Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 3 Impressions – Assessing the Threat Level

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 3
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Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi packs a punch.

After the first episode of Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi I was pretty excited to be covering this anime for the Summer 2021 season. It was energetic and colourful and the characters were interesting enough and promised more in future episodes.

As we hit the third episode I’m left thinking this one is going to be the anime I most look forward to each week.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 3

So far Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi has been a brightly coloured affair with larger than life characters and battles unfolding at a fairly solid pace and yet the narrative is still taking the time to lay some groundwork for future developments. And it makes it look so effortless.

Where season two, part two of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, seems to be struggling under the weight of so many characters and the need to transition us from one conflict and into establishing the next potential threat, The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace is delivering a fun caper with sometimes incredibly over-the-top violence and never feels like it is losing momentum.

Heion Sedai no Idaten Tachi Episode 3

Episode 3 has the demons decide to check out the Idaten and unlike so many other league of evil villains before them they don’t send their weakest member to squish the bugs. Instead, suspecting their might be either more Idaten than anticipated, or a stronger leader than the kids they previously encountered, they send one of the two strongest fighters they have.

Of course, they do still send only one with a fairly ineffectual sniper as back-up. So while the villains of Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi are not quite as incompetent as most Sailor Moon villains proved to be, they still ultimately sat back and watched while the ‘heroes’ of the piece took out one of their minions.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 3

About the only difference here is that instead of declaring the failed minion incompetent and a loud-mouthed braggart stepping up to be the next one slaughtered, here the demons kind of flinch at the thought and may in fact investigate other plans other than walking into the slaughter-house.

However, that the demons here aren’t just following the usual path of anime villains leaves me wondering what they will get up to next and there’s some real potential here for some surprises. This episode also cast yet more questions around the old man who seems to be some kind of leader for the demons and I’m hoping the series has time to explore all these ideas.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 3

So much potential and even if the narrative doesn’t pan out the action remains exciting.

Likewise, Ysley is turning out to be quite the intriguing character as his agenda seems to be a little bit more than just using Rin and Hayato for his own survival. I almost wonder if we’ll ultimately find out that Ystley and the as yet barely glimpsed Idaten may end up being the real villains in Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi. Now that would be an interesting twist.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 3

Visually Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi remains stunning to look at. The bold colour palette and character designs make this one clearly stand out from so many other anime this season. I also love the stylised visuals when things get super violent such as when Hayato gets punched straight through. It has a very old-school kind of feel about it while at the same time everything here feels a little bit fresh as though it has been inspired by what has come before it but isn’t copying any on thing.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 3

If I had to criticise anything so far it would be Paula. Of the three young Idaten we’ve spent time with she’s perhaps the least interesting and fleshed out. I’m not entirely sure what purpose she served in this episode really nor has she really been given a chance to establish her own character. I’m kind of hoping she gets more screen time or a chance to stand on her own in future episodes because she definitely has the potential to be interesting.

Anyway, Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi has continued to impress during its first three episodes and I am very much looking forward to episode 4.

Images from: Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi. Dir. S Kidokoro. MAPPA. 2021


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Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 2 Impressions – What are gods for?

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 2
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Gods do not answer…

In amongst the hyper-violent training session, the war in which the General encouraged her army to kill, steal and rape before launching a tank at her enemy, and a secret meeting in which a spy definitely bit off more than he could chew, Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi actually took a moment to try to provide some context for the Idaten and the world.

This was done largely through Ysley and his conversations with Paula (and small exposition dump) while they recovered from Rin’s somewhat vigorous (torturous) training session.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 2

I really liked that they explained why the Idaten aren’t running about the world intervening in human conflicts despite the various humans praying to the gods for help. It was a soundly logical reason and effectively helps the world building here make a lot of sense. Though, it also left Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi with a few more questions it will need to address going forward, but these first two episodes have certainly made it feel like this anime is up to that task.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi seems to have more than just energy up its sleeve.

In this second episode, Paula and Ysley decide to join Rin and Hayato for training. Though Ysley most definitely has a pretty clear agenda here, largely to do with self-preservation. While Rin’s training is certainly harsh, Ysley is smart enough to realise that if there are more demons about it is only by staying close to Rin and Hayato that he is really likely to survive.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 2

Paula is more dragged along in this and of the three younger Idaten we’ve met so far is perhaps the weakest link (not just in terms of combat). Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi seem to be using Paula largely as a stand-in for the audience and someone who can ask questions (having never endured Rin’s training previously) and being someone willing to listen to Ysley while he info-dumps.

