Posted on 26 March 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews, Master of Epic


Master of Epic is really recommended for all the MMORPG-fans out there. Basically, it’s just one huge parody of nearly all aspects of a MMORPG. Things like fighting monsters, shops, reviving, clothes, haircuts, quests, dungeons, cooking, weapons and item-collecting are just a small collection of all these things it pokes fun at. Heck, most of the characters have some sort of recycled clone with different hair-colour of themselves running around, in true MMORPG-fashion. Oh, and let’s not forget the sentai-team parodies.

Master of Epic definitely is a unique anime. If you’re looking for a continuous story, then you should stay far away from it, as every episode is a collection of the most random sketches. No overall story is present, even the final episodes don’t introduce some kind of dramatic element for the show to close on. The best you’ll get in terms of a storyline has to be the Waragecha, who return in nearly every episode and do something random. Apart from that, other sketches feature former characters returning, but an overall storyline is nowhere to be found.

I’m probably the only one who thinks so, but I found these sketches, with a few exceptions, very funny. They either made an aspect of MMORPGs look ridiculous, or they were just plain random. Certain sketches also were just plain wrong (imagine a couple of tough guys doing silly dances, or a male orc-like creature dressing like a female), while others were too cute at times. My personal favourites were the sketches which featured Bukotsu and Chuu. The first episode already starts them off with Chuu eating a live bat.

In terms of animation… well, Master of Epic was produced by Gonzo. With Gonzo-anime, the animation either is incredibly good, or incredibly bad, and this is the same with Master of Epic. Some episodes have some great animation, while others look horrible. (Small note: especially the earlier episodes feature bad animation, while the latter showcase the better animation, unlike most other anime which feature beautiful animation for their first few episodes, only for the rest of the episodes to look horrible). The soundtrack features a selection of J-pop. It’s not really my taste, but it does fit the mood of the anime well enough.

Aired in the winter-season, Master of Epic quickly became the black sheep. I’ve seen very few people who actually gave it a chance. While I did see this coming, (after all, it’s based on a MMORPG, and it has all looks of a cheesy moe-show) the fact does remain that this is another one of those neglected anime which doesn’t deserve it. The MMORPG- and moe-elements are perfectly parodied throughout the series, and a good balance is kept between male and female fanservice. Another interesting note is that this is one of the very few anime without a main character. The closest person you could call a main character (the orange-haired girl who shows up in the centre of all the promo-art and the OP) never really has a major role in any of the sketches. Heck, she appears in probably the most sketches of all character, but her only role is that of a random passer-by. She’s got like 3 seconds of airtime at most, before she disappears again.

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Short Synopsis: The end of Master of Epic. The last bit of budget is spent on a rather strange song, while the Waragecha-arc literally ends with a bang.
Good: In terms of an ending, it was a great one…
Bad: …but I want more!!!
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

Bummer, the moment is finally there to say goodbye to this awesome anime. The worst thing about Master of Epic is probably that it left me wanting so much more, as I’m really craving to get more of the different characters. I’m really rooting for a second season for this, which focuses more on the characters themselves, but that’s probably a futile hope.

Anyway, sketch 1: the last Bukotsu and Chuu-sketch. They comment on that strange dance, performed by Bukotsu in the previous episode. This is the first time Chuu made herself look like an idiot. XD

Sketch 2: the party with the noob again. Their hair seems to have grown back, and they’re now out to tackle a huge sea-monster. Miraculously, the Elmony manages to defeat it.

Sketch 3: the fishing scene returns Chuu alone when she fishes up a rather strange bloke with a big sword. XD

Sketch 4: Angelica and her quirks again. This time, she attempts cooking. Obviously, she overdoes it yet again, and the boy she loves runs away from her in the end, having gained “a few” pounds. On a side-note: this is the first time we actually see someone log-out. I kept wondering when that would come.

Sketch 5: Chuu doesn’t have it easy, when she gets featured in another fishing-scene. You would expect the closing sketch of Chuu to feature a huge monster, but instead she’s being tortured by a strange kappa-like creature who attacks her with leaches.

Sketch 6: The Radio-show. The hosts talk about pets this time, and one sells another strong story about how pets can cook for you… right. XD

Sketch 7 is probably the weirdest one in Master of Epic yet. We see two tough fighters (Bukotsu and the grown-up version of Philippe) fighting monsters when suddenly people dressed up like cute and cuddly animals perform a cheesy song and dance in front of them. And the two of them actually participate. XDXDXD One shot of the two of them was particularly wrong, and I loved the expression of their faces when the song ended. XD

Sketch 8: the final Waragecha scene. I wondered how the creators would end the Waragecha-arc, but it turned out quite good. First the five get nostalgic a bit due to boredom, after which the guys from the first few episodes return, armed to kill them. Then another team of Waragecha appears (and YES the main character is among them!!! It’s probably the first time she actually played a role in a sketch, apart from bein an NPC XD). I also loved the Bukotsu-clone dressed in the Waragecha-purple outfit, and what was up with Warage-Black’s expression? XD And of course. How better to end the Waragecha-arc than with a BIG bang? :)

Sketch 9 recycles Sketch 7, where the same fluffy animals appear in front of an Elmony with his bat. A bit cheap, but still hilarious. XD

Sketch 10: the end of Master of Epic, with the announcers announcing that the show has ended. It’s interesting. Usually an ending is very hard to do, as it has to close off a big story in just one episode. But Master of Epic doesn’t have this problem, and it’s perfect to just end the show with a little announcement in the end. Of course, I’m hungry for MORE, but I’m really glad to see that this is like the only anime which didn’t reduce to melodramatic crap in the end, although that would actually have been interesting with this anime. ^^;

Also, the closing picture of Chuu smiling was just perfect to really end this one.

