It’s tough to describe this feeling of anticipation I hadn’t felt in a long while for new weekly anime releases. Sure I felt something similar when Jojo was airing but there’s a difference between watching something I already know what’s going to happen in the adaptation and watching something completely blind. In my case, around half of these series have manga source materials which I can go look up and get caught up with. Masamune-kun and Demi-chan stand in these regards but both are relatively new so there’s not much to completely get ahead of. The former in particular since it seems that we’ll be getting a lot of the manga’s material in the adaptation. That leaves Seiren and Onihei, with the former being a completely anime original work while the latter is a TV Drama I probably won’t try to even find.
Anyways, we continue with Bleach’s 1st ending which I admittedly didn’t have too many chances to listen to because [adultswim] loves their openings but rarely lets the T.V versions of the endings play out, and if anything, it’s always just a credits slideshow instead of the proper ED sequences.
I made an error for including Onihei in the previous week’s recap instead of including it in this one. No worries since the new week is around the corner. It’s kind of nice to have all the shows I’m watching be decently entertaining without the usual flaws I’m so critical of but that’s probably because I force myself to watch things I know will be bad. Even without the events that occurred this episode might have been universally interesting, I’m really looking forward to future episodes.
I guess in Seiren’s case, I just want to see another heartwarming love story not only with Tsuneki, but with others. Masamune-kun is thankfully nowhere near as stretched out as Nisekoi so that’s a good thing. Demi-chan is something I’m looking forward to for that sensei on sensei romance and Onihei is something I’m definitely new with so there’s some excitement in that as well.
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That moment where you try to include as many shows into the “first” weekly post but now Episode 2 is out for some of these. Well fret not, I’ll another one of these up with either new shows or stick with my guns by the end of the week.
Been a while since some other, new anime was talked about here huh? What the newer seasons make up for in not saving battle harems for me to torture myself with anymore are more “casual” series for me to enjoy instead of dealing with forced and rushed drama battle harems tend to churn out every few months. It’ll be nice to take a more casual session through this season.
So rejoice, we’re doing something slightly different. Rather, we’re back to being normal.
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So I had Bloodborne in mind for the next music spotlights since I FINALLY had a chance to play it and Dark Souls 3 will soon follow. Then I remembered that this technically still is an anime site and I was holding this back for a long while because I wanted to time it with the series’ end. Obviously I miss that end and honestly, when they said it was “in its final arcs” way back when, I expected a few more months but that turned out to be a few more years. Anyways, I think it’s the best time for this since Bleach, along with a lot of other long running shounen series, have a great repertoire of opening and endings themes.
And arguably, the first opening is one of the best. I distinctly remember encountering Bleach on [adultswim] when it aired in its english dub and to be honest, the only former Big 3 anime series that I watched before Toonami was actually One Piece while Naruto and Bleach never really got to me until I watched in the states. Bleach’s intro was interesting to say the least and my fondest memories of it was during the time the characters I posted above were relevant before every spread had Soul Society, Arrancar, and Quincies predominantly taking up the pictures. Those were much simpler times when it was just a group of oddities instead of large groups of characters that were pretty much obligated to be showcased for a majority of the time.
Got my hands on Pokemon Sun after months of anticipation and like every stat-crazy player, I spent at least 2 hours restarting the game on and off to try and get my starter to have a decent nature. After at least half the tries had natures that affected nothing, I finally pulled a great one for my Rowlet. A delayed way to start off something great but hey, I’m finally back into Pokemon after completely sitting out of Gen 6. Think the biggest reason for that one is because I want a Greninja with its hidden ability which makes me reluctant starting the game because I need to plan in advance everything to get it, plus, it needs multiplayer/online activities to even get it. As if restarting everytime, fishing for natures wasn’t enough.
Anyways, today is the last Under Night music spotlight in the near future unless French Bread somehow pulls a fast one on us and localizes a new version of the game for console release like how they did EXE:Late and give us westerners a chance to not only play UNi[st] but the next “iteration” of the series. But until then, this is the last one for now and while it isn’t as smooth as Cross Thought, I’m glad this made it in. Hyde and Seth are both connected toward Linne and the whole Night Blade/Yato story with Hyde’s weapon being the key toward freeing Linne of her immortality. As stated before though, Hyde wants to delay her death a bit and just learn more of what she knows while Seth, who is dead-set on righting the wrongs of the clan, wishes to free Linne. That being said, he doesn’t really follow through with killing her anyway by the end of his story. Seth’s weapons apparently have the opposite effect that Hyde has but we’ve haven’t been told exactly what that means. There’s definitely more to be done with these two since they’re the primary Red vs Blue rivalry, I hope for more in the future. I think that’s the other tidbit here today to discuss, the future of Under Night’s rather disconnected plot but overarching story where Licht Kreis, Kuon, and Paradox still have ways to go to tell us. I’m hoping for Erika Wagner, the main “antagonist” in Gordeau and Chaos’ story to show up next.
Diamond Is Unbreakable is one of my favorite Parts and it starts the more complex and intricate nature of what Jojo becomes famous for. It’s the transition between the burly muscular men of Parts 1-3 and to the effeminate, lanky, and ever so slightly more realistic style that Araki shifted to during Parts 4-5 where the change is apparent. It’s also one of the Parts I was entirely excited about seeing animated because Part 3, being the most famous and widespread, had itself and OVA and other serialization attempts. Whereas the OVA had some of its own merits, Part 3’s complete anime-treatment was exciting on two levels. First, it was finally complete after decades of waiting and second, the infinitely superior successive Parts were to follow. Nothing against Parts 1-2, those were a blast to watch but Part 3 was when Stand battles taking the hit or miss “Enemy of the Week” format followed. A handful of these weekly battles were good but it was made up for with the Final Stretch with the lead up to DIO’s World which kind of made up for it.
Nonetheless, Part 4’s adaptation was something I went in with complete faith and as anyone who stuck with my weekly ramblings saw, my faith was shaken part way through. I’m going to keep this short since an in-depth review of this would just turn into a review of Part 4 as a whole. We can save that conversation for a later date but for now, I’ll just be judging the anime as an adaptation.
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Had an unexpected leave that had me unable to make my usual Wednesday post. I was able to finally enter the new gen and now am an owner of a PS4 and a nice 3DS XL so as if I didn’t have enough things to play, I finally am in an abundance of things to do to entertain myself. I’ll get into more detail on what games I intend to play but I spent the last 6 days beating Bloodborne and just shy of 3 items before I technically have everything for my trophy-whoring tendencies. And of course: Happy New Years
Anyways, I’m in a rush so let’s get this delayed music spotlight finished.
This week’s theme is the last of the individual character themes and it features the most recent addition to the cast: Mika Returna. Hailing from the squad of girls Orie leads, Mika is the team’s resident dumb brick of a powerhouse who fights with two enormous gauntlets that can also create explosions. Her EXS is classified as the ability of Fierce Advancement and is called Diesel while her gauntlets are called Pachibel Cannon and once you hear her theme, you’ll understand why this is. Like Phonon, there isn’t much to her story but Mika is around to help Orie in keeping Licht Kreis’ mission in keeping people safe during the Hollow Night.
Mika’s moves are similar to Phonon’s in a sense that a lot of her moves can be charged up. Where Mika lacks in range, she makes up for a some decent speed and her assortment of movement-based attacks such as her Missile attack where she propels herself in any direction using her gauntlet’s propulsion, allowing her to reposition or keep at her pressuring. Her Cannon is her on-hit grab that has her leap forward and grab the opponent and launch them in the air, allowing for further combo routes. Finally, she has her Tornado which acts as her reversal option.