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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 19 – Spider Eyes


Shinmaru: I remember having this dream once, except it was actual spiders and not eyeballs that grew a bunch of legs out of nowhere. I’m not sure which would be grosser. They both move around and have a lot of legs, but the eyes would probably be wet and slimy (let’s pretend they haven’t dried out due to exposure to air), but the spiders could bite you and spin webs in your mouth if they felt like it. Tough call.

We’re well into the part of the story where Araki got comfortable with the idea of Stands and went really wild with them. The true fun of Stands, in my mind, is that the freedom they grant — characters can have powers that are limited only by the scope of Araki’s imagination — translates into the individual stories going to vastly different directions while still sticking to a (relatively) cohesive whole. In a normal story, suddenly entering a dream world wouldn’t often make sense, unless the intent were to be jarring or whatever. In JoJo? You can just do that and people will by now assume it’s some sort of power on display. Chased by an evil car? Stand power. Shrinking to microscopic size and entering another person’s body? Stand power. The overall plot is so simple that the individual links of the chain can be made up of anything, and it will still make sense as long as it leads to the logical conclusion.

Now that’s my kind of shonen battle writing.

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Hunter x Hunter 141 – All Our Best Politicians Punch the Hell Out of People


This is probably some Hunters-specific news network, but I’d like to think that Leorio punching the hell out of Ging is big enough news to get a mention from the mainstream media. It’s definitely the most exciting thing that has occurred on the campaign trail. A third-party presidential candidate should try this just to see what happens. But try it on a candidate nobody likes, just to be safe.

I like the tiny peeks we get into the election process each week. There’s only so many interesting things to do with that, so might as give it quick little bursts until the election develops to the point where it actually seems as if someone will be elected. The quick look at the Hunters people are voting for is fun because Togashi always comes up with these weird ass characters who make a short appearance and then fade into the background and who also possess perfect publicity photos for election purposes. It’s also great how varied the Hunter profession is. You can basically be a Hunter for anything as long as you put Hunter at the end of your job description. Makes me think that the title of this series is actually the ultimate, forbidden job — THE HUNTER HUNTER. Also, the person that is hired to catch that person is the Hunter Hunter Hunter.

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11 CommentsLists / By Scamp /

Ranking the Haikyuu volleyball team

Haikyuu - 16 - Large 20Arbitrary rankings are fun! Especially when a show gives you a nice concise group of people in an easily defined group that you can then argue and re-arrange the order of how good they are. I did this with the Tiger and Bunny hero team back in the day and that was enjoyable, because it allowed me to both talk about the things I liked and things I didn’t like about Tiger and Bunny in a fun format. So I’m going to use that system for Haikyuu and rank my favourite to least favourite members of the main volleyball team in the show. Get ready for some serious Opinions to hit you square in the face.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 18 – Sunny Days


Shinmaru: Me every week watching anime.

This episode expanded this part of the manga about as well as it could. This battle, as you might imagine, is quite short in the manga. You’ve got a car ride, comedy camels. a brief moment in the sun, laughter, and then instant victory. It’s short enough to be a good joke battle and a funny respite from more serious or weird battles. It was the heroes seeing through a simple trick and then curb stomping some loser.

David Production plays with that here. The very start — an in media res of the heroes, hot and tired, wondering how they got cornered so easily — works on multiple levels. For the people who don’t know what’s going on, the initial scene presents the illusion of a tough battle that has the heroes with their backs against the wall. But if you think about it, the scene comes off as suspicious. Why go out of the way to show that the heroes are in trouble and then go back to the beginning to show how they got there? We know they’re going to be in trouble at some point. So for the super observant viewer, there might be some nagging feeling in the back of their mind that gets paid off later on.

For me, because I knew what was going on, I had a big laugh at that presentation. A different, but still hilarious setup to the punch line than the original manga chapters (which are more straightforward and play it off like any other battle, which is still funny in its own way). Good stuff.

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26 CommentsMonthly Roundups / By Scamp /

July 2014 Roundup

All anime are better with giant robots. In this case the giant robot is dramatic lighting, which makes the scene better. Theory holds trueIn this monthly roundup, Shinmaru, Inushinde and myself will express our feelings for our favourite anime through the medium of interpretive dance.


There you go. Now you don’t need any words. Well OK maybe a few words then.

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28 CommentsHunter X Hunter / By Shinmaru /

Hunter x Hunter 140 – What’s Ging’s Favorite Drink?


My sources say chocolate milk. He’s definitely not a fan of punch.

I love that nobody gives a shit that some random Hunter (from their point of view) assaulted one of the highest-ranking Hunters in the world. Or, rather, they do give a shit — about the entertainment value. Finally something happens during one of these stuffy election meetings! Can we punch more people?! Pretty sure Ging let that punch hit him, too. I bet he could’ve avoided or blocked the punch had he actually wanted to. Deep down, though, he knows he’s being a total asshole. He’s doing everything he can to avoid being a responsible father — he’d have to be pretty dense to not know something’s wrong. So that punch is a bit of light punishment for Ging.

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12 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Inushinde /

Tokyo Ghoul Episode 4: A Touching Story of Inexplicable Gladiatorial Death Matches and Overly-Deranged Villains


The more that I watch Tokyo Ghoul, in all of its heavily-censored, meandering, not-so-vaguely homoerotic glory, the more it brings back fond memories of my Vampire: The Masquerade days back in middles chool. I’m like those people who whittled away countless hours of their life in online games latching onto Sword Art Online and Log Horizon, in that past experience makes me forgive a lot of what the show doesn’t do well. Except I’m more in the right, because Tokyo Ghoul isn’t all that bad a show, and Vampire: The Masquerade is rad. Read More »

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 17 – Keep the Change

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Shinmaru: I consider myself a pacifist for the most part. I’m not really one to beat up on people or to think that beating up on people is the correct approach to solve most problems. Even if I like accidentally hurt someone, I PROFUSELY apologize, because I’m a giant weenie. All that said, MAN is it satisfying to see Jotaro and Star Platinum beat the hell out of Steely Dan for nearly half a minute. I wonder if anyone could go through that scene frame-by-frame and see if Star Platinum actually hits Steely Dan with exactly 1,000 punches. That would be some crazy attention to detail.

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