Sayonara Master of Epic, things have been really fun. :)

Posted on 21 March 2007 with categories: Master of Epic

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Short Synopsis: No real theme of this episode, the girl from episode two returns and the Waragecha finally manage to defeat their enemies. For now, at least.
Good: The cooking-contest; Waragecha; The rather strange beginning-sketch.
Bad: What!? Only one more episode left!? Nooooooo!
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

Dammit, this series only is going to take 12 episodes! That means that next week will be closing off this series. Dammit, I so would have loved to see more of this series. But then again, by keeping the series short, the creators did avoid this series from dragging on. But still, I want more!! Rawr!!

Sketch one: is it me, or was even the voice-actor trying to keep his laughing down? Really, it seemed he could burst out laughing any minute now. But what do you expect, when Bukotsu suddenly does such a ridiculous dance? XD

Sketch two: probably was the sketch who introduced the most new character-designs of any sketch so far. It’s a cooking-match, and both the contestants as the commentators as the audience have never appeared in the show before, apart from Bukotsu perhaps. The scene was really hilarious, as not only did the participants try to sabotage each other, the commentators also had some strange conversations on their own. One of them (a version of Bukotsu with actual hair. :P) even went as far as describing his own sad history. Hilarious sketch. XD (Notice when Juliano seduced the female members of the audience, the commentator also reacted to this? XD)

Sketch three: the news. Another beauty. The reporter is out to interview Philippe as he’s attempting to run for a long time: 922 hours. He’s already been running for three hours. When the reporter asks him for the reason… well, there isn’t. It just seemed like a nice idea. XD

Sketch four: we finally learn the names of the Newtar and the female Pandemos he has a crush on! Tatsuya and Minami. While I usually hate these kinds of scenes, it’s great to see them parodied like that. As usual, Tatsuya keeps goofing off, and in the end he promises her something he could never do: give her a gattling gun. XD Oh, and we see the main character again! Yay!

Speaking of that main character, she’d better have a big role in the final episode!

Sketch five: the girl from the second episode returns. She’s still searching for a way not to fight. Let’s just say that that doesn’t work. XD

Sketch six: the producers finally are defeated in a very humorous way. I kept wondering why the roundy thingies on the robot looked like speakers. Well, this episode showed that they actually are speakers. The Waragecha defeat the duo by unleashing the terror of their theme-song on them. XD I loved how they realized how it’s quite pathetic that their own theme-song is such an effective weapon. XD

I really wonder what the final episode will be like. With a show like this, you’ll never know. I never thought I’d say this for a comedy-show, but I’d love to see some more serious scenes. That scene in the previous episode made me hungry for more. It’s interesting to see that in a comedy-series as this, such a serious scene worked out so awesome. It’s probably because the creators really made me curious for each different character. I keep hoping for certain characters to appear again, and it of course it’s a treat to see these hopes come true.

Posted on 12 March 2007 with categories: Master of Epic

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Short Synopsis: The fishing scene returns, just as the main character-clone of the first episode and our two brave adventurers.
Good: Lots of Bukotsu and Chuu; Funnier than usual; An actual serious scene that works out well!
Bad: The creators were SO mean with that serious scene!
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8.5/10

You know what, Master of Epic has been getting better and better for the past few episodes. Mostly because it’s been reusing more and more characters from previous episodes. I don’t know, usually when shows of this nature do this, it feels cheap, because they couldn’t just come up with some new characters. But with Master of Epic, I’m actually very glad that these characters return, as we get to know them better and better, which makes sure of some very funny results. I’ll keep quiet about the main character, though. I’m content for now because her clone had a major role in this episode.

Sketch 1: The Introduction. This time, the two hosts talk about something called Nashi. I had no idea what this was, so I looked it up a bit in an online dictionary. It seems they were either talking about a Japanese pear, or the word “without”. Seeing as the reporters were awfully quiet when they found out about this, I’d put my money on the second option.

And CURSE that second sketch! Finally we have a serious and really touching sketch, and what do the creators do? They decide to go old-tv style by making the dialogue show up on the screen, instead of through voice actors. Okay, I can understand a bit of Japanese speech, but how am I supposed to decipher that much kanji?! The scenes looked amazing, and I LOVED the ending, but I would so have liked to know what the characters talked about. Dammit. Still, ranting aside, this sketch rocked. Big time.

Sketch 3 abandons the seriousness again when it comes with the news. The fishing scene returns again, as the reporter interviews the female Pandemos who’s been fishing on some random docks. He doesn’t get much out of her, and she demands him to be quiet, though. ^^;

Sketch 4: Bukotsu and Chuu again. This time they deviate from the usual formula when it’s not Chuu, but a random bear who does something cute. Still, you can’t deny that their reaction wasn’t cute in a strange way. :P

Sketch 5: The news, 6 hours later. The Pandemos seems to have caught something and almost explodes out of anger when her line snaps. XD

Sketch 6: Our two “brave” heroes return again. Of course, I’m talking about the courageous duo of Phillipe and Syozo. This time, Syozo tries out ways to calm ferocious animals, or in this case a hungry wolf: tempting it with a steak. Okay, it attracts a few more wolves, but it does work, doesn’t it? I mean, the wolves stayed quiet, okay… for a little while perhaps. ^^;

Sketch 7: another fishing scene. This time it features Chuu and Bukotsu. If you wondered where their usual antics were, well, it’s in this sketch, when Chuu has fun with masks. XD

Sketch 8: the news yet again, this time the next day. The Pandemos is still fishing at the same spot, and it seems that the reporter stayed up all this time, watching her catch a pile of sharks. Chuu then comes and fishes up the treasure chest the Pandemos has been searching for all along. The anchor, meanwhile, falls asleep. (^^)

Sketch 9: Waragecha V. When things couldn’t get any weirder for the Waragecha five, the huge black mecha arrives with a fake anticlimax. Yup, a fake one. First she acts like an overly emotional parents towards her child, only to reveal that she actually is on the producer’s side. The Waragecha meanwhile break up their new shiny robot, in order to transform back into it again in order to make sure that this episode also features a transformation-scene. Heh, talk about efficiency. :P

Sketch 10 closes the episode with Bukotsu, who is about to fight the copy of the main character, who is being coached by her boyfriend. I guess she didn’t slay him after all, too bad actually. In any case, Chuu is coaching Bukotsu. do I still have to mention how this ends?

