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October Roundup

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Intro intro intro intro…you know, I never know what to write for these things. One of my favourite things about having editing powers over these group posts is I get to change all of Shinmaru and Inushinde’s “color” and “favorite” to “colour” and “favourite”. Gotta wield those admin powers somehow.

What’s Hot

Scamp: Kyosogiga

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That episode 0 is a really poor representation of the show. Please heed my words if you’re feeling unsure after watching that and just start with episode 1. Kyosogiga is a really wonderful show about family and loss all portrayed through this kinetic, colourful world full of ridiculous eccentric characters. There’s such love put into these characters. The creators have given a lot of thought to what each character’s hopes, dreams, fears and their full personality is. Every episode has cycled through each of the key characters so far, revealing their full personality and character. This is all told without ever losing its energy or sense of humour. Considering the show comes from some people desperate to stretch their creative energy after working on endless Precure series, the fact that it’s a pure labour of love from the creators really shines through.

Shinmaru: Samurai Flamenco

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Part of what I love so much about Samurai Flamenco is that it’s so matter of fact about a ridiculous subject: normal people who want to be superheroes. In most cases, I’d probably irritated by such a cheap looking show with a muted colour palette, but here it at least plays into the tone Samurai Flamenco is going for. It is getting just a bit more ridiculous with the latest episode, which features Masayoshi taking a step up in the world of crime fighting and teaming up with an enthusiastic gal who is REALLY into stomping dudes in the junk. (This is definitely one of the few times ball stomping has made me laugh rather than cringe.) And her magical girl wand, which features gas, a mace, and a taser? Good lord, girl! I’m loving the laughs Samurai Flamenco dishes out each week, though I am a bit wary about the future and curious about how the show will grow. There are more elements added by the week — will it go somewhere with all of them, or juggle them and hope for the best? We’ll see. For now, I would just like more ball stomping.

Inushinde: Non Non Biyori

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I was originally going to join Scamp in extolling the virtues of Kyosogiga, but I’ve been doing that already in my posts, and I don’t think people want me drooling over it THAT much. Non Non Biyori has been quietly doing well in its own way, making the inconvenience of clean country seem far preferable to choking down smog in a big, mugger-filled city. It’s consistently low-key and organic in execution, with no particular aspect feeling forced, and it damn well deserves recognition for making a slow-zoom into a little girl’s crying face one of the most heartbreaking moments of the season.

What’s not so Hot

Scamp: Pokemon: The Origin

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Perhaps I’m being a little bit mean here, but from the way people were talking about Pokemon the Origin you’d swear the original Pokemon games were storytelling masterpieces. I am the target audience for Pokemon The Origin. I’ve played every generation of Pokemon as they came out, and yes this did bring back memories of my original game. It reminded me how irritating the battle music was playing the same beedly bee loop over and over again. It reminded me how well the Pokemon TV series did in giving the characters personality. Compare Ash Ketchum to durrr I go get badges now Red. More subtlety but more importantly, compare how each Pokemon in the TV series had a personality versus the blank obeying battle chickens on Origin, which makes the whole love your pokemon story fall flat. As a nostalgia piece sure, Pokemon the Origin reminds you of that original game. Don’t mistake that for it being ‘good’ though, you slaves to memory. Admit it, the best part of Pokemon the Origin was Mega Charizard, the one thing that wasn’t from the original games. How’s that for stomping on your precious nostalgia.

Shinmaru: Coppelion

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Per usual, I didn’t watch enough of something I ha– wait, a second? I actually watched a few episodes of something I disliked enough to write about it here? Well, how about that! Coppelion’s debut is OK; it didn’t totally grab me, but it at least sets up elements that could be interesting (the genetically engineered girls, the world ravaged by radiation, etc.). Everything after that? Ugh. I don’t have problems with shows going for strong emotion, but Coppelion’s second episode tries for WAY too much before I even had a chance to care deeply about the characters and the situation. Instead of being emotional and heartfelt, it comes off as corny. The third episode is mostly silly. I didn’t have as big a problem with the stealth bomber thing as a lot of people did, but it’s still pretty dumb nonetheless. The bigger problem for me is that three episodes in I still didn’t care about the characters or world at all — not even enough to poke fun every week. Dropped with extreme prejudice.

Inushinde: Kyoukai no Kanata

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A girl barely scraping together a living by slaying demons should, in theory, make for an interesting show. It’s when her personality veers schizophrenically between determined hypercompetence and complete ineptitude that the illusion begins to unravel. Despite being the most appealing part of KnK, Mirai absolutely kills the show, and she isn’t helped by a lacklustre supporting cast that spends more time sitting around vomiting attempted witticisms than anything of value. It all contributes to a directionless approach that does little to sell what the series is about; hell, I had to wrack my brain to even get the dimmest idea of what it’s trying. It even does the impossible of making a girl fighting spirits with a sword made from her own blood completely boring. Kyoukai no Kanata sucks.

