A lot of shows improved after this week. Let’s take a look at them, shall we? Also included is a retro section where I talk about some old anime (and maybe some live-action Japanese stuff) I’ve been seeing lately.
Just a heads up. Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Hajime no Ippo S3, and Coppelion are done from these posts. I can’t summon up the motivation to continue with either of them. It may seem strange that I’m watching both Golden Time and Refrain (although I really liked the latest episode of the latter if only for the visuals), but that’s because I’m watching them with a friend of mine and thus kind of have to stick with them. On the other hand, I have no reason to continue watching either of the three shows mentioned above.
Samurai Flamenco: Episode 2
Now that is more like it. The tone is much more focused to the point that I actually sympathize with Hazama’s plight, and the other characters introduced in this show are pretty awesome too. I love the manager and how she reacts to all the weirdness around her. I like that actress girl who heard Hazama singing that hero song and how she has fond memories for it. As long as the show doesn’t take a huge tonal shift, this might turn out to be a Manglobe anime I really like.
Kyoukai no Kanata: Episode 3
Yeah, I’m pretty much into this for how the show utilizes its setting and cool concepts as of now. It’s got creepy monsters that are awesome to watch on screen. It’s got a spear-chainsaw gun. It’s got megane jokes that are funnier than anything Meganebu can pull out. And most of all, shit is going down without many of the bad tonal shifts from the first two episodes. The story, characters, and action choreography are nothing more than serviceable and will probably stay that way unless there’s some major change further down the line, but it’s the little gimmicks that keep me invested. Now if only Mirai wasn’t so terrible a protagonist.
Galilei Donna: Episode 2
Everything I said about Kyoukai no Kanata can be applied to Galilei Donna as well, with the only difference being that the characters are more interesting but the story is harder to follow. Also, whilst I’ve got a decent handle on the former, I can’t really predict where this show is going to go from here. That isn’t a bad thing though.
Yozakura Quartet: Episode 2
Please Yozakura Quartet. Enough with showing Ao’s panties. Why are you only showing hers anyways? What, is Hime’s ass too lewd for TV? You give us low-cut nurses and Yae groping, and yet we can’t see the panties of the main character? Boooooo! Zero stars!
Kill la Kill: Episode 3
I moved my score of this show to a 10 on my MAL after finishing this episode. ‘Nough said.
I also did a post regarding my feelings on the “rapey-nature” of the show. Go read that.
Dirty Pair: Episodes 6-9
Dirty Pair plays into my love for these old-school western space operas quite nicely, but these latest episodes just raised my opinion of the show even further. The dynamics between Kei and Yuri are just awesome and that western planet they went to where they had to pretend to be enemies and the conclusion of the whole fiasco is just gold. A pity that it doesn’t have some kind of underlying story underneath the whole thing, but being episodic fun ala American cartoons is great too. Oh, and I love Yuri the best of the girls.
Rin: Daughter of Mnemosyne: Episodes 1-6
I lost track of this one back when it first came out and am only now getting back into this. I heard from others that this is some of the most disgusting stuff that anime has ever produced, aside from Shiguiri. All I can say after I finished it is, “that’s it?”. Yeah, maybe if your only experience with fiction was with mainstream stuff. But this is pretty tame compared to your standard exploitation film you know, barring the last episode where it pretty much played out like a hentai, except with actually good writing. Anyways, anyone who knows my taste in exploitation would know that I came out loving this anime. If you’re going to have guts being spilled, women getting abused, and being all out tasteless, this is probably the closest an anime will ever get to the wonderful films of Takashi Miike.
Eureka Seven: Pocket of Rainbow: Movie
Normally I’d respect an alternative story to a series rather than actual recap, but good god was this a massive step in the wrong direction in every single way. I’m not even going to bother going to talk about the plot, as I mostly fast-forwarded through the movie after the laughs at everything horrible about it stopped around the 20-minute mark. I was never big into Eureka Seven or anything, but its great moments were legitimately cool and the dub was pretty awesome. The dialogue in this movie was so atrociously bad that I wanted to punch the writer in the balls for thinking such garbage would fly. The love story was so hokey it probably sent George Lucas into a fit of laughter. It’s got some great production values of course, and the surfing robots are cool, but it’s got too much crap you have to sit through in order to appreciate them.