I’m writing up something special for Halloween aside from this to try and make the occasion a bit more special and “in with the season” so I hope I’ll be able to finish it before the weekend shows up since I will be busy for most of it. Not much else to go on there except for the fact that I haven’t mentioned the one other series I’ve been keeping up with. It has bunny girl in the title so, go figure.
I delayed this week’s theme and swapped it out with another song so I could end the music spotlight for 3rd in a special way. Today’s tune is Looking Up at the Sky, now with vocals, acting as the final ending tune for the Trails in the Sky trilogy and I feel like it’s one of the single most beautiful tracks from the series. Even before I knew the song had vocals, the song itself back in the SC music spotlight had me mention it was one of my favorites. The melancholic overworld theme is now a passionate ode to love and it captured the feeling of warmth, happiness, and eagerness to face tomorrow at the end of 3rd so damn well. With this beautiful send off, the Liberl trilogy concludes as a new story unfolds next week.
Well I almost called it with how they were going to show off Buccellati’s crew but they only lasted a couple second in stills.
Anyway, I’m just happy Polpo is done and dealt with and now we can get onto the real meat of the story. There a bit too many far-away blank faces that I’m not particularly fond of but with animation of this quality, I can’t complain yet because Black Sabbath is hardly a demanding fight to begin with. The sequencing of the final scene was a bit different but nothing to complain about. It would be an understatement to say that I’m really excited for next week for the beginning of Soft Machine.
Anyways, yeah, I’ve forgotten how Requiem stands work but I wonder why that arrow pierce didn’t affect Giorno at all.
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There’s another month
Things are winding down a bit but my excitement for Part 5 just can’t be contained. There was one thing I forgot to add to my recap about how much I’m loving these scene transitions and reaction cut-ins that seem way more manga-like than usual with the other parts. I really like how it adds to the scene much like how the transitions in Part 4’s animations added to the overall feel of things. We season looks strong and apparently my old LN flame Date A Live is getting a 3rd season slated for Winter of this year and I hope I won’t need to be as critical as I was with it last time.
Anyways, this week’s tune was swapped with next week’s theme from Trails in the Sky 3rd as I didn’t feel too right ending it off with this track compared to sending off its music spotlight with my favorite tune from the game. So this week we’ll get this playful tune that plays during the dreaded fishing mini-game segment that’s available. When the time comes for next week’s music spotlight you’ll hopefully see why I didn’t choose to end 3rd’s music spotlight with this.
Two more weeks until the Gang Star train leaves its station.
We get out first proper enemy stand fight next week as this week only served to start the fight with Polpo’s Stand where we’ll get its conclusion next week. I imagine most fights will end up this way since unlike Part 3 and 4, there’s not too many one-off fights and Part 5 has the most amount of action-packed fights in the series so we won’t be all too bored when the combat kicks up a fair notch a lot earlier than before.
One other thing I definitely need to mention is the stellar work DavidPro was able to put into the first two episodes. Not only were the visuals spot on but the added scenes with Giorno’s motivations definitely do a bit better to portray his character has his lack of characterization during the middle parts of the series is a frequent complaint for the part. I can’t wait to see what else they add.
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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.