That Crunchyroll isn’t going to have the second season of RWBY? It’s not due until the 24th, so maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe. Looks good though…
So I think I’ll talk about a LN for a little bit. I’m still following the Baka-Tsuki translation of Ichiban Ushiro no Daimou (Demon King at the Back of the Classroom). The twelve-episode anime series covered the first five novels — except for the last few paragraphs. Viewers may remember that Akuto and Peterhausen defeated the god Suhara (who was really just a computer), and Bouichiro, the time-traveling agent who wanted to kidnap the Law of Identity, Keena’s alter ego. In the last few omitted sentences, a second Keena shows up – a blonde who has, and remembers receiving the same hairpiece from Akuto as a child.
Seriously, I’ve got to start paying more attention to anime. How could I let news like this sneak up on me?
PV1 for new Fate / Stay Night series from Ufotable.
PV2 for new Fate / Stay Night series from Ufotable
In unrelated news, Ubu was surprised to find out a remake of Fate/Stay Night is expected later in 2014….
Lots of Minecrafting, some Sword of the Stars (1), and MTG. I just don’t have the patience for screenshots and captions, and showing how bad my writing skills have gotten.
Despite all that, I’m actually spending most of my time sorting cards. The current block release completes this week, and I still haven’t finished sorting all the old block that went out of date LAST year into the correct boxes. However the cat helped with sorting this morning. He’s a little weak on alphabetizing, color coordination, and even keeping the cards on the table, but gets an “A” for effort…
Busy weekend and rough start to the week. I should have a write-up of episode 3 soon.
Pardon the delay. I don’t have all the pictures done and inserted, but I’ll add them tonight.
Episode 2 picks up right where episode 1 left off. Mari Wanatabe, the head of the disciplinary committee, is facing off with Tatsuya Shiba — she knows he’s trying to snow him about what just happened at the gate, and doesn’t like it. Miyuki steps up and apologizes as well, and Saegusa uses the opportunity to suddenly play along with Tatsuya’s story while making it clear she knows the real score and won’t tolerate a repeat.
Does she know more than she lets on?
Overall, this was another slow-building episode (the big secrets don’t come out until the fourth novel, which will take some getting to…) There’s some clues to the attentive but they’re so subtle that if you haven’t read the novels, you probably won’t spot them. One is a line Tatsuya says in both the first and second episodes to Miyuki: “You always get angry for me because I can’t.” In fact, his demeanor is another oddity; he seems totally emotionless, except for his affection to his sister. I’ll come back to that later. He does have a sense of humor, though it’s absolutely deadpan.
That’s all I watched for the Winter season. Both were holdovers from last season, which says a lot.
Strike the Blood: Horror/Harem. Lot’s of cute, competent girls, and a harem center that’s not a useless dweeb, nor an arrogant bastard like Rogue Hero. There’s been no overarching story to tie everything together, but the background mysteries have been rolled out and/or resolved at a steady pace. It’s not overly compelling, nor completely original, but it is good, solid story-telling. The final arc was a bit transparent, and probably an anime original. It gave us a look at the main character’s future.
Log Horizon: The “not Sword-Art-Online” entry this year. That’s true, it’s not SAO… in that story, everything centered around how the players got trapped in that world, and how they worked to escape. Log Horizon is the exact opposite: next to no energy is spent on dealing with getting out or solving the mystery of how they got trapped there. it’s completely impossible, as the game was never a virtual reality to start with — it was a desktop system MMO, just like WOW or Everquest. Instead, the first arc or two deals with the fallout among players being trapped, their reactions, and learning the rules of the new world. Strange echoes of the game’s backstory are found in the world’s history, and eventually, a large faction of players are organized by Shiroe (the protagonist, called “the Strategist”) to become a political and economic power combining 21st century knowledge with a strange new world. Salamander-powered steam engines? But what used to be programmed “GameMaster events” are now threats to the whole world… and the final fail-safes to keep them from being overrun are gone. Yet this isn’t the story; like STB, it’s just one arc. If there’s any underlying plot, it’s how the players learn to organize a government and deal with NPC’s that aren’t NPC’s anymore. Frankly, the lack of explanation to the world change was a negative to me, as was the childlike primary female. The “older than she looks” trope is so overdone.