On Character Transformation and Loss in Anime

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Character transformation and loss is a driving force behind so many plot lines (just think Spider Man or Batman), but I find I'm drawn to stories where the story is about the change itself rather than what the character does after that point.

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

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

Land of the Lustrous Episode 12: Phos’ Resolve

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Review: While this isn't a perfect ending by any means with time wasted on the introduced character who ultimately contributes little to this season (though probably serves some greater purpose later) and overall no actual answers to the greater mysteries of this series, I couldn't help but feel satisfied by how this show came back … Continue reading Land of the Lustrous Episode 12: Phos’ Resolve

Land of the Lustrous Episode 11: I Hate To Say Anti-Climatic But…

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Review: I am a big fan of this show and have thoroughly enjoyed the watch thus far, but episode 11 delivers one thing I find really frustrating. Episode 10 was beautifully tense and dramatic building up to a wonderful climax leaving us with a cliff-hanger. Episode 11 resolves and diffuses any tension from that in … Continue reading Land of the Lustrous Episode 11: I Hate To Say Anti-Climatic But…

Land of the Lustrous Episode 10: Bort, Phos & Dia

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Review: I was really happy to see some of the old Phos back this week. They certainly are still not the Phos we met at the start of the season, but they have definitely not lost all of their spunk which was kind of a welcome sight. I certainly had a good laugh when she … Continue reading Land of the Lustrous Episode 10: Bort, Phos & Dia

Land of the Lustrous Episode 9: After Winter Comes Spring

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Review: Regardless of what happens in this story in the final three episodes (assuming 12 episodes is correct) this has been a fantastic tale to watch unfold. Phos'  desire to change has pushed her throughout the whole series and now we finally start to see the real impact of that desire. Early in this episode … Continue reading Land of the Lustrous Episode 9: After Winter Comes Spring

Land of the Lustrous Episode 8: Phos is Golden

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Review: For all that Land of the Lustrous has some pacing and narrative issues, the overall anime continues to be an intriguing and pleasing viewing experience. Being easy on the eyes (and sometimes truly beautiful) certainly helps in this, but it is also how the story remains fairly ambiguous but not annoying. The world these … Continue reading Land of the Lustrous Episode 8: Phos is Golden

Land of the Lustrous Episode 7: Poor Phos

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Review: Winter has arrived and the gem stones are for some reason hibernating. I'm not sure what the logic is here given their hardness and abilities have mostly been representative of the gem stone they are, but being solar powered and needing to sleep in winter just doesn't fit with that at all. Unless this … Continue reading Land of the Lustrous Episode 7: Poor Phos

Land of the Lustrous Episode 6: Not Yet Enough

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Review: I'll get it out of my system first: What is Bort's problem? Is Phos hadn't been there, Amethyst would have still fought and been captured so the fact that Phos was relatively useless at the end there, doesn't actually make any difference to the outcome. It wasn't Phos' fault that and Phos didn't do … Continue reading Land of the Lustrous Episode 6: Not Yet Enough

Land of the Lustrous Episode 5: We Can Rebuild Her

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Review: Last week's cliff-hanger is resolved this week when we meet the Lunarians and realise they really don't intend to honour any agreement with King (the pink snail thing that tricked Phos). They want more of the gems before they agree to release more of the snails (not that we believe they ever intend to). … Continue reading Land of the Lustrous Episode 5: We Can Rebuild Her