When allowed to step out of that role, Paula is an interesting enough character, but she spent way too much time in this episode being more or less just the audience’s surrogate.

However, episode 2 also establishes some more villains introducing a General who is crazy strong and more than a little bit bloodthirsty. I will admit, as she ‘inspired’ her men to attack I had my suspicions about her true nature which only became clearer as the episode continued.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 2

By the time we meet the group gathered by Dr Odami for a meeting it is more or less confirmed and if you hadn’t already figured out what was up with these guys, the crazy blonde-girl’s method of dealing with someone who was eavesdropping will very quickly answer the most obvious question.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi provides a small titbit more information to clarify the point before the episode ends and I was left wondering how twenty minutes had already flown by.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 2

Honestly, these series is just fun to watch and we flow from scene to scene and it never really feels like there is much down time but you also don’t feel like you are being rushed. Each of the characters and sequences are bright and energised and regardless of whether they are talking, crying, beating each other to a pulp, or anything else it just kind of draws you into the story.

While I’ve been quite enjoying a number of anime as they have gotten underway for Summer 2021, so far Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi is proving to be the most enjoyable and is probably the one I am most excited about seeing where they take this story.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the first couple of episodes of Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi so be sure to leave me a comment below.

Images from: Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi. Dir. S Kidokoro. MAPPA. 2021


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Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 1 Impressions – Cool Visuals and Overwhelming Power

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 1
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Peace is the enemy of resilience…

It’s been a long time since a premiere episode of an anime has left me feeling this excited and Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi (or The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace) has a second episode out immediately so as soon as I finish writing my thoughts here I’m going to go check that out.

This isn’t to say that Episode 1: Peace Time was by any means a perfect episode but it certainly had energy and pairing that with visuals that are engaging and certainly standing out from the crowd of generic character designs this season has so far trotted out (particularly in isekai titles) has very much left me wanting more.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Episode 1

Full warning though: this first episode of Heion Sedai no Idaten has got blood splatter including a mentor more or less beating her student into a bloody pulp as well as characters portrayed after being pierced through the chest. If you also throw in the sequence at the end of the episode where a nun attacked and raped (stylised visuals not-withstanding that is what happens) and you have a series that really isn’t aiming to be kid friendly but also isn’t trying to be grim-dark or depressing.

Can Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi keep up this pace and enthusiasm?

I will admit, when Scott suggested this title for his sponsorship and I saw that it was from MAPPA (you know the studio behind Yuri on Ice, Banana Fish, Inuyashiki and the final season of Attack on Titan) I was kind of intrigued but the promotional images weren’t giving much away other than a host of odd looking characters and the synopsis more or less leaves you wondering just what this anime would be about.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi episode 1

However while the opening narration of Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi is more or less standard tongue in cheek dramatic fantasy prologue, once the story kicks off and we meet Hayato, a young god who is kind of sick of training for a conflict that happened 800 years ago, the episode just never hits the brakes after that point in a good way.

By the end of the episode we’ve met three young gods, their mentor who also looks pretty young but has been kicking since the demons were first expunged from the world, and an old man who knows a lot about both demons and the Idaten, had a fight with a revived demon and it really feels like we’ve gotten a sense of who all these people are and what their role in the story will be.

Except of course the nun at the end of the episode because I’m not entirely sure where that is going or how it relates but I’m sure we’ll get back to it.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi also boasts a pretty great OP and even the ending song was great. The visuals to both are kind of mind-bending and I’m going to try to pay a bit more attention to them in the next episode now that I have a better sense of who the characters are.

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi OP image

On that note, the central trio established in this episode are so far pretty awesome. Hayato is your pretty standard over-powered protagonist who seems like he’s going to solve things by hitting them. Paula is pretty cute and much stealthier and can apparently also get information from birds which is actually more useful than it sounds. Meanwhile Ysley is definitely more book smart.

They each bring something to the table and more than that, they each have an actual personality that seems like they’ll be a bit more than just their trope.

Even the hook-nosed villain Dr Obami seems to have a bit of spunk to him and a lot of his lines were actually pretty funny.

Heion Sedai no idaten-Tachi Episode 1

Basically, this was a really promising start and as long as the subject matter isn’t a trigger for you there was a lot of fun to be had in this first episode of Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi. Really looking forward to more from this series.

