Sanrio Boys Episode 7: And We All Went To Puroland

Review:

Well, if they want to advertise their theme park, I guess this works well enough. It kind of lacks anything resembling a story and a few moments of character realisation in the last couple of minutes of the episode doesn’t really make up for that. Basically, this was like the Anime-Gataris episode where they went to a convention. While it might show the experience of friends going to a convention quite well (or in this case Puroland), what it doesn’t do is tell a story in an engaging way for the audience.

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Basically, after we realise that Kouta has been ditching the friends he had at the start of the series to hang out with his new Sanrio friends (something that happens a lot in anime where the main character suddenly has all new friends and is seldom seen with the original friends), and then the Sanrio friends decide to visit Puroland on the weekend. We then see photo-ops, rides, and merchandise before they make us sit through the show/parade thing.

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At least I now know how we get to the first episode where the boys were putting on a play clearly for a school festival. So at least the series has some cohesion in that regard. Still, as an individual episode, this one does not do much, unless boys with various animal ears are your thing.


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Land of the Lustrous Series Review: Beautiful But Not Without Flaws

Overview:

Land of the Lustrous kind of took me by surprise during the Autumn 2017 season as its CG animation made it stand out from the crowd but for once in a truly beautiful manner. The story follows Phos, the youngest of a group of living gem stones who are hunted by Lunarians who wish to break them up and take them back to the moon. Phos, being incredibly weak, has no job or purpose though over the course of the season will undergo a startling transformation.

Review:

Previously I discussed Phos’ transformation as a character and the cost in a feature post because while watching this is the part that consistently stood out to. Phos wasn’t just bitten by some radioactive spider and then getting a training montage and poof, superhero material here we are. Instead, Phos’ personal growth and transformation are characterised by the extreme loss of identity and the pain that self-awareness can bring as well as the understanding that just getting stronger doesn’t mean things will work out okay. It is a powerful idea and one that is delivered in a glistening package.

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Land of the Lustrous was one of my favourite shows of the Autumn season because it felt unique. Part of that is because of the visuals and animation. These characters won’t be confused with characters from any other show (at this point) and the world they are in is truly vibrantly alive. However, I’m not enough of a sucker for pretty visuals that just looking sparkly and pretty would be enough to really capture my interest for the season. Phos was also a major draw as a character who started out semi-annoying but by mid-season had become one of my personal favourite characters of all time. But what really sells this show for me is that despite this really being Phos’ story, hers is only one story that is ongoing in this world and though we only see glimpses of the other stories when Phos’ journey intersects with the other characters, it all creates a sense that this world we are seeing is genuine and complex (even if a lot of the characters seem quite simple at a glance).

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However, that leads logically to the show’s greatest weakness and that is that 12 episodes barely scratch the surface of anything. The only real narrative arc that we’ve seen is Phos seeking and finding a purpose and while that was glorious it leaves the audience with so many unanswered questions about the gems and the Lunarians and the weird snail things that appear for about two episodes and then cease to have any presence in the story. Basically, this show is crying out for more. More time to develop these ideas and this world. More time for the story and characters to evolve and find their way. Just more of everything.

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And there’s a lot that this show has in it that you are going to want more of. The ridiculously cute moments between the pairs of gems or when they were chasing the 108 puppy things around are just adorable. While this might seem vapid in the context of the rest of the story it shows you how normalised the gems are to the events unfolding around them. They live a very, very long time and their lives have been fairly much stagnant. They throw themselves into these small moments of joy in a way that you would expect of a six year old to go from tears to full smiles in the space of handing them a chocolate anything (yeah, don’t let me baby-sit your kids, it will end with chocolate for sure – and tears but that).

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Then there’s the action sequences. Episode 10 in particular showed an extended fight sequence that crossed multiple locations and just found the perfect mixture of nail-biting tension and fantastic movement and fighting. But all the fights, as brief as some are, managed to impress visually and ramp up the tension of their episodes. Also, unlike so many other shows, our main characters are never guaranteed victory or protected by plot armour. Loss and failure loom large as themes and pave a lot the way for Phos’ transformation so you can never tell the outcome of a battle before it begins.

