Oct 4, 2012

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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 episodes 12 & 13

I wanted to write last week’s post last week, but the insufferable pain in my hand wouldn’t let me. No matter, one (small) post should be enough for me to express my opinion of these final two episodes. A quick summary; I’m not entirely satisfied.

Let us all keep in mind that we have been watching one huge fight. A fight that pretty much started thirteen episodes ago. Now, I’m ‘okay’ with how things ended, even though Tenzou’s new girlfriend finished the job instead of Horizon, but I’m not entirely satisfied with the story in general, which is strange (considering how much I enjoyed it).

The main reason why I’m not entirely satisfied would be Toori. Let’s face it; the guy’s an eyesore. He was funny in the first season. He had a mission, a group of friends that backed him up and the willpower to succeed. He even pitched in at times, but this… This was thirteen episodes where he ran around naked, where he was completely useless. And to think that he started all of this (again)…

Anyway, the ending was a little strange. Not only did they give us clues about the possibility of a third season, but it just doesn’t feel like an ending. Horizon obtained (part of) her emotions (I think?) and headed out with Toori and the rest to repair their fleet. Not much was said about Horizon’s emotions, the Deadly Sin Armaments in general or the current situation revolving around England. I guess we will just have to accept the fact that this is the season’s end, with the possibility of a next season in the (near) future. Just to clarify; it’s possible that there’s going to be another season, but absolutely nothing has been said yet, so don’t get your hopes!

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Sep 20, 2012

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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 episode 11

Man, what a strange episode. Frankly, I’m not entirely sure I like it. Sure, Tenzou has his girl back after a great deal of trouble, but what about the rest? What about the struggle to this point? I hate to say it, but it seemed way too easy. It’s only been a few episodes since she was held captive. Plus, in the end, we didn’t even get to see Tenzou’s face. That’s just disappointing.

I know I said that it seemed way too easy, even though Musashi now has to find a way to escape the Spanish fleet that’s trying to prevent them from ever leaving. Sure, that part I liked. I don’t like it when things get trimmed down easily. Some do it because there’s very little time left, some because they want to focus on more important things and others just don’t know what the hell they’re doing. Frankly speaking? I hope that they are trying to focus on more important things. The first season was kind of bumpy, but it had a decent ending, so I still have high hopes for this one.

There are two more things that I want to point out about this particular episode; the first one would have to be the conversation that took place before the two sisters took a hold of Excalibur, a mythical weapon. I liked that. Things ended way too quickly after that, but I was really enjoying myself up to that point. I just hope that I get to see a bit more of that before this season ends.

Lastly; I want to address this issue, an issue I’ve addressed several times already now, about how Toori is still running around naked without a goal in sight. He himself has a goal, we all know that, but he contributes absolutely nothing. It was funny during the first season, as it was something new, interesting and overall pretty funny. However, right now it’s turning into this eyesore that you can expect to see during each and every episode. I guess you could say that I’m slightly disappointed, that’s all.

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Sep 13, 2012

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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 episode 10

Just finished watching and right now I’m trying to think of something to say. There’s so much to sight about this episode, so certain details will probably forgotten. It’s strange though; there are only three episodes left, yet only one Deadly Sin Armament has been claimed so far. How in the hell are they going to finish this? A third season maybe?

Let’s start with the characters in general. We all know Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. We all know that they like to mix things up. During one episode we see many battles involving many characters and styles. We have characters that use the power of words, the power of money and witchcraft. The list goes on endlessly as new characters with new abilities keep appearing.

The point I’m trying to make is, is that they throw all those characters in the same mix and release that mix over the span of one episode. Meaning; we see three or four battles with different characters during each episodes. I find that this can get confusing quite easily, especially if they keep surprising the viewers with twist after twist.

It’s quite clear to anyone that Musashi wouldn’t stand a chance against the Spanish armada without proper tactics. That old goat sure caused quite the uproar amongst Musashi’s forces. That’s when I started thinking that things could become predictable again. Character suddenly get stronger, defeat their opponent and conquer whatever it is that needs to be conquered. That’s pretty much how it went in the first season too.

Next interesting will be quite interesting. Tenzou’s blonde new friend might be in severe danger as her twin sister probably plans on executing her ahead of schedule. That’s probably the case. Musashi is fighting for both her safety and the Deadly Sin Armaments, so that Horizon’s emotions may be restored. Take away one of those things and you weaken your opponent, right?

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Sep 6, 2012

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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 episode 09

Yet another good episode, but I did take notice of one thing though. Toori is always naked. I’m pretty sure that he’s appeared naked in every episode since the season began, yet in the first season things were reasonably funny. Things stop being funny when you keep seeing it every week. Hell, it’s been going from funny to downright annoying, really.

So the war, as I already foresaw, has started. Tenzou manned up, confessed his feelings for his beloved Dame Scarred and requested help from his friends. Naturally, everyone agreed to help right away, putting both England and Spain in a tight spot, as they will now have to fight against a group of mercenaries (or more commonly known as Musashi).

Now, I’m not going to dance around the fact that this has happened again (boy meets girl, girl gets taken away from boy and boy ends up saving girl at all cost). It’s a good foundation for a good story. Besides, there are several side stories this time, like trying to obtain all the Deadly Sin Armaments or Horizon as the war continues.

And finally, I would like to point out that things are getting a lot more complicated. Not the kind of complicated that gets people confused, but the kind of complicated that allows for interesting twists and good side stories. Needless to say that everything is going pretty good right now. What started out as an anti-climax has quickly turned into an amusing twenty minutes.  That being said, the fact that Toori continues to appear naked worries me a little. I have seen it happen so many times, that people focus too much on all the wrong things (Zetman comes to mind here). I just hope that it doesn’t happen with Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.

