February 25, 2018

Life's a Beach (episode)

Episode 7 is the Beach Episode of Darling in the Franxx. As a reward for their good job in the previous episode, the 13th squad is allowed to go to a safe little beach cove for a couple of days. Normal beach episode type things ensue... at first.

But you have to remember, these kids are orphans raised from an early age to pilot the robots, and if it weren't for the Protagonist, they wouldn't even have names. So there are a number of things about their mentalities that are just wrong. And Zero Two's addition to the crew has brought along with it some ideas that they are just not equipped to deal with, like what a kiss really is, or love. Now the Jealous schoolkid reaction you see in many shows towards the guy who is getting some female attention thing rears its ugly head, but the result is decidedly off-kilter.

About halfway through the episode though, the crew discovers a fissure in the cliffside, which leads to a path to an abandoned town. These kids were never taught anything not needed for their mission. Like history. They never knew that people used to live on the surface, instead of the mobile plantations. One girl wanders into the remains of a clinic and finds a book for first-time expectant mothers. Expect that to cause issues in the future.

When they get back, there's a barbecue buffet set up for them, and they dig in. Although at least one of them wonders about how it appeared, since they're alone on the beach.

But afterwards, how badly they've been mind-fucked is put on display, as one of them declares the plantations to be superior to living on the surface, how he's proud of his function to defend the cities, and his hopes to join the ranks of the adults in the future, and the others respond enthusiastically. This in the middle of a discussion about why humanity left the surface, as Zero Two mentioned. "But the world is full of Klaxosaurs!" (The monsters they fight). Our hero speculates that mining magma energy might have brought them, but that is shot down as going against the revered Dr. Franxx, who moved everyone TO plantations to make them safe from the Klaxosaurs. The order of events, as far as they know it, is inverted. I actually found the scene rather chilling.

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February 23, 2018

Gonna need more sources

Ever since Nyatorrents lost its old host, it's been kinda crippled. It's not as comprehensive as it used to be. I've found a couple of other lists, but they all seem to be only one or two circles participating. Lots of shows seem to get dropped or skipped. I could really use some suggestions of better places to check.

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February 11, 2018

Killing Bites

I was kinda hoping for "So Bad it's Good" out of this. But no, I'm bouncing hard off the start of episode 3 and they haven't even introduced the third girl yet.

The Setup isn't that atypical. Four ancient Yakuza/Corporations have been settling their differences with bloodsports for ages, and recently thanks to some mad scientist type, they've upgraded their fighters to "Therianthropes" - were-creatures who can transform at will to exhibit enhanced powers. Due to an accident of misfortune, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, our hero/harem center finds himself embroiled in the scheme that will upset the entire apple cart. Not so bad, right?

Oh if only....

So the writers I guess want to appeal to the Otaku crowd, so they make our hero an otaku, although it's not entirely obvious from his apartment what he's a fan of. And he's a college student for once, instead of a high schooler. But our first exposure to him is when he's driving the van for a bunch of "cool" bastards who apparently took advantage of his gullibility, telling him that they were gonna pick up girls and get him laid (for the first time, they make sure to mention), but they didn't mention that in this case "Picking up girls" meant snatching them off the street, dragging them into the van for a bit of the ol' Gang Rape.

Unfortunately for the boys, the girl they grab is a Were-Ratel (Honey Badger), and she don't care. In short order the guys are bloody rags, and our hero is freaking out, and she orders him to drive her to where her first actual deathmatch is.

And thus he becomes embroiled in the whole sordid game. And of course, she has to stay in his apartment. Contestant Number 1 has joined the harem, and he thinks she's cute when she's not threatening to kill him.

Now remember, he's an otaku, but really not much of one. He's even barely handsome. The next day, he's back at class, and Honey Badger for some reason has to go with him. That's when the single most obnoxious geek character I have ever witnessed shows up - his best friend. And things go to contrived shit from there. It becomes obvious that while the writers are perhaps trying to cater to the otaku audience, they absolutely revile them. By episode 2, Player Number 2, a Were Cheetah shows up, mostly because she's stalking Honey Badger and wants to be the one who kills her in her next sanctioned match. And in episode 3, our hero is now hanging out in the college otaku clubroom with two pretty girls, and at least five, lecherous, slobbering, leering creepazoids, led by his hyper-fat, obnoxious "best friend", and the only contrived way to escape this situation is not to just walk out, or callously slaughter the entire manga club, but to make the girls wear costumes.

This is where I stopped.

Now perhaps, once we get past this, it will be less shit, but I doubt it. I might jump ahead to the next episode just to see the Were Bunny show up, but right now all the male characters are all the worst refugees from a guro hentai game animation, and all the women are bitchy killers, and the hero is a blank-slate nobody.

The transformations aren't all that much better either. Their animal characteristics are limited to growing huge clawed arms and legs, tails and ears, and fangs (But the male therianthropes go much further). I suppose that kind of transformation has been done before - see Felicia from Darkstalkers. And it could be worse. The werewolf from Monster Princess (something I reviewed YEARS ago) only grew giant paws.

I miss Liru already.

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February 04, 2018

Darling in the Franxx

There have been lots of giant robot shows. There have been lots of post apocalyptic giant robot shows. But I think this is the first one where the giant robots have huge anime eyes....