Images from: Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi. Dir. S Kidokoro. MAPPA. 2021


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Days Episode Thoughts – A Viewer’s Journey In Watching A Non-Athlete Learn Soccer

Days Episodic Thoughts

Days is pretty much the story of two characters playing soccer together. One is supremely talented and the other has never played before and isn’t all that fit. That said, apparently all it takes is heart and effort because this is a feel good kind of story.

I think if I had to describe this series as a colour that colour would be beige. It is all pretty average but works.

You can read my full series review here.

Days Episode 1

I’ll admit it, I read nothing about this anime and didn’t do any further investigating after watching the episode.

It’s a sport anime so it isn’t my usual thing but I watched the first episode of Days out of curiosity (plus I’ve had one or two surprises even though the vast majority of shows in this genre just don’t work for me). I was pleasantly surprised.

Our two main characters contrast quite nicely (though there seems little reason why they are interacting) and the pace of this episode was quite well done. It didn’t feel like an extended commercial for soccer (football). Don’t know how many episodes I’ll watch but this definitely made me want to at least try one more so well done.

Days is available on Crunchyroll.

Days Episode 2

Days Episode 2

There is something really sweet about the main character in Days and that’s about the only draw this show still has for me. I kind of want to see him succeed and they have just the right ratio of failure and idiocy to success to string you along and make you keep watching.

That said, the short cuts in animation and storytelling make this episode of Days significantly less compelling than it might be. Why animate all the guys running up a hill when you can pan over still images of guys who might be running up a hill? Plus, there’s only so many running scenes and people huffing and puffing after running you can take in an episode.

Days Episode 3

Well, they finally played an actual game of soccer and it went as well as can be expected for Tsukushi.

Despite the usual training camp setting, the boys with clashing with boys from other schools, and the random moments of philosophy thrown in that you usually get with sports anime, this one is still kind of winning me over because I just can’t help but smile. I’m actively disliking the genre but the characters and the general uplifting feeling I’m getting while watching this is making it pleasant.

This was close to dropped after episode 2 but I kind of feel like I’m committed now as I do genuinely want to see where this team goes (even though it is probably the same place every anime team goes).

Days Episode 4

Days Episode 4 - you're living wrong?

I’m fully committed to this show now. I love Tsukamoto as a character. Yeah, he is incredibly lame and overly earnest and all of those other things but somehow he is carrying it off well and making me really want to see him succeed. The other members of the soccer club are also interesting and the introduction to the girls in his class this episode was entertaining.

This episode of Days is full of clichés and the ending is predictable but it is a very nice ride to get there. I also like that Kazama is still present in this episode but has definitely taken a back seat. Tsukamoto isn’t being endlessly protected by his presence anymore but they haven’t just made him disappear from the story.



Days Episode 5

The first half of this Days episode is slow but helps build things up to the tournament. We kind of get introduced to a new character but it doesn’t really feel like he is going to be sticking around and he was more of a stepping stone in the whole plot. I could be wrong though.

There are a few cringe worthy moments as Tsukamoto cheers from the side-lines and as usual he misconstrues a lot of what is happening around him, but by the end that seems to have washed away and we’re back to just being kind of sweet. All and all, a satisfying episode but not quite as charming as the previous one.

I still think it is weird that I actually care about the outcome of a soccer game but this anime has done a great job of making me want to see the team succeed.

Days Episode 6

Days episode 6 - philosophy about winning.

There isn’t that much more to say this week than any other. Tsukamoto continues to learn various parts of playing soccer, we have a firmly established rivalry between two school soccer captains, and we get to see how one of the seniors on the team is having a hard time playing with an amateur.

I actually kind of enjoyed the futsal game with the rival school captain and liked how we saw Tsukamoto internalising some of what he was watching from the other players. All and all, it continues its move forward and work hard philosophy. This episode was pleasant and enjoyable but not a lot else.

Days Episode 7

We finally met a mean-spirited soccer team. It seems insane that none of the players ended up with serious injuries after a match like that but otherwise this was actually really fun to watch.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed that, despite Tsukamoto’s short comings, most people have been supportive, but it meant there was little tension in each episode. Having an actual conflict to overcome was a nice change of pace. Plus, the captain finally took the field which may not have been the smartest move but was certainly entertaining. 

