This episode will kill something inside you, perhaps it’s the spark of hope you always carried in your heart.
We’ve come a long way since the bright colored days of the Hunter Exam arc, and this episode makes me yearn for those days once again. This episode proves the purpose of the fillers weaved into the overall narrative, we get to see who these people are and we get a better understanding of the ongoings surrounding NGL. Hunter x Hunter builds up these characters, they’re more than an afterthought.
Shokuzai is a five episode TV drama directed by the prolific Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Pulse) for satellite TV channel, WOWOW. A 270 minute cut of the series was screened at the 69th Venice Film Festival. Based on a novel written by Minato Kanae (Confessions), Shokuzai tells the story of how one girl’s unsolved murder sets off a long, arduous journey for atonement.
Unburdened by delusions of grandeur, Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince concentrates on building a strong, emotional core in a story that you may have seen or heard before. The series explores an ongoing war through the eyes of Failure Five (also known as Team Rabbits), a group of teenagers genetically engineered to live in space and fight the alien race, Wulguru.
The juxtaposition of innocent youth with chaotic war is a familiar theme in anime, we’ve seen it tackled countless times. The remarkable thing about Majestic Prince is that the series’ wears its heart on its sleeve but successfully restrains itself from being too sentimental or angst-filled. I suspect this is because the light hearted parts of the series are effective at providing the balance this series needs.
This week in Valvrave, we countinue our ludicrous journey into the depths of modern schlocky anime with one man army L-Elf and bitchslapping Saki.
I’m saddened this isn’t called L-Elf the Liberator. He is like a jewel surrounded by turds in this show. Not that turds can’t be entertaining, but this is merely a testament to how great a character he is.
I hope the next episode has Haruto and L-Elf facing off in a hotdog eating contest.
I normally don’t go out of my way to write about anime openings that are merely a minute and a half long but this season has opening sequences I felt were so well put together that talking about it seemed like a good idea.
4. Hunter x Hunter – Chimera Ant arc
Oh Madhouse, you’re never going to give up on Departure, aren’t you? Oh well, at least it’s as visually impressive as it should be. A lot of the imagery used in the opening would make sense to a manga reader but I do think it does a good job of getting the viewer hyped up by introducing the arc’s diverse cast. Compared to the earlier openings, this one uses a lot of block shading and is a lot heavier with the contrast, effectively setting the tone for the Chimera arc.
Yes. Hachimitsu is now celebrating its second year of anime blogging, a feat I never expected to accomplish. I thought about how this blog lasting longer than a year was miraculous enough, looks like I did better than I expected.
Overkill is the best way to describe Valvrave the Liberator. It’s like watching a sadistic clown force feeding a little kid cake, ice cream and spaghetti all in one go. It’s unnerving yet darkly humorous to watch. It pushes everything to the extreme and is so aware of its own trappings as a Sunrise™ show that it almost becomes some form of self-parody.
Does it have the potential to become a grandiose tale of giant robots…liberating the masses? I can’t say. However, with our main character becoming an undead vampire in the last few minutes of this episode, I can safely say that Valvrave the Liberator has won my attention.
Maou-sama is possibly an allegorical tale of the young Japanese graduates having to face the reality of living on your own, finding a job and playing a larger part in society as an adult. The sad thing is that its hilarity largely depends on the main cast’s naiveté and the helplessness. Eventually, our characters learn to accept their situation and slowly become mere shadows of their former selves. Maou-sama is the rare anime comedy that finds humor in a rather tragic premise. That or it really is just about a Demon King who works at Mc Donalds. Whichever it is, it’s a keeper for now.
I have no fucking idea what’s going on in this show but it’s one of the most visually pleasing things I’ve seen in awhile. It’s really worth sitting through if only to spot some excellent artistic direction. Suganuma Eiji isn’t exactly the most prolific director but you can see a sliver of talent in there.
Oh Aku no Hana, where do I begin? As I pondered on a proper way to start off, my memory banks quickly withdrew one specific image from the film, All About Lily Chou Chou where Shusuke stands alone in a field of grass, listening to his favorite pop star, Lily Chou-Chou. He slowly comes to the realization that he has become a monster and his screams are muted by the soothing voice of Lily Chou Chou herself.
Like All about Lily Chou Chou, Aku no Hana is about confronting isolation, identity, conformity and most especially, growing up. It’s about people who slowly begin to change, for better or for worse.
The elegance of Shingeki no Kyojin is in its simplicity. The series provokes our most basic fear, the fear of something bigger, stronger and more malicious than ourselves. But not all is grim, in the protagonist Eren, we see the will not just to survive, but to thrive in a free world. However, this is age-old premise that has populated countless stories in fiction. What makes this series stand out from the rest?