I’d talk about how amazing this new opening and ending is but not only was I too excited to properly talk about them in the actual episode recap (as well as having gone overboard with the summary), I’m also a bit busy today so I don’t have much time to talk about that as much as I would love to so I’ll probably go over all of that in this week’s episode where we’ll no doubt get to Polpo and the start of the Black Sabbath fight. Until then, STAY GOLD
This week’s theme brings us to one of my favorite moments in all of the Trails trilogy, the final scene during the 3rd where after all that has happened, the main cast have one last moment to say goodbye to each other in the Phantasma before they reawaken in the real world. If the 40+ hours each from FC and SC didn’t leave an impression from the characters on you, the extended time with 3rd and watching all the doors will definitely tie a neat ribbon on top of the entire package as the characters take turns in thanking the others and hoping the best for their endeavors before they leave the Phantasma. While I have one issue regarding a certain character staying way longer than she should have, the scene is easily my favorite but my actual favorite tune will soon follow, this song is just here because the scene was just so heartwarming.
First off, that new opening: I like it
That ending though, I could hardly believe my ears but I can’t help but like it as well.
Giorno and Buccellati’s fight definitely seems way more direct and brutal compared to the fights in the other parts, I had almost forgotten how confrontational this encounter was and I was also reminded of another reason to be excited for this part: The animation will finally show what the hell is going on. With the amount of crazy effects in Part 5, interpreting a number of panels was a bit difficult when I was reading them so now I can finally see what’s going on. I always had a rough idea what was going on but I won’t lie seeing Giorno’s powers animated definitely makes it feel ever slightly less bullshit than it is. I can’t wait to get to the other fights in this part.
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Almost on time
I’ve forgotten how long the exposition in Part 5’s start took. All that stuff about Koichi and Jotaro, Giorno, and Luca, but I will say that Giorno’s little intro with helping out the girls and stealing money is anime original. Unless it’s been that long since I re-read Part 5 but that really shouldn’t be the case since the repeated re-releases of the chapters with better translations have been relatively recent. From here on out though, I should be able to analyze the anime’s additions to see what they can alleviate from what is known to be Part 5’s rather prominent issue, Giorno himself. We’ll get to that when it’s time.
This week’s theme counts us down to the dwindling days of summer and into the fall, it’s the final dungeon theme for the 3rd where instead of choosing that one party to carry on through the boss rush, you instead make 4 complete parties out of the entire cast and tackle the castle as a team. Out of all the final “dungeons” in the trilogy, I probably enjoyed this one the most even if the story relevance for the separate bosses that the multiple parties fight don’t really matter until the end.
At long last, Vento Aureo is here.
Truth be told, I caught the camera-recording of the first episode way back in July but now that I got to see the first episode, I’m excited to finally talk about it. And no, I will not call it Golden Wind because Vento Aureo is at least more sensible than Diamond is not Crash. Because this recap is already long, I’ll just share my quick sentiments right now, which only want to address the seiyuu changes from the game. Now, this already happened to Stardust Crusaders and DiU (of which the only person I really wanted to remain as they were was Josuke) but I’m not sure if I wanted Sugiyama and Akabane out as Bruno and Mista, hell I think the entirety of Part 5’s VAs were fantastic in the games which includes Abbachio, Narancia, and Fugo. Fugo’s VA in particular is someone I’m partial for so I’m sad he’s out. Narancia’s voice was pitch fucking perfect in the games so I’m a bit sad to see him go. I’ll hope for the best since I haven’t exactly been let down. Also, pink on Giorno is nowhere near as great as blue.
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It only now occurred to me how that was the season’s ending, guess they couldn’t kill someone off for shock value when they’ll probably do it the opening 5 minutes of the next season.
Oh you didn’t know? Season 4 already got announced much to my surprise but I guess the Overhaul Arc is pretty long for an entire season to be based around it. Seeing as though we’ll have ourselves a break from BnHA for just a little bit, let’s talk about Season 3.
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Bring it all in
BnHA ended when I completely forgot that it was just going to be a two-cour and didn’t really know if it was going to be 24 or 26 episodes, those always confuse me sometimes. Anyways, I was starting up my bi-weekly recap but started writing up the seasonal recap instead, which is honestly a lot easier since there’s less exposition to go over. The end of the season is upon us and Jojo literally starts up this Friday so I’ll try to get BnHA’s writeup quick before we switch back on over to Jojo Fridays.
To match that feeling of excitement, this week’s theme is the “special” boss theme akin to FC/SC’s Silver Will except now it’s for the 3rd. Overdosing on Heavenly Bliss is just as grandiose as it sounds and it plays during those key moments of 3rd where its literally phantasmal setting allows for much much larger and grander fights to take place than its predecessors. Easily one of my most favored themes from 3rd as it captures a lot of excitement and the atmosphere of awe.
It keeps happening
Yet again, an event in BnHA I think will take up more of the episode’s focus ends up relegating said event to the episode after. Somehow, just somehow these bi-weekly schedules just write themselves up. I’d talk about the recent events of how someone got a hold of Trails of Cold Steel 4 early and how I sat through someone stream chunks of the game but we’ll save that rather depressing discussion when we get to it.
This week’s theme is ironically related to the very statement above regarding the fate of the Cold Steel saga as the beginning workings and allusion to where the series would lead to when it reached Erebonia’s saga starts here. Within the many doors in the Phantasma, one of them features the Erebonian side of things and the introduction of a very crucial character in the series, Giliath Osborne and the fancy scene where one of our cast members throws down the proverbial glove to oppose him in one of the trilogy’s standout character moments.