Well real life went better for me this week than last week. But who cares about that? You want to see me talk about anime, right?
This week, Concrete Revolutio dealt with the human side of the “superhuman” label, as well as how inherently selfish all superpowered beings are at the end of the day, whether they be heroes or villains. Also, since Sho Aikawa is back on board for this week’s writing, we get plot progression regarding some previous events from the last season as well as the return of Campe. Have I mentioned how much I love this show? I’ve notice some people complaining about how these latest episodes don’t contribute to the overall plot, but considering you’d only need like three or so episodes to do that and the episodic stories are rich on their own terms, why is that an issue?
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
And I’m really hoping to love this show too. Kabaneri’s first arc was solid enough and the show as a whole is pretty fun, but it hasn’t exactly transcended into the realm of “special” as of yet, mostly due to the characterization being only passable at best. Ikoma, Mumei, the princess, etc. aren’t exactly subtle characters or anything, but they’re going to need to be more relatable if they want to stick with me after all is said and done. Also hope the animation doesn’t degrade too much over time, as there were some noticeable still frames this week.
Bungo Stray Dogs
I’m sure some people find Ranpo’s detective-solving skills cool, but I think it’s retarded. Not that it’s bad in of itself, but what the fuck was the point of this episode other than for him to show off? It doesn’t further the story, it wasn’t very entertaining, and I don’t care about Ranpo anymore now than I did then. Guess I know what Cara meant when she said she dropped the manga due to it being style over substance.
Honestly, I think Big Order is in the upper-tier of all the bad anime I sift myself through. At least the main character has a reason for his status – even if it’s a generic one – and at least it makes things fucking happen. Granted, it’s trying to do too much at once to the point that it backfires and ends up feeling a lot slower than it should, but to be fair it feels a little less slow when Eiji is getting stabbed and this Minene copycat is…well…being a Minene copycat.
Ended up picking this one back up out of curiosity. Instantly regretted it. The whole “man interacts with current-day stuff” wasn’t funny when Master of the Universe or Thor did it, so why the fuck would it be funny when Kurumukuro does it?
This show isn’t bad so far. It’s just not as imaginative as it should be given the premise and the way it’s executed. With the way the characters act about their issues like they’re the worst thing ever, I’d expect more important teenage problems than standard puberty stuff and just being a better executed version of Kokoro Connect. On the bright side, the tonal shifts actually kinda worked this time and I like how the drama actually moved the story forward here, so on the whole I liked this week’s episode. Just hope the improvements don’t stop here.
The Lost Village
I’ve mostly been ignoring the people who say that Lost Village is hilarious because quite frankly it’s not even as funny as Leprechaun, which wasn’t very funny to begin with. This show is so half-assed in delivering on the camp, let alone the scares, that it just makes the whole “idiotic kids being chased by terrible CG monsters” stuff a real slog. And just to hammer the nail in, we’re six episodes in and still nobody has fucking died! C’mon, go all-out already Lost Village!
As well-executed as the direction might be, it’s impossible for me to care about the spy stuff when it’s in service of a character I don’t know executing a story that’s completely bare-bones in its criticism.
What’s the best way to follow up on last week’s cliffhanger? Lots of talking and character interaction masturbation followed by another cliffhanger. Fuck you anime! Fuck you!
Ushio & Tora
Hakumen no Mono is finally upon us. Bring on the epicness!
- I’m going to review Girls Beyond the Wasteland tomorrow instead of Garo: Crimson Moon because I’ve been writing some posts regarding Captain America: Civil War and I don’t have the energy to write another big review this weekend.
- My APR this week:
- 1. Concrete Revolutio
- 2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
- 3. Ushio & Tora
- 4. Kiznaiver
- 5. My Hero Academia