22 CommentsCode Geass / By Scamp /

Code Geass R2 episodes 17-20 – Neo Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E

nottu disu shitu agenNotto dis shittu agen.

My vague memory of Code Geass R2 is that the show mostly stayed on course until around about episode 18 and a certain thing with Rolo happened and then the whole show went off the rails. Not that Rolo was the glue holding the thing together. I don’t think I’ve written a single thing about the guy in these Code Geass posts, which goes to show how much of an impact that guy left on me. Rather that Code Geass started trying to juggle too many stories at once, leaving it a bit confused and garbled as it came to a conclusion. At least that’s what I thought back when I was young and stupid. Coming back to it now, if anything R2 has improved. The writing at the start was a bit stodgy while it tried to recapture the feel of the first season by basically copying it exactly. Then the China arc started which I’ve tried to forget about. Since then though it definitely feels like it found its focus again and the dialogue is back to being snappy.

And, by the ultimate measure of Geass quality, I burst out laughing on multiple occasions from something ridiculous that happened.

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4 CommentsBlood Blockade Battlefront / By Shinmaru /

Blood Blockade Battlefront 11 – Black and White

blood-blockade-battlefront-scannersAh, yes, Scanners, the ideal family movie. I hope there was a double feature and they caught Videodrome afterward.

Up front, apologies for the extreme lateness of this post. I had some personal things (not bad personal things, mind, so don’t worry about me) that took precedence for me the past couple of weeks — before yesterday, I barely watched any anime at all aside from JoJo. (*pours one out*) So, uh, I guess I’m getting to this BBB episode during a week in which there’s a recap; I was hoping to make the final two a double shot, but I’d rather not go silent any longer than I have to, so here I am!

(Note: The finale will likely be a couple of days late, too, since it’s airing during Anime Expo weekend, and of COURSE I’ll be cavorting around with my goofy friends. Come say hello if you’re going to be there! As always, I will broadcast most of my activities on Twitter, since clearly this is something the entire world needs to know about.)

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8 CommentsKnights of Sidonia / By Inushinde /

Knights of Sidonia Episode 11: Hot Piercing Action

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I really wish that Tsumugi had actually gone through with the whole “finishing off Benisuzume with a violent impalement that’s both symbolic and vaguely sexual if you have the mind of a dumb 13 year old” thing. Now the Ninth Planet Crusade has a disappointing lack of Tsumugi piercing a placenta shaped like a girl. That’s something that no anime should be without. Read More »

25 CommentsJoJo's Bizarre Adventure / By Shinmaru /

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 48 – The End of The World (END)

jojos-bizarre-adventure-dio-the-musicalI would pay a pretty penny to attend DIO: The Musical.

Before I get into everything else, I want to say that out of everything in this adaptation of Stardust Crusaders, this particular battle is the part where David Pro absolutely nailed the pacing. Actually, everything seemed to unfold faster than I remember, which is funny considering that DIO’s power operates on Namek Time. Nothing seemed unnecessarily stretched out (unless it involved DIO gloating, which of course means it was absolutely necessary); DIO and Jotaro coming at each other with ridiculous attacks and cautionary strikes was appropriately snappy throughout. The pacing even helped some of the BS things I don’t particularly enjoy about the ending, simply because it glosses over them and doesn’t allow you much time to think about what’s happening. Fun times.

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14 CommentsCode Geass / By Scamp /

Code Geass R2 episodes 13-16 – Come at me bro

come at me broAfter faffing about with those bollocks-less Chinese last arc, it’s great to see the return of a genuinely great villain again. One who when you threaten him calls you out. One who when you shoot him in the chest, he just stands there and laughs at you. There’s that brilliant moment where Zero stands with half the world at his back, broadcasting to everyone on how they plan to take Japan back from Britannia. Only for right at the moment he’s made his big speech, Emperor Fluffy hijacks the stream and in a move that outdoes any piece of grandstanding Zero ever pulled off, stares at Zero and yells “COME AT ME BRO”.

Actually he says “have at me” but that’s basically the aristocrat version of come at me.

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83 CommentsUpcoming Seasons / By Scamp /

Summer 2015 Anime Season Preview

CEt5cg8W8AA48rPThere are a large number of very classy anime coming up this season.

Welcome to The Cart Driver’s world famous seasonal anime season preview, Summer 2015 edition. And by god do I hope it’s better than the Spring edition because boy did last season drain my enthusiasm for anime in general. I had to go back and rewatch the anime this blog was named after for a little pick me up. But hey this season has a brand new anime from Gen Urobuchi of Madoka Magica, Nasu of Fate/Stay Night, and Narita of Baccano/Durarara. So that’s at least 3 new anime worth checking out already, right?

…oh, they’re all working on the same one? Welp, never mind then.

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14 CommentsJoJo's Bizarre Adventure / By Shinmaru /

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 47 – Time Stops for No One

jojos-bizarre-adventure-dio-interrupts-opSomeone please identify the person or people responsible for deciding that DIO should interrupt the OP with his Stand this week, prance around, and get into a ridiculous punch fight with Jotaro, and make certain this person or these people are handsomely rewarded for the rest of their lives. How much delirious laughing must have gone on at the office when this was first pitched? It’s probably a huge pain to make, but totally worth it.

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9 CommentsCode Geass / By Scamp /

Code Geass R2 episodes 9-12 – Evil bollocks-less Chinese

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I need this shot framed.

Boy this current anime season completely kicked my arse. I fell behind in pretty much everything that’s not Blood Blockade and zoned out of anime altogether. Then I remembered the perfect remedy. I was supposed to be rewatching Code Geass! All right it may be the slightly weaker R2 but still, if anything would get me out of the funk, it would be noodle people being racist towards the Chinese.

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