It’s a series done by the guy who did the sort of classic Armored Trooper VOTOMS, which was pretty good, and the forgettable Gasaraki. The latter is (probably) better known by being the directorial (co-director, but still) debut of Goro Taniguchi, who would later make much more worthwhile endeavours like Code Geass, Code Geass R2, and… uh… that one Kimba the White Lion special and… Maria the Virgin Witch. Well yeah, he’s something of a one trick pony. Anyway, I keep forgetting the director’s name, so for now I’m just going to refer to him as Mr. VOTOMS Guy.
Hey, I asked you about Blue Gender, not about this Taniguchi dude.
I’ve said this before, but I am not a big fan of Stardust Crusaders. This is something of a stereotypical Western JoJo fanboy opinion, I know, as pretty much everybody outside of glorious Nippon prefers Joseph over Jotaro. But I must admit, that there’s a certain point where Stardust Crusaders picks up and the monster-of-the-week battles begin to become much more interesting. It was never, contrary to popular opinion, just “Star Platinum punching things” as much as it was “JoJo trying to figure out how to and where to make Star Platinum punch”.
As I said in my previous post about this series, the animation in Arslan sucks fat wet asses. However, like those cheap mints they give out in lobbies worldwide that taste like damp armpits, it does have a certain charm to it. Like in the above picture, where it’s animated much fluider than regular, yet it still somehow manages to simultaneously fail and succeeed at being a fight scene.
The choreography is seriously lacking, with Old Mentor Dude repeatedly failing to actually connect but somehow being able to slash his opponents. It’s more remiscient of a bunch of gradeschoolers playing pretend at the schoolyard rather than epic high fantasy combat. But that’s what made this scene so much fun to to watch, and I wouldn’t have it otherwise unless they got the GARO fight choreographer on board. That’d be swell.
In a sickening, twisted way, Le Fruit de la Grisaia was my favorite anime of 2014. I know, I know, that statement will cause you to vomit blood. But while Le Fruit de la Grisaia is morally wrong and incredibly awfully written and generally painful, it was a lot of fun, to the extent a godawful thing can be fun. I didn’t want to look at it, yet I couldn’t bear to not watch it. It was like The Room, but with grenades and snipers.
Le Fruit de la Grisaia just escalated and escalated in… quality (?), for lack of a better term. Its commitment to cut the viewer with its edge was downright adorable more often than not, and ultimately, it was a lot of things, very few of them positive, but boring was not was of the things it was.
Did Le Labyrinthe de la Grisaia deliver the same… uh… “quality” as Fruit? Oh yes. Oh hell yes it did.
Arslan Senki is a series with a lot of story. It’s a series of novels, proper real novels not of the light variety, that started in 1986, thus making it older than me by eight years. Releases of recent novels, however, have been more and more scarce, thus making Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka the George R. R. Martin of Japan, minus all the blood and tits. Possibly.
It a multitude of adaptations, most notably a 90s manga, a 90s OVA which had beautiful animation until J.C.Staff took over. And now, the author of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa is now doing an adaptation. And it is glorious.
Seraph of the End begins with the extermination of all humanity via a mysterious virus that mysteriously only affects those 13 and older while vampires give a speech about how stupid humans are. If that were not enough, those children are then enslaved and then we are thrown some child prostitution metaphors before a dozen children are annihilated by vampires.
I don’t know why the first show I picked up this season was a JC Staff adaptation of a light novel with a tediously long title, but it was the earliest show to come out because it seems most shows are now on the weekends. To be fair to the author, it’s a award winning light novel. To be fair to the medium of literature, a light novel award is like winning Less Painful Method to Die at the Nails and Flails Torture-off.