Collaboration: The Rising of the Shield Hero Episode 5&6: Introducing…bird waifu!

Hihi. Before anything else, I would first like to apologise for the late post. We had a minor miscommunication and therefore the posts got split apart instead of posted at the same time 😡

Well, these two episodes were a return to form for Shield Hero, while Dororo reached a minor peak. If you want to know what I mean, check out the Dororo review post here.
I’m honestly hurting inside just thinking about it.

Enough rambling, on with the episode(s?) review!

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Astral gives me a huge headache sometimes…

As always, the legend:

Me
That one guy that somehow got himself a concussion but still plays games anyways
Also me

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:
    Good episodes. I feel like the pacing has at last stabilised. The introduction of Filo to Naofumi’s party was smooth and natural, and so far, the supporting cast has been great as well. It’s overall, nothing spectacular, but very good nonetheless.
    Astral:
    All I can really say is that i’m extremely pleased with the adaptation so far. They’re doing such a good job bringing each of these characters and scenarios to life on the screen… it’s absolutely lovely, seriously. Overall, I think our delay actually worked in our favor, as these two episodes work pretty well in tandem, helping us get acquainted with Filo, the loveable-yet-slightly-annoying bird loli.He’s learnt to use big words! I repeat, he has learnt to used big words!!
  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    Definitely fit my expectations. Not much to say here other than that.
    Astral:
    Filo is about exactly as I expected her to be, honestly… Adorable, slightly annoying, and overall an unstoppable bundle of energy. The show still looks great, sounds great, and is just fun to watch, honestly.

     

    How dare you say Filo is annoying. She’s great! She brings much needed energy to the kinda depressing duo and she’s also good for bringing out more jealousy from Raphtalia. I bet you just find her annoying because you love your racoon waifu way too much, you creep.

  3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why) [Only for stuff never seen before]
    Plyasm:
    I only faintly remember Filo’s arrival, and mostly what happened after she got into Naofumi’s party, to be honest. It was a good adaptation, that’s for sure, and they did a good job at bringing her to the screen. I…don’t quite remember Naofumi and Motoyasu having to do a race to decide the lord of the village…I feel stupid. Any confirmations from people that have read the source please?
     

    Astral:
    As I mentioned before, they’re doing a great job with this adaptation. As a big fan of the source material, i’ve been extremely pleased with each subsequent episode… and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, to be honest.
     

    Guess we are both looking at this with some rose tinted lenses. Hopefully our reviews don’t seem too subjective!

  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    Seeing filo in human form for the first time. I’m sure most of you rolled your eyes and thought it was just fanservice. I mean, it is fanservice, but it is fanservice that has a purpose and drives the plot forward so….it’s good fanservice 😉
    Astral:
    I think some people might be a bit annoyed with how Naofumi kind of escapes the traditional “hero” archetype. He’s not always in it to save people, he always expects a reward, and has no problem exploiting or extorting people to get what he wants… But I like that about him.Ah, yes. Totally forgot about this because I’m actually used to protagonists that aren’t your conventional “Oh yes let’s save the world just because” kinda people. I mean, after all, my favourite protagonist is Tanya, who is quite the anti-hero protagonist…if you can even call her a protagonist.
  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    Smith bro.
    “How big a bite can she make anyways?” Famous last words.
    RIP baguette sandwich, you looked really good too…
    Astral:
    At this point, do I even need to answer this question? Obviously, it’s still Raphtalia. I mean, she’s basically the greatest thing to ever grace this planet… But in all seriousness, it’s good to see someone not only supporting Naofumi, but truly understanding him. Her willingness to stand up for him, not to mention her determination to get him to actually look her way, is just fantastic.

    GUYS, WE NEED TO GET A RESTRAINING ORDER ON ASTRAL BEFORE HE DEFILES RAPHTALIA!
  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:
    Got to be the racing. It shows just how oblivious Motoyasu is to the lies of Malty, and also how detached he is from the real situation in this world. Plus, seeing Malty finally starting to be put down just feels satisfying. Like, come on, I’m pretty sure all of us hate her.
    Astral:
    Definitely the part where Filo nailed Motoyasu in the balls. That was hilarious and he totally deserved it.

    I’m just surprised he doesn’t mention Malty at all. I mean the ball kicking was pretty good and all but like, cmon.
  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    Hmmm. I…can’t really think of anything. Even though there were no extraordinary moments, the consistency made sure there really isn’t anything to complain about in these two episodes.
    Astral:

    I was a little annoyed at how they montaged through some stuff, though it’s understandable why they did it. But in a show that looks so good, a series of still-frame images was a bit off-putting.I…barely noticed the montage though. Even though it’s a montage, it was in a good place and helped with the pacing. We aren’t here to sit through training arcs, we are here to be introduced to a new character.