By the way, this episode actually featured a couple of very nice background tunes. I like where this is going. And yes, I’m crazy for liking a show like this.

Posted on 5 March 2007 with categories: Master of Epic

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Short Synopsis: We’ve all seen our shares of bald males, have we? But this really is the first time I saw bald FEMALES in anime.
Good: Ah, Master of Epic exactly how I like it, there were no overly long sketches, and each of the sketches was hilarious as usual. ^_^
Bad: ………main…..characterrrr…..
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

Ah, another hilarious episode. A bit disturbing at times (the evil hairdresser O_o), but overall great fun, and with some great mecha and sentai-parodies. But still, that main character… She’s probably appeared in the largest amount of different sketches of all characters, but all she did was appear for one or two seconds, in order to disappear afterwards. I want to see her featured in a sketch, dammit!

Sketch 1: the introduction. This time, the announcers talk about changing your hair. Interestingly enough, they also visited a barbershop recently, who seemed to have cut their entire heads bald. Cute and disturbing at the same time.

Sketch 2: the party with the noob again. To think that the previous sketch was only a warning, as the group of four heads off to exterminate the great evil hairdresser, who gives all of them rather obscure and hilarious haircuts. In answer to this, they head out to defeat her with an ultimate tactic: shave your entire head bald. O_o Unfortunately, the great evil hairdresser not only can cut hair, she also can give it, so she leaves our four heroines with some rather interesting-looking afro-haircuts. O_o Definitely one of the weirdest sketches so far.

Sketch 3: Resurrection, part 3 (yeah, that’s what it really was called). We return to the guy we saw in episode four, who keeps goofing off in a rather hazardous place. This time, he sets up an explosive trap for the passing-by monsters, though he’s stupid enough to get caught himself.

Sketch 4: Trying to impress the hot Pandemos, part 2. We now see the same guy, working as a blacksmith when the same Pandemos he had a crush on a few episodes ago appears again. She behaves like nothing’s happening, though the guy was too cute. XD

Sketch 5: Resurrection, part 4. The guy is back in the mountains. His next plan: hand-to-hand combat. That doesn’t work. ^^;

Sketch 6: The radio-show. The host tries to tell another strong story, about how a necromancer and a magician are supposed to have been making out. The way he tries to sell his story to the other host was just hilarious. XD

Sketch 7: Waragecha V. I loved the parodies sentai-teams and their giant robots here. You often see that five small robots join together to form one big one, but still everyone fits inside the robot without any problems? Well, Warage Green has made her robot so that one person is actually in each of the limbs of the robot, as Warage Yellow sits in one of the legs, while Warage Blue has to pilot the mecha in one of its arms. Obviously, they won’t like it when it moves very fast. XD Warage Blue also was very cute in the beginning, when it seemed that she had to take on the producer all by her own because the others were slacking off. And no pictures please. XD

Sketch 8: Resurrection, part 5. The guy plants fire-bombs everywhere. That works, until a giant scorpion comes after him. XD

Sketch 9: Resurrection, part 6. The guy takes the initiative when he hears that the scorpion king is still roaming the neighbourhood. XD

Sketch 10: Chuu and Bukotsu. The episode ends very cute again with the antics of these two. Bukotsu is fighting a large number of monsters and Chuu tries to help him by giving him a healing-item. At least, that’s what he thinks. XD

Posted on 26 February 2007 with categories: Master of Epic

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Short Synopsis: Fishing! Swimming! Afk! Fashion! Giant Robot! Thunderbirds Parody!
Good: As Funny as always; Lots of returning characters, but why is Rosalia among them? XD
Bad: Can “the producer” really be a worthwhile antagonist? I want to see that main character!!!
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

Sketch I: The Introduction. This time, the presenters talk about fishing. Not really the most interesting topic out there, is there? ^^; They realize that themselves as well.

Sketch II: The News. The reporter this time is visiting a school for those pigs. It’s quite a strange school, and I can’t imagine what they’d be learning there. Probably how to annoy people, as they demonstrate to the reporter. One even goes as far as abusing him. We never really know what happens, as the female anchor quickly switches over to another subject. ^^;

Sketch III: another Fishing Scene. Chuu has no luck at all, until something catches her hook: a drowning bear. XD

Sketch IV: Rosaria returns, along with “her” faithful partner James. Thankfully, “she” was a lot funnier than last time we saw her, but “she” remains WRONG. “She” continues to roam the online world, giving some very eccentric fashion tips to random people. This includes giving a Warage-Blue-clone a mahou-shoujo-look, and the main character together with the female Pandemos two elephant-ears. I like how the latter two got on Rosaria’s nerves. XD

Sketch V: The Office Again. This time, it gives a brilliant impression of being AFK. ^_^

Sketch VI: The two male Elmony return. You know, the one in which one of them always does everything perfectly, while the other keeps messing up. This time, he dives on top of a bunch of rocks, and gets chased by various dangerous-looking sea-creatures. I really mean it when the voice-acting under water was hilarious. XD

Sketch VII: The Office Yet Again. Didn’t quite get this one, though. The boss makes the woman cry, causing him to get fired. Now there’s a new boss. I still haven’t found the point of this.

