Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cross Ange 03

Ange faces the consequences of running away during battle.

Not a good night for the new recruits.

... well the good news is that she isn't around to molest Ange anymore. Now for the bad news...

Summary:
Ange's attempt to flee battle with the dragons ends in disaster as she causes the deaths of the other new trainee and Zola, and on top of that the giant dragon escaped. Ange totaled her Paramail and is banged up from the crash, but despite what happened she is still in denial about her own situation. As punishment, Jill makes Ange haul the gravestones of the two new trainees and Zola into the cemetery on the island. Ange breaks down and tells Jill to kill her, but Jill tells Ange that if she wants to die, she'll have to do it on the battlefield.

PT as punishment is probably getting off easy.

Ange finally decides to transform into a dragon slayer.

The squad, now captained by former Vice-Captain Salia, is dispatched when the escaped dragon is located. Ange is given an old and problematic Paramail to ride to her death. Salia's squad find the dragon, but the squad runs into trouble due the dragon using some new tactics. Ange starts making suicide runs at the dragon, but she keeps dodging at the last second. The dragon finally catches Ange's Paramail and is about to eat her. At that moment, Ange discovers that Jill had given back Ange's mother's ring, and remembers that her mother told her to live on. The ring activates and gives Ange's Paramail a makeover and causes the dragon to let go. Ange then decides to become a bad-ass and singlehandedly slays the dragon with her Paramail. After the battle, Ange goes to the cemetery and cuts her hair short to signal that she had accepted her new life as a dragon slayer.

The money shot.

See, killing dragons ain't so hard for a flying bike lacrosse expert.

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It took a little longer than expected for Ange to get over her old haughty self and become a bad-ass dragon slayer, as causing three horrific deaths wasn't quite enough. It was probably better this way as it's more dramatic. I'm surprised they killed off Zola the molester off so quickly, but I guess that's actually good for Ange. So far, Cross Ange has shown that it has no qualms about killing off characters in bloody manners, and so things don't bode well for the rest of the girls on the squad. The deaths in this episode showed the flaws of the Paramail design. Having the pilot exposed in flight mode while battle dragons with sharp teeth doesn't make much sense, but then again having the pilots dress in skimpy outfits make little sense either... other than for the purpose of fan service.

It looks like the ring from Ange's mom has some special powers connected to the Paramails. Ange's parents probably knew the truth about the Normas and the dragons, and we'll have to wait as the series explore the setting of this world. This episode confirmed that the peace that Ange has lived in was built on the backs of Norma girls killing dragons, and it'll be interesting to find out why Normas are prosecuted and forcibly conscripted into this dragon slaying role.

So it took three episode for Ange to transform from pampered princess into bad-ass dragon slayer. It's curious that Ange doesn't even appear in the previews of the next episode, and not to mention there has been no news about what's happening to Ange's county now that her brother has taken over. All in due time I suppose. Judging by the OP and ED sequences, we are still waiting for a couple of important characters to show up.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gundam Reconguista in G 03 & 04

I missed the episode last week because I thought there wasn't a new episode due to the double header during the first week, so now there are two episodes to cover.

The integrated toilet makes sense, but why do we need to see someone taking a dump again?

Aida isn't too unhappy at being a captive.

Summary:
After the pirates are repelled from the Capital, Aida, Raraiya and the G-Self are taken by the research division. The next day, Bellri is called to visit the research division, and Noredo insists on tagging along. At the research center, Aida, Raraiya, Bellri and Noredo are allowed to enter the G-Self's cockpit to see why Aida, Bellri and Raraiya can activate the MS while others can't. Meanwhile, the pirates and their ship are hiding in a cave somewhere, and hotshot pilot Klim decides to go out solo in his Montero mobile suit to rescue Aida and recover the G-Self. Klim threatens to destroy the Capital Tower if Aida and the G-Self are not returned. Aida launches in the G-Self taking Bellri, Noredo and Raraiya with her, and the research chief allows this happen. Klim easily handles most of the mobile suits sent out by the Capital, but gets into trouble against Dellensen. Aida arrives in time to defuse the situation and save Klim from being embarrassed too much, and Aida and Klim return to the pirate ship with Bellri and company in tow.

What is this, Animal Slapstick Hour?

This is why you don't put four people into a cockpit with an integrated toilet.

