Apr 19, 2014

Posted by in Blade and Soul

Blade and Soul episode 03

You know, the funny thing about anime that has been adapted from games and the like, is that they focus quite a lot on the characters and their proportions. They often focus on the breasts and hipline, at least more than with manga adaptions, I think.

[HorribleSubs] Blade and Soul - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.00_[2014.04.18_23.44.11]I cannot help but notice a constant pattern here. Episode one: Aruka meets a couple of guys in her journey that take her to their village to become some kind of body guard. Episode two: Aruka arrives in some messed up city where she meets some no-name bounty hunter that starts out as her friend, but only wanted her so that she could pay for her drinks and is now doing her best to try and kill her because of the bounty on her head. Episodes three: Aruka, trying to fight off that girl from episode two, meets up with yet another characters, becomes acquainted after following her to her hideout, only to end up being blown away by the character that supposedly killed her master.

[HorribleSubs] Blade and Soul - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.40_[2014.04.18_23.44.49]Do you see the pattern now, too? Aruka arrives at whatever place, meets whatever character and ends up fighting for her life at the end. It could be that it’s only the first few episodes to bring all of the key characters into the picture, but I might actually stop writing about Blade and Soul if every single episode is like that.

You can already tell that they’re building up to the next episode using the exact same method. Aruka is now missing after being attacked by same crazy woman and her mysterious powers and that bounty hunter from episode two. She will probably get saved by someone or meet someone after dragging herself out of the water, become ‘friends’ and end up being attacked again. Isn’t that how these things usually go?

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Apr 19, 2014

Posted by in Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin episode 02

So the midget detective finally shows herself, huh? I’m kind of putting a lot of hope into this show. I have high expectations and am kind of hoping for a good ending, which the Japanese aren’t really known for if you ask me.

[HorribleSubs] Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.36_[2014.04.18_23.38.23]So Juugo already found one of Nanana’s treasures, huh? You’d think that Nanana would be rather agitated after finding out that people are successfully finding and taking all of the items that she collected when she was still alive, but no… She genuinely seems to encourage it. Whom else besides Juugo would end up finding any of it? He’s the protagonist. All female and male characters will get drawn to him. Unfortunately, male characters in female clothing are no exception. We already have one of those. How many more can we expect to see, huh?

[HorribleSubs] Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.28_[2014.04.18_23.39.13]Anyway, Juugo is already being dragged into something that he has no knowledge of. He knows a little about Nanana and her treasure, the one that murdered her and about the island itself. That’s it. He knows nothing else, yet he’s already being involved by unknown characters that undoubtedly have motives of their own.

It’s quite obvious to me that this is going to be one of those chases. People chase after Juugo, Nanana chases after her murderer and Juugo chases after Nanana’s treasure. At one point all of them will meet in the middle and it’s all going to come out. I have no idea how romance has anything to do with this yet. I’ll just have to wait and see.

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Apr 18, 2014

Posted by in No Game No Life

No Game No Life episode 02

I am absolutely loving No Game No Life! You are given an idea of what to expect from the story, but then it suddenly takes a strange turn and you can start all over again. I, too, have an idea of what Sora wants right now, but that could change again next week.

[HorribleSubs] No Game No Life - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.02_[2014.04.17_22.56.47]No Game No Life is pure magic. Sora struck me as the type of character that wants an easy life behind a PC where he can play the rest of his life. Shiro is somewhat similar, but only because she pretty much follows her brother in everything he does. You could very well say that Sora is responsible for his little sister’s mental issues.

This episode is one hell of an example… Sora defeated Stephanie in a game of rock, paper and scissors, after which he ordered her to fall in love with him. It’s moments like these that you realize how messed up that guy truly is. The worst part is that that poor girl has to obey and fall in love with him. She no longer has any choice.

[HorribleSubs] No Game No Life - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.28_[2014.04.17_22.57.24]There are many things that I still want to point out, but I hate reading huge posts that go about nothing, so I always try to keep my posts short and simple. I was actually quite shocked when I saw what happened when the two of them are separated. They become weak little creatures that can no longer function properly. Only when they’re together do they act all high and mighty. This could prove to be quite difficult when they’re going to take on “royalty”. They may be great at playing games, but they sure have a lot of weaknesses, which makes it all the more interesting.

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Apr 18, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Break Blade

I wonder why sub groups don’t seem all that interested in Break Blade the series… They’re pretty good, aren’t they? I’ve seen all the movies and thought they were rather good. It’s too bad that this seems to be some kind of a reboot? I’ve pretty much already seen this? I’m not very impressed so far…

Break BladeThe artwork is good. I expect nothing less from Break Blade. The characters look good, the mechs are awesome and the details get two thumbs up. It’s definitely a nice watch.

I always kind of disliked the name “Break Blade”. They should’ve just named it “Broken Blade”, which is what they call Rygart’s mech. It’s too bad that there’s no unique story here. It’s all basically from the movies from what I’ve seen so far.

Break Blade fans will enjoy this, probably. I might not be as big a fan as they are, because I found it rather disappointing that there’s no original story. Haven’t seen any of the Break Blade movies yet? Go and try this out.

