2 CommentsMushishi / By Scamp /

Mushishi season 2 episode 3 – Killing little girls

Mushishi Zoku Shou - 03 - Large 02Scamp: One thing I’ve always rather liked about Mushishi is how slow, smooth and deliberate all the movement is animated. I’m not an animation expert, but I think what they’re doing is upping the frame rate whenever some actual movement occurs. It gives everything a more ethereal feel. It’s hard to explain. You know those scenes with the girl and her robot from Clannad? They never made any sense, but I always rather liked them for the other-worldly feel the smooth animation gave off.

Oh gawd, have I just compared Mushishi to Clannad? Come to think of it, this episode did involve killing little girls so maybe this comparison isn’t as far off as it originally sounded.

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15 CommentsFantasy Anime League / By Scamp /

Fantasy Anime League – Mid-table mediocrity confirmed

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 02 [480p].mkv_snapshot_07.55_[2014.04.15_23.31.46]A guaranteed MAL success if there ever was one.

Three weeks have passed since FAL started and for some of us the race for top and bottom respectively have started heating up. For the rest of us though, mid-table mediocrity has been guaranteed from day one. All we can hope for is to not finish in the bottom half. It’s ironic that this post was delayed because I was hooked on Football Manager because if the person managing my team were a football manager, they’d be gone the way of Moyes by now.

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46 CommentsJoJo's Bizarre Adventure / By Scamp /

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 3 – Dangerously Sexy

nisemonogatari eat your heart outScamp: Nisemonogatari eat your heart out. Jojo’s did it first. Jojo’s did everything first.

Before we get onto the episode itself, I want to first comment on how absolutely genius the choice of ED for this season’s of Jojo’s is. The anime world was waiting with baited breath (well, the anime world who watch Jojo’s, and by extrapolation the anime world with taste, was watching with baited breath) to see what they could do to top Roundabout from last season. They teased us with two weeks of no-show and then finally dropped it this week. I won’t spoil in case you’re one of those idiots who starts reading these things before watching the episode, but I love how the comment section on its youtube video already exploded with Jojo’s memes, much like the video for Roundabout did. It might not be as good a song as Roundabout nor do lead-in music, but in terms of making a witty joke about the content of your story, this deserves 11/10. Whoever chose this deserves a raise.

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9 CommentsHunter X Hunter / By Shinmaru /

Hunter x Hunter 125 – BUG STOMPIN’

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Before we get to OLD MAN SLAPPING AROUND THE YOUNGINS, I want to say that I love how this arc is playing with what each characters knows and the assumptions they make under pressure due to that knowledge. This week it’s Pitou who has way too many worries: The possibility that Gon has discovered Pouf’s plot and will betray their agreement at any moment, protecting Komugi for the King’s happiness, making sure the King doesn’t get killed, etc. There’s so much information to process, but Pitou has been isolated, so making proper sense of what’s going on isn’t possible.

I don’t know how much stronger Gon has become, but without evidence suggesting otherwise, I can only operate under the assumption that he is still weaker than Neferpitou. But he clearly has the mental advantage right now. He’s focused on one thing: waiting Pitou out and then battle. Pitou has to think about keeping Komugi safe, keeping the King safe, making sure their plans fall apart, and defense against Gon. Which of those receives priority? Gon isn’t the type of person to kill or even attack Komugi — even in this state of mind I believe that about him — but Pitou doesn’t know that. Maybe Pitou could have believed that once and played upon that, but with Gon like this? Not so much.

 

Right now, Pitou is like a cornered ca– *is drawn and quartered before pun could be completed*

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7 CommentsMushishi / By Scamp /

Mushishi Season 2 episode 2 – Dye the sea red

Mushishi Zoku Shou - 02 - Large 02Scamp: Mushishi is an incredible show guys. I know I say it a lot, and will probably be saying it a lot as myself and Inushinde cover it, but it truly is an incredible show. If you’re just glancing at this feeling disgruntled that we’re covering a sequel to a show you haven’t seen before and therefore can’t follow along, do yourself a favour and drop everything to watch the first season. Or heck, just jump straight into season 2. You don’t need any prior knowledge whatsoever. There isn’t a plot. The special episode that was released in January is an excellent starting point to the franchise as a whole. Go watch it now.

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18 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

Nanananananananana’s Buried Treasure episode 1 – Noitaminanananananana

noitamina lolThis sure is a positive direction to take the Noitamina block. I remember back in the day when it hosted award winning josei manga adaptations which otherwise weren’t getting made into anime, or ambitious high concept original sci-fi anime. Nobody wanted that though. What we wanted was an upskirt shot of a dark-skinned KanaHana(nanananana) voiced maid. Yes, stop lying to yourselves you elitists. This is what you actually wanted. Isn’t it wonderful?

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21 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Inushinde /

Knights of Sidonia Episode 1: The Characters Look Like Fish-People

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The Innsmouth Look aside, I haven’t slobbered over anything this much just from the first episode since Penguindrum. What really managed to sell the series for me is two really brief scenes, and how it makes them work in conjunction with each other to create a vibrant, breathing world with only a few minutes of natural dialogue. It’s proof that exposition and dodgy CG mechs being groped by tentacles can live in perfect harmony. I feel like a kid in a candy store, except the candy is subtly-woven exposition and tentacles. Read More »

27 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

Ping Pong episode 1 – China saves the show

Ping Pong - 01 - Large 05Anime fandom needs to upgrade how it talks about the visuals in an anime. When I see people talk about the animation in Ping Pong, it’s pretty evident that they’re not using the phrase correctly and are referring to something different. While I’ve got my nark on, we also need to upgrade how we discuss the writing in anime too, since ‘plot’ and  ‘writing’ are two whole separate things. I’m hardly an expert on how anime production goes, but I can at least try to differentiate what parts of something I liked and disliked. I’m going to do that now with Ping Pong. Take notes children.

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