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Anime II: Back to Zero

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Yeah. I honestly prefer watching complete shows. (Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop, Devilman Crybaby, etc.)

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1 minute ago, The Grey Wolf said:

Yeah. I honestly prefer watching complete shows. (Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop, Devilman Crybaby, etc.)

I agree - it's why I wound up having to rewatch AOT thanks to the huge gaps between seasons

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I should probably note what happened with my Higurashi Gou watch: The show has wrapped up its first season and is on a break with a second cour following in July.

Now looking back on the show I am extremely conflict. The core idea and the conflict that they want to create is really great and I love how Gou is built to be a crossroads for the wider When they Cry franchise which up until consisted only of rather vaguely connected individual stories which take place in completely different worlds and only a very meta-textual overlap of characters. And then in comes Gou and massively fleshes out that concept and telling a story that Umineko alluded to that seemingly was Higurashi, but never quite and now rectifying that dissonance.

Unfortunately on the other hand of the spectrum I must note that the direction is abysmal. I already noted in my previous reviews that I found myself very irritated about how the show keeps covering already well known Higurashi material for no other reason than an initial joke that got dragged out for FAR too long. Similarly the second half, while starting out as a great bridge between Matsuriyabashi and Gou to explain what the fuck happened that the characters got stuck again in 1983, it ended up surprisingly hasty in explaining how it happened while at the same time treating the necessary character development haphazardly and outright ignoring characters and motivations that would have affected the outcome that they wanted for the villain of the story, something that goes extremely against Higurashi's core principle of being a character-driven clockwork made of confliction motivations that all create the plot. It's a serious shame because I could see it working out extremely well with a tighter script and only half the episodes.

 

In other news, I also recently saw the third Fate/Stay Night Heaven's Feel movie. If you had read some of my reviews here before, you probably noticed I'm a masochist for the Fate franchise.

And the weirdest part is... I... I actually liked the movie! Bloody hell, how did they manage that? Okay, I do know how they managed that, but that only makes me more confused: The movie was basically just a barrage of pivotal character moments where they agonized about the decisions they are making and question their motivations. The only problem is that the two movies before that do an abysmal job getting these motivations across (if they even attempted it at all). So... Heaven's Feel III works great, for people like me who spent the last seven years tearing this franchise apart and know these characters and their motivations by heart. People who just watched this and UBW (and you have to watch UBW because Heaven's Feel I skips all the scenes they have in common) will probably feel super confused and not buy it at all.

Also the fight scenes in this one are spectacular in a good way. So far I had been very disappointed in the fight scenes in ufotables Stay Night in comparison to Fate/Zero since their fights and their choreography rarely accomplished anything other than paint the characters as super duper powerful. Something Fate/Zero accomplished utterly implicitly if you bothered to look at the carnage around them, but the focus of the Fate/Zero fights still lingered on the strategies of how the characters approach their fights and become more a test of their motivations than anything. Meanwhile in Fate/Stay Night it's just flailing with pretty CGI effects. So imagine my surprise that I found them actually interesting here, given how short most of the fights are and how they usually served a clear purpose for the advancement of the plot, while also allowed moments of characterization to shine through instead of "Gate of Babylon goes brrrrr". Apparently it helps that they poured all their budget into the ultimately relatively meaningless Rider vs. Saber fight that goes on for seven fucking minutes and is just 'splosions as Michael Bay took over for a bit.

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Finished what was out of Attack on Titan last night.

Now that I know the ending (having finished the manga), the anime is a better experience somehow. No doubt the plot is a bit too elaborate in some ways. But once you finally know everything it becomes this experience of delving into a form of brilliant insanity. The whole thing is nuts, disturbing, and somehow manages to be entertaining as well.
Dunno if others have had this feeling, but the way the show piles on layers of meaning is impressive. Even if you don't like the genre, it's a tour de force to make each season affect the meaning of previous ones as well. Though come to think of it, it's not that uncommon for animes to use time creatively.
The action and the character development are also remarkable. Lots of minor characters are cleverly fleshed out.
Anyway, good stuff, though terribly bleak. Reminds me of Evangelion. I guess both subvert the shonen genre in a comparable way.

Spoiler for both shows:

 

The original Evangelion ending was uplifting though. And made sense (at least to me). Not sure Attack on Titan has any deeper lesson to offer otoh. It's an incredible story, but it ends up being about cranking the rather common shonen theme of sacrifice to the max. Oh well, we get amazing -and truly original- fights in exchange.

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About two years ago, there was word of the Cowboy Bebop being turned to live action on Netflix. While I still have exceptionally little belief that this is a worthwhile endeavor, I did say one thing about it:

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 the music will never in a million y ears surpass the work of Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts unless they're willing to bring them back on board

Well....

 

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16 hours ago, Ran said:

About two years ago, there was word of the Cowboy Bebop being turned to live action on Netflix. While I still have exceptionally little belief that this is a worthwhile endeavor, I did say one thing about it:

Well....

They did confirm this a year ago, but for some reason it didn't pick up much traction.

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Netflix's been revealing some stuff in the works. A new Castlevania series (sans Warren Ellis) following Richter Belmont (son of Trevor and Sypha) and Maria Renard in the late 18th century. Then it was announced that Netflix was ordering up a Far Cry(!) anime series, as well as giving Adi Shankar (Castlevania's showrunner) the reins to make Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix (!!!!) based on the FC3 DLC Blood Dragon. His presentation of it is an unusually honest description of its inspirations (including DC's Elseworlds, synthwave music and art, Captain N: The Gamemaster, and his own "Bootleg Universe" fan films):

There's a clip at the 32:20 that's a sort of conceptual tease.

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20 minutes ago, The Grey Wolf Strikes Back said:

Apparently a SW anime is being made for Disney+...

 

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