I even saw some guy on Twitter go on about them being sexy, god help him.

There have been lots of sexy robot shows. But this, perhaps, may be the first Sexy Giant Robot show. What do you think?

(Oh, and there is that whole thing about how the pilots drive it....)

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January 20, 2018

I'm a little disturbed...

Two of the mee.nu blogs I bookmarked and open every day (Love that open all in new tabs feature) have not been updated since 2016. A couple of them are also stale by several months.

Come on guys, post! BrickMuppet can't welfare check ALL of you!
(Comments would be nice too).

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January 06, 2018

Winter Season

I'm surprised I'm not seeing a lot said in my circle of anime Blogs about the current season. I almost forgot it started!
Check out the current chart! What are you watching?

I'll start. Based on a friend's mention of it on Facebook, I've started Mahou Tsukai no Yome. I just finished the first episode moments ago. A young girl, tormented by supernatural visions she can't understand her entire young life, having been shuttled from relative to relative who don't know what to do with her, with no place left to go, sells herself into slavery, but is bought by an ancient, animal-skull-headed wizard who is kind to her, and intends to make her his apprentice and someday bride. She has a whole new world to learn, but a lifetime of sadness and loss to overcome. (Well hell, it started last season, and only a few episodes are on Nyaatorrents. Poo.) (Ah, found it on Anidex! But with bno seeds and only a few peers and most of the trackers stripped. Copies the trackers from the first five eps. not helping much....)

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December 30, 2017

This is kinda cool

This site just plays (or loops, depending on a button) random Anime openings or closings. I think it's also possible to find specific ones, since I was DDGing for the end title of Moretsu Space Pirates.

Here's a complete list of what they have.

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December 28, 2017

When Snowflakes Attack!

Unscheduled post in my Writing Blog.

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December 22, 2017

Big Order

AMVs are dangerous. They expose you to anime series you didn't know were out there, and then you have to dig back into the archives of torrent sites in the hopes that at least one obsessed fan has kept the light on, and knowing you will never reach your share ratio...

One such AMV showed me a brief glimpse of a a white haired, dark skinned character, so you know I had to check this out. The show turned out to be Big Order, which was from the spring of '16. Deadfish was Dead, leaving only HorribleSubs as a source, unless I wanted to suck down a 6+ gig BD dump. (There was a reason to go back to that BD dump for an obvious reason, the first half of episode 5).

I suppose a brief summary of the plot is in Order (see what I did there?). Our anti-hero is one of a series of people called "Orders" who were granted the power to make their specific wish come true from a mysterious floating girl named Daisy. What Daisy has in mind isn't really explored. When Daisy visited him as a mere child, he wished poorly, and that power nearly destroyed the world. The world knows there are other "orders" (around 2000 so far), but they are all hated because of "The Great Destruction" and his only salvation is that nobody knows it was him. Until...

Cute girl shows up in his class. Said cute girl also appears outside his apartment saying she moved in upstairs and broke her key and could he help? Said cute girl then stuffs a sword through him from behind, blaming him for the fire that killed her parents. Said cute girl is actually an agent of a cabal of 10 other orders who are taking over, starting in southern Japan, and they know about him and want to use his power. Said cute girl kinda went off mission by trying to kill him.

Fortunately she has regenerative powers, both for herself and things she wants to fix. BTW, our main character also has a stepsister dying of some kind of rare leukemia. Said cute girl kidnaps the sister from the hospital, takes her to a remote location, and lures the MC there, where she then sticks the sword into the sister to reinforce her demands.

This is enough for our hero, who has sworn to never use his power again, no matter how much Daisy nagged him to (at least so long as his sick sister was alive) to unleash his power, which basically allows him complete control over any area he's traveled in, and complete control of any thing or any person within that area. Kinda like Code Geass with an area of effect. And he lays one on said cute girl making it impossible for her to kill him or his sister, or leave any area under his control. Oh, she still wants to, and it's kind of comical how she tries to lead him into situations where he will die, but she can't succeed, and we've seen this joke before.

Not a victory though, because the gang of 10 Orders have him under their control. One of them can stop time, and has stopped it for his sick sister, and they promise they can get her to an order who can cure her, IF he aids them in their plan to take over the world. And since they announced publicly that he was the order responsible for The Great Destruction, there is no other safe place for him except as their figurehead.

So, where is the white haired, dark skinned chick? She's on the next island north. She's got a power over rock, can petrify folks, and has a giant stone golem at her control. Alas, a bit of a disappointment when I finally got to see her. It's like when Poser first came out, and horny teens turned all the sliders for tits and ass to 11, there's a point when overdoing supposedly sexy traits can have the opposite effect. Okay if you're into such things, but kinda grotesque if you ask me. And by episode 5, somehow virtually all of the female cast ends up in a bathhouse with excessive Buy The BD light beams, and she gropes them all. But it's brief, like an obligatory inclusion.

Eh, I might finish it, it's only 10 episodes. I expect it won't reach any conclusion, won't be continued, and will be a waste of my time.

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November 23, 2017

Your name

A while ago on a certain person's recommendation, I downloaded Your Name, and today I finally watched it. And it was excellent. Sometimes when you watch a lot of episodic anime, you forget just how beautiful feature films can be.

Also makes me wonder if that's why someone was so fascinated with the braided strings...

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