Yes, I survived the WuFlu

Like fuck I’m going to call it “Covid-19” to keep the PRC happy. Personally I think we should recognize Taiwan just to piss them off. Do it one day before the election so there’s no time for the media to come up with a narrative.

Anyway, anime. Watching Tower of God. It’s kicking ass, but the webcomic readers keep dropping spoilers about hating Rachel. It better be renewed for a second season. And a third and a fourth….

Tried to watch Black Clover again. Last time I gave it three episodes and out. This time I pushed through to Asta joining the Black Bulls, and his initiation. And I’m still not into it. Narutard with grimoires. I just can’t stand that type of loud-mouthed protagonist. I’d rather it was following the other guy.

Looking for something else to pass the time.

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Brynhyldr in the Darkness

So, back when I was watching Astra, being annoyed at Funi’s player led me back to CR, where a series of time-wasting links dropped me into this 2014 anime. Shortly after starting to watch it, I realized I had watched two episodes some time ago, and then stopped. It didn’t take long for me to figure out why — the utter um-beliveability of Kana’s surviving being a total paralytic, and Kuroha being able to keep her alive and well.

Caring for a complete invalid is a full-time job — been there, done that. Well, close enough. That and “witches” obviously being manufactured espers, which also, mixing genre terms annoyed me no end. Well, this time I just rolled my eyes and went with it… and while it was no Astra, it definitely was worth it. It mixed horror with lite harem comedy, and actually pulled it off fairly well. The narrative did suffer though, in conversion to the anime.

Reading a few of the reviews reveals that this is a 100-chapter manga adapted into 12 episodes. That means a lot of arcs got cut out, and many items got shorted – especially the final battle which was a tad cliche’, but still, it hung together remarkably well. Warning: Pretty girls die. Ryoha Murakami, the male protagonist, is unhealthily obsessed with the childhood friend who died, but it makes sense, given that he has an eiditic memory — the accident which killed Kuroneko and gravely injured him is as fresh in his memory as yesterday. Seeing Kuroha, her spitting image, every day only makes it that much more “real” to him.

I do think that Kuroha’s motives are a little too noble and altruistic given the situation she’s in, and the short life she expects to lead. Perhaps if they had done a 24 episode season, the extra time would have fleshed out her motives better. I am not sure about the whole “alien” thing that the events of several years ago are built around. I may be missing something, but the connection with the dam, the accident that “killed” Kurneko, and her seeing an alien isn’t very clear, nor the reason she was made a witch. Definitely a refrigerator moment, and I don’t mean Perry.

The first OP was really good; I hated the second by comparison. Animation was, in a word, awful at times. Classic Deen. I can’t recommend this show highly, but I’d give it a solid C+ for cute girls, character progression, and the dramatic tension. Even when they’re having a good time, it feels like death is just around the corner… because it is.

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Oh Yeah, that …

Yes, I finished Astra. No terrible eye-rollers. Loved the “what happened afterwards”, especially the narration. Ha! All in all, not the greatest anime ever made, but one of the best I’ve seen in the last few years.

Now I’ve got to get around to finishing an article on Byrnhyldr in the Darkness.

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Progress is Slow (Astra, updated)

Well, from the comments on the prior post, I can see that I’m not the only one who has issues with Funi’s player. Sometimes it just doesn’t work; other times I can get an episode to run, but only one. And the auto-resolution is crap. As a result, I’ve only made it up to episode 5, “Being Abandoned In Space Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Have A Swimsuit Episode.” I say abandoned, because they’re not lost, they know exactly where they are and how to get home, and even seem to have some data on the planets they’re using to hopscotch home. Though Kanata needs to have his head examined. Episode 4 was a major eye-roller, when he show

Now I know I’m talking to a bunch of people who have already seen the show, but there’s a few obvious things here. Just in case someone hasn’t though, I’m using spoiler tags Spoiler tags don’t seem to be working so I’m putting it below the fold. Abandon faith, all ye spoilinators! Figured them out.
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Figured something out

So, I’ve been really kind of blah about anime lately. I finally figured out why… After I gave up bittorrenting, I’ve only been watching via Crunchyroll. I’m sorry to say, CR sucks.

Bluntly, there’s too many options, what with Netflix, Hulu, and most of all, Funimation in the mix now. CR is being left with the dregs; not totally bottom-feeding, but damn close to it. Which is why I’ve been griping (to myself) about the horrible quality of anime lately. It’s just my choice of access.

So I decided to look at a Funi sub again, and I just finished watching the first episode of Astra: Lost in Space. Oh hell yes. THIS is what I’ve been missing. I know a lot of the people who used to read my blog have already seen it, so no spoilers, OK?

Hell, it got me pumped enough to post again, so that’s a good thing. 🙂

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And for a brief second appearance…

Yep, two more seasons of Raising of the Shield Hero.
Another season (2 cour?) of Re: Zero.
Yes, Brickmuppet, in fact a lot of movies can’t match up to that trailer.
But, when it finished, I saw another link, to a review of Netflix’s NGE.

WARNING: No food or drink while watching. Your monitor will appreciate it.

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And for a brief appearance after months…

I shall post a two word review of Isekai Cheat Magician:

Generically generic.

It’s just not worth more than that.

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