Month: February 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Black Rock Shooter 04 – I’m in Lesbians With You

I’m all for watching riveting, realistic portrayals of same sex relationships in anime. I’m sure no one sees Black Rock Shooter that way. It’s more of an angsty melodramatic yuri anime except not. It’s not like the subtext has any meaning. They’re just mentally unstable girls who really care about each other, that’s all. Hurrah for friendship!

DON'T STOP ME NOW.

Half way through and we can all agree that out of the bunch, Yomi is the craziest bitch out there. Unless that school counselor can outdo her…

I never imagined I say this but thanks to the amped up drama and consistent whining, BRS has turned out to be one of the more enjoyable shows this season. I mean this without any sarcasm, I go into an episode of BRS expecting the girls to get crazier and crazier. In that aspect, BRS never disappoints.

An Angry Post About That Crappy Gyo OVA Adaptation

NEWSFLASH: It sucks!

As a huge Junji Ito fan who’s collected his works over the past few years, I’d say Gyo isn’t necessarily his best work but Uzumaki and Tomie have already gotten their respective live action adaptations so it’s not like ufotable had a choice.

This OVA is one of the worst adaptations I’ve seen of Ito’s works, it completely warped the characters and their personalities. I don’t mind a strong female character in a horror movie, but Kaori here was less interesting than the Kaori in the manga (a neurotic mess of a girl who is sensitive to smells). Tadashi was reduced to some pitiful side character who wasn’t fleshed out well enough for me to feel sorry for him. I’m all for taking liberties when adapting manga, but none of the changes contributed to improving upon the source material. It simply brought it down to a level where the OVA had to rely on shocks, titillation and gross out moments. If you haven’t read the manga just go and read it first. This OVA misrepresents Ito’s work. Ito is hardly ‘underground’ but he’s not exactly well known. He’s been lauded as one of the best Japanese horror manga artists out there and yet not many people into anime or manga have read his works. For some people, this is their first time seeing anything related to Junji Ito, and that’s where ufotable does the manga artist a disservice.

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Hunter x Hunter 20 – He Who Surrenders, Loses.

The final phase proves to be a battle of wills, a truly devious set up by none other than the Chairman himself.

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