Kemono no Souja Erin 50
It... was... *sniffle*....it was good...
It has much of what I expected from the final episode, Well, except for naked ladies, but that would be out of context.
-Enough animal massacre to piss off PETA? check. *
-Something bad happening to the main character? check.
-A character getting axed? check.
-Managing a good ending after that?.... you check it out.
A very nice ride. Some of the first episodes were kinda weak, but served to develop the main character quite well. The same with some supporting ones that were unlikable, others unbearable, but most served their need.
There are other Kemono no Souja novels, two were published while the anime was still running IIRC, that makes me wonder if those will also be animated or left alone.
*Well, it's not all that graphic, since it's still aimed at younger audiences, I think. But it gives enough of the idea.FMA:B 38
Another good one. The development takes it's time, but it's damn well worth it.
Now that we are this far in the series, comparing both the original and this one, IIRC, Ed was prone to give words of enlightment in pretty much every ep in the original, which is good and all that, but needs the suspension of disbelief when you are considering that it's a friggin 15 year old kid (or around that age); while in this one he appears to be still learning the ropes of what to do and when, meaning that he just can't give much speeches like in the other one.
Now that Ed is not as mature (which makes the character feel sorta fresh, after having watched 50-something eps from the the original), the series depends much more on secondary characters: Mustang, Hawkeye, Armstrong, etc. and that is, to me, a good thing, that way the main character doesn't over grow into a know-it-all do-it-all, which most Sues are.
That's why I'm liking this series better than the other one, even if it feels it's a bit more kiddy oriented with all the sudden gags.
I just hope Scar doesn't go all emo and pulls a narm
moment like he did in the other one.Glass Fleet ep1
Mmm'kay, getting past the overly stylized clothing that gives those "fabulous" vibes of 'em being directly taken from some gay pride parade, and the dude named Betty (okay, it's Vetti, but who cares about a leter or two?) it falls into a battle between numerous warships leaded by two aristocratic men (one of them being Betty), with questionable quirks. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Well, actually, it is. I liked the short battle and the fact that they showed people actually dying in it. It keeps the sense of it being a war. Anyway, I swear! during it I was expecting Vyse and the Blue Rogues to pop out any minute to set things right... Sadly they didn't. Oh well, moving on.
The rest is spoiler tagged just in case, though there are no really alarming thing in there:
Betty, after obliterating a surrendered enemy fleet, goes on to spew to the masses about how fabulous he is having defeated the Aristocrat Alliance that looked only for themselves, not the little people, and will now establish a new empire to unite the galaxy (it's obvious from scene-1 that Betty is a bad guy, but when the word "empire" appears, you all know that it just got serious). The speech ends with a thunderous applause.
The scene changes to show Ryuuken Ishima from Maria Holic some guy with a sword babbling about the era needing a savior, then changes again to an elaborate wedding ceremony, officiated by a flamboyantly dressed bishop, between two aristocrats. But lo! Who are those that stopped the ceremony!? It is Ryuuken Ishima Michel Volban and the Blue Rogues! err, People's Army! The People's Army begin to attack the aristocrats while Michel goes on a short speech of it being time to kick Betty's ass for being a hypocritical bastard, hinting that it has been some time since Betty established the "Evil" Empire, then the commoners present there begin to riot.
Well, I'll leave the spoilers at that, check the first episode for the rest.
It feels like a blend of Captain Harlock and Skies of Arcadia, two of the finest grains in the market. The artistic style remidns me a lot
of Gankutsuou (the Count of Montecristo anime) for some reason, and the space-ships with retro technology is amusing and interestingly imaginative at the same time. It does have it's bad side, but it's minimal so far: Although it does seem serious, it feels too easy to spot the "good guy" and the "bad guy" of the story from the get-go, which isn't a good thing in my book. Another thing that bothers me are the clothes, they are not just wacky clothes, but by how elaborate or simplistic they are it's easy to guess which one is a main character and which isn't. And somehow the space maid seems out of place.
Well, I'll definetly give it a chance. Thanks for the recommendation.
The credits song sucks, though.
Mazyrian wrote:Simoun is a very good series with basically no gags.
Gasaraki is another very serious series, though maybe a little on the boring side (for me at least).
Boogiepop Phantom and Lain are other things I always recommend (more mind-screwy than the former).
I remember checking out Boogiepop Phantom... I can't remember if I liked it or not, just that I didn't finish watching it. And Lain was a nice trippy anime that I haven't re-watched in some time. Supposedly some of the ones responsible for creating it are working on another very similar to Lain, but can't remember the title.
I'll check Simoun later and perhaps talk a bit about it.
"I settled for that shriek. Those dull vacant eyes... oiled cabbage stench of her...! [...] You know what? I'm sorry if I'm not gonna do this the way you want me to or the way you might. But I will not make an angel out of someone who wasn't an angel...!" -Chief Tyrol, on his beloved wife.
Have you heard about the saying that goes something like "drunk people and kids tell no lies"? Well, that's just a fallacy.