Gangsta. 2 & 3 – In Which Best Guy Competition Intensifies

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Welp, I sure did take my sweet time writing this post. Maybe I shouldn’t actually write a blog considering I maybe don’t actually have enough time to maintain one, but fuck it, I like challenges.

Anyway, Gangsta. Yeah, I think I got something entirely different than what I was expecting of this series, and that’s a very good thing.

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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace 1 – Anime Sherlock

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First, let me praise this Kobayashi dude for reigniting my hype for this show, because his entire character design  hinted me very strongly as to what are the contents of this show. But then, I stayed with this show for reasons others than the contents hinted at by Kobayashi’s appearance. Or, to be more straight-forward, I came for the yaoi, and stayed for the mystery.

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The Heroic Legend of Arslan 4 – In Which There Is Best Guy

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Oh! That’s An Art!!

 

If there’s one change I’m aware of in Arakawa’s version of The Heroic Legend of Arslan is the addition of her sense of humor. I’m also aware that it’s also a point of contention in the old-time Arslan community (read: 8 smelly old men who are probably literature professors in Tokyo University) because they find it to be a bit jarring considering the rather serious and epic tone of the overarching plot.

In my opinion? The humour is fucking excellent. Especially since episode 4 of Arslan is a goldmine of hilarious exploitable screengrabs like the one above.

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The Heroic Legend of Arslan 3 – Old Mentor Dude is badass

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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.

But enough about the animation.

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Seraph of the End 1 & 2 – Throw It All Away

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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.

Seraph of the End is not a subtle series.

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