Sketch VIII: Waragecha V. The Waragecha seriously are looking more and more like a sentai-team. First they got new suits, now they even have their own giant robot which can be split up in five smaller ones! I may be crazy when I say this, but they looked really cute this episode. The question, however, will remain what this robot will add to the next episode. The cliff-hanger stopped right after the five Elmony left to fight “the producer” yet again. On a side-note: this show is quite clever in its cliff-hangers. XD

Posted on 19 February 2007 with categories: Master of Epic

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Short Synopsis: A typical noob is bothering some players, while “the produces” launches another attack.
Good: Even though cheesy, the Waragecha fighting scene was great. ^^
Bad: While it was definitely enjoyable, there have been funnier episodes. The first sketch also was a bit too annoying, but I think that that was the creators’ intention.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7.5/10

I must be crazy for liking this show, but it’s got such a cute charm! This episode was no exception. It already starts out good with the introduction, when the Elmony and the Cognite start talking about parties, and the Elmony confuses this with birthday parties. XD Next up is another scene between Chuu and Bukotsu, demonstrating how NOT to behave in a party. ^_^;

The major part of the first half gets dedicated to another example of how to ruin a good party: include a noob. It features some new characters, recycled versions of ones we saw before. While they definitely looked great (the Pandemos, Elmony and Newtar, at least) I’d wish the creators would start to focus on some of the main characters (like the Main Character *cough*). This sketch definitely had some funny moments, but the Elmony (a blue-haired version of Chuu) was just too annoying at times.

The second half stars with a rather strange radio-show, in which the host tries to tell his guest some completely ridiculous story. ^^;

The Waragecha, meanwhile, still are being bothered by “the producer”. While I do enjoy a good continuous story, I’d rather that it was about more than just stolen uniforms. Ah well, the fight definitely was interesting (and what was up with the animation of the robot at the end? XD)

Posted on 13 February 2007 with categories: Master of Epic

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Short Synopsis: The Waragetcha get their own Senshi-suits! Random sketches about the shopkeepers we all love! What the heck is up with the main character!?
Good: Whoa, an actual plotline; The first episode finally has been subbed.
Bad: Even though the first episode has been subbed, the number of people who noticed it is… not very big; What the heck is up with the main character!?
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

Two focuses for the episodes this time. The random sketches were all about player-started shops. You know, the ones you see in crowded places, where people try to sell the stuff they found while adventuring. You can make huge amounts of money this way, if you do it right. This episode, this becomes fatal for our green-haired male Elmony when it seems that he’s stuck so many gold coins in his pants that he’s become unable to move. ^^; Another guy uses this system to hit on a girl he noticed. A Pandemos, to be exact. While he was a bit annoying, I do admit that he was kindof cute when he tried to say something to her. :P

The rest of the episode, with the exception of a very strange office lady who likes to turn into a dragon, was dedicated to Waragetcha. And believe it or not, this episode actually introduced a general plot line. Okay, I’m not sure what the creators were planning with this, but still. It’ll be interesting if this plot continues, and involves more and more characters along the way. Still, it also means that I’m going to have to pay attention again, otherwise I’ll miss some of the story parts.

Things start rather random again, when Warage Black seems to have found new uniforms for the Waragetcha. These transform them to some kind of strange Senshi-team. They spend most of their time then acting like a proper Senshi-team should behave: make lots of random poses at lots of random places. Then a giant robot appears in front of them, claiming to related to the producer or something. I didn’t quite catch that part. When it’s defeated, it returns to its base, and it appears that a male Pandemos has been piloting it (Bukotsu?). I’m not yet sure what this is all about, but who knows. It might become interesting.

And it may also have been great to see the main character on a date like this, but when will we actually get to see her in action? I mean, her pink version was someone else, wasn’t she? She’s also been in almost every episode, though all she did was act like a mere NPC. What are the creators planning to do with her? XD

Posted on 5 February 2007 with categories: Master of Epic

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Short Synopsis: Angelica falls in love with a male Elmony; Chuu is being cute again; Deep in a dungeon, two brave*cough* adventurers struggle for their lives.
Good: Hilarious, probably the funniest episode I’ve seen this year; even more characters are returning; the two adventurers were SO INCREDIBLY CUTE; Actually good animation!
Bad: Some Gonzo-advertising managed to slip in at the video-file I watched (from Saiyaman). Usually, this wouldn’t be a problem, but please chose some better series than Garasu no Kantai and Witchblade.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8.5/10

First of all, I finally found out a few more names of the characters in this show. Very handy, especially in this show, which has the nasty tendency to recycle most of its characters into other ones with different hair-colours and outfits (but what else did you expect? This IS an mmorpg-based anime, after all ^^). A quick rundown:
– Angelica: she’s the blonde Newtar in a pink school uniform. It seems to be quite a popular costume. ^^; Anyway, I’m glad to see her return. It’s better to see recurring characters than new ones at this point.
– Karen seems to be the Warage Green clone with Warage Pink uniform. I’m not sure why she keeps following Angelica, though. They’re probably two very good friends.
– Fuu-chan is the monster that keeps accompanying Karen. I’m not sure if this Fuu-chan is the same monster that’s accompanying Chuu when she’s in Warage Pink-mode.
– The Pandemos in traveller’s clothes we always see with Chuu appears to be named Pukotsu.
– The white-haired Cognite seems to be called Phillipe, though that’s his chibi-form. I’m not sure whether Philippe also plays the role of the other white-haired Cognites we’ve seen.
– Philippe’s Newtar companion gets called by Syozo (I bet that’s spelled differently).

