Been lacking a lot of sleep these past few days but the busy times are about to get slightly less stressful once this week is over so that’s something to look forward to. One of the many things I looked forward to for Part 5’s adaptation was hoping to finally comprehend what the hell was going on in the panels because let me tell you, I couldn’t tell what the hell was going on for a bunch of fights in Part 5. Only recently did that Soft Machine fight make slightly more sense to me and the Part’s dubious scan and translation history didn’t help clarify things. I think the next “confusing” fight that’s coming is Little Feet but I think the slight confusion of constant size swapping is supposed to elicit that effect to begin with.
Lloyd Bannings arrives at police headquarters and instead of being assigned as a formal detective, he is introduced to three people who don’t resemble the closest thing to policemen. Assigned under the supervision of Sergei Lou, a former co-worker of Lloyd’s brother Guy Bannings, Lloyd is made part of the Special Support Section, a brand new division of the police created to restore the police’s image in the eyes of the citizens of Crossbell. The police’s reputation among the citizens are at an all-time low because of the recent rise of crime activity in the city as well as the community’s dependence on the local Bracer Guild for their troubles. The SSS was created for the sole purpose of “combating” the Bracer Guild’s popularity to restore faith in the city’s police and Lloyd’s ragtag group of friends-to-be are left to this task, which is honestly a very contextually acceptable excuse in making police-officers go around doing side-quests. Lloyd is introduced to the Elie Macdowell, the well-educated granddaughter of the city’s mayor; Tio Plato, the literal tech-wizard of the group representing the Epstein Foundation; and Randy Orlando, the womanizing ex-member of the militarized border patrols and the squad of four embark on an adventure that shakes the foundation of their city and their very existence, but not before improving public opinion by finding cats and fighting off thugs.
A new start
A busy weekend had me completely occupied so I’m a bit behind on covering Jojo which I hope I can alleviate soon, or just cover two episodes at once by this week since we technically are in Zucchero’s fight for last week and this week’s episodes. Still a bit busy this week but I’ll see if I can get last week’s episode done before Saturday comes back around.
While Trails in the Sky FC and SC came out within a year in between for Steam, the fate of the series’ continuation was iffy. This was due to the recent release of Trails of Cold Steel and the decision to focus on its concurrent localization and release while it was still on the spotlight. Some slight hope was restored as after Cold Steel 1-2 were released, Xseed came back to finish Trails in the Sky 3rd but once again, the Zero/Ao entries into the series just didn’t have the time to be focused on. This is especially vexing for a couple of reasons as for one, the Crossbell duology is considered to be the peak of the series in terms of gameplay and story, and especially where the story is concerned as it takes place within months of Trails of Cold Steel’s plot before its sequels basically have them take place simultaneously. Nonetheless, an unofficial but workable english patch has been out for more than a year and thanks to that, I was able to experience the games for myself and let’s just say that I can wholeheartedly agree that these games were simply amazing.
Kick off those dusty boots since our adventure through Liberl is over and put on a new pair of shoes to enter into a whole new setting. Back in the many political discussions within Trails in the Sky, one of the locations that come up is called Crossbell, a satellite state that is bordered and “shared” by the Erebonian Empire and the Calvard Republic, the two other major powers next to Liberl in the Zemurian continent. Whereas Liberl was considered a backwater kingdom, Crossbell reflects the look of a contemporary city with orbital cars, apartment complexes, and shopping districts thanks to its close relationship with the technological collaborations with the leading pioneers in technology with the Epstein Foundation. Set in the overarching storyline at least two years after Trails in the Sky, our new journey puts us into the shoes of Lloyd Bannings, a rookie police detective fresh out of extended training who has just returned to his native Crossbell to follow in the footsteps of his late brother. However, the news he finds waiting for him at the Police department is the last thing he expects to undertake which sets in motion events that will change his life and Crossbell forever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.