The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 11

Review:

It is all happening this episode with all of the many little plots coming together fantastically for what looks like a great ending next week (or whenever I get to see it). Despite talking trains, evil imposters, caged tanuki, dreams where sons converse with their dead father, transforming giant tigers, and exploding factories, the strangest point this episode still goes to seeing Benten crying.

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Her relationship with Yasaburo has always been ambiguous and this point doesn’t do much to clarify given she clearly isn’t trying to save him but she will mourn the possibility of him being eaten in a very strange mirror of the nightmare he had in the last episode. Though, it isn’t as though Benten did anything to stop the inevitable rescue effort either.

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With everything starting to come out into the opening and the family ties being stronger than ever, I am really looking forward to how this resolves. This show understood what made season 1 special to those who watched it and has managed to really capture those parts in this sequel without feeling too much like a duplication (though there have definitely been some moments where it feels a bit like an echo).

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Now if I could get a Nidaime/Benten showdown I’d be over the moon but given how the story has unfolded it doesn’t seem like that is on the cards.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 11

Review:

For a show I only grudgingly tried and at first kind of tolerated as the humour was either hit or miss, I’ve actually grown to really enjoy this particular anime mid-week. The second half of the show has definitely focused more on the drama than the comedy aspects and for me that is actually really quite refreshing, but the comedy has never been too intrusive or annoying in this show.

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This episode finally reveals the truth about Heine. We first hear about it mostly second hand as the Prince’s investigate the criminal in the palace rumour (at Heine’s request) and it is really great to see all four of them working together and playing to their strengths. Given the show has taken the time to develop each of these characters, watching them interact without Heine’s guidance and seeing how far they’d come over the course of the series was genuinely heartwarming.

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The second half of the episode we hear the story from the mouth of the King all leading up to the climax which the audience has just been waiting for. It isn’t as though we didn’t know what would happen when Heine’s past was revealed as the show has certainly outright stated it more than once.

Overall, this was a delightful episode of a show that has been surprisingly charming and engaging. It isn’t going to make my must watch list any time soon, but I think it will find a place among shows I rewatch when after something a little lighter.  Though, it still has to finish well.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 10

Review:

Not a lot happens this episode because we initially get the conversation that reveals Rosenberg probably knows who Heine is (or was) and just kind of leaves things hanging and then we watch the Princes fool around as they try to first figure out Heine’s secret and then get super sappy and try to thank him for teaching them.

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Of course, hanging over the whole episode is the knowledge that Heine is probably preparing to leave the Princes behind so all of his actions take on a kind of ominous appearance even when they are pretty ordinary. Every word he says to the Princes seems like a thinly veiled farewell so the audience is just kind of left waiting for a scene that doesn’t arrive.

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Though the last few moments certainly seem to indicate that isn’t going to last and that they won’t stretch things out too much longer. Still, the cleaning scene did have me wondering for a moment what anime I was watching.

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Seriously?

All and all I am in two minds about this. I’m pretty sure if I was binge watching this series I wouldn’t mind this lull and build up but when watching week to week this episode mostly just made me wonder when we were going to get somewhere.

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Cuticle Detective Inaba Series Review

Overview:

Hiroshi Inaba is a part human and part wolf detective who can extract amazing amounts of information as well as develop certain powers from tasting hair (so yeah, hair fetish incoming). Anyway, together with his two assistants, Inaba works to foil Don Valentino’s schemes.

Review:

This show was not for me. I don’t even remember why I watched it though I suspect this was the result of a random draw on Crunchyroll and a lack of desire to make a decision so just went with it. The basic concept of genetically modified people with the characteristics of animals is kind of cool. Inaba could have been a great character and some of the different powers he gets from consuming different coloured hairs are pretty amazing. Unfortunately the show is determined to be a gag comedy and not actually develop any of its interesting points.

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I’m going to keep this review fairly short because I haven’t really got much to say. There are some interesting cast members in this show and even the ones who end up one-note characters repeating the same joke episode after episode, had the potential to be interesting. However, the show insists on squandering characterisation and any potential growth you might see in a character is very quickly squashed.

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Kei is the straight man of the group with his only real hang-up being his poverty and unfortunate attraction to cats given his allergies, but even then he is underused. At times he breaks the 4th wall to provide commentary but mostly this is also used as a gag and offers little actual insight that couldn’t have already been observed. His own comments throughout the episodes are mostly obvious and never quite go far enough for him to be particularly note worthy in any way shape or form.

