I've been catching up on Season 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and it made me start thinking about how different stories approach death. So I decided to think about it a little bit more and ended up going off on a bit of a tangent looking closely at season one of Slime compared to season two and then threw in Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash because I could. So I guess I am wondering how each of these series are at handling character death and whether there is a better approach or not.
I love Rukia's character - don't get me wrong. For the first three seasons she's utterly vital to the narrative of Bleach and while eventually she becomes important again, I can't help but think the story would have been better letting her bow out at the end of season 3.
Overview: 12 Zodiac themed warriors have been chosen to take place in the Juni Taisen (big death match) where the winner will have a wish granted. That's pretty much it. Review - There will be spoilers: If you are looking for an anime with a clear grasp of the big picture (the how and the … Continue reading Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Series Review – No Twists, No Turns, Little Excitement, But Not Fatally Flawed
Review: I wonder exactly when it was that the audience was supposed to connect with Mizuki and Kenta. I mean, they were in the sports carnival sequence, and Kenta did kind of stand up for Nobuaki when he was being beaten to death by his classmates. However, none of that really makes up for the … Continue reading King’s Game Episode 7: Were These Deaths Supposed To Be Touching?
Review: I know some people will find this episode of Vatican Miracle Examiner overly emotional trite and it would be hard to argue that point. The focus is entirely on Hiraga's brother who is dying in a hospital full of other dying kids and we get a flash back of another boy who died to … Continue reading Vatican Miracle Examiner Episode 12: Why Wasn’t the Rest of the Series This Good?
Overview: A girl wakes up but doesn't remember anything and for some reason seems to intrinsically trust whichever guy shows up in her life first. Review: Originally I reviewed this over on Crunchyroll immediately after watching it. Probably a bad idea (it was pre-blog) and I really didn't like it very much. That said, I … Continue reading Amnesia Series Review
Review: Just letting you know, I am about to name characters and major events from this episode. If you count that as spoiler than please know this was a tragic episode to watch (in the best sense of the word) and I hope you enjoy it. For everyone still with me... It was … Continue reading Iron Blooded Orphans Episode 32
Reivew: I know I've been predicting death for the cast of Iron Blooded Orphans for awhile now, but it is just as true this week. This is the slow motion fall toward an inevitable end (and not just because it's part of the Gundam series). It doesn't seem possible we could get through the next … Continue reading Iron Blooded Orphans Episode 31
We all know the scene. It's usually about two thirds of the way through the story and the nice character, the one we all love, suddenly gets cut down. What makes it even sadder is that usually the only purpose their death serves is to give our protagonist a renewed focus. yep, the guys that … Continue reading Top 5: Saddest Death Scenes in Anime