18 CommentsMonthly Roundups / By Scamp /

August 2014 Roundup

Sailor Moon Crystal - 04 - Large 18I’m on holiday this month so wooh behind on anime. I’m sure Hanamonogatari was fantastic and would have got the What’s Hot spot. But nope. Instead I’ll just have to hope Inushinde does instead. He wouldn’t just put some idol show in there instead would he….right?

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16 CommentsJoJo's Bizarre Adventure / By Shinmaru /

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 22 – Bless These Jerks


Shinmaru: Polnareff reacts well to our heroes once again revealing themselves to be super lovely folks.

Poor Polnareff. Even when he grows as a person, his friends are there to knock him back down to size. Their concerns are warranted, because Polnareff does indeed have a big mouth, but they explain their actions in the most hilariously mean-spirited way. “We all knew that Avdol was actually still alive, but we couldn’t tell so because then EVERYONE IN THE WORLD WOULD KNOW. Also, we concocted a ruse on the island to keep you thinking that Avdol is dead even though he’s all better now. Wait, why are you bleeding so profusely?” Thanks a lot, fellas!

By the way, the fact that Polnareff still has these gaping wounds while he’s having fun and peeing with Avdol and then made to feel like an idiot with his buddies is the funniest thing to me. It’s like Araki is making a joke about how little a shit he gives about how injured the characters get in this arc. They’re all cartoon injuries — everything will be fine the next episode! Polnareff might as well work out his emotional issues while he has chunks of flesh torn out of his shoulders.

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18 CommentsHunter X Hunter / By Shinmaru /

Hunter x Hunter 144 – P O L I T I C S


Pariston is a dangerous fellow, but that much is obvious. The real question right now is exactly how dangerous does Pariston feel like being?

The best case scenario for all involved is that Pariston is just a bored politician who feels like mucking around with the political process for laughs. Maybe he doesn’t want to be the man at the top, but wants to see if he could get there, anyway. Maybe he just wants to say whatever he wants and lie through his teeth for kicks. Maybe he just wants to piss off his fellow members of the Zodiac. That would all be annoying and making a mockery of an election process proposed by Pariston himself that is ostensibly to be taken seriously, but the actual danger of that doesn’t amount to much.

The other extreme, though, seems much more likely at the moment.

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7 CommentsJoJo's Bizarre Adventure / By Shinmaru /

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 21 – All Genies Are Jerks


Shinmaru: I think this genie was born from a Prince song.

Polnareff must not have read enough pulp fiction stories or watched enough Twilight Zone and/or Outer Limits as a kid; otherwise, he would have known right away that there’s no way a non-asshole genie would show up out of nowhere and grant him whatever wishes he wants. These types of genies are also the ones who will interpret your wishes in the most literal way possible and smugly tell you that they gave you what you wanted, and that it’s up to you to deal with the consequences of your wish. They’re teaching a lesson, sure, but they’re also being giant dickholes about it. That’s probably a result of hanging out in a magic lamp for thousands of years and getting bored. If I exhausted all potential entertainment long before anyone actually interacted with me, I might warp into a huge jerk, too.

So, yeah, don’t trust genies. For every nice one you find, there are going to be at least 100 who can’t wait to screw you over in the most malicious way possible.

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25 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Inushinde /

Hanamonogatari Review: I’ve Used Up All My Arm Puns


Out of every main Monogatari girl, Suruga’s always felt like the most neglected. I don’t mean in the sense that Hanekawa and Nadeko were neglected, in that their being inexplicably sidelined played a role in showing the pathos that dwelt beneath their unassuming exteriors. I mean that it genuinely feels like Monogatari forgets that Suruga’s also a key player, and not just a pervert off of whom Araragi bounces his own off-putting sentiments. It’s one of the few shortcomings that hasn’t been knowingly and delicately molded into an indirect strength.

And while this remains the case, it does a fucking great job at framing the narrative around the protagonist, matching both Suruga’s disposition and her actions, makes it stand out from the entries headed by Koyomi and his extremely verbose associates. Read More »

14 CommentsHunter X Hunter / By Shinmaru /

Hunter x Hunter 143 – Hisoka Gets Political


Well, we can at least be sure that Hisoka is smiling again.

OK, Hisoka doesn’t exactly get political. He just murders a politician. It’s not totally the same thing, because Hisoka kills Teradein due to Teradein being a big dope while begging for votes. “I’LL RELEASE THE NAME, FACE AND POWERS OF THIS GUY WHO TOTALLY SLAUGHTERED MANY GOOD HUNTERS SO Y’ALL CAN GET HIM IF YOU VOTE FOR ME!!!!! WHAT?? HIM COME AFTER ME??? THAT’S TOTALLY ABSURD!!!!!!” I feel bad for the guy (because, you know, he’s dead now), but that was a dumb as hell idea clearly driven by desperation.

Though man what kind of crap security does this place have if Hisoka can just waltz in and kill this dude while creating an artful murder scene with apparently nobody noticing? Unless he left a trail of bodies we just don’t see (or haven’t seen yet; maybe something will pop up in the next episode), there’s nobody watching this damn place. No wonder they need new leadership!

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21 CommentsJoJo's Bizarre Adventure / By Shinmaru /

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 20 – Shit-Eating Grin


Shinmaru: “I just manipulated events so that a devil baby would eat his own shit. How are you doing?”

From a visual standpoint, this may have been my favorite episode of the series so far. The nightmare dreamscape is the perfect setting for this particular visual style. The super bright colors and weird, unnerving cartoony nonsense fit in so well. And when that rainbow filter is added in and the clouds swirl everywhere? That looks pretty damn cool to me. After so many episodes of being in desert and dilapidated cities and whatnot, it’s a real breath of fresh air for everyone to be in a place that looks real crazy and cool.

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15 CommentsHunter X Hunter / By Shinmaru /

Hunter x Hunter 142 – Needle Zombies


OK, I think of all the Nen powers we have seen so far, this would be the power for which I’d be most curious to see the development process. How did Tsubone decide that transforming into a kickin’ motorcycle would be her Nen ability (or one of them)? How did she go about testing if she could do this? What was the first transformation like? How did she convince someone to use their Nen to power her and get places?

I would absolutely watch an entire series dedicated to the origin stories of the most ridiculous Nen powers in Hunter x Hunter. There have to be many crazy stories to tell with these things.

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