Why Does Teamwork Serve as an Excellent Story Cornerstone?

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We've all heard the groans, and probably groaned ourselves when an anime pulls out the power or friendship/teamwork finale and characters overcome all obstacles just by working together and recognising each other's strengths and weaknesses. It is a little twee and a lot overdone and when done poorly, groaning is the appropriate response to a trite conclusion. However, and this is a big however, many fantastic and emotionally moving stories continue to embed teamwork as the central concept around which the characters and narrative develop.

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Victory For Power of Friendship; Complete Loss For Originality

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Release the Spyce Episodes 6 + 7 Review. Right, we can skip right to the end of this and just say, “Power of friendship, yada, yada ending”. Yeah, I don’t have high hopes for Release the Spyce anymore but I kind of want a little more out of a story about teenage spies than a mentor telling her student she’s wonderful being enough to snap her out of a drug induced rampage.

Release the Spyce Episode 5: My Mentor is Amazing

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They are really hammering this mentor-student relationship point. Last week we focused almost exclusively on Mei and Fu and this week we shift back to our focus on Momo joining the team and her relationship with her Mentor (and does anyone else find it a little creepy how often Hanzoumon is just kind of hanging … Continue reading Release the Spyce Episode 5: My Mentor is Amazing

Release the Spyce Episode 4: It’s All About Mei and Fu

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You know, there are secret organisations afoot, drugs being traded, human experimentation, and all kinds of weird, but for whatever reason this anime feels that spending an episode dealing with the mentor-student relationship of Mei and Fu is the absolute best thing it can show us. This episode really does make it clear that despite … Continue reading Release the Spyce Episode 4: It’s All About Mei and Fu

Release the Spyce Episode 3: It’s All About the Team

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I was really hoping for more than a work as part of a team and play your part kind of resolution to Momo’s troubles starting out as a spy. I mean, it makes logical sense that she needs to work as part of the team and follow her orders, but it just seems like in … Continue reading Release the Spyce Episode 3: It’s All About the Team

Release the Spyce Episode 2: Preparation Is Key

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There are a few moments in this second episode that caused me to raise an eyebrow. The explanation that the word 'spy' might come from 'spice' which is complete and utter rubbish no matter how you look at it and the show throwing out there that it is just one theory doesn't make blatantly wrong … Continue reading Release the Spyce Episode 2: Preparation Is Key

Release the Spyce Episode 1: Is Eating the Spices The Same As Releasing The Spyce?

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Let's not even ask whether or not we're confusing herbs with spices as I'm sure there was some cross over at some point in this opening episode of Release the Spyce. Anyway, I didn't have much in the way of expectations going into this which is probably good considering it is fairly average in most … Continue reading Release the Spyce Episode 1: Is Eating the Spices The Same As Releasing The Spyce?