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38 Comments

  1. Erif
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Vomiting attempted witticisms? Hmm, sounds familiar…

    On Pokemon Orgins: They really just need to make the Pokemon Adventures manga into an anime. That’s the best thing about the Pokemon franchise, sorry to say.

    On Kyoukai no Kanata: Dat animation doe.

    • ex275xx
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 5:55 am | Permalink

      Kill la Kill and Kyousougiga already have good animation this season (and all start with the letter K for some reason), so that doesn’t really save Kyoukai no Kanata. As for Pokemon, yeah the mangas are usually better suited for adapting as an anime rather than the video games. Black and White would be the bes Pokemon video game to adapt, as that actually has a partially decent storyline.

      • Erif
        Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:24 am | Permalink

        Still, that doesn’t mean KnK doesn’t look damn great. I dunno, I was completely agreeing with Inushinde in episodes 1-3, but by episode 5 I’m actually starting to enjoy it, flaws and all. I’ll just let it take me along for the ride.

    • Inushinde
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

      Hey, my vomited attempted witticisms are better.

      • Erif
        Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:28 am | Permalink

        And we love you for them. <3

    • Hanasra
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

      Pokemon Special anime is just like hoping for Fullmetal Panic sequel, or Baccano S2, or Yotsuba&! anime, or Parasyte anime. It is something that would never come unless you collect 7 dragon balls and make wishes with Shen Long.

      • Hanasra
        Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink

        To be honest, Pokemon Special isn’t that good. Sometimes the pacing is horrendous due to catched up with the latest generation. But still the thing is feel more refreshing because they changed the main characters for every arc, and sometimes inject personality to gymbadge bot aka gym leaders. If anything needs to be adapted to a OVA, it’s Electric Tale of Pikachu.

      • Erif
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 1:32 am | Permalink

        nooooo Pokemon Special is great, it’s so perfect in my mind. :/

    • AG
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      KnK has that fluid animation that I’ve been waiting to see kyoani do since I saw those fight scenes in Chuu2 so that makes up for the bland characters and cringey banter.

      Also I can’t see pokemon origins as nothing else but an hour long commercial for XY tbh

  2. Posted November 2, 2013 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Have you looked into the latest Pokemon game, Scamp?

    • Hanasra
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:07 am | Permalink

      He doesn’t have a 3DS right?

    • Scamp
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      I think I might skip this gen. Looking back, I really wasn’t that keen on white at all. The aggressive linearity burned me out.

      • Posted November 2, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

        Black/White 2 was a massive improvement on everything from the previous, and was far less linear. XY has some nonsensically blocked off areas but there is a good amount of divergence.

        It is piss easy, though. And I mean easy enough for a mentally handicapped squirrel to go through with a farfetch’d and ditto. If all the post-game fun didn’t then It would be a waste.

  3. Araby
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    I strongly agree with all of your ‘not’s. Your ‘hot’s, however, should have been Kyosogiga across the board. Anything else is unacceptable.

    • ex275xx
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:41 am | Permalink

      Kyousougiga is shaping up to be the anime of the season, but there are 4-5 other good shows this season and they also deserve praise. Praising only the best show can get a little boring, besides this convinced me to start watching Non Non Biyori.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted November 2, 2013 at 2:12 am | Permalink

        Basically this. I like Kyousougiga more than Samurai Flamenco so far, but Scamp was already going to write about it. If one of us wants to chime in more, then we can always use the comments section!

        Anyway, Kyousougiga is rad and gets radder by the episode.

      • Erif
        Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:22 am | Permalink

        My one problem with Kyousougiga, which is a bit nitpicky, is that it’s now drawing out the exposition rather long, with only ten episodes to boot. It does the exposition well, but they don’t have to have to give each character their own episode, especially in a row. It would have been smarter for them to have weaved the exposition-heavy episodes with episodes devoted to strong plot progression, probably after episode 2. But hey, I’m enjoyin’ it nonetheless.

      • Scamp
        Posted November 2, 2013 at 8:01 am | Permalink

        Heh, if anything I’m the only one of us three who isn’t saying Kyosogiga is the best of the season. My mind alternates between it, Kill la Kill and Samurai Flamenco. But I’m the boss man so I get first choice~

        Plus we can if we really feel like it write about the same show. See that season where we all wrote about how much Maou-sama sucked

  4. Cobrah
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Kyousougiga is far and away my favorite this season, but Samurai Flamenco has been getting better with each episode. Every new member added to the cast has been great and I’m really curious to see what they do with the story, it’s two cours so they have a lot of time to play with.