On a whole different note, I loved this episode! First of all, it finally has a bit of decent animation. People move fluently, there are lots of close-ups and we see a few high-quality drawings, and some actual CG is used with the submarines to simulate the particles in the “ocean”. It definitely makes the characters look a lot better. I also appreciated that the unimportant bystanders actually had some original character designs this time, instead of being recycled versions of main characters. I knew this anime could do well if it tried.

The first sketch: Angelica and Karen return, like mentioned above. In this episode, she finds a new obsession: making clothes for the boy she has a crush on. She yet again gets a bit carried away, scaring this boy in the process, when she manages to create a huge pile of different clothes for the two of them to wear. I really liked Karen’s role in this, as the bystander who watches and tells the story a bit. And who eventually gets chased because Fuu-chan ate Angelique’s wallet. ^^;

The second sketch: yet another adult in the real life acting funny. I think I finally know the meaning behind these scenes. They’re supposed to be real-life events, with a mmorpg-element added to them. This time, a shop. I loved it how the shop-menu was opened when the guy tried to buy something. ^^

The third sketch: Pukotsu and Chuu again. This time, his backpack is broken, and Chuu managed to find a new one for him. Obviously, it’s an extremely cute elephant rucksack, not fitting his character AT ALL. It would be funny if he’d be wearing the same backpack in the next episode as well. ^^:

The fourth sketch is about two male Elmony. I’m really not sure whether we’ve seen these two figures yet, seeing as their particular character design gets recycled in many, many other characters. The only difference is the outfit, hair colour and the colour of their cheeks. In any case, in this time, we see a red-haired Elmony do all kinds of cool stuff and blow up enemies, and there’s a green-haired one who wants to either copy him, or hit him with the same method that the red-haired one uses. Obviously, he fails. ^^

The fifth and last sketch is the funniest of the episode. And the cutest. We return to Philippe and Syoso in chibi-form. They’re inside a scary dungeon, trying to get to the centre. Obviously, they fail in a horribly cute way. They first have to beat the dangers of travelling underwater, which is followed by a highly amusing talk under water. This really makes for the funniest accent. XD Next up, they reach the lair of the boss of the dungeon, who’s been sealed in a very eerie place and who gives off some very strange voices. Obviously, Philippe and Syozo ignore him and go for some more challenging enemies: the ordinary bats. They’re quite fearsome, as they weren’t even hurt by Syozo’s Miner Burst, lv1! This calls for Philippe to put on his super invincible armour! It gives him unfathomable strength, but it has one major disadvantage: he’s unable to move. XD

I’m not sure whether someone who has never played an mmorpg would get some of the jokes, but for the people who do have played their share of them, this anime is pure gold. It’s so full of the most hilarious parodies. A definite recommend.

Posted on 29 January 2007 with categories: Master of Epic

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Short Synopsis: An eccentric fashion designer; Warage Black is missing!
Good: The introduction-sketch; The main character gets more screentime than ever (as in, 10 seconds ^^;); I LOVE the smilies.
Bad: This episode wasn’t as good as the previous ones, unfortunately; this show deserves better animation.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 6.5/10

Aw, too bad. While this episode definitely was funny, it wasn’t as outright hilarious as the past few episodes. Especially Waragecha used a rather overused joke, and too many of the jokes centred around people getting beat up. While it is funny once in a while, you don’t want to repeat this too much.

Still, the episode definitely was memorable. Mostly because of one particularly wrong sketch, in which we saw a Pandemos who dressed himself up as a fashion-designer. He also got angry whenever someone dared to call him a male. He really gave a totally new meaning to the word “trap”. And when you think things couldn’t get even wronger, the episode ends in a very strange, and very, VERY wrong way.

I also loved the end of the introduction, where the male Elmony started to chase the Cognite with a giant club. ^^ The main character also actually spoke more than one sentence. We see more of her with every episode progressing.

