothing seems settled on long enough and nothing registers.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As Hateable as Jomy is in the beginning, I would at least liked to have seen proper flow of plot structure allowing for some natural progression of character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As an idea and I think if explored with more episodes/more it could be something, this also includes Keith.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The timeskip and general pacing annihilate anything that could be anything approaching reaching close to working with this series, resulting in an un-compelling cast I feel nothing for that ruins and undersells any drama which is far too overdone when it occurs.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can't complete this, don't care if I've watched the first half.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I didn't like the couple of episodes of Terra e I watched a some years ago, unfortunately this second attempt, over halfway through the show only illustrates further just how much I utterly despise this show.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As I've said before, I do think re-watches are important, especially years later after watching a show you disliked, if only to see if you'll enjoy it on the second run, lately thats been mostly successful for me, however....
Anonymous3325300
Meanwhile, I do expect that this year will be much stronger in terms of quality. Of course, I had the same assumptions last year based on the winter shows, but I do feel like this could be a stronger year full of great shows, instead of a lot of merely "good" ones.
Anonymous3325300
I predict that Netflix this year probably won't have a Devilman/Aggretsuko-level hit in terms of new anime. Evangelion is probably all they need, even though it's an old series.
Lenlo
If anyone thought that wasn't getting on this list, they either didnt watch it or have really low standards
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Its so catharctic that you listed steins;gate 0 I remember how we essentially lived and watched it together.
Lenlo
I think thats what the most pleasant surprise category is supposed to be. Didnt wanna double up on to many cats
Kaiser-Eoghan
No biggest surprise category?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can understand including bunny-senpai as a runner up, I'd have trouble picking between it and sorayori.
Lenlo
Episode 7 is so damn good, I don't care that its American.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: How do you think I feel, I'm not far off 35.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Glad you actually made room for a movie category aswell.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Based Lenlo, cheating with American anime cartoon.
Lenlo
Im just happy I got Castlevania on this list at all
Kaiser-Eoghan
Dropped planet with, hinamatsuri and violent evergarden though, didn't see Hisone.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I probably would have replaced planet with with happy sugar life or banana fish though or yagate ga kimi.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In any case, I am glad my wife Kanna Hanazawa won an award on your list and that Devilman got featured more than once.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, I though you would be splitting the voice actor category into voice actor and voice actress, though I suppose that's probably cheating a bit.
SuperWooper
You're not alone - of the four of us, I was the only one who watched it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I must have missed ASAGAO TO KASE-SAN. Hadn't heard of it until now, I should have paid more attention.
Anonymous3324478
Oh and the music was pretty good too I guess. Another episode is airing in March.
Anonymous3324478
Masa also recovered from his car accident from a few episodes ago. It was totally unneeded in my opinion.
Anonymous3324478
The last episode of Tsurune was a decent ending to an otherwise formulaic sports show with some great animation on par for the course with KyoAni. Minato overcame his target panic and won it for the team. Twins got owned big time.
Animosh
There's a new episode out of the Gridman voice drama: https://barnnn.blogspot.com/2019/01/ssssgridman-voice-drama-episode-6n.html. It's a pretty good one too.
Animosh
My only worry is if the series will be able to get to its logical stopping point (the end of the Claw arc) in 12 episodes. But I suppose I should trust Bones over my vague memories of how much content there is left to cover.
Animosh
Yeah, I agree a split cour could be good. It would allow the series to maintain its high levels of animation, and given how stacked next season looks to be (anime aside, there's also American Gods and the Game of Thrones madness to keep up with), and with another ONE show airing, a break wouldn't be so bad.
SuperMario
Split cour of Mob Psycho would be awesome. I don't want to watch 2 ONE's adaptation in one season
Lenlo
Not for bloggin
Lenlo
While I love Mob, I am a bit happy its only 1 cour. I couldnt do 3 2 cour series
Animosh
Assuming we do get 12 episodes, a split cour would still make sense ... but I guess we'll just have to wait for the official confirmations
Animosh
As far as I can tell the only source is some guy in Twitter, so not sure how reliable it is
Vonter
@Kaiser-Eoghan - Devilman Lady is what comes to mind on how to do this type of show better. That one had also a special agency for supernatural incidents, has a simple but compelling main character, uses it's time to build atmosphere and mood and even the action while a bit stilted had better monster design and the violence it's graphic but entertaining like Robocop.