    I’ve stuck with Coppelion so far just out of curiosity but I kinda hate it. The first episode was fine, but the second went down fast, especially with the dad at the end. You know what would have made his daughter smile? If her dad fucking lived.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

      I probably would have written about Coppelion too if I had watched more, so I just want to say HOLY SHIT YES that moment where the dad decided to die was so fucking stupid

  5. Posted November 2, 2013 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    Coppelion was a total waste of a good premise. I might have been able to stick with it in order to make fun of it if it wasn’t so badly directed, but that didn’t happen. Oh well. At least other shows are impressing, although it’s probably not a good sign when your fourth favorite show of the season is Kanata (hehehe).

    Not sure what you guys think about this one, and I said this on Twitter, but Galilei Donna is really starting to lose me. That awful fourth episode just killed almost all of my investment in the show.

  6. ANON
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    hmm surprisingly, out of the 19 (and counting) shows I’m watching this season, not 1 series comes close to making me feel “I can’t wait for next week’s episode”.

    If I had to choose, I’d probably say that the series that I look forward to every week is, surprisingly, blue steel, mainly because of the battles :D

    • Erif
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:25 am | Permalink

      Probably need to drop something, bro.

  7. Erif
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Sometimes I can’t see new comments. Do you have to upload the site periodically to see them or is there something wrong with my browser?

    Also, I can see them if I make a new comment myself, which explains this comment.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:23 am | Permalink

      It’s been a problem on the site for a while. Not sure exactly why it happens. All it takes is a refresh to update the site, though, which is why you see other comments when you make a new comment.

      • Erif
        Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:30 am | Permalink

        Expect several “yeahs” to be popping up in the comment section as of now.

      • Posted November 2, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

        Yeah…

      • ANON
        Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

        and here I thought it was a problem on my end.

        ctrl+f5 always does the trick for me.

    • Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:05 am | Permalink

      For me, I has to force a refresh, telling my browser to clear the cache, by pressing Shift + F5 in Mozilla Firefox. For some other browsers, it’s Ctrl + F5. If not, I might get confused into thinking that I am the first or second commenter.
      I wonder if Scamp/somebody fiddled with the coding recently, because it wasn’t like this in the past.

  8. Hanasra
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Pokemon: The Origin is indeed not so hot. It’s a game packed into 4 episode-lenght special. Not only Pokemon, the gym leaders hardly got any personality and appearance. But the things that really pleases me is not the nostalgia jerking/pandering, but to see a Pokemon anime that did not feature either or both Ash and Pikachu. They should try to animated Dengeki Pikachu/Electric Tale of Pikachu instead if they want to keep their Ash.

  9. Johnny Joestar
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Besides Kill la Kill and Kyousougiga this is one of those backlog seasons, I think.

  10. Nebulous
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    But Valvrave S2…..

  11. Posted November 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Weirdest thing about Samurai Flamenco is that each of the ‘supporting’ characters(that aren’t Masayoshi) somehow clash in a different way with Masayoshi’s ideal hero.
    Gotou represents irrelevance, Jouji represents being reappropritated from a symbol and becoming a fad, and Mari represents moral corruption and exhibitionism. plus yuri

    I’m obsessing about this show; I want it to succeed really bad, because it’s just as earnest as it’s eponymous lead.

  12. Nagisa33
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    This season has been fantastic because almost every show gets me fired up! I’m watching Kill la Kill, Kyousou Giga (TV), Golden Time, and Samurai Flamenco and all of them deliver for different reasons. It’s a toss up between Kill la Kill or Samurai Flamenco as my favorite. The latest episode of Flamenco really made me laugh with Mari and her magical girl insanity. Heck, a lot of the characters have a few screws loose but that adds to the enjoyment. I was a bit nervous that Kill la Kill would stick to the “monster of the week” route for a while but I’m glad it didn’t. It’s great that latest episode shows that there’s something brewing under the surface. Also, Nudist Beach!? I haven’t heard an organization name that silly since “Topless” in Diebuster.

    Monogatari Series: Second Season is continuing strong and I think it’s the best in the franchise. Besides the current season offerings I’m watching The Legend of Black Heaven and Hajime no Ippo.

    It’s a great time to watch anime!

  13. SENSEISHUN
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    I have to like pokemon origins even if I am considered “a slave of memory.” I don’t even care about mega charizard its just the fact that he WINS. Red does everything he says he is going to do. Ash looses year after year after year, new pokemon same shit. At least Red manages to “catch’em all.” Got to give respect for that at the very least. Fuck Ash and his personality.

    • Nagisa33
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      That’s what I enjoyed about it as well. Red achieves his goals while Ash doesn’t win (doesn’t age) and has the same pikachu looking all kawaii. Team Rocket was actually threatening. The Pokemon battles seemed more fluid or believable. There was biting and charmadner’s flame almost went out. The mega evolution was the icing on the cake to a enjoyable show.

  14. TheVoid
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    I hate the Pokemon anime and especially Ash and his subpar Pikachu who still gets treated like it’s some big deal by Team Rocket even though it’s garbage. The fact that Pokemon don’t stupidly say their names and Team Rocket actually did kill pokemon like in the games is a plus as well.

  15. Erif
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    yeah

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