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Don't know about this new Re:Creators episode since I haven't watched it, but I don't really mind Meteora. Her dialogues scream "exposition" but she still fits well to the story. The fights are good, I agree, but why didn't they go all the way with the world's collapse last episode?
Anonymous1202407
Whether Nisekoi is pandering or not, it is not enough proof for you to suggest that manga industry is shit. If u want good mainstream then its not that hard to find. Also for every success like Nisekoi which u claim to be pandering, there are dozen like it that failed to be popular. Why? Because it clearly is popular for a reason other than just simple pandering.
SuperMario
Ha, Ping Pong. I need that kind of show again in my life.
Lenlo
Also, Ping Pong is amazing.
Lenlo
Theres a difference between pandering to a large audience, and an anime/manga with a quality story that everyone ends up liking. Ive always found moe shows and things like Nisekoi to be the former.
Anonymous1202407
If you have a problem with it after trying it just dont read it. Its that simple. Also what a surprise that a show like nisekoi that appeals to a large demographic is popular. U want the mangaka to apologize it's not some art house story like Ping Pong?
Lenlo
Meteora is pretty hit or miss with her dialogue imo. Sometimes its great, othertimes its not. I can say though I enjoy most of the fights.
Anonymous1202113
I really want to like Re:Creators. To be honest though, I'm getting tired of the dialogue. It has its high points, but it sometimes just seems to drone on and on, especially with all of Meteora's "hypotheses."
KT
Both Bahamut and RE:Creators had great episodes. But I was indeed mentally screaming Super Smash Bros at RE:Creators. You will get the point when you watch the episode.
AidanAK47
Taken on it's own, Nisekoi is harmless. But it is undeniably proof that you need not be creative or innovative to succeed in the industry. In fact declaring creative bankruptcy could turn more fruitful than genuine effort.
AidanAK47
And I said how can you decide you don't like something if you haven't read it?
Of course you are likely mean that if you don't like something then give up on reading it further which of course does not mean that someone cannot complain about it regardless.
Anonymous1198985
No, Im said if you dont like nisekoi dont read it
AidanAK47
@Anon, How do you know you don't like it if you don't read it?
Anonymous1196967
Don't like it don't read it.
AidanAK47
I went and read Double Arts. This really was a great manga with tons of potentail and truly didn't deserve the axe. It's so depressing that this was cut off so soon and the author went on to make the most generic Harem ever Nisekoi, and that got over 200 chapters.
Lenlo
All of the important dance scenes for Yuri were fantastic, its just some minor one off characters and some reused ones that were an issue, so no they are better than the CGI
Anonymous1190387
Is it worse than those CGI dance scenes in some anime?
AidanAK47
@Puran, It is pretty surprising how well that story turns out. I say IG might do the job even if there animation isn't the most consistent. The one thing I am worried about is those necks though. In the PV those things were ridiculously long.
Puran
Fair enough, recycling the animation was bad, agreed. But the animation itself was really good.
Lenlo
See, I found the repeated dances in Yuri one of the worse parts. Alot of it was recycled animation and certain characters were obviously rushed/not done. Some were amazing, cause they took their time, but others looked terrible.
Puran
I kinda wish Mappa was doing the anime though. Yuri on Ice had really nicely animated dances (and was more or less the only actually good quality of that show :P )
Puran
Reading the Ballroom e Youkoso manga has made me really excited about the Anime.
Kaiser_Eoghan
@Aidan: I'm particularly turned off by bully/bullying cliches these days. I've only read the first two volumes to see how awful she was but I ended up simply losing track of the series and stopped reading.
Kaiser_Eoghan
@Mario: Actually that has changed, I had to pick a different day to see it given changes in schedule, I've booked it for NEXT Wednesday now. I've watched Akira about four times.
AidanAK47
Oh, Rising of the Shield Hero is getting an anime adaption. Hmmm...honestly after finishing the series and looking over it as a whole I am not sure I even want that. Plus seeing Bitch Animated...would fill me with rage.
SuperMario
I intend to re-watch Akira soon, probably this weekend. It has been almost 10 years since my first watch and now I don't remember much about that one. Thought it was intriguing and complex but not as acclaimed as people hyped it to be (I'll pick Ghost in the Shell anytime). Wonder how I'd feel now after re-watching it.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I remember you mentioned that you were going to watch In this Corner of the World today right? How was the movie Kaiser?
Lenlo
Oh cool, food wars is getting a 3rd season
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ballroom youkoso appears to be leading the polls.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Fumiko is a female mangaka yes. Also I found bokura no hentai worth reading.
SuperMario
yep, I finished that manga too and I have conflicted feeling about it. Yuri(!) part and fanservice are to blatant but they have a purpose. This mangaka (not sure but I think she's a girl) has some unique voice.
AidanAK47
....well I skimmed that manga. And it was weird
SuperMario
By all appearances,Sakura is normal,albeit sheltered junior high school girl who enjoy talking about love and walking home from school together.However,they also happen to inhabit a strange and supernatural world populated by mysterious,gigantic beings and unusual plant and animal life.Amid their peaceful lives,Sakura becomes very interested in something only alluded to exist in old books: dicks
SuperMario
Here's a synopsis of other manga from the same author, I think you'll have a better idea of his theme -
Sakura no Sono
AidanAK47
Pretty much what Masky said. I am not really praising it. Anyway I plan to read one or two more chapters to see where it's going. But if it's going in the direction I think it's going then I am dropping this one fast.
Kaiser_Eoghan
