Oct 11, 2014

Posted by in Fall Anime 2014

Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road

So the second season of one of the most predictable shows is here, huh? I’ll point out right away that I won’t be writing about this one. The first season was horribly predictable, which had a negative impact on my reviews. I don’t want to write demotivating posts if I can prevent it.

Yowamushi Pedal Grande RoadThe artwork has never been the problem with Yowamushi Pedal. I praised the artwork several times and I am not about to change all that. It looks good, that’s all there is to it.

The story has always been the problem for me. I know what is going to happen next. I have seen the first episode of this season and I already know how their second day is going to end. It would’ve been a great story if it wasn’t so predictable.

Those that have seen the first season, like me, will watch the second season either way. I will watch it, I just won’t write about it. But if you, someone that hasn’t seen the first season yet, like sports anime even though the storyline is rather predictable; go for it.

Plot Summary: Sakamichi Onada is a wimpy high school freshman who loves anime. He initially wants to enter the anime club, but winds up joining the cycling club after meeting two classmates who are already famous cyclists. He undertakes the grueling training to compete in races, and discovers his own hidden talent in cycling.

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Jul 4, 2014

Posted by in Summer Anime 2014

Free!: Eternal Summer

Why is it that stuff like this gets more than one season when other good shows don’t? I shall never fully understand the way the average Japanese mind works. All I know for sure about Free! is that it’s dangerous stuff.

Free Eternal SummerYes, it’s definitely dangerous. The artwork that is. You never really knew when and if these boys suddenly get their gay on. It’s truly borderline stuff. It makes it even worse when the artwork looks as good as this. Damn them!

It’s an interesting story. It always has been. That’s probably why it got a second season. I don’t like the image of boys in speedos as they frolic around in the water, but the story makes it bearable. Hell, it makes it quite amusing to watch.

Do I recommend it? Why not? I enjoyed the first season even though I was uncomfortable at first. I certainly didn’t want to watch this stuff in front of other people. In the end it turned out to be quite enjoyable.

Plot Summary: Four boys named Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin all participated in a swimming tournament shortly before graduating elementary school and later parted ways. Years later, they reunite when Rin challenges Haruka to a race and wins. Not wanting to be defeated so easily, Haruka gathers Makoto and Nagisa and a new recruit named Rei to form the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.

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Jul 2, 2014

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Yowamushi Pedal episode 38

What a disappointing ending. I knew that they were going to end this season with a cliff-hanger in order to lure people in when the second season starts in October. A three month break for Yowamushi Pedal isn’t such a bad thing.

[HorribleSubs] Yowamushi Pedal - 38 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.11_[2014.07.01_23.14.12]I decided that I would read up on people’s reactions after they saw this episode. Not because I wanted them to help me get my own opinion. Hell no. I couldn’t possibly care any less about what people think of the things I watch. I can make up my own damn mind. I was just curious how they saw this episode. I must say that I was unpleasantly surprised. I saw people going completely nuts over this episode, saying that it was amazing, thrilling and even inspiring. My god… Is the world about to end? There are actually people on this planet that find this incredibly predictable episode amazing, thrilling and/or inspiring? Unbelievable…

[HorribleSubs] Yowamushi Pedal - 38 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.18_[2014.07.01_23.14.23]Anyway, I started watching this episode and I asked myself why. Why bother watching this episode when you know what’s going to happen? Hakone was obviously going to recover since you can’t beat down an all-ace team just by winning a sprinting award. It takes more than that. The fact that Sohoku showed up in order to disrupt Akira’s plan was also painfully obvious. I have no idea why they waited that long to show up. They could’ve popped up during last week’s episode and ended this season with a winner for day two. Season two could’ve been about day three. But no… A cliff-hanger is all we get. Oh well, at least I’m done with all the Yowamushi Pedal reviews.

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Jun 25, 2014

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Yowamushi Pedal episode 37

Yet another horrible and tasteless episode. This one was actually worse because nothing actually happened this time. No idea where Sakamichi and his friends are (although they might appear during the next episode) and no idea what to expect of the second day.

[HorribleSubs] Yowamushi Pedal - 37 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.50_[2014.06.24_22.48.57]It really bothers me that the other characters just let themselves get talked down like that by that creep Akira. Why not beat him off his bicycle? What’s he going to do? Fight back? I don’t think so. He probably got bullied as a kid. Its characters like that that turn into psychopaths that eventually kill dozens of people out of boredom.

It surprised me that Juichi and Sangaku let him take the mountain award that easily. What’s the point of racing if that creeps keeps getting his way? Yowamushi Pedal really lost its charm. First it became far too predictable and now it’s downright annoying because the worst character on the show keeps winning and breathing. At least one of those two things has to stop. I prefer the latter.

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Jun 18, 2014

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Yowamushi Pedal episode 36

Horrible episode. What a total disaster of an episode. I completely disagree with it from the bottom of my very being. It makes me want to quit watching Yowamushi Pedal. Lucky for me that there are only two episodes left…

[HorribleSubs] Yowamushi Pedal - 36 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.30_[2014.06.17_23.15.13]Akira won the sprinting award. I absolutely disagree with this crap! How could he win just by pushing the bike a little bit forward with this disgusting body? Can’t that character just fall of his bike and die already? He pisses me off to no end…

God… I really don’t want to write this post. I’m just glad that Sakamichi and Jin have caught up to the rest of their group and are now heading towards the leading pack. I’ll just end this post here. Anything else I’ll write will just make me sound even worse and worse.

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