Klim, Aida, Bellri and company arrive at the pirate spaceship Megafauna, and Bellri, Noredo and Raraiya are held as hostages. Klim doesn't like Bellri, but is curious enough that he tells Bellri to pilot the G-Self. At this moment, a Capital Army task force led by Dellensen arrive to rescue Bellri and friends. Klim flies out in the Montero, but Dellensen ends up getting the better of him again. Bellri flies into the battle in the G-Self to try to stop the fighting, but he is forced to defend himself when three Catsith mobile suits hone in on him. Bellri activates some strange power in the G-Self to beat back the Catsiths, and Dellensen's squad is forced into retreat. After the battle, Bellri and Aida tests out the G-Self's escape pod, and Bellri finds out that Aida is the daughter of the president of Ameria.

Klim never says no to food.

Gundams and glowing to hand in hand.

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I found these two episodes to be a bit strange and confusing when it came to the plot and the tone of the show. So the Capital captures the G-Self, and then willingly allow Aida to fly it out? I guess the Capital was not very well defended at that juncture, although Dellensen seems to be handling Klim just fine. And then in the next episode, Bellri more or less joins the pirates because he doesn't like the newly formed Capital Army? Given how things are being set up, it sound like the Capital Army might be the bad guys, and they have nothing to do with the Capital Guard that Bellri was training for. Since Bellri is smitten with Aida, he'll probably fly with the pirates. The whole thing just doesn't make much sense to me. Another thing that doesn't make sense is how Noredo is allowed to tag along with Bellri everywhere, even into military facilities. I guess Noredo is the designated tag-along or something.

Moving on to the tone of the show, it seems like Gundam Reconguista in G is trying to bill itself as a comedy. It's clear that Klim is going to be "ace pilot" that gets made fun of time after time, but that segment of him flying over the jungle... I haven't seen a Gundam show where a leopard falls off a tree and onto to a snake lol. And there was also some "toilet humor" with people taking a piss and dumps in their pilot seats. Seeing how Bellri and Noredo are mostly just messing around, maybe this show is trying to be a bit more light-hearted, at least at the start. I wonder what happens when characters start getting killed off though.

These two episodes revealed a few more things about the Regild Century. From the conversations, it sounded like humanity almost destroyed itself during the Universal Century, and there is current ban on researching some of the old technology. That's a plausible back story, and would explain why the mobile suits we see in this series appear less advanced than a lot of the stuff we saw in UC. This is similar to Gundam AGE's setting, but hopefully this new Gundam series will turn out to be a better show. I wonder if somebody will end up digging up a relic Gundam or some other powerful mobile weapon to use. We still don't know about the origins of the G-Self though, and apparently the pirates have a Gundam-like mobile suit (the red Arcane).

Friday, October 17, 2014

One Piece 764

Law's flashbacks continues as Corazon is about to reveal some surprising facts to the young Law.

At least he didn't lie about everything.

Summary:
Corazon (Doflamingo's brother Rosiante) reveals to Law that he can talk and is a devil fruit user capable of forming barriers to block out sound. Corazon tells Law that Doflamingo is crazy and evil and he is only staying to try to keep Doflamingo in check. The only people who know of Doflamingo's true nature are the current four execs and Vergo. Vergo is the former Corazon, but currently on a secret mission. Corazon also talks about the "D" name and how people with the name are rumored to be "God's enemy". Corazon tells Law to get away from Doflamingo and the family, but Law refuses and runs away, saying that he would tell Doflamingo the truth. However, Law decides not to tell Doflamingo because he felt he owed Corazon for not telling Doflamingo about the stabbing incident. In the midst of a battle with the Marines, Doflamingo finds out that Corazon has taken Law away to find a cure for Law's illness.

While traveling with Law, Corazon makes a call to Sengoku and it's revealed that Corazon is actually an agent for the Marines infiltrating the Donquixote family. Corazon had been picking on the young recruits like Law because he wants them to leave the family. After the call with Corazon, Sengoku meets with Vergo, who wants to be transferred to G5.

Over the next few months, Corazon brings Law to various hospitals, but all the hospitals refuse to treat Law because they fear the Amber Lead sickness. Six months later, Corazon haven't found a cure for Law, and Law's sickness is getting worse. Corazon wonders what he is doing, and admits to himself that he felt pity for Law, and Law overhears this. One day, Corazon and Law get a phone call from Doflamingo.

