12 CommentsFate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works / By Inushinde /

Unlimited Blade Works Episode 2: Unlimited Exposition Works (And Rin’s Ass)

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Did you want Kirei to walk exposition circles? Well here’s Kirei walking exposition circles. That Fate/Zero magic is back in force. Read More »

25 CommentsFantasy Anime League / By Scamp /

Fantasy Anime League Fall 2014 week 2 – 20 year-old manga adaptations are hits

parasyte preggersTwo weeks into Fantasy Anime League and it’s time to check in on how you’re doing. Did you get it all right and correctly predicted that MAL would love a fine collection of light novel adaptations, or did you somehow not realise that an adaptation of a 20 year old manga by a slowly dying studio would still somehow end up being the most popular show of the season?

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13 CommentsPsycho Pass / By Scamp /

Psycho Pass season 2 episode 2 – Badassery comes with bad lungs

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Akane smokes now. Mai waifu has been ruined.

Actually I find this to be a really interesting reveal for her character. She definitely didn’t smoke last season. It fit her more straight-out-of-college naive young adult look. It seems like she’s picked up the habit from Kougami. If anything it wasn’t even made clear whether she puts the cigarettes in her mouth or just leaves them there to burn as a way of soothing her nerves. She seems uncomfortable that she’s picked up the habit but it also appears to be like a coping mechanism. After Akane – Badass Super Woman last episode started to border a touch on parody, it’s great to see some weakness and flaws in her character too. Becoming that badass takes its toll on a person, and one of those tolls are on your lungs.

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20 CommentsParasyte / By Scamp /

Parasyte episode 2 – Dickhand

vlcsnap-2014-10-16-10h57m37s150My demands for a Parasyte adaptation are pretty lenient. There were only two scenes I really wanted in. Firstly the one from the very start where the man’s head splits into 10 different jaws and bites off his wife’s head. The second was dickhand. We sort of got dickhand, in about as uncensored a fashion as we were possibly going to get. Plus it was accompanied with a very silly sound effect, like someone letting all the air out of a balloon. So I’m happy. You can now turn Migi into the latest idol sensation if you want. Heck I might actually play that Love Live phone rhythm game if you could choose Migi as one of the idols.

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12 CommentsGundam Build Fighters / By Shinmaru /

Gundam Build Fighters Try 2 – My Fists Are Some Talky Bastards

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More evidence that Sekai is a distant ancestor of G Gundam‘s Domon Kasshu. Or an alternate version? Or his mind transferred in a child’s body? I don’t totally understand how these alternate Gundam universes work.

Going off on a tangent here: I love Build Fighters, but I never quite understood the Gundam Battle system works. Like, I get what it’s actually doing — projecting the figures into a virtual environment to make the battles more immersive without being actually dangerous — but the specifics elude me. What are the pilots actually seeing when they’re in the “pilot’s seat” controlling their machine? Are they limited to the view from the Gundam? Or do they see the world projected in front of them? What the hell are the figures doing that whole time? They’re doing SOMETHING because the big joke after all is that they’re getting destroyed in this virtual world (with pilots screaming as their robots are blown up, natch), but they emerge in reality with a leg broken off or whatever as the pilot sobs in agony. (Which is ALWAYS funny, by the way, especially if someone is super dramatic about it. Then again, if someone broke one of my figures …)

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25 CommentsFate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works / By Inushinde /

Unlimited Blade Works Episode 1: Shirou is Actually Okay Kind Of

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As The Cart Driver’s resident Type Moon expert (having actually read a Type Moon thing or two at some point, and not just to giggle at the sex scenes), I feel it’s my solemn duty to throw aside such promising fare as Cross Ange and Denki-gai to write about this little-known “Unlimited Blade Works” thing on a weekly basis. That, and despite its verbosity, I find a lot to like here. Make no mistake, Unlimited Blade Works’ first episode is verbose as fuck. It’s nearly 50 minutes of straight talking/Shirou following, though doesn’t suffer too much for it, thanks to the art form that ufotable’s turned distilling Nasu’s work into. Read More »

10 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

Shirobako episode 1 – Drag racing

Shirobako - 01 - Large 09My favourite part of this episode was the 5 minutes of fake-out at the beginning. You thought it was going to be a story about a bunch of high school girls in a club together being aggressively happy about everything, telling the story of an idealised youth. You know, that same story PA Works have been telling time and time again since Hanasaku Iroha? And then suddenly 5 minutes in it shifts to an adult office working environment crossed with some Initial D for good measure.

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13 CommentsFirst Impressions, Psycho Pass / By Scamp /

Psycho Pass season 2 episode 1 – Girl Force

[HorribleSubs] PSYCHO-PASS 2 - 01 [480p].mkv_snapshot_04.16_[2014.10.09_19.13.03]At the end of the first season of Psycho Pass, Akane had gone through a pretty significant shift. She had gone from this nervous rookie to a badass who jumped onto the side of moving trucks. Her more naive view of the world was broken but she kept her ideals and continued to fight for them, realising what it is she found important. It’s really worth remembering that before jumping into the first episode of this new season of Psycho Pass because apparently Akane is now the most badass mofo ever to walk the streets of future Tokyo. Staring down killer robots, cooly stepping to one side and blowing it up without flinching. I know she went through pretty significant character development in season 1 but holy shit that year between seasons has really turned Akane into a hardened ass-kicking policewoman.

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