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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 5&6: Enter the Gangstars

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 5&6: Enter the Gangstars

It could have been worse but looks like this will end up as a double-feature since it was a pretty busy past weekend and week. Much to my surprise, we’re still not off the boat ride even after Episode 6 so I guess they’re planning on doing Sale’s fight in one go which does fit better to my memory because they were definitely on that boat for a while. Abacchio gets his origin story a couple fights earlier compared to when the manga decided to drop this story on us. Originally, we would have gotten his story during the Man in the Mirror but I guess it makes sense in hindsight to give Abacchio his time now since Man in the Mirror is Fugo’s first and only fight so David Pro is probably prepping that for him.

Don’t think I missed Abacchio getting some cake, David Pro, I see what you fucking did there.

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Castlevania Netflix Animation Seasons 1-2 Review: What a horrible Season to have filler

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Castlevania Netflix Animation Seasons 1-2 Review: What a horrible Season to have filler

Let’s take a crack at something new for Halloween.

When I first heard that Castlevania of all things was getting the Netflix original treatment I had little expectations because these things NEVER turn out to be all that great or worth mentioning. I frankly never heard of Warren Ellis but if nothing else, the choice to adapt Castlevania 3 was a lot smarter than say adapting Castlevania 1 and 2 since 3 at least has the adventuring party of Trevor, Sypha, Grant, and Alucard.

I’m not the most avid Castlevania fan but I have had my experiences with the series in its earlier incarnations on the NES and SNES before the awkward transition to 3D on the N64 and PS2 and the limbo it went through on the console space while the series had a revival in the handheld platforms. The subject of this talk however pertains primarily on the NES title Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse, the PS2 title Curse of Darkness, as well as elements of the legendary Symphony of Night on the PS1 as the Netflix animation covers them all three to a degree. Now I say to a degree because not only are the first two aforementioned games linked chronologically on the canon timeline Konami put out but the animation bothered to incorporate the plot points from Curse of Darkness that begin in Dracula’s Curse into the adaptation which is something I appreciate the thought of because the people behind this seem to really want acknowledge the other games in the series. Symphony is mostly in there to help characterize Alucard and Dracula, which is a pretty big deal.

So how does the adaptation, from a western studio I might add, do to the Castlevania name? Well let’s find out, but I’m not going to pretend you can’t read the title so you already have a rough idea.

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 4: Technically the story could have ended here

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 4: Technically the story could have ended here

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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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 3: Trial by Fire

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 3: Trial by Fire

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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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 2: FIGHTING GOLD

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 2: FIGHTING GOLD

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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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 1: Welcome back to Italy

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure- Vento Aureo Episode 1: Welcome back to Italy

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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Boku no Hero Academia S3- Enter the New Era

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Boku no Hero Academia S3- Enter the New Era

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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