There is of course the underlying concern that it will go a very ugly route with that development or it could become edgy/horribly minipulative, but for now it is as mario said, a hook.
SuperMario
Well. overall I don't dislike what I read there. It has good hook and I'm intrigued to know more what the hell will happen. Good set-up for me. I'm in
SuperMario
@Masky: it's fine Masky, since I will chec itk out any way and see it for myself ^^
Masky
So since you guys started being interested, I checked it out and uh.. Yeah, not reading. I think ye guys misunderstood Aidans warnings since that was just fucked up and not in the interesting way.
Lenlo
@Aidan: Berserk will never again go more than 3-4 months without a hiatus.
SuperMario
Hmmm, that manga Cutie Mutie sounds good to me. I might check it out later today
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: But had you not alluded to that scene, I may have seen the cover of that manga and skipped over it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I had a feeling, sort of, sad, I am intrigued to read more.
AidanAK47
Hyping and warning are not the same thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Well with Aidan hyping up the horrors of cutie mutie I may as well glance at it to see what he' on about.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There are three manga with the name rec.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I am familiar with the artist for cutie mutie, she did that manga about the three kids dealing with gender/orientation issues.
AidanAK47
Oh look Berserk is on Haitus again....
.....the sad thing is that it comes as expected now.
AidanAK47
For reference the two I read were Cutie Mutie and Rec. Be warned, the first one goes to a rather uncomfortable level.
AidanAK47
@Masky, Read two manga. One started lighthearted and then went to really dark territory. The other one looks like it's about a really dark subject but turned out to be something more lighthearted.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Alright. Tested it now so it such be fixed. Try again.
Masky
@Aidan: Huh? What you read that turned dark/didn't turn dark? .-.
SuperMario
"too many answers selected for question 1! only 3 answers allowed!"
SuperMario
@Aidan: I still have the same issues. Weird
AidanAK47
@Mario, Wasn't my intent. Try it now and you should be able to pick as many as you want.
SuperMario
@Aidan: I'm not allowed to vote more than 3 votes. Is it your intention Aidan?
AidanAK47
Well that was weird. I read something that looked innocent but turned out to be really dark. Then something that looked really dark only to become innocent.
Masky
Yeah, nothing that interests me I see :D Like my strongest reaction to season preview was "Someone made isekai with smartphone? Really? REALLY? Thats best idea you had"
Masky
Ah Knighs and Magic, found that manga. It was boring enough for me to forget its name. Also besides being boring, I kinda find MC unlikeable since their only personality is that they like mechas and were a programmer before renicarnating as short bishie kid
Masky
Woo, time to vote stuff
SuperMario
@Kaiser: that movie In this Corner just getting more and more acclaimed huh? Thou I think it'a a type of movie that if you have high expectation for it you will likely be disappointed. It works best as a sleeper hit
SuperMario
As for cute monster girls, most of the time I don't find them cute at all. I know I'm being racist, but...
SuperMario
@Lenlo: I'm guilty with that cute girls genre, as i enjoyed K-On tremedously for example. Or If I have more time I'd follow Hinako Note this season ^^
Kaiser-Eoghan
They don't always adapt all that well or work as well outside of manga format, especially 4-komas.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*three
Kaiser-Eoghan
The only two of any interest were hidamari sketch, azumanga daioh and yuru yuri and that was largely down to being in the mood for them a few years ago.
Lenlo
@Mario: Personally, I have 0 interest in this Monster girls doing cute things subgenre, just like I have very little interest in the cute girls doing cute things major genre.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: As it turns out I DID read in this corner of the world. I'll also be seeing it next thursday.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: at this moment I'm very skeptical with the whole Monster girls doing cute girl subgenre, so I'm approachig Centaur with a caution. Of course, it all depends on how I feel after the first episode
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Happy End isn't as bleak aa his other works. But it's certainly Hanake's films, as it explores many of his favorite themes: the voyeurist of camera in his Benny's video, the detachment to the world and the underlying violence. Not his best thou but it's still very good
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I'd be up for watching jigoku shojo, its been a long time since I watched the original two seasons and this one won't be as long, so it won't get as repetitive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I voted centaur no nanami on the poll, think Mario could cover it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: How did did you get on with Happy end? I heard its like a mix of his best works. Is it as dark and depressing?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have vague memories of in the corner of the worlds manga, unless I'm mixing it up with something else.
SuperMario
Some news, Lu Over the Wall won the best prize at this year's Annecy (the 1st anime won the award since 1995's Pom Poko), with In the Corner of the World took the Jury Prize. Quite a good showing for anime this year.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Hello.
SuperMario
Really, still no vote for Kakegurui?? I thought it would take the top poll for sure
SuperMario
That 18if, even the poster doesn't make much sense, but it looks dazzling ^^
Lenlo
go-go licensed products!
SuperMario
@Lenlo: and Madhouse is the studio behind that Marvel rip-off. Are they really going that low for profits?
Lenlo
Lookin forward to Kakeguri next season, but thats the only thing thats really caught my eye
Lenlo
Well, you have to watch Marvel next season right?
AidanAK47
And done. I swear these previews take a lot out of me.
AidanAK47
Almost done....almost done...
KT
Attack of Titan, ended ok. But man the production values had gone down.

