To fill space in lieu of Aldnoah-dot-Zero not being very bloggable, I’m going to resume something I did on my old blog and write weekly about an episode of any show that does something good, bad, or just distinct enough to warrant analyzing. This week, SAOII Episode 3 has Sinon reduced from a potentially interesting figure to a gibbering wreck at the sight of a delinquent girl making her fingers into a gun, proving that Sword Art Online is the best at rendering otherwise fine concepts offensive to all sensibilities when filtered through the lens of Kawahara Reki. Read More
Shinmaru: Man, when this little guy said he wanted to “pick Joseph Joestar’s brain,” I thought he just wanted to interview him!
I remember this being one of my favorite Stand fights in this part because it’s so different from the norm. As good as JoJo is when it presents a good puzzle for its grapplers to solve before they can beat the shit out of the opponent, I like it more when the story strays a bit and shows off a more unorthodox fight. It’s a simple idea: Steely Dan can’t be punched because that damage will be paid back with interest to whomever his Stand has invaded. His Stand is weak physically, but the psychological control that threat represents makes his Stand actually worth a shit. Along with these weirder fights, I enjoy the JoJo battles where the heroes come up against a Stand that theoretically should be really dumb and weak, but because of the way it’s used it’s actually dangerous.
Fantasy Anime League is over for another season. The bi-annual game of predicting MAL’s horrible taste in anime has concluded. Some people finished right up near the top of the table. Others competed for the prestigious rank right down the bottom. Others finished in a disappointing mid-table and totally did not delay in writing this post due to his embarrassment at such a poor showing. Nope. Absolutely not.
Silva: You remember what the rules are, right, Killua?
Killua: Yes, Father. I especially remember that it’s dangerous to seek a wish from Alluka after something especially largely has been granted just prior. What did the last person ask for, by the way?
Silva: For Kurapika and Leorio to have larger roles in the series.
Shinmaru: Poor Polnareff. He will never be able to think about restrooms the same way again. Anime rarely delves into the consequences of the battles our heroes engage in. Sure, they’ll show the physical damage, but what about the psychological damage? Will Polnareff ever again be able to take a dump without thinking about zombies trying to stab him with their tongues? Or zombie babies crawling around and humping legs? I’m surprised one of the zombies didn’t crawl through the toilet at some point just to dig the phobia deeper in Polnareff’s brain. Think about going to the bathroom and then … well, I’ll let your imaginations complete that thought. It’s not a pretty scenario, though. I’m not sure I’d ever use a restroom again.