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The supporting cast are fantastic if slightly under-utilised and at this stage quite a number are still fairly background with little known about them. However, while the focus has definitely been Phos, other characters such as Bort, Dia and Cinnabar have all been given some decent depth as characters and Alex, Rutile and Sensei were starting to get a bit more of a look toward the end of the series.

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While the opening theme probably won’t be one you are going to bop along to, it fits the show really well and like everything else it is gorgeous to look at. The music and sound within the episodes is something really well integrated into the story and the ideas it seems to be trying to convey. There’s some heavy religious undertones at times and the sound direction (particularly when the Lunarians are on screen) most definitely reflects that. But even just the sounds of the world are beautifully portrayed and help to bring the setting to life.

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Basically I loved watching this. My only real issue is that it ends without resolving everything but it didn’t leave me howling in frustration either as it did bring Phos’ journey to a reasonable resting place. Please let there be another season of this and in the meantime I would definitely recommend giving this one a go when you can if you didn’t watch it while it was airing.

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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Episode 7: Some Magical Fun

Review:

I know I’ve been running hot and cold on this series, but that is because there are some thing I really do love about it even while the overall plot is kind of just hanging there. That said, episode 7 gave me a lot of the things I like about Cardcaptor. We had magic, Sakura, Tomoyo and Syaoran together (without the other classmates), and we also had a card capture at the end of the episode.

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The episode starts fairly benignly with Kero suggesting they test out the record card, and of course Tomoyo is needed for this given she’s the one usually doing the recording. It also requires a costume change and snacks so nothing unusual there, though the outfit this episode is gorgeous. Later Syaoran shows up and they sense a ‘wind’ that isn’t really a wind. And, for the first time this series, we get to see Syaoran use some magic (not that it has any impact whatsoever, it just looks cool and to be honest that is good enough).

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Ultimately though, Sakura uses a bunch of her cards (showing off some abilities we hadn’t seen before) and then she talks to the new power and they become friends allowing her to capture it. And what do you know, it is flight. Which leads to a truly magical scene to finish on.

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We may not have gotten any closer to figuring out Sakura’s dreams or why Eriol is talking with Syaoran and not Sakura or who the hooded figure is, but there wasn’t a lot to complain about with this episode. It was interesting enough, plenty of magic, and a new cool card that I can’t wait to see in action. Hopefully next week can also be fun.


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Tuesday’s Top 5: Anime Archers

Alright, I know before getting into this that someone is going to suggest Fate/Whatever but the only one of that franchise I’ve actually watched is Fate/Stay Night and it didn’t terribly impress so no, they didn’t get on the list. However, as always, once I get through my list I would love to know which characters you would include on yours. This is a pretty straight forward list in that the only requisite is the character uses a bow and arrow (or some very close variant).

Please note: there may be some spoilers below.

Honourable mentions this week go to Sailor Mars and Madoka.

Number 5: Borgoff Marcus from Vampire Hunter D

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Okay, honestly this is probably more of a cross-bow thing than a bow and arrow, but it is still really cool. The guy launches enough of his arrows to fill the sky and rain down death upon the vampires he’s hunting. He is also incredibly accurate which is demonstrated numerous times throughout the movie. All and all, it is a great weapon and while he isn’t the best character, he is certainly a fine marksman.

Number 4: Miyuki from Red Data Girl

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We see Miyuki training at archery regularly and we know he was trained as a mountain monk. Throughout the series we see him use both the bow and a staff to try to defend Izumiko (though his spiritual power is a little low when not being given a boost by Wamiya). Still, he looks pretty good when drawing his bow.


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Number 3: Yona from Akatsuki no Yona

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It would be almost criminal to make this list and not include Yona. She starts out having never been allowed to touch weapons and she spends a lot of time training. Yet all that hard work pays off because she becomes very competent with that bow by the end of the series. This one I particularly like because she didn’t start off an amazing archer but we saw her develop this skill over the course of the series.