Virgin Soul had a okish episde

Re:Creators continues to rock for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I liked the 70s version ending, it was mean spirited =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The original used its one room location quite well and dim lighting in parts, very closed in/claustrophobic.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: just finished the Beguiled and it was much better than I expected. Like, I didn't expect it to be that well shot. The guy was put in a passive role than active here, which help the theme imo. Also, the ending admitedly isn't for everyone but I liked it just fine
SuperMario
@Kaiser: using a black girl? The girls in this one are all white :(
AidanAK47
Sato in Re:Creators isn't doing himself any favors is he? Honestly the more I learn about him, the less likable he becomes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It was a good film though, one of scarjos better moments.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: As for Sofia, I'm only familiar with lost in translation, which I haven't seen since it originally came out.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Everyone goes on about Francis' for the Godfather, the conversation is massively underated and apocalypse now is better, but it has to be the theatrical cut.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I guess it was probably seen as progressive in its day by way of using the black girl.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Very very cynically 70s of course.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Actually just happened to finish it there, I felt it stood out for its somewhat successful gothic feel and aesthetic and Eastwood's performance which shows how well he can command the audiences attention even when he isn't shooting people. Kind of liked how it got slightly grisly later on. It makes a small effort in giving one line backstories .
SuperMario
@Kaiser: the original movie isn't that well-received. It's more like an exotica film where the main guy (Clint Eastwood) hooks up girls of all ages. This one I heard has a good spin on feminist angle. I'm sure is intrigued but Sofia Coppola's filmography has been mixed for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
....I doubt any one has ever heard of this....I know I didn't, I haven't read it either but I came across some weird old Blacksploitation manga, probably from the 90s, Blast knuckle or something...
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Still remaking the beguiled might be good, we need more modern westerns.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I suppose I can busy myself with the original 70s version of beguiled. At the moment I've been focusing on old Japanese films, they had such a good film industry, it makes it hurt so much more now knowing that all they do now is shit live action adaptations.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: gonna be a long day for me with the screenings of The Beguiled, Wind River, The Other Side of Hope and Happy End
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now I need to re-watch 08th ms team.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I watched 4 hours straight of Gundam the origin, hit me with a hard punch of nostalgia, actually seeing his backstory rather than hearing about it is a good thing, I enjoyed the action scenes, it was high-melodrama but well used and more Char is always a good thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I'll just put Kado on hold for now and see whats being said about future episodes of it, I'm too unsure of it being worth it or not at the moment.
Vonter
I want to comment on a humble indie game called Sakuna of Rice and Ruin. Is a simple hack and slash similar to Muramasa and Dust: Elysian Trail. The game has a scarf mechanic that is very fun to use to evade attacks and throwing stuff. It kind of reminded me of those Mickey games from the Snes and the visuals reminded me of Pocky and Rocky. Its a game to play on a sunday, simple, fun and relaxing.
Vonter
From the stuff I played Dragon Ball FigtherZ seems legit at capturing the speed of the battle and feel of the action.
Vonter
Back from E3. Nintendo is still my main jam. The Rabbids game seems better than I think anyone could imagine. Odyssey seems like a good time. Xenoblade and Metroid 2 remake look like hype.
KT
On Gundam OG, the new Origin Manga, and the movies based on it are very good. Recommended.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember reading the first chapter of that manga, but it was a long time ago and the updates were slow.
AidanAK47
A manga about Ballroom dancing? Yeah there's no way I am into this.
(Starts reading)
(Reads ten chapters)
Crap...I am into this.
Anonymous1166615
Feel I need to re-visit gundam again through 08th MS team, unicorn and Origin as I'd enjoyed the 70s series, its sequel and chars counterattack. Seed turned me off the franchise for ridiculously long and 00s movie and second season wern't as good as the first .
Anonymous1166615
Looks like I have another Yuasa work to look forward to, he's doing his own take off on Nagai's devilman , hopefully he can reign in Valvraves writer though.
Masky
*first manga in couple last weeks I've seen
Masky
Da fuq. Found manga called Kemono Jihen, but it somehow already has tv tropes page(I tend to check randomly whether works have tv tropes page to see how notable they are) O_o I mean this is first manga with 1-3 chapters that has that, so I guess author is really popular or something in some circles?
Lenlo
Huh. Guess they figured out rewriting a story for Re:Creators.
Masky
Ya know, even if i hadn't heard that Suka Suka is based on one of more tragic light novels, the death flags, all of the death flags :D
HelghastKillzone
I'm a patron of someone who is writing mass effect fanfiction at 2 million+ words. It combines games, writing and fan creativity. So there is that....
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, while I listened to some Lovecraft audiobooked, I felt as if I was copping out by listening instead of reading.
Kaiser-Eoghan
A horror manga often works well episodically in a short story format.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Had a flick through Shibito, of what I read I liked how ridiculously camp and gleefully, proudfully nutso it was combined with the silliness of the violence. While not my favourite chapter, the one about the actress stood out for me because she was clearly a reference to Setsuko Hara, one of Japans most famous actresses lol
AidanAK47
I try out a number of things from time to time. Books, movies, music, comics and the like. But I always come back to anime.
AidanAK47
I have dabbled in quite a few mediums myself. My recent experiment is audiobooks which I am currently using to get through Moby Dick. And Jesus H Christ is this book padded to hell and back. It may be well written but it is an awful story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But what this film venture has shown me is that while I've gotten much out of it, it shows just how STRONGER the connection I have to anime/manga is.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: And definately, I don't get the "people focus on only one media thing". One of the reasons I started branching out was because I felt "Fuck, I'm in my 30s and I've neglected a whole medium by being too focused on cartoons"
Kaiser-Eoghan
The sign you're at something too long is when the suspense of waiting for the next part to come out isn't there or when you find yourself not picking up on whats going on!
Kaiser-Eoghan
Manga/visual novels/anime I've noticed especially now are much much easier to stay awake during when you're wrecked tired.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: And to be honest, I've gotten busier and more tired lately, getting home on a weekday later after a new job, I'm not alert enough to watch art films, just started leaving them till the weekend.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I know exactly what you mean. That is one of the reason why I like to mix up what I watch: sometimes books, other time manga and even music to get me away from burning out from 1 medium
Kaiser-Eoghan
*eventually get back
Kaiser-Eoghan
The short of that is, I think a good scale back with ANY hobby is a good thing because it can feel special all over again when you get back on it more mainly.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But now that after three years of mainly focusing on films moreso than anime/manga as much, because I'm now incredibly burnt out from watching films 4 times a day, I feel now I can watch ANY anime or read any manga and get that fresh feeling/some of that old passion back.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Remember that feeling you got when you first really got into anime/manga and pretty much excitedly/panic watched EVERYTHING and almost everything felt great? I've been thinking how a few years back now, I sort of re-lived that feeling again...however for films.
AidanAK47
(Finished watching SukaSuka 10)
Awwww...that was a sweet episode end....
.....
.....They are all gonna die.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Kids off school pressumably in Japan with more time to watch stuff and more shows.
AidanAK47
God why is there so many anime during the summer season.
AidanAK47
Of course there are the really obvious recommendations of Grand Blue and Kaguya wants to be confessed to.
AidanAK47
I say the only other recommendations I got are Jagaaaaaan, Maou no Hisho, Ore wo Suki Nano wa Omae Dake ka yo and Yuuutsu-kun to Succubus-san. Though I still think Shibito no Koe o Kiku ga Yoi would be up your alley.
Kaiser-Eoghan
By all means keep posting random manga you've all come across, I will read them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I thought route end did a good job on the protagonist's feelings regarding his mothers death.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though my interest in Route is largely due to it was the most lurid of the selection.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I felt route end holds the most interest of that selection of recommendations, although before reading it I thought it would be an episodic manga, similar to a series called death sweeper.
Lenlo
@K-Off, well I think both the manga got handed down to the assistant, and the anime got handed down as well. The original author/director for both arnt working on Boruto
K-Off
@Lenlo Probably, haven't checked. But the manga and anime are completely different so I don't know.
AidanAK47
The Streisand effect in full force.
SuperMario
*Now the media...
SuperMario
No the media storms over it and eventually want to check out this film. It has gain more publicity after this shameless incident
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