Vonter
@Kaiser-Eoghan - Ok I will check. I'm also curious where it goes in terms of tone. Because it's all over the place.
Vonter
Ok. Last time I tried the login in feature didn't respond. This time it worked.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Keep me posted of magical girl spec ops in case it does turn into the kind of guilty pleasure shlock it should.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Is this vonter? If you register an account you can keep the name.
Anonymous3321080
But I think what gets me the most its how it beats the dead horse of the 80s action hero arc. Van Damme, Arnold and Stallone had more or less these type of lines. Its kind of funny this anime pretends these aren't tropes we don't use anymore because of how corny they come off. It'll definitely work better as an abridged series since it can be very boring when it tries to add the school life moment
Anonymous3321080
Also Mahou Spec Ops... Is interestingly bad. It tries to be exploitative and shocking but feels very sloppy, kinda like that meme of *slow heavy metal music plays* It also wants to play it like a dark shoujo anime, but the cute monsters are just distracting.
Anonymous3321080
Reading your conversations about idols, despite being mediocre Gokudolls and Ore Mahou Shoujo made jabs at that culture. At least painting some aspects that may be true of how exploitative it is. I suppose because those are subpar, over the top and cheap is what they can do that. Can't remember one aside from Perfect Blue which criticizes that industry.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But only if there was more anime noirs.
Amagi
Reminds me of that stalin vs hitler comic. Think it was russian. They're attacking each other with magical super powers there. And yeah, I love noir now that you mention it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: That'd make for a great noir story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Imagine Stalin and Hitler trolling each other on twitter.
Amagi
It's easy to construct superiority when you never have to show your private face and never participate in mundane chat talks or so.
Amagi
I bet a lot of people who had some aura of authority back then due to only ever appearing in books or for very rare (scripted) speeches would probably laughing stocks now if we'd see them commenting on daily stuff and news on twitter or reddit.
Amagi
I personally have given up upon having heroes. I still find a lot of historical people interesting but let's be real the few of them that weren't blatanly bad in some way were different then we imagine them to be (even if they're good). Just look how different people feel now that you see them tweeting on twitter VS policians etc decades ago.
Amagi
I like the idea of a main character longing for a dead friend and role model he had and still idolizes. Then at some point he starts reconstructing his friend's past to cherish his memories about him even more but finds out that the friends wasn't the hero he believed him to be and maybe even the own memories of him were idealized a lot over the years after his death without him even noticing.
Amagi
Yeah we are always searching for some sort of über-ich or perfect being that symbolizes the goal of some personality growth we're trying to achieve.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or the reason why some people need to have so many things or idols they probably don't need.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think there is a genetic/mental inadequacy in humanity that makes us susceptible to following "higher people who we forget are actually human" because of our own desire for an avatar or general inadequacy as human beings.
Amagi
Yeah this. It's probably also why they defend them so eagerly. Because it's actually true that "their" version of that person would never do that.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: And that probably creates a much stronger blow to them when the actor is found guilty of a crime.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Very good response.
Amagi
It's kinda weird how almost everything we know about others is actually just interpretation to some degree.
Amagi
The weird thing is that I think that many fans of acrots/celebrities rather create their own versions of them they fall in love with rather than loving the actual person, whom they barely even know. It's fun because the concept of a waifu sounds extremely weird to normal people, but many normal people kinda do this too but with real persons (but imaginary personality).
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think thats where it starts getting obsessive or where it gets too close to the next level, such as what the anon mentioned.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also can't bring myself to get too attached to a celebrity or to a character. I do look at hentai doujins yes but, I've probably had thoughts about certain actors or what not, but I never actually want to sleep with them, again I think that's taking fantasy too far.
Amagi
I never know if these are serious celebrations or rather some fun memes they do to post, I always assumed the latter. Kinda.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think the fans celebrating the idol's birthday thing is taking it to far too, especially if its an anime character.
Amagi
Yeah I was never an idol fan either, and I don't just mean the idol genre in anime but anything similar to idol stuff in general, like being a fanboy/girl of some celebrity or something. Was never able to get into that.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its all too superficial.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Don't like the ideas it gives teenage girls either .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Certain topics just set me off =<
Amagi
The third episode of Wake Up girls was pretty good in that regard. I think it was the third one.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But yes, thats a pretty bad story what happened to the woman you mentioned.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Might be a good idea to catch some documentaries on that topic .
