So that’s it. Parasyte is over. I remember thinking the manga ended kinda poorly, basically tying off random loose ends for a while even though the main narrative ended back when Reiko died. Watching the anime version I was surprised at how much content and material there still was after Reiko’s death and started wondering whether my appraisal of the end of the manga was unfair. It turns out I was thinking of material much coser to the end. This episode felt kinda useless in the grand scheme of things and could have been cut down to maybe 2-3 minutes of material.
This episode surprised me a lot, perhaps not in a good way at first. I expected it to go two parts, but both teams went all-out and finished it off in one. Because I haven’t felt any real connection to the Gunpla Academy, I found myself not caring for the final battle so much. I could see cool things happening, and I was glad Team Try Fighters pulled through, but it felt a bit hollow to me. I held back on writing immediately, though, and rewatched the episode after I saw some more positive reaction elsewhere. (Despite how I act here or elsewhere on occasion, I’m always open to the possibility that I’m just plain wrong about something.)
Rewatching the episode didn’t totally change my mind about some things, but I was at least able to appreciate it more as a piece of entertainment.
As soon as I finished this episode and had fastforwarded past the awful ending song like I always do, the first thing I did was go look up what the hell Kabaddi was. Sorry people of Central and South-East Asia, that’s not a thing that exists in Europe nor America, according to some reliable American sources I have spoken to (aka my wife didn’t know what it was either). It’s a sport where you have to run and tag people while not taking a breath in. You prove that you’re not taking any breaths in by constantly muttering kabaddi over and over again. Which makes me thing didgeridoo players must have an unfair advantage since they can do that circular breathing thing where you breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. I’ve tried watching the actual sport but can’t make heads or tales of it, but if you would like to watch large shirtless Indian and Pakistani men like I’ve just spent the last 10 minutes doing then you’re free to do so.
A host of anime of dubious quality stands over the horizon. Gems may hide amongst their ranks while so too do massive turds. Picking the quality out from the trash is a difficult task, and identifying the hype that’s not just from that one guy on the forums who won’t shut up about that one manga he read is equally tough. As the rest of anime fandom decides which of these shiny new titles they feel warrant a closer look, we at The Cart Driver will instead be guessing at which new anime will be popular amongst the collective shitty taste of tens of thousands of people at MyAnimeList.
Yes it’s Fantasy Anime League time again! Each year the good folks at MyAnimeList run a little fantasy league where you try to guess which anime will be popular in the upcoming season. It’s been running steadily since 2007 and now has over 400 people taking part. We like to take part in our own little league here too, taking part in FAL and discussing tactics. Well, a small bit of discussing tactics. Mostly just shit-talking. You too can join in over here and post your team and MAL username in the comments section back here to take part in our mini Cart Driver Commenters League for the dubious honour of being the best at predicting shit taste.
Death Parade confirms what I’ve known for years: That ice skating leads to misery, tears, and mannequins clapping for you. Truly a horrific sport. It’s a shame that it takes up a short amount of the episode’s runtime when compared to its attempts to tie together every other plot thread like a scraggly little bow.
As fun as the previous episode is, this is the real shit right here. And finally — FINALLY! — Jotaro does something more than punch a whole bunch to get a win. (Well, he also glided on Iggy a while back. That was pretty cool.) This is easily Jotaro’s coolest moment, depending on how you feel about the whole fight with DIO. We’ll get to that when it happens, I suppose! This is tough to top, however. Jotaro’s simple but over-the-top psych-out moments have me cracking up every time I think about them. I really like the idea that all Jotaro is using Star Platinum for after he breaks D’Arby’s fingers is lighting cigarettes and fetching drinks. Star Platinum is busy doing stuff, but D’Arby can’t be sure if that’s a distraction or if Jotaro really is just bluffing.
If you can’t outcheat a fella, you may as well out-cool him.
I never really liked the final portion of Parasyte when it came to the manga. It’s something that stuck out to me back when reading the manga that after Reiko died, it mostly spun its wheels while tying up loose ends. It hadn’t bugged me as much while watching the anime which I suppose I should commend the anime for. The humans laying siege to the parasyte headquarters was more exciting for me in anime form. But finally some of my complaints about the latter parts have caught up for me a touch.
OK, I know I’ve said before that I wasn’t that into the romance aspect of Gundam Build Fighters Try, but that was before this episode presented me with a scene of former bitter rivals being happy and building gunpla together KYAAAAAAAAAAAA~~~~~~~~~~ SHIP SHIP SHIP SHIP SHIP