Zankyou no Terror Episode 2 Notes – Lose Attachments; Obtain Riddles

(Note: Episodic notes are still mostly to be found on the Episodics Notes’ page, but up to a couple every week will have their write-up appear on the main page, when I think they warrant it. For those who don’t know, I take the notes as I watch the episode, and merely re-order them afterwards.)

Last week’s episode was quite interesting. It was a very tight premier, with amazing visual direction and “camera” control, a very good OST, and the making of a very solid thriller.

“Facility kids”, saving someone from bullying, and the game of cat and mice beginning. Let’s see where we’re headed. Full write-up imminent.

Screenshot album, 63 images.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Freedom is the Freedom from Connections (Attachments part 1):

Zankyou no Terror / Terror of Resonance anime episode 2 - Mishima Lisa and her mother

1) “You can die where you are, or become an accomplice.” and then of course “There is no turning back.” She’s been given a choice, purportedly. But whichever way she went, her old life would be gone in a puff of smoke. Then again, it’s not like she enjoyed her old life.

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Summer 2014 Anime First Impressions – Part 2 (Anime Power Ranking)

The new season continues! Two more first episodes happened, one which was promising, and one which wasn’t. Some shows meandered in their second episode, and not a lot looked up. Let’s run them down.

First impressions for Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance), and Tokyo ESP. Weekly impressions for Akame ga Kill!, Aldnoah.Zero, Barakamon, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya, Glasslip, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen (Silver Will Argevollen), Sword Art Online II, and Tokyo Ghoul.

The list is organized by how much I’ve enjoyed each episode, and the link in the title is to a more thorough write-up on the episode. For first impressions it means mostly more about production and presentation, but also about themes.

1) Barakamon Episode 2

Barakamon anime episode 2 overview

Screenshot album, overflowing with reaction faces.

This got the #1 spot. Was this the best thing I’ve watched this week? Probably not. It was the most fun I’ve had with an episode this week though. I chuckled and giggled and smiled my way through the episode. Poor Handa has it rough, with how everyone trying to help him just stressing him out more.

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Spring 2014 Anime Season Overview

The Spring 2014 anime season had come and gone, and it’s time to look at the wreckage, see what was worthwhile, and what wasn’t, as well as give some thoughts on each of the shows. Some of these might yet get editorials, depending on energy levels and interest on my part, but if not, I’ll always be able to point at this!

Shows organized by how much I liked them or thought they were good, order doesn’t correlate 100% to the scores given. So, let’s go from worst to best!

15) M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane / M3 The Dark Metal:

M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane Anime overview

Look at this gif, it’s so terrible it’s hypnotic, I call it “boobie-balls”. It’s the best worst part of this show. This Mari Okada show is a take on NGE, as the other is a take on Madoka. This isn’t to say they’re actively trying to mimic those other luminary shows, but the point is it feels tired, it feels trying too hard.

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Aldnoah.Zero Episode 2 Notes – Past Ambitions Murder the Future

(Note: Episodic notes are still mostly to be found on the Episodics Notes’ page, but up to a couple every week will have their write-up appear on the main page, when I think they warrant it. For those who don’t know, I take the notes as I watch the episode, and merely re-order them afterwards.)

So, last episode ended with the Princess dying, but seeing as she’s on the key-art, I think it’s not the last we’ve heard of her. Plot-wise, it was the usual “Status quo? Not anymore!” with pride coming before the fall (literally!) as the Martial Moon Knights (hee hee) make Earthfall, and the kids with rubbish in their head will have to fight them, or try to live? Anyway, what really mattered last episode was the dream for the future, and the sins of the adults. Let’s see where we go from here.

Going to get more concentrated “paragraph” notes.

Screenshot Album.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Subjugation Porn:

Aldnoah.Zero anime episode 2 notes - Superior Martian Mecha

1) Humanity’s plan is a sad one, but a realistic one – The Martian Moon Knights’ plan is “brutally simple”, to land and both decimate the opponents, and then use it as their beachhead. Humanity knows they can’t stop them, and that lives will be lost, so the plan at that point is to rob them of the ability to disembark. Caught on the ground? Sucks to be you.

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Zankyou no Terror Episode 1 Notes – Into The Darkness of Flames

(Note: Episodic notes are still mostly to be found on the Episodics Notes’ page, but up to a couple every week will have their write-up appear on the main page, when I think they warrant it. For those who don’t know, I take the notes as I watch the episode, and merely re-order them afterwards.)

This is the show people voted they most want to see full notes for. It’s also the one I’m the most interested in this season. Short (and hopefully “tight”), thriller, political. I’m not sure whether it’ll be smart, “thriller-smart”, or just good fun, but I actually have high hopes :)

Screenshot album – 57 images, not all will be embedded into the post.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Still Kids:

Zankyou no Terror / Terror of Resonance Anime Episode 1 notes - Nine and Twelve having fun

1) Poke’Ball, is that you?!

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Summer 2014 Anime First Impressions (Anime Power Ranking)

A new season is upon us, so I watch anime so you won’t have to! This season is off to a respectable start. Plenty of things I’m enjoying, even if historically I get tired of them mid-season, but nothing that floored me just yet. The “thematic heavy hitters” often take time to get going, and it seems that’ll be true this time as well.

First impressions for Akame ga Kill!, Sailor Moon Crystal, Sword Art Online II, Aldnoah.Zero, Tokyo Ghoul, Barakamon, Glasslip, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei, and Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen, as well as the weekly opinion on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

The list is organized by how much I’ve enjoyed each episode, and the link in the title is to a more thorough write-up on the episode. For first impressions it means mostly more about production and presentation, but also about themes.

1) Barakamon Episode 1

Barakamon anime Episode 1 overview

This show was my pick for the heart-warming, chill, and/or funny slot. The one occupied by Gin no Saji, Gingitsune, etc. recently. It’s mostly comic thus far, and one can easily see what sort of “messages” about growing up, being free and true to ourselves the show is trying to pass to us. But does it matter? The show is cute, and the show is fun. Well-acted and well-drawn. I found myself chuckling quite a few times during the episode.

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Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya – Fan-Service, Not Poe’s Law

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya anime reviewFate/Kaleid aired between June and September of 2013. I’ve only watched the final episode this week. I might have a small issue with finishing shows, sometimes. But, in terms of understanding this show, which I’ve mostly rewatched before writing this piece, I think this additional time was useful for my understanding of it. Having watched more of “this” type of show, I can look back on my notes from when it aired and where I’ve questioned whether it’s parody and realize that it’s not. But even back then, I knew it didn’t matter.

Now, before we go on, a couple of words on “Fan-service”. Fan-service is quite literally content that’s there to please the watchers. Of course, content aimed to please an existing fan-base is often what’s meant, such as the Steins;Gate film which revisits many situations watchers of the series enjoyed, or even something as nebulous as in-jokes, which is what many “comedy series” employ in order to make the fans feel smart and appreciated, by speaking in their language.

(This is a Things I Like post, it’s not a review, but more a discussion of the show and of ideas that have risen in my mind as I’ve watched it. There will be some spoilers, one of them large.)

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