Right, time to blog an episode on time for a change. This hasn’t happened in bloody ages but with Letter Bee it should be. No waiting for lazy, Aion playing fansubbers. Now we have Crunchyroll subbers. Or Horriblesubs rips, which according to the poll I ran last week appears to be choice of most Letter Bee watchers.
I don’t know if it was just me but it didn’t seem like an awful lot actually happened in this episode. Lad drops off Niche, realises mistake, Niche breaks out, Lag kills giant but and Niche becomes Lag’s Dingo. It seemed quite slowly paced and yet when I went back to the episode I couldn’t really pick out anywhere where obvious time-wasting methods were being used. There were no random panning shots of the admittedly beautiful scenery, no staring contests between two characters. The most I could see were some unimportant banter between side characters. Maybe after years off trying to stay behind the Naruto and Bleach manga’s, Pierrot have finally perfected the method of drawing out limited material. However, since Letter Bee is generally quite melancholic and quiet it, oddly enough, actually suits the general atmosphere of the series.
This episode was certainly an improvement from the last one, mainly thanks to the increased screentime devoted to Niche. You know what she reminds me off? A Claymore. What made me enjoy Claymore the most, even more than the kick-ass fights, awesome soundtrack and godly animation animation done by Madhouse, was how creepy those semi-human creatures were. There was always a fine balance kept with trying to work out how human Claymores actually were. The same certainly applies to Niche. She has that dead, emotionless expression combined with super-human powers and total lack of embarrassment. What makes her more interesting is that there is a level of childish to her decision making process. It’s still applied with logic that a Claymore would but through logic only a child would arrive at.
The main driving plot point in this anime is…what exactly? I mean, Lag is going to become a Letter Bee, that should only take 2 more episodes at most, unless he meets another undelivered loli along the way. I assume Gauche is going to come back into the story at some point so will the story focus on his attempts to become Head Bee and enable his sister to live in the centre land…momentarilly fogotten it’s name…ah it’s Akatsuki! I so didn’t look that up. Anyway, will there be any focus whatsoever on the Maka, that creature in the picture above that part of inhabits Niche (even more similarities with Claymores right there). My thought was that the main focus of the story would be that the main focus would eventually lead back to whatever evil organisation took Lag’s mum. Yikes, there’s a lot left to cover and at Letter Bee’s current pace, I bloody well hope that this will last more than the 13 episodes I predicted it would in the last episode.
I suppose you can’t blame the locals for calling it Brocoli forest can you. But what on earth is ‘Love Someone Down’ supposed to mean? The mangaka sure loves to toss in random engrish phrases, sometime even making up brand new words. Although I must admit I do like the name the little mascot guy has. Steak just fits him to a tee.
The results of the poll I ran in the last episode were pretty interesting for a variety of reasons. First off, about half of the people said they watched Letter Bee streamed on some other site. This affirms my belief that many others don’t seem to realise: Loads of anime watchers haven’t got a clue how to download anime or even why they should download anime. I’ve been toying with the idea of posting something telling noobs how to download anime but it ended up being one of those posts I never, ever get around to actually working on. The other interesting piece of info was that only 3 people said they had Crunchyroll membership, one of them being my own vote. Why is nobody using Crunchyroll and their revolutionising of online anime? If it’s region restrictions then I totally understand and feel your pain. I’m a bit surprised at how many people dislike Crunchyroll. I may bitch about their subs on occasion but I fully support the change they are trying to bring about to anime online. And this is another thing that I believe a lot of these stream-site viewers don’t realise either. At the risk of sounding like an ANNaphile, you have to support the industries. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and spend your entire account on dvd’s but dear god, it costs barely anything to get yourself a Crunchyroll account and they even give you a free 2-week trial so you can cancel if you think they are truly shit. Besides, I’d say about half of you would have your parents paying for it anyway.
I better stop now before I start going overboard and my tone gets self-righteous. I don’t want to turn people away from the blog because I sound like an snobby twat. At the very least, we can all agree that this episode was an improvement from the last and that any and every anime could be improved by the inclusion of a deadly, Claymore-esque loli.