Bye Bye Conception! And At Last It’s Done!

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Conception Episode 12 Review

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There’s very little left to say about this anime that I haven’t already said, but if I was hoping for an ending that would somehow make it seem worth while then I would have been left fairly disappointed. Though, let’s throw in a positive, they did at least conclude the whole labyrinth thing with the impurities. The fact that the conclusion makes no sense, logical or otherwise, is more or less par for the course and I guess if you watched 12 episodes of this you can hardly be surprised.

Conception Episode 12 Itsuki

I think what really sets this one apart from other bad anime that end badly, is that this one doesn’t even commit to its terrible ending. After giving us an illogical and fairly pointless final fight, all of the characters who we just waved good-bye to show up again and they all jump through the portal to earth. Because that makes sense. Then cut to the credits where we see all the Star Maidens living happily working in their jobs on earth without any issue whatsoever. Sure.

Conception Episode 12 Itsuki fights the impurities

Of course that is only the end point of stupidity. Firstly we have Itsuki deciding he isn’t going to sacrifice himself. Then the King asking the Star Maidens to perform the ritual to sacrifice him. Then the maidens deciding not to. Then some random fight sequence where various declarations of wanting to help each other somehow power things up so the star children fuse into robots, and then Itsuki joins them, Alfie is killed, Alfie’s oddball star-child joins them as a weapon and that’s the end only the star children are apparently now being used to seal the impurity.

Conception Episode 12 Star Children

Like what? Which part of any of that made sense and how was it better for 13 children to get left behind to seal the impurity rather than one Itsuki. My eyes very nearly rolled clean out of my head trying to watch this one. Okay, I’m going to have to review the whole series of this and I’m going to have to figure out how to be nice (or at least not rant) but in the meantime, I’d suggest avoiding this one.

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12 Days of Anime Characters – Diablo

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And this is the final day of the 12 Days of Anime. While yesterday I focused on Kanami Chidori from Full Metal Panic, today I’ve decided to finish the countdown off with Diablo from How Not To Summon A Demon Lord. Why? Because he kind of took me by surprise and ended up being a really fun character.

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Isekai protagonists have a fairly bad reputation for being generic and dull. Nice guy shut ins with social anxiety also get a fair amount of criticism. Add in harem protagonist to the mix, and Diablo really did shape up to be the single worst protagonist ever.

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However, How Not To Summon A Demon Lord never even flinched. They took the generic, the cliche, and the ordinary and went with it. They embraced the faults of these characters as well as their strengths, and gave us, Diablo.

Whether he is posing in front of an army and pretending he’s got it all together or internally freaking out because Shera’s boobs are rubbing against him again, Diablo was a fun character to spend time with. The disconnect between his inner monologues and external dialogue was genuinely amusing. His being nice while being a demon lord gave him enough of an edge to remain interesting. Even though he was overpowered the anime managed to throw decent enough villains his way to keep it feeling fresh.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord Episode 7 Diablo

All and all, Diablo was a gem of a character to come out of 2018 and one that should be remembered as a sign that not all cliches, tropes and generic isekai characters are created equal.

I hope you enjoyed my 12 Days of Anime and I hope you have a very good holiday.

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The Day Ituski Had Sex With Mana and Why Am I Still Watching This?

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Conception Episode 11 Review

I’m not sure if this counts as getting my wish or not, though episode 11 of Conception did at least address the issue of the 13th Labyrinth and what Itsuki will need to do to save the world. So I guess that is technically developing a plot that for large chunks of this series feels like it got jettisoned as inconvenient in amongst all the dating and off-colour jokes.

Conception Episode 11 Mana

But, then there’s the episode beginning which brings us yet more sex jokes at the expense of seemingly underage characters (though it turns out Alfie is older than she looks). Follow that up with the climatic centre piece of this episode, Itsuki going to be with Mana, and this episode if firmly reminding the audience of what its actual focus has been.

Conception Episode 11 Mana and Itsuki

Still, as the penultimate episode of an anime with a large cast, Conception did at least try to remind us that these girls weren’t just disposable commodities to cater to all audience fetishes (sure they weren’t). After hearing the news that he’s unlikely to survive saving the world, Itsuki decides to go present shopping for the girls and what follows is a montage of Itsuki having a cute Christmas moment with each and every one of the previously used and swiftly forgotten Star Maidens. Some of these moments are kind of cute but it doesn’t make the fact that the show is relying on still images and music to convey an emotional narrative that none of the rest of the anime has actually supported.

Conception Episode 11 The King

My money is still on Itsuki surviving this but it is almost irrelevant at this point. If he does survive I’m guessing the final moments of this anime will be Itsuki with all the girls and the guys because this anime keeps feeling the need to one up itself and they’ve done pretty much everything else at this point except actually show the characters having sex.