Plot Summary: In the continent of Cruzon, an impending war between the Kingdom of Krisna and the nation of Athens is brimming. The people of this land are able to use quartz for whatever purpose they desire. Yet one person, Rygart Arrow, is not. He is an “un-sorcerer,” a person unable to use quartz. But this characteristic will enable him to pilot an ancient Golem, one strong enough to put up a fight against the invading army of Athens.

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Apr 17, 2014

Posted by in Black Bullet

Black Bullet episode 02

I thought about writing about Soul Eater Not! It’s fun, interesting and it already has a huge fan base. Still, Black Bullet does so much more for me. The story alone was enough to make up my mind in the end. Black Bullet it is!

[HorribleSubs] Black Bullet - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.17_[2014.04.16_23.42.37]Okay, so Rentarou and Kisara went to a very important meeting where they and a lot of other fighting monsters and their initiators were told to wait for further instructions. That’s when we learned that they were supposed to find and retrieve a very dangerous weapon that could end up destroying the walls that protects them from the Gastrea, monsters that seek to destroy humanity. Is that all there is to it though? The bad guy in this case, Kagetane, and his initiator, Kohina, showed up and raised so much hell in that room… He actually killed a few people by deflecting their own attacks… Overpowered characters for the win!

[HorribleSubs] Black Bullet - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.39_[2014.04.16_23.42.59]That being said; their “government” was keeping quiet about the whole thing. They knew what they were supposed to retrieve because Kagetane revealed it and turned it into a game. That woman had no intention whatsoever to tell anyone about what was inside that box, which makes her just as big a threat as Kagetane.

There’s no doubt that it’s all about Rentarou and his supposedly special “initiator, Enju-chan, whom ended up running away at the end. There is obviously something important about those two characters, which is why they’re the main characters, that will allow both of them to power up and defeat all that is evil. Sounds about right? We’ll see…

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Apr 17, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Mekakucity Actors

What is it with this season? A lot of stories about NEETs and the like… Not that I mind, of course… I will watch anything as long as it’s good. In fact, the more the better, right? That’s why I’m pretty satisfied with this particular show.

Mekakucity ActorsThey did not hold back on the artwork. It looks pretty good. You can tell that Aniplex has something to do with it. I’m already a fan of that female computer character. Her cocky attitude and sci-fi looks are a pretty interesting combination.

It’s another story about a NEET and special abilities. You can hardly go wrong there. I also saw that it’s supposed to be quite romantic, but I failed to see that. I would not slap the romance label on this one.

I will watch it because it caught my eye and I ended up enjoying the first episode. I suggest you do the same thing.

Plot Summary: The incidents which occurred on August 14th and 15th bring a group of young boys and girls together… They are members of a group they call themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” (Blindfold Organization) and each member possesses a strange power involving their eyes.

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Apr 17, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Escha & Logy no Atelier

I already heard of this one. There’s a manga and one or two games if I remember correctly. You’d think something with that kind of pedigree would be worth an eight at the very least, right? I honestly wouldn’t go any higher than a six and a half.

Escha & Logy no AtelierGive credit where credit is due; the artwork is great. I really, really like it. The characters look nice, it’s pretty detailed and I simply love that old “western” feeling it has. Mix that in with a little bit of fantasy and you really have something here… Yeah, the artwork is good.

The problem here is the story. What am I supposed to expect here? What is the point? Is it about a boy and a girl and their careers? I honestly don’t know what to think of it. All I know is that it didn’t really seem all that interesting.

Fantasy fans will probably love this because of the artwork. Why wouldn’t they? It looks very nice. But the people that enjoy a good story might drop this after watching the first episode. It all comes down to personal taste.

Plot Summary: In order to survive the eventual arrival of the “Dusk End,” people of the western reaches of the “Land of Dusk” devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Those technologies were then gathered in the alchemy city known as “Central,” where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, young alchemist Logy requested a transfer to an understaffed town of Colseit on the frontier to make use of his abilities. There he meets Escha, an apprentice girl assigned to the Development Department. Together, the two make a promise to use their alchemic techniques to bring success to the Development Department.

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Apr 17, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Date A Live 2

It’s incredible how naïve some people are. I actually read surprised responses when the second season was officially announced. You saw the first season’s ending, didn’t you? Those that did knew instantly that there was going to be a second season… How foolish.

Date A Live 2The artwork and story basically go hand in hand. The characters look great, it’s pretty detailed and the action scenes are top-notch. It’s definitely nice to see and there is very little that I would change about the artwork. It’s good as it is.

It’s a funny story about mecha girls and romance. What more could you possibly want from a story? It’s filled with action, comedy and romance… Isn’t that all you need in life?

I might as well recommend this. I watched the entire first season and I’m going to watch this one as well. I suggest you do the same, but be sure to watch the first season if you haven’t already.

Plot Summary: Shido Itsuka, who used to be a normal high school student at Raizen High, meets the first Spirit, Tohka, and awakens his power to “seal the Spirit’s power”. Though they may be feared and hated beings due to their immense power, Spirits were always alone and knew only combat and death. Shido, the only one in the world with the power to seal the Spirits’ might, hurls himself into life-threatening dates with the beautiful Spirits in order to save them.

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