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Number 2: Tigre from Lord Marksman and Vanadis

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The show is called Lord Marksman so of course there was an archer involved and Tigrevurmud Vorn (no wonder he gets called Tigre) is the main character. In fact, bows are looked down upon as a coward’s weapon and one of not much use early in this series and Tigre faces all kinds of discrimination from the other Lord’s. However, that doesn’t last as Tigre shows time and again what a bow can do in the hand of a competent user. He wins the trust of Eleonora who ends up backing him as he fights to first defend his lands and then his kingdom from invasion.


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Number 1: Ishida from Bleach

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It was always going to take something a little bit special to beat Tigre on this list, but Ishida is always going to hold a special place in my heart. My favourite character from Bleach and proving just how cool a bow can be, Ishida well and truly deserves the number one spot on my list. I also love the variations of ‘bow’ Ishida uses throughout the series and it was always interesting seeing how Ishida adapted to different enemies. A far more refined fighting style than Ichigo’s swing the sword and see if it connects approach.

And that’s my list this week but I’ll hand it over to you and ask who your favourite anime archers are.


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Nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award

First up a huge thank you to Fiddletwix from Anime Madhouse for the nomination. I really appreciate it. Now, given in the rules it asks me to give the history of my blog and I’ve kind of done that a couple of times now, most recently here, and then it asks for advice for new bloggers, and I’ve kind of done that a lot too, I’m actually not going to follow the rules but I did want to take a moment to recognise some other fantastic bloggers out there and their contributions to the great community on WordPress.

Unfortunately, I haven’t included everyone who deserves a mention, there are just too many people, so please feel free to add other bloggers who deserve some recognition in the comments below.

I have included the rules so if you would like to respond to this award, they are down the bottom of the post.

Recognition:

Irina (I Drink and Watch Anime): Running a fantastic blog and spreading positivity through the community. Also, putting up with my erratic schedule as we try to write another collaboration. She is definitely deserving of the god status that was bestowed upon her through the very official twitter channels.

Raistlin: Let’s be honest, you probably already know Raistlin. however, outside of being an excellent supporter of everyone in the community, he runs an amazing blog covering movies, board games, TV shows, and of course anime.

Keiko’s Anime Blog: Gives some great thoughts on the shows of the season. While our watch lists seldom have much in common, I enjoy following each season through with Keiko and I particularly enjoy their weekly round-ups.

Where-ever-I-Look: Want anime coverage but would also love to see TV and movies covered with depth and thought? This is the blog to check out with a huge number of posts coming out each week covering a variety of media.

Jon Spencer Reviews: Again, most of us probably know Jon Spencer as he runs his ABC polls, reviews anime, started the creator’s showcase, and is incredibly supportive of the community.

Never Argue With A Fish: Presents some series reviews with interesting observations and a clear opinion. Never afraid to say what they are thinking and well worth the read even when I don’t agree.

Floating Into Bliss: For something a little more thought provoking than episode reviews, this blog continues to put out some very interesting articles that are thought provoking.

The Visualist’s Veranda: You want a critical review with a clear and honest point of view supported by great reasons? This is the blog for you. Kapodaco isn’t one to play nice when something doesn’t work but their passion for anime (and other media) is on clear display.

Mechanical Anime Reviews: Consistently interesting posts on a range of anime and ideas. Scott puts in a lot of thoughts, even taking content down when he’s not happy with the result and reworking the post.

KawaiiPaperPandas: Some really thought provoking episode reviews as well as a range of other great anime content to check out on this blog.

Lethargic Ramblings: Not afraid of unpopular opinions, Lethargic Ramblings posts some personal and thought provoking content on a range of anime issues as well as their thoughts on shows and games.

Arthifis: They are a relative new-comer but they are fast making their presence felt in the aniblogging community and I really hope that they are here to stay.

Marth’s Anime Blog: Marthaurion was one of the earlier bloggers I came across and he continues to post some really interesting episode commentary. I love it when I happen to be watching the shows he is covering because it really adds something to the viewing experience to catch Marth’s take on the episode.