  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    Filo kicking Motoyasu’s balls. GOTTEM.
    Astral:

    Honestly, Probably Filo kicking Motoyasu in the balls. It might sound weird, but sometimes my internal “douchebag detector” kinda goes off, and it’s very tempting…
    1 kick to Motoyasu’s balls = 1 Naofumi saved.
    Join our campaign today!

  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    Seeing the other two heroes help me in the castle during the spoil split, I would have probably said thank you or at least made some effort to reparate my relationship with them. It’s just me though, if I were in Naofumi’s shoes at that particular moment.
    Astral:
    Naofumi is honestly doing a pretty dang good job dealing with that cunt Myne. If it were me, I don’t know if I could have remained nearly as calm and collected as he manages to do…

    Oh, nevermind. He does actually mention her. Huh. Well I think the main reason why he’s so good at dealing with her now is that he’s just used to dealing with her shit. Conditioning does wonders.JUST LIKE HOW I’M USED TO DEALING WITH YOUR SHIT ASTRAL
  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:

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This is honestly a VERY nice looking baguette. I’m hungry now.
And no, I’m not pulling your legs this time. This is good.

Astral:

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He chose an interesting one here. This scene wasn’t particularly impressive, but I like the reflection. I’ll give him half a point for that.

Well, overall these two episodes were just a good return to form. I hope this trend just continues and we get more good stuff from Shield Hero.

Our next posts will hopefully not be delayed this time. Thank you all for patiently waiting!!!

I’ll make sure the idiot doesn’t get himself another concussion next time.

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Astral on his hospital bed, colourised, 2019.
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Minor updates

In case you are wondering: “Where the heck is the collaboration post from Plyasm and Astral?

The answer is: The idiot gone and got himself a concussion. We will probably only resume it next week with a double post.

Even when he’s recovering, he’s still playing Monster Hunter World. Unsalvagable.

So yea, show some love to Astral while he recovers, and eagerly await the next post, I suppose.

Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.

I apologise on behalf of that idiot.

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Anime: Made in Abyss

Collaboration: Dororo Episode 4: Breaking the sword…and the trapped soul

Before I begin this post, thank you all for the likes and views! My dead blog is actually reviving…haha.

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REVIVE, REVIVE!!!!

Time for the next one! In other news, I might be able to finish up a post that has been in draft for ages soon. Yes, I’m actually writing blog posts again! Wow! Amazing!

Anyways, this episode is already the 4th, meaning we are 1/3 of the way there, or 1/6 if we are getting a 2-cour. (I doubt we are only getting one cour though)
That said, Dororo has managed to maintain it’s high quality episodes jam packed with T H I C C P L O T. I’m loving it.

Shall we get to the episode review already?
If you are looking for episode 4 of Shield Hero, of which I actually have some interesting thoughts on too, it’s over at Astral’s blog here. Read it! It’s a good episode too! As always.

As always, the legend:

