20 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Inushinde /

The Focus Problem of Mayoiga: Why Lovepon is the Only Good Thing About the Show

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Mayoiga has a significant problem between it and staying good, and it’s that everyone isn’t Lovepon. This may seem like a joke meant to further my virulent pro-Lovepon agenda and her insistence on executing everything that looks at her funny, but it is something that dramatically reduces the joy that I get from watching socially incapable idiots bumbling their way into solving a mystery. As Mayoiga shows them not only trying to be capable, but actually achieving capability, some of the magic is beginning to wear off. The characters are the show’s best feature, and it stepping away from the deranged interactions of the first couple of episodes to add to the plot isn’t doing it any favors.  Read More »

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 6 – Muscly women

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri - 06 - Large 27I loved her before it was cool. I think part of what made the whole scene great was the pointlessness of it too. She didn’t need to take off her jacket to pull back that lever but, on the other hand, she definitely needed to take off her jacket to pull that lever. Araki evidently has a thing for toned ladies given the incredible six pack Mikasa got in the anime version. He’s a man after my own heart. I will admit I am biased. I married a soldier so I have a thing for women with impressive musculature. But when an anime lady has defined muscles like this rather than the stick thin boring featureless bodies, I personally find that so much hotter. Not even just hot but also impressive in an attention to detail sort of way. It shows an animator somewhere has attended a life drawing class at some point and know how to draw muscles. People also just look more human too. You can often tell this with erotic material especially. The difference is seriously noticeable between someone who has taken life drawing and someone who hasn’t. Seriously, if you’re an aspiring artist, go take some life drawing classes.

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 5 – Smoke monsters

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri - 05 - Large 36I quite enjoyed the bit at the start where the main character showed these new guns and weapons he had built using the remains of the kabane. That’s some real Xcom shit right there. Grabbing the corpses of your enemies, not really understanding them, but deciding the best thing to do is to strap parts of them to your weapons so you can create even more alien corpses. I like the feeling of technological development over the course of the show. It’s similar to well done character development in that there’s a real sense of satisfaction when you can see how far they’ve come. Not many anime do that so it’s nice to see Kabaneri giving it a minor shot. I’ve now got an image of some kind of Kabaneri video game. A turn based tactics game where you upgrade your train as you go forward, making sure you don’t wear out your Kabaneri less you lose them.

Hang on get me a pen I need to write this all down.

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 4 – Steam powered bows

vlcsnap-2016-05-12-22h11m51s179How exactly did we end up with a kabane that is like 10 feet tall anyway? Given that he has this big growth coming out of his shoulder, I think you’re supposed to infer that in becoming a kabane he has somehow mutated. But I feel like his body proportions should be a lot more messed up if that was the case. Perhaps he was just a really tall man anyway, even before the kabane attacked. Just because we’re in the post apocalypse doesn’t mean freakishly tall people don’t still exist. Representation is important don’t you know. As a tall person I feel criminally under-represented in anime. Like I get Japanese people are smaller than average, but when “tall” in anime means someone who just about passes the 180 cm mark, I can’t help but feel marginalised. Now I know what it’s like for women with larger body shapes.

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16 CommentsKabaneri of the Iron Fortress / By Scamp /

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 3 – Zombie Vampires

vlcsnap-2016-05-01-17h08m18s492I call bullshit on the scene at the start of this episode. Ikoma is trying to disagree with Mumei so to shut him up she kicks him in the balls. Except as we’ve already established he apparently can’t feel pain. Hence kicking him in the balls shouldn’t cause him to curl up into the fetal position. If she had punched him in the nose I could have bought it because his face is still human and being hit in the nose hurts a lot. Perhaps the best explanation here is that he’s only just become a Kabaneri and therefore wincing from being kicked in the family jewels is a subconscious reaction. Or alternatively this is part of a revelation that kabane can still totally bone each other.

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 2 – Featureless best friend

vlcsnap-2016-04-24-14h47m58s376My secret favourite character in Kabaneri might be the main character’s dorky friend. Where everyone else in this show has super pretty character designs with unique distinguishing features, this guy looks like some background dude you only see once. Like some guy who was running away from the Kabane, slipped on a banana peel and was swarmed over by the oncoming horde. His design reminds me of Biscuit from Iron Blooded Orphans except without the part where he spends the entire show diligently raising death flags.

(In case you weren’t clued in, this episode was delayed a week thanks to the earthquake(s) that hit Japan. If you happened to watch the episode a week early, that was because some Chinese streaming company posted it a week early. I could have downloaded that version, but it had English subtitles grafted over the Chinese ones and that sounded horrible. The show looks quite nice overall and I don’t want to have two sets of subtitles blocking everything.)

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21 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

Spring 2016 Anime first impressions part 3

Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou - 01 - Large 31Final batch of first impressions for the season. Or second impressions? Or in some cases third impressions since various episode 3s have already started coming out. Damnit this is all your fault Big Order. Why you got to be so fashionably late? Who do you think you are, pre-Guilty Crown Noitamina?

(I kinda miss when Noitamina anime all aired last. It gave you this one cool thing to look forward to. It was the light at the end of the tunnel while all the other anime turned out crap. I’m pretty sure the real reason for Noitamina’s drop in quality is when they started airing at the same time as everything else.)

(That all said, Noitamina seem to be having a good 2016. Good for them! The anime world is a better place when Noitamina is doing well.)

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 1 – Attack on Trains

imageHere we have a steampunk anime set in a world where everyone is stuck behind giant walls to escape from man-eating monsters that look like horribly deformed humans. Our main character is angry at the world for hiding behind these walls, being afraid of ever breaking out from this layer of fear that sits over everyone. It has an overall theme of breaking free of fear, pushing outside of your zone of comfort where you never move forward, ignoring the fear of your peers who want to remain in their comfortable holes, lashing out at anyone who dare challenge this way of the world as they fear what might happen if they try to leave the walls.

Yes it’s a new season of Attack on T…rains. Attack on Trains.

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