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Aug 30, 2012

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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 episode 08

Yet another good episode. Naturally, Toori got in the way once again, although he did say some interesting things. Basically, he was willing to do the same things for others, what others did for him when he wanted to rescue Horizon from making a big mistake. I definitely like that.

The debate with England continued as the Spanish representatives kept interfering. They did not want an alliance between England and Musashi, and they were willing to go to war to prove it. The Spanish representatives requested that England declared war on Musashi, yet Musashi wanted an alliance with England pretty badly. Apparently, badly enough to offer themselves as part of England’s fleet in the war against Spain. Naturally, England accepted Musashi’s offer. It was a pretty good offer, even I know that. England just gained a fighting force that would do anything they wanted them to. How could that go wrong?

England picks a fight with god only knows whom and Musashi can do all the dirty work. Brilliant. Of course, that is only if Musashi could go up against big enemies, otherwise England would have to interfere too in the end. It’s a complicated solution, but a very interesting one. I never knew that it would get me thinking like this.

I would like to point out that I foresee a lot of great stuff. It’s only a matter of time before Tenzou comes forward and asks his friends for help, just like Toori did in the first season. I’m not sure I like to watch the same idea twice though, but we’ll see.

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Aug 23, 2012

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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 episode 07

Well, it’s about time. Finally an episode that suits Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. It has been a long time since I’ve seen one of those ridiculous negotiations. That’s what I always liked about this show; it has a pretty good action to story ratio, unlike many other anime.

I would like to point out that I feel as though Tenzou will be put into the spotlight a lot from now on. He seems to be close to “Dame Scarred”, an important character in this show. That means that it’s quite possible that we can expect to see him a lot more often from now on. I for one don’t mind it one bit, as I’ve always liked that particular character.

It’s pretty much like I said above; there was very little action during this episode. It was once again time for a bit of comedy (revolving around Toori’s childishness) and regrouping. Everyone had to take a breather and prepare themselves for every bump in the road.

It had gotten to a point where negotiations with the queen of England had become inevitable. Toori’s friends formed a team and confronted her, telling her that they are declaring war on each and every nation that possesses a Deadly Sin Armament, and that they would attack head-on if the aforementioned Deadly Sin Armament wasn’t returned without any act of violence.

I would like to think that I’m a decent judge of character. That being said; I think that the queen of England would’ve accepted their offer if Tachibana hadn’t interfered with their negotiations. Hell, I think things are about to get worse, now that there’s a new character approaching. Yeah, this was definitely an episode worthy of the name Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.

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Aug 16, 2012

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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 episode 06

Oh boy… I think I just have to accept the fact that every episode is going to be strange as hell. I watched the first season too, yet I still can’t seem to get used to the strange twists in this anime. Maybe that’s just part of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon’s magic?

The episode started out pretty strangely. We saw Tenzou and his new ‘friend’. Tenzou, claiming to be an breast-man, couldn’t keep his eyes of her, and I quote; “round ass”. They were looking for something, but I too, mainly thanks to Tenzou’s comments, was too focussed on her ass. Let’s face it people, I’m a guy and those animators made very sure that her ass got plenty of screen-time.

Meanwhile Toori and Horizon were on their date whilst their friends were fighting. I’m not sure what the people in Japan refer to as a date, but that certainly wasn’t it. Still, it seemed to do the job. Horizon has come to her senses and decided to help retrieve her emotions with the help of all her friends. Geez, who could’ve seen that coming?

I also noticed that the action is becoming a bit more violent. Let’s put one scene in the spotlight here. The fight between Tachibana and that werewolf will suffice as a proper example. Tachibana, after getting the opportunity to do so, actually sliced off both of his arms. That was pretty rough. I couldn’t believe that showed that blood scene too. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that in Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon before. I actually think that’s a good thing, as Kyoukai Senjou no Horinzon is quite the violent show to begin with. I mean, Politian’s there are just warriors fighting each other, and the winner wins the argument.

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Aug 9, 2012

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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 episode 05

Here we go again! We yet again embark upon a story with a lot of fighting between ridiculous characters and nations. Why, how or when doesn’t really matter anymore. Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is officially back now, seeing as I don’t count the first three episodes as actual episodes, and is kicking a lot of enemy ass.

The story continues with an ambush by England’s finest warriors. A werewolf, a naked fairy, a pair of swimmers, a talking skeleton and a silent swordsman join the big picture. That werewolf likes to eat people, including bits of his wife. That fairy will only fight on his own field(s). Those two swimming freaks are more into sports than fighting.  That skeleton just makes bad jokes and hides behind an army of skeletons. And finally, that swordsman is a complete mystery that vanished after his attack got deflected. Seriously, the battles in this anime rarely ever make sense. Sure, there’s usually something at stake, but come on… Only in Japan.

Meanwhile Toori will have to convince Horizon to retrieve her emotions during their date. Retrieving her emotions means that they would have to collect all of the Deadly Sin Armaments, Thereby submitting to the idea of world conquest. Oh god, can you imagine Toori running the world with Horizon by his side? That’s a terrifying thought.

Three battles are already over and Toori is still in the clear, but if either one of the two remaining battles gets won by England then Toori will have no choice but to fight in a duel against one of England’s finest. Toori and fighting? Yeah right. That would probably be the dullest and shortest fight ever. I don’t think anyone’s waiting to see that.

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