Shinmaru: Poor Polnareff. He will never be able to think about restrooms the same way again. Anime rarely delves into the consequences of the battles our heroes engage in. Sure, they’ll show the physical damage, but what about the psychological damage? Will Polnareff ever again be able to take a dump without thinking about zombies trying to stab him with their tongues? Or zombie babies crawling around and humping legs? I’m surprised one of the zombies didn’t crawl through the toilet at some point just to dig the phobia deeper in Polnareff’s brain. Think about going to the bathroom and then … well, I’ll let your imaginations complete that thought. It’s not a pretty scenario, though. I’m not sure I’d ever use a restroom again.
The amount of Zvezda promoted at AX this year gave me hope for the future. Read More
Last week I, as someone who is clearly an expert on parenting despite never raising a child and not being in any economic or social condition to do so, made a dismissive wanking motion toward Gon’s father, Ging, for being such a crappy, absentee father. Then, because I am self-aware enough to know that I am a dumb man-baby, I admitted that I would probably like Ging in spite of him being a giant jerk (or maybe because of it?).
It took him one episode to win me over. I’m the easiest person in the world to please.
To answer the question that’s most likely going to crop up, yes SAOII sucks and probably will suck worse as it progresses, just like last time. And yes, the first episode does an abnormally good job of disguising this fact, just like last time. Read More
Say what you will about Akame ga Kill, but it sure knows where to place the annoying male childhood friend—in a cage to be tortured and slowly poisoned to death by a girl pulling jarringly silly faces. That doesn’t mean that the writing isn’t patronizing, but at least we won’t have to deal with another shitty character in a show that’s shaping up to be full of them. Read More
Good ol’ withered, corpse-like cartoon cheese. Yum!
So, yes, I was at Anime Expo this weekend, and while I was able to watch JoJo, I didn’t have time to write about it until now. Apologies for that! Look, it’s just important that I take pictures with Yamakan and buy figures of high school girl characters, OK?! Also, it is stupid hot where I live right now, and I’m still tired from the long weekend, so I put this off longer than I probably should have. Oh well!
I was initially disappointed to see this would be a two-part battle, mostly because I like that the series has picked up the pace and going through the Stand fights relatively quickly. Giving everyone more time to wander around the fog-covered town worked out for the best, though. I could watch an entire series of old man Joseph Joestar trying to interact with people in different countries. His acting out dialing on a rotary phone made me laugh a lot. (Also it reminds me of how old this part of the manga is, because rotary phones are still a thing.) Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have him as a grandpa? He’d embarrass you if you were a kid, but eventually you’d grow to appreciate him. That is Joseph’s role here: To be your goofy grandpa.
It took me until halfway through the first episode for me to realise the cast of Shounen Hollywood were supposed to be teenage boys. Supposedly they’re between the ages of 15 to 19. I thought they were in their 30s. When the main character started narrating about his early life, I thought he was a middle-aged man talking about how he was happy to be working in a salaryman job. When he reached the recording studio and started sweeping up, I figured he must have a job at the stage as a janitor where he looks at the life he could have had. When he speaks to his friend who is watching the latest idols, I thought either they were reminiscing on a life they once had or his boyish attitude reflected that he had the boyish charm to become an idol. When they started dancing I thought it was some sort of fitness class. Even when they started saying their age I thought at first it was a weird act in the way adult actors pretend to be teenagers. All of these options would have been preferable to what actually transpired.