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That was a lot of info to take in. Corazon hasn't been in the story for too long, but he really established himself as an intriguing and complex character in this chapter. Corazon is actually a Devil Fruit user, is secretly opposing his brother and wants to keep Doflamingo's madness in check, and he also works undercover for the Marines. Unlike Doflamingo, Corazon is actually a decent guy, and he took pity upon Law. Law hasn't gotten like to Corazon quite yet, but we'll find out soon why Law respects Corazon that much. We also found out that Vergo was the previous Corazon. Since Corazon works for the Marines in secret and Vergo infiltrated the Marines, I wonder if Corazon's undoing will be when Vergo finds out about Corazon's secret identity.

Lastly, there was the bit about the "Will of D" and how they are "God's enemies". Corazon said it might mean that the people with "D" are destined to oppose the Celestial Dragons. This is probably all related to the Blank Century and the secrets behind the rise of the current World Government. Maybe the "D" are the descendants of the party that suffered from Blank Century, and that would make sense that would eventually overthrow the current "gods" of the world. Whatever the anser is, Oda is definitely laying the groundwork for something much bigger in the future, and that's something to get excited about.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bleach 601

Nimaiya goes gangsta of the special Sternritters.

Too fast and too sharp for ya!

Summary:
Nimaiya pulls out his special, too-sharp, pretty much one-hit-kill zanpukto out of the tank and effortlessly cuts down Thor, Sniper Guy, Glowy-eyes in hood and Askin (aka the poor Aizen imitator). However, Askin has some special power that stops him from dying, and the power also makes Nimaiya feel sick.

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It's still the same old enemies one-upping the others with their powers, but this week's chapter was fun given how bad-ass Nimaiya looked when he mopped the floor with the "special" Sternritters. The fun didn't last though since Askin seems to some form of immortality that also hurts his attackers. It'd be funny if Askin's power is similar to Hidan's (from Naruto) lol. Given how Bleach works, Nimaiya might get screwed over, but there are other Zero Division members around. Of course, Yhwach is also standing around and may unleash some more cronies, but he's not exactly into helping his Sternritters since their deaths make him stronger.

Naruto 696

Naruto vs. Sasuke continues.

The most likely scenario is that the arrow will go in between the shurikens, and both Naruto and Sasuke get obliterated... lol I hope not.

Summary:
Naruto and Sasuke continue to battle. Sasuke steals some chakra from the tailed beasts. Naruto responds by making shadow clones in his Kurama form, and Sasuke makes a dig at Naruto using shadow clones because he feels lonely. Sasuke's Super Susanoo charges up and shoots an arrow, and Naruto forms a three headed, six-armed Kurama form to throw some Ying Yang Shuriken Tailed Beast Bombs in return.

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Naruto and Sasuke talk some more, power up some more and continue their battle. Nothing really out of the ordinary. At least the entire chapter wasn't dedicated to Naruto and Sasuke talking in the white space. Sasuke is still crazy, but he does get an interesting comment in saying that Naruto likes to use clones because Naruto is lonely. That's probably true when back in the early parts of the series. We got three more chapters to close out the show, so let's see if Naruto will give us an ending to remember.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis 02

Favaro tries to get rid of the pink haired demon girl.

Didn't know this was also a mecha show.

The most trustworthy face in the world.

Summary:
The gods' key to Bahamut's seal was stolen by an one-winged female demon, and thus the gods have dispatched the human Orleans Knights led by Jeanne d'Arc to track down the thief.

Apparently goat monster have gooey green guts.

Back at the bar, Favaro finds out that the pinked haired girl has put a contract between him and herself so Favaro would guide her to Heruheimu, and this contract resulted in Favaro growing the tail. Favaro is forced to flee and the girl are forced to flee on a horse when the women at the bar call Kaisar for help. Favaro thinks of various ways to get rid of the girl, but decides he can't fight her head on after the girl easily defeats a large monster with a bounty. So Favaro takes her on a tour of town, helps her pick out an outfit, and gets her to do some drunken dancing. The two end up playing in a lake, and Favaro learns the girl's name is Amira, and she wants to head up north to find her mother. Suddenly Kaisar appears to confront Favaro, but he becomes smitten with Amira at first sight and that allows Favaro and Amira to get away.

If we didn't know better, we'd think Favaro was trying to woo this girl.

The next day, Favaro is at the market when squads of the Orleans Knights arrive to look for the one winged demon girl. Favaro sells out Amira in hopes the the knights will get rid of her. The cavalry finds Amira outside of town and chase her down a road. Favaro tries to go the other way on the horse, but the horse instead runs towards Amira. Down the road, Amira transforms into her demon form. The knights form a spell around Amira but it merely tickles her. Favaro then crashes into the battle and is forced to flee from the knights with Amira. The two become trapped on a suspension bridge with knights on either side, but Favaro decides to cut the ropes, and he and Amira fall down into the river below to escape.