And early in the episode, Kazama finally has a revelation of value. Overall, this maintains its feel good kind of mood with an overloaded message about teamwork and trying your hardest.

Days Episode 8

Cheering for your own opponent?
Days Episode 8

Sport takes a bit of a back seat as we spend a lot of this episode with Tsukamoto and his mother. This episode of Days is adorable as we have a chance to really see how joining a team has affected Tsukamoto’s entire life and outlook. Then of course we get right back into prep for the finals as the team get pumped up and ready to go.

From a plot point of view, this Days episode is all set up and reflection, but it’s the good kind that feels like it is going to make the payoff worth the effort and not the kind that feels like they were trying to stretch the run time unnecessarily. Looking forward to the match next week.

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Days Episode 9

The final game is on and we finally get to see some of the better players actually playing well. That said, that’s about all we get other than a few flashbacks and a heartfelt message that was kind of obvious from the get go. There’s also some good rivalry between the teams. It isn’t that one team is full of jerks tearing down our favourites, it’s that both teams are competitive and in it to win.

It’s a reasonable episode but without the outcome of the game clear, it really is just marking time. Looking forward to what happens next week with the team though.

Days Episode 10

Days episode 10 - it isn't anything to cry about.

Must be the season for protracted final battles. This game continues on (in fact we’ve only just passed the half-way point).

Part of the problem is that they are trying to give each of the players a few moments in the lime light and while this is great for actually giving some of these names and faces a bit of personality, it is stretching this game far longer than I would like and makes this episode of Days feel a little drawn out.

That isn’t saying the game itself hasn’t been exciting. In terms of watching a soccer game, it is interesting enough. Kazama’s self-realisation that he hates losing was definitely entertaining. And I’ll admit, I was probably cheering the wrong thing when Tsukamoto got head butted on the side-lines.

Okay, next week here we come. Will we resolve this game or are we going to stretch it one more week?

Days Episode 11

Alright, when you’re one game of soccer needs a five minute recap at the start of the episode there’s a little bit of a problem with your narrative pacing.

That complaint aside (and it is a big complaint for this Days Episode), I was hooked for the rest of the episode to the point where I was actually surprised when the end credits started. And of course, we don’t know whether he got the last goal or not. I’d like it if he did but given everything else I kind of feel they’ve set it up for another case of Tsukamoto sending the ball flying off the field.

I guess we’ll know next week. The game certainly got more interesting once Tsukamoto took the field though I feel bad for all the other subs on the team because they don’t seem to have been given any field time.

Kazama is a bit emotional.
Days episode 11.

Days Episode 12

So after excessively long game watching, Days decided this week to just jump to after the match and allowed us to see the fallout. Turns out, nobody likes losing. There’s a revelation for us.

That said, I didn’t much mind following the characters around and watching them deal with their loss as well as coming to terms with what it means for them personally. Ubukata and Tsukamoto are particularly adorable in the second half of the episode.

The question then become, what next? Where do we go from losing this match? Hopefully next week will start pointing us in the next direction because this week chose to wallow rather than move us on.



Days Episode 13

There are times when you could almost forget that this anime is supposed to be a show about soccer.

The Days episode this week goes to a festival and then a study session and other than a little bit of running and conversation the sport fades well into the background. That said, at least we are getting some more time with the first year team members which is something we haven’t seen in a long time and realistically as a viewer I was starting to forget who some of the characters were.

This week continues to show us Tsukamoto as he tries to overcome the failure at the tournament and it really is show-casing that even though outwardly things have changed a lot for this character, on the inside he really hasn’t progressed that much but the little progress he has made has been for the better.

Days Episode 14

Days episode 14 - feeling self-loathing.

And we’re off on soccer camp and back into playing games but now our first years are getting a chance to play. This transition is nice and we’re learning a lot more about both the seniors and the first years by seeing them seek their motivation and trying to secure their position in the next tournament.

That said, mid-episode hit a slightly depressing note before they did their usual feel-good turn around. Hopefully next week can continue and we can get some more character development in amongst the kicking the ball around the field. Days continues to be a pretty even note anime. Each Days episode feels much the same as the last and the quality hasn’t noticeably gotten better or worse. It’s a nice consistent watch each week.

Days Episode 15

I’m starting to feel a little bit worn down by Days.

Not surprising really given it was never the kind of anime I’m really interested in. I still do like the characters and I don’t intend to drop this because I do want to see how they develop right until the end but I did find this episode of Days in particular a little tedious.