Conception Episode 11 Itsuki

This is definitely what happens when you know an anime is not going to be something you like but because of one minor bit of curiosity you stick it out. You get to episode 11 and think the next episode can’t come and go fast enough so you never have to think about the anime again.

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100 Ways To Remove an Obnoxious Character

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Conception Episode 10 Review

On watching Conception this week I was initially reasonably happy because for the first time in awhile the focus seemed to be on Itsuki beating the labyrinth and the fight sequence, while clearly not on par with an action focused anime, was entertaining enough. Itsuki would be a terrible action protagonist but in the role of high schooler thrown into life or death situation he works well enough as he stumbles about with the Star Children and tries to protect them from harm even while he isn’t some kind of juggernaut of destruction.

Conception Episode 10 The Star Children

However, any enjoyment I may have derived from this episode quickly evaporated as we moved into the second half where we focused on finding the thirteenth Star Maiden. Alfie has been hanging around since nearly the beginning and the reveal makes sense, and as Mana points out in a fourth wall breaking moment it was perfectly set up by the OP, however a little of Alfie is a good thing. This focus on her just kind of puts her character in the worst possible light and by the end I just didn’t care whether she and Itsuki ended up together.

Conception Episode 10 Alfie

More of a problem though is my increasing rancour toward Mana. From the beginning Mana has irritated me but their presence in Conception becomes more irksome with every episode. Even with Alfie not exactly being a stellar heroine, Mana’s intrusive ranting outside the window made what was already a tiresome scene significantly worse.

Conception Episode 10 Alfie and Mana

Which leads to the post title as I started wondering just how many ways the writers could use to remove Mana from the picture (they won’t, and it is clear next week is going to focus on the obnoxious vermin, but I can dream). I’ve suggested several times Mana needs a close encounter with a paper shredder, but maybe it is time to get more inventive. Regardless, I can now say with absolute certainty that Mana is topping my most obnoxious character ever list (forget just this year) taking out even Excalibur from Soul Eater.

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In Case You Missed It

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Another week where it felt like things were go, go, go. But then again, I guess the lead up to Christmas always feels like that as for some reason everyone decides the things that could wait all year suddenly need to be done right now. However, it is also a time where people start doing housekeeping and putting themselves in order. Last week some three bloggers that I followed announced an end to their blog. And while I know blogs come and go all the time, some without announcement, it is still sad to see people leaving the community here on WordPress because it is a community that is so much fun to be a part of.

So without further ramblings, let’s get to this week’s anime related blog posts that I came across while scuttling around in my corner of the internet. As usual, I didn’t have time to read as much as  I liked and there are probably some truly fantastic posts I missed, so please feel free to give a shout out to them in the comments below.

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Who Am I has an interesting post about the source of Kirito’s strength in Sword Art Online Alicization. They avoid going into spoilers for the arc, which is great, because I’m enjoying being pleasantly surprised by what happens and don’t really want to be told, it would take all the fun out of speculating. Still, they make a good point about Kirito and why he is fundamentally able to break or overcome the rules and other characters based on the information we’ve been given in the first 8 episodes. A very nice post to read.

Cactus Matt takes some time to look at 10 typical complaints about harems and works at rebutting them, or agreeing with them but in a round-about way making it clear that it doesn’t matter that the complaint exists. Keep in mind that he isn’t actually telling people who dislike harems they are wrong or that they should like them, merely that their not liking the harem genre is no reason to spoil the fun for those who do enjoy it. It’s a fun post and written in Matt’s typical conversational and entertaining style.

Ty from Watash wa Bucho shares a summary of why various bloggers still love anime. It was fun thinking about it about this idea and great to read the responses of others. Seeing the common themes from responses put together here is a solid reminder that there are a lot of reasons to love anime. This one is a great read to make you smile.

Yomu follows up their excellent review of Jormungand last week with a character analysis/discussion of Koko Hekmatyar, a very dynamic and interesting character indeed. While there are a few spoilers in this post if you really want to keep the plot a secret, for those who have watched Jormungand, or are interested and don’t mind having a bit of foreknowledge, this post is a great read and a lot of fun.

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Irina has a discussion post about the technical vs creative merits of anime and asks why more people don’t look at the technical. Like so many of her posts it is a great conversation starter and well worth the read, as well as reading the comments to find out what others think. Of course, I’m pretty sure most of my readers have already found this one.

Atelier Emily has a truly beautiful post about creating otherworldly spaces through visuals in Tsurune. One of the big draws for the show early on was just how beautiful it was and how the visuals drew me into each and every scene, and reading this post really emphasised how well thought out and detailed the visual direction has really been in this anime. A really great post to read.