Kaiser-Eoghan
But that was just a sentence from some guy on a podcast though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now though I didn't see it, I do recall someone saying some of that Wake up girls idol anime slightly brought up seedier parts of the industry if not much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The hallow shallowness of the idol industry I mean.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also dislike the shallowness of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I love how Perfect blue takes influences from those gialli/giallo style films from the 60s/70s to an extent, while also spitting on the industry.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But you know what sucks? A part of me, both in regards to those women (and probably some of the male idols) whether it be in reality or animation, I can't actually deny finding some of these men/women actually physically attractive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Music industry has its seediness just about everywhere and of course victim blaming going to appear everywhere, not just Japan.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*commodification-consumerist
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I hate capitalism, I hate the idol communication-commercialist industry and the willing self-aware slaves and their masters who perpetuate it, the music is largely awful aswell. I don't watch most of the idol anime, I think the idea of 30 something men throwing cash it is awful.
Anonymous3319279
Wonder if there will be some modern equivalent of Perfect Blue? That was a scathing critique of the idol industry back in the late 90s. Although given how shows that are flat out glorifying the industry are the best-selling shows on BD every year, I doubt it.
Anonymous3319279
In short, she was assaulted by two men at her home who were then arrested. Then she was pressured by her managers into claiming that she was to blame for this, not the men and apologizing to an audience.
Anonymous3319279
Hearing about what happened to some idol named Mahohon seriously makes me wonder if idol culture in Japan seriously needs an overhaul and if media needs to stop glorifying the industry so much.
Anonymous3319260
Ok. No pressure, just asking.
AidanAK47
@Anon, we are working on it. It's nearing completion and should be posted soon.
Anonymous3318799
I don't know if I missed it. But have you put the overview of 2018? Of best show, best character, etc. Did 2018 had a good anime villain?
Masky
Anyhoo, surprisingly Lovecraft's books have some really faithful manga adaptions
Masky
A story set in world post "Cthulhu"(or whatever is setting equivalent) awakening and transcending humans into "savage" inhuman world that he is supposed to bring forth
Masky
Ya know, speaking of lovecraft here is what I really want to see:
Kaiser-Eoghan
Well I guess Die Farbe and whisperer in the darkness count and the cthulu one, the latter two were done by the Lovecraft society.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The closest we got with an actual adaptation was Dreams of the witchhouse , but they left out Nyarlathotep.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Those films were fun, but none of them dated well either.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have to seperate my knowledge of the books from Stuart Gordon and Brian yuznas films that borrow elements and titles from Lovecrafts works, once I accept their takes on him are just body horror a black comedies I can kind of accept it more.
Lenlo
I think Junji Ito's manga works have come the closest to Lovecrafts brand of horror, and we all saw how that adaptation went.
Lenlo
Yeah, Lovecraft is a hard one. Even his own books are hit or miss, because it is a very fine line for his brand of psychological horror. Would make for an interesting and unique anime if done well though
Kaiser-Eoghan
A lovecraft themed world would find some difficulty in getting the atmosphere right as he has proved difficult to adapt.
Lenlo
Ah. Yeah, a non-traditional setting like that would be good. I think Isekai, to really change it up, should start going for non-traditional settings. Sci-Fi, Lovecraft, etc. I think this was mentioned before yeah?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I believe the anon was saying it in relation to making a good setting for an isekai show.
Lenlo
Its why I standby Sakaki in this that, even if he was a dick about it, he is right to be angry at how it all placed out. Just not at Kurahara.

Also @Anon, I loved Bloodborne! No idea what the convo is about, but saw it mentioned
Lenlo
They should Kaiser, I agree. Just look at American college football right now. ITs coming out all over the place, and people wonder why teams dont speak out against it. Its because they are kids, they think "This is how its SUPPOSED to be. Only the best make it. Its not the coaches fault, he makes us win". etc etc.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There is a spinoff anthology for bloom into you's manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or other big issues relating to sports such as performance enhancing drugs.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Lenlo, a thought popped into my head there, more sports shows should focus on abuse.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think flipflappers is one of my favourites in years, but it was definately at its best when it wasn't really about wrapping up its story.
Amagi
Space Dandy and Kaiba had this to some degree too. Liked both series.
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