From the opening gag with the boys finding a bra to Tsukamoto’s excessive emotional outbursts and self-doubt (not really new to the series but this episode it just felt a little too much). Not to mention this episode individually accomplished nothing, though lay the ground work for future developments.

The only real shining part of this episode was finally getting to know Haibara. Up until now he’d very much just been in the background and this episode gave him a bit of a moment though it felt like the writers new we didn’t have a clue who he really was given they had almost every character say his name in about a five minute span (slight exaggeration).

All and all, this series is continuing as it has been going and I know it is only my attention that is starting to waver that made this feel like it was less than previous episodes.

Days Episode 16

Days episode 16 - focus.

After feeling like I’d hit my limit of this last week I was pleasantly surprised by this episode. I complained that Tsukamoto hadn’t really developed and they show us in the game this week that he is finally putting everything together in his own weird way.

I was annoyed by the general lack of tension or anything to really keep you interested and so this week we set up a whole series of rivalries both within the team and with the opposition. So after this episode I’m looking forward to the next one again.

Whether this is an ongoing change or whether this is just the last hurrah before this show falls into the forgettable realms of mediocrity still remains to be seen. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the episode this week and now I want to know how the next game goes.

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Days Episode 17

Okay, I was ready to call this series dead in the water after we had over 3 minutes of recap from the previous Days episode before the opening song. 5 minutes in and we only just started with new material. However, that’s when things got better and didn’t stop.

The game this time is actually quite intense and the events at half-time (the end of this episode) leave you wanting more. You also see some of the results of the journey each of these characters have been on throughout this series which is something we’ve been wanting for awhile.

This episode doesn’t make this series a must watch again. This show has been fairly hit and miss in terms of tone and pace right from the start and once the novelty of something different (for me at least because I don’t normally follow anything sport related) wore off what I was left with was a fairly generic story about someone who felt they were useless gradually finding out where they belonged and working hard to achieve a goal.

All and all though, this episode was kind of exciting to watch.

Days Episode 18

Days Episode 18

My opinion about Days as a series is unchanged.

There’s a number of issues with pacing and characterisation going on. This episode, however, I loved. From start to finish I was absolutely engrossed. It helped that the main focus of this episode were the characters on the team we’ve spent the most time with.

It also helped that they continued their development as characters and players that was kicked off last episode. Kimishita and Tsukamoto particularly come out of this episode quite strong and even Kazama has an off-field revelation spurred on by the team manager, Ubukata. It’s a great way to finish off this two part game and it really feels like all of the episodes up to now have had some ort of purpose.

I am starting to think that part of the problem with this team’s lack of consistency is that no-one really gets what the Captain is thinking because he’s a really poor communicator. Great soccer player or not he really isn’t a great leader and that leaves his players at loose ends far too often. That said, compared to some of the other Captains we’ve encountered in this series he isn’t too bad.

Days Episode 19

Days doesn’t do all that much this week and yet kind of does what it needs to. The summer camp ends (and amazingly Tsukamoto and Kazama are just over their conflict so that was a plot thread that went nowhere) and they are now in the preliminaries fighting for a spot at nationals. Events kind of blip past and we don’t spend a lot of time on the field but more watching how the players are getting read to deal with this new challenge.

Of course we spend time watching Tsukamoto freak out and question his own abilities. We end the episode 1 game into the preliminaries with preparations for the next game but of course its pouring rain so there’s our new challenge ready to go. It isn’t that this wasn’t fun to watch but it is definitely a bridging episode so by itself doesn’t amount to much.

Though, if you ever want a lesson on how to have an awkward conversation with a parent, just ask Kazama. He’s nailed this as an art form.

Days Episode 20

Days episode 20 - yep, mindless cheerleader.

Days continues into the tournament and we injure yet more players before the semi-finals. Of course, we only make it into the first couple of minutes of that game before it is episode over.

So what did we do for the rest of the Days episode? Well, we spent a lot of it with the team they are facing in the semi-finals and I still haven’t figured out the point of that choice. Either they are about to win and knock Seiseki out, in which case that’s the end of the road for Seiseki. Or they are about to lose, in which case we won’t really see these guys again so why do we care about them starting up a soccer club?

So yeah, I didn’t see the point of a lot of this episode but generally I’m still enjoying Days and I’m looking forward to the last few episodes this season.