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From Ink and Image there’s a post that looks at Lupin the Third and how the show and characters have evolved over time. I’m not a huge Lupin fan but I was still curious about this franchise that continues to enthral audiences and seems to capture new viewers decade after decade and this post was an interesting read as to how the story has managed to not become too dated over time. Great post to read.

Artemis from Otaku Lounge has a great top 5 list of English OP’s performed by native English speakers. It is a companion piece to a previous top 5 list which is linked in the post, and also an awesome list, and I just love lists. This one is a great read, and you can listen to some great OP’s so be sure to go check it out.

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L-zerb did a comparison piece on SAO (season 1) and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash this week and when I read the title of this post and the first paragraph I was a little worried that we were diving into another SAO bashing session. Instead, I found a thoughtful, reasonably balanced attempt at comparing how the two stories dealt with their premises and built up  their characters and the danger in the worlds. I really enjoyed reading this and it made think about all the things I loved about both anime as well as acknowledge the flaws they have. Absolutely great read, though clearly spoilers for both anime in the post so if you haven’t watched them and you are worried about that, probably give it a miss.

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Exploring Innuendo and Bread At The Festival

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Conception Episode 7 Review

There’s no real polite way to point out that this is trash, and it is the kind of trash that just keeps getting trashier. I’m not even sure what they were trying to do with Colette’s character early in the episode with all the puns and innuendos but mostly she came off as a little bit unstable and Itsuki was his normal oblivious or flustered self depending on how blatant the latest comment had been.

Conception Episode 7 Colette and Itsuki

I think it was at the moment that Conception threw the question at Itsuki of what part of Colette he thought was the softest and best to nibble on (out of Colette’s mouth mind you) and after visualising the seemingly way too young girl in various manners he mumbles out something like ear and so she makes bread in the shape of ears that I officially threw up my hands and asked myself why I’d committed to watching this anime. The lack of labyrinth action (other than a brief scene of some of the star children leaving it) was also a bit of a disturbing trend given I’d really like to know more about Itsuki’s purpose in this fantasy world.

Conception Episode 7 Ear Bread

And while we’re on the concept of fantasy, what is with the fill a bag of panties stall at the festival? Okay, not the weirdest thing Conception has thrown at us, but it still seemed needlessly random. I can’t even put this one on Mana because he was busy setting up a haunted house, mail run rendezvous so was totally out of this picture.

Conception Episode 7

Then I realised in all of this I’d lost track of how many of the maidens Itsuki’s actually been with. I think it is ten now but I’m not entirely sure. Either way, once we’ve had all twelve I wonder if they’ll actually address the plot that they established as their contrivance for all this match making?

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Controversial Fortunes, Candid Fan Photos, And Helping Bakers

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Conception Episodes 5 + 6 Review

Episode 5 gave us a beach episode. You won’t believe how much dread I felt when I realised this already incredibly borderline show that seems to relish in oozing sleaze, was about to take us to the location where even tame series decide to max out the fan service and innuendo. So imagine my surprise when other than Mana’s treatment of a glorified male extra and the couple of still shots of girls’ in bikinis this episode utterly failed to do anything remotely fan servicey with its cast.

Conception Episode 5 Lilith

If it sounds like I’m disappointed, I’m not, it is more a genuine wonder who they think is watching this show and for what. Given we’ve pretty much established that the whole labyrinth / defeating the impurities thing is more or less a side note to Mana finding ways to crudely suggest that Itsuki should hook up with the next maiden, usually before Itsuki either hits him or finds someway to make him go away and then proceeds to hit on maiden in his own way, a beach scene kind of seems like the perfect setting for Conception to really capitalise on the one thing it kind of has going for it which is a large female cast of a fair range of types who all ultimately have to get together with the protagonist.

Conception Episode 5 Aries

However, after some fortune telling and some personality switching shenanigans, Itsuki gets with another Star Maiden. We then see Aries stalking Itsuki and the extra from the beach and that leads to a fairly weird sequence involving a church, an armoury, and a way too eager male photographer before yet another session with a Star Maiden. And thus, episode 5 ends.

Conception Episode 6 Collette

Episode 6 deals with Itsuki helping one of the maidens at a bakery that is being threatened by a large chain that happens to be owned by the family of another Star Maiden. Throw in some accidental knocking the girl unconscious, abduction, and an attempt by Mana to set up a situation where Stockholm syndrome will come into play and you really do have what makes for a story line every bit as morally dubious as it sounds. Still, Itsuki gets with the maiden and I guess maybe that’s what is important.

Conception Episode 6 Mana

Though, perhaps it is more noteworthy that Mana hasn’t met an unfortunate end with a paper shredder, wood chipper, lawn mower or any other somehow permanently destructive fate. Itsuki, when you throw Mana out a window, next time make sure the window is closed.

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