13 CommentsKabaneri of the Iron Fortress / By Scamp /

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 4 – Steam powered bows

vlcsnap-2016-05-12-22h11m51s179How exactly did we end up with a kabane that is like 10 feet tall anyway? Given that he has this big growth coming out of his shoulder, I think you’re supposed to infer that in becoming a kabane he has somehow mutated. But I feel like his body proportions should be a lot more messed up if that was the case. Perhaps he was just a really tall man anyway, even before the kabane attacked. Just because we’re in the post apocalypse doesn’t mean freakishly tall people don’t still exist. Representation is important don’t you know. As a tall person I feel criminally under-represented in anime. Like I get Japanese people are smaller than average, but when “tall” in anime means someone who just about passes the 180 cm mark, I can’t help but feel marginalised. Now I know what it’s like for women with larger body shapes.

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 3 – Zombie Vampires

vlcsnap-2016-05-01-17h08m18s492I call bullshit on the scene at the start of this episode. Ikoma is trying to disagree with Mumei so to shut him up she kicks him in the balls. Except as we’ve already established he apparently can’t feel pain. Hence kicking him in the balls shouldn’t cause him to curl up into the fetal position. If she had punched him in the nose I could have bought it because his face is still human and being hit in the nose hurts a lot. Perhaps the best explanation here is that he’s only just become a Kabaneri and therefore wincing from being kicked in the family jewels is a subconscious reaction. Or alternatively this is part of a revelation that kabane can still totally bone each other.

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 2 – Featureless best friend

vlcsnap-2016-04-24-14h47m58s376My secret favourite character in Kabaneri might be the main character’s dorky friend. Where everyone else in this show has super pretty character designs with unique distinguishing features, this guy looks like some background dude you only see once. Like some guy who was running away from the Kabane, slipped on a banana peel and was swarmed over by the oncoming horde. His design reminds me of Biscuit from Iron Blooded Orphans except without the part where he spends the entire show diligently raising death flags.

(In case you weren’t clued in, this episode was delayed a week thanks to the earthquake(s) that hit Japan. If you happened to watch the episode a week early, that was because some Chinese streaming company posted it a week early. I could have downloaded that version, but it had English subtitles grafted over the Chinese ones and that sounded horrible. The show looks quite nice overall and I don’t want to have two sets of subtitles blocking everything.)

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21 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

Spring 2016 Anime first impressions part 3

Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou - 01 - Large 31Final batch of first impressions for the season. Or second impressions? Or in some cases third impressions since various episode 3s have already started coming out. Damnit this is all your fault Big Order. Why you got to be so fashionably late? Who do you think you are, pre-Guilty Crown Noitamina?

(I kinda miss when Noitamina anime all aired last. It gave you this one cool thing to look forward to. It was the light at the end of the tunnel while all the other anime turned out crap. I’m pretty sure the real reason for Noitamina’s drop in quality is when they started airing at the same time as everything else.)

(That all said, Noitamina seem to be having a good 2016. Good for them! The anime world is a better place when Noitamina is doing well.)

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress episode 1 – Attack on Trains

imageHere we have a steampunk anime set in a world where everyone is stuck behind giant walls to escape from man-eating monsters that look like horribly deformed humans. Our main character is angry at the world for hiding behind these walls, being afraid of ever breaking out from this layer of fear that sits over everyone. It has an overall theme of breaking free of fear, pushing outside of your zone of comfort where you never move forward, ignoring the fear of your peers who want to remain in their comfortable holes, lashing out at anyone who dare challenge this way of the world as they fear what might happen if they try to leave the walls.

Yes it’s a new season of Attack on T…rains. Attack on Trains.

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Sakamoto desu ga? Episode 1: Sitting on an Atomic Nothing Waiting For It to Go Off


It’s amazing what an injection of self awareness can do for making a shitty trend palatable again. I find it way better for the show to want me laughing at its lead, rather than it unintentionally encouraging me to do so. At least then I know that an adult had a part in writing it.
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Spring 2016 Anime first impressions part 2

Bakuon!! - 01 - Large 33Don’t ask.

Next batch of first impressions. A touch less impressive than the last bunch with a few disappointments in there, but still an exciting season so far. Even if the ones I’ve enjoyed most so far have been the dumb comedies with cute girls and the serious manly anime have been a bit disappointing. I think I’m turning into Inushinde.

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Spring 2016 Anime first impressions part 1

imageNew season and already like 20 things have aired. Here’s a post about only 5 of them. I’m catching up slowly, I swear. I still haven’ watched the last episodes of a few things from last season. But there’s new shiny stuff to watch so who cares about the old anime.

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