Days Episode 21

The game from the last Days episode continues and we see both sides make some mistakes and we also get to see the team’s first years struggle to deal with the pressure of suddenly being forced into a high pressure game. At the centre though is Tsukamoto who has finally genuinely found a love of the game and not just of being included as part of the team.

For once we see him playing with a smile on his face and not crumbling under the pressure or fear of letting the team down. This is a fantastic step forward for his character and it was great fun to watch. I also liked the commentary from the characters who’ve been sidelined in this match.

All and all, a fun episode in this series but nothing really amazing. Of course ending the episode with a ball flying toward the goal but not knowing if it lands or not is just kind of annoying. We’re 21 episodes in, we don’t need bait to come back next week.

Days Episode 22

Days episode 22

After two full episodes of Days the game still isn’t over and I must point out that the animation definitely took a downward turn again this episode. Normally that doesn’t bother me but the sheer number of still images this week, plus some really terrible faces on background characters, kind of ruined the overall tension of whether or not they’d win this game.

I like how the benched players are still being kept involved in the game and are offering their thoughts as we go. I like that most of the players on the team, even those that usually take background roles, have all been involved. However, this week offered a lot more on field bickering for both teams than what we’ve been used to in Days and it was a welcome relief when Usui (as acting Captain) got Seiseki back on track.

Days Episode 23

So this Days episode surprised me as it made me care time and again about the outcome of the game even if it feels this week like it was a foregone conclusion. The ride getting to that final goal was definitely exciting.

Of course, once again, we spent the entire episode watching the game and in honesty I didn’t much care for the other team and those characters so those moments were a little less than satisfying. Looking forward to next week and how this season concludes.

Days Episode 24

Days episode 24

Well, if you made it this far through Days you won’t come across anything surprising in this final episode of season 1.

Basically if you have enjoyed the ride to here you will smile, reflect, remember the journey the characters have been on and generally just be happy to be a part of the Seiseki experience. There’s no added depth here, no surprises, no last minute twists in the story.

Days, as it always has been, played this last episode straight focussing on the characters we’ve come to love and then it left us wanting to see how they go in this final game and whether they go to Nationals. Thanks. Season 1 review is available here an I’ve not watched the OVA so don’t know if they go any further or not.

Images from: Days. Dir. K Uda. MAPPA. 2016


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Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 Episode 7 Review

Granblue Episode 7
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Do These Characters Move? Granblue Fantasy, I’m Not Sure.

In the absence of being really caught up in the story here, or even distracted by characters that are particularly interesting, I’m really starting to pay attention to how little animation seems to be present in Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2. Episode 7 puts this particular trait on full display with scene after scene of nearly stagnant characters standing dead centre and reacting while nothing happens in the background.

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It isn’t as though season one was particularly polished in its animation however, I’m finding as season two continues it feels like even less effort is put into breaking up the endless scenes of sitting and eating or standing and talking. The occasional fight sequence or chase scene that used to pop up is feeling further and further away. It is like they used all their oomph on the Katalina back story and now we’re just kind of hoping that the gloomy clouds on the haunted island and the constant background changes as we meander through Io’s memory will somehow confuse the viewer into thinking something is actually happening.

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And I guess they do occasionally open some doors and Gran does stand in a circle with Ferry to summon the ghost ship. However there’s just not much visually going on and the plot of this episode can entirely be summed up by the girls wander around Io’s memories while the other characters rally to find them. it isn’t exactly compelling and the few moments where it looks like Io might really be in trouble are swiftly moved on from.



Even when we finally get to the ‘villain’ of the piece it is more a homage to the Wizard of Oz and if anything else there’s even less being animated in this scene. We pan over plenty of frozen faces of previous victims but there’s no actual movement going on here. Murky colour palette or not it just isn’t interesting to look at.

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All of this adds to the basic underwhelming feeling that season 2 of Granblue Fantasy continues to dish up. Admittedly season one was hardly mind blowing but it almost feels like season two is aiming to be as forgettable as humanly possible. And if that is it’s aim, it is succeeding admirably.


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Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 Episode 6 Review

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No Need To Fear in Granblue Fantasy

Except perhaps fearing that maybe Granblue Fantasy didn’t need a second season as we more or less walk through the same beats as season one without really adding anything to the plot. And maybe that’s fine because season one was enjoyable enough, but the rinse and repeat of land on island, determine there’s a problem caused by a primal beast (or a human messing with a primal beast), before Lyria puts on a light show and saves the day is possibly running a little thin at this point.