Me
That one stupid guy that I’m collaborating with
Also me

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:
    Dororo still remains an incredible series, with amazing action direction yet again as well as great plot. I really just found myself fully enjoying the 20 minutes of watching this, gripped by what’s happening on the screen. Very nice.
    Astral:
    Well, we’ve got a rather interesting episode this week. A pretty good one, to be sure, but one that was rather different than the previous episodes we’ve had. Definitely as bonkers, however i’m not entirely sure where I stand on it as a whole quite yet… Hopefully these questions will help me sort out my feelings.Hmmm. Interesting thoughts from Astral to be honest. Didn’t expect him to be so conflicted.
  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    Well, their journey did continue. However, it seems the monk is no longer with them. Bummer. But then again, I guess it would be pretty cheap if they have someone as strong as that monk with them…
    Astral:
    I think this episode was extremely different from what I was expecting, especially given the context of the previous episode. What happened to the old monk? Not even a mention of the prosthetics maker this time? It seems almost a bit disjointed from the main story that’s been building up so far.
    To be honest, yea, I feel Astral here. However, I think it’s pretty natural. The last episode was probably an arc by itself. They have already concluded introducing the prosthetics maker, and having the monk with them just wouldn’t make any sense, given how the monk is currently.
  3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why) [Only for stuff never seen before]
    Plyasm:
    Well, now that Hyakkimaru got his hearing back, I can’t wait to see what he does with it. What would the ultra-hyper Dororo have to say about it? Even though their journey is steadily moving forward, I can’t help but hope it continues forever, while still wanting Hyakkimaru to get all of his body back at the same time. Next episode, I expect the lord to start to interfere with them, as the ending scene seemed to suggest.
    Astral:
    At this point… I don’t have a clue, honestly. With this episode coming out and distorting most of what I thought was going on so far in the show… I don’t really have any Idea where things could go from here.
    Pffft. Astral just not even thinking anymore from shock. Classic. Also stupid. 😉
    Astral is a stupid counter: 11
  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    Hmmm. Probably to the guy’s persistence to get the cursed sword. I thought it’s actually quite understandable, since he has been broken since long ago. The sword’s desires have long since taken over him and therefore he isn’t human anymore. The fact that the guy didn’t slaughter his sister actually surprised me, I half expected him to go berserk just to get to his sword again.
    Astral:
    You know, I’m not really sure on this one… Perhaps the samurai brother having to kill the architect. A lot of times in our lives, we’re forced to do something to protect the things we care about, only to find ourselves bogged down deeper and deeper into the muck by what we’ve had to do.Hmm. Interesting choice by him, to be honest. The mental struggle by the samurai brother is something, that’s for sure.
  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    It’s actually Dororo this time! Whoohoo! The little bugger has finally done some good things. Such as moving the plot along. Or resisting the pull of the sword. Or just overall being pretty darn cute this episode. I’m starting to like him.
    Astral:
    Most of the focus of the episode this time was on the Samurai brother, to be honest. His own personal character arc was pretty interesting. Heading to war for duty and honor, killing an innocent man in order to protect his sister, and becoming possessed by the demonic weapon and destroying everything he had been trying to protect… I kinda wish we could see more of him, honestly.

    Oooh, he chose the samurai brother. I actually wanted to choose him. It’s interesting, really, I still don’t know the fate of the brother or the sister.
  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:
    The first fight between the swordsman and Hyakkimaru for sure. The action direction for this part was brilliant and I just couldn’t take my eyes off the action. Very nice.
    Astral:
    Again, the action. This show handles action with a touch and a care that is rarely appreciated these days. Everything feels so deliberate, every strike and movement has meaning, and finally being able to see Hyakkimaru go blade-to-blade with someone was just awesome.

    I see we are in agreement here. Very nice. If you are not seeing Dororo, you are missing out on this great action.
  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    Hmm. Hard to say. Overall this episode was wrapped up nicely, but I guess it would have been nice to get more closure to what happened to the sister. She had a rough life.
    Astral:
    My main complaint with this episode is that it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense given the context of the previous few episodes… it feels like we’re missing part of the story, and that keeps bugging me while watching it.

    He has a point, but as I’ve explained before, it isn’t too much. I expect them to give more context next episode.
  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    I’m rummaging through my brain, but I really can’t think of any for this episode. Damn.
    Astral:
    Hmm… i’m not really sure on this one, actually. Lemme take a raincheck this time…


    This is a draw on the copout. RIP.
  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    Being Dororo when Hyakkimaru is coming at you(or the sword). If it were me, I would probably run just like Dororo. Hyakkimaru is one scary person when he’s seriously trying to kill you.
    Astral:
    I’ll go with when Dororo got himself possessed by the sword… Honestly if that happened to me, I’d probably be trying a bit harder to get someone to help me out. He was kind of complaining at the sword, but I would have probably at least tried calling out for help of some sort.

    Haha, Astral’s right for this. Dororo was kinda dumb, but still, maybe his speech was sealed?
  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:
The accidental flasher.

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I’m just kidding, yet again. It would actually be the last scene with the paper cranes. I love the symbolism here.

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Astral:
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So Astral chose the fighting scene huh. Understandable, but I still like the paper crane symbolism more.

More fun facts!
I still kinda remember how to make paper cranes. It was during a lesson in…secondary school I believe? Either way, it was a lot of fun, and I know you need to start with like a square paper and everything.
Have the wikihow link for how to fold paper cranes in case you are interested.

And this is a bit late to say this now, but Dororo is actually a re-adaptation of an old series. I really like what they are doing, considering it’s been…50 years since the original anime showed. Damn. It’s about as impressive as the Hisone to Masotan(Kitsu link)’s ED being a cover of a 50 year old France Gal song.(link to that as well here, I love the dance!!!)(link to original song)

Either way, that’s about it for this episode. We both had different feelings about this, what did you think of this episode yourselves? Would love to see.