Hero to the (accidental) rescue!

The mini crossbow is cool and all, but wouldn't it be easier to use a sword?

Both Favaro and Amira end up having bounties on their heads. Kaisar vows to save Amira from Favaro. Meanwhile, the demons are also trying to hunt Amira down.

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Another pretty good episode this week. The action, while not as impressive as the debut, was still nice to watch especially with the comedy thrown in. Favaro, being the sly dog that he is, tries to use his charms and wits to get rid of Amira, but looks like he's fated to be stuck with her for a while. I thought Favaro would try to ditch Amira when he got her drunk at the restaurant, but then I forgot that Favaro actually wanted Amira dead. A big reason why Bahamut has been good so far is Favaro is pretty hilarious. He does look like a clown, so it's good that he's playing his part well. It'll be funny if Favaro will keep on trying to get rid of Amira.

In this episode, we learned that Amira has the gods, demons, and human knights after her, so it'll surely be a challenging journey for her and Favaro even if Favaro can somehow figure out where Heruheimu is. It is curious that Favaro's bracelet does not react to Amira. I'm still not 100% sure if the bracelets are supposed to react to people with bounties or to any demons. We'll have to find out why Amira had to steal the key to Bahamut's seal in order to look for her mother, and that's probably the central mystery of the show.

We also learned that Kaisar came from a family of knights, but apparently his father got hanged and the family was dishonored. It seems like Kaisar is blaming Favaro for his family's troubles? That'll be another interesting plot line. We'll see if Kaisar will end up joining Favaro and Amira given how much Kaisar hates Favaro and is infatuated with Amira.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cross Ange 02

Ange enters the school of hard knocks on how to fly mechas and hunt dragons.

Not exactly making a good first impression.

So pampered that she can't even dress herself.
On another note, those revealing rider suits must have been designed by a guy lol.

Summary:
After bring brought to the island, Ange is informed that all the Norma girls at the island are trained as soldiers to fly mechas to battle dragons that invade from another dimension. Ange is then assigned to Squad 1 lead by Zola. Ange refuses to accept her fate and still acts high and mighty, and thus she doesn't make many friends in her squad, and only one other new recruit likes her. However, Ange shows good conditioning for military training, and she does well in her first flying sim thanks to her flying bike lacrosse experience.

Ange might not like being a soldier, but she has talent for it.

Ange writes a letter requesting for her release and wants the general Jill to deliver it her Kingdom, but Jill tells Zola to educate Ange. Ange gets groped and molested by Zola and is only saved when the alarms sound. Zola's squad including Ange launch on their Paramails to confront a dragon threat. Ange breaks formation and tries to fly back to her kingdom. The friendly new recruit wants to go with Ange, but she gets cut in half by a beam from the arriving dragons.

Gotta fight back against these pervs.

Cue the character death.

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Things are going slightly better for our main character Ange; she got groped and molested this week by her captain, but at least she did not to get another forced examination of her nether regions. I don't know Ange getting sexually assaulted is going to become a theme for this show... hopefully not. As for the main plot line, this episode went in the expected direction. Ange still wants to play princess and refuses to accept her current situation, and it'll take a first hand look at the dragons and some people getting killed in order to convince Ange to put all of her efforts into dragon-slaying. Having grown up as a spoiled, pampered princess, it's understandable that Ange isn't going to give up on that life that easily. I knew somebody was probably going to die this episode, and that unfortunate new recruit was waving the death flag the moment she gave her pudding to Ange. So next week we'll Ange getting blamed and feeling guilty for the death, and then she'll unleash her inner bad-ass and kill a few dragons. I find it funny that flying bike lacrosse would make Ange a better pilot. When Ange plays lacrosse, she doesn't even control the bike.

While Ange is going down the route of becoming a formidable dragon-slayer, hopefully we'll find out more about the back story of the series. It's curious that only Normas are used to fight the dragons, and it sounds like the average person living in Ange's kingdom doesn't know about the dragons. There is probably a conspiracy going on here involving the dragons and the Normas. Of course, the situation back in Ange's kingdom has to be addressed now that her brother has taken over. There are still plenty of questions to be resolved, including why all the Normas are cute girls and why the Paramail riders have to wear skimpy outfits...