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And that’s probably the whole review of the episode except that we don’t actually get to the problem solving part here. The crew of the Grandcypher are fleeing the empire, again, and choose to enter the mist and land on the misty island where they realise the ship is damaged and the instruments are out of whack. While Rackman and the older crew members look at repairs, Gran and the others opt to go find a village and look for food (I’m not sure if this is them being helpful by removing themselves or if they just really like food).

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They then find a village where a whole bunch of zombies live and apparently 100 years ago an epidemic was wiping out the village but a ghost ship showed up, they all became zombies and that’s it. Only the ship apparently also occasionally eats the zombies so one wonders why they are all so happy about things.



Naturally Gran and the others aren’t just going to leave it alone. Even if their airship could leave, which apparently it can’t because it will end up back at the island, they’d stick around to figure out what is going on. And that was before you threw the invisible girl into the mix who Lyria can see and then made appear to everyone.

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There’s not a thing wrong with this episode and yet it really wasn’t all that interesting either. It was more of the same and more of what is expected from Granblue at this point and to be honest I just wasn’t really feeling it this week. Hopefully next week will be a bit more exciting when they face off against the ghost ship/ primal beast.


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Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 Episode 5 Review

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Perhaps We Should Take A Moment To Reflect

We finally get the showdown between Gran, Katalina and Vira. After all the build-up you’d kind of expect more than a shout your feelings kind of fight sequence while waiting for the mage to power up their spell but that’s more or less what it comes down to. As the city is crumbling under the empire’s attack and Vira’s own power, Vira is going to vent all her frustration and direct it straight at Gran.

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In honesty, it seems a little misplaced. Lyria was the reason Katalina ran away from the Empire and ended up becoming an outlaw. Gran had nothing to do with that as she was already on the run when he met her. As usual, Gran has ended up the centre of an incident that really doesn’t seem to have anything to do with him and yet somehow the show keeps trying to convince me that his decisions and actions matter when Katalina is the one who saves Lyria, the sniper is the reason they weren’t all dead already, and Io is the reason they ultimately managed to wear Vira down. All Gran did was get stabbed (which for whatever reason no one ever seems to mention again).

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Of course, I’m not sure that Vira was playing with a full deck of cards by the time we got to this fight so maybe I’m looking for logic where none is supposed to exist. Gotta love her crazy eyes though.



But, it wouldn’t be the series we’ve come to know if they didn’t get a heart felt speech and somehow make everything better. Don’t worry about the trauma to the citizens who had to flee the rubble (even if you protected them from death, it is still pretty terrifying seeing your world crumbling around you). Don’t worry about the fact that someone with a massive amount of power is clearly emotionally unstable and co-dependent to a scary point. It’s fine. We’ll talk and catch up and everything will be okay.

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Of course, that is part of the charm of the anime in general. It isn’t heavy going and it doesn’t tax the viewer mentally. Meanwhile, you have bright pretty colours zipping about the screen and characters who appear at regular intervals just to remind you that they exist and are relevant. I am curious as to where we will go now that we’ve finally closed this saga.


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Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 Episode 4 Review

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Did Anyone Take the Pardon Seriously?

A good six minutes of episode 4 of Granblue Fantasy Season 2 is taken up with Vira reminiscing about her time at the academy making sandwiches for Katalina. Apparently sandwiches are an indicator that you are a deeply amazing cook and someone eating them is a sure sign that you are soul mates and should sacrifice literally everything for the rest of forever for someone else. That might sound a bit catty, but I’m just wondering what we were supposed to get out of this flashback. Sure it is a different perspective but other than the food there really isn’t anything new revealed that we didn’t already figure out from the previous flashbacks.

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Of course, Gran and the others have decided that taking matters into their own hands involves essentially tearing up the pardon while taunting the empire’s representative. They couldn’t just sneak in and steal Katalina away. It most definitely had to be loud, flashy, and involve jumping off of a precipice and onto the deck of an airship before engaging in a fight with the empire’s soldiers who despite living in a world full of people who can use magic seem endlessly surprised when it is used against them.

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This guy still lacks any credibility as an enemy or a commander.

