Eat shit, Squid Girl, you’re no longer the most moe cephalopod in Cartoon Land. This is Ikalgo Country now.
No, seriously, some good plot stuff happens in this episode, but how could I possibly lead with anything other than this cute little guy being totally adorable? Just look at him rub at his eyes because he’s so overwhelmed with emotion at finally having a friend (who is a ridiculously muscled child assassin). How could one’s heart not be moved by something so wonderfully cute? (If your heart by some chance is not moved, then you’re fired. I don’t even care that I am not technically your boss. You are fired. If you don’t have a job yet, then the next time you get a job, you are immediately fired.)
Remember, dear readers: When you get a friend, you probably won’t be as cute as this. But you might come close.
Slightly late monthly roundup, but I’ve been on holiday and am now moving country to start a new job. It’s all very exciting and hectic. Don’t worry about the blog disappearing or anything. Hey, I got out that season preview on-time and as in-depth as always, didn’t I?
What’s that? I missed Strange+, D-Frag and Buddy Complex from the new TV series list? Well shut up we’ve got a monthly roundup to do.
Fuck, now denoting which is which is going to get even more annoying.
There’s one thing that I can say about Kyosogiga, aside from it being one of the best series of the year so far. Or that the relationship between Yase and Lady Koto is one of the most precious mother/daughter relationships in the medium, despite their interactions being constrained to half an episode’s flashbacks. Or that Lady Koto herself is gorgeous, with those looks being used to make her motherly, rather than sensuous. Well okay, there are several things that I can say about it, but the one that stands out at me the most is that it’s a series that really knows how to keep itself deliberately mysterious, without being obtuse.
There’s a method to Kyosogiga’s madness, though I don’t think anyone not working on the staff is qualified to discern it. This is a series that simply doesn’t lend itself well to speculation. That’s a good thing, since it means the series is letting itself be truly unpredictable, while spurting enough sticky content down our eager throats to keep us satiated until the next episode. After the abrupt tonal shift toward the end, I can comfortably also say that I have no fucking idea where it’s going. And I’m kind of okay with that. Read More
I knew it. Of course the infamous Gorilla incident didn’t happen. As soon as the episode began we had the director shout out “aaaaand cut” as the camera pulled back slightly to reveal the set. A man in a gorilla costume with a guillotine in the middle took off the head and complained about how sweaty he was. Some stage hands were seen rolling the projector that created the image of King Torture. Goto licked the the fake cocaine off his fingers, which was actually just sugar. Then Menco started licking the sugar off Goto’s fingers and then they started furiously kissing each other and then the Flamenco Girls all threw off their clothes and started having a sensuous threesome and then and then and then…
What the hell is going on in this damn show?
This is not a penis.
A worthy first battle, and Ryuuko and Senketsu choose probably the clearest path to victory — getting invited in for a little private time with Gamagoori. Some nice Trojan Horseplay from Senketsu in getting Gamagoori’s guard down by reverting back to the at rest form and annoying Gamagoori into trying to finish this shit off on his own. If you can’t get past the ultimate defense on your own, then you find a way in by any means necessary, yeah? Never expose your soft innards, Gamagoori, you silly goose! But, yes, a fun fight. I like how Ryuuko goes for the obvious ploy right away and Gamagoori immediately counters it, since I bet that’s what everyone thought about after seeing Gamagoori’s power in the previous episode. It’s a nice bonus that it players into his character and the nature of his power.
This episode, guys. Yeesh. I thought the tension last episode while Knov started his sneaking mission was good, but god damn. Everything in Knov’s part of the episode shows the physical and psychological toll of going against these super-powerful Chimera Ants. It’s easy to forget, since they’ve mostly been hanging out and playing games and whatnot for a while now, but these are some fucking scary creatures. Even having only observed them from afar, Knov knows that if he’s caught, he has no chance of surviving. That’s it. Every move has to be precise. Every precaution must be taken. Knov has to be as aware as possible while simultaneously diminishing his own presence as much as he can. I imagine that physical paradox must be what be what makes Knov so exhausted and on edge as he makes his way into the palace.
It seems as if it has been forever since the previous FAL post, but it has been but a little more than a month. Maybe it seems longer because we’re all so engaged and fighting for higher stakes than ever before! We’re still clawing away (well, those of us not named Scamp are, anyway), but it appears as if you readers have gained the upper hand in the battle to decide who blogs what for Winter 2014. Good on you, and please don’t give me anything too shitty. Thank you in advance.