Three Quickies

Stayed up late last night, catching up on anime premieres. So far, the winner is Asura’s Cryin’. Cute girls, action, mystery, and more action. There’s a few cliche bits, but it’s hard to notice they’re cliche, what with how they’re mixed and spun.

The first episode ends with a three-way Mexican standoff, with the protagonist (Tomo) caught in the middle and an odd sword-maiden/miko on the fringe. And then there’s the ghost companion — only she may not be a ghost. There’s an amnesia component here, and mecha is a part of the story, although it doesn’t appear to be dominant. It’s also got the most unique excuse for an orphen protagonist I’ve ever seen: Tomo’s mother remarries and boots him out of the house the day before school starts, because he’s “in the way.”

Best friend: “Did she mean that in an erotic way?”
Tomo: “You go ask her.”

His mysterious, absent brother is paying for the house he’s staying in, and sends an upperclassman from his school around to drop off a mysterious box that starts all the fun — a box that has no clasp, lock, fastener, or any way to open it.

The new FMA doesn’t seem to have the heart of the old one. It starts with Edward already a well-known State Alchemist, and pieces of their story shown in flashback. Emphasis seems to be on the comedy and emo distortions. Art’s… enh. The evil black-haired lady that creates the fake philosopher’s stones, and her construct/slave (whatever) that eats everything are going to be part of the first major arc, it appears. I’m sure fans know who I mean; I don’t care.

Watched the first episode of Valkyria Chronicles. Art’s not very vivid, very much into pastels. That seems to match the game. Not a lot of terrible freeze n’pan shortcuts, but otherwise nothing great either. Episode pacing seems a touch ragged. So far, we’ve met Alicia, Welkin, and Isena(?). The tank is unveiled at the end of the episode, as Alicia, Isena, and Welkin are surrounded in the Gunther mansion. The fansubbers put in a lot of game-world notes at the end to bring viewers up to speed.

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