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The villainous goat, Don Valentino, could have been fantastic given how over the top he is but his schemes end up looking like something Wile E Coyote would give a pass on and the inevitable conclusion to most of them just makes it a bit tiresome after awhile.

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Basically, this show is functional enough and it tries really hard to make you believe it is going to be zany fun but for me it was mostly a miss. I just wanted more from the characters and the story and this show just couldn’t deliver.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 8

Review:

Prince Kai finally gets another episode focus as he asks Heine for advice about how to improve on his communication and not on how to properly wear a jacket. What is it with anime prince’s not being able to wear jackets?

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I wondered with this set-up how they were going to keep this episode moving given Kai’s basic laconic nature doesn’t exactly make him compelling viewing and you can only listen to slow jokes about things being fluffy for so long before you have to wonder if they are trying to lull you off to sleep. They came up with two solutions to that problem. The first was that the three other brothers spend a lot of time in this episode compared to their focus episodes where the brothers may have made an appearance but didn’t get a lot of dialogue. The second was a plot line involving the Princess Adele.

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That said, it wasn’t like they forgot Kai and he did make some progress by the end of the episode. Still, it wasn’t quite as interesting as some of the other episodes mostly because Kai just does not have much presence as a character and even though this was technically his episode, he kept disappearing into the background behind some of the other events and chatter.

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Sword Art Online Abridged Series Review

Overview:

Sword Art Online Abridged is a parody series of Sword Art Online from Something Witty Entertainment over on YouTube. The story is essentially the same but the show has been recut with scenes removed, and it has an entirely new dub.

Review:

It is odd that I’m reviewing the abridged version of SAO before actually reviewing SAO however I’d like to write this while the show is still fresh in mind. As much as I enjoyed watching this abridged version on YouTube I’m pretty sure once was enough because while some of the jokes made me laugh out loud I somehow don’t think they’d have the same impact a second time through. That said, this is going to be a fairly short review.

Generally speaking I don’t much like comedy and modern parody is probably one of the things I hate most about comedy. Mostly because it seems a large majority of people think that you can just take a basic idea, lower the intelligence of all the characters, have some obvious physical humour, sex jokes, and inappropriate comments, and serve with substandard presentation, and voila people will enjoy. Tragically they are right in that a lot of people do enjoy that but I find it kind of tedious and dull and generally it misses the point of being a parody in that it is supposed to be an imitation of the original style but with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect. Admittedly, parody expands beyond simple imitation and is full of intertextual references and social commentary, but good parody understands the original subject matter, style and intent and plays off of it rather than simply boiling things down to the most obvious joke.

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This is where I fell in love with SAO Abridged. Yep, it has got swearing and obvious sex jokes (Yes, Klein does ask Kirito is he is going to show Asuna his sword skills which is one of the least subtle euphemisms you could come up with given the context). Honestly, if foul language or smut aren’t your thing, while this isn’t extreme by any means, it is fairly frequent so you are probably going to pass on the series at this point.

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However, what SAO Abridged does is demonstrate an actual understanding of the underlying characters they are making fun of. None of them are given entirely new personalities. Basic traits they already exhibited, through one interpretation of the characters at least, are merely exaggerated. So Kirito, the socially awkward poor communicator essentially becomes a bit of a sociopath at the beginning and all the way through his incredibly twisted personality is pointed out by other characters. The thing is, it isn’t as though these traits couldn’t be seen in the original series. He does prioritize his own life early in the series and he does avoid building meaningful relationships with other characters for an incredibly long time after his first attempt to join a guild ended in disaster. That understanding of Kirito’s original character, heavily reinterpreted and extremely exaggerated, is what makes it so funny (at least to me).

There is one recurring joke with Asuna that I really disliked and it has to do with how she deals with race and to be honest I found those scenes cringeworthy, however for 11 episodes of comedy, for there to only be one recurring joke that really missed its mark with me is something of a surprise even to me. Asuna, otherwise, is pretty funny in this parody. While episode 2 had me worried when they were clearly playing on female gamer stereotypes with Asuna not being able to open her menu, and that is a recurring joke, they fairly quickly expanded Asuna beyond the trope of new female gamer.