A Nerdy Perspective: Recently hit 100 followers and continues to put out some excellent content following some seasonal stuff and also writing some interesting articles.

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1.Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that persons blog.
2.Give the story or history of your blog.
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 6: Mistaken Identity Can Be Fun

Review:

I think this is the episode I officially fell in love with this series. I’ve really been enjoying it so far but there’s always been a hesitation in committing to it because there were so many chances for the show to derail. Yet 6 episodes of consistent entertainment and I’m now head over heels for this anime and I’m just going to try and squash that voice in the back of my mind that keeps asking where does it think it is going now.

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So what made this episode so great? Lin takes on a job for Banba and pretends to be the Niwaka Samurai which of course leads to him facing off with the ninja. That said, Lin wasn’t doing too terribly against him (not great but he didn’t get instantly wiped out so go him), however outside interference meant that Lin ended up kidnapped and knocked out. Which is where our story shows once again that every plot point exists for a reason and the kidnappers, realising they have a fake, hire the torturer for hire who set up his website in the last episode. Of course, they couldn’t have known that the torturer knew Lin and would swap him out. But what really makes this whole sequence special is how Banba and Lin both reflect on the other as they realise what is going on.

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I’d be lying if I didn’t say that my heart skipped a beat after that. I genuinely love these two characters and how well they play off one another. And just in case all of this wasn’t enough to make this a truly praise worthy episode, we do in fact get a fight between the real Samurai and Ninja.

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Plus a baseball game showdown at the end. This show is pure entertainment and when you couple a great story with great characters and a great soundtrack, there is very little not to like.

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Record of Grancrest War Episode 7: Loyalty Is Quite Cheap In This Show

Review:

I have to wonder what the Lord’s definition of loyalty is on this show given the number of them that seem to switch sides or pledge loyalty to Theo at the drop of a hat. It kind of makes the whole swearing an oath thing more or less pointless when they can swap masters if someone more impressive comes along. Not that Theo was all that impressive but I guess his naivety was refreshing at least.

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On the brighter side, we finally got back to the whole failed marriage thing from episode one. I had to assume that the wedding failing was significant but no-one really seemed to bring it up in the six episodes in-between so finally running into someone who actually wanted to mention it and point out that they actually wanted to still get married in the hope of bringing peace was kind of refreshing, even if it seems highly unlikely at this particular point in time.

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Realistically, it seems like sooner or later everyone Theo has met is going to give him their crest and that doesn’t exactly sit well with me. As nice a guy as Theo is, he really isn’t leadership material and has done nothing in the past seven episodes to convince me otherwise. Still, I guess we’ll see what this story delivers now that someone has tried and failed to assassinate Theo and the guy they call the White Prince.

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Junji Ito Collection Episode 7: Round and Round We Go

Review:

I’m not really sure what to make of the first story as it really seemed more like an idea rather than a fleshed out tale. Basically, record of an artist after she died and everyone who listens to it seems to become obsessed with owning it, to the point where they would steal it or hit the current owner over the head to keep it. It isn’t particularly interesting or shocking and it is over before you really begin to care about what is happening.

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The second story presents a bizarre scenario and aspects of it could have been really cool if explored further. Yet the presence of Jack the Ripper just felt so forced and unnecessary as an added issue to deal with and the Aunt first threatening to kill the niece and then saving her doesn’t really sit right.

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So this series remains consistent in presenting ideas but not really crafting good stories or characters and the wasted potential really hurts.

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In Case You Missed It

Disaster of a week in the real world and only marginally better blogging this week as I spent most of the week playing catch up after a start to the week that exhausted me because of work related issues. And given Sunday is my usual watch anime and write a lot of my posts for the week day, and this time I didn’t get to do any of that, I really did spend the week behind and work was still super busy. Then of course, I got the flu.

Still, I am not here to whinge, I am here to introduce my post round up from last week with some really fun blog posts I came across while visiting everyone’s blogs. As always, please feel free to give a shout-out to someone in the comments below if they have a post that you feel deserves some attention.

