Although the episode quality has gotten some backlash after the hours the episode came out, I was still very much satisfied with the episode. He’s here folks, our main villain of Part 4, just a highly deranged man with access to a sure-fire way to kill anyone he wants and get away with it. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t end up being a serial killer like this? No doubt someone would be less weird about it but hey, it’s something to consider.
And on we go
Not much else going on in the week other than that instead of watching more episodes of series I need to catch up with for this season, I just can’t wait for Kira to show up this week and kill Shigechi and start the 2nd half of Part 4. I’ve been waiting for this moment for quite some time so it would be understatement if I said I was only just excited for it.
We’ve been talking about Under Night for a few weeks now so it’s about high time we actually talked about what it’s about right? Under Night’s plot takes place in a unnamed city that suffers from a phenomena known as Hollow Night that afflicts certain regions of Japan. Hollow Night is signified by red nights where beasts known as Voids roam the streets to feast on energy known as EXS. While regular people cannot see Voids, those who have the potential to perceive them become under target by them. Those attacked by Voids are either devoured or become insane from the encounter but in the rare chance that they person survives and keeps their sanity, they become what is known as an In-Birth, who hold the ability to manipulate EXS. Our main protagonist, Kido Hyde is one such person who survives an encounter with a void and becomes an In-Birth when he is saved by Linne and Waldstein. Hyde’s abilities manifest through his sword, the Insulator, that is able to weaponize streaking red shadows and Hyde’s EXS manipulation is aptly named Void Red. This sword also happens to be a weapon that Linne was searching for. After this incident, Hyde’s home is taken over by Linne and Waldstein who begin to train him in preparation for the next Hollow Night.
Gameplay-wise, Hyde is categorized as a “shoto clone”, which means he has the classic Hadouken and Shoryuken moves as well as some other techniques that round him out as a balanced character. Compared to most protagonist and shoto-clones however, I find Hyde an absolute blast to play. Never mind the fact that his looks and introduction make him out as a generic protagonist from a generic manga or light novel, his gameplay style, moveset, and voice make him one, if not, the most fun main protagonist characters I’ve ever played. Two projectiles, an aerial rekka that can give him a relaunch or OTG, insane corner carry, two follow ups for his projectile, and some of the best normals in the game, Hyde has got a lot of tools under his belt. To top it all off, just look at his move’s names while you listen to his theme:
One more week til we shift gears properly to match chase.
In many ways, I can see why they would move this episode ahead of Kira’s formal introduction. There was only one “arc” that separated Kira’s introduction to his actual encounter with the main crew so having this little love-story in between didn’t keep the tension up. It’s honestly a change for the better since it’s another week I won’t have to wait to get to Sheer Heart Attack. It also helps to have Shigechi’s character sink in so there’s that.
Anyway, let’s get to Cinderella.
So as much as I was confident in getting the Summer stuf recapped this week, real life decided to get up in my face. At this point, I’d consider it a bit too late for anything since we’re around the halfway point and I still have a considerable number of stuff to catch up to. So pretty much like any summer season on here, Jojo is the only thing that’s going to be a constant and you can expect some Series review when the time comes.
To be perfectly fair, the only series I was looking forward to was Handa-kun on the pure basis that it was a prequel to Barakamon but not really since it’s only about Handa. Not much other series interest me all that much this season.
This week’s theme is the all important Character Select theme from Under Night: Gathers Under Night, one of my newer favorites in the Character Select theme business. It’s mostly the piano at the start that always gets me going then it’s the usual loop. Under Night’s selection follows what I call the classic “Marvel 2” style where your button inputs decide which alternate color you pick your character in. There’s the Vs theme that plays during the quick loading transition into the game itself but it’s not exactly worth mentioning.
Completely forgot about Shigechi’s episode due to being sick and there’s no better time to have a dual episode recap when we have two of Shigechi’s episodes to cover. Let’s get straight to it so I can get back to getting the other series recaps in. For me, I never liked Shigechi all that much and basically treated him the same as his popular nickname implies, a Dodoria. This arc was special to me because we get so much Josuke and Okuyasu moments and faces and that’s basically what all my screencaps are for this episode.
With my sickness cured, I’m back in business and hope to finish my delayed backlog of this season’s series finished by the end of the week. Watching some stuff from the previous season, playing through Darksiders 2, and playing some Visual Novels on the side piling up isn’t helping but I finally have some free time so I hope to get a lot accomplished before classes start up again.
This week’s theme is Recurrence- Starry Night, the opening for the console release of Under Night. I was planning to post the arcade opening of EXE Late but decided not to since it wasn’t all that amazing. The opening itself is pretty minimalist but it’s an alright opening compared to the likes of Arcana Heart 3’s opening.
Overexerted myself through the past few weeks and I turned out really exhausted. Jut when I thought I could finally catch up with this season too. Anyway, I’ll make this quick since there’s not much else to talk about.
This week’s theme, we’re going a bit backwards since we’re going to tackle the openings for the many releases of Under Night In Birth. This week, we’ll take the first opening.