Overview: Some group want to change history and the characters we follow want to stop them. And the characters we follow happen to be the spirit of swords brought to life by a sage from the future who can sense time distortions. Review: I kind of covered a lot of my issues with this show … Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Series Review: Why Details Are Important
Review: And they met with their old master, defeated the thousand enemies, watched their master die, and then they went on a next mission. The End. Alright, that probably isn't fair to the show. They actually did manage to make the two swords reuniting with their master fairly emotive in the end, which was a … Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episode 13: History Was Saved, Though Why That Matters Is Still a Mystery
Review: There were a few moments where I was watching this episode and felt bitterly disappointed that this show still has an episode to go. It isn't that the action this week wasn't pretty, they are still getting that part right, but the story is just not working at all. The master shows up and … Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episode 12 – Personal Crisis Trumps Greater Narrative
Review: This episode is really dramatic. In case you don't pick that up because fo the actual characters or performances, the music is sure not going to let you forget it. It just screams drama for almost the entire final third of the episode. Possibly if I was more invested in these characters it may … Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episode 11: Teen Sword Drama?
Review: I wondered if one of the our bishonen sword boys would actually start to wonder about whether they could change the future (just a little bit) rather than protect it. And hey, three of them are now in the era where their masters are and the masters are on opposite sides. So protecting one … Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episode 10: Protect the Future… Except the Bits We Don’t Like
Review: I'm not really sure why I'm still watching this show. We're back to the second unit this week and they travel back and then find out what their mission is (why they aren't told before departure still confuses me), come up with a kind of plan that of course goes wrong because they just … Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episode 9: Another Mission
Review Episode 7: Katsugeki Touken Ranbu has a problem. After 6 episodes, what they have is a mostly pretty show with some great fight sequences and some pretty good music with shallow characters and a plot that still hasn't bothered to explain why any of the characters actually care about any of the things they … Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episodes 7+ 8: Why Are We Supposed To Care?
Review Episode 6: So far I've enjoyed the fight sequences in this series and not a lot else and then along comes episode 6 where we have no fighting going on as the swords have returned to the citadel to have their wounds treated and deal with their issues after the last mission. Despite being … Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episode 6: Learn to Take The Win
Review Episode 4: You know, it sounds like a great plan for protecting time and all, but apparently anthropomorphized swords aren't particularly good at strategy. After the last arc where they kind of knew the time and place of an attack and they more or less just waited around until it was mostly too late … Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episodes 4 + 5: These Guys Seriously Need An Actual Strategy
Review Episode 2: I think the best way to describe this show is lighthearted. It isn't taking itself seriously, nor is it trying to be a serious comedy. It's walking very obviously through seen tropes but it isn't trying to apologise for that or subvert them. It's just telling the story it wants to tell … Continue reading In Another World With My Smartphone Episodes 2 + 3: Touya to the Rescue