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Not anime related, but Two Happy Cats had an interview with Moral Anxiety Studios (Visual Novel developers). If you want to know more about this Indie studio then you should definitely check out this post.

Nefarious Reviews reviewed Black Butler and while they aren’t exactly fan-girling over it, they do outline some of the positive and negatives of the series (as well as agreeing with me that season 2 is rubbish – please note Irina). Basically if you are looking for a fairly balanced review of the show, this is one to check out. If you want to know why Black Butler is amazing check out my review, and if you want to know about the differences between BB1 and BB2 check out Irina and my debate on the topic.

The Little Anime Blog shares a review of Pokemon The Movie and while this isn’t something I’m look to watch, I enjoyed seeing their thoughts on it. Pokemon and anime fans should check this post out.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews looks at the late Netflix release of Kakegurui and wonders why there was so much hype (a sentiment I’m sharing). Of course, the larger problem is that this show could have been released on Netflix back when it aired, or at the very least much sooner after.

Amiranda Reviews takes on Land of the Lustrous and gives readers who haven’t seen the show plenty of reasons why it is worth trying out. It was a show I really enjoyed last season and I really enjoyed this post as it reminded me of all the good things it did.

Takuto’s Anime Cafe has a look at the works of Makoto Shinkai and the themes built within each of them. Get ready for a fair read as this one is quite the post, but well worth the time.

For Valentine’s Day we have:

The Perfect Anime for Valentine’s Day from a Nerdy Perspective. Here’s a list of a range of romantic anime that you can enjoy during the week where romance is thrown in your face again and again.

The Lost Voice asks if Gosick is a Detective or Romance anime and they make a good case for it being more of a romance. So while this isn’t exactly a Valentine’s post, I felt it fit the theme.

Totally not a Valentine’s story, Nice Job Breaking it, Hero has a post looking at the problematic nature of Junjou Romantica (season 1). For a lot of people, this anime is an entry point to BL or Yaoi anime and yet there are definitely some issues with the series which this post neatly addresses. Warning, unhealthy relationships abound.

Thero had a very nice not anime related post on 5 Tragic Couples from Video Games. As the number one spot went to a couple that were very dear to me (and their ending broke my heart just a little bit) I really enjoyed this list and the couples on it.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers had a guide to Valentine’s chocolates and even a how to guide on how to make some very cute looking chocolates.

Kawaii Paper Pandas shares some of their favourite anime couples in honour of Valentine’s Day. There some great choices on the list and good fun to read.

Over on the Treasure Box we have some Romance Tropes being shared as well as some personal bits and pieces. This one has some great tropes and some great examples so if you just want to reminisce over some truly classic set ups in romances, this is a great post to read.

Pick of the Week

Cain S Latrani took on Yuri on Ice in a review this week and the result is a post I read multiple times just for the sheer joy of it. Whether you are a Yuri on Ice fan or not, this is a post that really captured the anime in question and does so with personality and charm. Well worth your time for a read. Plus, it’s a Yuri on Ice post.

My Stuff

This week was a bit of a mixed bag in terms of my being able to get stuff done, but ultimately it all kind of came together. My first audio blog came out for patrons this week and while it is definitely a test the water and get some feedback affair, it is hopefully a sign of things to come for the blog in the future.

I continued my episodic reviews and you can check out what you missed in my season overview post.

This week I caught up with Kino’s Journey and Code Realize for series reviews and reviewed the next Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash light novel. Top 5 Tuesday was all about cherry blossoms in anime and my feature this week reflected on why I am not particularly worried about running low on passion for anime.

Finally, inquiring minds want to know was actually fairly timely this week because I was asked for my thoughts on Kakegurui. Which, given I haven’t finished it and probably won’t, which means I won’t ever get to do a series review, gave me a chance o voice my thoughts on the very small amount of it I did watch. If you missed it, or if you have a question you’d like to ask, be sure to check out the post.

That was my week in case you missed it.


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