Additionally, I loved the way the show played on stereotypes of gamers and the current generation. It didn’t feel like it was just lazily taking on the usual stereotypes and saying, ‘hey we’re being self-aware, laugh’. I certainly loved some of the glitches that they introduced to the playing experience as it actually made the whole online gaming experience more real. Plus, as a parody it did call SAO on some of the more obvious issues particularly the motivation of the ‘villain’. It actually felt like some love and thought had gone into how to portray different ideas.

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And that’s where I have to highly recommend SAO Abridged. The quality of the show put together here and the thought put into the writing really stand out compared to so many other parody videos. Certainly there are some moments where added art work is not quite as polished as the scenes taken from the show and at times the voices don’t quite match up with the character movement, but for the most part the presentation is pretty polished for what it is. Plus, the sound track is awesome. Part of me wants to know why that isn’t the actual theme song for Sword Art Online now and that final fight sequence took on a whole new level of cool with that sound track.

Okay, I’m done. If you’ve watched it, what did you think?


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The Royal Tutor Episode 7

Review:

Bruno is probably the character I have connected with the most in this show so I was pleased to see him get an episode in the spotlight as he’s really been background since his introduction. He’s an overachiever with a ridiculous inferiority complex who manages to see the strengths of everyone around him but himself. Normally that would annoy me in a character but Bruno is an undeniably hard worker and watching him try so hard to improve even if his efforts are at times misguided is pretty fun.

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Still, it isn’t all sunshine and roses this week as there is a plot to manipulate Bruno into relinquishing his claim for the throne, much like last week’s attempt at convincing the youngest brother to move along. We learn a bit more about the plotter and the episode resolves this particular story when Bruno makes a clear decision.

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While this show is not the most amazing thing ever, it certainly remains light hearted entertainment with a cast of characters that are all a bit more likeable than their first appearance suggested to me. Looking forward to the next episode.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 6

Review:

This episode did two things really well and kind of improved my overall view of the show. Firstly, we turned our attention to one of the other Princes, specifically Licht, for the first time since the introductions during the first two episodes. While Licht has certainly made his presence felt, this was really the first time we spent any kind of time with him and saw more than just the persona he wanted us to see.

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The second thing I really liked about this episode was it continued to give the King a presence in the show and continued to hint at the relationship between the King and Heine though it didn’t just drown us in exposition nor has it revealed its hand just yet.

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I could add a third point but I’m not sure if this is going to ultimately be a positive or not, but we did finally get a hint of an actual antagonist in this story who might make things interesting if we go for some political intrigue. Of course, that would entirely depend on what the motives of this character are and how they go about their plans as to whether this is a good thing or not.

I must admit, after 6 episodes, this show has actually grown on me which is unusual for a show full of comedy as normally I get progressively more bored by the characters’ antics. Possibly it is because the comedy focus of this is definitely giving way to a character focus and it is kind of doing a pretty good job of that.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 5

Review:

This episode we meet the King and learn that his official tone is very different from his private one as he shifts between his roles of father and King. It’s an interesting dynamic though I’m thinking it is also a joke that would wear thin quickly if it was the centre piece of the show so I’m glad that it is more of a side note.

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Once again, we get an episode focussing on Leonhard’s lack of academic ability and mostly what I took from the training montage (study montage?) was that I want to eat cake. Though at least my attention span is a little better than Leonhard’s given he get’s distracted by his own affection for his brother and can’t pay attention to basic maths.

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Anyway, this show remains kind of surprisingly charming. It isn’t exactly making me laugh out loud, but it is bringing a few smiles and has kind of enough sweet moments to make it feel kind of warm and fuzzy so I guess we’ll see if they ever reveal Heine’s secret and what happens then.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 4

Review:

While the first three episodes of this were fine in their own way, and probably quite enjoyable if the style of comedy is more your thing, I honestly felt I could stop watching this show at any time and be perfectly fine with that. At the end of episode 4, I had a smile on my face and kind of wished the next episode was available which left me wondering why it had more of an impact.

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I think it mostly came down to the fact that this episode didn’t feel like yet more character introductions and the interactions between the Princes, the Tutor, and the people in town all felt a little bit more natural than some of the stilted interactions we’d seen as they clamoured to give us the necessary information about each player in this story. Whichever way, I quite enjoyed following the Princes on their trip into town and the end of this episode is just sweet.

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