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 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 14, 2014

Posted by in No Game No Life, Spring Anime 2014

No Game No Life

What the hell? Why didn’t this catch my eye sooner? This truly was a very pleasant surprise. I dare call it a must-write at this point. I thought it was going to be another one of those stories about a NEET and his live behind a pc screen.

No Game No LifeThe artwork… wow. It looks amazing. It really, really does. I really like this style and I think it fits the story perfectly. It’s so colourful and detailed that I cannot look away. In fact, my phone rang as I was watching this episode, so I “feeling” its position because I couldn’t look away. Needless to say that I was too late and had to call back later after I finished watching the first episode.

I thought I was going to have to follow Sora and Shiro as they wasted away in that room playing games. Well, at least for the most part. I also thought that it could be like dot hack, where the characters were dragged into a game and couldn’t log out of out. But no… This is different and it’s very good!

Watch it. Watch it. Watch it. Just to make sure you got the message: watch it. This is arguably the best show this season. Mahouka is good, it really is, but this might just be a little bit better. I am completely hooked right now.

Plot Summary: Genius gamer siblings (plus being NEET & hikikomori) Sora and Shiro are known as the undefeatable “__” (blank). Their talents and skills are so good they are considered as urban legend. One day, a young boy named Teto appears before them, claiming to be the “God” of another dimension where Sora and Shiro are summoned to, in which no violence is allowed and everything is decided by a game. Of the 16 different races residing in this world, “Humanity” is the weakest. After having the vast majority of their lands captured by the other races and being driven to the brink of extinction, Sora and Shiro challenge these one-of-a-kind battles of the intellectual powers in order to save Humanity.

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Apr 12, 2014

Posted by in Blade and Soul

Blade and Soul episode 02

I knew I would write about Blade and Soul. I usually do when it comes to underrated shows. I saw people moan about Blade and Soul because it’s been adapted from a game. They said, and I quote; “anime that are adapter from games are worthless.”  – No… They’re not. Your taste is worthless, that’s all.

[HorribleSubs] Blade and Soul - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.57_[2014.04.11_23.07.25]You just continue to root for Aruka, a master assassin from the Clan of the Sword, as she continues her journey without backing down for anyone. She’s always on guard and ready to strike at any time. She proved this time and time again to characters that thought that saw her as an easy prey because of what she is (a woman).

That all being said, she does have quite a few weaknesses though. Her personality and lack of experience is definitely one of them. She listens to people too easily and accepts anything that she is given. That in itself is quite a big flaw when you have an entire empire on your ass that wants you dead. A very big flaw indeed.

[HorribleSubs] Blade and Soul - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.03_[2014.04.11_23.07.51]This episode could be used as a perfect example of that. Aruka met a girl whom happened to be a bounty hunter. When a poor bounty hunter and a girl with a bounty on her head start hanging out together… Well… Surely you don’t need anyone telling you that it’s about to go down, right? I mean, the girl ended up finding out about her and immediately tried to cash in by killing Aruka…

Also, I really don’t like that Karen character. She seems incredibly strong and lets people think that she’s this fair, kind lady that everyone should look up to. In reality she’s just as bad. “Water isn’t free here so you have to work it off” my ass. She probably just wants employee’s that won’t cost her anything. She is probably going to be a problem in the future.

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Apr 8, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

Oh god… Why did the author have to call the heroine “Nike”? Every time I see her or hear her name I will start to think of brand name clothing. I don’t know, maybe I’m just being ridiculous (as usual). If so; ignore me and my weirdness.

Soredemo Sekai wa UtsukushiiI like what I saw. I quite enjoy that western feel, you know? Everything is still made of wood or poorly forged metals, everyone uses horses or other four legged animals to help them in their daily lives, and even the clothes they wear look pretty interesting.

The author must’ve thought; “hey, why don’t create something old and introduce a supernatural element to it?” – Well done! I think it works. It’s nothing special and it certainly isn’t magic from what I’ve seen. Just a regular princess that can make it rain, which is something farmers could certainly use during those days.

Will I watch this? I will, yeah. And I think you should give it a try, too. I rather enjoyed it. I believe there’s more to this than met the eye. That is why I will continue watching.

Plot Summary: Nike, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom, holds the power to call forth the rain. She travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, despite her own reluctance in the matter. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a young boy. Despite being total strangers at first they start to understand one another and develop an emotional bond with each other.

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