But ultimately none of that matters because Vira’s plan is for Katalina to stay with her forever and she already arranged for the general to blow the others out of the sky regardless. Which makes almost all of what we just watched pretty pointless. And then of course there is the inevitable betrayal where the general decides to just blow everyone up including Katalina but gets defeated almost instantly when Vira loses her cool.



Granblue Fantasy is never the most subtle or well written of anime and the characters most definitely lean toward the simplistic, however this episode also feels like they jettisoned their brains and just ran-around on auto-pilot hoping somehow that we’ll come out the other end of the smack-down that will probably start next week with most viewers still viewing. I don’t know that it is a solid plan.

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Equally concerning is that each episode has given a small teaser of other people doing other things and setting things in motion and it all looks so much more interesting than what the majority of these episodes has delivered. Had they wrapped up Katalina’s story in two or even three episodes it would have been fine, but now it feels like they are stretching the friendship. I guess we’ll see how much longer this story will drag out this conflict.


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Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 Episode 3 Review

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Oh No, The Group Is Breaking Up

After Katalina slunk off in the night the kids decide that its not on and are determined to get her back, even if that means sneaking into a heavily fortified military school while the empire that just signed their pardon is still present on the island. Well, no one ever claimed Gran was good at planning ahead. Besides, Katalina, who had her own life and dreams before she absconded with Lyria, decided not to travel around with them anymore. Oh the horror.

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Okay, that may have been a little bit sarcastic and part of the issue is that Katalina’s choice turns out to be fuelled by past guilt rather than rational decision making on her part. Still, given this group came together by sheer happenstance while meandering about it kind of makes sense that characters might decide to leave and actually set some sort of plan other than keep travelling at some point. What will Gran do then?

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On the bright side, Vyrn was actually an almost useful character this week as he distracted the guards and allowed for an incredibly comically bad attempt by Lyria, Io and Gran at sneaking in. I’m wondering if they have Saturday morning cartoons in that world because that is what they looked like as they tried to ‘sneak’.



We finally do reunite with Katalina and she gives us a sad little back story which explains her feelings of guilt and then she more or less tells the kids to go fly a kite and leaves them to get thrown out. That’s pretty straight forward and yet apparently not good enough for the younger crew members. They have a brief interaction with Rosetta who apparently just shows up to remind us she exists and then we’re back to planning how to get into trouble with the empire again and get the band crew back together.

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This was not Granblue’s finest works and coupled with very lacklustre animation outside of the fight scenes in Katalina’s flash backs (a lot of characters were very still for just that little bit too long this week) this was perhaps one of the poorer showings the anime has given us even when taking into account some of season one. It is nice that Katalina’s story is getting some attention but the execution hasn’t been great this week. Here’s hoping there’s a big finish to this particularly character arc.


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Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 Episode 2 Review

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Just Like That
We’re No Longer Criminals

Episodes like episode 2 of Granblue Fantasy season 2 are kind of hard to review for the simple reason that there isn’t much that really caught my interest while the episode was airing. There wasn’t actually anything bad about the episode, other than the usual issues with characters faces kind of losing detail at times and not animating the tour of the city but rather just giving us a montage of stills. It was more that they built up the whole idea of negotiating with the empire only for the actual process to be over with almost before it started and while no one really believes it to be a legitimate peace offering the story moves on to balls and Katalina’s past.

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Actually, not much of a negotiation. More just sign a form and done.

The thing is, there’s a lot bubbling away underneath the surface of this episode, but within the episode itself very little of it is revealed. Instead we watch characters twirl in dresses, eat lots of food, have conversations where what needs to be said isn’t said, and then the episode ends with the vary obviously telegraphed departure of a character they are almost certain to follow anyway so it isn’t all that dramatic.

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About the only real tension comes from watching Gran’s stiff performance at the ball itself as he awkwardly deals with the other guests before retreating to the comfort of the familiar and then slips out entirely. Lyria on the other hand knows what’s important – the buffet.



However, with secrets in the past, more primal beasts, and the mysterious black knight character all still hovering around I guess season 2 has plenty it can explore. It would be nice to see Gran get a bit closer to his goal or finding his dad at some point, though no one seems to be in a rush to pursue that and it seems like Katalina’s past is probably more likely to be explored first (which given she’s been around since episode 1 and hadn’t had a back story yet it does kind of feel like she’s due).

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Faces from the past always come with baggage.

So not the most exciting episode but serviceable and as usual the characters were pleasant enough to spend time with.


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